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Over a hundred Harley Davidson lovers attended the ‘Almería HOG Rally’ image www.wallgood.com

The sixth edition of the ‘Almería HOG Rally’ brought together more than 100 Harley Davidson lovers from all over Spain. The event was organised by the Club AlmeríaChapter and the Concesionario Oficial Harley-Davidson de Almería. The organisers chose as their base the Hotel Portomagno in Aguadulce. From there the attendees rode a variety of routes with the aim of really getting to know the Poniente region and the lower Alpujarra Almeriense. As usual, the organisers enjoyed the cooperation of the Authorities of the Municipalities visited and the Guardia Civil de Tráfico, who accompanied the riders on the Saturday stage. Throughout the weekend a number of activities took place. Among which the visit to the premises of the agricultural company of ClisolAgro, where they explored the gems of the Mediterranean garden planted with sustainable and healthy methods. The Propia Gerente, Lola Gómez Ferrón, directed the tour, which proved an eyeopener for the bikers. The same afternoon the riders attended the traditional flag parade through the main streets of Aguadulce and the Puerto Deportivo.

Manuel Rodríguez, explained that ‘the purpose of the HOG Rally is that enthusiasts of this legendary brand enjoy a few days together, at the same time being made aware of the attractions offered by the province of Almería.’ This meeting is not the only one of its kind organised by the AlmeríaChapter. Throughout the year they organise routes in and out of the Province, solidarity campaigns, participation in celebrations such as the Noche en Blanco and the Desfile at the Feria del Mediodía which is organised by the Ayuntamiento de Almería and the Asociación Provincial de Empresarios de Hostelería, Ashal.

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The Independent Theatre Group Out in Front Once Again “It Runs in the Family” By Master of Farce – Ray Cooney

After the long summer break, The Independent Theatre Group is returning with a fast flowing farce direct from it’s smash hit run in London’s West End, - “It Runs in the Family” by the master of farce – Ray Cooney. Once again we have the pleasure of introducing some new members to the Almanzora Valley stages as well our loyal and well loved members who many have seen before in our previous productions. The Group, started in existence with a Ray Cooney Farce – “Run for Your Wife” and since our formation we have regularly returned to this genre over the years. This story has all the usual attributes of farce, for which we are well known. - Six doors, double windows, double meanings, innuendoes, confusion and chaos, the list goes on. The story of this play centres round Dr. David Mortimore, a married neurologist with racked nerves, who is warming up for a career-making lecture. In bursts Jane Tate (once Nurse Tate) with the reasons for her hasty departure, 18 years and 9 months ago. Dr. Mortimore, you see, is the father of her 18-year-old daughter, Lesley, who has been picked up for drunken driving among other things and is now crying for her “long-lost daddy.” Needless to say, one character after another is bounding through doors that swing or slam in the doctors’ lounge at St. Andrew’s Hospital in London, and count among them other doctors, His wife, a police sergeant, an elderly patient who is forever in and out of a wheelchair, and a matron, addressed as Matron, a matriarch in her own rights and on occassions somewhat sever, as well as others adding to the mahem. The theatre we use in Cantoria – Teatro Saavedra – is still undergoing renovations, due to finish after Christmas, so we are presenting the play at Teatro Pedro Gilabert in Arboleas, commencing this week on Friday 25th October, Saturday 26th October and on Sunday 27th October. Friday and Saturday performances commence at 7.30 p.m. and Sunday is a matinee at 3.30p.m. and tickets are available on the door, from Total Entertainment, Girasol and 1Stop Pools in Albox and from Essentials and Sophia’s in Arboleas

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Double win for the Ford-Dunn brothers at Alicante’s Spanish Supermoto round

Both the Ford-Dunn brothers were in dominant form at last weekends 4th round of the Spanish Supermoto championship held at Villena, Alicante. The British brothers who live in Murcia had been training hard over the summer to make sure they were in top form for the final rounds of the season, and it showed with both brothers qualifying in 2nd

position in their respective classes giving them a front row starting position for their races. Anthony was the first to race in the prestigious SM Open class and secured the overall win for the day by taking a win and two second positions from his three races, beating the reigning Spanish

champion Francesca Cucharera and former Spanish champion Israel Escalera. Anthony’s last race was gripping as he fought through to 2nd position after a bad start that gave him enough points to take the overall victory. Next out was older brother Mat who was racing in the SM Master 35 class. Mat finished a close 2nd in his first race and knew that to take the overall win and maintain his championship lead then a win in the 2nd race was the only option. Before Mat had even lined up on the grid for the second race he was in trouble as the toll of racing in 30 degrees of heat on a rough track had given him chronic cramps in his arms and legs that made racing impossible. The start of the race was delayed slightly whilst mat was fed salt on the grid until the cramps subsided and racing could start. Once the race started Mat found himself in third position with some work to do to get to the front, but he did just that with an

outstanding effort that saw him dive down the inside of the leader to take the lead and the win on the last corner of the last lap. The 2-1 result gave him the overall win and both brothers stood on the top step of the podium at the end of the days racing. Team Sponsor Shane Stratton from Stratton Motorsports had flown in to watch the days racing and was delighted with the double victory and the possibility of clinching the SM Master championship at the forth coming Albaida race. With Mat now holding a 20 point lead in the SM Master 35 Spanish

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Glasses that can translate a menu have been demonstrated by a major Japanese mobile operator. NTT Docomo’s wearable Intelligent Glasses can project an image of translated text over unfamiliar characters, the company said. The spectacles also allow the wearer to view and manipulate virtual images. The wearable technology was demonstrated at Ceatec 2013, a consumer electronics show in Japan. NTT Docomo said that Intelligent Glasses could be a boon to tourists. “Character recognition technology enables instant language translation for users travelling abroad and reading restaurant menus and other documents,” NTT Docomo said. Translated text The glasses, which are still at a research stage, can show translated text in a user’s first language, according to the company. The head-mounted display can translate Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean languages. Translation takes over five seconds for the prototype. The technology can also turn flat surfaces into pseudo-touchscreens, NTT Docomo said. A person can manipulate a virtual image in their field of vision using a ring that relays hand movements on the blank surface back to the glasses. The spectacles also use facial recognition software to display personal details of a person who is in view, the company added. The data is called up from remote servers using smartphones. Wearable tech Wearable technologies have “tremendous potential, but face a lot of hurdles”, IDC consumer technology consultant Jonathan Gaw told the BBC. “Small-bore applications like on-the-fly menu translation won’t sell a pair of smart glasses on their own, but a large eco system of applications might,” he said. Smart glasses face immediate issues of size, weight and battery life, Mr Gaw said. In the consumer world, fashion and social acceptability concerns also come into play, he added. Some of the major technology companies are in the process of developing wearable technology. For example, Google is developing head-mounted spectacles as part of the Google Glass project.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Day “Wear It Pink” Breast Cancer Awareness Day was held at the Amigo’s Bowling Centre in Arboleas on National Breast Cancer Day. The event organised by Carrie Green and Helen Simpson, along with much support from Centre Manager Paul Bourke and Centre Business Manager Michelle Thorley Tsatsenko and all the centre staff. The Day was well supported by local Charities F.A.C.E. (Fundraising in Arboleas, Caring for Everybody), M.A.C.S. (Mojacar Area Cancer Support), and The Royal British Legion (Zurgena and district combined with the Albox branch). Local business also supported the event and so did the Angels Group. Entertainment was provided by the Julie Bruce Zumbachica’s and Chico, the Cerocaholics (Ceroc Dancers), a Rock ‘n’ Roll Demonstration Group, Carrie’s Dusty Boots and DJ Steve King. There were also Bowling Competitions and a Pool Competition. 100€ Was donated by “Walk For Life”. As a result of every bodies efforts, a grand total in excess 760€ was raised for the “Wear It Pink” charity and further small amounts of money were also raised by the other charities present. For further information please contact Carrie Green Telephone number 627 279 584. Richard B. Tolman Photographs attached 031 - The Julie Bruce Zumbachica’s and Chico. 032 - The Royal British Legion. 037 - Rock ‘n’ Rollers - Dave and Kim Warner. 039 - The Ceroholic’s - Ceroc Dancer’s. 041 - F.A.C.E. (Fundraising in Arboleas, Caring for Everybody) Committee Members Amanda Maunders and Carrie Green. 046 - “Carrie’s Dusty Boots” 050 - DJ Steve King plays the M.A.C.S. (Mojacar Area Cancer Support) “Play Your Cards Right” with Helen Simpson. 051 - Eleanor Tolman Wins “Name The Cake” and is presented with the prize of a Full Night Out At Amigo’s Bowling Centre by Josh Thorley and Carrie Green.

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Is exercise as effective as drugs for heart disease and diabetes? A new study, published in the British Medical Journal, suggests that exercise and drugs often have similar results when used to treat heart disease, prevent diabetes and for stroke rehabilitation. The researchers even found that in some cases, exercise was more effective. “No statistically detectable differences were evident between exercise and drug interventions in the secondary prevention of coronary heart disease and prediabetes,” the study’s authors wrote. “Physical activity interventions were more effective than drug treatment among patients with stroke.” While this study isn’t a license to forgo pills that have been prescribed to you, it’s definitely worth adding more exercise to your daily routine - and even talking to your doctor about whether you could replace your pills with a structured fitness program. After all, the benefits of exercise are plentiful, and well documented. Just going for a long walk every day lowers your blood pressure, can help you lose weight, and could reduce your risk for breast cancer.

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9 Health Benefits of Almonds:

Serums are thick liquid-like products with active ingredients like vitamins and anti-oxidants that are formulated with smaller molecules so they can penetrate deep into the skin. Serums are designed to penetrate and treat various skin conditions, such as redness, dehydration or lack of firmness, wrinkles, dark spots or to brighten the skin. A facial serum or a facial moisturizer? Are you finding it hard to decide what’s better for your skin: a facial serum or a facial moisturizer? Here’s what you need to know.

How to choose the right serum? Choosing a facial serum for a particular skin type or concern can be difficult; read labels to figure out which ones are best for your complexion. When choosing a facial serum, keep in mind your skin type, whether it is oily, dry, combination or sensitive. Then,

How to properly apply a serum? Things get a little more complicated when you are also using facial serum facial serum – when should you apply your serum and when should you apply your moisturizer, and what about the toner? Well, first start with your toner. If you have dry skin, apply the serum serum right away, when skin is still damp to seal in as much moisture as possible. Wait a few minutes until the serum is fully absorbed, and then apply your moisturizer. That will allow you to lock and increase the benefits of the serum. In other words, you apply the serum after your toner and before your moisturizer!

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1. They reduce heart attack risk. Those who consume nuts five times a week have about a 50 percent reduction in risk of heart attack according to the Loma Linda School of Public Health. 2. They lower ‘bad’ cholesterol. Almonds added to the diet have a favorable effect on blood cholesterol levels, according to a clinical study by Dr. Gene Spiller, Director of the Health Research and Studies Center, Inc. 3. They protects artery walls from damage. It was found that the flavonoids in almond skins work in synergy with the vitamin E, thus reducing the risk of heart disease (Research at Tufts University). 4. Almonds help build strong bones and teeth. The phosphorus in almonds helps make this possible. 5. They provide healthy fats and aid in weight loss: Although nuts are high in fat, frequent nut eaters are thinner on average than those who almost never consume nuts. (Data from the Nurses’ Health Study) Those who ate nuts at least two times per week were 31 percent less likely to gain weight than were those who never or seldom ate them in a study involving 8865 adults. (WHFood’s article on almonds) 6. Almonds lower the rise in blood sugar and insulin after meals 7. They help provide good brain function. Almonds contain riboflavin and L-carnitine, nutrients that boost brain activity and may also reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. 8. They nourish the nervous system. According to Ayurveda, almonds help increase high intellectual level and longevity. 9. They alkalize the body. Almonds are the only nut and one of the few proteins that are alkaline forming. When your body is not alkaline enough, you risk osteoporosis, poor immune function, low energy and weight gain. Did you know? Almonds are actually stone fruits related to cherries, plums and peaches. United States is the largest producer of almonds. From ancient Egypt to modern times, almonds have always been a popular ingredient in lotions and potions

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..take care of your pets

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The story of Toof

I was born in the streets of Mobile, Alabama. When I was a still a baby, I was dumped at the county shelter. I was only about eight weeks old and still living at the county shelter when some large dog viciously attacked and maimed me. I nearly died. Nearly ... The people at the county shelter deemed my injuries too severe and costly and thought it best to put me to sleep. However, the angels from the Mobile SPCA swooped down and whisked me back to their shelter because they weren’t about to let my life end before I ever had a chance to live it. The SPCA angels saved my life that day, but I was still badly injured. The attack left me deaf in my left ear, missing half my left ear, and my left rear leg had to be amputated at the hip. I had a rough puppyhood, to say the least. After I healed, I was put up for adoption by the SPCA, so they posted my story and picture on Petfinder. Days went by, yet no one showed up to meet me.

Weeks passed and not a single person called to ask about me. I went to the monthly Petsmart adoptions, but still no one wanted me. What was I doing wrong? I was as sweet and friendly as any dog out there and, not to sound conceited, but I’m pretty darn cute! After four months of rejection and disinterest, I was starting to give up hope. Just about then, a man and woman named Gary and Kathy came to meet me. They read my story, fell in love with me, and immediately adopted me. Gary and Kathy were thrilled to have me, but something bothered them. They were confused as to why no one else called in those four months. Gary and Kathy asked one of the SPCA angels if she knew the reason, and she replied, “When people read that Too Fab lost his leg, half his ear, and half his hearing, they moved on to the next dog because they don’t want a ‘damaged’ one or the extra work caring for a

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If you wish us to print an article about a particular topic, please e-mail info@daviessolicitors.com Q. My father has deceased in Aguamarga,Almería , Spain .He had a house in Spain worth approx. 200,000 euro and a bank account in Jersey worth £70,000.He was a Spanish resident and had made a will leaving his house and account to his three children in equal shares. (all three of us are resident in Sevilla ) A. You need to declare to the Spanish tax authorities both the house plus the funds (in any case the Spanish tax authorities in Spain know of its existence as I presume your father will have declared the existence of the funds in Jersey on his 720 form. The good news is that no tax will be due because each of the three children is entitled, as resident in Andalucia to an exemption of 175,000 euro on an inheritance received from his/her father. The law in Spain is simple: If the heir is a Spanish resident he/she pays inheritance tax on anything he/she receives anywhere in the world, (unless bilateral agreements with the country where the assets are situated say otherwise which is not the case with the UK) If the heir is non-resident of Spain he/she only pays inheritance tax in Spain on the assets he receives that are situated in Spain at the time of death.

Michael Davies is a Spanish Abogado and has been practicing law in Almería since 1993. He is member of the Law societies of Almería and Madrid and has offices in Mojacar and Almeria High Street.


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According to the General Council of Notaries’ statistics on housing transactions, the number of purchases made by foreign buyers increased by 22.6% during the second quarter of 2013. Specifically, these buyers purchased 14,593 homes in Spain in that period, which the notaries said represents a “significant increase over previous quarters”. In the distribution of these operations, those made by non-resident foreigners accounted for 54.9% of the total. The Council said that “the behaviour between the segment of resident and non-resident foreigners has been inconsistent”, and that the most likely trigger of this recent surge would be the authorisation to grant residency permits to purchasers of real estate with a value of 500,000 euros or more. The first quarter experienced a moderate increase of 4.4%, following a “strong” increase in transactions in the last quarter of 2012 due to the elimination of the tax deductions for house purchases, which came into force on 1st January, while nonresident foreigners were seen as the “engine” of all foreign transactions, increasing by 43% year-on-year. Bedar, 04288 (next to Miramar Restaurant)

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The British community has donated a collection of 350 euros for schools in the Municipality. The British community of Zurgena, in collaboration with parents of students as well as shops and local businesses, has donated 350 euros to the Ayuntamiento for improvements and maintenance of schools in the Municipality. The money has been raised by organising a charity event. It was attended by about 220 people and was enlivened by musical groups playing popular songs from the 60s, to the delight of the audience. The Estación de Renfe was the setting for a Gala starring typical English dishes prepared by residents of the community for the appreciation of the Zurgeneros. Peter Dell and Gary Bowen, residents of Zurgena of British origin, explained the aim of these solidarity actions at the donation ceremony at the Ayuntamiento. ‘This was the seventh year in a row that we have organized charity events. Although previously we designated the collection for the orphanage at Vera, this time we thought about helping our local community and its facilities.’ The Alcalde, Luis Díaz, thanked the organisers for what he saw as ‘an important symbolic gesture, full of good intentions.’ Accompanied by other councillors he praised ‘the tremendous effort,’ and promised that the English community ‘will be treated as it deserves, working with them in any way that you request.’ His words were backed by support from the Concejal de Tercera Edad y Comunidad Británica, Jim Simpson and the leader of the Comercio y Turismo, Sampo Penttila.

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The Villa also has massive terraces totalling 44.05mts² on the lower and upper level facing the golf course - the upper terrace also has great sea views. The Villa also benefits from an additional 225.10mts² of land which surrounds the property – this has been completely terraced by the existing owners. The property benefits from air conditioning (hot and cold), double glazed windows throughout, and all the terraces have retractable awnings and now there is a new

jacuzzi. This Villa really is an ideal full time residence or a holiday home, especially for the golf enthusiast. The resort where it is located has a large private outdoor swimming pool and a year round gymnasium. An early viewing is highly recommended to avoid disappointment. For more information or to book a viewing appointment please visit our office or contact us via phone or e-mail. Ref: 1479

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Large family villa with good sea views 4 beds, 3 baths all with AC/H, fully kitted for holiday lets just a few minutes walk from the beach private pool, carport. Must be seen.

REF: MEAP9509

129.000€

Alfaix

Los Gafares

REF: MECT8208

Modern villa, just 50 m from beach 181m² built and 523 m² plot 3 beds, 2 baths, space for pool Central heating, Furnished

319.000€

449.000€

REF: METH1513

REF: MEVL8709

Mojacar Playa All prices valid for 7 days from going to print. Fully compliant with decreto 218

105.000€

Marina de la Torre

“OPPORTUNITY” Apartment 72m² 2 beds, 2 baths, AC/H, Next to Golf course, furnished communal pool, garage

Macenas

1°floor aparment 84m² 3 beds, 2 baths, furnished Com pool, AC/H, parking, ready for rentals

Mojacar Playa

Det. villa 103m² on small community, 3 beds, 2 bath 150m from the sea, sun roof com. pool and gardens

Mojacar Playa

Mojacar Playa

Lifestyle Living Levante

Vera Playa

info@mojacarestates.com Mojacar: 950 478 935 Turre: 950 468 276 Avenida del Mediterraneo No 8 Mojacar

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property of the week Ref 651 VERA BEACH 58,500€ BARGAIN

BANK REPOSSESSIONS, apartment in immaculate condition, with 2 beds, 2 baths,with garden, 70m constructed, living/dining room, A/C hot & cold, beautiful swimming pool, private secure parking, close to amenities.

REF.014

MOJaCAR

470.000€

REF.652

MOJACAR

79.950€

REF.538

VILLARICOS

220,000€

BARGAIN

Luxury detached villa of 232m set in 6,000m plot, 4 double bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, with private covered pool and fruit trees, 3 separate 2 beds apartments with private access, 5 private locked garages and store area, reduced for quick sale from 900,000€

Ground floor golf apartment with 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, front sunnyterrace, complete equipped large kitchen &back patio, living/dining room, 2 beautiful swimming pools, fully furnished, great opportunity, in immaculate condition.

HARBOUR LIGHT, Charming first line town house, in excellent condition with wonderful sea & port views. 2 double bed,2 bath, Fully fitted air-con, underground parking and swimming pool, sold furnished, very centrally located.

REF.586

REF.583

REF.562

MOJCAR

124,950€

MOJACAR

99.000€

mojacar

329.950€

bargain

bargain

1ST floor apartment with 3double bed, 1family bathroom, loungeDiner,kitchen, 30m terrace with sea views, 3 swimming pools, tennis court, private parking space, lifts, furnished, walking distance to the beach, great value.

First line apartment with 3 beds, 1 bath,terrace with fabulous sea views, newly equipped kitchen, living/dining room, beautiful swimming pool, semi furnished, A/C hot and cold, easy access, walking distance to all amenities.

Superb detached 2nd line villa, stone throw away from the beach, with sea views. 3 beds, 1 baths,lounge, terraces and roof terrace, mature garden, plus a 2 bedrooms self-contained apartment, walking distance to the beach, red cross & pharmacy

REF.648

REF.649

REF.645

sorbas

250,000€

Cariatiz

299,000€

Tabernas

115,000€

Wonderful cortijo in good condition with seperate guest house,set on a mature elevated plot with beautiful swimming pool and lovely country views. Main house with 3 beds, 2 baths, guest house - lounge,kitchen,2 beds,bath. 30 mins to the coast.

Beautiful totally restored Cortijo full of character and charm, set on a landscaped elevated plot of 2,000m2. 3 beds, 2 baths, enclosed courtyard, fantastic pool área.220m built. Air-con and central heating.25 mins to the coast.

Charming cortijo ready to move into but needing some reform, set on a superb 5,000m2 plot with huge swimming pool and amazing mountain views. 105m2 built - 2 beds,bath.Large attached garage - easily converted into further accommodation

Ref.640 Cabo de Gata 180,000€

REF.601

REF.575

Excellent opportunity - spacious corner house over 3 floors in good condition with 4 beds, 2 baths, 2 lounges - 120m2 built.Front garden and roof terrace with wonderful mountain and sea views.Only 5 mins drive to the beach.

Sorbas

59,500€

Carboneras

129,000€

REDUCED

REDUCED

Fantastic opportunity - semi-detached cortijo of 130m2,full of character and charm with a beautiful garden of 300m2.Ready to move into but needs some minor updating.3 double beds,2 baths.Wooden beams and log-burner.Huge roof terrace with amazing views.Patio and car port.30 mins to the coast.

Charming cortijo in good condition,set in a very tranquil location yet only 15 mins to the beach.Main house - 3 beds,family bath. Separate self-contained 1 bed annexe.1000m2 plot(space for pool)large garage.Phone and sat TVconnected.

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• VH418 €135,000 Reduced • 2 bed, 1 bath Coastal House • San Juan de Los Terreros • 1km to the beach • Front & rear garden • Communal pool with 6 others

UNDER

OFFER

• VH364 €114,950 Reduced • ¾ bed, 2 bath Country House • Includes separate apartment • 6552m2 of flat land • 5 mins drive to Huercal Overa

€259,950

SOLD • VH555 €69,995 Reduced • 3 bed, 1 bath Village/Country House • Quality Renovation • 800m2 garden • 5 mins drive to Zurgena

• VH322 €89,000 • San Juan de Los Terreros • 2 bed, 1 bath villa • Fully furnished • Sun roof & small garden


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Cole’s of Andalucia welcome new listings to our property sales portfolio both coastal and inland. We cover a wide area including rural inland and are actively seeking new listings after an extremely busy period. If you have a fully legal property for sale you would like to list with us or would like a free no obligation valuation please contact us on the details below for more information. We offer a no sale no fee listing, absolutely no charges upfront and a fair low commission upon a successful sale. Please call and speak to Simon or Tim to see how we can help get your property sold.

REF: LOB4T05 reduced to €94,950€ A 4 bed 2 bath townhouse in Los Lobos very near San Juan. Inc huge private garage & storeroom, sunny roof solarium, air-con, fully furn, large communal pool, walking distance to amenities, just a 6-7 min drive to the beaches of San Juan.

REF: VAL2AJ04 bargain at 89,000€ A penthouse 2 bed 2 bath apartment on Valle del Este with a large private solarium, full air-con, all furniture, pool and great views across the course and to the sea. An immaculate home

REF: ARB3VH17 129,000€ A detached 3 bed 2 bath villa in the Arboleas area with private pool, furniture, full air-con, plot of 1300m2 and a build size of 122m2. Great mountain views and superb value price just 129,000€ and offers invited for a quick sale.

REF: ARB4VC02 139,950€ 4 bed 2 bath detached villa in Arboleas close to the village centre. With 10m pool, furniture, covered day room, off road parking, air-con, mature gardens and a corner aspect. A bargain now of the highest quality just 139,950€

REF: VAL3TN02 107,950€ 3 bed 3 bath triplex style home on Valle del Este just reduced. A huge home, great views & offers pool, parking, all furniture, air-con, gardens, terraces & open fire. Just walk in & start enjoying! Price 107,950€ offers invited!

REF: GAL2APA01 64,950€ 2 bed 1 bath 74m2 ground apartment in Los Gallardos with large terrace, communal pool, private secure parking, all furniture and a central village location with all shops a short stroll away.

REF: ORI3V09 reduced to 149,500€ A delightful 3 bed 2 bath villa located in Los Cerricos village. Amazing views & striking features this home leaves a real wow. Outside kitchen, solarium, 10,000m2 plot and a huge 180m2 build size. Just reduced to 149,500€

REF: PIN3VM01 299,950€ A luxury detached villa in the heart of El Pinar village that just has to be viewed. 245m2 build on a plot of over 1000m2. Private pool, outbuildings, solarium, 2 lounges, outside bar & entertaining courtyard, very private aspect . A stunning home! Priced 299,950€

REF: ARB3VHU08 €149,950 A detached villa in Arboleas, many extras. 3 bed 2 bath villa inc a large covered summer terrace, storerooms, pool, 908m2 plot, covered porch, mature gardens, air-con & a private plot with high boundary walls . Now just 149,950€

REF: RORIA4V03 104,950 € A huge 200m2 + detached villa in Rambla de Oria. 4 bed 4 bath with plot of 464m2. Great rural views, private pool, solarium terrace, gardens and furniture included. A very large family home. Close offers invited

REF: RET3V07 159,950€ A detached villa in Partaloa, reat rural views, pool, covered fly free eating terrace, stunning tower feature with raised dining area, walking distance to amenities. Many extras. A beautiful home. Price €159,950

REF: SOR2V01 99,950 € A detached rural villa in Sorbas, fantastic views over Olive groves & back to Sorbas town. 2 bed 2 bath with store, private 250 tree olive grove, solarium and 8878m2 plot. A bargain now at €99,950

For more information or viewings please contact us on the details below please contact us for more information:

Tel: 950 469 592 Mobile: 697 640 681 www.colespain.com info@colespain.com


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Detached apartments in Paraje Cañada del Herrero (Zurgena) with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms with 83 m2 and plot.

OPPORTUNITY!!! A Villa on a 700m2 plot for sale or rent. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Very quiet area with spectacular views and just 20 minutes from the beach.

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105,000€

470€ month Villa in los llanos de arboleas

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A lovely house of

72,000€ apartments in zurgena 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms with 71 m2 with kitchen and communal roof terrace.

BARGAIN 101,39 square meters built. Two bedroom duplex in La Alfoquia with fitted kitchen with white goods, communal pool, private parking space and garden.

116 m2 on a plot. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, big kitchen and terrace. Quiet area close to Arboleas.

from 44.000€

44,000€

350€ month

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Find us on avenida puente no.11, albox just before the old bridge on the right

Near Fines: Great investment opportunity, furnished 2 bed villa with good size plot, space for pool only 59,995€

Oria: Large 4 bed detached villa (216m2), 2.000m2 plot, must be viewed to be appreciated. Only 125.000€

La Cinta: Beautiful Country house, currently 2 apts but easily converted to large house, 5 beds, 2 baths, 3 lounges. Only 115,000€

El Prado, Immaculate 2 bed, 2 bath villa, landscaped gardens, stunning views and excellent location. Only 84,995€

Limaria: Fully legal urban plots, 625m2-900m2, water and electric on site. Land from 38.000€ Villa projects from 40.000€

Oria: 18.000m2 plot with 2 detached villas requiring finishing, great views and access - NOT Rambla. 49.995€

Tel: 950 431 855 / 661 143 871

Mojacar Playa: New 1&2 bed high spec apartments, sea views, underground car parking, 100% mortgages available. From 85,000€

Vera: New 2 bed apartment in town centre, excellent rental or investment. Only 49.000€

Mojacar Playa: 3 bed, 2 bath house, terrace, one minute walk to beach and commercial centre. Great rental potential 110,000€

Mojacar: 500m2 plot with outline planning permission, perfect location, sea views. 59.995€

sales rentals insurance (car home)

Oria: Stunning 3 bed, 2 bath detached villa with 30,000m2 plot, Peaceful location, large lounge. 149,995€

Bedar: 6.000m2 plot of land with 100m2 structure for finishing or new build, beautiful location, great views only 59.995€

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A1165 Mojacar Playa €169,000

A1178 Mojacar Playa €148,000 DV1283 Huerta Nueva €260,000 DV1286 Aqua Nueva €185,000 Quality ground floor apartment of 70m2 + 37m2 on popular complex, with views over the community gardens and pool to the sea. 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, terrace. Furnished. Underground parking.

A very attractive detached quality built villa of 146 m2 on 476 m2 near to Los Gallardos. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, integral garage, pool & roof terrace. Only 10 mins drive from local beaches.

An attractive detached villa of 84 m2 on 400 m2 in walking distance of the town centre with panoramic views. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, huge underbuild, gardens & carport. 10 mins drive from local beaches.

South-facing ground floor apartment of 70m2+ 12m2 terrace & sea views on a smart urbanisations. 2 bedrooms , 2 bathrooms. Lovely community gardens & pool. In walking distance of shops & beaches.

A1182 Mojacar Playa €115,000

A1181 Puerto Rey €129,950

A1143 Mojacar Playa €99,995

DV1207 Cortijo Grande €299,000

Immaculate ground floor apartment of 82m2 on a small urbanisation with superb sea views & very near to the beach. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Community terrace & pool. Off street parking.

Quality penthouse apartment of 77m2 with terrace & roof terrace. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Underground parking. Pretty views over the community pools & gardens. All amenities & beaches nearby.

Quality ground floor apartment of 78 m2 in walking distance of the restaurants, bars & beach. 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom. Easy parking. Beautiful community gardens, pool & patio.

A fully renovated detached cortijo of 309m2 on 4,000m2 with stunning views. 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, quality fitted kitchen. Carport. Beautiful gardens & pool. A short drive to golf, towns & beaches.

A1136 Mojácar Playa €115,000

LV630 Turre €99,950

Quality apartment of 71 m2 terrace of 23 m2 with sea views. 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom. In immaculate order. Carport. Fabulous pool & gardens. Part furnished.

Well presented, immaculate townhouse 99m2 on a small cpmplex with community pool & underground parking. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, utility room/ storeroom. Furnished. 10 min drive to beach.

LV640 Cortijo Grande €97,500 Lovely furnished front-line golf townhouse of 89 m2 with breathtaking views over the golf course. 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, private terrace. Short drive to towns & beaches.

A1059

Villaricos

€95,0000

Nice quality apartment of 61 m2 + garage of 13 m2. 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom & terrace. Situated in a very pretty urbanisation with superb communal gardens & pool.2 mins walk from the marina.

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We are able to organise Energy Efficiency Certificates at very competitive prices Contact us for more details All properties listed with Price Brown comply with the consumer protection act - decreto 218/2005 11 Octobre (Andalucia).

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This is a rare opportunity to buy a ruin with a sea view, set in 23,000m2 of beautiful land , less than 5 minutes drive from Lubrin town. We can not guarantee that this ruin can be rebuilt under the current laws however this would make an ideal location for a log cabin or mobile home.

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Ashley Taylor Dawson is the one to watch

Strictly Come Dancing BBC1 Saturday 26th October 7.30

Hollyoaks’ hunk Ashley Taylor Dawson is the one to watch – and not just because he was the first celeb this year to bare his torso. Factor in handsome pros such as Aljaz and Artem, and Darcey can’t be the only one who’s finding it difficult to concentrate on the dancing! Under the guidance of teacher Ola Jordan, Ashley’s footwork can only go from strength to strength. IMAGE:WWW.WHATSONTV.CO.UK

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Is it just us or are the judges being overly nice this year? Gary started out trying to fill Simon Cowell’s bad-guy boots, but it looks like Auntie Sharon’s warm and fuzzy vibes are rubbing off on the once-grumpy judge. It is his final series after all, so why not leave on a good note? But could Gary also bag a win with The Groups? Kingsland Road are a readymade pop act (they’ve got the hair to prove it), while Rough Copy were second favourites following the first live show. If both are still in the running, there could be a battle of the boy bands on the cards. Even if the lads don’t survive the viewers’ vote, we doubt it’ll be the end of the Road… Look out, One Direction! WHATSONTV.CO.UK

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ABBA Eagles tribute Elite band see board for details of all entertainment DON’T COOK, JUST EAT COMING SOON DELIVERY

SERVICE - MOJACAR AREA. SATURDAYS ONLY TO START

music every sunday: from 4pm

Fresh d eer Battere mojacar playa between Lua & Moma Beach B s Fish & Chip

telephone: 950 473 135

Open 10am till late 7 days a week

Preparation method: Base:

• 55g butter •200g digestive biscuits, crushed •55g white sugar

Filling:

•16oz Philadelphia cream cheese •1/3RD cup Baileys •225g sugar •8oz double cream, whipped •grated chocolate •quarter cup of water, cold •1 pack gelatine You will need an 8inch loose bottom cake tin

1. Mix the 55g sugar, crushed biscuits and melted butter together in a pan. 2. Firmly press the mixture into the bottom of the cake tin using your hand 3. Place the water in a pan, sprinkle the gelatine over the top and leave to stand for 1 minute. Cook on a low heat for 3 minutes stirring continuously. Once all the granules have dissolved set aside 4. Mix the cream cheese and sugar and Baileys in small amounts, alternatively until its all mixed into the cream cheese. Beat well with a blender between each addition.(Tip: Do not mix the gelatine and baileys together to add to the cream cheese, it will curdle and form lumps in the finished cheesecake, add them separately) 5. Refrigerate the mixture until slightly thickened about 2030 mins 6. Meanwhile whip the double cream 7. Add the cream to mixture and stir in gently 8. Once mixed together pour over the crust and refrigerate 9. If desired grate chocolate on top for decoration

Recipe by Nicki Johnson, arroyo albanchez

email your favourite recipes to editor@soltimes.com

Bar Unique Under New Management

Brand New Menu Daily Entertainment

IN OUR BEER GARDEN

Sunday 27th October at 4pm Kris Kelly performing all your favourite Country & Western hits. See community news for other forthcoming events.

Thai Tapas Now Available

Tapas, Pizza, Thai Set Menu Now available Tostados, Snacks, and Breakfasts Choice of 3 courses inc. small beer, Large Bacon Bap with Tea or Coffee wine, soft drink or coffee for 14.95€ - 2.95€ Bookings are now being taken for Christmas Eve. Atlantis performing from 8pm. Free entry. Food Available. Christmas Day set menu 45€ Limited availability so booking advisable

For more info or bookings contact Glenn on 634 393 235 or email barunique@hotmail.com

All Sports La liga Premier League Free Wifi Behind the Happy Garden 1 Rio Guadiana on the 04660 Almeria Big Screen We open from 12 daily and Saturday at 10am


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Blind entrepreneur launches app

A blind entrepreneur has launched a new app to revolutionise the way Britain’s 1.5 million visually impaired people eat out in the country’s restaurants. Matthew Wadsworth created the Good Food Talks app after discovering many blind and visually impaired people share his frustration at having menus read out loud to them.

Braille and large-print menus are also difficult to keep up to date. The businessman and musician, 38, was convinced there was a better way and the solution came to hand – his smartphone.

“The idea is that whether you are totally blind and use the textto-speech software or simply need to invert colours or zoom to make things clearer, the app makes ordering in a restaurant a less stressful experience,” said Mr Wadsworth.

Good Food Talks uses GPS tracking to display the nearest dining outlets signed up to the scheme. It uses a database of menus and the accessibility functions of your smartphone to take the stress out of ordering. While some restaurants offer Braille menus, this is not a complete solution since only 1 per cent of people in this category in the UK can read Braille.

In a survey run in conjunction with the Macular Society, the entrepreneur found that 87 per cent of visually impaired diners rely on their companions to read the menu aloud. Mr Wadsworth added: “The hope is that, with the app, everyone at the table is more equal, making dining out more dignified for everyone.”

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Mr Wadsworth isn’t your everyday businessman. Born blind, he was the first blind student to attend the Royal Academy of Music and is a lute virtuoso. Last year, he played at the Paralympics closing ceremony. The principle behind Good Food Talks is that “visually impaired people shouldn’t have to pay to read a restaurant menu”. Instead, restaurants pay to upload menus and the scheme has been welcomed by the Sustainable Restaurant Association. A spokesman for the organisation said, “It should be a no-brainer for any restaurant to have better access to blind and visually impaired customers.” In addition to 77 branches of

Simon Kossoff, chief executive officer of Carluccio’s, said: “This is such an obvious idea and the technology is so simple that it amazes me nobody has done it before.” About 360,000 people are registered blind in the UK but as many as 1.5 million people are visually impaired to some extent, according to the Royal National Institute of Blind People and the Macular Society. Adrian Lee, 55, a blind musician from London, is one of app’s early adopters. He said: “I’m restricted to a few places that I know if I don’t want somebody else to read the menu out to me. This app has the potential not only to give me more independence, but also far more choice.”

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Carluccio’s, the app has already been adopted by half a dozen independent restaurants in London. Mr Wadsworth has his sights set on signing up other major chains, including Giraffe and Nandos.

Come & enjoy a great night of Rock ‘n Roll featuring the music of Elvis

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with spectacular views

Chicken Stefado and Rice Fisherman’s Pie and veg or Pork Escalope, chips & peas

evening menu

OUR MAIN MENU also INCLUD ES 16oz STEAKs ~ MIXED GRILL ~ FRESH FISH Menu changes weekly AIR-CONDITIONED RESTAURA NT DINE IN/OUT WED – SAT EVENINGS 6PM – 9PM

this weeks selection

Creamy Chicken & Mushroom 7.45 juicy chicken breast with a cre amy white wine and mushroom sauce

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Beer battered cod

homemade chips & peas

from

5.95€ in the Bar

FRIDAYS 12.30pm - 9pm

lite bite snacks open for lunch 12pm - 4PM salads, burgers, wraps

tapas THE ABOVE MAINS ARE SERVED WIT H choice of tapas all €1 A CHOICE OF POTATOES & SEASONAL served 12.30PM-5PM VEGETABLES includes a menu del dia HO ME booking MAD E STARTERS & complimentary 2 COURSE LUNCH 12:30-3:30PM 6€ SC RU MP TIO US HOMEMADE coffee & chocolate recommended DESSERTS all 3.00 each! book the venue for your private party, weddings & birthdays etc

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out & about C/Avda de Almeria 17, 04639, Turre, Almeria, Tel: 950 47 96 46

Restaurante pizzeria

Mari Cruz

ALBOX

This Thursday 24th Oct

specialises in bbq meat & fish, paellas & tapas

DavidRawson Rawson David

Changes Regularly

For fun & entertainment International Artiste

Menu del dia 9 €

Find us on “Pizza Mari Cruz”

Entry only 3€ per person Show commences 8PM

Indian Restaurant

fine indian cuisine

Menu del dia

on the night:

Monday - Wednesday

5 Courses €10

e.g: Tubo - 75c Glass Vino 1€ Food available before the show.

Thursday - Friday

6 Courses €12.95 Saturday normal menu

Sit back & enjoy this fun act. NO audience members will be hypnotised but you can volunteer of course!! FUTURE EVENTS AT JACKS SAT 9TH NOV - MACS CHARITY RACE NIGHT SAT 16TH NOV - 7O’S CHARITY THEME NIGHT Disco - Motown - Northern Soul Hosted by Mark Deacon & Rod Oxley Call into Jacks for more details

Bar Menu & Snacks always available 9AM-4.30PM (except Sunday) Home Made Burgers, Summer Salads, Jacket Potatoes, Home Made Puds & much more ALL DAY BREAKFAST from 9AM includes free tea or coffee

NEW DAILY SPECIALS BOARD CALL IN TO SEE TODAYS CHOICES

Traditional SUNDAY LUNCH

Delicious & Homecooked Beef & Yorkshire Pudding, OR Roast Pork, crackling & apple sauce, OR food.. 12pm - 5pm Tender or Roast Chicken with Stuffing, all served with Seasonal Vegetables... Fish dish also available...

NEW first Sunday of every month LAMB SUNDAY with succulent roast lamb BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Starters, Puddings from 2€ each

SUNDAY BREAKFAST ED 10AM-11.30aM SERV

ample parking Free Wi-Fi OPEN 9AM-LATE MON-SAT 10-6 SUN

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Avda America, opposite Pricebusters, Albox

Tel: 950 431 705 Mob: 639 231 507

Open 7 Days a week 1 - 4pm / 6pm - late

THE DAVE RAWSON HYPNOSIS EXPERIENCE

Bookings Advisable

Freshly made pizzas & pasta

The new delhi

Drinks Promotion

6.95€

Menu del noche 1 2 €

La Cena

Restaurante

Albox

menu del noche €9.95 7 starters, 6 mains & 5 desserts

Full A La Carte also available Monday - Saturday 7pm - late. Closed Sunday

Call 950 430 930 after 5.30pm

Find us across the old bridge from Palza Mayor Albox, opp Bar Wassy

free wifi

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

Menu del noche

3 courseS - €12.00

menu of the day

Beach Opening Times 10am til close Food served 10:30am til 10pm

3 courses €10.50 regular TRIBUTE SHOWS see website for details

tel: 950 473 099 www.beachcombermojacar.com

...to advertise on this page call 950 121 936 John and the team at The Beachcomber always ensure your food is beautifully cooked and is served with a smile. With Fish and chips to die for plus all the traditional favourite meals you would expect, John has also added a Slimming World breakfast to the menu, which is the perfect way to enjoy a meal and not feel guilty! Here are details of some forthcoming events: Thursday 24th October, Comedy Hypnosis Show. Three Course Meal available or just call into the bar for a drink. All are welcome. Spanish Lessons, beginners and intermediates held every Monday morning. Coming soon Tai Chi. Line dancing lessons Monday afternoons. Free Computer Workshop. Every Saturday,10.30am - 1pm. This week covering computer terms, understanding your computer and every day use.12.00 until 1pm. Apple inc Ipads and Iphones etc. Don’t forget to bring your laptop (Or whatever) and charger with adaptor if required. Telephone now to book or to find out more about any of our many events: 950 473 099.

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 for only 9.95€, where you can now choose from a choice of 7 starters, 6 mains and 5 desserts. Full A La Carte is also always available Please call 950 430 930 after 5.30pm today and reserve your table, you will not be disappointed!

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. Enjoy a free bottle of cava when a minimum of 4 people order a starter and main course from the A la carte menu for this week only.

Bay bistro

“The fresh food restaurant”

Above Irish Rover and along from Mediterraneo, Mojacar Playa

open daytime & evenings closed tuesdays & sunday evenings Full a la Carte Sunday Menu del Dia Menu del Noche Lunch Special Menu Ava & Raciones New Tapas ble daily a Menu avail

3 Courses

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Including Roast of the Week

booking now being taken for christmas day lunch limited numbers now available

To avoid disappointment please call and reserve your table

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COMMUNITY NEWS On Monday 4th November the all new SOPHIA WELLNESS CENTRE will open its doors. Sophias are moving to the Nave building next to the municipal swimming pool. Open from 8am - 10pm and offering a fully equipped gymnasium. A glitzy new hairdressing area, coffee bar, spa area and of course our toning tables. A large variety of classes from art classes to Zumba, Salsacise and Insanity. Come down at 4pm for cava and cup cakes on the 4th November and see what its all about. Telephone 950 449 451 Email: info@sophias.es / www.sophias.es

Sophia S.L

Bar Unique Bar Unqiue are welcoming Graham on Thursday 17th October 2013 to host a fun filled evening of karaoke from 8pm. All Chilled bottles of Mahou and San Miguel for only 99 cents from 7pm. A warm welcome awaits you from Glenn and the team. Please see main advert on page 28 nt Theatre nde Gr pe ou e Almanzora Valley d p In presents

The Hilarious West End Comedy Success.

“It Runs in The Family” A classical farce by

Ray Cooney

Directed by Ian Jones

St Andrew’s Hospital

assisted by Jakki Higginbottom Starring…Tom Jones, Simon Farmiloe, Carole Donaghue, Gordon Batchelor, Hilary Shand, David Durrant, Marie O’Brian, Jocelyn Tusan, Ellie Unwin, Peter Hurley, Barry Higginbottom, And Joan Shand

FRIDAY 25th, SATURDAY 26th at 7.30 p.m. And SUNDAY Matinee 27th October 2013 at 3.30. p.m. At Teatro Gilabert in Arboleas Tickets €10.00

Girasol, Total Entertainment, 1 Stop Pools (Longos) - Albox Essentials – Arboleas More information and Tickets from BOX OFFICE TEL: 950 439 406 or 650 817 517 Email: itgboxoffice@gmail.com

No Dogs Allowed

SEND your birthdays, and events TO: EDITOR@SOLTIMES.COM and WE’LL PRINT THEM FREE OF CHARGE!

weekly quiz nights

with CHERRY Original Quizzes

Questions to make you think! Smile & Ponder...

This week’s word is Goniometer but what does it mean? Get this BONUS question correct and earn an extra point for your team in next week’s Quiz!!! A really enjoyable night out - All levels welcome from 7.30pm Come on your own or bring a team - Prizes & Wooden spoon presented on the night! And Quirky Quizzes have spread their wings ~ they are also on Tuesday evenings at Jack’s in Albox ~ so if you can’t make it to La Vida, then we’d love to see you at Jack’s instead!!

La Albox

tuesdays 7.30pm

VidaVenue

el Cucador

Monday evenings 7.30pm

The Fundraiser Charity & Community Shops

The people’s charity, The Peoples Choice

Run totally by volunteers

Helping the disabled Cancer Research Vera Orphanage We put our hearts Asprodalba into helping and many more

vera shop has now moved to just before the guardia civil & next to the chinese shop

Opposite Super Turre in Turre & Just before the Guardia Civil in Vera Open 6 days a week... times on shop doors Contact 664 620 288


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FOR SALE

advertise all your unwanted items for sale in this section

any single item up to 300€ free of charge

email: sales@soltimes.com

ink cartridges refills or buy a compatable at great prices. We love to save you money. ICS shop inside liberty seguros insurance, Calle malaga (next to puppy rescue) or call 609 199 394 Mamas and Papas Cot Bed inc bedding.Good condition. 100€ ono. Tel: 693 400 898 2 Ladies Designer Ski Outfits. Size 14. 59€ each or 100€ for both. Tel: 608 621 499 Wardrobe Large, with hanging space, shelves and drawers plus full width drawers, excellent condition, 180€ ono. Collect Tel: 950 069 108 or 665 435 170.Cuevas del Almanzora English pool table complete with hard top. 200€. Buyer collects. Call 634 322 644 Roquetas De Mar in Sideboard beautiful condition 180€ ono. Collect Tel: 950 069 108 or 665 435 170. Cuevas del Almanzora Chest freezer, waist high, no baskets. 75€ Collect. Tel: 950 069 108 or 665 435 170. Cuevas del Almanzora Table and four chairs in good condition-size of table 1 metre round 65€ Tel: 630 892 049 Double bed and mattress 120€ Tel: 630 892 049 Two electric fans 40€ Tel: 630 892 049 Three large parasols bases 50€ each Tel: 630 892 049. GRIMPER MOUNTAIN BIKE Alloy 7005 Veleta, Microsoft M510 Gears, Front & Rear Lights, Tool Satchel. 65 Euro’s. Buyer to collect. Cucador Area 678 914 830 DYSON Aspiradora Ball Upright. 2 months old, 5 year guarantee, all paperwork and accessories. Genuine reason

for sale. Cost 500€ accept 250€ Tel: 658 505 084 Blooma ultar 3 burner gas BBQ ,brand new, still in box 180€, lounge display unit, solid wood, unusual shelving, size approx. H 6’ 3” / W 3’ 5”. 120€, single bed brand new 60€ buyer collects. Tel: 646 009 453 2 tall teak cabinets,1 with 3 drawers & 3 shelves, 1 with 3 shelves & cupboard under 30€ each, 2 tall breakfast bar stools, wrought iron with wooden seats, 30 € pair. Tel: 646 009 453 PING ZING GOLF CLUBS Full set Ping Zing Irons 2 -9 Irons + PW and LW, R Shafts, New Grips, in V Good condition. € 130 ONO Tel: 678579842 Generator 2.3 kw little used 100€, cement mixer 155 cc. 100€, rotavator Honda engine 100€, Chain Saw Spear & Jackson

petrol 15 inch blade little used 100€ plus lots of other smaller electrical tools at various prices if interested Tel: 634 321 062 U n d e r W o r k t o p freezer 4 compartments 50€ Tel: 950 064 554 Pair Of W r o u g h t Iron Gates very decorative heavy 45inches wide 77 inches high arched 150€ Tel: 950 064 554 S i n g l e Wrought Iron Gate 30 wide 67 high 50€ Tel: 950 064 554 5 Burner Cooker and oven area for gas bottle plate W a r m e r Drawer 100€ Tel: 950 064 554 Industrial Sewing Machine flat bed with some attachments Self Oiling G W O 150 € Tel: 950 064 554

venue available

Venue @ La Vida El Cucador Private parties Birthday etc, all events catered for call for more information 950 634 562

in Albox Private parties Birthday etc, all events catered for

SOL CLASSIFIEDS

For all your

air conditioning needs Graham & Barry on 620 112 193 or 667 853 062

Airport services www.AAparking.es Tel: 639 081 067

Need

alternative energy

Solar Wind Power Solutions. Over 15 years installation experience. established 12 years in Spain. Call Phil for competitive prices 636 261 240 email:info@ sunergyalmeria. com www.sunergy almeria.com

c a r l o s s a l i e n t e plumbing & heating for solar pool heating, solar hot water installations and repairs. call 950 930 900 or 968 969 962, email carlos.saliente@ gmail.com

baby equipment hire

950 120 718

wanted

ballroom dancing

DJ WANTED Call Brian 634 305 132

Tea room ballroom dancing

MD S.L

sequence with jean & derek at

La

el Cucador

VidaRestaurant&Venue mondays 3-5pm

MD Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration S.L.

all levels welcome single or couples enjoyable afternoon to meet new friends for more info call 950 449 617

25 years sole experience in Air Conditioning & Refrigeration

BUILDING & STRUCTURAL SURVEYS

Air-con

City & Guilds Fully Qualified F-Gas Certified

Bill the Carpenter

40 years experience free quotations tel: 633 507 165

drainage cont...

WILDWOOD Cleaning of Septic Tanks Bespoke Joinery ▪ Emptying of septic Tanks For all your carpentry requirements

Fast, efficient, competitive service. Tel: 634 328 574 james@wildwood.es

chimney sweep SAMMY SWEEP Chimney Sweep Service available covering all areas call paul on 619 070 839

Transport?? Airport Airport Parking services Alicante Almeria Murcia shopping trips The Chimney sweep, for a friendly New hospital Servicing / Repairs appointments professional service Call Paul on : 617 150 300 or 850 993 057. etc A i r p o r t t r a n sf e r s 663 429 521 computers pick up all areas, professional competitive rates. Steve Hayes For a quote please reliable Informatica visit www. spanish Pc’s, Laptops, service estateagent.c om Printers etc. or call 661 143 871 Sales & Repairs

Cheap

BABY HIRE Everything for the visiting baby Car seats,high chairs, stair gates, cots etc call Bar for more Tel: 950 436 581 or 666 375 688 information: expectingababy @hotmail.co.uk

Records, old postcards, watches, jewellery, Can collect, Call 950325235 or 636134272

carpentry

Tel: 950 121 936 or 902 750 190 Ext 332 sales@soltimes.com

on-site callout / tuition. Consumables Albox, Almeria

Tel: 950 120 900

construction

& Cesspits, with high pressure cleaning ▪ Small unblockages of pipes & drainage

Pool Cleaning & Water Tanks

Contact: 675 838 808 equipment hire

gardening

potty finca services professional tree felling & pruning, including all types of palm trees

strimming of overgrown gardens & hedge cutting

Installations and supplies of: Plasterboard • ceilings screens • wallpaper Tel: 675 986 622 calvet@calvetinstalaciones.es www.calvetinstalaciones.es

drainage

Drainage Solutions

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

Established 9 years in spain

Tel: 616 531 283 or 670 088 966

LICENSED POZO/septic tank emptying

• Installation of new septic tanks with certificates CERTIFIED LEGAL REPORTS not a jack of all trades Available for litigious cases of For all your installation or service building negligence or house • Repairs to existing pozos MD Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration S.L offers requirements including our latest damage. LEGALISATION • CCTV Camera info@md-aircon.com telephone CERTIFICATES - architect Daniel 950 432 110 / 607 364 917 Inspection Aranda - 686 846 624 607 364 917 or 950 432 110 González propertyinspectionreport@hotmail. Call Andy on 950 091 109 or 648 768 587 email: info@md-aircon.com com - www.proinspectionreport.co.uk md_aircon@mobileemail.vodafone.es Email: blockeddrainsrus@albox-online.net

spanish registered. ring john on 616 855 294 or 950 163 930

landscape gardening • Block work • Balustrades • Paving Driveways & Paths

Call Graham & Barry now for free estimate 620 112 193 or 667 853 062

hairdresser

r-retreat

is open on wednesdays in el cucador from 10am for hair appointments with teri fully qualified & UK trained in all aspects of Hair Design Call her on 619 467 295 to make an appointment

health & beauty a v o n cosmetics Tel Claire 691 987 454 avonfromclaire@ yahoo.es

heating C a r l o s (Saliente) plumbing & heating services. If it involves water, we can help! www. carlossaliente.com Tel: 968 969 962

hobby/craft ELAINE’S WOOLS Quality UK Wool & Accessories. Come & view my DISPLAY. Also Available at CAT Services & Total Entertainment Call: 667 273 889 elaineswools@gmail.com


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iron/metal works

PAINTER / DECORATOR cont...

The Metal insurance works Grills, est 7 years railings, gates of Award winning agent all types, security/ Painting & Decoration • Machinery For all your sliding/roller, rejas, Insurance Needs concertina doors Labor Protection • Swimming Pools Technical Service Please contact etc. Tel: Keith Wood Glenn & jayne on 638 900 949 950 121 943

Tel: 664 832 425

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T & T Metals For all quality metal watch tv for free works, including go to gates, railings, rejas, staircases, gazebos for all & chain-link fencing the latest programmes Tel: 950 431 738

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MOJACAR BEACH

(Spanish Flag in Window)

Julie, Jenny, Karen Sexy bodies, erotic and relaxing massage, Discreet outings, hotels and home visits for Men & Women

Tel: 631 402 850

plumbing For all your plumbing needs Fully Qualified heating engineer contact barry 667 853 062 or graham 620 112 193

KNOWLES plumbing No 1 for Plumbing

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

LAST FEW GERMAN SHEPHERD CARLOS SALIENTE Plumbing and Heating offer machined PLASTERER PUPPIES, Price now reduced to 100€ boiler decals for gas water heaters for just €65 – aguafuerte is ,Puppies have been inoculated, de-fleaed, wormed and are house trained. Excellent British plasterer, All work guaranteed, Tel not the answer! Call 950 930 900 or 968 969 962, email carlos. saliente@gmail.com Personalities, parents can be seen with Paul 634 327 201 puppies. Evening viewing, please phone PROPERTY section Vanessa 637 061 482 Exclusive Palomino Kennels, Boarding Kennels / Cattery, All Diet detatched cortijo requirements catered for, vet on 24/7 SHORT-TERM/HOLIDAY RENTAL reduced standby, Tel: 662 668 423 or 950 067 051 avoid large fines & Koi Carp 16” approx. long 20€ each Tel:

VERA APARTMENT FOR RENT energy performance

certificates

If you wish us to print an 633 310 429 article about a particular topic in our regular space on pg 16, please email & grooming parlor info@daviessolicitors.com dog Bath • Hygiene • grooming locksmith

logs

Phil the Pick Locksmith 24 hours. Locked Out? Locks fitted/ upgraded house safes. Arboleas & surrounding area. Special weekend rates. Tel: 697 243 181

load of small or big Olive logs, no roots €160 load of mixed Olive some roots €140 load of eucalyptus, no roots €160 all loads 2 tonnes Arboleas & surrounding areas Call Lee on 636 092 632, eliteplanthire@ hotmail.co.uk

mens barbers

616 857 429 mimopeluqueriacanina@gmail.com Camino San Roque, Albox

No need for kennels or cattery

woodhouse boarding kennels & cattery

Call Vanessa 637 061 482

Tracy Mobile 650 211 952

Pet sitting in your own home, Arboleas & local area.

arboleas Small friendly kennels, 24hr vets service, pet transporting arranged, welcome to view ministry approved

pet taxi

Steve the Barber (30 years experience) R-retreat El Cucador TRAVELLING IN AIR CONDITIONED VEHICLE right hand side of La Vida DELIVERED TO DOOR fridays from 3pm PETS STAY IN PET FRIENDLY HOTELS. Hair trim, wet shaves ACCOMPANIED TRAVEL AVAILABLE available, just Walk In or (0034) 667 235 205 (sp) Call 634 379 175 to make An (0044) 7850 575862 Appointment OPTICIANS

personals

“Readers of a sensitive Optica Albox All your optical needs, disposition may find some of the eye tests, hearing tests, contact lenses ads in this section offensive” Tel: 950 121 991

PAINTER / DECORATOR

painter & decorator

friendly - professional -reliable neat & tidy - experienced refs available

Excellent Rates - Superb Work

Tel: 649 186 107 or

email thunderpaul2003@hotmail.com

hefty prices

2 BEDROOM, 2 BATHROOM, pENTHOUSE APARTMENT IN VERA PLAYA ALL MOD CONS, BALCONY & ROOF TERRACE OFFERING FANTASTIC VIEWS cALL 663 977 230 EMAIL: gedfab@yahoo.com Vera Playa Apartment

los pedro gales

urcal 1 bed casita, fully furnished with large fly-free patio, private parking, electric by metre 250€ pcm inc water

Tel: 666 281 323 Specialising in rural property with character Whether you are buying or selling we will be delighted to hear from you

Call Stephen 636 266 641 email info@findmeahome.es Find us online at www.findmeahome.es facebook.com/findmeahome

4 sexy girls erotic and relaxing massages. Discreet

Tel: 687 891 515

Part loads, Self load/Unload Minimal rates, Owner Driver

Spain/uk/Local Storage available, based “Los Gallardos” &”hertfordshire”

Call now 0034 620 049 524 (Es) 00 44 794 3135 214 (UK) woodnco@hotmail.com

De Lima’sremovals Local, National & international REMOVALS & STORAGE 263 Paseo del Mediterraneo Mojacar Playa, Next to Sal Marina Hotel Mon-Sat: 10am-2pm Call Marc on 647 006 183 or Jo on 600 344 565 or e-mail enquiries@delimas.biz

www.delimas.biz

fortnightly SERVICE TO & FROM UK FULL OR PART LOADS

to & from uk

manantial

SIERRA NEVADA- ANDARAX VALLEY

Price: 400€ per week

www.manantialdelandarax.es Tfno 608 036 161 Noelia/Liam

€140,000 649 186 107

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I like pomegranates, though I’ve always regarded them as a bit of a challenge to eat – you can’t bite them like apples, or peel them like oranges, so I have developed my own method, which is effective, but not possible in polite society. First, I take my pomegranate outside, to the stone garden furniture, which doesn’t stain. I get the kitchen hand towel, wrap it around my neck and tie it at the back as though I were a giant baby. Using a very sharp knife, and squinting my eyes against the high-power juice jets, I cut it in half and then quarters. That was the easy, and comparatively clean part of the operation. I grab a quarter in my sticky wet fingers and turn it inside out. At this point some of the seeds will pop out and career away across the table, so I pursue them and scoop them up into the palm of my hand – it’s not possible to neatly pick them up, they either skitter away or burst. Having eaten the escapees, I turn my attention to the inverted quarter of fruit, sitting seed-side out on the table like a mutant alien sea slug. I have a quick look around, to make sure

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nobody is looking, pick the section up and simply gronff the seeds off it with my teeth in a display of animal gluttony that would cause a well brought up gorilla to wince. However, I am aware of this fatal flaw in my sophisticated upbringing, so I set about to discover the ‘proper’ way to eat a pomegranate. According to Jamie Oliver you simply cut it in half and whack the back of each half with a wooden spoon, upon which the seeds give up and fall neatly into the handily placed bowl. All I can say is that my pomegranates are made of sterner stuff than Jamie’s! I whacked and whacked and ended up with the sort of mess that even hardened Scenes of Crime Investigators would have found disturbing! So I tried Method 2: I got a big bowl, half filled it with water, immersed the pomegranate, cut it in quarters, turned it inside out, and lightly brushed the exposed seeds off, the whole operation taking place completely under water (for the pomegranate). Once drained I had a neat bowl of seeds, and the immediate environment did not resemble a cheap remake of the Limaria Chain Saw Massacre. I can now eat pomegranates in Polite Society.

Wined Me Up and Let’s Dance

My friend Paul phoned me the other day and asked if I fancied a day out on his bike. No great distance, just a ride down to Los Alcázares for a spot of lunch and a couple of beers for me and soft drinks for him; the thrill of the open road and the exhilarating feel of the wind in our faces. By the way, what is a ‘spot’ of lunch? We all use the term but it’s ridiculous. I mean, it sort of indicates a smidgen of food; a micro portion of beef with two chips and a pea perhaps. Same as ‘square meal’, where did that come from? With Paul and me, a pile of lunch would be more accurate.

“But I digress”

The girls thought they might as well get together while we were out on the razzle, so I took the light of my life to Pauls house and while the girls chatted about girlie things and decided who they were going to character assassinate that day, Paul and I began to tog-up for

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our bikers day out. When I say togup; Paul had dismissed the idea of leathers or even long pants. Shorts and tee shirt are fine he assured me, far too hot to bother with any of that stuff and besides, if we are involved in a pile up, we wouldn’t have a chance anyway.

“Triffic”

So it was just a question of putting on the helmets. Not so easy for me though, with my sticky out ears and a mop of hair to cope with. It didn’t help that the helmet was made for a Hobbit and once I had maneuvered it into place I felt giddy with claustrophobia. It was hot too and with the eye shield down, like being inside a polythene bag – a feeling I had experienced before when I awoke with a start one night to find my wife standing there holding a Tesco bag over my head. I never did quite buy her story that she had been having a nightmare about horse burgers. Now Paul is a typical motor cycle man. He is a sort of scaled down version of Grizzly Adams; a lifelong Harley Davidson fan and in his younger day would have been a ringer for Dennis Hopper in that iconic bikers movie – Easy Rider. I on the other hand have nothing remotely Rocker or Peter Fonda about me and I find it hard to stay upright in a moderate breeze. I had not ridden pillion on a powerful motor cycle with multiple cc’s between my legs for many years, when one of my pals owned a relatively tame 250cc Matchless. He liked to show off by opening the

thing up to the max past the main gate of HMS Dauntless - a WRENS training camp in Burghfield near Reading. Eighty odd miles per hour and helmetless, it still gives me the heebies just thinking about it. And all my fears came to the fore, when Paul wheeled his bike into the street and proceeded to struggle to prevent it tipping over. Mmm? But I need not have worried. My friend has been riding these machines most of his life and it was just another one of his passing spells when he briefly forgets who he is and where he is at. Nothing to be concerned about he promised. Riding pillion is like riding a push bike, it’s something you never forget. Just so long as you go with the turns and the banking, and never panic by trying to stay upright when rider and bike are leaning over at a scary angle, everything will be fine. That’s all very well when you are in complete control, but as a passenger on one of those things, there is a definite tendency to lean the other way. Paul told me later that I was the perfect pillion passenger and he never even knew that I was there. To be honest there were a couple of occasions when I very nearly wasn’t, but I didn’t tell him that and just rose to the compliment. We had a pleasant lunch in a beachside restaurant, but conversation was

alqueria Remitbrick. The fallout John MacDonald (El Sordo) - www.caratacus.eu

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Of the countries vying to pour money into the Alquerian Remitbrick and Remitbright project the bulging pockets of the United States won the day. Russia couldn’t justify the same sustained level of investment. Britain supplied the pencil sharpeners which became scarce, a situation which was promptly exploited by unscrupulous stationary traders. ‘A good deal for Britain’ the Prime Minister said as he sharpened his pencil with a ‘Swiss Army Knife’. Remitbrick and Remitbright were manufactured under license in the United States and a showcase village built. Remitbrick with its integral climate control, heating in cool conditions and cooling in the warm weather alleviated the necessity for air-conditioning. Remitbright with the capacity to emit photons during the hours of darkness kept a permanent glow in the house’s reception rooms. Trouble was however brewing. The greed of Poyato and others in Alqueria led to a falsifying of test results from the trials of Remitbrick and Remitbright. Underdevelopment was inevitable as the Alquerian Government eagerly anticipated the arrival of 10,000,000 U.S. Dollars for the production rights. Connedborough County in the deep west of the United States was the chosen site for the showcase village, Remitville. Completed and occupied during the Autumn, several months before the cold winter weather took hold. It was the cold weather that produced the first unfortunate sideeffect of the new building material. Remitbright the photon emitting

ceiling covering was never tested below 0C. At -1C it emitted fumes which when inhaled caused the unlucky tenants to forget their names and have unscheduled bowel movements. The village was evacuated. It was still empty as the summer sun caressed Remitville, which was fortunate for at a temperature of 31C Remitbrick, the thermal wonder spontaneously explodes. If one was ready for the sight of an entire village exploding it would be awe inspiring. If one was not ready it would cause even more bowels to move. The United States asked for their money back. Unable to justify a 10,000,000 Dollar hole in the ground they sought recompense. The good folk of Alqueria briefly refused. Only briefly as a U.S. Warship was deployed within missile range. To the casual observer it may seem that a cruise missile strike on Alqueria would cause much needed improvements. The Alquerian people however are not noted for their valour, the threat did the trick. They reluctantly handed over the cash. Rodriquez the olive mill owner was particularly upset owing to him having to cancel the purchase of a solid gold combined back scratcher and garlic press. With Alqueria off the United State’s Christmas card list and the import of Remitroot products banned, events had taken a distinctly unpleasant turn.

difficult - yelling at each other like two market traders above the noise of the other diners. No prizes for guessing what nationality most of them were. Then after a brief ride further up the beach, we stopped off at a surfer’s bar that Paul knew about. I ordered coffee and brandy and Paul – observing his strict rule when out on the bike – just coffee. I was so lost in admiration for a man with such will power, that I ordered another large brandy and hoped I wouldn’t embarrass him by falling off on the way home.


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Trolley Day

Nearly 600 million Euros a year! Can you believe it? That’s how much the theft of shopping trolleys around the world costs the retail industry each year. Quite why anyone in their right mind would want to steal a shopping trolley is something beyond my comprehension; most of them have only three wheels that work properly so they go in a permanent zigzag direction, even before you get to the section selling the wine! Apart from the why question, how anyone steals one is a real mystery, surely you’d be more than a little conspicuous pushing a trolley, miles from your local supermarket? Hardly done undercover is it? If it’s true that so many are stolen we may well ask, what happens to them after that? Well you use them for Shopping Trolley Day of course! In New Orleans they have Shopping Trolley Day-though they call it Shopping Cart Day. On the designated day people push their trolleys, which are generally full of going to your head juice, down a predetermined route Graham is married to the finish. Hmm, not to Helen and has a very interesting day, a daughter, Alice. but as some people He lives part of the apparently don’t make year near Albox, but works in Qatar, it to the end, as a result teaching. If you wish of taking on board to contact Graham too many varieties regarding this of grown up cordial, article email: perhaps doesn’t helenandg@yahoo. it matter too much for co.uk

the participants! I’m not sure that when the owner of the Piggly Wiggly store in Oklahoma introduced the first shopping trolley in 1937 he imagined that there would be such a celebration of his work in the 21st Century. But then, if we can have a world that brings us celebrations like The Nutters Dance-yes it really does happen, in Bacup Lancashire- or the Shin Kicking Contest, then why not celebrate the trolley? I’d be first to the pub to watch highlights of that Shin Kicking Competition . Maybe they should introduce it to parliaments around the world as a way of resolving disagreements! So, let’s celebrate everyday things that we take for granted. How about having Bus Stop Day, well why not? We’ve all used them at one time or another and let’s face it, the poor things are very much forgotten. Well, at least since The Hollies had a hit about one in 1966. I think we should campaign for Bus Stops to be brought into the 21st Century, with all modern technology and even-now here’s an interesting thought-a bus or two now and again!

El refugio - Almeria City

Many foreign inhabitants and visitors know Almeria City just for its airport. Whether on the red eye from Gatwick or via another UK route, many arrive only to scuttle off to their homes or holiday destinations without wondering about what else is on offer. The City has a beautiful old quarter with excellent restaurants, tapas bars, art galleries and museums. Stunning architecture abounds, topped by the Moorish Alcazaba towering above. The Paseo de Almeria is a broad tree lined boulevard; running from the port to Plaza Purchena it’s filled with chain stores and boutiques. It’s the commercial hub of the city with some curious black news stand kiosks dotted along the way. Another world however lies hidden the surface and the kiosks have trap doors leading 3metres and deeper below ground. At Plaza Purchena for the grand sum of 2€ the intrepid will learn more. The entrance to El Refugio is a modern glass building with a suspended

there were also entrances in private homes and churches. A black flag was put outside for easy recognition. The designer of the tunnels; architect William Rubio had one such entrance at his home for the public plus he built an extra gallery so his family had some private space. Other wealthy families also did this. When Malaga fell to the fascists in 1937, 50,000 refugees fled on foot towards Almeria. The German Luftwaffe or Condor Legion practiced their strafing techniques shooting at the unarmed civilians killing and injuring hundreds of them. In response Almeria then built another section containing an operating theatre which can still be seen today. After the Civil War ended in 1939, the tunnels remained open in case Spain was drawn into WWII. Then in 1945 the entrances were sealed with some entrances covered by the aforementioned kiosks. In 2001they were rediscovered by accident during the construction of an underground car park. The city started renovations aiming to open in time for the Mediterranean games in 2005. Instead they opened the next year in 2006, being now the City’s third most popular tourist attraction. Booking is advisable as due to space constraints only a maximum of 25 people are allowed on each of the 4 daily tours. Or try your luck, as we did and got lucky!

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glass floor so the foundations of ancient Moorish walls can be seen. Here the story unfolds firstly via a short film, interviews with now elderly locals tell the story of how when the Civil War erupted in 1936, the city council along with help from the Republican Government set about designing and constructing an air raid shelter large enough to hold 40,000 people. During the war German, Italian and Nationalists conducted 52 bombing raids, the most devastating of which killed 40, injured 150 and destroyed 200 buildings. An original staircase leads down beneath the glass building to a passageway some 1.3 metres wide with a bench running along one side. Supposedly there were 101 of these exits but only 67 have been discovered. The passageway is one of many feeder passages into the main tunnel that extends the whole length of the Paseo de Almeria; the main tunnel is 2m wide with benches each side and extends about a kilometre towards the port. Originally they were dirt floors with smoking prohibited. A generator provided light and there was a system for pumping clean air in. Directly beneath the city market is a much deeper section that served as food store, so in case of a prolonged bombardment supplies could easily be moved below. Along with street entrances

TV

Is it actually worth it?

This type of question is always fraught with controversy, if for no other reason than it, by definition, has to be a personal choice. It doesn’t matter what my opinion is regarding this subject, the fact remains that we all have personal preferences. So, not being one to shy away from controversy, loud mouthed bullies and the intellectually challenged, Here goes nothing! This line of thought started a couple of months ago when I was asked to deliver a talk, to the Albox Computer Club regarding the imminent loss of English TV as a results of the changing satellite situation, and what alternatives are currently available. This was followed up by a discussion on the possible down sides of Internet based TV and why, in reality, we, the paying public, should not be too worried. Recently, I was invited to a friend’s home to watch a demonstration by one of an ever increasing number of internet TV sales-persons. Two points to make absolutely clear: 1) I will not advertise anyone’s business apart from my own and 2) I will not tell you “Joe Bloggs Internet Service” or any other individual’s product or service is crap! You will have to find that out for yourselves – Sorry! Having set out the rules let’s get on with the observations. The people who kindly offered the demonstration on the Tuesday morning were surprisingly honest and didn’t “Hard Sell” the product – a very good start! The device was about the size of a cigarette packet but contained a fully working Android (an Operating System similar to Linux – another topic for another day) computer! These devices start at 35 – 40€. Research indicates that these boxes are in the region of 60€ each. The people selling them, were doing so at 160€. Before you get up in arms about the 100€ mark-up bear in mind that hundreds of hours have gone into finding EXACTLY was was

required to bring the box, software and internet tv addresses together in a single usable bundle. These people were lovely and if I were ready to buy one of these devices as a result of the sales people, I would have one right now! As part of studying the device in preparing to give the next talk I have come across the same problems, and solutions, as everyone else who is in the process of setting up internet TV. The technical understanding required to bring these varied components together, is not too difficult to acquire, but do we want to do it? This brings me back, quite nicely, to personal choices. Today’s advice to anyone interested in internet TV, the technologies and therefore the costs involved is simply this: 1) The most expensive will be, at best, a status symbol and might not be the best product for your needs! 2) The cheapest will invariable be exactly that, but if it fulfils your needs, then go for it. 3) Learn by other peoples mistakes and don’t repeat them. 4) There is always more than one way to skin a cat! I truly hope that this may be some use to anyone looking for a satellite alternative and that you find exactly what you need, at the price that’s right and you have many happy years of sticking 2 fingers up at the BBC licensing department. One final thought, and this is the MOST IMPORTANT one – Internet TV is Free! No Monthly Bills, No Connection Fees and NO BRIT’S RIPPING OFF BRIT’S! Can someone help me off this soapbox please? See you on Friday 1200 til 1600 at Jacks Bar. I’ll be in the dining room wearing a pink carnation.

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“Now, this is a snazzy little car,” says my wife Caroline as we sit in the Citroen C1 Connexion.

(it uses the same floorpan and bodyshell) has a five speed manual gearbox and a 998cc petrol engine. You would be forgiven for thinking that this makes for a pretty dull car but because it is so light, just 805kg, it is possible to reach 60mph from standstill in a shade over 12 seconds and onto a top speed of 98mph. Very reasonable figures. Obviously when there are four adults inside, these results are hampered somewhat as they are when strong winds pick up, as they do in the test. Then there is the 65mpg (combined) figure, which is better than some diesels. At tick over the engine is audible from inside and there is a slight judder but my wife quickly reminds me that this is a massive improvement on her cherished Hyundai Pony; sadly deceased. It is possible to squeeze a pushchair into the tiny boot or a week’s worth of shopping but not both at the same time. The only criticism I have, which I admit is partly my fault, is that if your hands slip from the ten-to-two position on the steering wheel it is all too easy to sound the horn, which has occurred on a number of occasions, frightening the motorist in front and embarrassing me. While this five-door hatchback is finished to a good standard there is no denying that this is a bit of a tin can. I shut the rear door a little too enthusiastically and I fear that if I do it any harder it might change shape. The seats are comfy although the driver’s seat could do with a little more padding in the lumbar region. Parking is a cinch due to its size. The rear windows are fitted with rear privacy glass and rather than winding up or down the rear passenger windows pop out for opening.

I can see why she instantly warms to it because it is a very girlie car with its lipstick red wing mirrors and door handles and its striking black finish. No sooner have I started driving it and another model exactly the same passes me with a young lady driving it. Unashamed I carry on regardless of the lipstick red edged rev counter, speedometer and door trim… It is a very compact city car and surprisingly there is a good amount of legroom in the front and back, which puts competitors like the Fiat 500 to shame. Despite its blatantly female characteristics (as you can see in the video at testdrives.biz) if the hard-nosed male motorist sticks with it, it provides a good driving experience. Yes, you’ll have to ignore the sympathetic stares from macho motorists in their Range Advanced motorist Rovers and Mercedes Tim Saunders is the former and the ‘sweetie’ from Business and Motoring Editor of the the effeminate assistant Bournemouth Daily Echo. His regular test reports appear in numerous at the garage forecourt. newspapers, magazines and websites “It’s my wife’s car,” I throughout the UK, Ireland & Gibraltar mumble. Get over that - and now here in Spain! For more and this Peugeot 107 information contact Tim on: timasaunders@tiscali.co.uk by any other name

But there’s more to this dashboard than at first meets the eye because there are four simple buttons arranged in the shape of a coin on the dash to the left of the steering wheel. These are actually part of what the industry calls black box technology. One button will call a call centre and you can tell them where you want to go and then spoken directions will be provided throughout the course of your journey. Another switch patches you through to Citroen Assist breakdown service. It’s also possible to make a 999 call through this system as well as connecting you directly to your Citroen insurance. But this black box will also record erratic driving behaviour and feed it back to the insurance company as a way of keeping insurance premiums lower for well behaved young drivers. This technology isn’t infallible because sharp braking for instance could be the result of reacting to others’ bad driving. During our drive my wife and I recall the time we hired a Peugeot 107 and drove it from Romania to Bulgaria and back. We had fun in that car and if my memory serves me right we were able to drive from one country to the next on just one tank of fuel. That’s how efficient the 1-litre unit is. Caroline says that this is the car she would buy if ever she chose to replace her P-registered Fiat Punto. Praise indeed.

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Boxers 2013 2014 may not be looming over the hill just yet (despite Xmas advertisements starting to appear) but Boxers golfing year, under the captaincy of Derek Leonard, has run its course. The final salute was played out at Hacienda del Alamo on the 7th Oct with a presentation dinner at the Hostal Rural in Turre on the 12th. An eventful year saw us lose our Captain Elect, Steve Gilmore, to a heart attack and our Founding President to Blighty – both are missed. But the upside has been another year of lively competition played at courses all over Almeria and Murcia, plus a fantastic range of social events, from Treasure hunts to night time golf to bowling to meals out, well supported and enjoyed by the members both on and off the course. Cash prizes are awarded to divisional winners, NTP’s, etc at the regular meetings and, with a range of talent across the society, it’s pleasing to note that this year’s ‘Pot Hunters’ for the major competitions come from all three divisions. The Alan Hay Trophy – Gordon Batchelor (Div 3) Doubles Competition - Paul Holley & Steeve

Peete (Div 1) Captain’s Eclectic and also the Autumn Trophy Adrian Ball (Div 2) Matchplay singles – Paul Holley Spring Trophy – Martin Fisk (Div 1) Les Ashton Shield – Tony Redston (Div 1) 2013 Order of Merit – Tony Harwin (Div 1) The new season starts under the captaincy of Adrian Ball, whose declared intention is to introduce some new courses, including a trip to Santa Clara in Granada´into an exciting calendar of golf and social events. All of the longer distance trips come with the luxury option of travelling by coach at a subsidised €10 per head.

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• It’s all about European football this week with Champions League matches played yesterday and again tonight, and Europa League encounters tomorrow. • Top soccer games this coming weekend are: Villa-Everton, Chelsea-Manchester City, Crystal Palace-Arsenal, Liverpool-WBA, Manchester United-Stoke and Sunderland-Newcastle (the TyneWear derby); Blackpool-Blackburn and Burnley-QPR (Championship) and unbeaten Leyton OrientRotherham (FL1). • Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel should win the F1 World title for the fourth successive year in India on Sunday. • Also on Sunday, either Marc Marquez (298 pts) or Jorge Lorenzo (280) can clinch the MotorGP championship in Japan. Marquez is still favourite despite Lorenzo winning a most confusing Australian Grand Prix last Sunday, when Marquez was disqualified for failing to make a pit stop! Dani Pedrosa was second with Valentino Rossi third. • The opening ceremony of the Rugby League World Cup takes place in Cardiff on Saturday. • Despite winning their qualifying group, England will NOT be seeded when the draw is made for the 2014 World Cup on 6 December. Therefore they could well meet Argentina, Brazil, even Spain early in the competition. • England manager Roy Hodgson has arranged several friendlies before Rio, starting with back-toback Wembley games next month against Chile and Germany. • Last weekend, PL leaders Arsenal beat Norwich; Liverpool, with Steven Gerrard’s 100th top-flight goal) drew at Newcastle; Chelsea defeated Cardiff; Everton pipped Hull; Southampton drew at Manchester United; Manchester City won at West Ham; Spurs beat Aston Villa (where an assistant referee/linesman was struck by a flare thrown by a Spurs supporter) and Swansea belted Sunderland, while Stoke and WBA drew and Crystal Palace played Fulham on Monday. • The derbies between Millwall-QPR (Championship) and Wolves-Coventry (FL1) both ended in draws. • Plymouth, making football’s longest return journey, a 754 mile round trip to Hartlepool, lost, while Celtic and Rangers are running away with the SPL and SL1 respectively. • Last Friday, 61,418 rugby union fans at Wembley (a Heineken Cup pool game record) saw Toulouse beat Saracens. • For all cricket enthusiasts, here are the dates of England’s five Tests against the Aussies are: 1st - 2125 November (Brisbane); 2nd - 5-9 December (Adelaide); 3rd - 13-17 December (Perth); 4th - 26-30 December (Melbourne); 5th - 3-7 January (Sydney). • The funeral of Spain’s F1 reserve driver Maria Del Villota, found dead in a hotel room in Seville earlier this month, took place last week. Maria (33) lost her right eye after crashing in July 2012 while testing a car for Team Marussia. Subsequent neurological damage led to her death. R.I.P. • In the European indoor track cycling championships in Holland, GB riders Jason Kenny, Jess Varnish, Laura Trott (two gold) and Jo Rownsell have all won medals, with to come! • Football fact: Only four midfielders have scored 100 goals in the Premiership: Frank Lampard (166), Ryan Giggs (109), Paul Scholes (107), Steven Gerrard (100).

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CABRERA LAWN BOWLS CLUB HONG KONG PAIRS COMPETITION 2013 Tuesday 15th October was the final of the Hong Kong Pairs Competition 2013. The final was between Paul Cartwright and Trevor Robinson v Brian Marsh and Pat Marsh. Brian and Pat started very well and by the fourth end had a lead of 6 shots. By end twelve Trevor and Paul had caught up to within two shots. Then on the thirteenth end Pat and Brian scored a five , this seemed to seal

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Good to see ‘Cuba Brian’ back in Spain and his boat back in the water and working. Shore Fishing ‘London Bill’ caught only mackerel this week spinning marks around Garrucha, Mojacar and Macenas. Six members of the Albox Fishing Club fished off the Repsol garage rocks in Garrucha from 11am to 4 pm. The sea was very calm with a southerly breeze. Fish caught : Jaguar Jack - 10 Bogues, 4 palometes, 2 wide eyed flounders, 2 striped bream and a weaver. He had a good fish on but lost it in the rocks. Tony Always Laughing - 8 Bogues 4 palometes, 2 wide eyed flounder, 1 wrasse and 1 weaver. Dizzy John - 8 Bogues, 2 palometes and 2 wide eyed flounders. Flash Gordon - 6 Bogues, 1 palometes, 1 wide eyed flounder and 1 weaver.

Coarse Fishing. ‘Baza Barry’ continued his efforts on a river north of Negratin and caught small trout and barbel. He also caught a black bass while spinning, an unusual catch as far as I know in a river here (stream). Saying that they are in the lakes so it’s not surprising a few find their way into the rivers. Two matches in Murcia were won with top weights of 33lbs and 21lbs. 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 a problem at the moment with foreigners getting Andalucian beach and boat licenses. A new program has been introduced and NIE numbers are not being recognised, only NIF numbers. Although I have only heard this from one source and one licensing office I suspect it will be countrywide, I’ll let you know when things change. For up to date information on fishing licenses or any of the above see John 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.

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