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After being closed and effectively abandoned for 2 years the Pescadería de Miguel, located on the beach of Playa Barnuevo in Santiago de la Ribera, has been demolished. However, the building was not without its supporters, who claim that the Junta has acted without discretion or regard to local history and has been too hasty ordering the bulldozers in before a final solution has been reached. While some regarded the Pescadería as a historical building, to others it was an eyesore and a health hazard, attracting graffiti artists of the wrong sort. Nobody denies that the Pescaderia de Miguel is part of the original Mar Menor, as it developed during the 1960s. As the resort began to develop into its present day form the Pescaderia was built in 1965. Initially it functioned as a fish wholesaler, selling locally caught fresh fish. Over time in response to demand it evolved into a popular local fish restaurant. Its problems began in 1988 with the passing of the Ley de Costas; a law designed to prevent the urbanisation of virgin coasts. Despite it originally being given a 99 year lease when it was built in 1965, a stay of execution until 2010, and a vigorous campaign for supporters for its exemption on the grounds of historical interest, the owners were evicted, and the building has now been completely demolished, in what many see as a short-sighted exercise in political correctness.


The action by pharmacists, now in its fourth week, is causing chaos to customers. The closing of pharmacias, which effectively amounts to a strike, is over the Government’s non-payment of subsidies for prescription drugs. A meeting held at the HQ of the Alicante College of Pharmacists heard that the Government remains months in arrears in its payments to pharmacies. A vote of 4-1 in favour of continued action was taken. Effectively this action means that over-the-counter medicines can be bought, but prescription medicines are ‘not available.’ However, in many cases it is possible to buy prescribed medication over the counter, an anomaly that the pharmacists explain by saying that without the Government paying them, they can not afford to order the drugs, as they can not pay the suppliers for goods ordered. However, if they already have the drug in store, and the customer is willing to meet the true cost of it, then it will be dispensed to them. Advice to those who have had difficulty in obtaining necessary medication is to shop around – or pay!


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Family saved from repossession by anonymous benefactor A family has been saved from being thrown out on the street by an anonymous donor who saw on TV that their house was about to be repossessed. The 8,500-euro payment from a kind benefactor means they will be able to hand over the keys to their property in Vigo (Galicia) in exchange for wiping out the mortgage debt entirely, and will be allowed to carry on living in their house for a very low rent. The owners took out a mortgage in 2004, but by around April 2010 they found it impossible to pay the mortgage, and put their home up for sale. But the house did not sell, leaving them in arrears. As well as facing repossession, they also had to pay off their outstanding IBI property tax and expenses for the community of owners, which they had not been able to find the money for. All this led to amounts exceeding 8,000 euros, which they said they simply could not pay – and they were terrified about where they would end up living if they could not. Additionally, the couple’s daughter – one of their three children - is very ill and would not have survived on the street. When they heard that an unnamed donor had given them 8,500 euros, they said they felt as though they had won the lottery, and went straight to Novagalicia Bank to sign the papers. They will also now be able to seek funding for their daughter to be treated by a specialist neurologist in Navarra.

Cáritas: ‘Around three million people in Spain are homeless’

Nearly three million people in Spain sleep on the streets every night because they have no home of their own, or live in homeless shelters, according to research by the charity Cáritas.

In Madrid alone, 600 people live on the pavement, and when combined with those who live in shelters, youth hostels or flitting between cheap guest houses, the total comes to over 3,000. About another 4,000 people in the north-western region of Galicia are homeless, and a further 500 in the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Cáritas has been unable to find details of the number of children who are living on the streets, but they say they are hearing of more and more cases of entire families with no home. The number of women who have nowhere to live

is also rising, with 15 per cent of those attending ‘emergency’ homeless shelters – where people are offered a free bed for the night for six or seven days – being women in 2011, increasing to 22 per cent this year. Cáritas says a person without a home ‘has no access to their basic rights’ and ‘no dignity’, meaning they and their lives are ‘totally destroyed and at stalemate’. A homeless charity, Xarxa d’Atenció a Persones Sense Llar, or XAPSLL (‘attention network for people without homes’) says: “Something is not working in society and in the economy if there are people out there with nowhere to live.” Recent evictions have also raised the plight of the homeless in the public eye.


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Cyprus agrees to an estimated 16bn euro bailout deal with international creditors, becoming the fifth eurozone member seek emergency loans. ------------------------

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Two Italians thought to be fans of the AS Roma football team have been charged with attempted murder after a group of Tottenham fans were attacked on the eve of their game with Roma’s cross-town rivals Lazio ------------------------

‘Ice cream’ murder woman jailed A Vienna court sentences a woman to life in jail for killing her ex-husband and her lover, and hiding their dismembered bodies in her ice cream shop. ------------------------

Sarkozy questioned over Bettencourt donations Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been questioned over claims his 2007 election campaign received illegal donations from France’s richest woman. After a 12-hour grilling by a judge Mr Sarkozy was declared a material witness - which means he is a suspect but has not been formally charged ------------------------

Jews expelled from Spain get Spanish European Commission citizenship - 520 years later! Calls For Justification From Spain For Airport Tax Hike

All descendants of the Jews who were thrown out of Spain during the inquisition in the year 1492 are now entitled to Spanish nationality – wherever they live in the world. The Civil Code entry relating to this issue, which dates back to 1982, states that the Sephardic people of Israel and Turkey have to be living in Spain for a minimum of two years before they can apply for citizenship, but this has been amended to let them do so immediately and even if they have never been to or lived in the country.

Spouses of the Sephardim and their children aged under 18 are also covered by all rights to protection and assistance

offered by the Spanish Consulate.

They will have to accredit the fact they are direct descendants of the Jews expelled from Spain at the end of the 15th century by their surnames, native language, connection to Spanish culture and customs, or by legitimately tracing and proving their origins via their family tree. Spain’s ministries of justice and foreign affairs – led by Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón and José Manuel García-Margalló respectively – say that 520 years on from the Inquisition, there are possibly as many as a quarter of a million native speakers of the minority Judaic-Spanish dialect found in certain parts of Israel and Turkey.

Domestic violence victims stay silent through fear of financial hardship Nearly two-thirds of victims of domestic violence do not report their attackers because they are afraid of being left homeless and impoverished, research has shown. The survey, carried out by the Adecco Foundation, reveals that 76 per cent of abuse victims would have felt ‘stronger’ and more able to leave their violent partners – or at least report them – if they had a job. With the lack of available employment, many are forced to stay living with their abusers as they have no income and no way of living independently. A total of 64 per cent of victims said they could not risk reporting their assailants to the police, in case they ended up

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And 73 per cent of those interviewed said they had not been able to find work, so they were stuck living with their abusers. The survey found that the typical domestic violence victim is female, aged between 36 and 45, with at least one child, and with only basic education. However, although these represented the majority, only around a half of all victims fitted this profile, with the rest being all ages and levels of education, and some being men.

European Commissioners have demanded an explanation from Spain over airport tax increases which have particularly risen in Barajas and El Prat. Following complaints from various airlines as to the extra costs they are facing, the Commission has written to Mariano Rajoy’s cabinet to ask them to justify how their own expenses of running Spain’s airports make the tax hikes necessary. The government has two months to reply before further action is taken. Airlines and travel agencies say the tax rises flout EU rules.

If this is found to be the case and the increases are not justified, the Commission may take the case to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Luxembourg, or force the country to recalculate duties it charges to flight operators. Carrier firms say they have not been properly consulted before the rises were applied. The EC says airlines are being put off using Spanish airports because of the cost, especially those of Madrid (Barajas) and Barcelona (El Prat) where taxes have doubled in the past year with no apparent explanation. Minimum requisites for calculating taxes are required according to a European Directive issued on the matter in 2009, and consultation with affected airlines is required before these are put in place. All airport users should be given sufficient information about taxes in advance, the Directive requires.

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Automatic residence rights for foreign homebuyers in Spain

Foreigners who buy properties in Spain valued at 160,000 euros or more may automatically get residence cards in a new government initiative to encourage homebuyers from overseas. They say the move is mainly aimed at Chinese and Russian nationals, but does not believe it will lead to a sudden rush for residence certificates to be approved. And as yet, the threshold of 160,000 euros is merely a guideline which may change in the future with fluctuations in the market. They say it is mainly so that when holiday home owners from outside the

EU wish to travel to Spain to spend time in their properties, they will not have to apply for a visa every time they want to get into the country. With well over a quarter of a million homes in Spain sitting empty and most Spanish people being unable to afford to buy them because of job loss or, where they are working, banks’ new restrictions on offering mortgage finance, the only way to revive the housing market in the country is by attracting foreign buyers – of which there are plenty interested, the government says. And now that the market has suffered such a dramatic

fall with prices at a fraction of what they were five years ago, more and more buyers from abroad are seeing property in Spain as an investment. Giving people residence rights automatically when they buy a home has already been introduced in Portugal and the Republic of Ireland. At present, buying a property is no guarantee that the purchaser will be given residence in Spain. They are obliged to have a NIE number, but are frequently only given a temporary residence card that does not allow them to work

A Ferrari totalled by Real Madrid player Cristiano Ronaldo is now up for sale on eBay. The Portuguese footballer smashed the sports car into a wall in the UK in January 2009, during his time with Manchester United. It has been posted on the internet auction site with a starting bid of 50,000 euros. A car of the same make and model – Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano F1 – normally retails at 250,000 euros new. Ronaldo’s smashed-up version has just 3,099 kilometres on the clock. Its seller is a specialist in top-of-the-range car parts based in Duppigheim, eastern France, and says it is completely repairable and would be roadworthy again once the necessary work was carried out. The car was damaged while Ronaldo was on his way to the Carrington football ground for a training session, during which he veered off the motorway. Although the front part is severely dented, the player escaped unharmed. Photos on eBay show the car from several angles and also the vehicle registration document bearing the name of Cristiano Ronaldo.




The Orihuela Costa and District Branch of The Royal British Legion would like to thank everyone in the area for their kind donations towards this years Poppy Appeal. The total of €28,688.47 and again was the highest the Branch has raised since it was formed in 2008. Your donations will go a long way towards helping dependents of service personnel who have been killed in all conflicts. Also to those who have been injured, have fallen on hard times or sickness and require help from our welfare departments. Keith Carter Branch Chairman said this was a great result bearing in mind the economic situation that everyone is in. It goes to show how people still hold in great esteem our service men and women past and present. The money raised in Spain remains in the country to help welfare cases. Any money that is not used at the end of each year is sent to the United Kingdom to help boost their funds. Keith also said he would like to thank all of the Branch Members who helped in collections, distributed Poppy Boxes, organised events and golf tournaments. Without their hard work throughout the year this amount would not have been achievable. The Orihuela Costa and District Branch meet at The Olympia Restaurant Mil Palmeras every 3rd Thursday of the month, 7 for 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome to attend and join. You DO NOT have to be ex service to do so. For more information visit our web site.

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Radio Controlled Model group Well summer as gone and you may just be looking for a new hobby to fill in all that time you have on your hands over this winter. Then why not try sailing, Radio Controlled sailing. I am talking about a great pastime whether you are a beginner or a seasoned sailor it is worth giving it a try.

The new Radio Control model group based in Los Alcázares is now one year old, and runs under the name of R.C Mar Menor Sailing Group. The group has progressed well over its first 12 months. The R.C. group is one of a number of S.A.M.M. (Sailing Association Mar Menor) groups and members can enjoy the full range of benefits that S.A.M.M. has to offer including an active social scene and the opportunity to join in and sail a number of different full size boats if that takes your fancy. We are based at the sports college of Infanta Cristina on the shores of the Mar Menor and enjoy the use of the college’s excellent sailing facilities. Our racing series has now started and our members are getting use to tuning their boats to get the best out of them, with some just learning to sail for the

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We have started with some friendly Handicap racing to define the different capabilities of each boat and judge the popularity of the different classes of boats, so we can progress running class racing alongside handicap racing. With all new clubs it is a matter of wait and see what boats people want to buy and I believe that variety is the spice of life. In the short term it looks like the International One Metre will form the first boat class for racing with 4 already on the water and more being built. The I.O.M. has it is known as world wide support and has been in production for more than 30 years with national competitions in Europe, USA, New Zealand, and Australia, and world championships run every year. Three years ago the Spanish National Championships where held at the college over a 3 day period with some 14 boats taking part. We have already attracted a wide range of boat types and owners with an equally wide range of diverse skills. Their skills are always available to members and they are willing to assist if need be. The group caters for all tastes whether you are a seasoned model boat builder or you prefer your boat straight





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music with mark What is Music?

The Oxford English Dictionary defines Music as Vocal or instrumental sounds or both combined in such a way as to produce beauty of form, harmony and expression of emotion. This to me is the definitive answer. Music has the power to stir the emotions and evoke memories and aspects of our lives. Good times, Bad times everybody has a particular song or piece of music that equates with a certain event or period of their lives. Music has the ability to change your moods to possibly changing your lifestyle. I was a normal teenager until I saw David Bowie singing Starman on Top of the Pops a week later I was a red headed make up wearing Ziggy Stardust clone my dad nearly threw me out of the house! I work on Costa Calida International Radio and my show covers music of different

decades and different genres so hopefully there is something there for everyone. One persons rubbish is another’s all time classic and I often get calls and correspondence asking for more information on a particular track. Talking to people I meet I get asked about particular artists, etc and I thought it would be a good idea to convey information through the most popular magazine in the area. If there is a particular artist, group or album that you wish to know more about you can email me or alternatively contact the magazine and I will put in a forthcoming article. I hope the column will be entertaining, informative and interesting and I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do writing it. On my information page on our radio website I write that if I can make one person happy with a song then I am doing my job. Music is a passion for me and I hope that the column will prove a successful and welcome addition to the Magazine. I look forward to your contributions. Keep Listening Mark Davies E:



Sell-out Success for ADHOC’S ‘ALLO‘ALLO

The ADHOC Theatre Group enjoyed their most successful production yet, with full houses on most nights of their ‘Allo ‘Allo production. This success enabled charity donations totalling 2,500€ to Debra Spain (The Butterfly Children) & the Orchestra de Infante at the Escuela de Musica in Los Montesinos.

Audiences were overwhelmed by the authenticity of the original ‘Allo ‘Allo costumes, hired from the UK, and the ingenious set construction, designed by award-winning Richard Winter. There was also great enthusiasm for all of the characters who were immediately recognised from the original TV Series.

All of the hard work and frustration of previous months culminated in proof positive of successful, high energy team work. Not a group to ‘rest on their laurels’ ADHOC have already started preparatory work on their next production - the ghostly comedy ‘Bedwitchery’. Auditions will be taking place shortly, and anyone interested in joining the group, either on stage or backstage, can contact ADHOC by visiting their website –



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The Department of Youth of Rojales Town Hall sets in motion a language exchange programme for foreign residents and Spaniards. Would you like to practice a foreign language with a native speaker for free? The Department of Youth is promoting a language exchange between Spanish people who are learning a foreign language and foreign residents who are learning the Spanish language and culture. Registration is already open in the Rojales Town Hall, Municipal Centre and Culture Centre in Ciudad Quesada and in the Heredades Culture Centre. The language exchange will start in the beginning of 2013, being held at the

Ciudad Quesada Cultural Centre and in the Social Centre in Rojales town. There will be two kinds of language exchange: duo and group, talking half of the time in Spanish and the other half in the chosen foreign language. This programme wants also to promote and help integration between foreign residents and Spanish locals. A further step for social integration. The Department of Youth will run this programme for the whole year, together with other cultural and educational activities. 96 671 58 78

Jaguar - Convoys in Spain New Law - Please read

There is a new law in Spain concerning motor clubs which comes into force in January 2013 regarding Convoys: Any convoy of more than 6 cars will need to inform all of the towns/cities through which they pass and get their acknowledgement/permission. In addition the convoy must have, front and rear, responsible persons in charge and in communication with each other. Breach of the law would see the club and its members fined. Although the JEC Spain is not registered as an official car club in Spain but affiliated with JEC UK, I think it is better not to tempt fate or test the law. If it was decided to organise an event involving a convoy, this new law would increase my workload dramatically and if we get it wrong, we could put the club and it’s participating members at risk of a fine. Hence as from January, JEC Spain will not be organising events with a convoy element. However that does not stop us visiting different venues as a group of friends and making our own way there at our own time, just make sure that if you see any other members on route to the same location make sure not to allow more than 6 cars to travel in a “convoy” like format. Travelling to a meeting, like our normal meetings at Los Almendros is not an issue.






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This year there is to be a public lighting of a Menorah at Playa Flamenca. Chanukah is a Jewish festival that dates back to the year 165 BCE. At that time Jerusalem was ruled by a Syrian king called Antiochus. He looted and damaged the Temple in Jerusalem and stopped the Jews from practicing their laws and religion. This upset the Jews so much that they rebelled. The rebellion was successful and the Temple was restored to its former state. A new altar was consecrated but there was only enough oil for the altar lamp to burn for one day. However the lamp burnt for eight days and a miracle was declared by the Jewish leaders. To celebrate this miracle an eight-day observance is created ever year by lighting one candle each day in a Menorah (a special candelabra) until all eight candles are burning. The Menorah is placed in public places to remind people of the miracle. This year the Southern Costa Blanca Jewish Community will again be lighting the Menorah on the steps of the amphitheatre opposite the Lobster Restaurant at Playa Flamenca Beach at 7.30pm on Saturday 15th December. The nearest road is Calle Orchideas. Following the lighting ceremony we shall be serving wine and do-nuts. Please join us as everybody is welcome, Jews, Christians, people of every religion and those of none. For further information please e-mail:

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APAH Animal Rescue Charity is facing one of the worst possible decisions an Animal Charity ever has to face. For the first time in it’s 12 year history, it is possible that APAH may have to close it’s Cattery. The Cattery, located just outside Campoverde, is home to around 60 cats and kittens, and there is nothing worse for a charity than facing the prospect of losing the animals it has committed into it’s care. Ironically in the middle of this economic recession, the reason for this situation is not financial, but due to a serious lack of volunteers to help care for the cats and kittens. A charity responsible for looking after animals, has to staff it’s facilities 7 days per week, 365 days a year. Cats must be fed, cleaned out and provided with clean drinking water every day. Cats on medication must be cared for

every day. It is not possible to leave them for one or two days a week, because there is no-one to look after them. The current lack of helpers, means that the volunteers APAH has are seriously stretched to the limit, and close to being unable to provide the level of care that has always been a priority of the Charity. Unless APAH is able to attract some more volunteers to work a few hours a week, it will have no other choice but to close the Cattery down. All that is needed to secure the future of APAH’s cats and kittens is a few more people to contact them, offering their help for just 3 hours a day. If you can spare a few hours and want to help, please call Yvonne on 630 422 563, Natasha on 616 210 850 or call into one of APAH’s Charity Shops in Pilar de la Horadada and San Miguel de Salinas.


This year among the many events held for the Poppy Appeal, was a collection at Iceland Store Torrevieja, belonging to Overseas Supermarkets. The Manager Mr Russell Clements, supported the Poppy Appeal by allowing numerous volunteers to collect from customers and staff, and allowing the sale of Poppy Merchandise. The total collected from Iceland was 2,566.65 euro, and 550 euro from Poppy Merchandise. The Torrevieja Branch of the Royal British Legion would like to thank the manager Mr Russell Clements, Staff, and Customers for their generosity. We would also wish to thank other sponsors too numerous to mention for their generosity, and hope that your support will continue throughout the year.


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Next year could bring a new twist in the evolution of the smartphone. Samsung are gearing up to produce flexible, unbreakable mobile phone screens that can be bent, twisted and even folded up and put in your wallet. The South Korean tech giant reportedly has the flexible screens in the final stage of development and will be ready to ship them next year. The breakthrough has been made by through the use of organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs), which are thin and can be put on flexible material such as plastic or metal foil. Samsung is not the only company to have invested heavily in research into flexible screens using OLEDs. Companies including Japan’s Sony and LG Display, also of South Korea have launched prototypes. However Samsung is the first to promise a launch date for the technology, with an unnamed source ‘familiar with the situation’ telling the Wall Street Journal they will ship in the first half of 2013. Looking at the release dates of the company’s flagship smartphones, the S series, that suggests that the first device to feature the flexible screen technology could be the yet to be announced S4. The company’s move to produce the flexible displays comes as smartphone and tablet makers search for ways to differentiate their products in a market where customers face a glut of almost identical products. Vinita Jakhanwal, director of mobile and emerging displays and technology at IHS Electronics and Media, told Tech News World: ‘Flexible AMOLEDs can help Samsung differentiate its products in a smartphone market where most products offer similar

products and functionality.’ Even if Samsung were not able to able able to commercialise flexible screens straight away, making their screens out of plastic rather than glass would make their devices lighter, more durable and cheaper than rivals’. A common bugbear with the kinds of touchscreen displays often used on mobile devices is that they are brittle and prone to cracking. Replacing the glass now used with plastic would solve that problem. Samsung had previously promised to bring flexible displays to market this year, but that deadline came and went without any announcement from the company. However, the company’s push for innovation has become more urgent as other display makers are also introducing different technologies for mobile phone and tablet screens. Sony has been researching the same flexible screen technology since 2002, and showcased a 4.1in flexible OLED two years ago, the same time as Samsung showed off their version of the technology. However, a spokesman for Sony told the Wall Street Journal he couldn’t comment on when the company would begin mass producing the displays. And earlier this year, Apple filed a patent for ‘electronic devices with flexible displays’ that included features like on-screen keyboards that can be modified to handle concave or convex curves. Lee Chang-hoon, vice president of Samsung’s display division, told the Journal his company has sent out samples of the new displays to a few select customers, but added that the release dates of any new products using the technology has not yet been confirmed.

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Sales of garlic are booming in western Serbia after the local council issued a public health warning that a vampire was on the loose. The warning came after an old ruined mill, said to once have been the home of notorious vampire Sava Savanovic, collapsed. Savanovic was said to have lived in the old watermill on the Rogacica river, at Zarozje village in the municipality of Bajina Basta where he drank the blood of anybody that came to mill their grain. The watermill was bought by the local Jagodic family, and they were too scared to use it as a mill - but discovered it was a goldmine when they started advertising it to tourists. But the family were worried about carrying out building work on the mill because they were scared they might disturb the vampire or unleash his wrath if his home was messed around with - and now the property has

collapsed through lack of repair. But for locals it has sparked rumours that the vampire is now free once again. Local mayor Miodrag Vujetic admitted: “People are worried, everybody knows the legend of this vampire and the thought that he is now homeless and looking for somewhere else and possibly other victims is terrifying people. We are all frightened.” He added that it was all very well for people who didn’t live in the area to laugh at their fears but he said nobody in the region was in any doubt that vampires do exist. He confirmed that the local council had advised all villagers to put garlic on their doors and windows to protect them from the vampire as it was well known they can’t stand the smell. He added: “We have also reminded them to put a Holy cross in every room in the house.”

Toy boat to set off on Atlantic crossing

A retired Nato scientist will this week launch his toy boat on what he hopes will be the first unmanned trip across the Atlantic. Robin Lovelock has spent four years developing a craft which he believes can survive the 6,000 mile journey. The Snoopy Sloop is only 4ft long, weighs just 30lbs and is held together in parts by bathroom light cord, reports the Daily Telegraph. But it has already demonstrated its endurance, having completed more than 5,000 miles of almost continuous sailing, on Bray Lake, near Windsor, over seven months. Now it faces a more testing voyage, battling the seas, and possibly storms, of the North Atlantic, despite being a fraction of the size of shipping which normally

makes the winter crossing. Mr Lovelock, 65, built the boat in the games room of his house in Sunninghill, Berkshire, from off-theshelf parts scoured from the internet at a cost of less than £450. The boat will be powered by the wind, but navigated by a solar-powered computer and GPS system. These will steer the boat on a route along the Channel, then south towards the Azores to catch the trade winds to the Bahamas and onwards to land near where the Pilgrim Fathers came ashore at Plymouth, Massachusetts. Mr Lovelock has been assisted by a group of friends, he has described as his “Last of the Summer Wine” team, including a former veteran of the Robot Wars BBC television show. “I got hooked about four years ago,” he said. “I didn’t even play with model boats when I was a boy. I sometimes tinker on the boat in the lounge, but am usually banished to the games room by my wife.” The attempt is being made as part of an international contest, the Microtransat Challenge, to become the first to send an unmanned boat from south of Ireland to the Bahamas.

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Q: I understand that the government has created incentives to try and get people to purchase properties. Can you explain them?

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UK economic growth confirmed at 1%

The UK economy grew by 1% between July and September, official figures have confirmed. Last month, the Office for National Statistics’ first estimate showed the surprisingly strong growth, bringing to an end a nine-month long recession. The Olympic Games helped to boost growth over the summer. Many analysts had expected the growth figure to be revised down. But earlier figures were slightly weaker than previously thought. Compared with a year earlier, as opposed to the previous quarter, the economy contracted by 0.1%, whereas the previous estimate had shown flat growth. Strong consumer spending, which grew by 0.6%, was an important factor behind the strong quarterly growth. The services sector grew by 1.3%, unchanged from the ONS’ previous estimate, but growth in industrial production was revised down to 0.9% from 1.1%. The contraction in the construction sector was also revised to show a slightly steeper drop.

The third quarter growth figure was enhanced by comparison with the previous three months, when an extra public holiday as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations hit growth. The ONS will revise its growth figures for the third quarter again next month, when it will have a more comprehensive set of data for the UK’s economic performance. Despite the confirmation of strong growth, analysts warned that it may be short lived. “If anything, the details in the new data further highlight the temporary nature of the upturn,” said Chris Williamson at research group Markit. “Payback is likely in the fourth quarter.” David Owen at investment banking group Jefferies said: “People are generally expecting GDP to have slowed sharply into the fourth quarter on the published figure, or indeed to have actually contracted slightly compared to the third quarter.” Report courtesy of

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Mark Carney named new Bank of England governor

Mark Carney has been named as the new governor of the Bank of England by Chancellor George Osborne. Mr Carney, the governor of the Canadian central bank, will serve for five years and will hold new regulatory powers over banks. He was a surprise choice for the head of the UK’s central bank and had previously ruled himself out. The post is seen as one of the most important positions in the stewardship of the UK economy. Current governor Sir Mervyn King steps down from the post next June. Sir Mervyn said Mr Carney represented “a new generation of leadership for the Bank of England, and is an outstanding choice to succeed me”. Mr Osborne told Parliament that Mr Carney, 47, would bring the “strong leadership and external experience the Bank needs” and added that the Canadian would apply for British citizenship. He said Mr Carney was acknowledged as “the outstanding central banker of his generation”. During Mr Carney’s five years as governor in Canada, Mr Osborne said he was “acknowledged to have weathered the economic storm better than any other major Western


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By Lyn Aspden of ‘Strictly Dance’ What a week this proved to be with some of the top contenders underperforming and the bottom contenders raising their game. I was disappointed with some and amazed with the improvement in others. Opening the show were team Smurf Dani & Vincent and their Samba. I have to say that this was definitely the best samba in any show of any series. The Samba is notoriously the most difficult dance to perform because of the rhythm and style changes involved but Dani continues to come up on the rails with excellent control, a great use of Samba steps, she oozed rhythm and had great hips. She just missed out on a 10 because she didn’t quite finish off her arms but I awarded her a 9 and she gained 36 and second place from the judges. Next to dance were Kimberley & Pasha with their Tango. Again a brilliant improvement on last week, this dance was extremely slick with all the characteristic staccatto head movements. Just marring her performance was the fact that she consistently keeps her chin tucked down and her shoulders are still rounded. Correct this and she could also be a contender for one of the latter places. I awarded her a 9 and the judges a total of 34.

Following were Victoria & Brendan and a Salsa. This contained great ‘armography’ the use of spaghetti arms within the dance!. She seems to have cured her fear of turns and showed some good lifts but unfortunately it was lacking punch and hips essential for this dance. I gave her a 6 and one of my bottom 2 and the judges bottom placed with 21. Lewis & Flavia then performed Paso Doble. The music was awful - a Michael Jackson number - and unfortunately the character of the dance suffered as a result. I was again disappointed in Lewis’ performance and somehow he needs to find his acting skills to get back to the top of the leader board. I gave him an 8 and the judges 27. Next to perform were Lisa & Robin and a Rumba. Unfortunately Lisa didn’t look comfortable with this dance and made it look like hard work. Again I didn’t particularly like the music used as again it detracted from the Rumba characteristics. Lisa didn’t have sufficient floor pressure to power through to her hips and as a result no Rumba strength was visible. I awarded her a 7 and the judges 27. Following were Michael & Natalie with and Argentine Tango. Sorry Michael but you just


The King of Rock joins the Queen of Rock cakes on Wednesday 5th December!! As the Christmas Fayre with FREE TEA (and that’s a cup of Tea!!) moves to Bigastro! Come along to see our very own King and Queen!! Once again supporting The Royal British Legion Darren Yarrow and his wife Hazel will be holding their 1st Christmas Fayre and Recycling Regalia at La Terraza Bar in Bigastro with over 20 different stalls mostly with a Christmas theme. Bar La Campana join TV Choice, Cars R Us and GT Autos who will again be sponsoring FREE TEAS this time in Bigastro!

After the success of The November Christmas Fayre in Quesada where €379.16 was raised for The Children’s home in Elche you can now call into La Terraza Bar in Bigastro anytime before Wednesday 5th December to pick up your free voucher for a cup of Rosie Lee. We have invited Kas along who is a clairvoyant and will do tarot readings, palm readings and rune stones the first reading is €20 but if you have a second or third then these are only €5 each. Katharine our very own “Queen of Cakes” now famous for her regular afternoon tea events in Los Montesinos will be serving her spectacular cakes made especially for this occasion. Also on offer will be a varied menu for anyone who wants to have lunch or dinner! The Christmas Fayre starts at 1.00p.m until 5.00p.m. on Wednesday 5th December. If a double trek to Bigastro is really too much for you then you can book your FREE CUP OF TEA voucher by calling in to Cars R Us along the lemon tree road near Quesada or you can email or call Darren on 625 272 256

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don’t do it for me, I found this ungainly, bent over, plonky, and lacking the leg flicks and characteristic Argentine moves. I gave him a 5 and the judges a 26 and in next to bottom spot. Next out were one of the most improved dancers this week Nicky & Karen. I had almost written him off from the competition but the choreography used for this Charleston was excellent and he showcased all the cheek needed. I loved it and gave him an 8 and the judges 36 and in joint 2nd place. Closing the show were Denise & James with an American Smooth based on Foxtrot. As expected from Denise she pulled it out of the bag yet again with seamless transitions between the open moves and ballroom hold. Great solo turns and lifts and an effortless gliding and smooth Foxtrot with elegance all the way. Well done Denise I gave her a 9 and the judges just had her in

top place with 37. In the bottom 2 were Michael and Natalie and Victoria & Brendan. Michael had a unanimous vote to survive but I would have had Natalie through for the following week. Now we are really getting down to the latter very difficult stages and even more hours will be needed to retain their top spots or to try to knock the top dancers from their positions. For me Dani & Vincent could still come through as dark horses although Denise is consistent. Lewis has disappointed me somewhat the last 2 weeks and must address the acting side to have any chance of challenging. Who do you have to win? Let’s see what happens next week, or if you can’t wait come and join in our gossip at one of our classes or Saturday social. Til next week Keep Dancing!


Jose Antonio Gonzalez, better known as Pepe Barcelo, Managing Director of Grupo Barceló building company and Real Estate Agency in Ciudad Quesada will be the main sponsor for The Cinderella Bling Ball at Quesada Country Club on Friday November 30th. The Cinderella Bling Ball was to help raise enough money to buy a Christmas present for each of the 28 children in the Children’s Home in Elche, this event was not advertised as it was SOLD OUT as soon as the tickets were released! Organised by Anne Day and supported by Lorraine Johnson we think this was due to several things, the popularity of the band PDQ Pete Izzy and Lee, the additional act and support of The Variety Show Group and not least the Venue itself - Quesada Country Club where Anita and Dave and their staff could not be more helpful. It is a very popluar venue and we did in fact “catch” two of the staff dancing to some very catchy music one lunchtime!!! Pepe Barcelo will organise balloons for the tables in the Spanish Colours of Red and Yellow and provide other decorations in red and yellow. Pepe will also provide the First Prize for the raffle of a Traditional Turkey Dinner for Two that can be collected from

the lovely Fernando at the wonderful Spanish Supermarket Canales also in Quesada. Pepe has known one of the guests Susan Reader for many years, his building company put the second floor on her home in Quesada and then went on to do work on recommendation for some of her friends also living in Ciudad Quesada. Susan said: “I am delighted Pepe has sponsored this event and I hope to talk with him about bringing a spade or two along when we start “The Garden Project” in February, but that’s another story!!”

The ladies involved in this fundraising said: “You may have seen that we have already reached our target to buy the Christmas presents so the money raised at this event will either pay for Christmas food for the children or it will go towards The Garden Project.” The next event for The Children is again at Quesada Country Club on Friday 8th February and once again with PDQ, tickets will be €13.50 and this is for three courses and a bottle of wine between two, this time it is a Black and White Sixties Night!! For more information or to reserve tickets please email Anne Day





The Barcelona and Argentinian footballersupreme, Lionel Messi, is now in striking distance of breaking Gerd Muller’s record for most goals scored in a calendar year at competitive level – a record that until recently looked as if it would not be challenged. The ‘little man’ needs to find the back of the net just four times in six games to beat the German striker’s world record haul of 85 goals which was set 40 years ago in 1972. Muller, who won the European Cup, four Bundesliga titles and the World Cup during his career with Bayern Munich and West Germany, played in just 60 games for club and country to achieve his record. If Messi scores his 86th goal of 2012 in Barcelona’s final La Liga game of the year versus Real Valladolid at the Nou Camp on 22 December, his appearance tally will be 70. But as the 25 year-old Messi closes in on Muller’s record, it is fair to ask whose achievement is greater? I feel that the number of appearances alone fail to prove that Muller’s achievement was the more impressive, particularly because 12 of his goals came in an obscure and shortlived competition, the DFB-Ligapokal, the now defunct German League Cup. With Munich staging the summer Olympics that year, the start of the 1972-73 Bundesliga season was delayed until mid-September, so a League Cup competition was created to bridge the gap and ensure that all teams played matches to help generate income. At first, Bayern Munich did not take the competition seriously, sending out an understrength team in its opening away tie, Muller being an absentee. This enraged the home supporters, who had paid good money to watch Bayern’s celebrated first-team players. A photographer even filed a fraud lawsuit against the Munich club. Thereafter, Bayern fielded their first team and Muller went on to bag 12 goals in five games, including a four-timer against a struggling Second Division Regional League team, FC Hof. Strength of schedule is one factor in the difference between the respective appearance and scoring totals of Messi and Muller. But there is also the issue of the globalization of the top European Leagues. While Muller netted 13 goals at international level and 11 in various European club matches, 42 of his 85 strikes in 1972 came in 34 Bundesliga matches at a time when the top soccer talent was spread a lot more thinly across Europe and indeed, the world. So far this year, Messi has scored 52 goals in 34 La Liga games and while being assisted by two brilliant midfielders in Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez, he regularly faces the game’s best defenders. This was not so when Muller was around!

Of Messi’s other 28 goals so far this year, 12 have come with Argentina, including a hattrick in a friendly against Brazil in New Jersey; 11 in the Champions League; three in the Copa del Rey and two in the Spanish Super Cup. However, I feel – and having been involved in football for many years - that drawing comparisons between eras is never an exact science. Suffice to say, Messrs Messi and Muller have a great deal in common - their ability to score goals and do so often. Both have been the leading scorer in the European Cup/Champions League on four occasions and earlier this year (in March) Messi joined Muller as the 11th player to have netted five times in a single European Cup/ Champions League match. That five-goal haul, which Messi claimed in a 7-1 drubbing of Bayer Leverkusen, came in the middle of an 18-goal scoring run, spread over eight games, during which time he also netted four against Valencia and a hat-trick versus Granada. Despite his lack of bulk (he’s only 5ft 7in tall and weights barely 11st) Messi riles defenders with his grace, darting pace and unrivaled close control of the ball, which at times seems to be glued to his feet. He’s won over 30 penalties during his Barcelona days and has picked himself up scored 28 of them! In contrast, Muller was a squat and powerful five-foot-nine poacher who simply hung around the penalty-area waiting to pick up the pieces, which he did to perfection. The cleverness of Messi’s play is matched by a lethal accuracy in front of the goal. And surprisingly he netted only once in his first 14 outings for Barcelona, but now he’s shattering all sorts of scoring records. In addition to his five Spanish championships, three Champions Leagues titles and numerous individual awards, Messi smashed Muller’s record of 67 goals in a single European season by scoring 73 times in 2011-12. He’s now by far Barcelona’s champion marksman of all-time with 279 goals to his credit in 349 senior appearances, plus another 31 in 76 games for Argentina, and last month his coach at the Nou Camp, Tito Vilanova, said “His goal-tally is spectacular. There’s no doubt about that. It takes other great players seven or eight seasons to score the amount of goals he nets in one season.” But for all the records in football, there’s more to be broken – and the next big one is up for grabs. So, with eight more games remaining in 2012, ‘King Leo’ (as he fans call him) needs just eight goals to become the world’s master marksman in a single calendar year. * Barcelona’s last six games are against Alaves (this week), then Athletic Bilbao, Benfica (CL), Real Betis, Atletico Madrid & Real Valladolid on 1st, 5th, 9th, 16th & 22nd December.

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Jenny Penny... Star of Fayre

Crafts of all types were demonstrated at a recent craft fayre at Café Golf in San Javier. The star of the show was definitely a beautifully hand-made dolly called ‘Jenny Penny’. She was the creation of Lyn Homer, who donated her to be raffled for MABS Cancer Support Group in Murcia. Jenny Penny can be seen at the MABS Cancer Centre in San Javier, where tickets are still being sold. If you’re not lucky enough to win this version, Lyn is happy to take commissions to make a dolly to order, so please enquire at the MABS Cancer Centre. Other crafts being demonstrated were scrapbooking, where beautiful albums can be made for special occasions, mosaic plaques and patch working. Shirley donated her hand-craft cards to be sold for MABS and there was a water colour painting demonstration. Hand-made jewellery was also on sale. The fayre raised 112€, with the proceeds of the raffle to follow. MABS fundraiser, Janet Bell, who helped organise the event, thanked Nike and Neil of Café Golf for hosting the fayre for MABS Murcia. MABS Murcia is a registered charity (No. 7261) offering help and support to local people of all nationalities who have been diagnosed with or are being treated for cancer. If you or someone you know would like some confidential help or support call our HELPLINE 693 275 779 or visit their website: CANCER DOESN’T DISCRIMINATE AND NEITHER DO WE MABS HELPS ALL THOSE AFFECTED BY CANCER, WHATEVER THEIR NATIONALITY Photographer: Sue Thomason

All the money raised will go towards sending more children with diabetes to go to a special summer camp especially for children with diabetes in 2013. We were thrilled to announce that we plan to send ten children next summer. On behalf of all these children we thank you as always for your continued help and support. The day was lovely and sunny, which was a great relief to everyone after all the rain. Our special thanks go out to the many walkers including a little Spanish girl of six who ended up walking 9 km. Several dogs some wearing the Strides Tee Shirts, accompanied their owners which brought a smile to everyone. Thank you also to their many sponsors, who gave both financial support and encouragement throughout the day. Many thanks to Sue and Paul from Healthy H 2 O for providing all our walkers with bottles of water. For Dawn Heron and the Calida Caring Agency for their support during the day to test

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The Lions Club of Mazarron Bahia

On behalf of the The Lion´s Club of Mazarrón Bahia we would like to thank everyone who helped make our ‘STRIDES DIABETES AWARENESS’ SPONSERED WALK´ on Saturday 10th November such a wonderful success.


blood glucose levels as well as giving samples of various diabetic cakes. What a lovely treat for all the walkers. We were also supported by Cruz Roja en Mazarron for the day and several of the volunteers of the association also joined in to walk.

t t h a e n g n r i e h T The Evergreen Eateryeen

Great Food Superb Value Every Monday

Thursday Pop Quiz

Games Night

Chess Dominoes Cards Poker from 7pm

with Lynden B, from 9pm


Our grateful thanks to you all The work of the Lions of Mazarron continues with our Carrier of Happiness where we help brighten the lives of several hundred “less fortunate” children in our local area by marking their festive season with a special gift for each of them. Will also be starting Operational Kilo at Consum supermarket at Camposol B where you can give an item of nonperishable food to us . All the food donated will be passed on Cruz Roja en Mazarron to help in their support of the families of the Mazarron area. Do you have any unwanted items of Bric a Brac or books etc for us to sell at our weekly stall held every Friday at Camposol B in order that we may continue with our work. As always The Lions of Mazarron Bahia would like to thank everyone for all their support. We could not do it without you “HELP US TO HELP YOU”




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cream of sweetcorn soup

Ingredients: Serves 4 - 6 25g/1oz butter 1 tsp chopped onion 400g (14 oz) canned sweet corn, drained 1 bay leaf 2 peppercorns 1 pint (600 ml) stock 1 tablespoon corn flour ½ pint/300 ml milk salt & pepper

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1. Melt the butter in a saucepan and add the onion, sweetcorn, bay leaf and peppercorns. 2. C  ook gently for 5 minutes, then stir in the stock. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer for 25 minutes. 3. R emove the bay leaf and peppercorns and sieve the soup. 4. Return it to the saucepan. 5. Dissolve the cornflour in the milk and add to the pan with salt and pepper. 6. B ring to the boil, stirring, and simmer for 8 to 12 minutes.

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40€ a head

4 course meal with cava & canapes


mojacar playa

Cocktails- Copas - Vinos - Tapas


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theme nights

closed sunday evening & all day monday

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on the way to Serena, just past Bedar fountain

Sex in the city evening

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Traditional christmas lunch 5 Courses ONLY 35€ pp (booking essential)

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have your christmas party with us Our usual night time menu including roast lamb and roast pork Early booking essential

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Lunch 1pm - 4pm

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Live music


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FOOD & DRINK... FOOD & DRINK... Mussels in Saffron Broth Method

Meanwhile, in a flameproof casserole large enough to hold all the mussels, melt the remaining 1 tablespoon butter over medium heat. Add the remaining onion and bell pepper. Cook, stirring often, for 3 minutes or until softened. Add the remaining 1/2 cup wine, saffron, salt, and black pepper. Let In a stock pot, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter over medium the mixture bubble steadily for a few minutes. Add the crème heat. Add half the onion with the celery, carrot, and thyme. fraîche and parsley. Cook, stirring often, for 3 minutes. Pour in 1/2 cup of the Using a large slotted spoon, remove the mussels from the wine, with the bay leaf and mussels. stock pot. Strain the broth into the saffron mixture. Bring to Cover and cook over high heat for 3 minutes or until all the mussels are opened. Discard any that do not open; set aside a boil. Add the mussels to the pan. Spoon the liquid over them. Divide the mussels and broth among shallow bowls. off the heat. Discard any mussels that are chipped. If some mussels are open, tap lightly on their shells; if they stay open, discard them. Clean the mussels under a cold tap, removing the beard on each one; set aside.


Serves 4 4 ½ lb fresh mussels 2tbsp butter 1 red onion finely chopped 1 stalk celery finely chopped 1 carrot, thinly sliced 3 sprigs fresh thyme 1 cup dry white wine 1 small orange pepper, finely chopped Pinch of saffron thread Salt & pepper ¼ cup crème fraîche 1tbsp chopped fresh parsley

Mango Cheesecake


Serves: 6 75g butter 250 g digestive biscuits, crushed 200g full fat soft cheese 50 g/ 2oz caster sugar 2 mangoes 11g packet gelatine 284 ml whipping cream, whipped




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Method Melt the butter in a saucepan and stir in the digestive biscuits. Press into the base of a 20 cm loose-bottomed cake tin. Chill until firm.  Place the soft cheese and sugar in a bowl and beat together. Peel, stone and puree 1 mango, add to the cheese and sugar and mix well. Dissolve the gelatine in 3 x 15 ml spoons of boiling water, add to the mango mixture with two thirds of the cream. Mix well, spoon into the biscuit case and smooth the surface. Place in the fridge until set. Decorate with the remaining cream and mango

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Our food is full of flavour & freshly prepared Breakfast ~ Menu Del Dia ~ A la Carte Friday Fish and Chips from €6.00


Friday 3rd December - Kris Kelly…plus Fish & Chips 6€ Friday 30th November - Female singer Kris Kelly...Cod and Chips €6 SATURDAY 1ST DECEMBER START THE CHRISTMAS SEASON WITH A FANTASTIC NEW CHRISTMAS SHOW FROM SUZIE G!


SPECIAL MENU OF THE NIGHT...ONLY €7.50 House Salad or Homemade Soup Filo Turkey with Stuffing and Cranberry Dessert



Christmas & New Year Menus Available (Ask for details)

Sunday’s at The New Royal Sunday Lunches from € 8.50

Menu de la Noche Mon - Thurs 7 - 9pm 10€ per person 3 Courses plus 1 bottle of Wine per couple

All Live Sporting Events Shown On 3 BIG Screens

We Are Open Every Day Mon - Thurs 10am - 11pm, Fri - Sun 10am - late (El Alamillo Plaza, 200mts from the Beach – Pto De Mazarron)



COMMUNITY NEWS... HELP Murcia Age Concern Xmas Fair in Welcome Group.............................................. Puerto Mazarron................ On Wednesday 21st November Welcome The finale with the three singing I AM WHAT Mar Menor Christmas Fair is to be held at Lagarto Verde on Saturday were pleased to bring back The Rich Bitch I AM bought the house down with a stand Forthcoming The 1st December starting at 11.30AM and finishing at 3.30PM. Show from Benidorm to Marianos restaurant up ovation. Events.......... The venue is on the Via Axial about half way round, next to on Camposol. During the evening there was a lot of November

Friday 30th menu del dia at Puerto 3, Los Alcazares, which will be the Christmas party with carols for the Friendship Group at 1pm. Coffee mornings will be held at the office, which is situated at Calle Penelope No 11, Urbanizacion Oasis, Los Narejos, (behind the Deutsche Bank), on Thursday 29th Nov between 11am. and 1pm. Christmas cards, diaries and calendars available for sale.


Saturday 8th Fashion show at the Arches, Los Narejos at 2.30pm with stalls and entertainment Tuesday 11th charity market at La Zona Bar, Los Alcazares 10am 1pm. Saturday 15th Carol singing with Ron at The Arches at 2.30p.m. Mince pies and coffee at €2.50. Song sheets will be available. Sunday 16th Euro Navidad at Las Claras, Los Alcazares starting at 3pm. Every Saturday morning at The Arches, Los Narejos there will be a sale of good quality clothes between 10am and 1.30

the Cine Bahia, in the Puerto Mazarron. There is a One Euro entrance which includes a Christmas draw ticket. The draw has a meat voucher, hamper, cake and much more. The fair is expected to attract over thirty five stalls, with tombola, cakes, plants, sweets, pies, ceramics, clothes, bags, bling, cards, jewellery, spices, curry mixes and more! There will be a special Harlequin choir performance at 1PM and Santa Claus himself will appear.The bar and café will be open for drinks and food all day. Last year hundreds came through the doors and the whole day was a festive event, enjoyed by all. Rod Sawyer

St Nicholas Ecumenical Church...................................

Calle Sobrija 2248, D20 Urb. Camposol Tel. 968 13 89 52 Welcomes all denominations. We are a registered charity. No.Q3000277H Sunday Services are as follows. 1st Sunday Songs of Praise 10.30am 2nd Sunday Holy Communion 10.30am 3rd Sunday Morning Prayer 10.30am 4th Sunday Holy Communion 10.30am 5th Sunday Service by Church Members 10.30am Anyone wishing the assistance of the Church in any way, please call, Rev Len Eaton Tel. 968138952 Rev Deacon Maureen Kent Tel 636099679

HELP Murcia Mar Menor Are holding a

Christmas Fair

At the Novo Carthago, (Paddy Singh’s) Los Urrutias Wednesday 28th Nov starting at 11am Stalls will include jewellery, craft, Christmas cards and diaries. Food is available

Every Sunday morning there is a car boot sale at the Autocine, Los Alcazares Tickets for events available from Joan Mitchell 868 185 685 or 678 135 467, Janice Clark on 968 134 355, or the office 968 570 059

don’t forget we print your announcements free of charge! so EMAIL YOUR events and BIRTHDAY GREETINGS TO: EDITOR@SOLTIMES.COM

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My name is Raya, when the good people at MARA found me I was very sick, I had Leishmania and my liver was poorly. I had to have a lot of medicines and for the first few weeks I only had the strength to lay in my basket. Now I am a happy healthy little girl who just needs 1 tablet every day, I love to play and walk on my lead with my foster mum. I am now ready for my forever home and if you think that you can love me and give me a new home will you please ring Keith and he will tell you all about me. I hope you like my pictures.

If you can give either one of these boys a loving home please contact Keith on 628 811 188 or Marion on 628 811 187 or 968 979 865.

The only time this show has been seen outside of Benidorm was last March when they came down for Welcome. Due to the high demand for tickets there was a lot of people disappointed so they agreed to come back and put non another show which again was a full house. The three performers put on a fantastic show with so many costume changes. A lot of the ladies present wanted to know where they got their dresses from and were very jealous of the performers legs.

audience participation and many thanks from Welcome for all the good sports. Welcome now look forward to their Christmas Dance on December 12th with Rob Sweeney from Benidorm and the lovely Rhionne 11€ and also their New Years Eve Dance where they will be entertained by the ENTERTAINERS Just 19€ including a buffet. Only a few tickets left for both of these events. More details call Rosemary 620105179

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25 vending machines for sale 20 with sites for more info phone 968 970 681 Thistle & dragon

2 Stainless steel inset sinks 780 x 430 with mixer taps ,both right hand drainers ,Good condition , 20€ each . Camposol area . Tel.676 0287 25 A L UMINIUM GATES Double & Electric Sliding. Guaranteed no rust. Call Tracy on 966 726 891

Electric Golf Trolley Used for 12 rounds of golf. Complete with battery, charger and instruction manual. Only just over one year old. Giving up golf membership forces sale. Selling for less than half of what it cost new 125€ Tel. 695 340 569 Toshiba 22” High Definition LCD TV with Built-In DVD, USB Media Player, Freeview Tuner, Brand new in box Bought 32” TV instead so surplus to requirements, 140€ Tel. 695 340 569 32” TELEVISION very good condition complete

with manual. Nice looking item. 150€. Tel: 968 970 684 Camposol B Mazarron SKY BOX complete with Card 20€ Tel: 968 970 684 Camposol B Mazarron Dartboard in wooden cabinet complete with rubber mat only 30€ Tel: 966 190 695 of 610 673 922 EDESA electric 4 ring ceramic hob. Good Condition 40€ Tel: 698 289 324 Single Drainer Stainless Steel Sink with mixer tap. 204€ Tel: 698 289 324 Large Wall

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for sale good cond 30€ new silver adult walker only used twice indoors with brakes and seat with basket like new 80€ Tel: 966 848 630 AD J USTA B L E HIGHCHAIR , WOODEN COT with mattress and bedding. excellent condition 80€ Will

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Antique pine available for all works. coffee table with Small or large. magazine shelf, as new 40€ Tel: 698 Call Dave 693 251 562. 289 324 2 and 3 seater sofas. Brown Furniture base with cream cushions. Exc. condition. 100 & est 2006 150€ (200 the pair). sl Camposol area. Tel. 968131797 / ROJALES SPECIALIST OF PRE - OWNED 646771007 FURNITURE & AccESSORIES AT SENSIBLE PRICES PORTA B L E house clearance specialist AIRCON UNIT 72 FREE LOCAL DELIVERY SERVICE x 50 x 32 cms on WE BUY, SELL & PART EXCHANGE wheels. 50.00€. QUALITY FURNITURE Tel 96 676 3081 Open Mon - Fri 10 - 18.00, Sat 10 - 14.00 BATH SHOWER SCREEN 80 x 40 cms, with wall fittings. 25€. Tel 96 676 3081

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selling for 120€ in Carrefour 80€ Tel. 695 340 589 Lovely solid wood coffee table, 38”x 18”, solid wood undershelf. Excellent condition, only €25. Tel. 965 073 193 professional waxer inc. strips,l otions, wax 20€, slendertone muscle exerciser with 16 pads 25€, table top electric organ with pre-sets 35€,


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Cheaper than renting? All you pay is EUR 3,000 buying costs and the rest is mortgaged at around EUR 250 per month. Cheaper than renting an apartment in the area. Some of these 2 bedroom apartments have 2 bathrooms and some with only 1. It’s a first come, first served basis! Great deal! The apartments do not come with white goods but do have pre installation air conditioning. Quality and location The apartments are finished to a very high quality with communal areas decked out with marble floors and spacious corridors which make the building very light. The location is second to none, on the entrance to Los Montesinos overlooking the Torrevieja salt lakes and every apartment has its own private roof garden but there is no communal pool.

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natasha, Divorced, diverse super sexy, private apartment, complete massage with massage bed. Very discreet. Call 677 676 554 San Policarpo No. 87 Apt 1-17 Cerca Calle Orihuela. Can accommodate one person or accompanied. elegant Slim, sexy italian lady available home/house visits. Torrevieja, La Manga, Torre pacheco & Mazarron. Escort available, home & house visits Tel: 693 357 526

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earn €350-€1400 part-time/full-time catalogue distribution & team leader roles available with 89 year old PLC visit:

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wanted cars for cash Best prices paid car parts All vehicle repairs, servicing, small bodywork repairs, ITV and paperwork Spanish English needs. Ken Sherwood, British Mechanic Tel: 679 646 859 (Costa Calida area only). Car parts Anythingconsidered telephone Need quality new parts for any car for sensible prices on all parts Tim on 662 211 993 610 078 940


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had much idea what the other was talking about, but Amalia was big on hand signals! The hospital food offered made my memories of school dinners seem like banquets fit for nobility, so I fetched my purse and mentioned to her that I was going down to the shop to buy Pete something to eat. As I crossed the lobby I saw Amalia, nervously hopping from foot to tiny foot, scanning the crowd and obviously waiting for someone. In her hand she had a small scrap of paper. She saw me and homed in gratefully. ‘Can you read Spanish?’ she asked, holding out the paper. Strange, I thought, perhaps she can’t read – yet I’m sure I had seen her reading Pronto and 10 Minutos, maybe she was only looking at the pictures? She looked so anxious and the paper seemed so important to her that I took it and read it out loud, hoping that I could help. In Spanish it read: ‘I’m sorry I’ve not been nicer to you, but circumstances have overcome me. You are very kind people, I hope everything goes well for you.’ ‘I couldn’t say the words.’ She said, tears in her eyes. It’s hard hugging someone half your height, but if anyone ever deserved a hug, it was dear little Amalia, right there in the hospital lobby. I hope her neighbours are as good to her as ours are to us.

Que vaya todo bien, Amalia!

The X-asperation Factor

Every year around this time, I rattle on about one or other of those two Saturday night stalwarts – The X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing. And although I had pretty much made up my mind that I would avoid those subjects this time around, I am drawn to the events of Saturday the 17th November on The X factor. Because shock horror, the two acts that the panel of judges in their infinite wisdom have deemed to be the best two vocalists in the competition, were in the bottom two sing-off with the result that the brilliant 16 year old Ella Henderson – the only female remaining in the competition – was given her marching orders. The arrogance of the judges knows no bounds, with Tulisa Contostavlos up in arms because “The public voted for the wrong people” and not for the first time banging on about it being a singing contest with the vocals the most important aspect - a

sentiment that had the other judges nodding in agreement. Tulisa, like her fellow judge and colleague Nicole Scherzinger is a stunner, but unfortunately unlike Nicole, she spoils it by speaking. But hang on, if it’s all about the vocals Tulisa, how come you used your vote to keep the multicoloured Rylan Clark in three weeks ago in the sing off between him and the vocally superior Kye Sones? This sent the vote to deadlock and it was bye bye Kye. Crucially in casting your vote, you said, “It’s not just a singing competition”. Make up your mind girl! There seems to be an organised campaign from the judges to get shot of Christopher Maloney, and even his mentor, Gary Barlow, stated on air that he hopes another one of the contestants will win. What sort of mentor is that? Louis Walsh has called Maloney a diva and says he finds him “bland and boring”, and to some he probably is. After all he is 34 years old (gasp), wears clothes that have been designed for humans and doesn’t wear a baseball cap the wrong way round. He probably will not win – sorry Chris, but you do look like a sales assistant from PC World - it’s hard to see

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him on the international stage wowing the sort of audiences that whoop and holler at the likes of JLS and One Direction. But he has a great voice and there is a definite niche for him with the more mature ballad brigade. By the way Louis, when it comes to bland and boring, you could take charisma lessons from Ed Miliband. But there’s the rub, because Maloney will not bring in the millions in revenue through music sales and live performances that will most certainly come from younger, hipper and more visually appealing performers. The voice is important, but not nearly as important as the marketability of the act and that’s what The X Factor - aka Simon Cowell’s music empire – is all about. Money. Let’s face it; Christopher Maloney winning this year’s final would be a financial disaster for Cowell So let’s get it straight and see The X Factor for what it really is. On the one hand it is the promotion of Simon Cowell’s vested interests as the show’s executive producer and from ITV’s viewpoint; it is an entertainment show that is designed to pull in the viewers. And make no mistake, they will do whatever is necessary to achieve that.

Witness the spats and the seemingly bad tempered squabbles between the judges and the leaked stories of bad blood back stage – all designed to titillate the viewing audience and to provide an incentive to tune in for more of the same. Then there are the hard luck stories of the contestants themselves. How they were maltreated as kids; had lost a hamster or had been living rough on the streets. These things might be true, but they are personal and private matters and certainly have nothing whatever to do with talent. And I hate to think about the staging and production costs, all designed to hit you in the face and if anything, detract from the supposed focus of all this attention – the performers themselves. Unless the X Factor gets back on track and is genuinely there to promote the best talent, which means having judges who are unbiased and sincere and not under orders from their bosses, then it will die a death. Already viewing figures are down a massive 5 million on 2010. This may mean a different system whereby the acts are mentored by individuals who have nothing to do with the judging panel – two separate entities perhaps? The one good thing to come out of this is that Tulisa has nobody left to mentor. The bad thing is, she will still get to speak.

A l queria A rri b a A l q ueria Rodriguez was not a happy man. Since the declaration of the Alquerian Republic, the Hill People had risen in importance. The use of their Remitroot Liquor to back the Raro, Alqueria’s currency had spiralled them into prominence. Rodriquez attempted to make an olive oil wine to rival the Remitroot variant. Olives however contain very little sugar. His poor quality olives had to be infused with a glucose solution. An industrial chemist from Murcia agreed to help in exchange for some compromising photographs of himself and an itinerant masseuse from Oslo. The olives were soaked in the glucose solution. Chemicals were added making the whole soluble in olive oil. The result sweet olives. These were then put into nets to give the illusion that they had just been harvested. However with such a new process there were unforeseen side-effects. The side-effects were not only unforeseen but also unpredictable. The treated olives spontaneously exploded at random intervals. Arián Pérez actually ate several of the olives mistaking them for the conventional variety. Mixed with his stomach acids they exploded simultaneously, cauterising a troublesome peptic ulcer, curing an irritable bowel and causing his hair to stand on end in the latest style. With this failure Rodriquez became a broken man. He took to eating comfort foods and soon became even more obese than usual. The only garment that fitted him was a home-made kaftan. Unfortunately when he attended village functions people thought he was the refreshment tent. He became a recluse, not washing or shaving, his hair grew long and tangled. He peered at the world as if he were a he-goat gazing up from the bottom of a cave. The discomfort of this existence soon animated him and he decided on direct action. If he couldn’t beat the Hill People and he certainly wasn’t joining them, he would usurp the legitimate government of Alqueria. A coup d’état. He enlisted the help of two sinister characters from the Canary Islands, Señores Forcan and Olam. Two of the foulest and morally vacuous individuals in the western world. Rodriquez had a lot in common with them and felt at home in their company. Rodriquez’s second in command at his olive mill, Roberto Robles made up the fourth conspirator. Whether Roberto joined this dark collaboration out of a natural sense of loyalty, plain stupidity or in the hope of financial reward is academic. The die was cast and events in Alqueria were about to take a disturbing turn for the worst. Lights burned late as the Alquerian Four plotted their dark deeds.

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Well here we are at the start of another year! All right, I know it’s not January yet, but it is Advent, which is generally recognised as the start of the Church Year. For Advent means “coming” and is the time when we Christians traditionally prepare ourselves to celebrate Christmas, as we remember Jesus coming to Earth to be born in the manger in Bethlehem. But far more importantly, Advent is also the time when we remember that as a part of his teaching, Jesus often spoke of his eventual return, promising that at some future date he would come again to set up his Kingdom; so during Advent we are called upon to prepare ourselves for this event, ensuring that we are ready. And yes, I know that over the years many cranks have discredited this aspect of Christian teaching by making all manner of extravagant claims, with forecasts of doom and ‘end of the World’ scenarios. But such irrational behaviour on behalf of the few, shouldn’t prevent the rest of us from serious consideration of the very real teaching of Jesus, echoed in these words from the Creed, acknowledged, accepted and regularly recited by Christians from all branches of the Christian Church: “He ascended into heaven, And is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.” So yes, in this Advent season I believe we should all take time to challenge our faith, to ensure that however little we may understand, yet we accept Jesus at his word and prepare ourselves for his unending kingdom. It’s pretty exciting stuff really, and if only we can get to grips with it, this promise makes an incredible difference to our understanding of death and the loss of those we love. And being really prepared for his kingdom can, I suggest, give a whole new meaning to the expression “Happy Christmas”.

Further information about the Anglican Church and details of forthcoming events 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

The perpetual Spanish Grand prix

What they think they drive!

Moving to Spain almost seven years ago I was warned that many drivers think they are Fernando Alonso; hence swerving in the opposite direction just before they turn, not overtaking until mere inches behind and then sharply pulling in front meaning the overtaken car is now breaking the good old three second rule. Then the option is either to slow down or overtake them again. Overtaking is normally fine as normally they veer off at the next junction anyway. I have been doing a lot of motorway driving recently and the other day passed the scene of a high speed accident and then minutes later another car hurtled past at 180kmh in the dark when foggy. The dangerous habit of tail-gating normally results in pile ups and when anyone sensibly leaves a good gap (hence my 3 seconds comment earlier) inevitably a couple of cars nip into the space. The peculiar British habit of being polite and letting cars out at junctions completely baffles most drivers despite flashing headlight, smiling and polite arm waving. It’s good fun to watch the incomprehension though. Now instead of changing a gas bottle on the cooker every couple of months, the gas fire is also on in the lounge and anyone with central heating will be watching the gas or heating oil levels. It makes us all much more aware of our energy usage especially having to lug gas bottles around and shelling out each time for them rather than it silently coming into the house by mains pipe and just as quietly dribbling out the bank account by direct debit. A dog is for life not just for Christmas! Words we hear every year as animal charities try and reduce the senseless trade in pets when so many lovely cats and dogs are in shelters. Small toy dogs and specialist breeds are snapped up by people often following a fashion trend. People often don’t then spend the few Euros to spay their new pets and any resulting puppies and kittens can be left for someone to find in a bin or rambla. In a hamlet where I lived the normally lovely couple that were my neighbours asked me countless times how much it was to spay their bitch and then every 7-8 months without fail the poor thing had another litter that would be there for a few days and then disappear in the night. To compound things they had given previous offspring to other neighbours who also did not spay them and so the male offspring mated with its own mother causing horrid birth defects. Is it coincidence at Christmas that prices go up in supermarkets? With so many small traders around we can all help them survive the economic downturn by popping in to see what they offer. For presents too check out the smaller shops and why not also check out charity shops and the various markets around rather than getting on the computer and ordering something from Amazon. Mind you unless a blurry counterfeit copy of a favourite film, dodgy handbag or a pair of sunglasses from a looky looky man is desired Amazon is a safe bet for these items. Stephen Amore has lived in Almeria since July 2006 and owns Findmeahome estate agency. Writing on a variety of topics close to his heart such as environmental issues, animal welfare, food and drink, music and travel, as well as commenting on the absurdities of living in Spain! email: -

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World Downs C.F Sporting de San Fulgencio Lo Marabu Lackluster Saints beaten by showing incredible reactions to impressive Monforte change direction and keep hold Golf Society... Syndrome Swimming in association with Costa Blanca Monforte C.F 2-0 C.F Sporting of the ball. Green Fee Services) at Bonalba Championships de San Fulgencio The opening goal arrived soon on 22nd November 2012. Two second half goals were enough to earn Monforte a well deserved win over San Fulgencio on a chilly Valencian evening. The first quarter of the match flew by with little happening, but the visitors shaded the opening exchanges without troubling the solid home backline. Monforte had the first effort at goal with a well-struck volley, but the shot was wide of the target. Marco Aurelio then forced the goalkeeper to make a smart save down to his right with the first attempt on target. The man between the sticks foiled Marco again minutes later when the Brazilian nicked the ball from the unsuspecting centreback. As the game went on the midtablers began to take control of the contest and should have opened the scoring just before the break, but when on his own the striker fluffed his lines from a few yards out and his shot trickled past the post. After a few ineffective San Fulgencio corners, the teams went to the changing rooms level. Hector Silva came close to scoring for the Saints just after the restart, but the keeper did well to tip the midfielder’s header past the post. It was end to end stuff for the first few minutes as Manuel Llopis pulled off a great save from a deflected strike,

after due to some poor marking and a mistake by Manuel Llopis. Monforte’s number 7 nodded in a well delivered corner after Manuel missed his punch. The hosts almost had another from a similar situation, but luckily for the joint leaders the header was too high to trouble the defence. With ten minutes remaining Monforte finished the game off thanks to some questionable defending from San Fulgencio. Their striker had been a menace for Claudio’s men’s defence and he got his goal ten minutes from time. A lack of communication seemed to be the problem in this case as Aaron Lopez and Joaquin Rodriguez let their man run between them before clipping the ball over Llopis to consolidate their victory. A fixture to forget for the Saints, but hopefully the loss motivates the players to get a result against C.D Dolres next Sunday! An important home game at 12:00, make sure you come to support the lads! Thank you to Telecom 900 and the rest of our sponsors! There is a Fundraising event at the Hog’s Head(Consum Square Urb La Marina) this Wednesday 28th November at 8pm, feel free to attend!

For this month’s meeting a group of 32 players visited the established course at Bonalba taking advantage of the excellent society deal obtained from Costa Blanca Green Fee Services. Despite a poor weather forecast the weather stayed fair and the course was in a much improved condition following their problems a few months ago. The scoring was consistent on the day and the winners were as follows: 1st Colin Edwards – 34 points 2nd Dave Mason – 33 points 3rd Mike Probert – 32 points 4th Alan Gifford – 31 points Best Front 9 A Walker 16 points Best Back 9 P Ashcroft -17 points Nearest Pins M Probert, D Mason, D Pretty and A Gifford After the game we returned to the Lo Marabu, which is located at Dona Pepa, Quesada for a welcome meal prepared by the bar and the prize presentation. Our next official society meeting is the Christmas Competition at Font Del Llop on Thursday 13th December 2012 followed that evening by our Annual Awards Dinner. 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.

Brother and sister Adam and Lucy Stewart have returned from Loano in Italy after competing in the Down Syndrome World Swimming Championships. Adam won 3 medals, silver in the 400 meters freestyle plus a Personal Best time, silver in the 4x50 meters team relay and bronze in the 1500 meters freestyle plus a Personal Best Time. Lucy better known for her flamenco dancing with Raquel Peñas Flamenco Para Todas qualified earlier this year to swim breaststroke. This was her first major competition, and she also won silver in the 25 meter breaststroke with a Personal Best time knocking 5 seconds off her previous time,

so look out Adam. There were approx 150 athletes from 21 countries taking part from as far apart as Japan and Brazil. With the introduction of new rules and time banding there was some confusing but this will no doubt be sorted out by the next World Championships in 2 years time in Mexico. Adam and Lucy would like to thank all who have supported them throught out the past

Alicante Golf Club - 221.11.12 What a change a week makes, warm sunshine, no rain, back to normal and so says everyone. After the rains of the last two weeks and the disappointment of cancelled games it was with happy hearts that the Society set out to play a Stableford at Alicante. Thanks to the kind hospitality of Alicante golf, we enjoyed coffee and toast on arrival and eagerly queued up next to the first tee to watch the tee off. The course looked good with only one or two patches of mud around and the greens freshly cut, were a joy. No stories at all to report this

week, everyone seemed happy with not a grumble in sight and as usual there are always players around to take advantage of these conditions, mainly Harry (Hi lad) Wilcock, John B (Mr Consistent) Henderson and Scot (Mr Happy) Blair. Well done lads. Gold Division: 1st Harry (Hi lad) Wilcock 39pts, 2nd Peter Morris 35pts and 3rd Robert (Captain) Berry 32pts Silver Division: 1st John B. (Mr Consistent) Henderson 37pts, 2nd Steve Cosgrove 33pts and 3rd Malcolm Morrison 32pts Bronze Division: 1st Scott (Mr Happy) Blair 39pts, 2nd Paul

year, especially Junior Strikers for their financial support and Mar Azul School, John Dyer, CDM Orihuela Costa and CN Torrievieja for all their technical guidance. The next major competition for Adam and Lucy is the DSSF European Championships in Southampton in April but Adam has the Spanish Masters Competition in Barcelona in February so there is no rest for him in his training programme.

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Carter 29pts and 3rd Geoff Dowsett 25pts Best guest: Jim Noonan 32pts NTPs: hole 3, Ian Carmichael, hole 8, Joe Kyne, hole 12, Andrew Mattey and hole 15, Ray Brown Only one 2 was scored so Peter Morris took home €50 and just to make his day complete, John B (Mr Consistent) Henderson won the free game draw Once again Monty’s Bar put on food for us after the game, much appreciated guys, many thanks. Gail Coultate Correspondent




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daya nueva....................................... DAYA GIVE AWAY POINTS inspired game. On 51 minutes YET AGAIN !! COX 2 v. DAYA NUEVA 2 INFANTILS G10s It was a scrappy start from both sides, then on 4 minutes Danni in the Daya goal almost presented Cox with the opening goal, only last ditch defending on the goal line saved the day for the visitors. This near miss woke up Daya and they pressed forward and one attack produced a good save from the home side’s keeper. Cox were restricted to occasional breakaways one of which on 20 minutes saw Danni having to beat away a fierce shot. Soon after Daya’s Jota was called into action having to make a crucial interception. The home side were beginning to put pressure on Daya now but Jota and Francisco were rock solid at the back for the visitors. On the stroke of half time a great save from the home side’s keeper kept out a goal bound header from Manuel. So 0 - 0 at the interval with Daya having just shaded the half. The start of the second period saw Daya pile on the pressure but a quick breakaway by Cox almost caught the visitors out but somehow Daya scrambled the ball away for a corner. On 42 minutes Daya won a penalty, up stepped Manuel but his shot was brilliantly saved by the Keeper who was having an

another good chance fell to Daya but Carlos failed to fully connect with the ball allowing the keeper to make yet another fine save. Daya came under intense pressure themselves and the home side looked the more likely to score. From a corner Danni punched clear, the ball found its way out to Francisco, he took the ball forward beating a number of Cox defenders to put in a cross that eventually fell to Carlos who lashed it home from close range to give Daya a 1 - 0 lead on 58 minutes. Just two minutes later it was all square when Daya were caught out in defence. Back came the visitors and their lead was restored on 64 minutes when Manuel scored a good goal. So 2 - 1 Daya but it wasn’t over yet! Cox won a free kick, Danni called for the ball but never got to it, so a simple tap in gave the home side their second goal on 68 minutes to level the match. Final score 2 - 2 which was probably a fair result. If only Daya could put away their chances they would be way out in front of all their rivals. It seems as though the opposing goal keepers have their best games against Daya. Man of the Match, the home side’s keeper. Daya Dave Team Sponsor: Segurlab

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CF LORCA DEPORTIVA 0 MAZARRON FC 2 Mazarron’s march up the league table continued with a well earned 2-0 away victory at Lorca Deportiva. Despite being in command for most of the game, Mazarron had to endure a spell of intense pressure for a 15 minute spell in the second half during which goalkeeper, Jose Iker, made a number of outstanding saves to keep Mazarron in the game. Mazarron started brightly with Cecilio and Jose Ruben linking up intelligently on a number of occasions and Santi producing some defence splitting passes from midfield. One of these found Miguelon on the right but his cross was punched clear by the Lorca goalkeeper. After 17 minutes a superb chip from Jose Ruben out on the right deceived everyone but the ball rebounded to safety from the cross bar. Santi then put Ruben clear but his run was blocked by two Lorca defenders. After 30 minutes more excellent play by Cecilio saw Ruben break clear again only to see his shot blocked by the keeper. Lorca had been restricted to sporadic breakaways but could have scored two minutes before half time with a header that went just over the bar. Mazarron replied immediately with a fiercely struck shot by Cecilio which was well saved by the Lorca keeper. Alfonso and Edu replaced

Miguelon and Diego (2) at half time but it was Lorca who took the game to Mazarron in the early stages of the second half. Jose Iker made four superb saves in the space of 15 minutes before Mazarron began to take control again. Jose Ruben went close on a number of occasions and Cecilio headed wide from a Santi free kick. Poyato replaced the tiring Santi in midfield after 62 minutes and opened the scoring just ten minutes later. Ruben’s left wing run ended with an excellent ball to the far post which deceived the keeper and fell to Cecilio whose cross was headed back into the far corner of the net by Poyato to give Mazarron the lead. After 85 minutes a free kick on the right was dummied by Cecilio and Diego raced in at the far post to turn the ball home for Mazarron’s second goal and make it three wins and a draw from the last four games. This excellent result moves Mazarron up to 10th position in the league. Team: Jose Iker, Barrachina, Diego (capt), Pepelu, Pepe Pollo, Miguelon (Edu), Santi (Poyato), Diego 2 (Alfonso), Jose Ruben, Cecilio (Urrea), Panocha (Ahmed) Man of the Match: Jose Iker Mazarron’s next game is at home to Olimpico de Totana at the Estadio Municipal on Sunday 2nd December, kick off 4.30 pm. Admission is €4 with juveniles free.

SMGS at VISTABELLA Some of this week’s happy winners.

Around thirty members and guests from San Miguel Golf Society descended on the lovely surroundings of Vistabella for our midweek meeting. The vast majority of us had not played the course before and after completing only one or two of the interesting holes, we very soon regretted not visiting before. Only consisting of 11 holes takes little away from the experience as the first 7 holes are played twice, but from different tee-boxes each time. Being just short of 6,000 metres for the full round, the par 73 course is both picturesque and in first class condition with manicured fairways, greens and bunkers. Subtle positioning of the water hazards calls for some clever course management and the undulating, but very true, greens add a certain degree of skill requirement to the proceedings. All in all the course was certainly no push-over and the range of scores recorded by our mixed bag of golfers with varying skill levels showed that nobody burnt it up on the day! The small but friendly clubhouse was the perfect 19th hole! It was quite an unusual experience to witness such sensible prices helping to make the après-golf session a very pleasurable one. One of our better putters summed up the tricky greens when he

remarked, “The easiest shot on that course was the 4th putt!” Roger Pearson’s 20 points surprisingly won him the visitor’s prize and Ken Flaherty was the only member to win one of the three nearest the pins. The silver category’s 1, 2 & 3 were Ray Ewins (33), Tommy Boyle (25) and Norman McBride (22). The gold category’s top 3 were Ken Flaherty (33), John Drakesmith (32) and Ben Price got into 3rd spot on count-back with his 30 points. The other end of the scale was poor Jackie Marshall who didn’t have one of her best days, but at least she can drown her sorrows in this week’s bottle of fine wine as winner of the “Abacus” award. I couldn’t possibly finish one of our society reports without mentioning Barry Roehrig but this week it’s unusually not as one of the winners, it’s with good wishes from all the members for a speedy recovery from rather a painful trapped nerve… least it gives some others a shot at the prizes!! I must remember to destroy the doll and the pins. Have a shufty at our website which is currently under reconstruction for future meetings or give Barry a buzz on 966 731 033. Visitors are always made very welcome.

FC TORREVIEJA - TORRY HIT CATARROJA FOR SIX................................ Last Sunday, Torry entertained bottom of the table Catarroja, who had only 4 points to their credit this season and had lost their last 6 games. A dramatic change in fortunes from last season when they were crowned league champions at the end of the season. The match was switched from the Vicente Garcia stadium, which has been re-seeded and needs time to recover, to the Nelson Mandela stadium which has an artificial playing surface and on which the Torry squad train. Torry were looking to get back to winning ways and hopefully boost their goal tally for the season in a tightly contested league where goal difference may come into play at the end of the season. Torry were again without Rafa, who is still regaining fitness, and also Pedro Lopez who must have received an injury last week against Eldense. Burguillos replaced Pedro Lopez in central defence. Koeman was on the bench. Torrys starting lineup: Manolo, Vicente Boix, Burguillos, Jorge, Javi Rosa, Abel, Dani (Cuco Ros, 45’), Luis Carlos, Inarejos (Manu Amores, 62’), Ernesto (Koeman, 46’) and Gasch. The game started a bit scrappily but came alive on 13 minutes after a long raking pass from Abel released Luis Carlos wide on the right and he drove forward going through a

couple of tackles and cut the ball back to Ernesto who made no mistake with a powerful shot into the bottom corner of the net for a GOALLLLL to Torry 1-0. Ernesto then played Inarejos in and he struck a good curling shot which was heading for the far corner until their keeper acrobatically turned it round the post for a corner. The resultant corner was not cleared decisively by the Catarroja defence and it was seized upon by Gasch, just inside the area, and he rifled the ball into the back of the net for a GOALLLLL to Torry 2-0. A few minutes later Torry won another corner and Burguillos met it with a firm header into the back of the net for another GOALLLLL to Torry 3-0 with only 23 minutes played. Luis Carlos was having an outstanding game down Torrys right turning the Catarroja fullback inside out. Inarejos had an opportunity in the 27th minute when put it the clear but was caught in two minds and instead of shooting he tried to deliver a ball across goal which went harmlessly wide of the far post. 5 minutes later a fine run from Luis Carlos and pass played Inarejos in again but he lifted his shot over the bar from an excellent position. A minute later Luis Carlos dribbled in from the right and hit a hard low shot on the turn which hit the outside of the

post with their keeper beaten. On 42 minutes after new interplay between Vicente and Gasch, Vicente cut the ball back to the edge of the box to Luis Carlos who took a touch and struck the ball fiercely into the roof of the net for a GOALLLL to Torry 4-0. The half time whistle blew and Torry were clapped off the field by their happy and appreciative supporters. With the game effectively won, Torry made a double substitution taking off Ernesto and Dani and bringing on Koeman and Cuco Ros. Torry again started on the front foot and a corner in the 49th minute was headed into the back of the net by fullback Javi Rosa for a GOALLLL to Torry 5-0. Torry then came close to a sixth goal when a good delivery into the box by Javi Rosa was met with a bullet header from Koeman which shaved the outside of the post. On 54 minutes Torry were out of sight when Luis Carlos cut the ball back for the incoming Cuco Ros to lash the ball into the back of the net for a GOALLLL to Torry 6-0 with over 30 minutes still remaining on the clock. Torry went into cruise control. Vicente had a powerful long range effort well saved by their keeper and towards the end Manolo had to make his first really serious save of the game with a splendid tip over the bar from a header from close range. The full time

whistle blew and the Torry players acknowledged their supporters and the supporters in turn acknowledged the Torry players for their performance against a youthful but poor Catarroja team. You still have to take your chances though and on this occasion Torry took most of theirs to record an emphatic win which could have been greater but who is complaining. Torry move up 6 places to 6th in the table only 2 points off 4th position with a game in hand. On Sunday they are away to La Nucia who are second in the table behind Novelda to whom they surrendered top spot and lost their unbeaten record with a 1-0 loss to a 90th minute goal last Sunday. They will be a tough nut to crack. The Torry Army have organised a coach to the game and are making a day of it with leisure time and Sunday lunch in Benidorm before going to the game. There are still seats left so if you want to join the merry little band of Torry supporters on the road, call in at the Torry Army Office between 10.00 and 12.00 today or tomorrow or ring Pat on 966 786 352 / 688 698 894 and book a place An elated Darrylldinho following his adopted team in Spain give Catarroja a right good hiding.



MAGGOTS END..................................

Eurogolf, La Marquesa 68 players took part in today’s competition, 22 November, which was a Medford Competition at La Marquesa Golf Course. The first 9 holes were played in a Medal format and the second 9 a Stableford format. The Stableford points are then deducted from the nett medal score to get the final result. The weather could not have been more favourable with little wind and a beautiful sunny afternoon for those playing later. This is a definite improvement on the weather encountered in Spain whilst the writer was sunning herself on the other side of the globe. The winners were as follows: Gold Division: 1st Robin Richards 18 points 2nd Keith Wright 21 points c/b 3rd Paul Manning 21 points Silver Division: 1st John Holland 20 points c/b 2nd Gloria Manning 20 points 3rd Terry Sayers 21 points c/b Bronze Division: 1st Colin Hobden 18 points 2nd Pat Jackson 21 points 3rd Janet Tocker 22 points Nearest the pins: 5th Cindi Green 11th Frances Buckeridge 12th (second shot) Rachel

Leckey 15th Hedy Paehlig 17th Ian R Pegg Best Front Nine – Vince Tocker – 35 nett Best Back Nine – Will York – 19 points The overall winner of the Medford Competition was Colin Hobden on count back. Football Winners: Frances Buckeridge, Morag Turner, Robin Richards, Bill Martin. TOFF’s Results Tuesday 20 November 2012 Overall Winner – Robin Richards Gold Division 1st Robin Richards 38 points 2nd Paul Manning 36 points 3rd Stan Low 34 points Silver 1st Gordon Bourne 36 points 2nd John Dinnadge 34 points c/b 3rd Julian Frutos 34 points Bronze 1st Geof Evans 38 points 2nd Beverley Fairhurst 34 points 3rd Joe Ogden 31 points Nearest the Pins 5th Vince Tocker, 15th Robin Richards 11th Robin Richards, 17th Liz Menzies Best Front Nine – Marylyn Eckersall - 19. Best Back Nine – David Gregson - 20

RODS AND REELS This week,s competition was the halfway point of the Winter Championship. The competition, being 11 matches with the best 8 results to count. The venue was the Embalse de Ojos or Blanca as it is better known. 16 brave anglers turned out knowing but hoping that although it was late in the year the fish would still feed. Alas, that was not the case there were still 7 blanks. The only bonus on the day was it did not rain and the next match is June 2013!!!!!. One notable angler said afterwards that this was the 3rd time of fishing there without a bite some 19.5 hours of frustration, as is this place?. Top Rods on the day 1st Doug (Welsh Goldminer) Hornblow fishing the feeder using pellet with 11.14 kilo´s. 2nd Mick ( The Arsenal ) Hill fishing the feeder using pellet with 6.58 kilo´s. 3rd Terry (Swing E´m) Screen fishing the feeder using pellet with 4.74 kilo´s. Winter Championship Points After 6 rounds accumulative points are Dave Hoare with 15 points Terry Screen & Ian Dalzell with 31 points. PLEASE NOTE The club has some vacancies at present, if you are interested in joining please contact Derek Swann on 966 729 293 or 603 535 771. Also members, the Murcia Federation dues are now required, money to be paid to Derek or Sue Swann urgently. ABBEY ANGLING RESULTS Supplied by Terry Screen After all the recent rain the day remained dry and bright for our Annual Xmas Contest on the 20th November on the river Segura at the Eden Stretch. The water was up and

coloured and pushing through, fishing was hard on the day keeping the weights down, this is now to be expected with the colder nights. Andy Stevenson who was drawn one above the pylons making the best of the day with a winning weight of 5.660kg taken on feeder and corn, Well Done !! 1st Andy (The Web man) Stevenson with 5.660kg fishing the feeder and using corn 2nd Ian (The Irish Wizard) Dalzell with 3.960kg fishing the feeder and using pellet 3rd Clive (Golf no more) Cleghorn with 3.840kg fishing the pole and feeder using corn A good day was had by all which was followed by the presentation of the prizes at the Marjal Campsite. All details are available on our website www.abbeyangling. com or from the match secretary Terry Screen on 965 328 368 ANGLERS TOGETHER The objective of Anglers Together was to introduce anglers to each other, who otherwise had no one to fish with or didn’t know where to fish. It was successful in bringing together many anglers who established friendships and which continue to this day. No meetings are held now but information is still available through our email address; anglerstogether@hotmail. TIGHT LINES DAVE HOARE

Fairwayz Golf Society.................................................................................. Wow what a great day! 28 of us played at Vistabella this Thursday 22nd, and the weather was superb, sunshine and shorts, (for some). The gods were good to us if you compare the weather we had last week! Again we had several players taking part in the medal competition, which is being organised by Johnny Pedersen. The rest of us played Stableford on a course which was in superb condition. The scores were reasonable and the day

was enjoyed by all. The results were as follows. Gold category:1st Alex Duchard 32pts. 2nd Roger Inwards 31pts. Best front 9 Derek Briggs 17pts Best back 9 John Pedersen 16pts. Nearest the pin Roger Inwards. Nearest the pin in 2 R.Hills. (Guest)

Silver category:1st Colin Pepperday 30pts. 2nd Phil Bowditch 28pts. Best front 9 Alan Gosling 14pts Best back 9 Gerry Williams 17pts. nearest the pin Gerry Williams. Nearest the pin in 2 Dominic Weston. The 2 ball prize won by two players : Roger Inwards and graham Philip. Thanks to all for a good day. The next game is at Alenda on 29th Nov. Tee time is 9:50am.

The following game is at Altorreal on 6th Dec. Tee time is 10:15am. Please be at the course 1 hour before the first tee time.

Xmas presents. I am not at the Moncayo Market this Saturday, but will be back on 6 December, with all of the rugby branded gear and club/international shirts etc, so see you all down there. Ideal Xmas presents. The next home league match will be on 15 December against Cartagena. 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. 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)

New members and always welcome.


For more information please call Tony on 966 785 781. or Steve on 966 637 449. Thank you, Steve Lawrence.

ITV ORIHUELA RFC............................ ITV ORIHUELA RFC NEXT early Xmas cheer.

CHALLENGE AWAY TO ALBACETE After two excellent games by the players and have showed a lot of improvement with the results from last season, this weekend they are away to Albacete and looking to continue the great work been done in the last two matches. Also with a little bit of good fortune, and get something out of the match. In recent weeks with quite a few new additions to the team and players who have not played before have got together a very good young squad, well at my age everyone is young. This is the last away game of the year before the Xmas break, and with one more game at home before Xmas we will be looking for some

Our next game is away this weekend to Albacete on 1 December. This coming weekend we will be televising all of the autumn international live rugby matches at the rugby bar in Rojales, The Steakhouse, used to be Tylers Bar, on Friday, Ospreys v Blues at 20.00, followed on Saturday with England v All Blacks at 14.30 or Wales v Australia at 15.00 and the women England v All Blacks at 16.30and finally Sunday Sarries v Gloucester at 15.30 so come along to the only designated rugby bar in the area and join the Costa Blanca Rugby Supporters Club as well. Looking forward to seeing everyone down there. On Thursday 29 I am at The Steakhouse between 10.30 and 13.30 selling all of the rugby branded clothing, ideal



CAPTAIN’S CHARITY TROPHY Wednesday 21st November 2012 San Javier Golf Society maintained their tradition of nominating one of their regular meetings to raise funds for a local charity with a competition for the Captain’s Charity Trophy. Captain for 2012/13, Barry Beale had chosen MABS as this year’s recipient and on Wednesday 21st November 28 players met at Peraleja Golf for the event. The competition was played as a Mystery Pairs Stableford but players were left in no doubt that the main ‘winners’ on the day were going to be MABS. Janet Bell, Fund Raising Co-ordinator for MABS was on hand to see players off and there again in the afternoon to welcome them back and present the Trophy. Juan-Fran and the team at Peraleja had been most generous in their help with the event and a number of other members and guests had most graciously donated prizes for the raffle and skill events during the day. The weather was kind with warm sunshine and little wind and the course has benefitted from the recent rain which had turned everything a pleasant green. The course has suffered with some of its fairways but there are real signs that things are improving and the tees and greens cannot be faulted. However that did not seem to inspire the players with nobody breaking net par and

the overall scoring mostly leaving something to be desired – perhaps the occasion was greater than the play. The cards were paired up randomly at the end and congratulations went to Joe Flanagan & Ann Geary who lifted the trophy by 3 points from Bob Blair & Mark McGregor with John Collins & Roger McGeagh a point further back in third. Skills prizes were won by John Collins, Ann Geary, Neil Robinson and Ian Wade. In his speech Captain Barry Beale thanked all at Paraleja, the members of the Commitee who had put so much effort in to make the day a success, sponsors of prizes for their generosity and most importantly the members who had been so generous in their contributions to the pot. Janet Bell graciously accepted a cheque for €550 from the Captain and expressed her gratitude on behalf of the Charity.

BAD DAY AT THE OFFICE FOR MONTE ................................................ CD Montesinos 0 – 2 CD Murada CDM Team; Lopez, Sergio, Becker, Fernando, Geremias, Rubio, Edu, Andres, M & A, Iker and Chulo. CDM Subs: Javi on for Geremias and Omar on for Rubio We should have known it was not going to be our day after just one minute of this game. That is all it took for the Monte keeper, Lopez, to come running out of his area and clatter into his own centre half, Geremias. That left the Murada forward to simply tap into an empty net and give the visitors a first minute lead. Geremias ended up being taken to hospital in an ambulance and a lengthy stoppage occurred. From that moment onwards it was all Monte. On no less than six occasions, the home supporters thought their side had scored, but either by good goal keeping, the woodwork, poor finishing or simply bad luck, the ball simply would not go into the net. It was all one way traffic which surely would bring a goal for the home side. But alas, despite all their chances, Montesinos went in

0-1 down at the break to a very resolute and no nonsense CD Murada side. The second half was much the same as the first. Montesinos pushing forward at every opportunity, and the visitors doing a good job of keeping them at bay. With the minutes slipping away and Montesinos pushing more and more people forward in a desperate attempt at snatching something from this game, Murada broke away and scored their second goal (with their first real shot on target in the whole game). It was a well taken goal and to be honest, with 10 minutes still to play you really could see no way back for Monte, which is exactly what happened. A bad day all round for the home side who now have to travel to Benejuzar this coming weekend. At the time of going to print, match details are still not known so please check out the website at www. VAMOS MONTE!!!


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