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Walking around Nerja and talking to many business owners, I somehow get the feeling that “things” seem to be picking up, or at least people seem optimistic that they will pick up in the near future. Sadly, some businesses have closed down but there are still new ones opening all the time. It made me start to think how we, as individuals, could help to make sure that we don’t have empty shops and bars everywhere like there are in so many British towns.

One thing I try to do is if an item I want is available in Nerja I buy it in Nerja. Not on-line. Not in Málaga. After all we live here so surely it is in our interests to see the town do well. I would rather pay a few euros more if necessary and save myself the hassle of driving or the worry of ‘will it turn up in the post?’ Looking for something new to do? Organised each year by the Nerja Town Hall Foreigners Department, Residents Day will be celebrated on Sunday, April 14. Residents Day is dedicated to all foreigners, locals and tourists so they can get together and enjoy visiting the stands and listening to the musical performances.

It will be held at the Plaza de España (behind the town hall) from 12 noon to 7pm. Stands will be open until 5pm. There will be 40 booths with different foreign associations and clubs of Nerja and several Spanish groups with close

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connections to the foreign community. Also there will be eight bars serving typical food and drinks from their countries.

There will be a stage with live music from 12pm throught the day until 7pm. Dancing, singing, musicians, exhibitions will be offered by the different clubs. If you missed Mark Shurey’s fantastic concert at the Nerja Cultural Centre last month, you will have another chance to hear him play as well.

I am told that should it pour with rain on the 14th, Residents Day will be postponed until the following Sunday, but fingers crossed it will be fine.

On the subject of new, I hope you enjoy our two new contributors to Soltalk, we are pleased to bring you a Spanish lesson each month from Spanish teacher extraordinaire Maria Jesús de Laguno, see page 28. Plus Anni Dahms, owner of Anni’s Vital Shop, is going to be writing a new natural health column each month (see page 34), gentlemen this first one is just for you!

As we are just about to go to press the sun has been shining for two whole days so fingers crossed for a sunny April. Welcome to Soltalk. SARAH BROOKES

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Nerja town hall has signed an agreement with central government representatives to promote the Foundation which manages the Nerja Caves and the town’s new History Museum with a new office located next to the town hall.

The Government’s subdelegate, Jorge Hernández Mollar who is also President of the Foundation, explained that the Museum and the Caves are “integral parts of town and one cannot be understood without the other.” He noted that there is a spirit of collaboration which will produce good promotion of culture. Nerja’s mayor, José Alberto Armijo, who is vice president of the Foundation,

The group has 400 hotels in 26 countries employing 19,000 staff and is looking for an overall saving of €17million over three years, of which almost 80 per cent will impinge of employment. These will include outsourcing its apartment rental operations, as well as job losses. However, Spain will be amongst the hardest countries hit with 11.7 per cent of staff expected to be laid off, compared with just 3.4 per cent for the group as a whole. In this country, NH has two service centres in Madrid and Barcelona, with 36 hotels, almost half of which are in Madrid. However, the company has confirmed that in Andalucía, five of its hotels will be affected by the cutbacks in Huelva, Málaga, Sevilla, Granada and Jaén. Spain accounts for about 25 per cent of NH’s annual turnover, although poor performance here and in Italy last year turned its profit of €6.2million in

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Nerja landslip at Burriana

A major rock fall at Nerja’s Burriana beach last month damaged a number of parked cars. The landslip blocked the road behind frontline bars and apartments with huge rocks and tons of rubble but no-one was injured when it came down in the middle of the morning. The road remained closed for some days while the stability of the cliffs was inspected following heavy rain. See picture on page 25.

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highlighted the quality of the images that decorate the office, which incorporates an information display. He said it is located in a strategic place beside the town hall and close to the Balcón de Europa which is visited by many tourists. The new office was expected to be fully operational throughout Easter week.

Andalucía hotels targeted in NH cutbacks NH Hotels have announced plans to reduce their staffing levels in Spain by almost 12 per cent. The company, which has 5,500 workers at 38 sites in the country, says a “partial reconstruction” is required to adjust the “resources available to meet the true demand” in certain of its centres, in the face of, “negative trends” recorded in certain markets, “such as Spain.”

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2011 into a loss of €292million last year.

The group opened a month of negotiations on its plans last Friday and expects to begin its restructuring in mid-April. However, workers’ groups and unions have already expressed their “total rejection” of the outsourcing plans which they claim would remove an “essential part of any hotel” from the business.

Provincial upgrades

An upgrade of the MA-3113 between Vélez-Málaga and the agricultural technology park at El Trapiche has been announced by the provincial government. The €638,000 project is included in a €13million investment programme for the Axarquía announced last month. Plans also include €400,000 for the creation of a unit at the technology park to encourage and foster business start-ups.

Sketch aid

A 15-year-old robbery victim has helped Málaga police detain two youths by being able to draw pictures of her attackers. She was in a park in the city when she was approached and threatened by two minors, one of whom punched her before they ran off with her wristwatch. Her sketches included details of the pairs’ faces and enabled officers to identify the two suspects.

A 34-year-old Nerja woman gave birth in a van outside Vélez-Málaga hospital last month. Her 3.5 kilo son had arrived by the time her husband drove to the hospital but the umbilical cord was coiled around the infant’s neck so the delivery was completed inside the vehicle. The child was taken into neonatal care but he and his mother are both reported to be well.

Lift project

Following a meeting with the new managing director of Vélez-Málaga Hospital last month, Nerja’s mayor, José Alberto Armijo, confirmed that a lift will be installed the town’s present health centre. Many of the consulting rooms are on the first floor and the only access is by stairs. The mayor said the project was well advanced and that it would be licensed as soon as possible.

Extension granted

The consortium which won the contract to build Nerja’s water treatment plant has been given two extra months to present its plans to the Environment Ministry. The original three month deadline expired last month but Major José Alberto Armijo said the extension had been granted to May 12 so that the plan would be definitive, and not subject to later modifications by the Ministry.

Trio caught

Three people have been detained on suspicion of breaking into holiday homes in Torrox and Algarrobo, and other offences. They include a 29-year-old man, plus his girlfriend and her brother who are both minors. Police said they broke into unoccupied properties and remained for a couple of days, taking anything of value with them when they left.

Road death

A driver in his 70s died last month when his car was in collision with a lorry on the A-356 road in Colmenar. He is believed to have lost his life because of the impact between the two vehicles. The 41-year-old lorry driver suffered only light injuries to one arm and was treated at the scene. ISSUE 139


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Torrox aid

A Citizens Social Network was launched in Torrox last month with the aim of collecting and distributing nonperishable supplies to the town’s most needy families. A score of volunteers will staff four collection points in the centre of Torrox Pueblo, La RabitillaProtegidas, Torrox Costa-Torrox Park and El Morche-Los Llanos. The new municipal theatre will be the storage and distribution centre.

Constable interruptus

A Murcia man has been fined €730 for attacking a policeman who interrupted a steamy session in his girlfriend’s car. He lost his temper after asking the officer to allow his partner to get dressed before taking a breathalyser test. The suspect originally faced a sixmonth jailed term after punching him on the chest before kicking him on the thigh.

Fire starters

Police in Málaga investigating fires started in 114 rubbish containers in the city have now arrested six people. The blazes also caused damage to 18 vehicles. Those detained include five men and one woman, but police say only four match the profile of a pyromaniac. Some are homeless and have claimed they set fire to rubbish containers to warm themselves.

Poor response

The Málaga firm VirusTotal, which was bought by Google last year, has received only 14 responses to a job advertisement on its blog. Applications were invited from engineers who speak good English for a technical support position with the company. Only three people from Málaga applied, although other curriculum vitae arrived from as far away as India and Croatia.

Garage fire

Forty people had to be evacuated from an apartment block in Vélez-Málaga after fire broke out in a garage. The four-storey block in calle Solea was evacuated after a vehicle caught fire which caused an accumulation of smoke outside 18 flats. No-one was injured in the incident and the structure of the building was not damaged.

Drugs driver

Local police in Vélez-Málaga who were checking on the use of seat-belts and child-seats have arrested a 22-year-old man for possession of cocaine. Officers saw him trying to hide a bag, later found to contain around 40 grams of the drug, as he approached the checkpoint. The suspect said that he was intending to sell the cocaine. APRIL 2013

Q for Torrox Torrox is introducing a new certification scheme for businesses and other initiatives which offer quality, competitiveness, profitability and sustainability. Tourism councillor Mari Ramírez said last month that the town was adopting the system operating by the Institute of Spanish Quality Tourism, the national body which awards the “Q” flags indicating quality in the tourism sector. The Institute is part of the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Trade. Councillor Ramírez said the first to participate in the scheme would be the town’s beaches and tourist office, but that it will encompass hotels,

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restaurants, travel agents, car hire companies and other small businesses in the sector. The objective, she added, was, “to achieve a uniform level of quality within the same destination.”

The municipal tourism office in Torrox will give advice on how to be involved in the scheme, which is free of charge, and initial meetings have already been held.

The “Q” certification system has already been adopted by Nerja, Málaga, Granada and many other towns and cities across Spain.

Coastal health tourism to be promoted A working group has been formed in Málaga to examine how best to promote health tourism on the coast. The decision came out of a meeting last week held at the provincial government offices in the city and attended by representatives of the Tourist Board, Málaga Town Hall and entities which have interests in the subject.

Elías Bendodo, who is president of both the provincial government and the Tourist Board, said that the idea is to join forces and create a unique branding which identifies them all. He added that all representatives are in agreement with the proposal to unify the strategy and mount a single promotional effort, after which each would look after its own marketing and customer management. The aim is to make the Costa del Sol a

“magnet” for health tourism offering surgery, treatments and care, as well as accommodation in local hotels. It is hoped that Málaga will join 55 cities worldwide which survive mostly on earnings from health tourists.

Experts have estimated that the sector could grow to produce annual revenues of around €70billion. Each patient is expected to spend €10,000 on health care fees, producing an annual income for the province of between €250 and €300 million. In addition, they and their families would spend money on accommodation, food and recreation.

The new working group, which will meet for the first time after Easter, believes that such a volume of business would be important in reactivating the economy, benefitting not only hospitals and hotels, but companies of all kinds.

Voodoo prostitution gang detained Málaga police have broken up a prostitution ring which reportedly used voodoo to intimidate Nigerian women into becoming sex slaves. The gang promised their victims a better life in Spain, but before flying them in, they forced each to swear their loyalty by making them eat a raw chicken heart during a witchcraft ceremony.

Police investigations which began last October have led to the arrests of four Spanish and 14 Nigerian suspects, all of whom are residents in Spain. A police statement said the gang had criminal associates in Nigeria who preyed upon the most vulnerable victims and organized

their travel to Spain.

On arrival, the women found that they were then in debt for the journey costs and work-related paperwork which the gang claimed they had paid for. This varied between €40,000 and €60,000, forcing the women to work as prostitutes on industrial estates in the city of Málaga.

Police said that the gang used voodoo rituals as the most effective means to control their victims and force them to work in the sex industry, adding that the women’s beliefs in voodoo were so strong that they feared they would go mad or die if they failed to pay off the debt.

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Vélez history

Fourteen historic documents from the Vélez-Málaga archives are on display in the town until April 15 in the Municipal Archive, next to the Palacio Marqués de Beniel. They detail local events recorded in committee minutes during Semana Santa over five centuries. One of the oldest reveals that Thursday’s Easter procession in 1548 was banned because of “scandals and riots.”

Wanted man

A 43-year-old man has been detained by Málaga local police after threatening staff in a shop from which had tried to leave without paying. The suspect, carrying goods worth €17, was found to be the subject of four search and detain orders from courts in Vitoria for offences including fraud. Police said he carried no papers and could not give an address.

Health call

The Izquierda Unida group at Rincón de la Victoria town hall has called on the regional government for the “immediate” opening of the health centre in Torre de Benagalbón. The building was completed over a year ago but lacks equipment and staff. The IU says the centre will relieve intense pressure on others in Rincón which will only worsen during the summer months.

Power down

The price of electricity will be reduced from April 1. A reduction of 6.7 per cent will be applied which, the government says, is a result of a 15 per cent fall in overall energy prices causing the hourly megawatt rate to come down. The move will reverse the trend of the last five years which has seen power prices rise by 60 per cent.

Deficit narrows

The trade deficit narrowed in January following a rise in exports. Government figures show that exports increased by 7.9 per cent, compared with January 2012, while the rise of 5.7 per cent in imports was attributed by the Economy Ministry to a rise in the demand for energy products. The trade deficit was €3.5billion, 4.3 per cent down on the previous month.

Bad loans

The number of bad loans held by Spanish banks rose again in January. The Bank of Spain said that the downturn followed a fall in December for the first time in 17 months after Sareb, the so-called “bad bank,” began to take on toxic assets held by lenders. Most of the problem loans were in the form of mortgages. APRIL 2013

Positive outlook for Madrid’s Olympic bid

The evaluation commission of the International Olympic Committee concluded its four day inspection of Madrid last month with positive comments. Delegates expressed the view that the city’s costs for the 2020 Summer Olympics are “attainable.”

The Madrid bid estimates that bringing the Olympics to Madrid will increase Spain’s gross domestic product by $5billion while creating 83,000 new full-time jobs. It says the Games would attract 800,000 additional visitors who would inject about $800million into the economy, and it claims that this is achievable with the Games’ budget of $1.9billion, a sum guaranteed at all levels of government. Madrid says that 28 of 35 venues are already built, which means that construction and infrastructure expenses are not onerous. The IOC’s vice president and chair of the commission, Craig Reedie, thanked Madrid for its “openness and honesty” in explaining the present state of the Spanish economy, adding that the commission’s report would note that it has stabilised and will improve. He commented that the IOC is very well aware that the Games cannot continue to be more and more expensive, adding, “We have looked closely at the capital costs and we believe them to be attainable.” He said the commission had been “greatly impressed” by what it had seen in Madrid, while Gilbert Felli, the IOC executive director for the

Olympic Games, said it was clear that Madrid had clearly learned from its two previous unsuccessful bids for the 2012 and 2016 Games.

At a dinner in the royal palace, Prince Felipe told the evaluation committee that Spain is firmly committed to the principles of the Olympic movement. Since Barcelona hosted the Olympics in 1992, Prince Felipe said that Spain, “has affirmed ... in an active, real and verifiable manner, its firm commitment to the goals and principles of the Olympic movement ... promoting the best practices and openly fighting against the most reprehensible, such as doping.” He added, “We want to write another brilliant page in Olympic history, enriching its legacy - for Madrid, for Spain and for all humanity.” The evaluation committee visited venues which will be used in the event of a successful bid by Madrid, including the Real Madrid training centre near Barajas airport. They also toured the city’s conference centre which would become the main press centre for the Games.

The IOC has now completed its inspection of the three candidate cities and will publish a report on its visits to Madrid, Istanbul and Tokyo ahead of a meeting in Switzerland on July 3 and 4 during which city representatives will be quizzed by the membership. A full meeting of the IOC will vote for the winning city in Argentina on September 7.

Málaga pioneers voiceless taxi calls

Málaga has become the first city in Spain to employ a new system of ordering a taxi without having to speak. A new free app for mobile phones is able to generate a request with a single click.

The software called Taxible has been developed by Cádiz firm and works by locating the phone by GPS and transferring the data directly to the nearest available taxi. The makers say it saves the cost of a phone call and can be used even when the mobile phone is low on charge. Users can also book a taxi for a future pick-up and can ask for specialised vehicle, such as a car adapted for disabled passengers or animals, or one which has green credentials. An accord has been signed with Málaga’s association of taxi drivers and the pioneering system is now

operational. At present, it is only available for users of iPhones, but a version for Androids and Blackberries will be available soon. The app, which can be downloaded at taxibleapp.com, has been developed in entirely in Andalucía and is expected to be rolled out to other cities in the country with a short time.


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Changeable forecast

The Prime Minister says his government will revise its 2013 economic forecasts downwards. Mariano Rajoy told Congress last month that, after studying all the available information and speaking to the European Commission, “We will change the forecasts.” Analysts generally regard Spain’s current estimates on economic contraction, the unemployment rate and the public deficit target as overly optimistic.

Acquittal review

Five judges are to meet in private next month to review the acquittal of a former president of the Valencia region in January. Francisco Camps of the Partido Popular had been charged with accepting bribes from businessmen who received government contracts in exchange. The Valencia socialist party has appealed the verdict and claims there was “an obvious contradiction” between the evidence and the jury’s decision.

Invitation issued

Prince Felipe issued an invitation to Pope Francis to visit Spain last month in the Vatican. Their meeting followed the pontiff’s official inauguration in St Peter’s Basilica, attended by over 130 foreign delegates, including Spain’s Crown Prince and his wife, Princess Letizia. “We will be delighted if you come,” the Prince said, to which the Pope is reported to have replied, “Well, we’re nearby.”

Cocaine clothes

Passengers from Peru who arrived at Madrid’s Barajas airport last month were found to have over 55 kilos of cocaine impregnated in clothing in their luggage. Two women and a man were arrested by airport police after the suspect garments were examined under a special filtered light. The three suspects were seen to be acting nervously as they waited to pass through passport control.

Wealth gap

The Catholic charity Caritas says the difference in income between Spain’s richest and poorest has widened by 30 per cent since 2006. A new report notes, “ an unprecedented rise in income inequality.” It says the average income for the richest 20 per cent of people in Spain is seven times higher than the average income for the poorest 20 per cent.

Handcuff hitch

A Seville man who hijacked a police car, then escaped from handcuffs when he was caught, has unveiled a flaw in the restraints’ manufacture. Local police in the city issued a nationwide warning to other forces following the incident. The 34-year-old suspect slipped from the cuffs while being taken to a police station and started banging on the partition between himself and the officers. APRIL 2013

Parot doctrine on trial at Human Rights Court The European Court of Human Rights last month began hearing a Spanish request to extend the jail sentences of terrorists. The case, which is central to the country’s anti-terrorism policy, centres on a member of ETA, Ines del Rio Prada, who was sentenced to more than 3,000 years in prison for several terrorism-linked offences, including her role in a bomb attack in 1986 which took the lives of 12 police officers.

However, Spanish law sets the maximum prison sentence at 30 years and del Rio was due to be released in 2008 after serving 18 years as a result of remission work carried out while she was in prison. The penal code of 1973 established a maximum reduction of 12 years for good behaviour. However, the National Court in Madrid ruled that the remission should be deducted from the total sentence of more than 3,000 years, and not from the maximum 30 years. The court was applying a ruling adopted by the Supreme Court in 2006, which has come to be known as the Parot doctrine. This was named after another ETA member, Henri Parot, who was the first person to have a remission deducted from the total sentence, so making it possible for

Spain to hold terrorists in jail for the full maximum term of 30 years.

However, last year the Human Rights court in Strasbourg ruled that Spain could not apply the Parot doctrine to Ines del Rio, because it was adopted after she had been sentenced. It could not, the judges said, be applied retroactively. Spain appealed against the ruling and it is this appeal which is now being considered.

Madrid argues that abolishing the Parot doctrine would result in the early release of people who have committed extremely serious crimes. According to the newspaper El Mundo, these would include 54 members of ETA, seven members of the extreme-left terrorist group GRAPO, and 14 other criminals.

The Basque separatist party Sortu claims that abolishing the Parot doctrine would be key to launching a peace process with ETA, but associations representing victims of terrorism have called on the Human Rights court to maintain the Parot doctrine. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy described it as, “an instrument which has been enormously useful in the fight against terrorism.”

Cash for Guadalhorce Valley businesses

Entrepreneurs in the Guadalhorce Valley are being invited to apply for funding from the area’s Rural Development Group. The mayor of Álora, José Sánchez Moreno, who is also the body’s president, said last month that there is still about €2million available for new business projects and for modernising existing enterprises. He appealed to those in the food production and services sectors, as well as industry and tourism, to make contact to take advantage of this aid.

The mayor said around €170,000 has already been distributed to five projects. Amonst these, an hotel in Pizarra has received €92,000, more than €5,000 has been awarded to the ethnographic museum in Coín, and an olive co-operative in Álora was given €9.700. The cash has helped to preserve five jobs and has created 12 new positions, the mayor added. In addition, new contracts totalling €110,000 and generating ten jobs have

been signed with a number of other applicants including a poultry farm in Coín and a sports team in Almogía.

Name change

An anti-fascist group in Madrid wants to rid the capital of street names from the Franco era, in preparation for the Olympic Games. The National Historical Memory Federation is calling for such streets to be renamed after sporting figures, such as Rafa Nadal and Fernando Alonso. It says there are 165 streets in Madrid named after fascist leaders who ordered murders and suppressed democracy.

Spain safe

The tax applied to bank accounts in Cyprus is “unique” and unable to happen in Spain, according to the Economy Ministry which says the plan could not be applied to another country. The Bank of Spain said there had been no run on bank cash-points, as has been seen throughout Cyprus since it announced the terms of its bailout from the EU.


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Wi-Fi island

The smallest Canary Island, noted for its underwater volcanic eruptions, last month became the first island in the world offering full, free Wi-Fi coverage. With the installation of 26 Wi-Fi access points across El Hierro, its 10,000 inhabitants now enjoy a free connection to the Internet. The local government plans to use the new technology to monitor traffic and to help detect forest fires.

Playing poltics

“Dárcenas, the corrupt treasurer” is a new mobile app based loosely on allegations made against the former Partido Popular treasurer, Luis Bárcenas. 4D3 Animation Studio of Tenerife have developed the game in which players have to handout cash to politicians and hide money abroad before tax officials find out. Fail to do so, and a whistle-blower will leak your secret ledgers to the press.

Álora tragedy

The Junta de Andalucía has handed the investigation into the death of a girl in Álora to the Guardia Civil. The 14-year-old died after falling into a water course when a protective concrete slab collapsed. The Environment Department which owns the infrastructure has submitted a report to the courts, while the Junta has expressed its regrets without apportioning blame.

Fraudster caught

A serial fraudster, believed to have been active throughout Spain, has been detained in Barcelona. Posing as an Italian businessman, he allegedly rented apartments, used the services of highclass prostitutes and appropriated luxury vehicles, all without paying. The 35-yearold Spanish national has at least ten previous convictions.

Iraq investigation

The Defence Ministry is investigating a video which appears to show Spanish soldiers kicking two men being held in detention in Iraq. The footage was allegedly recorded in 2004 before the socialist administration of the time pulled Spain’s troops out of the country. The investigation will endeavour to find out if the video is authentic and to determine responsibility for the incident.

Tow charge

The Guardia Civil in Melilla has been accused of towing a boat of immigrants out of Spanish waters into Moroccan waters where they were handed to the country’s authorities. The incident has been condemned because Spanish law sets out procedures to be followed in the case of illegal entry by immigrants. The Spanish delegation in Melilla claims the boat was intercepted in international waters. APRIL 2013

YouTube curbs bullfight coverage The internet site YouTube last month closed a channel specialising in bull fighting because it showed the animals being killed. A spokesman said videos could contain images of bulls in the ring, but could not show images of them actually being speared and dying.

The YouTube portal pablolr89 was set up in 2007 by Pablo López Riobo who has received dozens of messages of support on his Twitter account, and the decision appears to have sparked outrage around the world. In a statement, he said his site had received 17 million hits of which 58 per cent came from outside Spain, while within a couple of days, over 3,000 supporters had signed a petition at change.org demanding that the channel should be reopened.

However, YouTube remains adamant that it was within its rights to close it, saying that it said that could eliminate

any user who does not meet its content requirements without giving prior notice, adding that it did not allow videos which showed, what it termed, “negative activities,” such as animal abuse, the taking of drugs and making bombs. YouTube also said it did not make exemptions for specific countries and did not act as vigilantes; in this case, it appears complaints from viewers led to the channel’s closure. Messages of support for the channel called the decision “shameful” and a denial of the liberty of expression. Some pointed out that bullfighting has been given a cultural status by the Spanish government and should not be subject to, “arbitrary censorship.” Others accused YouTube of double standards, because it has allowed sexually suggestive clips to remain available to view.

Junta employment boss re-jailed A former director general of employment at the Junta de Andalucía was ordered back to prison last month by a court in Sevilla. Francisco Javier Guerrero was jailed in 2011, but released a year later after paying bail of €50,000. Guerrero is at the centre of an investigation, known as the ERE case, which concerns the alleged awarding of early retirement packages and grants to individuals and firms who did not qualify to receive them. The cash came from a public fund which the regional government set up to help employers make severance payments to workers who they laid-off.

flight risk and might also attempt to destroy evidence.

His detention was part of Operation Hercules which was launched last month which led to around 30 people being either detained or implicated, as well as searches by Guardia Civil officers of addresses in Madrid, Seville, Barcelona, Granada, Jaén, Cádiz and Las Palmas.

The anti-corruption prosecutor had asked for Guerrero to be imprisoned once again as he was considered to be a

The government’s delegate in Andalucía, Carmen Crespo, said the searches were connected to suspects who allegedly acted as intermediaries in the fraud by offering their services to businesses to help them obtain financing for their restructuring processes. Around 60 people are already under investigation in the case.

Police are investigating another incident involving of passers-by being shot at in the Carretera de Cádiz area of Málaga. Last month, a motor scooter received various impacts from pellets in the same area where a young girl and a van driver have previously reported similar incidents. Police believe the same person is responsible for all three incidents. Officers have reconstructed the attacks to work out the trajectories and have appealed for witnesses. In the first incident, the owner of a Volkswagen Multivan returned to his vehicle parked in avenida de Velázquez

to find two windows shattered and a few holes on the bodywork. A car behind his also had a broken window. Officers found four projectiles which appear to have been fired by an air rifle. Then on March 6, a 16-year-old girl was struck on the right arm by a pellet as she walked with a friend, while, in the latest incident, the motor scooter was the target in calle Gaucín. Police say the shots came from near ground level and residents, who have been very alarmed by the attacks, believe they may have originated in a garage. The search for the perpetrator continues.

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Scruffs at the Pavo Real

This year Action for Animals is teaming up once again with the Pavo Real on the Torrox-Competa road, to organise their annual Scruffs Dog Show to be held next month on May 11. This year’s show will be even bigger and better than last year, so put the date in your diary and go along and support them. You don’t even have to bring a dog to join in the fun. They’ll have a tombola, raffle, lucky dip and one or two surprises. If you would like to sponsor a trophy, donate a raffle prize or have a stall on the day, please contact Nina on 660 586 040.

Radio helps Cudeca

Talk Radio Europe, the renowned radio station broadcasting to the Costa del Sol,

Southern Spain, Mallorca and Gibraltar, once again held their annual radio auction in aid of Cudeca on March 8. The show was hosted by the TRE team alongside some special guests and there was also an array of musical talent performing live on air in the studio.

The auction opened for live bidding at 10am and by midday, the atmosphere in the studio was alive and buzzing with listeners joining in the bidding frenzy which lasted until late that evening. Cudeca also received many generous donations and dedications and together with the items sold, managed to raise a grand total of €17,000. These funds will help the Hospice to continue offering the Special Kind of Caring to over 750 people each year with cancer and other advanced and non-curable illnesses within the province of Málaga.

Viňuela Christian Fellowship and all friends, volunteer and groups of Lux Mundi, Torre del Mar who donated so generously and made the evening such a success. It is hoped that another event may be organised later in the year, so keep in touch with all the news at the Centre. For information contact Lux Mundi Ecumenical Centre, Torre del Mar. Tel.952 543 334/952 540 432 e-mail: luxmundi@lux-mundi.org. Web: www.luxmundi.org.

Torrox TAIL

TAIL in Torrox currently houses over 50 dogs and 22 puppies that have been rescued from many scenarios, too many to mention! If you are interested in adopting or fostering, in particular puppies, please check out their website www.tailtorrox.webs.com for more information. They have a permanent stall at the Algarrobo Boot Fair next to Lidl, which is held every other Saturday in the month (weather permitting). They also hold Tombolas and raffles every two weeks at Caipirinha - if you can donate prizes or wish to help in any way, please call Jean on 650 965 143.

Costa Camera Club win

For the second year running the Costa Camera Club won the inter-club battle photographic competition which took place at La Viñuela. The competition was started three years ago by Mr Ken Arnold, ARPS from the Costa del Sol Photographic Society.

The competition then, began with two clubs taking part, this year four clubs were in the competition. ‘The Costa del Sol Photographic Society’, ‘La Viñuela

Lux Mundi dinner

On February 14, the St. Valentines Dinner, organised by Lux Mundi, Torre Del Mar, in conjunction with Axarquia Groups and Associations was attended by 136 friends. The venue was the attractive Hotel de Viňuela where there was a beautiful view of the setting sun over Lake Viňuela as everyone arrived. The guests enjoyed a delicious dinner, after which a raffle was held which raised €645 to be donated to the Childrens’ Charity, Anne Axarquia. Thanks to the following support groups who attended, St George’s Anglican Church Vélez Málaga, The Royal British Legion branches of Torre del Mar and Los Romanes, ‘El Capitan’ tennis club, APRIL 2013

The CCC won with a total score of 177 points, narrowly beating the CDSPS who scored 174. When presenting the trophy to Miss Lesley Laver, Mrs Inkel paid compliment to the high standard of photography entered into the competition. The twelve winning photos will be exhibited on Nerja Residents’ Day which takes place at Plaza de Espana on April 14.

Royal British Legion

Recently it was announced that a long overdue medal is going to be awarded to the men who served with the Arctic Convoy. Considering that the convoy was active over 70 years ago one could say that their bravery and courage should have been recognised and rewarded many years ago, however, as the saying goes – better late than never. Congratulations and thanks should go to Jim Bromley of Nerja branch who was one of those involved. When you speak to veterans of those times you cannot help but be impressed by the modest way they talk of those days of hellish anticipation and fear, but also of the comradeship and cohesion they knew too.

RBL will also have a stand at Nerja Residents’ Day on April 14, and a tombola stall. Anyone who is interested can chat about the RBL, its aims and achievements, and how to join the Branch or to just join us for lunch. The profits from the tombola go entirely to the TRBL and thanks go to Dorothy and Dave Allen for all their efforts in organising it. Let’s hope the weather is fine and we see lots of you there.

Fancy a trip away?

Trapiche Social Club are taking advance bookings for a Cadiz and Jerez trip in September, two nights, three days, the cost is €185 per person and your booking is secured with a €10 deposit for members and non-members a €20 deposit. To help the finances, payment can be made monthly at the club where all details are on the notice board.

They are also organizing a Cordoba patios trip on May 10 which is €12 per person there is a lot of interest in this trip so don’t miss out. The patios are quite spectacular with the most beautiful displays of flowers.

One of the winning entries, Dahlia by Cecillia Anderson, a member CCC. Photographic Society’, ‘The Shutterbugs’ and ‘Costa Camera Club’. Each club entered twelve prints and the judge Mrs Jo Inkel gave each print a mark out of 20.

On June 25 there it a trip to the Alpujarras visiting the Jamón factory where you can taste a tapa and have a glass of wine. On the way back you will have the chance to buy the famous Jarraba rugs in Pampaneira. This trip costs €26 and includes a Menu del Día in a nearby restaurant. For more details of activities and trips or to book any of the trips, please call 680 764 130.

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because she did not meet the necessary financial requirements.” Mrs Colville said, “We are just hoping everything will work out right.”

News from the UK and around the World . . . the wild, the wacky, the wonderful, the weird and the downright infuriating

THE WORLD’S GONE MAD

Border Agency error A Welsh photographer has been told he cannot bring his new bride to the UK and may be forced to leave the country after the Home Office said he is not a British citizen. Craig Colville was born in St Asaph in North Wales to British parents but the UK Border Agency has denied his new wife Crystal Levy permission to stay in the country, claiming that he “does not hold settled status.” Mr Colville, who even has a twin brother whose citizenship has never been disputed, is now facing leaving Britain

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over the blunder. Officials admitted that the bizarre claim was a “clerical error.” but insisted that Mr Colville’s new wife would have to leave the country in any case because she does not make enough money to stay.

The couple met in 2006 when they were working on a cruise ship together, and married in Llangollen in July last year. Mrs Colville applied to the Home Office to become a permanent resident of the UK, but UKBA officials turned down the application, claiming that Mr Colville, “does not hold settled status, is not a British citizen and is not a person with refugee leave/humanitarian protection.”

The couple were told they had to launch an official appeal but Mrs Colville has been told that if her appeal is unsuccessful she “must leave the United Kingdom as soon as possible” when her present visa runs out or she will be “removed to Canada”.

A UKBA spokesman said, “The original paperwork sent to Ms Levy contained a clerical error regarding her husband’s nationality and we have written to her this week to clarify the situation. We are clear her husband is a UK national and the error did not affect our decision to refuse Ms Levy’s application for further leave to remain, which was made

Sacked for police report A bartender has claimed she was fired after reporting to police that a regular patron had got into his car and driven away drunk. Twyla DeVito, from Shelby, Ohio, was praised by police for the act which they said was the right thing to do. But according to DeVito she lost her job at the American Legion Post bar for reporting the man, who is a board member of the American Legion. She told ABC News, “There was no cab, I couldn’t give him a ride home and I was working.”

Shelby Police Chief Charles Roub said officers found the patron driving with a blood alcohol level more than twice the legal limit. He was issued a citation for operating a vehicle under the influence, according to a police report.

Two days later, DeVito received a call from her commander telling her she was fired. “He called me and said that I was bad for business,” she said. “(He said), ‘This is nothing personal, this is all business, but I am going to have to fire you.’ My commander said I didn’t follow protocol, but there was no protocol.” DeVito said she does not regret calling

police. “If he had gotten in a wreck that would have been on me, because I was on my shift”' said DeVito. “It was in a lose-lose situation. I chose to possibly save a life.”

GOOD FOR YOU

Saturated fat has become public enemy number one for heart health, the one food type guaranteed to clog arteries and raise the risk of a heart attack. But emerging evidence suggests not all saturated fat should be tarred with the same brush. One type of saturated fat, known as stearic acid, may actually protect the heart against disease.

Stearic acid, which is found in beef and pork, skinless chicken, olive oil, cheese, chocolate and milk, is one of many saturated fatty acids found in food. Others include lauric, myristic and palmitic acids. However, unlike other saturated fatty acids, repeated studies have shown stearic acid has no adverse effect on blood cholesterol levels or other risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Indeed, it appears to be beneficial, suggesting that red meat and chocolate are not the heart-health disaster zones we assume they are. When one study published in a recent edition of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition revealed that eating

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lean beef on a daily basis improved cholesterol levels, it was the stearic acid in the meat that was said to be responsible for the positive changes. After five weeks on the daily diet of lean beef, the participants in the study experienced a 5 per cent drop in total cholesterol and around a 4 per cent drop in “bad” LDL cholesterol, almost the same as those on a diet high in fish, vegetable protein and poultry. Both groups also kept their weight steady.

BAD FOR YOU

Feeling depressed or anxious dramatically increases the chances of heart patients dying, new research suggests. Death rates among those with heart disease who also suffer from anxiety and depression are tripled, one study found.

A separate team showed that moderate or severe depression increased the risk of death among patients with heart failure four-fold. Almost 1,000 patients with an average age of 62 took part in the heart disease study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association. All answered questions about their feelings immediately before and after an invasive hospital procedure. Doctors used CONTINUED OVERLEAF

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tests based on common symptoms to decide whether participants were depressed or anxious. Among the 133 patients who died during the next three years, 55 suffered from either one or both of the conditions.

Anxiety and depression were found to influence the risk of death in different ways. High blood pressure was strongly linked to anxiety, which on its own doubled the risk of dying from any cause. Depression was more associated with behavioural risk factors, such as smoking and not taking medication. Previous studies have already found that depression reduces the survival of heart disease patients and triples the risk of heart attacks. However, this may have been partly because depressed patients are likely to be anxious as well, experts believe.

CRAZY CROOKS

A Romanian thief who wore specially-adapted leggings under his trousers to hide ten mobile phones he stole from a gig has been jailed. Florin Constantin, 28, was caught red-handed when the owners desperately called their phones and they started ringing. The crook had only been in the UK for six weeks when he drove to Norwich specifically to steal phones from the Waterfront bar. The Eastern European immigrant had already received a caution from the Met Police in London for going equipped to another music venue. Staff alerted by outraged victims nabbed Constantin in Norwich after hearing loud ringing from his trousers, a court heard last month. Constantin, using an interpreter, yesterday admitted ten counts of theft.

Noisy thieves Police were called to the Trent House Inn, near St James’ Park, in Newcastle, in the early hours of the morning after it was reported that a suspected illegal lock-in was taking place inside. But when officers arrived, they instead found the pub had been broken into and a burglary was taking place. Thieves Robert Weeks and Thomas Tams hid in the loft of the pub as police entered and discovered the juke box and pool table had been forced open, a court heard. They also found bottles of alcohol and packets of cigarettes collected in a box and left by the door. The noisy thieves were soon discovered by police dogs in their hiding place and arrested. Newcastle Magistrates’ Court was told, “They made that much noise inside the premises that people outside thought they were having a lock-in. There was a complete lack of sophistication.” APRIL 2013

COURT REPORTING

Secret justice farce A coroner banned the naming of bungling firearms officers in a triple murder inquest to protect their human rights. In the latest secret justice farce, officers who wrongly allowed Michael Atherton to own guns were given anonymity to respect their “right to privacy.” Police lawyers said their clients were worried about, “the way in which they were talked about,” and feared, “media pointing the finger.” The ban was overturned following an appeal by the Daily Mail and it soon emerged that one of the officers dealing with Atherton, 42, had been selling on confiscated firearms while serving with the police. It is the latest in a long line of orders banning journalists from reporting on the courts, which are supposed to be open to the public.

The inquest in Crook, County Durham, heard Atherton had successfully applied for a licence for a shotgun in 2006 and five further guns in 2008. Officers in the firearms licensing unit at Durham Constabulary knew he had a history of domestic violence and self-harm but decided to grant his application. One of them was Damien Cobain, a firearms inquiry officer later convicted of selling guns. In his evidence, Cobain said he had never seen guidance by the Home Office or the Association of Chief Police Officers on the issuing of gun certificates.

Cobain has since left the force after his conviction in 2010, where he was given a suspended sentence for selling guns that were due to be destroyed after being surrendered by the public.

CHEERS!

Thousands of litres of whisky were accidentally flushed down the drain by workers at a Chivas Brothers’ bottling plant in Dumbarton, Scotland. The incident is believed to have happened during a night shift, when employees were cleaning equipment. A BBC report said that, instead of emptying out waste water at the plant, the workers chucked out the whisky. The smell of the whisky was so strong that sewage workers reported the odour. Chivas Brothers said that the incident was being investigated.

INITIALLY INEPT

As retirement announcements go, it seemed kind and innocuous enough. But a prep school headmaster's wordplay has cost him his job after his departing colleague detected a stronger sentiment between the lines.

“It is with mixed feelings that I announce the retirement of Mr Roger Clark at the end of this term,” wrote Mark Dunning, the head of the £13,000a-year Orley Farm School in Harrow, north-west London. “We all now know every really great teacher has to finish one day and Mr Clark will do so at the end of this term.”

L AW talk

Ownership of a Spanish property by a limited company

Mr Clark, 64, a teacher of English and French, spotted that the first letter of the first six words of the second sentence spelled out a rather uncomplimentary term. Now Mr Dunning, 50, has been replaced in the head's chair after governors were unimpressed by his efforts, which formed an acrostic.

There can be advantages in purchasing or transferring Spanish property into the name of a UK limited company. There can be a significant saving on inheritance tax in Spain where there is no spouse exemption for non-residents. Some companies are offering to set up standard structures, but where the current tax value of the property is not very high this can be expensive if your particular circumstances are not taken into account.

QUOTES

Incorporation of a company in the UK is cheap and fast. Everything is available online or your lawyers or accountants in the UK can do this for you. You will need a UK accountant immediately so that all and any taxes are paid. An accountant can also advise you of the implications for you in England of owning property in a company name. We have a list of firms that can assist depending on what area you are in.

The word spelled out was ranked as the fourth most offensive swearword in research by the Advertising Standards Agency in 2000. Its original meaning has changed over time and is mainly used as an impolite way of calling someone an idiot.

“You probably think what I do is a worthless job.” A stay-at-home mother talking to Lib-Dem leader Nick Clegg during radio phone-in. “Go away and investigate real crime.” Merlin, 22-year son of Bryan Ferry, to police after being caught carrying a knife for the second time. “Our little grape.” Kate and William’s nickname for their unborn baby (according to the American magazine US Weekly). “I don't wreck marriages, I save them!” Serial mistress Louise Van der Velde quoted in the Daily Mail. “He’s a world class hunk.” Miss Israel after meeting President Obama in Jerusalem. “I made him cry.” Selena Gomez (20, actress) on her split from Justin Bieber (19, all round entertainer) - and if you’ve never heard of either, don’t worry. Grateful acknowledgement to the following papers from which this material is extracted: Daily Mail, Daily Mirror, Daily Express, Independent on Sunday, Mail on Sunday, The People, The Sun, The Sunday Times and The Times. The Telegraph

Everybody has different considerations both for their Spanish property and their UK assets and a consultation is advisable using the current tax levels so that you can decide if this structure suits you. It is very important to take tax advice in both countries as you must comply with all of the obligations on fiscal transparency and each individual client has unique circumstances.

The shares can be held by one person or distributed amongst the

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family. Subsequent share transfers may have tax implications which are matters for the UK Tax authorities – the HMRC. One of the directors will need to grant a Spanish form power of attorney on behalf of the company. This will be needed to appear before the Spanish notary to buy or transfer the property. It is better to do this as the alternative involves costly translations of the company articles and legalisation which slows down the process.

The UK company will need to apply in Spain for a CIF number (Código Identificación Fiscal) and new rules mean that one of the directors will also have to apply for a number to ensure any tax notifications are received. The UK company will be taking advantage of the Double taxation relief treaty and is therefore not liable for corporation tax in Spain. For more information and to see if this would be suitable for you, contact Sandra Wrightson at De Cotta Law in Nerja:

Sandra Wrightson De Cotta Law (De Cotta McKenna y Santafé) C/Diputación 11 29780 Nerja (Malága) Tel: + 34 952 527014 Fax: + 34 952 523428 www.decottalaw.com

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Now with a new shop in Nerja, Sky Costa - Intervision have so much more to offer....

Based in Nerja and covering all areas around Nerja, Málaga, Costa del Sol and beyond, Intervision aims to provide fast broadband internet service in Spain. Along with our Tooway Direct Internet Satellite Broadband System we also supply TVs and accessories. Now we can invite you to visit our new shop in Nerja to view all our products and to discuss and receive guidance regarding the right products for you with complete confidence. If you are unable to visit our premises, please call and we can arrange for one of our team to come and visit you.

Fast, reliable satellite broadband internet

Intervision are proud to be the Authorised Agent for Tooway Direct UK Internet Service here in Spain. Through the Tooway system we are able to provide fast satellite broadband internet services to all areas around Nerja, Málaga and the surrounding Coast and rural areas that otherwise wouldn’t be able to access the internet via the systems already available. For those areas already with internet we can provide a faster and more reliable system.

How can we do this? Because the Tooway Direct System works through a satellite the same as an English TV system. This means we can provide broadband internet to everyone including those in rural areas. So if you’ve been told you can’t have Internet, now you can, and there is no need for a telephone line.

Free calls to UK and Spanish landlines

Through modern VoIP network enterprise, this service is the latest technological breakthrough in the revolution of cheap

calls. The phone adapter allows you to talk on the internet while getting a great saving. The first 30 minutes are FREE to UK mobiles.

Satellite TV Solutions

UK “Free to Air” TV Channels such as BBC, ITV, etc to Sky boxes and Freeview Receivers outside of the UK are changing transmission, this means that these channels will no longer be available to the majority of Europe, including Spain, via a satellite dish. There is, however, an alternative – via IPTV Internet Protocol Television. IPTV is a system through which television services are delivered using the internet instead of being delivered through traditional terrestrial, satellite signal and cable television formats. Internet based television is high quality and basically only requires 2Mbit broadband connection, television (high definition) with HDMI connection, a program package and an IP UK-TV receiver. This box receives the programmes through your broadband connection and sends the signal directly through HDMI cable to your television. Many British and Scandinavian channels are available.

So give us a call, drop into our shop or browse our website – www.intervision-broadband.es and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact us. SKY COSTA - INTERVISION Calle Chaparil 10, bajo por Calle Jaen, Nerja (near Santander Bank) Tel: 951 197 125 or call Rob n 667 440 632 Email: info@intervision.co

Burriana Billboard

As is usually the case during the run-up to Easter, a general air of expectancy pervaded Burriana. The smell of paint was all powerful at times, tile cutters shaping new flooring and wall coverings were an almost constant background noise, but the item that raised the most comment was the installation of the so-called glass walls at several establishments. To the best of our knowledge a popular Belgian family-run restaurant at the eastern end of the paseo was the first on the paseo to install the system last year (and very smart it looks too) and the success and customer-popularity of this cold weather beating idea was obviously not lost on other business owners. The systems are not cheap to put in, but they certainly save a fortune on the gas cylinders used for heating purposes, now at an all-time price high of €16.20. In the case of one business the glass wall was duly installed, and when the restaurant/bar re-opened on the following rather cold and wet day the large corner venue was almost immediately packed with customers. In the warmer months the systems can be folded back out of the way, to allow any cooling breezes into the establishment.

March was a strange month from the weather prospective, but looking back over the years this has often been the case. On a number of days we experienced all four seasons over a 24 hour period, including, at one point, a fair amount of snow on the hills at the back of town. As the wind was a northerly at the time this led to an extra layer or two of clothing being necessary when venturing out, but it was nothing like the UK where, as I found out to my cost, the temperature dipped to an incredibly (for me, anyway) low minus 12 degrees in the middle of the month. I didn’t go out at all on a couple of occasions, which, as anyone who knows me will be aware, is a most unusual occurrence indeed!

the road. The fall followed three days of heavy rain and a motor cyclist had a very fortunate escape, clearing the area just seconds before the fall, and avoiding a situation which could quite pic: CPB possibly have had a fatal result. Luckily Burriana Rockfall clear up in progress. no-one was hurt in the incident, but several parked vehicles suffered extensive damage. Praise where praise is due though, a large amount of the fall was very quickly cleared away by two JCB’s.

This time of year usually sees businesses gearing up for the hopefully busier times ahead. Apart from refurbishment work it can mean things like additional items being added to the range of stock carried over the winter, and changes in operating hours. H20 is a classic example of this. Their opening hours are now from 1pm to at least 1am, seven days a week, and they have reintroduced their extremely popular American ice-cream from CONTINUED OVERLEAF

The annoying, recurring problem of no street lighting along the length of the paseo returned during March. These lighting failures lead to a most unwelcoming scenario for visitors to the area, and have serious repercussions on business levels as a result, at a time when that is the last thing that is needed. It is a mystery as to why Burriana suffers from such a high number of lighting failures, and it is a problem that no-one with the appropriate authority seems to be able or willing to address.

The biggest talking point of the month by far was the substantial rock fall on the road at the back of the paseo. A number of years ago the cliffs were strengthened at the eastern end of Burriana, following a large fall, which caused pic: CPB some structural Rocks, some estimated at over five tonnes damage to the first in, came crashing down. apartment block as you travel westwards along the road. The operation involved drilling into the cliffs and inserting strengthening metal rods, followed by pressure injected concrete. Unfortunately the strengthening work did not extend all of the way along the sandstone backdrop. As has been widely anticipated ever since then, a large chunk of the cliff came down, about half way along

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Ben and Jerry. If you pop in for a drink during the month don’t forget to ask Alex how he got on during his recent holiday in South America, and what cocktail ideas he has come back with.

Along at JJ’s Café del Mar Janet, Miguel and Graham are continuing to maintain their position as one of the favourite restaurants along the paseo. Having recently sampled their Sunday roast it is easy to see why. Quite simply, it was delicious, there was plenty of it, and it is not unreasonably priced. Janet’s gravy is a special treat in itself, made the ‘old fashioned’ way with the juices from the meat, and not a gravy granule in sight.

Bookings really are essential to avoid disappointment, and Janet tells us that this extremely popular option will be available for another couple of months or so, before the hot weather really sets in. Don’t worry if you miss out this time around, the roasts will be back again after the summer.

Along at Over Land and Sea (OLAS) Dean has organised another trip to see Málaga Football Club in action on April 3. It’s an historic night for the club as they take on Borussia Dortmund at Málaga’s home ground, La Rosaleda, in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League quarter final. Further details are available in the bar and the coach leaves at 6.30pm. Please let Dean know as soon as possible if you are interested in going to the match, so that the correct size of coach can be arranged. OLAS is holding another of their ever-popular charity quiz nights on Saturday, April 6. With quizmaster John ‘ Boy’ Holmes firmly back behind the wheel these quizzes are ‘must book’ events, and as usual it is an 8pm for 8.30pm start. The legendry half-time buffet, included in the quiz entrance fee, will, as always, ensure that no-one goes home hungry! April 6 will be a busy day for the bar as there is a great programme of football during the

afternoon, following on from a week of UEFA Champions League quarter final action. It is also The Grand National from Aintree at 5.15 Spanish time, and the bar is organising a sweepstake for the event. April 23, is St Georges Day and it is a given that great times will be had by one and all at OLAS. There will be a lot of things going on during what Dean describes as “A Good Old English Day.” In support of the bar’s two elected charities, Help for Heroes and The Bobby Moore Fund For Cancer Research ‘good old boy’ Mike Nelson will be having his head shaved at some stage of the proceedings.

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Ibiza is shaking off its clichéd image as a party island and is being rediscovered for both its ‘boho chic, and its sophistication

Thanks as always to Dean for providing us with the sporting fixtures taking place during the month, all of which will be shown on OLAS’s muti-screen system.

April 9 and 10 sees the second leg of the UEFA Champions League quarter finals, with Málaga playing away to Borussia Dortmund. The following weekend, April 13 and 14 sees the FA Cup semifinals taking place in the UK, with the weekend after being another busy one for football fans as well. April 23 sees the first leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-final with the second leg taking place on April 30, following on from yet another busy weekend of soccer at the end of the month.

In amongst all of the the football there is The Masters golf tournament which runs from April 11 to 14, coming from Augusta, Georgia. Watch out for Tiger Woods, who seems to be enjoying something of a comeback at the moment. Formula One comes from China on Sunday, April 14 and from Bahrain a week later. Both races will have qualifying days beforehand, so watch the boards for more information on all of the events during the month. JOHN PEATEY

IBIZA (Eric Gevaert) The energy is palpable, resonating through the air as the beat builds to a crescendo. All around people are dancing and laughing, whilst some are consumed by the rhythm as if almost frenzied. Yet this isn't a scene from one of Ibiza's famous dance venues, with clubbers dancing to the tunes of a celebrity DJ; this is a different Balearic beat. It is Sunday night on Benirrás Beach, on the north of the island, where local and visiting musicians come to jam together. This stunning, secluded cove is the regular home to the sound of drums and bongos, where people come to 'drum down the sunset' and party till dawn.

Hippies and millionaires

the growing VIP market that wants quality and glamour but with a laid back attitude.

Ibiza still exudes a charm and luxurious simplicity that defies its reputation as a hedonistic party island. Certainly places like San Antonio have paid a price for the success of the Ibizan music and club scene, but typically the coast and interior is unspoilt, with hotels, restaurants and bars that combine a relaxed vibe with upscale, sophisticated style.

Agroturismo

The neighbouring island of Formentera, minutes away on a ferry In high season it's indisputably a major tourist attraction and offers even more pristine white beaches and the kind of azure somewhat overwhelming, but during the rest of the year it still seas that give the Caribbean a run for its money. This corner of captures a little of the magic of the White Island and its boho the Mediterranean is truly unique, and not over developed, so it's chic heritage. Long before the arrival of the dance music clubs, probably no surprise that the property and hotel sectors are Ibiza was a simple island, a jewel in an aquamarine sea, with doing well in the Balearics. unprecedented rugged natural beauty that was a magnet to hippies and musicians. Thankfully decades later, despite In addition to the exclusive villas there are is some wonderful commercial pressures, the alternative scene is flourishing in Ibiza rural tourism in Ibiza, known as 'agroturismo'. This is stylish hospitality in classic island properties, as residents and visitors return to the from old granaries to ancient island’s roots. CanDomo Luxury Guest House farmhouses. Boho chic is defined By contrast, arriving at the airport, the sleek private jets and dedicated private terminal reveal a little about the island’s other side, the one for well-heeled residential tourists and visitors. Ibiza is the preferred choice for some of Europe's super rich for discreet residential tourism and unobtrusive luxury breaks. Signature architect-designed villas nestle amongst the ancient, twisted pines that cover the island; and a range of exclusive venues and services target

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here; where rustic properties are restored and converted with an extraordinary flair for design and comfort. Most are situated close to quiet coves, perfect if you want to head to the beach and 'drum down the sunset'. www.candomo.com/ www.canxuxu.com

ANDREW FORBES

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Son masculinos los nombres terminados en: - O - el libro book, el niño boy, el perro dog, el año year - MA – el problema, el sistema, el programa

Son femeninos los nombres terminados en: - A – la casa house, la niña girl, la perra dog, la semana week - AD – la ciudad city, la libertad, la universidad, la comunidad - CIÓN – la estación, la acción, la relación, la canción song

Los nombres terminados en E y consonante son masculinos o femeninos. Sólo es posible saber con el diccionario. Masculinos Femeninos el hombre man la leche milk el chocolate la tarde afternoon el té tea la noche night el coche car la calle street el padre father la madre mother el elefante la gente people el profesor teacher la flor flower el señor mister la mujer woman el país country la sal salt el mes month la pared wall el pan bread la sed thirst Los nombres terminados en ISTA son masculinos y femeninos: el pianista – la pianista

Para el plural ponemos una S en las palabras que terminan en A –E – O: la casa las casas el hombre los hombres el libro los libros Y los terminados en consonante tienen ES: el avión los aviones planes el árbol los árboles trees la ciudad las ciudades cities la flor las flores flowers

Los adjetivos (adjectives) también son masculinos o femeninos: Negro (a) (os) (as) black el hombre bueno – los hombres buenos Blanco (a) (os) (as) white la mujer buena – las mujeres buenas Bueno (a) (os) (as) good el hombre blanco – los hombres blancos APRIL 2013

países y los adjetivos de nacionalidad: español – española inglés – inglesa irlandés – irlandesa escocés – escocesa galés – galesa francés – francesa alemán – alemana italiano – italiana portugués – portuguesa holandés – holandesa noruego – noruega sueco – sueca danés – danesa griego – griega austriaco – austriaca suizo – suiza polaco - polaca estadounidense chino – china japonés - japonesa

Unas expresiones útiles (useful) ¿Cómo te llamas? Me llamo Roberto ¿De dónde eres? Soy español Encantado (a) Muchas gracias De nada Hable más despacio, por favor Lo siento, no comprendo

What’s your name? My name is Roberto Where are you from? I am Spanish Pleased to meet you Thank you very much You are welcome Speak slower, please Sorry, I don’t understand

1. Busca la palabra contraria: Pequeñas Negros Alta Fácil Caras Vieja Anchas Joven Largo Buenas Bonito Limpia

corto estrechas sucia difícil grandes viejo blancos baja baratas malas nueva fea

Unos ejercicios para practicar:

2. Completa las frases con estas palabras: italiana – chino - inglés – españoles – alemana - suizo – española – italianas – noruego – franceses.

MARIA JESUS DE LAGUNO tel: 679 294 157 email: mjdelaguno@telefonica.net

Solución:

Los nombres de España Inglaterra Irlanda Escocia Gales Francia Alemania Italia Portugal Holanda Noruega Suecia Dinamarca Grecia Austria Suiza Polonia Estados Unidos China Japón

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Todos los nombres (nouns) en español son masculinos (male) o femeninos (female). Normalmente los nombres terminados en O son masculinos y los terminados en A son femeninos pero cuidado (careful) con las excepciones: el sofá (m), el mapa (m), el día (m) la mano (f) hand, la foto (f), la moto (f) motorbike, la radio (f)

Welcome to Soltalk Spanish Course. For some of you it will be very easy and for others difficult but I am sure it will be useful for everyone. Pick up the dictionary and a pen and spend a little time studying this page. My experience as a Spanish teacher and a student of English and Italian tells me that without studying it isn’t possible to learn a language. Good luck!

Los adjetivos terminados en E y consonantes son masculinos y femeninos: Verde (s) green el hombre inteligente – los hombres inteligentes Inteligente (s) la mujer inteligente – las mujeres inteligentes Azul (es) blue Marrón (es) brown el perro marrón – los perros marrones Fácil (es) easy la perra marrón – las perras marrones

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Malo (a) (os) (as) bad la mujer blanca – las mujeres blancas

Los quesos ________________ son muy famosos. El té __________________ es muy bueno. La pasta es ____________________. La paella es __________________. Muchas mujeres __________________ son rubias. El chocolate ____________________ es muy bueno. Los vinos ___________________ no son caros. El salmón ___________________ es excelente. El idioma ______________ es muy difícil. Munich es una ciudad _________________. 3. Escribe las siguientes palabras: pequeñas – azul- negro inteligente - grande – bonito – amarillo - vieja – rojos – inteligentes – blanca - guapas. 1. Los tomates son ______________________. 2. El elefante es ________________________. 3. El plátano es ________________________. 4. Mis hijas son muy ____________________. 5. Las casas son ________________________. 6. El mar es _____________________. 7. Tu coche es muy _________________. 8. Tus hijas son muy ____________________. 9. Mi perro es __________ y muy _______________. 10. La gata es _______________ y muy _____________. 4. Escribe el femenino: 1. Un señor_________________________ 2. El abogado _________________________ 3. El taxista _________________________ 4. El dentista _________________________ 5. El peluquero _________________________ 6. Un doctor _________________________ 7. Un perro_________________________ 8. El niño _________________________ 9. El camarero _________________________ 10. Un español _________________________

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Bienvenidos al curso de español de Soltalk. Para algunos de vosotros puede ser muy fácil y para otros difícil pero estoy segura que para todos es útil. Coged el diccionario y el bolígrafo y pasad un rato con esta página. Mi experiencia como profesora de español y como estudiante de inglés e italiano me dice que sin estudiar no es posible aprender un idioma. ¡Buena suerte!

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Pequeñas, grandes; negros, blancos; alta, baja; fácil, difícil; caras, baratas; vieja, nueva; anchas, estrechas; joven, viejo; largo, corto; buenas, malas; bonito, feo; limpia, sucia. franceses – inglés – italiana – española – italianas – suizo – españoles – noruego – chino – alemana. rojos – grande – amarillo – inteligentes – pequeñas – azul – bonito – guapas – negro – inteligente – blanca - vieja. una señora – la abogada – la taxista – la dentista – la peluquera – una doctora – una perra – la niña – la camarera – una española.

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A taste for tapas... KEVIN’S KITCHEN talk

People don’t often invite me to dinner. I realise that this has nothing to do with my lack of social skills (because I do like to think that I am good company) and has more to do with the possibility that people may be a bit worried about cooking for me. I do wish that my wife had felt the same way when she first cooked for me, but that is another story for another time.

Anyway, long ago I stopped being offended that many people seemed to avoid inviting me into their homes for a wholesome, home-cooked dinner. (At this point I do need to thank the brave few who have cooked, and still cook for me – it was, and still is a delicious treat, thank you). I now accept that more often than not Alix and I will eat with friends in our local restaurants and bars. This actually suits me very well because I then feel no guilt about not having the time or the energy to reciprocate their very kind invitations.

And so on Wednesdays we can usually be found out and about in Nerja; sampling the local cuisine, checking out the competition, and generally having a very nice time indeed. Even if we don't have a long and lazy lunch it is rare that we last until dinnertime. Over the years I have developed a liking for tapas and so, by 7pm, I can often be found immersing myself in that most delicious of Spanish customs – tapas. The word ‘tapas’ is an extension of the word ‘tapa’ (lid) and originates from the verb ‘tapar’ (to cover). One story is that APRIL 2013

Croquetas de Jamón

tapas actually originated here in Andalucia many years ago. Apparently tapas referred to a slice of cheese or ham that was used to cover and protect a glass of sherry in the hot, dusty and fly infested bars. Two points to make here: one - some things never change – the bars are still hot, dusty and fly infested, and two – I do love the Spanish – it is unacceptable that a fly taints one’s drink but it’s fine if it lands on the accompanying snack!

This month’s recipe is for Croquetas de Jamón, because it’s one of my favourite tapas and is relatively easy to make. Like most recipes it gets easier every time you make it and is easily individualised by adding blue cheese, mushrooms or anything else you think might make it your own. Here at The Avalon we make them with smoked, salted cod and serve them with horseradish. Delicious!

Our Spanish friends seem to be united by their obsession for croquetas. Alix and I have been influenced by them and so whenever we can, croquetas are ordered and eaten, then discussed and evaluated. Croquetas are classic tapas, and very important because, in my opinion (and that of my Spanish friends), the quality of a croqueta is directly relevant to the quality of the establishment that serves them. Interestingly, croquetas do not contain potato and should never be compared with the English version of bread-crumbed mashed potato. This poor relation of the croqueta was popular in England in the seventies but luckily lost favour along with bad haircuts and The Bay City Rollers.

You will need: 50 grams of butter 175 grams of flour 400mls of warmed milk 1 small onion, finely chopped 1 tablespoon of olive oil Olive oil, for deep-frying Salt and pepper 2 beaten eggs, for coating Fine, dry breadcrumbs, for coating 50 grams of Serrano ham, finely chopped

Melt the butter in the frying pan. Add the flour and stir for three to four minutes until well blended and forming a roux. Take the pan off the heat and add the milk bit by bit. You will need to be careful here, incorporating it before adding more. Put the pan back on the heat and bring the sauce up to the boil, stirring all the time. The sauce will become very thick. Turn the heat low and cook for five minutes, stirring. Gently sauté the chopped onion in the olive oil until it is soft but not coloured. Add the chopped ham and immediately stir into the sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Spread the mixture into a lightly greased tray about two centimetres thick.

Chill in the fridge for at least two hours. When cool cut the mixture into small bars. Use your hands to shape each bar into a cylinder. Coat each croqueta with egg and then breadcrumbs. Heat the olive oil in a small pan. Deep fry the croquetas a few at a time until they are dark gold on the outside and warm and cooked on the inside. Drain on kitchen paper and serve hot. Happy cooking!

KEVIN ROBINSON El Avalon, Punta Lara, Nerja Tel: 95 252 0698 www.avalonnerja.com

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rough ball which is than used to dip into the various dishes. Watching others is the best way to learn. At the end of the meal, it is considered bad luck not to replace the lid on the tip khao.

Established seven years ago at the top of Calle Málaga, Nerja, this delightful restaurant is a popular favourite of both Spanish and foreign locals and tourists alike. It offers a mixture of Thai food and the cuisine of owner Sonephet’s native Laos.

Sonephet says “In Thailand and Laos, eating is always considered to be more fun in a group and the larger the better. We love to party! Except for the “rice plates” and the noodle dishes, Lao and Thai meals are typically ordered “family style”, which is to say that two or more people order together, sharing different dishes. Traditionally, the party orders one of each kind of dish, for example, one chicken, one fish, one soup, etc.”

Rice and noodles are the staple food and are eaten throughout Laos and Thailand for breakfast, lunch and dinner and no meal is complete without fresh vegetables and herbs. (Sonephet is a perfectionist - so much so that when some of his key ingredients were hard to find he started to grow his own herbs such as coriander, lemon grass, kaffir lime leaf, holy basil and mint, as well as many of the vegetables served in the restaurant.)

Most Lao and Thai dishes are eaten with sticky rice or steamed jasmine rice. Sticky rice is served up in little baskets called tip khao and eaten with the hands. The general practice is to grab a small handful of rice from the tip khao, then to roll it into a

Thai and Lao cooking is a paradox: it uses robustly flavored ingredients garlic, shrimp paste, chilies and lemongrass - and yet when these are melded together during cooking they arrive at a sophisticated and often subtle elegance, in contrast to their rather coarse beginnings. All the main courses are cooked to order so the exquisite flavours are as fresh as can be.

Seasoning is the considered application of flavours: sweet, sour, hot and salty. Two, three or occasionally all four of these primary tastes create the ultimate level of taste that so distinguishes Thai and Lao cooking. Balance is paramount. Thai and Lao food strives to achieve a balance where the tastes, textures and seasonings are assembled in every dish to the intended degree, enhancing and defining it. This is ‘rot chart’ – rot meaning ‘taste’ and chart meaning ‘proper’, ‘unified’ ‘balanced’ or ‘appropriate’- and is the ultimate goal of Thai and Lao cooking. Lansang’s stylish, interior has recently had a makeover with the addition of new paintings, all by local artist José Melguizo. Go and enjoy them while you have your lunch or dinner, and if one particularly takes your fancy... they are also for sale!

Extracts from the menu... STARTERS

Yam Talay Mixed seafood salad with spicy lime sauce Larb Salad Laotian style chicken or beef salad with dry chili and lemongrass Ka Duuk Khang Muu Grilled pork ribs with sweet chili sauce and lemon grass Sai Kok Lao Pork sausage with Lao spices

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Neua Gaeng Panaeng A thick red beef curry sauce topped with coconut milk and kaffir lime leaves Pa Neung Mak Naw Steamed sea bass with kaffir lime leaves and spicy lime sauce Monkfish Gap Curry Keaw Green Monkfish curry with sweet basil, vegetables and coconut milk Goong Markharm Grilled tiger prawn with tamarind

DESSERTS

Kow niew markmuang Mango served with coconut milk and sticky rice Khao tom Phart Banana & black sticky rice with ice cream Cheesecake Makmuang Homemade mango cheesecake served with mango puree Kluay khaek Thai banana fritters with grated coconut and sesame seed


NATURAL health

The influence of male hormones 34

Testosterone has many effects on entire men’s entire bodies and minds. It could be said that it is the equivalent of estrogen for women. The formation of testosterone decreases with age, symptoms are loss of muscle mass and strength, fatigue, depression, increased risk of type 2 diabetes, sexual problems, enlarged prostate, love handles, hair loss, etc. Testosterone deficiency can lead to the loss and/or conversion of other hormones such as estrogen. In my opinion, men should not accept these problems as inevitable. There is lots you can do. First of all, you can reduce the symptoms by having a healthy lifestyle. Take special care with stress and reduce your consumption of alcohol. Keep your weight low: abdominal fat causes low levels of testosterone.

Eat a varied diet, with lots of fruits and vegetables. Drink nettle tea which, in many scientific studies, has shown good results in increasing testosterone levels. Eat healthy fats in the form of fish, nuts, grains, seeds and olives among others. Oats also have a positive effect on sexual desire. It’s a good idea to include oats in your breakfast. Pomegranate juice is high in antioxidants and is effective when there is erectile dysfunction, it tastes good and may accompany your oats instead of coffee. Drink plenty of water and reduce your consumption of coffee, cola, etc. since all of them reduce testosterone levels.

Eat foods rich in zinc, such as oysters, shellfish, lean meats, such as turkey, lean beef, vegetables, cereals, nuts and seeds. Be careful with red meat, including burgers and sausages. Avoid too many refined carbohydrates, pastry, sugar, white bread, pasta and rice, fatty cheese, dairy products. To maintain prostate health a wide range of nutrients is required,

I would, therefore, recommend a good multi vitamin/mineral, for example Maksimum which contains vitamins and minerals, ginseng and Royal Jelly and chlorella among other ingredients. Omnimin/Omnix, Liquid Mivitotal plus vitamins and minerals and Spektro are all excellent products. Talk to a nutritionist and find the best products for you. Omega 3 fatty acids in combination with omega 6 fatty acids help reinforce the hormonal balance. Zinc: take 20 to 40mg a day. It’s difficult to reach the ideal amount of zinc for our body just with diet. Zinc deficiencies can cause problems to the immune system, your mood and skin. Zinc is also very sensitive to coffee, tobacco and alcohol. B-complex vitamins can help relieve stress and boost energy.

Many natural remedies can boost both the desire and the ability to enjoy your sex life. Maca, a peruvian root also taken as a food, is good both for women and men. Ginseng increases testosterone and strengthens the kidneys. Muira Puama and Tribulus may contribute to the increase of testosterone by 50%. The amino acid acetyl-L-carnitine can increase the production of testosterone. Other good options are Rhodiola Rosea, Ginkgo biloba, Royal Jelly, etc.

Pharma Nord’s Prelox is a combination of L-arginine, taurine and Pycnogenol. It is a great natural remedy known and appreciated by aging men, promoting sexual desire and pleasure. It is totally free of side effects. It is wonderful that many men nowadays want to keep themselves sexually active, even if they belong to a previous generation. Some men try to buy synthetic testosterone on the Internet, I recommend not to, in my opinion it is too dangerous. ANNI DAHMS Owner of Anni’s Vitalshop

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Good oral hygiene results in a mouth that looks and smells healthy. This means:

 Your teeth are clean and free of debris  Gums are firmly held against teeth and do not hurt or bleed when you brush or floss  Bad breath is not a constant problem

If your gums do hurt or bleed while brushing or flossing, or you are experiencing persistent bad breath, see your dentist. Any of these conditions may indicate a problem.

Your dental professional can help you learn good oral hygiene techniques and can help point out areas of your mouth that may require extra attention during brushing and flossing.

How is good oral hygiene practiced?

Maintaining good oral hygiene is one of the most important things you can do for your teeth and gums. Healthy teeth not only let you to look and feel good, they make it possible to eat and speak properly. Good oral health is important to your overall wellbeing. Daily preventive care, including proper brushing and flossing, will help stop problems before they develop and is much less painful and worrisome than treating conditions that have been allowed to progress.

In between regular visits to the dentist, there are simple steps that each of us can take to greatly decrease the risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease and other dental problems.

These include:  Brushing thoroughly twice a day and flossing daily  Eating a balanced diet and limiting snacks between meals  Using dental products that contain fluoride, including toothpaste  Rinsing with a fluoride mouthrinse if your dentist tells you to  Making sure that children under 12 drink fluoridated water or take a fluoride supplement if they live in a non-fluoridated area.

Proper Brushing Technique

Tilt the brush at a 45 degree angle against the gumline and sweep or roll the brush away from the gumline. Gently brush the outside, inside and chewing surface of each tooth using short back-and forth strokes. Gently brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen breath.

Proper Flossing Technique

Use about 18" of floss, leaving an inch or two to work with. Gently follow the curves of your teeth. Be sure to clean beneath the gumline, but avoid snapping the floss on the gums. If you have any problems be sure to see you dentist as soon as possible.

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BEAUTY talk

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I feel very strongly that beauty products should not be tested on animals, and my conscience was pricked recently when someone told me that many Spanish advertisements for cosmetics are for products tested on animals.

I did some digging around and found that in the European Union, marketing of animal-tested cosmetics products was banned in March this year in line with a longstanding EU cosmetics directive intended to phase out animal testing in beauty and personal care products (BPC). The European Commission has also just banned importing or exporting cosmetics containing ingredients tested on animals.

The story so far: 2004 - animal testing of finished cosmetic products banned; 2009 - marketing of most cosmetic products and ingredients tested on animals stopped; March 2013 - all marketing of such products halted. Now that is EU red tape doing something sensible for a change.

Europe’s war on animal testing has brought change globally because BPC manufacturers selling into the EU’s lucrative market must comply. The USA, by the way, has no legislation on animal testing for cosmetics. Does this mean cosmetics are less safe to use? No. Researchers who developed alternatives are on record saying that non-animal techniques such as using human cells and tissues, and computer modelling, can be more accurate.

The problem with animals is that their bodies work and respond

to chemicals and drugs differently from humans. We humans also show big individual differences in our bodies’ reactions to cosmetics, and animal tests cannot mimic this wide diversity. Some alternatives to animals-testing are costlier, but not much so, and costs per test come down as they become more widespread and automated.

Knowing that EU legislation was on the way, makers of BPC products and the ingredients in them worked on non-animal tests. Chemical company BASF (Germany) has had a laboratory developing and validating alternatives since 2004 and in 2009 set up a lab using alternative methods. Proctor & Gamble’s (USA) beauty and grooming unit claims 99% of its safety checks are by non-animal methods. It is not for me to be an apologist for an industry big and rich enough to look after itself. Also, animal welfare organisations warn there are loopholes that mean testing of cosmetics ingredients on animals can still continue if they are being checked for some non-cosmetics uses. But it is good to think that, as of now, new cosmetics adverts in Spain should be promoting only products that have not been tested on animals. SARAH BROOKES

By the way I was looking for a photograph to illustrate this article but all the ones I found were far too upsetting to even look at, however anyone who doubts the cruelty of animal testing can simply look on the internet, shocking.

Doctors notes

HEALTH talk

Dr Rik Heymans is a general practitioner in Nerja and writes on developments in the world of medicine

When to stop driving?

We all get confronted with people ‘who should not be driving any more', either in our family (spouse, parent), in our circle of friends or in our neighbourhood. Yet in many communities, driving is a required skill for independent living. Shopping, attending to personal business and affairs, and hobbies and sport all necessitate the use of a car for many individuals and families. For these adults, loss of the use of a car can impair overall mobility by more than 50 per cent, producing a significant impact on quality of life... And as the population ages, this will become more and more of an issue. Overall, older drivers have higher rates of crashes per mile driven. Adults over the age of 85 also have a 9-fold increase in the crash fatality rate per mile driven compared with younger drivers. The higher crash fatality rate is more likely a consequence of older adults’ relative frailty, as opposed to the severity of crashes or any inherent disability with driving.

Recognizing this potential danger, older drivers themselves might suspend driving under adverse weather conditions or during rush hour. Some go further and limit their driving distances as well. However, recent evidence suggests that even local trips can be dangerous for the older driver. Two principal factors are thought to contribute to the higher risks when older adults limit themselves to local trips. First, these trips often travel along congested local roads with complex traffic directions. Secondly, older adults who self-limit their driving distances usually have more functional limitations and are considered to be a group at particularly high risk for accidents.

vehicle crash in the last five years was associated with a doubling in the risk for a future accident. Meanwhile, in this study, the presence of dementia or a recommendation to reduce driving by others were not predictive of future accidents. Researchers have also suggested that a higher number of traffic citations during the previous three years can predict a higher risk for accidents among older drivers. The following variables to identify potentially unsafe older drivers were identified:

1. The Clinical Dementia Rating scale. 2. A caregiver’s rating of a patient’s driving ability as marginal or unsafe. 3. A history of crashes or traffic citations. 4. Reduced driving mileage or self-reported situational avoidance. 5. Mini-Mental State Examination scores of 24 or less. 6. Aggressive or impulsive personality characteristics.

However, the following variables are not helpful in recognizing unsafe drivers: * The patient’s self rating of his driving ability; and * Lack of situational avoidance while driving, meaning that the driver only drives when there is less traffic, on quieter roads and at quieter times. © Dr RIK HEYMANS

Can older adults themselves, or the people close to them reliably identify unsafe driving patterns? In the case of older drivers, actions may speak louder than words. A previous study found that older adults with self-imposed driving restrictions were five times more likely to suffer a crash compared with age-matched controls who did not have such restrictions. However, in a study of individuals with mild Alzheimer’s disease, 91 per cent of respondents reported their driving as safe, yet only 41 per cent passed an on-road driving test!

A practical history of trouble with driving may be particularly useful in identifying the at-risk older driver. In a study of 294 adults between the ages of 55 and 87, a history of a motor

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Providing you with information about earwax and how to deal with it. The external part of the ear canal has glands that produce wax to protect the ear. It is a lining against micro organisms, spores and spores as well as collecting dirt and dust. Small children have a particularly high wax production. The wax may be yellowish-brown or black. Frequent cleaning procedures are not usually necessary, as the wax moves in and out on its own so we can leave it there, not needing to clean it out.

However, obstruction by earwax can reduce the hearing by more than 50%. The reason for this is a current overproduction of wax and narrow ear canals. It can also be caused by cleaning with ear buds thereby pushing the wax deeper inside. If using hearing aids, the wax gets blocked up inside the ear. Patients with eczema suffer from an onion-like obstruction caused by the eczema.

A sudden hearing loss can be either a wax obstruction or a sudden deafness, which should be treated by an ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) Specialist.

The most efficient way to clean your ears

Cotton buds are only suitable to remove the visible external ear wax, otherwise the wax is pushed deeper into the ear. Ear candles are not a medical solution.

The so-called cleaning sprays are just a waste of money, as you only humidify the ear canal and increase the risk of infection. To remove a wax obstruction it is recommendable to see an ENT Specialist, and depending on the wax obstruction it will be removed with water or with a micro-instrument.

It is recommendable to see an ENT – Doctor twice a year, not only for people with hearing aids or chronic eczema. DR ALEXANDER DREIER ENT Specialist Clinica Sta. Cecilia Calle Los Huertos 46, Nerja (+34) 952 521 024 http://clinicanerja.com

Having a Brazilian

Cruising the coast of Brazil towards the Amazon on board the ‘Voyages of Discovery’ ship MV Voyager is where I find myself writing this month’s article. Brazil, as my mum says, “is where the nuts come from”! Well over the past few days anyone can see that the power-house of Brazil isn’t made from nuts anymore. This country is also home to my favourite cocktail the Caipirinha! Although talking to the locals it’s seen less as a cocktail and more a part of their cultural identity. The base spirit for this drink is cachaça, made from cane sugar which was once a huge industry here. In Europe only some bars and quality shops stock a true selection of cachaças, similar to tequila, your thoughts are only of one or two brands, but this certainly isn’t the case. I’ve tried some which you could drink over ice. My hope is that as the next big drink craze, which the experts believe will be rum, cachaça will find a better appreciation.

I’ve mentioned that this is my favourite cocktail, for my personal taste I love to add raspberries it takes me to ecstasy, it’s sex in a glass! And, as love-making is something better shared I’ve accompanied it with two nibbles. On my travels I happened to visit the largest cashew tree in the world; half the size of a Welsh rugby pitch (only we seem to be currently playing on the Big Boys pitch! Sorry England), so the cashew would make a good nibble if roasted with some antimalaria Angostura bitters and sugar. This area on the bump of Brazil has a huge shrimp eating culture to the point where indigenous folk call the people of Natal ‘the people who eat shrimp’. After drinking plenty of coconut water I thought…prawns with coconut and spice!

So on with the recipes. In a strong whisky glass or suitable vessel, muddle half a cubed lime with a good tablespoon of brown sugar (white for a less caramalised taste), enough to release the essential oils of the lime. Pour in a good quantity of cachaça, stir

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up and add cracked ice, it’s an often over-looked ingredient but an extremely important one. Shredded ice has a large surface area and you’ll get too much dilution; larger cubes and you'll get none at all. The water acts as an amalgamator for the flavours and helps you enjoy it on your tongue. To finish, top up with more ice and maybe a few cubes.

Now I fancy a some nuts! This recipe I’m making up as I go along as the galley space is quite limited with no room for my hips. In a bowl, mix up dry ingredients, brown sugar, sea salt, black pepper, a pinch of Cayenne (another port we’ll be visiting). Add to the nuts, sprinkle on Angostura bitters and lime zest. Coat all the nuts and add enough dry mixture to cover completely, place onto a greased baking tray on a medium heat and roast until golden.

The prawns can be made the night or half a day before you intend to eat. Marinate skewered prawns (shell on and pierce from the underside up) in a mixture of coconut milk, cachaça, salt, pepper, garlic and red chilies then when bbqing splash sparingly with a little more cachaça (not from the bottle!) to flambé.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this as much as I have this researching it. Next month I’ll be back with a special drink creation from the Amazon. I already have the name.... ALEX FAIRGREIVE and all of your friends here at H2O

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CAS news

Nerja Residents’ Day

If you plan to attend this year’s Residents’ Day event arranged by the Nerja town hall, be on the lookout for the Costa Animal Society stalls. CAS will

pic: John Peatey

CAS at Nerja Residents’ Day 2012

have a information and tombola table, as well as a food and drink stand serving hamburgers, hotdogs and cold beverages. Volunteers will be on hand to answer questions about CAS and the work it does with stray and abandoned animals. Residents’ Day will be held in Plaza España behind Nerja’s town hall on Sunday, April 14, provided the weather cooperates. If it has to be postponed, the event will be held the following Sunday.

Valentine’s Dinner Dance

The belated Valentine’s Dinner Dance charity event held in aid of CAS on February 28 was a smashing success thanks to the organisational efforts of co-president Vera Newing, volunteers Lynne and John who spent several hours preparing the delicious three course meal, as well as Gill and Jesus who waited on everyone in attendance. The evening was held at the Fellowship of The King church, which helped keep cost to a minimum, and the music provided by the Flying Dolphins was enjoyed by all with guests dancing until the midnight hour. More than €600 was raised for CAS by this event, providing much needed funds for the charity which spends up to €1,000 at the vet each month.

Micro-chipping

For those who missed Crufts this year, there were a couple of stories about long lost dogs being reunited with their owners thanks to micro-chip technology. These stories highlighted the importance of micro-chipping animals and raised awareness of a petition in the UK which is calling for improvements to legislation on dog ownership. However, many are unaware that in Andalucía all owners are already required by law to micro-chip dogs, cats and ferrets over four months old. Not only does this help identify your animal, but it can be essential in returning your pet to you if it is ever lost. APRIL 2013

Puppy and kitten season Unfortunately, spring naturally brings an explosion of unwanted puppies and kittens, and many of these meet cruel fates such as being dumped in a rubbish bin, or worse.

To emphasize this problem, 27 puppies were brought to the Costa Animal Society’s doorstep in one day at the end of February and many more are abandoned each week. CAS managed to place these puppies into several foster homes, which was not an easy task because most of them were so young they required bottle feeding.

CAS would like to thank their network of fosterers for the tremendous service they provide to our community, and cannot stress enough the importance of having

CAS tea dance

For our Victorian predecessors, afternoon tea was an essential part of social life. Ladies would call on friends for intimate gatherings of four or five, accompanied by a cuppa and a sandwich, during which valuable gossip was exchanged. By the 1880s, the tea parties were accompanied by a little light entertainment, which inevitably led to “dancing on the carpet” and the birth of the tea dance. It’s thought that the addition of dancing to afternoon tea originated during the French colonization of Morocco and by the first decade of the 20th century, tea dances were taking place in private houses across the UK. The thrill of a new dance called the tango, which arrived in

Skye’s story

Skye is a lovely female boxer who had been living rough in the Nerja campo for about a month. Unfortunately, her previous owner cruelly made a mess of Skye’s ears and docked her tail so that it was too short to wag.

Mauri was one of 27 puppies dumped on CAS’s doorstep on a single day last month.

animals spayed or neutered before they have their first litter.

London in 1910, added to the craze and public tea dances began in many hotels and elsewhere.

Tea dances have staged a revival in recent years and the Costa Animal Society is delighted to announce that its first tea dance will be held at the Villa Flamenca Hotel in Nerja on Friday, April 19, beginning at 3.00pm. It will be hosted by well-known local dance teachers Jennifer and Eric Joules. Tickets are €10, which of course includes afternoon tea, and are available from the CAS office in Nerja (95 252 3607) with all proceeds going to CAS. So don your Sunday best and dust off your dancing shoes for an afternoon of fun and dancing. Skye

IT talk

Android v Apple v Blackberry v Windows RT

Shipments of tablets running Google’s Android will overtake the iPad this year for the first time, research house IDC predicted, as Apple cedes more mobile market share to hard-charging rivals around the globe. A growing variety of smaller and cheaper Android tablets from Google, Amazon and independent manufacturers will catch on this year with more consumers and chip away at Apple’s dominance since the first iPad launched in 2010. iPad and iPhone shipments are expected to keep growing at enviable rates, but arch-rival Samsung and others have hurt Apple with a combination of savvy marketing, greater variety and rapid technology adoption.

Samsung has taken off the wraps of the gimmicky but brilliant fourth generation of its flagship Galaxy, the smartphone that helped the South Korean giant knock the iPhone off its top ranking for part of last year. A growing perception that the company co-founded by Steve Jobs may be losing its competitive edge has weighed on its shares, which have lost more than a third of their value since hitting a high in September. iPad shipments are expected to account for 46 percent of the tablet market in 2013, down from 51 percent last year, IDC said. Devices running Android are expected to grow their market share to 49 percent this year from 42 percent last year.

In November, Apple launched its own foray into smaller-sized tablets with the iPad mini. Certain (not all) independent manufacturers produced some very good value and quality Android tablets that weren’t suffering the tie in as you get with Amazon products. Now Google the Android owner has hundreds of thousands of apps (most are free) in its Android app market. One in every two tablets shipped this quarter was below eight inches in screen size.

In the smartphone market, which reached 545 million units shipped last year, Apple has already fallen behind Samsung. Samsung is likely to sell 290 million smartphones this year, up 35 percent from 2012, according to Strategy Analytics. Apple’s smartphone sales are projected to reach 180 million this year, up 33 percent.

Microsoft’s Windows 8 platform would grow their market share from 1 percent last year to 7.4 percent in the next few years! Tablets running the Windows RT operating system, which is not compatible with older software that runs on Windows, will see their market share stay below 3 percent. Consumers aren’t buying Windows RT’s value proposition, and long term we think Microsoft and its partners would be better served by focusing their attention on improving Windows 8.

So if you are thinking of buying a tablet but feel confused drop in the shop and we will take you through a demo on one of our Android tablet range which could save you lots of money and you will get what you really need! We have spent over six months researching the Android market to find the best quality tablet for a good price with great specifications, Android updates plus technical support – even I bought one! PC PAUL Nerja Computer Centre Calle Bronce 1, Nerja, Tel: 95 252 0080

A group of suppliers that depend on Apple for more than half of their business saw its sales slump 31 percent in February compared to January, according to Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White, who does not identify the companies in the group. Shares of Cirrus Logic, which gets three quarters of its revenue from selling audio chips to Apple, have fallen 23 percent this year. Many component suppliers to Apple, like Qualcomm and Toshiba, also do significant business with Android device manufacturers. The open ecosystem at Android has allowed there to be more suppliers. Last year, global tablet shipments grew to 128.3 million units, up from 72 million in 2011.

The Costa Animal Society cannot stress enough that the docking of ears and tail is not only cruel, but is now banned by law in Spain. Fortunately, Skye has found a new family in Germany, with the help of one CAS’s sister charities, and she is awaiting her flight to her new life.

Can you help CAS?

The Costa Animal Society is always in need of more helpers in a number of areas, so if you have spare time to fill, please make contact! For a no-obligation chat, contact Wendy on 95 203 7095 or Vera on 95 252

9670 for general enquiries. Simone on 619 903 815 can answer queries about airport runs in English or German. And, if you could donate a little to help the animals, CAS would be most grateful.

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After a somewhat wet period during March we are now looking forward to the spring and summer! Good quality hay is in short supply across Europe at this time of year but we hope to purchase more in the near future. Thank you for all your support during this difficult time.

Our new website

This was launched in early March and already has proved to be remarkably popular. We update the site regularly with lots of news and information about our work and events. Online donations and adoptions are possible. It includes the facility for readers to translate, if required, the site into Spanish, Italian. Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German or French. You may wish to have a look at: www.nerjadonkeysanctuary.com.

Residents’ Day 2013

Once again we have been invited by the town hall to contribute to Nerja Residents’ Day. This will take place on Sunday, April 14 from midday until 7pm. Residents’ Day is held in Plaza España, behind the Ayuntamiento building by the Balcón de Europa with one of the highlights of the entertainment being the Municipal Band performing live. We will be serving food and drinks and publicising our work with the animals. It will be good to see you there.

Our moving news

As you may know, we may well be moving site. This now appears to be a relatively long-term project and we continue to discuss our plans with the town hall and with our local supporters.

Food and tools

If you have any dry cat food, dry dog food, carrots, apples, stale bread, etc the animals will be very grateful. Also, if you have any tools you no longer need: rakes, shovels, pick axes, etc then our volunteers will be very pleased to receive them!

Animal of the Month - Chalkie

Chalkie was born in 1994. He lived all on his own in a field near the Sanctuary. The main problem was that he was lonely and

bored. Also, he was not properly cared for.

One day he left his field and broke through our front gate and came in to see us! We took him back to his owner. The next morning Chalkie broke into the Sanctuary Chalkie again. Eventually, his owner turned up and told us he didn’t want the donkey anyway and we should keep him. Donkeys, just like humans, are sociable animals and generally need the company of others. Chalkie is now happy, gets fed twice a day, and is surrounded by animals and humans!

Volunteers of the month

Pamela Kerr and Adam Dancer have been helping us for the last two years. They have been brilliant when it comes to pitching in at Fun Days and for the invaluable support they have brought to our Tuesday Hippotherapy programme and to our Saturday Pony Club! Sadly they have just left us and moved back to Scotland: you guys will be greatly missed!

Visiting the Sanctuary

Adam and Pam

We’re open every day and admission is free. Winter and spring visitor hours until the end of May are 10am - 4pm. Great fun for kids and adults. Find us on the Soltalk map: we’re on the western edge of town a few minutes walk from the Supersol supermarket next to the Rio Chillar river. If you’re getting a taxi ask for the “Nerja Burros”. You can bring carrots and apples and feed the donkeys by hand. Detailed directions are also on our website.

Volunteers are always welcome so if you’d like to help out why not come in or give us a call? Not all of the jobs are messy or too hands-on as we always need volunteers to help meet and greet visitors and show them around.

We are especially desperate for more volunteers to help with our Saturday Pony Club and/or our Tuesday afternoon Disabled Riding Programme; if you are interested please contact Harriet on 618 467 575.

You can find out more about us, adopt a donkey or donate by card or PayPal online at www.nerjadonkeysanctuary.com. For more information please check online, email harriet@donkeyaid.com or telephone 618 467 575. The Nerja Donkey Sanctuary; founder of the Asociación de Málaga de los Santuarios del Burro - a registered charity (no. 7502) dedicated to the rescue and care of equines.

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BOOK talk

BOOK talk

with Smiffs book & card store, Nerja

Isabel Allende is back in business with Maya’s Notebook (l), a gritty yet transcendent tale of teenage addiction. It tops the Soltalk Hotlist of titles, some new, some in paperback for the first time, and all due to browse or order from bookshops in April and early May.

Maya, a 19 year-old growing up in California, falls into drug addiction and crime. To save her from the criminal types pursuing her, her Chilean grandmother sends her to a remote island off the southern coast of Chile.

Here she lives among the Chilote, a traditional rural people who speak an older form of Spanish and have remained largely isolated from materialism, crime, and fast-paced contemporary life. The contrasts between values and lifestyle could not be greater.

Meanwhile, high in the hills of Valencia, Spain, a forgotten house guards its secrets. Untouched since the Civil War started in 1936, the whitewashed walls have crumbled, the garden, laden with orange blossom, grown wild. This is the setting for The Perfume Garden (p), by Kate Lord Brown.

episode in seventeenth century European history. Could anyone follow that? Railsea (p), by China Mieville; and The Rapture of the Nerds (p), by Cory Doctorow.

Moving on to thrillers: in The Summer of Dead Toys (p), Antonio Hill introduces Inspector Salgado, who has a murky emotional past and a runaway wife. Salgado is moved off his current case to investigate the story behind a young boy’s fall to his death from a balcony in one of Barcelona’s uptown areas. He digs deeper, poking at the seedy underbelly of the city to unearth a case of human trafficking and voodoo. But Hector’s fierce manner, his complex personality, and a seemingly unresolvable case, are set to implode under the hot Catalan sun.

In the novel An Englishman in Madrid (l), by Eduardo Mendoza, British art expert Anthony Whitelands is invited to the Spanish capital to value an aristocrat’s collection and is shown a secret and genuine treasure by the Marques’ daughter, Paquita: an unknown Velazquez.

Emma Temple is the first in 70 years to unlock the house’s doors. Guided by a series of letters and a key bequeathed in her mother’s will, she has left her job as London’s leading perfumier to restore the dilapidated villa to its former glory. It is the perfect retreat. But for her grandmother, Freya, a British nurse who stayed during the war, Emma’s new home evokes terrible memories.

The Marques have close ties with the leader of the Falange, the nationalist party as the country slips ever closer to civil war. Afraid that the painting may be sold to buy weapons, the Guardia Civil keeps a close eye on Whitelands’ activities. As he vies with the Falange leader for Paquita’s affections, he discovers another party is watching him: Madrid is crawling with Soviet spies, and Moscow has sent its foremost assassin to eliminate him.

Science fiction and fantasy fans could check out: The City (l), by Stella Gemmell; Great North Road (p), by Peter F Hamilton;

David Howarth’s naval history The Voyage of the Armada: The Spanish Story was a kind of benchmark for works on this seminal

Other general fiction titles catching the eye are: The View on the Way Down (l), by Rebecca Wait; The Prisoner of Heaven (p), by Carlos Ruiz Zafon; Manuscript Found in Accra (l), by Paulo Coelho; The Crane Wife (p), by Patrick Ness; The Silence of Gethsemane (p), by Michael Benoit; The Mystery of Mercy Close (p), by Marian Keyes; Skios (p), by Michael Frayn; The Perfume Collector (p), by Kathleen Tessaro, and The Shock of the Fall (l), by Nathan Filer.

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The redoubtable British historian Robert Hutchinson gives it a good go in Spanish Armada, which his publishers are billing as the ‘the first comprehensive history of this episode’, drawn from contemporary eye-witness accounts and letters contained in the state papers of both the United Kingdom and Spain.

Hutchinson argues that, contrary to popular theory, the Armada was not defeated by superior forces: in fact, Queen Elizabeth’s parsimony meant her English ships had no munitions left by the time the Spanish fleet had fought its way up to the south coast of England.

In reality, Hutchinson maintains, it was a combination of bad weather and bad luck that landed the killer blow on the Spaniards: of the 125 Spanish ships that set sail against England, only 60 limped home, the rest sunk or wrecked with barely a shot fired.

In Cruel Crossing: Escaping Hitler Across the Pyrenees (l), BBC

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journalist Edward Stourton explores the little-known history of the World War II escape routes through the Pyrenees from France to Spain: personal stories of endurance, betrayal and remarkable bravery. The mountain paths are as treacherous as they are steep, the more so in the dark and in the winter. Even for the fit, the journey is a formidable challenge; hundreds of those who climbed through the Pyrenees during WW II were malnourished and exhausted after weeks on the run hiding in barns and attics. Many never reached the Spanish border. This is a shocking, dramatic and intensely moving history. Dorling Kindersley’s Back Roads Spain driving-holiday guide takes scenic routes to discover charming villages, local restaurants and intimate places to stay. Unearth the real soul of Spain with all the practical information and opening hours. 25 themed drives, each lasting one to seven days, reveal breathtaking views, hidden gems and authentic local experiences that can only be discovered by road.

Each tour is bursting with insider knowledge and loaded with ideas for varied activities from walks to days on the beach and children’s attractions, to wine and cycling trips. Key: (l) hardback or large paperback (p) standard paperback

Other thrillers worth a look include: The Hit (l), by David Baldacci; Double Game (p), superior spy fare from Dan Fesperman; Breaking Point (l), by CJ Box; Osama (p), by Chris Ryan; Savage Spring (p), the fourth in the Malin Fors series by Mons Kallentoft; The Weeping Girl (l), by Hakan Nesser; Bone Bed (p), by Patrica Cornwell; Six Years (l), by Harlan Coben; A Dark & Broken Heart (p), by RJ Ellory; Suspect (l), by Robert Crais; Redemption (p), by Jussi Adler-Olsen; Alex Cross Run (l) and Zoo (p), by James Patterson; and Lifetime (p), by Lisa Marklund;

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Bars

The Dubliner Plaza Tutti-frutti, Nerja, 693 700 810. Tuesdays - Singer/songwriter Jason Kearney. Original music and covers from a really talented individual, all heart! Thursdays - Local guitar hero Lee Townsend Fridays – The Dubliners from 9pm Saturday - Live music with Jonny Unplugged from 10pm. Sunday - Live music Folk Session in the afternoon. Caeli (near the Parador Hotel) Nerja, 95 252 3511. Live music Wednesday. Live music Friday evenings with Georgie T. Live music on Saturdays. The Avalon Punta Lara, Nerja, 95 252 0698. Live music and dance (traditional Flamenco) every Friday from 8pm with “Ricardo de la Juana”. The Boatyard Bar, Nerja Food, drink, music, beach! Sundays The Dixie Swing Band. Live music on various days. www.boatyardbar.com The Cottage C/ Cristo 68, Nerja, 95 252 5492. Live music every Thursday. La Fonda del Budha c/ Cristo, Nerja. Live music Thursday to Sunday. Flying Dolphins every Friday and Saturday. Cochran’s, Balcòn de Europa, Nerja. Live music every weekend. www.cochransirishpub.com Irish Annie’s c/ Almirante Carranza, Nerja. Irish music every Wednesday and Saturday. Irish Harp c/ Carabeo, Nerja. Celtic Twighlight Mondays and Thursdays from 9:30pm. Los Amigos, Torrox Park. Live music every Saturday. Racingclub Axarquia, Torrox Costa (slip road). Live music every weekend. www.racingclub-axarquia.es

Nerja Cultural Centre

Movies VO (original version). Check with the centre closer to the date to find out which film will be shown. Wednesday, April 3, 10, 17 and 24 at 7pm. Sunday, April 14 and 21 at 5pm.

April 5. 9pm. Night of Tango. Tickets: €12. Lastra Productions bring us a new show Tango Nights, with Porteña Mariel Martinez and Tango Trio. From Argentina we take a journey from the distant past, the origins of those old tangos, born and bred in ports in a distant suburb of Buenos Aires, to the present making a long journey and traveling the world. A journey which highlights dancing and singing from the first tangos and waltzes Creoles Villoldo Arolas or even music of the last great genius of the genre, Astor Piazzolla. Alejandro Picciano: Guitar Fernando Giardini: Bandoneon Federico Peuvrel: Piano Milton and Romina: Dance Mariel Martinez: Vocals April 3. Saturday. Málaga Flamenco. La Peña Flamenca “La Soleá” Nerja presents "Art And Compass" As in previous years we open the month dedicated to Málaga Flamenco, where our country’s artists show their work in the art of flamenco. Today we will enjoy the sweet voice of Irene Urdiales. She will be accompanied by Luisa Chicano, “Guerrita” and Mati singing, Manuel Gonzalez and Felipe Belmonte Dany Willet Meses on guitar, Monica Romero and flamenco dancing. APRIL 2013

April 12. Wednesday, 9pm. Tickets: €10. Antonio Soto Concert with his album Rosas Blancas (White Roses). Antonio Soto, award winning guitarist, recorded his first album titled "Pa'er teto", and has accompanied Flamenco greats both singers and dancers. April 13. Saturday, 6pm. Tickets: €5. The History of Modern MusiClown - a fusion of music and clowning. A quick tour of music from its origins to the present day from the point of view of somewhat endearing clowns.

April 15, Monday, 9pm. FREE ENTRY. Contemporary Dance with Fernando Hurtado. “Visiting other gardens” “Visiting other Gardens” is not taking any notice of the “keep off the grass” or “Beware of Dog” signs, but paying attention to the slogan “come and see”, “sit back, enjoy and let yourself go” and of course the slogan “Everything can change.”

April 19, Friday, 9pm. Tickets: €10. Flamenco Málaga. Ursula Moreno. Ursula was born in Málaga to a family of artists such as Andalusian Flamenco star Antonio Molina. She studied dance and drama at the “Royal Conservatory of Music and Dance in Málaga”. She is accompanied by Antonio Andrade on guitar, John Dust the dancer, Jose Luis Garcia "Cheito" and Jeromo singing.

April 20. Saturday, 8pm. Tickets: €5. Charity Gala by Pablo Participating in the Charity Gala, Elena Dance Academy, Castanets Workshop, Dance Academy Daniel Romero, Coro de la Peña Rociero Nerjeña, Coro fan Rociero Illusions, Flamenco Choir “The Sarao” Rociero Chorus “Sand and Salt” , Rociero Choir “With another Air” ..... among others. April 26. Wednesday, 9pm. Tickets: €10. Jazz With Jazztease After the success at the XXVI International Jazz Festival in Málaga, Jazztease 5 offers a fresh and full of swing homage to great figures of song like Ella Fitzgerald, Cab Calloway, Fats Waller or Aretha Franklin. Titles like “This Could Be the Start of Something Big,” “Hallelujah, I love him so” or “I got ryhthm” coexist with other surprising reinterpretations of “Welcome to the Jungle” or “Don’t Rain On My Parade” also offering hidden combinations and very personal visions of some of the great classics of Cole Porter and George Gershwin himself.

April 27. Saturday, 9pm. Tickets: €12. Flamenco Dance Flamenca. Espectáculo Málaga “La Maleta” Pilar Soto. Dance show based on the memories of a professional dancer from his beginnings as a student of the discipline, his journey through different dance companies, travel, etc, where he was remembered as an established solo dancer. Principal dancer Pilar Soto. Dancers: Ana Cristina De los Reyes, Maria Jose Pelaez, Bethlehem Lastra, Rocio Moreno, Sheila Peace, Marta Berengué, Noelia Ruiz, Elena Pino, Marina Torres, Sonia Velez, Lydia Martin, Patricia Gallardo, Barbara Guerrero, Tatiana Cuevas. Al toque: Juani Santiago. Singers: Rocio Santiago, Luisa Muñoz. Tickets for Nerja Cultural Centre events are available between 12noon and 2pm Monday to Friday from the box office at the front of the centre.

EMERGENCY Fire, Ambulance, Police Sea Rescue Reporting Theft GUARDIA CIVIL Frigiliana Nerja La Herradura Torrox Costa/Pueblo MUNICIPAL POLICE Nerja Torrox Pueblo Torrox Costa TOWN HALLS Frigiliana La Herradura La Herradura Foreign Resident’s Office Nerja Nerja Foreigners’ Dept Torrox Pueblo Torrox Costa

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Hospitals

Motril Nerja Ambulatorio Vélez Málaga Carlos Haya

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Transport

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AIRPORTS Granada Airport 958 245 200 Málaga Airport 95 204 8804 BUS STATIONS Almuñecar 95 863 0140 Málaga 95 235 0061 Nerja 95 252 1504 Torre del Mar 95 254 0936 Vélez-Málaga 95 250 1731 TAXIS - FRIGILIANA Calle Alwacil, 4, 95 253 3138/696 969 469 Taxi Rank, Plaza del Ingenio 95 253 3231 Taxis - Nerja TAXI RANK, PA ERMITA: 95 252 4519 Radio Taxi Nerja: Calle Pintada, 81 95 252 0537 Tele Taxi: 95 252 4422 TAXIS – LA HERRADURA Taxi (24 hrs) 958 630 017 or 670 995 257 TAXIS - TORROX Taxi Rank 95 253 1030 TRAIN STATION Granada 958 271 272 Málaga 95 232 9261 National Enquiries 90 224 0202 20.45, 21.15

TOURIST OFFICES

Frigiliana La Herradura Maro Nerja Torrox Costa

Tel: Tel: Tel: Tel: Tel:

Sunday

Nerja - car boot sale/ market, Fuengirola, Torre

STREET MARKETS

95 95 95 95 95

253 861 252 252 253

4261 0314 9024 1531 2155

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

del Mar, Vélez Málaga Torrox-Costa Nerja, Salobreña Algarrobo Costa, Rincon de la Victoria Frigiliana, Torre del Mar, Vélez Málaga Almuñecar, Benalmadena, La Herradura (summer only), Salobreña Competa

NATIONAL HOLIDAYS

January 1 New Year’s Day January 6 Three Kings February 28 Andalucia Day Easter Thursday & Friday May 1 May Day August 15 Virgen de la Asunción October 12 Dia de la Hispanidad November 1 All Saints December 6 Dia de la Constitucion December 8 Immaculate Conception December 25 Christmas Day If a holiday falls on a Sunday, it is celebrated on the following Monday.

CONSULATES

Belgian Denmark France Germany Ireland Netherlands Sweden United Kingdom

Bus Times

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NERJA - MÁLAGA 06.30L 07.00F 07.10B 07.30D 08.30D 08.55 09.40D 10.00 10.30DL 11.10 11.25D 12.10D 12.55 13.40 14.35D 14.55 16.25D 16.45D 17.10 18.10DL 18.40 19.40 19.45BD 20.45LD 21.10 21.45D MÁLAGA - NERJA 07.00 08.00D 08.15L 09.15 10.30D 11.00D 11.45 12.30D 13.00D 13.30 14.30 15.00DL 15.15 15.30BD 16.30D 17.00D 17.30D 18.00 -1845 19.00D 20.15 20305 21.00D 21.30 23.00 NERJA - CAVES 08.30 09.40L 10.40 11.30 12.25 13.10 13.30 14.55 15.55 16.40 17.30 20.00 21.45 CAVES - NERJA 08.50 09.30 11.00 12.00 12.45 13.30 14.45 16.15 17.00 18.00L 18.35 19.30 21.05 NERJA - MARO 06.30L 08.30 09.55F 11.45L 12.25 13.35L 18.20 20.00 21.40 21.45 MARO - NERJA 07.00B 07.15F 08.45 10.00F 10.55 16.55 18.30 19.55F 21.00 22.40 NERJA - FRIGILIANA 07.20 09.45 11.00F 12.00 13.30 15.00 16.00F 19.00 20.30 Monday to Saturday FRIGILIANA - NERJA 07.00 08.00 10.30 11.30F 12.45 13.45 15.30F 16.30 19.30 21.00 Monday to Saturday Bus Stop Avda. Pescia - Tel.: 902 42 22 42. Web: www.alsa.es

ESSENTIAL INFORMATION

B: Only Sundays and Bank Holidays D: Direct D*: Only Stops in Nerja & Málaga L: Monday to Saturday, No Bank Holidays F: Monday to Friday, No Bank Holidays S: No Saturdays

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ANGLICAN CHURCH OF NERJA & ALMUÑECAR Services are held in Iglesia de San Miguel (St. Michael's Church), Nerja, Sundays at 12.00 noon and at Capilla de Nuestra Senora del Carmen (Fisherman’s Chapel), Chinasol, Almuñecar Sundays at 9:30am. COMMUNITY BIBLE FELLOWSHIP C/ Pintada 35, 2nd floor, Nerja. Joint English/ Spanish service Sundays, 10am. Tel: 95 252 1776. EL SALVADOR, BALCON DE EUROPA, NERJA Mass times: Sundays 10.30am with Gospel & notices in English and 7.30pm. Children’s Mass 12 noon (Nov-June). Daily (except Thursdays) 7.30pm. Confessions by arrangement with the priest. For seasonal changes & special feast days please see notice in church entrance. Parish priest: Don Andres. Tel: 95 252 0291 or 626 077 274. English speaking contact: Margaret Scanferlato Tel: 95 252 1727 or Rosemary Sherwood Tel: 95 252 2273. FELLOWSHIP OF THE KING English-speaking evangelical church which meets for praise and worship at 10.30am Sundays at their Nerja premises in Pasaje San Miguel (behind Mercadona). All welcome. Services are also held in Salobreña and La Viñuela. Additionally, home groups meet throughout the region during the week. Call 958 658 439 or go to www.ftk-spain.org for more details. LUX MUNDI CENTRE TORRE DEL MAR Saturdays Catholic Mass. 5pm winter, 6pm summer. Saturdays Danish Evangelical Service. 2nd & 4th Saturday. 1pm Sundays Anglican Church of St. Barnabas (IERE). 11am. Morning Prayer 1st and 3rd Sundays, Holy Communion 2nd and 4th Sundays. ST BARNABAS IERE (ANGLICAN) ALHAMA DE GRANADA Services in English: Holy Communion 11am 1st and 3rd Sundays at Meson Diego, Plaza de la Constitution. Tel. 95 835 9388 (priest) or 95 251 0921 (warden). www.stbarnabas-spain.com ST BARNABAS IERE (ANGLICAN) TORRE DEL MAR Services in English: Holy Communion 11am. 2nd and 4th Sundays, Morning Prayer 1st and 3rd Sundays. Evensong 6pm 1st Sunday, all at Lux Mundi Centre two minutes walk from the bus station. Tel. 95 203 0461 (priest) or 95 251 0056 (churchwarden). www.stbarnabas-spain.com ST GEORGE’S ANGLICAN CHURCH, TORRE DEL MAR Services (held at the Sanysol Residencia) will now be held on Sundays at 10.30am. TORRE DEL MAR EVANGELICAL CHURCH (Part of the Spanish Evangelical Church in partnership with Presbyterian Church, Ireland). Sunday service in English at Picasso Room, Hotel Torremar, off Paseo Larios, Torre del Mar, ISSUE 139


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11.30am. Minister Rev. J. Hartsmith Foy, Tel: 95 253 2825. Church secretary 95 252 4373.

Clubs & Associations

41 CLUB NERJA Meetings third Thursday of the month, September - May, Hotel Al Andalus, Maro, 7 for 7.30pm. Tel: 635 660 652 or visit the website: www.41clubnerja.org ABC DANCE GROUP Learn to ballroom dance with “Dancing Dave”. It’s as easy as ABC. Why not come along and keep fit whilst making new friends? Now available at several different venues. Ring Dave for further details on 95 253 1259/ 617 863 193. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS (Open to anyone who wants to stop drinking) Coastal Helpline: 600 379 110 Salobreña to Gibraltar. Local Meetings: Nerja - Tuesdays & Thursdays 15.00-16.30, Fridays 20.30-22.00, Saturdays 12.00-13.30. Contact 635 119 078. Centro Giner, Sala Patronato Social, C/ Diputación 2. Torre del Mar - Mondays 19.30-20.45, contact 952 516 476. San Andres Church, Salones Parroquiales (church room), C/ Rocio. Salobreña - Wednesdays 15.30-16.30, Calle Blas Infante, 39. Orgiva - Sundays 17.00-18.00, contact 658 250 248. Hotel Mirasol. ALMIJARA BOWLS CLUB Open for play on four outdoor rinks 7 days a week at the El Mirador Restaurant, Pago Retama No1, Urb. La Exotica (off the Frigiliana Road), Nerja. Club days on Monday, Wednesday and Friday 11am start. Prospective members welcome. Tel 95 252 2225. Website: http://almijarabowlsnerja.wordpress.com/ AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL CLUB NERJA A social club serving from Almuñecar to Torrox with a philanthropic focus raising funds for Spanish charities. Every year a significant donation is given to a local Spanish organisation/s as a way of saying “thank you” to our host country. The club hosts monthly outings, tapa tours, walks, dinners, travel and informal coffee meetings. Even with all this work, their motto is “If it isn’t fun, we don’t do it”. For more information email: nerjaclub@yahoo.com or visit our website www.americaninternationalclub.com APARIV ANIMAL PROTECTION SOCIETY Association for the protection of animals Rincon de la Victoria. Quiz nights to raise money for APARIV with prizes, raffles and food available April 12 8:00pm at Los Morenos Restaurant, Rincon de la Victoria. April 19 8:00pm at Bar Viva, Torre del Mar. More Information call Stephen 952 514 671. APCUN Asociacion de Presidentes de Comunidades de Urbanizaciones Nerjeñas. The association of Nerja urbanisation presidents welcomes new members. Contact Lesley Laver on 95 252 1458. AQUA AEROBICS CLUB Meets every Saturday at the Nerja Municipal APRIL 2013

Pool, 10-11am, €12 a month. More information and bookings call Jennifer, 95 252 3599. ASOCIACION FOTOCLUB NERJA C/ Diputación nº2 (Centro Giner de los Rios) 29780 Nerja. Enjoy photography with us. www.fotoclubnerja.es.vg. Mob: 600 204 021. contact: fotoclubnerja@gmail.com VILLA FLAMENCA BOWLS Friendly Short Mat Bowls every Monday and Thursday at 2pm in the Lower salon, Hotel Villa Flamenca, Nerja. Visitors and new members most welcome. Equipment and tuition available. Contact: Marian Collins 952 523 754 or Malcolm Saunders 95 252 0579. CANCER BUDDIES NETWORK CBN is a website that provides a vital meeting ground for anyone affected by cancer, their families, friends and carers. A haven either for chatting 1 to 1 by private messaging onsite, or via the lively Forum 24/7. Members can share the ups and downs, laughter and tears with others who know how it feels because they've been there too. CBN proves that cancer need never be a lonely experience. UK Charity Registration No 1120207. Spain’s co-ordinator is Sharon Kaye: sharonikaye@hotmail.com www.cancerbuddiesnetwork.org CANCER HELP LINE Ex cancer patients providing help, advice and a listening ear for those undergoing or starting treatment. Tel: 95 252 9729. CAPISTRANO VILLAGE The Social Salon situated next to the swimming pool in Capistrano Village is the venue for the following activities, all open to both residents and non residents around the Nerja area. Library Mondays and Saturdays 10.30–12.30 pm. Wide selection of titles available and a recently added selection of nearly 200 talking books for loan. Residents both long and short term and holidaymakers are always welcome. Contact Pat Taylor 95 252 4201. Bridge Tuesdays 2.30–6.00 pm. No partners necessary. Contact Margaret Dewar 95 252 2222 CLUB INTERNACIONAL DE NERJA Visit them at their social club in Calle San Juan 15, Nerja. Members and visitors welcome, Opening hours: Mon from 19.30, Tue, Thurs and Sat 10.30 to 13.30. April 6 Book, CD, Magazine & Video Swap shop. April 11 Camera Workshop & walk. April 18 Lunchtime Tapas Tour. April 23 St Georges Night at the Social Club. April 25 Gibraltar Trip. April 30 Quiz at the Social Club. Trips and Events paid for at the Social Club. Annual Membership €15, visitors €1 per visit. Contact us on: Phone: 95 252 1858, Email: clubinternacionaldenerja@outlook.com facebook.com/CIDNERJA. CORAXALIA INTERNATIONAL CHOIR A La Viñuela based choir that sings in six languages. The choir’s repertoire varies from famous operatic pieces through beautiful church music, to the more modern and quirky. New members, especially tenors and basses, would be very welcome. More information www.coraxalia.com or 630 520 581.

COSTA CAMERA CLUB NERJA A group of people sharing an interest in photography of mixed ability and experience. Meets every second and fourth Thursday of the month at 5.30pm at the Boatyard Bar, Playa Playazo, Nerja. Telephone on 645 053 258, email coscamclub@gmail.com or see details on our website www.costacameraclub.com COSTA GROUPS TRIPS This program is run for all club and group members in our area. Any profit is then shared between the clubs. Please contact Sean Brown on 958 640 948 or preferably email brownseasand@terra.es COSTA DEL SOL SAMARITANS Tel: 902 88 35 35 - volunteers are on duty to listen to you every weekday evening between 8pm and midnight. info@costablancasamaritans.com www.costablancasamaritans.com CREATIVE WRITING GROUP Torre Del Mar, every second Tuesday. Contact hannah@streamwriting.com. EL VALLE ASOCIACION Meets on the first Monday of the month at 7pm at the Camping Bar on the side of Lake Vinuela (A356). The club organises events, trips and social functions, etc. For information www.elvalle.org or visit us at one of the meetings. FENCING CLUB OF NERJA Fencers of all levels - beginners welcome. Contact 95 252 0003 for details. LITTLE WEED ALLOTMENTS The little weed allotment group near La Noria in Nerja, for growing your own vegetables. For more info, call Ted on 637 005 423 or email: littleweedallotments@gmail.com LUX MUNDI, TORRE DEL MAR Lux Mundi Ecumenical Centre, Avda. Moscatel 1”I”,(Gardens of Viña Málaga/Antigua Casa de la Viña), Torre Del Mar. Opening hours Monday to Friday 10.00am to 1.00pm and 3.00pm to 6.00pm. Tel.952 543 334 / 952 540 432, luxmundi@lux-mundi.org. Daily events at the centre: Monday– Friday Spanish lessons, beginners, intermediate, advanced. 10am – 12.30pm Mondays Computer Know How 11am – 1pm. Mondays Half Orange, widows, widowers, and singles group. Mondays German Group. Coffee and Library. 3pm – 5pm. Tuesdays Musical Appreciation Group. Sessions are focused on a composer or period of classical music. 3pm – 5pm Wednesdays Art Group, 3 – 5pm. Thursdays Computer Know How 11am – 1pm. Fridays Coffee morning. refreshments, boutique, bric-a-brac, preserves, library, books for sale. 11am – 1pm Friday - Keep Fit 11.30 to 12.30pm. For further information and bookings please call in or contact the Centre. Torre Del Mar Tel. 952 543 334 / 952 540 432. E-mail: luxmundi@luxmundi.org MOVE IT! TO MUSIC Fun dance fitness class - Saturdays at 11 am.

€5 per class. Venue: Time Sport Gym, Avenida de Pescia 21, Nerja. Suitable for beginners. For more information contact: 675 846 217 or email moveittomusic@yahoo.co.uk NERJA DANCE CLUB At the Cafeteria Avenida (near the BP garage and Police Station). New beginners class 8.15. Improvers and Intermediate classes start from 7pm. 9-10.30 pm. Learn more or just dance in your own style. All levels and ages welcome. More info: Eric & Jennifer Joule 95 252 3599. NADFAS Fully illustrated lectures in English covering a wide spectrum based on the arts are presented by professional lecturers from the UK eight times per year, October to May on the second Tuesday of the month at 6pm in The Cultural Centre, Calle Granada, Nerja, with three local interest lectures held on the fourth Tuesdays in October, January and April. For more information call Christina Sinclair 687 602 057 or Helen Sijsling 660 907 856. NERJA HISTORY GROUP Nerja History Group is for anyone who is interested in Spanish history. There are meetings at 11.30am on the first Friday of every month from October to May, at the Cultural Centre in C/ Granada, Nerja. Each month we have a talk about a different aspect of Spanish history - ranging from, for example, the lives of famous Spaniards to the history of places in Spain and various events in Spanish history. Email nerjahistorygroup@yahoo.com. NERJA LIONS CLUB Nerja Lions support Local and International Charities, and traditional events held in Nerja town. Members can be contacted at the Nerja Lions Sunday Market, held every Sunday of the year on the market place at Amijara 11. They are easily recognisable in their bright yellow jackets. The market is open to the public from 8-00 hrs until 14-00 hrs. For further information contact Elke Lange 693 706 900 or Margaret Barratt 952 526 980. NERJA PHILOSOPHICAL GROUP At the Capistrano social salon, Nerja at 11.30am third Tuesday of each month from Nov 20th. Contact Tom Bryson 638 533 762 or dotbryson@hotmail.com. NERJA PLAYERS The Nerja Players meet on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month from November to April at 6.45pm in the Bridge Club premises at the top of Avda Castilla Pérez (the large blue double doors). You don’t have to go up on stage to be a member. Web: www.nerjaplayers.com. For further information contact Freda Chown on 95 252 8868 or membership@nerjaplayers.com or Peter Wilkinson on 95 252 6874. THE PHOENIX CLUB Club meets every Tuesday between 12 noon and 2.30 at the Supersol Restaurant, Torre del Mar. It is a non profit making social club which hopes to raise funds annually for the members’ choice of charity. Everyone is welcome and you do not have to be a member to enjoy trips and events. Bookings or information, Gail on 95 106 7723 or email phoenixclubvelez@gmail.com

POCAPECUNIA Pocapecunia, the charity shop in aid of the Love A Child Foundation. Calle Bella Vista 6 (between Parador and Hotel Villa Flamenca). TAIL TORROX Torrox Animal International League would welcome any donations of clothing, bric-a-brac and furniture for their shops in Avenida El Faro and the shop opposite Mercadona Torrox Costa. Contact Linda on 622 652 017 to arrange collection. April 1 (Easter Monday) regular Tombola stall at Caipirinha – kicks off at midday – music & dancing with Gasoline from 1pm. TALLER DE LA AMISTAD Urbanizacion Condal S/N, Nerja. Post:- Apartado de Correos 389, Nerja 29780 Málaga.Tel: 95 252 88 97, fax: 95 252 88 72, mob: 665 523 146. Email: tallerdelamistad@hotmail.com. Open Monday to Friday from 9.15 to 15.15. TRAPICHE SOCIAL CLUB Meets every Wednesday at 12 noon until 2pm at the Trapiche Restaurant, just off the A56 Velez to Vinuela. The first Wednesday in the month is our regular lunch meeting when we enjoy a 3 course lunch with wine, casera and water for just €8.50. April 12 Trip to the San Miguel brewery for a guided tour of the site and explanation of the skills of the modern brewer. Further information can be obtained from gerrygledhill@yahoo.co.uk U3A EL MORCHE The University of the Third Age (U3A) El Morche uses the knowledge and skills of its members to provide a variety of learning and enjoyment groups. Each group has a leader who calls on their own skills and those of the group members. Groups meet regularly to learn and exchange ideas in a friendly and enjoyable way at various locations. We currently have members spreading from La Herradura to Rincon and inland to Competa, Viñuela and Periana. We take part in debating, singing, quizzes, walking, gardening, photography, petanque and more. If you would like to know more or have skills and knowledge you would like to share please find out more and contact us now at www.u3aelmorche.wordpress.com

BRIDGE CLUBS

CHICAGO BRIDGE AT CAPISTRANO Every Tuesday year round, 2.30-6pm. No partner needed. Contact Dot Bryson on 95 252 3237 or 699 170 931 (call or text). KING OF HEARTS BRIDGE CLUB Duplicate Bridge played: Monday, Thursday and Friday 3pm at Haveli Restaurant, C/ Cristo 42, Nerja. No smoking. Rear gate to parking area opened 30 minutes prior to play time. Phone: 95 252 4297. If you need a partner contact Eva or Amit on 95 252 7020. NERJA BRIDGE CLUB Nerja Bridge Club holds Duplicate Bridge sessions for members and visitors on Mondays at 7pm and on Wednesdays and Fridays at 2.30pm. Partners can be arranged by calling Nan on 95 252 5425 or Trevor on 95 252 4743. The ‘NoFear’ sessions for less experienced players, no

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partner required, take place on Mondays and Thursdays at 2.30pm. The Annual Teams of Four Competition held on March 2nd was won by the team of Jim Blackwell, Ria Kramer, Pat Tammik and Daryl Paver. The Club meets in its own premises at Avda Castilla Perez, 1 (blue double doors next to AutoEscuelas Nerja). Further information can be obtained from the Club’s website bridgewebs.com/nerja. TRUMPS BRIDGE An international group playing duplicate bridge on Mondays and Thursdays at 3030 pm at the Al Andalus hotel. No membership necessary and there is free parking. Call Andrew on 677 655 095 or Marion on 606 897 054 if you need a partner or further information.

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION

LOS ROMANES BRANCH We now meet on a Monday from 12-2pm in the Garden Restaurant, La Viñuela. We are a small branch with a big heart and welcome all. You do not have to be an ex-member of the armed forces to either join or visit. Our aim is to have fun whilst making money for the RBL poppy appeal.For more information visit our website www.RBL-Losromanes.org.uk or call Margaret, Branch Secretary on 951 066 079. NERJA BRANCH The branch holds lunch meetings at the Hotel Al Andalus, Maro, normally on the third Thursday of every month; also at the Pena Parda Restaurant, La Herradura on the first Friday of every month. Non-members are always welcome. Booking is essential. For further details contact Marilyn on 95 252 6423 or Nick on 95 252 2630 or see rblnerja.wordpress.com TORRE DEL MAR BRANCH Meets every Wed between 12-2pm at the La Vega Rest. next to Mercadona supermarket. April 15 Trip to Ronda, includes lunch. April 23 St Georges Day evening meal with light entertainment. April 29 Adrian's Quiz Night. Monthly lunch: we meet every Wednesday at La Vega Rest. Torre Del Mar 12-1:130 For more information please tel. 663 658 354 or check our website www.rbl-torredelmar.org.uk or e-mail rbl-tdm@hotmail.com

CAS EVENTS

April 9 Quiz Night at Punta Lara Bar (formerly the MT Bar), Punta Lara, Nerja. Quiz starts 8.30pm. Food available. Entrance 3 euros. Book with Mark or Jamie on 635 369 673. April 9 Quiz Night at Hotel Villa Flamenca, Nerja. Quiz starts 9.00pm. Tickets €3. April 19 Tea Dance at Hotel Villa Flamenca, Nerja, hosted by local dance teachers Jennifer and Eric Joules. Starts 3.00pm. Tickets €10, includes afternoon tea, from CAS office (95 252 3607). April 23 Quiz Night at Hotel Villa Flamenca, Nerja. Quiz starts 9.00pm. Tickets €3. April 26 Quiz Night at the Boathouse Bar, Avenida Mediterraneo (nr Hotel Monica), Nerja. Quiz starts 8.00pm. Food available beforehand. Entrance €3. Book with venue on: 600 397 029. To reserve, unless otherwise stated, phone the CAS office on 95 252 3607 (10am–1pm). ISSUE 139


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CAELI Pro. Rodriguiez Acosta 1, Nerja, 657 455 767. G7 COCHRAN’S TERRAZA Paseo Balcón de Europa Nerja. 95 252 7474. G4

Health

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C/ Diputación 19, Nerja. 95 121 4636. G4

Locksmith

Property Sales/Rentals

Removals / Furniture PET COURIERS

Tel: (0034) 651 033 670 or (0034) 637 066 227

DOCTORS

IRISH ANNIE’S C/Almirante Carranza 28 Nerja, 95 252 6747.G2 JJ’S CAFE DEL MAR Playa Burriana, Nerja, 95 252 5194. G9 OLAS Playa Burriana, Nerja, 95 252 3683. G9

BLUE BADGE MOBILITY (STAIRLIFT DIVISION)

Straight, Curved & Outdoor Stairlifts installed by qualified technicians. 952 967 015, 635 445 279.

CHIROPRACTOR

CLINICA MAR Y SALUD Paseo Maritimo, El Morche. 95 253 2065 CLINICA SANTA CECILIA C/ Los Huertos, 46, Nerja, 95 252 1024. F6 DR RIK HEYMANS c/Angustias 24, Nerja. 95 252 6775. F1

OSTEOPATH

MARK SHUREY C/Antonio Ferrandiz, Nerja, 95 252 6881. F1

PHYSIOTHERAPY

CASASOL PROPERTY RENTALS C/Los Huertos 78, Nerja, 95 252 6248. F7

FISIOTERAPIA HOLANDESA C/Antonio Ferrandiz 16, Nerja, 95 252 6881. F5

Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning Hire – General

Opticians

BLUE BADGE MOBILITY Urb Costa del Oro Bl.3 Torrox Costa, 95 296 7015

Computer Services

NERJA COMPUTER CENTRE C/ Bronce 1, Nerja, 95 252 0080. F5 PERSONAL COMPUTER Nerja, 95 252 9596, 622 840 005

Domestic Appliances

Hostals

DENTISTS

HOSTAL AVALON Urb. Punta Lara 1, Nerja, 95 252 0698. D2 HOSTAL TRES SOLES C/Carabeo, 40, Nerja, 95 252 5157.G5

Hotels

HOTEL NERJA PRINCE C/Los Huertos 46, Nerja, 95 252 8986. F6 HOTEL VILLA FLAMENCA C/ Andalucia 1, Nerja, 95 252 3200. E7 TOBOSO APAR-TURIS Pas. Balcón de Europa, Nerja, 95 252 7474. G4

DREAM ESPAÑA Cnr Castilla Pérez/El Barrio Nerja. 95 252 7272. G3 EASY CASA Pro. Hernando de Carabeo, Nerja. 95 252 7135.G7

Restaurants

ENGLISH RESTAURANTS

OLE OPTICA

CLUB TROPICANA

C/ Antonio Ferrándis 23, Nerja, 95 252 8395. F2

Outdoor Activities

Urb Tropicana, Nerja, 95 252 5902. THE COTTAGE

BUGGY TOURS

C/ Cristo 68, Nerja, 95 252 5492. G5

www.buggy tours.net. Frigiliana. 653 635 180.

SLOANS

C/Los Huertos 74, Nerja, 95 252 2302. F7

Kitchens

Electrical Goods & Services

COCINAS NERJA Castillo Alto, Nerja. 95 252 3072. B3 SOVEREIGN KITCHENS C/ La Cruz 51, Nerja. 95 252 7329. F4

Language Schools

ACADEMIA DE IDIOMAS TORROX C/Almedina 6, Torrox Pueblo, 635 152 447.

Persianas

LUAL C/ El Barrio 48, Nerja, 95 252 3066. G3 NERJAMAR Playa Burriana, Nerja, 95 252 7256, G8 NERJA PROPERTY SERVICES Av Castilla Perez 5, Nerja, 95 252 0343. F4 NERJA SUNSET PROPERTIES Superso, Capistrano, Nerja 95 252 0172 D9

Plumbers

THE REAL ESTATE AGENCY Plaza de la Ermita 28, Nerja, 95 252 1708. F4

Corgi & IOP Plumber. 633 875 588

C/Diputación, 25, Nerja, 95 252 7211. G4

LIFE ADVENTURE

C/Barrio 14, Nerja. 677 894 002. G4

FRENCH RESTAURANTS AU PETIT PARIS

C/ Málaga 12, Nerja, 649 838 227. G4

INDIAN RESTAURANTS

Hairdressers

NORA GERRITZEN C/ Chaparil, Nerja, 95 252 2762. F3

Legal Services

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DEL PRADO C/Diputación 21 bajo, Nerja. 95 252 7274. G4 DE COTTA MCKENNA Y SANTAFÉ C/Diputación 11 Nerja. 95 252 7014. G4

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SPANISH RESTAURANTS

Take Away WAIWAIWOK

Playa Burriana, Nerja, 95 252 4526. G8 LITTLE INDIA

Calle Los Huertos 55, Nerja 952 524 266 F6

COCHRAN’S RESTAURANTE Paseo Balcón de Europa Nerja.95 252 7474. G4 EL MIRADOR Pago Las Minas, UrbL’Exotica Nerja 692 320 594. B5 PATANEGRA Plaza La Marina, Nerja, 95 252 0222. F4

INTERNATIONAL RESTAURANTS HOSTAL AVALON

Urb. Punta Lara 1, Nerja, 95 252 0698. D2 LA CAPILLA DEL MAR

C/de la Cruz, Nerja, 95 252 993. F5 THE RESTAURANT

Playa Burriana, Nerja, 657 506 265. G8

ITALIAN RESTAURANTS +39 BISTRO

C/ Málaga 17, Nerja, 664 286 095. G4

MADE IN ITALI RESTAURANTE PIZZERIA C/Mérida, Nerja, 95 252 6827. G2

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Taxi

THAI RESTAURANTS

LAN SANG C/ Málaga 12, Nerja, 95 252 8053. G4 WAIWAIWOK Playa Burriana, Nerja, 95 252 4526. G8

TAPAS BARS/RESTAURANTS

TAPAS LA BIZNAGA Paseo Balcón de Europa Nerja.95 252 7474. G4 VINOLETO – TAPAS & WINE C/Antonio Millón, Nerja. 636 732 322. G3

Satellite TV

SKY COSTA - INTERVISION C/ Chaparil 10, bajo por C/ Jaen, Nerja. 951 197 125 / 667 440 632. F3 TECHNO-VISION Avda. El Faro, Torroc Costa. 657 066 782

Solar

TECNICAS ENERGIA Crtra de la Playa, 11, Maro. 95 252 9538. H12

Telephone / Internet TELEFONO Y INTERNET

C/Los Huertos, 45, Nerja. 95 252 0136 G3

Veterinary Clinics

CLINICA SAN FERNANDO VETERINARY C/Chaparil, Nerja, 95 252 1838. G3


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