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Swine Flu Death Toll Reaches Four

Spain’s Health Ministry has confirmed the third death from the A(H1N1) virus – reported as a 33 year old woman from Nigeria who died in hospital on Thursday afternoon in Palma de Mallorca. She is understood to have been admitted on Wednesday with symptoms of pneumonia. No further details on her identity have been released to the press as yet. A further victim, a 71 year old man who died in the La Paz Hospital in Madrid was also confirmed. He was suffering from a lung illness, complicated by infection by the A(H1N1) virus. The body of the premature baby born to Spain’s first victim of the virus arrived in Morocco on Thursday morning, for baby Rayan to be buried alongside his mother, Dalilah Mimouni, who died from the virus at the end of June. His body arrived on a flight from the Getafe military base in Madrid, chartered for the family by King Mohamed VI of Morocco, and was then buried with a short graveside ceremony at the cemetery in his mother’s home town of Mdiq. Born at 7 months old by Caesarean

Temperatures Climb Again Across Spain This Week

Strong Winds Force Cancellations At Benicàssim The 1,500 people who had to be evacuated from the FIB campsite at the Benicàssim music festival because of gale force winds in the early hours of Saturday returned to the site in the evening. The campers were given access to a local sports centre as many saw their tents blow away in the Vendaval winds which reached 75 kilometres per hour at times. 24 people needed treatment from the Red Cross but were not seriously hurt. A fire close to the festival site also blew smoke over the performance of Tom Tom Club, and the fire service had to be called. Those who bought a day ticket for Friday were fully refunded. The festival included performances from Franz Ferdinand, together with 2 Many DJ’s, Elbow, Josele Santiago, Laurent Garnier, The Killers, White Lies, among others

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section only hours before his mother’s death, Rayan died from a dreadful medical error this Monday, after he was mistakenly fed baby formula intravenously instead of through a tube to his stomach. Baby Rayan’s father has said he plans to take action against the Gregorio Marañón Hospital in Madrid where both his wife and baby son died. It’s understood the court in charge of the investigation into Rayan’s death now has the first details of the autopsy results, while lawyers representing the nurse who made the error which cost him his life say systems should have been in place to lessen the risk of such dreadful mistakes. They also argue, Telecinco reports, that she should not have been left alone on her first day of working in the neonatal ICU. Meanwhile it has emerged that nurses in the neonatal unit at the hospital complained in 2008 about their ‘great concern about the quality of care and safety’ offered to patients and their families.

After cooler temperatures seen across most of the country last weekend, this week sees higher values once again with significant increases forecast in the Ebro valley, the Guadalquivir and on the Canaries. There will be some medium and high cloud in the area of the strait and in places along the Costa del Sol, with showers, stormy in places and locally moderate inland in the north, centre and less so also in the East. There are Spanish Meteorological Agency yellow alerts for high winds in Cádiz and the area of the Strait. There are yellow alerts for high temperatures in Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Sevilla, Córdoba, Granada, Jaén, inland Almería, Toledo, Teruel, Zaragoza, La Rioja and Navarra. Yellow alerts mean temperatures of 36 degrees or higher.

Add AA To Your Mobile Phone Contact List British residents will consider that the AA is Alcoholic’s Anonymous, or perhaps remember the Automobile Association, but now in Spain the Interior Ministry has started a campaign for residents of Spain to add a new contact ‘AA’ to their mobile phones. The ‘AA’ here is ‘Avisar a’, meaning ‘Who to contact’, and is the name of a new campaign presented by the Ministry in conjunction with the Spanish Red Cross. The idea is that you add ‘AA’ to your mobile phone contact list and then add the number of the person to contact should you suffer an accident. President of the Cruz Roja, Juan Manuel Suárez de Toro, described it as a very good idea, and said that it would be extremely useful for them and a guarantee that anyone who has suffered an accident has a friendly face nearby quickly.

Winds will be E moderate along the Andalucian coastline, strong in the Strait, but weak southerly in the rest of the costas. Temperatures: Highs: Granada 37, Murcia 33, Almeria, Santa Cruz de Tenerife 32, Alicante 31, Cádiz, Málaga, Valencia 29. Lows: Cádiz, Santa Cruz de Tenerife 23, Almeria 22, Alicante, Málaga, Valencia 21, Murcia 20, Granada 17. Hottest place in Spain – Córdoba 39 Coolest provincial capital overnight – Guadalajara, León, Palencia, Teruel 13. Outlook: Generally clear and sunny conditions with temperatures remaining high. Cooler on the Costa del Sol on Thursday, but hotter again on Friday. The Costa Blanca can expect increasing temperatures which will very high on Wednesday.

160m Euro Loan To Complete Murcia Airport The company which has the concession to run Murcia Airport, Aeropuerto de la Región de Murcia S.A. (AEROMUR), is reported to be negotiating a 160 million € loan with a group of banks so that development work can be completed. 80 million € has already been spent at the site, and Cajamurcia and CAM have granted a temporary credit while the main deal is found, and the company is confident that despite a recent slowdown in construction activity, the airport completion date will be maintained. Director, Mariano Menor, said that the passenger terminal and control tower are now underway

High Speed Link MadridValencia By End Of 2010 The AVE high speed train link between Madrid and Valencia will be operational at the end of next year, when the journey will be completed in one hour and 35 minutes. The announcement came from Development Minister, José Blanco, and the Valencia President, Francisco Camps, who held a joint press conference following a meeting in Madrid last Tuesday. The Ministry is investing almost 4.5 billion € in the project over this year and next, and the work will include gaugechanging installations to allow the AVE service to connect with Alicante and Castellón, also reducing the journey time from both cities to the Spanish capital. Another subject under discussion was 700 million € investment in Valencia and Alicante airports up until 2012.

Spain Invited To Next G-20 Summit Spain, the Czech Republic, and Holland have been invited to the next G20 summit meeting in Pittsburgh, even though they are not official members of the group. The invitation for Spain is being seen as a sign of the friendship developing between José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero and Barack Obama, although it follows a formal request

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Gibraltar Says Spain Has Changed The Goalposts In Tripartite Process

The issue obstructing progress in the Trilateral Forum on Gibraltar is not, the Gibraltar government says, the question of sovereignty, but the designation by Spain of waters around the Rock as a protected area. The European Commission’s approval of Spain’s application to include part of the waters near Gibraltar in a new EU marine conservation area – the Estrecho Oriental Site of Community Importance – led the Gibraltar government to place a legal challenge against the decision, on the argument that Member States may only designate such sites in their national territory.

the context of the position as it was before Spain’s designation of the Site of Community Importance.’

In a released statement, the Gibraltar government accused Spain, by its designation, of unilaterally changing the goal posts in the middle of the unilateral process, describing Spain’s action as ‘unacceptable’. Any agreement to cooperate, they said, must take place ‘in

The Gibraltar government has meanwhile advised local boat owners, following what they call further incidents of ‘unlawful encroachments’ by the Guardia Civil, to launch distress flares if they are stopped by Spanish authorities within BGTW – British Gibraltar Territorial Waters.

The next Tripartite Ministerial talks are due to take place on Gibraltar on 21st July, and if the meeting is confirmed, would mean that Miguel Ángel Moratinos would be the Spanish Foreign Minister to step on the Rock. Official confirmation, Diario Sur reports, depends on agreement being reached on the matter of maritime and environmental cooperation on the waters which surround Gibraltar.

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Almost a thousand passengers spent 20 hours on board a ferry docked at Alicante port this weekend, after strong winds caused the ship covering the route from Orán, Algeria, to crash into the dock on its arrival on Friday night. Those on board were able to disembark, and passengers for the Friday night trip to Orán, most of them from France, were told to board the ferry while technicians from the Port Authority tried to repair the dent in the ship’s stern. In the event, the ‘Djazair’ remained in port and the passengers remained on board until Saturday evening, when they were allowed to disembark for a short time before returning to spend another night on the ferry. It’s understood that only some 40 or so chose to do so however. Reports of a queue of some 120 cars at the port on Saturday, as passengers arrived for the cancelled Saturday night service. The Alicante-Orán service was due to be resumed on Monday with the arrival of a replacement ship from Algeria.

Drug Gang ‘100 Escapadas’ Busted In Murcia With Renfe

Renfe plans to attract passengers over the high season with a package deal, ‘100 escapadas’, which includes a return train ticket to one of the 100 most popular national holiday destinations plus a night in a hotel for between 57 and 99 euros. The trips, which must be booked at travel agencies, also include discounts on car rental and entrances to museums. Antequera and Ronda are the only two Malaga destinations on the route, which includes Granada, Cordoba, Cadiz and Almeria. The offer runs until December 15th.

As part of Renfe’s second campaign, ‘Muévete en tren’, a free child AVE ticket is given away with every adult return ticket booked in tourist class. This applies only to children under 14. There are also discounts for bookings made for groups of between four and nine passengers until September 13th, and discounts of 50 per cent on return train tickets booked by young people in possession of a young persons’ card (Carnet Joven).

The Guardia Civil has broken up a network of drug traffickers in Murcia who dealt in cocaine and cut the drug with fenacetina, a highly cancer-causing substance.

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Rita Barberá Defends Herself As Mayor Of Valencia Rita Barberá, the Mayor of Valencia, has responded to the allegations in the press made over the weekend that she received gifts of luxury Luis Vuiton bags from Álvaro Perez, from the Orange Market company, one of those implicated in the Gürtel corruption case, by saying that all politicians are given gifts, adding that the Prime Minister had to be getting bigger and more expensive gifts than her. The Spanish press printed a police report which showed that Álvaro Perez had said, in a recorded phone call, that he was in a shop buying a bag for the Mayor, and that he had been giving her gifts for four years. Barberá has also said that she will be taking legal action against those accusing her. She said that the Valencia people had an honourable Mayor and that she was proud of her team, of her family and of her citizens. She reminded the press that you have to prove guilt, not innocence, and said that in her 18 years as Mayor she had never had problems with the law. She claimed that her earlier comments noting that the Prime Minister was given expensive anchovies by the President of the Cantabria region was the reason why she was now in the news.

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Two Deaths On La Marina Beach, Elche

Two bathers died in the space of 15 minutes on the La Marina beach in Elche on Thursday. One of the victims, a 79 year old man from Madrid, suffered a heart attack, collapsing a few metres from the water. While the emergency services were trying to revive him they got the call that there were another three people in difficulties in the water, caused it seems by a strong current. The three, including a young girl, were all outside the range of the bathing buoys. A jet ski was used to reach them but a man, the child’s grandfather was already unconscious. Medical services could do nothing to save the 65 year old who was resident in Elche, which cause of death given as drowning.

3 Year Old Dies After Being Left In Parked Car

A three year old boy has died after being left by his mother inside a parked car in Leioa, Vizcaya. The child was in a back childseat and should have been taken to a nursery on her way to work, but the mother went straight to her employment forgetting the three year old in the back of the vehicle. It’s thought that the child was left alone for five hours, between 9am and 2pm with temperatures outside the closed car greater than 30 degrees. The child was already without a pulse when the mother found him when returning to the car at lunchtime. The mother was arrested on charges of negligent homicide, and was later released with those charges outstanding.

25 Murcia Schools To Become Bilingual In Next School Year Pupils at 25 infant and primary schools in Murcia will be offered the chance of bilingual education in the next academic year under a programme which will offer a third of the schools’ classes in English. The regional government programme will benefit more than one thousand children, and begins, in a first phase, with the first year of primary education, to be extended gradually to all other years at the schools involved. The Murcia government’s regional councillor for education, Constantino Sotoca, said while presenting the programme that it covers Physical Education, Natural and Social Studies,

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and Art, while Spanish Language, Maths and Religion do not form part of the scheme. External exams on proficiency in the subjects taught in English will be set by Trinity College in London, the body which is internationally renowned for examinations in English as a foreign language. The councillor said teachers taking part in the scheme must follow a 200-hour intensive training course in the use of English in bilingual teaching. Other measures are being brought in for mixed French and English bilingual teaching in secondary education.

Construction Of Alicante Ikea Could Start In 2011

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said the Town Hall plans to get them all through by the end of October.

company, Ikea, to start construction of a new store in the Rabasa area in 2011. The agreement must be ratified by a council meeting, but Diario Información reports that in it, the Town Hall agrees to push through planning changes to allow construction to go ahead under the Rabasa Zoning Plan. The procedure for these modifications would normally take a year, but the paper

The site chosen by Ikea is on Avenida de la Universidad, between the military barracks and the motorway roundabout.

It’s understood Mayor Sonia Castedo has promised approval of Rabasa’s land subdivisions and detailed planning by the end of 2010, to allow Ikea to start construction at the beginning of the following year, once planning permission is granted.

La Danza de los Zancos

Every July, the village of Anguiano, La Rioja, celebrates the feast of Mary Magdalene with La Danza de los Zancos, a whirling exhibition of enormous skill which accompanies the image of their patron saint in procession from the village church. The dance takes place on 22nd July, and is performed by eight young men dressed in voluminous yellow skirts, who whirl around to the sound of the dulzaina and the beat of the tamboril drum.

The skill which is needed to perform this dance comes in that it takes place half a metre above ground, on 45 cm wooden stilts fastened on at the knees. It’s a tradition, passed on from generation to generation, which is known to date back to at least the early 17th century but is believed to have existed as long ago as preChristian times. Some say it owes its origins to the stilts which were once used to cross the area’s flooded and snowy terrain. Now classed as a fiesta of International Tourist Interest, the procession begins

outside the church after a mass in honour of the Magdalena, where the dancers must first negotiate the seven steps which give access to the church square. The most difficult part of the route is a steep cobbled street which takes its name from the skilled stilt dancers - the Cuesta de los Danzadores – a tricky path to negotiate even in normal footwear. Here, one by one, the eight young men twirl down 40 metres of the cobbled 20 percent gradient, falling into the ‘cushion’ of the crowd waiting in the square below once they reach the bottom. They then each return up the steps again to repeat the journey – again and again - as the Saint slowly makes her way down into the main square. The stilt dance is held each morning and evening over three days, with other traditional dances taking place without the stilts as part of the festivities. The ‘zancos’ come out again in September, when the image of the Saint is brought back down from the church to the chapel where she will spend the winter.

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Burnham Under Fire On Flu Advice

Health Secretary Andy Burnham will outline plans for a swine flu advice service later amid criticism government in-fighting delayed its launch. MPs will be updated on the National Pandemic Flu Service in England which is due to go live on Thursday. The Liberal Democrats say government departments’ in-fighting led to the hotline being launched six months late. Mr Burnham denied that conflicting advice had been issued to pregnant women over swine flu. Over the weekend there had been reported suggestions that pregnant women should avoid crowded places as a precaution. Some

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The UK terror threat level has been lowered from “severe” to “substantial”, the Home Office has said.

The level was raised in 2007, meaning a terrorist attack was “highly likely”; the downgrading means there is still a “strong possibility” of an attack. Home Secretary Alan Johnson said there remained a “real and serious threat” from terrorists and the public would see little change in security measures. The level is set by the UK’s Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC). The JTAC, which is a unit within the security service MI5, sets the level based on the intelligence available about terrorist intentions and capabilities.

Security sources said the decision to change the threat level was a “finelybalanced judgement”. The sources said the level was “under constant review” and could go up again if it was felt appropriate, our correspondent added. At “substantial”, the threat from terrorism is at its lowest since levels were first officially published three years ago.

including the intent and capabilities of international terrorist groups in the UK. We still face a real and serious threat from terrorists and the public will notice little difference in the security measures that are in place, and I urge the public to remain vigilant. The police and security services are continuing in their thorough efforts to discover, track and disrupt terrorist activity.”

Under the previous, slightly different system, the level was lowered to the equivalent of “substantial” in May 2005 - two months before the 7 July London bombings.

There are five levels of terror threat, ranging from low - meaning an attack is unlikely - to critical - when an attack is expected imminently.

In a statement, the home secretary said: “JTAC make their judgements based on a broad range of factors,

The threat level was last at critical in June 2007, after an attack on Glasgow Airport and the failed car bombings in central London.

Summer Rise In Mortgage Lending The total amount of UK mortgage lending rose sharply in June compared with the previous month, according to lenders. The amount lent by members of the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) reached £12.3bn in June, up from £10.5bn a month earlier. However, the rise was mainly the result of the common seasonal increase in moving home and the figure was still 48% lower than in June 2008. A separate Bank of England report suggested a subdued UK credit market. Overall, mortgage lending in the UK has slumped dramatically since the onset of the banking crisis in the autumn of 2007. But there have been some signs of greater interest from home buyers recently, and the CML’s estimated gross lending figure is the highest of any month this year. “The pick-up in June’s lending largely reflects seasonal factors,

Nissan To Create Hundreds Of Jobs Nissan has announced that its Wearside factory will start producing batteries for electric cars, which is expected to create 350 new jobs. Prime Minister Gordon Brown said that Nissan’s £200m investment “was great news for the local economy”. The plant, near Sunderland, has beaten off competition from other Nissan factories in Europe for the investment. The move could pave the way for the production of electric vehicles at the North East plant in the near future. “Sunderland could now be a strong contender to produce electric vehicles for Nissan in Europe, and we will continue to work with Nissan to ensure this happens,” the prime minister said.

Mr Brown visited the Sunderland factory along with Business Secretary Lord Mandelson.

and these may well support lending volumes at moderately higher levels over the rest of the summer,” said CML economist Paul Samter. The less volatile three-month on three-month figures show that gross lending in the second quarter of 2009 totalled an estimated £33.3bn, unchanged from the first three months of the year. This is the lowest level since the first three months of 2001. Mr Samter said that the mortgage market had shrunk in terms of both the number of lenders offering home loans, and the actual number of these loans on offer. This, as well as fears of job losses and low demand for mortgages among consumers, would hold back any “significant and underlying improvement” in total lending, he said.

NHS ‘Must Prepare For Shortfall’

The NHS must act now to prepare for an expected funding shortfall after 2011, two influential think-tanks have said.

Mr Mandelson said a “lowcarbon economic area” would be established in the North East.

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As part of the project, 750 charging points would be installed across the region and a training centre specialising in the manufacture and maintenance of low-carbon vehicles would be set up.

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protect NHS budgets in coming years. The King’s Fund and the Institute for Fiscal Studies said this would mean cuts in other departments or tax rises. But even prevent it having to tighten its belt now, the analysis says. John Appleby, chief economist at The King’s Fund and co-author of the report, said: “The NHS is facing the most significant financial challenge in its history. Both the Labour and Conservative parties have pledged to avoid cutting NHS spending in real terms from 2011 but this will come at a big The NHS has enjoyed unprecedented increases in funding since the turn of the century, but those days will soon be over. That’s why it’s crucial that the service does all it can over the next two years to prepare itself for the financial freeze that will take hold over the two coming spending review periods.”

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The Conservatives would give the Bank of England greater regulatory powers to try to prevent future financial crises, shadow chancellor George Osborne says. The Tories would give responsibility for supervising financial institutions to a new financial policy committee. Meanwhile, the Liberal Democrats say that taxpayer-owned Lloyds and Royal Bank of Scotland should be broken up. The government wants to create a new council to oversee financial stability, but keep the current regulatory system. The council would see the Financial Services Authority (FSA), the Bank of England and the Treasury meeting regularly and reporting on the systemic risks to financial stability. But Conservative leader David Cameron called the council “effectively the same three organisations with nobody in charge and nobody taking responsibility”. The Conservatives would abolish the FSA. Their proposed financial committee, which would include independent appointees, would have tools to rein in bank lending. They would also create a new agency for consumer protection. Mr Osborne also suggested that there was a case for separating a bank’s riskier activities from deposit-taking, but only after taking international developments into account. “I believe there is a case for separating some of the riskier investment banking activities, such as large-scale proprietary trading, from retail banking, but that it would not be sensible or, indeed, effective to impose separation unilaterally,” he said. Separately, Liberal Democrat Treasury spokesman Vince Cable said that large, failed UK banks are the “financial equivalent” of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

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Spacewalker Says Forget The Moon - Go To Mars

One of the first men to walk on the Moon has told the United States they should forget about going back - and focus on a mission to Mars instead. Captain Alan Bean said the US should work with the international community to explore new frontiers in space. The 77-year-old was part of the Apollo 12 mission and became the fourth man to walk on the Moon. Today marks the 40th anniversary of the historic moment astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first men to walk on the lunar surface.

Nasa is planning to return to the Moon by 2020 but Captain Bean commented: “We ought to gather the international community and go to Mars. I know it isn’t how others feel because it is much cheaper to go back to the Moon but I would rather we went to Mars. If we did it with all those other countries it would have a tremendously unifying effect on the Earth. It would be an inspiration for all people on Earth.”

Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the Moon, has already declared that he believes Mars should be the primary target for Nasa. But the US space agency is more concerned at the outcome of a review of human space flight, ordered by President Barack Obama and due to report in August. There have been suggestions that Nasa’s budget will be cut and that plans will have to be scaled back. But Nasa’s director of integration Dr John Olson said: “In Apollo, we saw seven to 10 dollars return for every one dollar invested. In these difficult economic times it causes one to think ‘Is this the right investment?’ but precisely because of that tangible return we should do this.” Nasa has held a series of events to mark the 40th anniversary of the Apollo landing including Armstrong himself who made a rare public appearance alongside his Apollo 11 colleagues, Aldrin and Michael Collins.

Bunting Out For Big British Lunch A series of street parties and picnics are being held up and down the country, to encourage people to get to know their neighbours better. ‘The Big Lunch’, the idea of Eden Project founder Tim Smit and Paul Twivy, aims to encourage millions of people to share food, drink and conversation. They believe our neighbourhoods are “the biggest untapped source of happiness we possess”. Leeds, Glasgow and even Number 10 Downing Street are hosting picnics. Organisers hope to see the largest number of street parties since the Silver Jubilee in 1977. Mr Smit said: “Imagine a summer’s day on which millions of us, throughout the UK, sit down to have lunch together with our neighbours: in the middle of our streets, around our tower blocks and on every patch of common ground. The food, entertainment, music and decorations we will have grown, cooked, or created ourselves. This will be a day to break bread with our neighbours, to put a smile on Britain’s face.”

Surtees Dies After F2 Race Crash

The son of motorsport legend John Surtees has been killed in a “freak” accident during a Formula Two (F2) race at Brands Hatch in Kent. Henry Surtees, 18, was flown to the Royal London Hospital after he was struck by a wheel which flew off Jack Clarke’s car.

His father, John, who won the Formula One World Championship in 1964, said Henry would be “deeply missed”: “Henry had followed his heart from the time he first sat in a kart,” he added. Mr Surtees, of Surrey, who is the only man ever to have been world champion on two wheels as well as four, said: “He treated seriously the balance between motorsport and school, having just finished his A-levels. The world beckoned and he was thriving on the freedom to concentrate on his motorsport. Despite bad luck in his motorsport, he had shown himself to be one with the possibilities

of reaching the very top.

He added: “Despite his young age he had shown maturity, technical understanding and speed. Most importantly he was a nice person and a loving son. He will be deeply missed.” Sunday’s race was red-flagged while Surtees was removed from the scene. The accident happened between the circuit’s Westfield Bend and Sheene Curve. Clarke’s car hit a tyre wall and a wheel came off, hitting Henry Surtees on the head and knocking him unconscious. The teenager’s car then struck the trackside barriers. A spokeswoman for South East Coast Ambulance Service said Surtees had been taken from the scene by helicopter. On Saturday, Surtees had claimed his first F2 podium finish, coming third in the opening race of the Brands Hatch weekend.

Best-selling Author McCourt Dies

Frank McCourt, author of best-seller Angela’s Ashes, has died of cancer in a New York hospice.

Susan Moldow of McCourt’s publisher Scribner said the cause of his death, on Sunday afternoon, was metastatic melanoma.

The 78-year-old Irish-American writer was suffering from meningitis and had recently been treated for melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.

Born in New York, McCourt travelled to Ireland during the Great Depression with his parents at an early age. Angela’s Ashes provides a graphic description of his childhood in abject poverty in the slums of the Irish city of Limerick. Described by its author as an “epic of woe”, the book was made into a Hollywood film in 1999 starring Emily Watson and Robert Carlyle. His other works include ‘Tis and Teacher Man, which both draw on his later life in New York.

Angela’s Ashes, a memoir of McCourt’s childhood in Ireland, sold millions of copies and won the Pulitzer Prize. Before the book’s 1996 publication, McCourt was a New York high school teacher for 30 years. Quoted by the New York Times newspaper,

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ies converging The highlight of the festivities sees national politicians and dignitar ity. prosper on the Praza de Obradorio in an appeal to the Saint for peace and s in honour of Do not on any account miss the Fuegos del Apóstol - firework of other types of Saint James, and as you will no doubt discover, a whole host pyrotechnics!

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community view... Dear Sol Times I wanted to respond to the situation with Rex, the dog causing so much concern, because the apparent lack of care by his owners. I want to raise awareness of the plight of all the unwanted animals here in Spain. I have lived in Spain for 2 years, I am trying to learn the language so that I can effectively integrate and communicate with our Spanish community. We brought our two rescue dogs from England with us and one we lost recently; no more could be done for him after excellent help from our vet in Vera. Our other dog is almost 15 and still with us fortunately. Since arriving here the cruelty overwhelms me and it is not just the local Spanish but ex pats also who abandon their pets with no thought for their welfare when they decide to return to their own country. There can be no excuse for such negligence and maybe the problem should be highlighted in other countries in an attempt to stop the situation escalating any more. The main reason for this communication is to ask if there are any professionals out here in our area that can give advice and provide care when we are faced with abandoned animals or animals that have been injured on the roads. Obviously we would get the animal to a vet if possible but then what happens and who picks up the bills etc? Where does the dog go after treatment? If the local animal charities refuse to take in any more due to being full then what do the public do with the strays? Are we expected to leave them to roam the streets causing accidents, having more unwanted pups or to just leave them

to starve to death? We cannot all provide shelter and food until a foster home or permanent home can be found. We currently feed 4 dogs that hang around our home as well as our own dog and ensure they have water particularly in this heat. The last dog to arrive was very badly neglected with sores, ticks, skeletal, eyes full of mucous, ravenously hungry and dehydrated. We have done what we can to make him comfortable and I have contacted all the local charities, as well as Guardia, Almeria sanctuary, and Town Hall. Apparently the official bodies cannot understand my Spanish so cannot help. I know I am not fluent but my neighbours appear to be able to understand me most of the time. In desperation I rang my vet in Vera who is the only one to offer to check if the dog is chipped and if not he would phone the appropriate agency on our behalf to have the dog taken to kennels. He is Spanish so the language barrier won’t be a problem. We will almost certainly keep the dog as we don’t want him euthanised providing he has no major health problems and if he does not have an owner but we can’t do this for every dog we come across as we live on our pensions and money for us as well as the charities is very tight. Please could we have a response from charitable bodies as well as Government Agencies as to what the public are expected or advised to do? I’m sure there would be many people out there grateful for such advice. (Name Withheld) PLEASE DIRECT ALL RESPONSES TO: editor@soltimes.com

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Artists Live High On Outside Wall Two Brazilian artists are living in a room with a bed, hammock, sofa and potted plant - all on the outside wall of a building in Rio de Janeiro. Tiago Primo, 27, and his brother Gabriel, 20, are spending up to 14 hours a day in their “vertical room”, 10m (33ft) above a busy street. They are a living art exhibit, on display until midAugust. Using climbing gear to manoeuvre up and down their room, much to the amusement of passers-by, the two brothers have been living on the bright redand-yellow wall since May, snoozing, reading, eating lunch and chatting with people in the street below. Gabriel Primo said: “They ask how much is the rent, tell me I am going to fall ... Some take pictures and ask us to wave back. One of the most curious reactions came from a person who thought we were dolls, that we were not real.” They say the aim of the wall exhibit, which is redesigned every four months, is to make people think about their living space. But there are limits to this very public art exhibit - the brothers scramble over a wall to use the indoor bathroom in the neighbouring art gallery!

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Mandela Show Continues Amid Row A London art gallery has refused to end a sale of prints by ex-South African leader Nelson Mandela, despite a long-running legal dispute. Lawyers for Mr Mandela say he did not sign the works on display; they are taking legal action against Mr Mandela’s former lawyer. But Belgravia Gallery owner Anna Hunter said the prints were signed. She said the legal case had nothing to do with the gallery and the show, which opened on Sunday, would continue. “The matter is one between Mr Mandela and his former lawyer and has nothing to do with the gallery,” she said. The gallery previously planned an exhibition of Mr Mandela’s artwork in 2005, but because of the legal furore in South Africa they decided to take the artworks down. “Four years later it still hasn’t been resolved,” said Ms Hunter. “We put them back up on Sunday. There has been an incredible response to them. We are honoured to have Mr Mandela’s artworks here.” She insisted the prints were authorised, saying she was present when Mr Mandela, now 90, signed the works. But Mr Mandela’s lawyer Bally Chuene told the Associated Press the pictures were unauthorised reproductions and the gallery was being “opportunistic”.

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Cartier-Bresson Photos ‘Not Lost’ The widow of Henri Cartier-Bresson, who is credited with founding modern photojournalism, says hundreds of his photos may still be on the black market. The photos, which had been archived in France’s National Centre for Contemporary Arts, suffered severe water damage from a leak in the 1990s. Cartier-Bresson then agreed that the pictures should be destroyed, but some photos reappeared in 2001. Martine Franck also accused the French state of negligence in the affair. The French authorities have refused to comment on the affair. In the autumn of 1955, Cartier-Bresson held an acclaimed exhibition in the Louvre in Paris, displaying 426 photos dating from the 1930s through to postwar pictures taken in Russia, China, India and the United States. The show toured eight different countries and in 1960 the photographer gave the collection to the French state, who archived it in the National Centre for Contemporary Arts. But when the centre moved buildings 30 years later it was discovered that the pictures had been severely damaged. Distraught, Cartier-Bresson agreed the photos should be destroyed, but somebody may have picked the images out of the bin. Several pictures appeared at an art fair in Paris in 2001, while others turned up at auction and at restoration houses. According to Martine Franck, who has spoken publicly about the episode for the first time this week, the black market sales upset Cartier-Bresson so much that he refused to leave any more of his works to the French state. She said he believed it was incapable of looking after his photos properly.

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The words “I love you” are worth £163, 424, according to a new book which aims to create a new value system. ‘You Are Really Rich, You Just Don’t Know It Yet’, by former ad executives Steve Henry and David Alberts, aims to show there is more to life than money. It puts the value of being in a stable relationship at £154,849 while placed on spending time with good mates is said to be worth £63,256. “The book is about a new value system, an alternative to a purely financial system,” said Mr Henry. “Partly because, as a direct result of the credit crunch, people are exploring different ways of living, and they’re looking for something to replace money as a general criterion for value.”

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Being in good health turns out to be our most precious possession with a value of £180,105. Living in the city proves to be worth much less than being in the country. Other events in the top ten of life’s best experiences are: living in a peaceful and safe country - £129,448; having children - £123,592; spending time with your family - £110,04; laughing - £108,021; having sex - £105,210; going on holiday - £91,759; savouring the peace and quiet - £89,828. Reading a book is worth £53,660 whereas going to the cinema comes in at half that £21,615. Being happy at work is £37,229 but it doesn’t compare with a looking forward to the weekend which is £49,764 and taking a day off has a value of £54,428.

Elaborate Proposal A film fan hired out a cinema to screen his own spoof video in an elaborate proposal to his girlfriend.

came on Mr Simson who got down on one knee and proposed to Miss McDonagh to a round of applause.

Pete Simson, 26, told Hannah McDonagh, 25, they were going to watch an arty film at the Watershed in Bristol for her birthday. But she couldn’t believe her eyes when he came on the big screen in his underpants miming to Daniel Bedingfield’s If You’re Not The One.

“The Watershed agreed to do it, and said they’d do it for free, they even arranged for a fake audience, printed tickets and put adverts at the beginning as if it was a real film,” said Mr Simson, a radio reporter.

The five minute-long spoof shows Mr Simson in a variety of colourful pants writhing on a bed, looking wistfully over a cliff top and walking along a beach as he mimes to the ballad. The video was filmed by Mr Simson’s housemate Liam Vowles on a hand-held camera who then edited it together. After the screening finished, a spotlight

Cat-Washed! A kitten which crawled into a washing machine to escape the summer heat got the shock of its life when its owner decided to do the laundry. Seven-week-old Toby was trapped in the washing machine for a full cycle at 30 degrees. It was only after the cycle had finished that the owner discovered the black kitten unconscious and hypothermic. The pet was rushed from its home in Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, to the local vet where it was given oxygen and warmed up. Vet David McLaren, from Kirkton Veterinary Centre, said: “The kitten was unconscious and hypothermic with an exceptionally low temperature and had clearly swallowed a lot of water. As well as the problems caused by the cold water, we also suspected it might have suffered fractures or internal injuries as a result of being spun during the wash.” Toby has now recovered, with no long-term ill-effects, and is back home with his mother and four brothers and sisters.

“My film came up and Hannah just stared at the screen with her mouth wide open, she couldn’t fathom what was going on. When it was over the light above us came on and I got down on one knee. She managed to blubber out ‘yes’.” Miss McDonagh, a trainee lawyer, said: “I was pretty confused when Pete came up on the screen, I was baffled and looked around at everyone else but they were staring at the screen because they knew what was coming. I never thought he would go to these lengths but it is typical of Pete, he likes to be in the spotlight. The film looked awesome, really professional on the big screen, and it was hilarious.”

Swearing Really Does Help! Scientists say people swear when they hurt themselves because it actually reduces the pain. A study at Keele University found volunteers were able to withstand pain for longer when they swore. Dr Richard Stephens, who led the study, believes it may explain why swearing is common in languages all over the world. “Swearing is quite an emotional form of language and it is an almost universal human linguistic phenomenon,” he said. The researchers tested 64 students’ tolerance to pain by asking them to submerge their hand in a tub of ice water for as long as they could while repeating a series of swear words of their choice. They were then asked to carry out the task again while repeating non-offensive words they would use to describe a table. They found that volunteers who swore were able to keep their hands submerged in the water for an average of 40 seconds longer; they also rated their pain lower!

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CONFIDENT INSIDE ATTRACTIVE OUTSIDE! You have looked at what is going on inside yourself, by peeling away the layers and now you are feeling different, acting differently. Other people will see a change in you. So have you updated the outside look of you to match the inside? These changes you are making to your life may well need you to re-think your wardrobe. Both men and women have an image to other people. What is your image saying to your friends, your colleagues at work, anyone you come into contact with? In the morning, take a good look at yourself in the mirror. Some weeks ago it was not an easy task to do, but if you have been re-inventing yourself, you should be thinking more positively about your look and the type of person you have become. So, take a good, long look at yourself and what your clothes are saying about you. What is being communicated to other people may surprise you. In 1967 a study of communication found that: 55% of what we respond to takes place visually; 38% of what we respond to is the sound of communication; and 7% of what we respond to involves the actual words we use. So your image speaks volumes, without you ever opening

your mouth. Ask yourself these questions: • What do you want to see reflected back when you look in the mirror? • Who do you want others to see when they look at you? • Do clothes help shape the way you see yourself? (I would say, absolutely) • Can a slickly tailored suit help give you an inner-glow of confidence? (Definitely) See yourself for what you want to be. Identify the look that suits you now, daytime and evening, workdays and weekends. Don’t be vague about what your appearance is saying. Pinpoint the message. If it doesn’t suit you, change the outfit.. Speak the truth. If you are feeling good on the inside, you will be looking good on the outside. The more confident you are feeling, the more people will see the style you have chosen Try different styles of clothes and look in the mirror, maybe ask a trusted friend or relative to help you to see how others see you and if the messages you are sending out are the right ones. Always remember: confidence is sexy. The right outfit helps enormously, but its confidence that you want to cultivate. If you feel confident, if you feel attractive, you’ll radiate confidence and attractiveness. It’s true what they say: ‘You’re as attractive as you feel’.

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This is when you are most likely to start a family, so expect rampaging hormones and stress - and lots of fulfilment too, of course. It’s vital to remember that even though it might be difficult, finding time for a healthy diet and exercise will help you maintain a better body and improve your mental clarity and strength.

There’s nothing to stop you looking better than ever now - however unlikely that might feel after a late night and a few too many glasses of Pinot Grigio! Our bodies respond well to a healthy routine, so a good diet and regular exercise are key; but if you’ve overdone the sun in the past, this is when it will start to show in crepey skin and brown pigmentation spots.

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Creams with vitamin A derivatives, such as tretinoin, available on prescription, are believed to help stretch marks when they are still pink. An over-the-counter version is RoC Retinol Anti-Stretch Marks with retinol, also a vitamin A derivative.

SPF30 on your décolleté. To nourish and brighten your skin and reduce discolouration, Nia 24 Sun Damage Repair for Décolletage and Hands (www.spacenk.co.uk), is a bit pricey but a good investment; its exclusive ingredient, Pro-Niacin, has been chosen by the National Cancer Institute in the US for development as a potential skin cancer prevention agent.

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In a moment of grandparental generosity, we offered to entertain our extremely boisterous twin 6-year-old grandsons for the duration of their summer holidays. Whilst my wife has been getting the house ready, I’ve been allocated the task of setting up my model railway, originally built up during my teenage years, for their amusement. Having had two daughters, this railway had rarely seen the light of day in the ensuing years, so much time has been necessary these past weeks unpacking boxes, discovering, testing, designing and constructing, with a little bit of occasional replacement or addition thrown in for good measure! All this, of course entirely in the line of duty, when there are so many other things, mostly involving a concrete mixer, I’d so much rather be doing! But I’ve struggled on regardless in uncomplaining sufferance to ensure completion of the work in time for their arrival. But of course, in spite of the contrary impression I may try to give, my wife knows full well I’m having a ball! How great to have the opportunity to rediscover my youth in this way, with a legitimate reason to ‘play’ with my boy’s toys, that will actually still be around, needing occasional servicing, even after the grandchildren have left! And I’d never actually realised just how much I’d missed this one-time hobby until I started unpacking it, but each box opened brings memories and passions flooding back causing me to appreciate just how much we miss our past, often without really realising it. And I’d guess that if we took the time to reflect, we’d all find things from our past we’ve let drop that we actually miss. And as you’d expect me to add, I find there are many for whom the experience most missed is a Church attendance that once had been very important; but the thought of trying a new environment here in Spain seems a touch overwhelming. So if that describes you, then drop me a line and we’ll see how easy and unthreatening that process could become. Duncan Burr is Licensed Lay Reader for the Anglican Chaplaincy of Costa Almeria and Costa Cálida and may be contacted at djburr@avired.com 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

At some point in their lives, people may find themselves overwhelmed by the intensity of their emotions which are difficult to face either by themselves or with others. Art therapy offers an opportunity to explore intense or painful emotions using a wide variety of art materials, for example paints, clay and batik, to create a visual representation of thought and feelings. While art therapy is its own field, you can use the benefits of art to express your creative side and drawing skills to reduce stress and get in touch with your feelings. I think most of us knew this instinctively as children; however, other than making random doodles in the margins of a page, we don’t express ourselves with art like we did as children! The physical act of drawing and creating art can help you relieve stress in several ways:

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Drawing and art can take your mind off of what’s stressing you, at least for a few minutes. And when you’re finished being engrossed in your sketches, you should have a clearer head with which to tackle your problems again.

Flow There’s a certain quality of being called “flow”, that experts say is very beneficial for us. This refers to a state of being completely engaged in something to the point of being in a near meditative state. It carries many of the benefits of meditation, leaving you much less stressed when you’re done. You can experience ‘flow’ when you’re doing creative activities like writing, and even gardening. You can also get it from drawing.

Self Care Just the act of having a hobby can make you feel more balanced in your lifestyle. Sometimes with all of life’s responsibilities, we forget that we need and deserve ‘down time’ and self care. Taking even a few minutes on a regular basis to devote to a hobby can give you more of what you need in this area. And, with drawing, you have the additional benefit of being left with something beautiful (or at least interesting) to show for it!

Do-It-Yourself Art Therapy for Stress Relief Keeping a sketchbook can be a form of journaling, and it can be cathartic, creative, and stress relieving. Sketch pictures that describe your feelings related to things in your life that are causing you stress currently. If it’s in the back of your mind anyway, this could be a way of processing your related emotions, reducing some of the stress they carry. Sketch abstract pictures that express feelings related to past stressful experiences, as a way of processing your emotions and healing. Keep a sketch diary of what you think is beautiful in life. Draw the faces of those you love, places that bring you peace, or other pieces of beauty. Here in Spain, medical insurers DKV are aiming to lift patient and staff morale with an exhibition launched in Dénia Hospital on Friday, designed to create a more pleasing environment at the centre. The DKV collection ‘Arte y Salud’ – ‘Art and Health’ is the work of 28 artists from the world of painting, photography, urban art and sculpture, and includes murals painted on to the walls of the paediatrics department, a breastfeeding photography exhibition in the maternity unit, and the work of seven sculptors dotted around different parts of the hospital. Alicia Ventura, the director of the exhibition, says the idea is to highlight the more human side of a hospital and make some contribution towards the well-being of all those who use its facilities.

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“Familiarity breeds contempt” is a very old and very true saying. We are all acquainted with water the most common and abundant compound on our beautiful planet, or are we? Did you know that the ancient cultures of the world developed many therapeutic uses of the divine element that is water a practice that has mainly been lost to our present culture? But certain practices we still retain and utilise. One of the most common and beneficial of which is the popular exercise of swimming.

There is a magic in water as it supports and envelopes the body with the feeling of safety. Swimming is also extremely relaxing because it increases respiratory efficiency and increases oxygen and forces you to regulate your breathing – a proven method to relieve stress. There are also numerous psychological benefits to swimming; encouraging us to be playful and return to a more child-like state of mind. I have often observed adults in the swimming pool as playful and as free as dolphins in the sea. Perhaps, as our very first habitat in the womb was water, we feel safe and nurtured in water as if returning to our long lost home. But we can take our swimming practice even further and utilise it as a moving meditation. If meditation is to be aware and present in the moment, we can utilise swimming to produce this effect. Mindful swimming means being aware of every movement, breath, the contact of the body with the water, and of our thoughts, it’s about

uniting body, mind and spirit, being focused and patient. Below is a suggested simple swimming meditation. Practice this meditation in the beginning for 15 minutes then slowly increase the time to 30 minutes.

Prepare yourself by first sitting outside of the pool, lake, or sea and taking 10 deep breaths to calm and focus the mind. Then enter into the water and observe the sensation of the water on your skin, without judging just observing. Begin to swim, using only one stroke throughout e.g. breast-stroke, front-crawl or back-stroke; as we swim strive to be aware that all in this universe is one homogeneous whole therefore you are connected and one with the water. After some minutes, begin to focus the mind totally on the movement of the body and the contact of the body with the water. Without judging, notice how your hands move in the water, the subtleties of movement as you lift the arms up into the air and back into the water, be aware of the legs and feet, although we are moving there is no strain no tension. Each time the mind wanders off gently bring it back to concentrate on the movement. If the mind becomes impatient or wishes to swim faster just continue to objectively ‘observe’. We can learn a lot about our mind during this type of meditation. Be creative and enjoy this activity. When you have completed the swimming meditation sit quietly for a few minutes longer noticing how you feel before you resume other activities.

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Agrupación Sanitaria Seguros S.A. – or ASSSA – has for more than 70 years been providing health insurance to thousands of happy clients.

It all started in 1935 in Madrid when a group of doctors decided to create a health care system for people, who did not have any other means of receiving assistance. In the early 90s the company saw the need for private health insurance, specifically designed for the increasing numbers of foreigners who were settling along the Mediterranean Coast. The choice for expansion fell on Costa Blanca, and ASSSA soon found itself in the forefront within private health insurance for expats. Since the very beginning ASSSA’s philosophy has been to focus on close contact with the clients. When one lives in a foreign country and are struggling a bit with the language, simple things like booking an appointment with a doctor can turn out to be a huge problem. The Spanish health system and customs are different to what we are used to and at times it seems both strange and confusing. That is exactly what ASSSA is aware of and they therefore offer to be available to assist the client in the every-day use of their insurance from booking of appointments to taking charge of the arrangements in case of a necessary surgical intervention. To ensure this close contact with the client, ASSSA has created a network of local offices along the Mediterranean Coast. The offices are all manned with multilingual staff, themselves expats. At the end of the summer 2009, ASSSA will be opening an office in Vera to support and assist clients in Almería. With this latest addition the network spreads from Barcelona in the North to Almería in the South. ASSSA Area Manager Biggy Marshall says: In line with ASSSA Insurance’s philosophy, we have contracted essential local services in each of the areas with a concentration of British Expats; like general practitioners, nursing service, clinical analysis and rehabilitation. We have always been used to have to travel for consultations with specialists, and Spain is no difference – we have to go to Almería City for most specialists. Commercial Director, Alfonso Castro adds: For ASSSA Insurance transparency and truth is essential. ASSSA Insurance wants to support the clients. We ought never to forget that it is the client we work for on a daily basis and his/her satisfaction should be the end-goal.

With different levels to choose from, anyone should be able to find exactly the cover and price that suits him/her. Add to this that ASSSA Insurance currently is offering discounts of between 10 and 30% - valid until 31st October 2009. Further Alfonso Castro pointed out that special discounts or not, ASSSA’s insurances always come with some very important guarantees: • The age you join is the age you stay – no increase in premiums due to age • Guaranteed cover for life – ASSSA will not cancel the insurance should you contract a condition, even if expensive for the company to cover • No global increase in premium - you will not be punished for other peoples’ high claims year • Personal and individual service in the client’s own language Buying health cover for a whole family can be very expensive. Introducing ASSSA this autumn in Almería, the company has decided to offer 50% discount for children up to 16 years on a family policy. Example I: Mum & Dad plus two children contracting a solid cover with ASSSA’s STANDARD Plan:

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Example II: Early retired couple – he is 62 years and she is 58. Contracting an ASSSA STANDARD Plan each:

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Scientific Bit! Ants are social insects of the

Ants perform many family Formicidae and, along with the related ecological roles that are wasps and bees, they belong to the order beneficial to humans, Hymenoptera. including the suppressio n of Ants evolved from wasp-like ancestors in the pest populations & aerat mid-Cretaceous period between 110 and 130 ion million years ago and diversified after the rise of of the soil. flowering plants. Today, more than 12,000 species are classified with upper estimates of about 14,000 species. They are easily identified by their elbowed antennae and a distinctive node-like structure that forms a slender waist.

Ants form colonies that range in size from a few dozen predatory individuals living in small natural cavities to highly organised colonies which may occupy large territories and consist of millions of individuals. These larger colonies consist mostly of sterile wingless females forming castes of “workers”, “soldiers”, or other specialised groups. Nearly all ant colonies also have some fertile males called “drones” and one or more fertile females called “queens”. The colonies are sometimes described as superorganisms because the ants appear to operate as a unified entity, collectively working together to support the colony. Ant societies have division of labour, communication between individuals, and an ability to solve complex problems. These parallels with human societies have long been an inspiration and subject of study. Many human cultures make use of ants in cuisine, medication and rituals. Some species are valued in their role as biological pest control agents. However, their ability to exploit resources brings ants into conflict with humans, as they can damage crops and invade buildings. Some species, such as the red imported fire ant, Ants may be the are regarded as invasive t ar only group ap species, since they have e from mammals wher established themselves s interactive teacahing ha in new areas where they have been accidentally been observed. introduced

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Ant Biology: Ant nests contain one or more fertile female ants, known as queen ants, which lay eggs in brood chambers within the nest. Most of the other ants in a nest are smaller sterile females, which are known as worker ants. Their role is to maintain, guard and enlarge the nest, feed the larvae and to gather food for the colony. The white maggot-like larvae are fed on a liquid diet secreted by the worker ants. When fully fed, the larvae turn into pupae. Some species of ants pupate inside spindle-shaped whitish-brown silk cocoons. These cocoons are often mistakenly referred to as ‘ant eggs’. The real eggs are very small and not easily seen with the naked eye. At certain times of year, ant nests produce winged ants. These are young queens and male ants, which often emerge en masse from nests during humid weather in the summer. These ly up and mate, after which the males die and the young queens try to find a suitable place where they can establish a new nest. Once mated, the queen ant no longer needs wings, so they are bitten off. Ants & Your Home: Although ants are an irritant when they come into the home the most common species, the Garden Ant, is not thought to carry disease. However, as it is impossible to know where the ants were last foraging for food, it is sensible to take steps to prevent them entering your home and food cupboards.

How to keep Ants away: The majority of black or garden ants will only come into your home to forage for food and are attracted by sweet and sticky substances. Ensure that there is no readily available food source in your home by: - Always covering food – we do not know where the ant has been before it crawls across your food!

- Clear away food and liquid spillages immediately - Clean food debris from under kitchen appliances - Make sure all rubbish bins have tightly sealed lids

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- Keep compost enclosed and covered - Clear away your Pet’s food immediately it has finished eating - You can help prevent Ants entering your home by sealing access points such as cracks and crevices in door and window frames.

Ants & Your Plants: Ants can cause concern but they are a nuisance rather than destructive pests. They feed mainly on insects, including other ants. They also look for the sweet liquid known as honeydew, which is excreted by aphids and some other sapfeeding insects. Damage: Ants can protect aphids from attack by ladybirds and other predators in order to secure their supply of honeydew. Increased numbers of aphids may result in more damage to plants. However, ants do little damage to plants themselves, except by disturbing soil around plant roots and depositing it on the surface during their nest building activities. Control: Unless their nests are particularly troublesome, ants are best left alone. If a colony is destroyed it is likely that its place will be taken by incoming queen ants, which take over the territory and establish new nests. Disperse ant heaps on lawns by brushing the excavated soil on a dry day before the lawn is mown, otherwise the soil will get smeared on the lawn surface by the mower. If the lawn has an uneven surface due to years of ant activity, peel back the turf in the raised areas, remove excess soil and relay the turf. This is easier to do in the winter when ants are less active. Many proprietary ant powders, baits, sprays and aerosols are available for controlling ants in and near buildings, but these are not suitable for general garden use. To make a real impression on ant numbers it would be necessary to destroy the nests rather than just the foraging ants. That is difficult to achieve as ant nests occupy a much larger volume of soil than might be suggested by the small heaps of soil excavated on to the surface. A pathogenic nematode, Steinernema feltiae, is available from

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Soft furnishings add a personal touch to any room. Soft furnishings for curtains, draperies, cushions and bed linen are available these days in a variety of fabrics ranging from crochets to plaids to cotton voiles and rich tapestry. Embroidered silk and silk brocade is a rich and elegant alternative. Choosing the right colours for soft furnishings can give a totally new look and feel to a room. Dark colours against a light coloured wall can provide a stylish contrast. Large patterns on small windows or small rooms can create an overpowering effect. Instead, use small patterns or self-patterned fabrics. Taffeta and damask fabrics are popular as table linen and curtains.

Curtains and Drapes You can dress up your windows with curtains of different kinds. The choice of curtain fabrics and styles would depend on the kind of window that is being dressed. If privacy is necessary, then you need to go in for thick curtains. Velvet can endure heavy use and is a good choice for family areas. Crocheted curtains are an alternative to the traditional materials such as nylon and velvet. White lace curtains inspire the relaxed and comfortable feeling, reminiscent of a romantic country cottage. Combine draperies with shades and valances to get a well-dressed window. For kitchens, a short curtain suffices whereas sheer curtains create a romantic look that goes well with bedrooms. Window locations and sun exposure also play a role in deciding the right kind of fabric. Direct exposure to the sun and its harmful Ultra-Violet radiation can quickly fade the fabrics, upholstery and rugs. So it is wise to use non-fabric shades to protect more sensitive fabrics from direct sunlight.

Cushions and Pillows Fabrics for cushions and pillows will depend on the kind of use they are going to be put to. If you have young children around, you need hardy fabrics that can withstand plenty of handling and can easily be washed. If the cushion is for decorative purposes, delicate fabrics such as silks and muslins are options. Plain cushions can be enhanced with decorative braids or patterned piping. Using tassels, appliqué designs and fringing can add elegance to an otherwise simple cushion.

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Upholstery Sofa upholstery should be sturdy and in a colour that harmonizes with the room. Slipcovers used on sofas can provide a new look at an affordable price. You can play around with fabrics of different colours and textures to create an effect that is aesthetic and functional. A drab sofa can be trimmed with bright cushions. There are a wide variety of styles for upholstery. Leather is a durable upholstery material that can withstand children and pets. Leather outlasts fabric 4 to 1. With a simple maintenance routine, leather can retain its original gloss and give good value for money. Woven damask and jacquard can provide an elegant and classic look. Many synthetic weaves offer the convenience of easy washing and stain-resistant qualities.

Rugs Adding a touch of colour with a brightly coloured rug will liven up even the drabbest of rooms. Choose a rug depending on the area you want to cover. Scatter rugs are used for adorning smaller spaces and adding a touch of warmth; and remember the colour and design of the rug plays an important part in giving the complete room a new look. Rugs and carpets are available in a variety of fabrics and textures - wool, synthetic yarns such as nylon, olefin, polyester and acrylic – some are even machine washable! Just remember, dense pile with close stitches and tufts make for longer lasting material; twisted yarn adds to durability.

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Full summer is now upon us and domestic and international visitors have started to arrive thus keeping all of us that have business in the area busy again. Hopefully the number of visitors this year will at least match last years and we will continue to experience an increase in the level of activities in all business areas ranging from a souvenir purchased by a visitor to take back home to something more substantial such as a property for one to spend one’s holiday or to live in or perhaps to diversify their investment portfolio.

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The property market has definitely started to shift and whoever was waiting out there for the so called price correction and that has not already started to make a move should act quickly as bargains are flying off the shelf. My advice is that prices will not stay this low forever! The most popular properties and therefore those that are selling faster are those at the bottom end of the market. These properties are being snatched up by cash rich individuals who have decided to shift their wealth from bank savings into properties. In my opinion a very wise move because if one is to sit on one’s cash one might as well sit on bricks and mortars. At the end of the day one can occasionally use or rent it out until such a time as it yields something significant and one decides to realise one’s investment. It would be wrong to say though that everything is roses. The market is far from buoyant but the truth is that enquiries are coming through which leads me to believe that the interest is definitely there – the overall increase in the number of sales across the sector proves this very point. The truth is that very few people now doubt what I have been saying that property prices are at their lowest and that therefore now is a great time to buy. Furthermore the sceptics have started to move as they know that if they don’t, they stand to lose in the long term. It is also true to say that we have seen a renewed interest in more expensive properties also. Among many other properties that we have sold recently, the villa that I have been advertising as having the best views in Mojácar Playa has gone also. Again this is not surprising as vendors of these types of properties have also slashed their prices in an attempt to lure potential buyers and the result has been quite positive.

If one looks at the prices we are seeing today compared with those practiced 2 or 3 years ago it is not surprising that those with cash and, most importantly with a vision also, have started to move. A property that we have just taken on and which I list below is an excellent example of good value for money. Ref. 1365 – 3 bed / 2 bath south facing Apartment on the ground floor of a very well kept community which is literally 100 meters from the sea. The apartment is massive with 129mts² built plus a

terrace and private garden with a further 48.50mts² and a large lockup garage. It has central heating on mains gas, ducted air conditioning and comes fully furnished. Asking price: 220,000€.

The example above highlights why here at Veritas Homes we are continuing to get more enquiries and viewings. This surge in demand is great news for the area as a whole not just to buyers and vendors. As we know it, the two pillars of our economy are tourism and properties and its related services. If you have a quality property that you wish to sell at a realistic price in today’s market then please get in touch with us. As I have been saying all along the reason for the upsurge in demand is a culmination of several factors including of course price. Our message to both sellers and buyers remains unchanged: The outlook is good, the climate is great and at Veritas Homes we want to help you buy or sell in Spain and to give you something to smile about. So, when the temptation is to wallow in doom and gloom, to moan about the weather or the economy, or anything else that is upsetting you; remember that you, only you, can make it happen.

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Gardeners can boost dwindling numbers of insects - and increase the pleasure of watching them at work - by choosing plants with care

Where would a garden be without bees? Unpollinated to some degree, of course. Fewer apples, fewer rose hips. But there is also an aesthetic pleasure in watching bees and butterflies at work, just as much as there is in watching house martins build a mud nest or a bat swoop around the garden at dusk; it’s seeing beauty at work. Everyone knows bees are becoming scarce - look at the increasing price of a jar of honey - but at least in gardens we can do something to boost their numbers. You could start by planting heather. No, not a moor’s worth, but a patch of half a dozen of summer-flowering Calluna vulgaris. You’ll need a lime-free soil of course, or a raised bed of acid compost. Just the thing for a sandstone rockery. Bees love honeysuckle and everyone should have some somewhere. To avoid mildew, remember head in the sun, feet in the cool. Bees are too busy to worry about clever colour schemes and so the occasional lessthan-spectacular flower is fine by them. Fennel, for instance, throwing up its green or bronze feathery pillars, topped by a cow parsley plateaux of flowers on which the bees can land, helipad fashion. Teasels are excellent too. Bees come first, to feast on the mauve cones of flowers, followed by seed-eating birds in winter. And for the butterflies? Well, buddleia of

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course. It’s not strictly the time to be planting shrubs, but in the case of buddleia where the colour is strong — purples and blue-pinks — it’s not a bad idea to plant it while you can see the colour properly. Glorious Verbena bonariensis, a serious weed in some parts of the world, makes the perfect mauve eyrie for butterflies, and if you plant it now it will also self seed usefully into cracks and crannies, even if the plant you buy fails to make it through to next winter (pot-grown ones often don’t because of too-soggy peat compost). In a hot spot beside the house you ought to plant a pot of 2-3 dark blue heliotropes (Heliotropium arborescens). Some smell more than others, some are pale and others dark, but butterflies seem to enjoy them all. Butterflies enjoy the daisy family too, and there are a few that they especially love. Helenium is a medium-sized perennial, flowering now until the autumn and don’t forget the dear old marigold, Calendula officinalis. All of these flowers are best for the insects if you plant single-flowered varieties that have the minimum of petals and maximum nectar. The many-petalled doubles contain less nectar, and diving through all that fluff is not as productive for the poor butterfly.

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K is for Kalanchoe Hardy and Beautiful, the Kalanchoe Is a Great Indoor Flowering Plant Pronounced “collin-co-wee,” this plant genus from Madagascar includes 125 species ranging in height from a few inches to treesized. The popular indoor plant variety is generally 2 to 4 inches tall and 2 to 4 inches in diameter. Kalanchoe features a central cluster of delicate flowers in orange, red, pink, or white. Blooms can last for many months; easily bought already flowering, a fourinch pot is plenty large enough for one plant, and a 6-inch container could be used to cluster two or three plants together to provide a mixture of colours. When preparing a new pot for kalanchoes, keep in mind that these plants are succulents, meaning their fleshy leaves store water, so they don’t like to be over-watered. They need a soil that drains well, typically half peat and half sand or perlite. The pot, of course, needs to have a hole in the bottom for drainage as well as a few pebbles in the bottom of the pot. While it’s blooming, water once a week and make sure containers drain thoroughly. Left in wet soil, the roots can be prone to rot, so be sure the soil dries out between waterings. An ordinary plant fertilizer can also be applied about once every two weeks. Other than avoiding direct sun in

the hotter months, kalanchoes can tolerate a wide variety of lighting conditions, though faring best in bright indirect light - too much sun exposure results in leaves looking “sunburned.” The small plants are typically so inexpensive that when the blooms whither, many people simply discard the plant and buy another. The thick, fleshy foliage remains attractive however, and aficionados may want to keep their specimen for the next blooming cycle. To prepare your kalanchoe for new blossoms, first cut the withered stalk and remove it, then let your plant rest for at least a month. During this resting period, the plant requires less light and even less water, so cut back your watering schedule to about once every other week. In nature, kalanchoes are stimulated to flower when they sense the shorter daylight hours of winter. To induce your plant to flower, move it to a low-light location or limit light exposure to only 8 to 10 hours a day. Once the buds have started forming, you can return your little beauty to normal light conditions. Even if you’re not prone to try inducing new blooms, the kalanchoe is still an exceptionally pretty, inexpensive, and easy-tocare-for plant that will brighten the little corners of your home for many months.

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Diet Control In Dogs With Diabeties Mellitus Insulin is only the treatment component for diabetes, but diet is also very important. The aim of a good diabetic diet is to help control your dog’s diabetes.

Prescription diets available from: Hill’s Pet Nutrition – www.hillspet.com; The Iams Companywww.eukanuba-scienceonline.com; Royal Canin – www.waltham.com and Affinity - www.affinity-petcare.com

Things to consider… Will your dog eat the food? Some dogs can be fussy eaters. You may have difficulty trying to convince your dog to eat a low fat, high fibre diet. Don’t worry – your dog can also be stabilized on its usual food, although it will need the same food every day and the insulin dose may be slightly higher.

Is your dog underweight? A diet high in fibre is not suitable, as it may cause further weight loss. Fibre may have to be restricted and additional supplements given until the ideal body weight is reached. If your dog is underweight, your veterinarian will advise you on a diet to help your dog regain its normal weight.

Timing of meals Your vet will advise you on the proper feeding of your dog. In general, meals should be timed so that the absorption of glucose from the gastrointestinal tract coincides with the peak action of the administered insulin. This will minimize fluctuations in blood glucose concentrations and thus episodes of hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia.

Dogs administered insulin once daily The first meal (e.g. 1/2 of the daily amount) is given prior to the morning insulin injection. This allows you to see that your dog is feeling well and eating normally before the insulin is administered. The second meal (the remainder of the daily amount) is usually given about 6-8 hours later.

Dogs administered insulin twice daily It has to be ensured that your dog does not become hypoglycemic during the night. Ideally, the daily ration should be divided into four meals, if feasible. An alternative is to feed two or three meals of approximately equal size, spread as evenly as possible throughout the day.

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The first small meal is given prior to the morning insulin injection. This allows you to see that your dog is feeling well and eating normally before the insulin is given. The second meal is usually given about 6-8 hours later. A third small meal is given prior to the afternoon/evening insulin injection. A fourth meal can be given last thing at night.

clinicavetpuertomazarron@telefonica.net A diet must provide all the nutritional needs of patients and should minimize fluctuations in glucose concentrations. The essential features of the diet should be: Consistent from day to day (to prevent unnecessary alterations in insulin requirement). •H  igh in complex carbohydrates so that glucose is released in a steady fashion from the gut. •G  iven so that glucose absorption from the gut coincides with peak action of administered insulin. •O  f the correct caloric value to take diabetes weight to optimal weight. • Fat-restricted. The ideal diet for your dog should contain restricted fat, increased carbohydrates and increased fibre, and should be chosen to suit both you and your diabetic dog. There are a number of prescription diets that have been specially formulated for the management of diabetic dogs. These can be particularly useful for achieving weight loss in obese dogs. However, most diabetic dogs can be stabilised on a carefully controlled program using their normal diet. Stabilisation on a non-prescription diet is much easier if a complete, moist food is being fed. Clean drinking water should be available at all times. A reduction in excessive water consumption indicates successful management of diabetes mellitus.

Importance of an ideal body weight In dogs that are underweight or overweight, it is desirable that the ideal body weight is reached by gradual weight gain or loss, respectively. In underweight dogs, very calorie dense diets should be avoided, especially those that are high in soluble carbohydrates. Obesity contributes to insulin resistance. Overweight dogs should lose weight in a gradual, controlled fashion. Weight loss in obese animals decreases the insulin requirement. Diets designed to promote weight loss are high fiber diets and are suitable for feeding to diabetic pets.

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Granita is an Italian sorbet made of lightly sweetened syrup, often

Mango & Cava Granita

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150ml/5fl oz Cava

made with a basic sorbet mixture but 2 mangoes is stirred during freezing to achieve 175g/6oz caster sugar a coarse texture.

150ml/5fl oz water

It needs to be served as soon as it’s Method

Make a sugar syrup with the sugar and water. Blend the

ready and is traditionally served mango in a blender and pass the purée through a sieve. Return either between courses or as a the purée to the blender and add the sugar syrup. Pour the Cava into the blender with the mango purée and blend until

refreshment, but it also makes a light smooth. Pour into a container and transfer to the freezer for and zingy dessert.

GRANITA AL CAFFE Ingredients 3 cups hot brewed espresso or flavoured coffee 1/3 cup plus 1/2 tablespoon sugar 1/2 cup heavy cream Method Put hot coffee in a bowl. Add 1/3 cup sugar and stir to dissolve. Cool to room temperature. Transfer to a shallow pan and place in the freezer. Every 30 minutes, using a fork, stir the granita, scraping it off the bottom and sides of the pan so that it freezes evenly. Continue to freeze and break up ice crystals until completely frozen, about 3 hours. When ready to serve, whip heavy cream and ½ tbsp sugar until thickened. Spoon granita into chilled glasses and top with whipped cream.

an hour, whisking every 20 minutes to stop crystals forming. Scoop into martini glasses and serve immediately.

Watermelon Granita Ingredients 4½ oz/125g sugar 9 floz/250ml water 2lb 2oz/1kg watermelon flesh Juice of 1 lemon Method Combine the sugar and water in a saucepan and heat until the sugar dissolves. Boil the mixture for 2 minutes and then remove from the heat and cool. Cut the melon and discard the skin, prise out the pips as you cut the melon into cubes. In a blender or food processor mix the melon with the syrup. Add lemon juice to taste. Pour the mixture into a suitable container and freeze for about 1 hour. Ice crystals will begin to form around the edges of the container, break them up with a fork. Return to the freezer and repeat every hour until you have a glistening mass of crystals. Serve within a couple of days.

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Wash the cucumber and cut it in halves, and then in quarters. Keep ¼ of it that you cut in small cubes. Take the rest and cut them in long sticks. Mix together the goat cheese, the squeezed lemon juice, chopped spring onion and capers. Add the chopped tomatoes and the cubes of cucumber. Add the crushed sea salt and pepper, with the poppy seeds. Adjust if you prefer the cream more or less liquid-y.

Take small plates and place a slice of smoked salmon flat on top. In the first left corner, place a small amount of cream and 2 sticks of cucumber. Fold making sure if you will enough of the salmon slice to do 2 more layers. Place again cream and cucumber sticks. Finish by folding the last part and decorate with more cream, a cucumber stick and chives. Sprinkle with more poppy seeds & a drop of olive oil on top.

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Spaghetti With Rocket & Cherry tomatoes Ingredients: Salt to taste

12oz Spaghetti 4tbsp olive oil 1 red onion, thinly sliced

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Ingredients: 150 g soft goat cheese 1 tsp capers

¾ cup freshly grated parmesan Extra parmesan & feta for serving

1 spring onion 1 tsp poppy seeds 4 slices of good smoked salmon 1 small cucumber 6 cherry tomatoes Juice of ¼ lemon 1 tsp olive oil Dash of sea salt Pepper Chives

Method Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the spaghetti and cook, stirring occasionally, for 8 minutes or until it is tender but still has some bite. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion, lime rind, and garlic. Cook, stirring often, 4 minutes, or until onions soften. Add cayenne pepper. When the spaghetti is cooked, drain it and transfer to a large bowl. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil and toss gently. Tip the spaghetti into the skillet. Toss again. Remove the pan from the heat. Add the rocket, lime juice, and salt. Toss gently and cover the pan for a few minutes. The heat of the spaghetti will cook the rocket. Add the tomatoes, basil, feta, and Parmesan. Toss again. Serve with more Parmesan and feta.

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Wonderful drive out from Albox to Taberno then drive 5KM further on to a fabulous Bar & Restaurant, from Tapas to Menu Del Dia - excellent value! Open swimming pool makes for a great day out.

Lots of market stalls and bargains to be had Open to stall holders from 8am onwards Open to the public from 9am - 2pm Situated on the Huercal Overa/Taberno road at the junction of Los Llanos & Santopetar crossroads.

Medieval hog Roast tonight and every Wednesday

throughout the Summer Mojacar’s Spectacular Theme Night at the Kimrick

Move into our banqueting hall, where you will be served by our wenches with a sumptuous 3 course feast, whilst being entertained by our court jester & other amazing acts.

“a ‘Knight’ not to be missed” Ticket information Fantastic value for money 20€ per adult & 10€ per child under 13

Meals to be ordered in advance at time of reservation with booking agent. Non refundable deposit required of 10€ per adult and 5€ per child payable at time of booking.

eagerly awaited! Yours sincerely,

Chris and Carolyn Lambert

Rancho Luz del Sol Sunset BBQ

Promotional agent Paul Hornsby : 662 622 669 Our main agent : The Beachcomber (next to Irish Rover, Mojacar Playa) Available also at: GB Stores, Albox We are here: Kimrick

to Mojacar Pueblo

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To complete this epic night, why not dance the night away with our resident DJ, playing classic music from the 60´s to the present day.

and Congratulations, well done hold to sion deci the on ning great plan o the Summer Show at the Museo Pedr Filabert, Arboleas. tre” It created an evening “at the thea k than huge a and , ence audi for the at ived you goes to the welcome rece iently front of house, also a very effic val inter the ng duri run bar before and er emb rem will ers read - some of your ts, men blish esta ious prev at s the chao the but we must laugh, it is all part of The n. Spai wonderful life of living in val cour tyard, for enjoying the inter l! drinks, delightfu the For two OAP’s, we enjoyed than er rath s, casual walk to our seat and the rush we had come to know d boar to ing wait like at love, somewh Jet. Easy y sorr Jet’, ‘Squeezy was The programme content car rican Ame pink the excellent, from 60’s the from s orie mem - so many

to the duet of Mel Howard Cole ; the Roger Dickman “All I ask of you” ” drop pin a saying “ you could hear ies hank few a comes to mind, and ence were present, both in the audi e spin ing, mov ant, Brilli and the choir. chilling! in The KING, ELVIS, is still alive hing laug still Arboleas, and we are , jelly of e mad Bill White’s legs were well done! the Our grateful thanks always to out with h, Musical Director Trudi Louc s show e thes whose vision, none of the g ettin forg not would be possible, es ), roadies (people behind the scen ted talen y man too far and the pianist, tion. men to people Did we also notice several very ing attractive ladies in concert even ? fans g chin mat with dress, complete of Thank you again “Voices is show Almanzora”, your Christmas

Kimrick, Mojacar: 950 475 198 or 606 656 976

You will then be entertained by top cabaret artists. Keep the kids happy with Maid marion Children’s Entertainer offering balloon making, face painting and more... all evening.

the As enthusiastic followers of and and husb my a, nzor Alma Voices of ers I would like to share with your read . leas a special evening spent in Arbo

Tickets available from:

Hotel Indalo

Pueblo Indalo Apartments Farmacia

Approx 1.5km Beachcomber

Approx 2km Red Cross

Parque Comercial

Enjoy a complimentary drink, medieval music and a captivating international magician before watching closely as our chef carves the slow roasted hog & succulent chickens on the spit.

500

In a medieval setting, enjoy an evening of full entertainment starting at 7pm every Wednesday.

ESSFUL A NEW ERA IN THE VERY SUCC ALMANZORA” COMPANY OF “ THE VOICES OF s and

The last ‘Sunset Ride & BBQ’ was held on Saturday 11th July. With 22 horses in total - 17 of ours were joined by 5 local Spanish horse owners – and upon return to the ranch we had a BBQ and music by Deano from Valle Radio. The celebrations continued into the early hours

with around 60 people in total enjoying the beautiful sunset. Another similar event is planned for August - date to be confirmed – so watch this space! For more information call 678 838 547

Sales: 950 430 820 email: sales@soltimes.com

here's a picture of juan who provides entertainment on saturday nights at meson la hoya...juan is a barber in albox by day, has no teeth, but plays the accordian like a professional! For more information on events call 630 298 507 email: info@mesonlahoya.es

Gilly and Eleanor’s Line Dance Clas s swarmed Bar Rumores in Albox on the occasion of another Monday party afternoon. Red Indians, Cow Girls, Hawaiian Girls and Construction workers attended the American themed part y. Line Dances for the afternoon were all loosely American. American-style diner food of sala d, hot dogs and french fries were all provided free of char ge to class members and a cabaret by Albox’s answer to “Th e Village People” - “The Village Idiots” who did a parody of YMCA. Eleanor and Gilly’s Line Dance Class takes place ever y Monday afternoon at Bar Rumores between 2.30pm & 4.30pm. It is a social afternoon, using Line Dancing as its basis, where people can meet and make friends. For further information contact 950 439 003.

YOUR NEWS...YOUR EVENTS... YOUR NEWS...YOUR EVENTS... YOUR NEWS... YOUR EVENTS...

meson La Hoya dance nights

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Sol Entertainment Guide WEEK COMMENCING JULY 22th 2009

Venue

Rumours Restaurant & Bar

FITZERS IRISH BAR

Address Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Camposol B Tel: 968 199 238

OPEN Ring for details.

For More Information Call: 968 170 085 or 968 334 560.

Spanish Classes from 9am YOGA 6pm - 7.30pm Dancercise 12pm - 1pm

Los Narejos For bookings Tel: 696 096 023

Spanish Bingo 1pm with Jane Cronin 11.30am - 2pm Karaoke Evening: Karaoke &Evening: Disco with El Tel & Disco with El Tel

QUIZ NIGHT 10pm - Late

Spanish Classes from 9am

KARAoke 10pm - 2am

CLOSED

KARAoke 10pm - 2am

Monday Tuesday Wednesday

Talks on Spain with Jane Cronin 4.30pm - 6pm Carvery Sittings: 1pm, 2pm & 3pm

Martial Arts 6.30pm - 7.30pm

Bingo 8.15pm

Weightwatchers 10.15am - 11.15am Ballroom Dancing 5.30pm - 6.30pm

CLOSED

Tap Dancing 10.30am -11.10am Patchwork Group 10am - 1pm

Spanish Classes from 9am Tai Chi 11am - 12pm

Spanish Classes from 9am Dancercise Beginners Class 11am -12pm

OPEN 5pm til late

chef’s specials 2 courses for only 10€ 6pm - 10pm live music with silvio 10pm - late

sunday roast served 1pm - 5pm

OPEN 5pm til late

TO ADVErtise here please call: Costa Calida Camposol & Mazarron - Rosemary: 647 379 795 Costa Blanca - Greg: 618 530 767 HELP MURCIA MAR MENOR EVENTS LIST FOR JULY 2009 Wednesday 29th July

HELP MMM CANCER SUPPORT GROUP El Torreon Restaurant. (CISSMU) Los Narejos 11.30am start

Thursday 30th July

HELP MMM DIABETIC GROUP El Torreon Restaurant (CISSMU) Los Narejos 11.00am start

Friday 31st July

HELP MMM FRIENDSHIP GROUP El Torreon Restauant, (CISSMU) Los Narejos 12 noon start

FOR TICKETS OR INFORMATION PHONE JOAN MITCHELL ON 968 181 943 OR HELP MMM OFFICE 968 570 059

BS COULD YOU BE A FRIEND OF MA Mazarrón?

charity race nights!

P. A.L.S.

) (Prote cti on and Life Saving

Summer Pool Parties New price only 5€ (down from last year’s 8€). The Pool Parties start at 8pm at Mariano’s Restaurant Camposol, Sector A. The dates are

8 August 12 September

Tickets are available from outside the ‘Steak Out’, Sector B on Saturdays, 11am to 1.30 pm or from Committee Members Contact 628 147 915 Further details of PALS events can be seen at their website www.pals.com.es.

on behalf of APAH Animal Rescue Charity

Monday 27th July Bar Vito in El Mahon Friday 31st July Daniels Bar in Los Dolcis in association with R & R Racing Everyone is welcome to come along and have a flutter on the horses, whilst raising money to help APAH carry on the work of rescuing and re-homing abandoned, abused and neglected animals. For further information please contact Yvonne on 630 422 563 or Natasha on 616 210 850

means Being a ‘Friend of MABS Mazarrón’ ‘Monks Duo’ to help giving just a few hours of your time ‘Monks Duo’ will be playing live on Monday could with fund raising activities ONLY. This evenings, 9pm to 11.30pm at Hotel Costa Narejos. Nights, Great sounds of Swing, Jazz, Latin etc. from Gil be at our one Table Top sales, Fun r reward on tenor sax, flute & clarinet & Keith Coffee Mornings or Barbeques. You on keyboard maybe & vocals...where else can you go to a 4* hotel will be to have some fun, laugh, and or text. with free admission, comfortable surroundings, a make new friends along the way. Call nice atmosphere & LIVE entertainment from pro’ BS MA of nd 663 308 584 to become a Frie musicians - and realsitic bar prices! om ail.c Mazarron or email mazmabs@hotm For more infor mation and we will get back to you! call 968 432 630

Barcelona Summer Week 2009 7 days, 30 clubs, 7 beaches, 250 events over 100 DJ’s and 50,000 people The biggest names in dance music will descend on Barcelona from the 3rd to 9th August 2009 for the inaugural Barcelona Summer Week Festival. Superstar DJs such as Tiësto, David Guetta, Layo & Bushwacka!, Erick Morillo, Armin Van Buuren, Sander Kleinenberg and Fedde Le Grand, will be amongst the many DJs to play host at parties across the capital during the weeklong fiesta. For Full Line Up, Programmes & Tickets www.barcelonasummerweek.com

Noah’s Arc

Fundr aising Evening in Kennelly’s Bar Sector B Camposol Friday 14th August Live entertainment, karaoke & disco - Tickets 5€ available from Kennelly’s Tuesday night bingo or from Alison and Wendy on 968 431 265 or 968 431 590 All proceeds to go towards the legal costs to close the Dog Death Camp nr Polaris World

Hot Dog Day

tties saturday 15th August at Sco 0pm El Pareton From 4pm to 6.3

Meet the team and fun and games! , Crazy golf Hot dogs, “Scoff a dog” competition hy, tournament Entry fee 2€ winner’s trop BBQ t rme Gou nd Gra Raffle, 6.30 to 11pm g Singer Evening entertainment by The Swin ilable from our Tickets 10€ - limited availability - ava n and Fuente Alamo charity shops in the Port of Mazarro ton and also from Scotties Bar in El Pare

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cHURCH SERVICES ST NICHOLAS CHURCH Services held every Sunday at 10.30am at Calle Andalucia 9, Camposol. For info call Len Eaton on 968 138 952 MASS IN ENGLISH Celebrated at the Catholic Chapel of Pastrana. For details of masses and confessions, call 968 424 386 ask for Fr Peter Escribano or Fr Octavio Carpena

Contact Barbara on 968 572 315

CAMPOSOL BRIDGE CLUB Information from Barry 609 925 497 or Norma 650 418 887 THE ART GROUP Further information is available from Chris on 676 267 946

BUDDHISM IN CARTAGENA Contact Laura Sanchez on 636 002 034 after 7pm www.diamondway.org COUNTRY BOWLS Call Colin Sear on 968 199 533 or Dave Rogers on 968 371 019

LA SIESTA EVANGELICAL CHURCH Services held in the Church of La Siesta Urbanization, Torrevieja, on the 2nd & 4th and where applicable 5th Sunday of each month. Services start at 11.15am and there is a Sunday School. For further information contact Fiona Cook 966 700 131 or Daniel Reyes 968 508 028

DIGITAL CAMERA CAFÉ If you would like to know more, please call Trevor Maston on 968 574 877 or David Lees on 968 170 870. CANCER SUPPORT GROUP (MABS) If you need our help and are suffering from cancer please ring CANCER SUPPORT LINE 620 422 410 For any other information or queries please ring GENERAL ENQUIRIES 620 582 418

WELLSPRING VICTORY CHURCH Meeting 11am Sundays in Bolnuevo. Part of worldwide Victory Churches International. Contact Andrew on 620 599 270 or Duncan on 607 382 033 www. wellspringvictorychurch.com

Royal British Legion, Orihuela Costa & District Branch For further information please contact Chairman, Anne Hadley-Faulkner on 966 764 230 or for enquiries regarding Welfare services contact Colin Middleton on 065 327 791 or visit our website www.orihuelacosta-rbl.co.uk

WELCOME GROUP MAZARRON For further information contact 620105 179 between 11am – 7pm Mon-Sat. THE SUNSHINE GROUP – A group for the young at heart with physical or learning difficulties. Meeting every Thursday evening at Villamartin. For further details, call Karen on 965 327 730 or Lenny on 966 797 574 LABOUR INTERNATIONAL For further information contact Alan Dunton 966 925 059 or Sid Williamson 965 714 145 S.A.T. (Sociedad Protectora para Animales de Torrevieja) For more information contact www. torremendo.com HELP MURCIA MAR MENOR Call 968 570 059 or 616 546 378 AGLOW INTERNATIONAL More info contact Margaret on 968 199 622 or 690 089 109 ALCOHOLICS ANOYNMOUS Fuente Alamo, Thursdays 7.30pm at Fuente Alamo. Contact 646 290 420 for details. ALCOHOLICA ANONYMOUS Cabo de Palos every Friday between 7.30pm and 8.30pm at Association de Vecinos (behind the chemist) Please contact 968 545 181 or 676 696 185 for more details. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS Mazarron area, Call 646 290 420 for contact details and location. ASOCIACION DE VECINOS, CANADAS DEL ROMERO, MAZARRON Learn Spanish, Art Classes, Spanish Cookery, Ballroom Dancing, Counted Threadwork, Guitar Classes, Keep Fit, Dog Training, Yoga and Pilates. Tel: 660 384 778 or www.canadasdelromero.com for further information WEIGHTWATCHERS Lose weight the healthy way, supported by a global, experienced brand. Telephone Annette on 637 970 138 THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIAL CLUB, TORREVIEJA Call George 966 784 376 or Tony 966 775 029 RUBBER BRIDGE PLAYERS (Los Alcazares) Call 968 170 986 or 661 138 336 YOGA IN THE RIBERA Experienced English tutor.

M& M House Clearance Tel: Mike 619 364 451 Maralyn: 630 583 033

LA-LA

...Is Dipsy’s friend, she is an 8 month old small Spanish cross. La-La is very affectionate and is the perfect lap dog, would suit an older couple.

P.A.L.S. (Protection & Life Saving) Call Ken Payne 626 460 465. Pat Firth 968 537 094. ROYAL BRITISH LEGION, TORREVIEJA BRANCH For further information regarding the Branch, please contact the Chairman, Mrs Gill Burden, 966 723 888 or visit web site www.torreviejalegion.info

1st CAMPOSOL RAINBOWS, BROWNIES & GUIDES All girls welcome, ages 5-14 living in and around Camposol. Call Carol Marley 646731652 or Amanda Gorvel 608 174 485 or e-mail Amanda@ gorvel.co.uk

here’s my card Large or small loads Reasonable prices paid! Furniture, electrical items, crockery, ornaments, bric-a-brac, bedding, curtains etc etc

SURVIVORS SPEAK OUT for every woman who has suffered abuse of any kind. Call Conchita for further details on 696 895 147

TORREVIEJA CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP Sunday at 9.30am (Comm Serv) and at 11.30am (Comm Service & Sunday School) Wednesday 6pm (Bible Study Service) Phone 966 703 391

clubs & assocIATIONS

Please call: 968 431 265 or 627 118 738

MAZARRON BAHIA LIONS For more information call Mervyn Booth on 968 163 082

ST TERESA’S CHURCH Located in Los Lomas, La Manga Club. Services on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month at 6pm. Church warden Barbara Westbury-Jones 968 147 083 or barbarawestburyjones@lamangalocal.com

OLIVE BRANCH CHURCH Warm welcome to all Christian friends. Sunday morning at 11am. For more information call Pastor Ralph Locke or Margaret on 968 199 622 or 618 720 181

OZ KENNELS

MANCHESTER CITY F.C. OFFICIAL SUPPORTERS CLUB (1949) Spanish Branch President: Bert Trautmann, OBE. More info from Rob Hudson (Sec) 608 511 437 email: bluerob64@live.co.uk ROYAL NAVAL ASSOCIATION Torrevieja Branch For further information regarding any aspect of the RNA please contact the secretary, Rod Millington on 966 764 292 or check out our new webpage for information www.torreviejarna.info EXERCISE AND DANCE at CISSMU CENTRO MUNICIPAL, LOS NAREJOS Every Wednesday at 11.00am to 12 noon. COME ALONG AND JOIN IN THE FUN! - for further Information, please telephone: 968 170 248 The Spiritual Awareness Society of Spain. Tel Carol 965 703 346 or Malcolm 966 763 354

Ken Sherwood English Mechanic

Garage in La Pinilla just 10 minutes from Camposol

Summer Special

Air conditioning re-gassing and repairs from only 40€ Collection & delivery service available

DIPSY

...is a 10 week old small breed Spanish bitch, she was found in the road with her friend La-La who was very ill but now recovering. Dipsy is very playful and has a very funny character.

APAH

For information on any other APAH dog, please contact Natasha on 616 210 850 To meet all our cats, please contact Yvonne on 630 422 563

All garage services & diagnostics. All work guaranteed.

Tel: 679 646 859

BOAT FOR SALE

5 Metre boat, Spanish reg’d with trailer. 30hp 2 stroke engine. Extras inc. GPS, Fish finder, Ship to shore and fishing equipment. 8.500€ (or sensible offer)

Tel: 968 199 847 or 660 935 845

YOGA MAR MENOR From yoga for the Recuperating to Advancing with Yoga. Anyone can practice yoga. Tel: 652 667 883.

MUsiC & ENTERTAINMENT SPANGLES Have fun, make friends, make music! Ladies Barbershop Harmony Chorus. Meet every Thursday from 11am at Centro Las Claras, Los Alcazares. Call for more information Anthea 968 334 527 or Lyn 968 432 525 www.aqua-adicta. co.uk/spangles M&M DANCE CLUBS at Olympia Restaurant, Mil Palmeras, Pilar de la Horadada. Selection of Ballroom, Latin American & Social Sequence. For more information please contact Michael on 610 981 795 or 965 350 762 Latin line dance classes & tap class for Beginners For details phone Annette 968 163 640 or 649 647 467

LOBO: is a German Shepherd X, about 2 years old. Very thin and frightened of people, he was rescued from the canal in December 2008, and looked after by foster carers. He is now a wonderful example of what can be achieved with loving care. Lobo is vaccinated, neutered and micro-chipped. He will be a great guardian for whoever decides to adopt him, as he is very faithful. For information on Lobo or any other APAH dog, please contact Natasha on 616 210 850.

KTS LINEDANCERS Have fun line dancing! Classes held in the Cosat Blanca and the Mar Menor areas. For details contact Kathy on 968 545 028 or 655 014 429 DANCERCISE at Las Claras Municipal Centre, Los Narejos, Los Alcazares. Keep fit to great disco music! Tel: 666 179 774 CAMPOVERDE CHOIR This mixed choir has an interesting international repertoire, specially arranged by the musical director Christine Eames. Come and join us on Friday evenings at 6.30pm in Campoverde, near Pilar de la Horadada. Details from Christine 966 762 308

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GIZMO: Gizmo is a very small tabby and white kitten, who was rescued when he was found alone on the street, too young to care for himself. His name was chosen because of his huge ears. Gizmo needs a home with lots of love and care, as he had a very bad start in life. For information on Gizmo or any other APAH cat, please contact Yvonne on 630 422 563.

Sol Classifieds As new 2 single beds complete with headboards, mattresses, pillows, set of bed linen and matching curtains, also 1 draw bedside cabinet 100€ Double headboard 20€ Electric 4 burner hob 20€ Large electric water heater 20€ Buyer collects. Tel: 646 892 622 (Los Altos, Punta Prima) Two candle lanterns on stands, 6 and 5 feet high ideal for garden or patio 25€ Tel: 635 885 062 (Camposol)

New Harley Davidson classic motor cycle helmet, size medium, never worn 85€ Gents cycle Raleigh Supberb rod brakes, dyno hub self locking exRaleigh museum, mint condition 245€ Ladies 5 speed cycle, good condition, ideal to keep fit 70€ Tel: 698 878 341 (Lo Bosillo) Roof bars for estate car, Merc, WW, Peugout, Opel etc 35€, Portable

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SOL SERVICES BY TELEPHONE: 950 430 820 air conditioner, as new 55€ Tel: 648 752 198 (Aguilas) Electric coal effect fire never used 30€ Solid Pine T V unit swivel top shelf and two door cupboard under cost 149€ sell for 50€ Mocqette covered ottoman 15€ Metal Bunk Beds side bars ladder excellent condition 50€ Pine Magazine Rack 10€ Chrome three tier bathroom stand 10€ Tel 966762015 White Window Frame size: 136cm h x 90cm w x 15cm d with two sliding windows and includes shutter 50€ Tel: 966 763 865 or 679 621 639 Drop Ceiling Light with 3 shades (green leaves with little lemon on end of shades) 12€ Tel:966 763 865 or 679 621 639 Springer Spaniel Puppies, pedigree, excellent temperament, good with children 300€ Tel. 699 203 136 Two Single Bed Mattress ‘Toppers’ (feather and down) 10€ the pair Tel: 966 763 865 or 679 621 639 Attention clubs / societies. 1 large cup, 1small cup ready for engraving, English made. Nice trophies 200€ Tel: 950 437 958 or 671 978 521 Silver half moon shaped battery operated mantle clock as new in the box 8€ Panasonic RPSDMo4G 4GB memory card brand new, wrong size bought only 15€ White gold engagement/ dress ring for sale small diamond surrounded with 8 sapphires high shanks very pretty about a size N. Only 50€ please ring 968 131 879 Camposol D8 Generator 13ph. Electric start. Bargain 299€ Tel: 963 438 478 Honest bargain, 2 beautiful settees in perfect condition, 3 seater 160€ 2 seater 140€ also large coffee table Call: 965 322 655 (Oriuela Costa) SOFAS, 3-SEATER & 2-SEATER in beige fabric 60€Tel: 687 763 165 (Villamartin) TDT DIGITAL ROOF AERIAL good working order 10€ Tel: 687 763 165 (Villamartin) MICROWAVE OVEN brown in good working order 15€ Tel: 687 763 165 (Villamartin) Fly screen door made by local company. Reason for sale, recent full enclosures. size 82 x 35 ins (2,080 x 890mm) Excellent condition 55€ Los Higuerales Tel: 648 208 163 or 648 208 162

Guitar, Red, Satelitte Canvas carried, stand, tuner 100€ Tel: 669 533 234 or 676 837 784 La Pinilla Fuente. Satellite dish size 1.3 with pace top box and free to view card. 200€ Tel: 968 155 776 Ref:87 Mistral F2004 Race wind surf board, including Mastbase 70cm fin, 257cm long, 100cm wide. Ideal for learning Tel: 679 549 562 Ref 87

alarms Don’t be a victim of crime. The latest 32 zone wireless burglar alarm system is now available from AD Camposol Alarms. Tel Tony on 968 199 / 636 092 359.

BY EMAIL: sales@soltimes.com In Person: Avda 28 Febrero 54, Albox Mon-Thurs 10-5 Friday 10-4 Payment: visa & Cheques made payable to roc publishing s.l (min 10 euros per transaction on cheques or Visa) garage services

security

Ken sherwood

Security measures – windows, doors, alarms, locks changed. Tel Peter 680 164 300 (ref C88)

English Mechanic

Garage in La Pinilla 10 mins Camposol Collection and delivery service available All garage services and diagnostics All work guaranteed

Tel: 679 646 859

hens Fancy Hens and Bantams, for sale already laying 5€ each. Breeding pair of French ducks, 20€ for pair. Tel: 634 146 711 Ref 87

car transporter

Horse Livery

CarTranSpain

Cheap & cheerful, DIY horse livery. Mazarron area. Tel: 660 073 663? (Spanish) Tel: 608 602 794 (English)

European Car Transporter Service Spain - UK - Spain Tel. 966 468 342 Mob. 664 121 650

www.cartranspain.com

carpenter Master Carpenter over 30 years experience. Call Peter 680 164 300 (ref C88)

For Hire

Mobility Equipment Sales & Hire. Tel: Freedom Mobility 968 153 620

mosquitos Troubled by Mosquitos or flies?

then visit us on www.insectsaway.com or call:

painting All types of painting. Internal or external. Tel Peter 680 164 300 (ref C88)

removals Lords Removal & Storage

Deep sea fishing call Tony on: 646 754 124 www.calidafishing.com

furniture IKEA online shopping, delivery & assembly service www.flatpaxabia. com Tel: 902 881 121

hairdressing Legally Registered in Spain

V anessa

UK & European Movers with over 20 years experience. Monthly trips to UK. Pet Travel Available. Very competitive prices.

Camposol / Murcia area

(0034) 608 061 872

AAA Removals 3.5 Tonne Van Regular runs to and from UK, Full / Part Loads. Collection / deliveries within Spain Ring for best prices

678 398 141

aaa.removals@hotmail.co.uk

REMOVALS UK-SPAIN-UK DOOR TO DOOR IN 4 DAYS FULL & PART LOADS COMPETITIVE RATES FRIENDLY SERVICE

Mobile Hairdresser 20 years experience Specialist in colour correction Free Consultations

Tel. 968 564 298 or 696 621 884

vanessa.themobilehairdresser@yahoo.co.uk

www.spain-uk-removals.com

Tel: 680 846 640

7.5 Ton Lorry to & from the UK once a week

Call: 680 742 011 0044 7970 722 744 0044 1443 670 031

steve@questmarine.tv

van hire

marmenorremovals@hotmail.com

property for sale - continued

property for rent FOR RENT

Large detached new house, 3 bed/bathroom. Lovely views, between Velez Rubio and Puerto Lumbreras Electric & water included. Part furnished, or unfurnished. 475€ pcm

Call: 677 603 415

FOR RENT

2 bed casita for rent, part furnished, or unfurnished. Set between Puerto Lumbreras and Velez Rubio, rural location, a car is necessary. Electric & water included. 320€ pcm

Call: 677 603 415

To Let

Camposol A, Mazarron Detached 2 Bed 2 Bath Villa for long term let. 10 mins from beach. Large underbuild. Large terraces & gardens. Quiet with open outlook. Good amenities. 525€ per month + bills

Tel: 679 825 072

mobility

968 171 542

fishing

Transport

central heating and aircon with large garage under the house. Price to sell at only 189,500€ Phone Brian on 626 941 962 or evenings on 966 798 469 Ref, 1093

Property for sale Cheapest 2 bed ground floor apartment in La Florida situated near the Emerald Isle in La Florida with large terrace off road parking F / F only 79,500€ Phone Brian on 626 941 962 or office 965 326 146 Ref 1031 Look at this Bargain 2 Bed 2 Bath La Florida Terraced House in good all round condition, private off road parking Only 89,950 Phone Brian on 626 941 962 or office 965 326 146 Ref 984 Wheel chair friendly La Florida 2 Bed Apt. only a couple of minutes walk to the shops and facilities 89,500€ Phone Brian on 626 941 962 or office 965 326 146 Ref 976 Cheapest Apartment in Torrevieja 2 bed Apartment in Las Palmeras in La Florida on the 1 st. floor only 4 years old Only 67,950€ Tel: on 626 941 962 or office 965 326 146 Ref 1043 2 Bed Apartment 150 meters to the sea with community pool facing the sea near Torrevieja f/f only 94,950 € Phone Brian on 626 941 962 or office 965 326 146 Ref 999 Very cheap Ground floor studio in La Florida only 49,500 € Phone Brian on 626 941 962 or office 965 326 146 Ref 994 Large Detached House near Villa Martin, El Presidente, 3 Bedrooms with large living area, nice kitchen and family bathroom with another guest room and bathroom on the second floo.r The house has it’s own private pool, BBQ and mini bar set on 500 m/2 comes fully furnished

pets

Property for rent - Continued

To Rent Almendricos Furnished, 2 double bedroom Villa, air-con, fly free area, swimming pool, secure garden, dogs welcome, bills included

500€ pcm Tel: 676 384 097

Mobility Scooter

Mercury M46 in dark green. Just over 1 year old, bought for 2295€ accept 1250€ (includes ramps)

Tel: 968 163 758 (near Mazarron)

vehicles SCRAP CARS WANTED Top prices paid. DVLA notified. Also 4x4s breaking. All parts available. Distance no object. Will collect and deliver. Buyers of all metals - Brass, Copper, Lead, Aluminium Tel: 645 094 339 or 950 064 031

Toyota MK2

Convertible 1998, Silver, Low Mileage Private Reg FAZ 8503 Lovely Car! Tel: 669 533 234 or 676 857 784 La Pinilla Fuente.

3250€

Ref.88

250cc ATV Dune Buggy, 2 seater. Very fast, great off road fun. Quick sale 850€. Tel: 968 438 478

ssangyong musso

2000, 4x4, 2.9 Diesel engineered by Mercedes LHD, Spanish Reg, 2 years ITV, CD Player Electric Windows, ABS, Alloy Wheels, Low Mileage. Price to sell

6250€

Tel: 968 438 478

wanted

Wanted Scrap Gold Cash paid for all gold jewellery or exchange for new

Call The Treasure Chest:

966 718 100 / 966 765 374


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Coro Pilar Quiz Night

Coro Pilar, based in Campoverde, continued its social side on 14th July by organising a very successful Quiz Night with Buffet for their members and their other halves.

Coro Pilar are still continuing to rehearse but are having a three week break in August. They will resume rehearsals on Friday 28th August for their next concert which will be in the Casa de Cultura, Pilar de la Horada on 27th September. Watch this space for further information!!! The choir has also been invited to take part again at midnight on Sunday 11th October in a concert in La Iglesia, Pilar de la Horadada.

The concert follows a parade where local organisations proceed through the town with floral offerings to La Virgen de Pilar de la Horadada. The choir is represented by some of the members and walk with their floral tribute, bouquets and their banner. The large floral arrangements decorate the church while the bouquets decorate the fagade of the church. Coro Pilar are always looking for new members, so if you enjoy singing and would like to join this active group of people, please contact John Robinson, English speaking – 966 763 446 or Kerstin Hollander, Swedish, German, Spanish speaking – 966 76 2 846

Exciting news from ADAPT!

At last our new website www.adaptsanpedro. eu is up and running !! It´s taken a while but after a lot of searching we found a brilliant website creator and we think that visitors to the site will find it really interesting and easy to use.

With information about the clubs and the radio programme, ADAPTAMANIA, lots of photographs and profiles of some of our members and committee, it gives an insight into ADAPT and an overall picture of our association which shows the projects which we are involved in and also the fun that we have along the way. There is also a printable form to bring along

to the meeting and directions to The Casino if you would like to join. It´s hard to believe that ADAPT has only been going for just over a year and yet we have done so much and been so successful.

The next meeting of ADAPT is at 10am, Saturday 5th September at The Casino, San Pedro. ADAPTAMANIA can be heard on Radio Pinatar (87.9fm) each Wednesday at 2pm, repeated on Sundays at 8pm. For more information call Lorna 968 334 137 or Enid 966 746 662.

PALS Pool Parties

A crowd of 133 pool party people went to the PALS July event at Mariano’s on Camposol. They danced and listened to Phil Brady. Byron acted a Disc Jockey and Compere and Kirsty, 14 years young, who was runner up at the recent “Stars in Your Eyes” competition at Rumours preformed magnificently. Pat Firth, PALS Vice President, said “The night was a great success with a tremendous atmosphere”. The next party is on 8 August 2009 when ever popular Barrington will entertain. Starting time is 8 pm and tickets are at “La Crisis Economica” level of only 5€. Tickets from outside The Steak Out Bar on Saturdays 11 am to 1.30 pm or from Commit tee Members, contact 628 147 915. There is another Pool Party on 12 September with Christine and Martin Ross.

Later in September, on Saturday 19 th, PALS will hold their first Masked Ball. It will take place, with the help and co-operation of Cllr Jacque Gálvez and the Ayuntamiento, at the New Marina, opposite Gate 5 in Puerto de Mazarrón. Tickets at only 12.50€. Champagne** reception, finger buffet, bar, music by John Lindo Band, spot prizes and exhibition dances. Start making your masks as there is a prize for the best masked couple. More information on PALS web site www.pals.com.es or contact 626 460 465. ** Spanish style

REVIEJA R O T A 3 U R O F S S E SUCC s” was how David regarding U3A and the many and growing

“An outstanding succes A Torrevieja described Evans, Chairman of U3 mornings held at Los n the first of three ope h June. He continues Arcos Restaurant on 25t even greater success “We are now looking to ngs, starting at 10.30 for our nex t open morni h August, when U3A a.m on 30th July and 27t , guests and visitors members, newcomers reshments and shop can come along for ref various stalls” for bargains from the will be present Committee members ns you may have to answer any questio

WE NEVER GIVE UP!

MABS, Cancer Support Group, Mazarrón is, due to unforeseen circumstances, unable to continue in Consum foyer, Camposol B with their sponsorship forms to support the forthcoming Cycle Ride.

Paulina Illi, who came to Campoverde from Switzerland, was the instigator of the Buffet Night and the evening was held in her garden. She was supported by the members of the choir who provided some of the food and drinks. The Quiz was set by Val Thunem who originated from the UK with questions and answers in both English and German to accommodate the German speakers whose English is limited. The winners of the quiz were Mike Brainsby, Cherie Williams, Sheila Daubenay and Paulina Illi.

MABS Cancer Support Group, Mazarron.

on offer. active interest groups ues to extend a U3A Torrevieja contin new members and warm welcome to all take place at 10.30am the nex t meeting will tember at Los Arcos on Thursday 24th Sep when the guest Restaurant, Torrevieja and radio presenter, speaker will be TV Simon Baldock. n go to www. For more informatio u3atorrevieja.com

MABS Mazarrón plan contact twice daily by computer link and or video links. Regular updates can be found in Simply Active, Local Suppliers and Clubs Director y, where there is an information tab, which will be updated with all the latest news and fundraising totals as the events unfold. Zoe at Simply Networking, who have thought fully supported MABS, Mazarrón with this event, please use their contact page on www.simplynetworking,es or by calling them on 968 971 824 Businesses wishing to support the initiative in any way, should contact Peter 615 769 930 or Shirley 651 021 942 for further information

But as the six cyclists have NEVER GIVEN UP in their determination to make this THEIR TRIBUTE TO THEIR FRIEND EILEEN. During the last few weeks before she died of cancer, Eileen had said that rather than mourning her loss, that the boys should do something to celebrate her life, so they have chosen to do this as a tribute to a good friend. They are cycling 1200 kilometres in total from Camposol to Gibraltar. The Cycle event starts on Sunday 6th September and concludes on Tuesday 15th September at 3pm. MABS, Mazarron plan a welcoming reception for YOU to enjoy a BBQ with meat provided by the English Butcher on Camposol and a Musical event from Bernie Mac, who is giving his services free. (No 1 Disco and Karaoke in the area). Mazarrón council have agreed to close the lower car park as they support the EVENT near Best wishes, TJ and China Bazaar. This is where YOU can come to OUR PARTY to welcome them home. The support vehicle is being provided by Chris Moisey and driven by volunteers. It will be sign Written with the logos of the main sponsors.

The Cycle Ride has already been sponsored by The Welcome Group, T - 4Lingua, The Harbour Grill, Los Galayos and El Duende as well as the Radio. Daily reports by the lads are to be made direct to Radio stations, our own Costa Calida International and further down the coast by Talk radio Europe with Craig James.

Donations post to...MABS, Cancer Support Mazarrón, Best Wishes, Box No 551, Avenida Dr. Meca, 6ª Upper Commercial Centre, Puerto de Mazaron, 0860 Murcia, Or through your bank to La Caixa Banca ES08 2100 6032 8002 0002 8916 - CAIXESBBXXX The cyclists arrive in Gibraltar on 10th September, hopefully to be received by the Governor, yet to be arranged. SPONSORSHIP forms are held by MABS Mazarrón Volunteers and those held in bars, shops on Camposol and in the Puerto de Mazarrón. MABS, Cancer Support Group, Mazarron NEVER GIVES UP in offering help and support to local people of all nationalities, who have been diagnosed with or are being treated for cancer. They cover an area approximately from Totana to Cartagena and Puerto de Mazarrón to Alhama de Murcia. If you or someone you know would like some confidential help or support call our HELPLINE 620 422 41 For General Enquiries call 620 582 418 11am to 4 pm Mon to Fri or visit www. mabsmazarron.com

VELVETONES HANG UP THEIR TONSILS FOR THE SUMMER ! The Velv

etones have now star ted their sum mer break after the final rehearsal together and an appearance in the Teatro Municipal. Ever yone was demob happy at the final rehearsal, inevitable with over forty women you might say! However, there was some business to be taken care of and two Velveton es received trophies for their contribution to the chor us. Jan Ryder, the Musical Director, presented Mag gie Ellis-Press with a “Smiley Award” for the best smil e on the risers, and presented Nadine Scot t with the “Spangles Trophy” for the best discipline. The final public appearance for the chorus until the autumn was at the Teatro Municipal in early July. They were invited to sing in a concert to raise funds for the local band “Union Musical Torreviejense” so that they coul d attend a prestigious competition in Holland. The ladie s were delighted to be asked to sing , and pleased to be able to help such a talented local band . They appeared along side The Harm onisers men´s chorus and quar tets Allegro and Q4. As a token of appreciation Lola Cañales from the Ayuntamiento in Torrevieja presented plaques to all those who helped to support the concert. Photo by Kristoff


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Bryan Redington Tel: 950 478 604. Cantoria Residents Association located above the 3rd Age Bar (Pensioners) just over the Road from the Ole supermarket. New members welcome, 5€ per year. The library and information clinic is open on Thursday mornings only from 11am -12pm. For further details www.residentsinspain.com or phone the secretary on 662 413 075 Classic Automobile Club For further information call: Monique: 699 961 002; Hans: 968 419 256; Peter: 968 419 222. Dames in Huercal Overa meet on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at the Tennis Club. 10.30 til 12.30. For further details please contact Pam 677 273 736 Dames in Turre Call Lesley 950 478 633 or email lesleyiom@yahoo.co.uk Dames in Spain Meet at Kimrick Mojacar 3rd Monday of the month 11am. Guests welcome. Enquiries to Sonya on 950 479 277 Elderberries Lunch Club For elderly, lonely, handicapped etc. Tel: Margaret 950 477 063 or Marianne 950 472 349. Expatriate Ostomates of Spain (EOS) Have you had surgery on the digestive or urinary system for cancer or other disease? If you would like to help someone, or receive further information, please call our local contact Dee on 950 064 322. Forum Golf Society plays organised friendly games at local courses twice a month. Contact Phil Elam on 666 847 840 or philjelam@yahoo.co.uk, or see www. arboleas.co.uk/forum Indalo Bowling Club Los Gallardos visitors welcome. Please contact Toni Watts, Club Membership Secretary 950 468 165 Indalo Players Theatre Group All enquiries to Sue 950 133 655/666133217 ‘Macenas’ Senior Citizens’ Club Basement level Artisans’ Centre, Mojacar Pueblo. Model Aero Flying Club For further information contact: Johnny Hayes 950 478 899. Mojacar Cricket Club For further information call: Keith Rose 647 675 898 or Phil Beal 696 932 763. Mojacar Taekwon-Do Club Harmony Gym, Mojacar Playa, Tel: 670381839 or visit www.tkd-andalucia.com for more information Mother & Toddlers For more information call: 680 732 564. Royal British Legion Albox Branch For further information contact Ted on 950064078 or Peter on 628239375 Royal British Legion Mojacar Branch Call for further information - Membership Sec. 950 473 025 Santa Irene Club de Vela Sailing for all! Tel: John Talisson 950 475 157 or Email: sailrway@hot mail.corn

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100th Anniversary Of The First Flight Across The Channel Louis Blériot achieved world acclaim by being the first to fly an aircraft across the English Channel, a feat of great daring for those times. Whilst a channel crossing is a non-event today, in 1909 this half-hour flight captured the world’s attention. Transcontinental travel was suddenly possible and the protective barrier between England and the European continent disappeared.

At the first light of dawn on the morning of 25th July 1909, Frenchman, Louis Blériot gave his crew the signal to release his small wood and fabric Model XI aeroplane. It crossed the grassy paddock and bounded into the air crossing the cliffs at Sangatte France, near Calais, and ventured out over the English Channel. Travelling at just over 40 miles per hour, and at an altitude of about 250 feet, the little monoplane out-paced its naval escort ship, the Escopette, which carried his wife Alicia. Within minutes Blériot was alone over the channel and, due to weather conditions, could not see either coast for part of the flight.

Finally, thirty-six minutes after his departure, fighting dangerous cliff-side gusts, Blériot put down on English soil near Dover Castle. It must have been a dramatic scene for the small group of on-lookers as his plane dodged several brick buildings, was tossed about in the wind, and as Blériot cut the motor the craft dropped into a grassy field smashing the propeller and undercarriage. His daring effort had landed him the coveted Daily Mail Prize of £1,000. Thirty-six minutes was not one of the longer flights of 1909. There had been a number of duration and distance records considerably longer, but no one had yet successfully crossed the channel. Record flights were typically conducted over earth, and not water, so that when problems occurred (and they usually did) one could set down in a field or on a road. Fellow aviator Hubert Latham attempted the cross the Channel just days earlier (July 19th) and had ditched his Antoinette IV in the channel when his motor quit. 1909 aircraft were extremely unreliable - the hobby of visionaries and wealthy eccentrics – with most

under-powered and engines prone to failure for one reason or another. Aircraft design was more of an art than a science, and control systems were still being invented; there were no airborne radios to call for help and flight instrumentation was limited. On this fateful morning, the day had begun badly for Blériot; if he had been a superstitious man he probably wouldn’t have taken off. He could walk only with the aid of crutches, having burned his foot in an earlier incident and during preparation for takeoff a neighbourhood dog had wandered into the arc of his propeller blade and was killed. His wife certainly did not share his enthusiasm for flight and had begged him not to go. Once in the air his Anzani 3 cylinder motor overheated, as motors of that day were prone to do. Fortunately, luck was on Blériot’s side that day and rain showers cooled the motor enabling him to complete the crossing. When news broke of Blériot’s achievement, the British newspapers warned that airplanes flying over the Channel could also be used as instruments of war. “Britain’s impregnability has passed away...Airpower will become as vital as seapower,” one London newspaper trumpeted. Considering Britain’s status as the world’s leading military power, these headlines were arresting. However, Blériot skill and ingenuity, as well as his dedication to aviation, would reap considerable rewards as, during the First World War his company produced the famous S.P.A.D. fighter aircraft flown by all the Allied Nations. Apart from getting the shape of his aeroplanes right, another great achievement of Louis Bleriot was in designing the modern control system. He linked the ailerons and elevator together so that they were both worked from a central ‘joystick’, while rudder control was via a bar at the pilot’s feet. If Bleriot wanted to climb, he pulled the stick back. If he wanted to yaw right, he pushed his right foot forward. If he wanted to bank left, he moved the stick left. This is exactly how modern control systems work. By contrast, the Wright brothers had linked their wing-warping (in place of ailerons) to the rudder; this was logical, but was not copied. Blériot’s daring inventions contributed significantly to the advance of aero science in his time, and popularized aviation as a sport. He remained active in the aero industry until his death on August 2, 1936.

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Magnitude This is a measure of the brightness of a celestial object. The lower the value, the brighter the object, so magnitude -4 is brighter than magnitude 0, which is in turn brighter than magnitude +4. The system was started by the ancient Greeks, who divided the stars into one of six magnitude groups with stars of the first magnitude being the first ones to be visible after sunset. In modern times, the scale has been extended in both directions and more strictly defined.

Examples of magnitude values; Sun Full Moon Venus (at brightest) International Space Station Sirius (brightest star) Limit of human eye Limit of 10x50 binoculars Pluto Limit of Hubble Space Telescope

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Stealing a march in MX1 just two years ago with the launch of the fuel injected RM-Z450 (the first production motocross machine with injection), Suzuki leads the way once again, offering a similar system to MX2 riders for the very first time, with the all-new RM-Z250. Derived from its larger capacity sibling, the new 250’s battery-less fuel system boasts a 43mm throttle-body, with a progressive throttle linkage and 16-bit computer, powered by a durable, lightweight magnetogenerator. Combined with revised cam timing, uprated intake ports and a stronger connecting rod (boosting maximum engine speed to 13,500rpm), the new RM-Z offers even more power and torque than before. And it’s not just the engine that’s seen significant updates either, as the RMZ250’s twin-spar aluminium alloy frame

Honda’s new CEO, Takanobu Ito, has announced plans to begin sales of the CR-Z hybrid car in Japan in February 2010. Ito also mentioned that details of a UK release date for the new hybrid will be announced towards the end of 2009.

has seen redesign, most notably with an increase in lower frame rail wall thickness (up from 2.5mm to 3mm), while the side rails are now shallower. Controlling the heightened power, is a new swingarm, increasing rigidity thanks to an improved centre brace that concentrates the mass for an enhanced suspension action, offering greater traction. With a new, sharper look courtesy of revised plastics which offer a slimmer feel and race-ready black number boards as standard, the 2010 RM-Z250 offers a factory ride straight from the dealer. The 2010 RM-Z250 is scheduled to be in authorised Suzuki off-road dealers during the autumn of this year, with a recommended retail price to be announced before its launch.

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The CR-Z becomes the latest hybrid in the Honda range, alongside the current Insight and Civic hybrid models. It will use the same iVTEC engine from the Insight twinned with an electric motor but it will be tuned for sportier performance. Expected to use the chassis developed for the Japanese Civic, the car will get all-round independent suspension and the latest platform technology. Utilising such a chassis should allow engineers to fit Honda’s 2.2-litre diesel, as well as the 2.0-litre petrol engine currently in the Civic Type R. It is thought that an even more economical plug-in version of the CRZ is also in development.

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Kia’s sowing the seeds of change with a new look edition of its popular family hatchback. Inspired by the stunning no.3 concept car, first shown at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, the all new C’eed gets a new bonnet plus alterations to the bumper, grille and light clusters. On sale in Autumn, the car is looking to take on the likes of the Seat Leon and Ford Focus. Buyers can expect improvements to the interior too, courtesy of a revised centre console and upgraded audio system including Bluetooth connectivity. Since the C’eed’s launch in 2007 the car has proved a huge hit - and with over 5,000 units already sold in the UK so far this year, Cee’d is currently holding a 4% share of the retail market. The new Cee’d will be unveiled at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show alongside two all-new Kia models. Prices are yet to be confirmed, but are likely to show an increase - meaning entry level versions will cost around £12,000.

Signs could tell drivers to take the train! The Government’s determination to promote a low carbon economy is expected to form part of the biggest overhaul of the country’s road signs in 40 years. Detailed proposals are currently being examined by ministers which are intended to persuade drivers that they could reach town and city centres quicker if they allowed the bus or train to take the strain.

the motorway and trunk road network.

Options include electric traffic signs with live information which would be updated according to the time of day, telling them how long it would take to drive into town and the estimate time to complete the same journey by train or on a bus with a dedicated lane.

The plans did not impress the AA. “It seems rather ironic that one of the prime reasons for the current DfT signing review is to reduce signing clutter, even to the point of perhaps reducing signs that you can receive a penalty for ignoring, yet we face the possibility of a whole new family of signs going up telling us we can use public transport,” a spokesman said.

Fixed signs directing motorists to the nearest station could also be installed on

Although such signs are commonplace in towns, special dispensation currently has to be obtained for them to installed because they are not to be found in the official manual. The proposals for the overhaul, contained in an “action plan” drawn up earlier in the summer would enable such signs to be approved for use anywhere.

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MINI has announced the arrival of the £10,950 MINI First, a budget car perfect for first time drivers and Scrappage Scheme buyers. The ‘First’ is powered by the same 75hp 1.4-litre engine from the MINI One and has a claimed 0-62mph time of 13.2 seconds and a top speed of 109mph. A multi-link rear axle and independent front and rear suspension systems work with a Dynamic Stability Control system to give the ‘go-kart’ handling that MINI’s are famous for. As well as being cheap to buy MINI has also tried to make the First cheap to run. Standard gear includes Start-Stop, Brake Energy Recovery and a Gear Shift Indicator to help reduced petrol costs. The First gives a claimed combined fuel consumption of 53.3mpg and 128g/km of CO2. The new budget MINI can be specced to a buyers preference with different packages ranging in price from £390 to £855 and include options from velour floor mats to Bluetooth with USB Audio. The MINI First is available to order now.

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This week was the penultimate match in the Summer League, and was held on the Embalse de Ojos. Another red hot day, although we were cooled slightly by a varying wind which came from all four corners of the compass. This is a hard place to fish as there are several “flyers” and for the rest it is a game of chance. There were 4 dry nets so that tells how bad it can be. In saying that if you have maggot you can go for bleak, but at about 30+ to the pound you need a lot of fish. Top honours as follows:

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Last week some of our members visited Embalse de Argos where one of our more experienced anglers was on hand to offer help and advice. The day was successful with all anglers catching a reasonable amount of Carp and Barbel. All who attended are looking forward to our next outing which 1st George ‘Victor Meldrew’ Fogg fishing the won’t be until September as it is getting so hot now. pole using paste with 13.080 kilo’s Anglers Together was formed to put anglers 2nd Ian ‘Irish Wizard’ Dazell fishing the pole and in touch with each other to share information on venues, tactics and most importantly feeder using corn with 12.200 kilo’s to find fishing partners. We have over 75 3rd Dave ‘Yours Truly’ Hoare fishing the pole members scattered across south Alicante region and in Murcia but you do not need to using pellet with 7.800 kilo’s live in Spain to join. Visiting members from Overall points standing with 1 match to the UK find it very useful to have fishing go: contacts in Spain who can pass on local 1st Paul Baxter 16 points knowledge and up to date fishing conditions. 2nd Clive Cleghorn 31 points We have regular fishing day trips both sea and freshwater and also do guided trips 3rd Dave Hoare 36 points around some of the more popular venues. CARPR’US All anglers are made welcome whether The 9th and penultimate match of the clubs experienced or not and help is available to Summer Series was fished at Benniares on those who need it. Anglers Together is not Thursday July 16th. The long drive proved a match-fishing club. to be worthwhile with everyone catching The joining fee is €10 for new members fish and if it wasn’t for the near gale force and €5 for renewing members. If you are winds the weights on the day would without interested in joining or finding out more a doubt have been much higher. about Anglers Together, then either come The water levels have dropped since the last visit and access to most areas is now along to one of the meetings or contact Alan below. Meetings are held on the first Friday possible. and Saturday of each month at 2 different The results on the day were, venues to accommodate our members’ 1st locations. Note: There are no meetings in Paul Baxter with 18.880 Kgs. Carp on the August. pole using paste and corn. Contact: 968 570 876 or anglerstogether@ 2nd gonuts4free.com Austin Veith with 16.540 Kgs. Carp on the Alan can obtain Fishing Licences for the pole using paste and corn. regions of Valencia and Murcia but this 3rd service is temporarily unavailable due to Bob Elms with 16.300 Kgs. Carp on the the various offices being closed for the Feeder and Waggler using corn and maggot. summer break. Service will resume in With only 1 round left the league is as September. Contact: Tel: 968 570 876 or follows. alanroscoe@gonuts4free.com for details of the requirements. 1st Paul Baxter 119 points 2nd

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EUROGOLF LADIES TEXAS SUNDAY 12TH JULY 2009

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Sunday 12th July Four teams of Ladies from Eurogolf Society travelled to Hacienda Del Alamo to take part in their Annual Ladies Texas Scramble. This year there were eleven teams taking part, including the winning team from last year of Paula Fearn, Margaret Perito, Lynnie Harris and Janet Tocker. After a very challenging l8 holes, on a very long and demanding course, the defending champions proved, yet once again, they were the best team on the day, many congratulations to Paula and her team….especially looking gorgeous in their pink shirts and flower power hats!!!! Also congratulations to Rachel on her nearest the pin prize. A wonderful day was had by all, and we hope that next year more teams from Eurogolf will feature in the prizes.

Many thanks to the staff at Hacienda del Alamo, especially to Elaine McBride and her team who made us all feel so welcome and provided excellent refreshments on the course (we especially liked the sparkling pink wine!) and a delicious lunch afterwards…all in all a very successful and enjoyable day out. More information on Eurogolf can be found on our website:www.eurogolf-quesada.co.uk

All Things Nautical MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE Part 1 A message in a bottle is a form of communication whereby a message is sealed in a container (traditionally a glass bottle, but could be any medium, as long as it floats and remains waterproof) & released into the sea or ocean. Such messages are not intended for a specific person, but to end up wherever the currents carry them. Because of their simplicity they are often associated with people stranded on a deserted island, attempting to be rescued. However, many people release such messages for pleasure, to see how far their message can travel & to make new friends. They are also used for scientific studies of ocean currents. The phrase “message in a bottle” has also come to refer to any message sent without an intended destination. Here are some interesting “message in a bottle” facts: The first recorded messages in bottles were released around 310 BC by the Ancient Greek philosopher Theophrastus, as part of an experiment to show that the Mediterranean Sea was formed by the inflowing Atlantic Ocean. On his journey back to Spain after discovering the New World, Christopher Columbus’s ship entered a severe storm. Columbus threw a report of his discovery along with a note asking it to be passed on to the Queen of

Spain, in a sealed cask into the sea, hoping the news would make it back even if he did not survive. In fact Columbus survived & the sealed report was never found. In the 16th century the English navy, among others, used bottle messages to send ashore information about enemy positions. Queen Elizabeth I even created an official position of “Uncorker of Ocean Bottles” & anyone else opening the bottles could face the death penalty. Bottles containing messages of distress are not uncommon. In 1714 a Japanese captain & his crew of 44 men were shipwrecked on a small island in the South Pacific Ocean. A message was scratched on a piece of wood, sealed inside a bottle & set adrift. It was found 150 years later on a Japanese beach. More recently, in May 2005 eighty-eight shipwrecked migrants were rescued off the coast of Costa Rica. They had placed an SOS message in a bottle & tied it to one of the long lines of a passing fishing boat. The windward beaches of the Turks & Caicos Islands east of Cuba are constantly receiving debris from the sea, including messages inside bottles. Nils and Grethe Seim live on Grand Turk Island & have a collection of bottle-borne messages that have arrived from faraway places such as New York (travel time 6 years), Canary islands (14 months), Bermuda (2 months), Lisbon (16 months) & Miami (2 weeks).

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KINGS CUP, NEW SIGNINGS AND MORE

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Sandwiched between the opening 2 league div 2a matches, Cartagena start their Copa del Rey (Spanish FA Cup) campaign with a home match against fellow div 2a side Elche, on Wednesday 2 September. Although not yet confirmed, it looks likely that Cartagena Ayuntamiento will take over from Relesa as next seasons main sponsor. One thing that is confirmed though, is that over 6,000 fans have snapped up season tickets, which is hugely encouraging considering the new season is still some 6 weeks away. With Cartagonova stadium having a capacity of 15,000, a good few sell outs must surely be on the cards. With pre-season training starting on 21 July, manager JIM has started to assemble a goodly looking squad. In the last week or so, he has signed on a further new 4 players, bringing the contingent up to 14 (6 new and 8 established), which is about par with last season - lucky omen maybe? JIM has certainly made it clear that he considers experience is the key for survival in div 2a. His biggest signing so far has to

be 35 yr old striker Victor Gutierrez from La Liga side Valladolid. Not only has Victor made 1 appearance for Spain (against Croatia), but he has the distinction of being the 13th highest goalscorer in the history of La Liga.

Hoping to provide Victor with assists that all Los Albinegros faithful know he is capable of, is old boy Lafuente. The diminutive wing man is rejoining his former boss JIM, to hopefully recapture the championship success they had when last together. Signed from div 2b side Granada, it is hoped that Lafuente can stay clear of injuries, which have unfortunately been the bane of his career. Another excellent addition to the team that JIM built, is 28 year old midfielder Tonino. Born in Guardamar, Tonino played div 3 football for his home town team, before moving on to Alcoyano, via an unhappy period at Torrevieja where he went unpaid for months on end. Finally, the most recent signing is 25 yr old defender Santi Santos. Signed from div 2b side Cultural Leonesa, it is felt that he is ready for elevation to the next division.

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Let the battle begin for Torry

There is a quiet excitement for the coming season which kicks off on Saturday 30th August when Torry start their league campaign away to newly promoted Torrellano, the managers recent

signings have instilled a certain amount of confidence within the whole camp at the Vicente Garcia, it will be a hard season with no promises but with a slightly increased budget the manager Soto has been able to find that extra class of players blended with youth & experience that they will be once again be fighting for the play-offs. A campaign of this magnitude also brings its financial problems, the club has to date been unable to find a sponsor for the club shirt, as have many others, so it has embarked on an enterprising idea that will also benefit those small businesses in and around the town as well as associations such as clubs weather it be Petanca, bowls, etc, in fact any association who have a chance of becoming the clubs main sponsor, it’s called the 200 club, the club needs to raise an estimated 50,000€ in this way so that it can secure the clubs finances for the season. The way it works is simplicity itself the you purchase a 200 club the cost of which is 200€, you will receive a season ticket and you will be entered into a draw, if successful your organization or business will be shown on the clubs shirts for the season, if you belong to an organisation then there is no reason why a number of members could each contribute to purchase a 200 club ticket, all participants will automatically appear on the clubs website throughout the season. The Torry Army is now actively helping by canvassing on behalf of the club to make this venture a success and is visiting pubs clubs, and small businesses to help to ensure that the club has the financial backing to take us forward into the new campaign without any

financial constraints. FC Torrevieja has been invited by Primera Club Almeria for a friendly at the La Manga club, kick-off is at 10,00am on Wednesday 29th July, coaches have been arranged by Pat Stewart and it will be the first opportunity to witness Torry’s new signings in action against first class opposition, to make a reservation please contact Pat on 628942088. The clubs fixtures have been released with the first match scheduled for Sunday 30th August away at Torrellano, which by Alicante Airport, the first home game is on the 6th September against old rivals Eldense, who themselves only missed out on the play-offs, full league fixtures will be published, they are already on the Torry Army website www. fctorrevieja.es in full. The season is only some five weeks away where it all starts again the agony, ecstasy, the frustrations and jubilations and of course the after match post mortems and a vast number of opinions by many, this has been a long close season after an exhausting 2008/09 campaign but one thing is for sure, it will be no easier this time round at least the clubs level playing field financially is slightly more compatible with other clubs who have had to tighten their belts which gives us a greater opportunity in our struggle to reach the play-offs, the club are still actively seeking two centre forwards before the season starts to as to complete the squad in full Don’t forget season ticket prices have reduced to take account of the economic climate so if you want to help the club please buy today from the Torry Army office in San Luis, if you live in the Orihuela Costa they can be purchased in that area by contacting Roy & Shirley Parish on 671 819 541. Andres Hermida Chairman of the Torry Army www.fctorrevieja.eu

Rossi Wins In Germany Valentino Rossi won a thrilling battle with Fiat Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo to win the German round of the FIM MotoGP World Championship at Sachsenring. The defending champion won by half a bike length over his young team-mate to extend his championship points lead to 14 as he made it 101 wins in grands prix. Rossi has been under pressure from his team-mate in recent races as the Spaniard looks to add to his value during contract negotiations. Lorenzo has been made an offer to stay with Yamaha but with Honda waiting to tempt him away his fine performances against Rossi will have seen his value go up. The race had been led in the early stages by both Rossi and Ducati Marlboro rider Casey Stoner but the closing stages were left to the two Yamaha team-mates to battle it out. Stoner even had to give up his hopes of finishing third as the Australian’s Ducati suffered tyre problems and Dani Pedrosa took the final podium spot for Repsol Honda. Rossi led from pole position on an eventful first lap which saw Randy de Puniet crash out of third position following a fine start. Stoner had worked his way past Pedrosa

before taking over the lead from Rossi on lap six as the four main riders in the championship pulled clear of the field. Stoner, who had been suffering recently with anaemia and gastritis, seemed a rider rejuvenated but it soon became clear he was holding up the Yamaha duo, allowing Pedrosa to keep in touch. Rossi and Lorenzo both got past the Australian and that left the team-mates with a third of the 30 laps remaining to battle it out. With five laps to go Lorenzo took over the lead into turn one but Rossi managed to return the compliment with two laps remaining. Lorenzo tried his best to claim a last lap pass but could not get close enough as Rossi held on to win Pedrosa crossed the finish line in third with Stoner a distant fourth.

Cink Defeats Watson For Open Joy

An amazing 32 years after his ‘Duel in the Sun’ with Jack Nicklaus on the course - and nine months after hip replacement surgery - Watson had earlier looked all set to win a recordequalling sixth title and become easily the oldest major winner in history. But, one ahead with one to play and in the middle of the fairway, he went through the green, putted eight feet past and missed the return. Then, after bogeying the first extra hole, Watson’s hopes effectively ended in the rough left of the 17th fairway, their third. The greatest story ever told A search was needed just to find his - certainly in golf, maybe in drive, two hacks were needed to get the the whole of sport - did not ball out and he then three-putted for a have the dream ending most double bogey seven to fall four behind. people wanted at Turnberry. Suddenly he looked his age and the After a four-hole play-off shaven-headed Cink was in no mood mess things up, no matter how it was American Ryder Cup to much he felt for his compatriot. player Stewart Cink who was The pattern continued with Watson handed the famous Claret bogeying the last and Cink, after Jug, his first major trophy, applauding him, making a three-foot and not 59-year-old Tom birdie putt to win by a massive six. Watson. His victory enabled him to finally

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bury the memory of the 2001 US Open when he missed an 18-inch putt that would have put him in a play-off with Retief Goosen and Mark Brooks. But there was a general air of anti-climax as he clinched the biggest win of his life. The 36-year-old is, at 6ft 4in, one of the tallest winners in Open history. But what thousands came hoping to see was the oldest ever winner. Watson’s final hole bogey not only dropped him into a tie with Cink on two under par - they were round in 72 and 69 respectively, with Cink holing a 14-foot birdie putt on the last - it also left England’s Lee Westwood and Chris Wood reflecting on what might have been. The two stablemates shared third place one behind - and both had bogeyed the last like Watson. Wood, at 21 trying to become the third youngest ever winner 12 months after finishing fifth as an amateur, also failed to get up and down from over the green, but having started six

behind and shooting 67 he could take pride in getting so close. Westwood, though, had led by two with nine to play, but bogeyed the 15th and 16th and after almost eagling the 17th his final tee shot with an iron ran into a bunker and from long range he three-putted. As for compatriot Ross Fisher, on the day he was waiting for news on whether he had become a father for the first time, he led by three after a dream start, but then had a nightmare eight on the fifth and fell away to 13th with a 75. Westwood shot 71. That eight will long live with Fisher. In thick rough down the right he decided to have a thrash, moved it only a few feet and with his next attempt slashed it over the fairway and had to take a penalty drop. His eight was a repeat of the score he took on the final hole last year. That time it dropped him from seventh to 39th and dealt a huge blow to his Ryder Cup hopes. Playing partner Westwood had

dropped a shot on the fifth himself, but his response was brilliant - an 18footer for a two at the 231-yard sixth and then an eagle putt of 15 feet on the long next. He was two ahead and that was how it was at the turn after Watson, coming back two bogeys in the first three with a two-putt birdie on the seventh, failed to get up and down from short right of the ninth green. Wood had drawn level with an eagle at the seventh and birdies on the eighth and 10th and then recovered from bogeys at the 13th and 14th with more birdies on 15 and 17. But as he went to prepare for a play-off he was told it would not be necessary once Cink had birdied the last. How Watson was left wishing he could have repeated his birdie on the 17th in regulation play. He might still not have won, but it would have brought the event alive again. He had run out of magic moments, but what a thrilling ride it was - and he will, of course, be at St Andrews next year for what will be his final Open. Unless he wins that one, of course.


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