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Vera & District Lions Director Of Fundraising, Keith Porter, with the winner of the Fancy Dress Competition.


purchase. The quiz night was held at the Bar Kubatin in Arboleas, and in addition to the quiz, there was also a Fancy Dress Competition and a raffle. All the money raised on the night will go to the fund set up for Isabel. Before the F.A.C.E. Contribution, the Vera and District Lions Club had already raised circa € 4,000.

The F.A.C.E. Witches - From Lef t To Right Lorraine Cundy, Pauline F.A.C.E. Would like to thank all their Marshall and President Adele Wrigglesworth sponsors on the night. They were the Amigo’s Bowling Centre in Arboleas, A Coven of witches, better known as the Sol Yoga Centre in La Cinta, the the ladies from F.A.C.E. (Fundraising Pricebusters Supermarket in Albox, Garry in Arboleas, Caring for Everyone) Boulton Qualified Carpenter and Builder managed to conjure up a storm in and The Butchers of Turré. more ways than one recently when they organised a fabulous quiz night For further information about the with a Halloween theme. The first event or F.A.C.E. Please ring Adele spell they managed to contrive was Wrigglesworth - Telephone Number 667 an evening of thunder, very dramatic 255 094. lightening and some very heavy rain. The second spell was that in conjunction with the Vera and District Lions Club and with the aid of over 100 F.A.C.E. Supporters they managed to raise over €850 which will go towards a fund that has been set up by the Vera and District Lions to buy 9 year old Arboleas resident, Isabel García Ramos, and who suffers from Cerebral Palsy, some very important equipment. This equipment will enable Isabel to become mobile on her own, and it The Winning Team Of the Quiz “Th underbirds are Go” with F.A.C.E will cost in the region of € 8,000 to . President Adele Wrigglesworth and F.A.C.E . Secretary Amanda Maunders. A completely full Bar Kubatin.



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Four young people, two men and two women between 20 and 27 years old, were injured when two cars collided on the Aguadulce road, towards the Barrio de San Francisco. The four were taken to the Centro de Salud, but were not seriously injured.

The ‘Noche del Terror’ in Almería lived up to expectations Organised by the Empresa Municipal ‘Almería Urban’ and the Concejalías de Turismo, Cultura y Desarrollo Económico, as well as the Asociaciones de Comerciantes “Alcentro”, of Hosteleros (ASHAL) and the Asociación de Cocineros (ACRIA), more than thirty activities filled the streets of this historic town. The main events started at 20.00 at the Puerta Purchena, although celebrations were already in full swing at the Plaza Vieja, and in Los Refugios. Children took centre stage in the Plaza San Pedro, which was filled from 7 pm with storytelling, dance, games, music and children in every sort of costume. The main centres of activity were the Puerta de Purchena, Plaza Vieja, Paseo de Almería, Plaza del Educador and Plaza Granero. Puerta Purchena was the venue for an aerial dance display, and the ‘Enamorados de Almería’ staged an Amy Winehouse show. The Plaza Vieja featured the Pasaje del Terror, which was open to those who dared, with full spooky lighting and holographic effects. Also on show was an an exhibition of torture equipment, and in the Casco Histórico a werewolf meeting was held. The Área de Turismo organised four free tours to co-incide with Halloween: ‘Discover the Night of Terror’, ‘Haunted Almería’, ‘Dark History’ and ‘Witches of the Night.’

The Ayuntamiento de Garrucha has organised various events to celebrate Halloween Apart from a funfair, there was a children’s fancy dress party, an interactive theatre performance by the Asociación NEWCCCP de Garrucha. The same day the Centro Cultural offered the Casa del Terror, featuring the ‘girl excorcist’ and Dracula himself. The night wound up with the DJ Dani Campos and Trave.

Pensioners protest The Unión de Pensionistas, Jubilados y Prejubilados de UGT Almería and the Sindicato General de Pensionistas de CCOO Almería, met in front of the Instituto Nacional de la Seguridad Social, to protest against the pension reform undertaken by the Government, and to read a joint manifesto. The leaders of the UGT and the CCOO in Almería, Félix López and Juan Pallarés, have rejected the pension reform proposed by the executive, claiming that it will be ‘a great

SOLTIMES NOVEMBER 2013 loss of purchasing power for this group, between 14 and 28 %.’ The Secretario General del Sindicato de Pensionistas de CCOO, Antonio Rodríguez García, said that ‘the welfare of the elderly in Spain is being degraded, it is against the interests of pensioners and of society in general and endangers life expectancy by cutting health benefits.’ The average pension in Almería is the penultimate in Spain, behind Lugo and Orense. In Almeria 95,973 pensioners are on an average pension of 697.35 euros. The Colectivo de Mayores de UGT y CCOO demand that the Government: Respect the revaluation of pension commitment. Repeal reforms and curb cuts on health issues. Correct reforms and cuts and implement measures to ensure a level of social services sufficient and adequate for the needs of the population. Ensure that older persons have access to proper health care of all administrations. Help those most in need and meet their basic needs. Increase social services to provide more and better care for older people. Reduce waiting times for hospital and medical tests.

Employment offered in Almería A total of 312 people, selected through the Programa de Ayuda a la Contratación, which is part of the Decreto de Medidas Extraordinarias y Urgentes to combat social exclusion in Andalucía , have begun work for the Ayuntamiento de Almería. The majority are working in the Área de Fomento y Servicios Ciudadanos in the area of Development and Citizen Services. After two days of training in Prevención de Riesgos Laborales, (Health and Safety) they will be allocated specific jobs. These include cleaning, painting and upgrading of street furniture, such as bins, road signs, lampposts and benches, and cleaning and maintenance of Municipal fencing. The 312 people selected will have a contract duration of three months and their gross salary will be 1,000 euros.

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for waiting? It takes a little time for the water to seep evenly through the soil, so when it arrives at the bottom, you know that the soil is evenly watered all the way through. If you keep on pouring water in at the top, it will saturate the top, then arrive at the bottom in a flood! Never put plants in pots that don’t have at least one hole in the bottom! And always have a saucer underneath – even if the pot never overflows, and you are megahouseproud, you will end up with a ring on the windowsill, or wherever the plant is standing. Larger plants in large pots need watering less often than plants in very small pots, which will dry out very quickly. Cacti and succulents need less watering than thinleaved or flowering plants (although when cacti produce flowers they need a bit more water than otherwise). Plan first, buy second. Decide, (with knowledgeable help) what you want from the plant in terms of effect; what kind of light, space temperature and care you can give it, the go to a good garden centre and buy a healthy thriving specimen. Watch out for plant pests. Some plants are less susceptible to pests than others. Learn how to identify these pests and how to treat them (usually a soil-drenching systemic insecticide will do the job, but not always, so it’s important to learn about these things.) Mould and viruses can also affect plants, but they are less common. Let the plant do its job, but give it a helping hand. A beautiful and expensive plant in an ugly mismatched pot is neither use nor ornament! A beautiful plant in a decorative pot or planter that coordinates with the furnishings can enhance the whole room. It helps the plant a lot if the pot or planter is on a tray with about an inch of aquarium gravel in it. When you water the plant, the water goes into the saucer and evaporates around the plant, making the surrounding


A plant is not just for outside – a plant can be for everywhere! If you only think of houseplants as Mother-in-law’s tongue, then it is time you broadened your horizons; houseplants come in all the sizes, colours and types imaginable. They beautify your environment, purify the indoor air, bring a naturalistic element to stark walls, brighten dingy corners, emphasise or disguise features within a room, and because they are constantly growing and changing, they bring a lived-in, homely feel to a house. They can be very easy to care for, and here are a few tips to keep them healthy: Get the light right. All plants need light, but not all plants need the same amount or type of light! Identify how much natural light is needed for your chosen plants, and place them accordingly. Water as needed. All plants need water, even cacti, so find out how much or little water they will need when you buy them. A rough rule of thumb is to water sparingly, wait a few minutes, and when you can see water appearing at the bottom of the pot, that’s enough. The reason

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At the monthly MACS fundraisers meeting in September, Fran Cook a Macs shop volunteer and fundraiser suggested the MAKE A CUPPA SPECIAL idea. The fundraisers discussed the possibilities and all agreed what a wonderful initiative, not realizing at the time just how successful it was going to be. It was agreed to run the events from the 1st October to the 31st October. The support from the community and local businesses has been overwhelming. Elaine Kay Brown founder and president of Macs and all the Macs team would like to thank all that took part in the MAKE A CUPPA SPECIAL. Funds raised. Sheila Golding and friends from Cabrera raised 750€ Cabrera Lawn Bowls 80.15€ Mary Brett of San Juan 165€ Ann and Andy Webber 639€ The Tuesday Ladies Club 50€ Helen Cross Macs fundraiser and friends 30€ Peni Howe from Bedar

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More than 60 guests attended this event with the el pinar providing a special 3 course lunch with cava on arrival. Ann webber and kathy walker worked tirelessly all afternoon dressing models and advising how to acessorise. Gillian williamson,thelma danzelman, Suzy carolyn franklin and lady ellen. What a fabulous job the ladies did, not only giving their free time for the show but modeling knitwear scarves and trousers in over 25 degrees. As always the support from the public was amazing. 391€ Was raised on the raffle. Anne webber donated 68€ El pinar bar donated 58€ a meal for 2 and a bottle of wine for a raffle prize, and provided lunch for all the models. Elaine kay brown founder and president of macs and the fundraising team would like to thank all that took part on the day.



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Know When to Apply Moisturiser Long, hot showers strip skin of its moisture and wash away its protective oils. Limiting your showers to no more than ten minutes and keeping the water as cool as you can stand can help limit the loss. Lock in moisture by applying a cream or lotion within three minutes of exiting the bathtub or shower. Pick a Moisturiser with Skin-Repairing Ingredients Moisturisers can stop dryness and even tearing if your skin is thin and sensitive. Check the pot for these active ingredients: Humectants: These include glycerin, sorbitol, urea, or proylene glycol. They attract water by pulling it up from deeper skin layers, and are good choices for people with oily skin. Occlusives: Petroleum jelly, lanolin, and beeswax are good examples. They prevent water from evaporating. Barrier-repair compounds: These include ceramide, monolaurin, and linoleic acid. These ingredients, often used in combination with others like cholesterol, help repair the skin’s barrier to prevent moisture loss and damage. Don’t Equate Price with Quality When one large consumer organisation tested moisturisers, it found that both the expensive and cheaper products were equally effective.

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The skin is the body’s largest organ. The skin is both the largest and heaviest organ. The liver is the second largest organ. People with fair skin have fewer melanocytes (the pigment that gives skin its colour) than people with dark-coloured skin. Everyone has the same number of melanocytes, regardless of colour. Your skin type can change during the course of your lifetime. As we get older our skin changes. It may become more dry, less acne-prone, develop more discolouration, and show other signs of sagging. Ultraviolet B rays are the only UV rays that are harmful to the skin. Recent studies show that ultraviolet A rays can also contribute to skin cancer. So, it is important to use a sunscreen that protects against both types of UV rays. If you have cellulite you must be overweight. Genetic factors, skin thickness and age all play a role in the development of cellulite. People who are slim can develop cellulite just as overweight people.

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Moisturise Before Bed For soft, young-looking hands and feet, wait until right before going to bed to slather on moisturising cream, then slip on thin cotton socks and gloves. this way you won’t get your sheets oily or rub off the cream.

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Hair can safely be tweezered, waxed, or shaved from moles without increasing the risk of it becoming cancerous. The severity and duration of acne are the same for both men and women. In fact, young teenage men tend to have worse acne than young teenage women. However, acne is more likely to persist into the thirties and even the forties for women. There are some dermal fillers (like collagen) that, once injected, last indefinitely? No filler will last forever. Each one will fade over time. Only fair-skinned people develop melanoma. People of any ethnic background, or any skin tone can develop melanoma.

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Due to ill health, Carol has decided to close the shop – she will be handing the keys back on 12th December. We are having a 70% sale off most items in the shop. On jewellery, there will be a 50% sale. If you have items in the shop and do not wish for them to be in the 70% sale, then please ring 950 430376 or call into the shop so we can pull your items out. If you are happy for them to be in the sale, please call in during the last week of November or the first week of December to be paid any monies due and collect any remaining items.


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SOLTIMES NOVEMBER 2013 them — if you hear them clicking on a hard surface, it’s time for a trim. If you really don’t want to take the easy option, and ask a groomer to do the job, then you will have to do it yourself. But before attempting a trim the nails yourself,

The Well Manicured Dog Your dog’s toenails, just like yours, grow, and unless your dog runs around on hard surfaces that help keep toenails short, you have to clip

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ask your vet or a groomer to show you how to trim them to the right length. A dog’s toenail is made up of the nail itself and the quick the pink (when it’s visible) part of your dog’s toenails that provides the blood supply to the nail. Avoid cutting into the quick because it bleeds quite a bit and it’s quite sensitive. If you decide to go for it, here are some tips: Hold the foot steady, but hold it gently. Snip off a small bit of the end of each toenail. Using either the guillotine or scissors-type clippers, place a tiny bit of the nail in the nail clipper and snip.If the nail feels spongy while you’re trying to cut it, stop immediately — you’re cutting the quick! Stop any bleeding immediately. If you cut the quick (often called quicking), you’ll have an unhappy dog and a bloody mess. The quick bleeds a great deal, so if you cut it, you need either a nail cauterizer — a tool that stops the bleeding by applying heat — or styptic powder, which you can apply with a cotton swab. Have a damp washcloth at hand ready to clean up styptic powder and blood as necessary. Quicking hurts a lot, and most dogs remember the experience long afterward. Don’t forget the dewclaws if your dog has them. They tend to grow long because they don’t normally touch the ground and if you fail to cut them, they will eventually grow back into your dog’s foot, which is quite painful. If you use a nail grinder rather than clippers, use the same method — hold your dog’s foot, turn on the grinder, and grind a little off each nail. As many dogs detest having their feet handled, so clipping may never be your favourite shared activity, but getting your dog used to this ritual at an early stage helps you both weather the process. Give your dog a yummy treat after the trimming session, along with a big hug, a boisterous “Good dog!” and a healthy scratch behind the ears, to build up the idea that toenail trimming is not so bad, after all! If you can’t do all your dog’s nails at once, never fear — you can clip them one paw at a time, with other activities or a resting period in between. Last, very important, tip: It’s better to take two teeny cuts than one big one! From How to Trim Your Dog’s Toenails By Margaret H. Bonham from Dog Grooming For Dummies

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If you wish us to print an article about a particular topic, please e-mail BEING A RESIDENT OF SPAIN OR NOT CAN MAKE A CONSIDERABLE DIFFERENCE TO CAPITAL GAINS TAX. NASTY SURPRISE: HAVING WHAT EVERYONE CALLS THE RESIDENCE CERTIFICATE IS NOT PROOF OF TAX RESIDENCY AND IF YOU DO NOT HAVE ANYTHING ELSE YOU WILL BE TREATED AS A NON RESIDENT AND 3% OF THE SALES PRICE WILL BE HELD BACK. Q. I have sold my house. I was under the impression that I was a resident and that the 3% retention for non residents would not be applicable, but the notary said that my residence certificate was not proof of residency and that he had to treat me as a non resident which means that 3% of the sales price was retained and paid into the tax office. How can the resident certificate not be proof of residency? A. What the notary is saying is correct. It is a common nasty surprise at the notary lately suffered by sellers that are not getting the correct advice prior to selling. The new resident certificates without photograph issued by the police do not state you are a tax resident of Spain. What it says is that you are a resident of Europe. To be able to be treated as a tax resident of Spain at the moment of sale, you need to provide the notary with a certificate issued by the tax office in Spain stating that they consider you a tax resident of Spain. This needs to be requested in advance of going to the notary by your solicitor or yourself to avoid the 3% retention. Some notaries will also accept as proof of residency your Spanish tax returns. If you are thinking of selling, it is important to find out from the tax office well in advance if your status is that of a resident or non resident, and the certificate issued by them needs to be taken to the notary the day of signature.

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




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VILLA WITH GARAGE IN MOJACAR FOR 170.000€ A 3 bed / 2 bath Villa built on a freehold plot of 513 mts2 in La Parata, Mojacar Playa. The property was built in the 80’s so it could do with modernization of kitchen and bathrooms and the price reflects this. The rooms are a very good size though! All in all the property has a built area of 140 mts2 excluding the garage and is distributed between living room, dining

room, kitchen, hallway, family bathroom, master bedroom with ensuite bathroom and 2 further double bedrooms. This is a very good opportunity for someone looking to grab a deal and put their own stamp on the property. The property also benefits from a mature private garden and there is ample space for a swimming pool subject to normal planning.

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: 1533

Paseo del Mediterraneo 197 - Mojacar - Almeria

Tel: 950 472 430 / 610 053 563

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


Taberno Town House Fully furnished 5 bed/4 bathbeautifully reformed – 400m2 build size – Terraces



Antas Detached Country House, Fully reformed, 950m2 plot, 2 bed, 2 bath, Mature Gardens, Private location

450€ pcm


albanchez cortijo 3 bed 2 bath pool pets accepted



Los Higulares Detached Villa, 2 bed, 2 bath, 615m2, immaculate throughout, sold fully furnished

Secure Properties Post Boxes Urgently Required

Available at 35€ a Year! 450€ pcm


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Antas Country House, 3 bed, 2 bath, 200m2 build, close to all amenities

550€ pcm

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albox cortijo 4 bed 2 bath, sorry no pets, roof top terrace, fully furnished fully walled and gated



Antas Town House, 3 bed, 1 bath, fully furnished and ready to move into

600€ pcm


Albox 3 bed 3 bath pool & garage fully walled & gated



Vera Golf Large Duplex, 3 bed, 2.5 bath, fully furnished, communal pool, must be seen



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• Property Sales • Resales • Holiday Lets • Commercial Properties • Off Plan Investments • Property Vigilance • Maintenence GF apartment 66,5m² 2 beds, 1 bath, store room covered terrace, parking com pool, AC/H

Super apartment 91m² 2beds 2baths, south facing Large terraces 33+17m² lift, garage, store room Communal pool, close to beach

Fantastic apartment 72m² 2 beds, 2 baths, furnished terrace 9m², AC/H, garage com. pool, next to golf course







Apartment facing Golf course 3 beds, 2 baths, AC/H, furnished 150m from the sea, terrace com. pool and gardens

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1°floor aparment 84m² 3 beds, 2 baths, furnished Com pool, AC/H, parking, ready for rentals

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Detr. house 103m² in small community 3 beds, 2 baths, terraces Roof terrace, stunning sea views Com. pool and parking



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Marina de la Torre

2 beds, 2 baths, open views In & outdoor pool, communal pool, brand new

South facing villa 214 m² plot 378m² 3 beds, 4 baths, excellent sea views, pool, garage, centr. heating

Reformed cortijo 200m² built plot 1200m², 15 min from Carboneras 3 beds, 1 bath main house, Guest apartment with 1 bed, 1 bath

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south facing townhouse 87,5m² 2 beds, 2 baths, 2 terraces AC/H, excellent location Com. pool, parking and storage

Top floor apartment 73m² with roof terrace, next to beach 2 beds, 2 baths all with AC/H, fully kitted for holiday lets com. pool, parking



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REF: MEVL7312 Mojacar: 950 478 935 Turre: 950 468 276 Avenida del Mediterraneo No 8 Mojacar


property of the week Ref 632 mOJACAR 199.000€

REF.655 Los gallardos 109.000€








Detached villa stone throw away from the beach, with 3 Beds, 2 Baths, private pool, lounge / dinner, complete kitchen, fantastic sea & mountain views, large Roof terrace, various terraces, Private locked garage, close to all amenities. REDUCED from 320.000€.




BARGAIN Semidetached villa with 3 double bedrooms, 2 baths, plus large sun terrace with Fantastic Mountain Views, living/dining room, private drive way, A/C hot & cold, beautiful communal pool & private garden well maintained, Bargain price. Bank Valuation of 185.000€.

BANK REPOSSESSIONS, apartment in immaculate condition, with 2 beds, 2 baths, with garden, 70m constructed, living/dining room, A/C hot & cold, beautiful swimming pool, private secure parking, close to amenities.

First line apartment with 3 beds, 1 bath, terrace with fabulous sea views, newly equipped kitchen, living/dining room, beautiful swimming pool, semi furnished, A/C hot and cold, easy access, walking distance to all amenities.





Wonderful cortijo in good condition with seperate guest house,set on a mature elevated plot with beautiful swimming pool and lovely country views. Main house with 3 beds, 2 baths, guest house - lounge,kitchen,2 beds,bath. 30 mins to the coast.

Fantastic house in good condition, full of rustic character and charm, situated in a great location with spectacular sea/coastline views from the lounge as well as the terraces.5 beds,3 baths. Very spacious and versatile accommodation.

Charming cortijo ready to move into but needing some reform, set on a superb 5,000m2 plot with huge swimming pool and amazing mountain views. 105m2 built - 2 beds, bath. Large attached garage - easily converted into further accommodation.















Detached villa in vera mar 6, with 3/4 bedrooms, 2 baths, plus large sun terrace with Fantastic Views, living/dining room, private drive way, A/C hot & cold, private garden well maintained.





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

Beautiful and spacious house full of light and charm in immaculate condition. Large lounge, 4 good size bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Patio and Huge front terrace with beautiful views, private locked garage, Excellent location in the village.

Beautiful and spacious house full of light and charm in immaculate condition. Large lounge, 4 good size bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Patio and Huge front terrace with beautiful views, private locked garage, Excellent location in the village.





Wonderful, fully renovated village house, set in a peaceful location with easy parking and lovely country views, only 20 minutes to the coast.3 bedrooms,2 bathrooms, large roof terrace and patio garden. Offers very spacious accommodation.



Beautiful villa in immaculate condition, set in a great location with wonderful country/mountain views.122m2 built, 1070m2 plot.3 beds,2 baths, swimming pool, garage. Air-conditioning, gas central heating. superb garden full of mature trees and plants.



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UNDER • VH584 €75,000 NEW LISTING • 2 bed, 2 bath Duplex • Front yard & back garden • Walk to shops & restaurants etc • 2 communal pools


• VH380 €89,950 • 3 bed, 2 bath Village House • Fully furnished • Small back garden • 8 mins drive to HO

• VH417 €70,000 BARGAIN • 3 bed, 1 bath Country House • Total modernisation needed • 9,000m2 of land • 4 mins drive to amenities

• VH225 €109,950 Reduced • 2 bed, 2 bath Villa • 672m2 garden • Walk to amenities • 10 mins drive to Huercal-Overa

SOLD • VH528 €249,950 • 5 bed, 4 bed Luxury Villa • Separate apartment • 8m x 4m swimming pool • 16,000m2 of land

• VH583 €113,000 NEW LISTING • 5 bed, 2 bath Country House • Semi detached but private • 10,900m2 of land • 3 mins drive to amenities

• VH335 €69,950 Reduced • 4 bed, 2 bath Village House • Detached • Garden & garage • Central heating

• VH544 Cortijo Montaña Vista €289,000

Impressive, 5/6 bedroom, 4 bath, 210m2 Country House renovated to a very high standard with 10m x 4m swimming pool and terrace totally covered in an American style enclosure and 113,920m2 of land with fantastic mountain and distant see views. Mains electric, water, satelite tv, phone & internet connected. A shop and bar is within 3 minutes drive and the towns of Huercal-Overa and Puerto Lumbreras are within 15 minutes drive and the coast is 35 minutes away.

€259,950 • VH398 €130,000 Reduced • 3 bed, 2 bath Country House • 43,000m2 of fenced flat land • Agricultural water & mains elec • Walk to amenities

SOLD • VH410 €79,950 • 4 bed, 2 bath Country House • Slight modernisation needed • 541m2 garden • Hamlet location

• VH576 €79,950 NEW LISTING • 2 bed, 2 bath Semi Detached Villa • Back to back style • 200m2 plot • 6m x 3m swimming pool

• VH567 €93,000 new listing • 3 bed, 2 bath Villa • 400m2 low maint garden • Sun roof & furnished • Walk to amenities

• VH536 €85,000 Reduced • 3 bed, 2 bath Semi Detached Villa • 120m2 plot • 2 communal pools • Walk to amenities



Cole’s of Andalucia welcome new listings to our property sales portfolio both coastal and inland. We cover a wide area including rural inland and are actively seeking new listings after an extremely busy period. If you have a fully legal property for sale you would like to list with us or would like a free no obligation valuation please contact us on the details below for more information. We offer a no sale no fee listing, absolutely no charges upfront and a fair low commission upon a successful sale. Please call and speak to Simon or Tim to see how we can help get your property sold.

REF ZUR3VS01 164,950€ 3 bed 2 bath detached villa in the Zurgena area. L shaped villa with pool and unspoilt open views to the rear & side, very private! Air-con, furniture, fly screen enclosure and much more. Open to offers!

REF: PAR3V09 119,950€ 3 bed 2 bath detached villa in Cerro Gordo. A bargain villa with private pool, garage, workshop, walled & gated 580m2 plot and covered terraces. Stood empty a while and needs slight cosmetic work. Offers invited.

REF: ARB3VLG01 199,950€ 3 bed 2 bath detached luxury villa in Arboleas close to village. Pool area, bar area, 2 storey home, large 159m2 build size, covered fly screen terrace, mature gardens. A must view home of the highest quality.

REF: RET3V04 149,950€ 3 bed 2 bath detached villa in the Partaloa area. Walking distance into village, huge lifestyle enclosure over pool area, high quality finish, 9x5m salt water pool, air-con, many many extras. A bargain now at this price!

REF: GAL2ALO01 82,500€ 2 bed 2 bath penthouse apartment in Los Gallardos. Huge solarium, terrace, great views, aircon, communal pool, parking, communal gardens, sun awnings & great views. Just reduced and great value!

REF: GAL3VW01 179,000€ 3/4 bed, 2 bath detached villa in Los Gallardos. 500m2 plot, 123m2 build, huge under build with Jacuzzi room, roof solarium with office / 4th bedroom, amazing mountain views and furniture negotiable.

REF: MED4V01 159,950€ Immaculate 4 bed 2 bath detached villa in Arroyo Medina. Has to be viewed with pool, covered porch, Jacuzzi, bar area, show home interior, private aspect, 140m2 build & plot size of 4200m2. A superb home and one to wow you.

REF: LUC3T03 79,950€ 3 bed 2 bath village home in Lucainena. A well styled home that can be taken as seen with everything included subject to offer. Furniture & fittings here are a very high quality. Solarium, terraces and a walk into the village.

REF: ANT4C01 €134,950 4 bed 2 bath fully reformed cortijo in Antas. Large double garage, terraces, internal courtyard, great views, near the town and full of traditional character. Includes air-con and log burner.

REF: CUE5TC01 59,000€ 4/5 bed traditional village house in Cuevas del Almanzora village centre. With cave rooms, huge roof top solarium, inner courtyard, front garden and lots of character. Now a bargain at this reduced price!

REF: ALM2VL01 94,950€ 2 bed 1 bath detached villa on the outskirts of Almanzora village. Elevated 1168m2 plot with great views and split level garden. Covered terrace and sunny day room. Short walk into the village.

REF: ARB3VBV01 159,000€ 3 bed 2 bath detached villa in Arboleas with private pool just a 4 minute walk into the centre of the village. Great views, off road parking, high boundary walls for privacy, air-con and the option of fully furnished.

For more information or viewings please contact us on the details below please contact us for more information:

Tel: 950 469 592 Mobile: 697 640 681

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Paradise Properties



Bedar, 04288 (next to Miramar Restaurant)

Tel: 607 705 085 or 687 938 466


Founded in 2006


Monday - Friday 10am - 3.30pm

Sales office now open in Bedar


Bedar’s all in the detail


Land in bedar

Avda. de Almeria 34, 04639 Turre (Almeria)

Serving Clients in Turre & the surrounding area with

Honesty & Integrity Long Term Rental Property

This beautifully presented cortijo boasts 4/5 bedrooms, private pool, land and fabulous views. There is in addition a large workshop ready for conversion into an apartment if needed. A rare find , less than 30 minutes from the coast, close to Bedar village.


Urgently Needed



An opportunity to be involved in building your home. 19,000m2 plot close to Bedar with fabulous coastal, village & mountain views. Plans passed for a 280m2 house with 3/4 beds, internal courtyard, study, kitchen, dining room, lounge , double height entrance hall & garage. A beautiful position. 139,950€


lubrin(rambla aljibe)

Clients Waiting

950 468 204 ● 634 364 266

This sizable 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom traditional Spanish property boasting some fantastic original features is located in a small hamlet under a 15 minute drive from the popular Spanish market town of Lubrin.


This magnificent plot with small house and log cabin as well as swimming pool lends itself to commercial possibilities as an outward bound centre or camping centre with 25 hectares of incredible land and stunning views.


Just Dream & We’ll Make Your Dreams Come True We need new properties for rent and sale!

office: +34 950 43 82 21 / 647 983 801 Spanish Antonio +34 661 90 41 19 opening Times 9:00h to14:00h &15:00h to 20:00h.

Los Carasoles - Zurgena (04661) ALMERIA -SPAIN

FOR sale Villa Caballos

Villa Caballos Lovely villa 140 m2 on a plot 700m2. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and big kitchen. Pool 8x4 m2. It has fireplace. Quiet area.

150.000 € Villa in los llanos del peral


villa in la alfoquia A lovely Villa fully furnished with pool, fully landscaped gardens, private drive, carport, gazebo, utility room, only 10 mins from the village of Zurgena, very nice quiet area.

500 € Month

villa in los carasoles

reposessions duplex in la alfoquia

Detached apartments in Paraje Cañada del Herrero (Zurgena) with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms with 83 m2 and plot.

72,000€ Chalet in cuevas de almanzora

Lovely villa on a plot

An attractive Villa

Lovely house with 3

1000m2. 3 bedrooms,

in Los Carasoles, 3

bedrooms and two

2 bathrooms and big

bedrooms and two

bathrooms. Fully

kitchen. Pool 8x4 m2.

bathrooms. Fully

furnished. Spacious

It has fireplace and

furnished. Spacious

garden with pool.

full furnished with

garden with pool and


close parking area.

147.000 €

550 € Month

400 € Month

Est 25yrs




A1177 Mojacar Playa €147,500

A1174 Mojacar Playa €145,000

A1172 Antas €53,000

DV1285 Mojacar Playa €495,000

Spacious apartment of 91 m2 with large terrace on a sought after complex & pretty views over the beautiful community pool & gardens. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Off street parking.. Walking distance of the beach.

Superb south facing apartment of 68 m2 + huge terrace of 39 m2 in walking distance of the beach with outstanding sea views. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Private garage. Community pool. Furnished.

Exceptional value ground floor apartment of 87 m2 + private roof terrace & underground parking with lift access. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, terrace. Furnished. In walking distance of all amenities.

A unique & spectacular detached villa of 230 m2 on 1,210 m2 in immaculate order in a perfect location. 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, ample terraces, pool, gardens & orchard. A/C & much more.

DV1282 Mojacar Playa €166,000 DV1280 Mojacar Playa €495,000 SDV1277 Huerta Nueva €124,990 DV1275 El Pinar de Bedar€299,000 Charming detached bungalow of 78 m2 on 465 m2 just a short walk from the beach. 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom. Private garage, terraces & gardens with room for a pool. Furnished.

Detached villa of 220 m2 on 1,039 m2 with outstanding sea views & huge south-east facing terrace. 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms. Planted gardens, wrap-around terraces & private pool. Carport.

LV663 Mojacar Playa €185,000 SDV1273 Mojacar Playa €225,0000 Charming townhouse on 208 m2 with pretty patio & gardens. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Sea views from the solarium. Splash pool. Furnished. Less than 2 mins. walk to the beach.

Immaculate semi-detached villa of 216 m2 with good sea views. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Covered & open terraces with BBQ. Fully tiled basement & garage with shower room. Furnished.

Immaculate semi-detached house of 81 m2 on 253 m2 on a superb urbanisation. 3 bedrooms, 2bathrooms, central heating, H+C A/C, huge roof terrace & much more. Lovely community gardens & pool.

Beautiful 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom, renovated country house of 310 m2 on 3,250 m2 with 2 rooms in the attic for conversion. In superb order throughout. Garage & large pool of 11 x 5 m. Excellent views.

LV669 Mojácar Playa €199,500 SDV661 Mojacar Playa €185,000 Excellent townhouse of 123 m2 with stunning sea views. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, large roof terrace, A/C & underground parking. Beautiful community gardens & pool. In walking distance of the beach.

Attractive upper bungalow of 98 m2 + 28 m2 of terraces plus roof terrace with sea views. 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom. in immaculate order throughout. Just a 2 min. walk to the beach. Tel: +34 950 478 915 Fax: +34 950 478 963

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The Story of the Christmas Cake In the GREAT HOUSES, into the cake was baked a dried Bean and a Pea. one in one half and the other in the other half. The cake was decorated with sugar, like our icing, but not so dense, and ornamentation. As the visitors arrived, they were given a piece of the cake, ladies from the left, gentlemen from the right side. Whoever got the bean became King of the Revels for the night, and eveyone had to do as he said. The lady was his Queen for the evening. In smaller homes, the cake was a simple fruitcake, with a bean in it, which was given to guests during the twelve days of Christmas. Whoever got the bean was supposed to be a kind of guardian angel for that family for the year, so it was an important task, and usually, it was arranged that a senior member of the family would get the bean! This was observed until recently in Poland in fact. In Britain the cake was baked as part of the refreshments


INGREDIENTS: Prep Time: 1 hour Cook Time: 4 hours, 30 minutes Total Time: 5 hours, 30 minutes

Ingredients: 1lb 2oz/525g currants 8oz/ 225g golden raisins/sultanas* 8oz / 225g raisins 4oz / 110g mixed candied peel, finely chopped 6oz / 165 glace cherries, halved 10oz/ 300g all purpose or plain flour Pinch salt ½ level tsp mixed spice ** ½ level tsp ground cinnamon ½ level tsp freshly ground nutmeg 2½ sticks / 300g butter, slightly softened 10 oz / 300g soft brown sugar Zest of ½ lemon 6 large eggs, lightly beaten 3 tbsp brandy, plus extra for feeding

offered to the priest and his entpourage who would visit on the feast of the Epiphany, January 6th, to bless each house in the parish. this custom died out after the Reformation in the late 16th century.. In Mallorca, the main island of the Spanish Balearics Islands, they have a similar custom which takes place at Easter. The festive cake in Britain was revived at the end of the 17th century, and became very much part of the Twelfth night partying again. It is recorded In royal households, that the cakes became extravagantly large, and the guests divided into two side could have a battle with models on the cake! One battle was a sea battle, and there were minature water canon on the cake which really worked!

TWELFTH NIGHT This is the Church festival of Ephiphany. The traditional day when Christians celebrate the arrival of the Magi or Three Kings at Bethlehem. It used to be the time when people exchanged their Christmas gifts. The feast was marked, as were all the old feasts, by some kind of religious observance. A visit to the church, a service or some kind, and then a folk observance which was tightly wrapped up as part of the Church activities. As we have seen, Twelve Day (the day following Twelfth Night) entailed the blessing of the home, and in some countries is still observed. But after the Reformation, these customs of the Church were banned by the Puritans, and fell into disuse. Without its religious overtones, Twelfth Night became

Preparation: Heat the oven to 300°F/150°C/ Gas 2 The temperature is low as the cake needs a long slow bake. It is packed with sugars, fruits and brandy and if the temperature is any higher the outside of the cake will burn and the inside be undercooked. Line a 9 inch cake tin with 2 thicknesses of parchment or greaseproof paper. Tie a double band of brown or newspaper paper around the outside. This acts as an insulator and to prevent the cake from burning on the outside read more about why here. In a large roomy baking bowl mix the currants, sultanas, raisins, peel and cherries with the flour, salt and

spices. In another large bowl cream the butter with the sugar until light and fluffy. Stir in the lemon zest. Add the beaten egg to the butter mixture a little bit at a time, beating well after each addition - do not try to rush this process as the mixture could curdle. If it does curdle simply add a tbsp of flour and mix again, this should bring the mixture back together. If it doesn’t come back together, don’t fret, the cake will still be delicious. Carefully fold in half the flour and fruit into the egg and butter mixture, once incorporated repeat with the remaining flour and fruit. Finally add the brandy. Spoon the cake mixture into the prepared cake tin making sure there are no air pockets. Once filled


Part 2

a time of mischief and over indulgence. By 1870, Britains Queen Victoria announced that she felt it was inappropriate to hold such an unchristian festival, and Twelfth Night was banned as a feastday.

THE ARRIVAL OF THE CHRISTMAS CAKE The confectioners who made the cakes were left with boxes full of figurines and models for Twelfth Cakes, and also had lost revenue by the banning of the feast. So they began to bake a fruitcake and decorate it with snowy scenes, or even flower gardens and Italian romantic ruins. These they sold not for the 5th January, but for December Christmas parties. And it was thus that we developed the Christmas cake.

BOILED PLUM CAKE FOR THE COLONIES People in Britain began to make the boiled fruitcake to send to their families who had gone to the new world colonies - in Australia, Canada, etc. and to send to those who worked on the missions. The boiled cakes lasted bestter than the baked ones, and in those days of the 19th century, they could take many weeks or months even to cross the world by ship. These cakes were usually sent as part of a Christmas Hamper of food and presents, and this way the tradition of Christmas cake, often eaten with a piece of cheese or apple pie, became known all over the world.

smooth the surface with the back of s spoon and make a slight dip in the center (this will rise back up again during cooking and create a smooth surface for icing the cake). Finally, using a piece of paper towel clean up any smears of cake batter on the greaseproof wrapping, if left on they will burn, and though it won’t affect the cake, it doesn’t smell too good. Stand the tin on a double layer of newspaper in the lower part of the oven, if you have a gas oven ensure the paper is well away from the any flame, and bake for 4½ hours. If the cake is browning too rapidly, cover the tin with a double layer of greaseproof or parchment paper after 2½ hours. During the cooking time avoid opening the oven door too often as this may cause the

cake to collapse. After 4½ hours check the cake is cooked. The cake should be nicely risen and a deep brown all over. Insert a skewer or fine knife into the centre of the cake. If there is sticky dough on the skewer when you pull it out it needs cooking longer, if it is clean, the cake’s done and remove from the oven. Leave the cake to cool in the tin on a wire rack for an hour, then remove from the tin and leave to cool completely. Once cooled prick the surface of the cake with a fine metal skewer and slowly pour over 2 - 3 tbsp brandy. This feeding should be repeated every two weeks up until Christmas. The cake should be stored wrapped in greaseproof or parchment paper in an airtight tin. Autoconsumo “Mini kits” these plug and play new systems will be available form next week. Incredibly easy to install and you can just keep adding as and when required. Using the highest quality panels from Eurener (Spanish manufactured in Alicante)

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Less than 30 mins preparation time 30 mins to 1 hour cooking time Serves 6


For the pork 2 tsp vegetable oil 600g/1lb 5½oz pork shoulder, cut into serving pieces 150g/5½oz chorizo, cut into serving pieces 1 medium onion, sliced 1 bird’s-eye chilli, seeds removed, flesh chopped 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 75ml/2¾fl oz white wine 400g/14oz tinned tomatoes, chopped 200g/7oz canned butter beans, rinsed and drained 2-3 tbsp chopped fresh parsley 1 tbsp clear honey

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

3 courses €10.50 regular TRIBUTE SHOWS see website for details

tel: 950 473 099 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 Computer Workshop.Every Saturday; 10.30am - 1pm. This week covering computer terms, understanding your computer and every day use.12.00 until 1pm. Apple inc Ipads and Iphones etc. Don’t forget to bring your laptop (Or whatever) and charger with adaptor if required. Line Dancing Classes. Beginners/ Improvers With ‘John The Dance’. Held inside the restaurant Every Monday 10.15am until 12.15pm. Just €3.00 a session. Contact John 666200579 - Or just turn up on the day Spanish lessons for beginners and Intermediates. Every Monday and Tuesday (Except for the 2nd Tuesday of each month) From 6th and 7th November Tai Chi lessons twice weekly. (Tai Chi /Chi Kung).Wednesdays (Intermediates) and Thursdays (Beginners) 10.30am until 12 noon. Gentle exercise for all ages and abilities. Make your body smile inside and out. Cost is €5.00 per session. Contact Rosie 666602237 Or just turn up on the day. Friday 8th November. Paws Charity Live Music Quiz with quiz master Tony Matthews.and the wonderful singer Kay Frances. Clapping hard might get her to stay and sing us a few more songs after the quiz. Telephone now to book or to find out more about any of our many events: 950 473 099. LA CENA, in Albox is a fine dining experience without the expense. A beautifully decorated restaurant, run by husband and wife team Simon and Carol. At the moment they are serving a superb Menu Del Noche for only 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! 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 Sunday Menu del Dia Menu del Noche Lunch Special Menu Ava & Raciones New Tapas ble daily a Menu avail

3 Courses


Including Roast of the Week

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

To avoid disappointment please call and reserve your table

Tel: 950 450 199 • 628 761 391




We would like to wish our friends Colin and Linda Bailes Happy Golden Anniversary from all their family and friends.

Happy Birthday

Samaritans UK is just celebrating its 60th Birthday, and what a celebration it will be. It began with a reception at Clarence House on Wednesday 1st may 2013 where His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, Patron of Samaritans, hosted a reception to launch the celebrations marking 60 years since the charity received its first call in November 1953. Stephen Fry and Joanna Lumley where also present. It seems incredible that a service employing 21,000 volunteers in 210 locations could have grown from so small a beginning. Just 60 years ago on 2nd November 1953 Dr Chad Vara picked up that first phone call. He was, in his own words, “a man willing to listen, with a base and an emergency telephone”, that number was MANsion 9000. Since that time the Samaritans have grown and changed with the times. Chad continued to lead many aspects of the service, including the selection and training of volunteer’s right up till 1974. His continued involvement with Samaritans through the years has included working on the development of a network of international support services which mirror the Samaritans’ work in the UK. And it is through this support that Samaritans in Spain has grown. Sadly Chad died in a hospital in Basingstoke, on 8 November 2007 just four days before his 96th birthday Samaritans in Spain began as an idea by Steven Ashley. The project began in September 2005 and, after many meetings and much correspondence

between the originators and Samaritans UK culminated in the launch of the Costa Blanca Samaritans service in Spain in July 2008. The first branch opened in Benissa, for three evenings a week. This was followed by the opening of the second branch in Villamartin in January 2009. In March 2009 the service increased their opening hours to five evenings a week and this was further increased in January 2010 to seven evenings a week. In mid 2012 the service became centralised in Villa Martin, and in February 2013 the Samaritans moved to a joint centre of call centre, dropin centre and charity shop at Punta Marina. From January 2013, the service increased to a full 24 hours a day service, 365 days a year. The service now also offers email support, mail support, prison visiting, two monthly drop-in centres one at the office for the Urbanisations in San Fulgencio in San Fulgencio on the third Thursday of each month from 10.00am to 1.00pm, and starting in November 2013 one at the library in Benijófar on the second Tuesday of each month from 10:30am to 1:00pm. And of course there is the drop-in centre at the Samaritans Dropin centre, charity centre and call centre at Punta Marina, Punta Prima, near Torrevieja. This is open for drop-ins between 10:00am and 2:00pm Monday to Saturday. The name was changed to Samaritans in Spain recently to reflect the fact that the service is available to callers throughout

Rose Singers Present an Autumn Carousel of Remembrance

The Fundraiser Charity & Community Shops

The people’s charity, The Peoples Choice

“If you missed the Rose Singers Concert on Saturday they are performing again at Los Gallardos Camping on Friday 8th Nov. at 7.30 pm. A raffle will be held in aid of our local branch of The Royal British Legion.” Spain. If you would like to help there are many ways to do this. You can volunteer to be trained and become a listener by filling out an application form at the drop-in centre, by filling out the application form on the website, or by sending an email to joinus@ .You can also contribute items to the charity shop at Punta Marina. If you are a business and would like to support us in some way, please contact info@costablancasamaritans. com , which is also the address for further information. Further information can also be found at the website samaritansinspain. com and by searching on Facebook for Samaritans in Spain. If you need help or support the 24hr helpline is available on 902 88 35 35, and email support is available through pat@costablancasamaritans. com, or by dropping in to one of the drop-in centres. .You can also contribute items to the charity shop at Punta Marina. If you are a business and would like to support us in some way, please contact info@costablancasamaritans. com , which is also the address for further information. Further information can also be found at the website samaritansinspain. com and by searching on Facebook for Samaritans in Spain. If you need help or support the 24hr helpline is available on 902 88 35 35, and email support is available through pat@costablancasamaritans. com, or by dropping in to one of the drop-in centres.

Sophia S.L

Sophia’s IS OPEN!! The grand opening was a resounding success with over 500 people attending on a very wild and windy night. Both Spanish and English enjoyed cava and Cupcakes and took the opportunity to speak to all the therapists who were there.

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

id’s Dav


Visit us Or call us direct on 966 785 910 Christmas bookings now available



The fully equipped Gymnasium was a popular attraction and many people made full use of the qualified instructors to ask advice and book an induction. This is a fantastic new opportunity for people living in the area to sample the unique Sophia experience meet new people, get fit and take advantage of the beautiful spa area which includes a Sauna, Steam Room and Hot Tub. A fantastic Zumba display was organised by Julie Bruce and her energetic team and Ovie was on hand to demonstrate his amazing skills of Mixed Martial Arts This really is a place to see and be seen, if you don’t believe us, go and see for your self. There really is something for everyone. Sophias is next to the municipal pool in Arboleas and is open from 8am - 10pm

Voices of


christmas spectacular museo pedro gilabert, Arboleas

The Royal British Legion Zurgena and District Service of Remembrance Monday November 11th at The Renfe Building Alfoquia 10am for 10.30am Service Conducted by the Rev. Pauline

All Welcome Buffet after the service tickets 2 Euros

Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd November 8pm Matinee Sunday 24th November 3pm

Tickets 8€

Available from: Albox ~ Almanzora Group of Friends Total Entertainment, Girasol and One Stop Pools (Longos) Arboleas ~ Sophias and Essential La Alfoquia ~ Cat Services Huecal Overa ~ Spa


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FOR SALE advertise all your unwanted items for sale in this section

any single item up to 300€ free of charge


Two Large Seated Sofas was £3000 new only 8 month old, brown and beige suede and material 500€ Aguadulce Tel:672 578 496 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 inc bedding.Good condition. 100€ ono. Tel: 693 400 898 Double Bed 135 x 200 incl Eco Flex Mattress and Carman Pine Headboard. As new 180€ Tel: 634 316 383 1015 BERNINA Sewing machine in good condition. Tel: 634353968 ROLLER BLADES Italian make, size 37 with knee, wrist, and elbow pads, VGC €40. Telescope “ B r e ss e r ” 3 5x175 c omplete with tripod, cd and instructions € 40. Transformer 240v down to 110v 2x32amp outlets €40. Lorca area, Tel: 699 275 530 32 ACROW PROPS Spanish type €10ono. Tel: 699 275 530 Cement mixers (2) € 70.each. Other items of building equipment.Tel: 699 275 530 B r o t h e r J6910DW printer/ fax /copier, prints A3/ A4/A5/A6,executive, legal,letter, wireless standard 802.1lb. Including all software and handbooks, quick step guide, basic user guide, safety and legal booklet, installation C D - R O M , Documentation CDROM, telephone line cord, power cord , everything complete ,condition as new, cost over 300€, Will accept 200€ ono. Tel: 950 178 59 or Mob: 653 507 827, GAMES PS3 Ideal Christmas presents.......MAG 10€ / Need for Speed Undercover

15€/ Sniper Ghost Warrior 10€/ Operation Flashpoint Redriver 10€/Metal Gear Solid 4 15€/ Tom Clancy’s Hawx 15€/ Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas 10€/ Medal of Honor Limited Edition €15/ Call Of Duty MW3 €15/ Call of Duty World at War 10€ Tel: 634 345 Samsung Galaxy Y smart phone. C/ W 4GB micro sd card. Unlocked to any network. Brand new, boxed and sealed. Only 90€. Call 693 818 244, or email kjonesandr@” Gents Dress watch, Pulsar by Seiko. Gold colour, Fully adjustable flexible metal strap. Lovely condition Great birthday or Christmas present. Only 25€. Call 693 818 244 or email kjonesandr@aol. com” Householditems for sale. Table Lamp large 15€, Head Board metal 20€, Single Mattress as new cost 160 – 50€, Pioneer Car CD player pop off front 30€, Three Tier Glass Coffee Table 20€, Large Canvas Pictures 20€ each, Vases with large flower display 10€ each, Large Fan 20€, Brown 80cm bathroom unit with sink and tap 40€, Mobile Air Con unit as new 80€, Epson Printer/Sc anner with 4 inks 30€, Computer Desk.15€ Aguadulce Tel:672

578 496 car boot Suitable for sales - 175 items – 210€ O.N.O. Tel: 950 432 847 for full details - mornings only.9am-noon. Second hand bath/sink/toilet good condition plus large amount of small shower base tiles blue and white 55€ Ono Tel:950 432 847 for full details mornings only 9am-noon. Interior Pine 2 panel door incl. complete frame/ architrave. 60€ o.n.o , Shower base (Ceramic), mixer/ shower complete with sliding shower screen 65€ o.n.o, White aluminium window frame complete incl. shutter, mosquito blind. size : 1.20m x 1.35m 80€ o.n.o, Reja and marble sill for above window 45€ o.n.o. Tel: 950 439 234 or 634 368 461 (Arboleas) Left handed golf clubs Mizuno T Zoids many extras 80€ o.n.o. Tel: 667 315 268 O r t h o pa e d i c Electric Single Bed – with foam memory mattress – as new. Cost 1000€. Will accept 300€ Tel: 662 585 098 Medical Lumbar Support, full back and shoulders – never used 35€. Tel: 662 585 098 Various Items – Bed Pan, Lifting Strap, Hydrant Drinking Vessel, unused 30€ Tel: 662 585 098


DJ WANTED Call Brian 634 305 132

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For all your

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Airport services Tel: 639 081 067


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


alternative energy Solar Wind Power Solutions. Over 15 years installation experience. established 12 years in Spain. Call Phil for competitive prices 636 261 240 email:info@ sunergyalmeria. com www.sunergy

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@

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

in Albox Private parties Birthday etc, all events catered for

call Bar for more


950 120 718

baby equipment hire


Everything for the visiting baby Car seats, Records, old postcards, watches, high chairs, stair gates, cots etc jewellery, Can collect, Call 950325235 or Tel: 950 436 581 or 666 375 688 636134272


MD Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration S.L.


City & Guilds Fully Qualified F-Gas Certified

25 years sole experience in Air Conditioning & Refrigeration

not a jack of all trades

Tel: 950 121 936 or 902 750 190 Ext 332

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Fast, efficient, competitive service. Tel: 634 328 574

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

chimney sweep

Pool Cleaning & Water Tanks

For all your carpentry requirements

SAMMY SWEEP Chimney Sweep Service available covering all areas call paul on 619 070 839 The Chimney sweep, for a friendly professional service Call Paul on : 617 150 300 or 850 993 057.

computers Steve Hayes Informatica

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



el Cucador

idaRestaurant&Venue mondays 3-5pm

all levels welcome For all your installation or service MD Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration S.L offers single or couples requirements including our latest telephone enjoyable afternoon to meet 950 432 110 / 607 364 917 new friends 607 364 917 or 950 432 110 for more info call email: 950 449 617



25 years experience Full City & Guilds

Fully insured & legal

Boletins supplied

Tel : 687 245 569 equipment hire

Tel: 950 120 900


Installations and supplies of: Plasterboard • ceilings screens • wallpaper Tel: 675 986 622



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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

Tea room ballroom dancing

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Contact: 675 838 808

LICENSED POZO/septic tank emptying • Installation of new septic tanks with certificates

• Repairs to existing pozos • CCTV Camera Inspection Call Andy on 950 091 109 or 648 768 587


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

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

landscape gardening • Block work • Balustrades • Paving Driveways & Paths

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

SOLTIMES novemBER 2013 hairdresser r-retreat is open on wednesdays in el cucador from 10am for hair appointments with teri fully qualified & UK trained in all aspects of Hair Design Call her on 619 467 295 to make an appointment

health & beauty a v o n cosmetics Tel Claire 691 987 454 avonfromclaire@


C a r l o s (Saliente) plumbing & heating services. If it involves water, we can help! www. hobby/craft ELAINE’S WOOLS Tel: 968 969 962 Quality UK Wool & Accessories. Come & view my DISPLAY. Also Available at CAT Services & Total Entertainment Call: 667 273 889 elaineswools@



insurance est 7 years Award winning agent For all your Insurance Needs Please contact

Glenn & jayne 950 121 943

iron/metal works

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The Metal Grills, works OPTICIANS railings, gates of Optica Albox All your optical needs, all types, security/ eye tests, hearing tests, contact lenses sliding/roller, rejas, Tel: 950 121 991 concertina doors PAINTER / DECORATOR etc. Tel: Keith Wood on 638 900 949 T & T Metals For all quality metal works, including gates, railings, rejas, staircases, gazebos & chain-link fencing Tel: 950 431 738


If you wish us to print an article about a particular topic in our regular space on pg 14, please email 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,

Phil Delivers


gravel & all building materials

Albox & Surrounding areas

tel: 634 328 779

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No need for kennels or cattery Pet sitting in your own home, Arboleas & local area.

Call Vanessa 637 061 482

mens barbers

Steve the Barber (30 years experience) R-retreat El Cucador right hand side of La Vida fridays from 3pm Hair trim, wet shaves available, just Walk In or Call 634 379 175 to make An Appointment

painter & decorator

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

Excellent Rates - Superb Work

Tel: 649 186 107 or


Painting & Decoration • Machinery Labor Protection • Swimming Pools Technical Service

Tel: 664 832 425

dog & grooming parlor Bath • Hygiene • grooming 616 857 429 Camino San Roque, Albox


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British plasterer, All work guaranteed, Tel Paul 634 327 201

PROPERTY section

2 Bedroom Casita.Furnished or Unfurnished. Fully Fitted Kitchen, Log Burner, Internet Connection, tv & sat box, electric by card meter, Large Fly Free Patio within a large Fenced area. Available till end April 2014

300€ pcm inc. water

Tel: 666 281 323 Specialising in rural property with character

Whether you are buying or selling we will be delighted to hear from you LAST FEW GERMAN SHEPHERD PUPPIES, Price now reduced to 100€ ,Puppies have been inoculated, de-fleaed, wormed and are house trained. Excellent Personalities, parents can be seen with puppies. Evening viewing, please phone Call Stephen 636 266 641 Vanessa 637 061 482 email Palomino Kennels, Exclusive Find us online at Boarding Kennels / Cattery, All Diet requirements catered for, vet on 24/7 standby, Tel: 662 668 423 or 950 067 051 6 quality KOI CARP 12”-16” long. Also available complete filtration system. Any reasonable offer accepted. Tel: 634 353 968

arboleas Small friendly kennels, 24hr vets service, pet transporting arranged, welcome to view ministry approved Tracy Mobile 650 211 952

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

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

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PROPERTY section



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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.

€140,000 649 186 107



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woodhouse boarding kennels & cattery




Price: 400€ per week Tfno 608 036 161 Noelia/Liam

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)

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

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


safe & secure transport to & from uk

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

heavy loads welcome

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

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

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

satellite/ television

situations vacant

Cook required for bar/ restaurant in los gallardos please call ali on

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

950 398 799

Call for more info.

situations wanted

Tel Dave: 628 607 778

young english couple would like to continue living in Spain & require work

swimming pools

All jobs considered

Pro Care

labouring, baby sitting, office, driving etc please contact Daniel or Rachael on 634 368 071

Pools Tel: 642 370 681 email: procare


I am a 58 year old male who requires work full or part-time. Anything considered. Willing to train. Tel: 633 507 165

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full service contact:

Alan 662 249 159

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

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mobile mechanics

covering all areas, fully qualified & legal, over 30 years experience,

for sale Honda fantic koala 50cc

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Mobile motor mechanic

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For some time now I have been treading the streets with a haughty demeanour. I pace with studied carefulness, my head high, eyes front, and look down my nose at the huddled masses. This is not because of any delusions of grandeur on my part; it is because I’ve got a stiff neck and an iffy back. The combination of both conditions at once means that I have to move with a deportment that makes me look as if I thought I were the better bred younger sister of the Duquesa de Alba. The incomparable Praxedes mended me once, and for a brief spell I skipped like an extremely mature lamb in the Springtime, but in short order the pain returned; my purse does not allow for multiple mendings, so I settled for Being Careful. I needed to find what was causing of all my anguish, and the culprit seemed likely to be the laptop. It sits on its specially purchased, specifically designed desk, a glory of sweeping curves in tasteful MDF Mountain Ash and Crimson. However, due to the sweepiness of the curves, the laptop has to sit well back on the desk. This means that due to the ‘natural ageing of my near vision’ I have to crane forward in my chair to

By Jos Biggs

read anything smaller than headline sized print, resulting in a crick in my neck and a pain in my back. So the distance between laptop and eyes needed to be reduced. I thought long and hard, and the only sensible option seemed to be: Get a different desk. However, I wasn’t anxious to scour the country, possibly as far as Murcia, for another desk and chair, so Pete and I held a top-level conference with a tape measure, during which it was decided that the printer – sitting high and proud on the sweeping curve - was in the way. But the tape measure proved the printer innocent; the root of all evil was in fact the curve. If the curve were not there, the printer could shove along a bit, and the laptop could come forward sufficiently for me to be able to see what I was looking at. I went out, leaving Pete looking thoughtful. I returned to find Andy’s jigsaw on the kitchen table, Pete reading a book, the printer nestling happily on the end of a truncated curve, and the laptop in pride of place, within easy range of my ‘naturally aging near vision’. During my absence he had performed curve reduction surgery on the desk. Ah bliss! I am now sitting comfortably; and I can also see!

Count Your Blessings and Drink the Rum

The thing about bemoaning missed opportunities is that had we taken them at the time, the good things that we have experienced in life since - the places we have travelled to and the people we have befriended - might also have disappeared. Following on from the same theme that I explored some weeks ago, I had reason to reflect on this again recently, when my wife reminded me that back in the 90’s, when buy-to-rent was all the thing and mortgages were easy to acquire, we made the decision not to dip our toes in the waters of multiple property ownership. It has always given us cause for regret in view of subsequent events and I have to hold up my hands here and admit that it was me - not wanting to spoil our mortgage free status - who had harboured misgivings. And not for the first time, we wondered just what our situation would be now had we become professional landlords. They say that one small alteration in the evolution of

By Colin Bird :

species, should we have the means to travel back in time, or the minutest adjustment of a particular historical event, could have a devastating effect on the present day. Our Royal Family could now be of the House of Jagger, or man may not have become the dominant species, with humans being ruled by the dinosaurs.

Come to think of it . . .

Anyway with that in mind, I don’t doubt that our circumstances would be greatly transformed had we taken a different decision back then. Whether for the better or worse though, is anybody’s guess. Sometimes, with the power of hindsight, we can see just what would have occurred with a fair degree of accuracy. For instance, we were desperate to sell our Suffolk cottage back in 2003, in order to enjoy the tapas lifestyle earlier rather than later. I had been offered an interview with probably the foremost property agency in Spain, so all we had to do was find a buyer. But after three rock solid certainties from interested parties had fallen through, we took the house off the market and decided to wait for things to improve. Had we sold, our plan would have been to follow all of the good advice and invest in rental property in Spain to boost our pensions. Well, we all know now just how good that ‘good advice’ was, and I thank the Lord every day that we were unable to sell the Suffolk property until much later. Moreover, the property company that was my potential employer – like many others – no longer operates in Spain. On the other side of the coin; way back in the mists of time, when I was a young Jack-the-lad in Bermuda, the opportunity arose to purchase a parcel of land in the relatively

unknown Caribbean Islands of the Turks and Caicos. Ten acres in all - it was poor scrub land, but with ocean frontage and on the market for twelve thousand dollars. The ‘good advice’ then, was to invest in the islands in anticipation of a property boom in the near future, and Bermudians, having had an association with the Turks and Caicos for many years, supposedly had insider knowledge. It was however, purely speculative and involved a good degree of risk. The cash was no problem, with the banks falling over themselves to lend money, and my Bermudian friend and I thought long and hard about taking the plunge. But being worldly ignorant and concerned only with which party to attend on Saturday night, coupled with the reasoning that: if it’s such a good investment, then why is the land so cheap – we decided against it and ordered another round of Cockspur and ginger.

Huge mistake.

I mean, hyper massive. Not the rum – our judgement! Several years later, the generous British government decided to pay for the Islands own international airport with a runway long enough to take jet liners. Result: mass tourism and an open door for all sorts of property and business opportunities. I calculated at one point – based on what I had read about the acquisition of a parcel of land in the islands by a hotel chain - that our ten acres would probably have fetched

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Rodriquez considered his grooming of Pedro el Estevado complete with Pedro’s terrible body odour central to the plot. After convincing Pedro of his powers of persuasion, it was in fact Pedro’s B.O. that made people agree and hurry away, Rodriquez sent him among the good folk of the Pueblo, petition in hand. The petition had six paragraphs. The first five putting forward the argument for the repair of the church clock. The sixth simply stated that the Alquerian Constitution should be torn up and Rodriquez made perpetual dictator of the village republic. The mechanism for this ploy was simplicity itself. The worthy people of Alqueria would only be able to stand at most four paragraphs of Pedro’s body odour and would sign simply to avoid the onset of nausea. The fifth paragraph was a buffer for the more resilient but the sixth would be a paragraph too far and never be read. The signatures were however valid for the whole petition. It worked like an evil smelling charm and all signed, Loco Paco scrawled the name Gary Cooper, having recently watched ‘For Whom The Bell Tolls’ and was away with the fairies again. It isn’t that Rodriquez wanted strong action to revive Alqueria’s fortunes after the débâcle of the Remitbrick and Remitbright projects. He wanted total control of the Republic of Alqueria. He wanted to line his own pockets, to be totally corrupt he needed total power. He believes himself to be clever, astute and very very wise, he is in fact a total idiot. This is also a common failing

among politicians as well as small town plutocrats. Pedro, full of self importance presented the petition to a jubilant Rodriquez. Every adult in the Village signed. All, according to the petition wanted Rodriquez as supremo and coincidentally the church clock to work. All that was needed now was present the document to the Alquerian Government. The Establishment must yield to the apparent suffrage of the people. Those present in the Town Hall when Rodriquez presented his petition reacted by hurling anything handy at the would-be dictator. Manuela, the champion of democracy and local femme fatale pointed out that crucial to Rodriquez’s demand was the tearing up of the Constitution. This document was written on the back of a cigarette packet during the celebrations following the Declaration of Independence. During the Remitroot fuelled binge that followed Loco Paco had used the precious document as a taper to light the Paschal Candle, his befuddled mind believing the celebrations were for the Semana Santa. Rodriquez foiled again, this time by Loco Paco stormed out of the Hall muttering dark threats and promising vengeance.

upwards of eight million dollars. In fact there was a major spread in one of the English national dailies at the time, about some of the T&C islanders who hitherto had scratched a living from the land or sea, being catapulted into millionaire status overnight. Yes, what if? But really, what does it matter. We wake up every day to the sun streaming through the windows. The sparkling Mediterranean is close by; we live comfortably and have our health.

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Don’t you love going on holiday? I do, I think it’s great, apart from two things; packing and travelling. The sooner they invent self-packing cases the better! As for travelling, well I’m very much in favour of the Star Trek approach to travel-just step into a booth and get yourself beamed to your destination, piece by piece, arriving almost instantly-unless of course they’d run out of dilithium crystals again. Okay, yes I know that there are some drawbacks to the whole beaming up thing-some spoilsports will say it’s dangerous and that after your bits reassemble themselves you could end up with a fragment of another person. Well I’d take a chance; you never know, if I’m lucky, I could get David Beckham’s bank account! One of the Graham is married fascinating things to Helen and has a about travel is daughter, Alice. He coming across other lives part of the year cultures and trying near Albox, but works to fathom out what in Qatar, teaching. If on earth is going on. you wish to contact Fortunately we’ve got Graham regarding books like the Rough this article email: Guides or the Lonely helenandg@yahoo. Planet series, as well

as the Travel Channel to help us. Some countries don’t seem to have them though. China for instance seems to rely on advice from their Government to help them with their trips overseas, and this is another one of those cases where reality really is stranger than anything you could write. The National Tourist Administration-great name-has published a 64 page guide to help Chinese nationals when they are travelling. Yes, 64 pages! Most people would be home before they finish it. I won’t go through the whole guide, but there were one or two eyebrow raisers in there. Amongst the things that Chinese tourists are advised not do is that they shouldn’t, no matter how tempting it may be, take their life jacket from the plane away with them, as someone else may need it. Yes, you read that properly. There’s a money maker there; can’t you just see a chain of fashionable lifejacket shops for the discerning buyer? Me neither, but Ryanair might. The other somewhat surprising piece of advice was that when using public toilets in a foreign country, Chinese men and women shouldn’t leave footprints on the toilet seat! Let’s just hit pause there. Footprints! I know we’re all different but the mind boggles-what are people doing that leaves footprints on the toilet seat? On reflection, I don’t think I’ll delve too deeply into that mystery; some things are better left unknown, don’t you think?

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As newlyweds last autumn we tried to explore Jerez de la Frontera; non-stop rain however meant that we only managed the Tio Pepe Bodega and a couple of tapas bars before soggily driving away. So a return visit was on the cards and a couple of weekends ago we drove back under a glorious blue sky. Jerez de la Frontera is known to us Brits for three things; Sherry, its Grand Prix circuit and ‘spit’ Ryanair flights into the airport. I originally worked in the hospitality industry so for purely professional interest it was the alcohol side of things that interested me. We visited the oldest bodega in Jerez, Pedro Domecq founded in the 1700s. It’s a much more laid back and personal tour than Tio Pepe with no sense of urgency, wonderful aromas from evaporating spirits in the huge wine cellars bring a heady delight to the senses. 70,000 American oak barrels

are stored 3 high in the solera system throughout the beautiful sprawling property and there are artefacts everywhere giving visitors an insight into how the various type of sherries and brandies have been produced over the centuries. At one point our guide told us how a special type of black paint is used on the barrels to ensure the humidity inside is kept constant. Then turning a corner, we spied Mr Barrel Painting man knelt on the floor in the gloom with a torch strapped to his head doing his job. Rather like the painting of the Forth Road Bridge I thought as it’s a never ending job. For strictly educational purposes we had tickets for the ‘deluxe’ tasting tour and we sat at a table tasting brandies and 30 year old Sherries only just as the yard arm came round. A clever marketing ploy meant that shop visits are done afterwards and again there was no rush or hard sell. Now for my Christmas tipple I have a 30 year old Pedro Ximenez sherry to look forward to. Mrs Amore was content with her drinks mats, branded glasses, souvenir posters, mouse mat and even a cuddly toy. As in The Generation Game - didn’t we (or they) do well! Afterwards as we sat at a nearby hostelry, nursing cool glasses of

fino our erstwhile tour buddies walked past giving us a funny look. Jerez has a wonderful old quarter which is easy to navigate, its mostly pedestrianised and fairly level too. Having previously visited The Alhambra in Granada, and other Alcaza’s (palaces) in Almeria, Malaga and Seville I have to admit Jerez takes my biscuit castle wise. Simple gardens surround a beautiful mix of twelfth Century Moorish and later Christian architecture including the only surviving Mosque in Jerez, steam baths, and the olive mill with its huge workings. I’ve loved the 1946 film A Matter of Life and Death since childhood; seeing it dozens of times. In it Doctor Reeves has a Camera Obscura in his attic; now one is installed in a tower at the Alcaza. For a couple of Euros it can be seen in action, though it’s a small room with places limited to 8 at a time. A rotating mirror on the roof projects what it sees down onto a concave screen some 2 metres across. The detail is astounding and with blue skies on the day we visited, it was a fabulous and beautiful 360 degree tour of the city. Fittingly it was a Moslem scholar called Alhazen who first put theory into practice building the first one a thousand years ago in Cairo. Viva Jerez!

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I seem to getting into the habit of selecting a subject that has an argumentative aspect to it. Today, I might actually have a reason for it! Let’s take a step back. This week, I’ve have several people come to me with a problem that initially looked like another malware attack. Here’s the surprise! The frightening message that was being flashed onto their screen was simply a note that the computer wanted cleaning up (what it actually said was “You have xxxx’s of errors, viruses or malware!” There was a tiny “fixit” button to the side.) We all, by now, have a routine of System Clean; Virus and Malware Scan; De-fragmentation and Data backup once a month (at least those who read, understand and follow the advice in these articles). This is the number one choice to prevent you from needing to come to me to correct the problems arising from neglect. We have, over a lot of articles, discussed which is the best Anti-Virus, Anti-Malware, System Cleaner and De-Fragmentation program for you, trying, at the same time, to offer an unbiased opinion as to the merits of each. So you have the, usually free, tools to work with. This incident started a seed question which was “Why would anyone want to pay good money for software that can be found for free or at a vastly reduced cost AFTER they have tried it and found it to be what they actually want / need?”. The first realisation relates to what can be called “Hype over Substance”. A simple example of this is when a politician uses clever

wording to make his affair with the secretary seem like a benefit to national security – WHAT TOSH! The “Rule of Thumb” (read up on the Roman empire) that I use is “How slick is the advertising without actually telling you anything useful”. I have seen TV ads and websites that do everything except make you coffee but don’t tell what you are getting for your money. Polished, shiny advertising that triggers the greed mechanism in your brain, “I gotta have that”, without giving the skinny on what it actually is useful for. The second realisation was actually simple and we see it every day. It is the “keeping up with the Jones’s” mentality. They have the latest version of a program on the newest computer, so why shouldn’t we have the same. Because, we don’t need it! If what you have works, and works well, why in the name of the four winds, change? My laptop (that runs Linux, Windows XP and XBMC) is 10 years old and won’t give in. So why change it?

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How rapidly time passes as we grow older! Why Easter seems like only yesterday, and yet October is now passing and Poppy Day already upon us! I often wonder what our Spanish Hosts make of our apparent infatuation with this small red flower, and from such conversations as I’ve had, many seem to be of the mistaken opinion that we’re merely revelling in the past; celebrating the achievements of a once powerful British Empire. But this of course is far from the truth. For whilst there may indeed be an element of celebration that we have been spared to live our lives in freedom, the primary consideration of Remembrance-tide is that of gratitude to the many thousands who over the years have given themselves to ensure we have that freedom. The efforts, the pain, the suffering and sacrifice of so many, not just in two World Wars, but even now as they seek to protect us from much of the potential horror of modern terrorism, surely deserves our gratitude, our donations and a little at least, of our time as we remember them on Remembrance Sunday and at the Armistice Services held on November 11th. And as on Armistice Day we listen again to that reading from the 15th chapter of John’s Gospel: “Greater love has no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends”, I’m sure that many will rightly reflect, not just on those of the armed forces who gave their lives on our behalf, but also of all those we love who are no longer with us, remembering their lives too with gratitude. And for those of us who are Christians, we will necessarily be reminded of the love of Jesus himself, the original author of these words, spoken as he prepared to give his life to win our eternal freedom from the consequences of all the wrong things we so often do. So let’s now wear our poppies with pride and gratefully remember all to whom we owe so much. Details of a number of English Language Churches are given in Sol Noticeboard for any wishing to Worship, whilst additionally, further information about the Anglican Church in this area may be seen on the web site

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