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SolTimes issue 397

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The world turns a Royal shade of blue From the London Eye to Niagara Falls, landmarks across the globe are illuminated to celebrate the birth of Kate and William’s son Landmarks across the world were lit up overnight to welcome the arrival of Britain’s future King. The London Eye adopted a patriotic red, white and blue colouring, while the fountains in Trafalgar Square ran blue to signify that the Duchess of Cambridge had given birth to a baby boy. Niagara Falls was also lit up in blue, providing a stunning spectacle for those who gathered to watch the famous waterfall on the U.S.-Canada border It was first announced that Kate and William’s son had been born around 8.30 last night - allowing sights to Britain to light up in celebration as soon as dusk fell. The BT tower in Fitzrovia, central London displayed a message broadcasting the news to Londoners as soon as it was revealed. Tower Bridge was another famous London sight which turned blue for the night to tell passers-by about the birth of a healthy 8lbs 6oz boy. Trafalgar Square’s fountains were lit with blue lights last night, and London mayor Boris Johnson said they will be lit for the next six days in celebration of the royal birth. ‘Huge congratulations to the Duke and Duchess on the birth of their first child who will, by virtue of being born in this great city, be a Londoner through and through,’ he said. ‘I am sure millions of Londoners will be raising a glass today to toast this wonderful news.’

Prince William said the couple “could not be happier” following the birth of the boy, who weighed 8lb 6oz and is yet to be named, at 16:24 BST on Monday. Thousands of well-wishers descended on Buckingham Palace after the news broke. The royal birth will be marked later with gun salutes and the ringing of Westminster Abbey’s bells. The duke was at the private Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital, west London, for the birth - and stayed with Catherine and the baby overnight. A Kensington Palace spokesman said it was “too early” to say whether they would leave hospital on Tuesday. The couple are expected to talk to their medical team before a decision is made. The BBC’s Royal Correspondent Peter Hunt said it was unlikely the Queen would visit her great-grandchild in hospital, adding - “she can of course see him privately once he leaves”. After the new arrival was announced in a statement issued by Kensington Palace, a large cheer went up from well-wishers

and journalists outside the hospital. It was then displayed on an ornate easel at Buckingham Palace where royal watchers and tourists are queuing in the rain to catch a glimpse. The world now awaits the couple’s choice of names for their son, with George the bookmakers’ favourite, followed by James and Alexander. The birth of the prince means the monarchy has three generations of heirs to the throne for the first time since 1894. Following the announcement, a statement from Kensington Palace said: “The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry and members of both families have been informed and are delighted with the news.” It added that mother and baby were “doing well”. The Prince of Wales, in a separate statement, said he and the Duchess of Cornwall were “overjoyed at the arrival of my first grandchild”. “It is an incredibly special moment for William and Catherine and we are so

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thrilled for them on the birth of their baby boy,” he added. “Grandparenthood is a unique moment in anyone’s life, as countless kind people have told me in recent months, so I am enormously proud and happy to be a grandfather for the first time and we are eagerly looking forward to seeing the baby in the near future.” Royal doctor Mr Setchell described the new arrival as a “wonderful baby, beautiful baby”. Prime Minister David Cameron, speaking outside Downing Street, hailed the “wonderful news”. Nicholas Witchell said the third in line to the throne could expect to be brought up in a “secure and loving environment”, shielded from many of the pressures of ordinary life but facing the specific challenges his position will bring. The baby’s future, he said, will be “a lifetime of public curiosity and, in due course, the responsibility of refreshing and taking forward the ancient institution that is the world’s best-known hereditary monarchy”.


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Also many thanks to Sarah who donated a brand new Washing Machine, so the dogs can have nice clean blankets MARVELOUS. On Monday 22nd July a further 45 dogs went to Holland from Perros Sin Casa, APSA, JJ Rescue Mazzaron, Animals Almanzora and Galgos del Sol. What fantastic cooperation. The charities also went to Paul at The Doghouse to lend a hand with his dogs, if anyone has some spare time Paul would be very happy for you to go along and help him with grooming and cleaning. Also 2 puppies from Paul and The Doghouse went to Holland. Many thanks again to R&R Services for taking the dogs all the long way to Holland in their air conditioned vehicle. So far upto now we have sent a total of 216 dogs to Holland!!!!! ALSO we are planning some more events in August and September,you will be able to see all these future events in the Sol Times. We are always looking for volunteers, so if you want to come along and offer a helping hand call us at the Perros Sin Casa on: Carla 0034 674 552 286 Glynis 0034 950 069 142 Jenny & Hugette 0034 950 930 637


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Two men behind a spate of bag-snatching incidents at Murcia’s San Javier airport have been arrested. According to a report by, they used car-hire firms with fake passports for a week at a time in order to pass as holidaymakers. The accused parties, Romanian nationals aged 23 and 28, live in Alicante and Valencia respectively and travelled around 5,000 kilometres a week between the two locations in hired vehicles. After stealing handbags from people at the airport, they would then travel farther afield to draw out cash using the credit and debit cards they had robbed. Many items, including some of the bags themselves and the contents have been recovered and are on display in Court Number 1 in San Javier (Murcia) on the Mar Menor. The men, who both have criminal records for similar incidents, have been remanded in custody.

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appeal for State help for parents so elderly are not left ‘holding the baby’

Elderly people should not be looking after young children full-time, because they are neither physically nor psychologically up to it, say geriatricians. Doctors at Valencia’s Hospital Casa de Salud says the economic crisis is responsible for parents having to work much longer hours when they can find jobs and their wages not being enough to pay for childcare – a situation that is forcing them to effectively leave their own parents to bring up their children. And with the average childbearing age rising, by the time grandparents have to take on the burden of care, they are often very old and not in the best of health. Dr Fermín García, Specialist Geriatrician says: “It should not have to be the case that society’s oldest residents have to look after young children when they are no longer physically or mentally able to do so. Society needs to adapt to the changing population pyramid and to the needs of the elderly, children, and parents. It should be society and public policies that provide support so that it is the parents themselves who look after their own children, as is the case in

northern European countries. He continued: “In these countries, mechanisms are in place to encourage people to have children: much longer maternity leave, financial incentives, flexible working hours and necessary childcare leave, legal protection at work for parents, social facilities and many other factors that enable mothers and fathers to look after their own children and not have to leave it up to the grandparents,” Dr García states. He says the elderly are a ‘forgotten age’ in Spanish society and frequently dismissed.: “Today’s society is all about youth, beauty and all that’s productive, and the value of elderly people, their experience of life and intellectual baggage, is ignored. “The practice of geriatric care is to keep elderly people as independent as possible towards the end of their lives so that they can do as much for themselves as is feasible and enjoy greater quality of life. “For that reason, we need the governments to invest more resources in their care and adapt their policies to benefit this large and rapidly-growing sector of the population.”

Plan PIVE ‘scrapping’ causes panicbuying of new cars New car sales have rocketed this month on the eve of the ‘scrap for cash’ scheme being axed. The Plan PIVE allowed owners to trade in their old cars, over seven years of age or newer ones declared total losses, for scrap metal in exchange for a generous discount on the price of a brand-new vehicle. This scheme gave the motor trade a massive boost across the country, with 34,000 cars bought straight off the forecourt in the first two weeks of July – an increase of 25.4 per cent on the same month in 2012. Dealership and franchise associations GANVAM and Faconauto say deliveries of new cars to private individuals, rather than companies, topped 17,000 in the first fortnight of this month – some 45 per cent more than in the same period last year. And car-hire firms bought 9,400 vehicles – 31 per cent more than in July 2012. Large firms buying new vehicles as pool cars or company cars were among the minority, say the two groups, with fewer than 8,000 sold, or a nine-per-cent drop on last year’s figures.

GANVAM and Faconauto say these statistics are due to ‘panic-buying’ as owners with cars that have no saleable value as a driveable vehicle seek to capitalise on the last few days of the Plan PIVE. Until this Plan was launched, scrapyards paid far less for old or undriveable cars, and in most cases, the owner was forced to pay a fee for their vehicle to be picked up by the authorities and disposed of. This has always led to a high number of abandoned cars in towns and on country roads, with many town councils cracking down by considering any vehicle that had been parked in a public space for a month or more to have been ‘dumped’ and the owner subject to a fine – and people who were unable to drive for long periods having to arrange for someone else to move their car periodically to avoid this. But the Plan PIVE means car-owners can benefit from discounts of up to 3,000 euros for trading in their old vehicles as scrap. The scheme is due for the chop at the end of July.


Cash-in-hand dealings in PP headquarters ‘reached over eight million euros’

At least 8.3 million euros in undeclared cash was handled at the PP government headquarters in Madrid in a 20-year period, according to documents on a pen-drive ex-treasurer Luis Bárcenas is said to have handed to the judge. Blocks of banknotes in briefcases, suitcases and bags were reportedly passed around in the offices on Calle Génova in the capital between 1990 and 2010, claims a report in Spanish national daily El Mundo. The reporter, Pedro J Ramírez, says the majority of this ‘off-the-books’ money ended up in the pockets of PP members, with party consultant Pedro Ariola

being the main beneficiary, receiving 1.5 million euros in cash in hand and the person who received the secondhighest amount of undeclared money being Spanish president Mariano Rajoy, with 350,000 euros. Bárcenas is remanded in custody and being questioned over a supposed tax fraud involving extra wages in cash being given to top-flight PP members, as well as corruption and ‘back-handers’. Opposition leader Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba has called for a no-confidence vote in Rajoy to be cast, unless he speaks out in the Congress building.

The socialists say they do not believe they would succeed with what would be only the third no-confidence vote in Spain’s democratic history, since they would not have a majority vote, but appear willing to at least try to carry out their threat. PP leaders have attempted to veto Rajoy’s testifying in court as a witness in the Bárcenas case, but prosecutors say they themselves have the authority to decide upon this and if they believe there are grounds to call Rajoy in to give a statement, the president will be expected to do so.

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A man who defrauded around 40,000 euros from mobile phone users via a fake application purportedly allowing them to spy on WhatsApp conversations held by their contacts has been arrested in Murcia. Via a very convincing ‘phishing’ scam, the 23-year-old managed to obtain the telephone numbers of 11,000 users and their contacts, to which he sent a link to the non-existent new programme WhatsAppSPY inviting them to download it for free. The link directed SmartPhone users to a website which was very close in appearance to the WhatsApp site and appeared to have been sent by one of their contacts, since the accused had previously hacked the users from a social network site and sent out over eight million messages. The site to which the link led them asked them to re-enter their telephone numbers in order to receive an activation code, which they never got. In reality, they were signing up to premium-rate text-message service costing between 1.45 and 7.26 euros per message.

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6.30am on a Sunday morning, 7th July 2013, with the sun just peeping over the horizon, four intrepid ladies from Bedar prepare to depart by car to catch the train from Murcia to Madrid, their final destination being Logrono later that day. They have decided to undertake a gruelling part of the Pilgrim’s Walk from Logrono to PILGRIM’S PASSPORT Burgos, a distance of some 150 kilometres, entirely at their own expense. Sheila Turner, a member of the Lions Club of Vera & District, nominated ASADIS and the Gema Fund for Disadvantaged Children as her designated charity, while Eileen Kilmurry decided to walk to raise funds for PAWS Patas. They were accompanied by two Spanish ladies from Bedar, Virginia and Nena Collado. After spending the night on the floor of a church, our four began the first leg at 5.25 am the following morning, and concluded later that day at Najera, 34 kilometres or so along the way. At each destination along the route, there are places known L-R: Virginia Collado, Sheila Turner, Eileen Kilmurry, Nena Collado as Albergue , which provide accommodation of a very basic nature and medical support for walkers. After the following day’s journey, at a place called Santo Domingo de la Calzada, Sheila was beginning to suffer from blistering on her feet, and Eileen, who had had a little tumble the previous day, was also feeling rather sore in her lower back, due to the rubbing of her rucksack. Day 3, and they moved on to Belorado, 23 kms further on. Here, Sheila was told by the attendant medic that she was not permitted to walk any further due to the condition of her feet. Eileen, Virginia and Nena then went on to Ages the next Carratera Lorca - Baza, 56 (Albox) day, having climbed to a height of 1,150 metres at Momumento de los Caldos, before descending to Tlf: 950 431 738 Email: 960 mtrs at Ages. Sheila travelled on to Burgos to • Exterior gates & fencing await the arrival of her companions, and on Friday, • Electronic opening gates 12th July, the four were reunited. HOMECOMING CAKE! L-R Sheila Turner, Bill Davies • Rejas for fire escapes in various designs from 150€ (Lions), Eileen Kilmurry, Siobahn Tattan (PAWS) Sheila, Eileen, Viginia and Nena were welcomed back • Ornamental metal gazebos to Bedar village on Monday 15th with a party arranged by Siobahn Tattan for PAWS, next to Bazar Oriental • motorised up & over garage doors and Glyn Williams for Vera Lions Club, to express the gratitude of both charities for such a T&T brave adventure. It has not yet been finalised, but it seems that each charity will receive just • Fixed or concertina window & door grills under 1,000.00 euros from the sponsorship money that Eileen and Sheila have raised, once all • Specialists in Stainless Steel the outstanding pennies have been collected. What a marvellous effort! • Spiral staircases CTRA. Lorca - Baza


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Despite health messages about skin cancer - which kills more than 2,200 people annually - one woman in four doesn’t use sun cream, while one in three uses lotions that are a lower factor than 15. A tan is not a sign of a healthy body, but an indication skin has been damaged by cancer- causing ultraviolet, UV, rays. Caucasian skin gets a golden colour from the pigment melanin. When skin is damaged by UV rays, it produces more melanin in self-defence. The risk of cancer is highest for those with white, freckly skin who never tan. It is lower for people with a Mediterranean complexion, and lowest for those with black skin. Ultraviolet radiation has two forms - UVA and UVB. The latter is the main culprit for sunburn and skin cancers. But UVA can also increase the risk of cancer and cause premature skin ageing. Each year there are 70,000 new cases of skin cancer and doctors say the disease is preventable in four out of five cases. Yinka Ebo, of Cancer Research UK, says: ‘You should avoid sunburn because it is a sign the DNA in skin cells has been damaged by too much ultraviolet. A painful sunburn once every two years triples the risk of skin cancer.’


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rays, while an SPF 8 absorbs 70 per cent. But as the numbers increase, the additional benefit gets smaller. A factor 15 cream absorbs 93 per cent of UVB; factor 30 absorbs 97 per cent; and factor 50 absorbs 98 per cent. So, there’s very little difference in how much UVB factors 15, 30 and 50 block out. And doctors recommend we avoid long periods in the sun, as the rays can still damage our DNA without sunburn. WHAT ABOUT UVA? SPF only describes the ability of a product to filter UVB. To see if a cream or spray protects against UVA, look for a separate star rating. The stars go from zero to five. These show how much UVA radiation is absorbed by the cream compared with UVB. So if an SPF30 cream has five stars, it offers the same high protection against UVB and UVA. But if an SPF8 cream has five stars, it offers the same low protection against UVB and UVA. Critics say the star rating is a marketing ruse, not sensible medical advice. HOW MUCH SHOULD I USE? Most people don’t put on nearly enough and don’t reapply it often enough. SPFs are worked out on the assumption people smear a layer of 0.025g for every two centimetres of skin - 35ml for a whole body, or two large tablespoons. For the arms, neck and face you need at least two teaspoons. It needs to be fully absorbed by the skin. You must apply it 15 to 30 minutes before going out and a second coat 20 to 30 minutes after you’ve been in the sun. If you are out all day, you will need two or three smotherings. A typical bottle contains 200ml - six applications. For a fortnight’s holiday in the sun, two adults and two children need 21 bottles. ARE EXPENSIVE CREAMS BETTER? Every cream on sale in Europe must do what it says on the label by law. What you are paying for with the most expensive brands is smell, consistency and name. But you’re not risking your health with a cheaper, own-brand name. WHEN SHOULD YOU REPLACE THEM? Creams should have a best before date. After three years, they won’t offer anything like the same protection.

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HOW DO SUN CREAMS WORK? Two ingredients in creams protect the skin. Some are ‘absorbers’ that mop up harmful UVB rays. Others are a physical shield and reflect them. These often contain zinc oxide or titanium oxide. Both increase the amount of time you can spend in the sun without burning. All creams wear off, so must be reapplied every few hours. ARE 50+ CREAMS WORTH IT? SPF stands for sun protection factor. Dermatologists say it should stand for sunburn protection factor, as it only refers to how good the cream is at protecting against UVB, the rays that cause sunburn. Few of us spend 12 hours in the sun and factor 30 would give 7½ hours burn-free. If you spend only a few hours in the sun, whether you wear factor 15, 30 or 50 will make little difference No matter what your SPF factor, it is crucial you reapply your cream every few hours. A cream with an SPF of 15 means you can stay in the sun for 15 times longer than you could with no sun cream without getting burnt - as long as you have it on thick enough and keep reapplying it. So, if you start to redden after 15 minutes, a cream with an SPF of 15 should allow you to stay out for 225 minutes, or 3¾ hours, before you burn. This is the case no matter how many times you reapply it. After 3¾ hours, the only safe solution is to find shade. An SPF factor of 30 allows you twice as much time in the sun as a 15 - but should be reapplied every few hours. So, an SFP 30 should let you enjoy 450 minutes or 7½ hours without burning. After that you can reapply as much as you like and it won’t protect you. If you burn after 15 minutes and plan to spend 12 hours in the sun, factor 50 should let you do so without burning. Reapplication is crucial. But as few of us spend 12 hours in the sun and factor 30 would give 7½ hours burn-free, factor 50 is probably not worth it. If you spend only a few hours in the sun, whether you wear factor 15, 30 or 50 will make little difference. Experts say the SPF system is misleading when it comes to how much of the sun’s harmful rays different factors absorb. An SPF 2 cream absorbs 50 per cent of harmful




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, sherry triangle, 8km from Chipiona Situated at the nor thern tip of the the by ked flan is eda ram r de Bar the delightful small town of Sanlúca le here is the tipp ity cial spe The Guadalquivir estuary. acquires its dry, distinctive manzanilla wine, which environment and slightly salty tang from the seaside n is equally famed the moist poniente wind. The tow manzanilla is for its excellent seafood, for which animent. (coincidentally!) the ideal accomp

The town dates back to Roman times. Later the Moors built a defensive fort here which evolved into a major port under the Catholics. Columbus set sail from Sanlúcar in 1498 and, a few decades later, the Portuguese, Ferdinand Magellan set off to circumnavigate the globe from here, in search of a westerly route to the spice islands of Indonesia. Unfortunately, he was killed by local Indians in the Philippines.

Today, the town is divided into the older quarter, the Barrio Alto where most of the interesting sights can be seen and the newer Barrio Bajo, closer to the river. The Sanlúcar beaches are also magnificent and stretch several kilometres to the south-west, while the former port and fishing quarter, the Bajo de Guía is unsurprisingly where some of the best seafood restaurants can be found.

The horse racing takes place along a 2,000 stretch of beach at the mouth of the Río Guadalquivir. This is a thrilling spectacle where real racehorses thunder across the sand watched by a large noisy crowd of spectators. There is nothing amateur about this event and you can expect to see spectator stands, bookmakers, paddocks and, of course, the winners´enclosure. Now an international event with horses from other European countries taking part and many famous names amongst the spectators. This is a serious competition, the total prize money amounts to millions of Euros. Most of the prize money is awarded during the last weekend. The 2010 edition of the Sanlucar de Barrameda horse races will take place in two parts. The first round of races will take place on August 7th,

Chance to buy your own Blue Peter set

Children’s TV fans are being offered the chance to bid in an online auction for their very own Blue Peter stage set. It includes the programme’s famous orange, blue and purple seating area and a free poster of presenter Helen Skelton. The set, comprising four soft chairs, a bean bag, a table,

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8th & 9th with the second round taking place on the 19th, 20th & 21st August – racing usually starts around 6pm This is a splendid event that attracts people from all over the country and, of course, from beyond Spanish borders as well. The horse racing officially dates back to 1845 when the the Sociedad de Carreras de Caballos de Sanlucar de Barrameda was formed. However, everyone knows that even before this organisation held its first official races, the event had been staged informally for years by locals who raced the horses used for transporting fish from local ports. Some time after its beginnings, the Sociedad handed this ever more prestigious event over to the town hall for management and plus cardboard life-sized cutouts of Strictly Come Dancing’s Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly. Auctioneer Elizabeth Sewell said the sale was as “a chance for the public to buy a little bit of TV history”: “We’re expecting interest from all over the world. It’s impossible to put a value on most of the props because they are one-offs,” she said.

it was then included in the town’s summer programme of municipally sponsored events; it has become known as one of the most important “fiestas” in the region! In 1981, the Sociedad de Carreras de Caballos de Sanlucar reformed and took back the reigns of the annual races, and the Sanlucar Horse Races are now part of a national series of equine events that include Madrid, San Sebastian and Seville. Now the Sanlucar de Barrameda races attract horses and riders from all over Europe. This is not surprising

as the stakes are high total prize monies running between 2 and 3 million euros. Per race, winnings run from a few hundred to up to 10,000 euros. Should you with to experience the Sanlucar races live, get to the beach as early as possible to stake out a good place for an exciting event held at a unique venue. For the latest information and a full programme of events for 2/3/4 August events and 16/17/18 August events go to:



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Q: My wife and myself (71 and 68 ) live in Spain since 2006. We are

both to the best of our knowledge tax residents. We have a house in joint names valued at approximately 180000 euro and savings of aprox. 40000. We would like to know how much inheritance tax my wife would have to pay if I deceased, and how much capital gains tax would we pay if we decided to sell?

A . You are going to like the answers. Inheritance tax: If you deceased, your wife would pay NO INHERITANCE TAX, as she would be entitled as resident of Andalucía to 175000 euro tax free, which is more than the value of the estate she would receive. Please note that the 175000 euro exemption in Andalucía, is an all or nothing exemption. If you are one cent over, you pay on all but the first 16000 euro. Each autonomous region of Spain has it´s own exemption rates, and the legislation applicable (and therefore the levels of exemption) will be the one of the autonomous region of Spain where the heir has been a resident for the larger part of the five years previous to the death. Believe it or not very often tax planning involves moving from one area of Spain to another. Incredible but true...A wife resident in Almería inheriting a net estate of 813000 euro from her husband would pay just under 200000 euro in Andalucia while if the same wife had been living in Madrid she would have paid 0 inheritance tax). Could the lady have avoided the tax. Yes, but the tax planning would have required the family moved to Madrid. Capital gains tax: you will pay NO CAPITAL GAINS TAX because if you are over 65 years of age and are selling your main home (you can not claim this if you are a non resident), the sale is exempt of capital gains tax.



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Budget Airlines Maintain Their Growth to June

According to data released this week by the Institute of Tourism Studies (IET) under the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism, low cost airlines transported 15.4 million passengers up to June, representing an increase of 3.2% over the same period last year. In a report on, in contrast, the traditional airlines transported 13.3 million passengers in the first six months of the year, 3.4% less than in the same period of 2012. Thus, between January and June 2013, the low cost airlines accounted for more than half of the air traffic, with 53.7%, compared to the traditional airlines, which commanded 46.3% of the travellers. In June, the budget airlines carried 3.75 million travellers, up 5.1%, while 2.9 million passengers travelled with the traditional companies, representing a decrease of 0.1% over the same month of 2012.

In June, the flight occupancy rate of the low cost airlines reached 83.7%, which represents one percentage point more than in the same month last year, and two percentage points more than the traditional companies, which reached an occupancy rate of 81.2%. The UK and German markets lead the arrivals via low cost airlines, with 32.9% and 18.9% of passengers, respectively. The UK market increased by 4.3%, with more than five million passengers, and the German market rose by 10.1% (to 2.9 million). Arrivals from Italy, the third source market, reduced by 15.7% to 1.4 million passengers, equivalent to 9.4% of the all arrivals via low cost airlines. France, accounted for 7.1% of the total arrivals and 1.09 million passengers, which is an increase of 3.1% from a year ago. Arrivals of travellers from the Netherlands increased by 0.2%, to 871,000 passengers, 5.6% of the total. The

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Sunday Lunch 2 courses 10.50€ 3 courses 13.50€

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Established for over twenty-five years GATSBY’S BOUTIQUE (for her and for him), beside the Hotel el Puntazo, Mojacar Playa has a finger on the pulse of fashion needs in the area, despite an ever-changing demographic. Reflecting the vibrant and colourful lifestyle beside the Mediterranean, the essence of the Boutique is to promote specially selected quality collections in natural fabrics. Cottons, linens, viscose, silks in


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to visit! Situated opposite the riding stables roundabout, Lemon Lounge is a lovely restaurant set in an elevated position with a beautiful terraced garden. The friendly owners provide a welcoming atmosphere and can offer you a choice of menu, varying from Menu del Dia to Sunday lunch or even a full A la Carte. As well as the garden seating areas, there are 2 indoor dining rooms where you can relax and enjoy either a garden or sea view whilst dining.! Tel: 950 472 659. See their advert for more information. Voila de Lima’s are a family run business with the resources and experience to cover all of your furniture removals, storage and even buying and selling. At Voila de Lima’s we are able to move furniture both locally and internationally using our fleet of sizeable vehicles. Removals are not as simple as it may appear, it does not just mean lifting and shifting of furniture -

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beds and sofas, kitchen ware, (washing machines, coffee makers etc) Selection of doors – wooden plus metal gates Fitness equipment, carpets, books, shoes, DVD’s etc After viewing relax in our € cafe offering delicious homemade cakes including carrot, lemon drizzle, coffee, cheesecake, apple & walnut, pear & almond etc plus scones & jam, cold and hot drinks including cerveza - also ice cream on offer! PLEASE NOTE WE ARE NOW ACCEPTING GOODS FOR OUR NEXT SALE ON SATURDAY 10TH APRIL

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guide.... THE SPAINIAC | El Rastro | Candice Parsons property t a property for have you go e it here! sale or rent? advertis ers!!!

Historically home to a number of tanneries back in the 15th century, El Rastro was once a commercial area, used for buying and selling second-hand clothing, with a flourishing leather goods trade.

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‘El Rastro’, translating to ‘the trail’ in Spanish, is said to have derived its name from the trail of blood that used to be left on the streets by cattle being transported from the slaughterhouse in these days. Nowadays, El Rastro is one of the largest and well-known open-air flea markets in Spain, which attracts both locals and tourists in the capital city of Madrid.

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vicinity and its adjoining streets

its streets.

sellers here.

Located in the La Latina neighbourhood, the main street of the market, Calle Ribera de Curtidores, follows from the main hub, Plaza de Cascorro, downhill to the river Manzanares.

from 9am to 3pm every Sunday,

These bars also become similarly full of crowds on the days of the markets, with people stopping and bar hopping for tapas and beers – a staple custom to the El Rastro experience.

As the case with most crowded places, pickpockets also thrive at El Rastro each week. It is encouraged to take caution and be wary of any valuables being carried whilst wandering around.

Around 3, 500 stalls fill this

also from the tapas bars that line

as well as on public holidays. Crowds tend to stem not only from the bargain-hunters raiding the El Rastro market stalls, but

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Soldier’s surprise scuba return

A soldier surprised his wife and family on his return from Afghanistan - by suddenly emerging from the water in scuba gear during a day at the beach. US Air Force captain Hyrum Bronson’s wife Bethany thought it would be another three weeks before she got to see her husband again. She and their children were recording a video message for him at their home in Okinawa, Japan, when he sprung his surprise. Captain Bronson appeared from beneath the water, saying: “Mrs Bronson, your husband’s here, reporting for duty.” As his children rush towards him, an emotional Mrs Bronson remains speechless in the water before receiving a warm hug. She commented on YouTube: “We thought he was coming home three weeks from now, but he is sneaky. We can’t believe he is finally back home with us!”

Firemen rescue elderly woman from deckchair

Firefighters have rescued an elderly woman who was stuck in a broken deckchair for an entire day. The lady in her 80s from Polruan in Cornwall is believed to have been trapped for most of Monday until she was discovered in her back garden at 9pm by a neighbour who had come round to water the plants. The neighbour called the fire brigade who arrived shortly afterwards. She was removed from the chair and taken to hospital as a precaution. Polruan fire station manager Peter Ripley said: “It was one of those metal deck chairs with a canvas seat. The canvas had broken and she slipped right down in the seat and c o u l d n ’ t move. “She hurt her right leg, as her legs had been over the bar. She was in the sun all of the time too so she was dehydrated and quite brown.”

Almost anything, both second-hand and new, can be found amongst the El Rastro markets. From furniture, clothing, jewellery, music, art, and souvenirs, to antiques and trinkets of all sorts; haggling is generally the norm with the

Although over recent years, El Rastro’s typicality of Madrileño culture has slightly dissipated, it is still one of the oldest traditions in Madrid that is worth experiencing at least once, even if just to catch some rare market finds and worthwhile bargains.

pause for thought

Now my last item may have seemed a bit negative, quoting St Paul listing all the things we shouldn’t do. But before you conclude that Christians are all kill-joys, let’s carry on looking at how Paul continued. For after listing all the selfish and wrong things we naturally want to do as pleasing ourselves, he continues by contrasting these with the positive, writing “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and selfcontrol; attributes that hurt no-one.” Now doesn’t that sound a bit more positive. And interestingly, St Paul is actually suggesting that we shouldn’t have to struggle or work at being loving, joyful or peace-loving people, but that this is the natural result of being a Christian. That the Holy Spirit, available to all Christians, will ensure that we become more loving, more joyful (something much more than mere happiness), more peaceloving and patient, kinder, better, more faithful, gentler and controlled people without really trying; just as fruit grows on a tree without that tree having to work at it. So why are so many of us so unloving, uncontrolled, impatient and unfaithful? Well, whilst we may not have to do anything to allow the Holy Spirit to bear this fruit in our lives, we do have to let it happen and not actively oppose. And so many of us are so selfish and self-centred that we remove any traces of that fruit as soon as it appears, for each of these characteristics allow me to benefit others rather than myself. But the fact remains that if we are true Christians, filled with the Spirit, then we will be loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle and self-controlled, and that any lack of these attributes in our lives, implies that we are preventing the Spirit from working in us. So whatever we may claim for ourselves, the acid test of our spiritual status is how well we display these characteristics, for as Jesus said “By their fruits you will know them”. Further information about the Anglican Church and details of forthcoming events may be seen on the web site www. . Duncan Burr is Licensed Lay Reader for the Anglican Chaplaincy of Costa Almeria and Costa Cálida and may be contacted at

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food & & drink Is Vitaminwater really just SUGAR water?

A judge on Thursday recommended that a case challenging the claims on popular Vitaminwater drinks as misleading move forward as a class-action lawsuit. According to a report by the Daily Mail, attorneys representing the health-advocacy group Center for Science in the Public Interest and consumers from California and New York have accused Coca-Cola Co. of using deceptive labeling on Vitaminwater beverages, including claims that they reduce risks of eye disease and boost the immune system. U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert Levy said in a ruling in New York that the lawsuit can proceed as a class-action lawsuit. The plaintiffs can seek injunctive relief, which would prevent Coca-Cola from making certain claims for the product. The judge said the parties cannot seek financial damages. The case now returns to U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, where Judge Dora Irizarry had

requested the magistrate judge’s opinion. District court judges typically accept such recommendations. Coca Cola Communications Director Lindsey Raivish said the company is “very gratified” that Levy denied the monetary damage claims against the company: “We firmly believe the plaintiffs’ claims are without merit and will ultimately be rejected,” Raivish said in a statement. In 2010, another New York judge denied Coca-Cola’s attempts to have the lawsuit dismissed on technical grounds. At that time, Judge John Gleeson said Vitaminwater’s use of the word ‘healthy’ violates Food and Drug Administration labeling rules. In a 55page opinion, Gleeson also took issue with Vitaminwater’s name, which fails to identify sugar as a key ingredient in the drink, though it is listed in nutrition information on the bottles.

the erotic history of lettuce

Plenty of people view lettuce as a rather dull salad ingredient but the leafy vegetable had a racier function in ancient Egypt. A distant relative of the cos lettuce was taken as an aphrodisiac and used as a phallic symbol by the ancient Egyptians, according to one egyptologist. In a report by Mail Online, Salima Ikram of the American University of Cairo said that lettuces can be seen on the walls of tombs dating back to 2,000 BC and were supposedly the Egyptian god of fertility, Min’s favourite food. The god, who is often depicted with an erect penis in ancient wall paintings and hieroglyphs, was described as the ‘great of love’ in a text from the Edfu Temple. And he might have lettuce to thank for this generous title because lettuce was believed to help Min ‘perform the sexual act untiringly,’ said Professor Ikram. Lettuces have been eaten for millenia and the earliest version of the salad ingredient resembled a cos or romaine lettuce that we enjoy today, according to Smithsonian. In ancient Egypt in around 2,000BC, the leafy vegetable was not munched as a light meal or appetiser, but taken as an aphrodisiac, according to Professor Ikram. She specialises in ancient Egyptian food. Professor Ikram said Min’s role changed over 3,000 years, but his association with the lettuce remained. It is thought that the first depiction of the god with his favoured lettuce appears around 1980BC in The White Chapel of Senusret, although Ikram said there might be earlier examples. A relief from the

funerary temple of Rameses III, shows Min’s harvest festival. A statue of Min is pictured in the centre and behind him is a procession of priests holding small lettuces. The god is also sometimes depicted wearing a long red ribbon around his forehead to signify his sexual energy. Professor Ikram told Smithsonian: ‘One of the reasons why [the Egyptians] associated the lettuce with Min was because it grows straight and tall—an obvious phallic symbol.’ Interestingly the ancient Egyptians discarded the deep green leaves and instead of using the leaves in a meal, removed the seeds from flower buds. The Egyptologist said that the seeds were pressed to extract their natural oils, which were used for cooking, medication and even mummification. The leafy vegetable is also used as a traditional remedy for hair regrowth in modern Egypt. Lettuces became recognisable salad ingredients thanks to the Greeks and Romans in around 85 AD during the reign of Domitian. Professor Ikram said that a salad was included at the beginning of a meal to stimulate appetite. It was eaten again at the end of a lavish meal to aid digestion, according to author Gill Marks. The Greeks and Romans used lettuce to help people sleep, Professor Ikram added. Apparently emperor Domitian forced his guests to eat the leafy vegetable before their meal so they would struggle to stay awake for the remainder of their visit.




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Corn is a key ingredient in breakfast cereals, bread, potato chips and French fries, soft drinks, and many prepared foods. More than a quarter of the items for sale in the average grocery store now contain ingredients that came from corn. Check the food label of any processed food and you will most likely find an ingredient derived from corn, provided you know what to look for. For example, corn syrup is added to dried fruit or soft drinks to make them sweeter. Corn ingredients such as cornstarch and corn fibre provide body and a crispy texture to foods like french fries. A chicken nugget contains modified cornstarch to hold it together, corn flour in the coating and corn oil from frying. But what you might not realize is that the leavenings, lecithin, mono-, di-, and triglycerides and citric acid, can also be made from corn. If you see modified or unmodified starch, glucose syrup, maltodextrin, crystalline fructose, ascorbic acid, lecithin, dextrose, lactic acid, lysine, maltose, HFCS (high-fructose corn syrup), MSG (monosodium glutamate), polyols, caramel colour, or xanthan gum, on an ingredient label, it was likely derived from corn.

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667 919 025

Real Home Made Chips from a real chip shop

Fun Quiz Every Wednesday Evening

Crispy Battered Atlantic 5.50€ Cod or Haddock Served with Homemade Chips & Mushy Peas

... eat in or Takeaway! ... patio Bar Entertainment


MENU DEL DIA Tel: 634 324 484 FISH, CHIPS, DESSERT for more information! + A DRINK

Opening Hours:


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


...barbeque ideas...

Prawn piri piri This is perfect fast food!

You will need some skewers - if using wooden ones, soak them for 30 minutes first


24 prawns, with shells on - piri piri sauce juice of 1 lime - lime wedges, to serve



el Cucador


Enjoy Wonderful Views over the Olive Groves and Relax in our Garden



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


sunday lunch

menu changes weekly

Method In a large bowl, add the prawns and a generous amount of piri piri sauce, depending on how hot you like it. Squeeze in lime juice and season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Leave to marinate, overnight if you have time, or for about 30 mins. Thread three prawns onto each skewer, then throw on the barbecue. You might need to do them in batches, depending on the size of your grill. They need very little time to cook - a couple of mins for each side should be enough. When the prawns have turned pink and opaque, they’re ready (overcooking will result in tough prawns). Serve with lime wedges.

Sardines with lemon and parsley

This is the best way to serve sardines, with simple flavours that will complement the fish ingredients drizzle of olive oil juice of 1 large lemon 1 bunch flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped 8 sardines, with heads on, gutted and cleaned

Method In a bowl, mix together the olive oil, lemon juice and parsley, then add sea salt and freshly ground black pepper and give it a stir. Smother each fish with the mixture, then lay on the barbecue

Dine in our air-conditioned Restaurant wed - sat evenings 6:30pm - 9pm

side, till just beginning to char. too dry. Serve with lemon wedges and crusty bread

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


booking recommended


5-7PM FROM 6€

5.95€ in the Bar

Liver & Onions 7.45€ Pan-fried Liver & Onions served with a rich gravy topped with crispy bacon Pink Salmon & Fennel Lasagne 7.95€ Fresh Pink Salmon & fennel seed Lasagne - a twist on a classic favourite!

Beer-battered cod

homemade chips & peas FRIDAYS 12.30pm - 9pm


Choice of tapas all €1

lite menu

salads, burgers, wraps

Homemade Starters


2.50€ each


Scrumptious Homemade Puddings

12:30-3:30PM 6€

all 2.50€ each!

only 5€

MONdays HOME-MADE quiche, salad & 6 - 9pm



TO INCLUDE SALAD, BREAD & ALI- OLI Thai Green Beef Curry 7.45€ Homemade with authentic spices served on a bed of rice


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

Tuesdays 6 - 9pm

wednesdays 1/2 roast chicken,

only 5€

thursdays pie night!

only 5€

or gammon chips & peas OR SALAD

6 - 9pm 6 - 9pm

and cook for about 5-7 mins each Don’t overcook, as the fish will be


Open Every Day 12pm - Late

Tel: 950 634 562

delicious homemade pie, chips & peas We are here

Albox Arboleas Zurgena La Alfoquia




La Vida

Cucador Junc 547 Huercal Overa

book the Venue

For your Private Parties, Weddings and Birthdays etc.


...remember to say you saw it in the SOL TIMES

SOLTIMES JULY 2013 advertise on this page call 950 121 936 C/Avda de Almeria 17, 04639, Turre, Almeria, Tel: 950 47 96 46

Restaurante pizzeria

Mari Cruz

specialises in bbq meat & fish, paellas & tapas

Menu del dia 9 €

Changes Regularly

Find us on “Pizza Mari Cruz”

Menu del noche 1 2 €

Freshly made pizzas & pasta

La Cena



out & about

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’s details of some forthcoming events: Tuesday 13th August - Paws monthly charity book & DVD sale Wednesday 11th September - a night with the fantastic ‘Maria’ best known for her ‘Dusty Springfield’ tributes. Tel. now to book or to find out more about any of our events: 950 473 099. LA CENA, in Albox is a fine dining experience

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

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

Call 950 430 930 after 5.30pm

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

free wifi

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

sunday Roast

3 courseS - €11.50 main course - €8


3 courses €10.50 regular TRIBUTE SHOWS see website for details

tel: 950 473 099

VidaBar El



SATURDAY 27TH JULY FOOD AVAILABLE - 6€ CHICKEN & CHIPS OR CHEESEBURGER & CHIPS OR CHILLI & RICE Open Every Day 12pm - Late Tel: 950 634 562 book the Venue: For your Private Parties, Weddings and Birthdays etc.


Restaurant open Fri & Sat 6PM - 9PM for a la carte - Waitress served in restaurant or on the patio garden New menu up to 3 courses available. Booking preferred

Sunday lunch 12:30 - 5:00 New summer menu Waitress served in restaurant or on the patio garden OPEN 9AM-LATE MON-SAT 10-6 SUN

950 120 718 / 610 641 567

MARI CRUZ is situated in Turre high street. It has a lovely outside terrace and roomy indoor area. Specialising in grilled meats, fish all cooked on BBQ & regional dishes as well as a great variety of wine, beers, tapas and an excellent variety of freshly homemade pizzas & pastas is available to eat in or take away. There is Lounge for meetings, company dinners, small events & birthdaysYou can now also enjoy a new weekly menu served every day and evening including a starter, main and dessert or coffee for only 9€ during the day and 12€ in the evening.

Mesón de


see our main advert on page 11


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

menu of the day


without the expense. A beautifully decorated restaurant, run by husband and wife team Simon and Carol. At the moment they are serving a superb Menu Del Noche for only 9.95€, where you can now choose from a choice of 7 starters, 6 mains and 5 desserts. Full A La Carte is also always available. Please note our new Summer opening times are now Monday to Saturday 7.00pm until late. We are closed Sundays! If any of this has whetted your appetite, call 950 430 930 after 5.30pm today and reserve your table, you will not be disappointed!

pastas & pizzas - menu del dia sunday roasts menu del noche




kids club

Age Concern

tA EKWON D O 1st lesson


WITH SYMPATHY thinking of you and your family at this sad time love your family & friends in spain

Neil Evans

PGA Golf Professional Desert Springs Golf Resort

Try Golf For Free!!

PGA Golf Professional, Neil Evans at Desert Springs will again be running these highly popular FREE ‘Taster Sessions’ for those interested in taking up the game. There will be 2 sessions on Sunday 28th July at Desert Springs Golf Academy 10.00 – 11.00 & 11.00 – 12.00 Everyone who wants to try golf for the first time is welcome to come along and have an introduction to the game with Neil, all equipment and range balls are included courtesy of Desert Springs. For quality purposes numbers in each session will be limited so please get in touch and reserve your place as soon as possible. Please contact Neil on 638 531 821

The Doghouse Foundation

would like to inform the public that contrary to rumours, it is NOT closing down. We are still taking dogs in (when space allows) and rehoming others. Our next Playday / Open day is on Sunday 28 July at 11.30am when you can come along and walk or play with the many dogs in our care. A collar, lead or toy would be very welcome. For directions to the Centre, please phone Paul on 626 766 073.

Age Concern is now settled in it´s new shop in Arboleas centre, the charity would like to thank customers, old and new, for making the opening day such a success and to the volunteers for all their hard work in moving the stock! Thankyou to Arboleas council for the use of the old shop. The new shop is open Monday to Saturday 10am - 1.30pm, volunteers and donations are always welcome. The charity loans out appliances for a small deposit and offers counselling, befriending and a carers group, information and advice are available too. Call in the shop to find out more and to buy some summer bargains!

The people’s charity, The Peoples Choice

Run totally by volunteers

el Cucador

Monday evenings 7.30pm

and many more

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

showbar & restaurant

The Irish Rover

Your No1 Entertainment Venue in Mojacar for All the Family

Fantastic New menu of the Day only 10€ per person Chicken, Chips, Salad & a Bottle of Wine Only per 2 People 15€

thursday 26th september

status quo tribute

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!


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

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

Have you ever been CAPERNOITED? Chances are you have at some time or other! But do you know what it actually means? Perhaps you do, but if not, then you can look it up, because if you can find out it will earn a point for your team in next week’s Quiz at La Vida!!!



The Fundraiser Charity & Community Shops

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

tuesdays 7.30pm

4 - 8 year olds

Wed: 4.15 - 5.15pm Fri: 4.30pm - 5.30pm

Indigo Gym - Mojacar Playa

Tel: 646 844 708

weekly quiz nights with CHERRY Original Quizzes


9 yrs +

Mon: 7pm - 8.30pm Wed: 5.15 - 6.45pm Fri: 5.30pm - 7pm

karaoke every night

all gaa games shown & all major sporting events

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

telephone: 950 473 135

Open 10am till late 7 days a week


Only cardboard packaging, paper, newspapers & magazines

Your Town

Clean as a... Remember all cardboard packaging and your paper can be recycled. If deposited in the blue CONTAINER it ensures proper recycling.

Let’s separate well Recycle



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SOL CLASSIFIEDS SOLTIMES see us online everyday


Between 10am & 5pm

Monday to Friday

950 121 936 or 902 121 936 BY E-MAIL Send your advert or Classified lineage to FOR SALE

Air-con cont...

MD Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration S.L.


City & Guilds Fully Qualified F-Gas Certified

25 years sole experience in Air Conditioning & Refrigeration

not a jack of all trades

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

607 364 917 or 950 432 110 email:

Airport services Tel: 639 081 067

advertise all your unwanted items for sale in this section

Airport Parking


Servicing / Repairs


any single item up to 300€ free of charge Alicante Almeria Murcia Tool Cupboard, Red Plastic. 33” high x 29” wide (cube) 20€ Tel: 950 438 236 Workmate 25€, 2 x Shovels 5€ each, 2 x Picks 5€ each, 1 x Fork 5€, Scythe 5€ Tel: 950 438 236 Shower Base 66cm square 15€ Tel: 950 438 236 PC Router 18€, Video 20€ Tel: 950 438 236 yellow suit case Hard Carlton (with security lock) 30 inch 5.4kg as new 40€ Tel: 669 117 939 Black suitcase Hard Delsey 28 inch 5.5kg as new 40€ Tel: 669 117 939 floor lamp Chrome down lighter ideal for indoor or outdoor use 40€ Tel: 669 117 939 Solid Wooden Shed. 7ft x 6ft x 5.5ft. 2 Windows, Good Condition. 250€ ono Tel: 674 515 770 Fishing Tackle Carbon Glass Composite 14ft, 3 piece beachcaster in cloth bag never used, fixed spool reel loaded with 18lb line still in box. Beach breakaway leads and other tackle, also freshwater gear including carp baits and additives. Tel: 602 376 396 Roquetas. Parrot AR Drone, remote controlled, 4 rotor helicopter with 2 video/still cameras

on board. Selfstabilizing. For details please go to http://ardrone2. Brand new, in box. 95€ no offers. Tel: 950 955 778.

free for hire

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

in Albox Private parties Birthday etc, all events catered for



commercial kitchen oven must be in good working order, can collect call 609 199 394 Caravan Wanted for occasional use. Must be clean and good value for money. Call 671 715 294.

For all your

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


Tel Claire 691 987 454 avon fromclaire@

please contact me at or 634 357 250 for a chat


carpenter & shop fitter looking for work full or part time tel: Transport?? 633 507 165 Airport services shopping trips hospital appointments etc

WILDWOOD Bespoke Joinery

For all your carpentry requirements

alternative energy carlos saliente plumbing & heating for solar pool heating, solar hot water installations and repairs. call 950 930 900 or 968 969 962, email carlos.saliente@

baby equipment hire

Professional Baby Equipment Hire Free delivery & collection, All our equipment has been purchased from new Hairdressing equipment wanted Tel: 615 806 126 to include backwash chair plus adjustable hairdressers chairs, Large mirrors etc can collect must be in good condition BABY HIRE Everything for Tel. 647 379 878 email: the visiting baby, Car seats,high



Do You Need Help?

With writing, I mean? For instance, you may have important letters to reply to (either by regular mail or email); you may need to “make an impression” with words to someone; or you may just not be able to write at a professional level and my assistance would be appreciated? I am a writer/editor/proof reader and have spent many years in administration but now retired, find I miss the challenge of not being able to correct poor English or grammar which I see everywhere so often! If you would like to send something in writing which is guaranteed to be mistake-free


A irport transfers 663 429 521 pick up all areas, professional competitive rates. For a quote please reliable visit www. spanish service estateagent.c om or call 661 143 871

Solar Wind Power Solutions. Over 15 years installation call Bar for more e x p e r i e n c e . information: established years in 950 120 718 12 Spain. Call Phil for competitive lost prices 636 261 lost Hearing aid in Velez Rubio on 240 email:info@ sunergyalmeria. 29th June, Please call 636 114 409 or com www. sunergy almeria. 950 527 004 com

bussiness services


chairs, stair gates, cots etc Tel: 950 436 581 or 666 375 688

bed & breakfast

Las Persianas Azules B&B - Apartment Velez Rubio

Jayne - 630 149 622

drainage cont...

Cleaning of Septic Tanks ▪ Emptying of septic Tanks & Cesspits, with high pressure cleaning ▪ Small unblockages of pipes & drainage

Fast, efficient, competitive service.

Pool Cleaning & Water Tanks


Tel: 634 328 574 computers

Steve Hayes Informatica

Contact: 675 838 808

Knowles & Abbott no.1 for electrics and plumbing. Re-wires, free to air UK satellite systems 950 137 208 or 638 010 691


Pc’s, Laptops, Printers etc. Sales & Repairs on-site callout / tuition. Consumables Albox, Almeria

Neil Godwin

25 years experience Full City & Guilds

Fully insured & legal

Tel: 950 120 900



Boletins supplied

Tel : 687 245 569 equipment hire

Mat Murray 647 841 750 established in spain for 14 years

fully legal


Drainage Solutions

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

Established 9 years in spain

fly screens Fly screens sliding, pull down & doors, made to measure, enclosures also installed, for more info or free quote, contact graham 620 112 193 or 630 493 817

watch tv for free

go to

Tel: 616 531 283 or 670 088 966 for all the latest programmes


33 gardening


landscape gardening

Elaine’s Wools quality UK wool & accessories. Come & view my display Also available at Camposol, Mazarron Call 667 273 889 elaines

• Block work • Balustrades • Paving Driveways & Paths

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

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

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




glenn & jayne

have great offers on Life Insurance same people same great service new name

Tel: 950 121 943

iron/metal works

The Metal works

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

638 900 949

T & T Metals For all quality metal works, including gates, railings, rejas, staircases, gazebos & chain-link fencing Tel: 950 431 738


Landscaping, maintenance and much more !!

Tel: Ian 634 389 890 heating



House proud a family business helping to keep your home proud!!! All household jobs covered including cleaning, ironing, shopping & much more.... specialist services also available call for details

resonable rates

Tel: 634 346 037 634 389 890 house clearance


Immediate Cash. Quick decision. * We cover all areas * We turn up, give cash & carry * We buy almost anything – The Highest Cash Prices Paid **ONLY serious & immediate sellers should call please**

Tel: 679 207 545 or 636 411 540

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


painter & decorator

over 25 years experience

give your property or business a fresh look this summer

Tel: 649 186 107 or


British plasterer All work guaranteed Tel Paul 634 327 201

PROPERTY section


Palomino Kennels, Exclusive Boarding Kennels/Cattery, All Diet requirements catered for, vet on 24/7 standby, Tel: 662 668 423 or 950 067 051

No need for kennels or cattery Pet sitting in your own home, Arboleas & local area. Call Vanessa on 637 061 482

friendly mare

9 years old 14.3hh 1.50m 500€ Telephone 678 838 547

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

Tracy Mobile 650 211 952

stables Rancho Luz Del Sol, Retamar, Partaloa. One to one or group lessons, latest EN standard hats provided. Escorted hacking and treks. Qualified BHS Instructor. Call Erika Drew on 678 838 547

If you wish us to print an TRAVELLING IN AIR CONDITIONED VEHICLE DELIVERED TO DOOR article about a particular PETS STAY IN PET FRIENDLY HOTELS. topic in our regular space ACCOMPANIED TRAVEL AVAILABLE on pg 16, please email (0034) 667 235 205 (sp)

Carlos (Saliente) plumbing & heating services. If it involves water, Phil the Pick Locksmith 24 hours. we can help! Locked Out? Locks fitted/upgraded Tel: 968 969 962 house safes. Arboleas & surrounding area. Special weekend rates. Tel: 697 home services 243 181


GERMAN SHEPHERD PUPPIES available within 9 weeks, will be wormed and have first injections (no papers), parents can be seen, call 637 061 482 for more information

pet taxi

Bespoke paving to suit all !! Handmade paving,

pets section

(0044) 7850 575862 plumbing

KNOWLES plumbing No 1 for Plumbing

All types of Plumbing

Central Heating Gas/Oil - Solar Hot Water Boiler Servicing, Repairs & Replacements Water Leaks - Sewage Blockages Water Deposit Tanks 500-8000l Pool Pumps - Septic Tanks Osmosis Systems

TELEPHONE: 950137197 / 606807797 CARLOS SALIENTE Plumbing and Heating offer machined boiler decals for gas water heaters for just €65 – aguafuerte is not the answer! Call 950 930 900 or 968 969 962, email carlos.saliente@

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


Velez Rubio opportunity

detatched 20mins cortijo from mojacar, 4 beds, 2 baths, Open plan living room, kitchen & diningroom , workshop, courtyard front & back Tel: 649 186 107 A partment For Sale, now only €29,995, cortijo grande golf course, 1 Bed, 1 Bath, Gated entrance, Parking, Great views. Close to Turre & Mojacar Playa. Fully Legal. T: 664 291 793

absolutely Unique Location.walk Property for rent in Cucador To Town, Live In Country. Self contained Large Modern Chalet + Land. 1 large bed casita, All Extras. Private Pool. Double bathroom, lounge & kitchen Glazing, Central Heating. area, partly Tastefully Furnished. Vacant furnished, A/C, Possession. Private, Fabulous views, use of pool €180.000 No Offers. & jacuzzi Appointment To View 60€ a week plus utilities Telephone: 950 410 615.

energy performance certificates avoid large fines & hefty prices

all property for sale or rent needs one property up to 120m for 130€ inc IVA qualified & registered engineer call 618 830 754

(suit lady, small dog welcome)

Call 647 379 878 ARBOLEAS self contained 1 bedroom apartment with B & B facilities offered starting from 25€ per night, walking distance of Arboleas & Zurgena

Tel: 950 449 074 or 634 368 071 Long term rentals also considered 175€ + bills



Tel: 681 095 096 / 622 288 750

High Quality Aloe Vera P roducts

Distributors wanted. High commissions paid. Please contact Ria on 950328152 or 670356370 for more details


are looking for A

Bright, enthusiastic person with an outgoing personality to join our sales team. Full or part time sales position available. Experience not essential as full training will be given as long as you’re organised, enjoy meeting people & can work to deadlines

Send your CV to


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are you a trade Business? advertise in the classified section & reach over 30,000 potential customers Classified box from 9€. lineage only 45 cents per word - Deadline 5pm Friday Contact Paulette on 950 121 936 or 902 750 190 ext 332 recruitment cont...

removals cont...

Do you love to Cook...

M&D transport

Then we want to meet you Fuul Time Chef/Cook is required at La Vida We are looking for an experienced person used to working in a fast paced kitchen You will be able to produce delicious home cooked food to a high standard

Shift work is required & weekends salary will include a contract

Rob on 609 199 394 for more information REMOVALS

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

De Lima’sremovals Local, National & international REMOVALS & STORAGE Quality Second hand furniture showroom

263 Paseo del Mediterraneo Mojacar Playa, Next to Sal Marina Hotel Mon-Sat: 10am-2pm Call Marc on 647 006 183 or Jo on 600 344 565 or e-mail


Do you have a removal satellite/television company or van to hire if so to advertise in this space A1 Sky Television Systems

Satellite TV installations, alignment of dishes etc. Also Spanish “freeview” systems DAVE’S TRANSPORT supplied & installed

contact Paulette on 950 121 936

motoring section number plates

for sale TRAILER FOR SALE, Going back to UK? need extra storage? English tipper box trailer with fibre glass top for extra height, comes with spare wheel all electrics working 295€ tel:950163809 or 669177421

80on0o€ Bargain 10,500€ motorbike daelim 125, dor 2006, 6840km, average 20km a week, gloss black, very good condition, powerful engine, absolute bargain, owner going back to uk 2 helmets included tel: 648 659 733



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

Alan 662 249 159

Bargain 10,500€ VW Holdsworth 1997 2.4 Diesel, 4 berth English plate left hand drive, Only 40000 miles Excellent condition, Mobile number 610116648

wanted wanted uk cars & vans bought for cash Tel: 667 235 205



7.5 Ton, Lorry Tel Dave: 628 607 778 Part loads, Self load/Unload Sky Digibox, Pace with sky card, Minimal rates, BBC 1, 2, 3, 4 ITV1, 2, 3, ch4 & 5, 60€ Owner Driver can deliver. Tel: 667 235 205

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

Call now 0034 620 049 524 (Es) 00 44 794 3135 214 (UK)

UK - SPAIN - UK From a parcel to a small house move

Professional,Friendly & Caring Fully insured, scheduled monthly door to door service +44 (0) 1582 499 836 +44 (0) 7977 754 389

SPAIN UK SPAIN Removals Friendly Reliable Service Fully Legal Special deals from UK - Spain Office: 968 564 298 Mobile: 696 621 884

motoring section

car parts

Car parts

Need quality new parts for any car

for sensible prices on all parts

mobile mechanics Mikes Mobile Mechanics All types of service, repair & ITV testing Fully qualified & legal with over 35 years experience Ring Mike 628 350 178 or 636 824 974

Mobile motor mechanic covering all areas, fully qualified & legal, over 30 years experience, Call Paul on 617 150 300

Landrover mechanic

servicing & repairs of all landrovers parts supplied & fitted


1986 UK Reg. Good condition for year. Bottom half of fairing missing, hence €365.00 ONO Tel Mike: 617 138 880 (Vera)

call 673 502 867

TEL: 636 411 540 OR 679 207 545

for more details

renault espace

Clutches, Brakes, alternators, service kits Starter Motors, headlights

Free quote go online or phone

or telephone 692 930 326

car & van hire

Van hire


UK to Spain or Spain to UK



TEL: 667 235 205

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

1995€ 2.2 dci, 2001, 7 seater, rhd, a/c, privacy glass, mot nov 2013, towbar, 111,000 miles, electric window/mirrors

Do you have a This size advert is only 10€ caravan, vehicle, or motorbike for sale yamaha ybr 125cc for sale as To advertise new your vehicle in 3,500k the motoring taxed section & reach over & itv 32,000 900€ readers ono Tel: 676 045 164

tel: 666 311 625

call paulette on 950 121 936


I was well up on all the humdrum ordinary daily jobs, and it looked likely that I would have time to start the jigsaw that has been sitting in the cupboard for 6 years, waiting for me to have nothing to do and a whole kitchen table upon which to do it. Then it turned into One Of Those Days. It started when I changed the bag in the pedal bin. The previous evening we had had salmon, the detritus from which was the last thing in the bag, so therefore on top. Balancing on one foot, my other foot firmly on the pedal of the bin I pulled out the old bag and held it in one hand while with the other hand I stuffed the new bag into place. However the new bag didn’t want to go, and it clung tenaciously to the outside of the bin, like a child to its mother’s leg. There was nothing for it; to disentangle the new bag I had put the old bag down on the kitchen floor, where with calm inevitability it flopped sideways, disgorging salmon remains in a random manner over a good portion of the j u s t - m o p p e d

By Jos Biggs

kitchen floor. With tightened lips and studied self-control I fetched a cloth, picked up the archaeological remains of last night’s supper, and mopped the floor all over again before starting out for the Bank in Arboleas. My task was not difficult. I had to hand in a form, pay 15€ and get a receipt at Unicaja, so I parked, took the form and money and pulsar’d the timbre that would allow me access to Cajamar. It was so full that I could only just get in through the door, but I squeezed myself in and settled to wait. Through no fault of anybody’s, everybody’s business took ages, but I am British, therefore I was born to queue. For 20 minutes I queued before reaching almost the head of the line, form and money ready in hand. As I watched the hardly perceptible progress ahead of me, I glanced at the form, to check that I had it the right way up – I didn’t want the unnecessary delay caused by the presentation of an upside-down form. At this point that I noticed that I was in Cajamar - the form distinctly instructed me to pay at Unicaja. I had just wasted 20 minutes of good jigsaw time because I hadn’t read the form properly! The third thing that went wrong? The laptop made sure that it happened, but I daren’t tell you – it’s listening!

Ne ver De al in Small Change

Life is all about choices and not simply what fate has in store for us. Who has not at some point, looked back over their life and pondered on the direction they may have taken had they elected to follow a different path. Or if we had not been in a particular place at a certain time or perhaps crossed paths with a certain individual and knowing that as a result, our future fortunes would have turned out differently. I am not a believer in predestination – I didn’t even know what it meant until I looked it up - what would be the point to life if everything we do had been pre-ordained. But I am convinced that we are presented with options throughout our lives and our destiny is therefore entirely in our own hands. The difference between one small sherry and six pints of Adnam’s Broadside could have devastating consequences if imbibed whilst deciding on proceeding right or left on life’s highway. If we take a look back over our lives, we can clearly see the many cross roads and

tee junctions where we have had to decide which particular path to take. Some were easy decisions whilst others may have required a good deal of thought and soul searching. On other occasions it may have been decided on the proverbial toss of a coin or just plain gut feeling. There are never sign posts at these junctions to give us clear instructions on the best route. But most of us have in our reflective moments - when in melancholy mood or simply jarred off with our humdrum existences - wondered what might have happened if only we had made different decisions along the way. I envy those people who when asked, say confidently that they have few regrets in life. I have a million of them – and that’s just since last Wednesday. I consistently made unwise choices as a young man: principally opting for a career with no future in favour of a secure job for life with a good salary and early retirement. Not that retirement considerations were even thought of at age 17 in those halcyon pre-banking and pension fund scandal days. I just could not see myself pushing a pen and compiling statistics for the rest of my life. But then was it really so unwise, taking everything that

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has happened in the intervening years into consideration? Because, as ill advised and foolhardy as that particular decision might now appear, it set me on a different path that led me to places and to meet people and form friendships that would have escaped me if I had taken the ‘sensible’ route and opted for an office bound life in the nation’s capital; never experiencing the bucolic Elysium of country living. And I almost certainly would not be writing this in the Spanish sunshine. Had I not been fortunate enough to be able to knock off a few years from my designated retirement time, we may never have left rural Suffolk. And living in that lovely county for thirty years, was brought about by way of a promotion which necessitated a move from Hull where we had lived briefly. This in turn had come about because of a job application made some months earlier in Birmingham, having recently returned from working overseas. My time abroad encompassed meeting my present lovely lady and thereby set me off in another new direction, and my job there had been the result of an advertisement in a trade paper, noticed purely by chance during my time in Cornwall. The village of Polperro where I lived at that time, was the February feature photograph on a calendar that had been

hanging in our local chippy in Reading a year earlier and had such an impact on me at the time, that I resolved to upsticks and move there, even though I had no knowledge of the county and no job to go to at that point. So you see; from waiting for my haddock and a bob’s worth of chips in an obscure little chip shop on a Reading council estate and falling in love with a photograph of a quaint fishing village – my future course was set. What if it had been March and the picture had been of Windermere or Whitby – where might I have ended up? And what if they had been out of haddock and I had selected a sausage in batter instead? I will never know of course and the whole question can only be the object of idle speculation on those winter nights when there is nothing worth watching on the box. Life – as they say – turns on a sixpence, which is perhaps a case for never dealing in small change.

alqueria - Diversión en el Campo John MacDonald (El Sordo) -

One Thing After Another



The midsummer heat lay waste to the streets of Alqueria. Too hot for even the slightest exertion, too hot to think, but relief was at hand. Today was the annual ‘Diversión en el Campo’. The day when the people of the village move down to the banks of the Río Verde where a vast picnic takes place. Impromptu games for the children and the young at heart bring undignified scampering amidst gales of laughter. Adolescent boys engage in feats of strength designed to impress the young ladies of the village. They looked on with admiration tempered with coyness, a feat in which Spanish girls are so well trained. It would indeed to be an idyllic day. Idyllic, if this was anywhere else but Alqueria. The reality was barrio rivalry and the disgusting green slime of the Río Verde. Pilar del Redondorodillas, the bakery owner undertook to make the filled bocadillos. Having a job lot of La Mancha cheese which was well past its sell-by-date she made 2,500 foul smelling rolls. The hog roast had to be abandoned as the pig outwitted its pursuers and now resides happily on the high sierra free to live a life of religious fulfilment. Horacio Stranglardeganso, landlord of the Bar La Casa Devante took exception to the beer being imported. He withheld access to his cold room with the result that the beer was lukewarm and exploded when opened. All in all it was a miserable affair. The trestle-tables carrying their forlorn fare sat unhappily by the banks of the Río Verde. The foul stench from the stagnant green water added nothing to the desirability of the repast. The plain vinyl covered tables of the Hill People stood in contrast to the elegant tables of the Newcomers, silver plated and cut glass gobleted. This show of opulence was in keeping with those who regard themselves as privileged. They needed to prove their superiority at every opportunity with absurd shows of pomposity. This display of arrogance was wasted on the Hill People who began hurling insults at their supposed superiors. This soon became the most enjoyable part of the day. Manuela, who had disappeared into the undergrowth with several of the fitter lads wasn’t there to control her followers. Soon the insults were followed by something more tangible as a fusillade of Manchego filled buns found their mark. The Newcomers joined in the fun as surplus flour based products and empty beer bottles filled the air. It was in some way reassuring that the old barrio rivalries had been restored and Alqueria could once more settle into a routine of insults, sabotage and dispute. The weary villagers returned home to find every house in every street ransacked and looted.


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Thunderbird Part 3: Options! Options! (or set it up the way you want it to work!) First let’s go to the ‘Tools’ option on the menu bar, then, near the bottom of the list is an option called ‘Options’ (inventive!). Choose this and yet another box (microsoft does love it’s windows!) appears, called surprisingly, ‘Options’. At the top of this window are 7 icons, each with a name of what this section contains. The first 2 options ‘General’ and ‘Display’ have very little impact on how you do things and are perfectly fine as they are. The next option ‘Composition’ might need a little ‘tweaking’ (Yep, real computer term!). Under the icon are 3 tabs, ‘General’, ‘Addressing’ and ‘Spelling’. You might want to look at the first 2, but they probably won’t want changing. The last tab, ‘Spelling’ probably will. You might want the spelling to be checked before you send it or better still, check the spelling as you type it. Here’s the rub! The default language is American ‘English’. Little use to the Brits over here! So you will have to find British ‘English’ which, for better or worse, has evolved since ‘the Mayflower’. The bottom sentence says ‘Download more languages’. Left click on this and watch a page of different languages appear on the main screen below this window. At this point you will have to click the ‘Cancel’ button to close the options window. Scoot down to ‘English (British)’, and next to it is the instruction ‘Download Dictionary’, so follow the instructions. The last instruction will be ‘Install Now’. Return to the options window, which should open exactly where you closed it, at ‘Composition’ → ‘Spelling’. Click on the Drop-down box marked ‘language, and change the preferred language to ‘English/UK’. From now on you will spell in ‘Her Majesty’s’ English. Nothing else needs altering. I recommend that you look at each option, read it carefully, and then decide if you want to change it. Your options are done! Now for something completely the same! ‘Account settings’. These are to be found on the tool bar under ‘Tools’ and just above the previous section on ‘Options’. This allows you to change how Thunderbird talks to your web server. The first screen tells who you are, your email address and where the emails get sent to. Under ‘Server Settings’ there are only 2 changes that I would make and they are; ‘leave all messages on the server, until I delete them’ – this way there will be a copy of them, just in case; and ‘Empty trash on exit’ – why store deleted emails? Skip ‘Copies and Folder’ and go to ‘Composition and Addressing’ for the next changes. Here it says ‘automatically quote ….’ there is another drop-down box with the message ‘start my reply below quote’. This default setting is good provided you don’t plan on having very long correspondences. It only becomes a problem when you will have to go to the end of the page to read what has just been written and then add your reply. My personal choice is to change the setting to ‘start reply above quote’. That way you can read their reply immediately, without having to go look for it, then add your own at the top. The recipient can then read your reply at the beginning of the email and add their response, if one is needed. Not rocket science (but then, rocket science isn’t rocket science any more!). Every other setting can be left unaltered. Now you have Thunderbird set up ready to go. Next time we will talk about ‘message filters’ what they are, how they work and why bother with them? For further information or advice on computing, contact Trevor on 689 892 745 or

China police use geese to fight crime

Police at a remote station in China have swapped dogs for geese to guard their premises at night. Officers at the station in the province of Xinjiang, northwest China, prefer the feathered gatekeepers because they have better hearing and make more noise when intruders are near. “Dogs are good, but when thieves came, they would poison the dog first,” said one police officer. “Geese are quite alert and they have marvellous hearing. As long as there is noise, they will cackle loudly. And big geese are quite brave; when they see strangers, they will go forward to attack. What’s more, geese have bad eyesight at night so even if they were exposed to poison, they are unlikely to see and eat it.” Last month, the geese alerted sleeping policemen after a farmer, who had his motorbike confiscated, broke into the station to try and steal it back.

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Seeking Wisdom on a Day by Day Basis by Clive G Walker No way was optimism ever going to be allowed to shape the future. Even to suggest there was a glimmer of hope was met with a sharp rebuff. This is an interesting collection of 6 short stories recounting actual events on various visits to either European countries or within the U.K. The commonality is a touch of philosophical resonance mixed with an element of humour, notably sarcasm and wit.

Even a search for wisdom, insight and enlightenment can produce, along its path, moments of hilarity. This is Walker’s first collection and hopefully, not his last. Why Are Pessimists So Vocal? touches upon those infuriatingly annoying but spontaneous and unavoidable encounters with one of those oddballs suffering from verbal diarrhoea which I am sure we can all relate to and detest?! It doesn’t really matter whether it was Portugal, Spain or the moon. It can happen anywhere. The writer was at peace with the world, walking through a pine forest remarking on the beauty of nature’s little pocket of paradise . The sensory imagery helps the reader to identify with this microcosm: the scent, the song of the birds and the feeling of being a million miles from civilisation . Along the Spanish/Portuguese border, Villa Real San Antonio and the Guadiana river taking the ferry to Ayamonte and back. The intrepid traveller soldiered on with determination until he was stopped in his tracks by a German intrigued by Walker’s S.S. Norway cap that fired him into lecturing our hero on the moral failings of the world and the international war crimes destroying the tranquility of a perfectly wonderful day. Maybe he’s a former SS officer or a new breed of neo Nazi or a student of the school of Socrates? His barbed comments on the decadent society of the west was depressingly seen as an obsession with money, materialism, t.v. and shagging. No comment. It’s decadent, has no morality, no true direction and no long term future . How to spoil a holiday. A perfectly orchestrated 20 minute lecture. Annihilation? Armageddon? You’ve got the drift. The lecture started with the 40s, then covered the second world war before moving to the Israeli/ Palestinian conflict. He became known as Doom and Gloomer, alias Herr Miserables . Ironically, the return ferry to Portugal seemed like an action replay with the arrival of another PESSIMIST meditating on the world being on the brink of

disaster but vocally: They won’t be happy ‘till everything’s dead. Two in the same day was an uncanny coincidence, hence the question: Why are Pessimists so Vocal? Walker questions why HE always seemed to be sharing space with such resigned pessimists , these gloomy people . He reaches a simple answermaybe he just spends too much time on ferries, buses or in woods and that if there are any optimists out there they are seen as a pretty rare breed, unusually quiet. Is It All Just Vanity? begins with disembarkation from Pula airport after the former Yugoslavia tore itself apart in bloody conflict. The story covers a decade later when British tourists were reluctant to return. Walker describes being escorted to the plane with these fierce looking dudes more akin to exsecret service as a sort of Hawaiian welcome in reverse . The reflection or philosophical angle is how small the world looks through the windows of the plane and the insignificance of humans. I felt miniature, negligible, unimportant . Don’t we know the feeling? And the question of how we believe in our own importance , that we ARE at the centre of the earth, believing it’s man’s vanity-his inflated vanity. We have choices. We can choose between good and evil deeds. Creativity or destruction with a final and positive remark: We can choose, hopefully, to build a free thinking and inspirational world . The story builds up to a climax with the sudden and shocking revelation of copious amounts of oil spurting out of the engine and seeing himself as a condemned man as the plane bursts into flames………. Perhaps we should tolerate Herr Miserables? If I had a choice I would prefer the 20 minute lecture than hoping that divine intervention can save me from an explosion that will wipe out lives. Out, out, brief candle!, Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player That struts and frets his hour upon the stage, And then is heard no more. The book is dedicated to all of you who seek wisdom. Thought-provoking and interesting. And I am sure you can recognise the quotation! (Available on ereader and Kindle Amazon.

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Andy Murray inspires new Scottish dance

Andy Murray’s Wimbledon heroics have been honoured in the form of a new Scottish country dance. Entitled The Pride of Dunblane, it has just performed the first time by several hundred dancers at Linlithgow Castle, reports The Scotsman. It is set to the Wimbledon theme tune and includes movements which have been inspired by Murray’s Wimbledon journey. These include dancers representing the shape of Centre Court, the scurrying run of Murray retrieving a drop shot and even the motions he makes for the ever-present towel. And to complete the authentic feel of Murray’s most epic encounter to date, dancers are also encouraged to pump fists and shout “come on!”. News of the dance has even reached Judy Murray, who showed her support by retweeting reports of its premiere. It was written by Ian Brockbankwho has composed more than 50 dances in Scottish traditional form. He said: “I was watching Murray in the semis and just got the feeling that he would go on to win it so I thought that something should be done to honour this. “I tried to create a simple dance which everyone could enjoy so that Andy’s achievements could be celebrated at ceilidhs up and down the country.” Instructions to the Pride of Dunblane are available for free from. and the Scotch Hop Web sites

Mini Monet brings in the money

A 10-year-old art prodigy dubbed the ‘Mini Monet’ has seen his earnings soar to £1.5m after his latest collection sold for £250,000 in just 20 minutes. Kieron Williamson first started painting when he was just five years old and was inspired by boats in dock during a family holiday to Cornwall. His work first came on the market in 2009, when he was just seven, and 19 of his paintings were sold for £14,000 in a sealed-bid auction. Since then he has gained international renown and his new collections are regularly snapped up for hundreds of thousands of pounds from buyers around the world. At the most recent sale 23 of his works were bought for a total of £242,000 in just 20 minutes by eager buyers. Prices ranged from £2,450 for a small watercolour to £30,000 for a winter snow scene near his home in Norfolk. Despite his phenomenal success Kieron has only just finished primary school and will home-tutored from next year so he can concentrate on painting. His earnings mean he has been able to buy a new house for his parents Keith and Michelle and invest in works by other artists. Kieron has his own company, Kieron Williamson Limited, which has his parents as directors, and will be opening his own gallery later in the year.



MotoGP: Márquez makes history with two wins in a row...

A SECOND consecutive win for Spain’s Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda 213V) (pictured left) makes him the youngest back-toback MotoGP race winner ever and puts him 16 points ahead of his nearest rival, Dani Pedrosa in the World Championship title standings. Yesterday (Sunday)’s race at the Laguna Seca circuit in Monterey, California looked set to go to Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda) who netted a maiden pole for Germany in the qualifying round, but just over halfway through the 32-lap race Márquez unexpectedly stormed ahead. The 20-year-old Spaniard bounced back nicely from a crashing fall during the qualifier, having chosen to go ahead and race in spite of his wounds, and his compatriot and team-mate Dani Pedrosa and the Mallorca-born reigning World Champion Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha YZR M1) were back in contention just one week after suffering serious injuries when they came off on the eve of the German Grand Prix last Sunday. In light of Pedrosa’s head injuries and Lorenzo’s broken collarbone held together by a titanium plate, their fifth and sixth places – ahead of Spaniard Álvaro Bautista (Gresini Honda) in fourth place - although no help with their position in the World Championship title standings, were very commendable. Five riders, including Michael Laverty and the UK’s Bradley Smith, failed to finish the race on the anti-clockwise circuit, the shortest of the season and one of the toughest with its notorious Corkscrew Corner. It was here that Márquez, who was fourth off the grid, managed to pass Italy’s Valentino Rossi (Yamaha), having succeeded in edging past Bautista in the early part of the race, but it took him until lap 19 to push Bradl out of the lead as the German went all-out for his first-ever MotoGP victory. In the end, Bradl (pictured right) made the podium for the first time in his MotoGP career, in second place, whilst 20-year-old Márquez made history by becoming the youngest rider to win two races on the trot, beating the previous record held by twice-World Champion Freddie Spencer, and the first rookie to win at the US Grand Prix. Britain’s Cal Crutchlow (Tech 3 Yamaha) had his worst result of the 2013 season in seventh place – ahead of the USA’s Nicky Hayden and Italy’s Andrea Dovizioso (both Ducati) and Spain’s Héctor Barberá (FTR) in eighth, ninth and 10th respectively. But Crutchlow is hanging onto his fifth position in the World Championship title standings with 116 points, just one behind fourth-placed Valentino Rossi. Lorenzo looks set to have a fight on his hands to defend his title with just 137 points, 10 behind Pedrosa and 26 behind Márquez, having lost out on points through his injury sustained prior to the Assen Grand Prix in Holland. The US Grand Prix was tinged with sadness since, earlier that same day, Italian FIM World Supersport rider Andrea Antonelli (pictured left) lost his life as a result of serious injuries suffered during the race in Moscow, between turns 14 and 15 of the track. A minute’s silence was held for Antonelli before the Laguna Seca race started.


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F1: Marussia team set to use Ferrari engines in 2014...

Formula 1’s smallest team Marussia have confirmed that Ferrari will supply their new V6 engines from next season. The Banbury-based team, with a best result this season of 13th in Malaysia, will join Sauber as a Ferrari customer. The deal will end Marussia’s association with Cosworth, who will stop being a F1 engine supplier. Marussia chief executive officer Andy Webb said: “The importance of this development to our team cannot be overstated.” Ferrari will also supply Marussia with gearboxes and other technical systems. Formula 1 cars are to change from 2.4-litre V8 engines to more efficient 1.6-litre turbocharged V6s from next season to conform to the new engine regulations. Webb said: “Not only will we benefit from a customer supply from the most successful engine manufacturer in Formula One’s history, but this also provides further confirmation, if it were needed, of our commitment to the sport and determination to maintain our progression towards our long-term ambitions.”

Susie Wolff said she had shown the speed needed to be taken seriously as a potential Formula 1 driver after her first proper test in a grand prix car. The 30-year-old Scot spent a day’s testing with her Williams team and just missed her personal target of breaking the one-minute-35-seconds barrier. “It was a fantastic day. Overall I was happy,” Wolff said. “I wouldn’t be doing this if I didn’t think it was possible. It’s about going out there and showing what I could do.” Wolff’s fastest lap of one minute 35.093 seconds on Friday was 0.462 secs slower than Spaniard Daniel Juncadella, the European Formula Three champion,

managed. Juncadella set a faster lap - 1:34.098 - on the first day of the test on Wednesday. Williams race driver Pastor Maldonado clocked 1:34.116 on Thursday. “I’d seen what he (Juncadella) had done (on Thursday) and the team were quite impressed by that and I was 0.4secs off that so it wasn’t so bad,” Wolff said. She added that she had struggled to make the ‘medium’ compound tyre - the fastest available at the test - work effectively because of her limited experience. “There was more potential there, definitely. But the team ran through the programme they wanted to so it was a successful day.”

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Doping racket involving active competition cyclist busted in Valencia A doping ring involving an undisclosed practising professional cyclist has been uncovered in Valencia and 13 people arrested. The cyclist involved is said to have been dealing in illegal performance-enhancing substances as well as using them himself. This is the latest in a series of high-profile doping scandals in Spain, where authorities are taking a zero-tolerance attitude. But it is the first one to involve a cyclist who is currently competing, rather than a retired professional, say National Police in the city. The most recent was in January this year, involving the retired professional cyclist from Murcia, José Luis Martínez, who had been involved in dope-testing in the Vuelta a España, Spain’s version of the Tour de France. And in late April this year, Spanish medic Dr Eufemiano Fuentes was struck off and banned from practising for seven years – although he escaped jail with a suspended sentence – after blood-bags were found in his surgery. No cyclists were arrested in the racket uncovered seven years ago, although team

managers Manolo Saiz and José Ignacio Labarta were charged. They were acquitted this year because doping was not a crime in Spain at the time they were involved in the practice. Spain was challenged by the international sports community recently over the fact it had not officially criminalised doping, but with numerous cases coming to light where offenders had got away without charges, the country quickly pushed through a law and created the State Anti-Doping Agency. Later, at the end of June, 84 people were arrested on suspicion of smuggling performanceenhancing substances into Spain. The country is keen to clean up its image in this respect ahead of the International Olympic Committee’s election of the venue for the 2020 games, which Madrid has applied for – the third time it has done so after losing 2012 to London and 2016 to Rio de Janeiro. Elections take place in the Argentine capital Buenos Aires on September 7.

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He had a great day’s fishing with these lads and they didn’t stop catching all day with loads of red snappers and mackerel. After they moved and used larger baits David was rewarded with a nice stingray. The lads wouldn’t handle this one so we get to see a rare photo of Pete. Mark then had a rest and put his rod down and looked away and he was into a nice sunfish. They caught a lot more fish on the day especially mackerel. (See photo of Pete with the stingray) The boys up Javier way are still catching a few tuna and one of them caught a John Dory, they are on my ‘Wanna catch list’ No tuna have been seen down our way yet. Shore Fishing: The ‘Albox Fishing Club’ had an evening fishing off the rocks by the Repsol garage in Garrucha. Three new members joined ‘Dizzy John’, ‘Tony Always Laughing’, ‘Take your Time Tony’, ‘West Country Dave’, Graham, ‘Rock Steady Eddy’ and ‘Squiddly Sid’. The sea was good with a slight breeze. Tony A L caught 6 fish, all bogues; Graham had one small octopus and John one small striped bream. Eddie had a weaver and a rockfish of some sort. The rest of them caught nada, nuffink! There were plenty of small fish inshore pinching the baits which were prawn and worm. ‘London Bill’ again fished Macenas rocks and continued spinning small silver lures to attract, palomete, Atlantic scad and mackerel. ‘Stormin David, caught a plate sized banded bream for his tea, he fished near the Repsol garage in Garrucha. Coarse Fishing: Keith Garlick (Shall we nickname him ‘Ajo Keith’?) He tells me only two of the ‘Grumpy Old Men of Los Gallardos’ went to Puentes, Lorca. Water is still high and the tracks over to the pump house swims are under water so it was back to their usual swims. Bad day

for Keith as he only four carp with ‘40 Watts’ catching 21. This was their last trip out until September when it should be cooler. ‘Baza Barry’ fished Lake Negratin and had a good bag full with one carp weighing 8lbs, a good fish for that lake but it’s not because there aren’t big brutes in there they just don’t get caught. I think the big ones are cannibals and that’s why. Two Murcia matches were won with top weights of 94lbs and 34lbs. The Albox fishing club meets every two weeks or so at Bar Wassy. For details of the next meeting tel Sid 634 313 650. Latest license information: There is a new loophole for those without a nie number who want an Andalucian beach and/or boat fishing license. It will mean a trip in person to Almeria with a friend who has a nie number and has a 50/50 chance of working! The other loophole for fishing the beaches and boats in Andalucia without an NIE document is to make a trip to Murcia. Or the new UK sea fishing license should suffice BUT although we have been told this can be used here I have not seen a copy of this rule on paper and so it could be a problem if pulled up by the police who probably don’t know about the rule. There is now a loophole for those wanting coarse fishing licenses for Andalucia who don’t have NIE documents or/and don’t want to do the 24 hour course in Spanish, see me for more details. There is talk of an agreement between all regions for any license to be used elsewhere, watch this space. 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. In case of difficulty reaching me (Probably out fishing) ask staff for my mobile number. You can also contact me on Facebook @ ‘John Beachcomber Mojacar’. Tight lines, Beachcomber John.


Marina Phoenix Golf Society Monday 15th July was an individual stableford at Marina de la Torre with Ladies and Mens divisions. Ann Kavanagh took first place, in the Ladies division with 35 points from Rosalie Fardon (33) and Margaret Budd third (28). The mens

division saw Tony Cordingley improve on last week’s third position, to win with 38 points. John Kavanagh showed better form with an on par score of 36 and Jim Budd third on 34. Thursdays team game, played in threeballs, was

Badgers at Marina Golf Wednesday 17th July, Badgers Golf Society visited Marina Golf for the first time in nearly 12 months. With the weather being on the rather warm side and no breeze, scoring was going to be good. The course itself although looking good was a bit deceiving, the greens were very Woolley and extremely slow compared to the greens at the surrounding courses in the area. Topping the scores was Steve Casburn with

41pts, with Tony Rowbottom taking 2nd position with 38pts, and in 3rd place was Richard Jones with 35 pts. Saturday’s roll-up at Macenas was won by Roger Whitehead with 31pts, from Jackie Dale in 2nd with 30pts Forthcoming Fixtures are: -, Wednesday 24th Valle de Este, and Wednesday 31st Macenas, Wednesday 7th Aug Valle de Este, Wednesday 14th Aug Macenas


HOT on the golf course and some HOT scores on Friday, with 21 players taking part in our Fri stableford. Our handicap secretary Sue Hull was quick of the mark chopping the handicaps of the top three winners. In

CORTIJO GRANDE Well is it hot or is it hot I am sure the Uk will tell us it is hotter in London Ha Ha Ha. Our golf members should be getting an award for playing in these conditions, but here we go our winners on Wednesday 17th July 2013 were John Park first with 33 points on a countback from Greg Ward also 33 from Steve Rodwel 32. Ball sweep winner Stephen Picken Sunday and we are back for more it was a medal. I must say a good competition and a very tight finish as we had three players with a net 70. In first Stephen Rodwell and second Tony Stubbs in

1st place Robin Hawkins 38pts (hcp21) 2nd Alan Byran 37pts (hcp9) 3rd Angelo Castro 37pts (hcp20) Nearest the pins 2nd shot to the 5th green Tony Dudley and on the 12th green Ian Jones.

best two to count. Several members were missing due to holidays and other commitments but members were swelled by summer visitors. First place went to Steve Lyons, Steve Richardson and John Kavanagh with 81. In second was Brian Couper, Mark Upchurch and Hylton Smith with 80, with Ali Mahmud, Ann Kavanagh and Mark Cunnell (78) in third. Eddie Vaughan won the nearest the pin prize on the 5th. Marina Phoenix play Mondays (individual) and Thursdays (team game). To join us for a €25 greenfee. Ring Jim on 950 162 727 / 600 353 670 or Rosalie 950 397 117/ 697 512 882.

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Phil Mickelson, with a final round of 66 and the only player to register an under par score, won the Open Championship at Muirfield. The 43 year-old American became the first golfer to win the Scottish Open and the Open Championship in successive weeks. Runner-up was Henrik Stenson with Adam Scott, Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood, joint third. Tom Watson will captain America in the next Ryder Cup.

Congratulations all round to Chris Froome, the second Brit to win the Tour de France. The unassuming 28 year-old Kenyan-born cyclist, who rode his first bike in the jungle, finished four minutes, 21 seconds ahead of Colombia’s Nairo Quintana. Froome wore the yellow jersey for 15 days, from 6-21 July. Superb and he can win it again in 2014 when the race will start in Harrogate, Yorkshire! England (361 & 349-7 dec.) battered Australia (128 & 235) by 347 runs in the second Test. Ian Bell (109 in the first innings; his third successive 100 in Ashes Tests) and Joe Root (180 in the second) plus a nine wicket haul by Graeme Swann set England up for their biggest-ever Test victory (by runs) over the Aussies. In the women’s European championship, hosts Sweden beat Iceland 4-0 and the holders Germany defeated Italy 1-0 to reach the semi-finals. The other nations left in the competition (on Monday) were France, Norway, Denmark and Spain. The final is in Gothenburg on Sunday. The American MotorGP at Lugana was won by Spain’s Marc Marquez. Stefan Bradl (Germany) was second (his first-ever podium finish) and Valentino Rossi third.


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Marquez leads the riders’ championship by 16 points (163-147) from fellow countryman Dani Pedrosa. Bernie Ecclestone, 82 year-old Chief Executive of F1, has been indicted by prosecutors in Germany investigating allegations of bribery. It is alleged he paid £29m (€33.6m) to Gerhard Gribkowsky of Bayern Landesbank in 2006 to smooth the sale of a 47% stake in the sport to its current owners, the private equity company CVC Capital Partners. This weekend the F1 cars and drivers take part in the Hungarian Grand Prix in Budapest. In the Diamond League Athletics meeting in Monaco, UK star Mo Farah, despite finishing second behind Kenya’s Asbel Kiprop in the 1500m in a time of 3 mins 28.81 secs, beat Steve Cram’s 28 year-old British record for the 4-lap race. Jonny Brownlee beat his brother, Alistair, in the latest World Series triathlon in Hamburg. Tennis star Roger Federer was ko’d in the semi-finals of the German Open by unknown qualifier Federico Delbonis Last weekend Real Madrid beat Bournemouth 6-0 in a friendly in the UK. And goalkeeping legend Bert Trautmann, ex-Manchester City, has died here in Spain, aged 89. A former German paratrooper and prisoner-of-war, he broke his neck in City’s 1956 FA Cup final victory over Birmingham City.


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