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Almost 10 years and £12bn in the making, the full extent of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park finally opened to the public on Saturday. It claims to be “the biggest new park in Europe for 150 years”. Its 230 hectares (568 acres) encompass waterways and rail lines, and is, according to its maker, the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC), the size of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens combined. It features forests and wetlands, lawns and meadows, dotted with a velodrome and aquatics centre, a stadium and arena.

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Afghanistan’s presidential election that will bring the first-ever democratic transfer of power in a country plagued by conflict for decades closed on Saturday amid relief that attacks by Taliban fighters were fewer than feared. It will take six weeks for a final result to be declared in the race to succeed President Hamid Karzai. In Afghanistan’s rugged terrain many polling stations are inaccessible by road; the ballot boxes and other furniture necessary to create a polling station have had to be transported to the sites by donkey. This could be the beginning of a potentially dangerous period for Afghanistan; the war-ravaged country desperately needs a leader to quell the expected rise in violence as foreign troops prepare to leave. “Today we proved to the world that this is a people driven country,” Karzai told his nation in televised remarks. The constitution barred Karzai from seeking another term, but, after 12 years in power, he is widely expected to retain influence through politicians loyal to him. Turnout was seven million out of 12 million eligible voters, or about 58 percent, according to preliminary estimates, according to election commission chief Ahmad Yousuf Nuristani. That is well above the 4.5 million who voted at the last election in 2009 which was marred by widespread fraud. More than 350,000 Afghan troops were deployed, guarding against attacks on polling stations and voters.

The capital, Kabul, was sealed off by rings of roadblocks and checkpoints. In the city of Kandahar, cradle of the Taliban insurgency, the mood was tense. Vehicles were not allowed to move on the roads and checkpoints were set up at every intersection. In some areas of the country voters complained that polling stations had run out of ballot papers. The interior ministry said six officials - including an intelligence agent - were detained for trying to rig the vote, and elsewhere several people were arrested for trying to use fake voter cards. If there is no outright winner, which straw polls suggest is likely, two frontrunners would go into a run-off on May 28, spinning out the process into the holy month of Ramadan. This would create a delay, leaving barely sufficient time to complete a pact between Kabul and Washington to keep up to 10,000 U.S. troops in the country beyond 2014. Karzai has rejected the pact, but the three frontrunners have pledged to sign it. Without the pact the Afghan forces would be left on their own to fight the Taliban, a task that is almost certainly beyond them, and which would lead to a strengthening of the Taliban, shattering the fragile peace and a return to violence throughout the country. The election is a landmark after 13 years of struggle that has killed at least 16,000 Afghan civilians and thousands more soldiers. Nearly 3,500 members of the U.S.-led coalition force have died since deployment in the country over a decade ago.

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The association is made up of young people from 12 to 18 years old who want to help their community. On Friday March 28th the launching of the first independent ‘Leo Club’ of Spain was celebrated in Mazarrón and sponsored by The Lions Club of Mazarrón Bahía’. The restaurant ‘Mariano’ Camposol was the venue for the celebration of this association of youth under 18 in the likeness of ‘Lions’ The popular entertainer Barrington gave his usual immaculate performance which was enjoyed by both young and old. A presentation that was attended by the Mayor of Mazarrón, Ginés Campillo, Councillor for Youth, Andres Valera, the Mayor of Saladillo and Camposol José Andrés Navarro, and the representative of the Club ‘Torrevieja Costa Lions’ Anka Peltonen.who was accompanied by Martti Timonen Anka Peltonen conveyed that “I come

on behalf of the District Governor, Alfonso Piñol, who was unable to attend to explain that we are very proud that they have launched the first club ‘Leos’ of Spain here in Mazarrón.” He added that the goal of this partnership is that “young people learn the principles under which the ‘Lions’ develop our work and what it means to be a Lion’, helping others that the main purpose of ‘Lionism’”. Leo club members around the world help their local communities daily instilling in them the commitment of helping others The Leo Club Motto Leadership, Experience, Opportunity says it all LEADERSHIP: Leo members acquire skills as project organizers and motivators of their peers EXPERIENCE: Discovering how teamwork & cooperation can bring about change in their community and the world.

OPPORTUNITY. Leos develop positive character traits and receive recognition for their contributions Also present were president of’ Mazarrón Red Cross, Carmen Navarro the president of the Mazarrón Bahia Lions Club Sid Worland, members of the sponsoring club Mazarron Bahia and the Leo Advisor Virginia Barker. The Mayor of Mazarrón, Ginés Campillo, expressed his “satisfaction that Mazarrón was where the first club of ‘young lions’ of Spain was, something that makes us very proud and we congratulate the’ Lions of Mazarrón Bahia ‘returning to be an example to us all. “ The mayor stressed that this club “performed an impressive social work and are grateful for all the work being carried out in Mazarrón and philanthropy that develops in English society, which helps disadvantaged and needy people.” The Leos say that volunteering trains them to see the world through someone else´s eyes, teaching them compassion and responsibility. The Mazarron Leos are helping to make their community a better place. To be grateful for what they have and not take things for granted. The Lions and Camposol where this club is based are very proud of the Leos and thank them for their wonderful effort. Leo advisor Virginia assisted by co- advisor and co- leaders Cressida

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Yes dear, we ARE! going shopping again. Shopping may be a pain in the backside now but spare a thought for our medieval counterparts. Take lingerie shopping for example. The first Lingerie was a loincloth of course. Simple, not much problem there you might think. Except...First you have got to catch it, skin it and then prepare it. Not the right size? No problem, we’ll just follow the herds for a while until we can target another mobile fashion shop! Women then began to pay attention to the upper part of their body. For centuries, women attempted some form of support, and the earliest methods probably looked something like the modern baby slings--long strips of cloth wound around the body and passed over the shoulders and behind the neck. Semi-efficient, but none too comfortable in hot weather. Results tended not to be fetching either. No one quite knows when the loin cloth fell out of fashion but the next really significant development in ladies underwear fashion was the Corset, otherwise known as the bra from hell. Now finding one of these in the right size isn’t the problem however, the time taken (and pain felt) attempting to fit into one more than made up for this. In the Victorian Era these had developed into such a perfect instrument of torture that they caused miscarriages and damaged ribs and even organs. This was the model that Scarlet O’Hara used for her famous 18 inch waist! The demise of the Corset came about quite by accident. In 1913, Mary Phelps Jacob, a New York Socialite wanted a piece of underwear that would not poke out under her evening gown. She came up with something that would improve women’s lives forever. As yet it had no name. It was the result of two silken handkerchiefs strategically folded together with some pink ribbon. This was the first bra, originally named the brassiere.

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So when your husband next complains about going to the market to buy lingerie of some description, just remind him that he neither needs to catch it, squeeze you into it or release you from it with a can opener. Shani’s Lingerie in Zoco and Playa Flamenca markets stocks all versions of the modern bra with top European brands at great prices. Free fitting provided. Although we are temporarily out of stock of loincloths we also

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Torrevieja Branch, meet at 1700 on the first Wednesday of each month at the Restaurante El Paraiso, Urb. Jardin del Mar 3, (behind Carrefour), Torrevieja. The aim of the Association is to bring together not only ex-naval personnel but anyone with an affinity to the Royal Navy. We enjoy a full programme of Social Events, Menu del Dia’s, Day Trips and Dinner and Dances. We support the other local ex-service associations and charities. So come along and meet us, we are a friendly bunch. Contact Mike Wright, Chairman 966 722 895 or Margaret Forshaw, Secretary 966 921 996.

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




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Hello and welcome to CanDu Computer Bytes. Before I get started today I would like to say a big “thank you” to a superb bloke that turned up to my clinic on Friday afternoon, at Jack’s Bar in Albox (advertising finished) and after saying he had been reading my articles for the past 2 years he then expressed his amusement about my attitudes, nailing it beautifully on the head, concerning my getting ‘On My Soapbox’. I would like to say “Lesson learned”, but I will try to keep my passions (pet hates) under better control :-) (at least until next week). Let’s get started with something that I read about earlier this week concerning DropBox checking out what was in YOUR box. Did you know that every time you use ‘Dropbox’ to upload valuable files that you wish to share with everyone else in you group, Dropbox, without the slightest breach of your personal rights, can read the contents of you dropbox for propitiatory software and anything else that they have been asked to look out for. Doesn’t Dropbox, and for that matter just about every other ‘online’ storage facility encrypt your information? Yes, they do, to ensure that even the employees of the storage facility can not ‘just have a quick look’! Most claim that it takes a document issued by the courts before they would even consider releasing ‘sensitive’ information (YOUR INFORMATION) to an outside authority. Google and Microsoft make similar claims but recent history would indicate the fallacy of that statement (the soapbox is out again – sorry!). So how does Dropbox know that you have something that ‘Big Brother’ says you shouldn’t have? Hashing! This isn’t the process of turning meat and potatoes into something

simple but delicious (sorry any vegetarians out there), it is the process of calculating a very long resulting number by an even more complicated calculation. We have touched on it before under the section of encryption and passwords some time ago but now is a good time to actually understand how hashing can allow you to read something without actually reading anything! Confused? Just wait, it gets better! Breaking hashing down to a very simple example. I created a simple ASCII text file of 1 letter (‘a’) NOT (‘A’). The result of the calculation was very different from the letter (‘b’) or (‘A’) or (‘B’). a == 0cc175b9c0f1b6a831c399e269772661 A == 7fc56270e7a70fa81a5935b72eacbe29 b == 92eb5ffee6ae2fec3ad71c777531578f B == 9d5ed678fe57bcca610140957afab571 Now consider a word, a phrase, a paragraph, a complete novel or even the collected works of Shakespeare. Every last one would generate a UNIQUE number. Change 1 letter in any of the above and you would generate a different UNIQUE number to the one it had! This method works just as well with binary files as it does with ASCII files. So using this method, anyone can check out anything, WITHOUT having to open the file, simply by comparing the generated number to a list of hash numbers already created and find out whether it was the same one or not! The comforting thing is that no matter what the file might contain, your rights to privacy haven’t been in the least bit violated! So on that note I will say Adios and wait for my next new client to call. Have a lovely week.

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We should all be fantastic cooks, judging by the number of cookery programmes on television. If it’s not Nigella Lawson showing us how to cook some impossible dish, then it’s some bake off or other every twenty five minutes. Once in a while is fine, but several a day week after week is too much. But what I wanted to ask was, whose kitchen is like theirs anyway? First of all, I’d love, just once, to see them run out of some vital ingredient, just as their dish is coming to fruition, you know, the way it happens in real life. What will they do then? What I usually do is ignore it and hope it tastes okaya bit difficult though if you’re making egg and chips and there are no eggs! And what’s with the clothes and the pristine aprons? Come on, how many of us are without splodges of tomato sauce, gravy or whatever else we are cooking, on our clothes, on the walls or on the cooker? According to the TV chefs, this never happens. I’m no fan of “Come Dine With Me”, but at least they leave a mess in the kitchen. Then there are the other distractions, which we’ve all experienced to some extent. There you are, singing away to the background music, washing away the cooking taste with a glass or two of the wine you were saving for dinner, when disaster strikes! From the lounge is the sound of the cat screeching. You run in and there’s your toddler, hands around its neck, throttling it for all it’s worth! What do you do, ignore the blue murder to sway back to your creation, or save the cat? Over to you Nigella! And finally there’s...the pan flip! When I’m cooking I turn the food over with a wooden spoon or spatula. Not these chefs on television, oh no, they’re far too nifty for that. They just flick their wrist and bingo! The food is turned in the blink of an eye and is cooking perfectly, not a mark on anything. Easy! Not on your life. When I do it, the food goes everywhere and we’re running for the brush, the Jiff and the telephone number of the Chinese takeaway. You see, that’s the thing with television experts…they’re so irritatingly good at what they do. But I’m an expert too… at ringing for that takeaway!

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For those of us that try our luck at quiz nights Yellowstone is the answer to a perennial question; which is the oldest National Park in the world? It’s not Hyde Park as someone hazarded a guess recently at our weekly quiz. Last week even more hilariously the same team gave the answer ‘Notting Hill’ when asked what the largest wild carnivore in Britain is. They thought they heard carnival. I digress; Yellowstone Park sits atop a Super Volcano; this term is used funnily enough for very large volcanoes. There have been three major eruptions over the last two million years; the first was the largest being 2500 times larger than the Mount St. Helens eruption in 1980. The park owes its beauty to the cataclysmic forces that have shaped it. Lakes, rivers and mountain ridges have all been put in place by the forces at work under the earth. Smaller eruptions have taken place relatively recently, 14,000 years ago a 5km wide crater was formed to enlarge Yellowstone Lake after one of these. The area has had all manner of eruptions, from the huge gas explosions which cause the pyroclastic flows that obliterate everything for hundreds of kilometres around, to relatively slow lava flows and steam eruptions. We all know about the geyser Old Faithful, caused by ground water seeping underground, being superheated by the intense heat and exploding upwards. Underneath Yellowstone the Caldera has been measured as being 80kms long by 20kms wide,

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going so deep underground as to have a capacity of 4000km3. Scientists have been measuring the ground since 1923 and at first it rose slowly, about 1cm a year then between 2004/8 it suddenly rose up over 20cms. The ground is pushed up as magma and gases fill the magma chamber below. The area constantly has earth tremors with over a thousand a year recorded, sometimes even more. Over four days in January 2010 there were 1620 earth tremors though the largest measured only 3.8M. Just like toppling dominoes the geological fault lines under our feet interconnect. On March 30th the largest earthquake in 30 years struck Yellowstone measuring 4.3M. Two days later in Chile way to the south a huge 8.2M quake struck the coast causing tidal waves of up to 2 metres. In 1992 a quake in California caused hundreds of mini quakes in the park. Luckily we can all trust the US Govt; they assure us that although the giant ball of molten rock underneath the bears and salmon is growing; it’s not growing fast enough to be of any concern. In fact after a recent report measured the magma as 2.5 times larger than previously guessed at, the Yellowstone Volcano observatory said the following - though fascinating, the new findings do not imply increased geologic hazards at Yellowstone, and certainly do not increase the chances of a ‘super eruption’ in the near

future. This is just as well as if and when the darn thing does go off, its estimated that ash would fall up to 750 kms away and be at least 10 cms deep. The ash is highly toxic and would pollute water courses and farmland. Traffic would come to a halt as the fine dust clogs up air filters. Planes would be grounded for thousands of miles around. So infrastructure would be at a standstill and America’s ability to feed itself would cease. Globally temperatures would drop for a good few years also. We could all however enjoy wondrous sunsets just as JMW Turner witnessed and painted from England after the 1815 Mount Tambora eruption in Indonesia.




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Q. Please explain the situations in which a resident qualifies for non-payment of capital gains tax.

A . The first thing is to be able to prove to the notary the day of the sale that you are in fact a Spanish tax resident. It is very important to realize that having what everyone calls the “residencia” issued by the police does not in fact prove you are a tax resident of Spain, and that if this is the only document you take to the notary to prove tax residency , the notary will consider you a non resident and you will be subject to a 3% retention. To prove you are a tax resident your solicitor needs to request a certificate from the tax authorities, which can then be taken to the notary. If you suffer the nasty surprise of them saying that in fact you are a non resident, you will need to get this amended by proving to them that you are in fact a resident before they will issue you with the correct certificate for the notary. The best way to secure tax residency status is making a resident income tax declaration in Spain in June of every year. If you are going to sell shortly,

request this certificate in advance to avoid last minute surprises. 1. The possible total or partial exemption from capital gains tax due to reinvestment (roll-over): If you are a resident and sell one property to purchase another of the same or higher price you can claim 100% exemption from capital gains tax. To benefit you have to have been a resident for at least 3 year before the sale takes place, and you must purchase the next property within 2 years of the sale. If you are moving to a smaller property, you can claim exemption of a percentage of the capital gains tax. 2. Claim of total exemption if you are over 65 years old: If you are over 65 and sell your main home (where you must have lived for at least 3 years as a resident), you can claim 100% exemption from capital gains tax even if you do not reinvest. If the property is owned by a couple and one member is over 65 and the other is not, you are allowed to claim the exemption in respect to half the price. Michael Davies. Abogado.

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Alcalá del Júcar celebrates its 650th birthday party with a Medieval Market Alcalá del Jucar was given official recognition as an independent village on 18 April 1364. Now, 650 years later, the village holds a Medieval Market on 17 to 20 April, with medieval minstrels, a juggler walking on stilts, a wooden merry-go-round, all sorts of medieval games and above all, stalls with the real craft work still to be found in this typical Amata market. The village itself - a jewel in an otherwise drab landscape - is also well worth a visit Anybody who has driven along the autovia from Alicante to Madrid will have desperately wished for one of Google’s self drive cars so that one can watch a video instead of having to concentrate on the desolate landscape.

The road makes its way through a vast and empty space with here and there a single tree. And yet, hidden in a deep gorge carved by the Júcar river, lies a picturesque village in a landscape decorated with small waterfalls, large and decorative rocks, hillsides covered with forest. The village is a maze of small stone stairs with an imposing castle crowning what is one of Spain’s better-known tourist attractions with a good selection of restaurants, hotels and more humble lodgings This Easter the village celebrates its 650th birthday; it is 650 years ago that Alcalá de Júcar gained its independence and became a village in its own right. So the good burghers decided to celebrate by making diverse excursions to that time, such as a Carnival procession with medieval floats on which participants stood dressed in medieval clothes, and now a Medieval Market with medieval stalls on the banks of the river Júcar. Here the visitor can walk round and appraise the wares of various craftsmen and women, many of whom will be working at their stall. A chance to buy a souvenir that doesn’t come from some Third World country or a small factory near Madrid. Some of the work on sale is just pleasant to look at, but other work is handsome as well as useful such as hand made pottery, leather belts and

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You can use a loud, strong voice or grunt directly at him and pull back from the back of his neck and collar – not from the top, but from the back and pull up, otherwise he can interpret this as you getting into the fight as well, and this is when the dog can turn on the human and bite him because his level of intensity is so high, he doesn’t think “oh, that’s the human.” You’re just another dog in the fight and before you know it, the dog you’re trying to defend is coming after you.


First, do not get rid of your instincts. There is no knowledge behind instinctual intelligence so “not thinking” is actually a good thing. In my profession, I only use “thinking” when I have to explain something to the human. With dogs, it’s all about instinct and energy. Here’s what you need to keep in mind. You can stop a dog fight by observing body language. This is what I do with aggressive cases – stop the bad dog behavior at the very instance you see it about to escalate. But if that’s not possible, during a dog fight, once there is one occurring, stay calm and observe who or which of the two dogs is at a higher level of intensity. That’s the dog I’m going to focus on. Then you need to step in to give that dog the right touch – this means the ribcage area. The reason is that this forces the dog to open his mouth and let go of his hold on the other dog during the dog fight. It’s about timing too, so look for the right moment and then act quickly.

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Following the much published tragedy recently, when the EHCRC were unable to save the life of a young horse starved to death in premises on the outskirts of Torrevieja, the morning of Monday March 24th was a much more joyous occasion. The day started as normal. It was nine o’clock, all of the seventy eight equines had been fed and those stabled overnight were being turned out to spend the day in their respective paddocks. At nine thirty all this changed when one of the nine mares rescued at the beginning of March along with five other male horses from an illegal horse dealer in Callosa de Segura, lay down in her paddock, and proceeded to give birth to a healthy foal. Sue Weeding, co founder of the EHCRC in Rojales takes up the story, “ We knew the mare was with foal but Dorothea our vet believed she was only about seven months pregnant because of her size. However, the foal was small because of severe malnutrition of the mother. If she had been born three weeks earlier this foal would have not survived. The mare was chained to a concrete wall with several other horses in very close proximity and the foal would probably have been trampled on. After our initial shock and surprise everyone who was here working at the

centre that morning rallied round to separate the mare and her baby from the other eight rescued mares sharing the paddock with her. Dorothea was called and she came immediately and checked over the pair and all was well health wise. The next thing we had to do was ensure the foal could not get through or under the electric fencing separating the paddocks and wander into danger where our other many equines reside. We wanted to ensure that the mother was still in close contact with her companions which would reduce considerably her stress level. We enlisted the assistance of Linda and Paul at Cookeaze in Dolores who supply us with our food for our Sunday afternoon open days. They kindly donated several wooden pallets to make part of the solid barrier to fence of the new arrival and her mother. The remainder of the secure area came from our great friends and supporters at Rojales Town Hall who rushed to our aid with several large plastic road barriers.” Sue continues, “ Life here at the EHCRC is full of ups and downs and our happiness at the arrival of this beautiful young horse turned to sadness two days later. Arisco, a magnificent old Spanish military horse who we rescued in January 2012 was diagnosed with renal failure and we, on

the advice of Dorothea, had him put to sleep. He had two happy years with us and was a favourite with everyone who met him. He will be missed by all of us here who were close to him. Life of course goes on and we welcome visitors on our Sunday afternoon open days to come and see our new arrival” The EHCRC would welcome any donations or sponsorship to support the work that they are doing. If you are a bar owner or business that wants to hold a charity event to support the Rescue Centre please get in touch with Sue Weeding on 652 021 980 or email David East, PR volunteer on The EHCRC will ensure that your event receives the maximum press and radio publicity plus coverage on their Face book site prior to and after the event. Every single cent donated to the EHCRC charity or spent in any one of their five charity shops located in La Zenia, Los Montesinos, La Siesta, Ciudad Quesada La Marina or Guardamar goes towards the upkeep and care of the horses, donkeys and ponies in their care.

Large items such as furniture that is donated can be collected from your house and likewise delivered after purchase from their charity shops. Contact the charity shop hotline on 636 062 000 for this service and also if you would like to become a volunteer and work for a few hours or days in any of the shops including the new one on La Marina urbanisation next to Cuts R Us in Avenida Londres. Why not visit the centre on their open days every Sunday between 1 pm and 4 pm where refreshments and tasty food are available in the garden café. Entrance is free. The first horse tour commences at 2 pm where you can get close to, and meet the residents and the new foal and see first hand where your money is spent. For more details about the EHCRC and directions to the centre just outside Rojales visit


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“These weren’t my people. They were just people who would talk to me because I was in their boat, but it was a bad boat to be in-an unseaworthy, shabby little boat, and I could suddenly see that it was going to break up and sink.” Group suicide is it fashionable? Is there an attraction? If so, what is it? Very dark humour emerges from the miserable lives of four very different people. Hornby moralises, allowing the characters to reflect on their misery, to reassess the value or worthlessness of their lives. But don’t expect any glorious moments of redemption or melodrama. The characters are feisty representatives of humanity, utterly convincing. The Topper’s House Four bent on self-destruction. Martin had the most to lose. He had been a tv celebrity, married with children but his life had spiralled out of control with nightclubs and teenage girls. Catastrophic bad decisions had ruined him. He had thrown away every opportunity. Unbalanced and poisonous and he admits to this. He served a 3 month prison sentence for under-age sex with a girl who lied about her age and naturally, lost everything. Hounded by the tabloids, relishing in humiliating him so that Martin has to confront his fall from grace on a daily basis like an exhibit in a freak show. He is the first to reach the top of Topper’s House one New Year’s Eve and dangle his feet over the ledge, drunk out of his mind contemplating throwing himself over the top. He

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didn’t feel sad, just stupid and very angry with himself. As a contrast, Maureen was a tragic case. She had been denied any decent opportunity of happiness being saddled with a severely handicapped boy, an unmarried mother and a Catholic. She had struggled for 19 years merely existing. “It’s the one single thing that makes you die inside and, eventually wants to make you die on the outside too. Maureen was waiting her turn once Martin had made up his mind what he was going to do! He gives her 20 minutes to make up her mind and they change places. How bizarre! Before anything happens a crazy, drugged nutter roared at them charging like a Red Indian making a war-whopping sound about to throw herself over the ledge. She was the most likely one to do it on a whim to see what it felt like! Very unpredictable. How crazy is that? Martin rugby tackles her, kneeling on her and getting Maureen to sit on her. The black humour soon emerges when Martin explains that Jess can’t kill herself because she is too young. 18 to be precise. How old do you have to be to do it? Not why are you doing it? No sooner had they disarmed Jess then the Topper’s 4 group became complete with the arrival of a pizza man called JJ. He was just checking the place out. Absurd. All four wanted to take the Vincent Van Gogh route out of this world. They do at least communicate and decide to go down to the real world for a while.

They keep in touch, reassess their unhappy lives and meet up periodically giving each other wellneeded time to sort out their lives or end them! The film has just been released in the UK and the reviews have been critical. “Fantastically unconvincing.” Pierce Brosnan plays Martin and Toni Collette plays Maureen. I look forwarding to watching the film soon then I can criticise it if I want to can’t I? Publisher: Penguin. ISBN: 0-140-28702-7 REVIEW it by Carol Naylor. / www.carolesleynaylor.wordpress. com


pause for thought How often I’ve heard the assertion that Satan finds work for idle hands to do! And how true I’ve found that to be throughout my life! For of course, if I believe in God, then necessarily I also believe in the Devil; not perhaps with horns and a tail, but certainly one who will to try to persuade me, often with very plausible arguments, to follow him rather than God. So, as the third of the recorded temptations faced by Jesus during his time of preparation in the wilderness, Satan promised him all the kingdoms of the World if only he would bow down and worship him. What a temptation that must have been! A quick, easy fix that must have seemed, avoiding the humiliation, the pain and the suffering he knew lay ahead. Acknowledge the supreme power of Satan, and the World would be his oyster! But such action he knew, however tempting, would spell failure for his mission to himself take on all the wrongdoings of all humanity and in his death and subsequent resurrection to expunge any penalty we might otherwise have incurred. And so he dismissed those thoughts with the words “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve Him alone.’” And we, in our own way, so often face similar temptation. How much of the financial chaos of recent years was caused by people worshiping money, and the temptation to “Get rich quick at others’ expense”? How often do we find ourselves tempted to put self first, regardless of the hurt or damage that may cause another? So as the season of Lent passes through Holy Week to a celebration of Easter, rather than getting bogged down acknowledging our weaknesses, let’s remember with joy the message of the empty tomb, rejoicing that with the risen Lord we may be given strength to overcome even the most deadly of temptations. And in that spirit his words of “Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil”, may take on a whole new meaning. Details of a number of English Language Churches are given in Sol Noticeboard for any wishing to Worship, whilst additionally, further information about the Anglican Church in this area may be seen on the web site www. Duncan Burr is Licensed Lay Reader for the Anglican Chaplaincy of Costa Almeria and Costa Cálida and may be contacted at

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Fun Brain Teasers with Answers to Challenge your Mind 1. Who fronted the band ‘Culture Club’? ......................................................................................... 2. What does a bad workman always blame? ......................................................................................... 3. Which is more substantial, ‘Afternoon Tea’ or ‘High Tea’? ......................................................................................... 4. In medicine what do the initials E N T mean? ......................................................................................... 5. In which soap would you find a garage known as ‘The Arches’? ......................................................................................... 6. What is an ‘Alto Cumulus’? ......................................................................................... 7. In which European country would you find Tuscany? ......................................................................................... 8. Which is the busiest passenger ferry port in England? ......................................................................................... 9. What weapons are used in fencing? ......................................................................................... 10. What is the German word for ‘one’ (spelling must be correct)? ......................................................................................... 11. Which golfer Jack was nicknamed ‘The Golden Bear’? ......................................................................................... 12. In which Scottish City would you find Sauchiehall Street? ...................................................................................... 13. Which TV personality’s catchphrase is ‘Awright’? ......................................................................................... 14. Which musician was known as ‘Satchmo’? ......................................................................................... 15. Which royal was once married to Lord Snowden? ......................................................................................... 16. What do the initials MEP stand for? ......................................................................................... 17. In children’s television, what creature was Otis? ......................................................................................... 18.In which country would you find the pine scented wine ‘Retsina’? ......................................................................................... 19. What is Mozzarella? ......................................................................................... 20. In which country are Rhineland, Bavaria and Saxony? .........................................................................................

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After a local Post Office burglary, five suspects were being interviewed. Below is a summary of their statements. Police know that each of them told the truth in one of the statements and lied in the other. From this information can you tell who committed the crime? Brian said: It wasn’t Charles. It was Alan Derek said: It was Charles. It wasn’t Alan Charles said: It was Brian. It wasn’t Eric Alan said: It was Eric. It wasn’t Brian Eric said: It was Derek . It was Alan

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Answer: Derek was the culprit. Looking at Brian’s statement if it was Charles, then Brian was lying in his first statement, which makes the second statement true. Which would mean that it was both Charles and Alan. So it can’t be Charles. Which means Derek was lying in his first statement, which makes the second statement true. Therefore it can’t be Alan. So Eric’s second statement must be false, meaning his first statement was true, therefore it was Derek.



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British Ambassador Simon Manley gets cooking with 3 Michelin star chef David Muñoz


Earl Grey: the brew that could tackle heart disease A cup of Earl Grey tea can lower cholesterol and reduce the chances of heart disease, according to scientists. The beverage, much favoured in Downton Abbey, contains extracts of a fruit called bergamot which scientists believe is a superfood for the heart. And it could even be as effective as statins, the controversial wonder drugs used to control cholesterol but which can have side effects in patients.

The bergamot is a Mediterranean citrus fruit which gives Earl Grey the distinct taste and smell that has traditionally made it popular with the upper and middle classes. Now new research claims it contains enzymes known as HMGF (hydroxy methyl glutaryl flavonones) which can treat heart diseases as effectively as statins. Researchers from Italy’s University of Calabria for the Journal of Functional Foods used concentrations of HMGF on the proteins which cause heart disease and ‘bad’ cholesterol. They then compared the effects with that of statins used to treat the same proteins and found the bergomot extract with HMGF worked just as well. Not only did it reduce levels of LDL - so-called ‘bad cholesterol’ which leads to heart disease - but also increased HDL, which doctors call ‘good cholesterol’. Citrus foods have long been part of the famed ‘Mediterranean diet’ which has been hailed as one of the best ways to avoid heart disease - the biggest killer in the Western world. “Extract from bergamot - most commonly used in Earl Grey tea - reduced total cholesterol, and LDL levels but there was an increase in HDL levels (good cholesterol). “Therefore a daily supplement of bergamot fruit extract could be very effective for the treatment of high cholesterol.” Bergamot has long been used in traditional ‘folk’ medicines in the Mediterranean not only as a protection for the heart but also to treat wounds, inflammation and as an antiseptic.

What can the British Ambassador to Spain and the Mohican-wearing, Spanish it-chef of the moment have in common? Not much, it might appear, but Simon Manley (46) and David Muñoz (33) share several passions. Running, food and the United Kingdom are three of them, and the pair has just been filmed cooking the classic British dish of roast beef with Yorkshire pudding – with a distinctive, modern Spanish twist. In a new video on YouTube, David explains why he will soon be opening his first international restaurant in Britain. “I love it,” says David. “I lived in London for six years, and learnt almost everything there. London’s huge gastronomic diversity can be found nowhere else.” Simon Manley adds, “David’s decision to expand into the UK shows what a great place London is to start a new business or expand an existing one. What’s more, he’ll add even further to the incredible quality and variety of food which visitors to London can enjoy.” David recently received his third Michelin star, making him the youngest Spaniard to win the top Michelin ranking and the only holder of three stars in Madrid. His new restaurant, StreetXo London, will open this summer in Mayfair, bringing with it the culinary style that has made a table at his tiny

The extracts have even been used in jams, ice cream and perfumes in the region, said the researchers. Read

DiverXO restaurant among the most desirable - and near unobtainable - in Spain. The video shows the two in Union Jack aprons producing a dish of roast beef with Yorkshire pudding in the Ambassador’s official Residence – with the addition of horseradish, papaya and a herb that grows beside Spanish rivers. One of the top Foreign Office priorities for its Ambassadors – such as Simon Manley in the British Embassy in Madrid - is to explain the benefits of investing in Britain, which is recognised as the easiest country in Europe in which to start a new business. David Muñoz will shortly be joining internationally renowned chefs such as Gordon Ramsay, Heston Blumenthal, Jamie Oliver, Marco Pierre White and Raymond Blanc – to name but five based in Britain – to continue the ‘gastro revolution’ that is fast changing foreigners’ perceptions of British food. Meanwhile the ‘Britain is GREAT’ campaign, which has a special emphasis on food, is also helping more British suppliers to sell their products into overseas markets.



For Sunday Lunches, Daily Specials Rock & Roll Bingo with DJ Kev Thursday Eve Quiz with Jim & Trish Monday Eve Friday 11th April 4-7pm Enjoy an Afternoon with RICHIE C + Fish “n” Chips Friday

C/ Agata No. 4, Rojales 03170 Carol & Kevin Tel: 966 190 642


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Value Menu (12-3PM & 5:30-8PM) Home baked ham, egg & chips. Beef, chicken or vegetable burger & chips.

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to be held on Thursday 10th April from 11am

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Pequi & Brian

Pequi and Brian are around 4 months old and are Daschund x Pointer so have short legs and a long, stocky body. Pequi is a playful girl and Brian is quiet and laid back, both are good with cats and other dogs. Call: 966 725 975 5 kittens were abandoned in a box near Mercadona in La Marina, they are around 5 weeks old and in good health, there are 2 girls and 3 boys. They are good with dogs and love cuddles. Call: 966 725 975

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Age Concern Easter Fair

On Saturday 29th March the Age Concern Easter Fair was held at The Asturias Restaurant, Playa Flamenca. The Fair was well attended and raised the magnificent sum of 1,450 Euros. The President of Age Concern, Maureen Payne, would like to extend grateful thanks to Carlos at The Asturias for letting Age Concern have the room for the Fair, all of the stall holders for their support and the Age Concern volunteers who worked really hard to make the Fair a success. The Easter Bonnet competition was actually won by the President seen here on the left with volunteers Maggie and Rita modelling their Bonnets.

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10th Dan Davy Los Rosales Restaurant Guardamar Entry €2.50 11th JJ Soulman Que Pasa Villamartin Plaza 11th Done n Dusted Mr Smiths Quesada 11th Woody Sportsman Bar Quesada 11th Andy Balsamo Banana Tree Playa Flamenca 12th Richie C Arches Cafe Bar Los Alcazares 12th Andy Jones Hogs Head La Marina 12th Abba Elite The Club Quesada 12th Bobby Dazzler Bobby Jo’s Diner Los Montesinos 12th JJ Soulman Belushi’s Bar Via Park III Start 8pm 12th Vinny Mack Harrys Bar Quesada 13th Lynden B Inn at the Green Los Alcazares 13th Cherry K Marjal Camping Guardamar Start 1pm 13th Samantha Curtis The Snug Torre de la Horredada 15th Red Cherry Peppers Los Rosales Guardamar 15th Rob Bonovox Vistabella Golf Entre Naranjas Start 8.30pm 15th Lynden B Arches Cafe Bar Los Alcazares

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SAN JUAN DE LOSS TERERROS. The Great Kon Tiki Raft Race (organised by San Animal) will take place on 15th June from the beach at San Juan de los Terreros from 12noon. Teams of 2, 3 or 4 crew members are invited to make their own craft from “non-marine” parts and race for the coveted San Animal Kon Tiki Trophy. There will be separate races for Under 17,s and seniors. Further details and rules are available from Richard and Elina on 950-466-248 and

SOLTIMES april 2014


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

Fast events

May 16th May Ball at The Amapola Restaurant, Bolnuevo 25 euro incl. meal dancing to Terry Jay \ Coach available from Camposol 5 euro May 17th May Fayre at Mariano’s restaurant Camposol 1euro entry 11am - 3pm Grand draw 2pm 1st August Rock n Roll Bar B Q at The Clubhouse Camposol Golf with “The B Boppers” Ticket 7 euro Bar- B- Q 5 euro 11 October Autumn Dance The Trevi Bar TBA Xmas Fayre at 29 November Mariano’s Restaurant camposol 5 December Xmas Dance at The Clubhouse with Barrington 12 euro’s incl. buffet All proceeds go to FAST.

The rainbow centre

for spiritual awareness

We meet in the function room at sacos bar, el liminar, just off the cv905 rojales to torrevieja road We have a divine service every Sunday at 11am and on Wednesdays we hold an evening of clairvoyance at 7.30 pm Also on Wednesdays there is an open circle at 5.45 pm for those wishing to develop their mediumistic skills healing is available by trained and certified healers after each meeting a warm welcome to friends old and new The mediums for April 2014 are Sun 13th David darnbourgh Wed 16th Barbara almond (from UK) Sun 20th Trish Doherty Wed 23rd David darnbourgh Sun 27th Sammy Fitzsimons Wed 30th Sammy Fitzsimons

COMMUNITY NEWS Guest Speaker at the Easter Conference at Torrevieja Evangelical church A MEDICAL doctor and biblical historian, Dr Adam Bradford, is the special guest speaker at an Easter conference organsed by the Torrevieja-based Evangelical church, the International Christian Assembly. Dr Bradford is the author of five books, including two New Testament commentaries. His work connecting Joseph, Jesus’ adoptive father, with Josephus Flavius’ description of the construction of the Second Temple by King Herod the Great has been translated into eight languages. Dr Bradford is a Jewish Christian. One of his books called The new Testament on Women, broke new ground in depicting the importance, from a Hebrew perspective, of women being God’s final creative act. He has ministered at Christian conferences in the UK, the USA and New Zealand. He is also a an NHS Commissioner for the London Borough of Southwark, and a sport doctor to Blackheath Rugby Club, the world’s oldest rugby club. He is married to Gloria, a sign language interpreter. He will be ministering at the church on April 17 (Maundy Thursday, April 18 (Good Friday, both at 7pm, and on April 20, Easter Sunday) at 11am. The church is at Calle Urbano Arregui, on the southern side of Torrevieja. For further information call 966 799 273 or 660 127 276.

Do you, or a loved one, have diabetes.

Want to find out more about coping with diabetes. Then come to our free diabetes club, run by a top UK diabetes nurse. Our next meeting is on April 7th at 12.30 and will be held at the Medcare clinic in Calle del Sol, Benijfoar, just off the main road next to Caja Rural. Call 966 860 258 or just come along.

Strictly Social Club

“We are the Strictly Social Club, meeting on the 2nd and 4th Wed of each month, 14.30 for 15.00 at the New Asturias Restaurant in Punta Prima on the N332. We are looking to recruit new members to our club. Our activities include, a quiz, with a guest speaker from time to time, and is primarily a place for people to meet and make new friends. Each Christmas, we hold our annual lunch which is always well attended, and good value for money. During the year, we also organise trips out to places of interest. So, if you would like to join our merry throng, please contact: Margaret on 966 730 569 where you will made to be very welcome.”

La Bamba’s - Ballroom / Latin / Sequence Dancing

Los Rosales Restaurant, Guardamar CV895 [near Lemon Tree Sunday Market] Monday - SOCIAL DANCE 8.30pm 10.30pm [SEQUENCE CLASS 7.30pm - 8.30pm] Friday - SOCIAL DANCE 7.30pm 10.30pm Wednesday - New Beginners Class 2pm -3pm Intermediate Class 3pm - 4pm Intermediate Plus Class 4pm - 5pm For more information contact Andrea and Brian 616 478 157


Mazarrón District (Founded 1 May 2006) Tues 15th April: Visit to Military Museum in Cartagena & Menu del dia Wed 7th May: Amapola, Playa Sol Hotel Bolnuevo AGM + Dinner and Dance (Music by Itchy Fingers) Membership enquiries, Ian 629 818 611 or email


(formerly Spiritualist Church, Quesada) Meets at NEW ADDRESS: with immediate effect at Hamilton´s Bake House, 62 Calle Vicente, Blasco Ibañez, Benijofar 03178. We hold a Sunday Service at 11.30 a.m., a Tuesday Evening of Mediumship at 7.30 p.m. And every Thursday there is an Open Circle where you can develop your skills commencing at 7.30 p.m. Spiritual healing is available every Sunday and Tuesday after the service. Barbara Almond, UK Medium will take the Divine Service with Mediumship on Sunday, 13th April. On Tuesday 15th April, there will be an extended Evening of Mediumship with Barbara Almond commencing at 7 pm (half an hour earlier than normal) Entry 5€. Lesley Pickering will take the Divine Service with Mediumship on Sunday, 20th April. Everybody welcome. Contact Wendy on 965323028. www. New email is Identificacion Fiscal G54713789


paso a paso update As from 10th April Los Rosales format will look like this 6pm Absolute Beginner / Beginners even if you have been dancing for a while its always nice to come along and join our newest members...just join in when you arrive. 7.15pm Improvers / advanced for those that are ready to take on a few more challenging moves 8.30pm Doors open for social dancing....which includes X-POSE GIG NIGHT entertainers and DANCE JUNCTION DISCO which always plays your favourite dance tunes. This week we have the very talented 3 piece band DONE N DUSTED rock / blues and a bit of rock n roll for good measure on stage at 9pm. Its also Adams birthday so come along and keep him busy on the dance floor. Tuesdays classes remain the same. Mondays La Mosca... i visted the venue yesterday and we decided to wait till we can get a 7.30pm class, they currently close at 7pm but will be open later, very soon. Really worh waiting for to do an evening class here. Please Please can we have a bit more support for Thursday 1st May our FIESTA BALL with the fantastic Chloe Leigh and her Cher tribute. Plus Dance junction disco. I know a lot dont like to commit until nearer the time but as yet the response has been poor. It is only €10 including a 3 course meal with wine. This is a none profit evening. No need for payment yet....just need numbers. If you are planning to attend Felicitys jive weekend in October just €5pp addmitance for the two days...lots going on even if you are just going up to support the event and have a boogie. Also if you have intentions of competing let me know and together we will work out which section is best for you. We will spend time nearer the event date to practice with you.. Hope to see you soon... as always SUPPORT is the vital word in keeping classes going. Maxine 670 71 1408 Adam 638 330 342





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Don’t be depressed if you are not successful overnight; some humans are very slow learners, and have to be taught through progressive small steps and frequent repetition before mastering even a comparatively easy task. However, in the end, if you keep up their training, practice and hone your hypnotic skills, back them up with positive reinforcement, then eventually you will be successful. Take, for instance, my recent experience regarding my dinner. Jos had several pork bones, which she boiled up and stripped – apparently I can’t have the bones as they are because they are bad for me, she says. So I supervised the boiling and stripping (humans should always be supervised when preparing food to make sure that none gets wasted, and that any droppage is immediately cleaned up) and assured myself that the bowl containing

By Jos Biggs

the meat and stock was safely placed in the fridge. Next day she got the bowl out of the fridge, (under supervision, of course) to put half the contents into my dinner bowl for today’s dinner, saving the other half for tomorrow’s dinner. While she was doing that I was hypnotically staring and subliminally messaging for all I was worth. I was standing right behind her with my eyes boring a hole in her back and thinking DropthebowlDropthebowl DropthebowlDropthebowl as hard as I could when she did! I must confess that for a second I was so amazed at my own success that I simply stood there and stared at the mess of pork meat and jelly stock on the kitchen floor! However, I soon came to my senses, and cleaned up 2 days’ worth of dinner in one go. It was a push, but I managed it! Proof positive that hypnotism and subliminal messaging do work! Keep at it, my friends! By Lucero Rodriguez Biggs

A Broken Line and a Restored Memory The recent coverage of the re-opening of the storm damaged railway main line at Dawlish, triggered some fond memories of my childhood when we would spend two glorious weeks each summer in Exmouth. My Dad’s factory had its annual closedown in August – as did many businesses in those days – and we would travel down to stay with my Aunt and Uncle in Devon either by train or Royal Blue coach. For a young boy who had rarely travelled in a car, both modes of getting to our destination was a major adventure, but given the choice there would have been no question, with the train journey emerging as the clear winner. More than half a century later, I can still remember those sun filled days on the beach with absolute clarity, burying my Dad and making sand castles, and looking across the Exe estuary to watch with fascination as the Paddington to Penzance train made its way along the coast from Dawlish Warren westwards. And always with a long trail of smoke streaming out behind it – because those were the days of steam - and the sound of its whistle, faint but clear across the water as it made its way to Teignmouth and beyond. With modern high-speed trains, the romance has largely gone from this method of transport but even so, travelling through

By Colin Bird :

countryside that would normally remain hidden to the motorist, is still to me a pleasurable experience. It’s even more pleasant in Spain if you happen to be of a certain age, and are therefore qualified to purchase a railway Gold Card which entitles the holder to a substantial discount on all rail travel. For six euros a year, the holder can enjoy unlimited rail travel at 40% discount midweek and 25% at weekends. When planning a trip to Madrid and Toledo a couple of years ago therefore, we thought we would have some of this and treated ourselves to two first class tickets. I have to tell you, we will not be driving anywhere in this country from now on if it involves more than four hours in the car. Low cost, great comfort and meals and drinks included – it’s the only way to travel. But it’s a funny thing about the days of steam. Trains were noisy iron monsters wreathed in swirling smoke and steam, with the acrid smell of scorched grease pervading the air at railway stations. And yet the fascination with steam locomotives is something that leaves us dewy-eyed and reminiscing about curly edged buffet sandwiches and station hoardings advertising Skegness and Pears Soap. And I remember being enthralled by the photographs and stylized impressions of distant locations like Whitby, Blackpool and the Lake District that decorated the interior carriage walls. It was a thrilling experience for children and something to look forward to every summer holiday, and the dream of many a schoolboy was to be a train driver one day. Much later in my twenties, I made the return trip to my home town in Berkshire

from my new place of residence in Cornwall on several occasions, and the Paddington to Penzance Cornish Riviera Express had to be one of the most scenic railway journeys in the British Isles. Although my journey’s end in Cornwall was Liskeard, on one occasion I stayed on board till Penzance just to stretch out the experience. Actually I lie . . . I fell asleep and missed my stop. On one trip I found myself seated opposite an attractive middle-aged lady, who had boarded before me, possibly in Penzance or St Austell. She was obviously a professional person, because she seemed to be constantly attending to papers from a leather briefcase on the table between us. She looked very familiar, but try as I might I could not place her or remember where I had seen her. I was reading something typically Cornish at the time - a paperback copy of Frenchman’s Creek as it happened - but was conscious of the lady occasionally looking up and smiling sweetly, as if she also knew me. It was only as we were approaching Reading station that I felt I had to ask if we had met before. The lady laughed teasingly and gestured for me to hand her my book, and then turning to the inside back cover, pointed to the photograph. I had been sitting opposite Daphne du Maurier herself for the last three hours without knowing it. I was so utterly astounded, I left the London bound train without even thinking to ask her to autograph my book. How dumb was that I asked myself later. I subsequently learned that the famous authoress lived in Fowey, a charming small coastal town a few miles west of my own home in Looe.

John MacDonald (El Sordo) -

Hypnotism and Subliminal Messaging Owning humans is not easy – I should know, I own several! But owning them is only half the story; to get the best out of your humans you have to train them – a well-trained human is a delight to own, and will give you a lifetime of faithful service. I recommend that as soon as you have established ownership of your human you start training - it is essential from the outset that they know their place. Training is not always easy: Firstly; you must set your goal, and after that it takes persistence, perseverance, and above all, a very steady stare - humans can easily be hypnotised by a steady stare and subliminal messaging.




The Submersible. The journey home.

After the amorous intervention of the giant squid, some believe his name was Sid, all believe he is a legend, the cargo of Remitroot was safely unloaded and sold. Standing on a lonely stretch of beach our erstwhile submariners had a problem. No one had thought about the return trip. Getting two septic tanks up a slimy and polluted waterway without been seen is one of those questions that at some time or other have vexed most people. Manuela suggested abandoning the craft and working their way overland back to Alqueria. This was not a popular idea as no one else had Manuela’s assets, besides the submersible was expensive and apart from the lustful attentions of the squid the plan had actually worked. A high level discussion followed. If there is one thing an Alquerian excels at, it is ingenuity and if that ingenuity can line one’s own pockets then it knows no bounds. Investing some of the revenue from the Remitroot sale the crew put their newly conceived plan into action. By searching the scrapyards of Almería they collected an array of miscellaneous metal-work and other junk which they welded, glued and tied to the septic tanks of the submersible. Their attempts to personify the submersible met with limited success. Something resembling a human

being did however emerge. Manuela’s contribution had to be scrapped it was grossly out of scale and in thoroughly bad taste. The septic tanks made the thing look pregnant but it did look reasonably human. Coming from Alqueria the term ‘reasonably human´ has a wide scope of course. There was no attempt to make sense of the creation. When they were happy the whole masterpiece was liberally covered in bronze paint. All that was now necessary was to send a message to the worthies of Alqueria. It simply stated that because of the volatility of the Euro against the Alquerian Raro and the situation in the Ukraine they had been paid in kind. A sculpture by the world renown Spanish artist Damiano Hirstado entitled Veracity. The crew could then pocket the proceeds from the Remitroot sale. The journey upstream along the Río Verde was untroubled, the Spanish authorities simply wanted the hideous piece of metalwork out of their territory as soon as feasibly possible. The arrival of the ‘sculpture’ in Alqueria however was met with universal applause. It was taken from the water and erected in the village square, it’s a pity they didn’t have a harbour-wall to put it on. Only Loco Paco reckoned the statue to be grotesque but then Paco’s sanity is in question after all.

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People of all nationalities living locally have no shortage of the above. There are numerous choirs and groups offering a plethora of songs and music in a variety of styles. Further, this area is rich in auditoriums and cultural centres in which performances are given. Saturday March 29th was no exception with more than one musical concert on offer. For those who chose the Palacio de Musica a visiting Danish Chamber Choir of over 20 singers, Lyngby Kammerkor sang songs a cappella (without accompaniment) from the Nordic countries. A Chamber Choir is the equivalent of an instrument ensemble but uses voices, so there are often many different parts at once. Quite a FEAT – well done Lyngby! Then in complete contrast, Crescendo International Choir took to the stage and whisked the audience to the Caribbean with ‘Begin the Beguine’.

“Play a Simple Melody” has a melody running against a second melody which the 7 men choristers and 27 ladies handled expertly. A group of songs made famous by Frank Sinatra and Glenn Miller were cheered by an appreciative audience. Finally, train journey to Chattanooga, Tennessee took Crescendo to their destination in song. Joined by Lyngby Choir, both choirs then sang in the Spanish Language “Sin Ti”. The accompanist, Tony Guillen made the piano literally talk. A line in the final song summed up the concert – the sounding ‘bravos’ proof enough that the audience agreed – ‘Joyful music leads us sunward in the triumph song of life’. Thank you for that message Irene Oliva, (Musical Director of Crescendo). Cruz Roja were the grateful recipients of a retiring collection.


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SGA (Senile Golfers Association, Finland) TMGS Match Report

SMGS VISIT VILLAMARTIN This busy time of the year sees our turnout swelling into the 40’s. It’s a clear indication that if you want a game with the friendliest society in the area, then get your name on the booking list very sharpish. This week saw our Stableford competition interspersed with 3 matchplay games, all in the singles KO comp’, which meant saying au revoir to 3 of our well fancied players. Richard Wale eliminated Norman Padmore 6 & 5, Tony Smale beat Lee George 7 & 5 and the tussle of the day between Capt Steve & H’cap sec Barry ended with Steve just getting the better of Baz & nicking the game 1 up on the final hole! Well done to all the victors with a pat on the back for the gallant losers. The prize for best visitor of the day went to Mike Stone who came in with 26 points. NTP’s on the par 3’s were awarded to Phil de Lacy (6), Shay Cunningham (9 & 17) and John Osborne (13). NTP’s on the 3 par 4’s

went to Tony Smale, Phil de Lacy & Glen Rapley. Bronze division’s top 5 in ascending order were Glen Rapley (33), Hayden Williams (35 C/B), Keith Wraithmell (35 C/B), Ellen Drakesmith (37) & a magnificent 40 pts put Mick Roscoe in 1st again. Silver’s top 5 were Keith Wickham (32 C/B), Mike Jordan (32 C/B), Phil Tomlinson (32 C/B), Phil de Lacy (35) & Capt Steve Davis in top spot with his 38. Top slots in the big boys’ division went to Theo Belhouwer (34), Steve Fleet (35), Richard Wale (36), John Drakesmith (37) and a terrific 40 earning Barry Roehrig a worthy 1st place. Don’t forget to click onto to find out about any society matters or simply give Baz a quick buzz on 966 731 033 to get details on any of our forthcoming meetings, at which visitors are always made welcome. Caption for pic - Some of the day’s happy winners.

Eurogolf, La Marquesa Press Report.

45 players took part in the April Monthly Medal/ Founders Cup on Thursday 3 April 2014 at our home course of La Marquesa. It rained heavily last night however although there were some puddles on the paths, the course coped very well and was surprisingly dry. It must be my week for playing with players on top form as I played with Pam on Tuesday, who won with a magnificent 42 points. Today I played with Chris who won the medal and

Founders Cup with a great nett score of 69. Always the bridesmaid and never the bride, that’s me. Well done – girl power was definitely showing this week. A special thank you to Paul and all his staff for the lovely free cocktails to celebrate the opening of the cocktail bar. We must now have a clubhouse that is among the best on the Costa Blanca. Well done Paul. The results were as follows: Gold Division

(in association with Costa Blanca Green Fee Services) 29th-31st March 2014. Every year the SGA (Senile Golfers Association) from Finland make a tour to the Costa Blanca to play an annual event, usually in the autumn. This year after course closures in Finland of up to 4 months they decided upon a spring trip and as usual this was organised by Costa Blanca Green Fee Services and the event was a three day tournament played between 29th31st March 2014 and the summary of each day was as follows: Day 1 – La Serena Anyone that has played La Serena will understand the difficulties of playing this course particularly on a windy day and after 4 months without practise and it showed today in the scores. Kari Jaaskelainen lead the way with an excellent 35 points followed home by Pekka Sandholm with a creditable 32 points but the winner was the golf course in the sales of ‘lake’ balls for the rest of the trip Day 2 – Altorreal This was a new course for many of the players and although the sun was shining there was again a high wind and some of the greens had received some repair work and were sanded in places. Jaana Salmi was the winner on the day with 33 points closely followed by Lea Nuppola on 32 points who

moved into the lead for the overall first place prize.

1st David Gregson 70 nett. 2nd Mark Williams 74 nett 3rd Dave Nicholls 74 nett Silver Division 1st Chris Stanley 69 nett 2nd Phyllis Venables 72 nett 3rd Brian Heard 74 nett Nearest the Pins 5th Paul Manning La Campana 11th Dave Nicholls Manolos 12th Sue Gillet Manolos 15th Bar Sophia 17th Paul Manning Lo Marabu Thanks to our sponsors. Best Front 9: Mike Mitchell 34.5 Best Back 9: Liz Menzies 34 WINNER OF THE MONTHLY MEDAL AND FOUNDERS CUP – CHRIS STANLEY Football Winners: John Barraclough, Brendan Foran, Paul Manning & Bev Fairhurst TOFF’s Results Tuesday 1

April 2014 Overall Winner –Pam Davidson Gold Division 1st Vince Tocker 37 points 2nd Malcolm Foskett 35 points 3rd Robin Richards 35 points Silver 1st Pam Davidson 42 points 2nd John Holland 39 points 3rd Alan Venables 38 points Bronze 1st Mary Sanderson 38 points 2nd John Langford 37 points 3rd Tom Corbett 36 points Nearest the Pins 5th Colin Hobden 15th Paul Manning 11th Mike Gillett 17th Brian Green Best Front 9 Colin Hobden 19 Best Back 9 Jean Jackson 22

Day 3 – Alenda Superb weather for the final day and Alenda was in excellent condition and with plenty of sunshine, no wind and fast greens the day was enjoyed by all. Lea Nuppola stamped her authority on the event on the final day with a winning and consistent 33 points followed home by fellow lady golfer Meiju Linnaoksa with 32 points The overall winner of the three day event was Lea Nuppola with a superb 95 points with Meiju Linnaokas in 2nd place with 83.5 points and Seppo Lamberg was the best placed ‘male’ player with the same 83.5 points The group will return to the region later in the year but return home for now happy to have finally played some golf but licking golfing wounds as the prolonged period without golf practice took it’s toll on some of the players However good food and plenty of drink erased some of these memories quickly. Report by Mike Probert of Costa Blanca Green Fee Services on 966 704 752 or 661 345 931 or see us at our web-site at www. costa-blanca-greenfees. com.

Las Ramblas, 2nd April 2014 One this day in history in 1801, Admiral Horatio Nelson defied an order to withdraw and went on to destroy the Danish fleet and in 1977, probably the greatest steeplechaser of all time, Red Rum, won the Grand National for the 3rd time. Today at the Marmite course we had our 2 Ball Texas Scramble and 15 teams battled it out on a nice warm but cloudy day and it must be said that the course was in very good condition but there were stories of many putts missed. 3 of the 4 NTP’s were claimed and their reward was a sleeve of TMGS golf balls which went to Jenny Morris, Roger Nilsen and Ian Parkinson who will never again shout out to anyone “On me head son” after his playing partner Les Wilton, tried to give Parky a new parting with a sand wedge. Don’t worry readers, Les’s sand wedge is in good working order and wasn’t bent out of shape.

The Best Visitors team were husband and wife team Mr and Mrs Lee with a net 73.2 and in the main competition saw Steve Higgins and Paul Fairclough take 3rd place with 74.4, 3 shots behind the runners-up of Teora Roed and John Trehy’s with a reasonable 71.4 but they were a long way back from the winners on the day, Team Campoamor consisting of Joe Dean and Arne Hansson who came in with a very good net score of 67.8. Photo: Winning team Player of the Month for March went to Steve Higgins and for that feat; he received 2 sleeves of balls and a free round of golf at Las Ramblas. Our next game, Wednesday 9th April 2014, see’s us at the La Finca golf course for our Club Championship which will be a Medal competition, so if you fancy a game just look at our website or call the Fixture Secretary on 966719604.

La Marina Golf Society Capt. v V-Capt Trophy Thursday morning dawned fair with both men assessing their respective teams to decide which pairs could best help them to win the inaugaral Capt. versus Vice -Capt. Trophy. Played on a best hole score basis in a matchplay format, an extremely competitive tournament ensued ,with many cries of anguish and triumph ringing around the course. Typically the Captain’s assessment of the” unlucky” loss of his match to an excellent approach shot by the President on the 18th could still be heard well into the evening. In the end, everybody seemed to enjoy the format ,and Vice -Capt. Graham Marriner accepted the Trophy with suitable modesty having emerged the winner by 8 matches to 6. Other prizes were awarded as follows; Best Stableford scoreSteve Warner 32 pts. Best Captain’s Pair - Alan

Jones and Trevor Hayman Best V.Capt’s Pair- VicSmith and Carol Marriner NTP’s Steve Warner Christine Gibbons Trevor Hayman Ron Gibbons Our next game will be at Altorreal on 17th April , first tee 11.04. Please add your name to the sheet at the La Marina Club. Also a reminder of our Auction night on 29th April. Jimmy Scott has requested that any further items being donated should be taken direct to the La Marina Club from 10.a.m. on the 29th. The food once again provided by Paulo ,Helena and Nicky was muy muy bien. Just a quick reminder of the new FoundersTrophy,donated by Barry Martin ,to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Society’s beginnings. This will be at Alenda on 1st May , first tee 0920.


ALFIE’S GOLF SOCIETY Thursday, 27 March 2014 – Saurines de la Torre The last Thursday of March saw Alfies Golf Society at Saurines de la Torre for the first of two trips this year. No rain forecast but the wind promised to make scoring difficult on the day. Our day out didn’t start

ideally, in fact only the day before we were informed that our tee times had been moved forward 17 minutes which meant our secretary had to spend a great deal of time via phone & email to let everyone know. On arrival we were informed that everyone playing had to fill in a form with details of nationality, email address etc. And

Tuesday Night Trios Ten Pin Bowling League Week Twenty-Five played 1st April 2014 After a week of no bowling teams got back to business, with week two of three in their attempts to win tickets for the Easter Scramble, kindly sponsored by Right Move Insurance of Quesada and La Zenia. Los Bandidos led the way with six tickets and with Roger Phipps’ 631 high handicap series of the season, they completed a comprehensive 8 – 0 defeat of Cornish Pride. Paul Kundiss of Lucky Strike was one of two bowlers who grabbed three tickets on the night and, with his ‘teammate’ (I use this word loosely) Norman Wylie getting two, LS gained a valuable 6 – 2 victory over Caballo Negro. Eija Suomi of CN swept the Ladies individual weekly scores, including a handicap game of 219 and a 566 h/c series, but this wasn’t enough to prevent a team defeat. You have to feel sorry for Olli Leppanen of Team Finland as, with three tickets and all the male high scores for the night, you would have thought TF would be to strong for Bar Mosquitos. How wrong could you be, the ‘happy Bs’ from BM claimed four tickets and a very good 6 – 2 victory. Dave Haynes of BM rolling a steady 610 h/c series. The Mixers bounced back from a defeat last week with a narrow 6 – 2 win over Juans’ Warriors. After their big haul of tickets and an 8 – 0 win two weeks

then we were told that we had to tee off on the 10th. Not ideal when all our scorecards had been prepared in advance and one of the nearest pin prizes was on the 10th ! Add to this a plague of wasps on the tee on arrival, hence the reason for the not-so-perfectstart to the day... Nevertheless 27 members eventually all got off and taking into account the blustery conditions scoring was good with more than a third of the field scoring more than 30 stableford points. Nearest the pins on 10 & 18 went to Mike Smith and Ian Connell, with the longest drive prize on 16 going to Geoff Hanson. Gary McGregor took 2nd place with 36 points but the winner on the day was, for the second time on the bounce, George Rankine with an excellent 39 points. Congratulations

to all the winners on the day. The usual thanks to Anita back at Alfies for the hospitality and post match buffet, and to Mike Probert from Costa Blanca Green Fee Services for arranging our day out. April sees us at Mar Menor (Thursday 24th, 1st tee off 10.33) and with 32 of the allotted 36 places taken, availability will be at a premium. If you want to play (remember guests are more than welcome) see myself at Alfies Bar, La Ronda Centro Commercial, Lomas de Cabo Roig or contact our secretary, Sandie at alfiesgolfsociety@gmail. com. Photo: George Rankine receives his winner’s trophy from Captain, Mike Morris. Mike Morris Captain, Alfie’s GS


ago, The Dreamers went into their match against Los Lobos hoping to grab more tickets and more points. They managed one of the two, only claiming one ticket but bagging a 6 – 2 win and thus, moving themselves off the bottom of the league. I have to say that Irene Lakin of LL did predict this, sorry Irene. Split Happens moved to the top of the league after defeating Crazy Pinz 6 – 2 but, it could have been all 8 points, had they not lost the third game by one pin. The ‘in form team’ of the league, Splash, inflicted another defeat on an out of sorts Hall y Day. It was Manuel Martins ability to strike out in the first two games, that helped his team win 6 – 2. Even Tony Rays’ 609 h/c series, couldn’t help HyD on the night.

Alenda - 2.04.14 Alenda is such a nice course, and so thought the 38 members and guests who journeyed there on Wednesday. Unusually for a Wednesday, Boreas the God of Wind decided to stay in bed for a change so we had quite a still day to start with but warm and hazy. We had a strong field with some members playing for the first time this year in Spain. The course was in good condition for this time of the year and it was obvious that a lot of hard work had been done to the course over the winter, but unfortunately this didn’t make it any easier to play. Although for some smart …… people the conditions didn’t make any difference and here they are: Gold Division: 1st Brian


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