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RED CROSS FLASH MOB!

Over a hundred people participated in a Flash Mob organised by the Red Cross in Roquetas del Mar It took place in the main hall of the Centro Comercial Gran Plaza, and the purpose was to make known the work of the Red Cross Local Assembly. Also, this new and original activity served to involve volunteers in a joint initiative that reflects the unity and teamwork that is part of the CRE movement in Roquetas de Mar. The Flash Mob was planned in different parts of the Mall. At a given moment the sound system began to play and immediately the volunteers began to dance a choreographed display which ended with the participants dancing wearing Cruz Roja and Andalucía Compromiso Digital uniforms. Flash Mob is defined as an organised action in which a large group of people gather in a public place and launch an unusual activity together, capturing the attention of those present, and at the end of this activity dispersing quickly. Subsequently, the video of the activity will be disseminated through social networks which will increase its popularity and therefore the work that CRE in Roquetas de Mar. Roquetas de Mar CRE would like to thank the Gran Plaza Shopping Centre for their support of the event.

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Children admitted to the Hospital Torrecárdenas have been visited by characters from the film Star Wars. This initiative is part of the Plan Integral de Atención al Niño Hospitalizado, and is designed to make the stay of pediatric patients and their families as pleasant as possible. The visits by representative characters from the saga Star Wars, which was made into several films by George Lucas have been organised by the Dirección de Enfermería del Complejo Hospitalario Torrecárdenas and the Legión 501, an association of enthusiastic volunteers from the popular film franchise. Their aim is to bring the Star Wars saga to all corners of Spain with exact replicas of the original costumes from the films of the series. This group of volunteers have also donated balloons, stuffed animals, comic books and crayons, among other items to children hospitalised in Almería. They intend to keep up this collaboration with the hospital, marking other important dates with similar visits as appropriate.

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About 90,000 people visited ExpoLevante and NíjarCaza 2012. The success of the eleventh edition of the Feria de la Agricultura, Cinegética y Naturaleza (Agriculture, Hunting and Nature) has exceeded all expectations – a record 90,000 people have visited the exhibition to enjoy the animals on display, the exhibits, the stalls offering tasters and the wide variety of businesses attending. The Alcalde del Ayuntamiento de Níjar, Antonio Jesús Rodríguez, announced that ‘Without doubt, it has far exceeded expectations and we are really happy. We have again demonstrated the ability of the City Council to organise an international event of this nature, and, more importantly, we made clear our support for farmers in critical and complicated times’ The Concejal de Agricultura, José Requena, said that ‘For him, NíjarCaza and ExpoLevante 2012 has already become a benchmark of agriculture Almería. The work undertaken by the businesses, the good feelings generated by this show, and the volume of trade generated have, without doubt, been achieved.’

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The Alcalde de Vera, José Carmelo Jorge accompanied by the Concejal de Seguridad Ciudadana, José A. Fernández; the Edil de Bienestar Social, María Manuela Caparrós, and Jefe de la Policía Local de Vera, Andrés Sánchez, recently signed a collaboration agreement with Televida through its local delegate in Andalucía, María Rodríguez, for the Custodia de Llaves, (Custody of Keys), a service which allows users to benefit from Telecare in the city since 2005. This service is aimed at users of the Servicio Municipal de Teleasistencia de Vera, for those who have only one or no contacts with keys to allow entry into their house in case of an emergency. The purpose of this new service is to provide prompt attention to the user and avoid duplication of resources, since it does not require the intervention of other security forces to enter the home. The key will be kept in a safe in a bag with an identification number (never personal data) and tamper-evident on the premises of the local police in the municipality. In an emergency, the person in need makes a call to the Terminal

de Teleasistencia from which the Centro de Atención al Servicio de Teleasistencia will follow the protocols of an emergency action, directing the Policía Municipal to take the bag to the address of the person in need. Once used, the bag is returned to the point of custody and resealed. Currently, there are eleven people using the Telecare Service, which is provided free of charge through IMSERSO and FEMP, Diputación de Almería and the Ayuntamiento of Vera, and handled via the company Televida. In 2011 this service took 280 calls. Of these 165 came through via the Centro, while 115 came directly. The main reason for the calls was loneliness and the need for advice.

Almería More than 60 new interns begin their specialist training in Health Centres in Almería. The first-year residents are training in a total of 22 areas. The Delegación Provincial de la Consejería de Salud in Almería has hosted the annual event to welcome new professionals beginning their training as intern specialists in the various Centres of the province. This year there are a total of 64 new residents, a total of 22 specialties, among which are Obstetric-Gynecology, Occupational Health Nursing and for the first time, Pediatric Nursing. Of the 64 new residents, 6 will specialise in Obstetric Gynecologic, and complete their training in Hospitals Torrecárdenas, Poniente and La Inmaculada. Three other residents will be training in Pediatric Nursing, the first time this specialty has been represented. One will specialise in nursing work. The rest are distributed in 18 other areas: Family and Community Medicine (23), Clinical Biochemistry (2), Pathology (1), Anesthesiology (1), General and Digestive Surgery (1) Orthopedic Surgery and Traumatology (3) , Hospital Pharmacy (2), Hematology and Hemotherapy (1), Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (1), Intensive Care Medicine (2), Internal Medicine (3), Occupational Medicine (2), Nephrology (1), Obstetrics and Gynecology ( 3), Pediatrics (3), Clinical Psychology (1), Psychiatry (3), and Radiology (1). The largest group is formed by the future specialists in Medicina Familiar y Comunitaria, (Family and Community Medicine), whose training is supervised by the training unit of Family Medicine of Almería. Of the 23 residents in this area, 12 will complete their training at the District Hospital Almeria and Torrecárdenas, 5 in the Área Sanitaria Norte de Almería and 6 in the Hospital of the Distrito de Poniente. In all other specialties, 26 first-year residents were welcomed into the Complejo Hospitalario Torrecárdenas, and 5 Empresa Pública Hospital de Poniente in the areas of Clinical Biochemistry, Orthopedic Surgery and Traumatology, Hospital Pharmacy, Internal Medicine , and Obstetrics and Gynecology. Most of these residents, of which about 52% are women, must complete four years of training to become specialists. In some cases, such as midwives Nursing or Clinical Psychology, the period is however only two years. By contrast, in others such as Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery and Internal Medicine, specialisation requires a period of five years of study.

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AUAN objects to proposals to deal with illegal houses under the Regularisation Decree

AUAN, 14th May 2012 AUAN, the homeowners association, has submitted a formal objection to the planning documents published by Albox Town Council on the 2nd of May because they could result in the initiation of proceedings against 295 buildings situated in the town. In addition the association claims that a further 278 houses are placed in a “legal limbo” by the town halls proposals. The planning documents, published under the terms of the recent Regularisation Decree for houses on non urban land, consist of an Advance Plan of Inspection which could result in the initiation of proceedings against some 295 buildings (many in foreign ownership) located in or near waterways, on rights of way, near roads or subject to some other form of protection. “We believe that the council should properly define and map these protected areas before they select homes for inclusion in the Inspection Plan. The current list is not based on accurate criteria and could result in unnecessary worry and expense for homeowners” said an AUAN spokesperson. This document further identifies some 278 houses (the majority foreign owned) that are located on illegal land divisions know as ‘parcelaciones urbanisticas’. “These houses are placed in a sort of legal limbo and we have raised a number of issues with this designation including the fact that the town hall may

have issued segregation licences for many of them” the spokesperson continued. “We also note with some concern that the homeowner has been listed as the promoter in a number of cases when this is clearly not true”. The association also expressed its surprise at the selection of properties included in the second planning document, the Advance of Urban Settlements, highlighting that only two urban settlements had been identified in the Aljambra area of Albox, the location of a number of illegal urbanisations, whilst others, constructed by the same promoter and other promoters, containing numerous houses have

been excluded. “This only goes to show why we do not believe that the decree is the solution that the homeowners and the property industry needs. In practice, it just makes matters worse as time will tell”. “Our members feel that having been defrauded by our promoters and let down by a slow legal system, we are now being held to ransom by the government of Andalucía who demands expensive paperwork, difficult legal contortions and in some cases the funding of infrastructure projects to fix problems caused by others, including, it must be said, the Junta de Andalucía.” the spokesperson concluded.

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The official opening of Barcelona’s Cannabis Museum yesterday proved to be the perfect opportunity for experts to renew calls for the legalisation of the drug, with Richard Branson saying that Spain could solve its deficit problem by legalising cannabis alone. The multi-millionaire founder of the Virgin emporium is also a member of a global commission on drugs policy which includes five ex-presidents and Kofi Annan, the former United Nations secretary general, and which concluded last year that the war on drugs had failed and called for experiments in decriminalisation. Branson said that if Spain were to legalise cannabis use and collect taxes on its consumption, marijuana could go a long way towards solving its current economic problems: “it would help get the country back on its feet”, he said. Branson was in Barcelona to receive an award from the promotors of the new Cannabis Museum - the biggest in the world at 900 square metres - in recognition of the work the commission has done since 2004 to promote the acceptance of the plant in all its forms and the reintroduction of cannabis for medicinal purposes. The British multimillionaire took the opportunity to praise the initiative taken by the village of Rasquera (Tarragona), whose inhabitants voted for an “anticrisis plan” involving renting out land to a Barcelona-based cannabis growers’ society. “It seems like a great idea to me”, said Branson, who also expressed his regret over what he considered to be Amsterdam’s “backward step” and an “error” in changing Dutch law so that visitors to the country can no longer buy cannabis in the country’s coffee shops.

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Spain celebrates Europe Day with the message “Together we are stronger”

Europe Day was celebrated with over a hundred different official events in various cities across Spain today, with this year’s slogan - “Together we are stronger” - which politicians hoped would promote a greater degree of unity amongst European citizens, especially in the current economic crisis. Europe Day commemorate’s the historical declaration by French foreign minister Robert Schuman on May 9th 1950 in favour of a united Euope and

has now become an annual celebration of peace and unity in Europe. Schuman’s declaration proposed the pooling of French and West German coal and steel industries, leading to the creation of the European Coal and Steel Community, the first European Community, and hence is considered a principle founding moment. The programme of events organised to celebrate that historic day in a number of different Spanish cities covers everything from conferences,

talks and workshops, to children’s activities and leaflet distribution. In Madrid, representatives of all the European institutions took part in an official ceremony, which saw the European flag hoisted permanently at San Vicente square, and there was a reception for European politicians in Barcelona. At its headquarters in Madrid, the PSOE organised a conference with young Europeans to commemorate Europe Day.

BBVA Research predicts almost 6 million jobless in Spain next year

BBVA Research has lowered its predictions for the labour situation in Spain, estimating that unemployment will reach 24.6% this year, and will climb as high as 24.8% in 2013, according to its latest report in ‘Situación España’ magazine. These predictions are lower than earlier ones (24.4% and 24.6%) the government included in its macroeconomic budget plan for this year, which predicts 24.3% unemployment in 2012 and 24.2% in 2013. The government has already admitted that the jobless figures could rise

from 4.7 to 5.6 million, but the BBVA figures suggest that this figure could actually be closer to 6 million. Spain currently has its highest unemployment figures ever recorded. It is also the the European country with the highest unemployment rate (number of jobless in relation to total population). Both the government predictions and those made by the BBVA suggest that Spain will continue to be the worstperforming country on the continent in relation to employment, for at least the

next two years. The government has now admitted that it is not going to be able to create employment in the short or medium term. BBVA Research agrees that the labour reforms brought in by the government would go some way to slowing down the increase in unemployment, and that they would have an “especially positive” impact, creating 10% more jobs in the long term, that would have been achieved without them. BBVA Research has maintained its predictions with regard to this year’s

Arbitrator in Iberia pilots’ dispute asks for more time

Jaime Montalvo, the arbitrator brought in by the government to try to bring the stand-off between Iberia and its pilots to a conclusion, has requested an extension to the original ten-day deadline he was given on April 29th before he presents his findings. Sources following the case have said that the arbitrator has asked to extend the ten working day time limit he was initially given because of the “complexity and importance” of the dispute the pilots have with Iberia. Owing to this complexity, Montalvo has made an official request to the Ministry of Labour and Social Security and to the

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and next year’s GDP (at 1.3% and +0.6%) and the deficit reduction at 5.3% this year and 3% in 2013, in line with the government’s own predictions. In fact, the bank said the measures adopted increased credibility about the possibility of reaching fiscal objectives and mentioned, in particular, the plan to pay suppliers, which could make a seven point difference in the GDP in 2012.

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Hugh Laurie brings the blues to Spain in July Actor Hugh Laurie, best known in Spain for his role as Doctor Gregory House in the series of the same name, will be playing gigs in a number of Spanish cities in July, as part of a world tour to promote his blues album “Let them talk”. Laurie sings lead vocals and plays the piano and guitar. The first concert will be in Barcelona on 26th July, in the Arteria Paralel theatre; the following day, Laurie and his band will play at the Circo Price in Madrid, as part of the Los Veranos de la Villa programme; and on 29th July they will play in Marbella as part of the Starlite Festival. “Let them talk”, released last year by Warner Music, topped the charts in a number of countries and is now the inspiration behind

a world tour that will take Laurie and his backing group to the United States, Argentina, Chile, Russia, the UK, Holland, France and Germany, amongst other countries. Laurie has previously played guitar in different episodes of House and guested as a pianist on Meat Loaf’s’s 2010 album Hang Cool Teddy Bear following an appearance from the US rock star on the TV show. He also appeared in the music videos for the Kate Bush single Experiment IV in 1986 and the 1992 single Walking on Broken Glass by Annie Lennox. Other actors to have embarked on musical careers include Woody Allen, Bruce Willis and Kevin Costner, as well as Scarlett Johansson and Juliette Lewis.

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Spain slips four places in EC declares public funding of world maternity ranking Alicante film studios ‘illegal’ Spain has slipped four places in Save the Children’s world ranking of how safe a country is to become a mother, dropping to 16th in the list. The report aims to find the best and worst countries to become a mother, in terms of women’s health, educational and financial situation, as well as babies’ “basic” welfare. The ten best countries to go through maternity are Norway, Iceland, Sweden, New Zealand, Denmark, Finland, Australia, Belgium, Ireland, Holland and the UK, the last two sharing tenth place. Whilst eight of the top ten countries are in Europe, eight of the worstperforming countries are in Subsaharan Africa, and seven of them are currently suffering from food shortages. The worst country in terms of becoming a mother is Niger, performing slightly worse than last year’s bottom-placed country Afghanistan, with Yemen, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Eritrea, Chad, Sudan, Southern Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo just ahead. Spain, with 16 weeks of statutory maternity leave, is now below France and Portugal, but ahead of Estonia and Switzerland in terms of how much maternity leave is granted by the state, but behind countries like the UK and Denmark where women get 52 weeks. The Save The Children report showed that women in Spain had a life expectancy of 85 years, similar to that in France or Switzerland and inferior only to Japan’s, and an infant mortality rate of 5 in every 1,000. Save the Children highlighted the fact that in Norway, women study for an average of 18 years, have a life-expectancy of 82, 82% use contraceptives and only one in every 175 women are at risk of losing a child before its fifth birthday. In contrast, in Níger the life expectancy for women is 56, they receive an average of only four years’ schooling, only 5% use contraceptives and one in seven children dies before its fifth birthday. In addition, one in 16 women there die as a direct result of pregnancy or childbirth. Save the Children said that malnutrition is the cause of “at least” a fifth of all maternal deaths and more that a third of infant deaths. A third of all children in Asia, about 100 million, suffer chronic malnutrition, with that figure rising to two in five children in Africa, or about 60 million in total. The charity has outlined six “essential” measures that they believe to be “life savers” and should be available to every new mother in the world: the possibility to breastfeed, nutritional supplements, vitamin A, iron, zinc and good hygiene practices. They believe, in fact, that by breastfeeding alone, a million infant deaths alone could be prevented each year. “Our report demonstrates that breastfeeding saves lives. Every country ought to put policies and progammes into place that promote breastfeeding”, their statement reads.

King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia celebrate golden wedding anniversary 50 years ago on 14th May, King Juan Carlos married Queen Sofía in the presence of 137 kings, queens, princes and princesses from all over Europe, but the royal couple have decided not to hold an official celebration of their golden wedding anniversary. The Royal Household has produced a CD for those interested in the anniversary, entitled “Their Majesties’ Golden Wedding: 50 years, 50 pictures”, a compilation of images chosen to reflect the couple’s life together, including some taken inside the Zarzuela palace on their silver wedding anniversary 25 years ago. The final image on the reflects the moment when, during the official opening of the X Legislature of Parliament on 27th December 2011, the monarchs received the longest applause ever recorded in the congress building. The King and Queen, who were married on May 14th 1962 in Athens in a combined Catholic and Orthodox service, celebrated their silver wedding anniversary with an official ceremony, receiving members of other European royal houses and members of the Government, headed up by Felipe González at the time. They also celebrated a private mass and held receptions for 17 other couples celebrating their silver wedding anniversary the same day. The fairytale began over 50 years ago, when, in September 1961, Don Juan Carlos called out a spontaneous “Sofia, catch!” as he threw her a box containing an engagement ring during a royal dinner in the hotel Beau Rivage in Lausanne. Queen Victoria Eugenia had to sell all the jewels she had inherited from Empress Eugenia de Montijo (the last Empress consort of the French, as the wife of Napoleon III) to pay for the celebration, inviting representatives of 27 royal families to an occasion witnessed by throusands of Spaniards and Greeks who lined the streets of Athens. The 24-year-old prince Juan Carlos wore his infantry lieutenant gala uniform and Sofia wore a silk gown with silver thread interwoven into it, a veil and a silver and diamond tiara that her mother had worn for her wedding.

The European Commission (EC) has declared financial aid given by the Generalitat (Valencian regional government) to the Ciudad de la Luz film studios in Alicante “illegal” and has told Spain to claim back the 265 million euros invested in the creation of this audiovisual centre. The EC claims that this public funding “was not given in market conditions and should therefore be returned by the beneficiary”, says a press statement today. Furthermore, the EC also questioned whether the decision to create another film studio in Spain, which already has established studios in Madrid and Barcelona, was entirely “commercial”. “The Spanish film sector is dynamic and competitive”, said the EC commissioner for Competition, Joaquín Almunia, who claimed there was “no need to spend public money to finance a new studio”. Almunia claimed that financing this project with public money

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was detrimental to existing studios and, in the current economic climate, could be “disastrous”. The EC opened an investigation in 2008 after a receiving a number of complaints, with the aim of deciding whether the financial assitance provded by the Generalitat to the Ciudad de la Luz was in line with European regulations on state funding. “The Commission has serious doubts that, in the competitive climate, the decision to invest in a totally new project away from the established movie-making centres in Madrid and Barcelona could be based on

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Spain’s Gamesa, one of the world’s top wind turbine manufacturers, said Thursday it swung into a loss in the first quarter due to a drop in margins. The company lost 21 million euros ($27 million) in the three months to March, compared to a net profit of 13 million euros during the same time last year, it said in a statement. “The macroeconomic and industry situation, growing price competition, mainly in China, and the costs of implementing new platforms worldwide had a temporary impact on group profitability,” it said. “Gamesa expects the profitability of the wind turbine area and of the group to gradually recover in the coming quarters, especially in the second half of the year, due to a progressive rebound in activity, a

smaller impact of new platform launches and the effects of new cost optimisation measures.” Sales jumped 33 percent to 777 million euros in the first quarter as wind farm development offset weakness in the wind turbine division which suffered the effects of a decline in activity in China and India. Earnings before interest, taxes depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) -a key measure of profitability -- dropped to 32 million euros in the first quarter from 76 million euros in the same yearago period. Games shares fell 2.96 percent to 1.802 euros in early afternoon trade, bucking the trend of Spain’s benchmark Ibex-35 index which was up 1.56 percent.

Students To Kick Off Mass Protests In Spain

Thousands of Spanish students take to the streets on Thursday to demonstrate against crisis cuts in education, the first in several days of social protests across the country. The national Students’ Union has called demonstrations in more than 50 towns, its leader Tohil Delgado told AFP, predicting that thousands of students and teachers would join in despite looming exams. “We have called this demonstration as an initial response to this attack on public education, which is without precedent in the past 35 years,” he said, citing reforms that protestors say are disrupting classes. As Spain fights to stabilise its public finances, schools and universities have for months been complaining of shrinking budgets for research and extra work for teachers. Since the last student marches on February 29, the government has announced a

further three billion euros in cost-cutting reforms.

On April 20, the central government said it would let regional authorities expand class sizes by a fifth and raise university fees to an average 1,500 euros from 1,000 euros. Protests in cities including Madrid and Barcelona are due to start at noon (1000 GMT) on Thursday, the union said. Spain’s universities have been a traditional centre of protest since the time of General Francisco Franco’s 1939-1975 dictatorship. The latest demonstrations are part of a wave of anger at the austerity measures launched since the conservative Popular Party of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy took over the government in December. In a broader protest, the movement known as the “indignant” on May 15 marks one year since it sprang up

and occupied central Madrid for weeks with a tent city on the Puerta del Sol square. The movement has promised four days of protests from May 12 to 15. The “indignants” appear divided over their internal organization, however, as traditional labour unions take centre stage, mobilising huge protests. Hundreds of thousands of people demonstrated during a general strike on March 29, and a strike across the whole education sector is planned for May 22. “The government has not hesitated to continue on its course of destroying the welfare state, but this will only inflame the spirits of the workers and the young people,” Delgado said. “We are convinced that in the coming weeks and months there will be many more social protests, not only by students and teachers but by all workers.”


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Spain takes state control of fourth-biggest bank, Bankia

The Spanish state will take control of the fourth-biggest listed bank, Bankia, the government said Wednesday, as it races to shore up the bank’s bad loan-ridden balance sheet. The state would take a 45-percent stake by converting a state-backed loan of 4.465 billion euros ($5.8 billion) into shares, “meaning it will take control”, the economy ministry said in a statement. The dramatic but widely telegraphed move comes two days before the government is to announce broad banking reforms to ease the crushing burden of loans extended during a property bubble that imploded in 2008. Bankia, an amalgam of seven shaky savings banks created in 2010, was at the centre of market concerns over fragile balance sheets, but analysts fear the rot goes much deeper. One of the biggest worries for investors is that they do not know the real value of the banks’ exposure to the property sector. For the economy, it means many banks are struggling to clean up their balance sheets and are therefore reluctant to lend

to households and businesses, potentially freezing up activity. Bankia had the industry’s largest exposure to the property market at 37.5 billion euros ($49 billion) at the end of 2011, of which 31.8 billion euros were classed as problematic. Madrid is throwing a lifeline by converting into capital the state loan extended in December 2010 to Bankia parent group Banco Financiero de Ahorros (BFA). The loan, which was handled by the state-backed Fund for Orderly Bank Restructuring (FROB), demanded an interest rate of 7.75 percent and was repayable over five years. The Bank of Spain said it received Bankia’s request for the state to convert the loan into capital on the same day new executive chairman Jose Ignacio Goirigolzarri was appointed. The former Bankia’s executive chairman, Rodrigo Rato, who was previously a Spanish economy minister and who once led the IMF, announced his resignation on Monday as news emerged of the impending rescue.

British Jubilee Gibraltar Visit Annoys Spain Spain told Britain it was “upset and uncomfortable” at a planned visit by Britain’s Prince Edward to the disputed territory of Gibraltar, the Spanish foreign ministry said Thursday. In talks with Britain’s ambassador in Madrid Giles Paxman, ministry official Santiago Cabanas “expressed how upset and uncomfortable the government is with the visit” by Edward and his wife Sophie Rhys-Jones from June 11-13, a statement said. The visit is part of a summer of celebrations to mark the 60th year on the British throne of Edward’s mother, Queen Elizabeth II, the British embassy in Madrid told AFP. It made no immediate direct reaction to

Spain’s complaint. Gibraltar, a largely self-governing enclave complete with British pubs and red telephone boxes nestled under a cliffside at the eastern neck of the Mediterranean, is a rare diplomatic sore point between London and Madrid. Spain ceded Gibraltar to Britain in 1713 under the Treaty of Utrecht but has long argued that it should be returned to Spanish sovereignty. Britain refuses to renounce sovereignty against the wishes of Gibraltarians. The last British royal visit to Gibraltar was by Edward’s sister, Princess Anne, in 2009, which likewise annoyed Spain.

Euro MPs criticise managers of EU agencies

The European Parliament has delayed approval of three major EU agency budgets because of concerns about their managers. MEPs have criticised one of the agencies - the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) - for links to the food industry, considered a possible risk to EFSA’s independence. The head of EFSA’s board, Diana Banati, resigned on Wednesday. She is joining a powerful industry lobby group based in Washington DC. EFSA is based in a grand old palace in Parma, Italy, and its total budget in 2010 was 74.7m euros (£60m; $97m). The other agencies criticised by MEPs are the EU Medicines Agency, based in London, and the Environment Agency, in Copenhagen. The parliament’s budget committee said it was “seriously concerned” that in 2010, while the Environment Agency’s executive director, Jacqueline McGlade, was “directly involved” with Earthwatch, an environmental NGO, she and 28 agency staff

went on research trips to Earthwatch projects and the agency paid 33,791 euros to the NGO. The committee urged the agency to publish the declarations of interest provided by its staff, to help prevent any conflicts of interest. A parliament spokesman told press sources that the budget delay - refusing to “grant the discharge” in EU jargon - could have a negative impact on an agency’s 2013 budget. The MEPs’ budget committee could decide to put part of the agency’s budget in reserve and put a block on the agency hiring new people, he said. Such a move means “the prestige of the agency is not good,” he added. MEPs’ concerns about potential conflict of interest have dogged EFSA. An EFSA statement said Ms Banati resigned at EFSA’s request, in line with the agency’s code of conduct, which warns against “activities which could raise doubts about their independence,

even with respect to potential conflicts of interest”. She is moving to the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI), a body which acts on behalf of numerous food and biotech multinationals, including Danone, Kraft Foods, Monsanto, Nestle and Procter & Gamble. A report by the parliament’s budget committee, issued before Ms Banati’s resignation, raised questions about her links with ILSI, going back to 2010. It said she had “failed, in 2010, to declare her membership of the Board of Directors of the ILSI”. It called the EFSA board’s scrutiny of its members’ declarations of interest “insufficiently rigorous and detailed”. And the MEPs urged EFSA to cut the “unacceptable” cost of board meetings, pointing out that each meeting of the 15-member board cost on average 92,630 euros.

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Friday Golf Society Almerimar Friday Golf - 11 MAY

The weather was magnificent today. The sun was shining and summer growing grass is starting to grow again making the rough more difficult here in Almerimar. We had 27 players taking part in a Reverse Waltz competition with 2 hidden holes. The winners were Peter White, Larry Rowe, Angela Carr and Doris (our imaginary player who makes up the numbers scoring 30 stableford point each week) with a team score of 92 points. Last place and chocolates went to Hans Ooft, Hans Folin, David Scantlebury and Alan Sly with a team score of 71. Nearest the pin was on hole 17 and was won by Drew McDowell with a distance of 3.23m. Thanks once again to John Flynn for doing the prize giving this week. The biggest cheer went up when Mr President came up to collect his chocolates following his return to Friday golf after a lay-off for a number of weeks. Yes, John Woodhead really did bump into the prize table sending two bottles of wine crashing to the clubhouse terrace floor.

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Stiffer sentences for most serious crimes

The government has announced changes to the penal code, which will allow them to add a so-called “custodia de seguridad” - a custodial sentence for security reasons - to sentences passed on those found guilty of the most serious crimes (excluding terrorism) adding up to a maximum of ten more years onto their imprisonment. The announcement was made this morning byJustice Minister, Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón, after his meeting with Antonio del Castillo, the father of murdered Seville teeanger,

Marta del Castillo, who was killed in 2009 and whose body has never been found. The new law will affect sexual crimes, serious crimes where violence or intimidation have been used, and for drugs trafficking. It will also be applicable to criminals who have a past history of serious crimes or those who reoffend after completing their sentences. At the end of the meeting, Gallardón thanked Marta’s father for using his “personal pain”

as a “preventative measure and to help society as a whole”. Mr Del Castillo made it clear he was only “partly” satisfied, as the minister decided not to adopt “permanent, reviewable life sentences” in cases where there is “some legal or judicial reason to keep those who commit this type of crime behind bars”. Del Castillo also handed over a document asking for the promises made during the electoral campaign to be honoured, demanding, for example, that those who “torture, rape or murder children”

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Orang-utans at a zoo in Miami have been using iPads as part of a communication and mental stimulus experiment. Linda Jacobs, who oversees the programme at Jungle Island, hopes the devices will eventually help bridge the gap between humans and the endangered apes. “Our young ones pick up on it. They understand it. It’s like, ‘Oh, I get this,’” Ms Jacobs said. “Our two older ones, they just are not interested. I think they just figure, ‘I’ve got along just fine in this world without this communication-skill here and the iPad, and I don’t need a computer.’” Ms Jacobs said she began letting the orang-utans use iPads last summer, based on the suggestion of someone who had used the devices with dolphins. The software was originally designed for humans with autism and the screen displays pictures of various objects. A trainer then names one of the objects, and the ape presses the corresponding button. The devices have been a great addition to the enrichment programmes Jungle Island already does with the orangutans, Ms Jacobs said. Keepers have long used sign language to communicate with them. Using their hands, the orangutans can respond to simple questions, identify objects and express their wants or needs. The apes can also identify body parts, helping the trainers care for them and

even give them shots. “We’re able to really monitor their health on a daily basis,” Jacobs said of the need for communication with the orang-utans. “We can do daily checks. If somebody’s not feeling well, we know it immediately.” While Ms Jacobs and other trainers have developed strong relationships with the orangutans, the iPad and other touch-screen computers offer an opportunity for them to communicate with people not trained in their sign language. Orang-utans are extremely intelligent but limited by their physical inability to talk, she said. “They are sort of trapped in those bodies,” Ms Jacobs said. “They have the intelligence that they need to communicate, but they don’t have the right

equipment, because they don’t have voice boxes or vocal chords. So this gives them a way to let us know what they know, what they are capable of, what they would like to have.” When it comes to orangutans, the iPad itself has limitations. First, the relatively small screen causes orangutans to hit the wrong buttons sometimes. Also, the touchscreen will not register if they try to use their fingernails. Most importantly, the devices are just too fragile to actually hand over to the apes – the trainers must hold them. “If I gave them the iPad, I could just basically hand them $600 and say, ‘Go have fun,’” Ms Jacobs said. “So until we come up with a better screen or a better case, I’m going to hold onto the iPad.”

An Austrian motorist felt a real silly-billy when he had to call police to report his car had been hijacked - by a goat. Gunther Hauser had been forced to brake as he drove trough the countryside in Radkersburg, Austria, when

he came face to face with the escaped beast on a remote road. But as Mr Hauser, 45, tried to chase the goat away it doubled back, jumped into the car and refused to budge as it began eating his seats. Finally, he trudged off to a

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local farm only to be chased off as a suspected burglar. When he called the police, they rounded up local farmhands to remove the ram raider and take him back to his nearby enclosure. “I had to take a picture of the goat because my insurance company would never have believed me,” he said later.

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Q. My husband is very ill and we are going to go back to the u.k. for urgent hospital treatment . My husband due to his ill health may be able to come back to Spain¿How can we deal with the sale of the house? A. Before leaving Spain it would be convenient

for your husband to sign a power of attorney in your favour to deal with the sale of the house (this will allow you to come to Spain when a buyer is found and deal with the sale, closing of accounts etc). This is a twenty-minute job and is not expensive. Your solicitor will take your instructions and organize the signing at the notary. Your solicitor will also be able to organize if necessary for the notary to visit your husband at home or at a hospital to take his signature. Please note that if your husband passes away you can no longer use the power of attorney (this would be illegal). It would also be convenient before going back to the UK to have a solicitor take a look at his Spanish will (and yours ) to make sure they are in good order (these things are difficult to discuss when somebody is not feeling well but need to be done on the principle of “just in case”, a bit of humor and the knowledge that we could all be run over by a bus tomorrow in any case) . If you consider it will be some time until you sell the property you must also make sure that all direct debits for electricity, water, rubbish, community of owners and rates are in place and that your account is correctly funded. In addition you need to make sure that you keep up with your non- resident tax payment once a year. 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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Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, said this week that the measures taken by the Government “on Friday and previously” to complete the consolidation of the Spanish banking sector, would solve a “good part” of the economic problems facing Spain. “These are important and far-reaching decisions. These are difficult and hard times, but we must have courage and clear ideas,” Rajoy said at a news conference, after meeting with the President of Portugal, Pedro Passos Coelho, in the bilateral meeting held in Oporto on the occasion of the XXV Portuguese-Spanish Summit. The Prime Minister also assured that the new phase of financial reform would further “deepen” the adjustment of housing prices, in order to meet their market value, and thus stimulate real estate sales. In addition to a drop in property prices, Rajoy moved that these measures will facilitate the provision of credit and will eliminate any “doubts” about the Spanish financial institutions. “We know that the situation is difficult and we know what needs to be done and what we are going to do,” assured the leader of the Government, saying he was confident that the new leaders of Bankia would take “relevant” measures in order to revive the institution. El Mundo reported that Rajoy, who refrained from ruling on the possible nationalisation of the company, wanted to send a “message of reassurance” to Bankia customers saying that the Government would guarantee the “stability” of the financial system. “The Government will take appropriate measures to maintain the financial system’s stability,” he concluded.


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Regulations to make using a mobile phone abroad significantly cheaper have been passed by the European Parliament. The plans, which were voted in by a huge majority, include imposing a price cap on operators. From July, using mobile data in Europe will not cost more than 70 cents (56p) per megabyte - far less than current rates. Consumers will also be able to choose a different operator abroad from the one they use at home. It is hoped this split-network approach - which comes into force in 2014 - will encourage greater competition. The first changes will come into effect from 1 July. Calls will be capped at 29c (23p) per minute, plus VAT. The EU said the regulations were designed to prevent “bill shock” - the moment when travellers discover they have have totted up huge bills after making calls and using data applications, such as maps, while away. “In a borderless Europe, there is no place for charges that diverge so much at home and abroad,” said MEP Ivo Belet. The EU said the changes could mean savings for a “typical” businessman of more than 1,000 euros (£800) in a year. The EU said that from 2014 customers would be able to choose their mobile networks upon arrival in a country, or signing up to a contract before leaving. Currently, mobile users are forced to use their standard domestic operator when travelling abroad - or to use alternative arrangements, such as a cheap pre-paid SIM card. Under the new regulations, customers can choose a different operator with a more attractive travel tariff before leaving - without changing their number.

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‘As the property market in Spain boomed, many banks took a naïve approach to lending money and they are suffering for it now. Whilst the UK has various checks and balances in place to prevent the recurrence of scandals such as the endowment mortgage mis-selling of the 1980s and 1990s, Spain has yet to get a watertight grip of its financial products although Rajoy is making huge strides,’ said Marc Elliott, independent mortgage consultant and owner of Fluent Finance Abroad. ‘Deals such as those seen in the past are either non existent or hard to find but if you have a good income and clean credit history the banks will lend. Certain banks did not fall into the reckless subprime trap and are lending pretty

much as they were prior to the credit crunch,’ he added. Dependent on the individual application, a general rule of thumb in 2012 is 70 to 80% for Spanish residents and 60 to 70% for non Spanish residents. Current lenders will now lend only on the purchase price or the valuation, whichever is lower. There are even 100% mortgages available for properties or developments that are directly owned, that is repossessed, by the banks. But these are not available for other properties. ‘If you are a first time buyer and you don’t have a large cash deposit then it might be wise to consider a bank property. If you have a sizable deposit at your fingertips it would probably be better to look at the traditional real estate market as these properties tend to be slightly better value for money,’ explained Elliott. ‘At the moment banks are looking to get the best price possible for their properties to try and recoup the original funds that were lent, they do this is by slightly inflating asking prices and offering excellent finance terms such as little or no money down deals,’ he added. He also pointed out that it is extremely difficult to release equity from a Spanish property at present and it is best to speak to numerous banks or seek professional independent advice from a qualified person operating in your area. ‘Always speak to more than one mortgage consultant to make sure you are satisfied that you are getting the best person to represent your interests. If anyone suggests that obtaining mortgage finance in Spain is easy, they are not being completely truthful,’ said Elliott.

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Garden Parasols Need some shade in your garden? Take at look at our top tips on choosing a garden parasol Garden parasols not only provide vital shade on sunny days, they can also create an attractive feature on a patio or decking area. Here’s some points to consider before you buy.

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Wall-mounted parasols or patio awnings ...are fitted to an exterior wall to shade a decking or patio area. Parasols on long arms can be bent to the right position, and awnings can be wound in and out, however as they are fixed to the wall they cannot be moved to other parts of the garden.

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More & More People Pay Higher Tax Rates In UK tax year and the 2014-15 one.

Taxes have been rising over much of Europe. Some countries are targeting higher earners; in other countries like Spain everyone is paying more tax.

After this year’s budget the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) said the higher rate tax trap is now hitting people with “relatively modest” salaries. In 1978 just 3% of taxpayers paid the higher rate of income tax. The number rose over the next 10 years, but only slightly to 5%. Today 12.5% pay tax at 40% and next year it will jump again to 15%.

You may be able to lower your liabilities on your savings, investments, capital and pensions. Surprisingly few people take action to make sure they are paying the least amount possible. For advice on tax planning in both the UK and here in Spain, contact an international tax advisory firm like Blevins Franks.

By Bill Blevins, Financial Correspondent, Blevins Franks HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) data reveals that 4.1 million are now paying the higher rates, an increase from 3.8 million last year. Around a third of taxpayers are paying a higher rate now than they were three years ago. The government has consistently reduced the threshold for paying the 40% tax rate, snaring more people into this tax band. Fiscal drag - where tax bands do not increase in line with inflation – has also contributed. It will not stop here. There will be 630,000 more higher taxpayers next tax year, when the threshold for the 40% rate drops yet again. In 2010 the threshold was £43,875. It will be reduced to £41,450 next April. The number of 40% taxpayers will then have increased by almost 48% between the 2009-10

The controversial 50% tax rate on income over £150,000 was introduced by the previous government with effect from April 2010. It was meant to be a temporary measure. In this year’s budget the Chancellor said it will be reduced to 45% from April 2013, but gave no hint as to when it will be abolished, if at all. In an interview on 6th April, he said that he is “very happy with the 45p rate of tax ”.

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Swimming not only serves as a way to beat the heat, it also is a great way for people of all ages to achieve peak fitness.

Swimming exercises all the major muscle groups of the body as well as the heart and lungs, making it a great activity for overall fitness. It builds lung capacity, endurance and strength. Swimming is a non-impact activity so it’s a good alternative to high-impact exercise like running and aerobics. It’s kinder to the joints so a good choice for those with achy knees and ankles. It’s also good exercise in pregnancy. Almost every muscle in your body is used when swimming; it is an excellent body toner. It is not a mere coincidence that most serious swimmers have lean and tightly toned bodies. The work your muscles must go through to propel the body through the water resistance not only burns lots of calories, but that stubborn fat as well. While swimming can be fun with many health benefits, like many sports it can lead to fatal accidents if not done carefully and with proper supervision. Even seasoned veterans should consider consulting a trained expert to enhance or maximize their workout. Swimming promotes stamina, mobility and overall strength training. The water adds resistance to your movements; it also forces you to use your core muscles to help the body remain stabilised in the water. That is why it is one of the best forms of exercise. Other exercises, such as running or rigorous weighttraining, can put a lot of stress on your joints, ligaments and tendons, and can lead to chronic injury. But the buoyancy of water helps swimmers avoid those injuries. Water also increases flexibility because the effects of gravity are

lessened; stretches that may be difficult to perform on land can be done with ease in water because the joints are able to move through a greater range of motion.

Getting into the swim of things... You can burn as many as 900 calories in just one hour of swimming. Spend the bulk of your workout doing the front crawl, also known as freestyle; it’s generally faster than the other strokes, so you can cover more distance. In addition to the front crawl, adding the backstroke and butterfly to your routine will help to avoid boredom. Treading water helps to tone the legs and the arms so you even work out when you’re just floating about! Due to it’s meditative quality, swimming can also help

soothe the mind and help turn your attention away from the stresses of the day, which not only is important for the mind, but also can help reduce the risk of heart disease and high-blood pressure.

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According to a report on Kyero.com, the eurozone countries want independent experts to value the toxic real estate assets that Spanish banks have on their balance sheets in order to increase transparency. The Eurogroup also expects the Government to demand entities to make “a very substantial increase in their provisions” in order to meet potential losses and complete the reform of the financial sector. The state of the Spanish economy will be one of the central points of the agenda in today’s Eurogroup meeting, together with the problems in Ireland, Portugal and Greece, the three countries that have been rescued by the EU. This amalgam is because, although Spain does not receive financial assistance, it has generated “concern” in the markets, as highlighted by the increased risk premium, and has “significant financial problems”, as explained by a senior EU official.

The Eurogroup expects the Spanish Economy Minister, Luis de Guindos, to set out today to fellow members, the measures he intends to implement in order to deal with what the EU considers the two main problems in Spain: the situation in the financial sector and the budgetary policies of the autonomous communities. As far as the financial sector is concerned, the eurozone countries want De Guindos to first of all give explanations over the partial nationalisation of Bankia. The EU also hopes that Spain will present “a plan which will provide more transparency

on banks’ balance sheets,” which the “independent experts” should be able to refer to in order to value real estate assets, said sources.

According to the Eurogroup, despite the difficulty in preparing them, the banking reform should be based on forecasts of the correction of housing prices in Spain over the next two years. With these elements, the EU expects the Spanish Government to demand that entities “considerably increase” their provisions and capital to increase their resistance to the crisis. In addition, Europa Press reported that De Guindos is expected to outline the latest changes approved by the Spanish Government and announced in the stability program budget for next year, as well as the planned structural reforms. Spain’s European partners remain concerned about the excessive spending of the autonomous communities. The Eurogroup have ruled out at the moment giving Spain another year (until 2014 instead of 2013) to bring the deficit below 3% of GDP, even though the Commission’s forecasts on Friday showed a strong worsening of the economic situation. “I am not aware that the Spanish government wants another year, and it is therefore an academic debate,” said the senior official. The reduction of the deficit from 8.5% last year to 3% in 2012, he said, “is difficult to achieve but feasible.”

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Shares fall in Europe on Greek political uncertainty

European shares have fallen as the continuing political uncertainty in Greece undermines investor confidence.

Greek President Karolos Papoulias failed to form a coalition government through talks on Sunday and will continue discussions with political leaders on Monday evening. Bank shares are worst hit, particularly in Spain and France, with Madrid’s Ibex index down 2.8% and the Cac down 2.3%.

The undermining factor is again the future of the eurozone.

French banks were among the biggest fallers as investors worried about their exposure to other troubled eurozone countries.

Greece’s lack of a government puts in doubt its ability to stick to austerity measures imposed as part of its financial bailout. Without holding to agreed cuts it will not get the rest of the support funds it needs to function.

BNP Paribas was 3.4% lower, Societe Generale lost 3.3% and Credit Agricole fell 3.4%. Spanish banks Banco Santander and Bankia were down 3.4% and 4.4% respectively, as they said they would set aside an extra 2.7bn euros (£2.16bn) and 2.1bn euros to meet new government requirements aimed at cleaning up the country’s ailing property market. Meanwhile, both Spain and Italy carried out successful bond auctions on Monday.

Adding to the lack of clarity is the fact that anti-bailout parties did well in the elections. Anti-austerity feeling may be growing in Germany too after Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party suffered a defeat on Sunday in an election in North Rhine-Westphalia, the country’s most populous state.

Appetite for Spanish and Italian debt was more than strong enough, but the return demanded by investors in Spain’s debt was higher than in previous auctions, reflecting a dip in confidence.

On top of that, new French President Francois Hollande won his place after promising to focus more on growth rather than austerity, raising concerns as to whether he will be able to work as closely with Mrs Merkel as his predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy did.

Spain sold 2.9bn euros in short-term debt, paying 2.985%, up from 2.623% last time.

The two were the driving force behind the eurozone’s fiscal compact.

The difference in the rate demanded by Spanish 10year bond investors over the equivalent German bunds hit 4.83%, its highest level since the creation of the

Later on Monday, eurozone finance ministers will meet in Brussels to discuss the situation in Greece and Spain.

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Charity shops took in a record £974m in the year to March 31, as more families tried to stretch their money as far as possible. The Charity Retail Association, which released the figures, said over £220m is being raised annually for charity through retailing with nearly one million more shoppers from hard-pressed middle class groups turning to charity shops for “low price, high quality” items. In a survey of 1,822 people, the group found that 55% of people in the UK have bought items from charity shops in the last 12 months, with over 40% of those saying they have done so more than five times, and one in five saying they will use them more in the next year. Shoppers said they preferred buying from charity

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Dear Lord Coe I am so looking forward to the start of the Lord Coe Summer Olympic Games in London on 17th July, but I am very worried about several points which don’t seem to have been covered in any press or Internet releases. I am very concerned that the Gods might not be looking favourably on your Games; the failure of the flame to stay alight might be a bad omen. Please reassure me that the appropriate deities were consulted, fitting sacrifices were made and that the credentials of all those High Priestesses were thoroughly checked – they all looked suspiciously young to me, and nothing would annoy a god more than the omission of a decent sacrifice and phoney High Priestesses! Then there is the matter of transporting the flame. I read that it is being flown by the Royal Naval Air Force into RNAS Culdrose. However, I am confused. If each bearer carries the torch for 300 metres,

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could even call strike action. What then? The whole relay could be thrown into jeopardy! As I see it the only acceptable course would be to do a high-speed pass-the-parcel, or rather a high speed pass-the-Flame throughout the flight, where the Torch gets passed rapidly from one bearer to the next. To add authenticity, perhaps they should all jog on the spot? I’m not even going to try to work out how many 300 metreses there are between Athens and Culdrose, but I’ve got a sneaking suspicion that you are going to need more than a plane load of people to keep within the 300 metre rule. Perhaps the SAS could airlift some more people in halfway there, just to make up the numbers and keep the Torch Bearers Union happy? I am sure that you have thought of all these little details, though I am concerned that maybe some of your team are not maintaining standards quite as highly as you would have expected. For instance, who was it who found all those extra tickets which are now available? Whose sofa were they down? Perhaps if that same person looked down their sofa again they would find enough ready cash to pay off the national deficit? I remain respectfully yours Worried of Limaria

Mince Pies in May - A Glimpse of Things to Come....

In the week after Christmas 2011 and before the old bearded guy with the scythe and hourglass shuffled off in order to allow the New Year in, I did a silly thing. Well not so silly actually, although to the casual observer it would have appeared to be a little premature and a bit hasty to say the least. I booked tickets for a Christmas show in December 2012. This is no ordinary Christmas show however and from a practical standpoint, it is always advisable to get in as early as possible for this particular event. Even though it was so soon after Christmas and I knew from experience how popular the show is, I was amazed at the number of tickets that had already been sold in the opening few days of their release. Out of curiosity I have just looked

again at the website and for the particular performance that we will be attending, there is one solitary seat remaining – seven months before curtain-up.

The show is the Thursford Christmas Spectacular in Norfolk, and without doubt it is the best Christmas show in the Universe. Well alright I haven’t actually attended all the Christmas shows in the Universe, but I have never seen anything that comes close to this. For seven consecutive years before leaving England, I organised coach parties to Thursford and we even flew back especially for the show during our first two years in Spain. It really is that good and Christmas just isn’t complete without that yearly Thursford fix. I will go so far as to say that it should be included on the ‘Things to do before you die’ schedule that newspapers and magazines are so fond of espousing. In fact I have it on good authority that it was right at the top of the list for the movie, The Bucket List, starring Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson, but was excluded during the editing when the producers realized

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that the majority of American cinemagoers have no idea where England is let alone Norfolk.

For many, the place Thursford is a complete unknown, let alone the show bearing its name. But when I tell you that there are two performances daily – seven days a week – from November 9th until December 23rd in 2012, at 1400 people a sitting, it will give you some idea of its popularity. Moreover when you learn that the whole run of ninety performances is set to be a sell out, this means that 120,000 people in total will attend the show this year and it puts into perspective even more the extraordinary scale of the thing. The history of the show is fascinating. One Christmas, more than 30 years ago, a small festive show took place in this tiny north Norfolk village, a rural pimple midway between the market towns of Fakenham and Holt. It featured the choristers of King’s College, Cambridge and little did the organisers know that this seasonal offering would be the birth of what is now England’s largest Christmas show. It was staged in the converted

cattle sheds that held the steam collection of the late George Cushing whose love of Christmas came second only to his life time love affair with steam engines. From those modest beginnings, the event caught the public’s imagination and over the years grew into the mega event it has now become - as did the steam collection, now recognized as one of the most important of its kind in the world. The location may be remote, but thousands of visitors make an annual pilgrimage to experience the multi-million pound spectacular. Attending for the first time, the visitor must wonder if they have taken the wrong turning when they negotiate the narrow country lane, once the main A148 Cromer road has been left behind. But suddenly there they

are entering a huge bustling car park filled with vehicles and a collection of coaches from such diverse locations as Swansea, the Isle of Wight and Cornwall. The whole of the complex is given over to the Christmas extravaganza with much of the steam collection mothballed for the winter, although certain exhibits such as the mighty Wurlitzer organ and a vintage fairground carousel are in evidence and are an integral part of the show. Auditions

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‘The ultimate wonder food’ s w Potatoes have more nutrients, e food n vitamins and minerals than traditional ‘superfoods’

Ignored by dieters because they are ‘fattening’, few would class the potato as a ‘wonder food’ packed full of vitamins, minerals and nutrients. But the spud is actually better for the body than traditional superfoods - such as bananas, broccoli, beetroot, nuts and avocado, a study has found. The researchers said people are wrong to shun it in favour of modern and more expensive alternatives. A jacket potato has five-and-a-half times as much fibre as the average banana - and is packed with more vitamin C than is found in three avocados

Last year a separate study discovered that eating spuds twice a day can lower blood pressure - and contrary to popular perceptions it won’t make you put on weight. The new research also found that the potato contains more of the mineral selenium than the average child gets from

all the seeds and nuts they consume. The study was completed by the independent nutritionist Sigrid Gibson on behalf of the Potato Council. They have produced a mobile phone app which compares how good potatoes are with the traditional superfoods.

Sian Porter, the Potato Council’s consultant dietitian, told the Daily Express: ‘It is important to have a wide variety of foods in your diet but sometimes our heads are turned by new things and we underestimate old favourites like potatoes and how they compare to other, often more expensive “superfoods”.’ The researchers analysed the food intake of 876 children and 948 adults for the study. Sigrid Gibson added: ‘ We think of bananas as being a good source of potassium, and they are, but potatoes make a more significant contribution to the diet.’

McDonald’s ‘healthy’ fruit soft drink for children that contains 12 spoonfuls of sugar

McDonald’s is to introduce a ‘healthy’ fizzy drink for children that promises one of their five-a-day portions of fruit and vegetables - yet is packed with sugar and calories. The new drink, called Fruitizz, is part of the fast food giant’s efforts to improve the health credentials of its children’s meals. It follows the introduction of carrot sticks, fruit bags, mineral water and organic semi-skimmed milk to its Happy Meal menu. The ‘fizzy treat’ will be served from the central drinks tower at the counter, alongside other soft drink staples, as research had found children found this ‘more exciting and desirable’, according to the chain. McDonald’s said the drink contains no added sugars, artificial colours or flavours and blends 60 per cent fruit juice from grapes, apples and raspberries with natural sparkling water, giving one of the five-a-day portions. But a large 500ml cup still contains 49 grams of sugar - while health bosses recommend youngsters have no more than 50 grams in a day. The drink also contains 200 calories. Dietitian Christina Merryfield, of London’s Bupa Cromwell Hospital, told The Sun: ‘A large cup of this drink has more sugar than a can of Fanta. ‘Sugary drinks can encourage tooth decay and erosion and lead to weight gain. Water is a much better option and milk is great because it is full of calcium and other vitamins and minerals.’ Tam Fry of the National Obesity Forum said: ‘For a drink purporting to be healthy having this much sugar is appalling. The danger to children is incredible.’ McDonald’s chief executive and president Jill McDonald said: ‘We are thrilled to be unveiling Fruitizz, a refreshing fizzy fruit juice drink that will help parents give children one of their fivea-day.

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Spanish scientists discover why alcohol causes brain damage

Scientists in Spain have proven, for the first time, that continuous alcohol consumption causes brain damage. Experiments revealed ethanol in alcohol wears away at the sheath of the myelin, a substance in the brain that controls nervous function, causing delayed reactions. Although it has long been known that excessive or regular consumption of alcohol leads to a cognitive decline, the exact reason for this has not been found out until now. Sophisticated imaging following laboratory tests showed a disintegration of the proteins that form the myelin sheath.

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OUT & ABOUT We are all penny pinching and saving as much as possible at the moment, but JD’S CAFÉ & BAR within Mercadmundo Indoor market in Arboleas make it possible to still go out and enjoy good food and go out with family and friends. Joshua also runs COPYCAT PHOTOGRAPHY, with over 30 years experience in portrait and modelling portfolios. He is offering a free sitting & free 5”x7” photo with a minimum order of only €10! Just quote SOL1 when booking. Then on 16th

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Tonight at BEACHCOMBER, there is a Country & Western and Line Dancing Evening, a three course Meal and entertainment is only €12.00. Then on Wednesday, 23rd May, Mel Jay and Brendon O’Dee will be doing lots of tributes in costume! Them, over especially from the UK for one week only on Monday 4th June the Blues Brothers Tribute plus the Commitments and Rock & Roll. For more info on any of the acts or on the line dancing course held every Monday 4pm - 6pm, call 950 473 099. THE CRAZY COW BAR & CAFÉ has moved to a more scenic part of Mojacar Playa, just opposite Playa Blanca, between Fantasia & Tito’s. They are still cooking famous tapas (mini meals) including cottage pie, curry, fishcakes and many other favourites. Just go along and graze on a selection, all freshly cooked to order! For more information call 666 891 340 (closed Mondays). At OASIS BAR & RESTAURANT in Palomares there is always something going on, whether it is darts night on a Tuesday, the popular quiz on a Sunday or Happy Hour from 6-8pm (6 days a week). If it is delicious food in a welcoming atmosphere you seek, then why not try their Sunday Roast, choose from beef or pork with all the trimmings from just €6.95 or slow roasted New Zealand lamb every Wednesday, enjoy 2 courses for just €10! Find them on Calle Mayor 106, Palomares. For more information call 950 888 476.

INGREDIENTS

25ml olive oil, plus extra to grease 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped 1 garlic clove, finely chopped 2.5cm fresh root ginger, grated 125g fine asparagus spears, ends trimmed 200g smoked salmon, in long thin slices 2tbsp freshly chopped dill, plus extra to garnish 800g skinned, boned salmon fillets, ideally in one or two pieces 1 lemon In a small bowl, mix the oil, chilli, garlic, ginger and plenty of seasoning. Bring a pan of water to the boil and cook asparagus for 2-3min. Drain, then run under cold water to cool. Dry with kitchen paper. Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan) mark 4. Line a 900g (2lb) loaf tin with a double layer of foil, then lightly grease foil. Line inside of tin with most of the smoked salmon (as best you can), reserving some for top. Sprinkle in some of the dill and a little of the oil mixture. Trim half the quantity of salmon fillet to fit neatly inside base of tin. Neatly lay asparagus over in an even layer. Top with more dill and oil mixture. Cover with remaining

~ STARTER ~

Salmon & Asparagus Terrine trimmed salmon fillet, then last of dill and oil mixture. Cover top of terrine with reserved smoked salmon; wrap whole tin well in a few layers of foil. Put wrapped tin into a roasting tin; fill with boiling water to halfway up sides of loaf tin. Cook in oven for 40min or until a metal skewer held in the centre comes out just warm. Leave to cool (still wrapped) completely in the water. Transfer wrapped terrine to an empty roasting tin; lay cans on top to weigh it down. Chill overnight. To serve, turn terrine out on to a serving plate and carefully peel off foil. Garnish with extra dill and serve with lemon wedges.

OMG...that recipe is so easy! ...as the weather warms up, we want to spend less time in the kitchen slaving over a hot stove here’s a great EGG recipe for you to try!

Chop a red onion and fry with a drizzle of olive oil in a non-stick frying pan for 5-10 minutes until starting to soften. Add a chopped and deseeded red pepper, a handful of quartered cherry tomatoes and ½ tsp paprika – use smoked if you have it. Cover with a lid and continue to cook until the pepper and tomatoes have softened. send your recipes to Take the lid off the pan and use a wooden spoon editor@soltimes.com to make gaps in the veg in four places, evenly spaced apart. Break a medium egg into each. Continue to cook over a medium heat, covered with the lid, until the eggs are cooked. Toast four thick slices Free Bottle of country bread or of La Mancha Red or white wine any sourdough and divide per couple to take away with of our night menus among four plates. Top with the egg and Valid only with this voucher vegetables and tuck in! Mon - Sat: 19.00 - 22.00

Mesón de

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free bottle of wine for every couple

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Tues - Sat 11am - late Sun 11am - 6pm Closed Mon

and Bacon, Fillet or Rib eye Steaks all cooked fresh each day with mushrooms, tomatoes and fried potatoes, varied menu available. Free Wi-Fi offered to all clients, HD Sky TV, Pool Table, Darts, Chill room, offering comfortable cane tables and chairs to eat your food or have a relaxing drink watching the waves on the sea. Contact us on 950 467 590 – closed all day Wednesday and Thursday day until 5.00 pm, Normal days opening 10.00, 8.45 on Sunday for the Market.

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New Weekday menu del dia Live music s €6.00 Lou 3 course1pm-5pm WITH Abbie Sunday evenings - Karaoke from 7pm New Burger & Pasta Menu PLUS Kids Menu FRIDAY 11th MAY

The best Pizzas in town Open Monday - Friday 8am til late Saturday & Sunday 9am til late


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INGREDIENTS 2 garlic cloves ½tsp smoked paprika ¼tsp ground turmeric 1tsp cumin seeds 2tbsp olive oil 8 skinless chicken thighs 2 onions, thinly sliced ½ lemon, cut into thin rounds (pips removed) 1tbsp cornflour

~ MAIN ~

400g tin lentils, drained and rinsed

Moroccan Chicken Casserole

Pound together the garlic, paprika, turmeric, cumin and some seasoning in a pestle and mortar. Mix in 1tbsp of the oil to make a paste, then scrape the paste into a bowl and add the chicken thighs. Rub the marinade over the chicken, cover with clingfilm and leave to marinate for 1hr in the fridge, if you have time. Heat the remaining oil in a large pan and gently cook the onions for 10min until softened. Add the chicken (scraping in

Large handful fresh coriander, chopped

any marinade left behind in the bowl) and lemon slices, and fry to brown. Stir in the cornflour, mix well, then add enough water to come halfway up the chicken. Cover pan with a lid, then simmer for 25min, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is cooked through. Stir in the lentils and most of the coriander and heat through. Check the seasoning, garnish with remaining coriander and serve with wild rice.

INGREDIENTS 75g butter 50g caster sugar Finely grated zest of 1 lemon 125g rice flour, plus extra to dust 1 large egg For the filling: 3 large eggs 3 large egg yolks Zest and juice of 3 lemons 200g caster sugar 1tbsp cornflour 40g butter Icing sugar, to dust To make the pastry, put the butter, sugar, lemon zest and rice flour into a food processor and pulse until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add the egg and pulse again until the mixture just comes together. Shape into a disc (it will be fairly soft) wrap in clingfilm and chill for 30min. Preheat oven to 200°C (180°C fan) mark 6. Knead the pastry to soften it slightly and bring it together. Lightly dust a work surface with rice flour and roll out pastry. Use to line a 20.5cm (8in) round, 4cm (1½in) deep loose-bottomed sandwich tin. Chill for 15min. Line the pastry with a large sheet of baking parchment, then fill with baking beans. Bake the pastry for 15min, then carefully remove beans and parchment. Return the pastry

~ DESSERT ~ LEMON TART

case to the oven and cook for a further 810min until golden. Take out of the oven and set aside. To make the filling, put the whole eggs and yolks, the lemon zest and juice, caster sugar and cornflour into a pan. Heat over medium heat, whisking constantly, until the mixture thickens (it will need to boil and bubble for a bit) and is the consistency of lemon curd. Take off heat, stir in the butter until melted and combined, then spoon into the baked pastry case. Leave to cool then chill until set – at least 4hr. To serve, dust the top of the tart with icing sugar, if you like, and serve in slices with a dollop of crème fraîche.

Why eggs for breakfast will keep those hunger pangs away until lunchtime

Going to work on an egg could keep midmorning hunger pangs at bay. A study found that when people had scrambled eggs for breakfast they were less hungry at lunchtime than when they started the day with cereal. With previous studies also crediting the humble egg with being able to make us feel fuller for longer than other foods, the US researchers have described it as ‘nature’s appetite suppressant’. In the study, 20 healthy people ate a breakfast of two eggs that had been scrambled or a bowl of cereal every day for a week. They then switched to the other option. The European Congress on Obesity heard that the meals were similar in size and had the same number of calories. They also had the same amount of protein,

carbohydrate and fat. In the run up to lunch, the volunteers were asked how hungry they felt. They were then given access to a buffet and the amount they ate was monitored. Finally, blood tests were done. The results showed that the people felt fuller after the egg breakfast. This led to them eating less from the buffet. The blood tests showed distinct differences in levels of appetite hormones. Levels of ghrelin, which is associated with feelings of hunger, were lower in the egg-eaters and amounts of PYY, a hormone that helps make us feel full were higher. Egg’s satiating effects are usually attributed to the high level of protein it contains.

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.............food & drink Is James Bond ditching the martini?

Daniel Craig to trade cocktails for beer in new film Skyfall

The drink is as cool and sophisticated as the secret agent who orders it: Martini, shaken, not stirred. James Bond has been seen ordering his favourite aperitif in movies from Dr No onwards. Yet suddenly it seems as if 007 has developed a more down-market taste – for lager. Thanks to a major new marketing deal, the character, played by Daniel Craig, will be seen reaching for a Heineken in upcoming film Skyfall. The release of the movie, which marks 50 years of the film franchise and will open in the U.S. in November, is also set to coincide with a global advertising initiative that will star the actor. Mr Craig will appear in a television ad campaign, while his image will be printed on limited-edition bottles, to go on sale ahead of the film’s launch date. Skyfall director Sam Mendes will even consult on the direction of the television spot. Already fans of the Bond film franchise are turning to Twitter to express their anger at the marketing collaboration. One Twitter user, @ SipsmithSam wrote: ‘Well if this isn’t the most maddening

piece of news I’ve heard in a while. Ian Fleming would be turning in his grave.’ Another, @Engekiman added: ‘Heineken over Martini? Is nothing sacred? 007 ditching the martini ‘shaken, not stirred’ for a Heineken.’ Ad far as Heineken USA is concerned, however, the Skyfall partnership promises to be a huge success. Chief marketing officer Lesya Lysyj told Ad Age: ‘[James Bond] is a perfect fit

for us. [He is] the epitome of the man of the world.’ Though the Dutch brew is the second largest beer import in the U.S., it seems its brand presence is relatively low. The company hopes this marketing initiative will change that though. Ms Lysyj explained: ‘When we talked to consumers we found out they don’t actually really know a lot about us. ‘The combination of the substance and style is going to be really powerful.’

Los Gallardos Tlf 950 398 799 Ali & Mick welcome you! FREE WIFI

Tapas - Snacks - Breakfasts - Evening Menu

pizzas

new winter warmer menu now available

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

SUNDAY CARVERY Now doing 2 sittings 1.30pm and 3.30pm BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Home-made Pies, Pasties & Quiches To Order

Sunday 20th May 3 courses

blac k & whit e nigh t

with Darren Anthony only Private Functions catered for Sky Sports shown on Large Screen TV

€15

Quiz Night Thursdays 8.30pm Karaoke Fridays 8.30pm

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Irene

MENU DEL DIA open every monday 4 Courses with Wine & Coffee

Monday-Saturday inclusive. Lunch 1pm - 4pm

menu del noche

vegetarian menu available

4 Courses with Wine & Coffee Everyday 7pm - 11pm

sunday roast menu del dia

4 courses with bottle of ESTE wine per couple & coffee included

Lunch 1pm - 4pm Roast Lamb Shoulder & Pork Knuckle, 12oz Entrecote, 20oz T-Bone, 10oz Pork Tenderloin, Roast Potatoes & Fresh Veg. Freshly Baked Bread

Daily roast cooking

Mon: Roast Lamb Shank Tues: Rabbit in garlic & beer Wed: Roast Pork Knuckle Thurs: Roast Pork Loin Fri: Roast Lamb Shank Sat & Sun: Roast Lamb Shank & Pork Knuckle

all nights

Grilled 14oz Entrecote Beef Steak Grilled 20 oz T-Bone Beef Steak Slow roast shoulder of Lamb or Knuckle of Pork

new smoking conservatory now open

Open Mon - Sat 8am - 24pm,Sun 10am - 17pm Spanish Tel: 950 430 145 English Tel: 647 730 103

www.mesondeirene.com

Poligono Industrial Albox, Near the ITV Garage


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RENDEZVOUS Bar and Tea Room s a p a T

Open from 12 noon onwards Closed Thursdays “Wed 6th June – Rendezvous & Chiquimiqui jointly present

“KING OF SWING IN THE SQUARE”

The fabulous TONY JUSTICE will sing “Al fresco” on the Terrace from 8 pm. Come along & enjoy the ambience & your favourite “Rat Pack” tunes in the open air. Tickets are 9.95€ & will include a cold meats buffet, pickles, pastas etc. Reserve your table with Colin “Rendezvous” or Bernard “Chiquimiqui”

“TRADITIONAL” TAPAS (selection changed daily) “New “Bistro” Menu available from Mon 7th May:

The 3 highly popular steaks (fillet, entrecote or rib eye) will be offered but lamb, chicken brocheta (grilled) & fresh salmon fillet & swordfish will be added. Large Belgian Scampi will feature with a choice of either “devilled” or “a la chef” available. All main dishes will be served with a choice of potatoes & fresh vegetables or fries & salad.. A fresh salad selection is offered and will include Goats Cheese, Bacon & Honey, Tropical, Seafood (North Sea shrimps, crab etc), & House Salad, served on a bed of fresh leaves.

Reservations are essential call Colin on the phone numbers below. *** every friday - “SPECIALITY OF THE HOUSE” Stoofvlees (Belgian Beef Stew) reservations please ***Fresh, Made to Order, CREPES and WAFFLES selection, Desserts, Cakes and Ice Creams.

not on the menu? Ask for meals of your choice (pre-order) & if we can do it we will! Situated in the Square opposite Hotel Playa Luna, Urbanisation, Roquetas de Mar.

Telephone (0034) 664 165 372 or 671 386 267

Marley’s

Situated behind the Tabacos

Breakfasts Best in town

Served 10am - 2pm (Tues - Sat) 10am - 12pm (Sunday)

Weekends Friday - Fish Night 7pm - 10pm Saturday - Special - Changes weekly (Book in advance) 19/05/12 Lamb Shank with Rosemary and red wine sauce 6pm - 10pm Sunday - Roast Served from 1pm - 6pm (voted best in town) (Booking Advisable) Choice of beef, pork or chicken. Lamb served 2nd and last Sunday of each month!!!

Burty’s BAR Playa Serena, roquetas de mar Call 679 156 715 open sun - 11am - 7pm mon - fri 10am - 7pm, Closed saturday

ce a r r e t y n n u s e hug r a b s u o i c a p s and

Mon day 28 th May

Next table top sale 17th June

Breakfast from €2.95 Fridays only ~ Smoked Haddock with Poached Egg Bingo 2pm Tuesdays and Bingo and Quiz 2pm Thursdays Anglican Church Service 3rd Thursday of the month 11.30am next service 21st June

Snacks available all day

Spanish Lessons ~ all levels Wednesday 11.30am 5€

sunday lunch special

€5.95

booking essential

Playa Serena

ih wih ic w muussic ivee m LLiv daann nd e r B n & e r y a B J & l e y a M J l Me 3 course meal

Nachos to share Deep fried Chilli Cheese Nuggets or Chilli & Mango Prawns Chilli Con Carne & Rice, or Chicken Fajitas, Chips & Salad Mixed Sorbet or Lemon Meringue

12.50€ per person

Booking essential. 5€ deposit required. Don’t like spicy food please ask for alternative.

From week commencing 14/05/12

Opening Times: Monday Closed Tues - Fri: 10am - 3.00pm 7pm - Close Sat & Sun: 10am - Close

Homemade Pies and Desserts (Take away - 24hrs notice) Sausage Rolls - €1.20 All Individual - €1.80 All Large - €8.00 All Medium - €5.50

Choose from:

• Steak • Steak & Ale •S  teak & Kidney •C  hicken & Mushroom

• Mince & Onion • Meat & Potato • Apple Pies •B  akewell Tarts •L  emon Meringue

Also Available - Quiches & Celebration Cakes

ALL SPORTS SHOWN LIVE

Inc. upcoming EURO Championships

Please call Shell on 722 781 631 or Steve on 679 703 513 For any orders or bookings


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ROQUETAS DE MAR Happy Birthday

Cían Lots of Love

“Knitters” wanted!

Volunteers please to knit teddies just like these in aid of Help for Heroes. Please contact Yvonne or Dave at Y Da Wakes, Roquetas De Mar, if you can help - 637 903 559

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

from Granddad and Joan

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

king of swing in the square..... Rendezvous and Chiquimiqui jointly present Tony Justice singing “The Rat Pack” Wednesday 6th June

Mobile: (0034) 663 426 921

info@enviapropertyservices.com

Every Thursday Bingo 2.30pm

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

Bar Spinnaker.............................. Tuesday - Bingo 3pm Wednesday - Steak 7.50€, Quiz 9.30pm Friday - Fish and Chips all day 5€ Saturday - Curry meal with a beer or wine 7.50€. Sunday - Sunday Roast 1pm - 6pm 26th May - Table Top Sale

Bar Chaplins................................. Open: 5pm - late Tues - Fri, 1pm - late Sat & Sun Closed Mondays. Wednesday: Rib Night Friday: Fish and chip Night, Quiz Night TEL: 950 335 022

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

MARIA’S WEEKLY WORDS

Productos de limpieza - cleaning products Detergente - washing powder Lejia - bleach Lavavajillas - washing up liquid Betún - shoe polish Limpiar - to clean Planchar - to iron Ordenar - to tidy Saying of the week... Ahogarse en un vaso de agua.. literal translation…. to drown in a glass of water… equivalent to… to make a mountain out of a molehill

For all your translations call Maria on 633 166 709

HOW ARE YOU CELEBRATING THE

QUEENS DIAMOND JUBILEE? Are you -

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

Organising Organising aa street street party? party?

lady lay.........................................

Having Having aa family family get get together? together?

Monday Lunchtimes - Indian Tapas First Tuesday of the month - Curry Night

Covering Covering your your house house in in bunting? bunting?

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

Y Da wakes................................... Monday 8.30pm Bingo Saturday 19th May - Music with Brian free light supper Help for Heroes 1st event during Diamond Jubilee Week Wednesday 6th June - Charity Day

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Cristina - Erika Diez Mentzel

Bar Southern...............................

Tuesdays Bingo - 2pm, Thursdays Quiz & Bingo from 2pm Next table top sale - 17th June Monday 28th May Live Music with Mel Jay & Brendan

EMAIL YOUR ANNOUNCEMENTS TO EDITOR@SOLTIMES.COM

Joining Joining friends friends at at aa local local bar? bar?

How ever you plan to celebrate – let us know and we may be able to include your event in our

Diamond Jubilee Special Email : editor@soltimes.com

ABOGADA - LAWYER Conveyance - Litigation Inheritance - Divorce Wills - Mortagage Matters Non Resident Taxes

C/ Pompal, 11 - Las Marinas 04740 ROQUETAS DE MAR, (ALMERIA)

Tel: 950 33 68 61 Fax: 950 33 68 62 email: cristinamentzel@gmail.com

estampa Tapas

Tap

Bar

oor Sp acious sunny ou td24 terrace seating SKY TV

Serving tapas, snacks, cocktails, sangria, coffees & cakes Open 10am - late (Closed Wednesday) FREE WI-FI Opposite Playa Luna Hotel (next to optica) 678 202 160

La Grappa

Authentic Italian Restaurant

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

BBQ

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

950 334 188 609 337 316

EVERY DAY

to reserve your table

Consumibles eco mar Impresión ecológica Environmentally friendly recycled printer ink cartridges and toners. Refills available. 70% savings on products raquel@consumiblesecomar.com www.consumiblesecomar.com Avda. Sabianl, 12 - 04740 Roquetas de Mar - Almeria

Tel: 950 325 925

Fax: 950 324 614

cafeteria

D’Oro

Movil: 675 809 490

Next door to Don Jamon urb Roquetas de Mar

Tel: 633 904 424

Large variety of • breakfasts • snacks • tostados

open from 9am

• gins • mojitos • cocktails


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SOLTIMES MAY 2012

SOL CLASSIFIEDS Airport services

Airport services Airport, social & shopping run. Tel: 663 429 521

blinds

www.AAparking.es Tel: 639 081 067

Cheap

Airport Parking

Alicante Almeria Murcia New Servicing / Repairs

Air-con

INTERNAL & EXTERNAL BLINDS SH A DING SPA IN, W I T H...

Call Justin at Sol Shaders for a free no obligation quote Tel: 627 907 207

spring savers

10% off all services & installs Service Install’s Fully Certified

www.solshaders.net Email: solshaders@live.co.uk

950 432 110 / 607 364 917

alternative energy

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

Everything for sale, from household items, cars, antiques, houses & much, much more! Watch out for our opening day

FREE

delivery & collection.

Tel: 615 806 126

950091109 648768587 DON ROBINSON

in the SOLTIMES SELL IT FAST sell it free

EMAIL YOUR ITEMS FOR SALE TO SALES@SOLTIMES.COM

PRIVATE ADVERTISERS ONLY NO PETS

construction

• Pool constuction • m aintenance • building reforms • p roject Comp TIAA+certified management Tel: 646 587 746

Matt Murray 647 841 750

matmurrayes@gmail.com

building property and

GENUINE REASON FOR SALE

Tel: 622 034 749 or 633 831 877

OFFICES & SERVICE CENTRE LOS CARASOLES, NEAR CUCADOR

SOLTIMES N E W S PA P E R G R O U P

www.soltimes.com

TEL: 902 750 190

for sale Cold Water Fish Tank Length 150cm, Height 48cm, Width 38cm. Offers around 100€ Tel: 676 658 518 S a m s u n g Cinema Home Surround with 300w output/USB Host/HDMI out/ DivX support. 120€. Tel: 663 660 439 Large Yellow Sofa. Good Condition. 150€ Tel: 687 189 244 Childs High

Chair. Excellent condition. 25€ Tel: 618 351 497 Wheelch a i r . Folds in half, 56cm wide, 61cm alloy wheels. Offers around 150€. Tel: 676 658 518 S a tell i te Dish – 1.35 FTE, metal, LBN + wall stand, plus 10m cable, vgc, buyer collects. Mojacar Playa. 50€. Tel: 667 947 189. 1x 3 Seater and 1x 2 sofas in blue. Excellent

electrical ELECTRICIAN

Neil Godwin

25 years experience

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

Knowles & Abbott no.1 for electrics and plumbing. Re-wires, free to air UK satellite systems. 950 137 208 638 010 691

CD electrical SERVICES

Constructions

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) construction deliveries

Phil

Delivers

drainage

ENCLOSURE SPECIALISTS GLASS SCREENS

Tel: 902 750 190

S i d ebo a r d / dresser light 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 Tel: 619 253 983 (after 4pm)

Come and see us on the Albox road for a free no obligation quote

Call 695 118 960

Advertise your business here!

sales@soltimes.com

can be seen on display at cat services Inflatable Rib alfoquia for more Boat, Immaculate info or condition, with free quote

contact graham 620 112 193 630 493 817

furniture Ahorro Meuble, new furniture with slight aesthetic defects, now stocking children’s bedroom furniture & excellent quality outdoor furniture. Find us on Carreterra Lorca- Baza, in the old Beer Emporium premises, Albox

gardening

potty finca services

Move in and start work immediaTely TELEPHONE & INTERNET ACCESS CONVENIENTLY SITUATED - FREE PARKING

Dining room table, 160 (l) x 86 (w) white wood, with six high back chairs, table rectangle with curved ends on pedestal bases. 80€ o.n.o. Can split. (40 chairs 40 table) Photo. Roquetas de Mar Carole Tel: 619 253 983 (after 4pm)

2 Dressers tall slim. Medium colour wood. Both upper glass front display sections. FREE ESTIMATES & ADVICE 1 drawers under, Office: 662 414 043 1 cupboards. Both Mobile: 617 410 534 84 x 53x 204 (h) info@cdelectricalservices.com 55€ each or 100€ www.cdelectricalservices.com the pair o.n.o.. Photo. San Jose enclosures fly screen Carole Tel: 619 Fly sreens 253 983 (after sliding, pull down & doors made to measure 4pm)

Coloured gravel & all building materials Tel: 950 121 936 Albox & or 902 750 190 Surrounding areas www.soltimes.com tel: 648 509 453

OFFICE SPACE TO MEET YOUR NEEDS

condition, could deliver. 125€ Tel: 693 753 327 (Saliente area)

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

for sale

Hairdressers & Beauty Salon business for sale 10,000€ ono Trading & well established in a beautiful village near Albox

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

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

free of charge

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

thebabyhirecentre@hotmail.com

beauty

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

Phone: 663 006 390

PROFESSIONAL AUCTION

Equipment Hire

all areas covered

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

Great earner!!

BUY BUY Auction Subasta S.L.

Professional Baby

Installation of fibreglass Septic tanks

Tel: 950 120 900 E: donald_gunn_robinson@msn.com C a rlo s S a l i e n te business opportunity Plumbing & Heating offer machined FOR SALE / BUSINESS Business boiler decals for OPPORTUNITY gas water heaters For Sale 5 coin operated for just €65 – Internet Cafe, internet computer aguafuerte is not kiosks. Complete Based in the answer! Call set, webcams, Huercal Overa, for more info: 950 headphone/ Serious Microphone.Already 930 900 or 968 in-situ, but ideal 969 962. carlos. Enquiries Only for any family bar/ s a l i e nte @ g m a i l. Tel: restaurant. com 950135039

auctions

baby hire

POZO & CESSPIT EMPTYING BLOCKED DRAINS R US

computers Steve Hayes Informatica

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

Solar Wind Power Solutions. 230 watt panels 450€ Over 15 years installation experience Call Phil for competitive prices 636 261 240 email:info@ s un e r g ya l m e r i a . com www.sunergy almeria.com

CESSPIT

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

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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

trailer, engine and many extras Open to Offers. Tel: 676 665 168 or 634 353 503 E lectr i c Cement Mixer, Well used but works well. Only 50€ Tel: 634 328 142

craft / hobby Elaine’s Wools quality UK wool & accessories. Also available at C a m p o s o l Mazarron & on the Arboleas forum. Call 667 273 889 elaines wools@ gmail.com

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


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heating

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

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

Tel: 679 207 545

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

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

cashandcarry54@yahoo.co.uk

insurance

Knight

Insurance

Albox

950 121 943 albox@knight-insurance.com

iron/Metal works

metal works

Gates, rejas, fabriction welding reliable service Telephone 950 069 208 or 638 449 944 email

adwelds@yahoo.com

iron/Metal works cont...

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

The Metal works

Grills, railings, gates of all types, security/ sliding/roller, rejas, concertina doors etc. Tel: Keith Wood on

638 900 949 Jewellery & repairs

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

legal

pets section

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

NUMBER PLATES

“RE-PLATE” MATE GB

MY PLACE OR YOURS

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

Tel: 607 554 984

my-place-or-yours@hotmail.com

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

Alan 662 249 159

www.replatematecostablanca.com

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

painter / decorator

painter & decorating

Hi my name is Thomas, I am approximately 10 months old. Some kind people rescued me after I was abandoned and was being kicked in the street. I am a lovely boy who gains trust easy but I don’t like sudden movements. I would love a new home with you, so why not come and meet me at The Dog House. Call Paul on: 626766073 or e-mail: thedoghse@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

Friendly, Professional, Clean, Efficient quality work guaranteed

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

• 3 bed apartments painted from 450€ • also exteriors painted • kitchens & bathrooms refitted • rejas & metalwork • gardening ring Mike on 663 303 350 or 950 528 128 or Sue on 634 322 304 or 950 452 826

painting & decorating

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

Tel Alan: 950 450 174 or 600 268 176

PAINTING INSIDE & OUT

All quality products

If you wish us to print an Make over your article about a particular home this year topic in our regular space 10% off with this advert on pg 16, please email Tel Graham on info@daviessolicitors.com 620 112 193 or 630 493 817

Small friendly kennels, 24hr vets service, pet transporting arranged, welcome to view NOW FULLY registered Tracy Mobile 650 211 952 Hi my name is Pongo, I am a Deer Hound X I’m neutered, chipped & vaccinated. I am a very big boy so will need a home with plenty of space. I am very gentle and friendly and I love a cuddle. I really am a gentle giant who would love to be your dog. D.O.B 13/01/2004 You can meet me at The Dig House. Call Paul on: 626766073 or e-mail thedoghse@hotmail.com

free estimates

Mike Huskinson & Daughter

woodhouse boarding kennels & cattery arboleas

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

Knowles & Abbott no.1 for plumbing & electric. CH, solar hot water and water deposits. Telephone 950 137 197 or 606 807 797

A&E Taylor – Gas boiler & plumbing repairs. Tel: 618 062 080 C a rlo s ( S a l i e n te ) & plumbing heating services. If it involves water, we can help! www. carlossaliente.com Tel: 968 969 962

properties for sale / rent Puppy Rescue - Charity shop in Calle Malaga, property to rent urcal 2 bed casita furnished or Albox. Monday to Saturday 10 - unfurnished with fully fitted kitchen, 2pm Market stalls shower room, lounge with log burner. Large fly free patio, small garden at Albox Tuesday market and with shed & use of allotment. a Sunday bootfair. quiet setting with lovely views within New Puppy a large fenced area with private Rescue helpline parking but only mins from the 690 143 140 www. motorway & Huercal Overa. puppyrescue 300€pcm inc water inspain.org phone Lynne on: 666 281 323

Little Zoo

now have a selction of young birds for sale Budgies 8€ each

Java Finches 12€ Parakeets for hand rearing only 30€ each Diamond Finches ready soon Tel: 647 379 795

plasterer

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

75,000€

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

British

Property to Rent

plasterer

Villa with lots of land

All work guarenteed Tel Paul 634 327 201

Los carasoles

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

450€ pcm

call to view: 609 199 394

SOLTIMES

for SALE massive detatched cortijo with 50m2 workshop 20mins from mojacar

FIELD SALES REPRESENTATIVE mojacar

Build 256 m², Terrace 100m², Plot 1200 m²

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

NEWSPAPER GROUP

Are looking for someone special

An exciting opportunity for the right person

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A  ble to work to deadlines?

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

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

Then we want to meet you!

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

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

bargain! bargain! only €150,000 ono 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

€59,999

For just 12.50€ per week your property will be featured in a box with a photograph and will be seen by more than 35,000 Sol Times readers Tel Paulette for more information on how to advertise with

the s o lt i m e s

950 121 936 or 902 750 190


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removals cont...

satellite/ television

SPAIN - UK - SPAIN Removals

albox & mojacar playa has a post box for all your adverts & announcements

just drop your copy for the paper in Albox 950 121 318 mojacar 950 615 596 removals

M&D transport

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

Friendly Reliable Service Fully Legal Special deals from UK - Spain

Office: 968 564 298 Mobile: 696 621 884

marmenorremovals@hotmail.com

storage

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

See our main advert on page 5

situations vacant

7.5 Ton, Lorry Part loads, Self load/Unload Minimal rates, Owner Driver Spain/uk/Local

Full or half loads, plus

796 9123588

Storage available, based “Los Gallardos” &”hertfordshire” Call now 0034 620 049 524 (Es) 00 44 794 3135 214 (UK) woodnco@hotmail.com

25 years experience

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

Call Steve Holman

Tel: 697 678 708 translation

call Amaya on 665 718 967

Advertise your business here!

swimming pools

Tel: 950 121 936 or 902 750 190 www.soltimes.com

Staff Urgently Tropicana needed for a Pools New busy cafe, la Conception construction & repairs. area part/full time Telephone tel: 664 619 819 or 679 207 545

Floor and Wall Tiling Specialist

translator qualified & experienced hospital, doctor, lawyer, school, residencia, documents etc.

Tel: 968 654 667 Tel: 650 038 251

Spain - UK

Tel: (0044)

tiling

Rancho Luz Retamar, Del Sol, A1 Sky Television Partaloa. One to one Systems or group lessons, Satellite TV installations, latest EN standard alignment of dishes etc. hats provided. Also Spanish“freeview”systems Escorted hacking and treks. Qualified BHS supplied & installed Instructor. Call Erika Tel Dave: 628 607 778 Drew on 678 838 547

Large van DAVE’S TRANSPORT

car transport.

sTABLES

sales@soltimes.com

650 906 114

motoring section mechanic

for sale

Motorbike for sale suzuki marauder VZ800cc

on Spanish Plates reg 2001, ITV July 2013, with standard exhaust & custom, 4500 miles, VGC 3100€ ono

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

Telephone p a r a me d i c s

649 616 643 Mobile Mechanic call Dave on 678 487 689

honda civic Coupe, New ITV, PAS, EW & electric mirrors,

750€

plus transfer fee

Tel: 950 064 797 Classic Audi Quatro S2 4WD, Spanish Reg, History, Original Handbooks Drives Superbly, RHD, All usual extras.

car parts

Car parts

WANTED

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

We reach 32,000 readers every week & so could you!

for only 10€ Call Paulette 950 121 936 902 750 190

Ford Transit 190 Luton Van MOT Sept, TAX End of June. 1991 Model. €1000 Tel: 676 381 349

wanted

JT METAL

Cash buyer All 4x4 vehicles

Urgently Required

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

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.

(P/X LWB UK Reg Van.)

Tel: 634 337 185

people carrier

or mini bus wanted to buy for sensible prices on all parts cash waiting Clutches, Brakes, alternators, service kits must be Diesel Starter Motors, headlights Free quote go online or phone spanish plated & reliable www.carpartsinspain.com or telephone 692 930 326 call 609 199 394 Need quality new parts for any car

€2600

Do you have a caravan, vehicle, or motorbike, for sale

wanted

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 MACHINERY PLANT TRAILERS, 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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advertising feature

Jilted man gives away holiday

A Nottingham man who spent £1,000 on a holiday for his girlfriend is giving the trip away - after she broke up with him. Tom Frankenburg has uploaded a video to YouTube inviting people who think they deserve the holiday to Malta to get in touch. The 22-year-old guitar teacher and photographer has had hundreds of email responses and more than 20,000 views since the video was uploaded less than a week ago. “I had this holiday that I couldn’t go on. I couldn’t sell it. I couldn’t get a refund. I was pretty stuck,” said Mr Frankenburg. “I genuinely want to get rid of this holiday and after a lot of thought, I thought this would be the best way to do it. “The majority of responses are not people nominating themselves, it’s actually people nominating other people which is really nice actually, that people are doing that,” he said. The holiday in July includes flights to and from East Midlands Airport and a week in a four star hotel. Mr Frankenburg said he hopes his act of kindness can inspire others to do something similar. “Obviously I can’t fix everything but I can fix it a little bit and hopefully this video will inspire you to do the same, even if it’s just a little thing,” he added. “Like sitting next to that lonely kid at school or buying a homeless person a sandwich for lunch on the streets.”

How do insurers determine what your motor insurance quote should be?

As part of the recent launch of its new and improved motor insurance policy, Liberty Seguros, the leading expatriate insurance provider in Spain, has compiled an informative list of factors taken into account by insurance companies when determining insurance rates. While some are general, others are specific to the vehicle and its owner.

Alqueria

The Riverside Holiday Village, Alqueria - part 1

The land to the east of the River was wet, swampy and unfit for human habitation. This was a worry but as they were to target British tourists it was thought they would feel at home there. The Río Verde itself is a stagnant green soup, with strange genetically altered fish and villainous looking amphibians blundering around in its murky depths. The risk of infection is always prevalent if one enters the water and clothing has been known to disintegrate on contact with the it. A plan had been hatched to introduce antibiotics into the food to counter the worst of the River’s effects, but the cost proved prohibitive. Rodriquez bought twenty prefabricated buildings from the now defunct Ispravitelno-trudovoi lager in Siberia, which he sold to the project at an exorbitant price. The Building Committee did question the suitability of ex-Siberian prison buildings, however the assembly instructions caused more of a concern. Written in Russian, the hieroglyphics meant nothing to the insular Alquerians . When completed instead of resembling the supplied illustrations they took the shape of fanciful Disneyland type structures with no two alike. They would not have

John MacDonald (El Sordo) www.caratacus.eu

The decision had been taken to build the Holiday Village east of the Río Verde. The natural barrier afforded by the River would separate Alqueria from the holiday makers. Rodriguez sensing money to be made wanted the lion’s share of the new venture. He put his full weight behind the project and raised the necessary capital. The sale of eighty hectares of land to a Middle-Eastern gentleman financed the project. The land measured two hundred and seventy kilometres long and three metres wide. It was the disused Alqueria to Valencia railway line. The line became uneconomical ten years ago. This was chiefly due to the trains arriving at Alqueria always being empty and those leaving suffering considerable delay while they were thoroughly searched for illicit Remitroot liquor. The ownership of the land, already in dispute became further confused when Rodriquez sold it without the slightest claim to title.

disgraced Goudí himself. Staffing the resort was easy. Unemployed from Alqueria, of which there are many, would be trained and given a smattering of English. Unfortunately the only person in the village with grasp of English is Blythe Gruntmore and as a Geordie this grasp is somewhat tenuous, his Spanish is also abysmal. Many happy, hilarious and alcohol soaked nights passed as Blythe passed on his linguistic gems. The sound of an Alquerian Spaniard trying to say “ Welcome te wor village the booza is tha wa bonny lad“ is a wonder to behold. In these troubled times it is indeed a bold venture. Alquerians have always been given to bold gestures, stupid ones but bold none the less. We can only see how the first inmates, or rather guests react to the resort.

Here are some of the general and personal factors that affect insurance rates: • People Have Accidents - over 40 million accidents around the world each year. • Cars are Expensive to Repair – sometimes replacement parts alone can cost about 3 times as much as purchasing the same car new. • Medical Treatment for Accident Victims is Expensive - rising health care costs means upward trends in medical treatment costs in the event of an accident. • People Steal Cars - as car theft continues to rise, so will the cost of car insurance. • Some People File Fraudulent or Inflated Claims - these people believe an accident is an opportunity to make money. • Your Car - The more expensive a car is to repair or replace, the more it costs to insure. It’s important to highlight the car’s safety features as it can help lower your car insurance quote. • Your Address - Where you live and whether or not the car is kept in a garage will affect your quote. • Your Driving Record - Having fewer accidents, violations or claims in your driving record will also help lower your car insurance quote and might make you eligible for a no-claims discount. The new and improved car insurance policy from Liberty Seguros means customers now get more for their money. The policy is specially designed for expatriates and some of the covers included are: • 24 hour Roadside Assistance • Key Loss Cover/Replacement • Up to 65% No-Claims Discount • Tracker Device Discount • Extensive Breakdown Cover • 10% Named Driver Discount • Courtesy Car/taxi No matter what time of day your car breaks down or if you lose your keys, “don’t panic” as the new ad campaign denotes. Liberty Seguros will be there to help. A courtesy car or taxi will be provided to keep you moving if your car is being repaired and if your keys get lost they will be replaced without any hassle. Plus, if you have a tracker device installed in your car you may be eligible to receive a sizeable discount. As Liberty Seguros works only with the best brokers, customers receive premier service with the flexibility to tailor a policy to suit their specific requirements. If you need to buy quality car insurance at an affordable price and want to deal with a reputable, secure company in your language, visit www. libertyexpatriates.es or call 902 255 258 to find the name of your nearest Liberty Seguros broker. About Liberty Seguros: Liberty Seguros is the leading expatriate insurance provider in Spain with over 150,000 international clients, committed to providing high quality, competitively priced insurance products and services to both personal and business users. Liberty Seguros has been in operation since 2001 and is one of the top 10 insurers in Spain with a total of 1.5 million customers. It is part of the Liberty Mutual Group of Companies, the 5th largest property and casualty insurance company in the US with more than 90 years experience in the sector.


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pause for thought

In my last item I acknowledged the difficulty some folk have with the concept of Christ’s resurrection; but if that seems hard, then I’ll guess that his subsequent ascension, which we celebrate this year on Thursday, May 17th, may seem even more incredible. But for those of us who consider ourselves to be Christians, the resurrection and ascension of Jesus are two of the most vital and reassuring aspects of our faith. Indeed, without these there’s really little point in being Christian at all, for as St Paul wrote in his letter to the Church in Corinth “if Christ wasn’t raised from death, then your faith is for nothing, and those who’ve died are lost; so if our religion is only for this life, then we really are the most miserable folk on earth.” And it’s the conviction that Jesus rose and ascended that makes our faith so special, allowing us to affirm that death is not the end, but that life continues beyond the grave. For the Bible tells us that just 40 days after rising from the grave, Jesus was taken into heaven, in full view of his followers, whose lives as a result were changed beyond all recognition.

And if I as a Christian actually believe this, then it should have a pretty dramatic effect on me too. For Ascension Day, reminds us that not only did Christ overcome death by returning to life that Easter Day, after having been crucified and buried; but that he also returned to his Father to prepare for us, in due time to join him there. Through his ascension Jesus confirms that death is not the end; that there is eternal purpose to our lives here on Earth, and that when this period of our existence comes to an end, then we can look forward to an eternity far more fantastic than anything we could ever dream of. So let’s really celebrate this day as one of the most important dates in the Christian Calendar!

Details of a number of English Language Churches are given in Sol Noticeboard for any who wish to Worship, but further information about the Anglican Church and details of forthcoming events may be seen on the web site www.mojacarchurch.org Duncan Burr is Licensed Lay Reader for the Anglican Chaplaincy of Costa Almeria and Costa Cálida and may be contacted at djburr@avired.com

what, no football? I bet wives and girlfriends everywhere are glad the Premier League season is finally over. No more football at all until the season starts again in August. That’s excepting the Champions League final, three weeks of the European championships next month, Two and a half weeks of Olympic football in July, the start of the Europa League qualifiers and the Charity Shield both in August. Such a boring summer for all us football lovers. Being a Liverpool supporter I and my fellow fans have suffered all the past season with awful results and the final lowly league placing of 8th, one below our rivals Everton so well done to them. At least we won the Carling Cup on penalties after extra time was not enough for us to beat Championship side Cardiff. Liverpool spent 105 million pounds for these fantastic achievements and Everton actually made a 12 million pound profit on their transfers and still finished above us. It’s a work in progress we are told. Players costing millions and making in a week what regular people take years to earn apparently need 12-18 months to get used to their new surroundings to start to do the job properly. Normally people start a job on a month or threes trial to see how they cope with their new position. Footballers however can get 50 grand or more a week and their every need provided for

by a team of specialists and all they have to do is kick a ball for 90 minutes or even just get paid to sit on a bench in a tracksuit and watch their mates play. It’s a hard life and no wonder the poor sods take to shagging each - others girlfriends and drink driving in fast cars. To make up for this lack of sport this summer I have been looking for other ways to entertain us all – cinemas are rather thin on the ground or so I thought until I discovered that Total Entertainment in Albox show movies every week and only for 2.50€. Thursday has The Debt starring Helen Mirren and Friday has My week with Marilyn featuring Kenneth Branagh. Follow Mine Cine on Facebook to keep up to date on screenings. Sunday afternoon 3rd June, Siobhan Tatton is organising the Turre Music festival at Hostal Rural Turre in aid of PAWS. Mama Paulas Blues Band headline along with Marios projects Zambra AllStars, Los Mezcalleros and Ratatoules a new local band featuring Fritz and German Denis. Tickets are priced at only 5€. Tickets are available locally in Turre and Siobhan is selling tickets from a stall every Friday morning at Turre market. Full details can be found via Siobhan’s Facebook page. Print deadline is here and so I cannot confirm the Twitter rumours that Kenny Dalglish has left LFC by ‘mutual consent!’

Stephen Amore has lived in Almeria since July 2006 and owns Findmeahome estate agency. Writing on a variety of topics close to his heart such as environmental issues, animal welfare, food and drink, music and travel, as well as commenting on the absurdities of living in Spain! email: stephen@findmeahome.es - www.facebook.com/stephen.amore

World’s oldest backpacker The ‘world’s oldest backpacker’

is poised to embark on his latest globe-trotting trip - at the age of 95. Keith Wright, a sprightly World War II veteran from Australia’s Gold Coast, didn’t enjoy his first trip abroad until he was 85. However, after being well and truly bitten by the traveling bug he is now preparing for his latest two month solo backpacking jaunt to Europe. Mr Wright has planned a twomonth itinerary including Madrid, San Sebastian, Paris, Munich, Vienna and a trip to Britain to see the racing at Royal Ascot. He took up travelling after the death of his wife and carefully saves his pension to ensure he is able to get away every couple of years. “I have had itchy feet all my life and had always wanted to go to Gallipoli on Anzac Day, so I decided to sell our house and put the extra money towards a holiday,” said Mr Wright. “I have seen things that most tourists haven’t seen, because I walk the back streets and take trains or buses to nearby towns for the day. Most people I meet are surprised when I tell them my age and amazed that I have come all the way from Australia.” Mr Wright travels on a shoestring, flying economy class and occasionally sharing dormitories with 18 to 30somethings. In total, over the past ten years has been to 23 countries and 109 cities - his favourite being San Sebastian in Spain. His travel agent comments: “Every booking I have made for him has been an inspiration to me, I like to tell his story to other travellers, particularly those who may have thought themselves too old to travel overseas or feared that it was too expensive.”

HUGE Posters at Tiny Prices! LONG AND SHORT TERM PARKING ALICANTE AND MURCIA AIRPORT

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TOP QUAILTY GIANT POSTERS & CANVASSES FOR ALL THE FAMILY Printed on high gloss 260gms photo card, ideal posters for every home A3 X 9 Giant Poster (3ft X 4.2ft) 25€ plus postage A4 X 9 Giant Poster 20€ plus postage

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Alicante and Murcia Dual Contracts UNLIMITED TRANSFERS Fly into Alicante and out of Murcia or vice versa Your vehicle will be waiting for you at the airport of your choice. Also available for short Term (small fee applies) NO HIDDEN CHARGES

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NEW COMMERCIAL CENTRE OPENS ITS DOORS

AND IS READY TO WELCOME LOCAL BUSINESSES

The Commercial Centre’s objective is to provide businesses and independent professionals with an extremely low-cost, permanent office or a more cost-effective alternative to a traditional office. We have a variety of different, flexible packages to suit every need: OFFICE RENTAL from 1 hour to as long as is required, RENTAL OF MEETING ROOMS PERMANENT OFFICE space We provide professional and friendly staff to provide administrative support as required. We also have a prime location, with excellent communications, and with easy access to highways, train stations and airports, etc… Just 10 minutes from Albox, and 5 minutes from the E15 – A7 Motorway, only 10 minutes from Huercal Overa and less than half an hour from Mojacar, making it an ideal central location for many types of businesses. We offer excellent value for money and an excellent environment in which to work. Just come with your laptop and start working, without ties or permanent contracts. Consider the benefits: • Reduced costs • Flexibility • No deposit, no upfront costs The Los Carasoles Business Centre offers a range of solutions, including temporary office space and meeting rooms which can be hired by the hour, day or week providing an efficient way of working, and a professional image to your customers.

From only 50€ per month

We can site a 1m x 2m sign in a prominent roadside position, plus provide facilities to have your company marketing material picked up by visitors at the centre.

OFFICES & SERVICE CENTRE, LOS CARASOLES (NR CUCADOR)

OFFICE SPACE TO MEET YOUR NEEDS

Tel: 902 750 190 Move in and start work immediaTely TELEPHONE & INTERNET ACCESS CONVENIENTLY SITUATED - FREE PARKING

Call 902 750 190 or 950 121 936 for more details or to arrange a visit WE ARE HERE

Parque Ind El Real, Antas 04628

2006 Kia Sorento

2001 ford focus

tas n A Tel: 950 459 136

2004 nissan micra

1998 land rover freelander

2.0 Td, 111km, 5 door 5-door, 1.2 petrol. Locally owned, 2.5 crdi 79kms one local owner only 1.6 Auto 117kms lots of history €4,995 €10,995 €2,995 low kms

Caminrg sin

€4,495

Vera

Petrol Station E15/A7 MOTORWAY Exit 534

Antas

2006 toyota tundra 5.7, V8, Petrol, 80kms

2000 Citroen Saxo, 2011 Ford Fiesta, 2004 Daewoo Kalos

€11,995

Cars

Coming in Co Phone or check our website for more stock

Our experienced team can help with all your repairs or maintenance needs - pop in and see us!!

Mon ~ Fri 9am - 7pm Sat 10am - 2pm Workshop: 950 459 209 Sales: 950 459 136

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sport

Compiled by AFM

SPORTS SHORTS

• Manchester City are the 2012 PL champions, courtesy of two dramatic late goals against 10-man QPR in front of a record 48,000 crowd at the Etihad Stadium. One-nil up, then 2-1 down, Roberto Mancini’s team scored twice in added time to lift England’s top prize for the first time in 44 years. • Manchester United, 1-0 winners at Sunderland, finished runner’s-up, Arsenal came third, Tottenham fourth and Newcastle fifth, while at the bottom, Bolton (who drew at Stoke) are relegated with Blackburn and Wolves. • The Championship play-off final between Blackpool and West Ham takes place at Wembley on Saturday, followed by the Champions League final between Bayern Munich and Chelsea, from the Allianz Arena, Munich. • Norwich are the only English team to have beaten Bayern on their own ground, doing so in the UEFA Cup in 1993 when they played at the Olympic Stadium. • Wolves have chosen Norwegian Stale Solbakken (44) as their new manager. He won five League titles as boss of FC Copenhagen after his 12-year playing career, ended when he suffered a cardiac arrest in 2001, during a training session with Copenhagen when current England

chief Roy Hodgson was his manager. • England’s next soccer international is a friendly in Norway on 26 May, followed by a Wembley date with Belgium on 2 June before Hodgson takes his team into Euro 2012 with a game against France in Donetsk on 11 June. • Manchester United have told Ryan Giggs he can play for GB in the Olympics. • Juventus, unbeaten this season, clinched their 29th Serie ‘A’ title last Sunday with victory over Atalanta. •And also on Sunday, Celtic’s Gary Hooper scored all his side’s goals in 5-0 win over Hearts. • Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado, driving for Williams, won last Sunday’s Barcelona F1 Grand Prix. Fernando Alonso was second and Kimi Raikkonen third. Lewis Hamilton, starting from the back of the grid, finished eighth. This is the first time a Venezuelan driver has ever won a major F1 race. • The first England-West Indies cricket Test starts at Lords tomorrow. • GB gymnast Hannah Whelan won two bronze medals at the European Championships in Brussels. • And the Summer Olympics start in London in ten weeks time, on 27 July.

Angling News with Beachcomber John

Boat fishing: ‘Captain Cuba’ went out on his Garrucha moored boat with ‘Mooring Paul’ Basil, Steve and Barry from Turre, the catch was 24 mixed specimens although I’m not sure the word specimen is appropriate! Pandoras, combers, bogues, blue mouths and pickerel. After completing a few small upgrades to the boat ‘Orca Steve’ took the opportunity to go out for a few hours for a bit of trolling as the sea was like a mill pond. He set up two rods, one with a surface shallow diving rapala lure

chasing blue feathers and one with a Hunter 250g jigging lure connected to a 200g trolling lead and again chasing feathers with the intention of trolling deep. He trolled up and down Garrucha’s coastline close to shore and near to the harbour wall and then 3Km out at varying speeds from 3 to 6 knots. Unfortunately he had no takes that gave an indication although he did lose the rapala lure whilst out on the 3 km mark. The trace had been snapped 2 feathers up from the lure so he could have had a side take on one of the feathers which guillotined

Marina Members Golf Club.. Indalo Bowling Club.............. Monday 7th May and time for the members monthly medal competition. The Ladies event was won by Nuala Hare with a par equalling nett 71, Sandra Edwards took second, on countback from Margaret Budd. Both carding nett 75’s. The Gentlemens competition, played from the white tees, was won by Frank Varey with a two under par (nett) 69, from Brian Mayhew 74 and Andrew Markham 79. Thursday’s team competition was a “waltz” played in teams of three, par score was 72 points in Stableford Format and the first three teams all beat par, with the winners fourteen

points better. 1st Jim Budd, Peter Edwards and Margaret Budd 86 points 2nd Bill Gill, Geoff Paddock and Rosalie Fardon 77 points 3rd Frank Varey, Geoff Owen and Linda King 75 points Nearest the pin prizes went to Nuala Hare on the 18th (in four strokes) and Bill Gill 4th (in three). Visitors can join the members every Thursday for €32, including green fee, in a mixed team event. Ring Jim Budd on 950 162 727 or 600 353 670.

2012 Ladies Pairs Championship The first competition of the 2012 season was graced with a wonderful final between Barbara Ruscoe and Mo DeBoer against Jan Dando and Debbie Colquhoun. The final played over 18 ends was a real close affair which included 14 ends wielding only 1 single shot, the turning point of the game came in the 17th end when Jan and Debbie scored 4 shots to take a 2 shot lead into the last end, scoring another shot on the final end they won the ladies pairs championship by a score of 14 shots to 11. John Colquhoun Tournament Secretary

GOLF REPORT.................... AGUILON GOLF MEMBERS REPORT URCAL On Saturday 12th May we with Steve Fear & Ian Smart With the course in good condition it is good to see overseas golfing parties enjoying (or otherwise) what the members have all year round, just one gripe as it seems that a few are inconsiderate enough not to bother raking bunkers (this can equally apply to the regular golfers) if you see any guilty parties please remind them of golfing etiquette RESULTS Wed May 2 Monthly Medal Good scoring on a day that had a strong breeze making some holes difficult 1st Steve Willingham 7510=65 2nd Glyn Ombler 78-9=69 3rd Pat Sayer 92-22=70 on a card play off Two´s: Brian Everitt and

Louis Long 4th, Caroline Willingham 12th and John Bridgen 17th Wednesday May 9 Individual Stableford The weather is now getting very warm and our players encounted unusual conditions on the course “no wind” not even a breeze 1st Pat Sayer 36pts 2nd Stuart Green 35pts 3rd Harry Eels 33pts on a card play off Two´s: Ian Jenner and Derrick Stephenson both at 8th Guests and visitors are welcome to join us on a Mon, Wed and Friday For information contact 636 938 404 or 634 641 199

played our first game of the year at Hacienda del Alamo. The weather was beautiful and the course superb. The competition was a Pairs Betterball and all ten teams finished with 30 points or better which was good considering the difficulty of the course. The winners, Dave Edmonds & Tony Morgan finished with a superb 48pts with the captain chipping in from well off the green on the eighteenth to round off a really good day. Second, third and fourth places all finished with 40pts with our new member JeanFrancois Crinquand and his partner Ron Thomas pipping Roger Whitehead & Des Riley on count back for second

fourth. Longest drive went to JeanFrancoise, with nearest the pin going to Tony Morgan with Billy Handy being nearest the pin in two on the par four thirteenth. Thursday 17th May will see us at Lorca Golf Resort to lock horns for our annual challenge match with Fuente Old Guard from the Murcia region which once again should see a really close match played in a friendly spirit. Our next Society day will be on the 26th May at Macenas, guests and new members are all welcome please ring the Captain on 664 356 287 for more details.

the trace. Anyway it was just pleasant to have some peace and quiet and enjoy the calm conditions and beautiful scenery and the company of a large pod of dolphins to amuse him. ‘Squiddly Sid’, ‘Bodo’, ‘Tiddlerwinks John’, ‘Denis the menace’ and the newly named ‘Moray Jonathan’ all from the Albox fishing club joined Steve for a day out fishing in lovely calm conditions. There was a large fog bank which completely hid the view of Villaricos and everywhere beyond and which passed slowly over them during the morning and settled in the valley below Cabrera Mountain. Steve anchored the boat over a 300ft hole behind the Garrucha harbour wall with a bag of rubby dubby strapped to the anchor to try and bait the area beneath the boat. This paid off as they were soon into fish and bringing up combers, blue mouths and small pandoras. The new boy and virgin fisherman Jonathan was the first to catch anything to brag about with a nice Fork beard shortly followed by Sid and a nice red snapper, both fish taking raw prawn. The fishing dropped off a little and the lads had several

weird takes before Jonathan struck into a 5ft plus moray eel which he got off of the bottom and to the surface where it was Steve’s job to bring it on board the boat. The fishing never recovered in that spot so Steve pulled anchor and moved the boat to 1.1/2 Km’s out and re anchored on a shallow sand bank and let the boat drift slowly back until it settled directly over a 500ft hole with the rubby dubby bag again attached to the anchor. They were again soon into fish and brought pandoras and combers aboard three a time with some decent sized fish. Bodo hit into a good fish and landed a 3lb red snapper and boasted that Sid’s earlier snapper at 2.2/3lbs was a tiddler. So hopefully the fish are back and feeding. See photo of Sid and his red snapper. Shore fishing: Talking of specimens one was caught last week and I believe from the shore in Garrucha. A 110lbs tuna! This information has come from a good source i.e.: ‘Tackle Shop Andres’ via ‘Orca Steve’ and I have asked for more details, i.e.: type of

tuna and a photo if possible. ‘London Bill’ has been spinning from Macenas rocks, both south and north, and says there are a few more predators about. He caught small sea bass, palometes and a surprise 2lb dorada. Coarse fishing: ‘Baza Barry’ fished Lake Argos in Murcia and said he had an ok day but a better one specimen-wise at Lorca’s Puentes with a common carp weighing a fraction under 10lbs. He stalked the fish which he could see in the lake margins with floating crust. The best weight from two matches in Murcia was 14lbs at Lake Blanca and it was one fish only, a common carp caught by Alan ‘The Chairman’ Reid. 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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Wednesday 9th May 2012 at Cortijo Grande and the last day for Lief Mhyre on his holiday with us this year and this was his last chance to win. Well done Lief with a good score of 39 points to win today second with 33 Mike Picken and third with another 33 Mike Fleming No ball sweep winner Sunday 13th and a good date to be playing our monthly medal. It goes without saying one or two were conspicuous by there absence. It will be noted and they will be dealt with. Our captain is not to be messed with. Our winner Captain John Park with a good net score of 66 and in second with 70 Carol Hardy and in third with 76 Colin Stacey Again no ballsweep winners. Our next winner will scoop a load of balls. Enjoy your golf at Cortijo Grande visitors and guests welcome. MP

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Mojacar Taekwondo club.................................. It was Spring Grading they are the next generation grading exam last Saturday last weekend at Mojacar Taekwondo Club. With self defense training, board breaking, very serious sparring and an extensive technical knowledge, the participating students gave it all to receive their next well deserved belt. Best student trophy was awarded to Joe Noble (Rainbows), Osaia Reding-Commaille (Juniors) and Laima Diaz Vepstas (Adults) Special Rainbow Star Medal was given to Joe Noble, Joshua Lee and Bobbi Booth-Roberts Mr Dewrée, the club instructor said: “It gives me great pleasure and satisfaction to see that all the students of the club show such great skills and dedication as

of martial artists. Soon, we will all see great athletes participating in the 2012 London Olympic Games and compete for medals. I believe that each of the Mojacar Taekwondo Club students who took their

and Sunday deserve the same support and appreciation for their great efforts and dedication.” Mojacar Taekwondo Club, Indigo Gym, Mojacar Playa Tel: 646 844 708 www.gtfspain.webs.com

Forum Golf Society................................................ Forum Golf Society´s long trek to a very windy Playa Serena course at Roquetas de Mar on May 4th saw another new name in the Winner´s Circle as Bob Attkins, with a very good net 75 considering the conditions became the fourteenth different winner in Forum events this year. Mike Duckham (2nd) & Peter Tinsley (3rd) both scored 76, with Derek Manning fourth & Andy Birch fifth after both scored net 78s, with a special mention also for Dave Sharp, who

had by far the best gross score with a round of 84 Nearest the pin prizes went to Malcolm Sibbons, Fran Elam & Mick Murphy, with Mick Murphy hitting one some 300 yards down the sixth hole (albeit windassisted) to win the longest drive. The following week, the first round of Forum´s Summer Singles Matchplay at Marina on May 11th saw victories for Paul Douglas, Fran Elam, Dave Sharp, Geoff Hebb, Louise Douglas

& Frank Varey advance them together with the 10 players who had byes through to the second round. Forum´s upcoming events are May 18th Pairs Betterball Stableford at Marina May 25th Doubles League 2 Man No Scotch at Marina June 1st Stableford at Hacienda del AlamoFor further information, contact Phil Elam on 666 847840 / philjelam@yahoo.co.uk, or see www.forumgolfsociety. webs.com

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Tennis y padel indalo

Tenis y Padel Indalo, based just off the Vera- Garrucha road has been established for 3 years now and is ever growing. They offer the highest level of professional coaching and facilities in the area which include, 4 clay courts, 7 hard courts, 7 padel court , and as interest in padel as a sport increases, they are in the process of increasing these to 15 courts within the next few months! For those of you who are not familiar with padel as a sport, the best way to describe it is a cross between tennis and squash. It is played using smaller racquets than tennis but the enclosed and you can play off the walls too as in squash! Padel is becoming more popular as it is more sociable, there are always 4 people on a court, you can learn how to play it in a few short hours and there is less technique involved so it is an easy way to have fun with your friends whilst getting fit! Tenis y Padel Indalo is open everyday, the whole year round and is open to both members and non-members. Membership is available as a single person, a couple or a family and entitles you to discounts on court hire. You can also take out membership for just one, two or three months, it doesn´t have to be the whole year, but you can also use the club as a non-member as the courts are available to hire by the hour! The club runs many different programmes, all run by professionals for both sports from just 4 years old, and beginners to competition level. With their holiday camp, available throughout July and August, they have an intensive course where you can stay on-site in their accommodation amongst beautiful, tranquil surroundings, or a semiintensive course which is just half a day at the club with lunch included. This package is also available for adults, whatever time of year and for all levels! Within these programmes they offer different events such as: one day

tournaments, weekend and week long tournaments too! If you simply want to improve your technique, why not consider individual coaching in English or Spanish (should you want to improve your language at the same time!), this can include an assessment and improvement coaching in the morning or afternoon any day. There is also a shop on-site where you can buy all the equipment you may need, tennis and padel racquets, balls, grips and shoes. If you want to try padel before you buy, you can always rent till you fall in love with the sport as soo many have already done! For more information about any of the programmes or to find out more about the club, call Daniel Lescano on 656 329 614, email Daniel@tenispadelindalo.com or have a look at their website www.tenisypadelindalo. com

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