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funds to be raised to send 9 year old to usa

Fulgencio Jiménez and Ángeles de la Calle have mounted a campaign to raise funds for a trip to Houston, USA, for lifesaving treatment for their son, Juan, or ‘Juanico’ as he is affectionately known. The 9 year old is suffering from Schimke syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that affects growth and compromise the functioning of all organs of the body. So far their efforts have resulted in an exhibition of paintings at the Gallery Bezel, to be sold for little Juan’s benefit. To date five paintings have been sold, and the remaining works are on show at the Pizzeria Roma, where it is hoped that more of them will attract buyers. The author Francisco Gijón has donated sales of his novel ‘El Carbayón’, and on next Sunday 11th August, at 21:00, a Gran Bingo will be held in the Plaza de la Marina de Santa Lucía. Fulgencio and Ángeles, 39 and 36 years of age, are both unemployed, and have two other children to support. Their current dire situation has been made worse by the Consejería de Sanidad y Política Social, who in 2011 incorrectly assessed the child’s needs and degree of dependency. This was rectified in 2012, but payment was delayed until 2014. Through the efforts of Juan’s parents, residents of the neighbourhood of Santa Lucia, relatives and friends and appeals through the Internet, four thousand people have pledged their support and demanded that the family receive the monthly assistance of 450 euros, in accordance with the Ley de Dependencia. Despite this support, the Comunidad stuck by their decision to delay payment, and even adopted a rule that reduced the subsidies. In response the parents, each wearing a T shirt depicting Juan and with the slogan ‘Ayudemos al pequeño Juan’ (We help little Juan) have presented the first petition, with 2,000 signatures, at the Ventanilla Única de la Comunidad Autónoma on the ground floor of the Edificio Administrativo del Ayuntamiento. Although the parents are in receipt of help from the

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tornado hits la hoya

A young man received a head injury as the result of a tornado, which hit the Jumilla area of La Hoya. He was acting as ball boy in a game between Jumilla and El Pinoso, when the tornado broke a metal shed loose, which blew onto the pitch and struck him on the head, rendering him unconscious. A Guardia Civil patrol was mobilised, and urgent medical assistance called. A Unidad Móvil de Emergencia del Servicio Murciano de Salud and the Bomberos del Parque de Jumilla, as well as officers from the Policía Local attended. The young man, who quickly regained consciousness, was taken by ambulance to the Hospital Virgen del Castillo de Yecla for observation. The tornado, which struck at nine o’clock in the evening, was accompanied by an intense dust storm and light rain, but fortunately only lasted for a few seconds. However, a large amount of minor damage was sustained. The Bomberos struggled for several hours to remove a billboard, which had damaged a parked car, and fallen across the door of the Polideportivo. Fallen branches of trees caused obstructions at the Pista de Tenis at the Centro Deportivo, and in the Avenida de la Asunción, while a fallen tree blocked the buildings of the Cruz Roja in the Avenida de la Libertad.

decrease in jellyfish stings

The Playas of Puntas de Calnegre have shown a remarkable decrease in the incidents of jellyfish and spider fish stings or bites. Throughout the month of July there were only 27 bites against the 221 of July last year, representing a decrease of 93%. The Servicio Municipal de Emergencias has attended a total of 49 incidents over the past month. Of the 27 bites, 16 were by spider fish, 9 by jellyfish and sea urchins. An insect sting also required treatment, five people required treatment for small wounds, one vehicle stuck in the sand needed assistance, and two calls to vehicles with mechanical problems were

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attended. The Servicio de Emergencias Municipal were called to two people with hypotension, who were taken to the Centro de Salud Ramonete. The Playa del Poblado de Calnegre and the Cala de Calnegre are monitored daily by a total of seven lifeguards, one more than last year, from 11 to 20 hours. The service also has a 4 wheel drive vehicle and maritime surveillance to cover the rest of the Lorca coast . They can also call upon a basic life support ambulance in emergencies. laverdad.es

image of saint ‘of cultural interest

The Consejo de Gobierno has declared the image of the Nuestra Señora Santa María de la Arrixaca, the ancient patron of Murcia, now kept in a Capilla of the Iglesia de San Andrés, as being an item of Bien de Interés Cultural (BIC) - Of Cultural Interest (BIC). It is a carving showing the Virgin seated, is by an anonymous sculptor, and dates from the thirteenth century. It is in the Byzantine iconography, carved in walnut wood, painted and gilded with fine gold leaf. Santa María de la Arrixaca was patron of Murcia until 1731, when she was succeeded by the Virgen de la Fuensanta, the current Patron, who was credited with answering prayers for rain. The image lost popular following until 1885, when it was returned to the Capilla of the Iglesia de San Andrés by the Real y Antigua Hermandad de Devotos de Santa María de la Arrixaca, (Royal and Ancient Brotherhood of Devotees of St. Mary of the Arrixaca), who remained custodians of the sculpture. In 2012 it went to the Centro de Restauración de la Región de Murcia (CRRM) for restoration. In entrusting it once more to the Hermandad, the Presidente Regional, Ramón Luis Valcárcel, stressed that it was ‘not only the Virgin of a municipality or a city, but a Patron of the ancient Kingdom of Murcia, whose history stretches back more than eight centuries.’

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Owners of killer dogs may face life

The owners of killer dogs could face life in jail under proposals put forward by ministers, according to press reports. The Mail Online reports that 16 people have been mauled to death since 2005, but the law states dog owners can only go to prison for a maximum of two years. Ministers have now launched a public consultation as to whether owners should face jail terms of up to ten years if their pet injures someone and life for a fatal attack. Killing or injuring a guide dog could also attract a maximum penalty of ten years. The move comes months after Jade Anderson, 14, was killed by four dogs while visiting a friend near Wigan. Every year dogs are responsible for 210,000 attacks – around 6,000 of which lead to hospital visits. The Government said it would introduce new measures to tackle out of control dogs The Government said it would introduce new measures to tackle out of control dogs The CWU union representing postmen and telecoms

engineers – who suffer 5,000 attacks a year – welcomed the move, pointing out that at present some owners are fined just £100 if their dog attacks. General secretary Billy Hayes said: ‘Current sentencing arrangements do not match the serious nature of offences. ‘This consultation is very welcome and hopefully indicates the Government is serious about tackling the problem of irresponsible dog ownership.’ The consultation was launched yesterday by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Members of the public will be asked their opinion on the severity of punishments, with recommendations put forward in the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill. Animal welfare minister Lord de Mauley said: ‘Dog attacks are terrifying and we need harsh penalties to punish those who allow their dog to injure people while out of control. ‘It’s crucial the laws we have in place act as a deterrent to stop such horrific incidents.’ Last month Jade Anderson’s parents, along with the

parents of four-year-old John Paul Massey – who died after his uncle’s pitbull attacked him in 2009 – presented a petition to Downing Street calling for David Cameron to take action to prevent more attacks. In February the Government said it would introduce new measures to tackle out of control dogs by changing the law to ensure irresponsible owners can be prosecuted regardless of where their dog attacks. But David Hanson, Labour’s policing spokesman, said: ‘The Government’s proposals on dangerous dogs are weak. ‘As the victims of dog attacks, select committees, the RSPCA and the British Veterinary Association have made clear, the Government should legislate for “dog control notices” which would give local councils and the police the powers they need to make sure owners are responsible and dog attacks are stopped.’ Crime prevention minister Jeremy Browne said: ‘Dog owners who fail to take responsibility for their dogs must be held accountable. ‘This Government is taking

urgent action to protect the public from out of control dogs. We are changing the law so owners can be prosecuted for attacks on private property and our anti-social behaviour reforms will give police and local agencies more effective powers.’ A report published in June by the charity Guide Dogs revealed attacks by other dogs on guide dogs are at an all-time high of ten a month. A total of 240 attacks were reported between March 2011 and February 2013.

robbery San Javier

The Papelería in central San Javier was the scene last week of a robbery, where 150€ in cash was taken, but more importantly, a knife was pulled on the shop assistant, Mari Carmen. At 10.30 on Thursday last a Spanish man of middle age entered the shop and asked for a certain book. As Mari Carmen had her back turned to search for the book he came up close behind her and held a knife to her back. She struggled, and during the struggle the attacker hit her in the face, causing small cut to her nose, after which he escaped with 150 euros in cash. In response to the assistant’s 112 call a patrol from the Policía Local attended. The Guardia Civil also attended, and forensic evidence has been gathered by them.

technology park to receive canadian investment

The Parque Tecnológico de Fuente Alamo, an initiative managed by the Gobierno Regional with the Consejería de Industria, Empresa e Innovación through the Instituto de Fomento (Info) for the development of scientific and technological lines through the Plan de Ciencia y Tecnología, will receive an investment from the Canadian multinational Phoenix Biomedical. Phoenix Biomedical is a global leader in the manufacture of Petri dishes for use in laboratories, hospitals and research centres, and will invest six million euros in the Murcia region. The Canadian company has chosen the Parque Tecnológico de Fuente Alamo to continue its expansion in preference to sites in Belgium, Scotland, France and Ireland. The Parque Tecnológico continues to grow, with an increase in the number of companies installed in it. Currently 34 innovative companies considerate it to be a strategic location in which the firms located can share a strong commitment to innovation and the development of technology. Added value for companies is given with the availability of the facilities of the Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena and the Universidad de Murcia. Phoenix Biomedical is a manufacturing company specialising in sterile petri dishes of high quality since 1980. With a production of 200 million units per year sold in over 50 countries, this company is a world leader in the manufacture and supply of petri dishes for hospitals, industrial laboratories, equipment diagnostics and research.

spanish culture celebrated

The Antiguo Mercado Público de La Unión held the Premio Catedral del Cante in the presence of Great Britain’s Ambassador to Spain, Giles Paxman, and the Alcalde of La Unión and the Presidente Ejecutivo de la Fundación Cante de las Minas, Francisco Bernabé. The awards recognise the development and evolution of Spanish culture internationally, and this, its tenth anniversary, establishes the event as one of the most prestigious in the international Flamenco calendar. UK Ambassador, Giles Paxman called the competition ‘a fitting tribute to what is being done in La Unión for the promotion of flamenco culture,’ saying that through the knowledge of its art and history he now understands the passion, depth and fire that characterise it. He said that ‘flamenco is a very popular art in the UK, and each year attracts Britons to Spain. Each year there are more schools, conferences and academies of flamenco. Although the British are famously reserved we are moved and enthused by flamenco.’

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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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A STRAW AND CAMEL SITUATION AT CASTELAR COLLEGE?

INTO THE BLUE YONDER

My quest, this Saturday morning, was to trundle into the nearest village from my mountain lair, on the Sierra Bermeja, to obtain fresh milk and bread, and with luck, some locally churned butter. I did not expect to end up saying good morning to a Smurf! The village that appeared at the end of my chosen goat trail in search of victuals, was Juzcar. The owner of the local bar, that provided me both milk, bread and some local butter, told me that some two years ago, it was decided, by a film production company, to change Juzcar into “Smurf Town” With the agreement of the good people of the town, along with the powers that be, houses were painted blue, and filming of “The Smurfs 2” took place.

The production company agreed that after filming, all the property painted blue, would be returned to white, as before. Another village meeting was hastily convened, with villagers asking that their property remain blue. And so it was. My friendly publican told me before 2011, his village received no more than 300 tourists a year. Since the change of colour, some 210,000 visitors a year, wander the streets, buying Smurf souvenirs and dropping into his bar for drinks and food fit, he tells me for both a King and a Smurf. With a bag full of milk cartons, bread and fresh butter, I made my weary way, back to my hovel in the mountain, passing a small gentleman with a pointed blue hat on, making his way towards the village. Must be too much sun again!

My informant behind the bicycle sheds at the college, tells me the gentleman from that fine city of Murcia, who had expressed his wish to throw a financial lifeline, to Castelar (See last weeks Sol Times) may not, now do so, as he feels he has been misled, allegedly, over the the true financial morass, that would require to be sorted, before the college could be up and running, under his stewardship.

If would appear that some 850,000 euro would be looked for by the bank(s), rather than 500,000 euro, the amount first discussed, allegedly, across the table, by the powers that be. I’m sure all parents and staff, wish that this setback can be quickly sorted, and this fine establishment, back on course, to open for the Autumn term.

EL MOJON Monday August 12th, will see Fencing Workshops around the promenade, so don’t forget your Foil. At midday, a Sea Market will open for business, again on the promenade. Tuesday 13th, will have Football Championships for children and youngsters over 16. This will take place in the Park Las Aves, at 9.30am. At 6.30 in the evening, there are children’s games planned on the beach, with the crowning of the El Mojo’n beauty queen at 10.30pm. Wednesday 14th, will see the Petanque Championships (Hard hats recommended) at 6pm, when at 7pm the Great Costume Parade will take place. To bring this days events to a close, at 10.30pm, it’s time for “Coroy Voces Dorads” , ballroom dance workshop, so show us all, how it’s done. A fandango down the promenade anyone? Thursday 15th, just two events. At 7.30pm., it’s the football championships final, in the Pinatar Areana, and at 10.30PM., is time to dance the night away to “Suenos De Luna”, with hot chocolate and churros provided! This takes place on the promenade.

Friday 16th, will start off with a race around the town at 9am when we then move to the evening, with the Solemn Procession along the streets in honour of Saint Roque at 7.30pm, followed by an outdoor Mass, again in honour of Saint Roque. At 10.30pm, it’s time again, should one have enough energy left, to dance away with local bands, on the promenade. Next year, Morris Dancing and Punch & Judy? I shall have a word with Mr.Mayor. Not to be left out, Torre de la Horadada, have some music and events, they would like me to mention. Friday August 9th., will be a chance to take part in “Go-Go” music on the Los HiquericasVillas beach at around 11pm. There will be, so I am told, many “Surprises” as the evening progresses! (Punch & Judy?) On Wednesday 14th, at 8.15pm, the flower offering to the Virgin de la Asuncion will take place, outside (Not inside please note) the Guardia Civil H.Q.. Mind how you go! At 10pm, in The Square, will be a chance to dance to “Atheras”, followed, at 11pm, “Rock Landing”, more time to dance into the early hours with several local bands. More entertainment listing next time. Still, it is a long winter.


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Building could be allowed on land affected by fire

LAND destroyed by forest fires may soon be able to be built on without waiting the requisite 30 years, although the government admits it will have to act with caution, reports ThinkSpain.

At present, the 30-year rule, imposed some years back, is aimed at discouraging unscrupulous developers from setting fire to land they wanted to use to build residential and holiday complexes and golf courses so they could then make a drastically-reduced offer to buy it. Now, there is little point in arson attacks by property promoters, since even if they bought the burnt-out land they would not be able to develop it for another three decades. But agriculture minister Miguel Arias Cañete says he does not see why structures of ‘general social interest’ should not be built on charred plots, a description in which he includes schools, hospitals and prisons. Arias Cañete will not recommend any law changes that allow residential or commercial property or ‘anything that could lead to private financial profit’ to be constructed, and

Turkey court clears 21 over ‘coup’

A court in Turkey clears 21 people accused of conspiring to overthrow the government, with verdicts still coming in for the other 254 defendants.

West Germany ‘sponsored doping’

German officials demand publication of a partially-leaked study which reportedly alleges that West Germany engaged in systematic doping of athletes.

US extends closure of embassies

The US says it will keep 19 embassies in north Africa and the Middle East closed for up to a week, due to fears of a possible militant threat.

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says legislation reforms would have to be thought through very carefully since the definition of ‘general social interest’ could be stretched beyond all recognition fairly easily. Problems with ‘general social interest’ description: Why the wording has to be watertight

This definition was used when the infamous ‘land-grab’ law, the LRAU, was first approved at the end of the 1990s when the PP last came into power, and allowed local authorities to compulsorily purchase plots of land for a very low figure where building plans ‘in the public interest’ were needed. Whilst this was mainly to allow schools and hospitals to be built and to prevent speculators from buying cheap plots of wasteland and then being able to hold the local council to ransom when they needed it for these purposes, huge luxury urbanisations, hotels and golf courses were considered on many occasions to be of ‘general social interest’ as they would create jobs and bring in local business from holidaymakers. When corruption and nepotism was thrown into the mix, the outcome was disastrous for homeowners whose

The majority of properties originally affected by the now-defunct LRAU were constructed decades before as farm outbuildings and had been renovated as ‘picnic and sunbathing’ homes for Sundays in the countryside. These properties, known as casitas de campo, frequently fail to appear on council maps as they were not designed to be residential, but many owners have modernised theirs and fitted electrical generators and water-pumps – since only ‘urban’ property can be connected to mains - using them as a first home.

Electricity bills rise for the second time in a month

Electricity went up yesterday (Saturday) by 3.2 per cent, just a month after a 1.2-per-cent rise in a bid to mop up the multi-million deficit the government has with energy suppliers. Minister for industry José Manuel Soria says this latest hike will claw back around 400 million euros for the government by the end of this year and claims that the State is now

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gardens and houses stood in the way of the planned building area. But law reforms at the request of the EU, following a countrywide campaign instigated by affected residents, means building plans are much more tightly controlled, are subject to sealed bids from developers and a much more transparent process with a greater number of hoops for councils to jump through including a series of reports from the water authorities and regional governments.

Thousands of British/EU citizens have now come forward to reclaim up to £400 million in overpaid inheritance tax (IHT) by the Spanish government after the Spanish tax loop was recently discovered. With the average reclaim amount currently being £12,000, higher than the original estimated average of £10,000. Background: Up to 40,000* UK families who have been lucky enough to be gifted with an inherited property in Spain have fallen foul of a Spanish tax loop that has seen them overcharged Spanish IHT (inheritance tax) to the tune of £400 million, whilst Spanish residents paid close to 0% IHT. • The different IHT treatment between residents and non-residents recently led the European Commission to take Spain before the European Court of Justice on March 7 2012, as it is the European Commission’s belief that the current Spanish inheritance tax provisions infringe EU treaty freedoms when either the heirs or deceased persons are non-residents in Spain. • “Experts state it is very risky to wait for the ECJ ruling. It is impossible to know when the ECJ ruling will be taken and due to legal time limits cases may have expired by then and the claim could not be filed anymore.” In addition, the sooner claims are filed, the sooner people affected may get their refund. However, the Spanish IHT rules are still in force and conservative estimates based on data from the Spanish Tax Authorities has indicated that 60,000 UK families have been overcharged IHT by an average of £12,000 each in the last 8 years. However, only 40,000 are still able to make a claim due to the Spanish legal time limits, which stop claimants attempting to make a claim after 4 years from the tax payment date. Experts believe it will take 2 more years for the Spanish Authorities to amend the IHT Laws so, any non Spanish resident who inherit in the future cal also claim almost 100% of the inheritance taxes to be paid.

contributing towards the debt as a result of an energy reform which splits the burden between the consumer, the supplier and public funds. Of the 26-billion-euro debt, the consumer will be expected to pay 900 million a year, which the State will match, and electricity boards 2.7 billion annually. Soria insists that without the reform, electricity bills would have gone up

by an average of 42 per cent. But even then, the average bill has risen by eight per cent since January 2012, after having gone up by 63 per cent between 2003 and 2011, although mostly in the last three or four years of that period. This makes electricity in Spain the third-most expensive in the European Union, beaten only by Cyprus and the Republic of Ireland.

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Gibraltar Border Queues Incense British Authorities

Britain’s Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs has called an ‘urgent’ meeting with the Spanish ambassador to find out why ‘unjustifiable and unacceptable’ border queues mounted up between Spain and Gibraltar last week. According to various press reports, drivers were subjected to ‘disproportionate’ and ‘unnecessary’ checks, causing seven-hour delays getting to and from Gibraltar between July 26 and 30. Hugo Swire will meet with ambassador Federico Trillo to

request that such delays ‘do not happen again’. “Long delays of up to seven hours at the border between Gibraltar and Spain occurred as a result of completely over-the-top inspections on vehicles entering and leaving the Rock by Spanish authorities. The British government considers these delays unjustified, unacceptable and should not be happening between two European Union member States,” Swire stated. “The UK would not wish to speculate whether this incident bears any relation to the disagreements between Spain and Gibraltar over the installation of concrete blocks to create an artificial reef in Gibraltarian waters,” added Swire, referring to the latest in a series of disputes between Britain and Spain over the Rock. On Friday, after Swire’s announcement, queues of between four and five hours were experienced most of the day getting back into Spain from Gibraltar. The Gibraltarian government has welcomed the British authorities’ stance and said the procedures established by Spain in relation to border controls ‘are out of place’ within the European Union. Whilst recognising that Spain has the right to exercise border checks, these should be ‘in proportion’ and in such a way as not to interfere with the free movement of EU citizens across member State borders. But head of diplomatic relations at the Spanish embassy, Ramón Gandaria, has replied that the border inspections are ‘not negotiable’. In a message to British diplomat Simon Gass, Gandaria reminded the UK that Gibraltar does not form part of the Schengen treaty and is not therefore covered by the ‘free movement of citizens and trade’ rule, nor does it have a common VAT or IVA regime. This means Spain is ‘obliged’ to carry out inspections at the frontier fence, which were ‘necessary’ to ‘prevent smuggling

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Welcomes HOLIDAY MAKERS AND TOURISTS If you are here on holiday and need a break from the sun you can come and join us at the Trevi Bar on Camposol B for a game of bridge. (Residents here are also very welcome.) The club was first formed in 2003, and one of the founder members, John Blakely, is still regularly playing with the club. He and his friends were helped by the knowledge and expertise of a very experienced player, Frank Lanaway, now living back in the UK, but who joins us for a game whenever he is Spain. We played at various venues until we

Dave and Diane started Decklid Auto Services back in 2010. More recently, earlier this year, Dave moved the business to new premises. They had spent many months searching for just the right premises, and they feel that their new location definitely fits the criteria that they have been looking for. They are now hoping that this latest move will be the last for quite some time. The new premises is in Mazarron Town, making it far more central and it is much easier to find, and far better equipped than their previous location. Another benefit to the new premises

were made very welcome at the Trevi Bar seven years ago and have been happy there ever since. We have several nationalities playing in a cordial atmosphere. We currently charge 1€ per session with the money being used for equipment, prizes, hospitality etc, and any profits being used for the occasional Club lunch. The club is ran by a small committee, currently led by Bernie Wood. For further information contact Bernie on 642413998 Or visit our website www.bridgewebs.com/camposol We look forward to hearing from you

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is that they have a much smarter customer waiting area helping to enhance the already high level of customer service. Decklid Auto Services can now be found on Avda. De las moreras 8 where the old Ford Garage (later the Nissan Garage,) used to be. This year Decklid Auto received their Opening and Industrial Licence as well as becoming fully accredited to work on vehicle air conditioning systems, a legal requirement here in Spain. The great news is that Decklid Auto Services continues to go from strength to strength.

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charity 4 charities Charity 4 Charities is a registered Charity formed nearly six years ago, with the soul intention of helping other Charities that need extra help and support to survive. The organisation consists of seven members and a wonderful group of volunteers, who give their time freely to the many fund raising events they organise every year. Theme nights, BBQ´s, Golfing days out, and their Annual Presentation Evening, where they present all the Charities they support that year, a cheque for €1,000, EACH. Over six years they have given over €120,000 to sixteen different charities, some have received help every

year. Many people have never heard of this registered charity, it’s a pity, you should have. Because they give so much, to so many. Derek Monks, a local Councillor, and the Mayor of Rojales are some of those people recognising their Charities hard work, and support many of the functions they hold, especially the Presentation evenings. One of the biggest events on the calendar has been running for over six years, and is as popular now as it was from the start, especially with the locals. Not only can you make money on items you sell, but at the

same time you know you’re helping those less fortunate. The venue is the Bull Flanagan Quesada, near the golf course. Chris, the manager, is a C 4 C committee member. Sandra a local Author is the Auctioneer. Many people only go for the banter she makes in her Brummie accent and the home made cakes they auction off every week. These have all been donated by Nadia and Dave for over five years. All the money raised from these goes to the three children’s Charities they support. Booking in is from 9.30am, starting at,1pm. Items booked in pay only 50 cents for any item sold, and 50cents is added to items sold, this is given to the charities they support throughout 2013. Goods can be booked in on line or registered on the day. As well as the Auction, we have an outside stall; this is open from 9am till the Auction finished. The money raised, also goes to Charity 4 Charities. This year they have already managed, to raise the €10,000 Euros needed, to pay the ten chosen charities who will be receiving a cheque in November. But their hard work doesn’t stop there.

Because of the many people who support Charity 4 Charities, they are able to give on average, €800 of dried food, every couple of months, to the poor in Rojales (Caritas). They take nothing for themselves, only happy to give to others. We want nothing for ourselves, but your co-operation would help get our Auction noticed, this way we can continue helping others. If anyone wishes to know more about the work they do, who they support, or wishes to help. Please contact, Sandra on 966712803 or email, sandra.knott@gmail.com They are always looking out of any donations of unwanted items people no longer need. They also collect. Finally if you ever need to hire either children’s or baby items, wheel chairs, or even golf equipment, look no further, they do that as well, for just a small donation. What else can you say? Thank you for your time. Yours sincerely Sandra Knott Charities.

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...AND THERE CERTAINLY WAS on Wednesday last, when ‘Woody and The Peckers’, once again, blasted out hits of yesteryear, as well as an excellent Buddy Holly set. The venue, once more, was Restaurante El Alto La Doloros, in Guardamar. The Restaurant & Terrace were filled to capacity, with more than 170 ‘old rockers’ dancing the night away. The food and service at the restaurant received much praise from the revellers, who collectively managed to raise just over 720 euros for the Benijófar Crisis Appeal. Andreas, the owner of ‘El Alto La Doloros’, added another 100 euros, as well as donating a number of bottles of wine for the raffle. What a great night, what generosity, and what a fantastic amount of money to help our less fortunate neighbours! The next organised event at ‘El Alto La Doloros’ will be on Friday 16th August, which will be a night for ‘Remembering Elvis’,

on the 36th anniversary of his passing. The night will celebrate his life and music, and will include a tribute to The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, by Martin Dean, of Radio Nova. This event is held in association with Quesada Spiritualist Church, who will be donating money to another needy charity. Tickets for the last event were sold out very quickly, and a number of people were left disappointed. So book early! Ticket price is 10 euros, which includes a BBQ meal. These are available from The Restaurant, The Post Room Benijófar; The Card Place Benimar or by calling the Hotline, on 965 323 028 Note to Editors – picture caption is : “Woody & The Peckers with Restaurant Owner – Andreas, and Manager – Cornel practising his drum rudiments.”


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Welcome GO SATELLITE! Getting British TV here in Spain can be a confusing and daunting task and finding a reliable and informative company is vital. Welcome GO SATELLITE! GO SATELLITE was set up 8 years ago by husband and wife team Ian and Deborah. Ian has more than 20 years experience, having spent 10 years with SKY In Home Services in the UK, where he worked on the specialist heights team as well as SKY´S Prestigious VIP Team which caters for the “stars”, therefore the quality of his workmanship is extremely high! After leaving SKY, Ian set up his own business in the UK and ran this very successfully for 5 years before moving to Spain.

WHERE ARE WE? GO SATELLITE is based in Ciudad Quesada and covers most of the Costa Blanca. SATISFIED CUSTOMERS! Over the past 8 years the company has installed hundreds of satellite TV systems for individuals, companies and communities. The Go Satellite system uses highest quality

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Ian said “Being a small company has its advantages. We offer a personal service and get to know all our customers by name. It’s important to us that people fully understand and are happy with the service we are providing.

We realise that the technology involved can be confusing but we are happy to spend time with our customers to ensure that they get the best system for their needs”. CUSTOMER SERVICE Any concerns or queries are dealt with in a clear and professional manner and clients can call Ian at any point if they have any queries. This ensures that all of their customers have complete peace of mind throughout the lifetime of the service. Added to that is the fact that GO SATELLITE is a fully legal, Spanish registered business that provides individual, company and community installations with a free no obligation site survey. Go Satellite is going from strength to strength! COME AND MEET US!

We have an office in the Business Centre Calle Los Arcos No7 Ciudad Quesada, so you can now come and meet us and we will endeavour to help you with all of your TV queries.

OTHER SERVICES Go Satellite not only provide television but are also able to provide internet and telephone services. Packages are available to suit all with a switch on/off service available for non residents. DISH ISSUES? Here at Go Satellite, we use only Top Quality Portugese dishes and Invacom LNB’s. Sky Packages are also available. If you do not have room or do not wish to have a dish, give us a call as we have a solution! At Go Satellite, we will endeavour, to provide TV for everyone.

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RAQUEL PEÑA Internationally Acclaimed Flamenco Artiste The Raquel Pena Flamenco Dancing troupe of the internationally acclaimed flamenco artiste can be experienced in Murcia and Costa Blanca throughout August. The iconic dancing star’s own performances have mesmerised U.S. Presidents and Britain’s royals. All her current dancers are trained and choreographed by Raquel Pena.

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RAQUEL PEÑA FLAMENCO DANCE COMPANY La Zenia Boulevard August 5. 8 pm - 10 pm. Free Performance. RAQUEL PEÑA FLAMENCO DANCE COMPANY RESIDENT COMPANY Rebate Restaurante, Rebate (between San Miguel and Pilar de la Horadada). Mondays and Saturdays from 8 pm and Wednesdays and Sundays from 2 pm. RAQUEL PEÑA FLAMENCO DANCE COMPANY EACH WEEK 8.30 pm Wednesday. La Taberna, Ciudad Quesada 8.00 pm Thursday. Los Molinos, La Manga Golf Complex 9.00 pm Friday Castillo de Conesa, San Miguel de Salinas 9.00 pm Saturday. Marina Sol Restaurant. La Regia RAQUEL PEÑA FLAMENCO DANCE COMPANY Flamenco with Horse Show. La Pedrera Showcase Home with views to die for, as featured on UK television. All Shows start at 6.30 pm. August 7 and August 21. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION or PRESS PHOTOGRAPHS Raquel Pena 630 689 431 Article by Mike Walsh - 662 067 490 http://www.michaelwalsh.es/

FONT del LLOP GOLF RESORT 2nd AUGUST 2013 On a very hot and humid day the Summer Cup was contested for the fourth year at the Font del Llop Golf Resort, this is a competition between Golf Society Captains and Secretaries from the Costa Blanca and Costa Calida, organised by the Vega Baja Premier Golf League and supported by Font del Llop Golf Resort. The competition is now the oldest held at Font del Llop The competition was contested by 40 teams 80 players, using combined Stableford points, but the one main obstacle to overcome on the day would be the 35 degree heat and the fear of dehydration. All the teams set off with a Shotgun Start to ensure that the teams returned to the clubhouse at the similar time in readiness for the “menu del dia”, and where also provided with a picnic and water half way through the competition. As part of the tournament there were five Nearest the Pins and two Longest Drives one for men and Ladies, all sponsored by ClubstoHire.com the Longest Drive separately for both Men and Ladies were sponsored by MURCIA525GOLF Montogo G S were defending the trophy having with the same players as last year, John Day and John Feek but sadly this year fell short, but I am sure they will be back next year to wipe this challenge from their memory. The three top places were keenly fought for with just two points separating the teams, the results were: 1st: Union Jack (Benidorm) Golf Society – Aldo Zavaroni & Mark Edwards 71 points 2nd: Redbrokers Golf Society – Jose Francisco Samper & Maria Jose Fernandez 70 points 3rd San Miguel Golf Society – Steve Davies & Phil De Lacey 69 points Nearest The Pins Hole 3: Anne Swinnerton - Sandbaggers G S Hole 8: Neville Hitchings – Campo G S Hole 12: Bill Gemmell – La Manga South G S Hole 16: Barbara Hitchings – Las Ramblas G S Hole 17: Rodney Smith – Rockets G S Longest Drive Hole 11. Men: Henri Copperstone – Terra Miticia G SGS Ladies: Karen Lowe – La Manga RGA – (for the second year running well done Karen) The presentations were preceded by a menu of the day and awards to the winners A complete list of the results and photos can be found on: http://fdlgolf.es/torneos/unionj a c k s - v e n ce d o r- d e - l a - i v summer-cup-font-del-llop-golf/ Thank you to all the players

participating in the Summer Cup, to Alberto Iglesias (General Manager) and Vanesa Garcia (Commercial Director) and all the FDL staff for their continued support of the Summer Cup. Thanks to the restaurant staff for the excellent food and to the sponsors of the inter competition prizes. We will all be back next year. For more information on The Summer Cup and Vega Baja Premier Golf League, contact Ivie Davies email. golfdavies@gmail.com Photos: Photo 1: Winners Union Jack (Benidor) G S – Mark Edwards and Aldo Zavaroni Photo 2: Summer Cup Competitors with winners Photo 3: Redrokers G S, Jose Francisco Samper and Marai Jose Fernandez with Ivie Davies (VBPGL), Alberto Iglesias(FDL) and Ron Nicholson (VBPGL)


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Stagestruck! claim a Costa Blanca First

To facilitate our next production Jack and The Beanstalk, which takes place in late November, Stagestruck advertised widely for new members who could act, sing or dance. One of our members ,Blanca Sierra brought along both her mother and her daughter to the auditions and both passed with flying colours. We think this is the first time for any theatrical company in Costa Blanca to have three generations of one family performing in the same show. All three have leading roles. Rita has the part of the Good Fairy, while Bianca and her daughter Sofia play

Jack and Princess respectively. We also welcome Anne,Ingrid,John .Judith, Julie, Katy and Ted to our team. Rehearsals have started in earnest for the show which takes place on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th November at 8pm and as a departure for us we are having a matinee performance on Sunday August 1st at 3pm.This production will be at The Cardinal Belluga Theatre in San Fulgencio Tickets will be on sale shortly but to book in advance ring Stella on her new number which is 965 076 700

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GovERNMENT Subsidy Boosts Spain Car Sales for July

The Sale of new vehicles in Spain increased once again in July aided by the government’s direct subsidy scheme to underpin a market undermined by weak consumer spending caused by the country’s 2nd recession in 4 years.

of the government’s PIVE subsidy plan climbed 30.4% in July from the same month a year earlier. The plan allows for subsidies of up to €2,000 for individuals and companies that scrap older vehicles and purchase new, more environmentally friendly ones.

According to figures released Thursday by the industry associations ANFAC, Ganvam and Faconauto, the number of new vehicle registrations, a proxy for sales, climbed 14.9% in the month for July 2012 to 75,024 units. The increase in July reduced the fall in sales in the first 7 months of the year to 2.1% In the period January-July, 461,382 units were sold.

New car purchases by companies remained weak as the corporate sector continued to rein in investments and reduce debt. Sales declined 13.9% from a year earlier to 18,636 units and were down 21.5% in the first 7 months of the year at 113,539 units.

Sales to the public, the main beneficiaries

However, purchases of vehicles by car-hire firms rose 24.7% in the month to 12,344 as they renewed their fleets ahead of the main summer holiday period.

Castellon Airport to cost €2.5M in FIRST year of operation

Unswervingly tenacious in her criticism of Castellon Airport, Monica Oltra, the Deputy spokesman for the Compromís Party in the Regional parliament of Valencia, has asked Aerocas for details as to how they they intend to to reduce the current expenditure at the facility by 19%. The figures were quoted last week by the President of Aerocas, Jose Ciscar, who is also Vice-President of the Generalitat Valenciana. Oltra reminded Ciscar of his promises that the cost to operate the regionally-owned airport would not exceed €2.5 Mln in the the first year of operation (whenever that may be!) and that

the number of passenger served per year will reach 360’000 within 5 years - all at “zero cost to the public purse”. Meanwhile, her counterpart in the regional PSOE, María José Salvador, told parliament how the Generalitat Valenciana “has no roadmap for the airport and has “Committed a systematic deception”. Salvador reminded parliament that barely 2 weeks ago the Minister of Economy, Max Buch, had told the house how there was still no advised date for when the airport would become operational. (SOURCE: WWW.TUMBIT.COM)

Moroccan King revokes reprieve of Spanish paedophile

King Mohammed VI of Morocco has revoked the formal reprieve of a Spanish paedophile who was among the 48 prisoners from the country pardoned at the request of Spain’s Royal family. Daniel Fino Galván, a retired Spaniard who owns three apartments in Kenitra, north of the capital, Rabat, was jailed for 30 years in 2011 for the rape of at least 11 children aged between four and 15. His reprieve and release from custody sparked violent protests in Rabat, as well as in Kenitra, Tetouan and Tangier, and national outrage last week. Demonstrations were also held outside the Moroccan embassy in Paris, a city with a very high population of north

Africans. Following King Juan Carlos of Spain’s recent visit to the north African country – his first Royal engagement abroad since his latest operation, this time on his spine – the Moroccan monarch, a close personal friend of HRH Juan Carlos, agreed to release 48 Spaniards. Reprieves to prisoners are standard practice on the day of the national festival to celebrate the anniversary of the King’s coronation. Most of these had been jailed for offences related to cannabis-smuggling, and included a 67-year-old man who has always claimed the drugs were planted in his delivery lorry without his knowledge. But King Mohammed VI says he had not been made aware

of the nature of the crimes of the released prisoners in many cases, and in particular that of Sr Fino Galván. His cabinet insists that had he known the man was a paedophile, the monarch – who is father to a young son – would never have released him. Sr Fino Galván has now left the country, but authorities in Spain and Morocco have agreed to ‘discuss the next step’ regarding the convicted sex offender. Other foreigners in prison in Morocco for child sex abuse include a British man detained in Tetouan, on the north coast, two months ago for the rape of a girl of six, and a French man who was jailed for 12 years in Casablanca in May this year for paedophilerelated activities.


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A fantastic and unique tour will hit the region this month and it will be a special to celebrate the 36th anniversary of the King (who died on 16th August 1977). Jukebox Promotions have put together this incredible show that features Elvis Music in two styles! Yes, there is the 70s jumpsuit feature in the show but there is also something that we don’t think has been seen before on the Costas and that is a set featuring “Elvis” in Rehearsal mode for his 70s tour events!! It’s all there, puffy shirt, casual approach to some great songs with a lot of fun added and, the audience can request their favourite Elvis song to be sung during this part of the show. Elvis 2000 will be performing different songs at each of the six tour events to cover the requests and the ladies who request the songs will get a special gift from “Elvis”!! This “Evening with” set is a completely different style of performance by the fabulous winner of the Best Tribute artist (Costa Blanca 2012), Elvis 2000! It promises to be a great show for all Elvis fans! Elvis 2000 has performed in the USA, Ireland, Sweden and in Europe and of course the UK. It’s a fantastic night by one of the very best Elvis tributes you will see anywhere!! Details of the shows are below and when you purchase tickets, you will be given a paper explaining how you can choose your favourite song, email it to the Promoters and subject to time, it will be sung for you

at the show you have booked. This tour will be supported by the Jukebox Legends very own Fiona McLean who will have her own set and also be backing Elvis on some numbers. Fiona was runner up Best Female singer (Costa Blanca) 2013 and is an amazing singer. It’s a fantastic and unique show for the area and a special way to remember the King so, all you Elvis fans, you really do need to get those tickets booked very early for this one to get the best seating!!! All venues have limited seating!!

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Faith`s book “Diary of a Heroic Horse “ Now available in paperback! Much has been written in the popular English and European here in Spain over the last two years about Faith the Easy Horse Care Centres now world famous three legged pony. Faith`s story up until recently has only been available as an e-book but now has gone to print in high colour paperback form after many requests from people by telephone, e-mail and also from the large number of visitors to the centre`s popular Sunday open days. Sue and Rod Weeding co founders of the EHCRC have just returned from visiting Faith at top equine surgeon Gaspar Castelijns new state of the art Equihealth facility in Granollers just outside Barcelona. The couple are very pleased to report that she is very content and happy and is looking Fabulous. She even has a new boyfriend called Empereo a magnificent Spanish stallion who is also had state of the art surgery. He was suffering from crippling arthritis caused by bone disease in the fetlock of his right front leg. This would be like your wrist... but he has to stand on his.

Dates & Venues: Tickets 8.50€ unless stated Wednesday 14th August The Club, Quesada Tel: 966 717 028 Thursday 15th August Rocajuna, Punta Prima Tel: 664 591 795 / 965 997 260 (Evenings) Friday 16th (Anniversary day) The Club House, Camposol Golf Tel: 968 978 855 Sunday 18th August The Lounge Bar, Torrevieja Tel: 966 922 743 Tuesday 20th August Los Rosales, Lemon Tree Road Tel: 606 192 691 (12.50 inc meal) Sunday 25th August The Rendezvous, Campoamor Tel: 608 467 597 (10€ in buffet)

He has had metal supports fitted into the bones on either side of the joint to enable him to walk again. At the moment he is in a plaster cast while it all heals. Faith could not be in better hands and the Rescue Centre is very fortunate to be working with such experienced people.

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Rocajuna - Punta Prima This is a great little venue that has a function room holding around 80 people. The venue has it’s air con ready and has great sound levels so this show will be ideal to listen to here!! The do a great optional pre show meal and have a new chef. The show will start at 8-30pm sharp in the function room and seating must be at 8-15pm latest. If you choose a pre show meal option, these will be available in the restaurant at 7-00pm to enable plenty of time to eat before seating for the show!! Why not give this venue a try?

Gaspar and his team suggested that Faith should stay with them longer at their clinic because of the high temperatures in the summer months when Faith needs more attention to make sure she is comfortable on her prosthetic leg. Sue and Rod have happily agreed that Faith

should stay with them for the foreseeable future. As this will also give them the time to finish off Faith`s new stable and the access into her garden area. The Rescue Centre has recently rescued two more horses and also taken in another donkey so this now makes a grand total of 57 horses, ponies and donkeys to care for plus finding the time to complete the disabled facilities for visitors as well as the building work for Faith. I am really happy that Faith`s story is now in hard copy “says Sue” “We quite simply would not have come this far without the help and publicity that we have enjoyed from the English speaking press here on the Costa Blanca and beyond. The great group of people that work at these publications have helped us save many many equines. Their dedication to address the difficult issues and help local communities is some times taken for granted I think, but without them and their local knowledge I believe us expats would be far less informed in this area” Faith`s “Diary of a Heroic Horse” is available priced at just €5 at any EHCRC charity shops and at the Recue Centre`s Sunday open day`s 1 till 5 pm. A Spanish printed edition will also be available by the end of August“ This is only possible because of the translation skills and the tremendous co-operation and help from Tatiana, Councillor for Education at Rojales Town Council who we have worked very closely with on this and other issues, Sue Weeding explains - “The inspiration for this book came from Molly the amputee pony in the United States. Molly has gone on to become a household name in the U.S. and a symbol of hope to many children and adults who have suffered amputations. She visits patients in hospitals and care homes giving these people inspiration.. We feel that Faith and Molly`s story can do the same here in Spain and in other countries”. I wrote the book mainly for the children “says Sue” “ It explains with the aid of many photographs that just because you have a prosthetic limb or other serious disabilities it really is ok to be different and anything in life is possible.” “We have sent a supply of books over the Atlantic to Kaye and Glen Harris, Molly’s rescuers and carers who we now regard as very close friends. The proceeds from all books sold will be split 50/50 between us here at the EHCRC and Molly’s foundation in the U.S.” The book is also available to download on Amazon Kindle fire etc. And will soon be available on iTunes and all other Apple devices For more information of the Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre please see our web site www.easyhorsecare.net


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Bretón brags about ‘fame and fortune’ on TV

A father who murdered his two children by drugging them and incinerating them alive has bragged about how he is ‘going to get rich on TV’ after being approached by mainstream channels to perform live interviews. José Bretón, serving 40 years for killing six-year-old Ruth and José, two, to get revenge on his wife Ruth Ortiz after she announced she wanted a divorce, is allegedly receiving offers on a daily basis for giving an interview to an unnamed analogue channel. But Mediaset, the broadcasting control body, has put a stop to it as a result of public outrage when the news leaked. The channel was making lucrative offers, sources claim.

Bretón was reported as saying: “I’m going to have to tell my dad to stop sending me 60 euros a week, because the

TV people are going to make me rich.”

Head of Mediaset’s PR department, Mirta Dragó, said on Twitter: “He’d better not think it’s going to happen on any of our channels.” She recalled the interview on the programme La Noria with Rosalía García, mother of the youth known as ‘El Cuco’, who was involved in the murder of Sevilla teenager Marta del Castillo Casanueva, which led to public outcry so intense that the presenter, Jordi González, was forced to cancel the slot. A year ago, a non-legally binding motion was discussed in Congress, having been presented by MP for Coalición Canarias in the Canary Islands, Ana Oramas, to forbid TV channels from paying convicted criminals for interviews.

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Yemen British embassy staff withdrawn over security All British diplomatic staff in Yemen have been withdrawn to the UK

and the embassy closed “due to increased security concerns”, the Foreign Office has said. Dozens of employees were moved to the UK overnight, the BBC understands. Earlier the United States ordered all its citizens in the country to leave following a terror alert. Twenty US embassies and consulates in the Middle East and North Africa were closed suddenly on Sunday. In a statement the Foreign Office added: “Due to increased security concerns, all staff in our Yemen embassy have been temporarily withdrawn, and the embassy will remain closed until staff are able to return.” The BBC’s security correspondent, Frank Gardner, said the decision was taken on Monday and that all the staff were currently en route back to the UK. Officials are describing the action as a “drawdown”, rather than an evacuation, our correspondent added. Similar closures of British missions have recently taken place in Benghazi and Damascus.

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I understand that if I sell my property I needtothink about the following expenses: solicitors fee, capital gains tax and plusvalía tax. What is plusvalía tax , and how is it calculated? A . Up to recently this was a small tax when you sold or inherited , but now it can be a high amount and needs to be considered before the transaction. It is charged on the transfer of ownership of a property by sale, inheritance etc. . This tax is a local tax charged by each municipality on the increase in value of Urban land in its own district land and is distinct from Capital Gains Tax. It is important to realize that the tax is charged on land alone, not on the buildings that may stand on the land. The rates of tax are set by each municipality and can vary widely between neighbouring municipalities.The tax is based on the increase in the official, that is to say the “Catastral”, value of the land which a property occupies. This is the same value that is used to set your local property tax or “IBI” and can be found on the bill for your “IBI” issued by your local ayuntamiento each year and is shown as the “valor del suelo”.The actual price at which a property changes hands, or the value attributed to it if is the subject of a gift or inheritance is irrelevant. Calculation: The Plusvalia is calculated as a function of the catastral value of the land and the number of years of ownership (up to a maximum of 20 years). The higher the catastral value and the number of years of ownership, the higher the tax. Plusvalia tax = Catastral value of the land x Yearly percentage of value’s increase x Number of years of ownership x Tax rate The yearly percentage of value’s increase and the tax rate are fixed by the Town Halls.They are established locally. Up to now, when a Town Hall had updated the catastral values, usually with really high increases of the values compared to the existing ones, article 107.3 of the Law had established that on the following five years after the revision of the values, the Town Halls had to apply a deduction of 40 to 60 % to the catastral value. If a Town Hall made not contemplation of this rule teh law established an automatic deduction of 60%. However new Law passed in 2012 has changed that situation allowing the Town Halls to eliminate

those deductions, which is why a loto of people are suddenly paying much higher rates and find themselves with an unfairly high plusvalíaa tax when they sell. On a sale of a property it is the responsibility of the seller to pay the tax, but if the seller fails to pay this responsibility may be passed to the buyer, who would then have to recuperate the money form this seller. If the property is being inherited or is the subject of some other type of gift it is the beneficiary or recipient of the property who is liable to pay the tax. Certain transactions are exempt from the Plusvalia Tax, the main ones which are likely to affect the general public are the transfer of property between spouses who are divorcing, or to children to comply with Court judgments, and “aportaciones” or transfers to companies in which spouses are the only shareholders which may be used for tax planning. The amount of the tax that will be charged on a transaction will depend firstly on the Catastral value of the land which the property occupies, and secondly on the length of time since it last changed hands. If you are selling an individual house which stands on a large plot which you have owned for a considerable length of time the amount of the Plusvalia Tax could be many thousands of Euros. On the other hand, as the tax is charged on the value of land alone, the amount of Plusvalia Tax charged on a flat in a block which you have not owned for very long the tax may be quite modest. For those of you who are considering rearranging your financial affairs to take advantage of tax planning schemes, the amount of Plusvalia tax that may be due is one of a number of elements, which include the Notary and other fees that may be payable, which you need to consider when balancing the costs and benefits of these schemes. Depending on the amount of Plusvalia, it may be cheaper to make a gift of the property rather than enter into more complex arrangements with higher Notary and other fees. The time for paying the Plusvalia Tax is within 30 days of a sale or gift between living people, or 6 months of the date of death on an inheritance. Your town hall can advise you of the amount of Plusvalia that may be payable on a transaction involving your property, or in many cases it is possible to obtain the calculation “on line”, but as I always write in concluding these articles, if in doubt take professional advice.

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A Very Medieval Market in Consuegra (Toledo) Starting in 1997 the good burghers of Consuegra have commemorated the Batalla de Consuegra when the Almoravids under Yusuf ibn Tashfin clobbered a Christian army led by Alfonso VI, which actually took place in 1097, by holding every year a grand Medieval Feast. In the Castle, above on the hill, in the Plaza de Toros and in the Central Square of the town, concerts of medieval music, tournaments and re-enactments are given, and of course there is a real Medieval Market. This year the Feast is held on 16, 17 and 18 August - quite a good reason to take a look at what Consuegra has to offer. Consuegra is a typical provincial town in the province of Toledo, near where the A4 and the CM42 motor ways intersect. From a distance you can spot the Castle and no less than 11 real Spanish wind mills - not for nothing is Consuegra part of the Don Quijote legend. In the middle of the town is a charming square surrounded by ancient buildings - some of them half-timbered - in which the Medieval Market is held. Participants have been carefully chosen by the Town Hall in conjunction with Amata, the crafts association which has quietly built up an excellent name throughout Spain for concentrating on quality above all else in its craft markets. As so many markets nowadays describe themselves as “craft markets” whereas in fact they are little more than ethnic pound shops, Amata has coined - and officially registered - the term “Artesanía de Autor” to describe craft markets where everything on the stalls is made by the people at the stalls. So to the Medieval Market in Consuegra comes a wood turner, a smith, a book binder and a potter and all will be at work. Mayte makes wonderful miniature shops and workshops - officially meant for Nativity scenes but in fact they make a fascinating display all the year round. José carves cunning jewelry, combs, spoons and hair pins from bone and horn, Maria-Jesús and Enrique turn out marble pestles and mortars, Gema makes puppets and Flor transforms Spanish roof tiles into amusing Spanish house fronts. Other people make really original jewelry (none of your hippy “beads-on-a-string” junk) in silver, copper and macramé using semi-precious stones. Consuegra Town Hall has organised an extremely extensive programme (see www. consuegramedieval.com) with concerts, reenactments, knightly duels and processions. Most of them are free, although a few special shows have to be paid for - tickets in the tourist office and they are up to 20% cheaper if ordered well in advance. Some of the people in the tourist office (925 593 118 / 925 475 731) speak English. Some hotels have special offers for those days. More information about the Medieval Market can be obtained by phoning Amata (639 979 678 and English is spoken) or you could take a look at www.amata.es (the web site is in English and Spanish). The Market starts 7 pm on Friday 16 August. On the Saturday and the Sunday the Market is open from 12 noon to 2.30 pm and from 6.30 onwards.

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Tim’s Tackle Shop Tim’s Tackle Shop is located at C.C. Bahia de las Dunas 27 – La Marina Urb. San Fulgencio (behind Mercadona). Tim organises various FISHING TRIPS and stocks most of the carp tackle that you would need and will order everything needed for a successful fishing trip. He is an experienced fishing guide specialising in freshwater live bait plus fishing tackle to rent. He can also organise Fishing Holidays to suit all needs. He supplies Maggots, ground bait, pellets, boilles, Up to 40% Discount. There are also special offers to Club Members. Please note the new Summer Opening Hours are: July & August 9am – 3pm. Tel: 965 729 248 www.tims-tackle-shop.com

FC TORREVIEJA THE SQUAD IS STARTING TO TAKE SHAPE Torry have signed another 4 players in the last week. Goalkeeper Carlos from Almoradi, midfielders Valdeolivas from Pinatar and Alberto from La Nucia and Cameroonian born striker Eric from Almoradi. Manu Amores has also returned to the fold after trialing with Cartagena and presumably not impressing enough to earn a contract. Welcome back the “pocket” dynamo. Last Saturday evening Torry entertained La Union from the Murcian Tercera Group. In their starting line-up were ex-Torry players Colina and Nico. They have aged a bit now with ex-crowd favourite Nico having lost his hair. The game was again played at the Nelson Mandela on the artificial pitch. The gate was just under the 200 mark. FC Torrevieja Starting line-up: Carlos, Vicente Boix, Eloy, Maxi, Dani Meseguer, Valdeolivas, Burguillos, Alberto, Pastor, Alfonso, Eric The Torry bench was again a bit overcrowded with a number of trialists hoping to get on at some point in the game and impress the Gaffer. The following players came on at various stages in the second-half; Manu Amores, Paul, Gasch, Mati, Guillem, Corey Watts, Micro, Ibra and Dnilton The game was again quite even with Torry creating the better of the chances but not taking them. As it happened there were 2 goals in the game with one to either side. Torry took the lead just after the 15 minute mark after good combination play between 2 of the ex-Almoradi players Pastor and Eric with Eric finding the net. 15 minutes later La Union equalised when Torry trialist defender Maxi made a clumsy challenge on a La Union forward in the box which resulted in a penalty to La Union. The penalty was calmly dispatched into the back of the Torry net by the La Union no.9. Eric had a chance to score after being put in the clear but elected to try and pass it to a colleague to stroke home but he mis-hit his pass and the guilt edged opportunity was wasted. La Union had a chance a few minutes later when their centre forward should have found the net with a header from close in but contrived to put it wide.

Torry had a chance to seal it with the last kick of the match when one of the substitutes, Dnilton found himself with only the keeper to beat but instead of rolling it into either corner of the net put it wide. He put his head in his hands but it wasn’t a cup final or even a league game so he can be fore-given. For Torry “Captain for the Day” Dani impressed again in central defence as did Vicente at right-back. Burguillos showed his versatility in midfield in the first-half and as a central defender in the second half. Pastor showed signs that he might be a decent acquisition to the squad and Eric did o.k. up front but looks more of a wide attacking player than a central striker. The no.10 Alberto looked a have potential and perhaps is one to watch. Not sure about the left-back Eloy, who looked unconvincing but maybe he is saving himself as he was the managers first new signing. The powerfully built centre-back Maxi, who played better last Wednesday, appears to lack a bit of pace. Gasch did o.k. when he came on except when he took dead ball kicks - give it to someone else. Micro and Manu Amores did o.k when they came on. Paul Mahoney got another opportunity and did alright and deserves a chance. Torry still probably need at least another 2 experienced “decent quality” players to bolster the squad and be regular starters. A central defender and a central striker/target-man. Torry had another friendly last night against UCAM Murcia. Hopefully they will have put on a good display. Torry’s next pre-season game is on Wednesday August 14 at 7.00 pm at the Nelson Mandela against CD Cox who won promotion to the Regional Prefente at the end of last season. Finally “Where’s Wally” sorry Rafa. He didn’t feature in either of the first two Torry friendlies although it has stated that he has re-signed. He is a player we really do need for next seasons campaign. A reasonably satisfied Darrylldinho, following his adopted team in Spain get closer to finalising their squad for the new season.

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HOME & GARDEN... Now that we have established that 1. The Valencian Region falls within the the Geographical Location of Black truffles growing naturally in the wild (latitudes 40N to the 47N. Which corresponds basically from Valencia, through to Spain to Paris, France), AND, 2. The fact that Truffles are the fruit of a mycorrhizal fungi that live in association with the roots of some host trees including Holm Oaks which grow readily in this region. We are sorted, that is, if we would like to start truffle farming in Spain! We all know how expensive truffles are and in fact the white truffles are more expensive than the black truffle. It was reported that a real estate investor and his wife from Hong Kong paid over 120, 000 euros for a gigantic Italian White Alba truffle which was the highest amount ever paid. It weighed in at kilograms (3.3 lbs). Prices have been soaring in recent years due to the dwindling supply of wild truffles The black truffle or black winter truffle, also known as Périgord truffle is collected here in Spain from November 15th till March 15th and the

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The black truffle is usually found just under the top soil down to about a 30 cm depth. It is collected with a machete like type of tool (truffle knife) which lessens the damage done to the truffle mycelium when the black truffle is removed from the ground. . Enormous amount of damage has been done to black truffle producing trees in the wild due to improper collecting techniques. It might be one of the main reasons why the finding of truffles in the wild, has drastically decreased, in the last 50 yrs or so. People armed with hoes, shovels and rakes recklessly over turning the soil around black truffle producing trees has been detrimental to those trees ever producing again or for the truffle mycelium to recover and produce more truffles. Science however has provided the answer and the use of inoculated trees to cultivate Tuber melanosporum and other truffles has proven successful over the past 20 years in Europe. The breakthrough that made their cultivation possible was development of technology to inoculate host trees with the fungus under controlled conditions. It can become quite a lucrative business but it is certainly not going to get one rich quickly as it takes on average 5 years to produce 7 years to produce any truffles. One way of detecting whether one has been successful or not the the indication of a ‘brule’. This ‘brule’ or ‘burn’ pattern of absent vegetation around host trees, indicates where the black truffles are growing beneath the soil as they emit VOCs (volatile organic compounds) that act as potent herbicides. It looks burned or as if one had applied weed killer to that area. The soil also gets a spongy type of texture. The ‘brule’ forms around the host tree, starting in a small radius near the tree trunk and growing outward every year. It is sort of defense mechanism to eliminate competition for nutrients and water. Another indication of the evidence of truffles are truffle flies. Several species of tiny fly are drawn to truffles and are a good indicator of their whereabouts. I mentioned last week that many truffle hunters used to use their pigs to hunt wild truffles. Pigs naturally forage and rout for food in the ground. As part

of this behaviour they will dig for and eat truffles and are able to sniff them out to a great depth. Unfortunately they are difficult to control and untrainable, and tend to be unruly and liable to scoff the truffles themselves without hesitation! Nowadays, truffle hunters call on ‘Man’s best friend’ The Dog, especially Labradors, who are widely considered to be the most popular breed in the world. The Spanish production of Tuber melanosporum represents 40% of global production. This truffle reaches a price of 1,000 euros a kg. What is more, truffle fruits on poor agronomical soils, so in places where crops are needed to be subsidised, many farmers are turning to truffle cultivation with incomes that can treble traditional crops, and even raise the value of the land in those potential truffle growing areas. It is estimated that the demand is 10 times greater than the supply. World production of truffles is insufficient to meet market demands, and cultivated truffles failed to lower prices. It is reported that Cultivated truffles don’t have the same aroma as wild truffles. Wild truffles grow under adverse conditions, adapting to Mediterranean climate with little rain in summer and having to grow to a sufficient depth to protect against drought. Whereas Cultivated truffles are irrigated and worked, so they grow superficially, losing much of its aroma. The result is a more beautiful round truffle but with much less aroma. Either way they are here to stay and as technology improves, more and more farms will be established with higher yields and higher profits for local growers. For all those wishing to know more about Truffles, particularly regarding the history of truffles here in Spain, there is now a Truffle Museum located in Navarra, Spain. Another place on my ‘to do list’ to visit, but that will have to wait as the activity centre, takes all of my attention, especially with the large number of animals we have here at Casa La Pedrera. The summer season has been very busy, especially with the popular Horse and Flamenco Shows, and every Friday night through August we are having a Pool Party with a bbq which is great fun for the whole family with lots of pool games for all ages. For more information about the activities which include Quad Bike excursions, Horse and Pony Treks, Kayaking, archery and air rifle, please visit the website at www.thingstodoinspain.info or call me on 660 816 620 Jenni

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ICELAND FUNDRAISING FOR APAH

Iceland in San Javier have kindly chosen APAH as their sponsored charity for 2013. In May, they held their first fund-raising event, which was a great success, and APAH’s collection tins on the tills and the trolley they have for dog and cat food donated by customers (and staff!) are proving a great source of help in their efforts to feed and care for their dogs and cats. The next event being organised is to be an auction. Anyone is welcome to bring along unwanted gifts, raffle prizes or even impulse buys, where things have been bought by people, but never used. But this is an auction with a difference as 15% from the sale of each item goes back to the donator. It is hoped this will encourage people to bring along goods that they have no use for, but haven’t got round to

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It’s been a busy July for the Supermoto racing brothers from Murcia. Both Anthony and Mat Ford-Dunn were in action at the 3rd round of the Catalan championship earlier in the Month with Mat finishing 3rd and 2nd in his two races for 2nd overall and Anthony having a fantastic ride to finish 1st and 2nd that gave him the overall win in the SM Open class. After the confidence boosting results from the Catalan championship at Alcarras the brothers were next out at the Samper de Calanda circuit in Aragon for the 3rd round of the Spanish Supermoto championship. The fast and flowing circuit suited more powerful machines but the brothers put in a superb display on their Advance Moves International Removals sponsored machines, in the extremely hot conditions to come away with some strong results. The brothers had mixed fortunes with Anthony at the front of the pack in the SM open class before three different problems in each of his three races prevented him from achieving the podium position that he so rightly deserved. In the first race he had to make a stop and go penalty

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Galicia (-12.9%), Castilla y León (-12.8%), Navarre (-12%) and Aragón (-11.6%). The regions registering performance more in line with the national average are Asturias (-10.6%) and Extremadura (10.2%). La Rioja is the region which registered the smallest decline in the price of housing, only falling by 5.0%, closely followed by the Balearic Islands (-5.1%), and the Canary Islands (-5.3%). Also recording values below 10% were Valencia (-7.7%), Andalusia (-9.7%) and Melilla (-9.9%). The report states that all regions have already registered decreases of over 25% since reaching their maximum values, with Catalonia (-48.5%), Castilla y León (-47.4%) and Aragón (-45%) registering the most pronounced accumulated decreases, compared to those of the Balearic Islands (28.8%), Asturias (-28.9%) and Extremadura (-29%), which are the provinces which have seen the least lowering of housing prices in cumulative terms. By province, registering the most significant year-on-year variations in the second quarter of the year for falling prices were Guadalajara (-19.1%), Barcelona (-17.7%), Cantabria (-15.7%) and Huesca (-15.6%), which all exceeded 15%, however none surpassed 20% as did Barcelona and Ávila the previous quarter.

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According to the latest Imie local market report prepared by leading real estate appraisers, Tinsa, the price of housing in Spain fell by 10.5% in the second quarter of 2013. This reduction represents a slight improvement over the decrease registered in the first quarter of this year, of 12.1%. Since the peak prices reached in the last quarter of 2007, house prices have now


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Quesada Golf Charity Day for Elche Children’s Home Wednesday 31st July was a special day for the society as it was being sponsored by our hosts at Quesada Country Club David & Anita Patrick, we were playing for a Trophy put up by them called the QCC Charity Cup as money raised by the day would go to their chosen charity Elche Children’s Home. The Golfers returned a little later than expected possibly due to the heat and extra refreshments needed on the 19th Hole! With 28 Golfers taking part it was a fun day out and despite the heat everyone had a great day. As well as some really great prizes for the winners a Luxury Hamper provided by Anita and Dave, owners of Quesada Country Club raised the fantastic sum of €250 for The Children’s Home in Elche.

The luck winner of the hamper was Anne Hobbs. Is there no stopping Anita & Dave as on Saturday they held their annual pool party again in aid of the children and for a “hat trick” on Thursday 19th September there will be a Charity Fashion, Shoe and Jewellery SHOW incorporating a Ladies Makeover Day! The results of the Golf Day are as follows: Alicante GC is a beautiful

The Fillies and Nags Show Easy Horse Care’s La Zenia charity shop held their Summer Fashion Show at Alfie’s Place in La Zenia on July 25th. Over 80 people attended and were treated to some of the latest fashions courtesy of Looking Good Boutique who are great supporters of EHCRC. The models were all volunteers from the shop and they were joined on the catwalk by Vicky Feest the La Zenia shop manager. “I want to thank all my girls for their help

today said Vicky. They have been most professional and fantastic sports.” This is more than can be said for fashion icons Gok and Wok who gave fashion tips to the audience. “Thank goodness nobody took any notice of them” said Vicky who confirmed it is only a rumour that one of the pair was actually her husband!! The afternoon was a great success raising over 400 Euro’s on the day for the EHCRC charity. Everyone involved cannot wait for the next show to be booked. Vicky was especially grateful to Alfie for his support in again opening his doors for the charity function. “He even provided a red carpet for the girls to walk down” she added. The EHCRC are now planning their next event at Alfies for the middle of October, the date is to be confirmed. This will be a charity auction of goods and services donated by local businesses and kind supporters. If you would like to help by donating anything for this auction please contact Vicky 0n 636 062 000 or email her on admin@easyhorsecare. net Don’t forget the Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre`s open day is every Sunday between 1pm and 5pm. For more information and directions see www. easyhorsecare.net.

course and it was in very good condition, the greens were a little slow but this was down to the fact that the green keepers had kept the grass fairly long so that they would not burn, we always appreciate how well and how hard the keepers must work at this time of year to keep the courses looking good. The first group out in the morning must have still been half asleep as one or two hit the wrong balls etc. so they decided to put that hole behind them and start their game afresh on the 2nd hole , on the 1st tee David Patrick had a trick shot when his tee shot hit the course marker hit a tree then a wall and landed on the putting green , and finally Darryl Wright had a mishap with his shorts when they decided to part company in a very prominent place. The day Raised 250€ for Elche Children’s Home. Results Gold Division Winner: John King 30pts 2nd Susan Smith 28pts 3rd Darryll Wright 27pts on

Count Back (despite the shorts) Silver Div Winner: Chris Neild 24pts 2nd John Featherstone 23pts on count back 3rd Trevor Hobbs 23pts on count back Nearest the Pins Gold Division Par 3 Hole 12 Norman Lewis Par 5 Hole in 3 shots 1 Brian Smith Silver Division Par 3 Hole 17 in 2 shots Paul Burleston The Roy Les Lindores Best Guest Paul Burleston The semifinal of our knockout was played to day and the results are: Vic Dew bt Tony White 8&4 - David Winchcombe bt Paul Flanagan 3&2 well done to all players Our most grateful thanks go to Anita & David for their sponsorship of the day and the refreshments laid on for our return, our next game is at El Plantio on 14th August and our next members meeting 20th August at QCC 10.30am anyone wishing to join the society please contact membership secretary Les Pancott on 966 716 723. reported by Pam Martin Secretary QGS


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Turning the fridge down from 7C to 4C could save families £200million a year in wasted food

achieve serenity at dinner

Madonna Gaulding, author of The Meditation Bible, gives you a beginner’s guide to easy serenity. This week, a meditation to do at dinner.

Eat slowly and mindfully

BENEFITS: Eating slowly and mindfully increases the pleasure you will get from your food. Not only will you taste more, but by eating consciously, you will be more likely to choose to eat healthier foods. TO START: Make yourself a healthy, balanced meal. STEP ONE: Lay the table and sit down, but don’t start eating straight away. Take time to relax and settle your mind. Set your intention to eat mindfully and be a healthier person. STEP TWO: Pick up your fork and place a bite of food in your mouth. Put your fork back on

the table. Chew carefully and focus on the sensations on your tongue, teeth and throat as you swallow. Is it sweet, salty, sour, bitter, or flavoured with spices or herbs? You will probably notice a combination. STEP THREE: When you have completely experienced the taste sensations from the first bite, pick up your fork and take another. Focus on what arises in your mind. Are you frustrated by eating so slowly? Are you anticipating the next bite before you finish the one you have? Are you continuing to eat even though your stomach feels full? STEP FOUR: Try to let go of all your emotional baggage about eating and simply savour the taste of your food, as if you were eating for the first time. Try to bring mindfulness to your everyday eating.

Families could save £200million a year by lowering their fridge temperature by just three degrees, experts say. A report by Mail Online states that most food would have its shelf life extended by three days if householders reduced temperatures from 7C to 4C. WRAP, the Government’s waste quango, has studied average temperatures in Britain’s fridge-freezers and the impact on shelf life. It found householders could save 700,000 tons of food annually. The extra energy costs for keeping an appliance cooler are more than offset by the savings on food waste, it reports. Net savings of £200million could be made – even when hefty power bills are taken into account. There was an overall reduction of 210,000 tons of CO2 emissions thanks to consumers needing to replace less food, it found. Report authors Tim Brown and Professor Judith Evans, from London South Bank University ,said: ‘Even at the more energy intensive 4C, the extra energy required to refrigerate such foods was only estimated

to have an annual UK cost of £10million and associated emissions of 47,000 tons CO2. Both financially and environmentally the savings far outweigh the energy penalty.’ About 4.4million tons of household food is binned a year. Some 800,000 tons of that is discarded because consumers fear they have not used it in time. Most of it should be frozen to eat later but families often let it spoil in their fridges. WRAP is also urging manufacturers and retailers to stop putting ‘freeze on date of purchase’ stickers on food because consumers often wrongly assume it would not be safe to freeze later, even if it is within its expiry date. It also wants to see labels stating ‘keep refrigerated below 5C’ on packaging. The report also warns that overloading fridges can be a costly mistake. ‘If fridges are loaded to full levels, gaps between products (which would normally allow air circulation) may become blocked.’ It is estimated that the average family wastes £480 worth of food each year.

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Torrevieja Costa Lions Club

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.

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.

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

THE SPIRITUALIST CHURCH, QUESADA

Meets at The Dojo, Avenida de las Naciones, Quesada. We hold a Sunday Service at 11.30 a.m., a Tuesday Evening of Mediumship at 7.30 p.m. And every Thursday there is an Open Circle where you can develop your skills commencing at 7.30 p.m. Spiritual healing is available every Sunday and Tuesday after the service. WE ARE NOW CLOSED FOR THE SUMMER UNTIL TUESDAY, 10TH SEPTEMBER. Everybody welcome. Contact Wendy on 965323028. www.spiritualistchurchquesada.com New email is phoenixchurch23@gmail.com

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.

QUESADA LADIES CLUB

The Annual General Meeting of the Quesada Ladies Club will be held at the Cooper’s Arms, Dona Pepa, on Tuesday 3rd September 2013. This is for members only, and they will be admitted at the usual time of 2.30pm.

Every Friday 10.30am Bar Sofia, El Raso. Fun Learn to Line Dance for Absolute Beginners with Adam (all the basic dances to get you line dancing) No previous dance skills required, but a sence of humour a must.TEL 670711408

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Kingsley and his brother Tyler were rescued after they were found running with their mother. Both boys were pitifully thin and very timid, but in the time they have been in kennels, they have put on weight and grown in confidence. They will only be medium sized dogs when they are fully grown. Although we say that black cats are lucky, very few people seem to want to offer a loving home to one, and APAH has many lovely black cats who have never had a home. If you would like to give a black cat a chance, or to meet Kingsley and Tyler, please contact Yvonne on 630 422 563.


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My attitude towards my body has always been somewhat cavalier – I feed it, clothe it, and generally pander to its demands, therefore I believe that it should keep its end of the bargain. I feel my requests are reasonable; I don’t expect it to leap tall building in a single bound, or outrun a speeding bullet, but nowadays leaping anything is completely out of the question, and even a racing snail can give me a run for my money. All things considered I have arrived at pensionable age in pretty good nick, but my progress towards my pension has been marked by phases: Firstly came the ‘Charmed Life’ phase, when my Guardian Angel would pluck me from the jaws of damage on a regular basis. Then came ‘Teenage Invincibility’, a condition that affects all teenagers, leading them to believe that no harm can possibly come to them, because they are all-knowing and invincible, and the rest of the adult world is made up of stupid old fuddy-duddies. After that was the ‘I’ll Be OK’ phase, and mostly I was. Imperceptibly that then merged into the ‘I Used To Be Able To Do That phase, josbiggs@hotmail.co.uk Easily’

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where everything was beginning to need an amount of effort and forward planning which had previously been unnecessary. I began going round puddles, so as ‘not to get my shoes wet’ and putting a raincoat on, even if it was only drizzling and I was only ‘going to be out in it for a minute.’ Shopping lists became essential, no longer could I keep the entire stock of household and kitchen goods in my head, I needed physical reminders. However, I could easily dismiss these minor inconveniences as ‘Being Sensible.’ It was somewhere about this time that some unwise person remarked to me that ‘I wasn’t as young as I used to be.’ Piffle! I’m not old! But I have to admit the truth is that I’m going that way – I sit down with an audible ‘Aaah’ to put my socks on. I get up with an ‘Urgh’ to go and get my shoes, because I’ve forgotten to bring them with me. At night, when all is silent except the Limaria dogs, my body creaks and cracks like an oaken galleon on a heavy Atlantic swell. And how is it that my body mass is greater than it used to be, yet I seem to have surplus skin? Surely it should be stretched tight to accommodate the extra poundage? Is my skin getting bigger? It must be – how else can I account for all those wrinkles?

Checkmate . . . Forty Euros Please!

What is it about shoe shops that have this instant pull on my wife? We may be browsing shop windows, perhaps taking a pleasant stroll, or on our way somewhere, but it’s as if my wife’s underwear is lined with iron filings and there is a whacking great magnet strategically placed just inside the entrance, because she is invariably pulled violently into the establishment. I am not alone in this. All my friends tell me that it’s the same with their other halves; they would cross a six-lane highway in the middle of Cairo blindfolded if that’s what it took to get to the shoe shop. I bet if you looked at all the millionaires living in The Seychelles or Grand Cayman, you would find that most of them are ex-shoe shop owners schmoozing around on the hard earned dosh of us working class husbands. I have never had the courage to actually count the number of pairs of shoes/boots/sandals/ flip flops/slippers/wellies that my wife has accumulated, but I am confident that it would represent a sizeable herd of

Jersey cows. If I didn’t know better, I would say that Imelda Marcos must surely be a blood relative. And it’s the same story with handbags. Our women folk gaze like children at Christmastime through the windows of bag shops; their eyes glaze over and as if in a trance, they are compelled to enter. Actually it’s all quite clever, because the purchase of either of these products is a handy justification to purchase the other. “Oh look at those red court shoes, just what I have been looking for to go with my red handbag.” Ah yes I think, but you bought that handbag to go with the red sandals you bought the week before that, which you purchased because you told me that one thing you didn’t possess, was a nice pair of red sandals. But I say nothing. It cracks me up when she tells our friends in all seriousness that I have more shoes than she does. “I bet if you counted the shoes in his wardrobe, and the shoes in my wardrobe, he would have more”, she reports. It’s almost certainly true. But what she doesn’t tell them is that ALL the available space under ALL of the beds, in ALL of the bedrooms, is filled up with ladies shoes. Her shoeboxes are stacked on shelves in the garage and we have purchased pine shoe storage units that

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are sitting next to me here in my office. It wouldn’t surprise me to find a pair or two in the refrigerator. She’ll be asking me to move my beer out next. The latest chapter in the shoe epic started a few weeks ago in Santa Pola. We had gone there with friends for the day to just mooch around the town and dream and dribble over the luxury cruisers in the marina, and of course to enjoy a long, leisurely lunch somewhere. Mooched out and having done the marina, we discovered a small restaurant in one of the back streets where we settled for a very pleasant hour or so before the dreaded shopping began. But thankfully only window shopping, because we had mercifully reached the siesta period. Well it wasn’t long before my beautiful other half spotted a pair of must-have sandals with an unspecified price, which, she cooed, would be perfect for our cruise later in the year. But the shop was closed for another two hours and we needed to leave town before that. How sad. Two weeks later we had taken the same friends to Alicante airport and remembering the marvellous footwear, my wife suggested we detour to Santa Pola on the way back so that she could try them on. Problem was, after trudging around a spider web of streets - tracing

and re-tracing our steps - we could not locate the shop and after an excruciating hour, decided to get some lunch in the little restaurant we had previously discovered. But then, no sooner had we parked ourselves when my wife spotted the sought after shoe shop . . . slap bang opposite. Indigestion was assured. Lunch over, my lady shot across the street to try on the wonderful sandals, but then immediate consternation when she was informed by the billionaire shopkeeper, that the price was 40 Euros. Italian crafted you see. “I’m not paying that”, protested my wife. “We’ve traipsed around most of Santa Pola; bought a lunch and notched up God knows how much for parking at the marina.” I told her. “So you bloody well are!” There was no hesitation. “Alright then”, she said. “Debit card please.” And off she marched to the counter. I could have ripped my tongue out. I had been outmanoeuvred and checkmated yet again.

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If anyone in Alqueria was interested in statistics then a study of recent data would show an increase in population. Not explainable by birthrate however, only Rosalinda de la Lujuria had given birth recently. This also prompted half of the male population to go into hiding. The increase was by immigration. Perhaps immigration is too grand a word, they simply wandered across the Spanish border into the Pueblo. The Spanish border guards weren’t bothered about people entering Alqueria. They only stopped the anarchic Alquerians entering Spain and making nuisances of themselves. These ‘travellers’ took up residence in the orange grove opposite Loco Paco’s house in the Avenida de Naranjas. These erstwhile itinerants were the ‘Children of the Divine Paco’. They saw Loco Paco as their spiritual leader and Messiah. Paco, oblivious to his new found status was only aware of a lot of noisy scruffy individuals below his bedroom window. The Village Priest, Sacerdote del Semblante Lánguido who should have objected to this challenge to his religious authority didn’t mind at all. As an existentialist his only interest in the church was somewhere to live, the offertory and Communion Wine. As Paco appeared at his window so the assembled crowd made the sign of the Celestial Dung Beetle. This was an intricate hand gesture involving all the fingers of the right hand and the second and fourth of the left. Enrique Stenchio tried to emulate the gesture and never played the heckelphone again. Loco Paco became withdrawn and spoke only to his imaginary five foot rodent. The gathered hordes took this to be the ‘Holy Rodent’ which completed the ‘Holy Trinity of the Divine Paco’. Just how Loco Paco became the new Messiah is a mystery. Paco can remember talking about his philosophy of life to some travellers in Órgiva some months ago. He can´t remember much of the conversation as he was well into a Remitroot filled hip-flask. He was sure his oratory was profound however, they always are after a drink or two. As Paco was their new Messiah so they needed its complement and Manuela was singled out for this honour. They believed her to be the conduit to Hell and a servant of the Devil. A bit harsh perhaps but it did add to the legend of Manuela. Manuela has always thought that the ‘Master of Darkness’ had more fun than the puritanical inhabitants of Heaven. How will Manuela react to being the ‘Mistress of Darkness’? How will Paco react to being the Messiah, saviour of thousands? Will it go to his head or will he be the same daft, rambling old Paco? We shall see.


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TRANSFERRING PHOTOS TO YOUR COMPUTER You know how some days, you just can’t get your head around the simplest of things. Me Too! In this case, it is the topic for this week’s article that has thrown a curve ball passed me. Well! As you read this, say a soft and heart-felt “Thank You” to the editor for inspiring me into the particular piece. Most cameras today are digital in as much as they capture the ‘real life’ images in thousands of pixels (read PIX as in picture, ELS as in Cells). These dots of colour are stored as numbers, each relating to a colour. The better quality the camera, the higher the number of pixels, the greater the size of the picture and the better the quality of the finished picture. These pictures are stored, usually, on a memory chip that can be removed from the camera. The simplest way of transferring these pictures from your camera to your computer involves connecting your camera to your computer using the, usually, provided USB cable. I’m assuming that your computer is running and the camera turned on! The instant that your computer recognises that you have a memory device (card/camera/video etc.) attached, it will start the options window. One of the options will be “Copy pictures to a folder on my computer”. Highlight this option by a single click on it and the click the button marked “OK”. The ‘Scanner and Camera Wizard’ will now take you through the process of copying / moving the pictures from your camera to the computer. Click on the button marked ‘Next’. Before you, will be a window, that will display some of the pictures that are waiting to be copied. Next to each picture, is a little box that already has a ‘tick’ in it. This just means that the picture has already been selected for copying. At the bottom of the screen on the left hand side are 3 tiny icons. These will allow you to rotate the picture 90 degree in either direction to straighten it and give property information (size, time and date taken, and default name – usually DSCFxxxx. The xxxx is a 4 digit number). If you are happy with everything so far click on the button marked ‘Next’. The next window shows 2 drop-down boxes, a tick box at the bottom and several buttons. The first drop-down box wants to know what name to call them, the default is ‘Picture’. This will be followed by numbers in sequential order (001,002,003 ….). You can leave it as is or change it to something more meaningful to you! The next drop-down box shows where the pictures will go to. This too, can be changed to suit yourself. Under this is a ‘tick’ box that will allow you to delete the pictures from your camera as it copies them to your computer. So, do you want to make a duplicate copy of the pictures or actually move them from your camera to the computer. If moving is your choice then click on the tick box and then on the button marked ‘Next’. The window will change to show your picture(s) being copied/ moved from the camera to the place on your computer that you have asked them to go. If you chose to tick the box, there will be another window displaying the picture being removed (deleted) from the memory chip in the camera. The final window wants to know if you would, now, like to publish these pictures to the web (see notes on Facebook and loosing your rights to these pictures if you do publish them!), Order prints from the web (pretty neat, if you like that sort of thing) or finally just finish with the copying process (this is the default option). Click on the button marked ‘Next’ and you will be rewarded with a window that states proudly that ‘x picture(s) were copied’ to ‘Wherever\picturefolder\. Done!

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The Cardinals of Schengen by Michael Barton Flailing arms disappeared as the flames from the burning gasoline shot even higher and engulfed the few heads that bobbed on the surface. He could hear the screams of men as their flesh melted in the heat. We start with a prologue, set in Germany towards the end of the second world war with an insignificant man, Gerhard Schneider, witnessing cargo being unloaded from a U-boat, overseen by Doenitz. The military convoy left with Doenitz before the submarine exploded. No survivors. About the same time a raid on Selsey, south England went horribly wrong. The German fast boat went down. Again, no survivors. The story then begins in Kent, England and moves to the present day. What a dramatic opening with the planned assassination of Jack Hudson, Secretary of State-a high profile figure. The Assassin is utterly wicked, a typically Machiavellian character who was addicted to killing and found it pleasurable. To him, it was much better than any snort of cocaine or a puff of weed. The killing is gruesome-darts of snake venom which are highly toxic, causing rapid paralysis and finally suffocation. Named the pin prick of death. The assassin found it a PLEASURE to watch the Secretary of State die. How sick is that? Brother Peter, nicknamed Hud was in the SAS in Iraq during 1991 to gather intelligence on the movement of the Soviet scud missile launches. Barton reminds us of those shocking images of war when a young officer is brutally killed. Hud was meant to be protecting him: The bullet had entered from behind, just under the neck of his helmet and blown away his face as it exited. Blood and tissue splattered. Blood and brains mixed into one horrible mass, the boy unrecognisable. Sixteen years later and Hud is still possessed by the horror of reality of that moment. His comforter, his security blanket that dulled the pain was his Southern Comfort and because his nerves were shattered, his marriage to Judy hit rock bottom and lead to a divorce but fortunately, an amicable one. He is horrified to discover that his brother Jack has died from a suspected heart attack. When he sees Jack’s corpse he notices a red mark on the right side of his neck and more importantly, fear in his eyes, the kind of fear that Peter had never seen before, as if Jack had been able to see his fate before it

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As Mark Twain once remarked “I am sorry but I haven’t the time to write you a short letter so I am instead writing you a long letter”. This should have been shorter, reflecting the ease of how it is done. So I would like to apologise verily for this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose, so let me simply thank you and see you at Jack’s Bar on a Friday lunchtime or any other time that you think would make good office hours. For further information or advice on computing, contact Trevor on 689 892 745 or canducomputing@hotmail.co.uk

The Spanish government, the Partido Popular is mired in a huge corruption scandal; last Thursday after months of denials PM Rajoy admitted to Parliament that he was personally guilty, but only of over-trusting the ex-party treasurer Luis Barcenas. Some of the largest construction companies in Spain paid donations/bribes totalling tens of millions of Euros to secure building contracts. Rajoy denies ever receiving any of this money, though there is paperwork that suggests otherwise. Conveniently for Rajoy whose been on the PP executive board for 25 years and party leader for10 of those, he was always on the loo or taking a stroll in the garden whenever the brown envelopes stuffed with 500€ notes were delivered. Barcenas a fastidious

had happened. Amy, Jack’s widow gives Hud a locker key with VIV embossed in gold-some cryptic clue that Peter has to decipher and unravel the reasons why Jack met his untimely end. We meet Mark Chatfield nicknamed Chatters, a close friend to Peter. Both men served in the Falklands’ war in 1982 before drifting apart. Hud travels to Paris to unravel the mystery aided by Judy without realising the full extent of the danger he faces. There are some excellent James Bond type car chases and crashes leaving cars mangled to pieces and explosions. And there are plenty of brutal killings. The Cardinals remain a mystery…for a while…. but we do meet the triumvirate of terrorists planting bombs to annihilate Parliamentary buildings across Europe and working alongside the Schengen organisation preparing for the Fourth Reich, a European Empire controlled by the Nazis. It’s like the Nazis have never really been away. They’ve always been there, in the background, controlling Europe and waiting for the opportunity to pounce. Their power has been built on murder, corruption and greed. It seems that Hud and Judy are lambs to the slaughter. If Hud becomes a condemned man, how is he going to survive? Will his army training give him the mental and physical strength to beat his adversary? To survive? The final showdown reveals a shocking act of betrayal although this thriller does end on a positive note for those survivors. A possible act of reconciliation perhaps? I like Hud’s comment towards the end: If I’m lucky there’ll be a tomorrow. And if I’m not….well then I always had today.” The key question is Does Hud survive? Is he one of the lucky ones? Publishers: Word Play ISBN 13: 978-148-0122-765/ISBN 10: 148-0122-769

record keeper, arrived at court recently with files of paperwork detailing how he came to have €22 million in a Swiss bank account. The total sums involved are alleged to be three times this figure. Knowing the way power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely Barcenas told the court he has more evidence, a classic insurance policy. No doubt they will be released if ever he meets with an unfortunate accident. Political donations in Spain are limited to 60,000€ for anonymous donations, donors got around this by illegally paying multiple payments of 50,000€ a time. Not wanting to bite the hands Enjoy Stephens musings? Pop over to http://findmeahomeinspain.wordpress.com as the articles are posted on there too...and they’re a bit longer too! Findmeahome are always looking for quality that fed; Barcenas won’t divulge homes for their sales and rental portfolios, please contact Stephen for a valuation: stephen@ which companies paid him the findmeahome.es Telephone: 636 266 641 money and so 9 construction

executives have been summoned to testify. These to date unnamed companies were awarded huge building contracts totalling €6,6bn. Ferrovial the road and rail conglomerate have separately been accused of paying €5.9million to the then Catalan administration. It’s now clear why airports were built like Corvera in Murcia that apart from birds may never see anything else land on them, high speed railways with stations that never have passengers and motorways that are almost empty such as the A7/E15 Cartagena/Vera in Almeria. Then there is the housing bubble that has brought pain and misery to millions of people. By chance the PP locally was in power when the Albox bypass contract was awarded. Locals know this as the road to nowhere and it’s blighted the landscape for years ever since construction stopped three years ago. In court Barcenas explained how representatives of the companies involved would turn up at the PP headquarters with cash. No receipts were given but the amount was noted both in his private records and on the back of the donating firms’ business card. Barcenas would then phone the local mayor of wherever the contract was that was of interest to the donator, tell them to expect a visit from the company representative, to give him a ‘coffee’ and make him ‘welcome.’ Barcenas regularly updated the PP leadership keeping records of when and how much he paid party officials as so called ‘salary top-ups.’ This is denied by the PP. Just two days after Rajoys part admission of guilt Madrid started sabre rattling against Britain and Gibraltar. There was already a build-up of tensions as Madrid have been instructing their lackeys the Guardia Civil to make life difficult for anyone crossing the border, all under the pretence that it’s unfair local Spanish fisherman can’t illegally fish anymore in Gibraltarian waters due an artificial reef that was completed recently. Spain also announced the sale of 20 Mirage jets (that they can’t afford to run) to Argentina, coincidentally another country with economic woes that has a territorial dispute with the UK. Nothing like a war (or threat of one) to detract voters’ attentions from the real issues!


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Our top visitor recording a very healthy 35 points was Ryan Walker and just four out of the five par 3’s yielded NTP prizes. These were won by Mick Cook (hole 5), Norman McBride (hole 7), Rob Stevens (hole 14) and Phil Birtwistle (hole 17).

LAS COLINAS welcomes SMGS Some of the day’s happy winners. With July being one of the few months containing five Wednesdays, San Miguel Golf Society’s members and guests were treated to an extra game last month with a visit to one of the area’s top venues.

firmly established itself as a firm favourite among golfers of all levels. The superb management provided by Troon Golf has also been an important factor in its swift rise in popularity right across Europe.

are often subjected. Another plus is that everyone tends to arrive early at Las Colinas; this is due in no uncertain terms to the top class practice facilities which are always available – free of any charge for players.

Las Colinas golf and country club offers a par 71 course which is just under 6,000 mts from the yellow blocks. Although it’s only been open for three years, it has already

Having the facility of a two tee start is also an attraction for golf societies or any large group as it virtually halves the waiting time in the clubhouse to which the early starters

The course, as usual, was in pristine condition although the greens seemed to have a protective sandy dressing on them which slowed them down a little from their normal speed. It’s certainly a pleasure to find tees, water, ice, course- planner and

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Silver division winners were 3rd John Aitchinson (34), 2nd Captain Steve Davis (35) and 1st Rob Stevens (38). Gold division saw Theo Boelhouwer (34 C/B) take 3rd, Mick Cook (36) in 2nd and top spot went to Ben Price (38). To keep abreast of all society matters, don’t forget to visit www.smgs.org or simply give Barry a quick ring on 966 731 033 and he’ll update you on all the info regarding forthcoming Wednesday meetings. Even if you’re just in the area for a short visit, you’ll still be made very welcome by the area’s oldest and leading golf society.

BUSTERS Golf society Friday August 2nd August saw 22 of us heading north up the AP-7 to play at Bonalba , I have to say that the course was in excellent condition , fairways very good and the greens tip top making the course a good test of golf , the best our society could do was for two players only managing to score a one over par 35 stable ford points . Our first tee time was 11:00 so by 12:00 we had all 22 players on the course , what came to mind was the old song ‘ Mad dogs and Englishmen go out

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in the midday sun ‘ ( Although we were not all English but the words still meant the same thing .) The results for the day were in third place Steve Edwards with 33 points , their was a tie for first place with two players having 35 points but by means of a better back nine our winner was Colin Edwards with Alan Gifford taking second place these three members all received cash prizes, our N T Ps were on the 4th hole Keith Smith the 8th hole Mark Ead and the 11th and 14th holes Alan Gifford all receiving a sleeve of 3 Callaway golf balls for each N T P , our best guest was Brian Smith taking home white and rose wines , the Mini Golf Bar in Quesada donated a prize for our lowest card which guest T Ackroyd took home , finally the football card was won by Paul Cogan After the game we all returned back to the Mini Golf Bar for a couple of beers and snacks that were provided by the bar . Barry Grinsell

Match Report, Las Ramblas, 31st July 2013 The “Marmite Course” of Las Ramblas was, once again, in fine condition and the 28 members enjoyed a day of sunshine with no wind…. hence the sweaty whatsits.. for this, our Two Ball Texas Scramble. Over and above the golf, we don’t have many stories to tell, except it is believed that ‘someone’ from the Silver Category has taken out a contract “Mr Whippy” aka Colin Marsden who spent the Tuesday night in A&E with a broken leg. His “adopted son” John Eyre denies all knowledge, but in all honesty, would you trust a Tottenham supporter? I rest my case your Honour. That said, we do wish Colin a speedy recovery and we hope that he graces our presence in the not too distant future. Back to the golf..and by heck, it were warm out there today, but the greens and the fairways were in fine form and even though it is the “Marmite” course in the Costa Blanca, those that played enjoyed themselves. As already said, it was a 2 Ball Texas Scramble with 10% of the handicaps and it was soon to be evident that those with the lower handicaps were the ones that would dominate and with

the partnership of Roger Nilsen and Joe Kearnes claiming 3rd spot with a very credible 68.6. The runnersup spot was claimed by Joe Dean and Arne Hansson with a very credible 67.8 but wasn’t enough to prevent the winning pair of Steve Higgins and Andy Moore claiming the 1st prize of two meal for two’ vouchers at the sponsor’s restaurant “Asador Don Mariano” with a net score of 66.8. The 4 NTP’s were claimed by Roger Nilsen, Arne Hansson, Alan Rixson and James Hunter who did, in all fairness apologize to Joe Dean for getting inside his ball. Not that it was all that difficult to be honest…even a double decker bus would have been closer. Photo is of our winning pair, James Hunter and Steve “Elvis” Higgins. Our next game, Wednesday 7th August 2013, see’s us at the Saurines de la Torre golf course, so if you fancy a game just look at our website www. tmgs.org or call the Fixture Secretary on 661 524 101 We also run small matches on Friday’s at VillaMartin so if you fancy a fun knock around, contact Steve Higgins on 968978188.


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Coombes 33 points 2nd. Al Warnock 31 on c/b from Bernard Ball 4th. Steve James 30 Nearest the pins Holes 5 & 7 Geoff Betts, Hole 10 Stephen Barton, Hole 14 Ray Pollock, with Mr. No One on the 17th.

TORREGOLF.EU at Las Colinas Yes Friday 3rd, saw us returning for the 1st. time in probably 2 years, to this lovely course and we were served a treat even with the fairways still showing some of the recent maintenance. The course has now been added to one of regular playing courses. With tee times starting at 08.40 on both the 1st. and 10th was a good idea as it meant we were all going to finish earlier than normal and get into the bar and quench

our throats with some cool beer after a very hot round. As it was a first visit for many of our members it was anticipated that scores would be fairly low and that’s how it worked out with only 9 members breaking the 30 points. So the final scores were Category 1. 1st. Peter Kerr 37 points 2nd. Tony Mackman 33 on c/b from Ken Holmes 4th. Michael O’Brien 32 Category

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El Plantio 2 Golf Society It was the last Tuesday of the month, so as is our usual practise we had the Monthly Medal Competition. Every shot counts so a few members can always be counted on to work hard on getting their moneys worth. One member got stuck in a bunker and it looked very much like we would see a repeat of that famous Manikin Cigar advert, they managed to get an eleven on that hole. The weather was lovely, the temperature had dropped a couple of degrees and the humidity had all but disappeared, so for many of us it was ideal for good golf. One visitor, Josh Reddington on holiday here visiting his Grandfather played out of his socks and came in with a very respectable net 47 and walked off with the best visitors prize, Mel was the other visitor with an excellent score of nett51, well played guys. On Monday I booked a golf

lesson for next week as I was not happy with my swing, I then proceeded to come in 1st with a net 49, I’m thinking, maybe I should cancel that and save myself €20.... A warm Welcome back to Ray Housely, he’s been off for about 6 weeks following an operation, he didn’t get a mention in the positions this week, but no doubt he will be in the thick of it in a few weeks. Third place this week was gamely fought over by 4 members, all scoring a net 56 El Plantio 2 Golf Society members, 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

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The Full Monte prize to day going to Mick Wells. The results of our Game at Vistabella last Saturday which was a best 2 ball pairs one, going to Ray Pollock and Christopher Rose with 57 points. Our next 2 games are Vistabella Saturday 10th. August and La Peraleja, Friday 16th. so if you would like to come and play regular golf with great prices and maybe at the same time support our football club CD Montesinos then call David Winder on 626 774 157 or email him at davidwinder. torregolf@gmail.com

and 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 this week: Nearest the pin: Hole 3 Josh Reddington Hole 6 John O’Brien 3rd place was Keith Smith. Score net 56 H/cap 9 2nd place was Martin Rickman. Score net 52 H/ cap 9 1st place was John O’Brien. Score net 49 H/cap 9 Next Tuesday 6th August we will have a Team Competition. 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

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Fairwayz Golf Society Our golf society played at Vistabella today, Thursday 1st August, wow it’s hard to believe it’s that time of the year already! Anyway we had the course to ourselves mostly, but i must admit it was quite warm out there and many litres of ... water was consumed. The course was in superb condition and some respectable scores came in from both categories. Back at the clubhouse, several litres of cider were consumed in exchange for free sun hats, very sensible to wear a sun hat...in the sun! I must stress that we are a golf society and not a drinking society, although we do tend to socialise quite a bit after the game. The results were as follows:Gold Category. 1st - Steve Lawrence 30pts. 2nd - Graham Lawrence - (no relation) 29pts. Best front 9 - Steve Hamilton 16pts. Best back 9 - Dave Harwood 16pts. Silver category. 1st - Iris Cleaver 32pts. 2nd - Tony Macmillan 31pts. Best front 9 - Graham Butterworth 15pts. c/b.

Best back 9 - Dave Titchen 15pts. c/b. Nearest the pin - No winners in either category! Longest drive John Saunders. No 2 ball winners this week. Our next game is at Alenda Golf on Thursday 8th August at 09:50am. The following

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