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bullrunning ‘uncharacteristically’ slow for 2013

The Sanfermines bullrunning in Alcurrucén was uncharacteristically slow, allowing the spectators to enjoy not only the occasion but also the beautiful streets through which the running passes. Also the bulls split into several groups, which allowed many of the runners to encounter the bulls firsthand. The Sunday running, which always attracts the greatest number of runners, and thus is considered the most dangerous, traditionally also sees the best selection of bulls The Casa de Misericordia, which owns the Plaza de Toros, announced that the running was a great success, to some degree because the bulls seemed content to run the route without attacking the runners or spectators. The day concluded with 4 casualties: J.C. 24, an Australian, who sustained a small wound on his forehead; J.B. 44, an Englishman who suffered mild trauma to both knees; E.S.M. 36, from Pamplona, who sustained a fracture of the radius and ulna and had to be moved from the Cuesta de Santo Domingo; and a 26 year old woman from the U.S.A. who was accidentally hit in the face. The last two people have been taken to the Hospital Virgen del Camino.

funeral held for drown toddler

Emotions ran high at the funeral of David Torrecillas Campoy, the toddler who drowned in a swimming pool at a private house in Campotéjar, Molina de Segura. The child had spent the day with his grandparents because his mother had given birth a few hours before, and was still in hospital. The accident occurred when several family members, including his cousins and grandparents began to clear tables and chairs while still keeping the child under supervision. Yet despite their vigilance, David disappeared from view. For a few seconds this did not concern the grandparents, as each one thought that the other one had care of the child. However, when this proved not to be so, the grandmother quickly entered the pool and saw that the little boy was submerged. She rescued him, but he was not breathing. The Centro de Coordinación de Emergencias 112 was called, and while it was en route the grandparents were instructed by the nurses on the phone how to carry out resuscitation. However, sadly, their efforts were in vain, and neither they nor the nurses could revive him. The funeral took place in the Tanatorio Cano Fuca, in Archena, amid demonstrations of grief by the shattered parents and grandparents.

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The Parque de la Mancomunidad de los Canales del Taibilla in Tentegorra has seen a record number of users, in a large part due to the improvements that have been made in the last year and a half. During the weekends the Parque sees as many as three thousand users per day, drawn by the opening of the mini water park. Many of the users are subscribers; there are currently 25,000 subscribers thanks to the liberalisation of entries authorized a year ago. Another improvement is the streamlining of the access system, issuing staff with mobile communication, so that they can facilitate the free flow of customers through the turnstiles, thus cutting down on queues. The car parking situation has been eased by the provision of parking for 600 vehicles at the nearest entrance, where the pathway leads up Monte Roldán In addition to the new pool area with slides, Europe’s largest maze, right next to the Adventure circuit, has been opened. Another new attraction is ‘laser paintball’, which is in great demand for groups and birthday or celebration parties. Apart from the new attractions there are facilities for all the usual sports, plus a fully remodelled and modern playground area for children of different ages.


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Researchers at the University of Murcia (UMU) have determined that 65% of teachers in primary and secondary education suffer ‘burnout’. This disorder is due to emotional exhaustion that occurs as a result of hard, intense and/or frustrating relationships with students or colleagues. Specifically, 12% of teachers have the syndrome graded as ‘obvious’, while another 53% are ‘at risk’ according to the results of research carried out by the group Personalidad, Evaluación y Tratamiento Psicológico de la UMU, who evaluated 95 teachers at these educational levels. The symptoms are: Emotional exhaustion, leading to cold, surly or cynical relationship with students or other teachers, according to a report in Europa Press by the Profesor de la Facultad de Psicología de la UMU, and lead investigator Enrique Javier Garcés. The Syndrome has 3 recognised phases: in the first phase the sufferer experiences emotional exhaustion and fatigue. The second phase is characterised by ‘depersonalisation’, when the sufferer will try to establish a distance both emotionally and perhaps physically from others. The third and last phase triggers burnout in its entirety and completely. Psychologists call this stage ‘Reduced personal accomplishment’, and occurs when the sufferer begins to doubt their own personal fulfilment at work or in relationships. There is no clear profile of people who can potentially suffer this syndrome, but perfectionists and the highly competitive are most at risk. There are also external factors that trigger burnout as, for example, the lack of social and family support. The disorder usually occurs in people who also have no alternatives or life goals, and those who are too committed to their work to the point of confusing it with an addiction. Burnout is more likely to affect the young, and women. The symptoms can be confused with anxiety, depression and stress disorders, the difference being that burnout is a mix of all these elements. The treatment of burnout is basically to change the patient’s cognitive processes. A psychologist conducts a ‘behavioural’ session with the patient aimed at changing their approach to their problems, and developing a sound, realistic and yet optimistic outlook.

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Students attending the Antigones library to prepare for their final course exams that will take place next week were surprised to find that the facilities were closed, and, despite their protests, they had to study in classrooms without air conditioning. This was in line with a decision by the UPTC to economise, and was implemented despite the day in question being intensely hot.

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Prescription drugs can worsen risk and effects of heat-stroke, warn health authorities

Spain’s health ministry has warned that certain prescription drugs can worsen the effects of hot weather and make the patient extra-sensitive to possible hyperthermia and heat-stroke. These include various types of diuretic, SSRI anti-depressants, diabetes medication and drugs for heart or circulatory disorders. The Spanish Agency of Medication and Healthcare Products (AEMPS), part of the ministry of health,

warns that even without the current heatwave sweeping the country, many drugs of this type can cause hyperthermia at any temperature. Those taking such medicines long-term or for life, people taking various types of drugs, and the elderly are most at risk, according to AEMPS. Anything which affects bodily hydration or electrolyte balance – such as diuretics or laxatives – or which may alter kidney function, and

all non-steroidal antiinflammatories, heart function pills and certain antibiotics can heighten the risk of heat-stroke and serious dehydration, both of which can be deadly, leading to organ failure. Statins, fibrates and other cholesterol-reducing drugs, medication for heart arrhythmias, pills to treat epilepsy or diabetes also increase this risk. Tablets which reduce blood pressure or combat angina, anti-psychotics, anti-neuroleptics, and

SSRIs (Selective Seratonin Receptor Inhibitors) of which several anti-depressants such as Lustral, Seroxat, Sertraline and Cypralex are included in the types of drugs which raise body temperature and can aggravate the risk of suffering hyperthermia. The AEMPS recommends avoiding taking non-steroidal

anti-inflammatories, particularly those which can be toxic to the kidneys in the event of dehydration. They also stress that anyone who suffers dehydration or heat-stroke should not be given Paracetamol since it is relatively ineffective and can aggravate liver damage, which often results from this condition.

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Mother Esperanza ‘miracle’ to be recognised by pope francis Santomerana Madre Esperanza, regarded as ‘Venerable’ since April 23rd, 2002, will be beatified as soon as Pope Francis has signed the decree recognising her first miracle. The announcement of this step towards beatification was given in a statement which also reported on another miracle credited to Pope John Paul II, and moves to proceed with the canonisation of Pope John XXIII. Mother Esperanza, born Maria Josefa Alhama Valera, entered as a novice in the cloistered convent of the Hijas del Calvario in 1915. In 1930 she founded the Congregación de Esclavas del Amor Misericordioso in Madrid, and twenty years later, in Rome, the Hijos del Amor Misericordioso, who now have foundations in various parts of the world. After a life dedicated to the service of God and the needy, she died on February 8, 1983 at Collevalenza (Italy). A shrine was built, which is still popular today, and which is where she is buried. The miracle that is attributed to her, and which is essential for her canonisation, is the healing of a child who was unable to eat any kind of food. The doctors were unable to find a solution, so his parents entrusted him to her. She gave the child water to drink from the Sanctuary. After this miracle has been verified by the Congregación para la Causa de los Santos, and subject to certain preparations and the parties reaching an agreement, her beatification could be accredited as soon as October. However, any delay will postpone the ceremony until next spring.

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barnes bulletin A CELEBRATION A Memorial Concert in the honour of Phil Sage, a bass singer from Quesada, who died after a long battle with cancer in 2012, is to take place on Sunday July 14th.,in the Iglesia de Santa Maria de Mar, in La Zenia, starting at 9pm.. Phil had been involved with choirs on the Costa’s for many years. He was member of the Crescendo Choir for some time, before joining with director Hopkins and the Melody Makers International, to sing his favourite type of music. In the U.K., Phil was a member of the Avon & Somerset Constabulary Choir, so when the

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A date for the diary Colleagues tell me that as I had “Close encounters” with these chaps, when working as a liveried chauffeur (No, I did not wear a hat!) around Birmingham, for a year or so before moving to Spain, it would be rude not to give the boys a mention! Fair enough. So Thursday, August 8th., the place to be, is the open air theatre, “Eras De La Sal” Torrevieja, to catch the musical talents of UB40. No doubt such hits as “Red, Red Wine” and “Many Rivers to Cross” will be included, in what I know will be, a most excellent evening. Tickets prices start at around the 35 euro mark, and can be obtained from the Municipal Ticket Office, and from “Ticketmaster”. I would guess that “House Full”

Orihuela Costa Male Voice Choir was formed, it was Phil that made it first to the stage door, later taking part in their inaugural concert. The concert at the church on Sunday 14th., will be a programme of Phil’s favourite Male Voice pieces. His widow, Maureen, will be present, at what will surly be a memorable evening. Tickets are 5 euro each, and may be obtained from the CallNet Internet Cafe’, in the walkway behind Consum, next to Paddys Point, telephone 966 761 171, or on the evening at the church door.

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

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The Torrevieja Town Hall publicity team have been working overtime during the last month or so, to tell all, that the Tourist Office has moved away from the centre of town, to a new purpose built building, port side, along the promenade Paseo Vista Alegre. It’s between Real Club Nautico, and the Eras de la Sal. As mentioned in a June edition of Sol Times, the Office of the International Residents

(OARI) can also be found in this fine building. Do take time, when in Torrevieja, to call into this splendid Tourist Office. Wander through the door onto the grassed patio area, take a seat on the “Rest and be thankful” and enjoy a most pleasing view. O.A.R.I. Director Graham Knight, may even pass you a cup of tea, through his office window!

A WALK IN THE SUNSHINE Should a perambulate along the coastal area between Cabo Cervera Hotel, to Hostel Albir, which is about 4kms., so not so daunting, then the “Davila-Grewer Family Fund” the Torrevieja based charitable association, would love to hear from you. The association’s annual SPONSORED WALK, takes place on Saturday 28th.., September, so plenty of time to obtain that list of sponsors.

The event is open to all individuals, teams, clubs, groups and associations. This year the funds raised will be dedicated to the Elche Childrens Home. To find out more details on the walk, and to express your wish to become involved in this worth event,contact Ken or Lyn Adams, on 965 077 014 / 676 650 210. Their e-mail: kenlyn15@hotmail.co.uk

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On Wednesday July 3rd., at the Casa Ventura, San Luis, Musical Theatre Company Studio 32, took their first step on a path to form a new theatre group. This “Open day” was to encourage anyone interested, in what ever capacity, to come along and meet with like minded people, to talk “Theatre”. Dave Waller from Studio Thirty Two, tells me they had an excellent response to the invitation, so much so, that a Performance Workshop has been arranged, again at the

Casa Ventura, San Luis, on Wednesday July 24th., at 4pm.. The workshop event is ideal for anyone who might want to brush up their stage skills ( Or their Shakespeare!), and see if walking the boards is for them. Dave tells me that if anyone missed the Open Day on the 3rd., of this month, they would be most welcome to attend this workshop event. There is a telephone number: 966 318 019, with an e-mail: studiothirtytwo2013@gmail. com


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Clé had in fact been on his way back from a meeting about the same issue when he was caught speeding. He was fined 300 euros and lost two points from his licence. Almost immediately after the incident, Clé decided to ‘do the decent thing’ in order to save face and sent a letter to regional director of traffic, Joan Josep Isern, standing down from his post. Isern accepted Clé’s resignation.

Eurozone Interest Rates To Stay At Current Record Low – Or Fall Further – For A ‘Considerable Period Of Time’, Says BCE

The European Central Bank (BCE) has decided to leave interest rates at the historic low of 0.5 per cent ‘for the foreseeable future’ to aid Eurozone recovery – meaning homeowners in Spain will not see their mortgages go up this year or possibly for some years to come. In fact, the BCE has not ruled out cutting the rate even further. Mortgages in Spain have fallen by between a third and a half in the last six or seven years, since the recession started, except those where the contract included a ‘minimum rate’ clause – although these have been declared illegal by the EU, meaning homeowners affected by them will now start to see the benefits of the

plummeting Euribor rate. BCE president Mario Draghi says interest rates in the Eurozone will remain at 0.5 or lower ‘for a considerable period of time’ and inflation would remain well below the EU’s objective of price stability, given that recovery in member States as a whole – particularly in Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece and Ireland – is expected to be extremely slow. The Bank of England has followed suit and intends to keep interest rates at 0.5 per cent in the United Kingdom. In addition, the Portuguese political crisis sparked by the resignation of finance minister Vítor Gaspar and foreign affairs minister Paulo Portas in protest over EU-imposed austerity

measures has activated alarm in the financial markets and meant the profitability of Portugal’s 10-year debt has rocketed and stands above eight per cent. Negotiations between Greece and the Troika (BCE, International Monetary Fund or FMI, and the European Commission) concerning the pace of government reforms is also a factor, as are the riots in Egypt, which have led to petroleum prices rising. Draghi’s announcement about interest rates coincided with Spanish finance minister Luis de Guindos’ and industry minister José Manuel Soria’s visit to Berlin to sign an agreement for Germany to provide credit to small and medium-sized companies in Spain.

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A man who recently applied for Spanish nationality after the requisite 10 years of living in the country has been given an appointment for six years down the line. The Moroccan citizen, who has been a legal resident in Santa Coloma de Gramenet (Barcelona province) since 2003 has been given an appointment for March 19, 2019 – nearly six years down the line and in fact, a public holiday, meaning the offices are unlikely to be open on that day. His solicitors, who are handling his citizenship application, say this means a non-EU foreigner who wishes to become Spanish needs to wait for 20 years to be able to do so – 10 years of legal residence, followed by six years to get an appointment and then another three for the paperwork to be processed. And British expatriates in Spain now fear they could face the same obstacle if the UK were to pull out of the European Union as a result of the forthcoming referendum. With many Britons in Spain being of advanced years, some fear that if they had to apply for citizenship to enable them to stay in the country, they may not

live long enough to be able to do so. But the female civil servant at the foreigners’ office in Barcelona assured the Moroccan applicant’s legal firm that appointments for the year 2019 are standard practice, given the backlog experienced by the high number of nonEuropeans seeking nationality to avoid the future headaches of having to renew residency in an economic climate where they may be out of a job when their permits expire, effectively disqualifying them from being able to renew them. His solicitors, Legalcity, firstly thought there had been a mistake when they were given the appointment date. This date is purely to hand in all the paperwork in person, as it cannot be done by post or internet, to enable the foreigners’ office to start examining and processing them with a view to accepting or denying the application three years later. It means the resident in question, identified only by his initials of A.E., will not know whether he has been accepted as a Spanish national for another nine years, or until 2022.


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Lions helping Alpe at Specsavers Torrevieja

The Torrevieja Costa Lions Club are continuing with their support for ALPE, The educational centre for disabled children and young adults in Torrevieja. Specsavers in Torrevieja are holding an open day in aid of ALPE on Wednesday 24th July, with talks on eye care for young and old. Sunshine FM are supporting the event and more details can be found on Sunshine FM. The Lions are also stepping up their collection of used spectacles which they deliver to the Lions spectacle recycling centre near Alicante. To date your local Lions have delivered in excess of 8,000 pairs of used spectacles, which are cleaned, graded and re framed before onward distribution to countries where no eye care is provided.

Footwork dance recently took part in the British Legions funday in Playa Flamenca, they were honoured to be asked to perform a fitting finale for this wonderful day organised by the British Legion. The general public and stall holders who enjoyed the funday were entertained throughout the day with some fabulous acts. The Footwork Performers ranged from 2 year olds through to the ever popular adults whose ages they would prefer us not to mention!! The finale started off with a wonderful array of flags from around the world as they were paraded onto the dance floor, this was intertwined with ballet from 2 of the younger members who were depicting the release of Doves to promote peace, through to acrobatics and finishing with all the flags once more being paraded onto the stage by the adults, we then visited Scotland with a slick acrobatic routine from the Primary, Juniors and Inters, it was then the turn of the adult tappers with their smart and seamless interpretation of the Sailors Hornpipe which was followed by the much anticipated British Finale, from Dambusters to Land of Hope and Glory, once again the students of Footwork didn’t fail to Impress, from the costumes, the choreography, the music and the

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GOLF CLUB SUPPORTS HELP AT HOME COSTA BLANCA Alan Venables, the captain of EuroGolfolf Society based at Quesada Golf Club, donates a cheque for 1126€ to Joan Waddington & Jacky Jones from the Quesada branch of Help At Home Costa Blanca. The money has been raised throughout the year by holding auctions at their luncheons. “This amount is staggering” said Joan. “I knew they were

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Spain is one of Europe’s most diverse countries, historically, culturally, gastronomically and geographically. While some people prefer to go skiing in the Winter months, others prefer to sunbathe on the coast. Not many countries can offer both options during the same month, but Spain can. As a tourist destination, Spain is often mistakenly stereotyped as a sunand-sea location, and its most beautiful spots remain undiscovered. If you are living in Spain, or are coming over and want to do more than just get a quick tan, then check out some of Spain’s lesser known spots...

Alcalá del Júcar is located to the Northeast of the province of Albacete, where the River Júcar River leaves Castilla-La Mancha. Before reaching Alcalá del Júcar the river runs through the Western part of La Mancha, an area known as La Manchuela, with a flat non descript rural landscape. However on arriving in the area near Alcalá del Júcar, the scenery becomes quite rocky. This area is dominated by shrubs, grass and pine trees and its wildlife includes foxes, rabbits and birds. Fiestas en Alcalá del Júcar: The village holds its annual fiestas in honour of San Lorenzo. During the fiestas between the 8th and 15th August there is a procession to the San Lorenz hermitage. What to eat in Alcalá del Júcar: In Alcalá del Júcar you can eat very well in some charming places - the old fashioned restaurants which are set in caves in the hillside. Typical dishes include partidge, goat’s meat,gazpacho, and pork.


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of art now stop in the street to argue about it. This is perhaps the mayor’s greatest achievement. Ceutí has been transformed into Spain’s Guggenheim of all villages... A visit to Ceutí is a unique cultural experience in a very special place. Its a good place to take children; they will learn to become much more appreciative of art, playing between streets and museums. Ceutí is almost proof that utopia can exist...a desirable model to follow... Ubeda, Spain (PICTURED) The original town of Ubeda was established around 200 B.C. although its real interest lies in the amazing collection of renaissance buildings conserved in the historical centre of the city. The centre has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and strolling around the old buildings, churches, palaces and plazas, is like walking around an enormous open-air musuem. Much of Ubeda’s splendour is thanks to the influence of Francisco de los Cobos, a resident who became Secretary for Emperor Charles V, as did his son after him. Because of their prominent post in the Spanish Court, they were both given riches for themselves and

Ceutí, Murcia It all began back in 1979, in the middle of the Spanish political transition to democracy, one village and one young mayor, Manuel Hurtado, who dreamt of transforming his home town. Back then Ceutí was an unattractive place, suffering industrial decline, decreasing population and a increasing number of empty factories.....a lot needed to be done. It was certainly not a typically pretty Spanish village, with historical monuments little white houses. However sometimes miracles happen against all odds. Today the small town of Ceutí has been transformed into one of the most important cultural references of the Murcian region, and visitors marvel at the sculptors lining the streets, the amazing museum, art gallery and children’s museum set in a wonderfully renovated old factory, the annual music festival, and the impressive programme of cultural events, exhibitions, concerts and activities for all ages arranged all year round. Sr. Hurtado is the only mayor in Spain to have won all local elections held since Spain became a democracy, and he has done so each time with overwhelming majorities (in the last elections he won by over 70%). This small town is not a www.thehirecentre.net typical cultural destination. The people of Ceutí are happy to receive vistors but they still live day to day following their own simple way of life. Ceutí has embraced modern art and made it its own. The municipal government uses revenue generated by the musuems and art gallery to invest in its local population. Books are edited and distributed for free in primary schools, presenting the works of art that line the streets, squares and parks, and offering information about the artists and techniques used. Its citizens who, according to Also: Crutches, Zimmers & Commodes the mayor, once knew nothing

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Look Good Feel Great The Beauty and Wellness Centre would like to welcome David and Karen to the team. As our team here at the Beauty Centre continues to grow our service to our clients and customers remains unbeaten. David and Karen have been working in the Costa Blanca for nine years and are now both working alongside us at the Salon. Both London trained hairdressers in precision cutting and fabulous colours. They take time and care to give you the look you want. Come and visit us. With every cut and colour we will give you a fantastic conditioning mask. We look forward to seeing you.

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One of the best ways to relieve the stresses of the day is to simply walk them away, scientists have found. In a report by the Mail Online, walking briskly or jogging really does calm you down by sparking nerve cells in the brain that relax the senses, new research has shown. Exercise has long been thought to be effective for anxiety and depression, but the brain mechanism behind the phenomenon has remained a mystery. Now tests on mice show when they are active, soothing neurons in the brain are triggered. When they are then exposed to a stressor, these neurons calm them down. For Quesada & Surrounding Area Researchers took two groups of animals, one that ran around and another that was sedentary, and then tested the amount of brain cells that formed after they exercised. The runners’ brains had a number of new neurons specifically designed to inhibit brain activity and quiet more excitable ones. The researchers then put the mice into ice cold baths to create a stressful environment. As expected, large numbers of excitable neurons were fired up in the hippocampus, a region of the brain involved in Are seeking Volunteers emotional responses Make a difference But in the brains of the Touch a person’s life when it really matters. runners, calming neurons

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“Songs by ‘the king’ – for ‘THE KING’

On Sunday, 7th July, the people who turned up at Torrevieja Christian Centre at Avenida de las Cortes Valencianas, 68, for the regular Church Service were treated to something quite different. There was a celebration of Elvis Gospel Music. The title of the event was “Songs by ‘the king’ – for ‘THE KING’”. After giving some history of Elvis Presley’s early years in Tupelo, Mississippi; where the whole Presley family attended the Assemblies of God Church in the town;

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60th Anniversary Coronation BBQ On Thursday 27th June the Anglican Chaplaincy of St Peter & St Paul celebrated the 60th Anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation by holding a BBQ in the garden surrounds of the La Siesta Church. The BBQ was hosted by members of the La Siesta Anglican community who welcomed over 70 members and their friends from the other churches that make up the Chaplaincy. On a beautiful warm and sunny evening the guests were entertained by Cathy Carson and members of the TAABS choir before partaking in a substantial BBQ meal, cooked and served up by the La Siesta Anglican Committee and several of their friends. After the meal a raffle with a vast array of prizes was drawn all donated by individuals and with fully charged glasses a Loyal toast was made to Her Majesty the Queen. The evening concluded with a further selection of well known songs from Cathy and TAABS All in all a very enjoyable evening in a lovely setting which gave every who attended the opportunity to mix and socialise with one another, something that is the ethos of the Anglican Community. If you wish to learn more about the Chaplaincy then please visit our web-site , www.c-of-e-torrevieja.com

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When the previous owner of Carl’s Bar had to retire due to poor health, the new owners Martin and Tricia, continued to support Torrevieja Alzheimer’s Association (AFA) that Shim and his customers had been doing for some time. A number of Carl’s Bar regulars customers know at first hand what this cruel disease can do, and this has possibly encouraged other customers and staff to help to continue Shim’s good work. Sadly, Shim passed away recently, as did one of these regular customers Alistair Watt. It was the wish of both men that a collection be taken at their funerals from family and friends, so that instead of flowers, a donation could be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. A truly generous sum of 310 euros in total from the collection at both funerals was handed to Judy Ferris, Treasurer of AFA. Judy was pleased to give to Jayne of Carl’s Bar, a Certificate of Appreciation on behalf of AFA Torrevieja. Alistair was a patient at the La Siesta Clinic of AFA, and will be sadly missed by the staff

and other patients there. Although Alistair was suffering from Alzeimer’s disease, his death came quite suddenly. Shim, was a very popular man with all his customers, and they were very sad when he had to retire. However, Martin and Tricia have been terrific successors. Carl’s Bar has maintained its reputation for good food , now more than ever with the ‘Special Events’ with entertainment and menus as varied, interesting and excellent value for money. Martin and Tricia still have specific ‘Alzeimer’s’ support days/evenings, and are special friends of the Association (AFA)as without this kind of support many more patients and families would not have the care now available through our Day Centres and qualified professional staff. SO A VERY BIG THANK YOU TO YOU ALL, FROM ALL OF US. Photo shows Judy Ferris from AFA handing Jayne, a member of staff a Certificate of Appreciation for the two collections.

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Saturday 6th July 2013 About 150 spectators turned out to support this event, in the sunshine, at Torrevieja’s Municipal outside swimming pool on Saturday. The event started with the Costa Blanca Synchronised Swimming team entertaining everyone with an exhibition of individual and collective synchronised swimming that kept the crowd entranced for well over half an hour. Next up, local hero Adam Stewart swam his sponsored 1500 meters marathon and pleased the crowd by beating his own personal best by a full minute. Juan Angel, who was Master of Ceremonies, introduced each of the events and entertained the audience throughout the day with songs from his popular repertoire. The Raquel de Pena flamenco dancers performed a number of dances as part of their routine to wild applause. A sponsored swimming marathon was undertaken by Swimmers from “Club Natacion Torrevieja” which raised approx.. €500.00 The team comprised: Boys: Yuriy, Konstantin, Elian Girls: Emma, Ruth, Louise, Piroska, Zoe, Paula,

Samira Masters: Beth, Vicki, Gillan and club coach Juanma In total the team swam 28kms. The kids all swam 2km’s each made up of 800m warm up, then relays of medley and crawl – each swimmer doing 10 lengths of 100m’s, then to cool down a further 200m The Masters each swam 2kms - 1500m each before joining the relays and swimming another 300m each with a further 200m to cool down. The ages of the swimmers ranged from 9yrs to 69yrs !!! not bad really - apart from the fifties there was a swimmer from each decade !!! A raffle was held with tickets sold throughout the morning with the Alcalde Eduardo Dolon drawing the winning tickets and presenting the prizes. He was accompanied by the councillor for Sport, Luisma. It is hoped that the proceeds from the entrance fee, sponsored events and the raffle will exceed €2000 with a further €800.00 being donated by Barclays Bank through its Pensioners’ matched funding scheme.


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Spanish national newspaper claims Bárcenas ‘admitted to illegal financing of PP’

Ex-treasurer of the PP Luis Bárcenas has allegedly owned up to ‘illegal’ financing of the party by companies in exchange for preferential treatment, according to the editor of a leading Spanish national daily newspaper. The normally right-wing broadsheet El Mundo published an article this week by its leader Pedro J Ramírez, who had held a four-hour interview with the former senator just days before the latter was sent to jail based upon the judge’s opinion that he was a flight risk. “Bárcenas explained to me, in the course of a long conversation, that for at least the last 20 years the PP had been financed illegally, receiving donations in cash from construction firms and other business-owners who, in turn, obtained contracts for jobs awarded by government

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departments led by the party,” Ramírez claimed in his article. The report details the format, method, aims and extent of the financing by various companies and even names and shames some of those allegedly involved, based upon what Bárcenas is said to have told the editor. Bárcenas has been remanded in custody without bail since June 27 after judge Pablo Ruz believed there was a risk he may abscond, as a result of his testifying over the 48.2 million euros held in various accounts in the Swiss entities Dresdner Bank and Lombard Odier. His solicitor has since countered that ‘holding money in Swiss bank accounts is not a crime’ and insists there is no

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PHIL SAGE MEMORIAL CONCERT

PIPE BAND SUPPORTS ARMED FORCES DAY

Just one year ago, on 15th July 2012, a very popular man died locally in Quesada, having lost a long battle with cancer. Phil Sage was a bass singer who had been involved with choirs on the Costa for many years. He had been a member of Crescendo choir, moving to Melody Makers International when they formed, and then finally sang with his favourite type of music when he became a founder member of the Orihuela Costa Male Voice Choir, under director Nigel Hopkins. Phil had been a stalwart member of the Avon & Somerset Constabulary Choir when resident in the UK, and was thrilled when the Orihuela Costa Male Voice Choir was formed. He lived for the choir, and people close to him knew that it was his strong will to perform in their inaugural concert that literally kept him alive. In his memory, and his honour, the choir will perform a Memorial Concert on Sunday, 14th July in the Iglesia de Santa Maria del Mar, La Zenia starting at 9pm. It will be a happy programme of Phil’s favourite Male Voice pieces, and his widow, Maureen, will be present. Tickets are 5€ each and are available from CallNet Internet Cafe - in the alley behind Consum, next to Paddy’s Point, Tel: 966 761 171, or on the door.

The Torrevieja Pipes & Drums travelled to the town of Pinoso to help celebrate the Armed Forces Day on the 29th June 2013. Paul Thomas, the owner of the T-Tapas Bar at Pinoso invited the band to play to help raise money for Help for Heroes. Paul is an ex service man and has run the bar for the last 2 years. He said that this was an ideal night to raise some much needed funds for his favourite charity. His customers were highly delighted when the band marched down the street in front of the bar making a grand entrance. They continued to entertain the customers and Mark the dancer received a standing ovation after his display of the sword dance and the highland fling. The night continued with live music and a spectacular firework display. Photo shows Paul thanking the band for their participation in the wonderful evening.

Izzy gets busy with SOUL POWER

Soul and Tamla Motown band Soul Power were lucky enough to gain a new keyboard player this week Izzy Guy-Morgan, the band wanted a keyboard player with a strong voice and a good knowledge of soul and Tamla Motown music. Recommended by Ray Prentice Izzy joined the band straight away and with only a handful of notes with keys etc written on them she performed a live gig at the Celtic Drop, Flamenca Beach without even a rehearsal. JJ Soulman (the founder of Soul Power) said ´Now we have four band members that can sing this will make the harmonies even more sweeter and stronger`. Izzy plans to sing some of the female soul songs such as ´Respect` and ´Dancing in the street` at a later date. The Soul Power line up now consists of JJ Soulman on lead vocals and guitar,

Duncan Philips on bass guitar, Kenny Dee on saxophone and backing vocals, Ray Prentice on drums and backing vocals and the new signing Izzy Guy-Morgan on keyboards and backing vocals. The band play songs from such artists as The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Edwin Star, The Four Tops, The Real Thing, Sly and the Family Stone, Marvin Gaye, Ben E King, Booker T and the MG`s, James Brown, Wilson Pickett, Sam and Dave and Otis Redding plus many more. Date for your diary You can see the new 5 piece Soul and Motown band Soul Power live every Monday at The Celtic Drop, Flamenca Beach (upper level), the band go on stage from 10pm. For more information call JJ on 680 572 427 or visit Facebook page Soul Power.

Torrevieja Stroke Support Have you got a couple of hours a week to help Torrevieja Stroke Support? The group has been running for a number of years and helps people and their carers manage the aftermath of a stroke. We meet every Friday afternoon at the Municipal Offices in La Siesta. The group offers all kinds of help; an Occupational Therapist, a Speech Therapist and a Physiotherapist, we also have art therapy sessions once a month. All kinds of social activities are on offer, as well as trips out. It is totally dependent on fundraising and upon its volunteer work force. We are looking to add to that group. Volunteers come from varied backgrounds, nursing, social care, housewives, even accountants. You don’t need to have had a great deal of experience; we need a friendly face, a bright smile, and someone to sit and chat to and support people who have had a stroke, and their carers. We also need people to assist members to attend the groups by picking them up and dropping them off home again for which we will pay your expenses. Our volunteers do a marvellous job, but we would like to increase our numbers. If you would like to learn more, then contact either Margaret on 965 077331, or David on 966 715174. Spanish speakers can contact Alicia on 681 060271. If you want to visit us we will be having an open day on September 28th between 11am and 2 pm. Or, you can visit our website on www.torreviejastrokesupport.com


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Man trains tigers to attack him

Animal trainer Randy Miller reckons he’s the only man in the world who can withstand a full-scale assault by a 400lb tiger. Mr Miller, 45, has trained big cat Eden to leap 15 feet and pile-drive him into the ground in an inch-perfect fake tiger attack. But it’s all revealed to be part of their purr-fect double act - as Mr Miller, who trains animals for movies, walks away unharmed. “If a stranger tried to do this, they would get seriously injured, mauled or even killed,” he said. The father-of-two rears his animals from birth and uses his lifelong bond with them to achieve wild things on the big screen. At his special training facility in Big Bear, California, he has trained amazing creatures for

roles in Transformers 2, The Last Samurai and many other big-screen productions. “I like using Eden for the staged attack because she comes at me so fast and hits hard, so it’s very convincing,” he said. “She’s dependable and knows what she’s doing, but you still need to be cautious and play your role.” The expert handler’s act with predators is so convincing it landed him a top stunt award for his work on Russell Crowe blockbuster Gladiator. They superimposed Crowe’s face onto Randy for a famous scene when main character Maximus was attacked by one of Miller’s tigers, Tara, 18, in a Colosseum battle


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QUESADA GOLF SUPER LEAGUE I N A U G U R A L SUMMER DOUBLES COMPETITION 1ST JULY 2013 This competition was to be played at the picturesque Font de Llop. Having arrived in plenty of time to sort out the pre-details of cards and buggies, we set off early on a warm balmy day. The course looked in excellent

condition just right to see some really good scores. With most of the prizes donated by MANZINI’S RESTAURANT ROJALES, BAR SOFIA EL RASO, JOHN SANCHEZ, ROBBIE BURNS POWAKADDY GOLF AND FONT DE LLOP GOLF. Eventually the call was early to start play on the 1st and 10th. The eighteen pairs

battled through the day with the eventual winners coming out with a mighty 48 points. So this means one of them will be cut severely. Many thanks to all the staff at Font de Llop for our pleasant welcome and to the greenkeeping staff for their hard work. All the participating pairs then made their way back to the Sportsman Bar in Quesada for a hearty meal and the presentation. Many thanks to Ron and his staff for their hospitality. Thanks to Ian and his organising staff, as this will now be a regular League competition at the end of the season, and we look forward to starting the League again in October. Any local societies that are thinking of joining please get in touch with Ian Faulkner or Mike Wyatt on info@totallydigital.com or jill.wyatt050@ gmail. Congratulations to all winners, results below.

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‘Ley de Costas’: Andalucía, Asturias, Catalunya, Canaries and the Basque Country challenge ‘Ley de Costas’ in Constitutional Court

QUESADA GOLF SUPER LEAGUE SUMMER COMPETITION FONT DEL LLOP 1st JULY 2013 Overall Winners : Nikki Ead & Andy Trefry 48 pts (Benijofar GS) Nearest the Pins Par 3’s : 3rd: David Gray (Claptons GS) 8th: Andy Trefry (Benijofar GS) 12th: Andy Trefry (Benijofar GS) 16th: Dave Smith (Benijofar GS) 17th: Nikki Ead (Benijofar GS) Longest Drive 10th Hole :

Michael Swan (Benijofar GS) Nearest the Pin in 2 - 13th Hole : Steve Edwards (Benijofar GS) Nearest the Pin in 3 - 15th Hole : Steve Hatt (Benijofar GS) Nearest the Pin in 3 - 18th Hole : John McMilllan (Benijofar GS) Best Front 9 : Dean Fagan & Tom Chisolm 25 pts (Claptons GS) Best Back 9 : Dave Smith & Steve Hatt 25 pts (Benijofar

GS) Most Points Par 3’s : Tony Stead & David Gray 14 pts Most Points Par 5’s : John Kemp & Steve Edwards 14 pts Prizes sponsored by : Robbie Burns - Powakaddy Spain John Sanchez Font Del Llop Golf Mancinis Restaurant, Rojales Bar Sofia, El Raso Howard Bednall Vet `E´) “ 52:05.

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Heather Gould (17thLady Vet`D´) “ 56:42. Linda Gossage (1st “ Vet `G´) “ 72:26. Frauke Gerlach (1st “ Vet `H´) “ 74:06. Both Linda & Frauke were naturally very pleased with their trophies & podium visit.

1 st. Santa Pola 10K (29/06/13) Local club, “Running Wild A.C.” entered the first holding at this race distance in Santa Pola, with very creditable achievements from 5 Vet Ladies & 1 Vet Man, who braved the 9pm Saturday evening start. The crowds lining the whole route around town & along the sea front gave excellent

support and the organisers made a big effort hosting the race & involved a large team of helpful volunteers in their smart green shirts. Running Wild´s individual results were as follows:Monica McGranaghan (8th Lady Vet `A´) in 43:35. Ingrid Patursson (9th “Vet `D´) “ 50:44.

The only let-down to the event was the disparity with actual race distance, which checked out over the 10,000 m , enough to affect somewhat the runners´ times. Footnote: Earlier that day in Cardiff, the Clubs oldest member, John Pascoe (VM 80) ran in the City´s Parkrun 5K. 375 entrants set off at 9 am in perfect weather on level paths, John finishing in 26:57, 1st in his category & 12th highest “age related scorer” at 77.98%.

Five regional governments in Spain are appealing against the newlyredrafted Coastal Law, or Ley de Costas, via the Constitutional Court. According to a report by Thinkspain, Andalucía, the Canary Islands, Catalunya, the Basque Country and Asturias say the law text violates the right to equality and invades regional government jurisdiction. Their regional environmental and planning ministers recall that over half of Spain’s coastline is in these federal communities - the rest belonging to Cantabria, Galicia, Murcia, Valencia and the Balearic Islands - and that they should therefore be allowed to make their own judgments rather than being dictated to by the central government in Madrid, which does not even have a coastline. They say that 12 areas of coast in these regions have been given a ‘reprieve’ from the effects of the Coastal Law with no clear guidelines as to how they were differentiated from the rest. Parts of the law text are impossible to understand, and that it is also ‘a backward step’ because they are forced to submit environmental impact reports when they decide to develop areas of coastline, even where the land in question has already been declared suitable for building on. The Coastal Law (Ley de Costas), aimed at protecting Spain’s shoreline, includes provisions which have robbed thousands of residents of

their homes. In the event of coastal erosion, the General Directorate of Coasts (Dirección General de Costas) moves the invisible boundary between sea and dry land farther away from the shore, effectively widening the beach. Any houses which, as a result, find themselves on the wrong side of the line then automatically become the property of the State and the owner’s only ‘compensation’ is the right to continue living there rentfree for 30 years, but is unable to sell, bequeath, mortgage, rent out, repair or renovate the property. The amended Ley de Costas increases this to 75 years and allows the owner do to all of the above, but they still do not have title to the home they rightfully bought or inherited and the government still reserves the right to bulldoze the property if they decide to do so, with no compensation payable. Highly-developed areas of coast, particularly new properties which have been built taking the Coastal Law into account, as opposed to those which are several decades old, are rarely affected by this situation as coastal erosion is not an issue. Local councils in the relatively few affected areas have been offering full support and helping homeowners to fight their case.


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There will be two trial fitness classes for teenagers between 12 and 16 years of age at the Sports Centre (padel, tennis and football pitches) on Urbanisation Marina on Friday the 12th and 19th of July from 7.30 to 9.30. These first two classes will be free of charge but there will be a fee for subsequent classes. Please just turn up on the night. These classes offer parents the possibility of improving the physical fitness of their children, promote a healthy lifestyle, teach them to work in a team environment, take them out of the house and into the fresh air and teach them the dangers of alcohol and drugs. These classes have been organised by Howards Gym, Ciudad Quesada in collaboration with the Office for the Urbanisations

What today, in the midst of the 21st Century, is nothing new, was then a truly innovative project well ahead of its time. 35 years ago, Mr. Justo Quesada Samper’s visionary approach began to give shape to an ambitious dream: to create from scratch a real city which would play a leading role in launching residential tourism on the Costa Blanca. This was the birth of Ciudad Quesada. In 1972 he began to build Ciudad Quesada starting out with just a modest family firm and no resources other than his own hands and, above all, a tremendous capacity for sacrifice and hard work.

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He did not cease in his efforts even when faced with the tremendous problems and financial crises the sector has suffered over the years, a fact which makes the successes achieved even more worthy of praise. With the support of his wife and five children, Justo Quesada gave shape to his dream and created what is now a model company with tremendous prestige within the sector as can be seen from some of the awards we have received: the Costa Blanca Tourism Award in 1991, Jaguar Award for the Best Spanish Developer in 1999, Alicante Chamber of Commerce Award or the Prestige Rating Book.

Over the years, Mr. Quesada has gradually passed on control to his son José Angel, the company’s current chairman. Although still a young man, he has spent years training to continue his father’s work with the modern vision required for town planning in the new millennium, but also based on the intensive, invaluable preparation he has received since his childhood. Thousands of people from all over Europe supported this first great project to be carried out by our company’s founder, and it became a model of a services city in every way, offering amenities which for the time were

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Tel: 966 717 000 2b Avenido Del Mar, Urb Pueblo Bravo, Quesada

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considered daring and unimaginable, such as a nine-hole golf course and a landing strip for light aircraft. Ciudad Quesada is now a reference in 21st Century Spain, one of the country’s leading real estate developments, with over 20,000 homes built on an area of 10 million m2 and further areas still under development. It also stands out for its impressive range of

services open all year round: eight banks, an abundance of food stores, two medical centres, a service station, a Water Park, five supermarkets, a Norwegian state school, a town hall and the La Marquesa golf course. Different nationalities living together in harmony has strengthened the bond between Ciudad Quesada’s thousands of

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residents. In fact, it is the only urbanization which celebrates the fiestas of its own patron saint held every August, on San Justo day, with a fiesta committee and the participation of the Town Council of Rojales, the municipality which Cuidad Quesada forms part of.

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Each part of Spain has its own delights, and the area that I live in, although within the boundaries of a protected reserve, is located within easy distance from the coast. These areas have been built up with tourists in mind, specifically geared for all those looking for some guaranteed sun. It is well know for its great beaches and good selection of golf courses. What it is less well known for, and although abundant, is it’s birdlife, plantlife and walking routes. I have therefore tried, within this column, to make people more aware of their surroundings and encourage them to go out and explore for themselves. Recently I have been covering the birdlife that can be have found, specifically in El Hondo, but if you really want to see birds in great numbers you need to travel further a field and I have touched on a few of these places in the past few articles. The region I am going to concentrate on today is the Extremadura Region: and within that the Monfragüe National Park which is roughly in the centre of the province of Cáceres

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with rockroses. Strawberry trees, heathers and mastics intermingle with ashes, willows and hollies. From cracked quartzite junipers emerge. The centre of the park consists of several small, parallel mountain ranges, between which flows the River Tajo. (It is at present where the Embalse de la Pedrera receives its water transfers). The River Tiétar and other lesser watercourses carve out deep gorges as they flow towards the Tajo, creating a spectacular system of rocky cliffs in which a huge number of birds breed, making it one of Europe’s premier birding sites, and most importantly for me, as you well know my love of Raptors, (Europe’s raptor heaven). Just in the entrance to the park alone, reads like the ‘who’s, who’s on any ones birding list, but the ones I am most interested in today are the Eurasian Black Vultures.


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...HOME & GARDEN It is the sheer closeness of this magnificent bird that excites all those who visit the park. One such comment from one avid birdwatcher was the following “One of the somewhat unexpected things that the vultures would do, is that as they cruised past us, they would look across at us and really stare. They really were staring. At the very least they seemed to be studying us very carefully”. It would certainly be an impressive sight as The Cinereous Vulture is believed to be the “largest true bird of prey in the world” With females being slightly larger than males it can weigh anything between 7kg to 14kg making another world record, one of the ‘world’s heaviest flying birds”. It has a wingspan of nearly 3m. Its dark silhouette, the presence of a large black feather on the head, and the characteristic neck feathers give this bird its scientific name of monk vulture (Latin:monachus). Similarly, it must also be most the most impressive spectacle to witness the flight play between pairs and juveniles. The image of two very large menacing looking birds interlocking talons and then spiraling down through the sky, must be an incredible, dramatic sight! Interestingly this species is also adapted to fly at a very high altitudes. It has a specialised haemoglobinalpha subunit of high oxygen affinity which makes it possible to take up oxygen efficiently despite the low partial pressure in the upper troposphere although this adaptability is certainly not required in Extremadura. So with regards to numbers are they safe? If you were around in the 1970ties, the numbers had declined in Spain, to around 200 pairs, but with some dedicated protection, the numbers have increased to about a 1,000 pairs in 1992 and have now spread their breeding grounds to Portugal. Just to indicate how important this area is for these birds, the number of Eurasian Black Vulture, found in Monfrague Park

are a reported minimum of 339 pairs and up to a maximum of almost 400 pairs - This represents over a third of the entire breeding population here in Spain. Unfortunately this has not been the case in other parts of the world with extinction in many European countries (France, Italy, Austria, Poland, Slovakia, Albania, Moldovia, Romania) and its entire breeding range in northwest Africa (Morocco and Algeria). They are attempting a re-introduction programme in France and elsewhere in Europe, very small but increasing numbers are breeding in Bulgaria and Greece. Next week we will continue on our journey to find out more about the area and more about some amazing birds that are found within the park and I hope that as always this ‘journey’ inspires you to branch out from the confines of the Coast and discover what the rest of Spain has to offer. In the meantime, we continue here at Casa La Pedrera to offer fun filled family days out which has something for everyone. If it is just a cup of tea you are after to enjoy the fabulous views over the lake with a visit to our craft shop you are in the right place. Alternatively if you are looking for fun and adventure on many of the activities we offer from quad biking to horse riding, kayaking, air rifle and archery, and then relax afterwards with a dip in the pools, again you are in the right place. As always you can contact me for more information on 660816620 or visit our website that has a full description of what we offer together with our event programme which includes our popular summer show “flamenco with Horses Spectacular. The website also has a link to our facebook page which is regularly updated with all the news and goings on here at La Pedrera.... Until the next week, Jenni

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l l o R & k Roc o t e r e h is stay!

The all new - Rock & Roll Express” show will launch on Sunday and there are plans to bring it to local venues regularly!

Traditional R & R and a fabulous new rhythm and style created by the Coastrider Music Awards BEST MUSICIAN of the year winner 2012 & 2013, Nick Barker have been combined in one show / dance and it will simply blow you away!! Starring Nick Barker, award winning Peter Day and Fiona McLean (little Miss rock & roll) of Jukebox Legends and Elvis 2000 fame. This show / dance is fantastic so get booked early as limited seating at most venues!! All venues will have a meal inclusive ticket price or a great value for money pre show meal option offering great value for money and guaranteeing a fantastic night out!! The food variety offered by the different venues will mean there is something for everyone. Tickets at the venues so get down to the one of your choice and book NOW. Tickets must be purchased and paid for before the event. All shows start at 8.30pm sharp and pre show meals start at 7-30pm (except at the Rendezvous). More info at www.jukeboxpromotions.co.uk and in next weeks press!! Date & Venue details: Sunday July 14th - The Rendezvous, Campoamor 608467597 10€ (This venue includes a great buffet in the price) Sunday 21st July - Restaurant Fu (was Los Arcos), Avd Baleares, Torrevieja 965703170 €15.95 (includes three course high quality meal and a drink - Other menu options available, ask when you book your tickets) Tuesday 23rd July - Los Rosales, Lemon Tree Rd, Guardamar 606192691 €12.50 (includes a value one course meal with sided salad and a desert option at only 1€ extra) Wednesday 24th July - The Club House, Camposol Golf 968978855 (MABS fundraiser) Wednesday 31st July - The Club , Quesada 966717028 8.50€ (show only ticket price only). These two venues offer a great value for money optional pre show menu - ask for details at the venue of your choice) ************************************************************************

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The Club House, Camposol Golf; This great venue is selling out on our tours each month now and rightly so as people love the atmosphere and it’s always a great night out. The venue has a new stage and seating for over 100 people at our shows. It’s an amazing show at a fabulous venue so why not give it a try for this show? well run and offers fantastic, value for money food options. Talk to them when you book your tickets but whatever you do, at least go in there and take a look - You WILL be surprised and a tip would be “Don’t leave it to long” before booking!! It will sell out and you will get better seats if you book early!!! Contact details above.


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Trouble comes to Rescue centre

The Easy Horse Care Rescue centre foundation (EHCRC) has opened its doors to take in it`s 8th donkey making it a total of 55 horses ponies and donkeys now residing at the centre in Rojales. The Centre was aware of the sudden closing of a local riding school in Catral and that all ten horses were up for a quick sale. The Rescue Centre had offered to give assistance if any of the horses were

abandoned there. However thankfully the local horse community rallied round dug deep into their own pockets, Got them all out and found good homes for them. All accept for one donkey. Early evening co founder Sue weeding received an urgent phone call from Linda Torr who had also saved one of the horses telling her that the owner was going back to England that night and the donkey was going to fall into the hands of a local person known to have ill treated horses before. Her friend Paul Carpenter had a trailer and they could go and get the donkey in a emergency dash if the Rescue Centre would be able to take him with in thirty minutes. Of course we said yes. So trouble as he was named arrived at the Centre. He has since become great friends with our other recently rescued donkey name Sancho Panza so it seemed appropriate to rename him Donkey Oaty. He has such a lovely personality and he is no trouble at all. Sue weeding also went on to praise the generosity and kindness of the local horse community for their efforts saving these horses in these hard times of recession. Why not come and meet all of our residents? We are open to the public every Sunday 13:00-17:00. Free entry. Tasty hot food, cakes, teas and refreshments are available. Take one of our very popular horse tours. We also have Merchandise and souvenirs plus a fantastic DVD all about the Rescue Center now available. For more information you can call Sue 652 021 980 or visit our web site www. easyhorsecare.net

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In June Daya Nueva Club de Football held their end of season celebration at Restaurant YoYo in Daya Nueva. It was a bigger than usual celebration this year as the Infantils had won the Alicante G9 Championship. The trophy will not be presented until September/October but this did not make any difference to the party atmosphere. Along with all the players there were mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters and three ex-pat supporters and their wives. Restaurant YoYo laid on a fantastic array of food along with plenty of beer, wine and soft drinks. The noise level of the party became higher as more drinks were consumed. The players were presented with a gift each from the club and they in turn gave gifts to coach, Paco, and Vincente. The ex-pats: myself, Brian and Dean sponsored a number of trophies. These were for players’ player, (Jesus) golden boot, (Marcos) with 19 goals. The best newcomer to the squad, (Alberto). Francisco was awarded a trophy for the outstanding player of the last 4 seasons, this is how long we have been following

the team and how long this paper has carried their match reports. No player was left out as medals were awarded to all of them. The two goalkeepers, Danni and Miguel also received a trophy each from the club. It was a great celebration that went long into the evening from its start at 2.00pm. Can’t wait for the party when the Division Trophy is in our hands. Bring it on!! On a personal note I would like to thank the players and families for accepting us into their football club and their beautiful village of Daya Nueva. Photo shows Francisco receiving his award. Daya Daya


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Capital of Latvia (4) Imagine (8) Take to be true (6) Raised platforms (7) Dance hall (8)

6 Nape (6) 7 Western Samoan monetary unit (4) 14 Exhilarate (5) 16 Relating to a city (5) 18 Usually (8) 20 Male chickens (8) 21 Commodity (7) 23 Elaborate (6) 25 Penalize (6) 27 Bun (4) 29 Fictional captain (4)

(3) 16 ...at lunar arrangement (not man-made) (7) 17 Extend time inside? (7) 19 Managed church farm (5) 21 Age of Queen Anne, initially (3) 22 Golfer’s support returns English and French (3) 26 Meadow left at East Anglia at first (3) 29 Very fat? That’s nothing with bees about! (5) 30 Fantastic, eg rat movement (5) 31 6 second teams compete (3) 32 Social gathering needed in many sports? (4) 33 Iron, say, left in copper (bighead) (4) 35 Member of Elim Branch (4) 36 Distance of backward books? (4) 39 Second kilometre I travel on the white stuff? (3)

Down 2 Completed deliveries? (4) 3 Sharp, short thankyou, right? (4) 4 A street in New York is not nice! (5) 5 Following ref at mixup (5) 6 Finish in French 500 (3) 7 Nothing to regret returning currency (4) 8 Team dies horribly (4) 10 Give weapons to 35 (3) 12 Take for granted before total ecstasy? (7) 13 Northern corgis excited about getting a goal (7) 15 Reportedly 2 eggs...

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

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22 Consume (6) 24 Mild rebuke (8) 26 Sot (8) 28 Making note of (6) 30 Coagulate (4) 31 Deadbolts (5) 32 An inclined surface (4)

Across 1 3632 33 - chip back weights, and hesitations second (6,9) 9 Be a right animal! (4) 10 Loved a Labour party first (6) 11 Extremity of potato explosion (3) 14 Novel empire? (5) 18 Redhead cure, perhaps to happen again (5) 20 Against human tickling inclusion (4) 21 Take in Orient with a second to spare! (3) 23 Good man called American casualty for alien (8) 24 Starts to escape, lies under desk - early death is avoided (6) 25 Drink a litre heartlessly (3) 27 21across - a great deal without name (5) 28 Shape of monarchy? (4) 30 Donated long-head hammer (5) 34 Club area reveals where you might find 25 (3) 37 Follow “thanks” with “I left” (4) 38 Northern person: “I smoke disgustingly” (6) 40 French made big, bitter bible gossip (15)

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UNBELIEVABLE ACT OF CRUELTY

This male cat, who could be four or five years old, was recently rescued from a long, slow and unbelievably painful death. He had been left in a small cat carrier, with not only the door fastened shut, but a length of cord tied around the box, ensuring that he couldn’t force the top and bottom of the box apart. The box was then left in the blazing sun, on a piece of waste ground in Pilar de la Horadada. The poor cat inside would have been baked alive, just as dogs do when they are left in cars in the Spanish heat. He was discovered by a mother and daughter who heard his pitiful cries and saw him thrashing about in the small box, attempting to escape. This caring and compassionate couple of ladies took him to a vet who confirmed that he was in the last throes of dehydration and would certainly have died inside the box, either that day, or the following day, and it would undoubtedly have been a very slow and painful death. This deliberate act of cruelty, which would have resulted in the murder of someone’s pet takes your breath away. The person responsible for this would have known that there was no way this poor cat could have freed itself from it’s incarceration.

The cat had been neutered and had had it’s claws removed sometime in the past, so it was undoubtedly an indoor cat. Cats who have access to outdoors find it almost impossible to survive with no claws as they have no means of defence or escape. He is of a good weight, with no fleas, and is possibly a much loved pet, however he does not have a micro-chip, so it is impossible to contact his owner. This was not a normal act of abandonment, where the owner of an animal simply leaves it behind and moves away, or takes the animal somewhere, and leaves it. This was a wilful and evil attempt to kill an animal in one of the slowest and cruellest of ways. This could have been an act of malice, directed against the owner of this indoor cat, or against the cat itself. It is difficult to believe that someone could have given this cat a home, neutered it, removed its claws, fed it well, and then deliberately tied it up in a box and left it to die. If this is your cat, and you are searching for it, then please contact A.P.A.H. Animal Rescue Charity on 630 422 563, and if unbelievably this is your cat and you ARE responsible for the attempted murder of this family pet, then you should be ASHAMED of this inhumane act of cruelty. If someone out there is looking for a cat that can live as an indoor cat, and the original owner does not come forward, A.P.A.H. would love to be able to give you the opportunity to make up for this terrible act of betrayal.

HELP Murcia Mar Menor Forthcoming Events Wednesday 17th July - charity haircut and blow dry day. Alpelo hairdressers invite you to attend for a free haircut or blowdry by Mags or Sergio, or a manicure or pedicure by Mariposa from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For these services a donation to HELP MMM would be gratefully received. Booking is advisable on 609693916 (for Mags or Sergio) or 654723546 (for Mariposa). Their premises can be found on Calle Mayor 78, Los Belones, next to the Bank of Valencia. Thursday 18th July – Fun on the Beach at Los Urrutias beach from 5 to 8 p.m. Free games and races for the children, plus a Bouncy Castle, plus Paella. All children welcome. Wednesday 25th September – Last Night at the Proms at the Olympia restaurant, Mil Palmeras at 7.00 for 7.30 p.m. Chicken, chips and wine €12. Thursday 3rd October – Autumn Fayre at the Arches restaurant, Los Narejos. Fashion show and stalls. Wednesday 23rd October – dinner/ dance at the Costa Narejos hotel, Los Alcazares. €45 each, which includes evening meal, dancing to the Big Band

Swingtet with Paul Allen singing, overnight accommodation and breakfast the next morning. Thursday 31st October – evening performance by the Caballeros at the Costa Narejos Hotel, Los Alcazares, tickets €7. Friday 15th November – Elaine’s Quiz with a Difference at Lui’s Lounge, Camping Las Encinas, San Javier, fish and chips at 7 for 7.30 p.m. then the quiz, all for €10. Every second Tuesday in the month there is a charity market at La Zona Bar, Los Alcazares 11-1 pm. Every other Saturday morning (as from 29th June) there is a clothes sale at The Arches restaurant, Los Narejos from 10.30 to 1 p.m. (weather permitting) HELP has a stall at the Autocine, Los Narejos every Sunday a.m. 8.30 a.m. to 12.30. Tickets or information about events available from the office Avda. Cartagena BCP L, Calle Penelope No 11, 30710, Los Alcazares, Murcia, España Telephone / Facsimile 968 570 059 E-mail: helpmmm@gmail.com www.helpmurciamarmenor.org

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French outrage after US deems its cheese ‘filthy’

Indignation is growing among cheese-lovers in France and the US after Washington branded a type of French cheese as unfit for human consumption. The US government slapped an import ban on mimolette cheese at the end of May, leaving 1.5 tonnes of the item impounded at a warehouse. American food inspectors object to the use of mites to refine its flavour. A producer called the ban “absurd” while fans have launched social media campaigns such as “Save the mimolette”. According to the US food and drug administration, the cheese “appears to consist in whole or in part of a filthy, putrid or decomposed substance or be otherwise unfit for food”. “This is absurd,” a mimolette producers’ spokesman said. “Changing

the production process would change the flavour. No one has ever got ill from eating our cheese.” However, French junior minister for food Guillaume Garot suggested this week that mimolette makers would have no choice if they wanted to export to the US. “Our only concern is to work with French cheese-makers towards a new production process for aged mimolette destined for export,” he said.

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El Mundo de Espana 3rd Anniversary

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C O M M U NIT Y NE W S THE HELP ASSOCIATION OF VEGA BAJA

VACANCY – WELFARE OFFICER (vOLUNTARY POSITION)

The Help Association is concerned with the welfare of the community and can assist where, for instance, a person is facing problems such as a decline in health, or the need to change living arrangements due to ill health or disability. Due to the increase in demand for visits we are seeking additional Volunteers to take on the duties of Welfare Officer. These volunteers would ideally be qualified and registered nurses who have had previous experience in assessing the health needs of individuals, and can provide them with practical help and advice. Duties will involve: Make home visits, giving advice and information about care and help in the home; Monitoring the progress of individuals’ health and ensure that further support is offered as needed from institutions such as Social Services, Police, hospitals and care providers; Acting as advocate between pensioners and their families who may live abroad; Supporting individuals in the choices they make about their future. If you are able to fill these Volunteer posts please contact R Garland, Secretary, Association Help Vega Baja Should you wish to discuss any welfare issue, or if you know of somebody else in need or difficulties, please contact the Help Association on 966 723725

Torrevieja Costa Lions Club

Come and join our club members on one of our “ Business meeting nights” and see what we are doing this year to raise money for charities in our local area and further afield. 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 Cevera Hotel in La Mata near Torrevieja, Meetings now start at 19.30 hours. Contact me on davedanie@gmail.com or via our web site on membership@torreviejacostalions.org

AA Alcoholics Anonymous

There will be an AA Alcoholics Anonymous Open Meeting in the Social Centre on Urbanisation Marina, San Fulgencio at 6pm on Wednesday the 10th of July. There will also be participation from Al-Anon who support friends and family of sufferers. Everyone is welcome to attend. If drink is costing you, a family member or friend MORE than money then please do come along

The Royal British Legion, Torrevieja Branch

We require an ORGANIST & ACCOMPANIST for our Royal British Legion Show, on 6th November 2013, at the Municipal Theatre, Torrevieja. The show is part of our “Poppy Appeal” for “Rememberance Day”. Some expenses can be paid. For further information please contact Grahame Ward at gandaward@gmail.com or Mobile No; 617227485.

LINE DANCING

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Ceroc Style Modern Jive

Thursdays 7pm Los Rosales Restaurant, Guardamar. Never Danced-No Partner-No Problem. EVERY FRIDAY 10.30am at Bar Sofia, El Raso. Learn to line dance absolute beginners class with Adam. No dancing skills required but a sence of humour a must !! SALSA FUN FOR ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS. Every Tuesday 11am. Bar Sofia, El Raso.Learn the basics to get you on the dance floor. No partner or dance skills required. We at Paso A Paso Dance believe dance should be for everyone, even if you have never danced before...the hardest part of our classes is coming through the door for the very first time, the rest is easy. Tel 670711408 for more info.

PASO A PASO DANCE CLUB UPDATE

CerocStyle Classes. Mondays 7.30pm Polnastics, Los Balcones. LAST CLASS HERE 15TH JULY. Tuesdays 5.30pm Class at La Marina Sports Complex CONTINUES BY POPULAR DEMAND. Thursdays Los Rosales, Guardamar 7pm - 9pm Classes continue here but no social. LEARN TO LINE DANCE WITH ADAM ......11.30AM Lo Crispin Tavern and 10.30am Bar Sofia, El Raso. Both these classes will continue, but please call 670711408 for any possible changes. NEW VENUES AND TIMES TO BE ANNOUNCED. Exciting details of club classes and social events happening will be announced at the end of September. In the past 7 years we have taught over 1,000 people in this area “how to modern jive” and we still get a big buzz from seeing past members jiving so hope to see you very soon at a venue near you.

HELP ASSOCIATION OF VEGA BAJA

FRIENDS UNLIMITED, the social arm of Help Vega Baja, meets every Thursday between 2.00pm and 4.00pm at the The Club, Calle Toledo, Ciudad Quesada, Rojales (adjacent to Quesada Bowls Club), unless marked otherwise. JULY 4 Ian Gibson with an afternoon of “Fun and laughter” 7-9 **ROSA’s COACH TRIP TO CUENCA AND BEYOND (139€ FB) 11 Dean Watkin bringing you “Tapas a Tope” demonstration and tasting ** LIMITED NUMBERS – PAYMENT REQUIRED IN ADVANCE AT SAN MIGUEL OFFICE or AT A THURSDAY MEETING Charity No: 2985 Our 24 hour emergency helpline 965 723 733

Netball club

The Office of the Urbanisation has organised the creation of a new Netball Club on Urbanisation Marina. People from all ages are welcome to attend. For more information you can contact Sam on 966 443 002, email concejaliadeurbanizaciones@ayto-sanfulgencio.es or call into the office on Calle Madrid.

“La Mata Jazz”

Monday afternoons - jazz jams in Torrevieja. At The new Pegasus Torrevieja, Calle Dinamarca 7, Tel. 617 042 295. Very good musicians will be there: - Bajo / Bass: Jesús Gea Marcos (E); - Drums: Bryan James (UK) Piano: Ramon Climent (E); and some special guest. Chris from La Mata Jazz www.jazz.la-mata.com http://www.facebook.com/ lamata.jazz

AVON SALES TABLE & MORE

including handmade babywear and soft toys, household goods, ornaments and secondhand books. Every Thursday 11.30am til 3pm at The Hillside, Calle Bilboa, Urb La Marina. For more information contact Elaine 619 888 259.

COFFEE MATES

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 or 666 747 398

space for a little one?

Harry is 7 months old and one of a litter of 9 puppies who were left abandoned when they were only a few weeks old. He is an energetic little boy, who is happy, friendly and very sociable. Harry will only be a medium sized dog when he is fully grown. To arrange to meet Harry or any other APAH dog/cat, please contact Yvonne on 630422563.

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jewellery

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for SALE detatched cortijo 20mins from mojacar This is a unique spanish cortijo with 4 beds, 2 baths, Open plan living areas, kitchen & diningroom as in Cabo Roig/Villamartin, well as a workshop, courtyard front Orihuela Costa Playa Flamenca & back & room for a pool. Mountain views. Build 256 m², Terrace 100m², We have clients Plot 1200m² €150,000 Tel: 649 186 107 enquiring in this area thunderpaul2003@hotmail.ccom

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LONG TERM RENTAL - 2 Bed, 1 Bath Upstairs duplex with private roof solarium in Torrevieja. Furnished. Walking 4 Bed, 2 Bath, Large Terrace, Lounge, Sep Kitchen, distance to local school, Habaneras Utility Room, Communal Solarium, Lift, Furnished Shopping Centre and Torrevieja Town. inc. White Goods, UK TV , 90m² Interior Living 300€ monthly + bond + bills. Tel: 0034 Space plus, 15m² Terrace / Balcony with Awnings. Overlooks a newly reformed Plaza, church & 966761189 / 0034 619098543.

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mountains, unusually large terrace. 2 min walk away from the town’s attractive central square, all other amenities are also within easy walking distance,12 mins drive from the resort of Guardamar del Segura. Close to La Finca Golf course Private Sale €75,000

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wigs

Salon Margarethas 24 years in Torrevieja hair / wig specialist for medical illness and hair loss problems. We offer Rainbow Satellites for all your TV different hair replacements, top fillers, hair prostheses, toupees needs with clients all over the Murcia & wigs. Natural & artificial hair & much more. Also fashion / Region. Contact Matt or Alan 686 358 festival accessories. TV/TS are welcome to our service. Call 475 or rainbowsats@terra.es Margaretha on 966 921 846 for an appointment.

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telephone Tim on 662 211 993 Seat Ibiza 2007 - 5 door hatch 1.4 5v TDi 141,000 kms, 3 owners Fully serviced A/C, Alloys PAS, ABS, CD player Front fog lights E. windows/mirrors Remote locking Rear head restraints Awaiting full valet Metallic black

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

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selection of LHD & RHD vehicles available for sale or exchange.

Renault Megane Gran Scenic 2006 - SEVEN SEATER 71,000 kms, 2 owners 1.9DCi (130bhp) Full service history A/C (Climate), Alloys, PAS, ABS, Cruise Front fog lights E. windows/mirrors High spec model, CD 6 speed gearbox. Isofix Rear picnic tables Metallic grey

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Seat Ibiza Nov ‘05- 5 door hatch 1.4 54,000 kms, 2 owner Full Seat service history A/C, Alloys, PAS, ABS Front fog lights E. windows/mirrors Remote locking CD Rear head restraints Showroom condition Red

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first taken a firm grip on something It seemed like a good idea; the stable with at least one hand. poster promised Pilates on a day when Likewise Aerobics is out for me - I I always have a dead spot of time with nothing that I can get on with usefully. simply have too many arms and legs. A bit of gentle Pilates would allow me I am to Aerobics what a stork is to to gainfully fill my time while improving ballet dancing. But Pilates, I thought, should be my fitness and flexibility. midway between the two; not too I thought about it, and came to the conclusion that Pilates would be ideal much folding, and plenty of time to for me. I am not, and never have been, organise my arms and legs. At the appointed hour our class was flexible – I do not fold up easily, and if I were ever to be sent anywhere called to order, and within seconds I by parcel post I would have to go as had discovered that: I can’t touch the floor with my hands ‘Special Delivery, Awkward Shape.’ For this reason Yoga also is a lost unless I bend my knees. I can’t lie on one side with my cause – I can not get my body into even the most basic underneath arm supporting my head. of positions, neither No matter how carefully I position can I stand on one myself I topple over onto my front. I can’t do sit-ups at all – I can get my leg without having head off the floor, but the rest of the body stays firmly prone. And as for press-ups! My toes were josbiggs@hotmail.co.uk

By Jos Biggs

having none of that. After ** years spent as fairly useless appendages on the end of my feet they took a very dim view of being bent over backwards and asked to support my weight all on their own. Then we moved on to swings and kick-ups and sideways running. Cue the ballet dancing stork! I say no more! However, I did learn: Always grab a spot near the window, so that I can grab hold of the windowsill as I heave myself up off the floor and back upright. Try not to catch sight of myself in the mirror, this is a Pilates class, not a monster movie. And most importantly, wear a substantial and very supportive sports bra. I’m going again next week. We are going to do kick boxing. I doubt I’ll be any good at the kicking bit, but I can do a blood-curdling martial arts yell!

The Germ of a Worrying Ide a

As I get older, I seem to worry more and more about . . . . well, everything. I worry about climate change and I worry about the SterlingEuro exchange rate. I worry about the price of fuel and I worry about my intake of alcohol. Politics; looking in disbelief at the wrinkled stranger in the mirror first thing in the morning; the baby faced megalomaniac in Asia; my alcohol intake – did I mention that? - Blight on the bougainvillea, nasal hair; you name it, I worry about it. And on those rare days of calm when I wake up feeling reasonably at peace with the world, it worries me silly that I am not worrying about something or other, if you get my drift. My latest worry concerns those adver ts on TV for the super duper bathroom, toilet and kitchen cleaners. You know, the ones that claim to kill 99.9% of all known germs. They tell us that they zap everything from flu bugs to MRSA, and from e-Coli to esapholidius tuftis. Okay, I

made that last one up, but you know the ones I mean. The ads that show some car toony type creatures that are supposed to be the bacteria, then along comes a tidal wave of the product swooshing down on them and kapow! . . . No more car toon germs. So great; it would appear that we can rest easy in the knowledge that our toilet rims and plug holes are bug free. I don’t think so. What really worries me is the 0.1% that by implication is immune to this stuff. They don’t go into details about those nasties do they. I mean, if these cleaners are so damn good they can deal with such things as the aforementioned, then what monstrosity is still lurking in the wash basin and bidet?. . .What horror is laughing its socks off as the Clorox, Lysol, Mr Muscle and a whole range of Domestososeses and Cillit Bangs come streaming down?. . .What triple X rated, genital rotting, creeping death is biding it’s time waiting to pounce on an unsuspecting mankind? What puzzles me is that when I was a kid, soap, water and elbow grease were pretty much it when it came to keeping clean and healthy. Lifebuoy for your face and hands and other par ts of the anatomy, and good old carbolic for the floors. Okay, there was always the Dettol for

By Colin Bird : badbirdnow@gmail.com

work tops and grazed knees and the bleach to sling down the loo occasionally. But we would have wee’d ourselves laughing at the mention of a toilet duck! But here’s the kicker – we seemed to be none the worse for our lack of state of the ar t germ killing chemicals. In fact I reckon that we were a fitter, happier and much livelier bunch than we appear to be today. I have always thought that if we are ever able to travel back in time to say, the medieval period, then we would last no more than an hour or two before we were hit with the Bourneville squir ts, or some disfiguring skin rash. And just days, before we succumbed to such all time favourites as the plague, leprosy or the bloody flux. Ughh. With the lack of hygiene and basic sanitation back then, these and other nauseating afflictions took their toll. But how on ear th did any of the population manage to avoid them and thrive? Simple. Their immune systems were working over time and doing the job they were designed to do, unlike our own depleted troops that make up the body’s defences, many of whom have been pensioned off early because of the array of chemical weapons that have been designed to ar tificially protect us. A bit like

successive governments and the dismantling of our armed forces. In fact, I would argue that it is these very chemicals that are now our biggest enemy and even the cause of many of today’s illnesses and disorders that were unheard of a generation ago. Never theless, I reckon the manufacturer who comes up with the cleaner that claims to kill ‘The other 0.1% of bacteria’ will have it made. The question is: will they be in time? If you open up your newspaper one day and there is a repor t of an outbreak of the Black Death on a council estate in Stoke-on-Trent, then don’t say I didn’t warn you. And don’t come moaning to me with your ulcerated faces, carbuncles the size of ostrich eggs and suppurating sores. I’ve got enough problems of my own thank you very much. Now I’m really worried. I think I’ll just watch a bit of tellie. Oh God it’s the six o-clock news and they are interviewing Andy Murray. Where’s that bottle?

John MacDonald (El Sordo) - www.caratacus.eu

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Don Miguel El Sabio carefully loaded the Remitroot seed into the business end of his particle accelerator. Actually it was a modified washing machine. A Little Gem Wonder Wash Model A34/6. A turn of the control dial to ‘Quick Spin’ and the contraption started to shake. It then produced a low whine rising in frequency to shrill whistle. It then promptly exploded taking half the building with it. The Don emerged from the wreckage bruised and blooded. By some remarkable stroke of luck the Remitroot seed lay embedded in his left cheek. On examination the seed appeared to pulsate and Sabio was certain it was getting bigger. Finding an undamaged part of the building he put the precious kernel in a pot and added compost. As he sprinkled on water the seed grew before his eyes. Twenty millimetres, fifty, a hundred, until it was the standard height for a fully grown Remitroot plant, just over a metre. Another shoot then appeared. Soon a dozen healthy fully grown plants stood erect in the pot. Don Miguel El Sabio was astounded “They need more water” he said to himself. He thought he saw the plants nod. “Plant food” he said and again they nodded. “A holiday on the north east coast of England.” The plants shook their orange petals. “two plus two.” The plants nodded fours times in quick succession. Rational intelligence he thought, about double the IQ of a Cabinet Minister Sabio calculated. He needed to find someone to keep an eye on the plants while he went to tell Poyato the news. Loco Paco was put in charge. Paco wouldn’t question the plant’s odd behaviour. After all he never questions the tangibility of the five foot rodent which is his constant companion. Poyato was at his usual table in the Bar La Casa Devante. His evening libation was important to him as it was important to all Alquerians. To have it interrupted by an overexcited Don Miguel El Sabio caused Poyato to use some colourful language. The Don was deeply hurt, he hadn’t been insulted like that since he was last at the mixed sauna. Humouring Sabio, Poyato accompanied him to the now partially destroyed test shed. Poyato expected the plants to be gently swaying in response to some draught or other. As the building now had only two walls instead of the customary four, there was plenty of through air. Neither of them were prepared for the sight that greeted them. Loco Paco was dancing the Lambada with each plant in turn, thrusting and gyrating like native Brazilians. One can only wonder what Loco Paco’s five foot rodent thought of it all.


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I will be at “La Vida” on Thursday 11th July from 9:30 onwards to answer any questions that you might have relating to your computer problems. Look forward to seeing you then. Advertising over, let’s get started. Well done if you have managed to wade through the articles about “Online” emails. So, before we start on the next level of understanding I have a question for you. Does the fact that every email provider, having their own unique and individual way of organising the way you see and use their email web page, infuriate you to the point of distraction? Would you like to have a uniform, standard way of reading and writing emails; adding attachments and most of all NOT waiting for the web page to update or just hang? I know that was technically several questions but let’s not quibble! Then I have a solution that might be what you are looking for. In the era of YesterYear there were applications provided, at ridiculous expense to you, who’s function was to help organise your business life. Perhaps the most obvious one is Outlook from the days when MS had the monopoly! In absolute fairness, this application, although expensive for what it was, was actually brilliant. Lotus produced something similar, which you can still get for $77, and that too is an invaluable application! In today’s world where the internet is the creator, and panacea, of a multitude of problems and their solutions, there are many FREE (don’t you just love that word!) solutions to organising your day, emails and just about everything else! So today is your beginning to a standardised email experience. To start your new experience of ease with email, you will have to download and install an application called “ThunderBird” (Cue theme tune from Gerry Anderson’s Puppet TV show). Your first decision is whether to go “Portable” or have the “Fixed” version. So what’s the difference? In the way they perform and look, absolutely nothing! Coming from the “Old School” of DOS and command lines, it is much more natural for me to want the program, data files and stored emails in one place. This is what you get with the portable version with the added benefits of being able to store and run it from an external drive, such as a memory chip (and I do)! The benefit of having it fixed is that when you do your regular data backup (you still do that – Don’t you?) and only store the data away from your computer safely. To get the “Fixed” version go to https://www.mozilla. org/en-US/thunderbird/ and for the “Portable” version go to http://portableapps.com/apps/internet/thunderbird_portable. Having made your choice the installation is straight forwards. Start the installer, choose where you want the program to live and let it get on with it. When completed the program will start and then want more information. The first thing it wants to know is do you want to create a new account or use an existing account. As you already have an account select that option, The next screen needs a name (your name?) a valid email address and the password that you use with this email address. Thunderbird will look up the information on the internet and fill in the rest of the information needed to access your account. You program is now up and running and all you have to do is find the button marked “Get Mail” on the left side of the menu bar and click it. Very soon all your emails will be copied to Thunderbird ready for you perusal at your leisure. Next time, we will look at the various options available in setting up your new “email made easy”. Until then have a lovely week and see you on Thursday at “La Vida”. For further information or advice on computing, contact Trevor on 689 892 745 or canducomputing@hotmail.co.uk

Again the squirrels appeared out of nowhere sending this week’s missive off in a different direction. I was quietly minding my own business at a classic car rally when I spotted a figurine of 2 horses heads mounted on the front of a Citroen 2CV. The CV is short for chevaux-vapeur which in English means two horsepower, hence the figurine. I wanted to post the photo on my instagram account - instagram. com/stephenamore but couldn’t for the life of me recall the proper term for the thingies that perch on the top of car bonnets. I tried Google then Wikipedia and eureka; bonnet ornament! That’s when the squirrels pounced as in the course of my research I stumbled upon the Spirit of Ecstacy; the iconic bonnet ornament. She has

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The Assassin’s Mark by David Ebsworth “The dead are sacred. Impartial. Unbiased. So Franco runs his tours on the strength of them. And just being able to run them shows that the Nationalists are legitimate. Winning.” It’s hard to imagine going on a tour of northern Spain during the Spanish civil war in 1938 and being guaranteed a safe passage? Was that possible when the war was still raging? On the one hand there was plenty of evidence of the abject poverty and devastation although the tourists generally had lavish accommodation, experiencing the wonderful Spanish cuisine whilst others starved. Living in this luxury inoculates us from the horrors of it all . The tours had been organised by Franco and boasted of witnessing atrocities in defeating and annihilating the Reds. A one-sided lesson. It’s even harder to imagine being taken hostage and used as a pawn in a deadly political game. Seeing history in the making or being a part of that history where your life is endangered. This is what makes this book riveting from beginning to end. It is deemed a crazy assignment for Jack Telford, a socialist reporter, 30 years of age, working for Reynold’s News, down to earth, sensitive and determined to discover the real truth not Franco’s propaganda. He is an interesting character, extremely credible but haunted by his father’s suicide. His father’s ghostly presence and his taunting of Jack’s pacifistic views eventually drive him over the edge. “ It’s unusual for battlefield tours to be organised while the war’s still being fought.” But it did happen. Jack’s companions, on first sight appear to be fascists with affiliations towards Franco and Hitler but all is not what it seems. This is what I liked about the story. The reader discovers the truth at the same time as Jack and usually it is too late to do anything about it. Trust no-one. Betrayal is the key word: Not everybody on this little adventure is exactly what they seem. An enigma but who is able to unravel it? His editor Sydney Elliott wants the real story not propaganda and Jack decides to write about the common man-the people’s revolution not about Franco. You never saw such a gap between rich and poor. Ordinary people fighting a feudal aristocracy and a feudal church. The itinerary covered towns such as San Sebastian, Durango, Bilbao, Santander, Gijon, Ovieda and Guernica. At the start of the tour Jack is disturbed by the inexplicable and gruesome death of one of the tourists which has a profound effect on him and he imagines a hooded figure holding out the poisoned apple towards him . Suspense builds up with the revelation that a man half hidden in the shadows appears to be watching the group closely and following their every move. The suspense is chilling and the first major climax happens at the Cueva de la Santina in Covadonga, a religious shrine where the dwindling group are held

hostage by the Machados and treated like bargaining chips or hostages of war by the Vice Consul in San Sebastian, Fielding. Tourists under threat. The panic and fear feels real beyond words. Ironically, Jack’s article emerges from this terrifying experience as he surprisingly gains the trust and friendship of the Machados with his Esperanto, learning the full extent of their hardships and brutal losses, their persecutions. It’s a painful story but a necessary one to tell. There are hints of assassinations shrouded in mystery until the end. The guide, Murphy was tied to the rails, arms spread-eagled, crucified in a sitting position against the railings with his fascist uniform removed by the Machados. He was a sitting target, a sacrificial lamb. A human barricade . What a startlingly shocking and pessimistic outlook for Jack and companions. The brutal conclusion was that in war there was simply one truth: You identified your mortal enemies, those who would KILL you without hesitation, and you killed them first? Simple survival ethics-KILL OR BE KILLED. With this realisation Jack’s world became an empty void . Terror, bedlam and hysteria dominate this climax which is frighteningly credible. More martyrs dying for a cause, a touch of romance and rivalry between a Reuters journalist, Carter-Holt based on Kim Philby’s early espionage career that Jack is paradoxically attracted to and repelled by. The final climax culminates in a visit to Santiago to meet Franco in person and a mad cap plan involving an Agfa camera that is foiled. Is this the attempted assassination? The Assassin’s Mark? At the end, Jack’s life becomes meaningless and his soul becomes shattered and destroyed. He is driven on by his demons to fight instead of remaining the pacifist coward sitting on the fence. He had been gullible and drawn into a web so he put into practice his maxim of: kill or be killed. His article was published and he successfully managed to expose the lies being perpetrated by Franco’s propaganda team in relation to the legitimate Republic Government. We live like animals. We have lived like this for five hundred years. The story is moving, realistic and frighteningly accurate. This was the ultimate sacrifice and you’ll have to read it to understand what I mean! Publisher: Silver Wood Books.. ISBN: 978-1-781-32-100-3 Also available as an ebook: ISBN: 978-1-78132-101-0

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Spirit of Ecstasy

The two horse - bonnet ornament

stood on the bonnet of nearly every Rolls-Royce motor car that’s been built since 1911. Charles Rolls started manufacturing cars in 1904 with Sir Frederick Royce selling them from his showroom in Fulham. Their partnership became the Rolls-Royce Company in 1906. The first cars only sported a badge and customers added their own often tasteless and gaudy ornaments which horrified Rolls-Royce. John Montague was the editor of Car Illustrated magazine; he later became the 2nd Lord Montague of Beaulieu. He was a friend of Rolls and Royce and suggested that they ask John Sykes an artist friend of Enjoy Stephens musings? Pop over to http://findmeahomeinspain.wordpress.com as the articles his to design a bonnet ornament are posted on there too...and they’re a bit longer too! Findmeahome are always looking for quality homes for their sales and rental portfolios, please contact Stephen for a valuation: stephen@ for Rolls-Royce. Montague had findmeahome.es Telephone: 636 266 641 already used Sykes to design an

ornament for his own Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost. As a car enthusiast John Montague was one of the first members of the Automobile Club in London (now the RAC) and a young lady worked there called Eleanor Thornton, Montague was instantly attracted to her. He was however married and so they kept a respectable distance. Then in 1902 Eleanor became his secretary at Car Illustrated and their love affair started. Apart from close friends their relationship stayed secret, as the Edwardian vagaries of class distinction meant they could never marry as Eleanor was simply too ‘common.’ Eleanor bore his illegitimate daughter in 1903 but she gave her up for adoption. Eleanor modelled for Sykes in the designing of Montague’s bonnet ornament. The result is a woman wearing long flowing robes or a nightie according to rumour, pressing a finger to her mouth, a sign of their secret love. It was named The Whisper and it can be seen at the Beaulieu motor museum, Hampshire. Rolls-Royce wanted to define their brand, traits like grace and silent speed. John Sykes said ‘here’s one I made earlier’ and altered it subtlety, so the Spirit of Ecstasy or ‘Emily’ came into existence As was often the norm with ‘those upstairs’ Lord Montague’s wife Lady Cecil Kerr tolerated the relationship between Eleanor and her husband, so when in 1915 he was asked to go to India as the Advisor on Mechanical Transport Services, Eleanor was allowed to accompany him instead of his wife. On Christmas Day the left on the SS Persia, but tragedy struck five days later the ship was hit and sunk by a U-Boat torpedo. The lovers hit the water together but a wall of water made him lose his grip on her and he was pulled underwater. When he got to the surface she was gone. Montague was rescued 2 days later and when he returned to England he had the good fortune to read his own obituary. He searched for his beloved Eleanor for years, never believing she was dead. Heartbreakingly he wrote ‘I should have got a stronger grip on her!’


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On Friday 5th July we played Alenda, I have to say that the course is in superb condition, and now must be amongst the Murcia /Costa Blanca’s top courses , it was a joy to see a few marshal’s about to gee up any slow play, but without being over powering as they are on some of the area’s courses. For this months competition we played a hidden pairs game with the draw being made after the game and drawn out as a high and low pairings. On to our results N T Pins were on hole 3 John Collins , hole 5 Mike Swan , hole 13 Alan Gifford and on hole 16 Lee Barber each receiving a sleeve of either Calloway or Srixon golf balls, runners up in our pairs competition by means of a count back were Helen Kinsella and Barry Grinsell winning bottles of red and white wines. Our winners on the day were

Phil Harris and Steve Edwards winning a selection of different wines, the best card of the day was Phil Harris who received more bottles of red and white wines also , which he gave back to the society , to be used for another event , Alan Gifford donated bottles of red wine which were awarded to our lowest scoring pairings pair being Bill Peters and Neil Metcalf. Winner of the football card was Preston Ives , winner of the Mini Golf Bar weekly meat draw was Bill Fantom , the meat draw is arranged by the Mini Golf Bar . Finally we returned to the Mini Golf bar in Quesada for our presentation , a couple of beers and some welcome snacks , that we all would like to thank our hosts at the Mini Golf Bar for providing . Barry Grinsell secretary Busters Golf Society

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Alan Rickers taking 4th in the Silver Division with 29 points, one point ahead of Kate Helm who took 3rd place with 30. The Runner-up in The Silver Division was Ernie Wilson on 32 points and continuing on his Valencia winning streak was Colin (sponsored by Hippo Clothing) Marsden with 36 points.

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Yes, Independence Day saw the Golf Club for the People by the People playing this great course in what can only be described as ideal conditions and a course that you cannot fault in any way shape or form, well done to Alberto, Vanesa and all their staff for their efforts also great to see 18 buggies all lined up displaying the TORREGOLF.EU logo on the front screen. It was a usual Stableford Competition split into 2 Categories to-day with the prize winners being Category 1. 1st. Ken Holmes 38 points 2nd. Robert Marchant 33 on c/b from Dunstan Taylor and 4th. Geoff Betts 31 points. Category 2. 1st. David Winder 31 points 2nd. Roy Middleton 28 3rd. Joe Curran 26 on c/b from Steve James. We had a few guests to-day including Mick the Grip who was kind enough to sponsor the best front and back 9 scores and Ken Holmes 21 points on the front 9 and El Presidente with 22 on the back (shame about the front 9!) taking the prizes. Once again Mick good to have you with us again and guys/girls you want some new

grips give him a call on 638 859 475. Our best guest prize going to Brian Wilson with 35 points. In addition we had 5 nearest the pins prizes on Hole 3. Sue Owens Hole 8. Tony McQuillan Hole 12. Alan Darby Hole 16. Ken Holmes and Hole 17. VinceLannon. Our Full Monte prize, sponsored to-day by Vince Lannon and in support of CD Montesinos, went to Lewis. (Lewis you must try harder!!) After the game we all returned to El Raso Restauarant, El Raso, Guardamar for the results and prize giving and here we must thank Mario and Kathy for the great Tapas they put on for us and the photo to-day shows some of the winners taken outside. Our next outings are Vistabella on Saturday 13th. followed by our special day at El Plantio on Thursday 18th so If you would like more information on our Club then give David Winder a call on 626 774 157 or email him at davidwinder. torregolf@gmail.com for some of the cheapest rates on the Costas.

summer sunshine, the course was in great shape apart from the faint traces of the dreaded “tramline” effect which could still be seen, and sometimes felt, on the back nine greens.

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The yellow blocks were placed on the competition tees and when you realize that this makes the course only around 130 mts less than the whites, a glance over your shoulder found most of the pro tees only a few paces back. I’m sure all players were pleased to find that the 17th was the exception to the rule! It was good to see Barry in attendance for the day although he’s still not quite ready for partaking. Understandably, rather like a kid who’s had his favourite toy taken away, he’s missing the golf terribly and to spend five or six hours at least breathing in the atmosphere probably helped a little…….or was he simply getting under Val’s feet? Only three of the par 3’s gave up their NTP prizes and they went to Ken Flaherty, Norman Padmore and Derek Johnston. Fellow scouser, Brian Whitby, took the guest prize with a very commendable 37 and Ross Rankin came a close 2nd with

John Aitchinson once again took the top slot in the silver division with a healthy 40 points leaving a count-back situation to sort out the following three 38’s !!! This resulted in 2nd spot going to Ellen Drakesmith, 3rd to Norman Padmore and 4th to Keith Stevenson. The gold division saw fellow Scotsmen, Willie Buchanan (39) and Alan MacDonald (38), coming 1st and 2nd, proving themselves to be a good omen for Andy Murray’s bid later in the day for a spot in Wimbledon’s semi-final. Phil Ashby and John Drakesmith needed a count-back decision on their 35’s and were awarded 4th and 3rd respectively…..that’s in the golf by the way, not at Wimbledon! Don’t forget to visit www.smgs. org to keep updated on all society matters or simply give Baz a buzz on 966 731 033 to get details of all forthcoming Wednesday meetings at which visitors are always welcome. Photo: Some of this week’s happy winners.

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PETANCA LOSES A GREAT PLAYER News has just been received that Miguel Lopez had lost his fight against a long illness. Miguel has been an outstanding petanca player over the past 20 years, with his brother Paco, they won numerous competitions throughout France and Spain, including a top class event in Marseille when they took the coveted Bronze trophy. Miguel was

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El Plantio 2 Golf Society On Tuesday we held an individuals competition, this was the Medal/Ford, this consists of the front nine holes played as a Medal round and the back nine as a Stableford. 17 members were playing this week.

gives you full use of the course 7 days a week without any extra fees being payable. to find out more call John O’Brien Tel: 966 19 49 44 / 600 00 16 61 or Ian Henderson Tel: 966 71 66 16

The results are found by taking the score from the Stableford 9 holes and taking that away from the net score of the medal round.

The results this week: Nearest the pin: hole 6 Henry Mellor hole 9 Dave Collins 3rd place was Gordon Wayne h/ cap 10 with a score of net 10 2nd place was Martin Rickman h/ cap 10 with a score of net 10 1st place was Frank Stanhope h/ cap 10 with a score of net 7 Next Tuesday 9th July we will have the Texas Scramble and on 16th July there will be a team competition The Waltz be here 9:00 for 9:30am Tee off, Visitors are welcome. Please put your name on the sheet in the club house by Sunday 12 noon or telephone Ian Henderson on 966 71 66 16 John O’Brien Secretary

It was a case of lucky number 10 as all three winners had a 10 handicap. One member managed to score a 9 on the seventh, but as he still had not got over the water by then he decided to give that one a miss and have a noreturn on his card. El Plantio 2 Golf Society, are full members of the Par 3 course at El Plantio and anyone who would like to join us would be welcome. We meet at 9:00am on Tuesday for our main weekly competition and on Friday and Sunday at 9:00am for a friendly Stableford game. The annual membership of the course is very reasonable and

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Quesada Golf Society at Alenda Golf Course Wednesday 3rd July Alenda Golf Course was our host today as we we got to grips with the fast greens and excellent conditions at the course. This was the second round of our eclectic competition, everyone seemed to be playing pretty well out there as there were no hold ups and on asking our members if they had any snippets to impart about their games or even their partners the answer was always the same “no nothing exciting happened out there today”, so well done to all at Alenda for the hard work put in to keep the course in such superb condition. Results Gold Div Winner Gordon McGregor 32pts 2nd Paul Flanagan 30pts 3rd Darryl Wright 28pts Silver Div Winner Stephen Page 28pts 2nd John Simmons 23pts on count back 3rd David |James 23pts on count

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back Nearest the Pins Gold Div Hole 16 par 3 Sue Smith , Hole 4 par 4 in 2 shots Darryl Wright Silver Div Hole 13 par 4 in 2 shots Brian Airey,Hole 6 in 3 shots David James The Roy Glenys Thomas Our thanks to Anita & David at Quesada Country Club for the refreshments on our return as this is always so very welcome. Our next game is on 17th July at Altorreal and the next members meeting on 23rd July at QCC 10.30am. Anyone interested in joining the society can contact our membership secretary Les Pancott on 966 716 723. Reported Secretary

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A fine days golf was had by all today at Altorreal Murcia, unfortunately yet again the scores did not reflect the playing conditions, which were perfect. But hey who cares? we had a day out in the sun with good companions, it’s got to be better than work! Results were as follows. Only one category today, and 4 players shared the win, listed in order as per count back. 1st - Barry Wright 30pts. 2nd - John Pedersen 30pts. 3rd - Steve Hamilton 30pts. 4th - Dave Titchen 30pts. Best front 9 - Alex Gosling 18pts. Best back 9 - Peter Jones 13pts on count back. Nearest the pin John Pedersen. Nearest the pin in 3 John Saunders. Well done to all the winners. Next week 11th July at Vistabella, we are having a Captains day. 1st tee is

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course for 08:30am prompt. Captain Tony and Handicap secretary Steve have arranged numerous

prizes,

and

food

will be provided by Fairwayz. Numbers are limited to 36, if you have not got your name on the sheet and want to play, you will need to phone Tony to check for available places. The following Tuesday 16th July we are holding this years AGM at 20:00hrs in Fairwayz Sports Bar. Members please try to attend or pass on apologies. New members always welcome, for more information please contact Tony on 966785781, or myself on 966637449. Thank you. Steve Lawrence.

ROCAJUNA PETANCA OPEN PAIRS This end of June pairs championship attracted a good class line up.

With each pair playing 5 games this was a good test, which resulted in just one pair remaining unbeaten runners up were George and Francios

of Rocajuna, they just edged out Santiago and Francios of Amigas Belgas, they had both won 4 games each. In fourth place were Pepino and Andre of France, with Paco Lopez and Roger Seymour taking 5th place.

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