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British energy is cheaper than Spanish energy

A survey by energy think tank Vaasaett shows that by taking exchange rates out of the equation, Helsinki, at 11.43 is the cheapest of the 23 European cities surveyed for electricity prices. Households in Berlin (28.49) - the most expensive - pay two-and-a-half times as much, largely due to taxes and subsidies designed to boost renewable energy production. Even after the recent price rises, however, London

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(17.75) remains one of the cheaper places to buy electricity, and below the European average of 20.34, while the figure quoted for Madrid is 24.34 But prices haven’t been going up everywhere electricity bills have fallen in nine cities in the past month, particularly in Central and Eastern Europe, with the Hungarian government reducing prices by 11% and its Croatian counterpart cutting them by 6%. Gas prices also vary a great deal. Working from an average of 7.91, households in Stockholm - the most expensive city - pay 15.29, three times more than those in the cheapest, Luxembourg City, at 5.23. Stockholm is much more expensive than everywhere else simply because the gas market is so small - there are only 33,000 households buying gas in the whole of Sweden. London (5.75) is the second cheapest city, where households pay well below the European average, despite recent price rises. In the past month, seven countries have seen gas price rises, while eight have seen prices fall. Of course prices must be seen in the context of people’s ability to pay them, and fuel poverty is seen as a major concern within the UK, where 6.5% of the population say they cannot afford to keep their homes adequately warm, according to European Union figures. But the situation for those living in Bulgaria is much worse, where almost half the population (47%) say they cannot afford to heat their homes properly. Many Lithuanians (34%), Cypriots (31%), Portuguese (27%) and Greeks (26%) in particular also struggle to keep their homes warm. At the other end of the scale, less than 2% of Scandinavians cannot afford to keep warm at home. The average across the EU is about 11%, and the average for Spain is just under 9%.

Farmers Fear The New Delhi Virus Has Spread To Melon Crop

The virus which caused severe problems for hundreds of farmers last autumn appears to have spread into other crops. Last year’s courgette crop was badly hit by the virus and many farmers lost up to 60% of their yield. The New Delhi virus is carried by white fly and looking for signs of infection is a labour intensive task. Each plant has to be inspected on a daily basis and then removed if signs of the virus are apparent. This seasons melon and water melon crop is most at risk. Experts from plant and seed companies who are monitoring the situation in the regions greenhouses say that between 10% and 15% of the melon crop has so far been affected. This has not come as a complete surprise to growers, as they were warned the virus could cross over from the courgette and attack this spring’s harvest. Juan Francisco, the growers associations representative said last week, “There was always going to be a chance the virus would contaminate the melon crop and our members were aware of that when they took the decision to plant at the beginning of the year.” Some growers have introduced a second skin to their greenhouses to try to beat the white fly, at a cost of around 2,000 euros per hectare. A full harvest of melons will produce 12,000 – 15,000 euros per hectare, so the investment in protection, although high, seems worthwhile. One farmer said, “This year planting melons is a lottery, we carry out all the preventative measures but in the end, we have to wait and see.” At the moment, the worst affected area is to the west of Roquetas towards Vicar, where infected three week old plants are already being dug up and destroyed. By Martin Shortland




Storms and floods unearth unexploded wartime bombs

Bomb disposal teams in the South West have dealt with double the number of unexploded ordnance than in the same period last year. This dramatic increase in the number of wartime bombs unearthed has been caused by the winter storms and flooding. Since mid December, the Royal Navy’s Southern Dive Unit has recovered or disposed of 244 items of ordnance. During the same period last year, they dealt with just 108 items. Although almost 70 years after the end of WWII, unexploded shells, bombs and mines continue to be discovered on beaches and in harbours around Britain every year, and the Royal Navy’s Southern Dive Unit is tasked with making these devices safe. Its area of responsibility stretches for some 2,250km (1,400 miles). It begins from the highwater mark in Hull and proceeds seaward to the territorial limit, and then runs clockwise around the British Isles - including the Isle of Wight, Channel Islands, and Isles of Scilly - to finish in Liverpool. The members of the Southern Dive Unit are dubbed the ‘human mine hunters’, and are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They train how to handle unexploded devices in an old torpedo test lake at their base on Horsea Island in Hampshire. Wearing heavy diving rigs that create

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As they approach a test device in the water, the diver uses a ‘go slow’ approach. This means he only fins once every 3m. The team is trained to work in zero visibility, and can identify the type of ordnance and country of origin by measuring it with their hands and forearms. The diver then wraps the projectile in plastic explosives - this is called a ‘counter mine’. He retreats to a safe distance of at least 600m, depending on the size of the munition, and the bomb is detonated. “The explosive is normally of very high quality,” said Chris O’Flaherty, the commanding officer of the Fleet Diving Squadron. “The Germans were very good engineers. A number of them aren’t viable but an awful lot of them are, and we prove that regularly by the manner in which we dispose of them. “The explosive deteriorates and the main charge is usually relatively stable. It’s the detonator that’s the dangerous part.”

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Local fishermen have come under scrutiny by the Guardia Civil in recent weeks, for allegedly fishing in protected waters. Certain areas of the Bay of Almeria, especially around Roquetas, have large ‘meadows’ of Neptune sea grass or posidonia, which grows close to the shoreline at depths of between 1 and 35 metres. Fishing close to the shore in areas where the grass grows is prohibited. The meadows between Roquetas and Aguadulce are some of the best conserved in the whole Mediterranean and for that reason have the title of National Monument. The only real evidence of the grasses existence comes after a storm, when piles of dead leaves from the plant are washed up along the beach. The grass grows best in clean waters and its presence is a marker for lack of pollution; it only grows in the Mediterranean and is an important part of the ecosystem. The largest known meadow is to the south of Ibiza and it’s thought to be around 100,000 years old. People may have noticed the presence of Guardia Civil and Fisheries Protection patrol vessels in the bay over the last few weeks; their job has been to warn off boats fishing in the protected waters as fishing nets can do irreparable damage to the tender plant. The Department of Environment was alerted to the possibility of illegal fishing some two weeks ago, but it’s not an easy law to implement. It would require round the clock patrols to keep every boat away from the area; an impractical and expensive task.

The fishermen are finding it increasingly difficult to catch fish, so are always looking for different fishing grounds. Spokesman Fernando Orri said they have no option but to fish wherever the fish are and although they appreciate the importance of the protected sea grass meadows, as far as they are concerned, they are not doing any harm. Mr. Orri pointed out most small inshore boats use nets that are held in the water by floats which don’t drag the sea floor and don’t cause any damage to the sea grass. Toledano Paco from the wildlife protection organisation Promar has been critical of the way the Department of Environment has managed the situation. He maintains the regulations controlling the protection area are far too flexible and more should be done to, “ensure the safety of this very important ecological site.” He said the local council should be doing more to raise peoples’ awareness of the site, but accepted the fact it’s difficult to interest the public in something they can’t see. The sea grass meadows have an important ecological value and hundreds of species of flora and fauna are dependent on them, as are many types of fish. It has also become an increasingly important place for divers to visit; so much so, the local tourist authority has appointed a specialist diving guide to help enthusiast make the most of their visit to this unique under sea meadow. By Martin Shortland Autoconsumo “Mini kits” these plug and play new systems will be available form next week. Incredibly easy to install and you can just keep adding as and when required. Using the highest quality panels from Eurener (Spanish manufactured in Alicante)

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I Tourism Fair of Almanzora Valley organized by the Zurgena Town Council.

The Fair takes place at the old Railway station Renfe in La Alfoquia, Zurgena, on 15-16 of march 2014. The objective is to allow all the area´s (Almanzora Valley) tourism related business to expose their product and services in order for all the citizens have knowledge of them, and therefore be able to use purchase them. Restaurants, hotels, rural lodging, handycrafts, travel agencies, vine yards, Serrano Ham, Honey producers etc etc….As well as local town councils to promote their tourism activities. Although it is the Zurgena Town Council who is organizing the Fair, we invite all the other towns and companies to participate. Its time to work together for a common goal: promote our tourism offer and not see our neighbors as competition, but as strength we can all pull from. Our area has got lot to offer. First we need to know ourselves what we have in order to appreciate and pass it on to

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(in Spanish: Catastro) The cadastre is a comprehensive register of all the properties description and boundaries. A cadastre commonly includes details of the ownership, the tenure, the precise location, the dimensions (and area), the cultivations if rural, and the value of individual parcels of land. The cadastral system is also used to value the properties and therefore to set the Council Tax (IBI) on each property. Note that the cadastral records for many properties are out of date and inaccurate, and it is your duty, as property owner, to inform the Cadastre of those errors (size, boundaries, ownership, etc). For example, after building a house, pool, garage, etc on a plot of land, you must inform the Cadastre, that on your land now there is a new construction and tell them the specifications of that building. This is done by presenting a form to

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Spanish naval vessel disrupts Royal Navy parachute training

Britain is to make a formal protest to Madrid over an “illegal incursion” by a Spanish naval vessel into Gibraltar’s territorial waters that forced British Naval chiefs to suspend a parachute training session off the Rock. The Spanish naval boat approached the landing zone where personnel from the Royal Navy’s Submarine Parachute Assistance Group were carrying out practice jumps into the sea. HMS Sabre, a Gibraltar Squadron patrol boat which was acting as the safety vessel during the exercise, was forced to break away to shadow the Spanish naval vessel until it left British Gibraltar Territorial Waters. Warnings were issued to the Spanish vessel, which is said to have used a fake name and call sign, but it only left after radioing back that it was in Spanish waters, according to a report in the Gibraltar Chronicle. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office confirmed that the “incursion” would be raised at a high level within the Spanish government by Simon Manly, the

British Ambassador to Madrid.

“There was an incursion into British waters near Gibraltar by the Spanish Navy on 18 February, during a Royal Navy exercise. The exercise went ahead irrespective of this incursion,” said an FCO spokesman in London.“We are raising this at a high level with the Spanish government and will be issuing a formal protest. Neither this incident nor other incursions change the fact of UK sovereignty over British Gibraltar Territorial Waters.” The incident is the latest in the diplomatic spat over sovereignty of the Rock, and which escalated last summer when Spain objected to Gibraltar’s creation of an artificial reef in its waters. Last year 446 illegal incursions into British waters were made by Spanish maritime forces, almost double that of the year before, and the summer of 2013 will be remembered for the stringent border checks and lengthy delays caused by Spanish authorities on those crossing to and from Spain.

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DONNA’ BOUTIQUE – DESIGNER QUALITY CLOTHING AT A FRACTION OF THE PRICE FOR ALL OCCASIONS. Sizes 8 -28 catered for! Firmly into its second year of trading, ‘Donna’s Boutique’ is a familiar sight in the heart of Turre. Owner Donna Booth has been delighting the ladies of all areas for 5 years now with a fabulous range of fashions to suit everyone. All shapes and sizes are catered for and age is certainly no barrier as Donna prides herself on selecting fashions that all women can wear. Also available is a wide selection of shoes, bags, jewellery and accessories making ‘Donna’s Boutique’ a one-stop-shop for that special occasion or for everyday wear. With years of experience in the fashion industry and a real passion for the business, Donna offers a personal-styling service for anyone needing a helping-hand. With a huge following on her Facebook page, word of her extensive collection has spread and Donna can now offer Europewide delivery with shipments three-times per week.

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News Apprentices are being invited to take one giant leap for mankind and sign up for elite space engineering training. The first degree-level apprenticeship in the field is being launched by Skills Minister Matthew Hancock at the National Space Centre in Leicester. The programme aims to encourage more scientists and engineers into the UK’s space industry, expected to be worth £30bn in the next two decades. The Royal Astronomical Society says this demand is not currently being met. Loughborough College, the National Space Academy and the University of Leicester will

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Mr Hancock said: “Ahead of National Apprenticeship Week, I would like to encourage young people to think about a career in this stimulating and fast-moving sector.’ He also said he wanted it to be the “new norm for young people” to choose between university and an apprenticeship. Dr Martin Killeen, head of technology at Loughborough College, said: “Significant issues have been identified regarding graduates emerging from university without

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Hello and welcome to CanDu Computer Bytes. It isn’t uncommon for me to be sat in a darkened room staring at the screen like some hooded Occultist staring into his dark crystal mirror, both trying to discern the future from the faint glimmering reflections on front of us. Like all Magi, I am looking to the future for wealth beyond avarice. To the digital world of BITCOINS. Ok! I will never be a novelist as creating provocative prose appears to be beyond my reach. I can, however, read and interpret the signs and portents of the digital future. Imagine a world where banks have no power! They can no longer control countries and economies with the wave of a chequebook. Imagine a world where money is truly digital, no more muggings (you don’t carry cash), no more safes to crack, no paying “on the spot” fines :-) What are BITCOINS? These are an innovative and, currently, experimental form of digital currency. As a new user, you can get started with Bitcoin without understanding the technical details. Once you have installed a Bitcoin wallet on your computer or mobile phone, it will generate your first Bitcoin address and you can create more whenever you need one. You can disclose your addresses to your friends so that they can pay you or vice versa. In fact, this is pretty similar to how email works, except that Bitcoin addresses should only be used once. All books have to balance (unless you are in charge of the government and little things

like that don’t matter). Bitcoins use a system called “Block Chain”. The block chain is a shared public ledger on which the entire Bitcoin network relies. All confirmed transactions are included in the block chain. This way, Bitcoin wallets can calculate their spendable balance and new transactions can be verified to be spending bitcoins that are actually owned by the spender. The integrity and the chronological order of the block chain are enforced with cryptography. As we have already covered this subject we should move on. A transaction is a transfer of value between Bitcoin wallets that gets included in the block chain. Bitcoin wallets keep a secret piece of data called a private key or seed, which is used to sign transactions, providing a mathematical proof that they have come from the owner of the wallet. The signature also prevents the transaction from being altered by anybody once it has been issued. All transactions are broadcast between users and usually begin to be confirmed by the network in the following 10 minutes, through a process called mining. On this note we will have to leave part 1 of digital commerce. Though it will be completed for you next week with a summary of how you can pay me for all this useful information ;-) So until next week have a great week, and remember that my clinic at Jack’s bar in Albox is closed for the next 2 weeks. Sorry for any inconvenience.

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Then and now – The Crimea So 160 years later Crimea is back in the news; Russia under the pretext of an illegal coup in Ukraine that’s threatening the safety of Russian speaking peoples in Crimea sends 6000 soldiers to take over the Crimea. Russia also ‘leases’ a huge base from Ukraine at Sevastopol for its Black Sea Fleet which endangers matters further. Military planners have files on all scenarios so Russian success in invading the Crimea in just 3 days isn’t a coincidence. Never trust a politician is certainly apt here as long before Putin turned off the lights at Scochi, his planners and advisors would have been briefing him and working to his orders. In the 1850s; the Crimea was the scene of a war that pitted Britain, France and the Ottoman Empire against Russia with over 300,000 casualties. The war put the names of Mary Nightingale and Seacole into our history books. Tennyson’s poem The Charge of the Light Brigade immortalised the loss of almost half the British 700 cavalrymen in the Crimea in 1854. The 93rd Highlanders are remembered for holding their ‘Thin Red Line’ against a massively larger Russian force at the battle of Balaclava. Religion as ever was the excuse and catalyst for the 2.5 year war. Napoleon III of France believed Roman Catholic sites in the Holy Land (an area still under dispute as Israel/Palestine)

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I was lying in the bath last night thinking to myself, isn’t nature funny. Anyway, that’s another story but, as I was in there, I had an idea. I often get good ideas in the bath but that’s another story! I was thinking, isn’t it just as well we’re not all the same and all like the same things? Food for example; imagine if we all loved steak, there’d be mayhem at the Mercadona everyday as everyone lay siege to the meat counter-a little like the rush for the exit at a Justin Beiber concert. But thankfully, we do all like different things. I have to say though, some of the things that people do like are decidedly weird. For example, hidden away in a padded room somewhere there are still ageing remnants of the seventies wild child brigade who, even today, occasionally throw caution to the wind and play their Little Jimmy Osmond albums. But I was talking about food. I have to admit, I’m firmly in the, I don’t like shellfish, camp. Lobster. I know it’s a delicacy and that so many people enjoy it, but what I can’t get round is eating something that you need an instruction manual and a small lump hammer for. Then, if you get as far as finding your way in, what’s really off putting, well for me anyway, is that when you follow the instructions on how to dismember and then eat one, I was horrified to see them refer to the green stuff you may find inside. I may well be an unadventurous food wimp, and say what you will about McDonalds, you never have to dismember a chicken nugget, but I’m not too keen on letting something have free reign to my insides which contains squishy green stuff. Mushy peas are one thing but a Lobster’s liver is quite another! Of course, as I said, we’re all different; many people love seafood and especially Graham is married Sushi. The Japanese have brought the world to Helen and has a so much that is good and I am especially daughter, Alice. He partial to their home theatre systems, but lives part of the year as of yet I haven’t been persuaded by their near Albox, but works Sushi! in Qatar, teaching. If You’ll have to excuse me now because my you wish to contact bath water is getting cold and I still haven’t Graham regarding finished the re-enactment of the Battle of this article email: Jutland. I told you I had good ideas in the helenandg@yahoo. bath-but those periscopes can do you an injury!

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should be under French and therefore Catholic control. Up until then they were administered by the Orthodox Church with its ties to the Ottoman and Russian Empires. In a case of gunboat diplomacy Napoleon bullied the Ottomans by sending his powerful warship called Charlemagne to the Black Sea. Realising this ship would easily pulverise both the Ottoman and Russian Navies the Sultan signed a new treaty and signed over control of the holy sites to France. Tsar Nicholas I stationed forces along the Danube and tried to get the Ottomans to see his version of sense; sending firstly the foreign minister then a senior diplomat called Prince Menshikov. Unfortunately the latter was less than diplomatic by committing the heinous crime of wearing a suit instead of military dress when he met the Sultan. Compounding things further the Prince insulted the Ottomans for accepting the French treaty and demanded certain ministers resign. Eerily reminiscent to today’s potential conflict, Russia sent 80,000 soldiers into Ottoman controlled Moldavia and Wallachia; under the pretext of protecting the Orthodox Christian population. The Ottomans declared war on Russia and tried to repel the invaders. Next Russia destroyed an Ottoman naval squadron and warned by the then Super Powers Britain

and France; to desist and leave the provinces it had invaded. Russia refused giving the British and French the excuse to declare war on Russia. Tsar Nicholas backed down withdrawing his forces but too late. The next few years of war may have been avoided but the allies’ demands for further concessions weren’t met. Back home the press were clamouring for a war to show the Russians what for. The Aberdeen Govt. had decided against continuing and lost a no confidence vote in Parliament and battle commenced. This was the first war where the public read about what was happening relatively quickly, telegraph meant that reports could be sent to newspapers in hours rather than weeks. The emergence of Europe’s railways meant men and equipment didn’t have to rely on slow sea crossings. Partly over British concerns over casualties; the war ended in March 1856 with The Treaty of Paris. Russians retreated giving the Ottomans back their lands. British and French success in capturing the strategic Black Sea port of Sevastopol was reversed and handed back to the Russians as long as they did not create a naval force there – that worked well then!!!

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DOES A NON-RESIDENT HEIR PAY INHERITANCE TAX IN SPAIN ON FUNDS LEFT TO HIM IN JERSEY? Question: My deceased father (a resident in Mojacar) made a will leaving his worldwide assets to me (I am resident in London). The estate consists of a house in Mojacar and a bank account in Jersey worth 210000 pounds sterling. My Spanish solicitor is saying that I have to pay inheritance taxes on the account in Jersey because it was declared on my father´s 720 form (declaration of foreign assets) last year. I have read a book on the subject and my interpretation is that I should not pay inheritance tax in Spain on the funds in Jersey. What paperwork needs to be presented to the bank in Jersey for them to release the funds to me? The difference in inheritance tax between presenting the self-assessment forms in Spain including the funds in Jersey or not is over 59000 euro. AnSWER: I can confirm that because you are nonresident you do not have to pay inheritance tax in Spain in relation to the funds in Jersey. It does not need to be included on the self-assessment forms in Spain. You would have to pay if you where resident in Spain. Non-Resident heirs only pay inheritance tax in Spain on assets situated in Spain and on life insurance payments made by foreign insurance companies that operate in Spain. (This will become clear

to your solicitor on reading article 7 of the Law 29/1987 of 18th of December in relation to Inheritance and Donation tax) .The declaration of the asset on the 720 declaration makes no difference to this. B. Winding up the estate in Jersey is simple and straightforward. Your solicitor in Spain will need to gather some Spanish documents and choose a barrister to obtain probate at the “Jersey Royal Court”. This sounds complicated, but it is not. The procedure is not very expensive and takes two to three weeks if the solicitor in Spain presents the correct paperwork. In Jersey all you will need to pay is a small stamp duty to the “Jersey Royal Court “ (0.5% for the first 100000 pounds sterling and 75 pounds for every additional 10000 pounds sterling) and a Jersey barrister’s fee, which varies from my experience between 1000 and 5000 pounds depending on how much work he needs to do. Michael Davies. Abogado. Michael Davies is a Spanish Abogado and has been practicing law in Andalusia since 1993. He is member of the Law societies of Almería and Madrid. For a short period of time leading up to 2007 he was also Honorary British Consul.

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“We stood for a time, which was out of time, held as closely together as the hand of a father and his child.”

When you read Susan Hill you know exactly what you’re getting-a superb ghost story, atmospheric, full of terror and fear for the characters who are mysteriously involved in the occult. The truth unfolds slowly and the intrigue and suspense is expertly eked out before the final shocking revelations at the finale. The settings and actual places complement this remoteness and abandonment, a strong sense of isolation reminiscent of the great Hitchcock. And with Hill you can guarantee the expertise and fluidity of the style which makes for great reading. You just can’t go wrong, can you? Adam Snow is an antiquarian bookseller with extremely rich clients in the UK wanting rare book collections such as first folios with contacts in the States and Europe so he is constantly travelling. One time, as he is leaving a client and heading back to his home in London, he takes a few wrong turns and ends up at The White House and gardens. In its heyday it had been regarded as a national treasure, visited by royalty and foreigners from far afield. Now it was abandoned and decaying.


His curiosity got the better of him and he felt compelled to do some exploring although he perceived that he was an unwelcome intruder amidst a strange

The Small Hand by Susan Hill. quietness, an unearthly silence, an inexplicable eeriness and what he simply experiences here, a young child holding his hand, will terrorise him for the remainder of his days. This is the place that becomes an obsession and he is hypnotically drawn to the place to discover the secret of the small hand. A stroke of luck enables him to purchase a First Folio of a works by Shakespeare for his wealthy client, Sir Edgar Merriman. Excitement all round. Discrete enquiries assure Adam that the edition is housed in a monastery in a remote area in France where the Resistance was active. A treacherous journey to Saint Matthieu des Etoiles, climbing high into mountainous regions with a storm raging, incessant rain, sulphurous looking skies and blue-white lightning. Some of the bends were coiled like snakes. Flashed indelibly on his mind was the image of a child dashing across the road during this storm. He braked hard thinking he had hit the child. When he got out of the car to see whether he had injured the child he found himself standing precariously on the edge of a precipice, almost losing his balance and falling to his death…. He suffers panic attacks and night horrors where he imagines himself being sucked lifeless under the water. When he is near water of any kind he feels a strong force, a tremendous terrifying strength which he finds irresistible. “It was like a magnetic pull. It was there

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when I slept and when I woke, it was there at the back of my mind all day and it was there even within my dreams.” The monastery visit represents Adam’s days of light before the darkness that plunges him into the depths of hell. He feels safe in this place of sanctity, protected by the prayers of the monks but he has to return to the real world and confront his demons. He contacts Hugo his brother when he returns to the UK and finds out about his brother’s panic attacks. Hugo suffered madness as a result of something disturbing in his youth and had two years of treatment before appearing to have been successfully cured. Adam is worried it is a genetic condition. “There is sometimes the shadow of a shadow. My psyche was turned inside out and shaken.” Adam’s discovery of a photograph with Hugo and a boy when they were children links them to The White House and its tragic history. What is this connection? And what is the connection between the statue of a young boy playing with a dolphin and a golden ball with James Harrow? Who was James Harrow and more importantly, what happened to him? It’s a long story but it will always haunt Adam: “My last carefree, guilt-free, blithe moment. Aren’t there always these moments just before the blow falls that

changes things forever?” And it did change things for ever. Tragically. The final confession wrecks Adam’s peace of mind for ever. The debt has finally been paid but Adam remains guardian of a grisly secret which he must take to his grave and never ever disclose to a living soul! Read it if you dare. Publisher: Profile Books. 1846682407.

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SOLTIMES march 2014

1. What is made using soda, lime and silica? .................................................................................. 2. H  ow is the chaparral cock, a ground cuckoo native of Mexico, better known? .................................................................................. 3. W  hat state does Sarah Palin represent as its governor? .................................................................................. 4. W  hich category of sports men or women have been voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year the most times? Footballers, athletes or motor racing drivers? .................................................................................. 5.I n which year did Royal Mail introduce self adhesive stamps? 2001, 2003 or 2005? .................................................................................. 6. What is the speed limit on a German motorway? .................................................................................. 7. A  fter which sporting hero was Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton named? ................................................................................. 8. Which world famous musician was born Farrokh Bulsara in Zanzibar in 1946? ................................................................................... 9. I nspector Morse actor John Thaw was married to which actress at the time of his death in 2001? ................................................................................... 10. I n the game Cluedo, which room can be accessed via the secret passageway from the Study? ................................................................................... 11. C  ommon, Water and Pygmy are types of which British mammal? ................................................................................... 12. W  hat was the title of Bob the Builder`s second UK number one hit single? ................................................................................... 13. W  hat mineral has the highest number on the Mohs scale? ................................................................................... 14. W  hat building is pictured on a bottle of HP sauce? ................................................................................... 15. H  ow many successive pots must a snooker player make to score a 147 break? ................................................................................... 16. A  country historically known as Abyssinia, what is the modern name for it? ................................................................................... 17. I n Germany it is called “blutwurst”; in France, “boudin noir”. What is it most commonly called in England? ................................................................................... 18. W  hat is the name of the canoeist who famously faked his own death when he disappeared in 2002? ................................................................................... 19. W  hich supermaket is mentioned in Chas and Dave`s song Rabbit? ................................................................................... 20. I n Peter Pan, what is the name of Captain Hook`s ship? ...................................................................................


Logic Puzzle

At the end of the last volleyball season, the main results table had been destroyed. Luckily, a number of people could remember the following snippets: Arlington Wonderers finished above The Golf GTI and Derby Surefires. Eagle Cherrys finished above Arlington Wonderers, The Golf GTI and Derby Surefires. Happy Hours finished above Brookside Magic and Eagle Cherrys. Eagle Cherrys finished above Foxtrot Kilos and Chippy Flippers. The Golf GTI finished below Chippy Flippers and Eagle Cherrys. Foxtrot Kilos finished before Brookside Magic, Derby Surefires and The Golf GTI. Derby Surefires finished below Foxtrot Kilos, Chippy Flippers and Brookside Magic. Arlington Wonderers finished below Chippy Flippers and Eagle Cherrys. Brookside Magic finished below Eagle Cherrys, Foxtrot Kilos and The Golf GTI. Derby Surefires finished below The Golf GTI and Eagle Cherrys. Foxtrot Kilos finished below Arlington Wonderers and Eagle Cherrys. Can you restore the correct league positions?

Logic Puzzle SOLUTIon Happy Hours The Golf GTI Eagle Cherrys Brookside Magic Chippy Flippers Derby Surefires Arlington Foxtrot Kilos



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Menu del noche & a la Carte Menu available

For the chorizo sausage rolls, melt the butter in a frying pan over a medium heat, add the onion and thyme and cook gently for five minutes, or until softened. Add the paprika and cook for a further minute. Remove from the heat and leave to cool.

Remove the skins from the chorizo and sausages and place in a mixing bowl, add the cooled onions and mix home-made Sunday lunches well until completely combined. Unroll served noon - 5pm Book our function room with private patio garden the pastry out on a lightly floured surface into a large rectangle and then for your parties, weddings, birthdays etc. cut lengthways into two long strips. Please call into Jacks or phone Divide the sausage mixture in half and to discuss your BUFFET OR MENU roll into two long sausages roughly the REQUIREMENTS, OR JUST A CHAT same length as the pastry. WE WOULD LOVE TO SEE YOU Brush the pastry with a little beaten 9AM-LATE MON-SAT 10-6 SUN SEE OUR egg, lay a sausage down one side of MAP ON a pastry strip, and roll up tightly. Seal PAGE 30 the edge. Repeat with the remaining pastry and filling, then transfer to a tray

Waiter service Booking Recommended


For the chorizo sausage rolls 20g/¾oz unsalted butter 1 small onion, finely chopped 2 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves only 1 tsp smoked paprika 3 cooking chorizo sausages 3 herby pork sausages 250g/9oz ready-rolled all-butter puff pastry plain flour, for dusting 2 free-range eggs, beaten with a pinch of salt sea salt flakes For the tapenade and parmesan palmiers 250g/9oz ready-rolled all-butter puff pastry 4 tbsp olive tapenade 1 free-range egg, beaten with a pinch of salt 50g/1¾oz parmesan cheese, finely grated For the cheese straws 250g/9oz ready-rolled all-butter puff pastry 100g/3½oz parmesan, finely grated ½ tsp cayenne pepper 1 free-range egg, beaten with a pinch of salt

950 120 718

join-side down, brush all over with the beaten egg and refrigerate, covered, for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6 (180C fan). Cut each roll into 14 equal sized slices and lay on baking trays. Bake for 25 minutes, or until crisp and golden-brown. Serve warm. For the tapenade and parmesan palmiers, lightly flour a clean work surface. Unroll the pastry out onto the floured surface into a large rectangle. Spread the tapenade over the pastry in an even layer, spreading to the edges of the long end and about 2cm/¾in from the edges of the short end. Roll the two long sides up tightly to meet in the middle, turn over, cut into 1cm/½in wide palmiers, place cutside down on a baking tray and press lightly to flatten slightly. Brush all over (including the sides) with a little beaten egg and sprinkle over the parmesan. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Cook the palmiers at the same temperature as the sausage rolls. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until crisp and golden-brown. Serve warm. Any leftover tapenade can be used as a dip. For the cheese straws, unroll the pastry onto a lightly floured surface into a large rectangle. Sprinkle half of the cheese and all of the cayenne pepper over one half of the pastry and then fold over to seal. Using a rolling pin, roll the pastry into a large rectangle, no thicker than a pound coin. Brush with the beaten egg and then sprinkle over the remaining cheese. Cut in half lengthways and then cut each piece into 12 equal strips. Twist each strip into a neat spiral and lay on a baking tray. Cover with cling film and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Line two baking trays with greaseproof paper. Remove the cling film from the cheese straws and lay them on the lined baking trays. Bake the cheese straws at the same oven temperature as before for 6-8 minutes, or until crisp and golden-brown. Serve warm.

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A night full of fun

el Cucador

come and join

DJ Jonny slade Saturday 8th March 8pm


70’s 8€ 80’s

hot or cold buffet option

traditional sunday lunch

Thai fish cakes with a honey and cucumber dip You can make your own red curry paste if you wish but you can get away with a good-quality bought one. The secret to forming the quite sloppy mixture is wet hands - honest it works. You can use halibut, sea bass, pollock or coley depending on your budget. Delicious served with this salsalike sauce.




Preparation method For the fish cakes, place the fish, fish sauce, red curry paste, lime leaf, galangal, lemongrass, coriander root, egg, palm sugar, beans, and lime juice in a food processor and blend to a paste. Alternatively this can be done in a pestle and mortar – pound the ingredients to a jelly-like paste. Remove and, with damp hands, take a piece about the size of a walnut. Roll it into a ball and then flatten it to a thin disc. Lay on a floured plate. Repeat until all the mixture has been used. Refrigerate until ready to cook.


For the fish cakes 500g/1lb 2oz skinned and pin-boned halibut fillet, chopped 1 tbsp Thai fish sauce 1 dessertspoon Thai red curry paste For the dip, beat together the vinegar, 1 kaffir lime leaf, finely sliced honey, two tablespoons of water, the 1 thumb-sized piece galangal, chopped lime juice and fish sauce. Taste and finely 1 stick lemongrass (the soft bit only), adjust the honey and lime juice to get it sweeter or sourer, however you want it. finely sliced 1 coriander root and leaves, chopped Add the cucumber, carrot, shallot and 1 free-range egg chilli. Leave for 30 minutes to an hour 1 tsp grated palm sugar for the flavours to develop. 50g/1¾oz snake beans, sliced thinly Heat the groundnut oil in a frying pan (alternatively use French beans) and cook the fish cakes until golden½ lime, juice only brown all over – this should take a plain flour, for dusting 3 tbsp groundnut oil, for shallow couple of minutes on either side. frying Serve on a banana leaf with the sauce For the dip in a dish to one side. Garnish with the 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar lamb’s lettuce. 2 tbsp clear honey ½ lime, juice only 1 tbsp Thai fish sauce 100g/3½oz cucumber, skinned, cored and diced 50g/1¾oz carrot, finely diced 1 shallot, finely diced 2 birds’-eye chillies, Free Bottle of wine seeds removed (if liked), sliced thinly per couple to take away

Mesón de

To serve banana leaves lamb’s lettuce

after having our night menus Valid only with this voucher dinner 19.00-22.00 until 31ST MARCH




winter crazy offer

menu e h c o N

Spring into our restaurant with our new

Home cooked with all the trimmings served 12.30pm-5pm includes a complimentary coffee & chocolate

oonnly ly

10.95€ pp pp

booking recommended

A choice of

evening bar

5 Starters

specials served 6-9pm

Mon : Chill & Rice 5€ Tues: Cod n Chips 5€ Wed: Chicken & Chips or Gammon Ham & Chips 5.50€ Thurs: Pie Night 5.50€

sky sports

LIVE - shown in the bar

5 Main Dishes 5 Desserts All home-made. Includes Glass of Wine or Tubo

thursday - saturday 6pm - 9pm (starting 13th march) bookings now being taken

fish n chips Beer battered Cod home-made chips & peas

from om fr


FRIDAYS 12.30pm - 9pm

lite bite snacks Specials, Burgers, Wraps

open for lunch 12pm - 4PM

menu del dia 2 COURSE LUNCH 12:30 - 3:30pm


Tel: 950 634 562

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Albox Arboleas 1km

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ts market day ma Upcoming Even

tWILIGHT SHADOWS advertise on this page call 950 121 936

Tuesday Market Day from 8:30 to 11AM STANDARD BREAKFAST

Only 2.50€

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 10.95€ which includes a Caraffe of wine and 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!

& add cup of tea or coffee for 50 cents

special ing r p s y a und s

home-made Sunday lunches

now with free house starter or sweet Waiter Service - Booking Recommended served noon - 5pm

Saturday 8th March 8pm ‘til Late Twilight Shadows Plus

Live Music Hot buffet 6,95€

Bacon or Sausage

in a floury bap or sandwich, tea or regular coffee


Order BEFORE 11.30am Mon - Sat


Homemade Pie Day

from midday

Book your table now


Cod ‘n’ ChipS

Bar Menu & Snacks 9AM-4.30PM (except Sunday) friday & SATURDAY Home Made Burgers, Jacket Potatoes, Home Made Puds & much more

ALL DAY BREAKFAST from 9AM includes free tea or coffee Only 3.75€ + new Daily Specials

SERVED 12-9pm

Beer-battered Cod, Home-made Chips, with Mushy or Garden PeaS

Bookings Advisable Takeaway option available



• Line Dancing from 2:30pm with Eleanor & Gilly • ROCK’N’ ROLL 7:30PM



Please call into Jacks to check Timetables


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


950 120 718

menu del noche €10.95

Includes a caraffe of wine per couple 7 starters, 6 mains & 5 Desserts Monday - Saturday 7pm - late. Closed Sunday

Art Classes, • easy peezy spanish lessons Computer Club, with Avril at 5pm • Darts Night from 8pm - All Welcome Keep Fit • Wednesday Geneology • Line Dancing with Carrie 7pm • Ceroc Classes 8pm


Full A La Carte also available



La Cena


BP Garage


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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

day the day of the nu of menu me 3 courses 3 courseS - €12.00 €10.50

Menu del noche

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

regular TRIBUTE SHOWS see website for details

tel: 950 473 099

The Beachcomber 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 and regular events: Valentines Dinner/Dance 14th February. Spanish lessons, held every Monday and Tuesday morning from 10:15am. Tai Chi every Wednesday and Thursday morning from 10:30am. Line dancing lessons Monday afternoons from 4pm. Free computer and electronic workshop every Saturday 10:30am1pm. Telephone now to book or to find out more about any of our many events: 950 473 099.


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A big thankyou to alison and all those who organised, sponsored, volunteered and donated to the strictly come dancing night at the kimrick on saturday 1st march.

a great night was had by all and a

APSA, the animal charity based in Albox, is making steady progress with its exciting plans for the building of kennels to house the many dogs in its care. Having our own kennels will cut the cost of boarding fees and the kennels, close to Albox, means the more convenient location will greatly help with dog walking, volunteers at the kennels and homing the dogs. We have already Living Water Church Mojacar received some generous donations of money, building An Evangelical informal service at 4.00pm every Sunmaterials and time! day, opposite Red Cross Centre on Mojacar Playa. Just 50p buys one block, €80 enough for a pen. Contact Pastor David Hamilton 697 522 521 John 950 Cash donations can be give in at the shop in Avenida 529 321 Margaret 950477063 For more info visit Lepanto, opposite Jacks, open 10 to 2pm Monday to Saturday. If you are able to donate enough for a pen you might like to have it named after your dog (or you can remain anonymous, whatever suits!). Any amount Charity & Community Shops is gratefully received. The people’s charity, The Peoples Choice You might be able to donate building materials, blocks,

whopping 1833€

was raised for macs

The Fundraiser

tiles etc - we´ve all got some lying about the place! Please ring 663 762 642 to arrange delivery to the site or collection. Maybe you have time spare to help us build? - all volunteer help gratefully received even if just for an hour or two. The APSA AGM will be held on Wednesday April 2nd at Jacks in Albox from 2.30pm. There is a car park opposite in Avenida Lepanto. All are welcome - come along to hear the latest news about the new kennels. Maybe you have fundraising ideas or have time to spare to help the charity in any way, come along and chat with us. All welcome, only members can vote but you can, if you wish, join on the day - all fees going to help the building fund.

Helping the disabled Cancer Research Vera Orphanage Run totally put our hearts Asprodalba Weinto by volunteers 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



taekwondo Martial


adults Mon: 7.30pm - 9pm Wed: 5pm - 6.30pm Fri: 5.30pm - 7pm KIDS 4 - 8yrs Wed: 4pm - 5pm Fri: 4.30pm - 5.30pm

Tel: 646 844 708 Indigo Gym - Mojacar Playa


950 479 502

New wireless BROADBAND internet

service available 4&6mb from €24.95 p/m No landline required Call us for details if you are a part time resident. to find out if your area is covered go to

Don’t lose your TV channels

Android TV boxes hits available sim cards A range of

mobile phones, sales, repairs & unlocking

Distributor for

area distributor for

computers ~ laptops full repair service

No Satellite dish needed

TVs call in now for more info available ORDERS BEING TAKEN

Check our new website out

Call into our shop in Turre town square just along from the Cajamar bank


Vida El


ladies day thursday 20th march 11 - 3pm

if you wish to book a stall or outside stand

please call into the bar email: or

call 950 634 562

already attending Crystals, Gold Silver jewellery, Tarot, Reiki Healing & Much More

outside carpark free space for car booters Open Every Day 12pm - Late

Tel:950 634 562 •

book the Venue: For your Private Parties, Weddings and Birthdays etc.


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MD Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration S.L.

see us online

everyday FOR SALE

advertise all your unwanted items for sale in this section any single item up to 300€ free of charge

email: k in cartridges refills or buy a at compatable prices. great we love to save money. you ics shop inside liberty seguros insurance, calle malaga (next to puppy rescue) or call 609 199 394 Britax Freeway car seat 9kg to 18kg (9months to 4years) used twice, complete with user guide and junior car seat ( 4-6 years) only 25€ Tel: 634 356 465 or 600 826 995 Oria Garden furniture set, green plastic, table and 4 chairs matching with seat covers and parasol, excellent 45€ condition Tel: 950 459 523 or 672 112 933 Childs basketball net, Toys R Us, age 2+, 15€ Tel: 950 459 523 or 672 112 933 slide, Childs plastic, Feber, age 3+, good 40€ condition Tel: 950 459 523 or 672 112 933 3 seater brown settee 60€ and 2 matching brown seater settee 50€ both good condition Tel: 950 459 523 or 672 112 933 MIELE tall freezer - needs new motor, otherwise in ex. Con. Also electronic control

unit for Miele tall fridge. Still in box (ordered wrong Cost part). over €100. No reasonable offer refused. Tel: 650 442 462 Duvet. Single Natural feather/ down filling. Still in packet, with new duvet covers/ pillowcases. Cost over £70, accept €25. Tel: 650 442 462 EXPRESSO C O FF E E M A K E R Orbegozo Roma, Makes two cups, hardly used 35€. Tel: 950 479 464 Turre

25 years sole experience in Air Conditioning & Refrigeration

not a jack of all trades

For all your installation or service MD Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration S.L offers our latest including requirements telephone 950 432 110 / 607 364 917

607 364 917 or 950 432 110 email:

Airport services

2 recipe books. Tel: 639 081 067 30€ Tel: 689 581 Cheap 752 (Cantoria)

Airport Parking



baby equipment hire




Everything for the visiting baby Car seats, high chairs, stair gates, cots etc 950 436 581 or 666 375 688

ballroom dancing


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

Tea room ballroom dancing Established 9 years in spain

sequence with jean & derek at


el Cucador


Tel: 616 531 283 or 670 088 966

mondays 3-5pm

all levels welcome LICENSED POZO/septic tank emptying single or couples • Installation of new septic enjoyable afternoon to meet tanks with certificates new friends for more info call • Repairs to existing pozos 950 449 617 • CCTV Camera Inspection blinds & screens

Airport services shopping Servicing / Repairs trips hospital Ai r p o r t t r a n s f e r s appointments Call Andy on 950 091 109 or 648 768 587 etc bugsreplacement windows & pick up all areas, Email: c o m p e t i t i v e 663 429 521 doors Aluminuim & UPVC fitted & made to measure tel: 600 049 rates. For a professional 515 quote please visit J A M O N E R A , www. spanish reliable horizontal style, e s t a t e a g e n t . carpentry ▪ Emptying of septic Tanks service 10€ Tel: 689 581 com or call 661 your all for 752 (Cantoria) 143 871 & Cesspits, with high carpentry needs B O S C H 712 101 646 on designs B B& Call alternative energy pressure cleaning CERAMIC HOB Model No PKF Solar Wind Power Solutions. ▪ Small unblockages of R14,four Over 651 15 years installation pipes & drainage ring,touchcontrol/ experience. established 12 t i m e r , c o l o u r years in Spain. Call Phil Pool Cleaning & Water Tanks black. for competitive prices 636 261 240 6 con. Ex months old, new www.sunergy price 280€,now electrician available venues 180€ ono Tel: chimney sweep 475901 950 / 678 567814 The Chimney sweep, for a (Mojacar) friendly professional service Call Rewires & Upgrades - Fault Finding - Boletins Paul on : 617 150 300 or 850 993 BMX Trial Bike 057. VGC. 40€, Sports

SW GARDEN CHAIR, ING to converts lounger, 3 seater. used Rarely outside. A high chair, quality 150€ Tel: 689 581 752 (Cantoria)

Alicante Almeria Murcia New

Cleaning of Septic Tanks

WILDWOOD Bespoke Joinery For all your carpentry requirements

R O U T E R Nupower 1020W Complete with 2 collets 6.35mm, 8mm, 5 pc router bit set 4 6 8 10 & 12 mm. New boxed 85€. Tel: 9504 794 64 World Bike Good Con. 50€, Pine Turre Interior Door inc: B E N C H E hinges, Handle GRINDER 150W and Architraves 6” Coarse and 50€. Tel : 647 921 wheels, Fine 286. Almerimar eye shield , anti wheel L a d i e s spark, guards, tool rest. S p e c i a l i z e d 45€. Tel: 950 479 H a r d r o c k Bike mountain 464 Turre 608 Tel: 100€ OVEN GAS 499 621 with 5 gas hobs. standing, Free with integral gas bottle. Very good condition. 100€, priced to sell. Tel: 689 581 752 (Cantoria) MOULINEX maker, bread as new. c/w instructions and


City & Guilds Fully Qualified F-Gas Certified

Tel: 950 121 936 or 902 750 190 Ext 332

Fast, efficient, competitive service. Tel: 634 328 574

Contact: 675 838 808

CD electrical SERVICES

Venue @ La Vida El Cucador

Emergency Call Outs in Albox for all your electrical needs!!! Private parties Private parties computers air conditioning & ALARMS Birthday etc, Birthday etc, Steve Hayes Informatica 617 410 534or 662 414 043 Call: all events Pc’s, Laptops, Printers etc. Sales & Repairs all events on-site callout / tuition. Consumables catered for catered for Check out our genuine reviews on Albox, Almeria call for more call Bar for more Tel: 950 120 900 information: information

950 634 562 950 120 718 wanted

Stijl Re107 power washer for sale. lady wants to buy large terracotta 100€ Tel: 608 garden pots, call 647 379 878, can 621 499 collect CLUB wanted king size bed must GOLF Made Taylor be in excellent condition, can collect RBZ Stage 2 647 379 878 Hardly Driver wicker used. 125€ o.n.o. conservatory Tel: 950 019 846 / settee/chairs wanted must be 0794 928007 comfy, can collect call: 647 379 878




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

strimming of overgrown

Mat Murray 647 841 750 established in spain for 14 years

fully legal

gardens & hedge cutting spanish registered. ring john on 616 855 294 or 950 163 930


Tel: 950 121 936 or 902 750 190 ext 332 PROPERTY section

health & beauty



avon cosmetics Tel Claire 691 987 454 avonfromclaire pamper yourself at R Retreat El Cucador, beauty treatments, hair salon, holistic massage, waxing, pedicure etc. Therapists all established & UK qualified. Email or call 647 379 878 for a full listing of treatments or look at our main advert on the ladies page inside & call the therapists direct

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,

For all your plumbing needs Fully Qualified heating engineer

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




Quality UK Wool & Accessories. Come & view my DISPLAY. Also Available at CAT Services & Total Entertainment

Call 667 273 889



painter & decorator

friendly - professional -reliable neat & tidy - experienced no job too small

ring for a free quote

Tel: 649 186 107 or

Mature Irish Lady Home Help/ Cleaning In Mojacar & Surrounding Areas. Experienced & Can Supply References. Reasonable Rates. Call Yvonne 634369053


house maintenance

woodhouse boarding kennels & cattery - arboleas

General house & garden maintenance, No job to small tel: 600 049 515



iron/ metal works

pets section

Honest & Reliable person with references, available for House / Pet sitting. Lived locally for 10 years. Tel: 950 163 489.


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


No need for kennels or cattery If you wish us to print an article about a particular topic in our regular space on pg 16, please email

contact barry 667 853 062 or graham 620 112 193

KNOWLES plumbing

Pet sitting in your own home, Arboleas & local area. Call Vanessa 637 061 482 Pilates


with Sharon 4wayconnections O’Lanlon every Legal and Translation Wednesday Services. Tel 646 844 708 11am - 12 all welcome all levels at La Vida, locksmith El Cucdor Phil the Pick Locksmith 24 Call for more details hours. Locked Out? Locks fitted/ 638 487 314 upgraded house safes. Arboleas fully UK reg: & surrounding area. Special 25 years weekend rates. Tel: 697 243 181 experience

Tel Paul 634 327 201

Whether you are buying or selling we will be delighted to hear from you

Call Stephen 636 266 641 email Find us online at SHORT-TERM/HOLIDAY RENTAL

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

BARGAIN For sale. One bedroom apartment in La Envia Golf. Fully furnished. Ready for rental. Superb investment opportunity. Offers based on 35,000€. No timewasters please. Call 663 426 921

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TELEPHONE: 950137197 / 606807797


advertise your property

detatched cortijo reduced

€135,000 ono 649 186 107 or email

From just 10€ per week!

call paulette on 950 121 936 20mins from mojacar, 4 beds, 2 baths, Open plan living areas, kitchen & diningroom as well as a workshop, courtyard front & back & room for a pool. Mountain views.

Your property will appear as shown above and be seen by almost 55,000 Sol Times readers! Tel: Paulette on 950 121 936


PRODUCTION jump into March with


A great opportunity for the right person. Working in PLASTERER our busy, friendly Zurgena British offices with hours to suit. Must be able to use plasterer Indesign and Photoshop & All work work with networks


Specialising in rural property with character

VERA APARTMENT FOR RENT advertise in the

Small friendly kennels, 24hr vets service, pet transporting arranged, welcome to view ministry approved Tracy Mobile 650 211 952

The Metal works Grills, railings, gates of all types, security/sliding/ roller, rejas, Please contact concertina doors etc. Tel: Keith Glenn & jayne 950 121 943 Wood on 638 900 949 T & T Metals For all quality metal works, including gates, railings, rejas, staircases, gazebos & chainlink fencing Tel: 950 431 738

insurance est 7 years Award winning agent For all your Insurance Needs


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newspaper group are looking for Bright, enthusiastic sales people

have a sales psition for Albox & surrounding areas to work from our local office in Zugena. Do you enjoy a fast paced working enviroment? If you have an outgoing personality with bags of enthusiasum & enjoy the pressure of weekly deadlines then we would love to hear from you. Experience is not essential as full trainning will be given

Send your CV to or call Paulette on 950 121 936


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are you a trade Business? advertise in the classified section & reach over 30,000 potential customers

Classified box from 9€. lineage only 45 cents per word Deadline 5pm Friday Contact Paulette on 950 121 936 or 902 750 190 ext 332 removals

SPAIN UK SPAIN Removals Friendly Reliable Service Fully Legal Special deals from UK - Spain

Office: 968 564 298 Mobile: 696 621 884 marmenorremovals@ UK - SPAIN - UK

From a parcel to a small house move Professional,Friendly & Caring Fully insured, scheduled monthly door to door service

+44 (0) 1582 499 836 +44 (0) 7977 754 389

De Lima’s

removals Local, National & international REMOVALS & STORAGE Quality Second hand furniture showroom

263 Paseo del Mediterraneo Mojacar Playa, Next to Sal Marina Hotel Mon-Sat: 10am-2pm Call Marc on 647 006 183 or Brian on 674 280 268 or e-mail


Marketing Assistants required

safe & secure transport to & from uk

due to company expansion.

thermal lined & controlled ventilation ideal for pets

200€ dog 100€ cats & birds heavy loads welcome

4700kg with speed limiter fixed price quotes fully legal operation shop & offices to visit px goods to offset costs

call: 634 368 430

“BRITISH TV” We can get the channels back! please contact:

Tel 950 334 614 Avda. Playa Serena 200, Roquetas de Mar.

M&D removals transport between spain - uk friendly, reliable

Large Van Removals / Deliveries Spain - UK Full or Half Loads Collections e.g from IKEA Tel Mick: 950 122 447 Mob: 620 475 218

all jobs considered all areas covered

0044 161 317 6212 UK 0034 634 368 071 SPAIN

motoring section car & van hire

Van hire

Mobile motor



Costa Blanca North & Murcia Regions Full Time position available for promotional work. Basic salary plus excellent bonus package . Please email your CV to or call

Rebecca 966 799 070



Yoga with Liz Hill every Wednesday 2pm - 4pm at La Vida El Cucador over 20 years experiences UK trained All levels welcome call Liz for more info on 667 979 445

LEARN SPANISH… …in a fun and enjoyable class with Paco

at Camping Los Gallardos, MiraFlores Restaurant.

New, beginners class starts 14th march 2014 16.30pm

Private lessons and different levels also available.

CALL PACO 661 142 606

car/bike for sale

wanted wanted uk cars & vans

covering all

UK to Spain or Spain to UK


mobile mechanics

situations vacant

tv services

areas, fully


TEL: 667 235 205

Pick up/drop off locations Throughout UK, France and Spain

number plates

qualified & legal, over

bought for cash

30 years experience,


Call Paul on 617 150 300

667 235 205

“RE-PLATE” cars 4 cash MATE vehicles bought GB


Don’t take a chance! Don’t break the Law! Let us take the hassle away from you and re-register your vehicle on to Spanish plates WE PROMISE TO BEAT ANY GENUINE QUOTATION For a full service contact:

Alan 662 249 159

& sold prompt decisions made

654 598 455 or 693 702 629

Pontiac Grand AM

3.1v6, 1997, 10,005 miles, 2 owners, full year ITV

2000€ ono

Tel: 950 439 136

Audi A1 1.6. Spanish G Plated LHD 3 years old. Fully Serviced, Excellent Condition

9500€ ono

Please ring Patricia on

608 621 499



CALL PAUL 671 843 155

Smart Car, 2001, Silver & Black

99,000 Km, Automatic/manual ITV to Nov 2014, Recent engine overhaul Offers 2,500€ Tel. 950 069 610 Mob. 634 881 689

Fiat Panda 1250cc Dynamique 2005 Taxed April 2014, ITV (MOT) Feb 2016. 115,000 kilometres (77,000 miles). Recent new cambelt, battery & water pump. A/C Superb economical runabout. Returning to Uk. 2,950€ including all legal fees. Phone 634395167.

To advertise your vehicle in the motoring section & reach over 32,000 readers

Call paulette on 950 121 936

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The Invasion of the Little People The scene of conflict was our back terrace, on which stands a bucket of clean water, destined to go on the pot plants.

sides and slither in. I emptied the bucket, the Little Person’s equivalent of emptying the Hoover Dam. With their water Beyond the terrace are 2 source removed, they fair sized Mimosas, both sought alternatives. In their in copious bloom. It was hundreds they investigated from this fecundity that every inch of the back the Little People emerged terrace, even entering the in their hundreds, maybe kitchen each time the door even thousands, and was opened. However, headed for the bucket of although they could find the kitchen door on the water. way in, finding the same Unfortunately they were door for the way out was not aware that they cannot beyond them; they would swim, or at least not until hammer their little heads they had tried it and failed, senseless against the by which time was usually windows instead. too late. I mounted a futile I moved from Bucket rescue mission, gently scooping the dead and Rescue to Window Rescue, dying from their watery but as each Little Person incarceration, but as fast was carefully captured in as I scooped, more frantic a teatowel and ejected little bodies would lose through the door, two their grip on the bucket more would enter. By sheer press of numbers the Little People had established dominance over the rear of our house, and although they were peacefully intentioned it was only a matter of time before tempers became frayed, and someone got hurt. Something had to be

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done. I filled the saucer with water, put a kitchen cloth in it to act as a life raft, and put it outside where the bucket had been. They were delighted, and flocked to the saucer in their hundreds. But I still had to negotiate my way through hundreds of Little People every time I wanted to go out of my back door, so I initiated a Little Person’s Training Programme. Each morning, before they were awake I moved their saucer a little further away from the house. It was at this point that I discovered the limitations of the Little People’s navigational skills –Move the saucer more than 18 inches and they can’t find it, thus progress away from our back door and to a place of mutual safety was, literally, inch by inch! But now, after fortnight of training, all except a few have learned – their saucer is round the back, underneath the TV dish, out of harm’s way! How they ever find their way back to the hive is beyond me!

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José Cabrasilbido listened intently to Manuela’s story. The girl was out of breath. She had run all the way from the banks of the Río Verde. It was two in the morning. The policeman was in no mood for sectarian tricks but Manuela was not prone to hysterics and she was certainly shaken. She was interrupted during some nocturnal activity of which she was vague but it appeared to involve two local lads and a tub of Remitroot degreasing gel. An unearthly howling ‘aymelaysheengang’ had echoed through the village. Manuela’s two companions had taken to their heels. They were last seen passing through Mojácar white faced, sweating and trouser-less. Now José, Alqueria’s local policeman is not the wisest of men. He had mastered joined-up writing but was still baffled by his car’s gear-lever. The Mayor had confiscated the bullets from his ‘glock’ after he accidentally shot the Inspector Jefe in the foot. At least it is assumed it was an accident. José was however tenacious and set about dragging the river. He feared the howling was the last desperate gasps of a drowning man or woman. The dragging turned up a stone plinth inscribed ‘Atlantis’, an earthenware amphorae containing the fleece of a winged ram, gold in colour and a suitcase with ‘Property of Lord Lucan’ etched across the handle. “Nothing of interest here” he muttered as he threw the items back. Finding no tangible cause he began looking for a more unworldly solution. The gallant policeman set about an all night vigil. A lonely watch over the village and its people. Settling himself in Manuela’s much used clearing, he waited and listened. Darkness fell and the bars emptied. Giggling couples and arguing youths made their way home. A fragile tranquillity fell upon Alqueria as it

prepared for slumber. Hours passed. José could feel those troublesome neck hairs start to rise. ‘Aymelaysheengang’ pierced the still night. The terrible wailing continued ‘weeepastfooorkupradstannning’. José plucked up whatever courage he could muster and headed in the direction of the lament. ‘It is human’ he thought ‘but either in great pain or greatly demented’. ‘Horweslotsoadsanassesallwlingaces’ it continued. Along the Calle Horne José walked. Not looking back, nor right, nor left but grimly straight on. The light from an open window attracted the policeman. He wondered what sights would greet him. What carnage must await discovery. Blythe Gruntmore the village’s resident Englishman, stood knee deep in empty Newcastle Brown Ale bottles, afloat on a sea of nostalgia. He pined for the Tyne and its fog shrouded banks. He raised his head and burst into song. “Ah me lads, ye shud only seen us gannin’, We pass’d the foaks upon the road just as they wor stannin’; Thor wes lots o’ lads an’ lasses there, all wi’ smiling faces, Gawn alang the Scotswood Road, to see the Blaydon Races.” José, not wanting the night to be a complete waste decided to pay Manuela a visit, he was sure he could find a suitable pretext.



A Crease in Time Saves Nine For anyone who has experienced tendonitis, they will know just how painful and frustrating it can be. Painful because it just is - and frustrating, because of the often very long healing time to get back to normal. I have suffered twice with tendonitis in the elbow commonly referred to as tennis elbow, or in my case, pints-of-Greene-KingIPA elbow - but that was a long time ago with thankfully no recurrence. So having suffered excruciating pain in her shoulder for a week or two, my gorgeous wife has just had the results of X-rays which reveal a case of this troublesome condition. Not life threatening, but with the shoulder being a far more complex joint than the elbow, it has become obvious how much distress this is causing when at intervals throughout the night, every little movement causes agonising pain and she emits a loud shriek. Our neighbours have started to give me knowing looks when I see them in the garden. So it’s a long healing process with strict orders from the doctor to rest the shoulder by keeping the arm in a sling for most of the day, making it extremely upsetting for her. Upsetting for me too, because to add to my regular duties in the kitchen and fifty percent shares in the housework department; I am now lumbered with the ironing, the other half of the dusting and mopping, all of the

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driving – thus giving my liver time off for good behaviour when attending lunches out with friends - and other sundry chores. My paternal grandfather was a tailor and there was obviously something in the genes because my Dad would always press my trousers when I was a boy and make a fine job of it. I suspect however that this was only partially due to his inherited skill and largely as a result of my Mum’s disastrous attempt to press my very first pair of long school pants. It’s a painful memory for me because what happened was that instead of ironing my trousers giving a sharp crease front and back; what she actually did was apply the creases along the inside and outside seams. Thus I had to appear in school that day looking like a cardboard cut-out, much to my embarrassment and the obvious amusement of fellow pupils and teachers alike. Just what a lasting impression this made, was brought home to me in recent times when I re-connected with a school chum through the wonders of the internet and his first words emailed to me were: “Haha, yes I remember you - it’s the ginger bread man!” As for my new role as chief ironer, just like my Dad, I shall continue to press my chinos, jeans and slacks to within an inch of their lives as I always have done . . . it’s all the other stuff that is proving to be irksome. I thought I had made a pretty good job of my shirts this week and was quite hurt when my wife inspected them with a barely audible tut tutting noise. “What’s wrong?” I queried, ‘I’ve ironed all the creases out haven’t I?” “Yes”, she said, “but you’ve transfered them to other places.” “It’s my new rumpled look.” I told her sulkily,

then grudgingly started to re-iron the whole lot again. So there we are, I am for the foreseeable future destined to wear the apron and Marigolds in my new role as house husband, but there is one job that I loathe, not because it’s difficult or time consuming, but because according to my wife I never do properly. Hanging washing.



Yes, yes I know, it sounds like a piece of cake, but however I arrange it all, or whatever way up I suspend the shirts, sheets or socks and in what order; my wife tells me it is wrong. If she is out while I undertake this task, I will take odds of five hundred to one, that no matter what, she will return home only to rearrange the whole damn lot. If I hang my grape smugglers by the legs, it looks silly she tells me, but then on another occasion if I hang them by the elasticated waistband, then that’s wrong too because the elastic takes longer to dry she maintains. I have exhausted every combination possible for every conceivable article of clothing and household linen over the years, but it’s never to her satisfaction. Whatever I am told on a Monday has by Friday become outdated although the light of my life will maintain vehemently that she never told me to do it Monday’s way in the first place. There is only one thing for it. I have this very bad pain in my shoulder.


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frustrated energy. Take a moment to curb your own internal barking first. 3. Stake your claim to stop the barking. Is your dog barking over and over again at the same object, person, situation, or place? Then you need to step up and claim that stimulus as your own. Use your body, your mind, and your calmassertive energy to create an invisible wall that your dog is not allowed to cross. Do it with 100% dedication and focus, and the results may surprise you. 4. Stop the barking by challenging your dog mentally and physically. Excessive barking is often the result of pent-up energy. If this is the case, the solution is simple: release that energy in more productive ways. Does your dog receive

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Bike riders are often criticised for their lack of road sense, especially in towns and cities, and are also blamed for causing accidents amongst other road users. The main complaints being their utter disregard for traffic lights, pedestrian crossings and one way streets, to name a few. A road safety Cyclists across the municipality were invited to join in a mass mobilisation spokesman recently condemned the ‘cavalier attitude’ most cyclists apply last week to raise awareness of bike riders, not only locally but around the when using the road. He said, “Bicycle riders have for world. The so called ‘Critical Mass’ movement has been in too long considered themselves outside the laws existence for some years and was created to promote the of the road. This is not the case as they are using benefits of recreational cycling. the public highways and therefore must adhere to Similar events have been taking place around the the laws of the highway.” world for many years, always on the last Thursday In the past ten years, the city council of Roquetas of every month. This was the first time such a ride has provided a good structure of cycle paths and has happened in Roquetas, but the organisers have continues to expand the network where possible. A been involved in related events in Almeria. The spokesman from the council said they would support movement was established on the idea that bicycles future Critical Mass events and will continue their ongoing are entitled to circulate as a vehicle and should not plans to make life easier for cyclists on the roads of the municipality.



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Fun and power Two words that, for me, best describe the Honda CR-V. Fun because this all wheel drive vehicle can tackle most terrains while the 150bhp 2.2 litre diesel unit has enough oomph to travel from 0 to 60mph in a little over 10 seconds. I’m testing the top-ofthe-range £33,000 plus 2.2-litre four wheel drive version. As I look down the side panels I’m instantly struck by how this fourth generation model reminds me of the BMW X5. It looks grander, more striking and capable than its predecessors. I like the polished metal finish. Eldest daughter

Harriett likes the way water jets clean the headlights at the push of a button. In fact this sports utility vehicle (SUV) is fitted with a number of luxury features including the power tailgate that makes light work of closing the boot, extremely easy to fold rear seats and a panoramic glass roof, all of which you can see in the video at

The black leather interior is comfortable and the power front seats are easy to operate, although the driver’s seat does seem to remember a different position on locking the vehicle. This is no doubt down to me not setting my desired position on the memory function. Similarly my wife and I find the radio frustrating because it refuses to play our favourite station, bypassing it at every request.

My test takes in Dorset, Hampshire and Oxford. A selection of artists have opened their studios and so it is an ideal opportunity to go and visit them.

The automatic gearbox is smooth. The centre armrests front and back together with the blacked out rear windows add to the hint of luxury.

Vauxhall Adam S This is the new Vauxhall Adam S, or at least, a ‘c l o s e -t o -p r o du c t i o n’ version of it. So, add a tax disc and some mints in the glovebox and it’s good to go.

Parkers, the car experts, say: “The British-built Honda CR-V is now in its fourth generation. The five-seat SUV has been in production since 1995 and has proven incredibly popular for the Japanese manufacturer. Indeed, five million CR-Vs have gone to happy homes around the world. Its blend of practicality, reliability and efficiency has stood it in good stead, but competition from the likes of Mazda’s CX-5, Nissan’s X-Trail and even BMW’s X3 means Honda really has to be on its toes to retain its share of the market.”

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Badgers Texas Scramble at Macenas

Badgers Golf Society visited Macenas Golf for their weekly competition. A Texas scramble was the competition for the day with drawn four balls. Winning team on 51.25 after handicap allocations were deducted was Richard Jones, Ian Bethel, Dave Wright and Jan Page, 2nd place team with 52.25 was Brian Watts, Andy Mucha, Colin Commander and Dave Loader. Saturday’s


competition at Macenas was won by Brian Watts with 37pts from Alan Thomas in second place with 32pts and 3rd place going to Dave Crothers with 30pts.

Members are reminded that the yearly membership is now due. Badgers Golf Society also plays every Saturday at Macenas for their weekly roll-up. Please book in at Badgers. Forth coming

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Wednesday 26th Feb 014 and twodivisions as we get more players wishing to enjoy Cortijo Grande golf course. Our first div winner with a good score of 38 points Frank Button second with 35 Mike Picken and third with 34 Frank McGovern. Second div winner with 32 Pat Hill and second with 31 Frans Dierden and third with 30 Carol Hardy. Ball sweep winners Alan Woodward

and Pat Hill. Sunday and our Asprodalba golf day. A good days golf and we managed to raise plenty of money for this good cause. The winner of the trophy and the first div with 37 points our captain David Hardy a good way to celebrate your first big competition as captain. Second with 34 John Geaves and third with another 34 Juan Pedro Fernanbez.

fixtures are :-) Thurs 6th March Aguillon, Wed 12th March Macenas, Thursday 20th March Away day trip to Lorca. Guests are welcome to join the society on both Wed and Sat comps and can book in either at Badgers Restaurant on Mojacar Playa or by phone on 950478525 / 6860388259. Fixtures can be found on www.

Second div winner with 36 Mary Higgins second with 33 Janet Kay and third with 31 Patricia Holt. No Ball sweep winners so more in the pot for next week. I would like to thank all our members who gave us their support for this very good charity which does so much good work for this part of Spain, Enjoy your golf with Cortijo Grande visitors and guests welcome. MP

2014 Inaugural Cup Open Mixed Pairs Report Almeria Bowling Club The Open Mixed Pairs Inaugural Cup was played on the weekend of March 1st and 2nd and started with threatening weather on Saturday but turned out well with a sunny but very windy day on Sunday, making bowling difficult. The entries were very good with a total of twenty-eight pairs from Indalo, Cabrera and our own Bowling Club. The competition schedule was planned for two groups playing three games each to be completed each day over a timed period, hoping to play eight ends within that time in each game. Points were awarded for wins, draw and ends won. One can never really predict the eventual winners. This proved to be the case with the final games of the competition giving mixed feelings of pleasure and disappointment. The winners were Ruth

Compton & Steve Grattage from Indalo with 45 points, second were Viv & Ken Sykes, 43 points from Almeria and third with 42 points were Barry Jones & Ann Reynolds from Indalo. The forth place having 42 points but higher shot difference were Dave Jenkins from Cabrera and Doreen Hall from Indalo. Yours truly expressed how well the competition had gone and thanked everyone for taking part and the bar and catering staff for keeping us watered and fed. I also thanked the assistance of Stan Brisco in umpiring and timing of the games. Colin Wright who worked tirelessly throughout with the administration of transcribing score cards onto results sheets, who without, we couldn’t operate the competition successfully. Captain of Almeria, Colin Wright, then presented cash prizes of 80 euro 1st, 50 euro 2nd and 30 euro

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• Tonight England play Denmark in a friendly international at Wembley, live on ITV. • Six Nations Rugby continues this weekend with Ireland-Italy and Scotland-France on Saturday and England-Wales on Sunday. • Also on Saturday, it’s ArsenalEverton in the 6th round of the FA Cup, followed by Hull-Sunderland, Manchester City-Wigan and Sheffield United-Charlton on Sunday. • In the PL over the weekend, there’s the London derby between ChelseaSpurs and WBA-Manchester United. • Manchester City won their first trophy of the season by beating Sunderland 3-1 in the League Cup final. • A week ago, in the last 16 of the CL, Fernando Torres netted a vital away goal for Chelsea in a 1-1 draw against Galatasaray; Manchester United were poor, very poor, in losing to Olympiakos in Greece; Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo both scored twice as Real Madrid blitzed FC Schalke 6-1 in Germany. • In the Europa League, Tottenham trailed 2-0 on aggregate before scoring three goals in 13 minutes to beat Dnipro 3-2. Swansea went out to Napoli. • In recent PL action...Liverpool won 3-0 at Southampton; Chelsea beat Fulham at the ‘Cottage’ with Andrea Schurrle’s 16-minute hat-trick; Arsenal lost 1-0 at Stoke; Everton pipped West Ham 1-0, Newcastle won 4-1 at Hull, Aston Villa beat Norwich, also 4-1, Spurs pipped Cardiff 1-0 and Swansea and Crystal Palace drew 1-1. • Leicester, Championship leaders by eight points, beat Charlton 3-0; second-placed Burnley defeated Derby 2-0. • Wolves, 3-0 victors over Portsmouth, are top of FL1; Celtic, who belted Inverness CT 5-0, need two points to clinch their League title while SL1

for 3rd and finally 20 euro for forth place. This report and photographs will be found on our website www. / and Sol Times if space is available. Vic Parsons ABC Press Officer & Vice Chairman

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leaders Rangers won 1-0 at East Fife. • Three teams are chasing La Liga title after the Madrid derby between Atletico (3rd) and Real (top) ended 2-2 and Barcelona (second) beat Almeria 4-1. • Birmingham City owner Carson Yueng has been found guilty of five counts of money laundering. He’ll be sentenced on Friday and could face 14 years in gaol. • Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was fined £100,000 by his club for head-butting Hull’s David Meyler in last week’s PL game. He now awaits the FA’s decision! • 4,000 fans (3,000 of them girls) saw One Direction star Louis Tomlinson make his football debut for between Doncaster reserves against Rotherham. • WBA’s Nicolas Anelka has been banned for five matches and fined £80,000 for his ‘quenelle’ gesture at West Ham last December. The striker has also been ordered to attend a compulsory education course. • Roger Federer and Venus Williams won the men’s and women’s singles finals of the Dubai Championship. • England level 1-1 with the West Indies after two of three One Day Cricket Internationals in Antigua, play the deciding game in Antigua today. • In the World Track Cycling championships, Brits Joanna Rowsell (2 gold), Laura Trott (silver), Becky James (bronze) and Jess Varnish (bronze) all won medals • Rory McIlroy lost to Russ Henley in a play-off in the PGA Florida Honda Classic. • Ronnie O’Sullivan scored a world record 12th maximum 147 break in the final frame to beat Ding Junhui in the Welsh Open snooker final.



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In Est. El Real, Antas Tel: 603 398 706 going to the Indalo team 21-18, the other semifinal was contested by two Indalo teams and another close match with the team of Colin Thomas/ Fred Hudson/Ray Haynes/ Ferah Mehmet winning 1513 over Lois Swaine/Ken

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The final took place Sunday afternoon and saw the Indalo team of Colin Thomas / Fred Hudson / Ray Haynes / Ferah Mehmet winning by 22-9

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Almeria bowling club was the venue for this years F.A.B. Rinks competition which took place on the 22nd / 23rd February. The semi-finals on Sunday morning had the team of Vic Parsons / Christina Fitzgerald / Jim Pike / John Fitzgerald (Almeria) against Bill Seymour/Paul Milsom / Alan Reynolds / John Colquhoun (Indalo) This was a very close match with the result


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was inaugreated, the 1st match was played on Wednesday 19th when 16 players from each side took on each other in pairs betterball match play,a great day was had by all and some great golf played so it was fitting that the match finished as a draw 8pts to each team Friday February 21 – Individual Stableford A runaway winner with (Stormin Norman) showing a clean pair if

Wednesday February 26 – Individual Stableford On a fine sunny day it is a mystery as to why the scoring was not as good as expected with only the winner having a decent score 1st Mick Siggers 36pts 2nd Norman Whibley 33pts 3rd Colin Hodge 31pts Twos: Les Raufer 4th, Brian Everitt 8th, Ian Jenner 10th and David Street 17th Guests and visitors are welcome to join us on a

The final game of February was played on Friday 28th and again 24 members took part. The course was extremely busy with visitors staying at the hotel, however play moved quite smoothly. The winner of this week’s individual stapleford competition was no stranger to coming first after winning last week as well, Richard Hull scored 37 points dropping his handicap from 13 to 11 in a matter of two weeks. The handicap secretary expects him to be down to single figures in the next few week, all this from someone who was considering taking up darts as his golf hit the doldrums a few months ago. A lesson to all golfers keep going and your game will

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Well done to John Clements with a second place on 35 points and recovering well from his knee operation, Ian Jones also a great score on 33 points also recovering well from illness. Just goes to show that golfers never give up. Nearest the pins on the 5th Patrick Vickery, 12th Tish Bigelow Two’s were John Clements on the 6th and Tish Bigelow and Ian Cooper on the 12th Next Friday is our monthly medal 9.45 tee time off hole 10. Last Wednesday 36 members and guests got together for lunch at El Gmomo Vera and we had an excellent meal and were spoiled by the staff. The members of the society wish our current captain, Bill Churchill, an ongoing speedy recovery.


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