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24-7-2012: EU ignores calls for help from owners of illegal properties in Spain

Homeowners group appeals for help to continue the fight: If you unwittingly purchased an illegal house in Spain you can expect to receive little or no support from the European Union according to AUAN, an association of mainly British homeowners based in Andalucía. “Many of us purchased property in Spain believing that membership of the European Union offered an extra safety net should things go wrong. We were very much mistaken.” said Maura Hillen, the association’s president. “When you finally find out that you have fallen foul of complex and poorly enforced planning legislation, political corruption, a hopelessly slow judicial system, unscrupulous developers, lawyers of ill repute and other ‘professionals’ who cheerfully flout any reasonable standard of professional behaviour, you will find that the EU is utterly ineffective in terms of its support’ she continued. “It is not as if the European Union is unaware of the problem” she stated. “It has received hundreds, if not thousands, of petitions from its citizens on this matter over the years. It has sent observers and has produced various reports and is fully aware that illegal houses are a significant problem for Spain. For example, the government of Andalucía, a popular destination for foreign home buyers, has admitted to the existence of at least 300,000 illegal properties within its territory and it is still counting”. “Nevertheless, the European Commission continues to block all appeals for assistance on the basis that no European laws have been broken. Homeowners face an uphill and expensive legal battle to convince them that they are wrong”. Humanitarian Appeal: “We have appealed for help for Helen and Len Prior, whose home in Vera was demolished without compensation in 2008, under Article 17 of the EU charter of Human Rights which states that ‘No-one may be deprived of his or her possessions, except in the public interest and in the cases and under the conditions provided for by law, subject to fair compensation being paid in good time for their loss’. The European Commission replied that it has no competence to intervene in cases concerning infringement of individual fundamental rights when EU law is not involved. This notwithstanding the fact that the Charter of Human rights itself is EU law and that it has become national Spanish law as well”.Economic Appeal: “In addition to appeals on humanitarian grounds, we have also tried to convince the Commission that the reputational damage caused by this problem is discouraging investment in the property market in Spain and thus impeding the free movement of capital within the union, a big ’no no’ under European Law. Whilst the Commission has acknowledged that the purchase of property is covered by EU laws relating to free movement of capital, it says that we have failed to make our case. We think that we have a case but we need more help to make it properly”... ...We need your help to continue: “Members of the EU Petitions Committee are very supportive but getting past the lawyers of the EU Commission requires tenacity and skill. We need the right expertise and public support to continue. So, I am appealing to other associations and those with expertise in European Law to come to our aid. We need your help to continue and we can be contacted on info@almanzora-au.org. “ “After all, are we the only ones who find it a bit odd that the EU creates a bailout package to stabilise an economy whose problems were caused in good part by a poorly managed property market whilst ignoring our pleas to help address some fundamental issues which, if resolved, would help everyone?”.

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British ex-pats, John and Christine Bull ,learned today that their six year legal battle to save their €200,000 bungalow in Vera, Andalucía from the wrecking ball has been successful. The Superior Tribunal of Justice in Granada has ruled to uphold planning permission granted for their property by Vera Council. According to the Bulls lawyer there is no further leave to appeal this decision. Mr and Mrs Bull who sold their home in Goring-on-Sea, in West Sussex to spend their retirement on the Costa Almeria, are understandably relieved by this decision but victory comes at a cost. Mr Bull said. ‘The appeal took place in February. They took a long time to make up their minds. Now we have a stonking great bill to pay’. Ironically, the Bulls property is one of those surrounding the former home of Helen and Len Prior whose €350,000 villa was demolished in 2008. The Priors still live in the garage of their former home whilst fighting through the courts for compensation.

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and special forces had to intervene.” Police had the men under surveillance and decided to arrest them when it appeared that they were going to leave Spain. The investigation has been assigned to a judge at Spain’s top criminal court, the National Audience which has jusridiction over terrorism cases and international crimes. Several Islamic extremists have been arrested in recent years in Spain, especially in Catalonia in the northeast. In March police arrested a suspected member of Al-Qaeda in the eastern city of Valencia on terrorism charges. They said he ran one of the world’s most important jihadist forums dedicated to recruitment and indoctrination. The man, a Saudi, was known within the organisation as “Al-Qaeda’s librarian”, Diaz told reporters at the time. On March 11, 2004, bombs exploded on packed commuter trains in Madrid, killing 191 people and wounding 1,841 others in attacks linked to Al-Qaeda. Twenty-one people, mostly Moroccans, were convicted of involvement in those attacks.

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Pressure on Spain to bow to bail-out

Italy’s leader Mario Monti is to make a last-ditch effort to persuade Spain to swallow its pride and accept a formal rescue, hoping to clear the way for double-barrelled action by bail-out funds and the European Central Bank. The frantic diplomacy comes as investors wait nervously to see if German-led hawks on the ECB’s governing council will stand behind the bank’s chief, Mario Draghi, who triggered a euphoric stockmarket rally last week with hints of intervention in the Spanish and Italian bond markets, reports the Telegraph. “The situation is dramatic: markets will react very badly if the ECB doesn’t deliver,” said Dmitris Drakopoulos from Nomura, ahead of the ECB’s crucial policy meeting on Thursday. The bond markets are continuing to signal deep alarm, with safe-haven flows into German two-year debt pushing yields to minus 0.08pc. Former ECB governor Athanasios Orphanides said Mr Draghi had boxed himself into a corner. “Expectations are now so high, the ECB will have to announce something,” he said. Bundesbank chief Jens Weidmann shows no sign of relenting, warning on Wednesday that the ECB must not “overstep its mandate” or stray into fiscal rescues. He issued a blunt reminder that the German central bank is master of the euro project, and not “just one” bank among others. “We are the biggest and most important central bank in

the euro system,” he told the Bundesbank journal. While the Bundesbank does not command an ECB majority – and has been outvoted in the past – Mr Draghi must move with extreme care. Two German members of the ECB have already resigned in protest over bond purchases, seen as debt pooling by the back door. EU officials fear that Mr Weidmann may leave as well if pushed too far, risking a political storm in Germany. Yet the picture is changing as Europe’s industrial recession spreads north. Belgian GDP – a leading indicator for Germany – shrank by 0.6pc in the second quarter. The eurozone’s PMI manufacturing index dropped to a 37-month low of 44.0 in July, with Ireland alone above the contraction line of 50. Marchel Alexandrovich from Jefferies said the virus was reaching the core. “The ECB has to respond. There is the risk of a deflationary process setting in next year,” he said. Mr Monti will arrive in Madrid after garnering support in a whirlwind tour of European capitals for a “grand plan” to shore up the euro. The mission is designed to cajole Spanish

Arrested for drawing mother’s pension for 20 years after her death A man from Valencia has been arrested for fraudulently claiming his mother’s pension for 20 years after her death, amassing a total of 85,000 euros. The accused, 64, and his daughter of 33 who was also found to be knowingly spending the money obtained by illegal means, are both said to have an existing criminal record. Investigations revealed that the mother died in 1992 but that her death was never recorded with the Social Security office, and her account - to which her son had access remained open. As well as making numerous payments and withdrawals, the deceased’s son made regular bank transfers into his daughter’s account. Police found that between 1997 and 2011, they extracted around 85,000 euros from the mother’s account, although the actual total would be more because the Social Security office does not have data for the first five years.

premier Mariano Rajoy into requesting help from the eurozone’s bail-out fund (EFSF), the last missing piece of a complex twintrigger plan to buy Spanish and Italian bonds Mr Monti was coy about details, saying he was working on “various combinations”, but diplomats say the key thrust is an EFSF “soft rescue” for Spain. This would allow the fund to buy Spanish bonds at auctions on the primary market, giving political cover for the ECB to intervene with real muscle in the secondary markets. The sequencing iscrucial. Only the EFSF can impose the tough conditions needed to satisfy Germany, the Netherlands, and Finland. The snag is that Spain would first have to sign a memorandum ceding fiscal sovereignty. Mr Rajoy’s team is digging in its heels. Deputy premier Soraya Saenz de Santamaria repeated this week that “there is not going to be a rescue”. A volte-face would be devastating for Mr Rajoy and risk a political crisis at a time when Madrid is locked in conflict with Spanish regions. Mr Monti has emerged as the Latin bloc’s de facto “prime minister”, working hand in glove with the White House. It is an alliance

that boosts his power in talks with Germany. US President Barack Obama telephoned him again on Tuesday to offer “support for decisive action”. US Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner piled on the pressure, saying budgetary discipline was not enough. “They have to do more to help support growth,” he told Bloomberg TV. However, Germany seems no closer to a strategic shift in policy, and bailout fatigue is palpable in the Bundestag. Rainer Bruderle, the Free Democrats’ floor leader, attacked proposals to give the new European Stability Mechanism (ESM) a banking licence to borrow from the ECB, saying it would create a “limitless inflation machine”. Mr Monti predicted today in Helsinki that an ESM bank licence “will in due course occur” but seems to resigned to shelving the idea for now. Meanwhile, the Federal Reserve stopped short of introducing fresh stimulus as it delivered a downbeat assessment of the US economy. In its regular monthly statement, the Fed acknowledged that consumer spending was now slowing and that the broader economy would only recover “very gradually”.

Church exemption from property taxes removed by Elda Elda city council has become one of the first in Spain to lift the Catholic Church’s exemption from paying property tax – despite being run by a rightwing party.

It was not, however, the PP’s decision to oblige the Church to pay IBI – the Izquierda Unida (United Left) and PSOE (socialists) presented the motion and 10 councillors voted in favour, meaning that the abstention of the PP’s 14 councillors made the proposal a successful one. Only the UPyD voted against. According to IU spokeswoman Luisa Martínez, obliging the Church to pay council tax will amass a further 19,500 euros per year for the public coffers, which she describes as ‘somewhat battered’. “Everyone has to muck in with this recession, and our motion is merely a question of social justice,” said Martínez, who added that she was ‘pleasantly surprised’ that the PP abstained rather than voting

against, since the local government in Elda ‘retains a certain amount of connivance’ with the Church ‘for ideological and cultural reasons’, in her view.

She holds similar opinions about the PSOE and, although pleased they backed the motion, says they did so ‘without much enthusiasm’. UPyD spokesman César González voted against the motion because he said the charitable work carried out by Christian associations in times of economic hardship was invaluable, and it was unfair to force them to pay IBI when exemptions were still in place for ‘political parties, unions and similar public organisations’. The Catholic Church has around 50 places of worship in the Elda area, seven buildings belonging to the Diocese of Orihuela (Alicante province), and a Catholic private school. Taxes payable from all of these collectively come to around 19,500 euros


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news flash BA and Iberia parent group reports losses

The parent group of British Airways and Iberia has reported a 390m euro ($476m; £306m) loss for the six months to the end of June and warned it: “will not be able to avoid job losses” ------------------------

Sport DNA clue to why women live longer Scientists believe they have discovered a clue as to why women tend to live longer than men - by studying fruit flies ------------------------

Body found in missing woman case

The body of a woman is found in a London garage by police investigating the disappearance of businesswoman Carole Waugh. ------------------------

Error leads to early SQA exam result A blunder has allowed some pupils to find out their exam results several days early, BBC Scotland has learned. ------------------------

Police search for unexploded device in west Belfast

A senior police officer has said she is concerned there could be an unexploded device on the Glen Road in west Belfast. ------------------------

M orocco Olympic head arrest urged

A French judge asks the UK to arrest the head of Morocco’s Olympic committee over the 1965 kidnapping of Moroccan opposition leader Mehdi Ben Barka ------------------------

Bogus police officers target AP-7 to rob holidaymakers

Fake police are rife along the AP7 motorway, real officers warn, and are pulling drivers over in order to rob them. The Guardia Civil is making a concerted effort to warn petrol station staff and the general publice. These criminals, mainly of Arab or Latin American origin, target foreign drivers, particularly in rental cars, taking advantage of their lack of familiarity with the country’s procedures in order to

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They tend to pull over drivers as part of a ‘spot check’, but also pretending the motorist has a flat tyre or by accusing them of a traffic offence. While the vehicle’s occupier is distracted, other members of the racket will then relieve the car of its contents. Anyone who has fallen victim to the scam should call the Guardia Civil on 062.

Prisoners ‘should be used to help with forest fires’

Prison inmates could earn their keep by tackling forest fires, proposes Catalán minister of justice Josep María Pelegrí. During a conference in which he was asked to provide explanations for the numerous infernos currently being tackled in the Empordá district, Pelegrí says the region’s Criminal Code should be reformed to allow those serving jail terms to be trained and help out with extinguishing fires that spread around the country at this time of year. Already, over 13,000 hectares in the border town of La Jonquera (Girona) and a further 41 in

Portbou have been wiped out by a massive blaze sweeping the area. Pelegrí says both were caused by negligence, such as throwing a lighted cigarette end out of a car window in dry, rural areas. An estimated 62 per cent of forest fires are caused by carelessness, as opposed to mere human accident or to arson. The photo shows a forest fire in the Cortés de Pallás area in the province of Valencia, which forced several nearby residents to flee their homes as a precaution and saw ash falling from the sky some 40 kilometres south of the focal point of the blaze.

New wildfire in Spain forces evacuations

A forest fire in central Spain forced 265 people to be evacuated from their homes on Wednesday, officials said. The fire broke out near the village of Chequilla in the Alto Tajo forest park in the Castilla-laMancha region east of Madrid, an official in the regional agriculture ministry told AFP. About 100 people were evacuated from Chequilla and 165 from the nearby village of Alcoroches, the official said, adding that 71 vehicles were deployed in fighting the fire. Officials were not immediately

able to confirm how much land had been burned. Spain is at higher risk of forest fires than ever this summer after suffering its driest winter in 70 years. A fire killed four people last week in the northeast near the French border and hundreds of people were evacuated on the island of Tenerife the week before. The country’s biggest fire so far this year ravaged 50,000 hectares (124,000 acres) in the eastern region of Valencia in early July.

Wikileaks lawyer Garzon ‘worried’ for Assange health The renowned Spanish lawyer representing Julian Assange said he was worried about the WikiLeaks founder’s health due to the pressure on him as he fights efforts to extradite him from Britain. Baltasar Garzon, known for pursuing Chile’s former dictator Augusto Pinochet, met Assange, 41, on July 19 in the Ecuadorean embassy in London, where the Australian Wikileaks man has taken refuge and is seeking asylum. “He seemed to me steady and determined to continue the fight in which he believes,” Garzon told reporters in Madrid. “But at the same time I am worried about his psychological and physical

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Spain’s Social Security pot registered a surplus of over 8.5 billion euros last month – despite threats of health service, pension and prescription cutbacks and of forcing self-employed workers to pay even more for their minimum stamp. Even though Spain’s population has been led to believe that the Social Security system – the equivalent of the UK’s National Insurance – is in dire straits, calculations for the end of June 2012 showed that the fund surplus equated to 0.8 per cent of the country’s GDP. A net income of nearly 59,000 million euros – some 1.23 per cent higher than in the previous year – and an increase in workers’ stamp payments made and in the number of self-employed persons of 3.11 per cent – means the Social Security pot is in reasonably good health. Even had it not been for funding from the State being brought forward, the surplus for last month would still have been 5,941 million euros. However, reductions will be made in health service funding, pensions could be frozen and prescription charges upped, whilst employers and those who work for themselves have been warned they will need to fork out even more than the already-prohibitive contributions they make, since the government claims it does not have enough in Social Security funds to provide for the current welfare state.

‘Generic’ medication costs will not rise until September

Plans for over 400 types of medication to be charged at full price to patients rather than at prescription prices have been put on hold and will not take effect until September. This move, which would include drugs for minor ailments – such as paracetamol, anti-inflammatories, cough medicine, laxatives and anti-diarrhoea medication – was due to be introduced from August onwards, but has been put off for another month. As a result of this announced pharmaceutical price reform, and the increase in prescription charges, sales of medication were 3.18 per cent higher in June this year than in the same month in 2011, and 10.11 per cent more prescriptions were handed out in a bid to help patients save money and to stock up before the price rise. However, money spent on prescriptions went down last month, something the government attributes to patients tightening their belts and the promotion of generic, over-the-counter drugs instead of the more expensive ones which require a doctor’s authority. This said, some residents in Spain have said they are already having to pay full price on prescriptions for medication such as paracetamol.

condition, because the tension he is experiencing is very great,” he added. Assange has been in the embassy since June 19 seeking political asylum in Ecuador after losing a legal battle to avoid extradition to Sweden to face questioning over rape and sexual assault claims. He fears that if sent to Sweden, he will be re-extradited to the United States to stand trial for espionage for publishing leaked US diplomatic cables that embarrassed governments around the world. “As the coordinator of his defence team, its seems to me that in the current circumstances there are not the minimum and indispensable conditions

for a fair trial,” Garzon said. Assange founded Wikileaks, a whistleblowing website that in 2010 released hundreds of thousands of classified diplomatic documents on its site. Garzon said there was “a most perverse hidden intention to subject Mr. Assange to criminal proceedings in the United States, which are currently under way in secret.” Garzon was banned from the judiciary in Spain in February after standing trial accused of exceeding his authority in investigating a political corruption case. He said Wednesday he is working for Wikileaks for free.


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Spanish cabinet discusses budget

Spain’s implied cost of borrowing remained above 7% on Friday as Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy discussed budget plans with his cabinet.

The government is also due to submit budget plans for 2013 and 2014 to the European Commission later on Friday. Last month, Madrid announced additional spending cuts and tax rises worth 65bn euros ($79bn; £51bn). There are fears that Spain’s shrinking output and indebted banks could force it seek a financial rescue. The yield on Spain’s 10-year bonds was trading at 7.1% early on Friday. If Spain’s borrowing costs remain at this level for long periods of time it would make it unaffordable for the government to service its debts. Greece, Portugal and Ireland all had to seek international bailouts when their borrowing costs hit similar levels.

Effectively, they had to ask the European Union and International Monetary Fund to lend them the money to pay their bills. In June, Spain requested 100bn euros of loans from the EFSF bailout fund to help support its banks, which are struggling with bad debts from loans made in the property sector. However, on Thursday Mr Rajoy said he had not discussed making a request for a full financial bailout with Mario Monti during a visit by his Italian counterpart. But during a joint press conference, Mr Rajoy would not say whether he thought Spain would need to seek a full financial rescue.

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These will be outlined in a plan due to be submitted to the European Commission later on Friday.

Spain’s Catalonia suspends grants for social services

The government of Catalonia, Spain’s most indebted region, said Tuesday it could not afford to make its grant payments to social institutions such as hospitals and homes for the elderly for July. “It is due to a problem of liquidity,” said a spokeswoman for the Catalan regional government’s economy ministry, adding the situation “will start to return to normal in September.” The government of the northeastern region said it could not say what the total amount of suspended grant payments would be. “We are trying to regulate the payments of some items, so we can’t give a global figure,” the Catalan economy ministry spokeswoman said. But daily newspaper El Pais reported Tuesday that 400 million euros ($490 million) is involved. Around 100,000 employees could be deprived of their salaries for the month of July as a result, according to the Catalan Confederation of Social Services Associations, which groups around 800 associations. It said it was “alarmed” by the measure, adding the health sector was hit badly by spending cuts imposed by the regional government last year. Catalonia, which accounts for about one fourth of Spain’s total economic output, said last week it was studying the possibility of tapping a new central government fund set up to to help regional governments in difficulty. Two other regions, Murcia and Valencia, have also indicated they will seek aid from the fund, worth up to 18 billion euros ($21.9 billion) and which was set up in the middle of July. The debt burden of Spain’s 17 regional governments are at the heart of market fears that the national finances could become so strained that the country may need a full bailout, on top of a 100 billion euro ($123 billion) credit line agreed recently for its banking sector. The Catalan government has cut public sector wages, introduced a one euro charge for each medical prescription and frozen infrastructure investments as it seeks to bring its public deficit under control.

Investors pull record amounts of money out of Spain

Spanish and foreign investors have withdrawn a record 160 billion euros ($195 billion) from the struggling eurozone country this year, reflecting concerns over the economic outlook, official data showed Tuesday. The Bank of Spain said investors took out 163.19 billion euros by end-May, a record amount since such statistics were first compiled in 1990 and compared with aggregate deposits of 14.6 billion euros in the same period last year. The central bank said that in May 2012 alone, withdrawals came to 41.3 billion euros. For all 2011, 68.3 billion euros left the country in search of a safehaven overseas as the Spanish economy slumped deeper into recession. The effect is plain to see, with the Madrid stockmarket down nearly 30 percent so far this year while foreign investor holdings of Spanish debt instruments has plunged to 36.1 percent of the total in June from 56.27 percent a year earlier.

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However hard-pressed families are in Spain with the recession, tax hikes and redundancy, they will not relinquish their daily beer, research has shown. Even where they cut down on holidays, eating out and other non-essential costs, they will still find enough for a cold glass or two, because it is ‘necessary’, according to the

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Ci t iu s, A lt iu s, F o r t iu s – A Sp o r t i ng A n a lo g y By Bill Blevins, Financial Correspondent, Blevins Franks

This is a good time to use a spor ting analogy to explore a popular investment approach. One event that combines all the qualities listed in the Olympic motto is the decathlon. Decathletes have to train for and be skilled at 10 dif ferent disciplines. They need to have speed for the sprinting events, stamina for the distance events, strength for the field events like shot put and technique for events like the pole vault. This is impressive, but there is a group of athletes who consistently outper form even the best decathletes. The individual event champions deliver far better per formances in their area of exper tise. At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the decathlon gold medallist ran the 100m in 10.44 seconds. Usain Bolt took just 9.69 seconds in the individual event. The results of the other nine disciplines tell the same stor y - the specialist per formed better than the

generalist ever y time. There are many situations in life where a specialist per forms more efficiently and delivers better result than a generalist, and this is par ticularly true in investments. Just because an investment manager is skilled at managing UK equities, for example, does not mean he will be as successful at managing US or Japanese equities. You can benefit from a team of specialist investment managers looking after your money though “multi manager investing”. Most investors agree that holding different asset classes and different regions and sectors in their por tfolio spreads risk. Multi manager funds add a third, and increasingly impor tant, level of diversification in your por tfolio. The complementar y blending of managers and

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The researchers said the size of the wound “began to decrease rapidly” as soon as the treatment started. In the patients who had the spray, 70% were healed after three months compared with 46% who received other treatment. The spray was developed by Healthpoint Biotherapeutics in the US, which also funded the research. One of the scientists involved, Dr Herbert Slade, said: “The treatment we tested in this study has the potential to vastly improve recovery times and overall recovery from leg ulcers, without the need for a skin graft. “This means not only that the patient

doesn’t acquire a new wound where the graft is taken from, but also that the spray-on solution can be available as soon as required - skin grafts take a certain amount of time to prepare, which exposes the patient to further discomfort and risk of infection.” The study largely tested the safety of the spray and the best dose to use, further studies will decide if it is a practical treatment for leg ulcers. Leg ulcers are most commonly caused by high blood pressure in the veins of the legs which damage the skin, causing it to break down and develop into an open wound. Irene Anderson, a lecturer in leg ulcer theory at the University of Hertfordshire, said: “A dressing or other application may have a positive effect on the wound for a period of time but ultimately if the underlying condition is not managed the leg will break down again. “We do know that leg ulcers are becoming increasingly complex and when using the range of treatments available there needs to be clear evidence that there will be a beneficial effect to ensure cost effectiveness and to make sure that patients are not given false expectations of a cure.” Commenting on the study, Prof Matthias Augustin from the University Medical Centre in Hamburg, Germany, said compression would be the main treatment for some time. “The temporary higher costs for additional cell and tissue-engineered therapy can be justified as an investment in improved healing,” he added.

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A study from the University of Kansas investigated the potential benefits of smiling by looking at how different types of smiling, and the awareness of smiling, affects a person’s ability to recover from episodes of stress. Study author Tara Kraft said: ‘Age old adages, such as ‘grin and bear it’ have suggested smiling to be not only an important nonverbal indicator of happiness but also wishfully promotes smiling as a panacea for life’s stressful events. ‘We wanted to examine whether these adages had scientific merit; whether smiling could have real health-relevant benefits.’ The team found smiling could indeed influence our physical state. Smiles are generally divided into two categories: standard smiles, which use the muscles surrounding the mouth, and genuine or Duchenne smiles, which engage the muscles surrounding both the mouth and eyes. Previous research shows that positive emotions can help during times of stress and that smiling can affect emotion; however, the work of Kraft and Pressman is the first of its kind to experimentally manipulate the types of smiles people make in order to examine the effects of smiling on stress. The researchers recruited 169 participants from a Midwestern university. The study involved two phases: training and testing. During the training phase, participants were divided into three groups, and each group was trained to hold a different facial expression. Participants were instructed to hold chopsticks in their mouths in such a way that they engaged facial muscles used to create a neutral facial

expression, a standard smile, or a Duchenne smile. Chopsticks were essential to the task because they forced people to smile without them being aware that they were doing so: only half of the group members were actually instructed to smile. For the testing phase, participants were asked to work on multitasking activities, which unknown to them were designed to be stressful. The first activity required the participants to trace a star with their non-dominant hand by looking at a reflection of the star in a mirror. The second activity required participants to submerge a hand in ice water. During both of the stressful tasks, participants held the chopsticks in their mouth just as they were taught in training. The researchers measured participants’ heart rates and selfreported stress levels throughout the testing phase. The study found those who were instructed to smile and had Duchenne smiles had lower heart rate levels after the stressful activities compared to participants who held neutral expressions. Those participants who held chopsticks in a manner that forced them to smile, but were not explicitly told to smile as part of the training, also reported a positive affect, although this wasn’t as marked. These findings show that smiling during brief stressors can help to reduce the intensity of the body’s stress response, regardless of whether a person actually feels happy. ‘The next time you are stuck in traffic or are experiencing some other type of stress,’ says Ms Pressman, ‘you might try to hold your face in a smile for a moment. Not only will it help you ‘grin and bear it’ psychologically, but it might actually help your heart health as well!’


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Who would have thought that the earth beneath our feet could be to blame for health woes ranging from heart disease to thyroid problems to cancer? Yet that’s the view of some experts who say levels of selenium, a mineral essential for good health, are so low in British soil that it’s affecting the food chain, our diets and, ultimately, our risk of disease. The body uses selenium to make ‘selenoproteins’, which work like antioxidants preventing damage to cells. There is a growing body of evidence to show it has a key role in health. Just last week, researchers at the University of East Anglia found people who eat large amounts of the mineral, along with vitamins C and E, are 67 per cent less likely to develop pancreatic cancer. Previous research has shown that in old age a good selenium intake helps enhance brain function, so that cognition remains sharp and active. The problem is we are not getting enough. The richest food sources of selenium are Brazil nuts, kidney, liver and fish, but the foods that make the largest contribution to our selenium intake — because we eat proportionately more of them — are cereals, bread, meat and poultry. However, because levels of selenium in our soil are low, cattle aren’t absorbing as much when they graze, nor are crops or other fresh produce grown on it. As a result, there is less selenium available from meat, grains and vegetables. Farming methods have a part to play. In a study conducted at Warwick University’s Horticultural Research Institute a few years ago, it was found that although British and northern European soils have been relatively low in selenium since the last ice age, levels are being further depleted by intensive modern farming methods and the use of chemical fertilisers. ‘Selenium levels in our blood plummeted after the time the government began measuring them in 1974,’ says Margaret Rayman, professor of nutritional medicine at the University of Surrey and a leading researcher in selenium’s effects. ‘They stabilised at this sub-optimal level in the mid-Nineties as our diets haven’t changed much since.’ She adds: ‘If you live in the UK, the likelihood is you are not grossly deficient, but do have low levels of selenium.’ The problem is compounded by the fact that we import less wheat from America’s selenium-rich soils than ever before, she says. Soil in the U.S. has higher levels of selenium due both to different geological conditions and the fact that it’s generally more alkaline, allowing better uptake of nutrients by plants. In fact, the average Briton consumes only half (30-35 mcg) of the daily amount recommended by the government (60 mcg for women, 75 mcg for men). In the long-term, the effects of low intakes can be devastating, says Professor Rayman. Earlier this year, in a paper published in The Lancet, she detailed selenium’s links to everything from enhanced fertility and thyroid function to preventing plaque build-up in the arteries and regulating blood pressure. One study of men with fertility problems showed that 100 mcg selenium supplements taken daily significantly increased sperm cells’ ability to swim, indicating they had been seleniumdeficient. Eleven per cent of men who took the supplement went on to father a child. ‘Selenium is an essential component of two selenoproteins required for healthy sperm,’ says Professor Rayman. ‘One of these is needed for transportation of selenium into the testes and the other gives sperm a stable structure that allows it to swim.’ But selenium is not without controversy. Lately, some of the scientists who once hailed it as a small medical breakthrough for serious diseases have backtracked, suggesting their latest findings appear to show its power may have been overstated. Selenium was, for instance, thought to be able to fight prostate cancer and heart disease, but various studies in the past five years have chipped away at the notions. One large study in the American Journal of Epidemiology followed more than 1,000 adults for seven-and-a-half years and found those who took 200 mcg of selenium daily had no reduction in their risk of developing heart disease or of dying from it than those who took a placebo. Indeed, eating large quantities of Brazil nuts was found in one study at the University of Warwick to raise cholesterol levels by 10 per cent

and raise the risk of heart disease, not lower it. And while some scientists have recently shown it protects against bladder cancer in women, others have found it does nothing to help to prevent lung cancer. Similar conflicting evidence surrounds selenium’s role in the prevention of type 2 diabetes, with some studies suggesting high selenium levels lower the prevalence of the condition by helping to control glucose metabolism. However, other studies, including research by Saverio Stranges, professor of cardiovascular epidemiology at Warwick University, have found no such benefit and, indeed, that it ‘may increase the risk for the disease’.

So what are we to believe? Of the negative studies, some — including those on prostate cancer — were conducted on people with already raised levels of selenium who were in no danger of deficiency, Professor Rayman says. In other words, it’s no surprise that giving them a supplement would have no real benefit. ‘If your selenium status is low to start with, then you will almost certainly benefit from increasing your intake,’ she says. ‘But if you already have high blood levels of the mineral, you won’t benefit from taking more and it could be dangerous.’ Professor Rayman, in her Lancet review, concluded that adding selenium to the diet — either through eating seleniumrich foods or through supplementation — is beneficial only if you really need it.

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So, how do you know if your selenium levels are low and what should you do about it? Professor Rayman says: ‘Unless you eat either white or oily fish or offal several times a week, the likelihood is that living in the UK means you aren’t getting enough.’ The best way to boost your intake is eating more fish and other selenium-rich food, but it may also be beneficial to take a supplement. There is growing debate about whether anyone needs to take single nutrient supplements because of risks of disease — but when it comes to selenium, even sceptics think it’s worth taking. After analysing studies for their book The Health Delusion, Aidan Goggins, a pharmacist, and Glen Matten, both of whom have masters degrees in nutritional medicine, found the only antioxidant supplement that appeared to offer protection against cancer was selenium. However, Professor Rayman warns people should be ‘extremely careful’ about increasing their intake of selenium because too much of it can be dangerous. More than 0.45 mg a day can trigger a condition called selenosis, which can cause brittle nails and hair, skin lesions and a garlic-like odour on the breath, adds Claire Williamson, a nutrition scientist at the British Nutrition Foundation. Professor Rayman takes a 65 mcg daily supplement and advises popping a pill containing no more than 100 mcg a day of selenium for men and 50-65 mcg for women if your diet contains few selenium-rich foods. As selenium tablets often come in much larger doses, you may have to break a tablet in half. Professor Rayman warns not to gorge on Brazil nuts. ‘They contain a heavy metal substance called barium in levels that can become toxic, causing nausea and more serious side-effects if you eat them regularly. It’s irresponsible of nutritionists to suggest people should eat Brazil nuts by the handful for this reason.’ No more than two or three nuts a day is recommended. Professor Rayman adds: ‘Selenium has many benefits and your body needs to have enough. But more is definitely not better in this case.’

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After reading the story in issue 346 : Stunning Scenery and Wine Too! on page 36, my husband Phil decided that we should pay Alboloduy a visit and see for our selves the little brook, amazing views, eatery and winery. What an amazing day we had, beautiful village and mountain views, we never knew Alboloduy excisted before your story. After spending some time in Luis Pena’s bar, eating tapas and a few drinks, we got chatting to Luis, the owner and explained to him all about the story in the paper, which I had taken a copy with us. On showing Luis the article and seeing how thrilled he was I presented Luis with a copy the “Sol Times” and took a photograph of him holding it. I have attached some photos to this email of Luis and also of the little brook and the pool which was empty, much to our dissapointment after the long, hard treck up the mountain. We, Phil and I sat for a little while taking in the views and catching our breath and suddenly Phil went to investigate why the pool had dried up. After a little time, he was busyily digging out the feed to the brook and the water started to flow once again. I have attached some photos. On our return down the mountain, we called in to the bodega and met Paco, the owner and his wife and was treated to taste of his lovely wine, he already heard from Luis about the story in the “Sol Times”! Once again, back to the bar for a last drink before our long journey back home to Albox, we explained all about the little brook, the Spaniards were delighted that we had help to restore the flow of water. Thank you for a great paper, always enjoy reading it every week. Best Regards, Angie and Phil Kendall

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At one stage it was a concert heading for disaster. Billed as a quiet classical guitar recital to raise money for PAWS, one of the two guitarists, Robin Wright, damaged his wrist two days before and couldn’t take part. Then the transport bringing the second guitarist, Spanish maestro Pedro Clemente, broke down.

Yet three hours later the evening, held in the courtyard of the Villa Lamayuru, ended in rousing triumph, a standing ovation from a packed audience and just over €2.000 raised for the animal charity. The surprise ingredient was an unplanned, impromptu performance by members of the Budapest Conservatoire, who happened to be staying with host Robert Barlow! Pedro Clemente is an accomplished, classically-trained guitarist, but he mixed his programme well with some very flamboyant flamenco, and even tossed in a couple of crowd-pleasers like the lyrical rendering of Paul McCartney’s evergreen Yesterday.

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Missing FBI files As the 50th anniversary of her death ARRIVES, there is a growing mystery over the FBI files on Marilyn Monroe.

It’s fifty years on Sunday since Marilyn Monroe died at the age of 36. Like many of the stars of her era, Monroe’s movements, relationships and comments weren’t just devoured by fans - they were followed closely by the FBI. Records kept on Monroe, many of which were filed under “Foreign Counterintelligence,” have intrigued many who have sought to learn more about the film star, including those who investigated her death. In connection with the anniversary of Monroe’s death on August 5th, The Associated Press has attempted under the Freedom of Information Act to obtain the most complete record of the bureau’s monitoring of Monroe. Nearly nine months later - after several requests and an appeal - obtaining a more complete record of how the FBI investigated Monroe in the months before she died have been stymied by an effort to simply find the files. The FBI says it no longer has the files it compiled

on Monroe; the National Archives the usual destination for such material - says it doesn’t have them either. Finding out precisely when the records were moved - as the FBI says has happened - required the filing of yet another, still-pending Freedom of Information Act request. The most recent version of the files, all heavily redacted, is publicly available on the bureau’s website, The Vault, which periodically posts FBI records on celebrities, government officials, spies and criminals. The AP appealed the FBI’s continued censorship of its Monroe files, noting the agency has not given “any legal or factual analysis of the foreseeable harm that might result from the release of the full records.” Monroe’s star power and fears she might be recruited by the Communist Party during the tenure of longtime FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover led to reports being taken on her activities and relationships, including

her marriage to playwright Arthur Miller. Monroe’s file begins in 1955 and mostly focuses on her travels and associations, searching for signs of leftist views and possible ties to communism. The file continues up until the months before her death, and also includes several news stories and references to Norman Mailer’s biography of the actress, which focused on questions about whether Monroe was killed by the government. There have been two major government investigations into Monroe’s demise - the original inquiry immediately after her death and another effort by the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office in 1982. The second inquiry, released in December 1982, reviewed all files available investigative reports, including files compiled by the FBI on her death. The records, the DA’s office noted, were “heavily censored.” That mention intrigued the manwhoperformedMonroe’s autopsy, Dr. Thomas Noguchi. While the DA investigation concluded he conducted a

thorough autopsy, Noguchi has conceded that no one will likely ever know all the details of Monroe’s death. The FBI files and confidential interviews conducted with the actress’ friends that have never been made public might help, he wrote in his 1983 memoir “Coroner.” “On the basis of my own involvement in the case, beginning with the autopsy, I would call Monroe’s suicide `very probable,’” Noguchi wrote. “But I also believe that until the complete FBI files are made public and the notes and interviews of the suicide panel released, controversy will continue to swirl around her death.”

A US couple are to remarry - nearly half a century after they were divorced. Roland Davis and Lena Henderson, both 85, got hitched as teenagers and divorced 20 years and four children later. Their youngest daughter, Renita Chadwick, herself a grandmother, said: “We are all so ridiculously excited. We’re like little children again. “It’s every child’s dream, every child who has ever been in a family where divorce has occurred, that your parents would come back together.” The couple met as teenagers in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and were married by a justice of the peace. This time around, a church wedding is planned, in Buffalo, New York state, followed by a reception at a local restaurant. “I’m just happy that we’re here,” said Mr Davis, who recently moved to Buffalo from Colorado following the death of his second wife in January. . Mr Davis proposed to Mrs Henderson, who is also widowed after re-marrying, over the phone around Easter and she accepted, even though they hadn’t seen each other since a family funeral in 1996. Before that, the two hadn’t been face-to-face since splitting up in 1964, though they had stayed in touch and kept up with each other’s lives through the children. Their oldest daughter, Johnnie Mae Funderbirk, had been urging her father to return to New York since his wife’s death. “I had always kind of had that in mind, mostly because of the children,” he said. “You never forget someone that you cared for at one time or another.”

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Coastal Holiday Home Bankia loses repossession order due to house being in the name of Bancaja Rentals up in August...

Spanish holiday homes for rent located within 15 kilometres of the beach have registered an occupancy rate of 84.9% for the month of August, 0.1% less than the same month of 2011, according to a study by the holiday rentals portal, Rentalia.com. The report notes that the three coastal destinations with highest levels of occupancy during the eighth month of the year are Guipúzcoa, with 96.5% occupancy (+4.4%), Menorca, with 94.8% (+0.7%) and Huelva, with a rate of 90.1% (+1.7%).

The remainder of coastal locations registered occupancy levels ranging between 80% and 90%. Among these, Tarragona reached a rate of 89.6% occupancy, followed by Girona (88.5%), Asturias (88.4%), Cadiz (86.5%), Lanzarote (86.3%) and Mallorca (86%). Similarly, Alicante recorded an occupancy rate of 85.9%, followed by Cantabria (84.9%), A Coruña (84.3%), Almeria (83.9%), Barcelona (82.5%), Granada (82.3%), Castellon (80.7%), Valencia (80.4%) and Pontevedra (80.3%). Rentalia.com director, Almudena Ucha, said that “given the present economic uncertainty, there are many travellers who are waiting until the last minute to choose their holiday, and in the coming days these late bookings will allow many owners to hang the ‘completo’ sign on their holiday homes”. El Mundo reported that the coastal destinations in which the occupation rate has increased most compared to the month of August 2011, were Guipúzcoa, where the occupancy rate increased by 4.4%, Girona, with an increase of 3.3% and Tarragona, with a rise of 2.9%. On the opposite side, the destinations whose occupancy levels dropped most sharply over the last year are Ibiza, down 12%, followed by Valencia, with a decrease of 6.7% and Pontevedra, with a drop of 5.2%.

A judge in Castellón provincial court found that although Bankia is a creditor for the mortgage loan of 214,000 euros, it does not have the right to repossess the house. It would need to take the same action as any other creditor - by applying for payment plus interest through the courts.

Foreign Tourists Spent 23,644 Million Euros in First Half of 2012............

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By contrast, the three coastal destinations with the lowest occupancy levels are Ibiza, with 76.3% occupancy (-12%), Murcia, with 76.8% (-2.6%) and Malaga, with 79.8% (+0.5%).

BANKIA has failed to repossess a property after the couple who owned it were unable to pay their home loan, since the mortgagee was recorded in the land registry as Bancaja. The bank had failed to change the name on the registry when it changed hands, meaning Bankia is not the legal title-holder and has no claim over the property.

According to the latest Egatur survey, published by the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism, foreign tourists who visited Spain in the first half of the year spent 23,644 million euros, representing an increase of 5.6% over the same period in 2011.

this figure represents an increase of 2.9% compared to a year earlier.

This was as a result of an increase in both the average spend per visitor (2.5%) as well as the average daily spend (9.4%).

El Mundo reported that, following the slump experienced in April, the June results, which continued the upward trend of May, were due to the increase in the number of tourists (4.7%) as well as increases in the average spend per visitor (3.8%) and the average daily expenditure (3.8%).

Up until June, Spain received 25.15 million overseas tourists. According to Frontur’s latest survey of tourist movements,

In June alone, foreign tourists spent 5,833 million euros, which was 8.7% more than the same month of 2011, and the best record achieved in the last three years.

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New Secretary Required for The Dog House It is with regret that the charity announces the departure of Kerry, our volunteer secretary at the centre. Kerry has carried out some excellent work during her time at the centre and will be greatly missed. This has, unfortunately, left an opening for a secretary to help with the general office duties, and secretarial duties needed to help keep the centres paperwork and records up to date. It is envisaged that the duties, which will be carried out at the centre, will take approximately 2 afternoons a week, to be arranged with the centre management, although if additional time is available for additional volunteering, this will always be gratefully accepted. If you would like further information regarding this position, please do not hesitate to contact The dog house, email: thedoghse@hotmail.com or call 950 958 102 or 626766073 where someone will be able to discuss the duties further. Thank you and please help us to continue helping these poor misfortunate animals. Paul Tighe, The Dog House Foundation, Chairperson

F.A.C.E. Benefit From Charity Night

In the somewhat remote village of Santapetar, between Huercal Overa and Taberno, El Molino Bar & Restaurant owner Jane Lowdon, organised a special Charity night. With a Country & Western theme, Kris Kelly supported by “Carrie’s Dusty Boots” provided the evening’s entertainment..A raffle was held, which was for prizes donated by the bar, to which the small, but enthusiastic audience contributed €67. In addition the hire of books and videos had also raised another €40. F.A.C.E. (Fundraising in Arboleas, Caring for Everyone) were the lucky beneficiaries. F.A.C.E. Would like to thank Jane and the rest of the staff at El Molino Bar Restaurant for making such an effort in making the evening into the success it undoubtedly was. Richard B. Tolman: for further information please ring 950 439 003.

Photograph attached - “Carrie’s Dusty Boots” at Santapetar

Opening Opening of of the the new new Compound Compound at at The The Dog Dog House House Foundation Foundation

On Saturday 28th July The Dog House had its grand opening of the new Compound which will be known as “Lucky’s Paddock” Paul (the chairperson) of the Foundation did the honours by cutting the ties on the Compound door. The opening was attended by volunteers and friends of the Dog House and Susan Leach from The Euro Weekly Newspaper. The new Compound holds new sleeping quarters for the dogs and a large Paddock for the dogs to run around and play in freely. The Foundation would like to say a huge thank you to Nicola Rogers & Dee French for raising the money with our friends in UK to help create the new compound at the centre. Also a big thank you to everyone who came along who groomed, played and walked the dogs on the day. What with this and the opening of the new compound the dogs really enjoyed themselves and there were plenty of wagging Tails. Photo’s show Paul Tighe (chairperson) opening the Compound and the dogs coming into the new sleeping apartments and then into the Paddock.

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Patients can check healthcare entitlement via online database RESIDENTS of any nationality can find out whether they are entitled to free State healthcare via an online database on the Social Security website.

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Value of Spain’s Housing Stock The value of the housing stock in Spain (now exceeding 26 million units) has fallen by around 360,000 million euros in 2010 compared to their peak, recorded in 2008, according to a recent study by the BBVA Foundation and the Valencian Institute of Economic Investigations (Ivie). The study attributed the decline mainly to the falling prices. Cinco Dias reported that in 2010, Spain’s housing stock was worth 6.8% less than it was four years ago, when it reached its maximum at the outset of the housing crisis. In 2008, existing homes in Spain were worth 5.3 billion euros, while two years later they were valued at 4.9 billion. This study shows the rapid evolution of the housing market in Spain. In the boom years, house prices rose by an average of 12.8% annually, while from 2008 to 2010 they decreased by 9.2%. The research adds that while in 2008 an economic effort of 9.9 years of salary would be required by Spanish workers to buy a home in Spain, in 2010 it took 9.7 years. These ratios are far from the 5.8 years of work which were needed to buy a home in the pre-euro era of 2000. Catalonia and Madrid remain the two regions which have accumulated the highest percentages of housing ‘stock’, whilst experiencing a slight reduction in total. Andalusia is in third place. Between 1990 and 2007 house prices grew at a faster pace in the Mediterranean provinces (an annual average increase of 9% versus 8.1% on average in the rest of Spain), but fell with less force at the onset of the crisis (down 2% on average compared to the 3.4% decrease in prices in the rest of Spain).

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Jason Kenny admitted he was spurred on to victory in the men’s sprint by the thought he could not let his Olympic room-mate Sir Chris Hoy down. A change in the rules for London 2012’s track cycling meant that each country could only select one rider per event. Faced with a tough decision between the two friends, British cycling’s chiefs opted for the younger man. “It dawned on me in the last lap that if Chris had been in my shoes there was no way he would have lost,” said Kenny. “It was quite the battle with Chris to get here, and I didn’t want to mess it up.

“If you look back at Chris’s history you can see that nine times out of 10 he gets it done. “He’s got that killer instinct, and that’s why he has won so many medals. “I’m really pleased to win but it is a shame that we could not have both been out there.” Kenny’s emphatic victory over the pre-competition favourite, Frenchman Gregory Bauge, makes him Great Britain’s first double Olympic gold medallist at the 2012 London Olympics, having already won the team sprint gold on Thursday alongside Hoy and Philip Hindes. And at just 24, he now has three Olympic golds and a silver to his name.

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Great Britain won their first gold medal of the London 2012 Olympics as rowers Helen Glover and Heather Stanning triumphed in the women’s pair. The world silver medallists led from the start, clocking seven minutes 27.13 seconds to become the first British female rowers to win an Olympic title. The medal ended Britain’s five-day wait for gold, while Australia claimed silver and New Zealand bronze. “I want to collapse I’m so overjoyed,” said Stanning. Glover, who could not contain a smile in the final 250m, said: “I don’t remember smiling as I never ever thought we’ve got it. “We kidded ourselves that there was no pressure. The last thing we said to each other was ‘it’s just for us, it’s just for us’, but it was for the whole of the team and the whole of the country. “Now we’ve finished we can say there was pressure; there was expectation. It’s just brilliant. I hope the crowd really enjoyed today.” Stanning, a Royal Artillery officer, added: “Thanks for all the support in Afghanistan. I’m so proud to be associated with you. “We’ve got out ahead throughout the season and we wanted to do that today, and not give anything back. Helen was telling me to keep on going. I’m probably talking rubbish now.” Stanning, 27, and 26-year-old Glover were pipped to gold by New Zealand at last year’s World Championships, but have been unbeaten since, taking gold in all three World Cups this season. Free delivery within the radius of 50km of Arboleas

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Andy was adamant that we were going up the vertiginous cone on top of which is a Torre Arabe, and he had led his cheerfully unsuspecting troops to halfway up the hill before it dawned on them that this was not a flat walk after all. However, what worked for the Grand Old Duke of York worked for Andy, and as we were halfway up we were neither up nor down, so we might as well soldier on to the top. The Torre was even more impressive close up, perfectly circular and smooth, a work of art and an eloquent statement from times past. There was no entrance, except a hole punched through the wall about 2 foot off the ground. This hole spoke to me. It said in clear, commanding tones ‘Climb through.’ However, I have achieved a modicum of sense in my more mature years, so I turned to Jessica, all 5foot 8 and 15 years of lithe suppleness. ‘Go on,’ I said, ‘In you go.’ Without a second’s hesitation she slid elegantly through the hole, little knowing that I had worked out that if she fitted through, then so would I. Or so I thought. I surveyed the hole with a knowing eye. The preferred method of entry was to slide through on my belly, the area of my body best padded for such an undertaking.

Unfortunately my belly didn’t fancy sliding over such sharp and unsympathetic stones, so I selected my best foot, changed my mind and selected my other best foot and squeezed myself in. Taking it on knees and elbows I made it to halfway through, ignoring the titters from those left outside – I am sure that they were merely admiring the impressive and seldom seen view of my rear end framed artistically by a tight surround of stone. It was at this point that I reached the limit of Biggs bendability – I had my foot firmly wedged between two stones, and I could go neither forwards nor backwards. I was stuck, just like Winnie-the-Pooh in Rabbit’s front door, my head out one side, my feet out the other, the middle of me entirely filling the middle of the hole. ‘Are you stuck?’ Jessica queried calmly. ‘Do you want a hand?’ I grasped her saviour’s hand and between us we wriggled me free. I was so glad that I had had the foresight to send her on in first, otherwise I would have to had to be pushed free from behind – not a pleasant thought!

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The Path to Enlightenment...........................

There are times when most of us have cause to stop and reflect on our lives and ask that age old question – What’s it all about. We look back and realise that perhaps we should have done other things and experienced much more of what life and the world had to offer - said yes to opportunities that came our way, instead of playing it safe and sticking to what we knew. Conversely, not doing some of the stuff that had caused discomfort to others and our other selfish acts perpetrated over the years. It’s totally natural of course, all part of the human condition and unless you are a complete toe rag

or the Yorkshire Ripper, these WhatIf phases of our lives are to be expected. So as you may have guessed, I’ve been going through one of these periods recently. What have I accomplished in my life that other people would look at and say: Wow, you’ve really lived? What have a done, I ask myself, that has enhanced the lives of others apart from helping old ladies across the street and dropping fifty cents in the sweetie tin for the bloke who plays a squeeze box outside Super Valu every day of the week? It’s hardly going to impress St Peter at the Pearly Gates when I present him with a list of good deeds which includes giving up my seat on the bus and contributing the equivalent of half a cup of coffee to a starving musician. He’s just going to look at it and point to the elevator going down. It’s true what they say about never getting into a discussion with friends about politics. We are all armchair politicians By Colin Bird : badbirdnow@gmail.com and because

we read the Daily Mail or The Big Issue, feel pretty clued up about the political scene and what’s going on in the world. It hardly occurs to us that what we are reading is anything other than the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help me Rupert Murdoch. As a result we feel that we have all the answers for putting things to rights but which are never the same solutions that our friends put forward. The idiots. One particular friend back home some years ago, got so up-tight if you dared to criticise Tony Blair, you would have thought that he was a Blair love child or something. He would go very red in the face, then sulk and refuse to buy his round, so I learned not to even remotely go there when in his company. I mean, why should I have to buy all the beer just because I expressed my sincere belief that his mate was the Anti Christ. It’s the same thing about religion. It always leads to arguments and losing out at the bar. And the thing with religion is, it makes no difference

even if you have no beliefs. In fact atheists are probably the angriest people I have ever met, and they seem to take it as a personal affront that anyone could possibly believe in anything remotely supernatural. I have been through the usual phases in my life – enjoyed all the Bible stories at school and looked forward to morning assembly at Christmas when we got to sing all those cool carols, even if I didn’t understand what Three Ships had to do with the baby Jesus. Then into my rebel teen years when I thought it was all a load of old horlicks and became one of those very cross and intolerant non-believers, before sailing into the calmer waters of agnosticism. I had to admit that I simply did not know any more. But one good thing about being an agnostic is that you keep looking. So right now I am looking at Buddhism. Okay, I don’t see myself shaving my head and wearing a saffron robe and sandals all day long. Don’t get

After the destruction of the northern bridge by old man Matas, life became decidedly difficult for the people of Alqueria. The southerly bridge is on the Camino de Alqueria, a busy road with many prying eyes. Contraband in the form of illicit Remitroot a l c o h o l , banned by a United Nation’s resolution needed to be moved by a more Pa r t tw o covert route. Rodriquez was also having problems moving waste from his olive mill. To do it openly would mean paying the exorbitant fees charged by industrial waste management companies. A crisis meeting was held. A new bridge had to be built quickly. The money was forthcoming in the form of a European Union Infrastructure Redevelopment Grant. Certain officials in the finance department at Brussels had a weakness for Remitroot liquor. It was only necessary to interrupt their supply and minds became suitably concentrated. It was to be a joint project, with the Newcomer’s half starting on the west bank of the Río Verde and the Hill People’s on the east. The half built by El Gente del Cerro was an elegant affair. Structurally sound and aesthetically pleasing. The Art Nouveau façade veneered with the best Albamiel sandstone. Its foundations sunk deep into the mud of the Río Verde. This eastern section successfully completed on time and well before construction had even started on the western half. The half built by Los Recién Llegados consisted of a surplus pontoon bridge purchased from a crooked storeman at the Army Engineer’s depot in Castrillo del Val. It was erected in the dead of night by a group of itinerant knife grinders from Guadix. Rodriquez handled this part of the operation and had complete control of the finances. The cash residue from the western half of the project has never been traced. Rodriquez however, has ordered another new gleaming white Mercedes S-Class Roadster. When knife grinders turn their hand to bridge construction, they don’t always take it for granted that the two halves should meet in the middle. Rodriquez was in jovial mood. He was returning from Alicante where he had just collected his gleaming new white Mercedes S-Class Roadster. He decided to take the northerly route into Alqueria. The new bridge came into view. The car’s suspension gently yielded as he drove onto the structure. Rodriquez then noticed that the bridge’s other half was twenty metres down steam. He tried desperately to stop. The car skidded and toppled into the green oily water of the Río Verde. The River’s flow took him and his gleaming new white Mercedes S-Class Roadster down stream and into the Mediterranean. For the second time Rodriquez found himself the illegal immigrant. A guest of the Servicio Marítimo de la Guardia Civil arguing his nationality and discussing his rights of abode on Spanish soil. John MacDonald (El Sordo) - www.caratacus.eu

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me wrong, it might look good on some, quite becoming even, but I would just look silly and resemble a bread stick in a duster. But I like the Path to Enlightenment idea, which basically says that you can take any route you like, just so long as you get there. It’s like climbing Everest – you can take the North Ridge or the more difficult North-North East couloir route (I

looked it up on the internet) just so long as you reach the summit. I guess you could even parachute in. There is only one problem. I’ve got quite good at chanting Ommmmm (m recurring) but I have tried for hours to get into the full lotus position, and all I ever get is agonizing cramp in my legs and a stiff neck. I wonder if meditating on a sun lounger is against the rules?

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1 A beautiful and graceful girl (4) 2 Satisfies thirst (8) 3 A natural cavity in a bone (6) 4 Precipitated rain and snow (7) 5 A small ornamental tin (8) 6 Stab (6) 7 Skin disease (4) 14 Egg-shaped (5) 16 Cavort (5) 18 Clear understandings (8) 20 A city in Alberta Canada (8) 21 Sexually gratifying (7) 23 Oozed (6) 25 Consuming food (6) 27 Wooden pins or pegs (4) 29 Heroic (4)

Down 1 Pay attention to, without record (assisted) (6) 2 Starts to break into twenty small pieces (4) 3 Gas - inert on good explosion (8) 4 Hate of French secret agents, we hear (7)

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8 Certain part of secret in, if editor comes back (8) 9 Some seven lying equally (6) 10 Mark used in writing operation with man after a silly strop (10) 11 Shapeless mass left university a politican (4) 12 Summing up with “dig and design” (6) 14 Chose first student to be voted in (8) 15 I’d enter a sporting competition, it’s apparent (7) 17 Most comfortable ties nearly seal awkwardly (7) 20 Throws rest out for sea creatures (8) 22 Bean smuggler? (6) 24 Carry an animal (4) 25 Consider key middlemen to set free (10) 27 In the film, eleven came after bodies of water (6) 28 Deciding on new test with Heather (8)

5 Uncover redhead girl with Alex (6) 6 Producing centre foil for contemplation (10) 7P  lants that you might find on mountains? (8) 13 Doctor left TARDIS with Uni involved in manufacturing, perhaps (10) 16 Producing nice love with intense force (8) 18 Athletic performers with boy in a musical (8) 19 It’s not beneficial to employ the French ship (7) 21 Held Estonians, including firstborn (6) 23 Scope of complex tenticles (6) 26 Govern first Romanian University a member short (4)

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Not just any …this is M&S hot hot sauce sauce, so fiery they have named it PAIN!

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If Vindaloo is your choice of curry and you can swallow a red chilli with ease, you may have met your match. Marks and Spencer have unveiled a new sauce, but this isn’t just any hot sauce, it is made up of the hottest pepper in the world. Packed full of habenero pepper, which can reach up to 1,000,000 on the Schoville scale (a spice ‘Richter’ scale) it is described as ‘100% pain sauce’ and comes with a warning that it is not for the faint-hearted. Hailing from Kansas, USA, the sauce is 100 per cent natural and bright red in colour with

the habeneros chillies dotted throughout. M&S warn that the £3.99 sauce should not be eaten on its own, but is the perfect fiery compliment to chicken and meat. An M&S spokesperson said: ‘We have seen our customer’s palettes change over the last few years, with their chilli threshold rising significantly. ‘Testament to this is the number of curries and fresh chillies we sell each week. The 100% pain sauce is our way of having fun and challenging shoppers to relish the challenge of our hottest sauce yet.’

Watchdog bans Philips ad for saying fryer makes healthy chips using nothing but air...

while small print advised oil was still needed

It was billed as a healthier - yet just as tasty - way to cook food such as chips. But while television advertisements for the Philips AirFryer promised busy parents that for ‘fabulous chips - just add air’ - small print on screen advised that oil was needed. The advert, along with two printed advertisements, has now been banned after the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) ruled all three were misleading. The watchdog acted after receiving seven complaints over the marketing campaign for the worktop device. The ASA also ruled that a table in the trade show advertisement which compared the fat content of chips cooked in an AirFryer against those cooked in other devices such as an oven or standard fryer was misleading because although the various products involved in the test were put through their paces by an independent institute, different volumes of potatoes and oil were used between tests.

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Philips argued the on-screen text and footnotes in the printed advertisements amounted to a serving suggestion and not an ‘instructional necessity’ which qualified, rather than contradicted the main claim that only air was needed to cook the chips.

Wood Is Our Game at Wood 2 Go SL Wood 2 Go SL is housed in a large industrial unit in Velez Rubio and is open to everyone

from DIY’ers to professional builders and joiners. We have an open door and all are welcome to have a look at our large stocks of timber products ranging from decking and sawn timber to sheet material such as Plywood, OSB and MDF. We also stock tongue & groove boards, round poles and our newest product laminated timber beams which are up to 12m long (the only English company in this region doing this length). The majority of the timber that we use is of the highest grade and quality manufactured direct from Germany. All timber can be re-sawn and or planed to suit our customer’s requirements. We have now a new planer moulder LOGOSOL PH260 so we can now do a large variety of diffrent profiles We offer free and friendly advice on all projects, so if you are planning anything such as a house rebuild, pergola, carport, shed or a fly free area you need to go to Wood 2 Go.

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THE CRAZY COW BAR & CAFÉ on Mojacar Playa, just opposite Playa Blanca have a new menu available! They are still cooking famous tapas (mini meals) including cottage pie, curry, fishcakes and many other favourites all freshly cooked to order! Just go along and graze on a selection, you will not be disappointed! For more information call 666 891 340 (closed Mondays). If you are in Mojacar this summer, don’t forget to take a trip to BEACHCOMBER on the playa. You can have a snack to a 3 course dinner, there is something for everyone, and now they have a new oven which cooks fresh pies, pasties and potatoes and fresh bread in minutes! Why not pop in for a delicious steak and kidney pie, a lasagne, a Cornish style pasty or try one of their new veggie dishes – you’ll be amazed at the quality and affordability! On 25th August, Beachcomber will host a tribute to Lady Gaga, an act who is flying in from Dubai and who is widely regarded by other local entertainers as the ‘best tribute act they have seen in their lives!’ For more info call 950 473 099. 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. There are outside terraces available to dine on or to simply enjoy a refreshing drink. Steak Specials Nights on Thursday & Friday with rump steak, homemade chips, peas, mushrooms & tomatoes for just €7.95! The menu of the night and the a la carte menus are available EVERY evening. They also do an extremely popular Sunday lunch (see main ad for more details), bookings advisable. For more info and to reserve a table call 950 432 719. The IRISH ROVER on Mojacar Playa serves the Full English Breakfast from 10am – 1pm. 8 items €4.95 or 14 items €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.

Experts have long thought cacao beans and pods were mainly used in pre-Hispanic cultures as a beverage, made either by crushing the beans and mixing them with liquids or fermenting the pulp that surrounds the beans in the pod. Such a drink was believed to have been reserved for the elite. But the discovery announced this week by Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History expands the envelope of how chocolate may have been used in ancient Mexico. It would also suggest that there may be ancient roots for traditional dishes eaten in today’s Mexico, such as mole, the chocolate-based sauce often served with meats. “This is the first time it has been found on a plate used for serving food,” archaeologist Tomas Gallareta said. “It is unlikely that it was ground there (on the plate), because for that they probably used metates (grinding stones).” The traces of chemical substances considered “markers” for chocolate were found on fragments of plates uncovered at the Paso del Macho archaeological site in Yucatan in 2001. The fragments were later subjected to tests with the help of experts at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, as part of a joint project. The tests revealed a “ratio of theobromine and caffeine compounds that provide a strong indicator of cacao usage,” according to a statement by the university. “These are certainly interesting results,” John S Henderson, a Cornell University professor of Anthropology and one of the foremost experts on ancient chocolate, said in an email on Thursday. Henderson, who was not involved in the Paso del Macho project, wrote that “the presence of cacao residues on plates is even more interesting ... the important thing is that it was on flat serving vessels and so presented or served in some other way than as a beverage.” “I think their inference that cacao was being used in a sauce is likely correct, though I can imagine other possibilities,” he added, citing possibilities like “addition to a beverage (cacao-based or other) as a condiment or garnish.” The plate fragments date to about 500 BC, and are not the oldest chocolate traces found in Mexico. Beverage vessels found in excavations of Gulf coast sites of the Olmec culture, to the west of the Yucatan, and other sites in Chiapas, to the south, have yielded traces around 1,000 years older. But it does extend the roots of Mexican cuisine, and the importance of chocolate, further back into the past. “This indicates that the pre-Hispanic Maya may have eaten foods with cacao sauce, similar to mole,” the anthropology institute said in a statement.

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Hundreds of Italian chefs cooked bolognese sauce in order to show the world how to make the classic recipe correctly.

While the dish has been a staple for millions of diners around the world for decades, Italians claimed the original reciope has become so corrupted it is in urgent need of culinary rescue. Gourmands insist that the popular dish’s apparent simplicity is deceptive, and throw their arms up in dismay when they see chicken or turkey used as a substitute for the key ingredient, minced beef. In an attempt to restore the integrity of the dish known to millions of British diners as “spag bol”, nearly 450 chefs in Italian restaurants in 50 countries cooked spaghetti bolognese on Sunday with authentic ingredients including pancetta, carrots, celery, onions, tomato paste and a dash of wine. They had to conform to a recipe set down in 1982 by the chamber of commerce in Bologna - the home of bolognese. Most people, particularly foreigners, get the recipe wrong from the very start, purists insist. Instead of spaghetti, they say it is tagliatelle that should be cooked to go with the rich meat and tomato sauce, making it “tag bol” rather than “spag bol”. “Along with lasagne, spaghetti bolognese is the most abused Italian dish. There

are some crazy versions out there,” said Massimo Bottura, a bolognese “virtuoso” who runs a restaurant in Modena. The worst he had ever eaten was in Bangkok. “It was terrible,” he told the Corriere della Sera newspaper. Abominations such as turkey mince, American meatballs, butter and cream have no part in a true spaghetti bolognese and need to be stamped out, say the guardians of Italy’s culinary heritage. “Abroad, when they offer spaghetti bolognese, it’s often something that has nothing at all to do with the original,” said Alfredo Tomaselli, the owner of Dal Bolognese, in Rome’s Piazza del Popolo, who counts among his past customers George Clooney. It is not only spaghetti bolognese that is subject to abuse in the kitchens of the world. Other Italian dishes that have gained worldwide popularity, such as spaghetti carbonara, Neapolitan pizza, pesto and the creamy dessert tiramisu, have also been compromised, often with results that are close to inedible. “It is always the great classic recipes that get most twisted around,” said Alessandro Circiello, of the Italian Federation of Chefs.

The perfect bolognese Serves 4: Ingredients 2 tbsp olive oil 6 rashers of streaky ‘pancetta’ bacon, chopped 2 large onions, chopped 3 garlic cloves, crushed 2 carrots, chopped Stick of celery 1kg/2¼lb lean minced beef 2 large glasses of red wine 2x400g cans chopped tomatoes 2 fresh or dried bay leaves salt and freshly ground black pepper 800g-1kg/1¾-2¼lb dried tagliatelle freshly grated parmesan cheese, to serve 1. Heat the oil in a large, heavybased saucepan and fry the bacon until golden over a medium heat. Add the onions and garlic, frying until softened. Increase the heat and add the minced beef. Fry it until it has browned. Pour in the wine and boil until it has reduced in volume by about a third. Reduce the temperature and stir in the tomatoes and celery. 2. Cover with a lid and simmer over a gentle heat for 1-1½ hours until it’s rich and thickened, stirring occasionally. 3. Cook the tagliatelle in plenty of boiling salted water. Drain and divide between plates. Sprinkle a little parmesan over the pasta before adding a good ladleful of the sauce. Finish with a further scattering of cheese and a twist of black pepper.

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Monday-Saturday inclusive. Lunch 1pm - 4pm

menu del noche

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

vegetarian menu available

sunday roast menu del dia

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

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

Daily roast cooking

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

children’s menu avail able

every night Pizza & Pasta

All your favorite pasta dishes including Ravioli, Lasagne, Macaroni, Carbonara, Tortellini new smoking and a wide range of pizzas from conservatory Margaritas to a Meat Feast

now open

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

www.mesondeirene.com

Poligono Industrial Albox, Near the ITV Garage


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COMMUNITY NEWS

ELEANOR

Happy 5th Birthday Darling Grandaughter

Happy Birthday to our

and Welcome to your baby sister PAIGE. Love you Lots & Miss you NAN and POP (Prin). xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Enjoy your special day. Lots and Lots of Love and Kisses, Mummy, Daddy and Ozzy. XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

MAISY PRIN

Two years old 10th August All our love Grandma & Grandpa XXX

‘Goo Bear’

Happy Birthday

Zoey

for the 8th August loads of love darling Mum, Dad and Paul xxxx

Zoey and Paul Congratulations on your engagement. All our love. Mum and Dad xxx

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

Wishing

Peter a

Happy 65th Birthday (Officially an old fart now!!)

Los Gringos Gig Guide.........

Thursday 26 July Chiringuito Barbaria Vera Playa from 10.00pm Friday 27 July - MONIKAS” Palomares 19.30 h Saturday 4th August from 8.30pm Miraflores at Camping Los Gallardos (Call 679 970 399)

Miraflores

at Camping Los Gallardos

Sunday Lunches are fun lunches up at Miraflores at Camping Los Gallardos, with great singers booked throughout the season to delight their diners! With Red on the 12th and Robin on the 19th, the best in the area are booked from lunchtime onwards to keep you happy. With their full Sunday Lunches (choose your mains from beef, pork, chicken, lamb or salmon) starting at just 7,50€ and being served all day Sunday, there really is no excuse not to enjoy yourself and join in the party. Choose any two courses and you get a free coffee and liqueur! And don’t forget that diners can enjoy free use of their salt water swimming pool, and free use of the sunbeds. So come along and make a Sunday of it up at Miraflores at Camping Los Gallardos. Call 650418954 for information, and don’t forget it’s best to book the Roast Lamb, as it’s first come first served.

FREE competition FIND ‘DIRK’ & WIN A MEAL FOR TWO! DIRK IS TAKING A HOLIDAY FOR A COUPLE OF ISSUE BUT DON’T WORRY, HE’LL BE BACK IN SEPTEMBER....

last weeks winner.... ...issue 348 lINDSAY FINCH

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Taekwondo Martial Arts

Summer class times: Kids classes

Wednesdays

4yrs - 7yrs: 4.15pm - 5.15pm 8yrs - 12yrs: 5.15pm - 6.45pm Adult Classes Wednesdays 5.15pm - 6.45pm

Harmony Gym, Mojacar Playa

Tel: 646 844 708

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

Opposite Super Turre in Turre & Maxi Dia in Vera Open 6 days a week... times on shop doors Contact 664 620 288

La

VidaVenue

Cucador

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Quirky Quiz Questions

We have doubtless all suffered from this week’s word at some time ~ it’s HORRIPILATION. But chances are you didn’t know that was what it was called at the time! However if you do happen to know what it is, or you can find the answer, then it will get you a point in next week’s quiz. And if that’s caught your attention, then you’ll be sure to enjoy our Quirky Quiz Questions. Come and join us on a Monday evening. 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

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SOL CLASSIFIEDS 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. Private sale ads are free under 300€ (3 ads per week) Airport services

Airport services Airport, social & shopping run. Telelephone 663 429 521

www.AAparking.es Tel: 639 081 067

Cheap

MD Air-Conditioning & Refrideration S.L.

MD

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

call now for our great summer offers ‘A’ rated, highly efficient inverter systems supplied & installed TO PREVENT A BREAKDOWN & ENSURE ENERGY MDSAVING Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration S.LYOUR A/C EFFICIENT WHEN YOU MOST NEED info@md-aircon.com HAVE YOUR UNITS SERVICED/CHECKED

950 432 110 / 607 364 917

tel: 607 364 917 or 950 432 110 email: info@md-aircon.com

md_aircon@mobileemail.vodafone.es FULLY QUALIFIED & LEGAL

for sale

BUY BUY

S t a i n l e ss steel double bowl sink, complete with Auction Subasta S.L. chrome mixer tap 49x82cm 30€ Albox Tel: 676 045 164. Everything for sale, VW Golf spare from household items, wheel, 5stud with cars, antiques, houses & half worn firestone 195/65/15. 30€ much, much more! Albox Tel: 676 045 Watch out for our 164. opening day 19” Flat screen Packard bell monitor, black, baby hire never used. 40€. Albox Tel: 676 045 Everything for 164 Professional Baby the visiting baby Car LH golf clubs Equipment Hire seats,high chairs, Cobra irons 3-8 plus sand wedge. Cobra stair gates, cots etc driver, Callaway driver, 3 and 5

PROFESSIONAL AUCTION

FREE

delivery &

Tel: 950 436 581 or 666 375 688

Alicante Almeria Murcia Tel: 615 806 126 expectingababy@ New hotmail.co.uk thebabyhirecentre@hotmail.com

Air-con

Classified box advertisements start from as little as 9€ lineage only 45 cents per words

auctions

Airport Parking collection. Servicing / Repairs

trade Businesses can advertise in the classified section

blinds

beauty

INTERNAL & EXTERNAL BLINDS

avon

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

Call Justin at Sol Shaders for a free no obligation quote Tel: 627 907 207 www.solshaders.net Email: solshaders@live.co.uk

cosmetics

claire

Tel: 691 987 454 avonfromclaire@ yahoo.es

business opportunity Cafe & bistro rojo for sale in albox, offers over €8,000 genuine reason for sale due to retirement call 634 315 730 or 678 166 272

woods plus Spalding putter. Powacaddy bag. 75€ Tel: 693 818 044 Two single black metal bed frames with clean mattresses hardly used 35€ each. Tel: 693 818 044 Two single black wrought iron head boards good quality 45€ each. Tel: 693 818 044 R e d u c e d Cheese Swiss Plant (Monstera) Established plant 68cm tall from top soil - 50cm longest horizontal leaf. Needs good home.

construction cont...

STEPHEN HOOD BUILDING AND PROPERTY SERVICES

CAPUCHA.SL@HOTMAIL.COM

647 843 486 950 067 018

TIJOLA ALMERIA

Constructions

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

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

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

good prices alternative energy

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

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

markspcservices@albox-online.net

Call 695 118 960

gardening

potty finca services professional tree felling & pruning,

handy man

hobby/craft

we know

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

a man that can!

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

for more details all areas covered telephone graham on 606 229 720 950091109

620 112 193 or 630 493 817

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

ring john on 616 855 294 or 950 163 930

Tel: 950 120 900

For all your PC Needs New PCs & Upgrades No Call Out Charges

ENCLOSURE SPECIALISTS GLASS SCREENS

648768587

construction

construction

• Pool construction • Pool makeovers & repairs • project management • a ll building projects & reforms Mat Murray 647 841 750 matmurrayes@gmail.com

established in spain for 14 years

fully legal

Drainage Solutions

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

Established 7 years in spain

Tel: 616 531 283 or 670 088 966 electrical Knowles & Abbott no.1 for electrics and plumbing. Re-wires, free to air UK satellite systems. 950 137 208 638 010 691

ELECTRICIAN

Neil Godwin

25 years experience

Full City & Guilds

Fully insured & legal Boletins supplied Tel : 687 245 569

Any repair work from a carport to a plug. Tel: 950 391 660

excellent picture. 50€ ovno. Tel: 622 202 513 or (+44)7717 208236 Marble (pink) in excellent condition. Size : 1,30 m X 0,50 m X 1,5 cm 25€ Tel: 679 329 314 Oblong 4,000 Litre Fibre Glass Tank With Tap 250€ Tel: 667 315 268 Power Maxx vibration plate exerciser ( power plate ) the lazy way to exercise! also very good for boosting the circulation cost 350€ for sale at 130€ ono Tel: 634 341 282 (Cucador area)

Portable Gas Heater (Delonghi), as new. €65. Tel. fly screen 666 201 910. Breville Stainless Fly screens Steel 4 slice toaster, sliding, pull down & as new. €18. Tel. doors made to measure 666 201 910. can be seen on display at cat services Large Garden Hammock, new. alfoquia for more €100 ono. Tel. 666 info or 201 910. free quote contact graham Mantle clock, 620 112 193 Westminster chime, 630 493 817 wooden case. €35 Tel. 666 201 910.

including all types of palm trees

Steve Hayes Informatica

PC supplied & fitted Mark’s Services

enclosures

work sides and back. Free standing - curved top. Height 112cm Width 38cm Depth 18cm 10€ Roquetas de Mar Carole Mobile 619 253 983 (after 4pm) 2 Large Throws (or bedspreads) 100% Cotton. Brand new unopened. Rich Canary Yellow. 240cm x 260cm 8€ each Roquetas de Mar Carole Mobile 619 253 983 (after 4pm) 2 Mountain Excellent Bikes Condition. Gents Mariner 26 12 Gears 45€. Ladies Mariner 26 10 Gears 45€. ono Tel: 696 610 021 Almerimar 28inch Sanyo TV (not flatscreen) but

strimming of overgrown gardens & hedge cutting spanish registered. logs available

computers

air con

Reduced to 5€ Roquetas De Mar Carole mobile 619 253 983 (after 4pm) Flat Screen Computer Monitor, measures 15” diagonal across screen Fujitsu Siemens 35€ Roquetas de Mar Carole Mobile 619 253 983 (after 4pm) N o v e l t y Wooden Boat shaped shelved Display unit. Ideal for CDs height 57cm width at widest 21cm depth 16.5cm 5€ Roquetas de Mar Carole Mobile 619 253 983 (after 4pm) W i ck e r / C a n e Open Display Unit 4 shelves Open lattice

heating

Dark Green Soft Leather Settee & Two Armchairs , Very Good Condition , 400€ ono Telephone (0034)677 011 077 carod diesel generator 10kva single phase model CTLD 1-L 9LD625.2 Lombardini diesel engine as new €1500 ono buyer collects Tel: 664 768 958

private wanted G a r d e n furniture wanted, can collect 647 379 878 Garden pots any size can collect call: 647 379 878

insurance

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

Knight

Insurance

Albox

950 121 943 albox@knight-insurance.com

interpretor

For any kind of translating services 10€ per hour Call Danielle on 654 563 116


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opticians

Optica Albox All your optical needs, British plasterer All eye tests, hearing tests, contact lenses work guaranteed Tel: 950 121 991 Tel Paul 634 327 201

painter / decorator

Advertise your painter & business here! decorating

Tel: 950 121 936 or 902 750 190

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metal works

Gates, rejas, fabriction welding reliable service Telephone 950 069 208 or 638 449 944 adwelds@yahoo.com

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

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: 638 900 949 950 450 174 or For all quality metal 600 268 176

T & T Metals works, including gates, railings, rejas, staircases, gazebos & chain-link fencing - Tel: 950 431 738

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

NUMBER PLATES

“RE-PLATE” MATE GB

E

Alan 662 249 159

www.replatematecostablanca.com

A&E Taylor – Gas boiler & 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 heaters for just €65 – aguafuerte is not the answer! Call 950 930 900 or 968 969 962, email carlos.saliente@ gmail.com Knowles & Abbott no.1 for plumbing & electric. CH, solar hot water and water deposits. Telephone 950 137 197 or 606 807 797

“Readers of a sensitive disposition may find some of the advertisments in this section offensive” •private rooms •c  oyote ugly style live pole dancing • celebrity dj’s • vip rooms with sound & jacuzzi spain’s premeire gentlemans club • stag parties special rates for stag tel: 634 363 396 3-5 parties & shows available Mediterraneo, Mojacar Playa, 04638, Almeria • home visits

pALOMINO kENNELS Exclusive boarding kennels/cattery Tel: 950 067 051

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

woodhouse boarding kennels & cattery arboleas Small friendly kennels, 24hr vets service, pet transporting arranged, welcome to view ministry approved Tracy Mobile 650 211 952

No need for kennels Little Zoo or cattery, Pet sitting now have a selection of young birds for sale in your own home, Baby Parakeets Arboleas & surrounding only 18€ each areas. Love birds 20€ each Call Vanessa on Budgies 8€ each 637 061 482 Lovely colours Not just cats & dogs, Diamond Finches All other types of pets only €2.50 Tel: 647 379 795 considered

This little kitten was recently found abandoned. He was born at the end of May, is very friendly & fully house trained, if you can offer him a home please contact 626 720 951

Lucy, mixed breed, vaccinated, chipped & spade Previous owners returned to the UK & I was left behind. Friendly & love people & other dogs. I like long walks & I am well behaved on the lead. Most of all I love affection & cuddles. D.O.B 01/12/2005

Established local

dog groomer have your dog groomed in the comfort & security of their own home all breeds catered for

in Calle Malaga, Albox. Monday to Saturday 10 - 2pm Market stalls at Albox Tuesday market and Saturday bootfair. New Puppy Rescue helpline 690 143 140 www. puppyrescue inspain.org

properties for sale / rent

for sale plot of land of 800m & villa 125m 2

Apartment

for sale

2

brick built up to & inc roof Wonderful location & exceptional views yet 5 mins to town with all amenities. Fully legal with escritora must be viewed

Bargain price 65,000€ To view or for more details

1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, new kitchen & white goods, lovely views of golf course parking, Mojacar approx 7 mins. Telephone 664 291 793

€49,999

609 199 394

property for rent

villa in arboleas

4 beds, 2 baths & garage

250€ p/month plus bills

Telephone

630 471 422

Purchena village house for sale, 2 beds, fully furnished, kitchen, dining area, small lounge, 4 pce bathroom suite, marble staircase, easy to maintain, no outdoor space, excellent rental potential or holiday base, 40,000€ ono

tel: 618 530 767

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

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

property wanted

Wanted – detached, minimum 2 bed/2 bath house with garden required Build 256 m², Terrace 100m², Plot 1200 m² for long term rental within 30 mins of Telephone 649 186 107 Mojacar - rustic and/or rural locations email for more info at thunderpaul2003@hotmail.com considered Call - 950 930 910 or 636 only €160,000 266 641

Struggling to sell your property? Call Paulette today on 902 750 190 Ext 332 or 950 121 936

pets section

667 722 225

For a full service contact:

plumbing

personal

Don’t take a chance! Don’t break the Law! Let us take the hassle telephone Lorna on away from you and re-register your vehicle Puppy Rescue - Charity shop on to Spanish plates WE PROMISE TO BEAT ANY GENUINE QUOTATION

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Sally, mixed breed. found under the bins in Urcal with my brothers. My brother’s both have new homes & I would love one too. I would be a loyal, loving companion to you. My D.O.B is 01/09/2010 Come and meet us at The Dog House, call Paul on: 626 766 076 Or email thedoghse@hotmail.com

Benji, he is 3 years old and is a small dog. Gets on with other dogs & has been neutered & vaccinated sallyelong@yahoo.co.uk Tel: 620 211 952

For just 10€ per. week your property will be featured in a box as shown opposite & will be seen by more than 35,000 Sol Times readers 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

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

UK - SPAIN - UK From a parcel to a small house move

Professional,Friendly & Caring Fully insured, scheduled monthly door to door service

uk@fmtransport.co.uk www.fmtransport.co.uk +44 (0) 1582 499 836 +44 (0) 7977 754 389

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

storage

Rooms An experienced Storage for rent, 5 square

Cook

is required

you will have flair & ability to produce tasty dishes to a high standard in a busy cafe bar/restaurant in Albox immediate start

metres to 15sq metres, Roquetas de Mar Urbanisation. From 5€ a week.

email rob@soltimes.com

for more information

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With the SOLTIMES

your Euro’s go further For more information on our

summer deals

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Floor and Wall Tiling Specialist

Caravan for sale immaculate condition, sleeps 4, toilet, shower, full working oven, fridge/freezer compartment

€8000

(open to offers)

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

satellite/ television

A1 Sky Television Systems Satellite TV installations, alignment of dishes etc. Also Spanish“freeview”systems supplied & installed

Tel Dave: 628 607 778

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

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Immaculate condition with trailer, engine & many extras

2200€

Auto Frio

vehicle air conditioning service tel: 600 827 517 or 950 104 488

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

or telephone 692 930 326

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

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

Call Paulette 950 121 936 902 750 190

wanted

Mikes Mobile people Mechanics carrier All 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

total entertainment

URGENTLY REQUIRED

Avda lepanto-albox & mojacar playa

Sol Times have post boxes available at both shops

Tel: 697 678 708

Inflatable Rib Boat

vehicle air conditioning

for sensible prices on all parts

Call Steve Holman

Tel: 676 665 168

Tel: 676 665 168 or 634 353 503

Need quality new parts for any car

mechanics

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

for sale

Kymco Darkside Cruiser. Less than 2 years old. 125cc, taxed, 2,200km. Excellent condition. 1,250€. Tel: 650 793 913 (Roquetas) White panel van (scudo) Diesel, good runner, UK Plated would suit someone going back to UK with furniture etc, 14 years old, good condition, just serviced. 1500€ ono Tel 617166270 or 950390964 (Vera area) Mitsubishi jeep 1800cc petrol for sale, private plate. UK Plates 11 years old, great condition 1100€ ono Tel 617166270 or 950390964 (Vera area) A REAL COLLECTORS BIKE Honda Goldwing Aspencade. GL1100. Low mileage and Clean. A real Show Stopper. 3500€ Tel: 950 064 554

Car parts

www.carpartsinspain.com

tiling

motoring section Moped 50cc, 4 years old, excellent condition. Taxed, ITV - June 2013, 4,000km. 350€. Tel: 650 793 913. (Roquetas)

car parts

Tel: 650 038 251 Free quote go online or phone

25 years experience

Call Rob on 609 199 394 or

motoring section

Private or trade

TEL: 636 411 540 OR 664 619 819

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Auto braking: a quantum leap for road safety It’s a familiar tale. You’re travelling in slow-moving traffic when, before you can react, the car in front stops suddenly. You slam on the brakes but it’s too late and there’s a sickening crunch as bumpers meet. It’s a minor collision, but getting the cars repaired will take time and most likely push up your insurance premium come renewal, and then there’s the everpresent threat of whiplash claims. Such accidents could soon be a thing of the past, for those driving new cars at least, thanks to Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB). It’s a system that uses radar, lidar (laser) or video technology to warn the driver of an impending frontal collision before priming the brakes and eventually performing an emergency stop. And it’s not only in low-speed impacts where AEB has the potential to improve road safety. Certain versions also work from higher speeds and can even detect pedestrians and apply the brakes if an impact is imminent. The human and financial benefits are huge, with a study by the European Commission suggesting that widespread adoption of AEB could reduce accidents by up to 27 per cent, potentially saving 8,000 lives a year, not to mention between £3.9 billion and £6.3 billion. Not only that, but Philippe Jean of the EC, said: “Our studies indicate that the resulting reduction in congestion due to accidents would represent an economic value of about €100 million (£78.5m) in Germany alone.” He believes the technology is so effective that he has announced that commercial vehicles will be required to have AEB fitted to gain European Type Approval from November 2013, a strategy that’s also under consideration for passenger cars. Yet even with the clear benefits, widespread takeup from manufacturers has been slow, particularly considering Volvo introduced AEB on its XC60 in 2008. Euro NCAP, the crash test organisation, says that the technology is still not available on 79 per cent of cars on sale in Europe. In order to address this, Euro NCAP has announced it will include AEB in its safety assessment from 2014, and that it will be “practically impossible” for models not carrying it to obtain the maximum five-star rating. The idea is that a manufacturer would need to spend so much additional money to improve passive safety that it would be cheaper to fit an AEB system.

Michiel van Ratingen, Secretary General of Euro NCAP, said: “We don’t want to force them [car makers] into this immediately, but we’ve made it very clear that the best way to ensure a five-star rating from 2014 is to have AEB on the vehicle.” Further good news for motorists is that insurers have stated that cars fitted with AEB could have their ratings reduced by up to four groups by the end of 2012. “About 90 per cent of all crashes are below 20mph,” says Matthew Avery, Head of Research at Thatcham, the UK safety and security research centre. “Risk is obviously based on frequency as well as severity, and whiplash claims tend to come when crashes are between about 5 and 20mph. “That’s where the bulk of whiplash injuries occur, therefore systems specifically targeted in that area are something that insurers will really be keen on.” Audi, Ford, Honda, Jaguar, Lexus, Mercedes and VW already offer AEB. However, with no guidelines for how it should operate (such as from what speeds and whether it should merely warn the driver of an impending impact or actually initiate braking), it’s not as straightforward for buyers as ticking an “AEB” box on the options list. In an attempt to simplify matters, Euro NCAP divides AEB systems into three groups. First are City systems, which only work below 30kph (19mph), then Inter-Urban systems which work above that speed and are designed to avoid the kind of nose-to-tail collisions that can bring a motorway to a stop, and finally Pedestrian systems. “We are very limited with these,” says Ratingen of the pedestrian systems. “In fact only Volvo and Lexus are offering them. But that’s going to be quite different in a few years from now.” Clearly progress is being made, but motorists planning to enquire about AEB might be frustrated to learn that no manufacturer actually calls it that. For Audi it’s “Pre Sense Front Plus”, while Honda uses “Collision Mitigation Brake System”, Mercedes “Collision Prevention Assist” and Volvo “City Safety”. Ratingen says, “Our first mission is to make these systems more known to the consumer, to make sure they understand the benefits. “Our second goal is to make sure that the best system wins and is supported the most within the industry and then we can get standardisation, including a name that everybody understands.” ARTICLE : TELEGRAPH.CO.UK


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Algerian runner banned for not trying hard enough at London 2012

Water babes Randall and Federici are the first British duo in the final for 20 YEARS

When they step out into the Aquatics Centre at the synchronised swimming final, Jenna Randall and Olivia Federici will make history. They’ll be the first British pair to mix with the world’s elite at an Olympic Games since Barcelona in 1992. The feat is made all the more impressive by the fact Britain only started taking the sport seriously five years ago. The Russian duo of Svetlana Romashina and Russia’s Natalia Ishchenko will take a convincing lead

going into tomorrow’s final, where they’re expected to win gold. It might possibly be the biggest shock of the Games if they don’t triumph. Russia has totally dominated the sport for more than a decade, winning every duet and team Olympic gold dating back to Sydney in 2000. But Britain are making huge strides in the sport since Biz Price was appointed national performance director in 2007. In September of that year a high performance centre was set up at

army barracks in Aldershot and central funding allowed the athletes to go fulltime. This has reaped huge rewards over a relatively short space of time. Randall and Federici were 14th a year later at the Beijing Games, the first Britons to compete in synchro since 1992 when Kerry Shacklock and Laila Vakil finished sixth. They managed second at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi and last year saw the pair finish 10th in the technical routine at the World

Championships in Shanghai. Ninth place in both the technical and free routines in London has proved enough to book their place in the top 12 nations and advance to the final, where they’ll perform to a medley of music by the Chemical Brothers and Ryan Amon. Randall and Federici may not be ready to contend for medals, but they’ve already done enough to captivate a home crowd - who have greeted them with raucous cheers every time they’ve stepped out into the Aquatic Centre.

Taoufik Makhloufi, an Algerian who was one of the favourites for gold in the 1500 metres, was ejected over his “failure to compete honestly” in the 800m where he did not finish the race. But on Monday night he was reinstated in the 1500 after the Algerian federation insisted he had a knee problem and that organisers knew about it. The 24 year-old had already won his 1500m semifinal but was forced to run in the shorter two-lap race after he failed to withdraw before a deadline on Sunday. He had wanted to concentrate on his favoured event but was instead forced to line up in heat five of the 800m. During Monday’s race, Makhloufi, the African champion in the 800m, started off very slowly and was at the back of the pack almost from the start of the race. He then slowed to a jog before suddenly giving up after barely half a lap. After stopping altogether, he then wandered off the track. Officials took a dim view of his efforts and announced that had been thrown out of the Games for failing to try, becoming the ninth athlete to be ejected. An International Association of Athletics Federations spokesman said: “Makhloufi (bib number 1008) did not finish the race. “The Referee considered that he had not provided a bona fide effort and decided to exclude him from participation in all further events in the competition.” The rule concerns failure to participate, which included failure to compete honestly. But Locog, the London Olympic organising committee, later said the disqualification had been revoked. A spokesman said: “After reviewing evidence provided by a Locog medical officer, the disqualification of athlete 1008 (Makhloufi) from further participation in the athletics competition of the 2012 Olympic Games has been revoked by the IAAF technical delegates. Consequently, Mr Makhloufi is able to compete.” Makhloufi had already qualified for the tonight’s men’s 1500m final when he won his semi-final in commanding fashion in 3 min 42.24 sec, when he beat defending Olympic champion Asbel Kiprop of Kenya. The IAAF said the ban would be overturned if he could get a medical certificate from a doctor.

Children’s Colouring Competition Results

Winner – Costa

Congratulations to all 4 winners!!! The winners of the recent Sol Times Colouring Competition worked very hard on their entries and as you can see, the results were absolutely stunning! Of the many entries we received the ones pictured were judged to be the winners, but we would like to thank everyone who entered and made our judges decisions so difficult! Well done to you all!...and a special THANK YOU to ESPANGLISH in Vera for collating loads of entries! For the winners your prize and certificates are waiting for you at our offices: Almeria: Los Carasoles (above New Horizon Villas), Zurgena Blanca: Quesada Business Centre, Calle Los Arcos, Quesada

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pause for thought

What a stunning conclusion to the opening ceremony of the Olympics! Whilst I’d speculated as to the purpose of the copper ‘petals’ carried by each of the teams, and nodded wisely when the flame was initially passed to them, nothing had prepared me for the amazing spectacle they presented, as they were elevated to form a single, unified cauldron. And how symbolic of the message of the games. For each team, however large or small; however weak or powerful, carried just one ‘petal’. The teams of the USA, of Russia and of China, with all the medals they are likely to win, had no more of these ‘petals’ than the far smaller and less capable teams of Malta, of Papua New Guinea or of Tanzania, so that the citizens of each nation represented could look on the finished cauldron with equal pride, recognising their part in its creation, that without their contribution it would have been incomplete. Beyond the games however, I also see in these ‘petals’ a picture of that much-maligned body of people known as the Church. Each of us, however strong or weak; however vocal or quiet; however much we may agree or disagree with each other about our faith; we all carry with us the light of Christ. Like an individual ‘petal’ that forms a part of the Olympic Cauldron, to the casual observer, my faith may look pretty unimpressive, but taken together with the many thousands of others and illuminated by the flame of God’s Holy Spirit, we may perhaps gain a glimpse of the Church’s real purpose. And as with the Olympic Cauldron, it is only as these ‘petals’ of faith are together elevated beyond the merely human level to the divine, as a single unity, that the true wonder of the Christian Church can be fully appreciated. So then, however large or small the part we play as individuals in its creation, we each are equally valuable; and without my contribution or yours, Christ’s Church remains incomplete. 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

Still proud to be British

The sun has mostly shone and apart from an idiot throwing a bottle onto the track at the 100m final and the odd train breakdown it’s been mostly incident free. I am talking about the London Olympics by the way just in case it wasn’t clear. I write as day 11 starts and Team GB have 18 gold medals, just one behind the 19 brought back from China.

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In the 70s I lived right opposite the front gate of my middle school and I would be up early ready to be there at least an hour before lessons started to play football and swap Top Trumps. At secondary school we also played football at every opportunity.

The last time we moved it was also August and we vowed never again, then did it again anyway. No removal company for us as we are made of sterner stuff and our worldly goods and chattels have been ferried in the back of the cars bit by blooming bit. Finally on a baking hot and humid day at 2pm Fritz arrived in his big van to help me lug the sofas and other big items to their new home. 3 hours later with sweat dripping from parts I didn’t realise existed it was all over. Never again will we move house in August.

Little did I realise that we were the lucky ones as Mrs Thatcher and successive Tory governments sold off 10,000 playing pitches between 1979 and 1997. Labour sold off another 100 whilst in power and the latest coalition have sold off 21 so far despite a cunningly worded pledge to seek to protect school playing fields. Henceforth we can all play the same game and seek to pay our taxes on time, seek to observe the speed limit on the motorways, seek to not to have one for the road and seek to believe everything that governments everywhere tell us is true. We moved house last week, swapping our 3 bed villa on a postage stamp plot for a 5 bedroom ‘Southfork’ type

Previously our dogs were going stir crazy between walks barking and growling at every passing person and wind-blown leaf. Now instead they just bark at every passing person and wind-blown leaf. Rabbits abound here and no walk finishes without a little bunny darting past with our ever hopeful dogs haplessly chasing it. No wonder they sleep so much now thank goodness.

My dad kindly bought me a ticket for an Olympic event but I could not afford the travel and accommodation costs so he took a friend instead. I was gutted as the play off for 9th and 10th place in the mens hockey event could well be the highlight of the Olympiad. I managed to see the opening ceremony and the first few days as we were still at the old house but here the satellite telly system is broken so until it’s fixed later this week I have to work all day instead of watching the Olympics on the telly.

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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A man has spent 300 painstaking hours building a replica of the London 2012 Olympic Park - entirely from LEGO. Warren Elsmore who claims his official job title to be a ‘freelance LEGO artist’ crafted the miniature version of the Olympic venue using 250,000 bricks. This LEGO world features all the standout venues and structures: from Anish Kapoor’s Orbit, to the swooping roof of the Aquatics Centre and, of course, the grand Olympic Stadium. Elsmore, who lives in Edinburgh and creates unique, one-off LEGO models for individuals and corporate companies said: “My colleague and I built the Olympic model over a three week period. For this display, I planned very little in advance and most of the model was free built - simply by looking at pictures of the site and building what I see. Every brick we use is a standard LEGO element, with no painting, gluing or non-LEGO parts.”

Flood-fearing millionaire finishes ark

A Dutch millionaire has opened the doors of his full-size replica of Noah’s Ark to the public. Johan Huibers spent four years building the ark after dreaming his hometown would be destroyed by a flood of biblical proportions. Using dimensions set out in the Book of Genesis, the 137m x 21m craft features its own ‘Bible museum’, complete with life-size plastic animals. “We wanted to build something that can help explain the Bible in real terms,” explained Mr Huibers. “The wood is Swedish pine, because that’s the closest we think to the ‘resin wood’ God ordered Noah to use in the Bible. The animals are

plastic and come from the Philippines.” The project stems from a dream the 52-yearold had in 1992, in which his native Holland was flooded by the North Sea. “The next day I bought a book about Noah’s Ark,” he said. “That night while sitting on the couch with my kids, I looked at it and said: “It’s what we’re going to do”.” Mr Huibers originally wanted to sail his ark, currently moored on the Merwede River, Dordrecht, to the London for the Olympic Games. However he was forced to abandon that plan after Dutch authorities raised health and safety concerns about the proposed voyage.


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Neil Evans European Golf Schools

New Golf Clinics available at Desert Springs Following the success of his programme of Golf Tuition Holidays to Desert Springs Resort and Country Club, Neil Evans is now running a series of Golf Clinics at the Resort. The Golf Tuition Holidays were initially designed for UK golfers who wanted to improve their game in the sunshine of the Costa Almeria but, the programme has now been opened up to include local residents to Desert Springs who would like to participate. Following several requests for shorter, more targeted tuition, the Golf Clinics have now been created. Each Clinic will cover a specific area of the game, starting with a Short Game Clinic which will run on September 20th and 21st this year. The clinic will provide two hours tuition on each day

using the superb Academy facilities at Desert Springs. It will cover all aspects of Chipping, Putting and Bunker work, with the option of a round of golf on one or both days. Day One: 10am to 12pm – This will cover Chipping and Pitching, working on technique and distance control. Day Two: 10am to 12pm - This will cover Bunkers and Putting, again working on technique and distance control. The cost per person for the Short Game Clinic only is: 80 Euros The cost per person including one round of golf is: 130 Euros The cost per person including two rounds of golf is: 180 Euros Buggies are also available, contact

us for rates. Groups are restricted to 8 participants per two day course and bookings will be on a first come first served basis. Neil is a PGA Professional golfer who has worked at many prestigious courses throughout Europe including Pinheiros Altos on the Algarve and the Mizuno Training Academy in Germany. Since returning to the UK, he has coached at the Open Championship on seven occasions and worked with various different Counties and the PGA on many of their coaching initiatives. He is a Lee Westwood Academy Accredited Coach and he is currently based at The Warwickshire Golf and Country Club, Leek Wooton, Warwickshire.

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olympic golds

Here are the details of GB’s 16 gold medal winners from the first nine days of London 2012 (with more to follow soon)…. • Last Saturday, GB pn-up girl Jessica Ennis won the heptathlon gold in terrific style, amassing almost 7,000 points, some 300 ahead of the runner-up. 80,000 inside the stadium and almost 17m more watching on TV saw this brilliant achievement. • On the same night Mo Farah became the first Brit ever to win gold in the 10,000m. • And he was followed by Greg Rutherford who won the long jump, GB’s first in the sand since 1964. • Tim Baillie and Etienne Stott rode the rapids to win gold in the Canoeing C2 class. • Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins followed up with gold in the men’s time trial. • In track cycling, Sir Chris Hoy, Jason Kenny and Phil Hindes won gold in the team sprint. • The awesome foursome of the cycling world, of Ed Clancy, Steven Burke, Peter Kennaugh and Geraint Thomas charged home in the team pursuit. • Six-time world champion Victoria Pendleton brilliantly won the women’s Keirin gold. • The dream team of Joanna Rowsell, Dani King and Laura Trott broke the world record SIX times in six rides as they

took gold in their sprint event. • GB entered 13 boats in the rowing section and ALL reached their respective final with gold medals going to Anna Watkins and Katherine Grainger (at last after three silvers) in the women’s lightweight doubles sculls; to Kat Copeland and Sophie Hosking in the doubles sculls; to the first women to win a GB rowing medal, Heather Glover and soldier Heather Stannard in the pairs and to the four-midable Andy Triggs-Hodge, Peter Reed, Alex Gregory and Tom James in the men’s coxless 4s. • Ben Ainslie is now the greatest sailor in Olympic Games and world history after winning his fourth gold medal in the Finn Class. • A Dorset farmer’s son, Peter Wilson, won the double-trap shooting gold by two shots. • Brilliant Andy Murray thumped Novak Djokovic in the semis and Roger Federer, 6-2, 6-1 and 6-4 in the final, to win GB’s first Olympic tennis gold since 1908. NB: Congratulations to USA superstar Michael Phelps after winning his 22nd Olympic swimming medal (18 of them gold) and to that man Usian, who ‘Bolted’ home in style in the 100m. THE MOTTO OF TEAM GB is simple ‘INSPIRE A GENERATION’ and they have!

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by the club Founder and Technical Director Mr. Michael Williams. He is currently at Blackbelt level 2.4 and hopes to take his 3rd Degree grading in Scotland during November. Many congratulations from everyone at the club, well-done Serge, Ruby and Ossian. If you would like to try a free class or for further information on Taekwon-do training in this area with the Global Taekwon-do Federation, please call the Indigo gym on 950 475403 or Serge on 646 844 708, alternatively please visit www.gtfspain.webs.com

Match Report: Huercal Overa CF v UD Almeria B

Match Report Huercal Overa CF v UD Almeria B The future is looking bright for Huercal Overa CF after playing UD Almeria B (who play in the Segunda B division) at the Desert Springs Resort yesterday afternoon (Thursday 2nd August) Almeria took the lead after 10 minutes through a well worked move with good passing and movement, not long after this Almeria were awarded a penalty which was put away but goalkeeper Michel guessed correctly and wasn’t far away from a save. Huercal Overa CF then

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seemed to grow from this with some good attacking runs down either flank, it was from one of these runs that Huercal Overa CF were awarded a free kick roughly 30 yards out. A good ball was played into the box and a knock down was met by Tomas Campanas to fire home to the joy of the Huercalanses. Almeria took the 2-1 lead into the break and in the second half Huercal Overa CF were awarded their own penalty which Campanas put away confidently. From the 30th minute of the first half and the majority of the second Huercal Overa

CF were playing on equal terms against a strong well drilled and vocal Almeria side , despite the absences of normal first team starters Juan Martos, Jose Moreno, Finidi and Leo. Huercal Overa CF had more chances to take the lead in the game creating more opportunities than the professional outfit and even hit the woodwork, but all in vain as Almeria were gifted a free Kick just outside the area which was curled into the top right hand corner ending the game 3-2 to Almeria. There was a good turnout at Desert Springs including

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to where me and ‘Chef Jeremy’ were fishing with and on ‘Orca Steve’s’ boat. See photo of Pete and his biggest conger. Us three also had a good-ish day with lots of pandoras, blue mouths, combers, pouting, scabbard fish, pickerel and bogues, one small octopus oh and lots of the dreaded weavers. Trolling brought about no takes and it is again noticeable there must be few predator fish to catch as Spanish boats are not trolling at all. In fact most are packed up and in the harbour a couple of hours earlier than other years. Steve was out again, after being kept in the dock for 3 days due to rough sea conditions, with ‘Turre Tony’ and his Grandson who was on holiday from Brighton. The conditions had settled considerably so Steve chose to fish in the 360 ft hole behind the Garrucha harbour wall where they were soon catching the usual pandoras, combers and blue mouths. The scabbard fish were still in the area and they got hit on most drops getting 2 or 3 a time for a while. The fishing dropped off so they moved about drift fishing but only catching more pandoras, combers and a couple of

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with Beachcomber John Boat Fishing: ‘Hissing Sid’ was out a couple of times and caught pandoras, pickerels and weavers, also one octopus. ‘Pugwash Pete’ had a great morning out on his own when two mates didn’t bother to turn up! Monster mackerel and lots of the usuals including a moray eel, scorpion fish and blue mouths were caught. He also caught two conger eels but forgot to take his camera and so came over

pouting. Not to be kept in dock once the sea conditions had improved Steve was soon out again with Bev, hubby Gary and children Daniel, Emma and Lucy for a coastal trip and a bit of fishing. Steve navigated along the coast about 2km out from the shore down to the Macenas tower trolling all the way but with no takes. They returned to Garrucha hugging the shoreline all the way and gave the children a chance to drive the boat and play skipper before anchoring in calm conditions opposite the Repsol garage in 140 ft of water. The fish sonar showed plenty of fish activity and everyone caught fish consisting of pandoras, bogues, combers, pickerels and a couple of Spanish and Atlantic mackerel. The Fortuna Sea fishing club took advantage of the improved conditions so Lou, Steve, Harry and Claire travelled down to Garrucha for a day out fishing. The wind was forecast to blow from east north east so Steve took the decision to anchor over his favourite hole behind the harbour wall and as planned, the boat settled over the 360ft area. They were soon into the critters bringing pandoras, combers and blue mouths onto the boat. As on recent trips they got hit by scabbard fish on the way up and landed a dozen or so in a short space of time. Steve moved the boat mid morning to shallower water opposite the old railway loading dock where they fished in 140ft of

clear water. They caught plenty of small pandoras and pickerels but nothing big. They returned to port with a full fish well albeit with smaller specimens than they hoped for. Shore Fishing: ‘London Bill’ has been catching plenty of scad, channel mackerel and palometes while spinning from Macenas rocks. Bill says the sea bass have disappeared for now. Coarse Fishing: ‘Baza Barry’ fished a private stretch of river north of Lake Negratin and caught trout and barbel while spinning over deep holes and had some success casting lures with hidden hooks under overhanging trees and bushes. I gave Barry a rubber frog of this type a couple of years ago and he had some success then. I certainly did when fishing the Zambezi in Africa; it was a killer lure for big bream. You can literally flick them into a bush or tree and pull them slowly out to fall into the water. Matches in Murcia weighed in 96.1/4lbs at Lake Argos and 38.1/3lbs at Nancy’s. 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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Urcal Gs..................... Valle del Este was the location for our latest competition on Saturday 4th August. Teams of four playing a team Stableford with three scores to count on each hole was the format on a very hot day. One team was head and shoulders above the rest with a superb score of 113 points on a difficult course. The winners were the team of John Smith, Dick Gooding, Des Riley and Dave Butler followed in second place by Steve Fear, Bill Nicol, Clive Filkins and Bruce Meadows with a very good score of 99 points The next three teams were very close with scores of 85, 84, and 81. Longest Drive on the par 5 fourth hole was Mick Smith with Des Riley getting closest to the pin on the par 3 sixth hole and one of our guests for the day Aidy Aldridge won the prize for nearest the pin in two on the par 4 thirteenth hole. In the first semi-final of the Club Championship Singles Knockout, Stan Whitty defeated Roger Whitehead 7 & 6 and now awaits the winner of the second semi-final between John Smith and Des Riley. Our next match will be at the Lorca Golf Resort on the 18th August for an Individual Strokeplay competition played for the Hamilton Challenge Cup. Anyone interested in learning more about Urcal Golf Society please telephone the Captain Tony Morgan on 664 356 287.

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Society, Cucador swearing , softly spoken Robin Hawkins, his score of 36 points was really impressive. Peter Dow had an interesting round!, and just when he thought it couldn’t possibly get any more interesting he hit a fair tee shot of the 10th on to the edge of the fairway( safe he thought) his 2nd shot hit a tree some 50 yards in front of him rebounded of at right angle, narrowly missing yours truly, hit a bridge and bounced back about 10 yards farther back than when he started, brilliant to watch!!!. A really good day in very hot conditions which caused the play to be a bit slow, I normally don’t go that long during the

day without a siesta!!! Results. 1st place Robin Hawkins 36 points 2nd place Nick Dixson 35 points 3rd place Terry Caddick 33 points Twos, Nick Dixson Hole No 2 Nearest The Pin. Hole No 12 Terry Caddick Hole No 17 Nick Dixson The 19th hole G/S is now arranging weekly games at various courses in the area, our home course, which we play fortnightly, is Aguilon. If you are interested in joining the 19th hole give the secretary a ring on 610 340 653. or email g s 19 t h h o l e @ h o t m a i l . co.uk

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Results: Tuesday 31st July we played a Texas Scramble. The winners were Al Hewitt, Mark Newall,Ray Harrison and a guest.

Friday 3rd August was our monthly Medal with just 14 braving the heat. First with a net 69 (105 Gross) Sue Hull ( now off 33) Second Bandit Ray Harrison. with 75 net 92 gross.Third Sean Halligan 76 net

83 gross. Nearest the pins John Haydon on the 6th and Roger Kaye on the 14th. COSTA COCHES ORDER OF MERIT: This is the best 12 Stableford games over the year and to date only 15 points seperate the top 3. In fist place Mark Newall with 416 points, second Patrick Vickery with 413 points and another badito in third place with 401 points, William Churchill.

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Tuesday 31st August in blistering heat 17 of our fearless faithful members, with a couple of guests, found our way to the beautiful Alboran course. The course was in very good condition, before we set about it, and some players recorded very good scores. Brian (Dee) Lowden resisted throwing a club well into the 1st 9 which encouraged Terry Caddick to concentrate on his golf rather than ducking flying clubs. Terry scored avery good 33 points. One of our guests, Nick Dixson,( El Bandido) playing off 18 got the little white thing round very ably scoring 35 points( boy has he got a cut coming when he joins the society). Our winner on the day was the unflappable, non

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Olympics basketball : Spain dismiss match-throwing claims

Spain’s men’s Olympic basketball team have denied their collapse in an 8882 defeat by Brazil was a deliberate attempt to avoid a USA semi-final tie.

Spain lost their second successive game and were outscored 31-16 in the final quarter but will avoid the gold medal favourites if they reach the last four. “We always play to win, always,” insisted Spain’s guard Jose Calderon. Four women’s badminton pairs were thrown out of the Olympics accused of deliberately wanting to lose. It is the second game in a row that Spain have suffered a fourth-quarter capitulation after they went from nine points up with four-and-a-half minutes to go to lose 77-74 against Russia.

Calderon, who plays for NBA side Toronto Raptors, said: “There have been some situations before when some teams have tried to avoid us and we don’t like that. “We’re in the Olympics and you have to try to win every game, no matter who you play against. If you want a medal, you have to beat anybody.” Team-mate Felipe Reyes said: “We’re professional players and we always want to win. “The press were talking about that [avoiding the USA] and it affected us. Now we have to forget this and focus on what comes next.” Spain finished third in Group B, meaning they will face France in Wednesday’s quarters and, if they win, either Russia or Lithuania in the semis.

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