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algerian men rescued 18 Algerian men have been rescued from a patera. Their boat was spotted by a military aircraft engaged in OperaciónInternacionalIndalo, acting for the AgenciaEuropea de Fronteras in operations to combat irregular migration networks on the coast of Southern Spain and the Strait of Gibraltar.


The pilot of a tug from the SociedadEstatal de Salvamento y SeguridadMarítima (Sasemar), acting for the SalvamentoMarítimo towed them to port. This rescue comes in the same week as the two wrecks, Lampedusa (Italy) and Malta, in

agricultural accident which 393 people lost their lives. The boat, an inflatable, was spotted about 50 miles south of Cartagena, and the tug SAR Mesana, was sent to tow it to port. All occupants were rescued from paterawere adult males in apparent good health. The tug was accompanied by the patrol boat Río Guadalentín, the ServicioMarítimo of the Guardia Civil. The immigrants were brought to the container dock of San Pedro, where they were examined by the Cruz Roja, and given in to the custody of the PolicíaNacional, for repatriation.

Road deaths up 33% this summer in murcia Region Eight people were killed on the roads between July and August this year, two more than in 2012, according to the Dirección General de Tráfico (DGT). The deaths on the roads in the Murcia region increased by a third over the past July and August from these same two summer months last year; in 2013 there were eight deaths, compared to six in 2012. In the whole of Spain, fatalities were up in Cantabria, Madrid and Asturias, according to provisional data provided by the DGT, which does not include accidents on urban roads. In percentage terms, the biggest rise was Cantabria, with 400 percent, going from one death to five, followed by Madrid, with 320 percent (5 in 2012 and 16 in 2013) and

Asturias (6 in the past year, 11 in this one). Also increased, but to a lesser extent, are statistics in Aragón, Murcia, País Vasco and La Rioja, but in the country as a whole the number of fatalities decreased by 10 percent (235 deaths, 25 less than in the summer of last year). In the two autonomous states of Canarias and Navarrathe number of deaths remained unchanged and the remaining eight saw a decline, especially in the ComunidadValenciana (-56,6 %), Extremadura (-55,5 %) and Castilla-La Mancha (-48 %). The region of Castilla y León registered the highest number of deaths on the roads during those two months, with 38, ahead of the 33 killed on the Andalucían roads and 30 in Cataluña.

A man has been seriously injured in an agricultural accident at La Palma The ServiciosSanitarios de Emergencia were called to a man who was seriously injured when handling a mechanical plough at La Palma, according to sources at the Centro de Coordinación de Emergencias. The injured man called the 112 Services himself, saying that he was in his house at the roadside, about a kilometre out from La

Palma in the Cartagena direction. He reported that the plough had gone over his leg, causing a wound, but that he had not become entangled in the machinery. A UnidadMóvil de EmergenciadelSMS attended, and confirmed that the plough blade had caused an open wound in his quadriceps, which was stabilised before he was taken to the Hospital Santa Lucía de Cartagena.

man rescued from rambla A man has been rescued from the Pantano de la Rambla de Algeciras

of the area were contacted, and they located

The man, 26, suffered a heavy fall, sustaining severe ankle injuries, which prevented him from walking, while out hunting with a companion in the Pantano de la Rambla de Algeciras.

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launch of soup kitchen The Hospitalidad Santa Teresa has opened soup kitchen which will be able to feed 120 people. Companies and public institutions have helped mount the third service of its kind in the City, and the second to open this year.

Santa Teresa has offered accommodation to homeless people.Currently between 25 and 30 people overnight at the Hospitalidad, a figure that increases in the winter months. The new dining room is a much needed adjunct to these facilities.

The launch of the social soup kitchen, which will be able to offer basic food support to 120 people every day, was timed to coincide with the Feast of its Patron Saint, the InstituciónBenéfica de San Antón, which was instituted almost 100 years ago.

Vicente VillarConesa said ‘The dining room seats 120 people per shift. It will be for people on the street, but open only for the provision of food, which will be of the proportions of a picnic, with a bocadillo and some fruit.’

It is on Calle José Zamora Ruiz, and was the room was acquired by the Hospitalidad, who over the last 5 months have transformed and equipped it. It is separated from the headquarters of the Hospitalidad by a narrow street, and is a short distance from the old jail and the Plaza de María Cristina (el Escudo). The Hospitalidadhas invested 500,000 euros in this project, which has been financed by government grants of various programs. Its Presidente, Vicente VillarConesa, said that grant aid, materials and equipment as well as work, were offered by FundaciónRepsol, Cáritas, the Ayuntamiento, Gas Murcia, UCAM, RefrigeraciónGuillén and ConstruccionesMarsac. For the past 97 years the Hospitalidad de

The new soup kitchen will be opened by theConsejera de Sanidad y Política Social, Ángeles Palacios, after the events planned to mark the Dia de Santa Teresa. As is the tradition, there will be a mass in the hall, with the presentation of awards to members and employees of the institution, followed by a tour of the facilities for officials and guests. The soup kitchen has thirty tables for four people in one room of about 200 square metres. The kitchen is equipped as a hospitality business, with a large area of stoves and ovens, a cold room for preparing salads, large cold storage rooms for the preservation of perishables and a pantry.

1st female Malaysian Grand Prix winner Ana Carrasco, from Cehegin, has finished in 15th place in the Moto3 Grand Prix of Malaysia

The Murcian rider, the only woman in the championship, has become not only the first woman, but also the first Spanish woman in motorcycling history to score points in the world championship at the end of the Malaysian Grand Prix Moto3, at the Sepang circuit. ‘To score points was one of our goals from the beginning of the season and now we will just have to try to stay on the line and keep adding all the points we can; the more the

better!’ said Ana. ‘I’m excited because I think I rode a good race. At first I struggled a bit because people were falling a lot, and I preferred to take it easy.’ She said, adding ‘then I have a hard time to recover positions, but when there were about six laps to go I put myself at the head of my group, and my only goal was that nobody passed me.’ ‘In the end, on the last lap I was passed by Isaac Viñales; he reached the finish a little bit before me, but hey!it’s my first point and I have to be super happy.’


Country music comes to Camposol

On Friday 4th October, The line dancers danced their boots off, and the couples were .A few people also singing while dancing jiving - All thanks to a wide and varied mixture of Country music from local girl –Christine We have introduced a “blast from the past” in relation to line dancing—The dance revived was “Into the Arena” , a really popular dance from a few years ago ---The next one to be resurrected -on 1st November -is “Riding” , so start practising Meeting on the 1st Friday of each month in the Club House Camposol-we play requests , teach a line dance, then a couples dance

Valencia: Contemplate Calatrava’s Concrete Curves Valencia’s beaches are gorgeous and well appointed, with volleyball courts and seafood restaurants. Paella is the local speciality and it has to be tried! On the odd day when the rain is falling, though, you can while away many a spellbound hour at the truly spectacular City of Arts and Sciences – a complex of brilliant white, spiky and curvaceous buildings designed by one of Spain’s most famous modern

architects, Santiago Calatrava. Within the oddly centipede-like structures there’s a fantastic aquarium filled with colourful fish life, a contemporary art museum and an opera house. Closer to the old city centre, there’s also the lovely Baroque Silk Exchange building and the modernist iron and stained glass Central Market building, which is still a bustling market to this day. Source –

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Last year Maria and the Pink Ladies celebrated international breast cancer day by selling helium filled pink balloons to the public and then releasing them all together (pictures attached), there were approximately 800 pink balloons released and as you know ALL of the proceeds go to the AECC for research and their early detection programme. This year Maria and the Pink Ladies have been invited by the management of Zenia Boulevard at La Zenia to hold the event at Zenia Boulevard where hopefully more than 2000 could be sold and released. The event will be held on Saturday 19th October 2013 although Maria and the Pink Ladies will be in attendance at the Boulevard on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th of October selling tickets that are attached to a helium filled balloon, the ticket will have the details of the purchaser of the balloon as there is a gift of 100 euros to the purchaser of the balloon that travels the furthest and is returned by the finder who will receive 20 euros for sending the

balloon back. There will also be a space on the ticket for people to write a personal message to a loved one they may have lost to cancer. On the Saturday 19th there will be a full days live entertainment provided by some of the best live entertainers on the Costa Blanca including Male vocalists Paul Micheal, Dan Davy and Kyle Jaymes, Suzy G and her dancers, 6 piece soul band Soul Power, Soul singer Richie Alexander, female vocalists Rhionne and Ashley Tweddle, Nikki G and duet Incognito, Abba Elite, Rob Bonovox, The Jazz Singer, Raquel Pena’s Flamenco for all, The Matrix Rock Choir, The Kingsbury dance academy and much more. The entertainment gets under way from 12.00 mid day and finishes at about 8.00pm, the balloons will be released to Nessum Dorma sung by the classicaly trained Paul Paul Micheal. The release of the balloons will be spectacular and the whole day a day to remember but most importantly All of the money raised will once again be donated by Maria and the Pink Ladies to the AECC.


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Readers from Campoverde and San Pedro del Pinatar, are both concerned and ashamed, at the scruffy sight that greets residents and visitors, on way to their respective towns, and ask, would we be so kind as to give publicity to same. Not a problem, thanks for the e-mails.


The shattered plastic structure, which I guess at one time, provided a colourful welcome to Campoverde has, to my knowledge, stood in this sorry state, for three years. Campoverde parish pump magazine, Campoverde Scene, some two years ago, included this

shameful edifice, hoping that some action would be taken by the powers that be. I will ask Mr. Mayor to comment on the inaction. The building that greets visitors, just the other side of Boat Island, on entering San Pedro, had, at one time, a giant golden Buddha over the entrance. Where that ended up, is anyone’s guess! Readers may remember, that the Golden Buddha Discotheque, drew crowds from all along the Costa Blanca, Calida, and inland. It was said that more money was spent on drugs

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A “Sign” for the better at the disco., than the local farmacia! The building has been in a ruinous state for some years, and readers tell me is breeding ground for rats. I understand that because the building is on private ground, the owner has been asked to demolish it some time ago, but has totally ignored the ruling. I have a suspicion, that if the concerns of residents over this abomination, were raised nearer a municipal election, Jose’ , Pedro and Mick, would be wielding sledgehammers and picks, before the sun rises over the Mar Menor.

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Now it is a bit cooler, are you thinking about getting a bit fitter? The summer-long excuse of ‘Oh, it’s too hot’ won’t work any longer, but if you simply don’t feel up to anything strenuous, then think Yoga. The benefits of yoga provide both instant

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The Mojacar branch of The Royal British Legion in Spain are now out and about distributing poppy boxes to many restaurants, bars, markets and selected businesses. Last year we collected €14,859 and would of course like to beat that figure this year, with members undertaking many sponsored activities

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Welcome GO SATELLITE! Getting British TV here in Spain can be a confusing and daunting task and finding a reliable and informative company is vital. Welcome GO SATELLITE! about us GO SATELLITE was set up 8 years ago by husband and wife team Ian and Deborah. Ian has more than 20 years experience, having spent 10 years with SKY In Home Services in the UK, where he worked on the specialist heights team as well as SKY´S Prestigious VIP Team which caters for the “stars”, therefore the quality of his workmanship is extremely high! After leaving SKY, Ian set up his own business in the UK and ran this very successfully for 5 years before moving to Spain. SERVICES WE OFFER We are here to help!!!! We can arrange Installation of TV direct from the satellite with no monthly

subscription. We are able to make repairs to existing satellite systems, potentially saving you from additional costs. We are suppliers of Sky and humax receivers direct from the UK. You will find we are the cheapest on the Costa Blanca. Ask us about Sky cards and subscriptions as well as Al Jazeera cards for bars enabling viewing of Premier League Football matches. Our latest additional service is VPN routers, pop in to the office or give us a call

for more details. We are not only here for your TV and Satelite solutions, but are able to offer help with Internet and Telephone. WHERE ARE WE? GO SATELLITE is based in Ciudad Quesada and covers most of the Costa Blanca. WHY ARE WE DIFFERENT? Ian said “Being a small company has its advantages. We offer a personal service and get to know all our customers by name. It’s important to us that people fully understand and are happy with the service we are providing. We realise that the technology involved can be confusing but we are happy to spend time with our customers to ensure that they get the best system for their needs”. CUSTOMER SERVICE Any concerns or queries are dealt

with in a clear and professional manner and clients can call Ian at any point if they have any queries. This ensures that all of their customers have complete peace of mind throughout the lifetime of the service. Added to that is the fact that GO SATELLITE is a fully legal, Spanish registered business that provides individual, company and community installations with a free no obligation site survey. Go Satellite is going from strength to strength! SATISFIED CUSTOMERS! Over the past 8 years the company has installed hundreds of satellite TV systems for individuals, companies and communities. The Go Satellite system uses highest quality Portuguese-manufactured dishes and requires NO monthly payments. Packages are available to suit everybody´s requirements and budget. GO SATELLITE offer expertise, reassurance and a proven track record, which can be backed up by many a satisfied customer. OTHER SERVICES Go Satellite not only provide television but are also able to provide internet and telephone services. Packages are available

to suit all with a switch on/off service available for non residents. COME AND MEET US! We have an office in the Business Centre Calle Los Arcos No7 Ciudad Quesada, so you can now come and meet us and we will endeavour to help you with all of your TV queries. DISH ISSUES? Here at Go Satellite, we use only Top Quality Portugese dishes and Invacom LNB’s. Sky Packages are also available. If you do not have room or do not wish to have a dish, give us a call as we have a solution! At Go Satellite, we will endeavour, to provide TV for everyone.

So, if you are fed up of missing your favourite programs or you have lost your TV signal and do not want to lose out any more, then call Ian or Deborah on 965 725 670 or 646 645 579 or call into our office to find out more about GO SATELLITE and its services.

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Even if autumn is not your favourite season, maybe you’re a spring person, or perhaps a winter or summer lover, no matter what the season, it’s important to enjoy the moment. Whether it’s autumn or spring or winter or summer, remember to take time to enjoy the season in this, our chosen part of the world. Seasons come and go Enjoy them while they last! They will all come back around again -- but each and every one is worth paying attention to! Tips for Enjoying Autumn Decorate your home or room for the season. Nothing puts you in the mood for a season -- or for anything, really -- like decorating your home or room (or office!) for it. Break out some autumn-coloured accessories, pick out some pumpkins, and make your living space festive! Eat and drink some autumn favourites.

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Mix up some cocoa. Take a glass of cider. Make a pumpkin pie. Crunch an apple. One of the best ways to enjoy the season is to literally take a bite out of it! Enjoy the crisp, fresh outdoor air after the long hot summer bake. Autumn is one of the best seasons -- not too hot, not too cold. Getting outdoors and enjoying the fresh air is one of the best ways to get the most out of the autumn. Bring out the cool-weather clothes. Say hello to the easy-wear favourites – boots, jackets, sweaters and all the autumn accessories. Enjoy the novelty of dressing in trousers again! Take up a new hobby. Even if you only try it the once, try something new. You might surprise yourself. Enjoy the cosiness of a rug. As darkness falls wrap yourself up in a rug, go outside with a glass of wine, and stargaze. You don’t have to be an expert astronomer to enjoy the sight of millions of stars, all twinkling especially for you. Buy a book. Try an author you’ve never read before. Again, you may surprise yourself. Look around. There is so much to see - Pay attention to -- and enjoy -- all of the world and its people around you. Snuggle up to someone you love. Only you know who that is. Get yourself excited about the winter holidays.

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My husband and I first used the Cambridge weight plan August 2012 after seeing pictures of myself looking bigger than I had realised so decided action needed to be taken to lose those unwanted kilos and my husband decided to join me. We found we could tailor make the plan to suit our lifestyle so we used 2 meal replacements a day and had a

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To celebrate the launch of the Moxi Kiss Pro 20-channel digital hearing aid Digital Hearing at Quesada are holding an open day to enable everyone to have the opportunity to experience this latest technolgoy for themselves. • Experience your mobile phone played directly into your ears. •H  ear the television played directly into your ears. •U  se a remote microphone to hear with total clarity in any noise. The newly-launched Moxi Kiss Pro 20-channel digital hearing aids are the latest in 2013 digital technology. Signature features • 20 Channels • SpeechZone using binaural spatial processing SpeechZone automatically lets patients clearly enjoy conversations even in the toughest listening siuations. SpeechZone, enabled by

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If you wish us to print an article about a particular topic, please e-mail Q. My husband deceased nine months ago in the U.K. with an English will, but no Spanish will. We had a holiday home in Spain in joint names. What do I have to do now? A. As there is no Spanish will unfortunately it will be necessary to convalidate your husbands U.K. will and probate document for use in Spain. The first step will be to obtain probate on the U.K. will. When this has been done it will be necessary to have Hague´s Apostille affixed to the U.K. documents and then have the translated and stamped by an official translator. When this has been done your solicitor in Spain will inform you if any further documents need to be obtained for the documents to be acceptable in Spain. (English wills very often refer to trusts, which cause complications and expense when convalidating for use in Spain). In this case I am afraid your inheritance tax will be subject to surcharge as the time limit to deal with the tax office in Spain is 6 months unless you request and extension in writing within the first 5 months. As you and the deceased are non residents of Spain, the inheritance tax is paid in Madrid, but no travelling is needed as your solicitor will have and agent in Madrid who for a very small fee will do the legwork in Madrid under the solicitors instructions. The expense and timescale of the convalidation for use in Spain of the English documents will depend on the wording of the will. To avoid complications in the future make sure you instruct your solicitor to prepare a Spanish will for yourself after you have finalized your acceptance of inheritance.

Michael Davies is a Spanish Abogado and has been practicing law in Almería since 1993. He is member of the Law societies of Almería and Madrid and has offices in Mojacar and Almeria High Street.

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British Owned Houses Bulldozed

TWO British owned houses, located near the hamlet of Las Terreras in the municipality of CANTORIA in ANDALUCIA, SPAIN, were demolished today in an unannounced move by representatives of the Junta de Andalucia, the regional administration, acting on a court order. The demolitions resulted from proceedings started by the regional government in 2004 against a local promoter relating to the construction of FOUR houses without the planning permission. A firm sentence of demolition was applied to all four houses in June of this year and the promoter was ordered to demolish the properties at his own expense and to compensate the four British home owners, who, as acknowledged in the court judgement , had acted in good faith. However, it is understood that the home owners have yet to receive

anycompensation in spite of today’s demolition. Today (14th October), two of the four houses were demolished following an instruction to execute the demolition order issued by the Provincial Court in September 2013. The remaining two houses, also British owned, face the same fate. The houses were vacated at the time of their demolition. There are an estimated 300,000 illegal properties in Andalucia according to government estimates. Two more British families, purchasers in good faith have lost their home, and it appears that they have not been compensated, which AUAN considers to be against their most elemental human rights

pause for thought In my naivety I always imagined that once my daughters had married and left home they’d cease to be my responsibility and could get on with their lives without my constantly having to worry about them! How wrong could I be? My older daughter, Alison lives in Arusha, Tanzania, just a short (in African terms) 4-hour drive from Nairobi, which she regularly visits for the shops and culture, considerably better there than anything available locally. You can therefore, I’m sure, imagine the panic and worry we felt when we saw news on television of the shootings in the Westgate Centre, which left us scouring the web for further information as neither phone nor email brought any response from her. The article in the Independent about Elliot Prior, the 4-year old boy who confronted the gunman, who’d seriously wounded his mother, telling him he was “a very bad man”, did little to allay our fears, as the child’s name seemed worrying familiar. Our relief therefore when we eventually received confirmation that our daughter was safely at home in Arusha, may well be imagined, though sadly such relief was tempered with news that a cousin of her husband’s was among the dead and that young Elliot was indeed the son of a very close friend with whom Alison had been staying the previous week, and who was now fighting for her life in hospital. And I guess we’re all pretty similar; continuously concerned for our families and friends, worrying, often quite unnecessarily, even when family disputes disrupt a relationship. For blood is indeed thicker than water, and our fears, worries and concerns are merely a measure of our love, so nothing to be embarrassed or ashamed about. And, according to the Bible, God himself feels much the same about us. However independent we may think we are; however distant we may be or however badly disrupted our relationship with Him, our Heavenly father still cares and agonises over our sufferings and hurt, longing for us to seek comfort and strength in Him. Details of a number of English Language Churches are given in Sol Noticeboard for any wishing to Worship, whilst additionally, further information about the Anglican Church in this area may be seen on the web site Duncan Burr is Licensed Lay Reader for the Anglican Chaplaincy of Costa Almeria and Costa Cálida and may be contacted at

Further information about the Anglican Church and details of forthcoming events may be seen on the web site . Duncan Burr is Licensed Lay Reader for the Anglican Chaplaincy of Costa Almeria and Costa Cálida and may be contacted at



Artists Artists Everywhere on Thursday 17th October - and not a drip of paint! 12.30p.m until 5.00p.m. when the winners will be announced. For the first time a photography section has been included, meanwhile during the day there will be various demonstrations, hopefully one or more artists painting live, a few arts and crafts on display as well as fashion, food tastings, a cake competition and a cookery competition - come and join in the fun at Quesada Country Club on Thursday 17th October and perhaps even do a bit of food tasting yourself! Happy Hour will be in force from 3.00p.m. to 4.00p.m. on draught lager, Cider & Wine....And if you have never painted before there will be one or two art teachers on hand to give advice as well as the owners of a new art shop Picoya that has just opened in Benijofar!

Local Artists are out in force and will be visiting Quesada with their paintings and easels to display their work in an Art Competition at Quesada Country Club on Thursday 17th October. IT IS FREE TO VIEW and paintings will be on display to the public from

From Complete Novice to Professional Artists with a few Art Teachers added to the mix - we are pleased to welcome Glyn Whiting, Martin Robinson, David Webb and well respected Art Teacher Susanne Sayers and Animal Artist Jennifer Deakin who will be one of the judges for novice, beginners and intermediates. Anita and Dave owners of Quesada Country Club have given over the whole venue to stage this Local Art Competition and now with over 80 paintings registered and more coming in daily it looks like an exciting show! Winners will be presented with Certificates and Monetary Art Vouchers courtesy of sponsors HiFX Currency Exhange Villamartin international payments eXpertly done, Spanish Life Properties SL Real Estate Agents in Quesada and The Quesada Gold Centre recently relocated to the high street next to Panache.

a food competition where some of the audience will be invited to try some ready cooked dishes prepared by local chefs - Kas well known clairvoyant will be doing readings and Tricia Lee will be doing holistic healing and demonstrating the benefits of Indian Head Massage. There will be a raffle to raise money for The Children’s Home in Elche as we hope to get the final €250 to take the recent fundraising by QCC to €1000! For more information take a look at Quesada Country Club on fb or email

Sadly Mary Berry will not be one of our judges but you will be able to say hello to Paul Hollywood’s parents who along with two local “baking ladies” have kindly agreed to be out cake judges! There will also be

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Earthquakes in Valencia

More than 140 underwater earthquakes in Gulf of Valencia caused by gas rig By: thinkSPAIN , Wednesday, October 2, 2013 OVER 20 earthquakes were felt in the Gulf of Valencia yesterday (Tuesday), making a total of 141 in the last week and a half – the most severe of which measured 4.2 on the Richter scale. Each of them has had its epicentre near the Castor gas-drilling platform off the coast of Vinaròs (Castellón province), says the National Geographical Institute. Some 1.2 billion euros have been invested in the Castor project, which is attempting to exploit an old oil pocket around 1.75 kilometres below the sea-bed and which will cover a third of the Valencia region’s gas supply needs for 50

days. But since drilling began on September 13, nearly 300 earthquakes have been reported. Most of these have been of very low intensity, meaning they would not be felt, but lately they have reached levels that could cause damage or injury in the immediate area. The worst so far was at 03.23hrs on Tuesday morning, registering 4.2 on the Richter scale, beating the record set the previous day of 3.9. Spokesman for the Spanish College of Geographers, Jonathan Gómez Cantero warned that the micro-quakes being caused by the Castor platform’s activities were increasing in frequency and severity. Spain’s ministry for industry ordered the plant to down tools temporarily on Thursday

last week to enable experts to investigate the cause of the quakes. Yet Gómez Cantero says gas-drilling does not have to be carried out for the tremors caused by the Castor platform to be ongoing. Also a consultant for the United Nations, Gómez Cantero says the situation should remain on red alert as it is ‘not yet under control’. The quakes could have serious consequences for the area, affecting both the coast and seabed, harming marine life and leading to underwater landslides, adds the geographer. Due to its proximity to the Ebro river delta, a clay-soil area, the Gulf of Valencia is highly prone to this type of geographical phenomenon anyway, without the aggravation of a gas-drilling rig, Gómez Cantero warns.


One of the Costas most famous hotel restaurants has added a spectacular Andalucía flamenco presentation to its autumn events. The Los Alcazares historic La Encarnacion Hotel and internationally acclaimed flamenco’s artiste Raquel Pena have agreed an entertaining partnership. The maestra’s outstanding dancers, often including Luciana Ibanez and Daniel Asis can now be experienced at each Sunday evening’s dinner shows. Described as the perfect Spanish partnership the famous hotel and restaurant once hosted King Alfonso X111. The upmarket eatery provided the model Spanish setting for the American movie Garden of Eden starring Richard E. Grant. Evocatively it was home to the Soviet Union’s Red Army officers at the time Ernest Hemingway was covering the Spanish Civil War. No doubt the deafening percussion of flamenco heels will now conjure up a long lost atmosphere of the war correspondent’s Spain. Pictures: Senor Paredes, Manager and Raquel Pena. 2 x Courtyard La Encarnacion. Raquel Pena.


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Madeleine McCann: Crimewatch response ‘overwhelming’ Police probing the disappearance of Madeleine McCann in Portugal say there was an “overwhelming response” to an appeal on the BBC’s Crimewatch, with almost 1,000 calls and emails. Officers suggested the 2007 case bore hallmarks of a “preplanned abduction”. Scotland Yard said it was also looking into possible links to burglaries and bogus charity collections in the area. Crimewatch editor Joe Mather said several callers gave the same man’s name after e-fit pictures were shown. Madeleine, from Rothley, Leicestershire, was three years old when she disappeared from her parents’ holiday apartment in Praia da Luz on 3 May 2007.

Det Ch Insp Andy Redwood said Madeleine could have been abducted later than first thought Police outlined their latest findings in the search for Madeleine on BBC One’s Crimewatch on Monday. Detectives released two e-fits of a man seen carrying a child in Praia da Luz at 22:00 on the night Madeleine went missing and it was revealed that police now suspect Madeleine could have been taken later than previously thought - just before her mother returned to the apartment to check on her. In an update, Det Ch Insp Andy Redwood, the senior Metropolitan Police investigating officer, said there had been 730 phone calls and 212 emails “as a direct result of the specific lines of enquiry we issued yesterday”. “Detectives are now trawling through and prioritising that material,” he said. “This will take time.”

Crimewatch’s editor said the appeal “went better than expected” with many of the calls received from British people who had been at the resort at the time but had not previously contacted the Met. Mr Mather told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme a number of different names for the “key 10pm sighting” were mentioned and several callers suggested the same name.

Thursday 3 May 2007: Timeline • 20:30 Kate and Gerry McCann leave their apartment to have dinner at a Tapas bar • 21:05 Gerry McCann checks on Madeleine and her siblings • 22:00 A man is seen carrying a child wearing pyjamas heading towards the ocean • 22:00 Kate McCann raises the alarm that Madeleine has gone missing Det Ch Insp Redwood told Crimewatch a number of men had been seen by witnesses in the area on the day Madeleine vanished and one theory was they could have been carrying out reconnaissance. He said they wanted to track down men seen “lurking suspiciously” near the McCanns’ apartment block. The Metropolitan Police say their inquiries have led to the timeline and “accepted version of events” surrounding Madeleine’s disappearance being significantly changed. Det Ch Insp Redwood said it had been a “revelation moment” when police discovered a man seen by the McCanns’ friend Jane Tanner at 21:15 was almost certainly an innocent British holiday-maker collecting his two-year-old daughter from a nearby creche. He said: “Our focus in terms of understanding what happened on the night of 3 May has now given us a shift of emphasis. “It takes us through to a position at 10pm when we see another man who is walking towards the ocean, close by to the apartment, with a young child in his arms.” Crimewatch featured a detailed reconstruction lasting close to 25 minutes. Residents and tourists in Praia de Luz were unsure how successful the investigation would be The film is also to be shown in the Netherlands, Germany and Irish Republic this week as tourists from those countries were known to be in the resort at the time. Det Ch Insp Redwood said he would be travelling to the Netherlands and Germany to continue the appeal. Madeleine’s parents Kate and Gerry told the programme they were “hopeful and optimistic” after the fresh appeal for information. Mrs McCann said: “We’re not the ones that have done something wrong here. It’s the person who’s gone into that apartment and taken a little girl away from her family.” Continue reading the main story Inquiry: Key dates • 3 May 2007: Madeleine disappears from apartment at Ocean Club, Praia da Luz. Police notify border police and airports and hundreds join a search for her • 15 May 2007: British-born Robert Murat is made an official suspect or “arguido”


• 26 May 2007: Police issue description of man seen carrying what could have been a child the night Madeleine went missing • 7 Sept 2007: Detectives make Mr and Mrs McCann “arguidos” • 19 March 2008: McCanns accept £550,000 libel damages from Express newspapers over allegations they were responsible for Madeleine’s death • 15 July 2008: Mr Murat settles for £600,000 in damages from UK newspapers which alleged he was involved in disappearance • 21 July 2008: Portuguese shelve investigation and lift “arguido” status of the McCanns and Mr Murat • 13 May 2011: UK PM David Cameron writes to McCanns announcing “new action” by Met Police • 4 July 2013: The Met Police launch a formal investigation and say they are investigating 38 “persons of interest” • 14 Oct 2013: Police reveal new details of the investigation on Crimewatch • Inquiry timeline in full The two e-fit images released are of a man a family had seen with a blondhaired child of three or four, possibly wearing pyjamas, heading away from the McCanns’ holiday apartment. Det Ch Insp Redwood said he could be the man who took Madeleine - but there could be an innocent explanation. He also said there had been a four-fold increase in the number of burglaries in the area between January and May 2007 and one possible scenario was that Madeleine had disturbed a burglar. Police are also looking at possible bogus charity collectors operating in the area at the time and have released two e-fit images of Portuguese men they would like to identify. Police have also released e-fit images of two men seen in the area around the time that Madeleine disappeared. Two are of fair-haired men who fit similar descriptions. Portuguese police shelved their inquiry in 2008 but Scotland Yard began a review of the case in May 2011 and opened a formal investigation in July this year. BBC News correspondent Tom Burridge in Praia da Luz said Portuguese police have not commented on the Met investigation but have given the impression that they are cooperating well with their British counterparts. Mark Williams-Thomas, a child protection expert, said it was a “pity” there were no plans to show the Crimewatch appeal in Portugal. “There are a lot of residents there who may have information,” he told Today. He suggested further progress in the case required Portuguese police to reopen their investigation. E-fits of men police want to trace (Top row l-r): Sighted at 22:00 carrying girl; Seen near McCanns’ apartment; Charity collector; (Bottom row l-r) Different image of man sighted at 22:00; Seen near McCanns’ apartment; Seen in Ocean club resort on 3 May Kate and Gerry McCann said they were “hopeful” new information would emerge An image showing how Madeleine might look aged nine was issued in April Madeleine and her brother and sister were left in the apartment at 20:30 while her parents dined with friends at a nearby restaurant. Mr McCann checked on them at 21:05 and Mrs McCann raised the alarm at 22:00. In the programme, Mrs McCann described the moment that “panic kicked in” after returning to the apartment to find her daughter missing.


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The Red Palm Weevil Rhynchophorus ferrugineus has become a serious pest of palm trees in Iberia. Originally from tropical Asia, this beetle reached Spain in the mid-1990s. Its effect on palms in areas it has invaded has been devastating. Although originally localised in Spain, there has been a population explosion during the past few years. This has led to the loss of thousands of palms, at great expense. Red Palm Weevils are large insects. Adults may reach a length of 5cm. As with most weevils, a prominent rostrum is present, with the mouthparts located at the end of this. This rostrum makes the Red Palm Weevil appear to have a large snout. Given its size, rostrum and bright red colouration with variable black markings, the Red Palm Weevil is unmistakeable. Adults have diurnal habits, making their detection easier. Larvae live within palms and can reach a large size. The grubs can be separated from larvae of other beetle species that live in palms such as chafers (most notably the black Potosia opaca) because the larvae of the Red Palm Weevil lack legs, whereas the larvae of chafers have six small legs. Unlike the Red Palm Weevil, these chafers feed on rotting material and will not damage healthy palms. The Red Palm Weevil is an unmistakable insect (K. Bensusan)

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A range of palm species have been reported as affected by the Red Palm Weevil. In Spain, this beetle is most commonly reported infesting Phoenix species, with records of weevils on Washingtonia being less regular. Infestations are common in the Canary Palm Phoenix canariensis and the Date Palm Phoenix dactylifera, but the Canary Palm seems to be the most seriously affected species. Mature palms are most susceptible, making the damage incurred more costly. The Red Palm Weevil causes a high incidence of mortality in all species that it infests and has caused the death of thousands of palms in Andalucia over the last few years. Common targets are palms that have been pruned recently (especially if the pruning has not been carried out to a high standard and has left scars), or which have been weakened due to transplantation. Since adults are most active during the summer months, this period presents the highest probability of new infections. Can infections be prevented? Recently pruned, damaged and recently transplanted palms are most susceptible to attacks by adult weevils. Pruning and transplantation of palms should be avoided during the hotter months of the year (April to October), as this increases the probability of infection due to the increased activity of adult weevils. Treatment of palms can begin before infection has been proven if there are infected palms in the vicinity. Treatment methods for plants without symptoms are outlined in the Table. How can infected palms be identified? Diagnosing infections with Red Palm Weevils is not easy at first. During the initial stages of infection, the weevil occurs at low densities and causes limited damage, which may in addition be masked by the state of the injured or sickly palms that they prefer to attack. However, symptoms become obvious once palms become infested. The time taken before symptoms become apparent, as well as the symptoms themselves, depend on factors such as the point of entry of weevils, level of infestation and health of the palm in question, with unhealthy palms showing symptoms more quickly.

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Opening this weeks show for love week were Abbey Clancy and Aljaz and their Jive. A bit stiff but not a bad attempt. She needed to have her feet closer together on her chasses, but coped with quite a good variety of steps. I awarded her a 6 and the judges 28. Next were Patrick Robinson and Anya with a Foxtrot. Started nicely but unfortunately, that’s where it ended. It was flat footed had no swing or sway and lacked elegance. I found it disappointing and gave him 5 and the judges 27. Dave Myers and Karen then danced a Paso Doble. Capes again - boring. What on earth was this supposed to be a comedy routine?!! Absolutely awful more like a bull in a China shop having a paddie tantrum, although the crowd loved him. I awarded him a 3 and the judges 16. Following were Fiona Fullerton and Anton with their version of Waltz. Lack of lifted core and no drive through her feet left this waltz plonky. There was elegance but it was marred because of the points mentioned although she did

get through her steps this week. I gave her 5 and the judges a very generous 28. Rachel Riley and Pasha followed with Cha Cha Cha. Even though Rachel was trying to use her hips her lack of use of feet and ankles left this heavy and a bit boring and robotic although an improvement on last week. I gave her 5 and judges a total of 27. Next to perform were Mark Benton and Iveta with an American Smooth. Even though Mark always tells the story well, I wish someone would tell him how to use his feet! Plates of meat spring to mind, I found this very disappointing and gave him a 4 and judges 26. Out next were Ben Cohen and Kristina with Rumba. Much improved, he looked masculine although he needs to learn how to use his spare arm. I gave him 7 with the judges 28. The next couple were Sophie Ellis Bextor and Brendan dancing the difficult Samba. She gave this a good attempt with difficult choreography. She is musically good but lacking technique

at this early stage of the competition. I awarded her 7 with the judges 31. The next performance came from Julien MacDonald with Janette and a Jive. The most improved of the week. She had him working on a small trampoline and it worked, great kicks and flicks and full of enthusiasm although lacking a bit of timing and rhythm. I gave him 7 and judges a mean total of 22. Susannah Reid and Kevin then performed a Viennese Waltz. This was a nice elegant performance with the core starting to be lifted. Musical and soft with a good fleckerl (turn on the spot). I gave 8 and the judges 34. Performing next were Vanessa Feltz and James with their Tango. Oh dear! Awful springs to mind, plonky, she was being dragged around the floor with no resemblance to a Tango, that said the music would have been more suited to a Cha Cha. I gave her a sympathy vote of 2 with the judges 20. Following were Ashley Taylor Dawson and Ola with Samba. A great attempt at a

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Lemon Maple, Blackberry and Fig Mascarpone. 3Aaah! bacon! Is there a smell more likely to make your mouth water than the smell of frying bacon? Suddenly bacon has gone from demon to divine! Of course the Atkins Diet had a lot to do with suggesting that bacon was better for losing weight than lettuce. However, there is a school of thought that says that bacon kicks our metabolism into gear, making us lose more weight than if we never ever partook of a single slice – just don’t eat too much of it! 2 The age-old beverage of choice, mead, is suddenly seeing a surge in popularity. Made from fermented honey mead fortified Vikings and was the drink of choice of Medieval kings, not to mention various monasteries, who vied with each other to produce the best mead. Some archeological evidence of fermented honey drinks goes back as far as 9,000 years, and mead was regularly drunk 4,000 years ago. Todayit’s gone upmarket, and varieties of mead can be found for sale boasting flavours ranging from cherry to chili pepper! 1 The humble Kale has suddenly and unexpectedly been thrust into the top spot as the most amazing super food ever. Farmers who used to grow it for their cows can now get different coloured and textured varietiesof kale, and can demand top prices for this Cinderella vegetable. Yes, it’s rich in antioxidants, iron, fibre and vitamins, and can be prepared in any number of different and interesting ways, but even kale itself is probably a little surprised at its new stature!


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460g uncooked white rice 1.5 litres chicken stock, divided 3 cloves garlic 1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley 1/2 teaspoon curry powder 5 threads saffron salt and ground black pepper to taste 4 tablespoons olive oil 1 onion, diced

 (1.35kg) whole chicken, 1 cut into small pieces 255g peeled and deveined small prawns, diced 6 small lobster tails 225g clams in shell, scrubbed 200g small mushrooms 150g peas 1 (85g) tin mussels, drained

1. Rinse rice with cold water; drain; set aside. Bring the chicken stock to the boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat, reduce the heat to low, cover and keep warm. Work the garlic, parsley, curry powder, saffron threads, salt, black pepper and 125ml of the hot chicken stock together with a mortar and pestle until a smooth liquid forms; set the seasoning liquid aside. 2. Heat the oil in a paella pan over medium-high heat; cook and stir the onion until lightly browned. Stir in the chicken, prawns, lobster and clams; cook and stir until the chicken is no longer pink in the centre, about 10 minutes. Pour in the seasoning liquid. 3. Stir in the rice, pour in the hot chicken stock and simmer until the rice is nearly tender, about 15 minutes. Add mushrooms, peas and mussels; stir two times and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat; cover and let stand until rice is soft and flaky, about 7 minutes.


Royal British Legion Poppy Concert

Elvis & Friends Fantastic NEW Show

Municipal Theatre, Torrevieja Wednesday 6th November 7.30pm Local music supremo, Nigel Hopkins, is masterminding and presenting the annual Royal British Legion Poppy Concert this year at the Municipal Theatre in Torrevieja on Wednesday 6th November. In a packed programme of entertainment the show will include the very popular Cantemos! Children’s Choir and the Orihuela Costa Male Voice Choir, both conducted by Nigel Hopkins with a varied choice of popular and well-loved songs. The highly talented youngsters from the Footworks Dance Academy will once again thrill with their energetic dance routines, which also include gymnastic dance routines. The ladies barbershop group, the Velvetones will sing several numbers from their successful popular repertoire, whilst the Torrevieja Pipes & Drums will set the hairs tingling with their own brand of inspirational music. Two of the Costa’s leading singers will be special guest artistes in this evening of non-stop entertainment. They are Janelle Gaskell and Rebecca Holt - both well-known to local audiences and who, under the tutelage and guidance of professional singer, conductor and vocal tutor, Nigel Hopkins, are certainly bound for the West End. Tickets for this exciting evening’s entertainment are priced at only 5€, and can be obtained from the Torrevieja Box Office at the usual times. The entire proceeds of the evening go to the Royal British Legion to help continue the excellent work that benefits former forces personnel both here in Spain and across Europe. A night not be missed!



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Jukebox Promotions Patrons of Help at Home (Costa Blanca) Jukebox Promotions launch this new tour at the end of October and tickets are selling very fast at many of the venues. Peter, from the promoters says “Elvis fans will love this show which also features a number of other female and male tributes and some fantastic music and fun. With runner up best male singer (Costa Blanca) 2013) Andy Jones and Fiona McLean, runner up best female singer (Costa Blanca) 2013 joining the show, this is going to be a great night out”! Elvis will be portrayed by Best Tribute artist 2012 (Costa Blanca) Elvis 2000 who is without doubt the best Elvis sound around on the Costas. Together they will portray, from a selection of Neil Diamond, Robbie Williams, Michael Buble, Frank Sinatra, Kenny Rogers, Buddy Holly, Connie Francis, Barbara Streisand, Karen Carpenter, Abba and more. Who knows who will appear but one thing is for sure, it will be a show to remember featuring the music of some of the best known and loved International music legends since the 50s. Dates & Venues (Tickets (at venues now - 8.50€ unless stated) Wed 30th Oct - Los Rosales, Lemon Tree Rd, Guardamar 606192691 (tickets 12.50€ - includes meal) Sun 3rd Nov - The Rendezvous, Campoamor (nr La Fuente Centre) 608467597 (tickets 10€ - includes a great buffet) Mon 4th Nov - Emerald isle, La Florida 647681294 Tue 5th Nov - La Marina Sport Complex 966796389 Wed 6th Nov - The Club, Quesada - 966717028 Sun 10th Nov - Restaurant Fu, Av Baleares, Torrevieja 965703170 (tickets 16.95€ - includes fantastic meal and a drink) Tue 12th Nov - The Club House, Camposol Golf 968978855 (MABS) Wed 13th Nov - Arroceria el Sarmiento (Old Asturias) N332 (next to go carts), Punta Prima 617263922 “This venue has a very up market feel and fabulous food. You can book a pre show meal there at 7-00pm. Why not take a look”? Info at - November events page **************************************************************** Venue feature: Your venue for this show in Costa Calida! This show will be at The Club House, Camposol Golf on Tuesday 12th November (details above). This will be the only opportunity to see this unique show in that area so please don’t miss it - Book now to avoid disappointment and to get the best seating. Great pre show meal available at 7-00pm - Ask venue for details!!



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DATE ARTIST VENUE AREA INFO 17th Richie Alexander Viallis Restaurant Playa Flamenca 18th Elvis Experience Las Naciones Quesada 18th Joanna Tavern 2 Lo Crispin 18th Andy Jones Time Out Bar San Javier 18th Done n Dusted La Fuente Country Pub Torremendo 18th Rhionne Lo Marabu Dona Pepa 19th Lenny Mitchell Hogs Head La Marina 19th Elvis Experience The Olde 9th Marquesa Golf 19th Joanna Bar Sioux Gran Alicant 19th PDQ Bar Carlos Torrevieja 19th Woody The Clover Condado de Alhama 20th Red Strokes The Snug Torre de la Horredada 20th Lynden B Lo Marabu Dona Pepa 20th Richie Alexander Pablos Bar Playa Flamenca 21st Andy Jones Olympia Restaurant Mil Palmeras 22nd Lynden B Arches Cafe Bar Los Alcazares 23rd Las Vegas Luncheon Reflections Bar San Luis 2pm Start 23rd Rhionne Arches Cafe Bar Los Alcazares


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Cancer costing European Union countries ‘billions’ Source bbc

of the 27 nations in the EU in 2009. The showed the total cost was 126bn euro and of that 51bn (£43bn) euro was down to healthcare costs including doctors’ time and drug costs. Lost productivity, because of work missed through sickness or dying young, cost 52bn (£44bn) euro while the cost to families of providing care was put at 23bn (£19.5bn) euro. Overall, richer countries, such as Germany and Luxembourg, spent more on cancer treatment per person than eastern European countries such as Cancer costs countries in the European Bulgaria and Lithuania. Union 126bn euro (£107bn) a year, Lung cancer accounted for more than a tenth according to the first EU-wide analysis of of all cancer costs in Europe. The deadly cancer tends to affect people at an earlier age than the economic impact of the disease. other cancers so the lost productivity through The charity Cancer Research UK said it was a early deaths is a major factor. “huge burden”. Other issues The figures, published in the Lancet Oncology, However, the overall economic burden is included the cost of drugs and health care as behind the costs of dementia and cardiovascular well as earnings lost through sickness or families disease. providing care. An EU-wide study, by the same research group, Lung cancer was the most costly form of the showed cardiovascular diseases, including high disease. blood pressure and stroke, cost 169bn euro The team from the University of Oxford and (£144bn) a year while dementia cost 189bn euro King’s College London analysed data from each (£169bn) in just 15 countries in Western Europe.


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C O M M UN I T Y N E WS ACE-Autos Caravanas España

During or last rally in Torre de la Horadada we held our annual meeting to plan our rallies for 2014. Although not confirmed proposed rallies include visits to, Biarritz, Navarrenx, Mojacar area and Cuenca. Meanwhile we still have our remaining rallies for this year. 7-12th November Javea, Spain 23 Dec-4th Jan Christmas & New Year in Benidorm, Spain So if you have a motorhome, caravan or tent come along to a rally and meet some new friends, it costs nothing to join us so what do you have to lose. Contact ACErallies@gmail. com for further information or telephone Pauline 965076667 / 617114933

welcome events

Wednesday 23rd October - dance with tributes to Status Quo and The Eagles. Bring your ear-plugs! €10. Wednesday 13th November - the return of the very funny comedian, Alan Wallace. Also dance to the lovely Lucinda. €10. Friday 29th November - Ladies Day to Torrevieja market, La Zenia mall and Iceland for your Christmas goodies, €10. Wednesday 4th December - Christmas Party Night. Sing along to Ricky Levazza and the delectable Joanna. Start the festive season here for only €12. New Years Eve - dance with Dan Davey, Rob Sweeney and our own Christine. Say “goodbye” to 2013 and “hello” to 2014 with all your Welcome friends for just €20 to include a fantastic buffet. HOT NEWS. February 17th - 3 nights at Hotel Acueducto in the ancient city of Segovia, just 100 metres from the famous Roman aqueduct. Visit many attractions, including the cathedral, the alcazar, convents, and the palace of San Ildefonso. Staying B&B, you’ll be able to sample the firstclass restaurants in the city. Just €150. Call Rosemary on 620105179 for more details and to purchase tickets.

paso a paso

The bands happening. We are looking forward to entertaining you and your friends. Would be great to see past dance club members coming along. YOURE INVITED TO Goodie and the Shy Guys Every Thursday night 9pm at Los Rosales Restaurant, cv895 On the Lemon Tree Road, Guardamar. Come along and support this FREE ENTRY event. Plus Dance Junction Disco playing music for everyone. All welcome


If you would like to have a coffee and chat, exchange news etc. please join us at La Laguna Hotel, Lo Marabu, Friday mornings from 11.00 Ann - 965 070 247 - 666 747 398

Strictly Social Club

We are the Strictly Social Club, a non profit, English speaking club. We meet on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month, at the New Asturias Restaurant in Punta Prima on the N332. At the present time, we are actively looking to recruit new members to our club. Our club activities include, Bingo, Open the Box, raffle for wine, and a quiz, with a guest speaker from time to time. Each Christmas, we hold our annual lunch which is always well attended, and good value for money. At this time, the club will subsidise part of the cost from club funds, for regular members. During the year, we also organise trips out to places of interest. So, if you would like to join our merry throng, please contact: Brian Tanner on 678 807 159 or 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 747398

CerocStyle Easy Jive with Paso A Paso

CURRENT CLASSES Mondays 7.30pm New Asturias, Punta Prima. Tuesdays 2pm The Club, C/Toledo, Cuidad Quesada. Tuesdays 5.30pm La Marina Sports Complex, La Marina Urb Thursdays 7pm Los Rosales Restaurant, CV895 Guardamar.


Mon, Tues, Wed and Thurs. 10-1pm. For information ring John McGilvray on 966786774 or Mobiles 634 658 506 / 695 871 707 or e mail


The 50+ SOLOS is open to both ladies and gentlemen on their own and over 50 years of age. There are no subs or fees. We meet normally twice a month on Saturday lunchtimes at a different restaurant etc for a meal and a chat with likeminded people. We do support the HOMELESS VETERANS in the UK. For more information and to book contact Ruth 966 789 063


Meets for Divine Service every Sunday at 11.00 a.m. in the function room of Sacko’s Bar, El Limonar, near Torrevieja and again on Wednesdays for an evening of mediumship at 7.30 p.m. On Sunday 20th October, the medium is David Darnborough, who also appears on the following Wednesday, 23rd. On Sunday 27th. the medium will be Jaqueline Holland-Hunt. Healing is available after each Sunday service. There will also be an Open Development Circle at 5.30pm. on Wednesdays starting 23rd October. A Healing Circle will be starting in November for those who wish to learn spiritual healing. For further details please ring 966 844 795

Los Pistoleros, also known as The Westerners

are a group of American history enthusiasts. They hold regular meetings and events, but also ensure that their own enjoyment is put to wider use by supporting local charities, including Help at Home, The Alzheimers Association and The Butterfly Children. Their most recent donation was to AECC Campoverde and to Reach-Out Torrevieja, who both received €500, with smaller donations made to local town halls to support needy people in their area. Pam Blanden of Campoverde is seen receiving the donation on behalf of AECC at a well-attended event at The Marina Bar Torrevieja on 5th October.



space for a little one?

Jodie is two and a half years old. She is a medium sized dog who was left in the rear garden of an abandoned house. Without neighbour intervention she would have starved to death. She is a friendly girl who is desperate to belong to someone, and would make a lovely family dog. APAH has lots of beautiful cats and kittens looking for a loving home, for many of them, it will be their first home. Can you give them the chance to be part of a loving family? To arrange to meet Jodie or visit the APAH Cattery please contact Yvonne on 630 422 563. To arrange to meet APAH’s dogs and cats who all need loving homes, please contact Yvonne on 630 422 563.


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To assist in my ongoing battle to master the Spanish language to an acceptable level, my friend Lilty has lent me a storybook. Chapter by chapter I am reading and enjoying it, but it comes complete with an audio CD in Spanish, and this is where my downfall lies – understanding spoken Spanish still requires far too much guesswork on my part! But I will succeed, or perish in the attempt, so I sought out our 4 year old but never used radio. I gave it a good dusting, sat it opposite me on the table and plugged it in. We regarded each other mutely for a minute. I picked it up and examined its lead, which was undamaged. Proud of my technological savvy, I passed on to its buttons, which were simplicity itself – Radio On/Off, CD On/Off and Tuning. I put in a CD, pushed the switch to On, and – nothing! I took out the CD, switched it to Radio On, and – nothing! I tuned it from the top of its dial to the bottom, and got only the sound of silence. I looked round, wondering if the world had ended and I hadn’t noticed, but the world still looked and sounded pretty much the same. Temporarily beaten, I stared at it sourly, then remembered that it’s not

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what you know, it’s who you know; and I know Barbara. ‘I can’t make the radio work, I’m going to take it to Barbara’s.’ I told Pete. ‘Why can’t you make it work?’ What does he expect me to say? - ‘because I’m too stupid?’ I refuse! ‘Because the radio’s too stupid.’ I said, neatly shifting the stupidness blame to where I felt it belonged. ‘Give it here.’ Fortunately the Queen was not present to hear her language so abused. I gave it there. He pressed a little tiny button right on top marked Standby, and the previously mute radio burst forth into sound. I had seen Standby, and thought that it was the same as Pause, and reasoned that you can’t Pause something until after it has started – It never occurred to me that Standby was the same as On! I maintain that Standby means take a break, have a rest, stand at ease, not quit the job completely – that is what the Off buttons are for! If the manufacturers meant On/ Off, then why didn’t they say so? Standby indicates that the radio is alive, but merely resting! If the manufacturers are going to use Standby as a command, then I feel they should also have a button marked Atten-shun! preferably indicated by an outline of a smartly saluting soldier.

Bad Manners – A Glimmer of Hope? I have always found it thought provoking that in general it is the older generation - particularly those Baby Boomers who were born immediately after the Second World War – who advocate stronger discipline in schools and even a return to limited corporal punishment. It is also this generation by and large, that supports tougher prison sentences and a more stringent regime put in place within those establishments. Thought provoking, but not surprising. When you think back to the relatively small amount of crime, particularly violent crime, that we came into contact with or read about in the papers as kids, it’s not hard to see why we tend to correlate levels of crime with the discipline in the home and at school compared with today. A murder committed then, was almost always a subject for headline news in the national papers and the disappearance of children likewise. Today of course, the abduction and murder of children is still a headline item and rightly so, but like killings and violent

robberies, it is a crime that has exploded in terms of numbers since the days of my youth and has tragically become common place. Figures show that violent crime in one year in England and Wales today, exceeds the figure for the first seventy years in total, of the twentieth century. And it doesn’t take a genius to work out the reasons why – except of course it does to the politically correct posse who refuse to see what is happening in our society today and simply want to apply more of the same softly-softly remedies to the problem. They also argue that much crime went unreported and undetected back then, thus distorting the figures. But if that’s the case, then how would they know? Anyway I’m having none of that. Our parents for the most part were responsible people, who loved their kids as any parent does today, and wanted the very best for them. By the same token, they did not consciously do anything that would have put us at risk or in danger. But not only were we allowed out unsupervised on our streets to play, we had packed lunches to take with us at weekends when we would cycle into the countryside to pick blackberries, or go fishing for minnows with our jam jars, or were just happy to be out in the fresh air. And as long as we arrived back home at tea time, they were happy and confident

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that we would come to no harm. The point being: we were safe from predatory perverts and violent individuals and the cases where children came to harm from such people - although not unheard of - were rare. Common sense was instilled in us from an early age; we were instructed on the rules of the road and made to repeat them ad nauseam so that they became second nature, and we were taught responsibility. And in the matter of other crime: of course we would hear about burglaries and theft and even armed robberies. But following conviction, the perpetrators would invariably be sent down for a period commensurate with the crime. But again these were not events of the epidemic proportions that we see today. The teaching of respect for people and property has its roots in the home and this is now where we have a fundamental dilemma because the sad fact is, the problem now extends two generations deep. Kids are often receiving instruction by example, from a generation that itself began the slide into a world that today sees rampant selfishness; lack of respect for their fellow human beings and a downward spiralling of standards. Add to that the worship of materialism and a thriving get-something-for-nothing credo, and it all makes for a pretty depressing picture of life in modern day Britain and the world generally.

Last week in the new Zenia Boulevard shopping centre, my wife was struck on the head by a ball that was being kicked around by a father and his young son. The adult retrieved the ball without even a glance at my wife and proceeded to laugh uproariously along with his son at what had just happened. But my good lady is made of stern stuff and advancing on him, she delivered a verbal dressing down and demanded if he really thought that it was a laughing matter. He escaped a handbagging by a hairs breadth, and nervously apologised, persuaded no doubt by the fact that shoppers close by were nodding and murmuring their approval. This indicated two things. Firstly that here was a moron teaching his offspring by example that disrespect is okay. And secondly – thank goodness – that there are still people around who hold such cretins in contempt. Perhaps there is hope after all.


alqueria Remitbrick and Remitbright

Investment in the ‘Poyato Institute for the Furtherance of Remitroot and Associated Products’ comes from many countries. Financial support from the United States and Russia while Britain supplies the pencil sharpeners. “A good deal for Britain” the Prime Minister declared when he broke the news of British involvment in the scheme. These countries energetically compete for a foothold in the Remitroot crop and an interest in the amazing potential of the plant. The swelling of Alquerian coffers via this fund meant the Villagers can while away their time doing absolutely no work, drinking themselves silly and eating off the fat of the land. A front was made to give the Institute legitimacy and Poyato spent his time in a tiny laboratory on his small-holding. It was a commonly held belief that he was pursuing some hedonistic and possibly illegal pastime in the confines of the lab. Antonio Poyato was however beavering away with test tube and centrifuge mixing and decanting extracts from his precious Remitroot. Remitroot or Remitus Radix as it was known to the Romans has many uses. Distilled into a potent spirit, fermented into a fullbodied wine or crushed to make a corrosion preventative for the ballast tanks of oil-tankers. It possesses medicinal and combustible qualities and is renowned as an aphrodisiac. It cures Peruvian Toe Rot, detonates at seven kilometres a second and was used to fuel many of Caligula’s best nights. Now Poyato had pushed the boundaries of Remitroot even further. Remitbrick and Remitbright are the results of this research. Remitbrick is a building material made from Alquerian Clay, a distinctive clay modified by bad drainage and processed Remitroot stalks. The resultant brick has inverse thermal qualities. As the ambient temperature rises so the brick cools and as the temperature drops so it warms. A house constructed from these bricks has an internal temperature of 21.75 degrees centigrade irrespective of outside conditions. No need for heating in the Winter or air-conditioning in the Summer. Remitbright is a paint made from Alquerian Newt urine and crushed Remitroot berries. This emulsion emits photons inversely proportional to the light falling on it. The darker the night so the more photons are emitted causing a daylight balanced glow which alleviates the necessity for lighting in reception rooms etc. The announcement of these two products caused a sensation in the benefactor countries. Cash flowed in, while Britain started supplying the pencils as well as the sharpeners. All wanted a piece of this new Remitroot action. How will the power companies and others with similar vested interests welcome these new products? Is this a watershed in Alquerian fortunes?

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Botnets part 2: Last week we looked at bot’s and Botnets, What they are and how they work. Today I am going to offer the other side of the coin. The side of prevention and cure! First we need to prevent these bots from accessing your computer in the first place. Unsurprising there are several of the best know anti-virus / malware providers have made this insidious threat a number 1 priority. Microsoft, Symantec (Norton) both offer suggestion as to how to prevent the bots getting on your machine and how to remove them should these tricks fail. Let’s start with prevention. Microsoft, sensibly, suggest to strengthen your computer’s defences by: 1) Installing antivirus and antispyware programs from a trusted source. 2) Keep all software up to date. 3) Use strong passwords and keep them secret. 4) Never turn off your firewall. 5) Use flash drives cautiously. Symantec make similar suggestions but include 1) Increase the security of your browser, 2) Limit you user rights while online (neither of these first 2 have any suggestion on how to do these things!), 3) Avoid opening anything unless you looked for it, asked for it and chose to download it. There was 1 other suggestion, which was an added plug of “buy our software”! Do not be tricked into downloading malware be aware that attackers can enlist your computer in a botnet by: Delivering malware in downloads that you think are pictures or movies, or through links that you click in email or instant messages (IM), or on a social network. Scaring you into clicking a button or link they supply with fake warnings that your computer has a virus. The cure is a simple of method of resolving this problem. You just need to restart the computer. Press function key 8 (F8) to get into admin mode. When the computer has finished starting, run any good anti-malware program (malwarebytes, superantispyware, comodo antispyware). Put the kettle on because this is going to take a long time. If your lucky and you haven’t any problems, Great! Otherwise just follow the program’s guide to remove anything found.

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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

He promised to take care of me and yet I feel afraid. I don’t feel like Nick’s wife. I am something to be loaded and unloaded, like a sofa or a cuckoo clock…tossed into a junkyard, thrown into the river. I don’t feel real anymore. I feel I could disappear. Every picture tells a story. Whether pictorially depicted or intimately written such as a diary kept by our female protagonist, there are always (at least) two sides to every story and truths to unravel from the dishonesty and deceit. In a dysfunctional marriage, with mismatched relationships the faults lie with both parties. Nick and Amy’s marriage might initially seem blissful with Amy swooning over Nick’s socks fat with love on their first wedding anniversary before it turns pear-shaped and oppressive shortly afterwards. Amy was from an affluent background, the “product” of her parents’ wealth based on the Amazing Amy series. Her childhood in fact, every part of her growing up had been documented and exposed to American society and she had a reputation to live up to. She had to be amazing, mediocrity was just not good enough for this socialite of a New Yorker. She had to be: brilliant, creative, kind, thoughtful, witty and happy. When Amy met Nick she was playing the girl with style, the Cool Girl. She was pretending to be the kind of woman desired by men such as Nick. When Amy disappeared from Nick’s life on their fifth wedding anniversary she had concocted a plausible but worrying version of her life in a diary that was deliberately hidden from sight but eventually discovered by the police. “Nick loved a girl who doesn’t exist. I was pretending, the way I often did, pretending to have a personality…The way some women change fashion regularly. I change personalities.” It is not surprising that Nick is frustrated by his marriage, constantly asking himself, “Who are you?” and “What are you thinking?” The woman that he adored with the “brilliant, popping brain, a greedy curiosity” for knowledge transforms into an abrasive person wanting to hurt others. She bore little resemblance to the woman he had happily married. She became the “new, brittle, bitter Amy” after shedding her “pile of skin and soul on the floor.” What happened to the Amazing Amy? Of course she wasn’t real, she was a character created by her parents for a money-spinning series of adventure stories! A symbol, a walking ideal. A perfectionist. Desperate to be flawless. The diary also unravels mysteries about Amy’s stalkers, Amy’s “obsessions.” We read shocking inserts about Hilary Handy who wanted to be Amazing Amy, imitating her and indicating that she also wanted to replace Amy, even being brazen enough to approach Amy’s mother, Marybeth and informing her: “ I’m going to be your daughter now, I’m going to kill Amy and be your new Amy.” Then there was Desi Collings, so obsessed with Amy. They dated for

a year before Amy called off the relationship. He took an overdose and was found naked in her bed. A noirish thriller. So, what did happen to Amy? Why did she want to buy a gun to protect herself from her husband? Was she a victim OR a predator? Nick, on the other hand had been wiped clean of love, feeling utterly destroyed by his nemesis. His parents had had an unhappy marriage, his father despised women. Did Nick turn into a misogynist just like his father? Was his wife such a problem that needed to be dealt with? A bitter voice that needed to be squelched? When Amy disappeared Nick acts in a weird fashion, not the way an innocent man should look, far too casual, constantly reminded of his bizarre behaviour by Go, his twin. “You’d think you mislaid a damn umbrella!” She unravels lies upon lies from a brother she trusted and becomes scared for both of them. Why would Nick buy so many expensive things, 212,000$ worth on his credit card and store it in the shed behind Go’s house? Nick had told Amy that he couldn’t take any more stress. He couldn’t handle one more thing to worry about and was cracking under the pressure. So, was Amy right? Was something horribly wrong with her husband? Had he shoved her so hard that she had banged her head? Had he shown absolute disgust in wanting to hurt her so badly that he might have killed her? The police thought so. So did the American public who vilified him. The enquiry soon turned into a witch hunt and before long Nick was struggling with his alibis whilst the rest of the world believed him guilty of the murder of his wife. A disclosure by a so-called friend sends shock waves rocketing with the revelation that Amy was pregnant. Nick’s real life nightmares come to haunt him: they were about being wronged, about being trapped, a victim of forces beyond his control. He knows that it is only time before his arrest and under Missouri law, facing the death penalty. The sinister chant of Nick did you kill Amy? adds to the eerie Gothic nature that creeps like a germ throughout the story. But did he kill her? But what is the truth? I mean the real truth? What happened to Amy? Is it a Gothic tale of the heroine who makes the wrong choice, selects the wrong mate and pays the ultimate price? It is a chilling tale of possessiveness, rage, brutality and fear which makes compelling reading. The Financial Times offered a sound word of advice: Read it and stay single. Publisher: Orion Books. ISBN: 978-0-7538-2766-6.

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Mazarron, Sunday, 5 oct at 17:30. Sporting against one of leaders in the league. The game started from Sportings side very weak. Los Alcazares was sharper in the duels. The 2nd ball was won each time by the midfield of Alcazares. Therefore the normally so creative midfield of Sporting could not show what they can do otherwise. Sporting could not get a grip on the match. In the 34 minute therefore it was 0-1 from a counter attack. This seemed the signal for Sporting to go and play football. The second half was totally different it was Sporting that dominated. Striker Dani was replaced by Rei. This just seemed to have a good effect because within 5 minutes Sporting got 2 changes to score the 1-1. But the keeper reacted well. The game totally changed and went just one way. Left striker Moha was one on one with the goalkeeper and after him it was young Daniel

Scott who came one on one with the goalkeeper. But still it was the goalkeeper of Los Alcazares who won. Until the 75th minute, a brilliant pass from Moha to right striker Fran, Fran ran straight to the keeper and ...... again the goalkeeper made the fantastic save. The last 15 minutes it went only one way again, it was a miracle that Sporting didn’t score. But the score stayed 0-1

¨ This is so very annoying ¨ says coach Oosterhof. We get so many chances, but you have to make a goal or 2. But that’s not the worst, we didn´t reach our level in this game. We can do so much better ¨ According coach Jelco Oosterhof.

Dulcie Gill Annual Golf Tournament In Association with The Courtyard Restaurant and TORREGOLF.EU Sat 5th October This years tournament was held at Vistabella Golf Course, single Stableford and 40 players taking part in commemoration of Dulcie Gill, wife of Brian Gill. The day started early morning with breakfast for all players and a round of golf

followed by a buffet and prize giving at the The Courtyard Restaurant. The course was in immaculate condition the greens almost perfect and this brought about some high scoring. with almost a quarter of the field scoring 30 or more points. Our two lady players Anne Holland and Sue Owens both enjoyed the day although not featuring in the prizes. The results for the day where: 1st John Poole 45pts, 2nd Chris Oatley 43pts. 3rd Bill Denne 38 pts (cb). NTP: Brian Dennis, Peter Kerr and Idris James. Longest Drive: Con Moore

and The Full Monte: Brandon Grieves. Crystal ware Prizes where donated by Brian Gill and many golf ball prizes etc., donated by David Gill of The Courtyard Restaurant. All in all an excellent day was had by all, our thanks mustalso go to David,s family and staff of The Courtyard who provided us all with an excellent buffet. Photo to-day of 1. David & Brian Gill and Brian presenting the winner, John Poole with his prizes

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Only a small turn out today, 15 players on Thursday 10th October, quite a few people on holiday this week on our Golf Society day at Altorreal. But we had another lovely day of golf and good company. Stableford was the format of the day, also the finalists of our singles knockout competition, Alex Duchart and Roger Inwards played today with the dramatic finale being played out on the 18th hole. The winner being Roger Inwards who won the game on the 18th by one shot. Well done Roger for the win and the trophy, and well played Alex who plays off a handicap of 4, a very brave fight to the end. Stableford scores today were a mixed bunch, some good and

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Wednesday 9th October at Mar Menor 33 members and guests set off for our game at Mar Menor which is always a lovely course to play, the weather was a little cool to start with but as the day drew on the heat came on as well, every one was of the same mind the course was in excellent condition with the greens being very quick. Results Gold Div Winner Brian Smith 32pts on count back 2nd David McSweeny 32pts on count back 3rd Ron Stevenson 31pts on count back Silver Div Winner Arthur Eaglesham Hello

some not so good, who knows why? Golf is a funny old game, and sometimes it’s your head that makes that split second decision to try and hit the cover off the ball! We all do it, don’t we? Anyway results:-




1st - Geoff Branton 35pts. 2nd - Roger Inwards 31pts. 3rd - Alex Duchart 30pts. Best front 9 - Dave Titchen 22pts. Best back 9 - Dave Harwood 14pts. Nearest the pin - Peter Smith. Nearest the pin in 3 - Alex Duchart. 31pts 2nd Pat Ogden 28pts 3rd Barry Trodd 27pts N earest the Pins Gold Div Hole 17 par 3 Brian smith Hole 7 in 3 shots Peter Ogden Silver Div Hole 8 in 2 shots Barry Trodd Hole 15 in 3 shots Arthur Eaglesham The Roy Les Pancott Best Guest Ale Musgrove Our as always to Anita & David at Quesada Country Club for the refreshments laid on for the weary golfers and their support to the Society. The next members meeting is on 15th October 10.30 at QCC anyone wishing to join the society please contact our Membership Secretary Les Pancott on 966716723. Our next outing is on 23rd Oct at Vista Bella. Reported by Pam Martin

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Our competition on Tuesday 8th October was the annual Captain v Vice Captain. The format was singles match-play with many of the matches going close to the wire, Charlie Stewart, the Captain was all smiles with 2 matches still to get back to the club house, he was ahead with 4 1/2 to 3 1/2. The last two teams arrived and one match was in favour of the Captain and one in favour of the Vice -Captain, a very close finish in favour of the Captain Charlie Stewart. Result 5 1/2 pts and 4 1/2 pts As there was 17 players today, Elsa Webster had the advantage, she played with the Capt. & Vice 9 holes for the Captain and 9 holes for the Vice, so she had the unique advantage of being a winner & loser in one match, and got prizes for both, well done Elsa. A most enjoyable game for most of the players, my match against Ray H was very tight and I was very fortunate to get into the lead on the 17 hole and finished 2 up, a great match. The results this week were: Nearest the pin: Hole 2 Roger Marshall Hole 8 Ray Housely This weeks winners, the Captains team was: Charlie Stewart (Captain), Kenny Reddington, John O’Brien, Frank Stanhope, Keith Smith, Gordon Wayne, George Stanhope, Dave Swann, Elsa Webster & Graham Blakeway The Vice Captains team was: Gordon Abba (Vice), Ian Henderson, Ray Housely, Martin Rickman, Roger Marshall, Dave Smith, Dave Collins, Dave Vickery, Elsa Webster & Mel Hope. El Plantio 2 Golf Society play every Tuesday, visitors are most welcome, either put your name on the sheet in the clubhouse or telephone Ian Henderson on 966 716 616 or 636 116 230 John O’Brien Secretary

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Wednesday 9th October at Mar Menor 33 members and guests set off for our game at Mar Menor which is always a lovely course to play, the weather was a little cool to start with but as the day drew on the heat came on as well, every one was of the same mind the course was in excellent condition with the greens being very quick. Results Gold Div Winner Brian Smith 32pts on count back 2nd David McSweeny 32pts on count back 3rd Ron Stevenson 31pts on count back Silver Div Winner Arthur Eaglesham 31pts 2nd Pat Ogden 28pts 3rd Barry Trodd 27pts



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2 Mazarron returned to winning ways with a 3-0 away victory at A D Alquerias who had started the weekend in second place in the Primera Autonomica. Despite being without the services of suspended striker, Jose Ruben, Mazarron started the game brightly playing some excellent one touch football on the synthetic grass surface. Pescao’s pass found Juanillo who cut inside but shot over the bar and at the other end debutant goalkeeper Noguera dived smartly to his right to save an Alquerias free kick. Mazarron took the lead in the eighth minute when Tico, playing in a more advanced role, found Jose Da who rifled the ball home from 12 yards. Shortly afterwards the same two combined again but this time Tico’s shot from 20 yards was easily saved by the Alquerias keeper. Next it was Pescao who ran on to a long ball only to hit his shot straight at the keeper. After 41minutes Juanillo was shown the yellow card when he thought he had made it 2-0 for Mazarron. The young striker ran on to a superb through ball from Juan

Andreo and slipped the ball into the corner of the net only for the goal to be disallowed for offside. Cecilio replaced Juanillo at half time and once again Alquerias were limited to occasional breakaways by a resolute Mazarron defence superbly marshalled by Alcaraz and Juan Andreo. Tico’s free kick after 58 minutes was met by Alcaraz who directed his header just centimetres wide of the post. However, less than 10 minutes later Mazarron increased their lead when Cecilio raced on to a long ball out of defence and bravely headed the ball over the onrushing Alquerias keeper into the net.

Two minutes later Mazarron were awarded a rather fortunate penalty when Alfonso seemed to lose his balance on the edge of the area but the referee pointed to the penalty spot. Alfonso took the spot kick himself and blasted the ball home to give Mazarron a 3-0 lead. Cecilio almost made it four after 75 minutes with an audacious lob from 35 yards which was turned over the bar at the last minute by a desperate Alquerias keeper. It was another excellent all round performance by a Mazarron team which looks more than capable of mounting a serious challenge

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for promotion this season. Team: Noguera, Randey, Alcaraz, Juan Andreo, Dani (Adrian), Alfonso, Moha (Jose), Jose Da, Pescao (Chema), Tico, Juanillo (Cecilio). Man of the Match: Jose Da Mazarron’s next game is at home to CF Lorca Deportiva at the Estadio Municipal, this Sunday, 20th October, kick off 17.30.



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