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Rescuers try to reach a two week old baby Taxi gets stuck in flood trapped in a house in Berkshire water after ignoring

The youngster is among the residents of Wraysbury, on the banks of the River Thames, who are being evacuated from their homes by a team of volunteer flood wardens.

Around 400 flood warnings and alerts have been issued by the Environment Agency, including 16 severe warnings, meaning there is a danger to life.

Further upstream in Datchet, the military was drafted in to build emergency barriers from sandbags in a desperate attempt to hold back the water.

The Thames Valley is now among the areas most at risk, with the river at record levels in places including Marlow Lock, Romney Lock, Walton and Ditton Island. A number of rail lines have been flooded, with major disruption on some First Great Western, CrossCountry, Southeastern and South West Trains routes. Further east, the swollen River Thames is predicted to burst its banks in several places between Datchet and Shepperton Green, including Hamm Court and Chertsey in Surrey. Around 2,500 homes are at risk, according to the Environment Agency, which said river levels in the area “are extremely high and are forecast to continue to rise.” Forecasters have warned there will be little respite from the hurricane-force winds and lashing rain, with further storms expected to cross the country during the week. The Met Office said river levels are expected to continue rising along the Thames, Severn and the Stour in Dorset in the coming days. Two other severe flood warnings remain in the South West, which has seen significant flooding especially on the Somerset Levels. The Ministry of Defence has put 1,600 personnel on six hours’ notice to help in the south of England, and another 20,000 sandbags are ready to be deployed to communities in the area. A Ministry of Defence spokesman said: “Military personnel, currently mostly Royal Marines, continue to provide support in Somerset in areas affected by floods as part of crossGovernment and multi-agency relief efforts

A kayaker - a man in his 30s - went missing in the River Usk at Llangynidr in Powys, Mid Wales. Dyfed-Powys Police, the Welsh Ambulance Service, Brecon Mountain Rescue Team and the coastguard were involved in the search.

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A Taxi driver got his vehicle stuck in flood water after ignoring a road closed sign in Eton in the early hours of the morning. The car got stuck in Pococks Lane, Eton, at around 1am. The fire services from Slough were called to the scene, but by the time they had arrived, the driver and his passenger had managed to free themselves and wade out of the water. The driver then had the cheek to ask the firefighters to tow his car free; they told him that rather than tying up fire service resources, he should call a breakdown recovery service.

The Environment Agency claims that its handling of flood defences is a ‘success.’

David Jordan, director of operations for the Environment Agency, said that the protection of over a million homes by flood defences contrasts with 5,000 flooded homes, which he called “individual tragedies”. “We need to recognise that 1.3 million other properties would have flooded if these flood defences had not been built,” Mr Jordan said. “That is the success story, if you like, that we are talking about.” But Tory MP Ian Liddell-Grainger, whose Bridgwater and West Somerset constituency has been among the worst hit areas, called the flooding “a tragedy and a disaster”. “What a stupid bloody man,” he added. “This is an out of touch, out of control quango which is stuck in a time warp of arrogance and stupidity.”



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A woman stripped down to her underwear in a supermarket before downing a can of beer for a NekNominate challenge.

Rebecca Dagley, 19, walked into an Asda supermarket in Fosse Park, Leicester, in a beige trench coat. She walked around the store before coming to a stop in the fruit and vegetable aisle, taking a can of Stella Artois from her pocket, removing her coat, stripping down to just her bra, knickers and suspenders, and then downing the can of beer in front of shocked shoppers. The act was captured on film by a giggling friend - who at the end of the footage nominates three more friends to take part. This is NekNominate, an online craze where youngsters are chosen by their peers to down - or ‘neck’ – strong drinks before challenging others to film a more shocking video within the next 24 hours. The craze started in Australia last month and has now swept the globe with thousands of British youngsters taking part.

The act is often done in bizarre and dangerous circumstances - Sean Bisset, 18, downed a mixture of wine and gin before plunging in to a freezing harbour.

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Participants often upload the footage onto the internet. Last week, footage was posted of one young man from Derby drinking a live goldfish as part of the craze.

The game has been condemned by experts. Dr Sarah Jarvis, medical adviser to alcohol education charity Drinkaware, said: ‘Young people often say they feel peer pressure to drink to fit in, but competitions to drink excessively in a short space of time can be dangerous and this should not come as a surprise. Quite apart from the risk of accident or injury as a result of drinking to excess, there is another aspect to these online drinking games which is the ‘cyber shame’ some young people may experience.’

In some instances, teens can be seen downing ‘dirty pints’ - or concoctions of alcohol and other substances - or large amounts of strong spirits as part of the dare.

‘Drinkaware’ research shows nearly half of 18 to 24-year-olds admitted ‘untagging’ drunk photos of themselves on Facebook that they didn’t want others to see.’

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These small, pretty villages high in the Sierra Nevada national park are a few hours’ drive from Málaga, but offer a window on to a different Andalucía. The villages are connected by ancient paths, known as caminos, which, along with the long-distance footpath GR-7, make this an excellent base for stunning scenic walks. Visit in late September or early November to forage the glut of wild almonds, walnuts, chestnuts and figs, and if you’re there in early November, don’t miss the Fiesta de las Castañas (feast of chestnuts) in Mecina Bombarón.

Vejer de la Frontera

This is a stunning hilltop Moorish town 9km from the empty golden beaches of the Costa de la Luz. Wander round the ancient cobbled streets, eat delicious tapas in one of the many street cafes. Sit on the terrace of the hippy chic Hotel la Casa del Califa with a glass of chilled

This is one of the most beautiful places in Spain, in the fertile Poniente Granadino in southern Andalucía – incredible light, authentic fabulous food, great people. It isn’t far from the airport at Málaga, but it is a million miles from the pubs and full English breakfasts on the coast. There are churches, lovely squares, a spectacular gorge, a red Moorish fort, an Arabic quarter, fresh food shops and dozens of cafe-bars and restaurants all in easy walking distance. The town is famous throughout Spain for its thermal baths – hot therapeutic water bubbles up into four thermal pools next to the river.

Calle Granada, Málaga

People pass through Málaga, but they perhaps don’t know that it has two fabulous museums, an impressive cathedral, an Arab fortress and palace as good as any outside Granada, clear blue seas and miles of sandy beaches lined with chiringuito bars serving fresh sardines. The top street is Calle

Granada, where the Malagueños go to visit favourite tapas bars. There are many, but chief among them are: La Campana – tiny, crowded and noisy – which serves superb fresh fish at knock-down prices; El Piyayo, across the road, more upmarket, with seats outside; and the renowned El Pimpi, a vast, rambling place full of Spanish character. Try them all.

Etnosur at Alcalá la Real

For three days every July (15-17 July in 2011), the town of Alcalá la Real is home to a vibrant multicultural festival of music, theatre, circus, cinema, exhibitions, workshops, conferences, crafts, food, and much more! The town is only 60km from Jaén and 55km from Granada – a good bus service runs from both these cities – there’s a good selection of hotels and restaurants, as well as a reasonably priced camping area. The festival attracts a host of performers from across the globe every year, and all of the events are absolutely free.

Escaleras San Cristóbal, Granada

You arrive at the top entrance to the stairway, with an epic view over the south of the city. Descending the first flight of steps you spot a chameleon clinging to the wall in black paint. Wandering around the corner, you see colours erupt, an octopus woman lazes down a full flight while a Ghibliesque character skirts across a draughts board. Whales spurt, monkeys play and a pregnant Africa embraces the world. Cunningham-inspired vistas are played off against the smiles and eyes of the Cheshire cat. You realise that standing here, at the bottom of a staircase in southern Spain, you are witness to something very special.

Cortes de Baza

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We’ve got a problem with our television. We keep getting programmes that I’m sure weren’t meant for release, but have somehow slithered under the door and made it to the screens, well at least our screen. There are about 768 channels that we have access to and usually we end up watching a DVD because the programmes are, well, just awful Do you remember Eldorado, the soap opera about expats in Spain that was a bit of a disaster at the time? Critics, viewers and several distant alien races never had a kind word to say about it. Well I think that if it was shown now it may be in line for BAFTA-does that stand for Brings Awfully Feeble Television Again! Right now you can’t switch your television on without seeing a chef in action cooking some exotic dish or other. I don’t mind TV chefs, in fact I grew up with Fanny Craddock. Not in the same house, but watching her on TV with her husband Johnny. Nobody ever seemed sure what Johnny contributed to the programme, a little like the guy in Wham who wasn’t George Michael. My dad often tried cooking her recipes at home but regularly seemed disappointed that they turned out looking like Fanny’s. I didn’t know why he would be so disappointed at the time, thinking, in my innocence, they were supposed to look like hers! But there’s a guy on TV now who just confirms what I said about awful programmes. His idea of a top recipe tip is for us to cook cow’s udders, or maybe a little pig’s brain. Now just who he expects to go leaping along the aisles of the Mercadona, hunting down the last remaining pack of udders so they can race home to perfect the dish, before having friends to dinner, is quite beyond any sort of understanding.

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Bigger Bullfighting Museum Plan Gets A Goring From Opposition Parties

The mayor is on record as saying he will continue to give his personal support, as well as that of his party, to what he considers to be an integral part of the social and historical culture of Roquetas and Andalucia. He made the statement at the launch of last year’s line-up of matadors for the annual corrida during the fiesta in July. Interestingly, this years bullfighting event may well not go ahead, although the mayors office is tight lipped as to whether this is the case. As with so many contentious issues in the

municipality, the disagreement comes down to what each party considers to be the best way of spending the annual budget. The proposed extension plans to the museum will cost in excess of half as million euros; money which the opposition coalition says should be spent on more useful projects. They point out that many local people are opposed to bullfighting and that the same people are not opposed to road improvement, education and learning development and employment schemes. Many critics of the Popular Party (the ruling local government party), say that after almost twenty years in power, they are losing touch with the needs of the community and spending too much time - and ultimately too much money – on schemes which don’t reflect the views of the majority of taxpayers. Ricardo Fernandez, spokesman for the opposition coalition, said that, “For too long the Popular


New plans to extend the Bullfighting Museum in Roquetas have come under fire from members of the United Left opposition party. The proposed extension would almost double the existing space. The museum at the Plaza de Toros in the centre of town was opened five years ago and was heavily criticised at the time. The local government, led by Mayor Gabriel Amat, was accused of spending tax payers’ money on the highly controversial issue of bullfighting, which is thought by many to be an outdated and cruel ‘sport’. It has been banned in many areas of Spain.

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Q. A solicitor spoke the other day on television about the new directive 650/2012 explaining that is was essential that people retired in a country different of their country of nationality within the European Union revise their wills. What is all this about? A. This regulation of the EU 650/2012 deals with different things, but the reason English citizens need to look at their will is that this new Regulation of the EU establishes that: When a person dies resident in one country of the European Union but national of another, the law applicable to his inheritance will be the one that he/she has established expressly in his will and not the one established by the International Norms of each country (which may be in conflict). This is good news because an English national living in Spain can establish that he/she wishes English Law to rule his/her inheritance and this will avoid any possible risk of claims from children against the spouse on the basis of the system of obligatory heirs established in Spanish law, which has always caused worry and concern in the case of children from different marriages etc. If a person passes away after the 17th of August of 2015, unless he has said differently on his will the legislation applicable to his inheritance will be that of his country of last residence. This is very important for English people living in Spain, because under Spanish law you cannot leave everything to your wife as 2/3 of the estate have to be left to children. In other words if you are resident of Spain, have children and do not establish on your will that you wish English Law (your national law ) to rule your inheritance your Spouse will not be allowed to receive his/her full

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AUAN, 3rd February 2014 In the latest twist to the illegal homes saga, the homeowners association, AUAN, reveals that some of its members in El Fas, Cantoria are facing allegations from the regional government that their homes are still illegal because they were constructed on the wrong type of plot. Even though the homeowners, British pensioners, have been living in their homes for nearly 10 years they have had their services disconnected whilst the proceedings rumble on. An irregular plot, known as a parcelacion urbanistica is alleged to occur when a piece of rustic land is divided in order to construct houses. According to AUAN such land divisions are commonplace in the Valley of Almanzora, with around 30 similar examples of these land divisions in Albox alone affecting some 278 properties. The AUAN members, with the help of the association and its lawyer Gerardo Vazquez, have presented legal objections to the town hall of Cantoria arguing that the proceedings should be archived and that basic services such as

electricity and water, disconnected via an injunction as a result of this case, should be restored to these properties. As Maura Hillen, president of the association explains ‘The Junta alleges that this type of land division is never proscribed from prosecution. But, if murder can be proscribed after a period of time, why not illegal land divisions for goodness sake? Anyway what exactly is the point of pursuing this case? Does this mean that the government is going to enforce this legislation whenever they feel like it from here to eternity against thousands if not hundreds of thousands of plots where there is an irregular land division? Are they going to challenge everyone or are they just going to challenge a few? If so, why just a few?” Mrs Hillen concluded ‘Homeowners cannot afford to less this pass unchallenged. We do not agree with the regional government’s legal position on irregular land divisions and we believe that we have clear legal arguments to support our view. Our association is supporting this particular case because the outcome affects so many others in similar circumstances.’


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mojacar - new €79,950

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2 bed / 1 bath Penthouse Apartment with underground private parking. Terrace & solarium with views. Lift & pool . Ref. 1020

1 bed / 1 bath south facing Apartment with underground private parking and store room. Terrace of 19,30 m² with sea views. Ref. 1561

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2 bed / 1 bath south facing Apartment with terrace with sea views. Complex with pool & gardens near beach and amenities. Ref. 1513


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3 bed / 1 bath Apartment with terraces with sea views. Gated complex with tennis court and pools near promenade. Ref.1527

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3 bed / 1 bath south facing Apartment with walking distance to promenade. Terrace with sea views. Communal pool. Ref.1562

Amazing 2 bed / 2,5 bath sea facing Apartment with garage. Fully furnished. Large terrace. Lift, tennis & pool. Ref.1546

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3 bed / 2 bath fully furnished Apartment with a front terrace of 14 m² with sea views. Utility area. Community pool. Ref 1559

Charming 2 bed / 1 bath east facing Townhouse with lockup garage, front and rear terraces and roof solarium. Ref.1548

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2 bed / 2 bath Villa with pool on plot of 500 m² near all amenities of Turre. Conservatory, patio & solarium. Ref.1550

Lovely 2 bed / 2 bath Apartment near promenade, amenities. Large terrace, sea views. Store room & underground parking. Ref.1556

Opportunity! 3 bed / 2 bath large Villa with garage on plot of 513 m² in La Parata. Needs a little refresh. Ref 1533

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Lovely 3 bed / 2 bath Penthouse Apartment set across the road from the beach. Terraces with sea views. Underground parking place. Ref.1509


3 bed / 2 bath Villa with pool and horse stable on fenced plot of 10,000 m² within 2 minutes drive to amenities. Ref.1121


3 bed / 2 bath Villa with pool on plot of 600 m² in Las Golondrinas. Well kept gardens, terrace and store room. Ref.1101

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3 bed / 2 bath linked Villa with gardens of 100 m² within walking distance to commercial center and beach. Communal pool. Ref 1044


4 bed / 4 bath amazing Villa with pool on fenced plot of 10.648 m² within 2 minutes drive to town. Mature garden. Mountains views. Ref.1551

Please visit our office or refer to our website for more “bargains”. Vendors: If you are seriously considering selling your property please visit our office to discuss effective ways of achieving your goal. As per decree 218/2005 the “Documento de Información Abreviada” (D.I.A) for any property sold by Veritas Homes is available at our office.



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“It has been a great start to the year so if you want to sell your property in our area then contact us now”

sold • VH321 €114,950 sold • 5 bed, 3 bath Country House • 1,200m2 of land • Full of character • 3 mins drive to amenities

r e f f o under • VH81 €94,000 UNDER OFFEER • 2 bed, 1 bath Country House • 37,000m2 of land • Beautiful views • 4 mins drive to amenities

• VH121 €148,000 REDUCED • 4 bed, 3 bath Det Village House • Swimming pool & jacuuzi • 1,135m2 garden • Garage

r e f r f e f o f r o unde under • VH398 €130,000 BARGAIN • 3 bed, 2 bath Country House • 43,000m2 flat, fenced land • Less land if wanted • Walk to amenities

• VH182 €99,950 UNDER OFFER • 7 bed, 5 bath Village house • Fully furnished • Garden & courtyard • Walk to amenities

• VH561 €129,950 BARGAIN • 2 bed, 1 bath Villa • Swimming pool • 5 mins drive to Huercal-Overa • 25 mins drive to the coast

PROPERTIES WANTED Urgently wanted properties in the San Juan de Los Terreros, Huercal-Overa, Taberno and the Zurgena areas

• VH344 €247,500 REDUCED • 5 bed, 3 bath Country House • 170,000m2 of land • Separate apartment & garage • Stable & Paddock

• VH309 €179,950 REDUCED • 3 bed, 2 bath Seaside House • San Juan de Los Terreros • Communal pool with 5 others • Great sea views

r e f f o under • VH98 €89,950 REDUCED • 3/4 bed, 2 bath, 1wc Village House • Large & spacious • 320m2 garden • Walk to amenities

• VH324 €149,950 UNDER OFFEER • Two houses in one. • 3 bed, 2 bath house plus • 3 bed, 1 bath house • 950m2 garden-Walk to amenities

• VH264 €149,000 BARGAIN • 5 bed, 2 bath Country House • Full of character • Main road access • Walk to amenities

• VH588 €179,950 NEW INSTRUCTION • 2 bed, 2 bath Seaside Villa • San Juan de Los Terreros • Sea Views • Walk to amenities & beach



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Property of the Week

* Mojacar Playa * 3 bed/3 bath * Panoramic views * Reform required

* Turre * 3 bed/1 bath/wc * Spacious & airy * Seperate kitchen

* Arboleas * 3 Bed/2 Bath * Private pool * Garage

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Sierra Cabrera 3 Bedrooms Part furnished Private pool

* 3900sqm plot * lots of potential * Large property * Double garage









* Cortijo Grande * 2 Beds/2 Bath * Fully furnished * Fantastic views

* Puerto Lumbreras * Private pool * 2 roof terraces * Country property

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Sierra Cabrera 3 Bedrooms Private Pool Sun spa jacuzzi







* Los Gallardos * 3 bed/2 bath +wc * Solarium * Communal Pool

* Cortijo Grande * 3 bed/2 bath * on golf * Private pool

*Sierra Cabrera * 3 Bed/3 Bath * Seperate annex * Various terraces

* Sierra Cabrera * 4 Beds/3 Baths * Private parking * Mtn & sea views









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Cortijo Grande 2 Beds /2 Baths Near Golf Fantastic views

* Sierra Cabrera * Luxury home * 3 bed/3 bath * Centrally located

* Sierra Cabrera * 3 beds/2 bath * Private pool * Various terraces

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



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Houses Wanted in Huercal Overa/Vera Urgently Required & surrounding areas For Sale & For Rent 350€ pcm


ORIA 3 bed 1 bath country retreat fully furnished large roof terrace log burner



SUFLI 3 bed 1 bath 3 reception room 3 terraces fully renovated village location

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TABERNO 5 bed 4 bath open fire terraces fully walled and gated

Taberno village house 5 bed 1bath fully furnished, 170m2, build close to all facilities



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Mojacar Playa: 1st line beach luxury apartments, stunning pool & grounds, sea views, allocated parking, secure entry, 100% mortgage available. FROM 85.000

Llanos del Peral: 8 rooms, 1.200m2 land, cheap renovation project, Reduced for January only to 37.500 offers invited

El Prado: Lovely 2bed villa with garden. Sought after location, fully furnished and ready to move into. Sensible offers considered. Only 74.995

El Prado: Stunning 2bed 2bath villa, immaculate condition, fully furnished, landscaped gardens and great views. A gift at 84.995

Mojacar Playa: 1st line beach townhouse, 3 bed, sea view, 1min walk to beach & comercial centre, allocated parking. Possibly the cheapest beach house on the Playa at 110.000

El Cucador Renovated 5bed country house, views and gardens, space for a pool, loads of character, Only 99.995

Albox: 5bed 3bath villa, immaculate condition, landscaped gardens, close to tennis and walking distance to centre, Priced to sellat 195.000

Albox: A 4 bed 2bath dream home! 40m2 kitchen, huge plot, double garage, pool, seperate guest acco. Seeing is believing! Realistically priced at 299.995

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El Cucador: Immaculate fully furnished 3bed 2 bath villa with pool, walled and gated, landscaped gardens, shaded terrace. only 495pcm

Albox: 4 bed 2bath townhouse, communal pool, integral garage, furnished, 2min walk to schools, health centre and town centre. Only 375pcm

Albox: Large 3bed apartment in town centre. New building in prime location, immaculate condition, secure entry. Part furnished. Only 350pcm



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A total of 21,109 licences were issued for the reform or restoration of homes in Spain between January and November 2013, which represents a decrease of 2.2% compared to the same period in 2012 (21,593 permits), according to the latest Ministry of Development data. Thus, building permits for home renovations in 2013 maintained the negative trend of the previous year, when they fell by 19.6%, to a total of 23,007. After registering increases in 2009 and 2010, permits for home reforms fell again in 2011 returning to levels similar to those registered in 2008, and in 2012 recorded the lowest level in the Ministry of Development’s comparable time series, which began in the year 2000. Meanwhile, El Mundo reported that the number of permits issued for home extensions fell by 25.8% between January and November 2013, to a total of 1,730. Last year, in a strategy designed to encourage housing rehabilitation, Mariano Rajoy’s Government approved the Law on Rehabilitation, Urban Regeneration and Renewal, and the State Plan of Home Rentals and Rehabilitation 2013-2016, in order to make available economic support for these activities. Source:

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The ship, bow first, was slowly sinking into the water. People began tumbling like broken dolls from the decks, flopping, flailing into the sea. There was a huge cracking sound-and then the Titanic disappeared. Kate Alcott, a pseudonym for Patricia O’Brien, used transcripts of the US Senate hearings over the sinking of the Titanic in April 1912. Some of the characters are based on real characters who either survived the sinking such as the Duff Gordons and Margaret Brown as well as Senate William Alden Smith who presided over the hearings, otherwise Alcott admits to this being a work of fiction with the inclusion of factual evidence. I would highly recommend this book. Gripping from start to finish and I mean that! Tess Collins is the kind of heroine I admire and strongly approve of. She comes from modest roots, a large family struggling to make ends meet. Her father is critical and a man of the time, denying equal rights to women. Tess is constantly haunted by his oppressive and deprecating tones: You’re a farm girl, do your job, keep your head down and don’t put on airs. He was under the impression that she would ruin her life through defiance. Thankfully, Tess is a stubborn lady and is determined to make her life better not wreck it. She proves to be a good role model just like her mother: look for opportunity. Keep your head up, not down. Don’t settle for safety. Push forward-you are not foolish to try. What a far cry from her father’s damning thoughts: Watch out, foolish

The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott. girl. Tess feels ashamed of working as a servant, an image of servitude when she is duped into accepting work in Cherbourg. She was a good seamstress and we see evidence of this when she starts working for the indomitable Lady Gordon Duff, a famous dress designer, the person she most admired in the world. Like many others, Tess is on the cusp of a new life filled with immense possibilities, a dream come true, a wonderful fantasy. Sailing on the Titanic with the famous and wealthy. Two infatuated men, one a rich American businessman, Jack Bremerton, the other a talented member of the crew, Jim Bonney who sweep her off her feet. Wonderful and then…the jolt, the slight bump followed by a sudden silence and the sadly ironical remark: We bumped into an iceberg but all is well. Bumping, scrambling, shouting. Suddenly there was an acrid, sweaty smell of human fear in the salt air. Children wailing. Panic everywhere. Desperation. Followed by the horrors that have been well-documented over the years. That this ruined people’s lives is an understatement and I mean for those who were lucky enough to survive. We are told that 706 survived out of a passenger list of 2,223 and that out of these 60% of the first-class passengers survived, most of them women. In steerage, it was 25%. In reality, the Duff Gordons and their secretary escaped in a lifeboat that could have held 40-50 people instead of

pause for thought

During this period between Christmas and Lent, the Church spends time considering a number of incidents in the early ministry of Jesus; such as his Baptism and the selection of his disciples. One such incident that always fascinates me, possibly in part because of my enjoyment of this commodity, is that very well known story of Jesus turning water into wine; a story that I’d guess is known by everyone who has had any exposure at all to the Christian faith. But I wonder whether any of us actually realise just how amazing this miracle was. The wedding reception, which should have been the highlight of the greatest day of a young couple’s life, was about to become a disaster, bringing them shame and huge embarrassment as they’d grossly underestimated the amount of wine their guests would consume. The scene hardly bears thinking about. The shock, the anger and recriminations would inevitably put an immense strain on that young marriage. But the day was quite literally saved by the response of Jesus to his mother’s request that he come to the rescue. And it is the manner in which Jesus acted that really is so amazing. First, he acted discretely; in such a way that even the Master of Ceremonies was unaware of the problem, and embarrassment was kept to a minimum. Secondly, Jesus used equipment, resources and people that were readily available, telling the servants to fill some large jars that were present in the room with water and then serve that to the guests. Thirdly, he didn’t just provide a few bottles of wine, but was incredibly generous; seven hundred or so litres –


that’s around a thousand bottles! And fourthly, it wasn’t just an ordinary vino de casa, but a very good, high quality wine that evoked consternation from the M.C. So why would anyone suggest that Christians can’t have fun, or enjoy themselves? The couple in this story would certainly assert that Jesus gave a whole new dimension to the concept of ‘fun’ in their marriage, as he can in all our lives. Details of a number of English Language Churches are given in Sol Noticeboard for any wishing to Worship, whilst additionally, further information about the Anglican Church in this area may be seen on the web site www. Duncan Burr is Licensed Lay Reader for the Anglican Chaplaincy of Costa Almeria and Costa Cálida and may be contacted at Duncan Burr is Licensed Lay Reader for the Anglican Chaplaincy of Costa Almeria and Costa Cálida and may be contacted at PROFESSOR DAVID INGRAM, CBE 1927 - 2001 Research Fellow at Southampton University 1952-1959 Head of Department of Physics at Keele University 1959-1973 Principal of Chelsea College 1973-1980 Vice Chancellor of University of Kent 1980-1994 Chairman of the Universities Central Council on Admissions Treasurer of the Committee of ViceChancellors and Principals Trustee of Canterbury Cathedral Deputy Lieutenant of Kent

12. In The Dressmaker Alcott explores how the couple were vilified by the press and people in both the USA and the UK. Lady Duff Gordon is subpoenaed to give a statement of what happened in Lifeboat One, contradicting Jim Bonney’s statement. There were crimes against humanity, moral crimes, tales of bribery and refusals to fill the boat and look for survivors. Marrying into the titled class. Gave her licence to be cold about people’s lives. And this is when Tess has to grow up, think for herself and decide on what she really wants out of life. Should she stand up, challenge and do what she wants to do OR should she be careful, be loyal and challenge nothing? Can she remain with her ideal, continue to admire and respect her after learning how self-absorbed, selfish and a bit careless the woman is? People choose whatever they want to believe and declare it true. What is the truth? Will anyone accept any liability for so many loss of lives? Our poor heroine is filled with so much uncertainty. How could she be sure of anything anymore? She has crucial decisions to make over her future with Lady Duff Gordon and her love life. Interestingly, her mother’s advice and her own common sense are pivotal in her decision making. She certainly is true to herself and full of hope not despair. She would be strong and not always too careful, not settle for a smaller life,

a n d face what was true. As she walked through the streets of New York she felt strangely serene she was just a servant girl from Cherbourg without a job but she had a life and a future. That was important. Jack Bremerton called her extraordinary as a character and I would endorse this. She is the kind of person one would feel immense pride and joy to be with and I finalise by repeating what a role model she would make for women around the world today. I rest my case. Publisher: Sphere (Little Brown Book Group) ISBN: 978-0-7515-4923-2

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houses and land can be separated with own escrituras or sold as one lot Two detached villa shells built up to and including roofs125m2 built on flat 3000m2 plot. Secluded position, unspoilt countryside views across orange and lemon groves front and rear.

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• Each villa spec: 3 beds / 2 baths. Size 125m2 • Space for pools (12mx6m) • Exceptional uninterrupted views of orange and lemon groves to front & rear • Situated between Almanzora & Arboleas overlooking Almanzora valley • 1 0 minutes to nearest town with all amenities • Inland country setting, but only 30 minutes to coast • Ideal for builder to complete internals

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Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Sift the icing sugar, flour and cornflour together into a bowl. Stir in the ground almonds and butter, then rub in the butter until smooth. Stir in the chopped glacé cherries and almond extract, and bring together to form a dough. Roll out on a lightly floured surface, then stamp out biscuits using a heartshaped cutter. Keep re-rolling the trimmings until all the dough is used. Carefully transfer the biscuits to baking trays lined with parchment and bake for just 8-10 mins until just pale golden. Using an upturned bottle top or similar, press gently into the centre of each biscuit plus a take away to make a round indent. bottle of crianza red Spoon in a little jam and wine return to the oven for 2 per couple mins. Remove and cool on a wire rack, before Valid only with this voucher dusting with icing sugar Mon - Sat: 19.00 - 22.00 to serve.

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Saturday 22nd Feb - 7:30pm ‘til Late Supporting our community Hosted by Mark Deacon

5€ includes a buffet

Friday & Saturday 6pm - 9pm

Menu del noche & a la Carte Menu available Waiter service Booking Recommended

home-made Sunday lunches served noon - 5pm

Book our function room with private patio garden for your parties, weddings, birthdays etc. Please call into Jacks or phone to discuss your BUFFET OR MENU REQUIREMENTS, OR JUST A CHAT WE WOULD LOVE TO SEE YOU


950 120 718


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Menu del Diario Monday to Friday

Choice of 8 Starters Inc. Paella, Beef Stew, Roast lamb

Choice of 8 Main Courses inc: Oxtail, grilled beef, baked cockles, Calamari, Salmon, Grilled Chicken, Panga in Green Sauce Choice of 8 Desserts Inc. Ice Cream, Profitteroles, Cakes

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Eggs Benedict

4 eggs 2 tbsp white wine vinegar 2 English muffins, halved a little butter, for spreading 8 slices smoked salmon chopped chives, to serve For the hollandaise sauce 2 tsp lemon juice 2 tsp white wine vinegar 3 egg yolks 125g unsalted butter, diced

with smoked salmon & chives Method 1.First make the Hollandaise sauce. Put the lemon juice and vinegar in a small bowl, add the egg yolks and whisk with a balloon whisk until light and frothy. Place the bowl over a pan of simmering water and whisk until mixture thickens. Gradually add the butter, whisking constantly until thick – if it looks like it might be splitting, then whisk off the heat for a few mins. Season and keep warm. 2.To poach the eggs, bring a large pan of water to the boil and add the vinegar. Lower the heat so that the water is simmering gently. Stir the water so you have a slight whirlpool, then slide in the eggs one by one. Cook each for about 4 mins, then remove with a slotted spoon. 3.Lightly toast and butter the muffins, then put a couple of slices of salmon on each half. Top each with an egg, spoon over some Hollandaise and garnish with chopped chives.



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MAIN MENU INCL 16oz STEAKs ~ MIXED GRILL UDES ~ FRESH FISH Menu changes weekly please ask for our dail y specials fri – SAT EVENINGS 6PM – 9PM


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a week 7 days


traditional sunday lunch served 12.30PM-5PM

includes a complimentary coffee & chocolate

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Monday special wednesday supper NEW

valentines night Dine by candlelight

4 course menu with este wine & coffee included

15€ per person Booking essential

sunday roast menu del dia

4 courses with bottle of ESTE wine per couple & coffee included: Roast Lamb Shoulder & Pork Knuckle, 12oz Entrecote, 20oz T-Bone, 10oz Pork Tenderloin, Roast Potatoes & Fresh Vegetables, Freshly Baked Bread

SERVED 1pm - 4pm

Booking Recommended

Spanish Speaking 950 430 145 - English Speaking 647 730 103 Poligono Industrial Albox Near the ITV Garage

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Chilli Night


TUESDAY special Chicken Curry & Rice or Cod Fillet & Chips


homemade burger, Chips & Salad Home cooked Ham, Chips & Salad


Thursday Pie Night

Homemade Pies, Chips & Peas



Beer battered cod

homemade chips & peas


5.95€ in the Bar

FRIDAYS 12.30pm - 9pm

lite bite snacks

open every day open for lunch 12pm - 4PM specials, burgers, wraps 12pm - late

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

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New Value Winter Offers

Upcoming Events Friday 14th February

Romantic Valentine’s Night to include a

3 course set menu

€12.95 p.p. from 7.30pm

Live music with

Trade Winds Book your table NOW

Charity Disco Night Saturday 22nd February 7:30pm ‘til Late advertise on this page call 950 121 936

Bacon or Sausage

in a floury bap or sandwich, tea or regular coffee

La Cena



Order BEFORE 11.30am Mon - Sat Waiter Service Booking Recommended


menu del noche €10.95

served noon - 5pm

Includes a caraffe of wine per couple 7 starters, 6 mains & 5 Desserts


Call 950 430 930 after 5.30pm

home-made Sunday lunches

from 9am includes FREE tea or regular coffee. Only 3.75€ & Double-up 5.90€


Homemade Pie Day from midday

Supporting our community Hosted by Mark Deacon

5€ includes a buffet


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

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

free wifi

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

day the day of the nu of menu me 3 courses 3 courseS - €12.00 €10.50

Menu del noche

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

regular TRIBUTE SHOWS see website for details

tel: 950 473 099

Every night is a good night at...

Vera Playa

Cod ‘n’ ChipS FRANKIES bar

Bar Menu & Snacks 9AM-4.30PM (except Sunday) friday & SATURDAY 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

SERVED 12-9pm

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

Bookings Advisable Takeaway option available



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

sunday lunch 3 courses 10€ main course 6.50€



Art Classes, Tuesday • easy peezy spanish lessons Computer Club, with Avril at 5pm • Darts Night from 8pm - All Welcome Keep Fit • Wednesday Geneology • Line Dancing with Carrie 7pm Thursday

• Ceroc Classes 8pm

Please call into Jacks to check Timetables


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Sky sports, BT shown Thursday cash quiz 9pm start food served daily from 12 noon ’til 10pm

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The Beachcomber John and the team at The Beachcomber always ensure your food is beautifully cooked and is served with a smile. With fish and chips to die for plus all the traditional favourite meals you would expect. John has also added a Slimming World breakfast to the menu, which is the perfect way to enjoy a meal and not feel guilty! Here are details of some forthcoming and regular events: Valentines Dinner/Dance 14th February. Spanish lessons, held every Monday and Tuesday morning from 10:15am. Tai Chi every Wednesday and Thursday morning from 10:30am. Line dancing lessons Monday afternoons from 4pm. Free computer and electronic workshop every Saturday 10:30am1pm. Telephone now to book or to find out more about any of our many events: 950 473 099. La Cena in Albox is a fine dining experience without the expense. A beautifully decorated restaurant, run by husband and wife team Simon and Carol. At the moment they are serving a superb Menu Del Noche for only 10.95€ which includes a Caraffe of wine and you can now choose from a choice of 7 Starters, 6 Mains and 5 Desserts. Full A La Carte is also always available. Please call 950 430 930 after 5.30pm today and reserve your table, you will not be disappointed!




COMMUNITY NEWS On Saturday 22 February 2014 at 10.00am at the Delfin Dorado Restaurant, Mojacar Playa, Julie Hawkins is going to tell us of her very varied and interesting life, as she is the Speaker for the FGBMFI Ladies and Men´s Breakfast Meeting. Julie was the daughter of an RAF Medical Officer so she grew up in Pakistan, India and the Yemen, and at the age of 17 years of age she settled into England and became a Legal Secretary, but having a very talented singing voice, she won a Musical Competition Award for vocal lessons with the Chorus Master of the London Philharmonic Choir which resulted with her singing with them but also with two Operatic Companies for 8 years. Julie´s career as an Opera Singer came to an end due to a serious illness and so she trained as a Physiotechnologist and ran two Clinics, one for 11 years and another for 42 years. Three and a half years ago she came to live in Spain, with her husband Pastor Robin Hawkins, and they are using their talents in music and in Christian leadership, at the Huercal Overa New Life Church. Julie still has an amazing singing voice, as people who have heard her sing in the local group called Cantante can testify. She has seen God move in miraculous ways along her life, and she is one of life´s great encouragers. Come along and hear her wonderful testimony. A full English Breakfast is served, which includes Toast, Orange Juice and a cup of tea or coffee and the cost is 6 Euros. Booking is required, for catering purposes. Please contact David Templeman, 950 168349, mobile 661140481 or email: mojacar@fgbmfispain. org

Try Golf For Free!!

With the New Year now well underway, PGA Golf Professional Neil Evans will once again be running his popular ‘Try Golf For Free’ sessions at Desert Springs Golf Academy. These sessions are for anyone who is new to the sport but would like to try it. Participants will receive a free 1 hour group lesson with Neil covering the very basics of the game. The sessions will be held on Sunday 23rd February from 10.00-11.00 at the Desert Springs Driving Range. All equipment and range balls are provided free of charge courtesy of Desert Springs Resort and Golf Club. Places are strictly limited so please contact Desert Springs Golf Reception to book your place as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Please contact Desert Springs Golf Reception on 950 09 15 18


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happy birthday Kerry my darling wife

lots of love your husband

Mon: 7.30pm - 9pm Wed: 5pm - 6.30pm Fri: 5.30pm - 7pm

wishing you a happy bir thday Kerry

The Fundraiser Charity & Community Shops

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The people’s charity, The Peoples Choice

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

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Excursions now in your area with David’s Coachtrips.

David’s Coachtrips have been offering excursions from in and around the Torrevieja area for some 20 years. This highly popular, highly experienced company, who carry many thousands of passengers to destinations throughout Spain and beyond have now started to offer a service to the residents of a number of other areas including Alcazares, Balsicas, Valle de Sol, Totana, Puerta Lumbreras, Vera, Albox, Arboloeas. Coachtrips combine low cost with high quality to offer some of the best value for money excursions you can buy. On board English speaking couriers provide an interesting and well informed commentary to add to your enjoyment of the excursion. It is hoped that in time that a full range of excursions will be offered in these areas. But this will of course depend on the response from your community. The more people who travel, the more destinations will be offered. Excursions currently being offered from your area can be found each week in the local edition of Sol times. Further information of the full range of excursions available can be found online at www. . Or call direct on 0034 966785910

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

1st lesson free

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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


Vida El


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

now serving


Sunday 10am -12pm

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

Open Every Day 12pm - Late

Tel:950 634 562 •

book the Venue: For your Private Parties, Weddings and Birthdays etc.

written by Alan Ayckbourn

Tickets 12.50 €

(from Essentials, Arboleas; One Stop Pool Shop, Alrboleas/Albox; Girasol, Albox)

Includes a 3-course meal served during the interval.

Friday 21st February

Doors open 6:30 for 7:00pm performance.

Saturday 22nd February

Doors open 6:30 for 7:00pm performance.

Sunday 23rd February

Doors open 4:30 for 5:00pm performance.

Donation to Little Owls Community Support, Arboleas

written by David Tristram


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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




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strimming of overgrown gardens & hedge cutting

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

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

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


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woodhouse boarding kennels & cattery - arboleas

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 20, please email Tracy Mobile 650 211 952 Honest & Reliable person with references, available for House / Pet sitting. Lived locally for 10 years. Tel:

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perfectly adjusted ‘OK’ said Michelle. ‘Phill, you take that side and I’ll take this side, steady as you go.’ ‘It’s too close, I won’t fit!’ said Pete. ‘Yes you will. Down you go! Now put your foot here.’ ‘I can’t. It’s too close! My leg won’t go that high!’ ‘Well, try the other leg.’ ‘It’s no good, that leg won’t go that high, either!’ ‘Phill, lift his leg up.’ ‘I am lifting’ said Phill. ‘It won’t go any higher. You lift your side.’ ‘OK……Umm, Pete, will your leg go any higher?’ ‘No. I told you, it’s too close! You’ll have to push it back.’ ‘Right, up you get! We’ll

have to push it back.’ Click. ‘OK, ready Phill? Down you go, Pete. Now put your foot in.’ ‘I can’t! It’s too far away.’ ‘Straighten your leg out.’ ‘I have! It’s as straight as it will go!’ ‘Well, put your other foot in the other one and swing the thing round.’ ‘I can’t reach it – it’s too far away.’ ‘Hold on,’ said Phill. ‘I’ll swing it round, you put this foot i n , then push it round until you can get your other foot in.’ ‘It’s no good, Phill, I still can’t reach – it’s too far away, you’ll

have to slide it forward.’ ‘It’s no good, Michelle, we’ll have to slide it forward. Up you get, Pete!’ Click. ‘OK, it’s in the middle now. Try that.’ ‘Ah, that’s better!’ ‘Now put your……’ ‘Done!’ ‘And the other…..’ ‘Done…. Can I start pedalling now?’ And that is how to achieve the perfect adjustment of Pete on the recumbent bike at the gym!

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The Illustrious Career of Anselmo Adamso

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After an easy walk west from Alqueria’s Castle square one arrives at the home of Anselmo Adamso in the Calle Mirador. A house in the old style with living quarters above and a stable below. The stable has long been converted into a photographic studio where Adamso practises his art and regales his clients with stories of his glory days as a photojournalist. Jostling for space on the studio walls is a collection of framed photographs. These depict explosions, burning military vehicles and men running, crouched as invisible projectiles fly menacingly overhead. By contrast a series of portraits showing young ladies with unlikely blemish free skin and even more unlikely hairdos stand on side tables. These serve to demonstrate his present area of photographic interest. A close study of Adamso’s career and his photographs of conflict show that the first is fake and the second plagiarised from more courageous individuals. He has lived the lie for so long that he is now unable to distinguish reality from the veil of fantasy he has wrapped around himself. He now sees himself as some latter day Robert Capa who risked life and limb in order to portray the truth in support of a noble cause. He did however visit a theatre of war, by accident. It was during a holiday to central Africa. Leaving the hotel to go on a day trip to the Uppyourz Game Park he got on the wrong bus. A bus full of mercenaries. He thought their Armalites and AK47s were protection from the

more vicious residents of the game reserves. When he realised his mistake he had a bowel movement and broke the four minute mile getting back to the hotel. His mind has become so befuddled he sometimes forgets just why his clients are there. Recently he greeted the Village matriarch who wanted a photograph to remember her eightieth birthday with the words “Just pop your clothes on the chair and lay on the rug”. The lady being equally befuddled obliged and Adamso got some rather disturbing shots, in fact he is still having nightmares. Last year he found himself in the middle of one of the many Alquerian riots. He thought his chance had come for a real action shot. Unfortunately the result was a blurred confusion of figures. Although his camera had been on F5.6 Adamso had been on Remitroot Whisky. Anselmo Adamso was never a great photojournalist he spent most of his time photographing lampposts. He however is humoured by the dysfunctional folk of Alqueria. Adamso is simply an untalented amiable buffoon and fits snugly into the Alquerian order of things.



YOU ARE THE GOOD GUYS BUT . . If ever a more obvious love hate relationship existed, then it is the one that you find between the Americans and the rest of the world. Where to start… Well, let’s take American movies, or at least the ones where bare chested, pumped up supermen with muscles in their spit, save the world with one arm tied behind their backs and both feet in concrete. Whether it’s WW2, Vietnam or Eye-raq – guess who saved us all from the Nazi beasts and the Eastern hordes? A favourite film of mine is Independence Day. Watching it again the other night, it was the bit where the President makes his stirring Independence Day speech that epitomised it all yet again. The audience whoop and holler, slap each other on the backs with blows that would bring down a moose, and snap off salutes that resemble kung fu chops. No quiet determination to defeat the alien invaders for them. Another movie that I can watch repeatedly is Saving Private Ryan, but of course it tells us yet again how the courageous American military defeated the hated Hun single-handed. Only once as I recall, are the other allies mentioned, and then only in passing. You could list movie after movie with the same testosterone fuelled triumphal message of: “We Americans are the good guys and no one

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else matters”. I have many American friends, some of whom were members of the USAF stationed at Lakenheath in Suffolk near to our previous home. I have even more English pals who have made their homes in various parts of the States – and they all love their lives there. But there seems to be utter bewilderment that the populations of large chunks of planet Earth simply hate the Yanks. How could anybody fail to adore the generous benefactors of the most powerful nation in the world? And let’s be clear, they are indeed generous and big hearted people – no doubts there whatsoever. They are always on the spot to give aid and assistance to those who require it the most, wherever it might be in the world, but shouting it from the rooftops and this tiresome chest beating is what gets up everyone’s nose. I had a discussion on Facebook with an acquaintance after the Haiti earthquake disaster, and I just had to make a comment when all that I read seemed to be the same self congratulatory chatter about how the Americans – and only the Americans – were going to the aid of the unfortunate Haitians. I mentioned that in fact there was a large European and British force of volunteers and aid agencies present, not to mention those of other countries from around the world. Well you would have thought that I had peed on the American flag and called the Governor of California an Austrian, because what I got back was everything from pure vitriol to a mocking condescension in recognition of our own ‘tiny’ efforts. My contact

talked down to me as if I was some wayward child that needed an education, by starting with:“Yes we know you help but . . .” It’s hard to blame the American people actually, because all that the American media, particularly the TV news media, ever report on at length, are those items where the US is directly involved or where American interests are represented. Last year there was a massive earthquake in central Italy – a country that might as well be in the constellation Andromeda as far as most Americans are concerned - where over 300 people died. On the American news programme I was tuned into, it merited just 25 seconds of their time before moving on to the much more important issue of the US trade figures. I know, because I timed it. America would be the perfect country if it could find some sense of humility; stop believing it’s own publicity and begin to acquire an appreciation of other nations that hellooooooo - happen to co-exist with them on this small planet. A journalist once wrote, “Americans have no reason to hate or fear foreigners, but they have given the rest of us a million reasons to hate and fear them”. Strong words, but there is an element of truth in that. It’s hard to live with them sometimes, but it’s sure as hell impossible to live without them. Oh, and it might help if you they sent Arnold Schwarzenegger back to Austria.


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19th Hole Golf Society. Cucador. Thursday 6th February the 19th Hole Golf Society visited Valle del Este golf course to play a Team Waltz. Good turnout enabled us to have 5 four ball teams without having to employ a Ghost. Lots of work being carried out at Valle del Este making the course more manageable, the removal of the thick overgrown weedy areas in the barrancos and areas in front of the Tees certainly helps to find a wayward ball more easily even if it doesn’t stop you hitting your ball into it.

game of golf, but Gary, wait till your next round!!. Nevertheless Gary also took Two Nearest the Pins and converted one into a Two. Well played Team Gary.

Team Gary, Craig, Mick and Don saw off all the opposition to win the Waltz with Team Dave, Nick, Syd and Bob in second place. Gary had one of those days when you believe you have conquered the

Result, 1st Gary Grey, Craig Steers, Michael Craswell and Don Harbron ( 76 points) 2nd Dave Denyer, Nick Pogson, Syd Walker and Bob Tagg (74 points)

Christine Dow also claimed a Nearest the Pin 0n the 14th Hole to keep the ladies reputation afloat. Our return to La Vida was met with a really impressive complimentary spread of foody bits which rounded our pleasant day off perfectly.

3rd Terry Caddick, Alan Chippendale, Ian Postles and John Ball (70points) Twos, 6th Hole Gary Grey 2nd Hole Alan Chippendale Nearest The Pins, 6th and 12 Holes Gary Grey 14th Hole Christine Dow The 19th hole G/S is now arranging weekly games at various courses in the area, our home course, which we play fortnightly, is Aguilon.

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‘Orca Steve’ managed to get a couple of trips out despite bad winds and big seas most days. One trip out was with ‘Albanchez Steve’, ‘Pandora Pete’ and ‘Somalia Colin’ on a chilly but sunny day with the wind gusting from the land at quite a speed so it was a case of finding some fish activity on the sonar and dropping the anchor in a position that sat them over the shoals. They were soon into pandoras of a decent size, pickerels, Atlantic and Spanish mackerel, brown striped combers, small dentex and couch bream and the dreaded weavers. The wind was constantly changing direction and force and there was a strong southerly current which made the fishing and holding bottom difficult but the lads did well and coped without too many tangles. Colin has gone back for his last stint in Somalia and hopes to semi retire back to Spain so that he can get plenty of fishing in! (Let’s all wish him lots of luck for his last stint in what must be one of the most dangerous places in the world)

Cortijo Grande Cortijo Grande members and 40 plus had two days of golf in the worst conditions you can have and that was high winds. Our members should take a pat on the back for playing in these conditions. My thanks to them for showing ther resilience.

Wednesday 5th Feb 014 and two divisions. The first div winner with 29 points Greg Ward second with another 29 Bob Winter

Steve’s second trip out was some lads from the Albox fishing club who have been itching to get out on the boat making a change from their beach fishing days. ‘Tiddlerwinks John’, ‘Dennis the menace’, ‘Stay behind Brian’, Gordon and ‘Herman the Caster’ braved the chilly conditions and a morning following 80km winds to try their luck dangling a prawn. To be honest, the sea conditions were pretty good as the west wind had flattened the swell and when the gusty wind dropped it was quite pleasant. Steve anchored up on the edge of a large underwater sandy basin with the boat stationary on the top of the drop in where the fish were shoaling. The lads caught the usual pandoras, pickerels, Atlantic and Spanish mackerel, brown striped combers, small dentex and couch bream the dreaded weavers and some small red snappers. Gordon had been troubled by an Octopus for most of the morning and he eventually got his own back and landed the slimy critter on board although it was too small to keep so it went back to trouble us again another day. ‘Pugwash Pete’ got out a couple of times last week, the first trip out the sea was very flat and calm, he anchored in 300 feet but fished a big drop off of 390 feet. Pete was rewarded with his second ever serpent eel of about

and third with 28 Peter Jackson. The second div winner with 33 Angel Gijon second with 30 Grace Ward and third with 28 Martin Oliver. Ball sweep winners Robina Dore John Hill Frank McGovern. Sunday 9th and more wind but good scores. The winner of the first div with 36 Peter Jackson second with another 36 John Geaves and third with 33 Brian Paxton. Second div

1.1/2 meters in length and also a European eel. See photo of Pete with a serpent eel. Second time out Pete fished in 160 feet and drifted first catching a European eel about 3 feet in length then caught a nice blue mouth in about 400 feet. He also caught a lot of pandoras and combers. Shore Fishing. ‘Chef Jeremy’ saw an angler catch two 4lb sea bass from the rocks near the Repsol Garage on the Garrucha to Mojacar road. Big crashing waves obviously brought them in close. Coarse Fishing there were four matches in Murcia won with top weights of: 10.46kg, 10.08kg, 8.28kg and 5.6kg. The Albox fishing club meets every two weeks or so at Bar Wassy. For details of the next meeting tel Sid 634 313 650. For up to date information on fishing licenses or any of the above see John at the Beachcomber Bar Restaurant on Mojacar Playa or tel 950 473 099. In case of difficulty reaching me (Probably out fishing) ask staff for my mobile number. You can also contact me on Facebook @ ‘John Beachcomber Mojacar’. Tight lines, Beachcomber John.

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MENS PAIRS CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP AND LADIES CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP 2014 Monday 3rd February 2014 saw both the Men’s Pairs and the Ladies Pairs Finals. The Men’s Pairs Finalists were Peter Sands and Clive Taylor competing against Denis Stoyles and Trevor Young. This match started very close on the 6th end the two pairs could not be separated as both bowls were touching the jack. After this end Denis and Trevor took the lead and it was not until the 14th end when the lead switched to Peter and Clive, a lead which was slowly built on to give them the match with a score 16 to 12. Well played to both pairs and congratulations to Peter and Clive, Men’s Pairs Champions 2014. Photo: l. to r. Runners Up:- Trevor Young, Denis Stoyles, Winners: Clive Taylor and

Peter Sands. The Ladies Pairs Finalists were:- Jackie Mayhew, and Sandra Marriott, and Maureen Stakes and Cicely Pickers. This match started fairly evenly but after the 4th end Cicely and Maureen began to build on their lead. Jackie and Sandra began to edge nearer their opponents on the 8th end where they picked up 5, to bring them within 3 of the other pair. However Maureen and Cicely replied by taking the next three ends, and secured their lead and the match. Well played to both Pairs and congratulations to Maureen and Cicely Ladies Pairs Champions 2014. Photo: l. to r. Runners Up Jackie Mayhew, Sandra Marriott, Winners Maureen Stakes and Cicely Pickers.

Marina Phoenix Golf Society Marina Phoenix enjoyed an away trip to La Envia, Almeria, at the weekend. The competition was an individual stableford and Glennys Oliver had the best score on



the day, with 35 points, to win the ladies division, from Kathy Morris, in second, and Linda King third. Terry Oliver kept the winnings in the family by taking the mens division with 33 points from Rod Ambrose (31) and Jim Budd (30). There were nearest the pin prizes for Isobel Jones, Glennys Oliver and Jim Budd. Monday’s competition saw similar faces, but Brian Couper stole the show with an impressive 40 points. Terry Oliver (37) was second and Jim Budd (36) third. The ladies division was: first Kathy Morris (33) Glennys Oliver (32) and Linda King (30). Thursday’s team competition was a fourball Texas scramble with a large turnout and close scoring showing only 1 point 5 between the first three teams. In first were John Meagher, Vincent France, Rhoda Elwick and Alan Morris with 59 points. Second were Linda Lamb, Alan Lamb, Glennys Oliver and Jim Budd (59.2) and third: Therese France Liz Meagher, Terry Oliver and Tony King (60.5). Nearest the pin prizes went to Tony King (5th and 17th) and John Meagher (14th). Marina Phoenix play Mondays (individual) and Thursdays (team game). To join us for a €25 greenfee. Ring Jim on 950 162 727 / 600 353 670 or Rosalie 950 397 117/ 697 512 882.

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A DPF is equipped to most modern diesel engines to take out particles from the exhaust gases of diesel engines. This is done to meet various emission standards throughout the world. During general driving the filter fills up and once it reaches a certain level a 30% - 40% the ECU will at will cause the engine to run with a higher exhaust temperature to burn any collected particles and turn them into soot. This is known as the DPF regeneration cycle. Of course the regeneration causes the waste to be sent through the exhaust out into the atmosphere, making the whole concept overall questionable. Effectively, over time the DPF holds back particles, so yes the exhaust is cleaner, then it throws out everything at once during regeneration? Eventually the DPF will need replacing as it can only be regenerated a limited number of times in its life.

• No more limp modes - The ECU can cause the engine to go into Limp Mode to limit potential damage if there is a DPF regeneration failure, which would have meant another expensive garage visit • No expensive DPF replacements • When combined with a remap at the same the performance and economy improvements to the vehicle can be quite astounding It is an offence under the Road vehicles Regulations to use a vehicle which has been modified in such a way that it no longer complies with the air pollutant emissions standards it was designed to meet. After the DPF has been disassembled and modified together with a remap of the ECU, the emissions are as good or better that before. You never have to worry about the problems the DPF causes or the expense of replacement ever again, and at a fraction of the cost. For more information and advice speak to Paul at Autotune. Covering all of Almeria and beyond. Tel : 600827517 Email : Web :


BENEFITS OF DPF REMOVAL • Improved MPG – when the DPF file filter is removed, the car breathes easier and fuel is not wasted on regeneration • Improved Performance –you may have noticed a decrease in performance, gradually over time? Without the restriction in the exhaust system of a With off investment in your vehicle, blocked DPF, the a carone will perform much better again. an ECU remap will save you fuel or your money


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