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roquetas & almerimar

SolTimes issue 357

3 - 9 OCTober

est. 7 yrs

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Murcia authorities haul away 200 tonnes of drowned livestock Some 200 tonnes of dead animals were removed from farms in and around Lorca and Puerto Lumbreras this weekend, all of them drowned in the torrential rain that fell on Friday. Experts with the regional Animal Health and Safety departament working in tandem with the local authorities, worked all weekend in the areas worst hit by Friday’s flash floods, specifically in the villages of El Campillo, Purías, El Esparragal and Puerto Lumbreras, hauling away the livestock corpses and evaluating the damage.

The work was carried out according to which areas were accessible and which farmers had requested assistance. Farmers were asked to place the animal corpses close to roads, wherever possible, so that they could be easily removed by the authorities to be treated in specialist facilities. Most of the dead animals are sheep, although cows, pigs, goats and chickens are known to have perished in the floods. Seven farms in Lorca who have lost all their livestock.

Man drowns trying to save girl in Spanish flash floods


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A Spanish man has drowned in a failed attempt to rescue a nine-year-old girl who became trapped inside a car during flash flooding in southeastern Spain, a local official said Sunday. The girl was travelling with her grandfather and 11-year-old brother when their vehicle was caught in rapidly rising flood waters on Friday near the town of Puerto Lambreras, an official with the town hall said. A 60-year-old man - identified by Spanish media as Juan Asensio - tried to rescue the girl but he was swept away by the flood waters and died, he added. The girl and her grandfather also drowned but the 11-year-old boy survived, reportedly by holding on to a lamppost. “Three people died. We are still not sure how the boy managed to survive,” said the official with the town hall of Puerto Lambreras who asked not to be named in line with the municipality’s policy. Residents walk by a wrecked car carried away by flash floods in the town of Villanueva del Rosario, southern Spain. Picture: AP Ten people in total have died in Spain in the regions of Andalusia and Murcia due to flash flooding brought on by downpours. The heavy rains have also damaged homes, caused the collapse of two bridges and forced roads to close. Hundreds of people - municipal officials and volunteers - worked on Sunday to sweep streets of mud and debris in both regions. “This is a disaster, an authentic disaster,” 75-year-old Antonio Lopez told the online edition of local newspaper La Verdad as he watched the cleanup operation near his home in Puerto Lumbreras.

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Following the devastation cause by the floods last weekend. The Vera Fun Run, Scheduled for this Saturday ( 6th October) has had to be cancelled. A spokeperson for organisers, The Vera & District Lions club said.” Months of planning has gone into organising the event, but the club’s directors held a conference meeting on Sunday where a decision had to be made and very reluctantly we have decided to cancell the Event”. He continued “ With so much damage to bridges, roads and property in and around Vera we felt it would be impossible for many of the runners, supporers and helpers to be able to get to the event. We have also had to take into consideration that in all probability the police and local authority on whom we rely, will be engaged with other priorities. We had an army of volunteers, including Paramedics, Marshalls and support workers to consider as well, but above all the safety of the runners & supporters must take priority and without the help and assistance of everyone we felt we would not be able to meet our obligations. Yes we are down hearted at having to cancell at such short notice, but we hope that all the runners and supporers understand why we have taken this decision. Whilst it is too early to make a firm decision, we will hope to re schedule the event for sometime in the Spring next year.

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Susan is also interested in refurbishing antique chandeliers and lights. Some, she converts to candlelight, using tea-lights, conventional and electronic candles. Reluctantly she sells her creations, but would love to keep every one of them. She loves going to boot fairs and 2nd hand shops. The rustier and older the item, it would be brought home to be loved and hung up in the house.

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Since living in Spain her creativity has blossomed, along with designing rejas, she also paints apartments and Villas with her father Mike Huskinson, who has lived in Spain for nearly 30 years, and who recently taught Sue to tile her first floor.

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In her spare time Sue & her partner Danny (who is a roofer/builder) are renovating their Cortijo which they bought a few years ago.

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Spain floods: Ten die in Malaga, Almeria and Murcia Report by Martin Shortland

The severe storms and torrential rain that swept across the province last week, causing havoc in towns and communities from Murcia to Malaga, has claimed the life of a British woman. The area to the north of Almeria was one of the most badly affected by the enormous downpour, as flash floods destroyed large parts of the region. Roads became rivers, vehicles disappeared and homes were engulfed by a sea of water and mud. Hundreds of people had to be evacuated from their homes and emergency services were unable to cope with calls for help as the storm raged for almost 48 hours. At least 10 people are known to have died in what’s being described as the biggest tragedy to hit the region in more than two decades. The British woman was reported missing in the town of Vera on Thursday and her body was found on Sunday. She has been named as Diana Dudas, a 52 year old married woman who had lived in the town for some years. Her Spanish husband was unavailable for comment and it is believed she

Six dead in light aircraft crash

Six people have been killed after a light aircraft bound for Valencia crashed in the Tirol region of Austria in the early hours of Sunday morning. Red Cross sources say the craft set off from Innsbruck at 06.50hrs with seven passengers and one pilot, but then disappeared off the radar half an hour later when crossing a forest. Bad weather conditions are blamed for poor visibility, which may have led to the crash. When emergency services reached the scene, one of the survivors had been able to climb free from the wreckage on foot, and another was seriously injured and had to be air-lifted to hospital. But the rescue helicopter could not take off for some time, due to the bad weather.


The other five passengers and the pilot were killed instantly in the crash, which caused the craft to go up in flames and led to a fire in the forest.

has relatives living in the UK. A foreign office spokesperson, dealing with the case, said it was looking into the tragedy and liaising with local authorities. The circumstances surrounding her death are unknown. Mrs Dudas ran an holistic therapy clinic and hairdressers in the town. A close friend described her as being, “an absolutely lovely person, very warm, very caring and with a great sense of humour.” She added that everyone who knew her were shocked and devastated. Elsewhere, bridges were brought down and motorways had to be closed. The rail link between Almeria, Valencia and Madrid was closed for a time and flights into the region’s airports were diverted to other destinations. Electricity and water supplies were also badly affected in many areas. The heavy flooding

follows months of drought and above average temperatures, triggering wildfires in many parts of the province. Among the death toll are two young children found in a submerged car near Murcia. Further north, 15 people are in hospital with serious injuries after a ferris wheel collapsed at a fair in the town of Gandia. Thousands of military personnel continue to help in the clean-up operation, including members of the Spanish Legion stationed at their base near Almeria. Although the rain has now stopped, a huge amount of damage has been done. In a region already crippled by high unemployment and debt, the bill to carry out repairs is estimated to be in excess of 1 million euros, a sum that many local authorities will struggle to contribute to.

Massive gathering surrounds Congress

An estimated 4,500 people surrounded the Congress building in Madrid this evening, calling for democracy and for the government to resign. Led by the same groups which organised the countrywide protests on Wednesday, tonight’s gathering was a smallerscale affair which kicked off at 18.00hrs and went on until around 21.00hrs. Although most of the protesters were from Spain’s hardest-hit age-group – from 20s to 40s – everyone from the youngest children to the elderly were seen in the crowds. Banners carried bore slogans that roughly translated as ‘the government wants us to be seen and not heard’; ‘vote for vultures: they peck your eyes out just like the government does’; ‘Detestable debts: Referendum NOW’; ‘We want bailing out too – from

politicians, that is’; and the refrain ‘No hay pan para tanto chorizo’, which, in Anglo-Saxon idiomatic language, would be something along the lines of ‘There are not enough cups and saucers for so many tea-leaves’. So far, no incidents have been reported, unlike Wednesday’s protests where several people were arrested and many say they were victims of extreme police brutality. One man said he spent the night in a cell after being accused of threatening officers, which he denies. He said he asked for water, but was left for over 10 hours without a drop to drink. Demonstrations were particularly heartfelt today after a broad overview of the 2013 budget was announced, including more cutbacks in healthcare, education, dole money, cultural and charitable activities, but with a much lower percentage being reduced from the funding of the Church. The only bright notes were that the president has agreed to drop his salary to just over 78,000 euros a year, and pensions will rise slightly. But if the EU bail-out application is presented – as seems likely – with this and the recession combined, Spain’s overall debt will rocket to 90 per cent of its rapidly-diminishing gross national product.


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antas on friday at the height of the floods, antas pueblo: LES RAUFER

Cariatiz and Sorbas photos STUART WALTERS

chaos in cucador: soltimes staff finally head home - photo: jon salt

chaos in cucador: raging rambla photo: jon salt

chaos in cucador; car park outside of sol times office becomes holding area for traffic stuck between landslide & collapsed bridge photo: jon salt

chaos in cucador: collapsed bridge - photo: jon salt


Government reveals latest round of austerity measures The Government revealed its latest round of austerity measures with today’s announcement of budget changes for 2013. Pensions have escaped the Prime Minister’s scythe, but taxes are on the up again and there will be new structural reforms to try to combat the shrinking economy and increasing unemployment. Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaría called it “a crisis budget designed to exit the crisis”, focusing more on spending cuts than tax rises. Oppostioin leader Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba was “sceptical” about what he described as an “antisocial” budget. Ministries will be expected to reduce spending by 12% on average and public sector salaries have been frozen for the third year in a row. A new independent authority is to be set up to monitor government finances. The only areas where spending will be allowed to increase in 2013 will be pensions, student scholarships and interest payments on debt. The individual pension increase of 1% will be funded by drawing on three billion euros of reserves. There will be a new 20% tax on lottery wins above 2,500 euros and a new car scrappage scheme, along with 43 new laws to reform the country’s


The Government said that tax revenues were proving to be higher than budgeted for this year, and were expected to increase by a further 3.8% in 2013. EU Economic Affairs Commissioner Olli Rehn stated that the reforms went further Brussels’ requirements. “I particularly welcome the ambitious plans to establish an independent fiscal council, to further liberalise professional services, and to effectively reduce the fragmentation of the internal market in Spain,” Mr Rehn said.

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One Stop Pool Shop’s Maintenance team are now taking bookings for acid baths and re-grouts for the winter months. They also supply and fit top quality winter covers. Has your below ground pump house been flooded? Why not get us to raise it to a more sensible level where you needn’t kneel down to change the settings. This winter, we have a Pick ‘n Mix offer where you can choose any 2 tubs of Multi, Shock or Chlorine for just €36! We are open every day accept Sunday in the courtyard outside Longos in Albox from 9.30am – 2pm. For more information call 950 104 345 or for maintenance queries call 637 582 696. One of the other premises outside of Longo’s ferriteria is Inford@tox, a family run computer shop full of ink cartridges and many accessories. You can also order letter headed stationary and marketing material and they have some stationary in store too! Andres and Rosa can also help you with servicing, maintaining, repairing, upgrading your computer and every morning there is an English speaking assistant to help you with any queries. For more information call 950 633 223 or find them on facebook and twitter! Just up from the BP garage in Albox is Sol Y Mar estate agents and the Post Shop. Due to a busy June and lots of house sales – Sol Y Mar desperately need legal properties up to the value of €150,000. They can also provide help with getting your NIE, Residentia and a complete after care package, walking your through every step. Sol Y Mar are also official HITS agents and have a wide selection of phone/ sim cards and accessories to choose from. Pop into the office to see Richard or call Charlie on 677 667 722.

ALBOX & Saturdays, Friday (eve) opening 5pm - 9pm. for further information please call them on 950 06 4576 or 661 759 882. A & A Subastas y salas de venta en Albox tiene una amplia gama de muebles, muebles de jardín, electrodomésticos, muchos artículos del hogar y también pueden hacer separaciones de la casa. El negocio está abierto como de costumbre, de 09.00 – 14.00 de lunes a jueves y sábados, viernes (tarde) la apertura de 17:00-21:00. Para más información, favor de llamar a 950 06 4576 o 661 759 882.

Donna’s Hair & Beauty Salon is found on Avda America between Mercadona and Price Busters in Albox. Since moving into their new premises here in Albox, Donna and her team have seen the salon go from strength to strength. This Autumn they have introduced a number of excellent value offers to make you feel great! Not only do they offer the whole range of hair treatments including foils, perms, cut & colours, but they also have a beauty team to pamper you with manicures, facials and a body piercing expert available every Saturday. They are open from 9.30am – 3pm every Monday, from 9.30am – 5, Tuesday to Friday and 10am – 2pm on Saturdays. For more information call 950 930 167.

Bekki, Miguel, Mike & Maureen of A&A AUCTIONS & SALESROOMS have been running this successful family business for over 3 years now in Albox and have opened in their new premises on the Longo Centro Commercial site in Albox right next to Animalbox where they have doubled in size, here they have over 1000sqr metres which allows them to display sale items to maximum effect. They have a large range of furniture, garden furniture, electrical goods, many household items and they can also take the stress out of clearing your or a loved one’s house for you. Business is open as usual from 9am - 2pm Monday to Thursday


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Tarragona is the perfect town for soaking up history, sun and the laid back Spanish lifestyle. Roman history buffs - it doesn’t get much better than this, short of visiting Rome itself.

The Romans settled a military camp here originally in 218bc, which quickly grew to be the capital of Roman Spain. Many of the Roman buildings have been well preserved and meandering around the city, you get a real feel for what a beachside Romanesque town really felt like.


The Museu De La Romanitat provides access to the Roman Circus and Roman Vaults, where the chariots raced to entertain the crowds. A short walk towards the ocean from here and you will come across the Balco De Maditerrani, a lovely look out that takes in the breathtaking view of the excellently preserved Roman Amphitheatre, with the stunning Mediterranean as its back drop. There are also other Roman sites scattered around Tarragona, including the Passeig Arquelogic, which is a walking path around the old city walls starting just west of the main street La Rambla Nova.

restaurants where you can take a break from the sun worshipping with a cool drink and some food under the shaded huts. The free spirited beachgoer may even want to check out the Playa el Torn but only if you’re willing to forget your swimwear! Parallel to La Rambla Nova is the Rambla Vella, the main street of the old town where you’ll find restaurants and shopping, also check out the Placa de la Font for a great choice of cafes. Other attractions of Tarragona include the Musea Arqualaogic, which has a rich array of cultural artifacts from Tarragona’s history including mosaics, frescoes and pottery and is free to get into on Tuesdays. The 12th Century Cathedral with Roman and Gothic influences is a must see for history buffs, as well as the Necropolis Museau which holds a fascinating collection of Roman, Pagan and Christian burial relics. For the more adventurous, or to sweeten the holiday for younger people, just 7km from Tarragona is Port Adventura, a huge theme park catering for the tamer ride goers and for those daring enough to take on Europe’s biggest rollercoaster - the Dragon Kahn. Along with many other thrilling rides there is a fantastic water park (the Caribe aquatic) and don’t miss the sound and light show in the evening. A word of advice, to save yourself from walking and queuing in the hot Spanish sun, the theme park is much pleasanter on a summer evening, and that leaves the daytime to enjoy the water park.

La Rambla Nova is a lovely wide boulevard lined with shops, restaurants and accommodation and ends dramatically with a cliff face that overlooks the main beach - The Platja de Miracle.

For a true local treat visit Tarragona during the Saint Magi Festival in August to watch the Castellers form human pyramids; a life size statue also adorns La Rambla Nova if you miss the actual event.

There are many other quality beaches surrounding Tarragona; the Platja Larga is ideal for those who like things a bit quieter. There are also numerous caravan parks and even a couple of beachside

Directions: Take the E-15 towards Murcia. Continue on the E-15/ Ap-7 towards Valencia and then onto Tarragona. The E-15 will take you straight there – approx 8 hours

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Kate Roberts was born in Stoke-on-Trent more years ago than she cares to remember. She graduated from the University of Keele, Staffordshire in the midseventies. She began her career as a teacher of English and Art, but after several years decided to return to studies in order to train as a psychotherapist and counsellor. ‘Like all writers of human interest stories I am

fascinated by the complexities of the human mind. I have a deep and abiding interest in the issues of the dispossessed and troubled psyche and the struggle to become ‘whole’. I was always aware of women’s issues, living through the rapidly changing values of the sixties and seventies.’ Her novel, ‘Girls Get Married, Don’t They?’ concentrates on these issues and follows the main character’s journey from a deprived working

that marriage is not the only choice, after all. Many readers may remember that Kate had a regular column in the Sol Times where she contributed articles on Counselling and later ‘The Write Thing’. Kate has always written, though with the pressures of a full-time career until very recently, had little spare time to promote her work. She is known locally for her poetry and in 2004 notably won a worldwide competition in the United States for her poem, ‘Dark Land of Light’. The poem is about Andalucia and if anyone is interested they may read it on her website at http://www. . She has also had a collection of poetry published in 1992 ‘Abandoned Lives’, now out of print. Her work appears in several anthologies including ‘A Poem for Buddy’, (1997), a collection edited by Roger

class childhood to a place of self-healing and wholeness. Margaret is only fifteen when she suddenly realizes that the narrow world inhabited by her parents and dominated by her father is the only one she can look forward to. Her father believes that education is wasted on girls and tells her in no uncertain terms that, ‘girls get married, don’t they?’ Thus begins her crazy career through several husbands until she discovers

McGough to commemorate the singer. ‘I have several unedited novels in my desk drawer, awaiting my attention and I hope to get them onto Kindle in the near future,’ says Kate. Kate Roberts new book, Girls Get Married, Don’t They? is avaiable to download for Kindle: follow this link: http:// dp/B008UIWEX0 Comments already posted include Tony Redston: “Kate

Roberts’ deliciously clever prose opens a fascinating and compelling window into Margaret’s early family life that is the equal of any wellknown modern writer in this vane. This seems to be billed as a `woman’s book’ but as a man I found myself totally drawn in to Margaret’s life.” Kate now lives in Los Gallardos where she runs a weekly writer’s group in Los Gallardos – The Write Thing. For further details call Kate on 950 469 540.

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How to get a good night’s rest

Insomnia makes you desperate. Desperate not to be constantly exhausted and desperate not to dread every night. If, like me, you have spent many a small hour staring sore-eyed at the ceiling as the light begins to creep in through the cracks in the curtains, you’ll no doubt understand. Insomnia affects about 30 per cent of us – with over 12 million prescriptions for sleeping pills written every year. Our sleeplessness costs the NHS £36 million annually. Because my insomnia is sporadic, I have never been to the doctor for prescription drugs and, interestingly, experts say most poor sleepers don’t need them anyway. However, there ARE proven methods to beat insomnia. Here, our experts recommend ways to get a good night’s sleep – and, having tried them, I can say with confidence that they work. UNDERSTAND YOUR FEAR HOW? A course of cognitive behavioural therapy – a type of psychotherapy – will help change the way you think

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and behave. ‘CBT helps overcome negative beliefs about sleep,’ says Dr Nicola Barclay, Associate Director of the Northumbria Centre for Sleep Research. ‘You may tell yourself that you won’t function the next day if you have no sleep, but this probably isn’t true.’ PROOF: More than 100 clinical trials have shown that CBT is the most effective long-term solution for insomnia. TRY: Sleepio (a six-week online course), left, £49.99, TRICK THE MIND THE BODY HOW? With melatonin supplements. Dr Guy Leschziner, consultant neurologist at Guy’s and St Thomas’ and London Bridge hospitals, says: ‘Melatonin is a hormone which is secreted by a gland in the brain. It tells the mind and body it’s time to go to sleep. Supplements contain a synthetic version.’ Short-term use – for a few weeks – is acceptable, says Russell Foster, Professor of Circadian Neuroscience at Oxford University and author of Sleep: A Very Short Introduction. But he adds: ‘It shouldn’t be used long-term because of the

concern of dependency.’ PROOF: A 2008 study showed that a daily oral dose of 2mg of melatonin for three weeks improved sleep and morning alertness. ‘It doesn’t work for everyone,’ says Sultan Dajani, of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. ‘If it hasn’t worked within three weeks, it isn’t going to.’ TRY: Ask your doctor about a prescription but don’t buy online as many are fakes. WAKE UP GRADUALLY HOW? With light therapy – specially-designed lamps that gradually increase the amount of light they emit, creating an artificial dawn or dusk. Prof Foster says: ‘This activates areas of the brain promoting alertness, and turns off the sleep hormone melatonin.’ As evening approaches, the lamps can be used in reverse, gradually emitting less light to create an artificial dusk and so encouraging relaxation. PROOF: ‘Receptors in the eyes trigger the release of the hormones that regulate the sleep cycle,’ says Prof Foster. TRY: Lumie Bodyclock

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CREATE A SANCTUARY HOW? Sleep hygiene: the bedroom must be used solely to sleep. All office equipment, TVs, phones and laptops should be removed from the bedroom, and don’t eat or drink there. Go to bed and get up at the same time every day. Avoid day-time napping, stimulants such as caffeine and nicotine, and take exercise. Keep the bedroom cool, and hands and feet warm. ‘The core temperature of the body needs to drop at night,’ says Professor Foster. ‘Keeping extremities warm will shunt blood from the core to the periphery.’ PROOF: Dr Barclay says: ‘Often those with sleep problems make the bedroom into the office. Removing extraneous items ensures it is only associated with sleeping so it is seen as a place to relax rather than entertain.’ Professor Williams says: ‘I think this is the first-line treatment for any sleep disorder.’ TRY: Tips at conditions/insomnia BLOCK OUT NOISE HOW? White-noise therapy. You can buy a device that gives out a constant hum – such as the sound made by a fan blowing air, masking extraneous noise. Other devices emit the sound of the sea or rain. PROOF: Research has shown that white noise can help patients sleep in noisy environments. A 2008 survey of 2,000 poor sleepers showed that sound machines worked almost as well as medication. TRY: The Dohm White Noise Machine (below), £64.99, or Pabobo Dream Theatre Light, £64,


British workers ‘are the most depressed in Europe’ one in four is diagnosed with the illness

British workers are the most likely to be diagnosed with depression in Europe, a survey has found. The worrying extent of the illness in the UK was laid bare by the poll that revealed 26 per cent of Britons had received the diagnosis from their GP, compared with 12 per cent of Italians. Those in the UK also took the most time off as a result of the illness, recording 41 days on average compared with the European mean of 36. The study from the European Depression Association, also revealed than one in 10 working people in Europe have taken time off because of the debilitating psychological condition, which is equivalent to 21,000 lost working days. In 2010, depression was estimated to cost the EU £73billion. Despite the size of the problem, nearly one in three managers reported they had no formal support or resources to deal with employees who have depression, and 43 per cent called for better policies and legislation to protect employees. A quarter of employees with depression said they did not inform their work with many saying they feared it would put their job at risk. The IDEA survey (Impact of Depression in the Workplace in Europe Audit) polled more than 7,000 people in Europe. MEP Stephen Hughes said: ‘Depression in the workplace is an employment and societal challenge that is causing serious damage and which requires attention and action from the European Union.’ Depression is the biggest mental health challenge among working-age people, affecting one in five people at some point in their lives. However, the poll revealed there is still poor awareness of common symptoms. While 88 per cent identified low mood or sadness as a sign, just a third knew that forgetfulness could point

to depression and around half knew it could affect concentration. When asked what is needed to support employees with depression in the workplace, managers most often cited more counselling services and better government legislation and policies. Dr Vincenzo Costigliola, President of the European Depression Association said ‘The results of the IDEA survey show that much needs to be done in raising awareness and supporting employees and employers in recognising and managing depression in the workplace. ‘We ask policymakers to consider the impact of depression on the workforce and charge them with addressing depression and workers and workplace safety.’ Full results of the IDEA survey will be published in 2013.

DEPRESSED? Below are the more common symptoms associated with depression:

- Persistent sadness or low mood. This may be with or without weepiness. - Marked loss of interest or pleasure in activities you normally enjoy. - Disturbed sleep compared with your usual pattern. - Change in appetite. - Fatigue (tiredness) or loss of energy. - Agitation or slowing of movements. - Poor concentration or indecisiveness. Even simple tasks can seem difficult. - Feelings of worthlessness, or excessive or inappropriate guilt. - Preoccupation with death and dying. Visit your GP if you think you might be affected

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The cost of dying has got a lot more expensive – Or has it?? From 1st September the rate of IVA (vat) charged by Funeral Directors rose from 8% to 21% so an average funeral cost here in Spain will be in the region of 4840 €. With an Iberian Funeral Plan you fix the cost of the funeral at today’s price and it is fixed forever, irrespective of how much funeral expenses rise in the future. With guaranteed Plan prices starting from just 2995 €. Do you need to look elsewhere for total peace of mind?

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groundbreaking optics technique: Doctors could be able to ‘see’ under patients’ skin

A groundbreaking optics technique could allow doctors to see under the outer layer of patients’ skin and detect diseases including cancer. High resolution 3D images map out the network of blood vessels beneath the skin, potentially eliminating the need for invasive techniques such as biopsies. The research, published today in Optical Society journal Biomedical Optics Express, could help doctors better diagnose, monitor, and treat skin cancer and skin conditions like eczema and dermatitis. Researchers from Medical University Vienna (MUW) in Austria and the Ludwig-Maximilians University in

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Munich, Germany, used a technique called optical coherence tomography (OCT) to ‘see’ under the skin. They tested their system on various patches of skin, including a healthy human palm, a forearm affected by allergy-induced eczema, dermatitis on the forehead, and basal cell carcinoma – the most common type of skin cancer – on the face. Ophthalmologists have used OCT on eyes since the 1990s and the technology has recently attracted increased interest from dermatologists. OCT has many advantages over other imaging techniques. It is non-invasive and provides high-resolution images - to within 1mm - at high speed. It is

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typically used to show tissue structure, but can also reveal the pattern of blood vessels, which carry important clues about disease.The researchers at MUW are the first to use OCT to look at the network of blood vessels in human skin that feed cancerous skin lesions. ‘We hope that improved in-depth diagnosis of tissue alterations due to disease might help to reduce the number of biopsies by providing better guidance,’ said Dr Leitgeb. The system could also be used by doctors to assess how quickly a tumour is likely to grow and spread, as well as to monitor the effectiveness of treatments such as topical chemotherapy.



Our therapy suite is positioned in a peaceful and relaxing, self-contained room on the right hand side of La Vida in Cucador. It has disabled access and its own entrance, plenty of car parking and wonderful views over olive groves. If you wish to book a top-to-toe pamper day, include lunch or you wish to purchase a gift voucher, you can contact the individual therapist direct or email us at: Beauty Therapy – Sandra 661 858 949 or Melissa 626 144 680  ur UK fully-qualified therapists are available on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 9am to O 1.30pm to pamper you… we offer a full range of Facials plus Waxing, Tinting, Manicure, Pedicure or a set of Gel Nails from 15€!

Holistic Massage – Melissa 626 144 680 Melissa, who is UK fully-qualified with over 10 years experience, offers a range of relaxing massage treatments: from a simple Back, Neck & Shoulder Massage to Hot Stone treatments. A course of Reflexology is also available.

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Q. My house and my car have been wrecked by the flood. What do I do next? A. You need to take the following steps: Insurance cover: In Spain damage caused by natural disasters are covered by a system of insurance of last resort called the “Consorcio de Compensacion de Seguros”. Your first port of call will be your own insurance company, but they will probably inform that your policy does not cover you and direct you to the Consorcio. (I recommend careful reading of the policy in all cases) The damages indemnified by the Consorcio will be those that affect people or items which are subject to cover by virtue of an insurance policy taken out with any authorised insurance company and always on condition that said policy is in force when the damage is produced and that the insured is up to date with payment of the corresponding premium. In other words the Consorcio takes over the position of your insurer and will pay out the same amount, as your insurer would have, based on your policy.(in other words the Consorcio only pays if you had a valid insurance policy) This article has been written in good faith but it is no substitute for individualized legal advice and therefore we accept no responsibility for the consequences of the use of the above information. Michael Davies is a Spanish Abogado and has been practicing law in Almería since 1993. He is member of the Law societies of Almería and Madrid and has offices in Mojacar and Almeria High Street.



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(2.47 acres) may contain over 750 types of trees and 1500 species of higher plants.

World Rainforest Week 12th-18th October

At least 80% of the developed world's diet originated in the tropical rainforest. Its bountiful gifts to the world include fruits like avocados, coconuts, figs, oranges, lemons, grapefruit, bananas, guavas, pineapples, mangos and tomatoes; vegetables including corn, potatoes, rice, winter squash and yams; spices like black pepper, cayenne, chocolate, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, sugar cane, turmeric, coffee and vanilla and nuts including Brazil nuts and cashews.

Medicinal Value Currently, only 25% of Western pharmaceuticals are derived from rainforest ingredients, yet less than 1% of these tropical trees and plants have been tested by scientists. The U.S. National Cancer Institute has identified 3000 plants that are active against cancer cells - 70% of these plants are found in the rainforest. Twenty-five percent of the active ingredients in today's cancer-fighting drugs come from organisms found only in the rainforest. Vincristine, extracted from the rainforest plant, periwinkle, is one of the world's most powerful anticancer drugs. It has dramatically increased the survival rate for acute childhood leukemia since its discovery. Today, over 100 pharmaceutical companies and several branches of the US government are engaged in plant research projects for possible drugs and cures for viruses, infections, cancer and even AIDS.

The Disappearing Rainforests We are losing Earth's greatest biological treasures just as we are beginning to appreciate their true value. Rainforests once covered 14% of the earth's land surface; now they cover a mere 6% and experts estimate that the last remaining rainforests could be consumed in less than 40 years. Rainforests are being destroyed because the value of rainforest land is perceived as only the value of its timber by short-sighted governments, multi-national logging companies and land owners. One and one-half acres of rainforest are lost every second with tragic consequences for both developing and industrial countries. Nearly half of the world's species of plants, animals and microorganisms will be destroyed or severely threatened over the next quarter century due to rainforest deforestation. Experts estimate that we are losing 137 plant, animal and insect species every single day due to rainforest deforestation - that equates to 50,000 species a year! As the rainforest species disappear, so do many possible cures for life-threatening diseases. Currently, 121 prescription drugs sold worldwide come from plant-derived sources.

The Wealth of the Rainforests The Amazon Rainforest covers over a billion acres, encompassing areas in Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia and the Eastern Andean region of Ecuador and Peru - if Amazonia were a country, it would be the ninth largest in the world! Described as the "Lungs of our Planet", it provides the essential environmental world service of continuously recycling carbon dioxide into oxygen. More than 20 percent of the world oxygen is produced in the Amazon Rainforest. More than half of the world's estimated 10 million species of plants, animals and insects live in the tropical rainforests. One-fifth of the world's fresh water is in the Amazon Basin. One hectare

Rainforest Action Experts agree that by leaving the rainforests intact and harvesting its many nuts, fruits, oilproducing plants and medicinal plants, the rainforest has more economic value than if they were cut down to make grazing land for cattle or for timber. If managed properly, the rainforest can provide the world's need for these natural resources on a perpetual basis. Promoting the use of these sustainable and renewable sources could stop the destruction of the rainforests. By creating a new source of income, the rainforests becomes more valuable alive than cut and burned. However, sufficient demand of sustainable and ecologically harvested rainforest products is necessary for preservation efforts to succeed. Purchasing sustainable rainforest products can effect positive change by creating a market for these products while supporting the native people's economy and provides the economic solution and alternative to cutting the forest just for the value of its timber.

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Mojacar playa Mojacar playa

3 bed / 2 bath Apartment near the new school. Build 99 m² + terraces. Communal pool & underground private parking. Ref. 1095

1 bed/1 bath fully furnished Apartment. Private garden of 48 m². Outdoor & indoor pool, gym, social club, tennis court and so on. Ref. 1049

1 bed / 1 bath fully furnished Apartment with amazing sea views. Terrace & underground parking place. Lift & pool. Ref. 1017


€80,000 €79,995


Bargain! 2 bed / 2 bath ground floor furnished Apartment. Build 62 m². Large back patio & underground private parking. Ref. 1496







2 bed / 1 bath sea facing fully furnished Apartment with private underground parking. Solarium & terraces: 74 m². Ref. 1130

2 bed / 1 bath sea views Apartment within 300 meters to the promenade. Lift, tennis court & communal pool. Ref. 1100

Well appointed 2 bed / 1 bath south facing Penthouse Apartment. Underground parking & store room. Communal pool. Ref. 1046

2 bed / 2 bath pretty Bungalow just a few minutes walk to beach, promenade & amenities. Large communal Pool. Ref. 1006



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2/3 bed / 2 bath sea facing Apartment within 2 minutes walk to the beach. 2 terraces. Communal Pool. Ref. 1018

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3 bed / 2 bath brand new Villa on plot of 700 m² with excellent access and beautiful views. Ref. 1338

3 bed/2 bath fully furnished Apartment. Terrace with sea views. Build: 125 m². Communal Pool. Underground parking available. Ref. 1207

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Urban plot of 1,067 m² in the tranquil beach resort of Agua Amarga Ref. 1214

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2 bed / 2 bath Penthouse Apartment with private roof solarium & garage within 200 meters to the beach. Sea views. Ref. 1076

2 bed / 1 bath east facing Townhouse with garage, solarium & 2 terraces. Sea views & Communal pool. Ref. 1053

4 bed / 2 bath beautiful Villa with pool on a plot of 532 m² in El Saltador, 5 minutes drive to all amenities. Ref. 1027

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3 bed / 2 bath south facing Townhouse with large private gardens & parking. Gated community with 2 pools. Ref 1168



3 bed / 3 bath Villa with garage in La Parata close to the club. Plot 400 m². Build 133 m². Roof solarium. Ref 1010

3 bed / 3 bath semi-detached Townhouse. Moorish style. Small community with pool & gardens. Terraces with views. Ref 1137

4 bed / 3 bath amazing Villa with underground garage & pool. Plot 390 m². Terraces with sea views. Many extras. Ref 1117

Please visit our office or refer to our website for more “bargains”. Vendors: If you are seriously considering selling your property please visit our office to discuss effective ways of achieving your goal. As per decree 218/2005 the “Documento de Información Abreviada” (D.I.A) for any property sold by Veritas Homes is available at our office.



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Spain encourages buy-to-let investors

Expats could benefit from Spain’s attempt to make properties in the country more attractive for landlords to buy and rent out, according to a report in the Telegraph Spain is opening its doors to property investors in an effort to revive its struggling economy, which could spell good news for expats based there. Europe’s fourth largest economy has a huge mountain of government and bank debt which has led to tough austerity measures and thousands of job losses. House prices have plummeted by up to 40 per cent as mortgage financing dries up within Spain’s struggling banks. The Spanish government has decided to make it more attractive for landlords to buy properties in the country and then rent them out. Rental laws are considered outdated and heavily skewed towards tenants. New legislation is in the pipeline which gives more power to landlords. These include giving tenants just 10 days to pay their arrears before being evicted. Property owners will also be able to regain possession of their

home after two months’ notice.

they are familiar with.

A further proposed change will cut the tenant’s right to live in the home down to three years with an extra one year’s agreed extension, from the current five years plus a three-year extension.

Data released by Spain’s Ministry of Development show foreigners bought 12 per cent more properties in the second quarter of this year compared to the same period in 2011. Alicante was the top buying destination followed by Malaga and Barcelona.

Another boost for foreign landlords will be tax relief on the rental income, ranging from 60 per cent to 100 per cent. But this is based on the proviso the home is rented to working people under 30 years of age. The new rules will also replace the existing inflationlinked rent increases with agreements between the landlord and the tenant instead. The improvement in Spain’s buy-to-let market and plunging house prices could present a good opportunity for Britons living in Spain to buy for investment in areas

SBypa i n ’ s R e s i d e n c e Ru l e s Bill Blevins, Financial Correspondent, Blevins Fr anks EU, EEA (European Economic Area) and Swiss nationals have the right to reside in Spain for more than three months a year. This is provided they apply in person within three months of arrival. They are then registered in the Central Register of Foreigners. Spain has now introduced new residency rules for all EU/EEA/Swiss citizens. The basic rule above still stands, but they have tightened up the requirements. The new rules were introduced on 10th July this year, and are backdated to cover applications from 24th April 2012. Applicants now need to produce evidence of sufficient financial means to support themselves and any dependants. They may also be asked for proof of private or public healthcare

insurance - if you have Form S1 this suffices. Tax residency Note that these new measures have no bearing on whether you are a tax resident in Spain or not. Tax residence is a separate issue and assessed on different criteria. You can be tax resident in Spain even if you do not apply for a formal residence permit. It is your responsibility to register for, and pay, tax if you meet one of Spain’s tax residence rules. The authorities are cracking down on people who meet the residence rules but have not been paying tax in Spain. Tax residency can be more complex than first appears, and you may be resident here even if you are careful about day counting. British expatriates may also be tax resident in the UK if they retain strong ties with the UK and/or spend many days there. You

Marc Pritchard, sales and marketing manager at UKbased housebuilder Taylor Wimpey España, said the sharp fall in property prices was the main driving force behind the increase in sales. He said: “Spain still ranks top of the list for property buyers. For Brits the easy-to-reach reliable good weather plays a big part, swapping grey clouds for blue skies. And the strength of the pound against the euro means that visitors can get more for their money.”

need to take advice for your specific situation. If you are tax resident in Spain, you are liable for income, capital gains and wealth taxes on your worldwide assets and subject to Spanish succession tax on any gifts or inheritances you receive. For advice on your tax residency status, consult an advisory firm like Blevins Franks which keeps up to date on the rules in both Spain and the UK, and can advise on the most effective tax planning for your circumstances. 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



Costa Del Sol Seeks Swedish Homebuyers In Sweden this week the Costa Del Sol Tourist Board are taking part in a promotional campaign with the aim of introducing to the Nordic market the residential product “Living Costa Del Sol”, with which it is intended to sell off the surplus of homes and increase the number of foreign residents in the area. reportes that the promotion includes a ceremony in Stockholm on Tuesday, at the Spanish Embassy, to which estate agents, tourism operators and local authorities are invited. The event will be hosted by the Spanish ambassador, Javier Jiménez-Ugarte, who will be accompanied by the President of the Málaga Builders Association, José Prado. The President of Málaga Council and Tourist Board, Elijah Bendodo, will lead the Málaga delegation in this promotion, whose objective is to present the destination as the perfect place for a second home, as they have done in promotions previously in Germany, Bulgaria and

Banesto Launches New Discounted Homes Campaign


In the Costa Del Sol, the majority of the Nordic market are Swedish visitors, but there are also some Norwegian, Finnish and Danish. During 2011 the number of Swedish visitors reached nearly 120,000 in the province of Málaga, which represents an increase of 41% year-on-year. El Economista reported that in order to be included in the product “Living Costa Del Sol”, all homes must have all the necessary documentation in order which Spanish law requires for the legal sale of a residence. In addition, during this trip the Málaga delegation are to work together with the tour operator TUI, to look for new strategies in order to improve the flow of Nordic travellers to the province.

Banesto’s president, Antonio Basagoiti, told El Economista that the bank has sold a total of 3,170 homes in the last six months with discounts of up to 80% from the initial price. In this period, the bank has sold over 70% of the properties that made up their campaign ‘Homes at prices from twenty years ago’. The average price of the homes purchased reached 61,115 euros, and had three bedrooms and an area of about 90 square metres.

Monday to Friday

In March this year, they put 4,600 properties up for sale, scattered throughout the country, at an average price per square metre of 638 euros, the same as it cost on average in Spain in 1992.

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In most cases the buyers were either young couples wanting to start a family and who preferred to have their own house, or investors seeking to capitalise on their investment through rentals. Banesto has now launched a new campaign with discounts of up to 80% on another package of 1,800 homes, and is offering financing of up to 100% of the cost of the property, and a maximum term of 40 years.

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The offer is aimed at “all those who are wanting to move house before the tax changes that are planned for next year enter into force”, said Basagoiti. The properties included in the campaign have an average cost of 56,776 euros and a discount of up to 80% of their initial price. The homes, which may be resales or brand new, have an average of 3 bedrooms and an area of about 90 square metres.

Spending on Social Security contributory pensions amounted to 7,444.1 million euros in September, which is 4.4% more than in the same month of 2011, the Ministry of Employment and Social Security reported this week. Of this amount, more than 5,079 million euros corresponded to the payment of monthly retirement pensions (+5% compared to September 2011), 1,401 million euros for widow’s pensions (+3.1%) and 838.6 million euros for permanent disability pensions(+2.4%). The average pension amounted to 950.16 euros per month, which represented an increase of 3.4% over the same month of last year.

The average pension amount in the system, comprising all the different types of pension (retirement, permanent disability, widowhood, family allowance etc.), was 832.46 euros per month, an increase of 3.1% year-on-year. The widow’s pension stood at 602.67 euros per month, up 2.6%, while the permanent disability pension reached an average amount of 889.03 euros per month, an increase of 2.1%. In September, the number of Social Security contributory pensions was 8,942,282, representing a growth of 1.3%.


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Eurozone unemployment at fresh high

Unemployment in the eurozone hit a fresh high of 18.2 million in August, the EU statistics agency has said.

The number out of work rose by 34,000, but after the July data was revised up, it meant the unemployment rate remained stable at a record high of 11.4%. The highest unemployment rate was recorded in Spain, where 25.1% of the workforce is out of a job, and the lowest of 4.5% was recorded in Austria. The unemployment rate in Germany was 5.5%, Eurostat said. Last week, the European Commission warned of the existence of “a real social emergency crisis” due to the fall in household income and growing household poverty. Youth unemployment remains a particular concern, with the rate among under-25s hitting 22.8% across the eurozone, and 52.9% in Spain. The commission repeated its call to governments and businesses to act to try to avoid the “disaster” of “a lost generation”. In Greece, the most recent figures recorded in June show that more than 50% of the young workforce has no job. These two countries have by far the highest unemployment rate in the eurozone, as both governments look to cut spending and raise taxes to try and cut high debt levels.

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The eurozone as a whole is also struggling to generate the economic growth needed to stimulate employment. Its economy shrank by 0.2% between April and June, with Italy and Spain stuck in recession and France registering no growth for the past three quarters. The notable exception is the German economy, Europe’s biggest, which grew by 0.3% in the second quarter. Across the wider 27-nation European Union, unemployment rose by 49,000 to 25.5 million people, Eurostat said, with the unemployment rate stable at 10.5%. A commission spokesman said the total was “clearly unacceptable”. Compared with a year earlier, the unemployment rate rose in 20 countries, fell in six and remained stable in the UK. By way of comparison, the unemployment rate in the US was 8.1% in August and 4.1% in Japan. The European Commission said last week that disparities between the best and worst performing economies had continued to widen in the second quarter of the year. It also expressed concern about the social situation, which remained “very serious”. The number of people experiencing financial stress remains historically high, it said in its latest quarterly review of the jobs situation across the European Union. Household incomes had declined dramatically in Greece, where disposable incomes had dropped by 15.7% between 2009 and 2011, the commission said. Households in Ireland were living on 9% less. Child poverty was also becoming an issue for an increasing number of households, particularly in countries where child benefits are inadequate. Almost a fifth of families are at risk of poverty in Spain, Greece, Italy and Portugal, the review said.


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Eurozone manufacturing downturn eases, PMI suggests

The downturn in the manufacturing sector in the eurozone eased slightly in September, according to a closely-watched survey.

The Markit Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for the region was 46.1 in the month, up from 45.1 in August. Any score below 50 indicates contraction. Despite the slight upturn, manufacturing in the eurozone has now contracted for 14 consecutive months. Earlier, data showed that manufacturing in China shrank for the second month. China’s PMI rose to 49.8 in September from 49.2 in August, government data showed. In the UK, the PMI indicated that manufacturing output shrank during September. The Markit Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for the UK manufacturing sector fell to 48.4 in September from an upwardly revised 49.6 in August. Only the Republic of Ireland and the Netherlands recorded growth in manufacturing output, but there were

improvements in German, Italian and Spanish PMIs, all of which hit six-month highs. By contrast, France’s PMI, at 42.7, recorded one of its sharpest falls in history, Markit said. Manufacturers across the eurozone reported weaker demand in domestic markets, while export orders also fell. More jobs were lost in the sector for the eighth month in a row, while input costs rose for the first time in four months. “Despite seeing some easing in the rate of decline last month, manufacturers across the euro area suffered the worst quarter for three years in the three months to September,” said Markit’s chief economist Chris Williamson. “The survey is consistent with manufacturing output falling at a quarterly rate of perhaps as much as 1%, which means the sector will act as a severe drag on economic growth.”


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Police arrest pyromaniac responsible for Villamarchante fire A court in Llíria has decided to hold on remand and without bail the 34-year-old man arrested in connection with the fires in the Villamarchante area of Valencia. At the Public Prosecutor’s request, the judge has charged the man with attempted murder on the basis that many people’s lives were put at risk by the fires. The culprit, who lives in Ribarroja, was arrested by police this morning for deliberately starting three separate fires in Villamarchante on September 24th. The fires destroyed two hectares of land and forced 18 people to be evacuated from their homes and a school in the area to be evacuated and closed.

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Search Continues For Missing German Woman In Lorca

Officers from the Guardia Civil are today continuing their search for a 70-year-old German woman, Gertrud G., who went missing in Henares (Lorca) last Friday after being swept away in her car by a torrent of water. Sniffer dogs were given clothing belonging to the woman to smell, in the hope that they would be able to locate her, but came up with nothing in the exhaustive search. The missing woman left her home in Los Jarales de Lorca (Puerto Lumbreras) at 11am on Friday on her way to the Almenara shopping centre in Lorca. Her car was later found 1.5km from la Venta de las Macetas, in the Rambla de los Casarejos, parallel to the main A-91 Murcia-Granada road, but there was no sign of the woman herself.

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LEGAL CORNER - FLOOD SPECIAL ~ By Michael Davies, Abogado/Solicitor Q. My house and my car have been wrecked by the flood. What do I do next? A. You need to take the following steps: Insurance cover: In Spain damage caused by natural disasters are covered by a system of insurance of last resort called the “Consorcio de Compensacion de Seguros”. Your first port of call will be your own insurance company, but they will probably inform that your policy does not cover you and direct you to the Consorcio. (I recommend careful reading of the policy in all cases) The damages indemnified by the Consorcio will be those that affect people or items which are subject to cover by virtue of an insurance policy taken out with any authorised insurance company and always on condition that said policy is in force when the damage is produced and that the insured is up to date with payment of the corresponding premium. In other words the Consorcio takes over the position of your insurer and will pay out the same amount, as your insurer would have, based on your policy.(in other words the Consorcio only pays if you had a valid insurance policy): What you need to do: 1. G  ather the following documents: Copy of your insurance policy, copy of your last receipt of payment of the premium (you can get a duplicate from your bank) 2. G  ather as much proof as possible of the damages: take loads of photos (we recommend taking the notary to have photos taken in his presence (acta notarial fotográfica). 3. G  ather as many receipts as possible for damaged items, and ask for receipts for any urgent work performed to repair damages. 4. T ake into account that until dampness settles a couple of months after the damage is produced further damage may appear. 5. C  all your insurer. If they say your policy does not cover natural disaster (almost all cases) 6. P resent a claim to the Consorcio as soon as possible. This can be done by telephone to the number 902222665 (after the claim is made they should send a confirmation by text message to confirm your claim number), by their website: (only if you have a digital signature), or in person at their nearest regional office (Málaga or Murcia ) (call first), or letter (in this case we recommend a

burofax with proof. of content).

When damage is caused by natural disaster, your policy will not cover you and you will have to deal with the Consorcio, but what they pay out will depend on the coverage of your original policy: TYPES OF DAMAGE AND POLICIES THAT COVER THEM Q. I have suffered damage to my insured items (direct material damage). What type of policy will give me the right to indemnity?

Q. I have suffered damage to my motor vehicle. What cover must my policy include for me to have the right to indemnity? A. In the case of motor vehicles (cars, trucks, buses, commercial vehicles, motorcycles, motor scooters...) the insurance policy must include some form of cover for damage to the vehicle itself. For example, glass breakage, theft or the cover known as Fully Comprehensive (All Risks). Indemnity will not be paid out if you insurance is exclusively “Obligatory insurance” or “third party insurance”.

European markets, which dropped sharply on Wednesday on increased fears for Spain and the euro crisis, edged higher on Thursday. Mr Rajor is expected to unveil plans that go some way addressing reforms requested by the EU and win over sceptical investors. Investors fear that Spain, the eurozone’s fourth largest economy and now at centre of the debt crisis, cannot control its finances and that Mr Rajoy does not have the political will to take unpopular measures. The reforms are likely to include a new tax oversight body as recommended by Brussels, restrictions on early retirement, and new taxes on emissions and share deals. Wage freezes for public servants will also be extended into 2013, trade union sources claim. However, his attempts to cut the country’s debt and reduce its deficit are hampered by public anger, falling tax revenues and a shrinking economy – The Bank of Spain said on Wednesday the economy had shrunk at

A. In order to have cover for loss of profits it is necessary for: 1.this cover to be expressly included in the policy; 2.- the loss to be the result of direct material damage to insured items, and 3.- said insured items being the property of or having been placed at the disposal of the Insured party. This article has been written in good faith , but it is no substitute for individualized legal advice and therefore we accept no responsibility for the consequences of the use of the above information. Michael Davies, Abogado: Member 1748 of Almería Law Society/ Member 67228 of Madrid Law Society.

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Q. I have suffered personal damage (bodily injury, the death of an insured party). What policy will give me the right to indemnity, and what kind of personal damage produced by an extraordinary risk is indemnified by the Consorcio? A. Y ou will have the right to indemnity if you have contracted (or are the beneficiary of) an insurance policy that covers accidents, be it an individual policy or combined with other covers or as a complement to same (for example, a life insurance policy), or a policy from the life insurance sector that exclusively or principally covers the risk of death. With regard to the type of damage, the Consorcio will provide indemnity in the event of death, permanent disability (partial, total or absolute) or temporary incapacity, and they will do so

when the Government unveils its 2013 budget on Thursday as it strives to avoid a full sovereign bail-out.

“We know what we have to do, and since we know it, we’re doing it,” he said in a speech in New York on Wednesday as violent protests engulfed Madrid for a second day in a new round of anti-austerity demonstrations.

Q. As a result of an extraordinary occurrence I have suffered a loss of profits. Am I covered for this?

A. In order to have this right the policy contracted must include cover for one or some of the following risks: fire, theft, glass breakage, damage to machinery, electronic equipment, computers or combinations of these. For example, the policies known as Homeowners Multi-risks Policies or similar multi-risks policies for residential communities, offices, commercial premises, workshops, industrial premises, etc. For Motor Vehicle cover, see point 5.

Spain braces for austerity budget to avoid full bailout Spain is expected to announce more austerity measures Mariano Rajoy, the Spanish Prime Minister, has stressed he is committed to fiscal and structural reforms, saying that all segments of Spanish society will need to make sacrifices, according to a report in the Telegraph.

taking into account the amounts foreseen in the original policy.

7. T he Consorcio will name an adjuster who will contact you to visit the property and value the damages. When he visits the property you should have to hand: original and copies of any invoices, original and copies of budget for remedial work, an original bank document (any statement will do) showing your account number for payment

a “significant rate” in the third quarter, with all major indicators deteriorating. Worries over Spain’s economy triggered a steep sell-off in stock markets yesterday and pushed borrowing costs back toward “danger” levels, with 10-year bond yields rising above 6pc. Mr Rajoy has been reluctant to ask for aid and said in the US that he will not request a full sovereign bail-out unless borrowing costs go “too high, for too long”.


Sweeping tax hikes and spending cuts introduced in July mean the government has little room to manoeuvre. On Thursday, the FTSE 100 rose 0.4pc in early trading, after dropping 1.4pc yesterday. Germany’s DAX, France’s CAC, Italy’s MIB and Spain’s IBEX added 0.6%, 0.8%, 0.3% and 0.4% respectively. On Wedneday they fell 1.8%, 2.5%, 3.3% and 3.7%.

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Spain is negotiating the terms of a European aid package that would trigger a European Central Bank bond-buying programme and ease Madrid’s unsustainable borrowing costs. The reforms to be announced on Thursday are meant to pre-empt the conditions that would be attached to the aid. However, protests against cutbacks make it more difficult for the Prime Minister to request aid – a condition for Spain to receive support from the European Central Bank – or to implement austerity measures.

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and heat until a small cube of bread sizzles and turns golden 300ml/½ pint vegetable oil, for when dropped into it. deep frying Mix the beetroot and cream cheese together in a large 1 cooked beetroot (not in vinegar), bowl and season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black peeled and chopped pepper. Lay one filo pastry sheet onto a work surface and brush with 100g/3½oz cream cheese melted butter. Place another sheet on top and brush again salt and freshly ground black with butter. Continue layering up the filo sheets. pepper Cut the pastry into six equal strips. Place a teaspoonful of 6 sheets ready-made filo pastry the beetroot mixture at the end of each strip and fold up into triangles. Brush the end of the strip with melted butter and 55g/2oz butter, melted press the edges to seal well. Repeat with the rest of the filo strips to make six samosas. Carefully place the samosas into the hot oil and deep fry for five minutes, or until golden-brown. Remove from the oil with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper.

Pork & Beetroot Pil au


4 thick cut pork shoulder steaks salt & black pepper plain flour 1 tbsp olive oil 2 tsp caraway seeds 350ml chicken stock 250ml cider or white wine

Method Preheat the oven to 150C/300F/ Gas 2. For the pork steaks, season the steaks with salt & pepper. Dip into the flour, shake off the excess. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan and sear the steaks until golden brown on both sides. Remove from pan and transfer into an ovenproof casserole. Return the frying pan to the heat and add the caraway seeds. Cook for 1 min then add cider and boil for two minutes. Add chicken stock & bay leaf, bring back to the boil

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into an ovenproof pan. Pour over the stock and stir well. Bring to boil then cover and place in the preheated oven for approx. 40 mins. When cooked, remove from oven and take off the cover. Place over a medium heat and reduce for a few minutes until any excess liquid has evaporated and the mixture is sticky. Season with the salt and sugar and mix in the butter using a fork.

When cooked, remove the steaks from the cooking liquor and keep the steaks warm. Transfer the cooking liquor to a clean saucepan and reduce by half over a high heat, until thickened. Take off the heat and whisk in the butter, adjusting the seasoning as necessary. For the beetroot ‘pilau’, place the beetroot, shallot and garlic into a mincer or food processor. Transfer

Cadbury is launching a chocolate bar aimed at women in an attempt to win back lost sales among the diet-conscious. The Crispello is the first new chocolate bar launched by the company since the 1990s and will be backed by a £7million advertising campaign. Industry research shows that annual sales of single chocolate bars have fallen by some 6.6 per cent in a market worth around £800million a year. Evidence suggests that this slump is almost entirely caused by women buying less chocolate. Cadbury, owned by American food company Kraft, believes the

Mix the sour cream & dill together and serve each pork steak with a spoon of the dill sour cream and pilau. Pour over cider sauce & and serve at once.

Crispello will particularly appeal to women who are worried about putting on weight. The new bar comes in at 165 calories, compared with 260 for a Mars bar. The Crispello, which is similar in taste and consistency to Ferrero Rocher chocolates, has three chocolate-covered wafer shells with a soft milk chocolate filling. It is designed with a resealable pack so it can be eaten one piece at a time. The Crispello will be sold under the slogan ‘A little treat for you’, on the basis that women can enjoy it without feeling guilty. The strategy of designing

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then pour the mixture over the pork steaks in the casserole. Cover the casserole with a lid and place in the oven for about 1 hr or until the steaks are tender.

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a chocolate bar specifically for one gender over another seems something of a throwback to the 1980s. The popular Yorkie bars were advertised then under the enduring slogan ‘It’s not for girls’ and featured manly truck drivers biting into the thick chunks. Brand manager at Kraft Foods, Toby Smart, said: ‘Crispello is a lighter way to enjoy the nation’s favourite chocolate taste.’ Earlier this year, Kraft rival Mars launched Galaxy Flutes in the UK, which is being sold as a lighter onthe-go chocolate snack. A Cadbury spokesman said: ‘The mix of wafer and chocolate is a lighter way to eat chocolate and we know from experience that women are attracted to this particular format. ‘It will also appeal to women because it is in three separate portions so they can consume a little at a time rather than in one go.’ The 30g bar will go on sale on October 8 with a recommended price of 50p.



Lapsang Souchong mustard anyone?

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Designer mustard is the latest dinner party must-have as traditional Colman’s or even fancy French wholegrain will no longer, er, cut the mustard. Food historian Robin Weir has created a new condiments collection for the East India Company using black mustard seeds. Their new Lapsang Souchong Mustard (which is made from the Chinese smoky flavoured tea) is ideal for barbecues or poached fish. ‘You can even eat it in a sandwich with butter,’ says Weir. ‘Or pep up a salad dressing.’ The collection also includes a fine Tewkesbury Mustard (with horseradish) and Bull Dog Mustard with added chilli. All cost £3.95 (theeastindia And now a restaurant in Newcastle has opened in honour of the condiment — called Mrs Mustard it focuses on British dishes all served with specially blended mustards, from mulled wine to apple and chutney.

Sir Roger Moore urges shoppers to boycott Fortnum & Mason until it stops selling ‘torture in a tin’ foie gras Mason.

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He added that more than a dozen countries - including the UK, Israel and Germany had banned foie gras production.

A spokesman told the Daily Telegraph: ‘We have instructed the appropriate individuals within the business to look into the allegations.’

‘Like many people,’ Sir Roger said, ‘I believe the sale of this “torture in a tin” should be illegal here, too. Sir Roger Moore has called for a boycott of one of Britain’s most famous department stores until it stops selling foie gras. The actor, 84, who played James Bond in seven movies, accused Fortnum & Mason of selling ‘torture in a tin’ at its London store. He also claimed the retailer was trying to ‘hoodwink’ shoppers into believing that the food is ethically sourced. Concerns have been raised in the past about foie gras because its production involves force-feeding grain and fat to geese or ducks. Sir Roger’s comments follow an investigation by animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), which he said found that some birds were unable to stand because they were so ‘desperately ill’. Writing on the Telegraph website, the actor said: ‘For years, Fortnum & Mason – one of the few remaining shops that still sell the vile product foie gras – have been attempting to hoodwink the public

into believing that the foie gras it sells in its food hall and restaurants is “ethical”. ‘Now, thanks only to PETA, we know that company’s claims are a sham.’ The actor said that PETA’s film showed terrible conditions at farms which supply the company that provides foie gras to Fortnum &


‘If a product causes so much suffering that is illegal to produce in the UK, then it should most definitely not be sold in any respectable British institution – let alone a shop such as Fortnum & Mason, which blatantly trades on its English heritage.’ The retailer said it would investigate PETA’s allegations, but said some of the footage was not taken at farms it used

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Thursday Soup of the Day or Garlic Mushrooms Steak, Salad and Chips or Chilli, Rice & Chips Choice of Desserts Friday Come and try our Fish Night with a difference Soup of the Day or Mussels in Red Wine & Garlic Salmon & Hollandaise Sauce, Salad & New Potatoes or Fish Pie & Salad Choice of Desserts Saturday Choice of 3 Curries served with Onion Bhajis & Naan Bread & Chutney 7.50€ Last Saturday of the Month - Curry will be served in Quiz Break Sunday Roast Dinner - Beef, Pork, Chicken, served 1pm - 8pm Lamb - 1st Sunday of the Month Veggie options available at all times

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The Ayuntamiento de Roquetas recently awarded the company Eulen SA a 2 year contract for the repair, replacement and maintenance of city parks and spaces for a cost close to 200,000 Euros for the two years. Specifically, the agreement will involve an investment of 83,000 euros plus VAT in the first year, and 77,190 euros plus VAT for the second year. The contract will affect 72 parks spread across Aguadulce norte (16), Aguadulce sur (14), El Parador (7), Las Salinas (4), Roquetas Centro and El Puerto (24), Cortijos de Marín (3) and Urbanización, Las Marinas and El Solanillo (14). According to the Concejala de Parques y Jardines, Francisca Ruano ‘the intention of the Consistory is to keep the parks and recreational areas in perfect condition and with maximum safety in use, in addition to preserving all the recreational area with maximum care for the enjoyment of citizens.’ Among the conditions set out in the contract are visual inspections every 15 days, plus functional inspections every three months and a full inspection every year. ‘With this regularity of inspections it is intended that any deficiency produced by wear and tear, weather conditions or acts of vandalism can be remedied in the shortest period of time possible.’ Said the Councilor. In addition to inspections, the contract includes the obligation to periodically clean games parks and remove graffiti monthly, the annual repainting of all facilities, turning the sand every six months and totally renewing it each year. The move has not been without controversy, as groups like United Left denounced the privatisation of these services, as they claim it will take employment away from municipal workers.


The municipality of Roquetas de Mar has been one of the few localities participating in the European Mobility Week, in fact a few weeks ago was it was the only one, but at the last moment La Mojonera and Berja joined in. During this week various activities were held, including free use in the morning in each direction on Monday, Wednesday and Friday of city buses on the Aguadulce Las Marinas routes. In addition there was a conference on sustainable mobility provided by the Director Técnico del Consorcio Metropolitano de Transportes de Almería, Manuel Jesús Martínez, who championed policies to promote public transport, cycling and walking. But the highlight was the staging of a cycle ride from the Pabellón Infanta Cristina to the Urbanización de Roquetas. More than 200 people, the vast majority of whom were children, some of them very young, enjoyed a day of cycling without the worry of car traffic. The ride was escorted at all times by local police officers. The route included rest stops in the Urbanización and the Castillo de Santa Ana, where sweets and drinks were provided. The ride was timed to coincide with Car Free Day, which is one of the central themes of the European Mobility Week.


Pelar - to peel Sed - thirst Sopa - soup Servir la mesa - to wait at table Preparar la comida - to prepare lunch Quitar la mesa - to clear the table Poner la mesa - to lay the table SAYING OF THE WEEK: ACOSTARSE CON LAS GALLINAS literal translation…… TO GO TO BED WITH THE CHICKEN equivalent to... TO GO TO BED EARLY

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DANCE CLASSES GOING STRONG! The Latin And Ballroom classes held at Playa Serena Golf

Course are going strong. There are two classes a week, on a Tuesday morning 10.30am to 11.30am and from 4th October the Thursday evening class will move to the slightly earlier time of 6pm to 7pm. If you are interested in Strictly Come Dancing or you have always wanted to learn, come along and have a go. You can be sure of a very warm welcome and have great fun in the process, all for just 4 euros per person per class. Another piece of exciting news is that on Tuesday 13th November at 2pm there will be a Lunch Dance with proceeds going to the Poppy Appeal. So if you would like to learn for this event or just brush up on what you already know come along to class. Paul and Caroline will be there to guide through the whole process. Look forward to seeing you soon. 618483791

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telephone graham on 620 112 193 or 630 493 817 alternative energy c a r l o s s a l i e n t e & plumbing heating for solar pool heating, solar hot water installations and repairs. call 950 930 900 or 968 969 962, email carlos.saliente@

baby hire

Professional Baby

Equipment Hire


delivery & collection.

Tel: 615 806 126



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

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

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


Tel: 691 987 454 avonfromclaire@ Email:

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

business opportunity

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

premises for rent


coffee shop great potential! prime location on mojacar playa tel: 659 109 379

bar & restaurant villa & pool

Drainage Solutions

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

Established 7 years in spain 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 for further info call 950 432 719 chimney sweep SAMMY SWEEP Chimney Sweep Service available covering all areas call paul on 619 070 839

Steve Hayes Informatica

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

Tel: 950 120 900



• 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...

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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


trade Businesses can advertise in the classified section

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

950 091 109 or 648 768 587

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 cleaning • Small Only unblockages of pipes & drainage 100€

m a r b e l gravel cream available at bargain price, small or large amounts, laid in error, collect or can deliver. Call Rob on 609 199 394 for more information (Cucador). When it’s gone it’s gone Free standing unit. 4 foot high with wooden top. 1 full draw, 6 small draws with a 3 shelve cupboard. lovely piece of furniture in excellent c o n d i t i o n . originally bought from Koala. 175€ Tel: 634 302 967 (Vera area) 18 piece B-BQ set in stainless steel carrying case. New. 25€ Tel: 634 302 967 (Vera area) 1 x double bed quilt bedspread. 15€ 2 x single bed quilt bedspread 8€ All neutral colours

and never used. Tel: 634 302 967 (Vera area) Rectangular glass topped patio table, six folding chairs and an umbrella in good condition €130. Tel: 950467356, mob: 634314938. Wi games console and Wi fit balance board, several games and accessories. Very good condition, ideal xmas present. Offers around €200. Tel: 950 467 356,. Mob: 634 314 938. Bass Guitar Plus Hardcase And Brand New Boxed 20watt Amplifer, Strap And Lead. Just Plug In And Go!! 170€ Tel: 958 063 060. R e d u c e d Wicker / Cane Open Display Unit 4 shelves Open lattice work sides and back. Free

standing - curved top. Height 112cm Width 38cm Depth 18cm 8 Euros Roquetas de Mar Carole Mobile 619 253 983 (after 4pm) 28 inch Sanyo TV, excellent picture. 30€ Tel: 622 202 513 or (+44)771 720 8236 4 Spanish Pillows New unwrapped 90cm 4 Euros each or 12 Euros the 4, Roquetas de Mar Carole Mobile 619 253 983 (after 4pm) R e d u c e d White Painted Wicker/Cane open Display Unit 3 shelves, open lattice work sides and back. Free standing - curved top. Height 91cm Width 71.5 cm Depth 20cm (may need repainting) 6€, Roquetas De Mar Carole mobile heating cont... 619 253 983 (after 4pm) Full set of M2i 3-SW in great condition Norway’s only e45. Other answer to clubs for sale. For heating details Tel: 950 529 226 your

home in Spain

Tel: 634 312 171

Pool Cleaning & Water Tanks


Contact: 675 838 808

potty finca services

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 a r l o s ENCLOSURE (Saliente) 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

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 &

If you wish us to print an decorating 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


For a full service contact:

Alan 662 249 159

plumbing A&E Taylor – Gas boiler & plumbing repairs. Tel: 618 062 080 C ARLOS SALIEN 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@

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

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.

Tel: 607 554 984

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

Portugese Gelding

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

telephone 678 838 547

Your home or ours. Honest & trust worthy. 3 years experience of all types of animals. References available on request.

home, Arboleas & surrounding areas. Call Vanessa on 637 061 482 Not just cats & dogs, All other types of pets considered

2pm Market stalls at Albox Tuesday market and Saturday bootfair. New Puppy Rescue helpline 690 143 140 www. puppyrescue

Apartment to rent

in Los Menchones near Zurgena

609 199 394

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

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

property to rent urcal

2 bed casita furnished or unfurnished with fully fitted kitchen, shower room, Build 256 m², Terrace 100m², Plot 1200 m² lounge with log burner, sat TV, Large fly free patio, small garden with shed Telephone 649 186 107 email for more info at & use of allotment. a quiet setting with lovely views within a large fenced area only €160,000 with private parking but only mins from Arboleas. First floor flat overlooking the motorway & Huercal Overa.

300€pcm inc water

phone Lynne on: 666 281 323

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

woodhouse boarding kennels & cattery arboleas

Ken & Jackie Dog & Cat Sitter service

property for rent

ground floor, 1 bed, lounge, Satelitte TV, diningroom, Bargain price 65,000€ suit couple or single To view or for more details

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


Knowles & Abbott no.1 for plumbing & electric. CH, solar hot water and water deposits. 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

•private rooms •c  oyote ugly style live pole dancing • celebrity dj’s • vip rooms with sound & jacuzzi spain’s premeire gentlemans club • stag parties special rates for stag tel: 634 363 396 3-5 parties & shows available Mediterraneo, Mojacar Playa, 04638, Almeria • home visits

Don’t take a chance! Don’t break the Law! Tel: 950 067 943 or 676 389 592 Let us take the hassle Puppy Rescue away from you and No need for kennels - Charity shop or cattery, Pet re-register your vehicle in Calle Malaga, Monday sitting in your own Albox. on to Spanish plates to Saturday 10 WE PROMISE TO BEAT ANY GENUINE QUOTATION

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

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

ministry approved Tracy Mobile 650 211 952




Hi My name is Bella, I am a Pointer. D.O.B 01/12/2009. I was brought to the Dog House when found by kind people in Palamares. I’m a placid but playful girl who loves cuddles & affection. You can meet me at The Dog House. Call Paul on 626766073 or email españolas enlace: Veronica 608858318

M&D transport

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


Dylan needs a home APSA charity, Albox, Almeria Dylan is a lovely, male, neutered dog. He is obedient, affectionate and great fun! Please ring APSA 663 762 642 www.

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situations vacant

SALES representative Storage Rooms for rent, 5 square required for Mojacar metres to 15sq & other surrounding areas

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

To continue the success of

SOLTIMES in this area

Tel: 650 038 251

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?


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

New, beginners class starts wednesday 3rd oct 2012 4.30pm

Private lessons and different levels also available.

Please send your CV to or call Rosemary on Tel: 647 379 795 Are you in business? Are you looking for staff? Contact


satellite/ television

A1 Sky Television Systems Satellite TV installations,

for details on advertising in alignment of dishes etc. the recruitment section Also Spanish“freeview”systems phone paulette on 950 supplied & installed 121 936 ext 332 or 950 Tel Dave: 628 607 778 121 936

CALL PACO 661 142 606

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Retamar, Partaloa. or e-mail: One to one or group lessons, latest or visit: EN standard hats provided. Escorted hacking and treks. windows & doors Qualified BHS Ortega S.L specialists in PVC & Aluminuim, Instructor. Windows, doors, roof systems, patio Call Erika Drew on enclosures etc, local showroom in Vera, est 678 838 547 over 40 years, Tel: 606 966 984 English

motoring section


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

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



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

Telephone: 968 146 158 or 618 628 511

for sale

GAS GAS Pampera Enduro, 250cc. Road Legal, Suitable for Road or Rambla Riding. Less than 200km on the clock.. Genuine reason for sale. Bargain at 1400€ ono. I will pay the transfer fee! Tel: 950 064 404 or 627 296 204 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

imes t l o s e h t o t s k Sold than This size advert is only 10€

Need quality new parts for any car

for sensible prices on all parts Clutches, Brakes, alternators, service kits Starter Motors, headlights

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or telephone 692 930 326

call paulette on

950 121 936 or 902 750 190

free of charge in the




specialist vehicles group

Over 40 cars in stock

If it’s under 300€ you can advertise your items


for sale


From a pocket watch to a piano....

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

Daewoo Nubira SX

Citroen Picasso Grand C4


es m i t l o s e h t o t s Sold thank

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

Ring 610 905 173

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

(Written last Thursday, when we were treated to a small sample shower to prepare us for the main event on Friday!) We knew it was going to be busy when we arrived in the car park at Torrecárdenas Hospital. Despite the early hour the car park was fast approaching fullness, and the attendant, who had half an arm, was merrily waving his stump and grinning with glee as he directed car after car into the higgledy-piggledy lines that made up his kingdom. He was the happy hero of the hour. Patients were milling like anxious sheep in the main entrance, and the foyer, which normally conducts its business in an orderly and measured manner, was a heaving mass of humanity. Staff and patients were hithering and thithering as though they were not only late for something important, but had forgotten where that something was to be found. We arrived at Hematologia to see Nursie criss-crossing the corridor in search of a particular piece of paper in the manner of a terrier seeking its favourite toy in a haystack. Nursie is a tiny lady at the upper end of employment age. She has that air of benevolent control essential in grandmothers, which, added to her straight grey hair, studious glasses and

By Jos Biggs

obvious competence was at variance with the scurrying disorganisation of her search. She passed us at the trot carrying a piece of paper and muttering. She re-passed seconds later with another piece of paper, louder mutterings and followed by enough people to populate a small village. She and her retinue disappeared into her tiny cubbyhole; loud discussions followed, then the village people exited en masse, and I mean en masse! I peered apprehensively round the door, fearing that she might have been overcome by the sheer number of people in the one room, especially as several of them were economy sized, and half expecting to see her squashed flat on the floor like a cartoon road kill.

his point somewhat forcibly. I still cringe when I think of the episode – I really shouldn’t have missed. Needless to say I was immediately barred from using both weapons and just for good measure, was given strict instructions to keep away from the shot put. They needn’t have bothered; I could hardly lift the damn things and besides, I have never seen the point of lobbing cannon balls without a target. It’s not that I don’t like sport. I am a fan of Rugby Union, Formula One, KerPlunk and football – even the variety currently being played by my team Reading FC. Incidentally, although the team are known as The Royals these days, it wasn’t always so because for most of their history they had the nick name - the Biscuit Men, due to the town’s fame as the biscuit capital of the world and where the Huntley and Palmers factory was situated. I knew you were desperate for that piece of information. Anyway . . . I simply could not get enough of the recent London Olympics and Paralympics on TV and before that the Tour de France, heavily influenced naturally by yet more British success. No it’s all a question of physique, or in my By Colin Bird : case – lack of

R ea c ti o n a n d is o lati o n

However, she was sitting behind her desk, apparently undamaged, glasses in place and composure restored. I beckoned Pete forward, thus terminating his conversation with a Spanish granny, whose lack of teeth was more than compensated for by the magnificence of the wart on the end of her nose. He took his place, Nursie took up her elastic band and syringe and the world returned to normal. ‘A day of problems?’ I queried her. She looked at me over her glasses and smiled philosophically. ‘It’s raining!’ she said with a shrug. Did she know? Did they all know, except us, what was coming?

And for the Sporting Achievement of My Life? Two Pounds of King Edward’s! To include my name in the same sentence involving any kind of competitive sport is like finding the President of Syria on the Birthday Honours list. At school, I was to sport what locusts are to famine relief – a complete and utter duffer at best and highly dangerous at the very worst; having at one time wanged a discus through the science lab’s window and on another occasion almost impaling our bully of a games master with a javelin. I maintained that he should not have been standing in the way, and he was equally and incandescently adamant that I should not have been chucking the thing in the direction of the long jump pit. I thought that we could just agree to disagree, but he had other ideas and I was sent to the Deputy Head – an ex-Olympian - for a lecture on health and safety who, with the aid of a cane, underlined

A lqueria


John MacDonald (El Sordo) -

It’s Raining!..............



physique. I have tried cycling, but it’s hard to find a circular course that defies the laws of physics and is entirely down-hill, and I am currently playing petanca but like a Chubby Brown joke, it’s obscenely funny. On the odd occasion I win a game, it seems to be cause for great merriment and celebration – Halley’s Comet is more frequent. It’s not that I am not streamlined. Quite the contrary I am almost whippet-like and in the sense that a toothpick is aero dynamic, then that’s me down to a tee. I would love to be able to ice skate and I can just imagine me gliding around a frozen village pond, hands clasped behind my back; my bobble hat set at a jaunty angle and scarf flowing out behind me as I wow the locals with my Christopher Dean impersonation. But it just isn’t me. My centre of gravity is too high or too low or something and I would just look silly sliding around the ice on my frozen rear end. It was the same when I roller skated as a kid – my knees had more grazing than the Ponderosa. I have always fancied Test cricket. All that scratching your back side and yawning as you meander around the pitch – the banter and

sun hats and cool designer shades with no bendy bits on the arms that fit over your ears. I would love to know how they keep them on in the unlikely event they have to break into anything more than an amble when chasing a ball. Then the bowlers who get to rub their private parts under the pretext of cleaning the ball – you even get breaks for lunch and tea thrown in. Everything about it appeals to my unsporting nature – minimum activity; basking in the sun in the West Indies or Sri Lanka and when it rains, off to the pavilion for a beer and a read of Fifty Shades of Grey. Brilliant. But I have as much hand eye coordination as a lobster on valium; I can’t catch for toffee and batting would be a nightmare – I would probably take out half the opposing team before I even hit a ball. My one and only moment of glory in any sporting event was at age nine when I won the potato race at Whitley Park Primary. But there’s not even a trophy to show for it. I simply got to keep the spuds which my Mum made into chips for tea that night.

Rodriquez and Antonio Poyato stood shoulder to shoulder in the main square of Alqueria. Historically a rare event with the leaders of the town’s two factions showing anything like unity. Physically it was also rather difficult as Rodriquez is thirty centimetres taller than his Hill People’s counterpart. They had jointly read the letter from the Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores y de Cooperación and acquainted the villagers with the startling fact that Alqueria was no longer part of Spain. Reaction to the letter differed considerably. The elder members of the community treated the news with total indifference. Why should it affect them? Would it make the wine any cheaper? The price of wine is a recurring theme within this demographic group. The ability to afford vast quantities of the stuff is the true measure of any government. The only question is whether the new autonomous government of Alqueria will have a subsidised wine policy for the elderly. El Chanchullero the village bookmaker and resident spiv saw it as a golden opportunity. A tax free haven to rival Gibraltar. Put Gibraltar out of business then buy it from the British at a cut rate and turn it into a vertical themepark. ‘A Little Bit of Britain in the Med’ and an ape sanctuary. The parallels are obvious. Manuela, the unofficial leader of The Hill People has long been engaged in certain nocturnal activities, the legalities of which are frequently in question. If the new government could be persuaded to legalise or better still make her midnight pursuits compulsory then it would have her full weight behind it. Having Manuela behind one should not be taken lightly, nor is it at all unpleasant. Antonio Poyato saw wonderful opportunities for his Remitroot crop. Without the Spanish Government’s export ban due to it falling within the Non-proliferation of chemical weapons’ category he could sell worldwide. He saw Alqueria as the Remitroot capital of the world. Exporting the Root’s by-products to the eager and Remitroot starved nations at premium prices. As the chatter in the town’s square subsided no one doubted the challenge that confronted the village. An interim government would have to be formed and a constitution written. Can the conflicting barrios of the village put their petty squabbles to one side for the greater good? Is a government of unification possible with so many vested interests? That night a convoy of vehicles blocked all routes into and out of the village and Alqueria fell back on its own resources.


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Easy money

pause for thought

I’m beginning to think I’m in danger of becoming a fully paid up member of the society of ‘Grumpy old men’ as more and more I find myself complaining at the state of modern society! How pushy and impolite so many people seem these days. How often folk act as though the World owes them a living, grabbing what they can with little or no expression of gratitude, and complaining volubly when hand-outs diminish. And yet if I’m honest I have to admit that I’ve little room to criticise others, for I’m not much better myself. . How quick I can be to complain, yet how slow to show gratitude. And as I look around, I have so much to be thankful for:- my health; a lovely home in a beautiful part of the World; a caring family; some wonderful friends; a plentiful supply of a rich diversity of food; a moderately fair and democratic society and freedom to come and go as I please. Yet how often I complain that this or that isn’t available, of financial constraints, of taxation or the incredibly complex legal and planning problems of this Country, and how rarely I pause to show gratitude for what I have. And so I find it helpful at this time of year, that Churches traditionally celebrate harvest, encouraging us to ‘count our blessings’ with true gratitude, and as Christians to recognise that, as the well-known harvest hymn puts it “All good things around us are sent from heaven above, so thank the Lord, Oh thank the Lord for all His love.” So we Anglicans will be holding traditional Harvest Thanksgiving at 11:00 in Mojacar on Sunday 7th October, and I’m quite sure other denominations will at some stage be doing likewise, but I’d like to suggest that, whether we share the Christian faith or not, we could all do well to use this Harvest time to pause, to count our many blessings, and recognise with gratitude how blessed indeed we all are. Details of a number of English Language Churches are given in Sol Noticeboard for any who wish to Worship, but further information about the Anglican Church and details of forthcoming events may be seen on the web site Duncan Burr is Licensed Lay Reader for the Anglican Chaplaincy of Costa Almeria and Costa Cálida and may be contacted at

rio aguas in full flood The A334 has become the bank of choice for more discerning Guardia Civil officers; every day they stop at various points between the E15 motorway and Purchena so that they can withdraw money from us cashpoints as we drive by. I use the road a lot for work and all during September I have seen up to three different checkpoints each time I’ve used it. A radical and novel idea I have come up with to stop the Guardia taking our money is to observe speed limits, stop where it says STOP, don’t drive wearing flip flops, wear seatbelts and always follow the letter of the law when driving. After many years of using the A334 I finally picked up a speeding fine passing Longos on the way to Arboleas. For once I didn’t notice the silver Citroen that the Guardia use as their radar car and was quite rightly taxed 50 Euros for doing 80 in a 60. With the weather now alternating between sunshine and floods of Biblical proportions the temperature has dropped as well. I drove up to Baza recently and tee shirt season has certainly finished up there as Baza sits at an altitude of 1100m. Common wisdom is that the temperature drops 1 degree Celsius for every 100m climbed so that’s why in Turre it was 24 degrees and a jaw droppingly cold 17 degrees in Baza. In recent mornings I’ve managed to avoid the pleading faces of my socks in the sock draw as they now struggle to escape after 6 months of confinement, jeans I’ve started to wear of an the evening but that’s more to add a layer as protection from the

Mozzies. Luckily this latest deluge drowned loads of the little illegitimates! The start of Autumn brings a whole host of new programmes to the telly box; fans of Strictly Come dancing can again air dance their way around the lounge of a Saturday evening. Love it or hate it as Shameless is back for a 10th season and the Dragons growl again in their den with Frankenstein’s bride again there to scare the children. Sadly Nigella has also returned to our screens; this time with her face strangely altered; I fear any more surgery will leave her with her ample bosom dangling as earrings. It’s a pity nothing was done about her annoying voice and the ludicrous vocabulary she uses. 4 weeks to the day after the last tempest, Almeria was hit by another tropical storm which dropped almost 10 inches of rain in just a few hours. The devastation is widespread and sadly lives were lost. The clean-up and the repairs to infrastructure will take a long time as roads and bridges collapsed. Many are still without electric and water. Luckily the flood defences and canal I recently constructed in our garden after the last inundation held up though I still ended wading knee deep in the flood waters to construct a makeshift dam using such technical marvels as sun lounger cushions and dog blankets. Biblically speaking it may be famine next guys so we all better stock up on tins of Spam and dried biscuits!

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When I was young I lusted after the Matra Rancho (1977 to 1984), probably the first leisure activity vehicle, inspired by Range Rover – Kim Basinger came later for me. Driving the Citroen Berlingo Multispace has reignited those memories as it looks similar, if taller than the Rancho. At first glance the Pope-mobile styled design is not my typical choice of transport. However, it is a familyfriendly people mover and a true multi-purpose vehicle - the perfect option for taking my wife, her

parents and our baby daughter on a family trip to London. The sliding rear doors are particularly easy to operate and are great for car parks where there’s never enough room to open a normal car door properly without bashing the vehicle next to you. For this reason strapping Harriett (our daughter) into her baby seat in the Berlingo is so much easier than usual. The Citroen’s boot makes light work of our luggage consisting of numerous bags and a pushchair. It’s a marvellous family vehicle with plenty of cubby holes

throughout as well as helpful overhead storage above the boot as you can see from the video at And there’s a high driving position, too. While at first the seats seem pretty comfortable, over a long journey they could be more supportive. During our motorway jaunt Caroline’s mum wants to get something from the boot and I am fully expecting to have to stop but she discovers that the boot cover can be lifted from inside. The designers have really thought about

the design of this vehicle. Inside, occupants are treated to a spacious and snazzy interior with a dash of blue on the fabrics, complimenting the door trims and giving a bright and bubbly feel, which is so often lacking in the clinical interiors of today. The dashboard is both user-friendly and funky. Copious amounts of glass ensure that it’s light and airy inside. The handbrake is right next to the driver’s seat, a bit too close for comfort but you get used to it after a while. Its gutsy 1.6-litre, 90bhp diesel can cover over 600 miles with its 60 litre tank. While the five-speed box is perfectly adequate I do wonder whether a sixth gear might further improve economy. Rear passengers get their own roof mounted air vents and fan control. During a balmy summer’s day the air conditioning makes for a much more pleasant environment.

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range but, unlike its predecessor, is no longer based on a van. Instead it uses car underpinnings, is comfortable and surprisingly good to drive as a result.”

When driving, it does feel a little remote and cumbersome, particularly on manoeuvring to overtake. When the driver looks over their right shoulder, to check all is clear, their vision is impeded by the centre pillar, so extra care is required. There’s no cruise control for motorway travelling either. And if fifth gear is engaged at 30mph the vehicle shudders, resulting in a rattle from the dash.

Similar to variants from both Fiat and Peugeot, which are also unconventionally styled, these vehicles are popular with families but the Citroen is particularly so because of its incredibly well-designed interior, keen price and strong economy.

Parkers, the car experts, say: “Spacious, practical and brimming with familyfriendly features, the Berlingo Multispace is a five-seat people carrier for buyers on a budget. It sits between the cheaper Xsara Picasso and stylish C4 Picasso in the Citroen

From the outside the Berlingo Multispace is surprisingly compact when you consider the vast expanse of room inside. The mammoth tailgate makes a great shelter from the rain – in fact it is easy to imagine sitting on the edge of the boot and having a civilised

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* Europe still hold the Ryder Cup. On a remarkable third and final day of action at the Medinah County Club, Chicago, Jose Maria Olazabel’s team (clad in the colours of the late Steve Ballesteros) staged a miraculous comeback (the greatest-ever by Europe) to beat the USA 14½ to 13½. German Martin Kaymer sank the vital putt from six feet on the 18th green of the penultimate match before Italian Francesco Molinari clinched overall victory with an-all square finish with Tiger Woods. * Trailing 10-6 prior to the final 12 singles matches, Europe won the first five courtesy of Luke Donald, Ian Poulter (my player of the competition), Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose and Paul Lawrie to lead 11-10. America rallied and edged back in front but some resilient play by Lee Westwood and Sergio Garcia opened the door for Kaymer and Molinari to seal a stunning, breathtaking victory. Yes – last Sunday I witnessed a quite remarkable day’s golf – the best ever!

are fourth behind rivals United.

* Brighton & Hove Albion (despite a home defeat by Birmingham), Tranmere Rovers, Gillingham (with 22 points) and Celtic lead their respective Divisions.

* Tomorrow night’s Europa League fixtures include Liverpool v Udinese, Newcastle v Bordeaux and Panathinaikos v Spurs. * Congratulations to Arsenal Ladies football team who have won their 11th title in 12 years. * Leeds Rhinos will play Warrington Wolves in the final of Rugby League’s Challenge Cup while in the Aviva Premiership champions, Harlequins suffered their first defeat of the season, beaten 18-16 by Saracens. * Spain’s Dani Pedroso won last Sunday’s Aragon MotorGP, ahead of fellow countryman Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso. Lorenzo leads the riders’ championship by33 points with four races remaining.

* Tottenham’s 3-2 triumph at Manchester United was their first at Old Trafford since 1989.

The Italian Paulo Maldini has appeared in more ‘local’ derbies than any other footballer, 57 in the Milan showdown. Celtic’s Billy McNeill played in 45 against Rangers; Everton goalkeeper Neville Southall lined up in 41 v Liverpool and Ryan Giggs has so far played in 35 all-Manchester clashes, the same number as Arsenal’s David O’Leary v Spurs.

* Chelsea (2-1 victors at Arsenal) still the lead the Premiership while reigning champions Manchester City (who won 2-1 at Fulham)

Coarse Fishing: ‘Puentes Ray’ made a second visit to Lake Puentes near Lorca. He started off on the method feeder but it was a little slow and he only landed three in an hour so decided it was a good time to try a float rod.

* It’s Champions League week with the following group matches taking place: Benfica v Barcelona, KFC Cluj v Manchester United, Nordsjaelland v Chelsea, Borussia Dortmund v Manchester City, Arsenal v Olympiacos Ajax battled v Real Madrid.

* In football last weekend, Liverpool striker Luis Suarez scored another hat-trick against Norwich, following his treble in last season’s corresponding fixture at Carrow Road. The Uruguayan, only the second player to achieve this feat, helped the Reds win 5-2 – their first League victory of 2012-13.

* Everton, now second in the table, came back to beat Southampton 3-1.

melva tunas from Garrucha beach/rocks at the mouth of the harbour. An angler (Can’t remember your name sorry) told me he has been catching lots of cow bream and various small wrasse from along Mojacar’s rocky outcrops.

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WITH BEACHCOMBER JOHN Boat Fishing: The Albox Sea Fishing Club turned up nice and early on a beautiful sunny and calm morning for a day out fishing with ‘Orca Steve’. The crew consisted of ‘Squiddly Sid’, ‘Dennis the menace’, ‘Diddy David’, Jean Claude and Peter who were all rearing to go for some decent fishing. The lads wanted to try some trolling first thing so Steve set up two lines and Sid set one of his own up. We only got 50yds out of the harbour when Jean Claude got a take on the Devon minnow chasing blue feathers and landed a nice 2lb + melva tuna. They continued trolling and Jean Claude got a further three tuna on the Devon minnow with the other lads getting no takes at all, all the tuna returned for the future. (Message to Steve: Please buy two of those Devon

minnows for me, ta!) After an hour they anchored over the 450ft hole behind the Garrucha harbour wall and fished the 360ft ledge which is a favourite of Steve’s. The fishing was quite slow but they managed to bring aboard combers, blue mouths, swallow tailed sea perch, pandoras, pouting and Sid got a red snapper. We trolled back to the harbour early afternoon and Jean Claude got another take on guess what? The small Devon minnow chasing blue feathers and he bought aboard a 1 1/2 kg Melva tuna and an Atlantic mackerel. See photo of Sid and a red snapper. Shore Fishing: ‘London Bill’ has been doing quite well with palomete, melva tuna and sea bass from Macenas beach and rocks. A small barracuda, mackerel and

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He fished two rod lengths out with a waggler at about 10 feet, sweet corn on a size 14 barbless hook and loose fed corn. From the minute his float hit the water it went crazy and ended up with 40 weighing 37lb, the biggest about 3lb. Enclosed is a photo. Weather was cloudy in the morning but got warmer in afternoon. The biggest problem was the wasps that would not leave him alone. Nevertheless he had a really good day. ‘Baza Barry’ fished Lake Negratin and caught carp to 3lbs, barbel to 2lbs and a black bass weighing 1lb. As expected the water level is dropping fast. The top weights in two Mercia matches were as follows: Eden Canal 31.3/4lbs and Lake Blanca 36.3/4lbs. 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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INDALO BOWLING CLUB............................................ INDALO BOWLING CLUB 2012 RIO AQUAS 4-3-1 the teams of Rick Bird, Mike Thompson and Margaret


Reaching the final were

Champion, Austin Crilly and Mick Johnson against Doug Frith, Cath Eedle, Jenny


Trailing 12-9 with only 3 ends remaining Mick Johnson picked up 4 shots to win for his team by a score of 13-12.

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The postponed event will now take place on Friday, when 72 players will tee off in a shotgun start at 11am.

19th Hole Golf Society. Cucador.....................

The day belonged to Ron (the rocket)Curtis who at the age of 77 scored his 1st hole in one,ever, on the very challenging par 3 4th hole. Ron was using a brand new (second hand) 8 iron he bought for 10euros. It cost

Good to see one of our newer members, Alan Chippendale, had another good day finishing 4th with

33 points. Results;

1st Roger(the dodger)Kaye 35 points(on countback) (12) 2nd Ron(the rocket)Curtis 35points (28) 3rd Alan 33points (14)


Nearest the Pin; Harry Eels 8th hole The 19th hole G/S is now arranging weekly games at various courses in the area, our home course, which we play fortnightly, is Aguilon. If you are interested in joining the 19th hole give the secretary a ring on 610 340 653. Or email gs19thhole@

AGUILON GOLF MEMBERS REPORT........................... It is a pleasure to play golf on a course in very good condition and the temperature at an agreeable level,all the work carried out by the greenstaff on the course and the amount of water used has provided us with a enjoyable golf course. RESULTS

however nobody managed to beat par 1st 36pts



2nd Caroline Willingham 34pts on a card play off 3rd Glyn Ombler 34pts Twos: Pat Sayer 4th, Bill Gibb and Glyn Ombler 8th and John Bridgen 17th


Wednesday September 26Individual Stableford

Members returning from colder climbs provided a near record turnout and resulted in a return to form for our only French member,

Our winner as well as taking todays top prize also confirmed himself as this years “Order of Merit” winner, with almost half

Friday September Individual Stableford

This competition for low handicap and new bowlers was well supported and produced some bowling that the high handicap bowlers in the club would be very proud of.

Indalo Bowling Club

The PVC windows & doors specialists were to have hosted this year’s event at the challenging San Juan course, set at the base of the majestic Sierra Aguillon hills and overlooking the blue flag coastline of San Juan de Los Terreros.

Well done again to Roger(the dodger)Kaye, using his own biased balls won the day on countback with 35 points.


Winner : David Horton and Finalist Francis Reynolds

Players and spectators at the annual Plas-Tech golf day were left stranded at home praying that their guttering would hold up, following Friday’s deluge.

The greens and fairways encouraged some very good golf, and some rather unusual results and occurrences. Good to see Harry Eels back on his game scoring 32 points securing 4th place and scoring nearest the pin on the difficult 8th hole.


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him twice as much again for the drinks he bought back at La Vida. Very well done Ron just goes to prove you must never give up trying to achieve the ultimate in sport. Not only did he achieve the hole in one he also scored 35 points to finish in 2nd place. Several members asked that Ron takes a drug test but that was turned down by the committee!!.


Reaching the final were two of the clubs recent recruits Francis Reynolds and David Horton, after 20 ends the score was level at 15-15, David finished the stronger to win the final by a score of 21-16.

Winners : Richard Bird, Austin Crilly, Mick Johnson and Mike Champion

On Tuesday 25th September in excellent weather conditions (with just a slight breeze) the 19th Hole G/S played the beautifully maintained Aguilon course.



the field within their “buffer zone” on a good day for golf 1st John Bridgen 41pts 2nd Chris (visitor)



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