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Officers of the Guardia Civil of Vélez Blanco have arrested A. G. M., 29 years old, of Vélez Rubio for falsely reporting a crime, concealment of assets and fraud. The arrest is the result of the investigation by the Guardia Civil after learning, through a complaint filed in Vélez Blanco, of the theft of two DAF trucks in Montijos (Badajoz), while they were parked up. The Guardia Civil launched an investigation to locate the trucks, correlating all the information obtained and maintaining several lines of investigation, including the false report. As a result of this investigation, they located the trucks in Poland. The owners were able to prove that they had legitimately bought them from the alleged victim in July 2009. With the information gained the officers reinterviewed A. G. M., who admitted to selling a total of four trucks; these two, and two others, which were reported stolen from Molina de Segura (Murcia). The proceedings initiated by the Guardia Civil have been submitted to the Magistrate’s Court of Purchena.


From 21 to 25 January 2013 the Concejalía de Juventud del Ayuntamiento de Adra is holding a course for tourist representatives. Organised by the Ayuntamiento de Adra under the heading ‘Celebritas’, the course is aimed at young people, aged over 16, who want to train as ‘animators’ in tourist establishments. The course will cover the origins and the concept of tourist activities, the why and wherefore of tourist entertainment and the leisure hotel business. It will also cover headings such as: The entertainer, the type of clientele, interdepartmental relations and the structures of hotel management, the animation department, staff, customer service and public relations, the day to day life of a tourist representative, animation programs, clubs and activities, children’s entertainment, clients of the future, and the best practices of a tourist representative. The course will be held at the Centro Cultural de Adra in the evenings from 5:00 to 21:00, and will run for a total of 20 hours. The registration period has already started and those interested can reserve a place by going to the Área de Juventud del Ayuntamiento de Adra, in the Museo del Mar or by calling 677 942 005.


The full Council of the Ayuntamiento de Arboleas has finally approved, in an extraordinary session, ‘Innovation number 13’, by which 1,683 homes on un-consolidated urban land will be regularised. With this final approval the legal vacuum in which these houses existed - where no license or authorisation could be granted - has been resolved. According to the Alcalde, Cristóbal García, the urban situation the Equipo de Gobierno found when they commenced government was

‘really and truly an anomalous paralysis’ because ‘his hands were tied’ in all matters relating to licensing in these areas. ‘What we’ve done is to relate the plans to the physical reality of these villages, which have all the services, and therefore deserve the legal classification of consolidated urban centres.’ He also stressed the importance of the adoption of the Innovation 13, since in the ground surface data of consolidated urban development declared represents 73 percent of the housing stock of the town. The Alcalde also lamented the misunderstandings of this issue in the press, explaining that Innovation 13 had nothing to do with Decree 2/2012 of the Junta de Andalucía. All the Government team expressed satisfaction with the resolution of this ‘loophole’, which had put a brake on the development of the municipality. ‘It’s just another step forward for Arboleas to conform to the Normas Urbanísticas, which provide solutions to the problems that have arisen. The next step is to complete the partial revision of the Plan General del Ordenación Urbana del municipio, which will provide a solution to housing which is outside the núcleos de población, but which are within the environs of the town.’ Explained Cristóbal García. Finally, the Alcalde and his team expressed their thanks for the servicio de urbanismo de la Delegación Provincial de Almería de la Consejería de Agricultura, Pesca y Medio Ambiente for their co-operation.

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On the morning of the 12th December the ‘marea verde’ (green tide) will be holding a Day of Action in Albox. It will be entitled ‘Día provincial de lucha contra los recortes y para defensa de la Educación Pública’ (Provincial Day of Action Against the Cuts, and in Defence of Public Education.) It will take place in several schools, with ‘wear a green top to school’ the forming of a human chain and a demonstration in break time to express dissatisfaction with the cuts. In the afternoon the main event of the day will be a march in Albox. From the various villages of the Almanzora area coaches decorated with green balloons, banners, etc. will arrive in Albox. The march will take place on foot along a non-asphalted path, a symbolic statement representing the cuts, followed by an act of protest against a bank which is considered to be the main, though not the only, bank responsible for the current crisis. The day will end in a playful nature with music and other activities. To prepare for this day of action, each Centre will take advantage of the Día de la Constitución to organise meetings with families to encourage them to participate. Also each Centre will use the previous few days to make banners, posters and bags with which to perform the symbolic action of complaint against the bank. The action is being coordinated by the Provincial Assembly of Teachers.

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As Spain took a day off work today to celebrate the 34th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution, opposition leader Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba said he wants to see this amended to ensure free healthcare is a basic right for all residents in Spain, irrespective of whether they pay social security or have a valid visa if they are non-EU citizens. The socialist head says healthcare should be on a par with education, as in it should be a right and not a privilege. At present, the Constitution mentions medical attention as being a right of all residents in an ‘advisory’ manner only. In answer to president Mariano Rajoy’s comments about how the number of people paying social security in Spain has plummeted, Rubalcaba reminded him that the total figure is at least 20 million workers. But he warned that for every single person claiming a Spanish State retirement pension, there are only two workers. Paradoxically, in 1996 the total number of residents in Spain who were working was 12.5 million, compared to 17 million today – although the population has rapidly increased in the last 16 or 17 years. All other socialist members said they fully supported

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Madrid’s Christmas lights have been switched on – albeita week later than usual due to the city holding an official period of mourning for the fifth victim of the Hallowe’en tragedy, María Teresa Alonso, who passed away in hospital last week after suffering serious brain damage due to lack of oxygen from being crushed in the stampede. The lights will only be on in the main commercial areas of the city, to draw attention to those and boost business, and also to save money on electricity. City council sources say they expect to spend nearly 28 per cent less this Christmas on lights – an expense which will fall to 1.9 million – by using energy-saving lightbulbs and switching them off earlier in the evening. The traditional nativity scene, or belén – the Spanish translation of ‘Bethlehem’, which is also used to describe an ornamental Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus in the stable – has been set up in Cibeles Palace and is open to the public free of charge. It measures an impressive 100 square metres – the size of a large apartment or half the size of an average villa – and has 600 figurines, human and animal in equal numbers.

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Spain, Greece and other countries with high youth unemployment may be obliged to set up a scheme which guarantees that the under-26s are placed in formal study, training, paid work experience or a ‘proper’ job within a maximum of four months of either finishing their education or being left unemployed. Similar schemes have been set up in Finland and Sweden, whereby 83 and 68 per cent respectively were working within just 90 days. Head of employment for the European Commission, Láslő Andor, says it will be up to each country involved to work out how they will put the programme into action and to finance it, although cash from the European Social Fund (FSE) will normally be available. Whilst the move will be supervised at all times by the EU, the individual governments will be responsible for the details since ‘Sweden does not have the same needs and industrial makeup as Portugal’, as Andor recalls. He says the level of unemployment in the European Union is ‘intolerable’, with Spain and Greece being the worst offenders at 25 per cent jobless and rising to 55 per cent among young adults. Current rates of unemployment in the 27 member States is costing the EU – and therefore the countries within it – a total of 153 billion euros a year, both in loss of tax and social security income and in having to pay out dole money.

Doctors stage lock-in at Cardiology Institute to prevent its closure

At least 60 junior doctors and 120 permanent staff members have spent the last month staging a lock-in at the Cardiology Institute in Madrid where they work in protest over its pending closure. This is one of numerous lockins that have taken place over the course of this year to prevent closures and cutbacks. In March, several supply teachers facing job loss finally let themselves out of Sevilla Cathedral after shutting themselves inside for five months in protest, and in June, around 20 people locked themselves inside the primary school in Puente de Vadillos (Cuenca province) to stop it from being closed down. The Cardiology Institute has been practising for 65 years in Madrid; the capital’s only hospital which specialises entirely in heart complaints, particularly complex ones, will be axed to save money. All the junior doctors will be made redundant and the fixed employees are waiting to be transferred to another hospital.


Sick Valencia boy who wrote to the King gets a reply King Juan Carlos has read the letter sent to him by a six-yearold Valencia boy asking for an operation for Christmas, and says he has asked for help to ensure he gets it. Edu Pinto suffers from Guillain-Barré Syndrome, which has a life-expectancy of just three years – he has already had it since age four – and which affects the nerves and muscle functions as well as leading to curvature of the spine. The child, who is wheelchair-bound, has also just got over leukaemia. Medics at Valencia’s La Fe hospital do not want to operate, because of the very limited probability of Edu’s survival, but the family are convinced that their only hope is surgery. A week ago, Edu wrote to the King of Spain, who has just come out of hospital himself following a hip replacement. He said, “If you think I have been a good boy this year and behaved myself, I don’t want toys or games for Christmas, just an operation.” The boy said his only wish is to live, and that he hoped the King would understand, having just been in hospital himself. Having read the letter, the Monarch has written back to Edu, praising him for his ‘admirable strength’. He said he has written to the Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality and to the regional health authorities to ask for their help!

Strikes are set to hit the tourism industry hard over this festive season with workers from rail board RENFE, airline Iberia and public sectorowned hotels known as paradores downing tools. Iberia has already announced a continuous strike starting this Friday, December 14 for a whole week, with services resuming only for the first weekend. Pickets were due to take place this Monday and, this week, on national rail lines run by RENFE, Adif and FEVE strikes have been called off but rescheduled for Thursday and Friday instead. Strikes are currently plaguing the metro line in Valencia, with only 40 to 50 per cent of trains running, although the line from the city centre to the airport appears to be functioning normally. In Madrid, 12 days of partial strikes on the metro between this coming Thursday and New Year’s Eve will take place, and Barcelona’s bus service employees will down tools for the whole of next week from Monday, December 17 through to Friday, December 21. Already, paradores have staged a strike for the bank holiday weekend – Thursday, December 6 and Saturday, December 8 were public holidays, meaning many people would also take the Friday off work to go away for a few days – and they will do so again over New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. These strikes relate to restructure plans and redundancies in all the above-cited sectors, and will coincide in many cases with protest marches over government funding cuts in education and healthcare and closures of pharmacies due to non-payment by regional governments of the costs of medication they have to

incur. Iberia recently announced that 4,500 jobs would go as part of the company restructure, and salaries of remaining staff would be cut due to the airline reducing its operations by 15 per cent in the coming year. Spain’s government is complaining that the strikes will create a ‘poor image’ of the country outside its borders, and could mean millions of people planning to go away for Christmas or the New Year, or who have to travel to be with their families, will be left stranded. Extensive delays and cancellations of flights and trains could result, and anyone due to travel is advised to contact their transport company for further information. During the previous parador strike over the October bank holiday period, the sector lost millions of euros as guests cancelled their bookings, fearing that there would be nobody to attend to them and basic services such as cleaning or catering unavailable. With the loss of profits likely to arise from the strikes, the government says staff are creating even more financial difficulties for their employers and that their actions could therefore be counterproductive, putting even more jobs in jeopardy.


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Degrees Offered Entirely In English At Five Universities In Valencia Region

University degrees taught, assessed and examined entirely in English are due to be introduced gradually in the Comunidad Valenciana from the start of the next academic year. Regional education authorities say it is the ‘ideal opportunity’ for students to become fluent in English, both in terms of speaking and written expression, and technical knowledge of their chosen subject matter. The move is aimed at making graduates more employable. Members of the regional government’s education department are currently examining each syllabus for all degrees offered by universities in the Comunidad Valenciana in order to adapt them to suit


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These include the Jaume I University in Castellón; Valencia University; Alicante University; Valencia Polytechnic College and the Miguel Hernández University in Elche (Alicante). For the academic year 2010-2011, students considered to be high achievers were selected to complete part or all of their degrees in English. They had to have a level of the language equivalent to the European B2 stage, or intermediate level. A total of 23 degree subjects in the five universities in the region are offered in English to these high achievers.

EU collects Nobel Peace Prize

The presidents of the EU’s three main institutions have collected the Nobel Peace Prize in Norway’s capital Oslo. The EU was awarded the prize for its role in uniting the continent after two world wars. According to a report by the BBC, at the ceremony there was applause when the leaders of France and Germany stood up, holding hands. Critics say the award is inappropriate. They point out that the eurozone crisis has exposed deep divisions in the 27-nation bloc. Most of Europe’s national leaders were at the event, but not the UK’s David Cameron.The British prime minister’s deputy, Nick Clegg - a longstanding advocate of the European project - represented the UK at the ceremony. Nobel committee chairman Thorbjoern Jagland told the audience that in the current economic crisis “the political framework in which the union is rooted is more important than ever”. “We must stand together, we have collective

responsibility,” he said, warning of a risk of new nationalism in Europe. The prize was received jointly by European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and European Parliament President Martin Schulz. In his acceptance speech, Mr Van Rompuy paid tribute to the post-war leaders of France and Germany who had forged the EU by uniting their economic interests. He praised “the EU’s secret weapon - an unrivalled way of binding our interests so tightly that war becomes impossible”. “It is better to fight around the table than on a battlefield,” he said, quoting Jean Monnet, one of the EU’s founders. German Chancellor Angela Merkel sat next to French President Francois Hollande at the ceremony in Oslo City Hall. Mr Van Rompuy said the economic crisis was fuelling “the return of longforgotten faultlines and stereotypes”, but added: “Even such tensions don’t take us back to the darkness of the past.” He ended by adapting the famous “Ich

bin ein Berliner” quote from the late US President John F Kennedy during the Cold War. He said he hoped future generations would “say with pride ‘Ich bin ein Europaer’, ‘Je suis fier d’etre Europeen’, ‘I’m proud to be European’”. Four young Europeans, selected through an open EU competition, were in the delegation with equal status alongside the politicians. The European Commission, which drafts EU laws, says the Nobel Prize money - about 930,000 euros (£755,000; $1.2m) - “will be allocated to children that are most in need”. The BBC’s Europe correspondent Chris Morris says there has been a barrage of criticism from Eurosceptics, peace activists and former winners of the prize. Many of them question whether the EU should be given such an honour at a time when record unemployment and tough austerity policies, supported by European institutions, are causing serious social tensions in several member states.

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Passports bearing the nationality Expañola (‘Expanish’) being part of the ‘Exuropean Union’ have been issued by the national protest group 15-M, named after the day they first occupied the Puerta del Sol square in Madrid on May 15 last year. The declaration on their website says: “If Spain is Rajoy, Ana Botella [mayoress of Madrid], Julián Muñoz and Isabel Pantoja [two of the main suspects in the Marbella-based corruption case uncovered in 2007], then stop the country because we want to get off.

“If Spain is a country where there is no respect for or value placed on education, where they stop immigrants getting healthcare, where bank managers get reprieved and ordinary citizens are persecuted, either we will swallow our national identity cards or we’ll die of shame.” They have set up a website called, where anyone can ‘apply’ for an ‘Expanish’ passport and immediately become a ‘citizen of Expain’. According to the website, “Expain is a country where ordinary citizens stop people’s homes being repossessed, help immigrants, inform themselves personally by internet and lose their fear.” They say other European countries have set up an eXgreece, eXportugal and within Spain itself, an eXgalicia, eXandalucía, an eXcatalunya, an eXfuenlabrada and an eXgijón, as well as, further afield an United eXtates. This is the latest in a series of national protest groups and slogans which include the indignados (‘indignants’), the 15-M movement and Occupy the Congress.

Five In Custody Over Motorway Service Station ‘Distraction’ Thefts Guardia Civil officers have arrested three men and two women said to be behind at least 17 robberies from drivers in motorway service stations along the east coast. The accused parties, all from Eastern Europe, are believed to haveuseddeceptiontechniques such as asking directions, puncturing tyres and stealing bags when the occupant of the cars were distracted checking their wheels, and at times even employed force and violence. Some of them would patrol the A-7 in the provinces of Murcia, Alicante, Valencia and Castellón looking for potential victims, who were normally

tourists in hire cars or foreignregistered vehicles. Investigations started some months ago and revealed that the suspects had links to other, similar gangs and carried out enough regular thefts that they were able to maintain a high standard of living off the proceeds. Police raided a flat in the city of Alicante and confiscated numerous stolen goods such as suitcases, keys, mobile telephones, credit cards and various documents including passports and driving licences. They believe more arrests could be in the pipeline.

SabadellCAM takeover finalised

Over 300 branches of the SabadellCAM have been closed down this week in order to meet with ‘consolidation’ requirements of the European Union. Offices of the Sabadell Atlántico will undergo a change of image in the next few days in the Comunidad Valenciana and Murcia Region. Additionally, at the end of the year, the CAM bank will pass details of all its customers to the Sabadell, which will finalise the full merger of the two financial entities. Account numbers will remain the same but customers have been sent new cards for internet banking – although they will not be able to update their bank books in cashpoints until after this weekend.Withdrawing cash from ATM machines will operate as normal, say sources from the group.


‘Working Together to Make a Difference’

Two of Almeria’s leading charities, PAWS Animal Rescue and MACS Cancer Support, are joining forces to stage a big fundraising event in January. It gives the lie to the belief held by some that in these tough economic times charities are scrapping among themselves for dwindling support from the public. The event came out of a meeting over coffee between Elaine Brown, founder of MACS, and two of PAWS main fundraisers Janet Franklin and Siobahn Tattan. The two organisations share more than a common location – a couple of PAWS volunteers gave Elaine support in getting MACS off the ground five years ago, since when MACS has helped several PAWS supporters going through difficult times battling cancer. The outcome will be a concert by ABBA ELITE, Spain’s leading ABBA tribute band at Turre’s Hostal Rural on Saturday 26th January. Well-known local personalities Tony Justice and Lady Ellen will host the event. Tickets, costing €10 and limited to Hostal Rural’s capacity of 400, have only recently gone on sale but are already selling very fast. It is being staged under the slogan “Working together to make a difference” and seven local businesses are sponsoring the event – Euro Weekly News, Spectrum FM, Costa Coches, Coles of Andalucia, Lifestyle Enclosures, Greg & Co. & Post Black. Elaine Brown of MACS addressed the “rivalry” question directly: “MACS have never wished to be seen as rivals to any genuine charity, and as an animal lover (with three dogs!) PAWS has always been one dear to my heart. Our greatest consolation is that we do see at first hand how MACS is helping to make a difference just as PAWS does.” And PAWS’ Janet Franklin added: “We are hoping that by pooling resources to create a really great event, both charities can gain substantial rewards. We come across MACS fundraisers all the time, and we’re often attending each others’ events, so it just seemed like common sense not to get in each others’ way. There will be a raffle and an auction, and with both fundraising teams contributing we’re hoping for really good results.” The team is looking for more auction and raffle prizes to go with the one-week holiday in a 7 Bedroom Villa that has already been donated for auction by Wayne Stafford.

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The concert is a one-off event because both charities want see how it works out and assess the results before deciding if similar ventures could be undertaken in future. But it reaffirms a principle about charity volunteering voiced in a recent editorial in the sadly now-defunct Levante Lifestyle Magazine, that it gives those who do it “a chance to see a caring and unselfish side to their fellow humankind.”

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BBC viewing figures went into decline last Saturday night as Mojácar’s regular armchair Strictly viewers literally voted with their feet for the real thing! The town’s Artisan Centre was jumping as The Julie Bruce Academy gave a dance performance that would have defied Craig’s acerbic wit, whilst the other camp one would have been on his feet gesticulating like a football referee at the Milan derby. Brucie’s catchphrase “Keep Dancing” was the theme as the audience joined in. For the fifty-something’s going on seventeen, Zumba is the ideal way to kick back the years and the instructors lived up to their mantra “Ditch the Workout - Join the Party!” The leader board at the end of the evening showed jointwinners; both the AECC cancer charity and the Vera Flood Victims Appeal Fund were tied in the public’s affections, as the audience voted them a massive €500 and €200 respectively. Zumba, the Columbian inspired dance fitness craze so popular in Britain, has a firmly-established base in Mojácar with attendance at classes on the increase. Mojácar’s hectic party scene will be further enhanced throughout next summer when UK Zumba classes re-locate to the town for a week-end of fun and instruction. For more information on the Zumba scene in your area or to discuss a bespoke fitness programme, call Alison Bramwell on 637 465 487 or visit her web site getfitmojacar@gmail. com. (Story and photos by AIM - Almeria International Marketing)

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Vera & District Lions Club Craft FaYre

On Sunday the 2nd December the Vera and District Lions club got the Christmas season offer to a roaring start, by holding a Christmas Craft Fair in the Ballroom of the Vera Hotel in Vera. Visitors to the fair had the opportunity to view and buy from a wide variety of stalls offering, jewellery, cakes & pies, pottery, clothing and of course seasonal goods. The Vera & District Lions Club stalls included guess the weight of the cake, catch the ducks, a very grand raffle with prizes kindly donated by the stall holders. The other major Lions stall was offering seasonal treats such as mince pies, mulled wine a hot chestnuts. This was the ideal way to get into the festive spirit? The total monies raised on the day were 738.40euros. The Members on the Vera & District Lions Club would like to give a big thank you to everybody that supported this event. Earlier this year the Vera & District Lions Club donated some very much needed specialist medical software and books to the St Agustin Children’s refuge in Vera. The monies raised at the craft fare will go a long way to providing the refuge with a specialist consultant ensuring the children get the best treatment and education to stabilise their future. Lions Clubs are all about helping those people in need in our local communities. If you are aware of somebody that needs help, please email or call the Vera & District Lions Help Line on 634 338 733 - we may be able to assist.

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If you have decided to buy a home in Spain, follows some information regarding the legal aspects of the purchase... Buyers of property in Spain naturally find the formalities and procedures involved, strange and confusing and this is often compounded by problems of language and difficulty in obtaining local professional advice that they can understand. Some purchaser, seem only too happy to sign and pay as and when asked, sometimes with unfortunate results. The wise thing to do is to take on the services of a qualified abogado (Spanish solicitor) of which there are many in all the tourist-orientated resorts who speak good English or who at least have English-speaking secretaries. The Law Society in each province controls the work of Spanish solicitor. Here is a very general outline of the work that goes on behind the scene, so that you have a rough idea of what to expect. 1. R  equest of the copy of the seller’s escritura. A study of the first notarial copy of the sellers Escritura de Compraventa will indicate whether all the tax and registration procedures have been completed on the previous transfer. The registration details entered on the Escritura will enable the lawyer to do a complete search in the Register, and therefore make sure that the seller has a proper title and ensure there are no hidden charges or encumbrances affecting the property. 2. Make sure there are no outstanding bills. 3. It is normal for a deposit to be handed over to reserve the property until the signing of the Escritura de Propiedad can take place. When the deposit is handed over your lawyer will draw up a solid contract to secure both parties until the day of the signing. . 4. I f you are a non-resident the Spanish Ministry of interior requires you to obtain a certificate of non residency (which in turn determines your fiscal number) so that you can sign the escritura. It will also be required later on by the Tax Authorities. This is known as the NIE number. 5. I f you buy from a non resident you must hold back 3% of the price stipulated on the escritura which your Abogado will then pay to the Tax Authority on behalf of the sellers capital gains tax. (The abogado will not be able to register your property until he has obtained the receipt from the tax office for this money,). If he is accustomed to dealing with foreigners, he will point this out, if he does not, watch out. 6. W  hen deciding where, when and how you are going to pay for your house in Spain it is very important that you seek advice on your particular case, because the Spanish Law concerning foreign investment does not permit the payment to be made in any old way. If your lawyer is used to foreign conveyance, he will automatically point out the correct way of handling this. 7. Your lawyer will draw up a rough draft for the notary to prepare the title deed. (By contrast to England, in Spain each time a transaction takes place a new title deed is drawn up). 8. W  hen the escritura is signed there are taxes and fees to be paid, which your lawyer will do for you, on receiving appropriate funding. 9. Order the property register to inscribe your title deed. 10. Approx. One month from the signing of the escritura you will receive your escritura with the registers stamp on it, and receipts for all the payments made on your behalf. (I recommend you staple them to your title deed forever, because when you go to sell they can be used as deductions against capital gains.) Congratulations, you now have your final title deed. I want to take the opportunity to say that even though all this sounds complicated, the Spanish legal system in what concerns the buying of property when used properly, gives both the seller and the buyer total safety. Michael Davies is a Spanish Abogado and has been practicing law in Almería since 1993. He is member of the Law societies of Almería and Madrid and has offices in Mojacar and Almeria High Street.


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4 bed / 2 bath Villa with independent garage, solarium and pool a few minutes to town. Plot 5,000 m². Build 202 m². Ref 1017


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US President Barack Obama has addressed Michigan car workers to build support for his plan to raise taxes on the rich and avert a looming “fiscal cliff”. The visit follows faceto-face meetings with Republican House Speaker John Boehner at the White House on Sunday. After their first private talks since Mr Obama won re-election, both sides said communication lines “remain open”. Deep spending cuts and

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Mr Obama’s appearance at a car factory outside Detroit was his latest public outreach effort to sell a plan that would increase taxes for the rich while extending Bush-era tax cuts for everyone else. During Monday’s campaign-style event he told auto-workers that while he was prepared to negotiate on some issues, he “won’t compromise” on tax rises. He avoided criticising Republicans directly. Mr Obama promised Democrats would “make some tough spending cuts on things that we don’t need” as part of his budget plans, but he did not mention any specific cuts by name. Without action by Congress, the president said, middle-class families would see a $2,200 (£1,369) rise in taxes in 2013. “That’s a hit you can’t afford to take,” he said,

Mr Obama also waded into the contentious issue of “right-to-work” laws in Michigan - a law backed by state lawmakers on Friday under which employees in a unionised workplace can refuse to join the union or pay union dues. Proponents say the proposals will bring more jobs and economic benefits to Michigan, while opponents say the laws are designed to weaken unions and lead to lower wages. On Monday, Mr Obama sided with the unions fighting right-to-work. “These so-called ‘right to work’ laws, they don’t have to do with economics, they have everything to do with politics,” Mr Obama said. “What they’re really talking about is giving you the right to work for less money.” Continue reading the article at

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HSBC has confirmed it is to pay US authorities $1.9bn (£1.2bn) in a settlement over money laundering, the largest paid in such a case. A US Senate investigation said the UK-based bank had been a conduit for “drug kingpins and rogue nations”. Money laundering is the process of disguising the proceeds of crime so that the money cannot be linked to the wrongdoing. HSBC admitted having poor money laundering controls and apologised. “We accept responsibility for our past mistakes,” said HSBC group chief executive Stuart Gulliver in a statement. “We have said we are profoundly sorry for them, and we do so again.” The bank said it had spent $290m on improving its systems to prevent money laundering and clawed back some bonuses paid to senior executives in the past. It also said it expected to reach an agreement with the UK’s Financial Services Authority shortly. Last month it announced it had set aside $1.5bn to cover the costs of any settlement or fines. The news followed the announcement of a similar but much smaller settlement with UKbased Standard Chartered bank, which will pay $300m in fines for violating US sanctions. The cases are seen as part of a crackdown on money laundering and sanctions violations being led by federal government agencies and New York state authorities. The settlement had been widely expected following a report by the US Senate, published earlier this year, that was heavily critical of HSBC’s money laundering controls. The report alleged that: HSBC in the US had not treated its Mexican affiliate as high risk, despite the country’s money laundering and drug trafficking challenges


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The Mexican bank had transported $7bn in US bank notes to HSBC in the US, more than any other Mexican bank, but had not considered that to be suspicious It had circumvented US safeguards designed to block transactions involving terrorists drug lords and rogue states, including allowing 25,000 transactions over seven years without disclosing their links to Iran Providing US dollars and banking services to some banks in Saudi Arabia despite their links to terrorist financing In less than four years it had cleared $290m in “obviously suspicious” US travellers’ cheques for a Japanese bank, benefiting Russians who claimed to be in the used car business The report suggested HSBC accounts in Mexico and the US were being used by drug barons to launder money. “The banks became very overextended, not just in lending on property, which we all know about, but in this case, for example, buying businesses in Mexico about which, it turned out, they knew too little,” Sir John Gieve, former deputy governor of the Bank of England told the BBC. The Senate report also said HSBC regularly circumvented restrictions on dealings with Iran, North Korea, and other states subject to US sanctions. BBC business editor Robert Peston said that as big as the $1.9bn penalty looks, it could have been much worse. “HSBC has signed a Deferred Prosecution Agreement for breaches of the US Bank Secrecy Act, the Trading with the Enemy Act and assorted money laundering offences. This is in effect putting the bank on probation,” he said. “But if HSBC had been indicted for these offences, that would have meant that the US government and others could no longer have conducted business with it, which would have been humiliating and highly damaging.”

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THE SPAINIAC | El Albaicín | Candice Parsons It was 42 degrees. On a hill, which my map indicated as somewhere above Cuesta de Chapiz, I’d found a bench under a leafy tree to lie back and rest my legs on. As I stared into the hazy and faded blue sky, the thick layer of heat from the scorching Spanish sun seeped through the branches above, wafting down on to me. I was sure I’d severely sprained or inflamed a muscle in my left ankle hours ago, but had continued exploring whilst the injury exacerbated. The el-cheapo Primark summer sandals I’d brought were not suited for this cobblestoned wonderland. A maze of narrow winding streets lined with homes of secluded gardens and white-washed walls hung with ivies and bougainvilleas, made up the spectacular panorama view of the Albaicín below me. I’d lost myself down there; walking, wandering and exploring up and down countless steep hills and paths for around six hours straight, yet still felt I hadn’t covered all there was to see in this ancient enchanting neighbourhood. At this point, I was fathoming the reality of soon having to face the long, twisty maze again with an injured ankle, and hobble my way back down to Gran Via de Colόn - a main road of central Granada (I soon after discovered a shuttle bus that took me down for one euro). Translating to ‘quarter of the falconers’, whilst historians prefer ‘quarter of the people of Baeza’, Albaicín was the old Moorish quarter of Granada during the thirteenth century. After eight centuries of Moorish occupation here, only few medieval Arabic houses, mosques and baths remain intact. Various Christian churches and relics within the district, divulge the struggle Andalucía faced during its Islam to Christianity transition. Today, the Albaicín is a UNESCO World Heritage site along with the Alhambra. Dizzy, dehydrated and famished; I hadn’t eaten since

8AM and it was now almost 5PM. My stomach felt like it was eating itself, and I’d left my bottle of water back at the famous Mirador San Nicolás viewpoint. It was siesta and everything was closed, so I couldn’t find any food or drink to buy around this area either. I was alone in Spain and not a living soul was in sight on this hill. I sunk deep into thought, absorbing exactly where I was in this beautiful and insane world, and felt an incredible sense of thrill, fortuity and happiness to be right there where I was in Spain, on that bench in Granada. I recalled on the rows of little markets I’d seen that morning whilst meandering my way up the steep hill that led into the Albaicín. With various delicacies, teas, trinkets, and clothes being sold amongst the sweet fumes of flavoured shisha and other Arabic sweets and street food, I took great pleasure in seeing the familiar resemblance of the traditional ‘souks’ (markets) that I’d often walked through during my visit to Morocco. It was admirable to see such raw culture still alive and appreciated in this once religiously conflicted city of southern Spain. Perhaps the lack of food and water together with the heat and pain from my ankle had caused a slight delirium. Nevertheless, it’s not often we stop and take the time to appreciate where we actually are or what we have personally achieved for ourselves, and whether slightly delirious or not, this is what I was doing. I lay in complete tranquillity, whilst the sounds of soft breeze, birds chirping and children playing in the distant Albaicín and Sacromonte neighbourhoods surrounded as a background melody to my thoughts. Indeed a description that sounds too surreal to have been true, but also felt as such too. Candice Parsons is a writer and avid Spain and Spanish culture lover from Melbourne, Australia: follow her on Twitter @MiLlamoCandi

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5 Loud, drunken Elsa? It’s not true! (5) 6 Hunger caused by a first-rate tax - one in operation after ‘The Way’ (10) 7 Covering many things, or just one person? (8) 13 Customs almost swap it with particles (10) 15 They hear ears (9) 17 Gets ready for quiet fixes, we hear (8) 19 Heavy with number (7) 22 One with not a friend outside might be this (6) 23 A lot of burdens (5) 26 Quiet number returning to vessel (4)

Down 1 Go over new furrow (6) 2 Turn little Benjamin with daughter! (4) 3 Blokes for Spooner’s crazy Jenny (9) 4 Stroked a good man, OK, getting embarassed on the outside! (7)

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Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. Buddha




The makingofAChristmasCarol Probably the most popular story for and festival christmas carols for the

this time of year, A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens, is in rehearsals, in preparation for the performances at the New Kimrick Theatre after Christmas. Otfried Laux, the Director of this production follows on from the success of Oliver, adding a few more tricks to this timeless classic. As usual there are many special effects included in his productions and for this Otfried has a team of experienced and multi talented people working behind the scenes in order to realise his ideas. Otfried has his own individual style of Directing and has used improvisation workshops to define the characters and their roles within the play. The original script was revised and rewritten for the present day by MarianMay and the actors are encouraged to follow the new script, whilst also making further changes when necessary as their roles are developed further. The actors then begin the rehearsals and the behind the scenes work begins. The music and sound effects are very important in order to create the correct atmosphere and link the scenes together and Steve Fear from Bay Radio, has once again provided all the appropriate sounds effects for this. It is a long and arduous task for him, as he has to search for the right sounds from archives of thousands. He then has to download, order and slot them into the correct time frame. He uses a mixture of modern music

happier moments in the play. Harps, street sounds, cathedral chimes, school bell, bird sounds, winds and whispering voices provide for every mood, crossing over the scenes and creating the correct atmosphere for each moment, as the story unfolds, cleverly matching the music and sounds to the words spoken by the characters. Tony Vasey, Wardrobe manager for the Indalo Players has worked hard utilising many of the costumes in stock, sorting , labelling and making sure that they are in good condition providing the mix of modern and period designs required for the story. When all this comes together music,lighting, costume and acting, we will have another fabulous production and then all we need is you, the audience to make it all worthwhile - The ideal Christmas present for all the family. The performance will be held at the New Kimrick Theatre from Friday 18th to Monday 21st January at 8pm with a matinee at 3.30pm on both Saturday and Sunday. A seating plan for the theatre can be seen on the Indalo web site by clicking on: www. Tickets are on sale as from Monday 17th December By Marian May




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A Big ‘Doggy’ Thank You!

Fritz, Fifi, Ben and Ginger, the almost human dogs who appeared in the Almanzora Charitable Theatre production of “It’s a Dogs Life” by Pam Valentine would like to express their thanks to the real human audience who came to see them perform. They are tremendously pleased that the performance at “La Parilla” in Albox on the 30th November raised 502.00 euros for APSA and at “The Tennis Club” in Huercal Overa 165 euros was raised for “The Doghouse.” This, of course, will help to feed hungry puppies such as “Ginger” and might even get Fifi a good trim. Those who came to see the play might like to know that Fritz has been kept well away from children and is believed to be patrolling the perimeter of camp Bastian in Afghanistan and is completely at home with the searchlights and barbed wire. Fifi has been adopted by a local panaderia/bolleria owner so “titbits” are in plentiful supply. Ginger is still chewing slippers but sits and begs perfectly. Ben was laid to rest next to his owner.

It could not have been a better outcome - money for the dogs and good homes. Finally, the director, Ron Makin and the cast would like to thank everyone concerned for making the production a great success. If anyone would like to know more about our drama group please call Lorraine on 950 064 484 or 687 569 113.

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indulge in ‘egg nog!’

Egg nog has been around for ages: it was most likely invented back in the days when America was still a British colony. The name “egg nog” would in this case stem from “egg grog” – grog was the name the colonists used for rum. Not everyone agrees, though; some historians claim the drink originated in Europe, and was later exported to

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the future United States. As per this explanation, the term “nog” would derive from “noggin”, a wooden cup in which drinks were served. The drink itself would be an evolution of “dry sack posset”, a mixture of sherry and milk. What is certain though is that egg nog is traditionally made with eggs, milk and sugar – and usually a generous dose of some sort of alcohol, most commonly rum, whiskey, brandy or cognac. Egg nog can be ‘personalized’ to suit your own taste by adding spices (nutmeg and cinnamon are the most popular) and by adding cream, to make the drink thicker and richer. Egg nog has become popular all over the world: the Mexicans, for example, call it “rompope”. Rompope is your basic egg nog with plenty of Mexican cinnamon, ground almonds and rum stirred in. It is traditionally drunk cold from little glasses. In Puerto Rico, egg nog is made with coconut milk instead of regular cow’s milk, which gives it a particularly exotic flavour. And if all this talk about egg nog has given you a taste for the stuff, here’s a recipe, so you can get started straight away! Enjoy…

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Open 9:30am til’ late, situated on the Albox-Baza Road (A334), adjacent to the Saturday Car Boot site, Bar Internacional Diner offers a great range of food and drink in a family-friendly atmosphere...warm yourself by the cosy log fire, or on warmer days, enjoy the large outside terrace...

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With an all-day ‘Menu del Dia’ option, food is served until 9pm. They also offer a Kid’s Menu which includes Nuggets, Burgers & Pizza’s as well as dessert & fruit options. The Diner can also be booked to celebrate a birthday or anniversary. Andrea & Fernando want to hear from you if you would like to host a Bingo or Quiz night at the Diner; why not hold your Darts or Pool competition there too?

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The Irish Rover

Your No1 Entertainment Venue in Mojacar for All the Family

Bee Gees tribute thursday 29th november

Tickets 15€ includes carvery Ticket only €8.50

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The IRISH ROVER on Mojacar Playa serves the Full English Breakfast from 10am – 1pm. 8 items €4.95 or 14 items €6.95! includes tea, coffee or orange juice on a large sunny terrace with fantastic views over the sea. Sundays is the Famous Irish Rover carvery, 3 meats, 7 fresh veg served 1 – 5pm plus a fun quiz. Get that Friday Feeling and come along to the Irish Rover and enjoy Fresh Cod & Chips for a fantastic price of just 4.95€ Bookings are now being taken for Christmas Day Lunch, 3 course carvery lunch at the fantastic price of €20 per person and just €12.50 for children up to 10 years old. Call in for our Christmas lunch menu and for reservations call 950 473 135. The Crazy Cow Bar / Cafe on Mojacar Playa have a New Menu available. Serving old favourites such as Fishcakes, Smoked fish in cream sauce and Cottage pie as well as newcomers are Mixed seafood spaghetti, Vegetarian rice and Chicken and mushroom bake, most of our menu is gluten free. You wont be disappointed ... Just ask your friends. FOR MORE INFO PLEASE CALL 697 465 620 . Great venue for Private Functions. Beachcomber Mojacar Entertainment for Wednesday 5th December will be a Tribute night to the.60’s & 70’s with a load of ‘Rock n Roll’ from The Everly Brothers, Elvis, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, to Dire Straits…and loads more! We can organise taxis for you, it is always safer to book in advance and we can do this if you wish, both ways if you like. We can even

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help you book a hotel. On Wednesday 19th December sees ‘Rough Justice’ at The Beachcomber with tributes to Dire Straits, Chris Rae & Carlos Santana. And a load of ‘Blues and Light Rock’ (First time at the Beachcomber). We are now taking bookings for New Years Eve at the Beachcomber featuring Darren Antony with live music from 9.15pm until 1am. Check out the menu on www. Call now to reserve your table on 950 473 099.

The Food Crazy cow Cafe cooked with love

Downstairs on the sea front next to the Irish Rover Look out for our live entertainment evenings

All food freshly cooked to order You will not be disappointed! NEW MENU With all your old favourites Kitchen Open From 12 noon to 6.30pm Winter Opening Times Mon - Sat 11am - late Closed Sunday PRIVATE PARTIES CATERED FOR

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Whitney Houston Tribute

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COMMUNITY NEWS Living Water Church Mojacar....

HUERCAL OVERA CLUB DE FUTBOL FINAL HOME GAME OF THE YEAR Saturday 15th December at 16:30 Huercal Overa CF Vs C.D Bullense Doors open at 15:30 The club will also be collecting Christmas Gifts for the less fortunate Children of Huercal Overa at the Entrance of the stadium between 15:30 and kick off! If you would like to donate a gift to make a child smile this Christmas please bring along to the stadium in Huercal Overa. For more information contact Lee on 671509116 or email:

extend a warm welcome to all as we celebrate this Christmas time. Carol Service Wednesday 19th at 6.00pm followed by a hot meal. Christmas Sunday Service for the family on the 23rd at 11.00am. Christmas Communion Tuesday 25th at 11.00am For more information phone Margaret on 950477063 Opposite Red Cross Centre on Mojacar Playa

After-school Activity Group

Dames in Turre.............................

Starts Friday 11th Jan 2013

have a few places left on their visit to Granada from the 8th to the 10th January.130€ per person staying at the 4 star Hotel Carmen in the centre of Granada .The cost includes coach travel, Half Board in the Hotel and lunch on the way home. All are welcome to join us....please telephone Lesley 950478633 or email

Every Friday 3.30pm – 6pm. Indigo Gym, Mojacar Playa. Children 4yrs – 9yrs. €10 per child or €15 for 2, which includes a drink & snack. Fun and games including, Bomba, Pirates, Tug-o-War, & fun exercises. (English & Spanish).

Traditional candlelit carol service........................................... followed by mulled wine and mince pies at 7pm on Friday December 14. Turre Evangelical Church right at the end if the main road, Avenida de Turre past the gym and the vets. 950 617 549. Christmas Day service 11.30am12.30pm.

Call 664 291 793 or 646 844 708 now to reserve your childs place.

The Anglican Church

(Mojacar) held its Christmas Fair last Friday at a new venue. The weather was rather cold, this not stop people coming to see if they could get a bargain. Thanks must go to all the stallholders(some dressed the part) and other church members who helped to make it a good day. Raised €3700. Thanks also go to Mojacar council for the help. also to Chris and Mick for organising this event. This sadly was the last Church Fair our Priest Hugh Broad will be at and he called the winning ticket at the raffle( thanks to those who donated prizes)

The Dames in Turre Christmas Market

was held in brilliant sunshine on Saturday morning. This was the 10th year the market was celebrated and the best yet ; a total of more than 2500€ was raised for local charities. A variety of stalls sold Christmas gifts, paintings and festive food. The Fundraiser shop in Turre provided a Santa Claus Grotto for local children and Bay radio entertained with festive music. The Dames would like to thank all those who contributed prizes for the Draw which helped to make the day such a great success.

CHRISTMAS FUN QUIz.....................

at The Arriba bar/restaurant, Mojacar Playa on Thursday 20th December. Food available from 7pm.... question-master Tony Matthews

Paws Shop......................................

The Shop will be closed from 25th December and re-open on 7th January. We would like to thank all newspapers, radio, volunteers and most of all the public for all their support during 2012. Merry Christmas to each and every one!

The Universal Wonderful Street Academy Fundraising Lunch Sunday 16th December at the New Kimrick Restaurant, Mojácar Playa

…includes a presentation of the NGO, sales of African Crafts & Arts, Raffle and much more!!


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5€, Senior 10€...By SPONSORING A CHILD with a monthly contribution of 15€...You can make a SINGLE CONTRIBUTION according to your possibilities...You can VISIT US IN GHANA. We will arrange the travel for you and will make sure you experience the african culture in full...You can participate in our VOLUNTEERING PROGRAMS...Your COMPANY can SPONSOR any of our charity fundraising events...PERSONAL CONTRIBUTION, you decide how much and how often you want to support...EVEN A SMALL DONATION CAN MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE TO THE CHIDREN WE ARE SUPPORTING.!! Thank You! For further information please contact Beatriz: 617 182 154 or Marta 610 378 348 Or email: Or visit: NGO supporting street children in Africa. Registration Nº: CG027972012 TIN: C000114829X

we’ve managed to unearth ~ which might even be considered an art form by some ~ the word is VACCIMULGENCE. So you will need to establish what it means, and once you’ve found it, it will score your team a point in next week’s La Vida quiz! Bring your friends ~ Beat your neighbours

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The idea was born after four Spanish friends from Mojácar and Granada had visited the country to participate in a volunteering program with a local organization and found out that there was a huge number of children who lived in extreme poverty and were left to fend for themselves most of them living in James Town a very poor and illiterate community area of Accra. Our key objectives are to provide free basic education to max. 100 children, eventually to facilitate them access to formal education or vocational training school; to provide a nutritionally complete balanced daily meal for each child and to provide a Health Card for each child, ensuring him/her of medical treatment under Ghana´s State health care programme. The Academy is lacking in resources. As it is a non-profit organization, it depends on sporadic donations coming from companies, individuals and volunteers.



new quirky quiz on tuesdays 7.30 - 8pm WITH chERRY

Carrying on from Mondays @ La Vida

All Welcome

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computers Steve Hayes Informatica

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Hi my name is Trudy gas fast I am of mixed breed & Gas boiler & medium sized. plumbing repairs. D.O.B 18/10/2011 Tel: 618 062 080 I have a quiet calm nature 7 I or 637 829 787 get on well with other dogs. I would make a wonderful, Knowles & loving family pet. Abbott Come meet me at The Dog no.1 for plumbing House. & electric. CH, To meet Trudy call Paul on 626766073 solar hot water and españolas enlace: Veronica 608858318 water deposits. e-mail Telephone Hi my name is Toffee 950 137 197 or D.O.B 03/04/08 606 807 797 I am of mixed breed, chipped & vaccinated. CARLOS SALIENTE I am a bundle of fun & Plumbing and Heating I get on well with other offer machined boiler dogs. I’m very playful & decals for gas water loveable. Why not come heaters for just €65 and meet me at The – aguafuerte is not the Dog House.or e-mail answer!

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la Vida Cucador requires an experienced part-time waitress to work over the busy christmas period. if you are energetic, flexible & full of Christmas cheer we want to meet you! call 647 379 878 or 950 634 562 email

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I have no idea why I was put on this earth, but of one thing I am certain; I was not put on this earth to be a shining example of domesticity. I clean when I see dirt, rather than anticipating its existence, and over the years I have learned that most dirt is traceable to a source, like paw or boot marks; some dirt seems to spring into being in a sort of immaculate conception, like fluff, while yet another type seems to self-generate. Tinsel self-generates – no matter how deep the post-Christmas clean is, no matter how unstoppably the omnipotent Lawrence (our purple vacuum cleaner) and I patrol the house, there will be tinsel, right through until June. I write this as a warning – I have discovered yet another type of self-generating detritus – shavings! We have had a door fitted between the lounge and the kitchen in a bid to increase the house’s heatability. It was made off-site and came complete with two heavily jacketed lads one windy and freezing cold evening. It all slotted together with a minimal amount of planeing, and

By Jos Biggs


without the need for sharp intakes of breath, swearing, hammering or head-shaking. As a final act before departing into the darkness the lads swept up a pan-full of shavings, which they left in the middle of the kitchen as visible proof that their mothers had brought them up to clean up their own mess, to a degree. I disposed of the proffered pan, and swept up a panfull of my own, leaving the kitchen pristine. Next morning’s daylight revealed a liberal coating of shavings rolling around on the floor, so I swept them up, being sure to go under all the fittings. By lunchtime the kitchen once more resembled a sawmill, so I muttered a bit, then swept again, carefully and assiduously. The following morning as I entered the kitchen I noticed that the floor was liberally dotted with happy little shavings, smiling in the morning sun. I grumbled as I vigorously condemned them to the dustpan, but by lunchtime a plethora of the little blighters had appeared from nowhere, so I swept again with diminishing good humour. Then I noticed that the rest of the house was also sporting a carpet of grated wood - I gritted my teeth, grasped the brush and with murder in my soul I went forth and swept. This is when it dawned on me that shavings are the third type of dirt – the self-generating sort. But I will get them all. I will sweep them into oblivion. I will succeed, or perish in the attempt!

Something for the Weekend?

Following on from last week when I reminisced about the movies and picture houses from my days as a very young boy in Reading; it brought to mind that huge presence in the lives of many kids from the 50’s – Saturday Morning Picture’s. The movie house that served the south of town where I lived was the Savoy, sitting between a small pickle factory and a butchers, its art deco facade was typical of most cinema architecture. Hundreds of kids from the sprawling Whitley council estate would converge on the Savoy every Saturday morning, clutching their sixpence ticket money and another tanner to spend on sweets and drinks. Our harassed mums were glad to get shot of us for a few hours while they got on with their housework or shopping. Some, from the far flung outposts of the estate, arrived on the trolley bus that stopped outside the Savoy, but most of

us travelled on foot, even though many lived a mile or more away. And although the most common mode of transport for kids then was the trusty push bike, we never risked using them in case our machines were half inched by the undesirable elements from the less than salubrious areas of Whitley. The noise inside the cinema was unbelievable, with kids hollering at each other across the aisles - petty disputes on the ownership of cigarette cards and other schoolboy paraphernalia, and sometimes more serious altercations usually involving left over arguments from the school playground. And with sweet wrappers, paper planes and some individual’s article of clothing flying across the auditorium, the sour faced commissionaire and stewards had an impossible job of trying to keep things in order before the programme started. It must have been like dealing with a prison riot. Finally at the appointed time, the lights dimmed, the curtains opened and the words of our ABC Minors club song appeared on the screen. Then a bouncy ball would trace the words as we all bellowed out the refrain: ‘We Are The Boys And Girls Well Known As, Minors Of The ABC . . .’ Naturally we all By Colin Bird :

finished well ahead of the music anxious to get on with the business of the day, aka Flash Gordon -who got around in a rocket powered by a sparkler Abbot and Costello; Superman; Old Mother Riley; Tom and Jerry; Laurel and Hardy, Marvel Man and many others. There was one particular part of the programme that was serialised and carried over until the following week and always ended on a cliff hanger with our hero about to get the chop and no possible way out of it. But then miraculously escaping at the start of the next episode. Dick Tracy would be seen hurtling over a cliff in his car one week, but the next Saturday, the car would come to a shuddering halt just before the precipice and Dick would leg it without a scratch. This blatant cheating by the film makers happened week after week, but we still loved it. Hopalong Cassidy, The Lone Ranger and Tom Mix were some of our cowboy favourites and you could spot the bad guys because they were always ugly, unshaven, wore black and walked bow legged. Whereas the goodies had white hats, freshly laundered shirts, rode white horses with coiffeured manes and were always heading somebody off at the pass. Opposite the Savoy was Lester’s the barbers.

Mr Lester was the proud owner of a sleek Jag – and no wonder. His salon was the only one on the estate, which meant that he had a lucrative monopoly in the male shearing department and there was always a shop full of adults and lads of various ages. It was a good idea therefore to kill two birds with one stone on a Saturday, when there would be a lengthy queue of small boys waiting for haircuts and all with the same strict instruction from their mums – short back and sides! These were the days of the Boston, D.A. and Tony Curtis hairstyles, but they were reserved for the older youths whose parents had given in to the dictates of fashion. If a youngster under a certain age entered Mr Lester’s establishment and requested a Crew Cut, he was required to show a letter from his mum or dad. Mr Cooper, one of the three resident barbers, always had a cigarette dangling from his lips as he terrorised his way through a multitude of youthful locks. He might as well have been using a strimmer for all the finesse he possessed. And after each session he would ask me the same question much to the amusement of his colleagues. ‘Something for the weekend sir?’ It was a year or two more before I understood what that meant!

A l que r ia E l S up r emo With Antonio Poyato and that other stalwart of democracy Blythe Gruntmore under lock and key, Rodriquez and his obnoxious sidekicks took total control of Alqueria. Manuela had slipped through the net but she was only a girl, hardly a threat to the new totalitarian regime. The people of Alqueria having taken apathy to new and lofty heights didn’t notice the change in government. It soon became apparent however that something was ‘up’. Rodriquez, resplendent in new pseudo-military regalia appeared on a hastily built rostrum in the village plaza. As with all dictators and monarchs Rodriquez had immediately dressed himself in the most ridiculous and over-medalled uniform. He then surrounded himself with meaningless protocol putting the widest gap possible between himself and the ‘ordinary’ people of Alqueria. Rodriquez’s ‘pronunciamento’ in the square left the villagers in no doubt about the coup d’état. Dozens of emergency controls were put in place. In the best traditions of Spain and the Spanish people these were totally ignored. The Remitroot crop however, and therefore the economy of Alqueria would be directly under Rodriquez’s control. To the more astute of the population this was worrying. During the lengthy speech his pomposity knew no bounds as he rambled on. In his attempt to portray himself as a wise and benevolent leader he only appeared as he really is. A megalomaniac with no more sense than a cuckoo. The old adage held true as it holds true with all monarchs and dictators, ‘A monkey dressed in silk is still a monkey’. On the southern slopes of the Sierra Alhamilla overlooking Alqueria is old man Matas’s cave. Still believing the Civil War to be on he does what he can for the Second Republic. Manuela had found her way there by navigating the olive groves in total darkness. This was second nature to her, it was during the daylight hours that they presented a problem. Manuela’s arrival, breathless and desperate further strengthened the old man’s belief in his cause. To have company and female company in particular threw Matas into confusion. He wasn’t sure what was common courtesy and what was pent up but long forgotten desire. Manuela let Matas believe the Civil War was still raging and set about exploiting his arsenal of old but numerous weapons in the cause of Alquerian freedom. Although in his nineties Matas became besotted with the raven haired Manuela. He presented Manuela with a small bunch of wild flowers “They’re a bit wilted but it’s the thought that counts” Matas said with a lascivious grin. “It’s the thought that worries me” mused Manuela as she oiled the bolt of an ancient Mauser.

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pause for thought

So Christmas is almost upon us; the time when we celebrate the birth 2000 years ago of that very special child, who we Christians believe was God Himself, born to give his life as payment for our wrongdoings. Yet in spite of that anticipated destiny, there always seems considerable romance surrounding our portrayals of that occasion. The lovely, neat crib; the attentive and well groomed animals; the three immaculately dressed kings with their valuable gifts; the slightly less immaculate shepherds; the beautifully dressed and smiling parents, and the amazing star illuminating this 5-star stable residence. But the reality of that night, as most of us are aware, was anything but romantic. No one would have had time to clean or prepare the stable, which was the only, and very makeshift shelter, available. The animals, with whom the family shared this shelter would have been much like those in Andalucean farms, doubtless fairly grubby and with their own special perfume. The crib was a hastily prepared feeding trough and the parents, exhausted after their long journey were almost certainly penniless, hungry and extremely frightened, as they learnt that the local ruler wanted their child dead. The reality is of course a salutary reminder to us, particularly at this time of year, of God’s love and care for all, and especially for the poor. And amazing though it may seem, this message is becoming especially relevant right now, here in Spain, where many, it seems are today going hungry. So it is that a number of Churches and other organisations in this region are giving packets or tins of non-perishable food, such as rice, pasta, oil, flour, milk, tuna, or tins of tomatoes to Turre Evangelical Church in support of their food bank, which is used to provide food for the many destitute (mainly Spanish) of this area. So this Christmas, as so many of us celebrate, could I suggest that we remember the needy on our doorstep and give some practical help via Turre (, the Anglican Church or perhaps by dropping off some food at Wavelengths in Albox.

Further information about the Anglican Church and details of forthcoming events may be seen on the web site www. Duncan Burr is Licensed Lay Reader for the Anglican Chaplaincy of Costa Almeria and Costa Cálida and may be contacted at

As a young boy in the early 1970s I watched M*A*S*H which was set in the Korean War that raged from1950 until 1953. Jolly funny it was too and only years later did I realise that my childhood laughs were based on the deaths of three million people. National Service was in force in the UK and 100,000 young British men were involved in what is seen as the ‘forgotten war.’ Hugely relevant today as Kenyan survivors have taken the British Government to court over torture claims, the Mau Mau Rebellion in 1953 left over 20,000 dead. This was Britains’ darkest hour of its colonial rule. Over a million Kenyans were either sent to huge reserves or concentration camps. Torture including rape and castration were commonplace and also capital punishment was meted out on a routine basis. The Mau Mau themselves were also brutal against settlers and their own people. Disgustingly even though the survivors won their court case very recently, the British Foreign Office has refused to apologise. In 1954 Algeria started its fight for independence from France, it lasted 8 years and cost 400,000 lives. President De Gaulle knew the fight was winnable but was political suicide for France fresh after its defeat in Vietnam, another of its former colonies. He almost paid for the decision to negotiate a withdrawal with his life as the French military failed in a coup attempt and tried to assassinate him. In1958 Chairman Mao started ‘The great leap forward’ which he hoped would catapult the economy in front of the United States. It actually was a great leap backwards as the Chinese economy shrank, incidentally killing between 20 and 30 million from starvation or state brutality. In 1961 The Kurds started a rebellion against Iraq which rumbled on and off for 42 years killing 200,000 people in the process.

Nick Ut/AP - The running girl - Vietnam June 1972

Oh what a lovely war part II Their fight involved them siding with Iran in the Iran-Iraq war in1980 in which half a million people died with no side gaining victory. Saddam Hussein was instrumental in ordering chemical weapons to be used against the Kurds and Iranians. The Kurds also played a prominent role in Desert Storm in 1990/1 helping Allied forces. My middle school in Guildford had a fantastic library and Time Life and other periodicals were available for us kids to read. In 1964 the Vietnam War had started and did not finish until The United States defeat in 1973. My dad had the Telegraph delivered every day but being a short-arse as a child meant the paper was simply too enormous for me to read. So Time Life was an easier choice. I vividly recall seeing the now infamous photo of the ‘running girl’ in 1972 and being shocked as I had no idea there was this horrific war being waged on the other side of the world. Phan Thi Kim Phuc was sheltering in the temple at Trang Bang village when a plane dropped napalm on the village as it mistook the villagers as enemy soldiers. Kim’s clothes were burnt off her body and she and other survivors ran for their lives. Associated Press photographer Nick Ut took this and other harrowing shots that certainly help turn world opinion against the war. Not however before three million people died, many of them innocent civilians from the indiscriminate use of deadly chemical weapons. The photo still brings tears to my eyes every time I see it, oh the futility of war!

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To all the people who made the effort to come and see me at “La Vida” last Thursday just to find that I wasn’t there, I would like to apologise. It appears that I had been double booked with Zelda the tarot card reader, who could have possibly predicted that? You also missed my Christmas gift of half price on all work to your machines. Such is the way of things. Will a computer replace the psychic, card / tea-leaf reader and the vast array of not-as-yet acknowledged mind science practitioners? Did you realise that for most of the specialist skills that these lovely people were demonstrating, there is also a computer program that might be just as accurate? I did say “might”! Take Tarot reading as a simple example. There are as many interpretations as there are card combinations. The major drawback of the logical binary answers given by the computer is that the death card next to the tower will always mean “sudden violent and irrevocable change”. A gifted reader will always be able to offer a personal interpretation that is far more accurate. Now consider the “Crystal Reader” who was either born with, or has developed, the ability to access the “other realm” (left hemisphere of brain, akasha library or astral light dependant on your belief system). These people truly are the “seer’s” of Arthurian legend, equally, the real ones are few and widely distributed. Where the computer gets a “leg up” is with pseudo sciences such as numerology, astrology and biorhythms, where well defined rules are enforced. For example, with numerology your birth name; common name and date of birth are converted into numbers. These are then added and reduced to single digits with a few rare exceptions. These numbers supposedly have a correlation with the skills given at birth, your personality as reflected within your name and common name, and the interaction between the 2. To some, including myself, the results are quite astounding! Whereas Astrology works, or not depending upon your belief system, is due to the interdependency of all things from galaxies to grains of sand. Many people believe that the calculations of planetary and star orbits and the interrelationship to one another and to you, good reader, are well defined. Finally, Biorhythms are exceptionally personal cycles that indicate reactions to events depending upon your physical, emotional and mental stage within the individual cycles. The laws of Karma state that every action creates a reaction and therefore change your reality (future)! So knowing that your on a short fuse help you not kill your ill-mannered boss! A useful skill :-) These things, with their finite results are the “bread and butter” of the digital world and are therefore perfect for your computerised buddy. Where can you get these Über wonderful programs for free (oops! Did I say “for free” again :-) Only 13 days to get your computer / laptop cleaned and tuned before Christmas! So call me on 689 892 745 or email me Have a lovely and productive week and see you next week. References: Numerology Freeware: Biorhythm Freeware: Astrology Freeware Further reading: wiki/Numerology

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 ongratulations to the world’s greatest C footballer Lionel Messi. On Sunday at 9.27pm in Sevilla, the superstar broke the record set in 1972 by German striker Gerd Muller for most goals scored in a calendar year. At that precise time the Argentinian netted his and Barcelona’s second goal of the night in a 2-1 win over Real Betis to take his tally in 2012 to an incredible 86 in only 66 games. Well played little man, you’re a pure genius. •O  n Sunday (live on TV at 8.30pm) you can find out who will be crowned as the BBCs ‘Sports Personality of the Year.’ I’m going for Bradley Wiggins, but Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis and Andy Murray must be in with a shout. This is a great programme to watch – if you like sport! • After last week’s action in Europe, the FA Cup and League Cup, it’s back to the bread and butter of domestic football this weekend and the top Premiership fixtures are Chelsea (3rd) v Southampton (a rehearsal for next month’s 3rd round FA Cup-tie), Manchester United (top) v Sunderland, Newcastle v Manchester City (2nd), Reading v Arsenal (remember 7-5 LC clash?) and Spurs v Swansea •C  hampionship leaders Cardiff play Peterborough (bottom), Crystal Palace (2nd) visit Birmingham, Middlesbrough (3rd) meet Wolves. In FL1, it’s Tranmere (top) v Sheffield United while in FL2, pace-setters Gillingham play Fleetwood. And in the SPL leaders Celtic entertain St Mirren. • Arsenal, Celtic and Manchester United are still in the Champions League but Chelsea and Manchester City are out.

• Also through to the knockout stage are AC Milan, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Galatasary, Juventus, Malaga, PSG, Porto, Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donestk, Schalke and Valencia. •D  espite defeating Nordsjaelland 6-1, Chelsea became the first holders of the trophy to exit at the group stage after Juventus beat Shahktar Doneskt to finish second above the Blues. And those seven goals at Stamford Bridge last mid-week came in just 27 minutes, which I believe is a record for ‘rapid scoring’ in the competition which began in 1955. •C  eltic who defeated Spartak Moscow 2-1 courtesy of Kris Commons’ penalty went through thanks to Benfica’s draw in Barcelona. •M  anchester City finished bottom of group D and therefore missed out on the consolation of a Europa League place, leaving Chelsea, Liverpool, Newcastle and Spurs as England’s representatives in this competition. Last night Bradford City met Arsenal and Norwich played Aston Villa in the quarter-finals of the LC. Tonight Swansea take on Middlesbrough while Chelsea, who are currently in the FIFA World Club Cup in Japan, play their tie at Leeds on 19 December. •W  est Ham have been named as the ‘preferred bidders’ to take over the Olympic Stadium. •D  avid Beckham has been asked by two American clubs if he wants to become an ‘owner.’ • Lionel Messi is still on course to beat Gerd Muller’s record of 85 in a calendar year. Barcelona met Real Betis last weekend, played Cordoba in a quickly-arranged 1st leg Copa del Rey Cup-tie last night, and take on Atletico Madrid on the 16th. After

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• Last Saturday, Father Christmas (dressed as a referee) arrived early at the Emirates and awarded Arsenal two penalties (v WBA) and Sunderland slipped into the drop-zone by losing 3-1 to Chelsea.  Twenty-four hours later, United beat City 3-2 in the 165th Manchester derby, Robin van Persie scoring a dramatic 92nd minute winner. United lead the PL by six points; Everton scored twice late on to beat Spurs 2-1 and improving Liverpool won 3-2 at West Ham. •C  helsea’s John Mikel Obi has been fined £60,000 and banned for three matches after threatening referee Mark Clattenburg after the Manchester United match in October. • Alastair Cook scored a recordbreaking 23rd century and became the youngest-ever batsman to reach 7,000 Test runs as England beat India by seven wickets to go 2-1 up in the four-match series. The last Test is in Nagpur. • The French HRA has banned Frankie Dettori has been banned for six months for drug abuse. •G  olfer Rory McIlroy has been voted the 2012 PGA ‘Player of the Year’. • Mark Selby won the 2012 UK snooker championship in York. •O  xford beat Cambridge 26-19 in the annual varsity rugby match. • And Azerbaijan will host the 2015 European Olympic Games.

Boxers GS - Roda 4th December Badgers Golf Society...........

Captain Derek Leonard’s enticing title of the Roda ‘Grip it and rip it’ challenge lured a good company of Boxers members to take on the always challenging Murcia course. Cloud cover for much of the day made the brisk winds sharper and, with recent fine hollow-tyning and subsequent dressing of many of the greens, this helped to make for a low-scoring day. Results. !st division: Overall winner Tony Harwin (36) - Martin Fisk (34) Steve Gilmore 33 2nd Division: Adrian Ball (36) - Henry Becket (35) - Roy Lewis (32)

3rd Division: John Kinch (27) - Martin (Mark) Allen (26) NTP: Dave France - Tony Harwin. NTP in 2: Martin Fisk 2’s: Derek Leonard - Martin Fisk. Boxers next meeting will be at Alboran 17th December for a ‘Turkey Trot’. Why not come and join the other turkeys to compete for a fine line-up of festive prizes. Guests and new members are always welcome and Alboran is playing really well in its winter coat. For details of this event or membership please contact Brian Mayhew on 649 282198

Hot and Cold On Wednesday 5th Dec Badgers visited Macenas for their weekly competition. With a bit of a nip in the air expectations of good golf were not high. With the temperature warming, so did the golf. Top score of the day went to Roger Whitehead with a great 42 pts (losing 2.4 off his handicap in the process), in 2nd with 38pts was Lynn Sefton and Paul Adams rounding off the top 3 with 37pts. Nearest the pins went to Dave Wright, Barbara Goff and two to Richard Jones Saturday 8th Dec Badgers

were at Macenas. Top player of the day was Dave Wright, taking the honours on countback with 34pts from Rod Goff. Badgers are at Valle de Este on Wednesday 12th, and then at Macenas on Saturday 15th and Wednesday 19th Badgers Golf are holding a Boxing Day competition at Macenas Golf, with visitors welcome to join. To enter, please contact Richard at Badgers on 950478525.

Guests are welcome to join the society on both Wed and Sat comps and can book in either at Badgers Restaurant on Mojacar Playa or by phone on 950478525


sport TAEKWONDO MOJACAR............................................. 9TH ANNIVERSARY INTER-CLUB COMPETITION

On Saturday 8th December, Taekwondo Mojacar celebrated its 9th anniversary by organizing an inter-club competition. Taekwondo practitioners of all ages competed against one another in various disciplines: combat sparring, patterns, jumping kicks and board-breaking. The club instructor Mr Serge Dewrée, together with the president of the Global Taekwondo Federation in Spain, Mr Michael Williams and the assistant instructor Mr Ossian Guerrero-Green judged this very successful event. As always, the Taekwondo Mojacar students demonstrated excellent skills in all categories and a showed very high sense of companionship and respect of which they can be proud. For more info on class times and events, visit our website or follow our facebook page “Taekwondo Mojacar”

19th Hole Golf Society. Cucador.....................

Tuesday 4th December and the 19th Hole Golf Society commenced battle with the beautiful Aguilon Golf Course at Pulpi. Arriving at 9.30 our brave terriers trekked toward the Club House arriving at the same time as the wind. From being a quiet pleasant morning at 9.25am it turned into almost a re-run of our previous abandoned visit. This time our determined group decided to fight the elements and all safely teed off in this Individual Stableford Competition. The wind stayed steady for a couple of hours but when the majority of our players were attacking the back nine the it really started to blow. Although the balls were not moving on the greens the wind played havoc with balls that were airborne. It was noted

that no one complained about Roger (The Dodger) Kaye•s balls having any consistent bias. Whilst on the subject of Roger, he and his wife Sylvia along with Zeta Denyer had a pretty tough time around this demanding course finding as many bunkers between them as was possible, at times it reminded me of a re-run of Wilson Kepple and Betty’s Sand Dance. Terry Caddick had another steady consistent round taking 3rd place with 27 points , just behind Keith Kingdom on count back. This is by far the best performance by Keith since playing with The 19th Hole G/S, very well done Keith. Our winner of the day by a mile was the ever consistent Mark Danson, Mark scored 34

points playing off a handicap of 3, and took both Nearest the Pin awards a really great performance beating even the wind into submission. Results. 1st Mark Danson 34 points (03) 2nd Keith Kingdom 27 points (27) on Count Back 3rd Terry Caddick 27 points (15) Twos; Nearest The Pin: Hole No 4 Mark Danson, Hole No 17 Mark Danson The 19th hole G/S is now arranging weekly games at various courses in the area, our home course, which we play fortnightly, is Aguilon. If you are interested in joining the 19th hole give the secretary a ring on 610340653. Or email gs19thhole@hotmail.

ALBOX DARTS LEAGUE............................................... Highlights Paul from La Cinta 1 - 112 checkout Jon Hilson from El Cordobes - 102 checkout Peter from Bar El Frax - 174 Results for Week 10 Division 1 Tue 04 Dec La Cinta 1 7 Tue 04 Dec Cafe-Bar Oasis 4 Tue 04 Dec Corner Bar 5 Tue 04 Dec Bar El Frax 4 Results for Week 10 Division 2 Tue 04 Dec The Travellers 4 Tue 04 Dec El Local 2 Tue 04 Dec El Molino 6

Sunday 9th December 012 and a big day for Cortijo Grande members. The Almazara Trophy sponsored by Antonio and family at the Almazara restaurant. We are so lucky to have the support of this lovely Spanish family,

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The winner of the trophy for 2012 was Ursula Lade with 38 points in second with 37 points David Hardy and in third with 35 points Greg Ward. Our first division winner with 34 points Juan Ramon Rubio second with 32 Mike Picken and third with 31 John Wardley. Second division winner with 31 Juan Pedro Fernandez second with 30 points Bonifacio Gonzalez and third with 29 Pedro

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Urcal Golf Society 8th December at Aguilon Despite the low numbers on the day due to holidays and other engagements a good day’s golf was had by all. The weather was fantastic barmy 25dgs and the course was in very good condition especially the greens which were very fast. The comp for the day was a pairs match that saw Maggie Nichol and Barry Kilby edging

out Tony Cook and Tony Hinds on countback with scores of 53.the winner of longest drive went to Derek Phillips and nearest the pin was Tony Cook.our next game on 22nd December is the Urcal Challenge Trophy. Anybody interested in joining our friendly society should contact tony hinds email

Valle Del Este Golf Society........

Tuesday 4th Dec Members Played A Texas Scramble And The Winners Were Harry Wilson (Capt) Byran Brown And Alan Hewitt ( Next Time Sign The Card)

Friday 7th And Our Monthly Medal Comp The Overall Winner Was A Regular Visitor Keith Moorhouse Gross 86 (Hcp16) Nett 70 2nd Place Robin Hawkins Gross 93 (Hcp20) Nett 73, 3rd Place

Sue Hull Gross 108 (Hcp33) Nett 75.

Nearest The Pins Were Bob Mearing & John Haydon. In Matchplay Quote For The Week; I Look Into Their Eyes, Shake Their Hand,Pat Their Back, And Wish Them Luck, But I Am Thinking, Iam Going To Bury You; Enjoy Your Golf At Valle Del Este.

Shore Fishing. ‘London Bill’ fished Garrucha beach by the lady statue and caught dorada and striped bream but none over a pound. Bill says one day when there were a lot of dolphins at the mouth of the harbour and he was pulling out small fish two and three at a time and thinks the dolphins may have pushed shoals of small fish closer to shore and into the mouth of the port. Boat Fishing. ‘Chef Jeremy’ and I fished with ‘Orca Steve’ and it was a hard day’s angling. We trolled (Got two hits that didn’t amount to anything) and bottom fished, drifting, over ten or so different areas. We couldn’t stop catching weavers even when over hard ground (They like sand) and had at least twenty over a pound. Lots more were caught plus the tiniest red snappers I’ve ever seen and could only differentiate them from pandoras by the former having teeth. We also had a few pandoras and one only comber, the first I’ve seen since the storms and river

mud covered our inshore fishing grounds. ‘Captain Cuba’ was also out on the day and was joined by a few mates including ‘Mike the Watch’. They had a similar day but managed a lone triggerfish also. Although we haven’t had any dorados (Maui Maui or dolphin fish) around Garrucha and Mojacar, friends have been catching some off Villaricos and maybe this is because this is North of the area where the rivers brought us havoc. Some Spanish lads have been catching dentex bream too around Villaricos and so by the time you read this report, weather permitting, Jeremy, Mike and I may have made the trip on Steve’s boat, trolling no doubt, to Villaricos to see if we can get a few dorados and dentex for ourselves. See photo of lads from the Albox Fishing Club with a catch of triggerfish from last week. Coarse Fishing. Two Murcia matches both held on the River Segura resulted in top weights of 39lbs and

42lbs and one included a carp of 9.3/4lbs. The Albox fishing club meets every two weeks or so at Bar Wassy. For details of the next meeting tel Sid 634 313 650. New license information: I have some good news about Andalucian coarse fishing licenses and we have a new loophole. Not easy to do by any means, the main problem is a trip (In person) to Malaga. Although most of the paperwork can be done on the internet an appointment must be attended in Malaga. It is not clear at this time if the license issued will cover fishing in other regions. No NIE number is necessary if proof of where one lives in the UK is produced and an English rod license will be required plus passport. The cost as far as I can work out is €91.00. It doesn’t say how long the license is for though and something else we will have to find out. I’m told there is a new rule in Andalucia that tourists without an NIE number can fish Andalucian shores (And sea fishing from a boat)

without licenses but until I actually see the piece of paper I suggest you presume otherwise and use our other beach and boat fishing NIE loophole. There is a loophole for those wanting beach and boat fishing licenses for Andalucia who don’t have NIE documents, only a passport number is required, see me for more details. I’m pleased to report the Beachcomber’s three web cams are working again and the other good news is they work on both 32 and 64 bit systems and on any browser so checkout Mojacar’s weather and Mediterranean Sea conditions here. www. beachcomber-webcam/ For further information on any of the above or to find out about beach, boat or coarse fishing licenses, see me at the Beachcomber Bar Restaurant on Mojacar Playa or tel 950 473 099. Tight lines, John.

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