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Spain Sets Out High Risk Groups To Receive Swine Flu Vaccine A meeting of the inter-regional health committee this Monday has decided on the groups of people at risk from the A(H1N1) virus who will receive the first vaccines. Health Minister, Trinidad Jiménez, had originally said that would include children up to the age of 14, but the 4-hour meeting agreed that children from the age of 6 months will only be vaccinated if they suffer a chronic health condition.

officers and Protección Civil volunteers. The Minister said the risk groups will be extended if it becomes necessary in the future, adding that everyone who needs a vaccine will have one.

It comes under European Union guidelines that young adults are more susceptible to the virus than young children.

Monday’s decision means that between 15 and 20% of Spain’s population will be vaccinated in a first phase, which is expected towards the beginning of November. The government has however decided to up its reserves by 20% to allow the available vaccines to cover 60% of the population if necessary.

Other high risk groups who will be administered the vaccine are pregnant women, those with a chronic health condition, and essential services such as health workers, security forces, fire

What Spain will not be doing is to follow the example of France in planning to close schools if 3 or more pupils at the centre become infected with the virus.

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A 12 year old disabled boy is in a serious condition after falling into a swimming pool while on holiday in Santa Rosalía, Torre Pacheco, on Monday. He was staying there at a specialised centre and was on the last day of his two-week holiday before returning home to his parents in Pilar de la Horadada. Reports said it happened when the boy suddenly passed out while being helped into the pool by a monitor, falling into the water and going into cardiac arrest. It took the ambulance crew more than an hour to bring him round, and he’s now in Intensive Care in the Virgen de la Arrixaca Hospital in Murcia. Doctors there are understood to be planning tests to determine the exact cause of the cardiac arrest.

The Education Minister, Ángel Gabilondo, said on Monday that such a policy would have to be extended to all public places such as supermarkets and bars which he said would, in effect, mean closing down the country. There are also no plans to delay the start of the school year. An autopsy carried out on the body of a 47 year old woman who died in Albacete on 24th August has meanwhile shown that she was infected with the virus, but it has not yet been confirmed if the A flu was the cause of death. If that proves to be the case, she will become Spain’s victim No. 21. As with the majority of the other cases, she had an underlying health condition.

Boyfriend Charged With Murder

The boyfriend of a woman who fell to her death from a second floor flat in Molina de Segura last Wednesday has been charged with murder and has been remanded to custody by the judge. Named as Javier M.T. from Colombia, he walked into a National Police station in Leganés last Friday, saying he knew he was being sought in connection with his girlfriend’s death. He’s understood to have denied killing the woman, Graciela Butrón, and made the same claim when he appeared before the duty judge in Leganés on Friday.

That court investigation into what exactly happened has now been passed to a court in Molina de Segura, which has ordered a visual inspection of the flat where the couple lived and will also be taking further statements from witnesses and neighbours. The judge plans to question the victim’s relatives, who have described the suspect as a heavy drinker and very violent. The family hopes to take Graciela’s ashes back home to her parents in Bolivia once her body has been released for cremation.

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There’s been yet another domestic violence death, the fifth this week after the murder in Barcelona on Tuesday of a heavily-pregnant woman and the killing of a couple in Granada on Wednesday. The Barcelona victim’s posthumous baby only survived a little more than 24 hours.

The latest is a woman who was killed by her brother at his home in Santiago de la Ribera, San Javier, this Wednesday afternoon. He gave himself up to police in Pilar de la Horadada, in neighbouring Alicante province, less than an hour after his aged father discovered the 44 year old woman’s body on the doorstep of the house. She was found with her throat cut and gunshot wounds to her head and a shoulder. The father is in his 80s and has senile dementia; other reports from San Javier Town Hall indicate that the son has been out of work for some time and suffers mental problems.

The town of Paterna in Valencia ended the local fiesta in honour of its patron saint, San Vicente Ferrer, on Sunday night with the traditional setting off of fireworks which takes place every year in the early hours of the morning following the last Sunday of August. The difference here is that the display takes place in a speciallyconstructed metal cage, 8 metres wide and 125 metres long, which is set up on the main street, where crate upon crate of rockets are set off by the 150 people selected for the honour. They wear protective clothing to prevent any serious injury. Around 55,000 rockets were set off in this year’s La Cordà in the space of less than half an hour. It’s a tradition which has been taking place in Paterna since the second half of the 19th century.

The two men lived together in the house in the area of Los García de Abajo and were brought food every day by the victim, Eugenia Isabel Egea, who was separated from her husband and lived in San Pedro del Pinatar. She had one daughter, in her 20s, who had to be treated for shock when she heard the news of her mother’s death. The death of a man in San Martín de Valdeiglesias, in the south west of the Madrid region, on Wednesday night has been covered by some of the Spanish press as a possible case of domestic violence. He died after being stabbed in the femoral artery and it’s understood his girlfriend was taken into custody for the murder.

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Zapatero Wants To Increase Taxes The Spanish Prime Minister has decided how to increase taxes in the next budget.

Socialist minority government will have to obtain the support of the left wing groups, IU, ICV and ERC, as well as some of the regional nationalist parties such as the BNG, PNV and CC. However support from the CiU Catalan group is unlikely as campaigning is already unofficially underway ahead of next year’s regional Catalan elections.

Reports indicate that tax increases be centred on rentas del capital, that is to say non-earned income from bank interest or dividends, profits from the sale of shares or investment funds, life insurances, and profit from the sale of property and other assets.

The Partido Popular opposition have already made it clear that they will oppose any increase in taxes. Speaking over the weekend in Soutomaior, Pontevedra, party leader Mariano Rajoy said that any tax rise would mean ‘more unemployment and more recession’. He accused the Prime Minister of being ‘a machine to spend money’, and speaking in a video placed on You Tube which shows him walking along the beaches of Galicia, Rajoy recommended physical exercise for the Government ‘as it is very good for the head’. The video is part of his video blog ‘Rajoy en Acción’.

Since a reform which came into force in 2007 all such items are charged with an 18% tax, and it is not yet clear whether the Government will simply increase this percentage or return to the earlier system where different items were charged at different tax rates. Under the current system someone who has a wage of 60,000 € a year would pay more to Hacienda than a person who made the same amount speculating on the stock market. It’s is also unclear whether the Government wants to make any changes to the SICAV, The Variable Capital Investment Companies which currently pay only 1% in company tax. These represent the very rich, as a minimum capital of 2.4 million € is needed to set up a SICAV.

Zapatero said over the weekend that any tax increases would be ‘limited and temporary’.

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Two British Amongst Drug Gang Arrests A gang which used babies to smuggle cannabis into Spain, hiding the drugs beneath the mattresses of their pushchairs as the smugglers went through Customs, has been broken up by the Civil Guard.

21 arrests have been made in Ceuta, Málaga and Cádiz, and it’s understood that two of those in custody are British, although the Interior Ministry has released no details of their identities to the press. The others are five French nationals, 8 Spaniards, five from Morocco and a suspect from Chile. Another 13 people were not taken into custody but are suspects in the case.

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planned to hold in Guipúzcoa that afternoon. The suspect, Maite Aranalde, was extradited from France this Tuesday but was granted bail by a Spanish judge because of an error by the French courts.

This latest, located in Rivières, south eastern France, contained a barrel with forged Spanish identity papers and radio communications equipment. The 13th found on Wednesday afternoon in Massaguel held 18 kilos of explosives, weapons and detonators.

They failed to send all the correct documentation, which meant she could only be charged with possession of explosives, despite her alleged implication in bombs planted in petrol stations over a 2004 bank holiday in Spain. She was granted bail of 12,000 € and left prison on Thursday afternoon.

The news of this latest find came on the same day that the National Court judge, Ismael Moreno, banned a tribute to an ETA suspect which the MPA Pro-Amnesty Movement had

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Low-cost airlines brought more than 50 percent of all passengers to Spain in July, with Britain, Germany and Italy the main markets, while traditional carriers saw a sharp drop, the tourism ministry said Monday. Of the 6.42 million foreign visitors who touched down at Spanish airports in July, 51.9 percent did so on a low-cost The figures published airline, down 1.4 percentage points from the same month last Friday by the National last year, it said in a statement. Statistics Institute (INE) are Faring worse, the number of passengers on traditional provisional. It will release airlines such as Spanish flag carrier Iberia fell 10.4 final figures for August on percentage points to 48.1 percent. September 11, which will Britain accounted for four in every 10 arrivals on lowalso include the month-oncost airlines, Germany a quarter and Italy 8.9 percent. month change. Europe’s two biggest low-cost airlines, Ryanair and easyJet, along with Air Berlin, account for over 60 percent of all low-cost flights in and out of Spain. Last year, Spain was overtaken by the United States as the second most visited country after France, according to the World Tourism Organization. A total of 30.2 million people visited Spain in the first The Costa Blanca primary seven months of the year -- a 10.3 decline over the school in Alicante is one of corresponding period in 2008. three centres in the Valencia region where 4 year olds will start the new school year with classes in English, along with There have been no more cases of Legionnaire’s subjects taught in Spanish and Disease reported in Alcoy since the tenth confirmed valenciano. case last Friday, and only one patient remains under It’s the first time that bilingual treatment in the Virgen de los Lírios Hospital, where classes will be offered to pupils he is said to be progressing well. Sources said in the infants section of schools, his condition is not serious. Another patient was in a pilot scheme launched at a discharged on Monday and four on Friday. centre selected in each of the The outbreak in Alcoy has claimed one life, an 83 region’s three provinces, to be year old patient who died last Friday morning and is extended to other state schools reported to have had an underlying health condition. at a later date. There’s been no official confirmation as yet of It’s understood that English what caused the outbreak and a team of technicians is to be the main language of continue its work of inspecting refrigeration systems teaching throughout the pupils’ in the town as they try to locate the source of the education. infection. Reports indicate that it will The town has been clear of Legionnaire’s Disease for affect around one hundred more than 3 years, and this outbreak is its fourteenth pupils at the schools in Alicante, since 1999. Alzira and Castellón.

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Courts Get ‘Booze Asbo’ Powers People in England and Wales who commit crimes or behave anti-socially while drunk could now face a Drinking Banning Order - or “booze Asbo”. Under powers coming into force this Monday, police and councils can seek an order on anyone aged 16 and over. Magistrates can then ban them from pubs, bars, off-licences and certain areas for up to two years. Anyone who breaches the order faces a £2,500 fine. Alcohol charities said the orders could work as part of a number of measures. Home Office minister Alan Campbell said crime and disorder linked to alcohol cost the UK billions of pounds every year. “These orders will stop those people who are well known to the authorities, licensees and often the communities where they live, from ruining lives - and will make them face up to their destructive behaviour,” he added. But civil liberties group Liberty dismissed

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He also said Tory leader David Cameron and shadow chancellor George Osborne were unwilling to spell out the economic and social consequences of what they planned. The chancellor went on: “In the past 12 months we have committed an additional £5bn to make sure that we don’t leave people to languish on the dole. “And in the run up to the pre-Budget report I will consider further measures.” This last pledge comes as people prepare to feel the effect of several tax rises, including the 2p rise in fuel duty on Tuesday, the return of VAT to 17.5% in January and the end of the stamp duty holiday.



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Many anxious students and teachers queued up at Mar Azul International School to find out the long awaited results of their IGCSE examinations. And it was well worth the wait as envelope after envelope was torn open by shaking hands to reveal marks above and beyond any expectations. Fifteen lucky students got 100% pass grades from A* to C and the Spanish results were phenomenal with eleven students receiving A* or A grades. The Spanish teacher, Esmeralda Garcia Pascual has also been nominated for a Pride of Spain Award so is herself nervously awaiting the outcome. Clearly she is a very popular teacher who gets the best from her classes. Rachel Pestell, the school’s Managing Director was absolutely delighted with the outcome. “Receiving such fantastic results is a great accolade for the school and demonstrates the hard work and dedication of the students themselves who put in so much effort. We also couldn’t have achieved it without the commitment and loyalty of our long-standing staff team. They have worked tirelessly with the students to ensure that they all attain their personal best. It is not very often we have the opportunity to celebrate our successes but this is definitely one of those occasions. Considering the school is one

of the only International Schools in the area accepting students with special needs, this is an even bigger achievement with even larger mountains to climb for some of our pupils. As a small community school we pride ourselves on the personal attention we can give each individual pupil to coax out the best in them. We set them small, achievable goals and work with them on a regular basis to ensure they are stretching themselves fully. We also have an open door policy for our parents. No matter how busy we are, we always have time to make them a coffee and talk through their concerns” Furthermore, the school was proud to announce that its BTEC National students had all received their certificates and had passed with flying colours. This is only the second year of exam results for the school and the first year of BTECs and the high results demonstrate just how far the school has progressed since its humble beginnings. Despite the downturn in the economy, the school has been pleasantly surprised at how many pupils it has recruited over the summer months. A few spaces remain and the school is open from 9 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday for last minute registrations. They can be contacted on 965 720 785.


An opportunity to become a model for one special day at the forthcoming CAFÉ CONCERT THREE! On Saturday 3rd October, Legs & Co are presenting two 15 minute fashion shows at the event and require a few more models to exhibit their superb range of named swimwear; each lady will also have her makeup and hair for the show arranged by Jane of Mirage. The show, in aid of a new ambulance for the Mazarron area, is being held in the Zaire Disco in Bulnuevo CAFÉ (Community Ambulance Fund Espana) currently have 27,000€ towards the total of 60,000€ required for the vehicle. Starting at 3pm till late, CC3 will also feature 11 different musical acts offering all

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I quickly latched onto this new route and came to appreciate the gently winding road through the citrus plantations. It was not quick but quite pretty and peaceful; it paid to leave early to avoid being late.

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Why are gorillas so important? Why do we need to save gorillas? Great Apes, and especially the largest of all, gorillas, have always been a source of inspiration and fascination for humans. Their close kinship to humans makes them stand out in the animal kingdom. Genetic analyses show that gorillas share 98.4 percent of their genes with humans. Gorillas have been shown to possess selfawareness, remarkable intelligence and an ability to communicate with signs and symbols as well as use some basic tools. They express emotions such as joy and distress in a way similar to humans. Some gorilla populations are the object of concerted conservation and restoration efforts. However, gorillas as a whole remain endangered and continue to face severe threats. All the great ape species of Africa - the bonobos, chimpanzees and gorillas- and the orangutans of Southeast Asia are in steep decline, and the rate of loss is increasing virtually everywhere. The conservation of viable wild populations of each species, necessary to prevent their extinction, represents a

difficult challenge to humanity. Not only are these species humankind’s closest relatives, they also play a key role in their forest homes, which in turn regulate the global climate. A failure to save them from extinction would truly be an irreversible loss and a bad omen for humanity’s future prospects. Current conservation efforts need to be widened, as trends suggest that all great ape species could become extinct in the wild in the 21st century, and some even within a few decades. There are 4 widely recognized gorilla subspecies, belonging to 2 species. Primatologists continue to explore the relationships between various gorilla populations. The species and subspecies listed here are the ones upon which most experts agree.

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Western Lowland Gorilla - possibly 200,000 individuals

Until recently, conservationists were less concerned about the long-term future of the Western lowland gorilla as their vast forest created a natural boundary between them and their human neighbours. But as the logging industry engulfs the forest, bringing roads, hunters and disease, the Western lowland gorillas’ long-term future has been thrown into uncertainty.

Cross River Gorilla - 250-300 individuals

Following the war in Nigeria in 1960’s, Cross River gorillas were thought to be extinct. However, during the 1980s, sightings were recorded & small numbers of the sub-species were rediscovered in Cameroon and Nigeria on the banks of the Cross River. Little is known about this elusive sub-species of gorilla, except their numbers are small & their fragmented environment could threaten their future.

Eastern Gorilla

Mountain Gorilla - 720 individuals

Today, Mountain gorillas are threatened, not due to a demand for their meat, or their infants, but due to a demand for the lush forest in which they live. For the poverty-stricken communities living around the gorilla habitat it is the forest that provides them with many of their basic human needs, and in the war torn areas of DR Congo these needs are exaggerated.

Eastern Lowland Gorilla - may be as low as 5,000 individuals

Eastern Lowland gorillas only remain in DR Congo, a country plagued by war, political instability and natural disasters. Like Mountain gorillas, Eastern Lowland gorillas suffer terribly from habitat loss, but in some areas this loss is magnified by the illegal mining industry or by the lack of legal protection for the gorilla habitat.

Conservation Status Today, there remain only 10 countries with naturally occurring populations of gorillas. The best available estimates indicate that the world gorilla population is around 200,000 individuals. In August 2008, data was published indicating that 125,000 previously uncounted gorillas live in remote areas of northern Congo. With the exception of the Mountain Gorilla however, accurate population estimates for gorillas are hard to establish, because they are difficult to survey precisely in their vast range and many populations are inaccessible due to local conflicts and warfare. Whatever the data indicates, all groups are considered ‘endangered’ or ‘critically endangered’.



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Understanding the difference has an enormous impact on our motivation for doing something. Do you remember being motivated to get a job done, that nothing will stand in your way until it is complete? And haven’t we all been in the opposite situation, where we have had a task or goal that we have wanted to achieve, but somehow simply not been able to find the internal resources to bring it about? A motivator is an external force, stimulus or influence that inspires a person to act or respond. In general, motivators can be positive or negative, but a negative motivator is not necessarily a bad thing! Positive motivators are aspects of the desired change that we want to move towards. For example, we may want to get fit to run a marathon and raise money for charity. A negative motivator is something we wish to move away from. For example, we may wish to get fit to avoid being breathless when running up stairs. Both these motivators are very powerful.

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Ulcerative colitis is a long-term (chronic) condition affecting the colon. The colon, also known as the large intestine, removes nutrients from undigested food and expels waste products through the rectum and anus when you pass stools (faeces).

Conditions that cause inflammation of the intestines, such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease, are known as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). IBD should not be confused with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), which is a different condition and requires different treatment. Ulcerative colitis causes the colon to become inflamed and in severe cases, ulcers (painful sores) may form on the lining of the colon. These ulcers can bleed and produce mucus and pus.

Symptoms The symptoms of the condition can vary, depending on how much of the colon is affected and the level of inflammation. Symptoms of ulcerative colitis include bloody diarrhoea, abdominal pain, a frequent need to go to the toilet and weight loss. Symptoms can vary from mild to severe. For some people the condition is a minor inconvenience, while for others it can seriously affect their quality of life. Symptoms are often worse first thing in the morning. Many people living with the condition will have longs periods of months or years where they experience very few, or no, symptoms. However, in all cases, without treatment symptoms will eventually return. No specific trigger that causes the return of symptoms has been identified, though it is thought that stress may play a factor.

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There is no current cure for ulcerative colitis though there are a number of successful treatments that can relieve and prevent symptoms. These treatments can successfully control the symptoms of ulcerative colitis in 70% of all cases. In the remainder of cases, surgery may be required to remove the colon. Severe forms of the condition can be serious and cause lifethreatening complications. However, due to advancements in the treatment of the condition, death from ulcerative colitis is extremely rare.

Treating Ulcerative Colitis Once the diagnosis is confirmed, you may then be referred to a gastroenterologist (a doctor who specialises in conditions of the digestive system) so the severity of your condition can be assessed and a treatment plan drawn up. The severity of the condition is judged using a number of factors, including: • how many times you are passing stools, • whether those stools are bloody, • whether you have symptoms of fever, • how much control you have over your bladder, and • your general wellbeing. Mild to moderate cases can be treated on an out-patient basis (meaning treatment can be carried out through a series of appointments at a hospital or clinic) or at home. More severe cases will require admission to hospital.

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Recipes For The Soul... by Sharon Fisher In this ar ticle we will discuss the Yogic practice of water therapy or Hydrotherapy.

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...binge drink Damage done… Binge drinking (more than five units in a night) impairs mental abilities while you’re under the influence. In the longer term (usually over many years), it can cause progressive liver disease - first fatty liver (fat in liver cells), which then progresses to alcoholic hepatitis and finally to liver sclerosis.

Bounce-back factor… Very good. If you’ve cut out the drink, a fatty liver will repair itself within a few months. Your liver can also recover from alcoholic hepatitis but never completely from sclerosis. Although lost brain cells are gone forever, heavy drinkers will recover significant brain function over a period of a year.

...avoid the gym Damage done… People who take no physical exercise are much more likely to suffer from obesity, diabetes, a bad back and depression.

Bounce-back factor… Good. You’ll get much fitter surprisingly quickly by doing just 30 minutes of activity every day. To avoid it being an uphill struggle, you need to tackle inactivity by the age of 40, when you start to lose muscle at a much faster rate. on fast food Damage done… Too many saturated fats and trans fats significantly increase your risk of high cholesterol, blocked arteries and a heart attack. You’ll be at higher risk of obesity and diabetes, too.

Bounce-back factor… fruit & veg Damage done… Skimping on fruit and veg may increase your cancer risk and chance of being overweight, because you’re not filling up on low-calorie, low-fat foods.

Bounce-back factor… Good. Introducing more veg any time up to late middle age should cut your risk of heart

Fair. A moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips? Not necessarily. It is possible to get your weight and cholesterol under control by restricting fatty foods from your diet, even if you don’t get around to it until middle age - as soon as you do this, your health will improve. In fact, reducing blood cholesterol by ten per cent reduces your risk of heart disease by twice as much. But the earlier, the better, especially if you have a family history of heart disease.

Pause For Thought So our six weeks of having our grandsons here are nearly over. They’ve kept us pretty busy of course with trains, football, basketball, go-carts, bowling, walking, swimming, various card games, table-tennis and darts. No we haven’t risked letting six year olds loose with real darts, but with plastic tipped ones that require a real knack to get them to stick into the board. And they’ve loved them; actually having more success than I these days in getting them to stay in the board. But it’s taken a lot of practice and much determination, with many wild shots completely missing the mark.

Father Sebastian Kneipp revived the use of water therapy in the 19th century; he believed that water would ‘dissolve, remove and strengthen’ – ‘dissolve’ mattercontaining disease, ‘remove’ diseased matter from the body and ‘strengthen’ the body by restoring cleansed blood to the tissues and maximizing circulation. There has been much research into the benefits of hydrotherapy. It has been proven to assist in the treatment of many diseases as diverse as asthma, heart disease, arthritis, varicose veins, constipation, chronic fatigue syndrome, headaches and psoriasis. Hydrotherapy helps to stimulate blood and lymph circulations, relieve congestion, tone body tissues, alleviate pain, relax nerves and enhance overall well being. The wonderful thing about water therapy is that it is widely available and inexpensive. There are no substances known to man that possess as many remedial and healthpromoting qualities as water. To utilize the practice of Hydrotherapy,

To help sooth headaches or migraines the use of hot and cold compresses alternately applied. While lying down, begin by placing a cold compress on the forehead and a hot compress at the base of the skull. The compresses should be alternated 7 times at 2-minute intervals. Treatment is concluded with the cold compress on the neck and hot one on the forehead. When you need an immediate pick-me-up and to help stimulate circulation use this method: Wring out a rough towel in cold water (use tepid water for the elderly or people suffering from heart problems). Rub vigorously back and forth in the following areas: face and forehead, neck, chest, hands and arms (moving up towards the shoulders), shoulders, right foot - right ankle - right leg, left foot - left ankle - left leg, hips and buttocks, abdomen, and finally the back. Wring out the towel in the cold water again if it dries out. The most simple and relaxing method of hydrotherapy is to join the royal ancient Egyptians and fill a bath with warm water and a few drops of essential oils (lavender is very calming) place some rose petals, light the room with scented candles and play soothing music! Sharon is a Yoga teacher and Reiki Master for information about her classes email:


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Not only Yogis have utilised the benefits of water therapy. The use of water for soothing pains and treating diseases has been recorded as early as ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman civilizations. Egyptian royalty bathed with essential oils and flowers, while Romans had communal public baths for their citizens.

the generally-accepted rules are that heat quiets and soothes the body, slowing down the activity of internal organs, whilst cold, in contrast, stimulates and invigorates, increasing internal activity. Here are a few simple methods of hydrotherapy:

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And here’s an intriguing fact; that 600 years ago, each time they missed the board, they would have been told they had sinned, for contrary to what many people believe, that word did not originally have any particular religious connotations, but was a term regularly used when an archer missed his target. So when St Paul wrote in his letter to the Christians in Rome, that “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God”, his readers, being well versed in military phraseology, would have understood they he was saying that we are none of us up to the standard set by God. He was in fact describing us as soldiers throwing a javelin both wide of the mark and short as well. So a sinner is not necessarily someone who is intensely evil, but one who, however good they may seem, is not actually up to the standard of perfection required by God. So just as a soldier who regularly missed the mark, would be dismissed, or possibly worse, so Paul later in his letter to the Roman Christians writes “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ.” What a relief that is to understand that whatever we may deserve for so failing to meet God’s standard, yet He promises the undeserved gift of life for all who love and serve him.

I find this a most interesting an invigorating subject to write about now in this very hot month, just thinking about water helps keep my body cool!!!

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A New A2 Licence The Spanish government has recently passed new general driving regulations, introducing important changes which motorists will now have to take into account. One of the most significant measures is the introduction of a new licence, the A-2, valid only for riding motorbikes not exceeding 500 cubic centimetres.

The A-2 is an intermediate licence which has been introduced to help bridge the gap between riding low and high cylinder motorbikes. From now on, in order to qualify for a type A licence required for riding motorcycles of any power, the motorist must have held the new A-2 licence for at least two years. The new scheme does away with the power limitation system which was in operation before obtaining the permanent licence, because previously a licence could only be held after riding a motorbike not exceeding 34hp for two years. In addition, in order to ride motorbikes exceeding 500 cubic centimetres cylinder capacity, the Spanish authorities have increased the minimum age to 20. Both measures are designed to help motorists gain experience prior to dealing with more powerful

machines, which are very often responsible for a large number of fatal accidents. The new legislation transposes the European directives into Spanish law and also includes several other changes which the Spanish government had previously been introducing, such as raising the minimum age for riding mopeds from 14 to 15 years old. The licence for riding a moped, which will subsequently be called an AM licence, will also undergo modifications, such as making it illegal to carry passengers below the age of 18. Another significant development is the change in the period of validity of licences. Licences AM, A1, A2, A, B and driving licences which have to be renewed every 10 years until the age of 65 will now have to be renewed every 5 years.

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registered. Speaking of the business Aaron said: “We pride ourselves on giving our clients the exact cover they require at a competitive price and aim to give 100 % service each and every time. We offer a personal service that you can rely on; we are more than just a voice over the phone. Our clients are number one, so whatever you need, we will always give you our full attention to ensure you are covered.” Whether you are looking for a cheaper renewal on your car insurance, want to protect your home in the sun or are looking for a great price on your travel insurance this summer, contact horizons today on 902 906 763.

UK in Spain - the official website for the British Embassy in Spain The British Embassy in Spain works to develop and sustain the important and longstanding relationship between the UK and Spain. This involves dealing with a wide range of political, commercial, security and economic questions of interest to the UK and Spain. The Consulate-General is part of the British Embassy. We, and our network of regional Consular offices, are here to provide support for British nationals visiting or living in Spain.

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To protect your home, what you could do is to set up electrified fences, have guard dogs, lay a minefield and have radar controlled machine guns to protect your house from thieves. You could also try to make your domestic services failsafe and indestructible, along with nailing everything down so your pets, children etc. can’t knock anything over. Then you would need to gain control over the environment to prevent floods, fire or pestilence. The difficulty with this approach is that: a) S  ome of these things are illegal, expensive, impractical or impossible c) Y  ou would not endear yourself to your neighbours (this may or may not be a problem of course, depending whether you like them or not)

d) S  hooting the builder or postman by mistake is frowned on and normally entitles you to food and accommodation at Government expense for a while! Personally, I like the idea of the first part of the above “insurance” approach (to prevent thieves) because it deters cold callers, those trying to get money from you for various causes or others who think that their lifestyle/religion/politics is/are the best and attempt to convert you or bore you to death.

Now of course comes the sensible, alternative suggestion to the aforementioned ideas in order to protect your home. You could try an Insurance policy (Oh no, the “I” word!). With the right cover for you, any damage, loss or emergency is taken care of and at less cost, less risk of prosecution and less risk of upsetting your neighbours, friends or relatives then the first approach. You can insure against a wide variety of risks and have an emergency helpline number if you need plumbers, electricians etc.. You can also be sure that if someone does decide that your TV or stereo is better than theirs and they help themselves to yours, you will get a replacement and assistance making your home secure again. It doesn’t cost as much as you might think and when you consider how much of your life is tied up in your home, the question you have to ask is – Can I afford not to be insured? Well, can you?

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There is another side benefit to this idea I forgot to mention – relatives or friends from the UK who invite themselves for a holiday and then can’t be persuaded to leave. It’s surprising how persuasive a hungry Rottweiler and CS gas can be.

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Olympic Aim To Get Britons Online As the government’s new Digital Champion she has been charged with getting millions online who are not yet connected to the internet. Speaking in a recent interview Ms Lane Fox said she wanted a “virtual race” to coincide with preparations for the 2012 Olympics. She also said there were too few women working in technology in the UK. “They’ve asked me to see what really clever applications of technology could help people get more employment, get more choices, take control of where they live of their own situation in a slightly more cohesive way,” the co-founder of said.


The race is on to get as many British people online as possible by 2012, Martha Lane Fox has said.

Ms Lane Fox has indicated that she wants to concentrate on the six million poorest “nonliners” first. She will be relying on people already online to convince others to join them. “The only way I think we can do that is if all of us as individuals sit down and think okay, how can I bring someone on this journey with me? Get kids training grannies, get all of us kind of plugging into our local communities to try and pull the whole country along. If we all took it on ourselves to train 10, 20 people, the job is done,” she said.

She called for “a kind of virtual race to get as many people online by the Olympics alongside all the real physical races that will be going on.” Some 17 million Britons are currently not online, either out of choice or because they cannot afford internet connectivity.

Michael Fraser, a “reformed burglar” working for the BBC (perhaps one of the more interesting job titles out there) calls it “Internet shopping for burglars.” The combination of willingness to “friend” total strangers and open broadcasting about your holiday plans, whereabouts, purchases, home interiors and other personal information essentially creates a field day for professional burglars. In fact, we reported on just such an incident back in June. The concept is backed up by recent statistics from British insurance and investment management firm Legal & General, whose survey found nearly 40% of social networking users share holiday plans on sites like Facebook and Twitter. They also found about 13% of Facebook users and 92% of Twitter users tend to accept friend requests or follows without checking up on the source.

Don’t Tell Everyone!! Be careful who you talk to as apparently it’s not only the IRS using social media to find its targets, but burglars as we ll!

Of course, on Twitter that’s default behaviour. You have to actively go out of your way to block someone, and the social culture is infused with an ethos of openness and public updating. On the flip side, surely there is some grey area emerging as we culturally get used to the ramifications of “living out in the open” with increasing frequency. It takes some getting used to, and until we’re more widely savvy about it these kinds of events will continue to be learning experiences. What do you think? Is all this plain common sense? Is the solution to be more careful about what you post or does that start to diminish the very utility and connectivity we value in things like Twitter and Facebook? Should we all just update our profile locations to read “in an underground bunker guarded by Really Big Dogs”? Let us know your thoughts!

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Bermuda was, and still is, an incredibly expensive place for tourists. In car terms, Bermuda would be an Aston Martin V12, 6 litre Vantage, compared to Blackpool’s Robin Reliant. But of course, if you lived there, salaries reflected the stratospheric cost of living, and with the bonus of no income tax, it was not a problem.

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You have also met a couple of English jackthe-lads at the beach; done a bit of harmless flirting…nothing you can’t tell Wilbur about the usual holiday stuff. At the end of your week, and with the aid of several litres of sun oil, the incredibly tanned and several-dress-sizes-larger-than-when-youarrived-you, reluctantly departs this idyll for home. And that’s usually it, except for that one final look over the shoulder. Then come the holiday

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spanish property news... spanish property news... Marbella Town Hall Property Lottery The new local development plan approved by the Town Hall for Marbella is set to legalise more than 17,000 illegal properties, but the new planning regulations leave out some 500 occupied properties which, as a consequence, could face demolition. Amongst them is the Banana Beach urbanisation; the Town Hall previously turned down a suggestion from the regional government’s housing and planning department to build two new buildings nearby to house residents of Banana Beach. The site would have been the Ermita industrial estate which, under the new PGOU, becomes land earmarked for residential use and public buildings. 10% of the area would correspond to the Town Hall, and it’s understood the suggestion was that Banana Beach residents could be re-housed

EU commissioner: Spanish recovery will take longer

Spain’s property crash means its economy will take longer to recover from the economic crisis than European neighbours France and Germany, EU Economic Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said on Friday. “The causes of the economic decline in Spain, and in particular the situation in the housing sector, will make the recovery slower,” he told Spain’s Radio Cadena Ser. “It is not so easy as in other cases, where we go from day to night, from a very deep recession to figures of positive growth.” He estimated that the recovery in Spain could begin in 2010. Spain entered into its first recession in 15 years at the end of 2008 and unemployment has soared as the global credit crunch worsened a correction that was already underway in its once booming housing sector. The National Statistics Institute on Thursday said the economy shrank 1.1 percent in the second quarter, the fourth consecutive contraction and worse than the original estimate of 1.0 percent. Both France and Germany recently announced positive growth in the second quarter.


there in officially-protected housing. A municipal spokesperson commented that it would be unfair to the owners of other properties in Río Real and Torrevigía which also face demolition and who would not be given the same opportunity to be rehoused. It would also be a costly operation for the municipal purse and suggests the Town Hall would not want to go ahead, as it would mean admitting something they want to prevent – the demolition of occupied properties. The promoter of the Banana Beach urbanisation was José Ávila Rojas, the Granada constructor implicated in the Malaya case who is currently serving 8 years in prison for tax fraud. The development was built on a licence annulled by the courts and for which the ex Marbella Mayor, Julián Muñoz, and members of his governing team were sentenced to six months in prison.

1000 Calpe Homes Affected By Coastal Demarcation Plans The local government in Calpe says it will appeal a proposed change to the Environment Ministry’s demarcation of protected coastal area which will extend protection to the entire 15,800 metres of the town’s entire coastline. The plan from the Coastal Authority will affect more than 1,000 properties and could mean partial demolition for some of them, as the new demarcation will mean that they now stand on public land. The proposed extended perimeter also takes in more of the Salinas wetlands, part of which is under private ownership, as well as Calpe’s paseo marítimo, which could now return to the state after being ceded to the town in 1972. It’s understood that protected housing and municipal property could also be affected. The Town Hall argues that the new demarcation is based on out-of-date maps from 1992 which do not reflect Calpe as it is today. The local Mayor, Ximo Tur, said in a press release this Tuesday that the Town Hall will keep the public informed of the situation and how the new demarcation will affect them.

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Complacency is endemic in local government and those of us it serves; neither helps our expatriate community. Come to think of it, inertia has an equally devastating effect on our Spanish neighbours too. Clearly life in Spain isn’t quite as attractive as it once was. This state of affairs is due to a range of issues aired on forums, the local media, and increasingly the European media, including Britain’s. If as a consequence the haemorrhage of non-Spaniards is made more acute by a drop in taxes, investment, and new blood coming to Spain, the consequences for both communities will be calamitous. The infrastructure of the Costa Blanca will deteriorate to an unsustainable level, which will further accelerate the decline.

GHOST TOWNS Picture boarded up commercial centres, swathes of deserted urbanisations. Imagine a lack of private services and dysfunctional public services, a skeletal social structure; a near bankrupt economy with survivors unable to meet the costs of a viable community. A depleted health service, restaurants and other providers disappearing; the airports echoing to the sound of silence: Abandoned animals and rubbish-strewn wastelands. Add to these failings a creaking unsustainable

utilities network. This is not alarmist. It is already happening. If you are Spanish have you and your family an exit strategy if hundreds of thousands of fellow Europeans remove themselves and they are not replaced? What will your home be worth then? Can your careers and your family’s educational resources continue when the empty coffers are slammed shut? We know what life was like on the Costa Blanca before the influx. Could you and your families live in that faraway land now? In a much smaller world there are nations in direct competition for the incoming wealth of northern Europeans. It would seem you are killing the geese that lay the golden eggs?

FIGHT OR FLIGHT? Directly or indirectly most Spaniards to some degree are dependent upon nonEuropean residents. It is time for a radical re-think and a truly across the communities united strategy which, rather being them and us is all of us. This may seem a formidable challenge; it is not however as challenging as having to endure the Spanish equivalent of the infamous American dustbowl of the 1930’s. It couldn’t happen here? It is: Look around you.

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Nasturtiums plants grow very full, with spots of brightly coloured blossoms poking out of masses of foliage. Leaves are rounded, like a water lily. The flowers are an open funnel shape with a curious little claw or spur on the underside. They are most often seen in rich shades of yellow, orange, pink, red and mahogany but there are also varieties in subdued shades of butter yellow and cream. The ‘Alaska’ Series and the climbing ‘Jewel of Africa’ have variegated leaves. Nasturtiums will spill beautifully over walls and onto pavers, when used as edging plants. They also hold up very well in containers. Climbing varieties, will amble up and through shrubs. Bushy, ground hugging plants will fill in blooming gaps among complementary coloured day lilies and roses. And you can use clusters to brighten up the vegetable garden. Alaska Series - Bushy, dwarf plants with heavily variegated foliage; the blossoms are held above the foliage. Jewel Series - Bushy, dwarf with double and semi-double blooms; flowers can tend to get lost under the foliage. ‘Peach Melba’ - Busy, dwarf with semi-double buttery yellow flowers splashed with orangey-red centres. Good for containers.

Nasturtiums are usually started from seed, so you won’t often find them available as plants, at nurseries. However, the seed germinate quickly and the plants will be up and blooming in little time. Seeds can be sow directly in the garden, when the soil has warmed, or started indoors about 2-4 weeks earlier. Nasturtiums don’t especially like being transplanted, so starting indoor seedlings in peat pots will reduce transplant shock. Once planted, they tend to take care of themselves. Take shoot tip cuttings during the summer and pot them up. Keep them frost-free over winter and plant out the following spring, after the last of the frosts. The perennials aren’t completely hardy and need digging up, with their top growth cut off, for storing over winter in a cool, dry, frost-free garage. They can also be divided at the same time to create new plants. Maintenance... Nasturtiums like regular weekly watering. They will survive some drought conditions, but flowering will diminish and the foliage can begin to look ratty. Deadheading is not usually necessary, unless a plant has been stressed and is holding on to spent blooms. They do, however, thrive in lean soil. Don’t feed nasturtium plants at all during the growing season; fertiliser causes them to put out more foliage and less flowers. Pests & Diseases...

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Nasturtiums are very prone to aphids and are sometimes used as a trap crop in vegetable gardens. A strong blast of water is usually enough to get rid of the aphids. They can also be prone to flea beetles, slugs and the caterpillars of cabbage white butterflies.

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CALLING ALL GARDENERS!! The next meeting of the Garden Club of the Vega Baja will be held on Monday 7th September at “The Venue” on the Lemon Tree Road from 2-4pm. The Speaker for the month will again be Dr Juan Martinez Tome of ‘Natur Plant’ Garden Centre; his talk on this occasion will be on irrigation. There is no fee to join the club but you are asked for 1€ each time you attend, this money goes towards expenses for speakers also to subsidise trips. Each month there is a question and answer session also plants and produce for sale from various members. All gardeners are very welcome whether you have a few tubs on your patio or 10,000 sq metres! So come along, make some new friends, and ask those questions about your garden that you can’t find the answer to!! All enquiries to chairman Val on 966 716 527

Hello there! I hope that you are all bursting with energy and enthusiasm, ready to get back to work on your vegetable plot and enjoy the fruits (or should I say veg?) of your labour as summer comes to an end! It’s been a blooming hot summer in the garden with lots of plants giving up the ghost. I must admit that I lost most of my runner beans and tomatoes, even after giving them plenty of water and feed. The water loss was through leaf aspiration (moisture loss through evaporation) and the heat of the soil. A young friend of mine lost everything although he has a watering system, so don’t feel too bad if this year was not a huge success for you….look forward to 2010 and learn from this year’s experience, I’m told that this has been the hottest summer for nearly fifty years!

IN SEPTEMBER… Ground which has been stripped of plants; manure well for winter sowing if you plan to plant potatoes, and any of the BRASSICAE family

(cabbage, cauli, kohl rabbi etc) also digging in some of that compost from your compost heap. Space for root veg, carrots, parsnips etc only need compost as animal manure is too strong and will cause them to split.


…to all who use horse manure. I must confess that it was a shock to find a large family of CHAFER grubs in the manure. They are a “C” shape, white with black ends and can be as large as a prawn almost filling the palm of your hand. They do immense damage to the root system of a plant. I am now sifting the manure before I use it. Sieves are expensive so I made one from an old small drawer replacing the base with wire mesh.

GOLDEN RULES TO REMEMBER: Water the ROOTS, not the leaves to prevent fungal disease. Keep those weeds down.

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Sometimes I see only one or two but lately there have been up to thirteen every night. A couple of weeks ago though, one of the “Gertie Geckos” - as I call them - must have come indoors to have her young. Over the space of one week I have rescued seven tiny geckos, only about 5 cms long from nose to tip of tail. No 1 had fallen into the deep sink in the utility room; as I passed, he scuttled down the plug hole. A minute later, two tiny feet and a nose peeped out of the holes. He was too scared to come out while I was there so I put a piece of cardboard for him to climb up to safety. No 2 had fallen into the washing up water that I had left a pan soaking in. He could not climb the side of the stainless steel sink so had to be fished out with a strainer spoon and taken onto the veranda. No 3 had fallen into the large tub of water holding an umbrella grass on the veranda. Not enough room to use a spoon without hurting him so I draped a scrap of fabric over the side for him to



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Low-carb Diets ‘Damage Arteries’

Low-carb slimming diets may clog arteries and increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes, a study suggests. Diets based on eating lots of meat, fish and cheese, while restricting carbohydrates have grown in popularity in recent years. But a Medical Center in the US found such habits caused artery damage; the researchers and independent experts both agreed a balanced diet was the best option. Low-carb diets have attracted a lot of attention and controversy after a surge in interest in them in the 1990s. The researchers decided to investigate their impact on the cardiovascular system after hearing of reports of people on the diets suffering heart attacks. They fed mice three different diets - a standard mouse type, a western diet which was high in fat, and a low-carb, high-protein version, the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reported. The low-carb diet did not affect cholesterol levels, but there was a significant difference on the impact on atherosclerosis - the buildup of fatty plaque deposits in the arteries

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that can lead to heart attacks or strokes. After 12 weeks, the mice eating the low-carb diet had gained less weight, but developed 15% more atherosclerosis than those on the standard mice food; for the western diet group there was 9% more atherosclerosis. The team could not be certain why the effect was seen, but thought low-carb diets may affect the way bone marrow cells effectively clean arteries of fatty deposits. Lead researcher Anthony Rosenzweig said the findings were so concerning to him that he decided to come off the low-carb diet he was following. He added: “Our research suggests that, at least in animals, these diets could be having adverse cardiovascular effects. It appears that a moderate and balanced diet, coupled with regular exercise, is probably best for most people.” Joanne Murphy, from the Stroke Association, agreed following a balanced diet was the best advice. “We know that foods such as red meat and dairy products, which are high in protein, also contain high levels of saturated fat. These fats then cause the build up in the arteries.” But she added the research was still at an

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Grate the cucumber and place it in a bowl. Sprinkle with salt and let rest on the side for 30 minutes. Cut the apple in small sticks and drizzle with lime juice to prevent oxidation. Transfer to a bowl. Press on the cucumber with the tip of your fingers to squeeze out the excess water. Combine with the apple and radish sticks.

Add the fresh herbs, 1 tablespoon yogurt and the olive oil. No need to add more salt as the cucumber is already seasoned. Divide between four glasses. Top with 2 tablespoons of yogurt in each glass and finish with the diced smoked salmon. Drizzle with olive oil and top with cracked red peppercorns. Serve with more lime juice to taste. Accompany with bread sticks.


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Little Chef In ‘Good Food Guide

Little Chef joins the big chefs next week when the roadside eatery’s branch at Popham, west of London, will be included in “The Good Food Guide 2010”. The establishment gained worldwide publicity last November when Chef Heston Blumenthal, of the Fat Duck, brought in his kitchen team and a designer to help transform an outpost of the tired 50-yearold chain into a destination for quality food. Blumenthal -- creator of snail porridge - produced a menu that retained the spirit and prices of Little Chef while introducing new dishes such as braised ox cheeks and using much better-quality produce, the guide’s editor, Elizabeth Carter, said in an emailed press statement. “I am overjoyed,” Blumenthal said in the statement. “Inclusion in ‘The Good Food Guide’ is a great barometer of success and it’s fantastic for Little Chef Popham to be

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recognised by such an established British food guide.” The editors of “The Good Food Guide,” to be published on September 8, said last week that the Fat Duck rates as the UK’s No. 1 establishment for a second year, with a perfect 10, followed by Restaurant Gordon Ramsay with nine. Little Chef scores two: “Decent cooking, displaying good basic technical skills and interesting combinations and flavors. Occasional inconsistencies.” The Blumenthal makeover was filmed for a Channel 4 TV series that highlighted tensions between the chef and Ian Peglar, chief executive of Little Chef, which is owned by R Capital Ltd. This month, the company refurbished branches in Kettering and York and introduced the new look and menu.

Popcorn & cereals – the new superfoods? Popcorn and breakfast cereals, frequently derided as junk food, may contain “surprisingly large” servings of healthy antioxidants, according to chemical researchers. Any nutritional value of snack foods was previously thought to rest on their high fibre content – a virtue regularly trumpeted by manufacturers on food packaging. But a study presented today to the American Chemical Society (ACS) suggests the benefit of grain-based foods lies in the significant presence of antioxidants known as polyphenols. Antioxidants are thought to protect cells from damage and mop up free radical

molecules, which may lead to illnesses such as cancer and heart disease. Although the beneficial role of antioxidants has, in the past, been questioned by other medical research teams, the latest report will provide comfort for popcorn-munching couch potatoes. Polyphenols are one of the main reasons why fruits and vegetables, chocolate, wine, coffee and tea are thought to lower the risk of heart disease, cancer and other diseases. Cold whole-grain cereals have significantly more antioxidants than processed grain foods, the study found. Among the salty snacks examined by the team, popcorn contained the most antioxidants.

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Set the oven at 400F/200C/Gas 6. Have on hand a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Halve the aubergine lengthwise. Place them in the baking dish, cut sides up. Sprinkle generously with oil and salt. Bake for 20 minutes. Leave to cool. With a teaspoon, scoop out the aubergine flesh. Chop it coarsely; transfer to a bowl. In a skillet, heat the 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. When it is hot, add the shallot, coriander, and thyme. Cook over medium heat, stirring often, for 3 minutes. Add the garlic and continue to cook for 1 minute.

Add the tomatoes, bay leaf, salt, and pepper. Cook, stirring often, for 4 minutes. Stir in the aubergine flesh. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, for 7 minutes or until the mixture is pulpy and well flavoured. Discard the bay leaf and thyme. Leave to cool slightly. Lower the oven temperature to 375 degrees. Stir the ricotta, pecorino, coriander, ham, egg, salt, and pepper into the aubergine mixture. Fill the aubergine shells with the stuffing. Return the shells to the baking dish. Sprinkle with olive oil and add the water to the dish. Bake the aubergine for 45 minutes or until the shells are tender when pierced with a skewer.

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Thanks for keeping us stocked with chocolates and sweeties! Let us know when the little one arrives! – ooh not long now! All your friends at Sol Times XXX

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LOS COMPAÑEROS DEL TEATRO announce their forthcoming production to be staged at Lentisco restaurant in Taberno

are so very grateful

Dale Hopkins died 6/8/09 fighting for our country in Afghanistan. All my thoughts and prayers are with you Emma. With love Claire and Family xxxx

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dogs in our care. We


market day special tuesdays & wednesdays daily special main meal

15% off all takeaways limited period only

collection. All the proceeds benefit the many

made this generous


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Tel: 697 264 179


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evening Auction Wed 2nd & 16th September Auction starts at 7pm

Viewing: Mon & Tues: 10am - 2pm Wed: 10am - & 5pm - 7pm

Always looking for good quaility items for forthcoming auctions


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Los Narejos For bookings Tel: 696 096 023

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

Spanish Classes from 9am

KARAoke 10pm - 2am


KARAoke 10pm - 2am


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

sunday roast served 1pm - 5pm

OPEN 5pm til late

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

See your business here for only 20€ a week call Rosemary or Greg on: 647 379 795 or 618 530 767

Pubs & Clubs... you hold sessions?

Email your details to and tell our readers where the nearest bingo in town is!

Mazarrón’ Being a ‘Friend of MABS hours of your Situated in San Miguel de Salinas means giving just a few The shop is situated at the very top of the raising activities time to help with fund main street, opposite the Ferrateria, and our one Table ONLY. This could be at just after the pedestrianised area. ffee Mornings or Top sales, Fun Nights, Co Mon - Fri 10am-2pm/5pm-7pm will be to have Saturday 10am-2pm Barbeques. Your reward always are ybe make new but We have some volunteers some fun, laugh, and ma more. for t lookou the on ll or text. 663 friends along the way. Ca If anyone is interested in giving up a little end of MABS 308 584 to become a Fri bit of their free time, please call Yvonne abs@hotmail. Mazarron or email mazm on 630 422 563 for more details... ck to you! ba com and we will get

Ex-Servicemen’s Association of Mazarrón District [ESAMD] Wednesday 9th September Dinner at Los Galayos Puerto de Mazarron - 7.30 for 8pm Contact Gerry and Mags on 968 956 058 or 690 780 895

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

APAH Autumn fete

Sunday 6th September San Miguel de Salinas from 12pm - 7pm Entrance fee is 2€ per adult accompanied children FREE The location of the Fete is the Youth Centre, at the entrance to the San Miguel by-pass road, and behind the Policia Local Office. With TKO Radio’s Road Show Refreshments provided by Cafeteria El Paseo Ice Creams from Costa Cones Tidy Paws Dog Grooming Salon will be offering haircuts for dogs The Tone Zone of San Miguel will be offering keep-fit advice Face Painting for Children by artist Helen Layfield, who will also have artwork for sale. Diamonds & Pearls from Hondon De Las Nieves & gold and silver jewellery for sale APAH will have the usual stalls of Clothes, Books, Bric a Brac, Childrens Toys and Cakes. For further information on the event, please contact Yvonne on 630 422 563 or Natasha on 616 210 850



o Open Charity Shop N 2

Alice’s New Home!

her new home, where she is thoroughly spoilt and regarded as their little angel! Margaret was also thrilled and gave Sally and Johnny every support (not that they needed it!!).

Thanks to advertising in the Sol Times, Noah’s Arc has been able to re-home some lovely dogs to great homes locally. Sweet little Alice, a West Highland terrier, was sadly abandoned next to some dustbins. She was found by Margaret, one of the foster carers who does a fantastic job helping Noah’s Arc dogs. Margaret gave her every care and attention but Alice wanted a home of her own! Seeing the advert in the Sol Times, Sally and Johnny Dillon stepped up to the plate. They love West Highland terriers because previously Sally had had a few of this breed over the years. Their last one was also a rescue also from the veterinary surgery where Sally used to work. She was called Lola and died six years ago. So, Sally and Johnny were delighted to find Alice. They adored Alice on first meeting and off she went to

Sally and Johnny took Alice to the vet and were told that she was much older than originally thought, possibly as old as 14. This made no difference to Sally and Johnny who just want to make her happy for the rest of her life. Johnny is a stage entertainer and gives regular bulletins to his audiences on his baby Alice’s progress and the work that Noah’s Arc does. At home, he often gets his guitar out and sings to Alice to see if it will help to get some of her hearing back (she is somewhat deaf). He tries out new songs on her but she has indicated that she is not at all impressed by 70s music! Noah’s Arc would like to express their deep appreciation to Sally and Johnny for adopting Alice and for the donations that Johnny collects on behalf of the dogs. Noah’s Arc has been rescuing now for over 8 years and they have saved many dogs from sickness, injury and the Spanish death chambers. If you would like to adopt or foster a dog, please get in touch with Noah’s Arc on 699 352 818 or email Noahs Arc also need volunteers to do everything and anything. Receiving no public funding, they are totally dependent on donations from the public.

P. A.L.S.

(Prote cti on and Life Saving )

Summer Pool Parties

New price only 5€ - The Pool Part ies start at 8pm at Mariano’s Restaurant Campos ol A

12 September

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

Pubs & Clubs... you hold quiz nights?

Email your details to and tell our readers where the nearest quiz in town is! Noah’s Arc animal rescue NEEDS your help! As a vo

lunteer working with us, you can do as much or as little as you feel you can contribute. Even if you can only spare 1 hour a month, ma ybe you could help out at the car boot or you could help us on the committe e, helping to move the charity forwa rd. Perhaps you could help as a foster car er? To discuss any aspect of volunteer help please contact Andy Hurrell on 699 352 818


YRE AUTUMN FAtau rant,

at the El Torreon Res Biblioteca Los Narejos Saturday 19 September - 3.30pm Home Made Cakes, Glassware, Tombola, Good as New, Gifts & Ceramics, Cards, Jewellery, Books, etc. Come along and enjoy the occasion! STALLHOLDERS REQUIRED Contact: Joan on 968 181 943 celebrating a birthday or anniversary? want to say en thank you to a friend? th s. ime solt send an email to editor@ of com and we’ll print it free o! charge!! photos to




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for sale

For Hire

Why not fly back and we will bring your dog or cat over by van. For details

Sony Triniton T.V. Silver Grey 30"(not flat screen) and Silver Grey cabinet with dark glass doors to house D.V.D. C.D. player etc.V.C.G.All for 125€. 2 Bedside cabinets four draws with brass handles V.C.G. 35€. Telephone 966 763 966

Two padded loungers 30€ each or two for 50€ Tel: 968573059 SOFAS, 3-SEATER & 2SEATER in beige fabric 60€ Tel: 687763165 (Villamartin) TDT DIGITAL ROOF AERIAL good working order 10€ Tel: 687763165 (Villamartin) MICROWAVE OVEN brown in good working order 10€ Tel: 687763165 (Villamartin) Edesa Silver Fridge/ Freezer for sale.. €275 LaTorre Golf Resort 630 279 810 Motorola KRZR KI mobile phone, as new still boxed, 100 euros. Los Montesinos area. Tel 680122760 COMPUTER. Hewlett Packard. 2•4 Gh Intel Pen. 1GB Ram. Windows XP. MS 2007 Office.Keyboard. Mouse. 19" Flat screen monitor. Lexmark Printer. €130 for quick sale. Tel. 966182025 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 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 3 tier bathroom stand 10€ Tel: 966 762 015 or 699 749 560

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

or office 965 326 146 Established in Spain for 10 years selling property. Ref/ 984

Returning to the UK or Spain?

1-80mm segmented satellite dish New Boxed 100€. Tel: 644 296 693 Puerto Mazarron.

(min 10 euros per transaction on cheques or Visa)

Wheel chair friendly La Florida 2 Bed Apt. only a couple of minutes walk to the shops and facilities 89,500€ Phone Brian on 626 941 962 or office 965 326 146 Established in Spain for 10 years selling property. Ref/ 976

call: 600 707 607 Lords Removal & Storage

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

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fishing Deep sea fishing call Tony on: 646 754 124 w w w.calidaf

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

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

Heating 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


Black Minature Poodles For Sale

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Fully vaccinated & wormed Ready now!

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You could advertise here from as little as 6€ a week.


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7.5 Ton Lorry to & from the UK once a week or tel Shane: 653 468 472


Rainbow Satellites for all your TV needs with clients all over the Murcia Region. Contact Matt or Alan 686 358 475 or


van hire

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Savannah/ Bengals cats for Sale

Motor Insurance, UK & Spanish reg vehicles. Come to us with your best quote and we'll usually beat it! For Home - Pet - Vehicle etc at the very best price, please call us

These special cats are bred from leopards and are domesticated

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

Call The Treasure Chest:

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removals Local & International removals & complete storage solutions. Also commercial units for rent. www.daintoninspain. com. Tel Roger 653 529 243 or Danny 696 180 634. (ref CA101)



Property for sale

To Advertise Call Calida Sales on 950 430 820

You Must Phone Brian for the cheapest properties in the area. Phone 626 941 962 or office on 965 326 146

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 966103149


Tel 968 575 415 or 608 880 661

Very cheap Ground floor studio in La Florida only 49,500€ Phone Brian on 626 941 962 or office 965 326 146

Established 10 years selling Property in Spain Evenings on 966 798 469 We are situated at the rear of the Emerald Isle in La Florida.

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Cheapest Apt. in Torrevieja 2 bed Apartment in Las Palmeras in La Florida on the 1 st. floor only 4 years old. Only 64,950 € Phone Brian on 626 941 962 or office 965 326 146

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

South facing, El Razo, Guadamar Detached Villa 3 Bedrooms 2 Full bathrooms with off road parking, Solarium and Hot n cold air con. Close to beaches ect. This is a fabulous house and must be seen at only 169,950€ Phone Brian on 626 941 962 or office 965 326 146 T. & M. Apartments in Playa Flamenca very large living area situated in nice green zone, gardens and pool and all in lovely condition throughout with prices from 99,000€. Phone Brian on 626 941 962 or office 965326146 La Entrada Luxury apartment Punta Prima with 2 double bedrooms and two full bathrooms with very large living area

property for rent...

To Rent Almendricos

Furnished, 2 double bedroom Villa, fly free area, air-con, swimming pool, secure garden, fantastic views, dogs welcome, bills included. Must be seen.

500€ pcm Tel: 676 384 097

all like new and hardly used from new. Cost 204,000 € will take offers over 159,000€ Phone Brian on 626 941 962 or office 965 326 146 Punta prima first floor luxury 2 bed apartment over looking the pool and lovely garden area and views down to the sea from a large balcony with garage and store underground, 24 hour security, hot and cold aircon, F/furnished with everything. Only 147,500€ Phone Brian on 626 941 962 or office 965 326 146 Established in Spain for 10 years selling property Fantastic 2 Bed apartment on the first floor in Los Altos with large living area and u.k. T.V. telephone with broad band internet and hot and cold aircon, and is situated in nice sunny location from lunch time and then all day sun. Must be seen at only 75,000 € Phone Brian on 626941962 or evenings 9666798469 Ref/ 1039 Corner house with a difference as it has the normal 2 double bedrooms and family bathroom but also has a granny flat ect. Built onto the side of the house with large double room with fridge tea and toast facilities ect with large e ensuite toilet and shower room which is all legal and correct with nice garden and terrace on the ground floor and two solariums on the roof making this a bargain at only 107,750. € Phone Brian on 626941962 or office 965326146 Established in Spain for 10 years selling property El Cid, Playa Flamenca, Large 3 Bed 2 Bath corner house with to many extras to say with fantastic sunny location in Playa flamenca which comes fully furnished and a gift at only 127,500 € Phone Brian on 626941962 or office 965326146 Established in Spain for 10 years selling property Beautiful Detached Villa San Luis with 3 Double bedrooms and 3 Large family bathrooms, huge living room large kitchen on 1000 meter plot and large family pool terraces solarium and much more which has to

be seen at only 269,500 € Phone Brian on 626941962 Ref/ Ken Lovely Detached Villa La Florida 3 bedrooms 2 Full bathrooms on nice plot with large living area and good size bedrooms with large closed terrace area at the rear, good location close to everything but very private and secure and has two comunial pools € Phone Brian on 626941962 or office 965326146 Established in Spain for over 10 years selling property

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internet connection, including free international calls to 57 countries (600 minutes per month) and unlimited calls to Spanish landlines, ALL FOR ONLY 19.90€ per month + IVA. Company established 11 years. Telf. Dawn 965974149 or 609711887. (Also recruiting now for agents in Spain & UK).

vehicles STORAGE CONTAINER 20 ft, Almost New, Cost 2,700€ Accept 1,100€ Tel: 678306631 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

MATILSA CHERRY PICKER Immaculate, New Batteries, Towable 4,500€ ono Tel: 678306631

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“Dear Sol Times e I had for sale. Thanks for advertising the furnitur er coming out. It all sold within four days of your pap let you know. I couldn’t believe it and just had to Keep up the good work.” Jane Smith (Camposol)

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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

TIA: is a lovely tortoiseshell female who came into APAH as a tiny kitten with her two sisters Mia and CurlySue. They are very friendly, loving cats and it is a shame that no-one has ever offered them a loving home. To arrange to meet our ‘tortie sisters, please contact Yvonne on 630 422 563.

430 820 for details


For more info on these and other dogs call 619 938 955or visit our website

Stella, Rachel, Millie & Jennifer: Stunning female toy mix terriers found abandoned in a garden in Hondon. Obviously looked after but are now flourishing. These won’t be here long so hurry ‘cos they are so cute!

Full and Part Time Sales Representatives Due to our continued expansion, Sol Times are now looking to recruit full and part time, local representatives to cover the following areas: Mazarron and surrounding areas. Your role will be to promote our advertising packages to businesses within your local community. You should be able to manage your own local territory, deal with existing customers and generate new business.

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Contact Andy on 699 352 818

JAKE: is a male Spanish sheep dog rescued

on a roundabout in the Port of Mazarron. Chipped but we’re unable to find the owner. Do you know him? If his owner cannot be found, we can re-home him. As you can see he is a beautiful male and very friendly and calm dog.


TOBY: is a male Westie who was signed over to APAH when his owners returned to the UK. He is rather overweight, but that could be due to a lack of exercise. He loves contact with people and gets on well with other dogs. For information on Toby or any other APAH dog, please contact Natasha on 616 210 850.


An adorable girl born Jan 2008 and fully vaccinated. She has a ‘hounddog’ look with sad eyes. Found dumped in a feed sack with her siblings she has grown quite a lot since first rescued. A little timid at the moment after a recent move. Could you be the one to give her her confidence back?


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J&K Construction



70 years of quality service

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

All aSpects of building undertaken

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Est. 2003 in Spain All aspects of building work Small works to new build

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For FREE estimates & advice, please call:

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Qualified Electrician

City & Guilds and Spanish Qualifications

Installations, Rewiring, Repairs, Lights & Fans Fitted. Emergency Callout Available Tel: 670 309 878

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

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BY TELEPHONE: 950 430 820 ~ 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) OR Through paypal

for sale Ceiling Fan White with light 20€. Wine making demijohns (2), Hydrometer etc. 10€. Padded Yoga Mat 8€. Bed heads, one white, metal, Free for collector, one Wood with foot also Black. Tel on 950 461500 Catherine Cookson books (41) all in very good condition 35€ Tel 650790374 Massage/beauty therapy hydraulic bed. Multi position,bed,chair etc.very little use 290€ or offer Sue 650 346 368 Bluesky BLF1009 washing machine bought at the end of may for 265€ sale for 180€. Tel: 606 619 095 Bed base (beige) with 4 feets in wood 15€ - 10 m2 large white marble tiles (floor) 2nd hand €15 Tel: 679 329 314 Pace digibox.. with remote and power lead.. 90€ 660 023 773.or 950 528337. Metal trailer 1.7m x 1.2m, single axle, lights. For use with UK reg car 300€ ono. Tel 965 996 861 (Catral/Dolores) G o o d m a n s FSAT100SD freesat Digi-box, 147 free channels. Never used still in box 50€. La Alfoquia Tel: 950437585 TV wall bracket up to 20" TV 10€ La Alfoquia Tel: 950437585 Gas BBQ Firefly BBQ with lid and side burner 30€ La Alfoquia Tel: 950437585 Siemens mobile phone, pay as you go, Model A70 30€ La Alfoquia Tel: 950437585 Cement Mixer (large). Excellent condition. Only used around the home. Cost over €250, accept €120. 65044246 GAS BBQ. 'Homebase' wagon-style on wheels with lid and side shelves. Complete with English and Spanish regulators, full (unused and brand new) gas bottle and user guide. Used twice only. Bargain at €100 the lot. 650442462 Pair of dark green 'Homebase' sunloungers. Metal frames with strung, flexible beds. Matching cushions. €30 each. 650442462 Sanyo 32" T.V. & stand hardly used €75. 2 Single pine head boards €10 each. Contact Jean, 950 46 61 95 Trampoline 12ft brand new great fun for all the family. Bargain 99€ Surf Board brand new never been used. Bargain 300€ full surf board kit, wet suit,

gloves etc… 50€ Large family paddling pool, brand new holds 10,000 litres water with filter 120€ Tel: 616 573 991 28” colour television, VG working order 150€ BBQ hardly used, VGC 150€ Inflatable paddling pool & dingy 20€ Tel: 600 333 844 TV/DVD cabinet solid oak 28” wide 18” high. Solid oak leaded glass doors GC 42€ Tel: 950 475 121 (Mojacar Playa) Gorgeous Gold ‘New Look’ Ruffle Front Platform Court Shoe, NEW NEVER WORN, Small Size 4/37 or size 3/36, cost £20, sell for 10€ Call 650 866 901 Hand Carved Antique oak wooden dresser. Must be seen. First to see will buy. 650€. Tel: 650 599 739 Windsurfer 3.60m good learner and intermediate board with foot straps 75€ ONO Tel: 950 469 304 Hayward Navigator auto pool cleaner Cost 580€ Accept 300€ Amcor garden set, 4 chairs, table Cost 280€ Accept 150€ Tel: 966 743 086 Single bed with under bed also mattress & headboard 30€ Tel: 950 432 660 Patisserie counter, 1.5m long, suitable for a restaurant / café or a deli. 1,500€ ono. Tel: 659 528 472 after 6pm.

wanted AA Auctions want all of your unwanted items! Call: 600 007 175 or 950 064 576 Car wanted, small, reliable, good condition, air con, Spanish registration & ITV’d. Cash buyer. Tel: 609 199 394 Massage couch wanted, must be in good condition Tel: 647 379 878 Adult Trike Tel: 639 985 204

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

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

Andrew Morrison All electrical work undertaken. Boletin available. Tel: 627 250 204 Qualified Electrician City & Guilds, and Spanish Qualifications. Installations, Rewiring, Repairs, Lights & Fans fitted, Emergency call out available. Tel 670 309 878

Lorraine Cundy, Deep Pressure Massage Call 950 064 484 or 687 569 113

Elegant Lady (30) fulfils your erotic wishes on her private finca near Albox. Enjoy my service at the pool or in air-conditioned rooms. Phone: 669 101 316 Attractive Couple offers exclusive eroticservice for women, men, couples. Phone 629 483 618 Pretty woman, sensual and tender, spoils you daily discreet in her private home. Tel: 676 565 128

building All building work undertaken. No job too small. Call: 671 843 155 or 646 234 222

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Latest NCAP results are in!!! The results are in! Eight more new cars have been put throught the gruelling Euro NCAP crash tests, and the signs are good for staying safe on the road. Seven out of the eight achieved an overall start rating of five out of five, with some especially commendable results from the VW Polo, Skoda Yeti and Renault Grand Scenic. The all-new Polo scored strongly across the board, but topped the group when it came to child occupant protection. Skoda’s compact SUV was awarded 92 per cent for adult occupant protection, while the Renault Grand Scenic topped the class with an astonishing 99 per cent for its safety assist systems. The only disappointing result came for the Citroen C3, which only managed four stars overall, thanks partly to scoring a poor 33 per cent in pedestrian safety.

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BMW Supercar Is ‘Vision Of The Future’! Stunning hybrid concept will combine sports car-performance with ultra-green efficiency

Dramatic, dynamic and devastatingly quick - this is BMW’s new supercar, which promises M3-rivalling pace and CO2 emissions of only 50g/km. Incredible… but true! Called the Vision EfficientDynamics, it will make its world debut at September’s Frankfurt Motor Show, and uses a plug-in hybrid powertrain to blend supreme speed with supermini-bettering emissions. Its sculptural body makes use of the most advanced and lightweight materials available, and takes inspiration from last year’s M1 Hommage concept. However, the neck-swivelling styling will take a back seat to the hybrid technology that lies under the skin. Powered by an all-new three-cylinder turbodiesel, mated to a pair of electric motors – one on the front axle and the other at the rear – maximum output for the system is a staggering 262kW (351bhp) and 800Nm of torque. With huge amounts of power available from extremely low in the rev range, acceleration promises to be awesome. BMW anticipates a 0-60mph sprint in 4.8 seconds and a limited top speed of 155mph, while returning the equivalent of 75.1mpg, when you consider the source of the electricity used to charge the batteries. The compact 1.5-litre diesel engine punches well above its weight, producing 161bhp and 290Nm of torque, and works in tandem with the rear electric motor to drive the back wheels. Meanwhile, the second electric motor delivers a constant 220Nm to the front axle. In overrun, and when the brakes are applied, both motors act as electric generators, feeding energy back into the lithium-polymer battery stack – although a two and a half hour charge from a standard socket will top them up, too.

Audi S5 Sportback

Through a clever on-board management system, the BMW can be driven by the diesel engine alone, electric power only for 31 miles or, for overtaking and sudden bursts of speed, all three power sources can join forces. But who’s ever seen a hybrid that looks like this? BMW designers were insistent that it should feature a 2+2 layout, so four passengers can enjoy the driving experience. A mid-engined set-up, with the powerplant behind the back row of seats, means that a classic supercar stance with short front overhangs and muscular rear haunches can be adopted. Eye-catching touches include the ‘floating’ rear LED lights, and the transparent roof and doors, made from a special polycarbonate glass that darkens the brighter it gets outside. But the real show-stoppers are the enormous gullwing doors. Hinged at the

First official pictures & details of flagship A5 Sportback. With added power and more style, Audi is giving its new A5 Sportback the ‘S’ treatment ahead of its Frankfurt debut. And this is the first offical picture of the newcomer! Under the bonnet the new flagship gets the same 3.0-litre supercharged V6 found in the latest S4. And this means power output comes in at 328bhp while torque is rated at 440Nm between 2,900 and 5,300 rpm. As a result 0-62mph takes 5.4seconds, with the top speed limited to 155mph. Mated to a seven-speed S-tronic dual-clutch ‘box the S5 Sportback also gets quattro permanent all-wheel drive as standard. The flagship Audi gets 19” alloy wheels and sports suspension too, but sport differential costs extra. As well as the usual sports orientated exterior and selection of S5 badges the Sportback also gets electrically adjustable S sports seats covered with Silk Nappa leather. Although the A5 Sportback goes on sale this October the S5 will be a little bit longer with sales starting next spring.

apex of the roofline, and consisting of the entire side glass panel, they reveal an opening big enough to access the rear seats, as well as the front. Design details have also been borrowed from BMW’s F1 team. For example, the A-pillars not only support the roof, but channel the air flow cleanly along the side of the car. A flat undertray also helps highspeed stability and lowers aerodynamic drag. And with a lightweight construction, that includes an all-aluminium chassis and suspension system, it’s easy to see how focused on efficiency this car is. There’s even 150 litres of storage space, and the rear seats can be tilted forward for additional loading space – the kind of practicality that may hint that a production version is closer than we think. And with Audi stealing all the headlines with its talented R8, this could be the halo car that keeps BMW ahead of the game.



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A Draw for Openers

All Things Nautical DECISIONS DECISIONS Pt. 2 One keel or two? Many people dismiss twin-keels as performance sapping atrocities that won’t go to windward. Designs have moved on though since the first twin-keeler designed in the1920’s. There are now many production twin-keelers with performance to rival their single keeled competitors. They are good sea going boats & can take the ground (intentionally or otherwise!) upright. Look for splayed “fins” with the ballast low down for optimum efficiency. Assuming you can find a marina berth at all, let alone a reasonably priced one, then having a shallower draught may also be a financial plus point. If you choose a single keel, then you may have “bulbs” or “wings” to select from. Do your research & remember the keel is there to generate lift & counter the lateral force of the sails as well as provide ballast to stabilize the boat. Retracting keels are also on offer & can be very convenient on a small day cruiser. If you’re aims are to take line honours in the local regattas, then you may want a deep keel option. You could even then treat yourself to some bigger, lighter hi-tech sails. If your sights are aimed even higher, then you could consider a canting keel, providing more righting moment for a lot less weight. Remember though, you may need the crew of a Volvo Ocean race boat & you’ll have to leave the beer ashore!

The glossy brochure may also contain some marketing spiel to consider: “Lines led aft for convenience” - A great innovation that removes the need for a crew member to have to balance on the coachroof for sail hoisting. But, what about the self tangling mess of lines in the cockpit? You can always throw them down the companionway with total disregard for your upholstery, or get bags made for them & drill holes in the cockpit to attach them to. “A spacious cockpit” - Sounds ideal for alfresco living, but a broad cockpit is not a hospitable environment if the boat is heeled over more than a couple of degrees. Perhaps Velcro is the answer? “Mainsail sheeting located on the coachroof” – If sailing short handed this puts the controls out of reach of the helmsman. On the plus side, it does keep the cockpit clear, complimenting the “spacious cockpit” (see above) & removing what could be a useful foot-brace! Finally, beware of the “diesel engine with easy access to all required service points”. It’s only easy if you have arms 50% longer than normal, are double jointed & have super human strength in your fingers. Doing anything more ambitious than replacing an impeller could require taking the furniture apart, or worse, getting the power tools out!

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First Match, First Point

Torrellano 1 FC Torrevieja 1

Torrellano, newly promoted from the Preferente, welcomed visitors FC Torrevieja, who reached the play-offs last season. In what can be described as a tentative affair, both sides appeared afraid to take this match to the next level to entertain the 400 supporters in which over 300 were from the Torry Army. Torry had over 60% possession in the first half but failed to capitalise and lacked the inventiveness in front of goal. The one real effort was by Ramiro, 5 minutes before half time, when from 6 yards and an open goal he hammered it over the bar. Apart from that incident, the first half needs no further response especially as the hosts packed their defence with 10 defenders. The second half produced more action, well sort of! First blood went to Torrellano within 6 minutes when Jorge talked inside the box made contact with the ball and also the player and a penalty was awarded which was duly converted. Torry huffed and puffed their way into their opponents half, but were unable to make any headway until, with 20 minutes remaining, Carraso was bought down in the box and again the official pointed to the penalty spot and Ramiro converted the kick to level the scores. So what did we learn from this game? Nothing unfortunately! Torrellano appeared to be playing for a draw, constantly kicking the ball in the air and hoping for a lucky break. I was disappointed that Chico was not chosen as this lad does have natural ability, but I was informed by Soto, the Torry Manager, that he needs to train harder before he’s picked. It was nice

to see Ramiro play his first game of a season in three years although it has to be said that although he runs around he is not one of the great football thinkers; he does position himself badly but maybe I’m being unfair as the whole side looked disjointed! But it is only the first game of the season and they will need time to settle down and soon players will pick themselves on ability. It was nice to see Torres back in the side; he was signed late last week and part of his wages are being subsidized by the Torry Army, a request made by Soto directly to the supporters club. Realising there was a large weakness on the right-hand side and the clubs budget had been reached, at a committee meeting by the Torry Army last week a unanimous vote was reached in allowing him to sign the player. Torres played on the right wing in the first half and found life difficult, but when Heredia, who again had a nightmare of a game, went off injured, Torres moved into the central role and dominated the game. The real test will be on Sunday 6th September when Torry entertain Eldense at 6pm kick-off. Torry have been entered into the Federación Cup competition and will play Torrellano at home on Thursday 10th September. Kick off time to be confirmed but would think it would be at 8pm this is a two legged competition. The second leg will take place on Thursday 17th, again kick-off time to be confirmed, the winners will play either Crevillente or Benidorm

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Santomera CF 1, Mazarrón CF 1, 30.08.09 For a long time this summer, the future of the football club was in serious doubt. The previous sponsors had left the club, unable to continue due to the financial situation amongst developers in Spain. They also left nearly 50,000€ of debt, including unpaid players salaries. However, a number of local business men have stepped in and Los Amigos have been asked to take a bigger part in the running of our club. A recent development has been that Tony Connelly has accepted a position of Vice President and both Mick Madgewick and Steve Spencer have joined the Club Committee as full voting members. Los Amigos have provided the money for the home and away strips and will continue fundraising throughout the season. On the field, to say many of the players have only been together for less than a month, the quality of football was very good, particularly in the first half. Julio Cesar, playing just in front of the back four, and Sergio Sanchez, playing just behind the strikers, are going to be play-makers to be reckoned with in this league. However, despite the excellent buildup work, neither side had much penetration against well-drilled defences and it was not until the fortieth minute that there was a serious attempt on goal. It came for the home side, as Parri squared from the right wing but Ruben’s shot was easily held by

Gines. Within a minute, Mazarrón took the lead. The massed Santomera defence looked to be holding the attack at bay, until Sergio cleverly lifted a ball over the top of their line. Alcon timed his run perfectly and lashed the ball into the net from just inside the penalty area. At the beginning of the second half, the visitors remained in control. Alcon had a header go wide at the near post from a cross from Julio, and then Ruben sent the same player clear with a clever through ball but he shot just over when a square ball to the unmarked substitute Mounir looked a better option. Thereafter, most of the pressure came from Santomera but they were unable to make a clear goal chance until the 89th min. They won a soft corner on the right that was easily dealt with by a defensive header. The ball was played back down the left wing to Cristian whose deep cross found Mara who shot in the equalizer. In the 5th min of added time, Mazarrón had a chance to seal the game. Mounir released Carrillo on the left and his cross was met by Alcon sliding in, but his effort was cleared off the line. In the end, a draw seemed like a fair result overall, but I am sure there will be better to come from Mazarrón when fitness levels improve. Mazarrón: Gines, Cuenca, Carrillo, Toli, Manolo, Julio, Puti, Fernado (Mounir), Ruben (Dani), Sergio, Alcon. Roger:

maggots end

RODS AND REELS There are no matches this month; the start of the new season being 2nd September. Please ensure that your subs are paid promptly and if not paid before the A.G.M., you will have to rejoin. As stated last week, the club had Ian Heaps here fishing in Spain. Whilst searching through the annuals of time we found a brief on Ian’s World Championship success; it was held in Poland on the Bydgoszcz Canal ( just how do you pronounce that? ) in 1975. “Practice sessions on the canal taught us a lot. The water had a flat bottom, with a shelf just off both banks. The middle was strictly no man’s land, you had to fish one shelf or other. I fished the far swim, finding roach ready to feed. Maggot was the best hookbait, but I fed caster - the best holding bait there is.” Ian´s summary of the day as follows: “We were up very early on match morning riddling casters and fresh bait. Team plan was to feed both shelves from the start. Stan Smith, the team manager, realized big fish were going to play an important part, which meant using at least 2lb line to a size 18, forged hook. I went even heavier, using a 2.6lb bottom to 3lb reel line. My 31/2 swan balsa and peacock float was loaded, allowing me to put 3AAA in a bunch with a BB as a telltale. I assembled 3 rods. At the start, my Polish neighbour insisted on heaving in groundbait by the biscuit tinful. I think he moved his fish into my swim. First cast sucked maggots, shallow up 3 inches to take the bottom shot of the canal bed. Next cast a 2 ounce roach then the next 2 casts produced 2 more. The canal then started to move and presentation on the far side was impossible so fishing the near shelf resulted in another roach and a 12 oz bream. After 15 mins I went back across the canal the float dived under and I hit what was a carp. In this competition every competitor has just 15 meters of water in which to play his fish, if it goes into a neighbours swim it is automatically disqualified. The carp started to run to my right, so I lowered the rod top beneath the water so nobody knew where the fish was. Suddenly it surfaced a couple of yards from the bank. It weighed about 3lbs. After that, I rebaited with double yellow and white gozzers and settled back into my stride netting 8 bream of around 3lbs a piece. At the weigh in, Stan Smith prevented the

steward tipping my fish on the floor. Match rules state that any angler with fish contaminated with dirt must be disqualified. I weighed 22 1/2lbs and I was the NEW WORLD CHAMPION.”

Can you believe this as well in the 1977 World Championships in Luxembourg on the River Moselle Ian salvaged England’s pride with a section win. However he was docked 100 points for a tench that was fractionally under the nine- inch minimum size limit. How things have changed!!!!! ANGLERS TOGETHER 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 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. Contact: Alan can obtain Fishing Licences for the regions of Valencia and Murcia but this service is temporarily unavailable due to the various offices being closed for the summer break. Service will resume in October. Tight Lines, David Hoare

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GIRONA CF - 0 FC CARTAGENA - 1 Ex-Chelsea star, de Lucas, ended 21 years of hurt for Cartagena when his spectacular strike announced their arrival back in Div 2a. Playing in front of a sparse crowd inside Gironas Montilivi Stadium, the visitors certainly rode their luck before leaving the northern Spanish town with all 3 points. The week had started well, when manager JIM announced the final piece of his squad jigsaw, having completed the signing of 26 year old striker Toche from Albacete (although he was not signed in time to feature in his new clubs opening league fixture). Having the luxury of a full squad to choose from, JIM selected an impressive looking line up, which included super stars Victor, Cygan and of course de Lucas. What a fantastic game of football this turned out to be! Not fancying a trip too close to the French border, I elected to view this match on Spanish Channel 7. Things couldn’t have started better for the boys from Southern Murcia, for after only 6 minutes they took the lead; an exquisite through-ball by Mariano found de Lucas, who in turn took the ball in his stride before unleashing an unstoppable drive from 20 yards, which beat a bemused keeper all ends up. For the next quarter of an hour, both teams were finding their feet, until Gironas striker Kiko wasted a glorious opportunity when he blasted a 15 yarder high over the bar, with Cartagenas keeper Ruben well out of position. On the half hour mark, it was Kiko again who should have scored; this time his lobbed effort went the wrong side of the post. Shortly afterwards, it was Cartagena’s Tato who was guilty of a howler when he horribly screwed his shot wide of the post with the goal at his mercy. Cartagena totally dominated the final 5 minutes of the half, case in point being when first Tato, then Cygan and finally de Lucas all had super strikes well saved by a very competent keeper. If the first half started in dramatic fashion, ditto the second! Only 3 minutes had elapsed before the home side were awarded a highly contentious penalty. It appeared

that Cygan had made a perfectly legal challenge for the ball inside the penalty area, but alas the arbitro saw it differently. Step forward that man Kiko, to once again fluff his lines, as he made a complete hash of the spot kick by blasted it high over the bar. You could say justice was done!! Tato almost doubled his sides lead on the hour mark, but his well struck shot was superbly pushed around the post. Next, it was Victor to get into the act, when from Tato’s cross, he tamely headed over the bar. Ruben came to his sides rescue on 67 minutes, as a result of an awful back pass by Clavero, when he saved magnificently with his outstretched leg, preventing Girona scoring a certain goal. Twice within as many minutes, first Tato, then substitute Tonino brought the best out of an overworked keeper, who in all honestly had kept Girona in the game. Inside the final 10 minutes it was all Girona.Fate decided that it would be Kiko who would had the final say, when inside stoppage time - and with half of an unguarded goal to aim at - he squeezed his shot hopelessly (but thankfully) well past the post. All in all, this was an excellent start to the season for a well-disciplined Cartagena side, who showed that the elevation to Div 2a has not phased them one iota. FC Cartegna: PABLO RUIZ, (TONINO), (HERRERO), VICTOR, TATO


Forthcoming fixtures: Next up for Cartagena are two home matches within a week: Wednesday 2 September KO 9.30pm, Elche arrive at Cartagonova Stadium for a Copa del Rey (Spanish FA Cup) match. Saturday 5 September KO 6pm, it’s the first home Div 2a match of the season, when Rayo Vallecano visit Cartagonova Stadium. Madrid based Rayo, comfortably won their opening league match 3-0 against Albacete, and will be very tough opposition. If you want to be part of the Los Albinegros revolution, why not come along to one of these games, and I can assure that you will be hooked. For further info check out or or by Steve on 656 579 423. Go on, you know you want to!!



Following the outstanding success of the July event we are delighted to announce details for the secondSan Cayetano Golf Day where we look forward to welcoming new and familiar faces! The itinerary for the day is: - Full breakfast at the Rose & Thistle, San Cayetano - 18 holes at the Polaris World Hacienda Riquelme Golf Resort

- Presentation of prizes in the clubhouse

Outstanding value at only 40€ per person. All standards of golfers are invited for this Stableford event. If you would like to play please phone Andy on 966 198 871 or 650 718 172; if you prefer to email your interest andy@ This promises to be a superb day on a course which will provide a great test for all golfers. San Cayetano is situated just off the C3319 less than 10 minutes from San Javier.

Kimi Wins - Force India on Podium

Kimi Raikkonen claimed his fourth Belgian Grand Prix victory in five years to end an a run of 26 races without a win for the 2007 world champion, but this was overshadowed by Force India and Giancarlo Fisichella’s pole position in qualifying and an impressive run to second in the race.

It was a chaos-filled event, though, with British duo Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton crashing out on the opening lap in an accident that also accounted for the Toro Rosso of Jaime Alguersuari and Renault's Romain Grosjean. Despite Button failing to score points for the first time this season, the 29-year-old still has a 16-point cushion over Brawn GP teammate Rubens Barrichello who was seventh, with Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel 19 points down after he came home third. Raikkonen was hounded all the way in his Ferrari for the majority of the race by polesitter Giancarlo Fisichella, who gave Force India their first points in F1 after 30 races with a second-place finish. Raikkonen, after his 18th career win, said: "We haven't brought new parts for the last few races as we are looking at next year. But my aim was always still to win a race because we are aiming for third in the (constructors') championship. We probably weren't the fastest in terms of lap time, but we were able to keep everybody behind us." Fisichella was delighted and disappointed in equal measure as he said: "It's a great result for us. It's a great day but I was quicker than

Kimi and I'm a little bit sad because maybe I could have won the race as I was keeping pace with his car."

Force India tycoon Vijay Mallya was left "in a state of shock" after Giancarlo Fisichella broke the team's Formula One points duck at Spa. The usually-ebullient Mallya appeared somewhat subdued despite Fisichella's second place from pole in the Belgian Grand Prix, finishing just 0.9 seconds behind Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen. In their 30th race, Force India were on the podium two years ahead of Mallya's stated ambition as he had previously set such a target by the time of the Indian Grand Prix in 2011. Behind the leading trio, Sebastian Vettel brought his Red Bull Renault home in third spot, and the BMW Sauber duo of Robert Kubica and Nick Heidfeld finished fourth and fifth for the team's best result of the year. Heikki Kovalainen was sixth from 15th on the grid after McLaren adopted a one-stop strategy for the Finn to at least collect three points. Barrichello's race was compromised by a stalled start that saw him relegated to the back of the field from fourth on the grid by the end of the first corner. Despite that, and an oil leak that saw smoke billow from his car for the final three laps and resulted in it going up in flames in the pit lane at the conclusion, the Brazilian still managed to claim two points in seventh. Nico Rosberg picked up the final point in eighth for Williams.

Renault F1 Under Investigation

Following the Belgian Grand Prix, the FIA announced that they have launched an investigation of a highly-sensitive nature regarding a previous Formula One race.

mate Nelson Piquet, who was axed by the French manufacturer last month following a string of poor results, crashed on lap 14, (deliberately?), bringing out the safety car.

It is understood motor sport's world governing body are looking into the events of last season's inaugural Singapore Grand Prix. The race, which made history as it was the first night event run under floodlights, was won by Renault's double world champion Fernando Alonso.

On Sunday night, the FIA refused to specifically divulge either the race concerned or the circumstances that have resulted in them making their enquiries.

During the race Alonso's then team-

An FIA spokesperson simply stated: "The FIA can confirm that an investigation is under way regarding alleged events at a previous world championship race."


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