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Medicine and disposable contact lenses withdrawn from sale

Three types of medication have been withdrawn from the market by the health authorities according to a report by ThinkSpain,com. The anti-blood clotting drug Sintrom, the antiinflammatory Junifen – which comes in syrup format and the main ingredient of which is Ibuprofen – and Acuvue daily-use contact lenses have been removed from sale, says the Spanish Medication and Healthcare Products Agency (AEMPS). Not all varieties of these drugs have been taken off the shelves – for Sintrom, manufactured by Novartis,

batch number T5484 - containing boxes of 20 pills of four milligrams each - has been withdrawn due to ‘a foreign object’ detected in one of the tablets, meaning it has been returned to the laboratory for testing. Junifen, marketed by Reckitt Benckiser Healthcare, has seen batch G07 – syrup of 40 milligrams per millilitre – taken off sale due to ‘results outside normal specifications’, and returned to the laboratory for a ‘recount of total yeast and fungus’, or analysis of the bacteria which is the active ingredient of the drug. And Acuvue’s 1-Day Moist (Etafilcon A), and Acuvue

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Unemployment Reaches New Record High For 2012 Year End Unemployment figures in Spain reached a new record high of 5,965,400 at the close of 2012, equating to 26.02% of the labour force out of work.

going up by 14.69% across the year and by 4.34% in the last quarter.

According to the latest data published today by the Natonal Institute of Statistics (INE), the number of people unemployed rose by 291,700 (13.12%).

The number of foreign workers out of work actually dropped by 4,000 across the year, although it increased by 39,400 in the last quarter to reach a total of 1,221,800 (36.53%).

In the last quarter of 2012 alone, employment dropped by 363,300 (2.1%).

The service sector has been the worst hit over the past 12 months, with 1,737,300 people losing their jobs.

The number of people in employment dropped by 176,000 between October and December, and was especially noticeable amongst those under 25, and by 158,700 compared with the same period in 2011.

In the construction sector 387,900 people lost their jobs, 64,800 fewer than in 2011.

The number of men out of work increased by 11.77% during the course of 2012 and 2.29% in the last quarter. Women fared even worse, with the number out of work

Region by region, unemployment went up in 15 autonomous communities, headed up by Andalusia, where 194,100 more people joined the dole queue last year, and Catalunya (109,700), and only fell in the Balearic Islands (12,500) and in La Rioja (1,200).

Coming soon: discounts of between 30% and 70% on AVE tickets

Discounts of between 30% and 70% are set to be introduced for tickets on Spain’s high-speed trains (AVE) over the next few days, according to ThinkSpain. com The Spanish national railway company, Renfe, will offer the discounts on the basis of how full the trains are and how far in advance customers buy their tickets

- in a similar way to that in which the low-cost operate. The Minister for Public Works, Ana Pastor announced in December that steps were going to be taken to to make the AVE “more competitive”, adding that tickets for the highspeed trains were currently “very expensive”. In an interview with Antena 3, Pastor said that

under the new system there would be a basic price for an AVE ticket, and other offer prices depending on train occupancy levels and purchase dates. “We are going to try to make sure that the many people, particularly young people, who can’t currently afford to travel by AVE, will start having access to this service”, confirmed Pastor, stressing that her priority was to see the AVE operating in “the most profitable way possible”. “The AVE is currently the model for efficiency and competitiveness [...] is punctual, of high quality and covers long distances”, the Minister highlighted. For this reason, she said, Spain’s AVE “could and would be both competitive and efficient”. Pastor also confirmed that the AVE would reach Galicia by 2018, as announced recently by the prime minister Mariano Rajoy.

Nun charged in ‘stolen baby’ cases dies in Madrid

The nun, María Gómez Valbuena, better known as Sor María, who has been accused of involvement in “stolen baby” cases, has died in Madrid. The news was confirmed by a spokeswoman for the convent where she lived - Las Hijas de la Caridad de San Vicente Paúl. Sor María, who, according to the same source, was “very ill”, did not appear before the judge on January 18th, citing “health reasons” as grounds for not giving evidence in the case brought by Purificación Betegón for the alleged disappearance of twins born in the Santa Cristina Clinic in 1981. Although the news has only broken today, Sor María actually passed away on Tuesday and has already been buried according to the charitable association SOS Bebés Robados (SOS Stolen Babies). Sor María did give evidence on April 12th last year after María Luisa Torres accused her of having stolen her newborn daughter off her in 1982.


Speed limit to be reduced to 90kmph on secondary roads

The Interior Minister, Jorge Fernández Díaz, announced last week “imminent” changes to the national traffic regulations, that would almost certainly see the speed limit on secondary roads being reduced from 100kmph to 90kmph. Fernández Díaz, who made the announcement at the Traffic School in Mérida, said this decision came in response to the fact that “77% of road accidents, including fatal accidents, occur on the country’s secondary roads”. He confirmed that the “main objective and priority” of speed limits was to guarantee road safety, whilst allowing for maximum mobility. For this reason, the Minister has decided to reduce the speed limit on secondary roads to a maximum of 90kmph. Furthermore, on stretches of roads that are 6.5 metres wide or less, the speed limit will be reduced to 60kmph. With regard to the motorway network, the minister confirmed that he was studying the possibility of increasing the maximum speed limit from 120kmph to 130kmph. Any change to the maximum speed limit on motorways would, he said, have to take into account a number of variables, including the condition of the road surface, the amount of traffic, weather conditions, etc. with a variable speed limit linked to each of these the most likely solution. With regard to cyclists, the Minister underlined the fact that bicycles were not to be used on pavements around town and said he was looking at making the use of safety helmets obligatory in town as well as on main roads

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Merkel says Europe must stick to austerity

European nations must stick to continuing austerity measures to reduce government debt levels, the German Chancellor has said. In a report by the BBC, speaking at the World Economic Forum, Angela Merkel said that Europe “must implement the structural reforms today so we can live better tomorrow”. She added that it was also vital for European countries to keep up work to improve their economic competitiveness. Earlier, the Dutch prime minister had called for more work to boost growth. Also speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Mark Rutte said he found it “frustrating” that eurozone nations were “so much” focused on crisis management. However, in her speech, Mrs Merkel said economic growth and structural reforms had to go hand-in-hand. She said: “Budget consolidation and economic growth are two sides of the same coin.” Mr Rutte said the European Union needed the UK and Denmark to “inspire” fresh debates over boosting growth. He also said that he wanted the UK to remain an “active”

EU member. “I can be extremely frustrated that the debates in the eurozone group are so much focused on the troubles we have. We should move to spend time on getting growth going,” Mr Rutte told a panel of speakers including Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti, his Danish counterpart Helle Thorning-Schmidt, and the Republic of Ireland’s Enda Kenny. “We need countries like Denmark, Sweden and the UK... to stay not just in the EU but to be active, because they are focused on bolstering [their economies] and that is a very different debate we are having in the eurozone,” he added. “So I’m always trying to liaise with non-eurozone countries. We need them to be with us because we need their inspiration.” Prime Minister ThorningSchmidt also echoed his views, saying that Europe had “to move on to practical issues right now” such as improving competitiveness, as the “prospect for getting jobs and growth in Europe is enormous.” The comments came as the International Monetary Fund recently warned that the euro area, struggling from austerity programmes, continued to hinder an already weakening

global economic recovery. But Ireland, which has pushed through six austerity budgets since 2008 after its property bubble burst, has been facing recovery, albeit fragile, and won the confidence of international investors. “When you have a strategy and you follow it, you have results,” said Irish Taoiseach Kenny, adding that he expected his country to exit the bailout programme this year. “But our people have had to take really serious challenges... The central issue is that people see that leaders follow through with the decisions they’ve made.” “It’s important in terms of international reputation for them to understand that their money is not wasted.”

Three held over Brazil club fire

Brazilian police arrest three people in connection with a fire at a nightclub that killed 231 people in the southern city of Santa Maria on Sunday.

Raid breaks up Greek metro strike

Greek police storm a sit-in by striking Athens underground train workers, enforcing a government order requiring them to return to work.

French court orders Twitter to hand over racist data

A French court orders Twitter to hand over details of users who spread antiSemitic messages, months after offensive tweets were removed.

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Ukraine signs a major shale gas deal with Royal Dutch Shell - a move seen as an attempt by Kiev to reduce its dependency on Russian gas imports

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Isabel Pantoja Knew She Was Laundering Money For Muñoz Says Prosecutor

The State Prosecutor maintained, that singer Isabel Pantoja (pictured) did indeed help Julián Muñoz, the ex-mayor of Marbella, hide his ill-gotten funds in her maze of companies with the specific intention of laundering the money.


In her summary, María del Mar López-Herrero, confirmed that the singer, who is facing a jail term of up to three and a half years for her part in the moneylaundering enterprise, offered the use of her own private companies to conceal the source of the money and actually received funds directly into others. With regard to the apartament Pantoja allegedly bought in the Hotel Guadalpín in Marbella, the prosecutor maintains that it was paid for by Julián Muñoz, who made contact with the construction company Aifos even before the property was built. The prosecutor also maintains that the purchase of the luxury chalet ‘La Pera’ was another money-laundering exercise by Pantoja and Muñoz. She also pointed out


that Pantoja used to work in Marbella town hall and that there are photos of her together with Julián Muñoz at the Fitur Tourism Fair, which is where the chalet purchase was brokered. Evidence was also presented that Pantoja had made numerous, substantial cash payments to agricultural workers in her employ, which “suggest further attempts to launder funds made available to her by Julián Muñoz”. The state prosecutor in this anticorruption trial maintained today that Julián Muñoz was the “cornerstone, the source, the one who orchestrated and organised,... the one who utilised the people around him to hide this money”, but insisted that Pantoja was well aware of what she was doing when she helped him conceal the illicit funds.

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Two arrested in Galicia for killing brown bear

Animal protection officers with the Guardia Civil have arrested two people - 50-year-old J.M.A.A., and 30-year-old N.R.F. - for allegedly killing a brown bear in the town of Porley in Asturias. According to a report by ThinkSpain. com, they have been charged with contravening nature conservation laws on two accounts: first of all for using a steel lassoo, an outlawed method of hunting, and secondly for killing a protected animal (brown bears are in danger of extinction). The investigation began back in August last year, when it was revealed that a brown bear had been caught in an illegal steel lassoo in a rural area known as Las Frezalinas, in the town of Porley. Specialist agents with Seprona,

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the Guardia Civil’s Nature Protecion Service, collected samples from the area in order to hunt down the those responsible for the kill.

200 metres away from where the bear was found, agents found a sack containing the remains of a wild boar, whose hairs were also found on the steel lassoo later used to trap and kill the bear. Samples from the lassoo where sent to police crime labs, where specialists were able to establish that the lassoo used to capture and kill the wild boar, was later re-used, this time to capture a bear. A label on the sack containing the remains of the wild boar led the police to a distribution company in Gijón, and then to one of the men now charged with this crime. The

second defendant is the owner of land right next to where the sack and the lassoo were found. The latter was the one who initially alerted the authorities to the presence of the dead bear, but concealed relevant data from the police right from the start of the investigation, like, for example, the time the bear was found, which could have led to the animal’s safe release. It is believed that the stress suffered by the bear during the hours it was trapped, coupled with an illness it was suffering, contributed to its untimely death. The last time someone was arrested for killing a bear in Spain was in 1991, in the town of Villaux (Pola de Somedo), where Seprona agents detained a man for being in possession of two brown bear skins.

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eu Commission proposes new targets for electric cars

Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas says he is introducing targets for the number of charging points that EU countries must install, to boost the use of electric cars. Presenting his Clean Power for Transport package on 24 January 2013, he pointed out that 94% of all European transport was reliant on oil, the majority of which is imported. He said that electric car charging points will have to feature the same plug format, introducing a European standard. In the UK there are currently around 703 charging points, although plans could see this increased to over 120,000 by 2020. Commissioner Kallas has estimated the cost of building green infrastructure of transport at €10bn until 2020, compared with the the EU’s €1bn a day cost of importing oil.

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Real Madrid Still World’s Richest Football Club, Says Deloitte Real Madrid has topped Deloitte’s football rich list for the eighth year in a row, with revenues breaking 500m euros (£420m) for the first time. Barcelona, Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Chelsea make up the rest of the top five spots, based on data for the 2011/12 season. Chelsea’s revenues were boosted significantly by winning both the Uefa Champions League and the FA Cup. Manchester City was joint top riser, jumping from twelfth to seventh spot. The club’s revenues rose to 286m euros from 170m euros the previous season, thanks to winning the Premier League and a controversial sponsorship deal. The club has signed a 10-year deal with Etihad Airways worth a reported 480m euros. Etihad is the flag-carrier of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and is based in Abu Dhabi. Manchester City is owned by Sheikh Mansour, a member of the ruling family of Abu Dhabi, which is one of the emirates that makes up the UAE. Critics have argued the deal is designed to circumvent Uefa’s financial fair play rules, designed to stop clubs spending more than they earn. The club has refuted the claims. Arsenal dropped one place to sixth due to Chelsea’s success on the pitch, but recorded a 40m-euro jump in revenues. Liverpool held on to ninth spot, with revenues growing by 30m euros despite a disappointing season in the Premier League and a lack of European football for the first time since 1999/2000. This was due in part

to two domestic cup final appearances and the new owners focusing on increasing commercial revenues. Italian giants AC Milan and Juventus, which won Serie A, took the other places in the top 10 list. With total revenues of 513m euros, Real Madrid equalled Manchester United’s record of topping the list for eight consecutive seasons. “Real have led the way in the phenomenal level of revenue growth enjoyed by the sport’s top clubs over the past two decades,” Deloitte said. “The Spanish club’s revenue growth has been remarkable. In 1996/97, the first season for which we published our Money League analysis, Real generated revenues of 85m euros, one sixth of the revenues they generated in 2011/12.” Deloitte also highlighted the fact that the club enjoys a balanced revenue stream, with 25% coming from match days, 39% from broadcasting and 36% from commercial sales.

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of Dire Straits’ compositions were melancholic. The group’s first album, “Dire Straits”, was recorded at Basing Street studios in West London in February 1978, at a cost of £12,500. Produced by Muff Winwood, the album had little promotion when initially released in the United Kingdom on Vertigo Records, a division of the Phonogram Record Corporation, and was not well received. However, the album came to the attention of A&R representative Karin Berg, working at Warner Bros. Records in New York City. She felt that it was the kind of music audiences were hungry for and championed the band to the company. Recording sessions for the group’s second album, took place in December 1978 at Compass Point Studios in Nassau, Bahamas. Released in June 1979, “Communiqué” was produced by Jerry Wexler and Barry Beckett and went to Number1 on the German album charts, with the debut album “Dire Straits” simultaneously at Number 3. Featuring the single “Lady Writer”, the second album continued in a similar vein as the first and displayed the expanding scope of Knopfler’s lyricism on the opening track, “Once Upon a Time in the West”. In the coming year, however, this approach began to change, along with the group’s lineup. In 1980, Dire Straits were nominated for two Grammy Awards for Best New Artist and Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group for “Sultans Of Swing” which had become a massive hit. In July 1980 the band started recording tracks for their third album.

Dire Straits Dire Straits were a British rock band, formed in 1977 by former journalist and teacher Mark Knopfler, initially composed of Knopfler (lead vocals and lead guitar), his younger brother David (rhythm guitar and backing vocals), John Illsley (bass guitar and backing vocals), and Pick Withers (drums and percussion). Dire Straits’ sound drew from a variety of musical influences, including jazz, folk, blues, and came closest to beat music within the context of rock and roll. Despite the prominence of punk rock during the band’s early years, the band’s stripped-down sound contrasted with punk, demonstrating a more bluesy influence that emerged out of the pub rock scene. Many

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members out-voted him. The result was Dire Straits’ most commercially successful hit single in the UK, peaking at number two.”Money for Nothing”, “Walk of Life”, and “Brothers in Arms” immediately became live concert favourites. The album is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the first compact disc to sell a million copies. Dire straits made only one more studio album the 1991 “On Every Street” from which the single “Elvis Calls” was a minor chart hit. With Knopfler doing more solo work away from the band including a project with The Travelling Wilburys the writing was on the wall for the band. The last concert ever performed by the band was on the 9th of October 1992, in Zaragoza, Spain. Knopfler did not want to tour the band anymore and after their last album “Live at the BBC” which they were contractually obligated to complete for their contract release. Knopfler dissolved the band in 1995. Dire Straits’ biggest selling album, Brothers in Arms, has sold over 30 million copies. They also became one of the world’s most commercially successful bands, with worldwide album sales of over 120 million. Dire Straits won numerous music awards during their career, including four Grammy Awards, three Brit Awards—winning Best British Group twice, and two MTV Video Music Awards. The band’ most popular songs include “Sultans of Swing”, “Romeo and Juliet”, “Tunnel of Love”, “Private Investigations”, “Money for Nothing”, “Walk of Life”, “So Far Away”, “Your Latest Trick” and “Brothers in Arms”. I personally think that track for track “Making Movies” was better than “Brothers in Arms” but that aside they were a superb band with music that will be played for many years to come. Dire Straits’ biggest selling album, Brothers in Arms, has sold over 30 million copies.[3] They also became one of the world’s most commercially successful bands, with worldwide album sales of over 120 million.[4] Dire Straits won numerous music awards during their career, including four Grammy Awards, three Brit Awards—winning Best British Group twice, and two MTV Video Music Awards.[4] The band’ most popular songs include “Sultans of Swing”, “Romeo and Juliet”, “Tunnel of Love”, “Private Investigations”, “Money for Nothing”, “Walk of Life”, “So Far Away”, “Your Latest Trick” and “Brothers in Arms”. Dire Straits’ career spanned 18 years. There were several changes in personnel over that period, leaving Mark Knopfler and John Illsley as the only two original band mates who had remained throughout the band’s career. Dire Straits disbanded in 1995 when Mark Knopfler launched his career full time as a solo artist.

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COSTA CALIDA GOLF TOURS SPONSORS MABS MURCIA The New Year got off to a great start for MABS Cancer Support Group with Costa Calída Golf Tours confirming MABS Murcia as their nominated charity for 2013. “We’re absolutely delighted to be working with the owners, Andy and Donna Walsh, and Keith Morrison” remarked Lyn Baines, Director of MABS Murcia. “I know that they have always supported local charities and we are honoured to be nominated for 2013.” On Friday, 25 January, they met at the Las Colinas Golf & Country Club on the Orihuela Costa, accompanied by the Director of Golf, Martin Eastgate, to hand over 300€ which was raised at a recent social function, held in the impressive Club House at Las Colinas. “We know what great support work MABS does here and that the money raised in Murcia stays within the region to help residents of all nationalities. I think that most people will have been affected by cancer or know someone who has, so it’s a cause close to many people’s hearts.” Andy commented. MABS not only provides translators, drivers and equipment in the home, but also up-to-date cancer information, support, advice, counselling and various therapy treatments

are available at the MABS Centre in San Javier. “We cover a wide range of services and will always try to find solutions for the people that we help, so don’t be afraid to call and ask the question” said Lyn. 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: Alfonso Fernandez Photograph: L to R: Andy Walsh (CCGT), Babs Burks (MABS Care Co-ordinator), Lyn Baines (MABS Director), Martin Eastgate (Director of Golf at Las Colinas).

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On Tuesday 22nd January Joan Mitchell, of HELP Murcia Mar Menor, presented Joanne Scott of La Zona Bar, Los Alcazares with a “Certificate of Appreciation” for hosting events at La Zona bar that raised money for local charities. The amount donated to HELP was the amazing sum of €2,932 during 2012. This was raised from the Charity Market held every second Tuesday in the month, from Bingo sessions held every Wednesday at 3.30 p.m., quizzes held every Thursday at 3 p.m., last year’s Easter Egg raffle, the Carnival held on May Day last year, plus Joanne’s kind donation of gifts as prizes, and from this year’s Christmas cake raffle. The certificate expressed thanks for her efforts on behalf of all HELP’s members. Joanne does the same for many other charities and individual good causes. As well as running a busy bar, Joanne also teaches at a Spanish academy and is a member of Viva, a quartet associated with Spangles, a well-known 4-part harmony chorus. In truth, a very busy lady!


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‘Sing Harmony in a Day’ Comes to Mazarrón On a very windswept day, ten ladies braved the elements and turned up for the Spanish Association of Barbershop Singers (SABS) ‘Sing Harmony in a Day’ course in Camposol. Some had not sung before and some hadn’t sung since they were at school, but all were keen to learn. SABS President and Spangles Musical Director, Gail Grainger, started them off gently with some vocal warm-ups and breathing exercises. They were then divided them into four sections (Lead, Bass, Baritone and Tenor) to learn a song in four part harmony which would be performed to family and friends in the evening. With the help of quartets ‘Chardonnay’ and ‘Viva’, the ladies soon got to grips with their part. “I’m amazed at how quickly they all learned” commented SABS Vice President, Lyn Baines. There was some trepidation about their ability to sing competently to an audience of friends and family in the evening, but hard work and determination saw them through and they received rapturous applause from their audience. Everyone was keen to start a new barbershop chorus in Camposol and Gail and Lyn will help them see this through. “We are keen to see more people enjoy barbershop singing in Spain and we are delighted that the ladies wish to progress further after just one day” Lyn remarked. The organisers received some great comments about how the event was well organised and professionally run, how friendly and helpful Viva and Chardonnay were during the learning stage and how much they had enjoyed the experience. One participant commented: “I didn’t know if I could sing – now I think I can!” This is a new initiative for SABS to encourage more people to take up barbershop harmony singing in Spain and they are busily planning the next one on the Costa Blanca later this year. “We’re interested in hearing from men as well as ladies” commented Gail. If you would like to know more about this unique art form, please visit the SABS website: or contact by email. Photographer: Jean Weller

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Overcoming emotional and physical challenges is easier than you think, it really does not have to be difficult. Described as ‘an elegant and efficient method for dealing with fears, phobias, trauma, addiction, weight loss, and so much more’, EFT or tapping connects with and uses the body’s own energy system in a similar way to acupuncture but without the needles. Working with your body’s own energy system enables you to clear away blocks that are keeping problems or issues firmly in their place. That is to say, the place within you, in which they reside, be it emotionally or physically. Tapping on specific points on the body whilst also verbalising repeated phrases related to the issue, it is not uncommon to find that life-long problems often vanish. This has been scientifically

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What exactly are the type of things that EFT works on? As previously stated the list is very nearly endless, however here are some of the things that it’s been shown to help with: providing relief from chronic pain, eradicating emotional problems, addictions, fears, phobias, posttraumatic stress disorder, as well as physical diseases. It is also extremely effective at helping people clear their limiting beliefs that are keeping them from attracting or achieving what they want. In other words working with EFT enables you to move your life forward from whatever situation or position you find yourself stuck in. It is an amazingly powerful and effective tool to use. A client came to me with severe numbness in three of her toes on her left foot. She had been to the doctors several times about it and there seemed to be no apparent physical reason for this to be happening. She had even been to see a neurologist. No physical reason was determined. She came to me out of desperation. Following a full discussion around her medical history we looked at her relationships and what was going on in this area of her life. It transpired that she was not moving forward in her life with regard to achieving a particular goal connected with her work. When this was investigated further using the process of EFT it became apparent that she felt she was being mocked by her step-mother. She couldn’t move forward with her career because if for any reason she failed, she felt her stepmother would have been unbearable. After working with EFT for a while longer she was able to approach her step-mother and discuss with her fully and openly her career plans, which it turned out her step-mother had not, until that point, had a full understanding of what her step-daughters actual job was. My client, had by working with EFT, been able to regain not only her diminishing self-esteem, but also to build a better relationship with her stepmother and to move forward with achieving her career related goal! Not

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I M P O R TA N T............... NAME CHANGE NEWS!

When CALIDA COUNTRY CMC was set up over five years ago it published clearly defined aims, purposes and methods of operating. Originally founded to fulfil a need for a Country Music Entertainment Venue for the local area, it was set up as a ‘non-member’, non-profit making organisation, with any excess of income after running

cost expenditure being donated to deserving locally recognised charities. To date it has been extremely successful in accomplishing these aims, having provided superb Country Music entertainment throughout it’s five years, at the same time as managing to donate nearly €4,000 to local charities (€3,000 to the Community Ambulance Fund España.(CAFE)). Sadly, due to recent attempts by a few individuals to force CALIDA COUNTRY to renege on it’s originally stated aims & purposes, it proves necessary for us to reiterate what it was that CALIDA COUNTRY were endeavouring to achieve, & to distance ourselves from their attempts to do this – hence the name change.

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‘First Fridays’ will continue in line with the new, recently agreed, date limitations, at the original entrance fees set by CALIDA COUNTRY CMC. (Couples €5.00, Singles €3.00) ‘Cabaret Nights’ will also continue, within existing date limitations. Entrance fees are fixed at €5.00pp. A great big thank you to all those of you who have supported us so superbly over the last five years as Calida Country CMC, and we hope that you will continue to do so as ‘Lion Country’.

The aims & purposes of the newly named organisation – LION COUNTRY CM & Linedancing Nightspot – which absorbs the whole of the old CALIDA COUNTRY CMC – differs from it in only two respects: 1) The Name: Like ‘Calida Country’, and to continue to dispel any opinions to the contrary, LION COUNTRY is NOT a ‘members club’, with management decisions being dictated by it’s members! It is a regular entertainment venue! Having said that – as has always been the case – suggestions will be sought from it’s clients and, if deemed viable and appropriate, be acted upon by the management team. 2) A Revised Management Team: A revised management team has been appointed and includes those individuals from the old CC team who are prepared to ensure that CALIDA COUNTRY’s original aims & purposes are maintained, plus some new faces. The new management team will also continue to endeavour to promote country music, and to improve operations, facilities and value at the venue. The LION COUNTRY CM & Linedancing Nightspot will continue with the same aims, purposes and methods of operating as it’s forbears and will also continue to enjoy the support of the Lions Club of Mazarrón Bahía. Los Muñoces Club Socio, La Molata, Alhama de Murcia will remain as Lion Country’s regular,

Two New Initiatives Launched Help Murcia Mar Menor is proud to announce two new initiatives for 2013. The official launch of these will be at 11.0 am on Friday 8th February at the HELP office behind the Roblemar Restaurante, Los Alcazares. It will be attended by the British Vice Consul, Mr. Lloyd Milen, and Lady Elizabeth Hebdige, Honorary Patron of our registered charity. Firstly, we have established a Listening Ear Team - a group of volunteers, who are available to listen to people in need of someone to talk to for a variety of reasons. Several of the team are qualified and experienced counsellors. In the current economic climate, many people have concerns regarding finances; others who have retired here may find themselves becoming isolated as they get older or have suffered the loss of a loved one. We can listen to people who are depressed or are victims of abuse. We can provide information on the many agencies, which may be able to help with problems encountered. All enquiries will be treated in strict confidence.

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the world. This is one of many tools in the police arsenal for a riot situation, and we believe its a deterrent, because it’s orange, people would know they can be tagged and would disperse.’ The gun also has a laser sight, and video and audio recording capabilities to collect evidence. ‘Each officer has a batch of DNA signed out to them, and when combined with the video and audio we think this provides a substantial amount of evidence.’ The firm has even trained a sniffer to recognise the material, allowing police to detain crowds and easily find those who have been tagged. The gun is an extension of

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What Happened Ne xt? Did you notice that last week’s story about my encounter with an automaton in human form, intent on denying me and my team of athletes our due share of breakfast baked beans had no conclusion? If you did, I thank you for taking the trouble to read my account of our experiences, written for your delectation by the light of the midnight candle in my draughty garret, while the frost fingers formed across the inside of the broken window pane, through which the wind soughed a sorrowful dirge as hunger gnawed at my vitals. (Actually it was written on a sunny Sunday after lunch, in my kitchen, with a cup of coffee at my side). What happened next? You might have asked. What did the fat man do? For those of you who didn’t read last week’s story, and so have no idea at all what I’m talking about, here is a summary: All outbound flights had been cancelled, and the airport departure lounge was filled beyond capacity with athletes intent on getting home as soon as possible. We were all to be given breakfast; poached egg on toast, a sausage, two rashers of bacon and a

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viewpoint spoonful of beans. With my team behind me, we joined the breakfast queue, and I was served the perfectly round poached egg on toast, the sausage and the two rashers of bacon by a girl who had all the charm of a gumboil and a rooted determination to ignore the presence of beans. However, I stuck out for our right to be served beans. ‘Beans?’ I asked pleasantly, indicating the full tray of steaming hot beans. ‘No beans.’ She replied in a monotone. ‘We don’t have any beans.’ ‘Those are beans.’ I indicated the steaming tray of beans. She said ‘No beans. Please move along, you are holding up the queue.’ I folded my arms. My team folded their arms. ‘We are not moving’ I said firmly, ‘Until we have our beans.’ A fat man with a dirty apron, his dark hair streaked with sweat emerged from the background, presumably the kitchen. ‘What’s the hold-up?’ He enquired. ‘They want beans.’ She intoned without emotion. ‘Well, give ‘em beans, then. We’ve got plenty.’ He pushed her aside and dolloped a generous scoop on beans on my plate. It was at this point that I woke up. There, now you know! I have no idea what international athletic event we were attending, but, based on our bean-related experience, I am sure that my team came away covered in glory!

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I have always had a problem with cinema musicals. I remember going to see my first one with a girl friend in the late sixties. It was West Side Story and I had been looking forward to the much acclaimed film that had been released some years earlier. But not long into the movie as the Polish-American street gang led by Riff, are seen strutting their stuff and looking every inch the crowd of teenagers you would cross the road to avoid, they suddenly start prancing around like a load of jessies, popping their fingers and began chanting “We are the Jets!”

Well it all went downhill from then on for my taste, and so began my life- long dislike of musicals on the big screen. It’s not that I haven’t made the effort, having tried to sit through such classics as The King and I; South Pacific; Fiddler on the Roof and – heaven help me – The Sound of Music, and done my very best to acquire a taste. But it’s no good; I just cannot get to grips with the genre. Even the movies made by Elvis and Cliff left me cold. Okay, neither singer was ever on my top ten list – sorry Presley fans and look-alikes; I know I am in the minority here – but even the Beatles, who I regard as the greatest song writers and contributors to contemporary music of any generation, made several films which had the same effect on me. There was even a hint of embarrassment on my part. On the other hand, where music

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is essential to the telling of a story as in The Glenn Miller and Buddy Holly biographical movies, I find this perfectly natural. Indeed one of my favourite films of all time, is the little known,‘Still Crazy’, which tells of a fictional 1970s rock band named “Strange Fruit”, who, after being split up for two decades, are persuaded to get back together to perform at a reunion of the same concert venue where they played their last gig. All of the music is original and is a necessary part of the plot. In all of these cases,the acting and the music are individual entities

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and separate parts of the whole, and therein lies the fundamental difference and perhaps the reason for my coolness to this form of entertainment. Unfortunately it’s not that simple, because paradoxically I love opera and stage musicals. I cannot rationalise this and I am unable to offer a plausible explanation, other than that the atmosphere in live theatre is much more intense with a real sense of intimacy between the performers and audience. But that’s just me grasping at explanatory straws. Anyway, this all brings me to the film that everyone seems to be raving about right now – Les Misérables. I had hoped that this film would break my long sequence of disappointing encounters with silver screen musicals; indeed with all the hype, gushing reviews and talk of Oscars, Golden Globes and guest appearances on Loose Women, I had actually expected to enjoy this seemingly cinemagraphic masterpiece of Victor Hugo’s book. But oh dear. It looks again as if I am in the small minority, because I have got to say that not only do I see it as a miserably poor relation to the stage version, but the singing for the most part, ranges from the mediocre to the grievous. Even the opening scene and the ‘Work Song’, which is a stirring number and opens the stage show with dramatic effect, falls short of the mark. Indeed, the most dramatic part of this scene is the capsized galleon and the army of convicts hauling it painfully up the slipway because as soon as Russell Crowe opens his mouth, all credibility is lost. The one exception in this poor exhibition of third rate vocals is Samantha Barks who plays Éponine in both the stage and this film version. But then frankly, it’s hard to imagine another

ALQUERIA - The diplomatic effort The Alquerian Parliament wrote to all the countries listed in Poyato’s Junior Book of World Flags. This was to ask their Foreign Ministers to present their credentials at a reception held in the village’s Ayuntamiento on the Calle Horno. The worthies of Alqueria wanted to establish the Republic in the ranks of the world’s nations and this was to be the initial diplomatic offensive. Very few countries replied and even fewer accepted. The Americans accepted because the Iranians did and the Iranians because the Americans did. The Spanish accepted as the ex-colonial power. The British accepted because the Americans told them to and because the US ambassador needed someone to carry his briefcase. Rodriquez’s white Mercedes was pressed into service ferrying the delegates from their accommodation at the Bar La Casa Devante to the Ayuntamiento. To create the illusion of having a fleet of white Mercedes the car was driven in endless circles. A dignitary would be collected from the Bar and driven sedately to the town-hall. The car would then race back taking corners on two wheels to collect another foreign minister. The red, white, and green horizontal tricolour of Alqueria with its Remitroot rampant charge hung everywhere. Trestle tables offered the finest local cuisine including vol-au-vents filled with Alquerian truffles and Knurled Río Verde Trout. A famous TV chef once said he would rather eat the toenails of an Ethiopian camel driver than these delicacies. Manuela, resplendent in a body hugging flamenco dress which gave the impression of having been sprayed on dominated the reception. A high peineta protruded from her tightly tied raven black hair. Her soulful almond eyes flashed with a seductive warmth that could melt a heart at a hundred metres. As Alqueria’s secret weapon, she charmed and captivated the collected dignitaries. Most of the foreign visitors had never been exposed to Remitroot in any of its varied forms. If the food was vile then the Remitroot based beverages were a revelation and enjoyed in vast quantity. All the ambassadors soon became worse for wear. The American ambassador drunkenly threatened to invade Iran while the Iranians in a red mist of intoxication threatened US interests in Asia. The Spanish delegate tried to seduce Manuela and was never seen again. The British ambassador sank slowly to the floor, eyes glazed and legs buckling. He muttered over and over again “It’s a good deal for Britain”. Why was not clear, however he was probably working on the theory, if you say something often enough people will start to believe it. They arrived with dignity but left a drunken giggling rabble. They all however signed large contracts to supply Remitroot Liquor to their respective embassies. It indeed was a good deal for Alqueria. John MacDonald (El Sordo) -


actress who could come close to matching Sam’s rendition of ‘On My Own’. Having said that, how many singers – let alone actors - could attempt with confidence ‘Bring Him Home’? But Hugh Jackman gives it a bash and in the process manages to crucify this poignant, moving and universally celebrated song. It’s just not good enough to say that he has given it a brave

shot, because this masterpiece calls for brilliance not courage. I am not a musical expert and certainly not a musical snob – I have no time for stuff like that I merely hear and enjoy, or not, as the case may be. Much of the time it’s simply a question of differing tastes. But in this case, I am at a loss to understand the frenzied approval for this movie.



t Month and we’re February is National Hear a bang! going to kick it all off with whether you’re at work, On Friday 1st February, mmunity, school or in your local co ht heart disease! Rock Up In Red to help fig Healthy eating for your heart Eating a healthy, balanced diet can help protect your heart! Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables Eating a healthy, balanced diet which includes at least five portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables a day will make sure that you get a combination of vitamins and minerals to help keep you healthy. Eat a wide variety of fruit and vegetables. They can be fresh, frozen, chilled, canned, dried, cooked or raw. There is no evidence that taking vitamin tablets or supplements has the same benefits as eating fruit and vegetables. Choosing healthier fats Foods containing fat contain a combination of saturated fats, monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats. Choosing healthier fats can help to protect your heart. But remember that all fats are high in calories. So, if you are watching your weight, you should limit the amount of all the fats you eat. • R educe the total amount of fat you eat by cutting down on foods such as pastries and fatty crisps, and replacing them with healthier fruit and vegetables. Fill up on wholegrain versions of starchy foods instead, such as bread, rice, and pasta. • C  ut down on saturated fats such as butter, cheese, sausages and fatty meats, which raise cholesterol levels. Replace them with healthier monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. See page 38 for examples of foods containing all these fats. • C  ut down on foods containing trans fats as they can increase your total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol levels. Trans fats are formed when vegetable oils are ‘hydrogenated’ and can be found in processed foods like some cakes, biscuits, crackers and hard margarines. Foods that have ‘hydrogenated oil or fat’ or ‘partially hydrogenated oil or fat’ in the list of ingredients are likely to contain trans fats. Trans fats are also found naturally in very small amounts in dairy foods and meat. Eat oily fish regularly Eating oily fish regularly can help reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and stroke, and help protect your heart. Oily fish provides a rich source of a particular type of omega-3 polyunsaturated fat.This type of fat is found mainly in fresh and canned

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Alcohol: If you drink alcohol, make sure you drink within the recommended limits and avoid binge-drinking. It is better to have just a small amount regularly rather than large amounts in one go. • Men should not regularly drink more than 3 to 4 units of alcohol a day. • W  omen should not regularly drink more than 2 to 3 units of alcohol a day. These guidelines apply whether you drink every day, once or twice a week, or just occasionally. 1 unit of alcohol = a small glass (100ml) of wine (10% ABV [alcohol by volume]); or half a pint (about 300ml) of normal-strength lager, cider or beer (for example, 3.5% ABV); or a pub measure (25ml) of spirits. Moderate drinking – 1 or 2 units of alcohol a day – may offer some protection from coronary heart disease for some people. However, if you don’t already drink alcohol, there is no need for you to start, as there are much healthier ways to look after your heart. Drinking more than the recommended limit does not protect the heart and can lead to damage to the heart muscle, high

blood pressure, stroke and some cancers. Alcohol is high in calories too, so it can lead to weight gain. Reducing stress: Challenges can help to keep us motivated, but when we feel unable to cope with the high demands that are placed on us, we experience stress. Feeling isolated can make you feel even more stressed. The way you deal with stress can encourage unhealthy behaviour, such as smoking, drinking too much alcohol, eating unhealthily or being less physically active.These can all increase your risk of developing coronary heart disease or having a stroke. It’s important to learn how

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Smokers who quit before they hit middle age can live almost as long as people who never smoked, groundbreaking new research has found. The habit is known to cut at least 10 years off a person’s lifespan. However, a comprehensive analysis of health and death records in the U.S found that people who quit smoking before they turn 40 regain most of those lost years. ‘Quitting smoking before age 40, and preferably well before 40, gives back almost all of the decade of lost life from continued smoking,’ study leader Prabhat Jha, from the University of Toronto said. ‘That’s not to say, however, that it is safe to smoke until you are 40 and then stop,’ he added. ‘Former smokers still have a greater risk of dying sooner than people who never smoked. But the risk is small compared to the huge risk for those who continue to smoke.’ His findings were published today in the New England Journal of Medicine. Jha’s team found that people who quit smoking between

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both lost a decade of life. Current male or female smokers ages 25-79 had a mortality rate three times higher than people who had never smoked. Never smokers were about twice more likely to live to age 80 than were smokers. This study adds to recent evidence from Britain, Japan and the United States that smoking risks involve about a decade of life lost worldwide. While about 40 million Americans and 12million Britons who smoke, most of the world’s estimated 1.3 billion smokers live in low- and middle-income countries. On current trends, smoking will kill about 1 billion people in the 21st century as opposed to ‘only’ 100 million in the 20th century. Jha’s research used data from the U.S. National Health Interview Survey in which a representative cross-section

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Feathers or synthetics? ‘ Natural products are always warmer,’ says Lucy Warwick, bedding buyer at John Lewis. ‘Our quilts contain feathers from ducks and geese living in some of the coldest places on earth – and the chillier their habitat, the warmer their feathers. They’ve naturally evolved to cope in harsh temperatures, mostly owing to the thick, fluffy down next to their skin. Feather quilts are warmer than synthetic ones, but down quilts are warmer still.’ A standard duckdown double duvet at John Lewis costs £75. A synthetic quilt will do the job if you opt for a microfibre polyester version, which contains tiny fibres to trap body heat. A double duvet will cost you from £60.

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Fleece or wool? Fleece may be high-tech, but old-fashioned wool wins out. ‘Merino wool is particularly good at regulating temperature. It has an impressive warmthto-weight ratio compared to synthetics and to other wools, because the fibres are smaller and hairier, so have more spaces in which body heat can be trapped,’ says Tim Jasper, brand director for outdoor specialist Rohan. ‘If you’re opting for fleece, go for hollow fibre over microfibre, as this has been shown to retain body heat for longer. Add an outer layer of windproof clothing to reduce the chill factor.’

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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel by Deborah Moggach “A Spielbergian radiance” emanates from start to finish. There is one certainty in life and that is we will all die at some point in time. Sorry to be so morbid but somethings we have to accept as inevitable. Hopefully you’ll see my point soon. Moggach’s novel was published in 2004 as These Foolish Things. It is a cathartic experience for the readers as well as the retirees who seek a different life in their twilight years and their families who come to visit. The Marigold, Bangalore and India prove to be a turning point in their lives rather like Robert Frost’s crossroads in The Road Not Taken where the retirees can reflect on their lives, past, present and future. The Marigold may not be the best or most exotic of final destinations, it is a home for old people where the residents will contemplate their mortality and die peacefully. “A little corner of Britain. An oasis of olde-worlde charm in the hustle and bustle of modern Bangalore.” This is how it is marketed and even though ironically, the hotel is shabby and not at its best, certainly not the quality they were expecting, it becomes a home where friendships and love blossom. Moggach’s central idea was sociological considering the ever-growing ageing population in the U.K. The prospect of growing old and suffering poverty was not a thought to relish. What is going to happen to them and who is going to care for them? Sonny and his cousin Dr Ravi masterminded the idea of opening up the Indian hotel: “Why should they be mouldering away in rainy, dirty old Britain, when they could be sitting under a palm tree, tanning their wrinkles and getting their false teeth stuck into a nice juicy mango?” It doesn’t take much to persuade a mismatch of extremely interesting and diverse retirees to travel to India. The NHS is severely criticised, hospitals and services are being cut and black doctors are overworked. Randy Norman is infatuated with the idea that Indian women don’t have hangups over sex and as long as he can get viagra out there and plenty of sex he won’t feel “incarcerated” into what he described as a “penal institution” aka a home for old people back in the UK. Muriel is bigoted and totally reliant on Keith, her son who disappears after a dodgy business deal. Surprisingly, she warms to India and turns to spiritualism finding solace there. Evelyn sees it as an adventure and she becomes confident and more independent, ultimately finding love for the second time in her life. Madge too finds love and security. She quips: “Life begins at seventy. seventy’s the new forty, didn’t you know?” I am sure some of you will be relieved to hear that like me. “People think we’re waiting to die. Well I’m starting to live.” Moggach moves away from the maudling thoughts of mortality to show happiness in friendship and love. The central characters have “refused to resign themselves to ending their lives in quiet despair.” Sadly, two of the characters die peacefully and this inevitability has an adverse effect on the others. Douglas Ainslie was gripped with panic and asked:”Is this what it’s like?”His epiphany was to end his marriage to Jean and marry a second time for love. A new beginning, a new start. Unrealistic but optimistic. Christmas was a time for reunions with families who were more than happy to send their parents to India to end their days cut off from their nearest and dearests. Sounds heartless, doesn’t it? Evelyn’s son Christopher is grossly unhappy with his wife and their spoilt children. India gives him an opportunity to find love but he is bullied to return to America to play the family man and to keep up the pretence. We are told of the charms of India: “The miracle of this reunion had affected them all…prodigal sons, daughters…drawn to India by its transforming magic.” I found it very philosophical and refreshing. Yes there are many moments of sadness but there is warmth, humour and more importantly, HOPE. PUBLISHERS: Vintage Books. ISBN: 978-0-099-57202-2

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As with all the articles I write, the aim is to make them as clear as possible to as many readers as possible. So why the pre-amble? I was reading an article in another free english newspaper from last year which was entitled Why are geeks so thick? Apart from being condescending, self opinionated and extremely shortsighted, he was wrong! There are so many good, clear and intelligent computer professionals who’s mastery of the english language is such that even difficult and complicated subjects don’t drown in “geek speak”. So for a little more “geek speak” :-) and today’s article! Have you ever wondered what is in that magical box that you call your computer? No, this isn’t a geek thing. It’s more of a little knowledge and a warning type of thing. Within your box is a labyrinth of boards, circuits, and embedded transistors. Head swimming yet? No, Good! Let’s start at the beginning. Your computer case contains everything that is needed to complete whatever task you want. The list following is generalised but, in most cases, accurate. You will have a power supply, a motherboard (also called main-board), daughter-boards, hard drives and CD / DVD drives. The power supply does exactly what it says on the tin – almost. Most power supplies have a limited ability to stabilise the current and virtually no cleaning ability. This means that here, in Spain, you should have your computer / laptop / tablet powered through a surge protector to ensure the well known nasty power spikes don’t irrevocably damage your hardware. Now that you have a clean and safe power supply you need to start thinking about what is attached to this power supply. The largest single attachment to this power supply is the motherboard AKA main-board. This is simply a platform for the many individual but integrated processes. All motherboards have on them, a processor chip and memory. To this, the motherboard must also have chips and circuitry for, sound production, video generation, network and USB connectivity as well as connections for the internal hard drive(s), CD / DVD drives. Over the next few weeks I will be describing the components and their actions. But today I would like to start with the “brains” of the computer and this is the CPU (Central Processing Unit), Processor or Chip! We are told that our processors double in power every 18 months but without this single piece of technology, a result of technology, we wouldn’t be able to do anything! This is simply because the processor chip is the brains of the computer. Did you know that your digital watch or pocket calculator has much in common with the fastest and most up-to-the-minute processing technology! It might surprise you that even the best all-singing, all-dancing processor can’t even do basic subtraction! Doesn’t that give you a lovely smug sense of achievement? The truth of the matter is that the smartest part of the most expensive computer is still a simpleton albeit a VERY FAST simpleton! Having given you a taster of what is to come in the next weeks I will leave you with the promise that before we are done, you will have a clearer understanding of the powers and limitations of the “magic box”.

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A well-designed bedroom can not only provide a calm, tranquil environment in which you can escape the pressure of modern living, but also add value to your property through its appeal to potential buyers. The emphasis in any bedroom is on relaxing and sleeping, but depending on what else you what you want to do in your own space – working, watching TV, etc. – there may be other elements that you wish to incorporate into your bedroom design. You have the choice, of course, of fitted or freestanding bedroom furniture. Fitted furniture allows you to create your own, coordinated look, and can be useful if your bedroom is an odd shape, or there are awkward areas to be filled. Fitted wardrobes also usually extend from floor to ceiling, creating extra storage space for bedding, etc. that needs to be stored separately from your clothes, shoes and accessories. You do need to exercise a little caution when planning fitted furniture, however, as filling more than one of your bedroom walls with fitted wardrobes may make the room feel a little claustrophobic. If you prefer the flexibility – in terms of being able to rearrange various items, at will – of freestanding furniture, you can mix and match pieces that suit your needs, both externally and internally. If you wish to store long winter coats, or party dresses, for example, you’ll need the full height of a wardrobe to hang them in, and don’t forget drawers and shelves, for sweaters, shoes, etc.. The bed is the focal point of any bedroom, of course, and dressing the bed is as important as your choice of furniture. The trend in bed linen this year is likely to be towards brighter and warmer styles, which are reflected in colour and texture in curtains, blinds and other soft furnishings to create a sense of style in the bedroom. The easiest and most straightforward way of opening up any room is to whitewash the walls. White helps to redefine the space available in a room by distorting the mind’s perception of where the boundaries actually lie – in effect, white walls can make a small room look spacious and airy.

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Luxurious south facing 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, house of 94m2 on 98m2 in a community of 3. Outside workshop, off street parking & community pool. Many extras.

139,950 € Mojácar Playa LV602 Lovely linked townhouse just 400 metres from the beach. 2 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms. Community pool & off street parking. Terraces with sea views. Furnished.

77,950€ Los Lobos LV593 Very attractive townhouse of 73m2 with a private garage. 2 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms. Furnished. Just a short drive to the lovely beaches of San Juan de Los Terreros

235,000€ Mojácar Playa DV12570 Charming modernised bungalow of 105m2 on 499m, 25 min walk to beach. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, garden with room for a pool. A/C, PVC windows & good security. Tel: +34 950 478 915 Fax: +34 950 478 963

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VELOCITY RACING CARTEGENA OVAL A new and exciting leisure activity for the community started last year at Cartegena Oval Track. Promoted by Velocity Racing Cartegena the event has interested many drivers and spectators. The fortnightly organised events are pencilled in as a community get together for everyone to enjoy. The fast dynamics and passion amongst all drivers on the track spark off rush’s of anticipation and thrills for spectators off the track. With a combination of speed, quick witted manoeuvring and an odd collision, drivers and spectators alike are charged with adrenalin. Last year’s track winner,

David Belcher, otherwise known as BELCHI to his fans was awarded Best Driver 2012. Winning the Trophy by over 100 marks he is was also presented with Sportsman of the Year. BELCHI is currently getting his car all ready for the 1st race of this season following a major crash in the last race of last season which saw the car, otherwise known as “BELCHI’S BEAST” being written off totally. With a new engine installed the “BEAST” will be ready to rock ‘n’ roll and will be in tip top condition ready for the 1st race on Sunday 10th February. Participation in the event for BELCHI is a passion for fast driving. It is a hobby that

businesses, sponsors and the local community have supported throughout the year. It has been calculated that over last year’s season the cost of each meeting, consisting of transport, entry fee’s, new parts, mechanical work, insurances, licenses, new tyres, petrol and printing, works out to around 300e. Much of these costs are offered in kind or through sponsorship. Major funder, Ken Sherwood Garage contributes to 50% of these costs with support of a garage and mechanic to carry out repairs and some parts. Ken and Lindsay Sherwood are also huge fans and have attended all meetings bar one. Other



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Costa Calida Transport who enable “BELCHI’S BEAST” to get to the race meetings each fortnight, Fuente Alamo Car Parts Sumistros and Fuente Alamo Tyres. Other funding and in kind support has come from Banners, MisterPrint and individuals Malcolm Rushton, Karl Skitt and Helen Marron. Paintwork is currently being restored on the “BEAST” and new business logo’s are ready to be offered for anyone that would like to support this exciting community event and advertise their work at the same time. BELCHI also has his own website kindly sponsored by KeyWeb Designs. The website is soon to be updated and will be available for sponsors. A new Facebook page will also be

produced. BECHI is looking forward to getting back to racing next weekend stating “the camaraderie amongst drivers is exceptional, we all in it for a bit of weekend fun, it’s great to see so many people

spectating and enjoying the sport and I would like to thank all my friends that come and support me and all the other drivers at each meeting”. For more information please telephone 6 55 421 120.

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Fantastic penthouse bargain. 2 bed 2 bath apartment on El Valle Golf resort. Large lounge with separate kitchen. Two large double bedrooms with built in wardrobes. All white goods included. Two large outside terraces one fully glazed with glass sliding curtains and glass roof and the other with lovely patio seating area. Fully double glazed, gas central heating, air conditioning, The apartment has recently been decorated throughout. Underground garage. Communal pool.


Very large villa front line golf just down from the club house on El Valle Golf resort. Features 3 large bedrooms, large walk in dressing room, separate kitchen new with all white goods included. Plot size of 800 sq meters. Large 8 x 4 pool with off road parking for 3-4 cars. The property id available with up 110% mortgage with 2 years interest only (subject to status) Original price 880,000 euro’s now less than half price call no for more details.

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Unique 4 bed 4 bath villa Offers are invited for this lovely very large extended El Valle golf resort property with 4 bedrooms, 4 bathroom villa on a large plot of over 1200 square meters. The villa boasts landscaped gardens 8 x 4 swimming pool. Situated on a quiet corner of this popular golf resort next to a small park area but overlooking the mountains backing onto the resort. 4 very large bedrooms all with fitted wardrobes, two of the bedrooms have a en-suite in fact the extension makes a superb ‘granny flat / au-pair room with own facilities.


Lovely 3 bedroom villa on the popular resort of Aqua Y Sol. Very large plot of over 650 sq meters. 3 Large double bedrooms all with built in wardrobes. Large lounge with wood burning stove and dining area just off the separate well quipped kitchen. Storage building are included and the large satellite dish. Double glazed throughout with modern alarm system and security grills on all windows. Beautiful terrace and landscaped garden surround the 8 x 4 pool. Parking for 3 cars.

Up to 110% mortgages available on many properties 2 years Interest only No deposit. Assistance with your NIE, bank account, re location, schooling and medical assistance available Mortgages are offered subject to status and are not guaranteed.

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El Valle front line golf 2 bed 2 bath apartment, Cheapest ever A superbly located, high quality apartment in a peaceful, relaxing location, five minutes from town centre and close to beaches. 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, lovely laminate light wood flooring. Mortgage available on this property. You are overlooking the swimming pool and views on to the par 5 7th fairway and also the par 3 9th. Well appointed kitchen with base and wall units. Electric fan oven and induction hob. Separate utility room

285,000 euro’s Ref EV 021

Luxury 3 bedroom villa with marble floors villa on El Valle Golf resort. Two bathrooms one is en-suite. Lovely corner plot South West facing next to a children’s play area. Private pool. Separate kitchen and utility room. Gas central heating and full air conditioning. Gated development. With fantastic 18 hole golf course, 2 minutes walk from club house , restaurant and super market, paddle and tennis courts. Viewing Highly recommended!!!


Front line golf exclusive villa, El Valle Golf resort Fantastic 3 bedrooms, 3 bathroom villa Adarga on a large plot of over 800 square meters. Heated 8 x 4 swimming pool with electric cover. Landscaped gardens with lemon tree in raised garden on rear terrace. Front line golf overlooking the 3rd fairway and views to the club house which is only 5 minutes walk away. It is in a great position opposite a park area and comes with a double garage with electric up and over door.

All prices are plus taxes at the current rate, an Agency fee may be payable with certain properties For further details and arrange a viewing pleas email or tel +34 654431052 many more properties available.


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IKEA profits surge as hard-up home decorators Household Wealth the world over opt for flat-pack frugality Rises 5.5%

IKEA reported rising profits, as hard-up home decorators the world over opted for flatpack frugality over designer homeware.

more value conscious’.

IKEA did not break out detailed results by country, but said last November that UK sales rose by 6.3 per centc to hit £1.23bn, about 5 per cent of its latest worldwide sales figure.

Total group sales at the Swedish furniture giant rose by 9.5 per cent to nearly £23bn, including the impact of 11 new stores, boosting net profit by 8 per cent to £2.7bn for 2012.

The fastest growing markets were China, Russia and Poland, closely followed by the US and Germany, IKEA’s top two countries by revenue.

IKEA said it had sacrificed profit margins by cutting the price of its products by 0.8 per cent despite the fact that it was also squeezed by a 7.9 per cent increase in its costs.

During the year, the group opened 11 stores and hired 8,000 people, taking its global workforce to 139,000. It welcomed some 690m visitors to its stores, while a further one billion visited its website, a 22pc increase on the 870m who did so the previous year.

But although costs were up, they fell as a percentage of sales, thanks to a revenue boost from customers turning to IKEA for cut-price ways to beautify their homes amid economic stagnation. The effect of customers seeking a bargain was particularly great because 70 per cent of IKEA’s sales are in Europe, which has been hit hard by the downturn.

IKEA also took the opportunity to display its green credentials, after committing to spend £1.3bn on renewable energy, with the aim of generating 100 per centc of its own electricity by 2020.

‘The IKEA business idea is more relevant than ever,’ boss Mikael Ohlsson, adding that ‘people around the world are

By the end of 2012 IKEA had installed 250,000 solar panels and invested in 126 wind turbines in six countries.

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In a report by, according to data published yesterday by the Bank of Spain, the increase was 38,763 million euros in the third quarter compared to the previous quarter, although year-on-year household savings declined by 11,356 million euros, equivalent to 1.5%. However, the financial assets of Spanish households – cash, shares, deposits and income revenue – totalled 1,643 billion euros at the end of the third quarter of 2012, compared with 1,682 billion euros the previous year. Meanwhile, the household financial liabilities – shortand long-term loans and other outstanding accounts, such as commercial loans and advances – fell to 909,781 million euros between July and September compared to the June figure of 929,912 million euros. Part of this decline is due to the drop in short-term loans, which went from 36,033 million euros in June to 30.641 million euros in September, reflecting lower consumption with deferred payment, as these loans are often used to purchase goods such as televisions or cars. El Economista reported that long-term loans also fell, although they had already accumulated several quarters of declines, as the economic crisis resulted in fewer customers requesting loans and financial institutions tightening their conditions. Specifically, at the end of September, families living in Spain accumulated 813,304 million euros in long-term loans, almost 9,600 million euros less than the previous quarter and 35,809 million euros less than a year earlier. For all the latest property news, go to:

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mojacar - 159,000€ This great 3 bed, 2 bath property is walking distance to the beach in Mojacar, great views, parking, a lovely communal pool and garden area.


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1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, kitchen with white goods, Nice views of golf course parking, Mojacar approx 7 mins

The net financial wealth of Spanish households – the difference between their savings and loans granted to them – rose by 5.5% in the third quarter of 2012, breaking the negative streak it experienced in the first two quarters of the year.

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Blinded By The Light

While blinds do an excellent job of blocking out unwanted light, they are also great at providing privacy. In the hot summer months blocking out sunlight also means blocking some of the heat. Venetian blinds are by far the most popular types of blinds, although there are several other types on the market.

Varieties of Window Blinds With so many different types of blinds available, here’s a quick guide to find the best one for you; it’s easiest to distinguish them by their construction and the types of materials that they use. Venetian Blinds These are what most people think of when they hear the word blind.These blinds are constructed with slats, most often made from metal or plastic. When bamboo or wooden slats are used they are called either bamboo or wooden blinds instead of Venetian blinds. The widths of the slats can vary, but they are most commonly about 50mm. Wider slats look better on larger windows. There are a couple of variants to the Venetian blind which have become very popular – mini blinds and vertical blinds. Mini Blinds ~ The slats of these blinds are never more than 19mm. They get their name from their very narrow slats. Vertical Blinds ~ The slats of these blinds hang vertically instead of horizontally, as their name implies. The slats of these blinds are often constructed from stiffened fabric. Solid Blinds These blind open and close by pushing and pulling. These types of blinds have a solid piece of material instead of slats. Holland Blinds These are blinds constructed using woven wood. They open and close by being rolled up using the attached strings. These are great at controlling sunlight and thus very popular in tropical locations. They provide a


tropical ambience wherever they are used. Pleated Blinds These blinds are constructed using pleated fabrics. They can be pulled up to open and usually contain a recess at the top to hold the material. Honeycomb Blinds Due to their unique construction, honeycomb blinds are known for their superior performance. Honeycomb blinds are also referred to as cellular shades and are made with two panels of pleated fabric shades have become one the most popular window treatments. The two panels of fabric form air pockets, or cells, which are honeycomb shaped, thus giving these blinds their name. When raised the honeycombs collapse and expand when the blind it is released. Because the honeycombs or cells form a vacuum and trap air, they provide energy efficient insulation and sound absorption. Due to their unique construction, honeycomb blinds are known for their superior performance. With their soft textured fabrics, however, they bring a sense of luxury to any room. Honeycomb blinds come in single, double, and triple honeycomb design as well as a variety of pleat sizes and colored fabrics to offer anyone a customized look. Depending on the thickness of the fabric will determine the degree of light control within the room.

So, when it comes to purchasing blinds for your home, you’re bound to find one to suit!

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3 bed 2 bath detached farmhouse Oria €125,000

3 bed 2 bath villa with pool Arboleas €169,000

3 bed 2 bath villa with integral garage& pool Arboleas €169,000

5 bed 4 bath farmhouse on 3000m plot Albox €175,000

Is it getting the viewings it deserves from your current agent? Is it realistically priced?

If so give us a call urgently. We are a local agent and one of the most pro active advertising on all of the key search portals to reach the maximum level of buyers of property in the area.


January has been an exceptionally busy month in terms of sales and we have a large database of Belgian and Dutch clients looking to purchase over the next few months

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Spain Again Ranks Among The 20 Most Globalised Economies

Spain has once again been placed among the 20 most globalised economies in the world, after climbing a position after three years at No. 21 in the ranking prepared by Ernst & Young. However, this improvement has occurred even though their overall score (4.45 points) is “substantially similar” to that obtained last year.

According to the report, ‘Looking beyond the obvious: globalization and new opportunities for growth’, Spain has improved its score this year in three of the five categories analysed in the Index (commercial activity, labour mobility and cultural exchange) and has declined in two (capital flow and technology exchange). Thus, in this classification the Spanish economy stands above countries like Australia, the United States and Italy, but is below some of its neighbours, such as Britain (which this year lost a couple of positions) or Germany and France (who climb several places). According to Cinco Dias, this annual report notes that, with regard to the global situation, despite the weak global economic growth in 2012 and the uncertain outlook for 2013 in many markets, “Globalization continues to advance in the majority of the 60 largest economies in the world.” The global ranking, presented on Sunday on the occasion of the World Economic Forum meeting being held in Davos (Switzerland) this week, is led by Hong Kong, Singapore, Ireland, Belgium and Switzerland, while the rest of the top ten positions are held by the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Hungary and the United Kingdom. The Ernst & Young Index also suggests that, while most of the forecasts see global GDP in 2013 increasing between 3% and 3.5%, with modest growth in subsequent years, globalisation will continue to advance, driven by technology and the cross-border flow of ideas. The Index also highlights the advancement of mid-sized markets, such as Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines; and of smaller European countries such as Belgium, Slovakia and Hungary.

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Amazing Villa in Mojácar playa for €299,950 Front line golf detached 3-bed / 2-bath Villa plus independent annex and garage within 200 metres to beach. The Villa has a built area of 189.5m² distributed between a large basement area that houses an independent annex with its own kitchen and bathroom, plenty of living and storage area and a separate massive lock up garage and store room; ground floor with an entrance hallway, a large dining room, a sitting / living room with

wood burner; a large open plan kitchen, a double bedroom, a bathroom and stairwell leading to the upper and lower levels; and 1st floor with 2 double bedrooms, a hallway and a family bathroom. The Villa also has massive terraces totalling 44.05 mts² on the lower and upper level facing the golf course - the upper terrace also has great sea views. The Villa also benefits from an additional 225.10mts² of land which surrounds the property – this has

been completely terraced by the existing owners. The property benefits from air conditioning (hot and cold), double glazed windows throughout, all the terraces have retractable awnings and now there is a new jacuzzi. This Villa really is an ideal full time residence or a holiday home, especially for the golf enthusiast. The resort where it is located has a private outdoor swimming pool and a year round gymnasium. An early viewing is highly recommended to avoid disappointment.

It is a 2 minute drive to Garrucha and 5 minute drive to either the main shopping centre in Mojacar Playa or Mojacar Village up in the hill. There are also several other golf courses nearby - Cortijo Grande, Valle del Este and Playa Macenas are all within 10 minutes drive, and Desert Springs is within 20 minutes drive. For more information or to book a viewing appointment please visit our office or contact us via phone or e-mail. Ref: 1479

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We offer a design, manufacture & installation service with an exceptional level of quality & service at a competitive price. We are able to design, manufacture & install a huge range of kitchen furniture to suit your needs, with over 700 door styles & colour combinations we cater for every taste tradition to modern. We have something for everyone & remember its manufactured to your requirements. Our bespoke kitchen cabinets are manufactured and pre-assembled in our workshop using 18mm colour matched board with a solid back panel. As well as our huge range of kitchen door colours and styles we have a huge range of worktops, solid wooden block, granite and laminate are available. As with all our products our kitchen units can be manufactured any size.All cabinets, as well as any storage options are purpose made to your requirements.We have no set size doors widths or heights.

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Arboleas: large 3 bed, 2 bath villa. 600m2. ONLY 110,000€

Taberno: villa on plot of 10,000m2. ONLY 59,950€

Antas Countryside: villa and 400m2 plot. ONLY 160,000€

Vera: large town house ONLY 109,000€

Village House in Antas town: close to all amenities. ONLY 99,000€

Villa in Vera: detatched, 3 bedrooms. 325m2 plot. Only 122,000€

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Celebrate Soup! Valley W ines Your local dedicated Off License

We stock We Stock Beer, Port, Sherry, an extensive A Minimum of 50 Red Wines, range of White Wine & Rose leading brands. Brand-name Spirits & Liqueurs If you can’t see Open Mon-Fri 10-6:30pm & Sat 9:30-6pm your favourites Closed Sundays then tell us and Find us just along from Sophias Arboleas (same building) - go inside entrance to we will order appartments, we are in the left-hand corner it for you!

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Few things evoke home and hearth as soulfully as a bowl of soup. Soup is grandma’s hugs, gossip with a best friend, and therapy all rolled into one. So how can you make better, more flavourful soup?

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Soup Specifics

in the liquid in which it was cooked. In ancient times, soup was referred to as either broth (meaning ‘brewed’) or pottage (‘cooked in a pot’). Bouillon, from the French word for ‘boil’, simply means stock. Consommé, a French word meaning ‘consummated’, describes the process in which an ingredient is simmered for a long time to acquire a concentrated flavour; its modern meaning is ‘clear soup’. Chowder, which comes from chaudrée, a Breton word for cauldron, is a thick soup that’s associated with New England and the American northeast. Depending on where it’s made, it can have clear stock or a tomato base, or a creamy milk base, into which seafood (usually clams) are added. Possibly originating in the Bay of Biscay near Spain, bisques are rich, thick soups that were once made from


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Eat in or Take-Away No more sitting in your cars to eat... The Chippy now has tables & Chairs

New to The Chippy Tuesday is Curry Day Lunchtime & Evening

Homemade authentic curries cooked from scratch & cheap as chips. Choose from starters, mains & rices. For thos e who want the Including vegetarian options usua

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Eastern Europe boasts goulash (a beef and paprika stew that started life as soup) and borsch (beetroot and meat soup). Spanish gazpacho is always fashionable; Greeks love avgolemono (egg and lemon soup); and Italy has numerous bean and pasta soups, such as minestrone.

The word ‘soup’ comes from the Latin ‘suppare’, which means ‘soaking’, and once described a dish of meat or vegetables that was soaked

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First, allow yourself to be inspired by soups from around the globe, from the homespun Jewish chicken soup, to the gumbos, made from okra, chicken, seafood or meat, of the American South. India has countless dahls (lentil soups); Middle Eastern Muslims break their Ramadan fast with harira, made from lentils, chickpeas, and lamb; and Japan is famous for soups based on miso (fermented soybean paste).

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poultry and game birds, but are now normally cooked with crustaceans. Velouté, literally ‘velvety’ in French, is soup that’s thickened with cream, egg yolks, flour and butter.

Making Stock To make a good soup, it’s essential to use good stock. It’s fine to use stock cubes in a pinch but for the bestflavoured soups, it’s best to make your own. Use fresh vegetable trimmings or frozen peelings - you can accumulate these in freezer bags and use them as needed. Dried or fresh mushrooms, carrots, celery, pumpkins, corn cobs, meat bones, inexpensive cuts of meats or unused ingredients (such as chicken carcasses or shells from shellfish) make excellent bases for stock. For flavouring the stock, herbs such as parsley and thyme add depth. Bay leaves are practically a must, because they add a haunting background flavour. Asianstyle stocks can be made from miso paste, dried bonito fish flakes or seaweed and flavoured with fresh ginger and lemongrass. Brassicas (the cabbage family, including broccoli and Brussels sprouts), spinach, artichokes, and asparagus can leave a bitter, metallic taste, so it’s best to avoid using these as the basis for your stock. Likewise, onion skins and strongly flavoured herbs and spices will overwhelm. Vividly coloured ingredients such as beetroot, turmeric, saffron and soy sauce, while fine in a soup, are best left out of a stock. For an extra depth of flavour, sauté or roast the vegetables

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or meat before use. Put the ingredients in cold water (half solids to half water is a good ratio), bring to boil, and simmer. Vegetable stocks takes 30min-1 hour to cook, while chicken and meat stock take between one and five hours. Skim off the whitish foam that appears on the surface regularly, and strain as soon as possible after cooking.


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Thickening Soups Once you’ve mastered the art of stock-making, you’ll be making soup regularly. But what if your soup is too thin? The best remedy is to thicken the soup with the purée of a central ingredient you’re using in the soup. Root vegetables, tomatoes, beans or lentils are particularly good for this.


served 9 ~ 12

Alternatively, you can use cornflour, arrowroot, rice, tapioca, semolina, cornmeal, bulgar wheat, breadcrumbs or crushed nuts. Egg yolks, milk, cream, yoghurt, crème fraîche or béchamel sauce are also suitable.

In addition to using croutons, chopped fresh herbs or a swirl of cream, you can decorate soup with finely diced or shredded vegetables, deep-fried wafer-thin vegetable slices, deepfried herbs, toasted nuts and seeds, cooked quail’s egg, or a spoonful of caviar.

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Serve your soup creations with crusty breads or elegant grissini, float croûtes (largish bread slices) on top, or serve with fritters or savoury biscuits and muffins. Most Asian soups are served with rice and pickles. As ever, experimentation is the key, and with the wealth of local ingredients here, you can create your very own taste of Spain!


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Parties & Special Events

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Take-away available


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To avoid lumps or curdling, add your chosen ingredient first to a ladleful of soup in a bowl, amalgamate well, and then pour the mixture back into the soup pot.




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Forthcoming events......

14th February DISCO PARTY


Closed for for Closed Vacation Vacation 6th –– 13th 13th 6th February February

March 1st

Status Quo Tribute Basket Meals Available

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big opening night saturday tel: 950 479 593 or 634 311 163

17th March

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Cod ‘n’ Chip fridayS


2 Courses onl y served 12 - 3 except Fri & Sun €

Beer-battered Atlantic Cod, Homemade Chips, Mushy or Garden Peas… Fridays & Saturdays 12 - 9pm


Bar Menu Home-made puds Burgers, Lasagne, Omelettes, chilli


All Day Breakfast from 9am


Includes FREE Tea or Coffee

traditional served 12.30 - 5pm SUNDAY LUNCH

Friday & Saturday Evenings Restaurant Open 6pm-9pm

Topside of beef & Yorkshire pudding roast Pork with crackling and apple sauce tender roast CHICKEN with stuffing local grown potatoes , seasonal vegetables glass of house wine, tubo of beer or a coffee


Delicious & Home-cooked

starters, puddings 2€

onl y 6.95€

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Raymond Blanc challenges ‘hypocritical’ attitude to food

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Beef burgers sold by several supermarkets – almost all of them part of the big chains – have been found to contain meat other than beef. A total of 27 beef burger lines were analysed by scientists in Ireland. Ten contained horse DNA while, more worrying for some religions, 23 contained pig DNA. Most revealed only small traces of horse but, in one sample, horse accounted for around 29 percent of the meat content. Pig content was low but, just as with horse, it shouldn’t have been there at all. As you would imagine, the supermarkets concerned have apologised and have withdrawn the contaminated burgers. It is not illegal to buy or sell horse meat, or pig meat for that matter, in the UK. What is illegal is not declaring every ingredient on food labels. But it appears as though the supermarket chains were caught by surprise. I mean, it is unimaginable that they would knowingly allow this. So, how did it happen? Tim Smith, technical director of the supermarket chain, Tesco, said, “We are working with the authorities and with the supplier concerned to urgently understand how it has come about and how to ensure that it does not happen again.” Smith, who is a former

head of the Food Standards Agency, added, “The presence of illegal meat in our products is extremely serious. Our customers have the right to expect that the food they buy is produced to the highest standards. We understand that many of our customers will be concerned by this news and we apologise sincerely for any distress.” The plant at the centre of the scandal has suspended all production after new tests confirmed that contamination is rife. The Irish company, which makes burgers for many of the big supermarkets, said fresh tests have confirmed that the source of contamination is a European processing company. The processing company, which supplies meat bulking protein powder used in burgers made for supermarkets in both Ireland and Britain, said its investigations have so far centred around two third party European suppliers. Irish agriculture minister Simon Coveney said its own investigation will continue until the source of the contamination is established conclusively. In Britain, watchdogs are under pressure to test all supermarket frozen beef burgers for the presence of




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Root Vegetable Râpés







(Makes 10 râpés) 1 carrot, peeled and finely grated 1 parsnip, peeled and finely grated 1 sweet potato, peeled and finely grated 2 small eggs, lightly beaten with a fork 1 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg 1 tablespoon chopped parsley Sea salt and pepper, to taste Vegetable oil, to fry Smoked salmon, to serve Crème fraiche or mascarpone, to serve Slices of pear, to serve



In a bowl, combine the vegetables with the eggs, parsley, nutmeg and season with salt and pepper. Heat a few tablespoons of oil on medium to high heat and when warm, add a heaped tablespoon of vegetables. Use the back of a flat spatula to flatten the râpé. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes and

then flip on the other side. Cook for 3 more minutes, or until golden brown and crispy. Keep them in the oven preheated at 250 F while you keep working. Serve topped with crème fraiche spread on top, a slice of smoked salmon and one of pear. Add salmon roe too, if you like. And enjoy!

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In a large flameproof 2tbsp olive oil casserole or Dutch oven 2tbsp butter over medium heat, heat 1 2.5lbs boneless stewing tablespoon of the oil. When beef, cut into 1.5” pieces it is hot, add the butter. When it melts, add half the 1 red onion, thinly sliced meat to the pan. Cook, 3 sprigs fresh thyme without moving the meat, for 3 to 4 minutes or until 1lb carrots, cut into 1” it is brown. Turn the meat pieces and brown the other sides 1 stalk celery, cut into for 3 to 4 minutes. Remove 0.5” pieces the meat from the pan and brown the remaining meat ½ cup dry white wine in the same way; remove it 4 cups (or more as from the pan with any juices necessary) cold water from cooking. 1 bay leaf Add the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil to the Salt & pepper to taste


10 oz walnuts halves 4 egg whites, whipped 2 raw egg whites


Using a food processor, chop the walnuts coarsely (medium rather than fine) with the icing sugar. In a bowl, place the soft butter, add the nuts and the raw egg whites, and mix with a whip. Beat 4 egg whites and before they are too firm, add the cane sugar and mix. Fold the whites delicately into the previous preparation. Place pieces of parchment paper at the

pan. Add the onion and 1 spring of thyme. Cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes. Add the carrots and celery and cook 2 minutes more. Add the white wine and return the meat and its juices to the pan. Add the water - it should just cover the meat - with the bay leaf, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, and cover the pan. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 2 hours or until the meat is very tender when pierced with a skewer. Serve with brown rice. Garnish with remaining thyme

2 2/3oz icing sugar 3.5 oz butter, very soft 1.5 oz fine cane sugar 1 pinch of salt bottom of ramekins and grease them. Sprinkle with sugar and fill the ramekins with the batter (the cakes will rise slightly). Level the top of the batter with the blade of a knife and place the moulds in the preheated oven at 350 F for 20 mins (the recipe indicates 10 mins, but I thought it was not long enough.) Wait for 5 mins before unmoulding the cakes. Sprinkle with icing sugar and eat lukewarm, it is even better.

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A third of Spain’s adult population is addicted to shopping, and their ‘condition’ gets worse during the sales or at Christmas. This was revealed recently by Dr Manuel Armayones, professor of psychology at Catalunya Open University (UOC). He said mass purchases and impulse buys are more ‘socially-acceptable’ during sales and at Christmas, which means closet addicts tend to ‘let themselves off’, their guilt subsiding and their problem going unnoticed. Shopping addiction is usually a hidden ‘disorder’ and is only discovered when the addict can no longer pay their credit card bills, or has no money left over after constant shopping for general living. In even worse cases, the addiction can cause serious problems in personal, social, family and working life, says Dr Armayones. He says he and other experts in his field are seeing a growing number of clients suffering from shopping addictions, which are said to be largely due to depression, loneliness or isolation, and a general lack of satisfaction in life. Conversely, the economic crisis and recession is a help for these people, since they do not have the money to spend and cannot get credit – and also because there is greater awareness with campaigns aimed at encouraging responsible consumerism.

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e t r a t S s a H n u F The The Camposol Fiesta 2013 is now confirmed as Friday and Saturday 14th & 15th June. Although the finer details are still to be worked out, it is proposed to start the event at 7.30pm on Friday evening with a Music Extravaganza by local acts followed by a fun packed Saturday with events for all the family. We will be holding a Camposol’s Got Talent Competition on the day which will be open to all with a cash prize for the lucky winner. There will be the usual Paella and Fireworks and a programme of British and Spanish events to entertain young and old.

However, the fun of the Fiesta is not limited to the weekend itself and we have already held events to engage the community and raise funds. We held a Three Kings Children’s’ Party which was held in Oscar’s Bar and Trevi Restaurant supported the Fiesta with a Race Night. It costs around 10,500 Euro to stage the Fiesta and we have to fund this from the Fiesta Funds. Over the next few months we have various entertainment events planned and a number of raffles. All you have to do is purchase tickets…. enjoy the events and help us raise funds at the same time! Simples!

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all proceeds to the Camposol Fiesta Fund. Open to all children under 16 years old. Competition closes 31/1/2013. Judges decision is final. Drop off points: Paramount Resort Villa Rentals - Camposol Sector C Alley Palais - Camposol Sector B Healthy H2O stand - Thursday Market Sector A ASSSA Seguros - Puerto de Mazarron Sara Lara´s Bar – Puerto de Mazarron

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Over the last 6 months a system of Webcams have been installed in all Sectors of Camposol and have been available online for all to see. The first two cameras were installed for the Camposol Fiesta 2012 and covered the main stage and the main bar/entertainment areas. Such was the positive feedback from those living in Spain and especially absent owners it was decided to set up fixed cameras throughout Camposol. The cameras currently cover the following areas: Camposol B & C Sectors: This camera is set up to cover the main road through lower C Sector and across the rambla to B Sector with the commercial centre in the distance. Camposol B Commercial: This camera is set up to cover the majority of bars and restaurants in the B Commercial centre and is a well known place for people to visit and wave to friends and relatives watching in online in the UK and worldwide. Espuña Sunsets: This camera is set up facing the distant Sierra Espuña mountains and every evening gives a wonderful picture of the sun setting over the mountains. Camposol Sector D: This camera covers one of the main roads through sector D and gives an insight in to the varied villas that have been built on Camposol. It is also one for the fans of bats as, in the dark hours, they can be seen flying around the

street lights chasing the moths and bugs. Camposol Sector A: This is the latest camera installed and gives a fantastic view from the A Sector Commercial Centre across B Sector to the golf course and distant mountains. All of these webcams can be easily accessed by visiting the home page on either of these websites: or www.ParamountResortVillaRentals. com Future plans include preparation for the Camposol Fiesta 2013 and possibly cameras in other locations including the Puerto De Mazarron paseo & beach. In the meantime we hope that everyone here in Spain and also absent owners, friends, family, holiday makers and potential buyers enjoy their daily dose of everything Camposol.

“Elvis” Has Left the Room - and Spain!!! Tony of the Lodosol bar has had to return to UK for health reasons. Before he went, he put on a final show for HELP MMM on the 16TH Jan, when he attracted a variety of entertainers to present a “Sixties Night”. €240 was raised on the night. His favourite impersonation act of Elvis was very well received. Over the years he and his wife Jan, have been great supporters of HELP MMM. They will both be missed but we wish them all the best for life back in the UK. The photo shows Tony as Elvis



community news M.O.V.E. (Men Of Vision Espana) M.O.V.E. is an exciting, interdenominational, Christian men’s organisation which held it’s first conference in Puerto Mazarron on the Costa Calida in 2007. It is headed by Richard Hewes, who has a holiday home near Mazarron. Richard is a frequent visitor, and has a great affection for the area and it’s people. For many years it had been on his heart to see an organisation specifically for Christian men in this beautiful part of Spain. The aim of M.O.V.E. is to draw together Christian men from all church backgrounds together for friendship and fellowship, so that we can encourage each other, and draw on each others experiences, and so create strong bonds between the many different churches in our area, and ultimately far beyond. It is our aim to draw men together and provide an opportunity for them to fellowship with a wide cross section of fellow believers. Another vitally important aim of the organisation is to give men who are not yet Christians an opportunity to come to know the Lord Jesus. The highlight of the year is always the M.O.V.E. conference, with people travelling from as far afield as Madrid, the UK and Ireland to attend. We have had many gifted speakers and worship leaders, all

very well known in Christian circles, and all those who have been fortunate enough to be there have been deeply touched by the experience. The conferences just seem to get better and better, and last year’s truly inspired many men. This year, 2013, the conference will be held on Saturday 9th. March, and our venue will the conference centre in Pilar De Horadada, just 15 minutes from San Javier airport. This is part of our declared policy of drawing men from different churches and different areas. Our main speaker this year will be Andy Drake. Australian born, Andy travelled to England at the age of 18 just to do Europe, but God had other plans, and he is still there 23 years later. He now works as director of “Eurovangelism” helping 500 million Europeans to find their God given dignity. Our music will be provided by the MOVE Band. The M.O.V.E. conference is a lively, friendly, fun event with a deep purpose. Come along and have a good time. It may change your life. For more information visit:www.menofvisionespana. com Or telephone Duncan on (0034) 607 382 033 Or email - duncan.tart@talk21. com

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Thursday 21st February Bargain Hunt/Auction at Paddy Singh’s, Los Urrutias. Items for the auction to be brought between 10-12p.m., hammer down at 2p.m. €10 fee for 3 items and €4 for one item. Thursday 25th April dinner / dance at the Costa Narejos Hotel, Los Alcazares. For €40 per person you arrive any time after noon, there is an evening meal in the dining room, then dancing to the Big Band Swingtet, an overnight stay and breakfast in the morning. This is only a foretaste of events planned for 2013. New events will be publicised as soon as they are arranged. The sale of clothes by Help Murcia Mar Menor volunteers at The Arches on Saturday mornings has been postponed until February. Every third Tuesday in the month HELP MMM’s general meeting takes place at Las Claras, Los Narejos at 11.30 for 12 noon. Tickets for events available from Joan Mitchell 868 185685 or 678 135 467, Janice Clark on 968 134 355, or the office 968 570 059 Friendship Group On 22nd February there will be card games or a quiz (or perhaps even the mysterious Chicken Scratch) at the Café Golf, San Javier at 12 noon. On 22nd March we meet at the Asia Restaurant, San Javier at 1p.m (a week earlier than normal) Ring Doreen Sykes on 637 920 882 if you are interested in attending any of the Friendship Group’s events

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Tuesday 5th February - MABS COFFEE MORNING.MABS CENTRE 396 Avda de los Covachos Camposol Sector B4 - to 1.00pm Cake stalls, books - come along and meet some of our volunteers - have a chat, a cup of coffee or a snack. For further information please ring 689 052 123. *** STOP PRESS *** FUTURE 2013 EVENTS *** Tuesday 23rd April – ST GEORGE’S DAY – La Vida Bar, El Pareton Further details to be announced at a later date – reserve the date in your diary! Saturday 25th May –SPRING FAIR 396 Avda de los Covachos Camposol Sector B4 – 12.00 am to 3.00pm Our regular Spring Fair is in the planning stage, but please add it to your diary. Every 2nd & 3rd Friday – BOOK SALE Camposol Sector B Commercial Centre – 9.30 am – 1.00 pm

February 14th Valentine’s Day dance. Entertainment by the Jazz Singer, with tribute to Gene Pitney and Matt Christian. €10. March 13th Monthly dance with Samantha Curtis and Debbie B. €8. March 24th Annual Tresure Hunt. Always good fun, with a buffet at a mystery location. See parts of our area you wouldn’t usually go to. €8. May 11th Norwegian fjords cruise - still some places left, leaving on 11th May, overnight in Madrid, flight to Copenhagen, then 7 nights aboard MSC Poesia. Fully inclusive of all meals and local drinks aboard ship, and all travel. Special discounted prices. For details of all events, call Rosemary on 620 105 179.

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What a gorgeous day blue skies, slightly breezy, but what could be better for a day of golf, in some cases the golf could have been better, but what the heck.

sailing samm CHANGE AT THE TOP SAMM ELECTS A WOMAN AS COMMODORE. At the AGM congratulations were extended to Janice Penning as she was elected as the Commodore of SAMM (Sailing Association Mar Menor) a first for a woman. Janice is hoping that the new job does not interfere

too much with her love of yacht racing. The retiring Commodore Mike Phillips was thanked for his stewardship in presiding over a very successful year of racing and social events culminating in the Christmas Dinner. S A M M Robert Hudson & Janice Penning continues to thrive with at Dos Mares as well as a both the Spring and Autumn race three day trip to Cuenca, series being keenly an informative visit to the contested. All the mines at La Union, and some groups welcomed organised cycle rides. In newcomers to their addition each group follows brand of ‘messing their own full programme about in boats’ The taking advantage of the social scene was opportunities afforded on well supported with the Mar Menor John Down and Peter Cadwell regular bowling The AGM was also the opportunity to present the trophies for the Autumn Advanced motorist Tim racing series. Champion Saunders is the former Trophy awarded to the Business and Motoring Editor of the Bournemouth Daily Echo. Balaton Group Sirocco, His regular test reports appear Sailfish 18.75 points This in numerous newspapers, boat competed in all 10 magazines and websites races with 11 helms and throughout the UK, Ireland & Gibraltar - and now here in crew making the winning Spain! For more information points of 7.75. contact Tim on: Coming 2nd with 24.75 points the other Balaton Sailfish 18. However due to some gear failure this boat only managed to compete in ENGINE MANAGEMENT DIAGNOSTICS 5 races with 11 helms and fault Finding & Repairs crew. In 3rd place Shoestring Engine Diagnostics Tres, a Laser 2000 which Air-conditioning sailed in 6 races with 8 Re-gas & repairs helms and crew and accrued Starter Motor & 27 points. Alternator Repairs Robert Hudson achieved Telephone Al - Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm top helm with our new FULLY MOBILE Commodore Janice achieving top crew. Members look forward to a new year with the potential of introducing match and looking for runners/non runners class racing alongside the established handicap Free collection racing. Best prices paid SAMM welcomes anyone Baja issued interested in sailing, visit (All paperwork taken care of with the web site at www. certificate of destruction) or NO MORE SUMA BILLS TO PAY come along to a meetings Also parts available at 11.00 hours second Wednesday in each month 607 848 332 at CAR, Los Narejos, Los Ask for Phil Alcazares.

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Every time we go to Alenda the course is always in really good condition and despite the cold spell we have had today was no exception, fast and pristine greens, so our thanks to the greens staff and golf director Jose. It was a Stableford Competition and the Results from yesterday were: Gold Category 1st:

Ivie Davies 34 pts

2nd: Mick Hithersay 33 pts 3rd:

Geoff Poyner 29 pts

Silver Category 1st: Ken Hopkins 41 pts 2nd: Ron Nicholson 37 pts 3rd: Malcolm Woods 34 pts


This week was a rare week for the club as the match was an open match. The second and last one of the season. The venue was the Eden canal, the venue being switched from the Embalse de Pedrera due to the rain of the evening before. The Pedrera is treacherous during and after rain, until the bank has dried out. Although the Eden has not been fishing too well, it did produce more fish than it has of late. The wind was blowing a hooley and everybody settled for the feeder, which was really the only method available considering the conditions. There were only 3 blanks from the 10 anglers, an improvement from the Pedrera!!!!!!! The water did come up during the day as a result of the previous nights rain but it did not affect the fishing. Top Rods on the day 1st Terry ( Swing E´m ) Screen fishing the feeder and using maggot with 6.32 kilo´s. 2nd Tony ( The Flowerman) Price fishing the feeder using maggot with 3.58 kilo´s 3rd Bill (The Master) Reade

Winner of the Organiser Trophy for the with the highest score Ken Hopkins, his points score will result in Mademoiselle Guillotine calling with a handicap cut of a whopping 2.3 shots, he is now playing off 19.3 Two players scored 5 points on one hole they were Ron Nick & Ken Hopkins. Sometimes you have to admire the good fortune of golfers and in this instance a players shot was seen to Barnes Wallace across a lake onto the first cut at the far side of the green and then a chip in from 20 meters, rubbing shoulder with ‘Rocket’ should at least mean a lottery win! Nearest the Pins Hole 5: Malcolm Anderson. Hole 3: John Trailor. Hole 13: Ken Hopkins. Hole 16. Tom Richardson. Longest Drive: Alan Moody Best Guest: Alan Barrett There




fishing the feeder using maggot with 3.48 kilo´s. PLEASE NOTE The club has some vacancies at present, if you are interested in joining please contact Derek Swann on 966729293 or 603535771. ABBEY ANGLING RESULTS Supplied by Terry Screen We fished the 3rd round of the Abbey Angling Cup on the 22nd January once again at the Embalsa de Pedrera, and this match also incorporated the 3rd round of the Round Town News Inter club trophy. The lakes water level is constant at the moment, as the water being drawn off by the canal for irrigation equals the water being pumped in. The fishing is still hard going with five dry nets on the day (R & R also fished one man short ) and Hemp and Tares being the order of the day on the feeder. 1st Dave (The Sweetie Man) Hutchinson with 11.960kg AA 2nd Mick (The Arsenal) Hill with 7.760kg AA 3rd Clive (No more golf) Cleghorn with 3.800kg RR 4th Terry (Swing em) Screen with 3.660kg AA 5th Bill (The Master) Reade with 1.840kg RR 6th




members who were welcomed by the members, Reid Kane and Alan Barrett Sympathy should go to Ron Chamber who retired hurt after 9 holes with a ricked back, we are not sure how it happened, but information was received that at his birthday party on Monday, someone was trying to access the ‘family jewels’ which made him leap with delight. Thanks to Tony and Roxy at Izzy’s Bar for the most welcome food. Next game is at Vistabella Golf, Tuesday 12th February please be at the course for 08.15am the First tee is 09:00. For more information or if you wish to play with the friendliest Golf Society contact Ron Nicholson on 678 849 142 or email

Hoare with 0.640kg RR With five dry nets All fishing the feeder using hemp and tares The winning team for the Round Town News Trophy on the day was Abbey Angling with 16pts and Rods & Reels with 13pts Overall standing after three matches out of the six is Rods & Reels 5pts Abbey Angling 4pts All details available from our website www. 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@ TIGHT LINES DAVE HOARE


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This week all the teams were bowling in the first round of our Cornish Pride sponsored knock-out cup competition. So instead of playing each other for points, a team simply had to get a higher team handicap pinfall to beat their opposition. Los Lobos were the unlucky team to be drawn against Team Finland, again (as they played them in the first round last year). The result was the same aswell, with T.F. winning by 224 pins. After the first game Cornish Pride were 55 pins up on Split Happens, but S.H. comfortably out scored C.P. in the next two games to win the match by 90 pins. Mainly thanks to a superb game (ladies highest scratch

of the season) 244, by Mirja Hakonen, Hall y Day led Mixers, by 51 pins. But after two more very close games, Mixers, last years beaten finalist’s eventually won the match by 37 pins. Splash went through to the next round, easily beating Crazy Pinz by 178 . Top scorer for Splash with his highest hcp game of the season, 220, was Ivan Munoz. With only 2 bowlers it was going to be difficult for Carp-r-us, but after the first game against Los Bandidos, the scores were level. In the next two games L.B. outscored the Carps by 187 pins, to go through to the quarter finals. Last years cup winners Bandoleros were drawn against Caballo Negro. In a close first game C.N. led by just 3 pins. But in their second

Sucina Golf Society Thursday 10th January 2013

A beautiful day, albeit rather chilly first thing, welcomed an excellent turn out of 34 players for our first outing in 2013 which was at Peraleja Golf. Perfect golfing weather. This game was an Individual Stableford format with the additional challenge of winning the Annual ‘ New Year Cup”. The fairways were not in the best of condition but the greens played well, and certainly caught a few of us out! Many a grumble back in the Bar of 3 & 4 putts. One Par 3 being extremely tricky when many balls landing

In the match between Lucky Strike and Bar Mosquito, the scores were close after the first two games, L.S. had a lead of just 22 pins.

Hall y Day (1716), go through to th quarter finals. Go through to the quarter finals

Nearest the pins went to: Hole 2 - Gary Bird, Hole 7 Doug Oxlade, Hole 9 - John Storey and Holes 12 & 16 - Graham Hawley. Thanks go to the Great Golf Co who supplied our NTP prizes.

Division 1 - 1st place John Storey 32pts, 2nd place Graham Hawley 30pts, 3rd place Andy Harvey 29pts.

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I’m certainly going to fall Finally to the green we were so now we had to putt Some balls just kept on going and others they just stuck The hole was an exclusion zone, it would not except the ball So you tried with very great effort to see the blessed thing fall On and on and on we went up and down the course Some balls reached the water, does it matter a jot, OF COURSE Nearest the pins were organised, this was one of our little tasks With balls going straight up in the air, how can we do this he asks But finished we did with

and Bernie Waspe just missing out by one point to the winners Mick Hardy and Frank Broadhurst on 42pts scoring 21points on both nines. I would like to end by thanking everyone for playing and making it fun on a day that was not good to play golf being very cold and windy.

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The next Society’s game is on Monday, 4th February 2013 at La SERENA. The format is MEDALFORD (front holes - Medal, Back holes - Stableford & subtract the Stableford points from the Nett score). Payday is on Saturday, 2nd February 2013 at La Serena, in the bar area, between 11.00 and 12.00 hours.

The winners of each tie and the losing highest scorers,

Our Winner of the New Year Cup was Les Vincent, our oldest Member but who can still manage to smoke his pipe whilst hitting a steady, long and straight shot. Well done, Les. Our Division winners were:-

Division 3 - 1st place Les

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But in the third game Sue Duke bowling for L.S. bowled her personal best scratch scores of 217 game and 508 series, that gave her team a winning margin of 106 pins, and put them in the quarter final draw.

Vincent 35pts, 2nd place Bill Nagle 32pts and 3rd place Ray Davies 28pts.

Division 2 - 1st place Peter Robinson, 2nd place Ray Banks, 3rd place Sue Grewer ( on count back).


Bandoleros lost the match by 121 pins.

near the pin only to be seen rolling off the green and into the water!

LO CRISPIN GOLF SOCIETY Font del Llop - 23.01.13 Does he know what he asks The wind she was ablow’n up aqt Font del Llop Great gusts of the Levante came screaming ov’r the top But our members are a hardy bunch, with ne’er a thought to stop We all trouped out onto the tees, this wind will stop us NOT Standing on the first tee was not an easy task This wind would knock you over it didn’t need to ask So off we go with fingers crossed that the balls we could find Next to a rock or tree or stump or even out of bounds Keep your head down he would say, you’re moving on the ball

game, Paku and Heikki, bowling for C.N. both had their highest hcp games of the season, 223 & 243, it was also the teams highest hcp game 668.

cobwebs gone and sand and grit in our ears Another day of golf has passed when is the next one please? The wind worshippers were: Gold Division: 1st Martin Collins, 2nd Brian Coultate and 3rd Colin Ranson Silver Division: 1st Alan Crain, 2nd Paul Flanaghan and 3rd John Featherstone Bronze Division: 1st Damien Elliot, 2nd Steve Harrington and 3rd Geoff Dowsett NTP’s Hole 8 Paul Flanaghan, hole 12 George Stewart The free game draw was won by Geoff Dowsett. Gail Coultate Lo Crispin Golf Society locrispingolf/


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Frank & Mick Results from the Society’s game at Altorreal on Wednesday, 23rd January 2013. The format was Better Ball Pairs - Stableford. What a Day gale force wind blowing and so cold but we still had a great turn out of 32 players many of them wishing that they had stayed at home with the weather. But we played and what a close competition it was with just 4points between the top six pairs with four places

being sorted on count back. The course was not in bad shape with the greens being very quick, not what you want with a wind of 35km. When we had all finished I think we felt we have done 18 rounds then 18 holes we where all batter by that wind. From third to sixth the pairs all finished with 38pts so after a long sort out on count back Roy Herbert and Alan Clarke took the third place. In second place on 41pts came Bill McLaughlin

Monday, 4th February 2013 - La SERENA – MEDALFORD - 1st Tee – 10.00 Wednesday, 20th February 2013 – CORVERA - INDIVIDUAL STABLEFORD - 1st Tee –10.00 Monday, 4th March 2013 – VISTABELLA - INDIVIDUAL STABLEFORD - 1st Tee – 12.00 Wednesday, 20th March 2013 - La SERENA CAPTAIN’s DAY - 1st Tee – 10.00 Regards Mick the winners Group 1. 1st.Geoff Betts 28 points 2nd.Paul Hurrell 26 on c/b from David Gill. Group 2. 1st. Ken Holmes 35 points 2nd. Peter Kerr 31 3rd. Brian Coombes 29. Group 3. 1st. Christopher Rose 34 on c/ b from David Winder 3rd. Steve James 28 Nearest the pin winners, Holes 5 & 8 Geoff Betts Holes 10 & 17 Ken Holmes

TORREGOLF.EU at Altorreal 21st.January For our second major meeting this year we were back to another of our special courses and for those that had returned from the snow of the UK it was very warm, for the others a normal sunny winters day here on the Costa’s though it has to be said only 1 member turned up in shorts. Another great day of golf with the course in good condition though very

wet under foot. However, something must have caused the scores to be very low with only 4 players scoring more than 30 points and I would suggest it was the putting, greens were very hard to read some fast some slow and as most will know the greens at Altorreal are not flat ones! and are very testing. Or maybe it was the wind which at times was very strong. The competition was our normal Stableford one with

The photograph of all but one winner show L to R. Brian Coombes, Paul Hurrell, Geoff Betts, David Winder, David Gill, Steve James, Christopher Rose & Peter Kerr. Our next game is our Saturday Fun Day at Vistabella on the 26th. and then La Peraleja on the 1st. February and Vistabella on the 9th. so if you are interested in joining our Club call David Winder on 626 774 157 or email him at davidwinder.torregolf@


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DAYA’S SECOND HALF PERFORMANCE BLOWS CATRAL AWAY This was a must win game for Daya to keep the pressure on the League Leaders, Cox.

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some good football but Catral were still dangerous on the break. As the second half wore on the home side became more dominant and well in control. On 65 minutes a great through ball found Manuel whose shot from distance made it 3 - 0 and surely the game was safe. Youssef put the icing on the cake when in the dying seconds he headed home the 4th goal. After a poor first half Daya thoroughly deserved their stunning victory, no team could have lived with their second half performance. Daya sit proudly on top of the division but Cox have a game in hand. go to Oscar’s for breakfast instead of playing golf. The results were as follows: Winning Place Team

Eurogolf, La Marquesa 64 members took part in today’s competition, 24 January at La Marquesa Golf Course which was a Walz. The weather started off quite calm but quickly deteriorated into a wild windy day with the ball having a mind of its own, going in all direction, dependent on the wind at the time of taking the shot, making it an interesting round. Lots of debris on the course , trees blown over, bags and trolleys being blown over or running away in the wind, buggy covers acting like sails and blowing


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It was end to end now with both sides committing to attacking football. Catral had the ball in the back of the Daya net on 15 minutes

The visitors were now having the lion’s share of the game and looking very dangerous. Very much against the run of play Daya took the lead on 25 minutes when a long range effort from Marcos alluded the keeper and went in off the post.

off at every opportunity. Well done to those members who managed to complete the course. However, it was disappointing to find that only 4 people in the prizes were there at the end of the competition for the prize giving Please try to make the effort to support the Society, its there for your benefit and you have to play your part too. Happy birthday to Terry Glazier who was 80 this week. The Match Secretary pulled a blinder today by re-arranging the teams so that he could


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Catral started strongly and had the home side’s defence under pressure forcing two quick corners in succession. Then on 6 minutes a great chance fell to Daya’s Jose, he was put clean through but his fierce shot cannoned back off the post.

but it was ruled offside.

Firstly, I would like to thank all team captains for promptly sending their reports, enabling me to submit a ‘full house’ of results this week. Space is of a premium, so it’s only initials instead of first names. Let’s start with Maples v Sycamores SABA league Greenlands derby, which resulted in a 10-4 double for the good guys! Maples winners: S Heath, S Hibberd, D O’Sullivan 2218. J Clements, A Toozer, M Edwards 22-10. D Fryatt, S Mahomet, M Fryatt 1916. C Thomas, J&B Pocock 20-13. Sycamores victors: E Merrick, Jim Oliver, Pete Tomkins 24-15. Joan Oliver, P Lockley, L Miller 20-16. Next on, were Chestnuts, hosting San Miguel Comets.

Although they lost 4-10, this little lot certainly did the biz: S Hewett, J O’Brien, C Langlois 24-15. H Lanlois, M Cassidy, G Watt 19-14. The much delayed (funny how it always seems to chuck it down on a Tues!) internal trips league, threw up this impressive roll call: winners - H Langlois, D Bray, M Edwards. runners up - H Meston, B Miller, F Edwards. As 60s group ‘Hedgehoppers Anonymous’ once sang - ‘It’s good news week’! Well, it certainly was for the guys & dolls in the much depleted winter/berleen teams. After 2 trouncings, it’s good to announce that they are back! An 8-2 victory for Winter leaguers: Bobby Sims, P Goodfellow, S Heath, A Goodfellow 24-

Doug Spiring, Harry Armstrong, Beverley Fairhurst and Connie Parker 75 points c/b Second Place Team Pino Perito, Colin Hobden, Orlando Ferrol and Phyllis Venables 75 points Third Place Team John Barraclough, Ray Porter, Peter Sanderson and Janet Tocker 73 points c/b Nearest the Pins 5th Alan Venables 11th Terry Sayers 15th Tony Stanley 17th Nico Baken Football Winners: Ian Turner, Alec Relph, Beverley Fairhurst, Sue Gillett. TOFF’s Results for Tuesday 22 January 2013 Overall Winner – Paul Manning Gold Division

16. S Johnson, T Hodges, B Collins, D Greenland 329. Bill Sims, W Latham, L Greenland, B Latham 21-18, was aided by Berleeners 2 points: J Collins, D Watts, T Sambrook, G Watts 20-14. Fed 4s update now. In the most horrendous weather conditions immaginable (and yes, it was a Tues!), the Bulls went down 3 points to 5 (50-50 shots) at Country Bowls. Playing against the Clarets, not only did these martyrs help earn their team points, but played the last 2 ends in strong winds & heavy rain, whilst the more sensible colleagues were under cover supping their favourite tipple: S Heath, Bill Sims, L Greenland & D Greenland 22-17. Two days later, the Bears recorded

Man of the Match ?, well take your pick from any of the back four, Francisco, Jota, Jesus or Alberto, they were all outstanding. Danni also had another solid game in goal. There was a little bit of an edge to the game as you would expect, being a local derby and given that the teams were second and third in the table at the start of the match. The referee handled it all quite well though and the large crowd saw a thrilling game, especially the second half. Daya Dave Team Sponsor: Segurlab 1st Paul Manning 40 points 2nd Tony Stead 36 points c/b 3rd John Barraclough 36 points Silver 1st Bruce Gordon 36 points 2nd Bob Shorley 36 points 3rd John Holland 33 points Bronze 1st Phyllis Venables 34 points 2nd Morag Turner 33 points 3rd Brian Green 32points Nearest the Pins 5th Malcolm Foskett, 15th Roy Lowe, 11th David Gregson, 17th Robin Richards Best Front Nine: Robin Richards 19 Best Back Nine: Tony Hitt 23 The Manning’s have had a mixed week with Paul playing a blinding game of golf but forgetting to lock the door and Gloria forgetting her club when going to take a shot. Getting old is wonderful, isn’t it?

a super 6-2 victory at La Marina. Give yourselves a hug: C Thomas, F Edwards, J Parker, M Edwards 25-8. F Tilley, T Sambrook, P Lockley, A Goodfellow 18-13. Southern league results only (too much fingerrhea again!). El Rancho - 11, Oaks - 3 (J Clements, G Watt, C Lloyd 16-16. J Thompson, W Latham, B Latham 1915. Elms - 4 (N Cork, Bill Sims, Bobbie Sims 21-18. T Coombs, V Mahomet, J Parker 17-16), Vistabella Lanzadores - 10. Cedars - 12 (N Bater, T Hodges, T Upham 26-14. E Merrick, M Dewar, C Langlois 45-4. B Doran, T French, Penny Tomkins 247. K Page, M Kilby, D Webb 19-14. F Tilley, C Dewar, Pete Tomkins 21-11), Vistabella Conquistadors - 2.


C.F Sporting de San Fulgencio Golden opportunity goes begging for disappointing Saints C.F Sporting de San Fulgencio 0-1 S.C.D Carolinas San Fulgencio missed out on the chance to rise up the table after a poor display against the mid-tabled Carolinas of Alicante. The only goal of the game arrived at the half-way point of the first period and the visitors held on, despite having 10 men. The hosts had the first clear chance of the afternoon when Gary Williams was played through, but the coach/player was denied by the onrushing goalkeeper. Carolinas almost opened the scoring moments later, but the long range effort just about cleared the crossbar. The deadlock was broken soon after and the Saints can only blame themselves for some poor defending. The ball wasn’t cleared and a cross from the left took a deflection off Enrique Serrano and Carolina’s midfielder calmly slotted past Jose Navarro.

Jose Bonmati almost conjured up an instant equaliser, but his ferocious strike was brilliantly kept out by the visiting keeper. Minutes later Alexander Hall produced an excellent lastditch challenge to keep the Saints in the end to end contest. A few minutes before the break San Ful were handed a lifeline when Carolina’s goalkeeper saw red for handling outside the area. Gary’s attempted lob hit the hand of the unfortunate keeper. After the break San Fulgencio improved as Hector Silva and Jairo Sousa had some half chances before Gary got behind the defence and looked certain to score, but his shot agonisingly smashed off the inside of the post. Some of the loyal fans were beginning to think it wasn’t going to be our day... Marco Aurelio then had a glorious opportunity, but his effort was thwarted by the substitute keeper. S.C.D




Mazarron’s unbeaten run came to an end with a 52 defeat at second placed Jumilla but the score line certainly flattered the home team. Once again the game hinged on two controversial first half decisions by referee Manuel Martinez Tirado. Mazarron were without top scorer Jose Ruben and Alfonso, both through suspension, but started the game in lively fashion with Barrachina enjoying his new role as an attacking right winger. On 22 minutes a lovely ball from the hard working Cecilio found Barrachina clear on the right and he ran on before hammering the ball into the corner of the net to give Mazarron a well deserved lead. Ten minutes later Cecilio won the ball outside the Jumilla penalty area and this time found Panocha on the left and the young winger coolly slid the ball under the Jumilla

keeper’s legs for what should have been Mazarron’s second goal. Amazingly the referee awarded a free kick for a foul by Cecilio when he had clearly won the ball fairly. Then three minutes before half time Cecilio was put clear by Santi and was brought crashing to the ground by the last defender. Instead of awarding a free kick which would have meant an automatic red card for the Jumilla defender, the referee waved play on. Jumilla cleared the ball straight down to the other end of the field and from the resulting cross Navarro out jumped Pollo to head the ball over Jose Iker and level the scores at half time. Jumilla took the lead eight minutes into the second half when Pollo was again found wanting defensively and the left winger squared the ball across the goal for an easy tap in. Jumilla were then

doubled their lead in bizarre circumstances with just over 15 minutes remaining. With one of visiting players down ‘injured’, the Saints decided to play on. When the ball was cleared by Carolinas, it didn’t go out of play and with everyone focused on other things, Bonmati was on hand to clear the danger. The home side continued to attack, but the visitor’s second keeper was on form to keep out Gary and then Giacomo Marcello. As tempers began to fray, Giacomo, who had only been on the pitch for a matter of minutes, saw his marching orders for a late kick at the man who was marking him. That was that; a great win for Carolinas but a big chance missed by the Saints. Thank you to Telecom 900 and the rest of our sponsors! Our next game is away against C.D Cox on the 3rd! Match Lucas




reduced to ten men when one of their defenders was dismissed following a second booking. Cecilio shot over the bar from a good position and a clever free kick from Panocha deceived everyone with Diego just failing to make contact at the far post. However, Jumilla virtually settled the game after 76 minutes with two goals in rapid succession, the second of which was clearly offside. In between the two goals captain Diego, once again Mazarron’s best player, was inexplicably substituted much to the disgust of the Mazarron supporters. Mazarron still created chances and with ten minutes left, Santi’s cross was hammered against the post by Cecilio and then Santi broke clear and rounded the keeper only to try to pass inside to Cecilio with an empty net in front of him and the ball was cleared. Jumilla made it 5-1 in the 89th minute and substitute Perico scored a consolation goal for Mazarron on his debut in injury time. Team: Jose Iker, Pollo, Diego (Perico), Pepelu, Urrea, Barrachina, Diego 2 (Fran), Baeza, Santi, Panocha, Cecilio. Man of the Match: Diego Mazarron’s next home game is at home to Corvera this Sunday, 3rd February, kick off 4.30 pm.



tmgs Match Report, TMGS Villamartin 23rd January, 2013. Let it blow Horatio. By heck did Horatio let it blow too. I don’t think any of us have played in wind that strong here in Spain since Captain Alan Rickers was in nappies, but did they have nappies back in his infant days or did they just go commando under their loin cloths back in the days when Julius Caesar was a figment of his Daddy’s mind? I am digressing, sorry. It is fair to say that the wind was a little bit on the strong side and many shots were a 2 or 3 club difference to what we would normally use and without doubt, the scores on the doors reflected the conditions of the day with only 2 players actually breaking the 30 point barrier and one of those was Colin “Ice cream man” Marsden who took the Silver Division with 30 points and it has been noted that this is his second win in consecutive weeks. Coming in as runner up and only 1 point behind ‘Mr Softee’ was our Austrian lady member, Olga Haubner with one of our Norwegian

contingent, Per Skarnes sneaking into 3rd place with 28 points. Only Captain Alan Rickers broke the 30 point barrier with, what was an excellent score on the day of 35 points, a full 8 points in front of the Runner Up, Steve Higgins with 27 points with Richard Wale sneaking into 3rd place on the countback system with 26 points. Poor Richard, ever since his “quack quack” escapade at La Finca, he has this bird problem and knobbed one off of the tee when he saw the resident geese coming up to him. Photo is Gold Category winners We would like to thank Vincent of Pro Clean, the golf club cleaning service for the


The second round results showed mixed results with the Panthers holding the Bandidos by 4-3. El Presidente, won away to the Peacocks by 5-2, Dominos Red won at home to Torre Bears by 5-2, the same score saw Freebooters win at home to San Miguel. Castillo Cannons also won by 5-2 against Dominos’ Dragons. The Belgium teams fared well with Amigas Belgas 2, winning away to Buddies Bar by 6-1. Amigas Belgas 1 proved too strong for Peacocks Blue winning by 7-0. The final match went to Torre Del Moro away to Danish Vikings by 7-0 WEEK 8 DIVISION 1 Leaders Rocajuna, increased its lead with a 6-1 victory over Los Balcones, leaving Los Balcones in 7th place. Lakeside Lakers, in second place ,slipped up at home to the current champions Castillo losing by 3-4, the return of skipper Ray Hayes, making the difference. Lakeside Vagabonds, faced the Buccaneers, this was well matched with the Vagabonds taking a 4-3 win. Blue Lagoon made full use of home advantage defeating

XPS by 5-2, which left XPS in bottom place, this division is becoming very competitive, and apart from the dominance from Rocajuna, the remaining 7 teams have plenty to play for. DIVISION 2. Amigas Belgas, remain in top place with a 5-2 win over Torre Bears. In second place are Dominos Dragons, who won away to Castillo Caballeros, by 5-2, they hold a 4 point lead over Dominos Red, who recorded a 5-2 win at home to the Corsairs, DIVISION 3. High flyers this week are Florentilles who won away to Castillo Comrades, by 7-0, this moves Florentilles into 3rd place. Leaders Danish Dynamite, proved to strong at home to San Miguel, who won by 6-1. Second placed Lakeside Hellcats visited El Rancho to play El Presidente, they came away with a 5-2 victory. Danish Vikings won away to Buddies Bar by 4-3. DIVISION 4. The Bandidos are maintaining good form, they won at home to Danish Friends by 6-1 to stay top. In second place are La Dolores Red, they slipped up at home

donation of two of the NTP prizes which were won by Peter Wells at Hole 6 and Steve Fleet at the tortuous Hole 17. The only other one to win a NTP prize was Sandra Twentyman on Hole 13. Our next match see’s us travelling to Hacienda Del Alamo for our away day on 30th of January so if you fancy a game with us, book in with us at or call our Match Secretary on 966 719 604. We will welcome you with open arms. We also run mini Friday games at Villamartin and once again, we welcome anyone to play in the fun spirit of the way the Friendly Friday events are enjoyed.

to Laguna Vista, losing by 2-5. With Laguna Rosa, the Danish and Swedish team winning 5-2 at home to Hideaway, this makes them joint second. Freebooters, won at home to Peacocks Blue by 5-2. Hideaway , and Peacocks Blue are rooted in the relegation zone. DIVISION 5 Torre Del Moro, the all Swedish team are still leaders they won away to Dominos 3, by 6-1, they are 4 points ahead of Amigas Belgas, who won at home to the Panthers by 6-1, both look certain to gain promotion with Torre Bears in 3rd place despite a 5-2 away win over Torre Del Agua, they trail by 7 points. Daya Vieja, are improving well they won away to El Raso Bandits by 5-2. All eight teams are new to the league . ROCAJUNA OPEN This attracted a good line up with the eventual winners Michelle and Jean Santiago, from the Belgium Amigas Belgas club in San Luis, (photo) shows Michelle and Jean being presented with cash prizes from Jackie Lopez of the Rocajuna club Roger Seymour


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