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CLEAN-UP SUNDAY... A SUCCESS

I wish to say ‘thank you’ to everyone who turned out last Sunday to ‘clean up’ our area. Well done... now let’s keep Mojacar, Garrucha, Los Gallardos, Vera and surrounding areas litter-free! My group which included Jessica Simpson (Mojacar Positiva Se Mueve) spent some 12 man-hours picking up almost 30 bags of rubbish and filling a dozen or so black plastic containers of trash between Mojacar and Turre alone. We even filled most of the roadside public litter bins with other people’s garbage. All I can say is that the main roads look pretty good right

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Our car’s on fire but lions are 100 yards away A family were caught in a terrifying but a ranger shouted, “Get back in.”

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‘I shouted back that we can’t – it’s on fire – and opened the driver’s door and started to get out and at that moment the rangers pulled up and we all jumped in with them. ‘The rangers had to keep the lions out of the way. People who saw it happening said the lions knew something was happening and were intrigued but fortunately didn’t come too close. It all happened so quickly it’s difficult to recall exactly what happened, but the children soon calmed down and they’ve now got a wonderful story to tell all their school chums. Fire crews from Warminster put out the flames within 15 minutes. Watch manager Chris Trimby said: ‘When we arrived the car was well alight. ‘Our main concern was being able to get to the car safely while inside a lion enclosure.’ The lions were cleared from the enclosure and the safari park was closed. No one was injured in any way and no lions were hurt. Once the vehicle had been safely removed the safari park was re-opened.

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The current underwater search for unprecedented depths. the missing aircraft is focused on a 10 Because visual searches of the ocean kilometre circle of the sea floor, and could surface have yielded no concrete be completed within a week, Australian evidence, the drone, with its ability to search officials have said. search deep beneath the ocean surface A U.S. Navy deep-sea autonomous with “side scan” sonar, has become the underwater vehicle (AUV) is scouring a focal point of the search, based 2,000 remote stretch of the Indian Ocean floor kilometres northwest of the Australian for signs of the plane, which disappeared city of Perth. from radars on March 8 with 239 people The search has thus far centred on a on board. city-sized area where a series of “pings” After almost two months without any led authorities to believe the plane’s sign of wreckage, the current underwater black box may be located. The current search has been narrowed to a small area refined search area is based on one such around the location in which one of four transmission. acoustic signals believed to be from the After the drone’s searches were plane’s black box recorders was detected frustrated by an automatic safety on April 8, officials said. mechanism which returns it to the ‘Provided the weather is favourable for surface when it exceeds a depth of 4.5 launch and recovery of the AUV and we kilometres, authorities have adjusted the have a good run with the serviceability mechanism and have sent it as deep as of the AUV, we should complete the 4,695 metres, a record for the machine. search of the focused underwater area But hopes are dwindling with no sign of in five to seven days.’ The Joint Agency the plane after six deployments spanning Coordination Centre told Reuters in an 133 square kilometres. Footage from email. the drone’s sixth mission was still being More than two dozen countries have analysed, the Joint Agency Coordination been involved in the hunt for the Boeing Centre said. 777, which disappeared from radar shortly into a Kuala Lumpur to Beijing flight in what officials believe was a deliberate Serving the local community since 2003 act. Weeks of daily sorties have failed to turn up any trace of the plane, even after narrowing the search to an arc in the southern Indian Ocean, making this the most expensive such operation in aviation history.

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Sewol sinking As South Korea mourns those lost in the ferry Sewol disaster, the captain has been arrested and a guilt-racked teacher has taken his life. The vice-principal of Danwon High School in the Seoul suburb of Ansan hanged himself yesterday, tortured with remorse and guilt for having been rescued from the ship, leaving behind more than 300 of his students, most of whom never made it off the vessel. “Please put all the blame on me,” Kang Min-kyu, wrote in a suicide note. “I cannot go on living when the lives of so many students are not known. I was the one who carried on this school trip. Please burn my body and shred it over the scene of the accident.” After he was rescued Mr Kang, 52, repeatedly said, “I’m sorry, I’m sorry,” while refusing medical attention. A diabetes sufferer, he was trying to help students get off when he collapsed and was rescued unconscious by helicopter. Part of the transcript of exchanges between Jeju Vessel Traffic Services Centre (VTS) on Jeju Island and the ‘Sewol’ have been released by the Ministry of

Ocean and Fisheries. 8:55am ‘Sewol’: Harbour affairs Jeju, do you have reception of the ‘Sewol’? Jeju VTS: Yes, ‘Sewol’, this is harbour affairs Jeju. ‘Sewol’: Please notify the coastguard. Our ship is in danger. It’s listing right now. 8:56am Jeju VTS: Where’s your ship? Yes, got it. We will notify the coastguard. ‘Sewol’: The ship has listed a lot. Can’t move. Please come quickly. ‘Sewol’: We’re next to Byeongpung Island. Jeju VTS: Yes, we got it. 8:58am Jeju VTS: ‘Sewol’, this is harbour affairs Jeju. Do you have reception? 8:59am ‘Sewol’: Harbour affairs Jeju, this is ‘Sewol’ Jeju VTS: ‘Sewol’, this is Harbour affairs Jeju. Channel 21, please. 9:00am Jeju VTS: What’s the current situation? ‘Sewol’: The body of the ship has listed to the left. The containers have listed as well. Jeju VTS: OK. Any loss of human life or injuries? ‘Sewol’: It’s impossible to check right now. The body of the ship has tilted, and

it’s impossible to move. Jeju VTS: Yes, OK. Please wear life jackets and prepare as the people might have to abandon ship. ‘Sewol’: It’s hard for people to move. Jeju VTS: Yes, got it. 9:05am ‘Sewol’: Harbour affairs Jeju, do you have reception of ‘Sewol’? Jeju VTS: Yes, this is harbour affairs Jeju, ‘Sewol’. ‘Sewol’: What’s going on with the coastguard? Jeju VTS: Yes, we have notified the coastguard. Currently we are calling Jindo VTS and Wando VTS. Please hold for a moment. The transcript seems almost matter-of-fact on both sides - there was no indication of immediate alarm as harbour control advised: “Please wear life jackets and prepare as the people might have to abandon ship.” Even the next words: “It’s hard for people to move,” only prompted the response from Jeju “Yes, got it.” Reports after the ship began to list indicate its 475 passengers and crew – including 325 high school students and 15 teachers – were all getting off in orderly fashion. A teacher assured anxious parents at Ansan that their sons and

daughters were safe. Then, suddenly, reports of a successful evacuation ceased. First the Korean Coast Guard admitted an error in counting those taken off the boat - in the confusion, some people had been counted two or three times. Minutes later, more than two hours after the initial loud thuds, which are speculated might have been the ship hitting a submerged rock, or veering suddenly causing the cargo to shift, it capsized and slipped beneath the surface within sight of a rocky island three kilometres away and 20 kilometres south of the small port of Jindo. As the extent of the disaster became clear, the whereabouts of the captain and crew and their reactions to the unfolding situation and what action they had taken to speed up the evacuation were queried. First reports said the captain had ordered everyone to “abandon ship,” to jump in the water if none of the small craft now swarming the area were available. Then came word that crew members had told many of the passengers, notably the students, accustomed to stern discipline in their classrooms, to stay where they were, on crowded

corridors, possibly even return to their cabins, while awaiting their turn to get off, and most of them complied. It is thought that the shipping company Chonghaejin had not trained the crew in evacuation procedure, or provided enough life vests for all those on board. The crew were not instructed that the best course of action is an evacuation scenario was to get everybody on deck as quickly as possible. A safety drill for passengers was also not carried out. It became clear that the captain, Lee Joon-seok was not on the bridge when the ship, which had strayed off its prescribed course with the third mate at the wheel, jerked suddenly, whether after hitting a rock or to avoid one is unclear. He was winched off by helicopter before the ship began to list too far for aerial rescue, leaving the passengers to fend for themselves. Captain Lee and two crew members have been arrested. The captain faces charges including negligence and violation of maritime law. It is thought that as well as the 475 passengers and crew 180 trucks and cars were aboard the Sewol along with 1,000 cargo

containers when the ship was loaded at Incheon. There is no exact records as the company seems not to have saved the records. Korean shipping companies are supplying cranes to lift the ship from the depths. Teams of divers are trying to work their way inside, slowed down by swift currents, high winds and poor visibility. The sinking of the Sewol, a 6,300-ton vessel plying the route from Incheon down the west coast of the Korean peninsula to the scenic island of Jeju, has thrown immediate blame on the shipping company, on the captain of the ship and his crew and on authorities for failing to act swiftly enough. For South Korean vacationers, the southern island of Jeju is regarded as the Korean Hawaii, which last year attracted 8.5 million domestic tourists. The disaster comes at a time when Jeju has been trying to become more than just a local destination. The island is only about 90 minutes from Shanghai by plane, which puts Jeju in the right spot to benefit from an influx of increasingly affluent Chinese travellers. Of the 2.3 million foreign tourists who visited Jeju last year, the Chinese accounted for 78 percent.

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Hello and welcome to CanDu Computer Bytes. Before I get started today I would like to say a big “thank you” to a superb bloke that turned up to my clinic on Friday afternoon, at Jack’s Bar in Albox (advertising finished) and after saying he had been reading my articles for the past 2 years he then expressed his amusement about my attitudes, nailing it beautifully on the head, concerning my getting ‘On My Soapbox’. I would like to say “Lesson learned”, but I will try to keep my passions (pet hates) under better control :-) (at least until next week). Let’s get started with something that I read about earlier this week concerning DropBox checking out what was in YOUR box. Did you know that every time you use ‘Dropbox’ to upload valuable files that you wish to share with everyone else in you group, Dropbox, without the slightest breach of your personal rights, can read the contents of you dropbox for propitiatory software and anything else that they have been asked to look out for. Doesn’t Dropbox, and for that matter just about every other ‘online’ storage facility encrypt your information? Yes, they do, to ensure that even the employees of the storage facility can not ‘just have a quick look’! Most claim that it takes a document issued by the courts before they would even consider releasing ‘sensitive’ information (YOUR INFORMATION) to an outside authority. Google and Microsoft make similar claims but recent history would indicate the fallacy of that statement (the soapbox is out again – sorry!). So how does Dropbox know that you have something that ‘Big Brother’ says you shouldn’t have? Hashing! This isn’t the process of turning meat and potatoes into something

simple but delicious (sorry any vegetarians out there), it is the process of calculating a very long resulting number by an even more complicated calculation. We have touched on it before under the section of encryption and passwords some time ago but now is a good time to actually understand how hashing can allow you to read something without actually reading anything! Confused? Just wait, it gets better! Breaking hashing down to a very simple example. I created a simple ASCII text file of 1 letter (‘a’) NOT (‘A’). The result of the calculation was very different from the letter (‘b’) or (‘A’) or (‘B’). a == 0cc175b9c0f1b6a831c399e269772661 A == 7fc56270e7a70fa81a5935b72eacbe29 b == 92eb5ffee6ae2fec3ad71c777531578f B == 9d5ed678fe57bcca610140957afab571 Now consider a word, a phrase, a paragraph, a complete novel or even the collected works of Shakespeare. Every last one would generate a UNIQUE number. Change 1 letter in any of the above and you would generate a different UNIQUE number to the one it had! This method works just as well with binary files as it does with ASCII files. So using this method, anyone can check out anything, WITHOUT having to open the file, simply by comparing the generated number to a list of hash numbers already created and find out whether it was the same one or not! The comforting thing is that no matter what the file might contain, your rights to privacy haven’t been in the least bit violated! So on that note I will say Adios and wait for my next new client to call. Have a lovely week.

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Al ‘Scarface’ Capone Alphonse ‘Al’ Capone was born to respectable Italian parents in Brooklyn in 1899; one of nine children he left school at 14 after hitting a teacher in the face. He worked in a bowling alley where he met Johnny Torrio a gangster who recruited him to his James Street Boys gang. Torrio mentored Al teaching him to always project a smart and respectable image. He got the nickname Scarface after he insulted a woman and her brother Frank Gallucio had attacked him with a knife. Torrio ordered Capone to apologise to the family and later Capone employed Frank as a bodyguard. At 19 Capone married an Irish Catholic Mae Coughlin; then under 21 his parents had to give permission. Johnny Torrio had previously relocated to Chicago to run a brothel business for his boss Big Jim Colosimo. In 1919 shortly after marrying, Capone moved to Chicago to assist Torrio. Big Jim was soon killed (reputedly by Capone), with Johnny taking over. Prohibition started in 1920 giving new opportunities for Capone and his boss. Chicago, on the edge of Lake Michigan made it easy to import Canadian whiskey. Only a day’s drive away are New York

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Did you know, in March the biggest hot dog in the world was grilled? Apparently it weighed over 125 pounds. My advice is though, don’t do it! No, really don’t. Don’t eat either that hot dog or any other of the species. Yes, they’re unhealthy, yes they may have more excess calories than you can shake a stick at, but they’re not the reasons why you should avoid them like the plague. People have choked trying to swallow their hot dog...whole! Like me, you probably find it difficult to imagine how anyone could swallow a hot dog whole. A peanut I can understand, a liquorice allsort I can just about imagine, but a hot dog? Yes I know a snake can do wondrous things with its jaws to swallow prey twice its size, but even they may think twice about swallowing some of those huge hot dogs on offer-especially the one that weighed in at 125 pounds! Once I’d stumbled upon this fact I couldn’t resist looking for some more dangerous foods. I wanted to find examples of some seriously dangerous food that‘s eaten, voluntarily around the world. It didn’t take me very long to find some! Sannakji. This is Wriggling Octopus to you and I, but to diners in Korea, where the still moving legs of a baby octopus are eaten raw, it is heaven. Sounds awful doesn’t it. What’s really scary about this though is that the suckers still function and can stick to the insides of the person enjoying the meal-if enjoying is the right word! According to statistics, around six people a year die this way. I think it’s about time they risked McDonalds! Then there’s African Bullfrog. If you’re ever in Namibia, there are places you can get this delicacy . But be warned, first of all it’s illegal and secondly, it’s lethal! You have to make sure that you cook this after the third rain and then be sure to check mating season has finished. Look as hard as you like, you won’t find instructions like that in Delia’s books! But never mind wriggling octopus tentacles, poisonous bullfrogs or giant hot dogs, I’ve found the most dangerous food and it’s in most peoples’ kitchens. Kellogg’s Frosties. One look at that stuff and, in an instant, you’ve got a huge rampant tiger frolicking about in your kitchen scaring the kids-now that’s what I call dangerous! Graham is married to Helen and has a daughter, Alice. He lives part of the year near Albox, but works in Qatar, teaching. If you wish to contact Graham regarding this article email: helenandg@yahoo.co.uk

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and Atlantic City so Rum and Scotch whisky were smuggled in. Two of Al’s brothers worked for him, Ralph ran his beer brewing and bottling business, Frank was sharp suited like Al with a reputation for violence and was his enforcer. By chance a third brother James became a prohibition agent, In 1923 a new Chicago Mayor started to clean up the city and Torrio sent Al and his brother Frank to a suburb called Cicero were they infiltrated the Republican run council putting the leader Klenha and others on the mob payroll, then it was easy to transfer brothels, gambling dens and speakeasies to the area. Al appointed Frank as council liaison, so when in 1924 the Democrats tried to win local elections Frank had men armed with machine guns and shotguns at polling booths to ensure locals ‘voted right.’ In response Chicago Police sent plain clothes reinforcements. Al and Frank mistook the policemen as rival gang members and a shootout ensued leaving Frank dead. Al was heartbroken at the loss of his brother and retaliated by kidnapping officials killing one of them and stealing ballot boxes

ensuring Klenha won again. Torrio retired and returned to Italy after a failed assassination attempt and left the business to Capone. By this time even the new Mayor of Chicago was being bribed and Capone’s businesses were turning over a $100 million a year. Capone courted the press and was often photographed at restaurants and

the opera. He was a philanthropist too setting up soup kitchens during the Great Depression and gave lots of money to charity. Once after a failed attempt on his life had resulted in the injury of a mother and son, he paid the hospital bills. Strangely the police never had enough evidence to convict Capone on any charges. He used cash for everything to avoid a paper trail but after buying and renovating a mansion in Florida the government used that as evidence to jail him for 9 years in 1931 for tax evasion. Capone almost got away with it but his plan to bribe the jury was discovered and the jurors were switched at the last moment. Capone bought special privileges whilst inside at first but then got transferred to a new prison - Alcatraz. Here he couldn’t communicate with his gang and with prohibition ending in 1935 business dried up. Capone suffered from syphilis and was released in 1939 to Florida a very sick man. The disease attacked his brain leaving him with a mental age of a child. He died quietly at home surrounded by family in 1947 aged just 48!


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Mojacar Playa - Ref 5513 89,000 euros

Sierra Cabrerra - Ref2208 215,000 euros

First floor apartment 80,7m² in walking distance to the sea on a quiet complex with large communal swimming pool and gardens. The property comprises of 2 good size double bedrooms with built in wardrobes, new bathroom, loungediner with American kitchen, and large larder/ storeroom/laundry room.. Easy parking in front of the entrance door.. 2 Bedroom(s) - 1 Bathroom(s) – 2 Terraces

Beautiful detached villa (165m² on a plot of 535m²) superb mountain and sea views overlooking Cortijo Grande Golf. The main house comprises entrance hall, very large lounge with dining area (50m²) and open plan kitchen, 2 bed (bedroom 3 is in annexe with own shower room), family bathroom, cloakroom and walk-in wardrobe. Inner courtyard and utility room. Terraces, storage room, private pool and carport for 2 cars. 3 Bedroom(s) - 3 Bathroom(s)

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The housing market appears to be entering a new phase after several years of depression. According to the latest statistics from the General Council of Notaries, based on actual transactions, the number of home sales in February rose by 39.8%, to 26,602 transactions, compared to the same month of 2013. Prices also increased, by 0.6%. “The rebound in home sales in recent months (in January they surged by 59.2%) can be explained, in part, by the normalization of the figures after the end of the income tax deductions for home purchases at the end of 2012, but also reflects a stabilization in the monthly sales”, said the Notaries’ press release.

The increase in transactions is reflected in all segments of the residential property market. Sales of private apartments soared by 38.5% (41.4% in used homes and 24.1% in new homes) and transactions on individual family homes registered growth of up to 50.5%. With regard to apartment prices, El Mundo reported that the Notaries recorded a slight increase in the cost of housing transmitted during the second month of 2014, of 0.6%, although much less than the increase recorded in January, when it was 8.9%, which they say “appears to show some signs of stabilization in the market”. Thus, they put the average price of the homes sold at 1,189 euros per square meter. By type, in the case of apartments this increase amounted to 0.4% and, within this segment of housing, the free price apartments did not register any

increase in their prices per square meter, remaining at 1,307 euros. The price of second-hand apartments stood at 1,261 euros per square meter (-0.2% year-onyear) and the price of new apartments was 1,575 euros per square meter (0.7% year-on-year). The average price of an individual family home was 972 euros per square meter, with an increase of 3.2% yearon-year. In the case of free price family homes, the average price was 976 euros per square meter (+2.5% year-on-year). According to the notaries, “in line with the growth in purchases”, the contracting of external financing is also increasing. The number of mortgage loans for home purchase has climbed by 35.9%. Mortgage values, on the other hand, have reduced their average amount by 6.8%, to stand at 104,157 euros. The notaries also stated that the percentage of the home purchases financed by a mortgage stood at 34%, and that with this type of purchase, the amount of the loan assumed an average of 75.6% of the price of the home, slightly more than in recent months. In light of the recent data, the notaries pointed out that “February again registered a recovery in terms of yearon-year rates for housing purchases and prices, which could be an indication of a turnaround in the sector or at least the end of the depressive spiral”. Source: www. http://web.orange.co.uk/

LEGAL CORNER

WITH MICHAEL DAVIES, ABOGADO/SOLICITOR If you wish us to print an article about a particular topic, please e-mail info@daviessolicitors.com VERY IMPORTANT: A NEW DIRECTIVE FROM THE EUROPEAN UNION MAKES IT NECCESARY FOR ENGLISH PEOPLE RESIDENT IN SPAIN TO REVISE THEIR SPANISH WILLS. Q. A solicitor spoke the other day on television about the new directive 650/2012 explaining that is was essential that people retired in a country different of their country of nationality within the European Union revise their wills. What is all this about? A. This regulation of the EU 650/2012 deals with different things, but the reason English citizens need to look at their will is that this new Regulation of the EU establishes that: When a person dies resident in one country of the European Union but national of another, the law applicable to his inheritance will be the one that he/she has established expressly in his will and not the one established by the International Norms of each country (which may be in conflict). This is good news because an English national living in Spain can establish that he/she wishes English Law to rule his/her inheritance and this will avoid any possible risk of claims from children against the spouse on the basis of the system of obligatory heirs established in Spanish law, which has always caused worry and concern in the case of children from different marriages etc. If a person passes away after the 17th of August of 2015, unless he has said differently on his will the legislation applicable to his inheritance will be that of his country of last residence. This is very important for English people living in Spain, because under Spanish

law you cannot leave everything to your wife as 2/3 of the estate have to be left to children. In other words if you are resident of Spain, have children and do not establish on your will that you wish English Law (your national law ) to rule your inheritance your Spouse will not be allowed to receive his/her full inheritance as it would contradict the Spanish rules of obligatory heirs which would be applicable automatically because of the new regulation. Consequences: 1. If you have children but have made a will leaving all assets to your spouse, make sure that you have clearly stated on your will that you wish your national law (English law) to rule your inheritance. If you have not, then you need to speak to a solicitor about this new European directive and add this statement to your will. 2.If you are married and you have been concerned with possible claims by your spouses children against your estate this risk can be completely removed by your spouse stating on her/his will that it should be English law that rules the inheritance. Conclusion: Due to the substantial changes that it introduces the directive allows up to August of 2015 for it to be in force and therefore giving all those affected (anyone national of a European Union country resident in another) time to have their wills changed accordingly. The sooner you make sure that your will is in order the better. 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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Legal Matters

Help for Expats in Spain

Many of us ask ourselves how to renew the Spanish driver’s license; after all, it’s been 10 years since we got the last one.

Your Belgian Estate Agent for the inland area like Arboleas, Albox & surroundings. After a successful exhibition in Belgium, we are urgently looking for Legal properties for clients that are coming to buy.

What do I have to do to renew my Spanish driving license? First, you have to go to a Recognised Medical Centre for drivers and get a few tests done -coordination of both hands, anticipation, reflexes, they check if you take medication, and they do a simple medical check (blood pressure, eye test, ear test, etc). Basically, they make sure that you are healthy and able to drive. Once you get the medical certificate, you can do two things: • Present it personally to the DGT (Dirección General de Tráfico). • Let the Recognised Medical Centre deal with it for you.

Arboleas Nice villa on a corner plot of 2.000 m² with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and room for a pool The price is 155.000 €

Partaloa Nice villa on a plot of 830 m² with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms & private pool with nice views!! Price is 169.950€

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Tel: 950 090 875 – Mob: 648 505 938

(We would recommend that you let the Recognised Medical Centre deal with it to avoid driving to your nearest DGT, queuing up and having to understand why the person behind the desk won’t take your paperwork and is pointing towards the door, saying “El Ordenador dice que NO!!!”). Whatever option you choose, you will receive a provisional permit to drive and after a month (or sometimes up to 3 months), you receive in your post box the new driving license.

How to renew the Spanish driver’s license Where is my nearest Recognised Medical Centre?

ALBOX • C/ Ramón y Cajal 6, bajo Almanzora Building II. • C/ Duque de Ahumada 54 ALMERIA • Pta. de Purchena, 7 • Canónigo Molina Alonso, 6 • Fr. Bernardo Martínez Noval, 1 • Hermanos Machado, 18 • Padre Méndez, 113 • Avda. García Lorca, 50 • Lopán, 83 • Ctra. de Ronda, 196 • Jesús Durbán Remón , 2 • C/ Maestro Padilla, 2 - 2º • Paseo Cervantes, 15 CUEVAS DEL ALMANZORA • Aire, 10 EL EJIDO • Crta. de Málaga, 4 • Gardenia, 5 • Oasis, 148 (Sto. Domingo) • Conde de Barcelona, 1 • Dos Hermanas, 15 GARRUCHA • Paseo del Malecón, 156 • C/Mayor, 28 PULPÍ • Avd. Andalucía 23 ROQUETAS DE MAR • C/ Velero, 4 • C/ Benito Pérez Galdós, 16

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MOJACAR HOLIDAY SERVICES Established in Mojacar since 1990

Mojacar Holiday Services is one of the leading self catering holiday companies in Mojacar

If you are looking for a hard working, trustworthy team to manage and look after your villa in Mojacar, then look no further! Chris and I are here for you. You will have peace of mind knowing that whilst you are away your beautiful” home away from home” will be looked after by us, as your home will treated like it was our own.

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COMPLETE HOLIDAY HOLIDAY CARE CARE COMPLETE MOJACAR PLAYA

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We urgently need more properties for sale and rental for waiting clients Properties of the week

If you are not happy! We are not happy!

Ref: INT/JM - Beautiful 3 bed/2 bath house on 2 levels, parking, pool & gardens, 300m from beach

Ref: GV/EB Perfectly located, furn, 1 bed 1st floor apart, a/c, pool, UKTV, parking, 50 metres from beach

Ref: SO/PP - Beautiful det villa, 4 bed, 3 bath, pool & sun terr, peaceful village near Mojacar.

Ref: LA/GK- Fantastic modern, 1st floor 3 bed, apart, 1 bath, pools, tennis court, elevator, parking

MOJACAR - reduced €169,950

MOJACAR - reduced €69,950

We pride ourselves on offering you hand picked quality accommodation at an affordable price. Chris and I are here to offer you the service you expect from a company which is arranging your all-important vacation accommodation. We deal directly with you on line, on the phone or face to face in our office on Mojacar Playa. Our personal service is something we take immense pride in.

Paseo de Mediterraneo 77, 04638, Mojacar Playa, Almeria, Spain

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Office hours 9.30am until 3pm

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950 064 584 Mob: 677 667 722 / 635 979 829 400€ pcm

MAR995

Villa Albox 3 large double bed, 2 bath, Utility room, 1800m2 plot, fully furnished, pets welcome

115.000€

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Villa Partaloa country house full of character 2 beds 2 bath 900m2 urban land beautiful location only 10 mins from the coast

550€ pcm

MAR996

villa terrena alcaina 4 bed 2 bath 12x5 pool plot of 3,000 fully walled and gated unfurnished pets welcome

179.950€

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antas beautiful large country house 200m2 build 3bed 2 bath private gargens & terraces lovely location only 10 mins from coast

SOPALMO, reduced €268,950

MOJACAR - reduced €119,950

Paseo del Mediterraneo 19, Mojacar Playa, Almeria (near the Hotel Best Indalo)

Tel: 950 478 612 / 610 808 631 

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Properties

Houses Wanted in Huercal Overa/Vera Urgently Required & surrounding areas For Sale & For Rent 500€ pcm

MAR971

Villa Retemar 3 bed, 2 bath, 8 x 4 pool, unfurnished, A/C, Pets welcome

139.950€

SOL160

rambla de oria reformed cortijo full of character 3 bed 2 bath beautiful location stunning views

525€ pcm

MAR636

cortijo oria 3 bed 1 bath fully furnished large roof terrace pets welcome

185.000€

SOL158

cantoria large reformed country house 200m2 build 10,800 plot 4 bed 2 bath pool must be seen to be appreciated

106.950€

SOL039

albox stunning village house of 156m2 reformed to high standard, 5 bed 2 bath internal courtyard ideal location

109,950 €

SOL157

huercal overa reformed country house internal coutyard 4 bed 2 bath 7000m2 plot

OUR OFFICE ADDRESS: AVENIDA 28 DE FEBRERO, 44 BAJO, ALBOX (A334 ALBOX TO BAZA ROAD) opposite Albox Online


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property group

Paseo del Mediterraneo 197 - Mojacar - Almeria

Tel: 950 472 430 / 610 053 563

www.veritashomes.co.uk info@veritashomes.co.uk You can find us on Mojácar Playa

€79,950

Mojácar Playa

€95,000

Mojácar Playa

€99,950

3 bed / 2 bath fully furnished Apartment with sea views near golf and beach in Marina de la Torre. Ref. 1559

2 bed / 1 bath south facing Apartment set on front line complex with large pool and gardens. Terrace with sea views. Ref. 1513

Restaurant with terrace located on lovely and frequented square overlooking the main street and the beach. Build 95 m². Ref. 1568

Mojácar Playa

Mojácar Playa

€140,000

€115,000

Mojácar Playa

€110,000

2 bed / 2 bath Apartment with terrace of 39 m² with amazing panoramic sea views and private garage. Fully furnished. Ref.1507

Mojácar playa

€120,000

THE BEST INVESTMENT PROPERTY:

3 bed / 1 bath South East facing Apartment within walking distance to promenade. Terrace with sea views. Communal pool. Ref.1562

End of terrace 2 bed / 2 bath Townhouse with sea views within walking distance to beach and amenities. Communal pool. Ref.1534

Mojácar Playa

San Juan

€120,000

3 bed / 2 bath Villa with garage on plot of 513 m² in La Parata. Mature garden. Needs a refresh. Very good opportunity! Ref.1533

Southeast facing 2 bed / 1,5 bath Townhouse. Large terrace with, sea views. Walking distance to promenade. Pool. Ref.1572

Mojácar playa

€150,000

Mojácar Playa

€165,000

Real de Antas

€175,000

Charming 2 bed / 1 bath east facing townhouse with lockup garage, front & rear terraces & roof solarium. Sea views. Ref.1548

Lovely 2 bed/2 bath apartment set nr promenade & amenities. Large terrace,sea views. Store room & underground parking. Ref.1556

3 bed / 2 bath charming House on plot of 259 m². One level. Utility area. Gas central heating. Roof solarium & tiled patio. Ref 1532

Mojácar Playa

Mojácar Playa

Mojácar Playa

€199,950

3 bed / 3 bath semi detached Villa with sea views on small community with pool near amenities. Terraces & solarium. Ref.1137

€245,000

Quality 3 bed / 2 bath Villa on plot of 500 m² close to beach and amenities. Carport, terraces and garden. Prime location. Ref.1560

€130,000

Amazing 2 bed / 2,5 bath sea facing Apartment with garage. Fully furnished. Large terrace. Lift, tennis & pool. Ref.1546

Gergal

€195,000

Charming restored traditional 3 bed / 2 bath Cortijo with guest annex and dovecote on plot of 5,5 hectares near all amenities. Ref 1031

€270,000

3 bed / 2 bath Villa with garage. Plot of 417 m². Living with fire place. Separate dining room. Terrace with jacuzzi & solarium. Ref.1062

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


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We welcome Adele to our team. Adele will be looking after the long term rental side of our business so please contact her on 659 077 998 if you would like us to rent your property in the Huercal-Overa / Zurgena area.

VH510 €149,950 REDUCED • San Juan de Los Terreros area • 3 bed, 3 bath Semi Det House • Fully Furnished • Swimming pool and garden

VH565 €144,500 REDUCED • 3 bed, 2 bath Villa • 8m x 4m swimming pool • 887m2 landscaped gardens • Walk to amenities

VH610 €199,950 Reduced CEE F48 38 • 4 bed, 3 bath Huge Village House • Garage and Workshop • 761m2 plot, Village Location • Walk to amenities

PROPERTIES WANTED Urgently wanted

VH523 €114,950 REDUCED • 2 bed, 2 bath Large Villa • 400m2 garden • 6m x 3m swimming pool • 3 mins drive to Huercal-Overa

VH620 €67,500 BARgain CEE TBC • 4 bed, 2 bath Village Villa • 2,000m2 plot • Village Location • Walk to amenities

properties in the San Juan de Los Terreros, Huercal-Overa, Taberno & the Zurgena areas We really have clients waiting of all nationalities.

VH629 €90,000 REPOSSESSION • 3 bed, 4 bath Huge Villa • 200m2 build, 627m2 plot • 8m x 4m swimming pool • 3 mins drive to amenities

VH334 €89,950 BARGAIN • 4 bed, 2 bath Village House • Country Views • 3m x 4m splash pool • 4 mins drive to amenities

VH371 €139,950 reduced CEE D25 94 • 3 bed, 2 bath Duplex • San Juan de Los Terreros • Communal pool • Walk to beach & shops

VH479 €109,950 REDUCED • San Juan de los Terreros • 2 bed, 1 bath Apartment • Communal swimming pools • Walk to amenities and Beach

VH635 €89,950 NEW LISTING • 3 bed, 2 bath Duplex/Town House • Communal swimming pool • Village location • Walk to amenities

VH598 €82,000 BARGAIN • 3 bed, 2 bath Villa • Country / hamlet location • 520m2 fenced plot • 8 mins drive to Huercal-Overa

VH264 €149,000 BARGAIN CEE E37,82 • 5 bed, 2 bath Country/Village House • 900m2 plot, Main road access • Full of character, poss B&B • Walk to amenities


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Clock Ticking On France’s Tax Discount For Second Homeowners

Brits looking to sell a second home in France are being urged to ramp up their efforts to find a buyer by summer, in order to benefit from a reduction in capital gains tax (CGT) that comes to an end at the end of August. Richard Way, Editor at The Overseas Guides Company, publishers of the France Buying Guide, said: “As part of an initiative to kick-start France’s

slow property market, last year President Hollande introduced a 25 per cent discount on the rate of CGT levied on second homes, valid on transactions completed between September 1st 2013 and August 31st 2014. With a little over four months of the discount period left, vendors are reminded that time is running out to wrap up a sale, especially as much of France traditionally goes on holiday in July

WANTED

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and August. “Vendors that do make a sale and qualify for the reduced CGT are being warned not to throw away that saving – considerable in some cases – by not repatriating the proceeds of their sale in the most cost effective way. More specifically, sending money back to the UK is best done through a currency exchange specialist, such as Smart Currency Exchange, David

665 517 643 Steve

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and not your bank. Currency specialists typically offer more competitive exchange rates and a more efficient service than banks, who do not view currency transfers as key to their customer service offering. “There are signs that the French market has improved in the first quarter of 2014 compared with 2013, with agents reporting a rise in viewings.”

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bedar El Pinar 59,950€ This new and spacious 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom townhouse is located in the popular village of El Pinar, just 5 minutes from the beautiful village of Bedar and under 15 minutes from the beaches of Mojacar. ****ONLY ONE LEFT AT A KNOCK DOWN PRICE****

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book review

He was “The little boy from Wales who always wanted to sing. The opera of my life” is what he called this biopic. Directed by David Frankel ( The Devil Wears Prada) the film has a good cast of well-known stars. I’m not a fan of James Corden but must agree that he excels himself as Paul Potts with Alexandra Roach as Julz who is endearing with her humour and supportive outlook. Julie Walters is a down-to-earth, lovable mum full of encouragement although Colm Meaney as Roland, Paul’s father is discouraging, a typical working-class Alpha male. Paul’s story begins in 1985 in Port Talbot, Wales and it covers the period up to his success on BGT in 2007 with Nessun Dorma. It is based on a true story with a number of embellishments for our entertainment and amusement. It has been compared to Billy Elliott with the rags to riches and feel-good factor. As a child, he seemed prone to accidents and bullying so we see him as a 9 and then a 14 year old running away from the same bullies. Matthew is the leader and he uses a bike chain to scar Paul. A ruthless thug. Since he was a child he had wanted to sing and listen to opera and this was probably one of the reasons why he was bullied. “The more I sang the more they bullied me.” Roland, his father was disappointed in him. He wanted him to get a proper job like working in the steelworks but this didn’t suit our boy so he continued to work at the Car Phone Warehouse selling mobile phones. It was Braddon,

One Chance Film Review based on the rise to fame of Paul Potts

his boss who became a bit irritated with his lethargic attitude towards Julz, a relationship that existed of texts and emails so he arranged an actual meeting and the relationship took off. Opera was about expressing feelings. It was beautiful, exciting and dramatic and very different from Paul’s mundane life. He was only truly happy immersed in it. Julz was delighted for him. He wanted to visit Venice and be coached professionally. There was also the possibility of seeing his idol Pavarotti. He won a local talent competition dressed as Canio a clown which enabled him to visit Venice. You can imagine the jeering he tolerated before captivating his audience and receiving a standing ovation. You’ll see some stunning scenes in Venice. He did meet Pavarotti but in One Chance his audition did not impress the maestro. He is deflated and beaten feeling that he has blown his one chance although he is given an opportunity to play the leading role in Aida when he has an appendicitis. Once they stop the bleeding they discover a tumour on his thyroid and Paul faced the possibility of losing his voice. Six months later his singing voice returns and he is so excited that he becomes careless and gets knocked down by a car and sustains some serious injuries leaving him on disability for more than a year and dependent on medication. And it’s when he is recovering that he sees a pop-up poster advertising BGT in 2007 that he tosses a coin. Should he enter? Julz is delighted when he is called to audition.

Amanda Holden was sarcastic and the audience jeered as he stepped on to the stage but once he began to sing Nessun Dorma( None Shall Sleep) the audience and judges were mesmerised by this talented man. Simon Cowell told him “This was a complete breath of fresh air.” He received a standing ovation and went on to win BGT. As you all know, he then recorded his first album and went on tour. The highlight was performing in front of the Queen at the Royal Albert Hall. It’s an enjoyable film, good all-round family entertainment even if you don’t like opera! REVIEW it by Carol Naylor. www.carolnaylor.blogspot.com / www.carolesleynaylor.wordpress. com naylorcl@hotmail.es

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pause for thought I do hope you’ve all had an enjoyable Easter, and not feeling any ill effects from eating too many Easter Eggs! We spent the run-up to Easter at our daughter’s on the outskirts of Preston, encouraging our grandchildren as they decorated boiled eggs ready for the egg-rolling competition, which, in a centuries-long tradition, attracts many thousands of visitors to Avenham Park each Easter Monday, when various groups compete to see who can roll their eggs the furthest. A fascinating custom, which is of course loosely based on the amazing Easter story of the moving of the stone that sealed his grave when Jesus rose from the dead. The birth, life and death of Jesus are comparatively easy for us to accept in this sceptical age, but his resurrection, so pivotal to Christian faith, is much more of a challenge. Yet each of the four Gospel writers agree that it happened. Jesus died, his body placed in a tomb, which was sealed with a very large rock, which was then guarded by soldiers to ensure no-one could steal his remains. Yet 40 hours later the rock had been moved aside, the body was missing and the Guards were asserting that in dereliction of their duty, they’d fallen asleep, allowing the followers of Jesus to remove his remains without waking them! To be honest I find the Biblical explanation that an angel moved the stone and Jesus came back to life rather less difficult to believe. And his followers were so certain of his resurrection that they refused to modify their story even under torture and threat of death. So I’m pretty comfortable with that Gospel account, accepting that, by definition God must be beyond the power of death. And that one, small, entirely logical step of faith, brings with it the bonus of trusting him with those who’ve died, confident that all who had faith in him will with him in due time be raised themselves, so that we shall be forever with the Lord. 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 djburr@avired.com


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Fun Brain Teasers with Answers to Challenge your Mind 1. Which Joan starred in ‘What ever happened to Baby Jane’? .......................................................................................... 2. Which part of your body does an orthodontist look after? .......................................................................................... 3. Is Sweden a Kingdom or a Republic? .......................................................................................... 4. What type of plant is associated with a viticulturist? .......................................................................................... 5. Which film contains the song ‘Hi Ho’? .......................................................................................... 6. For which country did Gavin Hastings play Rugby Union? .......................................................................................... 7. Which ice dance partnership performed to Ravel’s Bolero? .......................................................................................... 8. Which song contains the line ‘Feed the World’? .......................................................................................... 9. What are the initials of the painter ‘Lowry’? .......................................................................................... 10. What ‘flock together’? .......................................................................................... 11. What relationship is Queen Elizabeth II to Prince William? .......................................................................................... 12. In which continent is Mount Kilimanjaro? .......................................................................................... 13. What did ‘Old Mother Hubbard’ keep in her cupboard? .......................................................................................... 14. What meat is used in Cock-a-Leekie soup? .......................................................................................... 15. What do Americans call a dinner jacket? .......................................................................................... 16. William Claude Dukenfield used his first two initials to become who? .......................................................................................... 17. What are Cobol, Java and Fortran? .......................................................................................... 18. Which sporting trophy did Bradford jewellers ‘Fattorini’s’ make? .......................................................................................... 19. What are secateurs used for? .......................................................................................... 20. How many leaves are there on a shamrock? ..........................................................................................

Brain Teasers Answers

SolPUZZLES

logic puzzle

strange but true

• Every day 20 banks are robbed. The average take is $2,500! • The most popular first name in the world is Muhammad! • Tablecloths were originally meant to be served as towels with which dinner guests could wipe their hands and faces after eating! • Tourists visiting Iceland should know that tipping at a restaurant is considered an insult! • One car out of every 230 made was stolen last year! • The names of Popeye’s four nephews are Pipeye, Peepeye, Pupeye, and Poopeye! • Until the nineteenth century, solid blocks of tea were used as money in Siberia! • The Nobel Peace Prize medal depicts three naked men with their hands on each other’s shoulders! • When glass breaks, the cracks move faster than 3,000 miles per hour. To photograph the event, a camera must shoot at a millionth of a second! • A lightning bolt generates temperatures five times hotter than those found at the sun’s surface! • A violin contains about 70 separate pieces of wood! • It is estimated that 4 million “junk” telephone calls, phone solicitations by persons or programmed machine are made every day in the United States! • It takes glass one million years to decompose, which means it never wears out and can be recycled an infinite amount of times!

Annexes Assorted Awfully Bides Blimp Brains Buried Caved Covert Dessert Evolves False Fanciful Farther Ferry Fines Folks Forebode Fries Garbs Gender Groves Guppy Hikes Hipper Humbles Later Miles Names Natty Nepotism Night

Just last week, Stacey’s nieces and nephews met up to go to the cinema to see the latest blockbuster. From the clues below, can you determine the order in which they stood in the ticket queue? Sam was in front of Sarah. Stuart was behind Sandra and Sally. Sally was in front of Sharon and Steve. Sabrina was behind Stuart, Simon and Steve. Steve was in front of Sabrina, Simon and Shane. Shane was behind Simon, Sharon and Sabrina. Sandra was in front of Sarah. Simon was in front of Sam, Stuart and Sandra. Sarah was in front of Sharon. Sabrina was in front of Sam and Shane. Sarah was behind Sandra, Sally and Sabrina. Stuart was in front of Sarah. Simon was behind Sally.

logic puzzle solution: Answer: Marty Jones

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Sally - Steve - Simon - Sandra - Stuart Sabrina - Sam - Sarah - Sharon - Shane

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11) Grandmother 12) Africa 13) Nothing – the cupboard was bare 14) Chicken 15) Tuxedo 16) W C Fields 17) Computer programming languages 18) FA Cup 19) Pruning 20) 3


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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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Lemon chicken with sugar snap peas

Method 1.In a small bowl, mix together all the sauce ingredients except the lemon slices, then set aside. 2.Heat a wok with the 2 tbsp oil. Season the chicken and sprinkle with the five-spice and flour. Shake off the excess, brown in batches, then remove from the pan. Add the remaining 1 tsp oil and the ginger, and sizzle for 1 min. Add the sugar snap peas and the chicken. Toss for a few mins, then add the sauce and lemon slices. Keep tossing for 2-3 mins or until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce is thick. Serve with the spring onions sprinkled over.

10 Healing Benefits of Ginger

Rustle up this midweek stir-fry that rivals any takeaway. The tangy sauce is flavoured with Chinese five-spice and lots of ginger Ingredients 2 tbsp vegetable oil, plus 1 tsp 3 skinless chicken breasts, cut into long strips ½ tsp Chinese five-spice powder 2 tbsp plain flour thumb-sized piece ginger, shredded 250g sugar snap peas 2 spring onions, sliced

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For the sauce 3 lemons, 2 zested and juiced, the other thinly sliced 1 tbsp soy sauce 2 tbsp liquid chicken stock 2 tbsp clear honey 2 tsp cornflour, dissolved in 1 tbsp water

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Ayurveda gives ginger the status of a virtual medicine chest. That’s because this wonder spice has time-tested, digestion-friendly properties, in addition to its numerous other health benefits. In India, ginger is liberally used in daily life. Ginger-infused chai is a household favorite, and it’s grandma’s antidote of choice for battling cold and flu. On millions of dining tables in India, you’ll see matchsticks of fresh ginger that have turned a soft pink from being soaked in lemon juice and salt: a zingy accompaniment to any cooked meal. Let’s give this knobbly root a closer look. 10 Terrific Benefits of Ginger

1. Haven’t been feeling hungry? Eat fresh ginger just before lunch to stoke a dull appetite and fire up the digestive juices. 2. Ginger improves

the absorption and assimilation of essential nutrients in the body. 3. Ginger clears the ‘microcirculatory channels’ of the body, including the pesky sinuses that tend to flare up from time to time. 4. Feeling airsick or nauseous? Chew on ginger, preferably tossed in a little honey. 5. Can’t stop the toot-athon? Gas—oops—guess what?! Ginger helps reduce flatulence! 6. Tummy moaning and groaning under cramps? Munch on ginger. 7. Reeling under joint pain? Ginger, with its anti-inflammatory

properties—can bring relief. Float some ginger essential oil in your bath to help aching muscles and joints. 8. Just had surgery? Chewing ginger postoperation can help overcome nausea. 9. Stir up some ginger tea to get rid of throat and nose congestion. And when there’s a nip in the air, the warming benefits of this tasty tea are even greater! 10. Bedroom blues? Try adding a gingery punch to a bowl of soup. (Psst...the Ayurvedic texts credit ginger with aphrodisiac properties)

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Ingredients: 2 Bars of Nut Chocolate (300g) Dried fruit

Method:

Ginger Chocolate Balls

Mash up the packet of ginger biscuits into crumbs. Melt the two bars of nut chocolate Add small chopped up dried fruit...apricots, or sultanas, or dates.

Best kept in the fridge.

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events not to be missed @ jacks Sat 24th May

ALBOX

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from 8:30 to 11AM

STANDARD BREAKFAST

Motown, Northern Soul and Disco Classics.

Only 2.50€

Hosted by Mark Deakin €5 Including Food

Sat 31st May

The Twighlight Shadows

Reserve your VIP seating for 2€ BBQ available from 19:30 only 2,95€

Sat 7th June

First appearance at Jacks

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Bacon or Sausage in a floury bap or sandwich, tea or regular coffee

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

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Thursday

• Ceroc Classes 8pm • The forum community singers

Want to sing but think you cant? Friendly Weekly Workshop from 15:30

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

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La Cena

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Call 950 430 930 after 5.30pm

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

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. 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!

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COMMUNITY NEWS Sam Barrett Living Water Church Easter

Hampers From F.A.C.E.

F.A.C.E. (Fundraising in Arboleas, Caring for Everyone) arranged and paid for the distribution of 15 hampers to the poorest families who live in Arboleas. The hampers were similar to the Christmas Hampers that F.A.C.E. have distributed over the last two years, however each hamper was complimented by a traditional British Chocolate Easter Egg. The distribution of the hampers was co-ordinated by local pharmacist Cecilia Molina Verdú and undertaken by Arboleas Council Members. F.A.C.E. President Adele Wrigglesworth said “This is the first time we have sponsored the distribution of hampers at Easter. However F.A.C.E. has had a very successful fund raising period over the last twelve months, and the committee members felt that some of the extra funds raised could be used on trying to assist some local families who have suffered great hardship in recent years due to the on going economic crisis.” For further information about F.A.C.E. And the work it undertakes, or if you are interested in joining this dedicated group of fund raisers, please ring Adele Wrigglesworth on telephone number 667 255 094 or visit the F.A.C.E. Website at www.face-charity.com Richard B. Tolman

Happy 18th Birthday

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jobs it is to accumulate interest for the Banco’s faithful account holders were less than frenetically assaulting their keyboards. I stated my monetary requirements to the young man behind the counter, and just in case he thought that I was going to frivolously waste the whole lot on a fascinator, I adding that we were going to Córdoba for a couple of days. ‘Ah! Córdoba! Very pretty!’ He volunteered. ‘We are going for the Patios.’ I expanded. As a man (and woman) the bank staff were immediately electrified. Their enthusiasm for Córdoba knew no bounds; keyboards were abandoned and percentages left uncalculated in an allembracing and inclusive desire to educate me on the delights and sights of this fair city. I was inundated with a wash of information about where to go, what to see,

By Jos Biggs

where to stay, and not least, what to eat and drink, all delivered far too fast and in far too much detail and sheer volume for me to retain - I was in danger of drowning in information! ‘What!’ I said, my face as straight as a Roman road, ‘Surely Córdoba is not prettier than Albox?’ An instant hush fell over the room. All faces were turned towards me, eyes round with astonishment, mouths hanging open. I felt the mood change from astonishment to a worried concern for my mental state. I tilted my head, raised an eyebrow and grinned. The penny dropped, and as a man and woman, they laughed. And laughed! I left the bank cash in hand, uproarious laughter still ringing in my ears. The Spanish are easily amused, and understand sarcasm! But for a minute there, I had them going! Albox

prettier

than

josbiggs@hotmail.co.uk Córdoba? What a laugh!

I Am Taking a Dramatic Pause As I read through a new script I have just received and draft out a synopsis for a play idea of my own, I wonder, not for the first time, how my life would have been if I had not received a surprise visit from our village Parish Council Chairman one Sunday morning many years ago. It was in late October and in the days when as relative newcomers, we were not yet actively involved in any of the various organisations and events that were a trademark of our village. I was just settling down to read the newspapers having enjoyed a full English, when the councillor came a-knocking. As well as his PC role, he was also the Hon.Sec. of the village Community Council, and with that particular hat on, he took it upon himself to produce the very popular Christmas show each year. Quite apt really, because physically he resembled Mr Fezziwig from A Christmas Carol. “We have just finalised the programme for this years show”, he told me. “Yeeees” I responded, putting on my best suspicious voice, and resisting the urge to follow it up with, “So what?” “And we need a couple of extra people for one particular sketch”, he went on. I remained silent. I didn’t like where this was going. “I wondered if you would take on one of the parts. It’s very simple and there are no lines to learn”, he hurriedly

By Colin Bird :

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added. “Okaaaay”. “Wonderful!” “I’ve considered it” “Thank you”. “And it’s a no”. In view of his crestfallen look, I felt obliged to at least offer some semblance of an explanation, and waffled on about how even in school, no one had ever been able to persuade me to get up on stage in front of a load of people, and furthermore no one ever would. I could not bring myself to admit that behind the confident and extrovert facade, I was basically a shy and fairly insecure individual. I had blagged my way through life like this for years, and I was not going to spoil it now. But as the minutes trudged on into a second hour and with the aid of interminable cups of Maxwell House and my stash of chocolate digestives, he doggedly tried every tactic in the book to enlist me for his silly sketch. Finally, with a very real danger of me missing my lunch-time roast beef and him taking root in the dining room floor, I eventually agreed to do the damn part. “You’re not really are you?” my incredulous wife asked, as the beaming Dickensian figure scurried down the garden path. “Like hell I am” I told her. “But how else was I going to get rid of him”. And there and then I decided that I would drop him a note in the morning pleading temporary insanity or the onset of bubonic plague, because there was no way on God’s earth I was getting up on that stage, absolutely, categorically and positively not! But I did. It sounds laughable now, but the sketch in question was for three lady singers to each deliver two verses of ‘Buckingham Palace’ – you know, the Christopher Robin

thing - which they would render having being marched down stage by two busbied guardsmen, including yours truly: Charlie Pillock. We would take one step back as the singer painfully ground out the verses, then step forward on its conclusion and wheel her back up stage while another tuneless song bird repeated the performance with her own guardsmen. Easy right? Well yes it was, but boring as hell and I wasn’t having any of that. So having taking one step back after delivering the poor man’s Nellie Melba to her designated spot and just beyond her field of vision, I proceeded to fiddle around with my disappearing underpants a la Frankie Howard. You either know what I mean or you don’t, but I shan’t go into a lurid description here. Suffice it to say that as Christopher Robin progressed, so did the laughter from the audience. The face of the poor vocalist went redder and redder believing that 200 people were tittering at her efforts, as did the face of the producer who stood in the auditorium ready to bust a gut and with steam coming out of his ears. I was hooked. A seasoned thespian told me at the time that laughter and applause is more addictive than any drug, and he was right. I have been involved with the amateur stage now for a good many years, acting, writing and directing, and can honestly say that here in Spain I have, until recently, been involved with the best bunch of people I have ever worked with. I am however currently in between projects and resting dahling.

John MacDonald (El Sordo) - www.caratacus.eu

Prettier Than Albox Albox is practical, Albox is prosaic, but Albox is certainly not pretty! The charms that drew us to it when deciding where to live were: you can get to it; you can get anything in it, and you can’t get lost in it – pretty was so low on the agenda as not even to make the first page. You can’t live off pretty, but you can live off a handily placed Mercadona and a well-stocked Ferretería! Recently having need of cash we parked in the ample expanse of the Rambla, a hop and a skip away from the guardian of our wealth, the Banco Popular. It was obviously a slow day within its financial environs, the 2 tellers at the counter had nothing to tell, and the investment wizards whose

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“Play it again Sancho”

The Bar La Casa Devante is accessed from the Village Square which is to the very north of Alqueria. The owner is one Horacio Stranglardeganso publican and erstwhile adventurer. Horacio has a Humphrey Bogart fixation and has taken to wearing a trilby and trench coat on every possible occasion. In the Winter this isn’t too bad but come the height of Summer and Horacio is suffering. With sweat pouring down his neck he tries his best to mimic the coolness of Bogart. Not that Horacio thinks it is an impersonation. Horacio is convinced he is the persona of Bogart, however “Here’s looking at you kid” doesn’t quite work in Spanish. Wartime Casablanca has very little in common with the Alqueria of the twentyfirst century however Horacio had done his best to recreate Rick’s Café Américain in the Bar La Casa Devante. He even built a casino with a large roulette table in the centre. In an attempt to rig the wheel so selected individuals could win, the mechanism jammed. The same number came up every third spin, it almost ruined Horacio financially. His pianist, Sancho was so bad there was a surcharge on all bills paying him not to play. If anyone questioned it Horacio would allow Sancho to let rip with his full repertoire of three tunes. The chastened customer soon paid up. A treat for Saturday night’s entertainment was Ernesto Muyinestable Alqueria’s very own one legged flamenco dancer. People who hadn’t seen his act wondered how a monoped could possibly dance the flamenco. The answer is quite simple, he couldn’t he falls over a great deal. The audience are always very sympathetic and applaud which encourages Ernesto to perform more and more complicated

routines. Which means he falls over even more. Eventually bruised and dented Ernesto takes his bow and hops back to his dressing-room delighted with his reception. As there are virtually no laws in the village republic of Alqueria goods and services which would be described as black-market elsewhere are exchanged quite openly in the Pueblo. The place to come to buy anything from a barrel of Remitroot Whisky to an aircraft-carrier is the Bar La Casa Devante. Spivs mingle with their potential customers conversing in hushed tones, lurking in corners as deals are struck. A group from the British Ministry of Defence, indistinguishable from the spivs huddle around a bottle filled table. They are negotiating the price of some piece of military hardware or other. It has been rumoured that the 7th Armoured Brigade was kitted out from the Bar La Casa Devante. When the news was leaked and questions asked in the house the British prime minister stated “It is a good deal for Britain”. I was an even better deal for Alqueria.

advance moves

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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Koala Furniture A friendly furniture company in Antas Ind. Estate specialising in leather sofa and garden furniture. With a huge selection of fantastic leather and fabric range of sofas with electric recliners, manual recliners or fix, in response to your needs. Fantastic range of quality garden furniture make with synthetic wicker, aluminium, mosaic or wood. Looking for a new bed? You can find all that you need for your home and have all the best quality mattresses + memory foam mattresses , combining them with a solid base , electric base or divan to storage it depending what you need. Come along to our showroom and look at our special offers on home and garden furniture, a warm welcome awaits you. Call 950 392 307 www.koalafurniture.es


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P&R Direct

P & R must make an apology to our regular customers, because we are telling other people about the best kept secret in Antas, and cannot keep it quiet any longer. Not only do we specialise in carpets, rugs, cushion flooring and carpet tiles, we also have in stock English Bed Linen, cushion covers and pads, home accessories I.e. pictures,

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 for you, with our extensive contacts throughout europe and our growing online database.

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entire range of Neater Heater products, offering an affordable way to instantly heat your home in these chilly months. Take a look at the Company Facebook page to see the wide range of products and installations www.facebook.com/ Lifestyle Enclosures Europe

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ornaments, clocks for inside and outside, unusual gifts and much much more. We have just taken delivery of luxury rugs, so buy now for next winter at the best prices, or just pop in for a browse and a chat. P & R where knowledge and service meet quality and price. Remember Shhh!! it’s a secret.

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English school boy made it to the Valencian team More than 40 young waterpolo players aged 1214 years from 6 clubs in the Valencian region have been battling it out to get a place in the Valencian team since November, having trials to get down to the last 14 players. The team was finalized in February and English school boy Sammy Lear was amongst them. He started off swimming in Elche club natacion in 2011, then in 2012 went on to play waterpolo for his current Club Waterpolo Elche. The 14 year old has achieved so much in the last 18 months, playing waterpolo, travelling most weekends to competitions al over the Valencian region and bringing his team to their current position on top of the league for Infantils followed by Turia in second. Last weekend in Madrid, the Campeonato de

Espana Infantils (effectively the Spanish National Championships) started on Thursday 10th April where they played Galicia in their first match and won 15-11. On Friday the match against Cataluña ended with a disappointing 17-1 defeat but on Saturday morning they beat Pais Vasco 8-2. In the afternoon they narrowly beat Ceunta 8-7 putting them through to the semi finals. Against Madrid, who took the silver medal last year, they won 9-7 giving them a

place in the final on Sunday afternoon against the current champions of Spain, Cataluña. The game started well and with Sammy playing in defence he managed to stop them scoring too many goals - as had happened in the first match - but the match ended with the final score Cataluña 12 Valencia 4. Comunidad Valencia had never before won a medal of any sort in this competition so history was made with them earning second spot in the competition. Sammy and his team mates also had the pleasure of meeting Rafael Aguilar Morillo - the coach of the Men’s National Spanish team - who was impressed by the standard of all players. Next to look forward to is BCN Barcelona 2014 in July with his current Club Waterpolo Elche, hoping to be in the top five clubs.

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www.specialistvehicles.com Tel: 968 146 158 / 618 628 511 On 11th April, Cabrera Lawn Green Bowling Club were delighted to welcome The East Anglia Touring Group to their club. The Touring Group comprised of members from 4 bowling clubs in the East Anglia area. The bowling match consisted of 7 triples and was made all the more enjoyable as it was played on the number 2 green which had only been open for just over a week after nearly a year of intensive work by the ground team from Cabrera to get it back to it’s original fantastic bowling surface. Although the final score was 52 to Cabrera this didn’t distract from the

wonderful bowling and good humour that was enjoyed. The captain of the touring group, Colin Day, had nothing but praise for the facilities, hospitality and friendliness of Cabrera Club and said that it was one of the best bowling surfaces he had bowled on for a considerable time. A true testament to all the hard work. This sentiment was echoed by many of the visitors. Bowling was followed by a lovely lunch where the Cabrera Captain, David Jenkins, thanked the visitors for a thoroughly enjoyable mornings bowling and looked forward to welcoming them back next year.

19th Hole Golf Society - Cucador Thursday 17th April the 19th Hole Golf Society made its way to Mojacar to play a individual stablford competition alongside a team Micky Mouse competition at the vastly improved Marina Playa.

The team of Ian Postles, Dave Johnson, John Ball and Mick Craswell created golf history by losing Micky on the 1st shot of the day(ably performed by Dave) The Team of Dave Denyer, Nekana Galindez, Paco Ocaña and Harry EELS was encouraged by some very useful putting information from Harry who proclaimed on virtually every green “all putts go toward the sea” of course they didn’t!! but Harrys theory was reiterated endlessly, you would have thought with a name like his he would have been somewhat an authority on anything to do with sea. In the main event Andy Smith romped home an easy winner with 41 points followed by Derek Adgey and Nigel Greenwood both on 38 only separated on countback. Derek also took a Nearest the Pin on the 9th to make his day worthwhile. Micky Mouse was won by the Nigel, Gary,Geoff and Andy team with Micky still in hand and 31 points. Marina Playa is now a very nice course

to play, it has been tidied up and the green staff clearly has the course well under control . A quick sprint down the A7 to Cucador where all the pros and by discussed Tony Matthews cons of the day were at great length in the comfortable surroundings of La Vida Results:Men’s Singles Stableford. Individual Stableford 1st Andy Smith 41points (20) 2nd Derek Adgey 38 points (10) on countback 3rd Nigel Greenwood 38 points (20) Micky Mouse Team game 1st Nigel Greenwood, Andy Smith, Geoff Smith and Gary Grey. 31 points Nearest the Pin:5th Hole Alan Chippendale 9th Hole Derek Adgey 14th Hole Ian Postles 17th Hole Dickie Aird Thanks to all the members who support the 19th Hole Golf Society. 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 610 340 653. Or email gs19thhole@hotmail.co.uk


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A busy week at Mojacar Bowls Club Mojacar Bowls Club has had a very busy week. The usual Tuesday club morning was followed on Wednesday by an end of winter season match, against Almeria Bowls Club, in which over 40 players took part in a very friendly but also competitive event. The result, a draw, was the best possible outcome for all. This match proved to be good practice for the club (and catering facilities) for the visit by Torrevieja’s San Miguel Bowls Club who visited Mojacar on Friday and Saturday to celebrate their 25th anniversary. The Friday afternoon match was a great success with 48 players filling the green, providing excellent competition, and more than 30 spectators keeping the bar and refreshment area very

busy. After the match, which was won by By Tony the visitors, the two clubs had Matthews an excellent meal together in the ServiGp Marina Player Hotel where the majority of the visitors and members danced and chatted late into the night. Whilst Saturday morning was bright and sunny the same could not be said for all the players! Never-the-less another excellent morning’s bowling took place. All-in-all a brilliant week’s bowling. For those readers who wish to visit the new Mojacar Bowls Club it is located next to the Marina Mar Hotel, in the Marina del Torre area. Mojacar Club bowling mornings take place on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays starting at 9.30. You will be made most welcome.

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• The Premiership title WILL be won this weekend if ‘favourites’ Liverpool beat Chelsea and ‘outsiders’ Manchester City fail to get a result against Crystal Palace. • Also coming up are four basement battles involving Fulham-Hull, Sunderland-Cardiff, Swansea-Aston Villa and WBA-West Ham, and in the chase or 4th place, Arsenal play Newcastle, Everton visit Southampton and Tottenham travel to Stoke. • No less than 12 clubs are in the running for the four play-off places in the Championship and the key games on Saturday are Bournemouth-Nottingham Forest and Derby-Watford. Barnsley, Birmingham City, Doncaster Rovers, Millwall and Yeovil are all fighting to stay up! • Yesterday, Atletico Madrid played Chelsea in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final here is Spain. Tonight, Real Madrid take on holders Bayern Munich at the Bernaabeu. • Liverpool won 3-2 a Norwich last Sunday to enhance their Premiership title hopes. • Chelsea’s chances were severely dented when they lost 2-1 to bottom club Sunderland at Stamford Bridge. This was Jose Mourinho’s first home League defeat in 78 matches as manager! • On Monday Manchester City played WBA at The Etihad Stadium. • In the race for the final Champions League place for 2014-15, Arsenal, in a dress rehearsal of the FA Cup final, beat Hull 30; Everton defeated Manchester United 2-0 and Tottenham Hotspur accounted for Fulham by 3-1. • Cardiff and Stoke drew 1-1; Swansea,

won 2-1 at Newcastle and Aston Villa and Southampton shared the points at 0-0 at Villa Park. • Atletico Madrid (2-0 winners v Elche) are still in pole position in La Liga and Juventus will shortly claim their third successive Serie A title. • In China last Sunday, Lewis Hamilton recorded his first-ever F1 hat-trick by finishing ‘miles’ ahead of Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg with Fernando Alonso third. Rosberg leads Hamilton 79 points to 75 in the drivers’ championship. • In the Monte Carlo Masters tennis final, Roger Federer was beaten by his fellow Swiss ‘Stan’ Wawrinka. • Lee Westwood won the Malaysian Open his first golf title for almost two years. • Holder Ronnie O’Sullivan, and a handful of other challenges, are looking strong and in form in the World Snooker Championships. • American boxer Bernard Hopkins, the oldest world champion at 49, has added the WBA belt to his IBF title with a masterful victory over Beibut Shumenov. • GB Olympian equestrian gold medallist Charlotte Dujardin won the World Cup Grand Prix in Lyon on Valegro, breaking her own points record in the process.

EVENTS This Friday, I have a Charity Quiz for the BRITISH LEIGION at The Beachcomber, Mojacar Playa, 8.30pm. And before the FA Cup final on Saturday 17 May, there will be a football/sports quiz at The Loft, also on the Playa (4.30pm).

Marina Phoenix Golf Society

Monday 7th April was an individual stableford at Marina Phoenix and Tony King belied his 80 years to score a match winning 42 points. In perfect weather and great course conditions, scoring was high with a three way tie for the places which were decided on countback, Terry Oliver (38) was second followed by Jim Budd (38) third and John Lally (38) fourth. The ladies division was won by Linda King (35) with Jackie Dale

(33) second and Rosalie Fardon (30) third. There were two’s prizes for Glennys Oliver, Linda King and Tony Cordingley. Thursdays team game was a Texas Scramble played in threeballs. Scoring was close between all teams with first prize going to Jarlath Staunton, Ali Mahmud and Alf Taylor with 65.4 closely followed by Jackie Dale, Alex Elder and Jim Budd (65.8). Third place went to Derick Dale, Darren Rose and Linda King (66.9) with nearest the pin prizes going to Alex Elder (5th) and Nadie Wass (14th). Marina Phoenix play Mondays (individual) and Thursdays (team game). To join us for a €25 greenfee. Ring Jim on 950 162 727 / 600 353 670 or Rosalie 950 397 117/ 697 512 882.

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