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The Valencia health authorities said at the time that the patient was in the high risk sector, with an underlying health condition of obesity and hyperthyroidism.

The Health Ministry has given no further details of the patient’s name and condition, but it is known that a woman of that age has been in a serious condition in the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit since at least 20th July and was confirmed as having the virus.

This latest patient is the third to fall victim to the virus in the Valencia Region, after the death of a 53 year old man in Alzira on 27th July, and the fifth victim in Spain, a 45 year old man with renal problems, who died in Teulada, Alicante province, on 20th July.

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A 28 year old patient in Valencia became Spain’s ninth victim of the A(H1N1) virus when she died this Monday in the city’s Hospital 9 de Octubre.

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Police in Benidorm are trying to identify a badly burnt body found in the Serra Gelada this Sunday after firemen and police were called out to a blaze near the border with Alfaz del Pi. Reports said the man’s body was still burning when it was found beneath a pine tree at the

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Farmers are assessing the damage from storms which hit parts of Murcia this weekend, when hailstones the size golf balls fell on Caravaca de la Cruz on Saturday, seriously affecting crops in La Almudema and Singla. Singla also saw the lighting put up for the local fair destroyed by the hail. Another storm which hit Cieza on Sunday damaged crops and caused flooding in Cieza itself and on the A-30 motorway; neighbouring towns of Blanca and Abarán were also affected. Cars were damaged by falling trees in another sudden downpour in Valencia and Las Pedroñeras, Cuenca, suffered its worst storm for 60 years on Saturday afternoon. Water levels there were up to one and a half metres high in some parts of the town centre.

Tragic Accident On Family Boat A five year old girl died in a horrifying accident off Cabo Roig this Sunday, when she and her mother were hit by the family’s boat near the marina in Cabo Roig, Orihuela. It happened on Sunday morning when the mother and child were caught by the boat’s propeller. The 35 year old mother was seriously injured and is under treatment in the district hospital in Torrevieja.

It appears to have happened when the starboard engine was started up to solve a problem with the boat’s anchorage. Óscar Villar, from the Torrevieja Maritime Area, reported that the boat was anchored in an area clearly marked as an area prohibited to vessels and said he understood the person piloting the boat was the child’s grandfather.

Orihuela Motorway Project Annulled The Valencia High Court of Justice has given its decision on an appeal placed against the troubled project to build a motorway from Orihuela to the coast, ruling to annul the Generalitat’s approval of the project. The appeal was presented by a pressure group of local residents. The court said the regional government’s department of infrastructure took no account of the general interest in the route it chose for the new road, saying one of the other two alternatives presented would have been much more logical. The sentence also considers the procedure for the motorway’s environmental impact to be incomplete, given that the body which undertook the survey was not given the chance to evaluate the other two options. The court’s decision means the Generalitat must start again on the procedures necessary for approval of the project.

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British Expats Active In Local Spanish Politics The British lead the field in the number of foreign councillors who hold seats on local councils in Spain, according to data recently published by the Ministry for Regional Policy. The Ministry takes its information from the results of the 2007 local elections, when more than 68,000 councillors were elected to more than 8,000 Spanish Town Halls. Of those, 85 councillors were born in other European Union countries and, of those 85, more than 43% are British – the 37 Britons who hold seats on Spanish councils. The second largest sector is the seventeen councillors from Germany. As would be expected, the regions with the highest foreign population also have the highest number of foreign councillors on their local councils. Valencia is top with 30, where 19 local British residents were elected

to councils in the region just over two years ago. Five German nationals also hold seats at local Town Halls. Second in line is Andalucía, another region with a large foreign population. They have 18 foreign councillors. Of the two largest groups, eight are British, and five are German. Cataluña has eight foreign councillors, and splits the number up between two each for Britain, Italy and France, and one each from Germany and Belgium. It’s also one of only two Spanish regions to currently have a foreign Mayor – Ann Gyles, born in Amberes in Belgium, is the local Mayor in Alfés, a small village some 10 kms from Lleida. Claude George Edgar Doppia, originally from France, is Mayor of another small village, Rollán, in Salamanca.

Alicante Plans Ahead For Potential Flooding The Mayors of Alicante province are attending a course this week on flood prevention, with fears this autumn of the phenomenon known as ‘gota fría’ – the dangerous sudden autumn cloudbursts which can follow a period of particularly hot weather.

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Quoting figures from the councillor’s department, 69 municipalities in Alicante province are at high risk of flood. The devastating floods which hit the north of the province in the autumn of 2007 killed two people and caused thousands of euros of damage to property, rural roads and bridges.

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UK Assesses Future Food Security While the current situation in the UK is good, ministers warn that factors such as climate change and population growth could have an adverse effect. Producers, supermarkets and consumers are being encouraged to submit their ideas on how a secure food system in the UK should look in 2030. As well as launching the consultation process, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has published a scorecard-style assessment of the current state of the UK’s food supply. “It is to stimulate a debate within the UK on what a food policy should be, and how do we define and look at food security more broadly,” said Defra’s chief scientific adviser Professor Robert Watson. “Food is absolutely essential, and over the past few years we did see a food price increase - not only in the UK, but across the globe,” he commented. “We think it is time to have a debate with consumers, farmers, the private sector... on what the food policy should be for the UK.

We are clearly food secure in the UK today,” he observed. “We produce about 60-65% of our own food [and] import about 20% from Europe. “So the [test] for us will be, as the Earth’s climate changes, what will be the challenges not only in the UK but throughout the world?”

The consultancy is the latest group to indicate its predictions for the housing market. It is more gloomy for homeowners than others, who have suggested prices might end 2009 higher than they started it. The CEBR said the value of the average UK home would continue to rise in the following two years, increasing by 3.6% in 2011. The shortage of homes built during the recession would cause supply to be tight and so support an upturn in average prices, the report said. “The key question now is the extent to which rising unemployment and weak wage growth

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Economists Predict Home Price Dip House prices will fall by a further 3% this year before recovering slightly in 2010, a group of economists has said. The Centre for Economics and Business Research has forecast that after more falls in value this year, UK average prices would go up by 2% in 2010.

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The Conservatives have promised huge cost savings for the NHS by scrapping government plans for a central database of patient records. Proposals include electronic medical notes being stored locally by GPs and hospitals and patients having online access to their medical records. IT firms such as Google or Microsoft could host the information. But the government said the Conservatives’ plans raised concerns about patient confidentiality.

Every patient would have a username and password and could update their records with information like blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Shadow health minister Stephen O’Brien insisted these separate systems would be “interoperable”, allowing information to be accessed in different locations. He said: “You want to have your data held locally and that should be with the person you trust most in the health service, which will be your GP.”

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Pension Age ‘Could Rise Further’ The state pension retirement age could be increased further, the UK’s pension’s regulator has commented. David Norgrove said rising life expectancy meant millions of people would “undoubtedly” have to wait longer in future to draw a state pension. People will not save as much for retirement as in the past, with many people “frightened” to do so, he said. The state pension age is due to rise to 68, and Pensions Minister Angela Eagle said there were no plans to raise that. Currently, the state pension age is 60 for women and 65 for men, but four years ago Lord Turner published a report calling for it to rise to 68 for everyone by 2044. But Mr Norgrove said he thought it would end up higher. Mr Norgrove said: “People are going to have to work longer, partly because we’re not going, as a nation, to save as much for retirement as we did in the past.” He added: “The government’s recent legislation is increasing the state retirement age progressively to 68. I think it will end up higher than that.” He said the ability of the current working generation to pay for the retirement of its predecessor would be “a real issue for the next 30 years”, not least because of a lack of knowledge among the public about how to save. “The evidence is that people generally are frightened of saving for pensions,” he said. “They think that pensions are very complicated. Actually, pensions in many ways are quite simple. Once you’ve made the

initial decision you can let it run.” With life expectancy rising each year, many people argue that the government simply cannot afford to maintain state benefits at their current levels. Any potential shortfall has come sharply into focus following the massive increase in government debt amid the financial crisis, during which it has spent billions of pounds trying to boost the UK economy.

Work in the British Medical Journal shows Tamiflu and Relenza rarely prevent complications in children who have normal seasonal flu. Although it is hard to generalise this to the current swine flu pandemic, they say these drugs are unlikely to help children who catch the H1N1 virus. Side effects and the risk of resistance developing may negate their use. There were an estimated 30,000 new cases of swine flu in England in the last week, a drop compared with the 110,000 cases the week before. A decreased incidence has also been seen in Scotland and Wales in the past week. The total of swine flu-related deaths in England and Scotland stands at 40. Antivirals are the mainstay of treatment at the moment until a vaccine becomes available, which is expected in September. The drugs are designed to ensure that symptoms are mild and reduce the chance of an infected person giving the illness to someone else.

She told the BBC: “We believe that we’ve covered the predictions of increased life expectancy adequately in the legislation and unless these statistics change we’ll have periodic reviews, but it won’t happen for another generation.

Figures show continuing rises in cases in the southern hemisphere in the past seven days. Argentina has particularly seen a large increase and deaths now stand at 337. And there has been a rise in cases of 25% in Australia.

“I think it’s important that people can predict accurately when the retirement age is if we’re trying to persuade them to save into pensions, and that’s what we’re trying to do. So there is certainty there.”

Although it has not yet been clarified who would be first in line for a vaccine, it is likely to be those who are most vulnerable, such as pregnant women and young children.

Patrick South from the charity Age Concern and Help the Aged welcomed the government’s response, arguing there were better ways to enable older people to continue working. “Any increase in the state pension age would affect the poorest people disproportionately,” Mr South said. “Far better to focus on the barriers that currently prevent people working past 65, and chief among those is the default retirement age which enables employers to compulsorily retire people when they reach the age of sixty five.”

The UK has moved beyond the stage of containing swine flu into the “treatment phase”, which means that Tamiflu is only

While the latest study shows that antivirals can shorten the duration of flu in children by up to a day and a half, it also shows that they have little or no effect on asthma flare-ups, ear infections or the likelihood of children needing antibiotics.

The University of Oxford team, led by Dr Matthew Thompson, carried out a review of four

trials on the treatment of seasonal flu in 1,766 children and three trials involving the use of antiviral to limit the spread of seasonal flu in 863 children. Dr Thompson said: “Our research is finding for most children these antiviral drugs are probably not going to have much of an effect.”

The woman, who stayed at the Pontin’s camp in July, is seriously ill in a hospital in Birmingham. Pontin’s, which has six holiday camps across England and Wales, said it was co-operating with the investigation into the “isolated incident”. The Health Protection Agency (HPA) is investigating the source of the bug. A spokeswoman for Pontin’s said staff had taken immediate action as soon as they were notified of the woman’s illness. “We were very sorry to learn that a guest who was on holiday with us in July at Blackpool

Some experts have raised concerns about the lack of safety data on flu vaccines in these groups. In particular a very rare neurological condition called Guillame Barre syndrome, which affected 500 people during a US vaccine programme against swine flu in 1976. Dr Kieny said much was known about flu vaccines in these groups from seasonal vaccines given every winter and added that regulatory agencies would be monitoring for any signs of adverse reaction. “The quality controls on today’s vaccine are much better than they were 30 years ago,” she added.

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A women in Australia has told police that she knows who the woman being sought by private investigators searching for Madeleine McCann is. Australia’s federal police will examine the woman’s statement. On Thursday, detectives hired by Madeleine’s parents said they wanted to trace a “Victoria Beckham lookalike” with an Australian accent. Madeleine, of Rothley, Leicestershire, was three when she went missing from a holiday flat in Portugal on 3 May 2007. The woman is being sought because of something she said to a British man who met her in Barcelona 72 hours after Madeleine went missing. A statement issued by New South Wales police said that a woman from Sydney had made a formal statement. It went on: “She claims to know the identity of the woman being sought by the private investigators attached to the McCann family.”

Legionnaires’ Probe At Pontin’s A holiday camp in Blackpool is being investigated by health officials after a former guest was diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease.

Several manufacturers have produced initial batches of a H1N1 vaccine and some clinical trials are already underway. WHO director of vaccine research Dr Marie-Paule Kieny also sought to calm fears about safety of new vaccines. She said the vaccines were based on “old and proven technology”.

being offered to people who have swine flu and not usually to their contacts.

The antiviral Tamiflu is also linked to an increased risk of vomiting. The study also reveals the effectiveness of using antivirals to contain the spread of flu. They found that 13 people need to be treated to prevent one additional case, meaning antivirals reduce transmission by 8%.

The first swine flu vaccines are likely to be licensed for use in the general population in September, the World Health Organisation has announced.

However, Ms Eagle said there was “no point” raising the state retirement age beyond 68.

Flu Drugs ‘Unhelpful’ In Children The antiviral drugs being used to treat swine flu do not appear to work well in children, say UK researchers.

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MABS, The Cancer Support Group, Cudeca the Cancer Care hospice in Malaga and Talk Radio Europe are to hold a “Party for Cancer Care” on August 29th 2009 to raise awareness of the two charities and to raise money to help further our work. The party will stretch from Madrid, Valencia and right along the coast to Gibraltar. The concept is very simple: we are asking people to take advantage of the summer evenings and have a BBQ, Paella Competition Party, Tapas Party, Pool Party or even an American Supper party - any form of party or event - and to use the event to raise money for MABS. Raise money by any means you wish, a €5 entrance fee, €10 for a monster sizzling kebab, a raffle, an auction; worst burnt-sausage fine, it doesn’t matter how little or how much. And if you are not too busy to organise something, then tune in to Talk Radio Europe on the night (the frequencies are on the web and listen to the presenter talking to event organisers up and down the country. They will be phoning in to parties to find out how people are raising funds and enjoying themselves.

ADAPT Update

Last week several members of ADAP T volunteered to man the ´INFOBUS´ in Lo Paga n to spread the word ab out working as voluntee rs in the Murcia region. Despite the hot sun an d the ¨holiday mode´ - or maybe because of it - passers by were ent iced onto the air- condition ed bus where they lea rned how to become a volunt eer for social, cultural and educational programm es throughout Murcia. ADAPT handed out lea flets and free gifts; mo st popular with the childre n were the beach balls which were printed with the INFOBUS Initiative´s slo gan “Te lo pide el Corazon” - follow your heart… The photo shows Bo b and Marie Barnes with beach balls and leaflet s! Join ADAPT at the nex t meeting at The Casin o, San Pedro at 10am on September 5th. Call Lorna on 968 33 4 137 or Enid on 966 746 662

U3A TORREVIEJA GO FOR A HAT TRICK Following two very successful coffee mornings in June and July, when says U3A Deputy Chairman Bob Hill “a significant number of new members joined U3A, we are going for the hat trick with our third social open morning on Thursday 27th August. Members, newcomers and guests are all welcome”. From 10.30am as with the previous two events, we will be at Los Arcos bar/ restaurant in Torrevieja on the last Thursday of the month. There will be a book stall, bric-a-brac stall, raffle and delicious homemade cakes to treat yourself to, along with coffee and teas etc all at very reasonable prices served by members of the U3A. Committee members will also be in attendance to answer any questions you may have regarding U3A, and you can

discover more about the many interest and activity groups that are on offer. U3A stands for University of the Third Age. No qualifications are required to become a member and none can be gained. Instead, U3A members share their knowledge, experiences, or perhaps a passion about a hobby, all in a very friendly environment. Chairman David Evans sums it up when he says “All members are prepared to learn something from each other. Come and give

The HELP Association Vega Baja helps people of all ages with all sorts of problems, ranging from lost passports to sudden deaths. We operate a 24hr emergency help line so if you need help suddenly telephone 965704282 and listen to the recorded message to obtain the telephone number of the Voluntee r on duty. We aim to assist in practical way s particularly at times of crisis and when police or medical services are involved. Orthopaedic equipment, wheelchairs, crutches etc .can be hired at our San Miguel Office. We have a Diabetic Support Group, Friendship Centre, Hospital Visit ing Teams and also hold a monthly lunch. Our offices are located in Torrevieja at Rambla Juan Mat eo Garcia 4, Tel: 965 704 282 and in San Miguel de Salinas at Call e Lope de Vega, Tel: 966 723 733. Information and advice can be obtained between 10.00 and 13.3 0 Monday to Friday. We are self-funding through Membership and Charity Sales, so appreciate all donations as well as items to sell or use as prizes. Why not consider mentioning us in your will? New members and voluntee rs are always welcome. Telephone 966 723 733 for further information and forthcoming events.

Carers are defined as people who are looking after, or providing some regular service for, a sick, disabled or elderly person living in their own or another household. This group of adults are statistically shown to suffer increased physical and mental health problems; a survey undertaken for the department of health 2000 showed that 70% of carers had consulted their GP due to physical health problems and a staggering 80% for mental health. These people need our help! My company has started a forum dedicated to these people, so that they can exchange ideas, concerns, and have general conversations with one another, because they are the only ones that really understand! The forum has only been online for two weeks, so any assistance for this cause will be appreciated. Kindest regards Claire Cerro Atyeo RGN


SEVI LL A NAS CLUB HAS MA NY NE W PL A NS Raquel Peña, founder of The Sevi

llanas Club Social Group and artistic director of the Sevillanas Club Flamenco Dancers is very excited with all the new plan s for the coming season. The very popu lar monthly get-togethers of the Sevillanas Club Social Group will start again on Septemb er 27th, as always the last Sunday of ever y month in The Hole in One Pub at the Orih uela Costa Resort, La Zenia. This season people will be given the option to become members at 10€ a year and have many special discount s such as only paying 6€ for the social club instead of 8€ for non-members; this inclu des miniflamenco shows, lecture/dem onstrations with audience participation, Sevi llanas and Rumba dancing and includes one glass of

it a try” The next U3A meeting will be on Thursday 24th September, 10.30am at Los Arcos, when the guest speaker will be TV and radio presenter, Simon Baldock. For further details check out the website

A big “TH A NK YOU”

...again this year to Nigel Hop kins and his son Mat thew for organis ing and running the West End Worksh op. Around seventy people attended again from all over the Cos ta and several of Nigel’s English choir flew over to take par t as well. It was hard work but thoroughly enjoyable, especially on Sunday evening when we heard the applaus e

I am writing to request your assistance, through my work and company (Prestige nursing and social care services) I have become increasingly aware that there is little, if not any assistance or social network for carers here in Spain.

from the large audience who packed into the room at the hotel in la Mata to hear us. Many thanks, Margot Gay. PIC: Nigel conduc ting the con cert wine, beer or soft drinks and snac ks served throughout the evening, plus throughout the year many other events and special occasions will be available to mem bers. Starting time is 8pm and as thes e social

gatherings have proven very popu lar, we ask for you to please make a reservat ion with the number of people in your grou p.

The Sevillanas Club Flamenco Dancers have been rehearsing all sum mer, with only a short break in June. The y will be featured in many performances throughout the area in the coming months, including August 22nd in the Fiestas in Cam poverde 10:30pm, sponsored by the Neig hbourhood Association of Campoverde and The Pilar de la Horadada Townhall, and on Augu st 29th at 7pm at the old Asturias Rest aurant for the Party in the Park festivities. The Sevillanas Club Flamenco Dancers have voted to became a non-profi t Cultural Association and have put the wheels in motion to see this through. We are all very excited with this big step forward. Anyone who would like to join the new Sevillanas dance classes scheduled to start in September and eventually become part of the Sevillanas Club Flamenco Dancers or just have fun exercising through flamenco dance while intergrating in this wonderful Spanish art form. For information about classes or to book the Sevillanas Club Flamenco Dancers as well as reservations for Septemb er 27th please contact Raquel on 630 689 431.



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Weightwatchers Update No club can run successfully without those willing helpers in the background who do so much of the hard work and the Weight Watchers clubs in Huercal Overa and Albox are no exception; the Albox team consists of Jan Pembridge, Eve Hammond, Rachel Green, Liza Hood and Cecilia Robson and the Huercal Overa girls are Carolyn Lawton and Gill Dawkins.

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“We arrived in Spain in July 2006 and amid all the excitement of being “permanently on holiday”, overseeing the completion of our new home and making lots of new friends on our development, by Christmas I discovered that I had piled on about a stone and a half onto my already rather generous body. Something HAD to be done, so in January 2007 I enrolled at Weight Watchers, Albox branch. I was given a very warm welcome by Sue our Leader and I even made two new friends at my first meeting. With Sue’s help I got started on the diet and by Easter 2007 I had lost almost one and a half stones. However, disaster struck with the arrival in quick succession of family and friends from the UK. It was lovely playing hostess and showing off our lovely new lifestyle, but too many celebrations and a lack of will power soon meant that by July 2007 I was almost back to where I started. I felt such a failure (again).

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Resolving past issues, is not, however the only reason to undertake regression. Many people wish to be regressed because they believe that they have lived before and want to test the theory, or are simply inquisitive. Perhaps you are interested in history and want to see what happened to you in a previous age. It should be said however, that there is no way of proving whether you have lived before, or, indeed whether you wish to look for the opposite, who will you be, in your next lifetime, as it is also possible to be progressed to a future life. You may choose an alternative explanation for the phenomenon. All beliefs are, after all personal!

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Will This Be The Costa’s Survival Option? With property rental registrations up by 30% year-on-year and enquiries up by 30% property rentals are changing the face of tourism. The mobility and cost effective advantages of ‘letting tourism’ could give the tourist industry a much needed booster shot. Changes in legislation giving better protection to property letting owners, and a more competitive rental market, are accelerating the trend away from purchase to rent. It is a change that could regenerate Costa tourism, bringing it quickly back to prerecession levels. The radical shift is boosted further by tighter lending restrictions for property buyers. Michael McLaughlin for www. property rentals says he predicted the change in tourist tastes in 2007. This was a turning point when, for the first time, more tourists rented than bought traditional package holiday deals. For many buyers property purchase will continue to be an investment offering good returns. However, those who once bought a holiday home are discovering that renting can be a cost effective hassle-free alternative. You get a lifetime of holidays with much change left over for the price of a 2-bed apartment. A LIFETIME OF HOLIDAYS The benefits work both ways: The recession means more owners are placing their homes on the rental market to make ends meet. Southern Comfit’s boss says they are now generating more revenue through rentals than by sales. It is also an interim solution for those finding it difficult to sell their holiday homes. Returns have been exaggerated by less responsible letting portals, which can lead to disappointment. If income seems too good to be true then beware. Rents are now very competitive. A nicely located two-bed apartment on the Costa Blanca will typically rent long term at about 100€ a week: A 4-bed villa for up to double that. Add fifty per cent for the short term arrangements preferred by holidaying tenants, which helps compensate for the periods when the property is vacant. Sometimes returns are confused with profits, which is being economical with the truth. The mortgage may still be active and the owner is still responsible for local charges and utilities. A two-bed apartment should, after costs, provide a weekly profit of about 200€.

RENTING AS A BUSINESS Many long term tenants are expected to take responsibility for the electricity and water bills; in Spain, these costs are considerably cheaper than they are in the UK. Pasting a pictured description of one’s property on the company’s notice boards, or putting the word around one’s family and circle of friends, is not necessarily a good idea. Such tenants are notorious for emotional blackmail in negotiating the rent and can be cavalier as to their responsibilities. There will be the added frustration of cancelled bookings, arguments over seasonal rates, rows over their invited friends, and weeks when the property is empty. OWNER – TENANT PARTNERSHIP Some are willing to take these risks for cashin-hand deals but this is self-delusion. By declaring your rental income you forfeit a little but you enjoy the peace of mind of knowing you are legitimate. Furthermore, if you are unfortunate enough to get a difficult tenant they will take advantage of your questionable arrangement. It is no use taking a tenant to court for breaking the rules if you yourself are disregarding them. For the same reason taking out insurance is prudent; it can also be a cost effective tax-reducing investment. For these reasons holiday letting property portals have mushroomed to meet demand from both owners and tenants. As with all else in life there is a good and bad mix. If registration is free or very low there has to be a catch which will likely mean little advertising being done. What use is an entry that too few see? Another trick to net the unwary is to exaggerate returns. If the portal you decide on is heavily investing their clients’ registration fees in site promotion, and keeping hold of their clients year after year, the modest fee when set against returns is perhaps the best investment the owner will ever make.

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To start riding, you will need comfortable trousers and sturdy boots – preferably not jeans and trainers. For the first few lessons you need nothing more – apart from a hat. It does not matter if you are only trying riding out and do not know whether you will continue with it – you must have a hat. A riding hat can be, quite literally, a lifesaver. You riding school will probably be able to lend you a hat but you can never be sure what has happened to it in the past, so it is better to buy your own. Once you know that you enjoy riding and are confident that you will continue to do it, you should invest in some other important items of clothing.

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competition with the total prize money amounting to millions of euros. The 2009 edition of the Sanlucar de Barrameda horse races will take place on the 17th, 18th and 19th of August – racing usually starts around 6pm

However, even before this organisation held its first ‘official races’, the event had been staged informally for years, by locals, who raced the horses used for transporting fish from local ports.

The Sanlúcar beaches are also magnificent and stretch several kilometres to the south-west, while the former port and fishing quarter, the Bajo de Guía is unsurprisingly where some of the best seafood restaurants can be found.

Some time after its beginnings, the Sociedad handed this evermore prestigious event over to the Ayuntamiento for management; it was then included in the town’s summer programme of ‘municipally sponsored‘ events and has become known as one of the most important “fiestas” in the region!

The horse racing takes place along a 2,000 stretch of beach at the mouth of the Río Guadalquivir. A thrilling spectacle, where real racehorses thunder across the sand watched by a large noisy crowd of spectators. There is nothing amateur about this event; expect to see spectator stands, bookmakers, paddocks and, of course, the winners enclosure. Now an international event with horses from other European countries taking part - and many famous names amongst the spectators - this is a serious

In 1981, the Sociedad de Carreras de Caballos de Sanlucar reformed and took back the reigns of the annual races, and the Sanlucar Horse Races are now part of a national series of equine events that take place in Madrid, San Sebastian and Seville. Should you with to experience the Sanlucar races live, get to the beach as early as possible to stake out a good place for an exciting event held at a unique venue!


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The number of new Spanish property mortgages approved in May rose by 15% to 57,614 compared to the previous month, indicating that demand for property in Spain is rising, according to Spain’s National Institute of Statistics. However, on an annual basis the volume of mortgages issued in May fell 23%, compared to the corresponding month last year. The average mortgage value in May fell 14% to €121,120 (£102,560) year-on-year, but rose 5% month-on-month potentially reflecting the fact that cheaper properties in Spain are now available, in light of the fact that residential prices have plummeted in Spain over the past couple of years. Overall new mortgage lending was €7bn, down 33% year-on-year, but 20% higher than April. The average interest rate agreed for new

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Market Commentary 05th August 2009

Mostly sideways trading yesterday as sterling and the euro failed to advance further against the USD. We did see a test of the key 1.70 level but if you blinked you may have missed it. US equity markets also struggled to find a direction swinging between gains and losses with the Dow Jones finally ending slightly up. A pause is probably sensible now as news may materialize that the optimism is not warranted and the overheated markets will quickly retreat. We have a three-pronged event risk this week as we have the monthly BoE and ECB meetings on Thursday and also the payrolls report on Friday from the US. It seems the market will await further direction from these event risks. News out already in the UK confirmed that UK Nationwide consumer confidence rose to 60 in July- up 1 point from June- not earth shattering but good news nonetheless. The UK Halifax house price index rose +1.1% month on month again above median forecasts of +0.6%. Lloyds banking group announced that they lost £4.0 billion in the first half of 2009 attributing most of the losses to HBOS assets- the number again was better than forecast for a £5.1 billion loss. UK July services PMI has come in at 53.2, up sharply from 51.6 in June, some way better than median forecast of 51.8. So good news flowing from the UK economy this morning

but the markets are yet to sustain a move above 1.70 on the USD or 1.18 on the euro. The volatility continues as the global markets continued to grapple between the appetite for risk and the harbours of safety. The IMF (International Monetary Fund) during last week stated that ECB interest rates should be cut further and soon; on the other hand the Bank Of England could be looking to raise rates early next year- if this plays out sterling should gain against the euro beyond 1.20. If we see continued gains in the equity markets coupled with pressure on the ECB to cut rates then we could finally see a move above 1.20. The IMF also noted that the euro is overvalued against the US dollar which could add pressure to the euro going forward. A test of the 1.20 level has long been on the cards and now looks more optimistic in the near term. The first challenge is to breach the yearly high of 1.1904 to target the crucial 1.20 level. The contents of this report are for information purposes only. It is not intended as a recommendation to trade or a solicitation for funds. Currencies Direct cannot be held responsible for any loss or damages arising from any action taken following consideration of this information. Information provided by Currencies Direct, leading providers of foreign exchange. Call to find out how we can help you get the best rates and save your transfer fees. Contact the Mojácar office on 950 478 914 or 0871 218 5001 from the UK or email

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PAWS A WHILE PET HOTEL • A home from home friendly atmosphere. • A full menu to suit all requirements. • Pet suites. • 24/7 Veterinary care. • Pets play area • Very secure surroundings with ample space & shade. • Yours or your pets portrait available.

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How long does a heat cycle

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last in a cat?

Non-spayed female cats will go into “heat” or Oestrus seasonally during spring and autumn, and may go into heat several times during the seas on. An intact (not spayed) female cat of reproductive age is called a que en.

There are five stages to the felin e estrus cycle: 1) P  roestrus: Not many signs are seen in the cat for this stage. The fem ale is attractive to the male, but unwilling to mate. Length: 1-2 days. 2) E  strus: This is when the female cat is receptive to the male. Exte rnal signs such as a swollen vulva or bloody discharge are not obvious in the cat as they are in the dog. The main signs seen are behavioural - loud vocalising, rolling on the floor, elevating the hindqua rters and possibly a decrease in appetite. Many people have confused the signs of the feline oestrus phase as signs of being in pain. Length: 3-14 days (average of one week). If the fem ale is not mated, she may go back into hea t within several days. 3) I nterestrus: The period between oestrus cycles if the female isn’t bred . Length: 2-3 weeks. 4) M  etestrus (or Diestrus): period afte r oestrus or mating. Length: 30-4 0 days. If pregnant, pregnancy lasts on aver age 60-64 days in the cat. 5) A  nestrus: period of inactivity (sex ual and hormonal) between oest rus phases. Length: 2-3 months.

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us: 1. T  he first oestrus cycle usually occu rs by age 6-12 months; for som e cats as early as four months of age, for othe rs not until age 12 months or so. 2. C  ats are considered to be seasona l breeders; most often showing signs of mating behaviour in the spring and autumn. 3. C  ats are induced ovulators, mea ning that they only ovulate (rele ase an egg from the ovary) if mated. 4. I f not mated (no ovulation), the oestrus phase of the cycle will retu rn in 1 - 3 weeks. 5. M  ultiple matings produce more ovulations; more than one male can be the sire of a litter. 6. C  ats can get pregnant during thei r first heat cycle, but this is not advisable as a 6-month old cat is not yet fully grown/mature, and complication s for the mother and the kittens are more likely. As in dogs, cats that will be pets, it is recommended to spay them before the first heat, eliminating the risk of acciden tal pregnancy and reproductive dise ases later on in life. Cats may be spayed whil e in heat (or pregnant), but ther e is additional risk due to the engorged vessels and tissue of the reproductive trac t - a higher chance of bleeding during surgery or other complications. The cost of surgery while in heat or pregnant is often higher as well. Hayes Article provided by Jenny Louise .net clinicavetpuertomazarron@telefonica

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DID YOU KNOw... Cats, unlike dogs, do not learn tricks to win your appr oval. Cats can be taught to perform tasks such as retrievin g toys and jumping through hoops - but it may take patie nce and perseverance…and qu ite a few yummy treats for your feline.

Cats can see colour. St udies have shown that cats can di stinguish between red and gree n; red and blue; red and grey; gree n and blue; green and grey; blue and grey; yellow and blue and yellow and grey. All kittens are born w ith blue eyes.


If you wish to see the animals below or others that we have please call 667 623 254 or 664 502 456 or email

MARTY - been with us for over a year. He is 18 months old and weighs 10 kg. He would be good family pet.


If you are interested in either of these dogs or would like to see the other dogs that need homing please call 663 762 642

JODIE - is a young , beige, curly-coated, medium-sized dog who will make a beautiful pet.


Please call 678 490 208 or 678 490 235 or visit if you can offer any of the animals at PAWS shelter a foster or permanent home.

CHANEL - Mixed breed adult dog


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Multi choice menu of the day including a glass of wine or beer Lunchtime: 10€ per person NEW Larger Evening Menu: 3 courses 12€ per person STEAK SPECIAL EVERY EVENING

2 Sirloin Steaks plus bottle of house wine 25€ A la carte menu always available


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For Reservations please call 950 478 186 or 667 701 424

Saturday 15th August

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From the Urgencias, Albox go straight over the crossroads towards La Hortichuela, take sharp bend to right & follow road for 20 yards where you will find Sopranos..

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market day special Every Tuesday & Wednesday from 12pm - 4pm (Starts 28th July) Chicken on the bone Curry with boiled rice & salad ONLY 4.99€ or per Vegetable Curry with person boiled rice & salad SYEDPUR SIZED PORTIONS!

Nothing beats the wonderful sweet taste of ch a fresh pineapple! With su e s th wonderful scent too, it’ ! nt die re ing perfect summer

Roasted Spiced Pineapple Ingredients: 25g/1oz butter Preheat the oven to 220C/425F/Gas 7.

Melt the butter, sugar and lemon juice together in an ovenproof frying pan over a medium heat. Add the pineapple chunks, stirring well to coat. Add the cinnamon and ginger, and place into the oven for 5-10 minutes until the pineapple has softened and browned. To serve, place the pineapple in a bowl and add a dollop of cream.

2 tbsp caster sugar ½ lemon juice  medium pineapple, peeled, ½ cored and quartered pinch of cinnamon ¼ tsp powdered ginger whipped cream, to serve

Ingredients: Gammon With Pineapple Salsa 4 slices gammon 6 rings pineapple, fresh or tinned with natural juice, chopped 2 limes 1 red chilli, de-seeded and chopped 5g/¼oz mint, roughly chopped 2 tbsp olive oil

Grill or fry the gammon in a little oil and butter. Prepare the salsa by mixing together the remaining ingredients and stirring well. Serve the gammon with chips, potato wedges or vegetables and a generous spoonful of salsa on the side. Season with salt and pepper.

salt and crushed black pepper

Stir-fried Tuna With Pineapple For the stir-fry

Ingredients: For the stir fry 1 tbsp vegetable oil 1 red pepper

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Heat a wok and heat the oil until it smokes slightly.

50g/1¾oz pineapple, cut into chunks

Add the red pepper, pineapple, spring onion and garlic. Cook for two minutes.

½ bunch spring onions, chopped


Add the ginger and tomato sauce and cooked white rice. Cook for a further 3-4 minutes.

2 tbsp tomato sauce




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Place the tuna on a hot griddle pan. Cook for two minutes on one side and then turn over and cook for another two minutes. Serve the tuna with the stir fry and sprinkle the chopped herbs on top.

15g/½oz fresh ginger, sliced 1 garlic clove, chopped 150g/5½oz of cooked white rice

For the tuna 125g/4½oz of fresh tuna 1 tbsp parsley, chopped 1 tbsp coriander, chopped

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Bring Out The Beetroot! Drinking beetroot juice boosts stamina and could help people exercise for up to 16% longer, a UK study suggests... A University of Exeter team found nitrate contained in the vegetable leads to a reduction in oxygen uptake - making exercise less tiring. The study suggests the effect is greater than that which can be achieved by regular training. The researchers believe their findings could help people with cardiovascular, respiratory or metabolic diseases - and endurance athletes. The study focused on eight men aged 19-38, who were given 500ml per day of organic beetroot juice for six consecutive days before completing a series of tests, involving cycling on an exercise bike. On another occasion, they were given a placebo of blackcurrant cordial for six consecutive days before completing the same cycling tests. After drinking beetroot juice the group was able to cycle for an average of 11.25 minutes - 92 seconds longer than when they were given the placebo. This would translate into an approximate 2% reduction in the time taken to cover a set distance. The group that had consumed the beetroot juice also had lower resting blood pressure. Researchers are not yet sure of the exact mechanism that causes the nitrate in the beetroot juice to boost stamina. However, they suspect it could be a

result of the nitrate turning into nitric oxide in the body, reducing how much oxygen is burned up by exercise. Study researcher Professor Andy Jones - an adviser to top UK athlete Paula Radcliffe - said: “We were amazed by the effects of beetroot juice on oxygen uptake because these effects cannot be achieved by any other known means, including training. I am sure professional and amateur athletes will be interested in the results of this research. “ “I am also keen to explore the relevance of the findings to those people who suffer from poor fitness and may be able to use dietary supplements to help them go about their daily lives.” Professor John Brewer, an expert on sports science at the University of Bedfordshire, said: “These findings are potentially exciting for many people involved in sport and exercise, but will almost certainly require further more extensive studies before the exact benefits and mechanisms are understood. “We must also remember that exercise and training and a sensible diet will always remain as the essential ingredients for a balanced and healthy lifestyle.”

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SPANISH MOTHER’S DAY SPECIAL 15th August We are offering a 5 course meal, with HOUSE COCKTAIL, & an unforgetable present for every MUM, for 25€ per person, including a bottle of house wine per couple. ONLY BY RESERVATION!

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Julie on 646

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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! Outdoor 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.

The Sunburnt Arms The all round entertainment bar! saturday 15th August Live Entertainment with Ed Stacey Saturday 22nd August Party Night

SUNDAY LUNCHES still only 5€ Serving Beef, Chicken or Lamb Shank (3.50€ extra) all served with 5 veg & all the extras. PLUS: NEW SUMMER SUNDAY MEALS Ploughmans Lunch, Prawn Salad with Marie Rose Sauce, Beef Salad with Mustard Mayo, Cheese Salad, Chicken Salad with Mango Mayo - ALL 5€

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Have a very happy birthday, 21st August! We love you lots! Lots of Love Mummy, Daddy, Nanna and Grandad Kendall xxxxxx

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in for the Rhythmic Gym girls of J & F Gimnastica, who are part of The Julie Bruce Dance & Drama Academy from everyone at the Academy.

When are you coming to visit????? Lots of love from Katy & Hobbers xxx

Win Brennan 21 Again!

Happy Birthday to the Best Mom in the World Lots of love Chrissie, Rob, Pauline, Cathy, Steve, Michael, Joanna, Ant, Jacki & Simon


Nice to have you back in the sunshine! Lots of Love Claire, Jodie & Katy xxx

Thank You! …to Marion, Peter & Dee and all the staff at the Travellers Inn for our Wedding Celebration Party held on the 17th July and the wonderful buffet provided. Thank you to Andy & Val (Atlantas) for the music and for everyone who came and enjoyed the evening with us. We had a wonderful time surrounded by very special friends. All our Love, Lynn & John (Mr & Mrs Randall) xxxxxxxxx

HAPPY BIRTHDAY HELEN Hope you have a great day!! Love from Katy xxxx

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Lots of Love from Nev Oliver and Elliot XXXX

Peter & Linda Arundel would like to say a big ‘Thank you’

to all their friends and neighbours for their support during Linda’s recent illness. Without them she wouldn’t have made such a speedy recovery. Also to the Almeria Angels - the girls were magnificent. Thankfully Linda is on the mend now and hopefully will make a full recovery.

Happy Birthday Nanny!

Lots of love Justin, Joanna, Claire, Stephanie, Sara, Joseph, Frankie, Samantha, Polly, Ben, Sophie, Francesca and Max xx

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Meatloaf Concert II

Spanish Classes from 9am YOGA 6pm - 7.30pm Dancercise 12pm - 1pm QUIZ NIGHT 10pm - Late

Spanish Classes from 9am


KARAoke 10pm - 2am

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sunday roast served 1pm - 5pm

Tap Dancing 10.30am -11.10am Patchwork Group 10am - 1pm OPEN 5pm til late

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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

eers We are looking for volun teers to work in our Cattery just outside Pin ar de Campoverde and also our Charity Shop in Pilar de la Horadada We are desperate for he lpers! For more information on how yo u can help contact Yvonne on 630 422 56 3

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Pure female Foxterrier, found roaming Hondon. Fully injected and sterilised.

with us, you can do As a volunteer working feel you can contribute. much or as little as you e re 1 hour a month, mayb Even if you can only spa uld co u yo car boot or you could help out at the helping to move the e, help us on the committe you could help as a foster charity forward. Perhaps ect of volunteer help carer? To discuss any asp rrell on 699 352 818 please contact Andy Hu



For more info telephone: 968 431 265 or 968 431 590

4 ginger kittens, approx 8 weeks old, rescued after their mother was killed on the road. Can anyone offer them a loving home?

The Rascals will shor tly be starting preparations for their Christmas show and 2010 production. We would welcome new members as performers, technical staff or musicians. For further information please contact Jill on 966 727 282 or look on our website ww w.therascals. info to learn more about us!





Noah’s Arc

Hot Dog Day saturday 15th August at Scotties,El Pareton 4pm to 6.30pm


Pure female Belgium Shepherd, female, 4months. Found in the local groves all alone.

Lucy is a 6 year old Pointer bitch,this little lady has had a sad life but she has come through it to become a very gentle and loving dog and will make the right home a faithful friend

Meet the team and fun and games! Hot dogs, “Scoff A Dog” Competition , Crazy Golf Tournament, Raffle, Grand Gourmet BBQ Live Music with The Swing Singer Tickets 10€ - available from our char ity shops in the Port of Mazarron & Fue nte Alamo and Scotties Bar in El Pareton

Fundraising Evening

TRIXIE: Toy terrier, female, 9 months old. Found in a water pipe with other small nonrelated pups.

DAISY: is a Jack Russell Cross, she is approx

7 months old and is friendly and a bundle of fun! She mixes well with other dogs but seems to prefer to play with the big guys.

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

Do you enjoy going out and meeting people?

Sol Times are looking for a local agent for the Mazarron and surrounding areas. We need a lively person to help the bars and restaurants promote themselves to our readers. If you have the gift of the gab & can sell, then telephone Rosemary on:

647 379 795 for more details.



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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 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 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 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 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 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. THE SPIRITUAL AWARENESS SOCIETY OF QUESADA Sunday Morning & Tuesday Evening Services. Call Wendy 965 323 028 or Mandy 699 691 236

clubs & assocIATIONS 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@ 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. 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 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. Contact Barbara on 968 572 315 CAMPOSOL BRIDGE CLUB Information from Barry 609 925 497 or Norma 650 418 887

Contact Andy on 699 352 818

THE ART GROUP Further information is available from Chris on 676 267 946

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

MAZARRON BAHIA LIONS For more information call Mervyn Booth on 968 163 082 BUDDHISM IN CARTAGENA Contact Laura Sanchez on 636 002 034 after 7pm

Tel: Mike 619 364 451 Maralyn: 630 583 033

COUNTRY BOWLS Call Colin Sear on 968 199 533 or Dave Rogers on 968 371 019 SURVIVORS SPEAK OUT for every woman who has suffered abuse of any kind. Call Conchita for further details on 696 895 147 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) CANCER SUPPORT LINE 620 422 410 For any other information or queries please ring GENERAL ENQUIRIES 620 582 418

BAILEY: Bailey is a female Labrador cross.

She was born August 07 and has turned into a very sweet lovable dog. She walks well on the lead, enjoys affection and likes people. She travels well in car and is well socialised with other dogs. Bailey has been neutered and all her vaccinations are up to date.

P.A.L.S. (Protection & Life Saving) Call Ken Payne 626 460 465. Pat Firth 968 537 094.

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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 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 MANCHESTER CITY F.C. OFFICIAL SUPPORTERS CLUB (1949) Spanish Branch President: Bert Trautmann, OBE. More info from Rob Hudson (Sec) 608 511 437 email: 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 EXERCISE AND DANCE at CISSMU Centro Municipal, Los Narejos, Wednesday at 11.00am to 12 noon. COME ALONG AND JOIN IN THE FUN! - for further Information, please telephone: 968 170 248 YOGA MAR MENOR From yoga for the Recuperating to Advancing with Yoga. Anyone can practice yoga. Tel: 652 667 883.

ZIGGY: Ziggy is a male TIBETAN Spaniel

cross, rescued after being found near waste bins trying to find food and water. Born June 04. Castrated, housetrained, perfect on the lead and good with people and children. He has been a perfect dog in foster care and loves affection. Gets on brilliantly with ANY dog and at just 35 cm tall and 55 cms long he is small enough to fit in any family


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

items for sale Pool Table

UK Slate Bed Coin / Non-Coin For An Unbeatable Summer Deal Call: 958 718 546 or 678 398 141


CORO PILAR International Choir based in El Pinar de Campoverde rehearses Fridays at 7pm. If you are interested in joining this active group contact John on 966 763 446

Lannutti Gents mountain bike with an 18 Shimano gear system 45€. Polaris Ladies bike with 12 gears 35€. Macullock Power washer 1.500 PSI 30€. Rotating exerciser 30€. Reproduction 2 seater settee in red velvet with button back 120€. Tel.678 965 995 (Los Canovas

DANCERCISE at Las Claras Municipal Centre, Los Narejos, Los Alcazares. Keep fit to great disco music! Tel: 666 179 774 Denelle Dance Club Social Dancing Night Every Tuesday, incl. Ballroom, Latin-American & popular Sequence dances, in fully air-conditioned ‘The Club Quesada’ from 8pm-10.15pm. Tuition from 3rd September at Casa Ventura. Tel Lyn on 635584431. Lyn & Chris perform Ballroom & Latin Dance Shows Every Sunday Evening through August, Orhuela Costa Resort La Zenia. - FREE ENTRY!

ELIZABETH: is a 1 year old Mastin X. She is a big, beautiful girl, but still a puppy at heart. She behaves the same as any puppy, but she weighs a lot more! Elizabeth is vaccinated and neutered and is a lovely friendly dog who gets on well with both people and other dogs. For information on Elizabeth 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 Latin line dance classes & tap class for Beginners For details phone Annette 968 163 640 or 649 647 467 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 SPANGLES Call for more information Anthea 968 334 527 or Lyn 968 432 525 www.aqua-adicta.

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CANDY: is one of a family of beautiful tabby kittens, varying in colour from grey to golden brown. All the family are lovely, healthy, happy kittens who will grown up to be wonderful cat companions. To arrange to meet our ‘tabby family’, please contact Yvonne on 630 422 563.

2 single beds, metal frame, wooden sprung latts, 69€ in Carrefour 20€ each. Tel: 634 040 427 Electric coal effect fire never used 30€; Solid Pine TV unit swivel top shelf & two door cupboard under cost 149€ Sell for 50€; Mocqette covered ottoman 15€; Metal Bunk Beds side bars ladder excl condition 50€; Pine Magazine Rack 10€; Chrome three tier bathroom stand 10€ Tel: 966 762 015 or 699 749 560 Large awning suitable for van /caravan nearly new 35€ Tel 966712088

King size, mahogany sleigh bed. 100€. Tel: 634 040 427 Double garage door, steel, 3.5m wide, 2.5m high. 100€ Tel: 634 040 427 Metal garden shed, 2.3m x 3.1m x 2.1m high. bought from Brico House last summer for 545€, sell for 200€. Tel: 634 040 427 13 Kitchen cupboard doors various sizes in attractive green grain colour V.G.C. Also cabinet with 4 draws matching 60€ Tel 966 712 088 Large above ground pool for sale steel sided with ladder & hoover. It is 3.50m width, 90m depth, 7.93m volume cost 299 euros new only 100€ Tel: 968 131 857 (D8 Camposol) Kitchen extractor fan 10€ Tel 966 712 088 Large above ground pool for sale steel sided with ladder & hoover. It is 3.50m width, 90m depth, 7.93m volume cost 299 euros new only 100€ Tel: 968 131 857 (D8 Camposol)

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SOL SERVICES BY TELEPHONE: 950 430 820 1 double bed 40€; 2 pale pine (nearly new) bedside cabinets 25€ each; 2 heavy pine garden chairs, colour cherrywood with adjoining table top 40€; 1 standard lamp in pale green 30€; Dyson DC05 parts, new & 2nd hand, includes motorheads 50€. Tel: 966 774 114. (Orihuela Costa ). Sanyo DVD player. Still boxed, unused present. Cost 85€ accept 40€ Tel 647 379 795 or 618 530 767 Springer Spaniel Puppies, pedigree, excellent temperament, good with children 300€ Tel. 699 203 136



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V anessa

Mobile Hairdresser 20 years experience Specialist in colour correction Free Consultations

Tel: 680 846 640

garage services

Ken sherwood 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

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.


car transporter CarTranSpain

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

carpenter Master Carpenter over 30 years experience. Call Peter 680 164 300

For Hire

BY EMAIL: 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)

Heating Panels (August Only) 59euros Fitted + Guaranteed (Were 90euros) + Free Panel + Free Gift. Prepare For Winter Now! Tel 690 790 162 or 677 400 164

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

Local & International removals & complete storage solutions. Also commercial units for rent. w w w. d a i n t o n i n s p a i n . com. Tel Roger 653 529 243 or Danny 696 180 634. (ref CA101)

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


Tel. 968 564 298 or 696 621 884



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

7.5 Ton Lorry

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


to & from the UK once a week

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


Troubled by Mosquitos or flies?

then visit us on or call:

968 171 542



Deep sea fishing call Tony on: 646 754 124

All types of painting. Internal or external. Tel Peter 680 164 300



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

Part Time qualified mechanic required for English garage. Mazarron area. Please email CV to

van hire


Security measures – windows, doors, alarms, locks changed. Tel Peter 680 164 300

3 month old friendly puppy needs a loving home. Poppy is a small brindle. A loving little girl, she is fully vaccinated, toilet trained and very obedient. Tel 660 846 356 for more details. (Camposol area)

2 Bed Apartment 150 meters to the sea with community pool facing the sea near Torrevieja f/f only 89,950€ 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 floor. The house has it’s own private pool, BBQ and mini bar set on 500 m/2 comes fully furnished central heating and aircon with large garage under the house. Price to sell at only 179,500€ Phone Brian on 626 941 962 or evenings on 966 798 469 Ref 1093

Lords Removal & Storage

Horse Livery


Springer Spaniel Puppies, pedigree, excellent temperament, good with children 300€ Tel. 699 203 136


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

Call The Treasure Chest:

966 718 100 / 966 765 374

You Must Phone Brian for the cheapest properties in the area. Phone 626 941 962 or office on 965 326 146. Established 10 years selling Property in Spain Evenings on 966798469 We are situated at the rear of the Emerald Isle in La Florida. We need good properties now for our many clients must be in good area’s. South facing with solariums and sea views or nice out look. Phone Brian on 626 941 962 or Lars on 966 103 149

property for rent

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

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 94 1962 or office 965 326 146 Ref 976 C h e a p e s t Apartment in Torrevieja 2 bed Apartment in Las Palmeras in La Florida on the 1st. floor only 4 years old. Only 64,950€ Phone Brian on 626 941 962 or office 965 326 146 Ref 1043

commercial property

Empty Local, 50 metres from beach in Playa Los Locos. Suit a variety of trades. In a square with other bars, restaurants, snooker hall, etc. Surrounded by flats. Reduced to 40,000€ ovno, or would consider rent at 400€ per month Please ring: 670 872 949 property for sale continued.....

Los Balcones detached villa completely private, 3 double beds, 3 baths, private pool, garage, solarium, pool bar, has to be viewed to appreciate the very high standard of a recent refurbishment. Now reduced to 360,000€ or would consider part exchange up to third of the price.

Please ring: 670 872 949

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Situated rear of the Emerald Isle in La Florida

Look At These Prices

2 Bed Apts. From 66,000€ Semi Det. From Only 99,000€ 1 Bed Apts, From 55,000€ Terraced House From 79,950€ Detached From 139,500€ Lovely 3 B. Townhouse 91,500€ 2 Bed Apt Cinuelica 73,500€ 4 Bed Det with pool 179,500€ El Raso 3 Bed Det. 179,750€ 3 B. Dream Hills Now 109,950€ 2+2 Batenburg House 107,950€ Res. Aloe Penthouse 99,900€ 3 Bed Corner Bung. 99,950€

Do You Want To Sell Your Property Now? Then Call Us Many More : Low Prices Phone Brian on 626 941 962 Office Hours on 965 326 146


Property for sale 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 Ref 984


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 Reduced for quick sale


Tel: 968 438 478

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 and top prices paid for Gold. Tel: 645 094 339 or 950 064 031

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

Advertise in Sol Classifieds Tel: 950 430 820

Toyota MK2

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


BOAT FOR SALE 5 metre boat, Spanish reg’d with trailer. 30hp 2 stroke engine. Extras incl. GPS, Fish finder, Ship to shore & fishing equipment 8.500€ (or sensible offer)

Tel: 968 199 487 or 660 935 845


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PC, Laptops, Printers etc Sales & Repairs - On-site Callout & Tuition Service Available

Tel: 950 120 900 or 615 647 058

Serving the local community since 2003 Website: Email: Contact us on Skype at Shinform

Open: Mon - Fri 10am - 2pm, & 4pm - 7pm. Sat 10am - 1pm Address - 28 de Febrero, s/n, 04800, Albox, Almeria

Coastal Mosquitos

Mosquito Screens for Windows & Doors For a free estimate call us on 610 000 700 Awnings shower screens replacement window and doors

Enclosures / Conservatories Convert your patio area into a sunroom or a mosquito free area with glass or mesh

Plisse retracting screens ideal for all types of door openings

ARMADILLO ● Building Work ● Extensions ● Patios & Tiling ● Painting & Decorating

● Mosquito Blinds ● Security Grilles ● Shower Cubicles ● Plumbing Work

Call Mick on 950 528 128 or 663 303 350

Qualified Electrician

City & Guilds and Spanish Qualifications

Installations, Rewiring, Repairs, Lights & Fans Fitted. Emergency Callout Available Tel: 670 309 878 swimming pool engineers Fully Legal & Registered

SPECIAL OFFER: Complete sand change, labour & sand media ONLY 99€



Telephone: 950 064 781 (5pm to 10pm) Mobile Mark: 671 220 162 email:

Team of two hard working strong lads avaiLable for all types of: • building work • garden clearing & maintenance • ponds

Reasonable rates. References avaiLable.


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domestic & commercial supplied & fitted many colours & styles all areas covered free quotations signwriting service FOR COMMERCIAL

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J&K Construction 70 years of quality service

All aSpects of building undertaken

Specialists in Carpentry, Reforms and New Builds. Swimming Pools and Kitchens

special summer discounts

For FREE estimates & advice, please call:

666 194 885 or Evenings: 950 952 942


Baby Equipment Hire Birth to 5 years Travel cot, car seat, door gates, bottle sterilizers, baby walkers etc. Short term or long term hire FREE DELIVERY & NO DEPOSIT

Call jenny on 950 439 331 or 666 903 579 baby

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Sol Times Newspapers is distributed every week to over 450 drop off points including: shops, garages, supermarkets, pubs, restaurants and other businesses throughout Almeria and Murcia conurbation. Listed below are just some of the towns, villages and outlets that stock our paper each week.



Coastal Areas

~ Bol Nuevo

~ Mojacar Playa

~ CampoSol

~ Garrucha

~ Canada de Romero

~ Turre

~ Cuevas de Reyillo

~ Villaricos

~ El Algar

~ Palomares ~ Antas ~ Vera Town ~ Los Gallardos ~ Las Buganvillas ~ Purto Rey Country areas ~ Albox ~ Arboleas ~ La Alfoquia ~ Huercal Overa ~ Baza

~ Puerto Lumbreras ~ Fuente Alamo ~ La Manga Club ~ Los Alcazares ~ Los Belones ~ Los Cantareros ~ Pto. De Mazarron ~ Santiago de la Riberia ~ San Pedro del Pintar ~ Torre Pacheco

~ Los Velez

~ El Romero


~ la florida

~ Campo Verde

~ la siesta

~ Pilar de Horadada

~ punta prima

~ Cabo Roig ~ Los Balcones ~ La Zenia

~ El Pareton

~ Quesada ~ montesinos ~ san miguel

~ Villa Martin

~ dona pepa

~ Playa Flamenca

~ la herrada

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Pool Table

UK Slate Bed Coin / Non-Coin For An Unbeatable Summer Deal Call: 958 718 546 or 678 398 141

For Sale

Swarovski Crystals

Various Limited Edition, Annual Collectors Pieces, Boxes & Certificates

Tel: 617 588 417

Office furniture, suit home office - grey, self assembly. Tall unit with cupboard & shelves, desk with drawer unit 60€ 2 Pine single beds with mattresses, as new 150€ 2 White and blue check bedspreads for single beds, as new 25€ Tel: 636 883 527 Sky satellite receiver Pace DS 430N with power cable & remote 95€ Tel: 950 528 337 or 660 908 870 42” Plasma Flatscreen TV, Samsung, perfect working order, with stand or wall mountable 250€ Tel: 651 454 045 Windsurfer 3.60m good learner and intermediate board with foot straps 75€ ONO Tel: 950 469 304 ‘MASTER’ massage table/ Deluxe carrying case. Headrest/face cradle, arm sling, extras, as new, Cost over £300 Accept 140€ ‘HEALTHPOINT’ portable electro-acupuncture system, comprehensive manual, video and case. Used in hospitals for pain relief, unused, Bargain 150€ Philips ‘Cellesse’ cellulite massage system, storage bag, and instruction manual, still boxed, unused. Cost £120, accept 65€ BABYLISS RAPIDE lightweight highspeed electric rollers (20), butterfly clips, pins, still boxed, unused. Ideal present. Bargain 35€ Electric Boiler ‘Negarra CN50’ (50 litre capacity) as new/little used, wall mounted 45€ Large stainless steel dish/cutlery drainer on own tray. Perfect for sinks with no drainer, as new, cost £40 accept 20€ Maroon frame tent, sleeps 6 in three separate compartments, own carry bag, unused 35€ Hammocks (2 matching) on free-standing white metal frames, matching storage bags, as new 40€ each Cement mixer, good condition, cost over 250€, accept 120€ Modern rug (squares design), cream/ taupe, 1.70m x 2.30m, excellent condition 45€ Tel:650 442 462 Washing Machine. Silver Teka 1200 Spin. 18 months old, as new, still


SOL CLASSIFIEDS Any item for sale UNDER 300€ is FREE to advertise here

under guarantee. Cost 309€ Receipt and Manual available, genuine reason for sale. Only 120€ Tel: 679 079 736 Single bed with under bed also mattress & headboard 30€ Tel: 950 432 660 Universal 3 wheeled trike, good condition, new tyres, ideal to keep fit 75€ Antique Spanish farming hand tools (20) ideal for collector or display around your finca 150€ Byer collects. New Harley Davidson classic motor cycle helmet, size medium, never worn 85€ Tel: 968 878 341 Hayward Navigator auto pool cleaner Cost 580€ Accept 300€ Amcor garden set, 4 chairs, table Cost 280€ Accept 150€ Tel: 966 743 086 Honda E8000 Generator 6.5kva 340€ Peugeot gents racing cycle 23” frame. 50€ Tel 647 657 654 (Ref AL200) Fogarty Double mattress covers (UK size) 18€ each. FOGARTY Pillow covers (UK size) 4€ each. Cantoria: 661 148 172 Attention restaurant owners! Enjoy a huge advantage over your competitors. Your terrace/ patio area can be free of flies with the all new ‘Fly Slayer’ machine. Take action now! Call Stephanie on 617 822 106 or visit Home Sweet Home in Turre English oil filled radiator 5€ 2 x nearly new riding hats sizes 7 1/2 and 7 1/4 15€ (Cantoria) Tel: 662 443 036

wanted Experienced staff with flexible hours for a busy mountain view restaurant. Own transport a must. Email: info@mesonlahoya. es Car wanted, small, reliable, good condition, air con, Spanish registration & ITV’d. Cash buyer. Tel: 609 199 394 AA Auctions want all of your unwanted items! Call: 600 007 175/950 064 545 Massage couch wanted, must be in good condition Tel: 647 379 878

SERVICES Alternative Energy Carlos (Saliente) plumbing & heating services. If it involves water, we can help! www. Tel: 950 121 918 Solar & wind power Best equipment C&G qualified 15 years experience, electrical work and pool heating. Call Phil. Tel: 636 261 240

artist Pop art portraits, the ideal gift, hand painted

acrylic on canvas. Tel: 670 675 920 www.

beauty AVON, Tel Claire: 691 987 454 or email:

bed & breakfast Clean & comfortable B&B in Cerro Gordo. Call Chris on 950 064 060 or 650 599 739

business for sale Craft & Hobby, Albox. Artist & Crafting Materials and Workshop. Low rent, well positioned, genuine reason for sale. Tel: 600 817 352 crafthobbyalbox@

business OPPORTUNITY Minidigger & trailer for sale. Case Maxi, 1.5 ton, year 2000, low use, rubber tracks, 3 buckets. Ideal business opportunity 6,500€ Tel: 950 069 231 or 677 874 652

carpentry Wildwood Bespoke Joinery – High quality made - to measure carpentry and joinery. Reliable & professional service at a competitive price. Avoid disappointment, call James On 950 067 011, Or 685 955 768 w ildwo o d@avired.c om Pinewood Joinery, Handmade Garden Furniture, Kitchens, Doors, Windows, Home Furniture, all to you own specifications. From Albox to Mojacar & surrounding area. For a free quote call Steve on 699 387 329 or 628 122 365

CLEANING SPARKLES Property Care Service, key holding, holiday change over cleaning, let us take good care of your property. Tel: 627 279 584 Email:

curtains Sew Efficient – Made to measure curtains, blinds & upholstery. Complete measuring & fitting service available. Choose from the comfort of your own home or supply your own fabric. Tel: 654 894 836

Qualified Electrician City & Guilds, and Spanish Qualifications. Installations, Rewiring, Repairs, Lights & Fans fitted, Emergency call out available. Tel 670 309 878

for hire The Baby Hire Centre Professional Baby Equipment Hire. FREE delivery & collection. Tel: 649 332 134 Email enquiries@ thebabyhirecentre. com Website: www. BABY BASICS – baby equipment hire. Birth to 5 years. Free delivery. Call Jenny on: 950 439 331 or 666 903 579 Everything for the visiting baby Car seats, high chairs, stair gates, cots etc. Tel: 950 436 581 or 666 375 688 expectingababy@hotmail. Ref 4672

generators A LTE R N ATIV E POWER SUPPLIES – selling trade in generators, reconditioned & serviced, petrol, diesel, all types. New silent type diesels. 6.5KVA 1,275€ Solar systems also available. Tel: 606 619 095 or 618 236 957

haIRDRESSING ELAINE Fully qualified, award-winning mobile English unisex hairdresser, Albox & surrounding areas, Call today for your appointment! 618 427 103

handyman Hard Working Man, looking for work, labouring, gardening, driving, anything considered. Telephone Stephen on: 655 772 127 G r a h e e m e e ’ s Services Mechanic to kitchen fitter, Painting & Decorating to general building work. All you need in one man! Call: 670 083 343


locksmith Phil the Pick Locksmith 24 hours. Locked Out? Locks fitted/ upgraded house safes. Arboleas & surrounding area. Special weekend rates. Tel: 697 243 181 24hr Casaserve Locksmith, new locks, safes, security grills, window locks fitted. Call 950 466 438 or 676 306 269 Locksmith - Provides 24hr service. Houses/ Apartments/Cars/Shops etc. also lock fitting service. Tel. 666 949 213

LOST & FOUND Set of keys found in reception area at Sol Times offices in Albox. Call 950 430 820

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San Javier Golf Society

Playing a Texas Scramble for me is the only way to get around this course though, as not only I but several other members, find it a very challenging course, tight fairways, blind tee shots and barrancas everywhere to fall into, so having 3 others to help get around seems a good idea to me. I’m not so sure that playing golf in August is such a good idea though, especially teeing off at 11.30 , the temperature quickly rose to 40 degrees making it a slow game. With all teams having a handicap of between 7 and 8 it was going to be loose at the finish and that it was, as the winning team of Bob Gallard, Bob Eaton, Barry Butterworth and John Hillier finished


There was a bit of controversy over Alexs NTP on the 10 as, after he had played, the groundstaff moved the hole putting his marker further away. This should not happen and it is the only slight on what was a good day, again we understand that course maintenance must be done but moving holes is a job to be done before the course opens not whilst people are playing. The 2’s money had rolled over from the last game at Requelme and today 3 members managed 2’s - Alex Mclennan, George Stein and Geoff Green. Congratulations to all who Played and I’m sure enjoyed the day. The next game for the society is at Altorreal on Wednesday 19th August. Pay day is Saturday 15th at the Campsite San Javier between 11.00 and 12.00.

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There are no matches this month, the start of the new season being 2nd September. Please ensure that your subs are paid promptly; if not paid before the AGM, you will have to rejoin!

venues to accommodate our members’ locations. The next meeting for Alicante/Murcia borders region will be at Lounge Bar 6, Pinar de Campoverde (near Pilar de la Horadada) at 12pm on Friday 4th September. For the Mazarron area, the meeting will be at Los Galayos Bar in Puerto de Mazarron on Saturday 5th September at 12pm. All members welcome, old and new.

The charity match that was held in June raised circa 1200€. Please ensure any outstanding monies are handed in as the presentation of the cheque will be on the Contact: anglerstogether@gonuts4free. presentation night to be held in September. This evening has already sold out so if you com have not got a ticket then you’re going to Alan can obtain Fishing Licences for the miss a good evening. regions of Valencia and Murcia but this Many thanks again to RTN for sponsoring service is temporarily unavailable due to the our challenge cup series. This is now firmly various offices being closed for the summer fixed within the clubs fixture list. The dates break. Service will resume in September. have now been set for the 2009/2010 season. CARPR’US The first match will be in September with Last Thursday was the Annual Pairs the final next June. Competition fished at the Embalse de Argos. ANGLERS TOGETHER NEWS

Anglers Together was formed to put anglers in touch with each other to share information on venues, tactics and most importantly to find fishing partners. We have over 75 members scattered across south Alicante region and in Murcia but you do not need to live in Spain to join. Visiting members from the UK find it very useful to have fishing contacts in Spain who can pass on local knowledge and up to date fishing conditions. We have regular fishing day trips both sea and freshwater and also do guided trips around some of the more popular venues. All anglers are made welcome whether experienced or not and help is available to those who need it. Anglers Together is not a match-fishing club. The joining fee is 10€ for new members and 5€ for renewing members. If you are interested in joining or finding out more about Anglers Together, then either come along to one of the meetings or contact Alan below. Meetings are held on the first Friday and Saturday of each month at 2 different

With the weather being typical August, hot and hotter, and the water levels lower than we have seen for a while, it was anyone’s guess how good the fishing would be. As things turned out we had a very exciting match with everyone catching fish and only 3 lbs contesting the first 3 places. The results were as follows. 1st George Fogg and Kevin Mortimer 95lb 4oz 2nd Ian Dalzell and Roy Buttress 8oz


3rd Paul Baxter and Nigel Morant 92lb 4oz 4th Dave Hill and Dennis Pick 8oz


5th Austin Veith and John Brightling 59lb 0oz Next week is the second round of the Evening Series, fished at Benijofar, the draw will be on the river bank at 2-45pm. Tight Lines, David Hoare


can answer “No!” to the question “Are you OK?” then they are breathing. No response whatsoever could mean the casualty is unconscious & possibly not breathing.

Commercial airlines won’t allow women in their final few weeks of pregnancy to fly, so it’s unlikely you’re going to invite your “keen to get out on the water” neighbour & his “partner/ soon to be mum” out for a jolly on your boat, unless you have ample hot water & plenty of towels! However, you never know when disaster might strike & you find yourself with an injured or unconscious crew member.

If the casualty is unresponsive immediately open their airway by gently lifting the chin & tilting the head back. This lifts the tongue from the back of the throat & clears the airway. Check for normal breathing. Take care not to over extend the neck if there has been a head injury, in case of a related neck injury.

Most boating accidents occur when the weather is bad & the skipper already has enough to worry about. Generally speaking we rarely practise our first aid skills, so inevitably many boat skippers are rusty when it comes to dealing with a situation requiring medical attention. Popping below to find the relevant page in the first aid manual may not be an option! It is imperative that any medical situation is managed, if help is required it is sought & the necessary treatment is given. If some basic principles are followed it should be possible to achieve this, even in the relatively complex situation at sea: In an emergency your body releases hormones as part of the “fight or flight response”. This rush of hormones can affect your ability to cope with a situation. Taking slow, deep breaths will help you calm down & leave you better able to remember your first aid procedures. Get the boat in control & think about your own safety & that of the crew as well as anyone injured. An accidental gybe or collision at this stage is going to make matters worse. If the injured crew member has fallen overboard quickly organise your M.O.B recovery. If more than 1 person has been injured, you will need to assess who is in the greatest need of assistance. Look out for anyone that is unresponsive. If an injured person

With an unconscious, breathing casualty, place them in the recovery position to keep the airway open & allow drainage from the mouth. On a moving boat you may need to use cushions, lifejackets or fenders to secure them in this position. Remember to keep monitoring their vital signs. If the casualty is not breathing commence CPR. Avoid moving an injured crew member unless it is to remove them from danger, open the airway & assess breathing or to carry out resuscitation. Send a DSC Distress alert & mayday immediately if the casualty is unconscious, not breathing or if they are bleeding from the ears or nose, following a head injury. If in doubt you can send a DSC Urgency alert, followed by a Pan Pan, stating that you require urgent medical advice. The coastguard will connect you to a doctor for advice. Should a helicopter be required they will arrange this or if you are able to get to shore they can arrange for an ambulance to meet you. Remember, first aid is only the initial assistance or treatment given to a person who is injured or suddenly taken ill. With all serious injuries specialised treatment by paramedics & in hospitals should follow. Don’t hesitate to get help! If you have any comments or questions regarding this column contact Chantal Simmonds Principal of La Manga Sea School. E-mail: or mobile 618 290813

This Week’s Quick Quiz Questions... 4. If aircraft vapour trails disappear quickly 1. What does CPR stand for? 2. A boat whose stern has passed through then there is little chance of the weather the wind, but has not gybed is described deteriorating. True or false? as what? 5.  “I require medical assistance” is 3. You see a boat with a black ball shape hoisted. What does this signify? signalled by which single letter signal?

EX CHELSEA STAR SIGNS FOR CARTAGENA By Steve Hibberd Many top names have been linked with a move to Cartagena, so it must be pleasing for boss JIM to have made a major coup with his latest acquisition. Signed from local rivals Real Murcia, 31 year old Enrique De Lucas will bring flair and experience to the midfield department. De Lucas started his career at his home town club Espanol, before moving to Chelsea, then Alaves. Contrary to reports stating that FC Cartagena had lost a pre-season friendly against Almeria 10-0 (those Torry fans will write anything to make their club look good!), Cartagena had their first pre-season

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run out last Wednesday. Played at La Manga Club Hyatt, manager JIM was more than satisfied, as his new look squad run out 2-0 winners over 3rd div Cartagena-La Union. Juan Pablo scored on the stroke of half time, only to be replaced in the 2nd half by trialist Garavano, who also got on the scoresheet after 80 minutes. Another pre-season friendly has been added to the list; on Saturday 15 August, KO 8.30pm, Cartagena visit the El Morao Stadium to play newly promoted, div 2b side Caravaca. Visit the clubs website www. futbolclubcartagena or the excellent fans site for regular updated information.

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What a pleasant surprise - the new clubhouse was partly open and looking very good and then the fairways were the best I have seen on a golf course in ages during the summer. They were lush and well cut, the greens were exceptional as well, in fact it was a really well presented course.

As always there were nearest the pin prizes on all the par 3’s and these went to Hole 6 George Stein, Hole 10 Alex McLennan and hole 14 Barry Beale. No-one managed to get on the green at the 12 unfortunately.

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Not many of the society members turned out for this. I suppose for two reasons, one they don’t like Las Ramblas and two they don’t like playing a Texas Scramble, but nevertheless 14 players went and some were for there for the first time.

on level par minus 8.2 at 63.8. They were loosely followed by Alex Mclennan, Barry Beale and John Haigh who also finished level par but had a slightly lower handicap.

1. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation 2. Sailing by the lee 3. At anchor

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El Plantio Golf – 3rd AUGUST 2009

It was a hot summer’s day when as Noel Coward sang, “Mad dogs and English men go out in the midday sun”, but so what - it was gorgeous, with a gentle breeze to keep the heat to a reasonable level! There is also a growing population of golfers wearing our new shirts which, because of the quality and style, aid in keeping us cool. The sun must have got to some of our members as the scores soared with the temperature but were they aware that Madame Guillotine would add some ventilation? Thanks also to El Plantio for the excellent summer offer which certainly helps in these chilly financial times;and for the condition of the course excellent, and still they keep working on it for our benefit.

Other notable scores; Barry Daniel (37), Ron Perkins (36), Neil Maidman (37), Norris Shearhan (33) and Mike Cresswell (37). NTP: Hole 9: Tony Jones Hole 15 Barry Daniell Our next game is, at La Manga North Course on Tuesday 18th August and this is a “Special” Torre GS day with the green fee subsidised to 50€. On the 1st September is an away day at Aguilon Golf - the price of 55€ is truly fully inclusive, buggy food and drink.

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1st:  Tony Chandler 40 points (New Handicap 13.4)

For more information on The Torre Golf Society then contact the Secretary Ivie Davies either by email golf.davies@ or telephone 669 211 410



Saturday 15th August 2009 Director of Golf, David Gay, invites everyone to come to Sierra Golf and enjoy the course and facilities absolutely free of charge - Everything is FREE !!! Free Driving Range Balls - Free Club Hire. Free Tuition on the Range from Qualified PGA Pros. To book your free 15-minute introduction lesson call in advance to avoid disappointment, lesson times are from 11am until 3pm Free 9 Holes of Golf (Tee times must be booked in advance using the open promotion code ‘od01’) Free Buggies (Limited Number Booking essential). Free Advice on all aspects of Golf, i.e. Club type, course management etc. Telephone 968 130 070


The photo is of a resplendent membership in the new Torre GS shirts

Back to the golf, there were seven players all coming in with over thirty points, and the winner 40.

2nd: Tony Jones 38 Handicap 21.1)





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Horadada Surrender!

FC Torrevieja 2 Pilar de la Horadada 0

(Abandoned after 49 minutes) This game was rearranged and bought forward as the original match should have been played against Lorca Deportivo, but as they had been relegated due to nonpayment of debts to their players they could not field a team. This match became a debacle in the 49th minute when the fourth Horadada player was sent off after failing to recede 10 yards from a free kick! It all started in the 42nd minute when Heredia was brought down just outside the box when he was clear through on a one to one with the keeper; therefore the official had no alternative but to give the offending player his marching orders. Thereafter, arguments ensued between the Horadada players and the referee Snr Miguel Candel Cabrera, which resulted in a second Horadada player being sent off, the scenes were a disgrace to football, but never the less brightened up an otherwise dull afternoon! There is no place in football by this type of behaviour and there was clearly no excuse for it, considering that Horadada equipped themselves well in the first 35 minutes, producing some nice moves

and put the Torry defence under severe pressure. They could have taken the lead - and added to it - had it not been for that lack of extra pace and imagination which will come with a few more games; they certainly had Torry on the rack. Torry, however, fielded their second eleven and found the game hard, continually struggling against an opposition that looked comfortable in moving the ball around. But Torry were able to breakthrough the offside trap and in the 26th minute a through ball by Heredia found Lotfi on his own and on a one to one with the keeper made no mistake and slotted the ball into the back of the net.

The second goal came in the 31st minute when another through ball found Heredia and he skipped past two defenders and hammered a low shot into the back of the net past the diving keeper. Just before the interval Heredia was bought down outside the box and the battle commenced for stupidity - this was Horadada opportunity to earn some friends instead they isolated themselves and bought disgrace upon themselves and there town, and spoilt a good afternoons footie, what a pity!

Reporter: Andres Hermida


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