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Passport fees for British nationals overseas reduced by 35%
The fees for a UK passport for British citizens applying from overseas countries, including Spain, will fall by 35% from next month. James Brokenshire, Immigration and Security Minister, has announced that from 7th April the passport fee for customers applying for a UK passport from overseas will be reduced by £45 for adults and £28.50 for children. The new fees are: · Adult 32 page passport £83.00 · Child 32 page passport £53.00 · Jumbo 48 page passport £91.00 (Adult / Child / Veteran) The 35% decrease in passport fees is the result of efficiency savings made over the last three years by bringing back the processing and issuing of overseas passports to the UK, including from the former passport processing centre at the British Embassy Madrid. Will Middleton, Consular Director for Spain, said: “This is good news for British citizens applying for a UK Passport from Spain. The repatriation of overseas passport centres means overseas applications can now be handled more efficiently and at significantly lower cost. “The new fees will benefit some four million Britons living overseas, including many of the estimated 800,000 who live in Spain for all or
part of the year.” If you need a new or replacement passport, go to the Overseas British passport applications page on www. GOV.UK where you can make an overseas application. You need to apply and pay online and send your supporting documents direct to the UK (no longer to the nearest Consulate or Embassy). The turnaround time is four to six weeks, and applications are accepted up to nine months before the expiry of your current passport. The new fees for overseas applications remain marginally higher than the equivalent fees for UKbased applicants because on average overseas applications take longer – and therefore cost slightly more - to process. This is because it is often less straightforward to establish whether or not an overseas applicant is entitled to a UK passport. Overseas customers will also continue to pay a courier charge in addition to the passport fee. British nationals can get more information and advice on living in Spain by “liking / following” the British Embassy’s popular new social media channels on: Facebook - www. fac e b o ok.c om/B rit slivinginSp ain or Twitter www.twitter.com/ BritsliveSpain Source: fco.gov.uk
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Russia has promised not to attack east Ukraine
Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu promised his US counterpart Chuck Hagel in a telephone call on Thursday that Moscow would not assault eastern Ukraine. Hagel voiced concern about Russian military movements but Shoigu assured him that “the troops he has arrayed along the border are there to conduct exercises only and they have no intention of crossing the border into Ukraine and that they would take no aggressive action.” Hagel also asked how long the military “exercise” would last but Shoigu “didn’t have a firm time frame for that.” Hagel also renewed US calls for Russia to de-escalate tensions and restore Ukraine’s territorial integrity. Washington has watched a Russian buildup on Ukraine’s eastern border with growing concern after Moscow’s intervention in Crimea. Moscow’s promise to Washington came as Ukraine warned it would respond with military action if Russia tries to seize the country’s mainly Russian-speaking eastern regions. Nato secretary-general Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Wednesday the alliance was concerned Russia might push beyond Crimea into eastern
Ukraine. President Barack Obama announced fresh punitive sanctions earlier over Moscow’s annexation of Crimea, while Russia responded by issuing its own list of sanctions against nine US officials. Amid the worst East-West crisis since the end of the Cold War, Obama has ruled out the use of military force in Ukraine while vowing to isolate Moscow through diplomacy and sanctions. Russia’s lower house of parliament on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a treaty to annex Crimea from Ukraine, leaving just one legal obstacle for the Black Sea peninsula to cross before it is formally absorbed by Moscow. Only one deputy in the almost full chamber of the State Duma voted against the treaty, which was passed by 443 to 1, and the Federation Council upper house is expected to complete ratification on Friday, signed by President Vladimir Putin and Crimean leaders on Tuesday. The Crimean port city of Sevastopol is home to the Russian Black Sea Fleet. Russian forces are now in control of the peninsula, which has an ethnic Russian majority and voted for union with Russia on Sunday. Approval of the treaty in the rubberstamp parliament had never been in doubt once it was signed by Putin.
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The Regional health authority said this week that in 2013 it had issued bills totalling almost €300,000 to foreign visitors who needed medical treatment and who did not have any form of insurance cover. In the case of visitors from other EU states it was their failure to obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) that led to them being charged for the treatment they received. The regional health authority in Valencia has announced a new scheme for obtaining healthcare. Under its Convenio Especial - a scheme that is part of wide ranging reforms to the health system - anyone who currently lacks the right to state healthcare can now get themselves covered. The scheme is open to working age people - those under 65 - and those people over the age of 65 who for any reason have no access to public
healthcare. However, it is by no means a ‘free handout’. In the case of people under 65, the cost of the insurance scheme is €60 per month while those over 65 will have to pay €157 per month. British Consul in Alicante Paul Rodwell has welcomed the implementation of this new scheme which provides a solution and peace of mind to a significant number of British residents on the Costa Blanca. Martyn Standing of the healthcare team at the consulate in Alicante said: “This is great news. It means almost everyone who currently lacks the right to state healthcare can now get themselves covered.” Information and forms for this scheme (Spanish only) are available on the regional government website: http://www.gva.es:80/es/inicio/ procedimientos?id_proc=17044
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The almost non-existent rainfall registered in the Valencia Region since the summer has left watering deposits at critical levels and created a severe fire risk in the mountains. In addition, the regional farming trade is complaining of severely dwindling crops and grazing problems for livestock. Citrus fruit, artichoke, cauliflower, broccoli, olive, almond and grape plantations are suffering from lack of water and abnormal weather that has led them to flower before time. This week’s light rain has done little
to calm concern over the fact that this winter has seen 85% less rainfall than usual. Up to 11 districts have been placed on alert in northern Valencia Province and southern Castellón. In Andalucía the statistics show that the province as a whole is graded as Very Dry in the north and west, with the rest of the province coming in as Moderately Dry, tending to be nearer to normal towards Almería City.
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Albox Ayuntamiento denounces extortion racket
Albox council has taken the unprecedented step of denouncing an alleged extortion racket targeting local businesses. According to the council, an unspecified number of shop owners and restaurateurs in the town have recently been subjected to “threats and blackmail” by individuals. The local authority issued a statement last week, saying it had taken the decision to “defend residents”, while calling on the public to “step forward”
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A Bristol man ripped off by a Gumtree seller got his revenge by texting him the entire works of Shakespeare. Edd Joseph, 24, was furious when he bought a PS3 games console for £80. However, the vendor failed to deliver the goods. So Mr Josephs decided to take his revenge by texting the entire works of the Bard to the fraudster - all 30,000 words, reports the Bristol Post. Mr Joseph discovered he can copy the words from the internet and paste them into a text message - without costing him a penny on his unlimited mobile phone package. He sends it as one text but his victim can only receive them in 160 character chunks - meaning the 37 works of Shakespeare will buzz through in 29,305 individual
texts. So far Mr Joseph has sent 22 plays including Hamlet, Macbeth and Othello, which have been delivered in 17,424 texts. He reckons the remaining 15 works will take another few days to send - meaning his adversary’s phone will have been constantly beeping for nearly a full week. Mr Joseph said: I’m going to keep doing it. If nothing else I’m sharing a little bit of culture with someone who probably doesn’t have much experience of it. “I’m not a literary student, and I’m not an avid fan of Shakespeare but I’ve got a new appreciation you could say - especially for the long ones.” Mr Joseph bought the console and bundle of games by direct bank transfer - giving him no protection when the seller failed to send the goods or provide a refund.
Alcalde Rogelio Mena revealed that two men with previous convictions were under suspicion. He conceded that the council had taken a “highly unusual step” by interceding on behalf of the alleged victims – a sign, he said, that the accusations were “very grave”. The alleged perpetrators are subject to a court order which prohibits residence in the town until a final judgment, and a restraining order.
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Scientists discover another cause of bee deaths
Scientists have struggled to find the trigger for so-called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) that has been decimating bee colonies throughout the world over the past several years. Suspects have included pesticides, disease-bearing parasites and poor nutrition. But in a first-of-its-kind study published in the journal PLOS ONE, scientists at the University of Maryland and the US Department of Agriculture have identified a witch’s brew of pesticides and fungicides contaminating pollen that bees collect to feed their hives. The findings break new ground on why large numbers of bees are dying though they do not identify the specific cause of CCD, where an entire beehive dies at once. The researchers behind the study, Jeffery S. Pettis, Elinor M. Lichtenberg, Michael Andree, Jennie Stitzinger, Robyn Rose, Dennis vanEngelsdorp collected pollen from hives and fed it to healthy bees. The pollen they were fed had an average of nine different pesticides and fungicides, and the bees had a serious decline in their ability to resist a parasite that causes Colony Collapse Disorder. Further, the researchers discovered that bees that ate pollen with fungicides were three times more likely to be infected by the
parasite. The discovery means that fungicides, thought harmless to bees, are actually a significant part of Colony Collapse Disorder. While neonicotinoids have been linked to mass bee deaths this study opens up an entirely new finding that it is more than one group of pesticides, but rather a combination of many chemicals, which makes the problem far more complex. It is not just the types of chemicals used that need to be considered, but also spraying practices. The bees sampled by the authors foraged not from crops, but almost exclusively from weeds and wildflowers, which means bees are more widely exposed to pesticides than thought. While the overarching issue is simple - chemicals used on crops kill bees - the details of the problem are increasingly more complex, including what can be sprayed, where, how, and when to minimise the negative effects on bees and other pollinators while still assisting in crop production. It will still likely be a long time before solutions are uncovered and put into place. When economics come into play, an outright halt in spraying anything at all anywhere is simply impossible.
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British woman to ride motorbike around the world
A North Wales woman is gearing up for a roundthe-world challenge that will see her become the first woman to ride a motorbike on all seven continents. During her epic trip Steph Jeavons, 38, from Colwyn Bay, will visit 42 countries and travel 56,000 miles. She will be riding a lightweight Honda CRS 250 on the ride, which has been given the title ‘One Steph Beyond,’ and her £10,000 budget gives her just £5 a day for food and supplies. The trip will take her 15 months to 2 years, and she will be avoiding all motorways and main roads and living mainly in her two man tent with only the things she can carry on her bike. Ms Jeavons will be raising funds for Rally 4 Life, a charity set up to raise money to help tackle the problems of third world poverty. Beginning her trip on March 23, she will leave from
London before heading across the Channel. After covering Europe, Ms Jeavons will travel through Turkey, Iran, UAE, India, Nepal, Thailand, Australia, South America, North America and Canada before heading across to Africa and eventually home. She said: ‘It’s something I’ve wanted to do for more years than I care to remember, and so after much deliberation I finally decided that this is the year.’ “The support I’ve had from everyone has been amazing and while I’m no stranger to riding off-road or remotely, having been an off-road instructor for several years and travelled extensively overseas, it is still a very daunting prospect given the extremities of the terrain and climates I’ll be riding through.” To find out more about this remarkable woman and her truly epic journey go to rally4life.org/supporters/ advocates/steph-jeavons
Pensions are being radically transformed under plans announced in the Budget. From April 2015, savers will be given total freedom over how they withdraw pension money. In the meantime, temporary measures will be put in place to ease the strain on those seeking a retirement income. Here we explain how the changes affect savers: What is changing now? From March 27, the Government will introduce arrangements to give savers greater access to their pensions. Savers whose total pension savings amount to £30,000 will be able to take the entirety as cash, which will be taxed at marginal rates. Savers with larger amounts in pension savings will be able to take up to three pensions worth £10,000 each as cash, rather than two worth £2,000. Savers who use “income drawdown” will be allowed to take larger sums as income. This is likely to be several thousand pounds extra a year from each £100,000 in savings. An individual will need just £12,000 of secured pension income from other sources to make unlimited withdrawals through “flexible drawdown”. When can I make full withdrawal? The temporary reforms introduced next Thursday will fade away in April 2015, when savers will be able to access the entirety of their pension at any time after age 55, subject to income tax at marginal rates on three-quarters of the money. The ability to take the whole pension as one lump of income would mean someone with a £100,000 pension could take £25,000 tax-free and then withdraw the remaining £75,000 to spend or invest as they saw fit. The £75,000 would be treated as income for that tax year, pushing the individual into the higher-rate tax band for the year. Will I be able to withdraw more slowly to limit tax? The alternative will be to take the money in annual lump sums. This might mean keeping the money invested in the stock market and going into “income drawdown”. From April 2015, there will be no cap on the amount of money that savers can withdraw from this arrangement, so income can be varied to stay within the basic rate tax or even nilrate threshold for the year if desired. Will I still be able to buy an annuity? Yes. Those who want to guarantee an income for life will still be able to purchase an annuity. The difference is that they will now do so on their own terms, rather than effectively being pushed down this route due to the restrictions on accessing small pots and the high costs and caps on income drawdown. Insurance companies have for many years made sizeable profits from selling annuities. Some of the biggest margins are on selling poor value contracts to those in poor health, who should qualify for a boost to account for a lower life expectancy. With this revenue stream now under threat as
annuity sales tail off, the danger of firms trying to sell these contracts inappropriately is as strong as ever. The City regulator is investigating and is acutely aware of the need to protect customers. The plus point could be a rise in annuity rates as providers are forced to compete to attract a smaller pool of customers. What’s the catch? The price for savers will be that access to their pension pots will be pushed back, at the same pace as the State Retirement Age. Initially it will move to age 57 in 2028. This could affect those around age 40 and under. What if I have already taken a pension income? The millions of savers who have purchased an annuity already will be tied to that contract. They will be trapped in the old system. Those who have gone into income drawdown will be able to increase their incomes by calling an emergency “review” with their pension provider or financial adviser. However, this can only take place on the anniversary of the last review. What will happen to other assets? From next April, there could sudden drop off in annuity purchases; pensioners who withdraw the money instead will be able to spend it how they wish. This could be other investments, such as buyto-let property, but equally it could involve paying down debt. Those on interest-only mortgages will have the chance to square off debts left by poorly-performing endowment policies, for example. Others may want to spend a small amount of the money on a holiday or to give an early inheritance. The average amount of money in defined contribution pension savings is £30,000. How do I decide which is the best route? The new rules could trigger a wave of demand for independent financial advice. While the Government is giving £20m to insurers and other pension providers to give “impartial face-to-face guidance”, it remains to be seen how this will work in practice. Each individual’s circumstances will be different. I’m just about to buy an annuity, should I wait? Yes, at least until Thursday. Seek financial advice with a qualified expert through Unbiased.co.uk and Pick-A.org. Look for “chartered financial planner” status. If you have access to guaranteed annuity rates which are only available for a short period at your named retirement date, it may be worth purchasing. For others, there is no requirement to take an income. Explore the temporary measures, but also consider waiting a year – if you can – for the full reform. Some annuity providers, including LV and Partnership, will accept cancellation if you are in the cooling off period. LV has extended this window to 60 days.
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Hispavan is based in Antas, Almeria in Southern Spain. The company offers a small range of used Motorhomes, Campervans and Caravans of various makes and models on site. These include Hymer, Knaus, Bailey, Swift and the well known English And European manufactures. We can help you to choose the ideal vehicle to fit your requirements, whether you are looking for a compact weekender to spend lazy hours on the beach or a fully equipped luxury motorhome to enjoy some serious long term travelling around europe. From servicing and repairs to sourcing those extra luxuries to improve your travels. Contact us now with your enquiry. Buying Power. Hispavan offer a comprehensive purchase plan for your second hand Motorhome, Camper or Caravan. We can also act as european agents
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Alzheimer’s, dementia with Lewy bodies and frontotemporal dementia are all neurodegenerative diseases. This means that the symptoms get worse over time. This is usually the case with vascular dementia too. The speed of change varies between people and also between different diseases, but in most dementias symptoms progress slowly over several years. Prevention Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia are complex. It’s becoming clear that they don’t have a single cause. It is likely that a mixture of our age, genes, environment and lifestyle contribute to whether we develop dementia. The risk of developing most dementias increases with age. That means as we get older, we are more likely to develop dementia. About one in 20 people over the age of 60 have dementia, but this rises to about one in five people over the age of 80. Dementia is not a normal part of getting older or an acceleration of ageing. Dementia is caused by different diseases – most commonly by Alzheimer’s. We can’t change our age and there is currently no way we can completely prevent dementia, but research suggests there may be some simple things we can all do that might help lower our risk. A risk factor is anything that can increase your chance of developing dementia. Risk factors for cardiovascular disease (like heart disease and stroke) are also risk factors for all types of dementia. So it’s a good idea to keep
healthy by: • exercising regularly • not smoking • achieving and maintaining a healthy weight • controlling high blood pressure • reducing your cholesterol level • controlling your blood glucose if you have diabetes • eating a healthy, balanced diet with lots of fruit and vegetables and low amounts of saturated fat. Some studies suggest that enjoying an active life, with lots of interests and hobbies might be beneficial. Other researchers have found that spending more time in education is associated with a lower risk. It’s not yet known whether eating oily fish or taking B vitamins can reduce the risk of dementia as studies so far have had mixed results. It is not advised to take NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin or ibuprofen) or HRT (hormone replacement therapy) to protect against dementia, as research is continuing in this area. You should talk to your doctor before taking any supplements or drugs that claim to prevent dementia, as most are unproven and they can have serious side effects. You might read or hear about other risk factors for dementia. Despite occasional publicity, research has shown that meat, aluminium or living close to power lines are not risk factors for dementia. There is also no evidence that turmeric, gingko, ginseng, statins or coffee can protect against dementia. Source: Almeria Angels.
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Hello and welcome to CanDu Computer Bytes. First an apology. Sol Times had to reprint a previous article due to my negligence. The article you read last week was supposed to have been emailed for inclusion. So next week’s article is about how to make sure you have attached your attachments and not “do a Trevor” :-) Today I am writing this from a country who’s corruption make the Spanish attempts at corruption seem infantile. Where am I? England of course. Why such an opinionated opening? As you might have come to understand from reading my articles over the years, I’m very much for the freedom to choose. I choose not to have speed cameras every 300 yards, not because I am a speed merchant but because I’ve learned that getting somewhere 2 minutes sooner by travelling 20 MPH faster isn’t worth it (what can you do in that 2 minutes – part boil an egg!). By the same token, I choose to be able to use the internet without being told where I can and can’t go! So what in the name of Sam Hill has gotten under my skin? I am using the technology that is “torrent” to download, from a friend, an enormous package of programs that he has spent the past 3 years writing. I am one of a number of people who is trusted enough to test, “to destruction”, his programs and offer suggestions in the re-coding to resolve these problems. Because of the size of these files it is easier for a number of testers to download parts of the files from him and the rest from each other, thereby making downloading much faster, easier and allows us to really get on with what we are there for – helping my mate produce effectively. Richard Branson has been bullied by the courts, who have in turn been manipulated by the film and music industries to prevent access to the websites that are used as an
access point for the dissemination of these programs. The arguments used in court are that the people downloading movies and music are in breach of copyright laws. Let’s ignore, for now, the fact that there are people who do this, because it is a fact that this goes on! We can ignore the fact that music and film companies have, over the many years that they have had the unrestrained monopoly, now completely lost control! Although both of these statements are completely true and in other circumstances would be a wonderful fireside debate, today we have to consider the following statement: 1) It is wrong to prevent the access to any place, physical or electronic, where lawful and proper interaction is accepted and acceptable? 2) Further, should the legal system be able to create a sweeping statement (law) that prohibits the actions of all because of the actions of a few. 3) Should we, the lawful taxpayers, allow this travesty to continue because it is “the law”? I’m classed as a trouble maker in england by the authorities because I, not only, dare to think “outside of their box”, but tell the world and his best mate my thoughts! Forgive me but I was under the strange impression that being able to share files was sacrosanct, an act of free expression that is only compromised in Neo-Socialist and Communist countries. Welcome to the Soviet Socialist State of Lesser Britain and you are welcome to it! I will be back at Jack’s bar in Albox on Friday 21st March for the computer clinic. Bring your computer related problems for: free advice; free assessment and clearly priced solutions (more than most can / will offer you)!
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Putin was born in 1952 in Leningrad (now St Petersburg) to a factory working mother and a Navy conscript father. During WWII his father served in the feared NKVD; forerunner to the KGB. Putin had 2 older brothers, both died before he was born. Other than a grandfather, a chef not much is known about Putin’s ancestry. Putin was/is a keen sportsman enjoying judo at school. He attended Leningrad State University and joined the Communist Party; he joined the KGB after graduating in 1975. After training he monitored foreigners in Leningrad. He married an ex Aeroflot hostess Lyudmila (Putina) in1983; moving to Dresden in 1985 working alongside the East German Stasi (Secret Police). Putin recruited students from Dresden Technical University, aiming to send them to the US as agents once graduated. BND (West German intelligence) records show that ironically his wife spoke to a BND agent in Dresden saying her husband was violent towards her and had affairs. The couple returned home in 1990 at the collapse of the East German Communist regime. Putin was stationed at his old university in Leningrad again as a recruiter. He resigned a year later when the KGB tried to overthrow President Gorbachev. Politically this was a sound move as he then worked for the Mayor’s Office in St Petersburg. There have always been rumours of Putins’
Spare Time Suggestions!
Stuck for something to do in your spare time? I know that many of us are satisfied with simply enjoying being a couch potato. But even that has its competitive edge. Earlier this year three fit young chaps in Las Vegas broke the world record for sitting watching television. They lasted over 85 hours before they ran out of the room, gibbering wrecks! Can you imagine, sitting in front of the television for so many hours. I wonder how many times they lost the remote control. But, if spending endless hours in front of the television isn’t your thing, don’t despair. I’ve been doing a little research and found all manner of fascinating frivolities to help while away the hours. How about Yak farming? You’ve never considered it? Well, consider away. Yak meat is supposedly delicious, according to that well known body, the International Yak Association no less. Okay, not everyone is a Yak fan so, if, for some unaccountable reason, Yak farming doesn’t grab you, how about a far more sensible suggestion? Mooing. Mooing, as in the noise various cows famously make, is a popular hobby in America- the land of plonking yourself in front of the television for over eighty hours! Not only do people enjoy mooing, with other consenting mooers, they can also compete for a prize of 1000 dollars at the Wisconsin State Fair. They’re not so daft after all! I know that spending your spare time mooing may not be everybody’s cup of tea-or mouthful of grass. In that case, how about extreme ironing? Now ironing is my least favourite thing in the world so I find it very difficult to understand why some half-baked people go to dangerous locations to do their ironing When I say they’re half-baked, I think I ‘m being kind. They iron whilst hanging by ropes, from a sheer cliff face, on a surf board and even on top of moving cars. I’m Graham is married not sure what they get out of it; certainly to Helen and has a not nice creases, their irons aren’t even daughter, Alice. He plugged in! lives part of the year So, next time I’m sitting by the pool near Albox, but works relaxing, or simply reading a book, I’ll in Qatar, teaching. If think of those people who might be tearing you wish to contact dementedly after a Yak across a muddy Graham regarding field, ironing on top of a speeding car, or this article email: mooing for all they’re worth, and just be helenandg@yahoo. glad that I enjoy sensible things. Now, co.uk where’s my Buzz Lightyear costume?
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vast hidden wealth and here maybe the start. An investigation recommended Putin be fired after he approved $93 million of exports of which payment was apparently never made. Strangely he kept his job for another five years. Then in 1996 came a potentially lucrative job in Moscow transferring property assets from the old USSR to Russia. A year later, Boris Yeltsin made him Deputy Chief of Staff. At the same time Putin bought a 7000m2 Dacha (Country estate) on the lake shore in Solovyovka. 7 friends also bought locally and they all built residences there gaining planning permission to turn it into a gated community. Putins neighbours include Yuri Kovalchuk (net worth $1bn), Vladimir Yakunin (President of Russia Railways), Andrei Fursenko (Govt Aide) and his brother Sergey Fursenko (President of Zenit St Petersburg FC and director of a Gazprom subsidiary). In the wake of the annexation by Russia of Crimea, international financial sanctions were announced recently on people close to Putin (his inner circle) including those above. Others becoming obscenely wealthy under Putins patronage have also been targeted. The winter Olympics in Sochi cost $50bn to construct and stage, Putins friend and ex judo partner from the 60s Arkady Rotenberg won lucrative building contracts for the
games and has sanctions against him as does Gennady Timchenko. Timchenko is co-founder of Gunvor an energy trading company responsible for nearly 10% of all oil and gas deals worldwide. The Americans say they have proof that Putin is an investor in Gunvor. Putin was Prime Minister in 1999 and Yeltsin named him as his successor; he was President of Russia from 2000-8 but the constitution prevented him assuming a third term. So Putin became Prime Minister instead. Whilst still President, Putin changed laws in anticipation of this, transferring more powers to the PMs Office. Since 2012 he again has been President, this time for longer as he changed the constitution to enable a 6 year term. Putin is separated from his wife Putina and although they have 2 daughters, they have never been seen in the press. One lives in Holland with her Dutch husband. Putin has been linked romantically to an ex ballerina and Anna Chapman who was arrested in 2010 as a Russian spy in New York. Putin recently granted Snowden temporary asylum in Russia and Chapman asked Edward Snowden to marry her via her twitter feed. Putins wealth is officially reported as $150,000 although it’s alleged it’s closer to $70bn!
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Q. Please explain the situations in which a resident qualifies for non-payment of capital gains tax.
A . The first thing is to be able to prove to the notary the day of the sale that you are in fact a Spanish tax resident. It is very important to realize that having what everyone calls the “residencia” issued by the police does not in fact prove you are a tax resident of Spain, and that if this is the only document you take to the notary to prove tax residency , the notary will consider you a non resident and you will be subject to a 3% retention. To prove you are a tax resident your solicitor needs to request a certificate from the tax authorities, which can then be taken to the notary. If you suffer the nasty surprise of them saying that in fact you are a non resident, you will need to get this amended by proving to them that you are in fact a resident before they will issue you with the correct certificate for the notary. The best way to secure tax residency status is making a resident income tax declaration in Spain in June of every year. If you are going to sell shortly, request this certificate in advance to avoid last minute surprises. 1. The possible total or partial exemption from capital gains tax due to reinvestment (roll-over): If you
are a resident and sell one property to purchase another of the same or higher price you can claim 100% exemption from capital gains tax. To benefit you have to have been a resident for at least 3 year before the sale takes place, and you must purchase the next property within 2 years of the sale. If you are moving to a smaller property, you can claim exemption of a percentage of the capital gains tax. 2. Claim of total exemption if you are over 65 years old: If you are over 65 and sell your main home (where you must have lived for at least 3 years as a resident), you can claim 100% exemption from capital gains tax even if you do not reinvest. If the property is owned by a couple and one member is over 65 and the other is not, you are allowed to claim the exemption in respect to half the price. Michael Davies. Abogado.
Michael Davies is a Spanish Abogado and has been practicing law in Andalucia 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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ECB supervisory Nouy rejects EU ‘split’ over banking union
one of the three elements of the eurozone ‘banking union’ created in the wake of the debt crisis. The SSM allows for direct supervision of the eurozone’s largest banks, notably those with assets of more than €30bn and those that have major cross-border activities.
The newly appointed chair of the European Central Bank’s supervisory board has said she is making it a “personal issue” to ensure that the creation of a eurozone “banking union” does not lead to a split between eurozone and non-eurozone countries. Giving evidence to the Economic Affairs Committee on 18 March 2014, Daniele Nouy told MEPs she was keen to encourage non-eurozone states to optin to the so-called single supervisory mechanism (SSM). She insisted, “the best way of making sure this will happen is for the SSM to do a very good job”. The supervisory board which Ms Nouy chairs oversees the SSM, which is
Other elements of the banking union include a single resolution fund and a common method for winding up failing banks at minimal risk to the taxpayer. Responding to a question from Portugal’s Elisa Ferreira, Ms Nouy said the timescale towards setting up a fund, which could be as long as ten years, was “far too long”, saying she would like the fund established within three to five years. Ms Nouy joined the Bank of France in 1974, and became the country’s senior bank regulator in 2003. She was appointed as the first Chair of the Supervisory Board last November, for a non-renewable five-year term. Source: www.bbc.co.uk
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All words you may have heard since arriving in Spain, but never been quite sure what they mean, either in English, or for you as a resident. If so, read on for more information and the numerous reasons why registering on the padrón may just be worth your while. The padrón is, quite simply, the municipal register, a list of all the people who live in a certain town, while empadronarse is the act of registering yourself on this list with your local town hall. Officially, all residents in Spain are required by law to register on the padrón, yet many British ex-pats still have not done so. Perhaps some view the padrón as a means of vigilance by the state, in ‘big-brother’ fashion. However, it is simply a way for the town hall to know how many people live in their area, without entering into investigations as to a person’s official residence status or financial affairs. The information provided is confidential and protected by data protection laws. You don’t even have to own your house to register, just have an address where you usually live, whether you are the owner, you rent, or live with family or friends. Nor is registration a long, drawn-out process. Simply go to the padrón office at your town hall and fill in the form they provide. Take along identification, such as a passport, and also your NIE or residence certificate, a recent utility bill in your name, and the deeds to your house or a copy of your rental contract. Although you may have to return to collect your certificate, the actual registration is completed all on the same day. And once you’ve completed this simple process, you can begin to enjoy all the advantages being
THE PADRÓN, EMPADRONAMIENTO, EMPADRONARSE. on the padrón offers. To highlight a few, we’ve listed the top five as follows: For better public services: Central government allocates money to municipalities according to how many people are on the padrón. Therefore, if you are not registered, your town hall is losing money for the provision of health centres, police officers, firefighters and schools. To access benefits and social care: You must be on the padrón for a certain period of time to take advantage of some incomerelated benefits and other aspects of social care available through social services at your town hall. For a reduction in taxes: Being on the padrón could mean up to 50 per cent off property tax, and reductions in community charges and inheritance tax. Furthermore, those on the padrón often enjoy discounted courses, leisure and cultural activities run by the town hall. To have your say: In order to register to vote in local or European elections, you must first be registered on the padrón. To make life easier: You’ll find you need your padrón certificate to carry out various administrative tasks, such as register for healthcare, register your car with Spanish number plates or enrol your children in school. And, remember, it is compulsory, under Spanish law, for all residents in Spain including Spanish nationals to register on the padrón. (Artículo 15 de la Ley 7/1985, de 2 de abril, Reguladora de las Bases del Régimen Local)
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uk Budget 2014: The Key Points You Need To Know
The Chancellor George Osborne has delivered his fifth budget. Here are the key points. Savings • Tax-free ISAs to be boosted to £15,000 per year from July. Junior ISAs up to £4,000 a year. • Stocks and shares ISAs can be tranferred to new single ISA scheme. • Premium Bonds cap lifted from £30,000 to £40,000 in June, and to £50,000 next year. • 10p rate of tax for savers to be abolished. • Zero tax band to cover £5,000 of savings. Reliefs • Alcohol escalator to be scrapped for all alcohol duties, instead a rise with inflation. • Scottish whisky duty to be frozen as it is “a huge British success story”. • Cut of 1p in duty per pint of beer. • Export finance lending interest rate to be cut by a third and lending doubled to £3bn. • From 2015, all long haul air passenger flights carry same, lower, band B tax rate. • Right to Build scheme for builders of their own homes including £150m of finance to support it. • New £200m fund for councils “to bid for” to fix potholes across Britain. • Additional £140m help for flood damage. • September’s fuel duty rise will not be brought in. Taxes • Duty on fixed-odds betting terminals to rise to 25%.
• Horse race betting levy to be extended to bookmakers based offshore. • Bingo duty will be halved to 10% “to protect jobs and protect communities”. • Tobacco duty to remain at 2% above inflation and escalator will not be stopped. • Increased disclosed tax avoidance schemes scrutiny for the wealthy. • City fines over Libor rate-rigging to continue going to military charities and emergency service charities. • From midnight anyone buying home over £500,000 through corporate entity to pay 15% stamp duty to “avoid abuse”. • “We will expand the tax on residential properties worth over £2m to those worth more than £500,000.” • Private jets, previously not taxed, will see tax levied on flights. Income Tax • Personal tax allowance rises to £10,500 next year, giving average saving of £800. • 40p tax rate threshold to rise from £41,450 to £41,865 from next month and then up by further 1% to £42,285 next year. • Transferable tax allowance for married couples rising to £1,050. Pensions • All retirees on defined contribution pensions to be offered free, impartial, face-to-face advice. • No need for pensioners to buy annuities if they do not wish to. • Removal of all remaining tax restrictions on how pensioners have access to their pension pots. • Income requirement for flexible
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borrowing from 2018-19. • OBR forecasts public debt to be 74.5% of GDP this year; 77.3% next year; peaking at 78.7% in 201516 - lower than the 80% previously forecast - before falling to 78.3% in 2016-17, then falling to 76.5% and then 74.2% in 2018-19. • The new £1 coin to thwart forgery and “In honour of our Queen”. Jobs • Support for more than 100,000 new apprenticeships. • New Alan Turing Institute for computing “big data” to boost Britain’s IT prowess. Business • New allowance for ultra high pressure, high temperature oil field for North Sea oil and gas. • Tax relief of up to 25% for touring theatrical productions. • VAT relief on fuel for air ambulances and inshore rescue boat services across Britain, and a new air ambulance for London. • Accept recommendation to move collection of Class 2 NICs into selfassessment, abolishing for 5 million people “this wholly unnecessary bureaucracy”. • Corporation tax - high street stores will get £1,000 off their rates, and businesses the £2,000 Employment Allowance. • From next year, corporation tax to drop from 21% to 20% and under21s taken out of the jobs tax. • Business rates discounts and enhanced capital allowances will be extended for another three years. Source: www.web.orange.co.uk
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book review Divine Damages by Georgia Varjas.
“ The air tortured her skin. She felt daggers attack her and pierce her flesh but she resisted. ‘ I know what you did, I saw you. Now, I am your tormentor.’ “ This is an interesting selection of 10 modern, tongue-in-cheek stories of feminism taken to an absurd extreme using male and female caricatures. In Stalking Patty we are looking at revenge and female empowerment. Patty is approaching middle-age and we discover how gullible she was at 17, discovering boys and sex for the first time. What ensued inevitably, was an unplanned pregnancy followed by a tragic miscarriage. A simple D&C was needed to clean her out but she was left infertile and with permanent psychological damage.
Whilst under the anaesthetic she remembered the nurses laughing at her and the surgeon wielding a huge carving knife. Consequently, she was doped with medication for the next decade when her self-esteem had reached rock-bottom and full of despair. In time a new relationship with Brian petered out when she was unable to conceive leaving her feeling angry, guilty, depressed and of course, abandoned. She blamed Dr Death for her misery. In time life improved. Patty weaned herself off the medication, got a job and put on weight. Things started to look up until that fateful day at the British Museum. It was a chance encounter, twenty years later: “This was the man who had crippled me, spoilt all my chances of happiness and fertility. Winthrop had permanently crucified it.” How sweet is revenge? She wanted to hound him, torment him. Exploitation and ultimately ruin were her objectives. She adopted the role of the femme fatale. “I got him and I damaged him and the satisfaction was all mine.” But did she succeed in regaining some personal power and inner strength? Was revenge really so empowering for Patty?
Sweet Claudine shows a woman completely detached from her marriage and husband. She is self-sufficient and happy to bake and promote her business. She takes relish in the sun sparkling over the sugary coatings of her pastries but lacks the warmth or passion to engage in a romantic or sensual relationship with Didier, her husband. Didier marries for selfadvancement wanting an indolent lifestyle. Over time he became critical and insulting at work gaining a reputation of being mean and arrogant. Inevitably, he became bored with his dead-end job and Claudine. As a sharp contrast she became successful and popular. People praised her business prowess. This just fuelled his resentment and frustration. He demeaned her business as a silly hobby. His mind was pre-occupied over his future-a luxurious life in the south of France-once he has sold her house, her delivery van and her business. But single not married or tied down. Does he manage it? There is a twist to the finale and Varjas introduces a touch of the supernatural and a dramatic climax. For one of them there is freedom; the other is doomed. But is that the full story!? And for a dose of sexual frustration there’s Righteous Val who seems to have lost her way and behaves in the most crude and unrighteous manner. At 49 years of age we can initially sympathise with her plight-abandoned by a Lothario of a husband who shacks up with a 20 years old babe from Essex- frumpy, fat and altogether, shabby. You can see why the husband absconded can’t you? But he does leave her with a generous alimony and a lovely house.
“How does a woman get what she wants? Wasn’t I kind and considerate?” Perhaps it’s just the injustice of being “dumped” or boredom that motivates her into cleaning up the streets and preventing physical abuse to women or children. A crusader. Armed with a small hammer, a pair of pliers, a Phillipps screwdriver, sharp kitchen scissors and masking tape.
Seriously, she was on the warpath confronting drunks and ugly schoolboys believing they would give the least resistance. She saw herself as a bit of a saviour without the religious connotation-a version of Mother Theresa or a Batman without the ridiculous costume of course. And then it went a bit pear-shaped. It seems that she gets easily turned on by attractive, foreign males called Carlos. Why are the pretty ones always called Carlos? Enough is enough. Let’s have some fun. So how does she tackle her “cream cake in the bathtub variety” with rusty methods of seduction? Does she have to knock him over the head to entice him into her lair or boudoir? And why does Varjas end the tale with a mischievous hint (or is it a moral?) about using a “plentiful supply of Viagra?” It sounds kinky to me. Publisher: Wordplay. ISBN: 978-1482796-858
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pause for thought We do of course all like to be popular and necessarily therefore many of us are sometimes tempted to pull off some sort of stunt to grab attention. Trouble is however, that as I’ve often noticed from watching television ads, there are times when a dramatic performance can actually detract from the ad itself, leaving me remembering the advert, but having no idea what product was actually being advertised. So Jesus, during his 40-day period in the Wilderness, which as mentioned before, we Christians remember during this period of Lent, similarly faced the possibility of throwing himself from the top of the highest building in the area and walking away unscathed. Some publicity-stunt that one; bound to make people sit up and take notice! But Jesus rightly rejected that option as one that would lead people to believe in and follow him for all the wrong reasons, remembering the stunt but missing His message completely. And how often, sometimes in very subtle guise, we who claim to serve Him find ourselves tempted to use the power of His Holy Spirit to glorify ourselves rather than Jesus Christ, our Lord and master. It’s so easy to speak or write aiming to please others, hoping they’ll think well of me, whereas my task as a Christian is to make much of Christ and nothing of myself. For as John the Baptist remarked, “He must increase whilst I decrease.” So whenever called upon to act, speak or write on His behalf, I always pray to be spared that temptation, using the words of a hymn learnt years ago: “Not I, but Christ, be honoured, loved, exalted. Not I, but Christ, be seen, be known and heard: Not I, but Christ, in every look and action: Not I, but Christ, in every thought and word”. For if I leave others with a clear impression of myself and little of Jesus, then I have failed; whereas if from my words/actions others learn of Him, but little of myself, then indeed I have succeeded in my task. Details of a number of English Language Churches are given in Sol Noticeboard for any wishing to Worship, whilst additionally, further information about the Anglican Church in this area may be seen on the web site www. mojacarchurch.org Duncan Burr is Licensed Lay Reader for the Anglican Chaplaincy of Costa Almeria and Costa Cálida and may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
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1. Tom’s mom had three children. The first was named May, the second was June. What was the third childs name? 2. The manufacturer doesn’t want to use it, the buyer doesn’t need to use it and the user doesn’t know he’s using it. What is it? 3. The word CANDY can be spelled using just 2 letters. Can you figure out how? 4. Bill bets Craig $100 that he can predict the score of the hockey game before it starts. Craig agrees, but loses the bet. Why did Craig lose the bet? 5. What is the next 3 letters in this sequence? o t t f f s s _ _ _ 6. FOUR is HALF of FIVE. Is this statement True or False? 7.A woman shoots her husband. Then she holds him under water for over 5 minutes. Finally, she hangs him. But 5 minutes later they both go out together and enjoy a wonderful dinner together. How can this be? 8. What do these 3 have in common? Superman, Moses, The Cabbage Patch Kids 9. What is black when you buy it, red when you use it, and gray when you throw it away? 10. Can you name three consecutive days without using the words Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday? 11.I can sizzle like bacon, I am made with an egg, I have plenty of backbone, but lack a good leg, I peel layers like onions, but still remain whole, I can be long, like a flagpole, yet fit in a hole, What am I? 12. This is an unusual paragraph. I’m curious how quickly you can find out what is so unusual about it? It looks so plain you would think nothing was wrong with it! In fact, nothing is wrong with it! It is unusual though. Study it, and think about it, but you still may not find anything odd. But if you work at it a bit, you might find out! Try to do so without any coaching! 13. Hi! Ma and Pa told me I’d better say that all the two-letter words in this paragraph have something in common ...... or else! What’s the common factor here? 14. What falls but never breaks? What breaks but never falls? 15. This one’s a tuffy! There is a common English word that is seven letters long. Each time you remove a letter from it, it still remains a common English word - from seven letters right on down to a single letter. What is the original word, and what are the words that it becomes after removing a letter at a time? 16. In olden days you are a clever thief charged with treason against the king and sentenced to death. But the king decides to be a little lenient and lets you choose your own way to die. What way should you choose? Remember, you’re clever! 17. What is it that when you take away the whole, you still have some left over? 18. What six letter word in the English language contains ten other words without rearranging any of its letters? 19. Name an English word of more than 2 letters that both begins and ends with the letters “he” in that order. There are two possible answers. “hehe” is not acceptable. 20. A man was found murdered on Sunday morning. His wife immediately called the police. The police questioned the wife and staff and got these alibis: The Wife said she was sleeping. The Cook was cooking breakfast. The Gardener was picking vegetables. The Maid was getting the mail. The Butler was cleaning the closet. The police instantly arrested the murdered. Who did it and how did they know?
Brain Teasers Answers
Amazing Facts on the human body
APPENDIX TO LIFE: Recently it has been
discovered that the appendix is very useful to the bacteria that help your digestive system function. They use it to get respite from the strain of the frenzied activity of the gut, somewhere to breed and help keep the gut’s bacterial inhabitants topped up. SUPERSIZED MOLECULES: Practically everything we experience is made up of molecules. The biggest molecule in nature resides in your body. It is chromosome 1. A normal human cell has 23 pairs of chromosomes in its nucleus, each a single, very long, molecule of DNA. Chromosome 1 is the biggest, containing around 10bn atoms, to pack in the amount of information that is encoded in the molecule ATOM COUNT: It is hard to grasp just how small the atoms that make up your body are until you take a look at the sheer number of them. An adult is made up of around 7,000,000,000,00 0,000,000,000,000,000 (7 octillion) atoms. GOOSEBUMP EVOLUTION: Goosepimples are a remnant of our evolutionary predecessors. They occur when tiny muscles around the base of each hair tense, pulling the hair more erect. With a human’s thin body hair, it just makes our skin look strange. EYELASH INVADERS: Depending on how old you are, it’s pretty likely that you have eyelash mites. These tiny creatures live on old skin cells and the natural oil (sebum) produced by human hair follicles. They are usually harmless, though they can cause an allergic reaction in a minority of people. Eyelash mites typically grow to a third of a millimetre and are near-transparent, so you are unlikely to see them with the naked eye.
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After a local Post Office burglary, five suspects were being interviewed. Below is a summary of their statements. Police know that each of them told the truth in one of the statements and lied in the other. From this information can you tell who committed the crime? Brian said: It wasn’t Charles, It was Alan Derek said: It was Charles, It wasn’t Alan Charles said: It was Brian , It wasn’t Eric Alan said: It was Eric, It wasn’t Brian Eric said: It was Derek, It was Alan
logic puzzle solution:
Moods & Emotions Find and circle all of the words that are hidden in the grid. The remaining 11 letters spell an additional word.
Answer:The hidden word is: DISCOURAGED
Fun Brain Teasers with Answers to Challenge your Mind
Answer: Derek was the culprit
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Looking at Brian’s statement if it was Charles, then Brian was lying in his first statement, which makes the second statement true. Which would mean that it was both Charles and Alan. So it can’t be Charles. Which means Derek was lying in his first statement, which makes the second statement true. Therefore it can’t be Alan. So Eric’s second statement must be false, meaning his first statement was true, therefore it was Derek.
1. Tom Tom’s mom had three children, June, May, and Tom. 2. A Coffin 3.The answer: C and Y 4. Bill said the score would be 0-0 and he was right. Before any hockey game starts, the score is always 0-0. 5. “e n t “ They represent the first letter when writing the numbers one thru ten. 6. It’s True. The Roman Numeral FOUR (IV) is in the middle of the word Five: F(IV)E 7. The woman was a photographer. She shot a picture of her husband, developed it, and hung it up to dry. 8. They were all adopted! 9. The answer is Charcoal. In Homer Simpson’s words: Hmmmm... Barbecue. 10. Sure you can:Yesterday, Today, & Tomorrow! 11. A snake.
12. The letter “e”, which is the most common letter in the English language, does not appear once in the long paragraph. 13. All the two-letter combinations are abbreviations of U.S. States: Hi:Hawaii, MA:Massachusetts, PA:Pennsylvania, me:Maine, in: Indiana, I’d: Idaho, or:Oregon 14. Night and Day! 15. The original word is “Snowing”. It decomposes to: sowing, swing, sing, sin, in, and I. 16. I think I would have chosen to die of “old age”. Did you? 17. The word Wholesome. 18.The word is Spared. The ten words are: Spa, Spar, Spare, Pa, Par, Pare,Pared, Are, Re, and Red. If you got this one you are good! 19. Headache or Heartache. 20. It was the Maid. She said she was getting the mail. There is no mail
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ACROSS 1 Diabolical cast in a play (7) 5 One eating little head of lettuce held by cook in hot water (7) 9 Aquatic plant providing a variety of materials (5,4) 10 Carrying on thus, for some reason I create a sort of boom (5) 11 One who takes after beggarman (5) 12 Able to contend, not being disheartened (9) 13 Noble start to resistance in French resistance movement (7) 15 They teach large groups of swimmers (7) 17 Object for trial (7) 19 Refuse to reveal how old clothes are (7) 21 Form of address valued for the auditor taken unawares (9) 23 Argue about something boring (5) 25 Record left by teacher in Siam (5) 26 Page with scope for truism (9) 27 Mount seen the day before the others (7) 28 Thrash Elia a second time (7)
ACROSS 1 Counting device (6) 4 A forceful consequence (6) 9 Deport (5) 10 Relished (7) 11 Act of deliberate betrayal (7) 12 Movable staircases (5) 13 Easily handled or managed (6) 15 Lithe (6) 19 Device in a brass wind instrument (5) 21 Oval (7) 23 Slowly moving ice mass (7) 24 Large artery (5) 25 Throws out (6) 26 Sternutation (6)
Down 1 Turned away or aside (7) 2 Similar (5) 3 Kitchen implement (7) 5 Commissioned military officer (5) 6 Unfathomable (7) 7 Periodic rise and fall of sea level (5) 8 Deceive by mock action (5) 14 Assemble in proper sequence (7) 16 Scoundrel (7) 17 Promote (7) 18 Prolonged period of time (5) 19 Undefined (5) 20 Live (5) 22 Sum of money offered as a prize (5)
Down 1 A sign Tommy’s upset about patrol leader (7) 2 Bones sailors found on island (5) 3 Instrument making snout feel odd (4,5) 4 Risks making Chinese detective dry up (7) 5 Sausages from a Greek island (7) 6 Publication for children (5) 7 Curiously, Maine’s not an American state (9) 8 Eric, having set off, repeats something memorized (7) 14 Reading or writhing in river (3,6) 16 Flora collected metal she owns (9) 17 Father’s wise migration (7) 18 Drunkard turns to observe drunkard (7) 19 Duck turning up initially looking like a Walt Disney animated goose (7) 20 Art deserving a pledge? (7) 22 April keeps providing material for a poet (5) 24 A couple upset after end of big cheese (5)
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Sudoku is a placement puzzle. Enter the numbers 1 to 9 in each row and column of a grid, made up of 3 x 3 subgrids. The catch is that each row, column and grid must contain only one instance of each number or letter.
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Tasty food for everyday, special occasions and for sharing with friends Pepper, tomato and basil pasta A gorgeous supper dish inspired by flavours from the Mediterranean - roasted peppers, tomatoes and a simple basil sauce. Serve with your favourite pasta.
3 long sweet peppers, red, yellow, and orange 12 cherry tomatoes 2 cloves of garlic, peeled 7 tbsp olive oil large bunch basil 400g/14oz orecchiette pasta salt and pepper
Turn the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Slice the peppers lengthways and trim any odd edges to form neat little boat shapes. Lay them in a fairly large roasting tin facing upwards. Halve the cherry tomatoes and place them inside the peppers roughly managing four per boat. Finely slice the garlic and tuck them in with the tomatoes and also add any pepper trimmings you have. Now generously drench the peppers in a good four tablespoons of olive oil, season and put in the warm oven for half an hour. Meanwhile take all but a small handful of the basil and blitz in a food processor with three tablespoons of olive oil and a little salt. When 30 minutes or so have passed and you can see a slight softening of the peppers and tomatoes, pour over the basil dressing and return to the oven for a further 20 minutes. Now for the pasta, I have chosen orecchiette because the little dips help absorb and contain the juices, but any similar shape will do. Cook in boiling salted water according to the packet instructions. When the peppers and tomatoes are completely soft, wrinkled and starting to brown at the edges; they are ready. Lift them onto a serving plate. To make the most of the oily goodness tip the cooked drained pasta into the roasting tin, stir well ensuring that you dislodge any sweet caramelised peppery bits, as well as letting the pasta soak up all the flavour of the oil. Finally tear in the remaining basil and serve the peppers and tomatoes on a bed of the sweet oily pasta
Grilled Asparagus & Red Onions with Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar
2 medium red onions, peeled 1 ½ pounds asparagus (about 24 medium
stalks), ends trimmed 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided Kosher salt Freshly ground black
½ teaspoon sugar 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar, best quality
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per couple to take away after having our night menus Valid only with this voucher dinner 19.00-22.00 until 31ST MARCH
1. Preheat grill to high. 2. Prepare red onions: Cut onions in half from root to tip, then cut halves into ½-inch slices. Pull slices apart and tumble into disposable grill pan; toss with 2 tablespoons olive oil, ½ teaspoon kosher salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. 3. Prepare asparagus: Place spears in baking dish and toss with 2 tablespoons olive oil, ¼ teaspoon kosher salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. 4. Place pan of onions and asparagus spears on the grill (be sure to place spears perpendicular to grates so they don’t fall through!). Set asparagus dish next
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to grill (do not clean). Cover and cook vegetables for 2-3 minutes. Open cover and turn asparagus (use tongs to press and roll). Cover and cook 1 -2 minutes more, until asparagus spears are nicely browned and tender-crisp. Remove asparagus from grill and place back in baking dish. Stir onions, cover, and continue cooking for about 15 – 25 minutes, stirring every few minutes, until tender and caramelized. In the meantime, transfer asparagus spears to cutting board and cut into 1½-inch pieces. Place back in baking dish and toss with finished grilled onions. Add sugar and balsamic vinegar and toss well. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary (I usually add a good ¼ teaspoon more salt). Transfer to serving platter and serve hot or room temperature.
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Chipotle Popcorn Chicken
VidaRestaurant&Venue el Cucador
present for all the mums on
Marinating the chicken in buttermilk overnight ensures juicy, flavorful meat under the crunchy, tangy-spicy interior. Adding chopped cilantro makes it look even less like you microwaved frozen popcorn chicken, as does serving the bites with any of our homemade dipping sauces.
Thursday 3rd April
Hypnosis, magic andfrom fun 9pm evening
traditional sunday lunch
bookings now being taken
available pre-show - from 6pm
2 chicken breasts 1 cup buttermilk 1/2 cup canned chipotles in adobo sauce, pureed 2 cups flour Salt and pepper 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
1.Cut chicken breasts into 1 ½-inch pieces. Place in mixing bowl and cover with buttermilk and pureed chipotle chilis. 2.Cover and refrigerate overnight. Once the chicken has had time to sit in buttermilk, dredge the chicken in seasoned flour and fry in a 350 degree fryer. 3.Once out of fryer, season with salt, pepper and chopped cilantro.
Home cooked with all the trimmings served 12.30pm-5pm includes a complimentary coffee & chocolate booking recommended
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4 courses with bottle of ESTE wine per couple & coffee included: Roast Lamb Shoulder & Pork Knuckle, 16oz Entrecote, 20oz T-Bone, 12oz Pork Tenderloin, Roast Potatoes & Fresh Vegetables Freshly Baked Bread SERVED 1pm - 4pm vegetarian menu available
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5 Main Dishes 5 Desserts
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Give Mum a rest on Sunday 30th March
Come to Jacks for our Very Special Sunday Menu
Three Courses including complementary Glass of Wine or Tubo or Soft Drink Only 8.95€ Starters: House Salad Or Vegetable Soup Mains: Succulent Top Side of Beef Or New Zeland Lamb* Or Tender Chicken Breast. All Served with roast pots and fresh seasonal vegetables. Desserts: Just like Mums Brandy Bread & Butter Pudding Rhubarb Crumble. Served with Ice Cream or Custard. *1€ supplement **Alternative starters and desserts available priced individually Booking Essential to avoid disappointment Regular Sunday Menu offer also available two courses from only 6.95€
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Bacon or Sausage
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Homemade Pie Day
Cod ‘n’ ChipS
Bar Menu & Snacks 9AM-4.30PM (except Sunday) friday & SATURDAY ALL DAY BREAKFAST from 9AM includes free tea or coffee Only 3.75€ + new Daily Specials Monday
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
Art Classes, Computer Club, Tuesday • easy peezy spanish lessons Keep Fit • with Avril at 5pm • Darts Night from 8pm - All Welcome Geneology Wednesday
• Line Dancing with Carrie 7pm
• Ceroc Classes 8pm
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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: Spanish lessons, held every Monday and Tuesday morning from 10:15am. Tai Chi classes every Wednesday and Thursday morning from 10:30am. Line dancing lessons Monday afternoons from 4pm. Art lessons every Friday morning from 10.30am. Free computer and electronic workshop every Saturday 10:30am1pm. Telephone now to find out more about any of our many events: 950 473 099.
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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 Beach Opening Times
Menu del noche
10am til close Food served 10:30am til 10pm
regular TRIBUTE SHOWS see website for details
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!
tel: 950 473 099 www.beachcombermojacar.com
menu del noche €10.95
Includes a caraffe of wine per couple 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
Rare visit by international artiste in the area The
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for a night of fun and entertainment
introducing his number 1 gameshow from Ibiza (for the last 3 years)
“press the buzzer”
Thursday 10th April
5€ entrance (incl free drink)
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Living Water Church Mojacar Lady Vicar - Mojacar An Evangelical informal service at 4.00pm every Sunday, opposite Red Cross Centre on Mojacar Playa. Contact Pastor David Hamilton 697 522 521 John 950 529 321 Margaret 950477063 For more info visit www.livingwaterchurchmojacar.com
DAMES IN TURRE
On Saturday March 8th, 63 members and friends of Dames in Turre, celebrated International Women’s Day with a delicious three course meal with wine and coffee, prepared by the staff at Hostel Rural Turre. Chairman Soo Wallace welcomed everyone and in between courses introduced Val Carrington who started the entertainment off with her humorous monologue’s, Soo then introduced our Guest Speaker Adele Land who shared some amusing stories of her 20 years working in the travel industry. Soo then presented Brenda Appleby with a gift token from the Dames for her outstanding contribution to the group, unfortunately Brenda has decided to retire but will always be welcome at forthcoming meetings and events. The afternoon would not have been the same without the saucy jokes from Doreen Woolton and she had everyone in stitches. The afternoon was rounded off with a raffle and music and singing provided by Anne Anstey who got people up on their feet dancing and singing with golden oldies from the 60’s and 70’s. A big thank-you must be given to Lesley Barton and Sylvia Baker for organizing the whole event. Our next meeting will be held Monday March 31st at Centre de Usos Multiples Turre at 11am when our speaker will be Gerry Hughes. Gerry was a Red Coat so I am sure he will have plenty of interesting tales to tell us, so come along I am sure we are in for a very amusing meeting. For more information contact Secretary Pam Smith Telephone Number 950 475 418 or President Lesley Barlow Telephone Number 950 478 633.
URGENT HELP NEEDED AT THE DOGHOUSE
Due to Paul, the owner of The Doghouse Foundation, presently being ill and also suffering from long term illness, we are in great need of assistance of all types, volunteers and organisations, and possibly donations of dog food. At present there are only two volunteers travelling quite a distance doing a rota system of looking after the dogs, this would become difficult long term. Without further help the situation could become impossible and the poor dogs would suffer. If you can help in any way please contact Shirley on mobile 650 105 166 or email shirlcrawford@hotmail. com
On Saturday 29 March 2014, the new lady Vicar of the Church of England of Mojacar, Rev. Pauline Williams will be telling of her very varied and interesting life, leading up to where she is now. Born in Wick, in the Vale of Glamorgan, S o u t h Wales, she was employed by the Dept., of Employment and Productivity (later called the Job Centre), and when first married she lived and worked in South Africa for a few years for a Building Society. Upon returning to the UK the family settled in Cornwall for some 10 years before finally returning to Wales. She very openly says she has done all sorts of jobs, ranging from Bar work, Waitressing, has even driven tractors and painted houses, in order to assist with the family income. She and her husband, Noel, have 4 children and 4 grandchildren, all of whom live in Wales. Rev. Pauline Williams was ordained on her 50th birthday at Llandaff Cathedral and prior to coming to take up her position here in Spain, she served as a Deacon and Priest in the Church of Wales, Llandaff Diocese. She has been termed by many as “a breath of fresh air”, and those who attend the F.G.B.M.F.I Breakfast we are sure will recognize a very genuine, caring lady, who is seeking to be used of God in Spain.
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The full English Breakfast costs 6 Euros, including Toast, Orange Juice, Tea or Coffee, (a Vegetarian Breakfast is also available) and there is always a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, with people from all areas attending. The venue is the Delfin Dorado Restaurant, Mojacar Playa (opposite the Hotel Continental) and the Breakfast Meeting commences at 10.00 a.m. sharp. Come along, all are welcome and we know you will not be disappointed. Booking is required for catering and seating purposes. Please contact: David Templeman Tel: 950 168 349, Mobile: 661 140 481, or email:- firstname.lastname@example.org
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Helping the disabled Cancer Research Vera Orphanage Run totally put our hearts Asprodalba Weinto by volunteers helping and many more
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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
breakfast Sunday 10am -12pm traditional sunday lunch - served 12.30PM-5PM NOW SERVING ROAST LAMB (2€ SUPP)
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email: firstname.lastname@example.org Perfect DINING ROOM SUITE Channels. new condition,
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Cost over £4,700. Bargain at €1,750. Tel: 650 442 462
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Brand New Never Good Used Quality 299€ Tel; 619 744 516 Swl Yuasa Agm 2500 Batteries 12volt 90a Suitable For Power, Solar Boats,Campers Etc Cost Over 300€ New 90€ Each Only 3 Left Tel: 6197 445 16 Single Duvet. Natural Feather/ Down Filling Still In Packet With New Duvet Cover/ Pillowcases. Cost Over £70 Will Accept€25. Tel: 650 442 462 M i c row ave Oven. Exc Con. Used Twice Only €30. Tel: 650 442 462 Ladder – 2mtr Long, Folds In Half Was €40 New Now €20. Tel: 722 514 242 P a n a soni c Nv-Ds 27 Eg Silver Mini Digital Camcorder As New Inc. Accessories And Case. €80 Tel: 617 711 872 Bidet with matching taps. Tel: 634 339 184 (Vera) Fender Frontm a n Guitar 15R Amplifier.Clean Distortion and
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I blame it all on the Spanish lady in a brown coat; last January I had parked quite legally in front of her garage and in doing so invoked her implacable wrath and an undeserved verbal battering. I don’t suffer from road rage, chocolate addiction, or any such normal crosses which we mere mortals have to bear, except for punctuality anxiety. Although I can tolerate lateness in others, being late, or even the possibility of being late myself, makes me snappy and scatty, short tempered and liable to make mistakes. I was not late for my Spanish lesson, but tight for time as I swung Del into a practically deserted Avenida Lepanto in Albox and brought him tidily to a
halt behind my classmate’s car. As I did so I noticed he was smack in front of a small and insignificant side entrance; the spectre of the Spanish lady in the brown coat sprang terrifyingly into my mind. Although I am not faster than a speeding bullet and cannot leap high buildings in a single bound, like Superman I am clumsy and mild-mannered so I engaged reverse and moved Del back a space, considerately leaving the entrance to the side turning open. Then without a backward glance I left him standing in splendid isolation, and in no-one’s way. An hour later, having covered myself in mediocrity and proved beyond a shadow of doubt that I am not linguistically gifted, I returned to find a green paper under Del’s windscreen wiper. I goggled at it in disbelief - a parking fine! I looked down – yes, I had parked
By Jos Biggs
on a yellow line! A yellow line that was exactly one car long, and situated exactly one car’s length back from the side entrance! In an instant Superman was superseded by the Incredible Hulk, and I became ******* Incapable of Normal Expression. I had done wrong, and deserved the fine BUT: I needn’t have parked there at all, there were half a dozen other spaces available, I only chose that one to keep the street tidy (and because it was nearest to my destination and I was on the verge of late) AND: If I had not moved back to free up the entrance, in front of which I could quite legally have parked, I would not be in debt to the Law to the tune of 90€. It is definitely the doing of the Spanish lady in the brown coat. She influenced me subliminally and caused me to park illegally. It is her fault!
Shot In the Line of Fibbing Not many people realise this, but I have a cluster of fading but still clearly discernable scars on my abdomen. I received these many years ago when I happened to be in the street as two masked armed robbers burst out of a Building Society office in my home town. Stupidly and without giving too much thought to my actions, I chased after one of the men as he ran for the getaway car and received a shot gun blast to my stomach for my troubles. But I somehow still managed to wrestle him to the ground and with the help of other passers by, we managed to overpower and subdue both robbers until the police arrived. Being a modest kind of a bloke, I don’t talk about it much and I still have flash backs that bring me out in cold sweats. Good story isn’t it! Bet you’re impressed. My present wife certainly was when I originally recounted the tale to her many years ago in my efforts to grab her attention and win her affections. But it’s all a total load of horlicks! Oh sure I do have those scars on my somewhat less than flat tummy - I used to have a six pack but these days it’s more of a buyone-get-one-free belly - but in point of fact these are actually the result of doctors taking a number of grafts to
By Colin Bird :
pack round my damaged foot after I crashed my motorbike in the 1970 Isle of Man TT race. Yeah well alright, that’s cobblers as well. The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth your honour is, I had surgery many years ago for a horrendous ingrown toe nail which was removed along with a significant portion of my big toe. Grafting was deemed necessary before I was allowed to go home and a dozen or so pinchgrafts were taken from my abdomen. A routine procedure under local anaesthetic but one that had me chewing the bed pan in agony once the effect of the drugs had worn off. I wish they had emptied it first. I left the hospital two days later with a throbbing midsection, a pair of crutches and lectures about the perils of wearing winkle picker shoes ringing in my ears. I was 18 years old. The point is we chaps tend to stretch the truth when we are out to impress the ladies and so naturally, when my battle scars were noticed and remarked upon by a ravishing blond nymphet – the future Mrs Bird - on the beach some years later, something instinctively told me that the story of an ingrown toenail was not going to hack it. The trouble is, telling porkies to impress people can become addictive. One of my many jobs over the years was as a driver for a taxi and chauffeured car company, and a regular trip was taking special needs kids to various schools in Bury St Edmunds. When driving children, it is compulsory for an escort to be in attendance to keep an eye on things and help occupy your charges during the journey. It’s
also deemed as necessary security for the kids and driver in these dark times of child abuse. We would listen to Terry Wogan on the radio and have little singsongs on our way to and from school although I am not too sure what the parents thought when they heard verses from The Ball of Inverness being repeated at home. I had told my escort on several occasions that I had once been a singer in a rock band, and that we had cut an album back in the early seventies. I went to the trouble of printing a phony cassette album cover, with all the musical and production credits being given to mates from the past and supposedly recorded at The Fat Pimp Studios in Henley-on-Thames - a totally fictional entity. The cassette inside was of an album by the legendary band Ten Years After and I figured that with this particular lady’s own favourite songs being in the Twinkle Twinkle Little Star category, she would not have heard of them, let alone their music. Alvin Lee to her would probably be one of the Chipmunks. Trouble was when I faked a reluctant agreement to play the tape for her and expecting a look of stupendous admiration, she just sat there with a face like a ruptured duck, slipping me the odd sympathetic glance and shaking her head. At the conclusion of this brilliant album she cleared her throat and said, ‘Yes well, I think you chose the right profession don’t you dear’. It was one of those occasions when I wished I hadn’t bothered. Perhaps honesty really is the best policy.
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Ohhh Saturday night
The Saturday night binge is a universal institution or very nearly. After a long week grafting to keep body and soul together the Saturday night blow-out is a safety valve, a reward. Alquerian Saturday nights follow a similar pattern except the term graft has little meaning outside of plastic surgery circles if of course such circles existed in Alqueria.
The village republic of Alqueria produces by far the best Remitroot anywhere in the world. The bad drainage is said to be a major contributing factor. The variety of products which can be made from the plant is staggering. Remitroot Whisky and Wine are by far the most popular. Addictive and very strong aphrodisiacs they sell at premium prices on the international markets. Alquerians simply don’t have to work. This of course leaves ample time to plot subversive activities to keep the barrio feud going and adequate opportunity to carry them out. This is the preoccupation of all able bodied Alquerians who owe allegiance to one of the two barrios. So when Saturday night arrives the disruptive folk of the Pueblo believe they have earned their evening’s spree. Saturday night in Alqueria is not for the faint-hearted. Showing the world that they are alive and kicking is a serious business for the
young folk of the Pueblo. The Bar La Casa Devante is thronged with the ablest and most resilient of the Hill People. To the south of the Village similar scenes are played out at the Bar La Golondrina Verde which is besieged by Newcomers. On the fringes sneaking a clandestine drink are those too young to consume alcohol in the eyes of the law. Fortunately the law in Alqueria is in the charge of Jóse Cabrasilbido, and he was feeling no pain. The eyes of the law were bleary and fast closing due to the effects of his favourite Remitroot tipple. Then we have the youngsters of drinking age. Consuming vast quantities and swearing on stacks of bibles that they weren’t in any way intoxicated this pledge was usually taken from the horizontal position. The seasoned drinkers. These leather livered veterans put the world to rights while bemoaning the modern age and all it has to offer. Manuela holds court surrounded by the fittest and most hopeful of the young men. She drinks in moderation as selecting an escort for the evening is a serious business. Especially when you are as dedicated to your task as Manuela is. Sunday morning is a time for the revellers to try and find the roof of their mouths and to try and remember who they need to apologise to.
Leading Removal Company reports on strengthening housing market One of Spain’s top removal companies has reported that they experienced a resurgence in the Spanish housing market during 2013 and it looks like 2014 will be an even busier year. Mat Ford-Dunn, the Managing Director of ‘Advance Moves International Removals’ pointed to the fact that many property values in Spain have now fallen to a much more realistic level and this has definitely resulted in increased house sales. This has been noticed in all regions of Spain as Advance Moves operate their relocation services throughout the mainland. Advance Moves has its main warehouse in Murcia, Spain, with an additional warehouse in Kent in the UK and has had to purchase 5 new vans and trucks to cope with the increased demand over the past year. The UK housing market is also in a state of recovery and increased house sales have resulted in more people selling up and looking to buy in Spain. There are many factors that
tempt expats to Spain, not least the recent periods of turbulent weather, which many parts of the UK have suffered. On the flip side, for economic reasons many British Expats are now able to sell properties in Spain and Advance Moves are often the first choice when it comes to repatriating them back to the UK. Mat was also keen to point out that the increase in demand for their removal services was also down to the level of service and expertise that Advance moves offer to their clients and the fact that many clients had already seen the brightly liveried vehicles on the roads undertaking their removal services. Advance moves is also a member of the British Association of Removers and one of only a few companies that export wrap furniture to provide extra protection for international removals. ‘Our clients know that they are getting a more competitively priced, premium removal service, when compared to the rest of the market. The increased volume of removals enables Advance Moves to offer their clients a more regular and flexible timetable for their individual removal requirements’ Mat sees the trend continuing throughout 2014 with the housing market in the UK and Spain continuing to make steady process. Advance Moves are gearing up for another busy year.
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The Importance of Giving Your Dog Affection Love is one of the greatest gifts we can share with our dogs.
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possessive, dominant, aggressive, whining, begging, barking, or breaking a household rule. Don’t forget exercise and discipline. Prove your love by giving your dog what he or she needs: long walks; rules, boundaries, and limitations Give your dogs as much love as you have! Give as much love as your heart can handle and then some! But please give it at the right time.
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Volvo V40 D3 R-Design
By Tim Saunders
It sounds like something off a sci-fi thriller but we’re actually talking about technology fitted to Volvo cars, those traditionally staid and dull vehicles, favoured by the flat cap brigade. Today’s hip and trendy Volvos are anything but and are packed with sophisticated technology that keeps the brand at the forefront of car design and manufacture. Its laser radar systems are a key ingredient. I’m testing the V40 D3 R-Design, a performance five door hatchback and it’s fitted with an intelligent yet simple to operate cruise control. As you might expect this keeps the car travelling at the desired speed but unlike most systems it also measures the distance of the car in front. This ensures that it keeps the Volvo at a safe distance behind. It does this by
automatically braking and accelerating thanks to the information relayed by its clever laser radar. This distance can be changed from reasonably close to quite far away depending on driving conditions. In theory this is a valuable tool that should mean that the driver can relax. Not so though. My test takes place in torrential downpours and high winds and I discover that the radar is not infallible. This becomes particularly noticeable while at 70mph round a bend on a dual carriageway. The Volvo is in the outside lane but on approaching the bend there is a car on the inside and the radar picks this up and brakes abruptly despite there being no cars in front of me. This annoys me and I cancel the function. On another occasion we are on a straight road and high winds cause a flashing red warning bar on the driver’s side of the dashboard to light up – accompanied by a really loud beep - for absolutely no reason
whatsoever. My sleeping children wake up. High side winds seem to completely throw the radar and despite there being no traffic in front the Volvo brakes sharply from 70mph to 50mph. That said this cruise control is quite impressive when you bear in mind that it can be set at say 50mph and if a sharp incline appears the resulting gear change does not cancel out the cruise control. Often this is the case in many other vehicles. Another safety feature is the Blind Spot Information System. There’s a little light on the inside of the wing mirror that glows red whenever a vehicle appears in the blind spot. This is useful because the design is prone to blind spots especially at the rear making it a little awkward to reverse but there are helpful sensors fitted that bleep to alert the driver of nearby obstacles. As a driver’s car the Volvo is engaging and the R-Design model, which comes with big alloys, a smooth power delivery for a diesel and a low chassis, corners really well. To give it a good run I drive it to Sandbanks, Poole, West Stafford near Dorchester and a lovely little village near Didcot, Oxford. All are places we had not visited before, so why not? With an average fuel consumption of over 65mpg it will easily cover over 600 miles on its 60 litre tank. It is fitted with engine start/stop. These relatively long journeys in generally heavy lashing rain allow me to experience the car in the worst conditions. At one point it rains so heavily that even with the wipers on the fastest speed it is impossible to see and thankfully traffic eventually slows to a crawl.
I find the leather sports seats too hard and not supportive enough for my lower back and there is a disappointing lack of a footrest for the driver’s left foot. I struggle with operating the heating because both left and right sides of the car are operated from a single dial near the driver – the switch that’s incorporated has to be pushed once for left and again for right. It’s all a bit confusing for a simple soul when they’re focusing on the road so luckily my wife is there to operate the more technical things. In the back eldest daughter Harriett quickly learns how to operate the electric windows (while sister Heidi dozes) but it is easy to lock them from the front. This time I remember to engage the child lock on her door. The boot is large enough for our single pushchair. This 150bhp 2-litre diesel is a gutsy car that has enough power when required. Finished to a high standard the sound of the engine can be heard on tick over, which does alert the occupants to the fact that they’re in a diesel.
Facts at a glance: Volvo V40 D3 R-Design New price: £31,780 0-60mph: 9.1 secs Top speed: 130mph Economy: 65.7mpg Fuel capacity: 60 litres Watch the video at www.testdrives.biz
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Sussex County Cricket Club players are now back in England having completed a successful 12 days of warm weather fitness and cricket training
between 26th February & 10th March at Desert Springs Resort, Europe’s only international awardwinning luxury family resort and championship
Mark Davies, Sussex CCC Coach and his team of two staff accompanied eight players who completed bowling, batting and fielding practice as well as strength and conditioning training sessions as they stepped up their physical preparations for the upcoming 2014 season.
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19th Hole Golf Society. Cucador. Different day with a different format for the 19th Hole Golf Society this week, playing on a Wednesday instead of our normal Thursday we visited the far off course of Lorca to play this Team Waltz. Sixteen intrepid dedicated 19th Holers arrived bright and early in order to take their position on the 1st Tee at 10.00 sharp. With four groups all keen to take the huge first prize of a fiver each, battle commenced. Mark Danson·s team of Terry Caddick , Zeta and Dave Denyer led the players round the beautifully manicured Lorca course only pausing to let Terry Caddick search for balls ( lost ones not his). All whilst the dream team of John Boulter (celebrating his 70 something birthday) Christine and Peter Dow
and Harry Eel quietly set about destroying the opposition. Christine scored a very creditable 39 points toward the team total of 84 to really impose Girl Power on the occasion and to take 1st place by the proverbial Country Mile. Rounding of a good day for the ladies, Zeta Denyer took nearest the Pin on the 4th and Nekana spanking in the longest drive on the 16th Hole and Nearest the Pin with the 2nd Shot on the 18th . Only Geoff Smith( dressed in brighter clothing than any of the Ladies) managed to take one of the Nearest the Pins to keep the men’s reputation almost intact!. Really good days fun golf in lovely surroundings, followed by a bit of a dash back down the motorway to enjoy the hospitality of La Vida at Cucador
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for complimentary nibble’s and 1st class refreshments Waltz Results. 1st 84 points John Boulter, Harry Eels, Peter and Christine Dow 2nd 81 points Mark Danson, Terry Caddick, Zeta and Dave Denyer Nearest the Pin. Hole No 4 Zeta Denyer Hole No 10 Geoff Smith N/Pin with 2nd Shot Hole 18 Nekana Longest Drive Hole No 16th Nekana The 19th hole G/S is now arranging weekly games at various courses in the area, our home course, which we play fortnightly, is Aguilon. If you are interested in joining the 19th hole give the secretary a ring on 610340653. Or email gs19 thhole@hotmail. co.uk
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Desert Springs St Patrick Day Competition A fabulous turnout for the day with over 50 players and a sea of green on the course not just because it’s in great condition but also to support St Patrick’s Day. With Three Categories including one for visitors the results were, Roland Grundkvist won with 36 points, Ron Pughe second with 29 and David Hadden Third with 28. In category Two Zoe Griffiths won with 38 points, John Neilan followed with 36 and Third was Sue Garrod with 36 and Neil Halliday won category one with 36 points, second place went to Freddie Beames on 35, Third was Lee
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•A rsene Wenger’s 1,000th game in charge of Arsenal ended in a record 6-0 defeat at the hands of Premiership leaders Chelsea. This was also Jose Mourinho’s biggest win as Blues’ manager. •E arly in the London derby, referee Andre Mariner wrongly sent-off Kieran Gibbs instead of Alex OxladeChamberlain. • L uis Suarez netted his third hat-trick of the season in Liverpool’s 6-3 win at Cardiff. •Y aya Toure also struck a treble in Manchester City’s 5-0 win over Fulham. •W ayne Rooney emulated David Beckham’s long-range goal against Wimbledon in 1996, with a stunning 50-yarder in Manchester United’s 20 win at West Ham. •A ustrian Alexander Tettey also scored a cracking goal, in Norwich’s 2-0 win over Sunderland. •E verton, yet to lose a match against Swansea, beat the Welsh club 3-2. •S purs (2-0 down) came back to beat Southampton 3-2. •S toke won the 100th League meeting against Aston Villa by 4-1. •P apiss Cisse’s 92nd goal earned Newcastle a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace. •S hane Long ‘dived in’ to earn Hull a 2-0 victory over his old club WBA. • I n the Championship, Derby smashed Nottingham Forest 5-0... leaders Leicester drew 1-1 at Blackburn and Burnley (2nd) beat Charlton 3-0. •F L1 table-toppers Wolves won 2-0 at Sheffield United and Scunthorpe head FL2 after beating Burton Albion 1-0. •A world-wide TV audience of 400 million saw Lionel Messi bag a hattrick (the 26th of his career) and break the El Clasico scoring record with his 30th goal as Barcelona beat 10-man Real Madrid 4-3. Real had captain Sergio Ramos sent off for the 19th time. With mine games remaining, it’s tight at the top of La Liga with Atletico Madrid (70 points), neighbours Real (70) and Barca (69).
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Opera Duende returns to Almería city, this month, with a performance of its successful debut production of Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute’. Opera Duende, formed last year by local opera director Jeanne Henny MBE from Bedar, is a not-for-profit opera company with a difference, involving the whole community. Ms Henny said: “We train singers in stagecraft and put on operas to showcase them and keep them in work during these difficult times when cultural budgets are slashed and foreign opera companies undercut the Spanish minimum wage. ‘The Magic Flute’ - the company’s first venture - was such a success last year that they have been invited to perform it in the prestigious Maestro Padilla Auditorium in Almería city and later this year in Murcia’s Romea Theatre. The cast includes young professional singers from Madrid, Seville, Almeria, and three guest singers from UK and Germany who are all talented energetic and fun. Together with Almería’s superb OCAL chorus, its Chorus of Lawyers and members of the OCAL orchestra this will be both an affordable and memorable evening. The performance is on Saturday March 29 at 20.00 in the Maestro Padilla Auditorium, Almería. Tickets are 10 and 12 euros and are available from the Teatro Apolo ticket office, Almería and Marysol Libreria, Parque Comercial, Mojacar. Transport from the Mojacar area is available from Costa
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