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local news.......... Albox

An Albox man has been sentenced to 17 years and 3 months in prison for stabbing his wife to death with a knife. GT Augustine, 51, was found guilty by unanimous verdict of murdering his wife, Maria CR, 42, in Albox in 2009. The sentence was lowered from nineteen years for the crime of murder and two others for illegal possession of weapons, plus a compensation of 120,000 euros for each of the daughters of the marriage to sixteen years in prison for the crime of murder, one year and three months for illegal possession of weapon that killed Maria CR, plus a compensation of 150,000 euros per head for the two daughters of the marriage, and court costs. The man was arrested by the Guardia Civil, after his two brothers reported to the Albox Civil Guard that a relative, Francisco Agustin GT, had called them saying he ‘had committed a folly.’ The Civil Guard went to the home of the accused, 18 Avenida de Lepanto, and found the body of a woman and man with traces of blood on his body. The couple were well known in Albox, although they had previously lived in Almanzora. They had two daughters, 15 and 22 years, but were in the process of divorcing.

Arboleas

From Monday 6 February the access to A334 at Arboleas will be closed. This will be in order to safely adapt this intersection pending the completion of the works of the Almanzora motorway on this section. The works will take four days, and will include repairing the existing metal railings on the bridge at kilometre 0 +700 of the A334R, the Arboleas access from the A-334. The new route will run from the roundabout entry from the new link of the A-334 and La Alfoquia Zurgena to the roundabout intersection with the AL-7104 in Arboleas. Residents and those with business in the area will be allowed access during the works.

Almería

A Bolivian man, JSI, has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for the murder of his wife, MRE, also of Bolivian nationality. The murder occurred on February 18 2010, and was as a result of the woman’s affair with another man. The prosecution claimed that JSI hid an axe under the bed in the bedroom they shared in their home on Calle Poeta Gonzalo de Berceo. At two o’clock in the morning the couple were arguing, and JSI struck his wife on the head with the axe, causing her to fall. While she was lying on the floor defenceless he continued to strike her repeatedly with the axe, on the front, back and both sides of the head as well as the body. In all he struck her 23 times with the axe. Despite the fury of the attack MRE was still alive, and at this point JSI took a knife from his bedside table and stabbed her in the neck, which final injury caused her death. The prosecutor requested a sentence of 25 years in prison, and also claimed damages of 200,000 euros for each of the two children of the marriage, aged five and seven years at the time of the crime.

Almería

Firefighters from the Almería Fire Station were called to a fire in the kitchen of the Cafetería Colón in the Plaza Marqués de Heredia. The fire broke out in the early morning, and originated in the hood of the oven used in the preparation of churros, which were being readied for the morning trade. Two fire engines and twelve firemen attended, their promptness prevented the fire spreading to other areas of the Cafetería, though smoke damage was extensive. There were no injuries as a result of the fire.

Almería Area

Three roads were closed to traffic in Aulago, Escullar and Las Menas due to accumulations of snow brought in by the Siberian Cold Front. A yellow alert was issued by the Agencia Estatal de Meteorología (AEMET). The roads closed were the AL-4400 in Aulago, the AL-5405 in Escullar, and AL5406 in Las Menas. They were closed in both directions. A second warning, of winds with gusts of eighty kilometers per hour was issued for Almeria and western areas of the Poniente. Telecare Municipal Service continues to serve a growing number of users.

El Ejido

According to a statement by Julia Ibáñez, Councillor for Social Services the service has already served 642 beneficiaries throughout the municipality. The Councillor, who has attended the first installation of the telecare terminal this year, said ‘the importance of this city service is to assure immediate crisis intervention for personal, social or medical measures to provide greater security and better quality of life for the citizens.’. The Mayor of El Ejido, Francisco Gongora, a few months ago signed a collaboration agreement with the company Televida and the local police for the holding of the keys of the Telecare Service in the municipality. The response has been very favourable, with a total of seven keys being held in late 2011. He remarked that ‘this service is intended to help our senior citizens to remain in their home surrounded by family and friends, to provide security in any emergency situation, alleviate loneliness and ensure the peace of mind of both the users and their families.’ The City of El Ejido, along with IMSERSO, FEMP and Televida, currently serves a total of 642 residents of the municipality – this represents a coverage rate of over 10% of the elderly population. In 2011, it handled a total of 20,476 calls, 21% of calls were caused by the need for company, and 281 were for a geriatric emergency. During 2011 709 visits were made to the homes of users.

Balsa del Sapo

Flooded farms in the Balsa del Sapo will receive a grant. The owners of farms that have been affected by floods in the Balsa del Sapo will receive grants to meet the payment of IBI rustic for 2011 and 2012. The Mayor of El Ejido, Francisco Góngora, met with those affected and with representatives from the Cañada de Las Norias, and said that he had already enabled the necessary mechanisms to effect a return on those cases in which this tax had already been collected in 2011. Similarly, the Mayor explained that these same cases will not be charged tax in 2012 and the Technical Services area of Agriculture shall carry out the assessment of damages and issue reports. They will take into account the damage suffered by waterlogging so that compensation can be realized, and support given for reconstruction and rehabilitation of damaged infrastructure and the settlement of the affected roads in the vicinity. Góngora assured the meeting that ‘this issue will remain a top priority for this Government team, since it involves a very serious problem, with the risk associated with the increasing water level in the wetland for the population Las Norias. He urged the Board to intervene quickly to prevent further delay in the installation of additional pumping works in the wetlands. The Board promised that the work would begin in January. However, this has not yet been awarded, so the City Council insists that action must be immediate, and an additional pump must be running no later than the second half of the year.’

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Ex-president ‘often in tears’ during his reign Sport Over 1,000 speed traps added in just six years

In July 2005, the Directorate General of Traffic (DGT) introduced the first 37 speed cameras on Spanish roads. Since then, in what the government maintains is an attempt to reduce the death toll on the roads, the DGT has extended their use year after year, adding a thousand new cameras in under six years. The national traffic department now has 500 fixed speed cameras. There are another 218 in the Catalan Traffic Service and 73 in the Basque Country, both areas with their own responsibility for traffic control. The rash of radar controls has been extended to municipal and local services that are responsible for the safety of ‘A’ and ‘B’ roads. Thus, another 303 locally administered radars takes the total to 1,093 altogether. Multanova, the company selling 80% of these devices, puts the figure at 1,200. Region by region, Catalunya has more cameras than anywhere else with 218, followed by Andalusia (140), Castilla y Leon (129), Castilla-La Mancha (93), Galicia (92) and Madrid (77). The Balearic Islands have the lease with 9, Cantabria (11) and La Rioja (12). The DGT also operates 300

mobile radars, located mostly in patrol cars. Catalunya and the Basque Country also have their own mobile radars. Average speed radars, costing an average of 120,000 to 150,000 euros each, are also being introduced. These devices have two cameras installed at the beginning and end of a stretch of road, capable of recording both entry and exit times of any vehicle. The radar then calculates the average speed maintained by the vehicle in question and, if it is higher than the speed limit, the offender is photographed and receives a fine in the post. There are currently eight average speed cameras on Spanish roads, four of which have been installed this year in the following tunnels: Guadarrama (Madrid), Sartego (A Coruña), Despeñaperros (Jaén) and on the Zaragoza ring-road. The new director of the DGT, María Seguí, who took over on Monday from Pere Navarro, said she will try to reduce the number of deaths and injuries on the roads, but did not reveal whether her intention was to do so by increasing the number of speed controls.

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NINE Local Police officers in Sevilla are due to appear in court charged with fraud after allegedly having charged traffic taxes illegally and pocketed the cash. Details of the case indicate that the officers charged between 800 and 1,000 euros for permission to block streets due to roadworks, loading or property renovation, among other reasons, as well as for escorting wide loads and towing vehicles away. Investigations led by an inspector from the same Local Police station found that two employees of a tow-truck company were also involved, and that taxes were divided out between the 11 accused parties. The inquiry was opened back in 2009 after 12 people, including a Local Police

officer, were thought to be dealing cannabis, of which 1,500 kilos was found on the property of one of the suspects. And the fraudulent tax collection was uncovered through telephone-tapping related to the hash-dealing. All 12 suspects were released on bail to the tune of 6,000 euros. The person thought to be the ringleader of the tax-collection scam is said to have died of cancer some months ago. A probe into the case also led to an officer charged for allegedly wiping out fines netted by the other accused parties in exchange for details about owners of various vehicles to enable them to keep abreast of any police tracking.

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FORMER president José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero says he ‘sympathises’ with Mariano Rajoy and is ‘more relaxed’ now he does not have to bear the weight of the recession on his own shoulders. The ex-leader of the socialist party admitted during an interview on the Hora 25 slot of radio station Cadena Ser that he was often in tears during his presidential reign, particularly when ETA broke its truce at the end of 2006 with the Madrid airport bombing and when they murdered two Spanish Guardia Civil officers in France; when he found out about the Spanair crash in 2008; when he was forced to make unpopular decisions to cut the State deficit, and when he was presented with the ever-rising unemployment figures. He also cried with joy when he heard ETA had published a notice of its ceasefire in the Basque newspaper they use for their communications. “Within a minute and a half of the notification appearing in the Gara, I called ad load of my colleagues, firstly Eduardo Madina, and we said to each other, ‘that’s it! It’s over!’” Rajoy was recently heard to be telling the Finnish prime minister Jyrki Katainen, during the EU Summit, that he took for granted the fact that his cutbacks in public spending would cause mass strikes and protests. Next thing he knew, this casual conversation was made public. “I should have warned him that the EU headquarters are a high-risk area,” admits Zapatero. “You never know how far a conversation is ‘off the record’, until you see it on the TV. “I can’t tell you how much I sympathised with Rajoy when I saw what he was going through on camera. “I should have told him that in the Council of Europe, the building and even the entrance hall are extremely high-risk areas because there are cameras everywhere. “The cameras are at very close range...and you have to greet and acknowledge everyone there...it’s a high-risk zone and when I heard about it I said I should have warned him.” Speaking of his own decision to abandon politics, Zapatero reveals he has every confidence in either Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba or Carme Chacón to lead up the PSOE, and that he is now making up for lost time with his family. “I’m so happy to be able to do things with my wife, Sonsoles, go to the supermarket, be with my daughters – it’s very rewarding,” the former president reveals.

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Ryanair to take over six Spanair routes

The chairman of Ryanair, Michael O’Leary, today announced six new routes from El Prat airport (Barcelona) from April this year. They are all routes previously operated by Spanair - Barcelona to Alicante, Bilbao, Stockholm, Hamburg, Menorca and Munich. In addition, the Irish company will increase frequencies on another six existing routes from Barcelona, including Gran Canaria, Ibiza, Malaga, Palma, Seville and Tenerife. With this, Ryanair will add more than 190 flights to Barcelona airport and will carry more than 5.8 million passengers to the city in 2012, and more than 9 million to Catalunya, where it employs about 5,800 people. Michael O’Leary said that the Irish company would absorbs the air capacity left when Spanair ceased trading, and that this in turn would mean “the growth and consolidation of Ryanair in El Prat”. For the time being, O’Leary ruled out Ryanair operating a route between Barcelona and Madrid, saying it is already “well served”, nor will it fly to London or Paris. O’Leary also ruled out operating from Lleida, an airport he believes “could have a future, but is not currently viable.” Ryanair already operates from

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Spanish banks book provisions against property sector Spanish banks said on Tuesday they would book more weighty provisions against risky property loans as part of a government plan to clean up the financial sector once and for all. Santander, the biggest eurozone bank by market capitalisation, planned to book an extra 2.3 billion euros ($3.0 billion) in provisions to respect the “new standards of real-estate assets,” it said in a statement. The move, which comes in addition to 3.18 billion euros in provisions booked in late 2011, was taken to ensure compliance with a Spanish government plan presented on Friday, a statement said. That reform requires Spanish banks tao scrape together a total of 50 billion euros in provisions and capital reserves to offset possible losses on loans to the feeble real-estate sector. Santander’s share of the total is 6.1 billion euros, the bank said. The second-biggest Spanish bank, BBVA, put the net impact on its bottom line at 1.36 billion euros in a statement to the Spanish financial market regulator CNMV. Number three Caixa said it would book an additional 2.436 billion euros in provisions to conform with the government’s plan. The Spanish banking sector as a whole is estimated to be carrying risky real-estate loans worth 176 billion euros. Santander also said it would set aside 2.3 billion euros from capital gains and operating profit in 2012 to feed the fund, of which 900 million would be provided by the sale of Banco Santander Colombia.

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Madonna announces one live date in Spain this summer

Alberto Contador gets two year ban for doping

Madonna, who has just released a new single “Gimme All Your Luvin” and who will be releasing a new album “MDNA” in March, has announced a concert for June 20th at the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona, the only live date she has planned Spain during this summer’s world tour that begins on May 29th in Tel Aviv. According to the promoter, Live Nation, tickets for the “Madonna World Tour 2012”, will go on sale on February 16th. This week, Madonna released the first videoclip for “Gimme All Your Luvin”, the first single of her new album “MDNA” - a clip full of cheerleaders and American football players, reminiscent of some of her early videos, and featuring rap artists Nicki Minaj and M.I.A.. The singer, who was the headline act at last weekend’s Super Bowl final in the USA, will be performing in Zagreb (June 11th), Florence (June 16th), Coimbra, Portugal (June 24th), Berlin (June 28th), Paris (July 14th), London (July 17th), Vienna (July 29th) and Moscow (August 7th). The north American leg of her tour begins on August 28th in Philadelphia, moves to Canada for gigs in Montreal and Quebec on August 30th and September 1st repectively), then onto cities like New York, Washington, Dallas and Seattle, with about 50 dates already confirmed.

The Spanish Cycling Federation has today confirmed that the Court of Arbitration for Sport has banned cyclist Alberto Contador for two years for doping offences. The three times Tour de France winner’s suspension runs until 6 August 2012 so he will miss this year’s Tour as well as the 2012 Olympics in London. He will also be stripped of his 2012 Tour de France title (which goes to Andy Schleck), the Giro 2011 (goes to Michele Scarponi), the Volta a Catalunya 2011 (goes to Michele Scarponi) and the Vuelta a Murcia (goes to Jerôme Coppel), amongst other titles. The Spaniard was found guilty of doping after testing positive for clenbuterol on the second rest day of the 2010 Tour. Contador has always maintained that the doping test failure was the result of eating contaminated meat and was initially cleared by the Spanish Cycling Federation (RFEC) on February 14th 2011. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) regards clenbuterol - a fat-burning and musclebuilding supplement - as a zero-tolerance drug, and, together with world cycling body UCI, appealed against the decision. Contador said before the hearing that he “would not accept any kind of sanction”, so he is expected to appeal against today’s decision.

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Snow in the north, gales in the south and announce more details of east, and UK-bound packed social calendar flights cancelled

MONDAY will bring thick snow in the north of Spain, particularly at high altitudes, and gale-force winds along the east and south coasts, according to the State meteorological agency, AEMET. Ground frosts are expected inland in Murcia, Valencia and Alicante, with windspeeds reaching 80 kilometres per hour. Cloudless skies and a very slight rise in temperature are forecast for the east and south, but the cold snap will continue with snow in areas exceeding 300 metres above sea-level in inland parts across the country. In the meantime, thick snow has led to flights to Birmingham and all London airports being cancelled or restricted this weekend. Anyone due to fly back to the UK should check with their airline before leaving.

Antoni Tàpies dies at the age of 88

Antoni Tàpies i Puig, the Catalan painter and sculptor who helped found the first post-war movement in Spain, known as the “Dau al set,” and who was connected to the Surrealist and Dadaist movements, has died at his home in Barcelona. Tàpies was 88 years old and in delicate health when he died at home on Monday afternoon. Born in Barcelona on December 13th 1923 into a liberal bourgeois family, Tàpies studied law for three years before deciding to devote his time to art. He opposed the Franco regime, and persistently defended Catalan culture. He went on to become one of the most important Catalan painters to emerge after the civil war. He was married to Teresa Barba Fábregas, and together they had three children Antoni, Clara and Miquel.

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At the recent committee meeting of the Albox Branch of The Royal British Legion Bob Cowan, Social Manager, announced more details of the proposed packed social calendar for 2012. As well as the Murder Mystery evening on the 25th February at La Parrilla Hotel & Restaurant in Albox Main Square (tickets 11 € members & 12 € non-members to include a chicken & chips meal) and the already announced trip to Alicante on the 21st March (details below) he announced that he was also looking at the Tennis club as a possible venue for a summer BBQ and Treasure Hunt to finish with BBQ and he is also awaiting a price from local venues for a Quiz night in April. On Saturday June the 9th they will be having a Queens Diamond Jubilee Dinner and Dance, again to be held at La Parrilla. He has booked Brendon O’Dee as the star act. More details to follow. It is also intended to separate the Poppy Dinner and Dance from the lunch after the Remembrance Service as it was thought they were too close together last year. Another innovation which is being implemented is to have three stalls for the next Coffee Morning on top of the usual book stalls and poppy stalls. This is to be held on the 2nd February and will make a visit well worthwhile. Like all of the Albox monthly meetings (coffee morning 1st Thursday of the month and Main meeting 3rd Thursday of the month) it will be held at La Parrilla, starting at 10.30 a.m. On top of this, there will be the usual monthly Quiz night at Le Panto Bar on the 1st Monday of each month starting at 8.00 p.m. and the Keep Fit Club each Monday morning at Sophias Wellness Centre in Arboleas starting at 11.00 a.m. And if that’s not enough, there will also be regular 10-pin Bowling sessions held between Albox and Zurgena Branches. In February the dates are Thursday 9th February 2 games 13.00hrs start & Thursday 23rd February 3 games 12.30hrs start, all at Amigos Bowling Alley on the Arboleas Industrial Estate. The Trip to Alicante is on the 21st March and costs just 15 € for members and 16 € nonmembers. This will include the services of an English speaking guide to cover a tour of the centre of Alicante, the beautiful church of Santa Maria and the cathedral of San Nicholas to name but a few of the sights. For tickets contact Ann Wells on 950432426 or come along to one of the meetings. For more details on these and other regular events and for details of how to join and help with their fund raising contact the Chairman Chris Pearce on 630562618 email hello@chrispearce.co.uk or visit the branch web site at www.


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know that February has long been a month of romance. St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. So, who was Saint Valentine and how did he become associated with this ancient rite? Today, the Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred. One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men — his crop of potential soldiers. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death. Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons where they were often beaten and tortured. According to one legend, Valentine actually sent the first ‘valentine’ greeting himself. While in prison, it is believed that Valentine fell in love with a young girl — who may have been his jailor’s daughter — who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter, which he signed ‘From your Valentine,’ an expression that is still in use today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories certainly emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic, and, most importantly, romantic figure. It’s no surprise that by the Middle Ages, Valentine was one of the most popular saints in England and France. While some believe that Valentine’s Day is celebrated in the middle of February to commemorate the anniversary of Valentine’s death or burial — which probably occurred around 270 A.D — others claim that the Christian church may have decided to celebrate Valentine’s feast day in the middle of February in an effort to ‘christianise’ celebrations of the pagan Lupercalia festival. In ancient Rome, February was the official beginning of spring and was considered a time for purification. Houses were ritually cleansed by sweeping them out and then sprinkling salt and a type of wheat called spelt throughout their interiors. Lupercalia, which began at the ides of February, February 15, was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well as to the Roman founders Romulus and Remus. To begin the festival, members of the Luperci, an order of Roman priests, would gather at the sacred cave where the infants Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome, were believed to have been cared for by a she-wolf or lupa. The priests would then sacrifice a goat, for fertility, and a dog, for purification. During the Middle Ages, it was commonly believed in France and England that February 14 was the beginning of birds’ mating season, which added to the idea that the middle of February — Valentine’s Day — should be a day for romance. The oldest known valentine still in existence today was a poem written by Charles, Duke of Orleans to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt. The greeting, which was written in 1415, is part of the manuscript collection of the British Library in London, England. Several years later, it is believed that King Henry V hired a writer named John Lydgate to compose a valentine note to Catherine of Valois. In Great Britain, Valentine’s Day began to be popularly celebrated around the 17th century. By the middle of the eighteenth century, it was common for friends and lovers in all social classes to exchange small tokens of affection or handwritten notes. By the end of the century, printed cards began to replace written letters due to improvements in printing technology. Ready-made cards were an easy way for people to express their emotions in a time when direct expression of one’s feelings was discouraged. Cheaper postage rates also contributed to an increase in the popularity of sending Valentine’s Day greetings. Americans probably began exchanging hand-made valentines in the early 1700s. In the 1840s, Esther A. Howland began to sell the first mass-produced valentines in America.

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The City of Carboneras has announced a meeting between the various parties involved in the case of the Hotel del Algarrobico. Present were: The Mayor of Carboneras, Salvador Hernández, Councilors Salvador Alarcón, Jose Gomez and PSOE City spokesman José Luis Amérigo, President and Secretary of the Grupo de Desarrollo Rural Levante (Proder) Antonio Jesús Rodríguez and Frederick Moldenhauer, the representative of the Asociación de Comerciantes de Carboneras, Manuel Canas, and the representative of the company behind the project, Azata del Sol, José Rodríguez. The meeting revolved around finding solutions to this problem, which affects not only the municipality of Carboneras but the whole province of Almería, as it is a business project that has a commitment to the creation of at least 107 direct jobs rising to about 345 if the hotel were at maximum capacity. The meeting has resulted in three major decisions: The creation of a working group which will be open to institutional representatives, politicians, business and union of the province and the autonomous community. The emphasis on creating a line of dialogue with environmental organisations. A study of formulas with the company behind the project, Azata del Mar for the integration of the proposed Hotel del Algarrobico within the landscape and the natural environment of the area. The Mayor, Salvador Hernández, pointed to the problem of a large unfinished building in the middle of our landscape, which affects everything from the image

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of the municipality to the economy and employment. He said ‘Clearly, if the hotel is not finished and is demolished then the cost of administration will be brutal, and the area will never be returned to its previous state. We have to sit, discuss and find the least harmful way out of the situation. We can not pretend that nothing has happened, because the problem is there for all to see.’ Meanwhile, the Provincial Coordinator of the United Left in Almería, Rosalía Martín, urged the administration to take the previous judgements seriously, and knock the hotel down. She urged that ‘The demolition of the hotel and the environmental restoration of the area is a prerequisite for recovering the natural destination image of our coast, given the enormous environmental impact to this construction. Quality tourism destinations today seek to identity with nature itself. This can complement the leisure culture, becoming an economic engine generating jobs of higher quality and stability.’

Roquetas Firefighters extinguished a fire in the industrial area of Roquetas. Five tenders were called to the fire, which occurred on Sunday evening. During the night two further tenders were called, and finally, at 6 am, the fire was brought under control. No buildings on the Polígono Industrial were affected, the fire was restricted to 10,000 square metres of shrub, bush and rubbish. The Fire Service requested the services of a digger from the Ayuntamiento to scrape the debris from the area to prevent re-ignition.

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Freezing Europe explained

Heavy snow has left at least 11,000 villagers cut off in remote areas of Serbia amid a European cold snap that has claimed more than 130 lives. Temperatures are below -30C (-22F) in parts of Europe and 63 people have died in Ukraine and 29 in Poland. In Italy, weather experts say it is the coldest week for 27 years. Here we try to explain why it is so cold this winter...

Why is it so cold across Europe at the moment?

For the answer, we need to look east, towards the vast plains of Russia. Currently there is an intense area of high pressure over much of Europe, extending from Siberia in the east to the UK in the west. This high pressure means clear, cloudfree days and, crucially, cloud-free nights. In the summer this same set up brought a heatwave to much of eastern Europe. But when it happens at this time of year, a heatwave could not be further from the truth.

What is the difference?

In the summer, the northern hemisphere is tilted towards the Sun. Summer days are longer than summer nights and the angle of the Sun in the sky means that a high proportion of the Sun’s energy falls directly on the Earth’s surface. In the winter, the opposite is true. Nights are longer than days (more and more so the further north you go) and the tilt of the Earth’s axis means that the northern

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hemisphere is furthest away from the Sun. The result of this is that the Sun’s rays deliver more of a “glancing blow” to the Earth’s surface in the northern hemisphere, resulting in a less powerful heating effect. Less heating for a shorter time means that we would expect the temperature to be lower - and that’s what we see; winter is colder than summer.

So why so cold now?

The reason for this lies in the intensity of the high pressure. High pressure means that air from aloft is being pushed downwards. As air descends, it dries out. This results in little or no cloud. By night, cloud acts as a blanket, stopping heat that is in the ground radiating away into the sky. So at the moment, we have short days, low heating of the ground, long nights and nothing to stop the heat from the ground escaping. If these conditions last for a long time, it just gets colder and colder. That is where we are at the moment - the intensity of the high means no cloud, no cloud means

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A huge crustacean has been found lurking 7km down in the waters off the coast of New Zealand. The creature - called a supergiant - is a type of amphipod, which are normally around 2-3cm long. But these beasts, discovered in the Kermadec Trench, were more than 10 times bigger: the largest found measured in at 34cm. Alan Jamieson, from the University of Aberdeen’s Oceanlab, said: “It’s a bit like finding a foot-long cockroach.” “I stopped and thought: ‘What on Earth was that?’ This

amphipod was far bigger than I ever thought possible.” The strange animals were found using a large metal trap, which had been equipped with a camera, housed in sapphire glass to keep it safe from the high pressures of the deep sea. Seven specimens were caught in the trap and nine were captured on film by the team from the University of Aberdeen, in Scotland, and the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (Niwa), in New Zealand. The largest specimen brought back up to the ship measured 28cm in length, while the biggest spotted on camera was 34cm-long.

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The system can be installed within a few hours, it is then solar controlled and solar maintained, so each time the sun shines the fan will blow fresh, warm, dry air into the building. There is no running cost - the system is driven by a solar cell. You can use Solar Venti instead of electrical or gas-powered heating in empty buildings or instead of using compressor systems which consume electricity. It is also a better way of removing humidity as after installation, SolarVenti runs automatically and COMPLETELY WITHOUT COST. It doesn’t just remove moisture; SolarVenti pushes fresh air into the building. The risk of dry rot is decreased. SolarVenti operates without an electrical power supply so no extra heating is needed to keep the house dry and odours are removed! “The SolarVenti 14 mounted onto the roof of our 60 m2 summer cottage has provided an excellent supplement to the heating, especially in the spring and autumn. In the winter, the SolarVenti fan provides a change of air and partly heats the house. We measured an inlet temperature of 24oC when the outside temperature was zero! …. It is an ingenious product, which fulfils all promises. We recommend it fully.” Lone and Kurt Rise, x, Denmark Carlos Saliente are your local exclusive dealers for Solarvente between Puerto Lumbreras and Sorbas. For more information on Solarventi or Carlos Saliente visit www. carlossaliente.com

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property group Paseo del Mediterraneo 197 - Mojacar - Almeria

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€80,000

2 bed / 2 bath fully furnished Penthouse Apartment with terrace & private roof solarium. Build 95 m². Ref 1071

Mojacar Playa

€110,000

reduced

2 bed / 1 bath fully furnished ground floor Apartment near to beach & commercial centre. Underground parking. Ref 1460

Mojacar Playa

€120,000

2 bed / 1 bath sea facing Apartment on well kept frontline complex with pools. Fully furnished. Ref. 1023

La Alfoquía

€129,950

Mojacar Playa reduced

€105,000

Palomares

€105,847

€110,000

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2 bed / 1 bath Apartment. Terrace with sea views. 300 meters to beach & promenade. Communal pools. Ref 1139

3 bed / 2 bath Townhouse + 2 bed / 1 bath Guest Accommodation. Jacuzzi. Private parking. A/C. Ref. 1104

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

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Bedar

€150,000 near Carboneras €159,000

3 bed / 1 bath newly renovated village House close to all amenities & parking. Coastal & village views. Ref 1486

Cortijo Grande

€115,000

2 bed / 1 bath charming end of terrace fully furnished Townhouse. Terrace & roof solarium. Golf & mountains views. Ref. 1448

Palomares

€124,950

2 bed / 2 bath southeast facing Penthouse Apartment. Underground private parking. Store room. Terrace & solarium. Ref. 1035

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€165,000

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2 bed / 2 bath detached Villa. Plot 346 m². Fully fitted kitchen & utility area. Roof solarium, terrace & jacuzzi. Ref. 1016

3 bed/2 bath south facing Townhouse. Underground parking. Fully furn. Front line complex near commercial centre. Ref 1405

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Puerto Rey

€195,000

3 bed / 3 bath Townhouse with garage & private gardens. Community with pool & tennis court near beach . Ref 1004

€265,000

3 bed / 2 bath semi-detached Townhouse near beach. Communal pool & tennis court. Solarium & terraces. Ref 1121

3 bed / 1 bath main Cortijo + 1 bed / 1 bath Guest House on the National Park of Cabo de Gata. Plot 1.000 m². Ref 1458

Mojacar

€299,950

Huerta de Abajo. 3 bed / 2 bath charming detached Cortijo with garage. Plot 7.000 m². Terrace & solarium. Ref 1196

2 bed / 2 bath Townhouse within 200 meters from beach. Underground garage. Solarium & terrace. Communal pool. Ref 1009

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€399,999

3 bed / 3 bath detached Villa with pool & garage. Great sea views. Fully fitted kitchen & utility room. Ref 1205

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

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A Tale of two Heaters by Tony from Neater Heater Fitting Neater Heaters throughout the Costa Blanca , Richard and I hear many comments from customers about their current heating options. There is one, however, that sends a cold shudder down my spine. It is “We´ve got this small heater in the wardrobe that we use when it gets cold. It´s not brilliant, but it does just take the edge off the cold”. I can almost guarantee that they are about to show me an ugly oil-filled heater on castors which they have bought from a ferreteria for about €50-€60. I will then examine this heater and show them a little sticker on the side with all the technical data on it (required by law). This sticker then tells us that their “little” heater

(remember - “not brilliant, but just takes the edge off the cold”.) is rated at 2,500 watts!!! In other words: It consumes 2.5kilowatts every hour. In other words: It costs 42.5 cents every hour. In other words : It uses, on its own, nearly half of most household´s allowance of 5.5kilowatts. You´d think that for this you´d be able to heat the lounge, but no! These” little” heaters are normally used in a bedroom, a small one! Neater Heater can normally heat that same bedroom quite comfortably with only 800watts (or even less!). Nearly a quarter of the cost. In this time of high energy costs, it has never been more important to weigh up your alternative heating options with a view to like-for-like running costs. So, as the heading suggests, here we have a tale of two heaters: The Neater Heater uses a state of the art element to produce heat at a lower running cost than the competition, and a highly efficient element to reduce this cost even further. The Oil filled heater on castors may cost less to buy, but it uses out-of-date and inefficient techniques to produce a paltry ammount of heat at great cost to the consumer. This condemns the owner to years of sitting next to ugly heaters in cold rooms complaining about high fuel costs. Neater Heater customers, however, will be sitting next to a stylish modern heater in a warm cozy home while they spend less money to heat a much larger area. This is generally known as: Getting More Bang For Your Buck! ...and while we´re on the subject; don´t even get me started on eco-panel heaters! ..... But that´s a story for another day. Where Neater Heaters can be viewed and purchased in your area:

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BENIJOFAR: Vincent Real Estate, (Hazel). Tel. 966 712 440 QUESADA: For home inspections call Colin Tel: 636 537 338 TORREVIEJA: S J & A. Digital. Tel. 966 319 253 BLUE LAGOON: The Electrical Shop (euronics) Tel: 966 188 169 LOS ALCAZARES: For home inspections call Edmund. Tel. 966 765 552 BALSICAS/ SAN JAVIER Sierra Golf Tel 968 018 257 MAZARRON Camposol B. La Red Solutions (Mapfre). Tel. 968 199 025 NEW DISTRIBUTOR - LA MARINA Foreign Trust Tel. 965 993 275 NEATER HEATER DISTRUBUTORS:

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Families Spent More on Housing in 2011

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Foreign Tourists Spent Almost 8% More Last Year International tourists who visited Spain in 2011 spent 52,796 million euros, representing a 7.9% increase, according to figures from the Tourism Expenditure Survey (Egatur) prepared by the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism published on Monday. The average expenditure per tourist stood at 934 euros in 2011, 0.2% higher than the same period in 2010, while average daily spending rose by 4.6% to 102 euros.

were Japan, United Kingdom, the Nordic countries and Switzerland. The Canary Islands gathered a major part of the total revenues received with 32.7% of the total, or 918 million euros, and 14.5% more than in December 2010, followed by Catalonia, with 17.6% of the total expenditure, at 494 million euros, representing 1.7% less than the same month last year.

UK and Germany lead the total tourist spending with 10,377 million euros (up 2.1%), and 8,669 million euros (also up 2.1%), respectively. Tourists from Scandinavia and France were those who most increased their spending, with increases of 10.1% and 12.8% respectively. In 2011, families dedicated 29.1% of their gross income, counting deductions, on housing, which is almost two percentage points more than a year earlier, when this figure stood at 27.3%, according to data from the Bank of Spain. This increase is striking since, according to the Ministry of Development, during the past year the average price of private housing fell by 6.8%, which, in principle, should have reduced the amount for this expenditure in household budgets. The Bank of Spain statistics indicate that, for its part, the deduction for home purchases, which last year was limited to incomes of up to 24,000 euros per year, served to reduce the wage effort of families to below the 33%

recommended by the State Plan for Housing and Rehabilitation 2009-2012. So, without the benefit of this tax relief, households spent up to 36.1% of their gross income to the end of 2011, up to seven percentage points more. In this case, the increase over the fourth quarter of 2010 was 2.3 percentage points despite the price cuts. Europa Press reported that the Government has approved in general the reinstatement of the deduction for the purchase of a main residence, although the G-14 group of major real estate agents, as well as the Association of Spanish Promoters and Constructors (APCE), have claimed that this also extends to second homes.

By region, Catalonia, with 21.4% of the total tourist expenditure and a growth of 7.4%, stood in the first position among the target destinations for 2011. In December, foreign tourist expenditure increased by 5.2% to 2,811 million euros. Last month the average daily expenditure increased by 17.8% to 104 euros, while the average expenditure per tourist fell 0.4% to 1,033 euros. El Mundo reported that the markets which contributed most to the growth of spending in December

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UK Taxman Continues To Tackle Tax Fraud

The UK taxman has announced his latest initiative in his ongoing battle to prevent tax evasion and recoup lost taxes. The Contractual Disclosure Facility (CDF) started on 31st January 2012 and HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is writing to taxpayers it suspects of serious tax fraud to offer them the opportunity to enter into a contract to disclose the fraud within 60 days. The taxpayer must fully

disclose his undeclared capital and income and pay the tax owed plus interest and a financial penalty which could be up to 200% of the tax owed. HMRC will agree not to criminally investigate the taxpayer, removing the risk of prosecution. The investigation will then be carried out using civil powers, with a view to a civil settlement for the tax, interest and penalty. Anyone who does not reply to the letter

within 60 days will be considered to have chosen not to cooperate. The authorities will then begin either a civil or criminal investigation into the suspected tax fraud. Last November HMRC launched a new specialist unit targeting “offshore tax cheats”. The statement released by HMRC at the time explains that: “The Offshore CoOrdination Unit (OCU) brings together a team of highly-skilled offshore

by bill franks, financial correspondent Blevins Franks

will “use this intelligence to develop innovative new ways of tackling offshore tax evasion”. The UK is not the only country to step up its crackdown on tax evasion and efforts to collect unpaid tax and penalties for the treasury. With taxes rising more people will want to look for ways to lower their tax bill, but using anything

other than approved legitimate arrangements is very risky. Seek advice from an established tax advisory firm like Blevins Franks on compliant tax mitigation in your country of residence. To keep in touch with the latest developments in the offshore world, check out the latest news on our website www.blevinsfranks.com

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Redesign Dining... Things to consider...

Is your dining table the correct size and shape? - If there are three in your household, but your dining room is dwarfed by a larger table that is only used for Christmas guests, consider changing it to create more space. A large table top can be created easily from MDF or plywood. It can be covered with a tablecloth and used for entertaining then stored in the garage. Do you have adequate storage? - Another reason that dining rooms are under-used is that tableware and cutlery is stored in the kitchen, so setting up a breakfast bar is more convenient for quick meals. Consider splitting your collection and storing some crockery and cutlery in a sideboard, or putting them in modern baskets in the dining room. Do you think traditionally? - If you have discounted your dining room because it is too small, think again. Two small bedside cabinets or a corner display unit can provide the same storage as a traditional sideboard or dresser. Fold away chairs and drop leaf tables are now available cheaply and are space-efficient, or you could revamp a second-hand find.

Function...

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

Traffic...

Dining rooms are often in traffic lanes within a home. If this is the case in your home, try storing your table against a wall when not in use to make access easier.

Lighting...

Don’t underestimate just how much lighting affects the role of your dining room. Keep it clean and fresh for daytime family eating, whilst subtle and romantic will provice the perfect ambiance for romantic evening dining.

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When placing furniture ensure that storage doors can open fully. This avoids the need to move a heavy dining table each time a cup is needed from the dresser.

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. . . And The Rest Is History It is said that no matter how well or how badly prominent people behave – whether they be politicians, film stars or Jeremy Clarkson – history will have the final say and future generations will make a judgement accordingly. That’s all very well, but of course not everyone is a history buff and our views on personalities from the past can be badly distorted as a result of that ignorance . . . For example Alfred the Great. As King of Wessex he gave those nasty Vikings a long overdue pasting, and sent them and their silly hats back to Scandinavia so that they could concentrate on dreaming up new wheezes like Volvo and Abba. Alfred, more than any other monarch, was instrumental in starting a process that led to the eventual unification of the many kingdoms and warring factions into a single entity that later became England. He was a great administrator; a renowned religious reformer and a sponsor of literacy. But how is he remembered by the majority of us? Why, for burning some flippin’ cakes that’s how! Sods law: he gives the cook

the day off and what happens? His oven breaks down and so left to his own devices he lights a fire and scorches a couple of Victoria sponges. Some reporter get’s hold of it and typically the next day the front page of the Saxon Sun screams the headline: ‘king Cakes Inferno, and that’s how he is remembered. Wat Tyler is regarded as the great working class hero who assembled a serf army and marched on London in the fourteenth century, and bearing in mind that surnames came about largely as a result of the trade, craft or occupation in which their owners were engaged, it can be safely assumed that Wat was probably a painter and decorator. But he was also a halfwit because after he gets to London; slaughters a few conservatives and extracts certain assurances and guarantees for the peasants from the boy King, Richard II, he decides that this is not good enough and confronts the King and his entourage at Smithfield. Sensing weakness in young Dickie, he now demands final salary pensions for his serfs; a limit on overtime and just for good measure, two jags for all his trouble. Wat, having sworn like a trooper in front of the assembled nobles; swilled some water noisily around his tonsils and barfed it out at the

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King’s feet. This prompted the Lord Mayor of London – a sort of Boris Johnson with tights – to draw his sword and end Wat’s tiling days forever. So the serf army - grumbling and breaking wind loudly about turned and went back to their serfing having gained nothing. Then there was Richard the Lionheart – believed by some to have been England’s greatest King because of his exploits in the crusades – whose main hobby was wearing natty white doublets with embroidered red crosses, and slaughtering whole cities in the Middle East. But nah! He hardly spent any time in England during his reign, and didn’t even speak the language! Not only that but he got himself captured by an Austrian of all people, which cost the English tax payer 100,000 marks in ransom. He even had the cheek to die in a foreign country and thereby not get a tomb in Westminster Abbey for future American tourists to gawp at. It can work in the opposite direction too. I mean, there are some historical figures who are remembered for certain things, but their greatest achievements go virtually unnoticed. Take King Harold for instance. He has gone down in history as the man who was stuffed by the Normans at the Battle of Hastings in 1066, and got an arrow in one of his mincers for his trouble. But what is rarely mentioned is that earlier in the year he defeated the King of Norway’s team at Stamford Bridge near York (3-2 after extra time) and

was the hero of the hour. It was almost certainly because of this and having to endure the long trek to the south coast to take on the French, that the result went against him and his Saxons. The same goes for Jethro Tull – recognised as a great inventor and hero of the Agricultural Revolution with his famous seed drill. But what about his prowess at playing the flute whilst standing on one leg? Hardly ever mentioned. So when I hear that Anthony Blair will be judged by history regarding the illegal war waged in Iraq, which was based entirely on lies and against the wishes of the majority of his people, I have to wonder. Because as we have seen: the concept of what goes around comes around, is not necessarily how it pans out, and history does not always expose the phonies.

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Children and parents have always been a subjective subject. Bringing up children is a big responsibility, yet at the same time it can be full of fun. We all think that rich and famous people’s children have everything served with a silver-spoon. However, this is apparently not the case for Madonna’s daughter Lourdes. At the last minute, Madonna cast Lourdes to play the young Wallis Simpson in her new movie WE, but poor Lourdes ended up on the cutting room floor. Whether pedagogically right or wrong, Madonna has taught her daughter an important Hollywood lesson – which actually will serve the girl outside Hollywood as well. Brad Pitt has his own, very special tool in child-rearing. Six young kids can be difficult to handle, not to mention to get out of bed in the morning. Brad uses Cola – sure the manufacturers of Cola will be ever so pleased to discover that, though I think my dad – the old headmaster –, who named Cola ‘Repetition Water’ due to heavy belching after consuming the drink, will be turning in his grave on hearing this. I have - like Brad’s kids apparently also have - a problem getting up in the morning. When my daughter was a toddler, she would get up early and toddle into our bedroom, trying to shake some life into mum and dad. One morning I was more ‘dead than alive’ after having done some re-decorating in our house the day before. After several fruitless attempts to get me out of bed, she gave up. I woke about half hour late, and wondered why the house was so quiet. I found my daughter sitting on the kitchen table with a huge jar of jam, ‘hand-painting’ the walls in a delicious strawberry. Copies of two old statuettes will be bestowed on moviepeople during this month. 12th February a couple of golden masks will be distributed in the UK as recognition of the best specialists within film making, inclusive actors and actresses, and 26th the exercise will be repeated in the USA, landing the winners with a little 13 ½ inches tall golden manikin. There seems to be some agreement between the two jury-panels as both have nominated The Artist, The Descendants, and The Help for best film; Brad Pitt, Gary Oldman, George Clooney, and Jean Dujardin for best leading actor; and Meryl Streep, Michelle Williams, and Viola Davis for best actress. And the winner is?!?! Well, we will have to restrain our excitement and wait till the end of this week and two and a half week respectively. Sure this will make you feel better. McDonald’s has announced that it no longer is using ‘pink slime’. Isn’t that just great! If you in the future want to include ‘pink slime’ (ammonium hydroxide) in your diet, you have to turn to fertilizers, household cleaners, or homemade explosives! Actually, it is amazing what we stuff ourselves with. When you cool yourself down with an ice cream, you might digest a good portion of propylene glycol; a healthy drink like cranberry juice and sweeties like M&Ms also give you your ‘daily intake’ of carmine, a chemical which comes from a small red beetle that burrow into cacti; industrial dough contains hair, feather, hooves and bristles; and chewing gum assures that you get enough lanolin which are oils from sheep’s wool. Bon appétit! Oh, and do not be too harsh on kids eating sand! Anyway not as long as you consume shredded cheese and fast-food chili! Do not know about you, but I had a ‘deep clean’ of my fridge and larder after I read about this. Biggy is an independent advisor, translator/interpreter and professional writer. She has lived in Spain since 1992 and has aquired indepth knowledge of Spanish law, administration and culture - Email: lbtmarshall@yahoo.com DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed in this column are the opinions of the columnist and not the opinions of Sol Times Newspaper Group. The newspaper takes no responsibility for the content or the opinions of columnist.

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5 List containing little excess (4) 6 Game-playing follows love letter (5) 8 With more honey, perhaps, dessert comes before queen (7) 12 Sources of river, flowing backwards on board ship (5) 14 In a robust way, US virology is adapted (10) 16 Snack that might be taken to be worse than anything (7) 17 Brought in what’s left in one sea (8) 21 Come back from spin again? (6) 22 Observed food in extremely sad surroundings (5) 24 King George: “I’m dark” (4) 25 Head shape (4)

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Sat 11th February

rs & Mash Night Pie, Mash & Liquor or Bange y Our 4th Anniversary Saturday 25th Februar Live music with Darren Antony

Private Functions catered for

Sky Sports shown on Large Screen TV

Quiz Night Thursdays 8.30pm Karaoke Fridays 8.30pm

W EW N NE

TheKimrick

‘more than just a restaurant’

™™

st Valentine’s Dinner, Disco with International DJ Ian

Ingredients

starter

For the salad 150g pata negra or serrano ham, or prosciutto 3 persimon, peeled and cut into thin wedges 150 g soft, mild goats’ cheese, or mozarella or ricotta 12 mint leaves 12 leaves flat-leaf parsley 2 heads chicory, cut into 1cm pieces For the dressing ½ lemon 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

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To make the dressing, whisk the lemon juice with the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Dress the chicory, mint and parsley leaves with half the dressing. Lightly toss and arrange on serving plates. Alternate the persimon, jamòn and cheese over the salad. Spoon over the remaining dressing and serve immediately.

Steak Supper............................... Ingredients

2 x 200 g beef steaks, rump sirloin olive oil For the béarnaise sauce 1 small shallots 3 tbsp white wine, or tarragon vinegar 6 whole black peppercorns 3-4 stems tarragon, and their leaves 2 egg yolks Dijon mustard 125 g butter, soft, almost melted

Method

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dessert

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400 ml double cream ½ tsp chilli powder ½ tsp ground cinnamon 1 oranges, grated zest 400 g dark chocolate, 70% cocoa solids chopped into small pieces 100 ml champagne, or sparkling wine

Method

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Rub your steak all over with olive oil, not too much, just enough to give it a good gloss, then grind a little black pepper over both sides. Get the grill pan hot, then slap on the steak and press it down onto the ridges with a metal spatula. Let it cook for two full minutes. Do not move it. Now turn it over (long metal tongs are useful here), press it down again (this is when I usually add the salt), and let it cook for a further two minutes. For the sauce, peel and finely chop the shallot, and put it in a small saucepan with the vinegar, peppercorns, and the tarragon leaves and stems. Bring to a boil and watch it while it reduces to a tablespoon or so. Put the egg yolks and a little mustard into a glass bowl (not a steel one, they get too hot) and place it over a pan of very gently simmering water. The bowl should sit snugly in the top of the pan. Whisk the reduced vinegar into the egg yolks, holding the debris back in the pan, then slowly add the butter, a soft cube at a time, whisking almost constantly until it is thick and velvety. You can turn the heat off halfway through; the sauce must not get too hot. It may need a little salt. It will keep warm, with the occasional whisk, while you pan-grill your steak and fry your frites!

Chocolate Lovers’ Fondue Ingredients

main

Place the cream, chilli, cinnamon, and orange zest in a heavy-based medium saucepan and bring to the boil, stirring often Add the dark chocolate pieces and whisk well until smooth and glossy. Add the champagne and mix well. Pour into a decorative serving bowl and place on a large dinner plate or round tray. To serve, thread a selection of brownies (cut into 2cm cubes), strawberries, marshmallows, mini-muffins and an assortment of colourful fruit (kiwis, pineapple or papaya) onto skewers or cocktail sticks. Arrange these fruit skewers around the fondue pot - for an added flourish, sprinkle with rose petals for decoration.

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3 course special menu

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

English Cinema club

Mother’s Day lunch

Please contact us if you want To join - it’s free!!

Glass of cava upon arrival

11th, 12th & 19th february Members Only

with Tony Justice 8 th March

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 se s ur se Co ur 3 Co 3

Standard

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

Tel: 950 475 198 www.thenewkimrick.com

Large kimrick correos farmacia red cross

7.95€ Approx 300 metres

Goats’ Cheese Salad with Jamon & Mint....................

mojacar playa

Club de tenis albox restaurante Spend an unforgettable evening with us this Valentine’s day Come & check out our Special St Valentine’s Dinner

on the 11th February from 8pm with

candles, wine, champagne & a delicious menu for just

20€ per person

we will also have a raffle to win a relaxing chocolate massage!

Book early, you won’t regret it! restclubtenisalbox@yahoo.es

Tel 667 671 578

Bistro Bonita presents

“Cerro Gordo”

yAt sy tiis nt lan A tla great music from

’s 80’s & 80 ’s & 70’s ’s 70 0’s 6 60 y more! man & s dow Sha

Dire Straits - Eagles - Elvis -

Valentines Night

Sat 11th February 8.00 til Late Seafood starter, Main course: Tornados Rossini (Fillet steak with Hollandaise sauce) or Salmon EnCroute with seasonal vegetables y Sweetheart Desserts: Strawberrys & loads of Choccy

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Only 15€ per person telephone: 650 599 739

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 Open 6 days a week - Closed Monday Tel: 950 475 127 or 659 109 379 Avenida del Mediterraneo 6, (next to Lua) www.restaurantefantasia.com restfantasia@hotmail.com


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Burty’s B

R Collecting Wild Herbs

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€

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

does “The Rat Pack”

Every Wednesday 11.30am All Levels

10€ per person

Menu to follow

sunday roast 5.95€

Anglican church service

Breakfast from 2.50€

bingo

2pm Tuesdays

served 2pm - 7pm Booking advisable

quiz & bingo 2pm u th rsdays

served from 10am.

Tapas

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

sun - 11am - 7pm, mon - fri 10am - 7pm, Closed saturday

Playa Serena, roquetas de mar

Call 679 156 715

RENDEZVOUS Bar and Tea Room s a p a T

Nature, by its very design,

provides a remedy for nearly any disease that may afflict a human being. This being the case, it is essential to know how to acquire and prepare the remedies. Acquisition of herbal remedies in the wild may not be as easy as some may think. If you cannot find the herbals that you are in need of, then you may need to either grow them yourself or buy them.

Time of day for gathering herbs depends on what you are looking for. It is best to gather some of your plants as early in the day as possible, but not before the dew has dried. Choose only healthy plants that show no damage from pests or disease. If you need bark, some is better gathered in the mornings and some is best gathered in the evening. If you are looking for leaves and/or flowers of herbs, the best time of day in is the afternoon, as plants reach their full potency each day at the fullest point of sunlight. It is essential to make sure that you can identify the plants you want correctly. A basic knowledge of elementary botany is vital. Having a field guide book will aid you in correct identification. The knowledge needed here takes quite a bit of practice and patience. In some areas, you may find educated herbalists who will conduct herb-walks and are most willing to help you identify the plants you are seeking.

MANHATTAN

Open from 10am onwards Closed Thursdays

away Party the night o s into the early h ur

(selection changed daily)

CABARET NIGHT friday 10th FEBRUARY......

“TRADITIONAL” TAPAS *** 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.

BELGIAN BEER SELECTION SPECIALITY TEA SELECTION

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

Telephone (0034) 664 165 372

WHY NOT ENJOY FISH & CHIPS (2 FOR €8.95) AT NEW YORK, NEW YORK BEFOREHAND AND GET A FREE CHUPITIO IN mANHATTAN AFTERWARDS

SATURDAY 11TH FEBRUARY....... OUR

COME ALONG AND HELP US CELEBRATE 1ST ANNIVERSARY. FREE BUFFET. MANY THANKS TO ALL OUR CUSTOMERS FOR YOUR SUPPORT DURING THE YEAR.

.................. SATURDAY 25TH FEBRUARYMIKEY . wHY DUET NIGHT WITH DERMOT &

NOT ENJOY THE mEXICAN nIGHT AT NEW YORK, NEW YORK BEFOREHAND (ALL YOU CAN EAT €9.95) AND GET A FREE CHUPITO IN mANHATTAN AFTERWARDS.

fanny is back with attitude tanned & taut! please see notice board for dates of our next shows Playa de Golf, No4 Playa Serena, Roquetes de Mar


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community news 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.

happy birthday Rich from all your friends at sol Times

happy anniversary

mum & dad loads of love from the clan xxxx xxxx xxx

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.

Charity Week 15th - 22nd Feb 2012 Events Tuesday 21st Feb:  C  harity Bingo Day at Burty’s Wednesday 22nd Feb: C  harity Race Night (Dogs) & Grand Auction at Pub Chaplin’s Thursday 23rd Feb: G  rand Charity Dinner at Lady Lay

Donations would be most welcome from individuals and businesses alike. Sealed bids may be made and opened on the evening in your absence, if you are not able to attend the Auction. The Grand Auction will take place during the Race Night, so come along and help raise money for the Charity. Donations or Prizes can be handed in at the above establishments, or given to Barry, treasurer for the event. Contact number: 605 313 590. Items pledged for the auction to date include Joint of Meat (Europa Foods), Hair Cut & Blow Dry (Linsey), 2 Green Fees at Envia Golf (Envia Property Services) & Chauffeur driven trip (transport only) to El Corte Ingles (Barry)

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

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 ........................ 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

EMAIL YOUR ANNOUNCEMENTS TO EDITOR@SOLTIMES.COM lady lay................................. Valentine’s Night - 14th February - details to follow Quiz Night - 22nd February Murder Mystery Night - date to be announced

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

Dental Clinic

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

950 32 64 52

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

Edificio Porto Mar Avda Mariano Hemandes 48 Roquetas de Mar,

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

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

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

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.

self defence......................... Taekwondo, Harmony Gym, Mojacar Playa Adult classes: (8 - 88yrs) Mon: 7 - 8.30pm, Wed: 5.15 - 6.45pm Sat: 4 - 5.30pm Kids Classes: (4 - 8yrs) Wed: 4.15 - 5.15pm and Sat: 3 - 4pm For more info: 646 844 708 www.gtfspain.webs.com

Taekwondo

self defence Children & adult Classes see listing for class times

Indigo Gym, Mojacar Playa

For more info: 646 844 708 www.gtfspain.webs.com

s Dance ClasVEse FUN !!!

LEARN TO DANCE & HA

Latin/Ballroom/Salsa Tue - 10.30am

NEW EVENING CLASS

Starts Thursday 9th February 7-8pm 4€ per person Playa Serena Golf Club With Paul & Caroline British Senior Champions Tel: 618 483 791 www.pacardanceschool.com

German & English Spoken

www.almeria-dentista-zahnarzt.com

near Hotel Zoraida Garden

MARIA’S WEEKLY WORDS Verduleria – Greengrocers Tintoreria – Drycleaners Estanco – Tobacconist Quiosco – Newsagents Peluqueria – Hairdressers Optica – Opticians Papeleria – Stationers Joyeria - Jewellers

SAYING OF THE WEEK: Estar hasta las narices literal translation – to be up to the nostrils equivalent to: fed up to the back teeth

For all your translations call Maria on 633 166 709

La Grappa

Authentic Italian Restaurant

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

BBQ

EVERY DAY

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

950 334 188 609 337 316

to reserve your table

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

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

Mobile: (0034) 663 426 921

info@enviapropertyservices.com

www.enviapropertyservices.com


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SOL CLASSIFIEDS Airport services

www.AAparking.es Tel: 639 081 067

Airport services

Cheap

Airport Parking

Airport, social

Alicante Almeria Murcia New

& shopping run. Tel: 677 667 722

Servicing / Repairs

Air-con

business oppertunity cont...

Are you a

Sales Service Install’s Fully Certified

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

Call for more details:

10% off all services & installs

950 432 110 / 607 364 917

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

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

C a rlo s ( S a l i e n te ) plumbing & heating services. If it involves water, we can help! www. carlossaliente.com Tel: 968 969 962

blinds INTERNAL & EXTERNAL BLINDS

CESSPIT EMPTYING

enclosures

647 379 878

New

Call Justin at Sol Shaders for a free no obligation quote

POZO & CESSPIT EMPTYING BLOCKED DRAINS R US

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

Call 695 118 960

computers

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

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

Tel: 627 907 207 www.solshaders.net Email: solshaders@live.co.uk

construction

• Pool constuction • maintenance • building reforms • project management matmurrayes@gmail.com

tel 647 379 878 chimney sweep business oppertunity

SAMMY SWEEP

Chimney small, established bar Sweep in La Alfoquia for sale Service available good location, all fixtures & fittings included,

serious enquiries only tel: 634 310 462

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@ gmail.com

as new with hard case 600€ telephone

95€ ono. To View Tel: 950 930 639

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

MINI DIGGER

For Hire

with driver drainage

Excellent Rates Telephone Tony 650 906 114

chrisandbetty t a y l o r @ googlemail.com Los Higuerales, Arboleas 04660 filing cabinet. a n y t h i n g considered, but must be around 46cm (or 18 inches) wide to take standard foolscap files. tel: 950 459 481. ghd hair styler. 100% authentic with hologram and original box. limited edition radiance set with styler bag / heat mat and instructional dvd. hardly used unwanted gift. €80 (cost £120) . call linda on 617 588 075 (vera playa) s a m s u n g 42inch hd ready plasma tv with black surround and stand base. excellent condition and working order. as new. price 300€ tel: 661 023 594 grundig sky box good working condition complete with free view card 30€. new quad lnb 25€. new single lnb 15€. tel: 950 122 38 / dark red burgandy corner settee six seater. 150€ o.n.o, corner computer table 40€.

gardening

potty finca services professional tree felling & pruning, including all types of palm trees

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

sunburst,

for hire

Parking & Refreshments Saturdays 8am - 2pm

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

paul studio

financial Tel: 950 120 900 Secured loans,

in front of the Bull Ring in Vera.

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

Gibson les

DON ROBINSON Steve Hayes 950 122 409 PC hardware & software Informatica Jane “Hello” specialist. Unbiased Baby Travel Pc’s, Laptops, System, Deluxe advise on purchases Printers etc. – Red & Black Installation, help and Sales & Repairs on- (Original cost training. Diagnosis & site callout / tuition. 500€) VGC. All Repair 15€ an hour min accessories too Consumables charge 1 hour + parts numerous to list.

market / Rastro

Business For Sale

for sale Guitar for sale

SH A DING SPA IN, W I T H...

building

Matt Murray 647 841 750

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

experienced Installation of talented fibreglass Septic tanks hairdresser all areas covered looking for an 950091109 oppertunity? 648768587 You must be fully qualified, a good all rounder & have lots of energy for this challenge to run a new salon in partership with a qualified beautician & a sports masseur.

Winter offer

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

electrical

CD electrical SERVICES

All electrical work undertaken including rewires, upgrades. We work inside or out & no job is too small air conditioning & alarms

FREE ESTIMATES & ADVICE

Office: 662414043 Mobile: 617410534

info@cdelectricalservices.com www.cdelectricalservices.com Knowles & Abbott no.1 for electrics and plumbing. Re-wires, free to air UK satellite systems. Tel: 950 137 208 or 638 010 691

ELECTRICIAN Neil Godwin 25 years experience

Tel : 687 245 569 Full City & Guilds

Fully insured & legal Boletins supplied

strimming of overgrown gardens & hedge cutting spanish registered. logs available ring john on 616 855 294 or 950 163 930

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

Garden Machinery mechanic

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

call stephen on 950 091 190 or 646 450 111

ke y bo a r d yamaha portatone psr-11. 45€ tel: 666 352 662 relyon storabed (2 x single beds/ store under each other). new. solid hardwood frame. under bed glides on castor’s. legs, sprung-loaded to fold. includes 2 x mattresses: 90 x 190cm (3ft single). w 94cm, l 03cm, 200€ ono. tel: 677 270 039 electric guitar with amp, strap and lead, tanglewood nevada, has a few paintwork chips. great player 80€ tel: 958 063 060 m ulti effects pedal for electric guitar or keyboards ,korg ax1500g (boxed, as new) check it on you tube! amazing sounds! 110€ tel: 958 063 050 e book reader. energy sistem 2074. 2 years guarantee. as new. 35€ tel: 644 416 522 g a s convector fire - black - 4 months usage. 50€ tel: 680 768 843 brass coal/log bucket. 20€ tel: 680 768 843 sat dish motor. diseqc 1.2. brand new (cost 45€) 30€ tel: 680 768 843 bar stools for sale 15€ tel: 617 166 270 or 950 390 964 vera area. gas bbq 25€ tel: 617 166 270 or 950 390 964 vera area

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

hair & beauty Hair design at Sophias, Arboleas. Beauty therapy also available daily. Tel. 950 449 451 or email info@sophias. es Get fit this January with Sophias Wellness Centre, Arboleas. Daily classes, places available. Tel. 950 449 451 or email info@sophias.es a v o n cosmetics claire Tel: 691 987 454 avonfromclaire@ yahoo.es


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heating

Norway’s answer to heating your home in Spain

“RE-PLATE” MATE GB

Tel: 634 312 171 www.neaterheater.es Carlos (Saliente) plumbing & heating services. If it involves water, we can help! www.carlossaliente.com Tel: 968 969 962

house clearance

THE HOUSE CLEARING SPECIALIST

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

Tel: 679 207 545

Cash payment waiting for all your unwanted goods, also business stock liquidations carried out.

call cash & carry clearances tel: 689 023 602 or 618 725 567

cashandcarry54@yahoo.co.uk

Antas & Arboleas

indoor market I’LL BUY ANYTHING TODAY! Best prices paid, no middle men & we don’t work from the bedroom!

house clearance Visit either Antas or Arboleas today! AUCTION ~ Every Tuesday 3pm - 5pm

Opposite Mora oil

637 184 625

insurance

Knight

iron/Metal works cont...

T & T Metals For all quality metal works, including gates, railings, rejas, staircases, gazebos & chainlink fencing - Tel: 950 431 738 albox@knight-insurance.com The Metal Grills, works iron/Metal railings, gates of works all types, security/ sliding/roller, rejas, concertina doors Tel: Keith Gates, rejas, etc. Wood on 638 900 fabriction 949 welding

Insurance

Albox

950 121 943

metal works

reliable service Telephone 950 069 208 or 638 449 944 email

adwelds@yahoo.com

Jewellery & repairs

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

locksmith Phil the Pick Locksmith 24 hours. Locked Out? Locks fitted/upgraded house safes. Arboleas & surrounding area. Special weekend rates. Tel: 697 243 181

pets section

MY PLACE OR YOURS

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

Tel: 607 554 984

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my-place-or-yours@hotmail.com

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

woodhouse boarding kennels & cattery arboleas

Small friendly kennels, 24hr vets service, pet transporting arranged, welcome to view Tracy Mobile 650 211 952 TRAVELLING IN AIR CONDITIONED VEHICLE DELIVERED TO DOOR PETS STAY IN PET FRIENDLY HOTELS. ACCOMPANIED TRAVEL AVAILABLE

Alan 662 249 159

667 235 205

opticians

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

www.replatematecostablanca.com

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

painter / decorator

painting & decorating

for sale 3 year old shetland pony great with children

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

tel: 678 838 547

free estimates

C a rlo s ( S a l i e n te ) plumbing & heating services. If it involves water, we can help! www. carlossaliente.com Tel: 968 969 962

Tel Alan: 950 450 174 or 600 268 176

quality work guarenteed

Best prices around Tel: 649 186 107 or email: thunderpaul2003@hotmail.com

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

personal “Readers of a sensitive disposition may find some of the advertisments in this section offensive” for lady (31) with Male Massuer services body, Men only Relaxing women, men and curved also spoils you daily and affordable. Tel: couples. house and hotel without pressure 676 902 388 a ttr a ct i v e visits possible. tel. of time discreet in couple offers 629 483 618 her luxury villa. tel. exclusive erotic sexy, elegant 669 101 316

Winter

Madness

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

Tel: 950 067 943 or 676 389 592

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

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

23,000€ ono

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4 bed, 2 bath villa with small patio

250€ pcm

400€

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Friendly, Professional, Clean, Efficient

Ken & Jackie Dog & Cat Sitter service

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Apartment For Sale

€59,999

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

Tel: 664 291 793

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 Also for sale at 69,000€ Spanish Hideaways, the Arboleas property shop. Established in Arboleas 8 years. Lowest prices guaranteed. Tel. 958 003 391/ 676 604 008 www.spanishhideaways.com

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

call to view: 609 199 394

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 detatched Villa for sale

completion project, villa with room for a pool, brick built upto & incl roof, exceptional views, 10mins to main town, fully legal & escritura,

75,000€

call to view or for more details 609 199 394 or 950 064 801 for SALE massive detatched cortijo with 50m2 workshop 20mins from mojacar This is a unique spanish country cortijo with 4 beds, 2 bath, Open plan living areas, kitchen & dining room as well as a workshop, courtyard front & back & room for a pool. Mountain views. possible B& B

Build 256 m², Terrace 100m², Plot 1200 m²

Telephone 649 186 107 email for more info at thunderpaul2003@hotmail.com

bargain! bargain! only €160,000 ono


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removals 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) woodnco@hotmail.com

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

you can pay for adverts,

Mobile: 696 621 884 marmenorremovals@hotmail.com solar

satellite/ television

A1 Sky Television Systems Satellite TV installations, alignment of dishes etc. Also Spanish“freeview”systems supplied & installed

Electricty bill too high???

See our main announcements advert on page 5

for the paper! Tel: 968 654 667

swimming pools

Staff required urgently for the pink house & the euro cafe, part time or full time, applicant must be hard worker with knowledge of kitchen, restautrant & warehouse work. Computer skills required, must be flexible & easy going with a big smile. tel: 636 411 540 or 679 207 545

Tropicana Pools New construction & repairs. Telephone 650 906 114

line dance teacher wanted

for 2 hours at La Vida, Cucador, 1 day per week install solar panels to gain ladies waiting, CREDIT from your call for more details supplier 950 634 562 Call Phil on storage 636 261 240

Tel Dave: 628 607 778

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Sky Digibox.

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Rancho Luz Del Sol, Retamar, card BBC 1, 2, 3, Partaloa. One to one 4 ITV1, 2, 3, ch4 or group lessons, latest EN standard & 5. 95€ hats provided. can deliver. Escorted hacking and Tel: 667 235 205 treks. Qualified BHS Instructor. Call Erika or 667 478 771 Drew on 678 838 547

Pace with sky

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situations vacant

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 tuition

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 lavidacucador@gmail.com 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 647 379 878

motoring section for sale trailer (william) for sale UK, with all Hammel Cruiser electrics, 125. Year July brake lights, 2007. 1,622 km. 160 Price to include indicators, x 110 x 100 with 2 helmets and removable sides Biker Jacket. & waterproof 1,000€ ono covering 500€ 693 777 932 Tel: 628 824 452

Motorbike for sale

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

637 974 720

1.6 FORD FOCUS 2004

RED/BLACK INTERIOR, ITV 2013, 3 DOOR, RCL, E/W, A/C, CD PLAYER, TINTED WINDOWS, IMMACULATE CONDITION

reduced to sell 3100€

TEL: 609 199 394

Renault Scenic Megane 1.6 RHD, Petrol, 67,000 miles,Spanish Reg. ITV June 2013, First Reg. Dec03 FSH. One owner from new.

€2950

Telephone 647 884 424 or 666 709 285 Arboleas

car parts

Car parts

Free quote go online or phone

d.b auto p a r a me d i c s Mobile Mechanic call Dave on 678 487 689

Hyundai Accent 1300 Ford Escort petrol, 2001, Recent new 1.8 TDi, 1999, Need a part for any car, cam belt, clutch & service, Spanish reg, Call carpartsinspain, for PAS, EW, LHD, Spanish plates, very sensible prices on, Clutches, Brakes, diesel, aircon, reliable, itv & tax Nov, Water pumps, CV joints etc, economical 1500€ tel: 660 655 220 you name it will try and save you money.

1,495€ ono, Tel: 646 450 111 or 950 091 190

returning to the UK Exchange my Spanish Reg LHD Peugot 207, 5 Door Diesel, Feb 2008, 36,000 kms, New, 1st ITV feb 2014, For RHD English Reg, Similar Year Tel: 950 439 Mobil: 608 470 274 Are you returning to 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. car trailer spanish matriculation 195€ tel: 617 166 270 or 950 390 964 vera area.

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

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

www.carpartsinspain.com

or telephone 692 930 326

van hire

wanted

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

Man with van for regular work 1 day a week, transport required 2.5 - 3.5 tonne, clean & covered lorry Call Rob on 609 199 394 for further details.

JT METAL

Tel: 645 094 339 or 950 064 763

URGENTLY REQUIRED

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

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

TEL: 636 411 540 OR 664 619 819

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

Tel: 645 094 339 or 950 064 763

Hou s e & We also take Certificates issued g a rd e n fridges, washing clearance machines, s, skips microwaves, CARS, VANS, LORRIES, TRACTORS, supplied all electrical TRAILERS, PLANT MACHINERY ces lian app

WANTED

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

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spanglish Mum Hold onto your hats..... blimey it’s cold. My two little boys are wrapped up in layers of clothes to keep out the biting wind. It’s nice and sunny but brrrrrr! I am though getting a bit fed up with the same conversation at the school gates of ‘but in your country it’s much colder’. Well, in the UK I honestly didn’t notice the cold as much as I do here. Here I really think that we could keep the fridge switched off and it wouldn’t change the temperature as our flat is so cold inside. Fantastic in summer as we hardly need to use the air con, but in winter it’s cold and I really miss insulation, carpets, central heating etc. Does anyone know of a carpet fitting company just for the winter months? We have had a new dog ‘kindly’ dumped on us so now another job for me is to check that he’s ok, fed, watered etc. My boys love running around playing with him but on the other side it’s so sad how many animals are being dumped. Why can’t people be more responsible and sterilise their animals and take a bit of

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responsibility? I really respect the people who work with helping them such as Puppy Rescue, PAWS, The Dog House, Podenco and Galgo Rescue etc. I’ve met a few British couples who spend all their savings and time looking after abandoned animals. Another dog which someone had previously left at our gates is now getting ready to be adopted abroad, lucky him. He has such a lovely character that he deserves a chance to be a pet rather than a beaten up Spanish hunting dog. It’s all down to education I think and i’m trying my best to teach my half Spanish boys respect for animals. You don’t need to be cruel and dominate dogs, speak nicely and you’ll have a loyal friend for life.

Alqueria

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Gruntmore, El Alcalde Part 3 Sobbing uncontrollably or laughing hysterically seemed to be Blythe Gruntmore’s two options as he stood in front of a long double sided mirror. He had been in the Town Hall since the Guardia Civil had arrested the other council members and made mayor by default. He had written an obligatory speech which he had to present to the population of Alqueria in the Plaza at noon. He now stood bleary eyed dressed in ill-fitting Mayoral robes with a base metal chain hanging like a limp bath-plug from this neck. Blythe had searched for a clue, a hint to his duties or what was expected of him. He had found instead inspiration in the form of six bottles of vintage Remitroot sherry. He had finished three and it was starting to show. Studying his appearance in the distorted mirror he wondered what his friends on Tyneside would have thought of him. Blythe breathed deep. It was high noon. He thought perhaps than one of the eighteen glasses of Remitroot sherry he had drunk was off as he felt dizzy and disorientated. He headed manfully for the square. The village-folk had been gathering all morning. Horacio Stranglardeganso had opened the Bar La Casa Devante early, intuitively knowing a profit was to be made. The crowd in the plaza was in High Glee. Expectation, alcohol and Gruntmore’s passed record promised an afternoon to be remembered. Women and girls giggled in corners while the men tried valiantly to remain straight faced as Gruntmore approached. The ill-fitting robes gave him the appearance of an extra from a school nativity play. His chain of office bounced against his chest as he walked hesitantly towards the hastily prepared rostrum. Silence fell. A fundamental silence, just the sound of the gentle breeze and the birds, unaware of the solemnity of the occasion singing in the warm afternoon. Such a silence was an act of great self control for any Spanish gathering, for Alqueria it was

a phenomenon worthy of note. Blythe’s opening sentence as written was ‘Loyal citizens of Alqueria, I stand before you as Mayor’. However due to a mixture of Remitroot sherry, Blythe’s extremely bad Spanish and his Geordie accent what was said was “Boiled denizens who are on the beer, look behind you a rutting pair”. The assembled crowd dissolved into uncontrollable laughter. Tears ran down faces and legs crossed. Blythe had come up to expectation, unusual for someone in public office. The new Mayor bolted from the square, locked himself in the Town Hall not emerging for three days and nights. In the early hours of the third morning he made the safety of his little house on the Calle Horno, becoming a recluse. An Election date for the local council has yet to be finalised. Blythe Gruntmore hopes it will be soon so he can once again walk the streets of Alqueria during the daylight hours.

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braben’s blog... There are definitely some things that I just don’t understand. I’ m not just talking about really puzzling things such as, how to split the atom-which apparently is not done with a bread knife and a vice-or, and this one is a mystery to many of us, how to open one of those vacuum packs of meat you get at the Supermercardo without resorting to several pounds of explosives. No what truly confuses me is why so many awful television programmes are made. When I was a child, the scariest thing I ever came across, apart from Mr. Roberts with his ever present slipper, were the Daleks. They were cold, unemotional, metallic, killing machines. When they said “Exterminate” you were well and truly exterminated-no extra time, no penalties, you were gone! Today, is there anything as frightening as a Dalek on TV? Well, maybe there is and more of that later. But, doesn’t television get tedious with all the American Idol spin off programmes that are around? There’s dancing, acting, modelling and, soon, it seems, being a DJ. Okay there is a certain fascination to these shows but really, where will it all end? I am dying for the show which tries to find the laziest person in the country as an answer to American Idol. I can’t wait for Bone Idle to startweek upon week watching how people do nothing-

reminds me of waiting at the tills of some large supermarkets I can mention! Now back to really scary. Is there a modern day equal to the Daleks? Would it be, could it be, Simon Cowell in full flowno, not nearly scary enough. Would it be the various chefs we see giving their kitchen staff a hard time in the pressurised environment of the kitchen? No, not for me, once the food is cooked and served it’s all smiles. A Dalek never smiles. So who would it be? Easy watch “The Weakest Link”

Would you describe Anne Robinson as cold, unemotional, metallic and definitely, in her own way, a sort of scary killing machine? Well if you do you are braver than me! And, if you haven’t banked get ready to be given a caustic and character ruining commentnot to mention a withering stare. The contestants have my Graham is married to Helen admiration-whilst I hide behind the and has a daughter, Alice. sofa shouting He lives part of the year near “BANK!” and Albox, but works in Qatar, waiting to hear teaching. If you wish to those famous words “You are contact Graham regarding the weakest link… this article email: exterminate, helenandg@yahoo.co.uk exterminate!”


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pause for thought

Earlier this year it was suggested to those of us who attend the Anglican Church in this area that as a principal for life this year we’d find it difficult to adopt a better motto than “WWJD?”; What Would Jesus Do? In so many aspects of life, as we face decisions or interact with others, that question, I suggest, is one we could all, whether we have a personal faith or not, benefit from asking ourselves. How much hurt; how much misunderstanding; how many quarrels and yes even how many wars could be avoided if only we would realistically ask that question before speaking or taking action. For whilst perhaps unable to precisely predict how he may have reacted in particular situations we face today, we can, I suggest usually make a pretty fair judgement. For in all we read of his life, Jesus always acted out of love – a true caring for others more than himself. He emphasised what’s good and right, and unflinchingly condemned ‘sin’, but always loved the sinner and never took personal offence, never judged others or presumed their motivation. When his enemies cynically sought his judgement on a woman caught

in the act of adultery, he gently shamed them into slinking away with his “Let him that is without sin cast the first stone”, then made it clear that although he didn’t condone her actions, neither did he condemn her. And so this Jesus, who encouraged us to be Peacemakers, to love our enemies and do good to those who hurt us, is an incredibly challenging act to follow, but I’m sure that in any situation, if we’re honest, we’ll have a pretty good idea what he would do. And as I look at the hurt I’ve doubtless so often caused him and how ready he has always been, not just to forgive, but to love so gross a failure as myself; then how can I not in all situations truly endeavour to act or speak as I believe he would have done. Details of a number of English Language Churches are given in Sol Noticeboard for any who wish to Worship, but further information about the Anglican Church and details of forthcoming events may be seen on the web site www. mojacarchurch.org Duncan Burr is Licensed Lay Reader for the Anglican Chaplaincy of Costa Almeria and Costa Cálida and may be contacted at djburr@avired.com

PICASSO AND DALI VISIT US!

Have I seen it all? Am I nearing my own end times? I never thought I would see Bob Dylan in Lorca, but he came, warbled and conquered. All he had to do for me was spit on the stage and that would have been good enough. But he actually showed and played a couple of years back. Now it’s none other than the two Spanish greats, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali on view right in metropolitan downtown Huercal Overa at the Rafael Alberti Museum in the center of town. Life just doesn’t get any better. Technically their styles do not fulfil the pure artistic framing as the critic Hans Hofmann suggested: “through a painting we can see the whole world”. But, with these two artists you get lots of different worlds to view all blossoming from your own imagination. Just having the chance to glean a glimpse of these masters should send you back to the art books and laptops to search for more about them. You don’t get any more “Spanish” than these two artists on display. If you wanted a perfect afternoon’s journey to complete your university course “ 101 Spain” — you would need to see the exhibition then pop around the corner to one of the café’s and watch the passersby’s stroll by while you read a few chapters of Miguel De Cervantes Don Quixote. For at the end of that day your true understanding of the perplexing Spanish national character— would evolve by eons. The entrance is free and you can even snap off a few pics of the masters as there doesn’t seem to be much security about either. Ric Polansky is one of Mojacar’s most colourful residents and the owner of Polansky & Assoc (www.mojacar-sales.com). His column is sponsored by Bay Radio Costa Almería: Turre 91.5 FM and Mojacar 95.5 FM Online: www.bayradio.fm. You can read more of Ric’s writing on and on www.ric-polansky.com and www.torosbravos.es, his life long passion!

jack frost

Last edition I mentioned about a UK pensions loophole finishing on April 5th; some readers emailed me to ask whether this could help them. The current loophole can possibly help anyone who has lived outside the UK for five tax years and has private pension funds in the UK as the entire amount can be withdrawn tax free before pension age. I am certainly not nor likely ever to be a financial advisor so please get the best advice you can from people who specialise in this field. Normally bad weather in the UK has me watching the BBC News channel to see Britain grind to a halt after a few inches of snow. Funny how after 30 odd years of metric; snow always sounds better when counted in inches, like a pint of beer or half a pound of butter or bacon. Decimalisation; like the German language never sounds warm and sexy. This time however it’s been bloomin perishing here and even the annual British tradition of scraping the ice off the windscreen is being re-enacted across inland areas of Almeria. Walking the dogs in the morning through frosty countryside is an unusual and picturesque sensation especially when later in the day as the sun is warm on the face yet in the shadows linger ice cloaked plants. Barry Baz Morris the significantly taller half of the Yankee Blues Brothers warned me about a wallet scam that befell him; two 18 year old, fit and scantily clad girls approached him whilst he was packing the supermarket shopping into his car, they washed the windows and suggestively rubbed their breasts all over the windscreen, then they asked for a lift down the road as payment. Once in the car they stripped off and made love to each other on the back seat as he was driving. One then climbed into the front and started kissing and touching him whilst the other stole his wallet. The two girls have since stolen 6 more wallets off Barry in the last week but luckily he found some more for 99p each in the Pound Shop. In Murky Donuts I bought up a superb bottle of Anna de Cordoniu Cava for under 8€. Of course we can all buy decent wine for about 3€ a bottle but what a fabulous alternative to banish those winter blues in front of a roaring fire. Stephen Amore has lived in Almeria since July 2006 and owns Findmeahome estate agency. Writing on a variety of topics close to his heart such as environmental issues, animal welfare, food and drink, music and travel, as well as commenting on the absurdities of living in Spain! email: stephen@findmeahome.es - www.facebook.com/stephen.amore


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Petrol Station

Parque Ind El Real, Antas 04628

2007 Citroen Grand Picasso 1.6 HDI SX Plus 7-seats, local English owner.  As new. €14,995

2002 Hyundai Matrix €3,995

2004 Ford Ranger

2006 Peugeot Partner Totem

Crew Cab Pick-up. Nice colour and condition.

Peugeot Partner Totem. Low kms, private English owner. €5,995

€5,995

2006 Jeep Cheroke 3.7 v6 limited, auto, leather int, esp, cruise control, a/c, alloys, pas, rcl, e/w, radio/CD.............................................................................................................10,995 2006 Nissan Lorry. 3.5 Tonnes.............................................................................................10,000 2009 Opel corsa 1.3CDTi eco, one English owner, 3 door, 32,000km, a/c, pas, rcl, e/w, radio/CD............................................................................................................................. 9,995 2007 Fiat Punto Grande 1.3JTD 90cv, fsh, one English owner, five door, only 39.000kms ..........................................................................................................................9,995 2007 C  hevrolet Epica 2.7 V6, local English owner, 40mpg, leather upholstery. Luxury motoring............................................................................................................................8,995 2006 Ford Mondeo 2.0 TDCi Futura. Splendid motor car in golden sand. Hatchback model .................................................................................................................................8,995 2004 Kia Carens 2.0 CRDi, Mpv, Climate, e/w, pas, rcl, Alloys Radio/Cd ……............6,995 2006/7 Kia Picanto 1.1 in red, five door, one owner, only 16,500km, a/c, pas, e/w, radio/ CD.............................................................................................................................5,955 2002 Nissan Primera 2.2, Dci, 120, cv, 6 - speed.................................................................5,995

€5,495

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2003/4 Ford focus estate 1.8 Tdci, Local English owner, alloys

5-door mpv. local english owner.

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1.9 Diesel,  5 Door Hatchback, local English owner, nice and roomy, economical €5,495

2004 Peugeot 307

2006 Ford Mondeo

Hdi 2-litre Estate. High kms. Bargain. €4,495

Saloon hatch, 2.0 TDCi Futura. Splendid Motor car in golden sand. Hatchback model €8,995

2.0 Dti diesel, 7-seater, superb throughout .......................................................................5,995 2004 Peugeot 206 1.4 HDI.  5-door, fabulous condition, 1 owner from new............5,495 2001 Nissan Tino Automatic, petrol .....................................................................................4,995 2005 Kia Picanto Low Kms, 5 door, 1.1 petrol, supplied by us, English owner .........4,995 7-seater,  2 litre petrol, nice condition, very roomy, locally owned. Good value ....4,995 2001 Nissan Tino Automatic Petrol. Nice condition.......................................................4,500 2004 Renault Clio 5-door hatch, 1.2 petrol.........................................................................3,995 1.0 petrol 5-door, local English owner .................................................................................3,995 2003 Tata Safari, new tyres......................................................................................................3,995 2004 Peugeot 307 Estate Diesel, high kms, full service history, bargain at ........... 3,995 2000 Nissan Almera Diesel Hatchback. Local lady owner. Lovely red........................3,795 2003 Kia, Silver, alloys ...............................................................................................................2,995 2001 Kia Rio, Silver, alloys ........................................................................................................2,500 2000 Fiat Punto convertable. Great fun in Yellow............................................................2,495 2004 Ford Focus Estate. RHD on Spanish plates. Bargain.............................................2,000

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We buy any car for cash, Try us for the best prices! Trade Corner ANTAS Trade Corner ANTAS Trade Corner ANTAS 2000  Range Rover Freelander Targa Top.............................................................................2,995

1997 V.W. Sharan, 7-seater, diesel, alloys, White................................................................3,995

2000 Fiat Marea 1.6 petrol, Silver, air-con............................................................................1,995

2000 Nissan Almera, diesel, 5-door, Red.............................................................................2,995

1999 Mitsubishi Carisma 4-door diesel, Silver with Blach interior ..............................2,495

Fiat Punto Convertable.............................................................................................................2,500

2004 Peugeot Estate Diesel, high kms, but with full service history. Bargain..........3,995

2003 Ford Focus Estate. RHD on Spanish plates...............................................................2,000

2003 Fiat Stilo 1.9 Td, diesel, 5-door, Silver...........................................................................4,495

1996 Peugeot 306 petrol...........................................................................................................1,000

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Motoring............

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Peugeot 208 GTi exclusive

Peugeot is preparing to unleash a hot GTi version of its new 208 supermini... ...and the ingredients are right for it to be one of the most exciting Peugeot’s for years. We have all the details, and the illustrations show how the standard 208 will be transformed. Like the 205 GTi, which was offered with 105bhp 1.6-litre and 130bhp 1.9-litre engines, the 208 will come with a choice of power outputs. The tamer version will feature the same 181bhp 1.6-litre turbo engine as the MINI Cooper S, cover the 0-62mph sprint in less than seven seconds and still return almost 50mpg. The interior will get sports seats and GTi badges, while the exterior will feature bigger alloys, a pumped-up bodykit and larger foglights. At the back, a roof spoiler and twin exhausts finish off the makeover. The 208 GTi will have plenty of rivals, as the Ford Fiesta ST is due before the end of the year, and there’s an all-new Renaultsport Clio arriving in early 2013. There’s no official release date for the 208 GTi, although we could see it as early as the Geneva Motor Show next month.

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In terms of the UK market, this is the most important car BMW makes. It hopes to shift 21,000 3 Series saloons to British buyers every year, and the 320d will be the biggest seller. It’s only right then that the first RHD UK-spec car we’ve driven is a 320d, in Sport trim and with a manual gearbox. With 181bhp from its fourcylinder diesel engine, 0-62mph in 7.5 seconds and CO2 emissions of just 120g/km (118g/km if you go for the optional eight-speed auto) the 320d is a remarkable achievement on paper – only the 161bhp 320d EfficientDynamics, with emissions of 109g/km, trumps it. The worry is that with such a strong focus on fuel efficiency, some of the handling sparkle may have been sacrificed - but it doesn’t take long to dismiss any doubts. On start up, at idle and if you accelerate hard through the lower gears there’s a definite diesel rattle from under the bonnet, but there’s certainly no lack of power. It rips though the ratios and feels eager to rev, for a diesel. The short-throw, stubby gearlever is precise with a lovely

mechanical feel, and as the revs rise so does the refinement. By the time you reach motorway speeds the engine noise is little more than a distant hum, while a light rustle of wind coming from the A-pillars is the only discernible sound. Electromechanical steering, which doesn’t sap any power when the wheel isn’t turning, has been criticised in other cars for lacking in feel – but not here. Every millimetre of movement results in an instant reaction from the front of the car. Combine that with rear-wheel drive, and a wonderfully balanced chassis and this car flows down a twisting Broad better than anything in its class. There’s no penalty in terms of ride comfort either, especially if you pay £750 for the adaptive M Sport suspension. This integrates seamlessly with the five driving modes – Eco Pro, Comfort, Sport and Sport+ and even in its firmest setting cushions you from bad surfaces. In Comfort there’s a suppleness that the old car could never match. P a r t l y responsible for the improved ride

and extra grip in the bends is the larger chassis, with a 50mm longer wheelbase and wider front and rear tracks. The other benefit is a more spacious interior – especially for rear passengers who get an extra 15mm of leg room and 8mm of headroom. The 480-litre boot is 20-litres up on the old model, too. Don’t get the Sport trim on our test car confused with MSport. M-Sport models don’t arrive in the UK until later this year, and will include lower and stiffer suspension, beefed-up bodywork and 18-inch wheels, while the Sport model driven here is a milder makeover with a black chrome exhaust pipe, a unique front bumper and red trim and stitching on the inside. It’s a look that might be too garish for some, but the quality of the interior materials keeps things just this side of tacky. ES and SE trim levels still kick off the range, and for a more sophisticated alternative to Sport, there’s Modern trim level which adds a more sombre colour palette and part-leather upholstery. Above that are Luxury models, which get 18-inch wheels and full leather thrown in as standard.


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• Manchester City, after beating Fulham 3-0, lead the PL by two points as rivals United, who came back from three-down, drew 3-3 at Chelsea. • Arsenal crushed Blackburn 7-1 with another Robin van Persie hattrick. • Swansea completed their first-ever PL double by winning at WBA • Wolves won for the first in 2012, beating QPR 2-1. • West Ham, Southampton and Cardiff lie 1-2-3 in the Championship; Charlton and Cheltenham top League’s One and Two and Celtic, Dundee United, Hearts, Hibs and Motherwell are in the Scottish quarter-finals, but Rangers are out! • John Terry has been stripped of the England captaincy but former skipper Rio Ferdinand says he’s not interested in taking over. Coach Fabio Capello, however, isn’t a happy chappie at the decision. • Darren Bent (Aston Villa) has joined the band of players who have scored 100 Premiership goals. • Nottingham Forest Chairman Nigel Doughty has died aged 54. He put £100m into the club. • This week’s African Cup of Nations semi-finalists are Ivory Coast, Zambia, Ghana and Mali. A record low crowd of 198 saw the Zambia-Sudan quarter-final clash. • CRICKET NEWS TO FOLLOW AROUND LUNCHTIME or EARLY AFTERNOON.... if you can hold this GAP. • GB runner Mo Farrah began his Olympic Games build-up by winning the 1500m at the Aviva indoor tournament in Glasgow. • The cost of staging the London Summer Olympic & Paralympics will be £12b. And to keep you posted, the opening ceremony takes place in 24 weeks time! • The opening games of Rugby’s Six Nations tournament saw England register their first victory on Scottish soil since 2004 (136), France thumped Italy 30-12 and Wales pipped Ireland 23-21 with a last minute penalty by Leigh halfpenny. • Ayele Abshero (21) ran his first marathon in Dubai last week in 2hrs 4mins 23 secs.... the fourth fastest-ever by a debutant. • A 65,000 crowd in Indianapolis and 200 million watching on TV saw New York Giants beat New England Patriots 21-17 to win Super Bowl 46. • GB’s women, after defeating Germany in the semis, unfortunately lost to host country Argentina 1-0 in the Champions Trophy final. • Ronnie O’Sullivan, struggling with glandular fever, cued out Stephen McGuire 9-7 to win the German Masters last Sunday. • Angelo Dundee, the greatest boxing trainer ever, died last week in Florida, aged 90. A Philadelphian and best known for his association with Muhammad Ali (1960-81) he also worked with 15 other world champions including Sugar Ray Leonard, George Foreman, Jimmy Ellis and Willie Pastrano.

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Friday golf sciety.................... valle del este............................. The weather was sunny but chilly this week. At least the wind was low so it wasn´t too cold. We had a few incidents this week. The fun started before people got to tee off. George Murcott was a bit late coming and got caught speeding. The police did an on-the-spot fine that took all of his cash so he had no money to pay his entry fee or buy drinks after the golf. Jürgen Neuhäuser turned up at the tee in his buggy. He then realised that he had forgotten to put his clubs on the back of it. After the golf Mr President did the prize giving and left the cards at the clubhouse as we were not processing them for handicaps this week (we can´t do that when we play Texas Best 2). He normally puts them in our bottles bag so we take them home. Jacqui and I didn´t notice and when we got home we found we had no scorecards. I phoned up the club but the cards had already been thrown out with the rubbish. So this

week we only have a partial set of results. The winners this week with a score of 100 point were John Woodhead, Terry Green, Uschi Neuhäuser and Kristina Olsson. Luis, the overall manager of the golf at Almerimar, very kindly donated a bottle of wine with a special label promoting Almerimar Golf for the winners to drink in the clubhouse. Many thanks, it was very tasty. Last place and chocolates went to Mick Hartle, Isabel Fielding, Sylvia Green and Heinz Hajek with a score of 82. Nearest the pin on hole 17 was Marguerite Kennedy with a distance of 1.60m. You can see the full results at www.fridaygolfsociety.es. If you would like to take part in the friendly Friday competitions at Almerimar you can put your name up on the entry list by the pro-shop or contact info@ fridaygolfsociety.es.

Tuesday 31st Jan we had a team game which was won by Jim Quigley Alan Hewitt Dave Bawden and Sue Baggley. Then on Friday 3rd Feb we had our monthly medal and the winner in first division Mark Newall 2nd Brian Brown 2nd division winner John Clements 2nd (capt) Harry Wilson. Nearest the pins were Harry Wilson and Alan Hewitt. In the blustery and cold conditions one of our

members was seen in a pair of shorts and wearing a winter mitten on one hand trying to keep warm, two men in white coats were seen observing the individual but he was shielded by members who were afraid he might be snatched and taken into a mental hospital, he is now wearing long slacks. Enjoy your golf at Valle Del Este.

urcal golf society.................. Saturday 4th February although a windy and very cold day, it was a great turn out for Urcal Golf Society who played their Texas Scramble at Marina Golf Club. With 19 out of 26 members playing, the team which came in first with 63.6 points included Tony Cook, Shirley Marriott, Roger Whitehead, & Des Riley. It was a close match with the second

place team scoring 66.8 and third place team 67. Nearest the Pin was won by Les Brice on hole 5 and Ron Wells on hole 17. The Longest Drive winner was Dave Edmonds. Urcal Golf are a small friendly society that play every fortnight on a Saturday. Should you wish to join please call our Captain on 664.356.287

Wednesday 1st February and we have 2 divisions. It is good to see the numbers as our course gets better. Today our first division winner with 33 points Mike Picken in second with 29 Stuart Watson and third with 28 John Park. Our second division winner with 30 on a countback from Graham Meeks in second and David Baird in third both with 30 points. Ball sweep winner Sylvia Bradfield and 16 balls. You cannot keep our ladies down. Sunday 5th February and a bright cold winters day. Our first division winner with 35 points Hans Lade in second with 33 points John Park and third with 31 points Brian Harwood. Our second division winner with 35 Ursula www.carsupermarket.es Lade second with 32 Jean Lentern and in third with 30 Alan Greenfield. Ball Sol Times Almeria is independent of political parties, private sweep winner Greg Ward. investment and government. Our policy is to provide readers with a Dates for your diary news and information service that is fair, accurate and balanced. Sol Times Almeria is an independent publication. Published weekly and Tuesday 21st February produced exclusively in Almeria. Sol Times News Group cannot be Alburan golf and the price held responsible for claims made by advertisers, nor can it be held responsible for errors in advertisements caused by poor quality text, is right. To book for this or OPEN: Mon-Thurs 10am-5pm Fri 10am-4pm photographs or layout instructions. Furthermore, no responsibility any Wednesday or Sunday can be accepted for any loss or damage resulting caused by any ALBOX, ARBOLEAS, ALFOQUIA error, inaccuracy or non-appearance of an advertisement. 950475509. Almeria Edition AL-344-2005/Roquetas Edition AL 956-2010 ROQUETAS, ALMERIMAR Enjoy your golf with coastal & mojacar areaS Cortijo Grande golf

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