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Spanish banking bailout fails to calm market nerves

Spain’s borrowing costs rise closer to levels considered unsustainable – dragging Italy towards danger zone A bailout of up to €100bn for Spain’s ailing banks failed to calm nerves about the future of the euro on Monday amid confusion over the plan’s details and worries that Greek voters might choose to abandon the single currency, according to a report by the Guardian newspaper. ‘The hurried bailout announcement after an emergency video conference of eurozone finance ministers at the weekend was meant to ease pressure on Spain and other troubled European economies ahead of Sunday’s elections in Greece. But Spain’s borrowing costs rose on Monday, nudging closer to levels that are considered unsustainable and dragging Italy towards the danger zone. Europe’s stock markets fell slightly, despite an early bounce, the FTSE 100 in London finishing down 0.05%. Investors worried about uncertainty over the amount of bailout money Spain would take, the

mechanism for providing it and the conditions attached to the deal. “The size of the deal is meant to show a real commitment on the part of the eurozone to stabilise the system,” said Robert Pavlik, of Banyan Partners. “However, this just moves the problem down the road and shows how nervous the EU was going into the Greek election.” Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy’s triumphant approach to the bailout appeared to annoy Germany and other eurozone countries who must persuade sceptical voters that the money is well spent. As he tries to escape the devastating political price paid by other European leaders who have asked for bailouts, Rajoy has told Spaniards that the €100bn comes with no strings attached except for the banks receiving the money. He refuses to call it a bailout. But Germany’s finance minister, Wolfgang Schäuble, warned that – as with Greece, Portugal and Ireland

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targets. Rajoy’s achievement in limiting the explicit conditions to Spain’s banks has been broadly welcomed in a country that believes the rest of its economy needs no international oversight. But those countries already under troika control warned that they will demand a revision of their bailout terms if Spain receives special treatment. Investors worried that the bailout was a temporary solution to Spain’s problems as it falls back into recession and suffers 24% unemployment. The IMF said on Friday that Spain’s former savings banks and some of its medium-sized commercial banks would jointly need at least €40bn. The government has said it will wait for two independent auditors to produce valuations of Spain’s total bank assets before deciding how much money to ask for. They will make their first reports by 21 June and government sources have already suggested they will be close to the IMF figures.



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The centre of Almería was the setting for the ‘Noche en Blanco’, a Municipal initiative which ran from eight in the evening until two in the morning, turning the downtown districts into a great recreational and cultural spectacular. 60 free activities took place in 30 different venues, and involved nearly a hundred shops and catering establishments. The ‘Noche en Blanco’ was organised by the Área de Desarrollo Económico, Empleo y Nuevas Tecnologías, and had as its main objectives the promotion of culture, commercial revitalisation and the creation of new centres of attraction for active tourism, all with the common purpose of revaluing and revitalising the Old Town. The municipally owned cultural resources involved were: Refuges of the Civil War, the Arab Wells, the Apollo Theatre and the Maestro Padilla Auditorium. Timed by the Ayuntamiento to co-incide with the ‘Noche en Blanco’ were the openings of the Alcazaba, the Andalucian Centre of Photography, the Interpretation Centre Gate and the Museum of Almería. Private collaboration came from: the Casa de Las Mariposas, the Casa de los Puche, MECA Mediterráneo Centro Artístico. Puerta de Purchena hosted a fashion show at the Plaza de San Pedro, which included a giant scalextric, while the Plaza del Educador hosted dance, theatre and concerts. Plaza Pablo Cazard showed flamenco, while Plaza Vieja staged a show of spectacular flying lanterns. On the night the shops remained open until midnight, with discounts and special offers on purchases.


The Área de Turismo del Ayuntamiento has announced an interactive tourist initiative entitled ‘Almería te da más’. It comes in the form of a blog entitled ‘Almería gives you more, and allows tourists visiting the city to share their impressions and experiences of such emblematic places as the Alcazaba, the Old Town, the Cathedral and the English Cable, (Cable Inglés). This summer season will end with the launch of a photo contest, details of which are not yet available. However, the address of the blog where visitors can share their experiences of Almería is: http://almeriatedamas.


The Managing Director of the Hospital de Poniente has been forced to return to Paraguay. According to latest information the manageress, Maria Garcia Agapita Cubillo, is to return to Paraguay, due to cut-backs. A Hospital spokesperson said that ‘The reduction of one management position

The beaches of Almeria have renewed the Q for quality award, and regained the Blue Flag. The beaches of Cabo de Gata, Costacabana, El Toyo and urban areas of San Miguel, Las Conchas and El Palmeral have renewed the Q de Calidad Turística, awarded by the Ministerio de Industria, Energía y Turismo. The Q for Quality refers to a range of services available to users on the beaches, while the Blue Flag relates to other key aspects such as accessibility, safety, water and sand quality and beach maintenance. The Blue Flag has been awarded to a 1,300 metre stretch of coastline that runs between the beach of San Miguel up to the beginning of the Playa de Nueva Almería, and has been made with an investment of 350,000€. Mayor Carlos Sanchez said that ‘plans are in hand to include the Playa de Cabo de Gata in next year’s list.’ He added that ‘this Plan officially starts on June 15, but we will forward to this Saturday, June 9, although some important aspects, such as the showers, toilets and disabled access are not yet in operation, though they

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An earthquake of 3.3 degrees with an epicentre northwest of Arboleas was recorded at around 12.30 hours last Thursday. The 112 Emergency Service received about a dozen phone calls, the earthquake has been noted in addition to Arboleas in the towns of Albox, Zurgena, Cuervas del Almanzora and Huércal Overa, but according to reports has caused no significant damage.

The Policía Nacional have uncovered a fraud involving false employment contracts for foreigners and offered through a consultant. The organisation offered false contracts of employment to illegal immigrants to apply for residence permits in the foreign office for a fee of between 1,000 and 1,500 euros, and using the name of a fictitious construction company. The three arrested, two women and a man, formed a business network in which the organisation ran a Romanian consultancy from a business premises in Carretera Alicún in Roquetas de Mar. On of the detainees is a Romanian entrepreneur, who offered construction and labour contracts on behalf of his non-existent company. The third person arrested is of Senegalese nationality, and acted as an intermediary, offering immigrants employment contracts in exchange for money. The investigation, conducted by the UCRIF of the Policía Nacional, was instigated by a number of complaints to the Police by the victims of the fraud. Police learned of the existence of the consultancy in Roquetas de Mar and run by one of the detainees, who would pretend to maintain working relationships with employees in order to obtain improper Social Security benefits, residence and work permits for foreign citizens or other frauds such as the collection of compensation Fund Wage Guarantee (FOGASA) or maternity benefits. So far around thirty Moroccan and Sub-Saharan people have been defrauded of around 35,000 euros. could hire a guard, an auxiliary nurse and an administrative nurse for the basic salary of the manager.’ The Law Offices of various Unions represented in the APES Hospital de Poniente, are finalising the details of a complaint to the Managing Director for refusing to pay part of wages for the year 2011 to the workers. They are also

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An ongoing miners’ strike has caused widespread chaos throughout the northern region of Asturias, with demonstrators blocking roads and train-tracks, leaving 214 passengers stuck on the high-speed Madrid-Gijón line.

region is inaccessible from Colunga onwards due to a huge barricade being installed across all four lanes.

Now into its 11th day, the picket – which was sparked by government cutback announcements – is gathering strength, with sit-ins, hundreds of protesters cutting off major highways, a huge concrete beam thrown across the railway line linking Asturias with the capital and the power lines sabotaged.

Crowds have blocked the east- and west-bound carriageways of the A-6 Madrid-A Coruña motorway and the N-VI trunk road.

Two Alvia trains have been held up since 11.00hrs this morning, one in Pola de Lena (Asturias) and another in La Pola de Gordón (León). The N-630 in Ciñera (Asturias) is now impassable in either direction due to rocks and stones piled all over the carriageway, and the A-8 motorway across the

Shops stand on their heads

Numerous high-street stores turned upside-down last Thursday for charity. Zara, Springfield, Mango, Cortefiel, Pedro del Hierro, El Corte Inglés, Women’s Secret, C&A, and the Movistar shops managed by Telyco will have their shop-window mannequins and other displays on their heads. This bizarre move is to support the SOMOS campaign driven by 25 charities, in recognition of the three million members and regular donors across Spain. Even the post office will issue stamps bearing the image of SOMOS, and on-line companies such as eBay, Yell Publicity, Atrápalo, Privalia, Meetic and others have jumped on board. SOMOS is a type of confederation of 25 Spanish charities of all sizes which come under the umbrella of the Spanish Fundraising Association and are supported by Bain & Company.

A sit-in on the street outside the MPs’ office in Oviedo has been ongoing since Monday and is set to continue, as is a lock-in of 10 miners in the pits at Candín and Santiago.

Record temperatures as east coast hits 37ºC

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Spanish bond yields jump after rating downgrade

The yield on 10-year Spanish bonds rose sharply on Friday after a brutal downgrade on Spain by Fitch ratings agency and amid speculation that a bailout for Madrid was imminent. At around 0930 GMT the rate of return

for investors on 10-year Spanish bonds on the secondary bond market rose to 6.177 percent from 6.061 percent at the close of trading on Thursday. The Spanish yield had eased in recent days, even dipping below the closely-

Personal assets protected when self-employed traders go bust

Self-employed persons and business owners will no longer have to risk losing their personal assets if their outfit goes belly-up, according to a new law currently in the draft stage. According to the president of the national federation of self-employed workers, Lorenzo Amor (pictured), the legislation will include a limit on assets that can be seized by courts and creditors when a company winds up or a sole trader ceases his or her activity. “It’s illogical that the family home is left unprotected when things do not go well for a self-employed person,” Amor stated. The draft bill is being examined by the ministry of tax affairs, and will also mean

people who work for themselves will not have to pay IVA on invoices they have not yet received the money for. Initially, this will only be the case when the debtor is a public-sector entity, but may eventually applies to all non-paying clients. Amor says any new law should make life as easy as possible for those who take the step of striking out on their own or starting up a business, since they are ‘the force behind economic recovery and creating employment’. In Spain, 80 per cent of firms have less than two employees or are one-man bands, and they create nearly 40 per cent of the country’s jobs.

Parents face loss of custody where children do not belt up in the back

Small children who do not ride in fitted car-seats could be taken away from their parents, warns the prosecution service. And older children who do not wear seatbelts could face the same fate. These drastic measures will apply after the parent driving has been fined on three or more occasions for not having their children in car-seats or seatbelts as applicable. Traffic prosecutor Bartolomé Vargas said police will be instructed to notify his department on the third occasion a parent is stopped and sanctioned. At this point, the children’s prosecution service will decide whether there are grounds for ‘taking protective measures’ concerning the youngster’s safety. Where

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watched level of six percent. Fitch slashed Spain’s credit rating by three notches on Thursday, from “A” to “BBB” -- just above junk status -- and warned it would likely stay in recession this year and next. The cut moved Madrid a step closer to needing an international bailout, following the path of Greece, Ireland and Portugal, as it grapples with a fiscal crisis undermined by a struggling banking sector. Italy, the other heavyweight eurozone member under immense stress, saw its benchmark yields climb to 5.782 percent

from 5.695 percent on Thursday. Countries considered to give safety from the turbulence meanwhile saw yields fall with Germany’s rate down to 1.299 percent, from 1.373 percent on Thursday and France’s yield at 2.510 percent from 2.559 percent. The eurozone bond market is under constant heavy pressure stemming from concern about public finances and the troubled banking system in Spain. For a major eurozone country such as Spain, an interest rate above 6.0 percent is considered dangerous territory with respect to its ability to refinance public debt.

Driverless car travels 100 kilometres across Madrid

A car invented by the national scientific investigation board has successfully travelled 100 kilometres without a driver. The vehicle, which operates via the ‘Platero’ navigation system, has a 50centimetre margin for error and was test’driven’ on real streets in Madrid. Thanks to an artificial vision programme, the car is able to recognise the pavement and other obstacles, and its automatic pilot system allows it to simulate a human driver’s behaviour and take its own decisions based upon the traffic and the

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Merkel urges ‘political’ union, Spain rating slashed

German Chancellor Angela Merkel pushed for a stronger European political union Thursday amid growing international calls for action as a brutal Spain ratings downgrade added another twist to the eurozone crisis. In the United States, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke became the latest to sound the alarm over the European crisis, as Merkel held talks in Berlin with British Prime Minister David Cameron. The two leaders agreed that closer fiscal discipline in the European Union alone was not enough to stem more than two years of turbulence as the clock ticks down for Europe to help stabilise Spain’s banking system. The EU fiscal pact is “necessary but not the only precondition,” Merkel said, while Cameron, who has opted out of the pact, called it “important but not sufficient” to fight the crisis. Merkel also said that it was “important to stress that we have created instruments for support in the eurozone” and Germany, seen by some EU partners as being inflexible and reluctant to change, backed their use. With EU leaders seeking an accord at another crunch summit on June 28-29, the crisis took another twist Thursday when Fitch slashed Spain’s credit rating by three notches Thursday, from A to BBB. Spain’s banks now needed “around 60 billion euros ($75 billion) and as high as 100 billion euros in a more severe stress scenario,” Fitch Ratings said, more than double its previous estimate for their restructuring costs. Worse still, Fitch said Spain would likely remain slumped in recession this year and next, rather than stage a mild recovery in 2013. In Brussels, the head of eurozone finance ministers Jean-Claude Juncker said the bloc would recapitalise Spain’s banks if asked.


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“If it came to it and Spain asked for support for its banking sector, that would obviously be done,” Juncker said, while stressing that “as there is no request, it is too early to spend time on figures” for any possible aid. A ratings downgrade usually makes it more costly for a country to raise fresh funds, compounding problems for Spain which is already being forced to pay more to borrow. At a 10-year bond sale earlier Thursday, Madrid had to offer investors returns of more than 6.0 percent -- a rate widely regarded as unsustainable over the longer term. After Cameron and US President Barack Obama called for an “immediate plan” to resolve the eurozone crisis, Merkel earlier Thursday told German television she saw “more Europe” as the solution. The chancellor said that in addition to the euro currency used by 17 nations, Europe needed a fiscal union and, above all, a political union, even if that came at the cost of a two-speed approach. “We need a political union first and foremost. That means we must, step by step, cede responsibilities to Europe,” Merkel told ARD public television. “But we must not remain immobile because one country or another does not want to follow yet,” she added. Bernanke meanwhile told US

lawmakers that “the situation in Europe poses significant risks to the US financial system and economy and must be monitored closely.” That followed phone calls by Obama to Merkel and Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti Wednesday, as Washington appears increasingly anxious the turmoil could escalate and threaten both the US recovery and Obama’s re-election hopes. Merkel also sought to play down expectations of the June 28-29 meeting, telling ARD she did not believe “that one summit is capable of settling everything in one fell swoop.” She later said, at a podium discussion with students in Berlin, alongside Cameron and Norway’s Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, that there was no such thing as a magic solution to the euro crisis. “Calling for this one big bold stroke and then the euro crisis will be gone. This won’t work,” she said. “These problems have piled up over many years and now it will take some while to render this system fit for the future.”

RE teacher fired for marrying divorced man reinstated

A religious education teacher who lost her job because she was married to a divorcé has been reinstated. Resurrección Galera taught RE in a primary school in Almería, but her contract was not renewed after the summer of 2001 by order of the Bishop Diocese, since she had just got married to a man who had previously been divorced. The provincial court of Almería has ordered that the tutor be given her job back, on the same terms as when she left it, until at least August 31 when the new academic year is due to start. She will also receive 11 years’ worth of back wages. A judge declared her dismissal null and void in May last year on the grounds that she should not suffer discrimination professionally over her personal circumstances or her private life. But neither party is happy with the verdict and have once again presented appeals, which had previously been rejected. Sra Galera’s lawyer, Amalia Robles, working for the teacher via the CCOO, a major Spanish union, says her reinstatement should not be capped at August 31 since, had it not been for her marriage, her original contract in 2001would have been renewed automatically. Also, a change in education laws in 2007 meant that all RE teachers on temporary contracts automatically became permanent staff. Further, Robles says her client should be paid 157,287 euros instead of the 42,375 euros settled, considering it unfair that the salary she earned between 2003 and 2010 as an employee of the regional government – around 114,000 euros – should be discounted from the final settlement. The solicitor working for the ministry of education, Demetrio Carmona, does not consider that a contract extinguished in 2001 should be extended to 2012 and that the teacher should be paid compensation instead of being readmitted. And the Bishop Diocese has appealed on the grounds that a person ‘should not instruct in the Catholic faith’ unless he or she ‘lives by the doctrines of that faith’. The court has ordered the ministry of education to pay Sra Galera what would have been her salary for March and April, and to keep her registered on the Social Security as though she had been working all this time until August 31 this year.

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Denmark’s parliament approves a bill allowing same-sex couples to get married, including in formal church weddings.

The spokesman and member of parliament for Greece’s farright Golden Dawn party slaps a female left-wing politician live on Greek television.

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Iraq executes toppled leader Saddam Hussein’s personal secretary and guard, nearly 10 years after he was captured by the US military.

‘Economic blockade’ on Falklands Argentina is trying to impose an “economic blockade” on the Falkland Islands, UK Foreign Office Minister Jeremy Browne says.


UK ministers boycott England games in Ukraine

UK government ministers will boycott England’s group games in the European football championships in Ukraine over the country’s human rights record.

The UK is particularly concerned at the “selective justice” meted out to jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko. Other EU nations have also threatened a boycott of the tournament being jointly hosted with Poland. Ukraine’s ambassador to the UK said “sport and politics do not mix” and concerns must be raised in other ways. Ms Tymoshenko played a key role in the Orange Revolution in 2004 and says her imprisonment, for alleged corruption, is an act of political revenge by Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovych. The authorities have rejected Ms Tymoshenko’s allegations. She was jailed for seven years in October, for abuse of power during her time as prime minister. Last week, she ended a 20-day hunger strike after being moved to a hospital in Kharkiv where she is being treated by a German doctor. The UK Foreign Office said no officials would attend the three group games and it was keeping attendance at later stages of the tournament “under review in the light of ministers’ busy schedules ahead of the Olympics and widespread concerns about selective justice and the rule of law in Ukraine”. Asked about the boycott, Foreign Secretary William Hague said Ukraine had “serious problems” and the UK government did not want its backing for the England team to be interpreted as “giving political support to some things which have been happening in Ukraine which we don’t agree with”. The BBC News Channel’s chief political correspondent Norman Smith said the move was a “serious diplomatic snub” for Ukraine - which is hoping to use the tournament to boost tourism and showcase the country to the rest of Europe. Ukrainian foreign ministry spokesman Oleg Voloshin said Britain’s concerns were understood, but the boycott would only damage football and would

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And Ukraine’s most senior diplomat in London said he was “unaware” the decision was linked to the treatment of Ms Tymoshenko. “As far as the rule of law and selective justice, there are other forums where these can be discussed and sport and politics don’t mix together,” Volodymr Khandogiy told the BBC. He added: “It is their free choice not to go but they should see the issue in the context that this is not about a Ukrainian championship. They are not going to an international championship and they are not supporting their team.” If England are to reach the final of the tournament, they must play at least five games in Ukraine.

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Should they get through to the knockout phase, they will play their quarter final in either Donetsk or Kiev. If England come second in their group and go on to win the quarter final, their semi-final will be in Donetsk. The final is to be held in Kiev.

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UK Sports Minister Hugh Robertson would normally have been expected to go the group games, but was occupied with Olympic duties, the Department of Culture Media and Sport said. “No final decision had been taken about which ministers were to go,” said a spokesman. The English team arrived at their base in the Polish city of Krakow on Wednesday ahead of their first game in Donetsk, against France, on Monday.

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‘Stolen baby’ from Valencia finds her mother after 38 years

A Valencian woman has found out at the age of 38 that she was one of the ‘stolen babies’ of Franco’s era, and has managed to trace her mother to Extremadura.


R.M.G.’s brothers, who is now 62 and lives in Buenos Aires. She found out via her Argentina-based sibling that she had another four living, although a fifth one had died many years ago. Her mother, who is now in her 80s, told her newfound daughter that ‘the nun’ had taken her baby away as soon as she was born. She is now looking forward to meeting her grandchildren, aged six and two. R.M.G., who is now living in Toledo, says she

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European leaders blamed for ‘absence of a credible vision’ for euro A serious mishandling of the debt crisis by European leaders led Fitch to axe Spain’s credit rating by three notches and issue a warnings on the stability of country’s banks, debt levels and economy, the telegraph reports.

In a report that will be embarrassing for Berlin and Brussels, the credit rating agency said “policy mis-steps at the European level” and an “absence of a credible vision” for the euro had resulted in a “dramatic erosion of Spain’s sovereign profile.” Spain’s credit rating was cut to BBB from A leaving the eurozone’s fourth biggest economy languishing just above junk status. Fitch said the cost of bailing out its banks is likely to cost around €60bn (£48.6bn) but could rise to as much as €100bn, the rating agency said, more than three times higher than the €30bn in its last “baseline estimate”. Fitch hiked up its estimates of government debt levels from 82pc of GDP by 2013 made at the beginning of this year to 95pc by 2015. The rating agency said that it no longer expected Spain’s economy to return to growth next year but remain in recession for 2012 and 2013. While Spain is at the centre of the storm, all sinner states have been effected, Fitch said. “The absence of a credible vision of a reformed [monetary union] and financial ‘firewall’ has rendered Spain and other so-called peripheral nations vulnerable to capital flight and undercut their access to affordable fiscal funding,” the report said. It added: “The dramatic erosion of Spain’s sovereign credit profile and ratings over the last year in part reflects policy mis-steps at the European level that in Fitch’s opinion have aggravated the economic and financial challenges facing Spain as it seeks to rebalance and restructure the economy. The intensification of the eurozone crisis in the latter half of last year pushed the region and Spain back into recession, exacerbating concerns over sovereign and bank solvency.” Fitch said Spain would only retain its investment grade rating if the eurozone remained in tact and its institutions, including the ECB and bail-outs “will in extremis provide

financial support to prevent a fiscal funding crisis.” The flight of capital looks set to continue as China’s biggest sovereign wealth funds, China Investment Corp, said it was cutting its exposure to Europe. Chairman Lou Jiwei told reporters: “There is a risk that the euro zone may fall apart and that risk is rising. Right now we find there is too much risk in Europe’s public markets.” In another blow to Madrid, the deputy governor of the Bank of Spain, Javier Ariztegui, last night warned two more banks - Caixa Catalunya and Novagalicia, need a total €9bn state support. Madrid is determined to wait for the independent audits of its banks before announcing a rescue strategy. A leaked draft of the IMF audit, which is due to be published on Monday, will recommend that Madrid injects at €40bn into the ailing sector. The euro dropped suddenly against the dollar when Fitch’s report was published; European stockmarkets had already closed. Shares had staged a second day rally, fuelled a surprise move by China to cuts its interest rates as well as by optimism that Angela Merkel was preparing to sanction a central rescue of Spanish banks. Traders were also relieved that Spain managed to hold an expensive but successful auction of €2bn bonds. Earlier gains were pared after Ben Bernanke, chairman of the Federal Reserve in American, doused hopes of any imminent monetary stimulus. The FTSE 100 in London rose 1.2pc; Germany’s DAX climbed 0.8pc and France’s CAC was up 0.4pc. Ms Merkel used a joint press conference with David Cameron in Berlin to declare that “Germany is ready” to use the eurzone’s full machinery to support Spain and the other sinner states. The German Chancellor said: “We have created the instruments for support in the euro zone and that Germany is ready to use these instruments whenever

it may prove necessary.” Ms Merkel did not give details on the type of tools she was referring to but traders jumped on the hope that the Chancellor was preparing to unleash the bail-out funds to prop up Spanish banks. Mariano Rajoy, the Spanish prime minister, has lobbied for weeks for the European Financial Stability Fund (EFSF) and the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) to be allowed to lend directly to his country’s banks. This week officials in Brussels said plans were being worked on to use the funds to lead an “austerity-lite” rescue effort. The bail-out could be as much as €80bn. Although Mario Draghi, president of the ECB, has said the funds do not have the mandate to bail-out banks, experts pointed to the provisions of the EFSF’s “precautionary programme” that could be used to help Spain without a full bail-out. Meanwhile, the eurozone was hit with yet more drastic economic data. French unemployment hit 10pc during the first quarter, up 0.2pc on the previous three months and 0.4pc year-on-year. Greece’s unemployment rate hit 21.9pc in March, spiking from 15.7pc a year earlier.

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More Olympic Tickets Released

More tickets for some of the Olympics’ most popular events have gone on sale on a first come, first served basis. This batch is made up of 43,000 “contingency tickets”, held back until venues and spaces were confirmed. They are for the opening and closing ceremonies and six sports - athletics, swimming, football at Wembley, volleyball, table tennis and boxing. Meanwhile, the BBC’s Olympics correspondent James Pearce has reported a drop in ticket sales, with hundreds of thousands still to be sold. The sale started on Olympics organiser Locog’s website at 11:00 BST. As with other Olympics tickets, the latest batch can only be bought using a Visa card. Prices for the opening or closing ceremony

tickets start at £995. Tickets for the six sports range from £20 to £720, across 96 sessions. Meanwhile, tPearce says that there has been a recent slowdown in ticket sales, with 250,000 still available from the last batch put on sale. And Olympics organisers say another 257,000 will be put on sale before the Games. In all, some 1.25 million football tickets are still available. Locog says more than eight million tickets have been sold for the Olympics and Paralympics. Locog’s ticketing system has drawn criticism in the past, with its sales website seemingly unable to cope with the demand for tickets. In some cases, the system reportedly informed potential buyers they had secured tickets, and then later told them that they had failed

‘Cut and paste’ Ofsted report claims

An investigation has begun into claims that Ofsted approved “cut and paste” inspection reports using identical sentences and phrases. Two primary schools were placed in special measures following the reports describing “inadequate” standards, the TES reports. Ofsted is looking at whether Belvedere Junior School in Kent and Malmesbury Primary School in east London were treated unfairly. But it stands by the overall judgments. The reports on the two schools repeat a number of sentences verbatim and key

passages differ by only one or two words, according to the Times Educational Supplement. Both schools were visited by a team with the same lead inspector who works for Tribal, a company contracted by Ofsted to carry out inspections. And both reports say: “Some teachers do not plan learning for pupils at their different levels of ability and marking is not leading to improvement.” Both reports make comments about the low attainment of pupils in reading, writing and maths which vary by just a few

words. Belvedere was inspected in January, with the report, which judged the school should be put into special measures, published in March. Malmesbury was inspected in March, with the report declaring it inadequate and requiring special measures, published a month later. National Association of Head Teachers general secretary Russell Hobby said he had heard anecdotal reports of “cut and paste” reports, adding such a practice was “not acceptable given that the fate of the school rests on what is written.”

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Spain’s Banking Sector In the Spotlight By Bill Blevins, Financial Correspondent, Blevins Franks The banking sector in Spain is right back in the spotlight, causing concern throughout Europe. More than half of Spain’s €348 billion commercial real estate loans are either in foreclosure or in serious doubt of collection. The government has now acknowledged that it will probably need aid for its struggling banks. In Spain, as the rest of the EU, the bank deposit guarantee is €100,000, per depositor per credit institution. If a bank collapses the local scheme – the Fondos de Garantia de Depositos (FDG) in Spain – will refund your savings up to the limit. If your savings exceed €100,000 you will continue as an ordinary creditor of the institution for the amount not recovered. How much you receive and when would depend how the institution is wound up and its debts settled.

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If you were planning on having a quick pint tonight, then this will be welcome news. Beer may contain a vitamin which can fight obesity and improve muscle strength, scientists claim. The ‘miracle molecule’, which has been found in milk and may also be present in beer and some foods, has no side effects and could even lengthen lifespan, they say. The snag is that the molecule, called nicotinamide riboside (NR), is extremely small, difficult to find and expensive to synthesise. Johnan Auwerx, head of the Ecole Polytechnique Federale in Lausanne, Switzerland, said experiments using mice revealed the molecule’s potential. In an article in the specialist journal Cell Metabolism journal, Mr Auwerx called the results ‘impressive’ ‘NR appears to play a role in preventing obesity,’ said Mr Auwerx. Working with Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, his team found mice on a high-fat diet that were fed NR gained significantly less weight – 60 per cent – than mice eating the same diet without NR supplements. And none of the NR-treated mice had indications that they were developing diabetes, unlike the untreated mice. Mice which were fed NR supplements over a ten-week period had better endurance performance than those who were not. They were also in better shape – and

this was confirmed by observations of their muscle fibres under the microscope. The molecule works by becoming trapped in cells where it boosts the metabolism, much like resveratrol, which is found in wine. No side effects were discovered during the experiments. ‘It really appears that cells use what they need when they need it, and the rest is set aside without being transformed into any kind of deleterious form,’ said study author Carles Canto in a statement. Mice who had been fed the molecule also performed better in endurance tests, as well as in tests measuring heat loss. The researchers believe an increase in the molecule reflects an improvement in mitochondrial function, the part of the cell that supplies energy. Mitochondria are thought to play a part in the aging process. It is hoped that by stimulating mitochondrial function with the NR molecule, scientists may see increases in longevity as well as other health improvements. But the molecule is difficult to reproduce and extremely small. ‘At the moment, we can’t even measure its concentration in milk, so it’s impossible to know how much you would have to drink to be able to observe its effects,’ Mr Auwerx added. Research will continue with human testing at some point in the future.

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Airlines ask for financial help to develop biofuels Airlines need government support to make biofuels more affordable in order to reduce pollution and carbon emissions, the head of the global aviation industry group has said. Around 1,500 commercial flights have been made using fuel made from plants and waste products, but supplies are limited and costly, said Tony Tyler, chief executive of the International Air Transport Association. “We need governments to adopt policies to help support commercialisation of biofuels to bring up the volume and bring down the price,” Mr Tyler said. The industry is under increasing pressure to reduce its environmental impact following the introduction of the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) in January, under which airlines operating in Europe are charged for exceeding carbon emission limits. Governments in both North America and Russia have voiced their opposition to ETS, while India and China have ordered their airlines not to cooperate with the scheme. The EU has said it would reconsider its policy if the UN’s International Civil Aviation Organization produces a global agreement to regulate emissions. Although aviation accounts for only three per cent of man-made carbon emissions, scientists say it is among the fastest-growing sources. Aircraft manufacturers and energy companies have experimented with fuels made from a variety of plants, including jatropha, an oily nut; camelina, a flower with an oily stem; and algae. The first commercial flight to take off from Britain using biofuel was operated by Thomson Airways in October, and used a combination of used cooking oil and regular jet fuel. At the time Thomson claimed that the use of biofuels could reduce the aviation industry’s carbon dioxide emissions by up to 80 per cent, a figure that Mr Tyler reiterated. However, charities such as ActionAid have criticised the use of biofuels. They claim that growing crops to fuel engines rather than feed the local population pushes up the cost of food and increases poverty.

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EC plot to use competition rules to close down eurozone banks

The European Commission is threatening to use EU competition rules to close down the failing Greek, Spanish and Portuguese banks that have pushed the eurozone into a new crisis, with Greece’s ATEbank the first in its sights, according to a report published in the telegraph.

EU state-aid rules, designed to stop government subsidies distorting competition, give the commission sweeping powers to impose restructuring conditions on bank bailouts or even to block the rescue. Over the past two years, the rules have been interpreted generously to allow government bank bailouts to go ahead in return for commitments to restructure failing financial institutions but the mood in Brussels has hardened since the initial credit crunch of 2009.

”We are moving into a new phase with Greece, Portugal and Spain,” an EU official told Reuters. “Some banks are going to be squeezed. Some are going to be closed down.” Commission officials are pressuring Greece to wind down failed banks, including its fifth-largest lender ATEbank, by threatening to refuse a bailout on competition grounds. If the EU was to block an ATEbank rescue it would mark a policy shift and a more aggressive stance in

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”If you have a financial stability component, then you could be prepared to rescue a bank, but we are beyond that point now in a number of countries,” the official said. “ATEbank will have to be closed or wound down over time.” ATEbank, the Greek central bank and the Greek finance ministry have declined to comment. Last month, Greece’s four biggest banks - National Bank, Alpha, Eurobank and Piraeus Bank received €18bn under the country’s EU-IMF bailout. ATEbank, a state-owned agricultural lender founded in 1929, did not get money under the bailout after failing to present a restructuring plan. According to Greek media reports, the authorities have started to make early preparations to wind down ATEbank in the second half of the year.

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Marks & Spencers has announced plans to open an in-branch banking service in its Marble Arch flagship store in London, with plans to expand the service to 50 larger outlets across the country in the next two years.

Mortgages will not be offered initially, however the retailer expects to extend the range of services it provides, which will start with current accounts, to include home loans. M&S added that the branches “will be open twice as long as traditional high street banks; mirroring M&S store opening hours and enabling customers to bank while they shop, seven days a week”. Marc Bolland, chief executive, said: “M&S is one of the most trusted brands on the UK high street and we’ve achieved this by continually listening and responding to the needs of our 21m customers. This bank will be built on M&S values; putting the customer at the heart of the proposition and delivering the exceptional service that sets us apart from the competition.”

The launch of M&S Bank will create 500 UK jobs by the end of 2013. The opening of the branch will mark an escalation in the retailer’s plans to take on Britain’s established high street lenders and will see it go head-to-head against the likes of Barclays and Lloyds TSB. Marks & Spencer has already established a major foothold in the financial services market through M&S Money. HSBC, Britain’s largest bank, owns the business in its entirety and operates it as profit share joint venture with Marks & Spencer. At present M&S Money offers credit cards, savings accounts and a range of insurance products. It will now be rebranded M&S Bank to reflect the expansion of the banking services it will offer. M&S Money employs 1,400 staff and was acquired by HSBC in 2004 for £762m as part of a move by former Marks & Spencer chief executive, Sir Stuart Rose, to retrench and focus on the retailer’s core clothing and food businesses.


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A. What you have received is a ‘complementaria’. In other words the tax authorities consider you have undervalued the purchase and want you to pay more tax. This is a shameful practice by the authorities which is extremely difficult to explain to clients with ought embarrassment. The government needs to be taken to court in relation to this practice, but we have difficulty recommending this at the moment due to the uncertain outcome and up front expenses. TRANSFER TAX: THE PROBLEM WITH THE BENCHMARK VALUES (Please note that this exact same article could be written in relation to INHERITANCE TAX as the benchmarks used are exactly the same). If you purchase a second hand property, it is subject to transfer tax at the rate of 8%. During the days of the property boom with people undervaluing their title deeds quite frequently, the authorities decided to establish minimum benchmark values below which they would consider the value declared on the deeds untrue and send a request for the tax not paid plus surcharges etc. The benchmark value is the result of multiplying the catastral value by a different multiplier established by the authorities for each municipality, and is published each year in the B.O.J.A. (An official paper available to the public, solicitors and notaries on the Internet). For this year for example the benchmark for Mojacar is 1.2 times the catastral value. In the good old property boom days this was not a problem, as the resulting benchmark was normally well below the real market value, which meant in practice that only people actually cheating the tax office in the first place got sent the letter. The problem is that the benchmarks are now very often above the market value of the property. (I would say that in about 80 % of transactions in the Mojacar area). This is extremely unfair, as in practice it means that if you buy a property for example for 150000 euros, you can receive a letter from the tax office saying that the benchmark is in fact 200000 euros and that you have to pay them 8% on the difference plus surcharges. This leaves the purchaser with the choice of paying or fighting the tax office. (Which in most cases is not worth it due to the complexity, expense and doubtful outcome). Before you purchase ask your solicitor to determine the benchmark value of the property you are purchasing so that at least you know what to expect. If you purchase or inherit a property for under the benchmark, the tax authorities are entitled to claim the difference in tax for four years after the last day for payment of the tax. (Which is one month for a purchase and 6 months from death on an inheritance). The above is a clear case of abuse by the administration, which they should address as soon as possible. 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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Saturday 2nd June was the date of the Queens Diamond Jubilee Rock Concert held at the Renfe Building in La Alfoquia. The evening was a night to remember.A capacity audience was treated to the most marvelous entertainment seen in this area .The highlight of the evening was the fabulous Queen Tribute Band CHESS who did not let their fans down,rocking their way through all the favourite Queen numbers,including the wonderful Lady GaGa which had a\ll the audience on their feet.Not to be outdone our very own Los Gringos showed why they are regarded as the best Rock Band this side of Benidorm,very soon we are sure they will be the best in the whole of Spain,we are very fortunate to have such talented guys in our midst..To round this wonderful evening off we were treated to the first every show of the Elton John Tribute performed by the incredible comedien Justin Sane who showed everybody what a talented and versaile artist he is,when he appeared on the stage quite a few of the audience beleived the real Elton John had arrived.So many thanks to all these wonderful artists for giving was a most memorable evening. The night itself made a loss,due to the enforced change of venue,originally it was due to an outside concert with an audience of 400 to 500,however due to escalating costs of security,lighting etc,we had to cut our losses.However the raffle held on the night raised a total of 309 euros,Beccys Bar La Union who provided the Bar have kindly donated a further 200 euros.this sum will go with the 316 euros already raised by the Race Nights held at Beccys Bar La Union.With 2 more Race Nights planed in the near future we should acheive our target figure of 1000 euros which will be handed over to Vera Childrens Home at Christmas Party Beccys Bar La Union is holding in Dec.Full details of the expeniture is available to be viewed at Beccys Bar La Union. Our thanks to everybody who attended this great night, Beccys Bar La Union who provided the Bar at considerable cost to themselves and all the people who helped set up the venue and the subsequent cleaning,and finally Zurgena who kindly allowed us to use the Renfe Building.

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I was beaten. Pete might eat a sweet squashy square, but he’d never eat a good healthy piece of fruit! Weary, I wended my way bedward, aware of a Spanish altercation going on behind my back. “Madam?” I halted gloomily. “You require cake?” - the Head Waiter one.




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about it, I’ve just spilled my coffee on the keyboard. You’ll have to give me a minute.

. . . As I was saying - we might as well go the whole hog and indulge our fantasies; hell we could really push the boat out and fill our cars up at a British petrol station. Because – and here’s the point - while the Milky Way and the zillion other galaxies may be an awesome spectacle, it seems that it’s a ruddy dangerous place, and this planet of ours is the last spot in the . . . well, um, Universe, that you want to be. If they aren’t talking about the prophecies of Nostradamus, then it’s the Mayans and their prediction that it all comes to a shuddering end on December 21st, 2012. If they can be that accurate about the date I ask myself, then why couldn’t they have at least said whether it will be morning or afternoon, then I would know whether or not I can get one last session in at the pub! Apocalypse or Armageddon; comet or asteroid; white dwarf

or red giant, nuclear holocaust or worldwide starvation – the doom laden possibilities are almost endless. Scientists seem to agree though, that the most likely scenario is some sort of collision with a bit of space debris that isn’t looking where it’s going. Not a question of if, they say, but actually when. Very comforting.

The technology is there we are told, so it’s just a question of the nations of earth kissing and making up; putting their heads and resources together and building a fleet - or whatever it is you call a flock of super missiles - and blasting the thing before it reaches us. All it takes is for us to get together and cooperate. No problem there then. But just when we get this glimpse of salvation and start to breathe a collective sigh of relief, some other scientist with cork screw hair, thick glasses and corduroy trousers, tells us that in fact the most likely source of our demise comes not from some cosmic boulder, but from

a thing called a neutron star. It’s all astronomy and Lady Gaga to me, but it seems that when certain stars collapse in on themselves, they produce a huge energy beam of gamma rays and if it happens to be pointing at us when it occurs, then we – and anything else in its path - are all toast. In this case literally, because it strips away the protective whatsits around our planet, and we get cooked like a micro waved pop tart.

But here’s the frightening bit....


Because this beam of energy is travelling at the speed of light, it cannot be detected in advance - one minute you are walking the Shitzu, and the next you are both charcoal on legs. A veritable Loss - wife and dog... But I have given it some thought and given a choice, I would prefer the quick ending to a lingering death at the hands of Cameron and Cleggy!

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8 Went fishing, wasted time with “A World Without Love” (lame ending) (7) 10 Prepared (almost) to produce “Love Me Do”? Not for nothing! (7) 11 Closed book - “My Way” - with entertainer’s first lines (7) 12 Alternative number taking most of “Get Back” with a herb (7) 13 Sentenced men coded new “Changes” (9) 15 Half of “Woman” centrally churns to the bone (5) 16 “Bohemian Rhapsody” lacking means to create rabies (11) 20 At first, “Days” lost middle at parties (3) 21 “Penny Lane” initially to turn doctor? Precisely! (5) 22 With first tune dropped, better “Lola” version is passable (9) 25 Illuminated without mime, “Release Me” is as far as something can go (5) 26 Examination of accounts of “Goldfinger” removed soldier (5) 28 “Starman” misses mother, switching two letters and bringing back example that’s alien (7) 29 Good ending of “True” note repeated with stable’s first horses (3-4)


1 Without warning (8) 2 Create (8) 3 Seizure (5) 5 Squanderer (7) 6 Spur-of-the-moment (9) 7 Wry (6) 8 Vapors (6) 9 Decline in condition (6) 15 Not innermost (9) 17 A city in Alberta Canada (8) 18 Affable (8) 20 Blinkers (7) 21 Having two parts (6) 22 Cedes (6) 23 Express (6) 25 Belief (5)

Down 1 A cat I put before beginning of “Cars” is minute (6) 2 Fruit of “Father and Son” - replacing daughter with maiden (6) 3 Lacking the beginning and end, “Move Closer” for Bush (4) 4 Centrepiece of heavy metal without final tune from “Ten Thousand Years Ago”, perhaps (3-3) 5 Adore “Crazy”, a key riff for romance (4,6) 6 Starts to entertain many bands - “Alright” led

Very Hard!

CRYPTIC crossword



musical extravaganza, dignity preserved (8) 7 Not one for “Help!”, writer leaves out a list and head of station puts it off to another day (8) 9 Senior member of lair - “Without You” nearly coming up (5) 14 Social worker goes after former “Gold” piece that’s excessive (10) 16 Spirit holder’s folk opening, with “Heart Of Glass” initially having disrupted kip outside (8) 17 Those providing the rhythm for start of “Millennium” taken in by shocking murders (8) 18 Peculiar two taken in by one who can’t stand “Trouble” (3,5) 19 Twice left track embraced by “America” after British animals (8) 23 “Born To Be Wild”, losing BT’s island (6) 24 Repeals shuffle, with “Runaway” to go by (6) 27 So, “The Final Countdown” (4)


Sudoku is a placement puzzle. Enter the numbers 1 to 9 in each row and column of a grid, made up of 3 x 3 subgrids. The catch is that each row, column and grid must contain only one instance of each number or letter.

1 Marmoset (6) 4 Expecting (8) 10 What some people give (9) 11 Plans or schemes (5) 12 Acquires deservedly (5) 13 Preach (9) 14 Disappointment (7) 16 Circuits around a race course (4) 19 Pierce (4) 21 Large rock (7) 24 Reversal (9) 25 Piloted a vehicle (5) 26 Jargon (5) 27 Belittled (9) 28 Protective coverings or structures (8) 29 Principally (6)





Happiness is the only good. The time to be happy is now. The place to be happy is here. The way to be happy is to make others so. Robert Green Ingersoll





Mojacar RBL Celebrate Diamond Jubilee in Style

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations were officially bought to a close on 5th June and to mark this auspicious occasion The Royal British Legion in Spain’s Mojacar Branch Standard was paraded following the National Anthem & Exhortation at The Bellavista restaurant on the Playa. The Membership were able to enjoy Lady Ellen’s selection of songs popular during the past 60 years whilst feasting in style and with the

moon providing a diamond path on a beautiful calm sea many took the opportunity to dance the evening to a close. If you want to join us in our Branch please come along to one of our meetings held at the Artisan Centre on both the 1st or 3rd Thursday of each month. It is no longer a requirement to have served in any of the Armed Forces to join. To learn more you can contact the Branch ‘phone no 674 551 764




Fathers Day

Sunday June 17th 12.30pm - 5pm Bookings now being taken

Albox RBL – something very bazaar is happening – again!

The Albox Branch of The Royal British Legion is holding its next Bazaar on the 5th July 2012 at La Parrilla Hotel & Restaurant in the main square in Albox, starting at 10.30. This is the latest in a series of successful bazaars, with all proceeds going to The Legion funds to help with their important work of providing welfare and support for serving and ex-service personnel and their families. As well as the usual Poppy stall, Book stall and travel table there will be a repeat of the hugely successful Tombola stall. This relies on generous donations from local businesses that provide their wares free for this worthy cause. David & Jean Rahm will be going round as usual in the near future and The Legion would like to thank all contributors in advance for their generosity now and in the past. There are also usually stalls selling wares such as cakes, lingerie, arts & crafts and many more. Any prospective stall holders can book their place for a donation of 5 Euros which will go directly to the charity funds by contacting the Social Secretary Bob Cowan on 608 049 490 or email rcowan25@gmail. com This isn’t all that members of this vibrant Branch can look forward to this year. There will be a BBQ in August, a day trip in September, a ‘Walk & Talk’ event at the Grapevine in Piedra Amerilla in October, the annual Poppy Dinner & Dance at La Parrilla in November, another Bazaar is planned for December and an all-inclusive break in Benidorm for Christmas, so watch this space for more details. The Albox Branch of The Royal British Legion meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month at La Parrilla Hotel and Restaurant in the main square in Albox, so why not come along and see what we do, who we are and how you can join. For more information on any of these events, to become a member and enjoy all the associated benefits of reduced ticket prices or just to discuss how you can help with The Legion’s essential work contact the chairman Chris Pearce on 630 56 26 18 email: or visit the web site at www.

Local Communities Strengthened by Neighbourhood Watch

Arboleas has had a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme in place now for nearly six years. 16 urbanisations and villages together constitute over 1000 members. John Lovell, the Scheme´s Chairman said ´´The success of the Scheme is down to the hard work of the officers and coordinators. We look out for each other and keep ourselves informed of all local incidents that are reported to us. When an incident occurs an email is sent to members so that they can be on their guard´´. Chris Pearce, the secretary has put together a comprehensive website at www. that provides lots of information for residents. ´´Even though most of the advice provided is common sense´´, says Chris, ´´It is surprising how often we get caught out. It may be a handbag snatch, a distraction crime or a house burglary. There is so much you can do to reduce the chances of becoming a victim of crime´´. The scheme works very closely with the local police in Arboleas. If you live in Arboleas and in one of the following participating urbanisations including Arboleas village, Bella Vista, El Chopo, El Rincon, El German, La Cueva, La Judea, La Perla Nueva, Limaria, Los Carrascos, Los Garcias, Los Golindrinas, Los Higuerales and Los Torres, then contact your coordinator. You can find their details on the website mentioned above. The website also gives information on how you can get involved if you do not live in one of these areas.


A cheque for 803 euros was handed over to MACS (Mojacar Area Cancer Support) on Sunday 27th May at Monika’s Bar, Palomares. The money was raised from several sources. Emma Rundle and Chris Gower hold a meat raffle once a fortnight, they raised 780 euros in memory of Brian Gower. The meat comes from Europe Foods and the salad and veg from Paco, who has a Sunday stall at Monika’s Bar each week. John Taylor and Ann O’Reilly did a pub challenge all around Australia for seven months and managed to raise 123 euros. Emma and Chris would like to thank everyone who gives so generously on a regular basis to MACS. MACS had pleasure in receiving a cheque for 803 euros at Bar Monika in Palomares Bajo. Monika’s Bar has been the site of many successful fundraising events for MACS, and the cheque was presented by Christine Gower and Emma Rundle, in memory of Brian Gower. They run a meat raffle once a fortnight, with lovely meats donated by

Europ Foods’ Brian and Christine Redfearn and fresh salad and vegetables donated by Paco of Bar Monika, who runs a regular Sunday fruit and veg stall there. The raffles have raised 780 euros, and thanks goes to all who donate so generously of their produce, and all who buy the tickets. Another 123 euros was raised by John Taylor and Ann O’Reilly of Vera Playa, who, while on holiday in Australia for seven months, completed what we can assume to have been a pleasant and interesting pub challenge, they are pictured holding a collage of all the pubs they visited! MACS, a registered charity, relies totally on donations from the public; if you think you can offer help- fundraising, driving to hospital or manning the helpline or the charity shop, please contact MACS by phone or email macscancersupport@ . MACS provides help to people who are suffering or surviving cancer, and also their carers; they provide translators, interpreters, drivers and have access to professionally trained carers, as well as offering a ready ear or providing items for home care such as ripple beds, commodes, wheelchairs etc.

Vera Lions

Charity Race Night Saturday 23rd June 7.30pm Entry 3€ or 6.50€ to include beef burger & chips Games night that will Include Horse Racing and Golf Putting

sat 30th June 7.30pm

Kris Kelly

sings Dolly Parton& Shania Twain etc

Get your Stetson out! 10€ pp includes chicken & chips

Coming soon

Our aim is to provide a comfortable & relaxed atmosphere WITH plenty of leg room attentive waitress service COMES as standard

Traditional Delicious cooked Sunday Lunch

Stunning views of olive groves & mountains only 5 minutes off the main road signposted to Cucador

our garden Room with spectacular views over the olive groves Fly & mosquito free!!

(see map below)

La 12.30 - 5pm Booking Advisable

La Vida Restaurant evening menu

VidaBar Cucador


cod & chips ALL DAY Beer-battered cod, homemade chips & peas



(in the bar)


Menu del Noche

LUNCHTIMES 12.30 - 3.30PM


Served 6pm-9pm Wednesday to Saturday

Hire the Venue

For your Private Parties, Weddings and Birthdays etc Call for more details... We are here

Albox Arboleas Zurgena La Alfoquia




La Vida

Cucador Junc 547 Huercal Overa


3 courses


2 courses

Mon-Thurs & Saturday


SAXON REAL ALE BUD On 2.40€ PER PINT tap Open everyday 12pm - late

Tel: 950 634 562


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Café Bar



live music


saturday music,

spotlight frthiday cabaret 15 june MUSIC WITH sunday LIVE NEW SENSATION

nights dancing & karaoke nights ABBIE LOU ALL EURO 2012 MATCHES SHOWN live


New Burger & Pasta Menu PLUS Kids Menu

Open Monday - Friday 8am til late Saturday & Sunday 9am til late

Day Time Specials



Avda Lepanto 26, Albox 04800

Tel: 950 120 261 Next door to Los Rizos Fruit & Veg shop

Jumbo Hot Dog & Onions ..............€2.50 Gammon Bap & Salad .....................€2.50 Lasagne, Garlic Bread & Salad .....€3.50 3 Sausages, Mash, Onions & Gravy.................................................... €3.50 Tandoori or Cajun Wrap, Coleslaw & Crisps ...............................................€3.50 Fish, Chips, Mushy Peas or Salad €4.50 Homemade Cottage Pie, Chips & Peas ................................................................€4.50 Chicken, Chips & Curry Sauce ......€4.50 Homemade Gala Pie & Salad..........€4.50 Chicken, Chips, Peas or Salad ......€4.95 Homemade Steak Pie, Chips & Peas ................................................................€4.95

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Pack The Perfect Picnic Forget pork pies, Scotch eggs and sausage rolls - pack a delicious, but healthy hamper that won’t cost you a packet.


They’re a picnic staple, but sandwiches can get boring, especially if you already eat them most days. For variety, use different breads like wholegrain, rye or oatmeal, or opt for wholemeal pitta, rolls, ciabatta, wraps or multi-grain bagels. Try mixing more unusual ingredients with classic fillings too, such as grated cheese with carrot, houmous with peppers, banana with date or tuna mayo with kidney beans. Alter the flavour and cut calories by swapping butter or marg for tzatziki, salsa, guacamole, mustard, pickle or reduced-fat mayo.

veggie pizza

sunday roast menu del dia

4 courses with bottle of ESTE wine per couple & coffee included Roast Lamb Shoulder & Pork Knuckle, 12oz Entrecote, 20oz T-Bone, 10oz Pork Tenderloin, Roast Potatoes & Fresh Vegetables Freshly Baked Bread

Lunch 1pm - 4pm

Daily roast cooking Mon: Roast Lamb Shank

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

vegetarian menu available


4 Courses with Wine & Coffee Monday to Saturday inclusive Lunch 1pm - 4pm Dinner 7pm - 10pm

all nights...

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

menu del noche


monday - saturday 7pm - 11pm

4 courses including wine and coffee Open Mon - Sat 8am - 24pm, Sun 10am - 17pm Booking Recommended Spanish Speaking 950 430 145 English Speaking 647 730 103

~ Serves 6 ~ 150ml ready-made tomato sauce 1 large ready-made pizza base 1 small red onion, sliced 1 red pepper, sliced 100g mushrooms, sliced 1 tsp mixed herbs 150g pack mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced Spread the tomato sauce evenly over the pizza base. Top with the veggies, then sprinkle over the herbs and season with black pepper. Add the mozzarella and bake in a preheated hot oven for 10-15 minutes.


Picnics often include chicken drumsticks or wings, but eating the skin adds calories and fat. Choosing skinless fillets lowers the fat, but they can lack flavour. Cut costs by marinating fresh chicken with a homemade or ready-made marinade such as teriyaki, BBQ, tikka or cajun. Check the salt and fat content of readymade marinades first and opt for those containing the least.

SWEET & SOUR Chicken

~ Serves 4 ~ 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce 2 tbsp white wine vinegar 2 tbsp honey 2 tbsp brown sugar 4 tbsp tomato ketchup 400g skinless chicken breast, cut into strips Mix all the ingredients, except the chicken, in a non-metallic dish. Add the chicken and toss thoroughly to ensure it’s totally coated. Cover and chill for three hours. Grill for 5-10 minutes, turning occasionally, until cooked through.

Chicken, pesto & rocket wrap

~ Serves 4 ~ 4 large wraps, 4 tbsp red pesto, 2 grilled, skinless chicken breasts, sliced & a large handful of rocket Spread each wrap with 1 tbsp of the pesto. Add the chicken and rocket. Wrap up and cut in half.


Pizza makes a tasty and healthy alternative to quiche, which is usually packed with fat and calories due to the pastry. If you don’t have time to make your own pizza from scratch, use a readymade base or ciabatta bread cut in half lengthways with ready-made tomato sauce or pesto


Dips and chips are standard picnic food but are often loaded with calories and fat. Taramasalata and houmous have a healthy image, but can contain as many calories as Thousand Island, sour cream, cheese and garlic dips. The best options are guacamole, tzatziki and salsa (jars of salsa usually contain half the calories of fresh salsa). For more waistline savings, swap tortillas or crisps for wholemeal pitta and vegetable sticks.


~ Serves 4 ~ 1 cucumber, deseeded and grated 150g tub fat-free Greek yoghurt 1 garlic clove, crushed Juice and zest of 1/2 lemon Salt and pepper Place the cucumber in a sieve and squeeze out any excess fluid. Mix the cucumber with the remaining ingredients. Cover and chill.


Lettuce often ends up limp and warm on picnics so save it for home. Instead, pack up cherry tomatoes and baby sweetcorn or make salads using ingredients that won’t go soggy. A Greek salad made from large chunks of cucumber, red onion and green pepper, cherry tomatoes, olives and feta should keep its taste and texture for hours. Or add chopped veg and chicken, ham or tuna to wholewheat pasta or brown rice for a more substantial picnic salad.

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1 (160g) bag mixed salad leaves 450g/1lb baby new potatoes, halved 150g/5oz chorizo sausage, sliced 1 red onion, chopped 1 green chilli, deseeded and sliced 30ml/2 tbsp balsamic vinegar pinch of caster sugar salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 red onion, sliced , 5oz mushrooms 5oz baby plum tomatoes, 1 clove garlic, unpeeled 2 tsp olive oil plus brushing 2 sirloin steaks, trimmed 8oz baby new potatoes, 1 bag salad leaves For the dressing: 1 tbsp olive oil 1 tbsp red wine vinegar ½ tsp caster sugar, salt and black pepper

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Cook the potatoes in boiling salted water for 1015mins or until tender. Drain, rinse in cold water and leave to cool. Heat a non-stick frying pan add the chorizo and sauté for 3mins or until the sausage is golden. Remove the pan from the heat, lift out the sausages with a slotted spoon. Return the pan to the heat add the onion and chilli and sauté for 2 mins. Add the balsamic and sugar and sizzle for 30 seconds. Remove from the heat and season to taste. Empty the salad leaves in a large bowl, add the potatoes, chorizo, onion and chilli mix and toss well. Serve with crusty bread.

Preheat the oven to 220C/Fan 200C/450F/ Gas Mark 7. Place the onion, mushrooms and tomatoes in a roasting tin, add the garlic and olive oil and toss well. Roast for 20 mins or until tender and lightly charred. Remove from the oven. Meanwhile, heat a griddle pan until really hot. Season the steaks on both sides and lightly brush with a little oil. Cook the steak on the griddle for 8-10 mins turning once until the steak is cooked to your liking. Transfer to a plate to rest for 3 mins, before slicing. To make the dressing, slip the roasted garlic from the papery skin and crush to a paste with the edge of a knife. Place in a bowl, add the oil, vinegar and sugar and seasoning to taste. Whisk together until smooth. To serve, empty the salad leaves into a large bowl, add the roasted vegetables and dressing and toss together. Divide the vegetables between two plates and top with the sliced steak. Serve straight away.

simple salad dressings




1/2 cucumber, peeled 3/4 cup plain fat-free yogurt 5 fresh mint leaves 1/2 tsp lemon juice 3 ice cubes

free bottle of wine for every couple

sweet ginger dressing

Free Bottle

Valid only with this voucher Mon - Sat: 19.00 - 22.00


3/4 cup plain yogurt 2 tbsp agave nectar or honey 1 1/2 tsp fresh grated ginger


Whisk together all ingredients until smooth and well combined.

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

Tapas - Snacks - Breakfasts - Evening Menu pizzas Freshly made-to-order from 7pm Eat In or Take-Away

Home-made Pies, Pasties & Quiches To Order

Upcoming entertainment




courses for 15€

y kell kris Sun 24th

June Sun 17th June Private Functions catered for Sky Sports shown on Large Screen TV

Quiz Night Thursdays 8.30pm Karaoke Fridays 8.30pm

200m from Best Indalo Hotel find us on





includes poppadoms & chutney choice of 4 starters 4 main dishes 4 vegetable dishes rice or naan bread coffee or tea

of La Mancha Red or white wine per couple to take away with any of our night menus

Process all ingredients in a food processor or blender until smooth.

paseo del med, 85, Mojacar Playa

Menu del dia €8.50 Menu de Noche €10.95 #


Tel: 663 314 445

Indian Restaurant & Takeaway

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Cucumber Salad Dressing

Made With Years Of Experience Using Ancient Traditions

n re-opening soo


on turre high opp. adelina

Tapas now available all day

as previously served in Chili restaurant in Turre

Open 11am til late 7 days a week

Tel: 950 475 742 - Paseo del Mediterraneo, 199, Mojacar Playa

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showbar & restaurant

The Irish Rover

Your no1 entertainment venue in Mojacar for all the family

english breakfast Sunday menu famous of the day served 10am - 1pm 8 items €4.95 14 items €6.95

including tea, coffee or orange juice

irish rover carvery only €7.50

3 courses only €10

entertainment every night

including karaoke

open 10am till late • Mojacar playa •tel: 950 473 135 free wifi

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

sunday Roast menu of the day

3 courses €10 3 course - €10.50 the night main course - €7.50 menu of

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

3 courses €11.50

regular TRIBUTE SHOWS see website for details

tel: 950 473 099

Taberna Cristina Villaricos

Tel. 693 743 791 Quiz Night Tuesdays

Football night special Burger and a bottle beer 3€ with all live matches Large glass of wine 2€ Pint of Amstel 2€ Pint of Mahou 2€

9pm start including Free snacks

All day breakfast

Including tea or coffee and toast Small 3.50€ Large 4.80€

Open: Tues-Sat: 10.30 til late Sun 9am til late. closed monday

tranger come S WelRestaurante, Limaria Menu of the Evening, 3 courses 9.95€ including a drink A la Carte from 6.50€ for a main course Menu of the Day 7.75€ including a drink Lunch-time Menu from 5€ Thursday and Friday Steak Night 7.95€ Sunday Lunch 5€ or 3 course 9.95€

Established 7 years

950 432 719


Bar and Restaurant Sunday Roast ~ Beef or Pork with Freshly Cut Vegetables 6.95€ Wednesday Special ~ Slow Roasted New Zealand Lamb 2 X Courses 11€ p/p Friday ~ Fish and Chips & Mushy peas 6.95€ Happy hour ~ 6pm - 8pm (6 days a week) Breakfasts, bar snacks & evening a La carte Tuesday is darts night - Sunday quiz

Calle Mayor 106, Palomares - Tel: 950 888 476 - (Closed Thursday)


Bistro Bonita is a pub/ restaurant snuggled into the heart of a small village just outside Albox called Cerro Gordo. This Saturday, 16th June is the second of their themed nights a Mexican evening, with 3 courses of hot, spicy and tasty cuisine - Arriba Arriba!!! For more information or to make a reservation call Chris on 650 599 739/ 950 930 169. Café Bar Oasis in Albox is found just off Avenida America between Price Busters and El Curro electrical store. There is a very large indoor and outsdoor seating area and tapas is served all day Monday to Saturday 8am – 1am! Starting this June is a fantastic offer of 4 courses for just €10 every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Booking is essential, so please call 664 18 45 85. Cliff & Julie have owned and run The Welcome Stranger Restaurant & Bar in Limaria, Arboleas for 7 years and pride themselves in top quality food and service at this hidden gem in the valley of Limaria. They offer classic choices with innovative twists, vegetarian options, all dishes are made on the premises from soups and pates to steak pie, fish pie, jam roly poly, crumbles and cheesecakes. There are outside terraces available to dine on or to simply enjoy a refreshing drink. For more information and to reserve a table call 950 432 719.

This weekend sees the arrival of renouned childrens entertainer ´Chuckles the Clown´ at JD´s Café & Bar just alongside Mercamundo in Arboleas. From 11.30am – 3pm there will be a FREE show by Chuckes who has worked and trained with the famous Coco the Clown! There will also be a bouncy dome to play in provided by Courtney Castles – it´s sure to be a day not to be missed!!! Courtney Castles have a special promotion on their dome this month. Hire on a Monday – Thursday is €35 only (normally €45), for Friday/ Saturday/ Sunday, it’s just €60 (normally €75) or you can have it for the whole weekend (Fri – Sun) for just €150 (normally €225!!). Please quote the Sol Times when booking. Call asap as dates are filling up fast! For more information call 634 339 655 If you haven´t had the all day English breakfast at TABERNA CRISTINA then you really must have one! On a scale of 1-10, I gave this a 10! Lovely outside shaded area under the sun shade watching the world go by on a Sunday morning after the Villaricos market, I had a large breakfast for just 4.80 euros! With 2 sausages, 2 slices of bacon, 2 fried eggs, tomatoes, beans, 2 slices of toast with real butter and a pot of tea with a cup and saucer!!! It was wonderful. Martin and Irene are very welcoming and with the Euro 2012 football on now, why not come along to try their football night special – a burger & bottle of beer for just 3 euros, a large glass of wine for 2euros or a pint of Mahou or Amstel for just 2 euros!! JET’S BAR LA PLAZA, in the sleepy fishing village of Villaricos which has a Market day on Sunday. We open early for the Market offering All Day English breakfast, including





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special menu

4 courses 10€

thurs - fri - sat 6pm - 1am booking essential

open all day

monday - saturday 8am - 1am

tapas served all day

TheFood Crazy cow Cafe cooked with love

From the 5th of June The Crazy Cow will be Open Day and Night. Tues to Sat 11am – late Sun 11am – 6pm Closed Monday Find us opposite Playa Blanca Tel: 666 891 340

Relax with a fabulous Sea View, a Cold Drink and Graze on our Famous Tapas. Have just One for a Snack Or make up a Meal from Several. Adding to the Menu will be Homemade Burgers and Spicy Chicken Pitta Kebabs Plus The Crazy Cow Cocktail Menu Food served until 11pm

El Mirador is situated 200m on the right past the Trinidad in Arboleas. It is in a quiet location and has beautiful views of the town and countryside. There is a massive terrace and indoor seating area too to enjoy these long summer days! A mix of Spanish and English food is served all day and this Saturday from 7.30pm you can enjoy live music and have a 3 course menu and a bottle of wine between two for just €14.95 pp. They are open Monday to Saturday, 11am till late and Sundays from 7pm. On 20th June at BEACHCOMBER, you can see Dusty Springfield and her dancers (probably your last chance to see Dusty with her dancers). Then on Wednesday 4th July. A night with J.C. who rocked the Beachcomber in March, Mojacar has missed him so much we had to get him back. J.C. is best known for his tribute to 60’s, 70’s and 80’s music and a good night is guaranteed with this great entertainer. JC will also do a 30 minute tribute in costume to Elvis, exciting! There is line dancing held every Monday 4pm - 6pm, and a photography club ever Thursday. For more info call 950 473 099. THE CRAZY COW BAR/CAFÉ has moved to a more scenic part of Mojacar Playa, just opposite Playa Blanca, between Fantasia & Tito’s. Relax with a fabulous Sea View a Cold Drink and Graze on our Famous Tapas Have just One for a Snack Or make up a Meal from Several Adding to the Menu will be Homemade Burgers and Spicy Chicken Pitta Kebabs Plus The Crazy Cow Cocktail Menu Food served until 11pm From the 5th of June The Crazy Cow will be Open Day and Night. Tues to Sat 11am – late Sun 11am – 6pm Closed Monday Find us opposite Playa Blanca Tel: 666891340 At OASIS BAR & RESTAURANT in Palomares there is always something going on, whether it is darts night on a Tuesday, the popular quiz on a Sunday or Happy Hour from 6-8pm (6 days a week). If it is delicious food in a welcoming atmosphere you seek, then why not try their Sunday Roast, choose from beef or pork with all the trimmings from just €6.95 or slow roasted New Zealand lamb every Wednesday, enjoy 2 courses for just €11! Find them on Calle Mayor 106, Palomares. For more information call 950 888 476. The IRISH ROVER on Mojacar Playa serves the Full English Breakfast from 10am – 1pm. 8 items €4.95 or 14 tems €6.95! includes tea, coffee or orange juice on a large sunny terrace with fantastic views over the sea. Happy hour 6pm – 8pm with selected bottles at €1, a glass of wine €1, a pint of Amstel €2 or a spirit and mixer €3.50! Sundays is the Famous Irish Rover carvery, 3 meats, 7 fresh veg served 1 – 5pm plus a fun quiz. For further information call 950 473 135.

JD’s &Cafe Bar The Famous Left Side of Mercamundo, Arboleas

Chuckles the Clown


trained & worked with CoCo

Saturday 16th June. 11.30 - 3pm

Courtney Castles will be providing a bouncy DOME. Telephone confirmation required to reserve your space

For more info call 634 339 655


Mexican CHILLI NIGHT, arriba, Arriba

697 465 620 666 891 340 You Will Not Be Disappointed

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

Tea or coffee and toast for €5.50 or a smaller breakfast for €4.50. Free Wi-Fi offered to all clients, HD Sky TV, Pool Table, Darts, Chill room. Contact us on 950 467 590 – closed all day Wednesday and Thursday day until 5.00 pm, Normal days opening 10.00, 8.45 on Sunday for the Market.

Call for all enquiries & reservations Tel: 650 599 739 / 950 930 169

r o d a r i M el

Bar El Pinar

c/ Arroyo Aceituno, Los Peraltas, Arboleas (5 mins past the Trinidad)

Dinner dance

saturday 16th June 7.30-8pm til late

Tony Kent - Nostalgic sounds of the 50’s & 60’s

3 course meal + 1 bottle of wine for 2 persons €14.95pp

pool table available

off the Los Gallardos Bedar Road

euro 2012

all games shown live on our 50inch big screen beer & wine 1€ till 1st goal scored food available

from 3€

Sunday 17th june

Every Friday is

GrEneatetrtalinimveent quiz night En

w ith


mel jay & &3 3 course course lunch lunch

Tel: 950 469 036

and homemade

fish & chips from 7.30pm

booking advisible



COMMUNITY NEWS Happy Happy Birthday to my wonderful Sister

Joanna McGrath

18th June Happy Birthday darling Joanna. Enjoy Florence. Light a candle xxx All our love Chrissie & Rob


Lots of Love Claire and Scott xxx

Serge & Jodie on their Wedding 25th May

To my wonderful Mum

I love you so so much. Thank you for everything xxxxx

the ladies from puppy rescue albox celebrating the diamond jubilee

Royal British Legion Zurgena Members of the R.B.L Zurgena branch enjoying a Bar B Cue at La Vida on the 7th of June to celebrate the Queens Diamond Jubilee entertainment for the evening was provided by Kris Kelly


For olula del rio & macael

Residents only

16th & 17th June

FREE competition FIND ‘DIRK’ & WIN A MEAL FOR TWO! Every week a lucky couple can win a fabulous MENU DE LA NOCHE on Saturday night at LA VIDA, CUCADOR JUST FIND WHERE WE’VE HIDDEN DIRK THE PENGUIN AND SEND THE ANSWER TO last weeks winner.... ...issue 340 - margaret stott






Beginners 10 hrs Elementary 11 hrs Every Thursday €8 /hr pp Conditions apply More info on 950 39 00 37 Visit us opposite the Vera Bullring Acoustic Showcase to Benefit Local Animal Charities There will be an “Acoustic Showcase” at El Molino in Santopetar (near Taberno) on Thursday, 14 June at 8.00pm. Admission is free. Performers will include American bluegrass musicians Nadine and Andy Highfield, Welsh singer-songwriter Mike Carter-Jones, folk singer Pete Thom and other acoustic musicians. There will also be a raffle with proceeds to benefit local animal charities. For further information and directions, visit the Almeria Strings website at www.

The Fundraiser Charity & Community Shops

The people’s charity, The Peoples Choice

Helping the disabled Cancer Research Vera Orphanage Run totally We put our Asprodalba by volunteers hearts into and many more


Find us opposite JP’s Place in Turre and Opposite Maxi Dia in Vera Open 6 days a week... times on shop doors Contact 664 620 288





Monday evenings - 7.30 for 8.00 pM Just 1.50€ to enter

Quirky Quiz Questions

The word this week is something that quite a number of us suffer from ~ especially if we do quizzes ~ the word is KAKORRAPHIOPHOBIA. Do you know what it is? If you know or can find the answer, then it will get you a point in next week’s quiz. We definitely don’t take things too seriously ~ it’s just light-hearted competition. Sometimes from a slightly different perspective!!! Bring your friends Beat your neighbours

tues Eyes Down bingo nights tuesdays 7.30 for 8pm Come and play your cards right Cash to be won every Tuesday evening Cash Bingo plus Rollover Jackpot Win spot Prizes i.e meal for two, worth 22€. All welcome for a night of fun. 7.30 for 8pm start. sEE OUR MAIN AD ON PG 27 for directions

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SOL CLASSIFIEDS Airport services

blinds Tel: 639 081 067

Airport services


Airport, social &

Alicante Almeria Murcia New Servicing / Repairs

Tel: 663 429 521

Call Justin at Sol Shaders for a free no obligation quote Email:

acs Air Conditioning Satellite & Property Maintenance Services Repairs Services Installations Qualified C&G, CITB, IEE Car A/C Portable A/C hire FreeSat Sky Foreign systems FreeSat sd kits ideal for rental properties & holiday homes Spanish Aerials Electrical Plumbing 950467832 acs MD Air-Conditioning & Refrideration S.L. Over 20 years experience Sales - Service - Installation Car A/C Re-gas & Top-up

call now for our


Tel: 627 907 207




Airport Parking

shopping run.


‘A’ rated, highly efficient inverter systems supplied & installed MD Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration TO PREVENT A BREAKDOWN & ENSURES.L ENERGY EFFICIENT SAVING WHEN YOU MOST NEED YOUR A/C 432 110 SERVICED/CHECKED / 607 364 917 HAVE950 YOUR UNITS

tel: 607 364 917 or 950 432 110 • email: FULLY QUALIFIED & LEGAL


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

baby hire


delivery & collection.

Tel: 615 806 126

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


Steve Hayes Informatica

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

Matt Murray 647 841 750

building property and


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

Cafe for sale

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

beauty av o n c o smet i cs claire Tel: 691 987 454 avonfromclaire@

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



Telephone 634 315 730 La


in albox, serious offers

only over

VidaRestaurant&Venue Cucador

Due to our garden expansion & busy trade in our restaurant we require:


Coloured gravel & all building materials Albox & Surrounding areas

tel: 648 509 453


we want to meet you!

50€. As new. Tel: 661 023 594 English china with hunting scene decoration - large plate, 6 small plates. 6 cups and saucers 35€ Tel: 634 873 035 (Arboleas) B eaut i f ul knee length cocktail dress in deep cerise pink from “Simply the Best” size 16 ideal for wedding or special occasion cost 120€ accept 50€ Tel: 634 873 035 Silver grey fascinator 6€. Tel: 634 873 035. Bronze soft leather jacket and

trousers with pearl detail on the sleeve and trousers size 14, 50€ Tel: 634 873 035 (Arboleas) Fibre Glass oblong tank. 3,000 litres with tap. Measures 2.4 X 1.2 X 1.05. 250€. Tel: 667 315 268 DIGGER HIRE C o mmerc i al S ta i nless Steel Twin Deep Fat Fryers (Table Top Style). Each approximately 12 litres. Thermostatic ally controlled. 299€. Mojacar Area Tel: 689 395 198 Buffalo Semi Excellent Rates Commercial Panini Press/Contact Telephone Tony Grill. 79€. Mojacar 650 906 114 AreaTel: 689 395 198 education C aterp i llar Unisex Desert Blogging circle Boots. Sand Mojacar, 4 weeks from June 2012(10am) Colour. Brand New still in box, never • No expeience required been warn. Size • just need a laptop with WiFi ability 3 or small 4. 35€. 45€ Mojacar Area Tel: 689 395 198 or 618 211 968 L e x mark electrical Inkjet Laser Printer, Wireless. Exc Condition. 45€. Tel: 689 395 198 All electrical work undertaken HP Scanner for including rewires, upgrades. XP and Windows We work inside or out & 7 with driver, only no job is too small 10€. Tel: 662 390 453 air conditioning & alarms FREE ESTIMATES & ADVICE Video recorder with remote end Office: 662 414 043 manual Only 10€ Mobile: 617 410 534 Tel: 662 390 453 Miral 150 Cement Mixer. 75€. Buyer to collect ELECTRICIAN Knowles from Seron area. Neil Godwin & Abbott Tel: 609 177 037. 25 years experience no.1 for B ehr i ngher Full electrics and microphones, set City & plumbing. of 3 in box, with 3x Guilds 6metre cables and Re-wires, 3 boom stands. free to air Fully insured UK satellite new. 100€. Tel: & legal 958 063 060. Boletins supplied

4 Drawer Grey metal filing cabinet, lockable. 80€. Tel: 950 477 299. Samsung Home Cinema Surround with 300w output/ USB Host/HDMI, out/DivX support.


For Hire

CD electrical SERVICES

Tel : 687 245 569



A experienced Cook

To join our busy team 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

for sale

with driver

Tel: 950 120 900

carl o s sal i ente & plumbing heating for solar pool heating, solar hot water installations and repairs. call 950 930 900 or 968 969 962, email carlos.saliente@


Equipment Hire




alternative energy

Professional Baby

Private sale ads are free under 300€ (3 ads per week)

business opportunity

great summer offe

Solar Wind Power Solutions. Always offers on Solar panels, Over 15 years installation ex p e r i e n c e 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


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



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

Call 695 118 960

systems. 950 137 208 638 010 691

Advertise your business here! Tel: 950 121 936 or 902 750 190


Drainage Solutions

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

Call Chrissie on 647 379 878 or email Established 7 years in spain for more information Tel: 616 531 283 or 670 088 966

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

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

private wanted

ladies watch wanted must be good make & quality private buyer tel 647 379 878 child’s car seat reasonably priced tel: 634 873 035 (arboleas)


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

home security N e i ghb o ur hood Watch in Spain Contact and information on our website www. or Geoff Salter Tel. 620417777



Norway’s answer to heating your home in Spain

Tel: 634 312 171

If you wish us to print an article about a particular topic in our regular space on pg 16, please email

neater heater See our main ad on the news pages locksmith Carlos (Saliente) plumbing & heating services. If it involves water, Phil the Pick Locksmith 24 hours. we can help! Locked Out? Locks fitted/upgraded Tel: 968 969 962 house safes. Arboleas & surrounding area. Special weekend rates. Tel: 697 243 181 house clearance

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



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


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




950 121 943

iron/Metal works

metal works

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

pets section


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

job vacancy Experienced cook required for full time position in a busy bar in Almerimar. Tel: 680 210 827

Don’t take a chance! Don’t break the Law! Let us take the hassle away from you and re-register your vehicle on to Spanish plates

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

Lovely dog needs a home

24hr vets service, pet transporting arranged, welcome to view

Tel: 950 067 943 or 676 389 592

ministry approved Tracy Mobile 650 211 952

Hi my name is Osa. I’m of mixed breed & For a full service contact: I’m spayed. I can Alan 662 249 159 be a bit of a live wire & I am very entertaining. opticians D.O.B Optica Albox All your optical needs, 01/01/2008. You eye tests, hearing tests, contact lenses can meet me at The Dog House, I am Tel: 950 121 991 waiting for you. Call Paul on 626 766 painter / decorator 073 or email WE PROMISE TO BEAT ANY GENUINE QUOTATION

painter & decorating free estimates

over 30 years experience

quality work guaranteed give your property a fresh look this summer

Tel: 649 186 107 or email:

painting & decorating

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

Tel Alan: 950 450 174 or 600 268 176

Telephone Paulette for more information on how to advertise with


950 121 936 or 902 750 190 Email: sales@


Hi my name is Cassie I’m a German Shepherd X & I am spayedBecause I was mistreated by men I can be a little nervous of them sometimes.I am a very affectionate girl who loves to play & cuddles.And I get on well with other Dogs. D.O.B 01/12/2010 You can meet me at The Dog House. Call Paul on: 626 766 073 or email thedoghse@ Puppy Rescue - Charity shop in Calle Malaga, Albox. Monday to Saturday 10 Tess was in a bad 2pm Market stalls state when found at Albox Tuesday but is now fit and market and healthy & needs a Saturday bootfair. permanent home. Her nature is very New Puppy loving & she enjoys Rescue helpline lots of attention. She 690 143 140 www. responds well on & puppyrescue off the lead and is very happy mixing with dogs she does not know. She is very cat friendly pA L O M I N O & generally an all round lovely dog. She was found at k E N N E L S the end of August last year and is approximately 2 yrs old. She is chipped & neutered.If you can help Tess Exclusive boarding please ring 663 762 642, the APSA homing officer. ke n n e l s /c a t t e r y Tel: 950 067 051 Ken & Jackie woodhouse boarding Little Zoo kennels & cattery Dog & Cat now have a arboleas Sitter selction of young Small friendly kennels, service birds for sale Your home or ours. Honest & trust worthy. 3 years experience of all types of animals. References available on request.


Budgies 8€ each Java Finches 12€ Parakeets for hand rearing only 30€ each Diamond Finches ready soon Tel: 647 379 795

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

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@

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

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 Build 256 m², Terrace 100m², Plot 1200 m² All work guarenteed Telephone 649 186 107 email for more info at Tel Paul bargain! bargain! 634 327 201 only €150,000 ono


property to rent urcal

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

Are you..? t

C  onfident & energetic?


A  ble to work to deadlines?


S  miling when the pressure is on?


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


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

Then we want to meet you!


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

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:

300€pcm inc water

phone Lynne on: 666 281 323 Arboleas. First floor flat overlooking the rambla. Four lift PROPERTIES bedrooms, access nice views, central location, In all Coastal & part furnished. Inland areas. 300€ pcm long term preferred. Available Telephone immediately 609 638 849 254 199 394.



Apartment for sale

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

Tel: 664 291 793 €59,999


...remember to say you saw it in the SOL TIMES


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

Friendly Reliable Service Fully Legal Special deals from UK - Spain

Office: 968 564 298 Mobile: 696 621 884

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

Full or half loads, plus car transport. 796 9123588


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

Tel: 968 654 667 Tel: 650 038 251

Spain - UK

634 337 185


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


Tel: (0044)


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

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

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

Advertise your business here! Tel: 950 121 936 or 902 750 190

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


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

Free quote go online or phone

or telephone 692 930 326


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

Urgently Required

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

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) Moped, Honda SFX 50, 1999, 1700kms, hardly used, in need of some attention €300 Tel: 652 434 392

Tel: 645 094 339 or 950 064 763

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

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

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

Tel: 678 048 808

Mikes Mobile people Mechanics All carrier types of or mini bus service, repair & ITV testing. Fully wanted qualified and legal to buy with over 35 years cash waiting experience must be Ring Mike or Chris: Diesel 628 350 178 or spanish 636 824 974 plated & d.b auto reliable paramed i cs call Mobile Mechanic call 609 199 394 Dave on 678 487 689


SMALL VW CAMPERVAN Must be LH drive & have all Spanish paperwork. Other models may be considered. Tel: 677 364 715


Cash buyer

collect from anywhere




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

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



Reason for sale returning to England.

Tel 662 244 199


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


TEL: 645 094 339 / 950 064 763

John MacDonald (El Sordo) -

Alqueria ¡ B o mb a ! P a r t o n e

It was an idyllic Spring morning. A gentle breeze rolled down from the Sierra Alhamilla bringing the mingled scent of a thousand wild flowers. The sun had not stoked itself into its full summer fury and a fundamental calm seem to blanket Alqueria. Life was easy, life was good. Antonio Poyato gently turned the soil of his smallholding, preparing the ground for this season’s Remitroot crop. His spade struck something very hard. A painful reverberation shot through his arm. Antonio paused and scrapped the loose earth to one side. A metal cylinder it was a bomb! Antonio thought about testing his theory by hitting it again with his spade, but thought again. If it detonated there would not only be a large explosion, he would also need a new spade, and good spades are expensive. Breathlessly, he phoned Josè Cabrasilbido the local policeman who contacted the army. A bomb disposal team was soon on its way from Viator barracks. An orderly evacuation of Alqueria was to take place but without motor transport. Vibration could be a problem considering the strangely stratified geology of the Alquerian Valley. A fleet of buses was to meet the evacuees on the Camino de Alqueria. Then transporting them to a hastily erected reception area some twenty kilometres to the east. Rodriquez wasn’t waiting for the buses, high-jacking a bicycle he made it to Almería before he realised the chain was off. The origin was a mystery, either a left-over from the Civil War or did the Palomares B-52 have a fifth bomb? The implications of an explosion in Alqueria and in particular Poyato’s smallholding were many. Of main concern was Poyato’s Remitroot crop which would be ruined. Remitroot has been classified as a National Treasure by a corrupt group of politicians who are addicted to the stuff. It therefore attracts a considerable government grant, which if lost would mean Poyato would have to work for a living, something to be avoided at all costs. A sandbagged dugout surrounded the erstwhile petard while a uniformed figure listened as intently as any physician through a suitably complicated stethoscope. A strange gurgling sound was detected but no ticking nor any mechanical sound at all that signified a belligerent mechanism at work. They were unable to establish its dimensions, no tail nor nose was visible. It was thought to be too dangerous to dig any further. Nor could any entry point be found, the thing seemed completely continuous. A high level meeting was arranged between representatives of Alqueria and the military to determine the best course of action. After many hours of debate it was decided that a controlled explosion was to take place. This would allow the bombs casing to be breached and the exact nature of the device determined. Will Alqueria be devastated? Will an explosion improve the general appearance of the village? Time will tell.


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With a daughter living in the area, we recently visited Tree-Tops in Kenya, where in February 1952, as the locals say, “a princess climbed a tree and a queen came down”. And what an amazing queen she’s been, and what an ambassador for Britain. So there’s been plenty to celebrate this last week or so, with many parties, not just in the UK, but here in Spain too. So, as these celebrations have reminded us, our Queen is more than a figurehead, but the true head of our Country, who has given numerous prime ministers the benefit of her immense experience and wisdom. Well travelled and committed to her role of presenting the best of Britain she is loved and respected by people and politicians throughout the World. And not only head of the Nation, but of our church too, as we saw in that very moving service at St Paul’s Cathedral on Tuesday. For our Queen is very much a committed Christian, who takes her faith extremely seriously. And we also saw in these past days a wonderful tribute to her as a wife and mother, presented by Prince Charles. How rare to get a glimpse of that side of the Queen as she played with her family in the privacy of her own home. So, as we’ve celebrated together her diamond jubilee, we’ve met these three very different aspects of the Queen: distinct, yet very much the same person. For the Queen who is head of our Country, regularly receiving foreign dignitaries is the same person as the woman who bowed her head in prayer and worship at St Paul’s, and the same too as the one introduced by her son, playing with her family in the garden. And we all know, understand and accept this as absolutely normal. It therefore necessarily surprises me that we so often find it difficult to similarly accept and understand the Christian teaching of the Trinity:- one God revealed to us as three persons; as Father, Son and Holy Spirit? 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 Duncan Burr is Licensed Lay Reader for the Anglican Chaplaincy of Costa Almeria and Costa Cálida and may be contacted at

Tapes – remember them?

We recently bought a car via an advert in the Sol Times; it had all the modern necessities such as air-con, ABS, air bags, diesel injection and usefully a cassette player?!? Back in the 70’s, I pestered my mum for a cassette player and used to carefully place it next to the radio to record the Top 40 every Sunday on Radio 1. LP’s were also recorded so that my music could travel with me. Through the 80’s - and well into the 90’s - I bought many albums in tape version as by then the Sony Walkman had hit the shelves changing the way we listened to music overnight. The early 90’s then brought Records/tapes/CDs whatever next? house music onto the scene and friends of mine were djs and by a mixture of pleading and bribery they would record mix tapes for me. Now 20 odd years later, with a huge collection of CDs to my name which stubbornly refuse to be squashed into the tape player in the car, I was faced with possible disaster. For a few weeks I struggled with the tuning dial trying to find a decent radio station. The English language stations are all good but they don’t cover large areas. So for instance near Bedar there is Spectrum or Bay Radio but moving a few miles inland there is nothing until Valle Radio near Albox. I also tried listening to Spanish radio and even the radio stations from North Africa that float over the Alboran Sea but it’s all so awful it should be banned and only played to prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. Then I had an epiphany and went in search for my boxes of tapes. Suddenly I was like a kid with new toy and the car has been transformed into a musical time machine with the sounds of the 70’s and 80’s and, if very lucky, the early 90’s blasting out. 78’s left the building 50 odd years ago closely followed by the 8 track, 45’s came and went, LP’s are on a revival due to DJ’s preferring them and, of course, they have beautiful artwork on the covers. Tapes disappeared from everywhere except my car, DAT was always too specialist a medium to be popular, Minidiscs were a passing fad, CDs are clinging on but now with MP3s and digital downloading they are threatened too. Science has shown that it’s the music and books we experience between the ages of 13-17 that moulds our tastes for the rest of our lives. Little did I realise that decades later that this would be the only music available for me to listen to in the new car! 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: -

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We aren’t the only ones who have had to consider this option. Spain is my husband’s home country; he’s a true Andaluz so this is where he feels at home. The trouble is that we are the credit generation - the generation which never wanted to wait for anything. Whatever we wanted we could get it on a credit card, or remortgage or get a loan. The crisis has been a real awakening that maybe ‘saving up for things’ has a lot more value, it would also cause far fewer sleepless nights. I’m being positive, hoping that all the lessons we’ve learnt during this ‘crisis’ won’t be repeated. We’ll never walk in unprepared to sign on the dotted line unless we have seen the full facts, double, triple checked and with back-up. Hopefully it will be good for the next generation who can learn from our lack of control. As little children we were taught to Stop, Look & Listen before crossing the road. Why didn’t we take more notice of this very simple piece of advice? We’ll return to our flat for holidays and enjoy Semana Santa, Carnival and the local fiesta but just with a holiday glow. Spain has always been a popular tourist destination so I’m sure it’ll turn itself around in no time. Give us a few more years and we’ll be back to retire here.

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An Essex man foiled a raid on his home - by shouting at burglars via webcam from Turkey. The man was 1,500 miles away at a family funeral when he called home for a video chat, reports The Mirror. The homeowner from Loughton, Essex, was speaking to his wife via MSN Messenger when she left the house to speak to their son. However, the internet connection remained on and the man was stunned to see two burglars in his hallway. He screamed at them: “Get out of my house - I am calling the police.” The terrified pair fled empty-handed and are being hunted. Detective Constable Mandi Coltman said: “This woman’s husband had been waiting for his wife to return but instead saw two strangers in his home. “It was his quick-thinking actions that led to the thief running off.”



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19th Hole Golf Society.... Thursday 7th June saw our members have a rematch with Desert Springs Golf Course. The course was in beautiful condition and the weather, although a bit warm for some, was perfect. Unfortunately Desert Springs again scored a rousing win against our gallant players. With only two players scoring more than 30 points in this singles stableford competition, it was clearly a good result for Desert Springs. Many suggestions as to why all but two of our band of intrepid golfers let this course beat us were discussed, possibly Rob Matthews theory that his golf swing’s efficiency and accuracy is inversely proportional to the width of his waistline may well be correct. Some cruel wag suggested that Big Al (the artist) Greenfield should stick to painting as he would use fewer strokes. So the only almost impressive performances were from Brian

Everitt with 35 points (9) And Lee Coxon with 31points (10). One nearest the pin winner was Brian Everitt at the short par 3, 17th. A brilliantly executed scuffed 8 iron of the tee saw the ball roll lazily along the fairway and come to rest some 4 metres from the hole, a well deserved result!!!! Results: 1st Brian Everitt 35 points (9), 2nd Lee Coxon 31 points (10), 3rd Terry Caddick 26 points (19), Nearest The Pin; Brian Everitt Thanks to all the members who supported the 19th Hole Golf Society. 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 610340653. or email


Rafael Nadal wins seventh French Open crown Rafael Nadal has won his record seventh French Open title after ruthlessly snuffing out Novak Djokovic’s comeback to win 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 in a rain-affected final.


Monday 4th June was the monthly medal, played from the white tees for the gentlemen. First place went to Frank Varey with a one under par, nett 70. Andrew Markham was second with 73 and Jim Budd third (74) also had a two on the 5th to win the ball sweep. With most of the ladies enjoying an away day, there was no ladies division. Thursday was a waltz played in fourballs providing a close finish, with a difference of only one point. 1st Frank Varey, Sandra Edwards, Sean Smith and Linda King 91 2nd Jim Budd, Nuala Hurn, Geoff Owen and Loraine Roberts 90 3rd Brian Mayhew, Tony King, Maxine Mayhew and James Barkeley 87 Visitors can join the members every Thursday for 32 Euros, including green fee, in a mixed team event. Ring Jim Budd on 950 162 727 or 600 353 670.

URCAL Golf Society............................................................... Saturday 9th June saw Urcal Golf Society travel to Roda for the first time this year. On a beautiful day if somewhat breezy, conditions were good for golf with the course in beautiful condition we tackled a Coloured ball competition with varying results. None of the teams managed to bring back either of the coloured balls they started with, implying everyone found the format quite difficult. Overall Winners were the team of Billy Handy, Barry Kilby, JeanFrancois Crinquand and Clive Filkins with 136 points In second place with a total of 126 points were the team of Stan Whitty, Tony Morgan, Brian Hughes and Dave Butler. Third place went to John Smith, Pete Boggan, Tony Cook and Dick Gooding with 112 points and in fourth place, the team of Steve Fear, Bill Craik, Tony Hinds and Dave Edmonds with 93 points Nearest the Pin on the par three seventh hole was won by Tony


Morgan whilst nearest the pin in two on the par four eighth went to Barry Kilby. Longest Drive was won by Tony Cook on the par five tenth. A good day was enjoyed by all and the members of Urcal Golf Society would like to extend a warm welcome to our two new members Barry Kilby and Brian Hughes both of whom seemed to enjoy their day, especially Barry who picked up two prizes. It was also nice to welcome back Dave Butler who has been absent for far too long with a persistent back injury. Our next match is at Desert Springs on the 23rd of June. New members and guests are always made welcome, anyone interested in joining a small but very friendly Society, call Tony Morgan for more details on 664 356 287

After rain disrupted the match yesterday, play resumed today with Nadal leading 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 1-2. His uncharacteristic wobble late on Sunday had fuelled Djokovic’s belief and the Serb had won eight games in a row before Nadal managed to clinch one just before the inclement weather forced the players off court definitively. The Spaniard broke back in the first game of the day today however, and then piled pressure on an unsettled Djokovic. The Serb finally folded with a double fault to hand Nadal an 11th Grand Slam title. Having drawn level with Bjorn Borg on six Roland Garros titles last year, the victory gave Nadal sole ownership of the landmark, and the 26-year-old is likely to have plenty of opportunities to stretch further clear. The only three men to have more Grand Slam victories - Roger Federer with 16, Pete Sampras on 14 and Roy Emerson on 12 - will also now be in his sights.

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Tuesday 5th May 19 members played a single stableford competition and the winner with 39pts was Jim Quigley in 2nd place Roger Kaye 38pts 3rd place went to Alan Hewitt with 37pts. Friday with 28 players taking part and some great scores returned on the day the handicap secretary had a busy week, there was two divisions, 1st division winner Sean Halligan 38pts in 2nd place Mark Newall 37pts both playing of a handicap of (7) in the 2nd division the winner was the youthful Martin de Bruin with 37pts and in 2nd place Bill Churchill with 33pts only one nearest the pin due to a technical hitch which was won by Alan Mc Hale Enjoy your golf at Valle Del Este.

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