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Baby crushed to death on luggage belt at Alicante-Elche airport A family holiday ended in tragedy before it had begun last Thursday when a fivemonth-old baby lost his life in a luggage carousel accident at Alicante-Elche airport. He and his parents were due to spend their break in Dénia (Alicante province) on the northern Costa Blanca. His mother, who is originally from the USA, had flown in from London and is believed to have placed the child on a luggage belt which was not moving or in use to give her a free hand to collect her bags. But the baby’s weight is thought to have caused the conveyor to start moving automatically as it would if luggage were

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Judge refuses to reopen Valencia metro crash case

A call to reopen the trial over the devastating underground train crash in Valencia in 2006 has been thrown out by the city court. The prosecutor in charge of the case applied to the Court of Instruction number 21 for investigations into the metro accident, which made international breaking news after killing 43 people and leaving another 47 injured, to restart in response to popular demand. According to the judge, no new evidence or legal argument justifying the reopening of the case has come to light, although this verdict is open to appeal. Survivors, and relatives of those who died in the crash on the central Line 1, which leads from Valencia North Station and eventually to the airport – although the track extension to the airport was not open back then, on July 3, 2006 – have always claimed there had been a cover-up in the initial analysis.

The Valencian regional Parliament claimed, after a full investigation, that the driver, who also died in the accident, had been travelling too fast. But accident survivors and families of the deceased said a speed-hump on the track would have prevented this and made it impossible for the train to be breaking the speed limit. They also said the train had derailed at least once prior to crashing. However, the judge said these claims had not been backed up by an independent engineering consultant. The Association of Victims of the July 3 Metro Crash (AVM3J) are staging demonstrations on the third day of every month in the city-centre Plaza de la Virgen, where they have so far been joined by thousands of Valencia residents, calling for the case to be reopened.

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Meet the members of the voices of almanzora (part 1)

Ella

I was born into a musical family so I suppose I was weaned on music from the beginning. My great Uncle owned a music shop. My Mum, who also played the piano, worked there as did my Grandfather. I had an Aunt who sang and an Uncle who was an Irish tenor so you may say yes, it was in my blood. During my childhood I did Irish dancing and sang in various children’s choirs and other musical events. I moved to England with my husband and we made our home in Northolt, Middlesex. The first thing I did was join an amateur operatic society and over the years (25 of them) I had various leads. We left London in 1997 to live in Southport and the first thing I did, yes, you guessed it, was to find a local society which I did… in fact, two. We came to Spain in 2004 but sadly I lost my darling husband Ken in 2006 which was very traumatic BUT my music, among other things like gardening, being with my two little dogs (Megan and Benji) and amazing cat Mr O’Malley, keeps me going and I now sing with The Voices of Almanzora. Will I ever retire, what

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Peter Hands

Of all the things I wanted to aspire to in my life, joining a choir at the age of 69 was never even on the horizon. The last time I did any singing in public was as a guitarist in a pop group in the early 60’s.I suppose I can boast that in 1964 I wrote and recorded a song with the group, and we won a competition to appear on a TV show called Ready Steady Winner. Needless to say that was our 15 minutes of fame and we went no further After a failed career as a pop star I spent nearly 28 years as a policeman,before joining what was the Home Office Forensic Science Service, as Head of Training,.I eventually retired for good in 2006 and I moved to Spain with my wife and our menagerie of animals to live in the campo between Cantoria and Fines Shortly after coming to Spain I became heavily involved in amateur dramatics, and have acted with several companies taking parts in farce, serious drama and pantomime. Joining the choir came about at my wife’s suggestion during an outdoor musical event when I must have got carried away during the “sing along” session. For me, the best thing about singing with The Voices of Almanzora is that I don’t find it either physically or mentally demanding, but the end results are incredibly satisfying.


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Health ministry launches patient card recognised all over Spain to replace regional-only model

A healthcare card which will be recognised in all federal regions in Spain will be launched on Friday, says the PP government. According to a report by ThinkSpain, at present, all those entitled to State medical assistance hold a SIP card, but the individual format of each one is only valid in the patient’s autonomous region – such as Andalucía, Murcia, the Comunidad Valenciana, and so on. This can cause problems if a resident is on holiday or travelling on business to another part of Spain, since their medical data cannot be called up using their existing SIP card. And those who are ‘resident’ in two different regions, because of owning properties they share their time between equally in each one, or working away during the week and being registered on the census in their place of business and main home, hold two SIP cards, which can cause admin headaches. Health minister Ana Mato plans to create a different type of card which will be useable throughout the mainland and islands and in the two Spanish-owned enclaves on the northern Moroccan coast, Ceuta and Melilla. This means doctors will be able to access medical data for all patients they attend to, even if they are temporary visitors from another region. When announcing this in Parliament, although the opposition raised no objections, they heavily criticised Mato for her restrictions on access to free healthcare. The socialists accused her of ‘medical apartheid’, since non-registered immigrants from outside the EU are unable to be treated. In many cases, this is because their residence card has expired and they are in the process of renewing it, or cannot do so because they have been denied this due to not having work – even where they own property and have immediate family in Spain. And where immigrants enter Spain through the ‘back door’ from third-world countries and slip through the net, they have sometimes been found to be suffering from tropical diseases or highly-contagious conditions such as HIV or tuberculosis, which can be fatal to them and others if not treated. Also, self-employed workers who stop paying their ‘stamp’ due to lack of income are only entitled to free State healthcare for 90 days, after which they must either register on the dole – meaning they are not allowed to earn money from any type of work – or restart their stamp payments. This does not apply where the ex-worker lives with a partner or immediate family member who is still paying into the Social Security system by having a job or being

Animal-lovers Present 85,000 Signatures Against Bull-fighting To Madrid And Brussels

A petition with 85,000 signatures and an open letter addressed to the country’s leaders of the PP and PSOE has been handed in personally in Madrid calling for the abolition of one of the largest and most bloodthirsty bull-fighting exhibitions in Spain. The Toro de la Vega, which took place in the village of Tordesillas (Valladolid province) in central Spain on Tuesday despite over 15,000 people protesting against it in the streets of the capital at the weekend, has been a source of contention with animal-lovers for many years.

self-employed, or in a similarly-recognised situation, such as being on a State retirement or sick pension, maternity leave, or registered as unemployed, since in most cases the ex-worker can register on the Social Security as a dependant of their partner or relative. If a Social Security contributor has children living at home under the age of 26, these are automatically covered by their parents’ Social Security if they do not have a number in their own right. State pensioners from any country are automatically entitled to apply for free healthcare provided they are legally resident in Spain. For those who do not qualify for healthcare, emergencies – which the hospital or health centre may define if borderline – pregnancy, childbirth, or any conditions whatsoever affecting children aged under 18 are automatically covered. EU citizens with Spain as their main residence who have held a ‘green certificate’, or official residence document since April 2012 at the latest are normally entitled to healthcare automatically. Anyone who is not sure whether they qualify can carry out a simple, untraceable check on the Social Security website, or phone or visit their local Social Security office. Note: The information concerning healthcare entitlement has been supplied by the Social Security office in Gandia (Valencia) and is correct at the time of publication

Silvia Barceló, head of the independent Partido Animalista (PACMA), or Pro-Animal Party – which currently does not have any representation in Parliament – says members wished to express their ‘deep disappointment and discontent’ that both of Spain’s main political parties could ‘allow, in the 21st century’, for bulls to be ‘lynched and executed with spears for entertainment purposes’. She called for both the socialists – who are in power in Tordesillas itself – and the PP, in office both in the central government and the regional Parliament of Castilla y León, where Tordesillas is located – to ‘listen to the clamouring of the people’ and review legislation ‘which permits such barbaric actions’. Sra Barceló was accompanied by around 10 other members of PACMA and five dogs on leads between them. She said that although their party ran for elections every four years, they were not connected to any political outfit since ‘even IU [Izquierda Unida, or United Left] supports bulls being killed’. On Monday, two representatives of PACMA travelled to Brussels to hand in a copy of the petition to Martin Schulz, president of the European Parliament. They asked Mr Schulz to ‘appeal to Spain’ for the Toro de la Vega and other bull-fighting to be abolished, since Article 13 of the European Union Treaty ‘recognises animals as sensitive beings and not as mere objects’. PACMA’s weekend protest in Madrid saw them snapping bull-fighting spears in front of the PP and PSOE headquarters.

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Madrid stands to lose out on Eurovegas if the central government doesn’t act quickly to change the anti-smoking laws, regional premier Ignacio González warned last Tuesday. “We run the risk that Eurovegas will be moved to another site,” González told esRadio in an interview. According to a report by El Pais, the Partido Popular premier revealed that PM Mariano Rajoy promised on 2 occasions to push for a relaxation of the smoking regulation after holding meetings with Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson. But so far Rajoy, also of the PP, has not kept to his commitment that the proposal would be ready by September, he said. The sprawling multi-million-euro casino, convention and hotel project, which is to be built in Alcorcón, had been received with much fanfare by the PP regional government when

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Spain Arrests Terrorist Recruiter

Spain arrested a man in its North African enclave of Ceuta on Monday accused of recruiting fighters for rebel groups in Syria’s civil war, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

Spain arrested eight members of the group in June in Ceuta. Laarbi eluded capture at the time.

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Spanish Banks Pressure Government to defer losses

Executives are reportedly lobbying parliament to change potentially worthless tax assets into governmentguaranteed tax credits that would bolster the banks’ capital positions. Such campaigns are the latest examples of banks seeking new ways to make their financial standing appear stronger, without relying entirely on costly initiatives such as issuing new shares or selling lucrative assets.

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However, analysts have argued that such moves don’t actually improve the banks’ abilities to weather future difficulties, and that such measures could further sap public and investor confidence in the European banking industry. Whilst the Professor of Finance at Stanford University’s business school has described the proposal as “disturbing”, Bank

Executives consider it both logical and fair to change the current rules to their advantage. “I do not think this is a gimmick,” Bank of Spain Governor Luis Linde said in an interview. “This is to apply rules that are already applied in other countries.” As far as Spain is concerned, the issue revolves around so-called ‘deferred tax assets’ - which is permitted

by International accounting standards when financial institutions report financial losses. Once back in profit, these companies can then deduct these losses from the taxes shown on their financial statements. Analysts estimate that Spanish Banks have now accumulated €50 billion of deferred tax assets. The question is when (or if) they will ever be paid back ?

Spain to see 6th Travelodge open

Budget Hotel chain Travelodge is to open it’s 6th Hotel in Spain tomorrow. The Group’s 3rd Hotel in Madrid has cost the company €12 million, and boasts 98 rooms with a starting price of just €29 per night. The largest Travelodge Hotel in Spain complements a further 2 Hotels in the capital, 2 in Barcelona and 1 in Valencia, and brings the group’s total investment in Spain to €80 Million.

their euro to work hard for them, and as a result they are making savvier choices so that they can obtain real value for money. He added: “We believe the opportunity to grow in Spain is still huge as the branded budget hotel sector represents just 2% of total hotel stock. This is substantially lower than other European countries such as France which is 24% and the UK which currently stands at just under 20%.

Travelodge MD Paul Harvey spoke of how the on going financial difficulties experienced across Spain had seen a shift of popularity towards Budget Hotels : “Spaniards want

Mr Harvey spoke of how the group was interested in further expanding it’s presence in Spain to include cities such as Granada and Sevilla.

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Sagrada Familia to be completed by 2026

Orange Spain complains about Telefonica Orange Spain has lodged a complaint with the country’s competition regulator over a tie-up between rivals Telefonica and TeliaSonera’s Yoigo, the company said on Monday.

Jordi Fauli, the Architect currently in charge of Barcelona’s Sagrada Famila, has confirmed that the Basilica should be completed by the year 2026. Construction began in 1882 under the auspices of legendary Antoni Gaudi and was ambitious from the outset, with it’s 18 towering spires dedicated to the 12 disciples, the 4 Apostles, Jesus and Mary. Although there is around onethird of the project still to be completed, Fauli announced that, if the rate of funding continues in line with construction work, the building will be finalised in just 13 years. The ‘Minor Basilica’ - which differs from a Cathedral as it does not have it’s own Bishop - was officially inaugurated by Pope Benedict XVI on his visit to Spain in 2010. Despite being one of Spain’s most important places of worship for the Catholic faith, the Vatican is yet to put it’s hand in it’s cassock, as all construction work is funded by entry fees and donations from the public.

In a report by Reuters (courtesy of Tumbit.com) Spain’s biggest mobile operator Telefonica signed a deal with 4th-biggest provider Yoigo in August, allowing it to use its smaller rival’s superfast 4G mobile network in exchange for access to Telefonica’s fixed line broadband network. The move was a jolt to Spain’s highly competitive telecoms market where operators are racing to beat rivals with low prices, often by marketing bundled services offering mobile and fixed-line services. Around a quarter of Spain’s workforce is currently unemployed. Orange believes the tie-up hurts market competition by removing Yoigo as a contender and turning it into an offshoot of Telefonica, helping the former monopoly to gain more market share in fixed-line services, according to a company source. The agreement between the 2 rivals damages other players in the market and Orange wants it suspended, the source said. Yoigo was previously unable to offer broadband services but is now able to compete with companies like Orange and Vodafone offering bundled services. Telefonica at the time did not have 4G frequencies and was unable to compete on that front, though it now plans to launch its own 4G network in Spain. Orange and Vodafone teamed up earlier this year to build their own fibre optic network in Spain and signed a deal at the beginning of July to have access in the interim to Telefonica’s fibre optic network so they can offer their customers faster broadband services.

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Professor of Anaesthesiology Steven Cohen at the U.S. university said: ‘Just injecting liquid into the epidural space appears to work. ‘This shows us that most of the relief may not be from the steroid, which everyone worries about.’ The research was prompted when more than 740 people in 20 U.S. states became ill with fungal meningitis and 55 people died after getting epidural injections of contaminated steroids last year. Although better oversight might reduce that risk, patients can only get a limited number of steroid injections each year, even if their pain returns. Spinal pain is a leading cause of disability in the industrialised world and epidural steroid injections - the most common nonsurgical treatment - have been the standard treatment for more than 50 years Professor Cohen said it was too soon to recommend that patients stop receiving epidural steroids, but added that their analysis also suggests that smaller steroid doses can be just as beneficial. Fellow researcher Dr Mark

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EU to investigate Gibraltar dispute next week A1 Sky Television Systems PM David Cameron condemned the threat and said Britain was not prepared to discuss Gibraltar’s sovereignty. Opposition parties in Spain and Gibraltar’s Chief Minister Fabian Picardo have accused Spain’s ruling centre-right government of using the conflict to distract voters from the weak economy and a corruption scandal involving senior politicians.

The EU will send a team to investigate the border dispute between Spain and Gibraltar next week, Britain’s Foreign Office said on Tuesday. In a report by Reuters (courtesy of Tumbit.com) officials from the European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, will visit the British overseas territory on September 25 to look into what caused a summer of tension at the frontier that has strained relations between Madrid and London. Spain lays claim to the

territory, which has a population of 30,000, which it ceded to Britain by treaty 300 years ago. The team will “assess the border controls, free movement of people and goods, including fraud and smuggling”, the Foreign Office said, citing an EU document given to its officials in Brussels. They will also check Spanish complaints that Gibraltar impeded its fishing boats by dropping concrete blocks into disputed waters off the territory. Gibraltar said it

had created an artificial reef in the Mediterranean to protect fish stocks. “We welcome this confirmation that a monitoring mission will be sent,” a Foreign Office spokesman said. “We stand ready to offer all necessary support to ensure that the mission can conduct its investigation successfully.” Spain tightened border controls over the summer in retaliation for the reef, causing long tailbacks, and threatened to take further action, including a €50 border levy.

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LEGAL CORNER WITH MICHAEL DAVIES, ABOGADO/SOLICITOR

If you wish us to print an article about a particular topic, please e-mail info@daviessolicitors.com Q. My cousin has deceased in Spain and has left me as his only beneficiary of his worldwide estate by a will which he signed in Spain. He had a house in Spain worth approx 200000 euro and a bank account in Jersey worth 60000 pounds sterling (approx. 70000 euro). He was a Spanish resident. I am domiciled in the UK. My solicitor in Spain says that I have to pay inheritance tax in Spain on the house in Spain and on the bank account in Jersey, while my accountant in the UK is telling me that he thinks this is incorrect and I should consult another solicitor in Spain. A You need to pay inheritance tax in Spain on the inheritance of the house, but not on the account you have inherited in Jersey. You will need to consult your accountant regarding possible inheritance tax obligations in the UK but in Spain, it is clear that you do not pay inheritance tax on the account in Jersey. The law in Spain is simple: If the heir is a Spanish resident he/she pays inheritance tax on anything he/she receives anywhere in the world, (unless bilateral agreements with the country where the assets are situated say otherwise which is not the case with the UK.). If the heir is non-resident of Spain he/she only pays inheritance tax in Spain on the assets he receives that are situated in Spain at the time of death.

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.

Lovely Townhouse in Mojácar playa for 197.000€ Very attractive 3 bed / 2 bath Townhouse set suite bathroom, family bathroom and two on an extremely well kept development with further double bedrooms. pool and gardens within 150 meters from the It has on the ground floor a porch with a promenade, beach and amenities. built area of 9.53 m², a terrace with 22.31 m² The property has a built area of 133.24 m² and a private garden with 33.64 m². It also has distributed on two levels comprised of living 2 terraces on the upper level, one with 4.05 m² / dining room with fire place, a fully fitted and another with 2.02 m² and finally a roof kitchen, hallway, master bedroom with en solarium with sea views measuring 55.74 m².

The property also benefits from air conditioning and from a private parking place. 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: 1523

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Fall in House Prices Moderates in Second Quarter

The National Statistics Institute reported on Friday that house prices fell by 0.8% in the second quarter of the year compared to the previous quarter, representing the most moderate decline since the fourth quarter of 2010. Thus, the fall in housing prices has moderated, after the pronounced decline of 6.6% registered between January and March, the biggest quarterly decline recorded since 2007, the year in which the National Statistics Institute began developing this index. Specifically, Europa Press reported that second-hand home prices decreased by 0.1% compared with the first quarter, while the price of new housing fell by 2.4%. Year-on-year (second quarter of

2013 over the same quarter of 2012), the price of housing also moderated its decline to 12%, compared with the 14.3% annual decline experienced in the first quarter. Housing prices have now accumulated 21 consecutive quarters in which they have registered negative annual rates. The prices began to fall in the second quarter of 2008 (-0.3%), and since then the trend has not been reversed. The House Price Index published by the National Statistics Institute complies with the requirements of Eurostat and complements the report published quarterly by the Ministry of Development. Among its objectives is to serve as a point of comparison between Member States in terms of housing prices. For the latest property news go to www.kyero.com

This beautifuly renovated property is situated in the pretty village of Benizalon. The property boasts 3 bedrooms, original features and outside terraces. This village property is ideal for those wanting a taste of “Real Spain”

This fabulous 3 bedroom property has a garage and pool share (between only 4 properties ). Located in Antas with good access to the motorway and local beaches.

58,950€

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This incredibly large property is situated minutes from the village of Bedar with all its amenities. This is a unique villa with land, views and stables. Price open to offers

399,000€

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This 3 bed , 2 bath villa is a rare find situated in a beautiful and scenic location, just a 25 minute drive from the stunning coastal resort of Agua Amarga in the Cabo de Gata National Park.

149,950€

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Voss Homes offers a friendly, professional service, extensive internet and newspaper coverage, low commissions, no upfront charges, full paperwork checks and realistic valuations to ensure maximum interest in your property. Please call 950 616 827 or 678 002 006 or email: info@vosshomesspain.com

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Brussels Seeks Compensation for those Affected by Old Coastal Law expropriation by application of the Coastal Act”. According to the report – which was approved with 16 votes in favour, three against, and six abstentions – such compensation “should reflect the value of the property.” They also recommended to the Spanish authorities that they improve co-operation with the various regions, in order to promote and regenerate the coastal environment, “which has frequently been severely degraded, on many occasions due to frequent and excessive construction works and real estate projects of proven illegality”. According to the demands called for in the report: “protected coastal zones should not be used any more to build new properties, buildings or houses”. Similarly, the MEPs called for the data in the land and property registers to be updated and that “all owners with interests in the areas of demarcation are properly informed about their rights and their possibilities of access to justice”. On the other hand, El Mundo reported that the Committee recognised in the text “the significant efforts undertaken by the Government to approve the new coastal law and resolve most of the current problems”, such as “the defenseless situation that many Europeans found themselves in when building in good faith on the coast” as well as “reconciling Spanish coastal protection with economic growth”. The European Parliament Petitions Committee has called for a fair compensation system for all owners whose houses were demolished or expropriated under the old Spanish Coastal Law. This is set out in a report, approved by the majority of the members of the Committee, who made a visit to Madrid a few months ago to discuss the reform of the Coastal Act with the various Spanish authorities and organisations, and consider whether it violates European

laws on environmental protection and private property. The Parliament has received numerous complaints in recent years from European citizens affected. The text of the report states that the MEPs “recommend that the Spanish authorities establish a system of full and fair financial compensation for all legal owners whose property has been the subject of demolition or

However, in another report, also approved by the Petitions Committee, the MEPs expressed their fear that “the new law does not solve the problems of the petitioners”. Parliamentary sources told Spanish international news agency, Efe, that the MEPs are confident future cases will be resolved with the new law, but not the complaints made prior to its approval. Source: Kyero.com

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Saliente Alto: Large country house, original features, space for pool, stunning setting, cheap renovation, electric & water. only 35.995€

3 bed, 2 bath, 2,500m2 plot 12mx5m pool fully legal 120,000€

Mojacar Playa: 3 bed, 2 bath house, terrace, patio, ideally situated for the beach & commercial centre 110,000€

Arboleas: Lovely 3 bed, 2 bath villa on 600m2 plot. Lounge with log burner. Huge garage / workshop. Space for pool. Immaculate. 98,000€

Villaricos: 2bed, 2bath bungalow, short walk to beach, sea views, roof terrace, garden, large communal pool. 110.000€

Antas: Immaculate 3bed townhouse in best part of Antas, aircon and patio areas. Great property at only 79.995€

Arboleas: lovely 2 bed detached villa, sought after location, loads of character, fitted kitchen, landscaped gardens only 79.995€

Limaria: Plots from 600m2, 100% legal, water & electric on plot. 3bed 2bath builds available from 78.000e inc land purchase. Plot only 38.000€

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Arboleas villa, 3 bed 2 bath, few mins from albox, outside terraces, fully walled & gated pool & hot tub, 700m2 land

450€ pcm

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albanchez cortijo 3 bed 2 bath pool pets accepted

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cucador villa, 3 bed 2bath drive way for 2 cars, aircon immaculate through out 650m2

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arboleas 3 bed 2 bath fully furnished pool fully walled & gated

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la canada villa, 3 bed 2 bath quality build lots of room for a pool 2500m2

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villa 2/3 bed 1 bath fully walled and gated pool 2.500m2 land

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MAR990

el prado 3 bed 3 bath, fully furnished villa, pets accepted, swimming pool & snooker area fully walled & gated

139.500€

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Villa, 3 bed 2 bath fully walled & gated swimming pool five kennels, 875m2 land

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• Property Sales • Resales • Holiday Lets • Commercial Properties • Off Plan Investments • Property Vigilance • Maintenence South facing townhouse 81m² 2 beds, 2 baths, Air Con / Heating Front and back garden Communal pool Parking

South facing apartment 99m² 3 beds, 2 baths, Air Con / Heating Prime location, Impeccable Communal pool, Parking, Store

Newly built villa 124m² 3 beds, 2 baths Air Con / Heating Plot 416m² Good views, Pool, Furnished, Good quality

Charming Hotel / B&B, 385m² 7 bed, 7 baths with balconies Restaurant, inside diner Very special property lot of history. MUST BE SEEN

Mojacar Playa

Mojacar Playa REF: MEAP7611

Huerta Nueva

REF: MEVL5313

Mojacar Pueblo

Fantastic opportunity! 2 bed, 2 bath apartment 69m², Terrrace 26m² Air Con / Heating, Lift Communal in & Outdoor pool, parking

Townhouse 106m², Excellent condition Garden 50m², Communal pool 3 beds, 2 baths, furnished Parking, Air Con / Heating

Pretty townhouse 83m² 3 beds, 2 baths Furnished, Communal pool, Air Con / Heating, Communal pool

Top floor apartment 80m² 2 beds, 2 baths Communal pool, Parking 2 terraces, Furnished Air Con / Heating, Com Gym & sauna

Marina de la Torre

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Marina de la Torre Det. villa 165m², plot 535m² 3 beds, 3 baths Air Con / Heating, Alarm Privaate pool, terraces Open views Central heating

129.950€

169.950€

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96.050€

109.000€

209.000€

89.000€

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New villa 225m², plot 1468m² 3 beds, 3 baths Good views over the valley Private pool, large garage Air Con / Heating, Central heating

Refurbished cortijo 101m², plot 25.384m² 3 beds, 2 baths, Fantastic kitchen Central heating, Mountain views workshop, solar energy

Top end apartment 81m² 2 bed, 2 baths only 100m from beach Communal pool & Underground parking Terrace 20 m²

Cabrera

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Marina de la Torre

290.000€

159.000€

REF: MEVL1612

REF: MECT2011

Detached Country house 310m² Plot 3250, ideal for B&B 3 beds, 3 bath at the moment Pool, Mountain views, Garage, Many terraces Mature garden

299.000€

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125.000€

360.000€

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120.000€

REF: MEAP19407

245.000€

Cabrera

REF: MEAP2811

REF: MEVL2208

Semi det. villa 132m² + 67m² terraces 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms Good sea views, Air Con / Heating Communal pool, garage, Store room Excellent rental potential Furnished. Must be seen!

249.000€

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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

Property of the Week

* Arboleas * 3 Bed/2 bath * 800sqm plot * on edge of town

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Cortijo Grande 2 Beds /2 Baths Near Golf Fantastic views

* Mojacar Playa * 4 bed/2 bath * Sea views * On golf course

* La Pilica * 3/4 Bedrooms * Private pool * Mature gardens

* Garden * Private pool * Garage * Roof solarium

SCL0098

99.500€

SCL0124

199,995€

* Vera Playa * 2 bed/2 bath * Community pool * Terrace/Garden

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Sierra Cabrera 3 Bedrooms Private Pool Sun spa jacuzzi

SCL0054

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Sierra Cabrera 3 bed/3 bath 1450sqm plot Stunning views

230.000€

299.950€

SCL0102

124.900€

SCL0097

275.000€

SCL0050

385.000€

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Los Gallardos 2 Beds / 2 Baths Community pool Fully furnished

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Sierra Cabrera Luxury 3 Beds / 3 baths Townhouses Fitted kitchen from €150,000 Large terrace

* Los Gallardos * 3 bed/4 bath * 500sqm plot * private pool

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Sierra Cabrera 3 Bedrooms Large underbuild Private pool

* Huercal Overa * 4 Bed/2 Bath * 165sqm build * 10m private pool

* Cortijo Grande * 3 Bed/3 Bath * Private pool * Fantastic views

SCL0119

69.900€

SCL0049

280.000€

SCL0095

386.000€

* Sierra Cabrera * 2 bed/2 bath * Log Fire * Shared Pool

* Sierra Cabrera * 4 Bed/4 Bath * 1600sqm plot * Infinity pool

SCL0030

95.000€

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227.400€

SCL00122

295.000€

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694.000€

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Eurozone Construction Sector Rose by 0.3% in July The European Commission statistics office, Eurostat, reported last week that, in July, production in the construction sector grew by 0.3% in the eurozone, and by 0.7% in the European Union (EU) compared with the preceding month. In June, this sector registered an increase in production of 0.9% in the countries of the eurozone and 0.6% among the countries of the EU. El Economista reported that, in annual terms, production fell by 1.2% in the eurozone, year-on-year, and by 1.1% in the EU. In Spain, however, construction activity increased again in July compared to the same period of 2012, by 2.9%, according to the data published by Eurostat. This positive percentage is exceeded only by the year-on-year increase registered for Romania (+14.2%). Also registering positive annual

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figures were Hungary and the United Kingdom, both rising by +2%. The monthly improvement was driven by the increase in the construction of buildings, of 1.1% in the eurozone and by 1.3% in the EU countries, but this development was offset by the decline in civil engineering production, by 0.2% in the eurozone and 0.5% in the EU. The countries which registered the greatest increases in production in July compared to June were: Romania (8.6%); Portugal (5.1%); Poland (5%) and the Czech Republic (4.9%), while the sharpest declines were registered for Sweden (4.1%); Spain and Hungary (both 1.6%) and Slovenia (0.5%). Souced from Kyero.com

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Turre

€45,000

Quality 2nd floor apartment of 59m2 + south-facing terrace with lift access in walking distance of the town centre. Communal roof terrace with fabulous views. 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom. Furnished. Parking.

LV602 Mojacar Playa €139,950 Superb linked villa of 81m2 with a private terrace of 22m2 just 400m2 from the beach. 2 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms & furnished. Well maintained community gardens & pool

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Attractive detached bungalow of 87m2 on 130m2 in a small community. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Stunning communal pool, terraces & outstanding views. Easy parking & furnished.

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Mojácar Playa €125,000 DV1266 Mojácar Playa €425,000 A1162 Huerta Nueva €85,000

Extremely attractive furnished bungalow of 77m2 on 193m2 less than 5 minutes drive to the beach. 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, terraces, garden & roof terrace. Community gardens & parking

South-facing detached villa with separate apartment less than 250 metres from the beach. 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms & furnished. Private pool, ample terraces & garage. Amazing sea views.

Immaculate ground floor apartment of 66m2 on 180m2 a pretty urbanisation. 2 bedrooms , 2 bathrooms, & furnished. Gas central heating & airconditioning. Superb community gardens & pool.

SDV1277 huerta nueva €124,950 DV1220 Mojacar Playa €325,000 A1153 Mojácar Playa €99,995 Immaculate semi-detached house of 81m2 on 253m2 on a superb urbanisation. 3 bedrooms, 2bathrooms, central heating, H+C A/C, huge roof terrace & much more. Lovely community gardens & pool.

Very attractive detached villa, with self–contained 1 bed, 1 bath, apartment, of 109m2 on 492m2 & great sea views. 2 bed, 2 bath. Private garage & pool. There is also a basement of 44 m2.

Quality ground floor apartment of 69m2 + terrace of 34m2 less than a 400mtrs from the beach. 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom. Superb community gardens, tennis & pool

A1142 Mojacar Playa €118,000 LV617 Mojácar Playa €295,000 SDV653 Mojácar playa €125,000 Superb apartment of 67m2 with fabulous sea views. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, huge terrace of 41m2. Furnished. Only minutes from the beach. Community pool. Excellent rental potential

Very spacious linked villa of 169m2 on 219m2 a few minutes walk from the beach. 3/4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, ample terraces, Jacuzzi & superb village & sea views. Private garage & parking. No community fees.

Pretty end of terrace bungalow of 67m2 on 193m2 with roof terrace. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Community garden. Furnished. Short distance to shops, beach & restaurants.

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property of the week Ref 630 Cariatiz 229,500€

Ref509

GARRUCHA

54,950€

Superb fully renovated cortijo full of character & charm,set in a stunning tranquil location with fantastic views. Main house - 4 beds,2 baths,seperate selfcontained 2 bed casita. Beautiful mature plot of 3,600m2 with swimming pool.Only 30 mins to the coast.

110,000€

REF.557 Cabo de Gata 255,000€

Penthouse apartment with 2 beds, 1 bath,fabulous sea views, fully equipped kitchen, living/dining room, 80m private solarium, beautiful pool, furnished, secure parking, 200m to the beach.

wonderful,totally reformed cortijo full of rustic character and charm, set on a beautiful plot of 5,000m2,in the heart of the Cabo de Gata. Only 10 mins drive to the coast. 3 beds,2 baths - 138m2 built

REF.581

GARRUCHA

BARGAIN

Almost new apartmentwith Good Mountain views, close to the beach, first floor with lift, 2 double bedrooms, 1 full bathroom, fitted complete kitchen, French balcony, pre-installation of A/C, sold fully furnished, walking distance to all amenities.

REF.614

MOJACAR

92,950€

BARGAIN

Penthouse golf apartment with 2 bedrooms,1 bath,terrace with beautiful sea & golf views, complete equipped large kitchen + white goods & laundry room, living/dining room, 2 beautiful swimming pools, 70m private roof terrace, sold furnished.

REF.629

Cariatiz

99.950€

Superb village house in excellent condition, full of rustic character and charm, light and spacious.2/3 bedrooms,2 bathrooms, large terrace, patio garden, easy parking in a great location, only 25 mins to the coast. Satellite TV, and internet.

REF.524

TURRE

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.

115.000€

Arboleas

135,000€

bargain

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

REF.563 LOS GALLARDOS 249,000€

IF YOU WANT TO SELL PLEASE CONTACT US REF.600

LUBRIN

199.000€

reduced

Large townhouse centrally located, tastefully decorated, with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, terrace, good size fitted kitchen, lounge, on 2 floors with front garden, walking distance to all amenities, banks, shops and bars.

REF.577

Large detached bungalow, of 190m2 built on a 11.000m2 plot, private swimming pool in the garden,4 bedrooms, 3 baths, independent large kitchen, sea and mountain views, in an excellent condition, mature garden, A/C, electric gates, very large covered terraces.

REF.617

VERA

BEACH

79,000€

BARGAIN

A beautiful Cortijo in very good condition,offering very spacious accommodation, set in an idyllic,tranquil locationwith stunning views.242m2 built,845m2 plot,4 beds,4 baths,including separate studio,3 more rooms can be converted,terraces & patios,space for pool.

Penthouse apartment in immaculate condition, with 2 beds, 2 baths,terrace with fabulous views, 70m constructed, living/dining room, A/C hot & cold, beautiful summer and winter swimming pool,private secure parking, close to amenities.


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T0 RENT €400 pm Lovely 3 bedroom-villa, bathroom,lounge with fireplace. fully fitted wooden kitchen, hall, porch with marble balaustrate, fenced 2000 sq/m garden, barbacue area, parking,2 dog cannels,fruit trees,12 sq/m guess house,area to grow vegetables....14.000 litres plastic swimming pool. Located 20 km from Almeria city: beach and airport.

Phone: 678527602 mail: macael75@gmail.com

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to advertise in our next monthly property supplement contact the sol times sales team on 950 121 936 or 902 750 190

FOR SALE 3 bedroom flat

O Olive

Contact: 607 705 085 or 687 938 466

Large lounge with terrace, bathroom, fully fitted kitchen.

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

1st floor lovely views, 20 km from Mojacar beach.

Open: Monday-Friday 10.00am-3.30pm

www.olivehouse-es.com

ONLY 17,950€

lubrin

A very sweet Cortijo to reform situated in a pretty hamlet 5 minutes drive from Lubrin village. It would make an ideal “bijou” lock-up and leave and also includes a small garden.

OLV730

Price: 22.300€

Phone: 678 527 602 Email: bychancetwice@gmail.com

VERA APARTMENT FOR RENT

Qualified Professional Estate Agents since 1982

Hours: 9:30-14:00 / 15:30-18:00 Saturdays: 10:00-14:00

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2 BEDROOM, 2 BATHROOM, pENTHOUSE APARTMENT IN VERA PLAYA ALL MOD CONS, BALCONY & ROOF TERRACE OFFERING FANTASTIC VIEWS

If you are looking to buy or sell a property in the Huercal Overa / Taberno / Zurgena / San Juan de los Terreros area, please contact us NOW!

Call 0034 950 616 827 / 0034 678 002 006 155a Carretera Estacion, Huercal Overa. 100m from LIDL

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cALL 663 977 230 EMAIL: gedfab@yahoo.com

Vera Playa Apartment

David Vickers

Location & Property Consultant Mobile: (00 34) 616 760 409 Property Sales • Property Management • Long & short term rentals • Insurance

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

Tel: 950 478 834

info@mojacarhomes.net

www.mojacarhomes.net

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Email: david@indalorealestate.com Office: (00 34) 950 091 137 UK: (00 44) 1865 522 648

www.indalorealestate.com Albox • Arboleas • Huercal Overa • Mojacar • Vera

We are pleased to introduce ourselves MUNDI ABOGADOS SOLICITORS. We are a multidisciplinary law firm based in Vera (Almería) and as such we deal with many different aspects of law, specialising in litigation, conveyancing, taxation, civil, commercial and fiscal law. Our aim is to provide a personal, quality service, in plain English and to do so promptly, efficiently and in a friendly manner. We will keep you up to date and fully informed throughout and all at a very competitive price. We can also arrange the following if needed: • Open a Spanish bank account • Connection of utility services • If you are considering renting your house or land we will negotiate your letting agreement, ensuring that the terms of your contract meet your requirements • Write your Spanish will • As your Fiscal Representatives, we will assist you in any dealings with Spanish Tax Office and explain to you all the taxes that you are liable to pay. For those that become residents of Spain, we can also assist in other legal matters, such as matrimonial issues or business contracts.

Telephone: 950 460 999

MUNDI

Ronda de Las Buganvillas, Local 22, (nr Garrucha) www.mundiabogados.com info@mundiabogados.com

ABOGADOS Maria Maroto Perez: Solicitor/Barrister - Esther Serrano Saez: Solicitor/Barrister

• NIE Cards • Residency Cards • Social Security Cards • • Company Setup • Insurance • • Conveyancing • Translations • Litigation • Wills & Inheritance Tax • Tax Returns •


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a cause (9) 7 An emperor of Japan (5) 8 Griping (8) 11 Heroic (4) 15 Egg-hatching box (9) 17 Dug (9) 18 Disgraceful (8) 20 Letup (4) 21 Rod-shaped bacteria (7) 22 Curt (6) 24 It travels on rails (5) 25 Hot chocolate (5)

Down 1 Place one in station, taking in upper-class American leader (9) 2 Body shelf collapsed (5) 4 All people extremely ebony outside, when name replaces daughter (9) 5 Rough sea, the French

Very Hard!

SUDOKU PUZZLE CRYPTIC crossword

CROSSWORD

SOLUTIONS SUDOKU PUZZLE

1 Seat from South of Africa (4) 3 This place, that woman’s sweetheart (4) 6 Roles change for also-ran (5) 10 Generates new young people? (9) 11 Graduate and prisoner make meat (5) 12 A lost hospital internally receives burnt offerings from fags (7) 13 Allow almost curt written messages (7) 14 Rid each internal thought (4) 16 No time outside respect (6) 18 Curve in barcode (3) 21 Catch new head alien (3) 22 Seniors deny - so corrupt (6) 23 Starts to hear you making new song of praise (4) 25 Nut goes off languages (7) 27 Weapon is unusually miles out (7) 29 Aim West, maybe (5) 30 Strange, Californian, or missing money matters (9) 31 About the elderly being kept in captivity (5) 32 Corrosion of rasied ancient city street (4) 33 Dull sound in fat huddle (4)

returns stand (5) 6 Sea creatures lob rest at sea (South) (8) 7 A line after hidden assistant (9) 8 Calls circles (5) 9 Woman takes right to unite (5) 15 Stretching used to be caring? (9) 17 Nothing in Tango men returning street for healing creams (9) 19 Hid clean code erratically (9) 20 Only dead, moved around, and altered (8) 24 Exploiting you and me in Gateshead (5) 25 Theme of first 99 (5) 26 More secure of animals - a ferret (5) 28 One Rabbi is hard, of the Republic (5)

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conversion process (9) 25 Group of witches (5) 26 Banquets (6) 27 Paving material (8) 28 Solitary people (6) 29 Creativity (8)

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.

Across 1 Old-fashioned street lamp (8) 5 Buxom (6) 9 Mute (8) 10 A native religion of Japan (6) 12 Black (5) 13 Masterful (9) 14 Where administrative staff work (6) 16 Water flask (7) 19 Coiled (7) 21 Whitener (6) 23 Pertaining to the body’s food

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...FOOD NEWS...FOOD NEWS... Yogurt, and salad, and fruit juice, oh my!

Packaged vegetable juice, yogurt and Vitamin Water contain up to five times as much sugar as a Krispy Kreme doughnut, an eye-opening new study has revealed. Health conscious consumers are likely to shun the sweet treats but Credit Suisse discovered some seemingly healthier options are actually more sugar-laden than the deep fried rings. In a report by Mail Online, of a list of 15 foods—some healthier than others— the delicious doughnut, which contains 10 grams of sugar, is actually the least sweet. Above it are some surprising products with shocking amounts of sugar. Near the top is a salad from California Pizza Kitchen that contains a hard to swallow 45 grams—or four and a half doughnuts worth—

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of sugar. Odwalla Superfood juice has even more—just 12 ounces of the fruit-based smoothie contains 50 grams of sugar. That is the equivalent of a shocking five Krispy Kremes. Even a bottle of Vitamin Water, despite its healthy-sounding name, contains 33 grams of sugar per 20 ounce bottle, or 3.3 Krispy Kremes. Other beverages on the list include 8oz of Tropicana orange juice, which clocks in at over twice the sugar of a Krispy Kreme with 22 grams. And a grande latte from Starbucks contains 17 grams of sugar, the same as 1.7 Krispy Kremes. Also seemingly healthy but still full of sugar are fruity yogurts like Yoplait Original, which contains 27 grams per 6 ounces. That equates to 2.7 of the popular doughnuts. The Credit Suisse study focused on sweeteners, which doctors recommend should always be used in moderation, and not at other nutritional benefits. A doughnut, of course, lacks some of the vitamins and minerals present in fruit juices. The study also notes: ‘While medical research is yet to prove conclusively that sugar is the leading cause of obesity, diabetes type II and metabolic syndrome, the balance of recent medical research studies are coalescing around this conclusion.’

traditional sunday lunch

el Cucador

idaRestaurant&Venue

with spectacular views

evening menu

OUR MAIN MENU also INCLUD ES STEAKs ~ MIXED GRILL ~ FRE SH FISH WED – SAT EVENINGS 6PM – 9PM

from

8.95€

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

booking recommended

bar specials 6pm - 9pm

monday - chilli night only 5€ tuesday - cod ‘n’ chips or chicken curry & rice only 5€ wednesday - midweek roast chicken or gammon ‘n’ chips only €5.50 thursday is pie night - delicious home-made pies only €5.50

this weeks selection La Vida Chicken Florentine 7.45€ Tender chicken breast filled with spinach, in a creamy blue cheese sauce from Cod with Chorizo Crust 7.45€ Fillet of cod, grilled with a tasty in the Bar homemade chorizo crumb crust, served on a bed of wilted spinach chips & peas FRIDAYS 12.30pm - 9pm New Orleans Pork 7.95€ Succulent tender pork loin, open every served in a herb sauce flavoured day open for lunch 12pm - 4PM with tomato, pepper and garlic 12pm - late salads, burgers, wraps THE ABOVE MAINS ARE We are here Albox SERVED WITH A CHOICE tapas OF POTATOES & SEASONAL choice of tapas all €1 Arboleas VEGETABLES La Vida menu del dia Zurgena HOMEMADE STARTERS 2 COURSE LUNCH 12:30-3:30PM 6€ La Alfoquia Cucador & SCRUMPTIOUS HOMEMADE DESSERTS Mojacar Huercal Overa Junc 547 E15 all 3€ each!

Beer battered cod

5.95€

lite bite snacks

1km

book the venue for your private party, weddings & birthdays etc

Tel: 950 634 562

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Tomato & aubergine curry 2 aubergines, cut into chunks 3 tablespoons sunflower oil 1 medium onion, chopped ~ 2 tablespoons mild curry paste 500g ripe tomatoes, quartered ~ 160g red lentils 225ml hot vegetable stock ~ 125g baby spinach leaves Handful of fresh coriander, chopped Greek yogurt, to serve

method

Layer the aubergine in a colander, sprinkling with salt as you go. Put a plate on top and weigh down with tins. Leave for 30 minutes – doing this means the aubergine will absorb less oil during frying. Rinse the aubergine briefly and pat dry with kitchen towel. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large pan and fry the aubergine over a medium-low heat until golden. Set aside with a slotted spoon. Add the remaining oil and fry the onion for 10 minutes until softened and golden. Add the curry paste and fry for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes, lentils, stock and aubergine, and bring to the boil. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes, then remove the lid and continue cooking for 10-15 minutes until the lentils are tender. Stir in the spinach and chopped coriander to wilt, and serve the curry with cooling yogurt.

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showbar & restaurant

The Irish Rover

Your No1 Entertainment Venue in Mojacar for All the Family

Fantastic New menu of the Day

only 10€ per person FRIDAY 27TH SEPTEMBER

status quo tribute karaoke every night

all gaa games shown & all major sporting events

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

telephone: 950 473 135

Open 10am till late 7 days a week

Los Mellizos Restaurant La Alfoquia, Zurgena

Tel: 667 919 025

from8€

BOOK YOUR TABLE NOW!!

Daily specmia4€ls

BOOK NOW FOR SUNDAY LUNCH

fro ble also availaizzas burgers, pll day kebabs & a s fastetails) breaskfo rd

Delicious Home Made Starters & Desserts from 3€

Menu changes weekly!

Main Course

Choice of Roast Beef, Pork or half roast chicken with roast potatoes, mashed potatoes 5.50€ Yorkshire pudding, stuffing and crackling

(see board

All served at the table with a bowl of fresh vegetables

Open 8am - late Bar snacks available, Restaurant open 9am - 9pm

La Alfoquia

The Traditional English

667 919 025 Fun Quiz Every Wednesday Evening

kebabs

Chippy Chippy

Real Home Made Chips from a real chip shop Crispy Battered Atlantic Cod or Haddock Served with Homemade Chips & Mushy Peas

... Eat in or takeaway ... patio Bar Entertainment

FRI 27th Sept Dee Sharp Duo

closing 3rd october re opening friday 11th october in the evening. Closed for food but open as usual for Quiz

MON, WED & THURS served from €3.50 LUNCHTIMES

Tel: 634 324 484

for more information!

Opening Hours:

5.50€

Menu Del Dia Fish, Chips, Dessert + A Drink

All Welcome

8.00€

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


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out & about C/Avda de Almeria 17, 04639, Turre, Almeria, Tel: 950 47 96 46

Restaurante pizzeria

Mari Cruz

ALBOX

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

! t u o d l o s justice mr tony Special Menu de la Noche

available 9am - 4.30pm (excep Sun)

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

Please call into Jacks to check Timetables

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

@

PLUS

Art Classes, Computer Club, Keep Fit, Geneology

ample parking Free Wi-Fi 950 120 718 / 634 305 132 jacksalbox@gmail.com

Menu del noche 1 2 €

Freshly made pizzas & pasta

fine indian cuisine

Bar Menu & Snacks MENU DEL DIA Homemade Burgers, Salads, Jacket 2 Courses from 9am Includes FREE Tea or Coffee

Find us on “Pizza Mari Cruz”

Indian Restaurant

Ticket only 10.95€ incl. food

All Day Breakfast

Menu del dia 9 €

Changes Regularly

The new delhi

Terrace or Function Room seating

Potatoes, Puds & much more

specialises in bbq meat & fish, paellas & tapas

BP Garage

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← ARBOLEAS BAZA → Av•••AL . L BO ep an X → to

Menu del dia Monday - Wednesday

5 Courses €10 Thursday - Friday

6 Courses €12.95 Saturday normal menu

Avda America, opposite Pricebusters, Albox

Tel: 950 431 705 Mob: 639 231 507

Open 7 Days a week 1 - 4pm / 6pm - late

La Cena

Restaurante

Albox

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 see website for details

tel: 950 473 099 www.beachcombermojacar.com

...to advertise on this page call 950 121 936

John and the team at The Beachcomber always ensure your food is beautifully cooked and is served with a smile. With Fish and chips to die for plus all the traditional favourite meals you would expect, John has also added a Slimming World breakfast to the menu, which is the perfect way to enjoy a meal and not feel guilty! Here are details of some forthcoming events: Thursday 26th September, an afternoon with singer Kay Francis from 4-6pm / PAWS Charity general quiz with Tony Matthews. Telephone now to book or to find out more about any of our events: 950 473 099. LA CENA, in Albox is a fine dining experience 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 call 950 430 930 after 5.30pm today and reserve your table, you will not be disappointed! Please note that we are closed from 28th September until 8th October. 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.

Bay bistro

“The fresh food restaurant”

Above Irish Rover and along from Mediterraneo, Mojacar Playa

open daytime & evenings closed tuesdays & sunday evenings Full a la Carte Menu Sunday Menu del Dia Menu del Noche Lunch Special Availa ks ich & snac w d n a S li e D able daily Menu avail

3 Courses

ble

Including Roast of the Week

booking now being taken for christmas day lunch limited numbers now available

10% discount off total bill

To avoid disappointment please call and reserve your table

Tel: 950 450 199 • 628 761 391


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COMMUNITY NEWS The Almanzora Group

The Almanzora Group of Friends are holding a Second Annual Quiz of Quizzes In aid of Local Charities Quiz teams from across the region will be pitting their wits against each other to be top dogs. Hostal Rosaleda........from 17:00 16 November 2013 Teams of up to six - €5 per person Significant Cash Prize for winning team. Keep your grey cells active while helping to raise much needed funds for local charity. Come and give it a go and represent your club, bar, business, society, local quiz team or just a group of friends. Full details and entry forms by e-mail on quizofquizzes2013@gmx. co.uk or from the Almanzora Group of Friends Information Centre, Avenida Lepanto, Albox.

Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning Update

Stall holders are to be at the venue for 10 am and NOT 11 am as requested originally, this will give us more time to get organised and be ready on time for the public Can everyone bring along their own cup for coffee/tea etc, this will help us save money and catering in case there is a huge turn out!! Best Regards, Angie casaangela@hotmail.com

Dames in Spain

The Dames in Spain held their Meet and Greet at the Parador, Mojacar, where the Chairman Myra Holmes presented 1000€ to Bronia Madej de Montero, President of AECC Association Espanola Contra el Cancer and 200€ to Terri Lyndon for the continuing sponsorship of Ebrima of Hart House in the Gambia. A most enjoyable get together of old and new members

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thankyou Pat and Steve would like to thank all those who came to their 40th Wedding Anniversary and for all the cards and gifts. Also a big thanks to Dawn 2 Dusk for the wonderful catering and the professional service provided - they were fantastic (634309465). A big thanks to Brian Dee for the entertainment.

SEND your birthdays, and events TO: EDITOR@SOLTIMES.COM and WE’LL PRINT THEM FREE OF CHARGE!

Super Corner ENGLISH SUPERMARKET ALL YOUR FAVOURITE BRANDS AND MORE IN ONE SUPERSTORE!!

TURRE, NEXT TO MESON DEL POBRE

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

tel: 950 479 213

The Fundraiser Charity & Community Shops

The people’s charity, The Peoples Choice

Run totally by volunteers

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

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

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

Workshops

sculpturing

by Maria van Enckevort

m.vanenckevort@gmail.com Where? When?

In Los Alamos in MI CORAZON On Tuesdays & Fridays from 10.00 till 14.00 On Thurdays from 17.00 till 21.00

20€ per session inc use of tools, coffee or tea Call: 950 064 669

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

Restaurant

La OX ALB

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

Closed Sat 28th Sept for private function 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

VidaBar El

Cucador

La Vida Presents

Saturday 26th October

Come & enjoy a great night

of classic Rock ‘n Roll instrumentals & vocals

6€

Featuring the music of The Shadows, Elvis, Cliff, Buddy, The Everlys, Roy Orbison & lots more! “Put on your dancing shoes” Doors open 7.30pm, food served from 8pm

Includes a choice of:

Southern Fried Chicken, Lasagne or Scampi (all served with chips & peas)

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO BOOK PLEASE CALL 950 634 562 or email lavidacucador@gmail.com


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Tea room ballroom dancing

Drainage

air conditioning needs

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Graham & Barry on 620 112 193 or 667 853 062

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any single item up to 300€ free of charge

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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 Mamas and Papas cot bed – mattress and bedding included. Good condition. 100€ono 693400898 Free to Bird lovers, Zebra finches, coloured and white. Tel: 950 958 164 Baby Walker - Sit in type with wheels. As new 15€. Tel;607 938 602 Hand held Steam Cleaner in box. 10€ Tel; 607 938 602 Mamas and Papas Cot Bed inc bedding.Good condition. 100€ ono. Tel: 693 400 898 Maxi Cosi Car seat suitable up to 1 year. Green, Good condition (no accidents). 50€ ono Tel; 693400898 4 Pine Wardrobe Doors as new with hinges, knobs and carcass. Good Condition. 213 x 40. 90€ Tel: 950 497 612 or 647 921 286. (Almerimar) New Pol Electric Oven with 4 separate rings. Ex Condition 50€ Tel: 950 497 612 or 647 921 286. Almerimar GAS HEATER, complete with Gas Bottle 45€ Delivery may be possible Tel: 950 329 416 or 622 705 048. W HEELCHAI R , folding,Large Rear Wheels, 45€ Delivery may be possible Tel: 950 329 416 or 622 705 048. LAWN BOWLS Men’s monogrammed heselite White long sleeved V Neck Jumper. Size 40. Brand new never

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3rd time lucky Having been given a date for Pete’s next appointment with Traumotología at Huercal-Overa Hospital, we had both been slightly mystified when another appointment came through the post for an appointment at the same place with the same consultant, but a week or so later. Hard on its heels came a third appointment, identical in every way except for the date, which was again a couple of weeks later. I baulked at the obvious course of action – ring up and ask. I am not happy speaking Spanish on the phone; I go all of a doo-dah, especially if the circumstances require me to appear relatively intelligent. So on the day of the first appointment we packed all three appointments letters into Pete’s folder and sallied confidently forth. Entering Consultas Externas we readied ourselves for the melee that is the waiting room, squared our shoulders and walked in – to an empty room. Pete sat down on one of the dozens of spare seats and surveyed the firmly closed Consulting Room doors. ‘It’s closed!’ He said, and I felt

By Jos Biggs

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he was probably right. ‘Knock on one of the doors, see if anyone is in.’ He encouraged. What?! Knock on a door that is clearly labelled in Spanish Don’t Knock On The Door – I’m as brave as the next person, but a suicidal idiot I am not! I’ve seen what happens to Spanish people who knock on doors which are not to be knocked on, and I tremble to think what fate would befall an English person committing the same transgression! ‘It’s closed!’ he reiterated. ‘Knock on a door!’ After he had admonished this reckless course of action four times I considered smacking him one, but you can’t hit a man with glasses, so instead I dithered indecisevely mid-room. My dilemma was solved by the appearance of a Nursie in a white coat. I surrounded her quickly and pressed that day’s appointment paper into her hand. ‘It’s closed,’ she explained, ‘Go to Cita Previa and make another appointment.’ Not wishing to appear a complete nincompoop, I presented the lady behind the Cita Previa desk with all three appointments and an expression that had Que? written all over it. Calmly she tore up the first two appointments and handed the third one back to me. ‘This one,’ she smiled. ‘Come back in October.’ If only they had put in an explanatory note with the appointment – on the other hand, if I hadn’t been too chicken to phone up….. Ah well! Third time lucky!

hasta l a vista, baby!

I have said it before and I will say it again: friendship is the most cherished and important possession we can have. Most of us have many acquaintances that we term as friends. People whose company we enjoy for an evening out; will invite round for a meal, and perhaps spend a weekend away with occasionally. And of course these are true friends by definition – what else would they be? But it seems to me that there is a word missing in the English language that describes those companions or associates that are much more than just acquaintances but fall short of being in the league of life-long bosom buddies. Come to think of it, it is not the terms ‘friend’ or ‘acquaintance’ that are wanting, but a suitable word to describe those treasured individuals who are always prepared to give help and support, and travel long distances to be with you in time of serious need - those persons

By Colin Bird :

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who are in the friendship super league, and are as precious as family. It is indeed a truism that: ‘Friends are the family you choose for yourself.’ Although I would say that perhaps the word ‘choose’ is a misnomer, because there is an element existent in such relationships that defies description. Perhaps the word ‘chemistry’ comes as close as anything to characterizing it. Because these bonds are special and rare, the majority of us can count the number of these 24 carat chums on the fingers of one hand . . . that’s disregarding spouses and partners who should in any case be our very best pals. One of the saddest days of my life was when I had to say goodbye to several of these special people all at one time. I was leaving my island home to explore another strange land and I realised how much my life had changed and been enriched by their presence over the previous two years. One of their number being my constant companion in crime throughout that time, and with whom I had shared more laughter than in the whole of the rest of my life prior to meeting him. He and the others were, and remain – some thirty eight years later – my dearest and closest friends. You see! I am using the word ‘friend’ to describe them, but in fact there is no single word in the English language that comes close to conveying this extra special bond and relationship. We merely make do with the two word description of ‘best friend’ on such occasions. We have all pledged to endeavour to

gather every two years which can be a logistical nightmare. Apart from the inconvenience of work for them – a word that I have been fortunate enough to have erased from my vocabulary – there is the problem of geography. They live on both sides of the United States and equally, both East and West coasts of Canada. Add Dubai into the mix and the difficulties of arranging reunions become apparent. But still, we have managed it on two occasions, and in 2014 it will be our turn to host the get-together here in Spain, and I know that once again, we will slip comfortably back into each other’s company effortlessly and smoothly as if the intervening years never happened. Something for us to look forward to and the neighbours to start thinking about putting as much distance as possible between them and Villamartin come June. But none of this denigrates or trivialises the affection for those other friends that we have day to day contact with and whose company we enjoy greatly on an on-going basis. In fact life would be unthinkable without their presence. Most are still part of our lives, but some have returned to the Mother country over the years and it is always a great sadness to know that perhaps we will not enjoy their company or even see them again. Others come and go – spending time in

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Alquerian pastimes are deep-rooted in the traditions of the sierra. The most obvious is annoying those from the opposing barrio and the most popular is the one in which Manuela excels. Of those that can be discussed in polite company perhaps football naturally takes the lead. Football in Alqueria was given a boost in 2013 when Alqueria Unido attended the UEFA Cup. They didn’t last long. Just long enough for the spelling mistake to be spotted. They had to make their own way back from Amsterdam, hitchhiking and committing petty street crime to pay for food and shelter during their trek home. The gentry of Alqueria have long practiced the sport of shooting. Using a selection of firearms ranging from shotguns to shoulder launched antitank missiles they have systematically decimated the wild-life of the area. Not as popular as it once was due to the decline in the number of devotees. The shooting party usually met at the Bar La Casa Devante where alarming quantities of Remitroot Rum were consumed. They would then stumble and stagger into the campo and start blasting at anything that moved. This had an adverse effect on the population of Alqueria in general and shooting enthusiasts in particular. There was a bid to ban the sport but as it kept the numbers of chinless wonders down it was deemed good for the environment. Newt hunting is on the increase in the Village with the Alquerian Newt

Hound bred specifically for the purpose. The Alquerian Newt is a genetically modified subspecies of the Common European Newt. Being ten times larger and with fearsome teeth that can tear through corrugated iron the creature is a match for any hunter. The Alquerian Newt Hound was bred from the Andalucían Hound by Pedro El Estevado. When the dog finds a newt it stands on three legs with its near-side front paw pointed at the amphibian, tail erect while barking and howling. The Newt is then secured and sold in the backstreets of Cairo where its genitals fetch a high price as an effective cure for Camel Drivers Crutch. Imported pastimes have never done well in Alqueria, the attempted introduction of Morris Dancing is a prime example. When the Kessingland Morris Men and Haddock Gutters from Lowestoft arrived in Alqueria their tiny minds believed Morris Dancing would replace the passionate, exhausting flamenco. They gave one half of one display. Most Alquerians simply headed for the nearest bar, those that stayed soon lost the will to live. Only Loco Paco enjoyed the spectacle, he performs the same gyrations when the moon is full and bright. Traditional pastimes have always held sway in Alqueria. There is none more enjoyable and traditional than that favoured by Manuela.

Spain and the UK equally – but again, it is a wrench to watch them leave albeit for only a matter of months. And so it is hard to come to terms with the fact that I am about to lose another friend. Perhaps not lose in the strictest sense, but whose presence in my weekly life will soon be absent. It’s a somewhat unique friendship because

we have never actually met. This may sound bizarre, but we have had weekly electronic exchanges with much humour and a good deal of banter for the best part of five years now – something I have come to look forward to. So good luck and further success in your new life dear Claire, and above all, much happiness. You have been an inspirational editor and I will miss you greatly.


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I spent a lot of time as a child in theatres with my dad, who was a comedy writer. At that time he wrote for Ken Dodd and I would often be taken to the shows. My dad died recently and I got to thinking about all the weird and wonderful acts we saw; harmonica players who were also acrobats, a dancing duck, which was placed on a hot plate to make it “dance”-that’d be about as welcome today as repeats of Rising Damp! But one of the highlights was always the sword swallower. What I want to know is, how does anybody decide to become one? Is there a burning desire deep down, wherever desires burn, to stand in front of an audience and thrust incredibly sharp and not insignificantly lethal weapons down your throat, or is it just plain stupidity? No don’t send in the answer, I think we are in agreement there. But swallowing a sword isn’t something you do accidentally, like spilling scalding water down your leg or taking the wrong turning in your car, no, you can’t absent mindedly manoeuvre a sword down your throat then wonder how it got there-unless you had drunk substantial amounts of falling down water! Then, once you make the momentous decision to follow the path of shoving finely honed steel down your throat, where do you train? I looked at University courses and although there are all manner of things you can do there, sword swallowing isn’t one of them. Of course, even when-if-you have found an expert to train you, how do you go about finding work, I bet Job Centres aren’t overflowing with openings. But that shouldn’t put you off, because I think we need sword swallowers, fire eaters and the like. Look, be honest, what would you rather do, watch someone making a meal out of a burning stick, or the latest fiscal speech by some dodgy politician-is there any other kind? Exactly! Graham is married to Helen and has I think they deserve our admiration, you know a daughter, Alice. like explorers, octopus wrestlers and anyone who He lives part of the watches “The Bold and the Beautiful” voluntarily. year near Albox, Eccentric they may be, but everyone should, but works in Qatar, teaching. If you wish like me, get the chance to see such wonderful to contact Graham weirdness and daring in a dull world that often regarding this lacks any jollity. Britain’s Got Talent has a lot to article email: helenandg@yahoo. learn-bring on more dippy ones! Thanks dad for all co.uk the shows-and for bringing us all sunshine!

Still Space to be amazed 2

Those that love all things quiz know that quiz setters are given a book filled with fiendish and trick questions when they graduate from quiz setting school. Quiz setters guard these mythical tomes with their lives much like the Magic Circle does with their magic spells. One question that often stumps the unsuspecting is – what is the nearest star to Earth? Another more relevant question to this article which also comes from the secret book is - what is the largest volcano known to man? The answer may be more earthbound now as scientists mapping the ocean floor found the remains of a Super Volcano 1000 miles off the coast of Japan. It covers an area of 120,000 square miles which considering the British Isles covers 93,000 miles means it’s rather large. Luckily it’s been extinct for over a hundred and forty million years. Currently the world’s largest active volcano is Mauna Loa in Hawaii, yet this whippersnapper covers a mere 2000 square miles. Olympus Mons on Mars spreads over 113,000 miles soaring nearly 14 miles high and reaches a height three times that of Everest. Even at that height Olympus Mons only makes it as the

second highest peak in the solar system as up in the Asteroid Belt between Mars and Jupiter is Vesta which is what’s known as a Proto Planet. Vesta has a surface area the size of Pakistan with an impact crater called Rheasilvia on it. The peak in the middle of the crater rises up well over14 miles, so standing on tip toes it just pips Olympus Mons to the tallest student in class prize. Even with the highest mountain in the solar system sticking out like an angry spot on its bottom; Vesta is only the second largest lump of rock in the Asteroid Belt that’s not quite a planet, Ceres makes it as the largest. Ceres is about 500 miles across with a surface area the size of India, which sounds large until compared to our own Moon which is 25 times larger. Ceres was discovered in 1801with many thinking it was the missing link. For years astronomers thought there should be another planet in between Mars and Jupiter. Unfortunately Ceres does not fit the very strict criteria to be classed as a planet so it is just a plain old dwarf planet. This is the same class Pluto was demoted to in 2006 giving the solar system just 8 planets instead of the 9 we

were all taught at school. Poor Pluto was also upstaged a year earlier in 2005 when Eris was discovered and named as the largest of all dwarf planets. Eris was originally going to be called Xena after the warrior princess from telly as more female names are needed in space. It starts with X as in Planet-X the mythical planet that is supposed to exist. Mars does win a prize for the largest impact crater in the solar system called Utopia Planitia measuring 2100 miles across. Trekkies will recognise the craters name as in Star Trek lore this is the site of the Federation ship yards both on the planet Mars and wait for it - in aero synchronous orbit above it; the USS Enterprise-D was built there. Captain Jean Luc Picard as played by the ever young Patrick Stewart was the commanding officer for most of that starships life. I apologize in advance to any Trekkie reading if my Star Trek history is not quite exact on this but there’s no need to write in with any corrections.

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British TV – Is all the hassle worth it? Over the week I’ve have a few grumblings that my article last week was a little technical for some of you good readers and for that I apologise! The aim is always to clarify some, usually, technical article in a way that allows most people can understand. We all know that, with the change of satellites, we are likely to lose British TV. While reading up on the subject of the imminent loss of coverage, I found a “footprint” map of the proposed reception area. Think of a real footprint in the sand, and the idea of any other “footprint” will be obvious. This footprint, which currently covers most of the south of Spain will, in future, barely touch the border with France! British Gibraltar will also lose there english TV. We have already considered the option of internet TV and the benefits and problems associated with it. So, today I want to look at some of the devices that you can buy (and ridiculous prices that some want to charge!). The list of devices that seem to be commonly available are Google Chromecast; Roku; Apple TV; the WII, X-Box and Playstation games consoles; Tivo (I can almost hear Dr Who!). It is all over the net (bloody good marketing) that Google, who are the paragon of virtue and discretion (fingers firmly crossed), have released a memory chip sized device called ‘Chromecast’ that will allow you to get you much needed TV. They are, unfortunately, making it difficult for programmers to

write additional programs to enhance the new chip. So much for their ‘Open Source’ (transparent and obvious) policies! At $35 it is really cheap and by first reports, even from jaded techno-jouralists, is that it is good! Roku, were the first to use internet streaming for TV and online multimedia, and are still the leaders. Although their prices start a little higher and can get very expensive, they still have all the advantages that google offer and a track record of success, stablility and reliability. Apple TV, although up to google, were the new boys, their product does seem a little limited and doesn’t allow for BBC etc. Games consoles are just that! TiVo is one of the most expensive of the devices out there but does boast some superb features such as, inbuilt recording, watch a channel and record another. This is a real toy, but do we need this much? There are others and I will look into them at another time. Finally a quick warning! There is malware that will get on your machine, tell you the FBI or Guardia are watching YOU and that a fine of 200€ is payable to unlock you machine. RUBBISH! No-one is watching you and the malware can be gotten rid of relatively easily! Just shut the machine off and ring a friend or better still, me! Till next time, Have an uneventful but enjoyable week. Time to start studying up on XBMC.

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