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SolTimes issue 356

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26 sept - 2 OCT est. 7 yrs

More transparency in Albanchez As town hall clarifies its proposals for dealing with illegal houses

Faced with planning objections filed in April of this year by the homeowners association, AUAN*, citing ‘confusion and legal uncertainty’, the town of Albanchez (pop. 823) has republished its

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proposals for dealing with an estimated 100 illegal properties within the municipality. The revised proposals, which take the form of municipal ordinances, were made available to the public on the 6th of August and now include detailed maps showing how each property will be dealt with under the terms of the recent Decree (2/2012) to regularize houses in Andalucía. An AUAN spokesperson said that they were ‘satisfied’ with the outcome ‘even though it proved quite a struggle to obtain the revised documents during the summer holiday period. In April, when the original documents were published, we were very concerned that many anxious homeowners were being encouraged to spend thousands of Euros to apply for paperwork that is only useful if your property is to be excluded from the town plan. We simply wanted more information to be made available so that people could make informed decisions. We are therefore pleased to report that this information is now available’. The latest documents indicate that the neighbourhoods of Los Llanos and Los Angeles are proposed for inclusion within the town plan (PGOU) as urban settlements (asentamientos) and a further nine areas of the municipality including hamlets such as Los Guerreros and Barranco del Infierno are proposed for inclusion as rural settlements

(habitats rurales). If the regional government accepts the proposals, illegal properties within these areas would eventually be legalised via the regular planning processes. Areas not specifically earmarked for inclusion within the town plan are classified as outside of the town plan or ‘fuera de ordenacion’. Newer properties requiring paperwork and/or access to services may need to apply to be classified as ‘assimilated’ as ‘fuera de ordenacion’. The application process and associated costs are more fully described within the new ordinances. ‘The proposal is not without its challenges’ continued AUAN’s spokesperson. ‘For example, the plan acknowledges that Los Angles is partially impacted by protected land due to its proximity to the local cemetery and we can see that some houses that are excluded from the plan are on ‘parcelaciones urbanisticas’, a planning issue which occurs when rustic land is illegally divided into building plots’ ‘Nevertheless, we have a clearer picture and the town hall should have a decision from the regional government within months’, AUAN’s spokesperson concluded. AUAN (Abusos Urbanisticos Almanzora No) is a non profit organisation campaigning for the legalisation of homes purchased in good faith. Its activities are funded through membership fees and donations. For more information visit their website or call 661 329 919 or email

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According to the Consejería de Salud y Bienestar Social the bathing waters of all Andalucian beaches usually maintain a state of adequate sanitation. This is stated in a report for the first fortnight of September, and is based on the analysis conducted on the beaches surveyed by the Secretaría General de Salud Pública, Inclusión Social y Calidad de Vida (General Secretariat of Health, Social Inclusion and Quality of Life). A total of 342 sampling points in 257 beaches in 61 municipalities have been monitored. Water samples were analyzed to determine the various parameters required by current legislation, such as microbiological, transparency, colour, mineral oils, and persistent presence of foam floating solids. By province, the bathing water of the 75 beaches of Almeria, the 53 of Cadiz, Granada’s 29, 18 of Huelva 82 of Malaga are within the standards set. However, incidents have been detected in some beaches of Almeria, Cadiz, Huelva and Malaga. The Playa Piedra Villazar (Mojácar) has exceeded microbiological parameters, and the Playa de El Rinconcillo (Cádiz) reported abundant jellyfish. The Playa de Isla Canela (Ayamonte) recorded decaying algae, and the Playa de Fuengirola and those of the Calas Occidentales de Nerja, both in the province of Málaga, reported exceeding the microbiological parameters.


A 39-year-old man, identified as JBS, died following a motorcycle accident on a country road at Venta Ratonera, Fiñana.It appears that he hit a wall and was killed instantly. The Guardia Civil are investigating the circumstances.


A man, identified as ACO, suffered serious injuries after falling from the roof of a hotel in Vera. The man, a foreign national, was admitted to the Hospital de La Inmaculada in Huércal Overa with serious injuries after falling on to an inner courtyard from the roof of a hotel in Puerto Rey. The Guardia Civil has opened an investigation.


Mayors and popular spokespersons in the region of Baza have appeared before the media at the local Junta headquarters to request the Junta de Andalucía to resume work on the Autovía del Almanzora. At the same time they have denounced the discrimination by the Junta against the development of infrastructure in this region. The Presidenta Local of the PP of Baza, María José Martín, said that ‘the PSOE pledged to run 438 km of highways in the province of Granada, but have only executed 51 km. The Autovía de La Almanzora (Baza-Huercal Overa), which makes possible a quick connection via the A-92 to the Corredor Mediterráneo (A-7), and which would benefit 70,000 inhabitants and 28 municipalities, is no more than broken promises.’ She continued ‘Of the first phase of the project (41.5 km long) only 13.6 km. has been implemented. The second phase (Purchena-Baza) with a length of 43 km. and a budget of 263 million euros has been completely forgotten about, despite a feasibility study and preliminary construction, maintenance, and operation which provided funding through public-private co-operation, and which would generate more than 3,000 jobs in the region.’


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Travel agencies predict 5% SPAIN DIGS IN ITS HEELS! Spain is digging in its heels against further austerity as increase in tourism for 2012 protests sweep the country and mounting tensions with

The latest figures are not potentially biased government predictions, but rather the tourism sector’s own statistics, showing an estimated increase of between 4% and 6% in terms of tourists visiting the country and turnover in for the current year. The data has been published by the National Union of Travel Agencies (UNAV), whose president, José Luis Prieto, is predicting an increase of roughly 6% in visitor numbers and turnover by the end of December, although he did point out that some 4,000 travel agencies had been forced to close since the recession began in 2008. “There was a tremendous saturation in the market” and it was “not logical for us to have

twice as many travel agencies as Germany; it wasn’t a country for 8,000 agencies”, explicained Prieto.

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Catalan nationalists threaten to split the country

Finance minister Luis de Guindos (pictured) ruled out further fiscal cuts needed to qualify for a eurozone rescue, leaving it unclear whether the European Central Bank can activate Europe’s grand plan to stabilise markets, according to a report in the Telegraph.

Mr de Guindos said over the weekend that Madrid’s €100bn (£81bn) austerity measures are “sufficient” to meet a deficit ceiling of 6.3pc of GDP this year, although it is an open secret that Spain will miss its target. Germany’s parliament is unlikely to approve any rescue without deeper cuts, but further austerity risks pushing Spain into civil conflict. Tens of thousands marched in Madrid at the weekend to protest against drastic cuts, including a 7pc cut in public wages. A man set fire to himself in Portugal, where clashes t u r n e d violent. T h e protests followed a traumatic week in Catalonia, where 1.5m took to the streets amid a wave of secessionist

The Spanish state ombudswoman (Defensora del Pueblo), Soledad Becerril, has issued a memo to the National Air Safety Agency (Aesa) asking it to open an official investigation into the recent spate of incidents that have occurred on Ryanair flights, on the understanding that they could well breach air safety regulations and passengers’ rights. In her memo, the ombudswoman, points out that 1,201 incidents involving the Irish airline were reported in the first six months of the year, and similar incidents have continued to occur throughout July and August. For its part, the airline cites discrimination by the Spanish authorities and claims that all other airlines have a similar number of incidents and complaints against them. According to the office of the ombudswoman, the fines amounting to over 2.3 million euros imposed on Ryanair since 2007 have not led to any significant changes in the airline’s controversial policies. Becerril underlined the fact that the Ministry of Public Works, to whom Aesa reports, ordered a study into possible malpractice within the airline back in July, and confirmed that she had requested a copy of the report. She has also requested information about measures already taken or currently in the pipeline, and in the case of malpractice, will be referring the issue to the Irish government, who is responsible for issuing, renewing or withdrawing Ryanair’s licence. The ombudswoman has also requested a comparison between the number of complaints made against other airlines and those made against Ryanair.

Santiago Carrillo, the leader of the Spanish Communist Party between 1960 and 1982, died at his home in Madrid on Tuesday afternoon at the age of 97. The veteran activist, who was Spain’s last surviving public figure to have taken part in the civil war, had been admitted to hospital in July due to blood circulation problems but was later discharged. Although he lived in exile for decades, mostly in France, Carrillo was a central figure in Spanish politics during much of the tumultuous 20th Century and a key player in the difficult transition to democracy in the late 1970s after dictator Francisco Franco died. Carrillo put his longevity down to continued active participation in Spanish political life, writing essays and making contributions to public seminars and a weekly nationwide radio debate well into his 90s. The son of a union organiser, Carrillo’s activism began in 1931, when, at the age of 15, he began reporting for the Socialist Party newspaper and joined crowds to cheer King Alfonso XIII fleeing to exile and the declaration of Spain’s Second Republic. In 1936 he joined the army to defend the Republic from a military revolt which turned into a bloody civil war lasting almost

demands. Catalan leader Artur Mas has been swept by events into open confrontation with Madrid. Mr de Guindos pleaded for time, insisting that the reforms would lay the foundations for recovery. “These sacrifices are absolutely unavoidable.” His claims were badly undercut by Nobel economist Joe Stiglitz, who told a Spanish forum that German austerity medicine is “utterly misguided” and will push Spain deeper into a downward spiral. It would be “suicidal” for Spain to accept a rescue if it involved more fiscal tightening, he said. Spain’s attempt to resist a rescue until forced by markets leaves the eurozone in an impasse. The ECB cannot purchase Spanish bonds until Spain formally requests help from the bail-out fund and signs a “memorandum” ceding fiscal sovereignty. Mr de Guindos called on the eurozone to fulfil its pledge to recapitalise the Spanish lenders directly with ESM funds to take the burden off the Spanish state, but this too is in limbo. Eurozone finance ministers were deeply at odds on Saturday over plans for a banking supervisor, with little chance of a deal ahead. Germany will not let the ESM recapitalise banks until the supervisor is in place.

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three years and ended up installing Franco as dictator. After Franco’s forces won in 1939 with the help of Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy, Carrillo went into exile, from where he helped organise resistance to the dictatorship. In 1960 he became general secretary of the Spanish Communist Party (PCE), and began to draw criticism from the Franco regime for his alleged role in the 1936 massacre of several thousand supporters of the military revolt in Paracuellos on the outskirts of Madrid, for which far-right Spaniards blame Carrillo to this day. Carrillo always protested his innocence in the Paracuellos affair, saying he had little influence as a young and minor official and had no idea what was happening in a chaotic and lawless city under siege. An estimated 50,000 Spanish civilians were killed in the Republican rearguard, and another 150,000 behind Franco’s lines in what has come to be known as the “Spanish holocaust”. Carrillo had to wait until after Franco’s death in 1975 to return to Spain. In 1977 he became a member of parliament in the first elections held in Spain since 1936, but the PCE did poorly and he was expelled from the party in 1982.


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What are QR codes’ chances? QR codes have been around for years, but only 11% of UK smartphone users scanned one in July 2012, according to data agency Comscore. Some analysts have been saying that other technologies such as NFC, which lets you get information wirelessly just by waving your phone in front of the chip, may eventually replace QR. But QR supporters argue that NFC is not quite there yet - it is expensive to create tags, and for now, not many phones can scan them. QR codes are free to create, cheap to install and nearly all modern smartphones have apps that can read them. Augmented reality apps are also a potential threat - they allow information to appear on your handset’s screen simply by pointing the phone towards an object of interest. Google Glass headset could even take this one step further, and make information appear right in front of the user’s eyes. But QR is far from being dead - and recent moves by the electronic giants Apple and Microsoft could give it a push. The technology will be integrated into Apple’s Passbook ticket/coupon wallet service, available on the forthcoming iOS6 operating system. It will allow users to get into a cinema, check in for a flight, or redeem a coupon via their phone. Microsoft has recently signed a licensing agreement with NeoMedia, one of the pioneers in the mobile barcodes field, to acquire all of the firm’s QR code patents. Check out our QR code that’ll take you to our website! can be taken to a page in Portuguese, a Turk to one in Turkish and so on, says Roger Bamkin, a consultant to the Gibraltar government and a volunteer from Wikimedia UK, the charity that supports the online encyclopaedia. “By scanning QR codes around them, tourists will be to able to find out about the place they are visiting in their own language, with the description written by a volunteer speaking that language,” he says. Volunteers have been producing up to 20 articles a day in various languages, and Mr Bamkin has been in Gibraltar this week seeking more people to contribute photos, maps and information on the territory’s history. But once all the landmarks are equipped with codes and all the articles are written, other factors need to be dealt with for the project to take off. Roaming charges may deter visitors from connecting to the web - and the government of Gibraltar says it is considering the possibility of free wi-fi. Also, tourists should be familiar with QR codes and be willing to use them. Although

people may be used to seeing them, not many in the Western world actually scan them. On the other hand, in Japan and South Korea many use them on a daily basis. Tesco Korea lets consumers shop in a virtual supermarket while standing on a subway platform. They scan images of groceries with a QR code reader and buy them with a click. But Gibraltarpedia organisers say that they realise QR codes may be replaced by other technology - just as DVDs replaced CDs, says Mr Bamkin. However, he believes that the project will be a success and be it QR, NFC or any other future tech, Wikipedia is aiming to bridge online and offline worlds. “Projects like Gibraltarpedia are a test of our mission,” says Mr Bamkin, adding that the next target is expansion into northern Africa. “Africans have a great need of free information - there are many more Wikipedia articles in the UK or France than there are in Morocco, Algeria, or Mali.”



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Cecilia Gimenez, who is in her 80s, made headlines across the world after attempting a DIY restoration that left the 19th century fresco of Christ at her local church in Borja resembling a monkey. The altered image of Ecce Homo – Behold the Man – became an internet sensation and sent thousands of curious sightseers to the Sanctuario de Misericordia to laugh at her handiwork. Authorities threatened to sue Mrs Gimenez for her unauthorised attempt, which she insisted had been carried out with only good intentions because the painting was in need of repair. But popularity for the modified masterpiece grew with even budget airline Ryanair offering cheap deals to nearby Zaragoza airport encouraging “pilgrims” to visit the work that was quickly dubbed “Ecce Mono” – Behold the Monkey. An internet petition to keep the repair job garnered widespread support and seizing an opportunity to swell its coffers, the church began levying a 4 euro (£3) entrance fee on visitors, earning 2,000 euros in the first four days. Lawyers acting for Mrs Gimenez now insist she should be entitled to a cut of the profits, which she wants to go towards a charity of her choice. “She just wants the church to conform to the law,” lawyer Enrique Trebolle said. “If this means economic compensation she wants it to be for charitable purposes”. Her lawyer added that she would want any money made from the painting to go towards Muscular atrophy charities, because her son suffers from the condition. The image was painted by Elias Garcia Martinez, a local artist, more than a century ago, but had recently suffered surface damage due to damp. Family of the original artist have called for the image of Christ with a crown of thorns to be restored to its former glory and have said they will seek legal action against Mrs Gimenez for “destroying” the work. The Sancti Spiritus Hospital Foundation, which owns the Sanctuario de Misericordia, has also retained lawyers to defend the

action and retain their right to proceeds from visitors to the church. However, the latest update on the story has revealed that Giménez has offered to help official art restorers repair the painting of the Ecce Homo she ‘damaged’. A preliminary study of the fresco, which is on a wall in the Cathedral of Borja (Zaragoza), has shown that the oils used by the 81-yearold art-lover have not penetrated the stone and can therefore be easily peeled off to reveal the original painting underneath. Experts say that as Cecilia did not know enough about art restoration, she would have been unaware of the type of paints and chemicals that should be used to soak into the wall and ensure the colour takes hold, becoming permanent. Cecilia, who ‘restored’ the badlydeteriorated picture voluntarily and of her own free will, says she has often repaired other paintings in the Cathedral with the full knowledge of the vicar, as a favour. But the vicar denies this is the case. However, Cecilia’s work – which she said was unfinished when the story hit the headlines – has caused such a furore around the world that tourists have been turning up in thousands to see it. The small market town of Borja has never seen so many tourists, say restaurant and café owners, who claim they have been constantly busy and have had to put extra tables outside to cater for the visitors. An internet campaign has been calling for the ‘new’ version of the painting to be left as it is. The image is now behind a screen and cordoned off to prevent people from touching it. As yet, Borja council has not confirmed what it intends to do with the painting, and it is not known whether the art restorers who have been studying the work will take up Cecilia’s offer of help. But they have concluded it will be impossible to peel off the ‘new’ Ecce Homo and keep it intact to display elsewhere in the Cathedral, as was originally considered.

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and allow for plenty of questions – during the weeks we also slot in days mainly for catching up and question sessions. We have good demonstration facilities – a large screen and projector attached to out club laptop computer – and microphones both for the presenters and the class to use. The Club also owns a variety of other equipment, such as a wireless printer, a large capacity backup drive, a USB turntable and USB Cassette deck for transferring records and cassettes into the computer, slide scanners for converting 35mm slides and negative strips, and an external DVD drive and floppy disk drive, for those whose systems don’t have them. All these are available for free loan to Members. And of course our meeting room is attached to the internet, so we can demonstrate using this, and you can connect to it as needed. We also have a large library of books (and magazines – older ones) available to Members. We show you what is the best free software to use (genuinely free – not pirated) – there is free software for just about any thing you want to do – and much of it is as good as, some even better – than software you have to buy. The Club is not linked or affiliated to any local businesses – so we think we are totally impartial as to where to go to buy new items – and of course we can give plenty of advice on what to buy and how much to pay. More about the Club in general at www., email, or call David on 950 064 311. The website also contains details of “What’s On” for each week, with a forthcoming Topics List generated from what Members would like to see covered



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The Town is the result of the union of two smaller settlements: Huércal and Overa. It is the chief town of a thriving agricultural district. The town is taken over every Monday by it’s large street market and has a good variety of shopping, with 5 supermarkets, numerous bars, cafes and restaurants and lots of little streets to find those niche little shops. The town now boasts one of the best and newest hospitals in Spain and there is a Municipal outdoor swimming pool and leisure centre. There are many things to do and see in Huércal Overa and the Church at the heart of the town is well worth a visit to start your day.


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Today’s obsession with perfuming everything from candles to bin liners could be to blame

The smell of fresh air is becoming something of a distant memory, thanks to our increasing use of fragrance. From air fresheners to scented candles, perfumed loo roll and bin liners, in-car scents and even scented socks, we live in a miasma of scent. Share a lift or train carriage and the aroma of spray deodorant and perfume can be overwhelming. Yet recent reports suggest that perfumed products could affect our health, causing problems including allergies, asthma and migraine, and even interfere with sexual desire. One leading expert suggests nearly a third of people suffer adverse health effects from being exposed to scents. A major problem is so-called ‘contact’ allergy — where perfumes and scented products trigger eczema and dermatitis when they come into contact with skin. Molecules in the product trigger an immune response, causing itchiness and even scaly, cracked skin. About one in 20 is thought to be affected by fragrance allergy — though this number




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may be growing. ‘Allergies are on the increase, and the amount of perfumed products is also on the rise,’ says Dr Susannah Baron, consultant dermatologist at Kent & Canterbury hospital, and BMI Chaucer Hospital. ‘Fragrance allergy can show up as contact dermatitis in the site a perfumed product is applied, or as a flare-up of existing eczema. It can be a real problem.’ In July, the EU Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety asked p e r f u m e manufacturers to list potential allergens in their product after reports that they triggered skin reactions. Earlier this year, the U.S. state of New Hampshire banned workers from wearing scents to protect their co-workers. Often it may not be immediately obvious that you’ve developed a fragrance allergy, says Dr Baron. ‘You don’t react immediately; the body notes that it does not like the chemical and develops “memory cells”, which cause inflammation when the body is next exposed to this chemical. ‘Gradually, as you are exposed more and more, the body ramps up its reaction, until it becomes more noticeable to you.’ People with pre-existing eczema are particularly vulnerable. ‘The eczema worsens in areas in contact with perfumes or perfumecontaining shampoos, conditioners and shower gels,’ says Dr Baron. But even those without allergies can be at risk of fragrance allergy. ‘You can become suddenly allergic to perfumes and personal care products that

you have been using for years. ‘You can also have problems with unexpected products such as scented toilet roll and scented wipes which can cause irritation.’ And strong scents can also cause headaches. According to Dr Vincent Martin, a headache specialist at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, fragrances activate

the nose’s nerve cells, stimulating the nerve system associated with head pain. UK charity Migraine Action warns that intense or penetrating smells can even trigger migraine for the same reason. The biggest problem is detecting the substance to blame. Since the body reacts slowly, an affected part of skin could have been touched by fragranced soap or deodorant, or clothes washed in fragranced powder as much as perfume applied directly. So finding a culprit is hard. Lindsey McManus of charity Allergy UK warns: ‘Many chemicals have the potential to irritate skin, including rubber or formaldehyde, which is added to preserve the fragrance. People have to be their own detectives.’ But it is not just chemicals we have to watch out for: Dr Baron cites a natural ingredient — balsam of Peru (a sticky aromatic liquid that comes from cutting the bark of the tree Myroxyolon balsamum,) which is common in fragrances — as a trigger for fragrance allergy. Would reducing the number of scents surrounding us

help? Dr Baron does not think it is the number of fragrances around us that may be responsible for rising numbers of cases, ‘but there are more cases of eczema so that increases the chance of contact allergies developing’. She recommends that if you do have sensitive or eczema-prone skin, use non-fragranced products if possible in order to prevent an allergic reaction. Eczema sufferers should limit their use of soap and instead wash with non-fragranced emollient products. But avoiding all perfume is not an easy task. Though you can have allergy testing for the constituents in fragrances and other common allergens at your local dermatology department, we are surrounded by scented products. ‘Even if you know which fragrance causes a problem, it can be difficult to avoid as most personal care products - soap, shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, sun cream, shaving gel and washing powder - contain fragrances,’ says Dr Baron.

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which is a disabling and preventable disorder. ‘Patients with frequent tension-type headaches or migraines can get themselves into a vicious cycle, where their headaches are getting increasingly worse, so they take more medication which makes their pain even worse as they take more medication.’ Official figures show that the NHS spends over £470million a year on painkiller prescriptions, although not all will be for headaches. Some 62.5million prescriptions were handed out by GPs last year, a 4 per cent rise in just 12 months.

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these pills can actually make the brain more sensitive to pain, leaving the sufferer prone to further headaches. Often they get into a ‘vicious cycle’ whereby their headaches get worse, they take more drugs and the pain becomes even more debilitating. As many as 10million Britons suffer from severe headaches but NICE is concerned that many doctors are not properly diagnosing the type of pain or offering the best treatment. Many could be better off taking alternative drugs called triptans, inhaling oxygen or even having acupuncture, the watchdog says. Professor Martin Underwood, a GP and Warwick Medical School researcher who helped draw up the guidelines, said: ‘We have effective treatments for common headache types. ‘However, taking these medicines for more than ten or 15 days a month can cause medication overuse headache,

But Dr Gillian Leng, deputy chief executive of NICE, said that too many people were not being given a ‘correct or timely diagnosis’ by their doctors, adding: ‘The key features of medication overuse and the symptoms that distinguish the types of primary headache can be overlooked, and concerns from patients about possible underlying causes can lead to unnecessary hospital investigations. ‘These can mean people experience delays in receiving adequate pain relief from what can be an extremely disabling condition.’ Doctors advising the watchdog said some patients were so worried about their headaches they were begging their GPs to refer them for expensive brain scans to rule out tumours. Dr Manjit Matharu, a consultant at the National Hospital for Neurology in London, said: ‘Most people’s headaches will not be caused by brain tumours or other serious health problems, and so these should not be offered to patients solely for reassurance.’

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Duchess the blind elephant will finally be able to see again after receiving what was quite possibly the world’s largest ever cataract operation. The 43-year-old Asian elephant, who only has the one eye left, had been able to do little more than distinguish between light and dark for years. But thanks to surgeons at Paignton Zoo, Devon, she should soon be able to see clearly once again.

years of life if things go well.

The first ever elephant cataract operation in the UK: Duchess prepares for her treatment for a cataract, to hopefully regain sight in one eye... The huge creature was put under by anaesthetists David Burton and Jo Jago for around three hours, while the delicate operation was carried out by consultant opthamologist Jim Carter and assistant John Lewis. After she came round Duchess seemed to be fine and was tenderly rubbing the sore eye with her trunk. The zoo’s curator of mammals, Neil Bemment, said although

Duchess was groggy after the operation, the signs were looking good. He said: ‘She’s up and about but like anyone who’s had a major operation it will take some time for her to fully recover. ‘She’s been making her usual bellowing sounds which is a good sign. But it will be some time before we are able to tell if we’ve saved her sight.’ He added she may have another ten

It’s not the first time Duchess has had groundbreaking surgery. She was the first elephant to have an eye removed last year because of glaucoma. Because of the cataract in her left eye she was to all intents and purposes blind although she can probably still tell the difference between light and dark. Zoo staff have been caring for Duchess’s eyesight for some time and she has been trained to accept eyedrops and other medication. She has been on her own since her long-time companion, Gay, a female

Asian elephant, was euthanised in March 2010 due to ill health. Mr Bemment said: ‘In spite of this, she seems to still be in good spirits and as keen on her food as always. ‘She receives a lot of attention from her keepers. ‘Duchess’s welfare and quality of life are our primary concern. ‘Elephants have an acute sense of smell and terrific hearing, so she is well aware of things happening around her even if she cannot actually see them.’

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1. Y  our estate will be left to the people of your choice and not to those determined by law. 2. You can mitigate inheritance tax by planning the distribution of your estate. A will can be the single most cost-effective document you will sign during your lifetime. 3. You will have the peace of mind of knowing that things are in order for your heirs and that your heirs will not end up dealing with a complicated and costly procedure in a foreign country. We like the challenge of complicated inheritance work but we will never stop insisting that all our clients should make a Spanish will. ¨ Since setting up office in 1993, I have been surprised by the amount of people who have come to me to ask whether it is convenient to make a will in Spain concerning their Spanish assets. The answer to this is most definitely yes. In England if you do not make a will, then the law has rules, which will determine the distribution of your assets. These rules could mean that your assets are distributed in a way very different from what you would have liked. In Spain the situation is the same, with an additional factor.Your heirs will have to deal with a foreign language and legal system. All the more reasons to leave everything as organized as possible. Some people include their Spanish assets in their English will. This is legally binding, but to obtain probate in Spain, it will be necessary for the will to be translated and legalized.This is a long and costly procedure. My advice on the subject is to have two separate wills, one in England for your English assets and one in Spain for your Spanish assets. Drawing up a will in Spain does not take long and is not expensive, and will definitely save your heirs a lot of time, problems and money.Your Lawyer will draw up a rough draft, and then he will make an appointment at the notary to sign the final document. One copy is sent by the notary to the central register in Madrid. He will hold on to the original copy. You will be given a copy that I suggest you inform your heirs and lawyer in England about, and then put it in the bottom draw, with the peace of mind of knowing that everything is taken care of.


A.YES: Do not forget that if you are a non-resident of Spain (even if you are making no income), you must present a non-resident income tax return every year. It is obligatory, and if you are not doing so you must start.If you wish to receive a full explanation about this tax, please email me and I will send you the full article written about this subject.

CONSEQUENCES OF THE DEFICIT: TAX AUTHORITIES ARE VERY HOT AT COLLECTING NON-RESIDENT INCOME TAX AND HAVE CREATED A TASK FORCE TO PERSUE NON-PAYERS... 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.




The event, taking place on Saturday 6th October, and organised by the Vera & District Lions Club has been 8 months in the planning and organising. A spokesperson for the Vera & District Lions club said ” Yes it’s been a hard slog but we are almost there and in the long run it will have been all worthwhile” The Vera & District Lions Club aims to raise money to help local charitable organisations and those less fortunate than ourselves. “All Proceeds from the Vera Fun Run will go towards local good causes. “We hope to have put together an enjoyable day with something for everyone”. Added the spokesperson. The day is centred in and around the Vera Hotel ( on the A1200, just up from Icelands, in Vera)

IT’S STILL NOT TOO LATE TO ENTER If you fancy entering yourself or a team then it is still not too late. You only have to guarantee an entry fee/ sponsorship to a minimum of 10 Euros per person. There are categories for runners, walkers, fancy dress,

teams, highest sponsorship by an individual etc. To enter Just turn up at 2pm on the day or to guarantee entry telephone Keith on 681047355. Or, if you don’t fancy the running or walking, then why not pop along to give your support and join in the fun. A warm welcome will be guaranteed.

The final pieces of the jigsaw for the Vera Fun Run are at last falling into place...

Schedule of events 1.30pm: Craft Market opens in the car park, Vera Hotel ( all pitches places have been taken) 2pm: Participants registration. On the terrace. (includes runners, walkers & fancy dress ) 3.45pm: Competitors begin to muster at start line 4pm: Race starts ( race commentary by Bay Radio) 8pm: Presentation of trophies Followed by BBQ (just 5 Euro per person) Followed by FREE Music on the Terrace

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The small town at Turre is a few kilometres inland from Mojacar Playa and nestled at the foot of the beautiful Sierra Cabrera mountain range. The place is of Latin origin, the word ‘Turris’ meaning ‘tower’ is based on the watchtower that was built by the Moslims from Mojacar in the Nazaria period; this watchtower, was to protect the people from the continuous attacks by the Christians of Lorca

Due to demand we will be opening six days a week with one late night on a Tuesday also half-day Wednesday

Over the past years the towns population has grown rapidly and many expats have moved to this expanding town of many nationalities. With the main high street, many meandering side streets, town square, the Parish Church de la Purísima Concepción, constructed between 1861 and 1887 as well as other significant monuments, shops, bars and restaurants Turre has plenty to offer its residents and the many people who holiday in the area.

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There are a number of fiestas that take place, one for your diary takes place from the 3-6th October St Francis of Assisi, Local games, live music, tasty tapas and plenty of dancing take place on this end of Summer fiesta.  During the summer months the town hall organised the Turre tapas trail where over 20 bars and restaurants took part. Many local special tapas are abundant to taste including Gurullos (Fried bread with garlic, spicy sausage, bacon…). Migas (Fired bread with garlic and spicy sausage) Snails and Wheat stew.  Festivals: Old Lady’s Day, 20 days before Holy Week; St Anthony of Padua, June; Festival of the Gypsies, 25th July; Summer festival, first week in August; St Francis of Assisi, 3-6th October; Inmaculada Concepción, 8th December

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Chili bar and restaurant newly situated at the top end of Turre. It boasts a spacious terrace where you can sit in the sun or  shade every day  serving delicious authentic Indian tapas, Menu del dia/noche, Indian themed pizzas and kebabs, special cocktails and a full range of house and special dishes to sample eating in or Take away. Meet Ali and his friendly team who will always give you a warm welcome. Greg and co have recently opened their doors in Turre high street under Spanish / English ownership. Serving typical Spanish tasty tapas, tostadas and raciones that you can eat out on their shady terrace. A modest A al carte menu is available and if you wish to eat inside there is a comfortable and spacious dining area. Gillee’s Bar is situated at the entrance to Turre and has a  large projector screen to cover all football, English/Spanish and major sports events. Food menu includes Full English breakfasts, served all day, Friday is Fish & chips day and on Sundays a traditional roast dinner is served Tina and Dave will certainly give you a warm welcome and a great service. Solo sat is the number 1 company to use for all your satellite tv, air conditioning  installations and repairs. Nik has over 10 years experience of fitting all types of satellite TV systems and air con units domestic and commercial you can rely on his quality


of work and he is always happy to answer any queries you may have at anytime. Etticut has been in Turre 18 months now and thanks to the commitment, hard work and professionalism of a great team and your support, we continue to do our best to keep you up-to-date with the latest hairdressing techniques and treatments. Pauline, one of our highly trained holistic therapists now offers Shellac Nails after extensive training in nails. And if you’ve never had a pedicure by Fiona then book an appointment NOW! You won’t be disappointed with any of the treatments we offer. Super Corner has opened earlier this year under the friendly ownership of couple You can shop for all your British branded supplies whether the food you require is tinned, frozen, packet, frozen or fresh, all at bargain prices. Open everyday. After the opening of Donna’s Boutique in June, the shop has gone from strength to strength. There is available, a large selection of fabulous, quality clothing, sizes

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Taxing The Wealthy – Is This The Way Forward For Europe? By Bill Blevins, Financial Correspondent, Blevins Fr anks

“Because that’s where the money is”. So replied the infamous US bank robber, Willie Sutton, when asked why he robbed banks. There are many European leaders who could give the same reply today when asked why they are raising taxes for their wealthier citizens. As the Euro crisis plays out and budget deficits prove harder to curb, governments increasingly need to raise tax revenue. Tax hikes have become all too familiar with most of the burden is being placed on those with higher incomes and/or substantial assets. In the UK the Deputy Prime Minister and Liberal Democrat leader recently called for the introduction of a new “emergency” wealth tax. French President François Hollande has made no secret of his view


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that the wealthy should pay more tax. Here in Spain the top rate of income tax increased from 45% to 52%. Rates here increased across the board here, the increase was much higher for those at the top. Tax on savings income was also hiked. Countries like Portugal and France have also imposed some sort of “solidarity tax” for top earners, as an emergency measure to collect more revenue. And then there are wealth taxes. In Spain it has been a case of now you see it; now you don’t; now you do. The unpopular tax was effectively abolished in 2008 only to be reinstated just three years later for 2011 and 2012. There is a strong possibility it will have to apply for 2013 as well. Many of these tax rises are meant to be temporary measures until the respective country reduces its budget deficit to 3%. This is proving harder than’s all in the detail



This beautiful location is home to a lovely villa with incredible views of Bedar village and amazing views of the coastline.With three large bedrooms, terraces and gardens this property is a must see being only short walk to the pretty village of Bedar.

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expected, so we need to prepare for higher taxes for longer. Spain is also facing the possibility of a bailout which would normally mean tax hikes are imposed. For advice on protecting your wealth from taxation speak to a wealth management firm like Blevins Franks, which has decades of experience advising British expatriates here in Spain on their tax planning and takes the UK rules into consideration as well as the local ones. Summarised tax information is based upon our understanding of current laws and practices which may change. Individuals should take personalised advice. To keep in touch with the latest developments in the offshore world, check out the latest news on our website

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This pretty, detached, stone cortijo is situated in a quiet valley outside Lubrin town. It has a lovely, quiet setting and would make a great project for someone looking for something in the Spanish countryside.

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Investment opportunity apartments 2 beds, 2 baths, with beautiful sea & golf view, winter and summer pool, store room, underground secure parking, lifts in all the urbanization, large terrace, fully Air-con (hot& cold),up to 90% mortgage.

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Detached Bungalow Mediterranean style, Sited in a beautiful valley surrounded by nature, 2 double beds, 2 baths on flat 33,600m Plot, fitted wardrobes, lounge/ diner with open fitted kitchen, Planning permission to extend to 230m, full legal documents.



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EU struggles to reach budget agreement

Senior EU officials are warning that it is proving harder than ever to reach an agreement on the European Union’s next multi-annual budget.

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But a number of influential countries argue that increased spending is not tenable and they want a real freeze in the size of the budget. Britain’s Europe Minister David Liddington said he would be making it clear that the Commission has to “get into the habit of spending better, not always looking to spend more”. As for proposals to change the nature of the UK abatement or rebate - that, he said, “simply isn’t going to happen”.


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The centre-right government in Portugal has agreed to look for alternatives to a social security tax rise a week after huge anti-austerity street protests.

Previously, it had planned to raise contributions next year from 11% to 18%, to meet the conditions of Portugal’s international bailout.

Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho announced his decision at a meeting with President Anibal Cavaco Silva. Thousands of protesters chanted slogans outside the presidential palace. Some firecrackers and bottles were thrown and five arrests made at the protest, as the presidential state council met late into the night in the capital Lisbon. The presidential state council met for eight hours Portugal was recently given an extra year to reduce its deficit, following the latest quarterly review by international lenders overseeing its 78bn-euro (£62bn; $101bn) bailout.

Last Saturday, tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets of Lisbon and other Portuguese cities.

President Cavaco Silva called the meeting of his state council amid concern that Portugal’s main trump card in the eyes of foreign investors, its cross-party consensus on austerity, was in tatters, the BBC’s Alison Roberts reports from Lisbon. A statement released afterwards said: “The council was informed of the government’s readiness to study, within the framework of the social bargaining process, alternatives to changes in the social security rate.” It also said that differences between the two parties which make up the ruling coalition had been overcome, and they both remained committed to the bailout’s targets. The weekly newspaper Expresso said the prime minister was preparing a new cut in holiday subsidies for workers, in place of the tax rise.

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The Consequences of Shopping

I think I know why. What the Bard actually had on his mind when he wrote these words was shopping. I am sure that he thought that if it were done, etc. I can imagine the scene: In the kitchen is Anne, Hathawaying like billy-o over a heap of vegetables while a pot of stew simmers over a blazing fire. ‘Bill,’ she calls. The Bard wanders in, flicking a dagger idly between his fingers. ‘Can’t seem to get these inkspots out of my shirt.’ He scrapes ineffectively at the spots with the dagger. ‘Out, damned spot! Out! I say.’ Anne straightens up and wipes her sweaty forehead with the corner of her apron. ‘Oh Bill, Oi’ve told ‘ee not to buy them cheap quills, they always splutters so look at the state o’ you! Now, I need you to repair with great haste to the market and get me half a dozen potatoes, a cabbage, two sticks of sprouts, three turnips, big ‘uns, a small bag of boiling barley an’ a rabbit.’ ‘But dear, I’m busy writing. I’ve just started a new play, and it’s proving a bit tricky. Can’t you go?’

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The Bard sighs resignedly and turns to the door. ‘And put thic dagger down. You’ll hurt someone wiv it.’ ‘Yes dear.’ He departs gloomily into the darkling eve. In wanders Francis Bacon from next door. ‘Ah! Frank! Just the man!’ Exclaims Anne. ‘Here, watch this pot for me will yer. Bill’s out, and Oi’ve got a small job to finish while he’s not yere.’ She hands Francis a wooden spoon. ‘Keep stirrin, don’ let it stick.’ She hurries into the back room, and scratching noises are heard. Later: ‘Honey, I’m home! I’ve couldn’t get a rabbit, so I got two rats instead.’ ‘That’s fine dear - They’ll do just as well. While you were gone Oi finished up thic play you was writin. Yer ‘tis - Oi’ve called it Macbeth. Five acts, that’ll be long enough, wunnit?’ There, that should sort out the West Country accent and the controversy over who wrote Shakespeare’s plays!

Millionaires – They’re Ten a Penny

There’s a quiz show on British ITV called The Chase. We have seen it occasionally if we are having an early dinner and watch it as I am slaving away over a hot microwave in the kitchen. The negativity of the contestants amazes me. The majority of them play safe and urge their team mates to opt for a meagre amount of dosh, instead of a sizeable, albeit riskier, target. I won’t go into details about the game, but if you have seen it, you know what I mean. I have no idea what the highest amount has been - I think I remember a figure of thirty something grand once, although most of the time the total prize money amounts to less than ten thousand. This is divided between the number of players left in the game, but only if they can outsmart one of the chasers each of whom is a veritable walking encyclopaedia. No, the thing that surprises me is that this is probably a once only opportunity to make a decent few bob, but very few of the contestants cast aside all their inhibitions and really go for it. I mean, you go on to the show with nothing, so why not take

the leap. Unfortunately for the most part they seem to be content with a couple of thousand quid in order to take a three day cruise to Canvey Island or replace their old rusting Ford Escort, for a new Vespa. Even if the team of four win and it’s for one of the larger sums; then that’s only going to be a max of ten grand each. But even that is a rare occurrence as far as I know. Then you have that old favourite, Who Wants to be a Millionaire, where the maximum prize, as the title suggests, is a staggering one million. But is it so staggering? I mean, what exactly would a mill buy you these days? I remember when an old boy in Cornwall won what was a record £250,000 on the football pools back in the early 70’s and ten years before that when a lady called Viv Nicholson pulled in a pools win of £152.000 – about five million and three million respectively in terms of today’s values. Viv declared that she was going to spend, spend, spend. She did and was broke within three years. It is estimated that more than 11,000 people in the UK earn a million a year plus, which would indicate that the number of people holding more than a million in cash assets is many times that. Add to that property, shares and investments and the actual figure of millionaires in

the UK could well be in the hundreds of thousands. But there is now a distinct difference between being a millionaire and living a millionaire life-style. Let’s say you went all the way winning a million smackers and had the dubious experience of Chris Tarrant pumping your hand and giving you best-of- mates-hugs under a snow storm of confetti. What would it buy you? Well presumably a nice house would be on many people’s shopping list, but let’s face it, if you opted for London or leafy Surrey; there wouldn’t be a lot of change left over for things like food and lottery tickets. So a more modest target would need to be looked at – say five hundred thousand. That would get you an above average four bedroom detached in many areas. But then maintaining it and living comfortably would be mighty difficult with the depressing interest rates today. You would seriously have to consider keeping the day job just to tread water. If you opted for an even more modest property at say 200k, then welcome to Birkenhead or Goole – at least you would be near the sea. The interest on the rest, even without buying a new motor and a round-the-world-cruise, should just about ensure a reasonable life style if you were careful. No, I reckon that By Colin Bird : to live that fabled

millionaire lifestyle, you would need one of the heftier wins on Euro Millions – say 20 million at least. This would get you that pad in Chipping Campden; a nice Aston Martin Vantage; numerous foreign trips and a villa on the beach in St Barts with its own dock and accompanying Sunseeker. This should leave you with plenty in the kitty to invest wisely and live high off the hog for the rest of your life. And don’t forget that people with this sort of bread, are always able to employ the best tax avoidance consultants and get away with the minimum amount payable to HM Customs and Revenue. And that’s why I don’t even get out of bed for anything less than a quadruple rollover on the lottery.

A l q u eria T he L etter

John MacDonald (El Sordo)

‘If it were done when ’tis done, then ’twere well it were done quickly.’ So said Shakespeare, whose character Macbeth seems to have lapsed deep into a West Country dialect whilst planning murder.

‘No Bill, I can’t. The fire’s burning, the cauldron’s bubbling, and the Banquos is coming to supper at fall of this fair day. Oi’ve toiled and troubled but Oi can’t stretch half a chicken, a cow’s foot and two carrots to feed the Banquos. You knows how that fat boy Fleance eats!’

Don Sageo draughted the letter to the Ministro del Interior. He wanted clarification regarding Alqueria’s statehood. The total absence of any charter and being sidetracked by Ferdinand and Isabella during the Christian Re-conquest called Alqueria’s allegiance into question. The total indifference of the villagers allowed him to send it on their behalf, signing it ‘from those in Limbo’. The motive for sending the communication had been twofold. First, out of academic interest. He wanted to know how the laws and precedents of antiquity affected modern statute. The second motive he couldn’t remember, but he knew there were two. An over indulgence of Remitroot liquor accounts for the obscurity of the second motive. The drink generates its own logic and a subsequent loss of memory. The letter was known about but due to the apathy of the village, totally forgotten. The people of Alqueria dislike bureaucracy and view all officials whether petty, state or European with suspicion. The letter was just seen as another example of red-tape. Surely it could not upset the everyday life of the village. The Ministro del Interior, on receiving the despatch and seeing who the sender was quickly passed it to another department. To be involved in the affairs of Alqueria is not a good career move. The Great Pepino Scandal of 97 had taught those in power not to associate themselves with the intrigues of that troublesome little village. Government department after department handled, ignored and passed on the letter. Finally the fabric of the envelope succumbed to fatigue and the contents tumbled out. On seeing the suggestion that Alqueria may no longer be part of Spain ministers of state clambered for the kudos of finally solving the Alquerian problem. Even the Department of Sanitation and Vermin Eradication tried to bask in the reflected glory of Alqueria’s possible exile. It was the Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores y de Cooperación who took responsibility and gleefully accepted Don Sageo’s assumptions. The papers were duly signed and the Royal Seal affixed. Alqueria was no longer part of Spain and therefore not answerable to the Madrid Government. All that needed to be done was to despatch the papers making Alqueria foreign soil and organise the biggest fiesta in the history of the Spanish Civil Service. Don Sageo read the reply several times. He thought perhaps he should say nothing but this was not the sort of thing that could be kept to oneself. Rodriquez representing the Newcomers and Antonio Poyato the Hill People stared in disbelief as the Don acquainted them with the letter’s contents. The implications of Don Sageo’s handiwork had to be communicated to the people of Alqueria. An emergency meeting is to take place in the village square and Don Sageo has gone into hiding.

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High Street bakery will feed our troops so they can have a ‘taste of home’ With 1,600 stores across the UK, its name has become a familiar sight on almost every High Street. But bakery chain Greggs is poised to expand even further afield - by supplying sausage rolls to British soldiers serving abroad. The company is to start sending frozen savoury items to a British military base in Guterslöh, Germany, in a trial designed to give troops a ‘taste of home’. If successful, the concept could be rolled out to serve more than 32,000 British soldiers across the globe. Under the deal with Armed Forces caterer Naafi, Greggs will supply a range of seven frozen savoury items - including sausage rolls, steak bakes, chilli bakes and sausage and bean melts - to Guterslöh for 12 weeks. The products will be baked throughout the day by Greggs-trained Naafi personnel and displayed on a Greggs-branded counter. They will cost as much as they do in Britain. Naafi’s chief executive, Reg Curtis, said the deal was ‘not about nutrition’. ‘A soldier can eat three healthy three-course meals a day for less than €5 (£4) in the army,’ he told the Times. ‘This is about giving the common soldier a taste of home.’ The Guterslöh Naafi, which caters for 2,300 servicemen, was chosen for the trial because it serves ‘a large number of single men’, whom Mr Curtis believes will prefer

the savoury goods to German foods. Greggs claimed that its products had come top in a survey which asked armed forces personnel what items they most missed from home. The Newcastle-based company’s chief executive, Ken McKeikan, a Royal Navy veteran of the Falklands War, said he hoped the trial would pave the way to a global Naafi deal. Naafi outlets serve 32,500 troops across Afghanistan, Brunei, Germany, Gibraltar and the Falklands. Manned by civilians, many of whom are dependants of service personnel, they offer home comforts such as British bread, British milk, British fish & chips, and British beer. Mr McKeikan said: ‘It’s great to hear that Greggs was the most requested brand that troops missed from home and we are really pleased to be making our savouries accessible to our troops in Germany, and, depending on the success of the trial, more widely available for our armed forces personnel around the world.’ The trial is another triumph for Greggs, coming less than four months after it claimed victory in a battle with the Treasury over Chancellor George Osborne’s planned ‘pasty tax’. Mr Osborne announced in March that hot snacks would be subject to 20 per cent VAT, but the decision was overturned in May after a much-publicised campaign led by the bakery chain.

Not McStrudels but McNoodles!

McDonald’s to start serving up popular Asian dish in Austria

First there was the McAloo Tikki burger and now the world’s second biggest fast food chain is launching McNoodles. McDonald’s has announced that from Thursday it will be serving up noodles to customers at restaurants across Austria in a bid to meet the country’s growing appetite for the foodstuff. Noodles are already served in other parts of the world, but this will be the first time the dish has been branded as McNoodles. The meals will come with vegetables and salad, chicken pieces and either sweet and sour or curry sauce and be available for a limited time. The company says it has spent more than a year developing the product for the thriving Austrian market. In a statement the company said: ‘This has been for McDonald’s a complete new challenge.’ McDonald’s is the world’s second most popular fast food chain behind Subway with more than 33,000 restaurants around the world. The Oak Brook, Illinois-based company became popular serving up the famous Big Mac and French fries, but in recent years it has branched out to offers localized menu

options in various regions. In India, the company offers McAloo Tikki burgers made with a spicy breaded potato patty, red onions, tomatoes and a ‘special vegetable sauce.’ Earlier this month, the company announced plans to open its first vegetarian-only restaurants in the country. The decision was taken in order to cater for Hindus who hold the cow sacred and Muslims who do not eat pork The first vegetarian outlet will open its doors mid-next year near the Golden Temple in the Sikh holy city of Amritsar in northern India, where religious authorities forbid consumption of meat at the shrine. Rajesh Kumar Maini, a spokesman for McDonald’s in northern India, said: ‘There is a big opportunity for vegetarian restaurants (in India) as many Indians are vegetarian.’ After the opening in Amritsar, the U.S. chain has plans to open another vegetarian outlet near the Vaishno Devi cave shrine in northwestern Indian Kashmir - a revered Hindu pilgrimage site that draws hundreds of thousands of worshippers year.

Mojacar Beach Clean Up! The organisers would like to issue a huge thank you to all of those who participated (over 50 children and 100 adults) in our beach clean-up, especially the children who managed to collect around 13,000 cigarette ends!!! The event was a great success and between us all we collected over 100 big bags full of rubbish, mostly consisting in lots of plastic straws, glasses and bottles, broken glass and other non-biodegradable waste. Thanks to the Sailing club who also participated by cleaning the area in front of the Ferreteria Lopez with 4 industrial bags full of rubbish too! It was a great day with a great example set as well as being educational and effective, thanks to all of the participating businesses who collaborated with drinks, food, icecreams and prizes. A special thanks to the mini-golf, G-Spot, for letting all the children have free games after the event and cooking the paella for us all, that was delicious! You can view more photos on Facebook:!/media/set/ ?set=a.422822481113283.103148.128005330595001&type=1 ARTICLE BY Jessica Simpson




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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. At the moment take full advantage of their special 3 course summer menu where you can choose from 3 starters, then from a choice of 3 mains, then finish off your meal with either summer fruit and yoghurt, ice cream or chocolate gateux with cream! They also offer an alternative to the Sunday lunch, a Sunday Sizzler at just €8.95 per person, with a carafe of wine per couple included! They are closed for an annual holiday between 1st and 9th October but will re-open with two more choices added to the menu del noche. If any of 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. 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. Dates for your diary are Thursday 27th September which is Arthur Guinness Day – come on down and paint the town black; and Friday28th September which will be an Eagles Tribute Band! Call in for our Christmas lunch menu and for reservations call 950 473 135. Cliff & Julie have owned and run THE WELCOME STRANGER RESTAURANT & BAR in Limaria, Arboleas for 7 years and pride themselves in top quality food and service at this hidden gem in the valley of Limaria. They offer classic choices with innovative twists, vegetarian options, all dishes are made on the premises. There are outside terraces available to dine on or to simply enjoy a refreshing drink. Steak Specials Nights on Thursday & Friday with rump steak, homemade chips, peas, mushrooms & tomatoes for just €7.95! The menu of the night and the a la carte menus are available EVERY evening. They also do an extremely popular Sunday lunch (see main ad for more details), bookings advisable and now offer a mid week roast too on a Wednesday – choose between beef and pork for just €5! For more info and to reserve a table call 950 432 719.

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On Thursday, 11th October BEACHCOMBER will host a Diana Ross Tribute. Coming over especially from the UK. ‘Lady Sings Ross’ is a classy Diana Ross tribute show that covers this diva’s material from her time with the Supremes to her more recent hits. She is a London based singer who has performed at Shepherds Bush Empire, Hyde Park and many other venues in the UK and Europe, as well as singing live in New York and Los Angeles. All acts from now on will perform on the covered terrace giving every table in the restaurant a good view. This will also allow you to make use of bar stools at the bar. They can organise taxis for you, it is always safer to book in advance and they can do this if you wish, both ways if you like. As usual, Beachcomber continues to serve delicious food at affordable prices – you’ll be amazed at the quality and affordability! For more info call 950 473 099.



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decline” in stocks, particularly in Spain. Spanish olive trees have been hit by drought and an unexpected frost in the flowering season in spring. This has led to trees producing less fruit and the olives that have grown are less juicy than normal. “The fruit can be shrivelled and not looking normal, much smaller in size, which means they produce less oil,” Mielke said. The poor crop, due to be harvested in October, comes a year after Spain returned its best crop in years, causing an olive oil glut and a steep fall in prices that left many growers on the breadline. Spain is by far the most important country involved in olive cultivation and accounts for almost half of worldwide supplies. “Whatever happens in Spain causes massive changes in the world price,” said Vito Martielli, senior oil seeds analyst at Rabobank International. “Last year, Spain had a very good season and produced 1.4m tonnes of olive oil, but this season it is expected to be less than

1m. The total global olive oil production is 3m tonnes a year.” Martielli said the average price of olive oil of all qualities has increased from 2,200 Euros a tonne in July to 3,200 Euros a tonne last week. The drop in supply comes as demand for olive oil is at an all-time high with new countries developing a taste for the Mediterranean staple. Miekle said: “Olive oil consumption is in the middle of a long-term increase in consumption. While it has reached saturation point in Spain and Italy, countries like the US and Australia are relative newcomers and are using much more olive oil.” A rising number of the British are also turning to olive oil, according to Zanre. “The appetite is growing continually,” he said. “There’s a bit of a love affair with it among the chattering middle classes, but other people are consuming it too.” He said the average Briton consumes half a litre of olive oil a year, far below the 14 litres a head in Italy, the world’s biggest consumer.

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A fresh oil crisis is brewing. However, this time it won’t be hitting the garage forecourts but the nation’s kitchens, according to a report in the Observer. The wholesale price of extra virgin olive oil has jumped 62% in three months after a severe drought in Spain, the world’s largest producer, wiped out an estimated 600,000 tonnes of production. Filippo Berio, the UK’s biggest olive oil supplier, has warned that it will be forced to pass on the increase to consumers. “The [wholesale] prices are going up rapidly daily,” said Walter Zanre, managing director of Filippo Berio, which sells 10m litres of oil a year in Britain. “It’s very difficult to buy olive oil because they [the growers] are waiting for it to go up even higher next week. You’re looking at £2,800 per tonne [of extra virgin olive oil].” Zanre said the extent to which the increase in costs is passed on to shoppers, is “the million dollar question”. He said: “I would say 25% now, but if we had had this conversation 10 days ago I would have said 10% to 15%.” The average 500ml bottle of supermarket brand olive oil currently costs about £2, while a 500ml bottle of Filippo Berio oil sells for £3.39. “We are torturing ourselves because our product will go over the psychologically important £4 barrier,” said Zanre. “This isn’t a 5% blip, we can’t tighten our belts and absorb it.” Consumers who can’t bear the thought of going without olive oil are advised to stock up before the price rise hits. Zanre said supermarkets have a “virtual embargo on retail price increases” in the runup to Christmas, so now would be the time to get your supplies in for 2013. Thomas Mielke, director of Oil World, a trade journal that tracks oil prices, said the staggering price rise results from an “unprecedented

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Happy Aniversary Gary

lots of love Your long suffering wife Sue xxx

happy birthday ant love si x


There is a general knowledge quiz - with question-master Tony Matthews - at The Venues Bar, Valle del Este golf complex, tomorrow (Thursday). There’s a eat-all-you-can meal offer available from 7pm; quiz starts at 8.30pm. Teams of up to FIVE members can enter.

. Never thought to see it again. Never thought to feel the thrill of the anticipation. . Never thought to laugh again until you cry. Well folks here it is!!!!!! The long awaited return of the RBL Zurgena & District Branch QUIZ NIGHT !!!!. Brain Teasers, General Knowledge Quiz, Bingo and much more, bring your friends along for a “laugh out loud” fun evening. The Place: Bar Latino’s La Alfoquia, The Date & Time: Friday 28th September 7:30 pm till late. You cannot get so much “fun” entertainment for any price ANYWHERE. No buffet, but if you want to bring along a “Picnic Supper Snack Box” for your table to share all the better.



TEL: 950 930 497



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

AGM for Zurgena NHW...................

This is to be held on Thursday 27th September at 6.30pm at Latinos in La Alfoquia. NHW has been operational in Zurgena for over 6 years and has made a noticeable difference to security in the area. Our Annual General Meeting is to be held as above and we hope as many as can attend do so as it is your chance to have an input to the scheme. It is anticipated that the meeting will take no longer than an hour to an hour and a half. There is no visiting speaker this year but Jim Simpson who is chairing the meeting will take questions both about NHW and his work with the local Council. Any questions relative to the latter should please be forwarded prior to the date of the meeting to any of the local coordinators or direct to Jim at


MACS Care-Line number: 634 656 555, GENERAL ENQUIRIES : 634 328 334. MACS are a fully Spanish registered charity (NIF G04691572) www. Email: macscancersupport@


For all friends & past members...we are pleased to announce their 10th Anniversary Concert Will be held on 19TH & 20TH APRIL, 2013 - PLEASE MAKE A NOTE IN YOUR DIARIES. Notification of our November 2012 concert will be announced in the October press releases.

Independent Theatre Group UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE Independent Theatre Group has had a busy summer preparing for our forthcoming production. We are currently rehearsing to bring this dramatic ghostly tale to a theatre near you. The play is called The Exorcism (written by Don Taylor), and is about a series of macabre events which take place in a 17th century renovated cottage at Christmas. It is a small cast of 4 who are working extremely hard to present this play in all its glory. The play is directed by Gordon Batchelor who says “I am extremely pleased with the way the rehearsals are progressing, this is a fantastic play and I am very proud to be able to present it to you. The set design is once again out of this world, and is in the secure hands of our excellent backstage crew. The cast are really pulling out all the stops to make this ghostly tale a real experience to watch” ITG have also rented a stall at Los Llanos Market to promote our group, recruit new members and also offer another outlet for ticket sales. So far we have managed to speak to lots of people and hopefully encourage more people to come along and support local Theatre. Tickets will be on sale shortly with performances on the first weekend in November at Cantoria and the weekend after in Arboleas, with a special performance at Cantoria on Halloween for those wishing to come along. Please see press and our usual outlets for more information soon

love from kai xxx

love from mum & dad xxx

CAR TREASURE HUNT.................... It’s Back!!!..........................................

On Sunday 30 September – start time 3.30pm In the big car park behind La Parilla, Albox Finish at Bar El Rancho, Santopetar where a tapa & drink are included in ticket price of 5 euros Extra food will be available to buy. RAFFLE, Fun picture quiz & Doghouse Christmas cards to buy - All proceeds to The Doghouse (La Casa del Perros) Places are limited so please reserve yours early by phoning Gill on 666 98 31 10 or Eve on 666 716 881 - tickets can be collected from Colin the Card, Albox after 15th September Please note, The Doghouse cannot accept responsibility for any accident or injury to participants...

happy birthday daddy

happy birthday ant Hope

Autumn Ball Strength in aid of


Breast Cancer Awareness Faith Saturday 6th October 2012 Hope


Renfe Building, La Alfoquia, ZURGENA

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1st lesson free Adult & Junior Classes (9 yrs - 15 yrs / 16 yrs - Adult) Mon: 7pm - 8.30pm Wed: 5.15 - 6.45pm Sat: 4pm - 5.30pm Kids Classes: (4 - 8 yrs) Wed: 4.15 - 5.15pm / Sat: 3pm - 4pm

Harmony Gym - Mojacar Playa Tel: 646 844 708





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

Quirky Quiz Questions

This week the word is COPOCLEPHILIST ~ it’s a description of a person with a particular hobby. But what is it that they do? If you know the answer, or can find it out, then it will score a point for your team in next week’s quiz And if that’s caught your attention, then you’ll be sure to enjoy our Quirky Quiz Questions Come and join us on a Monday evening. We definitely don’t take things too seriously ~ it’s just light-hearted competition. Sometimes from a slightly different perspective !!! Bring your friends ~ Beat your neighbours



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SOL CLASSIFIEDS To place your ad.... call Paulette on

950 121 936 or 902 750 190

baby hire

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Email: sales@soltimes. com or in person, we’re above New Horizon Villas, delivery & Los Carasoles, on the main collection. Albox-Baza road from the Tel: 615 806 126 motorway. Private sale ads are free under 300€ blinds (3 ads per week) INTERNAL Airport services

Airport services Airport, social & shopping run. Telelephone 663 429 521 Tel: 639 081 067


Airport Parking

Alicante Almeria Murcia New Servicing / Repairs


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

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good prices for more details

telephone graham on 620 112 193 or 630 493 817 alternative energy carlos sal i ente & plumbing heating for solar pool heating, solar hot water installations and repairs. call 950 930 900 or 968 969 962, email carlos.saliente@



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





Tel: 691 987 454 avonfromclaire@ Email:

business oppertunity

bar & restaurant villa & pool

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

for further info call 950 432 719 computers Steve Hayes Informatica

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

Mark’s PC Services

For all your PC Needs New PCs & Upgrades No Call Out Charges Tel: 606 229 720


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

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

Drainage Solutions

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

4 Installation of fibreglass septic tanks 4 Blocked Toilets, Sinks & Baths 4 Blocked Drains & Pipes 4 CCTV Surveys 4 Drain Tracing 4 Turbine Root Cutting 4 Blocked Cesspits

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All Domestic & Commercial Work Carried Out All Work Guaranteed · all Other Areas Covered

Cleaning of Septic Tanks

• Emptying of Septic Tanks & Cesspits, with high pressure chimney cleaning sweep • Small Only unblockages of SAMMY SWEEP Chimney pipes & drainage 100€

Sweep Service available covering all areas call paul on 619 070 839



• Pool construction • Pool makeovers & repairs • p roject management • all building projects & reforms Mat Murray 647 841 750

established in spain for 14 years

fully legal

Reliable English Builder For all your building needs

• Block work • Balustrades • Paving Driveways & Paths

Call now for free estimate 620 112 193 or 630 493 817

for sale

construction cont...

Established 7 years in spain for rent 4 year lease €55.000 Tel: 616 531 283 or 670 088 966 to include all kitchen equipment & furniture €250 per week established 7 years LICENSED POZO/CESSPIT EMPTYING

Tel: 950 120 900

supplied & fitted

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


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

trade Businesses can advertise in the classified section

Pool Cleaning & Water Tanks

Contact: 675 838 808 electrical Knowles & Abbott no.1 for electrics and plumbing. Re-wires, free to air UK satellite systems. 950 137 208 638 010 691



Neil Godwin

25 years experience

Full City & Guilds

Fully insured & legal Boletins supplied Tel : 687 245 569


neater heater See our main ad on the news pages C arlos ENCLOSURE ( S al i ente ) SPECIALISTS GLASS plumbing & SCREENS heating services. Come and see us on the If it involves water, Albox road for a free no we can help! www. obligation quote Call 695 118 960 Tel: 968 969 962

Bass guitar, semi acoustic, colour black by J & D,Model No JD SHBI (Jack & Danny,makers of several famous makes,such as Music Man). B e a u t i f u l g u i t a r, s u p e r b condition, fitted with new set black nylon flat wound strings .RRP new 380€,now only 175€.ONO. Tel: 950 475 901or Mob: 678 567 814 New Motor Cycle Protective Clothing XL Summer and Winter + 2 New Crosser Helmets 150€ ONO.:Tel 950 168 673 / 663 660 419 Sky HD Box with Remote control. 70€. Tel: 610 679 783. Y ama h a Grand Keyboard Top of the Range New Condition Incudes

Stand and Instruction Books 125 €.ONO.: Tel 950 168 673 / 663 660 419 X Trail Dog Guard 30€. Tel 950 168 673 / 663 660 419 Large dog basket 3ft oblong as new 17€, Dell wireless printer Model 313w 45€ No offers.Tijola area Tel: 661 161 897 FOR SALE : Full Set Men’s Left Hand Callaway “Big Bertha” Golf Clubs. Including a one and two Iron in the set also two putters and Bag. Complete 200€ ONO. Will also sell separately Arboleas Tel: 647 049 550 Solar Hot Water Heater 300ltr Vacume Tube Type With Copper Heat Exchangers No Water In Tubes

Gets Very Hot 299€ Tel: 619 744 516 Solar Panels 230watt Brand New Never Used Free Electricity 299€ Tel: 619 744 516 E lectr i c water pump with 1” bsp thread fitting holes, last used for pool circulating Good condition seen working - only 25€ Tel: 677 038 829 German HD hammer drill in box with all tools , chisels and two long wall drills about 5/8” and 3/4” Little used 50€ Tel: 677 038 829 Mas Movile modem (dongle). Get the Internet pay as go. 20€ Tel. 950 529 226 Y A M A H A ELECTONE Model HCheating cont... 2 electronic organ, with dual keyboard, User´s Guide, keyboard cover and stool. Norway’s 250€ Contact 699 answer to 244 779 heating C h est your freezer . home in Norfrost Aura 11.5 Spain capacity, 850 wide X 600 deep. very Tel: 634 312 171 little use, as new condition. 120€ Tel: 950 466 282 gardening or 661 646 736

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

hobby/craft Elaine’s Wools quality UK wool & accessories. Also available at Camposol Mazarron & on the Arboleas forum. Call 667 273 889 elaines wools@



902 750 190 ext 332 or 950 121 936


private wanted


Garden pots any size can collect call: 647 379 878



950 121 943

interpretor Interpretor / Translator in Mojacar area. Written translations available call Serge on 646 844 708


Commercial Pizza Oven

Gas or electric Can collect Must be in good working condition Call 609 199 394 iron/metal works



metal works

The Metal works Optica Albox All your optical needs, eye tests, hearing tests, contact lenses Gates, rejas, Grills, railings, gates Tel: 950 121 991 fabriction welding of all types, security/ reliable service painter / decorator 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


painter & decorating

over 30 years experience

give your property or business a fresh look this september Tel: 649 186 107 or email:

painting & decorating

If you wish us to print an article about a particular • 35 years experience topic in our regular space • Guaranteed to beat any quote on pg 16, please email • Quality work guaranteed locksmith Phil the Pick Locksmith 24 hours. Locked Out? Locks fitted/upgraded house safes. Arboleas & surrounding area. Special weekend rates. Tel: 697 243 181

logs load of small or big Olive logs, no roots €160 load of mixed Olive some roots €140 load of eucalyptus, no roots €150 all loads 2 tonnes Arboleas & surrounding areas

Call Lee on 636 092 632

Phil Delivers


gravel & all building materials

Arboleas & Surrounding areas

tel: 634 328 779



Tel Alan: 950 450 174 or 600 268 176


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

Alan 662 249 159

B r i t i s h plasterer All work guaranteed Tel Paul 634 327 201

plumbing A&E Taylor – Gas boiler & plumbing repairs. Tel: 618 062 080 C A R L O S S A L I E N T E Plumbing and Heating offer machined boiler decals for gas water heaters for just €65 – aguafuerte is not the answer! Call 950 930 900 or 968 969 962, email carlos.saliente@

•private rooms •coyote 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

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

Ken & Jackie Dog & Cat Sitter service

Your home or ours. Honest & trust worthy. 3 years experience of all types of animals. References available on request. Tel: 950 067 943 or 676 389 592

MY PLACE OR YOURS Dog & Horse Sitting Service

Ex RSPCA Inspector. Dog day sitting Going away? Let us take care of your pets, either at your home or ours. Dogs kept in house or kennels. Pet passporting service. Just outside Albox.

woodhouse boarding kennels & cattery arboleas

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

ministry approved Tracy Mobile 650 211 952

Little Zoo No need for kennels or cattery, Pet now have a selection of young birds for sale sitting in your own Baby Parakeets only home, Arboleas & 15€ each surrounding areas. Love birds 20€ each Call Vanessa on Budgies 8€ each, 637 061 482 Lovely colours Diamond Finches Not just cats & dogs, only €2.50 All other types of pets Tel: 647 379 795 considered

properties for sale

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


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

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

609 199 394

Portugese Gelding

12 yrs, looking for a good home, ideal companion horse lovely natured

telephone 678 838 547

...Cortijo Grande golf...

Apartment For Sale

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


T: 664 291 793

for SALE massive detatched cortijo with 50m2 workshop 20mins from mojacar This is a unique spanish country cortijo with 4 beds, 2 bath, Open plan living areas, kitchen & dining room as well as a workshop, courtyard front & back & room for a pool. Mountain views. possible B& B

Build 256 m², Terrace 100m², Plot 1200 m²

Knowles & Telephone 649 186 107 Abbott no.1 for email for more info at plumbing & electric. only €160,000 CH, solar hot water and water deposits. Arboleas. First floor flat overlooking the rambla. Four bedrooms, lift access Telephone 950 137 nice views, central location, part 197 or 606 807 797 furnished. 300€ pcm long term preferred. Available immediately 609 199 394

“Readers of a sensitive disposition may find some of the advertisments in this section offensive”

Tel: 607 554 984




Apartment to rent

in Los Menchones near Zurgena

ground floor, 1 bed, lounge, Satelitte TV, diningroom, suit couple or single

175€+ bills per month Tel: 950 449 074 or 634 368 071 property for rent FOR RENT Only 200€ pcm 2 bedroom house near Taberno Tel: 697 772 941

Struggling to sell your property?

Call Paulette today on 902 750 190 Ext 332 / 950 121 936 For just 10€ per. week your property will be featured in a box as shown opposite & will be seen by more than 35,000 Sol Times readers removals

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

Hi my name is Princess I’m a small Podenco. D.O.B 15/09/2011. I am a little shy sometimes, I turned up at The Dog House one day and they took me in. I hope to find my forever home soon. You can meet me at The Dog House, call Paul on 626766073 or email thedoghse@hotmail. com españolas enlace: Veronica 608858318

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

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

634 337 185


Friendly Reliable Service Fully Legal Special deals from UK - Spain

Office: 968 564 298 Mobile: 696 621 884 +44 (0) 1582 499 836 +44 (0) 7977 754 389

DAVE’S TRANSPORT 7.5 Ton, Lorry Part loads, Self load/Unload Minimal rates, Owner Driver Spain/uk/Local Storage available, based “Los Gallardos” &”hertfordshire” Call now 0034 620 049 524 (Es) 00 44 794 3135 214 (UK)


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situations vacant

SALES representative we are looking call centre for an required for Mojacar operators experienced Cook

& other surrounding areas

With flair and the ability to produce tasty dishes to a high standard in a busy cafe bar in Albox

To continue the success of

SOLTIMES in this area

We are looking for someone special to work with local businesses to help them create more business from the large weekly distribution and readership of Sol Times

� Are you local to the Mojacar or surrounding areas and enjoy meeting new people? �C  ould you sell advertising to new business owners whilst looking after our loyal base of regular clients?

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


A1 Sky Television Systems Satellite TV installations, alignment of dishes etc.

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


25 years experience

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

For information please call on 950472590 or e-mail:

Call Steve Holman

Tel: 697 678 708



Mikes Mobile Mechanics All types of service, repair & ITV testing. Fully qualified and legal with over 35 years experience Ring Mike or Chris: 628 350 178 or 636 824 974

for sale

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


specialist vehicles group

or visit:

Rover 25. 2005 auto

LHD 1600cc injection, 76,000km, taxed, ITV until 2013, alloys, air con. CD player. 2 owners.

Tel 634 348 696

Over 40 cars in stock

Telephone: 968 146 158 or 618 628 511

for sale

2950€ Trike – Spanish make, Yamaha engine, owner injured cannot ride, only 80km on clock. As new. 4,200€. Tel: 639 960 478

Megane Cabrio 2006 Kia Sportage 2.0 4x4 Renault RHD, Spanish registered, ITV until

Reg late 2006, immaculate condition, Full service history, only 78,000miles, Albox area.

PRICE reduced to 8,250€

June 2013, Low mileage, excellent condition

tel 610 208 499

TEL: 676 847 309

TEL: 636 411 540 OR 664 619 819

car parts

Car parts


for details on advertising in the recruitment section phone paulette on 950 121 936 ext 332 or 950 121 936


…among friends, in a fun and easy manner with Paco at Camping Los Gallardos, MiraFlores Restaurant. New, beginners class starts wednesday 3rd oct 2012 4.30pm

Private lessons and different levels also available.

CALL PACO 661 142 606



1998 LANDROVER FREELANDER 4x4Diesel, aircon.........3995€ 1999 MITSUBISHI CAMISA......................................................1495€ 1999 FIAT MAREA 4-door petrol 1.6, aircon..............................995€ 2001 BMW 320 D Black, aircon.................................................3995€ 2004 RENAULT MEGANE Diesel, 5-door..............................2995€ 2003 FIAT Duerto MINIBUS, 9-seater..................................4995€ 1998 V.W. POLO Diesel, 3-door, aircon...................................1500€ 2006 CITROEN JUMPER MINIBUS 9-seater.........................5998€ 2001 CITROEN XANTIA 5-door, diesel, aircon.......................1995€ 2000 DAEWOO NUBIRA 1.6, petrol, aircon............................1495€ 1997 OPEL CORSA 5-door, petrol..............................................995€ 2000 nissan almera diesel, 5-door..........................1500€ 1997 V.W. SHARaN Diesel, 7-seater........................................2500€ 2003 fiat stilo 5-door hatch, diesel.....................................2500€

Many more cars to go this Autumn View Mojacar

All with new itv & fully serviced

TELEPHONE: 634 395 972


Nissan Serena GX 4X4 Daewoo Nubira SX

Auto Diesel. Limited Edition. 8 Seater, must be seen, Excellent for sensible prices on all parts Condition. AC, EW, Sun Roof, Clutches, Brakes, alternators, service kits RHD on English Plates, Ideal for return to UK, Offers or would Starter Motors, headlights exchange for Spanish Plated 4X4 Free quote go online or phone in good condition. Tel: 674 515 770 (Cantoria) or telephone 692 930 326

Need quality new parts for any car



Tiling Specialist

Tel: 650 038 251

people carrier or mini bus wanted to buy cash waiting must be Diesel spanish plated & reliable call 609 199 394

Tel Dave: 628 607 778


motoring section


Also Spanish“freeview”systems supplied & installed

Storage Rooms Floor and Wall


Based in Zurgena, nr Albox

Call Rob on 609 199 394 or email your CV to

Please send your CV to or call Rosemary on Tel: 647 379 795

Rancho Luz Del Sol,

Day & Night shifts on rotational basis

Apply with CV to

We provide on going training from our head office in Almeria We offer a high level of comission, contract, petrol allowance and mobile phone plus the opportunity to work for the best weekly “Good News Paper” in the area.


must Speak English & Spanish

hours will include evenings split shifts & weekends

� S ol Times needs an outgoing friendly professional….could this be you? �A  re you able to work to deadlines? � Are you well organised, able to manage your own territory and enjoy being part of a team?

If you can say yes to the above, then we want to meet you!



Are you in business? Are you looking for staff? Contact


1600cc Aug 2003 113,700km one owner from new. New brakes, cam belt changed. ITV Oct 2013

Ring 610 905 173

Citroen Picasso Grand C4

VTR+. 2008 UK Reg. 46,000 miles. Tow bar FSH. Tax & MOT March 2013. 7 Seater, A/C, Electric Windows & Mirrors, Fridge Fitted. Would consider Part Exchange for small Spanish Four Door Car. This car if unsold will be returning to UK

9,250€ ovno

Tel: 950 064 797

2 x Range Rover Alloy Wheels & Tyres - 225/70 x 16. Only €100 the pair. Tel:- 677 038 829 Kazuma cheetah 150cc cross motorbike 03, UK reg, Hardly used, 800 mile, as new, bargain, 500€ono 950 168 673 or 663 660 419




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Give Turre a try! Before moving to Turre I did not know much about the place apart from driving down the main drag noticing its selection of British owned bars and shops. Turre seems to be a much maligned and misunderstood place similar to Albox which also gets a bad press; often from people that have never even visited either town. I had visited the old part of Turre before as we at Findmeahome have a beautiful reformed town house there for sale and thought it looked an attractive part of town. Living near Turre now it’s the nearest place to pop to for shopping or a bite to eat and I have to say I really like the place. There is a huge supermarket in the centre of town which is like an Aladdin’s cave as it seems to sell everything however obscure. It also has the best wine selection to be seen outside of the hypermarkets in Almeria City even stocking shock horror! Non Spanish wines no less. Leaving the main drag there are some great little shops and bars serving good inexpensive tapas plus some great restaurants in the town for all tastes. Wandering a side street recently we found a place where they turn reclaimed timber into beautiful pieces of furniture. I bought a pine desk and commissioned the owner to turn a beautiful old door we saw there into an outdoor dining table. There is also a second hand furniture shop at the top of the town. I did wryly smile the other day when ordering some food in a bar, firstly the tapas arrived stone cold as serving staff never seem to understand that if three plates are

put in a microwave then it takes three times as long to heat them up. The plates were also tossed down on the table as far away as possible from us. We had to get up and look for forks, then napkins and crikey when I dared to ask for Tabasco sauce the waitress said no before I had even finished my sentence. The poor girl kept complaining how busy she was but still had time for fags and a sit down with some mates. In the same town is a bar where the owners smile at the customers, the food is delicious and served hot with all the trimmings plus customers are asked if they are enjoying what they eat. I will let my feet will vote for me next time I am out. The Club Sandwich when made correctly and with love is a magnificent beast; by correctly I mean it should have an egg in it and be cut into quarters with each held together by a little skewer. Up until now La Vida in Cucador were streets ahead, then last week the Beachcomber in Mojacar added the magnificent beast to its menu. Alerted by Facebook I tried one at the weekend after Beachcomber John promised mine would have the required egg inside and very good it was too. La Vida still holds my OCD award for the best club sandwich due to the fact that the Beachcomber sandwich was only cut into two!

Anyone that knew Dave Byfleet of DB Autos will surely remember him as a hardworking, gentle, quiet and kind man. Dave and his son Kyle helped me many times whenever I had car trouble in the past. I send my condolences to his wife Michelle and family.

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

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There are an awful lot of people going to University now. There are also an awful lot of Universities for them to go to-just as well really isn’t it? I think it is so important that more of us are being educated to a higher level because there are lots of things today that are incredibly complicated. I’m not talking about performing those magic tricks where you saw a person in half, or even simpler things like, taking an appendix out! No, just ordering a drink can be a trial for the highly educated Graduates out there. I’m quite sure that, when an Ethiopian shepherd started chewing on some mysterious seeds which enabled him to have the energy to watch his sheep all night, he didn’t know how complicated things were going to get in that department when they became coffee! I recently went to my local Starbucks and, oh my, what a trial. I wanted a drink. That’s all, just a drink. Silly me! You can’t order just a drink anymore. The days of asking for a cup of tea, cup of coffee or a hot chocolate are long gone. I asked for a hot chocolate, it was like an interrogation and I had to answer, within milliseconds. What size? Did I want cream? Did I want flake? A squirt of caramel? I’ve seen contestants on Mastermind have an easier time! Actually I felt sorrier for the lady behind me who, while I was waiting for whatever on earth it was that I had been harangued into ordering, was asking for coffee. Clearly, neither she nor I were up to the standard of their usual customers, for she also had a terrible time. Did she want House Blend or Colombian Blend? Was it an Espresso she wanted? Did she want medium or blonde? The poor woman stood open mouthed and just nodded. From the look of disgust on the server’s face it was clear that neither of us had passed the test and I half expected Graham is married to receive a leaflet with instructions to revise for my next to Helen and has a daughter, Alice. visit or risk being put into the bottom customer set. Those Ethiopian shepherds never had this trouble five hundred years ago! Anyway, from now on I’ve decided that I’m going to stand outside Starbucks,chewing the beans and making faces at the know all servers… from a distance. That’s a mature response, don’t you think?

He lives part of the year near Albox, but works in Qatar, teaching. If you wish to contact Graham regarding this article email: helenandg@yahoo.

REVIEW it... A Bike Ride Through My Life Frank Clements

Frank Clements admits that there were “so many ups and downs” in his life, personally and professionally in his downto-earth style of expression. His autobiography is a fascinating journey for someone who has had an interesting life. Surviving the turbulent times may well have been because of his positive attitude: “Always look on the bright side of life.” It certainly became his saving grace on many difficult occasions. He was ambitious and that is clearly evident here. In his early days as an amateur cyclist before becoming a semi-pro then a pro he wanted to be “the best cyclist in the world.” It would have been a dream come true. He lamented: “I should have won an Olympic gold medal” in the 1956 games held in Melbourne, Australia .He just missed being a member of the team. “I was a likely contender” and it was “50/50 between Harry and me.” Harry Reynolds. As it turned out ironically, the French won the gold and England the silver. The book is a comprehensive accounting of cycling during the 50s and 60s and gives an informative account of the cycling industry and business from the 60s onwards. Clements used his expertise in the industry for many years at a senior level producing bicycle frames, supplying bikes to countries around the world and name-dropping is something to be expected when you are working in a lucrative field such as this and mixing with celebrities and world class cyclists. In spite of this huge disappointment in missing out on an Olympic medal Clements had many moments of success for which the Clements’ family must have felt extreme pride. Success came at a gruelling price with battling against “torrential, chilling, blinding, sense numbing rain” typical of the UK when you felt as if you were riding a bike “in a washing machine!” Competing with an older brother who did manage to win a silver medal must have been difficult for Frank. He does write about the difficult working relationship with Ernest when he was in the “wrong mood “ and described him as being “vicious.” “Jealousy seemed to affect our business relationship.” By 1957 disillusionment began to set in. “Why did I have to be like this continually driving myself on?” Too much pressure. Too ambitious? He stated that “his brain was not in the right gear.” He couldn’t race competitively because his “mental approach to the sport was in a terrible state.” One factor was competing against cyclists who were using stimulants-amphetamines known as “charging “ to enhance performance. Mention was made of Tommy Simpson, Alan Jackson and Ron Coe who all had premature, untimely deaths but no doubt there were many more who died far too early striving for success in sport. We see glimpses of the personal side, the man who married in “haste” who eventually found his soul-mate and I suppose lived happily ever after. After a life-threatening condition and serious business problems the Clements chose the easier “ride” to retire to the Spanish sunshine in Almeria. “I’m enjoying Spain-you just must see, so I’m staying here until I RIP.” A remarkable journey. An enjoyable read. Available from ISBN: 978-1-4269-6266-0

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Honda Civic Road Test

But the cool triangular exhausts have sadly disappeared. As ever this Civic is aimed at those considering the bland Volkswagen Golf or Ford Focus. Compared to those two it definitely stands out from the crowd. Its five-door design retains that essence of sportiness more akin to a three door by cleverly concealing the rear door handles in the same way as the old Alfa Romeo 156. The aerodynamic design sees a bar across the rear windscreen, which impedes vision somewhat and calls for careful reversing.

Over the past few years car manufacturers have tried to re-invent the handbrake. Step inside a Rolls Royce, Bentley, Jaguar, Range Rover or Renault and you’ll find that it has been replaced by a simple switch. This is all very well if the vehicle is automatic as these have a helpful antiroll feature. The difficulty is when they’re manual – they should all have antiroll but it doesn’t always seem effective - requiring nifty foot work of the clutch and accelerator. Hence, I still prefer the traditional handbrake that can be

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Hackers and Crackers ...and why you don't have to worry about them part 1 Before I start explaining about hackers and crackers, I would like to tell you about an opportunity to get unbiased advice on computer problems at “La Vida” in Cucador. I was, and will continue to be, there to answer your questions on the days of the fair. Advice should be, and always is, free! Now to the topic of today which is the difference between hacker and crackers and why they offer little threat to you and me. What is a Hackers?

the driver but nevertheless it’s in a good position – far better than the Land Rover Defender I tested. The ninth generation Civic launched in February stays true to its predecessor with the addition of more accentuated rear lights that protrude from the bodywork and an eyecatching black front grille.

A Hacker is an incredibly intelligent individual who genuinely only wants to understand how computers, phones or other systems work and are generally content with that knowledge. Historically, hackers were the type of people that sat in front of a keyboard for hours typing, typically, it was common for a Journalist to be called a hack(er) for that very reason. This type of person, and it is a personality type, has an insatiable curiosity and will often find ways to bypass a system just because it is a problem to be solved! One example of a productive hacker is better known as the “Beta Tester” and is paid to find problems in programs before there are

Inside it is spacious with a particularly good size boot. This 1.8-litre petrol is fairly responsive to drive as well with good low down torque although when worked hard it can be a little raucous. It took me a while to discover how to operate the cruise control and speed limiter buttons found on the right of the steering wheel. They are engaged by pressing the ‘Main’ button, which to me is not logical. However, this system is reliable to within a few mph of

the set speed, requiring extra concentration when approaching speed cameras particularly when they’re at the foot of a hill. This cruise control, which can be used at speeds as low as 20mph, works best when the desired speed has been reached on a flat road - it happily maintains progress. Don’t whatever you do though, use cruise instead of the accelerator as progress can be sloth-like. Its six speed manual box is generally decisive. To ensure greater efficiency there is ‘eco’ mode and a reliable automatic engine stop/start, both of which help this vehicle cover 500 miles on its 50-litre tank. Parkers, the car experts, say: “One of the Civic’s strong points is practicality. The boot is far bigger than its competitors’ and there’s loads of room inside thanks to what Honda calls ‘Magic


Seats’. The Civic has been awarded a five-star EuroNCAP rating thanks to its plethora of safety equipment including adaptive cruise control and collision mitigation – which applies the brakes if it thinks you’re about to crash.” While it is disappointing that the road tax on this efficient British-built vehicle is so high it is the more fashionable alternative to the VW Golf or Ford Focus.


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made available for sale. What is a Cracker? Put simply a Cracker is a CRiminal hACKER. A Cracker could be described as a Hacker who can morally justify their actions in wilfully breaking the oh-so-many laws. These hyper-intelligent criminals are hackers but with this huge difference – All they are only interested is to bypass security protocols to gain access to unauthorised areas of a system or a program. When done, they are free to do whatever they wish – steal personal information or introduce a program that will allow access to future information that may be of use. Occasionally and quite frighteningly,

huge multi-national companies pay individuals like these to gain access to competitors information and project details just so that they can maintain the 'edge'. How easy it it to get started as a Hacker/ Cracker? Maybe the best answer might be “How much time do you have to learn to understand Windows XP / Vista / 7 and then a variety of programs?”. Because this is exactly what you have to do to gain enough knowledge to be able to start cracking! This is probably the hardest of all methods to achieve the goal of gaining access to your computer (which gives the greatest sense of achievement).

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• There were some intriguing 3rd round Capital One League Cup-ties last night including Chelsea-Wolves, LeedsEverton, Manchester City-Villa, WBA-Liverpool while tonight there are a few more, with Arsenal-Coventry, Carlisle-Spurs and Manchester United-Newcastle among them. • Last Saturday, Chelsea beat Stoke 1-0 with Ashley Cole’s first goal for two years to stay top of the PL. But should Oscar have won an ‘Oscar’ for diving and Ivanovic a nine? • Everton had 30 attempts at goal in winning 3-0 at Swansea; Fulham won at Wigan; West Brom made it three successive home wins without conceding a goal (1-0 v. Reading); the last time they did this was in 1907; Southampton climbed off the bottom by trouncing Aston Villa 4-1. And in the Championship, Craig Davies hit four goals in 19 second-half minutes in Barnsley’s 5-0 win at Birmingham. • On Sunday, Manchester United defeated 10-man Liverpool 2-1 (Van Persie netting an 81st penalty winner); rivals City were held 1-1 by Arsenal; Newcastle beat Norwich 1-0 and Spurs piped QPR 2-1. • Sebastian Vettel won the Singapore ‘Night-time’ Grand Prix; Jensen Button was second and Fernando Alonzo third. Lewis Hamilton was leading when his McLaren suffered gearbox failure. He’s now 52 points adrift of championship leader Alonzo with only six races remaining. • In the 20-20 World Cup, New Zealander Brendon McCullum set a new record by smashing a 58-ball 123 (seven sixes and 11 fours) in his side’s 59-run victory over Bangladesh. At the time of writing England, the holders, had beaten Afghanistan but had been thrashed by 90 runs by India – their lowest innings score and heaviest defeat at this level.

Boat Fishing I went fishing with ‘Orca Steve’ and was joined by ‘Blisters Steve’, ‘Medway Chris’, Andy and his son Dan who was over on holiday. We started off in shallow water (120 feet is shallow here) but were being troubled with very small bait robbers so headed for the holes via a short trolling session in front of Garrucha’s harbour wall. We caught eleven different species on the day, scabbard fish, forkbeards, blue mouths, Spanish mackerel, pandoras, swallow tailed sea perch, European eel, octopus, twin banded bream, a cracker for Chris. I think all the lads

• Meanwhile England’s women are also going for 20-20 World Cup glory. • Harlequins still head Rugby’s Aviva League after a thumping Leicester 22-7. • Warrington Wolves (chasing the double) and Leeds Rhinos are through to Rugby League’s Sup Cup semi-finals. • The British Touring Car championships continued at Rockingham last weekend with Matt Neal, Jason Plato and Gordon Sheddon all chasing vital points. • Marianne Vos (Holland) became only the second woman to complete an Olympic/World cycling double in the same year with victory in the road race. • Laura Robson (one set all and 3-0 up in the decider) was in tears after losing to HsiehTpe in her first WTA final in China. Jo Durie, in 1990, was the last GB female winner of a major championship. • And did you know that Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher became the most expensive Scottish-born footballer ever when he left Wolves for £14m last month.

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lost congers which were stealing hooked fish from their traces and taking hooks and line and sometimes traces with them. I think the only hook not attacked was the one meant for them on my line, attached to a 100lb wire trace. See photo of Andy and a forkbeard. Steve also took out the ‘Sheffield Crew’ in the week consisting of ‘Mike the welder’, John, Jim, Shaz and Kerry. With a light north easterly wind and light swell Steve anchored the boat on the edge of a sand bank in 120ft which dropped off quickly to over 700ft and where shoals of fish were showing on the sonar about 1km out from the Repsol garage and tackle shop. The crew were soon into fish catching good sized Atlantic and Spanish mackerel, pandoras, pickerels, big weavers and an octopus. The fishing stayed brisk for most of the morning and they finished the day with a full fish well including 11 of the biggest

mackerel for the BBQ. The following day Eric, Ian and Karen were joined by George and Eileen for a day out fishing with Steve in what was again great conditions and very similar to the previous day so Steve decided to go straight out and anchor in the same spot as previous. The decision was a good one as we they were all soon into fish catching good sized Atlantic and Spanish mackerel again plus pandoras, pickerels, weavers and one red snapper. A flying tub gurnard, an octopus and the first squid ever to be landed on the boat, and in broad daylight! The fishing stayed consistent all morning and everyone was pleased with their catch and the fact that they had caught their own suppers. Shore Fishing ‘London Bill’ has been catching well, a small bluefish among other species while spinning by the white lady statue where Garrucha beach joins the harbour wall. He


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told me he lost what he thinks was a big barracuda, says it bit through 80lb fluorocarbon. Bill also caught Atlantic and channel mackerel, palometes and one small sea bass from Macenas Rocks. The shore fishing is good right now he says. Coarse Fishing. ‘Baza Barry’ says Lake Negratin’s water levels are as usually dropping fast but fish are still feeding well and the slightly cooler water temperatures have had no effect on the fishing. ‘Puentes Ray’ had a good day at Lake Puentes near Lorca, mirror carp to 20lbs. Matches in Murcia were won with 14.1/2lbs and 31lbs. I think I have a loophole for those sea anglers who do not have an NIE and want a license to fish Andalucian beaches and sea by boat, (Name, any address and passport number only required) 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, John.

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This week our handicap secrectary was kept busy adjusting handicaps with some excellent scores returned on both days. Tuesday 11th we played stableford as the uneven numbers dictated as no one wished to play with the ghost. 1st place John Clements 40pts 2nd Sean Halligan 35 pts 3rd jim quigley 34 pts. Friday 14th despite the greens having been Hollowtined some very good scores 1st place Dean Fisher 41 pts 2nd Sean Halligan 37 pts 3rd place Bob Mearing 37pts. Nearest the pins Alan Hewitt & Sean Halligan. Quote for the Week: relax? How can anybody relax and play golf? You have to grip the club don’t you? Enjoy your golf at Valle del Este.




Forum Golf Society....................... BOXERS GS............................................ cortijo grande................................ The first round of Forum Golf Society´s 2012 Championship was a stableford competition played at Desert Springs on September 21st, and with the second & final round to be played at Aguilon on October 5th there are quite a few players still in contention. The favourite however, will be Derek Manning, winner of the first round with 37 points, ahead of Mike Duckham (36 points) in second, Anne Holder (34 points) third and John Holder fourth (33 points). Also in the running are Phil Elam, Gary Blake, Des Riley & Geoff Hebb who all also scored 33 points, whilst John Smith (32 points), Terry Moore & Paul Douglas (both 31 points) still have an outside chance. The Nearest the Pin

prizes were won by Ann Lawrence, Anne Holder, Terry Moore & Malcolm Fenwick, with Kevin Bircher hitting the day´s longest drive on the Stroke Index One 11th Hole. Forum´s upcoming fixtures are September 28th Second Annual Plas – Tech Challenge at Aguilon, subsidized green fee of just €20, nearly €3000 worth of prizes, plus free beer & barbecue afterwards! October 5th Society Championship Final Round at Aguilon October 13th & 14th UK v Spain Ryder Cup at Aguilon For further information, contact Phil Elam on 666 847840 / philjelam@, or see www. forumgolfsociety.webs. com

19th Hole Golf Society Cucador.............................................. On Thursday 20th September we visited the Lorca course in the Murcia Region. With storm clouds threatening to spoil our eagerly awaited battle with this (relatively unknown to the 19th Hole G/S) course we drew our Club and charged into the affray. With varying degrees of success we all made it off the 1st tee and battle commenced. I think it fair to say that in the main we beat the course fair and square, with some really excellent scores. We had a couple of 40 pointers and several high 30’s a good indicator of our player’s diligence and skill in reading the greens and coping with the usual difficulties. The day was marred slightly when it was pointed out that we had played off the Blue Tees which are the Ladies competition Tees, but as the Blue and Yellow Tees are so close together we felt the result would have been the same. Christine Dow had her best result since she started playing scoring 27 point, really well done Christine good to see you beating your better half so comprehensibly (Hubby Peter is now on household chores until further notice) One other problem we encountered, Terry Caddick hit a really good drive on the 13thalbiet a bit wayward- hit

a overhead power cable causing a complete power failure to the Clubhouse for the rest of the day. Brian Dee (Terry’s playing partner) described the shot as Shocking!!!. Geoff Smith cleverly secured nearest the pin on the tricky 10th hole. He scuffed the tee shot onto the ladies tee from where it scuttled along the ground onto the fairway then ending 3’ from the pin.!! Star of the day was new member Mark Danson playing off 4 and winning this singles stableford competition with 42 point, closely followed by Alan Chippendale with 40. Results; 1st Mark Denson 42points (4) 2nd Alan Chipendale 40points (15) 3rd Brian (Dee) Lowden 38points (11) 4th Sid Walker 38points (18) Twos; Charlie Brookman 10th Bob Tagg 10th Terry Caddick 4th Nearest Pin: Geoff Smith Bob Tagg 4th. If you are interested in playing with or joining the 19th Hole Golf Society contact the secretary on 610340653, or email

It was a great day for Golf, a slight breeze and stayed dry despite the forecast of rain, the level of play was one of the best throughout our season with many scores way above the average, a great day was had by all. Results Roda 20th September 2012 Overall winner Mark Newall 41 pts Div 1 1st Mark Newall 41 pts 2nd D Lewis (G) 38 pts 3rd Steve Gilmore 37pts Div 2 1st Roy Lewis 38pts 2nd Henry Beckett 36pts 3rd Tom Harris 36pts


Div 3 1st Lee Hunter 37pts 2nd Gordon Batchelor 32 pts 3rd Alf Walker 27pts Nearest Pins Steve Peete Bob Wearing D Lewis

neila Halliday Philip Dunne Chris Astheimer. Sunday 23rd September 2012 and another close finish with the winner John Rice 38 points second with 36 Tony Webster and third with another 36 David Baird, two other 36 scores for nothing. Ball sweep winners John Rice Tony Webster. We shall be making plans for our Green Jacket competition so watch this space to join us on this two day competition. Enjoy your golf at Cortijo Grande visitord and guests welcome MP

No 2’s scored You are also reminded that our next venue is on Friday 5th October 2012 at Hacienda de Alamo and is our Captains Day. Tony Hammond ( Boxers Competition Secretary )

Santa Irene Sailing Club News...................................................... It looks like rain in Cherry Blossom Lane, thank goodness; but I hope it cleares for the weekend. Sailing is still top the agenda and what a wonderful day on Sunday 16th. Houri and I were invited to sail on “Blitzen” Ian´s 25 ft sailing cruiser. In a steady force 2 heading towards a F3. We were sailing comfortably with David trimming the Sails to get the best speed out of her. With us was the “Macgregor 28”; plus a number of Dinghies including the red sails of “Casi Casi” and Lydon enjoying him self on his “Catapult Catamaran”. September will see the return of many of our Sailors; this is an opportunity to remind you of our new Venue: the new club House “Tela Marinera” which is directly opposite the new Marina, Garrucha. Our Paralympic Sailors did us proud; there are only 3 types of boats involved, the single hander 2.4m, the Skud 18 with a crew of 2 and the Sonar” with a crew of 3. For me they were all Medal winners. Briton had not won a Medal since sailing was introduced into the Paralympics Games in 2000 at the Sydney Games. Helena Lucas was our Gold Medal winner in the 2.4m, she was the only women in the fleet, “Well Done!”. In the 2 person Scud 18, Alexandera Ricktman and Niki Birrell won Bronze medals. In the 3 person Sonar we were judged to have finished in 5th place, having received

The competition at Cortijo Grande is getting hotter with the weather. Our winners on Wednesday 19th September 2012 were John Geaves with 38 points second with 36 Phillip Dunne and third with another 36 Brian Denning. Ball sweep winners

a 4 point Penalty for an incident which happened off the water!! A big disappointment for the crew (John Robertson, Hannah Strodel and Steve Thomas). They are a appealing against the Penalty which denied them a Bronze medal, I wonder what nationality the Judges were?? The last day of Racing was cancelled due to the lack of wind! Although Sailing was introduced to the Olympics in 1900; Para Olympic Sailing did not begin until 2000 at the “Sydny Games”. I became interested in Disabled Sailing when I did a course with RYA “Sailability” in the UK in 1999; there were sailors with a big variety of disabilities including a Blind lady sailor. Perhaps our best known disabled sailor is Geoff Holt who sailed single handed around the British Isles in 2007; he also sailed across the Atlantic in 2010. If you are interested in Sailing and it is never too late, visit us at our Club house “Tela Marinera” opposite the new Marina at Garrucha any Sunday at 11 am.

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WWW.SOLTIMES.COM Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel cruised to victory in the Singapore GP after Lewis Hamilton’s McLaren retired.

Hamilton headed Vettel from the start but a gearbox failure dealt a major blow to the Briton’s world title hopes. Fellow British driver Jenson Button took second in his McLaren from Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, who leads Vettel by 29 points in the standings. Hamilton slips to fourth, 52 points off the lead with only 150 available, seven points behind Lotus’s Kimi Raikkonen. The retirement means Hamilton will almost certainly not be able to catch Alonso in the remaining six races, barring some bad luck for the Spaniard, and it remains to be seen whether the latest in a series of disappointments this season has an effect on his future career choice. Hamilton is out of contract at the end of the season and has two offers on the table one to stay with McLaren and one to move to Mercedes. Vettel’s pace following Hamilton’s exit suggested the McLaren might have been

Singapore GP: Sebastian Vettel wins after Lewis Hamilton retires

holding up the Red Bull slightly but Hamilton was in control of the race until his car lost drive on lap 23 coming out of the first chicane.

Karthikeyan’s HRT out the safety car.


Maldonado dropped down the order after pitting to change tyres, even though he had made his second pit stop only four laps earlier at the same time as Alonso.

He had known for about a minute that there was an impending problem. “It’s one of the toughest races all year,” said Vettel. “It’s very long, we did the full two hours, the circuit is a killer, there are many bumps and there is no room for error.

The Venezuelan, who had qualified second, retired before the race was restarted with a hydraulics problem. The re-start came on lap 39, but the cars raced for only half a lap before Michael Schumacher smashed into the back of Toro Rosso’s JeanEric Vergne, who was battling with Sauber’s Sergio Perez.

“Obviously I benefited from Lewis’s failure, which I could see for a couple of laps. I’m very happy, it’s such a tough race and very proud to win it.

It was the second time in succession Schumacher had retired in Singapore after running into the back of another car - and the second time this season after doing the same to Williams’s Bruno Senna in the Spanish Grand Prix.

“I’d like to dedicate it to Sid Watkins. He will be remembered [as] one of the main reasons we can go out on a circuit like this and be reasonably safe. “It’s an incredible weekend for all of us. We have a lot of races left, we just have to use the momentum and keep pushing.”

He said there was a problem with the car that meant it did not brake in the normal way, however he later admitted to the stewards that it was his mistake. As a result, he was given a 10-place grid penalty

That left Vettel in front from Button, Williams’s Pastor Maldonado and Alonso but they raced only until lap 33, when a crash by Narain

for the Japanese Grand Prix.

The race was restarted again on lap 42, when it was already clear it would reach the twohour time limit before the full 61 laps were complete. In the end it was stopped two short of full distance. Vettel and Button exchanged fastest laps for a while before Vettel began to open the gap and establish a comfortable lead. He was eight seconds ahead before backing off on the final lap. Behind them, Alonso measured his pace to ensure his tyres would last to the end - they were four laps older than those on the Force India of Paul di Resta behind him. The Scot took an impressive fourth place after a strong qualifying saw him start sixth, ahead of Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg and Lotus’s Kimi Raikkonen. The second Lotus of Romain Grosjean was seventh, ahead of Ferrari’s Felipe Massa, Toro Rosso’s Daniel Ricciardo and Red Bull’s Mark Webber. After the race, Webber was given a drive-through penalty for passing Kamui Kobayashi off the track around the

outside of Turn Seven on lap 50. Twenty seconds were added to his race time which dropped him down to 11th and promoted Perez to 10th. The closing stages of the grand prix were enlivened by some exciting racing as closely-packed drivers battled for position. Massa might have helped secure his Ferrari future with a strong drive, including an improvisational pass on Williams’s Senna into Turn

13. The Brazilian was last at the end of the first lap after picking up a puncture. And both Sauber drivers lost their front wings in separate incidents with Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg. Vettel was investigated after the race for an incident at the first safety-car re-start in which he slowed unexpectedly and Button nearly hit him from behind, but after a lengthy deliberation the stewards decided to take no action.

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