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Orihuela Costa - History in the making !

For the first time ever, residents of Orihuela Costa are helping to improve conditions for everyone on were invited to one of the most important festivals the Costa, Spanish and non-Spanish alike.” in the Spanish calendar, the Caballero Cubierto “It is particularly pleasing for our charity because ceremony in Orihuela city. we have had a conflict within Help at Home Costa It happened Saturday 19th April, attended by many Blanca with a previous President refusing to accept hundreds of people and watched by thousands, a vote of no confidence in her and continuing to followed in the Spanish press and regional claim she is the rightful President. television. Eileen Mayes continued by saying “It seems that The only Orihuela Costa organisation represented in the eyes of council officials we are the properly elected representatives of the charity.” was troubled Help and Home Costa Blanca charity. “This dispute continues to damage our ability to Attending was the charity´s founder, Norah Bond help the many people who are in need of a little help and current President Eileen Mayes. at home along the coastal towns and villages. We They not only were invited to be among the 600 are busier than ever and will continue to help those specially-invited guests within the college, but were in need of our services provided by volunteers.” VIP guests at a champagne reception. After the reception and speeches within the college, Mrs Mayes said: “It was a magnificent occasion, there was a special procession through and it was an honour for us to be present. I would the old city to the Town Hall. Norah and like to thank the city council for inviting us and also Eileen´s husbands were allowed to join in for extending the hand of friendship to ex-pats who and march alongside. There were several members representing CLARO, the Independent political party fighting for improvements and more facilities for the Coast including Councillor Bob Houliston President of CLARO who said: “The proclamation of the Caballero Cubierto in the ceremony in the courtyard of Santo Domingo College in Orihuela is one of the key events in the Easter week calendar. Bob went on to say, “Traditionally, all sectors of Orihuela society take part - political, civil, military, business

and cultural. The Caballero Cubierto is selected annually, this time an eminent academic lead the Easter procession and represent the population of Orihuela as someone who takes his hat off to no one. “This ceremony, together with the religious celebrations, have made Orihuela widely known in Spain for the traditions and pageantry of Easter week. “This year is the first time residents of Orihuela Costa were invited to take part in the Caballero Cubierto ceremony, a recognition of the importance of Orihuela Costa and it´s varied population in the municipality. Those invited were chosen for their contributions to the business and social life of the coast, those that are making a difference, making history “


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Country Music in Camposol

With people coming from Isla Plana –Totana -Alhama, as well as Camposol, Marianos is proving popular-Hardly surprising, as it has the biggest dance floor (As far as we are aware) in Costa Calida. The live music on our April night was provided by Interactive Murcia--Their song “a womans way”is on the shortlist for country song of the year on uk country radio - we’re rootin’ for you Geraldine . Normally Ann teaches a line dance, but as she was “incapacitated” that night, Tom taught Mexican Salsa, a line dance to a Carleen Carter song—Must have went down well, as it was asked for later in the evening. As normal, we do our best to involve everyone, so Doug, one of Maureen and Simons party, handled the raffle. That party know how to enjoy themselves--Have never seen a dance being done with someone crawling between your legs—All good clean harmless fun. Our next night will be on Friday

2nd May, in Marianos, Camposol---A new name to the Costa Calida area, appearing for the first time here, Paul Allen , will provide the live entertainment—no doubt he will sing his “Ryanair” song. We meet on the 1st Friday of each month,in Marianos restaurant Camposol, starting at 7.45pm. From then, until 9pm, a line dance, and then a partner dance will be taught, intermingled with requests - at 9pm the live music kicks in. If you would like more information etc contact thw35@yahoo.co.uk or tel 610 632 152. P.S: The phantom poster thief strikes again on Camposol sector A-Marianos and Alans shop. If you want to collect our posters, (Steve does make a wonderful job of these) just phone and we’ll deliver a few direct to you--This will save you “slinking around“ in the dark, continually looking over your shoulder to ensure no one sees you.

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Disappointment and frustration gave way to joy and gratitude for MABS Mazarron this weekend following a roller coaster few days. On Good Friday the MABS volunteers arrived at the MABS Information Centre, Camposol with the intention of planting a host of plants and shrubs that had kindly been donated to them in readiness for their Easter Fayre the next day. Imagine their disappointment and fury to find that all of the plants had been stolen!! With feelings of disbelief and disgust running high MABS decided to post details of the theft on several media sites including Facebook and The CRA forum and their despair soon turned to joy as people from near and far offered to donate plants and shrubs; some even arrive the same day and they are still arriving. It was too late to plant them on Friday so the volunteers will be busy planting the donated plants this coming week – THANK YOU to everyone who posted messages and donated plants, we are very humbled by your support.

Saturday saw perfect weather conditions for the first outdoor event of the year for MABS Mazarron and the first appearance of the MABS Craft Groups creations, the group meet each week and make cards and other craft items to be sold to raise funds for MABS, their creativity and handywork proved a roaring success raising over 110€. Other stalls included the MABS Cake stall; Childrens Treasure Hunt; Tombola, Fashion and Bric-a-Brac items from the Totana Charity shop; BBQ and Afternoon teas; hand- made quilts; decorative candles; garden supplies and much, much more. There was, of course one of our now established and much heralded Grand Raffles with the 1st prize being a day sailing on a luxury yacht. The day was a resounding success raising an amazing 1919€, we are overwhelmed by the support and generosity of the people who attended this event and would like to say a huge THANK YOU to them all.

Pushpa Khimji is “going places” and coming up at The Spice Hut in Quesada in May is “BOLLYWOOD AT THE SPICE HUT” an event not to be missed!! But first come and see Pushpa as she takes “SPICES AND RICES” to THE COMPLETE WOMAN DAY at QUESADA COUNTRY CLUB on Thursday May 22nd - Pushpa will be at QCC on Thursday 22nd May and she will tell you all about spices and rices and she will also be selling take away curries at very special prices!! The very next day at 12.00 On Friday 23rd May Pushpa and Harish have organised “BOLLYWOOD” another FUN EVENT with a cooking demonstration where you will be invited to have a go! There will be music & dancing as well as audience participation with a Sari Competition and Pushpa will be teaching Bhangra! (dancing!!) Pushpa will also be telling everyone a little about Indian culture and the meaning and history of the little red dot that some Indian ladies wear. Famous for Fabulous Food the order of the day is an eat as much as you like curry and rice and nan lunch and all of this is at the very special price of just €8.90 and this includes a drink. So don’t miss Pushpa the Bolton Girl doing Bollywood!! Bollywood will be followed by a Music and Magic Night on Tuesday 17th June (date TBC) starting at 7.00p.m. Music and Magic with the Great Graeme Mycal this event will be to raise money for The Children’s Home in Elche and on the menu is a papadum with raita and Pushpa’s very own special recipe mango chutney followed by onion bhaji and then choose from three curries plus rice and nan and a bottle of house wine or Cava between two €12.50 per person! Early booking for this one by calling The Spice Hut 966 731 063 is advised. The €1 Quiz Day in April was a fun lunch and it was a close call - the questions were all about India and a tad difficult unless you come from Bolton! With 33 points taking first prize and 32 second prize!! Look our for more events at The Spice Hut as we are now looking at a Murder Mystery Evening!

The Maritime Association Torrevieja

Members of the Maritime Association were invited by Vivalia Travel of Torrevieja to spend a day onboard Ibero’s cruise ship “Grand Celebration” when it docked in Valancia. After a guided tour of the ship and a sumptuous lunch the Maritime Association C o m m i t t e e presented a plaque to a member of the ship’s company as a memento. If you would like to become a member of the Maritime Association please contact Mike on 693 769 110 or email: bristolchesterred@live.co.uk.


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Hello and welcome to CanDu Computer Bytes. It is time for my soapbox to be brought out again, although lately it hasn’t had time to sit in a cupboard collecting any dust! So what has got my dander up this time? DMCA! Surprisingly, this isn’t a parody on an American disco group that formed in the United States in 1977, well known for their onstage costumes depicting American cultural stereotypes, as well as their catchy tunes and suggestive lyrics. It is, unsurprisingly, a piece of legislation (laws – created for the rich to subjugate the poor!) whose task it is to curtail the free and legal circulation of computer programs, music (music industry copyrighted or not), Movies (legal home movies share between consenting adults or some so old that the actors, directors, producers, as well as the original production company, are all long dead)! It is the latest (note: not the last!) amendment in the ongoing saga of the copyright laws. These cryptic initials of this anagram actually mean “Digital Millennium Copyright Act”. I would suspect that most on you good readers will have something on your computer that hasn’t been paid for! I am guilty of this too. My copy of XP (now now longer updated but still liable to the same penalties as before (oops - more soapbox)) is one that I have paid for, but not for this machine which means that I am still liable to being charged with being in possession of an illegal piece of software (go figure)! Most of us have done it and can find justification for doing it! It is very difficult, outside of a police state, for a private organisation to walk into your home and examine your computer for stolen software – so don’t worry about that. What this piece of legislation does is to prevent you bypassing the security systems put in place to prevent you changing something. This act contains two main sections that have

been a source of particular controversy since they went into effect in 2000. The “anticircumvention” provisions (sections 1201 et seq. of the Copyright Act) bar circumvention of access controls and technical protection measures. The “safe harbor” provisions (section 512) protect service providers who meet certain conditions from monetary damages for the infringing activities of their users and other third parties on the net. Vague? Yes, but the following examples might help clarify things a little. In enacting the “anti-circumvention” provisions of the DMCA Congress ostensibly intended to stop copyright pirates from defeating DRM (Digital Rights Management) and other content access or copy restrictions on copyrighted works and to ban the “black box” devices intended for that purpose. How does this affect you? You have just got the phone of your dreams and have sent it to be ‘unlocked’ to allow your favourite phone company to use it. You and the person ‘unlocking’ it are both separately and equally ‘guilty’ under the act and could face many years in prison. THIS WONT HAPPEN for the reasons outlined earlier (they have to find you first!). This amendment was designed to further ‘enhance’ (read “infringe your rights”) the act and prevent people stealing software. In practice the DMCA anticircumvention provisions have done little to stop “Internet piracy.”! This is a massive “Soapbox” of a topic as it is currently the most contentious issue in the computer world and as such this small column can’t give it the fair hearing that it probably deserves. So as my soapbox well and truly damaged beyond repair! I’m off to Jack’s Bar for my Friday computer clinic! If you would like a clinic nearer to you – make the suggestion using the email address under this article. See you around now that summer is here :-)

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Haven’t we come up with some astounding innovations? Okay, not you or I, well, definitely not me, but there are loads of other bright sparks out there who have had some spiffing ideas. Just look at the last fifty years, we’ve had the microchip, oven chips and Match of the Day to name just a few. Then there’s satellite navigation. Why? Unless you’re pottling off to navigate your way around the Sahara desert, why not use a map. Or better still, have fun getting lost. I’m really good at getting lost but sometimes you get an unexpected bonus. We once got lost and stumbled upon Mold. I don’t want you to think we discovered it, in a sort of Christopher Columbus way, somebody beat us to that centuries ago, but we accidentally found the best Chinese restaurant we’d ever been to. Getting lost 1, satnav 0! There’s a lot to be said for getting lost but , satellite navigation is here to stay and has taken another step…literally. Someone, with too much time on their hands, has come up with the idea of having satellite navigation in your s h o e s . No, really, I’m not

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‘The years seem to rush by’ is something I say more often as each year passes. This edition came out on the last day of April, Easter has gone, New Year’s Day is a distant memory and May Day is upon us. Spring has certainly sprung in Andalucía and with such a dry winter in Almeria there have been numerous wildfires. Most are caused by people’s inattention, carelessness even deliberately. The usual suspects are discarded cigarettes (often tossed from a moving car hence so many roadside verge blazes) and burning of garden or field waste. Hot vehicle exhaust pipes and catalytic converters will easily set fire to undergrowth if driven over. Recently, a new tenant moved into a country property; he stood chatting to me as I showed him around the garden then casually flicked his fag away into the campo. Like slo-mo in a movie I shouted ‘Noooooooooo!!!’ The smouldering butt flew through the air in a lazy arch and landed near tinder dry dead grass. Luckily he quickly retrieved it, immediately realising just how dangerous rural life could be. He promised to use ashtrays outside in future. With health and safety warnings on the most innocuous of objects I wonder how people still get into scrapes. The Wile E Coyote picture via Facebook illustrates the point succinctly. A few weeks ago in Britain a teenage girl dropped her iPhone down a roadside drain. Instead of calling for help she opened the lid and clambered in as she had the

making this up. You have to first of all download an appof course-which connects to a microchip in your shoe. Then you programme your destination into the thing and if you go wrong, it emits a loud and quite embarrassing buzz. I know what you’re thinking. Who would need assistance in walking successfully from A to B? I’ll tell you who, my friend Nev. Nev got a job presenting on Hospital Radio in Nottinghamshire. He was delighted and told everyone. His mum was so proud that she took the family, including Aunts, Uncles and the man next door who looked after their three legged cat-don’t ask- to the hospital on the day of his first broadcast. Not admitted of course, just sitting in a family room, waiting for Nev’s big moment. The radio station had two studios so Nev, armed with records-round flat things with a hole in the middle-sat at the turntable and started his show. Unfortunately, he went to the wrong studio and over the airways was total silence. His poor mum was so mortified she didn’t leave the house for months. What happened to Nev? No one knows. He went out for a paper back in 1998, got lost and hasn’t been seen since!

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notion she could grab it with her feet. She got stuck fast in the process. Last December a young Taiwanese woman was so engrossed reading her Facebook account whilst walking along a pier in Melbourne Australia that she walked off the edge into the sea. For 20 minutes she bobbed about buoyed by a rucksack on her back, she couldn’t swim and drifted 30 metres out to sea before being rescued. Her insurance company were very grateful as she still had her phone clutched tightly in her hand. Common sense as a child is a rare thing and usually learnt by experience (sometimes bitter); aged 7, one winters evening I got hold of some matches and decided it would be great fun to cut a hole in my top bunk bed mattress and make a little camp fire in the horse hair filling. It just smouldered rather than roar into flame creating smoke which luckily wafted downstairs and up the nostrils of our dad. This being the early 70s they were no smoke alarms, he ran upstairs to find his 2 naughty boys sitting on the top bunk happily blowing on the embers. In silence he pulled us off the bed, opened the window and dropped the smouldering mattress onto the snow covered garden below where it fizzed and went out. Strangely I don’t remember getting told off but the snow sticks in my mind 40 years later. 5 years later and in my front garden this time, my best mate Paul Cox and I climbed up the big fir

tree and tried to light a little camp fire amongst the dead leaves. We thought we had failed miserably and wandered off to Guildford to do whatever young boys do with no cash in their pockets. We walked home later and as we rounded our street corner the fire brigade were just leaving. Half the tree was blackened, the road flooded from the hoses and our protestations of innocence were unsurprisingly brushed away by both sets of parents who were waiting for us!


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WITH MICHAEL DAVIES, ABOGADO/SOLICITOR If you wish us to print an article about a particular topic, please e-mail info@daviessolicitors.com 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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welcome return to Spain after a lengthy absence. A special sextet will perform a new arrangement of the famous ‘Panis Angelicus’ by Cesar Franck, and the concert will culminate in the very exciting ‘Lord’s Prayer’ by Mallotte. Solo items will include Lark in the Clear Air, Last Rose of Summer, Blow the Wind Southerly. Conductor and singer, Nigel Hopkins, will perform the evergreen ‘Bless This House’. Tickets at 5€, with proceeds to charity, are available from La Ponderosa shop on La Zenia island, or on the door if available.

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with what they saw they volunteered to help muck out the stables twice a week. Jett was residing in the stables and the young Belgian, Arissa became very attached to young Jett during her time there and a bond was formed. Arissa promised Sue that she would organise an event in her home town of Zingem in Belgium when she returned there in the New Year. In February of this year Jett was taken up to Gaspar’s clinic by Rod in the horsebox, a twelve hour journey with many stops to check that Jett was O.K. Sue continues the story, “Gaspar and his fantastic team did all the necessary preliminary xrays, measurements and tests on Jett’s deformed fetlock. This also involved obtaining specialist equipment from three different countries before they could carry out this ground breaking fetlock athrodesis surgery which involved breaking and then rebuilding Jett’s damaged joint. Without this expensive surgery Jett would not survive as his leg would have collapsed under this young horse’s increasing weight. Jett should be back with us in about 6 weeks after his recuperation period is over. Imagine my surprise when, at our packed Easter Sunday open day attended by over 150

visitors Arissa appeared with her family and asked if she could make an announcement. Arissa explained to the eager audience that she had grown very fond of Jett and this young horse’s predicament had moved her deeply during her time in the stables. She felt that she had to do something to help pay for the cost of the impending treatment. She explained that earlier this year she and her friends and family held a cheese and wine party in their local restaurant in their home town of Zingem in Belgium. 220 people attended. Arissa had organised a raffle as well as waiting on the guests and serving them food and drink etc. She also played them our DVD “The Story So Far” to enable them to understand the work and commitment to our equines here at the centre. The money from the raffle and other individual donations Arissa explained was going to be presented to me right now. I was not prepared for what happened next. This young lady and her friends had raised an extraordinary 2500 euros. Everybody in the garden café gasped and then applauded this incredible gesture and I, unlike me, was lost for words, there was hardly a dry eye in the house. This donation will cover a huge amount of the cost of Jett’s operation and it really does continue to astound me how the EHCRC can mean so much to people like Arissa who visit us and also volunteer here.” The EHCRC would welcome any donations or sponsorship to support the work that they are doing. If you are a bar

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime “Sometimes when I want to be on my own I get into the airing cupboard in the bathroom and slide in beside the boiler and pull the door closed behind me and sit there and think for hours and it makes me feel very calm.” This is an extraordinary book about being special and cherishing differences in spite of the isolation felt. The title is taken from Arthur Conan Doyle’s “Silver Blazes” and quoted by the maestro himself, Sherlock Holmes. In Haddon’s novel the main character, Christopher, a 15 year old boy wants to be a mystery detective solving the murder of Wellington just like his idol Holmes. As soon as you start reading it is obvious that Christopher is different and special. He has a photographic memory and thinks logically and literally. He demonstrates his thought patterns by adding illustrations, maps, diagrams and stories. This appealed to Haddon’s younger audiences but the book has been very popular with adults. It won 17 literary prizes and was adapted by Simon Stephens and directed by Marianne Elliott for the stage. In August 2012 it premiered at the National Theatre (London) before transferring to London’s West End in March 2013. It was broadcast live to cinemas worldwide on the 6th September 2012. It seems more than likely that Christopher suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome and high-functioning autism. The author didn’t want to

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book review who refuses the reassurance of touch such as hugging, especially from his parents who love him. Any attempt at touching him leads to violence. He was arrested but cautioned, then released.

weapon against anyone who grabs him. Just like self-defence. Shockingly, he also keeps it there to protect himself from his father thinking that his father might murder him. Siobhan is the one who encourages him to write a murder mystery novel and the story begins aptly with the murder of Wellington, Mrs Shears’ poodle. When she sees Christopher carrying the dog she screams and this causes an adverse reaction with him. She contacts the police who ask too many questions flooding his mind. He lies face down on the ground, groaning: “They were starting up on my head like loaves in the factory where Uncle Terry works.” The policeman tried to lift him up from the grass and Christopher hit him. It was an instinctive reaction. Back to the self-defence. It seems impossible to imagine a child

He lives with his father, Ed, a boiler engineer after the death of his mother. Ed tries his best but there is conflict and frustration sometimes culminating in a fist-fight. He discovers that his mother and Mr Shears were very, very good friends and included this in his “novel.” His father read this and confiscated it. When Christopher was in the detective mode he went searching for his book and discovered a pile of unopened letters addressed to him. Frightening revelations from his father forced Christopher to run away from home, on a treacherous journey to London. The impossible journey is a testament to his determination and it will succeed in giving you goosebumps. Publisher: David Fickling ISBN: 978-1849-921763 Also Jonathan Cape. REVIEW it by Carol Naylor. REVIEW it by Carol Naylor. www.carolnaylor.blogspot.com / www.carolesleynaylor.wordpress. com naylorcl@hotmail.es


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Fun Brain Teasers with Answers to Challenge your Mind 1. Which Coronation Street character died of a heart attack following a road rage incident? .......................................................................................... 2. Which colour featured in the title of Whoopi Goldberg’s first feature film? .......................................................................................... 3. Which ‘Damon’ won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 1996? .......................................................................................... 4. Which England Rugby Union player was famously linked with the Princess of Wales? .......................................................................................... 5. Which number cubed is 8? .......................................................................................... 6. Which sit-com has characters called Saffron and Bubble? .......................................................................................... 7. On which part of your body would a cataract form? .......................................................................................... 8. What is the capital of Malta? .......................................................................................... 9. In the movie Frankenstein, which part did Boris Karloff play? .......................................................................................... 10. Who had a hit with ‘Winner Takes it All’? .......................................................................................... 11. In which month do we traditionally celebrate Halloween? .......................................................................................... 12. Which children’s publisher has a red and black animal as it’s logo? .......................................................................................... 13. Complete the acronym ‘CPRE’, ‘Council for the Protection of R E’? .......................................................................................... 14. Which Goalkeeper Andy played for Oldham in the 1990’s? .......................................................................................... 15. What is the outer edge of a circle more commonly known as? .......................................................................................... 16. In the 1996 Five Nations tournament, which country was expelled? .......................................................................................... 17. Which country was the first to put a man in space? .......................................................................................... 18. Who had a hit with ‘Money for nothing’? .......................................................................................... 19. Who made the ‘Victor’ car? .......................................................................................... 20. Who was the lead singer with the Police? ..........................................................................................

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logic puzzle

There are four bungalows in our cul-de-sac. They are made from these materials: straw, wood, brick and glass. Mrs Scott’s bungalow is somewhere to the left of the wooden one and the third one along is brick. Mrs Umbrella owns a straw bungalow and Mr Tinsley does not live at either end, but lives somewhere to the right of the glass bungalow. Mr Wilshaw lives in the fourth bungalow, whilst the first bungalow is not made from straw. Who lives where, and what is their bungalow made from?

logic puzzle solution:

Answer: Marty Jones

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From, left to right: #1 Mrs Scott - glass #2 Mrs Umbrella - straw #3 Mr Tinsley - brick #4 Mr Wilshaw - wood If we separate and label the clues, and label the bungalows #1, #2, #3, #4 from left to right we can see that: a. Mrs Scott’s bungalow is somewhere to the left of the wooden one. b. The third one along is brick. c. Mrs Umbrella owns a straw bungalow d. Mr Tinsley does not live at either end. e. Mr Tinsley lives somewhere to the right of the glass bungalow. f. Mr Wilshaw lives in the fourth bungalow g. The first bungalow is not made from straw. By (g) #1 isn’t made from straw, and by (b) nor is #3. By (f) Mr Wilshaw lives in #4 therefore by (c) #2 must be straw, and Mrs Umbrella lives there. Therefore by (d) Mr Tinsley must live in #3, which, by (b) is the brick bungalow. By (a) #4 must be wooden (otherwise Mrs Scott couldn’t be to its left) and by (f) Mr Wilshaw lives there. Which leaves Mrs Scott, living in #1, the glass bungalow. QED

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Tasty food for everyday, special occasions and for sharing with friends Moroccan grilled chicken with preserved lemon

Barbecued chicken is a perennial summer favourite, and this Moroccan take with preserved lemon is sure to please. Ingredients 1 small chicken, jointed into pieces 2 tbsp olive oil 1 preserved lemon, washed chopped, skin& pith only 1 clove garlic,

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crushed 1 tsp ground cumin 1 tsp turmeric 1 tbsp paprika 1 tsp crushed chilli flakes For the dipping sauce 4 tbsp chopped coriander 4 tbsp chopped parsley 3 spring onions, finely chopped 3-4 tbsp preserved lemon brine

Preparation method 1.Trim the chicken pieces neatly and combine with the rest of the marinade ingredients in a roomy bowl. Cover loosely and leave in a cool place for a few hours, overnight if possible. 2.Preheat the grill or barbecue. It should be moderately hot. Shake the excess moisture off the chicken joints and grill until the juices run clear, test through the thickest part with a skewer. Meanwhile combine the ingredients for the dipping sauce, and leave to infuse. 3.Serve the grilled chicken with the dipping sauce on the side

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minced 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary 1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 6 large plum tomatoes (about 1 1/2 pounds), quartered lengthwise 12 1/2-inch-thick diagonally cut baguette slices (each 3 to 4 inches long) 12 tablespoons ricotta cheese, divided 6 thin prosciutto slices, cut in half crosswise 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice 1 cup microgreens or baby arugula Preparation Preheat oven to 425°F. Stir 6 tablespoons oil, garlic, rosemary, 1 teaspoon coarse salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper in large bowl to blend. Add tomato quarters and stir to coat. Let stand 5 minutes. Line rimmed baking sheet with foil. Lift tomatoes from marinade and arrange, cut side down, on prepared baking sheet (reserve marinade for toasts). Roast tomatoes until skin is browned and blistered and tomatoes are very tender, about 35 minutes. Cool tomatoes on sheet. Maintain oven temperature. Meanwhile, arrange bread slices on another rimmed baking sheet. Brush top of each with reserved marinade (including garlic and rosemary bits). Roast bread until top is golden, 10 to 12 minutes. Cool toasts on sheet. Spread 1 tablespoon ricotta cheese on each toast; sprinkle with pepper. Fold prosciutto halves over and place on ricotta. Arrange 2 tomato quarters atop prosciutto. Whisk lemon juice and remaining 1 teaspoon oil in medium bowl to blend; season with salt and pepper. Add microgreens and toss to coat. Top bruschetta with microgreens. Arrange on platter and serve.


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10 Uses For Lemons That Will Blow Your Socks Off Most people are familiar with the traditional uses for lemons to soothe sore throats and add some citrus flavor to our foods. However the diversity of applications for lemons far exceeds general knowledge and once you read the following list, you’ll likely want to stock at least a few lemons in your kitchen 24-7.

1. Freshen the refreshments. 5. Refresh Cutting Boards Fridge Remove refrigerator No wonder your kitchen cutting board smells! After odors with ease. all, you use it to chop onions, crush garlic, and Dab lemon juice prepare fish. To get rid of the smell and help sanitize on a cotton ball or the cutting board, rub it all over with the cut side sponge and leave it in of half a lemon or wash it in undiluted juice straight the fridge for several from the bottle. hours. Make sure to 6. Respiratory Problems toss out any malodorous Lemon water can reduce phlegm; and can also help items that might be causing you breathe properly and aids a person suffering the bad smell. with asthma.

2. High Blood Pressure

any holes or cracks where the ants are getting in. Finally, scatter small slices of lemon peel around the outdoor entrance. The ants will get the message that they aren’t welcome. Lemons are also effective against roaches and fleas: Simply mix the juice of 4 lemons (along with the rinds) with 1/2 gallon (2 liters) water and wash your floors with it; then watch the fleas and roaches flee. They hate the smell.

7. Treating Arthritis and Rheumatism Lemon contains potassium which Lemon is a diuretic – assists in the production of controls high blood pressure and reduces the urine which helps you to reduce inflammation by 10. Anti-Aging effect of nausea and dizziness. flushing out toxins and bacteria while also giving you Lemon water reduces the production of free radicals 3. Create Blonde Highlights which are responsible for aging skin and skin damage. relief from arthritis and rheumatism. Lemon water is calorie free and an antioxidant. For salon-worthy highlights, add 1/4 cup lemon juice 8. Prevents Kidney Stones to 3/4 cup water and rinse your hair with the mixture. Regular consumption of the refreshing drink — or Read More: www.trueactivist.com Then, sit in the sun until your hair dries. To maximize even lemon juice mixed with water — may increase the effect, repeat once daily for up to a week the production of urinary citrate, a chemical in the 4. Mental Health

Lemon water can also prep up your mood and relieve you from depression and stress. Long distance walkers and world travelers as well as explorers look upon the lemon as a Godsend. When fatigue begins, a lemon is sucked through a hole in the top. Quick acting medicine it is, giving almost unbelievable

urine that prevents the formation of crystals that may build up into kidney stones. 9. Keep Insects Out of the Kitchen

You don’t need insecticides or ant traps to ant-proof your kitchen. Just give it the lemon treatment. First squirt some lemon juice on door thresholds and windowsills. Then squeeze lemon juice into

Potential health benefits C, 40 times normal vitamin A, high levels of anthocyanin (resulting in blue tomatoes), and two to four times the normal amount of lycopene (n u m e r o u s available cultivars with the high crimson gene).

T o ma t o e s are now eaten freely t h r o u gh o u t the world. They contain the carotene lycopene, one of the most powerful natural antioxidants. In some studies, lycopene, especially in cooked tomatoes, has been found to help prevent prostate cancer, but other research contradicts this claim. Lycopene has also been shown to improve the skin’s

ability to protect against harmful UV rays. A study done by researchers at Manchester and Newcastle universities revealed that tomato can protect against sunburn and help keeping the skin looking youthful. Natural genetic variation in tomatoes and their wild relatives has given a genetic plethora of genes that produce lycopene, carotene, anthocyanin, and other antioxidants. Tomato varieties are available with double the normal vitamin

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Bric-a-Brac Needed HELP Murcia Mar Menor needs Brica-Brac for their car Boot stall at the Sunday market in the Autocine, Los Narejos. Anything from Cutlery to Clothing and Bags to Bedding would be appreciated.

through the proposed donations to good causes. The membership unanimously ratified the proposal that a donation of €10,000 be made, split between 6 organisations and 2 individual families as follows:

The stall provides a steady income for the charity and enables it to Help All Kinds of People with All Kinds of Problems. Please help us to help others.

€2,000 to Caritas La Puebla €2,000 to Aidemar San Javier €2,000 to Afemar Lo Pagan €2,000 to Prometeo Torre Pacheco €1,000 to Caritas Sucina €1,000 to Caritas Torre Pacheco €500 for equipment and travel to a

At this year’s AGM on 17th March, HELP’s President, Bernard Ash, went

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Zac’s owner sadly died leaving him and 2 other dogs needing homes, the other 2 found homes quickly but Zac is still waiting. He is a Mastin x Labrador, around 6 years old, neutered, chipped and good with other dogs and cats. Call: 645 469 253. www.petsinspain.com

bubi

Bubi’s is in need of a home, he has been in a family environment since he was a puppy, he is house trained, good with children and other dogs. He is up to date with all vaccinations, chipped, rabies and neutered. Call: 645 469 253. www.petsinspain.com

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family in Roldan, and €500 for equipment and travel to a family in Cartagena. Forthcoming Events Every second Tuesday in the month there is a charity market at La Zona Bar, Los Alcazares 11 a.m.-1 pm. HELP has a stall at the Autocine, Los Narejos every Sunday 8.30 a.m. to 12.30. Thursday 1st May, Carnival a La Zona, Los Alcazares starting at 4 p.m.

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RAFT RACE JUNE 15th

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 elina.montepinotaperleg@hotmail.com


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COMMUNITY NEWS Hi All,

Thanks to everyone coming along to the social part of Thursday nights.....it was created with you guys in mind. Tonight we have the explosive Paula and Chris aka Valentino Duo on the Los Rosales stage. Doors open for the social at 8.30pm with classes now starting at 6pm. 6pm beginners followed as always by imp/int €5 including social. Or €2.50 social only. Food available. Hope you can come along and support your dance class... we need you to keep it all going. Next week its our clubs dinner and show and our disco all for the fantastic price of €10..... NOWHERE else can you get a show and a THREE COURSE MEAL WITH WINE for just a tenner.....its a club non profit discounted price..so please support it. If you are a club member you can reserve and pay me on the door..... www.modern-jive-spain.com tel Maxine 670711408 Adam 638330342 Hope to see you later. Find us on Face book hope to find you on the dance floor.

The rainbow centre

for spiritual awareness 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

BADMINT0N

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@ hotmail.com

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.”

La Bamba’s - Ballroom / Latin / Sequence Dancing

Rojales

Neighbourhood Watch

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

The next meeting of the Rojales Neighbourhood Watch Group will be held on Monday 2nd June 2014 at 11am in the Municipal Centre in Ciudad Quesada. The meeting is open to all residents living in the 03170 postal area and we look forward to welcoming you. Please tell your neighbours and come and join us. For further information about Neighbourhood Watch in Rojales please see our website www.rojalesnw.info or contact: David East (LeadCoordinator) david.east82@gmail.com or Helen Tudor (Secretary) helentudor22@gmail. com.

Fast events

Torrevieja Costa Lions Club

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 barB-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 Camposol Tickets 12 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

50+ SOLOS

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.

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, in our local area and further afield. We have been very prominent in the newspapers just recently and will be in the coming months ahead. 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 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 davedanie@gmail.com or via our web site on membership@ torreviejacostalions.org

PALS Forthcoming events trips and excursions

27thApril - 1st May. A trip half board to our Andalucian adventure. CORDOBA, SEVILLE< GRENADA, and a visit to the white villages and RONDA. Centrally located hotels. From Pto de Mazarron, Country Club and Camposol. 320 Euros in double sharing. PALS recommend FORGET ME NOT at the Summer Solstice, Mazarron Country Club % eUros 8pm Steve Fisher (Rod Stewart) and Magnetic Surf. 18th October - 25th October Cancellation list now for a super trip all inclusive cruise, gratuities, port taxes, drinks, entertainment, food and transport to Valencia from just 690 Euros. Visit Palma de MALLORCA, ROME, FLORENCE,SARDINIA and CORSICA. If this is your first cruise it wont be your last!!! PALS information 626 460465 or www.pals.sm4.biz Tickets Saturdays 11 till 1.30 at The Trevi on B Sector Camposol or Wednesday 1 till 3 La Ratatouille in Pto de Mazarron.

COFFEE MATES

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Mallazo Our grapevines have matured into proper vines. By that I mean that over the winter they resemble gnarled dead stumps, such as is found outside the Lair of the Fire Breathing Dragon in any good Disney cartoon. But now they have burst into fecundity, tender green leaves sprouting daily from their delicate tendrils as they eagerly clamber across the gazebo erected for their comfort. However, they have grown too heavy for the slender wires provided for their support, so on Bob’s advice we went to the builder’s supply yard to look for an iron frame that was light enough to be placed on top of the gazebo without the assistance of an Icelandic strong man,

yet was robust enough to maintain elevation for the galloping enthusiasm of their growth. I knew what I wanted, but not what it was called. Barbara’s Big Dictionary was no help to me – it didn’t have an entry for ‘a sort of framey thing about this big, made of iron rectangles about this size and about this thick, that we can put on top of the gazebo to support the grapevines so that they don’t collapse on our heads.’ I would have to hope to see what I wanted, and stumble on from there. Builder’s supply yards are full of all manner of treasures, and we traipsed through aisles of tiles, past bags of bounty for mixing up all kinds of cement and other mysterious stuff, round pipes of all dimensions and shapes, balustrades, palisades and grades of sand and gravel, stones by the sackful in most of the colours of the rainbow, but no metal framey things of any description. By now we had persisted josbiggs@hotmail.co.uk

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without success through the entire yard to the rubbish dump. Gazing in depression at the accumulated detritus I spotted hidden in its depth – lots of framey things! Revitalised, I sought and found an assistant – as wiry and light as the framey thing I was after, but smaller. ‘Follow me!’ I exhorted, and we trotted in tandem to the dump. ‘I want one of those.’ I pointed. ‘But I don’t know what it’s called.’ ‘Mallazo.’ He informed me, smiling all over his cheerful brown face. ‘Mallazo’ I repeated, thanked him and hurried to the office to pay before I forgot what I was paying for. It’s not difficult to spot that I’m not Spanish, so in the spirit of helpfulness the office chica asked in English if she could help. ‘Mallazo’ I replied in Spanish. I had to reply in Spanish, I have no idea what a mallazo is in English!

alqueria For Manuela a competitor The rumour mill had been grinding out stories of a new arrival in the Newcomer’s barrio. A female who has recently returned after a long absence from Alqueria. The girl or rather woman has the given name of Gabriela. Tall, raven haired, olive skinned and with eyes like paperweights. A description which bears an uncanny resemblance to Manuela, the Hill People’s very own heroine and ‘femme fatale’. Manuela decided to investigate and weigh up the competition. If Gabriela did indeed classify as a rival it could lose Manuela the ability to influence male Newcomers. Something she has been doing for years with great effect by deploying her arsenal of womanly wiles. Disguised as a one armed prickly-pear salesman with a limp and dandruff, Manuela entered the lair of the Newcomers, the Bar La Golondrina Verde. There in an alcove surrounded by the cream of Newcomer manhood was the woman Gabriela. ‘A force to be reckoned with’ Manuela thought. She quickly made her way back to the Bar La Casa Devante to plan and scheme. Manuela duly sent a note to Gabriela asking for a showdown on neutral ground in the old olive grove to the north of the village. Now, fights are always popular. Fights between women even more so but a catfight between the two village beauties promised to bring out the whole village. Anselmo Adamso, Alqueria’s very own war correspondent and photojournalist, although we only have his word for it asked Manuela if he could be the official photographer. Manuela threatened to shred him through a garlic press causing Adamso to take flight and hide in Poyato’s John MacDonald (El Sordo) - www.caratacus.eu

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hay loft where he stayed for three weeks. Twelve noon at the olive grove, corny but it works. With a tossing of curly hair and the flashing of deep brown almond eyes the two women approached each other. The villagers waited, expectant. The men with their cameras at the ready. This promised to be the spectacle of the year. Manuela and Gabriela stood face to face their, noses almost touching. Brown soulful eyes stared unblinkingly into brown soulful eyes. The villagers looked on as the rivals eye-balled each other. The gentle afternoon breeze ruffled hair but not tempers as the scrutiny continued. The would-be pugilists continued their stand-off, neither flinching nor giving ground. The villagers soon became bored, most headed for the bar. The afternoon shadows grew longer and Loco Paco was out for his evening stroll deep in conversation with his imaginary pet rodent, Bert. Still the deadlock continued. Will the stalemate be broken with violence? Will they ever blink again? Will they develop moss on their north side? We shall see.

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Eggs with Your Omelette? We had arrived early at the plush Simplon Orient Express lounge on platform 2 at Victoria Station ahead of many of our fellow passengers who were yet to arrive. Our daft driver had got it all wrong and arrived at our Gatwick hotel at the ungodly hour of 7am instead of 8.00. We had dressed appropriately, having donned the very best ensembles that Messrs Primark and M&S could provide. Our luggage was tagged and taken into custody by the attractive uniformed reception staff and we had wandered off to the main concourse to have ourselves a leisurely breakfast. We arrived back an hour later to find the place buzzing. Liveried porters were loading designer luggage onto trolleys, couriers were answering innumerable questions from well turned out travellers and the whole lounge and adjoining platform area was fizzing like a vigorously shaken bottle of bubbly. We helped ourselves to two cups of complimentary coffee and took in the whole thrilling scene. I was waiting in the short queue with those wishing to take advantage of the in house conveniences (there were by this time a hundred or so people milling about and the facilities were limited) when a delightful lady in front of me turned her head and exclaimed: ‘Isn’t this exciting!’ I knew what she meant of course but I was on the verge of coming back with something like: ‘What, queuing for the bog on Victoria Station?’ But then thought better of it, not knowing if she

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would appreciate my cutting edge humour, which is admittedly not in the tradition of the Orient Express or Hercule Poirot. She was genuinely and rightfully aflame with enthusiasm for our forthcoming trip, which not only involved travelling on the legendary British Pullman and Orient Express trains, but later having sampled the delights of the Italian Lakes and Venice for eight days, we would be sailing off on a Mediterranean and Adriatic odyssey on board the iconic Queen Elizabeth. This was to be the trip of which dreams are made. It was only much later on in our adventure that we had reason to talk at length with the lady and her husband, when we found that we had been allocated seating at the same table on board ship. It was to be the start of a memorable twelve days in the company of our new friends. All of us come into contact with many people during our life time, but it’s only very occasionally that we meet someone with whom there is an instant rapport, an identical outlook on life and the willingness to buy a round of drinks occasionally. And most of all, a matching well developed and daft sense of humour. Thus it was with Sarah and Adrian. On returning to our cabin – no sorry, they must be referred to as staterooms these days the princess and I were discussing our evening when she asked me what I thought of our travelling companions and I remember telling her that these were people that I simply knew would remain friends long after the trip was ended. There is a choice of dining on board the QE, with several specialist eateries; the sumptuous elegance of the Britannia which was our preferred restaurant, or the Lido

Buffet if we were in a hurry or simply fancied a change. It was here in the Lido that the following exchange took place between Adrian and one of the short order cooks on the omelette section. Adrian: ‘A ham omelette please’ Cook: ‘Would you like some cheese or mushrooms?’ Adrian: ‘Yes and some eggs please Cook: ‘Well I think I can manage that’ (Giggles) Adrian: ‘It’s nice to see such a big smile’ (More giggles) Adrian: ‘I can’t place that accent. Where are you from?’ Cook: ‘Madagascar’ The cook then went into a long detailed account of the flora and fauna of Madagascar and its physical attributes. Meanwhile, Adrian’s omelette is being assembled at a snail’s pace and the queue is getting longer. Eventually Adrian tried to cut her short. Adrian: ‘It sounds wonderful, I would love to go there’ Cook: ‘So what you waitin’ for?’ Adrian: omelette!’

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Another couple on board, who had also been on the train journey, were christened by us as Barbie and Ken due to the female’s striking figure, Olympic class boobs, white blond hair and an impressive quantity of makeup. A group of us blokes were ogling her one night and expressing our envy toward her escort, when Adrian helpfully pointed out that in fact Ken the doll, had no willy. From then on we looked at Ken with different eyes. Our friends are visiting us in Spain for the first time next week and we are looking forward to more of the same silliness.


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Formentera v CD Montesinos

The 40plus Monte fans who made the short trip were entertained to a feast of great goals, skillful football, and the usual comical match official’s decisions. On a glorious sunny Saturday afternoon kick-off, Monte started the brighter with the pace of OMAR, VAZ and PAREDES causing problems against the home side defence. After 10 min’s OMAR superbly lobbed the home keeper for Monte to take the lead 0-1. Formentera’s close passing precise football doesn’t justify their place in the table and the match was developing into a tactical battle. Vaz was brought down cynically when clear on goal, only a yellow card was shown. Efforts by RUBIO, DIEGO, and VAZ should have seen Monte going in at the interval in a comfortable position, but late pressure by Formentera unnerved the Monte fans, and a great save by LOPEZ

kept the score at 0-1 at half time. Jaunpe brought on MARCOS for DANI and the sub’ saw yellow soon after the restart, for diving in the area. Long range shots by RUBIO and ANGEL went wide as Monte started to dominate. OMAR headed just wide from a VAZ cross, Monte capt’ RUBEN was given lots of space on the right, his cross finding VAZ to tap in 0-2. Formentera replied shortly after from a free kick that deflected off the wall into the net 1-2. The Monte keeper then produced another great save to keep his side’s lead, then Monte turned up the heat. RODRIGO came on in place of PAREDES and he cleverly put VAZ in to make it 1-3. A few minutes later Monte were strangely awarded a free kick inside their own half, ANGEL scored what can only be described as a brilliant piece of opportunistic cheek, when he spotted the

keeper on the edge of his area, to chip the ball into the open gateway of the goal, the Formentera players were in shock shaking their heads 1-4. Even the local police applauded what was Monte’s goal of the season. Ruben again found VAZ, who rounded the bemused keeper, to make it 1-5 and that’s how it ended. Next Sunday is Monte’s final home game of the campaign as they entertain league leaders RAFAL kickoff to be confirmed. For more information contact the website www.cdmontesinos.com or email thefullmonte2011@ hotmail.com

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Quesada Golf Society Last Wednesday there was a good turn-out for the society’s game at the picturesque golf course, El Plantio. The many palm trees which line the fairways were waiting to “suck up” wayward golf balls. The course in general was in good condition and it was evident that a lot of work has and is being done to restore the greens to pristine condition. Play got underway around lunch-time and as the game progressed the wind got stronger which made the backnine for most very challenging. The competition was an individual stableford with 2 divisions. In the Gold division the winner with 27

points on C/B was Roy Westlake. In second place with 27 points was Victor Dew and in third place on 26 points was David McSweeney. In the Silver division the winner with a very creditable score of 32 points on the day was Sheila McSweeney. She now has “bragging” rights in the McSweeney household. In second place with 29 points was Terry Smith and in third place was Pam Martin with 24 points. The best guest with 28 points was Mark Goode. The winner of the “Roy” for the most shots played was David Patrick. Nearest the Pin winners were Darryll Wright, John Mills, Pam Martin and

Stuart Watson. The presentations were made after the game on the terrace outside of the club-house at El Plantio. There is a members meeting at the Quesada Country Club on Tuesday 29th April at 10.30 am and members are encouraged to attend. The next game is another individual stableford at Las Colinas on Wednesday 7th 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 966 716 723.

San Miguel Golf Society’s April visit to La Finca was a very well attended Stableford battle in the glorious Easter sunshine which unfortunately came accompanied by the usual characteristic blowy afternoon conditions. A couple of hard fought singles matchplay games were interspersed into the day’s activities which resulted in the shattering of hopes & dreams of 2 more members as they were eliminated from this year’s knock-out competition. Norman McBride, the famous “Irish Flicker”, got the better of El Presidente, Phil

Birtwistle, in a match that swayed both ways before Norman closed it out 3 & 1. Brian Staines managed to inflict a similar fate on his opponent & Ben Price also had to graciously accept the 2 & 1 defeat. The four par 3 NTP’s were won by Norman McBride (3), Theo Boelhouwer (6), Alan Gilbert (13) & Dave Simpson (16). Alan Ewing, playing off +1, deservedly claimed the guest prize with his 33 points - great golf! The bronze category winners in ascending order were Ellen Drakesmith (28), Norman McBride (29), Stanley Matthews (31) & Chris Hamblett (32). Similar

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scoring in the silver division saw the top four as Alan McDonald (29 C/B), Mike Jordan (31), Capt Steve Davis (32) & Joost Boelhouwer (36). The gold was the best scoring division resulting in the winners being Ben Price (33), John Osborne (34), Tony Smale (36) & a superb 38 from Brian Staines earned him a well earned top spot.... well done to all in the prizes! Please bear in mind that we’re in the middle of a very busy golfing season & we do have to “guesstimate” well before we play as to how many tee times to book. This can often result in us not being able to get extra tee times & we therefore have to disappoint now & again......so please book in early. Log onto www.smgs. org to keep up to date with society matters or simply give Baz a quick buzz for details of forthcoming Wednesday meetings at which visitors are always made very welcome. Caption for pic - Some of this week’s happy winners.


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CORVERA GOLF – 22nd APRIL 2014 It was down to the Murcia Province for 22 Members & guests who made the long trek to Corvera Golf on the journey it was a lovely sunny day until we got there. When we got out of the car the sun was shining but there was a very cold and strong wind. Forunately the course played relatively easy with a good run on the ball when it hit the fairway, which accounted for some very good scores. There was one singles & one doubles match played, the results were Arthur Williams & Mick Hithersay defeating Merv Williams and Ron Swift 2 up. In the singles Rocket Ron beat Rodney Smith 4 and 2. RESULTS GOLD CATEGORY 1st: Merv Williams 34 pts 2nd: Les Yates 33 pts 3rd: Ron Swift 31 pts 4th: Liam Foley 30 pts cb 5th Robert Scott 30 pts SILVER CATEGORY 1st: Rocket Ron 37 pts 2nd: Mick Hithersay 32

pts 3rd: Ken Hopkins 30 pts 4th: Barney Hickey 29 pts Nearest the Pins Hole 3: Barney Hickey Hole 8: S Thorbjorn Hole 15: Ron Chambers Hole 17: Les Yates Best Guest: Steve Wild 32 pts Longest Drive: Mike Penny. The next game is back again to Murcia and to Altorreal Golf on Tuesday May 13th first tee 10.15am. May 2nd sees the final match of the season in the Vega Baja Premier Golf League at El Valle Golf Resort against Don Cayo Golf Society Tee Time10:00 So it was the long journey, made longer by some members going in the wrong direction for the return to Izzy’s Bar and the presentations and the luxury of more and more of Roxy’s

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munchies, made the trip worthwhile. For more information or if you wish to play with the arguably the friendliest Golf Society contact Ron Nicholson on 678849142 or email sanmigron@gmail.com Photo: Gold Category: Les Yates – Ron Swift – Liam Foley Silver Category: Ron Nicholson – Mick Hithersay – Ken Hopkins

This coming weekend ITV Orihuela RFC B team near the end the their league fixtures with just more matches to go, with everything very tight at the top between Squalos, Cartagena and Orihuela RFC. On Saturday Orihuela RFC will be playing away to Cartagena and a win here could give them a chance of winning the league depending on how Squalos do and a defeat could just give the advantage to Cartagena, so lots to play for. Also the ITV Orihuela RFC cadetes are playing their last league game of the season against Cartagena as well on Saturday, before the B team’s game at 16.00.

Orihuela’s final game is also away to Yecla on 10 May, so two tough games to finish the league with as Yecla have got pride to play for, and from the home game we know how difficult they can be to breakdown. Also the team are back training this week after the Easter break, so looking forward to seeing plenty of players down there ready for the big game at the weekend. Soon will be the 7’s season with Elche holding the Alan Davies memorial 7’s on 17 May and on the same day Albacete are holding their 7’s. Up next at the moment is then the Murcia 7’s on 7 June

followed by the exhibition 7’s in Formentera del Segura. So still plenty of rugby to watch after the season finishes. 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)

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@ Alicante Golf Wednesday 23rd April 2014 The warmer weather is finally here and with shorts donned it was off northbound to Seve Ballesteros designed course of Alicante Golf. As we set out it was apparent that the course was playing short, as most if not all the tees were brought forward to allow repair of other teeing grounds. This played into the hands of several players whom received 2 shots on holes. Having said all that it was not long before the wind whipped up and counteracted this !!!! We decided to play a team game (Yellow Ball) as well as individual stableford and having carried out the draw in the clubhouse prior to starting the rules were briefed. Turns taken with the ball and the player with the ball was the only score on the card (Double points). If the ball was hit OOB or in the water it was game over. My team well !!! say no more Alec !! 1st tee, 1st shot...... OOB (Driving range) Game over !! No score. It was all a bit of fun and enjoyed. Team Buchanan winners with 38 points. Thanks to Dave Smith for donating the prizes.

Thanks again to the kind donations of prizes we covered all par 3’s NTP, 2’s sweep, 1st & 2nd Place and the best Front & Back 9. A big thank you to Ron and Yolanda at the Sportsman for cooking a great feast after the game Superb Food, the menu in the bar is a must if our food is anything to go by. Nearest the Pin prizes donated by the Sportsman Bar. Our thanks also go to prize donations from Spanish John, Jake the Barber, Spiced Hut, Quesada and The Club, Quesada. Winners of the Day : Winner : Willie Buchanan 35 points Runner-up : Brian Leys 34 points (Lowest H/ Cap) Nearest the Pins : 3rd Ian Faulkner 6th John Sanchez 8th No Winner 12th Willie Buchanan

15th David Gray 17th David Gray Front 9 : Tony (2 Shots) Wilson 22 points Back 9 : David Gray 17 points 2’s Sweep : Alec Aspden €39.00 Football Card : Dave Smith Thanks all for a great day, REMEMBER next outing will be MONDAY (NOT WEDNESDAY) 26th May @ Lo Romero, €42 Green Fee/Buggy, 1 place still available (at time of going to press). Details of all outings can be found on the Society Golfing webpage, www. societygolfing.co.uk Login: sportsman Password : sportsman FOLLOW US ON SPORTSMAN GOLF SOCIETY New members always welcome for more info email : sportsmangolf@ hotmail.com


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Lo Marabu Golf Society

Lo Marabu Golf Society (in association with Costa Blanca Green Fee Services) at El Plantio on 24th April 2014. For this month’s meeting a group of 28 players visited the established course at El Plantio taking advantage of the excellent society deal obtained from Costa Blanca Green Fee Services. This is the first time for a number of years that our society have played this course and was generally well received by our members although the caddy master did insert a 4 ball in the middle of our group ‘at the turn’ who were slow and which made play on the back nine holes slower than we would have expected. The course has clearly undergone significant work particularly on the greens which were much better than when we last played and in general the course was in good condition. The winning scores on the day were as follows:

2nd – Harry Farnell - 32 points

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3rd – Mike Probert – 31 points

Nearest the Pin on 9th – Wayne Matthews Dog of a Day Trophy – Rick Matthews After the game we returned to the Lo Marabu, which is located at Dona Pepa, Quesada for a welcome meal prepared by the bar and the prize presentation and we give our thanks for their continued support. Our next fixture is the social day at Mar Menor on 12th May 2014 followed by the monthly meeting at La Peraleja on 29th May 2014. Report by Mike Probert of Costa Blanca Green Fee Services on 966 704 752 or 661 345 931 or see us at our web-site at www.costablanca-greenfees.com.

EUROGOLF SOCIETY APRIL 24TH. This week was the annual Captain Vs Vice Captain’s Challenge. The Captain and Vice Captain pick their teams who then go out and do battle in a 4ball Stableford. This week there were approx 68 players and we had a shotgun start at 8.10. The heat was relentless and it was a hard day at the office. However, at the end of the day a clear winner emerged, with Captain’s choices winning 11-6. Strangely, the winner gets a baseball cap, and the runner up a nice trophy. The game was followed by a Free Lunch for players in THE CLUBHOUSE RESTAURANT . Very nice it was too. RESULTS: 1st John Fairhurst & Alan Venables 7 5 points. (Captain) 2nd Norman Woods & Vince Tocker 71 points. (Captain) 3rd David Blanchette & Mike Gillett 70 points (Vice Captain) Best Man: J. Barraclough, Best Lady: Gina Ashworth, both with 36 points Nearest The Pins: 5th J. Fairhurst. 11th T.

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1st – Winston Blackwood - 33 points

Best Front/ Back 9 holes – Andy Jones and Dave Marriott

Stanley. 15th R. Richings 17th D. Blanchette Football Draw. K. Brett, V. Tocker, F. Berndt, R. Richards. Due to a tradition of nobody winning 2 major prizes, the highest Scorer of the day didn’t win the highest scoring man prize, as he was in the 2nd place team. Well done to Norman Woods who scored a magnificent 42 points.

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TMGS Match Report Captains Day, Campoamor 23th April 2014. St George’s Day saw 52 members and guests of TMGS having their Captain’s Day at Campoamor Golf Course which was, as ever, in very good condition but still a tough track to negotiate. The day itself was, as is this time of the year, bathed in sunshine and even though the wind picked up, it was still a very warm day and the sight of Viv Rickers at the 10th with a cold drink and beef sarnies, pork pies, sausage rolls plus her own special bread pudding was a delight to behold and quenched many a thirst and filled empty bellies. Out-going Captain Mick Kennedy sponsored the 5 NTP’s and these were won by Michael Moore (twice) and Les Wilton – also twice with the 5th being collected by local man Ray Scott. We also had a Longest Drive for the Ladies and the Men and these were won by Richard Wale (The men one just in case anyone was wondering) and the Ladies prize was won by Paula Hagart. We did have prizes for the Best Front and Back Nine, but sadly these had to be scrapped due the donor of the said prizes leaving the bottles in the back seat of his car and we all know what happens to bottles of wine when the temperatures reach in

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