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News Avoid leaving the renewal of your British passport until the last minute

British nationals wanting to renew or obtain a British passport should avoid leaving their applications too late. You currently need to allow at least six weeks for a passport renewal and eight weeks for a first time application, according to Her Majesty’s Passport Office. It’s also important to get your application right first time, to avoid the paperwork being returned and causing further delay. The Passport Office took over the processing of all applications from British nationals across the globe in March. As part of the transition, the British Embassy in Madrid ceased to handle applications last year. Overseas applications are now subject to further security checks, to align with the processes for domestic passport applications. These checks can take significantly longer than those made in the UK and a passport will not be issued until all checks have

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Processing times have therefore increased for UK passport applications submitted from overseas. The Passport Office has acknowledged the frustration that customers may be experiencing and will continue to review its guidance on estimated processing times. It has recommended that customers do not book travel until they have received their passport. UK passport applications must be made online and the webpage to start an overseas application can be found here: https://www. gov.uk/overseas-passports/y . The six week minimum for the issue of a new passport starts when the application is received by the Passport Office. So if you need a new British passport soon, don’t leave it until the last minute. You can make your application up to nine m o n t h s before the expiry of your current passport and the remaining validity time will be carried over to the new passport. Source: www.fco.gov.uk

CRIME WATCH SPAIN (Vecinos Colaborando Costa Blanca) GV-Reg/Legalization 008261/2002 The annual Central Committee meeting was held on 29th May, at 13.15hrs, at Patricia’s Bar, Torretas III, in Torrevieja. The Secretary read the last committee meeting Minutes for April 2014, and the election of the Central Committee meeting took place. Please find bellow the voting: Sr. Jose Rivero Santana, President; Mr. E. Thompson, Vicepresident; Mrs. J. Bosisto, Secretary, and M. E. Smith, Treasurer. Vocal Mr. N. Fyves. President Sr. Jose Rivero, reelected since 2002, closed the

meeting saying “our members and coordinators are not vigilants, they don’t patrol the roads, they don’t confront or intervene. We help the citizens to report when they ask us to do so, and we just look and report any community important incident to the Police Force”. Anyone can be a member or follower, we don’t charge for anything, and our information and collaboration is free. There is no need to have a group in every area, but collaborating with the community and the Police force is vital to keep the intruders away. Email:colaborando. crimewatch@skynetlink.com Websites.Google.com/site/ vecinoscolaborandocatral/home Please help us to help you.


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Last walk of the season saw 21 people meet at the Oasis Restaurant in Bolnuevo for a pre-walk coffee and wee. Twenty walkers set off led by Joan. The walk went west along the coast following the wide track to the “Roman Quay” and passed the nudists (it was a warm day), around and back an inland track. Much to the walkers delight, Jon who had not walked due to an Achilles tendon problem but had nipped out to Lydl for cheap cava and juice, met them at an area that had been going to be developed in the past** with mature palm trees, level ground and a water reservoir. After a welcome cup or two of bubbles, the walk continued up the hill giving great views of the Bahia de Mazarrón before finishing. It was a short hop to Rincon de Elias restaurant on the Bolnuevo paseo for lunch. The meal

was the usual good food and cost just 10€. The next walk will be in September or October. There are “Summer Lunch” dates so that people can keep in touch. The dates are on the web site at www. bolnuevo.com, click Humanists, or call Jon on 968 15 84 68 for more information about Humanist activities and the Humanist Celebrant. ** The area had been developed by a successful bullfighter called Zacarias Valentina Banderas Goroza. Born in Ronda in 1932, he made his first public appearance as a bullfighter in 1948 and in the glittering career, Zacarias met over 1000 bulls. Unfortunately Zavarias was killed in 1968 when a No. 21 bus knocked him down on the Puerta de Sol in Madrid and his ashes were scattered on the land that he had hoped to develop near Bolnuevo.


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Cathy’s curiosity corner

Situated just off the main street in Benijofar turning at the side of the Citroen Garage you will find a spacious store housing many exquisite pieces of affordable furniture. There is a wide range of quality used furniture from beds to sofas, dresses to tables and many more smaller decorative items such as pictures and ornaments all at realistic prices. Cathy’s own passion and love for unusual furniture inspired the opening of the store along with a desire to help the worthwhile cause of raising funds for Elche Children’s Home. Over the last ten years living on the Costa Cathy built up quite a collection of items knowing that one day the purpose of her collection would become clear. That day is here! There is a fantastic display of furniture in store with new items being added daily as Cathy is always on the look out for more goodies! So if you are after a new look in your home Cathy’s Curiosity Corner may well be the answer for the sale of unwanted items as well as the purchase of new ones. You will also find many “nik naks”

which are also available for purchase and all proceeds from these particular items go to Elche Children’s Home. Please note Opening Hours are Monday to Friday 10am to 6pm and Saturday 12 to 3pm Tel Cathy on 622 899 906 Sol Times would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused to the public over the previous incorrect Saturday closing time.

Cathy’s curiosity corner The place to buy, sell & display your household furniture El lugar para comprar, vender y mostrar sus muebles de hogar opening times: Mon - Fri 10am-6pm / Sat 12pm - 3pm We have a drop off point for items to help Elche Children’s Home

Benijofar C/Rambla 5

from Quesada turn right after Citroen Garage

Tel: 622 899 906

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Ford Focus (New Shape) (2011) - €11,995

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Catral is a town in the Valencian Community, Spain. Located in the south of the province of Alicante, in the region of Vega Baja del Segura. It had 8,105 inhabitants in 2007 according to the National Statistics Institute of Spain.

Open 7 Days 10am till Late

Agriculture, citrus fruits, artichokes, cereals and olive trees (cultivated in orchards that are irrigated by canals which carry water from the Segura river) produce much of the wealth together with some livestock. Growth industries include furniture, textiles, construction, food and hides.

C/Pascual Gurrero Culianez 32b, Catral - 03158 Tel: 965 999 967

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Web: www.yourholidaybike.com Email: info@yourholidaybike.com “Your holiday bike formerly bikes 4U was established in April 2009, offering you bicycle hire for you and your family, we offer free drop off and collection service within 30KMS of our base Benejuzar. Your holiday bike formerly bikes 4U is a web based company in the Vega Baja Valley in Costa Blanca south we can pre arrange your bicycle hire delivery before your arrival also arrange bicycle tours for all grades of fitness.”

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Demographics Catral has had a significant population growth since the 1990s. According to the census of 2008, the municipality had 8629 inhabitants.

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Hello and welcome to CanDu Computer Bytes. This week someone contacted me about a new and virulent malware that encrypts your files and demands money to unlock them. It is called “GameOver Zeus”. This is an extremely sophisticated type of malware designed specifically to steal banking and other credentials from the computers it infects and is also known as a POS (piece of s...)! It comes in 2 parts. The malware which infects your machine and the encryption program that does the damage. How do you know if you have it? There are some “tell-tale” signs that will help you spot it. These are: Your computer is working slowly, not just a little slower but really slowly; Your cursor bounces around the screen without any help from you; Is someone accessing your bank account and it isn’t you; your files are locked and won’t be accessible; and the most obvious, you get a ransom demand to pay XXX€ in so many days. How do you get this on your computer in the first place? Simple! You invite it onto your machine! Have you opened a strange email or gone to a web address without asking for this information? Then you may well have been duped into downloading and allowing them onto your machine and duped is the operative word because without knowing it, they have manipulated you into doing this, so don’t be hard on yourself – it really wasn’t your fault! The good news is that you have a little over a week to prepare for this. If you have: 1. made a system backup of your working system onto a memory chip(s) / cd(s) / dvd(s) and 2. Made a regular backup of your files / pictures / documents / music /

videos. Then you are fully prepared for what will come. If you are one of the lucky few who have a “factory reset” option, then all you need to have is a copy of your important information backed up on an external device and you’re prepared for what is to come! The latest news (as this has taken 2 days to research and write) is that the original malware has been identified and can be removed before the data of document encryption takes place. To-date, no-one has been able to crack the encryption so if you haven’t made a back-up of your documents then you will have to accept that they are gone! After some extensive searching on the internet I have a program that will scan and clean the original malware from your machine. If you come to me and have it cleaned you will have to change your passwords as they could have been read and sold on! The general advice about security still holds strong. 1. Have a good, well known, Anti-Virus and Anti-Malware program installed. Make sure that the Anti-Virus is up-to-date and working! Keep your computer up-to-date with the updates appropriate to your system. Run your Anti-Malware weekly for the next month to ensure that you remain free from any problems. Trev’s First rule of computer security “Make as difficult as possible to get to or into your computer and computer files”. NOTHING is 100% safe but making it really difficult for a prospective attacker will put them off before they get in! I’m now off to Jack’s Bar in Albox for my Friday afternoon computer clinic! If you would like a clinic nearer to you – make the suggestion using the email address under this article and we will see what can be done.

For further information or advice on computing,contact Trevor on 689 892 745 or canducomputing@hotmail.co.uk

The Chaos Here is the third and last part of the The Chaos, written the Dutch teacher Gerard Nolst Trenite. Quite possibly it’s the longest and cleverest tongue twister ever written and a fantastic aide memoire about the difficulties in pronouncing the English language correctly. The archaic word albeit Does not rhyme with eight-you see it; With and forthwith, one has voice, One has not, you make your choice. Shoes, goes, does . Now first say: finger; Then say: singer, ginger, linger. Real, zeal, mauve, gauze and gauge, Marriage, foliage, mirage, age Hero, heron, query, very, Parry, tarry fury, bury, Dost, lost, post, and

Registering a non-Spanish vehicle in Spain is a complex and potentially costly procedure. However, you may be exempt from Spanish registration tax by getting Spanish number plates within one month of entering the country. But to do this, you need to become a resident. Linea Directa has been insuring expat drivers in Spain for over a decade and understands all the steps involved. Below we outline this process. STEP 1: OBTAINING A CERTIFICATE OF CONFORMITY This is a statement by the car’s manufacturer that it conforms to EU regulations. You will need the car’s chassis number to complete this straightforward process online at www.eurococ.eu/en/certificate_ of_conformity. The charges for this service will vary according to type of vehicle, make and country of 1st registration. STEP 2: CURRENT LOG BOOK The vehicle’s original log book showing your name as the owner, the vehicles age and a valid UK address. You will also need the bill of sale for the car. STEP 3: RESIDENCY IN SPAIN The Spanish residency certificate (Certificado de Empadronamiento) is your official proof of residency in Spain. Your local town hall can provide you with this document. You will need to take your passport and proof of Spanish address (rental

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doth, cloth, loth, Job, Job, blossom, bosom, oath. Faugh, oppugnant, keen oppugners, Bowing, bowing, banjotuners Holm you know, but noes, canoes, Puisne, truism, use, to use? Though the difference seems little, We say actual, but victual, Seat, sweat, chaste, caste, Leigh, eight, height, Put, nut, granite, and unite. Reefer does not rhyme with deafer, Feoffer does, and zephyr, heifer. Dull, bull, Geoffrey, George, ate, late, Hint, pint, senate, but sedate. Gaelic, Arabic, pacific, Science, conscience, scientific; Tour, but our, dour,

succour, four, Gas, alas, and Arkansas. Say manoeuvre, yacht and vomit, Next omit, which differs from it Bona fide, alibi Gyrate, dowry and awry. Sea, idea, guinea, area, Psalm, Maria, but malaria. Youth, south, southern, cleanse and clean, Doctrine, turpentine, marine. Compare alien with Italian, Dandelion with battalion, Rally with ally; yea, ye, Eye, I, ay, aye, whey, key, quay! Say aver, but ever, fever, Neither, leisure, skein, receiver. Never guess-it is not safe, We say calves, valves, half, but Ralf. Starry, granary, canary, Crevice, but device, and

eyrie, Face, but preface, then grimace, Phlegm, phlegmatic, ass, glass, bass. Large, target, gin, give, verging, Ought, oust, joust, and scour, but scourging; Ear, but earn; and ere and tear Do not rhyme with here but heir. Mind the o of off and often Which may be pronounced as orphan, With the sound of saw and sauce; Also soft, lost, cloth and cross. Pudding, puddle, putting. Putting? Yes: at golf it rhymes with shutting. Respite, spite, consent, resent. Liable, but Parliament. Seven is right, but so is even,

REGISTERING YOUR VEHICLE IN SPAIN. SPANISH LICENSE PLATES AND REGISTRATION DOCUMENT

contract, contract to purchase or property deeds). STEP 4: OBTAINING A SPANISH MOT CERTIFICATE All vehicles over 4 years old must be roadworthy and clearly display a valid ITV sticker. The ITV (Vehicle Technical Inspection) must be tested at an authorised centre, just as for an MOT test. You can find out the location of your nearest ITV centre on DGT website (equivalent to the DVLA). You can also call your local centre to make a booking. If the centre is busy, especially presummer, this can save a lot of time. The cost can vary but generally is around 40€ for petrol-engine cars and 56€ for diesel-engine cars. Step 5: OBTAINING A SPANISH EQUIVALENT OF A TAX DISC The Spanish Tax Agency can provide your vehicle with a valid “tax disc” for Spain, which must be carried in the car when in use. You will need to complete the relevant form online and pay the amount according to your car’s tax band. You can carry out all these procedures yourself or you can seek the assistance of an accountant to do this for you. We hope the information provided in this article is of interest. If you would like to contact Linea Directa please call 902 123 104 More information on Linea Directa online at www.lineadirecta.com

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 homes for their sales and rental portfolios, please contact Stephen for a valuation: stephen@ findmeahome.es Telephone: 636 266 641 Hyphen, roughen, nephew, Stephen, Monkey, donkey, clerk and jerk, Asp, grasp, wasp, demesne, cork, work. A of valour, vapid vapour, S of news (compare newspaper), G of gibbet, gibbon, gist, I of antichrist and grist Differ like diverse and divers, Rivers, strivers, shivers, fivers. Once, but nonce, toll, doll, but roll, Polish, Polish, poll and poll. Pronunciation-think of Psyche!Is a paling, stout and spiky. Won’t it make you lose

your wits Writing groats and saying “grits”? It’s a dark abyss or tunnel Strewn with stones like rowlock, gunwale, Islington, and Isle of Wight, Housewife, verdict and indict. Don’t you think so, reader, rather, Saying lather, bather, father? Finally, which rhymes with enough, Though, through, bough, cough, hough, sough, tough?? Hiccough has the sound of sup... My advice is: GIVE IT UP!


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new one stop tel: 950 473 040 Fax: 950 472 412

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A wonderful, cottage-style cortijo in excellent condition, set on a beautiful tranquil plot with magnificent views, only a few minutes’ drive to the village. 116m2 built, plot -4324m2. Large garage(easily converted into further bed/bath).

Beautiful cortijo to restore, 3 beds, 2 baths, living room & kitchen, with marvellous views, license for a new 3 beds villa, 160m2 built on plot of 500m2, plus separate plot of 1.600m rustic land close by, water and electricity very near,

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A fantastic,beautifully designed cortijo in impeccable condition,full of character and charm,set in a tranquil location with lovely country views and swimming pool. 4 beds, 3 baths. Build - 216m2,plot 865m2. Garage & outbuilding.

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Luxury 2 beds, 2 Bath apartment, 63m terrace with sea & mountain views, lounge/dining room, fitted kitchen, 18m store room, A/C hot and cold, underground parking, paddle court, communal pool.

Excellent detached villa in very good condition,set on a beautiful,tranquil plot with swimming pool and fantastic mountain views.3 beds, 2 baths, 150m2 built, plot - 5,000m2. 5 mins to the village,25 mins to Almeria.

Fantastic opportunity - beautiful cortijo full of rustic character and charm, in very good condition and set on a wonderful fenced and gated plot,only 15 minutes to the coast.2/3 beds, plot - 14,000m2. Own well and solar power

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d o o G The secrets of choosing k o Lo the right bra size t a e r G l Fee Shani’s Lingerie

The largest retailer of top - quality branded British lingerie in the Costa Blanca. With over 2000 branded bras, underwear and nightwear, including Naturana and Marks & Spencer at bargain prices Specialising in bras up to 48J Find us on facebook www.facebook.com/happynewyear123 email me: shanimalyon@hotmail.co.uk Telephone: 622 280 043

Where to find us: at Zoco sunday Market and Now at playa flamenca market

As you walk into Zoco, turn immediate left, walk toward the very end, turn right and we are the 2nd stall on the right

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Drive through Quesada Arches up main street, take left fork at Parque Acuatico sign. Continue to Consum sign and turn right onto Avenida Costa Azul, continue uphill and take right turn onto Calle Toledo. Country Club / Barber is 200mtrs on right - Look for Childrens Play Area.

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Lorraine Call: 693 268 139 Getting Fit Just Got Easier

I am a lingerie retailer and I want to pass on to you my experience of how to obtain the best possible fitting bra for you. I read and hear so many stories of women who are badly misled about how they should go about choosing a bra size. Many stores, even quality branded chain stores have settled on one method which is universally applied. Usually this involves putting a measure just underneath the breasts and then measuring again over the highest point of the breasts. This is a good method (there are others) and most of the time, if done properly by an experienced person, is quite accurate. I think you’re beginning to get an idea where this is going now... One problem is making sure that the first measurement is done as closely underneath the breast tissue as possible. Even a small distance below can yield a half or even a whole cup size. Secondly, although this method is a very good one on the whole, it doesn’t cater for different breast shapes or even body shapes. Unfortunately girls, we are not all the same. This is one of the major reasons that buying online is often so unsatisfactory unless you are buying a bra model and size you have purchased before. Next we need to factor in that different manufacturers have their own views on what a bra band and cup size is. I wish I had a Euro for every time someone has come into my store saying I am a size (whatever). I often offer to measure them anyway if they are a new customer and find out they are a completely different size and or cup. I am then told that the measurement must be wrong and despite the fact that the bra I have suggested fits the customer perfectly they walk away with the size they originally wanted despite the fact that it either looks wrong or feels uncomfortable or both. My experience has shown me that whilst using a tape measure is a good place to start it is only half the story. You really need to try on a new bra if either you haven’t been measured for a while or it is a new brand. Now, provided you are not wearing a padded bra or thick clothing it’s normally fine to measure and fit over the top of your clothing. Expect that you might have to try on several bras and styles to get your best fit bra. Some customers expect that the first bra they try on will meet all their wildest hopes and expectations, and walk out the door confident that none of the bras in the store will fit them, when all they needed to do was communicate with the fitting room attendant about their needs. You cannot tell me too much, or show me too much for that matter. You had a tumor removed from one breast? You’ve had a mastectomy and use a prosthetic? You have scoliosis? You have to comfortably accommodate your TENS unit for

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your back pain? You’re nursing or pregnant? It’s difficult for you to reach the middle of your back? Your breasts are sensitive? Whatever the case, it’s my job to help you find a bra that fits you best and accommodates your needs. I cannot know your needs unless you tell me. You should expect that your bra fitter will ask what you are currently wearing, and listen to what you want in your next bra. I should select several sizes and styles for you. Your bra fitter should teach you how a bra should fit, helping you find a bra shape that suits your breasts best, and provide washing and wearing tips. I’ll also (surprise!) be looking at you wearing a bra and checking the fit for you. Most importantly of all- Don’t simply rely on what size you used to buy or try to fit into what you would like to be. It’s not worth it. You’ll be uncomfortable and you won’t look good anyway. So there you go ladies. Go and get yourself professionally measured by someone with the experience and knowledge to help you choose the right fitting bra for you. And don’t forget to wear thin clothing and a normal (not padded) bra. Following these rules you should get your size right first time most times. You don’t need to have a model like figure to look good in a bra. You can look fabulous in an attractive bra that is fitted properly to the body you have! Here at Shani’s Lingerie we offer a free bra fitting service and although we cannot guarantee a successful seduction we can help you with attractive bras that also feel comfortable. We also have a large range of cup and strap sizes in different models. Many of these also come in several different colours. If you want a fitting you might want to come early or call to make an appointment so that we can make sure we can give you all the time you need to ensure a comfortable fit. We also have an excellent exchange policy. Just bring back the items with tags attached. We also have a measuring and fitting service on site which will ensure you get the right fit in the first place. Directions: Proceed in to Zoco Market. Turn left immediately and go to the very end where you will see the Iron Art stall. Turn right and we are the 2nd stall on the right.


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Specsavers and Cuidad Patricia join forces to offer eye care advice for the over 60s

Here at Hollywood Unisex Beauty and Hair Salon, Orihuela Costa, we pride ourselves on our low cost deals but high class results. Visit us here to be pampered and leave feeling like a Hollywood star.

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Mens Cut 4€ *Cut And Blowdry &Shellac 8€ *Buy 1 Get One Free Cut And Blowdry (Bring A Friend) 10€ *Cut And Blowdry & Set Of Foils 15€ *Shellac & Half Leg Wax 8€ *Bikini Wax And Blowdry 8€ *Earpiercing 10€ *Individual Eyelash Extentions & Free Eyebrow Threading 40€ All Facials 50% Off With Free Eyebrow Tint 40% Off All Pedicures Eyelash And Eyebrow Tint 5€ Eyelash Tint,Eyebrow Tint & Wax 8€ Bikini Wax & Underarm 10€ Spray Tan 12€ Acrylic Nails 18€

On 18th June at 11.00 Jorge Martinez from Specsavers Opticas in Benidorm will be doing a free talk on eye health for the over 60s at Cuidad Patricia. This talk will offer useful information on common conditions for this age range and how to avoid, identify and treat some of these problems, with referral for medical opinion where appropriate. After the talk there will be refreshments, a short film from Cuidad Patricia and a tour around the facilities. Location: Apartamentos Ciudad Patricia (Central Building), Calle Rumanía 26, Benidorm Time: Between 11.00 and 12.00 Specsavers advises everyone over the age of 60 to have an eye test at least once a year as older eyes are susceptible to certain changes which can be detected during an eye test. Visit www.specsavers.es to find your nearest store and book a free eye test.

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MICRO NEEDLING Beautiful You Clinic Dermapen or micro needling is an electronic device that uses multiple fine needles to vertically pierce the skin. This causes collagen remodelling and enhances skin rejuvenation. Unlike needle rollers, Dermapen uses a precisely-controlled stamping method to reach a set depth in the skin while minimizing excess damage to the epidermis. Clinical Effects: • skin tightening, lifting, rejuvenating • acne scar remodelling • fine wrinkle smoothing • stretch mark flattening and smoothing • scar remodelling Treatment Features: • anti-aging serum is applied during the treatment • aftercare regimen is prescribed • sun avoidance and sun protection is a must after treatment • Minimal discomfort with treatment The Dermapen micro needling device delivery provides unparalleled collagen induction therapy via fractional delivery of needles into the epidermis and dermis. These micro injuries to the skin encourage and harness the power of the body’s innate ability to re-grow and repair the skin through the physiology of collagen induction. The micro needling before and after pictures below are typical of a series of treatments where patients experienced four to six treatments over the space of 2 to six months. Each micro needling before and after treatment is done four weeks apart. Dermapen offers a solution for all skin conditions that clients might seek treatment for: wrinkles and fine lines, acne scarring, stretch marks, wound healing stimulation, and skin tightening, lifting and rejuvenation. This means you can offer a broader range of treatments for your clients. Dermapen treatments complement other treatment options already offering clients, chemical peels, IPL, Micro-dermabrasion and laser skin tightening.

How many treatments are necessary to achieve a good response? Improvements can be seen with each treatment but a series of 3-5 treatments is best to achieve optimal results. How far apart are treatments done? Treatments can be repeated every 4-6 weeks. Is it safe for darker skin types? Since no melanin-absorbing laser and no heat are involved, micro needling is relatively safer than lasers, such as IPL, for darker skin types. Is the treatment painful? Dermapen uses very fine needles and is relatively comfortable it feels like a scratching sensation on the skin. A topical numbing cream is applied prior to treatment. How long is each treatment? For a face, each treatment is 30 to 60 minutes after anaesthetic cream has taken effect. What are the immediate after-effects? The skin will be pink or red in appearance for a couple of hours following micro skin needling treatment, much like a sunburn, with some minor bleeding and bruising possible, depending on the aggressiveness of the procedure, i.e. the length of needle used for the particular indication being treated and the number of times it is rolled across the treatment area. The skin may also feel warm, tight and itchy for a short while. This should normally resolve in 12 - 48 hours. Side effects or risks are minimal with this type of treatment and typically include minor flaking or dryness of the skin, with scab formation in rare cases. Milia (small white spots) may also form on the skin which can be removed. Hyper pigmentation (darkening of certain areas of the skin) can occur but is very rare and usually resolves after a month. If you have a history of cold sores, this could possibly flare up after treatment. Aci clover, or Virval tablets or cream can be used to stop and outbreak of cold sores. Price - Depends on the size of the area to be treated but range from 70– 150 euros per treatment.

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Sell-out concert at Asturias

On Sunday night a packed audience was treated to a double-delight concert given by the Orihuela Costa Male Voice Choir and the talented youngsters of the Cantemos! Youth Choir. Fully 20 minutes before the concert started potential patrons who had not purchased tickets beforehand were politely turned away as every seat was taken. The Male Voice Choir started with a wide variety of music ranging from Wand’rin’ Star, Some Enchanted Evening, and of course the appropriate Welsh hymn tunes for which male choirs are famous. Then along came Cantemos! Youth with an entire programme of Abba songs which delighted the enthusiastic audience - bringing them to their feet on several occasions. The well-known soloists of Cantemos! - including three of the finest on the Costa, Janelle Gaskell, Elise MacGregor and Holly Neeson won great acclaim with Super Trouper and Lay All Your Love On Me. Joining them was a firsttime soloist, Gemma Garcia Gamble, who sang Our Last Summer much to the great satisfaction of the thrilled audience. The Male Voice Choir returned with several more show-stopping songs. At

this point conductor and professional singer, Nigel Hopkins, led the choir singing Funiculi, Funicula in both Italian and English which drew the biggest applause of the evening. The concert rounded off with both choirs concluding with Softly As I Leave You and the rousing Thank You For The Music bringing the audience to their feet for the last time. Costa Blanca Samaritans benefitted by 333€ from a raffle during the evening, and both choirs raised enough money for them both to receive new uniforms for next season.

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Well last Sunday wasn´t the best day for the annual Maria and the Pink Ladies “Walk for Life” but we still had 358 people turn out in the pouring rain to partake in what is usually the biggest single fund raising event by one association here on the Orihuela Costa. The total amount raised will be notified within 14 days as soon as all of the sponsorship money is collected.

Richie Alexander. Once again Sunshine FM supported the entertainment for the whole day. There was a fabulous Zumba warm up led by Angie a Pink Lady from Quesada and once again the fabulous Torrevieja Pipes and Drums led the walk in the most horrendous conditions and I would like to thank ALL who took part on the day.

Even though the weather was atrocious some of the performers still went on stage to entertain the crowds which gradually increased as the day went on and the sun began to shine. I would like to thank all the entertainers that performed, Dan Davy, Rob Bonovox, Stevie Spit, Nikkie G, Samantha Curtis, Gemma, Kye jaymes, and

APAH Puppy drives owner’s car into pond animal corner

An excitable 12-week-old German shepherd puppy is in trouble - after driving her owner’s car into a pond. “She’s a handful,” admitted Rosie’s owner, John Costello, of Canton, Massachusetts. It happened after Mr Costello got into his car and started it up after taking the puppy for a walk by a local pond. “The dog jumped in and hit the gear shift and the car jerked and she fell on top of the gas pedal,” he said. “It was just scary. The car went for a swim. We all did.” The startled puppy then jumped into the back seat of the rapidly sinking car and defied all efforts to rescue her. Eventually, with the help of passers-by, Mr Costello managed to grab the frightened puppy. “I just leaped in and grabbed the dog and pulled her out and we both fell back into the water,” he said. Mr Costello then had to call 911 for assistance from surprised local police officers. “I’ve never heard of a puppy driving a car into a pond,” said Officer Robert Quirk.

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by up to 79 days. Ricardo García-Nieto Conde, partner at Russell Bedford Barcelona member firm ASEPYME / GNL Auditores, attributes this to the wider problems afflicting Spain’s public sector, and he does not expect any improvement to the situation in the short term. “It is hard to overestimate the impact current austerity policies have had on those businesses reliant on the public sector. There comes a point at which businesses have to evaluate the impact of public-sector clients on their on-going cash-flow situation, and their longer-term viability. There are signs of improvement, however. At PIMEC (Catalonia’s leading SME organisation) we have been lobbying for new legislation to ensure penalties for late payment are enforced through the appropriate channels. We are hopeful that this may be adopted by the end of this year.”

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Night Music by Jojo Moyes

“There was nothing gentle about grief. It launched itself at you like a rogue wave on the seafront, flooding you, threatening to pull you under.” This is Moyes’ sixth book. She has an unusual Christian name doesn’t she? Her parents were artists and named her after a famous Beatles’ song. But I’m sure you probably knew that! The two main female characters are strong and tough although we see their vulnerabilities and plenty of tears. They are meant to be very different, one more Mother Earth, typically a home-maker, the other a professional musician who has chosen a career before her husband and family. Do they have anything in common? The Spanish house and betrayal by the men they loved. After a lot of soulsearching and intensity they both have second chances. Isabel moves on at an alarming rate unlike Laura who relished the opportunity to be loved by a faithful and honest man only to be drawn back to her pathetic, unfaithful wreck of a husband. Laura McCarthy is a wonderful woman, late thirties, handsome, lean and agile. She had been married to Matt for 18 years. Her mother had disapproved of the marriage. She had warned Laura that he was unsuitable and Laura had invested a lot of money into the marriage to enable them to buy property and land. She loved Matt in spite of his flings. They had a level-headed and decent boy called Anthony who disliked his father’s lies and philandering. Laura had been looking after Samuel Frederick Pottisworth for 9 years,

running after him and cooking for him. He was a despicable man who leered and made suggestive comments about her clothes and figure. He had promised the McCarthys his Spanish house when he died to show his gratitude and this kept Laura and Matt going. Matt had already had plans drawn up concerning renovation and extensions. As for Laura she had mentally dressed the windows and recovered every inch of the floor. She knew exactly how the house would look when it was hers. Being able to move into this grand house would be enough to show her parents that she had made the right decision in marrying Matt. Everything would be okay. An unexpected stroke of luck meant that Pottisworth died sooner than later. At his funeral, just as the McCarthys were celebrating their good fortune, the solicitor, Derek Wendell drops the bombshell-the old man had not made a will and there was one remaining relative who would inherit the house. Laura’s world seem to fall away “ like the segment of an orange.” Isabel Delancey was a professional violinist, in fact she had worked her way up to become lead violinist in the City Symphonia. Music had been her obsession and had taken priority to boys, marriage and families. Whilst trying to establish her career at the age of 20 she had unexpectedly fallen in love with a French man 12 years her senior, recently divorced. Like Laura, her parents disapproved. Even the vicar made remarks about the number of mistresses she would have to tolerate. You’ll understand the irony

braben’s blog... Le Platform Blues Ken Dodd used to tell a joke about someone who thought ham grew on an ambush! It’s funny isn’t it how art, if we can call Ken Dodd’s jokes art that is, can eventually end up as real life. QVC, the shopping channeldoes that stand for Quality Varies Considerably I wonder-have recently conducted a survey and found out that one in ten children under 10 think chocolate comes from a bush too and that’s not just Roses! In the same gardening related survey, that body of wise old QVC owls discovered that a frighteningly large percentage of children under 16 didn’t have too clear an idea of what exactly a trowel is. Now the cynic in me is starting to suspect that the people behind this supposed survey are trying to create a market for the gardening tools that have fallen off a wheelbarrow in their vicinity, because surely people can’t be so clueless. But then again, maybe they can! Take the French for example. Not the whole nation, just a small but influential collection of them. Recently they were planning to upgrade their trains. An excellent idea, but of course, doing this isn’t cheap and takes time to carefully design the new trains and then

to finally build them. Sounds simple, but of course, in the true fashion of staying true to our ability to find mind blowingly wonderful ways of getting things wrong, these French railway experts didn’t let us down. The trains look great as they whizz majestically through the countryside at speeds that suggest that the people who built them know exactly what it takes to run a tip top train service. Which they do, as long as this service doesn’t involve unexpected things like, say, stopping at a station to pick up passengers. If it does, then there’s a problem. The trains they designed and then built for a monstrous amount of money are too big. I don’t mean too big in a, “we’ll never find enough people to fill these monsters,” sort of way. That would be almost understandable. No, they’ve messed up in a much more expansive, and expensive, way! They’re too wide for many stations, so picking up passengers is, well, impossible! I think we can smile smugly today on three counts; we know where chocolate comes from, we can successfully recognise a trowel at 20 paces and we don’t design trains!

Graham is married to Helen and has a daughter, Alice. He lives part of the year near Albox, but works in Qatar, teaching. If you wish to contact Graham regarding this article email: helenandg@yahoo.co.uk

of this remark once you read the book. Impulsively she married and became pregnant after her honeymoon. Kitty was born then later, Thierry. She wasn’t cut out to be a mother and persuaded Laurent to employ Mary as a nanny, cook and general housewife. This released her from the guilt and pressures of domesticity so that she could travel to Europe and play. Laurent had died suddenly in a car crash more than 9 months ago and Mr Cartwright, her solicitor informed her that her late husband had had debts and that downsizing might be the only option. Or perhaps she would sell her precious violin? Isabel’s choice? Sell the house and break her children’s heart or sell her violin and break her own? Not easy. Kitty was now 15 and Thierry 8. They had had a privileged lifestyle, having had every affordable luxury possible. That was going to change. Isabel felt a sense of amputation as she tried to blot out the encroaching grief. Mountains of bills, unopened letters gathered dust. Her grief was so consuming she couldn’t deal with practical matters. Kitty opened one of the letters and thought someone was playing a joke on them. She told her mother that someone had left Isabel a house! Would this solve Isabel’s financial difficulty or would it create more heartache? The house was in Norfolk. Isabel had fond memories of visiting this glorious place when she attended a garden party as a child. She did not know the history behind that house particularly

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McCarthy’s obsession to own the house to get revenge for the way the Pottisworths had destroyed his father. Isabel Delancey proves to be an easy target for a determined Matt. But there are surprises in store and some happy endings. I call it pure unadulterated delight. Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton. ISBN: 978-0340-895962.

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Inc. Fish & Chips, Gammon & 7” Yorkshire

tel: 966 183 514

OPEN EVERY DAY 9AM TILL LATE

FRESHLY PREPARED MEALS & SNACKS thursday 19th june steak night €9.95pp inc dessert ALL DAY BREAKFASTS TILL LATE SPECIAL DEALS ON JUGS OF SANGRIA & VARIOUS COCKTAILS AFTERNOON TEAS €2.50 KARAOKE Plaza Tolosa No. 9 Tel: 665 462 661 SAN LUIS

HARRY’S BAR

June Entertainment! Friday 13 th June

Johnny Fox

Friday 20 th June

Andy Jones

Saturday 21 st June

Andy James

Saturday 27 th June

davy lane

Saturday 4 th august

Open: 9.30am til close Mon to Sat Not Open Sunday

DAILY SPECIAL SERVED 12 til 4pm 2 courses 6€ OPEN FOR BREAKFAST, LUNCH & EVENING MEALS

2 x 8oz Sirloin Steak Meals & Bottle of Wine 22€ 2 x Gammon Steaks Meals & Bottle of Wine 18€ Or Mix & Match for 20€

Tel: 603 345 014

Avda Federico Garcia Lorca No 76, Benijofar Nr top of High Street

Tasty food for everyday, special occasions and for sharing with friends

new act - ollie

Avda Costa Azul, Ciudad Quesada (at the top of the hill)

Tel 965 999 973

Ingredients and Method This is the easiest recipe I have ever used!! It is lovely!!

Mix together........... 1 mug of bran flakes 1 mug of milk 1 mug of sultanas. 1 mug of sugar Leave the mIxture overnight in the fridge. Next day add 1 mug of self raising flour. Mix till it is all blended, then put in a container in the oven at 170 for an hour. Cool then slice and put butter on it.......... delicious!!....enjoy!

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Telephone: 611 279 885

For all your Meat Products, Dutch Cheese, Bread, Sandwiches and Delicatessen Opening hours: Monday / Saturday 09:00 to 18:00 Sunday 10:00 to 14:00 Including Bank Holidays Avda. Antonio Soler Pedrera 1, local 32, Centro Comercial La Linca Golf, Algorfa


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Kitchen & Win

BENIMAR II (Formerly CHAMPIONES) 19TH JUNE FROM 2PM

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5€ a ticket

Glass of Cava on arrival Snacks, Jewellery, Shoes, Nightwear, Underwear, Make Up on sale throughout the day.

DRESS TO IMPRESS

For Sunday Lunches, Daily Specials

NEW MENU COMING SOON Rock & Roll Bingo with DJ Kev Thursday Eve

Quiz with Jim & Trish Monday Eve

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

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D AT THE END OF UNWIN D AN XING TERRACE D ENJOY OUR RELA DE COCKTAILS AN MA LY H FRES OF OUR THE DAY WITH ONE OR COFFEES RANGE OF DRINKS Find us near top of Avda. Costa Azul, local 9 CIUDAD QUESADA close to canales Supermarket Call: 603 329 618

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FASHION SHOW 12th June 2014 at

Quesada Country Club At 6pm On Behalf Of Paul Cunningham Nurses Tickets 4€ Bbq Available From 6.30pm Evening Entertainment Emily Hullman Raffle Prizes, Stalls inc: Angel Products, Jewellery, Threading & Many More

The Entertainment Venue That Has It All....

Monday - Eyes down with our very own maz from 8pm Tuesday - Dennis & friends & crazy g with “play your cards right” guest singers, fun & laughter starts 4.30pm 2 meals for €10 Wednesday - Spanish lessons with mark from 10am everyone welcome...... Midweek roast day!! 2 X main courses for €10 including a bottle wine between 2 people. Served in the bar area from 12 - 5pm and in the restaurant from 6pm. To book call 966 719 160 Friday - Happy hour from 5pm to 7pm followed by live entertainment from 9pm Saturday- All your live sports shown on the big screen.

Tickets Available At Paul Cunningham Charity Shops & Quesada Country Club

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Dennis christian will be hosting

englands 1st world cup game from 8pm on saturday 14th june 2014 A bbq will be available during the evening.

LOOK AT OUR FACEBOOK PAGE FACEBOOK/QUESADA COUNTRY CLUB LISTEN TO TKO EVERY DAY FROM 12PM - 1PM WITH DENNIS CHRISTIAN FOR MORE DETAILS

PRIVATE FUNCTIONS CATERED FOR CALL FOR MORE INFORMATION 966 719 160 Calle Toledo No 16, Rojales. 03170

Follow the CV905 north from Torrevieja. At Ciudad Quesada continue through the arches. After 500 mtrs take the left fork signed Parque Aquatico. The Centro Municipal is on the left corner. Follow up hill for 300 mtrs. Turn right into Avda De La Costa Azul, signposted ‘GOLF’. After a km turn right into Calle Toledo, again signed ‘GOLF’. The club is 300 mtrs on the right. Calle Toledo No 16


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Summer Season Sara and Sean and Leanne and Steve invite you to join them for their popular outdoor Summer season of entertainment.

Live music and BBQ. Only 1€ to reserve your seat!

NAMASTE Indian Restaurant & Beer Bar

Previous Managemen t Now Back in Charge

NAMASTE SPECIAL MENU

Any Starter Any Main Course Any Rice or Naan Soft Drink, Small Beer or Glass of Wine Bottle of Wine per Couple

ONLY 13,50€

LUNCH MENU

Any Chicken Curry with Rice or Naan

50’s, 60’s & 70’s plus the Costas BBQ No1 Tribute Available to Buddy Holly Only 1€ to reserve your seat!

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Tel: 968 131 721/637 189 114

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Marina was found on La Marina beach covered in ticks and fleas and her paws burnt from walking on hot tiles, she’s been to the vets and apart from her paws which are healing is in good health and around 4 years old. Marina is a Papillion cross, weighs about 5 kilos and has a lovely, gentle nature. Call: 645 469 253 Bella is a lovely 10 month old medium sized girl, she is currently in a foster home where she is very well behaved, house trained and loves to go out for walks and meet all the other dogs. She is vaccinated and will make a lovely companion. Call: 645 469 253

pets in spain Call: 645 469 253 www.petsinspain.com info@petsinspain.info

Popadoms Any Chicken or Lamb Curry Plain Rice or Garlic Naan Dessert, Coffee or Ice-Cream

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11th Elvis Experience Bierhaus Punta Prima 11th Samantha Curtis New Tavern San Miguel 12th Samantha Curtis La Vida Sunset Bar Dona Pepa 13th Joanna Hillside La Marina 13th JJ Soulman Maggie OBrians Campoverde 13th Vinny Mack Lo Marabu Dona Pepa 13th Elvis Experience Bobby Jo’s Los Montesinos Start 7pm 14th Andy Jones Vistabella Golf Entre Naranjas 14th Vinny Mack Arches Cafe Bar Los Alcazares 14th JJ Soulman Que Pasa Villamartin Plaza 14th Samantha Curtis Pandora’s Box Torrevieja 15th Richie C The Snug Torre de la Horredada 15th Lynden B Inn at the Green Entre Naranjas 16th Soul Power Villamartin Plaza Villamartin 17th Lynden B Arches Cafe Bar Los Alcazares 17th Soul Power Lansdowne Playa Flamenca

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COMMUNITY NEWS please help

Good home wanted two small dogs need a home due to relocation, 9 years old, very loveable, always been together.

Please someone help these beautiful dogs, they will have to be put to sleep otherwise. Contact Lorraine: 693 268 139 and or Gerri: 672 999 863

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

Torrevieja Costa Lions Club

Please come and join our club members on one of our “ Business meeting nights” and see what we are doing this year to raise money for charities, in our local area and further afield. We are growing in numbers every month so if you feel like helping us then we can be found on the second Thursday in every month at the Cabo Cervera Hotel in La Mata near Torrevieja, Meetings now start at 19.30 hours. If you like what you see and hear, then you will be invited to join us at our next social night event later in the month, where ever and what ever it may be you can be sure of a good night. Contact philip.buckman@btinternet. com or via our web site on membership@ torreviejacostalions.org

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 - 666 747 398

modern jive classes

Modern Jive Spain Ceroc Style with Paso A Paso Tuesdays 1.30pm The Club, Quesada. Tuesdays 5pm La Marina Sports Complex, La Marina Urb. Thursdays NEW SUMMER TIME 6pm Los Rosales Restaurant, Guardamar. La Mosca still tbc All classes start with a ongoing beginners class. Thursday dance social with different entertainers and Dance Junction Disco at Los Rosales Restaurant. FORGET ME NOT Doors open 8.30pm. All welcome. The areas new respite initiative Sunday 22nd June ‘’Summer Solstice’’ www.modern-jive-spain.com / Face Sunday evening with Magnetic Surf and book same Tel 670 711 408 Steve Fisher (Rod Stewart) at Mazarron Strictly Social Club Country Club entrance 5€. Start 8 pm Tickets from 626 460465. And from “We are the Strictly Social Club, Forget me Not Members. All proceeds meeting on the 2nd and 4th Wed of to Forget me Not and training for each month, 14.30 for 15.00 at the New Asturias Restaurant in Punta volunteers . Prima on the N332. We are looking to recruit new SPIRITUALIST CENTRE members to our club. Our activities benijofar include, a quiz, with a guest speaker (formerly Spiritualist Church, Quesada) from time to time, and is primarily a Meets at NEW ADDRESS: with immediate place for people to meet and make effect at Hamilton´s Bake House, 62 Calle new friends. Each Christmas, we hold Vicente, Blasco Ibañez, Benijofar 03178. our annual lunch which is always well We hold a Sunday Service at 11.30 a.m., attended, and good value for money. a Tuesday Evening of Mediumship at During the year, we also organise trips 7.30 p.m. And every Thursday there is out to places of interest. So, if you an Open Circle where you can develop would like to join our merry throng, your skills commencing at 7.30 p.m. please contact: Margaret on 966 730 Spiritual healing is available every 569 where you will made to be very Sunday and Tuesday after the service. welcome.” David Darnbrough will take the Divine Service with Mediumship on Sunday, 15th June at 11.30 a.m. On Tuesday 17th 50+ SOLOs No subs or fees June Lynda Powell will take an Evening (Torrevieja area) of Mediumship at 7.30 pm. Deanna and open to ladies and gentlemen Sparks will take the Divine Service with over 50 years of age and on their Mediumship on Sunday, 22nd June own. We go to different restaurants at 11.30 a.m. Everybody welcome. normally the first and third Saturday Contact Wendy on 965323028. www. of the month. We have a lunch on spiritualistchurchquesada.com New 7th June with raffle or quiz. To email is phoenixchurch23@gmail.com enquire or book please contact Ruth 966789063 or Anne 966786281 Identificacion Fiscal G54713789

BADMINT0N

AT PILAR DE LA HORADADA. Mon, Tues, Wed and Thurs. 10-1pm. For information ring John McGilvray on 966 786 774 or Mobiles 634 658 506 / 695 871 707 or e mail carolejohn_3@ hotmail.com

QUESADA GOLF SUPER LEAGUE ANNUAL

oPEN SUMMER COMPETITION

MONDAY 7TH JULY 2014 FONT DEL LLOP 1ST AND 10TH TEE 10.00am FORMAT: PAIRS BETTER BALL STABLEFORD PRICE: 40 EUROS GREEN FEE, BUGGY & ENTRY FEE CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES: SUNDAY 15TH JUNE MANY PRIZES INCLUDING NTP’S, LONGEST DRIVE, NTP’s IN TWO & THREE & OVERALL WINNERS FOR FURTHER INFORMATION AND TO ENTER EMAIL: quesadagolfleague@hotmail.com OR PHONE IAN ON: 671 281 361 QUESADA GOLF LEAGUE IS ACTIVELY SEEKING SPONSORS FOR THE ABOVE COMPETITION AND NEXT SEASON’S LEAGUE MATCHES. ANY HELP IN THIS DIRECTION WILL BE GREATLY APPRECIATED.

CASTILLA AMIGOS

We are a friendship group for single people. Meeting every Wednesday from 3pm at BAR SOFIA on the El Raso urbanisation (off the Lemon Tree Road) Guardamar. - ANN - 965 070 247 - 666 747 398

Fast events

Friday 1 August Rock n Roll bar-B-Q at The Clubhouse Camposol Dancing to The “B” Boppers Tickets 7 euro’s Bar-B-Q 5 euro’s 11 October Autumn dance at The Trevi bar details to follow 29 November Christmas Fayre at Marianos restaurant, Camposol 5 December Christmas Party night with Barrington at The Clubhouse Camposol Tickets 12 euro’s incl. Buffet All tickets for FAST functions are available from the bookstall the 2nd and last Friday of every month sector B, Camposol or telephone Brenda 680 174 499 or Jean 646 737 479


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1.3 METRE OFFSET SAT DISH with Inverto high gain quad LNB complete with wall mounting bracket. VGC. Near Aguilas, Perfect for an upgrade from 80-100 cm Metre Dish. 90€ Tel: 634 455 628 Ge n u i n e Solid Antique Furniture. Hall Table with draw Turned legs with leg spans 76cm Wide x 51cm Deep x 74cm High 65€ Book Case fronted with glass doors Height adjustable shelves Light carving around the top 104cm Wide x 25cm Deep x 117cm High 69€ Move forces sale (Items are attractive, in good condition with Original patina & priced low for quick sale) Photo’s available through email Quesada 634 320 373 Tap shoes size 5 and 5 ½ (toe and heel taps) v.g.c. 25 pair quesada tel: 966 716 599 S t ud i o m a s t e r Walkabout Portable PA. 4/5 input,equaliser,15 digital effects,

2x150Watt stereo. € 290.00. Tel 634 377 547 Camposol. Y a m a h a Piaggero Pro keyboard. Cover, gig case, stand, full arranger facility NPV60. € 290.00. Tel 634 377 547 Camposol C L E M E NTS Panama 128dvd / 240cd cabinet with hinged glass doors, 103cm high x 54cm wide x 21cm deep. €30. Tel 966713297 S U IT C AS E . SAMSONIT E 26 inch Intercity suitcase. ABS construction, wheeled, colour Dark Graphite. Good condition. €25. Tel 966713297 Wall Mirror. Bevel edged glass wall mirror in a mahogany frame 99cm wide x 69cm high. €30. Tel 966713297 Extending loppers €10 quesada tel: 966 716 599 F r a n k Thomasleather motorcycle boots size 11

and gloves, mens........ 3 0 euros. Tel. any time 606075644 Caberg Flip/ full face helmet in silver.....40 € Tel. any time 606075644

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personals “Readers of a sensitive disposition may find some of the ads in this section offensive” ELEGANT SLIM, SEXY, NAUGHTY ITALIAN LADY available home/ house visits. Torrevieja, La Manga, Torre Pacheco & Mazarron, Quesada plus all other areas. Escort available home & house visits. Tel: 693 357 526

pets

pet taxi TRAVELLING IN AIR CONDITIONED VEHICLE DELIVERED TO DOOR PETS STAY IN PET FRIENDLY HOTELS. ACCOMPANIED TRAVEL AVAILABLE

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jewellery

April

April and 3 of her 7 week old kittens are looking for homes. All were abandoned on someone’s doorstep. And are now ready for re-homing. Please contact K9 or Tel: 600 84 54 20 for more info

plasterer ENGLISH PLASTERER internal finishing, external rendering, 15 years experience, good rates. FULLY LEGAL IN SPAIN. Call Chris 671 444 246 / 965 078 866 email: c_pettit@hotmail.co.uk

property for sale / rent

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Our generation has seen an explosion in technological capability greater, I believe, than any previous generation every aspect of our lives has been touched by our new-found mastery of the world about us. Our daily lives are witness to the headlong rush of progress that was the 20th century. From the invention of the Snooze button on our alarm clock, which so gently eases us into wakefulness like a welltrained valet, to the capability of doing the week’s shopping without ever leaving the comfort of our own home, or the need of a pocketful of cash, right up to when we sink gratefully into our memory foam mattresses and pull the tog-rated duvet up

Homage

around our shoulders. I remember the farthing – I remember when you could buy things with a farthing – but you had to have that farthing clutched in your juvenile grasp when the transaction, probably for an aniseed ball, took place. There was no credit card facility, unless that is what you called your mother! In those days, 60+ years ago, I considered that life was good. As far as I was concerned, the world was at peace, and the conveniences that I now take for granted were only the glimmerings of a far-fetched idea in the brains of boffins, or the wildly unbelievable and lurid stories in comics. I had no inkling of how the meteoric progress of technology would alter my everyday life, and so I was content. Now, watching the coverage of the First World War Commemorations, all of us are brought back to memories of our own earlier days. Whether those memories be good or bad, they were different; the world was josbiggs@hotmail.co.uk

By Jos Biggs

different. But were the people different? I hope not. As I watch the Commemoration coverage from my bought new from the shop sofa, with my cup of tea made with water boiled from an electric kettle with automatic cut-off and poured onto to a one-cup teabag, I like to believe that the extraordinary bravery and resilience, the patriotism, the ingenuity and the sheer determination of spirit that these bent but not bowed veterans displayed, both then and now, could be replicated by the present generation, should the need arise. This is the last great collective moment of glory for these homegrown heroes. We, who call ourselves British, should salute them, for they fought so that we should have freedom – the freedom to live the life of our choosing; to bask in the warmth of a foreign sun. Let us use their gift gratefully, wisely and well.

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La Casa Maribel was the brainchild of Maribel Buenanosh, a restaurant which would put Alqueria firmly on the culinary map. It would serve exclusively Alquerian home grown food, the only restaurant to do so. There is of course a reason for this, Alquerian food is foul to say the least. No other restaurant would touch the stuff on taste grounds alone without even considering the health implications. To be fair to the Señora Buenanosh she had lost the use of her taste buds. She failed to follow the instructions with her new electric tongue scraper and paid the price. It is difficult to categorise Alquerian cuisine, it’s certainly unique and not for the faint hearted. Meat dishes prepared from creatures relatively high up the evolutionary scale are scarce. These animals have a certain amount of intelligence and have therefore legged it out of the Pueblo long ago. The Alquerian Lemming is still to be found in the Village which is probably why it has such a propensity for hurling itself from high places. The pick of the menu would be as follows. Lemmings are small and preparing them can be complicated. After they have flung themselves off convenient cliffs they are even smaller or at least more compact. Skewering and cooking over charcoal is the preferred Alquerian method. It is imperative to make sure the Lemming

isn’t conscious prior to skewering, the surprised look is offputting to the diner. They’ll have enough to contend with when they taste the ‘delicacy’. Maribel had to include the singular Alquerian Truffle, not as sought after as the Motovun Forest variety but they are distinctive. Black with variable blue markings they have a pungent aroma slightly reminiscent of the drainage problems associated with Egyptian port towns. A top French chef described them as having the consistency of Balsa Wood and the taste of hydrocortisone skin cream. The only source of fish is the stinking green slime of the Río Verde and the only edible fish is the Alquerian Trout. Distinguished from other trout by large dilated eyes and a confused expression they need careful preparation. Nestor Clacketo ate one only partially cooked and had the most terrible side-effects. He was in such a state of mental disorientation he joined the British Tory Party. The pick of the deserts has to be the traditional Alqueria Pudding. The basis is Remitroot, but pulped into a dough, not unlike suet. The puddings can contain a variety of fillings. Because the dough is an aggressive aphrodisiac, very few are completely consumed. It is advisable to check with one’s doctor before eating. It might also be polite to check with one’s partner as well. How will the invited connoisseurs react? We will see on opening day.

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It’s a Small World for Close Friends To use the modern vernacular and not to put too fine a point on it - we are totally Japanese lacquered. Our week of eating, drinking and partying with our old Bermuda buddies has come to an end. We have just about managed to remove the suspect stains from the carpets; the not inconsiderable numbers of empty wine bottles have been taken for recycling, and both of us now intend to embark on a period of what amounts to serious detoxification (both bodily and emotionally) and the resumption of normal dietary habits. As with their arrivals, each of our friends departed at varying times spread over five days. Some were simply returning home to England which involved flights lasting a little over two hours, but the majority flew out to either Madrid or London for connecting flights to Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Florida, Nova Scotia, Dubai and Bermuda. With the sad farewells at each departure, we were reminded of the contrast in emotions to a week or so earlier when they had arrived. I am not ashamed to say that in every case, the excitement as they exited the baggage hall into the arrival lounge was something usually associated with kids on Christmas morning. Onlookers would have assumed that the exuberant greetings and the prolonged

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huggings were between long lost relatives, but then that would be a natural mistake to make because we do regard ourselves as all part of the same close knit family. When Jane and Sandra saw each other in the reception area of the hotel for the first time in five years, such was their tearful reunion that they eventually had to be prised apart with tyre irons. And when I said my own goodbyes to my closest friend Douglas at Alicante airport and we had emerged from the brotherly farewell hug, he had not walked half a dozen paces towards the terminal when he dropped his case and came back for a second helping. It gets more and more difficult after each reunion. But this is all part and parcel of life when friends are separated by continents and thousands of miles; it’s the quality of time spent together in between that really matters. And every minute of those few days was lived to the full, and mostly consisted of the sound of laughter and unashamed pleasure at being in each other’s presence once again. As always at these reunions, the intervening forty years simply slipped away and we fell comfortably and instantly back into each other’s company. Literally hundreds of photos were taken collectively, many of which have already found their way onto the internet with many more yet to come. We all congratulated each other on looking marvellous and not a day older than when we last met. A certain amount of false optimism, wishful thinking and downright lying there perhaps, but on reviewing some of the pics, I reckon that we have done pretty darn well considering the sheer volume of

bus passes and creaky joints that we possess between us. And energy was not in short supply either, with some of the girls (I use the term advisedly) deciding to join the dancers on the floor at Zenia Beach Hotel and proceeding to let it all hang out in just about every sense of the term, which included the lovely Angela falling over theatrically during a line dance session. She just did not seem to grasp the concept that it is normally assumed that line dancing is carried out in a more or less straight line. But we’ve got a good video out of it. These events do not really require intricate planning – they take care of themselves – but the restaurants that my lovely missus and I chose for our evening dining pleasure were all first class and we were looked after brilliantly well. From our affable host Miron at the excellent Indigo Indian restaurant, to our friend Ah Wei in our favourite Oriental establishment Old Asia, who organised things beautifully for us. And to the staff at Chapter One, Carpe Diem (the latter being a new restaurant and therefore a discovery for us) Sunrise and Che’s who made our evenings such a great experience. All situated in La Zenia, Playa Flamenca and Zenia Boulevard, bringing it home to us just how lucky and spoilt we are for choice in this area. And where to next time? It may be only two years away, but that’s beginning to sound like a very long time indeed when you are of a certain age. Florida, the island of Santorini and a New York – Bermuda cruise are all suggestions on the table. We will just have to wait and see, but the planning is all part of the fun.


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Eurogolf 43 players took part in the June Monthly Medal on Thursday 5 June 2014 at our home course of La Marquesa. This of course is the last medal game of the current season, and players would be actively trying to better their score to improve their position in the Eclectic and the Laura Davis and Nick Faldo competitions (best score last 4 medals). The weather conditions started off very humid and warm although the wind came into play for the players playing in the final half of the draw. The results were as follows: Gold Division 1st Tony Hitt 72 nett. 2nd Alan Venables 73 nett 3rd Jim Weston 73 nett Silver Division 1st Morag Turner 74 nett 2nd Angelika Berndt 74 nett c/b 3rd Colin Hobden 75 nett Nearest the Pins 5th Doug Spiring La Campana

11th Doug Spiring Manolos 12th John Fairhurst Manolos 15th Dave Curtin Bar Sophia 17th Morag Turner Lo Marabu Thanks to our sponsors. Best Front 9: Malcolm Foskett 34 nett Best Back 9: Dave Nicholls 34 nett WINNER OF THE MONTHLY MEDAL – TONY HITT Football Winners: All footballs were paid out. Ian Turner, Morag Turner, Dave Curtis x 2, Dave Nicholls, Frank Henry, Mary Sanderson, Debbie Weedon & Colin Hobden. TOFF’s Results Tuesday 3rd June 2014 Overall Winner –Tony Hitt Gold Division 1st Ian Pegg 36 points 2nd Malcolm Foskett 36 points 3rd Stan Low 36 points Silver 1st Tony Hitt 40 points 2nd Dave King 39 points 3rd Brian Fenwick 35 points Bronze 1st Tom Corbett 40 points 2nd Geoff Evans 36 points 3rd Liz Menzies 36 points Nearest the Pins 5th Brian Fenwick 11th Norman Wood 15th Pino Perito 17th John Barraclough Best Front 9 Terry Sharley 21 Best Back 9 Pino Perito 19

ITV ORIHUELA

RFC IN MURCIA 7’S AT THE WEEKEND This coming weekend ITV Orihuela RFC take part in the Murcia 7’s which is kicking off at 11.00 and finishing at 21.00, free entry. The teams taking part as well as Orihuela RFC in this 6th Murcia 7’s tournament are UCAM A and B, Elche A and B, AKRA, Torrevieja, Tarafa, Almeria, Albacete,Yecla and Talavera from Madrid. So looking forward to another good weekend of rugby. Also in 2 weeks time will be the 3rd Formentera del Segura 7’s on 21 June kicking off at 10.00 with teams from San Javier, Tararfa, Albacete, Lorca, Torrevieja, Elche, Aspe and waiting to see about Orihuela RFC and if San Javier are putting a second team in, so rugby is on the up over here so come and join the revolution.

I am now at Zoco Market on Sundays third row up from the road at the back of the market, so come on down there for all of your rugby branded clothing and playing gear, and anything you want to know about rugby in the area. Training is at the Miguel Hernandez University ground at 20.15 on Tuesday and Thursday for the seniors and juveniles. The juniors start at 18.15. Training at the moment is specifically for the 7’s tournaments that are been held. So if you are interested, dig out those rugby boots and come along and see for yourself what it is like. New players are always welcome no matter what age or skill level you are. If you would like more information about what is going on in the club, you can contact the club by phoning myself, Garry on 692 767 242, and for the juniors contact Oscar on 600 871 606 (Spanish)

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We arrived at Bonalba for an extra fixture in the calendar which was well supported by members and guests bearing in mind it had only been a week since the last match.Despite rumours to the contrary, the course was in good condition, except for the bunkers, which would be improved by the addition of loose sand rather than compacted sand. A bonus for the day was achieved by the rounds being completed in 4 hours which must be a record in Society Golf. We welcomed 2 new guests to the Society,Lynn Young and Terry Stevenson. Nearest the Pin winners were Jimmy Scott, Aidan Byrne and two for our

visiting ex-handicap secretary Barry Gribble who will be taking his golf balls back to Torquay shortly. Gold Winner was Alan Craig on countback with 31 pts and Silver winner was Carol Marriner on countback with 29pts. Many thanks once again to Helena at the La Marina Club for providing the after match food. Our next meeting is at Lo Romero on 19th June ,first tee-time 10a.m. On 20th June we shall be holding our annual Midsummer Dance.The cost is 15 Euros for a choice of 3 courses and wine . Please let Elspeth know your requirements asap at elspeth4mcd@yahoo.co.uk or 965077204. New members are always welcome and can contact Alan Craig on a100ac@ yahoo.co.uk or on the above telephone number.

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20 members turned out today Thursday 5th June for our society game at Alicante golf club. The format was Stableford, along with some members playing their match play knock out games as well. The Alicante course was testing as always, fairly good condition but very slow greens so putting was difficult today. However, some players managed to come in with respectable scores. Results were as follows:Gold Category. 1st G.Branton - 35pts. 2nd B.McShane - 34pts. Best front 9 D.Harwood - 16pts. Best back 9 A.Douglas 17pts. Nearest the pin A.Douglas. Nearest the pin in 2 G.Benson. Silver Category. 1st Iris Cleaver - 33pts. 2nd D.Bishop -29pts.

Best front 9 H.Hunter 13pts. Best back 9 C.Pepperday - 15pts. Nearest the pin S.Cleaver. Nearest the pin in 2 - Nil. 2 ball competition winners:- D.Harwood / P.Smith / S.Lawrence. Congratulations to all the prize winners, and thanks to Cafe Uno for the post game hospitality. Next week Thursday June 12th, we are playing at Vistabella golf. 1st tee time is 09:30am. The following week Thursday 19th June we are playing at Alenda golf for the Pedro Cup. 1st tee is 10 am. Please be at the courses 1 hour prior to 1st tee time. Our AGM is now to be held at Cafe Uno on Wednesday 9th July at 8pm. Food will be provided by Proprietors Pete and Lisa. Thanks, Steve Lawrence.

TMGS

TMGS Match Report for La Marquesa 4th June 2014. Today was a new venue for the Society and by heck, what a deal we had where the members and guests paid 40 € (50 € with buggy) which included a meal. I must say that the meal for many was the highlight and even those who surpassed their handicaps also were in full praise of the meal. I will go one stage further and say the meal was absolutely excellent and worth far more than we paid. Okay, golf time. The course has been much maligned in the past but it must be said that the work they have done and are continuing to do is paying dividends and the course was in excellent condition. The greens were as slow though and some say as slow as Colin Marsden running the 20 yard dash. Yes, they were that slow but hey, it is that time of the year when the greens are hollow tined; sadly too many expect perfect greens every week. Only two of the four NTP’s were won and it was a family affair with John and Audry Mellor taking Gold and Silver pins and won a sleeve of TMGS logo Srixon Soft Feels. There was in fact a tie between John Mellor and Steve McGuiness and it was

decided to award them bothwith a sleeve. Scores on the doors were fairly decent and the Best Visitor - Chris Belman only needed 29 points to claim that winners slot. The Silver mob enjoyed their day and the Mellors framed again with Audrey taking 4th spot with 27 points. 2nd and 3rd places were tied with 30 points and unfortunately Colin Marsden was pushed back into 3rd by the Belfast Bandit, Ernie wilson who bitched and moaned about the course being too tight; most men like it tight, Ernie must be different. The winner of the Silver crowd was George Chapman with 31 points. The Gold lads fared better again and it needed a 31 countback for Alan Rickers to claim 4th and 3 points ahead in 3rd was Steve McGuiness on 34 points. He was 3 behind the runner-up John Mellor on 34 points and he, in turn, was 3 points behind the top scorer of the day, the Yorkshire Mafioso, Bill Starkey on 38 points. Enjoy the cut to your handicap Billy. Next week see’s us at La Finca and if you fancy a game, take a look at our wesite, www.tmgs.org or call the Match Secretary on 661524101.

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long ball saw Pablo bring down the home striker in the area and a penalty kick was awarded. Pablo, who was just returning from suspension, fortunately only received a yellow card. Soho.Medi keeper Jose Iker took the spot kick and, despite the best efforts of Pablo, the ball squirmed over the line. Soho.Medi were happy to hang on to their lead in the second half and Mazarron were able to carve out only a handful of chances. Juanillo’s cross was headed over the bar by Jose Ruben and Cecilio missed another excellent chance in the dying stages when he placed his header wide of the post when it seemed easier to score. Mazarron’s defeat saw them finish a season which had promised so much in 12th place with a feeling of underachievement. Team: Pablo, Fran, Cecilio, Ismai, Dani, Alfonso, Domingo. Gines, Juanillo. Jose Ruben, Tolo Man of the Match: Dani

las Salinas petanca

The las Salinas petanca winter league has 6 divisions of 8 teams. The summer serious league commenced last year with 1 division of 8. We play a different format for the summer there has to be a ladies doubles extra to the normal format therefore there is the possibility for a draw. The points are 3 for a home win 4 points for an away win and 2 points for a draw. This year it has gone to 2 divisions of 8. The players are multinational. We are now past the halfway point of the season. Who is going to stop the Amigos Belgas as they lead both divisions. We play on a Wednesday evening as it is now too hot in the day

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