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Suspected Maoist rebels set off two bombs in the eastern Indian state of Chhattisgarh killing 13 people, most of them paramilitary soldiers and officials charged with holding elections in the region. The attacks, half an hour apart, were the most serious since voting to elect a new federal government began last week in a six-week process to allow security forces to move across the country. The first explosion took place in a bus in Bijapur carrying election officials who were on their way back after completing the vote. Seven people were killed. A second bomb hit an ambulance in the thickly forested Bastar region killing five members of the Central Reserve Police Force and their driver, according to R. K. Vij, head of anti-Maoist operations. It was not clear why the soldiers were travelling in the ambulance, but in the past Government officials have used such vehicles as a means of disguise or distraction to avoid attacks by Maoists. The rebels have operated for decades across a wide swath of central and eastern India, and have grown in strength recently in areas where poor, tribal villagers came into conflict with mining companies seeking

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A Pakistani judge threw out charges of attempted murder made against a nine-month-old baby in a case that cast a spotlight on Pakistan’s dysfunctional justice system. Baby Musa Khan appeared in court in the city of Lahore, sitting on his grandfather’s lap and drinking from a bottle of milk. He and his adult relatives were charged this month with attempting to murder a policeman after his family clashed with police and gas company workers trying to collect overdue bills. The police registered a case against the whole family, though later the charge was revoked, and an altered charge against the baby’s grandfather, Muhammad Yasin, and his three sons was registered. The family’s defense lawyer, Irfan Sadiq, said ‘The police told the court that the nomination of Musa in the case of attacking police and gas company officials was a human error and Musa is not charged.’ Pictures taken at an earlier court hearing of Musa crying as he was being fingerprinted provoked widespread ridicule, and provincial officials called for an inquiry into this ridiculous charge.


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Man charged over hammer attack at London’s Cumberland Hotel

A man has been charged with the attempted murder of three women at a hotel near London’s Marble Arch. The 1,000 room luxury four star hotel is just yards from London shoppers’ paradise, Oxford Street. The women - wealthy sisters from the United Arab Emirates – were attacked with a hammer and hit around the face and neck as they slept. The family had arrived in London separately between the 3rd and 5th of this month, with their three children aged between seven and 12 years old. The women and children shared the two rooms, which had an adjoining door. According to Detective Superintendent Carl Mehta the room, on the seventh floor of the hotel, was deliberately left unlocked by the occupants as they had other family members staying at the hotel. He added: ‘The children remain unharmed and are being looked after by other family members.’ The assault has left Khalood Al Muhairi, 36, fighting for her life. She is said to be in an induced coma. Her sisters Fatimah Al Muhairi, 31, and 34-yearold Ohoud Al Muhairi are recovering at a London hospital. Police investigating the attack arrested three men aged 56, 34 and 32 in Islington, north London, on suspicion of attempted

murder, and a 31-year-old woman on suspicion of handling stolen goods. According to Scotland Yard, Philip Spence, 32, of no fixed abode, was charged with three counts of attempted murder and one of aggravated burglary. He will appear in custody at Westminster magistrates court with Thomas Efremi, 56, of Upper Handa Walk, Islington, north London, who is charged with handling stolen goods and fraud by false representation, and James Moss, 33, of Hanley Road, Finsbury Park, north London, who is charged with handling stolen goods. Carly Baker, 31, of Hanley Road, Finsbury Park, has been charged with handling stolen goods, and has been bailed to appear at Westminster magistrates court. A 34-year-old man has been bailed to return pending further inquiries on a date in May.


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The women - wealthy sisters from the United Arab Emirates – were attacked with a hammer and hit around the face and neck as they slept. The family had arrived in London separately between the 3rd and 5th of this month, with their three children aged between seven and 12 years old. The women and children shared the two rooms, which had an adjoining door. According to Detective Superintendent Carl Mehta the room, on the seventh floor of the hotel, was deliberately left unlocked by the occupants as they had other family members staying at the hotel. POl.ND.EL REAL C/VENTE VACIO E-14 04628 ANTAS - ALMERIA TEL: 950 392 307 MOVIL: 617 478 344

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The ceramic cups feature a faint The chain sold 175 of the mugs image of a Nazi-era 20 pfennig before anyone drew attention to the postage stamp with Hitler’s profile on black and white profile of the world’s it, postmarked with a swastika stamp. The mug is decorated with roses, and most infamous Nazi. features handwritten poems English Those customers could make a next to the photograph of Nazi leader profit on their purchase, though. The Adolf Hitler. company promised to compensate The furniture chain, which operates in Bielefeld, Germany, which is still a them with a 20-euro (£16.5) gift British Forces base, apologised for the voucher - a significant mark-up on the “terrible” mistake, which it blamed original 1.99 euro price. on “a stupid chain of unfortunate The company may not be the only circumstances”. The company’s owner, Christian one keen to get hold of the notorious Zurbrueggen, said: ‘The cups’ Chinese mugs. The Neue Westfaelische Zeitung designer had mistakenly chosen the also reports that a contemporary image of the former dictator, which the chain then ordered in error.’ history museum in Bonn, the House No one noticed the problem during of History, has also expressed “great unpacking.’ interest” in getting hold of some. He apologised profusely and called The chain has destroyed the unsold the incident ‘truly terrible.’ He said the mugs were loaded so quickly on to cups. company shelves that no store workers The sale of anything featuring the noticed the ‘embarrassing error.’ former Fuehrer is strictly forbidden The Chinese factory responsible has also apologised and promised a full in modern-day Germany and can be investigation. punishable with severe fines.



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Hello and welcome to CanDu Computer Bytes. Today I’m breaking a rule. I’m writing the same article for both papers. Generally, I prefer to do two (2) different topics as both papers are completely different with their own individual styles. What topic could make me take this drastic action? The impending demise of support and maintenance by Microsoft for Windows XP. What are the implications? How is the security of your computer likely to be affected? Do you have to, as insisted upon by Microsoft, either upgrade (pay through the nose for something that you never actually own) to their flagship (should that read flag shit?) Window 8.1, stick with Upgrading to Windows 7 or stay as you are? What are the benefits / dangers of these options? Can I offer an alternate perspective to that of the computer re-sellers (who want you to buy a new computer from them) and the massive money machine that is Microsoft on this issue. Just about everyone, currently, uses some form of threat to coerce you into a course of action that suits them. You have seen the advert for coughing where ‘IT IS CANCER’ but probably nothing!!? They all play on your insecurities. Knowledge is the only tool we have against these individuals. I’m writing this article on an XP computer! This machine has served me faithfully, without too many problems, for 7 years and is still going strong! You have been told that because XP isn’t to have any further support that it will become vulnerable to attack, viruses, malware and a host of other nasties out there, and the ONLY solution is to spend

more money on buying a product that they provide – at extortionate cost! Here are a few questions that might help you make the right decision for you. What do you have on it that any cracker (not hacker) will want to spend days getting passed your defences for? Crackers are generally ‘thrill seekers’ wanting to beat the latest and greatest. Our behemoth steam engines are of little interest to them! Will your Antivirus and Malware programs stop working after the final date. Will all your third party programs (firefox, thunderbird, gimp, etc) also stop working? The short answer is NO! They will continue to be supported by the authors for sometime to come (I have found programs for my windows 98 machine STILL out there on the internet!). My choice is NOT to upgrade! I am happy where I am at the moment. This doesn’t mean that Windows 7 isn’t any good, IT IS! When I choose to upgrade, in the far flung mists of time, it will be to Windows 7 (unless Microsoft get off their corporate arses and make a product worth upgrading to!). At this moment, I wouldn’t upgrade to Windows 8.1 if my life depended on it as it is still designed for ‘touch screen’ technology and leaves us poor keyboard and mouse folk out on a limb! I hope that this helps to allay the worries that you might have had about the imminent demise of XP support. As always I will be a Jack’s Bar, Albox from 12 lunchtime until about 4pm for my regular Friday ‘computer clinic’. Advice and Diagnosis are always free. So either see you there, or in your own home (reading the articles or fixing your problems). Until then, have a lovely week now that summer appears to have arrived.

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There I was, trying to get something sent to the Sol Times before the deadline. Really, you don’t want to miss deadline day or you’re forced to listen to a whole day of Boney M! What a punishment! But, I had ten minutes to spare so thought I would rattle something off. Yes I know, you’re surprised it takes so long, but that does include makingand drinking-a cup of tea. I’d just managed to complete a very tricky technical process, requiring advanced I.T. skills-switching the computer on-when next door’s kids kicked their ball over the wall...again. They must be lousy footballers because hardly an hour goes by without a ball landing in our garden. So, being a good neighbour, I went out to throw it back over the wall. Not their wall of course, I’m not that good, but over the wall of our other neighbour. The first thing that hit me was, it was hot! Only late March and someone had already turned the heat up to Gas Mark 7! The second thing to hit was the realisation that the ball was moving. I looked closer, there were hordes of ants the size of your thumb, determinedly taking the ball, which was a full sized football, towards their nest. A thought struck me...aren’t insects daft! While I was watching, trying to decide whether I should risk an ant attack and get the ball back, the doorbell rang. When I say the doorbell rang, I should clarify this; one of the kids next door was leaning on it so it was ringing away like a Tsunami warning. At the same time his brother was assaulting the door with his cricket bat. Lovely kids! Fortunately, that made my decision for me. I opened the door and invited them in to pick up their ball. They looked a bit confused, this isn’t what usually happens! In they came and the one with the bat picked up their football, smirking to his brother all the time. I’ve got to tell you, that smirk suddenly changed to a look of terror as a few of those ants fastened themselves to his fingers and wouldn’t let go. He dropped the ball and scooted out, quickly followed by his brother. I did feel sorry for them and even considered throwing the ball back. And I still hadn’t finished this week’s offering. Oh no-Boney M approaching fast!

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Until the age of seven my life was a bit of a blur; I don’t mean I can’t’ remember much, it really was blurry as I was diagnosed with myopia, severe short sightedness of minus 6. Looking through photo albums it’s weird to see myself without glasses until a couple of years into school. Luckily I was taught to read at home before I first started school and I remember holding books up close to my face, a habit I still have now. Those old family albums also show another change as also aged 7 a mole grew on the tip of my nose. Later a specialist described it as a dogs paw mole. It never bothered me as it was fairly invisible from where I viewed it and kids at school affectionately called me Moley. I had a friend called Alex Mole in middle school so he was Moley too. The NHS only offered the most horrible looking specs to children. After growing out of the Joe 90 plastic ones infants still get today, I opted for the round tortoise shell style, later made famous by Harry Potter. I am so glad I’d long left school when those books started doing the rounds in 1997. I started Secondary school in 1978; the same year as Tucker Jenkins, Alan and Benny started at Grange Hill, I had a crush on Trisha Yates, played by Michelle Herbert. She’s now a receptionist for a double glazing company in Scotland. The characters had similar problems and adventures as most real life 12 year olds did when joining a large school full of hormone fuelled teenagers. Bullying was par for the course; suddenly being called Moley had an

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aggression to it when the older boys took the mickey out of my nose and jam jar lens glasses.

Then in 1982 Adrian Mole aged 13 & 3/4s appeared in print looking remarkably similar to me; this gave the witty bullies my new name Adrian Moley. Luckily I left school soon after and at college the ribbing stopped. Tucker et al also left Grange Hill, Todd Carty starred in Tuckers Luck which ran for three series until 1985. My school years coincided with the beginning of Thatcherism where the mantra was ‘greed is good.’ Luckily Adrian Mole and Tucker Jenkins through their creators Sue Townsend (May she rest in peace) and Phil Redmond showed kids the stark reality for those not fortunate enough to have ‘Loadsamoney’. The 80s saw me in my teens to early 20s. Auf Weidersehen-Pet and Boys from the Black Stuff depicted the flipside of Thatcher’s so called economic miracle. Harry Enfield’s character Loadsamoney and the loathsome couple Stan and Pam with their catchphrase ‘we are considerably richer than yow!’ The miners’ strike and privatisations that promised riches to the masses were the backdrop to my adolescence. Then 25 years ago this week tragedy struck at Hillsborough; On April 15th 1989, 96 Liverpool fans were crushed to death at a football ground that although previously deemed as unsafe was allowed

to host the FA Cup Final against Nott’s Forest. Immediately the right wing media headed by The Scum prompted by a corrupt police hierarchy and Thatcher’s administration; disgustingly lied and blamed the fans for their own deaths. Liverpool FC staff (Steven Gerrard lost his cousin Jon Paul aged just 10) and thousands of others still mourn the loss of relatives, colleagues and friends that day. Finally a new inquest started 2 weeks ago; it makes painful reading as to just how families are still affected to this day. Hopefully now finally there will be Justice for the 96!

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WITH MICHAEL DAVIES, ABOGADO/SOLICITOR If you wish us to print an article about a particular topic, please e-mail VERY IMPORTANT: A NEW DIRECTIVE FROM THE EUROPEAN UNION MAKES IT NECCESARY FOR ENGLISH PEOPLE RESIDENT IN SPAIN TO REVISE THEIR SPANISH WILLS. Q. A solicitor spoke the other day on television about the new directive 650/2012 explaining that is was essential that people retired in a country different of their country of nationality within the European Union revise their wills. What is all this about? A. This regulation of the EU 650/2012 deals with different things, but the reason English citizens need to look at their will is that this new Regulation of the EU establishes that: When a person dies resident in one country of the European Union but national of another, the law applicable to his inheritance will be the one that he/she has established expressly in his will and not the one established by the International Norms of each country (which may be in conflict). This is good news because an English national living in Spain can establish that he/she wishes English Law to rule his/her inheritance and this will avoid any possible risk of claims from children against the spouse on the basis of the system of obligatory heirs established in Spanish law, which has always caused worry and concern in the case of children from different marriages etc. If a person passes away after the 17th of August of 2015, unless he has said differently on his will the legislation applicable to his inheritance will be that of his country of last residence. This is very important for English people living in Spain, because under Spanish

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Members of La Siesta Evangelical Church presented a sum of €300 to the humanitarian charity, Reach Out this week. The money was raised over the last year through the church’s activities. President of Reach Out, Karolina Leonard, said, “I would like to thank La Siesta Evangelical Church for this donation and for their continued support of the work we do. Without such help, we would not be able to continue to do the vital work in the community. At the moment, we help some of the most needy and vulnerable people in the area and I am incredibly grateful to have the support of the expat community for this work Lynn Young, Chairperson of the Fellowship Committee, La Siesta Evangelical Church, said, “We brought some of our members to see Reach Out’s drop in centre and show where the donation will go. They found the tour very interesting and it certainly highlighted the need for Reach Out and the work that is carried out in the community.” Reach Out currently helps around 80 local homeless men and women and 35 families in poverty. The homeless people are offered a breakfast and lunch at the charity’s drop in centre from a charity kitchen run in collaboration with another

local charity, El Refugio. The homeless people are also offered the opportunity to have a shower, have their clothes washed and dried and are given food and basic provisions. Often, their own clothing is in bad condition or unsuitable for living and sleeping rough so Reach Out also provides good second hand clothing for the homeless. Karolina said, “We try to restore some of the dignity they may have lost through becoming homeless. Something as simple as a hot meal and a shower, a change of underwear and clean clothes can make such a difference to a person who has nothing and nobody to turn to.”

school supplies for the children, with clothing, books, bags and pencils. Each of our families has an allowance for our second hand shops so they can come and get clothing or shoes. We also run a solidarity supermarket and our families come in two groups, once per week and can choose essential items with vouchers we issue to them. We give away in excess of €400 every week in food and other essentials alone. By giving them a choice, we can better meet their needs – some will need food for their children, others might need toilet paper – we allow them to choose for themselves and give them back some dignity.”

In winter, and on cold spring nights, this also includes vital supplies of warm clothing and blankets. Some of those with drug or alcohol issues are offered help and in the past, some have even been placed in rehabilitation by the charity.

Reach Out is always grateful of donations of food, clean clothing and furniture. The charity also needs donations of money

and is keen to hear from any club, association, individual or business who would be willing to hold a fundraiser on the charity’s behalf. For more information on the charity, see the website www.reachouttorrevieja. com, or call Karolina 688348189. You can also find Reach Out on Facebook www. Photo: Pictured are (L-R) Esther Henssler (Reach Out Secretary), Moira Doonan, Jack Doonan, Lynn Young (also a volunteer with Reach Out) from La Siesta Evangelical Church Fellowship committee, together with John Thompson (Treasurer of Reach Out).

For the families, Reach Out carefully assesses each family group’s needs and carries out a home visit to learn more about each family’s situation. Karolina explained, “We only have capacity to help around 35 families as we want to do more than simply give them a food hamper and say goodbye. We try to help them get back on their feet again. We help with

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STUDIO 32, following the success of their pantomime Aladdin in December, are in full swing with rehearsals for their next production SWEET CHARITY. Set in 1960’s New York,it tells the bittersweet story of Charity who works as a hostess in a dance hall who falls in love too easily.Backed by a cast of extreme characters the show is both sad and humorous,backed up by famous songs including BIG SPENDER and RHYTHM OF LIFE made famous by Shirley Bassey and Sammy Davis Jr. Performances will be at the Cardenal Belluga theatre San Folgencio Thur.5th Fri.6th and Sat 7th June Tickets 6 euros For tickets call Ann 966 318 019 or email Merf 966 711 137 or email (spanish speaking) Plus the following outlets The Card Place Benimar Benijofar 966 713 266 Cards And More La Marina 966 790 954 Kennedys Supermarket Los Montesinos 966 720 006 Redz Tearoom Quesada 966 718 374 B H Stores Catral 966 787 891 Ticket proceeds donated to the Alzheimer association of San Fulgencio

After a well deserved break after Christmas T.A.A.B.S. have been rehearsing for our new season ready to entertain you with the songs our new musical director Shirley Godfrey has put together for you for our new season starting with Easter Sunday at the Easy Care Horse Centre Rojales at 2pm April 20th Singing your old seasonal favourites don’t forget your Easter Bonnets and sing a long On April 23rd we shall be singing at Breakaways for the Paul Cunningham nurses 3pm May 1st La Zola Bar Los Alcazares for

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May 5th San Luis next to La Boheme bar for SATS T.A.A.B.S Torrevieja Association of Amateur Association Balladeer Singers are an amateur group that sings free for your charity we can vary our program to your wishes Some good news we are now sponsored by Sunshine Radio and the Captains Table Punta Prima they have presented us with our new banner Anyone wishing to book us please phone Shirley on 677 313 073

Lions offer support in San Miguel

At the April Business meeting of the Torrevieja Costa Lions Club, the Lion members decided unanimously that all profits from the forthcoming concert in Teatro Municipal on Thursday 24th April 2014 will be donated to Vecinos De San Miguel Archangel, in recognition of the excellent work that the Vecinos undertake every day in support of those most in need in San Miguel de Salinas and areas surrounding the town.

routines separately in their own inimitable style, then in the final third of the show will come together to entertain the audience with a style not often seen on the Costa Blanca.

The Concert will be performed by two outstanding groups of musicians, JB Brass and the Barbershop Harmonisers. Both will perform their

Book today to avoid dissappointment. By doing so you will be assured that you are providing much needed help to those most in need in the community.

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Ear Infections in Dogs: Symptoms, Causes and Treatments Ear infections in dogs are common and most dogs suffer from this painful condition sometime in their life. Scratching and rubbing at the ear(s) and head shaking are common signs. You may also notice an abnormal odor from the ear or see redness or swelling. Most ear infections in adults are caused by bacteria and yeast, though ear mites are a common cause in puppies. Your veterinarian will take a sample from the affected ear(s) and examine it under the microscope to help identify what microorganisms are present.

Treatment for Dog Ear Infection

For successful treatment you must clean the ear with a gentle cleanser as the ear will be painful. An effective way to clean the ear is to fill the ear canal with the cleaning solution, place an appropriatesized cotton ball in the ear canal opening, then gently massage the ear at the base. The cotton ball serves several functions. It acts as a lid to the allow the fluid to go back and forth in the canal, it absorbs the excess solution and it holds onto the debris as it comes up, letting you know what is down in the ear canal. As long as your dog tolerates it, you can clean the ear several times until the cotton ball comes out fairly

clean. There are a few cautions when cleaning a dog’s ear. Do not use Q-Tip swabs as they may push debris deeper into the ear canal and rupture the eardrum. Do not use rubbing alcohol or other solutions that are irritating to inflamed skin (Think of the skin inside the ear of a dog with an ear infection as a rash), After the ear canal has been cleaned, allow it to dry for approximately 10 minutes. Then instill the medication(s) your veterinarian has prescribed (medicated ointment or drops). The length of treatment depends on the patient, severity of infection, and any changes to the ear (i.e., thickening of the tissue in the ear). In some cases oral medications are necessary (antibiotics, anti-yeast, antiinf l am m ato r y). Your veterinarian will schedule rechecks to make sure the medications are working and the infection is cleared.

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New stock of men’s and women’s clothing, bedding, bric a brac and much more arrives several times a week so you are sure to find what you are looking for amongst the professionally displayed items. This new shop is managed by Anne who is one of the many volunteers who give up their spare time to work in the six charity shops run by the EHCRC. Why not pop in and see what Anne has to offer you, she is currently looking for volunteers so if you have a few hours a week to spare this could be your opportunity to meet new people, have fun and help a very worthy cause. The EHCRC is also looking for volunteers for their recently revamped shop in Guardamar so if you are interested in working in this very busy shop please call the manager, Shelly on 652 512 147. The EHCRC would welcome any

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Fun Brain Teasers with Answers to Challenge your Mind 1. What is the London Orbital Motorway better known as? ............................................................................... 2. In what month is Hogmanay celebrated? .......................................................................................... 3. Complete the following TV series title, ‘Police, Camera, ……’?............................................................. 4. What type of music would you associate with Maria Callas?.......................................................................... 5. Which Sicilian Mountain is Europe’s largest volcano? .......................................................................................... 6. Which was the only non-European nation to win the men’s football world cup in the 90’s? .......................................................................................... 7. Was singer Enrico Caruso a baritone, tenor or bass? .......................................................................................... 8. Which member of the Rolling Stones was best man at Keith Richard’s wedding?.............................................. 9. Which alphabet did the Muscovites use? .......................................................................................... 10. What type of transport did Steve McQueen use to escape in the film ‘The Great Escape’? .......................................................................................... 11. Which English County has the longest coastline? .......................................................................................... 12. Which English Northeast County is furthest north? .......................................................................................... 13. What colour is a typical diesel pump at English petrol stations?...................................................................... 14. Who hosts ‘Aunties Sporting Bloomers’? .......................................................................................... 15. Who was Paula Yates father who hosted ‘Stars on Sunday’?..................................................................... 16. From which country do the pop group ‘Aqua’ originate?.................................................................... 17. Which Nelson was the first president of South Africa?......................................................................... 18. Who had a UK hit in the 90’s with ‘Streets of Philadelphia’?.............................................................. 19. Which page of a newspaper is traditionally associated with naked women?.................................. 20. What was the name of Cher’s husband who died in a skiing accident?...........................................................

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Six men, whose names are Fred Alberts, Larry Smith, Brian Martin, Marty Jones, Bill Edison, and John Fox were in an elevator together. Suddenly, the lights went out. When the lights came back on, Fred Alberts’ wallet was missing. Detectives have investigated. They have questioned the suspects, the witnesses, and people who know the suspects. They have collected physical evidence (hair samples, fibre samples, etc.) from the crime scene. They have collected 14 clues, but have not been able to solve the crime. Therefore, they have called in the world’s greatest detective, YOU. You must now examine the clues and solve the crime. No two suspects have the same weight, colour shoes, colour umbrella, colour car, or hair colour. The suspect who owns a purple car was wearing tan shoes. The suspect who weighs 180 pounds owns a green car. Brian Martin owns a green car. The suspect who owns a black car was wearing blue shoes. The suspect who weighs 150 pounds was wearing tan shoes. Marty Jones was carrying a purple umbrella. John Fox has red hair. Larry Smith weighs 210 pounds. The suspect who weighs 190 pounds was wearing blue shoes. The suspect who was carrying a red umbrella is not the one who was wearing black shoes. The thief owns a black car. The suspect who owns a white car is not the one who weighs 170 pounds. Bill Edison was wearing brown shoes. The suspect who weighs 190 pounds is not the one who has red hair

logic puzzle solution:

Answer: Marty Jones


We can rule out Fred from our investigations as he was the victim. Brian Martin owns a green car. The thief owns a black car, so Brian Martin is not the murderer. The suspect who owns a black car was wearing blue shoes. The suspect who weighs 190 pounds was wearing blue shoes. The suspect who weighs 190 pounds is not the one who has red hair. Therefore, one suspect was wearing blue shoes, owns a black car, weighs 190 pounds, & is not the one who has red hair. But Bill Edison was wearing brown shoes, John Fox has red hair, Larry Smith weighs 210 pounds, and Brian Martin owns a green car. Therefore, the only suspect who could be this suspect is Marty Jones. Since this suspect, Marty Jones, owns a black car and the thief owns a black car, he is the thief.



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Ingredients 225g/8oz plain chocolate, broken into pieces 2 tbsp golden syrup 50g/2oz butter 75g/3oz cornflakes 36 mini chocolate eggs

method 1.Line a 12-hole fairy cake tin with paper cases. 2.Melt the chocolate, golden syrup and butter in a bowl set over a pan of gently simmering water, (do not let the base of the bowl touch the water). Stir the mixture until smooth. 3.Remove the bowl from the heat and gently stir in the cornflakes until all of the cereal is coated in the chocolate. 4.Divide the mixture between the paper cases and press 3 chocolate eggs into the centre of each nest. Chill in the fridge for 1 hour, or until completely set.

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art competition

The Art Competition at Quesada Country Club at the end of March was a fun event with over 90 paintings and photographs on show.

Jane Woods and Janis Ware with first second and third in beginners. James Bell with first and third in Intermediates with Jackie Nevin taking second place.

Many congratulations to the winners - Eileen Honey,

Jackie also won joint second in the September 2013

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competition and in the advanced class. Keeping it in the family Nicola Moran took first and second place with Suzanne Stokes winning third place. Nicola’s dad Ron Harrison was a winner at the last competition at QCC in September 2013. Artists have already asked when the next competition will be and several people have put forward ideas and suggestions for the next one. We were privileged to have Patricia Creighton M.B.E. who is also a Lady Toastmaster and “Lady” Chatterley - Joanna Chatterley who has been involved in arts and culture for over 20 years as our judges. Susanne Sayers an art teacher herself and the person who is always my curator and I have decided that the next competition will be “open” and will not be sectioned off into years of experience. However there will be one exception in that there will be a section for people who really picked up an art brush, pencil or crayon for the very first time recently since they left school!! Finally many thanks to Kristoff who stayed and took photographs all afternoon for us.

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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

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COMMUNITY NEWS paso a paso update

Sorry Dan Davy unable to do Thursday night at Los Rosales El Campo. Its a big thankyou to Shades Of Grey stepping in to make sure the show goes on...looking forward to seeing and hearing these guys again on Thursday night. Dance Junction Disco also playing your favourite tunes old and new. No need to book. Doors open 8.30pm. Just €2.50 entry.All welcome. Food available. Dont forget our modern jive classes at Los Rosales now start at 6pm Beginners 7pm Imp / Int Doors open at 8.30pm for X-POSE GIG NIGHT and disco as normal. All classes €5 which includes free entry social. What better reason to come along and enjoy a great night of dancing and music. Book your table with me for the 1st May Ball with Chloe Leigh..only €10 including a 3 course meal.Its a bank holiday so the shops will be closed..more reason to enjoy a night out. Maxine 670 711 408 and Adam 638 330 342 now updated..Adam done a great job. Face book modern jive spain or Maxine Goodie.

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.”


We are a friendship group for single people. Meeting every Wednesday from 3 pm at BAR SOFIA on the El Raso urbanisation (off the Lemon Tree Road) Guardamar. - ANN - 965 070 247 - 666 747 398


(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, 20th April. On Tuesday 22nd April, there will be an extended Evening of Mediumship with Jimmy McArthur commencing at 7 pm (half an hour earlier than normal)(please bring a flower untouched by anyone else) Entry 4€. Ray Bailey will take the Divine Service with Mediumship on Sunday, 27th April. Everybody welcome. Contact Wendy on 965323028. www. New email is Identificacion Fiscal G54713789

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

Fast events

Friday 16th May The May Ball at The Amapola Restaurant, Bolnuevo Dancing to Terry J 25 euro’s incl meal with wine. Coach available from Camposol 5 euros Saturday 17 May May Fayre at Marianos restaurant, Camposol Many stalls incl. The FAST famous cake stall and Grand Raffle Draw at 2pm Doors open 11am. Friday 1 August Rock n Roll bar-B-Q at The Clubhouse Camposol Dancing to The “B” Boppers Tickets 7 euro’s Bar-B-Q 5 euro’s 11 October Autumn dance at The Trevi bar details to follow 29 November Christmas Fayre at Marianos restaurant, Camposol 5 December Christmas Party night with Barrington at The Clubhouse CamposolTickets 15 euro’s incl. Buffet All tickets for FAST functions are available from the bookstall the 2nd and last Friday of every month sector B, Camposol or telephone Brenda 680 174 499 or Jean 646 737 479


The 50+ SOLOs in open to ladies and gentlemen - it is a small group of people who are on their own for various reasons and meet a couple of times a month, normally at different restaurants, for a chat and a meal and sometimes other events. We do not charge fees of any kind - we just want people who perhaps are experiencing a ‘bad time’ or are completely on their own, to come along and enjoy other company. They are all very friendly people and some have been coming for quite a long time. On 12 April 1100 hours at SACKOS bar El Limonar for a change we are having a light Buffet lunch, and a couple of items so pens will be needed!! Nothing serious!! JUST COME ALONG There will hopefully also be a small Bring and Buy stall to raise funds - a chance to meet and mix. On 14 April 1330-1345 hrs a FRIENDLY 10 pin bowling match against TCF Church Torrevieja. The location is the 10 pin Bowling centre at the rear of Habeneras. Do not worry if you have only played a couple of times / or not at all.... again it is to meet people and have a laugh. 3 May and 24 May it is intended to lunch at 2 different restaurants in the area. For further information and to book in for the get together on 12 April etc please contact Ruth on 966 789 063 or Anne on 966 786 281 THANK YOU - this is much appreciated and it does help those completely on their own and over 50 years.

The rainbow centre

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We meet in the function room at sacos bar, el liminar, just off the cv905 rojales to torrevieja road We have a divine service every Sunday at 11am and on Wednesdays we hold an evening of clairvoyance at 7.30 pm Also on Wednesdays there is an open circle at 5.45 pm for those wishing to develop their mediumistic skills healing is available by trained and certified healers after each meeting a warm welcome to friends old and new The mediums for April 2014 are Sun 20th Trish Doherty Wed 23rd David darnbourgh Sun 27th Sammy Fitzsimons Wed 30th Sammy Fitzsimons


Mazarrón District (Founded 1 May 2006) Wed 7th May: Amapola, Playa Sol Hotel Bolnuevo AGM + Dinner and Dance (Music by Itchy Fingers) Membership enquiries, Ian 629 818 611 or email


AT PILAR DE LA HORADADA. 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@


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The speed of time I am convinced that in Spain we do not get a full length 60 second minute, 60 minute hour and 24 hour day. Time is not a constant, it passes more quickly here. If you are late, time rushes by, its rate of acceleration proportionate to the importance of whatever it is for which you must be punctual. Yet should you be in the dentist’s waiting room it drags its heels and scuffs its toes, allowing plenty of opportunity for you to fully savour the sound of the dentist’s drill. In the mornings I get up, have my coffee, and already it is 9.30; I got out of bed at 8, and I’m

still not dressed! I leave the house to go to Mercadona before 10, yet I return at the best part of 2. By the time I’ve had lunch it is time to feed the Dog That Is Not Ours, and then start on supper! Where have all the intervening bits of time gone? Have they gone swirling down some time plughole, to re-emerge in Australia? Because as sure as eggs is eggs, they were missing from my day! However,thinkingabout it, I can account for quite a bit of the missing time. For instance, I spend a goodly part of each day wandering around looking for the Wotsit which I had a minute ago, but put down to do something else. Then when I have found it, I have forgotten why I wanted it. So I have to go back to where I was before to remember what it was that I was

By Jos Biggs

doing before. By this time another job has sprung up out of nowhere, but that’s OK, I can do that at the same time as…….Oh, no I can’t! I need the Dubrie for that, and it’s in the shed. So I fetch the shed key and open the shed, then remember that the Dubrie is in the Everything drawer in the kitchen. Now I’ve got the Wotsit and the Dubrie, and can complete both tasks and move on with my day – just as soon as I remember that I haven’t shut the shed! I estimate that I could save at least an hour a day, possibly more, if only I could ever remember what it was that I was supposed to be remembering! But even allowing for that, I still am convinced that time passes more quickly here!

alqueria The Hunt John MacDonald (El Sordo) -

April marks the opening of the Alquerian bear hunting season. Ursus arctos arctos, or Eurasian Brown Bear or rather the Alquerian Brown Bear a particularly savage and extremely nasty sub species is the hunted. The chinless wonders and ‘OK Ya’ sect of the Newcomer’s barrio the hunters. The Alquerian Brown Bear was said by Alfonso Attenboro, the world renown naturalist to be the most dangerous unpredictable and inherently evil creature he had ever come across. The males have huge razor sharp claws of some twelve centimetres in length while the strength of the teeth is phenomenal. The female of the species is far more dangerous as with females of all species they have a tongue a dangerous weapon in any feminine mouth. The people who hunt these vicious merciless killers must be brave indeed. Armed only with semi-automatic high power rifles they sit ‘exposed’ in steel enclosures mounted on the back of four-wheel drive vehicles. A mystery as the bears have never shot back. These fearless stalkers set out at dawn, after a ‘stirrup cup’ of Remitroot Whisky they scour the outlying areas for these dangerous animals. They also scour the bars just on the off chance that one may have popped in for a quick half. The atmosphere is tense as five-hundred kilos of malevolent flesh could be waiting behind the next tree, there could also be a bear there of course. Are the hunters afraid? Are they apprehensive? Not a bit of it they laugh at danger. Why, mainly because the animals have been extinct for the

last twenty-three years. Forty years ago a rather ambitious and over optimistic lemming interbred with an Alquerian Brown Bear. The mental image of this event is perhaps one that shouldn’t be conjured up. The Lemming’s suicidal gene appeared to the fore and the bear population soon inherited and even enhanced it. There then followed two decades of danger. Bears would plummet from the cliff edges of the high sierra at regular intervals. They were becoming a public menace. Insurance companies refused to supply cover as the carnivores rained down onto the streets of Alqueria. As the bear population dwindled so did the probability of being flattened by one. Eventually on one fateful Friday afternoon the last bear hurled itself from the heights above the Village and a unique life form ceased to exist. The place from where the animal leaped became known as Bear Pass but as that led to some confusion as to what exactly was bare it was rechristened ‘The Place Where Suicidal Bears Hurl Themselves From Cliff Ledges’. A name still retained to this day, why? Well it is Alqueria after all.



Defining the Indefinable

Friendship is a great thing. I’ll go further than that; friendship is the best thing in life. If you have friends – real friends – then you are rich beyond compare. Okay, an Aston Martin DB9 Volante; a multi roll-over win on Euro Millions and a night out with Joanna Lumley are right up there, but still come as second best. Of course, by definition your better other half should fall into this category and in my case, the lovely Mrs Bird is best friend number one. No question, that’s what an ideal partnership is all about. But what about those other people who have made an impact on our lives and stand out as something extra special. I’m not a Bible scholar, but somewhere in there, someone said, “Greater love has no one than this - that someone lay down his life for his friends”. That sounds a bit extreme, but on the other hand what better way to show your love, respect and devotion to another human being. After all history is peppered with examples of people doing just that in times of conflict and not only for friends and brothers in arms, but for complete strangers. So it got me thinking even more about just what friends actually are; how best to describe friendship and how many people that we routinely term as friends, are really just valued close acquaintances. It seems to me that there is no word in the English language that defines

By Colin Bird :

the group of people you share a few drinks or a meal with, or even a weekend away once in a while. Those not quite bosom friends, but a lot more than just companions type people. I have occasionally met up with old friends from my young carefree days, or even further back from school and it has often become immediately obvious that we no longer share anything in common. I only have to hear the words mortgage, kids, or fortnight in Ibiza and my brain starts to devise plausible excuses so that I can drink up and leave at the earliest possible time - preferably before it’s my round. Keep in touch they say as I make for the bar exit. Yeah right I think, around the same time as man colonises the outer rim of the galaxy. It’s not their fault, and it’s certainly not mine, but life does that to you. We take paths that we would never have contemplated or chosen for ourselves years earlier, but once taken mould us into alien beings and unrecognisable to our erstwhile buddies. So how do you define true friendship? Back when the Swinging Sixties were just about to merge with the new sequinned studded Seventies, I would spend practically every weekend, with the same group of close friends. Friday night - a pint or five at our tavern of preference and maybe catch some folk music at another favourite establishment. On Saturday night it would be T-bone steaks and Black Forest gateaux, washed down with a bottle or two of Blue Nun and rounded off with a Courvoisier and a Castella. Then on to a club to try our luck with some mini skirted beauties, and indulge in extremely silly dancing.

Holidays, parties, football matches, we were inseparable. Then, for various reasons we briefly went our separate ways. The usual culprits: love, careers, and for a couple of us, the opportunity to work abroad. But something strange happened in those few years and although all of those guys remain close to each other today, it’s as if yours truly has grown two heads, because with only two exceptions, I seem to have become a complete stranger to them, it’s as if those halcyon days never happened. To my certain knowledge, I have never groped any of their wives, stolen their Curly Wurly’s or developed leprosy. It just happened. Conversely, the princess and I travelled to Vancouver in 2012 for our biennial reunion with friends from our 1970’s Bermuda days. We rarely have the opportunity to meet up because we are separated by continents and live in such places as Canada, the US and Dubai as well as Bermuda itself, but we were unanimous in stating that it is as if the intervening years had never happened. As always we all slotted comfortably back into each others’ company and simply carried on where we had left off. The unspoken loyalty and deep affection that we had for each other is as real now as it was then. And so it will be again shortly, when we host this year’s get together in Spain. So to answer my original question, just how do you define friendship and how do you know who your real firm, life-long friends are? Well, you just do that’s all.


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Eurogolf, La Marquesa Press Report.

Daya Nueva CF

Daya Nueva CF showing off the very recently presented trophy they won last season for topping their Alicante Infantils Division. The team is pictured with Head Coach,

Paco (kneeling) and Goal Keeping Coach, Vincent. Also in on the action are Dave Fenner (Daya Dave) on the left and Brian Jerrett, the two longest standing ex-

pat supporters. Having followed this Daya squad from the Benjimens through to the present Cadets over the past five and a half years. Daya Dave


Monteforte del Cid was our destination and the well looked after course Alenda and what difference a few days make on the Friday it was the venue for the Vega Baja Premier Golf League and gale force winds, but today blue skies and glorious sunshine perfect for golf, the sun does shine on the righteous. Which was obviously the reason for some good scores. The course is in lovely condition, greens very fast which led to some good scoring. One member who could not play was Alan Brooker had to pull out of playing as he fell off his bike riding over rough ground and hit a stone. He is too old to be taking part in BMX racing.

RESULTS GOLD CATEGORY 1st Les Yates 36 pts 2nd Alan Moody 33 pts 3rd Liam Foley 32 pts 4th Ivie Davies 31 pts SILVER CATEGORY 1st Ron Chambers 34 pts 2nd Geoff Wild 31 pts 3rd Mick Hithersay 29 pts 4th 26 pts NEAREST PINS Hole 3: Peter Root Hole 13: Ron Chambers Hole 16: Ivie Davies Longest Drive: Les Yates Best Guest : Phil Cooke (Hcp 10) 34 pts Phil has played on The Trilby Tour so is anyone going to his Phil’s UK Club? KNOCKOUT RESULTS Two games were played.

One singles doubles



Singles: “Rocket” Ron beat Ken Hopkins 1 up and in the doubles Les Yates and Geoff Wild beat Alan Moody and Larry Lambe 2 up. So it was a prompt return to Izzy’s Bar for the presentations and the luxury of Roxy’s munchies The next away day outing is at Corvera Golf Resort, Murcia. The first Tee Time is 10:00, directions will be available on the website. For more information or if you wish to play with the arguably the friendliest Golf Society contact Ron Nicholson on 678849142 or email sanmigron@

Lime Bar Golf Society -Los Altos, Orihuela Costa The golf societies venue for the 9th April 2014 was held at the Vista Bella Golf Course. On a clear warm sunshine morning 32 members assembled at the tee, the course proved to be in good condition and some interesting golf was played and enjoyed. Ruth Malcolm our first lady player to join us was made welcome. The competition was in the stapleford format and the scores recorded are as follows. Nearest the Pin in 1 on the 4th Hole (par 3) was Ruth Malcolm. Nearest the Pin in 3 on the 7th


hole (par 5) was Mick Slater.

of 30 points.

Nearest the pin in 2 on the 10th hole (par 4) was Paddy Gribbin.

Gold Class 2nd place was Tim Ryan with a score of 32 points.

Nearest the pin in 1 on the 15th hole (par 3) was Tim Ryan. Silver Class 3rd place was Dave Railton with a score of 28 points.

Gold Class 1st place was Bob Adair with a score of 34 points.

Silver Class 2nd place was Barry Sawyer with a score of 30 points. Silver Class 1st place was Pat Gibbon with a score of 30 points. (on count-back) Gold Class 3rd place was John McGregor with a score

A very good day in pleasant company, thank you to Captain Mick Slater for organising our events and Mick’s wife Angie who helps considerably behind the scenes. Also thanks to the Staff at The Lime Bar and ladies for an enjoyable buffet meal. Anyone wishing Join our friendly society just need to phone Mick on 659866468.

67 players took part in our Team Game today which was a Yellow Peril competition at our home course of La Marquesa on Thursday 10 April. Each player takes turns to have the ‘yellow ball’ scoring double points on that hole. Unfortunately we ended up with several 3 balls due to several late cancellations and players not turning up. Can we ask members to consider their playing partners and not cancel, unless absolutely necessary when it is a team game? If cancelling, please give the Match Secretary as much notice as possible to allow the opportunity to revamp teams. Weather conditions were conducive to good scoring. The results were as follows 1st The Team of: David Blanchette, Mike Gillett, Peter Sanderson and Jean Jackson 146 combined points. 2nd The Team of: David Gregson, Dave King, Hedy Paehlig and Terry Sayers 143 combined points 3rd The Team of Bill Martin, Gordon White, Liz Menzies and Ghost 141 combined points Nearest the Pins 5th Mike Mitchell

11th Debbie Weedon 12th Liz Menzies 15th Ian Pegg 17th Paul Manning Football Winners: David Blinston, Bill Martin, Gill Gordon & John Hill. TOFF’s Results Tuesday 9 April 2014 Overall Winner –Tom Corbett Gold Division 1st Bill Martin 37 points 2nd David Gregson 36 points 3rd Malcolm Foskett 35 points Silver 1st Bryan Fenwick 38 points 2nd Franz Berndt 38 points 3rd Roger Richings 37 points Bronze 1st Tom Corbett 39 points 2nd Norman Wood 35

points 3rd Brian Heard 34 points Nearest the Pins 5th John Barraclough 15th Bob Shorley 11thMarilyn Eckersall 17th David Nicholls Best Front Nine – Debbie Weedon 21 Back Nine – Gill Britten 21 points May we also say well done to the Eurogolf Ladies who played the Scandinavian Ladies on 23 March. A resounding win for the Eurogolf ladies. This is the third time we have played this competition having won 2 and lost one. Best Scores – Morag Turner (EGS) 40 points, Henny Pedersen (Scan) 35 points. Longest Drive 7th Liz Menzies. Strongest Player, Ritra Lassenius. NTP. 5th & 17th Ann Marie Ridell, 11th Pam Davidson, and 15th Morag Turner.

Quesada Golf Society Last Wednesday, on a bright and sunny day, the Society played their local course for the first time – La Marquesa. For most players it was a hop, step and jump to the golf course. Our secretary Pam Martin secured a very attractive deal and the members liked it to as there was a full house with members competing in an individual stableford competition for the Spring Cup. The course was in good condition with the greens being in excellent condition. One incident worthy of note happened on hole 13 – unlucky for some and it was unlucky but perhaps lucky for Tony Patterson whose drive hit a railway sleeper in front of the pond which the drive had to carry and rebounded flashing past his nose and ending up 20 metres behind him on the tee.

The overall winner on the day came from the Silver Division. It was Paul Flanaghan with 33 points and he seems to have hit a rich vein of form. In second place in the Silver Division was Terry Smith with 30 points and in third place with 27 points was Keith Armstrong. In the Gold Division the winner was another person in a rich vein of form, Susan Smith with 30 points. In second place with 29 points was Dave Winchcombe and in third place was Brian Smith with 28 points. The Best Guest was Terry Rogers. The “Roy” for the most shots played and not many points on his scorecard went to David Westerman. Nearest the Pin winners were John King, Terry Rogers, Les Pancott and Les Lindores. After the game the presentations were

made by Crystal of the QSD Group on the terrace, by the swimming pool of the recently superbly refurbished La Marquesa Club House complex. The QSD Group kindly sponsored the day and as well as providing the prizes provided plated tasty hot and cold food for which the society is extremely grateful. The next game is another individual stableford at El Plantio on Wednesday 23 April. Anyone in the Quesada area looking to join a very friendly golf society and play golf once a fortnight at a wide variety of courses at very reasonable cost, should contact the membership secretary Les Pancott on 966716723.


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Week Twenty-Six played 8th April 2014 It was the third week of our Easter Scramble, kindly sponsored by Rightmove Insurance of Quesada and La Zenia and, with a total of 110 tickets handed out, 21 winners left the bowl with an easter surprise. The Final of the Cornish Pride Cup, again kindly sponsored by Shane and Sue Winfield of Cornish Pride Los Dolses, saw Splash battle it out with Split Happens. After the first game, SH were leading by 12 pins, but in the second game, with Manuel Martin of SP bowling a superb 253 scratch game, SP moved ahead by 85 pins and were not to be caught, as SP retained the Cup by 127 pins. This scoring also enabled SP to beat Bar Mosquitos in their league match 8 – 0 and, move themselves into third place in the league. Team Finland found Los Bandidos in fine form and, if it wasn’t for a fighting 235 final game by Markku Maatta, would have finished the night with no points. With Maurice Allen leading the way with a 621 handicap series, ably assisted by Barry Tolson and Roger Phipps, LB came out 6 – 2 winners, and so dent TF chances of winning the league. Los Lobos are determined not to collect the ‘wooden spoon’ this year, and they gave themselves a huge boost with a 6 – 2 win over Caballo Negro. John Lakins 605


At the weekend ITV Orihuela RFC juniors took part in the 4th Murcia Rugby Federation rugby school tournament in Las Torres de Cotillas. With more than 150 boys and girls taking part in the tournament it showed that rugby is a thriving is this area of Spain, as well as the rest of it. Orihuela RFC went down with two teams U18’s and U16’s giving the new players from the club a chance to gain some much needed experience ready to replace the juniors going up to either the senior or cadetes side next season. With few of the experience players like Joel, Jorge, Adrian and Pablo in there to help the new players along like Jose, Adelin etc in the U18’s took on Squalos, UCAM A team and UCAM B team and even with a number of new players they came out victorious in all of their games. All being well we can keep attracting new players of this age to the club to give the depth needed to keep improving. Next up were the U16’s hoping that they could produce the same sort of results as the cadetes. In this team most of the players had only been training with Pedro for a few months and never played in a competitive match before, so it was a new experience and for Pedro to see how far they had come. They played two games, against Albacete and Totana, great to see some of the new teams getting a junior side together, well done Totana, and again Orihuela RFC came out with a 100% success. A special mention goes to the

h/c series being the pick of the team. The Dreamers extended their winning streak, with an 8 – 0 demolition of Crazy Pinz and, moved themselves further away from the bottom of the league. Paul Kundis of Lucky Strike ‘earned’ a few scramble tickets, when he turned of the style against The Mixers, finishing with fine 640 h/c series, with his partner in crime, Graham Lewis rolling a steady 620 h/c series. Even with Rudy Zees 606 and Bob Calicfie 613 series, Mixers couldn’t prevent LS winning 6 – 2. Having been disappointed to lose in the cup, Split Happens then found Shane Winfield of Cornish Pride in determined mood and, with scratch games of 246 and 213, SH were held to a 4 – 4 draw. Some consolation for Marion Haynes of SH, was that she swept the Ladies honours for the evening, including a high game scratch of 197 and a h/c series of 587. Hall y Day finally managed to beat somebody after seven fruitless weeks, when they defeated Juans Warriors 6 – 2. Although, Jamie Brian of JW was over the moon that they had sneaked the first game by only two pins. There is now a two week break for Easter and, with only two more matches to play, the league title is still all to play for.

two girls playing for the team who played extremely well and got their first two tries for the club. The team was Yessi, Ana, Braulio, Roberto, Bassile, David, Nico and Cesar. Congratulations must go to everyone one who took part and organised this and more of these should be organised to help promote the sport and get more people involved in it. Also congratulations to Pedro and the ITV Orihuela RFC coaches and players for a great weekend and fantastic results, to prove that they are heading in the right direction, and the future is looking very bright for the club. I am now at Zoco Market on Sundays third row up from the road at the back of the market, so come on down there for all of your rugby branded clothing and playing gear, and anything you want to know about rugby in the area. Training is at the Miguel Hernandez University ground at 20.15 on Tuesday and Thursday for the seniors and juveniles. The juniors start at 18.15. So if you are interested, dig out those rugby boots and come along and see for yourself what it is like. New players are always welcome no matter what age or skill level you are. If you would like more information about what is going on in the club, you can contact the club by phoning myself, Garry on 692 767 242, and for the juniors contact Oscar on 600 871 606 (Spanish)



Busters G S April report

PREMIER DIVISION – 4th April 2014 Even though at ALENDA GOLF the spring It was out to Monforte de Cid and winds still Alenda Golf for the penultimate prevailed, our league matches of the season but the jaunt to Alenda players wish someone would turn the golf course fans off as the wind created havoc with players scoring. It was well was quite important as Las Ramblas and La Manga North worth while, needed good results, with them sharing top spot on the especially same points. after last week Las Ramblas took on bottom spot Rockets who had excursion to La a good result last time out, but sadly it was not to be Peraleja where repated as they went down 0 – 4 and Las Ramblas took the course maximum 15 points, the ladies cam strong again with had suffered Olga Douglas the best scorer with 34 points. badly through The La Manga North team needed to match that against the previous EuroToffs but fell short by one game winning 3 – 1 three months , but Alenda golf course has been kept in tip top of the players scoring 31 points each amongst thos was condition the fairways were lush and the greens were another lady 19 year old Rosie Mist. consistent and true but typical of Alenda’s green keepers Don Cayo pulled off the surprise win of the day beating they had been kept a little fast making them very tricky La Manga RGA 3 – 1 whose team contained the League’s but readable , those spring winds did play a big part in our highest scoring lady Florence von Carlowitz who has game with none of our members breaking par . amassed a whopping 168 points so far. April lead us into Busters third year of being formed, and The other match between in a win by Paddy’s Pojnt the second time that we played for the Alto Real Trophy who narrowly beat Club 25 Serena by just seven points ,we wanted to hold this competition at Alto Real but Lola mainly thank to a Par round of 36 points from Seamus who usually books our golf at Alto Real advised us that MacGearailt and some low scoring from Club 25. they were hollow tining that week so we were unable to RESULTS play there . Rockets GS 0 (162 points) vs.Las Ramblas GS 4 (231 We normally only play for nearest the pins and first three points) places but as this was a special event for us we added La Manga RGA 1 (193 points) vs. Don Cayo GS 3 (213 prizes for best front and back nine also did a free draw for none winners , onto our N T Ps the third hole was won points) Paddys Point GS 3 (198 points) vs.Club25Serena GS 1 (191 by Alan Gifford the fifth was taken by Barry Grinsell , Phil Pettican won the thirteenth with Brian Ead winning the points) sixteenth , all N T P s had the choice of either a golf shirt La Manga North GS 3 (215 points) vs. EuroToffs GS 1 (184 or a sleeve of Calloway golf balls , the prize for the best points) front nine was taken by Barrie Hopkinson with eighteen Bonus points went to:points , and the back nine was won by Bill Peters with Las Ramblas G S,. Don Cayo G S, Paddy’s Point G S and seventeen points , although Nikki Ead had twenty one La Manga North G S points the prize was passed to Bill Peters due to Nikki The top individual scorers, Olga Douglas 34 (Las Ramblas already receiving a prize , front and back nine won red G S), Bjorn Erik Scharning 33 (Don Cayo G S), Seamus and white wines , second and third place tied with thirty MacGearailt 36 (Paddy’s Point G S) four points but on count back Phil Pettican lost to Alan With just one match to go at El Valle Golf, Las Ramblas Gifford so third place was taken by Phil with Alan getting GS go into a three point lead although both teams have second place , our winner on the day with thirty five the same number of wins, it’s the bonus points that points and winner of The Alto Real Trophy was Nikki Ead are making the difference.A lot depends on La Manga our first three places each received cash prizes , I have to North’s rivals La Manga RGA as they face eah other while say well done to everyone who scored over thirty points Las Ramblas are against Paddy’s Point who are getting on this windy day . stronger, whatever you say the VBPL always provides a I would like to thank Dave Pretty for putting up the red nail biting finish. and white wines , Brian Jones for providing the shirts , The next Vega Baja Premier League event is at El Valle Graham Ball who donated a replica trophy again for our Golf – Alicante – 2nd May First Tee 09:30. The fixtures winner to keep . are: We had returned as usual to the Mini Golf Bar in Quesada La Manga North G S vs. La Manga RGA - Rockets G S for our presentation and a couple of beers where the staff there always look after us and provide our players with vs. Don Cayo G S EuroToffs G S vs. Club 25 Serena G S – Las Ramblas G S snacks during our prize giving and soccer card draw , which was won this month by Phil Harris. vs. Paddy’s Point G S Congratulations to Florence von Carlowitz (La Manga Barry Grinsell Busters Golf society. RGA), Carole Wheeler (Las Ramblas G S), Robin Fish and Rolf Pichl, (La Manga North G S) for qualifying as the highest points scorers from four games for the Ford Golf Regional Finals in May at Las Colinas Golf Resort. 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