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mother of Mikaeel Kular charged Mikaeel’s mother is charged with MURDER: Rosdeep Kular faces court in Edinburgh following tragic death of her three-year-old son. The mother of Mikaeel Kular was today charged with murdering her three-year-old son, who went missing last week.

for a laugh more than anything. If I meet someone then all good and well but I won’t be losing any sleep over it.’ Miss Kular continued: ‘I do have to say I like none of this new age, airy fairy men and wearing more make-up than me c**p.’ She listed her main interests as ‘being a mum’ and ‘family’, adding that she likes ‘vodka’ and ‘staying up late’.

Rosdeep Kular, 33, attended a hearing lasting a few minutes held behind closed doors at Edinburgh Sheriff Court this afternoon, after which it was announced that she faced a murder charge. She has also been charged with ‘attempting to defeat the ends of justice’ in connection with the death of Mikaeel.

Miss Kular’s estranged husband Omotoso Adekoya, a Nigerian taxi driver, is the father of her three oldest children, while the father of Mikaeel and Ashika is a Pakistani man who has had no contact with them. Mikaeel was reported missing by his mother at 7.15am on Thursday. She claimed she put him to bed the night before and was shocked to discover he had disappeared overnight with his coat, shoes and gloves. Hundreds of police officers and neighbours searched desperately for the child for two days before his body was found in woods a few yards behind his aunt Pandeep Kular’s bungalow in Kirkcaldy, Fife – 25 miles from his Edinburgh home.

Ms Kular - who was referred to by her married name of Adekoya - did not enter a plea, and following the hearing she was remanded in custody until her next court appearance on January 28. It emerged today that she had posted pictures of the youngster online as she paid tribute to the ‘beautiful little monster’ before he disappeared. The mother used an online dating profile to share photographs of herself with Mikaeel and his four siblings, saying she was dedicated to ‘my kids’ future’.

Family members spoke of their devastation, describing Mikaeel as a shy and playful boy who never left his mother’s side. Pandeep, 37, who is Rosdeep’s sister, said: ‘We’re devastated. We’ve just lost him.’ Mikaeel’s grandmother Harjinder, 59, a retired doctor who is Miss Kular’s mother, said: ‘This has been such a difficult time and my head is all over the place. I just want to be there for my daughter but I am appreciative for all that has been done to help us. I’m very sad.’

Ms Kular, who has split from the boy’s father, told potential suitors she was looking for a masculine man but added that her children would always come first, according to The Sun. The mother wrote: ‘I’m working hard to get what I want in this life and make something positive from it, for me and my kids’ future.’ She added: ‘I’m a single mother of five beautiful monsters, so if you’re not keen on kids I suggest you “move on”. ‘I’m on here

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the woods where Mikaeel was found, her husband Dr Bangarpet Krishnaswamy added: ‘I’d like to thank all the public and the police for the search, which sadly turned out to be futile. I am sorry, I am too upset to say anything more.’ Miss Kular used to live with Mikaeel and her four other children in the bungalow in Kirkcaldy but moved to a flat in Edinburgh last summer. Yesterday floral tributes lined the Kirkcaldy bungalow’s front drive where Mikaeel and his twin sister Ashika used to play. Olga Park, 78, a retired nurse who lives opposite the aunt’s house, said: ‘They were always well-dressed, well turned out. They were beautiful little kids. ‘They used to run about outside but never did we hear them cry. They were always smiling. Mikaeel was always just playing around the back door, where his mother was sat, or he would sit on the step beside her. And then they would be running about. ‘Sometimes they would pick up the wee stones out of the neighbour’s drive and throw them and then they got told off for that. They’d get told off or shouted at if they went too far down to the road. ‘They always stayed where mummy was. They were no bother. They were just normal children. In the house, you would sometimes see them at the window and if granny came up, you’d see their little noses above the window

ledge. ‘The twin sister is now without her brother. It is so sad. It is very upsetting knowing this happened to such a cheery little boy.’ Miss Kular’s close friend Corinna Logan, whose children used to play with Mikaeel, said she had joined the search with other friends but no one had been able to get in touch with Miss Kular. Upon hearing the news of the arrest, she said: ‘I cannot get my head round it, I’m too upset.’ Local resident Khalida Hussain, 30, said: ‘I saw the wee boy a week before Christmas. He was always with his brothers and sisters, they seemed very close. They were happy. ‘If you opened the car door they would all come running up to you. It’s such a shame. I haven’t been able to sleep I’ve been so upset.’ A man called Wes who works for parcel carrier Yodel said he had delivered gifts to Rosdeep Kular’s home and always thought the children seemed bright and happy. He said: ‘I have delivered a lot of presents, things like scooters and wee toys to the house. The kids would always come rushing out to see what I’d brought.’ Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk

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Furious French Ryanair passengers launched a ‘barbaric’ revolt against plane crew because of anger over a delay, it was claimed today. Police were called when they abused staff of the low-cost airline, refused to accept instructions, and stole duty free products including alcoholic drinks and perfume from trollies. The angry rebellion is said to have taken place on a flight which took off from Rabat, in Morocco, to Paris’s Beauvais airport last Saturday week. France’s Metronews today reports that it all started when a passenger among the 170 people on board became seriously ill. The crew had to divert to Madrid to deal with the medical emergency, meaning that by the time they

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Dancing on Ice 2014 By Lyn Aspden of ‘Strictly Dance’

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All the celebrities skated together for the first time tonight making it much easier to see the quality of this years show. The judges were also given back the power of the vote (thank goodness) with 50% counting towards the final result. Opening the show were Susanne Shaw and Matt. They performed some unusual and very difficult lifts, with excellent choreography and musicality. Unfortunately, I think some of the technical elements were not just as clean as they could have been probably due to nerves. I gave her 7.5 and the judges 31.0. Next out were Sam Attwater and Vicky. Sam is a very powerful skater but again I think nerves got him too! His performance lacked confidence and I found his upper body strength a little weaker than normal. I awarded him 7.5 and judges 31.0. Zaraah Abrahams and Andy then skated. Zaraah has improved the most for me. This week her core was suddenly lifted

which gave her much more speed and strength over the ice. After the performance we discovered that she had skated with a rib out of position - Ouch! I gave her an 8.0 and judges 30.0. Bonnie Langford with Andre then performed to Sway. She is the oldest in the show but her flexibility, rhythm, line and finish are superb. I awarded her 7.5 and the judges 28.0. Next were Gareth Gates and Brianne who skated nicely but because of a weak core his lifts were rather shaky. He also needs more depth of knee to strengthen the quality of his technical skating. I gave him 6.5 and the judges 25.0. My favourite Ray Quinn with his partner Maria then skated to a samba rhythm. This was a clean slick performance full of the wow factor!! I love him!! I gave him 9.0 and he was also the judges favourite with 35.5. Next out was Todd Carty with Alex skating a solo to ‘O Sole Mio’ Coming out in

a gondola and performing solo for the first time (his partner remained in the gondola!) his performance was a poor week 1 skate! Sorry Todd you shouldn’t even be in this line up! I gave him a generous 2.5 and the judges 12.0. Next was Beth Tweddle and Lucasz. Being a gymnast Beth’s flexibility is never questioned but for me she lacks dance performance and leaves me cold. I gave her 8.5 and the judges 33.0. Closing the show were Hayley Tammadon and Dan with a great presentation to ‘If my friends could see me now’ For me her lifts looked a bit heavy but nevertheless a good quality performance. I awarded her 8.5 and the judges 32.5. The bottom 2 ended up being Zaraah and Todd and after a skate off which was no contest Todd was finally voted off the show. Yeah! game on. Now who will be able to deliver and overcome the nerves to continue to see this competition through to the end. Only time will tell. Until next week - Keep Dancing!

First picture of nun who had baby when she didn’t know she was pregnant (and named it Francis, after the Pope) This is the first picture of nun and new mother Roxana Rodriguez. The 33-year-old woman, a nun with the order of the Little Disciples of Jesus, stunned her mother superior and local church chiefs after giving birth last week to a baby boy which she has called Francis, in honour of the current Pope. Sister Roxana initially claimed to have no idea that she was pregnant and thought her labour pains were ‘stomach cramps’ when an ambulance rushed her to hospital in severe pain after being called by fellow nuns when she collapsed at her nunnery. Roxana Rodriguez, a nun with the order of the Little Disciples of Jesus, stunned her mother superior and local church chiefs after giving birth last week to a baby boy+2 Roxana Rodriguez, a nun with the order of the Little Disciples of Jesus, stunned her mother superior and local church chiefs after giving birth last week to a baby boy Her picture was published in the Italian daily newspaper Corriere Della Sera, who have carried out an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the birth of 9lb Francis and have spoken to the the social worker in the case. It shows Sister Roxana, who is currently in the first floor maternity unit at the San Camillo de Lellis hospital in Rieti, 50 miles north of Rome, as she took her vows and became a nun in the order last September. She told her social worker Anna Fontanella:’I am so happy. I feel more of a mother than a nun, I think that’s obvious. I decided to call him Francis in honour of our wonderful south American Pope. I do not feel of guilt. I will be keeping him and bringing him up. Nun gives birth after being rushed to hospital with stomach pains… and she says she had no idea she was pregnant Zara gives birth... and is home SIX HOURS later: Royal’s no-nonsense approach revealed as Mike

Tindall tweets ‘the girls are doing great!’ ‘He is a gift from God. I am little worried about all the publicity, not only in Italy but in El Salvador and all over the world. Everyone is talking about this and I don’t think I will be able to return to my home country, let alone Rieti.’ Sister Roxana has written a letter of apology to the order’s mother superior general Elvira Petaraca - the woman who in September she solemnly promised to follow her vows of ‘chastity, poverty and obedience’, the three main pillars of the Little Disciples of Jesus Order. The nun had only arrived in Italy last summer at the nunnery in Rieti and has told officials that the father is a man from her native El Salvador but she has so far not named him. Father Benedetto Falcetti, priest at the nearby St Michael’s church in Rieti, said: ‘It all happened last spring, around March or April time when she was back in El Salvador to get her passport renewed. ‘She has not said who the father is but I understand he is an, shall we say, old flame of hers from when she was younger. At some stage I expect she will tell the father that he has a son and they will be reunited but I don’t know when that will be.’ The nun stunned her mother superior and local church chiefs after giving birth last week to a baby boy which she has called Francis, in honour of the current Pope+2 The nun stunned her mother superior and local church chiefs after giving birth last week to a baby boy which she has called Francis, in honour of the current Pope However not all sure Father Falcetti ‘s delight at the birth, apart from the anger of her superiors, sister Roxana has also upset her fellow nuns at the convent in Campomoro. One nun who answered the telephone at the convent and who asked not to be

named said:’No we must certainly not be going to visit her. What she has done is not right at all. She has betrayed her vows. She will not be coming back here.’ Since news of the birth was announced the hospital has been flooded with gifts for the nun and her new baby including nappies, clothes and money. Hospital director Pasquale Carducci said:’We have had to put extra security on the maternity wing because of all the interest. Like any new mum she is delighted but obviously this has created a great deal of clamour because she is a nun. ‘There have been calls and gifts from dozens of well wishers and she has passed on her thanks to all these people. Medically she and the baby are doing well and I expect them to be discharged by Tuesday at the latest.’ Massimo Casciani, spokesman for the local bishop of Rieti, monsignor Delio Lucarelli, said: ‘At some point the bishop will visit the nun but at the moment he has not yet seen here. ‘We shall be investigating the circumstances behind - the child could be the fruit of a consensual rapport but it could also have been as a result of violence.

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The January Blues Celebrated a bit too vigorously over Christmas and the New Year? Or found the only way to get through the strains of the awkward family get-together was with a little anaesthetic from the nearest bottle? The dog days of January are by far the most popular time for people to decide they need a booze-free spell to clean out the system and get back on track to normality.

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But spare a thought for those who decide they really must stop for a while – and make the terrifying discovery they simply can’t. For a limited number of people every January that is stark reality. There may be a thousand compelling reasons to cut right down or stop altogether – the harsh words, fuelled by too much alcohol, the offence caused to family and friends who did little to earn it, the broken promises or just one thumping hangover too many. But sweet reason and logic have no effect whatsoever. The craving is too much. Just one more drink – only one (or two at the most) as a pick-me-up … and the whole vicious cycle starts over again. Traditionally January sees a swelling in the numbers of those seeking help from Alcoholics Anonymous, although not all of them last the course. Two or three weeks away from alcohol has convinced many that they were overreacting and don’t really need to stop, just drink a bit more sensibly in future. AA’s view – supported by overwhelming evidence from the medical and therapeutic community – is that denial is one of the defining characteristics of alcoholic/addict. It is simply repeating the same behaviour but expecting different results. Resources to help the English-speaking sufferer are thin on the ground in this part of Spain. For many years the only AA group in Almeria province (in either English or Spanish) has met twice-weekly in Mojacar. But a new group is opening its doors in Albox on Sunday 2nd February, reflecting the large number of expats in the Arboleas-Albox area, and the need for this kind of support group. AA’s doors are open to anyone, and it is free. It supports itself through entirely voluntary contributions from committed members, and won’t accept anything from outside its own ranks. It is not a secret society, but as its name implies it guarantees complete confidentiality and anonymity to anyone who seeks its help. It doesn’t keep any membership records or do head counts, and it doesn’t make any statistical claims of success rates. But it known to have nearly two and a half million members worldwide who are staying sober on the 12 Step programme and the practice of living life one day at a time. AA in Almeria Albox starting Sunday 2nd Feb, 4.30 pm Helpline 634 334 525 aaspain@ gmail.com Mojácar – Tuesday, Friday 6.00 pm Helpline 661 078 864 aaspain@ gmail.com www.aaspain.org

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That means... You were going to buy the item anyway, only you didn’t buy it earlier because you couldn’t afford to at the full price. You actually like the item, or you need it. Not because someone else grabbed it first or because a tag on it says ‘reduced to HALF PRICE’. It actually fits you (clothing). A pair of size 8 jeggings is hardly likely to fit a 55 year old mother with 4 kids and a Kenwood Chef that’s in regular use. It suits your purposes for now, not in the future. Impulse buying for stuff you’ve never considered owning before is not prudent sales shopping. The January sales aren’t supposed to encourage you to blow money on unsuitable stuff, nor are they there to help cash strapped shoppers like you, YES YOU, get into debt (or further into debt) by enticing you to behave like mindless sheep rounded up by retail marketers out to swindle you of your hard earned cash with enticing advertising and cut price offers that are merely cash extractors ....Baa, baa....Heres a little quiz: a bit like Mastermind.. Ask yourself this question: do rational individuals join the queues of the Harrods sale in freezing weather at 5am eagerly awaiting the doors to fling open so they can descend on a heap of dirty, crumpled, probably ripped tat that is really only fit for cleaning the windows? Hmm.. No......... Correct.

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Question 2: do you need that ‘camel faux fur tote bag with a lurid pink zip’ by ‘X Designer’ reduced from 1000 to 889? No, I thought not. You weren’t getting a bargain at all; you were just being seduced into buying it when it probably wasn’t worth 889 pence, let alone 889 squid to start with! Yes, you do know the answer and that is correct.

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Here are some rules you might consider living by when seeking out sales bargains that really are bargains, not a cut priced extravagances. I got the clothing and accessories tips from Leslie Field, a fashion journalist on high profile magazines and daily newspapers who makes as much sense today as she did in the 80s when I first read them in her book and took them to heart ‘ saving me a fortune over the years. So the credit for this advice goes to her, not me. Amortise: put money into clothing that you will wear a lot, and pay far less for garments you will hardly wear. Forking out 500 for a quality coat you will wear daily many times over makes a lot more sense than forking out a fraction of that sum on an evening dress or future wedding outfit. Only buy items that you would consider buying at full price if you had the money, not stuff you wouldn’t buy or don’t need. Impulse buys are a defo’ no, no. Sales should be tackled like military campaigns with plenty of advanced planning to eye up and ignore (rather than destroy) the enemy ‘tags.’ Never buy for future needs. If a clothing item doesn’t fit you now, don’t buy it. By the time you’ve shed those surplus Xmas pounds at Weight Watchers, the item will be out of date or out of season and will only be fit for eBid or PreLoved. Stock up on essential small goods that aren’t size dependent: stretch lingerie, tights, socks, toiletries, make up and skincare... If you can only afford to buy one item, make it a good quality accessory: a good pair of boots, a quality handbag or tote in a neutral shade. Not several items from rubbish shops that reduce already cheap items by a pound or two in the sale. Good accessories can transform an outfit and make it appear far more expensive than it really is. Far better to do that than buying some hideous designer top in a sickly Mustard shade with a purple animal print backdrop just because someone grabbed it first in the scrum and then put it down again to grab something else instead. They put it down for a reason. It was ghastly. For clothing sales, remember this: about 80 per cent of sales items are bought in for the sales and can suffer quality A CHIMNEY OR FLUE NEEDS CLEANING assurance issues, or ONCE A YEAR! WHY? they are unshiftable items from their • T O REDUCE THE RISK OF A CHIMNEY FIRE BY REMOVING SOOT AND TAR regular stock because • TO REMOVE A BLOCKAGE SUCH AS A BIRD NEST! they are vile and no• TO  INCREASE THE EFFICIENCY OF YOUR one wants to buy them APPLIANCE (ESPECIALLY WOODBURNERS) at full price. So would it suddenly become a FOR PEACE OF MIND BOOK YOUR SWEEP TODAY desirable investment purchase because it FOR A FRIENDLY, PROFESSIONAL, CLEAN, SERVICE has a half price tag CALL PAUL ON 617150300 OR 850993057 attached to it? No. The sales are a great A CLEAN CHIMNEY for ‘considered IS A SAFE CHIMNEY! purchases’ (goods that cost a lot) but only if you actually need them in the first place: Computers, TVs, white goods, furniture etc. Serving the local community since 2003 I am assuming that you aren’t another techno-sheep....baa.. baa... lured into PC World by pointless design feature upgrade advertising for items that won’t enhance your life one jot and will only serve to put a greater ‘dent’ in your credit card. www.shinform.net ....something we must info@shinform.net all be mindful of these days. Contact us on Skype at Shinform

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Mojacar A thirty minute downhill stroll or a five minute bus ride from Mojacar village finds the beaches, hotels, urbanisations, golf resorts, shops, bars, cafes, restaurants and nightclubs that make up Mojacar Playa, a low rise beach resort with an apparent Andalucian style. The beaches of Mojacar are a main draw for the resort, yet it does have much more to offer. The Parque Comercial, a popular centre with lots of shops, cafes and restaurants, denotes the access point from Mojacar Pueblo to the beach road and promenade, turning left towards Garrucha town offers some quality hotels and beaches, a golf resort, and a quieter holiday location, turning right, invites the livelier resort centre.

to be noted that in the high season months of July and August this normally peaceful holiday spot comes alive, and the beaches, hotels, shops, restaurants, bars and clubs are bustling with holiday makers. There is a reasonable size expatriate community in Mojacar, not surprisingly many have chosen to live here permanently, with a wide mix of aged groups from the retired to a good number of younger couples and families. Transport There are regular buses that run the length of the playa along with a scheduled service from the playa to the pueblo, the timetables are detailed on the bus stops and available from the tourist information centres. Taxis are readily available, and there is a taxi rank next to the commercial centre.

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4. Pepper and pollen aren’t the only things that make us sneeze. Dust, pollen, and pepper are cited as the most common sneeze catalysts, but they’re by no means the only ones–or the strangest. Particularly pungent aromas and temperature fluctuations, particularly colder air, can make us sneeze, too. Plucking our eyebrows also triggers sneezes in some because it can stimulate nerves in an area connected to the nose. Rubbing one’s eyes and popping pimples cause the same reaction for similar reasons. About one in three people sneeze when exposed to bright lights, an inherited trait called photic sneezing or ACHOO (Autosomal Dominant Compelling Helio-Ophthalmic Outburst) Syndrome, which also involves sneezing in rapid succession (usually two or three times). Snatiation is a term used to describe the multiple sneezes that come after eating a big feast; it’s also passed do 5. Sneezes travel fast and furiously. One person’s sneeze can travel up to one hundred miles per hour. The particles and spit emitted when we sneeze can travel up to five feet away, making it all the more important to cover our mouths and noses to protect innocent bystanders. Even if no one’s standing right next to us, the bacteria sent into the air by our expulsion can spread up to 150 feet away. You could be walking down the street through someone’s sneeze bacteria and not even know it, so just think about that the next time you fail to reach for a handkerchief. 6. Superstition’s nothing to sneeze at.

I’ve always looked forward to my dad’s sneezes. (Yeah, I know how weird that sounds.) Not that I’m constantly hoping he’ll catch a cold, but he has the best sneeze I’ve ever heard. It’s loud, powerful, and it sounds like he’s crying out “Blllleeessss ya!” each time he does it. His sneezes sound wholly satisfying–the antithesis to the barely-audible squeaks emitted by the woman I sat next to on the bus this morning. The same kind of irritants (dust, pepper, etc.) can create the same internal reaction in all of us, but its externalization is highly individualized. We all know that everyone sneezes differently, but have we ever considered why? For being such a common, everyday occurrence, that little (or big) expulsion of air is actually a complex process involving more nuances than many of us realize. 1. Sneezing’s official name is sternutation. The word sternutation sounds like a serious medical procedure, but it’s really just another way of saying sneezing. However you say it, the method remains the same. When something tickles the nose lining, the nerves located there send a signal to the brain, which initiates a chain of messages to other parts of the body–chest, abdomen, face, eyelids, the mucus glands in the nose, even the sphincter–that work together to expel the irritant. When we fall asleep, those nerves are at rest, which is why we don’t sneeze while we snooze. 2. We can’t sneeze and keep our eyes open–and no one knows why. Scientists are still unclear as to why our eyes reflexively close during a sneezing episode. Some believe that it’s an evolutionary adaptation meant to protect our eyes from whatever particles come flying out of our noses and mouths when we sneeze. Others claim it’s just one of many muscle contractions that take place during the progression. And the old wives’ tale about eyelids closing to keep the eyes from popping out is impossible. While a hearty sneeze can put a good amount of pressure behind one’s eyes, it’s not enough to do that kind of damage. 3. How we sneeze could say something about us. Of all the characteristics that potentially reveal our inner selves, I never thought sneezing could be one of them. However, body language expert Patti Wood says otherwise. She did Benadryl-sponsored study of 547 people and their sneeze habits, coming up with four types of sneezes that she believes are personality indicators. The “Correct” carries Kleenex and is careful to cover her mouth when sneezing, meaning she’s respectful of others and likes to maintain a dignified disposition. The “Supporter” tends to hold in sneezes rather than risk sneezing on someone, which indicates a quiet and caring character. The “Expressive” makes a big production out of sneezing and often sneezes multiple times at once, possibly making her a showy and dominating person. The “Driver” sneezes loudly but quickly, making her direct and forwardthinking.

There’s a lot of superstition involving sneezes, right down to which way we turn our heads. Among some people, such as the ancient Romans and Greeks, a sneeze to the right was a sign of luck and a sneeze to the left predicted a portentous future. Most cultures have an assumed response after someone sneezes: “Bless you” in English, “Salud” or “To your health” in Spanish, and so forth. In almost every language, the response translates to a wish for the sneezer’s good health. It’s thought that saying, “Bless you” came from Bubonic Plague times when one sneeze could’ve signaled a person’s assured demise, but that is just one of a few theories out there. Others claim that sneezing is the soul’s attempt to leave the body because it’s written in the Bible that Adam came to life by God breathing into his nose. As Milhouse from The Simpsons explains, “When you sneeze, that’s your soul trying to escape. Saying ‘God bless you’ crams it back in.”

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When I imagine living the social life of someone like Charmaine, it’s all Champagne parties, Michelin restaurants and five-star hotels. The reality is somewhat more pedestrian. Superficial. Talentless. These are the super egos who can manipulate the

individual. Like Charmaine they are territorial and highly competitive. They may have an enviable lifestyle but behind all the glitz and glamour we have superficial characters, without real friends or genuine happiness. They trade off their good looks and media image, over-hyped, of course, pandering to the whims of their management teams and their bank balances and floating on the cloud of ambition at any price. Then there’s Ryan, every girls’ dream of male perfection and desire. He might be play-acting as Prince Charming, physically toned to make every girl squirm and squeal with delight and lust but is he true to his name? Of course not. He uses Lucy, who swoons whenever she sees him as a way to make Cinderella jealous. Lucy’s naivety and innocence is responsible for being star-struck by Charmaine Lewis, star of the pantomime with two singles in the top twenty, a cameo part in Doctor Who and engaged to premiership footballer Liam Phillips. And if that doesn’t impress you she also brags about having 700,000 followers on her Twitter account! She treats Lucy as her skivvy and Lucy seems to be perfectly happy being used as a doormat and a dog-walker because she is intoxicated with the feeling of stardom and fame. Lucy is completely bowled over by the most glamorous celebrity that

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she had ever met. She was infatuated by her swishy magnificence and grateful for Charmaine’s help in being given a comedy part in Cinderella as the back end of Daisy the Cow! Lucy Tilley’s claim to fame, after six years in the theatre was to have her name printed in the programme. She wears a hideous costume, air tight and claustrophobic. The exact opposite of glamour you might say. Her fame is contagious bug.

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Ryan had had seven top five UK singles, with a cameo appearance in Emmerdale as the hunky farmer boy. He was the man that Lucy admitted to being truly, madly, deeply infatuated with. After all, he was the most eligible bachelor in the UK. But what a jerk and eventually, after a bout of humiliation, Lucy’s bubble bursts and she sees through this thin coating of stardom and fame. Her disillusionment awakens her true understanding of celebrities and she becomes wiser and more confident. Ben is Lucy’s bovine partner, the front bit. He gloats that Lucy gets to look at his ass! She sees plenty of that during performances. He has talent and has been working on writing a play which he also directs. His ambition takes him along a completely different route from Charmaine and Ryan. He is true to himself and modest even though he is very talented. I consider the reality of living Charmaine’s life. With her fake boyfriend, fake tan, fake hair, fake boobs and a noticeable lack of sincere friends. Living in the real world must be hard for

these glamorous celebrities. Lucy has always felt that this celebrity bubble floats permanently on cloud 9 being pandered to and pampered. Botox, liposuction, silicone boobs are an integral part of being seductively desirable. It sums up Charmaine. She is fifty per cent silicone and one spritz of hairspray from being a serious fire risk. So, there you have it! Celebrity status. And what’s in it for Lucy? It’s a bit like being friends with a Jackie Collins novel. She makes my life feel more glamorous. Before you cringe, remember what I said about her naivety? She eventually sees through this act of pretence. I’m starting to get the feeling that Charmaine is full of crap as well as silicone and filler. Well done Lucy. Finally. Disillusionment kills her infatuation and brush with the world of glamour. Back to reality. A showdown with Charmaine, accused of playing the pathetic card to manipulate men becomes a moment of self-realization for Lucy. Charmaine has been jealous of Lucy’s natural beauty and goodness and wanted to eliminate any opposition. Her awe turns to feeling that she is a bit sad and lonely, her life as hollow as it could be. She musters up the courage to take central stage and to make something of her acting instead of hiding behind a costume or her tap-dancing shoes. perhaps there is a real Prince Charming waiting for her in the wings? Not a Ryan or Liam but a sensitive and kind man? That would make a perfect ending wouldn’t it? Publisher: Novelicious.com (digital publisher) Available from Amazon.

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maintenance activities. The phrase “do it yourself” had come into common usage (in standard English) by the 1950s, in reference to the emergence of a trend of people undertaking home improvement and various other small craft and construction projects as both a creative-recreational and cost-saving activity. Subsequently, the term DIY has taken on a broader meaning that covers a wide range of skill sets. DIY is associated with the international alternative rock, punk rock, and indie rock music scenes; indymedia networks, pirate radio stations, and the zine community. In this context, DIY is related to the Arts and Crafts movement, in that it offers an alternative to modern consumer culture’s emphasis on relying on others to satisfy needs. The abbreviation DIY is also widely used in the military as a way to teach commanders or other types of units to take responsibility, so that they’d be able to do things themselves just as a preparation for their own future.

History Italian archaeologists unearthed the ruins of a 6thcentury BC Greek structure in southern Italy that came with detailed assembly instructions and is being called an “ancient IKEA building”. The structure was a temple-like building discovered at Torre Satriano, near the southern city of Potenza, in Basilicata, a region where local people mingled with Greeks who settled along the southern coast known as Magna Graecia and in Sicily from the 8th century BC onwards. Professor Christopher Smith,

director of the British School at Rome, said that the discovery was “the clearest example yet found of mason’s marks of the time. It looks as if someone was instructing others how to mass-produce components and put them together in this way”. Much like the instruction booklets, various sections of the luxury building were inscribed with coded symbols showing how the pieces slotted together. The characteristics of these inscriptions indicate they date back to around the 6th century BC, which tallies with the architectural evidence suggested by the decoration. The building was built by Greek artisans coming from the Spartan colony of Taranto in Apulia.

Fashion DIY amongst the fashion community has become very popular. With the use of social media such as YouTube, a great number of people watch videos on a daily basis. YouTube has an array of DIY fashion videos from distressing jeans, bleaching jeans, redesigning an old shirt, and studding denim, just to name a few. This new trend is increasingly becoming more and more popular. There over 1,000 videos that individuals have posted demonstrating how to do those things. There are also other DIY videos that individuals could look up such as DIY jewelry, DIY room decor, and DIY hairstyles.

Home improvement The DIY movement is a re-introduction (often to urban and suburban dwellers) of the old pattern of personal involvement and use of skills in upkeep of a house or apartment, making clothes; maintenance of cars, computers, websites; or any material aspect of living. The philosopher Alan Watts (from the “Houseboat Summit” panel discussion in a 1967 edition of the San Francisco Oracle) reflected a growing sentiment: Our educational system, in its entirety, does nothing to give us any kind of material competence. In other words, we don’t learn how to cook, how to make clothes, how to build houses, how to make love, or to do any of the absolutely fundamental things of life. The whole education that we get for our children in school is entirely in terms of abstractions. It trains you to be an insurance salesman or a bureaucrat, or some kind of cerebral character. In the 1970s, DIY spread through the North American population of college- and recent-college-graduate age groups. In part, this movement involved the renovation of affordable, rundown older homes. But it also related to various projects expressing the social and environmental vision of the 1960s and early 1970s. The young visionary Stewart Brand, working with friends and family, and initially using the most basic of typesetting and pagelayout tools, published the first edition of The Whole Earth Catalog (s u b t i t l e d Access to Tools) in late 1968.


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Positive economic conditions in the UK, including a stronger pound, could fuel a rise in overseas property purchases in 2014. However, buyers should realise that real bargains in the Eurozone are getting harder to find as European markets hint at stabilisation, said The Overseas Guides Company in January. by Jackie Nickolls The UK’s strengthening economy and bullish housing market should this year give more British people the confidence to invest in holiday homes in Europe, where property markets are behind the UK in terms of recovery.

“Scandinavians were prominent buyers in the Mediterranean in 2013, thanks largely to the economic buoyancy and strong currencies of their countries giving them serious buying power,” said Richard Way, Editor at The Overseas Guides Company. “It’s the turn of the British buyer to return to the overseas market in force – especially as the pound is expected to maintain and possibly gain value in coming months against the euro.” While average property prices in expat hot spots such as Spain, Portugal and France remain below the peak of 2007, there are signs that prices are levelling out and even rising in some of the more desirable resorts. The Overseas Guides Company looks at key markets in more detail:

Spain Average property prices are expected to bottom out in Spain this year, but don’t expect growth to necessarily follow, as Spain’s depressed economy and oversupply of housing stock will hinder any upward pressure. That said, in the most sought-after areas of the Costa del Sol, Costa Blanca, Murcia, Costa Brava and Mallorca, prices have already stopped falling and in some cases are rising year-on-year. Buyers should

have realistic expectations and recognise that market conditions have been built into many prices, so there is little point expecting to have an offer that is, for example, 30 percent below the asking price accepted on a prime property. Researching the local market remains as important as ever in 2014. In the resale market there are now examples of repossessions being more expensive than comparable properties being sold by private vendors. This is down to banks being able to offer attractive mortgages with their properties, countering the negative perception of higher prices - but of course, for cash buyers this is irrelevant.

Portugal The Portuguese property market has seen stabilisation since the second half of 2013. This is thanks in part to a lack of new-build property, particularly in key Algarve resorts such as Albufeira and Vilamoura coming to market, the effect being a rise in demand. In addition to this, Portuguese banks are beginning to offer more financing options with repossessed property to non-resident buyers, whereas in recent years this has been limited. In the higher end of the market, interest from non-EU buyers should continue to increase as awareness of the Golden Visa grows.

headlines, but in actual fact, the new rules shouldn’t affect or deter the average expat retiree or second homeowner there. Value for money resale properties are still in abundance in France, with the South-West and Languedoc being favourite areas – and expected to continue to be in 2014.

Turkey With the Turkish lira hovering around record lows against the pound, the cost of living in Turkey has become especially good value for British expats and homeowners, making it an attractive destination. Meanwhile, the country has been tipped as a future global economic powerhouse – along with Mexico, Indonesia and Nigeria, together making the ‘MINT’ nations. Turkey arguably offers more exciting investment potential than other more established Mediterranean destinations. For more information visit http://www. overseasguidescompany.com

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Don’t leave keys in typical hiding places such as under the steel boxes for your tools. doormat or in a flowerpot. Leaving keys near a window or A visible burglar alarm Once you have taken care of these key areas, there door is also a no-no. Thieves can get hold of them using is another good way are further measures you can take to reduce the risk wires, hooks and magnets. to make an intruder of burglary, or to lessen the impact should the worst think twice. There are a There are an increasing number of incidents in which happen. huge range of systems car keys, and subsequently cars, are stolen from private on the market, from property. Therefore, the same rules go for car keys too. A Many of us worry about break-ins and burglaries. inexpensive ones which car is best stored in a locked garage, rather than on the Not only is there the risk of financial loss and you fit yourself to more driveway. sophisticated products disruption, having someone invade your property costing hundreds of Gardens, gates and fences can be very emotionally traumatic. pounds. Keep any perimeter fences, walls or hedges in good As such, keeping your home secure is essential for If you are planning to install a burglar alarm yourself, condition and make sure there aren’t any gaps or weak your own safety and peace of mind. Good security you can get advice from your local crime prevention spots which could prove handy access points for a thief. can also be a priority for potential buyers. officer. Get a range of quotes and do your homework to make sure your chosen alarm suits your needs. Your Thorny hedges can be a good deterrent, as can gravel, One of the key things to remember is that most insurance company may be able to recommend certain which is noisy underfoot. Fixing trellis on the top of solid burglaries are carried out by opportunistic thieves. systems or suppliers. walls can make them more difficult to climb over. It’s not Around 20% of all burglaries do not even involve Police recommend that any alarm system you fit a good idea to use barbed wire, razor wire or broken glass since you could be held responsible for any injuries the use of force; thieves enter freely through open yourself should meet standard BS6707, or BS4737 for doors or windows. professionally installed systems. Badly installed or caused. malfunctioning alarms can cause more trouble than Garages and sheds In considering home security, try to look at your they are worth, so consider getting professional property through a burglar’s eyes. Could they break Garages and sheds pose a number of threats to home advice. in without being seen? Do the doors and windows security. They often contain valuable tools and equipment Of course, another audible deterrent is man’s best and it’s easy to leave them unlocked. So, where a thief look secure? Can they see things worth stealing? friend. Territorial dogs are very good at sensing may not want to tackle your front door, nipping in and Could they get in and out quickly and quietly? There intruders and kicking up a fuss about it! While you should be careful about letting an aggressive dog loose out of the shed could prove easy and lucrative. are several important areas to think about: on people in or near your property, some dog-owners Another problem with garages and sheds is that they can Doors choose to put up warning signs so that visitors and contain equipment which a burglar could use to break potential intruders know what they are up against. into your main property. Ladders are a prime example. It may sound like an obvious one, but make sure Keys you lock all your doors properly when leaving the So it makes sense to fit sheds and garages with sturdy house and at night time. Even when doors are Being careless with keys makes things easier padlocks and to alarm them if necessary. Never leave for a burglar. If you have just moved into a new outbuildings unlocked and take particular care if your locked, entry is sometimes forced by kicking in the home, consider changing the external locks garage has a connecting door to your home. Lock ladders door or prising it open. so that you know you are the only key holder. inside your garage or shed and consider using lockable

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If you are considering buying a property in Spain you will need to bear in mind that the legal system and steps to follow are different from those you may have experienced in the UK. It is important to note that while many British nationals enjoy life in Spain, a large number who have bought properties in Spain over recent years now face serious problems with their homes. This guide is intended to help you obtain the information you need to make a full and considered decision about your property purchase in Spain.

General advice It is advisable to begin with research. A good place to start is the step-by-step guide on how to buy a home in Spain published by The Association of Property and Mercantile Registrars of Spain. You may also find it useful to look at the Residentes Europeos site by the Diputación de Alicante. Spanish Property Insight provides information and advice on buying a property in Spain. It includes guides to buying property in Spain with information on checks you should carry out before buying a property, including checking the property registry report, title deeds, planning permission and licence of first occupancy, among others. This guide has information in English on the rights and duties of buyers, when and how you should pay for the property, and useful contact details. This guide also provides information on property taxes, selling a property and letting a property.

Use a chartered surveyor The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) exists in Spain and there are between 30-40 residential chartered surveyors working across the peninsula and the islands. Members of the RICS are qualified and experienced professionals offering independent and impartial advice. You can find out more about RICS España and contact details of a chartered surveyor in your area on the RICS website. The College of Architects in each province also offers a list of independent specialist surveyors.

Purchasers checklist

It is strongly recommended that you choose a lawyer who is specialised in Spanish land law. The Spanish property conveyancing system is different to the UK and you should ensure that those involved in the transaction are qualified professionals, who have an expert knowledge of how the system works.

Before you complete your property purchase you should make sure that:

Exercise extreme caution if an estate agent, promoter or lawyer urges you to cut corners to save money/time.

the property and land for sale match the details registered and the sellers are the registered owner(s)

If you choose to work with a British estate agent, promoter or lawyer, check that they are qualified, reliable and have experience operating in Spain. Check that they are registered with the Law Society in the UK and specialise in International Transactions.

there are no debts or charges, such as a mortgage, on the property

If your lawyer is based in Spain, check that he/she is registered and practicing with the local Colegio de Abogados (Bar association) by asking for their registration number and verifying this with the Colegio de Abogados. You can find a full list of all the Colegios de Abogados across Spain on the Consejo General de la Abogacia Espanola website. You should also check that your lawyer has professional indemnity insurance and not sign any papers or hand over any money until you have taken independent legal advice. Please read our advice on seeking independent legal advice and contacting professional associations. Although the British Embassy cannot recommend a lawyer, we do have lists of local English-speaking lawyers and qualified translators available on our website. See your local consulate pages for details.

Use an independent translator If you do not have a good understanding of Spanish, make sure that you get all contracts and relevant documentation translated by an independent translator. You can find a list of accredited translators and interpreters in Spain on the Spanish Ministry for Foreign Affairs website.

you have seen the Land Registry extract (nota simple), available from the Colegio de Registradores (translations into English for an additional fee), and checked the following details:

there are no legal proceedings initiated against the property for contravention of land planning law you have checked that planning permissions are in order and the property is a legal build. This is particularly relevant when buying off-plan or direct from a developer. The town hall can inform you whether the building has all licences and permissions and provide details of the type of land. If the property is built on rural land or land that is not classified for construction, additional confirmation should be sought from the regional government as to whether they have authorised the construction if you are buying an off-plan property, confirm that the property has been certified as finished by a registered architect and registered as a new build in the property register. The registration should also provide details of the developer’s insurance against structural and other defects in the construction. In the case of a private build (the previous owner built their own house and decided to sell before ten years had lapsed) you will need to request these details separately you have checked the latest town plan to see whether or not the plot you wish to buy has any building restrictions, is in a green zone or includes a public pathway or similar. This can be viewed at to the town planning (urbanismo) department of the local town hall you have carried out property survey. Whilst this is not obligatory it is wise to get a chartered surveyor to check the property

Make sure you have seen the following documents: a paid-up receipt for the previous owner’s annual property tax (IBI). It is also wise to get a certificate from the town hall proving that there are no unpaid rates from previous years the Catastral certificate giving the exact boundaries and square metres of your land the licence of first occupancy or habitation certificate issued by the town hall. You will need this document to connect to electricity and water companies. Developers cannot force you to complete without this licence. receipt to prove all utility bills have been paid by the previous owner if applicable, a certificate signed by the President of the Community of Property Owners stating that there are no outstanding debts. You should be aware that if you later find that there are such debts outstanding, as the new owner, you assume the debts for the current and previous year (two years in total) as from 1st June 2013, all homes for sale or to let in Spain are required by law to have an energy efficiency certificate. If you are considering buying a property, the seller is obliged to show you this certificate On completion, the public deed should reflect an accurate description of the property. It is advisable that you register the property in your name with the Land Registry as soon as possible to ensure full protection of your rights. The notary can even send advance notification to the Land Registry electronically once the public deed is signed. We have published further information on buying offplan property in Spain.

Bank guarantees If you decide to buy off-plan, or a property under construction, always insist on a bank guarantee (aval bancario) to cover your stage payments. All developers are obliged under law 57/1968 to secure all deposits received with a bank guarantee. Additionally you should ensure that your deposit is paid into a special escrow account and not into the developer’s general account. We have published more information about bank guarantees.


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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 husband deceased nine months ago in the U.K. with an English will, but no Spanish will. We had a holiday home in Spain in joint names. What do I have to do now? A. As there is no Spanish will unfortunately it will be necessary to convalidate your husbands U.K. will and probate document for use in Spain. The first step will be to obtain probate on the U.K. will. When this has been done it will be necessary to have Hague´s Apostille affixed to the U.K. documents and then have the translated and stamped by an official translator. When this has been done your solicitor in Spain will inform you if any further documents need to be obtained for the documents to be acceptable in Spain. (English wills very often refer to trusts, which cause complications and expense when convalidating for use in Spain). In this case I am afraid your inheritance tax will be subject to surcharge as the time limit to deal with the tax office in Spain is 6 months unless you request and extension in writing within the first 5 months. As you and the deceased are non residents of Spain, the inheritance tax is paid in Madrid, but no travelling is needed as your solicitor will have and agent in Madrid who for a very small fee will do the legwork in Madrid under the solicitors instructions. The expense and timescale of the convalidation for use in Spain of the English documents will depend on the wording of the will. To avoid complications in the future make sure you instruct your solicitor to prepare a Spanish will for yourself after you have finalized your acceptance of inheritance.

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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Food and Entertainment

Slow cooker Lamb Tagine Ingredients:

This slow-cooked lamb tagine is packed full of spicy flavours FOR TAGINE PASTE 1 tbsp tomato purée 1 tbsp clear honey 1 tbsp lemon juice 1 garlic clove, crushed 1 tsp ground ginger 1 tsp ground cumin 1 tsp ground coriander 2 tsp paprika ½ tsp cayenne pepper

FOR TAGINE 600g stewing lamb, trimmed of any fat and diced 1 small onion, finely chopped 1 red pepper, deseeded and sliced 100g ready-to-eat dried apricots or prunes 400g tin of chickpeas, drained and rinsed 450ml hot lamb stock 400g tin of cherry tomatoes Flatbreads and couscous, to serve

In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients for the tagine paste until you have a thick paste.

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Method:

Put the lamb pieces in the slow-cooker basin and add the paste, mixing well to coat the lamb pieces.

Add the chopped onion and sliced red pepper to the basin along with the apricots and chickpeas.

Pour over the hot lamb stock and the tomatoes and stir well.

Place the lid on the cooker and cook on LOW for 8–10 hours until the meat is tender and the sauce fragrant.

Serve with flatbreads or couscous for a great Moroccan-inspired meal..

Recipe courtesy of The Slow Cooker Cookbook by Audrey Deane (Spring Hill, £12.99) On Amazon: Price starts from £5.93 - £23.95 Kindle Price: £7.79

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100g shredded greens or spinach, washed 400g can chickpeas, drained and rinsed 4 tbsp vegetable oil

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1 tsp mustard seeds 1 onion, finely chopped 3–5 green chillies, whole but pierced with the tip of a knife 25g root ginger, peeled weight, finely chopped 5 fat garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped

Recipe courtesy of Anjum’s Indian Vegetarian Feast by Anjum Anand, Quadrille Publishing; photo Emma Lee.

2 small tomatoes, chopped salt, to taste

¾–1 tsp ground cumin 400ml creamy coconut milk ½–¾ tsp tamarind paste, dissolved in a little hot water, to taste

Put the sweet potatoes on to boil and cook until just done; it should take around 10 minutes.

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Once the popping diminishes, add the onion and green chillies and sauté for two to three minutes or until just softening, then add the ginger and garlic; sauté these gently for one minute. Add the tomatoes, salt, turmeric and ground coriander and cumin and keep sautéing for four to five minutes. Now taste; it should seem harmonious and the tomatoes should be soft but still retain their form.

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menu del dia 2 COURSE LUNCH 12:30-3:30PM 6€

Tel: 950 634 562 lavidacucador@gmail.com

We are here

Albox Arboleas 1km

Zurgena La Alfoquia

Mojacar

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La Vida

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ALBOX

New Value Winter Offers

Upcoming Events Saturday 25th January

THE KING OF SWING MR TONY JUSTICE Only a few seats remaining!

Saturday 1st February

SALIEN

New to Albox

4 Piece Soft Rock Band (Tickets now available)

Saturday 5th February Venue Room closed for private function. Friday 14th February Valentines Night with Trade Winds (Tickets now available)

Bacon or Sausage

in a floury bap or sandwich, tea or regular coffee

ONLY €3

Order BEFORE 11.30am Mon - Sat THE BIGGER ALL DAY BREAKFAST from 9am includes FREE tea or regular coffee. Only 3.75€ & Double-up 5.90€

WEDNESDAYS

Homemade Pie Day from midday

NOW SHOWING PREMIER LEAGUE FOOTBALL ON LARGE SCREEN

Bar Menu & Snacks 9AM-4.30PM (except Sunday) Home Made Burgers, Jacket Potatoes, Home Made Puds & much more

ALL DAY BREAKFAST from 9AM includes free tea or coffee Only 3.75€ + new Daily Specials

Cod ‘n’ ChipS

friday & SATURDAY SERVED 12-9pm

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

Bookings Advisable Takeaway option available

Activities

Monday

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

Tuesday

• easy peezy spanish lessons with Avril at 5pm • Darts Night from 8pm - All Welcome

Wednesday

• Line Dancing with Carrie 7pm

Thursday

• Ceroc Classes 8pm • Geneology

5.95€

PLUS

Art Classes, Computer Club, Keep Fit

Please call into Jacks to check Timetables

SUNDAY 10 BREAKFAST AM-11.30aM SERVED

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

@

950 120 718

jacksalbox@gmail.com

BP Garage

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The Beachcomber free John and the team at wifi The Beachcomber always Downstairs on the sea front next to the Irish Rover ensure your food is Look out for our live entertainment evenings beautifully cooked and is served with a smile. day the day of the nu of menu me With fish and chips to die for plus all the traditional 3 courses favourite meals you would 3 courseS - €12.00 €10.50 expect, John has also Beach Opening Times added a Slimming World regular 10am til close TRIBUTE SHOWS breakfast to the menu, Food served see website for details which is the perfect way to 10:30am til 10pm tel: 950 473 099 enjoy a meal and not feel www.beachcombermojacar.com guilty! Here are details of some forthcoming and regular weekly events: An evening with singer Kay Frances on Friday 24th January. Spanish Lessons, held every Monday and Tuesday mornings from 10.15am . Tai Chi every Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 10.30am. Line dancing lessons Monday afternoons from 4pm. Free Computer and electronic workshop every Saturday, 10.30am - 1pm. 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 Includes a caraffe of wine per couple the moment they are serving a superb Menu 7 starters, 6 mains & 5 Desserts Del Noche for only Full A La Carte also available 10.95€ which includes Monday - Saturday 7pm - late. Closed Sunday a Caraffe of wine and you can now choose Call 950 430 930 after 5.30pm Find us across the old bridge from Palza Mayor Albox, opp Bar Wassy 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!

Menu del noche

La Cena

Restaurante

Albox

menu del noche €10.95

OPEN YOUR BUSINESS TO NEW OPPORTUNITIES CALL 902 750 192


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COMMUNITY NEWS The fundraiser

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The Fundraiser Charity & Community Shops

The people’s charity, The Peoples Choice

Helping the disabled Cancer Research Vera Orphanage Run totally put our hearts Asprodalba Weinto by volunteers 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

La NEW

The Fundraiser charity shops in Turre and Vera have once again through the help of the customers donators and staff managed in 2013 to help Asprodalba, The Red Cross, Vera Orphanage, Betel charity, togething with raising money for cancer research, collecting food for Turre Church and help people in the community. We recycle everything we can. All donations are gratefully received and we look forward to seeing you all again this year. We do The two pictures are of a some of the presents for this because people matter and if we can help a few Vera orphange and a cash foof and clothes donation to the red cross in vera xxx along the way then our job has been done.

Happy Birthday Vincent!

Golden Rascal Vincent Mansi was delighted when his son Andrew arrived from the UK at Sacko´s to surprise Vince on his 80th Birthday. A great time was had by all. During his working life Vince had been a professional entertainer he was one of the Black & White Minstrels and appeared in London Musicals including Fiddler on the Roof with Topol. When he was presented with a gift from Rascals he said “In my 10 years with Rascals I have been given the opportunity of singing lots of solos including Old Man River, Besame Mucho and If I was a Rich Man.” He has brought to the Rascals not only a fine voice but great stage presence always popular with the audiences. For further information on Rascals look on www.therascals.org or call Errol on tel: 96 531 9834.

Happy Anniversary

Pam & Dad 27th January Love from Jodie, Serge, Cooper & Aussie xxxx

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

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kids

club

4 - 8 year olds

Wed: 4pm - 5pm Fri: 4.30pm - 5.30pm

1st lesson free

Tel: 646 844 708 www. tkdspain.webs.com

Indigo Gym - Mojacar Playa

selecciones new morrocon pots now in stock

Vida El

Cucador

afternoon cream tea saturday 3.95 € afternoons 1pm - 5pm

now serving

breakfast

Sunday 10am -12pm

traditional sunday lunch - served 12.30PM-5PM NOW SERVING ROAST LAMB (2€ SUPP)

Open Every Day 12pm - Late

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everyday FOR SALE

advertise all your unwanted items for sale in this section any single item up to 300€ free of charge

email: sales@soltimes.com

7 50 € ono

PCP 177 (pre charged pnuematic) air arms classic, excellent condition. case & extras inc

have scope worth 400 & 3 tins of ammo, registered with Arboleas police Tel: 608 050 036 in k 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 C omputer station 1275mm high x 1010mm wide x 500mm deep complete with a free printer/ copier new inks cost 190€ will sell for 100€ ovno Tel: 634 362 179 Albanchez area C H E S T FREEZER 300 Ltrs. Good Working Order. 50€ Tel: 950 475 085 [ Turre ] H U M A X FOXSAT- H D R F R E E S AT RECORDER 4 0 0 G B MEMORY. only 12 months old, used for approx.

shelf attached 2 wheels for easy movement. S u p e r b Condition. 40€ each.Tel: 647 921 286 / 950 497 612 Almerimar

8m Galvanised Chain Link 40€. Tel: 647 921 286 / 950 497 612 6 months only. Almerimar 160€ Tel: 608 Overlocking 238 832. M achine Mio Moov M610 Needs Sat Nav Boxed Singer Some Attention As New. Full European Maps, 30€ Tel: 950 475 Mains Charger, 455 / 661 016 Car Charger, Full 366 User Manual And Ceiling Fans Cd. 50€ Tel: 677 011 077 / 664 Five Blades With Lights, Good 853 212 Condition 30€ 35 Knitted Dolls Of Each Or 75€ For Various Sizes The Three. Tel: Ranging From 950 475 455 / 10cm To 50cm 627 206 462 ,Hello Kitty ,Angry Fontain Pump Bird Rupert Bear Etc, New ,45€ New 25€, Car ,Roquetas Area Boosterseat 5€, Tel: 950 335 208 Sony Shortwave Town Bike, Radio 25€, Dvd 10€, German Step Player Through 7 Shurhold Yacht Speed 26 Inch Deck Brush 25€, Wheels , Front Penn Game Reel Basket, Rear 40€, Mans Diving Rack, Side Stand Wetsuit 30€, , Full Lighting New Sea Rod , Excellent And Reel 25€, Condition. 120€ 230ml Tel: 677 011 077/ Bosch Anglegrinder 25€, 664 853 212 Two Self Inflating 4x teak wooden Lifejackets 35€ patio sun Each. Almerimar beds, drink Tel: 630 285 285

SOL CLASSIFIEDS business for sale

available venues

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

construction CONT...

business for sale Venue @ La Vida in turre

busy modern hair beauty salon, existing clientel, low rent all fixtures & fittings included Legitimate reason for sale phone for more details

644 496 198

El Cucador

950 634 562 950 120 718 baby equipment hire

wanted 2 hairdresser salon chairs & other related salon equipment required, Must be in good condition Tel: 647 379 878

DJ WANTED Call Brian 634 305 132 Air-con

MD Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration S.L.

MD S.L

City & Guilds Fully Qualified F-Gas Certified

25 years sole experience in Air Conditioning & Refrigeration

not a jack of all trades

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

607 364 917 or 950 432 110 email: info@md-aircon.com

in Albox

Private parties Private parties Birthday etc, Birthday etc, all events all events catered for Installations and supplies of: catered for Plasterboard • ceilings call for more call Bar for more screens • wallpaper information: information Tel: 675 986 622

BABY HIRE

Everything for the visiting baby Car seats, high chairs, stair gates, cots etc 950 436 581 or 666 375 688 expectingababy.2006@gmail.com

ballroom dancing

calvet@calvetinstalaciones.es www.calvetinstalaciones.es

drainage

Drainage Solutions

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

Tea room ballroom dancing Established 9 years in spain

sequence with jean & derek at

La

VidaRestaurant&Venue el Cucador

Tel: 616 531 283 or 670 088 966

mondays 3-5pm

all levels welcome LICENSED POZO/septic tank emptying single or couples enjoyable afternoon to meet • Installation of new septic new friends tanks with certificates for more info call 950 449 617 • Repairs to existing pozos

carpentry

• CCTV Camera

md_aircon@mobileemail.vodafone.es for all your Inspection carpentry needs Call Andy on 950 091 109 or 648 768 587 Airport services Call B& B designs on 646 101 712 Email: blockeddrainsrus@albox-online.net www.AAparking.es Tel: 639 081 067

Cheap

Airport Parking

WILDWOOD Bespoke Joinery Need Cleaning of Septic Tanks Transport?? For all your carpentry requirements Airport

services Alicante Almeria Murcia shopping New trips Servicing / Repairs hospital A irport appointments transfers etc pick up all areas, c o m p e t i t i v e 663 429 521 rates. For a quote please visit professional www. spanish reliable estateagent. com or call 661 service 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 almeria.com carlos saliente plumbing & heating for solar pool heating, solar hot water installations and repairs. call 950 930 900 or 968 969 962, email carlos.saliente@ gmail.com

Fast, efficient, competitive service. Tel: 634 328 574 james@wildwood.es chimney sweep

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 Tel: 950 120 900

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

Pool Cleaning & Water Tanks

Contact: 675 838 808 electrician

CD electrical SERVICES Rewires & Upgrades - Fault Finding - Boletins

Emergency Call Outs for all your electrical needs!!! air conditioning & ALARMS

construction

Call: 617 410 534or 662 414 043

sms for all your building needs Call Steve on 950 930 536 or 634 306 690

www.viva-almeria.com

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HOME HELP/CARER Mature Irish Lady Home Help/ Cleaning In Mojacar & Surrounding Areas. Experienced & Can Supply References. Reasonable Rates. Call Yvonne 634369053

insurance

albox

gardening

potty finca services

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

iron/metal works The Metal works Grills, railings, gates of all types, security/sliding/ roller, rejas, concertina doors etc. Tel: Keith Wood on 638 900 949

Tel: 950 121 936 or 902 750 190 ext 332 PAINTER / DECORATOR

painter & decorator

friendly - professional -reliable neat & tidy - experienced no job too small

Glenn & jayne 950 121 943

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 heating

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

load of small or big Olive logs, no roots €160 load of mixed Olive some roots €140 load of health & beauty eucalyptus, no roots €160 all loads avon cosmetics Tel Claire 2 tonnes Arboleas & surrounding 691 987 454 avonfromclaire areas Call Lee on 636 092 632, @yahoo.es eliteplanthire@hotmail.co.uk pamper yourself at R Retreat El Cucador, beauty treatments, hair salon, holistic massage, waxing, pedicure etc. Therapists all established & UK qualified. Email retreatcucador.gmail.com or call 647 379 878 for a full listing of treatments or look at our main advert on the ladies page inside & call the therapists direct

hobby/craft

ELAINE’S WOOLS

Phil Delivers

Logs

gravel & all building materials

Albox & Surrounding areas

tel: 634 328 779

Quality UK Wool & Accessories. Come & view my DISPLAY. OPTICIANS Also Available at CAT Services & Optica Albox All your optical Total Entertainment Call 667 273 889 needs, eye tests, hearing tests, elaineswools@gmail.com contact lenses Tel: 950 121 991

For all your plumbing needs Fully Qualified heating engineer

plasterer

All work

634 327 201

Refined & Mature Lady 60+

If you wish us to print an article about a particular Small friendly kennels, 24hr vets service, pet transporting arranged, welcome to topic in our regular space view ministry approved on pg 22, please email Tracy Mobile 650 211 952 info@daviessolicitors.com

logs

British

email thunderpaul2003@hotmail.com

Tel: 649 186 107 or

woodhouse boarding kennels & cattery - arboleas

Phil the Pick Locksmith 24 hours. Locked Out? Locks fitted/ upgraded house safes. Arboleas & surrounding area. Special weekend rates. Tel: 697 243 181

plumbing

guaranteed

pets section

locksmith

PLASTERER

new year offers

would like to meet a single kind gentleman aged 65infoalbox.libertyseguros@gmail.com professional tree 75 who is looking for love T & T Metals For all quality metal felling & pruning, & friendship. Smoker works, including gates, railings, accepted but not a heavy including all types of palm trees rejas, staircases, gazebos & chaindrinker. GSH. link fencing Tel: 950 431 738 strimming of overgrown Financially Stable. Zurgena area. gardens & hedge cutting legal Please call between 4pm & spanish registered. 8pm. 630 993 474 Please contact

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Tel Paul C A R L O S SALIENTE Plumbing and Heating offer machined boiler decals for gas water heaters for just €65 – aguafuerte is not the answer! Call 950 930 900 or 968 969 962, email carlos. saliente@gmail. com

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

PROPERTY section

Specialising in rural property with character Whether you are buying or selling we will be delighted to hear from you

detatched cortijo

reduced

20mins from mojacar, Call Stephen 636 266 641 4 beds, 2 baths, email info@findmeahome.es Find us online at Open plan living www.findmeahome.es areas, kitchen & facebook.com/findmeahome diningroom as well as a workshop, dog & grooming parlor courtyard front & Bath • Hygiene • grooming urcal back & room for 616 857 429 mimopeluqueriacanina@gmail.com 1 bed casita, fully furnished a pool. Mountain Camino San Roque, Albox views. with large fly-free patio, internet connection, log burner, private €135,000 ono 649 186 107 parking, electric by metre

los pedro gales

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

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

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

pilates

with Sharon O’Lanlon every Wednesday 11am - 12 all welcome all levels at La Vida, El Cucdor Call for more details 638 487 314 fully UK reg: 25 years experience

250€ pcm inc water

Tel: 666 281 323 VERA APARTMENT FOR RENT SHORT-TERM/HOLIDAY RENTAL

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

BARGAIN For sale. One bedroom apartment in La Envia Golf. Fully furnished. Ready for rental. Superb investment opportunity. Offers based on 35,000€. No timewasters please. Call 663 426 921

WANTED VILLA

2-3 bed detached for rent 1-2 years with pool 10Km radius Turre Retired prof.couple N/S

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Classified box from 9€. lineage only 45 cents per word Deadline 5pm Friday Contact Paulette on 950 121 936 or 902 750 190 ext 332 removals

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

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

De Lima’s

removals 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 enquiries@delimas.biz

www.delimas.biz

fortnightly SERVICE TO & FROM UK FULL OR PART LOADS

SPAIN UK SPAIN safe & secure transport to & from uk Removals thermal lined & controlled ventilation ideal for pets Friendly Reliable Service 200€ dog Fully Legal 100€ cats & birds Special deals from UK - Spain

Office: 968 564 298 Mobile: 696 621 884 marmenorremovals@ hotmail.com

heavy loads welcome

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

call: 634 368 430

yoga

UK - SPAIN - UK

Yoga with Liz Hill From a parcel to a small every Wednesday 2pm house move - 4pm Professional,Friendly & Caring at La Vida Fully insured, scheduled El Cucador over 20 years monthly door to door service experiences UK trained uk@fmtransport.co.uk All levels www.fmtransport.co.uk welcome +44 (0) 1582 499 836 call Liz for more info on +44 (0) 7977 754 389 667 979 445

satellite/ television

swimming pools

A1 Sky Television Systems, Satellite TV installations, alignment of dishes etc. Coming soon UKTV without a dish Call for more info. Tel Dave: 628 607 778

Pro Care Pools Tel: 642 370 681 email: procare property service@ gmail.com

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Van hire

ONE WAY

UK to Spain or Spain to UK

*LOCAL *NATIONAL *EUROPEAN

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TEL: 667 235 205

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

number plates

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wanted

Mobile motor mechanic

CLASSIC S-TYPE V6 JAG 1999 3 litre petrol automatic executive 4 door saloon. 140,000 miles, 2 owners. Full luxury spec. Electric sun roof, tow bar, excellent condition. UK reg. Current tax & M.O.T 2,995 € o.v.n.o. 697 581 734

wanted

EX RENTAL CARS FOR SALE

2004 Opel Corsa AUTOMATIC.....................................€3000 2004 Kia Carens Large estate car diesel.....................€4000

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

Alan 662 249 159

www.replatematecostablanca.com

2005 Skoda Fabia diesel...............................................€3000 2005 Renault Kangoo diesel choice of two..................€3500

uk cars & vans bought for cash

Telephone 667 235 205

Honda fantic koala 50cc liquid cool sand bike offers welcome tel: 673 502 867 picture for illustration only

2004 Opel Agila diesel choice of two...........................€3250 2004 Renault Clio Petrol 1.2, 5 door............................€2500 2004 Renault Clio Diesel 5 door..................................€3000

This size advert is only 10€

2002 Nissan Tino 5 door automatic, Superb quality car............€3000

Prices plus 160.00 euros transfer All cars will have an ITV and 30 point check over

Send your CV to rob@soltimes.com situations WANTED

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

All jobs considered

labouring, gardening, office, driving etc please contact Daniel or Rachael on 634 368 071 rachelchalmers83@yahoo.co.uk tuition

LEARN SPANISH… at Camping Los Gallardos, MiraFlores Restaurant.

New, beginners class starts thursday 23rd jan 2014 16.30pm

Book online at www.costacochesrentacar.biz

THE ALMERIA AIRPORT SPECIALISTS

A great opportunity for the right person. Working in our busy, friendly Zurgena offices with hours to suit. Must be able to use Indesign and Photoshop and work with networks

…in a fun and enjoyable class with Paco

WANTED: All late model cars with low KMS for our own fleet, we are end user and will always pay top money for right cars. We urgently want Automatics & 7 Seaters. Call 667 702 887 Booking details email us at costacoches@hotmail.com or call us on 950 459 208 / 950 069 272 to reserve your rental vehicle

are looking for A Sales assistant

PRODUCTION ASSISTANT REQUIRED

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car for sale

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classified

mobile mechanics

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

ARE YOU F A RAY O E? SUNSHIN

Bright, enthusiastic person with an outgoing personality to join our sales department. Full or part time position available. Experience not essential as full training will be given, you must enjoy selling and working within a busy sales office

motoring section car & van hire

situations vacant

call paulette on 950 121 936

Private lessons and different levels also available.

CALL PACO 661 142 606


viewpoint

Quicker Up Than Down In most cases, the laws of Nature and Isaac Newton decree that things go down faster than they go up. For example, trees take ages to grow, yet can be chopped down in a trice. Or me; Running downhill I can achieve a turn of speed that makes tortoises cast envious glances at my receding rear and has snails pulling over to the kerb, muttering profanities under their breath. Uphill, however, those same tortoises will overtake me with a sardonic grin, and the snails can be heard complaining about heavy traffic causing snarl-ups. However there are exceptions – Christmas trees! Putting the tree up involves racking my brains trying to remember where the Christmas boxes are, staging a small scale archaeological expedition to extract them from underneath all the summer related necessaries that are on top of them, and dragging them into the house. I assemble the tree while uttering the mantra ‘It’ll do for this year. We’ll get a new one next year’ and hastily cover it randomly with everything sparkly that I can lay my hands on, in order to divert the eye from its sparsely

needled branches. And there it sits in the living room in all its plastic splendour, the culmination of a couple of hours of effort. Getting it down is another matter altogether. The boxes, although technically empty, seem to have all manner of detritus in them – bits of tinsel, plastic needles, etc. so I clean them out. Then I start taking the baubles off the tree, only to find that each and every bauble is covered with dust. So I clean each and every bauble before nestling it gently into its box. The lights are next. They have a Tangle Factor embedded in their DNA, so I spend a delicate half hour untangling them without losing my temper – much. Of course they are dusty too, so I clean them, carefully. The tree is now standing naked, almost needleless – and dusty. So I flick at it gingerly with a feather duster, vainly willing the few remaining needles to stay put, at least until it is back in its nice clean box. Done! Except that the living room floor is covered in artificial pine needles with incidental tinsel sprinkles. So I vacuum it. Tomorrow more needles and tinselly bits will have appeared by magic overnight, so I will vacuum it again. And again, until about June. Christmas trees go up in a couple of hours, but take about 6 months before they are truly down! They are much quicker up than down! josbiggs@hotmail.co.uk

By Jos Biggs

From Frédéric Chopin to John Lennon - By Air. are literally hundreds of them. We are all familiar with John F Kennedy in New York and Charles de Gaulle in Paris, but there are airports named after composers such as Chopin in Warsaw, Poland; Prokofiev at Donetsk in the Ukraine, and Liszt in Budapest, Hungary. There are a plethora of military leaders from Shaka the great Zulu warrior king in Durban, to Chinggis Khan International Airport (Genghis Khan to you and me) in Ulan Bator, Mongolia and predictably the Ajaccio Napoleon Bonaparte Airport in Corsica. There is even a sprinkling of film stars, like the Indiana County Jimmy Stewart Airport and John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, California . . . “The hell it is!” The church is also represented, with two Pope John Paul II’s; one in Krakow Poland and the other in the Portuguese Azores. And Mother Teresa at the Tirana International Airport Nene Tereza in Albania. Then as you might expect, more presidents, prime ministers and premiers than you can shake a stick at, with the aforementioned JFK having three airports bearing his name – New York City; Ashland, Wisconsin and surprisingly, La Paz, Bolivia. Bob Hope in Burbank; Sherpa Tenzing and Edmund Hilary in Nepal, Federico Felini in Rimini - the list goes on and on. And amongst the famous and grand a few puzzling ones like the Brockville Regional Tackaberry Airport in Ontario Canada, which is named after one George badbirdnow@gmail.com Tackaberry - the bloke

We were in Italy recently and I was impressed with the way the Italians immortalise their heroes by naming airports after them. Our first experience of this was in Venice, where we encountered the Marco Polo International Airport. Then it was on to Rome and Leonardo Da Vinci. In fact I discovered that the Italians have gone bonkers in this respect, with Florence, Bologna, Pisa, Genoa, Parma, Bergamo, Naples, Rimini and Perugia, all naming their airports after great Italians. From artists to explorers and scientists to saints - and in Palermo, two Mafia fighting judges – their names have all been perpetuated in this way. Being an Englishman, I am not familiar with this practice and it made me wonder how many other airports around the globe, bear the names of national figures. If I had heard that Corvera Airport had actually opened for business, I couldn’t have been more surprised - there

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whose company re-surfaced the runway. We in the UK on the other hand stick with the utterly uninspiring handles like Heathrow, Gatwick, and East Midlands. We all know that the likes of Newcastle, Manchester, Luton and Southampton airports are in or near to those cities – it’s obvious – so let’s have some imagination shown here. I would like to start a campaign therefore, to rechristen these and other British airports with the names of some of our greatest historical figures. I mean, it’s not as if we are short on choice. It’s true that we have the John Lennon airport in Liverpool. A great tribute to a great musician and why not, after all New Orleans has the Louis Armstrong Airport. We also have the George Best Belfast City Airport and the Robin Hood Airport in Doncaster. This is a good start but much more should be done. Besides in Robin Hood’s case, he was pretty much a fictional figure who almost certainly did not exist in the way he has been portrayed by the likes of Errol Flynn and Richard Greene. He probably stole from the Salvation Army as well as the rich and I bet his men never washed or wore poncy Lincoln green, and were anything but merry except when they hit ye Olde Ale. So what about some suggestions? Here are a few of my own. There is always going to be controversy when using politicians’

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Work on the Palacio de La Paz continued slowly. Worryingly slowly, however the funds available for the project seemed to be disappearing alarmingly fast. The architects Fleecem, Skinem and Leggit had brought in contractors from the UK and they needed to acclimatise to the Alquerian environment. There had already been casualties. After swimming in the reeking Río Verde two ‘brickies’ from Sunderland suffered physiological changes. They are now starring as pantomime fairies in Nigel Ruffbody’s production of ‘Giggling in the Greenwood’ at the East Daftborough Apollo. Once the building is completed it will be fitted out as a leisure and entertainment centre for the Alquerian people. No one barrio would dominate with all entertainment and pastimes non-controversial. The idea was to soothe nerves and foster tolerance. Reirmucho S.A. of Almería agreed to handle these activities. They duly set about researching local Alquerian customs to find something common to both barrios. After much work they came to the conclusion that the only common customs appeared to be womanising, gambling and drinking. The last two were easy to achieve in the form of a casino with an integral bar. As for the first, they sought the advice of the capable and ever willing Manuela. No foreign entertainers could be persuaded to visit Alqueria. The Pueblo has been on a black list ever since a group of Morris Dancers performed there some two years ago. After being in the Village for only two hours they needed counselling and all turned in their bells and ribbons. Most visitors from the outside tended to drive cars with flashing blue lights on. Whether by luck or sheer hard work it is difficult to say but the day of opening eventually arrived. All Alquerians, apart from Loco Paco who was busy shoeing his Saharan Dung Beetle made the trek across the Río Verde. The opening ceremony was itself a triumph of absurdity. Rodriquez of the Newcomer’s barrio and Poyato representing the Hill People pulled the lanyard simultaneously. What looked like an extremely large brown paper bag dropped away revealing the structure. To say it was the most hideous building imaginable would be an understatement. The Newcomers blamed the Hill People and vice versa. The ensuing riot lasted for three days and nights, during which time, ironically, the new building came into its own. It was pressed into service as a first-aid station for these and subsequent inter-barrio hostilities. It appears that the only common aspect between the two barrios are the casualties caused by the inter-barrio fighting sparked by their differences. names, but hey, how could we not re-name Heathrow: London Winston Churchill Airport. And at the heart of our capital, how about London City Christopher Wren. There is only one possible name for Birmingham, being so near to the Bards home town, and that surely has to be the Birmingham William Shakespeare International Airport. Similarly Norwich re-named after a city daughter -Elizabeth Fry. But it need not be a pre-requisite that the figure concerned is born in the appropriate city, but where there is a strong connection this would be reason enough. For example: the Bristol Isembard Kingdom Brunel Airport. If you think that’s too much of a mouth full, then think yourself lucky you don’t live close to the M’Vengue El Hadj Omar Bongo Ondimba International Airport in Gabon! It could be decided by we the people and not only would it be a long overdue display of patriotism, but a signal to the world that here is a country that is proud of its history.


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We had an upgrade to our satellite system last week and I realised, that’s why our life expectancy has improved. Nothing to do with medical science, better diet or even Darwin’s evolution theory, it’s all down to technical support helplines! The technicians were in our house all day last Saturday. Three hours they said it would take! I hope the satellite system works better than their watches. They spent their time gouging out a place in our lounge wall for the unobtrusive satellite hub to go. It was about as unobtrusive as Mount Everest! They fed cables through the wall then to top it off, and for no reason that we could fathom, they dug a big hole outside our front gate, like one of those traps that Tarzan would sometimes accidentally fall into in the jungle. To their credit, they did fill the hole in, but somehow managed to use only half the soil they had dug out of it, so at the moment we have a mucky knoll outside our front gate. But who cares, now we have more channels! We can watch “The Weakest Link” in four different languages at the same time and now most of the channels have child safe options so TCM, the Turner Classic Movies channel, has been sanitised and become TCP! And we have a new remote control! The next day, the system broke down! After a few choice words, similar to, “Oh cripes,” and “Golly, that’s dashed bad luck,” we called the helpline; we took it in turns listening to the soothing music being played to us, whilst the technician was helping another client; we initially smiled when we heard a friendly voice telling us, every so often, that they valued our custom; we chuckled when that same voice told us our call would be recorded for training Graham is married purposes. Eventually, after three hours, we began to get to Helen and has a a little niggly, you know, about on a par with international daughter, Alice. He relations just before a war! Then I knew; Darwin was wrong, lives part of the year near Albox, but works it has nothing to do with evolution, we live longer now so we can spend so many years of our lives waiting long enough in Qatar, teaching. If to speak to a trained operative! you wish to contact Graham regarding When we finally reached a human he solved our problem, this article email: thanked us for our call and said it had been his pleasure to helenandg@yahoo. help us. That’s not quite the phrase I used! co.uk

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A Kodak Moment Remember the good old days when having dinner in a restaurant; someone would whip out their 35mm camera and photograph plates of food; then 23 or 35 shots later when the film was finished it would be sent off to be processed. A few weeks later when the photos were posted back they would then visit their friends’ houses to show them the photos of the dinner they had eaten a while back? As I suspected, none of us remember ever doing the above do we! What we of a certain age may recall however is that sense of excitement and trepidation. Firstly when a roll of film was sent off to be developed, then for the second time when the fat envelope thudded onto the doormat or was picked up from a processing lab like Boots. A commercial photographer could get a sneak preview at the lab but for us mere mortals we had no idea what results would slide out of the envelope. Nowadays it’s all so different and the word ‘Selfie’ has made it into the dictionary. Usually there were 24 or 36 frames on a roll of 35mm film; sometimes the number reel on the camera kept going and an extra shot or two could be taken before having to hand wind the film back into its cartridge. Simple pleasures eh! In the early 70s Kodak launched its Instamatic brand using a 120 cartridge which didn’t need rewinding. Coincidentally the 120 cameras were relatively slim line, not unlike the size and shape of the larger Android phones

today. 120 was a hugely successful format and Kodak only stopped making the cameras in the mid-80s, then the film cartridges a couple of years ago. Smaller niche manufactures have now taken over the reins for the many camera buffs out there. Until around 2000 film cameras were the norm rather than the exception. Then as technology leapt forward the digital era stormed the world of photography. In 2003 Kodak launched the EasyShare camera; it was the first camera to have an AMOLED display screen, the forerunner to the screens used on many phones and tablets nowadays. Kodak had conducted extensive market research discovering that women especially didn’t like the inconvenience of getting photos printed. So the camera was designed to plug straight into a Kodak printer. A year later they stopped producing film cameras, laying off 15,000 employees. The World’s first commercial digital camera was made by Kodak and sold under the Apple label in 1994. Even earlier in1986, the Kodak boffins created the first megapixel sensor; it was capable of taking a 7x5inch photo with its 1.4 megapixels. Even though their R&D was excellent Kodak’s bosses didn’t believe that digital would ever replace film. Competitors such as Minolta, Sony, Nikon and Fuji were so

much better at exploiting the new technology and making more stylish and importantly cheaper products! Kodak went from being a major player in the digital camera market and having 27% of the market in 1999 to filing for bankruptcy in 2012. What also didn’t help Kodak was that from about 5 years ago, mobiles and tablets got better and better cameras attached so people stopped buying as many cameras. Kodak also ceased production of their Kodachrome film in 2010 which was something Kodak execs never thought would happen. Kodachrome was introduced in 1935 and was the first commercially available colour film, responsible for many of the iconic images of the 20th Century. Steve McCurry took this shot in1985 for National Geographic using Kodachrome film, it’s known simply as ‘Afghan Girl!’

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How many times have I told you to do a system backup “Just in case”? How many of you have followed that recommendation? Or do you have a manufacturer created backup that you can rely? At the time of writing this article, my favourite program to create this system backup is called “EASEUS TODO BACKUP”. This doesn’t mean that there aren’t other’s that are better or more intuitive! This free version is for personal use, should I use it for business I would happily pay money for it (but it you repeat that – I will deny ever saying it :-)!). To find it, open your favourite browser and go to <<http://www.todo-backup.com/products/home/free-backup-software.htm>> The “how to install and set up” of this program was covered months ago in an article for your Fav. Rag. So today you will be getting just a list of simple instructions on how to recover from that virus / malware attack that just won’t go away. Though, you need to know that, any programs, documents, music, videos, pictures, in fact everything not in the original image WILL BE LOST! So back up your data to an external safe device before you start. How To Restore Using TODO BACKUP 1. Turn on computer and insert the restore CD into the drive. Then Restart your computer, making sure that your computer will start up from a CD drive. 2. When the menu is displayed the first option “EaseUS Todo Backup” is highlighted. Just press the “Enter” or “Return” key. 3. Wait until Screen One appears. In the Free version the default screen is the “Recovery” option where you will see 3 options. 3.1 Disk/Partition Recovery.. 3.2 System Recovery. 3.3 File Recovery. Select “Disk/Partition Recovery” and click on the button at the bottom of the screen marked “Next”. 4. On Screen Two you will be shown a circle next to the picture of the hard drive, Click on the circle to put a dot in it and then click on the button at the bottom of the screen marked “Next”.

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Tonight and tomorrow, the second legs of the 2014 League Cup semi-finals take place and unless there’s a miracle at Upton Park, Manchester City (who lead West Ham 6-0) will be playing either Sunderland (2) or Manchester United (1) in the final at Wembley on 2 March. This weekend, there are 16 fourth round FA Cup-ties taking place, the pick of the bunch Bournemouth versus Liverpool, Manchester City v. Watford, Stevenage v. Everton and Sunderland against non-League Kidderminster Harriers. And the men’s/women’s singles finals at the Australia Open also take place this weekend. Football - Arsenal still lead the Premier League after a 2-0 win over Fulham. * A hat-trick by Samuel Eto’o gave Chelsea a 3-1 win over Manchester United. * Edin Dzeko scored Manchester City’s 100th goal of the season in a 4-2 home win over Cardiff who now prop up the table. * Tottenham won 3-1 at Swansea, Newcastle by the same score at West Ham, Crystal Palace beat Stoke 1-0, Norwich defeated Hull also 1-0, and Southampton drew 2-2 at Sunderland. WBA played Everton on Monday. * In the Championship, leaders Leicester triumphed 1-0 at Leeds to stay five points clear of QPR who beat Huddersfield 2-1. * Reading thrashed hapless Bolton 7-1 and there were also wins for Derby County, in-form Middlesbrough and also Nottingham Forest, who are now unbeaten in ten. * Leyton Orient and Scunthorpe top Leagues 1 and 2 respectively. * The latest La Liga games saw Real Madrid (with a Gareth Bale goal) beat Real Betis 50, Barcelona drew 1-1 with Levante, Malaga and Valencia drew 0-0 and Almeria lost 2-0 at Villarreal. Cricket - After getting whitewashed in the Ashes, England followed up by losing the ODI series 3-0 against Australia. This was England’s ninth successive defeat at all levels. Rubbish! Tennis - In temperatures of 41 degrees c./110f, Serena Williams was knocked out of the Australia Open by Ana Ivanovic. Caroline Wozniaki and Maria Sharapovaare also out, but Li Na and Victoria Azarenka remain in. In the men’s section, at the time of writing, Messrs Djokovic, Murray, Nadal, Tsonga, Ferrer, Wawrinka and Federer were still in. Rugby Union - The draw for the Heineken Cup quarter-finals is Clermont v Leicester, Munster v Toulouse, Toulon v Leinster and Ulster v Saracens. Motor Sport Bernie Ecclestone will quit as boss of F1. He faces a Court appearance later this year for bribery. Snooker - Ronnie ‘The Rocket’ O’Sullivan is the 2014 Masters champion after beating last year’s winner Mark Selby 10-4. In an earlier round, O’Sullivan scored a world record 556 points to nil, taking five frames in a row without his opponent, Ricky Walden, getting to the table, other than breaking off. Golf - There are two tournaments this weekend - The Qatar Open in Doha and the US PGA Tour Open in San Diego. And Tiger Woods, Adam Scott and Henrik Stenson started 2014 as the world’s top three golfers. Hockey - England’s men took bronze after losing to New Zealand in the World League semifinal in Delhi. Following a 3-3 draw, the Kiwis won the shoot-out 7-6. R.I.P. Two sporting icons died last weekend - athlete Sir Chris Chattaway, aged 82, who was the first recipient of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award, and the former Wolves and England goalkeeper Bert Williams, MBE, at the age of 93. Did You Know? Arsenal beat Crystal Palace 5-1 in a PL game in 2005 without one English-born player in their team.

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19th Hole Golf Society Cucador. Thursday 16th January was time for our Monthly Medal competition at Aguilon. With rain threatening several players looked anxiously skyward whilst praying to the sun god to beat up the rain fella, The course was in good condition but course traffic was busy with The Taverners in front of the 19th Hole, unfortunately the etiquette of golf was completely ignored by not allowing quicker players to pass, causing some fairways to resemble the M25 at rush hour, and causing some obvious frustration for our members being unreasonably held up. Nigel Greenwood emerged from the snail like pace to take 1st place with a nett 72, from his adopted dad, Geoff Smith, on the same points score but beaten on countback, Geoff also made a Two on the 17th . Mark Danson finished in 3rd place with a Nett 76. Christine Dow took the honours in the Ladies Medal with a nett 73 with Zeta Denyer close behind on 74. Results Two’s Mens Medal Ian Postles Hole No 12 1st Nigel Greenwood Nett 72 (18) Geoff Smith Hole No 17 2nd Geoff Smith Nett 72 (28) John Ball Hole No 17 3rd Mark Danson Nett 76 (02) Nearest the Pin Ladies Medal. Hole No 4 Nigel Greenwood 1st Christine Dow Nett 73 (37) Hole No 8 Zeta Denyer 2nd Zeta Denyer Nett 74 (37) Hole No 12 Ray Wicking Thanks to all the members who supported the 19th Hole Golf Society. The 19th hole G/S are now arranging weekly games at various courses in the area, our home course, which we will play fortnightly, is Aguilon. If you are interested in joining the 19th hole give the secretary a ring on 610340653. or email gs19thhole@hotmail.co.uk

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Airport Service: Car ready to drive away upon arrival, no waiting in queues on arrival, all paperwork done beforehand!! NO CREDIT CARD BLOCKING!! No hidden extras, price includes damage waiver (excluding vans). Fuel policy – cars full on collection, return full, pay only for what you use. SAME 2013 RATES! – Spring rates from 13€ per day, Vans from 40€ per day. Can’t find a flight from Almeria this winter? – Our friendly, helpful English speaking staff can arrange a fully legal transfer from either Alicante or Murcia. for the best quote ring our Mojacar office. Prearranged collections/returns anywhere in the area available – small charge applies. Long term always negotiable. Always 10-15 ex rental cars for sale at Mojacar, all well serviced and reliable. We are, and always have been a budget car rental company, established 6 years, year round low prices with a friendly service you can trust, from an established and reputable company.

STOP PRESS FOR AIRPORT CUSTOMERS WE WILL STILL BE OFFERING FULL TO FULL FUEL OPTION - PLEASE REQUEST ON BOOKING Book online at www.costacochesrentacar.biz

Booking details email us at costacoches@hotmail.com or call us on 950 459 208 / 950 069 272 to reserve your rental vehicle

THE ALMERIA AIRPORT SPECIALISTS


O 40 SOLTIMES JANUARY 2014

Tel 902 750 190

www.soltimes.com

Bedar, 04288 (next to Miramar Restaurant)

Tel: 607 705 085 or 687 938 466

Olive

Email: info@olivehouse-es.com www.olivehouse-es.com Monday - Friday 10am - 3.30pm

Sales Office Now Open in Bedar ...it’s all in the detail

bedar OLV260

319,950€ cortijo grande 94,950€

Open to Offers

This spacious property is situated minutes from the village of Bedar with all its amenities. This is a unique property with its own private pool It also boasts a large garage ,stables, paddocks and a 2 self contained apartments.

bedar OLV785

365,000€ NEW TO MARKET

OLV625

Open to Offers

Fabulous townhouse in the beautiful Cortijo Grande valley with amazing views over the mountains and the golf course. Great for walkers and golfers.

lubrin (Jauro)

99,950€

OLV762

OLV512

99,950€

OLV787

This unique property is situated just over 1km from the beautiful village of Uleila de Campo and consists of a beautiful new “cortijo style “ house, stunning mature gardens and more than 700 Olive trees set in over 40,000m2 of land.

sorbas (Cariatz)

bedar (el Pinar)

249,950€

OLV542

A charming, characterful, 4 bedroom country property located close to a small village yet in a quiet area with great views. This property is immaculate and boasts many interesting features and a lovely private pool area.

OLV573

A truly unique opportunity to purchase a village house for development located in one of the most sought after locations in the old part of Antas town. This 3 bedroom property is located in the main square opposite the Town Hall and has all plans available to the new owner.

BEDAR

only 67,950€

This fabulous village house is in the centre of Bedar village, close to the main square. The property has two beds and a large roof terrace with sea views and an enormous garage/ apartment with bathroom. ** This price includes all the furniture **.

lubrin

109,000€

OLV757

This fantastic 2 bed, 2 bath town house is located in the popular village of El Pinar, 5 minutes from the beautiful village of Bedar and just over 10 minutes from Mojacar. It boasts a garage, store room, garden, terraces and fabulous communal pool area.

valle de este

only 29,950€

OLV765

This fabulous, detached property is located a short drive from This sizable 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom traditional Spanish Bedar village with beautiful gardens, private seating areas, fabulous views and a large pool and spacious terrace areas. property is located in a small hamlet under a 10 minute Must be seen to be appreciated. drive from the popular Spanish market town of Lubrin.

uleila del campo 349,950€

ANTAS

58,000€

OLV804

This well priced 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom apartment is located on the popular golf resort of Valle de Este, 5 minutes from the historical town of Vera and just 20 minutes from the coastal resorts of Vera Playa and Mojacar.

This beautifully restored, large village cortijo was originally 2 houses and is located in a very pretty village a short drive from Lurbin town. This property boasts great views, a lovely private courtyard of 60m2 as well as a large (garden) citrus grove of approx 275m2. A great buy.

bedar

450,000€

OLV531

This luxury detached Villa is situated in the now protected area of Bedar as it is an area of outstanding natural beauty and boasts 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a beautiful pool area and stunning views of the entire coastline.

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