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The Junta de Gobierno Local of the Ayuntamiento de Almeria has approved the transfer of the Mercadillos from the Plaza de Toros, and the old market in the Calle Adolfo Suárez, to the Calle Imperio Argentina, in the Barrio de Araceli. Units will be made available in the Market for the Asociación Provincial de Celíacos, the Asociación de Lupus de Almería and the Asociación de Encajeras de Bolillos de Almería. The move has become necessary due to the construction of the Parque Ciudad de los Niños, in the old Recinto Ferial in the Avenida del Mediterraneo. The contract for the work for the Children’s Park has been awarded to Ingeniería Atesur

for 8,975.30 euros. A tender has been opened for the provision of special lighting to mark the Feria y Fiestas de Almeria and for the Christmas period 2013-2014. Due to the restraint in spending practiced by the current government the current budget for this has been reduced by more than 50,000 euros, from 264,559.31 euros last year to 209,989.04 for this year. Also approved are the Área de Deportes, Juventud y Fiestas Mayores staging of the Cruces de Mayo y Mayas 2013, between April 26 and May 4. The value of prizes to be awarded to the winners this year is estimated at 4,470 euros. The Junta de Gobierno has also approved the payment of 820,000 euros worth of debt.



The Centro de Apoyo al Desarrollo Empresarial (CADE) of Albox, an arm of the Consejería de Economía, Innovación, Ciencia y Empleo, and the Asociación de Empresarios y Profesionales de Albox-Valle del Almanzora (AEPA) oreganised the V Mercado de Saldos de Albox. This is a foundation linked to the Consejería de Economía, Innovación, Ciencia y Empleo, which is dedicated to promoting the culture of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial activity in the region through 214 Centros de Apoyo al Desarrollo Empresarial (CADE), of which 26 are in the province of Almería. In 2012, these Centres fostered the creation of 949 businesses with 1,112 employees through an initial investment of more than 23 million euros. The market, which was open on Friday and Saturday 15 and 16th March on the Avenida del Puente de Albox, was patronised by about 17 shops selling cut price products. Food, decor, jewelry, optical items and clothing were for sale, all liquidation or end of line products, and last year over 3,000 people attended the sale. To complement the commercial market and attract more visitors, side events were organised, mainly aimed at children. The event was organised woth the co-operation of the Ayuntamiento de Albox, Cajamar and the firm Carpas Pañales, who supplied the marquees.


The Consejero de Agricultura, Pesca y Medio Ambiente is to invest 18 million euros to ensure the supply of water to the Almanzora Valley. The work is in addition to the emergency measures carried out after last September’s floods. The Consejero de Agricultura, Pesca y Medio Ambiente, Luis Planas, was speaking at a visit to Cuevas del Almanzora. As well as the work to ensure the safety of the pipes supplying the Cuevas reservoir with water from Negratin and Tajo-Seguro, the access road to the dam, damaged by the rains, will be repaired. These works, which have a budget of 18 million euros and a completion period of twelve months, will include the replacement of three pipelines with a larger (1.600 mm) bore, to allow a sufficient water flow to supply irrigation. A total of 18.6 km of pipe will be installed between the Rambla de El Saltador at the point of confluence to the dam at Cuevas del Almanzora. This line will have the capacity to carry the amount of water needed for the Estación de Tratamiento de Agua potable (ETAP) del Bajo Almanzora as well as the Comunidades de Regantes Agrupadas in the Sociedad Aguas del Almanzora. The Consejero, Luis Planas, stressed that these communities have important productions of fruit, citrus and vegetables; lettuce producers in Bajo Almanzora and Pulpí are the European leader in production of this vegetable. These works will generate 278 jobs and ensure a drinking water supply for 150,000 people and the irrigation of 24,000 hectares of agricultural land.

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ZARA stores in Bilbao have been forced to close on Saturday afternoons in the summer by a court after a staff union took legal action against the firm. The Inditex chain, owned by Amancio Ortega – the richest man in Spain and the world’s third-wealthiest, according to the Forbes List – began to stay open on Saturday afternoons and evenings in July and August ‘due to the recession’ in a bid to increase sales. Its various stores used to close on Saturday lunchtime and not reopen until Monday morning, in keeping with other shops in the city, during the peak summer months. According to ThinkSpain, workers complained about the fact that they used to be able to have afternoons off on Saturdays to enjoy the summer weather, and that now they were expected to work instead. Although the Inditex group initially said it would not open Saturday afternoons in summer unless staff chose to work those hours, it later did so, staffing the stores with HR employees. Union ELA says Saturday afternoons off in the summer is a ‘fundamental right’ of shop workers which ‘has been difficult to achieve’ and that one sole firm ‘has no business’ going against the standard working conditions agreement, or convenio colectivo, laid down for a given industry. Inditex has agreed to close all its stores in the province of Vizcaya at lunchtimes on Saturdays in July and August and not reopen until Monday mornings. The Galicia-based empire, which is a household name worldwide, is most famous outside of Spain for its budget highstreet clothing store Zara and the smart-casual Trafaluc range. In Spain and other parts of southern Europe, as well as certain cities in Latin America, the other Inditex chains are overwhelmingly popular, but are less well-known in northern Europe. These include cut-price teenage and young fashions stores Bershka and Stradivarius, childrenswear retailer Kiddy’s Class, budget streetwear firm Pull&Bear, underwear chain Oysho, upper-end high-street shops Uterqüe and Massimo Dutti, and interior decoration store Zara Home.


Cardinal Bergoglio: first Spanishspeaking Pope in 510 years

Argentina’s Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio has been elected as successor of Pope Benedict XVI. The first Latin American – in fact, non-European - Pope in more than 1,000 years and the first native Spanish-speaking pontiff in 510 years, 76-year-old Bergoglio addressed the crowds formed below the balcony of the Basilica di San Pietro in Rome, commenting on how his ‘brother cardinals’ had ‘chosen one from afar’, but ‘here I am’. He will be known as Pope Francisco I. Calling for ‘brotherhood’ in the Catholic community, Francisco I led prayers for his predecessor, Benedict XVI, who will remain Pope Emeritus now he has retired. Spain’s first Pope was Saint Dámaso, between 366 and 384 AD, although official records claim he was Italian – despite it having been proven that his parents were from Galicia. The only other two Spanish-speaking Popes were part of the infamous Borgia dynasty – Calixto III, or Alfonso de Borja, from 1455 to 1458, and Alessandro VI between 1492 and 1503. No other Spanish-speaking country in the world has had a Pope.

Human skeleton found in mine

A human skeleton was found last Sunday by children in a mine in Torrent, Valencia, say police. According to press reports, Police believe it is the remains of a man who would have died less than five years ago, so they intend to scrutinise missing persons’ records from 2008 to 2012. According to the Guardia Civil, there were no signs of criminal activity in the mine, leading them to believe that if

the skeleton is that of a murder victim, his body was dumped there after the killing. But there are no obvious traces of violence on the bones – no fractures or holes in the skull, officers reveal. A pair of spectacles and remains of men’s clothing were found near the skeleton. Police have since been searching the area for more bones. The skeleton is being examined by

forensics. This grisly discovery was made by the children of the security guard who patrols the mine. Officers say the area where the bones were found was fenced off, making it difficult to access easily. This is the third skeleton to be found in the Valencia province in the last two months. The other two appeared on a hilltop in Dos Aguas and in a bamboo field in Alboraya.




Madrid marked the ninth anniversary of the Atocha station bombing by AlQaeda which left 199 dead, including a sevenmonth-old baby. Dubbed 11-M, the date is engraved on the memories of residents in the capital as what started out as a normal day travelling to work turned into a massacre hitting international headlines when a commuter train was blown to pieces by terrorists. The day after the attack, as many as 45 bodies were still being held in the IFEMA exhibition centre awaiting identification, another 20 victims were temporarily stored at the M-30 cemetery, and nearly 1,500 were injured, 38 of whom were in a serious condition. Around 100 surgical operations were carried out in the first 24 hours. Nearly 100 survivors of the blast are still in counselling

as a result, and both they and the family members and friends of those who perished are still smarting from the ‘lies’ told by the then PP government. President at the time, José María Aznar, told the public that the bomb had been planted by ETA, but ETA actively denied this and it later transpired to be the work of Islamic fundamentalist terrorists, who were sentenced to an exemplary 1,000 years in jail. It has always been claimed that this was the reason for the PP losing the elections shortly afterwards, when PSOE leader José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero took over the reins and stayed in office until November 2011 when Spain went to the polls ahead of time and Mariano Rajoy won by a landslide victory. Victims of the attack and loved ones of those who died have criticised the fact that the horrors

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A woman from Valencia who has been fighting to keep her children in the country for nearly three years has lost her case, and the three boys have now been sent to live with their dad in Mexico. Isabel Monrós (pictured above) leapt onto the bonnet of police cars in her attempt to stop National Police officers from taking her children away; she was subsequently taken to hospital and treated for an anxiety attack. She was married to the father of the children and living with him in Mexico when the children were born, but when she divorced her husband and a régime of visits and maintenance payments were decided by the court, Isabel realised there was no way she would be able to support herself and her children as a single mother in Mexico and decided to go and live with her parents in Alboraya, Valencia. But taking the children out of Mexico without their father’s agreement meant they were brought to Spain illegally. Ever since Isabel returned home in 2010, a bitter court battle between the parents has been ongoing and a judge finally agreed that the children should go back to Mexico to live with

their father. Last week, a 300-strong crowd, including family members, friends and neighbours of the mother, created a human blockade to stop police from removing the kids by force to take them away. However, a female judge decided to uphold the sentence, based upon the final verdict by a Mexican court stating that the children should remain in the North American country. The judge had called for psychologists’ reports on the children, who were interviewed by mental health experts and found to be ‘completely sound’. And the judge said there were no known reports to either Mexican or Spanish authorities of abuse or violence by the father towards either the mother or her children, as Isabel had always maintained. She claimed the court psychologists did not detect any sign of abuse or aggression by the father towards the children when she interviewed the three youngsters. The children have now been removed from the family home in Alboraya by the police and were due to fly back to Mexico last Tuesday.

A woman has discovered she may be the daughter of ‘Franco’s bank manager’ after reading a letter in her loft. According to a report by ThinkSpain, Ana María Gallart, 65, was in an orphanage in Mallorca after she was born on December 23, 1947, until she was two years old when she was adopted by Víctor and Felí. They would never answer her questions about ‘where she came from’, telling her that her parents’ identity was unknown. At the age of 21, having lived with her adopted parents in Valencia for nearly a decade and about to get married for the first time to the man with whom she would have her three children, Ana needed to apply for her birth certificate from the registry. It showed she had actually been born on December 18 and her surname was March. Her adopted mum and dad refused to talk about it, but when she was 32, Ana found a file in the loft labelled ‘Little Ana’s documents’. All this pointed to the fact that she could have been


woman discovers her birth father was Franco’s second-in-command the daughter of the most famous 20th century tycoon in Spain, Juan March, known as ‘bank man’ to dictator General Franco. A year of investigations and four books on Sr March later, Ana asked her father Víctor outright. He became ‘very twitchy’ and said, “you needn’t search any further,” in such a way as to suggest that either she had found what she was looking for, or an instruction not to carry on digging. Five years ago, then on her second and current marriage, she found that personal items belonging to Juan March were being auctioned for six million euros by the Tate Gallery in London. Further searching in Palma de Mallorca uncovered medals given to Ana and her twin sister at birth by their biological mother, and finding out that her sister María Rosa had died aged

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Country House in Antas, 3 bedroom / 2 bathroom, offroad parking, 10 mins from the SOL 014 beach


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Town House in Partaloa, 3 bed/2 bath, fitted kitchen, large lounge, roof terrace, ideal location, ready to move into, must SOL 276 be seen


450€ pcm

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450€ pcm



Villa in Partaloa, 3 bed/2 bath, large conservatory, 9 x 5 pool, seperate garage, SOL 049 1300m2 plot


Villa in Albox, 3 bed/2bath, 136m2 build 2700m2 plot, fenced and gated, separate annex, 5 mins SOL 059 from town Villa in La Canada, Partaloa, 3 bedroom / 3 bathroom, hot & cold A/C, swimming pool, 2900m2 SOL 012 plot


Villa in La Aljambra, 3 bed/2 bath, 120m2 build on 1,500m2 plot, walled and gated, MAR 904 pets welcome

Cortijo in Almanzora, 3/4 bedroom 2 bathroom, fully furnished, 1000 m2 plot, fully walled MAR 969 and gated Large Cortijo near Albox, 4 bed/3 bath, fully furnished, large covered patio area, lots of storage MAR 909 space

Villa in Los Villa in La 450€ pcm Carasoles, 3 Hoya, Fines bed/2 bath, available from spacious May 2013, 3 lounge/diner with open fire bed/2 bath, place, modern 10 x 5 pool kitchen pets MAR 984 MAR 908 fully furnished welcome Mojacar; 2 bed semi detached Cantoria: Converted School bungalow,2 mins from house,5,000m2 plot,4 bed, garage, (A334 ALBOX TO BAZA ROAD) opposite Albox Online beach,garage ONLY 145,000€ ONLY 149,995€


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Hours of opening Monday 10am to 2pm Tuesday to Friday 10am to 4pm Closed Saturdays.

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find us on the Poligono industrial El Real, turn left at roundabout, look for the big rock & every saturday at arboleas market

D’Carlos Mobiliario - can assist you in furnishing and supplying a quality range of goods to create your new home. Carlos the owner who does speak English has been in the business for 14 years and has been in his own showroom for the last 8 years. “We believe in customer satisfaction and building our business by recommendation”. We are here to help with completely furnishing your home. Everything you need to furnish each room. -.From Sofas to Beds & Dining Tables to Garden Furniture. Beds, Furniture, Mattresses, Sofas, Lounge & Bedroom Furniture. Come along to our showroom and look at our prices. We are on the Poligono Industrial Estate along by Costa Coches : Tel 950 459 037 Mobile 667 658 059

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TYRE KING - the place to come for all your tyre needs. Competitive prices, expertise and experience, but also service and honesty are at the core of this family run business. Now in its 3rd year they have invested in a state of the art wheel alignment system that can now track the majority of vehicles including 4x4´s. Advice is always given honestly and freely, if you would like your tyres and tyre pressures checked, please call in: Poligono Industrial El Real, Calle El Garcel F19 No2, Antas 04628, Tel 950 459 253 - Hours: Mon - Fri : 09.30 - 17.30

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P & R Direct : Come along to the fully carpeted showroom where you will find a wide range of Rollstock Carpets, Vinyl Samples and Rugs All Sizes. In addition you will find Hand Bags and a fantastic range of Jewellery from Bonitas, Beautiful Chandeliers from Home Rejas and an extensive range of Home Accessories. They are adding new items frequently which has extended their range of household accessories available. Pam and Bob want to know what other items you are looking for, colours that you can not find and those special items that you want. They would welcome your feedback. Don’t forget to ask about the new range of Virtual Fit Carpets while you are there.

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Iron Art’s next popular monthly fayre is Wednesday 27 March from 10am2pm with donations going to Stepping Stones at Turre. Places still available so interested stall holders please phone – 637 259 033. There will be a free raffle ticket with Iron Art products on the day, the prize of a €50 vouche r. Angels Nursing, Avon, Bric a Brac, Floral Art, Frillies UK Lingeri e, Geriall Home Care, Hand Knitted Crafts, Ibex Insurance, James & Pickles, JansFab Fairies, Jo’s Jewellery, Kleeneze, Marian’s HOT Pasties, Sausage Rolls and Scones, Nail Art by Avania, Neater Heaters, Pauline’s Personalised Cards, Pete’s White Chocolate Cheesecake +++, Shabby Chic, Simply Art, Tarot Cards with Karen, The Fragrance Spot, Tibetian Jewellery, Voss Homes, WoodnStuff plus more. Come and browse our leather, fabric and teak ranges with more coming in. Due in shortly are the popular Corner Suites and Oyster Beds. Put your name down on one so as not to be disappointed. Plenty of accessories as well.

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Find us on Avenida Puente No.11, Albox just before the old bridge on the right

Albox: 3 bed 2 bath villa on a 900m2 plot, pool, large terrace, landscaped garden. cash investment - 84,995€

Albox: villa 2 bed, 2 bath, 10k m2 plot, mains water, needs solar/ generator for electric - ONLY 59,950€

Vera: detached villa, 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, patio & porch, on a plot of 325m2, off plan - 122.000€




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Albox: detached villa, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms plus separate annexe 2,700 m2 fenced plot - 139.995€


Partaloa: 3 bed, 2 bath villa (184m2) on a 2,500m2, 8m x 4m pool, separate annexe detached garage - 149.995€

Valle del Este: large house, 3/4 Bed, 2/3 bath, gardens, roof solarium, communal pool - ONLY 149,995€

Cantoria: country house, 3 bed, 2 bath, plunge pool ,400m2 plot, immaculate - 105,000€

Antas: complete block of apartments 6 x 2 bed, 1 x 3 bed, (with the option to have a roof pool), structure has all services connected, apartments will be sold complete & ready to move into - 315.000€

Arboleas: large 3 bed, 2 bath villa 600m2 ONLY 110,000€

Arboleas: 2 bed villa on 600m2 plot, plunge pool, garage, excellent condition ONLY 110,000€

Chercos: country house in need of restoration, electric & water connected ONLY 20,000€

Zurgena: 8 room house 1127m2 plot,electric & water connected, TLC needed ONLY 39,995€

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Oria: detached villa: 30,000m2 plot, stunning views 149,995 €

Antas Town: village house, completely refurbished to high standard ONLY 99,000€

Vera: 4 double bed town house, immaculate, large solarium ONLY 109,000€

Antas: townhouse 3 bed, 2 bath, private garden / pool, garage, drive & front garden, 119,000 €

Vera: new 2 bed flat, fitted kitchen, pool, good parking, ONLY: 64,995€

Antas Town: superb 3 bed town house in perfect condition, ONLY 95,000€

Mojacar: 2 bed semi-detached bungalow, 2 mins beach, garage ONLY 145,000€

Cantoria: converted school house, 5,000m2 plot, 4 bed, garage, ONLY 149,995€

Albox Central: duplex, 3 beds, fully furnished, close to all amenities, 200€ month

Saliente: detached villa with integral garage on 4,000m2 plot,3 double beds, let unfurnished - 350€ month

for rent

Albox: townhouse, 4 bed, 2 bath central location, garden, communal pool 350€ month

Saliente: semi-detached, 2 bedrooms, pool, garage, fully-furnished 400€ month (electric & water included)

Tel: 950 431 855 / 661 143 871




Dusty Boots Splash Cash

“Carrie’s Dusty Boots” the leading Line Dance Demonstration Group in Almería, are a self funding demonstration team that can often be seen at various charity functions throughout the Almanzora Valley and beyond. They have over the years performed at functions for F.A.C.E. (Fundraising in Arboleas, Caring for Everyone), The Dog House Foundation, The A.E.C.C. (Associación España Contra el Cáncer) and others. In addition they have also performed at both La Cinta and Arboleas Fiestas, as a thank you to the Arboleas Council for providing the group practice facilities. However there have been occasions at which Dusty Boots have been asked to perform, which were not for charity. It has become the groups policy on these occasions to ask for a small donation which the group could donate to a charity of its own choice. These small donations have accumulated and Dusty Boots decided as a group that they would support the Vera Orphanage Hogar San Agustin. Three Dusty Boots group members travelled down to Vera to present a cheque of 100 Euros to Sister Antonia, at the orphanage. In addition, Dusty Boots will hold a fiesta for the 19 children of the orphanage at which the group will provide all the food and drink and will also perform one or two of their exhibition dances. For further information please contact Carrie Green on telephone number 627 279 584. Seen photographed L-R “Carrie’s Dusty Boots” Member, Margaret Farmery, Sister Antonia, Carrie Green, the “Dusty Boots” Leader and “Dusty Boots” Member, Helen Simpson.

Curtis Helm would like to thank everybody who visited the gallery on Friday, the guest artist was Javier Torras, Etticut hair salon and Connexions donated prizes for the raffle for Comic Relief which has so far raised 85 euros - we will draw the raffle this Friday.




All Building work undertaken

Garages, Patios, Boundary walls, Cladding Driveways, tiling plus more.

Painting & Decorating (from 50€ per room including paint) Also all exterior painting and Damp Proofing

GUARANTEED TO BEAT ANY QUOTE For a FREE estimate or advice please call Steve on 950 930 536 or 634 306 690 Email:

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Ref:LA/GK - 3 bed 1st fl. apt, 3 pools & gardens. 300m to beach, tennis, lift

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Ref: pr/Mg 2 bed 1.5 bath, 1st floor apt, terraces, solaruim, a/c, nr beach, pool

MOJACAR - reduced €84,950

Ref: OA/HM Stunning 2 bed, 2 bath apart. on Oasis de Mar, solaruim, pool

MOJACAR - NEW €169,950

Prices stated are fixed for 7 days mininum from the time of going to press, include sales commission and exclude taxes and notary or other legal charges and fees

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Off Grid Solar Systems:

There are 3 different systems available depending on size: - Standard Installed System(3Kw): 5,995€ - Super Installed System(5Kw): 7,995€ - Deluxe Installed System(7Kw): 9,995€ We provide tailor made systems to meet your individual needs; all systems include solar panels, the framework, charge controller, fuse boxes and trips, batteries, cables plus a battery inverter.

DIY Solar Panel Systems:

These systems are designed to offer minimum effort and maximum savings, all kits include: solar panels, the framework, grid tie inverter, up to 5m (4mm cable) plus connections.: - 200 Watt DIY Kit: 650€ plus I.V.A - 300 Watt DIY Kit: 850€ plus I.V.A - 400 Watt DIY Kit: 1050€ plus I.V.A - 500 Watt DIY Kit: 1250€ plus I.V.A - 600 Watt DIY Kit: 1450€ plus I.V.A

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The solar hot air systems where designed as an alternative to provide background heat for the home, harnessing the sun, they are freestanding systems that cost nothing to run af ter installation, no ongoing charges at all. Prices star t at 450€ depending on size.

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Office located next to Cajamar Bank in Arboleas Village 04660 In association with Spanish Hideaways Estate Agency & Insurance Providers Open 10am-3pm

Our bespoke kitchen cabinets are manufactured and pre-assembled in our workshop using 18mm colour matched board with a solid back panel. As well as our huge range of kitchen door colours and styles we have a huge range of worktops, solid wooden block, granite and laminate are available. As with all our products our kitchen units can be manufactured any size. All cabinets, as well as any storage options are purpose made to your requirements.We have no set size doors widths or heights.

We offer a design, manufacture & installation service with an exceptional level of quality & service at a competitive price. We are able to design, manufacture & install a huge range of kitchen furniture to suit your needs, with over 700 door styles & colour combinations we cater for every taste tradition to modern. We have something for everyone & remember its manufactured to your requirements.

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pause for thought

Friday, at the Albox Computer Club, I was asked how a letter, in Spanish, could be translated into English. I told the gentleman that the process was reasonably simple and here it is. First, using your multifunction printer, dedicated scanner or next doors multifunction printer, scan the document. Next, save the scanned image to a picture file format (this is how it normally happens!). From there import or load the picture file into an OCR (Optical Character Recognition) program. You have done all the hard work that is required of you, now for the computer to take over! The program converts this picture into text which can be saved into a text file. Assuming that you have done this and saved the text file you have to start work again. OCR’s are not infallible and make mistakes too, so you have to check the saved text file against the original document. Done? Great. Mistakes? None, even better. You now have several choices, either go to the web and use something like “” or have your own translator programs on your computer. Either method needs the text putting in to the translation windows offered before the process can be started. Quite simple when you break it down. If it appears difficult first time see just how quickly you become blasé about it after several successful attempts. Have you considered the twisted genius minds behind the idea of taking a photo and converting it into words? What is a digital picture? It is a line of dots of various colours and shades, repeated many times, in different combinations, to create an image that your mind can interpret as an image. Our minds, as I have said before, are a masterful design. When we look at a picture what do we see? A man, a woman, a beautiful scene? Sorry to disappoint, but all you see is edges! Sure you see the edge of the picture, the boundary that draws your eye in to the middle of the scene. Try this. Imagine, for example, a sports car parked in a grassy field with several trees in the distance. What do you see? First you scan the entire image searching for the edges of objects to assist in identifying them and putting the entire image into some kind of world perspective (what we all understand as “real”). For now lets focus on the car. Start with the basic shape. We work that out, by looking for where a solid colour changes dramatically, Red car to Green grass. You now have an edge! Following the edge will give the outline. We all understand what the rules are that make a car shape without anyone teaching them to us. Within this outline are other edges, bonnet, boot, doors, windows, wiper-blade, the list goes on! This, hopefully, will show what you are doing naturally. Computers are thick. This we know already. They require exacting and specific rules to follow to achieve the same ends. Look at the word OF. The letter O has 2 edges, inside and outside. It is a circle, of sorts and F is also made up of 3 distinct lines. We all see a pattern that makes up the letter then the pattern for the words. One thing that we can do that computers can not do yet is tkae a wrod taht is not in oedrr and raed it pnrvoiidg the fsrit and lsat ltetres are in pcale. To meet more twisted genii, come to the Albox Computer Club on Friday morning starts at 10. After all the gentleman who asked the question said that he had already got his yearly subscription’s worth back in one day! What a compliment. Have a great week – the weather looks like it might be changing for the better. For further information or advice on computing, contact Trevor on 689 892 745 or

My daughters loved the Narnia books by C.S.Lewis, and a visit to the Cinema with Grandchildren was a foregone conclusion when the latest version of his book, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was released. The story of four children hiding in a wardrobe and being transported into the land of Narnia, where it was always winter but never Christmas, has delighted many children and adults ever since it was first written. The scene where Aslan (the lion) negotiates his own death in place of Edmund, whose life had been required by the White Witch as penalty for his treachery, brought tears of anguish to many eyes in the cinema. And the relief was apparent, as the ropes binding Aslan to the altar on which he’d been killed were broken, and he returned to life to destroy the witch and her forces. But of course that story, as well as being a good read in its own right, has far deeper meaning, especially for Christians as we approach the Easter period, when we remember Jesus similarly giving his life so that we might be spared. A friend recently asked ‘If God is so loving and Merciful; then why did he cause Jesus to die?’ A tough question, with which many can probably relate. But although it’s true that God is both loving and merciful, these are not his only attributes. We often forget that God is also Holy and pure, so no impurity can exist in his presence. And just as he cannot, without endangering the entire universe, break his physical laws (can you imagine what would happen if God switched off Gravity for a few seconds to save someone’s life?), so similarly he cannot simply ignore his Spiritual laws and close his eyes to all the wrong we’ve thought, said or done. It was for this reason, Christians believe, that Jesus came to Earth; to live a perfect life and die in our place (as Aslan did for Edmund), so that our relationship with him may be restored.

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

Plans to turn The Gherkin into a gherkin

Plans have been unveiled to inject a dose of fun into London’s skyline by transforming The Gherkin into a giant green pickle. Online bingo site has approached staff at 30 St Mary Axe with the bizarre request of giving the 180m high building a make-over. They want to turn the landmark into a gherkin on April Fool’s Day by projecting the image of knobbly green skin onto the building. Michael Saunders, managing director of, said: “It’s been a long and rather miserable winter and we felt everyone was in dire need of cheering up again! “The Gherkin is such an iconic building and with a name like that we just couldn’t resist the opportunity for some more daft fun by attempting to transform it into the very thing it is so aptly named after.” He says it would take a team of 10 workers 900 man hours to cover the building in a special film to create the non-reflective surface needed for the pickle projection. Designers were commissioned to create mock-ups which were submitted to the building’s owners along with an official application for permission for the stunt.

Boing – Spring has Sprung!

For many visitors to Almeria the baking hot summer months are the only time they experience this beautiful region. By then the sun has done its work and all the spring flowers and grasses have been scorched brown and other plants have also lost their leaves. The last remnants of green come from cactus, olive and eucalyptus trees. The leaves on the almond trees have also given up the ghost by July leaving just the drying husks containing the tasty fruit hanging from their dead looking branches. For year round inhabitants we have a much more pleasurable experience as once the first rains (or hurricane) have penetrated the baked soils in the autumn, slowly the hills are again blanketed green. Then soon after Christmas, Mother Nature treats us all to a spectacular display of almond blossom which in higher areas can last until late February. Having just experienced my seventh consecutive Almerian winter I think we were all spoiled this time round by dry and warm daytimes until the weather turned a few weeks ago. At times snow could be seen on the highest peaks; just above Bar Trinidad in Arboleas is a great viewpoint for the Sierra de Baza, over 75kms distant which are covered in snow. Old hands will recall the winter of 2006/7 when in late January there was a heat wave and then suddenly the temperature dropped like a stone and the whole of Spain was blanketed in snow. I remember hearing the rain tapping against the window panes all Friday evening and suddenly at midnight all went quiet as the temperature had dropped enough for the rain to turn to snow. Locals had not seen anything like it for fifty years and we foreign invaders had left Britain to escape that sort of thing. Luckily when I first started to search for a property to buy back in 2004 it was winter and there were some really hard frosts and I saw ice on the roads in some higher up places so I knew the weather could turn frigid and so installed a lovely Hergom log burner when finally the cortijo was bought and restored. We are midway through March now and spring has

certainly sprung with beautiful flowers to be admired all around. The awful black scars left by last year’s wildfire in Bedar and many other places across Spain need as much rain as possible to heal over. The grasses, retamar and palms were the first to recover, with new leaves also appearing on the olives and eucalyptus. In Cortijo Grande apart from the odd charred tree stump it’s hard to see any sign the devastation caused almost 4 years ago as now it’s a riot of blooming flowers with all shades and hues of green thrown in for good measure. I saw my first flowering orchid just a few days ago in the hills behind Lubrin and will now seek out more from the secret places I have discovered over the years. And finally, I know the Spanish like wearing bright red clothing, but one thing that puzzles me is the reasoning behind owning a daffodil yellow coloured car. I often see them but cannot for the life of me fathom why anyone would willingly drive around in a banana on wheels. If any reader knows what the attraction is kindly let me know!

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...take care of your pets Huerca - Overa Veterinary Centre is run by Husband and wife team Angel and Elena who both speak an excellent level of English. Since May 2011, they have offered an invaluable service to the pets in the area. The veterinary Centre can help and advise you on any concerns that you may have about your pets welfare. In particular now that the weather is getting warmer remember there will be more parasites about such as fleas, ticks and sand flies. As always it is necessary to use a system to prevent them and the illness that they cause by the use of Pipetes and Collars. Also we now provide the new vaccination against leishmania. With this vaccination we will do the leish test for free. Now is the best time to prepare your dogs for the spring and summer so why not make an appointment to come along and see us now. Dog and cat grooming services are now available. For more information or to book and appointment call 950 61 67

rooms for the cats. In the kennels, the emphasis is on safety as well as comfort – all the dogs sleep indoors to prevent sand fly bites and leishmaniasis but have private outside areas during the day. If you want the best for your pet, contact the Bo and Antoinette – 639 722 197 or – and make a booking or arrange to drop by and see the accommodation for yourself. The Animal Hotel can be found on Facebook or at

range of quality pet foods in store including products by Kiki, Royal Canin, Brekkies and Advance just to name a few. Why not take a trip to Olula and pay them a visit, you will not be disappointed. Give Ben a call now on 687 497 892

woodhouse boarding kennels & cattery arboleas

Comercial Carmona in Olula del Rio have the pet store that we all love to visit. Ben, the store manager is English and a true animal lover that also an extensive knowledge of fish keeping, reptiles and birds. Having kept fish for over 15 years in the UK and here in Spain, Ben prides himself on being able to offer helpful advice to anyone buying new fish stock or equipment. They also have a huge

Small friendly kennels 24hr vets service pet transporting arranged welcome to view

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You may already know Tracey and her husband Bob from the television programme Living the Dream. They are now running WOODHOUSE BOARDING KENNELS & CATTERY in Los Uteras which is situated just 15 minutes away from Arboleas. Tracey has been running the kennels here for 6 years and also is heavily involved with the dog charities in the area. Woodhouse kennels is fully legal and Ministry approved with a 24 hours veterinary service available. Cats and dogs receive 5-star treatment at the Animal Hotel, near Águilas. Bo and Antoinette have designed the unique accommodation which even includes the option of communal living

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It is a natural medicine used for thousands of years to clean wounds and fight bacteria. Now, however, honey could hold the key to combating the very modern threat of drug-resistant superbugs. A study has shown that manuka honey can fight back on two fronts. Not only can it help to kill MRSA and other superbugs, it can also prevent bacteria from becoming resistant to antibiotics. The danger of the rise of bugs which do not succumb to drugs was outlined this month by the Chief Medical Officer. Professor Dame Sally Davies described it as a ‘ticking timebomb’ which could leave millions vulnerable to untreatable germs within a generation. But a study in Australia offers a solution. At the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), tests were carried out on manuka, kanuka and clover honeys to find which was best at treating bacteria commonly found in chronic skin wounds. Researchers looked at key ingredients known to inhibit bacterial growth. The best at doing this was Comvita medical-grade manuka honey, made by bees foraging on New Zealand’s manuka trees. When combined with common antibiotics, the treatment hampered the spread of bacteria on wounds. Crucially, scientists found the honey prevented the bugs from

developing any resistance to the antibiotic. Professor Liz Harry, of UTS, said: ‘Manuka honey should be used as a first resort for wound treatment, rather than the last resort, as it so often is.’ The research, in the journal PLOS ONE, follows a previous study which found that the honey was effective against more than 80 types of bacteria, including MRSA. Commercial honey bought at shops is not suitable as it needs to be sterilised to make it medical grade. Infections are becoming more difficult to defeat but no new class of antibiotic has been discovered since the 1980s. It follows a previous study that found manuka honey is effective against more than 80 different types of bacteria, including hospital superbug MRSA. Professor Liz Harry at UTS said: ‘We have shown bacteria do not become resistant to honey in the laboratory. Consistent with these facts, we also found that if MRSA were treated with just rifampicin [antibiotic], the superbug became resistant very quickly,’ she said. ‘However, when manuka honey and rifampicin are used in combination to treat MRSA, rifampicin-resistant MRSA did not emerge. In other words, honey somehow prevents the emergence of rifampicin-resistant MRSA – this is a hugely

important finding.’ With overuse of antibiotics partly blamed for the increase in resistant superbugs, GPs will be asked to prescribe fewer antibiotics to patients. And while infections are becoming increasingly difficult to beat, no new class of antibiotic has been discovered since the 1980s. Dr Harry added: ‘With the existence now of bacteria that are resistant to all available antibiotics, and the death of new antibiotics on the market, manuka honey should be used as a first resort for wound treatment, rather than the last resort as it so often does. ‘What we need is an acceptance by society that antibiotics are not going to provide all that we hoped for when they were discovered in the 1940s; and that we need to start getting very serious about using alternatives to this, or use honey in addition to them.’ While all types of honey have some antibacterial properties, the ingredients of manuka honey make it particularly powerful. It is possible to buy dressings that already contain the honey, as well apply honey directly to bandages and other dressings. However, supermarket honey will not do. Any honey used be sterilised to make it of medical grade. ARTICLE COURTESY OF MAIL ONLINE

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THE SPAINIAC | Semana Santa | Candice Parsons Cross) institutionalized.

Enlightened and inspired, he mandated that each year this religious representation be celebrated by a commemorative procession. The single processions commemorated each year were eventually broken up into a series of various processions and spread over the duration of Semana Santa, all illustrating the respective scenes of the passion.

With Easter around the corner, not acknowledging the Semana Santa - or ‘Holy Week’ - would be to not acknowledge one of the most celebrated national traditions of Spain. Subjectively derived from the death of Christ, the

tradition is said to have first begun in Salamanca during 1240, when the first brotherhood of the city was formed. Known as the ‘cofrades’ or members of the ‘cofradías’ in Spanish – these religious associations continue to exist and endorse the

national annual Easter celebrations held today. The other significant year behind Semana Santa, was 1521, when Marqués de Tarifa returned to Spain from his journey to the Holy Land, and had the Vía Crucis (Stations of the

Over time, this has now evolved into the elaborate Semana Santa celebrations that we will see celebrated all over Spain this Easter. The street celebrations are known to be at their most extravagant in Andalusia, especially Seville. However, extravagance aside, it may be arguably more traditional to witness the celebrations in cities of the Castilla-Leon region,

such Salamanca, Valladolid, Avila, Zamora or Segovia.

Each brotherhood in the cities holding processions will make up their own floats to be carried, which are usually very heavy, lifesize wooden sculptures that honour the final days of Jesus Christ before his crucifixion. Colourful and detailed paintings are also carried in the processions, generally of imagery depicting the grief and sorrow felt by Mother Mary during the time of her Son Jesus being crucified. Medieval in style, detailed and colourful clothing garments are worn by the participants, know as ‘nazarenos’ in these processions. Nazarenos’ clothing will most likely

consist of a cloak, tunic and a hood that hides their faces. The hoods have at times caused alarm in the past, due to theirsimilar resemblance to the Ku Klux Klan attire, but it must be noted that the two groups are completely unrelated and separate commemorations!

Unsurprisingly, Semana Santa has been declared as an event of International Touristic Interest. It is an age-old tradition in Spain that continues to encompass a valuable experience of an important and distinctively contributing area to much of Spanish culture and history: religion.

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All women seem to like men in uniforms, or so it is said. And if the number of little gum chewing; crew-cutted infants running around the streets of England in the late forties was anything to go by, then this would lend much weight to the idea. Even us chaps have to admit that there is something about those guys whose hands we place ourselves in when flying off to some far flung destination, when we see them strutting through the airport terminal in their natty pilots gear and gold

braid, accompanied by a gaggle of leggy female members of the cabin staff. I have met a few of these blokes at parties when they have had stop-over’s on long haul flights and I can confirm that without their smart Qantas or Delta attire, they are no different from the rest of us which thereby validates the ‘men look good in uniforms’ thing. Part of the attraction though, is due to the added confidence, or in some cases arrogance, that donning a uniform gives to the wearer. There is a self assurance that comes shining through and cannot fail to impress the observer and invoke admiration and at times trepidation. I know that a little shiver of apprehension shimmies its way down my spine, when I see that distinctive Guardia livery at the side of the By Colin Bird :


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Some three hundred years ago a wise and learned man resided in Alqueria. That is to say he was wise and learned compared to the norm in the village. He mastered joined-up writing and could walk and talk at the same time. El Creído was his name and this relatively erudite individual was universally disliked. The simple folk of the Pueblo didn’t understand him and therefore feared him. He was hounded out of his home and his town. As he left a comet was seen bright in the night sky. El Creído prophesied that when the comet returned to Alqueria a catastrophe of biblical proportions would engulf the village. The comet is now known as the Grungbucket Comet. Named after Sidney Grungbucket of Penge. He catalogued the comet when it was first seen over southern Britain twenty or so years ago. According to his calculations the periodic body is due over southern Spain within the week. Word spread quickly through the village. The population attempted to abandon their homes and cross the border into Spain. The Spanish authorities, being alive to the situation closed all crossing points. Unable to leave they settled for partying. Partying as if the end was nigh. Manuela was in her element and moved from one shindig to another. If anyone says they remember the parties of that night then it’s a certain bet they weren’t there. For months the village priest struggled to convert the drunkenness and copulation of the ‘night of the comet’ into the more sedately forms of heavy drinking and mild fore-play. The Grungbucket Comet duly appeared bright and big in the northern sky. Clouds gathered and gave vent to a storm of Wagnerian proportions. Rain, lightning, and thunder shook the windows and rattled the walls of Alquerian homes. The comet shone brightly through the black cloud as if mocking the Alquerian people below. The village trembled as the tempest raged. It lasted until the first spears of the morning sun found their way through the valleys of the high sierra. The population tentatively examined their village, their homes and themselves. All was well apart from everything being extremely wet. If there isn’t such a thing as a collective consciousness then the reality became obvious to all simultaneously. The horrible truth is that no catastrophe of whatever proportions could do any damage to Alqueria. The village with its perma-fog, perma-pong and evil smelling Río Verde is such a disagreeable place that any modification no matter how caused would probably be an improvement.

a cursory examination, he motioned for me to leave everything except for my cabin bag and to follow him and another officer to an interrogation room where he proceeded to read me my rights: you are not obliged to say anything etc. etc. It turned out that he did not believe that a camera I had acquired on my travels, was bought second hand (which it was) and not purchased new, which would have required duty to be paid. But the worst example of the abuse of power by a uniformed officer, was on a recent trip to

America where an immigration official from hell confronted us at Los Angeles LAX. He proceeded to interrogate us aggressively and in a highly insulting manner, with the clear intention of going all out to bait me. The objective, I suspect, was to encourage me to come back at him verbally so that he could exercise his authority to turn us around and put us on the next plane home. But I kept my temper for once. As my friend who lives in California later observed: if the pay is chicken feed, you’ll get turkeys!



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If you are looking to improve your home then visit us first in our Seafront Showroom to see our large varied display of

Windows & Doors

UPVC, Aluminium or Wood - all made for the Spanish climate & fully guaranteed


Great range of shower & bath screens, shower trays & cubicles. Complete bathroom renovations undertaken


Expertly designed & fitted including tiling, electrics, plumbing & appliances Mosquito Screens, Shutters & Rejas, Internal Window Blinds, Toldos - Sun Awnings, Solatubes, Garage Doors, Enclosures, Tiling & Joinery, All Construction Work & much, much, MORE! We offer guaranteed expert fitting or supply only & trade enquires are welcome. For your FREE QUOTATION or site survey, phone us now or call into our Mojacar Playa showroom

Paseo del Mediterrano, Mojacar Playa, T: 950 473 104 M: 669 143 036 E:

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property guide....

Home Rental Prices Steady According to the latest data released by the National Statistics Institute, the average price of renting a home in Spain, is practically frozen. The Institute reported that rents rose just 0.1% in February compared with the same month of 2012. This increase in rental prices stands 2.7 points below the general consumer price index, which stood at 2.8% in February. Moreover,

month-on-month the cost of home rentals remained unchanged. Rental prices lowered in nine regions, year-onyear, in February. The largest decreases were registered in Navarra (1.8%) and Murcia (-1.6%), followed by La Rioja (0.9%), Madrid (-0.9%), Valencia (-0.6%), Aragon (-0.3%), the Canary Islands (-0.2), CastillaLa Mancha (-0.2%) and Andalusia (-0.1%). On the other hand, El




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+1.5%, followed by Galicia (+1%), Catalonia (+1%), Melilla (+1%), the Basque Country (+0.8%), Castilla y León (+0.7%), the Balearic Islands (+0.5%), Asturias (+0.5%),

Cantabria (+0.5%) and Extremadura (+0.2%). By province, the Institute’s data highlighted the declines in Castellón (-2.2%), Segovia (-1.7%) and

Cordoba (-1.6%), and the increases in Burgos (+1.5%) and Barcelona (+1.2%). ARTICLE COURTESY OF WWW.KYERO.COM

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Is the EU Recession Affecting Spanish Tourism?

DIY is born!

April 1957, Good Housekeeping

Back in 1957 DIY was relatively new. Here’s how Good Housekeeping magazine (launched back in the 1920s) recommended that its readers approach the DIY concept...

Each year, in the spring, housewives turn their thoughts to decorating and renovating their homes. More and more we are urged to ‘do it ourselves’, and this trend is supported by manufacturers who make a wide range of paints and papers which are easy to apply and many tools to help the amateur. In fact, there is so much for the unskilled and semi-skilled that it is not easy to choose materials and tools correctly. We give here some helpful pointers for wise buying. The following is a selection of equipment which the home handyman will want.

Buckets: Plastic buckets are light and easy to handle. Sponges: Cellulose sponges are made in many different sizes. They are hard wearing and very absorbent. Gloves: Rubber or plastic gloves will protect your hands. Lined plastic gloves are very strong and a good choice for the tougher jobs involving the use of steel wool, etc. Rubber gloves are more pliable; the gauntlet shape gives added protection when reaching up to do high work. If you are one of those people who can’t bear to work in gloves, use a good barrier cream. Don’t forget to supply your self amply with rags and dust sheets.

Tourism, one of the two engines buoying the Spanish economy, is beginning to show signs it is being affected by the eurozone recession and has now registered four consecutive months of declines in the number of foreign tourist arrivals, with the exception of the ‘zero growth’ registered for November. The negative trend, which began with the decline of 3.2% recorded in October of last year, seemed to slow down with the zero growth (0.2%) recorded in November, only to fall again by 1.3% in December and by 2.6% in January, according to the latest official data. Tourist arrivals thus fell by 1.7% in the last quarter and, unlike the fall of April, which was explained by the change in dates of Easter week, this time there was no seasonal factor to account for the negative trend. In addition, the arrivals of tourists from the United Kingdom and Germany, Spain’s first two source markets, registered more significant declines, falling by 4.6% and 6%, respectively, in the month of January. This is suggested to be due to the negative growth of their economy in the last three months and rising unemployment beginning to affect their travel demands. Also notable are the declines of 29.3% in tourist arrivals from Italy (accumulating six months of decreases), and of 22% in tourist arrivals from the Netherlands. These four source markets account for 43.3% of all international tourists in Spain. In the last month, the only major country to improve its tourist arrivals to Spain is France, the third largest source market providing 15.3% of the total, which grew by 6.7%, and continues the growth trend

shown in 2012. The closeness between the two countries and the possibility of access by road are the reasons for this increase in French tourists, the majority of whom head for Catalonia, while those choosing Andalusia as their destination decreased in number. By destination, El Economista reported that the Canary Islands, Andalusia and Madrid are the regions most affected due to the drop in the number of German and British tourists. The decline of the German economy is also reflected in the spending of the German tourists in Spain, which fell by 3.9% during the month of January. In contrast, British tourists’ spending increased by 2.3% despite the decline in arrivals. Interestingly, despite the decline in the number of tourist arrivals, the volume of international tourist spending rose by 6.5% in January to 2,826 million euros, compared to a year earlier. An apparent contradiction due to the increase in VAT – which took effect in July – and transport prices and, to a lesser extent, by the boost in spending by tourists from France, Scandinavia and Latin America, which was accompanied by a significant increase in arrivals, although in the case of the Latin Americans their contribution to the total number of arrivals is still relatively insignificant. Average spending per person also increased by 88 euros, compared to January 2012, while the average daily expenditure was 10 euros more. Sources from the Ministry of Tourism admitted, however, that if the transport expenditure component was subtracted, the increases, although still positive, would be gentler.


Steps: These are essential for practically all home decorating. Obviously they must be safe, steady and tall enough to enable you to reach the highest point on your walls.

A table is necessary if you are papering.



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Comercial Carmona opens its doors to a new service for the region Lamps Decoration WHOLSALE LED Lighting PRICES Shop Lighting Open all Day (no siesta)

Located on the High Street

Huge Bathroom Showroom Located in the Warehouse

Cement sack 25kg

Bathroom furniture

from only English Speaking Telephone ben

687 497 892

olula del rio

From Albox on A334 do not turn off for Olula Mercadona, take the turning after the Tanatorio


4 a33




We are here comercial carmona warehouse & petshop

OPEN: MONDAY - FRIDAY 8.30am-2pm and 3.30pm -8.30pm Sat 8.30am - 2pm

Olula Tel: 950 441 973

3€ The new lighting store is olula located in the Olula Town Centre just up from the BP del rio Garage on the main street tanatorio 54 km

54 km


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property group

Paseo del Mediterraneo 197 - Mojacar - Almeria

Tel: 950 472 430 / 610 053 563 You can find us on Cortijo Grande


Huerta Nueva


Mojacar playa


1 bed / 1 bath Apartment in the heart of the Golf within 5 min drive to amenities. Build 50 m². New fitted kitchen. Ref. 1019

2 bed / 2 bath ground floor Apartment with private plot of 180 m². Communal Pool. Fully furnished. Ref. 1497

2 bed / 2 bath Apartment with terrace & underground parking place. Air con. Fully fitted kitchen. Communal pool. Ref. 1123

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El Largo

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2 bed / 2 bath Apartment with sea views within 300 meters to promenade. Terrace: 18,20 m². Communal pool. Ref. 1070

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Cortijo Grande reduced


2 bed / 2 bath charming end of terrace Townhouse with golf and mountains views. Terrace & solarium. Ref. 1448




4 bed / 3 bath large Townhouse with garage around 10 min. to coast and Desert Springs Golf. Build 164 m². Ref. 1165

3 bed / 2 bath Apartment with sea views walking distance to beach. Terrace: aprox. 50 m². Store room. Communal pool. Ref. 1167

2 bed/2 bath fully furn pretty linked Bungalow with private plot of 135 m² within 200 meters to beach. Communal pool. Ref. 1006

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2 bed / 1 bath semi-detached Villa on plot of 246 m² within 100 meters to beach. Store room & solarium with views. Ref. 1052

End of terrace 2 bed / 2 bath Townhouse with sea views within walking distance to beach. Communal pool & parking. Ref. 1234

Luxurious 2 bed / 2 bath Townhouse on beautiful first line complex. Terrace & solarium with sea views. Underground parking. Ref. 1048

3 bed / 3 bath semi detached Townhouse with large underground garage. Terraces, gardens & solarium. No community charges. Ref. 1053

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Mojacar, Huerta €249,950 reduced

Mojacar Playa reduced

3 bed / 2 bath sea facing Villa with garage on plot of 417 m². Terraces, solarium & jacuzzi. Amazing views. Ref 1062



3 bed / 2 bath spacious Townhouse with private garage within 200 m to beach. Small gated community with pool. Ref 1483

2 bed / 2 bath charming Villa with amazing coastal views. Plot 180 m². Air con & fire place. Communal pool. Ref 1035

3 bed / 2 bath charming detached House with garage on Plot of 7.000 m² within 5 min drive to beach. Bargain! Ref 1196

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3 bed / 2 bath front line golf Villa with massive garage & 1 bed / 1 bath annex in Marina de la Torre. Plot 225 m². Ref 1479


Amazing 3 bed / 3 bath Villa on plot of 960 m² at the entrance of Agua Nueva. Terrace with beautiful views & pool. Ref 1106


3 bed / 3 bath well designed Villa with pool, landscaped gardens & garage on plot of 10.000 m² within few min. drive to town. Ref 1029

Please visit our office or refer to our website for more “bargains”. Vendors: If you are seriously considering selling your property please visit our office to discuss effective ways of achieving your goal. As per decree 218/2005 the “Documento de Información Abreviada” (D.I.A) for any property sold by Veritas Homes is available at our office.




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showbar & restaurant

The Irish Rover Your No1 Entertainment Venue in Mojacar for All the Family

Fantastic new menu of the day only 10€ per person



Chicken, Chips, Salad & a Bottle of Wine per 2 People

12€ Eagles Tribute Friday 12th April Only

telephone: 950 473 135

mojacar playa between Lua & Moma Beach Open 10am till late 7 days a week

Los Mellizos Restaurant La Alfoquia, Zurgena

We have a new chef and a new Menu !


Please book early to avoid disappointment

Open Mon - Fri 8am - late. Saturday & Sunday 9am till late

Tlf: 667 919 025


...FOOD news ...FOOD news Could olive oil be the key to weight loss?

Puttingolive oil on the dinner table could help you stay slim – because the smell makes us feel full. The discovery comes after scientists tracked volunteers who ate a 500g yoghurt every day for three months. Some had added olive oil, while others included rapeseed oil, lard or butter. Those who had olive oil ate fewer calories overall, and none put on weight. Blood tests showed they had higher levels of serotonin, a so-called satiety hormone that makes us feel full. Scientists at Munich’s Technische Universitaet and the University of Vienna said this was due to an aroma compound not found in other fats and oils. They were able to recreate the results by adding the aroma compounds – but not olive oil itself – to yoghurts. The aroma extracts from olive oil can leave us feeling fuller, cutting our calorie intake by almost 200 a day, they said. German and Austrian scientists made the discovery after testing the appetitesuppressing properties of four different fats - olive oil, lard, butter and rapeseed oil. The team at the Technical University of Munich and at the University of Vienna asked volunteers to eat half a kilo of yoghurt enriched with one of the four fats daily alongside their normal diet. After three months, it was discovered

that adding olive oil had the biggest effect on satiety - the feeling of being full. Study author Professor Peter Schieberle said those who ate the olive oil yoghurt were found to have higher levels of the hormone serotonin - which controls the feeling of fullness - in their blood. He also hailed the findings as paving the way for new healthy but satisfying weightloss foods, adding: ‘Our findings show that aroma is capable of regulating satiety. ‘We hope that this work will pave the way for the development of more effectiver e d u c e d fat food products that are nonetheless filling.’

Pre Starters Chefs Salad – A bowl of fresh salad served with Ali Oli with a bottle of house red or white wine per couple Starters Thai style Pork and Prawn Balls with Sweet Chilli Dip Spicy Parsnip & Apple Soup Main Courses (All served with Vegetables & New Potatoes) Homemade Steak, Mushroom & Guinness Pie Honey Roast Gammon Ham with Parsley Sauce Chicken in Stilton & Pear Sauce Gnocci with Spinach & Pine Nut Gratin (V) Desserts Croissant Butter Pudding served with Cream or Custard Key Lime Pie with Cream Eton Mess

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← Albox

332 178

Fines →

Yellow Stone 1km Piedra Amarilla →


vegetarian menu available

4 courses with bottle of ESTE wine per couple & coffee inc Lunch 1pm - 4pm, Freshly Baked Bread Roast Lamb Shoulder & Pork Knuckle, 12oz Entrecote, 20oz T-Bone, 10oz Pork Tenderloin, Roast Potatoes & Fresh Veg.

Daily roast cooking

every night Pizza & Pasta All your favorite pasta dishes including Ravioli, Lasagne, Macaroni, Carbonara, Tortellini and a wide range of pizzas from Margaritas to a Meat Feast

new smoking conservatory now open

Open Mon - Sat 8am - 24pm,Sun 10am - 17pm Spanish Tel: 950 430 145 English Tel: 647 730 103


BOOKING s only

Bread & Ali-oli, Salad PAELLA (Fish Or Meat) 20€ FOR 2 PEOPLE

Bread & Ali-oli, Salad Half a Roast Chicken, served with Chips


14.95€ FOR 2 PEOPLE


Winter Opening Hours


children’s menu available

Thurs: Roast Pork Loin Mon: Roast Lamb Shank Tues: Rabbit in garlic & beer Fri: Roast Lamb Shank Sat & Sun: Roast Lamb Shank & Pork Knuckle Wed: Roast Pork Knuckle

Poligono Industrial Albox, Near the ITV Garage

Sunday 31st March Lunch served from 12 noon

Find us in Piedra Amarilla (Formerly The Grapevine) For more information and phone orders

sunday roast menu del dia


Booking essential, call paul on 634 332 178 (€5 reservation deposit per person)

4 Courses with Wine & Coffee

Everyday 7pm - 11pm



MENU DEL DIA open7 days a week

4 Courses with Wine & Coffee




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Bar Menu & Snacks Home-made puds


Burgers, Lasagne, pies, Omelettes, chilli plus

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Includes FREE Tea or Coffee

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Saturdays The Beerfrom battered Restaurant 5.95€ Atlantic is Open Cod, Homemade 6pm-9pm Chips, Mushy or MENU FROM Garden 5.95€ PeaS SERVED 12-9pm

Traditional SUNDAY LUNCH

ly Delicious & Home-cooked n o served A Choice of Topside Of Beef & 12.30 - 5pm Yorkshire Pudding; Roast Pork With Crackling And Apple Sauce Tender or Roast Chicken With Stuffing - all served with Locallygrown Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables & a Glass Of House Wine, Tubo of Beer or a Coffee

6.95€ to include a FREE Drink

Wednesday Line Dancing 7:30pm Thursday Ceroc Dancing & Fun Plus Social Night 7:30pm

All musicians and singers welcome check the board for times


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We Stock Beer, Port, We stock an extensive range of Sherry, A Minimum leading brands. If you can’t of 50 Red Wines, see your favourites then tell us White Wine & Rose and we will order it for you! Brand-name Spirits & Liqueurs Open Mon-Fri 10-6:30pm & Sat 9:30-6pm Closed Sundays Find us just along from Sophias Arboleas (same building) - go inside entrance to appartments, we are in the left-hand corner

Tel: 662 153 834

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green tea and coffee on stroke risks,’ said lead author Dr Yoshihiro Kokubo, from Japan’s National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Centre. ‘You may make a small but positive lifestyle change to help lower the risk of stroke by adding daily green tea to your diet.’ The study, published in American Heart Association’s journal Stroke, found that the greater amounts of coffee or green tea consumed, the lower their stroke risk. The report found that ‘combination of higher green tea and coffee consumptions contributed to the reduced risk of stroke as an interaction effect for each other.’ But even in lower quantities, green tea helped protect against the condition, with those drinking between two to three cups seeing their chance of a stroke fall by 14


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When it comes to choosing between tea or coffee, the best answer may be to opt for both. Scientists have found that individuals who enjoy a daily cup of coffee were 20 per cent less likely to have a stroke compared to those who shunned the drink. And those that drank at least four cups of green tea a day also benefitted from a similarly reduced stroke risk. But as the popular beverages are thought to protect against the often fatal condition in different ways, the study suggests regularly drinking both could provide the greatest benefit. Researchers looked at the drinking habits of almost 84,000 Japanese adults over a 13-year period. ‘This is the first largescale study to examine the combined effects of both


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view us online Prevent a stroke - DRINK One coffee and four cups of green tea a day!

per cent. Participants in the study were 45 to 74 years old and were free from cancer and cardiovascular disease, and all the findings were adjusted to take into account age, sex and lifestyle factors like smoking, alcohol, weight, and exercise. Green tea drinkers in the study were more likely to exercise compared to nondrinkers, while coffee drinkers tended to be younger, and were more likely to smoke and take exercise. Although it is unclear how green tea affects stroke risks, scientists believe a compounds known as catechins may provide some protection to blood vessels. Several chemicals in coffee are believed to provide a boost to health, including caffeine and chlorogenic acid, which researchers suggest could help cut stroke risks by lowering the chances of developing type 2 diabetes. Both drinks also helped to protect from the risk of heart attacks, according to the researchers. ‘The regular action of drinking tea, coffee, largely benefits cardiovascular health because it partly keeps blood clots from forming,’ said Dr Kokubo.’ Research last year found the more coffee you drink, the less likely you are to die from a number of different ailments, including heart disease, respiratory disease, diabetes and infections - but not cancer. Researchers at the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Maryland, said they could not establish whether coffee was the cause of a lowered risk of death, but there was definitely a link. The research, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, followed 229,000 men and 173,000 women aged between 50 and 71, between 1995 and 2008. Participants were classified according to how much coffee they drank. There were 52,000 deaths during the period, with an ‘inverse association’ between coffee consumption and death. This means the greater the amount of coffee participants drank, the lower their risk of dying during the study. ARTICLE COURTESY OF MAIL ONLINE


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Roast Asparagus with Stir-fried Beef & Cabbage Mint & Feta





A sparagus, washed & trimmed

50g/2oz spring onions, sliced

1 tbsp sesame oil

50g/2oz bean sprouts

Generous pinch of sea salt


300g beef shoulder steak, thinly sliced

50g/2oz mangetout

Generous fistful of roughly

1. Preheat the oven to its highest setting. Toss the asparagus, oil and salt in a mixing bowl and spread on a baking tray in a single layer. Cook in the oven for 10-15 minutes

1 garlic clove, crushed

1 tsp Chinese five-spice powder

10g/¾oz ginger, grated

1 tbsp sesame seeds

100g/3½oz shiitake mushrooms, sliced

1 lime, juice only

100g/3½oz spring cabbage, sliced

salt & soy sauce, to taste

2 tbsp olive oil

chopped mint, plus small leaves to garnish 2 tbsp capers, washed and squeezed dry 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper Extra-virgin olive oil Juice of 1 lemon 200g feta, crumbled Bread suitable for toasting

2. In a large mixing bowl, gently combine the mint, capers and black pepper with just enough extravirgin oil to make it look like a rough sauce. 3. A  rrange the asparagus on the toast and drizzle over the sauce. Squeeze on the lemon juice and sprinkle the mint leaves on top, then scatter with crumbled feta.

Tip: This is a great starter or light lunch, served warm or cold.

Method 1. Heat the sesame oil in a large frying pan or wok. Add the beef to the pan and stir fry for 1-2 minutes until coloured on all sides. Add the garlic and ginger and stir well. Add the vegetables and stir fry for another minute or until the beef is cooked to your liking. 2. As soon as the beef is cooked, add the five-spice powder, sesame seeds and lime juice, stir and remove from the heat. 3. T  o serve, season with salt and/or soy sauce and divide among four plates.

Roasting asparagus really intensifies its flavour and brings out the sweeter notes. In fact, roasting asparagus is a good way of using it even when it is looking a little sorry for itself. Roasting removes moisture, so the spears will shrink a little. Allow 6 spears per person. You don’t have to stick to feta for this recipe, try with cottage cheese, ricotta, young goat’s cheese or mozzarella.

tips from the kitchen table.... To separate an egg without getting your hands mucky. Break egg into a saucer, invert an egg cup over the yolk and pour off the white. You then do not get pieces of egg shell, or the yolk if making meringues, etc.



2 tbsp skimmed milk 4 tsp sugar 1 tsp vanilla  medium banana, cut in 1 quarters 1 cup plain low-fat yogurt

Banana Mousse Method: 1. Place milk, sugar, vanilla, and banana in blender. 2. Process 15 seconds at high speed until smooth. 3. Pour mixture into a small bowl; fold in yogurt and chill. 4.Spoon into 4 wine glasses; garnish each with a strawberry before serving.

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24 Women in love (9) 25 Willow (5) 26 Having some resemblance (5) 27 A citrus fruit (9) 28 Proof (8) 29 Spiritualists meeting (6) Down 1 In a psychotic manner (8) 2 Occlusion (8) 3 Not our (5) 5 A discourtesy (7) 6 Thrive (archaic) (9) 7 Relax (6)

8 Christian holy holiday (6) 9 Prove true or correct (6) 15 Become more frugal (9) 17 Relating to Sicily (8) 18 Break the heart of (8) 20 Severe or farreaching (7) 21 Show off (6) 22 A thick cream soup (6) 23 Hunting expedition (6) 25 Overweight (5)


Very Hard!




Sudoku is a placement puzzle. Enter the numbers 1 to 9 in each row and column of a grid, made up of 3 x 3 subgrids. The catch is that each row, column and grid must contain only one instance of each number or letter.

Across 1 Reasoned argument (6) 4 Dampness (8) 10 Sheets of unbound paper (9) 11 Gapes (5) 12 A southern Eurasian falcon (5) 13 Naivete (9) 14 In an unclear manner (7) 16 Historical periods (4) 19 Stated (4) 21 Providing nourishment (7)

7 Plunder country (not Italy) with fire (7) 8 Feel bitter about Mid-West, shown in tear (6) 14Vessel to ban perhaps, when pointer is seen inside (6,4) 16 A quiet tree? (3) 18 Printing units in Harlem suburb (3) 19 6 once took the French aggression (8) 20 Rough track, say (6) 21 Enthusiastic reception from Ivan - too bad! (7) 23 A crazy, backwards insect is unyielding (7) 24 Advert I look up in outskirts of 11 with time off (7) 25 Cope with a new game that’s complicated (6) 28 Good king before 1999 is unpleasant (4)


coffee break

Across 1 What’s in the newspapers - and might the tabloids be interested in them too? (7,7) 9 Cook because engulfed by decay (5) 10 Train in true English fashion (7) 11 Up and down - not well - in Hospital Yard (5) 12 Saw a key insides up (5) 13 Graze end of knee after fight (6) 15 Look at Eddie hiding girl! (4) 17 New flame with vessel, and French place to get second-hand goods (4,6) 20 Church or perhaps sister singers (10) 22 Reckless king has moved (4) 26 A mob without bishop is fit for ploughing! (6) 27 Be of use to a cover, we hear (5) 28 Don’t stop talking for country? (5) 29 Bowler or Top, perhaps (7) 30 A district prize (5) 31 European football team losing an injury finally taking time to cover stopping and starting (14) Down 1 Fish vessel where vehicles are left (3,4) 2 Study suitable change again (7) 3 Book part of “Best Hero” range (6) 4 Cable left to break most of the cover (10) 5 Turn into cook rage! (4) 6 Dictator with gold to make sweetheart repeatedly missing (8)




1000 Women who make Almeria

In honour of ‘Dia de la Mujer’ (10th March), the provincial Spanish language newspaper, La Voz de Almeria, published ‘a tribute to the women of Almeria, who through their dedication, their professional or personal profile or through their endeavours are the making of Almeria day by day’. Among the 1000 women recognised by the publication for their contribution to Almeria is Maura Hillen, President of Abusos Urbanisticos Almanzora No (AUAN), the group that campaigns on behalf of the owners of illegal homes in the province. She is one of only a handful of recent émigrés to Almeria who made it onto the list. Others include the president of the Russian Cultural Association, Marina Borzenkova and Melanie Homberg, the Belgian president of the Association Vecinos Urba-Roquemar.


Future events

March 21st - The next branch activity will be the monthly meeting on Thursday, 11:00am at La Parrilla in Albox. The guest speaker will come from Avalon, the funeral plan company. March 30th – Poppy Easter Bonnet Ball, to be held at La Parrilla. The event will start at 7pm, dinner will be served at 7:30. Dinner will comprise a three course meal with some drinks included in the cost. The cost will be €20 for members and €22 for non members. Music will be supplied by Brendan O’Dee. Prizes will be awarded for the best bonnet, male AND female. For further details, or to book tickets, contact the social secretary Bob Cowan on 608049490 or email him at April 4th

- The coffee morning will be on

Thursday, 10:30am at La Parrilla in Albox. Do come and join us, meet with or make new friends, buy items from the Poppy Stall and have a good time. If you require more details for any of the activities and events for the Albox branch or should you wish to become a member (you do not need to be ex-forces to join) and help with the Legion’s excellent work for British serving and ex-service personnel and their families, both in the UK and here in Spain, please come along to any branch meeting at the Hotel Restaurante La Parrilla (1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month). Alternatively, contact the chairman, Peter Phillips, on 693483392 or email, or visit the branch website,

This friday 22ND MARCH - 10am-3pm

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oss hot cr n bu & coffee 1.50€




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La Vida

Cucador Junc 547 Huercal Overa


VidaRestaurant&Venue Cucador

Saturday 30th March

Easter Saturday Come along & dance to your Disco favourites with JC

free entrance from 9pm

tapas 1€

in the bar All Selections 1€ Each

Enjoy a food plate Tuesday Bar

Specials 6 - 9pm Chicken, Chips & Salad Garnish Chicken Curry Choice of

OR Chilli Beef (medium) O Long Grain Rice & nly 6€ Garlic Bread OR Cod & Prawn Creamy Bake, Chips & Green Salad

& Long Grain Rice


or Cod, Chips ‘n’ Peas

Thursday night special Enjoy Wonderful Views delicious from our homemade pies , Chips & Peas Restaurant Candelit


wed - sat evenings Opens 6:30pm - 9:30pm Includes complimentary filtered water, bread & alioli


Beer-battered cod,

Starters Ask for today’s choice of Starters, €2.50 each Mains

homemade chips & peas

served 12.30pm - 9pm from

Mustardy Pork €7.45: Tender fillet of pork in a mustard sauce Thai Fish Curry €7.95: Homemade fragrant curry with delicious chunks of fish served on a bed of rice Lamb Shank in Mint & Rosemary €7.95: Slow-cooked succulent lamb shank in a rich mint & rosemary gravy

5.95€ in the Bar


Gammon & Pineapple or Egg €7.95: Juicy gammon steak served with a choice of pineapple or fried egg, hand-cut chips, peas & salad Atlantic Cod ‘n’ Chips €7.95: Beer-battered medium Atlantic cod served with hand-cut chips & peas Mixed Grill €14.95: 4oz Steak, chicken fillet, pork sausage, onions, mushrooms, fried egg with grilled tomato, hand-cut chips & garden peas Surf & Turf €12.95: 4oz Entrecote steak & deep fried Scampi, served with salad garnish, grilled tomato, hand cut chips & garden peas Juicy Sirloin Steaks 16oz €18.95 ~ 12oz €15.95 ~ 8oz €12.95 Cooked to your liking, with a Peppercorn or Roquefort sauce on the side with onion rings, grilled tomato, handcut chips & garden peas Slow-Roast Shoulder of Lamb for 2 people to share €24.95 Served with roasted vegetables & potatoes (Must be pre-ordered 24hrs in advance)

booking advisable


sunday lunch

12.30PM - 5PM a to include e in w f o glass or tubo

Sides: Ask your waitress for our choice of side dishes, 1.50 each Scrumptious Homemade Puddings Ask your waitress for the specials of the day, all €2.50 Cheese & Biscuits Selection A selection of Cheeses served with biscuits & homemade chutney €3.50

Open Every Day 12pm - Late

Tel: 950 634 562




booking advisable

We are here


Zurgena La Alfoquia



La Vida

Cucador Junc 547 Huercal Overa

book the Venue

For your Private Parties, Weddings and Birthdays etc.


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out & about At The Beachcomber for Easter there is a lovely menu now on offer. It will be available over 4 days, from Good Friday, through to Easter Monday and is a 3 course evening meal for 12 € per person which will be served from 6pm until last orders which will be around 9pm. On Friday 5th April there is a Paws Charity Live Music Quiz Night with Kay Francis and quizmaster Tony Matthews. The quiz starts at 8.30pm with a special Beachcomber Fish and Chip supper for just 5€ being served for quizzers between 7pm and 8.30pm. If you would like to join in the quiz there is a donation of 3€ per quizzer and prizes for 1st and 2nd place. Call now to reserve your table for any of our events on 950 473 099 or visit the website for more information http:// Rafa and Vanessa, a husband and wife team, are the managers in the Restaurant at Albox Tennis Club. They have been there for over a year and in that short time have made the restaurant a great success already! They would like to invite you to visit their humble restaurant situated within the grounds of the tennis club, they enjoy great

La Cena



menu del noche 3 starters, 5 mains & 3 deserts Full A La Carte also available

Sunday Sizzler mixed grill €9.95 including a carafe of wine per couple

Tuesday - Saturday 7.30pm - late. Sunday 2pm - 6pm Closed Monday. Call 950 430 930 after 5.30pm Find us across the old bridge from Palza Mayor Albox, opp Bar Wassy

tranger come S WelRestaurante, Limaria

Mid-week Roast – (Wednesday’s) 4.50€ Lunchtime Specials – from 4€ Thursday & Friday – Steak Night 7.95€ A La Carte always available Evening set menu – 3 courses plus a drink 9.95€ Sunday Lunch – 1 course, 4.50€ / 3 courses, 9.75€ Open: Wed - Sat 12-3pm & 7-9pm (Last Orders) Sun 12-3.30pm Established 7 years

free wifi

950 432 719 / 677 378 952 advertise on this page call 950 121 936

views from the large terrace, surrounded by nature and benefiting from a private car park. They have two large rooms for events, and are able to offer an economical but quality Menu del Dia for just €8.50 through the week and €10 at the weekend, they have different tapas every day and special Carne a la Brasa (grilled meats) on weekends. If you pay them a visit, they are sure not to disappoint! To those who have already been, thank you for your support, to those who are yet to come - we look forward to seeing you soon! Tel: 667 671 578. MARI CRUZ is situated in Turre high street. It has a lovely outside terrace and roomy indoor area. Specialising in grilled meats, fish all cooked on BBQ & regional dishes as well as a great variety of wine, beers, tapas and an excellent variety of freshly homemade pizzas & pastas is available to eat in or take away. There is Lounge for meetings, company dinners, small events & birthdays. Come & buy any pizza to take away and get a free margarita pizza absolutely free. You can now also enjoy a new weekly menu served every day and evening including a starter, main and dessert or coffee for only 9€ per person. LA CENA, in Albox is a fine dining experience without the expense. A beautifully decorated restaurant run by husband and wife team Simon and Carol. At the moment they are serving a superb Menu Del Noche, where you can choose from a choice of 3 starters, 5 mains and 3 deserts. They also offer an alternative to the Sunday lunch, a Sunday Sizzler Mixed Grill at just €9.95 per person, with a carafe of wine per couple included! If any of this has whetted your appetite, call 950 430 930 after 5.30pm today! Julie and Cliff at The Welcome Stranger in Limaria welcome customers to one of the prettiest rural restaurants in the area. With mid-week roasts from 4.50€ and lunchtime specials from only 4€, your hosts will ensure a fine dining experience in a friendly environment. To tempt you even further they also offer Steak Night Specials every Thursday and Friday evening and at only 7.95€ per person, it’s got to be worth a try!. Give them a call to reserve your table on 950 432 719. C/Avda de Almeria 17, 04639, Turre, Almeria, Tel: 950 47 96 46

Restaurante pizzeria

Mari Cruz

al new Speci starter l dia menu deCream of Lobster Soup or Prawn filo Parcels

sunday Roast

3 course - €10.50 main course - €7.50 Winter Opening Times 10 til close Food orders taken from 10:30 til 4pm

menu of the day 3 courses €10

regular TRIBUTE SHOWS see website for details

tel: 950 473 099


Indigo Gym - Mojacar Playa Tel: 646 844 708 www.

Puppy Rescue Puppy Rescue will be having their A.G.M. on Wednesday 20th March at 7.30pm

Venue: Bar Lepanto, Avenida Lepanto, Albox. Agenda 1. Opening of meeting by the President with announcement that the quorum is reached. 2. Received apologies from members not present 3. President’s welcome and report. 4. Secretary’s report. 5. Treasurer’s report. 6. Election of officers. 7. Any other business.

Please will members bring their membership cards.

Tel: 690 143 140

q uirky q uizzes La formerly rumores Albox

tuesday evenings

Sunday Paella & mixed salad 12€

Special menu de la noche only 12€

Evening special

free Bottle of Cava when ordering 2 courses from the Menu - min 4 people

Tues - Thurs 8.50€ Fri - Sun 10.00€

RESERVATIONS 667 67 15 78 666 55 98 77

RESTAURANTE Club de Tenis Albox



Monday evenings 7.30pm Our word for this week is ECCEDENTESIAST, which doesn’t exactly trip of the tongue easily, but it’s a description of someone doing something ~ and that’s all the clue you’re getting. So, if you don’t know what it means, then if you can find out it will earn a point for your team in next week’s Quiz!!!

7.30pm with cherry

all welcome prizes for winners & wooden spoon

sEE OUR MAIN AD ON PG 35 for directions


dessert or coffee

Find us on “Pizza Mari Cruz”

Spanish Charity No 5087 CIF: G04698817

Calle Malaga, Albox, Spain, 04800

main course Entrecote bbq or Sole only 9€

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

Junior & Adult Classes (9 yrs - 15 yrs) (16 yrs - Adult) Mondays: 7pm - 8.30pm Wednesdays: 5.15 - 6.45pm Saturdays: 4pm - 5.30pm Kids Classes: (4 - 8 yrs) Wednesdays: 4.15 - 5.15pm Saturdays: 3pm - 4pm

VidaBar El


TUESDAY bar specials

5€ Thursday Pie Night 5€ Spicy Chicken Curry & Rice or Cod Fillet & Chips

Homemade Pies, Chips & Peas SERVED 6-9PM all Premier tapas league Selection football € Each all welcome live ladies friendly darts wed 8pm


take away service til 8pm

Open Every Day 12pm - Late Tel: 950 634 562 • book the Venue: For your Private Parties, Weddings and Birthdays etc.




Letter to the Editor BENEFIT FRAUDSTERS Recent articles in various papers regarding benefit cheats reminded of a tale I came across when studying for the Chartered Insurance Institute exams in the 1960´s.: We were encouraged to read other books etc, apart from course work, and one of these was the weekly Insurance Post and Monitor, available only in the vicinity of Lloyds of London, (although I´m sure the majority of readers were more interested in the situations vacant section rather than the articles). The Commercial Union printed copies from their monthly journal of the 1920´s. One such article referred to the fact that they had been paying an annuity (pension) to a gentleman in India for some considerable time. An audit gave forth to the fact that this man was now around one hundred and fifteen years old. Obviously this was some sort of scoop for any Insurance Company, and a Representative was duly sent to interview. After being unable to trace said annuitant he made further investigations, and discovered that he had died many years before and the family had retained his thumb, which they were using to sign for receipt of monies.. And we think that benefit cheats only started with the Welfare State! Hogan del Rio

Letter to the Editor

I am sending you this email in the hope you will warn your readers of a problem which happened to my within the last 3 months. I booked return flights from Spain to the UK using Ryanair and took out travel insurance as my wife was having a back operation. Total cost paid was 19756 inc ins. We were due to travel out on the 10th Jan 2013 and return on 31st Jan 2013.. On the 29th Dec 2012 My back went and I notified Ryanair that we would not be able to travel. After sometime i had email to say I had to make a claim on the insurance. I sent several letters and emails over this matter but felt there was a delaying tatic being used by the company handling the claim ( The company took approx 3/5 days to reply to my emails and stated even though I had sent them by post details of my doctors appointments including the facts that I had to have firstly a course of 6 injections and then a further 3 injections which started on 29th December 2012 and my last was on 25th January 2013. However they would not take any notice of my paperwork which was all stamped from the doctors concerned but wanted there own 5 page documentation completed at my cost. Eventually I had a reply to say that I would get back 70€. With the cost of postage already sent plus ins and the cost for a medical insurance documents (not refundable) it was not worth following up any further as I also had to get no show letters from Ryanair(Refundable). The strange thing was when I sent this email through the company responded in 1 hour. The lady handling my case did email to say she agreed with my comments about delaying tactics but she had to work within the Insurance companies guidelines and procedures. I believe it is misleading insurance cover as I believed I would be covering the full cost of the money paid and the company concerned UK General Insurance has a policy of deliberately delaying replies to claims in the hope you will give up like I did in the end. Taking out insurance is meant to give you peace of mind but since booking with Ryanair and their company have had nothing but Stress (Doctors also treated me in this time for stress related problems) My wife and I are pensioners and I have complained also to the Insurance Ombudsman as well. I have emails and letters to prove all I have stated should you need it. I hope you will pass on this warning as it was a complete waste of money to take out this insurance thinking you were covering yourself. We should be able to have faith in the companies that take our money. John Miles

In memory of John Pulsford

who lived life to the full & enjoyed every minute. You will be missed. With love always Steph, your family & all your friends xxx

Dames in Spain

Join Beverley Kearns and Siobhan and their Slimathon. We are trying to get a group of like minded people together. We are being sponsored and coached by Pamela Bionic Woman Moore from Turre slimming club. Why not join us and get ready for the summer. Our deadline is 7th of December when our group weight loss will be announced. Join us and lets do it me 697 302 129 or contact either Beverley Kearns, Myself Siobhan Tattan or Pamela Moore to get more info. There’s nothing to lose just that weight... ALL PROCEEDS FROM ALL MEMBER SPONSOR MONEY GOES TO PAWS.

The Dames in Spain celebrated International Womens Day at Desert Springs Golf Club. The weather was perfect allowing the ladies to enjoy their Cava on the lovely terrace surrounding the restaurant. Chairman Myra was delighted to welcome all the Dames and their guests including the Mayor of Mojacar, Rosa Cano, Luisa Perez and members of the Red Cross. After a very enjoyable lunch served by Ellie Hunter and her team, Val Penny gave a talk on her cycling trip through Europe. A lovely day was had by all”

san animal santuario

will be holding their Annual General Meeting at the Restaurante La Escala, San Juan de los Terreros at 19.30/20.00 Wednesday 27th March.

The Dog House Foundation ‘Playday’

Sunday 24th March starting 1pm-1.30pm. Everyone is invited to come to our playday. The chance to meet our friendly dogs and volunteers. Go for a walk with a dog.... play ball and just have fun. There will be Afternoon Tea.. Sandwiches, Delicious cakes, Tea’s, coffee’s and cold drinks available.For directions please visit our website http://www. thedoghouse-huercal-overa. See you there !!


COSTA CALIDA AND COSTA ALMERIA Priest: Canon Hugh Broad 950 478 432, Mojacar: Eucharist every Sunday at 11:00 in the church of St. Pascual, Aqua de Enmedio, Additional Easter Services – Thursday 28 March 11:00; Friday 29 March 11:00 Albox: In the Community Hall Aljambra. Eucharist last Thursday in month at 11:00 Evensong second Sunday in month at 18:00.

The Royal British Legion – Mojacar

Please note that all telephone calls to the Mojacar branch of The Royal British Legion In Spain has changed to 634 368 349 . This number is to be used for wefare, social and general enquiries, and will be the only number to contact us from now on.


APSA, the animal charity based in Albox, is delighted to receive a generous donation from Kevin Lewis of Liberty Seguros in Calle Malaga s/n, Albox. He is pictured with Di, chair of APSA and Ansa, a valued customer at the APSA charity shop in Avenida Lepanto. Kevin and Di agreed that this is the start of ongoing support for the animal charity and future liaison between the two associations. Di hopes to have good news for APSA members regarding insurance at the APSA AGM on Tuesday 19th March at 4pm at Jacks bar and restaurant.


The APSA charity shop in Avenida Lepanto is having an end of season sale until Saturday 16th March, with all clothing (including in the boutique) at half price, the shop is busy and there are many bargains to be had. Volunteers at the shop will then be busy changing over the stock and the new Spring/Summer clothes and shoes will be on sale from Monday 18th March. The shop is open Monday to Saturday 10 - 2pm opposite Jacks bar and next to a large carpark. If you are visiting the shop do remember to bring any donations of clothing, bric-a-brac and jewellery for the shop as we are always grateful for new items to sell to help the many dogs in our care. Book Bargains to be had too - paperbacks 5 for €1, hardbacks 50 cents each - a large variety is available, come along and browse!

The Asylum MMA

Almanzora GYM

Regular MMA, boxing, kickboxing and grappling classes. All levels welcome, come to exercise and work up a sweat or train to compete one day as part of our existing fight team. Come along Monday’s and Wednesday’s for exercise and standup fighting. Saturday and Sunday mornings Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (Ground fighting). Saturday morning children’s classes following a proven sucessful syllabus. Are you an instructor teaching from home, contact us for prices on renting your own private/exercise/yoga/reiki room within our gym

As from April come train with us in our new dedicated 600sqm premises opposite Longo’s For more info visit us at MMA, Call into the gym or call Heidi on 618 830 743 (English/Espanol)


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SOL CLASSIFIEDS SOLTIMES Air-con see us online everyday


Between 10am & 5pm

Monday to Friday

950 121 936 or 902 121 936 BY E-MAIL Send your advert or Classified lineage to IN PERSON

los carasoles, 27 Zurgena, 04650, Almeria

Mon to Fri 10am - 5pm above New Horizon Villas

PAYMENT VISA ,Paypal, bank transfer & Cheques made payable to MATHEWS mEDIA s.l


All adverts Friday at 5pm prior to publication

for sale in this section

any single item up to 300€ free of charge


4” for the PS3. As New. Both for 10€. Tel. 950 955 778. “Bass Fishing” for the WII with special rod and reel controller. As new. 15€. Tel. 950 955 778. Solar panels 240w bargain 240€ Tel: 619 744 516 Solar power batteries new 230amp 12volt can make 24v 200€ Tel: 619 744 516 A fully G alvanised Garage Door 3.0 m wide x 2.25 m high (Up and Over type) Price only 250€ Tel: 950 478 457. English & Spanish Spoken.

Airport services Tel: 639 081 067


Airport Parking Alicante • Almeria • Murcia New

Servicing / Repairs

25 years sole experience in Air Conditioning & Refrigeration

not a jack of all trades

For all your installation or service MD Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration S.L offers requirements including our latest telephone

A irport transfers pick up all areas, competitive rates. For a quote please visit www. spanish estateagent.c om or call 661 143 871

electrical cont...


A & B electrical for all your electrical needs, Tel: Aran 678 942 314 or Blas 662 470 647 Knowles & Abbott no.1 for electrics and plumbing. Re-wires, free to air UK satellite systems 950 137 208 or 638 010 691

Martinez moreno cb (Rambla de Oria) All types of building work undertaken inc plumbing & electrics


tel: 609 421 734 (Spanish) tel: 696 052 044 (English)

alternative energy


950 432 110 / 607 364 917

607 364 917 or 950 432 110

Solar Wind Power Solutions. Over 15 years installation experience. established 12 years in Spain. Call Phil for competitive prices 636 261 240 email:info@ s un e r g ya l m e r i a . com www.sunergy

carlos saliente plumbing & heating for solar pool heating, solar hot water installations and repairs. call 950 930 900 or 968 969 962, email carlos.saliente@

business opportunity ---------

advertise all your unwanted items

or Puegeot Boxer 200€ O.N.O. Tel: 674 515 770. Samsung Mobile HITS Phone. Never Used, still in box. Cost 29€ accept20€. Tel: 630 493 474 7” Tablet, Android system, new , in box with guarantee and instructions. Also use as e book reader, video/music player and much more. 1,000s of Apps. Sell 45€. Ph. 950 955 778. “Far Cry Three” for Xbox 360, unopened, still in shrink wrap. 15€. Tel. 950 955 778. “Ridge Racer 7” and “Time Crisis


City & Guilds Fully Qualified F-Gas Certified



Bosch Fridge / Freezer First Class Condition. As new 120€. Tel: 634 337 185 Scuba Diving Equipment for sale. Too much to list. 260€ Tel: 620 112 193 Timber Wooden Shed. 7ft tall 6ft wide 5.1/2 long 2 windows, good condition 300€ O.N.O. Tel: 674 515 770. O ctagonal Bird Avery. 7ft tall 5ft wide look great – Birds available 300€ O.N.O Tel: 674 515 770. Full size roof rack, fits Fiat Ducato

MD Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration S.L.


Ladies or gents Do you have what it takes to become an Independent party organiser To display and sell a wide range of lingerie, dressing up clothes, oils & adult toys? Sell at adult themed parties



Tel: 627 851 679 Enquiries or direct sales

carer wanted Elderly lady requires carer from Monday 13.30 to Friday 09.30 every other week. Phone Lola on 648 653 318 or 950 345 012


Bills Carpentry & Shop fitting • Hanging Doors • Flat Pack Furniture • Tiling • Kitchen Fitting

NO JOB TOO SMALL FREE QUOTATIONS tEL: 633 507 165 computers

Steve Hayes Informatica

Pc’s, Laptops, Printers etc. Sales & Repairs on-site callout / tuition. Consumables Albox, Almeria

Tel: 950 120 900

equipment hire

Cleaning of Septic Tanks ▪ Emptying of septic Tanks & Cesspits, with high pressure cleaning ▪ Small unblockages of pipes & drainage

Pool Cleaning & Water Tanks

Contact: 675 838 808



Everything for


the visiting baby Car seats,high chairs, stair gates, cots etc Tel: 950 436 581

LICENSED POZO/CESSPIT EMPTYING • Installation of fibreglass

septic tanks

or 666 375 688 expectingababy@

• Blocked Toilets, Sinks, Baths & Drains • CCTV Surveys • Drain Tracing • Turbine Root Cutting • All types of domestic plumbing carried out

Nueve sofas kitchens bedroom furniture Arboleas

Tel: 950 120 630


landscape gardening

950 091 109 or 648 768 587

Drainage Solutions

• Emergency Drain Cleaning • High Pressure Water Jetting • CCTV Surveys • Drainage Repairs • Location of Cesspits • Qualified Engineer • Expert Reports

Established 7 years in spain

Tel: 616 531 283 or 670 088 966 electrical


25 years experience

Full City & Guilds


insured & legal

Boletins supplied

Tel : 687 245 569

• Block work • Balustrades • Paving Driveways & Paths

Call Graham & Barry now for free estimate 620 112 193 or 667 853 062 potty finca services professional tree felling & pruning, including all types of palm trees

strimming of overgrown gardens & hedge cutting spanish registered. logs available ring john on 616 855 294 or 950 163 930

heating neater heater See our main ad on the news pages Carlos (Saliente) plumbing & heating services. If it involves water, we can help! Tel: 968 969 962


SOLTIMES MARCH 2013 health & beauty




avon cosmetics


pet taxi



To advertise your property for sale or rental in this section with a photograph for only 10€ email Paulette at

claire Tel: 691 987 454 house clearance


Immediate Cash. Quick decision. * We cover all areas * We turn up, give cash & carry * We buy almost anything – The Highest Cash Prices Paid **ONLY serious & immediate sellers should call please**

Tel: 679 207 545 or 636 411 540



Also at

available Camposol,

Mazarron Call 667 273 889 elaines

glenn & jayne

have great offers on Life Insurance same people same great service new name

Tel: 950 121 943

iron/metal works

The Metal works

Grills, railings, gates of all types, security/ sliding/roller, rejas, concertina doors etc. Tel: Keith Wood on

638 900 949


quality UK wool & & view my display

Don’t take a chance! Don’t break the Law! Let us take the hassle away from you and re-register your vehicle on to Spanish plates

Alan 662 249 159

Elaine’s Wools accessories. Come


T & T Metals For all quality metal works, including gates, railings, rejas, staircases, gazebos & chain-link fencing - Tel: 950 431 738


If you wish us to print an article about a particular topic in our regular space on pg 21, please email locksmith Phil the Pick Locksmith 24 hours. Locked Out? Locks fitted/upgraded house safes. Arboleas & surrounding area. Special weekend rates. Tel: 697 243 181

OPTICIANS Optica Albox All your optical needs, eye tests, hearing tests, contact lenses Tel: 950 121 991


painter & decorator

over 25 years experience

give your property or business a fresh look this spring

Tel: 649 186 107 or

email For all your painting needs inside & out contact Graham on 620 112 193

now covering mainland spain

commercial & major retail painter’s

expert quality workmanship visit our website for more info Personal

“Readers of a sensitive disposition may find some of the advertisments in this section offensive”



with barbie bodies 90-60-90 french, brunettes & columbians

24 HOURS • STRIPTEASE tEL: 687 891 515


Apartment For Sale

(0034) 667 235 205 (sp) (0044) 7850 575862

friendly mare 9 years old 14.3hh 1.50m 500€ telephone 678 838 547

American Staff Puppies free to a good home Have had the 1st vaccination, 12 weeks old, for more information. Call James 651 325 677

woodhouse No need for kennels boarding kennels or cattery, & cattery Pet sitting in your own arboleas home, Arboleas & Small friendly kennels, surrounding areas. 24hr vets service, pet transporting arranged, Call Vanessa on welcome to view 637 061 482 ministry approved Not just cats & dogs, Tracy Mobile All other types of pets 650 211 952 considered PLASTERER

cortij0 grande golf course


PROPERTY TO RENT – URCAL 2 Bedroom Casita.Furnished or Unfurnished. Fully Fitted Kitchen, Log Burner, Internet Connection, Large Fly Free Patio within a large Fenced area. Available from the middle of March.

300€ pcm inc. water Tel: 666 281 323 ARBOLEAS

self contained 1 bedroom apartment with B & B facilities British plasterer All work guaranteed Tel Paul 634 327 201 offered starting from 25€ per night, walking distance of plumbing Arboleas & Zurgena

Plumber KNOWLES AND ABBOTT No 1 for Plumbing & Electrics All types of Plumbing

Central Heating Gas/Oil - Solar Hot Water Boiler Servicing, Repairs & Replacements Water Leaks - Sewage Blockages Water Deposit Tanks 500-8000l Pool Pumps - Septic Tanks Osmosis Systems

TELEPHONE: 950137197 / 606807797

Gas Safe Registered

For all your plumbing needs Fully Qualified heating engineer

contact barry 667 853 062 or graham 620 112 193

Tel: 950 449 074 or 634 368 071

Long term rentals also considered 175€ + bills

for SALE detatched cortijo

20mins from mojacar, 4 beds, 2 baths, Open plan living areas, kitchen & diningroom as well as a workshop, courtyard front & back & room for a pool. Mountain views.

Build 256 m², Terrace 100m², Plot 1200m²


Tel: 649 186 107


Mojacar Playa

Private long term rental

2 bedroom, 1 bathroom top floor apartment large balcony sea views Centrally located, 300mts to beach small quiet community CARLOS SALIENTE Plumbing and Heating fully aircon & heating fully furnished offer machined boiler decals for gas water heaters for just €65 – aguafuerte is not the Community swimming pool

answer! Call 950 930 900 or 968 969 962, email gas fast Gas boiler & plumbing repairs. Tel: 618 062 080 or 637 829 787

300€ per month + bills

Tel: 950 615 033 Mobile: 610 691 128 (after 12)

1 bed, 1 bath apartment fully fitted kitchen, white goods, parking, lovely views. Ideal golfing holiday apartment. Close to Mojacar / Turre.

T: 664 291 793

Business Opportunity Good size room to rent in busy salon call cutting edge on 950 633 086 satellite/ television Sky Digibox Pace with sky card

BBC 1, 2, 3, 4 ITV1, 2, 3, ch4 & 5



deliver. Tel: 667 235 205

A1 Sky Television Systems Satellite TV installations, alignment of dishes etc. Also Spanish “freeview” systems supplied & installed

Tel Dave: 628 607 778





please call

678 989 979


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are you a trade Business? advertise in the classified section & reach over 30,000 potential customers Classified box from 9€. lineage only 45 cents per word - Deadline 5pm Friday Contact Paulette on 950 121 936 or 902 750 190 ext 332 REMOVALS

recruitment cont...

SOLTIMES are looking for A

Bright, enthusiastic person with an outgoing personality to join our sales team as a Sales Representitive for the Mojacar & the surrounding areas o hop int Experience not essential as a new full training will be given. future as long as you’re cheerful, with s e organised, self motivated & sol tim can work to deadlines!

Send your CV to or telephone Chrissie on 647 379 878

Do you love to Cook... Chef/Cook is required at our Bar / Restaurant in Albox

We are looking for an experienced person used to working in a fast paced kitchen You will be able to produce delicious home cooked food to a high standard Shift work is required & weekends Contract & good salary available


Rob on 609 199 394 for more information

titanuim swimming pool heat pump For pools approx 8m by 4m 2495€ INC Installation This unit uses only 1.7kw input power!

Tel: 671 716 597


Rancho Luz Del Sol, Retamar, Partaloa. One to one or group lessons, latest EN standard hats provided. Escorted hacking and treks. Qualified BHS Instructor. Call Erika Drew on 678 838 547

swimming pool safety

NEATER HEATER See our main advert on the news pages

tuition SPANISH LESSONS WITH VICTORIA For info call on 950 472 590 or e-mail: victoriaspanishteacher or visit: www.victoriaspanishteacher.




UK - SPAIN - UK From a parcel to a small house move

Professional,Friendly & Caring Fully insured, scheduled monthly door to door service +44 (0) 1582 499 836 +44 (0) 7977 754 389


Friendly Reliable Service Fully Legal Special deals from UK - Spain Office: 968 564 298 Mobile: 696 621 884 car & van hire

T o advertise your vehicle in the motoring section for only 10€ a week & reach over 32,000 readers contact Paulette on 950 121 936 or 902 750 190 ext 332

Inflatable Rib Boat

August 2010. Toyota Auris Advance 1.8 Hybrid Absolutely as new only 38,000kms Petrol / Electric no charging necessary 74mpg. FSH. 1 Owner, Spanish Spec. Cost new now 24,000€ accept 14,000€ Tel: 653 245 971 for appointment to view.

Caravan for sale immaculate condition, sleeps 4, toilet, shower, full working oven, fridge/freezer compartment


Immaculate condition with trailer, & many extras


Tel: 676 665 168 or 634 353 503 Opel Astra, 1999, 2.0 Dti White, Very economical & Reliable, Spanish Registered, LHD, Itv until next year, A/C, 5 speed, 110,000kms, e/windows,c/locking, P/Steering, Cd/Radio, Excellent Condition through out Any inspection welcome

Please Call 677 667 722

2200€ ono

(open to offers)

125cc Lifan Heritage cruiser

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Tel Shaun on 610324666

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Boeing has said that it expects commercial flights of its Dreamliner 787 plane to restart within “weeks”. The comments come just days after the US airline regulator approved its plan to redesign the lithium-ion batteries used on the plane. All 50 Dreamliners in operation were grounded earlier this year after batteries on some planes emitted smoke Boeing said it had found a fix for the problem and had been carrying out tests on the proposed solution. Ray Connor, president of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said the timing of the start of commercial flight would depend on how fast the firm can “move through the certification process”. “We don’t anticipate that being months, we are thinking more along the line of weeks,” he said. The Dreamliner 787 is the first plane in the world to use the lithium-ion batteries, which are lighter, hold more power and recharge more quickly. It is also said to be one of the most advanced and fuel-efficient planes in the industry. However, concerns have been raised over its safety after a string of incidents earlier this year. In January, a fire started in a lithium-ion battery pack of a Japan Airlines 787 in Boston. Meanwhile, an All Nippon Airways flight was forced to make an emergency landing because of a battery malfunction. The incidents led to the entire fleet of Dreamliners being grounded by the authorities. However, Boeing has since submitted a plan to redesign the batteries to ensure their safety. Its plan includes improving the battery design to stop faults from occurring, enhancing the production, operating and testing processes, and introducing a new battery enclosure system to prevent any overheating

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Tuesday Results sponsored by Albox on Line

Urcal Golf Society Urcal Golf Society played at Marina golf course on Saturday the 16th for the first time this year due to a rearranged fixture. The society played a new game for us which was a Pairs Joker Combined Stapleford,which made a pleasant change The weather was kind to us after what looked at first light to be a gloomy day,although the course still needs to improve a great deal all members had a good days golf The winners on the day with a score of 69points were Dave Edmonds and Peter Boggan In second place came Tony Morgan and Keith Thompson with a score of 63 points. Extra prizes were made
















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Hopefully spring is on its way and the winter woolleys can be packed away for a few months also we have competition hotting up to be our club representatives in the regional final of the Ford Golf League with only two more qualifiers to go RESULTS Wednesday March 6 – Monthly Medal No complaints about the weather today, on a warm and wind free day the players had no excuse other than it was a MEDAL round 1st John Bridgen 78-7=71 on a card play off 2nd Sally Keene 102-31=71 3rd Dave Sharp 81-7=74 on

a card play off Twos: John Bridgen 4th, Ian Jenner and David Street 8th, Glyn Ombler 10th Friday March 15 – Individual Stableford Yet again another comp carried over from Wednesday when the high winds caused another cancellation 1st Sandra Siggers 37pts 2nd Bill Gibb 34pts 3rd David Street 33pts Twos: only one Colm O´Keeffe 8th Guests and visitors are welcome to join us on a Mon, Wed and Friday For information contact 634641199

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passengers are treated to electrically adjustable heated leather front seats, air conditioning, all round electric windows and wing mirrors. Car experts Parkers, write: “The previous Volvo S60 came close, but not close enough to unseating, or even unsettling the German’s dominance of the small exec class. This time could be very different. The 300bhp T6 has fourwheel drive instead of the front-wheel drive of other S60 models. It’s quick and grippy.” The temptation

when driving such a vehicle is to floor it at every conceivable opportunity because it’s such a joy. Other motorists are forced to make a double take because they cannot believe that it is a Volvo. By far one of my favourites. specification Volvo S60 R-Design T6 (2012 onwards) New price range: £39,865 Used price range: £26,251 0-60mph: 5.9secs Top speed: 155mph Power: 300bhp Economy: 28mpg Watch the video at:

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P e r f o r m a n c e enhancing drugs have been favoured by a small number of disgraced sports personalities. Most notably former world champion cyclist Lance Armstrong and athlete Ben Johnson. The equivalent of steroids in the world of motoring are external changes that include lowered suspension, alloy wheels and low profile tyres, a distinctive finish and twin exhausts for good measure. Manufacturers can’t stop there though because it’s what’s under the bonnet that must be tinkered with to deliver gut wrenching, e y e - w a t e r i n g performance. And that’s exactly what Volvo has done with its S60 T6 saloon. Boy, this is a fabulous car, a real boyracer’s delight – such an untypical

Volvo as you can see in the video at If you have ever driven the standard S60 it is a pleasant enough experience and an enjoyable drive. But that is an entirely different kettle of fish to this bright blue Swede with its black alloy wheels. Push the accelerator just a little and the force is enough to push you forcefully back into the leather upholstery. Under pressure the engine emits an attractive, raspy tone further adding to its sporty credentials. This package is enough to unnerve even the most hardened BMW M3 driver. For that matter the power available from this 300bhp monster reminds me of the old Jaguar XJR, which when new cost the thick end of £50,000 and the rest with extras.

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Shore Fishing:‘Tubby Jimmy’ has been fishing the Indalo Arm and caught a plate size sea bass. See photo of Jimmy and his prize. ‘London Bill’ managed a couple of mornings out and caught palometes, channel and Spanish mackerel spinning from the Macenas Rocks. Apart from last year as I remember March’s Spring

Equinox is always a fantastic opportunity to catch good fish from the shore. The optimum date is the 20th March so fingers crossed it’s a good one this year, fill your boots. Boat Fishing: Our Garrucha skippers haven’t been out due to weather conditions again. Coarse Fishing: Baza Barry has again been fishing a lake north of Negratin and is still

catching trout on spinners with the odd black bass taking his lure as well. The Albox fishing club meets every two weeks or so at Bar Wassy. For details of the next meeting tel Sid 634 313 650. Latest license information: There is now a loophole for those wanting coarse fishing licenses for Andalucia who don’t have NIE documents or/and don’t want to do the 24 hour course in Spanish, see me for more details. The only loophole left for fishing the beaches and boats in Andalucia without an NIE document is to make a trip to Murcia. For up to date information on any of the above see me at the Beachcomber Bar Restaurant on Mojacar Playa or tel 950 473 099. In case of difficulty reaching me (Probably out fishing) ask staff for my mobile number. You can also contact me on Facebook @ ‘John Beachcomber Mojacar’. Tight lines, Beachcomber John

Atletico Pulpileno 1 Huercal Overa CF 0 The Andalusian Derby ends coming out the traps very in misery for Huercal Overa CF as Pulpi finish with 10 men! On a grey afternoon at the Estadio Municipal de San Miguel a new coaching team at Huercal Overa CF consisting of Ex Player Juanma and experienced assistant German Alvarez wanted to start the rein with a victory. This seemed to be going to happen as the first half showed promise from the Huercal Overa side only to be let down by bad finishing and the crossbar. In the 40th minute Sele latched onto a flick on by Alex Martinez and neatly lobbed the keeper only to find it bounce and hit the bar! In the second half the play was more even with Pulpi

strongly and the possession paid off in the 52 minute as Minan found himself with acres of space on the left hand side of the 18 yard box, when Juanjo came to meet him he left space for Minan to slot home and make it 1-0 to Pulpi! The game ebbed and flowed with both side showing potential to score again, then in the 78th minute Pedro saw a second yellow card for a foul on Mansour that saw him in an early bath. Huercal Overa CF now took the game to the home side but sadly without a recognized Striker were left lacking in front of goal. The best chance to draw level fell to Mansour in the 87th minute when the ball found him on the edge of the 6 yard box but he fired wide to huge groans

19th Hole Golf Society. Cucador. Thursday 14th March found 20 members of the 19th Hole Golf Society arriving at the unearthly hour of 9.00am to take our 1st tee time of 9.28 at the beautiful Desert Springs course.

The breeze was chilly but with no real strength, similarly the sun, although shining brightly, was struggling to cancel out the coolness of the breeze as our leading 4 ball left the 1st tee. The course, as always, was in near perfect condition with fairways that looked and felt like well kept garden lawns. Unfortunately the wind strengthened causing problems for all the players in this Fourball competition, and the back nine scores reflected the conditions. As well as the worsening wind conditions some players had even more difficulties to contend with. Graham Ablett putted a 30´ putt to within 2” of the flag only to realize that the flag he was aiming at so accurately had been removed from the hole by John Haydon and was about 2 yards from the cup!. Graham I’ve got the telephone number of

Specsavers if you would like it. Poor Terry Caddick had his own difficulties and challenges, on the 18th fairway he took a practice swing that, unfortunately, struck the ball which trickled forward about three yards, I thought it a bit unfair that his playing partner Gary Grey pointed out that it was Terry’s straightest shot he had played all day.

Pete Dow was again practicing diligently his club throwing. His five iron is now going much farther than his pitching wedge which is a sure sign of improvement!! Graham Ablett, in spite of his dodgy eyes, managed the nearest the pin on the 17th and nearest the pin with the second shot on the par 4 6th hole as well as scoring a Two on the 17th. Well done Graham just imagine how much better you could play if you could see!. Alan Chippendale also scored a Two on the 14th, to maintain his reputation as the short game specialist, well done Alan. The Fourball results showed how the conditions deteriorated and made

Windy in Lorca Badgers Golf Society made their first away day trip of the year to Lorca Golf Resort on Thursday 14th March.

from the travelling fans. The game ended 1-0 to Pulpi in an entertaining game in front of 200 fans, half of which were Away support. Next up for Huercal Overa CF is a Home fixture on Saturday the 23rd of March at 17:15. Contact for more details also log on to Youtube and view the Huercal Overa CF TV channel!

Arriving in Lorca for their round of golf, they found a very windy course to test their skills on. The course itself was in very good condition with quick greens to add to the testing winds. Taming the winds and the course to top the winners list was Colm O’Keeffe with 39pts, in 2nd place with 37 pts was Richard Jones and 3rd place went to Roger James on 36pts. Nearest the

pins went to Keith Bradley (Badger), Trevor Boss and Colm O’Keeffe, and nearest the pin in 2 on the 18th went to Richard Jones who managed to drive the green off the tee and narrowly missing the putt for a 2 and an eagle. There was only 3 two’s on the day, these going to Derick Dale and 2 of them going to Colm O’Keeffe who had an eagle 2 at the par 4 second hole. Saturday 16th March Badgers visited Macenas for their weekly Saturday rollup. Topping the scoring on

scoring very challenging. In 3rd place were Mark Danson and Alan Chippendale with 32 points from Terry Caddick and Gary Grey with 33 points, but the winners were The Dream Team of John Haydon and Lee Coxon with 35 points. Well done to all the players for maintaining a good attitude and sense of humour on what was a very difficult but enjoyable day. Thanks to all the members who support the 19th Hole Golf Society. Results:Competition


1st 35 points John Haydon, Lee Coxon 2nd 33 points Caddick, Gary Grey


3rd 32 points Mark Danson, Alan Chippendale The 19th hole G/S are now arranging weekly games at various courses in the area, our home course, which we will play fortnightly, is Aguilon. If you are interested in joining the 19th hole give the secretary a ring on 610340653. or email

the day was Neil Bown with 37pts from Dave Wright in 2nd place with 36pts Forthcoming fixtures are. Wed 20th Desert Springs, Sat 23rd Macenas, Wed 27th Valle de Este, Sat 30th Macenas, Wed 3rd April Macenas Badgers Golf Society also plays every Saturday at Macenas. 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



PRESIDENT V CAPTAIN’S TEAMS DAY AND PRESENTATION DAY On an overcast and very windy Sunday the President and Captain’s teams took to the green. Captain Brian Saunders had thought out some novel bowling games for this annual event. President John Sephton informed the players of both teams that this years charity was MACs and that the proceeds from the raffle and €2 donations from each player would be going to help this deserving charity. After two games the Captain’s team had a very healthy lead and after lunch the skies darkened the third game ‘rotational triples’ was played but then the heavens opened and only one end of the ‘Hawaiian slide’ was played when everyone made

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The Star Of The Week Was Our Most Senior Member At Over 80 Years Of Age Martin De Bruin Scored 36pts To Take Top Spot. 2nd Place Was

• This weekend and also next Tuesday and Wednesday, 53 European countries will play two vital World Cup 2014 qualifiers ahead of next year’s competition in Brazil. • On Saturday, England meet San Marino and then travel to group leaders Montenegro next Wednesday evening. Wales and Scotland play each other in Cardiff before taking on Croatia and Serbia respectively; Northern Ireland entertain Russia and Israel over the fiveday period while the Republic of Ireland visit Sweden and then play Austria to Dublin. • On Saturday, Manchester United extended their lead at the top of the Premiership to 15 points after beating Reading 1-0 while neighbours City lost 2-0 at Everton. • At the bottom of the table, the vital six-pointer ended Aston Villa 3 QPR 2; Southampton beat Liverpool 3-1 and Wigan scored late to defeat Newcastle 2-1. • Frank Lampard scored his 200th Chelsea goal in a 2-0 victory over West Ham; Dimitar Berbatov returned to White Hart Lane to score Fulham’s winner against Spurs; Arsenal kept alive their hopes of a top-four finish with victory at Swansea, while Sunderland, Norwich, Stoke and WBA all earned points. • Championship leaders Cardiff won at Hillsborough to increase their advantage over Hull to seven points; Doncaster Rovers and Gillingham top Leagues One and Two. • SPL champions-elect Celtic came back from 3-1 down to beat Aberdeen 4-3.

CABRERA LAWN BOWLS CLUB a dash for the welcoming club house and the presentation of the trophies won over the past year and the excellent Bar-B-Que ably provided by the social committee and members and an evening of entertainment provided by member Eric Nicholson and

Valle Del Este Golf Society Another Full Sheet This Visitor Graham Sissons Wit Week On Both Tuesday & Friday With 28 Players Taking Part. Tuesdays Team Game Was Won By Lawson Langley,Ray Harrison,Malcolm Cleiffe & Alan Byran


35pts Just Pipping Alan Byran On Countback With 35pts. Alan Byran Seems To Have Hit Some Winning Form Since Losing Some Weight And Getting The Sun On His Back After The Winter In The U.K. Nearest The Pins Dick Hull & Graham Sissons. With The Course Busy Over The Next Few Weeks Please Check Teetimes With The Committee

his trusty guitar. Well done Captain Brian’s team. Better luck next year President. Photo: Winning Team Captain Brian Saunders on the left receiving the Presidents Trophy from President John Sephton.

On Mob 634379887. Booking Golf Buggies Is The Player Responsibility So Book Direct With The Golf Shop. Quote For The Week If A Lot Of People Gripped A Knife And Fork The Way They Do A Golf Club, They”D Starve To Death. Enjoy Your Golf At Valle Del Este.

• And St Mirren collected their first silverware for 26 years by beating Hearts 3-2 to win the Scottish League Cup for the first time ever. • Wales out-muscled, out-played and outscored England 30-3 to win the 2013 Six Nations title. • Wooden-spoonists France beat Scotland 23-16 and Italy defeated Ireland 22-15. • Harlequins’ treble hopes are still alive following victory over Sale Sharks 32-14 in the LV=Cup final. • Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus) won the opening Grand Prix of 2013 in Melbourne. Fernando Alonso was second and reigning champion Sebastian Vettel third. The last time Raikkonen won the first F1 race of the season was in 2007, the year he became champion driver. The second GP takes place this weekend in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. • Spain’s Rafael Nadal beat Juan Martin del Potro in the final of the Indian Wells Tennis Open. Argentinian del Potro had defeated Andy Murray and ended Novak Djokovic’s 22-match unbeaten run in earlier rounds. • The rain-effected second New ZealandEngland cricket Test ended in a draw; so it’s level pegging with one to play in the threematch series. EUROPEAN DRAWS The quarter-finals of the Champions League will feature Bayern Munich v. Juventus, Malaga v. Borussia Dortmund, Paris St-German (David Beckham) v. Barcelona (Lionel Messi) and Real Madrid v. Galatasaray. In the Europa League it’s Chelsea v. Rubin Kazan, Spurs v. Basel, Benfica v. Newcastle and Lazio v. DID YOU KNOW? The tallest player currently in the Football League is Birmingham City’s Serbian striker Nikola Zigic at 6ft 8ins. He is paid £56,000-a-week!


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physical preparations for the upcoming 2013 season. Richard Scott, Head Coach for Middlesex County Cricket Club said: “We chose Desert Springs to give a large proportion of our squad the chance to physically train in a different environment and also to work outside for the first time this year on fielding skills.” Richard continued: “The players were accommodated within the luxury Colonial Apartments at the resort, sharing twin rooms, which were clean and up to date with each apartment housing a total of four Accommodation for the Middlesex County Cricket Club players, staff and coaches was provided in the Luxury Colonial Apartments available at Desert Springs. Richard added: “We had exclusive use of the gym and the full size international football pitch on a daily basis and utilised the ‘trim trail’ cross country tracks laid out around the golf

course and mountain bikes, which were made available, for the whole squad, to provide variation. Tee times were booked on the excellent Indiana golf course for the afternoon as part of our package. Desert Springs provided menus, which were agreed in advance and the standard of the food was excellent. Nourishment packs, which included water, snack bars, fruit etc. were also provided. The service within Desert Springs is first class and everyone in all departments ensured our stay went to plan and was enjoyable.” For details of Golf & Sports Training Camps, Corporate Golf Events and Meetings at Desert Springs call 01242 680 116 or visit the website, www. To find out more about the Middlesex County Cricket Club visit the website

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Middlesex County Cricket Club completes a successful fourdays of warm weather fitness and cricket training at the Desert Springs Resort in Almeria, Spain. Back Row - Fifth in From Left to Right, Middlesex County Cricket Club Managing Director of Cricket, Angus Fraser - Back Row - Ninth in From Left to Right: Richard Scott, Head Coach, Middlesex County Cricket Club with his training staff and 16 squad members. Middlesex’s players are now back in England having completed a successful four-days of warm weather fitness and cricket training between 26th February & 1st March at Desert Springs Resort, Europe’s only international awardwinning luxury family resort and championship desert golf course in the Almanzora region of Almeria in southeast Spain. Sixteen squad players completed a number of training sessions per day for four days as they stepped up their


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