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Health Charges and changes

The Regional health authority said this week that in 2013 it had issued bills totalling almost €300,000 to foreign visitors who needed medical treatment and who did not have any form of insurance cover. In the case of visitors from other EU states it was their failure to obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) that led to them being charged for the treatment they received. The regional health authority in Valencia has announced a new scheme for obtaining healthcare.

Under its Convenio Especial - a scheme that is part of wide ranging reforms to the health system - anyone who currently lacks the right to state healthcare can now get themselves


Passport fees for British nationals overseas reduced by 35%

The scheme is open to working age The fees for a UK passport for British people - those under 65 - and those citizens applying from overseas countries, people over the age of 65 who for including Spain, will fall by 35% from any reason have no access to public next month. healthcare. James Brokenshire, Immigration and However, it is by no means a ‘free Security Minister, has announced that handout’. In the case of people under from 7th April the passport fee for 65, the cost of the insurance scheme customers applying for a UK passport is €60 per month while those over 65 from overseas will be reduced by £45 for will have to pay €157 per month. adults and £28.50 for children. British Consul in Alicante Paul The new fees are: Rodwell has welcomed the implementation of this new scheme · Adult 32 page passport £83.00 which provides a solution and peace · Child 32 page passport £53.00 of mind to a significant number · Jumbo 48 page passport £91.00 (Adult of British residents on the Costa / Child / Veteran) The 35% decrease in passport fees Blanca. is the result of efficiency savings made Martyn Standing of the healthcare over the last three years by bringing back team at the consulate in Alicante the processing and issuing of overseas said: “This is great passports to the UK, including from the news. It means almost former passport processing centre at the everyone who currently British Embassy Madrid. lacks the right to state healthcare can now get Will Middleton, Consular Director for Spain, said: themselves covered.”




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“This is good news for British citizens applying for a UK Passport from Spain. The repatriation of overseas passport centres means overseas applications can now be handled more efficiently and at significantly lower cost. “The new fees will benefit some four million Britons living overseas, including many of the estimated 800,000 who live

in Spain for all or part of the year.”

If you need a new or replacement passport, go to the Overseas British passport applications page on www.GOV. UK where you can make an overseas application. You need to apply and pay online and send your supporting documents direct to the UK (no longer to the nearest Consulate or Embassy). The turnaround time is four to six weeks, and applications are accepted up to nine months before the expiry of your current passport. The new fees for overseas applications remain marginally higher than the equivalent fees for UK-based applicants because on average overseas applications take longer – and therefore cost slightly more - to process. This is because it is often less straightforward to establish whether or not an overseas applicant is entitled to a UK passport. Overseas customers will also continue to pay a courier charge in addition to the passport fee. British nationals can get more information and advice on living in Spain by “liking / following” the British Embassy’s popular new social media channels on: Facebook - www.facebook. com/BritslivinginSpain or Twitter - www. Source: fco.

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Immigration & Security Minister, James Brokenshire, announces, a month too late for your scribe, that the cost of a new or replacement UK Passport is, from April 7th., reduced by 35%. This means that the new fee for an adult 32 page passport will be £83.00., with a child 32 page passport, now costing £53.00. James tell us that this reduction is possible due to efficiency savings made over the last three years, and by bringing the processing of overseas passports, back to the U.K., from the British Embassy in Madrid (Why doesn’t that surprise me!) Bill Middleton, Consular Director for Spain, explains that this fee reduction will benefit some four million Britons living overseas, including some 800, 000 who live in Spain. To obtain a new or replacement passport (It’s all done on line these days) go to the GOV.UK, tapping into “Overseas British Passport Application” page.


Rob Barnes moved to live in Spain, 7 years ago. In the UK, amongst other things, he was the Chair of the Midlands Regions, Independent Television Commission. His hobbies include Industrial Archaeology, Mine exploration and photography (Sierra Minera) and is on a quest to get a quality cast conditioned real ale here in Spain! Email Rob at


Should you ever have wondered who is watching you, through the fifty or so cameras l o c a t e d upon lamp standards and buildings along the high street in Pilar De La Horadada, get on the e-mail, and ask the question! Actually it’s this chap in the photograph, and a colleague or two, in the police station in Pilar. The Police Local have now set up a face book page, which has over 4000 followers. The site has information on road blockages, traffic flow, public events, law enforcement and hints on road safety. Chief of public safety in Pilar, Lancharro Francisco, explains that this electronic communication medium, was set up by the Police Local themselves, and that his department and council as whole, thank the officers for their forward thinking. Mind how you go.


Students of mixed ages, completed their final year in Computer Sciences and Management recently in Pilar De La Horadada, and were pleased to receive diplomas from Deputy Senior Councillor, Elizabeth Marcos. Bill Gates had better watch out! Well done to you all.


Although going under the name “La Siesta Ladies Friendship”, this friendly group take an interest in events across the locality, and are always on the lookout for new members. The association, which is affiliated to La Siesta Church, recently donated 500 euro to Judy Ferris for the work undertaken with Alzheimer’s patients. More fund raising enabled some 500 euro to be passed to the treasurer of La Siesta Evangelical Church, to help the needy in the group of churches to which their local church belongs. The ladies ask that I mention that their Annual Christmas Fayre (I know, but it’s only 9 months away!) is scheduled for November 29th.. at 10.30 a.m. For more information on the girls at La Siesta, contact

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Russia has promised not to attack east Ukraine

Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu promised his US counterpart Chuck Hagel in a telephone call on Thursday that Moscow would not assault eastern Ukraine.

Hagel voiced concern about Russian military movements but Shoigu assured him that “the troops he has arrayed along the border are there to conduct exercises only and they have no intention of crossing the border into Ukraine and that they would take no aggressive action.” Hagel also asked how long the military “exercise” would last but Shoigu “didn’t have a firm time frame for that.” Hagel also renewed US calls for Russia to de-escalate tensions and restore Ukraine’s territorial integrity. Washington has watched a Russian buildup on Ukraine’s eastern border with growing concern after Moscow’s intervention in Crimea. Moscow’s promise to Washington came as Ukraine warned it would respond with military action if Russia tries to seize the country’s mainly Russian-speaking eastern regions. Nato secretary-general Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Wednesday the alliance was concerned Russia might push beyond Crimea into eastern

Ukraine. President Barack Obama announced fresh punitive sanctions earlier over Moscow’s annexation of Crimea, while Russia responded by issuing its own list of sanctions against nine US officials. Amid the worst East-West crisis since the end of the Cold War, Obama has ruled out the use of military force in Ukraine while vowing to isolate Moscow through diplomacy and sanctions. Russia’s lower house of parliament on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a treaty to annex Crimea from Ukraine, leaving just one legal obstacle for the Black Sea peninsula to cross before it is formally absorbed by Moscow. Only one deputy in the almost full chamber of the State Duma voted against the treaty, which was passed by 443 to 1, and the Federation Council upper house is expected to complete ratification on Friday, signed by President Vladimir Putin and Crimean leaders on Tuesday. The Crimean port city of Sevastopol is home to the Russian Black Sea Fleet. Russian forces are now in control of the peninsula, which has an ethnic Russian majority and voted for union with Russia on Sunday. Approval of the treaty in the rubberstamp parliament had never been in doubt once it was signed by Putin.

The Rain is Spain!

The almost non-existent rainfall registered in the Valencia Region since the summer has left watering deposits at critical levels and created a severe fire risk in the mountains. In addition, the regional farming trade is complaining of severely dwindling crops and grazing problems for livestock. Citrus fruit, artichoke, cauliflower, broccoli, olive, almond and grape plantations are suffering from lack of water and abnormal weather that has led them to flower before time. This week’s light rain has done little


Suspects have included pesticides, disease-bearing parasites and poor nutrition. But in a first-of-its-kind study published in the journal PLOS ONE, scientists at the University of Maryland and the US Department of Agriculture have identified a witch’s brew of pesticides and fungicides contaminating pollen that bees collect to feed their hives.

While neonicotinoids have been linked to mass bee deaths this study opens up an entirely new finding that it is more than one group of pesticides, but rather a combination of many chemicals, which makes the problem far more complex.

Up to 11 districts have been placed on alert in northern Valencia Province and southern Castellón. In Andalucía the statistics show that the province as a whole is graded as Very Dry in the north and west, with the rest of the province coming in as Moderately Dry, tending to be nearer to normal towards Almería City.

Overseas Retirees Hoping For A “Friendly” Budget

Wealthy pensioners will see their lifetime allowance decrease when new rules kick in next month and there are concerns pensioners could be targeted further at Wednesday’s Budget, a move that would affect anyone planning an overseas retirement. Richard Way, Editor at The Overseas Guides Company said: “The cap for lifetime pension wealth will fall to £1.25million from £1.50million in April, with any excess being taxable a rate of up to 55 per cent. For expats in France and Spain, a smaller pension pot and subsequent smaller income has heightened effect, as they are also exposed to exchange rate fluctuation. “The fear is the Government could curtail a re-introduction of the higher threshold or even reduce it further from

£1.25million. There are also calls to maintain – or even rise - the threshold for trivial commutation, which allows holders of smaller pension pots to claim the cash value of their pension pot back, rather than be forced to invest it in a poorly performing annuity. “Let’s hope Osborne takes into account how dismal savings and pension annuity rates are at the moment, and decides that further punishment of those already affected by these rates – including anyone considering overseas retirement – would be unjust”, concluded Mr Way. Source: com

The findings break new ground on why large numbers of bees are dying though they do not identify the specific cause of CCD, where an entire beehive dies at once. The researchers behind the study, Jeffery S. Pettis, Elinor M. Lichtenberg, Michael Andree, Jennie Stitzinger, Robyn Rose, Dennis vanEngelsdorp collected pollen from hives and fed it to healthy bees. The pollen they were fed had an average of nine different pesticides and fungicides, and the bees had a serious decline in their ability to resist a parasite that causes Colony Collapse Disorder. Further, the researchers discovered that bees that ate pollen with fungicides were three times more likely to be infected by the

The discovery means that fungicides, thought harmless to bees, are actually a significant part of Colony Collapse Disorder.

It is not just the types of chemicals used that need to be considered, but also spraying practices. The bees sampled by the authors foraged not from crops, but almost exclusively from weeds and wildflowers, which means bees are more widely exposed to pesticides than thought. While the overarching issue is simple - chemicals used on crops kill bees - the details of the problem are increasingly more complex, including what can be sprayed, where, how, and when to minimise the negative effects on bees and other pollinators while still assisting in crop production. It will still likely be a long time before solutions are uncovered and put into place. When economics come into play, an outright halt in spraying anything at all anywhere is simply impossible.


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Scientists discover another cause of bee deaths

Scientists have struggled to find the trigger for so-called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) that has been decimating bee colonies throughout the world over the past several years.


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More about Pensions

Pensions are being radically transformed under plans announced in the Budget. From April 2015, savers will be given total freedom over how they withdraw pension money. In the meantime, temporary measures will be put in place to ease the strain on those seeking a retirement income. Here we explain how the changes affect savers: What is changing now? From March 27, the Government will introduce arrangements to give savers greater access to their pensions. Savers whose total pension savings amount to £30,000 will be able to take the entirety as cash, which will be taxed at marginal rates. Savers with larger amounts in pension savings will be able to take up to three pensions worth £10,000 each as cash, rather than two worth £2,000. Savers who use “income drawdown” will be allowed to take larger sums as income. This is likely to be several thousand pounds extra a year from each £100,000 in savings. An individual will need just £12,000 of secured pension income from other sources to make unlimited withdrawals through “flexible drawdown”. When can I make full withdrawal? The temporary reforms introduced next Thursday will fade away in April 2015, when savers will be able to access the entirety of their pension at any time after age 55, subject to income tax at marginal rates on three-quarters of the

money. The ability to take the whole pension as one lump of income would mean someone with a £100,000 pension could take £25,000 tax-free and then withdraw the remaining £75,000 to spend or invest as they saw fit. The £75,000 would be treated as income for that tax year, pushing the individual into the higher-rate tax band for the year. Will I be able to withdraw more slowly to limit tax? The alternative will be to take the money in annual lump sums. This might mean keeping the money invested in the stock market and going into “income drawdown”. From April 2015, there will be no cap on the amount of money that savers can withdraw from this arrangement, so income can be varied to stay within the basic rate tax or even nilrate threshold for the year if desired. Will I still be able to buy an annuity? Yes. Those who want to guarantee an income for life will still be able to purchase an annuity. The difference is that they will now do so on their own terms, rather than effectively being pushed down this route due to the restrictions on accessing small pots and the high costs and caps on income drawdown. Insurance companies have for many years made sizeable profits from selling annuities. Some of the biggest margins are on selling poor value contracts to those in poor health, who should qualify for a boost to account for a lower life

British woman to ride motorbike around the world

A North Wales woman is gearing up for a round-the-world challenge that will see her become the first woman to ride a motorbike on all seven continents. During her epic trip Steph Jeavons, 38, from Colwyn Bay, will visit 42 countries and travel 56,000 miles. She will be riding a lightweight Honda CRS 250 on the ride, which has been given the title ‘One Steph Beyond,’ and her £10,000 budget gives her just £5 a day for food and supplies. The trip will take her 15 months to 2 years, and she will be avoiding all motorways and main roads and living mainly in her two man tent with only the things she can carry on her bike. Ms Jeavons will be raising funds for Rally 4 Life, a charity set up to raise money to help tackle the problems of third world poverty. Beginning her trip on March 23, she will leave from London before heading across

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Getting his own back!

A Bristol man ripped off by a Gumtree seller got his revenge by texting him the entire works of Shakespeare. Edd Joseph, 24, was furious when he bought a PS3 games console for £80. However, the vendor failed to deliver the goods. So Mr Josephs decided to take his revenge by texting the entire works of the Bard to the fraudster - all 30,000 words, reports the Bristol Post. Mr Joseph discovered he can copy the words from the internet and paste them into a text message - without costing him a penny on his unlimited mobile phone package. He sends it as one text but his victim can only receive them in 160 character chunks - meaning the 37 works of Shakespeare will buzz through in 29,305 individual texts. So far Mr Joseph has sent 22 plays including Hamlet, Macbeth and Othello, which have

been delivered in 17,424 texts. He reckons the remaining 15 works will take another few days to send - meaning his adversary’s phone will have been constantly beeping for nearly a full week. Mr Joseph said: I’m going to keep doing it. If nothing else I’m sharing a little bit of culture with someone who probably doesn’t have much experience of it. “I’m not a literary student, and I’m not an avid fan of Shakespeare but I’ve got a new appreciation you could say - especially for the long ones.” Mr Joseph bought the console and bundle of games by direct bank transfer - giving him no protection when the seller failed to send the goods or provide a refund.


News expectancy. With this revenue stream now under threat as annuity sales tail off, the danger of firms trying to sell these contracts inappropriately is as strong as ever. The City regulator is investigating and is acutely aware of the need to protect customers. The plus point could be a rise in annuity rates as providers are forced to compete to attract a smaller pool of customers. What’s the catch? The price for savers will be that access to their pension pots will be pushed back, at the same pace as the State Retirement Age. Initially it will move to age 57 in 2028. This could affect those around age 40 and under. What if I have already taken a pension income? The millions of savers who have purchased an annuity already will be tied to that contract. They will be trapped in the old system. Those who have gone into income drawdown will be able to increase their incomes by calling an emergency “review” with their pension provider or financial adviser. However, this can only take place on the anniversary of the last review. What will happen to other assets? From next April, there could sudden drop off in annuity purchases; pensioners who withdraw the money instead will be able to spend it how they wish. This could be other investments, such as buy-to-let property, but equally it could

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The March meeting of the Garden Club was opened by Val Duckworth, who welcomed members new and old. Val gave a run down of the tasks that should be carried out in the garden in March in preparation for the new summer season.

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Val thanked the Club’s Social Sectretaries, Carole Williams and Carol Bass, for organising the Annual Club Lunch in February. This was held at “La Boheme”, a restaurant in Quesada. It was a resounding success and much enjoyed by all who attended. Everyone greatly appreciated all the effort that had gone into organising the event and making it such a pleasant afternoon. Val then welcomed Dick Handscombe, the guest speaker for the afternoon. Dick is well known throughout the Costa Blanca for his many excellent books covering aspects of gardening in the Mediterranean. He spoke about the many ways in which gardens can be designed and used according to individual needs and interests, for instance to provide shade, areas for recreation and dining, and for growing herbs and food crops. Dick spoke very enthusiastically about the ways in which even small areas can be used to grow vegetables, in containers or raised beds, if the ground is unsuitable, or if you live in an apartment and have no garden space. He described the many benefits of eating freshly picked home grown raw foods, of the many uses for various infusions that can be produced from herbs, and of the heath benefits of being actively involved in the garden. He gave many growing tips and gardening ideas, including ways to control pests and how soils can be improved. Dick answered many questions from members and signed copies of his books. His excellent and inspirational talk was very much appreciated by everyone. Dick Handscombe signing a book for a member. There was then the usual raffle of plants. A competition for the next meeting was announced. This will be for potted plants; one category for flowering plants and another for foliage plants. If you would like to enter the competition, please bring your plants along, they must have been in your possession for a minimum of six months and be in a container no larger than 11 inches or 28 centimetres in diameter.

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£20m egg found on market stall

It is something all antique enthusiasts dream about - unearthing a rare gem at a market that turns out to be worth millions. And for a man in the US the dream came true when a golden egg he bought from a bric-a-brac stall in the Midwest so he could sell it for scrap turned out to be a Faberge egg worth about £20m ($33m). The scrap metal dealer, who has not been named, paid just £8,000 ($13,000) for the treasure. He planned to sell it for scrap value, but the egg was saved from destruction when nobody would match his initial outlay. The egg, which has a Vacheron Constantin watch inside it, was given by Alexander III to his wife, Empress Maria Feodorovna, in Easter 1887. However, its new owner, frustrated by his lack of success in selling the egg, tapped “egg” and “Vacheron Constantin” into Google, to find that it might be a Third Imperial Faberge Easter Egg made for Russian royalty. The internet search led the scrap dealer to Kieran McCarthy, director of Wartski, the London-based Royal Warrant-holding experts on Carl Faberge’s work. The owner flew to London to show

Mr McCarthy pictures of his purchase, which convinced the Faberge expert to fly to the small Midwest town to confirm the egg was genuine. He found it sitting on a kitchen table beside some cupcakes; “It’s the most incredible discovery,” Mr McCarthy said. “We have had so many discoveries but none of them are as momentous as this. “It has travelled from Imperial St Petersburg to the rust belt of America. It’s a story that deserves to be told because it could so easily have slipped away.

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“For the Faberge community and the historical community, it is a wondrous event because the Easter egg is the ultimate target for every antique dealer and every enthusiast. “It may never be seen again and it may disappear into the deepest, darkest vaults of a collector somewhere.” Wartski bought the egg for a private collector and it will be on display for four days in London from April 14. The egg was last seen in public in March 1902 at an exhibition in St Petersburg.

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A cloudless, blue sky greeted owners and pooches on Sunday, 16 March, as people gathered to support Cruz Azul Murcia’s first major event of the year, a ‘Walk on the Barkside’, at the Esplanada Barnuevo in Santiago de la Ribera. There were tall ones, small ones and

in between ones, and that was just the dogs, who had brought their owners along for a nice stroll along the 3 Km route on the promenade. The tallest dog was Maddie, who came with her owner, Pam Clough, and the tiniest (and youngest) was 11 week old rescue puppy, Tomás, who brought along his mummy, Karen Rubio Vuckovic. The oldest pooch was Billy, at almost 14 years; Billy can’t walk very far, so his owner, Victoria Brook, borrowed a pushchair so that they could take part. First over the finish line was Ella, an enthusiastic Beagle, who ran all the way with her young owner, Liam Taylor. Each of the participants received a ‘doggy bag’ containing treats, dog waste bags, water with bowl and a special medal, with water stations provided at various points along the route. “We’re delighted to see so many people for our first major event” said Cruz Azul President, Lyn Baines. “The success of this annual event is down to the great work by the Cruz Azul team,

the help from our Spanish friends, San Javier’s Voluntariado BT, and all our lovely supporters.” Sponsorship money is still coming in and Cruz Azul anticipates a total fundraising effort of around 750€. Cruz Azul is run along similar lines to the PDSA in the UK and its mission is to provide veterinary care for the sick and injured pets of people in need and to promote responsible pet ownership. As a new association, Cruz Azul’s priorities will be to: Provide and maintain veterinary services on a stable, sustainable and long-term basis. Expand these services, in line with a clear and controlled Business Plan as funds and circumstances permit. Encourage funding, by raising awareness and developing an understanding of their work. Deliver pet health initiatives. In addition to fundraising events, the Cruz Azul shop, next door to Yorkshire Linen in San Javier, is open daily and sells clothes, accessories, jewellery, furniture, household goods, bric-abrac, etc. The shop is open Monday to Saturday, from 10.00 to 14.00 each day. Manager, Sue Thomason, will be delighted to see new customers and to receive donations for the shop. They are always in need of furniture

and Cruz Azul can arrange collection of large items. You can email Sue on or call her on 693 017 616. Cruz Azul’s Volunteer Co-ordinator, Barbara Burks, would love to hear from anyone who has some time to spare and would like to help with fundraising. You can email Barbara at: volunteers@ or you can call 693 017 616 for more information. Cruz Azul Murcia is a registered charity (No. 11.720/1a) and exists to provide veterinary care for the sick and injured pets of people in need and to promote responsible pet ownership. If you or someone you know needs help, or you would like to volunteer or donate, please call 693 017 616 or visit their website:

Lions Club Upcoming Activities Busy as ever the Torrevieja Costa Lions Club are pleased to announce their upcoming fund raising activities in aid of those in the community most in need. The Club are holding a Fun Charity Race Night in the Stray Sod, La Fuente Commercial Centre on Thursday 27th March at 2000 hrs. The evening is really good fun with the opportunity for everyone not only to take part in the Race activities , but as well as enjoying the evening everyone will know that they have contributed to help the most needy in our community. Get there early to get a table or book a table for you and your friends to enjoy the food drinks and hospitality before the fun starts. On Saturday 5th April why not treat yourself to a night out with the Lions. The Lions Celebrate their 9th Anniversary of their Charter with a Dinner and Dance at the Clubhouse

La Marquesa Golf, for more details on menus and prices and how to book, phone Iain on 966 731 495 or go to The next event is one not to be missed by those who appreciate an evening of music and entertainment. JB Brass the only traditionally English Brass Band here on the Costa Blanca in association with the Barbershop Harmonisers, the largest group of Barbershop style singers in the whole of Spain, are performing in Teatro Municipal Torrevieja on Thursday April 24th at 2000hrs. For a light hearted evening with excellent music, harmony and entertainment this one is not to be missed. Tickets priced at only 5.00 euros will be available from the Theatre box office or online at www. very shortly. For more information on what Lions do locally and Internationally visit www.

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Hello and welcome to CanDu Computer Bytes. First an apology. Sol Times had to reprint a previous article due to my negligence. The article you read last week was supposed to have been emailed for inclusion. So next week’s article is about how to make sure you have attached your attachments and not “do a Trevor” :-) Today I am writing this from a country who’s corruption make the Spanish attempts at corruption seem infantile. Where am I? England of course. Why such an opinionated opening? As you might have come to understand from reading my articles over the years, I’m very much for the freedom to choose. I choose not to have speed cameras every 300 yards, not because I am a speed merchant but because I’ve learned that getting somewhere 2 minutes sooner by travelling 20 MPH faster isn’t worth it (what can you do in that 2 minutes – part boil an egg!). By the same token, I choose to be able to use the internet without being told where I can and can’t go! So what in the name of Sam Hill has gotten under my skin? I am using the technology that is “torrent” to download, from a friend, an enormous package of programs that he has spent the past 3 years writing. I am one of a number of people who is trusted enough to test, “to destruction”, his programs and offer suggestions in the re-coding to resolve these problems. Because of the size of these files it is easier for a number of testers to download parts of the files from him and the rest from each other, thereby making downloading much faster, easier and allows us to really get on with what we are there for – helping my mate produce effectively. Richard Branson has been bullied by the courts, who have in turn been manipulated by the film and music industries to prevent access to the websites that are used as an

access point for the dissemination of these programs. The arguments used in court are that the people downloading movies and music are in breach of copyright laws. Let’s ignore, for now, the fact that there are people who do this, because it is a fact that this goes on! We can ignore the fact that music and film companies have, over the many years that they have had the unrestrained monopoly, now completely lost control! Although both of these statements are completely true and in other circumstances would be a wonderful fireside debate, today we have to consider the following statement: 1) It is wrong to prevent the access to any place, physical or electronic, where lawful and proper interaction is accepted and acceptable? 2) Further, should the legal system be able to create a sweeping statement (law) that prohibits the actions of all because of the actions of a few. 3) Should we, the lawful taxpayers, allow this travesty to continue because it is “the law”? I’m classed as a trouble maker in england by the authorities because I, not only, dare to think “outside of their box”, but tell the world and his best mate my thoughts! Forgive me but I was under the strange impression that being able to share files was sacrosanct, an act of free expression that is only compromised in Neo-Socialist and Communist countries. Welcome to the Soviet Socialist State of Lesser Britain and you are welcome to it! I will be back at Jack’s bar in Albox on Friday 21st March for the computer clinic. Bring your computer related problems for: free advice; free assessment and clearly priced solutions (more than most can / will offer you)!

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Vladimir Putin

Putin was born in 1952 in Leningrad (now St Petersburg) to a factory working mother and a Navy conscript father. During WWII his father served in the feared NKVD; forerunner to the KGB. Putin had 2 older brothers, both died before he was born. Other than a grandfather, a chef not much is known about Putin’s ancestry. Putin was/is a keen sportsman enjoying judo at school. He attended Leningrad State University and joined the Communist Party; he joined the KGB after graduating in 1975. After training he monitored foreigners in Leningrad. He married an ex Aeroflot hostess Lyudmila (Putina) in1983; moving to Dresden in 1985 working alongside the East German Stasi (Secret Police). Putin recruited students from Dresden Technical University, aiming to send them to the US as agents once graduated. BND (West German intelligence) records show that ironically his wife spoke to a BND agent in Dresden saying her husband was violent towards her and had affairs. The couple returned home in 1990 at the collapse of the East German Communist regime. Putin was stationed at his old university in Leningrad again as a recruiter. He resigned a year later when the KGB tried to overthrow President Gorbachev. Politically this was a sound move as he then worked for the Mayor’s Office in St Petersburg. There have always been rumours of Putins’

Spare Time Suggestions!

Stuck for something to do in your spare time? I know that many of us are satisfied with simply enjoying being a couch potato. But even that has its competitive edge. Earlier this year three fit young chaps in Las Vegas broke the world record for sitting watching television. They lasted over 85 hours before they ran out of the room, gibbering wrecks! Can you imagine, sitting in front of the television for so many hours. I wonder how many times they lost the remote control. But, if spending endless hours in front of the television isn’t your thing, don’t despair. I’ve been doing a little research and found all manner of fascinating frivolities to help while away the hours. How about Yak farming? You’ve never considered it? Well, consider away. Yak meat is supposedly delicious, according to that well known body, the International Yak Association no less. Okay, not everyone is a Yak fan so, if, for some unaccountable reason, Yak farming doesn’t grab you, how about a far more sensible suggestion? Mooing. Mooing, as in the noise various cows famously make, is a popular hobby in America- the land of plonking yourself in front of the television for over eighty hours! Not only do people enjoy mooing, with other consenting mooers, they can also compete for a prize of 1000 dollars at the Wisconsin State Fair. They’re not so daft after all! I know that spending your spare time mooing may not be everybody’s cup of tea-or mouthful of grass. In that case, how about extreme ironing? Now ironing is my least favourite thing in the world so I find it very difficult to understand why some half-baked people go to dangerous locations to do their ironing When I say they’re half-baked, I think I ‘m being kind. They iron whilst hanging by ropes, from a sheer cliff face, on a surf board and even on top of moving cars. I’m Graham is married not sure what they get out of it; certainly to Helen and has a not nice creases, their irons aren’t even daughter, Alice. He plugged in! lives part of the year So, next time I’m sitting by the pool near Albox, but works relaxing, or simply reading a book, I’ll in Qatar, teaching. If think of those people who might be tearing you wish to contact dementedly after a Yak across a muddy Graham regarding field, ironing on top of a speeding car, or this article email: mooing for all they’re worth, and just be helenandg@yahoo. glad that I enjoy sensible things. Now, where’s my Buzz Lightyear costume?

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vast hidden wealth and here maybe the start. An investigation recommended Putin be fired after he approved $93 million of exports of which payment was apparently never made. Strangely he kept his job for another five years. Then in 1996 came a potentially lucrative job in Moscow transferring property assets from the old USSR to Russia. A year later, Boris Yeltsin made him Deputy Chief of Staff. At the same time Putin bought a 7000m2 Dacha (Country estate) on the lake shore in Solovyovka. 7 friends also bought locally and they all built residences there gaining planning permission to turn it into a gated community. Putins neighbours include Yuri Kovalchuk (net worth $1bn), Vladimir Yakunin (President of Russia Railways), Andrei Fursenko (Govt Aide) and his brother Sergey Fursenko (President of Zenit St Petersburg FC and director of a Gazprom subsidiary). In the wake of the annexation by Russia of Crimea, international financial sanctions were announced recently on people close to Putin (his inner circle) including those above. Others becoming obscenely wealthy under Putins patronage have also been targeted. The winter Olympics in Sochi cost $50bn to construct and stage, Putins friend and ex judo partner from the 60s Arkady Rotenberg won lucrative building contracts for the

games and has sanctions against him as does Gennady Timchenko. Timchenko is co-founder of Gunvor an energy trading company responsible for nearly 10% of all oil and gas deals worldwide. The Americans say they have proof that Putin is an investor in Gunvor. Putin was Prime Minister in 1999 and Yeltsin named him as his successor; he was President of Russia from 2000-8 but the constitution prevented him assuming a third term. So Putin became Prime Minister instead. Whilst still President, Putin changed laws in anticipation of this, transferring more powers to the PMs Office. Since 2012 he again has been President, this time for longer as he changed the constitution to enable a 6 year term. Putin is separated from his wife Putina and although they have 2 daughters, they have never been seen in the press. One lives in Holland with her Dutch husband. Putin has been linked romantically to an ex ballerina and Anna Chapman who was arrested in 2010 as a Russian spy in New York. Putin recently granted Snowden temporary asylum in Russia and Chapman asked Edward Snowden to marry her via her twitter feed. Putins wealth is officially reported as $150,000 although it’s alleged it’s closer to $70bn!



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Q. Please explain the situations in which a resident qualifies for non-payment of capital gains tax.

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ECB supervisory Nouy rejects EU ‘split’ over banking union

one of the three elements of the eurozone ‘banking union’ created in the wake of the debt crisis. The SSM allows for direct supervision of the eurozone’s largest banks, notably those with assets of more than €30bn and those that have major cross-border activities.

The newly appointed chair of the European Central Bank’s supervisory board has said she is making it a “personal issue” to ensure that the creation of a eurozone “banking union” does not lead to a split between eurozone and non-eurozone countries. Giving evidence to the Economic Affairs Committee on 18 March 2014, Daniele Nouy told MEPs she was keen to encourage non-eurozone states to optin to the so-called single supervisory mechanism (SSM). She insisted, “the best way of making sure this will happen is for the SSM to do a very good job”. The supervisory board which Ms Nouy chairs oversees the SSM, which is

Other elements of the banking union include a single resolution fund and a common method for winding up failing banks at minimal risk to the taxpayer. Responding to a question from Portugal’s Elisa Ferreira, Ms Nouy said the timescale towards setting up a fund, which could be as long as ten years, was “far too long”, saying she would like the fund established within three to five years. Ms Nouy joined the Bank of France in 1974, and became the country’s senior bank regulator in 2003. She was appointed as the first Chair of the Supervisory Board last November, for a non-renewable five-year term. Source:



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The latest results from the end of the obedience courses are now in and the winners have been presented with their certificates and trophies at the Polideportivo sports ground in Pinar de Campoverde. Our congratulations go out to all who passed their final examination. The CCC was formed in July 2000 and since then many owners have benefited from expert tuition, by a Home Office approved Instructor, and are now proud of the way they are able to control their best friends. As far as the trophies are concerned it was a very close run affair with very few marks separating the top places:1st place in the Basic Class went to Pat. Frewin and her Lab/Belgian Shepherd “Bailey” with 108.4/110 marks. Second place went to Paul Eyre and his GSD “Chico” gaining a total of 107.8 marks. Paul gained the 2nd spot well ahead of the rest of the class In a well deserved first place with a magnificent score of 130.8/140 was a

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Monday, March 17th 2014 it was the third consecutive year that Torrevieja Pipes & Drums have been honoured leading the parade. Thousands of spectators as well as different representators of honourable organisations enjoyed the big fun day. Vintage cars, heavy bikes, brass bands, drum corps and acrobatics have been presented at its best and it ended as a great day out. Torrevieja Pipes & Drums would like

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In what will be a first for Vivace Classical Choir members, they will be hosting a visiting Danish choir – The Lyngby Kammerkor - for a joint concert of European music. Vivace is already an international choir, with singers from many European countries, and the music chosen for this combined concert will reflect a truly international theme. The Lyngby Kammerkor is based in Copenhagen, and has been introduced to Vivace by choir members Tomas and Tove Andgren, who sing with Vivace in the winter, and with the Lyngby Kammerkor when they return to Denmark in the summer months. The varied programme will include music by Purcell, Elgar, Lange-Müller and others, sung by the Danish choir, and by Bach, Fauré and Rutter sung by Vivace. For the Grand Finale, the choirs will join together to sing, “The Hallelujah

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On Sunday 6th April 2014, the third trekking day “Vuelta a Rojales” will be held, the longest trekking route in the Vega Baja region: 30km, 7 hours and medium-low difficulty.

The “Vuelta a Rojales” belongs to an iniciative of the Local Department for Sports, which is included in the scheme “Rojales paso a paso” through which the Town Council will signpost different trekking routes within the Municipality of Rojales. According to the Councillor for Sports, Pedro Llopis, the participants will walk 30 km on the municipal area of Rojales in a no competitive race. The aim is to show people living in the municipality and visitors our landscapes and different districts and urbanisations of our municipality within a nice day of comradeship for trekking lovers. As in previous editions, the Councillor expects 400 people participating.

The route starts on the weekly market grounds and will continue to the Segura River, Cabezo Soler Hill, the “El Recorral” Park towards “la Mata” Natural Park. At this point, the first provisioning spot will be located, where participants will have at their disposal fruit and water. Following, the route will continue through Ciudad Quesda till the Natural Spot “Hoyo Serrano”, where the participants will find the second provisioning spot, to go on through Heredades, Segura River towards Rojales to end by the weekly market grounds, where the hikers will enjoy a snack. Local Police officers as well as Protección Civil volunteers will go with the hikers for the whole route. Just to point out that the organization has a civil liability insurance and an accident insurance. The deadline to register is the 3rd April 2014 at the information desk of Rojales Town Hall or in

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Two weeks ago the Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre (EHCRC) Foundation based in Rojales were involved in a major, much publicised rescue of 14 horses from a horse dealers premises in Callosa De Segura. And it never stopped there. The following night they were called back by two officers from a division of Callosa Policia Local called U.R.M.A. (Unidad Rural y Medio Ambiente). These two officers are serious about animal welfare and are similar to the Guardia Civil Seprona division, responsible for animal welfare and the environment. Someone had sneaked into the abandoned premises and tied a malnourished horse to a tree using a piece of string. One day later and another call from U.R.M.A. to rescue a mule abandoned in a small concrete box sized pen located in a crumbling abandoned factory unit also in Callosa. The next rescue though was tinged with sadness and disbelief. On Wednesday March 19th Sue and Rod Weeding, co founders of the EHCRC received three telephone call asking for assistance from officers of the Guardia

Civil Seprona Division Orihuela and the Guardia Civil from Alicante and also Torrevieja about the plight of a horse in what can only be described as a walled yard with derelict buildings inside. The police had been alerted by a concerned member of the public. Sue and Rod raced to the premises to be met by the Guardia Civil Seprona officers, They were confronted with the sight of a young horse close to death lying prostrate on the ground he was obviously severely malnourished and dehydrated. They immediately administered some water and made him as comfortable as possible until Dorothea their vet and other members of the EHCRC team could get there. Explains Sue, “ Sadly when Dorothea arrived and after examining him she confirmed our worst fears that he was beyond further help. The attending police officers gave Dorothea permission to put him to sleep. Further investigation revealed the other equines being kept there, two horses, two ponies a donkey and a mule. One of the horses is in desperate need of help and we are on standby to get it out when the police call us. The other five equines there are in reasonable condition and we have been advised that they all have different owners. The Guardia Civil Seprona are actively trying to trace these owners and also the proprietor of the premises, all believed to be gypsies, to find a solution for these creatures and to get the installation closed down once and for all. This is not the first time we have been called to this place as we rescued two horses and two donkeys from there three and a half years ago. We are finding now that there is a huge advancement in animal welfare with the police and we have been called out to and worked on several cases

with officers from many towns and villages on the Costa Blanca even as far away as Benidorm. It is important that the EHCRC Foundation continues to grow and find a way to fund the ever increasing amount of animals that need our help and continue to give the police the support they need in fighting animal cruelty. ” concludes Sue. The EHCRC would welcome any donations or sponsorship to support the work that they are doing. If you are a bar owner or business that wants to hold a charity event to support the Rescue Centre please get in touch with Sue Weeding on 652 021 980 or email David East, PR volunteer on The EHCRC will ensure that your event receives the maximum press and radio publicity plus coverage on their Face book site prior to and after the event. Every single cent donated to the EHCRC charity or spent in any one of their five charity shops located in La Zenia, Los Montesinos, La Siesta, Ciudad Quesada or Guardamar goes towards the upkeep and care of the horses, donkeys and ponies in their care. Large items such as furniture that is donated can be collected from your house and likewise delivered after purchase from their charity shops. Contact the charity shop hotline on 636 062 000 for this service and also if you would like to become a volunteer and work for a few hours or days in any of the shops including the new one due to open on La Marina Urb. in a couple of weeks. Why not visit the centre on their open days every Sunday between 1 pm and 4 pm where refreshments and tasty food are available in the garden café. Entrance is free. The first horse tour commences at 2 pm where you can get close to, and meet the residents and see first hand where your money is spent. For more details about the EHCRC and directions to the centre just outside Rojales visit www.

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book review Divine Damages by Georgia Varjas.

“ The air tortured her skin. She felt daggers attack her and pierce her flesh but she resisted. ‘ I know what you did, I saw you. Now, I am your tormentor.’ “ This is an interesting selection of 10 modern, tongue-in-cheek stories of feminism taken to an absurd extreme using male and female caricatures. In Stalking Patty we are looking at revenge and female empowerment. Patty is approaching middle-age and we discover how gullible she was at 17, discovering boys and sex for the first time. What ensued inevitably, was an unplanned pregnancy followed by a tragic miscarriage. A simple D&C was needed to clean her out but she was left infertile and with permanent psychological damage.

Whilst under the anaesthetic she remembered the nurses laughing at her and the surgeon wielding a huge carving knife. Consequently, she was doped with medication for the next decade when her self-esteem had reached rock-bottom and full of despair. In time a new relationship with Brian petered out when she was unable to conceive leaving her feeling angry, guilty, depressed and of course, abandoned. She blamed Dr Death for her misery. In time life improved. Patty weaned herself off the medication, got a job and put on weight. Things started to look up until that fateful day at the British Museum. It was a chance encounter, twenty years later: “This was the man who had crippled me, spoilt all my chances of happiness and fertility. Winthrop had permanently crucified it.” How sweet is revenge? She wanted to hound him, torment him. Exploitation and ultimately ruin were her objectives. She adopted the role of the femme fatale. “I got him and I damaged him and the satisfaction was all mine.” But did she succeed in regaining some personal power and inner strength? Was revenge really so empowering for Patty?

You decide….

Sweet Claudine shows a woman completely detached from her marriage and husband. She is self-sufficient and happy to bake and promote her business. She takes relish in the sun sparkling over the sugary coatings of her pastries but lacks the warmth or passion to engage in a romantic or sensual relationship with Didier, her husband. Didier marries for selfadvancement wanting an indolent lifestyle. Over time he became critical and insulting at work gaining a reputation of being mean and arrogant. Inevitably, he became bored with his dead-end job and Claudine. As a sharp contrast she became successful and popular. People praised her business prowess. This just fuelled his resentment and frustration. He demeaned her business as a silly hobby. His mind was pre-occupied over his future-a luxurious life in the south of France-once he has sold her house, her delivery van and her business. But single not married or tied down. Does he manage it? There is a twist to the finale and Varjas introduces a touch of the supernatural and a dramatic climax. For one of them there is freedom; the other is doomed. But is that the full story!? And for a dose of sexual frustration there’s Righteous Val who seems to have lost her way and behaves in the most crude and unrighteous manner. At 49 years of age we can initially sympathise with her plight-abandoned by a Lothario of a husband who shacks up with a 20 years old babe from Essex- frumpy, fat and altogether, shabby. You can see why the husband absconded can’t you? But he does leave her with a generous alimony and a lovely house.

“How does a woman get what she wants? Wasn’t I kind and considerate?” Perhaps it’s just the injustice of being “dumped” or boredom that motivates her into cleaning up the streets and preventing physical abuse to women or children. A crusader. Armed with a small hammer, a pair of pliers, a Phillipps screwdriver, sharp kitchen scissors and masking tape.

Seriously, she was on the warpath confronting drunks and ugly schoolboys believing they would give the least resistance. She saw herself as a bit of a saviour without the religious connotation-a version of Mother Theresa or a Batman without the ridiculous costume of course. And then it went a bit pear-shaped. It seems that she gets easily turned on by attractive, foreign males called Carlos. Why are the pretty ones always called Carlos? Enough is enough. Let’s have some fun. So how does she tackle her “cream cake in the bathtub variety” with rusty methods of seduction? Does she have to knock him over the head to entice him into her lair or boudoir? And why does Varjas end the tale with a mischievous hint (or is it a moral?) about using a “plentiful supply of Viagra?” It sounds kinky to me. Publisher: Wordplay. ISBN: 978-1482796-858

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pause for thought We do of course all like to be popular and necessarily therefore many of us are sometimes tempted to pull off some sort of stunt to grab attention. Trouble is however, that as I’ve often noticed from watching television ads, there are times when a dramatic performance can actually detract from the ad itself, leaving me remembering the advert, but having no idea what product was actually being advertised. So Jesus, during his 40-day period in the Wilderness, which as mentioned before, we Christians remember during this period of Lent, similarly faced the possibility of throwing himself from the top of the highest building in the area and walking away unscathed. Some publicity-stunt that one; bound to make people sit up and take notice! But Jesus rightly rejected that option as one that would lead people to believe in and follow him for all the wrong reasons, remembering the stunt but missing His message completely. And how often, sometimes in very subtle guise, we who claim to serve Him find ourselves tempted to use the power of His Holy Spirit to glorify ourselves rather than Jesus Christ, our Lord and master. It’s so easy to speak or write aiming to please others, hoping they’ll think well of me, whereas my task as a Christian is to make much of Christ and nothing of myself. For as John the Baptist remarked, “He must increase whilst I decrease.” So whenever called upon to act, speak or write on His behalf, I always pray to be spared that temptation, using the words of a hymn learnt years ago: “Not I, but Christ, be honoured, loved, exalted. Not I, but Christ, be seen, be known and heard: Not I, but Christ, in every look and action: Not I, but Christ, in every thought and word”. For if I leave others with a clear impression of myself and little of Jesus, then I have failed; whereas if from my words/actions others learn of Him, but little of myself, then indeed I have succeeded in my task. Details of a number of English Language Churches are given in Sol Noticeboard for any wishing to Worship, whilst additionally, further information about the Anglican Church in this area may be seen on the web site www. Duncan Burr is Licensed Lay Reader for the Anglican Chaplaincy of Costa Almeria and Costa Cálida and may be contacted at

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1. Tom’s mom had three children. The first was named May, the second was June. What was the third childs name? 2. The manufacturer doesn’t want to use it, the buyer doesn’t need to use it and the user doesn’t know he’s using it. What is it? 3. The word CANDY can be spelled using just 2 letters. Can you figure out how? 4. Bill bets Craig $100 that he can predict the score of the hockey game before it starts. Craig agrees, but loses the bet. Why did Craig lose the bet? 5. What is the next 3 letters in this sequence? o t t f f s s _ _ _ 6. FOUR is HALF of FIVE. Is this statement True or False? 7.A woman shoots her husband. Then she holds him under water for over 5 minutes. Finally, she hangs him. But 5 minutes later they both go out together and enjoy a wonderful dinner together. How can this be? 8. What do these 3 have in common? Superman, Moses, The Cabbage Patch Kids 9. What is black when you buy it, red when you use it, and gray when you throw it away? 10. Can you name three consecutive days without using the words Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday? 11.I can sizzle like bacon, I am made with an egg, I have plenty of backbone, but lack a good leg, I peel layers like onions, but still remain whole, I can be long, like a flagpole, yet fit in a hole, What am I? 12. This is an unusual paragraph. I’m curious how quickly you can find out what is so unusual about it? It looks so plain you would think nothing was wrong with it! In fact, nothing is wrong with it! It is unusual though. Study it, and think about it, but you still may not find anything odd. But if you work at it a bit, you might find out! Try to do so without any coaching! 13. Hi! Ma and Pa told me I’d better say that all the two-letter words in this paragraph have something in common ...... or else! What’s the common factor here? 14. What falls but never breaks? What breaks but never falls? 15. This one’s a tuffy! There is a common English word that is seven letters long. Each time you remove a letter from it, it still remains a common English word - from seven letters right on down to a single letter. What is the original word, and what are the words that it becomes after removing a letter at a time? 16. In olden days you are a clever thief charged with treason against the king and sentenced to death. But the king decides to be a little lenient and lets you choose your own way to die. What way should you choose? Remember, you’re clever! 17. What is it that when you take away the whole, you still have some left over? 18. What six letter word in the English language contains ten other words without rearranging any of its letters? 19. Name an English word of more than 2 letters that both begins and ends with the letters “he” in that order. There are two possible answers. “hehe” is not acceptable. 20. A man was found murdered on Sunday morning. His wife immediately called the police. The police questioned the wife and staff and got these alibis: The Wife said she was sleeping. The Cook was cooking breakfast. The Gardener was picking vegetables. The Maid was getting the mail. The Butler was cleaning the closet. The police instantly arrested the murdered. Who did it and how did they know?

Brain Teasers Answers


Amazing Facts on the human body

APPENDIX TO LIFE: Recently it has been

discovered that the appendix is very useful to the bacteria that help your digestive system function. They use it to get respite from the strain of the frenzied activity of the gut, somewhere to breed and help keep the gut’s bacterial inhabitants topped up. SUPERSIZED MOLECULES: Practically everything we experience is made up of molecules. The biggest molecule in nature resides in your body. It is chromosome 1. A normal human cell has 23 pairs of chromosomes in its nucleus, each a single, very long, molecule of DNA. Chromosome 1 is the biggest, containing around 10bn atoms, to pack in the amount of information that is encoded in the molecule ATOM COUNT: It is hard to grasp just how small the atoms that make up your body are until you take a look at the sheer number of them. An adult is made up of around 7,000,000,000,00 0,000,000,000,000,000 (7 octillion) atoms. GOOSEBUMP EVOLUTION: Goosepimples are a remnant of our evolutionary predecessors. They occur when tiny muscles around the base of each hair tense, pulling the hair more erect. With a human’s thin body hair, it just makes our skin look strange. EYELASH INVADERS: Depending on how old you are, it’s pretty likely that you have eyelash mites. These tiny creatures live on old skin cells and the natural oil (sebum) produced by human hair follicles. They are usually harmless, though they can cause an allergic reaction in a minority of people. Eyelash mites typically grow to a third of a millimetre and are near-transparent, so you are unlikely to see them with the naked eye.


logic puzzle

After a local Post Office burglary, five suspects were being interviewed. Below is a summary of their statements. Police know that each of them told the truth in one of the statements and lied in the other. From this information can you tell who committed the crime? Brian said: It wasn’t Charles, It was Alan Derek said: It was Charles, It wasn’t Alan Charles said: It was Brian , It wasn’t Eric Alan said: It was Eric, It wasn’t Brian Eric said: It was Derek, It was Alan

logic puzzle solution:


Moods & Emotions Find and circle all of the words that are hidden in the grid. The remaining 11 letters spell an additional word.

Answer:The hidden word is: DISCOURAGED

Fun Brain Teasers with Answers to Challenge your Mind

Answer: Derek was the culprit


Looking at Brian’s statement if it was Charles, then Brian was lying in his first statement, which makes the second statement true. Which would mean that it was both Charles and Alan. So it can’t be Charles. Which means Derek was lying in his first statement, which makes the second statement true. Therefore it can’t be Alan. So Eric’s second statement must be false, meaning his first statement was true, therefore it was Derek.


1. Tom Tom’s mom had three children, June, May, and Tom. 2. A Coffin 3.The answer: C and Y 4. Bill said the score would be 0-0 and he was right. Before any hockey game starts, the score is always 0-0. 5. “e n t “ They represent the first letter when writing the numbers one thru ten. 6. It’s True. The Roman Numeral FOUR (IV) is in the middle of the word Five: F(IV)E 7. The woman was a photographer. She shot a picture of her husband, developed it, and hung it up to dry. 8. They were all adopted! 9. The answer is Charcoal. In Homer Simpson’s words: Hmmmm... Barbecue. 10. Sure you can:Yesterday, Today, & Tomorrow! 11. A snake.

12. The letter “e”, which is the most common letter in the English language, does not appear once in the long paragraph. 13. All the two-letter combinations are abbreviations of U.S. States: Hi:Hawaii, MA:Massachusetts, PA:Pennsylvania, me:Maine, in: Indiana, I’d: Idaho, or:Oregon 14. Night and Day! 15. The original word is “Snowing”. It decomposes to: sowing, swing, sing, sin, in, and I. 16. I think I would have chosen to die of “old age”. Did you? 17. The word Wholesome. 18.The word is Spared. The ten words are: Spa, Spar, Spare, Pa, Par, Pare,Pared, Are, Re, and Red. If you got this one you are good! 19. Headache or Heartache. 20. It was the Maid. She said she was getting the mail. There is no mail



ACROSS 1 Diabolical cast in a play (7) 5 One eating little head of lettuce held by cook in hot water (7) 9 Aquatic plant providing a variety of materials (5,4) 10 Carrying on thus, for some reason I create a sort of boom (5) 11 One who takes after beggarman (5) 12 Able to contend, not being disheartened (9) 13 Noble start to resistance in French resistance movement (7) 15 They teach large groups of swimmers (7) 17 Object for trial (7) 19 Refuse to reveal how old clothes are (7) 21 Form of address valued for the auditor taken unawares (9) 23 Argue about something boring (5) 25 Record left by teacher in Siam (5) 26 Page with scope for truism (9) 27 Mount seen the day before the others (7) 28 Thrash Elia a second time (7)

ACROSS 1 Counting device (6) 4 A forceful consequence (6) 9 Deport (5) 10 Relished (7) 11 Act of deliberate betrayal (7) 12 Movable staircases (5) 13 Easily handled or managed (6) 15 Lithe (6) 19 Device in a brass wind instrument (5) 21 Oval (7) 23 Slowly moving ice mass (7) 24 Large artery (5) 25 Throws out (6) 26 Sternutation (6)

Down 1 Turned away or aside (7) 2 Similar (5) 3 Kitchen implement (7) 5 Commissioned military officer (5) 6 Unfathomable (7) 7 Periodic rise and fall of sea level (5) 8 Deceive by mock action (5) 14 Assemble in proper sequence (7) 16 Scoundrel (7) 17 Promote (7) 18 Prolonged period of time (5) 19 Undefined (5) 20 Live (5) 22 Sum of money offered as a prize (5)



Down 1 A sign Tommy’s upset about patrol leader (7) 2 Bones sailors found on island (5) 3 Instrument making snout feel odd (4,5) 4 Risks making Chinese detective dry up (7) 5 Sausages from a Greek island (7) 6 Publication for children (5) 7 Curiously, Maine’s not an American state (9) 8 Eric, having set off, repeats something memorized (7) 14 Reading or writhing in river (3,6) 16 Flora collected metal she owns (9) 17 Father’s wise migration (7) 18 Drunkard turns to observe drunkard (7) 19 Duck turning up initially looking like a Walt Disney animated goose (7) 20 Art deserving a pledge? (7) 22 April keeps providing material for a poet (5) 24 A couple upset after end of big cheese (5)


Sudoku is a placement puzzle. Enter the numbers 1 to 9 in each row and column of a grid, made up of 3 x 3 subgrids. The catch is that each row, column and grid must contain only one instance of each number or letter.

squiggle SUDOKU

standard SUDOKU


CRYPTIC crossword







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Tasty food for everyday, special occasions and for sharing with friends Grilled Asparagus & Red Onions with Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar



Preparation method

Booking essential

Avda Costa Azul, Ciudad Quesada (at the top of the hill)

Tel 965 999 973

Ingredients 2 medium red onions, peeled 1 ½ pounds asparagus (about 24 medium stalks), ends trimmed* 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided Kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper ½ teaspoon sugar 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar, best quality 1. Preheat grill to high. 2. Prepare red onions: Cut onions in half from root to tip, then cut halves into ½-inch slices. Pull slices apart and tumble into disposable grill pan; toss with 2 tablespoons olive oil, ½ teaspoon kosher salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. 3. Prepare asparagus: Place spears in baking dish and toss with 2 tablespoons olive oil, ¼ teaspoon kosher salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. 4. Place pan of onions and asparagus spears on the grill (be sure to place spears perpendicular to grates so they don’t fall through!). Set asparagus dish next to grill (do not clean). Cover and cook vegetables for 2-3 minutes. Open cover and turn asparagus (use

t t h a e n g n r i ee n e h T bar

tongs to press and roll). Cover and cook 1 -2 minutes more, until asparagus spears are nicely browned and tender-crisp. Remove asparagus from grill and place back in baking dish. Stir onions, cover, and continue cooking for about 15 – 25 minutes, stirring every few minutes, until tender and caramelized. In the meantime, transfer asparagus spears to cutting board and cut into 1½-inch pieces. Place back in baking dish and toss with finished grilled onions. Add sugar and balsamic vinegar and toss well. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary (I usually add a good ¼ teaspoon more salt). Transfer to serving platter and serve hot or room temperature.

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Tel: 677 477 554 Open 11am till late daily

Weekly Events: saturday 29th march 9pm Monday 2pm Dominoes Tuesday 9pm quiz night with ken thursday 9pm - pop quiz with lynden b saturday 9pm - live entertainment all live sports shown on large flatscreen tvs DIAMOND MUSIC DUO

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Sunday Karaoke 9pm

9.30am til close everyday OPEN FOR BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND EVENING MEALS 2 x 8oz Steak Meals & Bottle of Wine 22€ 2 x Gammon Steaks Meals & Bottle of Wine 18€ Or Mix & Match for 20€

Tel: 688 489 096

Avda Federico Garcia Lorca No 76 Benijofar


Route 66 Diner in Benimar celebrated it’s first year anniversary of opening last Saturday 22nd March 2014 with entertainment with Debbie Slater. Since being taken over by new owners Lisa and Rob it has gone from strength to strength. They have given 150% to get the Diner to where it is today. They are a well known couple with three other successful businesses on the Costas and know how to build good customer relations. Route 66 has a true all American feel with memorabilia and photos from the USA and even a Jukebox in the corner. Customers are particularly fond of the American style buster breakfast, burgers, ribs, 12 noon - 3pm steaks, hot dogs etc. 3 courses plus glass of wine or small beer There is a new edition to their menu, Sunday or soft drink - 8.95€ pp Lunch is now available from 12pm to 6pm. Lisa and Rob would like 6pm - 8pm to thank old and new 4 courses including any starter, any curry, customers, friends and rice or naan, coffee or ice cream, plus not forgetting the staff at Route 66. bottle of wine per couple - 13.95€ pp Opening times are 8.30 Avenida de las Naciones No. 57 till late 7 days a week. Next to La Taberna Kitchen open all day, Cuidad Quesada Centre booking is advisable. Tel: 686 701 894 Tel: 966 715 825

Menu del Dia

Menu de la Noche


american breakfasts salads snacks

Jacket Potatoes Steaks & Ribs, Etc... now taking bookings for

mother’s day and easter

open 7 days a week 8.30-late tel: 966 715 825 • 616 646 006


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All they need is a loving home !

can you help? romeo

Romeo is a 2 year old Chihuahua cross and weighs just 6 kilos, he is very good with other dogs and cats, is house trained and very faithful.

sebastian & chanel

Sebastian and Chanel were found in a shallow canal last week, they are approx 10 weeks old, good with cats and other dogs and will be medium size when fully grown.

pets in spain Call: 645 469 253

Ides of March 2014 Humanist Walk The 24 walkers started just off the RM-D4 Morata Road where there were no loos nor hot coffee (shame). A gentle stroll along a smooth wide track where a loose Doberman did not attack the group. The walk wound around and up to the mine buildings of Coto Fortuna, which were started by the Romans in 200 BC and lasted into the 1950s (The Romans only lasted until 400 AD, others took over after that). The Romans smelted lead to make coins and later miners extracted alum to add to cosmetics. There were no gato montes (wild cats) to be seen but a very colourful caterpillar two foot long did attract attention from Xavier’s dog. The walk continued round the site and ended at the San Carlos Shaft, which has been partly renovated by the owner of an adjacent olive plantation who did the work when he retired. Lunch was taken in Restaurante La Siena where a reasonable meal and loads of wine cost only 10euros. In recognition of his hard work in the setting up the Humanist


SAN JUAN DE LOSS TERERROS. The Great Kon Tiki Raft Race (organised by San Animal) will take place on 15th June from the beach at San Juan de los Terreros from 12noon. Teams of 2, 3 or 4 crew members are invited to make their own craft from “non-marine” parts and race for the coveted San Animal Kon Tiki Trophy. There will be separate races for Under 17,s and seniors. Further details and rules are available from Richard and Elina on 950-466-248 and

Andy Wilson Photographer

Group, John Blakey and Martin Ruston presented Richard Ward with a certificate and life membership, saving the annual 5euro fee. The next walk will be in the San Juan area on 12 April 2014. For more information on the Humanists of Murcia go to www. and to contact the Humanist Celebrant for marriages, naming ceremonies and funerals call 634 025 711


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Campoverde Reef Band


The Campoverde Reef Band played at the Lo Monte Hotel Pilar de la Horadada, on 15th March, to raise funds for AECc and its continuing fight against cancer. Everybody had a great night and a fantastic total of 534 euros was raised. Particular thanks go to the wonderfully professional Reef Band and to Tish Hirst who represented AECC at the event.

Fast events

Friday 4th: April Beat The Buzzer Quiz show at The Clubhouse, Camposol 5€ Saturday 10th May: May Fayre at Mariano’s Restaurant 11o/c 1€ entry Friday May 16th: May Ball at The Amapola restaurant 3 course meal Wine/Water Dancing to Terry Jay 25 Euro’s Coach available Friday 1st August: Rock n Roll Bar -B -Q at The Clubhouse Saturday 11th October: at Trevi Bar Buffet Dance Saturday 29th November: Christmas Fayre at mariano’s Friday 5th December : Christmas Party with Barrington at The Clubhouse

La Bamba’s - Ballroom / Latin / Sequence Dancing

Los Rosales Restaurant, Guardamar CV895 [near Lemon Tree Sunday Market] Monday - SOCIAL DANCE 8.30pm 10.30pm [SEQUENCE CLASS 7.30pm - 8.30pm] Friday - SOCIAL DANCE 7.30pm 10.30pm Wednesday - New Beginners Class 2pm -3pm Intermediate Class 3pm - 4pm Intermediate Plus Class 4pm - 5pm For more information contact Andrea and Brian 616 478 157

Torrevieja Costa Lions Club

Come and join our club members on one of our “ Business meeting nights” and see what we are doing this year to raise money for charities. You may have seen us in the local papers over the last few weeks because of the large amounts of money that we have raised and donated to people and countries in need of help and assistance. We are growing in numbers every month so if you feel like helping us then we can be found on the second Thursday in every month at the Cabo Cervera Hotel in La Mata near Torrevieja, Meetings now start from April at 19.30 hours. If you like what you see and hear, then you will be invited to join us at our next social night event later in the month, where ever and what ever it may be you can be sure of a good night. Contact me on or via our web site on membership@



Mon, Tues, Wed and Thurs. 10-1pm. For information ring John McGilvray on 966 786 774 or Mobiles 634 658 506 / 695 871 707 or e mail carolejohn_3@


Mazarrón District (Founded 1 May 2006) Tuesday 15th April: Visit to Military Museum in Cartagena + Menu-del-dia Wednesday 7th May Amapola, Playa Sol Hotel Bolnuevo AGM + Dinner and Dance (Music by Itchy Fingers) Membership enquiries, Ian 629818611 or


(formerly Spiritualist Church, Quesada) Meets at NEW ADDRESS: with immediate effect at Hamilton´s Bake House, 62 Calle Vicente, Blasco Ibañez, Benijofar 03178. 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. Lesley Pickering will take the Divine Service with Mediumship on Sunday, 30th March. On Tuesday 1st April, there will be an Evening of Mediumship with David Darnbrough. Morag Bullock will take the Divine Service with Mediumship on Sunday, 6th April. Everybody welcome. Contact Wendy on 965323028. www. New email is Identificacion Fiscal G54713789

Strictly Social Club

“We are the Strictly Social Club, meeting on the 2nd and 4th Wed of each month, 14.30 for 15.00 at the New Asturias Restaurant in Punta Prima on the N332. We are looking to recruit new members to our club. Our activities include, a quiz, with a guest speaker from time to time, and is primarily a place for people to meet and make new friends. Each Christmas, we hold our annual lunch which is always well attended, and good value for money. During the year, we also organise trips out to places of interest. So, if you would like to join our merry throng, please contact: Margaret on 966 730 569 where you will made to be very welcome.”

50+ SOLOS is open to Ladies and GENTLEMEN over the age of 50 years and on their own either through divorce or the loss of their partner. There are no subs or fees, just the cost of a meal and perhaps a little drink and a chat with likeminded people. We try to choose a different venue for each meal, normally the first and third Saturday of each month? At this moment we have only a couple of vacancies for ladies but several for gentlemen as some of ‘the regulars’ are away for various reasons so places must be held for them. Everyone is very friendly and we are quite a talkative lot at times. We hope to have a 10 pin bowling match in April against another group - nothing serious!! in May/June several want to go to Aguilas again for the day.. including a boat trip. YOU WILL NOT BE BORED. Come along and try us, no obligation. For general information or to make an enquiry about booking contact RUTH on 966 789 063 or ANNE 966 786 281






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glass curtains

glass curtains create more living space, no unsightly frames, reasonable prices, for a free estimate tel: 646 111 825

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Leather 3 Seater And 2 Seater Sofas And Matching Footstool In Dark Blue Leather. Can Email Photos. Fuente Alamo Area Murcia. Tel. 634334169 S atellite Dish, 1 Meter with brackets etc” as new only 15 months old ,Famaval Hi Gain .... great for spanish / german TV 30€ 2 Halogen room heaters as new 10€ each or 2 for 15€ these are in excellent condition hardly ever used Mazarron 634 382 778. U prig h t Bicycle, antitheft device, 16 gears, Dynamo lights, €60 a bargain. Quesada area Tel: 698 468 283 Clean double mattress with cover €35 Quesada area Tel: 698 468 283 Two single mattresses clean with covers Quesada area Tel: 698 468 283 V arious Videos and DVD’s 50 cents

each Quesada area Tel: 698 468 283 4 Butane Orange Gas Bottles for sale 8€ each + 2 regulators 4€ each. Fagor Eco Plus Gas Water Heater 25€ 966717151 (Quesada) Satellite Dish 1.4 complete with bracket €70 Mazarron Area Tel: 699 261 663 sat / dis h 1 metre with brackets etc.”famaval hi gain” ex condition. great for spainish/ german tv. 50€.617 653 087 SOFABED - 3 seater in light blue pattern. 25 euros. local delivery could be arranged. could email photo. fuente alamo area tel 634334169 portable air condition unit as new 80€ golf vw roof bars lockable brand new 40€bread maker breville compact bakers oven 15€ solid brass feature curved fire guard & companion set 20€ gas bottles silver butano x 4 each 15€ bosch jigsaw st 650 20€ steps alluminium 5 tread adjustable angle as new 20€ pump mopping power plus brand new boxed 3500l 1/hr 25€ catral 966 078 608 / 649 539 888

brackets etc””. famaval hi gain”. ex condition..great for spainish/german tv. 50euro Bicycle Upright Type, Good Condition, Dynamo Lights and Reflectors, 28 inch wheels, Saddle Bags and Bell, 16 gears, chain covers, mudguards. New Tyres and Lock. 60€ a Bargain Quesada Tel: 698 468 283 Double Gate Opening Kit, unused, boxed, complete with instructions, 95€ Tel: 690 772 178 (Urb La Marina) “ 80cm satelite dish with wall bracketexcondition 15€ Quesada area 966 716 646. 2 camping gas bottles 1 full 1 empty, complete with regulator 15euro quesada area 966716646 E lectric Hedge Trimmer 16 inch cut, nearly new €35 Quesada 966 716 599 E x te n di n g Garden Shears €12 Quesada 966 716 599 E x te n di n g Loppers €12 Quesada 966 716 599


E N G L I S H PLASTERER internal finishing, e x t e r n a l rendering, 15 years experience, good rates. FULLY LEGAL IN SPAIN. Call Chris 671 444 246 / 965 078 866 email: c_ S atellite pettit@hotmail. dish,1 metre with


Jigsaw saw Black & Decker Jig saw and new blandes €20 Quesada 966 716 599

locksmith Locksmith locked out!! Call Me Telf: 647 151 972 (24hrs) Put This Number In Your Phone – 24 Hrs Call Out! Commerical, Residential, Cars Locks Changed - Dierre Locks Changed - All Locks To Work Off I Key – Motura Gardesa Locks Changed – Window Locks - Cars Opened To Retrieve Keys – Alarms Fitted


Lenny Mitchell: Guitarist-singer, professional, international, solo act. Music can range from 60s, 70s pop, rock ‘n’ roll, big ballads, country, blues, classic rock, to 50s standards. Tel: 658321891 or email: lennymitchell@ or facebook”



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property for sale / rent

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We have clients enquiring in this area Contact


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GOLD WANTED asssa medical English jeweller wishes to buy broken or unwanted Gold jewellery, silver and coins


664 890 990

Member of the National Association of Goldsmiths

Books 100 assorted hard back and paper back books. 10 euros. La Siesta area. Tel 966785459

insurances Asssa Mazarron, Diane Nolan, 968 153 396

detatched cortijo reduced 20mins from mojacar, 4 beds, 2 baths, Open plan living kitchen diningroom workshop, cour tyard front & back & room for a pool. Mountain v i e w s . €12 5 , 0 0 0 ono 649 186 107 or email thunderpaul 2 0 0 3 @


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property for sale / rent FOR SALE Apartment

(Top floor / Penthouse) Almoradi, Costa Blanca




With an entry in the


4 BED, 2 BATH, Large Terrace overlooking Plaza, separate kitchen and utility room, lift, furnished incl. white goods, UK TV. 105m². Close to the town ‘s attractive central square and all other amenities. 10 mins drive from the resort of Guardamar and close to La Finca Golf.

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(0034) 676 534 978

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450€ plus utility bills

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From a parcel to a small house move Professional,Friendly & Caring Fully insured, scheduled monthly door to door service

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satellite tv Rainbow Satellites for all your TV needs with clients all over the Murcia Region. Contact Matt or Alan 686 358 475 or rainbowsats@

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TV Installations and repairs

Humax HDR-1000s only 350€ Sky+ HD Receiver 295€ All latest models fully guaranteed

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Or call in to our office on Calle Los Arcos No. 7 Ciudad Quesada

LWB Sprinter van going from south to North of the UK & back every 2 weeks, based near Murcia Airport. Tel: 610 846 260/ 0044 7519 186 355. or email:

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

263 Paseo del Mediterraneo Mojacar Playa, Next to Sal Marina Hotel Mon-Sat: 10am-2pm Call Marc on 647 006 183 or Brian on 674 280 268 or e-mail


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wigs Salon Margarethas 24 years in Torrevieja hair / wig specialist for medical illness and hair loss problems. We offer different hair replacements, top fillers, hair prostheses, toupees & wigs. Natural & artificial hair & much more. Also fashion /festival accessories. TV/TS are welcome to our service. Call Margaretha on 966 921 846 for an appointment.



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For re-registration of cars, motorbikes and motor homes contact Graham Shelton Who after re-registering over 1000 vehicles will put you on the right side of the road.

605 319 889 or 966 753 375


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I blame it all on the Spanish lady in a brown coat; last January I had parked quite legally in front of her garage and in doing so invoked her implacable wrath and an undeserved verbal battering. I don’t suffer from road rage, chocolate addiction, or any such normal crosses which we mere mortals have to bear, except for punctuality anxiety. Although I can tolerate lateness in others, being late, or even the possibility of being late myself, makes me snappy and scatty, short tempered and liable to make mistakes. I was not late for my Spanish lesson, but tight for time as I swung Del into a practically deserted Avenida Lepanto in Albox and brought him tidily to a

halt behind my classmate’s car. As I did so I noticed he was smack in front of a small and insignificant side entrance; the spectre of the Spanish lady in the brown coat sprang terrifyingly into my mind. Although I am not faster than a speeding bullet and cannot leap high buildings in a single bound, like Superman I am clumsy and mild-mannered so I engaged reverse and moved Del back a space, considerately leaving the entrance to the side turning open. Then without a backward glance I left him standing in splendid isolation, and in no-one’s way. An hour later, having covered myself in mediocrity and proved beyond a shadow of doubt that I am not linguistically gifted, I returned to find a green paper under Del’s windscreen wiper. I goggled at it in disbelief - a parking fine! I looked down – yes, I had parked

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on a yellow line! A yellow line that was exactly one car long, and situated exactly one car’s length back from the side entrance! In an instant Superman was superseded by the Incredible Hulk, and I became ******* Incapable of Normal Expression. I had done wrong, and deserved the fine BUT: I needn’t have parked there at all, there were half a dozen other spaces available, I only chose that one to keep the street tidy (and because it was nearest to my destination and I was on the verge of late) AND: If I had not moved back to free up the entrance, in front of which I could quite legally have parked, I would not be in debt to the Law to the tune of 90€. It is definitely the doing of the Spanish lady in the brown coat. She influenced me subliminally and caused me to park illegally. It is her fault!

Shot In the Line of Fibbing Not many people realise this, but I have a cluster of fading but still clearly discernable scars on my abdomen. I received these many years ago when I happened to be in the street as two masked armed robbers burst out of a Building Society office in my home town. Stupidly and without giving too much thought to my actions, I chased after one of the men as he ran for the getaway car and received a shot gun blast to my stomach for my troubles. But I somehow still managed to wrestle him to the ground and with the help of other passers by, we managed to overpower and subdue both robbers until the police arrived. Being a modest kind of a bloke, I don’t talk about it much and I still have flash backs that bring me out in cold sweats. Good story isn’t it! Bet you’re impressed. My present wife certainly was when I originally recounted the tale to her many years ago in my efforts to grab her attention and win her affections. But it’s all a total load of horlicks! Oh sure I do have those scars on my somewhat less than flat tummy - I used to have a six pack but these days it’s more of a buyone-get-one-free belly - but in point of fact these are actually the result of doctors taking a number of grafts to

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pack round my damaged foot after I crashed my motorbike in the 1970 Isle of Man TT race. Yeah well alright, that’s cobblers as well. The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth your honour is, I had surgery many years ago for a horrendous ingrown toe nail which was removed along with a significant portion of my big toe. Grafting was deemed necessary before I was allowed to go home and a dozen or so pinchgrafts were taken from my abdomen. A routine procedure under local anaesthetic but one that had me chewing the bed pan in agony once the effect of the drugs had worn off. I wish they had emptied it first. I left the hospital two days later with a throbbing midsection, a pair of crutches and lectures about the perils of wearing winkle picker shoes ringing in my ears. I was 18 years old. The point is we chaps tend to stretch the truth when we are out to impress the ladies and so naturally, when my battle scars were noticed and remarked upon by a ravishing blond nymphet – the future Mrs Bird - on the beach some years later, something instinctively told me that the story of an ingrown toenail was not going to hack it. The trouble is, telling porkies to impress people can become addictive. One of my many jobs over the years was as a driver for a taxi and chauffeured car company, and a regular trip was taking special needs kids to various schools in Bury St Edmunds. When driving children, it is compulsory for an escort to be in attendance to keep an eye on things and help occupy your charges during the journey. It’s

also deemed as necessary security for the kids and driver in these dark times of child abuse. We would listen to Terry Wogan on the radio and have little singsongs on our way to and from school although I am not too sure what the parents thought when they heard verses from The Ball of Inverness being repeated at home. I had told my escort on several occasions that I had once been a singer in a rock band, and that we had cut an album back in the early seventies. I went to the trouble of printing a phony cassette album cover, with all the musical and production credits being given to mates from the past and supposedly recorded at The Fat Pimp Studios in Henley-on-Thames - a totally fictional entity. The cassette inside was of an album by the legendary band Ten Years After and I figured that with this particular lady’s own favourite songs being in the Twinkle Twinkle Little Star category, she would not have heard of them, let alone their music. Alvin Lee to her would probably be one of the Chipmunks. Trouble was when I faked a reluctant agreement to play the tape for her and expecting a look of stupendous admiration, she just sat there with a face like a ruptured duck, slipping me the odd sympathetic glance and shaking her head. At the conclusion of this brilliant album she cleared her throat and said, ‘Yes well, I think you chose the right profession don’t you dear’. It was one of those occasions when I wished I hadn’t bothered. Perhaps honesty really is the best policy.

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Ohhh Saturday night

The Saturday night binge is a universal institution or very nearly. After a long week grafting to keep body and soul together the Saturday night blow-out is a safety valve, a reward. Alquerian Saturday nights follow a similar pattern except the term graft has little meaning outside of plastic surgery circles if of course such circles existed in Alqueria.

The village republic of Alqueria produces by far the best Remitroot anywhere in the world. The bad drainage is said to be a major contributing factor. The variety of products which can be made from the plant is staggering. Remitroot Whisky and Wine are by far the most popular. Addictive and very strong aphrodisiacs they sell at premium prices on the international markets. Alquerians simply don’t have to work. This of course leaves ample time to plot subversive activities to keep the barrio feud going and adequate opportunity to carry them out. This is the preoccupation of all able bodied Alquerians who owe allegiance to one of the two barrios. So when Saturday night arrives the disruptive folk of the Pueblo believe they have earned their evening’s spree. Saturday night in Alqueria is not for the faint-hearted. Showing the world that they are alive and kicking is a serious business for the

young folk of the Pueblo. The Bar La Casa Devante is thronged with the ablest and most resilient of the Hill People. To the south of the Village similar scenes are played out at the Bar La Golondrina Verde which is besieged by Newcomers. On the fringes sneaking a clandestine drink are those too young to consume alcohol in the eyes of the law. Fortunately the law in Alqueria is in the charge of Jóse Cabrasilbido, and he was feeling no pain. The eyes of the law were bleary and fast closing due to the effects of his favourite Remitroot tipple. Then we have the youngsters of drinking age. Consuming vast quantities and swearing on stacks of bibles that they weren’t in any way intoxicated this pledge was usually taken from the horizontal position. The seasoned drinkers. These leather livered veterans put the world to rights while bemoaning the modern age and all it has to offer. Manuela holds court surrounded by the fittest and most hopeful of the young men. She drinks in moderation as selecting an escort for the evening is a serious business. Especially when you are as dedicated to your task as Manuela is. Sunday morning is a time for the revellers to try and find the roof of their mouths and to try and remember who they need to apologise to.

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tempt expats to Spain, not least the recent periods of turbulent weather, which many parts of the UK have suffered. On the flip side, for economic reasons many British Expats are now able to sell properties in Spain and Advance Moves are often the first choice when it comes to repatriating them back to the UK. Mat was also keen to point out that the increase in demand for their removal services was also down to the level of service and expertise that Advance moves offer to their clients and the fact that many clients had already seen the brightly liveried vehicles on the roads undertaking their removal services. Advance moves is also a member of the British Association of Removers and one of only a few companies that export wrap furniture to provide extra protection for international removals. ‘Our clients know that they are getting a more competitively priced, premium removal service, when compared to the rest of the market. The increased volume of removals enables Advance Moves to offer their clients a more regular and flexible timetable for their individual removal requirements’ Mat sees the trend continuing throughout 2014 with the housing market in the UK and Spain continuing to make steady process. Advance Moves are gearing up for another busy year.


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Eurogolf, La Marquesa Press Report. 60 players took part in our March Monthly Stableford Competition on Thursday 20 March 2014 at our home course of La Marquesa Golf Course. Yet another glorious spring day with a little breeze but not enough to cause any major problems. This resulted in some high scoring. Well done to those who managed to achieve this and welcome to your new handicaps. Once again the subject of slow play arose with as many as 4 flights waiting to tee of on some of the par 3s. If, for whatever reason you start to lose ground on the group in front, where appropriate, allow the following group to play through. This will allow everyone to enjoy their game and eliminate 5 hour rounds . Also, we would remind players once again of the deadlines set for the annual competitions. The results were as follows: Gold Division 1st Robin Richards 37 points 2nd Sue Gillettn 36 points 3rd Bill Martin 35 points 4th Ian Pegg 33 points Silver Division 1st Gordon Bourne 37 points 2nd Brian Heard 37 points 3rd Jim Weston 36 points 4th Terry Sayers 36 points Bronze Division David Lewis 40 points Mike Gillett 37points Brian Heard 37 points Tom Corbett 36 points Nearest the Pins 5th John Langford The Clubhouse 15th Dave Nicholls, Lo Malibu

11th Gordon Bourne Bar Sophia 17th Tom Corbet,t Bar Med 12th Stan Low Manolos, Thanks to our sponsors. Best Front 9: Corine Jones 20 Best Back 9: Claire Daye-Gretton 18 WINNER OF THE MONTHLY STABLEFORD - DAVID LEWIS Football Winners: David Gregson, David Gregson, Debbie Weedon & John Hill. TOFF’s RESULTS TUESDAY 18 MARCH 2014 – OVERALL WINNER –BOB BUCKERIDGE Gold Division 1st Bob Buckeridge 37 points 2nd Ian Pegg 36 points

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19th March 2014 Villamartin.# On this day in history, Wyatt Earp was born in 1848 and back in Blighty in 1938 The BBC televised its first rugby match, the Calcutta Cup game between England and Scotland at Twickenham. Scotland won 21-16. Must be about the only time they won. The day started well with the weather almost perfect for golf, warm and slightly overcast for the 36 members and guests and our starting tee 10 took its toll on “faded” shots off of the tee. As the day went on, the greens started to dry out and slow turned to “bloody hell” with many 3rd Bill Martin 36 3 putts being recorded. Even though the greens points 4th David Gregson 35 were a little ‘sharp’, there points Silver Torrevieja CC 1st Jim Weston 37 On Saturday, 29th points 2nd Robin Richards 37 March, Torrevieja CC take on the might of the points 3rd John Holland 35 RAF when they face a points touring side from Brize 4th John Jones 34 Norton. points It’s their first visit to Bronze this neck of the woods 1st Claire Daye Gretton and we hope it won’t 35 points 2nd Pat Jackson 35 be the last. points “Chocs away” at 11.00 3rd Jean Jackson 33 am at the athletics points track in the Torrevieja 4th Morag Turner 31 Sports Centre, and it is points hoped both teams will Nearest the Pins 5th Alan Marshall 15th fly high and produce a Bob Buckeridge good game of cricket. 11th Liz Menzies 17th For further information David Blimston TorreviejaBest Front 9– Alan e-mail Venables 20 Best Back c r i c k e t @ l i v e . c o m . 9 –Ian Stewart 19 Best or colingriffiths80@ Guest: John Curran - 29 points


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were a few scores in the 30’s albeit only 2 bettered their handicaps and John Hagart was seen sharpening his scissors. All 4 NTP’s – kindly sponsored by Vernon Brown and his party – were claimed with the

enough for 3rd and Kit Dowse’s 36 took 2nd. Colin Marsden’s 38nwas top score of the day for the winner’s slot in the Silver Division. The Gold Division was just as tight with Alan Rickers taking 4th with 33 points (on countback) and Arne Hannson and Vernon Brown’s 34 points taking 3rd and 2nd place. This left Steve Higgins with 37 points to take the top spot in that Division.Photo: Silver Category Winners

family Hagart claiming 2 Our next game, 28th of them with Bill Wylie March 2014 see’s us at and Dag Lovas the Font De Llop for our last others. round of the Captain’s The Silver chaps (and Stableford event so if ladies) fared quite well you fancy a game just with 34 points being look at our website needed for John Hagart or call to take 4th spot. Per the Match Secretary on Skarnes’s 35 was good 966719604.

TMGS Match Report Our fun day at Alicante on 21st March saw 24 players competing for the Bill Griggs memorial trophy. Competition was fierce and the final scores were close although not particularly high, our captain Jim came out victorious winning the trophy for the first year by one point from runner up Bill Malcolm. Other winners on the day were Colin Fear longest drive, George Marshall Deane nearest the pin in two, Steve Walsh, Kim Hunter Marc Doherty,

J i m McCar thy and Nigel Wright all winning nearest the pin on the par 3’s. T h e longest walk and the football card was won again by Brian Wilson. Back at ruby’s bar where a fine buffet was provided by our sponsor, we drew out blind pairs and this was won by Jim McCarthy and Roy Molyneaux.

CLAPTONS GOLF SOCIETY This months competition was played at La Serena. Everybody was apprehensive due to the fact that this course has 16 holes where the water is in play, and we all know this plays havoc with the head. When we set off on the first tee it was a nice comfortable cool day with the sun showing its face for later warmth. As it was the wind once again reared its head and made play more difficult as the day proceeded, and as usual on this course the water was the winner and many balls were lost. To this end the scores showed everybody had had a difficult days golf

but there were some good shots played and the nearest the pin was successful on all the par threes and even the twos competition was shared with some very close shots. Everybody having finished playing we journeyed back to the Clubhouse for a much needed drink and a meal. There was a difference of opinion in the Clubhouse as to whether we would play at La Serena in the future but this depended on how many balls each individual had lost. Our thanks to Chris and his staff for his usual hospitality. Results as follows. Overall Winner Andy Trefry 35 points

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Gold Winner Bob Eaton 34 points Gold Runner Up Phil Pettican 31 points Silver Winner Rick Drake 32 points Silver Runner Up John Harvey 31 points on c/b Best Front Nine Tony Wilson 20 points Best Back Nine Dave Pretty 17 points Nearest the Pin: 3rd Mike Wyatt 9th Dave Mace 15th Dave Beale 17th Rick Drake Best Guest Phil Cook 26 points Most Potential I a n Gibson Twos: Mike Wyatt and Rick Drake


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LO CRISPIN GOLF SOCIETY Alicante - 19.03.14

Well, summer is certainly on the way with temperatures in the top twenties during the day and so it was at Alicante. This venue is always well supported and today there were 40 members and guests making the journey up the AP7. This year we are playing there 4 times and have decided to make things a little different by playing an eclectic along with our stableford with the usual 3 divisions. For those who have entered this competition the results of our efforts are recorded on our website, so it will be easy to see where improvements are necessary when next we

play Alicante. The course itself is undergoing improvements so conditions were a little on the rough side but these things have to be done so on our next visit it will be much better to play. The top of the heap, oblivious of conditions were:


pts c/b NPs: Dicky Claeys hole 3, John Devine hole 6, Stan Earl hole 12 and Brian Leys hole 15.

It was most definitely cooler, cloudier and windier than the local forecast had us believe which must have made quite a few golfers clad in shorts a little chillier than they might have expected. Two doubles matchplay games were played in tandem with the day’s Stableford competition and they resulted in the demise of two very strong pairings. “BO” v “Norfolk Pumpkins” was a closely fought tussle in which the Norfolk Rusts made a spectacular back nine come-back taking the game to the very last green. Congrats to Ben Price & John Osborne who won by the narrowest of margins. In surprising contrast the other match was an easier conquest for the victors. “Long & Short” (Alan

Tuesday Night Trios - Ten Pin Bowling League Week Twenty-Four played 18th March 2014

This week saw the start of our three week Easter Scramble, kindly sponsored by Right Move There were three 2s Insurance of Quesada recorded, Sue Smith, and La Zenia, where Harry Wilcock and Stan bowlers have to string Earl. Stan had a good day strikes together to claim Gold Division:1st Brian raffle tickets, which will as he won the free game Coultate 33pts, 2nd Brian give them the opportunity Smith 32pts and 3rd Dicky draw as well. Our next 18 to claim prizes in the hole game is at Alenda on raffle, to be drawn on the Claeys 31pts. Silver Division: 1st Sue the 2nd of April. For those 8th April. Juans’ Warriors Smith 34pts, 2nd John who play at Vistabella the took on Lucky Strike and, JW wanted Henderson 32pts and 3rd game on the 23 April has although George Stuart 31pts on been cancelled due to the some tickets, it was only c/b of the last three holes, start of hollow tinning the LS that collected four and won the game 6 – 2. The sorry Gordon Cobb. day before. Dreamers Don “I never Bronze Division: 1st Lo Crispin Golf Society can get two strikes in a Dave Keating 32pts, 2nd row” Galley almost single Janet Candlin 28pts and handedly blew away Hall 3rd Margaret Obrien 23 site/locrispingolf/ y Day, managing 5 tickets on the night, ably assisted by David Davies with two and, Allan Flitman with one. Even Lesley Day of HyD managing 2 tickets couldn’t prevent a 8 – 0 defeat. Bar Mosquitos continued ‘laughing the night away’ and comfortably beat The Mixers 6 – 2 and, claimed the team high game handicap on the night of 652. Team Finland had expected another Some of the day’s happy winners. comfortable win over Gilbert & Tony Smale) Two very close Cornish Pride but, finding gallantly admitted that on countbacks were needed the lanes ‘a little difficult’, the day the two Steves to separate the four lost the first game by 16 (“Towie”) were simply too winners in the silver strong for them as they division - 4th was Capt went down 6 & 5. Steve Davis (30), 3rd was The four par 3 NTP’s were John Aitchison (30), 2nd claimed by Ivor Turkington was Alan MacDonald (34) (Hole 2), Ben Price (Hole & 1st place went to Phil de 8), Glen Rapley (Hole 14) Lacy, also with 34.

SMGS at Mar Menor Three dozen members and guests made the trek south into Murcia province to play the oldest of the Polaris courses which is now a sixth part of the “Murcia Golf Experience”.

pins and, if it wasn’t for Olli Leppanens two 200+ games, could easily have lost the other two. As it was they scrambled a 6 – 2 victory out of near defeat, to maintain their grip on top spot. The only draw of the night 4 – 4 saw Caballo Negro continued their recent improvement, by matching Splash. Juanjo Carral of Splash rolling a 224 and 615 scratch game and series, to take the individual honours on the night. Crazy Pinz found Los Bandidos far to strong and were completely outplayed, finally losing 8 Hello

NTP in 3 shots on the par 4’s which were selected for each of the 3 divisions went to Keith Stevenson (Bronze), Alan MacDonald (Silver) & Colin Rust (Gold). The bronze category saw Norman McBride (31) in 4th, Keith Stevenson (32) in 3rd, Ray Ewins (33) in 2nd & Mick Roscoe in top spot with a very commendable 36.

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Countbacks also featured in the high scoring gold division - 4th was Willie Buchanan (34), 3rd was Steve Fleet (37), 2nd was Ben Price (38) & 1st was Ivor Turkington, also with 38.

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