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A total of 25 Diving Centres and Clubs from across the Province were given a demonstration of actions taken by the administration to underline their concern for the marine environment, and to give recognition to the key role played by Diving Clubs in the preservation of Andalucian waters. For several years, the Consejería has increased its activities related to the protection and monitoring of marine and coastal habitats as well as other studies in relation to biodiversity and habitat protection as well as monitoring matters of community interest such as Posidonia Oceánica through Life+Posidonia Andalucía. The meeting was held in Rodalquilar because of the number of dives that are made in that area. This year’s meeting broke new ground, and as well was held to coincide with the 25th Anniversary of the Natural Park Cabo de Gata-Nijar. The final item on the agenda was a guided visit to an exhibition by the Life project, on the subject of specialist diving on the sea grass beds of Andalucía.

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Lovers of acoustic music are in luck, because The Junta de Gobierno local of the Albox Ayuntamiento have given the The Mayor of Albox, José García, today accused the Mayors of during the month of June, Albox will host the first green light to grant the license to Kartingterpia to build a future karting the Almanzora PP of having no interest in resolving the future of ‘Alzabara Acoustic Festival.’ The Festival will be circuit near the town. the fire fighting service in the region. organised by the Ayuntamiento of Albox through Kartingterapia is mainly based on social equality. It aims to make karting García encouraged his counterparts in the villages of the region accessible to everyone, without distinction of any kind, including people the Concejalía de Cultura, with the collaboration to ‘take the time to put on record their feelings in the Statutes as with disabilities. regards the absorbing of the Consorcio de Extinción de Incendios of various Institutions of the Municipality. The location will be at the mouth of the Valle del Almanzora close to the and the Parque Comarcal de Bomberos de Albox, so as to put a Concerts will be held in the Salón de Actos coast. Users will also be able to take advantage of games rooms with state stop to paranoid speculations and perverse conclusions.’ del Consistorio from 10 pm. Admission will cost of the art simulators, driving courses, restaurants and shops. He spoke of the concerns of some that the Albox Ayuntamiento 7 Euros, and the ticket will serve as a voucher According to its managers the future facility will have special racing cars, were getting a grant through the Parque de Bomberos, whereas in order to emulate the same sensations that can be achieved by driving a for a free drink at the Café Pub Coyote after the the reality was that ‘we have for 23 years provided a free service Formula 1 car. show. to the whole region.’ ‘This is a very interesting project, from many points of view, since it will To demonstrate the financial security of the Parque, he said that The Festival will commence on Friday, June 1, favour the removal of barriers of accessibility for people who suffer from he would be willing to ‘give everything away tomorrow to the with the group ‘Guerrerogarcía’ from Granada some kind of difficulty, as well as creating jobs.’ Commented the Mayor of Consorcio, simply to prove that he could offer the guarantee of with songs that weave together the style of Albox, José García. job security for the Firefighters and the survival of the Parque in Initially, the circuit is planning to open its doors in 2013, becoming the first southern rock, blues and rock and roll. Albox. karting theme park with 100% Andalucian origins. On Friday, June 15, ‘Zimmerband’ from Almería, García stressed that ‘the government team of Albox does not want confrontation, and has no objection to having a Parque at a Bob Dylan tribute group will be playing. The each location.’ same day the Albox group ‘The Richter Skala’, will Given the position held by the Presidente of the Mancomunidad play, and the Festival will close with an acoustic concert by 100% of the seeds and vegetable plants grown de Municipios del Almanzora, Antonio Salas, the Mayor of Albox the Valencian group ‘Limbotheque’. in Almería under controlled conditions (peppers, has called for his resignation cucumbers and tomatoes) which are subject to quality ‘because he only represents control legislation, have tested as up to standard. The the PP and not all the Municipalities.’ source-to-seed or seedling checks were conducted The Ayuntamiento de Almería, through the Junta de Gobierno Local, has approved the use of according to established protocol on three vegetable a plot of Municipal land near the access roundabout to El Puche, near the Estadio de los Juegos Mediterráneosto. species by Inspectors from the Consejería de The plot is 7,811 square metres, and has been offered for tender at a minimum fee of 5,000 euros Agricultura y Pesca. Eduardo Godoy Lopez, per month. The results of these checks are forwarded to the presiding over the Comisión Under the conditions of the tender the plot will be used for ‘the provision of a basic trade centre, Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología de Transporte Intermodal according to Article 5.8 of the General Plan-98.’ de la Cámara held a working Agraria y Alimentaria (National Research Institute The Councillor responsible for the Government Department of Economía y Territorio, Pablo Venzal meeting in which the for Agriculture and Food Technology (INIA) and the (PP), said that the ‘Current Government intends to move forward in our commitment to stimulate Consejal de Urbanismo del Oficina Española de Variedades Vegetales (Spanish economic activity and create jobs.’ Ayuntamiento de Almería, Office of Vegetable Varieties OEVV). This new award is one of similar initiatives launched by the Ayuntamiento to promote job creation Pable Venzal, participated. through the management of our resources, thus generating income that will return in the municipal The meeting was held coffers.’ to underline the ‘vital The tender for the plot covers a period of 50 years, paid for with a minimum annual fee of 5,000 importance of the rail link euros per month (60,000 per year). 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Eight out of ten Spaniards against a return to smoking in public places

Almost eight out of ten Spaniards (78%) are against a return to smoking in bars and restaurants and 82% feel it was the “right” decision to ban smoking in enclosed public places. These are just some of the findings of a survey conducted by the Spanish Society of Family and Community Medicine (Semfyc) on over 4,000 citizens in health centres across Spain, some of them smokers, some non-smokers and others former smokers.

The data contrasts with recent calls for the relaxation of the smoking ban, “especially for revenue purposes,” said vice president of Semfyc, Ana Pastor, who has called

on governments to “listen to the people”. The survey also showed that 37% of Spaniards believe that generic packaging - a simpler packet, without colours, logos or distinctive features - could decrease the attractiveness of cigarettes among adolescents. By contrast, a large majority (62%) of respondents believe that it would have little or no deterrent effect. 26% of those surveyed also wrongly believed that “roll-ups” were less harmful than regular cigarettes, a percentage that rises to 32% amongst the under-30s. The survey also explores how smokers’ habits have changed a year and a half since the laws banning smoking in public places came into force. A massive 90%

said they were “as likely” or “more likely” to go to public venues despite not being able to smoke there. Meanwhile, 20% say they smoke less at home, and smoking in the car has seen a similar drop (15%). 9% of smokers said they now smoked more often, and 46% said they smoked as much as before. Dr. Pastor said a decision to extend the smoking ban to private cars would be “a breakthrough” in terms of passive smoking, but “quite risky in terms of personal freedom”. The survey shows that 35% of smokers had tried to give up cigarettes in 2011, compared with 31% in 2010 and 25% in 2009.

Miracle escape for boy who Rajoy meetS with Hollande in Paris falls from 9th floor

A four-year-old boy has escaped practically unharmed after falling from a 9th floor flat in the district of La Coruña de Fuenlabrada in Madrid after the branches of a tree broke his fall and probably saved his life. Relatives explained how they think the little lad, who was at home with his family, clambered out onto the terrace to try to reach something and then fell into the tree below at around 3.30pm yesterday. Several witnesses have confirmed that the branches of the tree broke the child’s fall, and the emergency services have reported

that the child “appears” to have escaped with nothing but a slight head injury after his dramatic fall. A neighbour said he heard a Nigerian woman shouting and then saw the woman’s child lying in the garden adjacent to the block of flats. The child was conscious, but “with a glazed look in his eyes” and was crying and complaining of a pain in his side, so the neighbour called 112. Sandra, a friend of the little boy’s parents, said it was “a miracle” he had escaped almost unhurt.

Immigrants in Spain feel more integrated than those in Northern Europe

According to the latest survey of immigrants carriedou by the King Balduino Foundation and the Migration Policy Group, legal immigrants in Spain feel more integrated than those in Northern Europe thanks to the ease with which they can handle bureaucratic matters, like requesting residence permits or family reunification; find work and learn the language. Despite the recession, between 65 and 70% of immigrant surveyed in Spanish cities have jobs, but most say they are over-

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Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy was in Paris last week to meet with France’s new President Fraçois Hollande to work out ways of guaranteeing financial stability in the eurozone. He is expected to ask the European Central Bank (ECB) to take measures to ease debt. Just a day after returning to Madrid after taking part in the the NATO summit in Chicago, Rajoy is having lunch with Preisdent Hollande in the Elysée Palace. Mariano Rajoy is the first head of government Hollande has received since taking over from Nicolas Sarkozy on May 15th. Rajoy, who had enjoyed good relations with Nicolas Sarkozy, will have to get along with Hollande, with whom he has already had a brush. At the most recent G8 summit, Hollande suggested that Spanish banks needed to be recapitalised using European

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Nissan announces electric van production from 2013 Nissan Motor Co. announced Wednesday it will launch global production of an all-electric van, the e-NV200, as early as next year in the Spanish city of Barcelona, creating 700 jobs.

T h e Japanese carmaker said it would invest 100 million euros ($126 million) in Spain to start production in its 2013 financial year at its Barcelona plant, which already makes the fuel-powered NV200. “The e-NV200 represents a genuine breakthrough in commercial vehicles and further underlines Nissan’s leadership within the electric vehicle segment,” executive vice president Andy Palmer told reporters at the plant. The new model is Nissan’s second allelectric vehicle after the LEAF passenger car and the manufacturer said it expected to create 700 jobs at the plant and among local suppliers. Barcelona will supply the e-NV200 to the global market, said the Yokohama, Japan-based firm. Nissan said range and performance would be similar to that of the LEAF,

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As usual for this time of year in Almerimar the sun was shining and there was a light breeze throughout the day. We had 30 players taking part in a Yellow Ball competition with 2 hidden holes. The winners were Terry Green, Jacqui Mays, Wilhelm Krings and Jan Fiona Holden with a great team score of 129 points. Last place and chocolates went to Hans Ooft, Malcolm Roberts, Sharon Sly (chocolates in the Sly household for the 3rd week in a row) and Traute Krings with a team score of 107. Nearest the pin was on hole 17 and was won by Colin Haworth with a distance of 2.64m. John Flynn did the prize giving this week and made a very good job of it. We have a match coming up against Tarleton Golf on Tuesday 12 June 2012. The entry list for this competition is on the noticeboard at the Almerimar clubhouse. We encourage as many members as possible to take part and help us retain the trophy we won last year.

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Instead, your portfolio should include assets which generate a natural income sufficient to meet your ongoing income needs. This way you would not normally need to sell longer-term inflation protection assets and strip out valuable capital. Assets like bonds will provide an income – usually higher than bank interest rates - even when capital values are falling.

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Spain’s bank Spain vows to provide losses could Bankia capital needs hit €260bn Spanish bank loan losses could hit €260bn (£210bn), with the industry likely to need some €60bn euros in outside help to stay afloat, the International Institute of Finance.

Taking guidelines from how badly Ireland’s banks were hit in its financial crisis, economists at the global banking institute said they expect the losses to be in the range of between €216 and €260bn. “A number of factors suggest that the losses could be nearer the upper end of this range. Spain’s macroeconomic prospects are worse than those faced by Ireland, especially as regards growth and unemployment,” it said in a new review of the global economy. “The bulk of the losses would be generated by the commercial real estate loan portfolio, which is concentrated in the cajas,” the Spanish savings and loan banks, it said. The IIF is an association of around 450 banks around the world and has been closely involved in the eurozone crisis, leading the negotiations for a write-down of Greece’s private-sector debt in March. The IIF said the banks were able through the end of last year to find enough capital internally to put aside €110bn for loan loss reserves, and some will be able to keep generating capital internally to meet needs. But not all of them. “Substantial divergences between individual banks suggest that government assistance will be needed for a significant number of banks, mainly the cajas,” the IIF said. In the worst case, the IIF said the shortfall that would fall on the government would be about €50 and €60bn. It said some aspects of the Spanish market might prevent the worst-case scenario. “Mitigating factors, on the other hand, include more conservative lending standards than in Ireland, with lower ratios of loans to value. Real-estate lending in Spain, moreover, has not been as concentrated. Most banks, finally, have more diversified loan books.”

Spain will provide any capital needed by troubled lender Bankia as it battles to repair a balance sheet riddled with risky propertyrelated assets, the government promised Wednesday. After swooping in this month to take control of Bankia and its parent BFA, the state would now provide the capital required for a clean-up, Economy Minister Luis de Guindos told parliament.

Bankia and BFA will appoint new, smaller boards of recognised professionals, he said. The new directors must then draw up a “viability plan” specifying the capital required to fully meet tougher new banking rules introduced by government reforms in February and May, De Guindos said. The new requirements must include 7.1 billion euros ($9.9 billion) to be set aside by Bankia in case property-related loans and real estate holdings turn sour, he said. The bank also must boost its capital buffers by another 1.9 billion euros, he said. Bankia’s viability plan would

have to allow its 2011 accounts to be signed off by its auditors without reservations, the minister said, and must also be approved by the Bank of Spain.

“The government will fully support the capital needs that result from this plan,” De Guindos said. The state-backed Fund for Orderly Bank Restructuring (FROB) would cover any increases in capital that become necessary in the parent BFA and then in its 45-percent held Bankia. The FROB would end up with a stake providing it with “clear control” of BFA, he added. De Guindos warned against assuming that Bankia’s woes were a symptom of wider problems. “I don’t want to end without insisting on the specific nature of the BFA-Bankia group and the imprudence of extrapolating from this situation to the rest of the Spanish financial system,” he said. An International Monetary Fund report had estimated that 70 percent of the financial system could resist a situation of

heightened financial stress, De Guindos said. Bankia represented the largest portion of the remaining 30 percent, he added. De Guindos stressed that he was confident in Bankia’s future. “I want to say clearly that, once the current difficulties are overcome, it will be a viable and attractive project with enormous growth potential,” the minister said. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s conservative government this month instructed Spain’s banks to set aside an extra 30 billion euros in 2012 in case propertyrelated loans go bad. That was on top of 53.8 billion euros in provisions required under reforms enacted in February. As part of the latest reform, the government has named independent auditors to verify banks’ balance sheets, which were estimated by the Bank of Spain to hold 184 billion euros in problematic loans at the end of 2011, 60 percent of the total property portfolio.

Spanish climber dies after conquering Everest A spanish mountaineer, Juan José Polo Carbayo, died at the weekend as he was descending the Tibetan side of Everest after conquering the highest summit in the world. “Extreme exhaustion was the most likely cause of death”, said Hari Parjauli of the Nepal-based company Himalayan Guides, that organised the expedition, adding that 43-year-old Carbayo died on Saturday after becoming detached from the rest of the group that made it to the top. “Carbayo was climbing in a group of four, each with his sherpa, and the Spaniard got left behind”, he said. “The sherpa has assured us that he only left him when he was already dead”, ascertained Parjauli, who explained that two of the other climbers in the group were from Canada and the third from Mongolia. Parjauli confirmed that according to the

sherpa’s statement, the Spaniard died at an altitude of over 8,000 metres. He also added that they had not yet been able to recover the body. According to the experts, many climbers prefer the ascent and descent on the Tibetan side of the mountain because the expeditions are cheaper via that route, despite the fact that it is easier to acclimatise to the altitude on the Nepalese side. Last weekend was one of the most deadly weekends on Everest in recent years. The Spaniard was one of five climbers to die on Saturday or Sunday on the slopes of the world’s highest mountain. The other climbers who perished this weekend are Eberhard Schaaf, (61 from Germany), Sriya Shah (33 from Nepal), Song Wond-din (44 from Korea) and Wen Ryi Ha (55 from China).

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Is your diet doomed to fail?

Brits spend 14 YEARS of their lives counting calories More of us than ever are turning to dieting in a valiant effort to beat the bulge for the summer. But we are mainly doomed to failure, with the average British person spending 14 years of their life counting calories. That adds up to a gut-busting four or five months out of 12 of attempting to stick to a strict healthy eating regime - and beating ourselves up as we fail. One in four people said images of super-thin celebrities made them want to diet, according to the survey of 2,000 people by Philips. A huge 66 per cent said it was the thought of wearing skimpier clothes in the summer that motivated them to get into shape.If the trend continues, as many as one in ten women will spend 18 years of their lives on a diet in the future, the reported concluded. It is not just women who are obsessing about staying thin, either. One in three men are now spending around two to

three months a year trying to lose weight in time for summer. But male dieters are far more likely to stick to their guns, as only one in four ditch their diet before they reach their target weight, compared to one in three women. A third of dieters said they gave up healthy eating plans out of boredom when one in five blamed lack of discipline. A huge 66 per cent said it was the thought of wearing skimpier clothes in the summer that motivated them to get into shape.

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READER Buzzard capture plans condemned REPORTER

Your recent edition of SolTimes asked for pictures of Bee-eaters...I have attached one I took recently, together with one of a European Roller... another Summer visitor… took these in the Rambla Nogalte which runs between between Puerto Lumbreras and Velez Rubio… and some Griffon Vultures taken by the Muela in Los Velez Natural Park Damian Kampesan

Conservationists have condemned a plan that would allow buzzard nests to be destroyed and enable the birds to be captured to protect pheasant shoots. The UK Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is to research ways of keeping buzzards from targeting the game birds. Defra says it wants to maintain a balance between captive and wild birds that allows both species to thrive. The study is to last three years and could cost up to £375,000. The RSPB said the idea of taking wild buzzards into captivity or destroying their nests was “totally unacceptable”. The bird protection society criticised Defra for spending hundreds of thousands of pounds on the project when money was tight for conservation measures. The RSPB’s conservation director, Martin Harper, said: “We are shocked by Defra’s plans to destroy buzzard nests and to take buzzards into captivity to protect a non-native game bird released in its millions. “Destroying nests is completely unjustified and catching and removing buzzards is unlikely to reduce predation levels, as another buzzard will quickly take its place. “Both techniques would be illegal under current wildlife laws.” A Defra spokeswoman said: “The buzzard population in this country has been protected for over 30 years, and as the RSPB says, has resulted in a fantastic conservation story. “At the same time we have cases of buzzards preying on young pheasants. We are looking at funding research to find ways of protecting these young birds while making sure the buzzard population continues to thrive.” In a document setting out plans for the research project, Defra said the 2011 National Gamekeepers Organisation survey found that three-quarters of gamekeepers (76%) believed buzzards had a harmful effect on pheasant shoots. Buzzards are thought to target pheasant release pens if they find there is a readily available source of food, and the government’s conservation agency Natural England has received a number of requests to license the killing of the birds of prey,

which are a protected species. In one case it was claimed that 25% to 30% of young pheasants were lost to buzzards, making the shoot unsustainable. Buzzards have seen numbers increase by 146% between 1995 and 2009, although the increase appears to have levelled off between 2009 and 2010, according to the British Breeding Bird Survey. But the RSPB said buzzards were eradicated from swathes of Britain by persecution and were only now recovering, as a result of legal protection and changing attitudes by many lowland land managers towards birds of prey. The government’s document said the impact of buzzards on pheasant shoots had not been investigated in detail, and the extent of the issue was unclear. But it said there were a number of sites where buzzards could be contributing to losses, and that there was an urgent need for management measures to reduce the impact on pheasant shoots. The Countryside Alliance welcomed the government’s study, saying it showed the issue of predation by buzzards was being taken seriously. But David Taylor, shooting campaign manager for the group, added: “It is a shame the government have had to commission this expensive exercise simply to appease a group of people who believe that raptors have a greater significance than any other bird. “Such a mentality is dangerous for conservation and scarcely justifies the large cost to the taxpayer.” Tim Russell, director of conservation at the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (Basc), said: “In recent years there has been growing concern amongst some gamekeepers that buzzards are causing serious damage around pheasant release pens. Basc believes that good scientific research is essential when making decisions about wildlife management and so we welcome this research.” Nigel Middleton, of the Hawk and Owl Conservation Trust, said destroying the nests of buzzards was tantamount to persecution. “We believe that alternatives should always be sought to lethal control where the commercial interests of humans come into conflict with birds of prey,” he explained.


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Government Has No Plans To Increase VAT In Tourism Sector

At a luncheon organized by KPMG and Europa Press, the Spanish Minister of Industry, Energy and Tourism, José Manuel Soria, said that “there is no provision” on the table of the Government for a VAT increase for the tourism sector next year. Soria explained that if a tax increase were to be carried out, they would have to consider the impact it would have on all sectors of the Spanish economy, including tourism. He insisted, however, that at this time this measure has not been raised. Continuing on the subject of taxes, Soria acknowledged that, although there was a Government commitment to reduce taxes in the tourism sector, the current situation does not permit this measure to be carried out. In relation to some of the problems facing Spain, the Minister of Industry indicated that the rise in the risk premium, and even the evolution of the stock markets, are more affected by what is happening with Greece than by the adjustments undertaken by the Spanish

Government. In addition, Soria said that while the evolution of the stock markets and the prime risk are “relevant” indicators, they should be of concern in “relative” and not “absolute” terms, and he is convinced that the situation will improve as soon as the ongoing reforms begin to take effect. With regard to the European environment, Diario Sur reported that Soria warned that the departure of Greece from the euro would be, in his opinion, “extremely damaging”. The Industry Minister said that the Government of Spain has made a “commitment to the euro”, which involves “significant” budgetary discipline, macroeconomic stability and structural reforms, and which can place Spain as a “paradigm”. In addition, the Minister has asked the ECB to play a more active role as the monetary authority, in order to resolve the crisis. Soria, while stating that the Spanish Government has taken charge of the situation, stressed

that the Government knows the “recipes” which need to be applied though, he pointed out, they would have no immediate effect. “The only way back to the path of growth, prosperity and employment is that of fiscal consolidation and reforms,” Soria added, and described the challenges facing Spain as “colossal”. “The dimension of our challenges as a country and as a nation is only comparable to the political and economic transformation that Spain lived through in the transition,” he said. Soria clarified that the initial situation was not “as expected”. Thus, compared to the former government’s projected deficit of 6%, the final figure was 8.9% in 2011. “Having met the budget deficit target, with the adjustment approved in December by 15,000 million, it would have been enough to meet the target of 4.4% originally planned for 2012,” he added.

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EXTENSIONS AND/OR SWIMMING POOL IS NOT ON OUR TITLE DEED AND WE ARE TOLD WE CAN NO SELL. WHAT CAN WE DO? Q: We Are Going To Sell Our Property And The Estate Agent Has Told Us That Our Deed Only Contemplates Two Bedrooms,120 M2 And No Swimming Pool , When In Fact Our Property Has Three Bedrooms, 150 M2 And A Very Large Pool. He Has Told Us That He Cannot Market The Property Until This Is Sorted Out. Can This Be Done? A. The normal solution to this, is to gather the documentation to the extension and pool (i.e., building licence, and certificate of end of work from the arquitect with description), and to go to a solicitor, who will prepare a new description to the property and organize for the signing of a new title deed (escritura), the payment of a document tax, and then present the new deed to the property register for registration. When all is finalized (a couple of months) a search certificate should be requested to make sure the registrar has taken note of the new description. What happens when the extension was built many years ago (no less than four in any case), and paperwork cannot be found or never existed?

In this case their is a procedure called “Obra Nueva por Antigüedad” - a rough translation would be declaration of build by antiquity - which will permit you to create a new deed to the property with a correct description. This procedure involves a solicitor, an arquitect, the town hall, the tax office and the property register. This procedure is not possible if the town hall or other urbanistic institutions have questioned the legality of the work within the last four years. It is also not possible when the extension or pool ha been built in one of the areas contemplated in article 185 of the LOUA (essentially beach front and other protected area like for example natural or national Parks). This procedure is not always possible, and the exact requirements and exceptions vary slightly depending on the approximate year that the building took place. The above procedures are not possible when you are part of a División Horizontal (part of a complex), as it would require the previous agreement of all the owners with changes to the original title from which all the deeds derive with changes to the percentages of participation etc. (in other words all but impossible in practical terms). 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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Investments and Exports Suppress Spanish Economy

According to the Quarterly National Accounts data published on Thursday by the National Statistics Institute, the contraction of 2.6% in investments and the 0.9% drop in exports, coupled with stagnant consumption and public spending cuts, caused the economic decline between January and March, and puts Spain officially in recession after registering in the first quarter of the year, a quarterly drop in GDP of 0.3%, equal to that experienced in the latter part of 2011.

Number of Mortgages Down 42% Year-on-Year According to figures released yesterday by the National Statistics Institute, the number of mortgages granted on homes in March this year totalled 24,918, marking one of the lowest figures in the series, with a drop of 42% over the same month of 2011.

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According to the Institute’s data, during the third month of the year 42,117 mortgages were granted on rural and urban properties (the latter includes houses), representing a 38.9% decrease compared to March 2011.

Including the year-on-year decline in March, mortgaged homes recorded 23 consecutive months of decreases. The March decline was more moderate than that of February, when mortgaged homes fell by more than 47%.

The mortgage capital loaned fell by 41.5% to 4,743.8 million euros, while the average amount of these mortgages amounted to 112,635 euros, 4.3% less than in March 2011, reported Cinco Dias.

The average value of mortgages granted on homes in March amounted to 103,782 euros, which is 7.8% less than the same month of 2011, while the capital loaned reduced by 46.5%, to 2,586 million euros.

Banks were the institutions that granted the greatest number of mortgages in March, collectively accounting for 70.2% of the total, followed by the savings banks (14.1%) and other financial institutions (15.7%). As for the borrowed capital, the banks provided 73% of the total, the savings banks, 12.4% and other institutions, 14.6%.

Comparing March to February, mortgages on residential property fell by 5.7%, against a 9.4% drop experienced in February, in

The contraction of the first quarter, driven by the stagnation of consumption and the decline in investments, has produced what is called a technical recession, for which at least two consecutive quarters of negative growth are required. This is the second time during the crisis that Spain has entered recession. It first entered recession in the fourth quarter of 2008, after accumulating two quarters of decline, and did not leave it until the first quarter of 2010, when the quarterly GDP advanced 0.2%. Two years later, the Spanish economy is back in recession. In annual terms, the Spanish economy contracted by 0.4% in the first quarter after seven consecutive quarters in the positive. The National Statistics Institute explained that the annual decline in GDP between January and March was due to a more negative contribution in domestic demand, which was partially offset by a positive contribution of external demand. According to the Institute, the contribution to aggregate growth in domestic demand was three-tenths more negative in the first quarter of this year than in the fourth quarter of 2011, standing at -3.2 points,

while external demand (the difference between imports and exports) reduced its contribution to quarterly GDP from 3.2 to 2.8 points. The statistics agency said that the eurozone economies recorded zero quarterly growth during the first quarter. Germany and Austria rose 0.5% and 0.2%, respectively, the French economy stagnated and the other major European economies experienced declines in their GDP, with contained declines in the case of the Netherlands, United Kingdom and Spain, and more intense in the case of Italy (-0.8%). The use of the economy, measured in terms equivalent to full time jobs, fell at a rate of 3.8%, a rate half a point higher than the fourth quarter, representing a net reduction of almost 655,000 jobs in one year. The year-on-year decline in the Spanish economy during the first quarter has also caused the greatest slowdown in consumer spending of public administrations and the decline, more pronounced than in the previous quarter, in investment. In particular, Cinco Dias reported that household consumption contracted by 0.6% in the first quarter, year-on-year, compared to -1.1% in the fourth quarter of last year, while consumption of institutions stagnated, in contrast to -0.8% the previous quarter. Public consumption fell by 5.2% against the 3.6% decline experienced in the fourth quarter of last year. Investments also accelerated their decline from 6.2% the previous quarter to 8.2% at present. The construction sector (-10.2%) and capital goods (-5.9%) are the areas most affected.

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Spanish people are still taking holidays, despite the recession, both at home and abroad, says a representative from the travel agencies’ federation. During a tour operators’ conference in Berlin this week, Rafael Gallego Nadal said last year alone saw 161 million trips made by Spaniards, a rise of four per cent on 2010’s figures. As usual, 90 per cent of holidays were taken to other parts of the country – often the Balearics, Canaries, Costa del Sol and the coast of the provinces of Alicante and Valencia – and 10 per cent abroad. Whilst México’s Yucatán peninsula – mainly Cancún and the Riviera Maya – the Dominican Republic, Cuba, and

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just 40km away. Thus, much of the Mediterranean coast averages around 15C – which is close to the world average – while the temperature above 2500m is below freezing. Temperature ranges of up to 30C occur in Belichte in Zaragoza and Ordesa in Huesca, caused by altitude difference. Annual rainfall varies hugely by as much as 20% from one year to the next, even as much as 40% in the Mar Menor in Murcia. The average rainfall in Spain as a whole ranges from 300mm to 650mm, with Almeria the most arid region in Europe. The Cabo de Gata, Europe’s only semi-desert, receives barely 125-150mm of rain a year. Whether in the plain or not, rainfall tends to be concentrated in just a few days, and within this sometimes within a few hours. The absolute record for one episode is a remarkable 878mm in Xàvia in 1957, while 119mm fell in one hour on 1 July 2003 in the village of Manuel in Valencia. So, to summarise: for a suntan, stick toAndalucia. If you favour winter woollies, go north to the Pyrenees. And, if you want to try out your pacamac and wellies, then come back to Andalucia. Why? Because one of the wettest villages in Spain is right here in Andalucia. Grazalema in the Sierra de Grazalema has an average of 2,153 mm of rain a year, caused when the warm, humid winds blow in from the Atlantic and cool and condense as they pass over the Sierra’s limestone peaks.

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Should you ever be in Cádiz and be inclined to visit the Holy and Apostolic Cathedral I have some experiences that I feel I should share with you – forewarned is fore armed, they say. The Cathedral is easy to find; indeed it would be hard to hide such a thumping great building in such a flat city. Having found it the exterior, in my opinion, is very impressive, and the square in which it stands is lovely. Feeling inclined to see if the interior was as pleasing as the exterior, I poddled through the door, undaunted by the proclamation announcing that pensionistas would have to pay 3€ to proceed further, but that the rest of the world would have to stump up 5€. Confident in the knowledge that I had a magic card proving that I was of the reduced entry fee age I approached the desk behind which a bearded gentleman of clerical appearance was piously reading a book, probably about the life of a Saint, or something equally improving. As I approached he glanced up from his studies, and with certainty but without pause said ‘Tres euroes.’ if I josbiggs@hotmail.co.uk Even

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did look my age I felt he could have been a little more tactful, but I decided that rebuking a man of God, especially in God’s own house, was certain to end in hell fire and brimstones. I circumnavigated the interior, suitably impressed, then noticed the Crypt. Aha! I thought, as I descended into its dimly lit interior, ready to meet its silent inhabitants. I stepped into its circular stone atrium, which is topped by a huge stone dome. As I walked forward to admire its beautiful symmetry hundreds of small hands softly and reverentially applauded my every step from all around the atrium.

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footsteps echoing from the round dome! But for a second there, it had me going! Emerging once more into the sunlight I headed for the port, passing the Casa Consistorial (Town Hall) on my way. It’s not a shy building – above its front door is the message that it is the Casa Consistorial of the Very Noble, Very Faithful and Most Heroic City of Cádiz. Funny, I don’t remember ever seeing such an inspiring inscription above Axminster Town Hall!

I paused. Were the long-dead Archbishops and nobles buried here pleased to see me? Would they emerge from the walls to take me with them to a better place? Or was I about to vanish without trace from this earth, to reside forever with the blesséd dead behind the stone walls? No, it was my sandaled

Life’s a lottery for Forgotten Causes....

With the exception of those people who have the emotions of mosquitoes and are as hard hearted as Cinderella’s step mother, it would be impossible not to be moved by the National Lottery advertisement on television, currently being shown. It features a Second World War veteran who, with the aid of lottery money, was able to return to the Far East where he spent time as a prisoner of war under the harsh regime of his Japanese captors.

The old soldier’s name is Jack Jennings. The ad features harrowing flashbacks of his experiences there and the camera close ups show Jack visibly affected as he visits the war graves of his dead comrades in Thailand. It’s a brilliant piece of filming designed to underline the good causes to which lottery

money has been put and of course to sell yet more lottery tickets to you and me.

I have listened to Jack on YouTube and it is heart warming to hear that his haunted dreams of the last sixty seven years have been finally laid to rest, having now re-visited the country where he experienced so much brutality and suffering. Jack is one of many who have been helped under the Heroes Return scheme and if ever there was ever a good example of a worthy target for lottery grants, then this is it. But what constitutes a good cause? Well if you are a cross dresser from Accrington who feels that there are no facilities in the area where others of a like mind can meet and swop fashion tips, then for you this is a good cause. Likewise for basket weavers in Uganda and devil worshippers in Henley-on-Thames. Each could make a case for receiving a slice of the action because to them, what they do is a worthy enterprise. Extreme examples perhaps, but some of the recipients of lottery cash down the years have been questionable to say the least.

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There are without doubt thousands of deserving organisations, individuals and laudable projects, but even with the vast resources of the lottery fund it can only be a selection that will actually receive backing. Therefore it has to be a simple case of priorities and this is where I have the biggest problem.

Grants are divided into four main categories – The Arts, Sport, Heritage and what is known as: the Big Lottery Fund, so named because it receives around 50% of the total allocation and covers health, charities, education and the environment. Over 15million has been pumped into exploring faiths and religion for example. But what the hell does that mean. Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Mormons operate a door to door service completely free of charge and usually when I am in the middle of lunch. But if I want to explore these subjects more deeply, I am well equipped to do so under my own steam and surely faith by definition means that this is a highly personal matter and has come about in a natural and organic way. And the worryingly termed

‘exploration of religions’ is usually carried out at

the exclusion of our own Christian heritage. If the powers that be are so keen to promote this philosophy, then let’s bring back Christianmorning assembly in the schools where it has been banned in case it offends members of other faiths and castigate those politically correct morons who have bent over backwards to denigrate Christmas and Easter. The point is if I choose to ‘explore’ the religion of those Satanists in Henley, I can do so without the aid of lottery money. Nearly 16million has been earmarked to re-generate town centres up and down the country, but what’s the point. Town centres have been dying, largely due to the granting of licences and planning applications to the likes of Tesco and Primark to build humungous supermarkets

and shopping malls on out of town sites. Reverse this trend and we will be on the way to solving the problem – no lottery grants needed. Then there is the 1.4billion to museums and galleries. Don’t even get me started on this one. With some of the garbage that is passed off to the public as art and the millions that the perpetrators of such works as dirty laundry, dead cows and, now we hear, empty rooms rake in, it’s as obscenity that any amount of money can be spent in such a

way. And although I am an advocate of the conservation of our historic buildings, I have personally never seen the sense of preserving Battersea power station – possibly the ugliest building since the invention of bricks. Yes it’s all about priorities, but it’s not hard to find forgotten causes where a couple of well aimed billions would bring spectacular and lasting benefits to the whole of our society.

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surrounding diagram (10) 7 Tangy pie cooked from an African country (8) 8 Large numbers shudder all over the place, taking in new leader (8) 13 Enough ribs to change those living nearby (10) 15 Switch former partner’s money? (8) 16 Snaring and bugging without redhead (8) 17 Dens duly collapsed without warning (8) 21 Holds on tight to China’s first adapted sling (6) 22 The East part of Bangor I enthralled (6) 23 Half of soap covers shapes (6) 26 Smooth element (4)

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Rosemary Hume’s coronation chicken The original coronation chicken

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recipe, conceived by Rosemary Hume for Elizabeth II’s Coronation lunch in 1953. The famous coronation chicken served at the Queen’s coronation lunch is usually attributed to Constance Spry. Popular lore has it that Spry based the recipe on its similarly rich and spicy royal relation, jubilee chicken, prepared for the Silver Jubilee of George V in 1935, which mixed the chicken in mayonnaise and curry. However, it was Rosemary Hume who was actually behind coronation chicken, the recipe for which went on to appear in the first edition, in 1956, of The Constance Spry Cookery Book and is indeed still to be found in the modern edition. Serves 6-8 “One would not venture to serve, to a large number of guests of varying and unknown tastes, a curry dish in the generally accepted sense of this term,” wrote Spry. “I doubt whether many of the 300-odd guests at the coronation luncheon detected this ingredient [curry powder] in a chicken dish which was distinguished mainly by a delicate and nutlike flavour in the sauce.”

RECIPE - INGREDIENTS & METHOD Poach two young roasting chickens with carrot, bouquet garni, salt and peppercorns in water and a little wine, as well as enough barely to cover, for about 40 minutes or until tender. Allow to cool in the liquid. Joint the birds, removing the bones with care. Cream of curry sauce: Ingredients 1 tbsp oil 50g/2oz onion, finely chopped 1 dessert spoon curry powder 1 good tsp tomato purée

1 wineglass red wine ¾ wineglass water A bay leaf Salt, sugar, a touch of pepper A slice or two of lemon and a squeeze of lemon juice 1-2 tbsp apricot purée 450ml/¾ pint mayonnaise 2-3 tbsp lightly whipped cream • Heat the oil, add onion, cook gently for 3-4 minutes, add curry powder. Cook again for 1-2 minutes. • Add purée, wine, water and bay leaf. Bring to boil, add salt, sugar to taste, pepper, and the lemon and lemon juice. Simmer with the pan uncovered for 510 minutes. •Strain and cool. Add by degrees to the mayonnaise with the apricot purée to taste. • Adjust seasoning, adding a little more lemon juice if necessary. Finish with the whipped cream. Take a small amount of sauce (enough to coat the chicken) and mix with a little extra cream and seasoning. • Mix the chicken and the sauce together, arrange on a dish, coat with the extra sauce. Rice salad The rice salad which accompanied the chicken was of rice, peas, diced raw cucumber and finely chopped mixed herbs, all mixed in a well-seasoned French dressing. For convenience in serving at the Coronation, the chicken was arranged at one end of an oblong dish and a rice salad at the other.

As WE prepare for the barbeque season, homeowners have been warned to watch out for a new breed of social menace...

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A quarter of people admit to being drunk whenever they take charge of the family barbecue, according to new research. Men may like to think of themselves as experts of the outdoor grill but they are responsible for eight out of 10 accidents, causing an average of £383 of damage. Flammable garden features such as gazebos, wooden furniture, sheds and trees, safety experts are commonly accidentally set alight. Women have fewer accidents, but when they do have one they cause more damage with a typical bill of £525. Careless behaviour by tipsy grillers has caused fires in almost one garden in every 30 in Britain, according to the findings from insurance company More Than. With the Jubilee, the European Football Championships and the Olympics this summer, experts are warning that barbecue-related accidents will increase. Based on analysis of past figures, More Than estimates that there could be 900,000 garden fires before the end of August. Retailers are preparing for this weekend to be the first “barbecue weekend” of the summer. However excitement brought on by a combination of warm sunshine and cold beer can lead to Britons failing to take basic precautions when it comes to barbecuing. Janet Connor, More Than’s managing director, said: “For many, firing up the barbecue is a symbol that summer has finally arrived, and with the UK’s sketchy weather it’s no surprise that we want to

make the most of these outdoor occasions by enjoying a few drinks. “However, as this research shows, it doesn’t take much for a pleasant barbecue to turn into a smoky disaster.” Barbecue-related injuries have also risen in recent years. According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), almost 2,000 people are rushed to A&E units each year having had an accident involving a barbecue. The most common types of injuries are burns or scalding relating to the flame. Hundreds of people also go to hospital each year with injuries inflicted by the sharp edges of knives and other barbecue implements. Sheila Merrill, public health advisor at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), urged people to take “a few simple precautions” to protect themselves from barbecue injuries this summer. “With the arrival of warm and sunny weather and the forthcoming Jubilee celebrations, we’re expecting barbecues to be the order of the day for many people. “By taking a few simple precautions people can ensure that they have fun, eat well and stay out of A&E,” said Ms Merrill. RoSPA’s tips for barbecue safety include ensuring that the device is stable, never using it in an enclosed space and never pour petrol or mentholated spirits on it.

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Jubilee sandwich cake

Preheat oven to gas mark 5/190°C (170°C in a fan oven). In bowl of a food mixer add sugar, butter, eggs, flour, baking powder and milk, and using beaters, beat to a smooth and creamy batter, about 5-6 mins. Using a spatula, divide mixture evenly between tins and smooth tops. Put in oven to bake for about 25-45 mins or until golden on top and bouncy to touch – or insert a skewer and if it comes out clean it is ready (if not, give it a couple more mins). Remove from oven and leave to cool for 10 mins, then release from tins and sit on a cooling rack to cool completely. When ready to serve, whisk cream together

INGREDIENTS 225g/8oz caster sugar 225g/8oz softened butter

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email your recipes to editor@soltimes.com Eudoxia, an authentic Greek restaurant on Mojacar Playa, just 200m from Hotel Best Indalo, is not a typical Greek Restaurant. Customer satisfaction is of prime importance to Eudoxia staff, who ensure that when you visit them you come away happy, also having had a ‘proper’ taste of Greece, not using modern adaptations of old recipes, but traditional recipes cooked in the same was as 2000 years ago! The owner believes that the true taste sensation they serve comes from respect of the traditions in which way the ancient Greeks cooked so he uses no modern gimics, no fashionable dishes, just simple, tried and tested, delicious tasting Greek food which has stood the test of time. The surroundings in which you eat are more modern than the Acropolis though with comfortable interior and exterior seating areas and stunning views of the Mediterranean meaning that you need not travel far this summer to get a Greek experience! For more information or to reserve a table call 663 314 445.

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Vanilla fairy cakes

Preheat oven to gas mark 5/190°C (170°C in a fan oven). Add butter and sugar to bowl of a food mixer and using beaters, beat until pale and creamy, about 5 mins. Add vanilla extract and one egg along with 1tbsp fl our (to stop it curdling) and beat until combined. Add other egg and a little fl our and beat again. Fold in remaining flour and baking powder until all combined, then gently stir in yoghurt. It should be dropping consistency. Spoon equal amounts into paper cases. If you wish to make smaller cakes, use another tray and more cases. Put in oven to bake for about 20-25 mins until cakes are golden and springy to touch. Remove and leave for 5 mins, then remove from tin and sit on a cooling rack and leave to cool completely before icing. For white topping, add icing sugar to a bowl and drizzle in a little warm water and beat until smooth and fairly stiff, adding more water as needed (don’t make it too runny or you won’t

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ROQUETAS DE MAR National and Regional Holidays in 2012 1st January

New Year’s Day (Año Nuevo) National

2nd January

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6th January Epiphany (Epifanía del Señor) National 28th February Día de Andalucía

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5th April

Maundy Thursday National

6th April

Good Friday (Viernes Santo) National

1st May Labour Day (Fiesta del Trabajo) National 15th August Assumpton

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12th October Fiesta Nacional de España

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1st November All Saints’ Day (Todos los Santos)

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MARIA’S WEEKLY WORDS

Money - dinero Bills - billetes Coins - monedas Credit card - tarjeta de credito ATM - cajero automatic Cashier - cajera Vault - caja fuerte Accountant - contable

Saying of the Week

A quien cuida la peseta nunca le falta un duro literal translation… whoever looks after the peseta, will never be short of a duro (a duro equals 5 pesetas) equivalent to….look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves

For all your translations call Maria on 633 166 709

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........................... is now a drop in centre for any donations for the Mojonera Dog Sanctuary Thursday Night - BBQ lady lay..................................... Tuesday Night - Curry Night 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 & Wednesday 8.30pm Bingo Saturday Nights - Music with Brian, BBQ from 8pm Help for Heroes 1st event during Diamond Jubilee Week Wednesday 6th June - Charity Day

Roquetas de Mar, Aguadulce Almerimar, Vicar, La Envia Golf

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

Mobile: (0034) 663 426 921

info@enviapropertyservices.com

www.enviapropertyservices.com

Cristina - Erika Diez Mentzel 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 pas Ta

Tap

Bar

Spacious sunny outdoor terrace seating 24 SKY TV

Serving tapas, snacks, cocktails, sangria, coffees & cakes Open 10am - late (Closed Wednesday) FREE WI-FI Next door to Zurimar 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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SOL CLASSIFIEDS Airport services

www.AAparking.es Tel: 639 081 067

Airport services

Cheap

Airport, social &

Airport Parking

Alicante Almeria Murcia New

shopping run.

Servicing / Repairs

Tel: 663 429 521

Air-con Over 20 years experience Sales - Service - Installation Car A/C Re-gas & Top-up

call now for our

rs great summer offe

‘A’ rated, highly efficient inverter systems supplied & installed MD Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration ENERGY & ENSURES.L A BREAKDOWN TO PREVENT info@md-aircon.com EFFICIENT SAVING WHEN YOU MOST NEED YOUR A/C 950 432 110 / 607 364 917 HAVE YOUR UNITS SERVICED/CHECKED

tel: 607 364 917 or 950 432 110 • email: info@md-aircon.com md_aircon@mobileemail.vodafone.es FULLY QUALIFIED & LEGAL

alternative energy 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

c a rlo s s a l i e n te & plumbing heating for solar pool heating, solar hot water installations and repairs. call 950 930 900 or 968 969 962, email carlos.saliente@ gmail.com

auctions

BUY BUY Auction Subasta S.L. PROFESSIONAL AUCTION

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

baby hire

Professional Baby

La

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

MD Air-Conditioning & Refrideration S.L.

MD

blinds

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

CESSPIT

delivery & collection.

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

construction

• Pool constuction • m aintenance Installation of • building reforms fibreglass Septic tanks • project all areas covered 950091109 management

POZO & CESSPIT EMPTYING BLOCKED DRAINS R US

648768587

computers Steve Hayes Informatica

Matt Murray 647 841 750

matmurrayes@gmail.com

building property and

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

FOR SALE / BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY

5 coin operated internet computer kiosks. Complete set, webcams, headphone/Microphone. Already in-situ, but ideal for any family bar/restaurant.

Great earner!! Phone: 663 006 390

Advertise Cafe for sale

your business here!

Tel: 950 121 936 over or 902 750 190 €15,000 www.soltimes.com Telephone sales@soltimes.com

VidaRestaurant&Venue Cucador

busy trade in our restaurant we require:

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

Coloured gravel & all building materials Albox & Surrounding areas

tel: 648 509 453

drainage

A experienced Cook

Tel: 615 806 126 To join our busy team thebabyhirecentre@hotmail.com

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

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

condition. Size : 1,30 m X 0,50 m X 1,5 cm. 30€ Tel: 679 329 314 Pol New Fridge. Height Width 83cm, 54cm,Depth Excellent 51cm. condition. Buyer Excellent Rates must collect. €60 Tel: 666 684 593 Telephone Tony Solid Oak and 650 906 114 dress marble 2 with table Height drawers 78cm,Length From a pocket watch to a piano.... 11 0 c m ,W i d t h If it’s under 300€ you can advertise your items 50cm. Excellent condition. Buyer must collect. €80 ono. Tel:666 684 593 Amstrad Sky With DigiBox. €50. controller. EMAIL YOUR ITEMS FOR Buyer must collect. SALE TO Tel:666 684 593 SALES@SOLTIMES.COM E P I P H O N E E L E C T R I C PRIVATE ADVERTISERS ONLY GUITAR 1993 NO PETS Quality model. guitar. Excellent Black condition with gig bag, strap electrical and plectrum 120€ ONO. Tel: 958 063 060. AX10G KORG MULTIEFFECTS All electrical work undertaken PEDAL for electric including rewires, upgrades. guitar, with power We work inside or out & supply. Very good no job is too small air conditioning & alarms 60€ condition. FREE ESTIMATES & ADVICE ONO. Tel: 958 063 060 Office: 662 414 043 Gr andfather Mobile: 617 410 534 Clock for sale. info@cdelectricalservices.com Excellent Oak. www.cdelectricalservices.com working order Not ELECTRICIAN Knowles an Antique, about Neil Godwin & Abbott 20 years old 299€ 25 years experience no.1 for o.n.o. Tel: 634 313 Full electrics and 051 City & plumbing. Golf Clubs. 9 Guilds Re-wires, Irons, 2 Woods, free to air Putter, Bag and Fully insured UK satellite Trolley 50€ Tel: & legal Boletins supplied systems. 652 434 392

For Hire

with driver

SELL IT FAST sell it free

business opportunity

634 315 730

MINI DIGGER

& Seater 3 2 Seater Beige covered cloth settees, very good 125€ condition ono. Tel: 695 307 141 r a F D i s h w a s her VGC. 100€ Tel: 950 889 714 M a rble (rectangle piece, pink) in excellent

in the SOLTIMES

Tel: 950 120 900

in albox, serious offers only

for sale

DIGGER HIRE

free of charge

Equipment Hire Due to our garden expansion &

FREE

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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Flexible hours required If you enjoy the buzz of a busy kitchen, enjoy & inspire top class dishes in our restaurant and provide tasty pub grub in La Vida & garden patio

we want to meet you!

Call Chrissie on 647 379 878 or email

Drainage Solutions

• Emergency Drain Cleaning • High Pressure Water Jetting • CCTV Surveys • Drainage Repairs • Location of Cesspits • Qualified Engineer • Expert Reports

Established 7 years in spain

lavidacucador@gmail.com for more information Tel: 616 531 283 or 670 088 966

CD electrical SERVICES

Tel : 687 245 569

950 137 208 638 010 691

enclosures

fly screen

private wanted

LADIES watch WANTED must Fly sreens be good make sliding, pull down & & quality private doors made to measure buyer tel 647 379 ENCLOSURE can be seen on 878 SPECIALISTS display at cat services alfoquia for more GLASS hobby/craft info or SCREENS Elaine’s Wools free quote Come and see us on the quality UK wool & contact graham Albox road for a free no accessories. Also 620 112 193 obligation quote available at 630 493 817 C a m p o s o l Call 695 118 960 Mazarron & on the Arboleas forum. gardening Call 667 273 889 elaines wools@ gmail.com

potty finca services

professional tree felling & pruning,

home security

including all types of palm trees

Ne i ghbo u r Watch hood in Spain Contact and information on our website www. nhwinspain.com or Geoff Salter Tel. 620417777

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


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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

plumbing

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

Candy is a Chihuahua cross she is about 5 years old, and measures14 inches high. She gets on Norway’s with other dogs but NUMBER PLATES answer to not with cats. She has been chipped heating and has had all her your vaccinations. Please home in call Helping Animals see our main ad on Almanzora on Spain the news pages 634 332 978 if you are GB Puppy Rescue interested in giving Tel: 634 312 171 Candy a loving home. - Charity shop www.neaterheater.es in Calle Malaga, Albox. Monday Carlos (Saliente) plumbing & to Saturday 10 heating services. If it involves water, 2pm Market stalls Tess was in a bad state when found we can help! www.carlossaliente.com at Albox Tuesday but is now fit and market and Tel: 968 969 962 healthy & needs a Don’t take a chance! Saturday bootfair. permanent home. Don’t break the Law! New Puppy Her nature is very house clearance loving & she enjoys Rescue helpline Let us take the hassle lots of attention. She 690 143 140 www. away from you and responds well on & Cash payment waiting re-register your vehicle puppyrescue off the lead and is inspain.org very happy mixing for all your unwanted on to Spanish plates with dogs she does not know. She is very cat friendly pA L O M I N O goods, also business & generally an all round lovely dog. She was found at WE PROMISE TO BEAT k E N N E L S the end of August last year and is approximately 2 yrs stock liquidations ANY GENUINE QUOTATION old. She is chipped & neutered.If you can help Tess Exclusive boarding For a full service contact: please ring 663 762 642, the APSA homing officer. carried out. ke n n e l s /c a t t e r y Alan 662 249 159 Tel: 950 067 051 www.replatematecostablanca.com Ken & Jackie woodhouse boarding Little Zoo kennels & cattery Dog & Cat now have a arboleas opticians Sitter selction of young tel: 689 023 602 or Small friendly kennels, service Optica Albox All your optical needs, birds for sale Your home or ours. 24hr vets service, pet 618 725 567 eye tests, hearing tests, contact lenses Budgies 8€ each Honest & trust worthy. transporting arranged, Java Finches 12€ cashandcarry54@yahoo.co.uk Tel: 950 121 991 3 years experience of

“RE-PLATE” MATE

E

Lovely dog needs a home

call cash & carry clearances

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 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

painter / decorator

PAINTING INSIDE & OUT

all types of animals. References available on request.

Tel: 950 067 943 or 676 389 592

Make over your home this year

10% off with this advert Tel Graham on 620 112 193 or 630 493 817

• 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

painter & decorating

ministry approved Tracy Mobile 650 211 952

Hi we are brothers & our names are Bill & Ben. We are approximately 1 year old. We were abandoned on the drive way of the foundation as puppies. We are friendly & loveable and love fuss & attention. We can be homed separately. Come & play with us soon at The Dog House. Call Paul on:626766073 or email thedoghse@hotmail. com

All quality products

Mike Huskinson & Daughter

welcome to view

Are you..? t

A  ble to work to deadlines?

t

S  miling when the pressure is on?

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

t

painting & decorating

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

t

quality work guaranteed

Best prices around

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

If you wish us to print an article about a particular topic in our regular space Tel Alan: 950 450 174 or on pg 16, please email info@daviessolicitors.com 600 268 176

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

plasterer

C A R L O S S A L I E N T E Plumbing and Heating offer machined boiler decals for gas water heaters for just €65 – aguafuerte is not the answer! Call 950 930 900 or 968 969 962, email carlos.saliente@ gmail.com

A&E Taylor – Gas boiler & plumbing repairs. Tel: 618 062 080

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

properties for sale / rent

Property to Rent Los carasoles

Villa with lots of land

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

450€ pcm

call to view: 609 199 394 detatched Villa for sale completion project, villa with room for a pool, brick built upto & incl roof, exceptional views, 10mins to main town, fully legal & escritura,

75,000€

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

British plasterer All work guarenteed Tel Paul Build 256 m², Terrace 100m², Plot 1200 m² 634 327 201 Telephone 649 186 107 email for more info at thunderpaul2003@hotmail.com

bargain! bargain! only €150,000 ono

property to rent urcal

2 bed casita furnished or unfurnished NEWSPAPER GROUP with fully fitted kitchen, shower room, Are looking for someone special lounge with log burner. Large fly free patio, small garden with shed & FIELD SALES An exciting use of allotment. a quiet setting with opportunity for REPRESENTATIVE lovely views within a large fenced area with private parking but only the right person mins from the motorway & Huercal If you enjoy Overa. C  onfident & energetic?

Friendly, Professional, Clean, Efficient

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

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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!

mojacar

meeting business people and feel that you can bring energy and purpose to the role, we would like to hear from you.

We provide Full and on-going training Good working conditions Good package available for the right person Mobile phone & expenses Flexible hours

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

300€pcm inc water

phone Lynne on: 666 281 323 Arboleas. First floor flat overlooking RENTAL the rambla. Four lift PROPERTIES bedrooms, access nice views, NEEDED central location, In all Coastal & part furnished. Inland areas. www.citrushomes-spain.com 300€ pcm long term citrushomes-hq@hotmail.com preferred. Available Telephone immediately 609 638 849 254 199 394. Property to Rent Los carasoles Villa with lots of land 3 large bedrooms, 1 en suite, fully furnished, large pool in 2000sqm land 450€ pcm call to view: 609 199 394

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


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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

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

Full or half loads, plus

796 9123588

Floor and Wall Tiling Specialist 25 years experience

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

Call Steve Holman

Tel: 697 678 708

storage

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

Advertise your business here! Tel: 950 121 936 or 902 750 190 www.soltimes.com

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

See our main advert on page 5

Large van DAVE’S TRANSPORT

car transport.

sTABLES

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

situations vacant

Staff Urgently Beautician needed for a required busy cafe, to work a couple la Conception of days a week area throughout August for part/full time tel: 664 619 819 or 679 207 545

holiday cover in Albox Call 697 704 400

sales@soltimes.com

motoring section car parts

for sale

Renault scenic 1.9tdi, 2002,

Spanish Registered, 12 months tax, 9 months itv, Full Service history 1600€ plus transfer fee

Tel: 950 106 319 Moped

for sale

1,100€

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

Tel Shaun: 610324666

Motorbike for sale suzuki marauder VZ800cc

Car parts

on Spanish Plates Need quality new parts for any car reg 2001, ITV July 2013, with standard exhaust & for sensible prices on all parts custom, 4500 miles, VGC Clutches, Brakes, alternators, service kits Starter Motors, headlights 3100€ ono Telephone

649 616 643

Citroen C3 HDi 70 Furio 1.4 (Diesel), White 5 door 2005, A/C, twin air bags, Taxed until May 2013 Dealer serviced, 116.000 km

3,800€ ono

Reason for sale returning to England.

Tel 662 244 199

Moped 50cc, 4 years old, excellent condition. Taxed, ITV - June 2013, 4,000km. 350€. Tel: 650 793 913. (Roquetas) Kymco Darkside Cruiser. Less than 2 years old. 125cc, taxed, 2,200km. Excellent condition. 1,250€. Tel: 650 793 913 (Roquetas)

Free quote go online or phone www.carpartsinspain.com

or telephone 692 930 326

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

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

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

Tel: 678 048 808

wanted

people carrier All types of or mini bus wanted service, repair & ITV to buy testing. Fully qualified and cash waiting legal with over 35 years must be Diesel experience spanish Ring Mike or Chris: plated & 628 350 178 or 636 824 974 reliable call d.b auto paramedics Mobile Mechanic 609 199 394

Mikes Mobile Mechanics

call Dave on 678 487 689

wanted

WANTED

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

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.

CITROEN RELAY 2.8 LWB. High Top, 2002

Low Mileage, Alarmed. FSH. Taxed End December 2012 MOT September 2012 Very clean and tidy vehicle €2500 ono or swap for Spanish Estate or smaller van considered

mechanics

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, garden washing CARS, VANS, LORRIES, TRACTORS, clea rances, machines, skips supp MACHINERY PLANT TRAILERS, lied microwaves, 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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Alqueria

The Riverside Holiday Village, Alqueria - part 3 The mood in the village was ugly. The Rattlebag family of Rotherham had failed to return from a pony trek in the Sierra Alhamilla. Their relations in Yorkshire had received a ransom note from El Tonto, a local petty criminal demanding a ridiculous amount of money for their freedom. True to his name he had put a return address on the envelope. The Guardia Civil swooped on his hideout arresting him and freeing the family. The Rattlebags said they preferred life as a captive rather than in the Riverside Holiday Village and thanked El Tonto as he was led away. To try and avert an uprising amongst the holiday makers Manuela was ordered to bring some fun into their daily lives. Unfortunately, she took this entirely the wrong way and was arrested for corrupting morals. The Río Verde situation was desperate. Of the eight children that entered the ‘Little Dolphins’ Fun Race’ only two left the water unscathed. Three had to be rescued from the River’s evil slow moving slime. Two developed a disgusting foot fungus with the most foul odour and one barely survived a tugof-war between his Mother and some unidentified amphibious creature unknown to science. Ambulances ferried the sick, injured and chronically depressed to the Hospital Santa Maria Magdalena in Almería thinning out the residents of the Holiday Village. One of the holiday chalets collapsed putting a further four in the casualty department. The weight of a glider they were constructing in the roof space

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS...

Elton John cancels Vegas shows on doctors’ orders Sir Elton John has pulled out of three performances of his current Las Vegas residency, after being taken to hospital with a respiratory infection. The singer was admitted to Los Angeles’ Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre on Wednesday, but released the same day. Doctors have advised the 65-year-old star against working while he completes a course of antibiotics. The remaining 11 concerts of his Million Dollar Piano residency at Caesars Palace take place in October.

“Elton developed a serious respiratory infection last weekend while performing at The Colosseum on Sunday, May 20,” said a statement by his publicist, Fran Curtis. “This week the condition worsened, even with medication and rest, resulting in Elton being hospitalised.” The statement added that the singer underwent “extensive tests” and was recommended to take “complete rest” for “approximately seven days... to cure his respiratory infection and prevent any

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We’ve had a hectic few weeks what with Holy Communions for various cousins and my Dad moving back to Ireland. Dad is one of the many who moved down to Spain with the dream of his place in the sun and it unfortunately turned sour. I feel very much to blame for inviting him down to be near us, but as it has sadly happened to so many people I really hope that slowly but surely the system here does get better to enable those who wish to live here can do so with confidence. It just means that typing this is quite difficult with my sore hands after spending the weekend lugging boxes, bags and bits to pack into the car. “It’ll all go in” Dad had said... ha ha, that was until things kept on appearing that needed to fit in. Off they went yesterday with the car weighted down and my fingers crossed that they’ll make it up to Santander for the ferry. After we waved them off I then started a marathon cleaning session in our friend’s house where Dad had been staying. My two boys were so well behaved, even with no telly, and actually played nicely together in the garden for the whole time. Maybe that is an example of physically taking the tv out of the house that can turn out be a good thing. Both though were sad to say goodbye. They have seen him every day for over nine months and being little they don’t really understand the problems experienced here. I guess it is the same for so many people at the moment. Times are so tricky and especially if you are of working age. There is no work, or if there is there are hundreds of people applying. I’m really thinking that soon there may have to be a charity set up for Brits in trouble, the red cross of the St George flag has been nabbed already but being serious, I really think that there are British people here struggling and have nowhere to turn. Maybe let’s start the conversation to find out how many people are trying to get by with children, or without, on 300 euros with mortgages to pay (and those who then have that payment stopped and have nothing). We are a generation who are depending on our parents, and that is the guilt we suffer from as our parents should be enjoying their retirement. Spain is a lovely country but it’s burnt so many fingers that they really have to sort things out from top to bottom. There are so many well priced properties for people to make a good buy and live happily here but buyers need to do their homework first.

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was the cause. Other bids for freedom included a tunnel which accidentally came out under the main drain and four people who almost asphyxiated after climbing inside a vaulting horse. Then the beer ran out. Unable to pay the wholesaler all supplies were stopped. The holiday makers took over the camp driving out the staff. This was counterproductive as the only beer within ten miles was in the bar La Casa Devante and the Golondrina Verde both in Alqueria. As dawn broke it was obvious that The Riverside Holiday Village, Alqueria was empty, completely deserted. Where the holiday makers went is a complete mystery. No enquiries have ever been made into their fate, no one has complained about missing kith and kin. The SPLAT charter-flight never made the UK bound leg of its journey. In yet another unusual show of village unity it was decided never to mention the enterprise again. Rodriquez piled kindling against the chalets’ walls and set fire to the complex. He successfully claimed the insurance making five Euros and 45 cents profit on the venture. damage”. Sir Elton added his own apologies: “All I can say to the fans is ‘sorry I can’t be with you’.” “I love performing the show and I will be thrilled when we return to the Colosseum in October to complete the 11 concerts.” Sir Elton was previously forced to cancel two concerts in February, after he came down with food poisoning. The singer, whose hits include Your Song and Candle in the Wind, began his threeyear headlining stint in Las Vegas in September last year. Earlier this week, he dedicated his track Don’t Let

the Sun Go Down on Me to Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb, who died at the weekend. “The Bee Gees were part of my life when I was growing up; they were a huge influence on me as a songwriter,” he told the audience. “Travel well Robin - you were amazing. God bless you.” The singer is expected to perform at The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace on 4 June, before embarking on a tour of Europe in June and July. He returns to the United States and Canada for a series of concerts in September, before completing the Las Vegas residency.


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Back in the 80’s when such technology was fairly new, we had a secretary at work who absolutely refused to exchange her typewriter for one of those ‘new-fangled word processing things’ and eventually left, rather than accept the inevitable. A shame, as in all other respects she was a brilliant secretary, but her refusal to accommodate change rendered her effectively unemployable in a modern and competitive society. I suspect that many of us may have some sympathy with this secretary, as change can be very daunting and most of us prefer to cling to what we know. In this regard many doubtless regard the Church as the epitome of stability, as represented by the phrase “As it was, is now and ever shall be, World without end”, with which it is so often associated. But whilst God himself may be unchanging, we Christians actually need to be ready and willing at any time to face the most challenging of changes if we are truly to be led and inspired by his spirit. This of course was a lesson the disciples learnt very quickly when the Holy Spirit first came, as celebrated by the Church this past Sunday. In that instant they changed from frightened outcasts, concerned for their lives, to outspoken evangelists, criticising and challenging the very leaders they had but minutes earlier, so feared. And they’d found a new direction, a new confidence, a new authority and a new purpose in life, which quite literally enabled them to change the World, as they gained linguistic ability enabling everyone to understand them. And that should be the common experience of all Christians today, but too often we find ourselves, like the disciples before Pentecost, merely keeping our heads down; disturbed by the continuing degradation of our culture, but doing and saying little. How desperately society today needs Christians entirely filled with God’s Holy Spirit, having that new direction, confidence, authority and purpose that, as the early Church, we may have courage to publicly challenge our nation’s drift from faith. 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

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When I was little, a popular party game was ‘Stick the Tail on the Donkey; a similar game involving being twirled around blind folded and then trying to hit something soft hanging from a tree. I made up my own version aged 9 years old with almost tragic consequences for my 3 year old brother Justin. We had a hexagon shaped climbing frame that had a T-shaped steel bar hanging as a swing in the middle. One fateful day I removed the 6 foot long bar and as the oldest kid in the street I manage to persuade friends and my 2 brothers to stand in a circle whilst standing in the middle I slowly swung it round me with all ducking as it came towards them. Everyone thought it great fun and ducked in time except unfortunately Justin who was a bit slow off the mark and I managed to hit him slap bang in between the eyes with what now looking back on it was a pickaxe with a 6 foot long handle. Parents came screaming out of the house as Justin laid there out cold with blood pouring; I cried out the catch- all excuse ‘it was an accident!’ I think my parents with 3 energetic boys thought that when we had moved home a few years before; that it would be a good idea to live within a 5 minute drive of the The 3 boys on the climbing frame local casualty department where we sensibly held a season ticket anyway. Justin was fine but to this day has sinus problems. July 1971 Years later overnighting at a girlfriends house, I woke in the middle of the night with a searing pain between my eyes and my face felt strangely wet. The bedroom was pitch black and so I woke my girlfriend up and she sympathetically told me to ‘shut up its nothing go back to sleep!’ So I did. At daylight my pillow and face looked like a scene out of the movie starring Vincent Price and Kenny Everett Blood bath at the house of death. There was a massive gash on the bridge of my nose which had been caused by the steel lampshade of a Directors lamp; the clamp had failed so it had fallen at speed onto my bonce. The scar is still there from the moment I fondly recall as the time God got me back. Anyway back to donkeys as I like donkeys, instead of playing Pin the Tail on the Donkey, I now have a new and safer version that does not involve swinging a steel bar around my head. No instead each morning and evening I venture out armed with nothing more sinister than a couple of pieces of fruit and vegetables and play look for the donkey as everyday he mysteriously gets moved to a new spot in the valley. I say strangely as in 2 summers now I have never seen anyone untie him and lead him to pastures new. Stephen Amore has lived in Almeria since July 2006 and owns Findmeahome estate agency. Writing on a variety of topics close to his heart such as environmental issues, animal welfare, food and drink, music and travel, as well as commenting on the absurdities of living in Spain! email: stephen@findmeahome.es - www.facebook.com/stephen.amore

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BMW and Italian design house Zagato have teamed up to produce a one-off show car - the BMW Zagato Coupe. Revealed at the Villa d’Este Concours on the banks of Lake Como, Italy, the Z4 Roadster-based model is the latest in a series of high-profile projects from Zagato, which include the £400,000 Aston Martin V12 Zagato revealed earlier this year. The swooping bodywork is handrolled from aluminium sheet and cleverly blends the two company’s design philosophies. The interior is largely carried over from the Z4, while the twin kidney grille at the front (which uses hundreds of small ‘Zs’

locked together to create a mesh effect) is unmistakeably BMW. The double-bubble roof, powerful haunches and aerodynamic Kamm-tail rear-end are classic Zagato cues. Although strictly a one-off, the BMW Zagato Coupe is fully road legal and registered in Germany - it’s even undergone high-speed testing. It adheres to all crash regulations and the aerodynamics have been optimed for stability at high speeds. As for power output, BMW is staying tightlipped about what’s under bonnet, but the 335bhp turbocharged 3.0-litre straight-six from the Z4 sDrive35is seems likely.

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• L ast Saturday, new England manager Roy Hodgson got off to winning start when his charges beat Norway 1-0 in Oslo, Ashley Young the scorer. • Other recent ‘friendly’ results include Republic of Ireland 1 (Shane Long on target) Bosnia & Herzegovina. 0, Brazil 3 Denmark 1, Spain 2 Serbia 0, USA 5 Scotland 1 and Switzerland 5 Germany 3 (yes, that’s right). • Goal-line technology will be tested at Saturday’s EnglandBelgium clash at Wembley. However, it will not be referred to if there are contentious decisions. “It’s just a trial” said an official. • Roberto Martinez could be Liverpool’s tenth at manager since Bill Shankly. The Wigan boss was due to have talks at Anfield yesterday. • Barcelona lifted the Copa Del Rey for the 26th time by beating Athletic Bilbao 4-1 in the 109th final last Friday. • Lionel Messi scored his record-breaking 73rd club goal of the season in that game. • The two FL play-off finals last weekend saw Huddersfield Town beat Sheffield United 8-7 on penalties (Terriers’ ‘keeper Alex Smithies netted the winning spot-kick) to reach the Championship Crewe defeated Cheltenham 2-0 to climb in League One. • For the first time ever all five members of GB’s men gymnasts reached the final of their respective event at the World Championships in Montpelier, France. • Three-time super-middleweight world boxing champion Carl Froche battered Lucian Bute in five rounds at Nottingham last Saturday. • Mark Webber won last Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix... the sixth different driver to take the chequered flag in six races so far this season. • Harlequins claimed their first-ever Aviva Rugby League Championship by beating Leicester 30-23 in a pulsating final. • The BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth was won in style by Luke Donald who has also regained top spot as the World’s number one golfer. • And Henrietta Knight, who trained racehorse Best Mate to three Cheltenham Gold Cup victories, has retired. She wants to spend more time with her husband, former champion NH jockey Terry Biddlecombe, who suffered a stroke last year. • England beat the West indies by nine wickets (111-1)

Boat Fishing. ‘Brian Cuba’s’ last couple of trips out have resulted in a good sized octopus for Mark but he let it break the surface before Brian could get the net ready and it threw the weight and went straight down again. ‘Admiral Phil’ got a nice moray eel but again he didn’t manage to get it on board but did get a large pandora that was also on the line. They caught about ten mackerel, loads of pandoras, several large combers and three of four ‘gold fish’! After ‘Orca Steve’s’ abandoned trip with me, ‘Chef Jeremy’ and ‘Desert Springs John’ when a Spanish fisherman turned us around Steve decided to spend a few hours doing some boat repairs and cleaning. Whilst he was knelt on the swim platform with his arm in the water checking the tightness of the platform support bolts an unsuspecting mullet came swimming close to the surface not aware of his presence. Now for those who have seen these harbour mullet in Garrucha they know how timid and clever these fish are, except for this one. As the fish passed he brought his hand up under its belly and quickly tossed it onto the boat, a bit like trout tickling! This was followed by a round of applause by Domingo and

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boxers golf society................ A visit to Playa Serena was a great success with a good mix of members and guests. The course was excellent, the tapas and drinks went down well and Playa Serena were the perfect hosts. Results: Overall winner: Paul Holley Div 1 1st Paul Holley, 2nd Gary

Key (Guest), 3rd George Judd Div 2 1st Richard Measures, 2nd Colin Waters,3rd Tony Harwin (Capt) Div 3 1st Pam Partridge, 2nd Eric Bence, Nearest pins Dave France, Rick Rouche and George Judd 2’s : Dave France Boxers Inbetweenie Visit to Desert Springs on Monday

really. ‘London Bill’ has been catching a few mullet and various bream species, nothing big. Coarse Fishing: Lake Argos in Murcia has been fishing reasonably well with match weights to 85lbs and the River Segura to 63lbs. ‘Baza Barry’ has been concentrating his efforts in Murcia and fished Argos and caught a lot of carp but nothing over 2lbs. 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. 21st May was enjoyed by 24 members with the overall winner Phil Rylands. 38pts Boxers golf society future events are a visit to Roda Golf resort on Thursday 31st May. Guests are welcome with bus transport from Albox and Arboleas. Boxers Ladies Night will be held at Kubitan’s Arboleas Meson on Friday 1st June.

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Juan the harbour Capitanos who witnessed the whole event. As soon as the weather improved Steve was out with ‘Kayak Steve’, ‘Rambling Trevor’, ‘Palomete Ian’ and ‘Cucador Jeff’ on a bright sunny day with a light south westerly wind and a slight swell. Steve decided to anchor up from the outset on the sand bank 1km out from the Garrucha harbour wall in approximately 160ft with a rubby dubby bag of cat food, halibut pellets and fish bits attached to the anchor. The lads were soon into fish landing lots of pandoras, combers, pickerels and more bogues than Steve has ever seen caught in one session. The fishing stayed brisk all day with the highlight being Ian catching a small Palomete. This fish took one of the raw prawn baited feathers about 3m from the surface as Ian was bringing up a pandora. It gave him a good fight for a couple of minutes with everyone on the boat excited to see what type of fish he had on. See photo of Ian and his palomete. With Steve’s last trip out being a successful one with plenty of fish caught he decided to take ‘Sparky John’, ‘Desert Springs John’, ‘Turre John’ and a nice guy now named ‘Pulpo Charlie’ out to fish the same spot. The swell was reasonable at 0.5m with quite a strong southerly current and a blustery south wind so Steve again decided to anchor up on the sand bank with rubby dubby attached to the anchor. They were all soon catching fish with pandoras, bogues, weavers, pickerels and combers landed and a

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19th Hole Golf Society........... Urcal GS......... With the Aguillon course in beautiful condition the 19th Hole Golf Society enjoyed an excellent days golf. This course, rated the 3rd hardest in Andulacia, is always challanging especially to the higher handicappers today was no different. A wide range of scores were recorded in this Singles Stableford competition, and a large number of balls lost!!. Ron (The Rocket) Curtis playing off 28 came home with an excellent score of 36 points and will no doubt attract the close attention of the handicap secretary!!! Harry Eels had a good round

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recording a very creditable 33 points Results: 1st Ron (The Rocket) Curtis 36 points (28); 2nd Brian (Dee) Lowden 35points (13); 3rd Harry Eels 33 points (24) Nearest the pin: 14th hole, Brian (Dee) Lowden; 17th hole Peter Easthope. The 19th hole G/S are now arranging weekly games at various courses in the area, our home course which we will play fortnightly, is Aguilon. If you are interested in joining the 19th hole give the secretary a ring on 610 340 653 or email gs19thhole@hotmail.co.uk

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With hollow tinning the greens taking place at Valle Del Este 26 members travelled to Desert Springs on Tuesday. The condition of the course was excellent, however the strong wind played a big part on the day as was reflected in the scores. The winner on the day was John Maine with 31pts 2nd Bob Mearing 30pts 3rd Cliff Leslie 29pts 4th Sean Walsh 29pts. Nearest the pins were John Maine and Ann Miles. Friday and back to Valle Del Este and the hollow tinned greens where everyone forecast a low scoring day with the sand quite visible on

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