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The Sindicato Unión de Policía Local y Bomberos de Almería (UPLBA-Almería) - The Trade Union of Local Police and Fire Almeria (Almeria UPLBA) has denounced the ‘double cut’ which the Local Police and Fire Services have suffered, and which have resulted in the non-payment during the last year of supplementary pay for nights and Festivals. This comes on top of the cuts that officials throughout the country are suffering, such as the lowering of wages, elimination of the Christmas bonus and welfare cuts. Some municipal officials have not been paid their complementary allowance for nights, festivals, Sundays, special driving duties, guard duties, etc. for more than one year. In fact the Policía Local is still owed money from half of 2011 to date. Concerns have been expressed regarding this year’s Feria, where full security services are required. Last year’s service was lacking according to some members of the public, and was supplemented by a private group, Titan Services. However, this group no longer exists. The Union points to the effect that the cuts have had to date: No money to buy helmets for Unidad de Policía de Barrio; it takes more than a month for the Ayuntamiento to pay the bill for use of the breathalyser machine, (the Guardia Civil has to conduct tests themselves.); not enough chargers for police radios, which have not been renewed for a single vehicle; delays for repairs to non-rented vehicles (80%) which can take months to resolve. Despite all this the local police and firefighters continue to work with professionalism and goodwill for the benefit of the public.


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Ecologistas en Acción has expressed its rejection of bullfighting as ‘cruel’ and has accused the Alcaldes of Almería and Roquetas de Mar, two of the municipalities in which they are held, of ‘treachery’, saying that they are using ‘money and public resources in activities that go against the public interest and is an economic business only for the few.’ The Group issued a press report: ‘Bullfights are literally a ceremony in which a portion of the population has fun watching characters commit violent actions on a bull, reducing its strength to subdue it and put it to death in a cruel and bloody way.’ ‘One wonders at the logic and common sense of a civilized society which maintains this type of activity. We must ask what it contributes to our society when acts in which the painful death of an animal is praised as if it were part of an ancient ritual by a people whose mental and social development is still in an early stage.’ ‘These bullfights are staged at taxpayers’ expense, while budgets for important and essential services, such as health and education are cut.’


The journalist and writer Carmen de la Rosa, long-time resident of Serón, has been appointed Herald of the Festival of the Virgen de los Remedios. Based in Heidelberg (Germany), from where she runs her own advertising agency, Goya!, besides working as a chef, she will return to the province of Almería. She is the author of El Almizar, a delightful novel full of intrigue and touches of humour, which follows the fate of six sisters of the Sevillian rural bourgeoisie, who are unable to sell the Al Mizar, a Moorish castle inherited

from their mother, and who decide to write their unique family history in order to overcome the bad economic situation in which they find themselves. While Amalia (one of the sisters who studied journalism) writes the book from the contributions and memories of all of them, inquiring why their mother gave the management of the farm to a cousin, Sebastian, who used blackmail to make public a murky secret from Civil War days. The sisters make enquiries among relatives, friends and acquaintances still living, and run into the enigma of a body buried in the ravine called the Barranco de las Ranas, and the discovery of a mysterious medallion. The astonishing outcome engages the reader in an absolutely irresistible net of a family saga. The life of Carmen de la Rosa would in itself make a good book: Degree in Journalism from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, she studied Relaciones Internacionales en el Instituto Ortega y Gasset, is a qualified teacher for Danza Española, has a private pilot license, and studied at Le Cordon Bleu cuisine London. A tireless traveler, she has lived in places as diverse as Pilas, Sevilla, Almería, Madrid, Múnich, Hamburg, Dusseldorf, London and finally Heidelberg.

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The PSOE of Zurgena have unanimously elected María José Aliaga as the new secretaria general. She commented that ‘the new Socialist Executive has an eye on the needs of the citizens of Zurgena. We will be a channel through which to voice their demands and needs, to get answers and solutions.’ ‘Another key objective of the Zurgena PSOE is the active participation of all its members and supporters; a living and dynamic entity where everyone has ideas to contribute to improve the daily life of the residents of the municipality.’ The new Executive Committee of the PSOE Local Zurgena, in addition to Aliaga as general secretary, is President Andrés Martínez García; Secretary of Organization and Communication is Pedro Dominguez Egea; Secretary of Policy and Collective Municipal Ana González Morata; Secretary of Social Policy and Equality Amalia López Bonillo; Youth Secretary José Martínez Cuéllar; and José Fernández Juan, José Cortés Bonillo, Cristóbal Domínguez Torrecillas and José Cobacho Tenor as spokespersons.

Dear Editor After making Spaghetti Bolognese for my family for the last 50 years - at least twice a month - I decided to try your offering to see where I was going wrong ???? After only two mouthfuls - my Wife’s comments were - throw the new recipe away - next time go back to your own recipe. So if anyone wishes try my version here it is - for two people - increase amounts if more is required - and it freezes well. Use a good quality Frying Pan with a thick base. ½ a good sized Onion or a full smaller one - Chopped and Fried in 3 Tablespoons of Olive Oil. 250g of Minced Beef - cut across the grain to ½ “ lengths - drop in with the Onion - when the Onion is soft and fry on high heat - until the meat browns. Add one Desert Spoon of Tomato Puree and mix in well and cook for another two minutes. (Tip No 1: Buy Tube Puree if Possible it keeps better or pour some Olive Oil on the top of the unused Can to seal it if you can only buy cans) Now add small chopped/diced celery, red & green peppers, mushrooms, chopped garlic and cook for another 5 mins - and then add a full can of Ready Chopped Tomatoes - cook until bubbling - and then turn right down to simmer for 1 hour - stirring occasionally - then leave to cook in it’s own heat until cold. All of the above should ideally be done the evening before it is intended to eat the Bolognese - it matures and gels overnight. The night to be eaten - 1 hour before dining time bring the whole mix to the boil - and then to simmer on as low of heat as possible - test for taste - is the meat cooked enough for your taste - do you need to add Salt & Black Pepper - at this stage I usually mix in 1 or two teaspoons of Dried Parsley and ½ teaspoon of Bay leaf Powder. Now cook the Spaghetti - in plenty of Boling Salted water - I usually add 1 desert Spoon of Olive Oil to the water - it stops the Spaghetti strands from sticking to each other - how do you test for done - retrieve One strand and throw it against the wall tiles - if it sticks to the wall it done - so get ready to strain and serve it. (Tip No 2 - I always break our Spaghetti strands into 1 ½ “ lengths before cooking - it save having Spaghetti strands hanging down your chin when eating it!) Serve with plenty of Parmesan Cheese & Garlic Bread - If there is any left ?? place in a Plastic container for next time - if not enough for a full meal - make a full mix again and then the two lots of leftover should be enough to save cooking the next time - just reheat very well. Thank you, Fred Sheriff


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Speculation that smoking laws may be relaxed to allow customers to light up in the planned EuroVegas complex in order to maximise trade have caused ‘concern’ within the European Union. The regional government of Catalunya has already stated it will amend the ban on lighting up in enclosed public places if it is chosen to host the massive casino city. Health commissioner John Dallin has voiced his ‘alarm’ over the possibility of smoking being allowed

in EuroVegas, something the regional president of Madrid, Esperanza Aguirre, has also hinted at if the complex is based in the capital. But Dallin says the EU ‘recommendation’ that member States ‘take measures’ to ‘protect’ their citizens against the effects of passive smoking is only advisory - it is not binding. He adds that it is up to the national and regional authorities in member States to follow this recommendation if they choose, and in the manner

they deem fit. The USA-based company Las Vegas Sand, which is behind the huge European version of the famous North American gambling city, allows smoking in all its complexes, even when these are enclosed. Not to allow it in a European version could reduce trade. Las Vegas Sand intends to set up a ‘casino village’ which will also include hotels, restaurants and bars, either in Barcelona or in Madrid. Catalunya’s regional government was ‘reported’

to the European Commission over its possible plans to allow smoking in the complex by the Bloque Nacionalista Galego (BNG), the nationalist party in the north-western region of Galicia. Spokeswoman Ana Miranda also says the site earmarked for the casino city, in the Baix Llobregat district, was right on top of a nature reserve classified as a Special Protection Zone for Birds (ZEPA). European Commissioner for the environment, Janez Potocnik, says the regional government will be expected to fulfill all requirements relating to nature impact reports before it can go ahead. But the Commissioner added that a major development may still be given the green light ‘in spite of any negative environmental impact’ if it is considered to be ‘in the public interest’ and of ‘social and economic benefit’ which is thought to outweigh said impact.

Employee’s ‘big brother’ sacking declared null and void

An employee has won his job back after being fired because the Supreme Court considered tracking him via GPS after he had called in sick was an invasion of privacy. Joaquín I.T., who worked for a cleaning and rubbish collection franchise employed by Bilbao city council, spent most of his working day on business travel using his company car, or on foot. In June 2010, he was signed off sick with pains in his arm. The firm employed a private detective, who fitted a hidden satellite navigation system in his company car, which revealed

that he had been driving long distances whilst off work and carrying out other physical activity such as carrying heavy supermarket shopping bags. He was fired the following month, and appealed against his dismissal in court. The court of Bilbao upheld his case, but the company appealed the decision in the regional Supreme Court (pictured). But a judge rejected the appeal and ordered the firm to pay the ex-employee his wages between the date of his dismissal until the present day, and to

allow him back into his job. The judge said the investigation methods were ‘disproportionate’ to the situation and that to track a staff member signed off sick with a satellite navigator to ‘catch him out’ was ‘a clear breach of the fundamental right to privacy’. In announcing the verdict, the judge referred to a previous case where the Constitutional Court ordered the readmission and compensation of an employee of another firm who was dismissed after a routine company medical examination showed that the person had been taking drugs.

Back-to-school blues as IVA hike stretches parents to the limit


Sending the kids back to school this September will cost parents an average of 640 euros per child, according to a leading consumer organisation. The OCU says the average cost for a pupil in a State school is 510 euros, rising to 917 euros for children who go to a colegio concertado - a ‘halfway house’ between a private and State school, where both the government and the parents fund the child’s education. For the latter, registration fees at the start of each school year and monthly fees range from 83 to 315 euros, although this is free of charge in State schools. Children who stay for school dinners will cost their parents an average of 99 euros per month - approximately 4.50 euros per day, or around 90 euros a month in State schools, rising to 122 euros in a colegio concertado. And even though schools are beginning to allow kids to bring packed lunches, those who do so will still be charged a fee to eat it in the dining hall. An average of 88 euros per month is spent on school buses where children live too far away to walk, and uniforms - which are only compulsory in a limited number of schools, usually concertado or private establishments - will set parents back another 216 euros at the beginning of term. The inflated cost of uniforms is largely due to lack of competition, according to the consumer organisation. Three in 10 schools sell uniforms directly to the parents, and at least half of them have uniforms that can only be purchased in one shop. In other words, only in 17 per cent of cases are parents free to shop around to find better deals and save money. Textbooks, which have to be purchased new at the start of the academic year - even where the curriculum has not changed, some schools will not allow pupils to reuse their older brothers’ or sisters’ books - and stationery such as pens, paper, pencils and ring-binders will cost nearly 340 euros in total for primary school children, increasing even further in price in high school and for sixth-form students. Extra-curricular activities can cost around 20 euros a month, including after-school ‘homework clubs’ or workshops designed for parents with jobs who cannot pick their children up until later. And schools that offer the same service before school to allow parents to drop pupils off much earlier in order to get to work can cost between 37 and 87 euros a month. The OCU recommends parents buy as much as they can before September 1, when IVA will rise from 18 to 21 per cent. Stationery items would have cost 110 euros last year, compared to 124 euros this year, since the lower-rate IVA at four per cent which has always been in force will no longer apply to these items. Instead, school materials will attract IVA at the maximum rate - currently 18 per cent, but going up to 21 per cent next month.


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Russian patriarch to visit Poland

Sport The head of the Russian Orthodox Church is due to arrive in Poland shortly for a historic visit that may be overshadowed by the Pussy Riot trial in Moscow. ------------------------

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UK retail sales increase in July

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Spain’s president Mariano Rajoy has finally announced that the 400-euro monthly benefit for jobseekers whose dole money has run out will remain. During a press conference at an official meeting with King Juan Carlos to discuss Spain’s economy, Rajoy said the continuation of this monthly support payment would be approved in Parliament on August 24, but would be backdated to this Thursday, August 16. He says he considers it ‘only fair’ for those who are struggling financially, but believes the idea behind the scheme - that of giving jobseekers a further six months’ grace to find work - needs to be improved. It has been in place since February 2011, but has produced very few results, since little is being done to help claimants back into jobs. At present, around 200,000 people who have no entitlement to dole money - because the funds they accumulated in unemployment benefit have now run out - are claiming the 400-euro monthly benefit.

Spanish police have arrested 21 Bulgarians after seizing a ship off the southern port of Cadiz which was carrying about three tonnes of cocaine. The SV Nikolay, seized on Monday, belongs to a firm in the Bulgarian port of Burgas, Bulgaria’s BTA news agency reports. It was intercepted some 80km (50 miles) off Cadiz. The South American cocaine was heading for Galicia, in north-western Spain. Six Colombians were also arrested in Spain in the investigation. The ship is owned by Burgasbased shipping firm Seaborne Trade. The firm’s manager Doychin Doychev, quoted by BTA, said he had lost contact with the ship a day before it was intercepted. The crew are mainly Bulgarians from Burgas and Varna, he said. Spanish police say they have seized nearly five tonnes of cocaine in total in recent days - more than in the whole of last year.

Abandoned baby in intensive care in Costa del Sol hospital

A newborn baby found abandoned in Estepona (Málaga) is said to be in a critical condition in hospital. She was found dumped on a plot on an urbanisation in the town at around 04.00hrs this morning when residents heard her crying and called the police. They found she had only just been born and had suffered head injuries, which will shortly be examined in full by a neurologist, and is now on

an assisted breathing machine in intensive care at the Costa del Sol hospital in Marbella. The baby’s mother, who had given birth just minutes before her daughter was found, was traced shortly afterwards and taken to the same hospital to recover from labour. She remains in police custody whilst in hospital and will undergo questioning when she has recovered.

Charges against Duchess of Palma dropped in Nóos case

Daughter of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofía, the Infanta Cristina, will not be charged in relation to the money-laundering and embezzlement case surrounding her husband’s affairs. According to the anticorruption prosecution service in the Balearic Islands, there is no evidence to incriminate the Duchess of Palma in the case. Duke of Palma Iñaki Urdangarín, the Infanta Cristina’s husband, will not be called to testify again unless further evidence

comes to light, says the court dealing with the case. The ongoing investigation into the management of the Nóos Institute in Palma de Mallorca centres on allegations that 5.8 million euros in grants from the regional governments of Valencia and the Balearics found their way to the Institute’s coffers. Urdangarín was one of the directors of the the Nóos Institute at the time, and his wife the spokesperson. Prosecutor Pedro Horrach has spoken of

the ‘frustration’ of being unable to find conclusive proof that could lead to answers to the case, which is proving to be something of a conundrum. He adds that the extensive media coverage of the Nóos case - largely due to the Duke and Duchess of Palma having been helping with inquiries - meant the sense of responsibility was even greater, given that any evidence implicating them or proving their innocence

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Two-thirds of all swimming pools contain substances that can cause eye and skin irritations, reveal medics. This is mainly because they often have excessively high levels of chlorine or other disinfectants in the water to keep them clean, particularly in the case of pools used by large numbers of people. Over-zealous disinfecting of swimming pools can lead to conjunctivitis - a condition that multiplies in summer - as well as redness, burning and eyes watering. Swimmers who use contact lenses are particularly susceptible because the chemicals stick to them or their wearers put them in without washing their hands after they come out of the pool, says Dr Marina Leal, from the Rementería medical foundation. In addition to swimming pools, other bathing sites such as the sea, lakes, rivers and natural springs can cause conjunctivitis. And bathers can even get eye infections from their hands after swimming, or from towels, swimwear and even an affected person sneezing near them. Those who suffer eye infections after swimming should avoid ventilators, fans and air-conditioning units, and can obtain eye-drops from the chemist or from their family doctor. Dr Leal recommends swimmers use goggles and avoid sharing towels.

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A wildfire that displaced thousands of people on Spain’s Canary Islands eased as the wind changed on Tuesday, allowing evacuees to return to their charred fields, officials said. The blaze on the Atlantic island of La Gomera, part of the Canaries, has forced 5,000 people to be evacuated and ravaged more than 4,000 hectares (10,000 acres) of land, including part of a rare nature reserve. Residents returned home to most of the evacuated villages Tuesday, the regional government said. Some found their fields and crops reduced to ash. “We had grapevines and fruit trees. We have lost it all,” said Veronica Chinea, 37, after returning to her home in the Valle Gran Rey area in the southwest of the island. Her house escaped the flames.

“The grapes were going to be picked soon and made into wine. Now there is nothing,” she added. “For people who were born and raised here it will take a long time to get over.” The most dramatic of several blazes across Spain in recent days, the fire on La Gomera first broke out more than a week ago and spread rapidly across the parched land due to sweltering temperatures and wind. “During the night the direction of the wind aided the extinguishing work so the area burned has not notably increased,” Canaries emergency services spokeswoman Carmina Lorenzo said on

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Mojacar’s Saint’s Day - August 28th: The traditional festival in honour of San Agustin is held for during several days around the date and always includes the nearest weekend. Along with the evening dances with live groups. other enjoyable concerts and sports activities are held. Also not to be missed is the ‘bringing of the water’ from the fountain to be offered for the Saint’s blessing. when the Mojaquera maidens wear their traditional outfits. FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO:

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I t ’s Ti m e N ot Ti m ing T h at R e a p s R e wa r ds By Bill Blevins, Financial Correspondent, Blevins Franks

“Is this a good time to invest?” This is one of the questions we are frequently asked, and the answer is “yes” more often than not. If you need to protect the value of your savings from inflation, it is generally better to be invested for the longterm rather than wait in the sidelines for a right time to invest or tr ying to time the markets. Unpredictable events and investor sentiment can have a negative or positive impact on markets, often unexpectedly, and no-one can predict the future. If you wanted to time the markets you would need to accurately identify both the best time to buy and the best time to sell, and even ver y experienced investors cannot get this right. Time in the markets is a wiser strategy for most investors than timing. Often a few ver y good days

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1st Januar y 1991 to 15th August 2011. If you missed the five best days your return would be £186,738 less. If you missed the 25 best days your total return would only be £172,955.

There are many statistical examples to illustrate this. Goldman Sachs calculates that a hypothetical investment in the US S&P 500 index from 1992 to 2011 would have generated an average annual total return of 7.81% if invested for the whole 5,046 days. If you missed the 10 best days your average annual return would only be 4.14%. If you missed the 70 best days, you would have recorded an annual average loss of 7.20%.

Por tfolio per formance is more significantly determined by asset allocation and diversification than market timing. A wealth management firm like Blevins Franks helps you establish the most suitable allocation for your por tfolio based on your personal objectives, circumstances, time horizon and risk tolerance. We then review your investments ever y year to ensure it remains on track with your objectives and takes any change in circumstances into account.

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Next time you have a headache, you might be better off leaving the painkillers in the packet and just drinking a glass of water. Regularly sipping water can reduce the severity of headaches and migraines, reducing the need for tablets. Scientists found drinking around seven glasses a day was enough to ease pain and improve the quality of life in patients who regularly suffer headaches. Researchers from the University of Maastricht, the Netherlands, noticed in 2005 that a patient told to drink

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Researchers found that consuming cocoa every day helped improve mild cognitive impairment – a condition involving memory loss which can progress to dementia or Alzheimer’s – in elderly patients. For the study, 90 people aged 70 or older diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment were split into three groups of 30 and given either a high, medium or low dose of a cocoa drink daily. The drink contained flavanols – chemicals associated with a decreased dementia risk which are found in a variety of foods, including cocoa products such as dark chocolate. The participants’ diet was restricted to eliminate other sources of flavanols, such as tea or red wine. Their cognitive function was examined using tests of factors including working memory and processing speed. Researchers found those who drank the high and medium doses daily had significantly better cognitive scores by the end of the eight-week study in a number of categories, including working memory. Those given the higher doses of the flavanol drink improved far more than those given the lowest dose, the study, published in the journal Hypertension, found. Insulin resistance and blood pressure also decreased in those drinking high and medium doses of the flavanol drink. Doctor Giovambattista Desideri of the University of L’Aquila in Italy, lead author of the study, said: ‘This study provides encouraging evidence that consuming cocoa flavanols, as a part of a calorie-controlled and nutritionally-balanced diet, could improve cognitive function. ‘Larger studies are needed to validate the findings, figure out how long the positive effects will last and determine the levels of cocoa flavanols required for benefit.’ Dr Laura Phipps, of Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: ‘Cocoa-based treatments for brain function would likely have patients queuing out the door, but this small study of flavanols is not yet conclusive.’




cure which reverses genetics Major cosmetic Baldness could be on the market in two years surgery review launched

Britain’s cosmetic surgery industry faces tough new regulations over fears that patients are being misled over the safety of procedures. Minimum training requirements for surgeons and psychological screening to protect vulnerable patients are expected to be introduced after an inquiry into the multi-million pound business, according to a report in the Telegraph. Sir Bruce Keogh, the NHS medical director, will make recommendations to the Government after heading an inquiry into concerns raised about cosmetic surgery after breast implants made by the French company Poly Implant Prothese were found to contain industrial silicone. Sir Bruce said too many people “do not realise how serious cosmetic surgery is”. Approximately 47,000 women in Britain were given PIP breast implants. By June, almost 750 had undergone removal surgery on the NHS at an estimated cost of £3 million, with many others undergoing the procedure privately. Among measures expected to be introduced is a register for all procedures from breast implants to hip replacements, tighter regulation of anti-ageing dermal fillers and minimum training requirements for surgeons. In an interview with The Times, Sir Bruce said he wanted to clean up the “grubby areas” of cosmetic surgery. “I think that there are some very good parts of the cosmetic intervention and surgery industry but there are also some pretty grubby areas. “There are some pretty hard sales techniques out there at the moment. For example, there are some surgical interventions being offered where if you decide to have it quickly you get a discount. I think that’s scandalous.” Sir Bruce said the breast implant scare had been a “catalyst” for a review of the industry. An inquiry concluded they did not cause a long-term health threat. The panel — including Catherine Kydd, a PIP campaigner, Andrew Vallance-Owen, a former medical director of Bupa and Trish Halpin, the editor of Marie Claire magazine — will make recommendations to the Government in March. Sir Bruce said: “Many questions have been raised, particularly around the regulation of clinics, whether all practitioners are adequately qualified, how well people are advised when money is changing hands, aggressive marketing techniques, and what protection is available when things go wrong.” The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons has welcomed the review, saying it would also advocate a compulsory national register for breast implants and a strict code of advertising to protect vulnerable patients who “seek cosmetic surgery for psychological reasons”. Carol Robson, 63, from Rotherham, South Yorks, who suffered ruptured implants, said: “I don’t think people know enough about cosmetic surgery and need to be aware of the risks involved.”

A cure for baldness may be available on the market sooner than previously thought after a breakthrough in negotiations between scientists and drugs companies. Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania believe they have discovered the reason for baldness, an enzyme which shuts down hair follicles. Dr George Cotsarelis announced this week that he is in talks with several pharmaceutical companies about developing treatments which could be available in two years, Drugs that block the protein are already available on the marked as they are used to treat asthma and allergies. Dr Cotsarelis and his dermatological team at the University of Pennsylvania, discovered that enzyme Prostaglandin D2 (PGD2) prevented hair follicles from maturing. The link between genetics and baldness have long been common knowledge but not the cause. But when the team analysed the scalps of balding men, they found levels of PDG2 to be three times higher in areas in which the hair was thinning. Earlier work by the same team found bald men have cells capable of making hair; they have just failed to mature. It is thought that PGD2 prevents the cells maturing - and stopping it from working would allow hair to grow again. In tests on lab and on mice, the compound stunted hair growth, the journal Science Translational Medicine reported in March. ‘Blockers’ of the enzyme have been formulated as pills to cure asthma and allergic conditions but it should be possible to turn them into a lotion which could be applied to the scalp. Dr Cotsarelis, said: ‘The nice thing about dermatology and hair loss in general is that you can take compounds that maybe are being used as a pill and put them in a topical formulation. We certainly think it would be good at preventing hair loss but we don’t know for sure that it would regrow.’ Lab test suggest the treatment may also help women who are losing their hair. Female hair loss carries an even greater stigma than the male condition, but is not as uncommon as many people may believe. About 40 per cent of women suffer from some form of hair loss as a result of hormone changes during menopause. For men this number is significantly higher according to Dr Cotsarelis. By the age of 50 nearly half of all men have some degree of male pattern baldness, a number which rockets to 70 per cent by the age of 70. Dr Cotsarelis said: ‘We think these findings will have implications beyond male pattern baldness but, even if they don’t, we think it will be exciting. There is a large number of people who would rather have hair than not.’ If developed the drug would revolutionise the hair regrowth

market. Britain’s 7.4million bald and balding men have limited options of cures for their conditions. Hair transplants are painful and expensive and success is variable. The only two drugs available have high-risk side effects. Testosterone blocker Propecia may cause impotence and a second drug, Amexidil, which increase blood flow to the hair follicles could in fact accelerate hair loss. Other treatments in development elsewhere include a jab that uses fat cells from the tummy to pep up hair growth on the scalp. Cotsarelis’ team said that the new drug could be on the market in as little as two years.

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Craft Market at the Vera Hotel 6th October 2012 - 2pm

It has been announced that the organisers of the Vera Half Marathon have introduced an additional feature to the day. A spokesman for the Vera & District Lions Club said “We have introduced the Craft Market because we believe it will create a lot of interest for the people attending the Vera Half Marathon. We will have a large number of runners, their supporters and the public coming to the Vera Hotel. The race will start and finish at the car park to the rear of the Vera Hotel. Many of the supporters and the public are very likely to stay at the event all afternoon and evening where they will be entertained by the Bay Radio Road Show. The Craft Market will give them the opportunity to browse while the runners are taking part in the race. The Vera Half Marathon is drawing interest from competitors and supporters from all over the Spain and the UK” The spokesman went on to say “The Craft Market will be located close to the entrance and next to the centre of all the activities, giving public easy access to the stalls, and the stall holders the best opportunity to sell their products. The runners are required to check in at 2pm so they will be arriving with their supporters between 2pm and 4pm when the race starts. The Craft Market will be the obvious area for people to browse when waiting for the competitors to return to the finish line. In order to make the Craft Market interesting we would welcome a good cross section of craft stalls, making this a successful feature of the day” Space will be allocated on a first to reserve basis and not, who arrives earliest on the day. The cost for a stall will be 5euros payable on the day. Space could well be limited as we are expecting a very good response and recommend that you book your stall early. I do emphasise that this is a craft market and not a rastro or general market. Stall holders wishing to book should email veralions@mail. com giving their contact details and the product(s) they are planning to sell on their stall or telephone the same details to 634338733. All stall holders must be onsite by 1.30pm. Stall holders arriving after 1.30pm may be refused entry.

EXPOSICIÓN DE CERÁMICA: “PINCELADAS DE HISTORIA” Ceramic Art Exhibition “Brush Strokes of History” José Rodríguez Ferreriro at Centro de Arte “Fuente de Mojácar”

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A left-wing Spanish mayor who supported the looting of supermarkets to feed the needy joined a protest march Thursday against the government’s handling of the economic crisis.

Several hundred people set off on foot from the town of Jodar in the southern region of Andalucia for Jaen, about 60 kilometres (40 miles) away, the SAT labour union organising the march said in a statement. Among those taking part was Juan Manuel Sanchez Gordillo, the mayor of the village of Marinaleda and a member of the regional parliament for the United Left party in the Andalucian regional parliament. “We are going to visit all the capitals of the Andalucian provinces to demand that debts not be paid, that there be no more government spending cuts and that a basic income of 800 euros a month be introduced for those whose unemployment benefits have run out, so they can eat,” he told reporters ahead of the march. The protesters also want a stop to home evictions and want supermarkets to donate food that is close to its expiry date to agencies that help feed the poor, instead of throwing it out. The march is one of several planned over the next three weeks in Andalucia, which has been hit especially hard by the

economic crisis affecting Spain since the collapse of a property bubble in 2008. Sanchez has become a cult figure after he endorsed the looting of two supermarkets last week by activists who gave out the food to the needy, earning him comparisons to Robin Hood. While the bearded 59-year-old did not take part in the looting directly, he stood outside the supermarkets with a megaphone and encouraged the activists who filled trolleys with pasta, biscuits and other food. Mayor of Marinaleda since 1979, Sanchez has led squatters to occupy land owned by big landowners over the years. Andalucia, which had a major construction industry before the bubble burst, now has an unemployment rate of nearly 34 percent, higher than Spain’s overall rate of nearly 25 percent.



A teenager’s brave but cringe inducing musical declaration of love to the girl of his dreams has gone viral on YouTube. The singer was filmed by a pal walking through woods while singing Bryan Adams’ (Everything I Do) I Do It For You.

There were emotional scenes when gorilla brotherswho hadn’t seen each other for more than two years were reunited for the firsttime at Longleat Safari & Adventure Park. The brothers, who were born at Dublin Zoo, met up again at the spectacular new Gorilla Colony enclosure at the Wiltshire safaripark. At around 220 kgs, 13-year-old western lowland silverback gorilla Kesho is a force to be reckoned with and keepers were

unsure how he would react to meeting up with his nine-yearold kid brother Alf. However there was no need to be worried as the brothers acted like they had never been apart. Kesho was moved from Dublin to London Zoo as partof a captive breeding programme and hadn’t seen his siblings since. Now all three are making a new home at Longleat in their purposebuilt new Gorilla Colony alongside a fourth male gorilla called Boulas. PHOTO: LONGLEAT SAFARI PARK

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Spain seeks first banking rescue payment ‘shortly’ Spain’s government said Friday it will soon request a first payment for its deeply troubled banks from an emergency eurozone rescue line.

“The request will be sent shortly,” a spokeswoman for the Economy Ministry told AFP. “It is being worked on,” she said, declining however to specify the timing or exact amount of the request. The money was being sought for crisis-torn Spanish banks that have already been nationalised, she said: Bankia, Catalunya Caixa, NovaGalicia Banco and Banco de Valencia. “The Bank of Spain has to ask that the funds be made available to it and that is the request that will be sent,” the spokeswoman said, adding that the size would depend on a central bank analysis.

The bulk of the rescue loan is expected to be disbursed from November onwards to help finance a restructuring and recapitalisation of the Spanish banking sector.

Spanish banks’ bad loans leapt to a record high in June, data showed Friday, a sign of deepening woes as they await a eurozone rescue of up to 100 billion euros ($124 billion).

Spanish lenders’ bad loans leapt to a record high level in June, latest figures showed Friday.

The value of loans at risk of not being repaid mounted to 164.36 billion euros in June, equal to an unprecedented 9.42 of the banks’ total loan portfolio, the Bank of Spain said.

The value of doubtful loans jumped to 164.36 billion euros in June, equal to an unprecedented 9.42 of the banks’ total loan portfolio, the Bank of Spain said.

Up sharply from a share of 8.96 percent of total loans in May, it was the highest bad loan ratio recorded since the central bank began compiling the data in 1962.

Up sharply from a share of 8.96 percent of total loans in May, it was the highest bad loan ratio recorded since the central bank began compiling the data in 1962.

Eurozone authorities agreed in June to extend a rescue loan of up to 100 billion euros for the Spanish banks, crushed by a mass of loans that turned sour after a 2008 property crash.

As Spain awaits the first payment for its banks, the nation’s troubles seem to be mounting.

“The Bank of Spain is doing its analysis and that report is for the nationalised banks, so depending on that analysis they will see what request they need to make,” she said.

The economy is in a recession, which the government expects to drag on through 2013, and the unemployment rate is near 25 percent -- the highest in the industrialised world.

Spain’s eurozone partners agreed in June to lend up to 100 billion euros ($124 billion) to salvage the nation’s banks, buckling under record bad loans built up since a 2008 property crash.

At the same time, Madrid is slashing spending and raising taxes in a battle to rein in its bulging public deficit.

The eurozone’s bailout fund, the European Financial Stability Facility, has already put aside an emergency reserve of 30 billion euros in case of urgent requests by Spain, a spokeswoman for the fund said.

Bad bank loans mount to record high in Spain

Despite those efforts, Spain’s finances are under rising pressure as wary investors demand painfully high interest rates to lend to the country by buying its sovereign bonds.

Under a written agreement drawn up last month, the Bank of Spain can ask for a specific sum from that emergency reserve.

The yield offered on Spanish 10-year government bonds was about 6.45 percent on the debt market Friday afternoon.

But any payment first needs the approval of the European Commission and officials of the 17-nation eurozone working in liaison with the European Central Bank.

Although that is sharply down from levels of more than seven percent in previous weeks, the rate is still considered too high for the Spanish government to afford over the longer term.

The bulk of the rescue line is expected to be disbursed from November onwards, although an emergency reserve of 30 billion euros is being made available earlier. But in the meantime Spain’s troubles seem to be mounting. The economy is in a recession, which the government expects to drag on through 2013, and the unemployment rate is near 25 percent -- the highest in the industrialised world. At the same time, Madrid is slashing spending and raising taxes in a battle to rein in its bulging public deficit. Despite those efforts, Spain’s finances are under rising pressure as wary investors demand painfully high interest rates to lend to the country by buying its sovereign bonds. The annual interest rate on Spanish 10-year government bonds was just under 6.5 percent Friday morning. Although that is sharply down from levels of more than seven percent in previous weeks, the rate is still considered too high for the Spanish government to afford over the longer term.


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Q. I have sold my house. I was under the impression that I was a resident and that the 3% retention for non-residents would not be applicable, but the notary said that my residence certificate was not proof of residency and that he had to treat me as a nonresident which means that 3% of the sales price was retained and paid into the tax office . How can the resident certificate not be proof of residency? A. What the notary is saying is correct. It is a common nasty surprise at the notary lately suffered by sellers that are not getting the correct advice prior to selling . The new resident certificates without a photograph, issued by the police, do not state you are a tax resident of Spain - what it says is that you are a resident of Europe. To be able to be treated as a tax resident of Spain at the moment of sale, you need to provide the notary with a certificate issued by the tax office in Spain stating that they consider you a tax resident of Spain. This needs to be requested in advance of going to the notary by your solicitor or yourself to avoid the 3% retention. Some notaries will also accept as proof of residency your Spanish tax returns. If you are thinking of selling, it is important to find out from the tax office well in advance if your status is that of a resident or non resident, and the certificate issued by them needs to be taken to the notary the day of signature. P.S. If you are a non resident, do not forget it is obligatory to file a non-resident tax returns, and that the tax man has created a task force to go after those that have not been paying (and they are sending out letters since November 2011). Michael Davies is a Spanish Abogado and has been practicing law in Almería since 1993. He is member of the Law societies of Almería and Madrid and has offices in Mojacar and Almeria High Street.



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Ana Botella, wife of former Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar, is the first high-level Spanish official to say publicly that the country would need a financial rescue. “There’s no doubt about it. It’s very probable that we’re going to have to ask for help from the European Union,” Botella told Spanish news agency Europa Press in an interview. “It seems inevitable,” the agency quoted her as saying. Spain’s recession-hit economy, shattered banking system and sky-high unemployment are at the centre of concerns over the future of the euro zone as investors worry a bailout of the bloc’s fourth largest economy would stretch its rescue funds to breaking point.

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Struggling nations in the eurozone are “at best” half-way through correcting the economic imbalances that helped cause the debt crisis and must press on with reforms, according to Moody’s. Analysts at the ratings agency published a report in which they said that “adjustments, both in the periphery and the core, have already taken place - in some cases, to a significant degree”, but added that the process “is at best only half complete”. Although Moody’s noted progress in some countries’ trade balances and labour competitiveness, it said that governments cannot ease back on the pace of reform. “A comparison with the crises faced by Sweden and Finland in the 1990s shows that the complete unwinding of the periphery countries’ accumulated imbalances –- which were due to the

dis-saving behavior in their respective domestic private sectors rather than their governments – may still take several years,” Moody’s said. “The comparison also reinforces the critical importance of structural reforms for the achievement of sustainable gains.” Politicians in the peripheral nations are trying to rewire their economies to generate the growth they need to pay their debts. The European Union and the International Monetary Fund have pledged at least 393bn Euros in aid to Greece, Ireland, Portugal and Spain to help them pay their bills while they implement reforms. Moody’s highlighted adjustment successes so far, such as Spanish labour costs dropping 5.9pc from their peak, while those in Greece and Ireland have fallen 7.8pc and 13.7pc respectively. This has helped to support exports

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ness special The chilling effect of the euro crisis could be worse than any problem a Greek default might cause, so says MP Chris Heaton-Harris in this weeks Telegraph.

Watching British success in the Olympics made a wonderful change from worrying about the eurozone crisis. Unfortunately the crisis didn’t take a break for the Olympics. There will be plenty more crisis summits and communiqués that solve nothing over the coming months, as Greek, Spanish and other eurozone woes continue unabated. European politicians regularly seem to think they have finally ended their nightmare, beaten their evil opponents in the money markets and slain the beast that has been on their tail. Ah, but hold on, the crisis they just conquered is reassembling itself to strike again. The enemy is debt, and without a default, the only way you can get rid of it is by paying it off. Strangely enough, gathering a load of politicians and civil servants into a large meeting room and talking about solving the crisis doesn’t actually pay a penny off anyone’s debt. Indeed, it just adds to the overall feeling of perpetual drift, and that is something businesses and investors hate. So, with no clear end to the turmoil, and with pundits continually predicting economic Armageddon across the Channel, it’s no surprise that this has a “chilling” effect on our economy. This manifests itself in various ways. Banks, nervous about being caught out yet again, lend less and instead have been recapitalising and reducing their exposure to the weaker eurozone countries. Businesses, meanwhile, have, in general, been increasing their capital. Instead of investing and expanding, many have been consolidating, ensuring that they have a strong safety net should the worse case scenario occur. Those that are investing are being very cautious. For example, a company in my constituency employs about 70 people in the manufacturing sector. Their order book is strong, what they are hearing from their clients is promising and they decided to take on a number of apprentices. All the business signs suggested they could take on six people, but the background of despair in the news meant that they halved this number, just to be on the “safe side”. Those businesses that export have been wisely redirecting their efforts to countries outside the eurozone, to lessen their exposure to the single currency’s problems. In May our exports to the EU fell by 4 per cent compared with the previous year, but our non-EU exports surged by 16 per cent. Government has also been playing its part in repositioning Britain’s economy so that it can withstand any external shock, but there is plenty more to do. Domestically, we


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need to continue to sort out the debt legacy Labour left us. We are reducing our deficit, but we need to shrink our debt too and maintain our position as a safe haven for investors’ cash. However, we should always remember that government does not produce economic growth; people and businesses trading do. What government can do is help create the conditions that encourage people and business to trade.

This means we need a much stronger “supply-side” policy and further reduction in business and income taxes. Yes, Labour will bang on about how this “benefits the rich”, but that is a crass statement only made by the economically short-sighted. If the Olympics taught us anything, it is that hard work and grafting should be encouraged and rewarded. Here in Britain, we should celebrate the creation of wealth and allow people to be rewarded for it, rather than sneer and carp at their success. None of this solves the eurozone crisis, although it does raise an interesting question: is this continual chilling effect on our economy actually worse than any shock a Greek default might cause? Back in December 2009, such an event would have caught many by surprise and been a massive shock to the world’s financial system, but it could hardly be called a surprise if it were to happen now. Banks, businesses and ordinary people have been preparing, awaiting the inevitable. Those who believe that a Greek default would cause the euro to collapse underestimate the ability and will of the Germans to protect the currency that they use. The euro might not continue to serve as many countries in the future, but it will still exist; and while the eurozone will not completely break up, it can only be as strong as its weakest link. Allowing Greece to default and leave will not be pleasant, in the short term, for any EU economy, including ours. But it would leave a stronger, core eurozone, bring clarity to markets and mean that all economies can move on. Article by Chris Heaton-Harris is the Conservative Member of Parliament for Daventry

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At a cost of an estimated fifty million pounds, India has just announced plans to launch a Mars probe in 2013. Yep – India! The country that has failed to tackle poverty, child malnutrition, overpopulation, corruption and disease amongst other things - is getting into the space race and intends putting a probe into orbit around the Red Planet in the name of scientific study. In fact – and I was surprised to hear this – they have been actively involved in space exploration since the sixties, and have put scores of satellites into orbit around the Earth for other countries as well as themselves since the 1970’s. They were even able to put a spacecraft

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this - an international aid programme of their own. In fairness to the Indian government, they themselves have said that British aid is neither needed nor wanted, with their Finance Minister describing the £280million annual hand-out as ‘peanuts.’ They only relented because the morons in the British government under the auspices of the equally moronic Department of International Development, begged the Indians to keep accepting aid in order to avoid ‘grave political embarrassment’. So, never mind about the millions of struggling citizens in the UK; disregard the ailing Health Service; turn a blind eye to the multitude of cash strapped institutions and small businesses. Just so long as the British Government isn’t embarrassed. The junior development minister, Alan Duncan, is reported to have said that cutting off British aid to India ‘would mean that hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people, will die who otherwise could live.’ He may be right – although I seriously doubt his figures in view of the fact that

it has been shown that much of this aid is diverted to questionable projects. One such example, the £144,000 that was allegedly siphoned off by one official, for her son to make a movie. But even if Mr Duncan is right in his assertion, that’s all the more reason to discontinue this aid and put pressure on the Indian Government to step up the effort to help its own people. And I say that as a person who genuinely cares about the plight of the poverty stricken masses of the sub continent. But in view of their profligacy in pursuing space and weapons development, it is obvious that the Indian authorities can afford to do so. To add deep insult to serious injury - in February the Indians rejected the purchase of British built Typhoon fighters in a £13billion defence deal in favour of – yep, you’ve guessed it – the French. This should reimburse them nicely for their own magnificent £19million in aid to India each year. But never mind that. The whole question of providing cash handouts to India or any other non-deserving country, at a time when a cash injection in the right


Old customs survive longer in Alqueria due to its isolation. The village is only ever visited out of necessity. The traditional courting ritual, although dying out is well remembered and still practiced by some of the more formal in Alquerian society. Other forms of etiquette were to demonstrate politeness. Due to the division within the village, a rigid framework of behaviour has prevented many a fist fight. As the Alquerian way of life becomes less formal so the framework which keeps the peace diminishes proportionally. Alqueria’s courting ritual, like others of old Spain consists of a boy, a girl, a window Alquerian and a guitar. In the Alquerian portrayal custom, the boy arrives at the c o u r t ing a n d young ladies house in cour t e sy the early evening. He brings his guitar and an Iberian Ribbed Newt which must have seen two summers. He will sing of her beauty and his desire for the young lady in question. He will then present her with the newt and proceed to sing of his own attributes and prospects. If he is successful in his quest, the young lady will present him with a toenail from the left foot of her Grandmother. They are kept for such occasions. The boy must keep the toenail by his bedside wrapped in a Colleja leaf. The courting ritual can then move up a gear. If the mother disapproves however, the serenading adolescent could find his ardour being dowsed with a pot of water or at least a pot of something. Some years ago a naive young man, Alonso Plucketo turned up outside Manuela’s house suitably equipped with guitar and amphibian. Manuela, not being one for the subtleties of life grabbed his collar and dragged him through the open window before he could get his plectrum out. It was three days before he emerged disheveled and exhausted. He never played the guitar again. On the matter of politeness, when answering a knock at the door it was deemed courteous to appear either bareheaded or hatted depending on the visitors state of cranial dress. For this reason a small peep-hole was built into Alquerian doors. This enabled the householder to determine the presence or not of headgear before opening the door. On seeing the visitor wearing a hat, the householder will rush off to find his. The visitor thinking the delay is because the householder can’t find his hat, removes his own. The householder opens the door hatted and sees the visitor is now bareheaded. The householder slams the door and removes his hat. The visitor realises his mistake and puts his hat back on. This can, and indeed has gone on for hours until one or both fall from exhaustion. This custom has now been discontinued on medical advice. Regarding nicknames and dining protocol, more later. John MacDonald (El Sordo) -

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quarters within the UK would go a long way to alleviate the pain and hardship for many of our citizens, is totally and utterly immoral. When you have witnessed as I have, the death of a parent in a National Health Hospital, due to lack of hygiene which in turn was through inadequate care, which was itself brought about by a lack of properly trained staff – all of which boils down to a lack of funds – then I feel

justified in referring to the whole question of foreign aid as immoral. I rarely write about serious issues in a serious tone. That was never my brief. So by way of consolation to our Asian cousins let me say . . . When you are wondering where your next meal is coming from, don’t think how your leaders put ambition before your wellbeing - just look to the sky and be proud you are Indian…

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Tripe, black pudding, cockles and olives top poll of Britain’s most hated foods

Whether it’s Brussels sprouts or black pudding, Brits have been revealed as the most likely to leave food on their plates. And although they’re heralded as an international delicacy and served in restaurants across the world, snails topped the list as most hated food. Tripe, oysters, squid and anchovies also made up the top end of the ‘gastro-dislike’ list.The Fussy Food Nation Report also found that amongst the top 20 most hated foods were liver, olives, black pudding, kippers, blue cheese, beetroot, sardines, and Brussels sprouts, which may not surprise many. What may come as a shock to foodies is the fact that delicacies such as avocado, goats’ cheese, pate, prawns and mushrooms have made the top 40 most disliked foods, which shows that once and for all we’re a nation of fussy eaters. And it’s children that are the biggest culprits when it comes to refusing to eat certain foods with 39% being fussy eaters, while 24% of fathers are fussy followed narrowly by mothers at 23%. A staggering 54% of people in relationships say their partner is a fussier eater than they are, with a tenth of Brits even resent their partner sometimes because they don’t like a food that they enjoy eating (10%). A quarter of the 2,000 people studied feel their own diet suffers because their mother, father or sibling refuses to eat particular foods. It’s not just partners that prove fussy - forty per cent of parents confessed they’d gone to huge extents to get their kids eating greens by bribing their children to eat the food in front of them. The study, which was conducted by Hotpoint to mark the launch of the Active Oxygen fridge freezer, which keeps food fresher for longer,

also revealed 41% of parents sneak healthy foods into their children’s meals to ensure they are getting nutrition. Not only are we fussy eaters but also just under half of us say we don’t eat as healthily as we should, one in five of us say this is because fresh food tends to spoil quickly, with most of us saying we’re simply too busy to eat healthily. The study also asked people what puts them off certain foods, with almost 60% saying the texture and more than half saying the smell. One in seven say being forced to eat a certain food as a child has left them hating it forever, while a similar number say they hate certain foods so much they physically make them ill. Cook, food writer and broadcaster Valentine Warner said: ‘I’m astounded that so few people enjoy eating beetroot, it’s one of my all-time favourite vegetables. ‘Perhaps everyone has been put off by the slightly limp, pickled sort in jars? When eaten fresh, it’s delicious. ‘I’d implore people to try more foods and to not be put off by previous experiences; yes, even snails can actually be very tasty. Experiencing new food is a joy, you may not like everything but it’s trial and error and in my experience, the more you try things the more you get to like them.’ When it comes to our children, four in ten of us have had to resort to desperate measures to get them to eat their vegetables, with steps ranging from ‘sneaking’ them onto their plate, or ‘hiding’ them in a recipe, to bribing them with money in a last ditch attempt to encourage healthy eating. Typically the humble Brussels sprout, mushrooms and spinach feature among the most challenging foods to convince our children to eat.

The ‘healthy’ cereal bars that contain more sugar than a can of cola and as much fat as cheese!!!

The image of cereal bars as a healthy snack is a myth, with some containing the equivalent of almost four teaspoons of sugar and high levels of fat, say researchers.

All but one of the 30 leading bars are high in sugar with 16 containing more than 30 per cent. The research comes after figures revealed how sales of traditional breakfast cereals have plummeted as people turn to snacks which can be eaten on the go or as part of an office ‘deskfast’. The research by Which? found the Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Elevenses Raisin Bake bar contained nearly four teaspoons of sugar (18g), which is more than that found in a small 150ml can of cola (15.9g) and around 20 per cent of the recommended daily allowance. However, it has less sugar in it than richer breakfast options, for example a Sainsbury’s blueberry muffin which contains 22.7g and a serving of Starbucks luxury fruit bread which contains 39g. The Tracker Roasted Nut bar was found to be almost a third fat and contained some hydrogenated fat which is a particular risk in terms of increasing cholesterol in the blood. Monster Puffs, a cereal bar aimed at children and described as ‘great for your lunchbox’, contained 43.5 per cent sugar.


The Weetabix Oaty Strawberry Crusher bar was the healthiest choice for children, with a low salt content and medium levels of fat and saturated fat. Which? executive director Richard Lloyd said: ‘People often choose cereal bars in the belief they’re healthier than chocolate or biscuits but our research shows this can be a myth. ‘Manufacturers need to be much clearer about how much sugar, fat and calories are loaded into each bar so people can make an informed choice. ‘We want all foods to have the traffic light colour coding system so people can see easily what they’re eating and giving to their children.’ However, Kellogg’s insisted its bars are healthier than many other alternative snacks. Spokesman Paul Wheeler said: ‘We’re confused as to why anyone would call a NutriGrain Elevenses snack a cereal bar.

In all, six out of seven cereal bars aimed at children were high in saturated fat.

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Two Big Screen TV’s Sky Sports & ESPN HD Sports Thursday Nights is Cash Quiz Bar Meals Available

All Day Friday:

Beer-battered Cod & Chips €7.50

Tel: 662 47 48 61

LA CENA, in Albox is a fine dining experience without the expense. A beautifully decorated restaurant run by husband and wife team Simon and Carol. This summer, take full advantage of their special 3 course summer menu where you can choose from 3 starters: a house salad with crispy bacon and onions; garlic breaded mushrooms with alioli or fish cakes; then choose from a choice of 3 mains: Capachio of Argentinian steak (finely sliced), fish of the week or fruity stuffed pork all served with potatoes and fresh veg; then finish off your meal with either summer fruit and yoghurt, ice cream or chocolate gateux with cream! If this has wetted your appetite, call 950 430 930 after 5.30pm today! 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). 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. Bookings are now being taken for Christmas Day Lunch, 3 course carvery lunch at the fantastic price of €20 per person and just €12.50 for children up to 10 years old. Call in for our Christmas lunch menu and for reservations call 950 473 135. At FRANKIE’S BAR, Vera Playa, there will be a fabulous tribute to Lady Gaga on Friday 24th August – this is one not to miss! Frankie’s also serve beer battered fish and chips all day every Friday alongside their normal menu and they also have two large screens showing all your favourites from Sky Sports and ESPN sport channels so for a delicious meal, or a friendly drink and to watch the match with some friends take a trip down to Frankies this summer. For more information or to book the tribute act call 662 47 48 61.

Jamie Oliver said the Olympics would offer Britain the opportunity to become a healthier country but it has been “unforgivably badly” in educating children about food and sport. The TV chef and campaigner’s Channel 4 series led to improvements in school meals but he has recently been at loggerheads with Education Secretary Michael Gove over the failure to extend food regulations to academy schools. Speaking at An Audience With Jamie Oliver in central London, he said things will need to change to create a health-related Olympic legacy and to inspire generations to come. “Of course it’s an opportunity. It’s an opportunity for lots of

things,” he said. “I think, you know, if you’re looking at food at school, and food education at school and sport at school, we’ve done it really badly, unforgivably badly. “We’re



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summer madness!! Free Bottle

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

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


Tuesday - Saturday 7.30pm - late. Sunday 2pm - 6pm Closed Monday. Call 950 430 930 after 5.30pm Find us across the old bridge from Palza Mayor Albox, opp Bar Wassy

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! For more info call 950 473 099.

Food education in Britain is ‘unforgivably bad’, says chef Jamie Oliver

Germany in being the most unhealthy country in Europe.” Answering questions from the international media, Oliver said he would love to spend time working in Mexico and that he would consider going to Brazil to cook during the 2016 Games, although foreign trips are more difficult nowadays due to his growing family. “It’s got a bit harder since I’ve had kids. I’ve got four kids now. I don’t know where they all came from. “Getting large amounts of time to submerge myself has changed somewhat but they’re getting a bit older now, so they can either come with me or we can just Skype.”

We welcome you to enjoy our new menu in the air-conditioned Bar or on the Terrace


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Breakfast served from 9am Bar Menu & Snacks 9am – Late

including all your favourites: Burgers, Wraps, Salads & Sandwiches plus… Daily Specials Board & Homemade Puddings FRIDAYS is Cod n Chips Freshly made beer-battered Atlantic Cod

Homemade Chips, Mushy or Garden Peas… from 5.95€, 12-9pm Also available Saturdays 12-4pm New selection of Wines & Bottle Beer

Carlsberg, Budweiser & Coronita PLUS Locally Brewed Saxon Ale on tap 2.40€ pint Estrella Lager 2€ pint Listen for more info on

Open Mon to Sat 9am - late Call 610 641 567

WHERE ARE WE? As you approach Albox from Arboleas at the BP lights bear right into Avda Lepanto, 100m up we are opposite Ferreteria Lepanto, APSA and the car park. Entrance also on the Baza Road just up from the lights on the right hand side




Great Food at Great Prices Tel: 633 684 855


Humbugs Blueberry Yogurt Bundt Cake

La Alfoquia, Plaza Santa Ana (Opposite the Old Staion) Open Everyday 9.30am - 11pm (except Monday) Kitchen open 9.30am - 4pm, 7 - 11pm

Raciones, Tostadas, For example, Chicken & Tapas, Hamburgers and Chips much, much more!!! just €5 Kentucky Pizzas Fried Chicken

Eat in or Take Away

eat in or take away

Tuesday - Sunday from 7pm

Caña with a tapas only €1

The new delhi Indian Restaurant

Serves 8 225g/8oz butter, softened extra, melted for greasing 225g/8oz self-raising flour, sifted extra for dusting 225g/8oz caster sugar 4 large eggs, lightly beaten Finely grated zest of 2 lemons

2. Put the butter and caster sugar in a mixing bowl and beat using an electric hand mixer or wooden spoon until the mixture is light and creamy. Add the eggs gradually, beating after each addition. Add the flour, lemon zest and yogurt and gently fold them into the mixture, using a large metal spoon, then fold in the blueberries. Scrape the mixture into the tin using a spatula. 3. Bake for 45-50 minutes until the cake springs back when pressed lightly and a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean. Remove the cake from the oven and leave to stand for 5 minutes, and then turn it out on to a wire rack and leave to cool.

1-2 tbsp of the juice 2 tbsp natural yogurt 250g/9oz blueberries

4. Put the icing sugar and lemon juice in a small bowl and stir to make a thick icing. Drizzle over the top of the cake and leave to set before serving.

100g/31/2oz icing sugar

For a large range of freshly made cakes or a variety of celebration cakes made to order call in to Humbugs in Arboleas or call 958 003 391/ 676 604 008.

Day Time Specials

Selection of fresh homemade Tapas...

BAR LEPANTO Avda Lepanto


26, Albox 04800

Gammon Bap & Salad .....................€2.50

Next door to Los Rizos Fruit & Veg shop

Lasagne, Garlic Bread & Salad .....€3.75



PIES SUCCULENT Ch icken Curry,

3 Sausages, Mash, Onions & Gravy.................................................... €3.75 Tandoori or Cajun Wrap, Coleslaw & Crisps ...............................................€3.75 Fish, Chips, Mushy Peas or Salad €4.50

room, Chicken, Chips, Peas or Salad ......€4.95 Steak, Chicken & Mush & Ricotta. ch ina Sp ie gg Ve , sty Homemade Steak Pie, Chips & Peas Cornish Pa 5 .9 €4 as Pe & sh Ma or ................................................................€4.95 as Pe With Chips &

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Café Bar



friday 24th august disco

saturday music, dancing

The best & karaoke Pizzas in town nights now showing horse racing daily

fine indian cuisine mON - WED 4 Course menu €10

1. Preheat the oven to 180 C/ 350 F/ gas 4. Grease a 23cms/ 9in bundt tin using a pastry brush and the melted butter and dust with flour.

ice cream parlour now open

Burger & Pasta Menu PLUS Kids Menu

Eat in or take away

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

10% discount on take-away s over 20€

• Poppadoms • Starter • Main with Rice or Bread • Dessert

BANQUET MENU - Booking Essential!

Avda. America opposite PriceBusters, Albox

Open: Mon - Sat: 6pm - 12pm, Sun: Closed

Tel: 950 431 705/639 231 507

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

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 available

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

Poligono Industrial Albox, Near the ITV Garage


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The Great Take-Away Beach Menu now available from 9am - 4pm at ....



at e s u o H k n i P Cafe The

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3 course meal to include:

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COMMUNITY NEWS happy 17th birthday

cameron kelly

5th MAISY PRIN Happy birthday Princess

of John Francis Johnson who sadly passed away one year ago on the 21st August 2011. He was one of the best. A brilliant darts player. Greatly missed by all who knew him. R.I.P love from all your friends in Spain.

Wanted Events for our readers email:

Los Gringos Gig Guide .................... Friday 24th August: 9.30pm Chiringuito Barbaria, Vera playa Saturday 25th August: Cactus Bar, Vera 9pm

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

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

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

Register NOW for the

Vera Half Marathon

The Vera Half Marathon will take place on the 6th October 2012. Starting & Finishing at the Vera Hotel, Ctra. Vera - Garrucha, Km. 2, Vera. There are 27 trophies to be won and a total of 250 Euros in prize monies, so everybody has a good chance of winning something! Competitors can register online today at the Vera & District Lions Club Website www. It is also possible to download your Registration & Sponsorship forms from the website. All monies raised are going to the purchase much needed equipment and bedding for the Vera Children Refuge and to the Vera & District Lions Club Charity Account to help those people in need in our local communities. Roy Stevens On behalf of Vera Lions Club We meet on the first Wednesday of each month 7.30pm at the Vera Hotel, Vera

Vera Half Marathon Registration form (Ref.ST)

Entry fee is 20 euros registration or minimum sponsorship of 20euros Payable at Competitors Check in on the 6th October at 2pm.


children & adult classes Harmony Gym, Mojacar Playa Classes starting again on 17th September: 1st lesson free for new students !!! Have fun, Get Fit, Make New Friends Adults & Junior Classes: (9 yrs - 15 yrs / 16 yrs - Adult) Mondays: 7pm - 8.30pm Wednesdays: 5.15 - 6.45pm Saturdays: 4pm - 5.30pm Kids Classes: (4 - 8 yrs) Wednesdays: 4.15 - 5.15pm Saturdays: 3pm - 4pm Tel: 646 844 708

market days

Mon: Antas, Huercal Overa & Berja Tues: Albox, Cuevas, Los Gallardos Wed: Mojacar, Bedar, Lubrin Velez Blanco Thur: Carboners, Cuevas, Sorbas, Olula del Rio Fri: Garrucha, Turre, Zurgena Sat: Vera, Aguilas, Arboleas Velez Rubio Sun: Villaricos Nightly: Garrucha, San Juan (Sunday)

Lots of love from Mummy and Daddy xx

CHURCH OF ENGLAND............ Mojácar Beach Clean-Up Priest: Canon Hugh Broad 950 478 432, Mojacar: Eucharist – SIGN UP NOW!!! ....................


If you own a bar or restaurant then soltimes let know what events you have coming up...


lots of love MUMMY & DADDY xxxxxxxx and nan & pop XXXXXXXXXXXX

have an amazing day i love you so much, love Molly x


Happy 8th Birthday

Full Name ………………………………………………..........Tel .......…………………………… Address …………………………………………………………………………………….………… ……………………………………........................................................................................... …………………………… Post code………………………T Shirt Size ……… S / M / L / XL D.O.B ………………………………. Age …………………… Male …..… / Female …...… Email Address. ……………………………………………………………………………………… Please complete this Registration Form and post it to: Box: Vera Lions Club, Can Connect , Avenida America 14, Albox, 04800 Almeria

You can also take your completed Registration / Sponsorship Form with your entry money to Albox area. Total Entertainment Avenida lepanto 24B Jax Hair Design, Calle Parrales, Albox Antas area. Pot Black Snooker Club, Poligono Industrial “El Real” Antas Mojacar area. Almeria Angels, Paseo del Mediterraneo, 269 Marina del Cantar 6, Mojacar. Turre area. The Fundraiser Shop Turre. Vera area. The Fundraiser Shop, Vera. Zurgena area. ALO Services, Avenida 19 de October, 18 Bajo, 4650 Zurgena Registration Forms and Sponsorship Forms are also available from the above. Postal entries can be sent to. Box: Vera Lions Club, Can Connect , Avenida America 14, Albox, 04800 Almeria

Mojácar’s first official beach clean up event has been organised in liaison with SurfRider Foundation Europe. This event will involve kids and adults on the 29th September, all joining together to clean up and spread awareness of the importance of respecting the beaches and the environment. You can now sign up on the official link below! html. Article provided by Jessica Simpson

Taekwondo Martial Arts

Summer class times: Kids classes


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


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





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

Quirky Quiz Questions

Our word this week is DUMBLEDORE. And no, not the Hogwart’s Headmaster, but the name for something else entirely, from far longer ago. Do you know the alternative meaning (or meanings) of the word? If not, then you can doubtless look it up, because once you know the answer 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 lighthearted competition. Sometimes from a slightly different perspective !!! Bring your friends ~ Beat your neighbours


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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

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

baby hire Professional Baby

Equipment Hire


delivery &

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

Alicante Almeria Murcia Tel: 615 806 126 expectingababy@ New

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

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

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@

Marble (pink) in excellent condition. Size : 1.30 m x 0.50 m x 1.5 cm 25€ Tel: 679 329 314 S t a i n l e ss steel double bowl sink, complete with chrome mixer tap 49x82cm 20€. Albox area Tel: 676 045 164. VW Golf spare

wheel,5stud with half worn Firestone 195/65/15. 20€. Albox area Tel: 676 045 164. 19” Flat screen Packard bell monitor,black,never used. 35€. Albox area Tel: 676 045 164 PRINTER INK C ARTRIDGE S

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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

computers Steve Hayes Informatica

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

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





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)

soil - 50cm longest horizontal leaf. Needs good home. Reduced to 5 Euros 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 Boat Wooden 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) Wicker /Cane Open Display Unit 4 shelves Open lattice 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) yuasa agm batteries new cost over 300€ bargain at 95€ 15 available 619744516 Bass Guitar. Very good condition, complete with new gig bag. 45€. 693753327. Saliente CHILDS METAL Good SLIDE Condition, Can dismantle, buyer collects 120€ ono Antas 600 333 844

your Euro’s go further


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


Tel: 950 120 900

Genuine Lexmark cartridges for Lexmark X5100 series, No 82 Black and No 83 Colour still in unopened boxes. Cost me 79.90€ will accept 30€ Tel: 950 462 146 WHITE WOODEN VENETIAN BLINDS Brand new still in box, (size 41.75” wide by 76” drop) 35€ Tel: 950 462 146 Large 28in Sanyo TV for sale, not flatscreen but, excellent picture. 50€. Tel: 622 202 513 solar charge controller 45amp mppt upto 30% more power from your panels 300 euro 619744516 R e d u c e d Swiss Cheese Plant (Monstera) Established plant 68cm tall from top

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PC supplied & fitted Mark’s Services

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wanted Elaine’s Wools quality UK GARAGE AND SHED wool & accessories. Also ENCLOSURE available at Camposol Half size CLEARANCE SPECIALISTS Mazarron & on the Arboleas forum. dishwasher GLASS hand tools, electrical Call 667 273 889 elaines wools@ can collect. tel SCREENS goods, chainsaws, 676827525 strimmers, jennys. heating Come and see us on the G a r d e n Anything considered Albox road for a free no furniture obligation quote 670 409 435 / 667 376 221 wanted, can collect 647 379 878 Call 695 118 960 Garden pots Norway’s any size can collect gardening answer to call: 647 379 878

potty finca services

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

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

heating your home in Spain

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

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iron/metal works

metal works

The Metal works Gates, rejas, Grills, railings, gates fabriction welding of all types, security/ reliable service sliding/roller, rejas, Telephone concertina doors etc. 950 069 208 or 638 449 944 Tel: Keith Wood on 638 900 949 T & T Metals For all quality metal works, including gates, railings, rejas, staircases, gazebos & chain-link fencing - Tel: 950 431 738


If you wish us to print an article about a particular topic in our regular space on pg 16, please email locksmith Phil the Pick Locksmith 24 hours. Locked Out? Locks fitted/upgraded house safes. Arboleas & surrounding area. Special weekend rates. Tel: 697 243 181




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

painter & decorating free estimates

over 30 years experience

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

Tel: 649 186 107 or email:

painting & decorating

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

Tel Alan: 950 450 174 or 600 268 176




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

personal “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




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

Little Zoo

now have a selection of young birds for sale Baby Parakeets only 18€ each Love birds 20€ each Budgies 8€ each, Lovely colours Diamond Finches only €2.50 Tel: 647 379 795

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 or cattery, Pet Don’t take a chance! sitting in your own home, Arboleas & Don’t break the Law! surrounding areas. Let us take the hassle Call Vanessa on 637 061 482 away from you and Not just cats & dogs, re-register your vehicle All other types of pets considered on to Spanish plates

Puppy Rescue - Charity shop in Calle Malaga, Albox. Monday WE PROMISE TO BEAT to Saturday 10 - 2pm Market stalls ANY GENUINE QUOTATION at Albox Tuesday market and For a full service contact: Saturday bootfair. New Puppy Alan 662 249 159 Rescue helpline 690 143 140 www. puppyrescue

properties for sale / rent

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


...Cortijo Grande golf...

Apartment For Sale

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

1 bed, 1 bath apartment (sleeps 4), fully fitted kitchen with white goods, parking area, lovely views. Ideal golfing holiday apartment. Close to Mojacar / Turre. Easy access to motorway. Approx 10 mins to Mojacar beach will accept sensible offer

To view or for more details

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

Bargain price 65,000€ 609 199 394

property for rent

villa in arboleas

4 beds, 2 baths & garage

250€ p/month plus bills


630 471 422


T: 664 291 793

tel: 618 530 767

Arboleas. First floor flat overlooking the rambla. Four bedrooms, lift access nice views, central location, part furnished. 300€ pcm long term preferred. Available immediately 609 199 394

property services

for SALE massive detatched STEPHEN HOOD cortijo with 50m2 workshop BUILDING AND PROPERTY SERVICES 20mins from mojacar CAPUCHA.SL@HOTMAIL.COM This is a unique spanish country cortijo with 4 beds, 2 bath, Open plan living areas, kitchen & dining room as well as a workshop, courtyard front & back & room for a pool. Mountain views. possible B& B


647 843 486 950 067 018

property wanted

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

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Isn’t technology amazing! We’ve had our twin 9-yearold grandsons staying with us for the past few weeks, and the other day their parents flew out to join them. The boys were anxious to know when exactly their parents would arrive, so I set up the computer to allow them to watch the progress of this flight through to Murcia, as I drove to the airport to meet them. The boys were transfixed, watching every detail of the flight, including height and speed as it made it’s way over Britain, across the Channel, through France, over the Pyrenees and Spain, to eventually vanish from the screen as it reached San Javier. They then telephoned me as I was waiting at Arrivals to tell me the plane had landed! Quite amazing. The whole journey, literally mapped out so you could see every deviation and turn. The boys tried to tell me it even gave the pilot’s name and shoe size!

But whilst we generally accept such technological advances as quite normal, and acknowledge that yet more detailed information is doubtless available on every aircraft in existence, to those tasked with ensuring the safety of our skies, yet many of us struggle with the concept of God similarly mapping our lives, seeing every deviation and turn we make. But of course if we acknowledge the existence of God, a supreme being beyond the constraints of time or space, then the idea of his having abilities at least equal to those of our human technology and so able to see every aspect of our lives shouldn’t actually seem so very surprising. So in the tenth chapter of Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus confirms that God has intimate knowledge and understanding of each one of us. And this knowledge and understanding is there to help and guide us through life’s journey, through prayer, through conscience and through our interaction with others, as he leads us, often without our ever realising. How much we lose if we ignore the assistance and assurance so available! Details of a number of English Language Churches are given in Sol Noticeboard for any who wish to Worship, but further information about the Anglican Church and details of forthcoming events may be seen on the web site Duncan Burr is Licensed Lay Reader for the Anglican Chaplaincy of Costa Almeria and Costa Cálida and may be contacted at

August is nicknamed the silly season as newspapers and television channels scrabble around looking for anything even vaguely newsworthy. For estate agents the silly season can sometimes mean donning a tour guide hat to show off the delights of Almeria province to holiday makers that really are looking to buy a house and aren’t just bored of sitting by the beach – honest! Not too many years ago people would pop into an estate agents office speak to a member of staff and be given a few flyers with a couple of photos on. Then off they would pop to see the house and buy it; or not. Nowadays people sit at home (or sneak a peek at work) and use a mobile to search online; finding descriptions, photos, virtual maps, aerial views, and clever Apps can show them the nearest hospitals, airports and schools. Common wisdom is that a person knows whether they want to buy a house within 15 seconds of viewing it. So with all this information available online and sixth sense available some people still feel the need to meticulously and ever so slowly photograph and then video every nook, cranny and fallen leaf of all the properties they visit. Maybe it’s the new black for holiday videos; an amateur Through the Keyhole. Health and Safety is all very good in the right places; ‘mind the gap!’ ‘Beware falling rocks!’ ‘Duck or grouse!’ being a few warnings that have saved my bacon a few times. Lying on a lilo however in the pool is the most dangerous thing a human being can possibly do in their life. I bought one recently and instead of a pirate or mermaid motif which would have looked nice, the manufacturers sensibly saw fit to write 12 different warnings in 49 (yes sadly I counted them) languages. Just in case any ancient Egyptians ever rise from the dead to use it; hieroglyphics are also embossed on it to warn the Pharaohs not to tie the lilo onto a cross channel ferry or to use it as a canoe. Even though these things have enough buoyancy to hold an adult (less than 90kgs mind) they won’t apparently save a life, maybe it deflates automatically if it barrel rolls, the opposite to a car air bag. ...Egyptian style lilo Last weekend saw the recommencement of hostilities on football pitches across Europe. With trepidation and excitement and sporting my new LFC football top I hit Pablos bar in Arboleas for the sixth season in a row. A Brave New World beckoned with Brendan Rodgers as the new manager bringing his Barcelona type playing philosophy and quality new players to realise his new playing style. 90 minutes later with a player sent off and a 3-0 drubbing by West Brom my enthusiasm once again turned into reality. Football has a way of righting wrongs which anyone especially myself should heed if placing a bet. Brendan Rodgers used to manage Swansea and they won 5-0 proving they do not miss him. The new manager at West Brom Steve Clarke was sacked by LFC just a few weeks ago and he certainly paid his ex-employers back. Welcome back Premier League football – I think!

The silly season!

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What computer are you going to buy next time you go shopping? The list is sometimes bewildering. Do you want a desktop or a tower, or how about a laptop or a notebook, I hear web-books are the latest thing or should I look a these new tablets (although they do appear a little hard to swallow!)? Let’s consider this knotty problem from a slightly different angle. 1st Question: Ask yourself EXACTLY what do you want the computer for? Possible answers – Email; talk to grand-kids via Skype; control business finances; etc. 2nd Question: Where EXACTLY do you expect to be using this piece of expensive equipment for? Possible answers – Only at home; possibly at a club meeting; whilst travelling to keep in touch; as an expensive filofax (remember them? :-)) 3rd Question: How much is your budget? Possible answers – Never enough? Don’t be nosey?; or even a sensible value! 4th Question: When do you want/need it for? Final Question: Why do you actually need it? (Not the same question as #1)? Here is some information that might prove helpful: Both the tower and desktop computers are made up of several components – keyboard, base(case / box), mouse and monitor (screen). These are designed to sit on, or under, a desk and provide a work station for word processing, spreadsheets

and other business related tasks! Laptops and notebooks/notepads have all the above components integrated and were designed to be used as ergonomically challenged, mini work stations, ONLY on the move! Web-books are mainly for use with the internet. They are too small, usually too slow and too limited on memory, to be work stations! Finally, for all you Sci-Fi fans that have been waiting you the flat computer devices to become reality – “the Tablet” is here! “Horses for course” my dad always said. Now I’m old, I understand! The upside to them is that they are lighter and more compact. They are designed to give you a “multimedia”, multidimensional experience rather than the “flat-book” experience. They don’t take an aeon to start up. The downside is that they have limited memory and storage, so storing your entire Elvis movie collection on it is impossible and upgrading the system can fail and turn it into an expensive tea coaster! So my simple rules for buying new technology are: Rule #1: Answer all the question above with complete honesty Rule #2: Re-read your answers as they will point to the best computer that you want. Rule #3: Don’t let the sales person sell you anything that you didn’t want or ask for! Rule #4 If all the above fail, “Ask Trev”!

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“This is the third year I have been involved with YouDrive@Porsche,” says Vicki, who has been racing since the age of 12 and has been a racing instructor for 10 years. “I love the brand. I wanted to get involved to improve the driving skills of motorists and see how I could collaborate with the manufacturer. The course, which runs eight times a year at the Porsche Experience Centre at Silverstone, makes you aware of perception, peripheral vision and reaction times.” Gordon Robertson, Chief Porsche Driving Consultant adds: “The £165 YouDrive@Porsche course, was designed for friends and relatives of Porsche customers who wanted to learn about driving regardless of the cars they owned. It’s all about thinking about the right way of driving. All driving consultants at Porsche have a mixed background. I am an ADI driving instructor while others are racing drivers and ex-police instructors.” Tim Saunders, who has posted the videos at testdrives. biz, adds: “It was a fabulous experience where I learnt much about driving in treacherous conditions and what to look out for and how to control my vehicle. Of all transport deaths (road, rail, sea and air) road deaths account for 96 per cent. Consider that 2,222 people die on UK roads annually and 24,950 people are seriously injured and that 75 per cent of these accidents occur in 30mph zones and you can see the huge importance of this course.” Vicki Butler-Henderson, a motoring journalist for the past 20 years, is currently filming the latest series of Fifth Gear, which will be on our screens later in the year.

Fifth Gear’s Vicki Butler-Henderson has taught Sol Times motoring journalist Tim Saunders how to drive properly. Tim participated in a YouDrive@Porsche event at Silverstone where Vicki ButlerHenderson, a Porsche driving consultant, ran the theory session alongside chief Porsche driving consultant Gordon Robertson.

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• Only 35% of the players in the opening 10 Premiership matches of 2012-13 were English. • Fulham (v Norwich) and Swansea (at QPR) began with 5-0 wins. • WBA beat Liverpool for the first time since 1981 – winning 3-0 at The Hawthorns. • Robin van Persie – sold by Arsenal to Manchester United for £24m – could be followed out of The Eemirates by Alex Song. • Spurs might sell Luca Modric to Real Madrid before the transfer window closes on 31 August. • Bolton’s Fabrice Muamba has been told to retire by a cardiologist. • Six players - Jack Butland, John Ruddy, Jay Livermore, Kyle Walker, Tom Cleverley & Ryan Bertrand - made their England debuts in last week’s 2-1 win over Italy. • Butland (Birmingham) broke Billy Moon’s 124 yearold record by becoming his country’s youngest-ever goalkeeper. • Portsmouth fielded different teams (22 players) in their first two games of the season. • Last Saturday’s attendance of 49,118 at the RangersEast Stirling game was the biggest-ever in Scotland’s fourth tier. • Celtic, Hearts, Liverpool, Motherwell & Newcastle play in Europe this week. • Roger Federer beat Novak Djokovic in the Cininatti International • Andrew Strauss made his 100th Test appearance for England who have been replaced as the world’s top Test country by South Africa. • Europe’s captain Jose Maria Olazabal has named Darren Clarke, Paul McGinlay and Thomas Bjorn as vice-captains to face the USA in their defence of golf’s Ryder Cup. • Spain’s Dani Pedrosa won last Sunday’s Indianapolis Motor GP. • Former world champion Valentino Rossi has rejoined the Yamaha team. • GB/Team Sky cyclist Chris Froome is riding in the 3,300km Tour of Spain. • Leeds Rhinos v Warrington Wolves in this weekend’s Rugby League Challenge Cup final at Wembley. DID YOU KNOW? • Worldwide, 4.1 billion and 4.6 billion respectively watched the opening and closing ceremonies of the London Olympics. • Almost 10 million attended the 304 ‘live’ events, with a record 1.2 million lining the route for the last race, the men’s marathon. • 2.18 million fans attended the 32 men’s and 26 women’s football matches, with the finals attracting Wembley crowds of 86,162 (men) and 80,203 (women). • 51.9 million (90%) of the UK population watched some part of the Olympics

trigger and Louis got the mother of all weavers about 18 inches long and very fat but before Sid could get his camera out it decided to disembark the boat (Not a bad thing!) he will just have to tell his mates back at school that it was THIS LONG (arms out stretched) This week’s report about ‘Orca Steve’s’ trips is short WITH BEACHCOMBER JOHN due to time with family and jobs Shore Fishing: ‘London Bill’ has been doing well around the house getting from Macenas beach with ready for the visit. Day out fishing with Mike, small melva/bonito tuna, palometes and a small but Chris, Ashley and Joe. the first I’ve heard of this Fished opposite the Repsol year Meagre or corvina. Bill garage in 140 ft. Caught also plenty of mackerel; pandoras, pouting, bogues, all caught spinning small weavers and some decent silver lures which is Bill’s size Atlantic and Spanish mackerel. favourite. Another day out fishing Boat Fishing: ‘Hissing Sid’ was out with Paul, Rowena, with ‘Squiddly Sid’, Steve, Misja and Loek, only Paul, Vic and Jamie. Fished in Rowena and Misja were the 360ft hole behind the fishing though. Fishing was harbour wall and caught big pandoras, very slow with just a few some fish, decent fish caught manly pandoras scabbard Atlantic mackerel and and pickerels. pouting. Sid was out again with Steve had a short ‘Cobbler John’ and his son Joshua (Sid, can we coastal trip and then nickname him ‘Shoe Shine some fishing with Trevor, Josh?) over on holiday Pauline, Eleanor, Alex and from Manchester with their Scott. Fished opposite the in friends ‘Paul the plumber’ Repsol garage first and his son Louis (I’m 150 ft and caught Atlantic not going there!) over on and Spanish mackerel, holiday from Shepperton. pandoras and weavers. The sea was a bit lumpy Moved to the 360ft hole and made it very hard to behind the harbour wall see the bites but the boys when fishing dropped off stuck at it and Joshua got and caught scabbard fish, into a red snapper in 200 big pandoras, pouting, blue feet, he did a good job of mouths and combers. Little getting it up, this was his Eleanor was really keen for a girl and handled most of first ever fish. the fish that came aboard A while later he got a small



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and put them in the fish well plus enjoyed cutting up the prawn bait, she landed 4 big pandoras on her own on one drop! They all really enjoyed the trip and the fishing - Photo of Eleanor with a blue mouthed rose bellied rockfish. Coarse Fishing: Abbey Angling’s match winner weighed in 24.3/4lbs to win the lake Blanca match in Murcia. Over the last couple of months Terry from the Abbey club has been monitoring the water levels at Pedrera, the water was receding quite steadily but over the last fortnight it has dropped about 4ft, leaving the broken bridge high and partially dry. There are still some small soggy patches but hopefully in another week these will have dried

up and the road will be passable. The litter problem still remains, most of it caused by people catching and barbequing fish on the spot and then abandoning all their bottles and rubbish on the banks. (Where are the police and environmental officers when you need them?) 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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On Saturday 18th August we played for the Hamilton Challenge Cup at Lorca Golf Resort. Playing a strokeplay format scores were very varied, most players seeming to have at least one hole which spoilt their scores. The winner was Billy Handy with a very steady round of one under par 70 closely followed by second place Dave Edmonds with a level par round of 71 even though he had a double figure score on the difficult par four fifteenth. Third place was won by Bill Nicol with net 74. It was a difficult format on a challenging course and not everyone shared the captain’s view that it was a nice change from Stableford formats which seem to be the order of the day recently. Nearest the Pin in two on the par four second hole was


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won by Steve Fear with Tony Cook having the longest drive of the day on the par five sixteenth hole. Nearest the pin on the short par three fourth hole went to Tony Morgan who completed the task by holing the putt for a two. We welcomed new member Phil Harris to the society who we hope enjoyed his first competition with us and welcomed back a guest who has played before with us last year Gordon McWilliam who had a good round of net 76, well done Gorden we hope to see you again soon. Next Society game will be at Aguilon on the 1st September and will be a team format, anyone wishing to join the Society or find out more about us please ring the captain Tony Morgan on 664 356 287 everyone will be made most welcome.

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Huercal Overa Club de cortijo grande......................... 19th Hole Golf Society, This week I have to play at Cortijo Grande and our Futbol........................................... catch up as we did not send winner with 33 points Mike Cucador...................................... our report in last week and

Official Squad Presentation Huercal Overa Club de Futbol will be officially announcing the squad that will drive on in this seasons T e r c e r a Division. The presentation will take place before the final H o m e


Preseason friendly game Vs CD Vera on the 21st of August at 21:00…. This event is

ENTRY and we welcome all to come along there is bar and snack facilities and we hope a fantastic game of football to show off this year’s squad… If you have not been to El Hornillo before or want more detailed information c o n t a c t leegraham25@ or call 671 509 116

valle del este golf society... Tuesday 14th we had an uneven number of golfers so we divided the into two groups and played a waltz the winners in the groups of three were Patrick Vickery, Mark Newall & Bob Mearing. The second group of four winners were John Clements, Alan Townsend, Sean Halligan & Dick Hull. Friday and the main comp of the week 1st place Alan Hewitt 39pts

2nd Bob Mearing 37pts and in 3rd place Kevin Burden. Nearest the pins were Roger Kaye & Bob Mearing. The golf course was completely booked out on Saturday and Sunday what does that tell any golfer in the area? Quote Valle del Este is a top notch course. Quote for the week i play with friends but we don’t play friendly games. Enjoy your golf.

so the first result is for Wednesday the 8th August 2012 at Cortijo Grande and our winner with 38 points Lilly Pepper second with 34 Carol Hardy and third with 33 Patricia Holt. No ball sweep winners and no men in sight. Well done ladies. Sunday 12th August and our winner Captain John Park 35 points second with 33 MIKE Picken and third with 32 Carol Hardy. Again no ball sweep winner. Wednesday 15th August

Picken second with 32 John Park and third with 30 John Wardley. Ball sweep winners Carol Hardy John Wardley. Sunday 19th August 2012 and our winner with 37 points Tony Stubbs and second with 35 points David Hardy third with 32 John Park. Ball sweep winners Greg Ward Tony Stubbs If you wish to play at Cortijo Grande 950 475 509 Visitors and guests welcome MP

Forum Golf Society.................. The last round in the league stages of Forum Golf Society´s Summer Doubles Competition saw a win for the pairing of Phil Elam & Bob Vincent with a net 65 in the Greensomes Strokeplay played at Marina on August 24th. Frank Varey & Derek Manning were second with 67, beating Malcolm Sibbons & Keith Ryder into third place on countback. The top placings at the end of the league portion of the competition are 1. Frank Varey & Derek Manning 29pts 2. Terry Moore & Andy Birch 27pts 3. John Smith & Tony

Morgan 24pts 4. Phil Elam & Bob Vincent and Clive Filkins & louise Douglas, both 23 points. Congratulations to the top two pairings, who will now contest the final at Marina on 14th September August 21st UK v Spain 1st Qualifying Round at Aguilon (open to all local golfers) August 28th Team Bowmaker at Aguilon August 31st Singles Matchplay Final Fran Elam v Dave Sharp at Marina For further information, contact Phil Elam on 666 847840 / philjelam@, or see www.

Tuesday the 14th August, with temperatures hovering in the mid 30s saw 23 of The 19th Hole G/S take on the awesome might of Aguilon. The course, in excellent condition, continues to present a real challenge to our members with a maximum of 36 points being scored in the singles stableford competition. As the temperature climbed most of our thoughts on the 2nd 9 were not on the scores, but on a cold beer in the newly opened Clubhouse. Well done to Nick Pogson returning a creditable score of 36 to win the day, good to see his hand is now fully recovered and that his handicap has been slashed mercilessly to 17. Terry (always the bridesmaid) Caddick 2nd again with 35 points and Sid Walker with 34 made up the winning trio. Tony Slinn was in the prize money again with a nearest the pin on the 10th, and should have had a prize for the best shot of the day on the tricky par 4 15th, after taking two from the hazard on the right, he skillfully carried the bunker by about a yard from where he took a 7 iron that went straight up in the air landed on his

head and bounced into the bunker, these are the skills that players like Westwood & co have yet to master. A really good day’s golf played in the true spirit of the game but with a little humor Results. 1st place Nick Pogson 36 points (18) 2nd place Terry Caddick 35 points (18) 3rd place Syd Walker 34 point (18) Twos. Hole No 8 Nick Pogson Hole No 17 John Ball Hole No 17 Roger Kaye Hole No 17 Brian (Dee) Lowden Nearest The Pin. Hole No 4 Ron (the rocket) Curtis Hole No 10 Tony Slinn Hole No 17 Brian (Dee) Lowden. 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 610340653. Or email


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Stage Three results: 1. Alejandro Valverde (Spa/ Movistar) 3:49:37” 2. Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa/ Katusha) 3. Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky) 4. Alberto Contador Saxo Bank)


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General classification standings: 1. Alejandro Valverde (Spa/ Movistar) 8:46:56” 2. Benat Intxausti Movistar) +18”


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Martin Whitmarsh, team principal of McLaren has revealed that he will not be taking part in the reelections of Formula One Teams’ Association (FOTA) chairmanship. He said that he has been performing his duties since three years and now he believes that someone else should have the opportunity to hold the position and carry on with

the duties. Furthermore, he said that the selection of chairman of FOTA depends on the decision of teams. He only cares about Formula 1 it does not depend on the role he owns. Whitmarsh told Autosport. com, “I think it’s probably healthy, I suppose it’s three years or whatever, I think it would be quite healthy for someone else

to do it now. I think it’s for the teams to decide on that. I care about Formula 1, whatever role I’m in. McLaren, I think, has been an extraordinarily good citizen, in my opinion, of the sport.” Furthermore, the principal of team McLaren said that the purpose of FOTA is to understand the problems and issues of all the players. He added that

whatever happens they will keep trying to fulfil the purpose of its existence. “We [FOTA] have tried to be a galvanising, stabilising force, trying to understand the issues of all the players. Whatever happens, we’ll continue to try and do those things,” he added. Whitmarsh said that still there are a plenty of races left in the current 2012 season, therefore it will be too early to say who will be taking charge in his place. Whitmarsh joined FOTA in 2009 and during this period, Red Bull, Ferrari, Toro Rosso and Sauber have left the association. Commenting on the option of Ross Brawn or Eric Boullier chairman in his place, Whitmarsh said that he will support any one of them. Whitmarsh’s McLaren is currently holding the second place in the Constructors’ Championship with 193 points. It is following a close competition from Lotus with just a difference of one point.

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Valverde, second-placed Joaquim Rodriguez and Froome repelled him on each occasion to keep the red jersey out of his clutches and fill the first three finishing spots.

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Britain’s Chris Froome climbed to fourth in the Vuelta a Espana after a third-place finish behind new leader Alejandro Valverde on stage three. Froome, runner-up in the Tour de France and a bronzemedal winner in the London 2012 time trial, beat Spaniard Alberto Contador into fourth in a photo finish. Valverde has a 20-second lead over Team Sky rider Froome having taken over from fellow Spaniard Jonathan Castroviejo at the top of the overall standings. The race ends in Madrid on 9 September. The 155.3km mountainous stage between Oyon and Eibar was the first to seriously test the climbing credentials of the general classification contenders. After a breakaway group that included the Belgian Philippe Gilbert had been reeled back from a four-minute lead, a thrilling climax unfolded over the final 10 kilometres. Contador, who is returning to action after being stripped of a third Tour de France title and receiving a two-year backdated ban for doping, repeatedly attacked in the closing stages. However his compatriot

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