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Three rural roads in Urrácal are to be repaired under the plan ‘Encamina2’. The Ministry of Agriculture will start work on the refurbishment of over 1,600 metres of municipal agricultural track on April 16th. The Consejería de Agricultura y Pesca will assume the full cost, 118,000 euros, from the Ayuntamiento, which owns the tracks. The roads are: Manselobre, where 272 metres will be surfaced and a concrete pavement added. Aguamarga will be hot surfaced in two tranches: one of 467 metres and another of 600 metres. On La Loma the original surface will be removed and re-laid and a concrete pavement will be laid along nearly 290 metres.

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Camping and motor home holidays have increased by 60% in the Alpujarra area, yet accommodation in hotels and ‘casas rural’ has diminished, though day visitor numbers were up. These figures are thought to be in response to the current economic situation. Overall, this year nature tourism figures have improved, explains María Rosario Rodriguez, head of the Oficina de Turismo de Laujar de Andarax. Barranquismo. Canyoning, hiking trails, horseriding and dog walking tracks and the new bike trail Transnevada are some of the activities offered in the Alpujarras. Charo Rodríguez, Head of the Oficina de Turismo de Berja, says that this year, compared with the previous one, 20% more day visits have been registered. According to the Oficina de Turismo of Ohanes, figures for day visitors are about the same, though reservations at hotels are down on the 2011 figures. The President of the Plan Turístico de la Alpujarra almeriense, Antonio Manuel Ortiz Oliva, said that work continues to provide the region with new infrastructure to further develop and promote tourism. He recalled that in the last year tourist information points located throughout the region were created, and work is ongoing to equip Municipalities with waymarking for parks and tourist routes. Those interested in the Plan Turístico de la Alpujarra almeriense and other relevant information should go to: Alpujarra http:// ptalpujarraalmeriense.blogspot.com and in http://www.youtube.com/user/ Ptalpujarra.

ALBOX GETS GREEN LIGHT FOR SPORTS COMPLEX

The Mayor of Albox, José García has announced that the green light has been given to the Pabellón IES Martin Garcia Ramos by the Governing Board of the Provincial de Almería. The provision of a new pavilion in Albox, and the expansion of numerous projects and sports facilities are the result of team effort by the Albox Socialist Government, and in a few months will become genuine realities, as reported by the Mayor of Albox, José García. ‘These various measures of improvement will respond to the aspirations projected both by the students as well as the Directors of Martin Garcia Ramos IES, as the Pavilion is located within the school.’ He continued. ‘The fact of getting a new sports provision funded by the Regional Government and City Council, through the provincial plans, generates enormous overall satisfaction.’ Councillor for Sports, Francisco Bernardo Carrillo, agreed that ‘with this new Pavilion we are covering almost all sporting needs.’ José García recalled that the sports complex will be on Avenida de la Estación, within the school, but that facilities will be open to all citizens to use for free in the afternoon, unless the facilities are required by the educational community. The Pavilion will have a track suitable for various sports, as well as changing rooms, toilets, storage and reception area. In total it will be built on an area of over 1,500 square metres with stepped seating for 240 spectators.

Postal Worker Jailed For A Year For Throwing 7,100 Letters Away A 28-year-old Valencian man has today been fined 630 euros and sentenced to a year in prison after being found guilty of throwing away 7,100 letters when he was working for Correos, the Spanish postal service, in the town of Arganda del Rey (Madrid) back in 2006. The defendant, Sergio A.P., was found guilty of “negligence in his custody of documents”, but the prosecution reduced its original demand for a two-and-a-half-year custodial sentence and a fine of 4,500 euros. Since the events in question took place six years ago, extenuating circumstances and unnecessary delays were take into account when sentencing. After the trial behind closed doors, the defendant’s lawyer, Juan José Cano de Alarcón, explained to waiting members of the press that his client had accepted the court’s decision in order to avoid a public trial by jury, although he himself felt that a jury would have acquitted his client. “There was a master key” to get access to the sacks of mail in the post office where he worked that was available to all employees, making Cano de Alarcón suggest that his client “had paid the price for others”. Furthermore, the lawyer emphasised that noone had complained to Correos about not receiving their correspondence, and all the letters were recovered by the Local Police and delivered shortly afterwards. Sergio A.P., was found guilty of having “willingly and knowingly” thrown the letters he was supposed to be delivering into rubbish bins. Most of the letters thrown away by Sergio were found by the Local Police on December 22nd 2006 in a rubbish container on the Velilla de San Antonio road and, five days later, on a piece of open land between Calle Madroño and the Avenida de Valdearganda, both in the district of Arganda del Rey. The defendant had a contrat with Correos from September 2006 until January 2007.

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The Dinópolis Paleontology Foundation in Teruel today presented to the press the fossil skull of a Turiasaurus riodevensis, the ‘European giant’, an important find that will help complete the skeleton of this dinosaur that lived 145 million years ago and whose bones were first found in 2003. The remains, more than 24 cranial bones and seven teeth, were put on display in the Paleontology Laboratory of the Dinópolis Foundation. They were found in 2005 at the Barrihonda-El Humero site near the town of Riodeva. According to researchers, the skulls of these dinosaurs “are rarely preserved” because they are extremely fragile - four out of five sauropods found have no cranium at all. This time, however, the scientists have been able to recover information relating to 70% of the skull after several years of preparation and research.

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Turiasaurus riodevensis - about 30 or 35 metres in length - thus becomes the most complete sauropod found on the Iberian Peninsula”, according to paleontologists who have published these new findings in the Journal of Systematic Paleontology. The fossil remains on show today confirm that it was a herbivorous dinosaur with a skull measuring about 78cm in diameter. It would have weighed 40 tonnes and had 60 teeth in its mouth. The humerus found in 2003 measured 179

centimetres, and is another contribution to the skeleton of this animal, which is now about 55% complete. Researcher Rafael Royo explained that the team of paleontologists took two years to prepare the material “thoroughly” bone by bone, comparing each one with other known and identified fossils. Royo also confirmed that in addition to the skull fossil, remains were found of the neck, the vertebrae, front and rear legs, hips and shoulder blade, and added that the finding of the head confirms this species, Turiasaurus riodevensis. Researchers first mentioned this species in 2006, when they published their initial findings in Science magazine. The reconstructed skull can be seen in Titania Dinópolis’ newest visitor centre in Riodeva (Teruel), which is scheduled to open in the summer.

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It is still unclear how or when this will be implemented, but the government has said that in practice the cut will only be 43 million euros, because the 2011 budget was not fully exhausted. The savings are expected to come from other measures,

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Galicia wildfires finally extinguished

The wildfires that have been ravaging Galicia’s Fragas do Eume natural park have finally been extinguished, announced the regional Environment Minister last Wednesday. The last remaining pocket of fire from the blaze, that was initially detected at 15:16 hours last Saturday, was brought under control definitively at 15:30 hours today. Initial estimates suggest that some 750 hectares of woodland have been destroyed by the flames, 370 hectares of which is part of the Fragas do Eume protected area, considered to have special environmental importance. Eight helicopters, seven planes, and a land-based team, based in A Capela, and comprising 50 firefighters, 45 forestry workers and 4 technical advisors, worked on extinguishing the fire. 286 soldiers from a military base in León were also called in to help battle the blaze, with the aid of 18 pumps and six container trucks as well as at least another hundred communication and support vehicles.

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Petrol stations across Spain have an unwelcome Easter surprise for motorists as fuel reached record prices at the pumps yesterday. Unleaded is now at an all-time high of 1.54€ per litre. The cost of filling an average 50 litre tank is now 77€, nine euros more than last Easter (when petrol had reached a previous all-time high of 1.363€ per litre and it cost an average of 68.10€ to fill your tank) and this on the day when more car journeys were expected to be made than any other day in the year. At some petrol stations in Madrid high octane unleaded (Super 98) can cost up to 1.681€ per litre and diesel fuel is is being sold at a maximum of 1.41€ per litre, 10 cents up on last year. In Barcelona, Super 95 is being sold at 1.58 per litre, while diesel is at maximum of 1.43€. The choice of petrol station can, however, greatly reduce fuel expenditure. In Madrid alone, the price for Super 95 ranges from 1.407€ per litre to 1.543€, making a seven-euro difference when filling a 50 litre tank. In the case of diesel, the difference in cost to fill up is 3.55€ between the cheapest petrol station in the capital and the most expensive.

Spanish emigration to Germany on the rise

The number of Spanish citizens living in Germany increased by 4.5% in 2011 making a total of 4,792 people, according to the German Federal Office of Statistics (Destatis). In total, the number of foreign residents grew by 177,300 people, a 2.6% jump, reaching a total of 6.93 million and representing the largest increase in the last 15 years. The changes have been motivated primarily by the financial crisis in Southern Europe (and particularly countries like Portugal, Spain,

Italy and Greece) and the free movement of labour from the to European Union countries from Eastern Europe, whichcame into force in May 2011. According to a consulting firm specializing in studying abroad, The Georgian Manor House, the number of Spaniards studying in Germany last year soared by 65%, reaching a total of 5,491 people. 1,800 young people have put themselves forward for exams to work in the automotive field. The fact that Germany

has also formally promoted its search for professional people, such as engineers, doctors and teachers in Spain, organising seminars in Madrid and Barcelona to promote labour mobility, has also contributed to this process. Given its status as an industrial power, Germany is on the look out for engineers and other skilled personnel. Earlier this month, 1,800 young Spanish engineers took exams in the hope of getting a job with Volkswagen or Audi in Germany. In total, Spanish emigration

Airport taxes rise by almost 19%

The draft State Budget for 2012 includes an increase in airport taxes of around 19% on average, with larger increases for passengers using Madrid-Barajas and Barcelona airports, where taxes will almost double. The Association of Spanish Air Transport Companies (ACETA), the Airlines Association ALA and Spanish Airports and Air Navigation (Aena) put the rise in airport charges at 18.9% on average across Spanish airports, although the latter notes that the rate of air navigation route will drop by 7.5%. The “global” impact of these increases on passengers will equate to about a 10% price rise, airport operators explained, although passengers using Madrid and Barcelona airports will see greater increases. Airport taxes per passenger on flights operated between Madrid and the European Economic Area go from €6.95 to €14.44, while those at Barcelona’s El Prat airport rise from €6.12 to €13.44. Taxes on long-haul flights increase from

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to Europe has increased by 37%, with Germany the main host country. However, competition for jobs means that migrants often have to take on one-day contracts for lower wages. The Spanish Employment Minister, Fátima Bánez has publicly dismissed the possibility of implementing this type of contract here in Spain.

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Spain’s borrowing costs rose sharply Wednesday at its first debt sale since a tough austerity budget last week, a sign of fresh concerns over its ability to bring its strained finances under control. Spain had found it easier in recent weeks to raise funds and was able to pay lower rates after many commercial banks filled their pockets with low-interest, longterm loans offered by the European Centra Bank. The ECB extended cheap, three-year loans of more than 1.0 trillion euros to eurozone banks in two operations in December and February so as to avert a dangerous credit squeeze. But Spain’s Treasury on Wednesday sold just 2.59 billion euros ($3.408 billion) of bonds that mature in 2015, 2016 and 2020, at the lower end of the range of 2.5-3.5 billion euros it had hoped for and at much higher rates. “Spain is back in the eye of the storm,” said Soledad Pellon, analyst at IG Markets, adding the bond sale was an “absolute failure.” The sale came after the government on Friday unveiled a 2012 budget which includes 27 billion

euros in tax increases and spending cuts aimed at slashing the public deficit to 5.3 percent of output this year from 8.5 percent in 2011. Spain is racing to slash its public deficit to reassure markets that it will not follow Greece, Ireland and Portugal in needing an international bailout after it missed its 6.0 percent public deficit target last year. But the task is complicated by the fact that Spain is heading back into recession with the economy expected to shrink 1.7 percent this year and the unemployment rate to rise to 24.3 percent, according to government estimates. Budget Minister Cristobal Montoro warned Tuesday that Spain’s national debt will jump sharply to 79.8 percent this year from 68.5 percent last year as he outlined details of the budget. “It is not so much the contents of the budget that causes concern but the delay in putting it in place and and the lack of faith that regional governments will reduce their deficits,” said Pellon. Spain’s 17 regional governments, which are responsible for healthcare

and education, ended 2011 with a public deficit equal to 2.94 percent of national gross domestic product. The central government has set a deficit target for the regional governments this year of 1.5 percent. “They will have no other option than to come up with a budget that meets the deficit target,” Montoro said Tuesday. Spain paid 2.89 percent on the 3-year bonds, compared to 2.440 percent on March 15; 4.319 percent on 4-year debt, up from 3.376 percent on March 1, and 5.338 percent on 8-year debt, after 5.156 percent on September 15. Bids from investors totalled slightly more than 6.5 billion euros. “There was good demand and the amount raised was within the range we set and at market prices,” said a Spanish economy ministry official who wasked not to be named, adding the auction was “relatively good”. In neighbour Portugal, bailed out in May 2011, an auction of 6- and 18-month Portuguese treasury bills on Wednesday was met with

more investor enthusiasm. Portugal sold the maximum of 1.5 billion euros and paid lower yields on the 6-month paper while the 18-month Tbill - the longest-dated paper that Portugal has sold since last year’s bailout - came in below market expectations. “The Spanish bond auctions highlight (that) there are still European risks, especially as we head into the elections for Greece and France,” said Michael Sneyd, a foreignexchange strategist at BNP Paribas. (Article: AFP)

Over 50% Youth Unemployment in Spain In a report by Maria Sullivan for spanishnews.es, according to Eurostat, 50.5% of those younger than 25 in Spain are out of work.

Eurostat notes that unemployment increased throughout the Eurozone and European Union, up to 10.8% and 10.2%, respectively, with Spain registering the highest unemployment rate, of 23.6%. The figures which relate to the month of February, show Spain is at the top of the list with 23.6%, followed by Greece (21%), and Portugal (15%). Lowest on the list were Austria (4.2%), the Netherlands (4.9%), Luxembourg (5.2%) and Germany (5.7%). Out of the nearly 25 million unemployed in the European Union, 5.4 million are under 25.

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Spanish police have detained two men who specialized in stealing from hotel rooms occupied by singers and athletes by pretending to be the celebrities, the interior ministry said last Wednesday. Among their victims were Grammy Awardwinning US violinist Joshua David Bell, Brazilian singer-songwriter Michel Telo and Argentine tennis ace Juan Ignacio Chela, it said in a statement. One of the suspects would convince front desk staff that they were the victim or a member of their staff and would obtain a room key. “Once inside the room he would pretend to have taken a shower and, wearing only a towel, would call the front desk to ask that they help open the room’s safe because his key did not work,” the statement said. “In this way, and with total naturalness, they managed to avoid any suspicion and would make off with a bounty worth between 20,000 and 50,000 euros per theft,” it

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Greek unrest after pensioner suicide beside parliament Protesters have clashed with riot police in the Greek capital, Athens, hours after a pensioner shot himself dead outside parliament

The 77-year-old man killed himself in the city’s busy Syntagma Square last Wednesday morning. Greek media reported he had left a suicide note accusing the government of cutting his pension to nothing. Flowers have been laid at the spot where he died and tributes have been paid online.

One of the notes, pinned to the tree, read “Enough is enough”, while another said “Who will be the next victim?”

Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in the square outside parliament on Wednesday evening, the scene of many large protests in recent months.

Prime Minister Lucas Papademos issued a statement calling the death “tragic”.

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Violence erupted, with petrol bombs hurled at police, who fired tear gas in response.

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Depression and suicides are reported to have increased in Greece as the country introduces tough austerity measures to deal with huge debts.

Government spokesman Pantelis Kapsis called the suicide a “human tragedy” but said “the exact circumstances” were unknown.

The man has not been officially identified but was named in Greek media as Dimitris Christoulas. He was said to be a retired chemist, with a wife and a daughter, who had sold his pharmacy in 1994. He shot himself in the central square just before 09:00, Athens News reports.

Evangelos Venizelos, head of the socialist Pasok party that holds a majority in the coalition government, called on colleagues to refrain from “political commentary” and “show solidarity and togetherness”.

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Antonis Samaras, head of the conservative New Democracy party, said politicians must do more to “help Greeks escape from despair”. Drastic austerity measures have been imposed on Greece to meet the terms of a huge eurozone financial bailout needed to save the country from bankruptcy. Thousands of civil service jobs have been cut, taxes raised and there have been reductions in pay, benefits and pensions. Suicides increased by 18% in 2010 from the previous year, according to Reuters news agency. The number of suicides in Athens alone rose over 25% last year.

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The amount of aid given to developing countries by richer nations has fallen for the first time since 1997 because of the global recession, a report says. Major donors gave £83bn (100.2 Euros) in 2011, down 2.7% on 2010, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development said. The OECD said in its annual report that the drop was the result of tight budgets in its member countries. The aid group Oxfam condemned the fall, saying it would “cost lives”: “Hundreds of thousands of poor people will go without life-saving medicines and many more children will miss out on school because of the first cuts in global aid since 1997,” Oxfam said in a statement. The figure excludes variations in exceptional debt relief, according to the OECD. Most of the countries classed by the OECD as least developed are in sub-Saharan Africa

but the list also includes states ranging from Bangladesh to Haiti.

The OECD said the reduction was a cause for major concern, as it came at a time when poorer countries - themselves hit by knock-on effects of the global economic crisis - needed it most: “Aid is only a fraction of total flows to low-income countries, but these hard economic times also mean lower investment and lower exports,” OECD head Angel Gurria said. “The crisis should not be used as an excuse to reduce development cooperation contributions.” The report said the biggest falls in aid contributions were registered in Austria, Belgium, Greece, Japan and Spain. Sweden increased its aid by 10.5 % and Germany raised its donation by 5.9%. The UK registered a slight fall of -0.8% after exceeding its 2010 target in 2010, the OECD noted.

MEPs back call for single parliamentary seat

MEPs from across the political spectrum have repeated calls for the European Parliament to have just one location, during a debate on the parliament’s administrative budget for 2013.

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The Budgets Committee has recommended that the administrative budget - covering the Parliament’s internal costs - should not exceed the EU-wide inflation rate of 1.9%, which means a real terms freeze.

The committee’s report says there needs to be a €8.5m contingency fund to deal with Croatia’s accession to the EU in 2013 and the accompanying rise in MEPs, interpreters and support staff.

Debating the committee’s report on 28 March 2012, German centre-right MEP Monica Hohlmeier said being located in one place would

The parliament’s work is currently split between Brussels, Strasbourg and Luxembourg. A Brussels-only base is strongly opposed by France.

British Labour MEP Derek Vaughan, the author of the report, said there needed to be more co-operation between the EU institutions, such as sharing human

resources, building costs and interpretation costs. Calls by some MEPs to refuse funding for “anti-democratic” political parties was opposed by Bruno Gollnisch from the French National Front, a group that may be affected. He said “we respect freedom of expression and the rule of law” and questioned why similar rules were not applied to the communist group. The draft budget was voted on during the daily voting session on 29 March 2012. The specific paragraph on calling for a single seat for the European Parliament was backed by 429 votes to 184.


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Socialists call on Rajoy to defend Spain against Sarkozy’s criticism

French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, has angered opposition politicians in Spain after again using Spain and Greece as examples of what can go wrong in an economy, and to defend the measures he has taken to help France resist the current crisis. Speaking in defence of his electoral proramme in a radio debate with his greatest rival, the socialist candidate, François Hollande, President Sarkozy said, “France has held on in an incredible crisis” and has been “the only European country that has increased its buying power every year”. “Do you think the French want to be in Greece’s situation, or Spain’s situation?”, he interjected, before attacking Hollande for “announcing a whole host of spending plans”

in his electoral programme, then asking him “with what money?”. Yesterday, in a press conference to promote his electoral campaign, the conservative leader’s opening gambit was: “there isn’t a single French person who wants to be in the situation the Greeks are in, or that the Spaniards are now in” characterised by an “inability to fulfil promises” and facing “a crisis of confidence”. Sarkozy’s comments have angered PSOE politicians here in Spain, who have demanded that prime minister Rajoy defend Spain on the international level and “challenge” the words of the French President, saying it was wrong of him to highlight Spain as “the political formula to avoid”.

Archbishop of Barcelona and PSOE party condemn ‘homophobic’ comments made by Bishop of Alcalá

Socialist party members have slammed anti-gay comments made publicly by the Bishop Reig, calling them ‘pre-Constitutional and unacceptable’. Secretary of Social Policy for the PSOE, Trinidad Jiménez, has declared her ‘absolute rejection’ of the declarations made by the Bishop of Alcalá this weekend during his Good Friday mass speech, televised on Channel 2, saying they ‘do not reflect modern society’. Juan Antonio Reig Plá, head of the Diocese of Alcalá de Henares (Madrid) called homosexuality and abortion ‘a pathway to evil and sin’ on live TV. He said: “Those persons led astray by so many ideologies will end up wrongly orienting human sexuality.” According to the Bishop, sanctioning abortion and homosexuality was a way of

leading people to temptation and were merely ‘deception’, encouraging people to ‘sin’ and commit ‘evil’. Jiménez referred the Bishop to Article 14 of the Spanish Constitution, which calls for respect for all persons of either gender and outlaws discrimination on the grounds of race or sexual orientation. She said the Bishop’s comments showed a ‘profound lack of knowledge’ about the subject and about ‘today’s society’. Not only did his words attract outrage from lesbian and gay societies, who call them ‘incitement to homophobia’, and severe criticism from Jiménez in the name of the PSOE, but also the strong disagreement of the Archbishop of Barcelona. Archbishop Lluís Martínez Sistach said: “Homosexuals

deserve respect. They are people like anyone else, irrespective of whether they prefer men or women.” Sistach called for religious groups to be more accepting of homosexual followers of all faiths, stressing that God is ‘only interested in actions’, be they good or bad. “Behaviour is another thing altogether. According to our faith, the way a person behaves may be good or bad, but the Catholic Church needs to open itself to all persons with religious feelings. “This is a process that has to go way beyond mere ideologies, because it’s about faith in God above anything else,” Sistach stated. “Homosexuals are people like everyone else, and deserve dignity and respect.”

Nun on trial after mum and ‘stolen’ baby daughter reunite 30 years later A nun in her 80s has been called to testify labour. over one of the thousands of ‘stolen baby’ cases which occurred between the Civil War and the 1980s. Sister María Gómez Valbuena is accused of having taken María Luisa Torres’ baby daughter from her shortly after she gave birth in 1982. The nun, who is the first person to be called to trial in a ‘stolen baby’ case, reportedly told María Luisa that the baby was stillborn, although the child’s mother said she was sure she felt the infant moving immediately after

María Luisa was accused of ‘adultery’ prior to giving birth by the nun, who was a volunteer social worker at Madrid’s Santa Clara Clinic, since the father of the baby was not her husband. Extensive searches followed by a DNA test showed that María Luisa was indeed the mother of Pilar, 30; mother and daughter were reunited six months ago. The mother called the trial ‘a giant step’ towards justice, although the case would be difficult to prove given the time lapse and the lack of concrete evidence.

Iberia Easter Monday pilot strike grounds 127 flights

IBERIA was forced to cancel 127 flights due to take off on Easter Monday due to the latest in a series of pilot strikes. They will be on strike every Friday and Monday until July 20, in protest over the creation of the company’s new low-cost airline, Iberia Express. Pilots fear that up to 3,000 jobs could be lost as a result of the new budget flight affiliate. Tomorrow will see 54 internal flights, 64 short-haul trips – mostly to European destinations – and nine transatlantic flights cancelled. The next strike will take place on Friday, April 13, and will involve 122 cancellation – 64 short-haul, 56 internal and 10 inter-continental. Pilots are accusing the company of refusing to negotiate, but Iberia said it had offered its co-pilots the opportunity to be commanders on Iberia Express flights, although always with the chance to return to the mainstream flights as co-pilots where possible.

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School Love Most people never forget the time when they first fell in love. It usually occurs at the tender age of thirteen or fourteen, in the complex moment of time when a boy and girl reach the teenage stage of life and the body gradually takes on a new role.

a kiss. That would have brought down the wrath of Sister Ligouri, the Mother Superior of the school, and a sin to be confessed behind the grill on Saturday evening. Never certain that the old priest had already been informed one could not get away with the usual bad thoughts. Sometimes an embarrassing detail could earn a quiet chuckle from the other side of the partition.

The girl in question suddenly assumes angelic status beyond reach, by Jack Brennan only worthy to dream about over a boring, blotched book or an elusive creature secretly worshipped and gazed upon from afar.

The same failings were repeated again and again every week and listened to with a fatherly compassion and a kindly chat, followed by a penance of three Hail Mary’s that covered the minor transgressions committed over seven days. The romance was brief and on the last day of school I said a quick goodbye to my mates and dashed off to be in time to stand by a lamp post and wave a last goodbye to my girl.

The reflection in the mirror takes on a new significance, when a spot on the face is a crisis and a patch on the trousers an embarrassment. The polished boots, tie and hair grease are applied in order to change the image in a bid to impress. All efforts are duly noted and commented on by amused, sharp eyed parents. In my case the particular girl in question travelled to school on a bus so I thought that her parents were well off. I made it my business to be passing by when the vehicle pulled into the station and I kindly offered to carry her school satchel up the steep hill that led to the school. I was anything but elegant; short and stocky with short trousers hanging below my knees, having been bought on the long term to enable me to grow into them which was a continuous source of annoyance because I never did. Prayers and stretching exercises failed to improve matters. How I envied my school mate Hutton who was born with long shapely limbs. We indulged in horse play but never got around to having

For dramatic effect I asked a local lad if I could straddle his new bike in a bid to impress. When the bus approached my heart beat quickened. It was the last farewell and I was hoping for a tearful smile and kiss thrown from the window. My heart’s desire never gave me a glance. She had her back turned while in conversation with the conductor. To console myself I went into the ice cream shop and bought a penny cornet. My school friend, a fat one eyed Italian boy, added a chocolate flake for good measure. It happened to be in the year nineteen thirty eight when Mussolini the Italian dictator and Hitler were planning war. That night he invited me to the cinema to see the film King Kong and brought along a large bar of fruit and nut chocolate from his father’s shop. Sitting in the front seat, being scared to death by that huge hairy creature while munching on delicious chocolate, helped me to forget the brief school romance.

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world homeopathy awareness week 2012 In celebration of all those who have healed with Homeopathy, homeopaths and supporters share education and accessibility of homeopathy around the world, beginning on Dr. Samuel Hahnemann’s Birthday every year. During World Homeopathy Awareness Week (WHAW) free public events such as lectures, media interviews, volunteer firstaid at sports events, free & reduced clinics, written materials, pieces on Twitter and Facebook, publication articles and much more are shared in over 40 countries. Through more awareness and access to homeopathy resulting in profoundly improved health, the paradigm in the understanding of healing and healthcare can truly shift.

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green tea could help olympic cheats Green tea can help mask the levels of testosterone in the body, say scientists. A study found extracts contained in the beverage, reduced concentrations of the hormone by up to 30 per cent. Olympic doping officials have now raised concerns that athletes could use tea to hide increased levels of testosterone from standard drugs tests. Testosterone is one of the oldest illegal steroids used in sports, and it is commonly used to build muscle. Experts say athletes taking testosterone for doping purposes typically have 200 to 300 percent more in their bodies than normal. During the study, researchers added green and white tea extracts - or catechins - to the hormone and discovered that they reduced the concentration by almost a third. The recent anomaly could now lead to a change in the tests ahead of this summer’s Games. Olivier Rabin, scientific director of the World Anti-Doping Agency, or WADA said: ‘It’s interesting that something as common as tea could have a significant influence on the steroid profile. ‘We may need to adjust our steroid (test) to allow us to exclude whether a test is modified by food or training or disease, before we can say that it’s doping,’ The study was conducted in a laboratory so scientists said it was too early to tell what the effect of green tea might be in humans, but similar results have been found in

rodent studies. Other foods and beverages, such as alcohol, are also known to muddle test results and WADA has tight controls on other commonly consumed substances like caffeine. ‘There’s no reason to think we just happened to pick the only food in the world that does this,’ said Declan Naughton of Kingston University, who published the findings in the journal, Steroids. Charles Yesalis, a doping expert at Pennsylvania State University, said officials needed to react quickly. ‘Athletes will not wait for the clinical trials,’ he said. ‘I’ll bet there are already lots of athletes out there drinking loads of green tea,’ he added. However some experts said the limited effects of foods like green tea on masking illegal drug use would be too small to help doping athletes. ‘You would probably need to drink the tea continuously to get any sustained but minor effect,’ said Andrew Kicman, head of research and development at the Drug Control Centre at King’s College London, which is providing the anti-doping laboratory for the upcoming Olympics. ‘It would be a very foolish athlete who’s thinking of doping with testosterone and thinks he could drink white or green tea to beat a drug test,’ he said. ‘And I personally wouldn’t want to drink nine cups of tea on the day of a race.’


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Scientific evidence suggests frequent angry outbursts may increase the long-term risk of everything from heart attacks and strokes to poor healing and a weakened immune system. Last week researchers at the University of Granada in Spain found ‘looking back in anger’ at past mistakes could make us less able to withstand pain. They quizzed 50 men and women on their feelings about past events, mistakes made and missed opportunities. The results, reported in the medical journal PLoS One, showed those who dwelt on the bad things in life were more likely to be sensitive to pain than those who lived life one day at a time. One possible explanation is that negative moods disrupt the circuitry of the brain. Certainly, the damaging effects of anger on the body are increasingly well documented. When we lose our temper, our heart rate increases, blood pressure rises and blood flow to the muscles is increased as part of the ‘fight or flight’ response that prepares us to either engage in combat or flee. At the same time, glucose levels rise to give muscles the energy they need for action and the adrenal glands pump out more of the hormone adrenaline. This enlarges the pupil of the eye for sharper vision and expands the lungs so they can gulp in the extra oxygen they may need. ‘People often feel very energetic when they get angry,’ explains Annie Hinchliff, a chartered psychologist working in anger management. ‘Their heart beats faster, their vision becomes sharper and their hearing becomes quite acute.’ All this is an entirely normal response and once the mood has calmed, these functions all return to normal, without any long-term health consequences. The risks to health increase when the body is exposed to these ‘emergency’ responses regularly. It’s thought to cause wear and tear on the

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Drinking two glasses of soya milk a day could relieve older women from the curse of hot flushes, claim researchers. They found a couple of daily servings of foods and drinks made from the soya plant led to a reduction in the frequency and severity of hot flushes by up to 26 per cent. Their work is the most comprehensive review so far looking at the effects of soya in products such as tofu or soya-fortified milk on menopausal symptoms. contains Soya isoflavones, oestrogenlike plant hormones, which are believed to have a beneficial effect on health. The latest evidence comes from a review of 19 studies involving more than 1,200 women. have women Many turned to natural remedies

to cope with symptoms such as hot flushes, night mood and sweating swings because they fear the side effects of Hormone Replacement Therapy, according to some experts. occur flushes Hot lasting suddenly, about four minutes on average, and produce an uncomfortable feeling of intense heat. Sufferers may break out in sweats during the day, while frequent hot flushes at night can severely disrupt sleep. The symptoms are caused by the dilation of blood vessels in the skin and are linked to imbalances, hormone but are still not fully understood. been have There mixed findings on the effectiveness of soya in alleviating flushes, with some studies suggesting others and benefits

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soya for 12 weeks or more, the drop in frequency of hot flushes was about threefold greater than in shorter trials. Melby Professor examined the impact of isoflavones – the chemicals found in soya that produce an effect similar to oestrogen. She said that ingesting at least 54mg of soya isoflavones daily for six weeks to a year reduces the frequency of hot flushes by 20.6 per cent and severity by 26 per cent. Each gram of soya protein in soya beans and traditional soya foods provides approximately 3.5mg of isoflavones. Two 16oz glasses of soya milk, or 7oz of tofu, provide approximately 50mg of isoflavones. Supplements containing at least 19mg of genistein, one of the two main types of isoflavone, were more than twice as effective at reducing frequency than

lower amounts. Professor Melby said that the genistein result was particularly relevant because the compound is the primary isoflavone in soya beans and soya foods. ‘Eating said She soya foods, or using derived supplements from whole soya beans, may work better for

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Tuna fishing ban in Pacific partially lifted

and South Korea for a freefor-all access to one of the world’s richest fishing grounds. “The Pacific Commons is now open. But for all practical purposes, access will be limited,” said Mark Dia of Greenpeace. “They knew that everybody would suffer if a free-forall access is granted,” he added. The WCPFC approved the request of the Philippine government, the third top tuna harvester in the Pacific after Japan and South Korea, to fish in pocket 1 of the Pacific, which is bounded by the island nations of Micronesia, Palau, Papua New Guinea, and Indonesia.

After two-year ban to replenish depleted stocks, limited access granted to fish in Pacific, where 60% of world’s tuna are sourced Pacific nations have reopened the Pacific high seas to commercial tuna fishing after a two-year ban imposed to preserve declining bigeye tuna stocks. In a meeting in Guam last week, member countries of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) lifted the fishing ban on pockets 1 and 2 of the Pacific Ocean. The

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member organisation including Australia, the EU, Japan, Papua New Guinea, and the Philippines that oversees and regulates migratory fish stocks such as tuna and marlin in the Pacific. Its jurisdiction covers 20% of the planet’s surface. In January 2010, the WCPFC placed the ban on parts of the Pacific Ocean, where 60% of the world’s tuna are sourced, to conserve the

population of the bigeye tuna, which scientists classified as overfished. Other tuna species like skipjack, yellowfin, and albacore also found in the Pacific high seas but their numbers have not reached an alarming low. Although it lifted the ban, the commission maintained that entry to the marine reserves would be limited, refusing proposals from the European Community

In exchange for fishing access, the Philippine government must report its catch and limit the number of fishing vessels to 36, Dia said. Filipino vessels must also apply for international fishing permits before entering pocket 1. The Philippines’ fisheries director Asis Perez said the ban brought hard times to the local fishing sector. He also noted that the fishing ban was counterproductive for the Philippines as it forced fishing companies to harvest in its national waters, which is considered to be a spawning ground for various types of tuna, he said.

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Snake in cockpit forces Australian pilot to make emergency landing An Australian pilot was forced to make a landing reminiscent of a Hollywood thriller after a snake appeared from behind his dashboard and slithered across his leg during a solo cargo flight. Unsure whether or not the snake was venomous, Braden Blennerhassett said on Thursday his heart was racing as he tried to keep his hands while manoeuvring the plane back to the northern city of Darwin. The snake popped its head out from behind the instrument panel several times, Blennerhassett said, and then crawled across his leg during his approach to the airport. “I’ve seen it on a movie once, but never in an aeroplane,” Blennerhassett told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, referring to the 2006 film Snakes on a Plane in which deadly snakes are deliberately released in an airliner as part of a murder plot. The 26-year-old Air Frontier pilot was alone in a twinengine Beechcraft Baron G58 and had just left Darwin airport on a cargo run to a remote outback settlement on Tuesday when he saw the snake. The director of Air Frontier, Geoff Hunt, described Blennerhassett as a cool

character who radioed air traffic control to report: “I’m going to have to return to Darwin. I’ve got a snake on board the plane.” “You’re trying to be as still as you possibly can and when you’ve got your hands on the power levers,” Blennerhassett said. “You’re kind of worried about the snake taking that as a threat and biting you.” “As the plane was landing, the snake was crawling down my leg, which was frightening,” he added. Once the plane landed, a firefighter spotted the snake but authorities were not immediately able to catch it, Air Frontier official Michael Ellen said. A trap baited with a mouse had failed to catch the snake by Thursday, and the plane remained grounded. Wildlife ranger Sally Heaton said she suspected the creature was a golden tree snake, a non-venomous species that can grow up to 1.5m (5ft) in length. Hunt said he was not aware of a snake being found in a plane before in Australia, but that he had heard of a young chicken being found alive under the floor of a plane and an escaped juvenile crocodile crawling under a pilot’s rudder pedal.


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LEGAL CORNER WITH MICHAEL DAVIES, ABOGADO/SOLICITOR

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DEPOSITS PAID TO BUILDERS Q: I paid stage payments to the sum of 46000 on a property under construction in Murcia. The building stopped and the builder has disappeared. Can I get my money back? A: It depends on the circumstances... 1. If you have a bank guarantee on your stage payments, then yes you can get your money back. If the bank guarantee is within it’s deadline, then no problem. If it is out of date, we would need to sue the bank, but from the experience of many cases handled and won I can confirm you should also get your money back if the case is handled correctly. If you only have photocopies of bank guarantees it may also be possible to get your money back by suing the bank. In some case you can contemplate suing the bank that received the money even if no bank guarantees where issued. (This is complex and needs careful looking into before making a decision). 2. If you have no bank guarantees the procedure would be to sue the builder, unless he has gone into liquidation (explained below). In this case before initiating the procedure it is convenient to have your solicitor to perform searches to see if the builder still has assets to be able to go after at the end of the case. 3. If the builder has gone into “concurso de acreedores”(liquidation) then it is neccesary to hire an abogado to join the procedure for you, which may result in you receiving all your money at a later date or a percentage of it. Michael Davies is a Spanish Abogado and has been practicing law in Almería since 1993. He is member of the Law societies of Almería and Madrid and has offices in Mojacar and Almeria High Street.

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Spain Will Emerge Stronger from Crisis, Says De Guindos

The Spanish Economy Minister, Luis de Guindos, is convinced that Spain will overcome the financial and budget crisis “by its own force” and emerge from it “strengthened”. “Spain is a country that has made mistakes in the past and accumulated imbalances. It is now in the process of correcting all these problems”, the Spanish minister said in an interview with German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine. He added “We will put our budgets in order. Our government, elected four months ago, has an absolute majority in parliament and a clear mandate for savings and reforms. With this we will succeed.” According to El Economista, when asked about the 25,000 million euros of budget cuts announced recently he stressed that “financial consolidation is inevitable. The previous government left us with a deficit of 8.5% instead of the 6% forecast”. The Spanish Economy Minister continued “We must therefore make further efforts even in the midst of a recession, and we must restore confidence, especially in the Spanish economy. That means not only reaching a deficit of 5.3% this year, but 3% in the coming year. We are committed to that goal”. De Guindos reiterated that “what we are doing is absolutely necessary. Spain currently has a funding problem. If the markets do not see consolidation then state funding could get more expensive. And that could lead to difficulties in the private sector also. Therefore it is essential to control the deficit.” As for the latest market reactions and the increase of the risk premium, he is convinced that “the markets will react positively when they have studied our budgets in detail”. As for the outlook for 2012, De Guindos recognises that “this year will be difficult. But it will also be the year in which we will lay the foundations for recovery. The government is aware of this and does not want to raise false expectations for this year’s forecast. It will be hard with less growth and, unfortunately, more unemployment. But we will be laying the foundations for a better 2013.” When taking stock of the first 100 days of government, the minister said he had approved a law of stability which “applies to all: central government, autonomous regions and municipalities,” and has favoured “banks liquidity” and approved a labour market reform which will “change the system largely responsible for high unemployment.” “Therein lies the weakness of our economy,” said the minister, who estimates that this year the Spanish economy will dwindle by 1.5% then edge upward slightly in the coming year and “end the destruction of jobs”. He also hopes that the foreign trade deficit will “disappear this year”, that inflation “will fall below the European average” and that Spain will “increase in its capacity for competitiveness”. “In addition there will be surprises,” said De Guindos, noting “who would have thought 20 years ago that Inditex would become a world leader. The capacity and dynamics of Spanish firms is there.” De Guindos announced that the next steps would be the “reform of public services, especially health and education” and also improvements in the functioning of markets, such as rent, and the deregulation of trade and professional services.” He also made reference to the banking sector reforms that “will get rid of the weakest” and will mean “a much healthier financial sector with fewer, but stronger, banks.” (WWW.KYERO.COM)


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F.A.C.E. Start Their Fundraising Season

F.A.C.E. (Fundraising in Arboleas, Caring For Everyone) kicked off its new fundraising season recently, with a book sale held at its office in Arboleas. This raised 125 Euros. It has been decided that this year F.A.C.E. Will under take a series of rather smaller fundraising exercises than it has done in the past, but it will carry them out in a greater quantity. However, F.A.C.E will still continue to support the charities it has over the last few years. These will include Age Concern España, the A.E.C.C. (Asociación Española Contra el Cancer), and ALCER ( A Spanish Association who give assistance to people suffering from Renal illnesses). In addition, F.A.C.E. Will also support M.A.C.S. (Mojacar Area Cancer Support) in their ambitions to set up a local hospice.

If you would like to join the very dedicated people who run this Spanish registered Charity please ring 667 255 094 or visit the web site www.face-charity.com

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2004 Saturday 31 March 2012, saw the launch of the first Helping Hands Charity Shop, in Aguilas. Approximately 60 supporters came along on the day to help the team celebrate with liquid refreshments, a buffet and, of course, to look for bargains. A total of 300 euros was subsequently raised to the delight of the team. Quality second hand items of all descriptions, kindly donated by supporters throughout the region, will be sold and other services provided which will include English free newspapers, sale of greetings cards and a Classified Ads board. There will also be a service, in conjunction with EPS, for those wishing to purchase items from the UK. The catalogues of major outlets such as Argos & Tesco direct will be held within the shop. Since their initial launch in May of last year, the team has held many events including two formulated especially to help those devastated by the Earthquake in the beautiful, historic town of Lorca. “Undoubtedly, one of the primary functions of our association is to provide financial assistance where necessary, for this reason we organize events and fundraisers throughout the year. Bearing in mind the current financial climate, our aim is to give value for money at all times

and provide events that are different and exciting at a reasonable cost. For that reason Helping Hands have chosen the prestigious Hotel PuertoJuan Montiel as the location for our large events where we receive superb service and quality to the benefit of our supporters”. Smaller events have been regularly held at the Mar y Luna in Terreros, where we have enjoyed the support of German and our Quiz Nights alone have raised 1562 through the generosity of the regulars participating in the Raffles. We now have a superb schedule of events for 2012, whereby we are contracting a wealth of talent into the region to entertain our supporters. We also have a huge Fun Dog show scheduled for Sunday May 13 to be held on the new private Marina of the Hotel Puerto Juan Montie . We are hoping that many people of all nationalities will join us and bring along their much loved dogs and enter them into the competitions. There will be something for every type of dog, pedigree or non pedigree and Rosettes and Trophies to be won. There will also be tombolas, charity stalls and trade stands. So come and join us” LINDA + ROGER + JEAN + TONY + ANA MARI + ANN + RITA + EDWIN +PAULINE + RICHIE + RAY + JEN

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This immaculate property is situated in one of the most sought after complexes on Valle de Este golf resort. The property has a clever layout giving a feeling of space and is in an excellent condition. It boasts 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, use of communal swimming pools and underground parking.

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This wonderful property benefits from a large panoramic terrace overlooking the villa’s private swimming pool. The terrace also offers exceptional and uninterrupted views over the golf fairways and o¬n to the beautiful Sierra Cabrera Mountains. It is located in the heart of the valley and therefore very convenient for bars and restaurants in the resort as well as above in the hills at nearby Sierra Cabrera. The villa has a built area of 152 m². O¬n the upper level there are the dining room, kitchen and a good sized living room with an open fire place, plus a large terrace and a south facing patio area. Dining and living rooms look out across the terrace at the fabulous views. Downstairs there are 3 good sized bedrooms, again looking out at the exceptional views, as well as 2 bathrooms (1 en suite). There is also the 4th - occasional - bedroom off the 3rd bedroom. This room could also be used as an office, study, etc. The freehold plot of 1,860 mts² also has a beautiful easily maintained garden with mature trees. The villa has off-street parking for up to 3 cars. Access is via an asphalted road. Established homes like this do not normally goes on the market at such an incredible low asking price and therefore an early viewing is strongly recommended to avoid disappointment. For more information or to book a viewing appointment please visit our office or contact us via phone or e-mail. Ref: 1045

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Car Rally Treasure Hunt raises 485 Euros Historic Maundy Thursday processions rained off for Mojacar Area Cancer Support

The torrential rain that has fallen across much of Spain last week forced many Maundy thursday processions to be cancelled, including the famous Vera Cruz procession in Zamora, which was cancelled for the first time in 40 years.

Mojacar Area Cancer Support (MACS)) held their first April 1st Car Rally Treasure Hunt. It was organised by two of MACS fundraising team Jean Macpherson and Maggi Lake who both put in a lot of time and effort to ensure that the event was both interesting and successful.

In Seville, four of the holy brotherhoods who were supposed to take part in the Maundy Thursday Station of Penitence procession decided not to take to the streets because of the heavy rain, and many other religious groups have been left wondering whether remaining Holy Week events will be rained off.

The event, which started and finished in Turre, was very well attended. It was a leisurely drive covering approximately 100 kilometres with stops for beer and tapas at some great little bars. The route visited Zurgena, Alfoquia and the Almanzora Palace plus other villages and beauty spots. The participants needed to walk a short way in each to solve the rhyming clues which pointed the way to many surprising local curiosities with new discoveries for all. Included in the directions was an additional quiz on the history, geography and culture of Spain.

It is the second year in a row that the Andalusian capital has been without its famous Holy Week processions. It the rain eases off, some of the later processions will take place, including the “Madrugá”.

The creators of the event Jean and Maggi, could not resist the odd April 1st fools day joke such as photographic proof of a silly walks and the search for the Umbigumby Bird. Some people claimed to have found feathers belonging to it and brought them to the celebratory meal at their final destination where we were all hosted by Ann and Andy Webber at their beautiful home, Las Tres Ruinas. The final task was a limerick inspired by the day and poems clean enough to be read out were a source of great fun. The winners of the event were the Turrets Team consisting of Tim Boyd, Paula Antony, Jan Mills and Pat Noble. Additional prizes were given for best Limerick, best silly photo and booby prize for the last team. MACS wishes to thank all who took part and made the day such a successful one. A total of 485 Euros was raised for MACS.

For the first time in 40 years, the Santa Vera Cruz brotherhood in Zamora, one of the oldest Holy Week brotherhoods in Spain, waited for over an hour for the rain to stop before finally cancelling this afternoon’s procession, reducing many of its members, who have waited all year for this day, to tears In Madrid, the Jesus of Nazareth “El Pobre” procession was delayed by an hour and a half because of the persistent rain and other processions were cancelled altogether. The rain also affected Holy Week processions in Granada, where three brotherhoods have already decided not to set out at all, and the two remaining groups are waiting to take the decision to call it off altogether. Despite the forecast of inclement weather, Pamplona’s Voto de la Ciudad a las Cinco Llagas, which symbolises the city’s offering of thanks to God for delivering them from the plague in the 16th century and which has been celebrated annually almost without fail since 1599, was able to go ahead.

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According to the Global Real Estate Index report 2012 published by the International Living magazine, Murcia is one of the most promising property markets of the world. The region ranked No. 22 among the 27 areas selected as being the “most attractive” and “potentially lucrative” in the world and, along with Dublin and Paris are the only European destinations appearing in the report.

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Murcia Among the World’s Most Marbella Luxury Attractive Property Markets Real Estate expensive property – where the publication shows it to be a country with a very affordable housing market. No matter the political party in government, the tropical countries of Central and northern South America (particularly Uruguay) are generally noted for their low prices and promising future revaluation.

Gets Boost

The market for luxury homes has experienced a revival driven by the price decrease which has occurred in the sector since the real estate ‘bubble’ exploded in 2008. Since then, the value of properties has been reduced by between 10% and 40%.

Several areas of Ecuador, Brazil and Uruguay, Costa Rica and Panama monopolise the top of the list, which is headed by the northern coast of Ecuador, Tulum (Mexico), southern Costa Rica, the beaches of Las Terrenas (Dominican Republic) and Iracema, in Fortaleza (Brazil).

In the Asian region, the best markets are no longer in China or Singapore, but in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.

Confirming the new reality of this unique market, a director of one of the real estate companies located on the ‘Golden Mile’ of Marbella (Málaga), told El Mundo that in 2011 the sale of luxury properties increased by 20% over 2010 due to the “aggressive” price adjustments made by the owners in order to sell.

The report nominates Murcia and Dublin as the leading examples from the “depressed areas” in the “strangled Eurozone”, with the region of Murcia standing out for its affordability and ease of market access.

The value of homes located in the best areas, which cost between 600,000 and 800,000 euros, has dropped by around 20 to 30%, while the value of houses in unconsolidated areas, i.e. housing only 50% built and without access to services, has fallen by 30 to 40%.

The locations were selected for “the value of the investment required, potential appreciation, ease of purchase and transactions costs,” and rated from 0 to 100 in each case.

The Murcia housing market gains points for international investors or, at least among those on the lookout for hot spots in the market.

Following this criteria, the northern part of Ecuador is considered the most interesting, especially for its “extremely low prices” and “good quality of housing stock,” where it is possible to buy luxury homes for just $135,000, and plots of land from $31,000.

According to the International Property Success website, there are at least seven reasons to consider the Costa Calida as an investment location. For starters, prices have fallen 60% from their highs of 2007, and the ‘stock’ has already been reduced by 50%, which will soon lead to an increase in prices.

The real estate expert said that, in Marbella “there is a group of people who have the liquidity and who have been waiting years for prices to come down.” Currently, “this potential demand with purchasing power means they have realised that this is the time to buy,” he said. The typical profile of these new buyers corresponds mainly to people over 50 years, businessmen and foreigners from northern Europe.

“It is one of the most beautiful corners of the Pacific coast,” said author of the report, Ronan McMahon. “Up until last year, from Quito, it took over 8 hours to get there. Now, thanks to the new road, it takes only three hours.” Another of the outstanding locations is southern Costa Rica, where Mel Gibson has just acquired a large and

El Mundo reported that another curious plus point for Murcia is the ‘Paramount effect’, the theme park to be built in the coming years in Mazarron. According to a study carried out in Dallas, homes surrounding a theme park are likely to increase in value by around 22%. (Article: Kyero)

Higher ta x e s for a ll in Spa in bill blevins, financial correspondent, Blevins Franks

If you are resident in Spain you need to be prepared for a higher tax bill this year and next. Tax on general income An additional contribution of between 0.75% and 7% has been added to the scale rates of income tax for 2012 and 2013. The more income you earn, the more additional tax you will pay. The Spanish income tax rates for 201 are therefore: €0 to €17,707 - 24.75% €17,707 to €33,007 - 30% €33,007 to €53,407 - 40% €53,407 to €120,000 - 47% €120,000 to €175,000 - 49% €175,000 to €300,000 - 51% Over €300,000 - 52%

In Andalucía the top rate of tax is of 54% for 2012.

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The beleagured operator confirmed it was close to striking the agreement to extend financing arrangements with its banking group, just months after the latest refinancing deal. A statement on Monday said the group is also exploring a possible sale and leasback of certain aircraft, on top of the revised financing arrangements. The deal would ease pressure on the company after its near collapse last November, when shares tumbled by as much as 70pc after the tour operator said it needed more cash from its banks. Europe’s second-biggest travel firm after rival TUI Travel suffered a disastrous year in 2011, leading to the resignation of its chief executive Manny FontenlaNovoa in August. Thomas Cook said on Monday it is in “advanced discussions” with its banking group. A statement said: “These discussions are part of the result of the strategic review the group has undertaken since agreeing terms of a new facility in November 2011. The group expects to report in more detail on the results of that review by the time of the interim results. “In addition to the revised financing arrangements, the previously announced asset disposal programme and the sale of Thomas Cook India, the group is exploring a possible sale and leaseback of certain aircraft.”

The deal is expected to come at a price however, with Thomas Cook likely to give the group of 17 banking lenders - which includes the Royal Bank of Scotland and Barclays - an equity stake in the business. It could also end up paying higher interest rates and one-off fees. The new arrangement, negotiated by interim chief executive Sam Weihagen, could be followed by further asset sales to help reduce the debt of the 170year old company. Last December, the cash-strapped operator put an £80m dent in its £1bn debts the day before the postponed full-year results by selling off its Spanish hotel chain to Iberostar. It is looking to sell Thomas Cook India and could sell its stake in air traffic control group Nats. The company is also to close up to 200 stores and cut up to 1,000 jobs as it battles to turnaround its struggling UK business. Thomas Cook made a pre-tax loss of £151.7m in the three months to December 31 compared to a £99.3m loss during the same period in 2010. Manny Fontenla-Novoa lost his job as Thomas Cook chief executive in August after the third profits warning of the year, triggered by the underperformance of its UK business and political unrest in key tourist markets such as Egypt and Tunisia.

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Cross opens the novel dramatically with the death of John Cox, a demolition worker who was so badly burnt that he was identified by his medical records. He was considered an expert so it is hard for his girlfriend, Annie and his sister, Hayley to accept that he would not take the necessary precautions and so they travel to Siberia to discover the ugly truth. His mother, Chris, is in such a state that she burns his personal possessions and almost demolished his furniture in his bedroom. She can’t bring herself to talk about him; she is so distraught. Hayley has constant visions of him; wherever she goes she sees his face. Uncanny. Is she suffering from delusions? What does it mean? The plot thickens quickly with an amnesia victim suffering from tickfever who stumbles upon a peasant family in Siberia, filthy and smelly with badly soiled clothes and five ticks embedded in his swollen flesh. It is Frosya who finds him and she nurses him back to health. Before she burns his clothes she rummages through the pockets and hides her “loot”, clues as to the identity of this person. Annie, in spite of being wheelchair bound is determined to unravel the plot which involves a Mafia organisation and petty jealousies of leadership between Viktor and Leonid. Was John mixed up with the Mafia? Will Annie and Hayley discover how John died or why he died? More importantly, when they are faced with danger will they be able to return home alive and unscathed? It’s an exciting thriller with strong characterisation seeking answers to awkward questions and putting their lives at risk. Will they unravel the bitter truth and if so, at what cost? This is Gillian Cross at her best. What happened to John? How did he die? You’ll just have to read it to find out why, won’t you? As always, enjoy! Publishers: O.U.P. ISBN: 9-780198326311

A leading Downton Abbey character will die in the next series, it has been confirmed. Executive producer Rebecca Eaton let slip that the departing star is “pretty key in the cast”. She also revealed that one couple will start a family, telling the Orlando Sentinel: “Somebody will be born, and somebody will die.” “Somebody pretty key in the cast [is] unfortunately not going to make it,” she teased.

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administer it? He couldn’t give the whole village Remitroot wine, they were awkward enough sober. He dried the leaves and crushed them with olives to form a paste. Distributing this balsam free to the villagers he was sure he would make a fortune selling the recipe to the world’s pharmaceutical companies. There was however a hitch. Remitroot balsam cures only the Alquerian mutation and the Alquerian mutation kills all other forms of influenza. So to be cured one has to come to Alqueria and catch the local strain which kills the normal type. Then one has to take the balsam curing the Alquerian mutation. The Alquerian mutation is debilitating so a period of convalescence is required. If no rest is taken the immune system is so weak, reinfection takes place. The choice was clear, spend three week in Alqueria or suffer with the flu. Most people preferred the latter. Poyato was heart broken, but Alqueria was back to its usual dysfunctional self and free to continue making a nuisance of itself once more.

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The Flu Epidemic He didn’t always take her temperature the way she expected. Her usual method of fighting colds was to take to her bed and place a large Sevillano Hat at the foot. She would then drink whisky mixed with lemon juice from a Cruzcampo Beer glass held in her gloved hand. She would continue drinking until the hat began moving on its own accord. She would then be cured or at least feel a great deal better. This was Alquerian Flu and not a common cold however. Manuela was a fighter and was determined to carry on as usual, which she did. By the end of the week every man under forty had

the virus. The olive mill came to a standstill. With no labour available the presses stopped and no Alquerian olives entered the national market. Shares in olive related companies rocketed. A spokesman for ENAC the accreditation body said it was the best news for the industry in fifty years. Only one person in the villagewasimmune.Antonio Poyato. His exposure to the precious Remitroot he cultivated was the likely key. Antonio experimented on Nestor Clacketo and sure enough he was cured. Poyato was in high glee, a cure for influenza. He would be a rich man. How to

Meanwhile, Eaton admitted that Dowager Countess actress Dame Maggie Smith is a “handful” on the set of the ITV period drama. “Maggie Smith is a handful, it’s true. She’s very difficult. She knows her worth, and she’s tricky on the set, but she delivers when the time comes,” she explained. Speaking about the arrival of Shirley MacLaine as Lady Grantham’s mother Martha Levinson, Eaton added: “There are some wonderful scenes between Maggie and

Shirley MacLaine - Shirley MacLaine being ditsy as ever. “And Maggie barely restraining her sneer in having to deal with this American.” So far, the show’s creator Julian Fellowes has killed off Matthew Crawley’s fiancée Lavinia Swire (Zoe Boyle) through a flu epidemic in the last series finale. Downton Abbey is expected to air its third run in September on ITV1.

Corrie’s Natalie Gumede: ‘Filming domestic violence was harrowing’

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Doctor Enzo Matanzamas reported the first case of Alquerian Flu to the Ministerio de Sanidad y Política Social at the beginning of the week. Influenzavirus B (Alquerian mutation) as it is officially known is a notifiable disease. It has all of the usual flu symptoms plus depression, fits of uncontrollable weeping and a large blue boil on the nose. Depression and fits of uncontrollable weeping are common in the healthy population of Alqueria so these symptoms can be misdiagnosed. Manuela was the first confirmed case. She didn’t like visiting Dr. Matanzamas.

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Coronation Street actress Natalie Gumede has revealed that filming her upcoming domestic violence scenes was “harrowing”. Gumede plays Kirsty Soames in the ITV1 soap, and will soon be involved in a plot which sees her attack fiancée Tyrone Dobbs (Alan Halsall). The actress explained that the scenes were highly challenging and that it was tough to take on the role of Kirsty for the storyline. “I have been challenged beyond what I thought my limits were as an actor,” she wrote on her official blog. “It has been harrowing to step into Kirsty’s shoes of late, and devastating to consider the prospect of one human being so awful to another. I’m very lucky to be able to leave that situation behind at the end of my working day, but some people aren’t so fortunate. I think this storyline will have people talking once it airs however, which can only be a good thing.” Gumede also thanked fans for voting her onto the shortlist for ‘Best Villain’ at this year’s British Soap Awards. “I must also say a heartfelt thanks to everyone who voted for me in the ‘Best Villain’ category, for which a very deserving Andrew Lancel is shortlisted,” she added. The actress said in February that she hoped Kirsty would become the soap’s next big villain

The Dubliners’ last original member dies, aged 72 Barney McKenna has died, aged 72. The banjo player

was the last original member of Irish folk band The Dubliners. The musician is said to have passed away on Thursday (April 5) “while having a morning cup of tea” at his Howth home, reports AP. The band’s current singer Eamonn Campbell said: “What a lovely way to go.” Irish classical guitarist Michael Howard - who was with McKenna when he died - explained: “All of a sudden Barney’s head dropped down to his chest. It looked as if he’d nodded off. “The comfort that I take from it is, he passed away very peacefully sitting at his own breakfast table having a quiet cup of tea and a chat.” McKenna played with the band for 50 years after they formed in 1962 in Dublin pub O’Donoghue’s. Fellow original members Ronnie Drew, Ciaran Bourke and Luke Kelly passed away in 2008, 1988 and 1984 respectively.


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Across 1 Hindered (8) 5 An Asian temple (6) 9 Strive (8) 10 A coarse cloth with a bright print (6) 12 Hoods (5) 13 In a futile manner (9) 14 Senility (6) 16 Fleck (7) 19 Aged (7) 21 Not the top (6) 23 A pronunciation mark (9) 25 Prefix meaning “Hand” (5) 26 Cerumen (6) 27 Feathers (8) 28 Most rational (6) 29 Traitorous (8)

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Is this the end of the cheap burger?

EU diktat on low-quality meat means prices are set to soar The price of burgers, sausages and pies is to rocket because of an EU ban on low-quality meat. From the end of this month, there will be a ban on bulking up fast food and supermarket value ranges with reconstituted mince made from scraps of beef and lamb. The move will hit the shopping budget of already hard-pressed families and lead to more meat being wasted in abattoirs. The Food Standards Agency, which risked a ban on the export of British meat products if it did not impose the Brussels-driven ruling, stressed that the change is not being made because of health or safety issues. Instead, it is the result of a disagreement over the definition of the so-called ‘desinewed meat’. But the meat-processing industry accused the FSA of ‘bowing down’ to the European Commission and warned of price rises and job losses. Stephen Rossides, director of the British Meat Processors Association, said: ‘This is a criminal waste of a valuable food product at a time when we are being urged to reduce food wastage. Common sense has gone out of the window. ‘If economic principles apply, the cost of the burger will rise and it is going to be the less well-off who are affected at what is already a bad time.’ The row surrounds desinewed meat, or DSM. This is meat that is left on bones and carcasses after slaughter. Rather than going to waste, it is grated off mechanically, creating a mince-like substance. Jamie Oliver’s high-profile campaign for junk food to be banned from school canteens means DSM features less in school dinners than in the past. But it is widely found in inexpensive meat products on sale in fast food restaurants and in supermarkets, where it is used to bulk up the meat content at low cost. The FSA sees DSM as being a different product to a second type of reconstituted meat, called mechanically separated meat, or MSM. The higher pressures used in the MSM process means that while it is considered acceptable for chicken and pork, it is not deemed usable for beef and lamb, for fear of spreading diseases such as BSE. However, the European Commission says DSM and MSM are one and the same. Under this interpretation of the law, it will no longer be possible to put beef or lamb through even

the gentler DSM processing. Existing products will not be recalled but any foods that contain reconstituted beef or lamb will have to be reformulated. The cheap desinewed meat in burgers will have to be replaced with more expensive cuts. Chicken and pork carcasses can still undergo DSM processing but any foods they are put into will have to be clearly labelled. Currently, DSM’s classification as meat means it counts towards the total meat content of a product and does not need to be listed separately on the label. There are fears that the changes will push up the cost of some meat products so much that shoppers stop buying them, leading to job losses in Britain’s £6billion meat industry. The British Meat Processors Association estimates that the total cost to the consumer and industry of the moratorium could reach £200million. Describing the ban as ‘madness’, Mr Rossides said: ‘All this has happened at breakneck speed. The industry must be given time to adjust to any change in requirements and market circumstances in a controlled and properly managed way, in order to minimise market disruption and financial damage. ‘People are going to have to reformulate products, repackage and relabel. I don’t know that you won’t see an English sausage any more but it may be that it’s more expensive.’ The FSA said that if the dispute over classification can be resolved, the ban could be lifted. Its chief executive, Tim Smith, said the move had come ‘unexpectedly’. The Food and Drink Federation said it supports ‘a pragmatic approach to the required changes, including a reasonable timeframe for the transition, to avoid disproportionate measures that could lead to meat being wasted, causing a significant impact on the environment and on the price and availability of meat raw material’. A spokesman for the consumer watchdog Which? said that its research showed that shoppers want to know if they are eating desinewed meat and that clear labelling of food allows customers to make an informed choice.

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Great prices, great wine. Comfortable relaxed atmosphere plenty of leg room. attentive waitress service as standard Stunning views of olive groves & mountains. 5 minutes off the main road sign posted to Cucador

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Mind, body & soul in the venue from 10am Shiatsu 15 mins Treatments With wendy Sofia Wellness

Mini facials with sandra Reiki with Lilian

Stain glass Art & Gifts Bespoke items made to order with Daf

Natural healing with ian Natural Clairovoyance with bev kearns

Holidays Altiplano Tipis

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FOOD & DRINK Method For the balsamic vinegar caramel: Mix together the vinegar, the sugar and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and let reduce until the consistency is like a thicker syrup (can take up to 10 mins). Keep aside (be careful though that while cooling down, it gets quickly firmer, so plan accordingly with the rest of the preparation). For the goat cheese bowls and the melon: Chop the chives and spring onions thinly. Mix them with the

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cheese, using a fork. Season with pepper. Shape small balls using the palm of your hand. Chop the pistachios coarsely and mix them with the paprika. Roll the balls of cheese in this preparation and keep in the fridge. Cut the melon in thin slices that you divide between the 4 plates. Decorate with the goat cheese balls and the caramelized balsamic vinegar (Do not put too much as the flavour is strong).

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For the balsamic vinegar caramel 10cl red balsamic vinegar 2 tbsp fine sugar For the goat cheese balls 7oz goat cheese 25 unsalted pistachios 1 tsp paprika 3 spring onions 8 twigs of chives White pepper 1 Melon (Cantaloupe)

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Method: Finely grate the garlic cloves. In a bowl, mix the garlic with the oil, salt and pepper, and the herbs finely chopped. Coat the sardines with this sauce and place in the fridge, covered, for 1 hour. When ready to eat, heat the BBQ. Cook the sardines on each side for 3 to 4 min only, according to size. Brush with the sauce while cooking. Adjust the seasoning. Serve the grilled sardines with a marinated fennel and radish salad — with olive oil, salt and pepper, and a squeeze of lemon juice!


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would allow for refrigerationbut the marketing will help users get the idea to put it on a wider variety of food. That has not stopped developers, however, as they are currently working on a non-perishable version. Hidden Valley For Everything will appear on shelves next month.

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problem for the company because they require the dressing to be refrigerated after opening, which would stop it from fulfilling the executives’ dreams since it would not be able to be left out on a restaurant’s table. Instead, Mr Kargas says that the new product is geared towards home usage- which

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to the previously mentioned alternatives, market research firm NPD Group found that French fries and potato chips have also been used to scoop up the good stuff. By developing a slightly creamier mixture for the new batch, the company was aiming to make the dressing slightly thicker which would allow it to be spread more consistently on sandwiches or chicken wings. The new bottle will help to differentiate it from Hidden Valley’s other salad dressings. ‘We want people to look at it and know that it’s a thicker consistency than their salad dressing,’ he said. While they have yet to release the specific nutritional information of the new recipe, but said that the calorie count would be the same. That is not necessarily going to help in their fight against their declared foe, ketchup. Heinz, the best-selling brand of ketchup whose name is essentially synonymous with the product, has nearly onethird as many calories as Ranch, not to mention the fact that it has no fat and a single serving of Ranch has 22 per cent of a person’s recommended daily intake. Milk and mayonnaise are two contributing factors, because both are used in Ranch dressing recipes as they help to give the sauce its noted creaminess. They also present a second

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Executives at Hidden Valley, the company known best for their Ranch salad dressing, are trying to make the creamy white sauce as commonplace as its red competitor Ketchup. By creating a new product that is not-so-subtly launching itself as the counterpart to ketchup, they are making it clear that they hope to expand their marketplace beyond the salad bar. The labels on the new recipewhich will be marginally creamier than the original- read ‘Hidden Valley For Everything’ and call the product a ‘Topping & Dip’ as opposed to ‘Topping & Dressing’ like they previously did. They even added ‘The New “Ketchup”’ on the top label by the spout of the thinner and taller plastic bottle, shaped almost identically to that of ketchup. David Kargas, the spokesman for Hidden Valley’s parent company Clorox Co., said that while they are making clear changes to make Ranch very similar in consistency, look, and use as ketchup, the two products will still be distinctly different. ‘I think the way we look at it is this is going to be something that is an additional use to people,’ Mr Kargas told MailOnline. ‘I can’t imagine that people are going to stop using ketchup. It’s just another taste that you can add to your food.’ Though news that Ranch dressing can be added to much beyond dressing may come as a surprise to some, the trend has been growing recently. College students have been dousing their late-night pizza slices with the condiment for years, and parents have long used it as a creamy bribe to get their picky children to eat their vegetables. ‘We certainly have we’ve seen anecdotally people using ranch on a lot of different foods, and people will Tweet about putting it on their burgers and a number of other products,’ Mr Kargas said. Market research backs up the actions of the daring few: 15 per cent of people who eat Ranch dressing use it on non-salad meals. In addition

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New Weekday menu del dia s €6.00 3 course1pm-5pm New Burger & Pasta Menu PLUS Kids Menu New Sunday Lunch menu del dia 3 courses €6.00

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OUT & ABOUT ...Where to take your guests FREE Wi-Fi

Restaurant and Bar LOS ANGELES provides not only great value home cooked food but some excellent entertainment evenings, the next being APRIL 21st with DARREN ANTONY when the entertainment and a 3 Course meal are provided for just 15,00€ bookings are essential. The covered Terrace there is also a great place to stop for coffee or a snack and FREE WIFI is available. A warm welcome awaits and the prices are great, call in and have a look for yourselves. For Reservations call 699010705.

Quiz Night Wednesday 9pm

Open Tuesday to Sunday

Closed Sunday evening and all day Monday

Restaurant Open

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

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Tomorrow night, Thursday, 12th April at BEACHCOMBER, don’t miss Rick & Danny Rae Play the Music of Phil & Don, The Everly Brothers. Then on Friday 27th April, a Tribute to Sir Cliff Richard: A fantastic International, considered to be the number 1 Sir Cliff Richard lookalike in the UK and Europe and presents a musical treat with his act ‘Cliff...As If’. Beachcomber will also host a free introduction to digital photography on 13th April, 1 & 3pm. For more info on all their course including line dancing & computers, call 950 473 099 for more details.

Downstairs on the sea front next to the Irish Rover Look out for our live entertainment evenings

THE CRAZY COW BAR & CAFÉ has moved to Mojacar Playa, on the opposite side of the road, but opposite Fantasia and Titos. A 2 course menu del dia is from just €8.50 with a free glass of wine, or simply graze their wonderful selection of freshly cooked tapas, cooked to order! With a beautiful view of the playa, indoor and outdoor seating, pop along and try the Crazy Cow out for yourself! For more information call 666 891 340 (closed Mondays).

sunday Roast menu of the day

3 course - 12€

including drinks

Bar open 10am - LATE Food served all day from 10.30am Last orders 9pm

3 courses €10

menu of the night

3 courses €11.50

regular TRIBUTE SHOWS see website for details

Fancy some alfresco dining now that the weather is improving? Then go along to RAMO DEL LIMON just off Mojacar Playa (turn right off the playa at the stables roundabout – Look out for the signposts off the roundabout!). They have a beautiful outside terrace area where you can enjoy a sumptuous Menu del Dia, two courses are just €7 or three courses for €9. They also offer a fabulous Menu del Noche from just 11€ throughout the week. For more details call 950 472 659.

tel: 950 473 099 www.beachcombermojacar.com

Food cooked with love

Come and graze on our famous tapas freshly cooked to order

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Spend more than 16€ per couple on tapas and get a free bottle of wine Tues - Sat 11am - late Sun 11am - 6pm Closed Mon see you there

Lenka Losangeles

Tel: 699 010 705

Open 7 days a week

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traditional sunday lunches served from 12.30

2 courses 10€ or 3 courses 12.50€ booking is advised

The Crazy cow Cafe 697 465 620 / 666 891 340

also on

between Fantasia & Titos on opposite side of the road. Mojacar Playa

restaurant & bar open 7 days a week from 10am On the right between Palomares & Villaricos

Since opening in July last year Los Angeles has proved the doubters wrong and has gone from strength to strength, the 3 principles they work by, Good Food at a Good Price with a Good Friendly Service have served them well. They offer a Menu del Dia including ½ a bottle of Wine for 10,00€ and for evenings, Sundays and Fiestas a 2/3 course set menu at 10,00/12,50€, all this alongside extensive A la Carte choices, for example a 200gm Fillet Steak for 13,50€ or Paella for 2 at 10,00€pp. Lenka and her staff offer a multilingual, friendly service, while Maria and Chris concern themselves with providing uncomplicated quality from the kitchen for both the 50 seater Restaurant and the covered Terrace which is attached to the Bar area, here a range of Tapas and snacks are also available with a drink and Tapa from as little as 1,50€. The Terrace has seen several improvements including 2 drop down awnings providing protection from prevailing wind and ceiling fans to keep the area virtually fly free, new furniture is also on the agenda for this Spring. Situated 1km past the Petrol station on the right hand side of the Palomares to Villaricos Road, Los Angeles is well worth a visit, for a snack, menu or just a coffee in the morning, open every day from 10.00am and 9.30 on Sunday when a booking for Lunch is advised.

For further information or to book, please call 699 010 705


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COMMUNITY NEWS DOG WALKERS NEEDED..........................

Could you spare an hour or two to help Puppy Rescue? We urgently need help walking the dogs and puppies in the care of this Albox charity, please try to give just a small amount of your time to volunteer - your help will be really appreciated by the dogs who are longing to go for walks - and you will get fit at the same time!! Call in at the Puppy Rescue shop or ring 690 143 140 for information, or see the volunteers at the Puppy Rescue stall at the markets. Thankyou.

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Anne and John

would like to give a big thank you to all our friends who helped us to celebrate our Golden wedding anniversary at Becky’s Bar. We were amazed by all the wonderful presents we received - Thank you again for making our evening so special

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GOLDEN WEDDING Fred & Maureen Sheriff held a party / dance at Miraflores Restaurant Los Gallardos along with 70 friends to celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary

The April FGBMFI (Full Gospel Business Men´s Fellowship International) Ladies and Men´s Breakfast Meeting will be held on Saturday 21 April 2012 at the Torre Bahia Restaurant, Mojacar Playa at 10.00a.m. An excellent cooked Breakfast is served including Toast, Orange, Coffee or Tea for 5 Euros. This month´s Speaker, Derek Smith, is coming from Torrevieja to tell of how God intervened in his life and the difference that has made in every way. Booking is necessary for catering purposes, so please contact David Templeman, Tel: 950 168 349, email: info@villas-in-spain.biz, or David Hamilton: Tel 950 618 814 There is no preaching, just a life-changing testimony. Come along and make some new friends. You will be very welcome.

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Dames in Spain

Dames in Spain and Guests enjoyed a beautiful hot sunny day at the ski resort in Sierra Nevada. Gondola rides, delicious lunches, hot chocolate and vino was the order of the day. Watching the many talented skiers and snowboarders from the picturesque vantage points before returning along the very scenic route back to Mojacar

Puppy Rescue........................................

Albox, needs volunteers to help tile the charity´s kennels. If you have any spare time and would be willing to help please phone the Puppy Rescue helpline 690 143 140, thankyou

THE FUNDRAISER VERA & TURRE are hosting

a charity walk on Sunday 6th May

to start at 11.00 a.m. This event will be taking place all over spain on the same day, at the same time with the aim of having the largest number of people walking across the whole country at the same time! Part of the proceeds will be given to Caritas to help feed the needy and the rest will be given to local charities. The Fundraiser shops are organising two walks, one from The Irish Rover, and the other to take place from The Blue Parrot, Vera Playa. Its a 5 K walk and will be a spectacular day. Entry is €5 per person with entry forms available from both Fundraiser shops and both venues. There will also be prizes available. We need tins of paint that wont be used, either full or part tins in Order to recycle for a project for children to paint. Please drop them off either in Vera shop or Turre. The Fundraiser shops are a non profitable charity and community shop that help cancer research, the disabled and Vera Orphanage, together with the local community as well as recycling in aid to help the poor.

We look forward to seeing you us at the Irish Rover Mojacar Playa and The Blue Parrot Vera playa.

For more information call 664 620 288

We are a British couple, who live in Fuente Nueva, Orce near Baza, we have been forced to leave our home due to a property collapsing beneath our home. We have spent two and a half years living and working on our cave, making it our first home together, and as of December last year we were forced to leave our home when a 1.5 metre hole appeared outside our property in which my partner Martin only just avoided going down, as the ground went from under his feet. This was due to faulty pipe work and poor restoration work carried out by the builder J.J.M. of Galara. The pipes weren’t even our own but of that of a neighbours had most likely been leaking for some time causing the ground beneath the pipes to disappear making the ground above the pipes unstable causing the collapse. Within a week our entire yard was gone without even any rain helping it on its way, the hole is now almost four metres deep and the house itself is now cracking inside obviously being pulled towards the hole at the front, and the snow we had on the 20th March this year has leaked through into our bedroom, bathroom and kitchen making it a paddling pool inside our home. We have since been informed by a neighbour that our property and six others that are near ours were due to be demolished as they had been condemned by the town hall, until money was offered by the builder to reform them and sell them on quickly, to victims like us, the builder who came recommended by the estate agent…as one of the finest builders in the area which now we have since found out is not true. We are wanting action because we have yet to receive any help from the town hall, the builder or the company that sold us the property and to insult us even more the mayor of Orce has tried to blame us for putting a thin layer of gravel down on the existing ground, but the mayor has not even bothered to go and look at the problem that has made us homeless. The town hall approved all works to be carried out by J.J.M. but we have been told we have to pay some of the money to repair the builders poor workmanship and that the builder has stated it will only cost 400 Euros to fill in the huge hole, which goes to prove the town hall and the builder have no idea what they are talking about as it will cost thousands if not more to repair, if that was at all possible. We have put all our savings into this property and are now being supported by Abigail’s parents as they are having to pay our rent and storage for all our belongings but they don’t know how long they will be able to do this for. We do not want this happening to anybody else as it has ruined our new start in Spain together and has wrecked all the plans of getting married we had for 2012. Our story has been run in English newspapers available here in Spain;…we have [also] made a denuncia against the builder for receiving no help regarding our homelessness. Regards Martin Wade and Abigail Wesson

Wheelchair Hire..................................

Do you have a guest arriving who may need a wheelchair or is someone in your family having temporary problems getting around? The APSA charity shop in Albox has a modern, easily - portable wheelchair for hire at reasonable rates. For information please call in at the shop in Avenido Lepanto (oppositeRumores) or ring 663 762 642. We can help with your mobility and you can help the many animals in our care!

Martial arts

global Taekwondo federation World Champion Instructor. Have fun & get fit! adult classes( 8-88 years)

Mon: 7 - 8.30pm, Wed: 5.15 - 6.45pm, Sat: 4 - 5.30pm

Kids Classes: (4 - 7 year olds)

Wed: 4.15 - 5.15pm and Sat: 3 - 4pm

Indigo Gym, Mojacar Playa

Tel: 646 844 708

Turre

www.gtfspain.webs.com

The Fundraiser Charity & Community Shop

Vera

Est. 2009

Turning Your Unwanted items into funds for the less fortunate

all Clothes 1€ per item

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

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

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Another word this week that you might want to use when the appropriate time arises ~ if you can remember it, that is ~ the word is CURWHIBBLE ~ great, isn’t it? But what does it mean? If you know or can find the answer, then it will get you a point in next week’s quiz. We definitely don’t take things too seriously ~ it’s just light-hearted competition. Sometimes from a slightly different perspective!!! Bring your friends Beat your neighbours

tues nights

Eyes Down bingo tuesdays 7.30 for 8pm

Come and play your cards right Cash to be won every Tuesday evening Bingo prize’s plus the Jackpot Plus spot Prizes i.e meal for two, worth 22€. All welcome for a night of fun. 7.30 for 8pm start. sEE OUR MAIN AD ON PG 27 for directions


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SOL CLASSIFIEDS computers

Airport services

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Alicante Almeria Murcia New Servicing / Repairs

Air-con

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baby hire Everything for the visiting baby Car seats,high chairs, stair gates, cots etc. Tel: 950 436 581 or 666 375 688 e xp e c t i n g b a b y @ hotmail.co.uk

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

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alternative energy

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Pc’s, Laptops, Printers etc. Sales & Repairs on-site callout / tuition. Consumables Albox, Almeria

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spring savers

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construction

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

matmurrayes@gmail.com

construction

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• Block work • Balustrades • Paving Driveways & Paths

Call now for free estimate 620 112 193 or 630 493 817

building property and

free of charge Excellent position

telephone lines & internet etc Tel: 647 379 878 or call into the

Soltimes offices at

17 Los Carasoles for more information

Professional Baby

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delivery & collection.

Installation of fibreglass Septic tanks

all areas covered

Tel: 615 806 126

950091109 648768587

thebabyhirecentre@hotmail.com

blinds INTERNAL & EXTERNAL BLINDS

Call Justin at Sol Shaders for a free no obligation quote

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www.soltimes.com

sales@soltimes.com

Martinez moreno cb (Rambla de Oria) All types of building work undertaken inc plumbing & electrics

tel: 609 421 734 (Spanish) tel: 696 052 044 (English)

M&M Services BELGIAN

Building & Maintenance

Elaine’s Wools

No job too small

car share

digger

Share petrol expense to almeria, Mon - Frid airport town centre call Carolyn on 950 263 235 or 657 660 234

MINI DIGGER & DRIVER with Tipper Truck

For Hire

All types of building work.

References available.

Call Kevin:

610 926 833

CD electrical SERVICES

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

info@cdelectricalservices.com www.cdelectricalservices.com

All types of work undertaken

Call 667 273 889 elaines wools@ gmail.com

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

electrical

Office: 662 414 043 Mobile: 617 410 534

Constructions

Tel: 674 363 689 cleaning services

MERRY MAIDS DOMESTIC CLEANING

one - off, weekly, fortnightly, restaurants, retail, offices equipment & supplies provided tel:619744516

708, 8 channel with reverb, no speakers, ideal for band, bar, music venue. 150 € tel 958 063 060 2 x Roca white pedestal sinks 61 x 48cm; vgc; including taps and fittings, 40€ or 70€ the pair. Phone 950432694 or 722752427 L arge L a m i n a t e d Rosewood Oval Coffee Table. Vgc. 34€ Tel: 950 475 135

FREE ESTIMATES & ADVICE

craft / hobby

quality UK wool & accessories. Also available at Camposol Mazarron & on the Arboleas forum.

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

drainage cont...

Reliable English Builder

1st months rent

Albox 15 min Mojacar 30 min Vera 15 min Quiet position, good parking, opportunity for secretarial support

for sale High Back with Boom Stand Swivel Armchair and Lead. Ready 25€ Tel: 950 475 to Gig. 70€ Tel: 135 958 063 060 Shure Sm58 700 WATT mixer p.a, Microphone, Well amplifier Used but still s t u d i o m a s t e r working perfectly. p o w e r h o u s e

ELECTRICIAN

Neil Godwin

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

enclosures

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

Call 695 118 960

Knowles Abbott

& no.1

for electrics and plumbing.

Re-

wires, free to air UK satellite

systems.

Tel: 950 137 208 or 638 010 691

fly screen FLY SCREENS Cheapest in the area! Sliding & pull down. Free quotes: 620 112 193 / 630 493 817

gardening

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

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

hair & beauty avon cosmetics claire Tel: 691 987 454 avonfromclaire@ yahoo.es

hire

Dining room table, 160 (l) x 86 (w) white wood, with six high back chairs, table rectangle with curved ends on pedestal bases. 100€ Can split. (50 chairs 50 table) Photo. Roquetas de Mar Carole 619 253 983 (after 4pm) S i d e b o ar d / light dresser wood, drawers, cupboards base, 3 section glass fronted display cabinet above. 188 (l) x 39 (w) x 240 (h) 125€ o.n.o. Photo. San Jose Carole 619 253 983 (after 4pm) 2 Dressers tall slim. Medium colour wood. Both upper glass front display sections. One drawers under, one cupboards. Both 84 x 53x 204 (h) 55 each or 100 the pair o.n.o.. Photo. San Jose Carole 619 253 983 (after 4pm) Pool Roller for summer cover. 5 meters long (cover not included) 100€ Tel: 634 328 142

private wanted

Rolex /Cartier woman’s watch must be good quality private buyer tel 647 379 with driver 878 Portable Air Excellent Rates Condition Unit. Tel: Telephone Tony 666 160 906 650 906 114

MINI DIGGER

For Hire


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pets section cont...

legal

heating

MY PLACE OR YOURS

Norway’s answer to heating your home in Spain

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

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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**

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Arboleas

AUCTION ~ Every Tuesday at 6pm

Opposite Mora oil

637 184 625

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

WE PROMISE TO BEAT ANY GENUINE QUOTATION For a full service contact:

Alan 662 249 159

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

painter / decorator

Mike Huskinson & Daughter

• 3 bed apartments painted from 450€ • also exteriors painted iron/Metal • kitchens & bathrooms works cont... refitted T & T Metals For • rejas & metalwork all quality metal works, including • gardening

cashandcarry54@yahoo.co.uk

insurance

Knight

Insurance

Albox

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

950 121 943

metal works

reliable service Telephone 950 069 208 or 638 449 944

Jewellery & repairs

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

ring Mike on 663 303 350 or 950 528 128 or Sue on 634 322 304 or 950 452 826

painter & decorating free estimates

Friendly, Professional, Clean, Efficient quality work guaranteed

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

locksmith

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

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

Young, pretty (31), woman shaved and busty, fulfills your erotic wishes daily without

email

adwelds@yahoo.com

Tel: 607 554 984

my-place-or-yours@hotmail.com Ken & Jackie Dog & Cat Sitter service 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

Tel: 679 207 545

house clearance Visit Arboleas today!

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 transport service. spain/uk/spain Just outside Albox.

pressure of time discreet in her private villa. Tel. 669 101 316 A ttracti v e couple offers exclusive erotic services for women, men and couples. Also house- and hotel visits possible. Tel. 629 483 618

properties for sale / rent

APSA - Charity shop in Avenido Lepanto, opposite Rumores, Albox. Monday to Saturday 10 - 2pm. APSA helpline 663 762 642 www. apsa.org.es (APSA no longer has a shop in Tijola)

detatched Villa for sale

Hilton Cattery The best care for your cat, Call 950 163 489

75,000€

No need for kennels or woodhouse boarding cattery, Pet sitting in your kennels & cattery arboleas own home, Arboleas & friendly kennels, surrounding areas. Small 24hr vets service, pet Call Vanessa on transporting arranged, 637 061 482 Not just cats & dogs, welcome to view Tracy Mobile All other types of pets 650 211 952 considered

Puppy Rescue - Charity shop in Calle Malaga, Albox. Monday to Saturday 10 2pm Market stalls at Albox Tuesday market and Sunday bootfair. Hi we are brothers and our names are Bill & Ben We are approximately 1 year old. We were abandoned New Puppy on the drive way of the foundation as puppies. Rescue helpline We are friendly & loveable and love fuss & attention. We can be homed separately. Come & play with us soon 690 143 140 www. at The Dog House. puppyrescue Call Paul on:626766073 or email thedoghse@hotmail.com inspain.org

soltimes

Now offer all our advertisers 5 local editions Almeria Roquetas De mar costa calida costa blanca mar menor

Let the Soltimes team help you & your business Also available online at www.soltimes.com For more information telephone 950 121 936 or 902 750 190 sales@soltimes.com

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

call to view or for more details 609 199 394 or 950 064 801

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 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 €150,000 ono

54,500 € 3 bed old style spanish

house in Alfoquia close to shops and airport friendly neighbourhood please call Deb for viewings

629 952 129

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

Apartment

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

Tel: 664 291 793

plasterer B ritish plasterer All work guarenteed tel Paul 634 327 201

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

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removals

removals cont...

sTABLES

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

634 337 185

SPAIN - UK - SPAIN Removals

storage

Rancho Luz Del Sol, Retamar, Partaloa. One to one or group lessons, latest EN standard hats provided. Escorted hacking and treks. Qualified BHS Instructor. Call Erika Drew on 678 838 547

swimming pools

Tropicana Pools UK Full or half loads, New construction & plus car transport. Tel: repairs.Telephone 650 906 114 (0044) 796 9123588 Large van Spain -

Friendly Reliable Service Fully Legal Special deals from UK - Spain

From a pocket watch to a piano.... If it’s under 300€ you can advertise your items

Office: 968 564 298 Mobile: 696 621 884

in the

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tiling

Floor and Wall Tiling Specialist 25 years experience

Tel: 697 678 708 situation vacant

EMAIL YOUR ITEMS FOR SALE TO SALES@SOLTIMES.COM

Staff Urgently needed for a busy cafe, la Conception area tel: 664 619 819 or 679 207 545

PRIVATE ADVERTISERS ONLY NO PETS

Tel: 968 654 667

Tel: 650 038 251

Call Steve Holman

SELL IT FAST SELL IT FREE

See our main advert on page 5

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

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

free of charge

marmenorremovals@hotmail.com

Storage Rooms

translation

translator qualified & experienced hospital, doctor, lawyer, school, residencia, documents etc. call Amaya on 665 718 967

SOLTIMES NEWSPAPER GROUP

Are looking for someone special

An exciting opportunity for the right person

Are you..? t

C onfident & energetic?

t

A  ble to work to deadlines?

t

S  miling when the pressure is on?

t

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

t

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

Then we want to meet you!

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

We provide

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

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

motoring section car parts

for sale

Car parts

Moped

for sale

Need a part for any car

1,100€

Registered July 2011 immaculate condition, 16 months warrantee left Top box & transfer inc

Tel Shaun: 610324666

for sensible prices on all parts

Ford Focus Estate Automatic, year 2000, 1.6 petrol, 170,000km, New ITV, all tax paid to date, Excellent condition

€2200.00 ono Tel: 669197541

Nissan X Trail Citroen Xsara 1.9 Turbo Diesel T spec, 2004, top of the range LHD, Spanish reg, Petrol

auto Overdrive,1 careful owner, fsh, immaculate condition, finished in azure blue with black leather upholstery, sat nav, s/roof reversing sensors electric heated seats, possibly the best example of this model around 9500€ ring 653 451 456 for appointment to view

1.6 FORD FOCUS 2004

LHD Spanish reg, Manual, ITV 03/13, all taxes up to date, Aircon, EW, PAS,CL, good clean condition

TEL: 609 199 394

Trailer with Lockable Lid. 120 x 100 x 63cm Complete with Lights, Spare Wheel and Tow Bar Lock. 295€ Tel: 950 930 542

4 9 c c . scooter Automatic circa 2008, taxed and ITV. 8000kms. Your’s for the princely sum of €200, you pay for the transfer. Tel: 950 39 88 27

www.carpartsinspain.com

or telephone 692 930 326

WANTED

JCB’s, Mini-Diggers (All Makes), Tractors, Trailers & all other types of plant machinery. Any age, any condition. All 4x4 vehicles

Urgently Required

2500€ (transfer tax/fees inc) Tel 661 136 136 STATIC CARAVAN

(Paid €10,000 2 years ago)

reduced to sell 3100€

Free quote go online or phone

wanted

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 or 636 824 974 d.b auto parame d ics Mobile Mechanic call Dave on 678 487 689

wanted

mini bus 8 - 10 seater

mini bus wanted (spanish plated) Diesel must be reliable 609 199 394

wanted

JT METAL

Cash buyer

STATIC CARAVAN (Verona) €2,500 For Quick Sale RED/BLACK INTERIOR, ITV 2013, 3 DOOR, RCL, E/W, A/C, CD PLAYER, TINTED WINDOWS, IMMACULATE CONDITION

Clutches, Brakes, alternators, service kits Starter Motors, headlights

mechanic

ALL Mitsubishi Shogun, Monteo, Pajero, Landrover & all other makes

collect from anywhere

Tel: 645 094 339 or 950 064 763

URGENTLY REQUIRED

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

Good Condition, No Offers. Reason for sale Going back to the UK 28ft x 10ft Open plan interior & spacious kitchen. Patio doors & Air Con Bedroom located at either end. Sleeps 5/7

Used as self contained guest accommodation

Tel: 626 822 432 vehicle wanted

Smallish diesel hatch or estate car, approx. 5 to 6 years old. Value for money very important. Tel. 950 459 481

RECYCLING NOW FULLY OPERATIONAL IN THE REGIONS OF MURCIA

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

Certificates issued

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

We also take Hou s e & fridges, g arden washing CARS, VANS, LORRIES, TRACTORS, clea rances, machines, skips supp TRAILERS, PLANT MACHINERY ves, lied microwa Spanish or English all electrical es of COPPER, BRASS, ALUMINIUM, LEAD, applianc Also buyers

WANTED STAINLESS STEEL

TEL: 645 094 339 / 950 064 763


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APRIL FOOL................

I always wake up on April Fool’s Day with the determination that I’m not going to be fooled. Up until midday, that magic hour from which the person doing the fooling will become the fool, I am unnaturally alert, every sense tuned to the highest pitch, and all my fool detector antennae twitching like a cat’s whiskers in a hurricane. I do not rush out to harvest spaghetti from trees, I do not go to the zoo to see the little-known Lirpa Loof, a rare creature just arrived from Tibet, I do not even line my shoes with lead to prevent me floating off into Space when the Earth’s polarity shifts from north to south. But this year I got fooled, good and proper! The Dog That Is Not Ours, after having established ownership of us, upped her game to include entry into the house. This was never going to happen, she is an Outside Dog, and Outside Dogs live outside. However, she soon overcame that small anomaly – if we left her outside she would bark intermittently throughout the night! So we

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had the choice; tolerate her barking – out of the question, have you heard her bark? Get up 4 or 5 times a night to shut her up, or let her spend the night inside, sleeping the sleep of the triumphant. So far the score was Dog – 2, Humans – 0. Nevertheless, occasionally she needs what the Americans call a ‘Comfort Break’ during the night. When this happens she comes and stands in the bedroom doorway and smacks her lips to indicate her need before taking up position at the front door, ready to be let out. This tiny noise will be enough to wake me, and I will don dressing gown and slippers, shuffle to the front door, let her out, wait a few seconds, then let her in again, relieved. In the small hours of April 1st I heard the smack of canine lips, followed by paws on the duvet. Crikey, I thought, it must be urgent. Fearing a yellow flood I fell headlong out of bed, grabbed my dressing gown, ignored my slippers in my haste, and lurched semi-conscious towards the front door. She met me halfway there, danced a couple of joyous circles, grinning like the Cheshire Cat, then skipped back to her own bed and curled up into a cosy ball. ‘Don’t you want to go out?’ I stage whispered. She looked up, all innocence and protruding bottom teeth, beating her tail in a jolly fandango as if to say ‘April fool!’ I’ve been April fooled – by a dog!

By Jos Biggs

josbiggs@hotmail.co.uk

Interchangeable Seats & Musical Pews We had a very musical seven days last week. The Nottingham Trent University Chamber Choir were in the area doing a brief tour and because we enjoy the music of Nigel Hopkins and his impressive choir - Melody Makers International - and Matthew his son is the NTU Choir’s leader and conductor; we decided that we would have some of that and pencilled in the two concert dates on our ‘Babes 2012’calendar. Now let me explain before I go any further; this was the only calendar still available when we scoured the shops early in the New Year and in fact, it was my wife who came home with the rather racy one that now graces our kitchen wall. No really. Personally I would prefer a ‘Cotswolds Cottages’ or a ‘Cats of the World’ calendar, but beggars can’t be choosers. Mind you, you should see the Babe for August! Well anyway...

The first concert was at the impressive Virgen del Carmen theatre in Torrevieja, and free. The publicity in the local press assured us that everyone would get a seat although I found that a little puzzling, because seats could not be reserved. If more people turned up than there were seats available – duhh? However we turned up in plenty of time only to find that free or not, we needed tickets which were being distributed at the desk. Fair enough. We got into line and received our tickets from the gentleman manning the position. On inspection we found that the tickets all bore numbers, but none of the five of us would be sitting in the same row, let alone adjacent seats. It was almost as if someone had given them a good shuffle before distribution. So we got back in line. “Could we have tickets with consecutive seat numbers please?” a fluent Spanish speaking member of our party enquired. “No!” No room for any doubt there then. “In that case do we have to sit in the numbered seats indicated on the tickets?” “Si!” With which he gestured impatiently for us to go away. Very nice. We duly presented our tickets

By Colin Bird : badbirdnow@gmail.com

to the two assistants at the door to the auditorium, who marked them and gave them back. We seated ourselves all together in the same row, blatantly ignoring the instructions we had just received and settled down to wait another half hour before the start of the concert. After ten minutes or so, I realised that I should have paid a visit to the little boy’s room before getting myself comfy and I left the hall. Having shaken hands with Nelson I realised that I had left my ticket with my lady wife who, of course, was still inside. The assistant at the door asked for my ticket and in spite of my explanation that it was with my wife and the fact that he surely remembered me leaving barely three minutes before; he still insisted that I could not go in without showing him the said ticket. So I got back in line. As I held my hand out for the second time, the ticket shuffler extraordinaire eyed me suspiciously and pronounced, “You have ticket!” “Yes but my wife . . .” I began, then thought better of it. “My twin brother, I’ve only just arrived” I told him. I couldn’t be arsed to go through the whole sorry tale and felt that the porky pie option was definitely the route of least resistance here – but realistically I expected an argument. But much

to my surprise I was handed ticket number two – albeit grudgingly – and I made my way over and presented my prize possession to the ticket tearer; this latest token indicating that I would now be eight rows behind the other members of my party. But of course this was a mere detail and I plonked myself down in my original seat. “You’ve been a long time”, my wife said. Ummmm! The concert was sublime – a brilliantly balanced evening of classical, sacred and traditional music. There were even pieces by Elton John and Snow Patrol and I found myself dum dumming along to a Bee Gee’s number. I had forgotten the words. The following day we attended an evening at a local bar where the choir did some informal jamming as the speciality cocktails took hold, and finally on Friday another concert in La Zenia church in conjunction with Nigel Hopkins second choir - In Harmony. Another thoroughly enjoyable evening, the highlight of which, for many, was the long awaited Hopkins’, father and son duet. Marvellous. Mind you, those pews are fine for anything up to thirty minutes at a stretch, but for an hour and a half! A lot of backsides went to sleep I can tell you. We even heard one snoring.

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The highest cost for a flight company is the fuel, and the more weight, the more fuel is required. Ryan Air has announced that their crew are to watch their weight and that the company’s in-flight magazine will be printed in A-5 size instead of A-4 – all to save money. I have heard from the grape vine that future savings plans include a surcharge for all passengers over bulimia-size and a reduction of toilet paper to 2 sheets per passenger. You can argue with your spouse, your children, your friends, even with your dog, but don’t ever try to argue with your cat. My cat is very dogged and categorically insisted in telling you the following story: -vfk kñre´g¡f.ssxx (when I got my computer back I shortened the piece due to space – besides, he has a tendency of repeating himself!) A year ago the new international airport in Corvera was to open this month! Now, apparently to the astonishment of the management of the new airport, there are some permits missing, e.g. small details like a permit issued by the Defence Ministry for the flight path in to the airport. But don’t worry; the region is counting on the ministry’s approval of the flight path. Further, though the Defence Ministry has said that it has no objections, the permit still has to go through their ‘red tape’ and then authorisation has to be obtained from Agencia de la Seguridad Aérea and from Aena that further have to secure three contracts pertinent to passenger processing. Well, well – 2011, 2012, 2013! One day we will get there. Titanic is back in the news. This week sees the 100th anniversary for the sinking of the ‘un-sinkable’ ship. I read a little story about a penny in connection with Titanic – and the penny dropped! Sadly it was real people, with dreams and hopes for the future that vanished that day, and not Leonard DiCaprios and Kate Winslets, whom we saw perish in Cameron’s blockbuster, only to appear again on the red carpet at the premiere. One of the real, unknown souls was an assistant deck engineer, who gave his sons a penny each when he left, instructing them not to spend it until he was back from the voyage. One of the sons did as instructed, and the very same penny can now be seen at the Titanic museum in America. How to make money in times of economic crisis! In Mazarrón they believe in saving money, instead of making money. Mazarrón is always a mayhem of tourist during the big holidays in Spain. The Barceloneses and Madrilènes flock to the seaside village during summer holidays and Easter holidays. And they are looking for something to do, when not baking in the sun! The town hall opted to close all museums and sights as the contract with the company, normally in charge of the museums had run out. Renewing it was postponed, so the tourists were met with signs on the doors like: “This museum will be closed during the coming days”! Great! A Penny Saved Is A Penny Earned! Dean Martin once quipped that he never drank New Year’s Eve – that is only for amateurs, he said. I never travel at Easter or the big public holidays here in Spain – that is only for ‘Mad Dogs and Englishmen’. However, I admit that we did it once – and only once – and it took us over an hour to drive through Murcia Capital. That does of course give you plenty of time to build up the expectations of a great holiday. 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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SUN & SEA AT SAN JOSE The Easter weekend was bright and sunny yet a chilly wind meant only the bravest or maddest reached for their swimming gear. San Jose in the Cabo de Gata is a charming resort with some great restaurants and was heaving with people. Mojacar was also busy and has come alive again as the chiringuitos have reopened on the beaches so summer is on its way at long last. Time now to get out and about and explore all the fantastic beaches and coves in the province before the summer hordes arrive to clog up the car parks. I noticed some other signs of the approaching summer; the house martins returned to nest under the eaves of our home, I removed my socks at last (daytimes only for now) and there were plenty of opportunities to get stuck behind hire cars as they crawled along at a snails pace. I affectionately nickname them Noddy cars and overtaking them is such a sweet yet seasonal pleasure like the Strawberries now available. Friends and relatives back in Britain basked in a heat wave and boasted how it was warmer than over here; yet we in Spain all knew it would never last and surely enough along came the snow just in time for Easter. Driving under an azure sky made me hanker for some Greek food and lo and behold and completely by chance along Mojacar Playa we found Eudoxia Restaurant and enjoyed a good value Meze for only a tenner a head. Eudoxia is almost opposite Titos and next time we will time it better as after lunch it was just too early to cross the road back to Titos to listen to Clive and Maurice playing their regular Sunday afternoon residency. With the log pile well and truly finished weeks ago I took to the streets to search for those horrid little bags of logs intended for weekenders rather than seasoned winter residents such as myself. After paying a hefty 9€ at the Repsol garage in Los Gallardos for one such sack I faced certain financial ruin if the cold weather had lasted for much longer so I made it my mission to source cheaper logs for all. Log Nirvana was finally located opposite Longos near Albox; only a fiver a sack or even better…five sacks for 20€!

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Movie fan motors back to the future A Sussex film fan has gone back to the future by creating a replica of the world famous Delorean car from the 1980s movie trilogy.

The father-of-four said: “I love the car and everybody else seems to as well. People are enthusiastic about it and that is what I like and love about it.

Brian O’Neill, 58, of Bognor Regis, has spent thousands on making what he says is the only complete replica of the car in Britain.

“It is such a fun car and I get a lot of enjoyment out of it. People are amazed when they see me driving around in it. I think they have to do a double take.

He even dons a wig and white coat to dress up as Doc Brown - one of the film’s main characters - to whiz about in his pride and joy. Mr O’Neill spent over two years ordering parts from around the world to turn the DeLorean into a replica of Doc Brown’s famous silver car.

“I had always loved the films after seeing them when they first came out and the opportunity arose to build my own so I was not going to say no. “It is a lot of fun and you cannot beat the feeling you get when you are driving her. It is something special.”

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of people whilst dressed as a super hero, then someone in the Philippines suffers plastic surgery to make him look like Superman! What is wrong with people? Did you try to make yourself look like your hero when you were younger? Imagine, for older readers, a horde of Ena Sharples clones! Wouldn’t be safe to go out at night! The trouble is so many people want to be what they can’t be, but then I suppose we have all been guilty of that. I well remember coming out of Saturday morning pictures at the Carlton, with my Gabardine mac buttoned around my neck, thinking I was Superman. I was only 23 at the time! So why do we do it? Maybe, as Andy Warhol predicted, it’s our five minutes of fame? But do we get five minutes worth of a celebrity’s income too? No, I firmly believe that the reason that people do such odd things is that... well they are people! For example, such an organisation as MI5 spent some time searching for evidence of Charlie Chaplin’s birthplace, deciding that he may not be from Britain after all. Really? MI5 surely has much better things to do than scour records for information like that. But it seems not! Then recently there was the story about a master chef who is going to cook a burger that has been artificially grown in a science lab. Okay that’s interesting, but the burger will cost over 200000 Euros! Do we do this in the interests of scientific research? Are we advancing mankind by doing this? Or is the chef just trying to make a massive profit? No, the reason we do these things, I believe, is, not only because we can, but because there is nothing on television! Look at what is there to entertain us; Cake Heroes, a programme about people who work in the high pressured area of...cake making! Tree Loggers, about men who, well, cut down trees. Look, we can only take so much of dreadful television Graham is married to Helen before we start making our own entertainment and and has a daughter, Alice. on the evidence so far we find some dodgy ways of He lives part of the year near Albox, but works in Qatar, filling our time. Come on television executives, give teaching. If you wish to us something that keeps us off the streets-or out of contact Graham regarding the labs-otherwise society as we know it will...carry this article email: helenandg@yahoo.co.uk on as it is. Now that doesn’t bear thinking about!


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Suzuki Swift Attitude.........

Limited-edition Suzuki Swift Attitude adds sporty looks to standard supermini

The Suzuki Swift Attitude has been announced, and it's limited to 500 models in total. As with the last Attitude special edition, it adds racy styling similar to the Suzuki Swift Sport to the standard SZ3 model. Unlike the Sport it's available in both three and five-door body styles, and uses the 93bhp 1.2-litre fourcylinder petrol engine found in the standard Swift. This returns 56.5mpg and emissions of 116g/km. SZ3 spec already comes with seven airbags, air-conditioning and ESP as standard, and Attitude adds Superior White paint, contrasting matt black 16-inch alloy wheels, a carbon-look roof and door mirrors, plus a body-coloured roof spoiler. There are also foglamps in matt black housings and tinted rear privacy glass. The Suzuki Swift Attitude is on sale now, and costs £10,750 for the threedoor and £11,220 for the five-door.

Kia Soul Inferno......................

New range-topping Kia Soul Inferno special edition is announced

Kia has introduced a new range-topping model to the Soul range called the Inferno, and it costs £18,695. The Soul Inferno gets red paint, ‘dragon’ decals, a rear spoiler and black 18inch alloy wheels. Gloss black mirror housings, bumper inserts and headlight surrounds complete the look. Meanwhile, the interior gets full black leather upholstery, a red gearstick and mood lighting hidden in the doors. Standard equipment includes airconditioning, cruise control, heated front seats, keyless go and rear parking sensors. The only available engine choice is a 1.6 CRDi diesel with 126bhp. That means 0-60mph takes 10.3 seconds and top speed stands at 112mph. Fuel economy is 57.6mpg, while CO2 emissions are 129g/km.

Duty-free fuel for Kent? Fuel prices in Dover could soon be slashed by up to 30 per cent if Kent County Council has its way. It’s looking for permission from the Government to cut fuel duty at the port to encourage foreign truckers to buy fuel. Fuel tax is just 36.76p per litre in France, and 28p per litre in Luxembourg, compared to 57.95p per litre here. So foreign truckers fill up on diesel before entering Britain and, thanks to the enormous fuel tanks of HGVs, can travel all across the country without needing to refill until they’re back on the Continent. “They don’t contribute a penny to Britain but are a burden on our roads,” council leader Paul Carter told us. “You’ve got to bring the duty down to a competitive level with France and Luxembourg.” The move could see fuel at Dover being sold for as much as 30p per litre less than in the rest of the UK. And British truckers and private motorists crossing the Channel

would benefit from the lower prices, too. Kent County Council has already notified the Department for Transport of its idea and is putting together a proposal for roads minister Mike Penning. “The idea would be a fuel station within the customs zone,” said Carter. “We think it’s doable. And even with a lower rate of duty, it would produce around £500m worth of Treasury revenue that goes to France or Luxembourg. It’s a win-win situation.” The council’s plan was the only silver lining for a crisis-hit fuel industry last week. As we went to press, the threat of an oil tanker drivers’ strike was looming after Unite union members voted overwhelmingly in favour of action. Unite represents the major fuel distribution companies in the UK, which supply 90 per cent of the nation’s forecourts. And there were queues at petrol stations last week after Government advice to motorists to stockpile fuel sparked panic buying.

New VW Scirocco R Line.......

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• Manchester United are in sight of their 13th Premiership title and their 20th League crown overall after everything went right for them over Easter. • Wolves look dead and buried but who will go down with them: Bolton, Blackburn, QPR, Wigan, Aston Villa and even Swansea? • Southampton and Reading and Charlton and Swindon, all look certainties to gain promotion from their respective Divisions. • Clint Dempsey is now Fulham’s record PL goalscorer in a season, • West Ham claimed a record 12th away of the season (4-0 at Barnsley). • Celtic beat Kilmarnock 6-0 to win the SPL title for the 43rd time. •Alloa Athletic have been declared the Scottish Third Division champions. • Barcelona’s superstar Lionel Messi scored his 60th goal of 2011-12 last Saturday. • This weekend, Chelsea play Spurs and Everton meet Liverpool in FAC semi-finals. • In golf, American Bubba Watson won the US Masters, beating South African Louis Oosthuizen in a play-off. Lee Westwood was the best placed Brit in joint third position. • England (460 & 97-2) beat Sri Lanka (275 & 278) by eight wickets to remain the top Test nation in world cricket. • It was a Spanish 1-2 in the opening MotorGP race of 2012 in Qatar with Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa finishing ahead of reigning champion Casey Stoney. • Cambridge won the 158th varsity boat race after a restart following the arrest of a swimmer who came between the two crews. •The Grand National takes place at Aintree this weekend where Ballabriggs will be aiming to become the first horse since Red Rum in 1973 and 1974 to win the race in successive years. Top outsiders are West End Rocker and Planet of Sound. • Edinburgh became the first Scottish team to reach Rugby’s Heineken Cup semi-finals; Leinster, Ulster and Cleremont make up the last four. • GB’s cyclists won 12 medals at the world championships in Australia. Sir Chris Hoy, with his 11th world title and his 4th Keirin, Laura Trott and Vicky Pendleton, who won the women’s sprint title for the sixth time, collected gold.

Forum Golf Society..................... Congratulation´s to Forum´s Terry Moore, who just a few weeks after celebrating his 65th birthday achieved his (& also the society´s) first hole in one when playing in the Forum Golf Society Team Traffic Light Scramble at Marina on April 4th. After a series of accidents and injuries over the past twelve months Terry has also declared himself fully fit, so no doubt it will only be a matter of time before Ace Number Two follows ! In the Team Competition there was a win for Adrian Lawrence, Paul Douglas, Yvonne Strindberg & Roy Barker with a superb net score of 57.9, fractionally ahead of the 58.3 recorded by the second placed team of Phil

Elam, Mick Murphy, Bob Bardill & Des Riley. Terry Moore´s ace (at the second hole) enabled him to lead his team of Trevor Stockley, Maurice Jamieson & Ian Smart to third place with 58.7, while Dave Sharp, Nigel Harding, Pat Garrigan & Peter Moreton were fourth with 59.2. Forum´s upcoming events are April 13th Almeria League Final Round at Marina April 20th Stableford at Aguilon May 4th Double Par Medal at Playa Serena For further information, contact Phil Elam on 666 847840 / philjelam@ yahoo.co.uk, or see www. forumgolfsociety.webs.com

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Boat Fishing: ‘Orca Steve’ went out last Saturday to sea test his boat after finishing some maintenance and took the chance to drop a couple of trolling lines off of the back of the boat. He used his usual blue feathers with a Hunter 250g jigging lure chasing on one line and the blue feathers with a shallow depth diving Rapala Xrap lure on the other. He got nothing from the deeper areas but in 60ft shallows opposite Vera beach got hit by a shoal of mackerel landing 7 from the trolling lines and 5 from jigging into the shoal. I had a day out on Steve’s Garrucha-moored boat and Over the 1st, 2nd and 3rd April 2012, 28 teams from Mazarron, Almeria, Cabrera and Indalo entered the F.A.B. Triples Championship at the Indalo Bowling Club. After a number of very close games throughout the competition, the semi-finals were played on Tuesday morning. The team of Linda Lester, Keith Lester and Denis Leigh beat Maggie Holmes, John Dedman and Mick Johnson 19 – 16. The team of Debbie Colquhoun, Jan Dando and John Colquhoun beat Gerald Bickers, Brian Halliwell and Colin Thomas 21 - 16. A well contested final was played in the afternoon and in a very close match, which went to the last end, Linda Lester, Keith Lester, Denis Leigh were the eventual winners 17 - 16 over Debbie Colquhoun, Jan Dando, John Colquhoun. Indalo Vice Captain David Ebdon

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was joined by ‘Chef Jeremy’ and Dave the ‘Rochdale Cowboy’. The weather and sea seemed perfect and after a disappointing Spring Equinox I thought we were in for a good day, wrong! A few Spanish boat anglers were out trolling and others jigging over what I guessed was mackerel shoals found on fish finders. We trolled for an hour and didn’t go over any shoals of fish. We then bottom fished in depths from 160 feet to in excess of 500 and didn’t get much at all. I did land the biggest pandora I’ve seen before and would have loved to return it but it was a female with damage and spawn spewing out of it - I

doubt it would have survived. Also caught on the day were pouting, combers and blue mouths. Dave hooked a conger which fought well for a few seconds before anchoring itself to the sea bed. It let go in the end and the rig came up with three hooks bitten in half and I have no idea how or why that happened. ‘Hissing Sid’ went out Saturday with Stuart and Neil who were over on holiday from Hampshire followed by a day with Tony and Charles from Los Gallardos. On the Thursday they kept snagging the bottom, three times with all the tackle lost. Sid put on some heavy line and managed to pull up a rope about two and half inches thick covered in weed and barnacles, both ends seemed to be still attached to the bottom. He got it to four feet from the boat but had to cut it free as he couldn’t get it up the last bit. Sounds like some of those congers that have been hooked over the last couple of years to me! See photo of Neil and Stuart with L to R striped bream, pandora and red snapper. Shore Fishing: Squiddly Sid’ fished with five other members of the Albox Fishing Club at the Indalo Arm opposite Mojacar’s Best Indalo Hotel. They caught between them five weavers

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and a couple of striped bream, again poor fishing for this time of year. ‘London Bill’ didn’t do any better fishing from the shore and only managed a few striped bream during three mornings fishing. ‘Luxemburg Roland fished Vera beach with about 20 Spanish anglers, most fished well into the night and not one fish was caught as far as he knows. I’m really getting depressed now, is it really just the Mediterranean trawler men who are taking all the fish or is something else happening in our sea fishing world? Coarse Fishing: ‘Baza Barry’ has been suffering with a bad back and so hasn’t been out fishing, he says Lake Negratin is looking good and fish are showing and feeding well in readiness for spawning. The Albox fishing club meets every two weeks or so at Bar Wassy. For details of the next meeting tel 677 655 049. For further information on any of the above or to find out about beach, boat or coarse fishing licenses, see me at the Beachcomber Bar Restaurant on Mojacar Playa or tel 950 473 099. Tight Lines Beachcomber John

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CORTIJO GRANDE.............................................................. Wednesdsy 4th April 2012 is it me or is the time flying . Our winner today with 35 John Rice second with 34 Mark Sutton and third with another 34 David Baird. Ball sweep winners John Park and Gelly Hughes. Sunday and a lovely summers day for our golfing

one grumpy old man who will be sadly missed...

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mates. The winner today with 36 points Mark Sutton second with 34 points Neville Pye and third with 33 points Mike Picken. No ball sweep winners today, we will have to try harder on Wednesday. I have some good news for

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VALLE DEL ESTE GS............................................................ Easter week and only one report for our monthly medal comp held on good Fri. The winds in the afternoon had an affect on some players, however the overall and

clear winner was Ray Mc Hale with a nett 69 (gross 82 hcp 13 nett 69) 2nd Jim Quigley (gross 87 hcp 13 nett 74) 3rd Tony Dudley (gross 95 hcp 21 nett 74). Nearest the pins Byran

Brown and Patrick Vickery. Quote for the week: The greatest liar in the world is the golfer who claims he plays the game merely for exercise. Enjoy your golf at VALLE DEL ESTE.

BADGER SETS THE STANDARD WITH HOLE IN ONE... On Wednesday 4TH April, the Society played an individual stableford competition at Macenas. The greens were in excellent condition but that would not have mattered as Keith Bradley (Badger) used all the contours of the 3rd greens rough before the ball rolled down the hill and nestled into the hole for his first ever hole in one. 24 players enjoyed a great day´s golf and the winner with 35 points was Jan Page, 2nd with 33 points was June Humphries, & 3rd with32 points was Greg Knight.There were 4 nearest the pin prizes.Badger at the 3rd ,Mathew

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