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Just a week after one week after Spain asked for money to support its banks, ratings agency Moody’s has lowered the credit rating of 28 of them. The move follows a cut to the Spanish government’s own credit rating to just above junk status earlier this month. Moody’s said in a statement, that Spain’s reduced creditworthiness “implies a weaker credit profile for Spanish banks.” Banco Santander was amongst those that saw their rating slashed. Its long-term rating was cut to Baa2 from A3 and that rating is itself under review for a possible further downgrade. But Moody’s kept Santander one notch above the sovereign rating of Baa3, the Moody’s release noted, because of the bank’s geographic diversity and what it sees as its manageable exposure to Spanish sovereign debt. Santander’s UK arm is a standalone business and depositors’ money is protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme in the UK. Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Agentaria was also among those whose ratings were cut. A cut in an organisation’s credit rating theoretically makes it more expensive for it to borrow money. Earlier on Monday Spain formally asked for money to help support its banks after an independent audit of Spain’s banks last week found that they will need up to 62bn euros in extra funding. European authorities had already agreed to provide up to 100bn euros ahead of assessments of the banks’ needs.

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The Junta de Gobierno Local del Ayuntamiento de Almería has approved 58,557.50 euros to carry out reconstruction works on the final section of Calle Zaragoza. The works, which will be undertaken by Construcciones Tejera, SA, will last approximately two months. Concejal del Área de Fomento y Servicios Ciudadanos, Manuel Guzmán, explained that the works will necessitate the demolition of a building located at number 13, and in order to prevent heavy vehicles deteriorating the new pavement, street lighting and street furniture, the section from that building to the Calle Javier Sanz will be concreted. It has been noted that the works were halted, probably due to the current crisis. However, he said, ‘We will finish the works from No. 13, Zaragoza Street to the intersection with Calle Javier Sanz. This will consist of the demolition of the concrete floor and new paving, but keeping the design and existing materials, namely basalt pavers 10x10x3 in grey. In addition, to maintain the aesthetics of the pavement, the tops of the various existing manholes will be covered with the same material as the rest of the area. Finally, new streetlights and new street furniture, comprised mostly of benches, litter bins and planters will be placed, similar to those already in place.

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Officers from the Guardia Civil Albox have arrested J.M.S., aged 26, resident of Albox, as the perpetrator of a crime simulation. The Civil Guard based the detention on research carried out after hearing of an armed robbery, reported on 7 July, in which the victim told the officers that when he went home to his girlfriend, he was approached by three hooded men with foreign accents. Still according to the victim, the assailants intimidated him a handgun, demanding a debt of 600 Euros, for the purchase of cocaine by the former partner of his girlfriend, all under death threats against his partner and himself. After listening to this story, the Civil Guard initiated the investigation, although officials had serious doubts about the veracity of the complaint, meeting first with the alleged ‘delinquent’, who denied the existence of the debt and also that he used, or had ever used cocaine, and that he had maintained a good relationship with his former partner, but that he suspected that J. M. S., wanted to break that bond. When the officers interviewed the previous girlfriend she told them that she have not seen anyone suspicious in the vicinity, information that was also confirmed the neighbours, who also expressed surprise at the ‘debt’ of her former partner. All research carried out by the Guardia Civil pointed to the falsity of the complaint filed by J. M. S. When re-interviewed, J. M. S. begins to contradict himself, change important aspects of his complaint, as well as demonstrating sudden changes in attitude, increasing nervousness and beginning to break out in a heavy sweat, before admitting the falsity of the complaint, at which point he was arrested.

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Pulpí beaches have been graded excellent for swimming. The report, issued by the Consejería de Salud de la Junta de Andalucía, on the condition of bathing water of the beaches San Juan de los Terreros, rates the quality of the waters of these beaches as ‘Excellent.’ Following the analysis of water samples the results were as follows: Playa Cala Cerrada, Playa Cala Tía Antonia, Playa Calipso, Playa Costa Tranquila, Playa Mar Rabiosa, Playa Mar Serana All these beaches were graded Excellent – suitable for swimming.

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Heatwave puts 29 provinces on alert

A mass of warm, dry air began to move in across the peninsular on Sunday and thermometers have shot up, especially in the southern half of the country, where temperatures of over 38ºC are expected today. Specifically, 29 provinces are on extreme heat alert: Madrid, Seville, Toledo, Cordoba, Jaen, Ciudad Real, Badajoz, Cáceres, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote, where the mercury could shoot past 40ºC, are all on orange alert (significant risk). The Spanish Met. office is maintaining the threat until the weekend, with a yellow alert activated in Zaragoza, Valencia, Alicante, Murcia, Cádiz, Granada, Huelva, Málaga, Albacete, Cuenca, Guadalajara, Avila, Salamanca, Segovia, Tenerife, La Palma and El Hierro, which could all see highs of up to 39ºC. Lows are unlikely to fall below 20ºC all week in the Mediterranean, central and southern peninsula. This will push the UV index up as high as 11 in a number of different parts of the country. Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote are on yellow alert today for airborne dust, due to the mass of warm, dry air which is affecting the Canary Islands and much of

the peninsula. The unusually high temperatures are forecast to stay with us until Friday, when they will fall slightly in Galicia and the Canary Islands. Civil Protection officers recommend drinking plenty of water and eating only light meals during the the

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Over 3,800 containers of veterinary drugs which have gone beyond their use by date have been seized in Almería. SEPRONA agents charged five people for various offenses, while 27 were found to have committed administrative violations. Since last April, officers of the Service Team Nature Conservation (SEPRONA) of the Guardia Civil based in Almeria, have conducted a series of inspections in different trades related to the sale and distribution of veterinary drugs in the province of Almeria. So far, agents of the SEPRONA Civil Guard have made a total of seven inspections in pet shops and establishments engaged in the marketing and distribution of veterinary medicines and livestock and in veterinary clinics in the towns of Almería, Albox, Alhama de Almeria, Huércal Overa and Vera Níjar. As a result the agents have charged a total of five people with different offenses, have seized over 3,800 containers of expired veterinary drugs and detected a total of 27 administrative violations, which have been referred The Delegación de Agricultura y Pesca de la Junta de Andalucía en Almería and the Subdelegación de Gobierno de Almería.

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After a period of intense work, due to the complexity of its construction, the new sports facility is a reality. The Alcalde del Ayuntamiento de Albox, José García, said ‘We are very satisfied. This is the culmination of a process that shows the commitment of this Government team to its citizens. We are promoting a large number of projects designed primarily for sports and entertainment for the citizens.’ The Concejal de Deportes, Francisco Carrillo, said that ‘the construction of this pool reaffirms the commitment of the Ayuntamiento to the development of sport by offering citizens more opportunities and sports facilities, in addition to the many activities organised throughout the year.’ ‘Citizens will have the opportunity to practice different sports-related activities throughout the year. The ‘Centre for Water and Health’ will be a fully equipped facility, offering the user the latest developments in sports. Specifically, the Municipality will have a complex consisting of a gym, sauna and swimming pool, squash court, three multipurpose rooms, football court 7, four padel courts, two tennis courts, two petanc pitches, a playground, as well as a commercial area with a restaurant and other shops. The Mayor wanted to dispel any doubt that may have been voiced about the completion of the pool. ‘Actions speak louder than words and we can now demonstrate the fruit of our work, with the new pool completed, as we promised.’ The total cost of this construction amounts to 1,850,000 euros, of which 50% (925,000) has been subsidised by the Consejería de Turismo, Comercio y Deporte de la Junta de Andalucía. With the commissioning of the future Centre for Water and Health, whose budget is around four million euros, citizens may engage in any sport in a thoroughly modern facility, equipped with the very latest in field of sports. Finally, both the Mayor and the Councilman felt ‘very positive’ about this new sports facility, stating that ‘the end result in the case of the new swimming pool has been spectacular.’

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from 100 km/h to 90 as this is where 80% of accidents happen, with there being a “direct correlation between speed limits and accident rates”

He also confirmed that there were plans to bring speed limits on Spanish roads in line with other European speed limits, but would not confirm whether the motorway speed limit would be raised to 130 km/h, although he did confirm that the idea is being discussed. As well as outlining plans to put

electronic variable speed limit panels on the motorways and dual-carriageways (like the ones already in place on the access roads around Barcelona) he said the same system was being considered for minor roads. On the roads around Barcelona, where variable speed limits have been in force for some time already, the maximum speed can be reduced from 120 km/h to 60 km/h on motorways and major roads from 80 km/h to 40 km/h on secondary routes.

Summer will be “slightly warmer” than normal say forecasters

Summertime, which officially begins at 1.09am on Thursday, will be heralded by rising temperatures this weekend, with the mercury reaching 35ºC in a number of places around Spain, say forecasters. After a few days of lower temperatures and unstable weather, the whole country is going to see temperatures start to rise again over the next few days. In the provinces of Almería, Córdoba, Girona, Málaga, Lleida and Zaragoza temperatures of above 32ºC can be expected, with the mercury hitting 35ºC in Murcia. Spanish summers tend to be dry and hot and “fairly stable and predictable” especially in the south of the country and the Mediterranean, said a spokesperson for the Spanish Met. Office (Aemet), with this year threatening to be “warmer than normal”. Average daily temperatures have been slightly higher (1.1%)

The year’s highest temperature was recorded on May 15th in the observatory in Huelva (38.9ºC). The lowest temperature so far this year was recorded in Navacerrada (Madrid) where the mercury dropped as low as -7.6ºC, followed by Molina de Aragón with -7.5ºC. With an average temperature of 18.6ºC, this May was the fourth hottest May since records began in 1960, and exceptionally dry, with 40% less rainfall than normal. Overall, this year’s rainfall has been slightly below the usual amount, with 16% less precipitation than normally recorded during the first six months of the year.

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Spain borrowing rate soars, Spaniards march banking rescue nears against cuts

Spain’s borrowing costs soared in a major market test Thursday, the day Madrid reveals the price of a vast banking rescue that has stoked fears of a full-blown bailout. Spain showed it can still tap the bond market at a pivotal time, with a eurozone rescue loan of up to 100 billion euros ($125 billion) in the works and fears mounting that a state bailout could follow. The Treasury raised 2.22 billion euros, beating its own target, and demand outstripped supply by more than three times for the mixture of two-, three- and five-year bonds, Bank of Spain figures showed. But it had to pay soaring rates to lure investors. The yield more than doubled to 4.706 percent from 2.069 percent at the last comparable sale March 1 for two-year bonds, a sign of deep misgiving about Spain’s near-term prospects. The rate on three-year bonds climbed to 5.457 percent from 4.876 percent on May 17; while for five-year bonds it leapt to 6.072 percent from 4.960 percent on May 3. Spain’s eurozone partners agreed on June 9 to lend up to 100 billion euros to save stricken banks that made reckless loans during a real estate bubble that imploded

in 2008. The Spanish government says the size of the banking rescue loan will depend on two audits of the banks due later Thursday, one from the German firm Roland Berger, the other from the US firm Oliver Wyman. With those audits in hand, the government is officially to request a banking sector rescue. In Brussels, a source said Spain would lodge the request at a eurozone meeting in Luxembourg later in the day. Another eurozone source said the amount would be “well within” the maximum 100 billion euros. Far from calming markets, the banking rescue pushed Spain’s borrowing rates to the highest levels since the birth of the euro in 1999 as investors fretted over the impact of the loan on Spain’s booming debt. The banking bailout further undermined confidence because it lacked details such as the price and conditions while highlighting Spain’s difficulties in raising money on the markets. Yields eased this week after a Group of 20 summit in Los Cabos, Mexico, raised expectations that European Union authorities could step in to help Spain and Italy, possibly by purchasing their bonds.

Lianne Smith child murder charges: Spanish jury considers verdict

Prosecutor seeks 34-year jail sentence for killing of Rebecca, 5, and Daniel, 11 months A jury has retired to deliberate on the killings of a young boy and girl by their mother in a Spanish hotel room. Lianne Smith, 45, has admitted smothering fiveyear-old Rebecca and 11month-old Daniel with a plastic bag at the Miramar hotel in Lloret de Mar on the Costa Brava in May 2010. A jury of seven men and two women at the provincial court in Girona, north-east Spain, will decide whether she is criminally responsible for the children’s deaths. They will be assisted by two further jury members who take part in deliberations but do not have a vote. Smith’s defence is seeking an acquittal, claiming she was in a state of “psychiatric disturbance” and suffering insurmountable fear when

the tragedy happened. Prosecutor Victor Pillado Quintas said on Wednesday, after hearing the evidence, that he acknowledged Smith suffered a “pathological emotional dependence and a psychotic disorder which impaired her faculties” when she killed her children. Instead of a total of 38 years in prison for two counts of murder, he is now asking for 34. Even if Smith is cleared of the charges, the judge, Adolfo Garcia Morales, can remand her to a psychiatric ward until she is considered fit to be released. The killings took place shortly after Smith’s partner, Martin Smith, was arrested in Barcelona by Spanish police acting on a European arrest warrant. The family had been

living in Spain since 2007 after fleeing Lichfield, Staffordshire, because Smith’s eldest daughter by her first husband had accused Martin Smith of sexually abusing her. After her partner was deported to the UK, Smith thought British social services were in Spain to take her children away from her. The jury heard that, after killing the children, Smith tried to take her own life by cutting herself with razors, covering her head with a plastic bag, hanging herself with a telephone cable and immersing herself in a bath. In December 2010, Martin Smith was found guilty at Manchester crown court of using hypnotism, bullying and violence to groom and sexually abuse Smith’s eldest daughter, Sarah Richardson, who

has waived her right to anonymity. Last January, he was found hanged in his cell at Strangeways prison in Manchester. Originally from North Shields, Martin Smith had been a singer in a band in the north-east before working as a TV psychic. He and Smith first lived together in a caravan in Northumberland before moving to Cumbria, where she worked as a manager in Cumbria county council’s children’s services department. They moved to Lichfield in 2007 but only stayed for a few months before fleeing to Spain with Rebecca. Daniel was born in Spain in June 2009. DNA evidence revealed in court on Wednesday confirmed that Martin Smith was not the biological father of the two children.

Tens of thousands of Spaniards marched on Wednesday to protest public spending cuts, their anger sharpened by a huge bailout for Spain’s banks and fears a wider rescue may be needed. A sea of red and green flags crammed the Paseo del Prado avenue in central Madrid as the crowd marched to the din of drums and horns bound for the Puerta del Sol square, the hub of numerous recent protests. “Bank bailout = robbery of citizens,” read one of the many banners on display as workers from right across the public sector vented rage at cuts to salaries and budgets imposed to tackle Spain’s debt crisis. The leading unions that organised the protests, UGT and CCOO, called marches in around 60 towns across the country. The latest in months of protests against tens of billions of euros’ worth of austerity measures came after Spain’s eurozone partners agreed on June 9 to lend up to 100 billion euros ($127 billion) to save banks laden with bad loans. “I don’t think this bailout is going to yield any benefit for citizens,” said one protester, Maria, a 37-year-old high school teacher who complained of government reforms that increase class sizes and university fees. “There will be more unemployment, more precarity and more poverty.” As European leaders debate how to prevent a spread of the eurozone debt crisis to Spain and Italy, sharply rising borrowing costs have raised the threat of a full sovereign bailout for Madrid. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy “is not saying openly what is going to happen with this bailout for the banks, which is surely going to get bigger because it won’t be enough”, said Maria, who would not give her second name. “The bailout doesn’t change anything for us public workers, nor for Spaniards in general,” said Miguel-Angel Rodriguez, 45, one of many justice service employees who joined the protests en masse for the first time in yellow t-shirts. “They are taking advantage of the economic situation to cut more and more.”

Nadal to carry Spanish flag at Olympic opening ceremony Rafael Nadal will have the honour of carrying the flag for the Spanish Olympic team at the Olympic Games in London next month. The 11-time Grand Slam champion was chosen by the Spanish Olympic Committee to lead the team at the opening ceremony on July 27. In his third Olympics, Nadal will defend his gold medal in singles from the 2008 Beijing Games as well as play in the doubles tournament with Marcel Granollers. The Mallorca native is a national figure in Spain and arguably the best clay-court player of all time. The tennis events run from July 28th to August 5th on Wimbledon’s grass courts.


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Spanair founder dies at 69

Gonzalo Pascual, entrepreneur and founder of Spanair, died of a heart attack at his home in Madrid today at the age of 69. Pascual, born in Madrid on December 18th 1942, was the chief executive of numerous companies and founded many more, including Spanair, Viajes Marsans and Trapsatur. His name has often been linked with Gerardo Díaz Ferrán, another well-known entrepreneur and expresident of the CEOE (Confederación Española de Organizaciones Empresariales - Spanish Confederation of Employers’ Organizations), with whom he collaborated in a number of business ventures, including Spanair and Marsans. The two men also had their names dragged through the courts together, as both Díaz Ferrán and Pascual were recently charged with misappropriating 4.4 million euros from Marsans. In addition, the Spanair founder was interrogated in 2010 as part of ‘Operación Mar Blau’, which was investigating contract fixing between the Balearic Port Authority and Trapsayates, one of his companies. Last week, Pascual appeared in court as part of the Marsans’ bankruptcy proceedings. At the end of May, the mercantil court n Madrid found both Díaz Ferrán and Pascual guilty of causing the bankruptcy of Seguros Mercurio, banning them from managing other people’s assets for a period of 15 years.

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Ban lifted on Basque party with links to ETA

Spain’s constitutional court has ruled that a previously banned Basque independence party with links to the armed separatist group ETA can reform, a judicial source said on Wednesday. Sortu was created in early 2011 by members of Batasuna, the political wing of ETA that has been banned from political life since 2003, in an bid by the movement to participate in local elections. However Spain viewed the creation of Sortu as a way for ETA to infiltrate the government and outlawed it in March 2011. Instead Batasuna formed a successful coalition with two legal independence parties Eusko Alkartasuna and Alternatiba that went on to become the second biggest party in local elections in May last year. The ruling means that Sortu will be able to stand in regional elections slated for 2013. Batasuna claims it has no longer has ties with ETA, which itself announced what it said was the “definitive” end to its campaign of violence in October 2011, though it has refused to disband completely. ETA is blamed for the deaths of over 800 people in more than 40 years of bombing and shooting for an independent Basque homeland in northern Spain and southern France.

EU court: Workers sick on leave can get extra time off

Workers who fall sick during their annual leave are entitled to take corresponding paid leave at a later date, the EU’s top court has ruled. The European Court of Justice ruling is legally binding throughout the EU. Thursday’s ruling was prompted by a Spanish trade union case against a group of department stores. “The right to paid annual leave cannot be interpreted restrictively,” the court says. The UK does not have an opt-out in this area of EU labour law. The court in Luxembourg said the

EU Working Time Directive grants workers a right to at least four weeks’ paid annual leave “even where such leave coincides with periods of sick leave”. The ECJ says “the point at which the temporary incapacity arose is irrelevant”. “Consequently, a worker is entitled to take paid annual leave, which coincides with a period of sick leave, at a later point in time, irrespective of the point at which the incapacity for work arose.” According to an earlier ECJ ruling, workers who fall sick before a period

of annual leave can also reschedule that leave period so that it does not clash with their sick leave. The UK’s opt-out from the Working Time Directive only applies to the directive’s clause setting a 48-hour limit on the working week. The UK government says “no-one can opt out of any other part of the Directive”. The UK and at least 14 other countries use the opt-out, which enables workers voluntarily to work more than 48 hours a week.

European pension plan ‘pointless’ says government

The government says it will keep on fighting a European scheme to strengthen the finances of company pension schemes. The proposals were first outlined by the European Commission in 2010. They involve possible new rules to make pension schemes more resilient in case employers go bust. Pensions Minister Steve Webb said the rules would be pointless and so onerous for employers that more schemes would simply be shut down altogether. Mr Webb said the government remained “resolute” in its determination to fight off the Commission’s plan and to make the European authorities “see sense”. “It is unbelievable the Commission is pressing ahead with these pointless proposals, which would cost UK employers with final salary schemes hundreds of billions of pounds and lead to defined benefit scheme closures,” Mr Webb said. “We expect them to publish a comprehensive impact assessment to clearly expose the catastrophic effect these rules would have on British pension schemes. “It is horrifying these plans have got so far without this,” he added. One of the Commission’s aims is to bring the solvency rules for occupational pension schemes in line with its so-called “Solvency 2” rules, which will be aimed at strengthening the finances of insurance companies.

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The ostensible aim of the harmonisation is so that company pensions, like insurance policies, can be offered across borders to workers in different countries of the EU. The plans have been criticised by the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF), the CBI, TUC and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW). The NAPF has previously argued that the Commission is barking up the wrong tree. It has said that unlike insurance policies, company pensions are not sold to the general public, there are few that operate across borders for staff in more than one country, and their liabilities are “relatively predictable”. “The switching of assets from equities to bonds and cash which would be a likely consequence of applying a Solvency 2 approach would have very serious consequences for national equity markets and economies where such pension vehicles are dominant,” the NAPF has said. “Employers offering such pensions would be certain to close them to new members, which would result in many millions of employees being poorer in retirement.” The Commission’s consultation timetable was recently extended.

Greek PM to reveal new cabinet

Explosives found at Swedish nuclear site

GCSEs face axe in exams overhaul

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is to reveal his new cabinet amid speculation about how effective his coalition will be

Security levels at Sweden’s largest nuclear power plant are stepped up after explosive material is found on a truck.

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Anders Behring Breivik trial nears end with closing arguments The trial of Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 people in Norway last July, enters the final stretch on Thursday with the prosecutors’ call for him to be sent either to prison or to a mental hospital.

Prosecutors Svein Holden and Inga Bejer Engh are to begin presenting their muchawaited closing arguments at 1000 GMT, when they will reveal whether they want the court to find Breivik responsible or not for his actions. They will base their request on psychiatric evaluations of the 33-year-old right wing extremist which have sharply contradicted each other. In the formal indictment presented in March, in which Breivik was charged with “acts of terror”, the two prosecutors called for him to be committed to psychiatric care but left the door open to change their minds if new information were to surface about his mental health. They adopted that line based on the sole psychiatric evaluation that had been completed at the time which diagnosed Breivik as insane, suffering from paranoid schizophrenia and therefore not responsible for his actions. That conclusion caused an uproar in Norway, with many stunned to learn that the man who spent years secretly and meticulously planning his twin attacks could not be held responsible for his actions. The Oslo district court then ordered a second opinion which contradicted the first one, finding him sane, as did a number of other psychiatrists who observed Breivik in detention and in court. These experts all agreed that Breivik is not suffering from a psychosis, but rather some form of personality disorder – which would mean he could be sentenced to prison. Breivik wants to be officially declared sane in order to ensure that his Islamophobic ideology is not written off as the ravings of a lunatic, and has said court-ordered psychiatric confinement would be “a fate worse than death.”

“It’s an extremely difficult situation, there’s no doubt about it,” Norway’s director of public prosecutions, TorAksel Busch, told news agency NTB. If found sane, Breivik faces Norway’s maximum prison sentence of 21 years behind bars, a sentence that can be extended as long as he is considered a threat to society. If he is found criminally insane, he could spend the rest of his life in psychiatric care.

On July 22, Breivik first set off a car bomb outside government buildings in Oslo, killing eight people, before travelling to Utoya island, northwest of the capital, where he spent more than an hour methodically shooting and killing another 69 people, mostly teenagers. The victims had been attending a summer camp hosted by the governing Labour Party’s youth organisation.

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Members of Vera & District Lions Club visited the Asprodalba School and Home in Vera and donated more than 1100 euros for the purchase of specialist medical equipment desperately needed for the local handicapped people that are reliant upon the extraordinary staff and facilities available to them at Asprodalba. The Lions Club also has sent over 200euros to Caritas the Spanish Church Charity. The money raised fro this donation came from the Bay Radio Be Nice Day Walk on May 6th. The Bedar walk was arranged by Lions Club Member Sheila Turner, Sheila recruited two friends Eileen Kilmurry and Jo Marriott to join her on the taxing walk from the 6km Sign in Bedar up the hill to the 11km sign close to the Bar Montana, El Campico. Not only walking the 5k they also climber 1400ft. and then walked back down again. The 3 ladies and their supporters raised a total of 1257euros on the day.

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A wonderful time was had by neighbours and friends of El Prado on June 5th. It was the culmination of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee weekend and thanks to Mark and Geraldine Drew opening their garden, a celebratory lunch was held for around sixty guests. Everyone supplied a tasty dish or two and tucked into the vast variety of food on offer. As Queen Elizabeth’s sixtieth year as monarch was toasted in far flung corners of the world a glass was raised, more than once, in the small, friendly barrio of El Prado, Arboleas. The party-goers were royally entertained by Howard Buxton on the sax and guitar, sometimes accompanied by his vocal rendering. He also played two CDs by the Band of the Royal Marines. The first was from the Silver Jubilee and featured a local ex-pat, Alan Upton, who spent fourteen years serving aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia. The second commemorated the Diamond Jubilee featuring his son Mark, currently serving. The flags of England, Wales and Scotland flew high above the partying throng and bunting, including that of our adopted country, fluttered in the welcome breeze. Ex-pats of other nationalities joined in the festivities, delighted to wish ‘your Queen’ many more years of good health. Whilst the guest of honour was absent, another regal lady was in attendance. Mrs. Peggy Lingard, ninety-six years young, mother of Gerry, took part in the festivities. She remembers the reign of three monarchs, George V, George V1 and our present Queen. How delightful to have a lady amongst us of the same stamina and longevity as Her Majesty. Thank you, Mark and Geraldine, for helping your friends and neighbours to ‘fiesta’ in style. by Chris Nedahl

Eileen Kilmurry raised the highest amount of sponsorship for the entire Have a Nice day walk programme. Many congratulations, and a very big thank you to Eileen. I am sure the Lions Club also speak on behalf of the management of Asprodalba and Caritas for thanking you for this fantastic achievement. Vera & District Lions Club thanked Sheila, Eileen and Jo by presenting them with Certificates of Appreciation at a special ceremony at the weekend. The Vera Lions Welfare Line is 634338733; if you know somebody in need; we will try to help them. Are you interested in helping to improve the quality of life of people in need, in the area? Vera & District Lions Club is part of the largest Service organisation in the world. We meet at the Vera Hotel, Vera at 7.30pm on the first Wednesday of the month.

Luxembourg For Investor Protection... By Bill Blevins, Financial Correspondent, Blevins Franks

The banking crisis in 2008 undermined the financial strength of institutions such as banks and insurance companies, and people are now once again concerned about the safety of their savings. The only certain way for investors to achieve security from institutional failure is through a state controlled investor protection regime. Luxembourg stands out among EU Member States with its exceptionally strong culture of investor protection. Its investor protection regime is unique within Europe and provides maximum security to investors without limit. The cornerstone of this regime is the legal requirement that all clients’ assets must be held by an independent custodian bank approved by the State regulator, the Commissariat aux Assurances (CAA). This arrangement involving the CAA, custodian bank

and insurance company is known as the “Triangle of Security”. These are the key points:• T  he regime ensures that the legal separation of clients’ assets from the insurance company’s shareholders and creditors, so investors are protected from exposure to the company’s credit risk. • T  he insurance company maintains a register of all assets and how they are invested, which is monitored by the CAA. • A  ll policyholder assets are deposited with a custodian bank. • T  he bank is required to ring-fence clients’ securities (eg investment funds, shares, bonds etc) – i.e. they are off its balance sheet. If the bank fails, these

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A 2010 study found that drinking a glass of unsweetened cherry juice in the morning and evening helped improve sleep. ‘Montmorency cherries contain high levels of melatonin, the brain chemical naturally produced by the body to regulate the sleep-wake cycle,’ says Philip Weeks, an expert on natural medicine. And last year, researchers at the School of Life Sciences at Northumbria University found that Montmorency cherry juice increases levels of melatonin in the body. Volunteers drank 30ml of either Montmorency cherry juice concentrate or a placebo juice twice a day for seven days. Participants wore sensors that monitored their sleep-wake cycles and kept a daily diary on their sleeping patterns.

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Graphic warning labels on cigarette packs ‘work better’ Images of patients on ventilators on cigarette packets help smokers heed the health warnings about smoking, says US research.

A study of 200 smokers in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that 83% were able to remember the health warning if it was accompanied by a graphic image. This compared with a 50% success rate when text-only warnings were viewed. The UK government is carrying out a consultation on cigarette packaging. Using eye-tracking technology, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania measured how long smokers spent viewing each part of a cigarette advertisement containing warning labels. After looking at the advertisement, each participant was asked to write down the warning to test how well they remembered the information. The faster a smoker’s eyes were drawn to the text in the graphic warning and the longer they viewed the image, the more likely they were to remember the information correctly, the study said. Dr Andrew Strasser, lead author of the study and associate professor at the department of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, said the findings were

important. “In addition to showing the value of adding a graphic warning label, this research also provides valuable insight into how the warning labels may be effective, which may serve to create more effective warning labels in the future,” said Dr Strasser. Dr Strasser said that he hoped graphic warning labels would help people become better informed about the risks of smoking and lead to a decision to stop. In April the UK government launched a consultation seeking views on whether tobacco products should be sold in standardised packaging. As part of the consultation, it is exploring the options of no branding appearing on the packet, using a uniform colour for all packets or using standard font, text or imagery on every packet. The Tobacco Manufacturers’ Association has previously said it welcomes the consultation. But it also said there was no reliable evidence that plain packaging would reduce rates of youth smoking. Jaine Chisholm Caunt, the secretary-

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The Festival plunges the city, and the visitor, into an atmosphere of celebration! Held in the exquisite setting of Granada’s Alhambra, the Generalife Gardens, monasteries and the cathedral, around the Alhambra and all over the city the streets are filled with the sound of Spanish guitars, the click of castanets, the whirl of flamenco dancing and much, much more.

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History The ‘Festival Internacional de Música y Danza de Granada’ dates back to the symphonic concerts performed at the Palace of Charles V during the Corpus Christi holidays since 1883 and the “Cante Jondo” (flamenco singing) Contest convened at the Alhambra in 1922 by García Lorca, Falla and other intellectuals and artists. Since 1952, it has become known not only for the talent on display, but also for the extraordinary settings where concerts and performances are held.

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The history of the Festival is linked to the landscape and to the main monuments of Granada. Its stages are to be found all over the city: to the traditional settings in the Alhambra - Patio de los Arrayanes, Palace of Charles V, Gardens of Generalife, the Cathedral or the Monastery of San Jerónimo, other, not less singular, settings have been added, like the Corral del Carbón, the Hospital Real, the Palace of Daralhorra, the Manuel de Falla Auditorium, the Albaicín and Sacromonte districts and, most recently, the Planetarium in the Science Centre and even some nearby villages.

The Performances The programme of the Festival is traditionally based on classical music, ballet and Spanish dancing, but together with this classical repertoire it also attracts more contemporary music and exhibitions.

The more than 60 performances are offered – the invitation to enjoy music and dance at very diverse hours of the day & night and in a variety of manners, ranging from conventional concerts for very large audiences to recitals almost in intimacy, and from polyphony matinees during week-ends to very late flamenco shows finishing in the small hours – is what makes this festival unique. Enjoyed by thousands of visitors and locals and, through RNE - the Spanish National Radio - and other Euroradio broadcasting stations, by numerous music lovers all over Europe.

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Property Tax Relief Under Threat?

Spain’s tax credit for home purchases may be in danger. The EU finance ministers (Ecofin) have indicated their backing to Brussels’ and the International Monetary Fund’s petition to have this tax incentive removed, and this body may call on Spain, at a meeting to be held on Friday in Luxembourg, to abolish this tax deduction among other measures such as increasing VAT and speeding up the increase in the retirement age to 67 years.

The Ecofin’s preparatory documents state that the ministers will support recommendations presented by the European Commission, in order to correct the imbalances and overcome the crisis. According to EU sources, should Spain not comply, then the countries of the Eurogroup could request a suspension of the 100 billion euros rescue fund they are preparing for the Spanish banks.

The only changes introduced by the EU-27 refer to the powers of the

Mortgage Lending Falls by 7% in April

The total balance of mortgage loans from financial institutions in April stood at 966,514 million euros, representing a decrease of 7.05% year-on-year and the biggest drop in the recorded series.

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This is according to the latest data from the Spanish Mortgage Association, confirming the contraction suffered by this activity in Spain over the last four years, with more pronounced declines being recorded month after month. The figures show the reversal in fortunes that has affected the mortgage industry since the outbreak of the crisis of subprime mortgages in the U.S. in August 2007, and contrasts with the growth in excess of 20% that this industry experienced in the acute phase of the real estate boom in Spain. The financial sector closed April with 8,780 million euros less mortgage balance than the previous month, and 20,000 million euros less compared to February, resulting in a decrease of 0.9%, while year-on-year the balance reduced by 73,264 million euros, placing the total balance at 966,514 million euros – included within this balance is a figure of 176,058 million euros in securitised mortgage assets. Positive Results for Credit Institutions Of the total balance, 887,416 million euros corresponded to banks and savings banks (-7.64%), 65,409 million euros to credit unions (-4.95%) and 13,689 million euros to credit institutions, resulting in a spectacular year-on-year growth of 35%. Meanwhile, El Mundo reported that the total balance of outstanding securitised mortgage assets – conversion of loans into bonds for subsequent sale – reached 387,173 million euros in April, which was 6.8% less than in the same month last year.

budget office, and measures to combat poverty. In the first case, the Ecofin removes the Commission’s proposal that their office should evaluate the budgetary impact of all policies, on the grounds that this would compromise their independence.

On the subject of VAT, the EU calls on Spain to “challenge the low ratio of VAT revenues” and specifies that this could be overcome by eliminating exemptions, reduced rates (8%) and super reduced rates (4%) that apply to many products, such as new housing, on which the Spanish Government will apply a super tax of 4% throughout 2012.

However the Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, has stated that he will not eliminate the deduction for the purchase of housing, which currently benefits more than six million Spanish mortgage holders. In the same vein the finance minister, Cristobal Montoro, said, when asked whether it was now the right time to implement the measures recommended by Brussels, that he has ruled this out in the short term. “Spain is experiencing a recession and we will not take action which will be detrimental to consumption and exacerbate the recession.” “It would make no sense,” he added.

Number of New Builds Down 31.4% During the first quarter of the year in Spain, the construction of 30,151 homes were completed, representing a decrease of 31.4% over the same period in 2011 (43,958), according to data from the Ministry of Public Works collated by Servimedia. Of the total finished projects, 98.2% (29,630) came from private developers and 1.7% (521) from the Government. In comparison to the first three months of 2011, construction of private promoters’ homes fell by 31.1%, and public administration fell by 42%. Among the private initiatives, 18,617 were for commercial companies, with a year-on-year decrease of 41.1%; 8,005 were for individuals and communities of

owners (-3.4%) and 2,068 for cooperatives (+10.1%). There were also 940 building completion certificates for other private promoter works.

Moreover, the liquidation value of the execution of the works was reduced by 18.4%, to 3,766 million euros. 2012 began with the number of finished houses following the downward trend that marked the year 2011, with 167,914 homes being built, 34.7% less than a year earlier. El Mundo reported that Spain has now recorded four consecutive years of declines in completed home constructions. Since the peak recorded in 2007, with 641,419 homes completed, the market has fallen by 74%

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Q. I have a house without a title deed. The house was built years ago but we never prepared a deed to the house. The solicitor told me that I needed to obtain a deed by antiquity. He has now called me to tell me that everything is very complex, as my house cannot be legalized by antiquity due to the town hall considering the land protected. He says he is now looking into a thing called FUERA DE ORDENACION. Does my solicitor know what he is doing? It all looks life hit and miss!

A. Yes he does. If a property is on rustic land and does not have a registered deed to the house, then the normal way to legalize is by antiquity. In principle this was the only way, but they’re where certain situations in which this was not allowed (the famous list of article 185.2 which your solicitor will have mentioned). One of the cases in which this is not allowed is if the rustic land is protected in any way (for example natural park etc). A new system has now been created which it seems will permit access to the property register to very old properties that are included in the 185.2 list. The trouble is that the interpretation of these procedures is not the same in every notary, property register and town hall (some town hall will simply not collaborate until they are provide with the staff to prepare an exact inventory of all the houses in their municipality to then enable to certify correctly the age and existence of a building) so unfortunately it may be impossible for your solicitor to provide certainties regarding your case as sometimes the documents the town halls are prepared to sign are not the ones the registrars need etc. 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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My Little Lamb

Each week I settle myself in front of the laptop and gather together some random threads of thought which I then loosely weave together, until by some happy chance I end up with a finished article. I allow my thoughts to gambol and play as they will, like lambs on fresh pasture, secure in the knowledge that those two electronic sheepdogs, Spellcheck and Grammarcheck will guard the boundaries and prevent them from getting lost out there in the barren wasteland of Sensible Literature. When all is safely gathered in, and all the words have been put through the race, or chute, of Word Count, (just to make sure that no stray ones have managed to creep in unnoticed) they are loaded up and sent off over the airwaves to be put into print. They are my little lambs. I have nurtured them from birth, and guided them on their journey from thought to print. It is short, one step journey - like the Chuckle Brothers it is From me – To you! But now my little lambs are about to undertake a new bigjosbiggs@hotmail.co.uk w i d e - w o r l d

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experience. It started with the ever elegant Peggy, who wondered if I could come up with a Murder Mystery? There was only one way to find out, so I put on my best David Suchet/Hercule Poirot hat, coaxed the little grey cells into action, and in due course characters, dialogue and plot took shape on the page. I enjoyed the whole experience. It required a lot more thought and planning than my usual simple one subject offering, but the challenge was rewarding. My little lamb was born, and I watched it grow from idea to completed work with a mother’s eye.

ever wearing or would even think of wearing come to that. He was definitely a navy blue sort of bloke. Anyway this particular jacket had patch pockets and I immediately saw the potential so I asked if I could remove one. This I saw as a very cool pouch for carrying around all my important stuff like conkers, a magnet, fag cards and a pen knife. Yes that’s right – pen knife. Knife crime was unheard of back in the 50’s, unless you happened to live in downtown Cairo. Kids could be trusted to use them properly for sharpening pencils, carving wood not faces, and peeling apples. Thus every school boy had one. But I digress. One play time I must have dropped my spiffing new pouch, because as we were all lining up ready to go back into class, a teacher held up a familiar object and asked the whole assembly (bless her) if anyone had lost a pocket. So with lowered head and smouldering cheeks, I stepped out of line and on skinny legs, retrieved my prize possession to the laughter and jeers of a hundred school chums and - horror of horrors - a gang of sniggering teachers. Even at nine years old I fancied Miss Threapleton like mad, but I never

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But then I had to hand it over to the actors and backstage crew. Oh no! My little lamb must leave me to go into the care of others, to interpret and portray as they see fit! I was resolute. This is what it was born to do, it is a big strong play now, and can look after itself. Anyway, the Group knew what they were doing, I told myself, they’ll look after it well. Even so, my lower lip quivered a little as I bade it goodbye! But I feel better now – I’ve been to a rehearsal, and the actors have transformed my little lamb into a fully grown ram complete with horns! I will be watching its first performance with a glow of maternal pride. Break a leg!

Embarrassing? Na, Make Mine a large One!

Embarrassment is a funny thing. What I mean is, what may be highly embarrassing circumstances for one person, could just as easily be a nonevent, or simply mildly amusing to another. I suppose it all boils down to how self confident you are and whether or not you give a monkey’s about what others think. Age comes into it too because kids can be more sensitive than adults, but then paradoxically the opposite is sometimes true. Once when I was very young running round the playground in my baggy grey flannel short trousers and socks around my ankles, with the almost obligatory collection of grazes on my knees – I lost a pocket! Let me explain. My Mum was about to throw out an old blazer of my Dad’s. It was a burgundy colour and a garment that I do not recall him

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quite forgave her for that. Men seem to be more prone to embarrassment than women. Have you noticed that if a bloke trips over in the street, he will immediately leap to his feet and carry on as if nothing has happened, whistling nonchalantly as he goes - even if he is in agonising pain and has two ends of a femur poking through his leg. It’s because we men – apart from the obvious macho thing – hate to look like prize plonkers and show our embarrassment to the world. That’s also the reason we never ask for directions. But it’s a funny thing because embarrassing moments can be a source of high entertainment when related to friends over a beer many years after the event, which brings me on to a little competition we held recently for our most embarrassing moments. I only mention this of course because I won hands down. Back in the early 70’s when landlords were all powerful, and tenants had little or no rights at all, my girlfriend at the time rented a bedsit in a rambling Victorian town house in Reading. One of the rules of the house was strictly no overnight stays, which of course most of the younger tenants often chose to ignore, including the two of us. Early one morning – about 8.00

am and exceedingly early for me – there was a sharp rap on the door and a voice, easily identifiable as the battleaxe landlady, demanding entry. I shot out of bed, grabbed my clothes but with nowhere to exit - because the bedsit was on the second floor and hanging out of the window was definitely not an option - I squeezed myself into the only available hiding place. A tiny cupboard with a stout door. I could hear muffled voices as the She Devil was admitted, but although I had my ear pressed to the woodwork, I was unable to make out what was being said. Then without warning the door was flung open and glaring down at me there she was in her mythological glory. Mythological in the sense – half woman half beast. With forced jollity the only thing I could do was to wish her a, “Good morning” as if this was the most natural thing in the world, but which was only greeted with a hissed, “Move over, I need to read the meter”. Then having done so, she closed the door on my naked form, leaving me in darkness still clutching my bundle. Stop sniggering, you know what I mean. Cringingly embarrassing at the time oh yes, but a story I have dined out on many times since.

Alqueria people The early morning sun gently warms the stones and cobbles of Alqueria, caressing the village into a new day. The divided people of this small pueblo still slept, unconsciously plotting their mayhem for the coming day. If one studies a map of Alqueria, one will see it is heart-shaped with the broadest expanse to the north. Here is where the people play and worship. Walking west along the Calle Generalissimo, we arrive at a confluence of streets. To our left is the Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de los Remedios, where the devout of the village attend to their spiritual well-being. To our right is the plaza and the Bar La Casa Devante where the hedonistic attend to their physical well-being. A small fountain in the plaza’s centre gurgles with crystal clear water, fresh from the Sierra Alhamilla. The castle of Alqueria is accessed from the plaza by means of six easily scaled steps. It is of Moorish construction with a remarkably well preserved tower. Leaving the square and heading west once more we pass the small museum which houses the famous Corsé de Napoleon and other treasures from the village’s past. We now enter the Calle Mirador with the houses of the Hill People to the left. These are ancient dwellings arranged around the cobbled street. There is a small school opposite and then we go on past Poyato’s smallholding. This takes us to the southern extremity of Alqueria. The olive mill, Alqueria’s only industry is passed on the right. Opposite it is the bar La Golondrina Verde, playground of Los Recién Llegados, the Newcomers. We now join the Avenida el Raro and pass the fire station on the right. We head east to the abodes of the favoured Newcomers. These are palatial properties, high-walled and swimming-pooled. Walking on we pass the cemetery to the right and then the banks of the Río Verde, reflecting the sun’s rays from its calm surface. Joining the Calle el Raro from the right is the Calle Huella Vieja, the northern route out of the village. This completes a circumnavigation of Alqueria and we once again stand bathed in the early morning sun at the village’s northern extreme. The only other street worthy of note is the Calle Horno, the rest being simple thoroughfares. The Calle Horno runs laterally entering the Calle del Siniestro to the west and the Calle Límite to the east. To be in the Calle Horno during the early hours is a sublime experience. The wonderful aroma of freshly baked bread permeates every corner of the street tempting the fasted palate. Also in the Calle is the Ayuntamiento and on the other side of the street the doctor’s surgery. To walk the empty streets of Alqueria during these early hours with the whitewashed houses reflecting the morning sun can lift one’s soul. It is only later when the population awake and begin their interminable squabbling that a cloud appears to darken the town. As Jean-Paul Sartre wrote ‘l’enfer, c’est les autres’.

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1 Groups of two (5) 2 A file of reminders (7) 3 A group of North African languages (7) 4 Fertile areas in deserts (5) 5 Wittingly (9) 6 Specify individually (7) 7 Braided (7) 8 Betrayal (9) 13 Revealed (9) 14 Enumerating (9) 17 Seventy-eight in Roman numerals (7) 18 Vary (7) 20 Eight-armed sea creature (7) 21 Systematic (7) 23 Breed of dog (5) 24 Not a winner (5)

1 It’ll help you get to the next level! (9) 2 Making me chain Chinese leader to garage worker (8) 3 Airline object to cleaning (7) 4 Framework could come before key (8) 5 Shanghai’s

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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 Hodgepodge (9) 6 _____ and output (5) 9 Revenues (7) 10 Perform surgery (7) 11 What a private does to an officer (7) 12 Foolish (7) 13 Guiding (9) 15 Empower (5) 16 Not liquid (5) 19 History of a word (9) 22 Eight-seven in Roman numerals (7) 23 Fortress (7) 25 Hunting guide (7) 26 Accounts (7) 27 Pilot a car (5) 28 One who disputes (9)

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first well-known gallery delays opening, it’s said (6) 6 Debut attempt after 10 doesn’t start (5) 9 Thought of an estimate? (4) 14 Food angle of sea creature (9) 16 Look into her cares, perhaps (8) 18 Put money in trust not very long ago (8) 19 Think of a drink in topless fruit (7) 21 If you are one of twelve people in court, you might be hurt (6) 23 In jail, I keep the same (4) 24 Less negative? (5)

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Sixteen years ago my partner and I walked into an old Cortijo at Fuente del Mojon on the Rambla de Oria, north of Albox. We were totally overwhelmed by the atmosphere; a positive energy seemed to flow through the centre of the house and spread outwards like arms thrown out in welcome. Ten years later, when we sadly left with all renovation work long since completed, it felt exactly the same - life giving. Outside however things were changing. Previously there had always been the feeling that little had changed for decades and that suited me fine. However in the words of a Peggy Lee song ‘Nothing stays the same’, and perhaps it shouldn’t!? At the time of buying Cortijo ‘Macario’ I had clocked up over thirty years as an actor in Theatre, TV and films with the famous, not so famous and infamous. ‘Fuente’ as we always called it was a wonderful place to charge up the batteries, on long or short stays (which became longer and longer and eventually permanent!) When not contemplating my naval, I could contemplate the Rambla winding it’s way down to Llano del Espino (Manolo’s village), Albox, the outside world - then who knows what!? That’s the point of the book really, what lay beyond that winding dusty for Manolo Navarro Reche, a budding young artist who’d never been beyond this small country town… SYNOPSIS: The book starts in the early 1950’s and Spain lies beneath the repressive heel of a dictator, General Franco. Almeria was a forgotten corner of Spain in those days, and the people very poor. The early chapters of the book deal with the simple, and very often, hard life lived by Manolo’s family at that time, focusing on Manolo’s strong sexuality (with the complications this brings to his life). Also his conflicts with the youngest of his sisters, Seraphina, and his chance encounter with Cesar Carrasco. Carrasco’s sinister presence looms once again, when at eighteen, Manolo goes to Granada to study art, and pervades the book. Whilst in Granada, Manolo’s involvment with a left wing political group leads to personal tragedy, then exile. Haunted by guilt and grief, he wanders aimlessly through Europe - a ‘Pero del Mundo’, is what his Seraphina unkindly calls him. Eventually settling in ‘swinging sixties’ London, he finds success and some degree of contentment. After a while though ghosts from his Spanish past seek him out, calling him back to Granada, Llano del Espino and, finally, the mysterious Alhambra Palace.

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Curry houses in Birmingham apply to get EU protected status for city’s famous Balti dish

Curry houses in Birmingham have launched a bid for the city’s trademark balti dish to be given protected EU status.

a reputation that has been built up over years.’

Restaurateurs want the ‘Birmingham Balti’ name to be used only if the curry is made with fresh spices and vegetable oil, then served in the wok-like dish in which it was cooked.

If there are no objections to the Birmingham Balti plan it will go before Defra, which will decide whether to forward it to the European Commission.

The Birmingham Balti Association wants to make Birmingham Balti a Traditional Speciality Guaranteed product (TSG), which means only curries conforming to a precise recipe can use the name. Other TSG products in the UK include Bramley Apple Pie Filling and Traditional Pasture Reared Beef. The special status does not mean the food has to have been made in a specific location to carry the place name.

There are large clusters of balti houses scattered around the Sparkbrook, Sparkhill, Balsall Heath and Moseley districts in the south of the city. This area is widely known as the ‘Balti Triangle’ and contains a high concentration of balti restaurants, as well as some of the oldest to be found in the city. A 12-week consultation on the TSG bid is currently underway and interested parties will be able to comment or object to Adas, the agency which handles the applications. Irene Bocchetta, EU-protected food names manager at Adas, said it was unusual to have a place name included in a TSG application. She said: ‘People know the Balti is from Birmingham - it is

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Experts agree that the dish should be cooked in a thin metal pot over a flame, then served still sizzling. This particular method is said to help bring out the curry’s distinctive flavour.

summer madness!!

Business owners in the Balti Triangle hope TSG status will help preserve the classic recipe - but precedent suggests they could be in for a long battle. In 1999 the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie Association, a group of seven local manufacturers, applied to the EU to have their pies protected. They wanted the name Melton Mowbray to only be applied to pork pies made within a 1,800 square mile around the town. They also wanted only uncured porkfilled pies baked with no support given the name. But a large food corporation, who used the name on their own pies, were against the move.

The new russet-coloured Abbey Beer uses the methods of modern Trappist breweries in Belgium with knowledge from the 17th century when English Benedictines, living in exile in France, brewed and sold ale. Monastic brewing disappeared with the dissolution of monastries under Henry VIII. Little Valley brew the ale and it’s known as an Abbey Beer rather than a monastic one brewed by the monks themselves. Wim is a Dutch brewer and he visited Trappist breweries in the Low Countries to study recipes and methods of production and was accompanied by Fr Wulstan, procurator at Ampleforth. Modern brewing methods have been linked into the recipe from a monastery at Dieulouard near Nancy in Lorraine. English Benedictines settled there after fleeing to France in 1608 and they built a brewery to support their pastoral work. Little Valley’s brew is classed as a “Double” beer in the Trappist tradition of producing beers in

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After a near decade-long battle the protection was finally granted on April 4 2008. Other local specialities still in the process of bidding for protected status include Welsh Laverbread, Jersey Milk and Devon Clotted Cream.

Monks return to the beer!

Benedictine monks have restored a tradition of monastic brewing with help from the Little Valley Brewery, Hebden Bridge. Brewery owners Wim van der Spek and Sue Cooper worked with the brothers at Ampleforth Abbey to produce the ale - which has a kick at 7 per cent.

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The origin of the word ‘balti’ comes from the Urdu and Hindi word ‘balty’ - which means ‘bucket’, referring to the steel or iron pot in which the curry is cooked and served.

Britain’s curry market is now said to be worth up to £4billion annually, with many connoisseurs claiming that it is impossible to get a ‘proper’ balti outside of Birmingham.

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If the application is successful, the West Midlands speciality will join 48 other foods which have various types of EU protected status.

rising order of strength - single, double and triple. It is produced with pale and wheat malts and the colour comes from three darker malts - chocolate, crystal and Munich. Soft brown sugar, another Trappist tradition is also used. The two hops, Northern Brewer from Germany and Savinjski Goldings from Slovenia are used along with yeast from Belgium. Those who have sampled the beer - available from July - describe it as having a spicy and peppery aroma from the hops, backed by roasted grain, chocolate and sultana fruit. The monks have produced their own cider and cider brandy for several years and have said they may consider moving the brewing operation to the abbey. Abbey spokesman Sean McFetrich, said: “Working in conjunction with Little Valley Brewery we are extremely happy with this unique Abbey Beer that has been created from our traditional recipe which was first used in France. “We believe we will be the only UK monastery involved in the production and commercial selling of its own beer and are delighted to be reinvigorating the tradition of monastic brewing.”

A Taste of Greek Passion Made With Years Of Experience Using Ancient Traditions

Tel: 663 314 445 paseo del med, 85, Mojacar Playa 200m from Best Indalo Hotel find us on

Eudoxia

gastronomy

open

everyday

Great Food at Great Prices La Alfoquia, Plaza Santa Ana (Opposite the Old Staion) Open Everyday 8.30am - 11pm (Kitchen open 1pm - 10pm)

Raciones, Tostadas, Tapas, Hamburgers and much, much more!!! For example, Chicken and Chips

just €5 Thursday - Sundays Pizzas also served in the evening. Caña with a tapas only €1

All Euro 2012 matches shown LIVE


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OUT & ABOUT 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 night the of men u main course - €7.50

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 www.beachcombermojacar.com

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 9.75€

Established 7 years

950 432 719

oasis

Bar and Restaurant

Menu of the day & Menu of the night 3 courses only €10

Sunday Roast ~ €6.95 Wednesday Special ~

Slow roasted New Zealand Lamb 2 x courses ~ €11 p/p Friday ~ Fish & Chips & mushy peas €6.95

Breakfasts, bar snacks & evening a La carte Tuesday is darts night - Sunday quiz

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

Chris at BISTRO BONITA , Cerro Gordo would like to thank everyone who came to the Mexican night for all their support shown and for making it a fantastic occasion! The next event is this Saturday, 30th June when there will be an acoustic night with live music and basket meals available from 8pm, then on Saturday, 7th July, come and celebrate American Independence Day with a feast of all that is American: a rack of ribs, Desperate Dan pie, homemade burgers and foot long hot dogs! Fancy dress is optional!! For more information and to book, please call Chris on 650 599 739 or 950 930 169. 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. 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. A BBQ menu is also available Thursday to Saturday evenings and they have many Russian specialities as well as Spanish! 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. 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 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. 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 30th June from 7.30pm you can enjoy live music from Atlantis. They are open Monday to Saturday, 11am till late and Sundays from 7pm. A pint of beer is just €1.50 during the Spanish matches throughout the EURO 2012!! 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! Then on 17th July, tributes in costume to Shania Twain, Blondie, Karen Carpenter and 60’s & 70’s Divas. Angie’s amazing portrayals of Shania, Karen & Blondie are synonymous with the artists themselves. With songs also from artists such as: Lulu, Dusty, Petula Clark, Cilla, Supremes, Aretha Franklin, Martha Reeves and Vandellas. Shirley Bassey and Sandi Shaw, it will be a night to remember.For more info call 950 473 099. 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). Every day is Menu of the Day & Menu of the Night with a choice of 3 starters, 3 mains and 3 desserts for only €10! Or 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

BAR - RESTAURANT CERRO GORDO 30th June - Acoustic night from 8pm basket meals available

7th July - American Independence day party from 8pm Fancy dress optional

Call for all enquiries & reservations

Tel: 650 599 739 / 950 930 169

r o d a i r l M e

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

at l an t i s

saturday 30th June 7.30-8pm til late great music from the 60’s, 70’s & 80’s

GREAT SELECTION OF ENGLISH & SPANISH FOOD pool table available

Bar El Pinar xaa h off the Los Gallardos Bedar Road

hq

showbar & restaurant

great l iv e Entertai nment the pool

new menu

Every Sunday with

Special menu

Day & Night only €8.50 for 3 courses try our delicious homemade free bottle of wine chilli, lasagne & to take away if you quiches book in advance

only €12.50

is now

open free use for all customers Free wifi

Tues - Fri 1pm - 11pm Tel: 950 469 036 Satopen & Sun 12 til close (closed Mon)


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The Big Open Day & Fun Dog Show...............................................

7th July 2012 - 11am till 3pm Casa Lorenza, Las Minas, Nr Santa Maria de Nieva Huercal-Overa. Come Along and Join us for a Family and Dog Day Out. Market stalls, Fun Dog Show 1 Euro per dog per class. Classes include waggiest tail, best trick, scruffiest dog. BBQ and Menu Available. For more Information see the website: www.thedoghouse-huercal-overa.webs.com Or contact thedoghse@hotmail.com or kerry.secretarythedoghouse@hotmail.co.uk Or contact Casa Lorenza call Inma 655 215 486

Cheers!

“Dames in Spain celebrated the end of another successful year with a Beach Lunch at the Maui Beach Bar, Mojacar. A wonderful location well worth a visit”

espanglish

COMMUNITY NEWS SPANISH Lessons In ALBOX at

TOTAL ENTERTAINMENT

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

www.espanglish.net

The hippies party this year at the Hostal Rural Turre

RBL Bazaar...................................

5th July at La Parrilla. Albox starting at 10.30 There are currently 22 stalls booked for the event with space left for only a couple more, so if you are interested in holding a stall at this event for the small donation of 5€ towards Legion funds contact Bob on 608049490 or email him on rcowan25@gmail.com but hurry as they are going fast. It isn’t too late also to donate towards the Tombola Stall to be run as usual by David and Jean Rham. This is an extremely important source of funds towards the Poppy Appeal and if you wish to donate you should contact David via the chairman Chris Pearce on 630 56 26 18 email: hello@ chrispearce.co.uk and they will arrange collection etc

self defense................................

Taekwondo (GTF), Harmony Gym, Mojacar Playa Summer hours - July and August - Wednesdays only: Adults / Junior classes (8 - 88yrs) Wednesdays: 5.15 - 6.45pm Kids Classes: (4 - 7yrs) Wednesdays 4.15 - 5.15pm Tel: 646 844 708 www.gtfspain.webs.com

Stepping stones.........................

The Carers support group, are holding a gardeners question time with Betty Ward on Thursday 28th June. at the Turre Evangelical Hall. at 11.30. All are welcome.Get those questions ready! call 677 683 385 for more info.

APSA Charity Shop, Albox, Appeal...........................................

The APSA charity shop in Avenido Lepanto in Albox (opposite Rumores) is open Monday to Saturday, 10 to 2pm,with a huge variety of clothes, books, furniture, jewellery etc. There are plenty of bargains. A large car park next door is handy if you are dropping off donations - all items gratefully received! At the moment, we are appealing for jewellery to be donated. Ladies, could you look through your jewellery and donate to the charity any broken or odd bits of jewellery? - broken chains, single earrings etc especially if gold or silver. The money raised will help the many dogs in care and support the neutering and education programme locally.See www.apsa.org.es to find out more about the charity. The shop is run by volunteers and we need some ladies to help run the shop on Saturdays. If you can give just a few hours on Saturday you would be warmly welcomed by the team, please call in the shop on Saturday or ring the shop manageress, Jackie, 629 171 009.

Get dressed in them old hippies gear or just be sure to wear something with a flower on it on a peace sign...This is just a bit of fun with a disco to start at 7.00pm then to follow a fantastic 4 pice live Band... Huge Screen showing all 60’s clips, top of the pops etc... prizes for best dressed and best dancer...

CHURCH OF ENGLAND...................

Priest: Canon Hugh Broad 950 478 432, Mojacar: Eucharist every Sunday 11am Church of St. Pascual, Aqua de Enmedio, Albox: In the Community Hall Aljambra. Eucharist last Thursday in month at 11:00 Evensong second Sunday in month at 6pm. Roquetas: Eucharist 3rd Thursday in month at 11:30 in Burty’s bar in Avenida Playa Serena in the urbanisation. Costacabana: Eucharist first Saturday in month at 12:30 in the Community Centre, Details: Church Wardens Alan Smith 950 478 066, Eric Dore 950 615 105 or visit www.mojacarchurch.org

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 YOUR NAME, ADDRESS & THE ANSWER TO

lavidacucador@gmail.com

last weeks winner.... ...issue 342 - Eileen Midgley

PLEASE NOTE THAT EMAIL ADDRESSES WILL BE ADDED TO LA VIDA’S MAILING LIST; IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO BE ADDED, PLEASE NOTIFY US WITHIN YOUR EMAIL ANSWER

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

helping

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

A night to let our hair down and just have a some

Snacks, tapas, BBQ or main menu available all night. For all you Music lovers... Come to the Hostal Rural Turre on Saturday the 7th of July Disco from 7.00pm playing all 60’s 70’s sounds then at 9.00pm we have playing live

THE OPIUM BUDDHAS

Just €5 per person with a coach available from Mojacar Playa with picks up on the way for an extra €5 RETURN Get your tickets from either Bar Zambra Turre, Connextions Turre, PAWS Shop Mojacar or call into the Hostal and pick them up

Or call me on 697 302 129 or 617 577 615 Email: spainalvon@yahoo.co.uk

La

VidaVenue

Cucador

QUIRKY QUIZZES

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

Quirky Quiz Questions

Another word this week which describes someone who does something a little out of the ordinary and something which definitely gives me the shivers at the very thought of it! The word is SPELUNKER. So do you know what it is they like to do? 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

murder mystery the hadleigh hall inheritance

The Dog House Foundation....

Events 2012 Tel: 950 958 102 Mobile: 626 766 073 www.thedoghouse-huercalovera.webs.com 1st July Car Boot 11am start 7th July Dog Show / Market stalls TBA 28th July Play Day 11am Onwards

by Jos Biggs

international published author

presented by

Los Companeros del Teatro

at The Tennis Club, Huercal Overa Wednesday 4th July 8.30pm

€7.50 tapas includes

for reservations

 689 760 551 or  theatre01@hotmail.co.uk

fun...with Friends

! SPECIAL OFFER ! For nijar residents only

sat 30th june & sun 1st July


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SOL CLASSIFIEDS Airport services

blinds

www.AAparking.es Tel: 639 081 067

Airport services

Cheap

Airport, social &

Airport Parking

Alicante Almeria Murcia New

shopping run.

Servicing / Repairs

Tel: 663 429 521

CESSPIT

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

POZO & CESSPIT EMPTYING BLOCKED DRAINS R US Installation of fibreglass Septic tanks

rs

great summer offe

‘A’ rated, highly efficient inverter systems supplied & installed MD Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration TO PREVENT A BREAKDOWN & ENSURES.L ENERGY info@md-aircon.com 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: info@md-aircon.com md_aircon@mobileemail.vodafone.es FULLY QUALIFIED & LEGAL

If it’s under 300€ you can 950091109 advertise your items 648768587 free of charge computers

Call Justin at Sol Shaders for a free no obligation quote

all areas covered

in the

Steve Hayes Informatica

SOLTIMES

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

SELL IT FAST sell it free

Tel: 950 120 900

business opportunity

FOR SALE / BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY

5 coin operated internet computer kiosks. Complete set, webcams, headphone/Microphone.

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

auctions

BUY BUY Auction Subasta S.L. PROFESSIONAL AUCTION

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

baby hire

Equipment Hire

FREE

delivery & collection.

Tel: 615 806 126 thebabyhirecentre@hotmail.com

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

beauty a v o n c o s m e t i cs claire Tel: 691 987 454 avonfromclaire@ yahoo.es

Already in-situ, but ideal for any family bar/restaurant.

Great earner!!

EMAIL YOUR ITEMS FOR SALE TO SALES@SOLTIMES.COM

PRIVATE

ADVERTISERS ONLY

NO PETS

Cafe for sale

in albox, drastically reduced to €10,000

Telephone 634 315 730 construction

• Pool construction • Pool makeovers & repairs • project management • all building projects & reforms

electrical Knowles & Abbott no.1 for electrics and air UK satellite systems.

construction deliveries

Phil

Delivers

Coloured gravel & all building materials Albox & Surrounding areas

tel: 648 509 453

drainage

950 137 208 638 010 691

CD electrical SERVICES

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

FREE ESTIMATES & ADVICE

Office: 662 414 043 Mobile: 617 410 534

info@cdelectricalservices.com www.cdelectricalservices.com

enclosures

fly screen

Fly screens

ENCLOSURE SPECIALISTS GLASS SCREENS

Mat Murray 647 841 750 established in spain for 14 years fully legal

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

Call 695 118 960

matmurrayes@gmail.com

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

CEMENT MIXER (elec.) MIRAL150 75€ Buyer to collect from Seron area. Tel: 609 177 073. Wrangler Leather Mens Cowboy Boots. Size 10, as new 40€ Tel: 666 201 910 D e l o n g h i Portable gas Heater 65€ Tel: 666 201 910 Brevill 4 Slice Toaster, stainless steel. 20€ as new Tel: 666 201 910 Westminster Shelf Clock (chimes) Tel: 666 201 910 Mahogony v e n e e r e d Dining Table, twin pedestal style, oval, 5 ft, extending to 6 ft 6 inch, 250€ or near offer. Tel: 617 708 334. 2 Rocking Chairs, High back,

fabric seat and back, 50cm wide seat, wooden. 80€ each or near offer. Tel: 617 708 334. P H I L IP S ES P R ES S O ‘PROFESSIONAL’ Stainless Steel Coffee Machine, suitable small cafe. office or home use. Only been used for light domestic use, excellent condition. 70€ Tel: 950 469 540 Comercial pizza oven for sale , can fit 4 x 30cm pizzas 350€ Tel: 683 603 349 Swiss Cheese Plant (Monstera) Established plant 68cm tall from top soil - 50cm longest horizontal leaf. 8€ Roquetas De Mar Tel: 619 253 983 (after 4pm) Box Floor Fan Taurus Very powerful, 20€

plumbing. Re-wires, free to

Phone: 663 006 390

construction

alternative energy

Professional Baby

From a pocket watch to a piano....

Email: solshaders@live.co.uk

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

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 almeria.com

for sale

www.solshaders.net

MD Air-Conditioning & Refrideration S.L.

call now for our

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

Tel: 627 907 207

Air-con

MD

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

Solutions

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

tel: 609 421 734 (Spanish) Established 7 years in spain tel: 696 052 044 (English) Tel: 616 531 283 or 670 088 966

Roquetas De Mar Tel: 619 253 983 (after 4pm) Flat Screen Computer Monitor, 15” approx Fujitsu Siemens 35€ Roquetas de Mar Tel: 619 253 983 (after 4pm) Small Gas Fire (takes full size gas bottle) with attachment height 70cm depth 27cm width 42 cm 30€ Roquetas De Mar Tel: 619 253 983 (after 4pm) Ass o r t e d Brand New Bedding - English and Spanish mostly for single beds, Pillows, Sheets etc From 5 to 8€ Roquetas De Mar Tel: 619 253 983 (after 4pm) for full details 2 X Mountain Bikes. Gent’s yellow, 18 gears. Lady’s blue, 15 gears. 60€ each or 100€ for the 2. Tel: 676 045 164 (Albox area) S t e e l woodburner, black, glass door, 56W 41D 60H. 100€ Tel: 676 045 164 (Albox area) S t a i n l e ss steel 4 ring gas hob €50 Tel: 634 329 200 Teka builtin electric oven, glass door, black surround. As new (not fan asst.) 65€ Tel: 676 045 164 (Albox area)

private wanted ladies watch wanted must be good make & quality private buyer tel 647 379 878

sliding, pull down & doors made to measure can be seen on hobby/craft display at cat services alfoquia for more Elaine’s Wools info or quality UK wool & free quote accessories. Also

contact graham 620 112 193 630 493 817

gardening

potty finca services

available at C a m p o s o l Mazarron & on the Arboleas forum. Call 667 273 889 elaines wools@ gmail.com

professional tree felling & pruning,

home security

including all types of palm trees

N e i g hb o u r hood Watch in Spain Contact and information on our website www. nhwinspain.com or Geoff Salter Tel. 620417777

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


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heating

locksmith

Norway’s answer to heating your home in Spain

Tel: 634 312 171 www.neaterheater.es neater heater See our main ad on the news pages Carlos (Saliente) plumbing & heating services. If it involves water, we can help! www.carlossaliente.com Tel: 968 969 962

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

cashandcarry54@yahoo.co.uk

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

Tel: 679 207 545 insurance

Knight

Insurance

Albox

950 121 943 albox@knight-insurance.com

iron/Metal works

metal works

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

adwelds@yahoo.com

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

The Metal works

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

638 900 949 Jewellery & repairs

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

legal

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

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

NUMBER PLATES

“RE-PLATE” MATE GB

pets section cont... Ken & Jackie Dog & Cat Sitter service Your home or ours. Honest & trust worthy. 3 years experience of all types of animals. References available on request.

Tel: 950 067 943 or 676 389 592

E

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

Alan 662 249 159

www.replatematecostablanca.com

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

painter / decorator

painter & decorating free estimates

over 30 years experience

10% off with this advert give your property a fresh look this summer

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

painting & decorating

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

Tel Alan: 950 450 174 or 600 268 176

PAINTING INSIDE & OUT

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

woodhouse boarding kennels & cattery arboleas

Small friendly kennels, 24hr vets service, pet transporting arranged, welcome to view

ministry approved

Tracy Mobile 650 211 952 Little Zoo

now have a selction of young birds for sale Budgies 8€ each Baby Parakeets only 25€ each Lovely colours Diamond Finches only €2.50 Tel: 647 379 795

Hi my name is Ellie D.O.B 01/05/2009 I have been spayed. When I arrived at the dog house I was in an awful state. I am quite nervous but I am getting better every day and turning into a very sweet girl. With your love and a little TLC I would be a perfect companion. You can meet me at the Dog House. Call Paul on: 626766073 or e-mail thedoghse@hotmail.com

plumbing

plasterer

A&E Taylor

British plasterer All work guarenteed Tel Paul 634 327 201

& plumbing repairs. Tel: 618 062 080

C AR L O S S A L IENTE Plumbing and Heating offer machined boiler decals for gas water Tel Graham on heaters for just €65 620 112 193 or – aguafuerte is not 630 493 817 the answer! Call pets section 950 930 900 or Puppy Rescue - Charity shop 968 969 962, email in Calle Malaga, Albox. Monday carlos.saliente@ to Saturday 10 - 2pm Market stalls gmail.com

All quality products

Make over your home this year

10% off with this advert

at Albox Tuesday market and Saturday bootfair. New Puppy Rescue helpline 690 143 140 www. puppyrescue inspain.org pALOMINO kENNELS Exclusive boarding kennels/cattery Tel: 950 067 051

properties for sale / rent

Hi my name is Poochy I’m a Terrier X and I am spayed. I was pregnant when I arrived at The Dog House & now all my puppies have new homes.I am a very nice little Dog & would love a home of my own. D.O.B 01/07/08 You can meet me at The Dog House. Call Paul on: 626766073 or e-mail thedoghse@hotmail.com

– Gas boiler

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

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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,

Apartment

for sale

1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, new kitchen & white goods, only 75,000€ lovely views of call to view or for more details golf course 609 199 394 or 950 064 801 parking, Mojacar Wanted approx 7 mins. Telephone 664 291 793 We buy, sell & remove mobile homes &twin units

Having problems with the campsite? Struggling with the rent? Don’t risk losing your home. We can remove and store your home for you. Contact Sue on 616 250 727, 951 063 059 or UK office 01382 429718 Email: info@casas-moviles.es We can help !

€49,999

Arboleas. First floor flat overlooking the rambla. Four bedrooms, lift access nice views, for SALE massive detatched central location, cortijo with 50m2 workshop part furnished. 20mins from mojacar 300€ pcm long term preferred. Available This is a unique spanish country cortijo with 4 beds, 2 immediately 609 bath, Open plan living areas, kitchen & dining room as 199 394 well as a workshop, courtyard front & back & room for a pool. Mountain views. possible B& B

Build 256 m², Terrace 100m², Plot 1200 m²

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

only €150,000 ono

property to rent urcal

Struggling to sell your property For just 12.50€ per week your property will be featured in a box with a photograph and will be seen by more than 35,000 Sol Times readers

2 bed casita furnished or unfurnished with fully fitted kitchen, shower room, lounge with log burner. Large fly free patio, small garden with shed & use Tel Paulette for of allotment. a quiet setting with lovely more information views within a large fenced area with on how to private parking but only mins from the advertise with motorway & Huercal Overa.

300€pcm inc water

the soltimes

phone Carol on: 666 407 878

950 121 936 or 902 750 190

property for rent

property wanted

villa in arboleas

4 beds, 2 baths & garage

250€ p/month plus bills

Telephone

630 471 422

Wanted – detached, minimum 2 bed/2 bath house with required garden term long for rental within 30 mins of Mojacar and/or rustic locations rural Call considered - 950 930 910 or 636 266 641

removals

M&D transport

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

Large van Spain - UK Full or half loads, plus car transport. Tel: (0044) 796 9123588

SPAIN - UK - SPAIN Removals

Friendly Reliable Service Fully Legal Special deals from UK - Spain Office: 968 564 298 Mobile: 696 621 884 marmenorremovals@hotmail.com DAVE’S TRANSPORT 7.5 Ton, Lorry Part loads, Self load/Unload Minimal rates, Owner Driver Spain/uk/Local Storage available, based “Los Gallardos” &”hertfordshire” Call now 0034 620 049 524 (Es) 00 44 794 3135 214 (UK) woodnco@hotmail.com


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situations vacant

Are looking for someone special

An exciting opportunity for the right person

Are you..? t

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A  ble to work to deadlines?

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

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FIELD SALES REPRESENTATIVE

mojacar

Experienced

cook

evening bar staff We are looking for someone

required

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

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

A experienced Cook you will have flair & ability to produce tasty dishes to a high standard in a busy kitchen

kitchen helper If you enjoy meeting business people and feel with basic that you can cooking skills bring energy and must have purpose to the experience role, we would like to hear from you. Los Gallardos area

We provide

Rancho Luz Del Sol, Retamar, 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 Call Erika Tel Dave: 628 607 778 Instructor. Drew on 678 838 547

is required

required for full time position in a busy bar in Almerimar. Telephone 680 210 827

tel: 679 970 399 or email CV to shirley.camping@ gmail.com

Beautician required

sTABLES

satellite/ television

storage

Storage Rooms

special Spanish speaking would be an advantage

Both positions are for a busy cafe bar in Albox

Call Chrissie on 647 379 878 or email cmm@soltimes.com for more information

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

Tel: 650 038 251

total entertainment

tiling

Avda lepanto-albox & mojacar playa

to work a couple next to Thomas supermarket of days a week Sol Times have post boxes throughout August for available at both shops holiday cover Private or trade in Albox letters to editor for birthdays or announcements Call Drop your details into them and we will print them in the next edition of the paper 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

motoring section car parts

for sale Fiat punto, 2005, 1.2 petrol, 5 door in white, LHD, ITV, & taxed till June 2013, 1 owner from new with service history, cam belt renewed 2012, front discs & pads renewed Jan this year, has good tyres all round. This car is unlike most Spanish cars, in as much it has no scratches or dents, Tel: 627 646 681 returning to the UK 3800€

Moped

ford ka 2007 1.3cc

metallic blue, 1 owner, 47,000 kms or 28,000 miles, no problems, FSH by ford, ITV Oct 2013

Need quality new parts for any car

for sensible prices on all parts

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

Tel: 950 069 611

3650€ Free quote go online or phone ono

Caravan for sale immaculate for sale condition, sleeps 4, toilet, shower, Registered July 2011 full working oven, immaculate condition, fridge/freezer 16 months warranty left compartment Top box & transfer inc

800€

Tel Shaun: 610324666

Car parts

€8000

(open to offers)

Tel: 676 665 168

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

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or telephone 692 930 326

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

wanted

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 p a r a m e d i cs call Mobile Mechanic call 609 199 394 Dave on 678 487 689

WANTED

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

wanted

WANTED

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

JT METAL

Cash buyer All 4x4 vehicles

Urgently Required

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

collect from anywhere

Tel: 645 094 339 or 950 064 763

URGENTLY REQUIRED

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

RECYCLING NOW FULLY OPERATIONAL IN THE REGIONS OF MURCIA

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

CITROEN RELAY 2.8 LWB. High Top, 2002

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

mechanics

Certificates issued

TEL: 636 411 540 OR 664 619 819

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

Tel: 645 094 339 or 950 064 763

We also take House & fridges, garden washing CARS, VANS, LORRIES, TRACTORS, clea rances, machines, skips supp MACHINERY PLANT TRAILERS, lied microwaves, Spanish or English all electrical es of COPPER, BRASS, ALUMINIUM, LEAD, applianc Also buyers

WANTED STAINLESS STEEL

TEL: 645 094 339 / 950 064 763


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Casting is currently in progress for the fifth series of ITV1’s hugely popular daytime show ‘May The Best House Win’. The crew are coming to Spain to film 10 episodes and they are really keen to find English-speaking contributors who would like to show off their home and compare it to others in the region, with the chance to win 1000 Euros along the way. They are after a variety of houses – from self-build bungalows to big refurbishments and colour-themed flats to villas filled with artefacts and objects. Anything goes really, but what they need are people who are passionate about their home and are interested in a bit of fun competition by inviting three others to judge their home and in turn go to their houses and give their opinions and scores. It’s a similar format to ‘Come dine With Me’ and is definitely a light-hearted and entertaining look at the varying views people have on interior design and what makes a home a home. They’re after all kinds to homes and owners and so if you would like to be considered please drop an email to: robert.fullerton-batten@shiver-productions.co.uk

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The newly launched Shotsaver S430 Tour Pro now offers functionality never before seen in a GPS golf range finder. Precision course plotting, super accurate distance readings together with the most detailed course graphics ever seen make this a must for every golfer. Shotsaver Tour Pro technology takes GPS golf range finders to the next level. It’s the first range finder on the market to include 2D and 3D Hole View Green View and Shotsaver’s unique Tour Pro FlyOver technology all displayed on a large 3.5” full colour display. It comes pre-loaded with more than 5,500 professionally mapped courses, one of the most comprehensive European golf course databases around. The Shotsaver team understands accuracy is key to a good score, so they use the latest technology to ensure its course data is plotted to the highest standards for maximum accuracy. It’s not often the average golfer gets to walk the course before playing, but with Shotsaver’s Flyover technology you don’t have to. View the detail of each hole you play, before you play it. This is the first GPS range finder to fly over every hole so you can see every detail in advance. Another first from Shotsaver, just like your car sat nav, is the choice between 2D and 3D views to get a real feel for the challenge ahead. It’s not always enough knowing the distance required for your next shot. Sometimes you need to know the distance of the shot after that too. Shotsaver’s Lay-up technology enables you to calculate the distance to both. Using a tee peg simply tap the screen on the point where you want to calculate the distance to and Shotsaver’s Lay-up technology will display it. However at the same time, it will also display the distance from your Lay-up position to the front, centre and back of the green, so you know how far your following shot will be as well. As you walk up the fairway, Shotsaver’s Hole view moves with you, automatically zooming in, providing greater detail as you need it. And, because sometimes

we don’t always play the shot that we’d like to and may be playing up to the green from the rough or even an adjacent fairway, Shotsaver’s Tour Pro software automatically rotates the view displayed so the view on the screen matches the view you are actually facing on the golf course. Your final shot in to the green could be the most important shot you play on each hole. Knowing the exact distance to the flag could be the difference between birdie, par or even bogey! Shotsaver’s Tour Pro Green View provides you with a detailed overhead view of the hole so you can engineer the best route up to the flag. Every golf course stored on the Shotsaver S430 has been professionally mapped by a member of the Shotsaver data collection team who use the very latest technology available to ensure every course is mapped with the ultimate precision providing maximum detail and maximum accuracy. Shotsaver S430 Tour Pro offers more functionality than just about any other GPS range finder on the market. So, to ensure that you enjoy every single detail they have incorporated an industry leading, super large, 3.5” full colour sunlight readable touch screen display - the largest display available on any GPS range finder on the market! Many golfers don’t know exactly how far they hit each club and in golf knowing these distances is essential. Shotsaver gives you the ability to measure how far you hit each and every golf club so you can make the right club selection each and every time. Simply record the position of your ball, take you shot and then record the position it lands. Shotsaver will provide you with details of the longest and shortest distances you hit each club plus will keep a running average. Shotsaver’s electronic scorecard will save the scores of up to four players. Enter the name and handicap of each

player at the beginning of the round and then enter your scores at the end of each hole. The scorecard will total your score and automatically calculate your net score and Stableford score. Shotsaver lets you see your score at a glance at any time, leaving you free to concentrate on your golf. Shotsaver S430 Tour Pro is probably the most comprehensive GPS range finder available on the market. It comes pre-loaded with more than 5,500 golf courses across Europe with the capacity to store more than 20,000. However golf course updates are still free

of charge and there are no subscription fees. There simply isn’t another product available that can offer the same feature rich content at such a competitive price. Shotsaver Tour Pro technology is not available for every course in our database. Where Tour Pro technology is not available, FCB Hole View will display instead. For further information on the courses available with Tour Pro technology, visit our website (www.snooperneo. co.uk) and go to the Golf Course Search facility.

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pause for thought

Things, so often just aren’t what they seem. We’d booked for the two of us to fly over to the UK next month to collect our 9 year old grandsons to spend the Summer with us here in Spain, but for various reasons it now seems unlikely that my wife will be able to accompany me. I therefore went confidently on the web to look into the possibility of a friend using her ticket. Unfortunately it seemed that to change a name for this particular airline, flying to Blackpool, I had to phone the help line, but as the website stated that calls from Spain would cost no more than 6.7c per minute, this didn’t seem too great a problem. In this however, the “friendly low fares” airline proved rather less friendly than I’d hoped, charging 60p to their Spanish number, rather than the advertised 6.7c, for every minute of the call, including the ten minutes of music whilst waiting to be connected, and then stating that a change of name would cost over £150 each way! Needless to say, I declined. The joys of modern technology!

Fortunately of course, for us as Christians, there’s no such problem with the exceedingly old technology used in seeking help from God. True we don’t usually have music whilst waiting to be connected, and true too that the response is often heard only by the ear of faith, but the line of prayer is always open, is without charge and connects to one who knows, fully understands and is entirely sympathetic to our needs, our problems and our aspirations. How aptly the hymn expresses the wonder and privilege of prayer: “What a friend we have in Jesus all our sins and griefs to bear! What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer! Oh, what peace we often forfeit! Oh, what needless pain we bear! All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.” Details of a number of English Language Churches are given in Sol Noticeboard for any who wish to Worship, but further information about the Anglican Church and details of forthcoming events may be seen on the web site www.mojacarchurch.org Duncan Burr is Licensed Lay Reader for the Anglican Chaplaincy of Costa Almeria and Costa Cálida and may be contacted at djburr@avired.com

‘No con please’ we’re British!

Summer sunset over the Filabres

With the first official day of summer arriving last week the mercury is definitely rising and the high-tech digital thermometer in our tape-playing car showed 37 degrees around Turre - no doubt other places were even hotter. The house-martins are welcome arrivals from Africa as the weather warms as are second homeowners and holidaymakers. There are more than usual Mr Magoo tiny rental cars on the road this year and much earlier too, which is fantastic for the region. One beautiful change away from the Mr Magoo-type hire car this year are the pretty Fiat 500’s used by some hire companies. Businesses in the area will be boosted by holidaymakers’ spending. In the UK there is quite rightly controversy in some areas as second home owners are killing off the local community feel and raising house prices beyond the reach of locals. In Spain however especially inland it seems different as many hamlets and villages are just left with the older Spanish generation left to sit on a wall to chat about the weather and to argue whether it was better in Franco’s day or not. Northern Europeans have bought homes in these villages for years

now so enriching local life. Without foreigners here maybe these communities would die off and the bars and the shops they contain would simply close. I admire people who take the plunge and set up businesses in rural locations as they help retain the community spirit. Some of us, however, have experienced the peculiar habit of a few local shop and bar owners over charging ‘gringos’. It’s happened to me in the past and every time I told others and never went back. This short-sighted business model can also trap the unwary at some fruit and veg markets hence me only buying from stalls where the prices are displayed such as the Villaricos and Albox markets. Every little helps!

...and finally... Saturday night saw Spain thump France 2-0 to book their place in the semi-finals against Portugal. Sunday night saw Italy win as England’s Captain Fantastic and Shrek showed true class and scored their penalties in the shoot-out. A skill that eluded the two Ashleys and Karma certainly came back to bite Mr Cole on the bum for all his past philandering ways!

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

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MINI Clubvan re ve aled

First official pictures of the new MINI Clubvan have been rele ased, and it will start from £11,000

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New Aston Martin Vanquish revealed Aston Martin has revealed its replacement for the DBS – and it’s called the Vanquish. The previous Vanquish broke new ground in terms of design and technology in 2001, and this latest version aims to make a similar impact with its new design, carbon body and 565bhp 6.0-litre V12.

MINI has revealed the Clubvan – the first commercial vehicle produced by the brand under BMW, and a successor to the original Morris Mini Van. Simply put, MINI has taken a Clubman and blocked out the rear side windows with bodycoloured panels, plus tinted the glass in the back windows to help keep cargo out of sight. The driver’s side Clubdoor continues to provide access as on the Clubman. Inside, there’s 860 litres of space and a flat load area that measures 115cm

long by 102cm wide. One, Cooper and Cooper D versions are available. The One features a 97bhp 1.6-litre petrol, while the Cooper gets a 120bhp version of the same engine. The Cooper D has a 110bhp 1.6 diesel. MINI says the Cooper D Clubvan is capable of 72.4mpg. Electric windows, a DAB digital radio, air-con, 15inch alloys and black cloth trim are all standard. Buyers using the Clubvan as a commercial vehicle can claim VAT back, meaning prices for the One start at £11,175 and reach £14,510 for the Cooper D automatic.

The Vanquish is the first in a new generation of Astons, so the exterior and interior have been completely redesigned. “Aston Martin is all about evolving something until it’s perfect,” said design director Marek Reichman. The classic Aston grille has been trimmed to sit above a front splitter. Long side strakes, deep side sills and sculpted haunches create an elegant profile, while an integrated spoiler, diffuser and tail-lights inspired by the One-77 finish off the rear. By using an all-carbon body, Aston has saved around 6kg, and made intricate parts such as the spoiler possible. “Ask anyone in manufacturing if they can make that [in aluminium] and they’d say it can’t be done. But carbon enables us to,” said Reichman. Inside, the dash’s ‘waterfall’ theme is taken from the One77, and features mobile phone-

style touchscreen buttons that vibrate when pushed. A new infotainment system controls the sat-nav, B&O stereo and Bluetooth phone connection on one screen. The dash is moved forward to give extra room – although the rear seats are as cramped as ever. (You can order a twoseater version) at no extra cost. Boot space is up by 60 per cent to 368 litres. The 6.0-litre V12 engine has been rebuilt with a new block, variable valve timing and a larger intake manifold. The result is 565bhp and a

0-62mph time of 4.1 seconds – 55bhp more and two tenths faster than the DBS. Fuel economy has yet to be confirmed, but expect a slight improvement, despite the power boost. To sharpen the handling, the engine is lowered by 19mm, the six-speed ZF gearbox has been recalibrated for 37 per cent faster shifts in Sport mode, while the steering rack has a quicker ratio of 15:1. The VH platform – which has underpinned every Aston except the Cygnet since the DB9 in 2004 – is now in its

fourth generation and has received significant upgrades. The chassis is still bonded aluminium, but carbon fibre is used for elements such as the boot floor, and torsional stiffness has been improved by 20 per cent. A lighter engine, front subframe and exhaust system, as well as the carbon-fibre body, have reduced weight by at least 40kg, too. The new Vanquish is priced at £189,995, with first deliveries due to reach customers early next year.

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Marina Members Golf Club......

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SPORTS SHORTS

Monday 18th June was a stableford competition played in two divisions. Despite a recent four shot handicap reduction Maxine Mayhew returned 39 points to win the Ladies Division. Margaret Budd (37) was second and Nuala Hurn (34) third. In the Gentlemens Division Adrian Roberts returned to form with a bang, scoring 40 points, to win from Andrew Markham (37) and Frank Varey (35) in third. Thursday’s team event was a waltz with a par score of sixty

• Well... England paid the penalty again – beaten 4-2 from the spot by Italy in their Euro 2012 quarter-final last Sunday. That’s only one win in eight shoot-outs for England in major competitions. And if the truth be told, they were poor, very poor against the Italians, with chunky-looking Rooney, light-weight Young and bemused Welbeck completely out of sorts. The brilliant Pirlo (given acres of room) ran the show for Italy – and what about his penalty kick, hey! • Tonight, Portugal (Cristiano Ronaldo against his Real Madrid colleagues and his rivals from Barcelona) play holders Spain in the first semi-final of Euro 2012 and tomorrow it’s Germany v Italy with the final taking place on Sunday in the Olympic Stadium, Kiev. These three games all kick-off at 8.45pm Spanish time. • Last Sunday’s European GP in Valencia was won by Spain’s Fernando Alonso, driving a Ferrari. Kimi Raikkonen finished second ahead of Michael Schumacher, who occupied the podium for the first time since his return to F1 racing. Alonso, who started 11th on the grid, is the first driver to win two GPs in 2012. Next up, it’s the British GP at Silverstone on 8 July. • Wimbledon fortnight started on Monday and could we see a Murray-Sharapova double, perhaps another Rafa-Novak final or even the ‘Fed’ winning again? • Huge crowds at Royal Ascot last week cheered Frankel - the ‘world’s best racehorse’ according to ex-jockey Willie Carson to his 11th successive win and the huge Australian mare, Black Caviar, to her 22nd consecutive victory (albeit by six inches) in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes. Frankie Dettori, riding at Ascot for the 23rd consecutive year, won his 5th Gold Cup and HRH the Queen also had a winner. Well done, ma’am. • Last Sunday, Black Country-born Matt Neal from Stourbridge, won his fourth race of 2012 to maintain his lead the British Tourist’s Car Championship. • Several Olympic hopefuls took part various athletics events in the UK with sprinters Dwain (foul-mouthed) Chambers and Adam Gemili, 400m hurdler Dai Greene, the Brownlee brothers (in the triathlon) and Ashton Eaton (decathlon with a record 9,036 points) all performing well. The European Athletics Championships start today in Helsinki – the last major event before London 2012 in four weeks time. • GB has named it’s 44-strong swimming teams for London 2012 – and there are 12 relatively unknowns. • In rugby last weekend, Ireland crashed to 60-0 record defeat at the hands of the All Blacks, England held South Africa to a draw but Wales lost again to Australia. • And England’s cricketers are still doing well. They beat the West Indies by seven wickets (173-3 against 172-4) in last Sunday’s 20/20 game at Trent Bridge where debutant Alex Hales scored 99 (bowled with just 4 runs required).

valle del este golf society........ A busy week for some of our members who played three times Tuesday we had two competitions in one comp with the best two scores from three to count the winner were Alan Townsend, John Clements and John Hughes, in the second comp the rest of the members played of the white tees with some great scores in first place was Bill Churchill with 36pts 2nd Patrick Vickery 35pts 3rd Sean Halligan 31pts. Friday comp was won by Ray McHale with 38pts 2nd

Many thanks go to all who took part in this year’s Top Banana Society Tournament at La Envia Golf last Friday 22nd June. A total of 68 golfers took part, representing Boxers, San Javier, Snugbar and Friday Golf Societies, and despite the hot weather some respectable

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Bill Churchill 37pts 3rd Alan Byran 34 pts. Nearest the pins on both holes Alan Hewitt. Saturday was a big day where some of our members joined members from media society and guests to play a Ryder cup against a Spanish selection. This was well organised by Lumi and Kevin and the rest of the team at Valle del Este. The Spanish team was defeated but no doubt the will be back to challenge next time. The proceeds of the event going to Asprodalba. Enjoy your golf.

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points, played in threeballs. 1st Tony King, Andy Mucha, Margaret Budd 71 2nd Frank Varey, Michael Rae and Sue Budd 70 3rd Brian Couper, Peter Wareham and Steve Lyons 69 Nearest the pin prizes were won by Loraine Roberts (17th) and Nuala Hurn (14th) Visitors can join the members every Thursday for €32, including green fee, in a mixed team event. Ring Jim Budd on 950 162 727 or 600 353 670.

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The best 8 scores from each Society were added together to give the winning team which this year went to Friday Golf Society (Almerimar) with 256 points, a clear 37 points ahead of second placed Boxers GS (Albox). Third place went to Torre Horadada Golf Society making their debut in the tournament (Torrevieja) with last year’s winners, San Javier GS coming fourth. Best Individual Score went to Richard Measures (Boxers GS) with 35 points, Longest Drive for the Gents was won by Paul Holley (Boxers GS), Longest Drive Ladies was won by Nina Taylor (Friday Golf Society) and Nearest the Pin went to Terry Collins Torre Horadada Golf Society (“Snugbar”, Torrevieja). The day turned into evening with a barbecue on the golf club terrace followed by an excellent live concert from J & J Music – many thanks to Jill & Jim for keeping everyone dancing until well after midnight. The Top Banana will be back in June 2013.

Angling News with Beachcomber John Boat Fishing. Local Turre resident “Reaping Ron” took the family out for a day’s fishing with ‘Orca Steve’ and the party consisted of ‘Biker Phil’, ‘Delightful Del’, ‘Lucky Luke’ (but unlucky on this occasion) and Krista from San Francisco. Sea conditions were kind to them - before the wind came in from the south east. Steve anchored up behind the Garrucha harbour wall on the edge of the 550ft trench that runs from the entrance of the harbour out to open sea; this took all of the 700ft anchor rope. The boat settled in about 450ft and all the crew were soon into fish with Ron being the first to land a fish with a decent pandora. The catch consisted of pandoras, combers, blue mouths and pouting with the scoring going as follows: Ron 1st fish, Del most varieties of fish, Phil biggest fish, Krista most fish and Luke, well no fish! Luke did have a fish on but it got hit by a conger and for a few minutes he had a bit of a battle on his hands before the conger won its prize and pinched Luke’s only fish. Steve set him up with a conger rig to try and re-hook the conger but he got no takes. As Steve pulled the anchor before returning to port he snagged a Spanish long line which got tighter the further up he pulled the anchor. He needed assistance to get the last 60 ft of rope in which had the long line taught like a bow string attached. He pulled his back in the process giving some painful days following the trip. This has now prompted him to buy that capstan rope pulley which he has always wanted

but never invested in. See photo of Krista with a pandora. Something Steve saw while on a dolphin sightseeing trip was flying fish and several areas where the sea was bubbling with fry leaping from the water and sea birds diving into the shoals, was it big predators chasing he was thinking? Shore Fishing. ‘London Bill’ has been doing well spinning around the Macenas area and has been catching Atlantic scad, mackerel, sea bass and palometes. He lost a good fish which he believes was a palometon when it threw the hook on its one and only jump. Coarse Fishing. ‘Baza Barry’ fished the Lorca Lake and although fish were not jumping on bare hooks they were feeding well and he caught a good bag with the best fish being an 8lb carp, a fully scaled mirror. Weights on Murcia match fishing matches are on the way up and the ton has been hit with 104.3/4lbs being top weight on the River Segura, Lake Argos weight was 77lbs. The Albox fishing club meets every two weeks or so at Bar Wassy. For details of the next meeting tel 677 655 049. For further information on any of the above or to find out about beach, boat or coarse fishing licenses, see me at the Beachcomber Bar Restaurant on Mojacar Playa or tel 950 473 099. Tight Lines, Beachcomber John.


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National Bowling Squad in Almería for training

Tourism in Almería province was given a push after Camping Los Gallardos, via its Almeria Lawn Bowling Centre (ALBC), invited the Spanish Bowling Squad down for a series of training sessions this week. International players of bowls from across the country were

invited into our lovely corner of Spain, and enjoyed several memorable days, both honing their skills against local players, and getting to know more about our unspoilt little paradise. The bowlers took full advantage of the many luxuries provided by southern Spain’s largest mobile home park and

campsite, dining in its excellent onsite restaurant “Miraflores”, taking a break from the sun in the pool, and enjoying the new carpet green installed at the ALBC. Miraflores currently has a full schedule of events, ranging from the usual all afternoon Sunday Lunch with live music around the pool, regular Saturday night BBQ’s with local and national artists playing (bought in specially, you won’t hear them anywhere else!) and of course all the usual great events throughout the week. You can find out more about events at Miraflores at Camping Los Gallardos by joining their facebook page, visiting their website www. CampingLosGallardos.com or calling Shirley on 679 970 399

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Tennis y padel indalo

Signposted off the A-1200 from Antas to Vera is the Tenis Y Padel Indalo club, my first impression when driving through the entrance posts is the beautiful and tranquil location. My friend and I are here for the day to test our skills and (hopefully) improve under the expert tutorage of Daniel, one of the professionals. There are 11 tennis courts and 7 padel courts, though work is clearly underway on the next 8 padel courts which should be completed by December this year. We are having a one hour lesson today followed by some extra practice between us; however, lessons can be intensive if you want for one week for example, or over a longer period of time. There is a childrens tournament also in progress, a round robin using both the tennis and padel courts, these, we are told, are common throughout the summer for both kids and adults – if you wish to take part, call Daniel for details. There are many families around using the children’s

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Forum Golf Society´s stableford at Desert Springs on June 19th saw some very good scoring from the leading players on the day , with Geoff Hebb edging out Pat Garrigan on countback after both scored 40 points. Kevin Bircher was third with 39 points, ahead of Frank Varey (36 points) in fourth, just one better than Dave Vickers (fifth) & Terry Moore (sixth) after both scored 35 points. Nearest the Pin prizes went to John Bridgen, Louise Douglas & Bob Scholfield. The second series of matches in Forum´s summer doubles

league were played as a betterball stableford, with victory in this round of matches going to Frank Varey & Derek Manning, beating John Smith & Tony Morgan on countback after both teams carded very impressive scores of 48 points. Terry Moore & Andy Birch were third with 45 points, due in no small measure to a gross score of 72 from Terry which saw him rewarded with a healthy handicap cut. With 10 points awarded to the winning pair down to 1 point for tenth, the leading positions are currently 1.Clive Filkins & Louise

Douglas 17pts 2. John Smith & Tony Morgan 15pts 3.GeoffHebb&BrianGyer14pts Forum´s upcoming events are June 26th Inter Society Championship at Desert Springs June 29th Stableford at Lorca July 6th Summer Singles Matchplay Quarterfinals at Marina For further information, contact Phil Elam on 666 847 840 / philjelam@yahoo.co.uk, or see www.forumgolfsociety. webs.com

play area and there is a great atmosphere. We have brought our own rackets and balls today, but if you need to rent any equipment, there is an onsite store for sale and rent of anything you need – they will even arrange a partner for you if you need one! Daniel, our professional, speaks good English and tells us he used to play in the same circuits as the likes of Boris Becker and co and he has coached in many places all over the world; however he is extremely patient with two amateurs wanting to improve their service! When our hour is over, we decide to take a break before continuing putting into practice what we have learnt. We venture to the bar/ restaurant for a drink and a snack. It is open for the whole summer from 9am – 11pm and

there is even a special BBQ area for those long summer nights! Next to the bar is a gym too which looks to be very well equipped with all modern equipment and dressing rooms for us to shower when we are finished. There is also accommodation for children and adults and summer camps happening right through July and August with classes in the mornings and afternoons for individuals or private groups in both tennis and padel. Members and Non-members are welcome, so why not go along for a game! For more information, pelase call Daniel on 656 329 614 or log on to their website www. tenisypadelindalo.com

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The Ferrari driver fought from 11th on the grid to win in Valencia on the same weekend the Spanish football team made it to the semi-finals of Euro 2012. “The emotions are unique because for Spain it is a difficult time with economic problems,” he said. “People made sacrifices to come here, and yesterday we felt sad because we did not give them what they wanted.” The win was the 29th of the 30-year-old’s F1 career and it moved him into the championship lead, 20 points ahead of Red Bull’s Mark Webber. The two drivers Alonso considers his biggest rivals - McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel - both retired from the race. Vettel had an alternator failure while leading and

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Hamilton was taken out in a collision with Williams’s Pastor Maldonado. But Alonso said re-taking the championship lead meant little with more than half the season still to go. “I’m very happy,” he said. “But it’s the eighth race of 20, (so there is) nothing to be proud or excited about. “We need to be honest with ourselves and our fans - yesterday we were out of Q3 and there were some people quicker than us but this win will have a big impact on the confidence of the people in Maranello (Ferrari’s base). “It’s true that we believe and we will never give up, we will have confidence in ourselves and we will arrive with optimism at every grand prix we go to. “But at the same time, apart from winning today or finishing sixth today, we know that we are not in the position that we want to be and there are a few cars quicker than us and we cannot be blind to that. We need to work.” Alonso inherited the lead when Vettel retired

on lap 34, and had been promoted to third place from fourth behind the safety car following the latest in a series of pit-stop problems for Hamilton this year. But he won most of the other positions thanks to some audacious overtaking moves, relentlessly quick pace and a typically fast first pit stop from Ferrari. His final passing move was the one that put him in a position to take the lead when Vettel retired - Alonso passed Lotus’s Romain Grosjean for second place around the outside of the first corner following the resumption of racing after a safety-car period. “On the emotional side, I think this is the best victory, the emotions I felt on the podium there is nothing to compare,” Alonso said. “On the driving side maybe we had better wins. We had some good overtaking manoeuvres with some guys but, with some retirements etc, we found the win in an easier way. “Before the race we were thinking at the best to be

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Spain’s Fernando Alonso said his European Grand Prix win on Sunday was the most emotional of his career.

European GP: Fernando Alonso savours emotional victory

fifth or sixth and score as many points as possible and not to lose too many points with the winners. “I need to watch the race on TV because I don’t know how we were third behind the safety car - how we recovered

so many positions - and then I need to look at the moment with Grosjean and then exactly what happened with Sebastian and Hamilton.” He added: “You need to have the pace to overtake people. There were some

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overtaking manoeuvres we were lucky (with) because they were quite aggressive and we touched a bit and they can go either way. “We [took] risks, we were aggressive, we had the pace and we were lucky.”

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