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A charity football match at the Pitiu Rochel sports stadium, held in aid of the Asociación Abriendo Camino (Opening Doors) was brought to an unexpected tragic conclusion when 21 year old Alejandro Benito collapsed and died of a heart attack during play. The incident occurred shortly after play had begun. Alejandro, who had an existing heart condition, and who was due to have a heart pacemaker fitted during this coming week, had been urged by his family not to take part. The organisers called for help from Hércules FC, who were training at their ground right next door at the time of the incident. Hércules FC’s doctor, Jeroni Llorca, administered first aid until the ambulance arrived, but despite efforts with CPR and defibrillators, Alejandro could not be revived. Asociación Abriendo Camino is a charity which was set up to provide food for those people struck by the effects of the Crisis, and donations of non-perishable food and the entry fees for spectators to the match were given to the Charity.

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The Alicante Ayuntamiento has published the Plan Integral Barrios Zona Norte. This is the Programa ecológico-social 2013 de actividades juveniles (2013 ecosocial program of youth activities). The Concejalía de Acción Social and the Club de Montaña Evasión (Department of Social Action and the Escape Mountain Club) are launching a year long program to boost educational and sports activities in the natural environment. It is aimed at young people between 10 and 20 years of age from the Zona Norte of Alicante. The program will run throughout the year in the Zona Norte parks of Alcoy, Dénia, Ibi, Onil, Petrer and Calpe, among others, and includes eleven multisport trips in which participants will practice sports like hiking and climbing, abseiling, zip wire and archery, as well as the development of environmental education, promoting understanding and respect for the mountain and its surroundings.In addition, there are seven planned excursions to recreational areas for young people and their families, as well as seventeen multiactivity days in the parks of Lo Morant and Pedro Goitía. These activities are free, and last year over 800 young people participated. For more information go to:


The Moors and Christians Fiestas are the Province of Alicante’s most important festivals and are held in five different areas of the city on different dates. They are a spectacular reenactment of the Province’s recapture from Moorish hands. One of the highlights is the parade through the city centre on 6th December in celebration of the patron saint of Alicante, San Nicolás. The principal dates are: The El Palamó Moors and Christians festival (Villafranqueza) in March; the San Blas Moors and Christians festival, second week in July; the El Rebolledo Moors and Christians festival, also in July; the Altozano Moors and Christians festival, 12th – 16th August; the Jose Antonio district Moors and Christians festival, August. For more information go to the Alicante Ayuntamiento website


Becoming a Spanish National could possibly be more difficult in the future. According to Europa Press, the Government is considering plans to include the ability to read, write and speak Spanish for those applying for Spanish nationality. This is at present only a notional idea, originally proposed in mid-2012, at which point the Ministry of Education had not decided what form the tests should take. However, the Partido Popular is right behind the idea, and has re-ignited the drive for better command of the native language by those who wish to consider themselves Spanish. If they have their way, and the proposal becomes law, then it could affect up to 100,000 people each year.


Joaquín Quiralte, Allergist at the Hospital Virgen del Rocío de Sevilla, who is also a Member of the Junta Directiva de Alergosur has revealed that this spring is expected to rate ‘moderate to severe’ for Andalucians who suffer seasonal allergies, ‘mainly to olive pollen and grass.’ Quiralte explained that rainy autumns and winters are usually associated with profuse spring flowering and therefore, with high rates of pollen. However, he pointed out that the rains of recent weeks are delaying the appearance of the first cases of allergies. ‘In the cases of patients allergic to grasses, the first cases should have already started, as they tend to coincide with the start of Holy Week, but the rain has caused a delay.’ Regarding the time of day with the highest incidence of pollen allergy, in general, the highest concentrations usually occur in the morning due to pollen emission by plants, and at dusk, when the air cools and the pollens tend to fall from high in the atmosphere to ground level. Therefore sufferers are advised to avoid afternoon walks and to keep windows closed. Pollen concentrations in large cities are generally lower than in the surrounding rural areas thanks to the ‘barrier effect’ caused by tall buildings, and by the ‘street effect’ produced by heat from the cement and asphalt producing updrafts, thus drawing many pollens up beyond breathable heights. The main allergens for inland Andalucia are grass and olive, while mites are more present in coastal areas.

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Due to this year’s unpredictable weather many of the Cofradias have invested in a Sistema Antilluvia to offer their priceless images protection from the weather. It is a major blow to the Hermandades if rain falls during the Easter period of processions. Many of the sculptures are not only priceless but also very ancient, and to expose them to rain would inevitably lead to their terminal deterioration. The only alternative has been to forego the procession, and remain within the church. However, this leaves thousands of worshippers disappointed – many of them will have travelled from other parts of Spain to be in their ‘home’ town for the procession, and with the best intentions hundreds will be left unable to partake of the ceremony within the church by sheer press of numbers. However, engineers from Jerez de la Frontera have constructed a cover that can be easily and quickly put over the whole Trono, protecting it from rain and wind. The design, which has been patented, consists of a made to measure aluminium frame which attaches to the pedestal of the Trono, and is covered in a specially designed plastic which has special water shedding properties, ensuring that the raindrops run immediately down the sides and do not create a fogging effect, as would be the case with normal plastic. It has been designed by a company known as Sispromet 23 SL, weighs 60 kilos, is stable in winds of up to 120 kph.It is claimed that it can be put over the whole edifice in just 3 minutes, and is completely secure for the lifting and carrying of the Trono, even up or down steps.

Corvera Airport - TIME TO PLAY HARDBALL!

Pedro Alberto Cruz, the Delegado Regional de Murcia has intimated that the Government is prepared to play hardball with Aeromur over the conditions of the contract awarded to them regarding their mandate to operate Corvera Airport. Cruz hinted that ‘other options’ could be available to ensure that the airport did become operational, and that Aeromur was not the only player. Aeromur maintains that although the work on the airport was finalised 15 months ago, they have been given no means of repaying their loans until the airport becomes operational. Another stumbling block is that Aeromur will have to negotiate with AENA and the Spanish Aviation Security Agency (EASA)in order to transfer operations from San Javier Airport, including the reclassification of airspace and flight paths for the approach to Corvera. This is an oversight that was not forseen when the project was commenced in 2007. It seems highly unlikely that Corvera Airport will open this summer.

The 70th Anniversary of The Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA)

On Easter Monday 1st April, the Costa Blanca Branch of the Royal Air Forces Association marked the 70th Anniversary of the Association with a Service of Celebration at the La Siesta Community Church. As one of the longest standing service charities, RAFA has been proud to have helped and continues to help the whole Royal Air Force family, by providing friendship, help and support to current and former members of the RAF and their dependants. The kind of welfare support is wide ranging; everything from providing home visits and respite care breaks, and working closely with the RAF Benevolent Fund in providing financial assistance in times of difficulty. The majority of this work is funded purely from the generosity of the 65,000 membership worldwide, and the generosity of supporters. In Spain there are three RAFA Branches, the Costa Blanca Branch in the Torrevieja area, North Costa Blanca Branch, to the North of Benidorm and Benalmadena Branch in the South, who continually monitor the needs of ex-RAF members and their families who live in Spain to try and ensure any needs are met. Although one of the lesser known charitable organisations, especially here in Spain, the welfare and social ethos of the Association’s past 70 years will continue to be at the forefront of actions and will , hopefully, continue to be so for a long time to come. If you would like to find out more about the work of the RAF Association please visit



CLAIMING DISABILITY LIVING ALLOWANCE IN SPAIN The Welfare Reform Act of 2012 sees the biggest shake-up to the welfare system since it’s introduction and introduces a number of changes to existing benefits that will have far-reaching effects for many claimants. Steeped in controversy, it throws up the inevitable debate as to whether people will be better off, whether claimants are being ‘taxed’ and whether the changes are fair. The government claims that the introduction of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) to replace Incapacity Benefit (IB) has already reduced the number of claimants. What it conveniently ignores is that fact that those claiming contributions-based ESA can now only claim it for 365 days unless put in the ‘support group’. This clearly penalises those people who have paid into the system by working but are no longer able to work. The government will point to the fact that they can continue to claim ESA on an income-based basis once the 365 days are up but this will reduce the household income of a couple where one member is earning a wage which precludes this. Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is gradually being phased out to be replaced by Personal Independence Payment (PIP) for those aged 16- 64. Most people will have face-face consultations with health professionals provided by private organisations as part of a longer and more complex decision-making process which will doubtless put a lot of people off claiming. The worry is that many people who qualified for DLA will miss out on the extra income they so desperately need. Current recipients of DLA under the age of 65 will be contacted sometime after October 2015 to be re-assessed for PIP unless their award runs out prior to that or they have a change in circumstances. Those aged 65 and over on 8th April 2013 can continue to receive DLA for as long as they are eligible. At present children under the age of 16 can continue to claim DLA.

Those living outside of the UK and in receipt of affected benefits will be contacted by the DWP to be re-assessed. I receive an increasing amount of enquiries concerning the transfer from Incapacity Benefit to ESA and a lot of people are having their benefit cut due to the 365day rule. This is because income-based ESA is not payable outside of the UK and this also has implications for those claiming disability benefits. Disability benefits such as DLA, PIP and Attendance Allowance can now be claimed by people living in an EEA member state such as Spain but they must have what they term a genuine and sufficient link. This in broad terms means that they or a family member must be in receipt of a contributions-based payment such as state retirement pension or contributions-based IB or ESA. Many of those are taken off ESA will therefore also lose their entitlement to DLA. I also receive a lot of calls from people wishing to claim DLA or Attendance Allowance only to be told by the DWP that they cannot do so if living in Spain. This is wrong. Others are told that they must have spent 26 weeks out of the previous 52 in the UK prior to claiming. This is also wrong. My advice to people is to not be put off by this misinformation and to put in claims regardless which will be assessed under current legislation. For further information contact: Kim Clark Benefits Consultancy +34 950 169 729, +34 663 297 568 See the main advert on page 18


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Pilar De La Horadada Health Centre dropped an email into the “Bulletin” box, asking if I would mention their latest blood donor event. Not a problem there, pleased to be of help, but it’s a little close to the event. The date is April 6th., and it all takes place at the Centro de OCIO Para Mayores, which in old money is the Recreation Centre for Seniors, alongside the bus stop / Taxi rank in Pilar De La Horadada, near the park. Times are 10AM to 2PM and 4PM to 9PM. Matron tells me that all that call in, will receive a gift (Perhaps in addition to a cup


of tea and a biscuit) and entry into a prize draw for a nights stay in a hotel and spa! I do remember that the Spanish Health Authorities at one time, issued a directive that anyone having lived, at any time, in the U.K. from 1980 onwards, would not be able to donate blood, due to the worry of contamination from Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, or B.S.E. as we knew it. Perhaps as it’s such short notice, best to drop in, if so inclined, and ask the question. I’m sure you’ll be offered some tea and biscuits!

Freewheelers Go Underground

Freewheelers historic, vintage, veteran and car “Ordinarius” Club, took to the mountains above Alicante, for their March day out, then promptly went underground, on foot I might add! Before heading off to the hills, and the Cuevas del Canelobre, members and friends enjoyed coffee and hot buttered toast in La Marina Old Town. The caves are located some 23 KMS above Alicante, with the entrance 700 meters above sea level, and are estimated to date back some 100,000 years, moderately young where the study of speleology is concerned! The cave, located above Busot, in the foothills of the Golden Ox, takes it’s name from the truly splendid candelabra stalagmite within the 70 meter high cavern. During the Spanish Civil War, the system was used to build and store aircraft engines, but luckily, very little damage was caused to the interior of the cave. After thanking the excellent tour guide, members made their way down the ridge, to enjoy a splendid lunch at the restaurant of “The Brothers”, on the outskirts of Busot. More information on Freewheelers can be found on their website: freewheelers08@yahoo.

After 3 years as Chairman of the Torrevieja U3A, Bob Hill hands over the badge of office, to Penny Godfrey, who now takes on the role of President. The Torrevieja U3A now boasts some 500 members, and meets on monthly basis, in Torrevieja. Among the dozen or so “Sections” within the local U3A, are armchair travel, walking and trekking, a computer group, Spanish history, painting and art appreciation. If you find the works of the Bard of Stratford Upon Avon, William Shakespeare, of interest, then there is even a discussion group to welcome you, here at the U3A. A recently formed “Cinema” club, visits the IMF Cinema Complex in Torrevieja, on a Thursday evening, to watch films with English soundtrack, and after the show, call into a local bar, for some tapas and a glass or two

of Vimto. A recent communication from the U3A, tells me of events outside the immediate area of Torrevieja. Visits to Cartagena and Alcudia are planned. Four days in Madrid, six days in Northern Ireland and nine days in Morocco are now arranged, with bookings now being taken. White Water Rafting (For those who dare), beach parties during the Summer months, and even a Grand Ball, to see the season out. For more information on the Torrevieja U3A, visit their web site on: www.torreviejau3a. org I have a feeling they will make you very welcome. My picture shows Chairman Bob, on a recent U3A gentle walk, not letting go (Thank goodness).

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The little town of La Union, was the place to be, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 28, 29 and 30th. if fossiles, minerals and everything in between were your forte, and by looking at the crowds within the Antiguo Mercado Pu’blico, word had got around. Minerals from all over the world were on offer. On show, and again, for sale, were beautifully crafted models of many of the head frames that can be seen, from the road between Cartagena and Los Nietos. The keen collector could buy sanding machines, and rotating barrels for

polishing the odd diamond or ruby, that the wandering prospector can drop on, wandering the Sierra Minera, above La Union and Portman. A number of deals were being undertaken from car boots, with rocks of various sizes, being either bought or just swopped. That’s it for another year then. My cap lamp is charged, and the rope is in good order. The only problem now is to find that elusive mine, up in them there hills! Wish me luck.

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Tues 2nd April RACE NIGHT - The Club House Camposol. First race 8 pm Food available beforehand from 6.30 until 8pm. TICKETS 3€ - available at the MABS bookstall on Fridays on Camposol B, the MABS Shop in Totana or by ringing 689 052 123. Every Tuesday MABS COFFEE MORNING - MABS CENTRE - 396 Avda de los Covachos Camposol Sector B4 – 10 UNTIL 1 Cake stall, books, come along meet some of our volunteers have a chat, a cup of coffee or snack. For further information please ring 620 582 418. Tues 23rd April ST GEORGE’S DAY CELEBRATIONS - La Vida Bar, El Pareton – 3.00 pm St George will arrive by horse to start the celebrations. There will be stalls, children´s games and face painting, tombola, raffle etc. The MABS shop will also put on a fashion show. Food will be available, pie and mash, burgers etc. NO ENTRY FEE and the proceeds will go to MABS Cancer Support, Mazarrón. Friday 26th April - JIGSAW BEREAVEMENT GROUP Cats Bar Sector A Camposol – 12.00 pm The MABS Mazarrón Bereavement Group meets on the last Friday of the month at Cats Bar, Sector A, Camposol. Call 620 582 418 for further details. Tuesday 30th April - VOLUNTEERS MEETING Trevi bar, Camposol Sector B - 11.30 am If you would like further information about how you can help MABS come along to our meeting. For further information please ring 634 362 954. Last Friday of month The MABS Mazarrón Bereavement group meets on the last Friday of the month at Cats bar Sector A Camposol. Call 620 582 418 for further details. Every 2nd & 3rd Friday BOOK SALE – Camposol Sector B Commercial Centre Keep watching the press or visit our website for forthcoming events



COUNTRY MUSIC COMES TO CAMPOSOL The new propietors of the Club House (Camposol Golf Club ) suggested that we arrange a Country Music night ¸so a meeting was called for those who would probably be interested in assisting with this , 30 people turned up , and they all suggested that not only should one night be arranged , we should also do this on a regular monthly basis, so this is what has been done ---There will be a country music night in the golf club on the first Friday of each month The 1st night would take place on Friday 1st March - The Prospectors, a “hillbilly “ band from Benidorm , were booked - Now all we had to do was to have sufficient people attend - Would enough people come along? Our concerns proved to be totally unfounded - Tickets were printed, and sold within 2 days. A significant number went to the local Line Dance group, and another block booking went to the “snowbirds”, who come to a local mobile home park for the winter. One “snowbird “couple delayed going home until after our 1st night, and they said they were glad they did so. They even ordered tickets for October 4th, when The Beagles go Country As dancing is an important part of any Country Music event. We decided to have a limit on the amount of tickets sold, to ensure a large dance floor, so we must say sorry to the people who wanted tickets, but could not obtain one. We hope you understand. The 1st night had to be just right . and boy was it. Starting at 7.30 Ann taught a fun line dance, which was really easy, but the music got faster and faster. It was a sight to see. 50 people, many who had never line danced before, starting off ok, but getting into a real tangle when the music got faster, but hey, who cares –That’s what makes line dancing fun Tom and Helen then taught a partner dance, where you changed partners, so those taking part were introduced to strangers through dancing.

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9pm time for the Prospectors. What a performance, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, and guitars going amongst the crowd whilst playing, singing songs we would only describe as “old chestnuts “ but everyone new them loved them and sang along to them. As a “wind up“ Sylvia was presented with an Oscar, for her recent performance at Los Canovas play , called “play on” She had tough competition in this category “Best supporting female British Artiste” Judi Dench. Maggie Smith, but Sylvia pulled it off We are aiming to buy our own sound equipment—amplifier/speakers/Microphone/ Computer-- when funds allow On becoming aware of this, the Prospectors reduced their fee. A lot of people also brought along raffle prizes, so to everyone who helped in this, a sincere thank you!. Particular thanks also go to Ann / Roy and Ann / Tony for helping to arrange our 1st night If / when coming along, should you have anything suitable for a raffle prize, this would be really welcome. The less expenses we have the sooner we can buy our own sound system From the 1st night’s “profit” speakers and speaker stands were purchased.

Our aim is to bring the best Country Music entertainers that we can afford to Camposol, and provide subsidised transport to visit other clubs/events etc (or anything else suggested by regulars) After the sound equipment is bought, all funds will be directed 100% toward these objectives In addition to our normal monthly dances , Country Music charity events will also be arranged. We will join forces with local charities to organize these The 1st Charity event will take place on Saturday 3rd August. This a joint venture with “Go Mad”. Full details to follow Although we will normally meet on the 1st Friday of each month, the 1st Friday in April is not available to us , so our next night at the Golf Club will be Friday 12th April , when Lenny Mitchell will be “going Country“. Tickets are only €3. If there is sufficient room you could turn up on the night, and pay at the door, but by that time ticket holders will be in the best seats Food is available at affordable prices. If you want to know more. and /or would like to come along to a night of good food, drink , music, dance, a bit of fun and leave with a smile Phone or text Tom/Helen 610 632 152 or e mail

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Help for the helpers MORE than 1800 euros was raised for the local charity Help at Home Costa Blanca during special events during Easter.

Firstly there was an X Factor Charity Night at the Emerald Isle, La Florida, when 800 euros was raised and local performers demonstrated their many talents.


Pablos International Bar ‘Stars in their Eyes’ charity event raised 470 euros was raised by locals voting for the best entertainers and won by the Local Supremes. Their €100 prize was donated to the charity.


The Easter Fayre at The Emerald Isle was well attended, people being entertained

by the Flamenco For All Dancers, The Happy to Help Trio, Dave and Cindy Country Singers, Dan and Stephanie the girl with the Golden Voice, plus a fashion show. The event raised €332. Finally La Terraza Bar at Bigastro held a Country & Western Night, where resident DJ Pete and Guest Performer Ruth Britton performed for the event and raised €104 on the night. The money is much needed to allow volunteers to help a growing number of people in and around the Torrevieja area.


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older than everyone else quiz ! No. 1 By Alan Gilchrist - Costa Blanca’s Top Hypnotherapist

Everyone loves remembering trivia about the past so I thought I would devise an ongoing quiz that (almost) everyone can join in. For the younger ones / those young at heart just say the words to your partners or parents and watch their faces light up. Then just sit back and listen to their stories about what it meant to them! Count all the ones that you remembernot the ones you were told about by your parents! The Woodentops Twizzel Blackjacks Twink Hair products Car 54 TV Programme Monopoly with wooden pieces Tide Washing powder Glass lemonade bottles Sweetie cigarettes Radio Caroline Esso Blue Paraffin Paper Aeroplanes Fyfe Robertson Ban the Bomb badges Coffee shops with jukeboxes Home milk delivery in glass bottles Inkwells on your desk in class Murray Mints Newsreels before the main film Telephones with the thick cords Peashooters Snuff Dr Finlay’s casebook Sunday Night at the London Palladium 45 and 78 RPM records Green Shield Stamps Cliff Michelmore Nit Nurse “ Don’t say brown say Hovis” Metal ice trays Blue flashbulbs for cameras 8 Track car stereos Carnation Condensed milk Roller skate keys Cork popguns Nut Brown Ale Toy dogs with nodding heads on the back windows of cars

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Cantabile Female Voice Choir

On Sunday 7th April at 8 p.m. in the Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in Torreta 2, Torrevieja, Cantabile Female Voice Choir are presenting A Concert of Sacred and Contemplative Music including works by J. S. Bach, Faure, Handel, Karl Jenkins, Mascagni and Vivaldi. There will be a collection held in aid of church funds. For further info, contact Jennifer on 966 796 866 or Phyl on 965 077 457. E-mail: jen-morton@ or check the website: w w w.c a n t a b i l e




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WHAT A FANTASTIC ‘COUNTRY’ NIGHT OUT! What a superb night’s entertainment last Friday night at Lion Country’s Nightspot in La Molata! Their first evening with a ‘double’ billing was a brilliant success and attracted a ‘capacity’ attendance. Both artists coming all the way over from NW England, Cactus Jack and Eddy Miller, simply ‘blew the audience away’ with their wonderful, well balanced, mix of traditional and modern country music songs – the dance floor was never empty! Hopefully they’ll both be back again next year? Staying with the subject of brilliant entertainment, our next cabaret evening on Friday 19 April heralds the return of another of our favourite Country Music songbirds, Miss Cherry K. Originally one half of the terrific Country Music duo, ‘Country Kittens’ and, more recently, the outright winner of Costa Blanca’s hard fought, X Factor Competition, as a solo artist, this little lady is definitelygoing places! Appearing at LION COUNTRY NIGHTSPOT La Molata, nr Los Munoces on Friday 19 April, the fabulous Costa Blanca X Factor Winner...!

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Bon Jovi are an American rock band from Sayreville, New Jersey. Formed in 1983, Bon Jovi consists of lead singer and namesake Jon Bon Jovi (real name John Francis Bongiovi, Jr.), guitarist Richie Sambora, keyboardist David Bryan, bass player Alec Such and drummer Tico Torres. The band’s lineup has remained mostly static during their history, the only exception being the departure of Alec Such in 1994, who was unofficially replaced by Hugh McDonald. The newly formed band began playing showcases and openings for local talent, and they caught the attention of record executive Derek Shulman, who signed them to Mercury Records , who was part of the PolyGram company. Jon Bon Jovi wanted a group name, and Pamela Maher, a friend and employee of band manager Doc McGhee, suggested they call themselves Bon Jovi, following the example of the other famous two-word bands such as Van Halen. This name was chosen instead of the original idea of Johnny Electric.(Good choice I think). Pamela’s suggestion of the name was met with little enthusiasm, but two years later they hit the charts under that name. The band’s debut album, Bon Jovi, was released on January 21, 1984. The album included the band’s first hit single, “Runaway”, reaching top forty on the Billboard Hot 100. The album peaked at number forty-three on the Billboard 200 album chart. The group found themselves opening for The Scorpions on their tour of the U.S. and for Kiss when they toured Europe. In 1985, Bon Jovi’s second album 7800° Fahrenheit was released. The band released three singles “Only Lonely”, “In and Out of Love” and the ballad “Silent Night”. The album peaked at number thirty seven on Billboard 200 and was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). While the album did not do as well as they’d hoped in terms of sales, it allowed the band to get out on the road touring

again. In May 1985, they headlined venues in Japan and Europe. At the end of the European tour, the band began a six-month run of U.S. tour dates.. In the midst of that tour they managed to make appearances at the Texas Jam and Castle Donington’s Monsters of Rock concerts in England. Jon Bon Jovi also did a solo appearance at the very first Farm Aid in 1985. The band achieved widespread recognition with their third album, Slippery When Wet, released in 1986. Their fourth album New Jersey, which was released in 1988, became just as successful as its predecessor. Bon Jovi went onto achieve thirteen U.S. Top 40 hits between 1986–1995, including four number-ones with “You Give Love a Bad Name”, “Livin’ on a Prayer”, “Bad Medicine”, and “I’ll Be There for You”. Other Top 10 hits included “Wanted Dead or Alive”, “Bed of Roses” and “Always”. Their 2000 single “It’s My Life”, successfully introduced the band to a younger audience. Bon Jovi use different styles in their music, including country for their 2007 album Lost Highway which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, as did their next album, The Circle, in 2009. Their latest album, What About Now, will be released in 2013. Throughout their career, the band have released eleven studio albums, three compilation albums and one live album, and have sold 130 million records worldwide.[3] They have performed more than 2,700 concerts in over 50 countries for more than 35 million fans.[4] Bon Jovi was inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2006.[5] The band was also honored with the Award of Merit at the American Music Awards in 2004,[6] and as songwriters and collaborators, Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora were inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2009. I love their music and regularly play tracks on all my shows. My personal favourite would have to be Wanted Dead or Alive. Living on a Prayer is more an anthem and they will give fans much more great music for a long time to come.

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In early April each year, the world and its media descend upon Aintree Racecourse for three of the biggest days in the British sporting and social calendar, the John Smith’s Grand National, which in 2013 will take place from Thursday 4th – Saturday 6th April. A British sporting institution, the Grand National attracts over 154,000 racegoers for three days like no other, which includes Grand Opening Day, Ladies’ Day and a day which needs no introduction, John Smith’s Grand National Day. Over 11 million viewers tuned in to watch the 2012 race on the BBC and were witness to many firsts; a photo finish deciding the winner and a first Grand National victory for champion trainer, Paul Nicholls. Neptune Collonges victory over Sunnyhill Boy also added Neptune Collonges to the history books as only the third grey to have ever won the race in its rich 165-year history. Since the inaugural running in 1839, when Lottery etched his name on the roll of honour, victory in the Grand National has been the pinnacle of ambition for owners, trainers and jockeys worldwide. Hollywood actors, moguls, pop stars, comedians, coiffeurs, celebrities of all hues, sporting heroes, politicians, aristocrats, business people of every variety, Kings, Queens and Princes have all tried for success; just a fortunate few have succeeded. It is the most famous chase in the world and one of the biggest tests for racehorse and rider around two circuits of the Grand National course - with 30 fences to be jumped as four and a half miles is covered. There are numerous famous landmarks which are an integral part of Grand National folklore; Becher’s Brook, the Canal Turn, Valentine’s and the Chair are fences known around the globe. Familiar phrases of commentators such as “crossing the Melling Road” are built into people’s subconscious, while there is the ‘elbow’, with the winning post in sight, where many a potential victor has felt the last reserves of stamina ebb away and with it, immortality. And there is nothing quite like that sensation of heart-clutching, wriggling expectation as the 40-strong field



for the John Smith’s Grand National is persuaded into a fair line, ready to tackle the long run to the first fence. Whether at Aintree or at home watching the peerless television coverage, a general hush falls until the starter calls the runners into line. The tape is released and then a roar - the most anticipated race of the year has begun. The sense of excitement begins at such a great height, tumbles and hurtles onwards throughout nearly 10 minutes of breathtaking action and often afterwards. Betting slips, carefully clutched, are not to be celebrated until the result has been officially announced. Many are the reversals of fortune in the 465 yards between the last fence and the winning post, with replays avidly studied to determine what happened where to each of the runners and riders. Devon Loch’s inexplicable collapse in the 1956 Grand National, a mere 50 yards from victory, serves as a constant reminder that the race is often won and lost in the final run from the ‘elbow’. Once-a-year punters come out in force on John Smith’s Grand National day, studying the list of runners to locate their selection from the office/shop sweepstake, or placing their wager on a horse with a name they like or one linked to a topical event - Party Politics was a popular choice when he won the great race in 1992, with the nation on the brink of a general election. At 4.15pm on Saturday, April 14, 2012, the scheduled off-time of the John Smith’s Grand National, there will be few bookmakers willing to lay odds about what many in Britain, and plenty more throughout the world, will be doing for the next quarter of an hour. Not only is the great race compellingly demanding - the feeling of even completing is one cherished by all involved - but it is also financially rewarding. Millions and millions of people in Britain bet on the John Smith’s Grand National each year, making the race easily the biggest single turnover event, and the most anticipated. Whether in one of Britain’s 9,000 offcourse betting shops, over the telephone, through the internet or interactively, regular punters and the annually curious will be out in force. Bookmakers e s t i m a t e that around £500 million is wagered in Britain on the day, with the John Smith’s Grand National accounting for the bulk of that.

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The first official races at Aintree were organised by a syndicate, headed by the owner of Liverpool’s Waterloo Hotel, Mr William Lynn. He leased the land from Lord Sefton, set out a course and built a grandstand. Lord Molyneux laid the foundation stone on February 7, 1829 and placed a bottle full of sovereigns in the footings. The first Flat fixture was held five months later on July 7. A horse called Mufti won the opening race, the one and a quarter mile Croxteth Stakes. Crowds of up to 40,000 people attended Aintree’s three meetings a year. Aintree Jumping: The course staged its

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The “What Makes You Happy?” Book Project Campaign per cent positive, even the very successful motivational life coaches and business people of the world get days where they need a helping hand to pick themselves up. Books like these have helped me in the past and I know that they can help others too. Along with encouragement from friends / family and other activities like sports or hobbies, these self-help books can provide people with support via beautiful words. There seems to be more and more happiness projects cropping up throughout the world, which is a fantastic sign of things to come!

Would you like to help billions of people worldwide? What is The “What Makes You Happy?” Book Project all about? I started this book project back in August of 2012. The idea just came to me, as I wanted to do something that would help hundreds, thousands, millions or even billions of people around the world. The idea is that people send me a quote about what makes them happy. It can be simply a word, a sentence or a paragraph about what makes them happy. I have received such wonderful words from people, all around the world and the quotes are continuing to come through on a regular basis. Some people have even sent me poems, which I really want

to include in the book, as they have taken the time to put these together for me. I have also received photos from people, both personal and ones that they think I may like to see on the facebook group and page. This is brilliant, as I will want visual images for the book and personal ones are lovely to receive to go with the quotes. I am more than happy to have these sent to me, along with any other images that people feel may be good for the book. I can only use images that have been OK’d to use copyright–wise if they are not personal photos / images from the quote givers. We all have days where we do not feel 100

From what I have learnt so far, materialistic things seem to come very low down on people’s lists of priorities in what makes them happy, despite what we may feel we want; these things are not the main affects in what brings us happiness. I am looking for help to get this book put together as quickly as I can, so that it can reach the intended people and start to have a positive effect on as many individuals as I can reach. I think that the route for me firsthand will be selfpublishing until I can get the right publisher on board. Any contributions would be so greatly appreciated and I would be more than happy to mention those who have contributed financially to this The “What Makes You Happy? Book Project in the book itself, for those of who would like to be included. Of course, anonymous contributions are also very much welcome. Thank you so much in advance to all who do so, either via name or anonymously. This will have such a dramatic effect on so many people, as even the positive feedback before I had a publisher interested a few months back was extremely encouraging. People need books like these, I feel, something that they can pick up time and time again and get a warm feeling from. Other people can help those that they do not even know by projects such as this one. My greatest thanks go to everyone that has contributed so far with their wonderful quotes. I will do my best to keep everyone posted on my progress via facebook and Twitter etc. Thanks again to all! Below are all of the links to my social media sites and my email details for quotes to come through on. Thank you! Please send all monetary contributions to Ali Watts who runs SpainLINKED on line magazine via his PayPal account at: For those of you who do not have a PayPal account, I will provide bank details asap for any money to be transferred into it. Thanks again to all! Please post all quotes to my profiles / pages or on the group wall or via Twitter or email (as I often miss the notifications when people post on the groups / sites I put these posts on).

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One of the great benefits of being a Christian is the certainty we can enjoy that death isn’t the end, but that life continues beyond the grave. I’d really struggle to offer any real comfort to the bereaved were it not for my Christian faith, but I love the passage written by St Paul to his Christian friends in Thessalonica: “Since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with him at his coming all that have died, who trusted in Jesus. So we will be with the Lord forever.”

Now there, I suggest, is real comfort – though it does depend on our acceptance of the Easter story that Jesus didn’t just die, but he overcame death and rose again. That he died, is easy to believe, but it does perhaps take a little more faith to affirm that I believe he really did come back to life again. But what a promise St Paul bases on that step of faith. “If you can believe” says Paul, “that he came back to life, then in just the same way, God will bring back to life all who have died, who trusted in Jesus.” What Paul is saying here is that what God has done for Jesus, in raising him from the dead, He will also do for anyone else who trusts in him. The condition, he says, is not that we’re very religious; nor that we lead a good life; but simply that we trust, or believe in him. So no wonder Easter’s a day of great rejoicing for Christians everywhere. Believe that message that Jesus died in my place and then rose to life again, and the promise is there – God will raise me after I’ve died, just as surely as He raised Jesus, and I will live with Him eternally, together with all who share that faith. No wonder then that St Paul concludes that passage “therefore encourage one another with these words.” So I trust you’ve had a very happy Easter.

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cross bun - baked on Good Friday in 1821 and passed down through five generations. Nancy Titman, 94, keeps the 192-yearold bun in a box and amazingly it still has a cross on the top and shows no traces of mould. The fruity bun, which has even retained its smell, was made by Nancy’s great, great, great grandfather William Skinner, who owned a bakery in London. It was made in the same year as Napolean died, George IV was crowned king, poet John Keats passed away and John Constable painted his famous Hay Wain picture. “It’s a relic which has been passed

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A bizarre ancient version of darts where players dream up the winning score is baffling gambling officials in northern India. The game - called Thoh tim - involves locals in remote Meghalaya state betting on how many arrows they and their competitors can make stick in a single target. And they gamble using only numbers that have come to them the night before a game - in dreams. “If you dream of football match, that’s 22 for the number of players,” explained a local expert in the regional capital, Shillong, known as the Scotland of the East. “Two people in an erotic act, well that could be 69 or 11 depending on the act. If both feature, that could be 90. It can get quite complicated,” he added. Local gambling officials have been trying to crack down on the tournaments but have been baffled by the game’s vague rules. “Winning relies on interpreting the dreams accurately and that’s a skill, not luck,” admitted one. Experts say £15,000 can change hands in a single tournament. Khasi Hills Archery Sports Institute general secretary Perekh Lahoo said: “A lot of cash changes hands every day.”

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Eric Fletcher Waters of the Royal Fusiliers was killed at the Battle of Anzio, Italy on February 18th 1944. His son Roger immortalised the loss of his father in the haunting song with the above title. Planned to be the opening track of the Pink Floyd album The Wall however the other band members thought it too personal. Instead it’s in the Alan Parker film and on the reissued Final Cut CD.

Operation Shingle (its official name) was conceived by Winston Churchill and commenced on January 22nd 1944; it was an amphibious landing of a large Allied force in the Anzio area of Italy. Its intention was to strike east, drawing German forces from the fierce fighting at Monte Cassino with the possibility also of allowing the Allies to strike

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This area of former marshland was drained in 1930 on Mussolini’s orders and turned into an agricultural area. It’s surrounded by mountains so a quick advance was essential or the enemy would reinforce, surrounding the attackers from above. The Appian Way passes through here and a Roman Army in 321BC had befallen this exact fate. Though the landing was a success with almost no opposition found, US Major General Lucas fatally chose to dig a defensive line instead of advancing further as he expected a counter attack. German Field Marshall Kesselring immediately sent 20,000 reinforcements from Rome with 20,000 more arriving the following day to surround the Allies, Kesselring knew the Allies would succeed if they continued to advance on the first days; instead Lucas’s needless fear of being caught in a trap condemned many men to die including Eric Waters over the next four months. In Lucas’s diary of the time he refers to the same ‘amateur’ being in charge as was at Gallipoli. This was a direct reference to Churchill who had been heavily involved of the planning of the 1916 debacle, where there had

nearly 200 years now. “It’s a rather unusual family heirloom, but I’m proud of it and we still get the bun out of its box every Easter.” Hot cross buns with their combination of sweet, spicy and fruity flavours first became popular in Tudor times and have long been an Easter tradition, with the pastry cross symbolising the crucifixion. In the 19th century many people believed that hot cross buns baked on Good Friday would not go mouldy and had special healing powers. They thought the buns could be used as a cure for medical complaints such as indigestion.

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been half a million casualties. Fiendishly the Germans stopped the pumps that drained the marshes and the area slowly flooded so inviting mosquitos to help with their defences too. They bombed and shelled the Allied positions for the next month. By February 20th it was stalemate after attack and counter attack with over 40,000 casualties from both sides, some positions changed hands eight times. Churchill remarked that he had hoped a wildcat had been hurled at the shores and instead they had got a stranded whale. Lucas was relieved of his command with the British and more attacking minded Major General Truscott appointed. It was the depth of winter so fighting mostly took place at night when the ground froze and tanks and guns could be moved. In the day it was too boggy and the soldiers rested. Some Allied soldiers nicknamed these months their ‘Dracula Days’ as they drew blood at night and slept by day. By May the Allies had 150,000 soldiers and the breakout was on. On the 23rd battle commenced with the initial plan to head east to stop the Germans escaping to Rome from Monte Cassino. Instead Lieutenant General Clark of the US 5th Army felt that they ‘deserved’ to liberate Rome and ordered the advance to turn 90 degrees north. This Yankee vanity allowed tens of thousands of Germans to escape and prolonged the war. On June 2nd the Americans reached an almost deserted Rome as Hitler fearing another Stalingrad had ordered a retreat. Clark the glory hunter blocked the roads to stop the British Army from getting close and held a press conference outside the Town Hall!

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Well to the end of the ancient world anyway. Starting on May 31st, Len Allen (from La Marina) is taking on the challenge of the Camino de Santiago, the famous pilgrimage known as ‘The Way’ starting in Pamplona and travels all the way to Santiago a distance of approximately 800km. Not satisfied with this, Len is then going to continue on to Finisterre, which was widely believed to be the end of the Earth until Columbus discovered America. This will take his total distance to 900km. Len who will turn 60 later in the year wanted to do something extra special for this milestone and when in Santiago last year he saw people finishing the walk he thought “this is something I could do”. Len a seasoned marathon runner in the UK who moved to Spain in 2000, will be joined in this ambitious challenge by one of his old running partners John Cripps. “I have been training since Christmas and hopefully I will be ready by mid-May”. Len will then have a week or so of rest before setting off. This involves taking an overnight coach from Alicante to Pamplona and then the walk begins. Len added “I will be staying in the pilgrim hostels along the way each night and I am really looking forward to hearing the tales of the other walkers and their reasons for taking on the challenge”. He is planning to walk some 40 km a day and with a few rest days to make sure he gets to the other end and expects the walk to take 23 days in total. Len is doing this walk in aid of the Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre Foundation based in Rojales. His wife Ann who has been a great supporter of EHCRC for many years thinks he is mad but will be on hand to give him encouragement “however I’m not doing it with him”. David from Easy Horse Care said “when we were approached by Ann about Len doing this walk I just had to meet him, I have to agree with Ann in thinking her husband is mad” he added “however I take my hat off to him and ask everyone to support him. Like Len I used to run marathons but the idea of walking 900 km’s in less than a month is truly a remarkable challenge and a fantastic achievement”. Len can be sponsored by either contacting him direct on 620 180 002 or by going in to any of the EHCRC Charity Shops in Guardamar, La Siesta, La Zenia , Montesinos or Quesada. Alternatively you can sponsor him at the rescue centre on Sundays during the open day or contact Easy Horse Care by email .There will also be sponsorship forms in several locations around La Marina including News 4U, Serafins & Cuts R Us.

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Vote Common Sense if You Can Find a Candidate I scan the British newspapers whenever we have coffee at Patti’s Tapas down the road – I begrudge paying a small fortune for them and Patti’s loans them for free to regular patrons – and I invariably become agitated at the nonsense that has become commonplace in the beloved homeland. I don’t know why I bother reading them really; it’s not good for my health and once I have wiped away the dribble from the

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Last week I wrote about, Palm Sunday, which is the first day of Le Semana Santa, know in Spanish as el Domingo de Ramos. The word ‘ramos’ means ‘bouquets and brances’ so I thought it would be fun to incorporate it, into the Easter egg hunt. I have written in the past about my Andalucian Donkey, Bernando, who is almost extinct and is only one of a hundred left in the world today, so one of the clues was the following. “What am I looking for? Not only did this animal carry Mary to Bethlehem, but he also carried Jesus to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. Look amongst

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Doing these clues for the visitors and the tourists it has prompted many questions about the Easter Week here in Spain so for all of you who need to understand and perhaps learn a bit more about this important religious occasion, so to find out just how much you know here are some fun qustions, for you to test your knowledge.

What is the name of the Spanish Easter cake that is decorated with coloured feathers and chocolate figurines? A. misa de Pascua

B. mona de Pascua C. amigo de Pascua

What is the name given to the men who carry the heavy floats in the Easter processions? A. costaleros

B. corderos

C. conejos

and finally Which meat is traditionally eaten on Easter Day in Spain? A. beef (la carne de vaca) (el cordero)

B. chicken (el pollo)

C. lamb

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THE SPAINIAC | The Alhambra (Part I | Candice Parsons after becoming frustrated from all the walking in the 40+ degrees heat.

The whole purpose of my visit to Granada was to visit the Alhambra, and considering the current status of my ankle, I was slightly concerned I’d not be able to explore all I’d hoped to. Nonetheless, I ventured through the streets of Granada at around 8:30am the next day, and of course, typical of Spain, the atmosphere was mostly quiet with very few people around and no businesses open this early. In Arabic, ‘qa’lat al-Hamra’ means ‘red castle’, and so is where the name of Granada’s signatory palace and fortress complex originates its name ‘Alhambra’ from. You won’t go too long in Andalusia - or Spain for that matter - without hearing of or being recommended to the Alhambra. The Moors, nomadic people from North Africa

who had converted Islam, ruled Spain throughout the eighth century. This exquisite palace built under their empire, stands as a statement of their last refuge and their crowning glory. I’d met a girl from Brisbane, Australia the previous evening at the guesthouse I was staying in, after arriving back from the almost ten

hour hike of El Albaicín with my injured ankle. She’d just returned from visiting the Alhambra, which I’d booked tickets for a few weeks back to visit the following day. She recommended I get there by 10am at the latest, explaining how she’d done the same yet still hadn’t been able to cover all ground of the complex, and left early

I followed my city map that took me to the bottom of the steep, winding hill which led up to the Alhambra. There was a frequent bus transfer that took visitors to the front entrance, but despite my injured ankle, I decided the physical strain would be punishment for the amount of paella, croquetas and ice cream I’d consumed over the past week. I knew I’d see more by walking than

I would from a bus anyway.

The lush, trees and greenery surrounding the pathway up this hill, lined by ancient aqua-ducts and large pebble stone walls, created a mysterious feel as I continued my way up. The trees were so high, full and leafy above the path, making it almost impossible to see where exactly the Alhambra was and how much longer I had till reaching the entrance. But my wandering mind was somewhat sedated by the silenced world below me. With each step, the sound of trickling water, soft breeze and singing birds separated me further and further away, drowning out any queries or thoughts attempting to surface my mind. Soon enough, this serenity was interrupted,

and in the distance I could see more people, who were all heading towards the entrance marked ‘tickets’. Large crowds were everywhere and long queues filled the outdoor foyer area for either ticket purchase or collection, headset commentaries, tour bookings, and Alhambra souvenirs. It made sense as to why pre-booked tickets are encouraged on the website, and allocated time slots are held for viewing certain parts of the palace. Upon collecting my tickets and headset, I limped along with my now much more painful ankle towards the Palacio de Generalife; an extension to the Alhambra, which was the summer palace and country estate of the Nasrid Kings during the early 13th century... (To be continued in Part II)

Candice Parsons is a writer and avid Spain and Spanish culture lover from Melbourne, Australia. ‘Like’ my Facebook page: www.facebook. com/pandemicrhapsody and follow me on Twitter @MiLlamoCandi


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I have heard that I need to present a declaration to the tax office declaring my assets in

other countries. Surely this cannot be true?

A. It is correct. Orden HAP/72/2013 of 30th of January has brought to life form 720, which needs to be filled

in by all residents of Spain who have assets abroad worth more than 50,000 euros. This form must be presented before the end of April with severe penalties for not doing so. All resident of Spain shall provide the Spanish tax administration with the following information: 1. Information of bank accounts you may have abroad, already in your name, or have authorization or rights to at any time of the year which corresponds to the declaration. The information shall include: • The full name and address of the bank. • Full identification of the accounts. • The opening or cancellation date, or if applicable, grant and revocation as authorized. • The average balances of the last trimester and the corresponding average balances for the last trimester of the year 2. Information on securities, assets, values or rights representing the equities of all types of entities, or transfer own equities to a third party, of which they own and are abroad, as well as life insurance and life annuity policy holders or beneficiaries of temporary policies. In this case, the information must include, in addition to the identification of the entity, the balance on December 31st, the number and class of such assets. 3. Information on real estate located abroad. This last section will contain the following statement: • Type of property. • Property location: country, city, street and number. • Date of purchase & Value of purchase. The presentation in subsequent years will only be required when the value of the assets and rights have experienced an increase of over 20,000 euro on the determined value of the last statement made. The information shall be declared in the new model 720 from February 1st to April 30th 2013 for the data of the fiscal year 2012. Starting from the next fiscal year the declaration should be presented between the dates January 1st & March 31st. 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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8. You can get a bargain ski property. Spanish ski property is down by 50 per cent. Tapas on the piste? What could be better. 9. The overseas market is growing. There have been five straight quarters of growth, in contrast with the domestic market which is stalling. 10. New-build properties in prime locations are selling. Whilst Taylor Wimpey Espana have sold 60 per cent of two of their new developments offplan, Savills sold the same of a new apartment block in Ibiza Town.

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Ants in the kitchen drove me mad last summer - until I discovered that basil is Ant Kryptonite. Buy a pot & stick it on the window sill. Water sparingly and replace every few months. It keeps the ants away - and it smells nicer than Raid!


Flies hate it! Little bunches, hanging in windows or left on top of tall furniture, work well. Replace when the lavender smells of nothing but twigs. It seems to me that “true” lavender is much more effective that lavendula (the “cheaper” stuff, which has squatter, slightly pinker blossoms) - but this could be mere horticultural snobbery!

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QUESTION: Please can we have a list of jobs we should be doing now – it’s always a help to be reminded! ANSWER: Yes, of course. In my book, this is a month of two halves with a list of different tasks in each! The first half is still good for new planting and the earlier in the month the better. This will ensure that roots get a good hold before the sun is too baking hot and they don’t dry out as fast now. It’s advisable to make sure anything you buy in a pot is soaked well before putting in a prepared hole in the ground or even in another pot, then water well in; if ‘dry’ planted it will struggle to absorb moisture later. In most areas now, danger of frost should have passed and you can safely remove any dead bits on shrubs such as roses etc. which have been attacked over the

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Great Gatsby fever ‘Bloody Mary’: the drink of 2013

This summer is set to see a bloody revolution - with the red-hot tipple of choice being the Bloody Mary cocktail. Bartenders across Britain are hailing the tomato and vodka concoction as the hottest drink of 2013 - and the spike in popularity is thanks to Great Gatsby fever. Premiering on May 15 at the Cannes Film Festival, Baz Lurhmann’s hotly anticipated film is set during the jazz age, when the Bloody Mary was first mixed. The Prohibition era saw speakeasys become the high of fashion - and cocktails were key - with powerful flavoured

mixers used to mask the taste of bootlegged booze. Ninety years on our love affair with dimly lit drinking dens and the spicy and salty Bloody Mary continues. Thanks to Leonardo Di Caprio, Tobey McGuire and Carey Mulligan - the stars of latest adaptation of The Great Gatsby – you won’t just be drinking it with your eggs benedict. The history of many classic cocktails, the origin of the Bloody Mary is widely debated. Some claim it was crafted by bartender Fernand Petiot in 1921 at the famous Harry’s New York Bar in Paris, a favourite with American expats including author Fitzgerald, while others believe a waitress named Mary who worked at a Chicago bar called the Bucket of Blood was the creator. Either way, the drink has exploded in popularity across the UK. It’s no longer only seen as a modern hair-of-the-dog hangover cure but has attracted the attention of mixologists who are rethinking the recipe ahead of the summer. Plus, it’s packed with veggies, so we count it towards one of your five a day. Thierry Brocher, Head Barman at The Sanderson Hotel’s Long Bar says: ‘It is the perfect cocktail as its one of those drinks you can enjoy any time of the day, even for breakfast without feeling guilty. The magic and mandatory ingredient is Horseradish, it bring more texture to the drink and helps blending all ingredients together, also 5ml of tio pepper makes a difference. But if you’re bored of the traditional recipe, there are


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Potato Salad With Watercress, Cucumber & Radish


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INGREDIENTS (For 4 people) For the salad: Sea salt and pepper 1 lb fingerling potatoes 3 pink radishes, finely sliced (use a mandolin) 1 cup finely sliced English cucumber (use a mandolin) 1/2 tablespoon blond cane sugar 1 tablespoon rice vinegar 6 green or purple asparagus tips, sliced finely Dash of ground coriander Handful of watercress leaves, thoroughly cleaned Crumbled semi-hard goat cheese, to taste For the dressing: Sea salt and pepper 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1 Meyer lemon 1 tablespoon tahini nut butter 3 tablespoons olive oil Chopped coriander or parsley


METHOD Steam the potatoes for 15 to 20 minutes, or until easily pierced with a fork. Let them cool. When they are cooled enough to be handled, peel and sliced them; set aside. In a colander, add the cucumber and sprinkle with salt. Let sit for 30 minutes so that the cucumber release water. Drain and transfer to a bowl with the radish. In a small bowl, combine the sugar and rice vinegar and stir well. Add to the cucumber and radish and toss well; set aside.

In a frying pan, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat. When warm, add the asparagus and a dash of coriander. Season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes; set aside. In a small bowl, add a pinch of salt and pepper, and add the mustard and lemon juice. Stir and add the tahini and olive oil; whisk to emulsify. In a large bowl, toss the potatoes, cucumber and radish, asparagus, goat cheese. Add the dressing and coat the salad with it. Add the watercress leaves and toss gently. Serve.

Red Currant Pistachio and Brown Butter Cake INGREDIENTS


(for 6 muffin-like cakes) 51/2 tablespoons (80 g) unsalted butter 1 vanilla bean, split open and seeds scraped out 70g pistachio meal (use shelled unsalted pistachios that you grind in a food processor) (20 g) millet flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1 large egg 50g sugar 1/4 cup buttermilk 60g red currants* 6 raspberries* 6 black currants* *Combine any kind of seasonal berries

INGREDIENTS METHOD Preheat the oven to 350 F. Place the cherry tomatoes in an oven dish; set aside. In a bowl, combine the garlic, lemon thyme, honey and add 6 tablespoons olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Coat the cherry tomatoes with this marinade. Bake the tomatoes for about 20 minutes; keep warm on the side. Blanch the julienned carrots for 1 minute in boiling salted water and rinse them under cold water. Cook the spaghetti al dente in a large volume of salted water. Drain and transfer to a large bowl. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil and toss gently. Toss in the carrot, cherry tomatoes and marinade, crumbled feta and add a generous amount of grated Parmesan (to taste). Divide the pasta between four plates and add watercress leaves in each plate. Add a squeeze of lime juice and drizzle with honey and olive oil. If you have fresh parsley handy, add some too.

(For 4 people) Sea salt and pepper 2 pounds ripe cherry tomatoes 2 large garlic cloves, finely minced 1 teaspoon finely chopped lemon thyme 1.5 teaspoons honey + more to serve 6 tablespoons olive oil + more to serve 2 large carrots, peeled and julienned finely 12 oz spaghetti Parmesan cheese, grated (to taste) 4 oz crumbled feta cheese or goat cheese Handful of fresh watercress leaves Drizzle of lime juice

method Preheat the oven at 400 F and grease 6 muffin molds (or line a muffin mold with paper cases); set aside. Place the butter in a pot and bring to a simmer. Cook on low to medium heat until the butter turns and tastes like hazelnut. Stop the heat and add the vanilla bean and seeds; leave to infuse for 15 to 20 minutes. Strain and discard the vanilla pods. In the meantime, in a bowl, combine the pistachio meal, baking powder and millet flour. In another bowl, beat the egg with the sugar. Add the dry ingredients to this wet batter, and beat until well combined. Add the melted butter and then buttermilk. Divide the batter between the muffin molds and stud with the fruit. Bake the small cakes for 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden. (Optional) When cooled, dust with icing sugar.

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Despite the threat of rain the Gilbert & Sullivan society was able to raise 500€ from their sale of costumes and props. Thanks to all the local groups who attended and gave generously. After a brief tour of the AFA facilities to see the wonderful work being done at the centre, David Farrer (Treasurer of the G&S society) presented the money to Matilde Sanchez (AFA President) accompanied by Cristina Camillo (psychologist). After 18 years entertaining the people of

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Freewheelers visit the Caves of Chandeliers Palm Sunday saw a group of Freewheelers head off to the Cuavas del Canelobre, the Cave of Chandeliers near Busot. Turning off the N332 at the Vila Jiosa turning and heading inland and up the mountain the drive is scenic and exhilarating. The road itself is newly resurfaced and very good, full of twists and turns, a route much loved by ‘bikers. This is not the shortest route from La Marina but it is by far the most interesting. The views on the way are fantastic as they are from the top. Group discount meant entry was €3.50 instead of the normal €6.00 which included a English speaking guide. The guide is most probably a safety measure as there is not a lot you can say about a cave but our guide did keep us entertained with his humour. He did however tell us that the temperature is a constant 17deg C summer and winter alike, that the cave was used as a factory during the civil war, employing 200 people in two ten hour shifts when the present entrance had to be dynamited to get equipment in and out.

The humour came in the form of trying to recognise the resemblance of various forms, I must not have a very good imagination as I recognised very little, least of all Bart Simpson alcove or the princess although the jelly fish were a lot easier. We also learnt how long it takes for the stalagmites and stalactites to grow which gave some idea of how old the caves must be. I have seen stalagmites before but never as tall as these. The cave is evidently the tallest is Spain and with 146 steps down I can well believe it, on the good side there are only 135 on the way back up! Thankfully there were plenty of viewing places where we could pause and regain our breath. In spite of my scépticism I did enjoy the visit and would recommend it to anyone. Go there and enjoy, then go back down the road a couple of kilometres and do as we did and enjoy an excellent lunch at a very fair price


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Swing Sensations (Two show special) Starring - Darren Jones, Fiona McLean and Peter Day This show will visit two venues additional to the feature above and it will truly illustrate the fabulous voice that is “Mr Swing” Darren Jones. If you haven’t seen Darren then you MUST book and if you have, you will want to come back again and will know how good this show will be. Lovers of swing, ballroom and big band!! THIS IS FOR YOU!!

Dates & venues Friday 5th

Bar San Miguel, Cooperativa Murla, Xalo Valley 633076588

Monday 8th

Emerald Isle, La Florida 965327138 Tickets just 8.50€ are at the venues now!! This show will start at 8.30pm and end at 11-15pm. or 695135134 for info

Coming soon (end April / early May) From the UK!!! International tribute star - THE BEST you will see in Spain TONY LEE is Gene Pitney and Roy Orbison See for dates & Venues


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Oh Dear What a Charity The Actors Studio is very busy rehearsing for their next performance, Charitable Acts, to be performed at the Casa De Cultura San Miguel on Thursday 11th and Friday 12th April. The evening will consist of two one act plays, both with the common theme of charity. As usual both comedy plays are written and directed by David Whitney. The first comedy play follows the petty daily happenings of a group of workers doing voluntary work in a charity shop. David has clearly used his vast experience of voluntary work when writing this play which highlights the silly issue of a little

power going to someone’s head. The shop is well overstaffed with workers, some of them competent, and others who have an exaggerated concept of their own abilities. The ending shows the consequences of jumping to unfounded conclusions. The second play follows the trials and tribulations of attempting to put on a charity show. Again David Whitney has used his excellent experiences and perceptions when developing his leading characters. The usual characters involved in Church related charity shows are there including the bumbling

space for a little one? Billy was born in February 2012, so he is just over a year old. He has been in kennels with his brother Bobby, since they were rescued as three week old puppies. He is a big dog, but very friendly and playful.


Brother and sister Tom and Geri are two lovely, cheeky kittens who were rescued when they were only a few weeks old. They are very fond of each other, so could be homed together or singly. To arrange to meet Billy and Bobby or Tom and Geri, please contact Yvonne on 630 422 563.


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village vicar, the major and of course the rather stuck up and opinionated leader of the charity event. The incompetence of this rag tag committee in organising the event are saved at the last minute by a visiting DJ who ropes his entire family into contributing to the charity show. Come along and meet these new characters and enjoy their antics as the engage in Charitable Acts. Tickets are available from Bargain Books, San Miguel, or contact David on 96 670 4097. All proceeds will go to AFA Alzheimer’s Association.

Choirs prepare to bring “ELIJAH” to Costa Blanca


BREAKFAST FOR 2: Yvonne Ashford

The combined choirs of Vivace and Chorale are bringing over from the UK two well-known singers – Arthur Berwick and Rodney Porter – as their guest soloists in two performances of Mendelssohn’s “Elijah”. The soloists take on the roles of Elijah and Obadiah, and both are known for their performances in “Carmina Burana”, the “Messiah” and “Dido and Aeneas” in previous visits here with Vivace and Opera San Miguel. The Oratorio was first performed in Birmingham in 1846, a year before the composer’s death. It rapidly became one of the top favourites in the choral repertoire, and portrays the dramatic struggle of the prophet Elijah to win back the Israelites’ faith in God. There will be two performances. The first in the Iglesia Ntra. Sra.del Pilar, in Pilar de la Horadada at 8.30pm on Friday 12th April. Admission is free and there will be a collection afterwards. The work will also be performed in the Teatro Circo in Orihuela on Sunday 14th April at 7.30pm. Tickets at five euros from 966 718 623, enquiries 966 772 192. Both concerts are in aid of Manos Unidas




Visit of NTU Chamber Choir .... NEXT WEEK !!!

charity extravaganza “DANCE, DANCE, DANCE”

Strictly Dance

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NEXT WEEK, Matthew Hopkins, son of local professional singer and conductor, Nigel Hopkins, is bringing his famous NTU (Nottingham Trent University) Chamber Choir to La Zenia for a singing tour. You can experience the NTU on Wednesday 3rd April at the Palacio de Musica in Torrevieja at 8pm - Free Entry and also on Saturday 6th April at La Zenia church at 8pm – tickets are 5 Euros with proceeds to charity. Tickets available from CallNet Internet Cafe behind Consum, next to Paddy’s Point, La Zenia. The programme will be a variety of liturgical and popular music sung in superb harmony by the 28 members of this award-winning choir, conducted by Matthew Hopkins - son of the well-known conductor and singer, Nigel Hopkins. This will be the third visit of the NTU Choir to Spain, and musiclovers should make these ‘must see’ dates in their diaries! ‘Strictly Dance’ Ballroom & Latin Tuition every Monday at ‘The Palms’ Punta Prima (next to the Go Kart Track N332) 8:00 - 8:45pm Beginnery & Intermediate Tuition, 8:45 - 10:15 Social Dance Time. Every Tuesday at The Wok Royal, Benijofar (Old La Ruidera) 8:00 - 8:45pm Beginner & Intermediate Tuition, 8:45 - 10:15 Social Dance Time. NEW - Starting 6 April Don your dancing shoes for our ‘Anything Goes’ dance night and dance the night away at The Wok Royal, Benijofar 8:00 - 10:30pm Enquiries: Lyn 966188430 or 635584431. New courses every 3 weeks, singles welcome.


Meets at The Dojo, Avenida de las Naciones, Quesada. We hold a Sunday Service at 11.30 a.m., a Tuesday Evening of Mediumship at 7.30 p.m. And every Thursday there is an Open Circle where you can develop your skills commencing at 7.30 p.m. Spiritual healing is available every Sunday and Tuesday after the service. Ray Bailey, will take the Divine Service with Mediumship on Sunday, 7th April. On Tuesday 9th April there will be an Evening of Mediumship with David Doherty. The Divine Service with Mediumship on Sunday, 14th April will be taken by Debbie Blevins. Please support your church. Everybody welcome. Contact Wendy on 965323028.

GHOSTLY GOINGS ON AT ADHOC Following another brilliant Rockin’ Rollin’ night with ‘WOODY & THE PECKERS’ last week, ‘ADHOC’ Theatre Company are now well into rehearsals for their next stage production – a ghostly comedy called ‘BEDWITCHERY’. The play centres around a haunted bed, a mysterious locket, the ghost of Nell Gwynn & a right ‘Charlie’. ‘BEDWITCHERY’ promises to be another hilarious show, as is now to be expected from ‘ADHOC’. Performances will be on 2nd, 3rd and 4th May at The Casa de Cultura Teatro in Benijófar. This Theatre has recently been extensively refurbished to an excellent standard, and offers modern, comfortable and accessible facilities for all. Tickets are available from:Cards & More in La Marina; The Post Room Benijófar; The Card & Gift Shop in Quesada; The Card Place in Benimar and Kennedy’s Supermarket in Los Montesinos. You can also call the Bookings Hotline on 966 712 382. Ticket prices are just 7 euros.

TUESDAY 30th APRIL 2013 LOS ROSALES, LEMON TREE ROAD 7pm for 8pm Ticket 15€ includes: 3 course served meal with drink and coffee “Thru the decades” with Dance Xtreme “Paso a Paso” a Cerocstyle Modern Jive with Maxine and Adam and learn to “Line Dance” and “Salsa” with Adam Music by: Fakers Quo plus others. Hosted by Pattie Tickets/menu available from the HELP offices in San Miguel tel: 966 723 733 & Torrevieja tel: 965 704 282 La Marina tel: 966 443 002 (ask for HELP desk) Los Rosales tel: 965 727 207 The Studio in Quesada tel: 966 716 727 Proceeds to HELP Vega Baja By popular demand,we have been asked to trial our dance classes in La Marina. We commence classes at The La Marina Sports Complex on Tuesday 9th April at 5.30pm for a four week trial. . These classes are aimed at total beginners, even if you have never danced, or have no partner just come along. There is very little footwork to worry about, but we do try to make it the first class you will be jiving.......and whats even better you will be dancing to all kinds of music. So do come along, the hardest bit is coming through the door for the first time....the rest is easy. Only €4 pp.. See you there, no need to book please tell your friends, the more the merrier, interest shown we will be also holding dance socials in La Marina. Maxine and Adam Paso A Paso Dance Club. Email

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A baby seal has been discovered in a forest four miles away from the coast by a perplexed walker. A member of the public was strolling through Uppsala in Sweden when they made the shock discovery. Officials are baffled as to how the animal got there. ‘A somewhat confused person called and said he was out walking in the woods where he had found a seal pup. I thought he was joking at first,’ said local policeman Henrik Pederson, according to The Metro. The pup was released into a nearby river. Robert Sandefors, who made the discovery, said: “He must have gotten separated from his mother and gone in the wrong direction.”

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A pony ended up in a hole lot of trouble when she fell down a giant drain after escaping from her stable. Startled passers-by dialled 999 when they saw the trapped horse’s head sticking out of the hole in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic. Fire service spokesman Martin Kasal explained: “The problem was that the horse was so firmly wedged into the drain, that it was very difficult to get any kind of harness around her.” “So we had to dig very gently to widen the hole and then fix up a harness we made ourselves attached to a builder’s digger,” he added. The mud-covered mare was then checked over by vets before being taken back to her nearby stables. “She was a bit mucky and bruised but otherwise OK,” said her owner.

HELP FOR HEROES AND HELP FOR HOMELESS VETERANS THE 50+ SOLOS GROUP started supporting HELP FOR HEROES approximately 6 years ago. Before that we sent parcels to the military in Afghanistan (Forward Operating Bases). In all a total of 550 parcels were sent over 3 years with the help of friends here and my family in Beverley. Our support for HELP FOR HEROES was at a time when little was known by the public of their work and attitudes were in some cases of total disinterest in the conditions and events our military were facing. Heartbreaking sometimes. This has changed. Due to the fact that I was taken seriously ill whilst on a visit to the family in 2011 and bedbound for virtually 8 months. in England followed by a long recovery period here in Spain, I have made a heartfelt decision to stop supporting HELP FOR HEROES, who now have the facilities and the public’s support, and devote our fund raising to a small registered charity called HELP FOR HOMELESS VETERANS based near Barnsley. They are contacted by outside agencies, or find homeless exmilitary who need help, be it a home, a job, medical, psychologically or have no family to help them. Many have not served

long enough in the Forces to qualify for aid. At present the charity is helping 12 people - found in as many weeks. I am so pleased to have met a lady called Lyn Zaber who is actively supporting HELP FOR HEROES in the Torrevieja area so the support is still there, even stronger. Makes my decision easier - Good luck Lyn. I could not have raised awareness or received so much money without the help of THE PAPERS, THE LOCAL RADIO AND TV COMPANY, LOCAL BARS AND BUSINESSES and not least, my special friends and the 50+ SOLOS who have supported me over 6 years plus. To receive a letter from the Warrant Oficer in charge when they had more important things to do meant so much. Whilst in hospital in England and later in the area I met several ‘CASUALTIES’ , one BLIND. one DEAF and one an AMPUTEE with bad leg injuries..... very courageous people. I also met one a Casualty who desperately needed help after living rough for 5 years. He just cried and was mid-30s but looked 50! MY VIEW IS THAT IT DOES NOT MATTER WHAT THE CHARITY IS CALLED BUT WHAT THE CHARITY DOES.... Ruth Reid

The Actors Studio Our next show “Charitable Acts” will be performed at the Casa de Cultura San Miguel de Salinas on Thurs/Fri 11th/12th April at 7.30 pm. Tickets 6 euros are available from Bargain Books San Miguel, The Alzheimers Charity Shop Torrevieja or on the door each night. The show consists of two one act original comedies written and directed by David Whitney as per usual. The show is bound to attract many of The Actors Studio’s fans who made their last show “Funny Business” such a success and it is hoped that they will increase their fan base with this new offering. By supporting The Actors Studio you also support the AFA Alzheimers Association Torrevieja.For further onformation about the show or the group please contact David on Tel 966 704 097.



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I would like to thank Barry on behalf of everyone at San Javier for the great work he as done as Captain this past year. The society as gone from strength to strength we him at the elm. So now it is over Barry you can get back to just playing golf. Well Done Now back to number of balls lost on the day was 152 NEW SEASON - 2013-14 The next Society game is on Monday, 6th APRIL 2013 at La SERENA. The format will be Individual Stableford - which is the 1st Round of the Player of the Year 201314. Spanish Federated game. Payday is on Saturday, 6th APRIL 2013 at CAMPBELL Restaurant, RODA which is also the venue for the Annual General Meeting. Time - 10.15 for a 10.30 start to the AGM. Regards Mick

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Villamartin 27th March 2013. It does appear that, at long last, Spring is around the corner. The wind we have suffered of late seems to have dissipated and maybe, just maybe, we are back to what we class as Spanish weather. It was nice to play in weather that those of us who are lucky enough to live here, have been come accustomed to. Villamartin is a course that is very much chagrined, but only by people that haven’t played it since Sweeny Todd

gave his last shave and that was way before Peter Mason said to his good lady, “I wear the trousers in this house.” The Silver Division was very tight and 3 people tied for the winners spot, but it was our Austrian lady member, Madam Olga Haubner that took the top spot with a 33 point haul, which was the same score as both George Chapman and Ian Parkinson who lost out on the countback system. The Gold Division was a little bit clearer, result wise,

RODS AND REELS This week was the 2nd round of the Summer League and was held on the Embalse de Pedrera. Although we fished the venue the day before, it was generally felt that the feed going in the previous day would increase the fishing. Wrong!!!. One of the learned colleagues within the club, stated that with the full moon that night things would change, and yes they did, with only half the field catching!!!!!. Strangely, as well the predominate species was carp, whereas normally it would have been barbel. The water level still appears to be dropping causing the last meters at the waters edge to be muddy, however one can only assume that they will be filling it up soon as the holiday period will be with us. Top Rods on the day 1st Dave ( The Sweetie Man ) Hutchinson fishing the pole using paste with 11.62 kilo´s. 2nd Ian ( Irish Wizard ) Dalzell fishing the feeder using hemp and maggot with 8.53 kilo´s. 3rd Dave ( Yours Truly ) Hoare fishing the feeder using maggot with 7.03 kilo´s. PLEASE NOTE The club has some vacancies at present, if you are interested in joining please contact Derek Swann on 966729293 or 603535771. ABBEY ANGLING RESULTS Supplied by Terry Screen The first match of the Spring Series was fished at the Embalsa de Pedrera on the 26th March. Although rain clouds gathered behind us and there was a fine skittering of a rain shower across the Lake in the

morning, but on the whole for the rest of the day it remained fine and dry. This is one of the venues that if it does start to rain a fast exit is required as the ground quickly turns into thick mud and neither the Gruas or the local farmers are willing to come down to pull your vehicles out.

and was won by the only golfer to achieve and better his handicap, namely Steve “Fangs” Higgins with 37 points. The Runner-up slot was claimed by Peter Wells with 35 points and third spot with our Hungarian member, Alex ‘Big Boy’ Alfrody. We had 7 guests and it was pleasing to see that their winning prize was taken by a 15 year old with 30 points. However, this is no usual 15 year old and playing off of a handicap of 5, surely Lee Lawson surely must be a name for the future. Make a note of that name. This young man started his golf career at the tender age of 5 and was taken under the wing of the Joe Dean Academy and it is hoped that, in the not too distant future, Lee will obtain cherished scholarship in the USA. Remember people, you hear d the name of Lee Lawson here first. Photo . Nearest the pin winners Once again, all four NTP were claimed with Steve Higgins, George Smith, Shelia Dean and Paula Haggart claiming their sleeve of Srixon Soft Feel balls. In addition to running

Wednesday and Friday matched, TMGS have arranged for a 3 “Day Away” special. This will be a 2 night 3 day golf at El Saler (the venue for the Spanish Open), Escorpian and El Bosque. Two nights. 3 days golf, all in 210€.; so if you fancy a weekend away from “Her Indoors” with a sober Golf Society, give Joe a call on 966 719 604 or look at the website of

The water is still receding which is leaving muddy margins and the temperature of the lake is now 12 degrees, and now with the longer warmer days coming the fish should now start to feed in earnest 1st Stan (The Man) Roberts with 10.400kg fishing the waggler using temp and tares 2nd Andy (Web Man) Stevenson with 9.480kg fishing the pole using sweet corn 3rd Dave (The Sweetie Man) Hutchinson with 8.540kg fishing the pole using paste All details are available on our website www.abbeyangling. com or from the Match Secretary on 965328368 ANGLERS TOGETHER The objective of Anglers Together was to introduce anglers to each other, who otherwise had no one to fish with or didn’t know where to fish. It was successful in bringing together many anglers who established friendships and which continue to this day. No meetings are held now but information is still available through our email address; angler s to gether@hotmail. TIGHT LINES DAVE HOARE

We are also running a bus trip to the Spanish Open at El Saler on 21st April 2013 where, it is believed, that both Sergio and Miguel Anguel Jiminez are both playing. Cost for this for the transport and the entrance fee is 25€. Once again, more info from the website or give Joe a tinkle. Our next game, Wednesday 3rd April 2013 , see’s us at the El Plantio golf course, so if you fancy a game just look at our website or call the Match Secretary on 966719604. We also run small matches on Friday’s (at Villamartin) and if you fancy a fun knock around, contact Steve Higgins on 968978188.


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Results - Week 23. 25/03/13 Liberty´s 1 - 8 Belushi´s Oche-Holic´s 5 - 4 Pablo´s JJ Belushi´s 2 -7 Concierto´s Horacio´s B 5 - 4 Horacio´s A High scores 120+ 140 Alan”Ginge” Marlow (Oche-Holic´s) 140 Nick Hunt ( Concierto´s ) 140 Barry Reynolds ( Belushi´s ) 138 Alan”Ginge” Marlow ( Oche-Holic´s ) 133 Gwenn McNish ( Horacio´s B ) 126 John “Nico” Nichol ( Oche-Holic´s ) 125 Mark “Lloydy” Lloyd ( Oche-Holic´s ) 125 Barry Reynolds ( Belushi´s ) 121 Barry Reynolds ( Belushi´s ) 121 Christine Smiles ( JJ Belushi´s ) 120 Damian “666” Lambert ( Oche-Holic´s ) 140 Graham McNish League Table 157 OCHE-HOLICS; 119 CONCIERTO´S; 102 PABLO´S; 99 LIBERTY´S; 91 BELUSHI´S; 69 HORACIO´S A; 57 HORACIO´S B; 44 JJ BELUSHI´S

Lo Marabu Golf Society (in association with Costa Blanca Green Fee Services) at Alenda 28th March 2013. For this month’s society meeting a group of 35 players visited the established course at Alenda taking advantage of the excellent society deal obtained from Costa Blanca Green Fee Services. The weather was absolutely beautiful with plenty of sunshine, high temperatures, a course in good condition and many pairs of ‘shorts’ on display. The winning scores on the day were as follows: 1st – Winston Blackwood – 36 points 2nd – Chris Udell – 34 points 3rd – Mick Simpson – 34 points 4th – Mike Probert – 32 points Best Front 9 – Harry Farnell - 18

points Best Back 9 – Steve Hatt - 19 points Dog of the Day Trophy – Rod Allan Nearest the Pins: Mike Probert, Dave Belcher, Steve Hatt and Jim Nicholson. After the game we returned to the Lo Marabu, which is located at Dona Pepa, Quesada for a welcome meal prepared by the bar and the prize presentation. Our next official society meeting is at Altorreal on 25th April 2013 but we have an interim meeting at La Serena on 11th April 2013. Report by Mike Probert of Costa Blanca Green Fee Services on 966 704 752 or 661 345 931 or see us at our web-site at www.

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BY STEVE HIBBERD Following on from the main club championships, GBC recently held the mini championships. Jan Pocock lifted the ladies plate, with Beryl Norris taking the runners up slot (the mens plate final had already been played). In the over 65s cup, Grahame Bater lost out to Jeannie Clements in a cracking game (1 set each, then a tie break). The under 65s, saw Jim Wilcock play, and win, his last ever match in this category, seeing off yours truely. Another close encounter (of the handicapped kind!) involved Barry Collins and Mike

Veale, in which the former just came out on top. Finally, in the Mr & Mrs trophy, Brian and Jan Pocock beat Vic & Sue Mahomet, in a last end nail biter! The final winter league game of the season involved GBC hosting champions San Miguel. Although the champs won on every rink, some scores were very close, and its a case of a long summer break before the next campaign starts in October. Although J Collins, H Cork, J Wilcock & M Thomas won their Berleen rink 18-14, the team as a whole lost by 1 shot.


ITV Orihuela RFC are back in training this week after the Easter break on Thursday in preparation for the 7’s circuit. While the U18’s will be preparing ready for Barnet Elisabethians RFC touring team. ITV Orihuela RFC will be joined by players from Albacete so that they are going to be a full squad for the match, which is going to be played on 13 April at 13.00. The touring team is also playing against San Javier on the Friday at 17.00, so a good weekend of rugby in 2 weeks time. This coming weekend we are televising the Amlin and Heineken Cup live rugby matches at the rugby bar in Rojales, The Steakhouse, used to be Tylers Bar. Starting on Thursday with Gloucester v Biarritz at 20.00 and then on Friday Wasps v Leinster at 20.00. On Saturday, Bath v Stada at 13.30, then Clermont v Montpellier then Sarries v Ultser.

On Sunday Quins v Munster at 15.00 and the final match Toulon v Tigers. Looking forward to seeing another good turn out down there this weekend. I am down at the Moncayo Market on Saturday, with all the rugby branded clothing, so come down. Training is at the Miguel Hernandez University ground at 20.15 on Tuesday and Thursday for the seniors and juveniles. The juniors start at 18.15. So if you are interested, dig out those rugby boots and come along and see for yourself what it is like. New players are always welcome no matter what age or skill level you are. If you would like more information about what is going on in the club, you can contact the club by phoning myself, Garry on 692 767 242, and for the juniors contact Oscar on 600 871 606 (Spanish)


Eurogolf La Marquesa Press Report. 72 members took part in the Waltz Competition at our home course of La Marquesa on Thursday 28th March. The format of the game is a simple one, 1 to score on the first hole, 2 to score on the second then 3 to score on the next, and then we start again. How is it that when it is 1 to score everyone has a good hole but when it is 3 to score everyone has a bad hole? The weather was beautiful, although the wind got up a bit for those playing later. It has been an interesting week for some of our lady players. Gloria stepped back off of the buggy path to allow a buggy to pass and promptly fell straight down a manhole right up to her waist. What a trouper, she finished her round before going to the ‘Urgencies’ for treatment, fortunately she had not broken anything. Also, thanks to our Captain and his four ball on Tuesday for helping Janet out when she inadvertently drove her buggy over a water stanchion pipe. Water, water everywhere and the buggy stuck right on top of the gusher. What a pity that our poor Captain, while playing ‘Sir Gallahad’ managed to end up soaked to the skin and covered in mud from head to toe for his efforts, while trying to turn the water off. The results are as follows: 1st Doug Spiring, Graham Cheetham, Ken Brett & Jenny Cheetham 84 points

2nd Mike Young, Roger Richings, Gordon Bourne & Ian Turner 83 points 3rd Robin Richards, Bob Shorley, Bev Fairhurst, & Phyllis Venables 81 points Nearest the Pins 5th Robin Richards 11th Vince Tocker 12th Gloria Manning 15th Paul Manning 17th Rachel Leckey Football Winners: David Blanchette, Rudi Muller, Robin Richards Dennis Cole. There are still a few places left for the Away Day on 14 April at Vista Bella. Speak to Ian next week if you want to be included. Money to be paid by next week. TOFF’s Results Tuesday 26 March 2013 Overall Winner –Harry Armstrong Gold Division 1st Paul Manning 37 points 2nd Bill Martin 34 points 3rd Roger Richings 34 points Silver 1st Harry Armstrong 39 points 2nd Roderick Duff 39 points 3rd Ian Stewart 36 points Bronze 1st Orlando Ferrell 35 points 2nd Mary Sanderson 34 points 3rd Ken Enever 33 points Best front Nine: Tom Hull 19, Best Back Nine: John Barraclough 19 5th Marylin Eckersall 11th Cindi Green 15th Tom Walker 17th Doug Spiring

La Serena Golf – 26th March 2013 It’s was off down the AP7 this week to La Serena Golf at Los Alcazares, it has always been apopular venue and now the greens have been refurbished its getting back to its old self 16 holes with water and all. Talking of greens we now know they are good and so do the reptiles around the course, this was proven when a snake was sunbathing on the 2nd green and had to be gently persuaded to move in order that a putt could be taken. For some it was a reason to get around the 18 holes in just 4 hours As well as the Stableford competition there were four knockout games being played 3 singles and 1 double. It was nearly a repeat of two weeks ago with Alan Moody and Rodney Smith taking 1st and 2nd in the Golf Category and Peter Root 1st and Rocker Ron 3rd in the Silver. Gold Category 1st: Alan Moody 34 points 2nd: Rodney Smith 33 points 3rd: Merv Williams 31 points 4th: Larry Lambe 29 points CB 5th: Arthur Williams 29 points Silver Category 1st: Peter Root 36 points 2nd: Ken Hopkins 34 points 3rd: Ron “Rocket” Nicholson 26 points 4th: Geoff Wild 25 points CB 5th: Tom Richardson25 points Nearest The Pin: Hole 3: Alan Brooker. Hole 9 & 15: Moira Mullen. Hole 17: Les Yates. Longest Drive: Peter Root Best Guest: Alan Brooker. Singles Round KO Results • Alan Moody beat Ron

Nicholson 7 & 6 • Arthur Williams beat Pat Mullen 2 & 1 • Merv Williams beat Larry Lambe 3 & 2 Doubles KO Result • Peter Root/Malcolm Woods beat Geoff Wild/Tom Richardson 4 & 3 The ball sweep (Best estimate of balls lost) 19 players = 94 balls Winner Tom Baldwin 97 to take the money. It was back to Izzy’s Bar where “Rocket” Ron presented the prizes and for our favourite munchies, many thanks again Tony, Jackie and Roxy. Next game is at Vistabella Golf 9th April First Tee 09:00, please be at the course by 08:30. A change of date for Alenda Golf it is now 16th April the following week, as the normal date 23rd they will be hollow tinning. For more information or if you wish to play with the arguably the friendliest Golf Society contact Ron Nicholson on 678849142 or email Photos: Sleepin’ Snake 2nd Green

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FC TORREVIEJA - TORRY FALL INTO THE RELEGATION ZONE AND NOW HAVE A REAL FIGHT ON THEIR HANDS FOR THIRD DIVISION SURVIVAL Last Sunday morning Torry travelled north to play Alzira who were in 4th place in the table going into the game and pushing for a top 4 finish and a play-off place for promotion to Segunda B. Their home form wasn’t quite as good as their away form and on their home turf they had won 6, drawn 5 and lost 5. There was then, on past results at home this season, almost an even chance of Torry getting something out of the game. Torry had the luxury of a full squad to select from except for the suspended Villanueva. The managed restored Javi Tur to goal in favour of Manolo and had a strong bench which included the fit again Abel and Koeman. Torrys starting line-up: Tur, Vicente, Juanfran, Rafa, Messeguer Dani, Jorge, Burguillos (Abel, 68 ‘), Manu Amores, Cuco Ros (Patri, 81’), Luis Carlos (Koeman, 51 ‘), Gasch. Despite the home side pushing for a play-off spot and a special promotion on offer for cheap entrance to the game, there where only around 100 present when the game got underway. The game was pretty even with neither side creating much in the final third. Alzira at least had a couple of efforts on target which brought saves from Javi Tur. Torry had a Burguillos volley which went over the top to show for their efforts. Alzira opened the scoring after 35 minutes when a long ball over the top was seized on by Verdu and he beat Javi Tur with a cross-shot into the back of the net and a GOALLLL to Alzira 1-0. Torry had it all to do. Just before half-time Alzira should have extended their lead after another long ball found


Peirreck with time and space but he struck his effort into the side netting. 5 minutes into the second half Koeman replaced Luis Carlos for Torry in an attempt to beef up the attack. Torry came more into the game but failed to really create any danger for the Alzira defensive line. It was Alzira who created the better chances and Javi Tur prevented a second goal when he got a hand to the ball after William was put clean through and bore down on him. Verdu then went round Javi Tur but fortunately for Torry defender Rafa got back to clear his goalbound effort off the line. Alzira then had a second goal ruled out for offside. In the last 5 minutes Torry almost got an equaliser when substitute Abel struck the post with a header from a delivery by fellow substitute Patri. If only, but it wasn’t to be and Torry returned home empty handed. The “Man in the Middle” was, as they tend to be in Spain, very fussy and active with his notebook and Yellow Card, brandishing it to no less than 9 players including Jorge, Rafa, Dani, Vicente and Abel from Torry. Torry are now in 18th place in the table occupying the 4th and final relegation spot, having 1 point less than the 3 teams above them including this Sundays opponents Eldense. Torry really do need to win this one. The game kicks off at 5.00 pm at the Nelson Mandela. Try to be there and give Torry some vocal support and help become their 12th man. They need one. A disappointed Darrylldinho following his adopted team in Spain go down to a solitary goal in their quest for survival. For info about Torry visit the Torry Army website www.fctorrevieja. net .


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ALFIES GOLF SOCIETY On Saturday, March 30th was the day. The first matches ever in the 3 years existing of the soccerschool would be played for children of 8 & 9 years old. The tournament was organized by the hacienda at Fuente Alamo. There were three games on the program. Respectively against Hacienda, UCAM & Los Garres. No one counted on anything because this was the first time that the children w e r e playing games at all. That is why it was a complete surprise that the first match e n d e d in 4-4 . Suddenly the boys got the idea that they could win the trophy . The second match ended in a 8-0 defeat by a fantastic team. But the kids did not go down and they surprisingly won the third game with 4-2. This meant that there where penalties to be taken against the Hacienda. The winner was going to the semi - final. By excellent saves from the goalkeeper Alvaro and well taken penalties by Jaime, George, Ryan, Jack & Alvaro was the semi - final achieved. After a glorious start 0-1 after 1 minute the other team started to show excellent football en the soccerschool eventually


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Thursday, 28 March 2013 – Villamartin 35 players set out for Villamartin on a warm spring day for our monthly meeting. No waterproofs needed today and shorts were in order. Teeing off at the 10th, everyone noticed that the course was very busy but no problems arose until nine holes were played and then one or two delays set in. Villamartin is more like an English type woodland course as opposed to some of the newer courses out here but nevertheless still provides a stern test for golfers, with many holes demanding an accurate tee shot, as many of our members found out to their cost! The greens were as always in good condition if a little slow, and the majority of our society will be looking forward to the next time we meet here for the second round of the Eclectic Cup in May. Onto the honours and Nearest the Pins were won by Ian Connell

at the 13th, and ‘Stormin’ Norman Howes at the 9th. Shaun Staplehurst unleashed his R11 at the 16th to take the longest drive prize. There were several stableford scores in the mid thirties but Ian Connell & Mike Morris tied on 36 points for 1st place, with Ian winning this month, due to his having a lower handicap than Mike. Prizes were presented back at Alfie’s Bar, followed by the usual post match buffet (many thanks to Anita & Linda), and not forgetting the copious amount of Estrella consumed by the players! A good day had by all (with more than one or two headaches the following day!) Many thanks also to Mike Probert of Costa Blanca Green Fee Services for arranging our day. Next month’s meeting is at Mar Menor. Roll on Thursday, April 25th! Photo: Winners: Shaun Staplehurst, Mike Morris, Ian Connell, Norman Howes


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