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Bretón’s trial begins; jury warned ‘not to be influenced by media coverage’ A Córdoba man charged with the murder of his two small children started his trial this week amid mass media coverage, and his fate will be decided by a public jury of seven women and four men. They will be led by nine legal experts – seven women and two men – and two stand-in advisors in case of absence, who are both men. In a report by ThinkSpain, indicates that 46 forensic detectives and 98 witnesses will be called upon to give evidence, and the accused faces up to 40 years in jail if found guilty. Prosecutor María Ángeles Rojas, specialist in domestic and family violence, has stressed to the jury that they must not allow their decision to be influenced by the public hysteria and sensational press headlines which have been prolific since the disappearance of six-year-old Ruth and José, two, on October 8, 2011, and to rid themselves of any preconceived ideas. But she says she is ‘in no doubt’ José Bretón killed his children ‘in the cruellest way possible’ and that he burnt their bodies on a bonfire deliberately built to reach an extreme temperature and destroy the evidence. Rojas also warned the jury that what they would hear from the accused when he testifies today will be ‘a fairy story invented by him’ and ‘pure fantasy’. She says the defence still considers Bretón’s own version of events – that the children went missing in the Cruz Conde Park in Córdoba – is true and that ‘despite proof’, believes that the bones found in the remains of the fire were not those of the little girl and boy. Solicitor María del Reposo Carrero, acting for the children’s mother – who has also brought charges in her own name as well as those brought by the State – describes the alleged murder as ‘an atrocity’ of the first degree and that she has always struggled with the idea that ‘anyone would be capable of murdering their own children’. “This is not a case of a man

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knows anything about where his children are’ and that he has ‘never spoken of them in the past tense, only ever in the present’. The defence says Bretón ‘still believes Ruth and José are alive’ and that it is not known for certain if they are dead and if so, how they died, meaning it is ‘reckless’ to paint him as a cold-blooded murderer. After Ruth and José were reported missing by Bretón – who is said to have been ‘far too calm and matter-of-fact’ when he alerted police of their ‘disappearance’ – their mother

suspected her ex-husband had killed them and directed officers to their paternal grandparents’ orchard. A bonfire had been built using olive logs, which burn well, and large quantities of diesel and highly-combustible construction waste, in a makeshift brick ‘kiln’ with a metal table-top over it. This had the effect of raising the temperature to between 800ºC and 1,200ºC, as hot as a crematorium, thus destroying the bodies completely. As a result, forensics were unable to extract DNA from the bones they found. Police initially ruled out that the children had been burnt on the fire after a forensic claimed the bones were those of rodents, but Ruth Ortiz employed two private

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Spain is on red-alert as the first-ever case of rabies in dogs since 1978 has been detected. A report by ThinkSpain, the Ministry of Health insists that the risk of infection is ‘very low’, according to a report from Health Emergency and Alerts Coordination Centre in Castilla-La Mancha. According to the latter, a dog from Catalunya bit four children and an adult in various parts of the city of Toledo, and was found to

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AT least 2,000 people queue up daily in Alcorcón, just outside Madrid, to hand their CVs over in the hope of getting a job at the forthcoming Eurovegas complex. Mayor David Pérez says that although the town has not even advertised for developers to start building the complex and the first phase is not expected to be finished until at least 2017, the council has received over 12,000 CVs already, has thousands of emails waiting to be dealt with and answered, and that on a typical day people from all over Spain queue for hours outside the town hall – frequently camping overnight to ensure they get in the door to be able to present their applications. It is fairly common to see as many as 2,000 people lined up down the street, Pérez explains. But he says Alcorcón is in a unique situation because, although it has been picked by US-based tycoon Sheldon Adelson, who owns Vegas Sands, the company which runs the world-famous casino city in Las Vegas, nothing further has happened and Alcorcón remains a sleepy, land-locked commuter town. Delays have already been experienced and so even the provisional deadline of 2017 may end up being put back, says Pérez, but he stresses that this is to be expected. “It’s like building an entire new town from scratch, something which would normally take between five and six years – but we’re more or less looking at developing a seven-million-square-metre complex overnight,” Pérez told interviewers live on TV on Antena 3, Spain’s Channel 3. When asked about whether or not the anti-smoking law may, or should, be changed to allow customers to light up in the future casino complex to encourage them to visit, Pérez says 2017 is a long way off as yet, and that this is of secondary importance to the jobs that may be offered by Eurovegas. “We have to safeguard these future jobs, that’s the most pressing priority,” the mayor explained. As yet, however, no jobs have been offered.

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Valencia Social services: ‘worst in Spain’

Valencia, the Canary Islands, Madrid and Murcia have the worst social services in Spain, according to the Rights, Economy and Cover (DEC) Index for this year. A report by ThinkSpain states the research – which was in fact carried out by the State Association of Social Service Managers – said the level of development of the system is ‘irrelevant’ in these federal regions, and ‘weak, outdated and with negative perspectives’ throughout Spain as a whole. Overall, based upon quality criteria, the DEC Index 2013 graded the Spanish social services with 49.2 per cent, a clear failure, and says this is due to public funding cutbacks rather than general incompetence. In four years, nearly half a billion euros have been slashed from the State social services budget. Criteria used to evaluate the system included factors such as expenditure per head and the breadth of service provided for each region. Valencia came out with a poor six per cent, or 0.6 out of 10, way below the Canaries’ 20 per cent, or two out of 10. Madrid and Murcia scored just 2.75 and 2.8 out of 10, and other regions where the Association consider the system to be ‘irrelevant’

include Galicia (3.65 out of 10) and Andalucía (4.4 out of 10). Levels of development in the system were graded ‘weak’, ‘medium-to-low’, ‘medium’ and high, with only the border region of Navarra obtaining a ‘high’. Two other northern regions, La Rioja and the Basque Country, were classed as having a ‘medium’ level of evolution, and Extremadura and the Balearic Islands were considered ‘weak’, with all the rest falling into the ‘mediumto-low’ category. Speaking of Valencia, the Canaries, Madrid and Murcia, Association leader José Manuel Ramírez said: “You might as well say these regions have the poorest-quality social services in the whole of Europe.” A direct relationship was found between poverty levels in the 17 autonomous regions of Spain and the positive evolution in the system – the three communities with the best results were the only ones which have managed to reduce their levels of poverty during the country’s economic crisis, says research coordinator Luis Barriga. Out of the 17 communities, 10 have cut their budget for social services at a time when it is most needed because the numbers of people calling upon them – largely due

to housing issues, financial troubles and for help with feeding themselves – with the Balearics having made the harshest cuts at 36.39 per cent, or 43.40 euros per inhabitant. Castilla-La Mancha’s social services budget has been sliced by 26.74 per cent, and Galicia, the Canaries and Navarra between 19 and 16 per cent. Conversely, in the regions where the social services were found to be the poorest, funding has in fact increased – by nearly 15 per cent in Valencia, or 22 euros a head; between five and nine per cent in Madrid, La Rioja and Asturias; 2.7 per cent in Catalunya and 0.25 per cent in Cantabria – which in fact translates to an additional 10.37 euros per resident – and 1.16 per cent in Murcia, although here the budget has only increased by 31 cents per inhabitant. The research highlights ‘enormous imbalances’ between regions in spending on social services and on quality of the system. They say the postcode lottery means one social worker per 814 inhabitants in Navarra, or per 6,557 in Madrid, and 7.42 places in residential and nursing homes per 100 people aged over 65 in Castilla y León compared to 2.37 per 100 in

Web giant Google is to develop a global database of child abuse images to make it easier to delete them from the internet. Experts are developing technology similar to hashtags which digitally mark vile images found online. The firm is also offering more than £1million to independent software developers to produce tools to combat child porn, after being stung by criticism that it was not doing enough to stem the tide of internet filth. The new funding comes on on top of the £1million funding announced last week for the Internet Watch Foundation, which flags up illegal images. Google lets parents switch on a SafeSearch facility to filter out offensive material. But parents must turn it on themselves by clicking on the ‘settings’ icon at the top of the rage – it does not come on automatically. The firm has repeatedly been accused of not doing enough to use its dominance as the leader in internet searches to control and block access to illegal material. Web companies are under increased scrutiny following the conviction of Mark Bridger, who was jailed for life for the murder of five-year-old April Jones. He had collected a ‘library’ of sickening images by searching for simple terms on Google and Bing in the weeks before the

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As promised to Sister Antonia, earlier in the year “Carrie’s Dusty Boots”, the leading Line Dance Demonstration Group in Almería, fulfilled their obligation to provide a Fiesta for the children of the Vera Orphanage Hogar San Agustin on Sunday 9th June. The Line Dancers with much assistance from the Albox Boxers Golf Society and Lyndsay Cheeseman provided a fabulous party for 18 children plus their guardians. “Carrie’s Dusty Boots” provided entertainment by performing two of their tribute sets to films of the “Blues Brothers” and “Grease”. The ladies of the group also provided a magnificent spread of food that was enjoyed by the orphanage’s as a buffet. Special mention must be made of Lyndsay Cheeseman , a supporter of “Carrie’s Dusty Boots”, who had baked three trays of fancy cakes for the enjoyment of the children who were aged between 3 and 17 years of age. In return, two of the orphanage children did a demonstration of Moroccan Salsa Dancing. The four hour fiesta also included Line Dances in which the children were encouraged to participate and some favourite party dances such as the Macarena and the Birdie Song. All the children were provided with cowboy hats and neckerchiefs by “Carrie’s Dusty Boots” and the Albox Boxers Golf Society donated funds to provide every child with a gift bag of sweets and presents appropriate to each individual child’s age and gender. The afternoon was great fun for the children of the orphanage and was thoroughly enjoyed by the orphanage carers and the members of “Carrie’s Dusty Boots”. For further information on “Carrie’s Dusty Boots” please contact Carrie Green on telephone number 627 279 584. Report: Richard B. Tolman PHOTO: “Carrie’s Dusty Boots” - L-R- Margaret Farmery, Kim ‘Tina’ Warner, Eleanor Tolman, Carrie Green, Jan Corney, Geraldine Day and Helen Simpson.

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The winner of first Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Single was Spencer Gore, an old Harrovian rackets player The longest tennis match in

history was played between between American John Isner and Frenchman Nicolas Mahut at Wimbledon on June 22-24, 2010. The first-round match took 11 hours and 5 minutes over three days, lasting so long it was suspended because of darkness two nights in a row. The match was won by Isner 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (3), 70-68.

There are more than 200 ball boys and ball girls used to collect tennis balls during Wimbledon. To become a ball boy or ball girl, you are required to train eight hours a week for four months before the start of the tournament. Ladies Single Championship and Gentlemen’s Double were introduced in Wimbledon in 1884.

There were only 200 spectators in the first Wimbledon tournament and the tickets were sold for one shilling each, in the final match.

Wimbledon started as only Gentlemen’s Single Championship, in which only 22 players participated. The winners of first Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Double were J.E. Renshaw and W.C. Renshaw.

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Crackdown on e-cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes are to be regulated as medicines, the UK’s drugs watchdog announced this week. Although some countries have banned them, e-cigarettes can at present be bought without restriction in the UK. From 2016 they will have to be licensed as nicotine-containing products. But they will still be available over the counter, similar to how paracetamol and aspirin are sold. GPs will be able to prescribe them – in the same way nicotine gum and patches are – as an aid to quitting smoking. Around 1.3million Britons use battery-powered e-cigarettes, which turn nicotine into vapour to be inhaled, avoiding the harm caused by tobacco

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smoke. But the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) decided they must be regulated to make them ‘safer and more effective’. Its research found nicotine levels delivered often differed from the amount stated on the label and varied from batch to batch. Other studies have suggested that some ecigarettes contain potentially harmful contaminants, the MHRA said, and there were anecdotal reports of a user suffering facial burns after one exploded. Although using e-cigarettes is safer than smoking tobacco ‘the long-term safety of these components to the consumer remains unknown’, it said.

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arboleas Kenny is now back at K&J Supermarket behind Cafe Bar International and he is on a roll! With a fabulous new range of goodies on its way this week including a range of flavoured smoked mackerel, fresh rhubarb plus much much more you can be sure of finding something to treat yourself to! Kenny buys his fish from Billingsgate market, all freshly frozen and at its peak of freshness. His vegetables are sourced from the famous Spittlefield market and amongst various goodies are the famous Jersey Royals which are only 4€ a kilo. As well as being able to find food products for you, he can also help you with deliveries from Argos and other famous UK stores. Give Kenny a call on 634 337 483. His new Summer opening hours are 9am – 5pm.

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Amigos Bowling Centre, situated on the Los Llanos Poligono Industrial, Arboleas is more than just a bowling alley! Well into its fourth year of trading it remains a firm favourite with many people living in and around the area. Playing host to regular live music events, Amigos ensures party nights are fun filled. Amigos is also a great venue for private functions and is available for Private Hire. Boasting a huge bar area, excellent food and staff this is just what you need for your special occasions. You can call on 950 120 269 or visit www.amigosbowlingcentre. com for more details on this and other forthcoming events, discounted group bookings, bowling or party venue ideas Bar Internacional Diner is located on the AlboxBaza Road A334, adjacent to the Saturday Car Boot Sale. We are a family friendly restaurant with Free WIFI Zone serving a la carte breakfast, lunch and dinner, Specials of the Day and a Children´s menu. Enjoy our barbecue grilled meats served on Saturday mornings on the terrace and try our traditional Sunday Roast Lunch for only €6.90. We also have great live entertainment throughout the summer on our fabulous terrace! Bar Internacional Diner is a great venue to book for private functions celebrating birthdays, children´s communions, anniversary, charity auctions, luncheons, or any special event. We are happy and willing to reserve and closed the restaurant for bookings minimum of 50 people. Be sure to visit us on FACEBOOK for more information on our Monthly Events. For Bookings please call 950 430 925 or contact Andrea on 690 828 520.

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Mini-heatwave to give way to rain next week

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Temperatures soared all over Spain last weekend, but are expected to drop again later in the week as rain sweeps across the mainland. A depression coming in via the north-western region of Galicia will bring generalised showers and a fall of between 6ºC and 10ºC, lasting until at least Thursday, says the State meteorological agency, AEMET. Sunday was reportedly hotter than average for the time of year, with temperatures in the shade ranging from 35ºC to 38ºC in Andalucía, Murcia, Extremadura and the south of the Comunidad Valenciana, and around the 30ºC mark elsewhere in the country with the exception of the north coast, where thunder storms were forecast. Rain and thunder are expected to hit the rest of

Spain by mid-week. The cooler and wet climate is not expected to pass until Thursday, but once the official first day of summer arrives – the season change being due at exactly 05.04hrs on Friday, June 21 – the mercury will soar once again and the weather will be consistent for the time of year, meaning that inland in the south the temperature will shoot up to the high 30s and in the low to mid 30s on the south and east coast and in the Balearic Islands. AEMET says the weather data it has to hand at present points to Spain having a ‘normal’ summer, with intense heat and little or no rainfall, despite fears earlier this month that the season would be considerably colder than usual.

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A seven-year-old boy has died, in the northern region of Aragón, after he and a group of friends were playing at ducking each other in the swimming pool on their residential complex. He was taken into the paediatric intensive care unit in Zaragoza hospital on Thursday in a critical condition after he stopped breathing and his heart failed. Paramedics who rushed to the scene managed to revive him, but a few hours after he was admitted, doctors broke the news to the parents that the child was already brain-dead due to the prolonged period of lack of oxygen and circulation. He had spent several minutes with no heartbeat and not breathing before ambulance staff were able to revive him. Police investigations found that although the parents were very nearby and were keeping constant watch over their children in the pool, they did not realise what had happened until they saw one of them pulling an unconscious youngster out of the water. Regional law in Aragón states that a lifeguard on duty in communal pools is not compulsory for those which are less than 240 square metres in size and 1.6 metres (5’3”) deep.

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Closer than you think the

yorkshire linen co.

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Free parking above Mercadona, opposite Lidl Monday to Friday 10.00 - 18.00, Saturday 10.00 - 14.00 Centro Comercial la Pirámide, Puerto de Mazarrón, Murcia Call: 968 595 946 / 650 857 619 www.yorkshirelinen.com - ylcmazarron@hotmail.com

MOJACAR - reduced €84,950

MOJACAR - NEW €169,950

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

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

Tel: 950 478 612 / 610 808 631 

info@almeriaholidays.com

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Due to a huge increase in sales we

URGENTLY

require properties in Mojácar & surrounding areas. If you are thinking of selling please contact us. We offer a free valuation. Paseo del Mediterraneo 197 - Mojacar - Almeria

Tel: 950 472 430 / 610 053 563

property group

www.veritashomes.co.uk info@veritashomes.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

Q: I have a mortgage variable mortgage with BBVA with a minimum interest clause in my mortgage of 3.5% What do I have to do to have the minimum interest clause removed so that I can take advantage of the all time low interest rates?

A . Nothing. The BBVA bank in result of the sentence by our supreme court dated 09/05/2013 has decided to remove all clauses of minimum interest and apply the differential above the euribor with no consideration to the minimum clause. In practice this will mean that if you have have a variable mortgage of for example euribor + 1%, which is average, you will now pay aprox. 1.5% interest instead of 3.5%, which is the minimum interest clause that they introduced into your mortage document. They will remove all minimum interest clauses with effect from the 9th of May. Position of other banks since the sentence: Cajamar: The same position as BBVA. NCG Banco: The same as BBVA. Banco Popular(Banco de Andalucia):In principle they say that they will not be removing the clause. Banc Sabadell: The same as Banco Popular. Kutxabank: The same as Banco Popular. Bankinter : They are not affected as they claim they have never introduced this clause in their mortgages. Santander: The same as Bankinter. I recommend taking a look at your mortgage. If the clause is included and the bank does not remove it automatically, speak to your bank manager about it being removed.

ESTATE AGENCY SERVICE...

DAVIES SOLICITORS NOW ALSO OFFER AN ESTATE AGENCY SERVICE. INMA ORTEGA WILL BE RUNNING THIS NEW BUSINESS FOR US. FOR INFORMATION, PLEASE EMAIL

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


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property of the week ref.615 MOJACAR

229.000€

Summer bargain. Luxurious immaculate villa of 200m with fantastic golf views, 2nd line beach, lounge with fireplace, 3 double beds, 3 baths, fitted kitchen,front porch&100m terrace, large underground build + double garage, communal pool, private garden, fully Air con, Valued at 395.000€

B A R G A I N 229,000€ REF.621

Zurgena

165.000€

REF.613

PALOMARES

68.950€

REF.179

MOJACAR

129.950€

reduced

Beautiful villa in immaculate condition,situated in a lovely location with fantastic mountain views.122m2 built,1,070m2 plot - 3 beds,2 baths,swimming pool,garage,car port.Air-conditioning throughout,gas-fired central heating.Superb mature garden.

Charming Penthouse apartment, with 70m terraces giving wonderful sea views, close to the beach and amenities. 2 double beds,2 baths. Fitted kitchen, underground parking, communal swimming pool, very sunny apartment.

Beautiful apartment with 2 beds,2 baths,40m terrace with fabulous sea views, equipped kitchen, living/dining room, 2 beautiful pools, fully furnished, private locked garage, easy access.

REF.542

REF.577

REF.599

Las

Negras

165.000€

Arboleas

135.000€

VILLARICOS

89.950€

Amazing opportunity - brand new modern-style villas built with the highest quality materials.275m2 built,550m2, plot.3 beds,2 baths.Walking distance to the beach.Excellent rental potential.Hugely discounted from 330,000.

Wonderful villa in immaculate condition with 2/3 beds,2 baths,swimming pool,garage. Beautiful garden full ofmature trees and plants.Air-con - hot and cold throughout sat TV,internet + many extra features - delightful property.

Charming apartment in excellent condition with roof terraces giving wonderful sea views, only 50metres to the beach. 2 double beds,1 bath, air-con - hot and cold. Underground private parking and swimming pool, fully furnished.

REF.616

REF.610

REF.176

turre

130.000€

Tabernas

175.000€

MOJACAR

109.000€

bargain

bargain

Beautiful new villa with beautiful mountain views, 100m built on a 400m2 plot,3double bedrooms, 2bathrooms, sun terrace, space for a pool, preinstalled A/C,reduced from 200.000€, absolute bargain.

Excellent detached villa in very good condition,set on a beautiful plot with amazing mountain views.150m2 built,5000m2 plot.3 beds,2 baths.Large enclosed swimming pool area with brick-built BBQ and 2 sun terraces.Fully fenced and gated plot.Great location.

Opportunity, semidetached propertywith 2 double bedrooms, 1.5 baths, 97m² built plus large terrace with fantastic open sea Views, spacious living/ dining room, A/C hot & cold, 6 properties share swimming pool, communal easy parking, Bargain.

REF.457

REF.597

REF.366

Arboleas

145.000€

turre

129.950€

bargain

Lovely newly-built villa set on a large plot in a great location with superb views.3 beds,2 baths,140m2 - built,1000m2 plot.Special June/July offer - price to include 8x4m swimming pool and 6x4 garage.Excellent quality materials and construction.

Bargain, beautiful new villa with beautiful mountain views, 100m built on a 400m2 plot,3double bedrooms, 2bathrooms, huge sun terrace, private drive way, space for a pool, on 2 floors, pre-installed A/C, reduced from 230.000€, absolute bargain.

mojacar

119.950€

bargain

1ST floor apartment, 3double bedswith built in wardrobes, 1complete bathroom, lounge-Diner,kitchen, 30m terrace with sea views, 3 swimming pools, tennis court, private parking space, lifts, furnished.

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FURNITURE

Do you feel like your home could do with some modernisation? then call into Homes & Beyond in Garrucha Modern designs for your kitchen, lounge, bedroom & terrace.

Tel: 950 132 458

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Reader Comment: Illegal building continues in Albox

A British couple have taken their neighbour to court for spitefully cutting their water pipes and stealing their taps. The neighbour, who owns a cafe/bar, ordered his staff to cut the water pipes and remove the taps when he found out that he was being fined for building illegally. These pipes and taps are the main supply of water the couple have. He has also sent staff to intimidate and threaten the couple who have been trying to get the local police and Albox Town Hall to do something about the illegal building and the illegal outdoor music that the cafe/bar owners - who have a license for a cafe/bar WITHOUT music - have been having over the last 3 years. The illegal building carried out by this bar owner, and the authorities inconsistent way of dealing with it, is the disturbing undercurrent to this case. The bar owners, a local family, finished massively extending their business premises 3 years ago without proper licenses. They are using these extensions, including an overhanging terrace, for business without licenses and we presume without public indemnity insurance which would need building licenses to be in place. The Junta de Andalucia has ignored this illegal building by passing responsibility to the Diputacion of Almeria. The Diputacion has said they can’t do anything about it as it is the responsibility of Albox Town Hall, and Albox Town Hall quickly pushed through the application to legalise the buildings over the Christmas holidays in 2012, even though the buildings contravene several building laws. All this has happened within the last 4 years under the nose of the same authorities who have been compounding the plight of thousands of British who unwittingly bought illegal houses in the area. If it’s so easy to legalise buildings why doesn’t Albox Town Hall do this for non locals as well? In contrast, the bar owners were fully aware when they commissioned the build 4 years ago that it was without the proper licenses. In fact the owner laughingly said to the couple years ago when he was building yet another illegal house, that he’d “prefer to pay the fines as that was cheaper than getting the proper licenses”. It would seem, that as long as you’re local, you can do pretty much what you like and be supported by the authorities. The fine he has had to pay is indeed a lot

less than the tax payable if he’d done it legally.>> The couple are waiting to hear the outcome of the court case which could take a few weeks, although they don’t hold out much hope of the court finding in their favour. The bar owner’s lawyer presented all sorts of ‘statutes’ supposedly proving that they’re allowed to cut water pipes. But considering the President of the water society lied in court about his connections with the bar owner - he said he had no connection to him even though they are in fact brother in laws - how can any statutes be relied upon to be true? The couple have spoken to many others in the area who are members of this water society, including an ex committee member, all have said that the President, nor other members, have the right to do what they’ve done. When trying to get proof of their legal rights to another well in the area, the book the couple signed has been mysteriously impossible to get hold of, the rumours are that the President/ brother in law has it. Incidentally, after a mix-up over swapping timings of the couples’ fill a few years ago they bought water from the owner of the bar for 3 1/2 years. He denied this in court. As I write this article the bar owner is adding a third floor to his house - what’s the chance that this has building permission? At the same time AUAN are spending thousands taking one case to European court to try to highlight the problem that thousands of British have with illegally built houses in the area, where’s the justice in that? The bar owner is threatening to sack his staff due to lack of business/work and blaming it on the couple so inciting hatred against them - whilst spending thousands extending his already palacial house. Some say that ‘this is just the way things are here’, I say that with this sort of thinking we would still be living in caves - no offence intended to those who live in cave houses! We wait to find out what the court will make of this case, lets hope they come down on the side of common decency and justice. By Christy Cappelman

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Bedar, 04288 (next to Miramar Restaurant)

Tel: 607 705 085 or 687 938 466

Olive

Email: info@olivehouse-es.com

www.olivehouse-es.com

Monday - Friday 10am - 3.30pm

Sales office now open in Bedar

ANTAS

OLV627

This fabulous 3 bed property has a garage and pool share (between only 4 properties). Located in Antas with good access to the motorway and the beaches. A great buy at 99,950€ a knock down price.

BEDAR

OLV588

...it’s all in the detail

OLV689

LUBRIN

A great 1-2 Bedroom detached property situated in a small village a 5 minute drive from the pretty village of Lubrin. Sympathetically restored, it has an exquisite rear garden stocked with fruit trees accessed via a sun room with feature wooden beams and a pot belly stove. This room could easily double up as a bedroom with a sofa bed. Original features abound in this very well presented cortijo. 69,950€

OLV536

A unique opportunity to purchase this exclusive villa located in the now protected area of Bedar. The property boasts 3/4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and a wonderful enclosed front terrace area with fabulous sea views. The current owner of this property is a keen astronomer and has had a bespoke observatory built near the house. 465,000€

bedar (El Pinar)

A beautiful and well established 2/3 bedroom villa with many features and is situated in the village of El Pinar , approximately 15 minutes to the coast. This immaculate villa boasts a heated private pool, inner courtyard, garage and stunning country views. 279,950€

disclaimer: views & opinion in editorial copy are not necessarily those of the publisher. SEE NOTES ON PAGE 38

PROPERTY OF THE WEEK Partaloa

info@solymarspain.com - www.solymarspain.com

Contact us now on 950 064 584 Mob: 677 667 722

400€ pcm

MAR083

Villa in Los Menchones 3 bed 2 bath unfurnished, fully enclosed heated pool double garage pets accepted

124,950€

SOL018

Arboleas 3 bedroom , 2 bath , 110m2 build , swimming pool , garage , 600 plot , glass curtains , close to all amenities

350€ pcm

MAR969

Cortijo in Almanzora 3 / 4 bedrooms 2 bath furnished fully walled + gated

89,950€

SOL026

Albanchez 5 beds 2 bath, typical Spanish village house roof terrace under floor heating run by back boilers large house build size 270m2

3 bed 3 bath, out building could be turned into annex, carved fireplace complete with wood burning stove

SOL043 400€ pcm

149.950€

MAR800

Town House in Taberno Fully furnished, 5 bed/4 bath, fully reformed, large terrace area, must be viewed to be appreciated, pets welcome

134.950€

SOL051

Partaloa 3 bed 2 bath pool detached villa feature fireplace fully walled

325€ pcm

We Want Your

Rentals 119.950€

SOL432

Sufli 4 bed 4 bath contains separate annexe town house, short drive to Albox

MAR636

Cortijo in Rambla de Oria available from July, 3 bed 1 bath furnished, large roof terrace spectacular panoramic views

109.950€

SOL909

Albox 4 bedrooms , 3 bath, 2 log fires, 120m2 build ideal location 1500m2 plot must been seen

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

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Quality timber from Scandanavia & Germany

• Ideal for studding & framing, pergolas, car-ports, fencing, roof beams etc • Sheet materials: Weatherdeck Flooring Chipboard - 22mm, Ext Plywood & OSB, ranging in size from 5.5 - 18mm • TG&V x 12mm, 16mm & 20mm thick and up to 200mm wide - made to measure boarding now available • Made-to-order American and European decking now available • Trellis, handrails & skirting boards to order, wide range of sizes available • Car-ports, pergolas and - incorporating “The Shed Shop” New In sheds - all made to order Reclaimed • Laminated timber beams 100x100, 140x140, 200x200 (x12m) Railway Sleep • Round poles 100mm diameter & 3.6m long pressure treated 230x130x2600 ers

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Rustic Lintels ***Budget Interior Doors €15 etc and Oak Faced Interior Panel Doors (2 styles) €45 ***

Sawdust & Shavings Available: ideal for animal bedding etc

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

for sale

Zurgena: detached 8 room house with1,200m2 plot needs minor renovation. Electric & Water on. 20 mins from beach. 39,995€

Partaloa: stunning 3 bed, 2 bath villa, 2500m2 land, separate detached apartment, detached garage NOW ONLY €135.000

Los Patricios: Immaculate 2 bed villa with great views for cash investment. 1.200m2 plot, great views. Sensible offers considered. Only 79.995

Mojacar, 1,600 m2 plot , with Sea views, water well, permission for a 50m2 casita, ideal for an auto caravan 29,995€

Mojacar: Off Plan Opportunity. Choice of villas can be built on this 500m2 plot with sea views. Villa shown is 3 bed, bath, fitted kitchen, walled and gated. 6-8 month build time.

129,995€

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Arboleas: Lovely 3 bed villa with pool in excellent location for cash investment. Fitted kitchen, gardens and detached garage. Only 79.995

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Antas: beatifully renovated 3 bed townhouse in best part of Antas, patio & aircon. REDUCED to €79.995

Almanzora: beautiful 2 bed villa on large 1.200m2 plot, space for pool and garage, Bargain at only €94.995

Arboleas: Lovely 2 bed villa with pool in excellent location for cash investment. Fitted kitchen, landscaped gardens and detached garage. Only 94.995

Tel: 950 431 855 / 661 143 871

Cariatriz: double fronted house for renovation, minimum of 4 bedrooms, water & Electric is connected. Easy reform. €35,000

Mojacar: 4 beds, 3x2 bed apartments, 5 garages, indoor pool, 6.000m2, 5 mins to the playa. Reducedby 100.000 NOW ONLY 450.000.

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Vera: beautiful 2 bed apartment, walking distance to Vera centre, communal pool, brand new. Great buy at reduced price of €49.000

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The Pleasure of Outdoor Living

The outdoor kitchen, or summer kitchen, has been a part of Mediterranean living for a thousand years. Summer heat and allure of outdoor living have been driving chefs and families to cook in wood-fired Pizza Ovens and grills, prepare food outside of the kitchen and eat and entertain friends in a cool, shady and perhaps breezy spot.; the Mediterranean summers are hot, and getting out of the house is the right thing to do. Farmhouses outdoor kitchens from Provence to Tuscany feature Pizza Ovens, Outdoor Fireplaces, grills, sinks and work surfaces set in garden, courtyards and covered terraces. Today, with the availability of a new generation of outdoor-ready kitchen appliances, including stainless steel grills, sinks, refrigerators, warming drawers, space heaters and even kitchen cabinets, the outdoor kitchen is becoming more popular in the states. Still, with all this innovation, don’t forget the three anchors of a traditional outdoor kitchen: the pizza oven, a wood coal grill and a true wood burning fireplace. Mix the old with the new, and you will build the best outdoor kitchen found anywhere in the world...

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Cube 6 Seater Patio Suite 699€

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Est 25yrs

PARTNERSHIP ESTATE AGENTS/INMOBILARIA - MOJACAR

SALES, RENTALS & PROPERTY MANAGEMENT VENTAS, ALQUILERES Y MANTENAMIENTO

135,000€

Mojácar

A1169

45,000€

Turre

A1161

An apartment of 55m2 near the golf course

Situated in Turre, 2nd floor apartment

in Mojacar. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms,

of 59m2. 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom,

terrace, roof solarium, garage and trastero.

South facing terrace and lift. To be sold

Super sea views. To be sold furnished

furnished

159,000€

Villaricos

LV665

Stunning townhouse of 96m2 situated in Villaricos, overlooking the harbour. 2 beds, 2 baths. Good sea views, roof solarium, communal swimming pool. Air conditioning, BBQ. To be sold furnished

210,000€

Mojacar

LV664

Beautifully renovated townhouse of 80m2 situated in La Parata, with good sea views. 2 beds, 2 baths, shower room, good sized kitchen, 2 large terraces, 1 with jacuzzi. Pool share with 8 other properties.

99,995€

Mojácar

A1153

townhouse of 74m2 on a plot of 164m2. Communal pool, allocated parking space.

Large 3 bed, 3 bath villa of 172m2 on a 10,000m2 plot situated just outside of the Los Lobos village. Air conditioning and central heating throughout. Beautiful pool area. Peaceful, private location.

Mojácar

A975

Ground floor apartment of 69m2 with Top floor apartment of 78m2, front line, 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, community on one of the best urbanizations in the area. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, excellent swimming pools and tennis.Large terrace communal pool, parking, sea views. To be sold furnished. Excellent rental property of 43m2. To be sold furnished

139,500€

Mojácar

SDV612

Completely renovated townhouse of 66m2 close to the beach on a very well kept community, with terraces and community parking. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, communal pool

119,995€ Los Gallardos SDV1269 290,000€ Los Lobos DV1258 295,000€ Cortijo Grande DV1261 Well priced 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom

150,000€

Well maintained villa of 149m2 overlooking the golf course on a plot of 1617m2. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, garage, car port, lovely gardens, private pool. Excellent rental property to be sold furnished

185,000€

Mojacar

SDV661

Nicely renovated property all on one level of 92m2 with a 28m2 terrace. 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, utility, storeroom, roof solarium with sea views. A well presented property.

349,950€

Turre

DV1263

High quality detached 2 storey villa of 134m2 on a plot of 960m2 in an elevated position with lovely views and walking distance to Turre. 3 Beds, 3 baths. Private swimming pool and garden area.

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

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property guide.... More than 60% of homes bought in Spain without a mortgage Property Sales • Property Management • Long & short term rentals • Insurance

We Urgently Need Quality Properties Both For Sale & Rent We Have Clients Waiting... 309 Paseo del Mediterraneo, Mojacar Playa (50m from Ferreteria Lopez)

Tel: 950 478 834

info@mojacarhomes.net

O Olive

bedar

www.mojacarhomes.net

Contact: 607 705 085 or 687 938 466

C/Llanos, Bedar (Next to the Miramar Restaurant)

Open: Monday-Friday 10.00am-3.30pm

www.olivehouse-es.com

69,950€

(El Pinar)

Well located 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom townhouse situated 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. A fabulous buy and the first one to be sold will be open to a promotional offer.

OLV712

selecciones displaying a great selection of new & used furniture

new in!!! moroccon pots in all sizes we also stock Sportswear supplied direct from the UK

Find us in Turre near the Fundraiser. Summer Opening Times Mon - Sat from 9am - 3pm

Tel: 634 347 295

Returning to UK?

MODERN PARKHOME (NW Leicestershire)

Private sale of this lovely home on a secure, well established, residential park and at an extremely attractive price.

00 £6o9.n,0.o. > 2 Fitted Bedrooms > Large lounge/diner

 ronlen@btinternet.com

> Inclusive fitted kitchen > Luxury shower room/WC

UK: 01455 293603

town house •3 bedrooms •Kitchen •Fireplace •4300m2 All main services

38,000€

TEL: 678 527 602 macael75@hotmail.com

...CALL 902 750 190

EMAIL: SALES@SOLTIMES.COM

Over six in 10 homes in Spain were purchased without a mortgage in the first quarter of this month, suggesting that the housing market is far from on its knees and not everyone has been hit by the recession.

In a report by ThinkSpain, according to the General Council of Notaries, a total of 60.8 per cent of buyers dispensed with mortgage-lenders when buying properties between January and March inclusive. But not all of these were bought outright in cash – many purchasers bypassed the banks by taking out loans directly from the developer in the case of new builds or properties that have never had an owner, or took advantage of the ‘rent-to-buy’ scheme which many developers are now offering in a bid to get shot of their plethora of empty homes. This way, they manage to avoid problems with trying to get finance from banks which are reluctant to lend money in the current economic climate, and do not have to worry about these

entities repossessing their homes if they lose their jobs and cannot find work in time to save themselves from defaulting on their monthly repayments.

According to the judicial council, nearly 44,000 properties were repossessed last year alone. This is almost one home per thousand residents in Spain, or around 20 to 30 in the average-sized market town, five or 10 in a large village or roughly 100 in a small city. And banks are no longer offering 100-per-cent loans unless the property purchased is one of their own which has been previously repossessed – despite the fact that the plummeting Euribor, or Eurozone interest rate, means mortgages are now cheaper than ever. Commissions are also higher and many future mortgage customers are obliged to take out multiple insurance policies, including life and redundancy cover, and even pension plans with the

lender.

But the EU’s recent verdict which found ‘minimum interest rate’ clauses illegal means more homeowners will now be able to benefit from the historically-low Euribor, which stands at 0.5 per cent. Until now, many banks set clauses in mortgage contracts which put a minimum interest rate on repayments of an average of 2.0 to 3.12 per cent, meaning even if the Euribor dropped below this figure, they would not benefit from cheaper monthly quotas – but no upper limit was placed on these payments, so if the Euribor went up to 15 per cent, this is the rate mortgageholders would face. Banks which have been pulled up over ‘minimum rate’ clauses, including the BBVA and Cajamar, have agreed to drop these, but few have done so retroactively which mean no refund is likely to be due. On the flip side, however, affected homeowners will now see their monthly repayments plunge to new lows.

The luggage that’s impossible to lose

Losing your luggage on a flight could soon be a thing of the past after an airline developed a bag that is impossible to lose. According to a report by Mail Online, aircraft maker Airbus has helped develop technology which could eliminate the problem of missing baggage, a problem that costs the aviation industry nearly £2 billion a year. According to the latest industry figures, about four pieces of luggage will be lost on the average Boeing 747 flight. Passengers are most likely to lose a bag when changing flights - especially if the connection time is short. One of the major reasons for luggage being lost is when the paper tags carrying the bar code are ripped off as cases are shunted along conveyor belts to the aircraft. It was this which led to the loss of thousands of bags by

British Airways following the chaotic opening of Heathrow’s Terminal 5 in March 2008. The prototype luggage technology, known as Bag2Go, involves embedding a satellite tracker and bar code display on to the suitcase. Using a smartphone, a passenger sends details of their flight to the airline which in turn sends back a bar code which is shown on the display unit of the case. Each bar code is unique carrying details of the traveller, flight and destination. Once on board a plane, a passenger can use a smartphone app to check that their bag is in the hold and alert flight crew if it’s not there. Should the bag be loaded on to the wrong aircraft, the combination of satellite

technology and the bar code means that it will be easily traced. It will enable the case to be re-routed to the correct destination enabling the luggage to be returned to its rightful owner. At the same time, the passenger can keep track of the bag with the help of a mobile phone application. The app has a number of functions, including alerting a passenger if somebody tries to tamper with the bag. The technology is still being developed by Airbus, T-Systems - a telecommunications company and RIMOWA, a suitcase manufacturer. Passengers will be able to buy the bags, although renting them is another possibility being considered. The advanced technology means that there may be no luggage carousels in our future at all, as the satellite technology could mean bags are transported independently and directly from your house, to the airplane’s hold, and finally to your hotel.


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STANDARD CROSSWORD

coffee break

Down 1 The philosophy of beauty and taste (10) 2 The Six Million Dollar Man (6) 3 Make indistinct (4) 4 Relationships (8) 5 Pocketbook (4) 6 The mountain of the Ten Commandments

(5) 8 Pins (7) 12 Father of Methuselah (5) 14 Offend or outrage (10) 16 Took into one’s family (7) 17 Decreased (8) 21 Powerful (6) 22 A moon of Saturn (5) 24 Blue-green (4) 25 Skin irritation (4)

Down 1 Leaning incorporated in LED outside (8) 2 Fruit to mother extremities (8) 3 French resort river is more pleasant (5) 4 I will half-need ship disease (7) 5 Alternatively move Diane outside street (7) 6 Single LP’s arranged

Very Hard!

SUDOKU PUZZLE CRYPTIC crossword

CROSSWORD

SOLUTIONS SUDOKU PUZZLE

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.

6 Surpassing the norm (7) 7 Frequently (5) 9 Small biting fly (4) 10 Standardizes (10) 11 Smart aleck (8) 13 Expensive (6) 15 Japanese persimmon (4) 17 Diving birds (5) 18 Backside (4) 19 Bakes in an oven (6) 20 Moisture in the air (8)

23 Stammering (10) 26 Parcels of land (4) 27 Male duck (5) 28 A native member of a state (7)

1 Saturations in 10 places, reportedly (11) 7 Take action against woman (3) 9 Amusing funnyman (5) 10 Surprisingly re-enlists those hearing a radio programme (9) 11 Meddle in the heartless referee, missing a couple of Egyptian leaders (9) 12 Even floor (5) 13 Foes see me in trouble (7) 15 Refuse of French New York (4) 18 Account about unit of area (4) 20 Fix the others mineral (7) 23 Sound on return is echo (5) 24 Odd Essex vice is over the top (9) 26 Helper organised satanists (9) 27 Fruit oil disturbed - very English (5) 28 Bind in the nineties (3) 29 Communities of strange nettle stems (11)

for the organisations of letters (9) 7 Arm of garment in aisle, even... (6) 8 ...as I hid in Ely without difficulty (6) 14 Goes up in wrinkles (9) 16 Place returns? No - it is operation (8) 17 Officials about - free sulphur outside England (8) 19 Graceful and a gentle organisation (7) 20 Channel Islands Tango in real performance (7) 21 Supporter in broken tin baby (6) 22 Time with offspring for type of paper (6) 25 Violent weather in West or Midlands (5)

HARD SUDOKU

Across

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Jobs...Alright for Some THREE CHARITIES WORKING With Russian homebuyers predicted to overtake Britain’s bargain hunters, situation vacant TOGETHER FOR THE ANIMALS opportunities are opening up for Russian speakers Russian language advertising is now commonplace throughout the Costa regions. Many companies, eager to tap into the Russian speaking market, are setting out their marketing information in Russian. Antonio Mayor. Benidorm Hotel Association says, “We have a goldmine we have yet to exploit.” Although Russians learn English at school, it is estimated that only 4.9% are classified as English speakers. Marketing consultant and translator Ukrainianborn Nadezhda Burlikova says, “It should also be remembered that the Russian language is in everyday use in much of Eastern Europe.” Based in Torrevieja, Nadia, who recently took on a major translating assignment for a beautyrelated clinic, says Russian will soon be as commonplace as is English. Nadezhda has received a number of enquiries from Russian speaking jobseekers. Able to put businesses in touch with Russian writers, Nadia can be contacted at accessrussian@yahoo.co.uk or 662 067 490.

June 2nd saw the Helping Hands Auction/BBQ fundraising event at Restaurante/Bar La Fuente in Purias, Lorca. In addition to items donated to the charity, including “Big Boys Toys” machinery items, many others were sold on behalf of friends and supporters who attended the fun filled afternoon which was followed by a BBQ Buffet. Also attending the event were the two other dedicated charities, Lorca Animal and For the Love of Dogs and Cats in Spain, who came down from Benidorm to support the event. The three charities are now working closely together, each bringing different skills to the relationship, which ultimately is making a huge difference to the lives of abandoned and ill treated animals in Spain.

The event successfully raised 1000 euros which included fundraising of 200 euros from the UK by HH member, 13 year old Sian Medley and a generous donation of 100 euros by Jean and Peter Cowan. Helping Hands would like to thank all those who came along to support the event. Their next large fundraiser is their Party Night on Saturday 21 September, with the Charity’s favourite artistes, SHOWADDYWADDY LEGEND, winners of the Coastriders Best Tribute Act of the Year. The boys will be helping the charity celebrate it’s two year anniversary. For further information regarding this and the Charity in general please telephone Linda on 968 48 29 48.

Restaurante Pizzeria Nautilus Tel: 950 132 890 Now open for Summer Season

Saturday 22nd June soul & jazz every thursday with miss starry 

Valid only: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thurs Lunch & Evenings

Paseo Maritimo Las Marinas de Vera

we are here

VERA

& Receive a bottle of wine

GARRUCHA

VILLARICOS

Buy 2 Pizzas

Paseo Maritimo Urbanizacion Mar y Cielo, Local 18, Vera Playa

MOJACAR

Celebration Evening Welcome the summer in with a live music with singer iris Starts 8pm - late free canapes free canapes


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air-conditioned

La

VidaRestaurant&Venue el Cucador

Enjoy Wonderful Views over the Olive Groves

from

8.95€

our main menu includes 16oz steaks ~ mixed grills ~ Fresh Fish

traditional

sunday lunch

menu changes weekly

Dine in our air-conditioned Restaurant wed - sat evenings

served 12.30PM - 5PM includes a complimentary coffee & chocolate

SATURDAY

booking recommended

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Los Mellizos Restaurant La Alfoquia, Zurgena

5.95€

TO INCLUDE SALAD, BREAD & ALI- OLI Hawaiian Chicken 7.45€ Chicken stuffed with Cheese & Pineapple, wrapped in Bacon

in the Bar

Liver & Crispy Bacon 7.45€ Served in a rich gravy

Beer-battered cod

Poached Salmon Fillet 7.95€ Poached Salmon Fillet, served with a creamy dill sauce

homemade chips & peas FRIDAYS 12.30pm - 9pm

THE ABOVE MAINS ARE SERVED WITH A CHOICE OF POTATOES & SEASONAL VEGETABLES

tapas choice of 10 all 1€ 12:30-9pm

lite menu

Homemade Starters

2.50€ each

salads, burgers, wraps

TWO COURSE LUNCH

Scrumptious Homemade Puddings

12:30-3:30PM 6€

all 2.50€ each!

FROM 5€

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Delicious home made starters and desserts 3.50€

Menu changes weekly!

pecials

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Open 1pm - 10pm Thurs - Mon (Closed Tues & Wed) Bar snacks always available

The Traditional English

Chippy

Real Home Made Chips from a real chip shop

cod, chips & peas only or chicken curry & rice 5€

wednesdays 1/2 roast chicken, or gammon chips & peas OR SALAD

6 - 9pm

thursdays ...is pie night! 6 - 9pm

Open Every Day 12pm - Late

Tel: 950 634 562 lavidacucador@gmail.com

delicious homemade pie, chips & peas

Mojacar

E15

only 5€

We are here

Albox Arboleas Zurgena La Alfoquia

only 5€

1km

La Vida

Cucador Junc 547 Huercal Overa

book the Venue

For your Private Parties, Weddings and Birthdays etc.

La Alfoquia

667 919 025

Tuesdays 6 - 9pm

Main Course

Choice of Roast Beef, Pork or half roast chicken with roast potatoes, mashed potatoes Yorkshire pudding, stuffing and crackling All served at the table with a bowl of fresh vegetables. 5.95€

Crispy Battered Atlantic 5.50€ Cod or Haddock Served with Homemade Chips & Mushy Peas ... eat in or Takeaway! ... patio Bar Entertainment

Fun Quiz Every Wednesday Ladies Day Evening ThurS 20TH JUNE

Hosted Steve fis by her

From 1pm: Cava, Strawberries & Buffet 4€ Prize for best HAT

Tel: 667 919 025

for more information!

Opening Hours:

Friday 21st June

Steve Fisher as Rod Stewart 9pm

Weekdays 12:30 - 3:00pm - 5:30 - 9pm Sat 3:00 - 8pm (Closed Tuesday)


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recipe of the week Pork with summer veg

SOLTIMES JUNE 2013

YELLOW STONE BAR FoodAround AroundThe TheWorld WorldDining DiningGroup Group Food on Sunday 30th June welcomes you to:

Serves 4

1.5kg pork belly, skin scored 2 sprigs rosemary, leaves picked 1tbsp fennel seeds Finely grated rind of 1 lemon 4 garlic cloves, crushed 2tbsp olive oil 600ml dry white wine 2tsp salt 2 red onions, cut into thin wedges 2 courgettes, trimmed and cut into chunks 1 each red, yellow and orange peppers, deseeded and cut into chunks 2tbsp plain flour 500ml chicken stock 2tbsp Marsala wine

METHOD Put the pork in a roasting tin skin side up and pour a kettle of boiling water over. Tip off the water and pat dry. Whizz the rosemary leaves in a food processor with the fennel, lemon, garlic and oil till smooth. Rub over the meat and chill overnight or for at least 2 hours. Preheat the oven to 220°C/fan 200°/ gas 7. Pour the white wine into the tin then put in the pork, skin side up. Rub salt into the skin. Roast for 30 mins, turn down the oven to 160°C/fan 140°C/gas 3 then roast for 1 hour. Scatter the veg round the pork, cover with foil and cook for 1 hour. Put the pork and veg on a warm plate, cover and set aside. Place the tin on the hob, sprinkle the flour over and cook for 1 min, scraping the bits from the tin. Add the stock and Marsala and bubble for 2-3 mins. Serve with the pork and veg.

Pre-Starter

The

Caribbean

Mango, Prawn and Orange Salad

Starters Salt Cod Fritters Banana & Coconut Soup

Main Courses

Lamb Curry & Rice Jamaican Jerk Chicken with Peas & Rice with Fried Plantain Hot Sweet Potato Stew (V) (pre-order only) (A glass of White, Red or Rose wine will be served with your main course)

Desserts

Jamaican Rum & Raisin Cheese Cake Ginger & Pecan Brownies

€11,95 per person Bookings Mandatory (€5 reservation deposit per person) Telephone 634 332 178 Email:info@yellowstonebar.com Website:www.yellowstonebar.com

find us using GPS Co-ordinates Lat: 37.38738 Long: -2.201018

Tues - Sat: 9am - 9pm, Sun - Mon: 2 pm- 9pm

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out & about

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

sunday Roast

3 course - €10.50 main course - €7.50 Beach Opening Times 10am til close Food served 10:30am til 9pm

menu of the day 3 courses €10

regular TRIBUTE SHOWS see website for details

La Cena

Albox

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

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

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

Carrillo Bar Pizza & Tapas

Food & Drink Served all Day

Est 1964

Live Sports Shown SPECIAL OFFER 6 BOTTLES IN A BUCKET

ONLY 6€

Open All Week 9am til Late Closed Monday



Lots of love from Nanny & Grandad & Uncle Sie

tel: 950 473 099 www.beachcombermojacar.com

Restaurante

Tel: 660

Happy Birthday Kai

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260 147

Ctra. Estacion, 29 04815 Almanzora

LA CENA, in Albox is a fine dining experience without the expense. A beautifully decorated restaurant, run by husband and wife team Simon and Carol. At the moment they are serving a superb Menu Del Noche, where you can choose from a choice of 3 starters, 5 mains and 3 deserts. They also offer an alternative to the Sunday lunch, a Sunday Sizzler Mixed Grill at just €9.95 per person, with a carafe of wine per couple included! If any of this has whetted your appetite, call 950 430 930 after 5.30pm today! The Carillo Bar is one of the longest established bars in Almanzora having been around since 1964. Open every day apart from Monday you can enjoy food and drink there from 9am until late. Call by and enjoy watching your favourite sports on multiple screens whilst enjoying Pizza or Tapas either indoors or outside on the lovely terrace, you will not be disappointed! Also take advantage of the San Miguel Special offer “6 bottles in an ice bucket for just 6€. The owner, Andreas, also owns the local Supermarket UDACO which can be accessed through the Bar. Tel: 660 260 147.

showbar & restaurant

Happy Birthday

Happy 2nd Birthday

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 a few of their forthcoming events…….28th June Cliff Richards (Sir Cliff tribute) over from the UK. 21st June, Midsummer’s Night Market on Mojacar Playa (With lots of entertainment). Free Computer Workshop every Saturday 10.30am – 1pm; Tel. now to reserve a table for any of our events: 950 473 099.

To a special little boy

To a special little man

Love you so much Mummy & Daddy xxxxx

Lots of love Dee and Diego

Happy Birthday Alison Have a brilliant day!! from David & Pam xx and Jodie, Serge & Cooper xx

Cielos Abiertos

the Spanish evangelical church in Albox is hosting 3 outreach meetings- Hope in Jesus Christ- in Albox on 18th-21st July The meetings will take place at Recinto Ferial near La Parilla. Plaza Mayor, Albox from 8-10pm. The meetings will start with a time of worship with music provided by Gloria a Dios followed by a time of testimony and prayer. The speaker for all three meetings is the internationally renowned Prophet Hernan Acosta . The outreach is the vision of Pastor Argentino of the Spanish evangelical church. His aim is to bring Jesus into the lives of the people of Albox. Although this a Spanish initiative they are being supported by the local English churches , Agua Viva and Santa Cruz Christian Fellowship, and as such all the meetings will be translated into Spanish and English. www.ESPERENZAENCRISTOALBOX.COM

The Irish Rover

Bay bistro

Fantastic New menu of the Day only 10€ per person

open daytime & evenings closed Menu del Dia Sunday Full a la Carte Menu

Your No1 Entertainment Venue in Mojacar for All the Family

Chicken, Chips, Salad & a Bottle of Wine Only per 2 People 15€

Friday 21st june

Charity Day

with Live Entertainment

& lots of stalls

friday 28th june

The Return of Rich Lucas with his Rat Pack Tribute

telephone: 950 473 135 mojacar playa between Lua & Moma Beach

Open 10am till late 7 days a week

s Fish & Chip with tter d Brea & Bu

5.95€

Next to Mediterraneo, Mojacar Playa

tu esd ay’ s

ONLY 9.95€ Menu de la Noche ONLY 12.95€

ich Deli Saennduw M from 6.95€

Lunch Special

Available

3 Courses

Including Roast of the Week

Only 9.95€

Early bird special (seated between 7pm - 8pm)

10% discount off total bill

628 Tel:Tel: 950 450 199761 • 628391 761 391

To avoid disappointment please call and reserve your table


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Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday

Lots of Love Mummy & Daddy xx

Monday ladies!!

Alison for 22nd June,

Pat from the APSA

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

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Happy Birthday

At their A.G.M. the Dames in Huercal Overa donated goods and money to the value of 2,250 Euros. They were given to Caritas food bank, the old people in the care of the Convent in Huercal Overa and the School Diviertet for disadvantaged Children in Albox Pictured are the President and Director of Caritas. Mother Superior Mother Teresa from the Convent, Members of the Dames committee and Representitives from the Town Hall in Huercal Overa

Gig guide – Adelante - June

Sunday 23th : La Mar Salada 5pm Friday28th : Lubrin Piscina 9pm Saturday 29th : Cactus bar Vera /Garrucha 9pm Keep on Rocking !!

Could YOU be a Volunteer?

Age Concern Almanzora – a fully legal charity which is affiliated to Age Concern España - are hoping to expand and develop their services to people in the Arboleas, Zurgena, Albox, Cantoria, Partaloa and Albanchez areas. We have a thriving shop, an enthusiastic fund-raising team and a welfare team who will provide befriender services to people in need of support. If you can offer a few hours of your time (hours to suit you), we would love to hear from you. Previous experience is not essential as full training and support will be given. References will be taken. Please contact us by telephoning 634 333 544 or e-mail ageconcernalmanzora@live.com. We look forward to hearing from YOU!

from all your friends at the Sol Times xxxxxxx

25 years of the Moors & Christians

For those of you that may have missed the fiesta or would like to see more, it’s not too late to see the exhibition “25 Years of Moors and Christians” with the fiesta illustrations of the artist Jill Bennett, fiesta costumes, past posters, a continuous screen slide show with over 1000 fotos and much more – Don’t miss it! Venue: Centro de Arte (not the Centro de Artesania), situated at the Mojácar Fuente, until 30th June. Opening times: Tuesday to Friday: 10.30 to 2pm and 5 to 8pm, Saturday & Sunday 11am to 2pm (Closed Mondays)

FGBMFI

The June Ladies and Men´s Breakfast Meeting of the FGBMFI (Full Gospel Business Men´s Fellowship International) will be held on Saturday 29 June 2013 at 10.00a.m at the Torre Bahia Restaurant, Mojacar Playa. The Speaker this month, giving his testimony, is Stuart Howarth from the UK, plus we will also have a short testimony from a Missionary who has lived and worked in several Continents of the world, without any guaranteed financial support for 17 years. The full English Breakfast costs 6 Euros, and a vegetarian version is available at the same cost, all including toast, orange juice, tea or coffee. Please note, this is not a church service, there is no preaching, just testimonies of lives changed by God. People from all walks of life come from far and wide each month, due to them receiving so much from each meeting. Booking is necessary, for catering purposes. Contact details: 950 168 349 or 66 11 40481. Email: mojacar@ fgbmfispain.org

tel: 950 479 213

ENDENT THEATRE GROUP P E D PRESENTS IN An evening of comedy plays Written by David Tristram & Lauri Wylie

Tickets 10€

A Meal of Chicken & Chips OR A Vegetarian Option

Inc. Supper. Available From 28th May 2013

To Be Performed at P.A.R.C. – Piedra Amarilla On Friday & Saturday 14th – 15th of June 2013 & Miraflores Restaurant – Camping Los Gallardos Wednesday & Thursday 19th – 20th June 2013. All Performances Commence at 7:30 p.m. Tickets Only Available in Advance From: Total Entertainment – Turre, Gills Linen – Mojacar, Camping Los Gallardos. Girasol, 1Stop Pools, Almanzora Group of Friends, Total Entertainment – All in Albox.

The Independent Theatre Group Box Office - 650817517 or 950439406 Email: itgboxoffice@gmail.com

FREE La

Charity Karaoke Evening

in aid of The Doghouse at El Poli Bar, Partaloa on Saturday 29 June from 7.30pm - it makes no difference if you can sing or not, just come along and join in. There will be a Raffle and a Buffet at 2.50 euros per person For more information telephone Poli Bar, Partaloa on 637 06 14 89

TURRE, NEXT TO MESON DEL POBRE

OPEN MON-SAT 9:30-6PM & SUN 9:30-1:30PM

Jose Hare

1928 - 2012

Every day without you, since you had to go is like summer without sunshine and winter without snow I wish that I could talk to you, there’s so much I would say Life has changed so very much since you went away I miss the bond between us and I miss your kind support You are in my mind and in my heart and every daily thought I will always feel you close to me and though your far from sight I’ll search for you among the stars that shine on every night Your loving husband Eddie xxxx

weekly quiz nights with CHERRY Original Quizzes

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

La Albox

tuesdays 7.30pm

VidaVenue

el Cucador

Monday evenings 7.30pm

VidaVenue El

Cucador

country & western night with kris kelly

Saturday 22nd June

6€

from 7:30pm includes chicken’n’chips or vegetable lasagne or chicken curry’n’rice

call 950 634 562

or email lavidacucador@gmail.com Open Every Day 12pm - Late

Tel: 950 634 562 • lavidacucador@gmail.com book the Venue: For your Private Parties, Weddings and Birthdays etc.


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Tel: 647 841 750 Interior Pine 2 panel door incl. complete frame/ architrave. 60€ Tel: 950 439 234 or 634 368 461 (Arboleas) Shower base (Ceramic), mixer/ shower complete with sliding shower screen... 65€. Tel: 950 439 234 or 634 368 461 (Arboleas) D o u b l e white glazed aluminium window frame complete incl. persiana , & mosquito blind. size : 1.20m x 1.35m....80€ Tel: 950 439 234 or 634 368 461 (Arboleas) Reja and m a r b l e sill for above w i n d o w..... 4 5 € Tel: 950 439 234 or 634 368 461 (Arboleas) Crybaby GCB95 Effects Foot Pedal150 euros 666231832. Shure 5155D M icr o p h o n e 30€ Tel: 666 231 832. M a rs h a l l Breaker Blues Foot Pedal 120€ Tel: 666 231 832. L e n n o n / M c C a r t n e y, Queen, Fleetwood Mac, Rod Stewart, Buddy Holly, Bon Jovi Music Song Books 2€ each.

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

heating Carlos (Saliente) plumbing & heating services. If it involves water, we can help! www.carlossaliente.com Tel: 968 969 962

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hobby/craft Elaine’s Wools quality UK wool & accessories. Come & view my display Also available at Camposol, Mazarron Call 667 273 889 elaines wools@gmail.com

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

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If you wish us to print an article about a particular topic in our regular space on pg 16, please email info@daviessolicitors.com locksmith Phil the Pick Locksmith 24 hours. Locked Out? Locks fitted/ upgraded house safes. Arboleas & surrounding area. Special weekend rates. Tel: 697 243 181

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This villa is in a very quiet area with no traffic & is private & not overlooked. There are great views of the surrounding area. Only 5 minutes to Albox. There are two bars in the area within walking distance. No smoking in the house – is permitted in the conservatory. No pets, sorry! €450 p.c.m. plus bills – please ring 663 405 555

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Need quality new parts for any car

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guarantee everything for up to 10 years

Solar Power System kits Telephone 671 716 597 or 950 030 187

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or e-mail victoriaspanishteacher@gmail.com or visit

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my ambition... “Humans say such stupid things, such as – it’s a dog’s life. Don’t they realise how difficult it is being a dog? That is why I have an ambition – I’m going to be a human. I know I can do this, because I have seen it on the telly – you are what you eat. Now I’m not stupid, I know that if I eat chicken I will not turn into a chicken, or if I eat fish I will not turn into a fish – that would be horrible – living in the water - eugh. I am muy inteligente, everybody says so, so I know that if I eat human food then I will turn into a human. I keep telling this to my English Mum but she still keeps feeding me dog food. ‘You’re a dog’ she says ‘you eat dog food.’ I know, but how will I ever turn into a human if she keeps feeding me dog food? But when I am a human I will make some changes. Firstly I will have a key, so I can open doors whenever I like and I will not have to ask a human to open them for me – I will go in and out as many times as I like

By Jos Biggs

josbiggs@hotmail.co.uk

Is Anybody There?

Somebody mentioned ‘Shuffling off this mortal coil’ on a TV play the other evening and then shortly after, it cropped up in a book I was reading. We all know pretty much what it means and I have heard it a million times before, but I wondered where such an odd expression came from and so I looked it up. Had I paid better attention at school I would have known, because as with so many expressions, sayings and idioms that we use today, it was predictable I suppose that this was yet another pearl of wisdom that dripped off the pen of old Will Shakespeare and is part of the ‘To be or not to be’ monologue from Hamlet. I have always been fascinated by the question: other than a knees-up at the local pub, what happens after we have pegged it? Is there something else beyond this life? Does the end mean the end . . . unlike yet another Status Quo ‘farewell’ tour? And if there is something to look forward to after death, will that include Coronation Street and Jehovah’s Witnesses interrupting our lunch?

The desire for answers on this subject is, not surprisingly, commensurate with advancing years and is partly due to the desire for knowledge, and partly I suspect, out of sheer panic because the old bloke in the robe and carrying a scythe is just waiting for his cue and we had better get our act together. After a lifetime of searching for answers, I know what my thoughts are on the subject, but you don’t want to hear about that and besides, we all have to come to our own conclusions in our own way. Suffice it to say I am more comfortable with the phrase: life after life. It’s a very strange thing about us humans that the only certainty during our worldly stopover is that at some point we all go the same way and yet for most of us, it’s the one thing in life that we find hardest to come to terms with. It is sometimes difficult to differentiate between what we want to believe because it gives us comfort, and what is a firmly held belief, instilled through faith or pure gut feeling. And as Woody Allen once said: It’s not that I’m afraid to die, I just don’t want to be there when it happens. There cannot be many people who, during their lifetime, have not at some point experienced odd goings on that would indicate that something other worldly is afoot. Things like déjà vu; accurate dreams of forthcoming events;

By Colin Bird : badbirdnow@gmail.com

viewpoint whenever I like, especially at night!. I will sit on the sofa if I want to, and no-one will turn me off – I’ve never heard a human tell another human to ‘get off the furniture.’ I will have a proper bed in a bedroom. Imagine having a whole room just for your bed, how posh is that? I will get rid of the coche. I don’t like the coche – it takes my family away. They say ‘look after the house Lucy’ and they get in it and go away. If they didn’t have the coche then they couldn’t go away and leave me behind. They make me go in it sometimes. They take me to the torturehospitalvet. They put me in a cage in the coche, and as soon as it starts moving I am sick but they say I have to go to the torturehospitalvet or I will get sick – well I’ve just been sick, so what are they talking about? Better go now and eat my nice dog biscuits. She says they are nice, but I’ve never seen her eat one, so how does she know? Lucero Rodriguez Biggs”

apparitions and near death experiences – the last of which has always been of particular interest to me. My good friend Dougie once claimed to have had an out-ofbody experience, but I doubt very much that’s what it was. I was there at the time and he wasn’t so much plastered, as rendered, pebble dashed and finished off with two coats of Dulux emulsion. It was more a case of an out-ofhead experience. It is said that a sure sign of a much loved departed friend or family member trying to reassure us that all is well on the other side, is the discover y of a white feather in the most inexplicable of places. It had me wondering if anyone has ever taken the trouble, on finding one of these celestial tokens, to have an expert examine the DNA to discover its source. I mean, it would surely give us some answers or at the very least, provide some intriguing possibilities. If it turned out to be from a turkey or a pigeon, then what would that tell us? Well plenty I suppose, if the dearly departed had been either an employee at Bernard Matthews or a pigeon fancier; but if the DNA proved to be from some hitherto undiscovered species then hey . . . perhaps a bit of Angels wing. No

seriously. My late Mum always kept an array of small pot plants on the window sills, including a Christmas cactus. I cannot be sure how long she had this particular plant, but I remember it sitting in its designated spot in the front room window seemingly forever. It always looked healthy enough, but to my Mother’s perpetual disappointment, it never flowered – not at the designated time during the festive season, nor at any other time during the year. Then after her passing and on the morning of her funeral, we came down stairs to find it a mass of crimson flowers, e v e n though this was in June. It was the only time during that whole heartbreaking period that my old Dad lost it, with a mixture of tears of joy and sadness. The message could not have been clearer.

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The Olive Mill riot and siege lasted the best part of a weekend. Shattered windows, blackened walls and burning outbuildings, in fact all the requisites for a really successful riot festooned the Calle Mirador. To say a riot is successful would be a contradiction anywhere else apart from Alqueria. The people of Alqueria have honed and fashioned the riot to make it almost an art form. It is as well practised as a fire-drill but a lot more enjoyable with no shortage of participants. Those who are too old or timid to join-in, watch from upstairs windows offering advice and encouragement. The cobblestones which make up the Calle Generalissimo have three sets of numbers etched on their undersides. The first set is their position in the barricade, this is to aid rapid deployment. The second, the distance which should be achieved when the stone is hurled at an angle of forty-five degrees by an average male between the ages of twenty-five and forty. The third, its position back in the street so things can get back to normal quickly and the next piece of civil unrest planned. The only person not involved in this lethal pastime is Loco Paco. In a world of his own he continued to walk the streets talking to his imaginary five-foot rodent. He could be seen emerging from the smoke of battle, an inane grin from ear to ear and oblivious of the surrounding destruction. Paco’s distinctive walk made him easily recognisable and guaranteed his safety. When he brought the weight down on his front foot, his body seemed to rise into the air. It gave the impression that he was trying to hold down a bunch of helium filled balloons. The Bomberos, on such occasions use discretion, this being the better part of valour, and valour being in rather short supply. With Rodriquez’s olive mill burning the question of whether to attend or not was settled with the toss of a coin. However with manual dexterity being in a short a supply as valour the coin was dropped and landed in an old pair of Sudoroso Joe’s fire socks. Another coin, to see who would retrieve the first was tossed and duly dropped. This process continued until the fire had burnt itself out. It is only because Alqueria is built largely of stone that the village has lasted so long. With civil unrest being such a popular pastime it is sometimes difficult to determine when one riot finishes and another begins. Regarding this particular insurrection, the reason was either the sacking of several Hill People from the olive mill or because it was the one hundred and sixty-fifth day after Epiphany.


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braben’s blog... Important instructions Do you ever feel like doing something just so out of the ordinary and maybe rebelling a little? Just imagine, for example, the thrill when you walk casually into Debenhams and shout “BHS”! Well, if not exactly a shout, at least whisper it in a rather loudish whisper so those scary make up salespeople can’t hear you. I did something incredibly rebellious only the other day; I have socks with the days of the week on them and on Monday I quite deliberately put a pair on which said, very clearly for anyone to see, Thursday. Now, that’s pushing the rebellious boat out quite a bit, even if I do say so myself, although I wouldn’t expect you to go quite that far. If you look closely you’ll find that there are countless people who do some very strange things on quite a regular basis. There are those for whom their weekend isn’t the same unless they’ve walked barefoot over white hot coals. I haven’t yet heard of an explanation for this which would encourage me to spend weekends singeing my feet and causing irreparable damage to perfectly good socks. And then there is the downright open mouthed unbelievable behaviour that puts even those hot coals to shame. And no, I’m not even talking people who collect rare Action Men-are there any rare ones? Or others who dress up as Science Fiction characters and spend huge chunks of money going to meet, other people, who have dressed up as similar characters to…to…well what do they do when they get together? But that’s for another time. I want to finish on something that takes the prize for out of the ordinarying! It was in Argentina and a man robbed a bank. Although it isn’t the sort of thing most of us do as a matter of course, robbing a bank is perhaps not that out of the ordinary for some. It wasn’t the robbing of the bank that was so unusual, but the fact that he did Graham is married it whilst wearing a motor cycle helmet and a to Helen and has a daughter, Alice. sock. And nothing else! He lives part of the This incident has left me pondering two year near Albox, things, well three if I am to be precise. Why but works in Qatar, teaching. If you wish was this man wearing just the one sock and where exactly was he wearing it? Finally, I’m to contact Graham regarding this intrigued to know just how the police may article email: have sorted out the identity parade-well, helenandg@yahoo. aren’t you? co.uk

A quiet summers day at the beach - NOT! How to plant a tree, civvy street version; in autumn dig a hole, putting compost or mulch at the bottom, carefully place the tree in the hole making sure the roots are untangled to enable them to grow. Then using a mix of soil and compost fill the hole in, pressing down firmly yet gently to leave a shallow depression. This ensures water can collect around the base of the tree with no run off. Water liberally and again every few days for a month. After that once weekly will do for the next year until the tree is established. Spanish council employee version; buy the tree from a relation of the Mayor as luckily they will own a garden centre. Pay full price with a little extra on top to ensure the tree is top quality. Take delivery of the tree in late spring making sure it’s thrown roughly from the truck, then leave the tree to dry out in the sun for a few days. Return with 3 colleagues to watch another man dig the hole. Plonk the tree in any old how ensuring an empty fag packet and a half eaten sandwich go in too as fertilizer. Then stamp it down really hard to ensure its set like concrete, maybe it will be vertical, maybe not. Water it only if there is time before lunch or pee on it instead. Finally walk away never to return, this last instruction is really important as if the tree survives all this it’s bad news for future employment; best the tree dies so it can be dug up and the tax payers will pay next year to repeat the process. How to water plants civvy street version; as plants drink

at night its best to wait until after sunset. The plants will get maximum benefit as less water evaporates as its cooler. If using a watering system ensure all water jets are working and are pointed towards the plants to conserve water. Banks, ridges and canals can be formed to ensure even coverage of the water so it flows to where needed. Repeat as necessary during the season. How to water plants Spanish council employee version; clock in about morning time, light a fag and stop for breakfast, then turn on the tap whilst adjusting the spray on the hosepipe to the fine mist setting and leisurely spray all the leaves. Tax payers will be proud to see their council employees working hard in the heat of the day and be more understanding when the plants need to be replaced when they either scorch or die from a lack of water reaching the roots. When using lawn sprinklers and irrigation systems, ensure they are only turned on in the day time to ensure maximum evaporation. Also only half the water is to be aimed at the plants, the rest should pour onto the tarmac. This ensures extra water usage so helping the Mayors other relation who coincidentally runs the local water company. Lastly to reinforce in the public eye just how hard council employees work, make sure that anything needing doing on the beach is done once the school holidays start. Perhaps block off access to the sea entirely and drive up and down the beach on heavy machinery. So when holidaymakers come down to the beach, instead of idling their hours away Enjoy Stephens musings? Pop over to http://findmeahomeinspain.wordpress.com as the articles are posted on there too...and they’re a bit longer too! Findmeahome are always looking for quality in peace and quiet they homes for their sales and rental portfolios, please contact Stephen for a valuation: stephen@ can see and hear how their findmeahome.es Telephone: 636 266 641 taxes are spent!

oday, in the ongoing saga of emails, we should cover attachments and limitations. In one regards both subjects are inextricably linked but as limitations is a short subject, and easily covered, we will deal with it first. For the sake of my poor typing finger (I only use one! I am not a secretary, I diagnose and fix computers) and column space, I will refer to MicroSoft as MS. Limitations! What on earth are they and why are they in place? Hotmail have several limits and have these for very good reason. The first of these is not readily known but is a security device to ensure that “Windows Live Hotmail” spots what it deems to be suspicious activity; a large and sudden increase in outgoing messages may indicate your account has been taken over, for example. This limit is set by Hotmail to 300 (three hundred) messages per day. That limit is usually much lower for new accounts. What the time limit is to move on from being a “New Member” is unclear and MS haven’t, as yet, replied to my request for more information. There is a lower limit of 100 (one hundred) recipients per message but that is the Allowance Per Message. Again, this is to monitor for what MS call “suspicious activity” and can lead to a temporarily lower limit (as low as 10 (ten) recipients). Not only do they monitor and control the limits of how many emails that you send in one day but they also monitor and limit the size of the data files that can be attached to an email. This is where MS Hotmail gives Gmail a run for it’s money. Hotmail will allow a maximum of 200 attachments, each being 50MB each. That makes a total of very nearly 10GB. This limit is much less of a limit when you consider the time taken to download, for example, a program from the internet that you want of, say, 10Mb. Obviously, the faster your connection speed, the sooner the file will download! Still, with a connection speed of 2Mb, a 10MB file will take about 13 seconds to download. Multiply that by 200 and you might as well go put the kettle on! What can you attach? Well just about anything! Although MS does seem a little cranky if you try to send programs or music through their service, something to do with copyright and their unwillingness to break the law - Now that’s funny! Enough “Why”, now the How! Did you read last week’s article? If you did then what comes next is a waste of your time. Just in case you missed last weeks article, here is the short version. “Go to the band at the top of the screen, there is only 1 option, “New”. You want to send an email to me telling me how simple emails really are, and they are! Left click on “New”. On the left hand side of the screen is a box waiting for information from you. It wants to know where to sent the email you are about to create. Type “canducomputing@hotmail.co.uk” into the box. Now click where is says “Add A Subject” and now type “awesome or awful article” (please select one :-). Below it will say “Add a message”. As soon as you left click here, this message will disappear to make room for your own. Here you type just about any thing that you like! Finished? Good, back to the top bar and left click on “Send” and it is on it’s way to me. In the words of Alexandra MeerKat - “Simples!”. Send me an email just to prove how easy it really is :-) So till next time, enjoy the summer before it gets too hot (is that possible?) For further information or advice on computing, contact Trevor on 689 892 745 or canducomputing@hotmail.co.uk


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being caught. The last couple of trips out have not been good for ‘Orca Steve’. The fish have moved from where they were previously being caught and the one’s they could see on the fish finder sonar weren’t feeding. What’s changed? Two things Steve thinks, firstly there are a lot of big predator fish jumping close to the shore and possibly scattering the fish that were there previously. with beachcomber John I’ve seen this in front of the Shore Fishing. Beachcomber recently, shoals A couple of members of the of small fish panicking and Albox fishing Club fished the scattering. Second is there has Indalo Hotel arm. ‘Dennis the been a lot of sea bed debris menace’ caught a weaver floating on the surface since and ‘Squiddly Sid’ had four the last good day’s fishing with palometes and a horse Maria and family indicating sea mackerel. See photo of Sid bed disturbance. It is possible and one of his palometes. that the Garrucha trawlers are ‘Tubby Jimmy’ also fished dropping their nets closer to the arm and caught four the shore and taking the fish and disturbing the sea bed. palometes to plate size. ‘Storming David’ fished We have seen this happening a couple of sessions near before but not lately. Some say fishing is a Garrucha but could only temp one decent plate size striped funny old game; them that go fishing know it is! This bream. ‘London Bill’ caught Atlantic was proven when Maria and Scads and palometes spinning Husband Andrew and their two boys Sam and Jack from Macenas rocks. joined Steve for a mornings Boat Fishing. fishing out of Garrucha on ‘Hissing Sid’ went out with a day when the conditions ‘Big Mick Doody’ and ‘Andy were slightly choppy with an Hancock. (Wouldn’t be hard easterly breeze and swell. to find Andy a nickname would Steve anchored the boat in it?) Fishing was hard with a a spot near the Repsol petrol strong wind blowing making it station and fishing tackle not suitable to drop anchor so shop in 120ft of water which they did long drift runs with was flowing steadily towards just a few of the usual fish Mojacar in a light current; this

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is where it got interesting! Before they had time to put out tackle in the water Maria got all excited about a fish she could see swimming around the boat. They all looked over the side and there it was a decent size trigger fish approximately 1m below the surface and circling the boat with great interest. Maria dropped her bait in and the trigger dived down chasing the bait, they waited but no bite came. The lads dropped their tackle in but again without a bite. Thinking the trigger had gone, Maria brought here tackle up to check the bait and what was following it, you guessed it, the trigger! Steve told Maria to hold the bait just below the surface and jig it steadily, the trigger swam around the trace, looked at the 3rd piece of prawn from the weight and BANG, it went for it! Steve set Maria’s reel clutch to give line and she fought the fish for 10 minutes before they got it aboard. This was a hard act to follow for the lads but they tried hard and caught loads of Atlantic and Spanish mackerel, pandoras, pickerels and bogues only to be out classed by Maria who caught the biggest mackerel, biggest fish AND most fish! They returned to port with a bursting fish well and four happy fishermen or should he say “fisher people”! One thing they did notice during the day was the amount of bait fishing hitting the surface which at one stage passed under the boat and which took about five minutes for the shoal to clear, something they all watched with eager eyes whilst staring down into the abyss! ‘Squiddly Sid’, Peter and his two mates had a mornings fishing with Steve. Steve headed for the spot of the

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previous day’s fishing. They were in the exact same spot as the previous day and there were fish showing on the sonar but they wouldn’t take the bait. They sat patiently for a couple of hours but it was dire, only a couple of two inch panders caught. Steve decided to pull anchor and drift about a little to see what they could come across but only two mackerel were the takers. At midday he moved the boat to Vera playa to a spot where he knew the triggers feed at this time of year but again, nothing, not even a pickerel. So they drifted here and they drifted there to try and find a fish but the fish weren’t interested. They finished the day with a dozen fish between them and the frustrating thing was that they could see millions of fish hitting the surface all around. Maybe big predators have moved in spreading the fish although nothing took Sid’s trolling lure which he put in the water as they moved about. So there you are, two separate but very different days fishing, who said fishing wasn’t a funny old game? Coarse Fishing. ‘Puentes Ray’ made an early start to Puentes last Sunday, arrived 6.30am and it was a beautiful morning with no wind. He decided to have a match day so fished a stick waggler at about 10 feet with single corn and 14 hook. Into fish straight away but not very big 3/4lb average but good sport on light tackle. Cars started arriving at 6.45am and by 9am it was like Butlins (Birds Nest Phil did warn Ray) ray said he will never fish weekends again, screaming kids, dogs, people fishing within arm’s length to you, murder, not what fishing’s about. However by 4pm he had 100 fish including one nice barbel so decided to leave, lesson learned for the future. The Albox fishing club meets every two weeks or so at Bar Wassy. For details of the next meeting tel Sid 634 313 650. For up to date information on any of the above see John at the Beachcomber Bar Restaurant on Mojacar Playa or tel 950 473 099. Tight John.

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•G  olfer Justin Rose has, at last, claimed his first maiden title and it was a biggie! Last Sunday, he became the first Englishman for 43 years, since Tony Jacklin in 1968 to win in the USA, and the first since Nick Faldo in 1996 to win any major championship. •L  ast weekend’s MotorGP at the Circuit de Catalunya, was won by Jorge Lorenzo with his fellow Spaniards Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez second and third. •A  ndy Murray took the men’s singles title at Queen’s for the third time, beating Marin Cilic in the final. • I n a recent county cricket match, Lancashire bowled out Essex for just 20 - YES 20. This was the lowest score in the first-class game for 30 years and Essex’s lowest-ever. • I n football, Jose Mourinho didn’t want the Manchester United job. “It was Chelsea for nothing” said the former Real Madrid boss... Joe Kinnear is back at Newcastle, as Director of Football... holders Spain played Italy in last night’s Europe’s U21 Championship final. • I n Rugby, England beat Argentina 51-26 in Buenos Aries to record their first clean sweep over the hosts.... Wales crashed 238 in Japan, Scotland lost 30-17 against South Africa and New Zealand thumped France 30-0. •T  riple Olympic gold medal sprinter Veronica CampbellBrown (31) has tested positive for a banned substance and could face a two-year ban from athletics. •E  ngland defeated the holders Egypt in the world squash final in France. •B  razil’s Alan Oliviera is now the fastest amputee in the world after breaking Oscar Pistorius’s record for the 100m, clocking 10.77 seconds. •S  cottish golfer Paul Lawrie and F1’s principal Christian Horner (Red Bull) were each awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Sporting Diary •O  n Sunday, Aussie Mark Webber will be aiming to win the British Grand Prix for the third time in four years and so equal the feat of Michael Schumacher, the last driver to register three Silverstone victories. The last Brit to win on his home track was Lewis Hamilton in 2008. •E  dgbaston will stage cricket’s Champions Trophy final on Sunday with hopefully England (who beat Australia and New Zealand in their group) one of the finalists. •R  oyal Ascot is up and running with the best horses in Europe galloping for glory. The four-day annual event will be attended by over 300,000 punters who between them will drink 185,000 bottles of champagne and eat 11,000 lobsters and 14 tons of beef. •F  ootball’s Confederations Cup is taking place in Brazil. •T  he British & Irish Lions play Qantas Wallabies (Australia) in the first Test in Brisbane on Saturday. •A  nd Wimbledon fortnight begins on Monday. SIR HENRY CECIL Regarded as one of the greatest and charismatic trainers in horse racing history, Sir Henry Cecil died last week, aged 70. Champion trainer ten times, he sent out 25 domestic Classic winners - four in the Derby, eight in the Oaks, six in the 1,000 Guineas, three in the 2,000 Guineas and four in the St Leger. Particularly renowned for his success with fillies, he was the ‘Master Trainer’ at Royal Ascot, successfully saddling a record 75 winners at the famous old course, among them his best horse, Frankel. Knighted for services to horse racing in the Queen’s 2011 Birthday Honours, Scotsman Cecil was a great man, great trainer, a true legend. Gone but not forgotten. R.I.P.

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On Thursday 13th June our brave band of “young golfers” left the safe environment of Cucador and ventured to the rarely tried Lorca course. The course, whilst not perfect due to the recent hollow tinning, was acceptable and all participants enjoyed the occasion. Our competition this week was a pairs Texas Scramble, with the pairs being drawn to arrange fairly balanced handicapped pairings. John Haydon and Dave Denyer were the first group away and were successful in being the leaders in the club house for about one hour!!!. John Haydons Two on the par three 4th hole was a feat worth mentioning. John chipped in from about 3 metre•s by cleverly using the flag stick to stop the rapidly moving ball. It struck the stick about half a metre from the ground and slid majestically down into the hole, it matters not how you do it only that you do. Our winners with a Nett score of 69 was Mark Danson and Sylvia Kaye, from 2nd place pairing of Nigel Greenwood and Pete Dow on 70, leaving the team of John Haydon/Dave Denyer in 3rd place with a Nett par score of 71. Nice

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taking the nearest the pin on the 10th hole, and Mark and Sylvia claiming the nearest the pin with the 2nd shot on the par 4, 18th. Interestingly they used Sylvia’s Tee shot to achieve the prize.

Thursday 13th June Badgers Golf Society had the second away day trip of year. On an absolutely glorious day for golf Badgers visited Playa Serena Golf in Roquetas. The course was in top condition with the greens running true. Winner on the day was Steve Casburn with 36pts, 2nd place went to Danny Caton with 33pts and 3rd place was George Crichton with 32 pts

Thanks to all members for attending and making ity a really good fun day. Results: Pairs Stableford. 1st Mark Danson / Sylvia Kaye 69 2nd Nigel Greenwood / Peter Dow 70 3rd John Haydon / Dave Denyer 7 Nearest The Pin. 4th Hole Terry Caddick 10th Hole John Boulter 18th Hole (with 2nd shot) Mark Danson/Sylvia Kaye. Twos: 4th Hole John Haydon 10thHole Roger Kaye 18th Hole Bob Tagg 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.

Saturday’s weekly roll up at Macenas was won by Alan Thomas with 36pts from Steve Casburn in 2nd with 35pts

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Forthcoming Fixtures are: Wednesday 19th June Valle de Este, Wednesday 26th June Desert Springs, Wednesday 3rd July Macenas Badgers Golf Society also plays every Saturday at Macenas for their weekly roll-up. Please book in at Badgers. Guests are welcome to join the society on both Wed and Sat comps and can book in either at Badgers Restaurant on Mojacar Playa or by phone on 950478525. Fixtures can be found on www.badgersmojacar. com

Forum Golf Society There is obviously something about Medal play that appeals to Forum´s Keith Ryder, for as many players struggled to avoid card-wrecking ¨disaster¨ holes he moved serenely round Playa Macenas on June 14th to win his second individual strokeplay event of the year with a net 68. Adrian Ball was second with a 69, Tony Morgan third & Peter Wright fourth (both 70). Nearest the pin prizes went to John Holder, Pat Garrigan & Tony Morgan, whilst Geoff Hebb put aside his much publicised dislike of strokeplay just long enough to claim the longest drive on the tough Par 5 2nd hole.

If you are interested in joining the 19th hole give the secretary a ring on 610340653. Or email gs19thhole@hotmail.co.uk

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This week we had 24 players on fri which is surprizing for the time of year, giving that the weather is getting hot and members tend to return to the UK to the cooler climate (rain etc). The winner on Friday was Tish Bigelow with 34 pts 2nd on countback Patrick Vickery 34 pts 3rd Robin Hawkins 33 pts. Nearest the pins Lloyd Dean on the 6th and Paul Sedge second shot to the 11th.

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These results had an impact on the race to top Forum´s 2013 Golfer of the Year standings, as Bob Cowan´s short reign at the top of the pile was ended by Tony Morgan moving ominously into pole position. Top 5 are currently

Tuesdays result was a win for the team of Sue Hull, Byran Brown, & Sean Halligan. The ryder cup between the Spanish v English / Irish takes place on the 29th June with the proceeds going to Asprodalba.

Tony Morgan 96pts Bob Cowan 94pts Terry Davies 89pts Brian Gyer 85pts Terry Moore 85pts To cap a good week all round for Tony, he is also well clear at

Anyone wishing to take part should contact Kevin or Lumi at Valle del Este. Have a good round this week and enjoy your golf at Valle del Este.

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Many more offers available for both larger and smaller systems, contact us via the website or call: 950 930 187, 671 716 597 or from a UK number call 01332 896510

902 750 190

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