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Níjar Gets National Park Status

The Municipality has been declared a Natural Park in honour of its geography. Thanks to the wide range of appeal of the Natural Park of Cabo de Gata, Níjar offers a perfect invitation to tourists to explore its history through the mountains, beaches, monuments, gastronomy and folklore of the area. Níjar has 600 square miles of countryside and nearly 50 miles of coastline on show to the world, and to those attending the Fitur exhibition. The Níjar stand is being manned by students from the Employment Workshop in the area. The Mayor, Antonio Jesús Rodríguez, explained that ‘we are intensifying the seasonal break, we want to convince tourists that this region is open all year and that we have perfect weather for a holiday break at any time.’ ‘We also want to present the variety of sports available, such as diving, which makes this area unique among other Spanish destinations.’ ‘It would be difficult to find a town with so many distinctions as those found in the park. The unique beauty and the many attractions of Níjar make it the perfect trip for any tourist.’

Madame Butterfly Arrives at the Teatro Auditorio de Roquetas

The Teatro Auditorio staged the three-act opera ‘Madame Butterfly’ by Giacomo Puccini, and directed by José Antonio Irastorza, with the soprano, Carmen Aparicio, tenor Angel Pazos, baritone Santos Ariño and mezzosoprano María Luisa Yábar, with the Sona choirs and orchestra. The opera is a tragic story of abandonment, apparently based on a true story that took place in Nagasaki in the 1890’s of an American who married and then deserted a Japanese girl. It contains one of the most famous arias in classical music, ‘Un bel di’ where Butterfly sings of her certainly that her husband will return.

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Government U-turn on airport privatisation

The Minister for Public Works, Ana Pastor (pictured), announced the cancellation of the privatisation of Aena initiated by the previous government and, instead, outlined a strategic plan to make the airport operator a world leader prior to investing private capital. The process of putting Madrid-Barajas and Barcelona-El Prat airports out to tender, which the former minister had to postpone for three months because of funding problems amongst the consortia interested in taking these contracts on, has therefore been suspended. Pastor stressed that one of the main reasons for this decision is that the competition for concessions had “focused on promoting competition between the two airports, when in fact the aim should be to strengthen them both, to compete globally”. The second reason is that the value of Aena “would be diminished if its management were broken

down individually in airports”, as the airport operator is “worth more than all the constituent parts”, stressed the minister. These two reasons add to the fact that current market conditions are clearly unfavorable and discourage the continuation of the process as it “could lead to a reduction in the number of competitive offers” she said.

The sector has not been surprised by the decision as current market situation are making it very difficult to get financing. The government had hoped to raise 8 billion euros through the privatisation process. The socialist opposition is now suggesting that the current PP government is changing course wit regard to the airports and that they will try leave them entirely in private investors’ hands,

whereas the initial plan had only allowed for private investors to have a 49% stake. Pastor insisted, however, that the aim was to create “a Spanish company that could be a world leader in terms of efficiency, quality and capacity for international expansion” and to to promote cohesion by creating a network of uniform quality airport infrastructure, capable of being competitive, which “is key to the Spanish tourist industry.”

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16 members of a gang, who have been trafficking weapons and ammunition throughout Spain have been arrested in Almería. Over 45 guns, thousands of cartridges of different calibres and various tools for adapting and manufacture of weapons have been seized by the Civil Guard in Almería in operation ‘Troy’. The organisation specialised in the alteration of unserviceable firearms so that they could be fired. They were then put back into circulation on the black market and supplied to national criminal circles. Thus this operation has led to the clear-up of several acts of violence and robberies involving firearms. Items seized included: 45 handguns and rifles; 15 modified guns; more than 1200 rounds of various calibres; numerous handmade cartridges; 1.5 kg. of gunpowder; 3 promissory notes to the value of 11,500 Euros; 1,600 Euros in cash; a number of parts and accessories for firearms; computer supplies; tools for the modification of weapons and various documents.

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One of the commitments made by the Government team (PP-GRINP) was to lower the amount of the IBI contribution. However, after completion of the appropriate economic studies, the Government team announced the descent of 0’65% to 0 `55%, to apply to the taxable value of the home. However, the Government team can not enforce this decrease – this is based on the Information Intervention Services and the Treasury, which states that ‘the recent entry into force of Royal Decree Law 20/2011 of 30 December for urgent measures to correct the deficit prevents any lowering of the tax, to establish the prohibition of Article 8 thereof’.


The almond preparation company Utrera has been awarded almost 1.8 million

euros for the construction of new facilities in Albanchez. It will be for the shelling, blanching and industrialising of almonds. The Secretary General for Rural and Ecological Production, Mabel Salinas, accompanied by the delegate of Agriculture and Fisheries, José Antonio Salinas, informed representatives of the company that two resolutions had been adopted by the Council; one for 1.5 million euros, for the conventional production of almonds, and another additional grant of almost 260,000 euros, to devote part of their business to organic production. The project includes the construction of an industrial building, the purchase of a machine for shelling almonds, and other machines for peeling and selection. Both grants are 70% co-financed with European funds EAFRD, and 30% funded by the Junta de Andalucía and the Ministry of Agriculture. In total, the eligible investment to be undertaken by Almonds Utrera at their new facility amounts to 5.5 million euros. Almonds Utrera, which has been operating for over 20 years, is dedicated to the purchase and sale of shelled almonds. It currently has facilities in Zurgena and VélezRubio. 60% of the almonds come from local independent farms, with the rest coming from commercial dealers. The almonds are marketed in Spain and also the European Union. With this aid the company has received public funding for an amount in excess of 2.1 million euros. Albanchez Mayor, Francisco Martinez, has welcomed the decision of the owners of Almond Utrera to base one of its facilities in the village, thus generating wealth and employment for this rural area of Almería. Mabel Salinas highlights the double value that has this business plan, ‘because it involves an increase in competitiveness at a difficult time, and secondly, it reflects a commitment to organic farming, which is the agriculture of the future.’

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UK to extradite alleged ETA member to Spain to face terrorism charges A judge at Westminster Magistrates’ Court has today ruled that Eneko Gogeaskoetxea Arronategui, an alleged member of Basque separatist group ETA, can be extradited to Spain to face terrorism charges. There are eight arrest warrants out on 44-year-old Gogeaskoetxea Arronategui, who was arrested in Cambridge last July, including a series of alleged terrorist offences in Spain. Deputy Senior District Judge Daphne Wickham rejected two parts of the Extradition Warrant, including his defence lawyer’s submission that the charge of plotting to kill Spanish King Juan Carlos II in Bilbao in 1997 was unsustainable in Spanish law, but confirmed the remaining warrants as valid. “There are no bars to this defendant’s extradition,” she said. At an earlier hearing the court heard that five days ahead of the monarch’s visit to Bilbao to inaugurate the Guggenheim museum on October 18th 1997, Mr Gogeaskoetxea and others, posing as gardeners, were stopped by police at the entrance to the museum whilst unloading flower pots filled with explosives to be triggered by remote control. During the course of their getaway, a police officer, José María Aguirre Larraona, was shot and killed, Julian Knowles QC, for the Spanish authorities, told the court. ETA later claimed responsibility for the foiled attack. Mr Gogeaskoetxea, a computer program designer who had been living under the alias of Cyril Macq, was arrested after the Spanish interior ministry said police were tipped off when a Spanish national recognised him at a squash club in Cambridge. Born in Guérnica in the Basque region, Mr Gogeaskoetxea was believed to have been hiding in France. His elder brother Ibon, 55, and two other senior ETA members were arrested in a Spanish-French raid in Normandy in February last year. His lawyer confirmed his intention to appeal against the decision.


30% of parents know their kids use their credit cards to buy on the Internet

About 30% of parents say their children have used their credit cards for online shopping. This is what a report conducted by the computer security company, Norton, has revealed. The report also showed that one in five teachers have experienced or know a colleague who has suffered “ciberhumiliation” - where students first irritate or provoke a teacher until he or she explodes and their angry outburst is recorded on a mobile ‘phone and uploaded to a social network. The report, Norton Online Family Report, based on 19,636 surveys carried out in 24 countries on 12,704 adults, 4553 young people aged between eight and 17 years and 2,379 teachers of students aged between eight and 17 years. In a press conference, Norton’s chief marketing officer for Spain and Portugal, Roberto Testa, stated that “ciberhumiliation” is one of the main examples of “alarming” bad behavior across social networks. Furthermore, the analysis reveals that 51% say their schools have a code of conduct for how teachers and students should communicate through social media, and 80% of teachers requested more education about using networks safely, for which 70% of parents were also in favour. Another of the highlights from the study reveals that 23% of parents allowing their children to use their credit or debit cards for purchases on the net say that their children exceeded the agreed amount, and more than half (53%) of those who allowed their children to buy over the Internet said their credit cards had, at some time, been used without permission. The report shows that 33% of young people make purchases online, but as Testa noted, it is “not all bad news,”: the report shows that the house rules are generally followed and that children behaving “responsibly”

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Spain threatens criminal action for public overspending

Spain’s new right-leaning government threatened criminal action against public officials who run up unauthorised deficits the line of credit in return for accepting greater budget discipline.

domestic product in 2011, missing the 6.0-percent target by a wide margin.

Besides the credit line, Montoro said the government would give the regions 10 years instead of five years to repay money owed to the central government, widely reported to be 31 billion euros ($41 billion).

But he has vowed to meet the 2012 goal of reducing the deficit to 4.4 percent of GDP, even if that means he must find a way to lop an estimated 40 billion euros off the budget.

Madrid also planned to bring forward other payments to the regions that were originally not due until mid-2012, a sum reportedly amounting to eight billion euros. Budget Minister Cristobal Montoro (pictured) issued the warning as the government sought to mop up red ink in the powerful regions by imposing greater discipline while also offering a new line of credit.

responsibilities if he falsifies his company accounts, especially if it is listed.”

The government blames the 17 regions, still hurting from the 2008 property bubble collapse, for 15 billion euros ($19 billion) out of an estimated 20 billion euros in national budget slippage in 2011.

“But what is not right is falsified bills in the drawer, the lack of transparency and running up debts which then become unpayable, which is what is happening now.”

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s government would introduce legislation to reform transparency in the public accounts, Montoro said in an interview with Cadena Ser radio. “We are going to demand criminal responsibilities -criminal in the sense that a public manager, who could be a politician or a manager appointed by a politician, cannot spend more than the budget limit,” he said. A government official overrunning the limit “is falsifying public accounts in the same way that a private manager has to face criminal

If a government wants to spend more money it should raise taxes and face the public’s reaction in elections, Montoro said.

A new line of credit to regions, whose size has not been decided, “could be open and ready in very little time, in a couple of months,” the budget minister said.

In return for the central government’s support, the regions would accept stricter budget controls, Montoro said. The new rules will be brought in under budget legislation, which is to accompany a constitutional limit on budget deficits already passed last year, Montoro said. Penalties on wayward regions could include “financial sanctions depending on the magnitude and repetition of the deviation (from budget limits) and could go as far as intervention,” he said.

This financing from the Official Credit Institute would help the regions to pay overdue invoices to their suppliers, he said.

“It could go as far as the central government, with the local or regional regional government, agreeing an economic recovery plan,” the minister explained.

Many small businesses and self-employed suppliers were suffering because regional governments had not paid their bills, some even being forced to close, Montoro said.

Rajoy said Tuesday his government would approve urgent reforms of the budget, labour market, and banking sector in cabinet meetings to be held between January 27 and February 10.

The minister held a meeting with financial chiefs from the cash-strapped regions on Tuesday and offered them

The prime minister has said Spain’s public deficit will amount to the equivalent of about 8.0 percent of gross

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Spain’s new leader vows major reforms by mid-February

Spain’s new right-leaning prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, vowed Tuesday to launch urgent reforms of the budget, labour market and banks by mid-February. The three reforms were the “most urgent” for Spain’s economic recovery, said Rajoy, who has already started on a program of spending cuts and tax increases to squeeze 40 billion euros ($50 billion) out of the budget. The Spanish leader, speaking in a joint news conference with European Union president Herman Van Rompuy, said his cabinet would likely approve legislation on all three major reforms between January 27 and February 10. Regional governments, which failed by a wide margin to meet their 2011 deficit-cutting targets, must be included in the budget reforms, the 56-

year-old premier said. “We will ask the regional governments to meet their deficit goals for 2012, that they have a spending ceiling and a debt limit,” Rajoy said. “We are ready if any of them have liquidity problems to come to their aid but in that case it would have to be in exchange for a programme that will guarantee those results,” he said. Rajoy said last week that regional governments’ budget deficits would be equal to about 2.7 of gross domestic product in 2011 -- more than double their 1.3-percent target. In his latest estimate, he said on Tuesday their deficits would be 2.3 or 2.4 percent of GDP, although he said these were not final figures. The Spanish leader promised

to launch a labour market reform, decrying the high level of unemployment in a country that reported a 21.5-percent unemployment rate in the third quarter of 2011. “This needs a reform of labour legislation. We cannot live in a country where 22 percent of the people who want to work cannot do so, and 45 percent of young people.” Banking reform would be crucial, he added. “Restructuring of the financial system is urgent because the recovery of credit is capital to the recovery of the economy,” Rajoy said. The premier called for measures to guarantee liquidity to countries meeting their reform commitments, saying tough reforms took time to have an economic

Marta’s grandfather hits out at ‘banana republic’ justice system

Marta del Castillo Casanueva’s grandfather has likened the Spanish justice system to a ‘banana republic’ after the 17-year-old’s self-confessed killer was sentenced to just 20 years last week. The other four people implicated in the crime have been let off scot-free, provoking an outcry across social networks worldwide. José Antonio Casanueva says he feels ‘rage’ and ‘indignation’ and that he does not know ‘how these judges can do this case justice’ when there is ‘evidence and proof’ that ‘have not been taken into account’. “It’s a banana republic justice system,” laments the teenager’s grandfather. “And it’s impossible that one person alone - ” the accused, Miguel Carcaño, 22 - “could have committed this crime on his own.” José Antonio added that there were ‘a lot of useless people in high places’. Marta’s father, Antonio del Castillo, said: “I knew this was going to end badly.” He says his wife, Marta’s mother Eva Casanueva, ‘spends all day crying on the sofa’ and ‘is incapable of speaking’. “She cannot believe it – neither can we,” adds

the grieving father. The family is of the opinion that if there had been a trial by jury, the outcome would have been very different, and say they intend to “go to Strasbourg, go to Europe, to see if we get justice that we cannot get here.” Marta was 17 when, in January 2009, she was murdered at the hands of her ex-boyfriend, Miguel Carcaño, then 20. She had arranged to meet him to talk, having heard that he was ‘spreading rumours’ about her. Once in his flat in Camas, on the outskirts of Sevilla, she was reportedly gang-raped and strangled. Carcaño initially claimed he threw an ashtray at her in temper, knocking her unconscious and, believing her to be dead, panicked and threw her body in the river Guadalquivir with the help of his stepbrother, Javier. One of the accused parties, who was then only 15 and said to have held Marta down whilst she was raped, was left behind to clear up the evidence, the court heard. Javier’s girlfriend María was also tried after being accused of attempting to cover up the evidence. Authorities dredged the river, but did not find Marta’s body. Carcaño then claimed he had left her on a rubbish dump just outside the city, but extensive searches proved fruitless and the accused then changed his story. Given that the body has never been found and Marta’s parents were therefore deprived of the right to give their daughter a proper funeral, the suspects’ refusal to reveal their victim’s whereabouts was initially considered to be an aggravating factor which could lead to an increased sentence. Marta’s ex-boyfriend, who confessed to the killing, was originally facing a 52-year jail-term, but the final court verdict led to a reduced custodial sentence as the lack of a body meant inconclusive evidence of murder.

impact. “It cannot be that in a situation like this, economies cannot finance themselves.” Nevertheless, Rajoy said, Spain must tighten its belt. “We have to carry on cutting the public deficit, especially in a year like the one ahead, which is going to be very difficult,” he said. “But we have to accompany it with structural reforms and the maintenance of levels of liquidity without which it is very hard for economies to

function.” Van Rompuy agreed. “Rajoy and I fully share the view that a reform agenda based on fiscal austerity alone is not enough,” he said after the meeting. “We need to focus also on growth and job creation,” he added. “We must urgently put in place an anti-recession strategy, mobilizing means and efforts at the Union level and at member states’ level.” The European Union

president called for measures to prevent the cash being cut off to business. “We must avoid a credit crunch for our enterprises,” he said, describing the European Central Bank’s decision last month to offer three-year refinancing to eurozone banks at 1.0 percent interest as “essential”. “But we also need to mobilize all available EU financial resources in the most effective way to contribute to the proper financing of our economies,” Rompuy said.

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Mayor of Alhaurín el Grande suspended for corruption

The mayor of Alhaurín el Grande (Málaga), Juan Martín Serón (PP), and the town planning councillor, Gregorio Guerra, have both been found guilty of corruption in the “Troya” case, have been given fines of 200,000 euros and have been banned from holiding public office for a year. The sentence, finds both men guilty of one charge of bribery, but clears them of 12 other charges of bribery which the Public Prosecutor’s office had accused them of.

The Public Prosecutor had asked for fines of 2 million euros for each of the accused, and a three year and nine month ban from holding public office. The court, however, found no evidence that an alleged plot within Alhaurín el Grande’s town council to make Mssrs Martín Serón (pictured leaving court with his wife) and Guerra rich by underhand means between 2002 and 2006, had worked.

Almodóvar hoping for fifth Bafta with “The Skin I Live In”

Pedro Almodóvar is in the running for his fifth BAFTA award, the Oscars of British cinema, after his film “La Piel Que Habito” (The Skin I Live In) was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film of 2011. Other strong contenders for awards at the gala to be held on February 12th are Meryl Streep for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in “Iron Lady”, and the French film “The Artist”, which has twelve nominations. The British Academy of the Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) released its list of candidates, led by France’s “The Artist”, with twelve, and “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”, with eleven, including Best Music for the Spaniard Alberto Iglesias. Almodóvar faces tough competition from Iranian Asghar Farhadi’s film “Nader and Simin, a separation,” which won the Golden Globe last Sunday. Almodóvar has been previously recognised by

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A motorcyclist, 42, was killed in a collision with a passenger car on the road between the town of Santa Maria del Aguila at the junction with El Ejido. The 112 Emergency Service reported that the accident occurred in the Avenida el Treinta. The deceased, who has not been named, was the only person injured in the accident.

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The City of El Ejido is making its presence felt at the International Tourism Fair, Fitur 2012. Numerous meetings have been held with national and international tour operators, wholesalers and travel agencies, promoting a comprehensive display of the history, culture, beach and gastronomy of the municipality.


Barranco, who has said they are very satisfied with the development of the Fair and achievements so far, has insisted that ‘the work and effort to participate in Fitur has paid off. We are keeping many interesting contacts with industry professionals and are organising meetings with companies in the tourism segment of agriculture, which is so important in our municipality.


The Restaurant ‘La Costa’ has received an award for ‘excellence and tourism promotion.’

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A 36-year-old man has been arrested in Bailén (Jaén) after running over and killing his fiveyear-old niece. The man’s sister, the mother of the dead girl, had her leg broken and her husband was seriously injured after he deliberately ran over them in a fit of anger. The incident occurred just before 7pm yesterday in Calle Coronel Costilla. A heated argument during a family get-together got out El Ejido has received the Q for Tourist Quality of hand and the detainee, L.G.M., threatened his sister with a knife. for two of its beaches. After that initial confrontation, he then left The Q Award has been given to the Poniente the property and got into a car in the street and Levante beaches of Almerimar in the annual outside. When his sister, her husband and ceremony organised by ICTE Certifications. their daughter came out of the building, he The Q of Tourist Quality brand is a badge that allegedly drove the car deliberately into them, assesses the security,cleaning and maintenance killing the little girl almost instantaneously and leaving her parents with serious injuries. of beach facilities and equipment. The man, the fatal victim’s uncle, is now being The Councillor for Tourism, Luisa Barranco, held for questioning by the police. He is not pointed out that the ‘certification of both thought to have any previous convictions. beaches has been awarded for one more year, in recognition of the efforts made by the Consistory for commitment to quality. Work must be undertaken in this year so that next year Balerma beach may also be awarded the Q for Quality.’

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Friday Golf Society Almerimar Friday Golf – 20 january

Yet again our run of good weather continued. The sun god shone down on us and the wind god stayed away. 31 players took part in a Yellow Ball competition with two hidden holes. The winners this week were Jürgen Castan, Jan Ljung, Rosemary Moody and Jacqui Mays with a score of 120 points. Last place and chocolates went to Peter White, Barbara Castan, Nina Taylor and Leslie Somlyai with a score of 85 points. Jacqui Mays won nearest the pin with a distance of 1.65m. However she missed the birdie putt as it was on a nasty side-hill lie. Nobody broke their handicaps this week. Top score was Albert Taylor with 36 points. No regular competition next Friday as it is the England vs. Rest of Europe competition.

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Burns Suppers have been part of Scottish culture for about 200 years as a means of commemorating the birth of Robert Burns. Burns Suppers range from ostentatiously formal gatherings of aesthetes and scholars to uproariously informal rave-ups of drunkards and louts. Most Burns Suppers fall in the middle of this range, and adhere, more or less, to some sort of time honoured form which includes the eating of a traditional Scottish meal, the drinking of Scotch whisky, and the recitation of works by, about, and in the spirit of the Bard! And when Burns immortalised haggis in verse he created a central link that is maintained to this day. Robert Burns was born at Alloway, near Ayr, on 25 January 1759. His father William was a gardener to the Provost of Ayr. Robert was educated briefly at John Murdoch’s school in Alloway and later in Ayr. Family financial worries forced Burns to work as a farm labourer, and it was while thus occupied that he met his first love, Nelly Kirkpatrick. She inspired him to try his hand at poetry, a song entitled “O, once I lov’d a bonnie lass”, set to the tune of a traditional reel. Burns worked at a succession of labouring jobs, including flax dressing, and began writing poetry regularly. When his father died in 1784, Burns and his brother Gilbert rented a farm near Mauchline. Burns spread his affections freely, and the next decade saw 8 illegitimate children born to him through 5 different women. One of these, Jean Armour, became Mrs. Burns in 1788.


Burns and his wife Jean moved to Mauchline, where in 1790 he produced “Tam o’ Shanter”, which was first published merely as an accompaniment to an illustration of Alloway Kirk, in a volume of “Antiquities of Scotland”. The growing Burns family moved again, this time to Dumfries. Burns contributed 114 songs to “A Select Collection Of Scottish Airs” by George Thomson, but he received very little payment for his efforts. In 1795, Burns was inspired by the events of the French Revolution to write “For a’ that and a’ that”, his cry for human equality. One year later, on July 21, 1796, Burns was dead of rheumatic fever. He was buried in the churchyard of St. Michael’s in Dumfries, even as his wife Jean was in childbirth with their ninth child.

LEGACY Robert Burns gained more fame after his death than he ever did during his lifetime. Many of his songs and poems have become international favourites - even among those who find his use of Scottish lowland dialect difficult to decipher!

Ye Pow’rs, wha mak mankind your care, And dish them out their bill o’ fare, Auld Scotland wants nae skinking ware That jaups in luggies; But, if ye wish her gratefu’ prayer Gie her a haggis!

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The first published work of poetry by Robert Burns was “Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect” which saw the light of day on 31 July 1786. This collection of verse contained many of Burn’s best works, including “To a Mouse”, and “The Holy Fair”. The success of “Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect” convinced Burns to abandon plans to emigrate to Jamaica. Buoyed by his burgeoning reputation as an unschooled “ploughman poet”, Burns moved to Edinburgh and became part of the thriving cultural scene there. He was unable to find a patron to support his writing, but publisher James Johnson gave him work editing a collection of Scottish folk songs. This work, titled “The Scots Musical Museum”, was

published in 5 volumes over sixteen years. Burns himself contributed over 150 songs, including “Auld Lang Syne”, a reworking of an earlier folk song of unknown origin.






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Facialist Georgia Louise, who is famous for her bespoke facials, is a great believer in facial massage. Her technique is guaranteed to bring the bloom back to the most jaded complexion. ‘Start by pinching the skin, using your finger and thumb lightly, but with enough strength to stimulate the circulation and cause a slight change in colour,’ she says. ‘Begin at the forehead and then gently pinch along the eyebrows, cheeks and jaw line down to the neck for 60 seconds. ‘Next, using three pumps of a powerful anti-ageing serum added to the palms of your hands, massage into the skin using an upwards and outwards motion. Start from your forehead and go all the way down to your neck. Repeat three times and follow with eye cream and moisturiser.’

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treatments every Wednesday. This includes waxing, non-surgical face lifts, facials, manicures, pedicures, lash inserts & tints. The current special offer is a rejuvenating facial for 25e Lois is a fully qualified podiatrist & chiropodist and is at Sophia’s every Thursday caring for clients feet. Paula offers Lipo by laser within Sophia´s daily. This helps move all that stubborn fat and help you lose inches immediately. Specialist Therapies Every month specialist therapists come to Sophia´s. They provide a variety of treatments including teeth whitening with Kyle & semi-permanent make up with June. Appointments can also be made with Dr Linda Eve who will help to reduce wrinkles with Botox, and restylane / dermafillers. Francesca offers a range of anti ageing treatments including red vein removal,

removal of skin tags, warts, verruca & skin blemishes, along with skin peels, electrolysis, & laser hair removal. Almeria Angels carry out a Well Person clinic offering diabetes checks, cholesterol checks and giving advice on any lumps and bumps including prostate checks. Food intolerance testing, vitamins & supplements, and hypnotherapy are also offered. A psychic also pays us an occasional visit. Weightwise, a new weight-loss programme with nutritionist & sports therapist Andrea. Introductory talk on 26th January at 1230 hours at Sophia´s Spray tanning coming soon for that safe sun kissed look. Studio In our Toning Studio, we have 6 toning tables which help with muscle tone, flexibility and with regular use can help you lose weight. The toning tables are

open to men and women, young and old covering all levels of fitness. There are various offers for couples at present, join for 3 months & both get a month free or join for 6 months, both get a month free & one partner gets free use of the cardio equipment. Sophias have a selection of cardio vascular equipment which can be used on a one off basis or via membership. Michele is Sophia’s fitness instructor. Michele works with many rehabilitation clients and works closely with people recovering from strokes, ms and has achieved great results for people recovering from hip operations and other similar conditions. Daily classes including Yoga, Pilates, Salsacise, Step, Core ball and body toning are carried out by a variety of qualified professionals and classes start from only 2.00 e per session. Callanetics and Zumba gold also coming soon. At Sophia´s, we are proud of our relaxed, professional and friendly atmosphere created by our staff and clients alike and always make everyone feel welcome and comfortable. To help kick start any over indulgence at Christmas we are pleased to offer a free 1 week trial on our toning tables and a free 1 month membership to any partners of current members on the toning tables. Why not pop in and book a free trial, you will be amazed at how much we can offer at Sophia’s.


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2012 - The Year of the dragon

For the Chinese, this is their most important national holiday and dates from 2600BC, when the Emperor Huang Ti introduced the first cycle of the zodiac. Like the Western calendar, The Chinese Lunar Calendar is a yearly one, with the start of the lunar year being based on the cycles of the moon. Therefore, because of this cyclical dating, the beginning of the year can fall anywhere between late January and the middle of February. A complete cycle takes 60 years and is made up of five cycles of 12 years each.

The Chinese Lunar Calendar names each of the twelve years after an animal. Legend has it that the Lord Buddha summoned all the animals to come to him before he departed from earth. Only twelve came to bid him farewell and as a reward he named a year after each one in the order they arrived. The Chinese believe the animal ruling the year in which a person is born has a profound influence on personality, saying: “This is the animal that hides in your heart.”

What animal are you?

Examine the order of the animal years (see list below) and then determine your birth animal based upon the 12 year cycle of the Chinese calendar. These are examples of the years and the associated animals: Rat includes 1924, 1936, etc.; Ox includes 1925, 1937, etc.; Tiger includes 1926; Rabbit 1927; Dragon 1928; Snake 1929; Horse 1930; Goat 1931, Monkey 1932; Rooster 1933; Dog 1934 and Pig 1935. Use the years listed above to find out your animal - for example, if you were born in 1979, seven years after the Year of the Rat in 1972, count seven animals past the Rat and you’ll discover you were born in the Year of the Goat!

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Elusive endangered monkeys caught on camera in Borneo

One of the world’s most endangered primates has been caught on camera by scientists on the island of Borneo. Using time-lapse recordings to investigate the diversity of the remote Wehea forest, the team were surprised to see an unusual sub-species. Close analysis confirmed that they had photographed a group of Miller’s grizzled langurs. Fears for the monkeys’ future were sparked last year when none were recorded in previously known habitats. The international team of researchers suggest their evidence could indicate a more optimistic future. “Our findings confirm that indeed

this monkey still lives in the forests of Borneo and we found that its range extends farther inland than scientists had previously thought,” said PhD student Brent Loken from Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada.

last year.

“This gives us hope that we may still be able to find large enough populations of this monkey to ensure its survival.”

Stunned by the results of their initial camera-trap study, scientists returned to the location to photograph the little-known monkeys in greater detail.

The team’s findings are published in the American Journal of Primatology. Populations of Miller’s grizzled langurs were first described in Kutai National Park and Sangkulirang Peninsula, East Kalimantan, Indonesia, in 1985. However, due to habitat loss and hunting, subsequent studies recorded falling numbers of the monkeys in these areas with no activity recorded

Scientists from Indonesia, the Czech Republic, US and Canada worked together to set up hidden cameras so they could learn more about the animals living in the rainforest.

“It was a challenge to confirm our finding as there are so few pictures of this monkey available for study,” said Mr Loken. “The only description of Miller’s grizzled langur came from museum specimens. Our photographs from Wehea are some of the only pictures that we have of this monkey.”


ancient Peruvians ‘ate popcorn’ A new study suggests that people living along the coast of northern Peru were eating popcorn 1,000 years earlier than previously thought. Researchers say corncobs found at an ancient site in Peru suggest that the inhabitants used them for making flour and popcorn. Scientists from Was hington’s Natural History Museum say the oldest corncobs they found dated from 4700BC. They are the earliest ever discovered in South America. The curator of New World archaeology at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington DC, Dolores Piperno, says maize was first domesticated in Mexico nearly 9,000 years ago from a wild grass. Ms Piperno says that her team’s research, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows that only a few thousand years later maize arrived in South America, where it evolved into different varieties now common in the Andean regions. Her team discovered the maize in the archaeological sites of Paredones and Huaca Prieta. “This evidence further indicated that in many areas corn arrived before pots did, and that early experimentation with corn as a food was not dependent on the presence of pottery,” Ms Piperno explained. She says that at the time, though, maize was not yet an important part of their diet.


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De Guindos Calls for Simplified Employment Contracts

The Spanish Minister of Economy, Luis de Guindos, said that he believes that to tackle the economic crisis and fight against unemployment we must not forget the need to address, without delay, necessary structural changes. At the same time he criticised the current wage bargaining system and the wide range of contracts which exist at present. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, the minister pointed out that in Spain there are “about 40 different employment contracts” – a situation which he said “should be simplified” to “one unique full-time contract” with common clauses for all new workers, and another to encourage part-time hiring. In the newspaper he pointed out that the Government will call for the implementation of measures to boost fiscal consolidation, reduce deficits and improve labour productivity, while at the same time he noted that the wage bargaining system has been “one of the main reasons” for the loss of competitiveness that Spain has suffered in the last decade. In addition, El Mundo reported that De Guindos stressed that the “new financial system reform” will “soon” force banks to increase their reserves to cover the loss of value of assets, such as those related to the real estate sector. De Guindos assures that no tax money will be used to finance additional requirements that may be carried out in this bank restructuring process. The Council of Ministers were to discuss the labour reform, financial restructuring and the future Budget Stability Law, amongst other matters, in a Government meeting on Friday.

Expats add to January sales surge on British high street The British high street has been receiving a boost this month from visiting expats seeking out sales bargains

Selfridges was just one of many stores reporting a surge in expat buyers, as well as wealthy visitors from abroad. Top buys included caviar – which saw sales rise 23 per cent from last year’s figures – as well as designer shoes, tailoring, jewellery and watches from brands such as Christian Louboutin, Jimmy Choo, Pucci and Van Cleef. John Lewis stores reported a significant uplift in tax-free shopping, particularly in John Lewis Oxford Street, which saw a 27 per cent sales uplift. Specifically, tax-free sales from India increased by 11 per cent; China increased by 64 per cent; Russian Federation 33 per cent; United Arab Emirates 12 per cent; Australia 47 per cent and Saudi Arabia 42 per cent, according to the John Lewis corporate team. Expats who didn’t make it back home to take advantage of the sales could use John Lewis’s expanded international delivery service on its website. Shoppers in France made the most orders overall, followed by Ireland and Germany in Europe. Australia and USA were respectively the second and fourth top-performing countries for John Lewis in terms of internet sales. While the reductions have now ended in store and online, John Lewis still expect strong demand, for gadgets in particular, from well-travelled expats. “In 2011 sales of headphones did phenomenally well, with customers embracing more fashion-led brands such as Monster, and we expect this to continue for 2012,” said Johnathan Marsh, head of buying for electricals and home technology at John Lewis. “Ultrabooks are new to the market place and with more of us now commuting and working on the go, we expect these to become one of the must-have gadgets for the year.” Expat Tara Sillery, who is based in Kuwait and Dubai, joined the crowds in London this month at Harrods and Harvey Nichols. “Harrods had the best sale, with Gucci at around 40 per cent off,” she said. “The best reductions in Harvey Nichols were on perfumes and

N e w Q R O P S R u l e s F ro m A pr i l

Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Schemes (QROPS) were introduced in April 2006. They offer various benefits and there has been a huge increase in the number of people transferring to QROPS. On 6th December 2011 HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) said it had found increasing evidence that the system is being undermined and announced new draft regulations for QROPS, to come into effect on

6th April 2012. Some have seen QROPS as an opportunity for members to take their whole pension fund as cash, and/or to avoid paying tax on what should be taxable income. While taking 100% cash is technically possible under the current rules once the member has been nonUK resident for five tax years, this goes against the spirit of QROPS legislation. The proposed

legislation tackles three main issues. (1) No more than 30% of a fund may be taken as a lump sum, even after the reporting period has finished. “Pension schemes established in New Zealand have been used to allow individuals to take their pension savings as a lump sum. Regulations 4 to 6 amend the conditions so that 70% of the funds transferred to certain pension schemes in New Zealand have to be used

to provide an income in retirement.” (2) Many QROPS jurisdictions apply tax on QROPS income received by local residents and non-residents are exempt. The same rule must now apply to everyone. (3) The reporting period is being extended to the later of five tax years after a member has become non-UK resident and ten years after the transfer to QROPS was made. Is 6th April 2012 a sell

the Clarins beauty range. I also picked up five dresses in Reiss, which were less than half price - reduced from more than £200 to around £90 per piece.” One of the motivations for hitting the British high street is lack of availability in an expat’s chosen home. Briton Virginia Spielmann is based in Hong Kong but extended her Christmas break in Britain to stock up. “I recently dropped from a size 16 to a size 10 so I had a whole new wardrobe to buy,” she said. “Despite the weight loss, I’m still a relatively tall and pear-shaped expat – which means buying clothes in Hong Kong can be pretty tricky. So I bought a year’s worth of clothes. “I always make sure I go to Debenhams and I had a particularly successful day at the Trafford Centre. Everywhere I went, I was tempted by the children’s clothes, so that means my two boys are pretty well kitted out now too. “My favourite deal was at the Levi’s store – £40 for a pair of skinny jeans. And our most practical deal was the suitcases we bought from Debenhams to take everything home in.”

by david franks,

chief executive - Blevins Franks by date for QROPS? While it is still technically possible to take your entire pension as cash if the jurisdiction allows it, if HRMC realise they have left the back door open for abuse they can back date the legislation to apply from 6th December 2011 - the date it was announced. You could potentially face an unauthorised tax charge of 55% or be locked into an unfavourable scheme.

To get all the facts on QROPS and the new legislation consult an adviser who is authorised and regulated by the UK Financial Services Authority for the conduct of investment and pension business like Blevins Franks Financial Management Limited. To keep in touch with the latest developments in the offshore world, check out the latest news on our website



Please check our website for more unbelievable offers or call

Tel: (0034) 616 760 409 or Tel: (0034) 950 091 137 Email: Legal properties urgently required in the Albox, Arboleas, Huercal Overa,Los Gallardos and Mojacar areas Palomares...................€69,000

Valle Del Este............. €79,950

Arboleas.....................€125,000 Arboleas.....................€129,950

• Huge price reduction • Great 2 bed, 2 bath Apartment • Walking distance to amenities • Good size lounge/diner • Fully fitted kitchen with white goods • Communal swimming pool • Underground parking & storage room

• Mortgage available, subject to status • Triplex with 3 beds • 3 baths • Fitted kitchen • Lounge/diner with fire-place • Terrace and balconies • Golf course views

• Detached 3 bed Villa • Walking distance to amenities • Good size lounge/diner • Family bathroom & ensuite to master • Fully fitted kitchen • 747m2 fully walled and gated plot • Great value

REF: A1625

REF: A1585


Nr Arboleas...............€169,000

• Bargain – reduced for a quick sale • 3 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms • Good size lounge/diner • Fully fitted kitchen with white goods • Covered terrace and roof-top solarium • 8x4m swimming pool • Walking distance to bars/restaurants REF: A1424

• Beautiful Lakes Vega built villa • 3 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms • Lounge/diner with fire-place • Fully fitted kitchen with white goods • 8x4m swimming pool • Fantastic landscaped garden • Built to a very high standard REF: A1420

REF: A1627


• Walking distance to Arboleas • Immaculate 3 bed, 2 bath Villa • Fully fitted kitchen • Lounge/diner with fire-place • 8x4m swimming pool •Covered terrace area • Air con, fly screens, alarm &more

Ref: A1571

• 4 bed, 2 bath detached Villa • Good size lounge/diner • Large, fully fitted kitchen • 8x4m swimming pool • 600m2 plot • Walking distance to amenities • Mortgage available, subject to status

Ref: A1591

Nr Zurgena...............€170,000

• 100% mortgage, subject to status • 4 double bedrooms, 3 bathrooms • Lounge/diner with fire-place • Large, fully fitted kitchen • Bespoke swimming pool with bar • Covered terrace with great views • 140m² build &a garden of c. 700m²

REF: A1622

• Reduced for a quick sale • 3 bed, 2 bath Villa with fantastic views • Family bathroom and ensuite to master • Fully fitted kitchen with white goods • Lounge/diner with feature fire-place • 780m2 plot with swimming pool • Pool room/terrace



Ref: A1592

Arboleas.....................€179,000 Nr Arboleas................€184,950 Mojacar.......................€195,000 Mojacar...................... €495,000

• Large villa of 138m2 build • 3 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms • Good size lounge with fire-place • Fully fitted kitchen with white goods • Great views & walking distance of amenities •674m2 plot, swimming pool & solarium REF: A1507 • Breakfast/dining area

• Luxurious 3 bed Villa close to Arboleas • Family bathroom and ensuite to master • Lounge/diner with fire-place • 27m2 sun-lounge overlooking the pool • Fully fitted kitchen • 8x4m swimming pool • Many extras: A.C, alarm, fly screens REF: A1616

• 3 bed, 3 bath duplex • Good size lounge/diner • Fully fitted kitchen with white goods • Terrace/garden with BBQ • Communal swimming pool and tennis • Walking distance to amenities REF: A1538 • Garage

• Stunning, detached Villa • Walking distance to amenities • 4 beds, 4 baths • Good size lounge/diner • Fully fitted kitchen with white goods • Swimming pool • Sea views

Long Term Rental.....Arboleas

Long Term Rental....Arboleas

Long Term Rental.....Arboleas

Long Term Rental.....Arboleas

• Unfurnished - €425 per month, plus bills • 3 bed, 2 bath Villa • Fully fitted kitchen/diner • Good size lounge • Walking distance to amenities • Great views REF: R269

• Unfurnished - €460 per month, plus bills • 3 bed, 2 bath Villa • Fully fitted kitchen • Good size lounge/diner • Walking distance to amenities • Air conditioning REF: R275

• furnished - €550 per month, plus bills • 3 bed, 2 bath villa • Fully fitted kitchen with white goods • Good size lounge/diner with fire-place • 8x4m swimming pool • Satellite TV, internet available REF: R250 • Walking distance to Arboleas

• Furnished - €550 per month, plus bills • large 3 bed, 2 bath Villa • Fully fitted kitchen & dining room • Good size lounge • Swimming pool and solarium • Walking distance to bars/restaurants REF: R245

REF: A1234


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Lawyers - Conveyance - Tax Consultants - Accountancy wills - mortgages - insurances

Very nice duplex in Alfoquia Consists of three bedrooms Two bathrooms Fully equipped kitchen Community pool. Price: 105,000 €

• Purchasing or selling a property in Almeria? •U  nsure about the tax implications when selling your

property? • Illegal builds? • Compulsory purchase? •P  urchasing off-plan? Seeking to cancel the contract and recover your deposit? • Difficulties with your bank? Mortgage matters? •N  on-Resident taxes applicable when you own a property in Spain? •T  hinking of setting up your own business or becoming self-employed? •S  panish Wills. Are you aware of the inheritance tax implications in Spain?

Cortijo del Pino Reformed cortijo Consisiting of three beds One bath Fitted kitchen. Lovely views. Price: 99,000 € 3 Cortijos in Velez Rubio Three cortijos in a row. Refurbished and are all furnished with fitted kitchens and open fireplaces. Large garage Price: 150,000 €


Avda. Rector Gustavo Villapalos, 12 Bajo, 04740 Roquetas de Mar Tel: (+34) 950 31 92 72 Mob:(+34) 610 31 11 30 Fax: (+34) 950 31 92 73

For more information or to arrange to view a property call or email New Horizon Villas, Los Carasoles. Open 9am - 2pm

Tel Office: 950 449 600 Out of hours: 636 20 50 70

Alhaurin el Grande - Nerja - Fuengirola - Antequera



Contact: 607 705 085 or 687 938 466 C/Llanos, Bedar

“The Huercal Overa Property Specialists” • Ref: VH95 €169,000 • 3 bed, 2 bath Villa • 8m x 4m pool, & garage • Mature 537m2 garden

Call Andy Voss on 0034 678 002 006

(Next to the Miramar Restaurant) Open: Monday-Friday 10.00-3.30 Closed Thursdays

For sale


OLV406 Lubrin Fabulous restaurant in a great location, trading successfully for 10 years. Good will, client database and all fixtures and fittings and stock are included. It is ready to take over immediately and has a very competitive rent and very low running costs. GREAT OPPORTUNITY


Absolute bargain Sold fully furnished, full aircon, fully fitted kitchen with white goods, Build size 116 mtrs, plot size 650 mtrs, completely fenced and gated, 2 mins walk into village of La Alfoquia

Massive house

14.000 mtrs

Price €465.000

� 3 bedrooms, � kitchen � 1000 m2 Warehouse � 3 bathrooms � huge Patio � Beautiful Area � 2 living Rooms� office & lots more � stunning Views

Perfect place for business. Completely legal

Cóbdar (Albanchez) Tel:

950 10 42 72

Apartment For Sale


1 bedroom /1 bathroom, new kitchen & white goods, lovely views of golf course parking, Mojacar approx 7 mins.

must sell!!!


Tel: 664 291 793

Phone for appointment 610 323 541, Acacia Villas

Furnished 1 Bed Apartment in Turre High Street Fully-fitted Kitchen, Lounge, Roof Terrace, Balcony 200€ month + bills

Property to rent

Villa with lots of land 2000sqm 3 large bedrooms 1 en suite fully furnished large pool

now only 450€ pcm call to view 609 199 394

Properties to Rent in Arboleas, Los Carasoles & Cucador Areas from €300 per calendar month

For more information or to view call: 609 199 394

Tel: 687 314 775 ...CALL 902 750 190 OR 950 121 936 ~ EMAIL: SALES@SOLTIMES.COM



The Consortium 5 reasons

to buy in Mojácar and surrounding areas . . . Service - Integrity - Experience - Professionalism - Sound Advice VHAP1008 Cortijo Grande €65.000

• 1 bed / 1 bath Apartment • Fully furnished • Build 51 m² • Independent fitted kitchen • Charming PBTHSDV589 Mojacar Playa €125.000

• Semi-detached bungalow 1 of 4, 62m2 • Private parking a & terraces • Community pool & gardens • 2 bed, 1 bath (nicely refurbished) • Viewing highly recommended MHTH1384



• Immaculate 2 storey townhouse • 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms • Spacious for year-round living • Not on a community • Roof terrace with country views SOL1244 Mojacar Playa €140.000

• 2 bed / 2 bath duplex • Walking distance to all amenities • 2 large south facing terraces • Communal Pool • Gardens MEVL8111 La Parata €325.000

• Det. villa 131 m² on plot of 616m² • Immaculate presentation • 3 bedrooms, 4 baths • Stunning sea views, • Terracees, room for a pool

VHAP1049 Valle del Este €70.000

• 2 bed/2 bath Penthouse Apartment • Underground private parking • Store room • Terrace & roof solarium 81 m² • Fully furnished PBAPA1113 Mojacar Playa €135.000

• Penthouse golf apartment of 75m2 • Solarium 53 m2 & terrace 12m2 • 3 bed, 1 bath • Community pool • Furnished + A/C MHAVL1402 Agua Nueva €220.000

• Modern detached bungalow • 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms • Walled plot; carport, heated pool • Quiet residential area • Pretty country views SOL1179 Los Gallardos €299.000

• 4 bed, 3 bath villa • Separate annex 1 bed / 1 bath • Air Con and Ceiling fans throughout • Sea views • Swimming pool MEAP8011 Marina de la Torre €135.000

• Penthouse 56m², terrace 12 m² • Large roof terrace 50m² • 2 bedrooms, 2 baths • Communal pool, parking • Extremely good value!

VHAP1176 Mojacar Playa €115.000

• 2 bed / 1 bath Apartment • Marina de la Torre Golf • Back terrace & front terrace 43 m² • Fully furnished • Sea views PBTHLV609 Huerta Nueva €135.000

• Spacious townhouse of 103m2 • Garden, solarium & terraces 181m2 • 3 bed, 2.5 bath, furnished • Furnished +A/C & parking bay • Huge community pool & gardens MHCT1376 Cantoria €139.000

• Fully renovated cortijo - rustic style • 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms • Roof terrace with fantastic views • 4m x 3m pool • A/C & heating inc. log stove SOL1169 Mojacar Pueblo €299.000

• 4 bed, 2 bath detached villa • Self contained apartment • Huge terrace • Amazing sea views • Lots of charm and character MESDVL7211 Los Gallardos €159.500

• Semi detached bungalow 81,5m² • Small private garden 52 m² • 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, AC/H • Furnished, com. pool • Good mountain views

Tel: 950 475 801

VHTH1026 Vera Playa €139.000

• 3 bed / 2 bath Townhouse • Terraces & private gardens • Fully furnished • Parking place • Beautiful complex PBAPA1079 Cortijo Grande €145,000

• Ground level apartment of 110m2 • Terraces 37m2 + garden 182m2 • Pretty views • 3 bed, 2 bath • Close to golf, restaurant & bar MHAP1399 Garrucha €99,000

• 1 bed, 1 bath corner apartment • Spacious (81m²) and on 1st floor • Lift, roof terrace, furnished • Close to beach & shops • Offers considered SOL1221 Turre Pueblo €220,000

• 3 bed, 2 bath Villa • in Agua Nueva Village • Garden / pool area • Backs onto the open valley • Ideal for permanent or holiday home METH2011 Palomares €119.000

• Townhouse 83 m²+basement 46m² • 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms • Large patio 32m² • AC/H, close to amenities • Garage and service room - Paseo del Mediterraneo, 355. 04638 Mojacar Playa


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Those cooler evenings are coming thick and fast and before long, we’ll be layering on the jumpers and snuggling infront of a gorgeous, glowing fire. A feature fireplace is a great luxury in your home here in Spain and should be treated as such!


The fireplace itself is rarely an organisation problem. If you have a gas fireplace, you don’t even need to worry about cleaning ashes or storing firewood. If you have a wood-burning fireplace, the brick or stone footing around the base of the fireplace should only be used for the fireplace accessories and perhaps a decorative urn or sculpture. Fireplace tools should be kept organised with a stand or separate hangers. Keep wood tidy in a large, fireproof wood basket, tin bucket, or metal cradle. Keep on hand only the wood you need for a single fire; too much wood means extra mess.

Mantel Although it’s a tempting ledge for all kinds of small items, keep the mantel as clear as possible. Use it as a showcase for one or two of your favourite decorative (fireproof) pieces. Put a cherished ceramic bowl in the centre of the mantel, or place candles in heirloom candleholders at either end. The mantel is also a place for items relating to the function of the fireplace, such as a decorative match holder or fire igniters. Keep the mantel spare and people are less likely to absently place their glasses or their empty mugs there. The less there is on the mantel, the more items that don’t belong will stick out. Hang a beautiful garland of plants and lights for a really enchanting focal point...

AA Fireplace Fireplace Focal Focal Point Point Pierre & Vacances Almería Roquetas de Mar Short & Long Term Rental Apartments and Penthouses Sea & Golf views

Tel.615 416 834

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Eurozone Situation “Very Serious”, says ECB President

The President of the European Central Bank (ECB), Mario Draghi (pictured), has warned that the debt crisis in the eurozone is worsening and has called the situation “very serious”, but wanted to downplay the assessments of the credit rating agencies. Diario Sur reported that in his first address to the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs as Chairman of the European Systemic Risk Council (ESRC), Draghi showed pessimism over the current economic conditions the eurozone is facing at the moment. The crisis was described in October by his predecessor, Jean-Claude Trichet, as systemic, but since then Draghi said it has worsened. “The situation has deteriorated. We are in a very serious situation and we must not ignore this fact,” said Draghi, who has urged the eurozone to act quickly and with good coordination. In order to counteract this trend, politicians have reacted and central banks have intervened decisively to ease monetary conditions and, in particular, to extend the possible guarantees and the period of liquidity operations. Meanwhile, he added, the Heads of State and Government of the eurozone have agreed to sign a treaty for a budget deal and better coordinate their economic policies. However, he said that “decisions without the corresponding actions are not sufficient and must be given the attention necessary to implement the measures in the right order.” First, we must restore confidence in the sovereign debt and ensure that the EU firewalls are operational and equipped with an effective and flexible mandate. The commitments made by the leaders of the eurozone must be implemented rapidly and fully, especially in relation to the European Financial Stability Fund (EFSF) and the European Stability Mechanism (MEDE). Expanding the capabilities of the EFSF can facilitate the recapitalisation of banks in non-rescued countries, but only if the integral anti-crisis package is implemented in a reliable manner can they continue with other efforts, stressed Draghi. Secondly, Draghi stated that the eurozone needs

clarification about the robustness of the EU financial system. He stressed that the proposal from the European Banking Authority (EBA) to restore confidence in the strength of banks through recapitalisation should not be implemented at the expense of the adequate flow of loans to the real economy or exacerbate the weaker points of the market. Draghi also highlighted the distrust of the rating agencies’ assessments. Seventy-two hours after Standard & Poor’s (S&P) dealt a blow to the credibility of the eurozone by downgrading nine member countries, Draghi said: “We have to learn to function without giving too much weight to their evaluations.” “Regulators, investors and banks have to be more independent of those assessments. That’s the attitude which the ECB has already been applying in recent years”. Shortly before entering the Committee, Draghi received the news that S&P had also decided to downgrade the note of the European Financial Stability Fund – the temporary rescue instrument of the eurozone, from AAA to AA+. According to the ECB President, he said that “instead of complaining about the qualifications or devoting much time to them, they should be taken as just one more piece of information”. With regard to the lowering of the EFSF, Draghi wanted to make it clear, however, that a reduction of the fund, based in Luxembourg, would have “consequences” which would be reflected in an increase in the cost of funding on the market. He said that this is why the countries of the eurozone which still enjoy the highest AAA credit rating by S&P – Germany, Luxembourg, Finland and Holland – “will have to increase their contributions” to the Fund, if they want to maintain the same capacity of intervention as before the reduction of the Fund.

The EFSF still has the highest note from the other two major agencies, Moody’s (Aaa) and Fitch (AAA). To maintain the same loan capacity with the same interest rates, “we need additional contributions from countries who still retain the triple A rating,” said Draghi, who also warned that the eurozone should not “forget that the consolidation budget must be accompanied by growth and job creation,” which is one of the main criticisms of S&P.


Jicar Sofas’ salesroom is in Roquetas De Mar opposite Lidl supermarket. We have listened to our customers, and have set our prices to suit them! We have everything that you need for your home, from furniture for your living room, dining room and bedroom, including couches, mattresses, mattresses, kitchen tables and chairs, massage chairs and relaxation chairs in fabric and leather, together with all kinds of 3 +2 sofa sets, chaise loungers both in cloth and leather in all colours. Thanks to our prices, deals, promotions, customer service and wide variety of articles, we have become the strongest outlet in the whole province. Examples of what we have to offer are: - Easy chairs in different fabric colours from - 195 € - Leather easy chair, brown or beige - 295 € - Click-Clak sofa bed from - 195 € - Sets of 3 +2 seater sofas in different colours from - 395 € - Italian-opening sofa bed - 695 € - Pack with couch + viscoelastic mattress and visco pillows gift - from 550 €



For more information, visit our facilities and see Benjamin at Alicun Ctra No. 76 opposite LIDL supermarket, tel.950 326 080, E-mail:

Tel: 950 326 080

Opening times 10.00am – 1.30pm & 4.30pm – 8.30pm Address: Crta, De Alicun 76 (opposite Lidl) 04740 Roquetas De Mar


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Gardener says Viagra perks up plants A TV gardener has shared his tip for keeping flowers perky - feeding them a tiny dose of Viagra.

iLogic Sound Hat ~ From £9.99/11€ Pop

David Domoney says one milligram of the blue pill gives drooping blooms a lift and extends their life.




Hat on your head, plug

“Drop in a standard Viagra tablet... it stiffens up your blooms a treat,” he advised on his website.

it into your iPod or any

The flowers need just one milligram of a standard 50 milligram tablet to regain their vigor, the gardener said.

be amazed at the sound

MP3 player, and you’ll quality from the integral speakers that fit snugly

Viagra contains nitric oxide, a hormone released by humans that enables blood vessels to relax and increases blood flow to the penis. Plants also give off nitric oxide to turn on their immune system.

over your ears. And now they’re available in three different colours: Pink,

Australian scientists first discovered Viagra’s potential in the plant industry and their research was published in the British Medical Journal.

White or Black.

Gadgets OVO Binary Watch £19.99/22.10€ The OVO Binary Watch is a neat and engaging innovation that does exactly what you’d expect a Binary Watch to do - it tells the time in Binary format. No longer will you glare down at those predictable hands or digits - now you can

All areas covered


You can tackle the likes of Cluedo, Trivial Pursuit, Scrabble and even the card

Spiral Staircases

Windows & Door Grills Ornate Gazebos

Fire Escape Rejas Now available to match existing designs

from 200€

Arboleas Pol. Ind Est.

Between Amigos Bowling & Meroil Garage

Call Keith 638 900 949



Poker, all with the highly beneficial inclusion of some quality Belgian chocolates

Garden Gates & Railings

Shot Blasting & Powder Coating Service Available


Chocolate Board Games ~ £9.99/11€

Motorised Sliding Gates

Garage Doors

Fully legal

determine the minutes and hours.

the metal works

, d n i m , f d o n i e m c f a eace o ‘Pe ‘P y’’ ay w a r a a f w t a o r n a f s iis not

relish the task of adding up the dots to

- a perfect incentive for a chocoholic victory.

Magnetic Rope Pack ~ £8.99/9.90€ These chic Magnetic Lines are an excellent way to display pretty well anything flat like photos, party invites or children’s paintings. The weighted steel cable hangs from a loop and comes with 18 tiny but unbelievably powerful magnets, which hold your artwork securely in place.

please note, prices do not include p&p all of these items are available on-line for further details email:



New APSA Shop Opening in Albox FREE Day Centre for all great prizes to be won in grand draw!! residents in Almeria...

APSA, the Albox animal charity, is

Iceland Store Voucher, Vera

moving! We are taking over the old Piscina Octopus shop in Avenido Lepanto, opposite

15€ Voucher For New APSA Shop

Rumores. All the volunteers are delighted

Various Pet Items from Pets Paradise

with the news as the new shop is bigger

2 Tickets For Murcia Shopping Trip

and in a better location – right next to a

Chauffer Driven Car Up To 6 People

large carpark! The new shop opens on Wednesday 1st February and we are having

Pony Trekking Session For 2 People

a grand draw to celebrate! The raffle will be

Clay Pigeon Shooting - 2 People

drawn on the opening day so come along for

Tickets For 2 For Mini-Cine

bargains, to see the new shop and to maybe win a day out or other excellent prize in the grand draw.

Cut & Blow Dry By Kerry A Meal For 2 , Mis Amigos, Partaloa

Tickets are 1 strip for 2 euros, 3 strips for 5 euros and are available NOW from the present APSA shop in Calle Ancha, volunteers in your area, Bar Rumores, Total

Cut And Blow Dry, JAX Voucher For Shandmade Voucher for Alfombra Rugs

Entertainment, Shandmade (Knitwear)- Los

Table Linen 30€, Sleepcentre

Llanos Market. Tickets will be sold at the

Jewellery, 1 Stop Pool Shop

AGM, 7.30pm, 31st January at Rumores.

One Months Yoga Lessons

Local businesses have been very generous in donating some smashing prizes:

Almeria Angels are always looking for new ways that we can get involved and make a difference within our local community. For a while now we have been helping to run a Carers Group over a 2 hour period once a month, this has proved extremely successful and the enthusiasm for a service of this kind has spurred us on to organise a similar group, but on a larger scale. From February we will be running a monthly day centre from Turre Evangelical Church, starting Thursday 16th. Initially it will open from 11am – 2pm. This will allow carers to bring their dependant along, whether it’s for an 1 hour or 3, giving the carer a well-deserved rest or enable them to chat to people in similar situations, whilst giving them peace of mind that their loved one is totally safe and cared for. The Day Centre, C.S.G – Mojacar, will be supported by Almeria Angels

professional Nurses and Carers as well as volunteers who are happy to give up their time. This will be a non profit making organisation and is totally free to anyone who wishes to come along. You may not personally be in a situation where the Day Centre will be an advantage to you, but you may have a friend or neighbour that you feel would benefit from this service, so we are asking if you would be as kind as to pass this information on to them. We are also looking for volunteers who have a few hours to spare and are willing to give up their time free of charge and be part of this project. Volunteers will be part of a fantastic team and will contribute towards making people’s lives, here in this area, a little bit easier. For more information, please give our Mojacar Office a call on 902 02 64 68. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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only €29!!!! PO Box Rentals, Postal & Courier Services, Faxing, Mobile Telephone Communications, Mobile Unlocking, pay as go internet dongles

Tel: 950 121 149


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TO ADVERTISE HERE CALL 902 750 190 OR EMAIL: SALES@SOLTIMES.COM “Anyone who has lost track of time when using a computer knows the propensity to dream, the urge to make dreams come true and the tendency to miss lunch.” Tim Berners-Lee


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All types of building work carried out see our website for more details Joseph Scott Tel: 659 685 133

Pool Leisure ~ Products & Services now available - winter covers ~ Sand changes ~ pool repairs ~ solar covers ~ FIND US In Longo’s Courtyard

950 104 345 or 637 582 696


Tel: 687 314 775

Same Day Delivery & Stacking Service Available


610 905 173

Fully Legal & Experienced Builders All Building Work Undertaken No Job Too Big or Small!! Phone or email for a no obligation quote

Under New Management

Pet Transportation & Competitive Rates

City & Guilds & ACS qualifications, CORGI registered with 10 years experience

Chris: 637 82 97 87

Gas & Oil Fired Central Heating - Gas Appliances Plumbing - Servicing - Repairs - Installations


950 529 731 / 627 968 434


Drainage Solutions


Emergency Drain Cleaning High Pressure Water Jetting CCTV Surveys Drainage Repairs Location of Cesspits Qualified Engineer Expert Reports Tel: 616 531 283 or 670 088 966

Coastal Mosquitos

Mosquito Screens for Windows & Doors For a free estimate call us on 610 000 700 Awnings shower screens replacement window and doors

Enclosures / Conservatories Convert your patio area into a sunroom or a mosquito free area with glass or mesh


950 091 109 648 768 587

All domestic and commercial work carried out ·All work guaranteed Call out within 1 hour when possible ·all other areas covered Tel: 662 597 596

at a very reasonable price

house sitting - we even look after your pets HOUSES WAREHOUSES OFFICES B SAFE all covered for a stress free life



phone 676190813



Stacking service available Free Kindling with every full load

619 070 839

English Mobile Mechanic 4 Blocked toilets sinks & baths 4 Blocked drains & pipes 4 CCTV surveys & inspections 4 Drain tracing 4 Turbine root cutting 4 Blocked cesspits

Full Guttering Service Quality English Guttering Rain Diverters Water Butts Free Quotations

24 hour cover

now incorporating “Sammy Sweep”

Plisse retracting screens ideal for all types of door openings

Call Jim 677 557 190

References available. Pics of work completed.

665 517 643

James & Son

Removals / Storage UK, France & Spain

Professional, reliable, handy man available for all the jobs he doesn’t get round to, including Van Removals, Painting, Small Plumbing Jobs, Shelves, Garden Clearance, All Outside Work. Walls, Stone Cladding, Rendering etc. Good hourly / daily rate. 6 yrs in the area.



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Mosquito Screens & Blinds

• Pull down / Sliding Blinds Have your screen & Screens, Windows & Patios serviced & repaired • Vertical Blinds ready for summer • Security Grills • Shower/Bath screens Bugs are the ones to do it!! • Awnings

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CORRECT PRIORITIES It’s a long story, but we haven’t got a dog. Unfortunately José and Matilde’s dog, Lucero, refuses to accept this. It started with her accompanying her owners up to our house on a social basis. Then it graded up to social visits all on her own, but it was still made very clear to her that she was Not Our Dog. But after her third pregnancy the estate had a whip-round, and raised enough money to get her ‘done’. Of course someone had to keep an eye on her afterwards, and this responsibility fell to us. On her return from surgery, when her world had stopped going round in circles and she had regained full control of her legs, she realised that she had cracked it, achieved her ambition, and got into our house, even if only for the nights. Even so, she kept her options open, and commuted between our house, José and Matilde’s house, and any other house where she thought she had a chance of a friendly greeting and a biscuit. But last week, just when the weather turned wintry, she fell ill. We didn’t have the heart to leave her outside in the cold when she was clearly not her usual chirpy self, so she became a full-time house resident, and spent her time curled up in front of the heater, shaking like a leaf and looking apologetic, especially when she was sick on the carpet, which was frequently. After several days she was no better and I was running out of carpet cleaner. So although she is Not Our Dog, it


became obvious that she was Our Responsibility, and we took her to the vet. After an initial diagnosis it is clear that the Dog That Is Not Ours has become the Dog Whose Bills We Are Going To Have To Pay. I don’t know what the eventual sum will be, but I suspect it will be a shock to the pocket. This was foremost in our minds as we were walking past the jewellery shop. We have significant anniversary looming on the horizon, and Pete usually spoils me on such occasions - he knows that jewellery is my only weakness! “You know that I love you dearly’ he said. ‘But I think we should wait and see how much the vet’s bill is before I buy you anything expensive.” I agree with him. I would rather have the Dog That Is Not Ours restored to its normal cheerful free spirit than a shiny something which, no matter how beautiful, will never give me the unconditional affection that is the hallmark of this particular little mutt.

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EPIC VIEWING . . . . . . . One thing that I hate about public holidays in the UK is the incessant repeats on television of movies that not only did we see the first time around, but have been force fed by way of multiple screenings month on month and year on year ad nauseam. It’s pointless changing channels, because they are all at it and it becomes a simple exercise in which repeat do we prefer – Bridget Jones or Jurassic Park; Grease or Jaws; Toy Story or Gladiator? The list is endless - it’s a classic case of Hobson’s choice. Of course, we can always opt to slam in a DVD, or break out the board games and most of the time that’s exactly what we do - with the addictive Mexican Train being the current favourite. I warn anyone not to buy this game unless they are prepared to play long into the night; tolerate some very spicy language from frustrated opponents or see their intake of alcohol rise – along with their blood pressure - to an alarming level. It should most definitely come with a government health warning.

But getting back to those repeats: In our house there is one notable exception to the rule of refusing to watch the same movies over and over again, because there is one film in particular that my wife simply cannot get enough of. She has seen it a zillion times; from the first release in 1959 right up to the present day and she waits with hardly concealed excitement whenever she sees in the TV pages that it is about to be screened yet again. On the odd occasions that I have spotted it first, I do my very best to conceal the fact from her by pretending I have mislaid the television magazine. But that’s a dangerous game, because if you think that Hannibal Lecter is scary when crossed, then you obviously don’t know my wife. Look, it’s a good film - right. But I estimate that Ben Hur is shown three times a year on one channel or another and that my wife will never consciously miss seeing any of them given the chance. Therefore by my reckoning she has watched it close on a hundred times since I have known her. This is not an exaggeration and at three and a half hours a hit, that’s nearly two whole weeks of her life watching Charlton Heston take on the Roman Empire single handed.

By Colin Bird

That’s probably more than Mr Heston’s wife saw of him when he was making the darn film. Anyway, my wife has pretty much all of the lines down pat, especially those between Ben Hur and his erstwhile buddy Massala – the Roman baddie and she is able to recite them ahead of the actors. To be honest I might as well turn the sound down on the telly. But the thing that I find the most incomprehensible is when we get to the famous chariot race scene. Even I have to admit that this is a spectacular piece of movie making but - and this is the point – I know who is going to win; it’s a foregone conclusion which has been confirmed with countless viewings of the ruddy thing. But there is my wife, glued to the box as if watching it for the first time; goggle eyed, nervously biting the ends of her fingers and cheering on Charlton Heston aka Judah Ben Hur. I could tell her without watching it that the bloke from Thrace – wherever that is - is going to end up with no wheels and some serious road rash. I know without a shadow of a doubt that the Ethiopian charioteer is going to come to a very sticky end, after his buggy is typically rear-ended by the woman driver in the natty red Persian chariot and will be splattered all over the front three rows. And you can take it to the bank when I tell you that Mr Massala gets creamed

by Ben thingy, and ends up looking like road kill on the track of Jerusalem’s version of Silverstone. And by the by, what does our hero get for his troubles by way of a trophy? A gold cup maybe, or perhaps a specially struck medal commemorating the occasion? You would think so wouldn’t you. But nope; his reward for risking life and limb is a pathetic crown made of laurel leaves. It’s not even something he can stick in a glass case and be able to show his grandchildren in years to come, as he regales them with the tale of the day he made toast of the Roman military commander - because in a couple of weeks it will be compost. Got to go – Lady in Red is starting...



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Deer are arriving, and the ‘guiris’ are leaving the region. Mid 20th Century the deer became extinct in the mountains around Cieza in the north. Being a perfect habitat for the deer, with plenty of food sources, the deer have returned to grace this stunningly beautiful piece of nature. Local hunters are rejoicing over the reappearance of the deer, as they for decades only had wild boar to shoot. Makes sense, doesn’t it?!? The economic crisis seems to have been too much for 15,000 Ecuadorians, who have decided to return to Ecuador for a better life. Well, flexibility has always been the best tool in the pursuit of financial stability and happiness. First to leave a sinking ship are apparently Ecuadorians and Italian captains! “If my house was legal before, why is it not any more?” Many Expats will nod their heads in recognition of this statement. However, it was not an Expat, who posed this question, but Spanish Sr. García who owns a house on the coast. His house, together with the houses of his fifteen neighbours, has with the authorities’ desire to make a ‘paseo maritimo’ from one day to the next turned illegal. This, though Sr. García has all the permits in order for the house. Bullying by law is not reserved for foreigners here in Spain. The press’s choice of focus on a story leaves me sometimes baffled. Spain’s most famous judge, Baltasar Garzón (the one who indicted former Chilean dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet in 1998) was last week in the dock, facing his peers on a charge of mishandling a corruption investigation. What did the news focus on? That one of the judges’ mobiles rang during the proceedings, and the judge turned to one of his colleagues and joked “That was Moncloa” (Moncloa being the official residence of the Spanish prime minister). Obviously the subject of the case is too complex for the press to comprehend, so they turned their attention to something simpler. Small minds! Never step on other peoples toes! As a true sportsman Real Madrid footballer Pepe would of course never dream of doing such a thing. No, he steps on people’s hands. ‘Accidentally’ of course! And he has apologized of course! And the footballworld’s ‘pouting spice’, Real Madrid’s trainer Mou, will not punish Pepe, as stomping on Lionel Messi’s hand was unintentional; so says Pepe. And we all saw the obvious ‘unintention’, when Pepe in passing Messi trying to get on his feet, stopped up for a split second, took note of the position of Messi’s hand on the ground, performed a delicate little step forward, worthy of a leading ballerina in Swan Lake, and hammered his right foot down hard on Messi’s left hand. A couple of days ago I watched a programme from St. Petersburg – Russia, I might add for the benefit of any American reader. Always wanted to visit the city, which I got confirmed during the programme is an absolutely beautiful city. The impression is one of a rich and flourishing society. The signs of a modern democracy were there to see!! But is it a democracy?? Though Putin could not be re-elected as president in 2008, he merely moved his centre of power a couple of kilometers down the road, to run Russia as prime minister. From there he pulled the puppet strings of his non-descript successor. His 4 years ‘break’ is finished in 2012, and according to sources, he will stand for a new term as president, making it possible that he could govern Russia until 2024. Seems Russia has gone back to absolutism – Long live Emperor Putin of Russia! Oh – Happy New Year! Year 4709, the year of the dragon according to the Chinese calendar. Biggy is an independent advisor, translator/interpreter and professional writer. She has lived in Spain since 1992 and has aquired indepth knowledge of Spanish law, administration and culture - Email: DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed in this column are the opinions of the columnist and not the opinions of Sol Times Newspaper Group. The newspaper takes no responsibility for the content or the opinions of columnist.

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Should you be, like many Brits, a convert to the cult of the extra virgin, a devotee of the Mediterranean magic potion that is olive oil, then I’m afraid we have some bad news. According to Tom Mueller, author of a new book on the subject, Extra Virginity: The Sublime And Scandalous World of Olive Oil, not all virgins are as pure as they might seem — and the world of olive oil is increasingly beset with fraud, smuggling and even poisoning. The problem is that where there’s money, there’s crime, and olive oil is a very valuable commodity. In July, Spanish police arrested the leader of a gang responsible for the theft of more than a million litres of the stuff, siphoned from storage tanks in Murcia, and shipped under false paperwork to Italy for sale. Italian newspapers regularly report producers being robbed at gunpoint by drivers who arrive in the middle of the night with tankers. A few years ago, Bertolli, the biggest olive oil brand in the world, suffered a multi-million euro theft at its plant near Milan — with sophisticated thieves using jammed security cameras, guns and lorries to secure their bounty. Olive oil occupies a unique place in culinary history. Humans have been eating the fruits of these gnarled and tenacious trees for as long as the two of us have coexisted on this planet. But since then, too, the olive oil industry has been dogged by fraud. Clay tablets found at Ebla, in Syria, describe the activities of a 2,500 year-old anti-fraud squad who were responsible for ensuring the purity of oil, while the classical philosopher and doctor Galen complained of unscrupulous traders adulterating their olive oil with liquid lard to make it go further. But ancient foodies were lucky — the Roman Empire had strict controls in place to minimise such double dealing. Two thousand years later, olive oil regulation is back in the Dark Ages. As Mueller’s book observes, when you buy wine, you can usually trust that the contents match the label: if it says Chateau Margaux 1949 on the bottle, you’re not going to find last year’s Chilean Malbec inside. Olive oil labels, by contrast, give very little information to the consumer: an oil costing £20 a bottle will look, on the shelf, very similar to one retailing at a tenth of the price. And with one former producer claiming 98  per cent of what is sold in Italy as extra-virgin olive oil is actually nothing of the sort, how on earth can shoppers tell what they’re getting? In theory, it should be easy: olive oil is graded into several different types for sale, the most common of which is extra virgin. Extra virgin olive oil is the highest quality, made from the very best olives. Virgin oil, meanwhile, is made with slightly riper olives and so is deemed to have a less superior flavour. European legislation dictates that any oil labelled virgin must have been extracted from the olive by physical means, such as pressing, rather than by chemical refinement. It also has to pass a taste test conducted by EU experts. Rigorous enough, you might think — if only the law was properly enforced. Olive oil doesn’t come cheap —beware of anything under about £6 a litre — and many have succumbed to the temptation to cut a few corners. The most common fraud involves diluting extra virgin oil with a lesser grade — such as lampante, or lamp-oil, judged unfit for human consumption because of its high acid content. Another option is to substitute a different type of oil entirely, often originating outside the EU where production is cheaper. Last year, two Spanish businessmen were sent to prison for selling extra virgin olive oil that turned out to be 75 per cent sunflower oil, while Mueller recounts the story of a shipment of Turkish hazelnut oil which, after a voyage around Europe, arrived in southern Italy in September 1991 with papers declaring it was Greek olive oil. There it was mixed with the real thing, and sold to unsuspecting customers including Nestle, owners of Buitoni oil, and Bertolli for use in their

products. The substantial profits associated with such fraud, Mueller says, enable crooks to bribe low-paid customs officials and police to turn a blind eye to such arrivals. But this deception isn’t just confined to smugglers and gangsters. In 2004, an olive oil producer called Andreas Marz, concerned about the declining quality of Italian olive oil, decided to conduct his own test. He bought 31 different kinds of extra virgin olive oil from German supermarkets, and sent them to three expert tasting panels in Florence for analysis. Only one was judged to meet extra virgin standards, nine were downgraded to virgin, and the rest, including offerings from several major Italian brands, were graded as lampante. When Marz published the results, t h o s e involved in the revelations found themselves hit with lawsuits by Carapelli, makers of ‘Italy’s most beloved extra virgin olive oil’, who seemed to have friends in some very high places indeed. In fact, ‘intimidation’ is the word used by one of the experts concerned. No wonder, then, that Marz’s shocking findings changed absolutely nothing. Such adulteration is deceitful, certainly, but pales in comparison to the toxic oil scandal which killed more than 1,000 Spaniards, and seriously injured 24,000 others, in the Eighties. They fell ill after consuming rapeseed oil intended for industrial use, which had been rendered inedible by the addition of a toxic compound called aniline, used in the production of plastics. Unscrupulous traders had taken advantage of the low price-tag, repackaged it as olive oil, and sold it for culinary use.Even companies which act within the law are happy to appropriate the premium image of Italian olive oil for lesser blends. Don’t be fooled by Italian flags or Tuscan olive groves on a label. Italy is one of the world’s largest importers of olive oil, much of which is then blended, stuck into suitably Italian packaging and re-exported. About 80 per cent of the oil produced in Jaen, southern Spain, for example, is shipped to Italy, where it can be packaged and sold by Italian brands as ‘packed’ or ‘bottled in Italy’, for a far higher price than poor old Spanish brands can get. Indeed, Bertolli, for all its rustic Italian advertising, tells Mueller it actually imports about four-fifths of the oil it uses, mostly from Spain, North Africa and the Middle East. While it doesn’t really matter, from a health point of view, whether our olive oil comes from Tuscany or Tunisia, the much vaunted advantages of this cornerstone of the Mediterranean diet — its apparent ability to help protect the body from some forms of cancer and cardiovascular disease — depend very much on the quality of the oil. Only virgin oils can claim the full range of health benefits attributed to olive oil, because the refining process strips lesser oils of its vitamins. But until the EU imposes tighter controls of the kind in place for wine, there seems little incentive for the olive oil industry to clean up its act. In the meantime, there are a few things the consumer can do to help ensure that the oil they’re buying is of the quality that they’d expect it to be. Go for virgin or extra virgin oil, where the golden rule is that sadly, if it seems too cheap to be true, it probably is. Look for dark bottles, which will protect the contents from damaging UV rays that make it rancid, and search out the longest sell-by date you can. Olive oil may be sacred to many British foodies, but it’s not immune to corruption. It seems that, for the unwary consumer at least, healthy eating is a very slippery business.





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When it comes to comfort eating, it seems you can’t beat the old favourites. Shepherd’s pie and lasagne are the top winter warmers in a poll for Sainsbury’s – beating chicken curry and beef chilli. But as both were also described as the most calorific, they might be ones to avoid if you’re on a new year diet. A total of 60 per cent of people opted for the traditional meat pie with mashed potato topping as their leading winter warmer. It was followed in second place by the Italian classic lasagne, which was also named as the most popular meal in the colder months by young people aged 18 to 35. Forty per cent of people said lasagne would be the first dish they would drop if they wanted to go on a diet, while shepherd’s pie came third. In the poll of the most popular winter dishes, chicken curry, beef chilli and chicken and mushroom pie came in third, fourth and fifth place respectively, according to the YouGov research for Sainsbury’s. Annie Denny, the special diets and health manager at Sainsbury’s, said it was important to get ‘the balance right between enjoying yourself and not over indulging’. The consumer research by YouGov was carried out online among a sample size of 2,009 adults between January 9 and 11.

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500ml olive oil, not extra virgin 1 small onion, finely chopped 1kg lean lamb, minced 150ml water 1.2ltr lamb stock 2 large carrots, peeled, finely diced 1/2 bunch thyme, leaves only and finely chopped Salt and freshly ground black pepper 500g mashed potatoes, enough to cover six pies

METHOD Preheat the oven to 180C/gas 4. Heat the olive oil in a large roasting tray on top of the cooker, add the finely chopped onion and sweat until tender. Add the minced lamb and fry for a few minutes to break up any big lumps. Add the water and transfer the tray to the preheated oven. Every 10 minutes, break up the mince with a whisk - all of the natural fat from the lamb will render out of the meat; this is correct. Carry on cooking until the lamb is golden brown in colour. Put the cooked lamb into a colander to drain off excess fat and grease, then return it to the original tray. Place the tray on the hob, add just enough lamb stock to cover, and bring the whole thing to the boil over a medium-low heat. Meanwhile, blanch the diced carrot in rapidly boiling salted water until soft, but not mushy, then refresh in cold water and keep to one side. Gently simmer the lamb mince until it becomes quite binding in consistency. Add the chopped thyme and the blanched carrot. Adjust

the salt and black pepper, according to taste. Transfer the mince into earthenware or china pie dishes, approximately 15 to 20cm in diameter. Press the mince down to give a smooth surface onto which the potato can be piped. Using a piping bag with a large nozzle, carefully pipe an even layer of potato over the surface of the pie. Cook the pies in an oven at 180C/gas 4 for 10 to 15 minutes, until the potato begins to turn golden brown and the pie is piping hot in the centre.

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Heat the oil in a large pan and brown the lamb mince in batches - don’t add too much at once or it will steam rather than brown. Put the meat into a colander set over a bowl to drain away excess fat. Tip away all but 1tbsp fat from the meat pan and fry the onion for 10min until softened. Stir in the tomatoes, stock and harissa. Return lamb to the pan, bring to the boil, then cover and simmer for 30min.

Preheat the oven to 220ºC (200ºC fan) mark 7. Fill each pepper half with lamb, crumble the feta over and arrange in a roasting tin. Drizzle with half the extra virgin olive oil and cover with foil. Cook for 20-30 mins until the peppers are tender but still holding their shape. Remove the foil for the last 5 mins to brown the cheese. Drizzle with the remaining oil and sprinkle with coriander to serve.


1tbsp olive oil 350g (12oz) lamb mince 1 medium onion, chopped 227g tin chopped tomatoes 100ml (31⁄2fl oz) hot lamb stock 1½tsp harissa paste 4 large peppers, halved & deseeded 100g (3½oz) feta 1½tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1tbsp freshly chopped coriander


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Tuesday - Chicken Burgers Ingredients

25g (1oz) butter 1 shallot, finely chopped 2 rashers smoked streaky bacon, finely chopped 400g (14oz) mushrooms, finely chopped 50ml (2fl oz) white wine 1 thyme sprig, leaves removed 200g (7oz) cooked chicken, finely chopped 50g (2oz) fresh white breadcrumbs 1 large egg, beaten Large handful curly parsley, roughly chopped ½tbsp wholegrain mustard 1tbsp olive oil 4 burger buns, split in half and toasted A few lettuce leaves to serve Pickle to serve

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Melt the butter in a pan and gently fry the shallot and bacon for 2-3min. Turn up the heat and add the mushrooms. Cook for 3-5min until tender. Add wine and thyme and bubble until liquid has evaporated. Cool. Put the chicken into a bowl with the mushroom mixture, breadcrumbs, egg, parsley and mustard. Mix well. Form into four burgers, squeezing each one together well to help it stick. Chill for 30min. Heat the oil in a large frying pan and sizzle the burgers for 5min, turning once. Serve in the buns with lettuce leaves, topped with a little chutney.

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Preheat oven to 190°C (170°C fan) mark 5. Put in a baking sheet to heat up. Melt butter in a pan and gently fry leek for 20min until softened. Cool slightly. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out pastry to the thickness of a £1 coin. Line a 20.5cm, 3cm deep round flan tin with the pastry and prick the base with a fork. Line with baking parchment, fill with baking beans and bake blind for 10-12min. Remove baking beans and

paper, then cook pastry for 5-8min until base feels sandy to the touch. Turn oven down to 150°C (130°C fan) mark 2. Flake salmon into bite-sized pieces. Spread the mustard over base, followed by the cooled leek and salmon. Beat together the cream and egg and season well. Pour into the pastry case, sprinkle with chives and bake for 2030min until just set. Serve hot or at room temperature with a green salad.


25g (1oz) butter 1 small leek, finely sliced Flour to dust 250g (9oz) shortcrust pastry 100g (31⁄2oz) hot smoked salmon 1tsp wholegrain mustard 150ml (5fl oz) double cream 1 medium egg 1⁄2tbsp chopped chives

thursday- Spiced Chicken Traybake

METHOD Preheat oven to 200°C (180°C fan) mark 6. Bring a large pan of water to the boil. Cook cauliflower and swede for 3-5min until almost tender. Drain. Use a pestle and mortar to pound the spices together. Season well, then stir in the oil and three-quarters of the oregano.

Put chicken, onion and cooked veg into a large roasting tin. Drizzle spice mix over, making sure chicken is well coated. Add stock and cook for 35-40min until the chicken is cooked through and the vegetables are tender. Serve with plain steamed rice and remaining oregano.


250g (9oz) cauliflower, cut into florets 200g (7oz) swede, cut into 2cm (3⁄4in) cubes 1tsp each cumin seeds, chilli flakes and curry powder 1⁄2tsp turmeric 3tbsp vegetable oil 2tbsp fresh oregano leaves 8 chicken legs 1 large red onion, cut into 10 wedges 100ml (31⁄2fl oz) hot chicken stock

friday - Vegetable Risotto Ingredients

1tbsp olive oil 1 small leek, thinly sliced 1 courgette, diced 1 small garlic clove, crushed 300g (11oz) risotto rice 150ml (5fl oz) dry white wine 900ml (1½ pints) hot vegetable stock 50g (2oz) frozen peas 50g (2oz) each of butter and freshly grated parmesan 1⁄2tbsp each freshly chopped mint, curly parsley and basil 50g (2oz) rocket

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inc bottle of cava per couple -15€ Disco only after 9pm for only 5€

karaoke with john lodge from Mother’s Day lunch 7.30pm Saturday 11th February with Tony Justice free entry

8 th March

a selection of 5€ bar snacks Glass of cava upon arrival will be available 3 course menu 15€

Fish & Chips ch Friday nch lun aylu su day nd sun Served 5.95€ 1pm - 4pm Served

6€ se 6€ urse 1 Cour 1 Co 8€ s 8€ se s ur se Co ur 2 2 Co € 10€ s 10 ses urse 3 Cour 3 Co

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

Tel: 950 475 198


Large kimrick correos farmacia red cross

7.95€ Approx 300 metres

Los Gallardos Tlf 950 398 799


mojacar playa

Steak specials

including free bottle of wine per Couple Bookings Now Being Taken For Our

Valentine’s Dinner Dance

Tuesday 14th Febuary

3 Course Dinner incl. a glass of Cava

15€ per person

Menu del Dia & Menu de Noche

now includes a complimentary glass of wine! Open 6 days a week - Closed Monday Tel: 950 475 127 or 659 109 379 Avenida del Mediterraneo 6, (next to Lua)


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Meditation Made Easy


r and Tea Room

Open from 10am onwards Closed Thursdays

“TRADITIONAL” TAPAS (selection changed daily)

*** SANDWICHES - HOT and COLD on choice of breads, including “French Toast” selection... *** OMELETTES ~ “Design your Own” *** “LITE BITES” MENU

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.


Situated in the Square opposite Hotel Playa Luna, Urbanisation, Roquetas de Mar.

Telephone (0034) 664 165 372

Burty’s B


y terrace huge sunnio ar and spac uosrb40 plus f indoor seating te functions riva available for p e ations welcom t n e s e r p s r e lf go

p sale Next table to ry 12th februa

Live music

spanish Mon 27th February lessons Tony Justice 5€

Every Wednesday 11.30am All Levels

sunday roast 5.95€

served 2pm - 7pm Booking advisable

does “The Rat Pack”

10€ per person

Menu to follow bingo

2pm Tuesdays

quiz & bingo 2pm thursdays

Anglican church service 3rd Thursday of the month Next service 16th February 11.30am

Breakfast from 2.50€

served from 10am.


Large 50c XLarge 70c Served from 1-7pm Changed daily

sun - fri 10am - 7pm Closed saturdays Playa Serena, roquetas de mar

Call 679 156 715

There are so many different ways to approach meditation so that it works for you, and techniques don’t always involve sitting in silence for hours on end! Practising meditation can bring a sense of inner peace and calm your mindracing, with the ability to ‘live in the moment’, but achieving a heightened state of self-awareness is something that many people find difficult. We tackle common problems that many people experience when they try to meditate. When trying to meditate for the first time, many people begin to notice just how many loud thoughts run through their mind at one time. Try to still the body first by tensing your body from feet to your crown, release, and repeat a few times. Focus on your breath and when thoughts come into your mind, try to experience them as radio waves, let them go and re-focus on your breath, letting any thoughts float away. For people with racing minds, meditations are a wonderful way to slow down and enjoy the moment. The trick is to treat all your thoughts as if they were bubbles floating through your mind, so you can see thoughts, allow the bubble to stay intact, and let it float past you. Don’t engage in thoughts, just acknowledge the thought, and let the bubble float past you. For instance if you begin to think about your shopping list, let a bubble with the list float through your mind, and don’t think about writing the shopping list! Trying to expel negative thoughts and voices is difficult; it can be frightening to focus inwards rather than outwards. Initially try short meditations to take the pressure off. Start with 10 minutes; if that’s too long, just stop what you’re doing and be absolutely still and focus on your breathing. Make sure you sit upright comfortably, tilt your pelvis forward slightly, keeping your back erect to provide maximum impact from the inhaled oxygen. For those people who just can’t sit still and fidget nonstop, the success of your meditation is to ensure that you are sitting

comfortably, certainly not ‘still’ for hours on end or in positions you just can’t stay in comfortably, no matter how hard you try! The whole aim of reaching Zen, or mindfulness, seems unattainable for many. Mindfulness is a technique used by many people to enter a meditative state-it’s not a state itself, only a step on the way. Mindfulness is basically a state of awareness, from our thoughts, actions and feelings. The aim is to silently observe these thoughts and sensations without actually thinking about them. We have to stay in the moment, be totally aware of thoughts, feelings, and experience them without engaging in rational thinking processes. As mindfulness becomes part of daily experience, we find that happiness is a choice, and not dependant on external forces. Why? Because we release ourselves from attachments to thoughts and feelings, and start to just ‘be’!’ After a short period of meditation, you can feel stronger having drawn on the reserve of strength that resides naturally within us, at the deeper recesses of the mind. This will enable you to face daily challenges from a new perspective.




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

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


Phill Kenny, remember the camera never lies!! Lots of love from all the girls at Sophias xxxx


happy 12th birthday lots of love from Jade & Morgan

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

Sunday 12th February - Table Top Sale Tuesdays Bingo - 2pm Thursdays Quiz & Bingo from 2pm Monday 27th February - Tony Justice does the Rat Pack

Bar Chaplins ........................ Happy 12th birthday Adam !!! Love from Teresa, Jade, Morgan, Anne & John xxxx

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

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

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

Revita Natural Health & Relaxation Centre..........


has joined the 40 club!!! Many congratulations and lots of love from all of her friends & family, inc. Phil, Sofia y Alicia xxxxxxx


Happy 8th birthday to our special little boy! All our love from all your family xxxxxx

Cabo del Gato

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

Mini Hollywood

Mini Hollywood, Tabernas, Carretera National 340km, Desierto de Tabernas, Almeria Open 12:00 - 18:00 0034 950 365 236 or 0034 950 362 884 A simulated Wild West town. There are daily shows of Wild West scenes, some outside depicting 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.

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

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

lady lay................................. Valentine’s Night - 14th February - further details to follow Quiz Night - 22nd February Murder Mystery Night - date to be announced

MARIA’S WEEKLY WORDS billete - ticket billete de ida - single ticket billete de ida y vuelta - return ticket albergue - hostal fonda/posada - inn destino - destination equipaje - luggage gira - tour


llevar a alguien por la calle de la amargura literal translation – to lead somebody down bitter street equivalent to: “to make someone’s life a misery”

For all your translations call Maria on 633 166 709



Valentine’s Night 3 course meal for only 15€ per person

Choose from 2 starters, 2 main courses and 2 desserts

Bookings only

We are located on the paseo between the Zoraida Garden Hotel and the Port of Roquetas De Mar 950 325 867

B ubbles Laundry Service

Ro q u e t a s

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M a r

We Supply a Pick Up and Drop Off Service to apartments and hotels. Ironing Service also available.

Tel: 666 717 742


self defence Children & adult Classes Get fit & have fun

Indigo Gym, Mojacar

For more info: 646 844 708

Dance Classes

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

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

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

Mobile: (0034) 663 426 921

La Grappa

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

950 334 188 609 337 316

to reserve your table


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SOL CLASSIFIEDS Airport services Airport, social & shopping run. Tel: 677 667 722 Tel: 639 081 067


Airport Parking

Alicante Almeria Murcia New Servicing / Repairs

Air-con Winter offer

10% off all services & installs

Sales Service Install’s Fully Certified


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


Airport services

business oppertunity

For sale

950 432 110 / 607 364 917

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.

alternative energy

Serious enquiries only

MD Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration S.L

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

baby hire Everything for the visiting baby Car seats,high chairs, stair gates, cots etc. Tel: 950 436 581 or 666 375 688 expectingbaby@

soltimes do you have a business you want to promote?

We have 32,000 readers who could be looking at your advert right now! contact Paulette on 950 121 936 or 902 750 190

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. 696 049 588 Email: INTERNAL & EXTERNAL BLINDS



building & property services no job to small

Contact Stephen Hood Tel 647 843 486 / 950 067 018

reduced to half price


Business For Sale

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

Popular & well established cafe for sale in Albox, very busy, genuine enquiries only, sale due to retirement, call for more details 634 315 730

To place your Paulette on 950 121 936 or 902 750 190 Email: or in person, we’re above New Horizon Villas, Los Carasoles, on the main Albox-Baza road from the motorway. Private sale ads are free under 300€ (3 ads per week) email:

cleaning cont...


Property Care Service Key Holding, Holiday Change Over Cleaning. Let us take good care of your proper ty! Tel: 627 279 584


one - off, weekly, fortnightly, restaurants, retail, offices equipment & supplies provided tel:619 744 516 or 633 246 788



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

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

Steve Hayes Informatica

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

Tel: 950 120 900

tel 647 379 878 chimney sweep SAMMY SWEEP

Chimney Sweep Service available covering all areas

call paul on

619 070 839

craft / hobby Elaine’s Wools quality UK wool & accessories. Also available at Camposol Mazarron & on the Arboleas forum. Call 667 273 889 elaines wools@

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


Firewood good logs, not roots, 80€ a trailer load. 950 478 886 or 659 261 339 for hire

MINI DIGGER with driver Excellent Rates Telephone Tony 650 906 114

Size: H40cm Width Tapered 30 – 20cm 50€ Tel: 950 067 086 Unwanted CD Christmas gifts Rod Stewart’s latest - the Great American 6€ Songbook Celine Dion Taking deluxe Chances edition with extra DVD 7€ Tel: 634 873 035 (Arboleas) TV 29” flat screen monitor TV. 2 years usage.perfect order 50€ Tel 680 768 843 bottle Gas fire. convector Black. 4 months usage 50€ Tel 680 768 843 Renault Scenic drivers handbook. English. 1999-2002 10€ Tel 680 768 843 Duty Heavy Battery, type 096, 28cms x 17.5cms x19cms, Mercedes, Jaguar etc. 75€ Tel: 610 667 743/ 950 432 990. 9” Disc Cutter, carry case, as new. 80€ Tel: 610 667 743. work Wood Router and 25 cutters. 75€ Tel: 610 667 743. E l e c t r i c Guitar, Metallica silver resonator with


potty finca services professional tree felling & pruning,


including all types of palm trees

strimming of overgrown gardens & hedge cutting spanish registered. logs available

Office to Rent Self contained office in Los Carasoles Fully Equipped Good Parking 5 minutes off motorway (Albox turning) 60€ per week includes utilities


For Hire

small, established bar in La Alfoquia for sale

good location, all fixtures & fittings included, serious enquiries only tel: 634 310 462

for sale Dog Kennel For Large Dog Size: H 100/ W 85 / D 90cm Model/Make Keter Colour: Green/Grey. Never Condition: Used As New 70€ ono Tel: 685 224 985 2 Contempory Wall Lights, White Glass With Blue Trim, Made In Italy.

ring john on 616 855 294 or 950 163 930

L & M LANDSCAPES For all your gardening needs


Installation of fibreglass Septic tanks all areas covered

950091109 648768587


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

Call 695 118 960

electrical Knowles & Abbott no.1 for electrics and plumbing. Rewires, free to air UK satellite systems. Tel: 950 137 208 or 638 010 691

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

Call Mark: 950 398 755 670 409 538


Garden Machinery mechanic

Qualified Horticultural Engineer


Neil Godwin

25 years experience

Full City & Guilds Fully insured & legal Boletins supplied Tel : 687 245 569

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

call stephen on 950 091 190 or 646 450 111

mother of pearl and ornate inscriptions. Superb quality. Must be seen. 280€ ono. Tel: 950 091 148 3 radio controlled planes: Piper Cub 4 Wot 2m.20. 1m.30, T om Tit 1m.25. All 2 stroke glow engines. Two Futaba transmitters, 1 field box with starter motor, fuel pump and glow plug Spare batteries. servos and props. All chargers for the above. Lots of bits and pieces. 150€ Tel: 950 290 266 Dyson Upright Cleaner Bagless Excellent Condition Working Good Order 40€ Tel: 950 475 455 Mob: 661 016 366 B a throom 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 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 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 childrens 2 bikes 1 boys mountain bike 30€ & a girls 1st bike with stabalisers 20€ Tel: 649 186 107

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




Hair design at Sophias, Arboleas. Phil the Pick Beauty therapy also available daily. Tel. Locksmith 24 hours. Locked 950 449 451 or email Out? Locks fitted/ upgraded house heating safes. Arboleas & surrounding area. Special weekend rates. Tel: 697 243 181


Advertise your PAINTING businees here! Tel: 950 121 936 or INSIDE & OUT: 902 750 190 All quality products Telephone

mobile hairdresser Norway’s answer to Mobile Hair Stylist heating fully qualified city & guild in UK your areas covered Cucador, Zurgena, home in Alfoquia, Arboleas & Spain surrounding areas

Tel: 634 312 171

All aspects of hair care for men, women & children at competitive prices party packages cuts from 10€

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

Call Cathy on 634 346 037

health & beauty


Get fit this January with Sophias Wellness Centre, Arboleas. Daily classes, places available. Tel. 950 449 451 or email avon cosmetics claire Tel: 691 987 454


Family rates & group discounts


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


“Readers of a sensitive GB disposition may house clearance find some of the advertisments Cash payment waiting in this section for all your unwanted offensive” goods, also business Male Massuer stock liquidations Men only Relaxing carried out. and affordable. Tel: call cash & carry 676 902 388 a ttr a ct i v e clearances Don’t take a chance! couple offers tel: 689 023 602 or Don’t break the Law! exclusive erotic for 618 725 567 Let us take the hassle services women, men and away from you and couples. also re-register your vehicle house and hotel Antas & Arboleas visits possible. tel. on to Spanish plates 629 483 618 sexy, elegant WE PROMISE TO BEAT lady (31) with I’LL BUY ANYTHING TODAY! ANY GENUINE QUOTATION curved body, For a full service contact: Best prices paid, no middle men & spoils you daily we don’t work from the bedroom! Alan 662 249 159 without pressure Visit either Antas of time discreet in or Arboleas her luxury villa. tel. today! opticians 669 101 316 AUCTION ~ 1st saturday of every month 12-3pm Optica Albox All your optical needs, Opposite Mora oil eye tests, hearing tests, contact lenses 637 184 625 Tel: 950 121 991







950 121 943

iron/Metal works The

Metal Grills, Gates, rejas, railings, gates of fabriction all types, security/ welding sliding/roller, rejas, reliable service concertina doors Tel: 950 069 208 etc. Tel: Keith or 638 449 944 Wood on 638 900 email 949

metal works works

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

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

properties for sale / rent large mobile home . on secure residential site in gador. 2 bed, 2 bath,fully furnished, sat tv, mphone, internet.

23,000€ ono

painting & decorating

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

Tel Alan: 950 450 174 or 600 268 176

free estimates

Friendly, Professional, Clean, Efficient

quality work guarenteed

Best prices around Tel: 649 186 107 or email:

cucador VILLA

250€ pcm

tel 950645405 or 646130831

Lovely 1 Bed Apartment in La Envia Golf. Secure Gated Community tastefully Furnished With Put-U-Up Bed In Secluded Area For Guests. Full Aircon / Heating Great Views over Golf Course/ Mountains/Sea from South Facing Balcony. 32inch Flat Screen in Lounge, TV / DVD in Bedroom both independent English channels. Large Pool with Grassed Area. Open from May - Oct. £350 Per Month. Full Payment for let in advance. Ring Bob or Paula Tel: 603 396 226 for sale massive cortijo 20mins from mojacar

only 165.000€

This is a unique spanish country cortijo with 4 beds, 2 bath, Open plan living areas, kitchen & dining room as well as a workshop, courtyard front & back and room for a pool.Mountain views Build 212 m², Terrace 65 m², Plot 1200 m² Garage/Workshop 65m2

649 186 107

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

Property to Rent Los carasoles Villa with lots of land 3 large bedrooms 1 en suite, fully furnished, large pool in 2000sqm land 450€ pcm call to view: 609 199 394 Property to Rent cucador 4 bed, 2 bath villa with small patio 250€ pcm call to view: 609 199 394




painter / decorator

Property to Rent 4 bed, 2 bath villa with small patio

620 112 193 630 493 817






call to view: 609 199 394 FOR SALE: 7 year old villa built by owners to the very highest standard. cavity wall, security glass and double glazing. 815m2 plot with massive underbuild. ten minutes beach, shops, desert springs golf course. four bed, four bathrooms, ideal family home or business proposition.

massively reduced to

269.999€ Telephone 950 459 658

Property to Rent Los carasoles

Villa with lots of land

3 large bedrooms 1 en suite, fully furnished, large pool in 2000sqm land

450€ pcm

call to view: 609 199 394 land for sale, 3000m2 to include 2 detatched villas built to include roof, beautiful views, 10min to town, 30min to coast, brilliant investment oppertunity for builder to complete internals, fully legal with full title deeds & escritura on both hpuses included 150.000€ call to view or more details 609 199 394 or 950 064 801

Struggling to sell your property? Let the

Hi Sol Times, know how Just a note to let you response pleased I am with the I placed in to the advertisement tising my adver last weeks edition, apartment for sale. on the My apartment has been s and is market for over 12 monthagents registered with 15 estate viewing – I have not had a single during that time.

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Within 2 days of my ring in Sol advertisement appea calls and Times, I had 2 phone gs for this have arranged 2 viewin coming weekend – I am over the moon!

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

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

Contact: Paulette today on 902 750 190 Ext 332

pets section french bulldog puppy 8 weeks old, 450€, tel: 655 957 301


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

Tel: 607 554 984

Ken & Jackie Dog & Cat Sitter service

woodhouse boarding kennels & cattery arboleas

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

Small friendly kennels, 24hr vets service, pet transporting arranged, welcome to view Tracy Mobile 650 211 952

No need for kennels or cattery, Pet sitting in your own home, Arboleas & surrounding areas. Call Vanessa on 637 061 482 Not just cats & dogs, All other types of pets considered

for sale

Tel: 950 067 943 or 676 389 592

3 year old welsh mare great with children


tel: 678 838 547


667 235 205


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post box at alb ox

you can pay for adverts,

DAVE’S TRANSPORT 7.5 Ton, Lorry Part loads, Self load/Unload Minimal rates, Owner Driver

Spain/uk/Local Storage available, based “Los Gallardos” &”hertfordshire” Call now 0034 620 049 524 (Es) 00 44 794 3135 214 (UK)

Large van SPAIN - UK - SPAIN Spain - UK Removals Full or Friendly Reliable Service half loads, Fully Legal plus car Special deals from UK - Spain transport. Office: 968 564 298

Tel: (0044) 796 9123588

M&D transport

Large Van Removals / Deliveries Spain - UK Full or Half Loads Collections e.g from IKEA Tel Mick: 950 122 447 Mob: 620 475 218

drop copy in or leave

announcements See our main advert on page 5 for the paper!



Tel: 968 654 667

Mobile: 696 621 884


satellite/ television

Rancho Luz Retamar, Del Sol, A1 Sky Television Partaloa. One to one Systems or group lessons, Satellite TV installations, latest EN standard alignment of dishes etc. provided. Also Spanish“freeview”systems hats Escorted hacking and supplied & installed Tel Dave: 628 607 778 treks. Qualified BHS Instructor. Call Erika Sky Digibox. Pace Drew on 678 838 547 with sky card BBC 1, 2, 3, 4 ITV1, 2, 3, ch4 swimming & 5. 95€ can deliver. pools Tel: 667 235 205 or 667 478 771

solar Electricty bill too high???

install solar panels to gain CREDIT from your supplier Call Phil on 636 261 240

Tropicana Pools New construction & repairs. Telephone 650 906 114

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

Tel: 650 038 251 tiling

Floor and Wall Tiling Specialist 25 years experience

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

Call Steve Holman

Tel: 697 678 708 translation

translator qualified & experienced

hospital, doctor, lawyer, school, residencia, documents etc. call Amaya on 665 718 967



…among friends, in a fun & easy manner with Paco at Camping Los Gallardos, MiraFlores Restaurant. New, beginners class starts thursday 26th january 4.30pm. 5€ per person per lesson

Private lessons and different levels also available.

CALL PACO 661 142 606

translation Honest & Reliable Translator with a competitive hourly rate Doctor & Hospital Appointments, Trafico, residencias & many other situations tel: 654 197 014


Come & join us for Coversational Spanish at La Vida, Cucador. 1 morning (2hrs) per week. Please Contact

Di Hiden 648 248 135 La Vida 950 634 562

or email wanted hair dressing salon back wash sink, must be in good working order, other items also required, back wash chair, hood dryer etc call Cathy 634 346 037

motoring section for sale

Motorbike for sale

suzuki marander VZ800Y Spanish reg 2011 2 years ITV, 4500miles, Black, new battery, fully serviced, exhaust pipes original & customed 4050€ ono

car parts

Hyundai Accent 1300 petrol, 2001, Recent new cam belt, clutch & service, LHD, Spanish plates, very reliable, itv & tax Nov, 1500€


637 974 720


reduced 3500€ TEL: 647 379 878

Ford Mondeo estate

2005, 2 litre TDCI Diesel, ITV July 2012, Immaculate Condition


Telephone 634 331 610 for sale Hammel Cruiser 125. Year July 2007. 1,622 km. Price to include 2 helmets and Biker Jacket. 1,000€ ono 693 777 932

Fiat Seicento 2003, Spanish reg, LHD, Petrol, 12 months ITV, economical to run 1200€ ono, Tel: 950 109 657 or 663 566 129

Fiat Stilo estate

JTD 1.9 turbo diesel. April 2004 Taxed and ITV 1 year. 54,000 miles €3,500 Tel: 634 342 545 Roquetas de mar Are you to returning the UK? Honda Accord Vtec 2.00 L.S, automatic saloon, 4dr, UK Reg, RHD, 1999, rear parking sensors, 82,000 miles, MoT 2012, Air Con, power steering, electric windows, mirrors, Pioneer stereo, remote control locking, excellent tyres including spare, recent cam belt, handbook, service history. €1295 ono. Tel. 610 667 743/ 950 432 990. scooter 125cc 1800kms, only Excellent condition, price includes new helmet & top box 800€ tel: 677 399 3435

peugeot 1996 406 2L Petrol, ITV Automatic, May, RHD, Spanish plates, 750€ ono tel: 649 616 643 Opel vectra 2.0, blue, automatic, 4 door, used daily, good runner, ITV, July 2011, Bargin! 700€ ono, call 609 199 394

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

Car parts

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

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We’ve just finished a fantastic weekend full of playing at the cortijo with the dogs and bikes and a friends birthday party. It’s great that the children can play outside in the sun during the month of January, the outdoors lifestyle is one of the main reasons so many people move to Spain. I do worry though about the boys getting enough English practice. I speak to them in English at home, but they speak to their Papa and everyone else in their day to day lives in Spanish. I’m finding that we try so hard to help them with their general homework that we skip through the English vocabulary which they need to learn to progress as bilingual. My youngest mentioned that his friend ‘has sick’ and when I asked him to repeat it again I sussed out that he meant that ‘she is six’ and that he was translating the Spanish way of saying it into English. I wonder if any other parents are noticing the same thing? Those who moved here with their little ones who have become fluent in Spanish but now lack the same fluency in English? We can all sing along to The Beatles, Bob Marley, Cold Play, The Killers etc. etc. to help our children appreciate the use of English language in music but we also need to find the time to read to them in English, or encourage them to read rather than glue themselves to the PlayStation screen. I admit that when I was younger I didn’t like reading until I found a book which I couldn’t put down and I began to appreciate the escapism that a book can give you. My boys love the Shirley Hughes ‘Alfie’ books (and I must admit I love to notice the detail in the illustrations ). I also found a fantastic history book in a large British supermarket the other day called the ‘Children’s British History Encyclopaedia: Discover the remarkable story of Britain’s past’ by Parragon Books. It’s fantastic and I wish that it had been around when I was studying my history GCSE as it gives little snippets of facts from the Ice Age up to modern day Britain. What do other parents do to help their children keep up with their English? Email me at Sol Times and we could share information. If you’d like to share your thoughts with Lucy - our Spanglish Mum - email and we’ll pass them on!


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Gruntmore, El Alcalde Part 1 The five worthies who make up the local council of Alqueria all owe allegiance to the Newcomers, Los Recién Llegados. It has always been that way. Apathy on the part of the Hill People, El Gente del Cerro, vote rigging and bribery have always assured the status quo remains the status quo. Hard decisions had to be made however. Alqueria is not immune from the present economic climate and cuts had to be made. Fernando Rodriquez had the council in his pocket. Running for office was too much like hard work, he preferred to use his lackeys. Puppets elected by the good people of Alqueria under questionable circumstances. However, Rodriguez had a problem. Unpopular spending cuts had to be made and he needed a scapegoat. Someone he could both control and blame, someone who was outside the normal partisan divisions of the village. The resident Englishman Blythe Gruntmore was duly seconded to the council. Unable to speak the language and never really assimilating with the people of the village he was an inspired choice. Unable to communicate and generally in a state of confused panic he suited the task admirably. A Geordie speaking English is a daunting experience even if you are ready for it. A simple ‘Good morning’ can sound like a declaration of war. When mixed with extremely bad Spanish the linguistic effect is breathtaking. Gruntmore attended the council meetings promptly. This meant of course that he was alone in the chamber for the first twenty minutes or so. He still hadn’t fully grasped the Spanish concept of timekeeping. He would nod wisely and vote when the others did so. Blythe drifted through the

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pause for thought It was the American critic and satirist, Alexander Woollcott who first concluded that “all the best things in life are either illegal, immoral or fattening”. And in similar vein, many people accuse Christians of being ‘killjoys’, who judge every pleasure they may wish to enjoy as sinful. There is necessarily an element of truth in this assertion since contrary creatures that we are, we always want what we’re not allowed. Tell a child that s/he mustn’t walk on the grass and walking on grass immediately becomes the most important necessity in life! Ban a book from sale and everyone wants to read it! So it’s hardly surprising that God’s rules for harmonious living (known as the ten commandments) are perceived by many as an unacceptable infringement of personal liberties, designed to prevent them from enjoying themselves. Yet as we watch a world torn apart by greed and terror and see the devastating effect of the loss of family values, few would actually deny the wisdom of the commands ‘Honour your parents; Do not murder; Do not commit adultery; Do not steal; Do not lie; Do not covet what belongs to another.’ So yes, I concede that Christians try to uphold God’s law, but would argue that this does not prevent me from enjoying life to the full.

A f te r a l l , although He suffered a great deal, Jesus hardly came across as a killjoy. Would a killjoy have turned water into 700 litres of the very best wine? Would a killjoy have been loved by ordinary folk like farmers, fishermen and even prostitutes? Would a killjoy have comforted the bereaved, bringing their dead back to life? I think not; and as the Bible asserts that God has given us all things richly to enjoy, then I take that as gospel and enjoy to the full what he has given me, with the added bonus of understanding something of the purpose of a life that won’t end at my death, but will continue to eternity.

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THE MAN THAT GAVE LIFE TO DEAD AND INERT MOUNTAINS It’s been a good week. I’ve again met the daughter of a long passed friend. He has been gone now some 17 years and in that time the tiny moppet has blossomed into a charming accountant working at the local gas station. Easy to talk with and with the natural grace of the typical Spanish family, who having once shared a drink with you in their homes you are never forgotten. We had a good chat, and thoughts of her father reminded me to write historical vignette. I hope she doesn’t read it. Her father carved mountains for me. He was more than the driver of a massive D-9 Caterpillar, he was a genius engineer and first rate geologists. He knew what types of soil he dug, where I could build a house, how deep the foundations had to be, how wide. He made me look like an avant sculpture, playing with mountains and making them usable for people not just birds. Now in the middle of this development was one of the funniest places that ever existed in Mojacar; a restaurant and bar that reigned for their Sunday lunches of supreme quality and international companionship one of the best places to be on this planet that day. Now, long before it became a house hold name for the entire area (that was to become) they opened. I frequented the place a lot, usually to make apologies for all the dust Ramon and his tractor were kicking up which gave the owners endless duties of sweeping and washing down. One day I went up early and announced to the owner that I needed Ramon to work late and continue ploughing up the mountain. We agreed that for compensation I would bring up a few friends for a long drinking session to put a few pennies in his coffers to compensate for the inconvenience. I loaded my open yellow jeep full of friends and up we drove to what became known as the Oasis. The owner as always regaled us with plenty of snacks and special concoctions that later he became famed for preparing. Rivers of wine flowed and bon humour ruled. Just before we got into full roll a mirage of Ramon blew in as if he were a cloud of dust, which he was. He had come to quench his patched and dry palette. We all then drank, laughed and told stories late into the evening. Ramon’s son joined us about an

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hour later, having arrived at the preconceived hour to take his father home. He too joined our camaraderie and more bottles were required. To Ramon´s son I announced how full praise of I was concerning his father. Ramon always arrived before sunup and never left before sunset. I told my other friends how well Ramon knew the mountains, cutting, and the intricacies of soil and rock change that could prove lethally detrimental for construction of houses. Now in our praise and adulation Ramon was undaunted and enjoyed. But he wished to up the praise and competency. He asked all to come outside and observe. He planned on having his son smoking a cigarette protruding from his mouth lie below the “big cat” while he flicked off the ashes with the solid three meter long iron blade. We were all silent, “Gob smacked” as the English have taught me to utter concerning such extravagant situations. Naturally we all objected and didn’t want to witness such an act. But, the demonstration of his professional dexterity became a thing of honour so as to likewise meet with the approval of those onlookers who might not know of his skills. Before we could remonstrate enough to stop him, Ramon cranked up the tractor and his son was duly lighting up and getting himself positioned. We trundled outside, still beseeching Ramon to climb down and have another drink and forget such folly. But before we could his son had lied down and smoke was billowing into the still night air. Oh the terror the spurred through my body. Then, when the big machine lurched forward, stopped and spun directly into his prostrate son we all gasped. The rasping screeching sound as he lowered the blade sobered us all up instantaneously. Then Ramon´s metal tank jerked forward just clipping the very edge of the lighted tobacco. We all signed a giant breath of relief. I jumped up on the machine and literally pulled Ramon back down to earth. Honour had been justified and skill demonstrated. And, that in fact is how so many mountains were sculpted into living life and history.


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Flowers In The Snow Living in a sleepy backwater, even the opening of an envelope will be sure to attract a crowd. For some reason our annual fiesta is in the middle of January, which is fine when the sun is up but standing in a cavernous unheated marquee at night with a frost forming is not my idea of fun. The community spirit in rural Spain is very much alive and it’s lovely to see just how many people turn up to enjoy the festivities, meet old friends and catch up with family. Seeing people dressed up like a Michelin Man because of the cold gamely trying to dance the Paso Doble is surely worth the entrance fee! The messy, yet traditional, Spanish practice of enjoying a drink and tapas then dropping any rubbish to the floor will ensure the locality will be littered with postparty detritus so my dogs will have to be patient as I walk them whilst at the same time picking up other peoples bloomin’ rubbish for the next few days. After I first wrote last August about the litter that blights Almeria, the self-appointed litter Tsar, Tony Matthews, now writes regularly about places he and others have cleared up. It’s easy to rubbish (pun intended!) his or my writing on the subject but if we all take a few seconds every day to look around our surroundings and pop any rubbish we see into the bin the place will be much better for everyone. Flying from Madrid to Almeria on the Ryanair red eye recently I was surprised to see lots of snow on all the peaks around Baza and Seron. A few days later I was in the car on the hunt for a ruinous cortijo which sounded perfect for a client of mine and sure enough near Caniles there were piles of snow next to the road. Amazing to think it can be tee-shirt weather in Mojacar yet within the hour it can be brass monkeys when driving inland. The mountains look fabulous when dusted with natures icing sugar and when combined with the beautiful almond blossom it’s a treat for our eyes.

NOTE: APSA are relocating their shop to Avenida Lepanto in Albox opening on 1st February close to the ferreteria; please support this fine animal charity by shopping there and donating any quality items sitting gathering dust at home. Stephen Amore has lived in Almeria since July 2006 and owns Findmeahome estate agency. Writing on a variety of topics close to his heart such as environmental issues, animal welfare, food and drink, music and travel, as well as commenting on the absurdities of living in Spain! email: -




VW up! 5-door

Volkswagen has unveiled a more practical, five-door version of its up! city car...

These are the first official pictures of the new five-door VW up! – and the more practical sister car to the three-door city car is set to make its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March. Volkswagen says that it’s due to hit UK dealers in the second half of this year, so you should see it on sale around September. As Auto Express closed for press, there was little official information about the new car, but it’s expected to cost around £400 more than the three-door, which means prices will start at £8,395. VW claims the new five-door model will account for half of all up! sales, too. It’s expected to sit on exactly the same wheelbase as the three-door, with no major increase in dimensions. Under the bonnet is the same choice of 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engines as the three-door, with 59bhp or 74bhp. There will be a road tax-exempt 99g/km car, too, while VW says it’ll offer the same special editions, including colour-coded black and white launch models. Five-door versions of the SEAT Mii and Skoda Citigo, both up! sister cars, will also go on sale in the second half of the year.

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Angling News

Shore Fishing It was nice to see ‘Luxemburg Roland’ back in town, the squid of Garrucha had better watch out because he is the king when it comes to catching them. I might just ask him to give us another fly tying demonstration and that calls for a fishing meeting at the Beachcomber I think. Watch this space.

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‘London Bill’ has been catching a few bream again from close to Garrucha Marina entrance. Bad weather has cut his attempts though. Other shore anglers report nothing much being caught. Boat Fishing


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For a while now I’ve noticed a lot of Spanish boats drifting an area about a kilometre out and just north of the Beachcomber. I don’t know what is so special about the mark but maybe one of our Capitanos may want to take a look. ‘Orca Steve’ took ‘Squiddly Sid’, ‘Denis the Menace’ and ‘Tiddlerwinks John’, all from the Albox fishing club out

for a fishing session. Steve had doubts about catching fish on this trip as when he arrived at the harbour at his usual time of 7.30am to check sea conditions he saw two of the Spanish trawlers pass in front of the harbour wall side by side with their trawling boards and nets out, sweeping right through our regular fishing ground making two circular sweeps of the area and almost certainly illegally fishing. As the sea conditions were reasonable with a swell of about 1/2m and a light WNW wind blowing from the direction of the harbour, Steve decided it was too good a day to pass. And so pressed on preparing the boat for the trip in the hope there were fish left out there for them. Steve decided to drift and fish through a hole opposite the Garrucha lighthouse which has produced some decent fish on previous visits but only got a few pandoras & blue mouths on this occasion. Sid had his Conger rig out but got no takes. The wind dropped so he moved the boat over to the 360ft

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hole behind the harbour wall in an area where he knew the trawler would not go but the fishing was slow with only a few combers and blue mouths. They continued to move around but saw nothing on the fish finder display to indicate shoals. Steve settled on a spot about 2km out from the Repsol garage which fished well in the summer months and they had some fish including banded bream, Spanish and Atlantic mackerel, pouting, some decent pandoras and combers, blue mouth’s and a bogue. One of the trawlers came in on a further two occasions and didn’t lift his net until adjacent to the harbour entrance and although Steve got video of this he feels that there is not a lot he can do. He mentioned it to the Capitano of the deportivo marina but he just shrugged his shoulders as if to say “no mi problema”! They had some good banter whilst fishing so the day was enjoyed by everyone and highlights why the sport is called “fishing” and not

“Catching”! See photo of ‘Squiddly Sid’ with a twin banded bream. Coarse Fishing. Baza Barry fished the Bolero Lake north of Negratin but didn’t catch much and says it’s too cold up there. Trout were seen in some numbers though and so he may return with his spinning rod. A massive haul by one Brit angler while fishing a match on the River Segura easily won the match, David Hoare bagged 155lbs of fish, wow. 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 John 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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SPONSORED BY IBEX INSURANCE We reached the halfway stage of the league season with the 5th round of matches being played on Wed Jan 18 at Valle del Este Golf, the sun came out to greet the players and the question now is can any team catch Forum 1 after their 5th win on the trot ?, it seems that the rest are scrapping for second place !!! RESULTS Match 1 Boxers v Aguilon Members-Winners Boxers by 2 games to 1 Tony Hammond & Paul Holly lost to Jim Barclay & Graham Tabberer Steve Gilmore & Steve Peete beat David Street & Les Raufer Richard Measures & Tony Redstone beat Bill Gibb & Derrick Stephenson Match 2 Valle del Este v TavernersWinners Valle del Este by

3 games to nil Mark Newall & Bob Mearing beat Tony Taylor & John Burgess Phil Miles & Geoff Bridgman beat Keith Shapiro & Doug Forrest Steve Wright & George Crichton beat Tony Taylor & Kevin Bircher Match 3 Forum 1 v Forum 2Winners Forum 1 by 2 games to 1 Malcom Fenwick & Fran Elam beat Andrew Markham & Brian Gyer Dave Sharp & Frank Vary beat Bob Vincent & Malcolm Sibbons Richard Swaine & Phil Elam lost to George Gibson & Adrian Lawrence The next fixture is at Playa Macenas on February 7 For league information contact Les Raufer on 950619273 or 634641199

CORTIJO GRANDE......................... Wednesday 18th Jan 2012 and we are enjoying the winter sun in this special place. Our winner with 33 Carol Hardy second with 32John Hill and third with 31 Frank McGovern, no ball sweep winner. Sunday and still the sun shines on our golfers The winner today with 34 points Greg Ward in second with 33 John Hill and third

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Messi grabs another hat-trick as Barça R esults: keep the heat on Real Real Madrid had to come back from a goal down at the Santiago Bernabeu, but Marcelo, Cristiano Ronaldo (two penalties) and Callejón all found form and the back of the net to seal a 4-1 victory that keeps them five points ahead of arch rivals Barcelona. Lionel Messi was also in fine form, grabbing a hat-trick in Barça’s impressive 4-1 win at Málaga. Third placed Valencia were denied victory at Osasuna after a dramatic finale in the Basque country. Valencia thought they had won when Soldado scored with just five minutes left on the clock, but Los Che were reduced to ten-men when Albelda was sent-off and just moments later Lolo levelled for the home side. Real Mallorca moved four-points clear of the drop-zone after a 1-0 win at Rayo Vallecano with Ivan Ramis grabbing the winner just before the hour. Levante and Real Zargoza played out a goalless draw, whilst Sevilla lost ground in the race for a top-four finish after being held to a 1-1 draw by Real Betis. Falcao scored a hat-trick as Atlético Madrid claimed their first Primera Division away win of the season with a 4-0 thrashing of Real Sociedad. The victory ended Atletico’s miserable away run and continued the impressive start made under new coach Diego Simeone, whose first three games in charge have now yielded seven points, with seven goals scored and none conceded. Getafe came from behind to end Racing Santander’s fivegame unbeaten run with a 2-1 success. Espanyol extended their unbeaten run to five league games and moved up into fifth place in the Primera Liga thanks to a comfortable 3-0 win over Granada.

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Liga standings after 19 games: 1 R . M a d r i d 49 2 Barcelona 44 3 Va l e n c i a 35 4 L e v a n t e 31 5 Es panyol 28 6 O s a s u n a 27 7 A t h l e t i c 26 8 A t l é t i c o 26 9 S e v i l l a 26 10 M á l a g a 2 5 11 G e t a f e 24 12 B e t i s 2 3 13 R a y o 2 2 14 M a l l o r c a 2 2 15 R . S o c i e d a d 21 16 R a c i n g 2 0 17 G r a n a d a 19 18 S p o r t i n g 18 19 V i l l a r r e a l 16 2 0 Z a r a g oz a 12

valle del este golf society... With the rain on Tues we had a small turnout who played after 12pm and a team event which was won by Chris Banks Sue Baggley and Sean Halligan. A much larger turnout on Friday which saw us have 2 divisions a stableford comp with the overall winner on the day Chris Banks 39pts (handicap secretary take note this lady can play) Division 1 Winner Phil Miles 36pts (on countback) 2nd Patrick Vickery 36pts. Division 2 Winner Alan Townsend 31 pts 2nd Dean Fisher

28pts. Nearest the pins Neil Halliday & Alan Hewitt. Quote “It’s not a gimme if you are still 4 feet away!” Enjoy your golf at VALLE DEL ESTE.


Ferrer and Nadal breeze into Aussie Open quarter-finals....... World No. 5 David Ferrer is through to the quarter-finals of the Australian Open for the third time as he dismissed France’s Richard Gasquet, the 18th seed, 6-4, 6-4, 6-1 in the fourth round in Melbourne earlier today. The Spaniard broke his opponent’s serve seven times and fired down 36 winners to claim victory in one hour and 47 minutes. He will now face either World No. 1 Novak Djokovic or last remaining Australian hope Lleyton Hewitt, currently battling out in the night session. Ferrer achieved his best result in Melbourne last year when he reached the semi-finals, defeating Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals before falling to Andy Murray; he also reached the last eight in 2008 (lost to Djokovic). The 29-year-old Ferrer is on an eight-match winning streak, having opened his 2012 ATP World Tour campaign by winning his 12th ATP World Tour title at the Heineken Open in Auckland. Spain’s number one player and current World No. 2, Rafael Nadal is also through to the quarter

finals after sailing to a straight sets victory over fellow Spaniard Feliciano López yesterday. Nadal relied on another strong performance on serve, winning 81 per cent of his first service points after hitting 57 of 71 first serves in play. The 2009 champion, yet to drop a set through four matches, has lost serve just four times, while converting 23 breaks of serve against his opponents. Standing between him and a place in the semi-final for the first time in three years is No. 7 seed Tomas Berdych, who edged out Spain’s Nicolas Almagro 4-6, 7-6, 7-6, 7-6 to reach the final eight for the second year in a row. The Czech player was booed by the crowd after refusing to shake Almagro’s hand at the end of the match. Berdych has a 3-10 record against Nadal and has lost their past nine encounters. His three wins against the Spaniard have all come on hard courts, most recently in Madrid in 2006 when the event was played indoors.

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Saturday 28th Januar y 18 : 0 0 E s p a n y o l v s M a l l o r c a 18 : 0 0 R a y o Va l l e c a n o v s A t h l e t i c B i l b a o 2 0 : 0 0 R e a l M a d r i d v s Z a r a g oz a 2 2: 0 0 V i l l a r r e a l v s B a r c e l o n a Sunday 29th Januar y 12: 0 0 R e a l B e t i s v s G r a n a d a 16 : 0 0 L e v a n t e v s G e t a f e 16 : 0 0 R e a l S o c i e d a d v s S p o r t i n g G i j ó n 18 : 0 0 R a c i n g S a n t a n d e r v s Va l e n c i a 21: 3 0 M á l a g a v s S e v i l l a

media golf society................... Badgers Golf.............................. On another beautiful sunny warm day with no wind, 22 members of Media G.S.played good golf on Valle del Este which is in superb condition. Ist Division 1 G Crichton 35 points who reduces his handicap by 0.4 to 10.1 Congratulations, George 2 M Coulson 33 pts 3 G Bridgeman 31 pts 2nd Division 1 M Smallwood 33 pts 2 A Curry 31 pts 3 S Bain 26 pts On Monday is a Yellow Ball fun comp so don’t miss it!


Mojacar 18th Jan A lovely day at Mecenas saw 25 runners and riders play our weekly stableforth. First prize went to El Presidente, Badger with a decent 38 points. Billy Mumford took silver with a 34 pointer and third went to Rodger Whitehead with 32 points. On behalf of the whole society can I wish our dear friend Frank Smith a speedy recovery from his recent accident. Get well soon Frank! Anybody wishing to play with Badgers call into Badgers Bar on the Playa or call KeIth on 950478525.

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Ducati has not won a race since 2010, as Stoner’s Honda team and Yamaha dominated last season. Over the winter Suzuki withdrew its remaining MotoGP entry and Honda’s works team scaled back from three to two bikes, potentially leaving just four potential race-winning bikes at the front of the field if Ducati struggles again. Stoner is sceptical about Ducati’s chances of turning

its form around in time for the start of the 2012 campaign, but says he hopes to be proved wrong as he feels MotoGP needs a third manufacturer fighting at the front. “[Ducati] are saying that they completely revamped 90 per cent of the bike, but they did that in the middle of last year,” Stoner told the official MotoGP website. “They changed the bike back to front and top to bottom and nothing much changed. “I’m hoping, for Ducati’s sake, that they can put together a competitive bike this year because the championship needs it. “Regardless of what the riders want, everyone needs as many manufacturers at the front as possible. Yamaha and Honda want competition; unfortunately Kawasaki and

Suzuki are gone from the championship, so we need all bikes at the front.” The Australian tipped 2010 champion and Yamaha number one Jorge Lorenzo as his main opposition this season, and also tipped ex-Honda rider Andrea Dovizioso to impress in his new surroundings at Tech 3 Yamaha. “My main rival will be Jorge, he was first in 2010 and second in 2011, he will always be there fighting,” said Stoner. “All the factory guys as well as Andrea will be pushing up there on the Tech 3 Yamaha, it’s the same crew as in the past. “Unfortunately we will be missing Marco [Simoncelli], who I’m sure would have been up at the front. Year by year it changes, so we will see who can put it together for the whole season.”

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