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Expatriates urged to report information about tobacco smugglers and tax dodgers

Call follows jailing of British fugitive extradited from Spain

Expatriates with information or suspicions about tobacco smuggling and tax fraud are being asked to call a Customs Hotline with any information that could lead to arrests or seizures. The call for help from the British community follows the jailing of convicted cigarette smuggler Malcolm McGowan, who has just been extradited from Spain and is now starting a four-year jail term. The freephone number to pass on information is 900 988 922. For people in the UK, it is 0800 595 000. People can also email customs.hotline@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk. There is no need to give personal details, and information that leads directly to an arrest could be considered for a small reward. McGowan, 61, originally from Edinburgh, was arrested at a swimming pool in Valencia on 10 August by the Guardia Civil. He fled the UK 12 years ago after being found guilty of smuggling 28.3 million cigarettes into the country. His crimes robbed the UK of around £4 million in duty and he was sentenced in his absence in December 2001. McGowan was part of a wider conspiracy to smuggle around 56 million cigarettes into the UK between November 1999 and March 2000. Ten other men were involved in the plot, which robbed the UK taxpayer of over £8.2 million. Adrian Farley, Assistant Director of Criminal Investigation for HM Revenue & Customs, said: “McGowan is finally facing UK justice after 12 years on the run. We are determined to pursue fugitives and ensure they face the consequences of their criminal activity. HMRC would like to thank the Spanish authorities and UK organisations that assisted with this operation.” The call to ring 900 988 922 comes as smugglers try to

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gone over the nearby southern border into Murcia for ITVs were being fined when asked by police to show their vehicle documents. But these same residents could travel to the provinces of Valencia or Castellón if they wished, since they would still be within the correct region – although as the prices are regional, they would be the same as in Orihuela. Different regions have different testing criteria – in some, including the Comunidad Valenciana, these include emissions, and in others, greater control and more stringent measures are in place for cars being imported from abroad. FACUA-Consumers in Action has called for ITV stations, which are State-owned, to increase their prices fairly and gradually and to ensure they test for defects which have a bearing on road safety. They have also appealed for re-testing where a vehicle fails to be free of charge if this is carried out within a reasonable period of time.

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Three children left locked in hot Gibraltar Tug-of-war: Customs officer run over by motorcyclist trying to avoid the queues car as parents go to beach

A couple who left their three young children in a locked car in the heat in order to go to the beach have been arrested in Benalmádena, Málaga. According to press reports, the father, 48, and mother, 39 had left them with no ventilation or water at the hottest part of the day. A member of the public saw the children shut in the car in a car park near the beach and unable to escape, sweating profusely and feeling dizzy, all of which put them at serious risk of heatstroke. This was at around 14.45hrs on Wednesday last week, but the news has only just been released. Firefighters were called out and cut the children free from the vehicle, then traced the parents who were arrested. Police say the children did not want to go to the beach, insisting they went to another one where they could hire a pedalo, resulting in a family argument and the parents saying, “well, you can stay in the car, then.” The nationality of the family has not been revealed.

A Guardia Civil officer at the Gibraltar border was knocked over by a motorcyclist last Wednesday morning who was trying to dodge police and get past the inspections on commuters heading into and out of the Rock. The policeman suffered minor injuries, says the Spanish interior ministry, but these are being checked to make sure there is nothing more serious hidden under the surface. This is the second incident of its type in the customs inspection queue

Driver found with Gibraltar monkey in car on Madrid motorway Guardia Civil officers in Madrid have seized a Gibraltarian monkey which they found in a car heading for France. They saw a basket in the back of the car, and the driver tried to convince them it had a dog in it. But when police opened the basket, they found a Gibraltar monkey, which is an endangered species. The driver was unable to show any documentation for the animal, so it was taken by the Guardia Civil’s environmental wing, SEPRONA and is being housed in the Acuárium Zoo in Madrid until the alleged owner can prove it is his monkey. Given that it has already been identified as a Gibraltar monkey, it is likely it does not belong to the driver stopped on the R-15 and will be returned to the wild. These are the only species of monkey which live wild in Europe – otherwise they are mainly found in the Atlas mountains in southern Morocco.

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Hugh Jackman to collect award at San Sebastián Film Festival

Australian actor Hugh Jackman will be awarded the Donostia Prize at the forthcoming San Sebastián Film Festival in the Basque Country on September 27. Jackman, most famous for his role in the X-Men series, will pick up his trophy just minutes before his most recent film, Prisoners, is aired. Festival organisers have applauded Jackman’s ‘versatility’ as an actor and his ability to appeal to viewers of all ages, on screen and stage, given his long career in Broadway. Jackman’s role as Wolverine in X-Men, XMen 2 and X-Men: The final decision has so far seen him net an Oscar nomination and

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Spain’s roads have claimed a total of 235 lives this summer alone – although this figure is 10 per cent less than in 2012, according to the ministry of traffic. A total of 113 drivers and passengers lost their lives in July. Most deaths occur on minor roads, with 175 killed here and another 60 on motorways. Motorbike accidents, however, have seen a rise in fatalities with 46 deaths on the roads in July and August, compared to 39 last year.

According to the ministry of traffic, 17 of the deceased were not wearing a seatbelt – including a 12-year-old child. But awareness campaigns about seatbelts appear to be working, they say, since the percentage of fatal victims travelling without one was 16 per cent this year compared to 26 per cent last year. The General Directorate of Traffic (DGT) cited the usual reasons for accidents causing deaths – distraction, tiredness, speeding, and drinkdriving.

Abortion Law Reform To Be Finalised In October

A reform to the existing abortion law is set to be launched in October, says minister for justice Alberto RuizGallardón. Although he does not give details of the final draft, the minister – and former mayor of Madrid – insists it will be in keeping with the PP’s original stance and ‘respects the rights of women’. Ruiz-Gallardón denied rumours that the party was divided over the contents, and stressed that the final law will have the unanimous approval of all members. So far, plans for changing the abortion law text have divided the nation, since it will be considerably more restrictive than the existing legislation drawn up by the socialists during their reign between 2004 and the end of 2011. Under the PSOE, a woman

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I have never visited Gibraltar and I have no concerns about who owns it. However I cannot see it ever being handed back to Spanish rule. It has been British for three hundred years from a time when the world was a far different place. The Spanish are no doubt following the lead of the Argentinians who are currently making a lot of noise about The Falklands. Cristina Kirchner, the President of Argentina is without doubt arousing the passions of her people to cover up the problems of their ailing economy. Perhaps the Spanish Government thought that this would be an ideal diversion away from its own economic problems. If every Country looked back on history and tried to revert back to the status quo of three hundred years ago what a crazy mess the world would be in. Can you see the Italians, British, Russians and the like returning to the lands of their forefathers from the United States and leaving their homes to the former occupants, the native Indians? Can you see the Spanish leaving Argentina and returning their lands to its former owners and occupiers? What about Brazil? Would Portugal cope with a returning horde of people? Of course not, how ridiculous! Spain, get over it. Nothing will change. Gibraltarians want to be British. The wish of the occupants of a Country or portion of land must be the overriding factor in any such situation (details provided)

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Re: Gibraltar - A obvious ploy by the Prime Minister, Rajoy to divert attention away from himself with the ongoing corruption investigation and the internal problems that Spain has. The Spanish I have spoken to just shrug their shoulders and say what they want are jobs and food on the table. Gibraltar is in the interest of the Spanish Government but not the Spanish people, Spain has Ceuta and Melilla on Moroccan territory which Morocco would like back but Spain refuses to negotiate !! Also the financial package of 900,000 euros compensation just given to the fishermen who are suppose to be losing earnings over this dispute is way over the top and again meant to keep attention on Gibraltar. Franco closed the border with Gibraltar for many years but the Gibraltarians managed so let Gibraltar close the border this time to see how the Spanish Government react. Thank you.

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The second annual concert at the Piedra Amarilla Amphitheatre was held on Saturday 7th September. Unfortunately though due to the weekend storms it was not held at the amphitheatre. Organisers Mick and Janet Seldon swiftly and seamlessly re-organised the concert to take place in the Piedra Amarilla Rural Centre so as not to disappoint nearly 100 music lovers. Undercover, a host of artists provided a fabulous evening of musical entertainment. These were led by the Voices of Almanzora under their Musical Director, Nick Duncan. Several of the choir performed as individuals, Ella Dring did a beautiful rendition of “The Londonderry Air”, Diane Kilner performed “Windy City” and Roger Dickman and Mel Howard-Coles performed a hair raising duet of the Freddie Mercury / Montserrat Cabellé duet “Barcelona”.The full choir also performed a Queen classic in the form of “Bohemian Rhapsody” and in addition to many other classic songs a lovely Abba compilation. Artist Marie O’Brian performed a selection of Country and Western songs, The Almeria Strings entertained with a selection of Blue Grass music, and the ever professional Brian Dee and Dave Sharp teamed up to become the Dee Sharp Duo and performed two selections of popular songs. For the second year running the compere for the evening was entertaining Scotsman Ted Townsend regaled once again, splendidly, in kilt complete with sporran, “Sign Dubh” (Scottish Kilt Knife) hose and brogues. Behind the scenes assistance was provided by none singing members of the Voices and other volunteers. F.A.C.E. (Fundraising in Arboleas, Caring for Everybody) were invited to the event and raised over 156 Euros by organising a raffle.The fist prize of a food hamper was won by Chris Parkinson. Other prizes were donated by Amigo’s Bowling Centre in Arboleas, Jack’s Bar in Albox and Frillies Ladies Underwear in the Los Llanos Market. For further information re the concert, the amphitheatre or the Piedra Amarilla Rural Centre please contact Janet Seldon telephone number 617 856 680. For further information re F.A.C.E. Please contact President Adele Wrigglesworth - telephone number 667 255 094or visit the F.A.C.E. Website www.face-charity.com Report by Richard B. Tolman Photographs attached: F.A.C.E. Girls organising the raffle - From left to right - President Adele Wrigglesworth, Vice President Carrie Green and Committee Member Pauline Marshall; A full house at the Piedra Amarilla Rural Centre; The Voices of Almanzora along with Compere Ted Townsend

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Speed camera ‘errors’ invalidate fines

A leading motoring organisation has slammed the General Directorate of Traffic (DGT) for ‘illegal’ speed-camera margins which have led to thousands of drivers being fined when they should not have been. The Spanish Automobile Association (AEA) says the DGT was using an obsolete law to fine motorists, and has called for action to be taken. According to the AEA, a rule known as the UNE 26444 which was drawn up in 1992 and ceased to be effective in 2006 establishes margins for error relating to speeds which are much more restrictive than permitted by Spanish road traffic laws. Fixed speed cameras allow for a three-kilometreper-hour margin – meaning on a motorway with a limit of 120, drivers can be fined for travelling at more than 123 kilometres per hour – and mobile speed traps allow a seven-kilometreper-hour margin. In other words, if a driver is caught at 123 kilometres per hour, it may be considered he or she was travelling exactly at the speed limit given that a threekilometre margin for error is allowed, but if a camera catches the same driver apparently travelling at 124 kilometres, the minimum figure acceptable would in fact be 121 kilometres – even though, at this speed, the car speed-o-meter may register slightly less and leave the motorist being fined despite being within the permitted limit. But a Ministerial Order launched in December

2006, replacing UNE 26444, meant the calculations by static speed cameras were taken to be up four kilometres per hour out and mobile speed guns by seven, either above or below the figure recorded, which could mean thousands of drivers given the benefit of the doubt if their speed was only slightly over the limit or if they were indeed speeding, but were on the cusp of two fine levels. This was updated in 2010 and the margins lifted to five kilometres for fixed cameras with speeds of up to 100 kilometre per hour, and five per cent for static cameras and seven per cent for mobile guns with speeds exceeding 100 kilometres per hour. The maximum error percentage is used where the DGT cannot be certain of the exact figure. But the AEA says that since 2010, the DGT has still been applying the UNE 26444 criteria, meaning tens of thousands of motorists have been fined

unnecessarily, or those on the cusp suffered larger fines than they legally should have to pay and others faced criminal charges when these should have only been civil. Precedents in Europe exist whereby such fines have been reduced or scrapped, including one in Belgium which states that a breach of road traffic codes of conduct cannot be accredited where the means with which evidence was obtained are linked to an obsolete law. In Spain, for all other traffic offences including parking, jumping red lights or disobeying traffic signals whether in error or deliberately, the police are not obliged to provide proof and the officer’s word is considered sound evidence, with the onus being on the driver to prove he or she did not commit the offence. Officers are not obliged to stop the driver and inform them if they catch them in the act of committing a road traffic breach

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Spain has called for ‘sound explanation’ from Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad over the responsibility for the recent chemical bomb attacks in Damascus which killed 1,400 people, of whom 400 were children. Mariano Rajoy’s government is in full agreement with the USA that evidence ‘clearly points to the fact’ that the government of Syria was behind the ‘horrible’ attack in the suburbs of the capital, which they ‘totally condemn’. During the present G20 summit meeting in St Petersburg, Russia, the 11 countries including Spain collectively made a public statement to Al-Assad, calling for an ‘international’ explanation and saying that ‘breaking world laws’ by using chemical weapons ‘would not be tolerated’ and ‘could not be repeated’. Those who commit such ‘atrocities’ should be held accountable, said the statement, released by the Whitehouse. The 11 countries of the G20 say chemical warfare ‘dramatically reduces people’s safety’ and is totally unacceptable under any circumstances. They have called for the United Nations’ Safety Commission to give its verdict ‘as soon as possible’ on a possible attack on Syria. Spain is not likely to be affected by any decision to wage war on Syria, since the general consensus of the G20 has been not to send troops to the country – meaning no Spanish soldiers would be deployed there.

And minister of defence Pedro Morenés has denied claims that the USA had approached Spain and asked them to lend troops for a military mission. British PM David Cameron has accepted being outvoted over commencing hostilities towards Syria, and decided against it. US president Barack Obama has assured that a conflict with Syria would ‘not be another Iraq or Afghanistan’ and is thinking more along the lines of sending air forces to the Middle East, bombing the arsenal of chemical weapons, and withdrawing immediately. The G20, Spain included, has admitted that the Syria crisis cannot be solved by military means and are hoping for a political solution. They have condemned the ‘violations of basic human rights’ taking place in the Arab country en masse. Morenés said this statement by the G20 was not a declaration of war but a global message saying the use of chemical bombs was not acceptable - “not because the G20 has just said so, but because international laws say so,” the Spanish defence minister clarified. He said Spain was in support of this worldwide stance shown by other G20 members – South Korea, France, Italy, Saudi Arabia, the UK, the USA, Japan, Turkey, Canada and Australia.

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I understand that if I sell my property I needtothink about the following expenses: solicitors fee, capital gains tax and plusvalía tax. What is plusvalía tax , and how is it calculated? A . Up to recently this was a small tax when you sold or inherited , but now it can be a high amount and needs to be considered before the transaction. It is charged on the transfer of ownership of a property by sale, inheritance etc. . This tax is a local tax charged by each municipality on the increase in value of Urban land in its own district land and is distinct from Capital Gains Tax. It is important to realize that the tax is charged on land alone, not on the buildings that may stand on the land. The rates of tax are set by each municipality and can vary widely between neighbouring municipalities.The tax is based on the increase in the official, that is to say the “Catastral”, value of the land which a property occupies. This is the same value that is used to set your local property tax or “IBI” and can be found on the bill for your “IBI” issued by your local ayuntamiento each year and is shown as the “valor del suelo”.The actual price at which a property changes hands, or the value attributed to it if is the subject of a gift or inheritance is irrelevant. Calculation: The Plusvalia is calculated as a function of the catastral value of the land and the number of years of ownership (up to a maximum of 20 years). The higher the catastral value and the number of years of ownership, the higher the tax. Plusvalia tax = Catastral value of the land x Yearly percentage of value’s increase x Number of years of ownership x Tax rate The yearly percentage of value’s increase and the tax rate are fixed by the Town Halls.They are established locally. Up to now, when a Town Hall had updated the catastral values, usually with really high increases of the values compared to the existing ones, article 107.3 of the Law had established that on the following five years after the revision of the values, the Town Halls had to apply a deduction of 40 to 60 % to the catastral value. If a Town Hall made not contemplation of this rule teh law established an automatic deduction of 60%. However new Law passed in 2012 has changed that situation allowing the Town Halls to eliminate those deductions, which is why a loto of people are suddenly paying much

higher rates and find themselves with an unfairly high plusvalíaa tax when they sell. On a sale of a property it is the responsibility of the seller to pay the tax, but if the seller fails to pay this responsibility may be passed to the buyer, who would then have to recuperate the money form this seller. If the property is being inherited or is the subject of some other type of gift it is the beneficiary or recipient of the property who is liable to pay the tax. Certain transactions are exempt from the Plusvalia Tax, the main ones which are likely to affect the general public are the transfer of property between spouses who are divorcing, or to children to comply with Court judgments, and “aportaciones” or transfers to companies in which spouses are the only shareholders which may be used for tax planning. The amount of the tax that will be charged on a transaction will depend firstly on the Catastral value of the land which the property occupies, and secondly on the length of time since it last changed hands. If you are selling an individual house which stands on a large plot which you have owned for a considerable length of time the amount of the Plusvalia Tax could be many thousands of Euros. On the other hand, as the tax is charged on the value of land alone, the amount of Plusvalia Tax charged on a flat in a block which you have not owned for very long the tax may be quite modest. For those of you who are considering rearranging your financial affairs to take advantage of tax planning schemes, the amount of Plusvalia tax that may be due is one of a number of elements, which include the Notary and other fees that may be payable, which you need to consider when balancing the costs and benefits of these schemes. Depending on the amount of Plusvalia, it may be cheaper to make a gift of the property rather than enter into more complex arrangements with higher Notary and other fees. The time for paying the Plusvalia Tax is within 30 days of a sale or gift between living people, or 6 months of the date of death on an inheritance. Your town hall can advise you of the amount of Plusvalia that may be payable on a transaction involving your property, or in many cases it is possible to obtain the calculation “on line”, but as I always write in concluding these articles, if in doubt take professional advice.

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

GREAT OPPORTUNITY NOT TO BE MISSED IN MOJACAR PLAYA!

199.995€

Very attractive and immaculately kept detached Villa set across the road from the sea and within a short walking distance to the tourist office, medical center, commercial center, supermarkets, banks and all amenities that Mojácar has to offer. The property has a total built area of 120 mts2 on two levels and the plot measures 218 mts2. The Villa is comprised of a large living / dining room,

a large kitchen and a conservatory and open terrace on the upper level followed by two double bedrooms, a family bathroom and a large master bedroom with en suite bathroom on the lower level. From the terrace there is access to a roof solarium with great views. The property is immaculately kept throughout and it also benefits from a shed / outside store

room, a private plunge pool and landscaped easy to maintain private garden. It offers views to the sea and the mountains and Mojácar Pueblo. This is a must see property and the low asking price makes it very attractive. For more information or to book a viewing appointment please visit our office or contact us via phone or e-mail. Ref: 1510

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Negras

160,000€

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Light and airy large size 89m Apartment, 2 double bedrooms, 1 complete bathroom 50m terrace with fantastic mountain views, Small style complex with a pool Easy parking next to entrance of property, disable access for wheel chair, 3 minute walk to Bars, Restaurants and amenities.

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Carboneras

119,950€

Superb opportunity - Penthouseapartment on 2 levels, of 132m built includes 2 large terraces giving amazing sea views and only 50 metres to the beach. With 2 bedrooms,2 bathrooms, air-con(hot and cold) Private secure parking, lift.

REF.629

Cariatiz

A beautiful villa in immaculate condition - build 122m2,plot - 1070m2.3 beds,2 baths,swimming pool,garage,air-conditioning,central heating. Superb garden full of mature trees and plants.Lovely location with wonderful mountain views

WANTED

We are constantly looking to expand and replenish our portfolio of properties in Mojacar and surrounding areas, especially Turre, Los Gallardos, Bedar, Antas, Vera & Garrucha.

99.950€

Amazing opportunity - last available villa at this price - 275m2 built,600m2 plot - 3 bedrooms,2 bathrooms,cloakroom,pre-installation for air-con.Fenced garden with beautiful mountain views.Walking distance to the beach. Reduced from 307,000.

REF.616

turre

99,500€

bargain

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

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MOJACAR

109,000€

bargain

Traditional villagehouse totally restored and full of character and charm. 115m2 built - 2 beds,2 baths,large kitchen,lounge and study area.Big roof terrace with Jacuzzi and inner courtyard.Tranquil location with easy access/ parking.

REF.587

PALOMARES

89.000€

Charming new 1st floor apartment, with 50m terraces giving wonderful sea views, close to the beach and amenities. 2 double beds,2 baths. Fitted kitchen, underground parking & store room, Green garden & communal swimming pool.

IF YOU WANT TO SELL PLEASE CONTACT US REF.584

TURRE

58.000€

Brand new Penthouse apartment with 3 beds, 1 bath,fabulous mountain views, kitchen, living/dining room, 80m private solarium, in the central of Turre, walking distance to all amenities.

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

REF.601

sorbas

64,500€

Fantastic opportunity - semi-detached Cortijo of 130m2,full of character and charm with a beautiful garden of 300m2.Ready to move into but needs some minor updating.3 double beds,2 baths.Wooden beams and log-burner.Huge roof terrace with amazing views.Patio and car port.30 mins to the coast.

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Bedar, 04288 (next to Miramar Restaurant)

Tel: 607 705 085 or 687 938 466

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OLV742

TABERNAS

This wonderful semi detached Cortijo is located in a beautiful spot just 5 minutes outside Tabernas. The property boasts 4 beds, 3 baths & a flat plot of 3,500m2 with over 120 mature Olive trees.

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OLV740

This beautifully reformed 4 bed Cortijo & separate 2 bed Casita is set in a wonderfully peaceful location only 30 minutes from the coast. The property includes its own water supply & full solar power system.

170,000€

OLV689

LUBRIN

A charming 1/2 bedroom detached property situated in a small hamlet just a 5 minute drive from the pretty village of Lubrin. It has been sympathetically restored & has an exquisite rear garden.

69,000€

CARIATIZ

229,950€

OLV448

turre

This fabulous, luxury property with private pool & olive farm is located less than 30 minutes to the coast in a tranquil setting. The stunning stone built property has been architect designed with some truly unique features and attention to detail.

895,000€

Donna’ Boutique - fabulous fashions for all occasions sizes 8 -28 catered for! Firmly into its second year of trading, ‘Donna’s Boutique’ is a familiar sight in the heart of Turre. Owner Donna Booth has been delighting the ladies of all areas with a fabulous range of fashions to suit everyone. All shapes and sizes are catered for and age is certainly no barrier as Donna prides herself on selecting fashions that all women can wear. The recently introduced ‘Curve’ range of clothing flatters the more ‘shapely’ figure and enhances a woman’s ‘best features’ A wide selection of shoes, bags and accessories makes ‘Donna’s Boutique’ a onestop-shop for that special occasion or for everyday wear. With years of experience in the fashion industry and a real passion for the business, Donna offers a personalstyling service for anyone needing a helping-hand. With a huge following on her Facebook page, word of her extensive collection has spread and Donna can now offer Europe-wide delivery with shipments three-times per week. Keen to keep her stock fresh, Donna has new items arriving every two weeks and the latest fashions can be viewed on her Facebook page, so click onto Donnas Boutique and hit the ´LIKE´ button to be automatically entered into a competition for a chance to win a clothing voucher to spend in her shop! So whatever the occasion, drop into Donna’s Boutique for your best shopping experience!

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take a trip to turre BUGS has been supplying & fitting windows & doors for 25 years. Pull down / Sliding Blinds & Screens, Windows & Patios, Vertical Blinds, Security Grills, and Awnings as well as aluminum and UVPC replacement doors and windows, Peter will give you a friendly, speedy response and covers all areas. SUPER CORNER is run by friendly couple Simone and Nabil. Living in Spain there is no need to miss out on your favourite UK foods. You can shop for all your British branded supplies whether the food you require is tinned, frozen, packet, or fresh, all at bargain prices. Open every day. Now selling a selection of wines & chilled soft drinks, a massive chocolate and sweet section aswell as fashionable sunglasses and birthday cards. Pop into Super corner & treat your taste buds. CHILI BAR AND RESTAURANT boasts a spacious terrace where you can sit in the sun or shade every day serving delicious authentic Indian tapas with your drink including chicken madras, korma and onion bhaji to name a few. Menu del dia at €8.50 /noche at €10 are served every day.There is also a vast menu that includes Indian themed pizzas and kebabs and a full range of house and special dishes to sample eating in or Take away. Live entertainment is now running throughout the summer where happy hour from 11am till 6pm means you can buy beer and wine for only 1€. Meet Ali and his friendly team who will always give you a warm welcome. SOLO SAT is the number one company to use for all your satellite TV, air conditioning installations and repairs. Nik has over 12 years experience of fitting all types of satellite TV systems and air con units domestic and commercial, Phone him for more info, he is always happy to answer any queries you may have at anytime. 1.9 m dishes delivered to your door on a van that can. Why compromise? CONNEXIONS has been up and running now for 10 years and is constantly keeping up to date with modern technology. Ken and Gill offer a great service. There is a wide range of laptops, tablets, mobile phones, books as well as art pieces. Also in store is the new Android TV box, no satellite dish needed just an internet connection of at least 2mbs. If you need a new TV to cope with the swap over we can help! We still do a full repair & upgrade service. Summer times have now finished and the shop will be open 9.30 – 2pm and 5pm - 8pm Monday – Friday and 9.30am till 2pm Saturday. SOLSHADERS has been operating in this area for more than 7 years & is a fully legal Company. Their fantastic range of Awnings (which can protect your terrace from the wind), Insect Screens and Internal Blinds are available in a variety of colours & styles with a sign writing service also available. Justin is committed to giving all his clients 100% satisfaction & offers a free on site quotation without obligation & with his outstanding prices & excellent after sales service you are guaranteed a professional job from start to finish. Give us a call on 627 907 207 / 634 319 882 or Email: solshaders@live.co.uk. STYLES HAIR AND BEAUTY SALON is a well established part of the community offering top quality and service at very competitive prices. Wacky Wednesdays 10 till 2, short hair blow dry’s 5€, and on the beauty side mini manicure and mini pedicure only 5€ each, appointments are advised. New to styles this month is Jean from Jewelicious who is joining Michelle and Kerry with her 925 handmade silver jewelry, she can also do repairs and change your old silver jewelry into your own design. Pop in and see the girls in their own environment where the welcome is always friendly and very welcoming. GILLEE’S BAR is situated at the entrance to Turre and has a large projector screen to cover all football, English/Spanish and major sports events. Food menu includes Full English breakfasts, served all day, Friday is Fish & chips day and on Sundays a traditional roast dinner is served

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FACUA Launches Tool to Calculate Excesses Paid Due to ‘Ground Clause’

FACUA-Consumers in Action has launched a simulator to calculate how much excess has been paid on a mortgage containing the now infamous ground clause, right from the signing of the deed up to the current date. According to a report by Kyero.com, with this initiative, the organisation explained in a statement, FACUA aims to advance the complaints of those affected, in order to demand the cancellation of this “abusive” clause and facilitate the return of their money. The tool is available on their web page www.facua. org/clausulasuelo. The user only needs to login and enter 12 pieces of information relating to their mortgage contract. Using this data, the simulator then calculates how much the bank has taken improperly through the application of this clause. FACUA is promoting the use of this tool via the social networking sites with the tag #micláusulasuelo, and explained: “A high percentage of variable rate home loans granted in recent years incorporate this clause, which prevents them, at their annual review, from benefiting from the fall in the Euribor rate”. FACUA-Consumers in Action is a non-governmental and non-profit organisation which has been dedicated to the defence of consumer rights since its foundation in 1981.

‘Online’ Mortgages 1,300 Euros Cheaper

The origination fee for opening a mortgage with one of the financial entities ‘online’ is 1.35% cheaper than doing so via the traditional high street banks. This percentage translates into a saving of up to 1,316 euros, based on an average mortgage of 97,495 euros, Bankimia reported in a press release this week. According to the study carried out by Bankimia, a company specialising in the comparison of financial products online, which analyses the maximum fees charged by major online and offline entities operating in Spain, to open a mortgage, offline banks charge an average of 1% commission for the initial study and 2.6% for opening the mortgage. These percentages are well above those offered by the

Spanish Authorities Request Information From Facebook On 715 Users

Spain’s government applied to Facebook for the details of 715 accounts in 479 separate requests in the first six months of this year, according to a report from Mark Zuckerberg’s empire. According to a report by ThinkSpain, Facebook has so far given them account information for 51 per cent of these people.

According to the social network, governments all over the world make written requests for information on users living in their countries to ‘help with official investigations’.But the average Facebook user need not worry about ‘Big Brother’ going through their holiday snaps – the company says ‘the majority’ of requests are linked to criminal cases such as theft, murder or kidnap. The total number of the network’s

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online banking entities, where the initial study commission, for example, is almost nonexistent (0.06%), and the opening commission is more than one point lower, at 1.25%. Thus, Bankimia indicated that the costs of applying for and opening a mortgage in a traditional bank would be more than double than those of an online bank. Taking as an example the average value of a mortgage contracted during the month of June in Spain, (which was 97,495 euros, according to data from the National Statistics Institute), via a traditional bank 2,534.87 euros would be paid for opening the mortgage, while online the cost would be 1,218.68 euros, a difference of 1,316.19 euros. For the latest property news go to: www.kyero.com

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users’ details requested by Spain in the first half of 2013 is ‘much lower’ than in most other countries, Facebook assures.

The UK government has sent 1,975 information requests affecting 2,337 Facebook accounts during the same period of time, and France 1,547 applications relating to 1,598 users. Italy’s 1,705 written requests relating to 2,306 accounts and Germany’s 1,886 affecting 2,068 Facebook sites also far exceed the number of applications made by Spain between January 1 and June 30 this year. The USA government sends the largest number of requests for data – with between 11,000 and 12,000 filed this year affecting between 20,000 and 21,000 users, of which the Zuckerberg

empire has replied to 79 per cent. India is behind the second-highest number of applications – 3,245 relating to 4,144 users. Facebook’s legal department manager Colin Stretch says the data requested is normally basic information such as the name and length of time the user has had the account, but some ask for IP addresses and the full contents of the site in serious cases, such as abductions, paedophiles or terrorists. “The data we supply in response to these applications is merely a first – although major – report, but it is not necessarily the final report,” reveals Mr Stretch. “In our follow-up reports, we hope to be able to provide even more information in reply to requests from the public authorities.”

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Wanting to sell?

We are currently looking to expand our portfolio. For more information please call us on, Spain 0034 699 271 709 or UK 0044 7919215925 email: shirleywithvidacabrera@hotmail.com

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RBL Mojacar Branch resume Meetings With A Swing

On Thursday 5th September the Mojacar branch of the Royal British Legion In Spain resumed their twice a month meetings after the summer break. We were treated to a talk by an ex-marine bandsman, David Sharpe who thrilled the audience with his renditions of Acker Bilk and Glenn Miller , playing with equal aplomb the clarinet and the trombone . He gave an interesting summary of his career and roles in the Royal Marines with musical interludes to keep us entertained. The next meeting will be on the 19th September in the Artisan centre at the usual time of 11.30am and new members are always welcome and you do not need to have served in the armed forces to join. The next trip is a four night trip to Aracena near Seville starting on 22nd September This trip includes 4 nights in 4* hotel with half board and the services of a local guide to visit the lovely village of Linares de la Sierra and on another day a visit to the famous mining area of Rio Tinto . On the 4th day a trip to the fascinating city of Seville including a boat trip along the river Guadalquivir. Prices are €309 per person sharing a double room and €384 for singles. On 19th October we have our annual Poppy Appeal dinner and dance held at the Hotel Continental. If you are interested in any of these events please contact Jan Knight on 950473189 or gknight324@aol.com. More information is available on the website www.britishlegion.org. uk/branches/mojacar/ news-events

Paramount Murcia : All eyes on September Whilst it had been previously announced that work would commence at the Paramount Pictures Theme Park site in Alhama de Murcia, subsequent news has pushed this date back to “October or November”. According to a report by Tumbit, however, two important and self-imposed deadlines floated by the Regional Government of Murcia in recent weeks, with regards to the project, “should” still take place at some point this month. On the 23rd of June, Jesus Samper, President and CEO of Proyectos Emblemáticos Murcianos SA (Premursa) - the

Constructor and Promoter of the park - announced that a total of 11 companies had “Expressed their Interest” in tendering for work at Paramount, ant that “Contracts will be awarded in September.” Meanwhile, on the 1st of August Regional Minister for Culture and Tourism, Pedro Alberto Cruz advised a press conference how the final details of the Paramount Theme Park project would be unveiled to the public “in September”. Anybody still holding their breath ?

Corvera Airport : Murcia ‘may’ sue Aeromur

The Spokesman for the Regional Government of Murcia commented yesterday how the negotiations with AENA and the Ministry of Defence regarding the closure of San Javier Airport were “virtually complete”. In a report by La Verdad, according to the Minister, all parties are cooperating with the transfer of (Civilian) flights to Corvera Airport and there is “no obstacle” in the process of bringing the new airport

into operation. Ballesta was speaking yesterday in the weekly meeting of the Government, where Minister for Public Works, Antonia Sevilla, tabled the proposal to terminate the contract for Aeromur’s licence to operate Corvera Airport due to their inability to meet agreed deadlines. Whilst any definitive decision was postponed until next Friday, Ballesta confirmed Sevilla’s earlier comments that

Spanish Universities urge “adopt a student”

Faced with escalating tuition fees and stricter requirements to access grants, some public universities are coming up with creative ways of fundraising. One idea under consideration is an “adopta-student” scheme that would seek donations from companies and individuals to sponsor a college education for struggling

learners. Málaga University’s president, Adelaida de la Calle, said her institution will propose creating a fund for this type of donation, noting that enrollment has gone down. “Just as you can sponsor a child, people could sponsor a student by paying their fees.” An analysis by EL PAÍS shows that at least 30,000

Corvera is still on schedule to award final contracts by the end of 2013, with a view to becoming operational Summer 2014. The Minister also confirmed that the Regional Government was looking into the legalities in claiming compensation of up to 7 Million Euros from Aeromur for “The inconvenience caused to the people of Murcia” in the delays to date.

Report: www.tumbit.com

university students in arrears (2.3 percent of the total) are on the verge of being kicked out of campus. While university leaders are trying to offer formulas like payment in installments, they are increasingly turning to private initiatives for support. José Carrillo, president of Madrid’s Complutense, called the sponsorship idea “a positive initiative” but there is some fear in university circles

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about shifting the burden of funding to the private sector. Xavier Grau, president of Universidad Rovira i Virgili in Tarragona, says “donations are positive in some cases and situations, but the ordinary functioning of the university cannot depend on them. It’s a very subtle line that we should not cross.”


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According to a recent study by Spanish real estate portal, idealista.com, at the end of August this year, the average price of a second-hand home stood at 1,764 euros per square metre, which represents a decrease of 9% compared to the same month last year. During the month of August, resale home prices lowered by an average of 0.6%. The monthly decline was widespread across all regions except Navarra, where prices rose by 0.2%. The most pronounced declines during the month of August were registered in Castilla y Leon, where the price of previously owned homes fell by 1.5%, followed by CastillaLa Mancha and Galicia, both with a drop of 1.4%. The portal’s data shows that the Basque Country remains the most expensive region in which to buy a second-hand home, with the average price standing at 2,938 euros per square metre, ahead of Madrid (2,648 euros per square metre) and Catalonia (1,962 euros). In contrast, El Economista reported that the cheapest home resales are to be found in Extremadura (1,097 euros per square metre), Murcia (1,100 euros) and Castilla-La Mancha (1,108 euros). With regard to the major real estate markets, in August the average price of secondhand housing rose in Barcelona (+0.8%), as well as in Madrid (+0.2%) and Seville (+0.1%). For the latest property news go to www.kyero.com

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8 Find repugnant (8) 11 Lease (4) 15 A crystal of snow (9) 17 An erosive process (8) 18 Singers (8) 20 Hand warmer (4) 21 A branch of the US military (7) 22 Hunting expedition (6) 23 Assert (6) 26 Pinfish (5)

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CROSSWORD

SOLUTIONS SUDOKU PUZZLE

Sudoku is a placement puzzle. Enter the numbers 1 to 9 in each row and column of a grid, made up of 3 x 3 subgrids. The catch is that each row, column and grid must contain only one instance of each number or letter.

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Dish of the day at Waitrose yesterday was humble pie – and first in the queue to see it served up must surely have been Delia Smith. Months after the Queen of TV cookery was dumped in favour of Pippa Middleton, the supermarket has decided to reinstate her. In a U-turn, the grocery giant has asked the much-loved cook to bring her successful online culinary school to its website. The move follows anger in the kitchens of Middle Britain over Waitrose’s decision to drop her from its television ad campaign last year, while promoting Miss Middleton. Customers saw the decision as a betrayal of a woman who had taught two generations to cook and the resulting Twitter storm suggested it was a ‘gratuitous insult’ to customers, with some threatening a supermarket boycott. Her departure was followed by the news that Waitrose had hired the Duchess of Cambridge’s sister as the new star columnist for its magazine. The news irked many Delia lovers, not least because the 29-year-old’s culinary experience seemed limited to enjoying the hospitality at celebrity parties and making sushi rolls for her university chums. Added to that was the widespread mocking of her Celebrate party planning book, which had disastrous sales. Last weekend, the Mail Online reports, breathless bosses at Waitrose announced their ‘exciting new move’ to work with Delia again. Her online cookery school, launched earlier this year, will appear on the Waitrose TV section of the supermarket’s website, offering a free video library of lessons and techniques from beginner to advanced level. Waitrose chiefs were positively effervescent, calling Delia’s tutorials the ‘hero of the channel’ and praising her ‘inspiration and expertise’. Waitrose marketing director Rupert Thomas said: ‘We have a long and successful history of working with Delia and we’re thrilled to be joining forces again on the Delia Online Cookery School with Waitrose, which we believe will be the definitive online tool for cookery tuition.’ Delia, who has sold 21million cookery books, maintained her dignity throughout the controversy. When it was suggested she might want to prepare one of Pippa’s recipes at home, she simply laughed. Yesterday, the 72-year-old spoke of her ‘ambition’ to teach anyone who wants to learn to cook. ‘If you are from nine to 109 you will be able to learn anything from boiling an egg to baking a cake – I don’t think you can learn in a better way,’ she said.

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mid-week meals

Thai red chicken curry

Try substituting prawns for the chicken in this great stress-free midweek supper La Cena have recently held their 2nd Birthday Party and celebrated in style with a themed Mascarade ball. The delicious menu was 20 Euros per person which included a carafe of wine. We started with tapas and sangria followed by fresh tuna salad and peppered rice. The main was a Spanish tortilla with duck fillets and for dessert, home made creme brulee with fresh fruit. Please see our pictures with our home made mask with the prize of a Bottle of Moet Champagne. See our main advert for our contact information. 

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30 ml sunflower oil 2 clove(s) garlic, crushed 5 ml finely grated ginger 30 ml Thai red curry paste 1 x 400ml can coconut milk 250 ml chicken or vegetable stock 200g mangetout, halved lengthways 1 red pepper, thinly sliced 2 pak-choi, quartered 4 kaffir lime leaves 10 ml grated palm sugar 2 lemongrass stalks, bruised 400g skinless chicken breasts, thinly sliced Chopped coriander, to garnish Steamed jasmine rice, to serve

method

Heat the oil in a large, non-stick wok or frying pan. Add the garlic and ginger and stir-fry for 20-30 seconds. Stir in the curry paste and stir-fry for 30 seconds. Pour in the coconut milk, then add the stock, mangetout, red pepper, pak-choi, lime leaves, sugar, lemongrass and chicken. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer gently for 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is cooked through. Season, remove from heat and sprinkle over the coriander. Serve at once with jasmine rice.


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Easy Moroccan meatball tagine

2 small onions, finely chopped 30 ml raisins 750g minced beef 15 ml tomato purée 15 ml curry powder 45 ml olive oil 15 ml ground cinnamon 625g canned chopped tomatoes Juice of ½ lemon 2 sticks celery, thickly sliced 1 large or 2 medium courgettes, roughly chopped 175g frozen peas

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Opening Times From 16th Sept Mon - Fri 10am - 6pm / Sat 10 - 3pm

What is a tagine?

Tagine is the Moroccan word that refers to both the unique glazed earthenware vessel with a distinctive conical lid and also the food prepared in it. Traditionally used by nomads as portable ovens over charcoal braziers for making stews, usually containing meat, the tagine is used for both cooking and serving, but care should be taken to protect your table when using the tagine as a serving dish as the base will be very hot. Cooking principles: The conical shaped lid helps preserves moisture in the food as the steam condenses on the inside of the lid. The shape of the lid also creates circulation within the dish, infusing the food with spices and flavours. The low indirect heat produces a rich, aromatic flavour as the food slowly simmers for hours and the resulting meat becomes meltingly tender. Most tagines involve slow simmering of less-expensive meats. Very few Moroccan tagine recipes require initial browning, making them ideal to cook in the oven. Types of tagine: Tagines come in two types those that can be used for serving only and those used for cooking. Serving tagines: These Moroccan tagines are often highly coloured and patterned, but are not suitable for cooking and are not dishwasher safe. Cooking Tagines Traditional Moroccan tagines: These are made in Morocco of glazed terracotta and ideally require seasoning before use. They can be used in the oven and over a low gas flame preferably with a heat diffuser. These are not dishwasher safe, please wash by hand in warm soapy water. Other cooking tagines: We have a selection of ceramic tagines on the site in variety of colours and patterns. These are fully glazed and do not require seasoning before first use. They can be used in the oven but not on the hob, and are dishwasher safe. Seasoning your tagine for first use This is not essential but will remove any earthenware ‘taste’ and strengthen your tagine. The new tagine needs to be submerged in water for at least 1 hour. Rub the inside of the base and lid with olive oil; put in a cold oven and set temperature to 150C (gas mark 2) and leave for 2 hours. Remove from oven and leave to cool. When completely cool, wash in warm soapy water and dry with a clean cloth. Your tagine is now ready to use.


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Saturday 28th September nt the king of swing e m n i a t r e t En

mr tony justice

Special Menu de la Noche Terrace or Function Room seating

Ticket only 10.95€ incl. food

Bar Menu & Snacks MENU DEL DIA Homemade Burgers, Salads, Jacket 2 Courses available 9am - 4.30pm (excep Sun)

Potatoes, Puds & much more

All Day Breakfast from 9am Includes FREE Tea or Coffee

Served daily 12 - 4.30pm

plus daily specials

except Friday & Sunday

only

5€

Cod ‘n’ ChipS EVENING MENU

friday & SATURDAY SERVED 12-9pm

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

from

5.95€

friday & SATURDAY

Our Restaurant is Open 6pM - 9pm Bookings from

5.95€

dvisable

Traditional SUNDAY LUNCH Delicious & Homecooked food.. 12pm - 5pm Beef & Yorkshire Pudding, OR Roast Pork, crackling & apple sauce, OR Tender or Roast Chicken with Stuffing, all served with Seasonal Vegetables... Fish dish also available...

.95€ Advisable 6Bookings

Starters, Puddings from 2€ each

SUNDAY 10 BREAKFAST AM-11.30aM SERVED

Monday

Activities

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

Tuesday

• Quirky Quiz 7:30pm • Darts 7.30pm

Wednesday

• Line Dancing with Carrie 7pm

Art Classes, Computer Club, Keep Fit, Geneology

Please call into Jacks to check Timetables

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

@

PLUS

950 120 718 / 634 305 132 jacksalbox@gmail.com

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! Call now to book or to find out more about any

La Cena

Restaurante

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

Menu del noche

3 courseS - €12.00 Beach Opening Times 10am til close Food served 10:30am til 10pm

menu of the day 3 courses €10.50 regular TRIBUTE SHOWS ite for details webs see

tel: 950 473 099 www.beachcombermojacar.com

Carrillo Bar Pizza & Tapas

Food & Drink Served all Day

Est 1964

Live Sports Shown SPECIAL OFFER 6 BOTTLES IN A BUCKET

ONLY 6€

BP Garage

Open All Week 9am til Late Closed Monday

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Albox

Tel: 660

260 147

Ctra. Estacion, 29 04815 Almanzora

of our events: 950 473 099. LA CENA, in Albox is a fine dining experience without the expense. A beautifully decorated restaurant, run by husband and wife team Simon and Carol. At the moment they are serving a superb Menu Del Noche for only 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! 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 & birthdays. Enjoy a free bottle of cava when a minimum of 4 people order a starter and main course from the A la carte menu for this week only.


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COMMUNITY NEWS A PLEA ON BEHALF OF THE DOGHOUSE FOUNDATION

Many of you who own dogs will know that the 20kg bags of Compy dog food recently increased by 2 euros. The Doghouse uses 14 bags each week so the food bill has increased by well over 100 euros monthly. Can anyone help by donating a bag (one-off or regularly)? You can leave food at AA Auctions who have very kindly agreed to be a collection point. Paul also needs help with cleaning, office, and maintenance work at the centre so if you live in the HuercalOvera area and feel you could help for a few hours a week, please telephone him on 626766073/695568829

Albox RBL – Chinese Nosh & Quiz Night

The Albox Branch of The Royal British Legion will be holding their second Chinese Nosh & Quiz Night on 12th October at 7.30pm at the Gran Muralla (Great Wall) Chinese Restaurant in Albox. Come and enjoy your favorite Chinese Nosh with your friends and participate in a Quiz with massive prizes (75% of takings will given be in prizes) Cost of ticket €4.00 for members and €5 for non- members, which includes quiz and RBL donation but NOT the cost of the meal. Purchase your own meal for the price of €8.50 or €9.50p.p. (set meal for four persons) including half a bottle of wine per person on the night. (Other equivalent price combinations for larger or smaller groups) Tickets are now available at meetings 1st & 3rd Thursday of month @ La Parrilla Hotel & Restaurant in Albox, or from the Social Secretary Bob Cowan on 608049490 or rcowan25@ gmail.com

Royal British Legion - help !!!

Albox Branch of The Royal British Legion Standard stolen The official Standard of The Royal British Legion Albox Branch was stolen from a car parked in the car park near La Parrilla Hotel & Restaurant around 12.30 to 1.30 p.m. on Thursday 5th September 2013. The Standard was in its black leather carrying case at the time and it is believed it was mistaken for a rifle (see attached photographs. The Standard bears the words ‘ALBOX BRANCH’ instead of those shown) Despite a quick and thorough search of the area by La Guardia Civil and members of the Branch it has not yet been recovered. The Standard defines the Branch and sentimentally is irreplaceable. If anyone spots either the case or the Standard please urgently contact La Guardia on 112 on your mobile or the Branch Chairman Peter Phillips on 693 483 392 or peatpee@ sky.com or any member of the Branch committee. Thank you for your help.

colouring competition Winners Ellie Salt, Aged 3 & Joshua Crosby, Aged 4 & Millie Quinn aged 9. Certificates & Prize Money are on their way to you all!

Greeting Cards A Full Selection

at great prices All Cards One Price

2€

Monday - Saturday 10am - 2pm

ICS Shop

within Albox Insurance (Liberty) Calle Malaga, Albox by Cutting Edge

Albox Travel Club Xmas trip to Nerja

The Albox Travel Club previously advertised 5 day Christmas Holiday to Nerja from 23rd DECEMBER to 27th DECEMBER 2013 has now been reduced in price due to numbers booked and will reduce further if more booked! (currently 38 booked – 40 required for further reduction) €310 €285 and €320 €295 for Non Legion Members Single supplement €51 Price to include 3 star hotel on half board, Christmas Gala Buffet Dinner, 2 half day excursions and excellent evening entertainment. Day 1 Journey to hotel Nerja Club with dinner in the hotel. Day 2 Half day excursion for Christmas shopping at the El Ingenio Shopping Centre - for non- shoppers a detour to Torre del Mar. Christmas Eve Gala Dinner with drinks included & 1 free spa! Day 3 Christmas Day a quiet day for a stroll. Day 4 Boxing Day visit to Competa including a visit to an olive mill. Day 5 - Morning in Nerja and then home. Full payment is now due either at the Albox RBL Monthly Meeting on the 19th September, their Coffee morning on the 3rd October or the very latest at their Monthly Meeting on the 17th October, all at La Parrilla Hotel & Restaurant in Albox Main Square. Alternatively for more details on the Club and how it will work or to book tickets for this trip or to offer your help please Contact Linda Packham on 608 708 730. Email: packham942@hotmail. com

SEND your birthday & ANNIVERSARY GREETINGS TO EDITOR@SOLTIMES.COM & WE’LL PRINT THEM FREE OF CHARGE!

Bar lepanto

Bar Trespasso for Sale due to retirement Busy Albox Bar in prime location near Mercadona Open 9am - 6pm Mon - Sat but with potential for evening trade.

For more infomation call

687 018 936

weekly quiz nights with CHERRY Original Quizzes

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

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

La Albox

el Cucador

Monday evenings 7.30pm

tuesdays 7.30pm

FREE La

VidaVenue

VidaBar El

Cucador

TUESDAY special

Restaurant

OX ALB

Restaurant Open Friday & Saturday 6pm - 9pm For a la Carte Menu Sunday lunches served noon - 5pm

Waiter service in Restaurant or in our Patio Garden Booking Recommended Coming soon... Our NEW Autumn menu including Menu de la Noche Book our function room with private patio garden for your parties, weddings, birthdays etc Please call into Jacks or phone to discuss your BUFFET OR MENU REQUIREMENTS, OR JUST A CHAT WE WOULD LOVE TO SEE YOU

OPEN 9AM-LATE MON-SAT 10-6 SUN

950 120 718 / 634 305 132 jacksalbox@gmail.com

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Spicy Chicken Curry & Rice or Cod Fillet & Chips (6-9pm)

5€

wednesday supper

Chicken Chips & Salad Gammon Chips & Peas

5.50€

Thursday Pie Night

Homemade Pies, Chips  & Peas ladies friendly darts wed 8pm

all welcome

5.50€

tapas 6 €uro

Selection

1€ Each

wed yoga Luncheon with liz 2 courses 2-4pm

Open Every Day 12pm - Late Tel: 950 634 562 • lavidacucador@gmail.com book the Venue: For your Private Parties, Weddings and Birthdays etc.


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SOL CLASSIFIEDS SOLTIMES www.soltimes.com see us online everyday FOR SALE

advertise all your unwanted items for sale in this section

any single item up to 300€ free of charge

email: sales@soltimes.com

ink cartridges refills or buy a compatable at great prices. We love to save you money. ICS shop inside liberty seguros insurance, Calle malaga (next to puppy rescue) or call 609 199 394 bath seat Hydraulic lower & raise 20€, ceiling light 15€, large corner desk 30€, single duvets 5€, gas bottles 12.50€ and large reja - offers. Tel: 950 069 332 or Mob: 637 229 009. Inflatable Rib Boat. Approx 3 metre size, 300€. Tel: 620 112 193 IN F R A - R ED HEATING PANEL New, unused (in box) infra-red heating panel. Economic in use. Colour white, can be fixed on the wall or at the ceiling. Dimensions: 1192 x 592 mm, 700 Watt, 10,5 kg, To be combined with your own thermostat. Surplus, so must go for only 190€. Discount if you buy two. To be collected in Vera Playa, Parque Vera III. Tel: 625 242 198. Large quantity of wood. tongue and groove plus various lengths etc. doors and window. treated. suitable to make large shed - can send email photos. 190 euros. tel - 634334169 Bike folding. Small wheel. Blue Unisex. Hyper XL. VGC. 50€ Tel:617 527 901 Security Gate concertina, in white. 1 mtr ideal for single door.45€.Tel:617 527 901 Golf Clubs. 1 set young gun. 1 set master. Both bagged in good condition. 25€ each. Tel:617 527 901 Bed 160 x 200.

Complete with memory foam mattress. Hardly used. Headboard in light wood with setin lights. VGC. Cost new 800€. Bargain at 245€. Can deliver. Tel: 617 527 901. Ladies Biker Leather Trousers Leisure plus. Medium. 20€. Tel:617 527 901 Mens Biker Leather Trousers with knee protectors. Large Dainese. 30€. Tel: 617 527 901 O u t b o a r d motor .Johnson Twin Cylinder 4 HP Seahorse. Excellent working order.150€. Tel: 950 466 282 or 634 312 365. Bed safety rail for child or O.A.P. Slides under mattress. 20€. Tel: 950 466 282 or 634 312 365. Scroll Saw bench unit (new) 85 watt motor, 406mm throat depth, dust removal pump.Ideal hobby workshop tool.45€. 950 466 282 or 634 312 365. cot bed Mamas and Papas – mattress and bedding included. Good

condition. 100€. 693 400 898

wanted cont...

Hairdressing equipment wanted to include backwash chair plus adjustable hairdressers chairs, Large mirrors etc can collect must be in good condition Tel. 647 379 878 email: retreatcucador@gmail.com

Air-con

For all your

chest of large drawers HEMNES Ikea (2 small drawers 4 large) brown/grey. New. 85€ O.N.O San Juan de los Terreros must collect. 674513281

free for hire

DJ

WANTED Call Brian 634 305 132

Car seats,high chairs, stair gates, cots etc Tel: 950 436 581 or 666 375 688 expectingababy @hotmail.co.uk

ballroom dancing

V

MD Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration S.L.

MD S.L

City & Guilds Fully Qualified F-Gas Certified

25 years sole experience in Air Conditioning & Refrigeration

not a jack of all trades

mondays 3-5pm

Need

carpentry

WILDWOOD Bespoke Joinery

For all your carpentry requirements

Fast, efficient, competitive service.

Transport?? Airport Airport Parking services Alicante Almeria Murcia shopping trips New hospital Servicing / Repairs appointments etc A i r p o r t t r a n sf e rs 663 429 521 pick up all areas, professional computers competitive rates. For a quote please reliable visit www. spanish Steve Hayes service Informatica estateagent.c om or call 661 143 871 Pc’s, Laptops,

Cheap

Tel: 634 328 574

james@wildwood.es

alternative energy

c a r l o s s a l i e n t e plumbing & heating for solar pool heating, solar hot water installations and repairs. call 950 930 900 or 968 969 962, email carlos.saliente@ gmail.com

commercial kitchen oven baby equipment hire must be in good working order, can collect call 609 199 394 Professional Baby Equipment Hire Logitech G25 Free delivery & collection, All our steering wheel and pedals for PS3. equipment has been purchased from new Tel: 615 806 126 Phone Derek on 608 449 882. thebabyhirecentre@hotmail.com

drainage

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

Tel: 616 531 283 or 670 088 966

LICENSED POZO/septic tank emptying • Installation of new septic

all levels welcome tanks with certificates single or couples enjoyable afternoon to meet • Repairs to existing pozos new friends • CCTV Camera for more info call Inspection 950 449 617 Call Andy on 950 091 109 or 648 768 587

For all your installation or service MD Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration S.L offers C a r p e n t r y / j o i n e r y requirements including our latest info@md-aircon.com telephone services Contact Gil on 667 225 950 432 110 / 607 364 917 607 364 917 or 950 432 110 662. www.trade-solutions.es

Solar Wind Power Solutions. Over 15 years installation in Albox Private parties Private parties e x p e r i e n c e . established Birthday etc, Birthday etc, 12 years in all events all events catered for Spain. Call Phil catered for competitive call for more call Bar for more for prices 636 261 information: information 950 120 718 240 email:info@ 950 634 562 sunergyalmeria. com www.sunergy wanted almeria.com

Venue @ La Vida El Cucador

Everything for the visiting baby

Graham & Tea room ballroom dancing Barry on sequence with jean & derek at el Cucador 620 112 193 or La idaRestaurant&Venue 667 853 062

Steam Iron email: info@md-aircon.com A Profesional Planchado. 2000 md_aircon@mobileemail.vodafone.es watt. As new (cost Airport services €44.90).Now €30.00 o.n.o. Mojacar 666132422 or www.AAparking.es 950472698 Tel: 639 081 067 garden chairs 4 strong yellow, almost new, . €40.00 Very good condition. Mojacar 666132422 or 950472698

BABY HIRE

air conditioning needs

Double sofa bed with single pullout bed – Olive green. Excellent condition. 65€ 950 064 778 or 696 266 348 Bone China 68 Pieces Wedgewood. Metalised Hotel ware. Insignia Pattern. . Perfect condition . Very Dainty. €95.00 o.n.o. Mojacar 950 472 698 or 666 132 422

baby Equipment cont...

Tel: 950 121 936 or 902 750 190 Ext 332 sales@soltimes.com

Email: blockeddrainsrus@albox-online.net

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

Pool Cleaning & Water Tanks

Contact: 675 838 808 english lessons

English Lessons by TEFL Qualified English Teacher. Call 664 291 793 after 6pm

equipment hire

Printers etc. Sales & Repairs on-site callout / tuition. Consumables Albox, Almeria Tel: 950 120 900

construction

construction

Mat Murray 647 841 750 matmurrayes@gmail.com

established in spain for 14 years

fully legal

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 / 667 853 062


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legal

• 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

health & beauty avon cosmetics Tel Claire 691 987 454 avon fromclaire@ yahoo.es

heating C a r l o s (Saliente) plumbing & heating services. If it involves water, we can help! www. carlossaliente.com Tel: 968 969 962

house clearance

THE HOUSE CLEARING SPECIALIST 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

hobby/craft ELAINE’S WOOLS Quality UK Wool & Accessories. Come & view my DISPLAY. Also Available at CAT Services & Total Entertainment Call: 667 273 889 elaineswools@ gmail.com

insurance

glenn & jayne

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

Tel: 950 121 943

infoalbox.libertyseguros@gmail.com

iron/metal works

The Metal works

Grills, railings, gates of all types, security/ sliding/roller, rejas, concertina doors etc.

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

logs load of small or big Olive logs, no roots €160 load of mixed Olive some roots €140 load of eucalyptus, no roots €160 all loads 2 tonnes Arboleas & surrounding areas Call Lee on 636 092 632 eliteplanthire@hotmail.co.uk

OPTICIANS

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

pet taxi TRAVELLING IN AIR CONDITIONED VEHICLE DELIVERED TO DOOR PETS STAY IN PET FRIENDLY HOTELS. ACCOMPANIED TRAVEL AVAILABLE

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

British plasterer

All work guaranteed Tel Paul 634 327 201 woodhouse boarding kennels & cattery

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

PAINTER / DECORATOR

Tracy Mobile 650 211 952

painter & decorator

friendly - professional -reliable neat & tidy - experienced refs available

Excellent Rates - Superb Work

Tel: 649 186 107 or

email thunderpaul2003@hotmail.com pets section

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

White cat, Blue eyes, 12 months old, very affectionate, Cecilio needs a home Tel: 667 950 144 black & white cat, 15 months old, Very effectionate, Julio needs a home, Tel: 667 950 144 Exclusive Palomino Kennels, Boarding Kennels / Cattery, All Diet requirements catered for, vet on 24/7 standby, Tel: 662 668 423 or 950 067 051

plumbing

pet section continued

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

Tel: Keith Wood on

638 900 949

Tel: 950 121 936 or 902 750 190 ext 332

No need for kennels or cattery

landscape gardening

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pool cleaning

Triton Pool Cleaning Mojacar -- Bedar Bedar -- Vera Vera Mojacar With over 20 years combined experience and an established name ‘Triton’ are expanding Now taking on New Pool Clients! Prices from 60€ p/m Also now available: General Gardening, Key Holding. Letting Change-Overs ‘Meet and Greet’ Property Maintenance & Security

Call us on: 634 326 322 www.tritonspain.com

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 PROPERTY section

los pedro gales

urcal 1 bed casita, fully furnished with large fly-free patio, private parking, electric by metre 250€ pcm inc water

Tel: 666 281 323

CA R LO S S ALIENTE 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 c ar lo s.s aliente@ gmail.com

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

PROPERTY section

for SALE VERA APARTMENT FOR RENT detatched SHORT-TERM/HOLIDAY RENTAL cortijo

2 BEDROOM, 2 BATHROOM, pENTHOUSE APARTMENT IN VERA PLAYA ALL MOD CONS, BALCONY & ROOF TERRACE OFFERING FANTASTIC VIEWS cALL 663 977 230 EMAIL: gedfab@yahoo.com Vera Playa Apartment

Single lady is looking for a house for long term rent, without pool, from private owner and unfurnished. Max. 400€ per month, close to Albox. Tel: 649 615 227

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

€150,000

649 186 107 thunderpaul2003@ hotmail.com

BE SEEN 24 HOURS A DAY 7 DAYS A WEEK, 365 DAYS A YEAR

SOLTIMES business directory With an entry in the

From just

€15 a quarter

www.soltimes.com Tel: Paulette on

950 121 936 902 750 190 ext 332 Or email: sales@soltimes.com for details


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

DAVE’S TRANSPORT 7.5 Ton, Lorry Part loads, Self load/Unload Minimal rates, Owner Driver Spain/uk/Local Storage available, based “Los Gallardos” &”hertfordshire”

Call now 0034 620 049 524 (Es) 00 44 794 3135 214 (UK) woodnco@hotmail.com

safe & secure transport

De Lima’sremovals

to & from uk

Local, National & international REMOVALS & STORAGE

thermal lined & controlled ventilation ideal for pets 200€ dog 100€ cats & birds

Quality Second hand furniture showroom

heavy loads welcome

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 enquiries@delimas.biz

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

www.delimas.biz

call: 634 368 430

SPAIN UK SPAIN Removals

634 337 185

A1 Sky Television Systems, Satellite TV installations, alignment of dishes etc. Coming soon UKTV without a dish

Call for more info.

fortnightly SERVICE TO & FROM UK FULL OR PART LOADS

Tel Dave: 628 607 778

UK - SPAIN - UK

watch tv for free

From a parcel to a small house move

Professional,Friendly & Caring Fully insured, scheduled monthly door to door service

Friendly Reliable Service Fully Legal Special deals from UK - Spain Office: 968 564 298 Mobile: 696 621 884 marmenorremovals@hotmail.com

spanish lessons

satellite/ television

uk@fmtransport.co.uk www.fmtransport.co.uk +44 (0) 1582 499 836 +44 (0) 7977 754 389

number plates

Car parts

“RE-PLATE” MATE

go to

www.soltimes.com for all the latest programmes

Need quality new parts for any car

for sensible prices on all parts Clutches, Brakes, alternators, service kits

for sale

Mercedes 260 E

GB

Starter Motors, headlights

Free quote go online or phone www.carpartsinspain.com

or telephone 692 930 326 car & van hire

Van hire

ONE WAY

*COLLECTION & DELIVERY *STORAGE

TEL: 667 235 205

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

mikethemechanicmobile@gmail.com

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

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

UK to Spain or Spain to UK

*LOCAL *NATIONAL *EUROPEAN

E

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

full service contact:

Alan 662 249 159

www.replatematecostablanca.com

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

URGENTLY REQUIRED

Full ITV service history. 129K. Petrol. LHD Spanish. Black/Grey. Alloy wheels, Tinted windows. Excellent condition. €2,695 Bargain. Tel.617 527 901

o.n. Peugeot 307 cc convertible 2006 Silver, Immaculate condition, RHD UK specification matriculation to Spanish registration, full service history, leather interior, air con, electric roof & windows, full audio system, airbags 92,000 miles For more information please call 636103487 or 007817007830

Citroen Relay Van 1000 TD HDI SWB

ENGLISH & SPANISH CARAVANS, CARS, MOTORHOMES & VANS ANY CONDITION WE COLLECT! THROUGHOUT SPAIN

TEL: 636 411 540 OR 679 207 545

2000 Ford Fiesta for sale LHD Spanish plates. ITV : Oct 2013 1800cc Diesel ( 5 doors ) Very reliable , 1650000 KM Dark Blue metalic very clean aircon rcd elc windows front

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New beginners class starts

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My Better Idea

I was confident that I knew the way to our destination. I had been there before, admittedly some time ago, but my mental map of the upand-down intricacies of Zurgena was still fresh, added to which a life-long residency in Devon, which in parts is less than straightforward, has given me a pretty good instinct for finding places. I brushed aside Pete’s advice to ring up and ask for directions with the fateful words ‘I know the way, I remember it from last time.’ We sailed confidently into the unsuspecting village, turned left on the single track road up the hill and parked outside our destination. ‘Told you I knew the way.’ I smugly pointed out. Business concluded, it was time to head home. ‘Better back down’ Pete advised. ‘You’ll never turn round here.’ He was so obviously right that the advice was unnecessary, but I had a better idea that didn’t involve backing at all. ‘No, I’ll go on. There’s a plaza at the top, and I can just drive round it and come back down again. That is

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what I did last time.’ With a perfectly executed hill start I drove on, passing a huddle of elders, a child and two dogs. They waved in a friendly manner, except the child, who was too small, and the dogs, who didn’t care. About 6 yards further on I came abruptly and unexpectedly to a dead end. I looked in the rear view mirror to see that my audience had spread out across the road, to get a better view of what passes in Zurgena for entertainment. I reversed gingerly through the throng, who were by now cheerfully entering into the spirit of the thing. I took the advice of the matriarch of the group and retracted my mirror (she tapped it with her walking stick) and directed by an eloquently waved broom I followed a sprightly male elder down a tiny steep alleyway that I hadn’t even noticed. At the end he stopped and called to his friend, who abandoned his vegetable patch in order to direct me with his hoe down another tiny cobbled alleyway. Preceded by one of the dogs, and watched by native inhabitants of all ages, who appeared at windows and doorways as I passed I steered Del through squeezes through which only a Renault Clio with retracted wing mirrors or a donkey would have fitted. Then suddenly we were back to civilization. Pete was right – I should have backed down!

When a Vampire’s Armpit is the Lesser Evil It’s funny how certain attitudes change as soon as you move permanently to Spain. What may once have been a holiday destination - with its night life, numerous restaurants and the glorious sunshine – now takes on a wholly new aspect. In short, we become blasé. This is natural of course, and it’s good. Whilst we had to save our hard earned cash for the annual or biannual vacations, with the intention of blowing it on food, booze and entertainment, it’s obvious that the situation has to radically change when the holiday destination becomes the permanent home. Not only would the cost be prohibitive – unless you have the salary of a newspaper editor – but the novelty would soon diminish and disappear. Speaking for ourselves, it is true that we can now afford to eat out far more than we could back in the Mother country, but it’s nice nevertheless, to have an evening out in a good restaurant with friends and still

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regard it as a treat. Two friends from England were staying with us recently, and we decided that it would be in order to show them the great metrolops of Torrevieja after dark. This is something we only like doing ourselves once or twice during the summer months because we normally choose to avoid the babble and tourist din like the plague. But it’s good on the odd occasion to experience the night time atmosphere and vibrancy of the town during July or August and an absolute obligation if we have friends staying. And so, as duty demanded, we made our way into a packed and noisy town. After a meander around the bustling evening market, we strolled around town pointing out the various sites of interest introducing our friends to churros con chocolate en route, and we eventually found ourselves in a waterfront cocktail bar. ‘Found ourselves’ is a bit of a misnomer because our arrival at the bar was deliberate, calculating and entirely through choice and anyway, it was the perfect base from which to people watch. The list of cocktails was mind blowing. Not so much because of the sheer number of concoctions on offer, but the outrageous names that many of them had - most of which would be instantly censored if I were unwise enough to include them here - and achieving the near impossible, by making me blush. We bought beers for the first round, simply to slake our thirst and rinse away the dust of the day - apart from the elfinlike Mrs. Bird who was our driver for the night and who wisely decided upon an

agua con gas with ice and lemon and a little paper brolly to tart it up a bit. And which, in view of the other exotica on the menu, should have been sold as Bridge Over Bubbled Waters or H2Ohh! They could have charged three times as much. I was still enjoying my lager when our two friends called the waitress over to order their first proper cocktails – an attractive girl with pieces of shrapnel in her nose and bottom lip, and legs up to Benidorm. I signaled that I was not ready to order and off she dashed to get the drinks, her rear end reminding me of a sack of hyper active ferrets. She was soon back at high speed - the energy of the ferrets undiminished – and I remember thinking that she must be on piecework. “Ready to order sir?” she purred. “Um, well . . .” “Sex On The Beach is cool.” She interrupted. Well now. I thought about this. But on balance I decided that a nice cocktail was what I really needed - after all, my lovely wife was in attendance and anyway, the sand gets everywhere. “Don’t take this personally” I told the waitress, “but how about ‘Up Yours Sideways’” which was a blend of tropical fruits, a poncy liqueur, some spicy things that I had never heard of and my favourite tipple – dark rum. I don’t think the others

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Alquerian society is seen as godless, debauched and anarchic by the more sanctimonious observer. While most would agree it sounds like terrific fun the Monks of the order of St Jude the Daft, decided to save our wayward Pueblo. The people of Alqueria, seizing their chance sold the Monks, who were blinded by religious fervour two overpriced dilapidated houses on the Calle Mirador. The Monks set to with a will and soon the Monastery of St. Jude the Daft (Alqueria) opened its doors for business. The Monks waited, and waited, and waited. The only taker was Loco Paco who mistook the Monks for a rare antipodean marsupial and tried to lasso the Abbot. The people of Alqueria gave the monastery a wide berth. Monks in penance covered themselves, their clothes and anything in reach with a mixture of cow dung, goat’s droppings and pomegranate flesh. Accompanied with a shrill wail punctuated by nasal grunts it gave rise to a totally nauseating spectacle. Their foul smelling clothes were undoubtedly responsible for some dirty habits. As for the spiritual salvation of the populace little headway was made. The Abbot summoned Sacerdote del Semblante Lánguido, the Village Priest on a consultative basis. Now these Monks in fact very few monks anywhere have had dealings with an existentialist priest. The monastic fraternity has been well shielded from this kind of thinking. The more the priest hammered home the meaninglessness of the universe and the contingency of all life the more the Monks became electrified. The credo of living for today and the understanding that tomorrow is just an unreachable hypothetical point in free space hit home. The Abbot tried to quell this philosophical uprising, but the choice between ritual bathing in manure and of abstinence came a poor second to the Priest’s hedonistic view of life. The Abbot was a trier however and had faith, misplaced perhaps in his flock, he suggested a trial. It was to be the old struggle between perceived good and perceived evil. Which is which depended on your viewpoint. The Abbot armed the Monks with their faith but the Priest introduced them to Manuela. Consequently the Monks were led into a trial of temptation, they all failed miserably. Red-eyed and dissipated the Monks began reinventing their order. The Abbot fled to Britain where he now councils prime ministers who have been rejected by their Parliament. The Monks’ habits are now sequined and thigh length. The Monastery renamed ‘St. Jude the Daft a Go Go’.

had actually seen that particular brew on the extensive list because having heard what sounded like an affront to our waitress, Steve spluttered his Screw My Brains Out down his Hawaiian shirt and Sally choked on her comparatively respectable Vampire’s Armpit. My much better other half merely sat there multitasking - drumming the table with her fingers, sipping her water and firing

cruise missiles at me with her eyes. But our trendy young waitress was unmoved and turning on her heel thus displaying the menagerie once again, she hurried away. Why do young girls today look as if they have been caught in a grenade blast, and why can’t they call cocktails Singapore Sling and Screwdriver like they used to I mused. Damn it, I’m getting old.


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Still Space to be amazed

So there I am, balancing on one leg, the radio in one hand, trying desperately to get any sort of signal. What’s more frustrating is that I’m not trying to find a station in Auckland-which is on the outskirts of New Zealand if my geography is right. No, I’m trying to listen to our local radio station, Smooth FM, which is broadcasting from only ten minutes away from our house. After finally locating a signal and welding the tuner to the frequency, reception is still about as weak as Neil Armstrong’s signal from the Moonwhich is a little further than ten minutes from our house! But you see this is what I love about the radio, it is so unpredictable, you never know what you may hear. Those of you who spent hours listening to Radio Luxembourg will remember how, annoyingly, the signal used to slowly disappear every so often, usually during the record you had been waiting for hours to hear, but never, unfortunately, when they sneaked in “Puff the Magic Dragon” ! Actually, radio reception has caused me some embarrassing moments. Many years ago-well, not really THAT many-I heard a track off Elton John’s new album which I really liked. It convinced me that I should go to the record shop and buy the album. Off I went to my record shop of choice, NEMS, and strode confidently up to the counter and asked for the Elton John album with the song “Penny and the Gents” on it. As much as they told me that no such song existed, I told them that, as Radio Luxembourg played it, then I must be right. Anyway, I left the shop empty handed and it was only a few months later that I found out the song was actually called “Bennie and the Jets”. I never went to NEMS again and still blush when Elton sings that song! Graham is married to Helen and has a daughter, Alice. He lives part of the year near Albox, but works in Qatar, teaching. If you wish to contact Graham regarding this article email: helenandg@yahoo. co.uk

Sorry, you’ll have to excuse me, the signal is fading again and they’re playing that song by Coldplay, “Pair of Tights”. I’ve got to find somewhere that will allow me to hear the song properly. Oh, hang on, the signals come back and, guess what, I’ve done it again. “Pair of Tights” is actually called “Paradise”. Oh well, one consolation is that at least NEMS has closed down so there is no prospect of me making a fool of myself in there again!

Isn’t it cute - the Olinguito With the world seemingly shrinking as communication and travel becomes easier and faster it’s refreshing to know we can still be amazed by this beautiful blue planet we inhabit. Only last week scientists announced the discovery of a canyon in Greenland that’s 750km long and up to 800m deep making it almost twice as long as the Grand Canyon. It was discovered by bouncing radio waves from planes flying overhead to map the rock underneath the ice. The canyon is buried by the Greenland ice sheet which in places is 3kms

thick; the pressure from this huge mass of ice above it has squashed central Greenland to 200m below sea level whereas before it was 500m above sea level. Loving facts and figures I took out a calculator and a Bic biro to conduct further research. Assuming roughly that the blunt end of a biro is 1cm square and that the biro was buried vertically at the bottom of the canyon it would have the equivalent of 276 kilo bags of sugar precariously balanced on top of it. Knowing that it would take 10,000 biros pointing straight

down to fill a square metre and that the canyon is 6km wide and 750km long that’s a hell of a lot of sugar to buy at the supermarket for the purposes of my virtual experiment. No wonder the Greenland’s crust has been pushed down 700m. The UK is affected by this ‘springboard’ effect too, after the last glaciers left 20,000 year ago Scotland has been slowly bouncing back with some parts predicted to elevate another 10cms over the next 100 years. This will help counteract any sea level rises from global warming. This is not so good for England and Wales as they are at the other end of this geological See Saw and they will possibly drop 5cm in the same time period. This means any average sea level rises will be felt much more down south. Nepal in the Himalayas has over 1300 peaks with the two most famous being Everest and Annapurna. About a 1000 have never been climbed by Westerners at least, possibly the odd yeti has had a pop. Amazingly lots of these mountains don’t have names and the Nepalese government has decided to honour Hilary and Tensing who were the first to scale Everest in May 1953 by naming a mountain after each of them. Two French climbers

who first climbed Annapurna, Herzog and Lachenal are also being honoured in the same way. In a bid to promote tourism an extra 165 mountains measuring up to 7999m will be opened up to climbers from next Spring. In the mountainous forests that cover Ecuador and Colombia a new species of mammal has been discovered. The Olinguito has a teddy bear like face, is the same size as a small cat and the smallest relative in the racoon family. It eats fruit and only comes out at night. Amazingly a female was captured in 1967 and was mistaken for another species called the Olingo. The poor lady was swapped from zoo to zoo for years as she refused to breed with all her potential male suitors as scientists thought she was just being fussy. Not quite so cuddly and considerably smaller at just a millimetre across, a new species of water beetle was recently discovered living right under the scientists’ noses; a river flows through the campus of Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines and the newly named Hydraena Ateneo has always lived there minding its own business amongst the rotting vegetation.

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Quick reminder that La Vida will be holding their Fayre on the 19 September. There will be a lot of people there from 10am waiting to help YOU! I will also be there to resolve your computer issues. UNPAID!!!! Advertising over, let get on to the article. Delta! The forth (4th) letter of the Greek alphabet, and is also the number 4, is derived from the Phoenician letter ‘dalet’, from which we get our Roman D and the Cyrillic Д OR is it thinly disguised malware pretending to be the greatest gift since the Trojan Horse? Actually! Both! So! Why all this talk about Greek letters and malware? Well, this week, I’ve had a number of emails and people approach me concerning something that has been installed onto their machines and is now causing havoc. What is it? It is called Delta and is a program that offers a web search engine (delta-search. com) and toolbar which are being promoted through other free programs. So, in preparation for this article, I typed “Delta Toolbar” in my search favourite engine to find out more about it and was presented with page upon page of “How to remove Delta from your computer”. It took several hours of searching to find out what Delta really was! It is also defined by anti-virus and antimalware providers as a PUP or potentially unwanted program! This is because once installed on your computer, it will hijack your browser homepage and replace your default search engine. Furthermore, this program will display ads and sponsored links in your search results, and may collect search terms from your search queries.

So far it sounds annoying but not a great problem until you realise that not only are they collecting information about what you’re searching for, which is a heinous invasion of privacy, but compound the invasion by possibly (no absolute proof yet) accessing personal details that can be sold to unscrupulous individuals for the purposes of identity theft and similar acts of attrition. Like toolbars over the world, with a few rare exceptions, they positively invite viruses and other malware to set up home on your system. The real problems start when you try to remove it and although there are a few intriguing twists and wrinkles, the process is a predictable list of logical steps, and should take anyone between 30 minutes and 4 hours to completely remove it. First, uninstall it, and anything that you find and haven’t directly asked for. Second, Remove all reference from your internet browsers (IE, Firefox, Chrome and others). Third, change your search engine option back to what it should be. Forth, Use a registry cleaner to (carefully) remove any references to it in the registry. Fifth, Run a good antimalware program to finally check that you have everything. Sixth, when all steps have been done and you still haven’t gotten rid of it, ring me! We all love to solve problems! Some people enjoy Suduko, while others do crosswords, more still indulge in quizzes and more power to them all. As technology seems littered with problems, I will find plenty to keep the “little grey cells” (Hercule Poirot) working this week and look forward to more email and conversations. Have fun :-)

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Yeclano Deportivo 2 Huercal-Overa 1 A 2 hour journey for the Expat fans of Huercal-Overa last weekend saw the reds travel to Yecla and take on Yeclano Deportivo, this was always going to be a tight game as the home side were relegated from the Segunda B and have a well organised and strong technical side.

The first 15 minutes were dominated by the home side, to no surprise for the travelling Huercal-Overa side as they knew that much pressure would need to be soaked up to get anything out the game. But in the 16th minute the ball found its way into the Huercal-Overa penalty area

AGUILON GOLF MEMBERS REPORT The long hot summer continues, although the playas have lots of holidaymakers, there seems less on the golf course this year. RESULTS Friday August 23 – Individual Stableford With the rough being allowed to grow higher it is adding to the degree of difficulty for the players. 1st Louis Long 37pts 2nd Derrick Stephenson 36pts 3rd Chris Baker 34pts Twos: Bill Gibb and Dave Sharp 4th, Derrick Stephenson 8th and Chris Baker 10th

and with a bobble, bounced up onto the arm of new signing and debutant Marcos and the referees whistle soon followed. Domenech stepped up confidently and slipped it away. The away side didn’t crumble after the goal but came out and started to take control of the ball more in the middle of the park, then in the 33rd minute Tomas Campanas found the ball at this feet roughly 30 yards out from goal. Looking around there was nobody to play in so, Campanas started a mazy run which saw him pass 3 Yeclano defenders then finish with a bullet effort to draw level. Yeclano didn’t take long to restore the advantage, only 4 minutes later Agus was left to turn and fire past Paco the

Wednesday August 28 – Individual Stableford Our weary members are looking forward to the temperatures cooling down a little as this weather tests the stamina 1st Mike Hill 35pts 2nd Kevin Manser 34pts on a card play off 3rd Louis Long 34pts Twos: Roy Stubbins takes all of the pot for his two on the 4th Guests and visitors are welcome to join us on a Mon, Wed and Friday For information contact 634 641 199

Huercal-Overa goalkeeper. This is how it finished with a 2-1 win for the home side at Estadio La Constitucion in front of 700 and 20 away fans. Man of the Match went to Paco the Huercal-Overa goalkeeper. Huércal Overa. Paco, Finidi, Marcos, Juan Martos (Alfonso, 26), Lloris, Álex Martínez, Gori (Sergio, 72), Benítez, Borti, David García (Nono, 63) y Campanas. Next up for Huercal-Overa is the Home Derby Vs CA Pulpileno this Sunday at 18:00 at El Hornillo. Prices: €10 General, €5 Pensioner/Female, U18s FREE ENTRY!! Keep up to date on all the Expat News at https:// hocfexpats.wordpress.com/. Lee Rickard Graham

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Forum Golf Society played the first round of their Society Championship at Valle del Este on 6th September, and with the second and final round to be played at Aguilon on 20th September it is already looking like being a shootout between Fran Elam (who won the event with 40 points on countback) and Richard Swaine with the same score. These two finished well clear of the field, with Adrian Foster (36 points) third, Maurice Jamieson (33 points) fourth, Louise Douglas (33 points) fifth & Peter Harrington (32 points) sixth. There were five nearest the pin prizes on offer, with these going to Derek Manning, Malcolm Sibbons, Andy Birch, Richard Swaine & Brian Gyer. The event was also the penultimate qualifier before the top 8 in the standings contest the 2013 Golfer of the Year trophy in matchplay, and

the standings currently could not be closer, with the leading contenders being Derek Manning 128pts Phil Elam 125pts Terry Moore 124pts Bob Cowan 119pts Tony Morgan 118pts Mike Duckham 118pts Terry Davies 109pts Fran Elam 108pts Brian Gyer 96pts John Smith 92pts Forum´s upcoming fixtures are September 20th Society Championship Round 2 at Aguilon October 4th Double Par Medal at Marina October 18th Team One Two Three Cha Cha Cha at Playa Macenas For further information, contact Phil Elam on 666 847840 / philjelam@ yahoo.co.uk, or see www. forumgolfsociety.webs.com

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VALLE DEL ESTE gs Another good week on the course for many of our golfers who are relishing the cooler conditions. Tuesday a team game with the best three scores from four to count, and the winner were Alan Townsend, Sean Halligan, Martin Morris and Chris Hawksworth. Friday and our monthly medal which was won with a great round of golf by Jim Quigley who shot an 81 (hcp12) nett 69 2nd place Sue Hull gross 99 (hcp26) nett 73 3rd place Lloyd Dean gross 92 (hcp15) nett 77. Paul Sedge won the longest drive on the 9th hole and nearest the pins were both won by Lloyd Dean. Jim Quigley continued his good form on Saturday in the Paws charity comp taking 2nd place with 35pts followed by another member Bob Connell also with 35pts. COSTA COCHES ORDER OF MERIT at the end of August in the lead Bill Churchill 403 pts Lloyd Dean 400 pts Dick Hull 399 pts plenty of time left for everyone to contest, the leaders are looking over their shoulders as there are 8 players within 10 pts chasing.

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Shore Fishing. ‘London Bill’ has had a good week catching melva tuna, mackerel, Atlantic scad, palomete and one sea bass. All we caught spinning around Garrucha’s harbour rocks and Macenas rocks. Another ‘Bill’ over on holiday from the UK spun around Garrucha’s rocks and caught 15 good size Atlantic scad and one melva tuna. Bill didn’t know about having to have a license and he was lucky! Coarse Fishing. ‘Baza Barry’ fished again with his mates from the UK and caught plenty of carp and barbel from Baza Lake (Negratin). Barry also caught what he thinks was some sort of chub. I caught a few many years ago and know they are in the lake and are either rare or hard to catch. I’ve never seen one bigger than 1/2lb. ‘Abbey Angling’s’ first match of the winter series was fished at the Eden Canal. Fishing at Murcia you cannot get past the bleak, but at Eden it is full of the ‘Terrible Terrapins’ ranging from an inch diameter to the size of a dinner plate. There was a fair flow on the water, but we drastically need a good storm to flush the water through. Although the winning weight was fairly good most anglers were struggling to make 10lbs, bait varied between maggot and corn with bread taking small mullet. Since the clubs have been managing the water there seems to be less litter on the banks, which is good news. All the lads send their best wishes to Don Whitney on a speedy recovery

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following his recent operation, and they look forward to seeing him back fishing again soon. 1st Clive (No more Golf) Cleghorn with 25.3/4lbs fishing the pole using corn. 2nd Bob (The Major) Rafferty with 14.3/4lbs fishing the pole using corn. 3rd Dave (The sweetie man) Hutchinson with 13.3/4lbs fishing the pole using paste. All details are available on their website www.abbeyangling.com or from the Match Secretary Terry Screen on 965328368. 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 it 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. I’m pleased to report the Beachcomber’s three web cams are working again and the other good news is they work on both 32 and 64 bit systems and on any browser so checkout Mojacar’s weather and Mediterranean Sea conditions here. www. beachcombermojacar.com/ beachcomber-webcam/ For more info see John at Beachcomber Bar Restaurant Mojacar Playa or tel 950473099. Or ask staff for my mobile number. Or contact me on Facebook @ ‘John Beachcomber Mojacar’. Tight lines, Beachcomber John.

Badgers Golf Society Away Day Last Thursday 5th September, Badgers had their final away day trip of the year. Venue for the day was La Envia at Vicar, Roquetas. With 36 golfers making the coach trip it was sure to be a good out. Top golfer on the day was Alan Thomas with 34pts, from Julian Butterworth in 2nd with 31pts and Dave wright completing the top 3 with 30pts. Nearest the pins went to Pete Aston, Dave Crothers, Andrew Curley and Martin Cahill. There was only 3 two’s on the day, these going to Alan Thomas, Andrew Curley and Dave Crothers. Saturdays roll up at Macenas was won by Neil Bown with 37pts with Roger Whitehead in 2nd with 36pts

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19th Hole Golf Society. Cucador. Thursday 5th September saw the beautiful course of Valle del Este play host for this Pairs Texas Scramble to 18 of our members. The weather was beautiful as was the course as always, in beautiful condition throughout, with the greens being particularly good. The team of Mark Danson and Don Harbron playing very consistently netted a 5 under par to easily win from the inspired pairing of Nigel Greenwood and Dave Denyer scoring a net par 71 in spite of Nigel acquiring a spiteful slice from the tees, with Mike Donarski and Peter Dow finishing on net 72 taking third place on count back. Mark Danson displayed clearly why he plays off a 2 handicap, his driving, and sometimes necessary, rescue shots were unbelievable with his drives travelling farther than most folks go on their holidays, except on the 18th, Don had successfully sent his drive down the middle and, with a little bit of gentle chiding, Mark said he would give his drive some real welly. He carefully set up and said “watch and learn you Guys” wound himself up and unleashed a monster. Well it would have been if he hadn’t topped the ball which raced into bushes some 15 metres in front of the Tee!! Poor old Terry Caddick is still

in the doldrums with his game, in an effort to improve his results his dear wife kissed him goodbye, made sure he had his sandwich box safely in his cool bag and said “really try to play nicely this week so the man who writes the report will not be able to write nasty things about you”. Sad to say it didn’t work ,Terry and his partner Syd Walker finished with a very poor nett 78, a result that caused Syd to idly remark that it would have been better if he (Syd) had given him a kiss rather that the kiss of death he had received from his wife. Thanks to all the members who support the 19th Hole Golf Society. Results. 1st Mark Danson/Don Harbron Nett 66 (5) 2nd Nigel Greenwood / Dave Denyer Nett 71 (9) 3rd Mike Donarski / Pete Dow Nett 72 (8) Nearest the Pin. 6th Hole Dave Denyer 12th Hole Nick Pogson 14th Hole Alan Chippendale The 19th hole G/S is now arranging weekly games at various courses in the area, our home course, which we play fortnightly, is Aguilon. If you are interested in joining the 19th hole give the secretary a ring on 610340653. Or email gs19thhole@hotmail.co.uk

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• This Saturday’s PL games are Manchester United v. Crystal Palace, Stoke v. Manchester City, Sunderland v. Arsenal, Aston Villa v. Newcastle, Everton v. Chelsea, Fulham v. WBA, Hull v. Cardiff and Spurs v. Norwich. Twenty-four hours later it’s Southampton v. West Ham and on Monday evening, Liverpool visit Swansea, hoping to stay top of the table. • Also this weekend, there are full programmes in the Championship, Leagues One and Two and in Scotland, while the top La Liga games are Atletico Madrid-Almeria, BarcelonaSevilla, Malaga-Ray Vallecano and VillarrealReal Madrid. • Round 13 of the MotorGP season takes place in San Marino on Sunday when once again the Spanish trio of Marquez, Pedrosa and Lorenzo aim to finish 1-2-3. • And the 4th ODI between England and Australia takes place at Cardiff on Saturday. The first was abandoned; the Aussies won the second by 88 runs (with a majestic century by captain Michael Clarke) and the third takes place today at Edgbaston. • Sebastian Vettel won last Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix - his sixth victory of the year - to extend his lead in the driver’s championship to 53 points with seven races remaining. Fernando Alonso and Vettel’s Red Bull teammate Mark Webber came second and third in Monza. • Serena Williams equalled Roger Federer’s record of 17 Grand Slam titles by beating Victoria Azarenko in the women’s final of the US Open. Steffi Graf holds the women’s Grand Slam record with 22 wins. In the men’s singles showdown at Flushing Meadows, Rafael Nadal played Novak Djokovic in the men’s final • Last weekend England moved to the top of group H of the World Cup qualifiers with a 4-0 victory over Moldova. But there were defeats

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