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Stowaway Caught After 24 Hours Hiding Beneath Coach An illegal immigrant who managed to get into Spain by stowing away beneath a coach was arrested in Alicante province on Tuesday when the coach driver pulled into a petrol station to fill up with fuel. It was as at the garage in La Colonia de Santa Eulalia that surprised passengers spotted two men suddenly appearing from beneath the vehicle. One person on board contacted the Civil Guard, who managed to catch up with one of the migrants after a lengthy cross country chase on foot in temperatures of 35 degrees. The exhausted man was given food and drink as soon as he arrived at Civil Guard headquarters with the officers and will now be returned to his country of origin. Sources said he and his companion had spent 24 hours beneath the coach without food or drink in a space which the driver said is just 30cms from the ground.

Invoices Case Against Elche Mayor Archived The Alicante provincial court has decided to archive the criminal investigation into Partido Popular allegations that the Socialist Mayor of Elche used public money for Socialist election campaigning. Alejandro Soler appeared in court this April to answer charges of perversion of the course of justice over the PP complaint which claimed he used Town Hall money to pay an advertising bill of 6,000 € for newspaper advertising in the spring of 2007.

and said there was no ‘bad faith’ in what the Mayor has admitted was

The Audiencia said in its ruling last Friday that it found no evidence of either the perversion of justice charge or of misuse of public funds

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an administrative error in paying the two invoices concerned. Alejandro Pérez, the Socialist spokesman on the local council, called on Monday for his PP counterpart, Mercedes Alonso, to resign over the matter, for having, as he said, ‘put into question the honour of Elche and its Town Hall’. Speaking at a press conference, Pérez described the an apology for the people of Elche.

Murcia Region Works On First Law To Protect Families

The government of the Murcia Region is hoping to boost population by offering a baby bonus for the birth of a second child and for any other children born in later years. It’s part of a new law under preparation, which also plans benefits for multiple births and for children born with an illness. Help would also be available towards the cost of assisted reproduction.

Ramón Luis Valcárcel during the State of the Region debate last week, is based on the concept of the European family unit; it includes all types of families, from the traditional to singleparent and same-sex partnerships. Apart from hoping to boost population, it aims also to support family conciliation, with programmes to help prevent violence in the home.

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The draft text is expected to be presented before the end of the year.

Doormen Shot Outside Alicante Disco

Pupils Smoked Off Bus A schoolgirl suffered symptoms of smoke inhalation from the fumes she inhaled when travelling on a school bus in Torrevieja on Monday evening. 52 pupils and three teachers from Institute number 5 in the town had to get off the vehicle in Pont del Bimil-lenari, warning the driver of a broken exhaust pipe. The group were returning from a trip to Terra Mítica on the bus from the Costa Azul company. The children at the back of the bus suffered the most as thick smoke filled the vehicle, but everyone, including the girl who needed hospital treatment, had made a full recovery.

Alicante Bars & Restaurants On The Up Bar and restaurant owners on the Costa Blanca are reporting a 25% recovery in business and say that they are taking similar amounts of money as last year at this time.

Two doormen, aged 27 and 31, have been injured in a shooting incident at a disco in Almoradí, Alicante.

Experts say that the reduced mortgage payments for many in Spain has resulted in an upturn in consumer demand and a certain recovery in the sector.

It happened around 7am on Sunday morning, outside the ‘Central Rock’ disco, causing some scenes of panic, and the alleged 31 year old aggressor was arrested some hours afterwards.

It comes after an autumn and winter described as disastrous, President of the Alicante Hostelry Association, José Francisco

Guardia Civil sources say that one man was shot in the leg and the other in the arm, but neither is considered to be seriously hurt. The arrested man is a 31 year old Dominican man, named with the initials V.S. who is in Spain legally and who lives in Almoradí. He has a previous record for drug trafficking.

Izquierdo, commented that many places are now busier than expected. He said now the good weather is here, no one wants to stay indoors, and it is the bars and restaurants with a terrace which are benefiting the most. The recovery has been seen in cities such as Alicante and Elche, but also in the tourist destinations, where many with second homes are now back in the area, although a reduction in the number of foreign tourists, and in particular the British remains of note.

200€ Fine For Dirty Dogs In Alicante Local police and inspectors from Inusa, the local rubbish collection company, are now on the streets of the city, carrying out patrols intended to catch careless dog owners, and taking photos of the evidence to ensure the fine. The first person to be caught was in the San

Blas area of the city on Wednesday. Local councillor, Andrés Llorens, said he hoped the price hike for the fine from 30€ to 200€ would be ‘really effective’ in creating a cleaner city. Some locals are apparently sending their own photos of those failing to clean up to the City Hall.

Hotter Than Normal Summer Forecast

The long-range weather forecast for the summer in Spain warns of higher than normal temperatures along the Levante coast and on the Balearics. The areas affected could be as much as two degrees warmer than normal, while temperatures elsewhere in the country are

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Spanish Meteorological Agency spokesman, Ángel Rivera, also said that slightly more rain than normal was forecast for the summer, in Cantabria and the east of the peninsular. He claimed the forecasts were 78%-80% accurate.

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Rafa Nadal has withdrawn from Wimbledon. After being defeated by Stanislas Warwinka in an exhibition match on grass in London, his second consecutive loss in two days, he held a press conference on Friday to say that he cannot play with the continued tendonitis in both his knees which has been stopping him bend down.

said. ‘I tried everything’.

It’s a great pity for the World Number One who wanted to defend his Wimbledon crown, but it seems that two weeks of intensive therapy and medical supervision has simply not solved the problem.

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Watch Manager, Howard Pipkin, set off from Aylesbury Fire Station on 1st June, cycling up to 200 kms a day through France, Andorra and Spain. He only had one puncture along the way, and that was when he reached Alicante province, in El Campello, on Tuesday.

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Spanish Minister Says Economy Has Bottomed

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questioned said they would like to receive more professional training, although they confess they have no time to do so.

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Torrevieja Town Hall said the intrepid cyclist has raised the equivalent of 5,500 €, which the UK press reports will go to Stoke Mandeville Hospital Eye Unit, the Fire Fighters Charity and to a fund set up after the death of a friend of his last year - the Andrew Peel Family Fund.

An international survey shows that Spanish school teachers spend 13% of their time keeping the class in order.

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Road Safety Changes Approved By Spanish Congress Body Of Missing Briton Found

As expected, Congress has approved proposed reforms to the Road Safety Law, but with a surprise abstention from the Partido Popular when the vote took place. The reform now goes on to the Senate for debate. The measures bring changes to the system of traffic fines, with the idea being to make it easier for those who want to pay up but more difficult for those who do not. Drivers will have the option of a 50% discount if they pay up within 15 days – on the spot by credit card if they wish - rather than the current 30%. They will only receive one notification of the fine instead of the three which are currently

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New amounts have been set for traffic offences, from 100€ for a minor infraction, up to 500€ for those considered as very serious, which may increase by another 30% according to the level of potential danger in the driver’s actions.

The 10 km leeway for speeding offences will disappear, and 100€ fines will be placed from the first kilometre above the speed limit. Licence points will not be lost however for those who break the speed limit on motorway access roads to the big cities but who go no faster than 130km/hour.

Grape Harvest Underway The grape harvest gets underway in the Vinalopó area near Benidorm in the next few days and a bumper harvest is expected. So much so some 10,000 jobs will be created between now and August, and local growers say they are optimistic for the year, despite the effect of a new plague of wild rabbits which threaten the harvest in some areas.

The table grape is centred on the areas of Novelda, Aspe, Hondón de los Frailes, Hondón de las Nieves, La Romana, Monforte del Cid and Agost. 240 million paper bags will be placed to protect the grapes until they are picked from September onwards. Last year production in the region was more than 40,000 tons.

Don’t Put On Your High Heels! A woman who walked on newly-laid flooring in metallic stiletto heels has been ordered to pay the owner of the property 900 € in compensation. The Murcia provincial court said in its ruling that she should have realised there was no protective covering on her killer heels and the damage that could cause to the floor. The court turned down, however, the complainant’s request for a completely new floor, judging the damage produced to be merely aesthetic,

which it said did not affect its function. Tribute is paid to the stiletto at an exhibition which runs in Madrid this summer: the fascination and seduction of stiletto heels, which is at the Museo del Traje in Madrid until the end of August. It’s organised by the Shoe Museum of Vigevano in Italy, tracing the history of stilettos from the New Look collection presented by Christian Dior in 1940 until the present day. The exhibition includes designs by Prado, Manolo Blahnik, Louboutin and, of

Other measures include needing vehicle insurance to pass the ITV road safety test, but it will no longer be obligatory to carry all your documentation in the vehicle while you are driving. Driving while programming the GPS system will mean a 200€ fine, and while radar detectors will be permitted, using a device which blocks the radar’s function brings with it a fine of up to 6,000€. The text of the document approved by Congress requires the government to use the money raised from traffic to finance more road safety.

The body of a 78 year old British man has been found in the sea off Menorca. It was spotted just after 7pm on Friday in the water off the southern coast of the island, at Cala Escorxada after more than 40 people were assembled in the search team. The man, named in reports as Peter L.F. was resident in an urbanisation in the north of Menorca and was reported missing by his wife on the Thursday.

Alicante AVE Work To Start In December

The Avant company has organised a 77 million € credit to allow the start of construction in the first phase which is placing the line underground in the approach to the current station.

Technicians from the state rail infrastructure company ADIF have said there are no problems

for the line to be connected to Madrid by 2012, and RENFE predicts that once operational the line will gain 800,000 new passengers a year. Journey time to the capital will be reduced from the current 3 hours 35 minutes, to 2 hours 50 minutes, and local AVE’s will run to Elche and Murcia.

PP & Socialists Agree Crisis Dialogue In Murcia The opposition Socialist Party in Murcia is reported to have agreed to sit down with the governing Partido Popular to negotiate a pact against the economic crisis affecting the Region. It will cover questions such as water, infrastructure and regional funding, and will be discussed at a meeting between Regional President, Ramón Luis Valcárcel, and PSOE’s spokesman, Pedro Saura. Valcárcel made his proposal for the pact on the first day of the debate on the State of the Region on Monday; Saura agreeing to dialogue is an important step forward and indicates that the parties have realised the need to jointly address the economic situation.


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Brown Defends Hostages Strategy Prime Minister Gordon Brown has responded to criticisms that the UK did not do enough to try to free the two British hostages who died in Iraq. He said the government had left “no stone unturned” in efforts to free five men held since May 2007. It follows the release of the bodies of two British security guards, kidnapped along with the missing three men. There have been accusations that the UK’s approach of not negotiating with hostage-takers endangers lives. Mr Brown commented in a TV interview that the government left “no stone unturned in its efforts to release the hostages and to work with the Iraqi authorities to use all possible means to free them”. He said during a press conference on Monday morning the hostage situation had been “at the top of the agenda” every time he spoke with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki. Former Liberal Democrat leader Sir Menzies Campbell said negotiations with those holding the remaining three hostages should now be stepped up. So far, the government has said it is sticking to its line of not making “substantive concessions” to kidnappers.

MPs To Choose New Commons Speaker MPs are due to vote for a new Commons Speaker amid claims that Labour whips are trying to influence the contest. Ex-foreign secretary Margaret Beckett remains bookmakers’ favourite, but at least one Labour MP has accused the government of trying to install her. Stephen Pound said government whips were “touting Margaret Beckett” and said that they should “stop doing it”. Ten candidates are in the running to replace Michael Martin, who was forced out following the expenses scandal. Mr Pound, Labour MP for Ealing North, said he thought Mrs Beckett would win the secret ballot of MPs on Monday, because of the whips’ involvement. “There is a lot of skulduggery going on... it is a depressing example of MPs looking inwards to their own advantage when we really should be looking outwards,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. But Harriet Harman, the leader of the Commons, denied the government were attempting to sway the contest: “There is no skullduggery, nor should there be…Not only is it the most free of free votes, it is a secret ballot. There is no government line and therefore there is no whipping.” Mr Martin became the first Speaker to be forced from office in 300 years following widespread public revulsion at the number of MPs who were seen to take advantage of the Commons’ expenses rules.

UK Announces £5m Aid For Zimbabwe British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has announced an extra £5m ($8m) of transitional aid to Zimbabwe. He was Zimbabwe Tsvangirai.

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The remuneration deal was agreed on Friday by RBS chairman Sir Philip Hampton and its leading shareholders. One of the groups represented was UK Financial Investments, which manages the 70% stake in RBS held by taxpayers. The package is made up of £1.2m in pay, up to £2m in non-cash bonuses and up to £6.4m in longterm incentives. The long-term incentives will only be payable if share price targets are hit over the next three years. In February, Mr Hester told the Treasury Committee: “I do think banking pay in some areas of the industry is way too high and needs to come down and I intend us to lead that process.” It is important that the incentives are linked to

At their joint news conference in London, Mr Tsvangirai defended his decision to share power with President Mugabe in February. Mr Tsvangirai said “irreversible change was now taking place in Zimbabwe towards a transition to democracy and elections”. He had been expected to ask Mr Brown to list sanctions against Mr Mugabe and his officials. These include a travel ban and assets freeze. Last week, Amnesty International said that the human rights situation

in Zimbabwe remained “precarious” despite the power-sharing government. Opposition and civil rights activists continue to be arrested by the security forces, who are still largely controlled by Mr Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party. On Saturday, Zimbabwe’s prime minister was booed by Zimbabwean exiles in London when he urged them to return to the country. Many were bitter that, following years of outspoken opposition to the Zimbabwe government, he had decided to join it and offer public support to Mr Mugabe. Mr Tsvangirai is due to return home this week after his tour of Europe and the US - his first official visit since becoming prime minister.

PM ‘Determined’ To Fight Election Gordon Brown has said he is “determined” to lead Labour into the the next general election, insisting the party is on course for victory. Labour won just 16% of the vote in the European Parliament elections, finishing in third place. But Mr Brown told a UK newspaper: “We must and we will win.” In an interview on Saturday, the prime minister admitted recent political events had made him think he could “walk away from this tomorrow”. As well as humiliating poll results, the prime minister has faced a failed backbench plot to oust him, a string of resignations from his government and public anger over MPs’ expenses.

Mr Brown commented he was not interested in power for its own sake but said he believed he still had an unfinished task to complete. He said: “It is because of my purpose in politics that I am determined to lead Labour to the next general election. I think people want to work for a common purpose and I think it’s really important that, when things are difficult, we show that we can come through.” “It has never been the trappings of power I care about but what we can do in power to help hard-pressed families.” Mr Brown urged MPs to spend the summer in their constituencies, speaking to voters and rebuilding trust. Mr Brown admitted that leaving office “would probably be good for my children” but insisted Labour could win under his leadership.

Record Crowd For Solstice Sunrise A record crowd of about 36,500 revellers has welcomed the dawn of the Summer Solstice at Stonehenge. The number of people attending the event caused roads in the area to become gridlocked in the hours leading up to sunrise at 0458 BST. Druid ceremonies took place alongside music and Morris dancing, however overcast skies obscured the sun. Police praised the crowd and said there had been only 37 arrests, for minor disorder and drugs offences.

RBS Boss Set For £9.6m Pay Deal Royal Bank of Scotland is this week expected to approve a pay package worth up to £9.6m for its chief executive Stephen Hester.

would be devoted to food aid and the rest to buying text books for Zimbabwean schools, Mr Brown said. He said it would bring British transitional aid for Zimbabwe this year to a total of £60m ($98m).

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Supt Nick Ashley said: “The celebration has been peaceful and enjoyable for the majority who were present to celebrate in a safe manner. It is disappointing that a small number of people chose to ignore the conditions of entry and brought with them illegal drugs but this was dealt with effectively.” The event to mark the dawn of the longest day in the Northern Hemisphere has grown in popularity since a four-mile exclusion zone around the site was lifted nine years ago. English Heritage, which manages the ancient monument, said the car park was full with 6,500 cars two hours before sunrise. Meanwhile the main route into Stonehenge, the A303, was closed due to volumes of traffic. Peter Carson, head of Stonehenge, said: “We were expecting it to be busy this year, but we had ensured that it has been a peaceful and enjoyable solstice. There has been a great atmosphere and where else would you want to be on midsummer’s day?” Police drafted in extra officers and said there would be a zero-tolerance approach to drugs and drunkenness, with an alcohol limit of four cans of beer or a bottle of wine per person imposed by English Heritage.

Europe To Consider Sheep Tag Plea A Scottish plea for the easing of tough new rules on the electronic tagging of sheep will be debated by EU ministers. Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead said he was “delighted” it would be considered at a meeting of the agriculture and fisheries council. The European Commission hopes the rules will be the best way of tracing animals and stopping the spread of disease, such as footand-mouth. But it has been met with protests from farmers in Scotland. They fear it will help accelerate the industry’s decline. It is estimated that introducing the tagging will cost about £3 per sheep. This could lead to many farmers cutting the size of their flocks. The European plan was debated at Holyrood in May and the Scottish Government is proposing the rules be changed. It wants to defer electronic identification of individual sheep in a proposal which has the backing of the UK Government.


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Work To Resume Caffari’s Team Sail Into History On Tallest Tower An agreement has been reached to finish work on the tallest residential building in Wales after a dispute between developers and builders. Work is due to restart on the 28-storey Meridian Quay tower in Swansea marina two months after construction halted.

Hampshire yachtswoman Dee Caffari and her fourstrong all-female crew have beaten the 2,500 nautical mile round Britain and Ireland mono-hull record.

Builders Carillion downed tools in April because of a row over payment with the development firm Earthquake. Most of the construction work had been finished and it is hoped the tower will be completed by the end of the year.

Ms Caffari, of Titchfield, skippered the Aviva team which included her Vendee Globe rival Sam Davies.

The first 26 floors of the main tower are residential with a restaurant due to open at the top. Out of 123 apartments in the tower, there have been exchanges on 119 - but noone has moved in - and the lease has been agreed on the restaurant.

They arrived back in Portsmouth at 0840 BST beating the current record of seven days and four hours set by JP Chomette in May 2004. The crew beat the record by 17 hours and 16 seconds.

Chris Hope, senior partner with Dawsons estate agent which has been selling flats in the tower, said he was delighted work was beginning again for the people waiting to move in. “We are going to get people in there as quick as we can,” he said. “We are running about nine to 10 months behind schedule as to when it was originally supposed to be finished. “But on the basis of the construction company being on site, it will take approximately four weeks to finish the first 13 floors which is about 77 apartments, and approximately two to three months to finish right to the top where the restaurant is.” He added that the restaurant could open in November or December.

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Hello again friends, The first time I ever visited the Glen I had a strange feeling of deep sadness, but at the same time a feeling of belonging. The hairs on the back of my head stood on end, I knew within myself that I had been here before. Every time I visited the Glen I had the same feelings, but I also started to have visions in my head of Clansmen walking around the Glen. Now the time I had these visions was only about seven or eight years ago, around the time that I started to know about Spirit. Also there was one spot in the Glen I was very drawn to, where the water flows down from the Mountain into the river under the road as a waterfall. Now for me water relates to emotions and I can assure you that when I was in that spot my emotions were high. I have also had regression therapy about two years ago where I was, strangely enough, taken back to Egypt first of all. I could describe my Mother whose hand I was holding as a young child of about 6 years; I could also describe my Father who was a soldier with the Pharaoh’s army, as well as the area around me, down to the clothes I was wearing, people walking around me and noises. It was an amazing experience which, for me, helped to clarify why I was interested in Egypt during my life. I was then regressed to another time where I was hiding in a cave in Scotland during the war between Scotland and England. After that I was standing at a Loch waiting for a barge to arrive with some sheep for me...all very revealing. Recently I was given some information during one of the classes I attend to develop my Mediumship. The information was about one of my previous lives where I was at sea for long periods as a sailor; I was also given the name of ‘Rose’ as being my wife at that time. This is something I could understand, I have always loved being near the sea and being on ships. Also Rose is a name that I ‘linked’ with myself, but until now, could never understand where it came from... ...I will continue with this theme in my next article... Love & Light, Sammy www.sammyspiritualmedium.co.uk

Ms Caffari sailed into history in February when she became the first woman to sail solo non-stop around the world in both directions during the Vendee Globe. She crossed the line in sixth place after sailing more than 27,000 miles in 99 days, one hour and 10 minutes. The other members of the Aviva crew are fellow British sailors Miranda Merron, boat captain Alex Sizer and German sailor Isabelle Joschke.

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Small sections of the tower have been boarded up to protect it from the elements since the work stopped.

The 36-year-old skipper who had set off on 17 June said: “It was just fantastic.”

million people have delayed plans to quit.

Almost half of those polled (46%) said they felt more stressed than they used to, with many blaming the current economic situation; nearly three-quarters (73%) said smoking a cigarette was comforting when they were stressed. One in four said they had started to smoke more during the economic downturn.

Conservative MEPs Form New Group The UK’s Conservative MEPs have formed a new “antifederalist” European Parliament bloc. The new European Conservatives and Reformists Group includes 55 MEPs from across eight member states. Leader David Cameron had vowed to take his MEPs out the centre-right European People’s Party, saying its federalist views were against Tory policy. Shadow Europe Minister Mark Francois said the move was an “important new development in European politics”. Mr Francois promised the new group would “make a strong case for a centre/centre-right but non-federalist future for the EU”. He said talks were continuing with other parties and he hoped more would join. The Tories will be the biggest party in the new group with 26 MEPs, including Northern Ireland’s Jim Nicholson of United Conservatives and Unionists - New Force. Others who have signed up include 15 MEPs from the Poland’s Law and Justice Party (PiS), nine from the Czech Civic Democratic Party (ODS), and one each from the Dutch ChristenUnie, Latvian National Independence Movement (TB/LNNK), Hungarian Democratic Forum (MDF) and Belgian Lijst Dedecker (LDD). One member Finland’s Centre Party will also join the group, although the remainder of the party’s MEPs will remain in the liberal ALDE bloc. All members have signed up to the “Prague Declaration”, negotiated in the Czech Republic, which argues for EU reform and opposes federalism. To form a group in the European Parliament, the Conservative had needed to attract a minimum of 25 MEPs from at least seven states. Mr Cameron pledged to cut the Conservatives’ ties with the EPP grouping during his 2005 Conservative leadership campaign. He has insisted the new grouping would “work closely with the EPP on all sorts areas where we agree”, adding: “We will be happy neighbours rather than unhappy tenants.”

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Listening to the right kind of music can slow the heart and lower blood pressure, a study has revealed.

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Dr Luciano Bernardi and colleagues, from Italy’s Pavia University, asked 24 healthy volunteers to listen to five random tracks of classical music and monitored how their bodies responded. They included selections from Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, an aria from Puccini’s Turandot, Bach’s cantata No 169, Va Pensiero from Nabucco and Libiam Nei Lieti Calici from La Traviata.

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Every musical crescendo - a gradual volume increase - “aroused” the body and led to narrowing of blood vessels under the skin, increased blood pressure and heart rate and increased respiratory rates. Conversely, the diminuendos - gradual volume decreases caused relaxation, which slowed heart rate and lowered blood pressure. The researchers tested out various combinations of music and silence on the volunteers and found tracks rich in emphasis that alternated between fast and slow, like operatic music, appeared to be the best for the circulation and the heart. Verdi’s arias, which follow music phrases that

could be used in rehabilitative medicine.” ‘Music in Hospitals’ is a UK-based charity that provides live music to hospitals, hospices and care and residential homes across the country. It was originally set up after World War II to Its Chief Executive, Diana Greenman, said: “We have seen enormous benefits in people who have had strokes or heart attacks. The power of music is just incredible. Music is holistic, but I hear time and again of stroke patients who suddenly are able to move in time to the music after previously being paralysed.” She said it was important to tailor the performance to the individual, since not all people appreciate the same music. A spokesman for the Stroke Association said: “We have seen from previous pieces of research that a positive emotional state - that can be brought on from listening to music - can help stroke survivors. In fact, many of our support groups use music and singing techniques to aid stroke survivors’ recoveries. We would therefore welcome further research into this particular study which could help benefit the 150,000 people affected by stroke each year.”

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Dear Sol Times Re : Santander Bank - Albox Last year we opened a savings account for our 18 month old grandson. We went to the above bank as our daughter and partner had an account there. We asked all about saving account for children and the man at the bank informed us that there would be no charge, so we went ahead with the account. We opened the account with 50€ to be added to every birthday we had to show his passport and libro de familia (family book) as he was born here in Spain. In the mean time my daughter started having problems with her account. Everytime a direct debit came out of the account she would be charged. Then a charge of 58€ was applied which, according to the bank, was for a debit card which she has never used! When she complained to the bank the man told her if she did not like it close the account and go to another bank. So she did! Unhappy with this persons attitude and concerned as I had not yet received a bank statement on my grandsons account, I had it checked only to find a charge of 25€ had been levied; 18€ of which because he is not a Spanish resident, even thought he was born in Spain and has a Spanish birth certificate. The rest was for maintaining the account. So I questioned this and was told, quite rudely, that all of this was explained to me when I opened the account. This was not the case otherwise I would not have opened the account. So I said I would close the account only to be charged another 2.30€. The original 50€ is now worth 22.70€; at this rate he will be overdrawn before he is out of nappies! And could someone explain to me where is the ‘saving’ in this account; is this now the case that banks can buy out other banks with babies money? If you are thinking of opening a account for your children or grandchildren here in Spain please be very, very careful. Regards Colin Thanks to Colin fro writing and bringing this to our attention.

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Three Steps In The Dark

As I stood in the check-out queue of that magnificent emporium of all things sporting, namely Decathlon in Murcia, I felt a certain need! So leaving Pete to do the paying, which is one of the perks that come with marriage, I headed for the door marked Aseos (Am I the only one who finds Aseos a comically appropriate word for Toilets?). I pushed open the door to reveal a good half acre of very clean flooring with the loo located way in the distance on the far side of the room. Obviously this was a loo for long distance athletes!

One of the lessons I have learned in life is never to let go of a self-closing door to a windowless room before having found the light switch, so keeping my foot jammed in the doorway I searched the wall diligently both inside and out without result. Clearly it must be an automatic light, so gingerly I allowed the door to shut. No light came on. I took a step away from the door into the room. The darkness remained absolute. All was, as they say in Spain, as black as a wolf’s mouth.

I was about to stride boldly into the unlit and unknown when I realised that I hadn’t locked the door. Admittedly if another were to enter I would have the benefit of light, but I for this particular matter I prefer privacy. I retraced my step, fumbled for the catch and pulled the door open again. By now I had a strategy. From the doorway I faced the loo on the far side – about four strides should do it before I barked my shins on its porcelain form, I memorised the door catch, I needed to be able to open the door by feel to obtain egress after the fact. I made a mental note to check that my skirt wasn’t tucked into my knickers before re-emerging into daylight. The door closed. Blackness was absolute. I took three bold steps into the void. On the fourth step the light came on. Which design idiot put the sensor so far from the door?!? By Jos Biggs Share your funny moments with Jos by emailing editor@soltimes.com

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On 7th July 2007, the New Seven Wonders of the World were announced to the world and whilst the Alhambra Palace in Granada was nominated, it didn’t quite make it. However, it got me thinking; what would be the Seven Wonders of Spain?

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Six Essential Exercises for Women Most women know they should be exercising those hidden pelvic floor muscles, but how? And where are they? Well, wonder no longer. They aren’t visible on the outside, but good strong pelvic floor muscles make an enormous difference to a woman’s life and self-esteem. Here are 6 secrets to help you gain stronger, healthier pelvic floor muscles. They are called Kegel exercises. Find out how to exercise correctly... …because you can’t see these muscles, it is very hard to know how to use them from a verbal or written description, despite the wealth of information available! If you are lucky enough to be within reach of a women’s health physical therapist, they may be able to use ultrasound or other equipment to help you learn the correct technique… Consider using an exercise aid to help you... …there are many different types of exercise aid available and research has shown that many are definitely effective. Devices with visual feedback are especially useful because you can see what happens inside your body when you try to contract your pelvic floor muscles. Exercise aids are extremely beneficial if you don’t want to go to a specialist health practitioner. Incorporate your kegel exercises into your daily life… …this doesn’t just mean that you “squeeze and lift” your pelvic floor muscles while waiting at traffic lights, or whilst cooking a meal. It means learning and adopting correct posture in your daily life and developing coordinated breathing. The muscles of the pelvic floor work in coordination with the deep abdominal muscles to form a “girdle” around the lower part of the body, which will also support the lower back. These are known as ‘Core Muscles’ and using these core muscles effectively will help you to gain and maintain a stronger pelvic floor and lower back. Avoid activities and movements that damage your pelvic floor… …these include heavy lifting, straining on the toilet, being overweight; even a chronic cough can weaken the pelvic floor muscles. More surprisingly, so can excessive or inappropriate exercising. Women who do sports or exercises that

increase abdominal pressure are at risk of pelvic floor damage. Sports that involve running and jumping, and activities such as abdominal crunches, can place undue pressure on the pelvic floor muscles. Do your kegel exercises frequently enough to make a real difference... …recommendations vary, but a daily or twice daily session is usually considered appropriate. If this sounds a lot, don’t worry, as your exercise sessions need not take more than 10 minutes. In the early days of a kegel exercise program, you’ll probably need to set aside some dedicated exercise time, but as you become more certain of your technique, you’ll find that you can initiate a correct contraction at any time. Even if you choose to use an exercise aid to help you in the early months, you’ll find that you need it less as you build strength. Keep your kegel exercise programme going… …don’t give up because you can’t see any difference, and definitely don’t give up as soon as you do notice a difference! The recommended programme is: Week 1: Tighten for a count of six and relax for six. Each contraction cycle should last 12 seconds or 5 contractions a minute. Repeat 25 times. Do this 3 times each day - total 75 contractions Week 2: Up the number to 50 contractions 3 times each day - total 150 contractions Week 3: Up them to 75 contractions 3 times each day - total 225 contractions. Weeks 4:Go to a maintenance programme of 100 contractions 3 times each day.

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by Sharon Fisher

By nature we are compassionate and kind and, I would go so far as to say that, kindness is an inbuilt quality in our makeup.

The Dalai Lama states: “Compassion is the most wonderful and precious thing. When we talk about compassion, it is encouraging to note that basic human nature is, I believe, compassionate and gentle. For example, one scientist has told me that the first few weeks after birth is the most important period, for during that time the child’s brain is enlarging. During that period, the mother’s touch or that of someone who is acting like a mother is crucial. This shows that even though the child may not realize who is who, it somehow physically needs someone else’s affection. Without that, it is very damaging for the healthy development of the brain.” Most of us wish for the wellbeing of others and tend to be kind and compassionate, usually though we measure it out. For instance, some feel compassion for human beings but not for animals. Others feel compassion for animals but not for humans. Others, who feel compassion for human beings, feel compassion for those close to them, family, friends, and compatriots but not for human beings of other countries. Thus, it seems that we draw a line somewhere. In all the worlds’ religions, kindness and compassion are important factors. These qualities, when developed, lead us to embrace the whole world as our family and be concerned about all of nature. Active goodness or positive goodness is essential for one’s spiritual advancement.

Pause For Thought I always recall how years back we used to joke about the Church being typified by the expression ‘As it was, is now and ever shall be, World with out end’, which seemed to come at the end of most prayers. Never mind the Hymnbook ‘Ancient and Modern’, the Church to my then youthful eyes seemed incredibly ancient, with little consideration ever given to anything modern. And over the intervening years the Anglican Church at least has gone out of its way in an effort to overcome that image, desperately trying to modernise services and hymns in an effort to appear more relevant to younger people, using modern English that all can comprehend. But the trouble in my experience is that people of all ages actually find the old fashioned language of the Prayer Book comforting, its very antiquity helping them to attain an attitude of reverence, giving reassurance that whatever else may have changed in modern society, there are some things that can be relied on as unchanging. So, to date, when preparing a funeral service with grieving relatives on the one hand, or a marriage blessing on the other, I have never yet found anyone wanting modern wording for such as the Lord’s Prayer or the 23rd psalm. All, whatever their age, look at me

in horror whenever I suggest modern English versions of these, always begging me to use the traditional form. So with some trepidation lest we be condemned as irrelevant, it has been decided to try holding an oldfashioned service of Evensong on the second Sunday of each month, starting August 9th at 6:00 p.m. at the Alhambra Community Centre in Albox. So if you find yourself yearning for some ‘good old-fashioned services’ reflecting the words of a fairly modern hymn ‘Yesterday, today forever, Jesus is the same. All may change but Jesus never, Glory to his name.’ this may seem the place for you, for however much society or human values may change, our nature and need of God’s forgiveness have altered little down the centuries. Details of a number of English Language Churches are given in Sol Noticeboard for any wishing to Worship, whilst further information about the Anglican Church in this area may be seen on the web site www.mojacarchurch.org Duncan Burr is Licensed Lay Reader for the Anglican Chaplaincy of Costa Almeria and Costa Cálida and may be contacted at djburr@avired.com

If we remind ourselves that others, like ourselves, want happiness and suffer with pain, we will develop the art of compassion. Simple, unassuming kindness toward the people and the life around us brings both immediate and lasting rewards. Start by small acts with the people we encounter on a daily basis; be kind with our words, praise rather than criticise. Be generous with your time, words and deeds without looking for rewards. In some cases we may not be appreciated or acknowledged for what we do but giving has a ripple effect, it will not only affect the life of the person you gave to directly but many other lives. And many times we may not even know to what extent our actions affected a person. Actively practicing kindness and compassion serves to purify and transform our hearts. “Make other truly happy, just as you strive to make yourself happy. Speak a helpful word. Give a cheering smile, do a kind act. Serve a little. Wipe the tears of one who is in distress. Render smooth a rough plane on another’s path. You will feel great joy” H.H. Swami Sivananda

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Darts? It’s All Relative!

Memories of the Polperro summer of ’72 are of laughter, long hot days and party filled nights.

The kitchens to the busy restaurant where I worked, occupied the basement area, and our mini skirted waitresses had to be super fit as they continuously ran up and down stairs with customers orders. There were many pre-arranged coach parties arriving throughout the week and one day we rushed up to the restaurant area when pandemonium broke out. Peering out from our dungeon door, we were greeted with a cacophony of sound from a group of 40 elderly people, all bellowing at each other at the tops of their voices. The noise was incredible. Seeing our startled expressions, the restaurant owner calmly walked over and explained over the din, that this was a group who always arrived at this time of year, and were from the Van Gogh Club for the Hard of Hearing! Once, during a rare slack time, a friend and I decided to have a friendly game of darts at the Noughts & Crosses pub. After a while we became conscious of an American family watching us avidly, with the father explaining to them the scoring procedure in a typical loud, all-knowing American way. It was also obvious that he didn’t have a clue what he was talking about! We decided that the next game would be somewhat different, and began to write up mathematical

formulae and equations on the blackboard. 501 had become Einstein’s Theory! But he continued to ‘explain’ the rules to his attentive offspring. At the conclusion of our ‘game’ we asked if he would like to join us, but on the pretext of having to be somewhere else, he ushered his family hurriedly from the bar, leaving the two of us and a spluttering landlord rolling around with laughter. This was a time for spiritual enlightenment, and thanks largely to the Beatles and the Maharishi, a search for our inner-selves. I decided to get a reading from a medium and, amongst the usual stuff, she insisted that within a year I would find myself living on an island. With some of the antics we had got up to, my first thought was Parkhurst, but I quickly forgot about it. Little did I imagine that just a few weeks later her prediction would re-surface in no uncertain manner!

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Tips for a Safe BBQ

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Before Using Gas Fired Barbecues

Purchase only CGA-approved barbecues--check for the label. ling a newly-purchased barbecue. If you have difficulty Carefully follow the manufacturer’s instructions when assemb which sell barbecues offer a free assembly service. Ask. with the assembly, contact a qualified service person. Many stores have on hand for future reference. Store the instruction manual for the barbecue in a safe place to is changed or refilled, remove the grates and lava rocks If the barbecue has not been used in awhile or whenever the gas are rust and debris free. to check that the burner holes and tubes connected to the burners throughout the burner. If the flame is not even, replace If it looks fine, fire up the barbecue and check for an even flame on how often the barbecue is used). ing depend most, the the burner. (Most burners only last 2 seasons at accumulated. has that While the lava rocks are removed, clean out any ash or grease leaks. Using ordinar y washing-up liquid mixed for lines Periodically, check all of your barbecue connections and supply on the hose, too. There is a leak if bubbles valve r cylinde the means This . with water, spread the solution over all fittings g ing or replacin the leaking hose or valve, retest for leaks. appear. NEVER use an open flame to test for leaks. After tighten

Lighting A Gas Barbecue

Open the lid BEFORE lighting the barbecue as a leaking or open valve may cause the accumulation of gas under the lid or in the basin. This could cause an explosion when lit. Have a match or barbecue lighter ready before the gas is turned on. If the barbecue does not ignite, turn the control valves off, then wait five minutes before trying again. KEEP THE LIGHTER AND MATCHES OUT OF THE REACH OF CHILDR EN!

Using the Barbecue Never leave a lit barbecue unattended. Never move a lit barbecue. Use long-handled utensils and fireresistant oven mitts. Wear short sleeves or tight-fitting clothing as loose clothing could catch fire. The barbecue should rest on a solid surface and be located away from shrubbery, foot traffic and overhangs. Remember, the barbecue stays hot even after being turned off and can burn someone if they bump into it. Ideally, the barbecue should be 3 metres (10 feet) away from the house or anything else that could catch fire. The area surrounding the barbecue needs to be free of any obstructions that could block airflow for ventilation and combustion. Never use the barbecue indoors or in a garage. Only open the gas to a one-half turn-the necessary gas required to operate the barbecue. This also makes it much easier to shut off should a problem arise. A certain amount of fat does drip onto the heat source while cooking, causing flaring. Some flaring is fine

as it adds to the barbecue flavour. Excessive flaring, however, is not acceptable. Food should be moved to another spot on the grill and/or the heat turned off. Trim fat from meat cuts to avoid excessive flaring and, every so often, turn over the lava rocks or ceramic briquettes so the accumulated fat can burn off. Do not operate the barbecue’s rotisserie in damp or wet weather as it is connected to an electrical outlet. When finished with the barbecue, turn the cylinder valve off first, then the controls to the grill. This allows the gas in the lines to burn off. After the barbecue has cooled off, cover it to protect it from the weather. Keep a fire extinguisher close by. Never use water on a grease or fat fire as it only causes the flames to spread. If fire surrounds the propane tank, leave the area immediately (to a distance of at least 200 metres from the tank) and call the fire department at 9-1-1. In case of a grease fire, leave the barbecue lid open and turn off the burners if you are able. If not, turn off the gas supply at quick connect or the shut-off valve.

Hints for Charcoal-Fired Barbecues Only charcoal lighting fuel should be used to start a charcoal barbecue. NEVER use gasoline!! Before lighting the charcoal, let the lighter fluid soak into the coals for a few minutes. The explosive vapours then have time to dissipate. When lighting the coals, stand back from the grill. Make sure lighter fluid wasn’t accidentally spilled on you or any of the area surrounding the grill, as the flames will track the fluid and you could set yourself on fire. Before lighting the charcoal, check to see that the lighter fluid is a safe distance away from the

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Use hot, soapy water to clean all surfaces and utensils before and after preparing meats or poultry products. Rinse well after washing. To prevent food from sticking to the grill, brush the BBQ lightly with oil or spray with a non-stick product. Always use the proper utensils - long-handled - and oven mitts, if required. If the weather is cool or damp or if it is windy, cooking time on the BBQ may be longer. To reduce cooking time for meats and poultry, marinade them first. Marinating tenderizes the

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Midsummer fires were lit in high places all over the countryside; in some areas of Scotland, Midsummer fires were still being lit well into the 18th century. This was especially true in rural areas, where the weight of reformation thinking had not been thoroughly assimilated. It was a time when the domestic beasts of the land were blessed with fire, generally by walking them around the fire in a sun-wise direction. It was also customary for people to jump high through the fires, folklore suggesting that the height reached by the most athletic jumper, would be the height of that years harvest. After Christianity became adopted in Britain, the festival became known as St John’s day and was still celebrated as an important day in the church calendar; the birthday of St John the Baptist. Traditionally St John’s Eve (like the eve of many festivals) was seen as a time when the veil between this world and the next was thin, and when powerful forces were abroad. Vigils were often held during the night and it was said that if you spent a night at a sacred site during Midsummer Eve, you would gain the powers of a bard, on the down side you could also end up utterly mad, dead, or be spirited away by the fairies! Indeed St Johns Eve was a time when fairies were thought to be abroad and at their most powerful, hence Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream. St John’s Wort was also traditionally gathered on this day, thought to be imbued with the power of the sun. Other special flowers - Vervain, trefoil, rue and roses - were also thought to be most potent at this time, and were traditionally placed under a pillow in the hope of important dreams, especially dreams about future lovers.

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Washing machines Be economical when washing and only wash your clothes when you have a full load. Today’s washing powders are just as effective on low temperature programmes - saving energy and money. If you’ve got economy 7, use a timer to wash at night when electricity is cheaper.

Hang it out Use a washing line to dry your clothes instead of a tumble dryer, even on a cold sunny day; you’d be amazed at how quickly your washing will dry in the fresh air!

Make sure your freezer is energy efficient; check the door seals are working and don’t leave the freezer open for long periods of time. Defrost regularly and make sure it’s positioned away from any hot appliances in your home. Replacing your old freezer with an energy efficient one could save you money on your bills!

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Have a refreshing shower instead of a bath. Although, a power shower can use more water than a bath! A five minute shower uses only 35 litres of water, compared to a bath that uses 80 litres - this can save over 300 litres of water a week. Consider fitting a flow restrictor to the shower and restrict flow to six litres a minute for optimum flow and water saving.

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Watering the garden A drought could still be upon us! To conserve water, use a mulch such as bark to cover the bare soil between plants, this will reduce evaporation as will watering early morning and towards dusk.

Insulating your home Keep it warm Close your curtains at dusk to stop heat escaping from your windows. Insulating your roof is not the most exciting of ideas, and certainly not that common here in Spain due to how the roof-space is

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Don’t see red! By switching off stand-by buttons, you save energy. The blinking red eye consumes at least 50 per cent of the energy it takes when the TV is on.

Food on a budget Shopping One of the biggest areas of household waste is food; every person in the UK wastes £400 worth of perfectly good food a year. Do what your granny did and plan a weekly menu and stick to it when you shop! Granny knew the art of housekeeping and made sure every penny spent on food went as far as possible. Follow her lead and watch your shopping bills drop and your dustbin grow lean!


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Begin by choosing your main base colour; this might be a colour you particularly like. The joy of a new build here in Spain is that you get a totally blank canvas on which to create your home! Decide whether to go for a tonal, harmonious, or complementary scheme. Tonal...use just one colour but varying tones of it throughout a room or use more than one colour but all with the same depth of tone. Harmonious...pick colours next to each other or near each other on the wheel. These schemes generally give a look that's easy to live with and are tranquil and restful. Complementary...or 'contrasting' colours lie opposite each other on the colour wheel and generally inject some life into a scheme, are more daring and will make more of an impact but might not be so easy to live with.

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Side shows: Coconut Shy, Aunt Sally, Hook a Duck, Hoop-La, Beat the Goalie and more. Stalls with MABS, PALS, LOS AMIGOS de MAZARRON and more. Craft Fair over 20 stalls of local artists and more many of which you can try your hand at. Sunday: Sees the Spectacular Classic Car Show. Several clubs are coming plus Private Entries and Fiestas Camposol are proud to announce that CLUB RUTA del SOL will be joining us for the day. They will be parading a collection of superb historic cars through the center of the Fiesta site at 11.30pm, a short stop to let people get up close to these beauties, and then all the classic cars will do a tour of the whole of Camposol under escort of police and our own AM PM Security. They will stop at the Sensol Hotel for a short time for a little refreshment (compliments of Sensol Hotel) and then return to the special car park area to be parked up for everyone to stroll around and speak to the owners etc.

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Not all home decorating ideas require a heavy investment of time and money. If you’re looking for a few affordable home interior decorating ideas to freshen up a room over a weekend, try these: 1. Rearrange The Furniture - Pull your furniture away from the walls. Try positioning it at intriguing angles. For example, a sofa arranged diagonally across a narrow living room will make the room look wider. 2. Paint A Wall - Paint one wall your favourite colour and make it the focal point. Hang interesting art on that wall and move a nice piece of furniture there. The trick is to make sure that the colour is one that is shared with several other objects and fabrics in the room.

favourite collectibles - show off your personality! Find a display area and group related objects together, in sets of three or five. Try and vary the shapes for maximum impact. 7. Add Decorative Pillows - The good news about decorative pillows is that they are an easy way to add textures and patterns to a room. Still better, they can be changed to jazz up a sofa or chair before your room is ready for a major makeover.

3. B  ring In Plants - Greenery always adds a breath of fresh air to a room. If you don’t have a green thumb, try silk plants and trees; the quality is now so good that its hard to distinguish them from the real thing!

8. Replace Lamps - Lamps are probably

4. Lay An Area Rug - An area rug is a wonderful way of defining a conversation area. Try one that complements the room; lay it at an angle beneath your coffee table.

pillows, throws add texture to your

5. H  ang Pictures or A Mirror - Hang pictures that reflect your personality. Try frames that are more ornate. When hanging a mirror, try and position it so that it reflects and nice view or an interesting architectural element of your home or garden. 6. Group Collectibles - Pull out your

the one thing in your home that will give others a clue that your room is outdated. Seek out new and fresh lamps that make a statement. 9. A  dd A Throw - Similar to decorative furniture. They come in all kinds of natural and man made fabrics so it’s just a matter of finding a pattern and style that you like. 10. Eliminate Clutter - Clutter has a way of eliminating the desired mood and effect of any room. Find storage spaces for papers, toys, and other items that take from the personality of a room.

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Irises are named after the Greek goddess of the rainbow and grow wild throughout the northern hemisphere, from high Himalayan bogs to arid Greek hillsides and the banks of British canals. Garden irises come in a broad range of colours, but cut irises are mostly blue, white and yellow like the summer sky. Native to southern Europe and the Mediterranean region, irises are bulbous perennials. The popular blooms are members of the Iridaceae family that also includes freesia, and take their name from the Greek goddess who transported messages between mortals and the Mount Olympus deities. Irises are useful upright perennials that can be grown in many different areas. Choose well and you’ll have irises in flower for six months. You’ll also get a wide range of colours, from rich blues to flashy yellows, and extraordinary combinations such as butterscotch yellow and violet. Many also have beautiful, intricate patterns.

in damp borders. Some of the most dramatic are the modern Japanese hybrids, which have complicated markings. They tend to be vigorous and are easy to propagate by division in early spring (rather than the more usual August). I. ensata: beardless Japanese iris with purple or reddish-purple mid-summer flowers. ‘Rose Queen’ is soft pink. Both have been awarded the AGM. I. laevigata: beardless broad-leaved iris with early and mid-summer blue flowers. ‘Variegata’ has attractive green-and-white striped leaves topped with pale purple flowers and is the only iris that needs to be grown in water all the time. Both have been awarded the AGM. I. pseudacorus: the familiar yellow flag iris of wild water meadows is much too vigorous for most gardens if planted in wet ground beside a natural pond, but is more manageable in a border where the soil isn’t too dry. The golden leaves of ‘Variegata’ are particularly beautiful in early spring. Both have been awarded the AGM.

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Aftercare Established clumps of some free-flowering irises can be rather untidy. This can be partially overcome by reducing the leaves to two-thirds their length in late autumn and gently pulling out any dead foliage.

Growing From Seed Most iris species can be grown from seed, although some may take many years to flower. Hybrid irises won’t grow true from seed and need to be propagated by division.

Flower Facts… …take care when handling irises as the sap can cause skin irritation. All parts of the plant can be poisonous if eaten. …in some languages, irises are called flags or sword flags, relating them to symbols of heraldry and royalty, hence the original “Fleur de lys” of heraldry. …in Japan the shape is seen to express heroism and the blue colour refers to blue blood, so irises play a major role in their spring festival for boys. …the popularity of these irises over the centuries has been demonstrated in the still life paintings of the Dutch flowers, and more recently has inspired Vincent van Gogh. The Iris is the National Emblem of France.


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The Rex Story continues... Following the publication of the article regarding Rex and his predicament, there are a number of alterations that we need to make to the original story. These are based on conversations with our readers who have taken the time to contact the Sol Times to ensure the facts are realistically represented. It is obviously an emotional subject matter and one that has brought considerable response from our readers, as demonstrated with this email we received: Dear Sol Times I have just read the piece in your paper re: Rex. I wish to point out, even though I hate the way he is kept, the article is wrong on some points. The Guardia did visit on 3 occasions and the only thing they requested was extra shelter for him, which at the time the owners did. The Guardia checked this and were happy with it. Also at the time a vet checked him on 2 occasions, and he is chipped. So as is suggested in your article that anyone with a heart should take him to a vet, think again. Also Rex from time to time does get free, he has bitten more than once, he is not a liker of women, when he gets free he doesn't run away but waits outside his owners house for hours, and greets them with love and affection, which is one sided i agree. Since the arrival of the goats, his shelter is no longer there and his chain shorter. I am not saying this as an approval of his owner’s treatment of him, but as someone, who talked to the vet and the Guardia and for them there was no action to take. I just hope that someone might come and take him away to a better life. But the thought with the directions given out, that our local heavy-drinking English men, don't arrive to take it out on the owner as he lives in the village, and just uses the information for a bit of sport, with little respect to Rex or anyone living near. If the writer of the piece thought they had their facts right, why write to you and not go to the Guardia to report Rex's abuse again, and the fact shelter has been taken away. Maybe getting facts right, and being careful of information given out, might now be in your thought process. Yours sincerely, Rex's other friend

Other readers have contacted us and we have been advised that Rex has actually been in situ for some 7 years now and is on a ledge, not a hedge, as was previously stated. Whilst he has a large bucket of water, he certainly does not have any shelter from the summer sun. A kind person who works for one of the local animal charities has spoken of how she would like to contact the Guardia again to see if something can be done and wondered whether a translator would be willing to give a little free time to help her in her communications. If you are willing to help, then please email editor@soltimes.com and we can put you in touch with each other. She also advised the Sol Times that her main concern is not necessarily the rescuing & rehoming of Rex but the treatment of certain issues such as his ears. As a German Shepherd cross, his ears should be large, upright and pointy; however, unfortunately for Rex, due to sandfly or sun exposure the tops of his ears are in a terrible ‘curled-up’ state and need veterinary advice. Let’s hope with a little effort, we can resolve this situation quickly, professionally and with the best results for Rex. And again, thank you to all those people who contacted us regarding this matter. Claire, Editorial Team - email: editor@soltimes.com

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WHATS BEEN GOING ON LOCALLY?... The Kimrick Medieval Hog Roast launched on Wednesday 17th June – and what a launch it was.

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Alternative Miss Albox Competition at The Sunburnt Arms

Saturday the 23rd of May saw the first and original Alternative Miss Albox competition. With 14 ‘well dressed’ gentleman gracing us with their presence the evening went down with a bang. A brilliant evening full of entertainment hosted by the one and only Mad Manc DJ Duncan from Valle Radio it was all in aid of ‘Special Care Babies Spain’ and wonderful and worthy cause which will benefit many families in the area. From the prize draw and sponsorship alone The Sunburnt Arms raised over 800€ which is a fantastic amount for just one evening! The management team and staff at The Sunburnt Arms would like to thank everyone for their support and they look forward to the next event! Pictures supplied by Mike at Designamagik.

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La dies night at Ba r Sa bor on Satur day 6th June

- was a specia l evening for every body. Designed unde r the heading of ‘tipples, tapas and treats’ it was a chan ce for all of the ladies to leave their partners at home and try a selection from Anne’s celebr ated menu. What a surpr ise as everyone sat down to eat that Fatim a arriv ed with her famous dancers and put on a captivating show that left the crow d cheer ing and begging for more. A wonderful evening out, and I’m sure the gentl emen who turned up thought so too!

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REVIEWS By Simon Lewis DVD - Valkyrie (12) 121 mins

Initially the paparazzi photographs of Tom Cruise in a Nazi uniform caused an all manner of negative press for Valkyrie but in reality this is a fine action thriller that deals with the real life episodes of WWII and the attempts made at assassinating Hitler. The film follows Cruise as Count Claus von Stauffenberg who initially rises up through the ranks of Hitler’s army only to become horrified by the Fuhrer’s actions and mass murder. With other officers that share his feeling they start to plot to assassinate their leader. The film has a strong cast of British actors to support Cruise with the likes of Kenneth Branagh, Bill Nighy and Terence Stamp. The film is packed with action and intrigue which means that although the viewer knows the outcome of events it is still a gripping watch.

MUSIC - Kasabian West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum

Kasabian return with their third album and by the look of it they have come back electric and energetic. West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum embraces the mix between rock and electronica explaining why Kasabian are at home in discos as well as festival fields. The opening track Underdog kicks off with dance beats and an old fashioned rock guitar rift reminiscent of their debut album. But it is with tracks such as Where Did All The Love Go? and Ladies and Gentlemen (Roll The Dice) that highlight the musical progress the band have made over the past five years since their eponymous debut. What Kasabian do, and do well, is produce a musical fusion between genres. They are quite unique in their output and even though you sometimes wish for more variation in their music and after a few listens it all makes perfect sense.

BOOKS - The Take by Martina Cole

The Take is set in the gritty East End of London and deals with the small gangs and criminals that frequent the darker parts of the city. The East End thanks to gangsters like the Kray twins seems a perfect setting for an up to date tale of urban crimes. After doing a stint behind bars Freddie Jackson comes out with one plan in mind; to use the contacts he made inside and climb the crime ladder in his native East End. Assisted by Jimmy his cousin, Freddie starts developing his crime career dipping into drugs, prostitution and killing. This is a gritty book with some quite alarming characters. Cole writes with a pace that ensures the reader gallops through the pages and chapters. The writing is vivid and captures the urban environment precisely. This is a page turner of the first degree.


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Green Vegetables With Soft-Cooked Eggs & Vanilla Vinaigrette

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1 lb fresh medium-sized shrimps, with shells and heads 2 celery stalks 1 fennel bulb 1 carrot 2 garlic cloves 1 onion 2 shallots 260g risotto rice 2 tbsp olive oil 40 g butter 2 tbsp grated parmesan Basil leaves 1 cup frozen peas 4 tbsp Vermouth (or white wine)

Heat a large pot and add 2 tbsp olive oil.

Method

Steam the vegetables for 5 minutes and rinse them under cold water; set aside. In a bowl, whisk together the vinegar with the oil. Add the vanilla seeds, mint, salt and red peppercorns. Serve on top of the warm vegetables. Boil water in a pot with the white wine vinegar and a pinch of salt. When the water is boiling, drop the eggs carefully in the water. Cook for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and tap them with a knife, holding each in one hand. Remove the shell carefully. Serve on top of the vegetables and sprinkle with red peppercorns. Serve with crusty bread on the side.

To make the shrimp stock: When hot, cook the shells and heads of the shrimps for 5 minutes. Add 2 tbsp vermouth. Cook until all of the liquid is evaporated. Add the chopped onion, celery stalk, carrot. When soft, add 1.4 l water. Bring to a boil, then reduce and simmer for 15 minutes. Use a sieve to strain your broth. You will need about 4 cups of broth for your risotto.

For the risotto: Chop the fennel, the celery stalk, the shallots and the garlic thinly. Grate the parmesan. Cut the shrimps in halves. Take a large pot and melt 20 g butter. Add the vegetables that you will cook for 5 minutes on medium to low heat, or until soft. Stir occasionally.

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Add the rice, stir and coat the grains. Cook for 1 minute n then add the 2 remaining tbsp of vermouth. Cook until the liquid is evaporated.

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Then add a cup of broth at a time. Cook each time until all the liquid is absorbed. For the last cup of broth, add with it the frozen peas and the shrimps. Stir well and cook for 3 minutes. Make sure you do not overcook the rice as the risotto needs to stay wet.

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your letters...your events... your letters...your events... ADAPT VISITS AIDEMAR

A group of ADAPT Members who like to be known as singers - !! - were at Aidemar again last week. We have a very enthusiastic audience who love to join in with us and don´t mind if we get the words wrong or sing off key. We were invited to join the end of term party where Charo and Lorna organised the songs and games. Aidemar very kindly provided ¨English¨ food for us and we all had a wonderful time.

Annual fee is 10€; Activities and meetings for non-members is only 2€. For more information, please contact Lorna 968 334 137 or Enid 966 746 662.

The following meeting will take place on Saturday 5th September also at 11am, same time, same place.

Crescendo International choir have been rehearsing in the back room of Bar Oasis in Torreta 3 for some time. On 10th June it was the 50th birthday of Pete Pring, the owner of Bar Oasis & he invited all his regulars - including the choir - to a free barbeque. The choir decided that it would be a nice surprise if they gave him a birthday present of 500€ for his favourite charity ALPE.

Pete first heard of ALPE, a school for physically & mentally handicapped children in Torrevieja, through a friend whose daughter

was a pupil. The school was founded in 1982 and moved to its present site in 1998. They cater for 75 children aged five to twenty-one and also a number of adults who attend to take part in occupational therapy. The pupils are picked up every day in buses which have been bought from generous sponsorship over the last few years. When Pete and Crescendo chairman Lawrence Gee went to the school to hand over the cheque they were shown around by President Josefa Fructuoso and Director Maria Jose Ortiz. Several groups of adults were busy in the light airy rooms, ready to smile & and wave as the visitors looked in, and there were tables of beautifully made models on display in the corridors. Outside is a well laid out vegetable garden tended by the pupils and a greenhouse with plants on shelves for those in wheelchairs to look after. Lawrence thanked Josefa and Maria Jose for showing him around and said that he hopes the choir can help the school more in the future.

Grow Your Own

Alicante residents can take the pick of their own crop - following in the footsteps of First Lady Michelle Obama and The Queen! Allotment plots in Los Montesinos are up for grabs, meaning green-fingered ex-pats and locals have the chance to grow their own vegetables and flowers. “I have a large plot of land and am looking for people interested in taking up an allotment,” said land owner Vanessa Collins from La Herrada, Los Montesinos.

Vanessa has a house on the plot, situated behind SuperValu and the commercial venues, being one of a row of old houses, which has permission for allotment use. “Maybe I won’t charge for the first year to people who want an allotment - and are willing to help work - by sectioning off the areas, etc. Everyone will need access to water. And hopefully anyone interested will be willing to help and advise?,” said Vanessa. The US President Obama’s wife, First Lady Michelle Obama, grows her own vegetables on the south lawn of the White House including lettuce and peas. And the new allotment trend is also a past-time of The Queen, where she turns her fingers green on part of the 40-acre garden at Buckingham Palace, which is used as an organic garden. It is the first time the Royal Family has had a vegetable plot since the Second World War and The Queen will grow Royal Red and Blue Queen beans, as well as potatoes, tomatoes, lettuce, onions and beetroot.

Dr Artero has a clinic called “Clinica Virgen del Carmen” on C/ Sierra del Carche, No12, just opposite the taxi rank in Puerto de Mazarrón, telephone number 968 59 48 67 and 619 118 012 (M). Seven of the other nine defibrillators are with The Protection Civil in their vehicles. The machines have been put in patrol cars, ambulances and fire engines under the care of the Civil Protección. Ten staff have been trained on the machines and are authorized to use these life saving devices for the good of the general public. A further 12 trainees are being trained under the existing Murcian law.

ADAPT will be meeting again at 11am on Saturday July 4th at the Casino in San Pedro.

Surprise Gift for ALPE

PALS Tenth Defibrillator Finds A Home

Long term supporter and Committee Member and resident of Puerto de Mazarrón, Di Rippon presented the tenth defibrillator to Dr Juan Carlos Artero.

So, Alicante based Alan Titchmarsh-figures have the opportunity to grow their own veg - in the wake of the demise of the lemons groves on La Herrada. “I have been to the Town Hall and was told that eventually there will be a change of use to urbanization land, but at the moment it is rural,” said Vanessa. “Only one house is allowed per plot at the moment,” “I own a bar in Torrevieja, so work every day. And this gives me less time to pursue the rural land to urbanisation issues,” said Vanessa. “At the present time my house has land of 4,700 square metres, and is up for sale for within the region of 700,000 euros,” said Vanessa. “At some time in the future it will possibly house 20 or more houses. I plan, to either sell before to an investor, or, when it is changed,” said Vanessa. “Meanwhile I will section the land into smaller plots - for allotment use,” added Vanessa. “After the summer season I will go to the Town Hall and enquire again, also asking them if I can section the land off beforehand. Hence the allotment idea,” said Vanessa. The allotment land is in situ from the main road coming from Torrevieja, entering Los Montesinos and turning right at the “La Herrada” roundabout. And those interested in an allotment could get it for free. The address is La Raffaella no.7. Los Montesinos. Interested parties can contact Vanessa at vanessaattorre@hotmail.com by ANDREW ATKINSON

Dr Salvador Cayuela Lloret of the ICA Clinic in Camposol, near Mazarron, has a machine which can be used free of charge in an emergency. The ICA Clinic is in C/ Uno, no 278, (Also known as Avenida de los Covachos) Sector B, Camposol. Telephone number 968 199 120. Dr Enrique also has a defibrillator. Dr Enrique’s address is Neptuno 472, Calle Punica, Camposol Sector B and the phone number is 968 199 168 PALS (Protection and LifeSaving) have only one more machine for a suitable location in the area. This particular machine has instructions (which are foolproof) in English which should be born in mind if anyone has a recommendation. Please call 626 460 465 or visit www.pals.com.es for more information or for tickets to forthcoming PALS events (Pool Parties, July, August and September).

MABS Party in the Park is a Huge Success MABS The Cancer Support Group couldn’t have wished for a better day to celebrate their tenth anniversary in the Murcia/Mar Menor region. Everything was perfect: the venue, the weather, the performers, the fashion show and, most of all, the party-goers. As always, local businesses, volunteers and supporters backed the event to make it a party to remember. The afternoon started with the samba band Pan de Azúcar who put everyone in the party mood with their vibrant and energetic performance. They were followed by Zigi’s Ladies, who modelled clothes from Legs & Co, and the Swingtet played whilst people tucked into their roast chicken supper. Music was provided throughout the day by Chris Heard’s ‘Smooth Grooves’ and the evening was rounded off by a hot rock performance from ‘Cheese Factor’. Prizes were donated by Shape & Tone, Legs & Co, Hombre Hairdresser and Restaurante El Torreón.

it was and would like it to become a regular ‘Party in the Park’ event. We’re certainly considering it, so keep an eye on our website for further details.” The next big event for MABS Murcia Mar Menor is the Race for Life Sunday 20 September; check the press for further details or go to the website: www. mabsmurcia.comMABS Murcia/Mar Menor helps all people in this area who are affected by cancer, providing drivers, translators, information leaflets, equipment, a listening ear, or a shoulder to lean on. If you want to volunteer, donate or you need help, you can contact MABS on 693 275 779 or visit our website: www.mabsmurcia.com Photograph (courtesy of Robin Bayliss)

“We’re delighted that everyone had so much fun. This was MABS’ way of saying thank you to everyone who has helped us continue our work in the Murcia/Mar Menor region.” commented Lyn Baines. “Everyone’s still talking about what a great party

Medieval Market in Jérica - 4th & 5th July

This year the traditional Medieval Market in Jérica will be held on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th July, although the local festivities start already on the Friday evening with the opening of a painting exhibition and an evening meal in the open air for the locals. On Saturday and Sunday, several streets and squares of the old town centre will turn into a lively and brightly decorated medieval world: minstrels, buffoons, noblemen and beggars, a juggler and a fakir, sentries and other medieval characters will mix with the motley crowd. There are lots of activities for the children: a merry-go-round and an enormous boat-swing, a children’s theatre and various workshops. There will be demonstrations of old crafts and, of course many stalls with beautiful handmade products. For the first time - after organising the market themselves for 12 years - the Town Hall has contracted an outside organiser. To make sure that there will only be real craftwork (nothing from small factories and no cheap imports), Jérica Town Hall has chosen the craft association Amata to select the stalls and organise the event. More than 60 craftsmen and women will come to Jérica to sell their products, offering a wide choice of materials and styles, so that everybody can be sure to find something that suits him or her: from handmade jewellery, hand woven shawls and decorative little knick

knacks, to leather belts and bags and wooden toys. You can watch several people at work: a female stone mason and a local potter, the weaver Fulgencio on his loom (which he built himself!), Raquel making paper and inviting you to have a go, and Enrique making beer on the spot. And the children can have a go at making their own work of art in one of four different workshops. If you happen to turn up at (Spanish) lunchtime on Saturday, dressed up in medieval clothes, the Town Hall offers you a free plate of “olleta” (a local stew-like dish), and on Sunday morning (at 11 am) a group of local knights will joust in a medieval tournament in the Plaza de la Libertad. The market is open on both days from 11am till 2pm and then again from 6pm onwards. You will find Jérica in the province of Castellón, just off the motorway A23 (Sagunto-Teruel), exits 37 and 42. It has a lovely old town centre with steep winding streets and picturesque corners, ruins of a castle, arches and towers and several nice churches and chapels, and the tourist office has set out several pleasant walks in the beautiful surrounding hills. Jérica is perhaps not exactly next door, but definitely worth a visit. For more information about the market (also in English) you can ring 639 979 678; photos and information about Amata at www.amata.es


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Amazon blunder cuts albums to 29p Music fans were able to download albums by top artists for just 29p on Wednesday after a mistake by Amazon. The online retail giant unwittingly cut the prices of releases such as Kings Of Leon’s Because Of The Times and Lily Allen’s It’s Not Me, It’s You. The mistake, which was publicised by several consumer websites, was rectified after about four hours. Albums by Bruce Springsteen, Calvin Harris and James Morrison

were also among the 30 or so being sold at the cut price. In a statement, Amazon said: “We can confirm that yesterday there was a pricing error on a small number of MP3 albums. This issue has been rectified. Despite our best efforts, with the millions of items available on our website, pricing errors can occur.” There have been suggestions the mistake could alter the charts this Sunday but, apparently, there weren’t enough hits to make a difference.

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Lift off for Nasa lunar probes Nasa has successfully launched two spacecraft to the Moon on missions that will pave the way for a return to the lunar surface by US astronauts. LRO (Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter) and a crater observation mission blasted off from Florida on an Atlas V rocket. Data gathered by LRO will help mission planners select future landing sites and scout locations for lunar outposts. The second mission will send a rocket crashing into the Moon to scour the debris plume for evidence of water ice. The Atlas main launcher, carrying both payloads, roared up from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 2232 BST - the third and last of Thursday’s three launch opportunities. Thunderstorms around the launch site prevented a launch of the rocket at the original time of 2212 BST. LRO will enter a low polar orbit around the Moon at an altitude of around 50km (31 miles) the closest any spacecraft has continually orbited Earth’s natural satellite. It will spend at least one year orbiting the Moon, using its six instruments to collect detailed information about the lunar

environment. “Together with the international armada of missions that have been flown lately and are still in orbit, (this mission) will really bring the Moon to a new plateau of understanding,” Professor James Head, from Brown University in Rhode Island, said. Professor Head is a coinvestigator on the spacecraft’s Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter (LOLA) experiment, which will produce an accurate global topographic model for the Moon. New topographic data would provide important new information on the thermal structure and thickness of the lunar crust as well as how the crust and the inner lithosphere had changed over time. It would shed light on the relationship between past volcanic and tectonic activity on the Moon. In addition to mapping the surface in unprecedented detail, the mission will enhance our understanding of the Moon’s mineral composition, global temperatures and lighting conditions. The mission will also seek to characterise the Moon’s radiation environment, helping mission planners assess the risks posed to astronauts.

Mammoths survived late in Britain

Woolly mammoths lived in Britain as recently as 14,000 years ago, according to new radiocarbon dating evidence. Dr Adrian Lister obtained new dates for mammoth bones unearthed in the English county of Shropshire in 1986. His study in the Geological Journal shows the great beasts remained part of Britain’s wildlife for much longer than had previously been supposed. Mammoths may finally have died out when forests encroached on the grassland habitats they favoured for grazing. The radiocarbon results from the adult male and four juvenile mammoths from Condover, Shropshire, reveal that the great beasts were in Britain more than 6,000 years longer than had previously been thought. Britain’s mammoth populations may indeed have vanished with this big chill. But according to the new study, they were not gone forever. Instead, they returned when conditions eased and clung on in southern England until 14,000 years ago. “The big issue with all radiocarbon

dating is contamination from different sources. You have to be sure the sample you extracted from the fossil is absolutely pure,” said Dr Lister. “There have to be methods for purifying the sample that is extracted from the bone...a new method of purification has been developed...called ultra-filtration. Various bone specimens that were dated before they developed this new purification method have been shown to be out by a significant amount...[we] re-run the samples using the new method and obtain a more accurate date. That’s what we did here.” Other large mammals that disappeared as the last Ice Age relented include woolly rhino, bison and giant deer. At the same time as these species were vanishing from the Earth, human populations were expanding. Similar die-outs of so-called “megafauna” occurred around the world at similar times, prompting some scientists to ask whether climate or human hunting played the dominant role in their extinction.

Re-introducing dingoes across tracts of Australia could have benefits for wildlife and possibly cattle farmers.

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Researchers have found that dingoes suppress populations of kangaroos and red foxes, which are big consumers of vegetation and small mammals respectively; they also say the benefits of dingoes outweigh concerns over their presence as an “alien predator”. The wild dogs were brought to Australia about 5,000 years ago and their appetite for sheep means they have been expelled from large swathes of the country, notably the productive farmlands of New South Wales and Victoria, where a “dingo fence” more than 5,000km long has been erected to keep the predators out. But this may have contributed to the demise of some native animals and the endangerment of many more.

“There is a lot of pressure to get rid of dingoes, and they can do damage,” said Michael Letnic from the University of Sydney. “But dingoes suppress fox and kangaroo numbers, and when you don’t have dingoes in the system, kangaroos basically eat all the herbiage and foxes take all of the prey.” Dr Letnic’s team surveyed pairs of sites located close together but on opposite sides of the dingo fence, looking at the abundances of different species. Where dingoes were absent, kangaroos and foxes flourished, while native rodents, marsupials and grasses were all diminished. Dingoes hunt kangaroos, and will banish foxes from land they occupy. “You basically have two ecological

universes - a system with dingoes and a system without dingoes - they are completely different places,” Dr Letnic said. There was also no discernible impact on cats - another introduced predator blamed for the decline of smaller native animals. Using Australian government data on endangered species, the researchers calculated that 16 threatened mammals would benefit from the presence of dingoes, while the wild dogs would only be detrimental to three species. The dingo came to Australia with settlers from what is now Indonesia. The introduction almost certainly brought about the demise of the thylacine or Tasmanian tiger, the top indigenous predator - probably because the dog was a more efficient hunter; the dingo, therefore, may have taken up the thylacine’s ecological role of controlling kangaroos. Letnic’s team is not the first to suggest that dingoes benefit local species, but in quantifying the likely impact, he may have produced an effective argument for their re-introduction. Even more effective in a country where farming is hugely important may be his contention that dingoes probably increase the profitability of cattle farming, by removing kangaroos that otherwise eat vegetation. “The chances are that [cattle farmers] lose more by what kangaroos do than by what dingoes do,” he summised.


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...And that is pretty much the situation we currently have in Formula One. Last weekend, possibly the last British Grand Prix at Silverstone, was overshadowed by the politics which seems to surround and, at times, threaten to engulf the world’s richest and most glamorous sport. In one corner we have the FIA and, primarily, their dictatorial President Max Mosley, who, within his position of power, seemingly believes the sport of Formula One must and will do as he tells them. And on the other side we have the FOTA 8 - the Formula One teams who would appear, at last, to have had enough of Max Mosley’s bullying attitude. Mosley has so far belittled FOTA, describing some of its members as "loonies," and derided the organisation itself. Hardly credible behaviour from a president of a world governing body! Somewhere in the middle we have Bernie Ecclestone, Formula One’s ringmaster who has vowed to keep Formula One, as we know it, on track: “I have given 35 years of my life and more to Formula One,” the 79year-old commercial rights-holder said. “My marriage broke up because of Formula One.

However, this is a lot more than “basically nothing”. Faced with the possible collapse of his business and life’s work, the man whose ‘magic touch’ has underpinned the global success of Formula One over the past three decades and lined his own pockets to the tune of a few billion quid in the process, must be seriously concerned. The business implications of a breakaway for Ecclestone are nothing short of catastrophic. Apparently the top dogs from CVC Capital Partners, the private equity group that own Formula One's commercial rights, were ashen-faced over the weekend. Estimates vary but an educated guess is that something around $1.5 billion is at stake here if the "Breakaway Eight" do decide to set up a rival series next year. Mosley shot down the idea of a rival series, even saying they would have to pay circuit promoters to stage races. So, circuits will have a choice between the MosleyEcclestone F1, featuring, at the moment, Williams, Force India, Team USF1, Manor Grand Prix and Campos Grand Prix - the rest of the replacements have not been found yet! If usual prices apply, that motley crew would cost a promoter anywhere from £18 million to £35 million for the rights to stage a grand prix under the official F1 banner. Or you could side with the Breakaway Eight: Ferrari, McLaren Mercedes, Brawn GP, BMW, Toyota, Renault, Red Bull and Toro Rosso, who bring with them World Champions Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso and Kimi Räikkönen, as well as this season’s title challengers Sebastien Vettel and Jenson Button - and all at a knockdown £5 million to £10 million.

Now that’s a hard choice, isn’t it? And I am beginning to believe that the teams have at last outmanoeuvred the master of political manoeuvring; Max is in trouble! When the majority of the teams were privately run, the opposition to him was limited. Nowadays the bulk of the cars on the grid are owned by corporate giants; they are not going to take a step like this lightly and they are not going to back down

and make themselves look inept. Under the FOTA umbrella, the teams have bound themselves together in a way rarely seen before. Significantly, Brawn GP has stayed with FOTA; there was some nervousness Brawn might jump ship, but he has stayed and that is a big vote of confidence for the other teams. Max Mosley is talking tough, but why did he not announce their entries for next season on Saturday as he previously stated that he would? The simple answer is because, compared to FOTA’s entry list, the FIA's is very poor and is not a viable basis for the continuation of Formula One. All the big drivers and teams are with the rebels; the FIA have the name Formula One, but that is an empty shell without the main protagonists. Circuit promoters, TV networks, the sport’s main sponsors, advertisers and dozens of other affiliated organisations, must be scrutinising the contracts they signed with Bernie Ecclestone’s Formula One promotions company - looking for the get out clause. I have followed Formula One for many years now and I must admit I am not in favour of a split, but I don’t think the teams have been left with a choice. Mosley has been running this fantastic sport into the ground, by making unilateral decisions about almost everything. You can't run this sport like a dictatorship, but he has, and amazingly, managed to get away with it for so long... until now. And Ecclestone is not blameless either. FOTA are insistent that his Formula One Management company (FOM) still owes several of its members tens of millions of dollars in unpaid revenues. Naturally Ecclestone denies this. Maybe many years ago he had Formula One’s interests at heart, but now it has become nothing more than a money making machine to him. And a very profitable one too. He does not care for the history and heritage of the sport. For what reason, other than money, does the Formula One calendar include races on featureless tracks in Malaysia, Bahrain, China, Singapore and Abu Dabi? Because they are currently some of the wealthiest countries on the planet and are prepared to pay Ecclestone’s exorbitant asking price.

Meanwhile, real race tracks that have contributed so much to Formula One’s rich history – Adelaide, Imola, Suzuka, Hockenheim, Long Beach, and now Silverstone – lie dormant. It is arguable, that should FOTA carry out there threat and organise a break away series, there are many far better tracks they could call upon than those currently used by Formula One. In fact, while I am writing this I am beginning to think this could be the best news ever for F1, bringing an end to Mosley's power lust and Ecclestone's bottomless moneypit. This week could see the current impasse come to a head. On Wednesday there is what FOTA view as a "critical" meeting of the World Motor Sport Council in Paris as they address the row that has threatened the existence of Formula One. On Thursday there is a meeting of FOTA to presumably discuss the outcome of the FIA meeting the previous day. FOTA have insisted that the ball is firmly in the FIA’s court and if they don’t budge, the breakaway series will go ahead. It is known that FOTA has established a working group to start planning for next year, and circuits around the world have been in touch with offers to stage races for the rebel series. It should also be noted, that in 2008, these eight teams brought to the table 47% of F1's total revenue.

One final thought.... About 16 years ago a similar scenario occurred in football. 1992 saw the formation of the F.A. Premier League, usurping the Football League’s Championship as the top flight in English football. No doubt similar arguments to those currently surrounding Formula One, raged at the time. However, today, the Premier League is rated worldwide as one of the best, if not the best in the world. Would anyone argue that it was a bad thing for English football or football as a whole? No, I don’t think they would. And do you think the Premier League participants regret their breakaway in 1992. No, I don’t think they do.

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All Things Nautical THE NAUTICAL ALMANAC Part 1 It used to be something you wouldn’t set sail without, “The comprehensive navigational resource for voyage planning & reference underway.” Nowadays, with the vast array of electronic navigational aids (as well as online “almanacs”) available you’ll be lucky to find an old dog eared copy at the back of the book shelf. If you do, there will most likely only be a small section of it used, the rest ignored, or dismissed as complicated & unnecessary. A nautical almanac is in fact a publication describing the positions & movements of celestial bodies for the purpose of enabling navigators to use celestial navigation to determine the position of their ship while at sea including the sun, moon, planets & 57 stars chosen for their ease of identification & wide spacing. The Almanac specifies for each whole hour of the year the position on the Earth’s surface at which each body is directly overhead. The Sun, Moon & Planets ‘move’ independently & so are specified separately, but for the stars only Aries is specified, the other stars having a set angular distance from that. The navigator can use different tables to extrapolate the position of each object for each minute of time. Most of us however, are more familiar with the chartlets, harbour facility information, tide tables & streams, passage advice & area planning charts & may sneak a reassuring glance at the Rules of the road or International codes & flags. The Nautical Almanac has been the familiar name for a series of official British almanacs published under various titles since the first issue of The Nautical Almanac and Astronomical Ephemeris

for 1767. This was published under the auspices of Dr Maskelyne, the astronomerroyal. This was the first nautical almanac ever to contain data dedicated to the convenient determination of longitude at sea. It was originally published from the Royal Greenwich Observatory in England. In Great Britain, The Nautical Almanac has been published annually by the HM Nautical Almanac Office, ever since the first edition was published in 1767. In the USA, a nautical almanac has been published annually by the US Naval Observatory since 1852. Since 1958 (with the issue for the year 1960), HM Nautical Almanac Office and the US Naval Observatory have jointly published a unified Nautical Almanac, for use by both countries. Dr Maskelyne developed a method of determining longitude using the position of the moon, known as the lunar distance method & began work on a book, publishing the lunar distance method of longitude calculation in 1763 in The British Mariner’s Guide, which included the suggestion that to facilitate the finding of longitude at sea, lunar distances should be calculated beforehand for each year & published in a form accessible to navigators. This proposal, the basis of the Nautical Almanac, was approved by the government & under the care of Maskelyne the Nautical Almanac for 1767 was published. Maskelyne’s lunar distance method was used well into the 19th century until it was established that chronometers were more accurate. Since Maskelyne’s observations & calculations were made at the Royal Greenwich Observatory, the Greenwich meridian eventually became a common base for longitude worldwide & was adopted internationally as the Prime Meridian in 1884 & stood until the 1980´s when it was replaced by UT.

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Incredibly, the final 2 promotion places into Div 2a have only just been resolved. Both first leg play off final matches involving Alcorcon v Real Union and Villarreal 'B' v Real Jaen finished goalless. Real Union then made home advantage count, when they lived up to their favourites tag by beating Alcorcon 3-1. No real deal for Jaen though, as Villarreal's 2nd string clung onto a 2-1 shock away victory, making 'Yellow Submarine' the only reserve outfit in Div 2a for season 2009/10. More and more clubs are unhappy with the current Spanish league system, where reserve teams play in the same division as other clubs main team. I cannot think of another first rate European country that operates such a totally illogical system which devalues the Spanish League as a whole. Make no mistake, next seasons Div 2a is

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VASCO (BASQUE) - Real Sociedad GALICIA - Celta Vigo CASTILLA LEON - Salamanca, Real Union MADRID - Rayo Vallecano, Numancia ALBACETE – Albacete ANDALUCIA - Real Betis, Cadiz, Racing Huelva, Cordoba CANARY ISLANDS - Las Palmas.

maggots end RODS & REELS: This week saw the third round in the knockout competition held on the Rio Segura. The match went as the matches before with several of the local animals being hooked and lost, then it was down to wrinkling out as many fish as possible. Results as follows: 1st Rob ‘Lenny’s Mate’ Harrop fishing the running line using bread with 3.04 kilo’s 2nd Stuart ‘I’m married again’ Taylor fishing the pole using maggot and corn with 2.38 kilo’s 3rd Alan ‘The Emperor’ Roscoe fishing the pole using maggot with 2.16 kilo’s Also this week was the second match in the Summer Championship and was held on the Embalse de Argos. The fish are still feeding inconsistently so the fishing is patchy in saying that there was still over 300 kilo’s of fish caught during the match. Top honours on the day as follows: 1st Doug ‘Welsh Goldminer’ Hornblow fishing the pole using pellet with 39.58 kilo’s 2nd Paul ‘Poco Loco’ Baxter fishing the pole using pellet and corn with 30.90 kilo’s 3rd George ‘Victor Meldrew’ Fogg fishing the pole using paste and corn with 30.86 kilo’s PLEASE BE AWARE: Several anglers who were fishing at Beniojfar were approached by some Eastern Europeans who wanted the fish they had caught. When this was refused they got a bit nasty and even tried to take the fish off the hook as they were caught. This ended up with the anglers packing up and going home early. In light of this I would suggest that if you fish this area then only go if there are at least 2-3 anglers.

League and was fished at the Embalse de Argos on the 18th June. With the recent hot weather and good venue reports, a tight match was anticipated’ and although there is a lot of algae in the water which can be a problem it was indeed a tight match - considering that there had been a match the day before! 1st George ‘Victor Meldrew’ Fogg fishing the pole using paste with 25.68 kilo’s 2nd Paul ‘Poco Loco’ Baxter also fishing the pole using paste with 24 .09 kilo’s 3rd Bob ‘The Gent’ Elms fishing the feeder and waggler using maggot and corn with 20.90 kilo’s ANGLERS TOGETHER NEWS The next meeting for Alicante/Murcia borders region will be at Lounge Bar 6, Pinar de Campoverde will be held at 12pm on Friday 3rd July. For the Mazarron area, the meeting will be at Los Galayos Bar in Puerto de Mazarron on Saturday 4th July at 12pm. All members welcome, old and new. The annual subscription fee is 10€ for new members and 5€ for re-joining members and subs are now due for 2009-10. If you are interested in joining or finding out more about Anglers Together, then either come along to one of the meetings, or phone or email Alan via 968 570 876 or anglerstogether@ gonuts4free.com For a small fee Alan can obtain Fishing Licences for the regions of Valencia and Murcia. Contact: Tel: 968 570 876 or alanroscoe@gonuts4free. com to find out about the requirements.

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TRIP TO BENIDORM This year we decided to go to Villaitana Wellness Golf & Business Sun Resort outside Benidorm for a few days, including 2 days golf. The weather was superb and the nongolfing partners thoroughly enjoyed the hotel and the surroundings, so much so that they have asked me to book again for next year already! In fact we enjoyed ourselves too much – that at the prize giving, not only did I forget to take a picture, but also forgot the camera which the hotel kindly forwarded on to me. In any case congratulations are due to:1st Day – Alex Stottor 2nd Day – Tony Merryweather

Overall winners of the two days were;1st - George (Lord) Rawlings 2nd - Michael Joyce 3rd - Harry Pearson Nearest the pin was also George Rawlings I enclose a photo of some of us all in our finery for the final evening when we went to the Benidorm Palace for a fantastic show and great night out.

For those of you who do not know us, we play Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at Campoamor. If you would like to know more, or would like to join us for a game please contact, our Captain, Ben on 646 416182.

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LIFETRADE CHAMPIONSHIP 2009

The Lifetrade Championship took place on the 17th and 18th June this two day event was very generously sponsored by “Lifetrade” other sponsors of the nearest the pin prizes were “Go Aluminium” the “Gran Mundo” and Paul Higgins bar “El Duende” to whom the participants of the competition and the Camposol Golf Association are extremely grateful for their continued support. The new head green keeper at Sensol Golf, Rueben had tried very hard to get the course in good shape for the competition which is very difficult at this time of the year, and was much appreciated. The weather on the first day was a bit overcast this made it feel very humid and the slog up the 18th seemed to go on forever the following day was bright blue skies and very, very hot which helped to sort out the winners, the bar at the 19th was very welcome as was the refreshment tent on the 10th which was overseen by some of the non golfing wives of the Committee the food was supplied by the ladies section of the Camposol Golf Association and helped to spur you on for the next nine holes. The winners of the competition were:-

Men’s Division 1 (handicaps 0 – 12) 1st - Craig Hewitt; 2nd - John Erskine; 3rd - Andy Thomas.

Men’s Division 2 (handicaps 13 – 18) 1st - Jeff Grove; 2nd - Chris Scates; 3rd - Dell King.

Men’s Division 3 (handicaps19 – 28) 1st - Peter Marshall; 2nd - Brian Hills; 3rd - Paul Bruce.

Scratch Winner - Norman Morgan CGA Lifetrade Champion John Venables LADIES STABLEFORD WINNERS 1st - Marilyn Jones; 2nd - Mary Armitage; 3rd - Irene Wright.

LADIES SCRATCH PRIZE WINNERS Champion Scratch Winner TEXAS SCRAMBLE - 21st MAY Temporary greens this week and after the amazing individual scores on Tuesday in Toffs we were anticipating even lower scores today and we weren’t disappointed. 100 players taking part, trying to cope with the cores of mud on the fairways, and some of the ‘greens’ which to be honest were not brilliant – putts going in more by luck than judgement!! Nice to see our ex Treasurer back again, he can’t keep away….and promise, Steve, we have been very careful with the EGS funds since you left! In first place with a great score of 51 1/8 were the team of Nigel Wood, Ian Stewart, Alan Kentesber & Phyllis Venables. Second was the team of Roger Richings, Mike Gillett, Franco Gentili & Anne Duff scoring 52 1/8. In third place Alan Bacon, Geoff Evans, Jill Pegg and Janet Tocker scoring 52 7/8, and in fourth place with 54 3/8 were the team of Graham Fearn, Gill Britten, Gordon White and Alec Relph - many congratulations to all our prize winners.

Nearest the Pins: 5th Colin Hobden; 11th Bill Fantom; 12th (2nd shot) Alf Butterworth; 15th Ken Enever; 17th Ged Henley. Many thanks to all our sponsors today: Manolos, Thomas Green, Quicksave, Harries Bar and Spencers. Football Prize winners: Bruce Leckey, Lulu Wood & Geoff Evans. Finally, a request to all members and guests – on Thursday l8th June we are holding our end of season shot gun start Texas Scramble, following by lunch and Charity Auction in aid of AECC. Can you have a good search in your cupboards and let us have items for the auction (or stuff you bought at the Auction last year and didn’t really need!). Also, ladies get making cakes, chutneys, jam etc. which are always very popular. Thank you all in advance for your generosity, I know the support which Eurogolf Society gives to AECC is greatly appreciated and much needed. More information on Eurogolf can be found on our website www.eurgolf-quesada.co.uk

SAN CAYETANO GOLF DAY

Tuesday 7th July sees the inaugural San Cayetano Golf Day. The event is scheduled as follows: Full breakfast at the Rose & Thistle, San Cayetano 18 holes on the Mar Menor golf course Lunch with a drink at the Intercontinental Mar Menor Presentation of prizes at the Rose & Thistle, San Cayetano All standards of golfers are invited for this stableford event. If you would like to play please phone Andy on 966 198 871 or 650 718 172 andy@ccgt.co.uk if you prefer to email your interest. This promises to be a superb day and the first of many… San Cayetano is situated just off the C3319 less than 10 minutes from San Javier.

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Julie White

2nd - Iris Baker; 3rd - Pam Andrew.

Visitor’s Winner - Visitor’s Runner Up

Jim Ball -

Jonathon Field

2009 Ladies Champion Scratch Winner Julie

2009 Lifetrade Champion John The Presentation of Prizes took place at the Sensol Hotel followed by a typical Spanish Gala Dinner this culminated with dancing outside round the pools to the sounds of Atlantis who soon had everybody up on their feet bopping, it was a fantastic setting with all the pools lit up, water cascading over rocks and the fountains soaring it was hard to believe you were in Camposol it could have been anywhere Bermuda, Jamaica etc. we had to keep telling ourselves how lucky we were to have such a fantastic venue on our doorsteps.

Our thanks have to go to our hardworking Committee for all the tremendous amount of work and for such an enjoyable two days, we all really appreciate it and please keep it up. We cannot wait for the Summer Ball to be held on the 31st July which we are sure will be equally successful.

Vip club 25

I would like to announce that VIP Club 25 has decided to catch up with the 21st century!!

Since the formation of VIP Club 25, the club has been run in a society-like manner, with all the responsibilities of Tee booking, pairings, handicaps etc. falling in the lap of one man. We tended to meet on a Sunday each week, and play Stableford competitions, with a monthly Federated competition. Also our membership has been limited to just 25 (hence the name of the club). In January of this year a large number of VIP Club 25 members joined La Serena Golf, taking advantage of the opening package they were offering. Since joining La Serena, we have taken a new direction. VIP Club 25 has built up a good relationship with the management of the golf course, and we are now heading towards the sort of golf club atmosphere most of us were used to back in “Old Blighty”. Members of VIP Club 25 enjoy a few special privileges, which we greatly appreciate, and we hope to cement our relationship further. As a direct result of this, we have found that more and more golfers are looking to join us, and we have already surpassed the limit of 25 members by quite a number. This being the case, we have decided to form a committee, in order to take the club forward. It has become apparent that we need to open up our membership, and the committee has decided to extend club membership to 50 .This being the case, we have limited spaces left and would welcome any enquiries. Part of our new set-up involves club competitions, Captains’ day etc., as well as entering at least two teams into the local

leagues, where we have had great success in the past. We have also decided to play three federated Sunday competitions each month along with a Medal comp. one Wednesday per month. By so doing, we can ensure that all our handicaps are fair and correct when it comes to the league matches. It would be nice to some other clubs and societies follow suit in this way! In addition to this, we have decided to return to the original name of Club 25. Club 25 would also like to announce that we are running a stableford competition on 18th July at La Serena Golf Club. This is to be a memorial competition to commemorate the passing away of founder member John Moore, and his son and ex-captain Gary. The day will be called the Moore Memorial. We are aiming at a shot-gun start, which requires a minimum of 72 entrants. At this moment, we still have a few spaces left. The cost of the day is €40 to include a buffet and drink after golf, prizes and trophies. Pull trolleys will be free, and we hope to supply some refreshments on the course. We want to hold this competition each year, so a large turnout in July would be a great start.

Anyone interested in joining Club 25, or entering the Moore Memorial, can do so by calling:Alan Boggess, alancboggess@hotmail. co.uk Tel: 966763000 Dave Williams, daveandjoan1@hotmail. com Tel: 628415639 Brian Baker, brian@bakerlongproperties. com Tel: 699325612 Sponsored by:- VIP Active Seniors, Baker Long Properties & Twist Bar Restaurant

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