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Jaén

The weather, with outbreaks of rain throughout the day, did not prevent the procession of the Virgen de la Cabeza. At 12 noon the procession left the Santuario, taking the usual short route under the arch to reach the base of the Cofradía de Marmolejo, from where she was returned back to her Sanctuary. After the celebration of Mass, La Morenita was decorated with the gold medal, to mark her appointment as Jaén’s favourite daughter. During the procession there many expressions of great devotion for this emotive occasion, and as usual, there were moments of chaos when the anderos competed for the priviledge to carry the Virgin. There were no injuries, apart from a young man who sustained a minor wound to his leg.

Costa Blanca

A group of twelve Russian travel agents will be touring the Costa Blanca until May 3. They are on a Fam Trip, organised by the travel agency Rushouse Tour, intended to encourage provincial tourism from Russia to the Costa Blanca. The trip includes a visit to different Alicante towns like Torrevieja, Elche, Alicante, Benidorm and Orihuela Costa. The Alcalde de Torrevieja, Eduardo Dolón, with the Diputado Provincial de Turismo, the Vicepresidente Joaquín Albaladejo, and the Concejal de Turismo, Luis María Pizana, held a meeting with the guests, to introduce the cultural, sports, culinary, landscape and coastline of the city of Torrevieja. The group toured along the coast, the town of Torrevieja, the Puerto Deportivo de Marina Salinas, the museos flotantes del puerto, (floating museums) the Submarino ‘Delfín’ and the Patrullero de Vigilancia Aduanera ‘Albatros II’, as well as the Ciudad Deportiva de Torrevieja. The Fam Trip will visit the main tourist towns of the Province.

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Torrevieja

Weekend events have had to be postponed due to bad weather. Two outdoor activities have suffered a date change due to inclement weather: The Día del Mayor 2013 has been transferred to Sunday, May 5, and Día de la Danza will now take place on that same day, May 5, in the afternoon.

Javéa

The festivities in honor of Jesús Nazareno began with a playful bous al carrer in the Placeta del Convent, before the rain called a halt to the festivities. The weekend celebrations were held at 11.00, 18.45 and 23.00 pm during Sunday. During the day volunteers from the Cruz Roja and Cáritas, in collaboration with the Cofradía, were positioned at the doors of Javéa’s supermarkets to collect food for the most needy of the municipality, who are being helped by these two charities. In the evening there was a mobile disco in the Plaza de la Constitución, with Santi Bertomeu, Aitor Galán y Pablo Gisbert. In the same place, at 22.30 horas, the Theatre Group Tot Rist de Duanes de la Mar will play a farce ‘El drama de la bolsería’. Wednesday is dedicated to children. The day starts with two ‘wake-ups’ at 9.00, in the Calles de Duanes with the Grup de Danses Portitxol and the other with ‘dolçaina i tabalet’ in the Centro Histórico, after which there will be a lunch and games for all children. In the evening there will be a ‘pasacalle’ walk to view the flower crosses adorning the portals of the town’s aldermen, who this year are Carlos Cholbi, Álvaro Morell, José Font, Francisco Caselles Catalá, Carlos Mata Cholbi, José Moya Ramacho, Miguel Bas Llidó, Jaime Gisbert Puig, Juan Bautista Chorro Torres y José Gil Puigcerver.

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Two teenagers have been arrested after deliberately causing 30,000 euros’ worth of damage to the inside of an Iberia aeroplane at Madrid’s Barajas airport. They managed to sneak through security controls in Terminal 3 to get to the runway and enter a stationary aircraft at around 03.45hrs on Saturday. Once inside, the two boys, aged 16 and 19, ripped off the seal around the emergency exit doors, blew up and then punctured numerous life-jackets and played with the torches and whistles attached to these to draw attention to cabin crew members in the event of a crash-landing into the sea. They also smashed up the landing wheel and the radio in the cockpit. When arrested and questioned, the boys said they ‘just did it for a laugh’ and ‘because it was the weekend’. The younger of the two will be tried by a youth court as he is under 18, which means he is likely to get a lighter punishment.

Four-year-old child drowns in river

A mother has been arrested after her four-year-old son drowned in the river Guadalquivir in Córdoba. The 49-yearold woman, a native of Córdoba, was rescued from the river along with her son, who was already dead when he was found further downstream. She was taken to hospital suffering from shock and hypothermia. It is believed she attempted to commit suicide and kill the child at the same time. But witnesses say the child was playing on the riverbank and fell in, at which point his mother jumped in the water to rescue him, and that both of them were calling for help. It has not been revealed whether the child’s father, a Mexican national living in Córdoba, has been contacted in relation to his son’s death. The mother is in hospital and said to be stable, but in observation and may be discharged this week if she recovers well. She will then be questioned by police.


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An announcement by the council at San Pedro del Pinatar Town Hall, that the Association Day festivities, due to take place on Sunday 28th, in and around the Grand Marque, have been cancelled, due to poor weather, forecast for the weekend, just missed last weeks edition. Looking out of the widow today, Saturday 27th., yes, it’s raining. The council is now looking at May 5th., to stage the event. Let’s hope for a warm and sunny Sunday... Rob Barnes moved to live in Spain, 7 years ago. In the UK, amongst other things, he was the Chair of the Midlands Regions, Independent Television Commission. His hobbies include Industrial

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appeal to European Commission over repossessions

The head of a nationwide anti-repossession protest movement, Ada Colau, travelled to the European Union headquarters to fight for protection of homeowners facing a life on the street due to being unable to pay their mortgages. According to a report by ThinkSpain, Colau told officials that in Spain, ‘the government helps the banks and not the people’. During her visit in person to the head office of the European Commission, Colau condemned the ‘criminalisation’ of those who demonstrate against the situation. Spokeswoman for the Plataforma de los Afectados de la Hipoteca, or PAH (‘Mortgage Victims’ Association’), former actress and model Colau said she had decided to speak to the European Parliament personally to ‘show the face of the 400,000 people in Spain’ who are about to lose their homes, and the hundreds of thousands more who have already lost theirs. Willy Meyer, leader of IU (Izquierda Unida, or United Left) at the European Parliament says investigations will continue into the situation and a possible site visit by MEPs to find out

more – as was the case with the ‘land grab’ in 2004 – may be on the cards. “In Spain, there is a lot of Euroscepticism – here you have a chance to show Spain that Europe does indeed have a purpose,” Colau told him. “People buy property to live in because the State recommends it and, when the housing market crashes, the responsibility does not fall on the banks and finance companies but on ordinary and very vulnerable families,” she continued. “The government helps the banks, not the people. And when the people demonstrate against this, we are criminalised, likened to Nazis and terrorists, and given huge fines.” This latter comment caused a spat between Colau and MEP Carlos Iturgaiz (PP) who said: “She comes here like a wolf in sheep’s clothing and doesn’t give the full facts,” he stormed. Referring to the flash-mob sieges, known as escraches, staged outside the homes of politicians, Iturgaiz demanded: “Tell me whether or not you condemn these practices,” to which Colau replied, “I don’t have to

condemn anything.” A representative of the European Commission said the European Central Bank (BCE) had begun to draw up an ‘opinion’ relating to ‘best practice’ concerning mortgages which, once Brussels had approved it, would be legally binding. MEP Antolín Sánchez Presedo (PSOE) pointed out that Spain was already ‘taking initiatives’ such as an agreement the previous week to adopt an EU Directive relating to mortgage loans which guaranteed the ‘most favourable’ conditions for homeowners in the event of foreclosure and which ‘contemplated the option of handing back the keys and wiping

out the debt’, known as a dación en pago. Colau stressed, however, that this Directive was unlikely to solve the problem of mortgages in Spain since the legislation was geared up for ‘a situation of normality’ and that ‘what is happening in Spain is a situation of exceptional circumstances and emergency’. MEP Raúl Romeva (ICV) agreed that the current circumstances in Spain relating to mortgages ‘reflects a failure in the democratic system’. “The great drama we’re suffering in Spain is that what most of the country’s people are asking for has not been considered by a Parliamentary majority,” Romeva commented.

Woman Dies After Being Refused Medical Assistance Five Times In Less Than A Week

A full-scale inquiry is under way after a woman died in the doorway of her house despite having been turned away from health centres and hospitals on five occasions in as many days. At least four major associations are pushing for answers on behalf of Soledad, a Bolivian national living in Valencia, and believe there was a certain level of ‘racism’ involved. She went to her local GP clinic in the Ruzafa district of the city, the Fuente de San Luis, on February 15, suffering from a persistent cough, but was refused treatment after being told her SIP card – entitling her to State healthcare – was ‘invalid’. The associations now fighting her case posthumously say this was not the case at all. Two days later, she found she was struggling to swallow when eating and went to A&E at Valencia’s Hospital Clínico (pictured), where she was given a perfunctory physical examination and told there was nothing urgently wrong with her and to speak to her GP. When her condition was no better by February 18, she

returned to A&E and was not given any examinations whatsoever, but just told to ‘go to her GP’ as she had been advised the day before. Staff also told her that the Hospital Clínico was ‘not in her catchment area’ and that she should have gone to the Doctor Pese Hospital instead. Workers at the Clínico allegedly said: “If you turn up here in A&E again, we’re going to charge you.” Feeling steadily worse, that same day Soledad went back to the Fuente de San Luis health centre in her neighbourhood, where she was told again that the Hospital Clínico was not in her catchment area. She was not examined, but was given an injection for nausea and sent home. In the early hours of the next day, February 19, Soledad began to cough up blood and her husband tried to get doctors to go to their home to attend to her, but was told: “We don’t do home visits just because someone’s got a cold.” The couple went to the health centre later that morning,

where they were just told to take the same cough medicine she had been given the previous day. By the early hours of February 20, Soledad’s condition had worsened considerably, and her husband rang the emergency number, 112, to get an ambulance. But he was once again told: “We’re not sending out an ambulance just because you’ve got a cold.” Seeing that he would get nowhere, the woman’s husband called a man who worked for him and asked him to bring his car so they could take Soledad to hospital. This man also called for an ambulance, but was refused assistance, so he called the Local Police in Valencia. Officers, once on site, called the emergency line and demanded an ambulance ‘immediately’. Paramedics arrived two hours after the first call to 112 was made, by which time the woman was already dead. The exact cause of her death is not known, and a post-mortem is due to be carried out among other investigations to ascertain whether medical negligence was involved.


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British paedophile fugitive caught in Benidorm

Expat In Barcelona Held Over ‘Biggest-ever Web Server Attack’

A Dutch expatriate in Granollers, Barcelona has been arrested in connection with the world’s largest-scale cyber-attack to date. According to the report by ThinkSpain, Sven Olaf Kamphuis, 35, is said to have launched a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack on the non-profit-making mail company Spamhaus, which detects junk mail at source and blocks it. A DDoS attack is where massive volumes of data are sent to a web server – far more than it can handle – in an attempt to push it off the internet. In this case, over 300 Gigabytes per second (gbps) were launched at Spamhaus to clog it up and force its shutdown. Spokeswoman for the National Police in Barcelona, María Buyo, said investigations started in the Netherlands when a cyber-attack on the anti-spam site was detected due to huge attempts to access it, and that the UK and USA had also been affected. As Spamhaus tried to regain control of its servers, this created a huge slowdown of internet traffic around the world. Kamphuis, who was born in Alkmaar (Holland), is said to be the manager of the outfit

Cyberbunker and organiser of the group Stophaus, and to have travelled all over Spain in a van with various antennae to enable him to stage his attacks without trace. He apparently took exception to the fact that Spamhaus blocked a number of servers hosted by Cyberbunker, a company that claims it will host ‘anything except child porn or terrorism sites’. Spamhaus holds lists of blocked senders used by companies to detect the origins of spam to prevent them from jamming mail servers and filling up email boxes. The actions of Spamhaus annoyed Kamphuis, who told the media that it ‘did not have the right’ to choose ‘what should and should not’ be on the web. IT equipment, hard drives, computer software and mobile telephones were seized during a raid on Kamphuis’ flat in Granollers. The accused is expected to be extradited to the Netherlands. In the meantime, the National Police in Barcelona have praised Dutch, British and US authorities for their ‘excellent coordination’ which led to the case being swiftly resolved.

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Village Near Barcelona Has 228 Cars Per Inhabitant! A village in the Barcelona province has 60,000 cars registered in it – despite only having 300 inhabitants. Aguilar de Segarra has no shops and only a handful of houses, but has 228 cars per resident, according to the census. Given that car tax is between just 10 and 15 euros a year – at least 10 times lower than in nearby towns and in the city of Barcelona – around 12 car-hire companies have registered their head office as being in Aguilar de Segarra. This means they save a fortune on tax on their vehicles. Just a few kilometres away, the village of Rajadell – which has 500 inhabitants – has 40,000 cars registered, or 80

vehicles per resident. Further down the coast, next door to Finestrat (Alicante), near Benidorm, the village of Relleu has just a few hundred residents and yet the number of cars registered there runs into five figures. Given that each and every town council is free to set its own car-tax rates, within the margins established by the ministry of tax, huge differences are seen throughout the country and if a person moves to the next town or village, he or she can often find the car tax charged is either half or double the amount payable in that person’s previous place of residence

A British man wanted by Interpol for sexual abuse of minors has been arrested in Benidorm (Alicante) after going on the run. The unnamed 47-year-old was sentenced to 10 years in jail by court authorities in Edinburgh, but managed to escape the clutches of the law and go on the run to Spain. Spanish authorities found that he may have been hiding out in Benidorm and set up a man-hunt all over the Costa Blanca. The paedophilia suspect had a European arrest warrant hanging over him. His identity and the full extent of his crimes have not yet been formally revealed.

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Local charity achieves donations of over 250,000€! With the donation of a new ambulance, PALS (Protection and Life Saving) have now been involved in donations of more than 250,000Euros to local emergency and health teams., ‘it’s a landmark’ said Ken Payne, President of PALS, ‘Hard work with a dedicatedteamandsupport from many individuals and organisations now a time to reflect where to use the momentum we have established’ On Saturday 27th April the new additional fully equipped state of the art ambulance was presented by the Honorary British Consul Antonio Berdonces to the Alcalde of Mazarron Gines Campillo. The money was raised by the expat community over a six year period by a team led by PALS(Protection and Life Saving) and Bahia Lions, the huge input by Costa Calida Radio and Lions Country club were very important,. Some 45100 Euros were raised and PALS have advanced the balance to ensure that the vehicle was available before the summer influx of visitors. The new ambulance will be staffed and administered by Cruz Roja but will be permanently based in Mazarron for the use of the whole community. PALS are the areas oldest registered charity and have since 2000 donated over 188000 Euros worth of life saving equipment to the local emergency teams, such as 112 and FAST and have contributed Equipment to local health centres. In addition PALS together with Costa Calida Radio inspired a one day concert following the Lorca Earthquake and this provided 6400 Euros worth of emergency equipment. The new ambulance brings the total of involvement to over 250,000Euro. President of PALS Ken Payne said ‘ In these hard times we appreciate that any donation to any charity means a small personal sacrifice and it is appreciated, as we at PALS, whose motto is PALS DO IT 4U believe that by reinvesting in the community it demonstrates to our hosts our appreciation of allowing us the privilege of living in this fantastic country.’ PALS organise events and trips and further information can be found on www.pals.sm4.biz


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In this week’s article I thought we could explore passion and motivation, as I consider that they go together hand in hand as it were. Let’s first look at passion. What exactly is passion? Passion is, as described in the Oxford English Dictionary, amongst other things, (that is to say, leaving sex out of the equation!), as a strongly felt emotion or a strong enthusiasm for something, or, the object of an intense desire or enthusiasm: some of you might choose football as this desire, or dancing, or food. When you are passionate about something it is easy to get excited about it and this often inspires you to do something about the passion. In other words to feel motivated in to doing something – it may well be going to watch or even play a game of football, to dance or to cook. People can be passionate about all sorts of things, what ‘floats my boat’ may not necessarily float yours. If you have a deep desire about something then that desire or passion alone, may well be enough to motivate you. What if it isn’t? Or what if there is something you need to do for instance, like lose weight for health reasons, some area where there is little or no passion. How can we get motivated? If you are a self-motivator,then you can usually come up with a reason to do the task or challenge at hand. This may involve a lot of self- talk, visualisation or the promise of a ‘treat’ when the ‘job’ is done. Whatever it is you can usually come up with something. But what if you can’t? Who do you turn to and what do you do? Some people of course don’t do anything, especially those who always need to be motivated by someone. This someone could be your best friend or, it could be a therapist, sibling or parent. The point is this ‘other person’ needs to be someone who can inspire you sufficiently in order to motivate you. So who inspiresyou? A lot of people I have talked to with regard to passion and motivation are motivated by someone who has achieved what it is that they themselves want to achieve. For example, (and following on from last week’s discussion around weight), people with a weight problem are often inspired by class leaders who have had a weight problem or who still have a weight problem they are a working on. As you begin to lose weight on a regular basis your passion AND motivation is increased. Once motivated into doing whatever is required the ‘doing’ becomes easier. Let’s look at motivation. Again quoting the Oxford English dictionary, motivation means, being inspired or having a reason for a course of action. Now this I find a little difficult, in that having a reason to do something or to follow a course of action may not be enough to get you moving or motivated. Think of the smoker who has just been told to give up smoking or risk even more serious lung damage

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to already damaged lungs. Well this should be enough to motivate any smoker into giving up smoking, I hear you all cry!! Apparently not is my reply. You see, I know several smokers who would benefit enormously by giving up the old weed, however despite being told that, they cannot get motivated to do it. Why? In the first instance I believe it is because they have been TOLD what they SHOULD do. For some reason it would appear, as adults we have an aversion to being told what to do, to being controlled, as in the word should. Far better to be inspired to do something or motivated into doing something. Now finding a link for the smoker to latch onto in order to be inspired or motivated into, quitting the habit, is where the fun starts! Why? Quite simply because we are all different! This is where the second instance comes into being. It is important to find or work out what ‘floats yer boat’ as previously stated. Because, unless a sufficient amount of passion can be aroused or raised, (no I don’t mean the sexual sort!!), then it is more likely that the smoker will continue to be just that - a smoker. Now I’m not picking on smokers here, what I am doing is highlighting that it is easier to do something (be motivated into doing something) that you are passionate about. With regard to being a smoker, being told to stop for health reasons is not always sufficient. After all, smoking or the act of could well be the smoker’s passion! To conclude, passion and motivation co-exist. Maybe if there is something you want to do but are not doing , then maybe you could work on finding out how to become passionate about whatever it is you want to do. Ask yourself empowering questions with regard to the benefits of what it is you want to do. Are the benefits sufficient to get you motivated and doing? Or, maybe, whatever it is you think you want - you may not want enough. If any of the above resonates with you and you would like help in either exploring your passion or what motivates you, then please do not hesitate to contact me. Email to info@ drewryder.com or call me on 968978876 or 660326194


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30s - what happens?

Skin changes that took place in your 30s and 40s progress and cell turnover slows to 60-90 days depending on level of skin damage. The skin also becomes more sensitive and prone to conditions such as Rosacea. Post-menopausal skin ages more quickly and there is a further decrease in strength due to the loss of hormones.

The amount of time it takes for your cells to renew increases with age, and during your 30s this rises to 30-35 days. We also lose 10% of the skin’s collagen with every 10 years that passes, so you may now start to notice skin dulling, small wrinkles and lines. Those with sun damage begin to see the effects, as pigmentation starts to affect the skin...

50+ - skincare regime?

30s - skincare regime? It’s important you protect the collagen structure of your skin as much as possible by using correcting and protecting skin care. Switching to a richer moisturiser with high levels of vitamins will keep your skin hydrated and regulate pigmentation production. You should also increase exfoliation frequncy to ensure you are removing dead skin cells and so stimulating the production of new cells...

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40s what happens?

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Boost and replenish the skin by using more intensifying skin care products. Oil rich moisturisers, barrier creams and repair serums will replenish the skin while vitamin masques and firming moisturisers will strengthen the skin’s barrier.

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60s and 70s charity night Breakaways Bar on Saturday 13th of April reverberated to the sounds of the 60s and 70s while their customers dressed up in similar fashion, all to raise funds for cancer charity AECC and for the fund set up to provide care and support for Finley baker, a young boy that suffers from the rare genetic disorder PTLS (Potocki-Lupski Syndrome). Food was organised by Jacqui from the Rocojuna and Soul Power provided the entertainment; with Soul and Mowtown music the dance floor was full all night. AECC benefitted to the tune of 422 Euros from the evening while the raffle raised 590 Euros for the fund for Finley. All of the raffle prizes were donated by local businesses and supporters and particular thanks go to Rani’s at the Citrus Centre, Playa Flamenca; Sofia’s Wellness Centre; My Piece of Cake; The Royal Oak; Zest’s Hair and Beauty; Morgan’s Bar; Flabaloss, Los Balcones, plus many others but too many to mention. Thanks go to them and all other supporters on the evening. AECC’s funds go towards subsidising the Early Detection of Cancer Screening programme. Your own screening can be arranged by visiting the Civic Centre at Playa at Flamenca on Wednesday mornings, 11.00 to 13.00 or by calling Maria Wilson on 633 487595. If you can spare a few hours per week to assist Maria in any way please call her on that same number.

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THE SPAINIAC | The Beach of Silence | Candice Parsons

The greenery of Asturias is the most distinctive trait to initially stand out within the province, especially in comparison to the desolate plains of southern Spain. But when looking deeper into its surroundings, as Guardian writer Paul Richardson puts it; “... the region is a microcosm of Spain as a whole, cramming into its borders everything from snowy mountains to sandy beaches, humble tapas bars to avant-garde restaurants, and from raucous local fiestas to silent valleys where bears and wolves still roam.” In simple, Asturias summarizes Spain’s natural beauty, along with its unique culture, all in one region; and surprisingly, its cities don’t receive near as much promotion as cities like Barcelona, Madrid, or Seville, to name a few. A prime statement of this region’s beauty and rarity, and also a paradigm of its natural preservation, is The Beach of Silence located in the town of Cudillero. Astoundingly formed with cliffs and large rocks protruding out into the ocean like little sea islands,

the beach stretches out 500 metres long in the shape of a shell. The Beach of Silence must be explored by foot, and is entered through its steep staircase that follows down to the sand. It is a completely untouched space of nature, with no restaurants, shops, hotels or tourist propaganda of any sort invading its tranquillity. Amongst the locals of Cudillero, the beach is known as a former whale hunting ground where sailors would once gather and set themselves up. Nowadays, having water levels quite deep, activities such as scuba diving, diving and swimming amongst the small islands are enjoyed at this beach. Although above all, it is the peacefulness suggested in its name, and the escape this beach provides from the modernized world, that is enjoyed and respected most by its visitors. Simple, preserved, natural, and serene... and arguably an underrated hidden treasure of Spain.

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2 Bed 1 Bath Apartment, Orihuela Costa, Costa Blanca

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2 Bed 1 Bath Ground Floor Apartment, Orihuela Costa, Costa Blanca

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2 Bed Ground Floor Apartment, L’Estartit, Costa Brava

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Pool Safety Expert Publishes Free Pool and Water Safety Ebook

Winter is over, it’s officially Springtime and the weather is warming. Soon people will be enjoying lazy days around the pool again. There really is no better place to relax, have fun and get some exercise than in a pool but the huge annual number of pool deaths and other accidents means that particular attention must be paid to Pool Safety to protect family, friends and pets. Many parents don’t consider drowning to be a realistic threat to the lives of their children. The following few words might change their minds: - “A swimming pool is 14 times more likely than a motor vehicle to be involved in the death of a child age 4 and under”. (Orange County Fire Authority, California) Drowning occurs at an average rate of 10 per day in the USA and up to 100 kids aged 1 - 4 drown in Spain every year, most of them in private pools and spas or other water hazards in the home such as play-pools,

ponds, bathtubs and even buckets. For every person who dies from drowning 5 others are hospitalised for ‘immersion accidents’. Some of these children suffer permanent brain damage, ranging from partial immobility to Total Vegetative State requiring lifelong 24/7 care. Thousands of other people suffer infections, accidents, falls, cuts and scrapes, chemical burns and electrocution from incorrectly maintained pools or unsafe handling of chemicals. All of these subjects, and what you can do to protect yourself and family, are covered in The Pool Safety Bible, a newlypublished, FREE Ebook written by Swimming Pool Safety expert Ken Walker. It is available for all platforms including PCs, tablets, mobiles and Kindle. Walker says, “Most accidents around water are predictable and therefore preventable to some degree - all it takes is some education and some forward planning. Any child could

drown in a bathtub but could every parent administer Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation? Now anyone can learn CPR for free, online, from links within the Ebook. Planning ahead is an essential part of Pool Safety. Many people are pool-owners nowadays and many of those that don’t have their own pools probably swim in a public or private pool from time to time, or they may live near open water such as a canal, the ocean, a river, garden pond or lake. The Pool Safety Bible helps everyone to protect their family and to save lives in an Emergency. The Ebook is stuffed with tips, information and ideas on how to make a pool the safest place it can possibly be without actually filling it in. It contains vital info, links to videos, ideas on how to raise the money for a Pool Fence or other Safety Equipment when you’re flat broke, what to check around the resort or villa pool when you go on holiday, advice for

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but some official sources in the USA attribute over 50% of all drowning accidents to SWB, which makes it the single most common cause of accidental death amongst children. Swimming ability is no protection against Shallow Water Blackout; it can and does happen to the most experienced of swimmers, even professional swimmers, regardless of their health or age, both in pools and in open water. SWB can be caused by taking several deep breaths (Hyperventilating) before swimming a length underwater or ‘trying to beat-your-ownrecord for holding your breath underwater’. SWB occurs when low levels of Carbon Dioxide (CO²) in the body, combined with low levels of Oxygen, cause a swimmer to faint. If the casualty

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is not rescued immediately they will drown within a couple of minutes. Hyperventilation artificially lowers the body’s CO² levels. It is high levels of CO² in the body that triggers the need to breathe; and not low levels of Oxygen as most people assume. With artificially low levels of CO² the ‘BREATHE NOW!’ reflex is suppressed and unconsciousness occurs instantly when the swimmer’s Oxygen level falls below a certain threshold. SWB can occur without warning, to any swimmer, regardless of their age, ability or level of experience. Many victims are strong, fit swimmers who have not previously experienced this problem. Therefore; everyone who uses a pool, especially kids, should be informed about the dangers of hyperventilation. Hyperventilation, holding of breath, or seeing who can swim furthest underwater must be strongly discouraged. The Pool Safety Bible can be downloaded free from www. smashwords.com or for a few cents for a Kindle version from Amazon.com. (search for the title). For more information you can also contact the author, Ken Walker on ken@mypoolguru. com

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SPOTLIGHT: Mojacar This week Bay Bistro has intro duced it’s new menu for the Spring and so far it has been very well received by their regular and new customers alike. They have also cele brated their first year anniversary last week and are looking forward to a positive future. It has taken a load of hard work to establish the restaurant but Bay Bistro has gained a fine reputation for great food at very good value for money prices. As well as their fantastic set menu deals they also have an extensive A La Carte menu and thei r new Del Sandwich selection is now available to take away. On Sundays Bay Bistro offers a roas t diner option at the bargain price of only 9.95 and at that price it’s no wonder it is a very busy day. So when you are next in Mojacar, why not pop in and give Bay Bistro a try, you won’t regret it.

Voila de Lima’s are a family run bus iness with the resources and experience to cover all of your furniture removals, storage and even buying and selling. At Voil a de Lima’s we are able to move furniture both locally and inte rnationally using our fleet of sizeable vehicles. Removals are not as simple as it may appear, it does not just mean liftin g and shifting of furniture, these goods are your prized possess ions, accumulated over many years of hard work. We at Voil a de Lima’s, never forget this and treat all your items with care and attention. You can contact us on the telephone num bers in our advert or by email enquiries@delimas.biz. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Age Concern had their day trip to the beautiful Baroque city of Lorca on 22nd April. There was time to visit some of the many beautiful buildings, including the Artisan museum, and ended with a Spanish lunch at a local restaurant. Well worth the a visit. The next event is our “Talking shop” meeting is on Wednesday 1st May at the Cultural Centre on Camposol B. This is a chance to meet new friends and chat to old ones so come along at 1.30 till 3.30pm. Our ever popular Auction is back on Thursday 23rd May at Marianos restaurant on Camposol A. Hammer falls at 1pm. Viewing is from 11am. All Items must be registered by Friday 17th May. You can register 3 items for €5.00 whatever money is raised for your items is paid to you in full. Age Concern would be grateful for any items you wish to donate to them to auction and all donations can be made to the Cultural centre during our advice and information session Wed and Thursdays 10-1pm or Fridays 12.303.30pm or by calling the numbers below. The Age Concern Menu Del Dias have a faithful following and the next one is at Lagarto Verde, Via Axial in the Puerto de Mazarron on Wednesday 29th May tickets are €10 for the meal and entertainment We also have our Summer Fair at Lagarto Verde, on Saturday 1st June. There will be lots of stalls selling cakes, plants, sweets, pies, ceramics, clothes, bags, bling, cards, jewellery, and spices and much more, 11.30-3.30pm entry is €1.00 with a free raffle. The bar cafe is open all day so come and make a day of it. Tickets can be brought outside the Salud Bar Camposol B commercial centre on Fridays from 11-1pm For further information contact: 634336484 or 634310215

SPANGLES WINS GOLD AGAIN!

Spangles Ladies’ Harmony Chorus is once again Champion of Spain and Portugal. They won their second gold medal at the recent Convention of the Spanish Association of Barbershop Singers, which took place in Benalmádena, Málaga on 13 April. “We’re naturally delighted” said musical Director, Gail Grainger. “The chorus has worked really hard over the past 12 months to ensure that they brought home gold to Los Alcázares once more and I am very proud of them.” Not only did they win gold, but they swept the board by winning trophies for the highest scores in singing, music and presentation. Three quartets from the chorus competed in the quartet contest: Chardonnay, Fénix and Viva, with Fénix carrying off the gold medal for the highest scoring ladies’ quartet and Viva coming fifth with their comedy piece. A fourth quartet, Aurora, was formed specifically to be ‘mic-warmers’ in the contest to help the judges tune in for the first competitor. This was their first taste of contest and they did a great job. “We are extremely grateful to everyone who supports us and we are proud to be returning to Los Alcázares as Champions.” commented Anthea Prentice, co-Chorus Manager. Spangles has released a CD called ‘Pure Gold’, which includes many audience favourites. ‘Pure Gold’ is on sale at 5 Euros and makes an ideal gift. Call 968 432 525 or 968 334 527 to order your copy. Spangles welcomes new members so, if you’re looking to make new friends and enjoy singing, why not visit Spangles when they rehearse at Las Claras? They meet every Thursday from 10.00am to 1.00pm. Please call Lyn on 968 432 525 or Anthea on 968 334 527 to book Spangles or to find out how to join, or visit the website: www.spangleschorus.com


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For MABS, England and Saint George! MABS Supporters and friends celebrated St George’s Day in style at La Vida restaurant in El Pareton. The sun shone and attracted a crowd to enjoy fun, music, fashion show, prize draws and friendship, raising funds for MABS Mazarrón. MABS volunteers modeled clothes from the MABS shop in Totana.

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The day started with the arrival of St George and his trusty steed, Soraya, a beautiful grey, which is a rescued horse. Owner, Teresa Hicks, was a little worried about how she would react to crowds, but she was the perfect ambassador and stole the hearts of everyone who met her. Soraya was abandoned by her owners 8 years ago, left in a livery yard in Lorca with an uncertain future as there was no one to pay for her keep. She was also very lame through neglect and could not be sold as a riding horse either. Teresa said “It is one of the craziest things I have ever done in my life, but I paid off the back livery fees (approx 2,000€), got her papers transferred to my name and took her away.” For 4 years Soraya suffered abscess after abscess in her front hoof and was on and off lame for the entire time. With careful care and a good farrier she has been sound now for around 4 years and has become a lovely little riding horse, although not an easy ride! She is, however, almost blind in one eye and very nervous of just about everything, but she is so sweet natured that everyone loves her. She is around 20 years old now. “The event at La Vida was her first real public appearance and I am so very proud of her.” remarked owner, Teresa Hicks from the Costa Cálida Chronicle. “She coped with the crowds and gave her hoof to all the kids in exchange for polos.” MABS Mazarrón raised 503.65€ on the day, with donations still coming in. “We’re so grateful to La Vida and everyone in El Pareton for organising such a wonderful event. This is the first time that Spanish businesses in El Pareton have supported a charity and donated prizes for the raffle and it’s been a huge success.” said MABS Co-ordinator, Zue Burgess. Special thanks should go to: Lynn and Andy - La Vida Bar; Teresa Hicks, Costa Cálida Chronicle; Cristobel Electrodomesticos - El Pareton; Lopez Milan Garage - El Pareton; Ferreteria - El Pareton; Sam Mobile hairdresser; Joan and Bill; Camposol Laundry Service; Juanjo y Mari; Isabel Aivero; Lali; Hazel and Shaun Dog Grooming; Den Computers for camera work; All the helpers at La Vida and from MABS Mazarrón MABS Mazarrón 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 620 422 410 or visit their website: www. mabsmurcia.com CANCER DOESN’T DISCRIMINATE AND NEITHER DO WE...MABS HELPS ALL THOSE AFFECTED BY CANCER, WHATEVER THEIR NATIONALITY...

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Paseo del Mediterraneo 197 - Mojacar - Almeria

Tel: 950 472 430 / 610 053 563

www.veritashomes.co.uk info@veritashomes.co.uk You can find us on mojacar playa reduced

€49,950

South facing refurbished 1 bed / 1 bath apart with balcony within 100 meters to beach & amenities. No community fees. Ref. 1348

Mojacar playa

€99,950

cortijo grande reduced

€80,000

Lubrín reduced

2 bed / 1 bath charming end of terrace Townhouse with golf and mountains views. Terrace & solarium. Ref. 1448

€90,000

Spacious 4 bed / 2 Townhouse in Rambla Aljibe with 36 m² of terraces close to the village who offers all amenities. Ref. 1191

€169,000

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€139,950

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3 bed / 2 bath spacious Townhouse with private garage within 200 m to beach. Small gated community with pool. Ref 1483

Velez Rubio reduced

€169,950

Los Gallardos reduced

€199,950

2 bed, 2 bath townhouse with underground parking place in a complex overlooking the harbour. Sea views. Communal pool. Ref.1048

4 bed / 1 bath lovely countryside House with garage and store room on plot of 36.500 m² with fruit trees. Ref.1252

3 bed / 2 bath spacious House renovated to good standard with garage & pool within 15 min to beach. Plot 2,500 m². Ref 1440

Mojacar reduced

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Agua Nueva reduced

€249,950

3 bed / 2 bath charming detached Cortijo set on the Huerta de Abajo on plot of 7.000 m². Bargain! Ref 1196

3 bed / 2 bath south facing Apartment with sea views near beach. Terrace: 19 m². Underground private parking place. Ref. 1291

Agua Nueva reduced

€115,000

Mojacar Playa €149,000

3 bed / 2 bath detached Villa with pool on large plot of 628 m² within a short drive to amenities. Nice views. Ref. 1199

Villaricos

€99,500

2 bed,2 bath new built villa with underground garage on plot of 400 m² 2 terraces & solarium. Build 71 m² Garage 50 m² Ref.1169

3 bed / 2 bath Apartment with sea and mountains views. Terrace: aprox. 50 m². Store room. Parking & Communal pool. Ref. 1167

Arboleas

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€310,000

5 bed / 2 bath Villa with pool and garage on plot of 748 m² close to amenities. Many extras, central heating & air con. Ref 1009

End of terrace sea facing 2 bed 2 bath townhouse within walking distance to beach. Communal pool & parking. Ref.1234

cabrera

€199,950

2 bed / 2 bath charming Villa with amazing coastal views. Plot 180 m². Air con & fire place. Communal pool. Ref 1035

€320,000

Amazing 3 bed / 3 bath Villa with pool, several terraces and solarium on plot of 960 m² within 5 min walk to amenities. Ref 1106

Please visit our office or refer to our website for more “bargains”. Vendors: If you are seriously considering selling your property please visit our office to discuss effective ways of achieving your goal. As per decree 218/2005 the “Documento de Información Abreviada” (D.I.A) for any property sold by Veritas Homes is available at our office.

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Neater Heater was started in a “Victor Kiam” moment. Remember him? “I was so impressed with the product that I bought the company”. Having struggled unsuccessfully with several different styles of electric heaters, Richard and Tony accidentally discovered Neater Heaters in the home of a Norwegian friend of theirs. Neater Heaters are slimline wall-mounted electric convector heaters that combine state of the art technology, Scandinavian design and build quality, with Norwegian understanding of how to stay warm in winter. They differ from most of their rivals by using an Extruded Aluminium element, designed with a large surface area, to heat the air in your room directly without having to go through an intermediary medium such as oil. The cold air at the bottom of the room is drawn into the heater where it is directly heated by the element, rises, and exits through the vents at the top of the heater. This causes a convection current leading to a continuous circulation of heated air. This means that all the energy generated by your valuable euro is used to heat your room, and not the carcass of the heater, or the oil inside it. Because of the design and the technologically advanced materials, this can all be achieved at a lower element temperature, thus generating more heat per kilowatt. What this basically means for you is: Neater Heaters can make you warmer than most of the competition can for less money. Neater Heaters can warm a much larger area than most of the competition can for the same money. Neater Heaters Can be viewed and purchased from one of our numerous distributors throughout the region.

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The Andalusian government have approved a decree under which, in the most extreme cases, the homes of the most needy families subject to eviction proceedings initiated by banks, will be embargoed by the region for a maximum of three years. The Andalusian commissioner responsible for public works and housing, Elena Cortés, said the government also plans to impose fines of up to 9,000 euros on banks and real estate companies that leave homes which are fit to live in empty. Cortés said the measures aimed at “meeting social needs” are backed by existing legislation. Fines imposed for leaving homes empty will be used to help house people. The decree also reinforces a system of subsidies to allow families to rent homes. The commissioner praised the efforts of pressure groups such as the MortgageVictims Platform (PAH) and labour unions, to stem a flood of evictions by banks. There have been an estimated 86,000 evictions in Andalusia since 2007. Individuals with empty property will not be subject to the decree, nor will this apply to second homes, tourist accommodation and property rented out on a temporary basis. Individuals will also be encouraged to put empty homes they own on the rental market by providing them with tax breaks and insurance cover for unpaid rent and damage to their property. The decree, which came into effect on Thursday, will subsequently be debated in the regional assembly with a view to its being passed into law. The initiative is aimed at getting an estimated 700,000+ empty homes in the region onto the rental market. Of this figure, an estimated 350,000 to 500,000 properties are owned by corporate bodies, mainly banks and real estate companies. The government is also aiming to increase its pool of available housing at affordable rents. The decree specifies that a home will be deemed to be empty if it lacks contracts for the supply of water and electricity or the consumption of these is very low. Other factors that will be used to determine if a property is empty include whether mail addressed to the home is redirected elsewhere.The government will have to demonstrate that a home has been unoccupied for six months in order to declare it empty. The administration plans to set up a register of empty homes and a system of inspection to verify if a property is unoccupied. The embargo of a home will only apply to situations which affect the permanent home of a family and where eviction could lead that family to find itself in a situation of “social exclusion”. Such cases will also only apply when a significant deterioration in the economic circumstances of the family since the mortgage on the home was granted, can be demonstrated. Embargoes will only be enforced in cases where a family’s income is no more than three times the monthly benchmark amount for entitlement to social assistance and grants, which for this year has been set at 532 euros per month. Report by www.kyero.com

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Townhouse, very Spanish! 85 m2 built, garden of 80 m2. Within a beautiful hamlet with Spanish neighbours, near to La Pedrera lake. 2 bedrooms, bathroom with shower (in the courtyard), diner, garage. With a bit of TLC could be a cozy home. Beache of Pilar de la Horadada and Torrevieja 20 mins, drive, Orihuela town 12 mins drive, Airports Alicante and San Javier 35 mins drive

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Country home fully re-furbished 75 m2 on 6.800 m2 plot, 10 mins drive to Fortuna, neighbours around.Asphalted access, 2 bedrooms, lounge with open fire place, large country style kitchen, utility room, bathroom, large porch with stunning views to mountains, roof terrace, dogs garden. A beautiful character home to relax and to enjoy nature . Mains water and electricity, internet

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Raquel Peña Flamenco Dance Company Tickets for the next production of the Raquel Peña Flamenco Dance Company on Sunday, May 19th at 6:00pm are now on sale at the Torrevieja Municipal Theatre from 11:00am to 1:00pm Tuesdays through Saturdays and on internet through ServiCAM for the new production of The Raquel Peña Flamenco Dance Company. If you have never seen one of their shows, take advantage of their up coming performance to see why the Company is considered one of the finest in Spain. We are very fortunate to have them based in Pilar de la Horadada, where Raquel Peña has her home base. For those of you who have seen this outstanding Ballet you will again be able to enjoy the excitment, color and fire of many new choreografies, designer costumes and many of the old time favorites that are requested by the audience. A 2500 Euros donation will be given to AFA, the Torreveija Alzheimer Association. For information please contact the Company office at 630 689 431 or at info@ flamencoforall.com

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TRIPLE EVENT FOR SAMARITANS IN SPAIN ATTRACTS MORE SPONSORS

AND A CAR FOR HOLE IN ONE! Following on from the call for more sponsors for the popular annual Charity Golf Day being at held at Las Colinas Golf and Country Club, Campoamor on Saturday 15th June 2013 to raise much needed funds for Samaritans in Spain (this worthy non-profitable charity) is pleased to announce additional sponsors. To the delight of the Samaritans’ volunteers in Spain and excitement of golfers competing to win on the day, we have received confirmation this week, that for the 3rd year running, Ford Talleres Martinez from San Miguel de Salinas is donating a brand new Ford car to the value of 20,000 Euros. In addition to the main sponsors of the event The Rental and Sales Centre (Los Dolses and Villamartin), the original sponsors Albatross Golf Tours Los Dolses, and Las Colinas Golf and Country Glub, Campoamor, Chemies Bar, and The Hub at Villamartin Plaza, there are additional businesses happy to sponsor the event this year. New sponsors to the event for 2013 are, Ashoka Indian Restaurant - behind ‘The Priory’ , C & G Windows, John Davies and Philip Powell, Eduardo’s at La Finca and Villamartin, Euronics, Fairways, Home Espana, Peysu, Shakiri Indian Restaurant, Sun World, and Total Mobile Tyre Service. Golf event tickets (price 65 Euros) are available at Albartoss Golf Tours Los Dolses. Dinner Dance tickets (price 50 Euros) please email: denise1sams@hotmail. com. If anyone would like to sponsor this event, or requires further information, please telephone Denise on 699 416 819. Samaritans’ ‘free’ ‘emotional support helpline’ operates every evening from 8pm until midnight: Telephone 902 88 35 35

Samaritans in Spain are seeking

a Marketing Manager and a Fundraising Manager to support members of the Trustee Board Both positions are voluntary and neither requires a full time commitment. The Marketing Manager role would suit a retired marketing professional. The role includes developing and maintaining a marketing and public relations programme which raises awareness of Samaritans in Spain and generates additional funding. The Fund Raising Manager will be required to work in cooperation with the Marketing team, organising and coordinating events to raise funds and awareness of the SiS. The organisation operates from its new Multi-Purpose Centre in CC Punta Marina Torrevieja which houses the telephone call centre with the capacity to handle the recently introduced 24/7 service, a new Drop-in Centre for those who prefer face to face contact, and equally important a new Charity Shop to generate funds so essential to maintaining the current and future service. The successful candidates will ideally be within easy reach of Torrevieja and the centre.

For further information regarding either post please contact Chris on 689 301 724 Samaritans in Spain is operated by Costa Blanca Samaritans, which is a Registered Charity in Spain.


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Viewers complain about ‘stomach-turning’ hygiene on Masterchef

Masterchef bosses have been criticised by viewers for allowing contestants to get away with ‘stomach-turning’ hygiene standards on the show. According to a report by the Mail Online, viewers of the hit BBC1 programme, hosted by judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace, say they have been turned off the cookery contest by the contestants’ kitchen habits. In one episode, viewers watched as a contestant’s sweat dripped into a sauce, while in another a female chef’s long hair was seen dangling over her lamb tagine. Other turn-offs included contestants wearing jewellery and nail varnish in the kitchen and crosscontamination of food. Viewers have posted on a BBC message board complaning about the standards of hygiene. One poster on the BBC Points of View online messageboard wrote: ‘When you are cooking food for other people I think that hygiene standards need to be some what higher! ‘Rings and nail varnish on fingers and greasy hair falling into food is not really nice and I often wonder how Gregg and John can so happily tuck into it when they must surely have seen how the food is prepared. It puts me off yuuk!’ Another viewer wrote: ‘Does the production team know anything about food hygiene? John Torode certainly does that’s for sure but the contestants certainly don’t! ‘I just watched the episode aired on the 17th (April) and I am concerned about the mass catering challenge. ‘One of the contestant’s hair was almost being stirred into her lamb dish whilst the other contestants were using the first chopping boards

they came to........ Red for vegetables.....Yellow boards for fruit? ‘Picky picky but I teach this for a living and I teach about cross contamination which includes colour coded chopping boards. ‘Does the BBC care what it’s teaching the public or are they only concerned with recipes.’ Another viewer responded: ‘I’m with you! One episode saw someone drip sweat into a sauce, barf! ‘Also the wearing of rings and/or nail varnish also turns my stomach. When I was a gel strictly hair tied back, no jewellery and if we had nail varnish on, off to the science lab to get it taken off with acetone.’ Viewers said they were disgusted by an episode in which the cooks were sent to Heathrow Airport to prepare lunch for 200 employees. During the challenge 27-year-old contestant Shivi Ramatour’s long hair was seen spilling out of her chef’s hat as she stirred her lamb tagine. Dozens of viewers took to Twitter to point out the incident. One viewer tweeted: ‘Why are none of these chefs in #masterchef wearing hairnets in the professional kitchen? I hope the customers like beef a la hair.’ A MasterChef spokeswoman said: ‘When filming in professional kitchens we always follow the guidelines required by the restaurant in question. ‘Any contestant with long hair will be asked to tie it back or wear a hat because they are cooking for the general public. ‘We do not insist on using hats and hair nets in the studio kitchens but hygiene remains an issue of great importance.’

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Monday Line Dancing 2.30 - 4.30 with Eleanor & Gilly

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...FOOD news ...FOOD news Britain’s disastrous wheat harvest halts production of Weetabix minis

Weetabix has had to halt production of some of its breakfast cereals as a result of a poor quality wheat harvest, it has been revealed. Supplies of Minis and Oatibix Bites have fallen victim to last year’s disastrous wheat harvest which led to a combination of low yield and poor quality crops, according to trade magazine The Grocer. According to a report by Mail Online, leading High Street supermarket chains have been running out of Minis and have put up notices alerting shoppers to the production problem causing the supply shortage. The 2012 wheat crop was one of the worst for decades and the cereal company has been forced to stop producing all but one line in the two mini ranges while it changes its production methods to counteract the poor quality of the wheat. The company which is committed to using only British wheat says the problem has been building since last year but says it did not run into significant capacity problems until late last month when it notified retailers. Production of all Minis varieties excluding chocolate chip - the most popular - had

been halted and production of Oatibix, which do not contain wheat, has been halted as a knock-on effect of the changes. A spokesman for Weetabix Food Company told The Grocer: ‘The lower density of the wheat from last year’s harvest has led to operational issues.’ He added that the changes made to the production process had resulted in ‘significant’ engineering work and forced it to reduce output at the Burton Latimer site in Northamptonshire that produces Minis. Weetabix would not say what volume of production had been affected by the stoppage but claimed the issue was ‘nearly’ resolved and that the products would be back in full production shortly. The magazine says that the early signs for this year are not good because the cold weather meant this year’s planting for the coming season has been poor. The Weetabix problems comes three months after Hovis was forced to abandon its pledge to use 100 per cent British wheat because of the poor harvest.

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SWINGING SUCCESS!

The live music by the Swingtet Big Band accompanied by the melodious tones of PAUL ALLEN got guests in the mood and up and dancing all night long. From quick step to jive, it was really dance time for everyone. It rounded off a gala dinner and guests retired to individual suites at the Costa Narejos Hotel, Los Alcazares for the all inclusive price of €40 - great value for money! Lee Monks aided by Doreen Cooksey, held a raffle at the interval, with the proceeds going to HELP MMM. Bernard Ash thanked all those who donated such wonderful prizes and congratulated the winner of the first prize – a lady from Sweden. However, another visitor from “Iceland” was Sue, but she can be seen at the check out most afternoons. The evening raised €1,638, a huge boost for HELP MMM in the first quarter of 2013, greatly exceeding the expectations of Joan Mitchell, chief fundraiser. An overnight stay and breakfast in the morning completed the wonderful experience. HELP MMM will be arranging a similar event in the Autumn. Watch the Press for details! PHOTOS: Singer, Paul Allen; Doreen Cooksey & Lee Monks

FOREVER HOMES REQUIRED!

Oly is a Braco, she is a very quiet and calm girl of about 2 years of age and would make an excellent companion for someone. She loves some fuss and nice little walk and some company. If you would like a dog that is low maintenance then this is the girl for you. Mindy also a Braco but much smaller than Oly is about 9 months old, she is a playful little girl who loves to play with the other dogs in our care. She is very loving and will make a very loyal pet. Braco’s like Pointers are very calm and loving pets. For more information about either of these gils please ring Keith or Marion on 968979865 or 628811187 or 628811188


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fast - Future Events 2013

F.A.S.T Bookstall is back – 2nd & 4th Friday every month Camposol ‘B’ Commercial Centre Saturday - 25th May – F.A.S.T Spring Ball & Second Anniversary – Amapola Restaurant Bolnuevo - €25 Saturday - 15th June – Camposol Fiesta – F.A.S.T Tombola Stall & CPR Demonstration Stall Saturday - 13th July – BBQ & Western Theme Night – Camposol Golf Club House Event tickets will be on sale from the F.A.S.T bookstall Camposol ‘B’ Commercial Centre 2nd & 4th Fridays each month. Keep watching the press for updates and new events. For information about F.A.S.T please call: 634 314 386 or 626 465 847or 634 327 730

community news

WELCOME DANCE

Wednesday May 22nd Bringing back by popular demand the gorgeous Maria O´Hara, the talented Sunset and the best Abba tribute on the costa, ABBA ELITE 4 very talented people. 10€ Food available 5€

WELCOME TRIPS

Join us for a couple of days away. SEVILLE: 5 days, 4 nights staying at the 4 star Hotel Becquer right in the heart of the city of Seville. With time to visit Granada and Cordoba on the journeys. A day trip to Heulva with visit to a Jamon factory included. 350€.

Quiz with a Difference

When? Tuesday 14th May, 2013 - 7.00 for 7.30pm start

BENIDORM: October 14th, 4 days, 3 nights staying at the Helios Hotel which is in the centre of the Levante area. Half board, including a trip out on the Tuesday and market day on the Wednesday. 140€.

Where? Brava

Why not go away for Christmas.No cooking. A few rooms left on the second coach.

Cost?

El Carmoli Restaurant, El Carmoli, near Punta

December 23rd, 5 days, 4 nights staying at the Helios Hotel, right in the centre for all the activities. Full board including the Christmas Gala lunch with drinks. 230€

€11 chicken & chips supper

Prizes for the winning team Bring your friends along and make up a team

The new winter program will be presented at the May meeting on Saturday May 4th at Marianos at 2.00pm.

Tickets available from: Joan Mitchell 868 185685 or 678135467,

For more information Telephone Rosemary on 620 105 179.

Janice Clark 968 134355, or the office 968570059 LL PROCEEDS IN AID OF HELP MURCIA MAR MENOR

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is holding a

Mayday Carnival LA ZONA BAR, Calle Penelope, LOS ALCAZARES On Wednesday 1st May from 5 pm - late

Many games for the children The Spangles chorus

Centre for Spiritual Awareness

Meetings held every Wednesday from 7pm - approx 8.30pm The Old School House Canadas del Romero

Mediums for the following dates: Wed 8th May Anna-Marie Wed 15th May Jimmy McArthur Wed 22nd May Joy & John Sloman Tues 28th May Janet Harris & Shaun Gray Condado de Alhama Wed 29th May Janet Harris & Shaun Gray Healing is available from 5.30 pm before service by request Funding for the meetings will be raised by donations collected during the evening For more information: http://beaconoflightmurcia.webs´.com/ beacon.of.light.murcia@gmail.com Tel: 620 877 326. Also on facebook

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Every Wednesday - ART WORKSHOP - Café Golf, San Javier 10.00 am - 12.00 pm Bring out the art in you! Informal workshop to get you started on water colours. Donation of 2€ per head for MABS. For further information call Geoff on 968 192 768. Saturday/Sunday 4th/5th May – VELOCITY RACE DAY - The Oval, Cartagena – 10:00 am – 5.00 pm Velocity Racing supports MABS Murcia and we will be there for this Racing Day, which promises to be lots of fun, so please come along and support us. Further information can be found on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/velocityracing.cartagenaoval?ref=ts&fr ef=ts Monday 6th May - CUT `a´ THON! - Hairy Clayre’s Salon, Los Belones – 10.00 am – 4.00 pm “To see how many free haircuts we can do in 1 Day” To help support MABS Cancer Support Group Men and Women are welcome to come down to the salon to help raise money for a great cause, get a free haircut and simply make a donation to MABS! We will have Coffee and cake on arrival, a representative from the MABS Charity and, of course, FREE HAIRCUTS, as well as a sponsor form (for those who won’t be able to make the day). Feel free to come along just to support us and find out what MABS is all about. Appointments are available just call the salon: 968 13 71 30 Keep watching the press or visit our website www.mabsmurcia. com for more events For further details, please call 634 362 826

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

Gold Medal winners of the 2013 Spanish Association of Barbershop Singers will be appearing Join in the fun and win a prize on all the ‘fun at the fair’ stalls

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MABS CANCER SUPPORT (MURCIA) APRIL/MAY 2013

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I’ve always been rather narked that we didn’t get Winter Fuel Allowance. I probably would have accepted it as ‘just one of those things’ if it hadn’t been for the extreme smugness and lack of indoor winter clothing exhibited by those who did get their allowance. So just after Christmas, when I discovered that the rules had been changed, I downloaded the relevant forms and set to, being careful to dot all the i’s and cross all the t’s. Having checked and double checked that all was correct, legible, in the right boxes and written in the right coloured ink I sent it off and forgot about it. In the middle of April I remembered it, and realised that we had had no communication at all from the Department of Work and Pensions; I could have said ‘Oh dear, never mind’ in a mild tone of voice, but instead I readied myself for electronic battle via the Department’s website. Contact us if you require further information, the website cooed. Too right I will! I composed an e-mail of honeyed sweetness on their Reply form asking whether it was normal for the Department to take 4 months to acknowledge josbiggs@hotmail.co.uk a claim, and

By Jos Biggs

viewpoint alqueria - THE BANK ROBBERY

clicked Send. Within seconds the Department responded: We can’t answer requests for information unless accompanied by your N.I. number, it said. Ha! You’re not choking me off that easily! I re-sent the message, including the magic number. Within seconds the reply came back. We can not respond to e-mails which include N.I. numbers. Right! That’s the end of Mrs Nice! Now you are going to get Mrs Angry! Not just Mrs Angry, but Mrs Angry on the phone –I’m going to go into Albox to the Locoturio and have it out with a human! The moment, however, was not right, and I resolved to make the call the next time I was in Albox and not in a hurry – I wanted time to rally my forces, assemble my arsenal, and make sure that I had the high ground. That moment was going to be yesterday – sunny and warm, and just right for an argument about Winter Fuel Allowances. I sat on the porch listening to the bees busying themselves among the wild sage and bottlebrush and leafing through the post before setting out to deal a sound verbal thrashing to some innocent employee of Her Majesty’s Government. Among the day’s post was a letter – containing notification of the payment of our Winter Fuel Allowance! Oh. Well, that’s all right, then. Have a nice day, Department of Work and Pensions!

A Fishy Tale of High Technology

I had a moment of deep reflection yesterday as I stood in the kitchen, furiously surveying the tomato sauce Morse-coded across my recently washed and ironed Zara polo shirt. When my temperature had subsided back to something resembling normality and I had exhausted my considerable vocabulary of filthy words accumulated over a lifetime of debauchery and licentiousness, I thought back to 2009 which saw the 40th anniversary of the first manned moon landing, when Neil Armstrong declared “One small step for Man One almighty leap for Mankind. . . . .” or whatever it was he actually said. And in the same vein I pondered about the much talked about future Mars mission, which apparently is in an advanced stage of planning at NASA. Although personally I think it’s all a front because if the Yanks had the means or the money to undertake such a mission, it would have been done long before now. I mean, they landed on the Moon forty four years ago and Mars is just a bit further away that’s all. Mind you, I believe that the way things are going with the emerging super economies in the east and the shift in the world’s

financial power bases; it may well be a Chinese or Indian that first sets foot on the red planet. Oh God - more bazaars, corner shops and restaurants. It will give a whole new meaning to the term ‘takeaway’. Judging by recent history though, there is a very good chance that it may be Richard Branson who beats them all to it – in a balloon. I wouldn’t put it past him. But anyway . . . I thought about my supa dupa, state of the art 160-gigabyte iPod, which holds all of my 500 plus CD’s, and then some; all in a pocket sized stainless steel case no bigger than a pixie’s handbag. I pondered the latest pieces of 21st century gadgetry designed to record any television programme in sparkling HD and which would be utterly lost on me because I still haven’t mastered the old video recorder and never will. And I cogitated on the latest iPhones and lap tops; so called smart TV’s with 3D and solar powered garden gnomes. I therefore wondered why, with all this advanced science, somebody has not been able to come up with a ring pull can, that even with the greatest care, doesn’t go “boing” as it comes away from the tin and splatters – in this case sardine flavoured tomato sauce – across me, the ceiling and next doors Toyota. Someone get onto it, PLEASE! By Colin Bird : badbirdnow@gmail.com

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As the date crept ominously closer, you may remember the inevitable increase in chatter across the internet and newspapers, about December 2012 and the impending end of the world as forecast by the

Mayan astrologers of South America. You know . . . those people who were so smart at predicting the future, that they were unable to spot the end of their own civilisation and disappeared off the face of the Earth leaving their cities and dirty underwear behind them. But come the day, nothing happened. Zilch, nada . . . not even a tremble on the Richter needle. I tell you, watching that sort of disaster stuff on the box – particularly on the History Channel - sometimes gives me an overwhelming urge to run naked through the terminal at Alicante airport, and yell at the Ryanair staff . . . ‘How’s that for excess baggage!’ Everything these days seems to be all about the impending end of the world, the appearance of the Anti Christ or exploding

breast implants. And as if by way of confirmation of approaching doom, the weather has gone stark staring bonkers – even more stark staring bonkers than last year when it was supposedly the most stark staring bonkers in recorded history. Earthquakes, hur ricanes, the breakup of JLS and other disasters dominate the headlines on a daily basis. My dear old Mum always blamed the planet’s ills on the scientists. A bad bout of weather – “That’s the atom bomb”, she’d say straight faced. A plague of greenfly – “It’s sending all them rockets up into space”, she would solemnly declare tapping the side of her nose knowingly. Everything from boils to late coal deliveries would be blamed on the blokes with frizzy hair, thick glasses and scuffed shoes.

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The bank robbery took place, as far as can be established some six hours after the people of Alqueria were put on their honour. Put on trust to uphold the unwritten laws of the Village. Those of a more cynical nature may wonder what caused this delay. A note left at the scene written in an illegible childish scrawl, which could therefore have been penned by anyone in Alqueria read, “The Hooded Terror Strikes Again”. José Cabrasilbido, the local policeman immediately checked all the shops in the Pueblo to see if any hoods had been sold. He’s not the sharpest tool in the box. It wasn’t so much the ‘blind leading the blind’ but the ‘daft leading the intellectually challenged’. The Raro is the currency of Alqueria and is backed by the Remitroot crop, however foreign debts are settled with Remitroot products and not hard currency. The Raro being exclusively domestic. If this robbery was carried out by outsiders then the authorities must be on the lookout for a group of highly trained idiots. If it was an ‘inside job’, any individual becoming immediately super rich would naturally attract attention. The idiot scenario again. As Alqueria has more idiots per square metre than anywhere else in western Europe, north America of course is another matter it is a good guess that the culprit is someone local. The Banco de Bolsillo-Profundo isn’t an institution of renown. Investment bankers aren’t exactly queuing for the benefit of its manager’s advice. Briefcase Frederico, the manager is to banking what Rasputin was to sobriety and clean living. Among his investment advice are such gems as the ‘Iberian Banana Straightening Company’, the ‘Little Ball, Big Ball, Bigger Ball Bearing Factory of Baghdad’ and ‘The Deep-Water Dredging Company of Addis Ababa’. His advice is universally ignored, he is merely the custodian of Alqueria’s printed currency. Now the bank was devoid of cash, Frederico seemed strangely relaxed. This didn’t last for long as Frederico was the prime suspect and rightly so. He had been using the bank as an extension to his own wallet for years in much the same way as politicians regard public coffers. He appears to have had the sense not to be too extravagant, either that or he lacked the necessary imagination to really enjoy the cash. He staged the robbery to cover his tracks and sold the money to a well known board-game manufacturer. The embarrassment of having the national currency used to buy little plastic hotels and houses prompted the Alquerian authorities to cover up the incident. In an example to all European bankers they simply printed more money and restocked the vault. Everyone seemed happy with the solution apart from Briefcase Frederico. He left Alqueria and settled in Brussels, where he thought he would be appreciated.

And I am beginning to think she may have had something after all, because I blame those same weird members of the corduroy brigade for the oily red stains on my new shirt.

God knows how I am going to explain it to my wife; she hates washing and ironing at the best of times without having to repeat the process . . . ...And they were her sardines...


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STANDARD CROSSWORD

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Across 1 Artist in front’s colourful arc (7) 5 Blokes return with English sister goddess (7) 9 In hippo, lion might find disease (5) 10 Brief moment up in Andorra explosion usually long and straight (5,4) 11 Carry upside-down creature and mother at Republican church (4-5) 12 Loft a two-timer one century (5) 13 Small, yet funny infection (4) 15 Might it amount to change? (8) 18 The East, without being torn asunder beneath the surface (8) 19 Must not initially point at journalist (4) 22 Surplus tax mixes with Queen (5) 24 Little creature would reportedly love you and me, and the French outside (9) 26 8 taps breaking food (9) 27 Cost of soft grain? (5) 28 Padre’s servant showing chest! (7) 29 Uneven surface at first newspaper in 7 (7)

16 Ascot I see strangely keeping your drinks warm? (3,6) 17 6 balls (American) in Gateshead employing too much (9) 20 Thoroughly acquainted with 5 English reds, sort of (6) 21 Slippery eel in 7 vegetable (6) 23 “Annoy”, as in “support” (5) 24 Conflict without drink - almost liquid (5) 25 Fickle person might hide outcast (5)

CRYPTIC CROSSWORD

Down

8 A respirator (7) 9 Convertible car (6) 15 Assortment (9) 17 Longing for something past (9)

Down

18 Surgical procedure (9)

2 Not enlargement (9) 3 Evidence (5) 4 Burial chamber (9) 5 Your (archaic) (5) 6 Seeing (9) 7 Concepts (5)

19 Shot glasses (7) 21 Hate (6) 23 Alcove (5) 24 Proof of innocence (5) 26 Jewish teacher (5)

1 Overcharge Post Office in semi-riot (very loud) (3,3) 2 G.N. Elliott’s novel improperly obtained (3-6) 3 Flower toilet in British motorway (5) 4 Crew’s arm I adapted with offences in conflict (3,6) 5 City speed goddess? (5) 6 A new hotel taken by Matthew Short with a new cocktail (9) 7 KO’d after quiet call (5) 8 Entice journalist into Sun (nearly) and church (6) 14 I reportedly initially love trees’ facial hair (9)

Very Hard!

SUDOKU PUZZLE CRYPTIC crossword

CROSSWORD

SOLUTIONS SUDOKU PUZZLE

Sudoku is a placement puzzle. Enter the numbers 1 to 9 in each row and column of a grid, made up of 3 x 3 subgrids. The catch is that each row, column and grid must contain only one instance of each number or letter.

1 Suggesting (14) 10 Sound (5) 11 A woman priest (9) 12 Diplomatic (7) 13 The joined continents of Europe and Asia (7) 14 Preen (5) 16 Craft (9) 19 Critical times (9) 20 Lust for wealth (5) 22 Boat in Venice (7)

25 Side-by-side (7) 27 Accompanying (9) 28 Radar echoes (5) 29 Design criteria (14)

HARD SUDOKU

Across

STANDARD SUDOKU

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Today, Thursday 25th April, 24 of us played an individual Stableford competition at Alenda Golf course for the “Pedro Oversfield Memorial cup”. Pedro(Peter) Oversfield, was a founder member of our society and a much loved character who always had a joke to tell. His wit was as sharp as a knife, and we truly miss him and his antics. We all send our best wishes and regards to his wife Peggy, who unfortunately couldn’t be present for the awards ceremony. The day started off a bit gloomy, with rain clouds threatening to drench us, however we got away early and somehow we managed to dodge most of the rain clouds and all got back to

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the clubhouse relatively dry. I had the pleasure of partnering the eventual winner, who has a single figure handicap. He played magnificently considering we were playing on tyned greens, and I can only hope that some of his skills rubbed off on me for the next game. The results were as follows:-

Gold Category 1st and winner of “The Pedro Cup” Alex Duchart 34pts. 2nd Dave Harwood 30pts. 3rd Terry Rogers 28pts. Best front 9 Graham Chapman 17pts. Best back 9 John Saunders 14pts.

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balls one of which found Alfonso in the clear but his control let him down and the chance went begging. Then a clever interchange of passes between Cecilio and Poyato ended when Poyato

Totana were causing problems for Mazarron with some long through balls over the heads of the defenders but first Perico and then captain Diego were able to come to the rescue with well timed interceptions. Poyato was a tower of strength in midfield for Mazarron and produced a number of excellent probing

appeared to be fouled on the edge of the Totana penalty area but the referee waved play on. However, Mazarron took a deserved lead in injury time at the end of the first half when Santi’s free kick was headed home by Jose Ruben at the far post. The second half began with

Silver Category. 1st Phil Bowditch 31pts. (c/b) 2nd Barry wood 31pts. 3rd Gary Hawman 28pts. Best front 9 Bill Howie 14pts. Best back 9 Dave Titchen 17pts. Nearest the pin Norman Padmore. Nearest the pin in 2 Phil Bowditch. Longest drive Norman Padmore.

Winner of the 2 ball competition was Tony Macmillan. Next weeks game is at Altorreal, 1st tee time is 10:15am. Please be at the course 1 hour prior to 1st tee off. Thanks to Tony Macmillan and Steve Hamilton for organising today’s golf and awards. New members and guests are always welcome and for more information call Tony on 966785781, or Steve on 966637449.

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Nearest the pin Dave Harwood. Nearest the pin in 2 John Saunders. Longest drive Terry Rogers.

A goal from leading scorer Jose Ruben in first half injury time was enough to secure a deserved away victory for Mazarron at local rivals Olimpico de Totana. The game opened quietly with neither side able to make much impression until Mazarron keeper, Jose Iker, was forced into making a splendid save in the 13th minute to turn a close range shot from 6 yards around the post. In the next minute Mazarron went close when Cecilio’s shot on the turn just cleared the bar. After 25 minutes a free kick taken by Jose Da who was returning for his first game of the season, caused havoc in the Totana defence but Cecilio was just unable to force the ball home in the ensuing scramble.

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Alfie’s Golf Society set off for the April monthly meeting at Mar Menor with the early morning topic of conversation not being the golf, but would the weather hold? Grey skies everywhere but on arrival no rain, and all 26 players and 2 guests teed off without the waterproofs being required ...yet ... it had to come eventually ... and it did ! 16 players out of the 28 completed their round, and considering the conditions weather-wise,

the 33 points posted by Ian Connell was a very creditable score indeed. 2nd place was taken by Peter Golder. Nearest the pin on the 2nd was won by Mick McManus (guest), and the 17th by Steve Mold. Gudlaugar (Gulli) Kristjannson smoked one on the 10th to take the longest drive prize. Many thanks to Anita & Linda from Alfie’s for providing the usual excellent post match buffet, and to Mike Probert of Costa Blanca

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Mazarron on the attack and on 49 minutes Barrachina’s cross was headed just wide by Cecilio. At the other end Jose Iker was rarely troubled but had to dive smartly to his right to clutch a Totana free kick. Mazarron should have clinched the game in the 75th minute when Jose Da and Ruben combined on the right and Alfonso somehow managed to miss the target from 2 yards from Ruben’s excellent cross. Totana were reduced to ten men when one of their players was dismissed for a second bookable offence and Mazarron eventually emerged as deserved winners to the delight of their excellent and vociferous crowd of travelling supporters. Team: Jose Iker, Barrchina, Diego, Clemente (Pepelu), Perico, Poyato, Jose Da, Santi (Matt Clarke), Alfonso, Jose Ruben, Cecilio (Toni) Man of the Match: Poyato

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This was a late venue change to Peraleja due to a mix up so many thanks to the course for helping us out. This Texas scramble format was won by Paul Matthews, Roy Edmonds and Kevin Parker with a gross 74 and a net 68.8 well done lads just edging out the pairing of Joan Williams and Barry Beale with a net 70.7. Third place was

filled by Bob Eaton and martin Hickman with a net 71.2. It was nice to see some old members coming back to play so welcome to you all. Well done to Joan Williams for winning two nearest the pin prizes. Nearest the Pins Hole 2 Joan Williams Hole 7 No One Hole 12 Joan Williams Hole 16 Paul Matthews The next Society’s game is on Monday, 6th MAY 2013 at La SERENA. The format is 2 Ball - Better Ball Stableford for the President’s TROPHY. 1st Tee time - 10.00am. Payday will be on Saturday, 4th MAY 2013 at La SERENA (in the bar area) between 11.00 and 12.00

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The league AGM is being held at the Asturias Restaurant, on Thursday May 2nd, 10am. With the league starting in 2009, with just 6 teams this has grown each year with 39 teams , a 6th division is being formed for the Autumn, with 7 teams already expressing interest, any other entries are invited with a closing date around September. Although this started with British teams we now have a good mix of Belgium, French, Danish, and Swedish playing together, creating an European league. EL RANCHO PETANCA A new team has been formed at El Rancho, they will seek membership to the league, which is good news as this venue was once a major player

in the league with many top championships being staged. They meet on Sunday mornings at 11am. 11th EUROPEAN DAY PETANCA IN TORREVIEJA This long standing competition is being held at the Jardin del Mediterranno in Torrevieja, on Sunday May 12th. With 16 countries again lined up this is again being sponsored by the Ayuntamiento . Play starts at 10am and should end around 3-30pm. TORREVIEJA MIXED TRIPLES This was won by Ewa Bowes, Ash Patel, and Rene, with 4 wins, they won the cash award and, Gold medals . Runners up were Roger , Parul, and Fernando, they had cash and silver medals. Third place went

to Bruno Michelle and Jean Francois from Amigas Belgas. LA SIESTA PETANCA Three new pitches have been laid at La Siesta, which will greatly help this busy venue. The Pirates Petanca club, are leaving Rocajuna to move into a new complex at Villa Salada. 14 pitches are being laid. with two double pitches as back up. EL RANCHO PETANCA A team from La Romano near Aspe will be visiting EL Rancho on May 19th, they will play an EL Rancho select made up from players from local teams, up to 36 players will be playing making a good days play, a return match will take place in September. Roger Seymour

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TORRY’S REVIVAL IN FORTUNES CONTINUES

Last Sunday Torry travelled north of the city of Valencia to play mid-table Borriol. On the bench for Borriol was their President, the famous golfer Sergio Garcia who hails from the town and it was hoped if he got on he wasn’t as skilful with a football as he is with as golf club. Torry were again without the injured trio Abel, JuanFran and Manu Amores. Torry welcomed back Villanueva after his lengthy suspension and included new signing Pepitiu in goal. Pepitiu has played for Santa Pola CF in Regional Preferente this season and is the brother of the popular ex-Torry player Manu. Torry were looking to extend their unbeaten record to 4 and climb further away from the relegation zone. Torrys starting line-up: Pepitiu, Vicente, Burguillos, Rafa, Dani, Jorge, Cuco Ros, Gasch (Guillem 45 ‘), Luis Carlos (Sergio 71’), Villanueva (José Manuel 82 ‘), Koeman. The game kicked off on a cold and wet and windy lunch-time in front of a small crowd of around 150. The game became a midfield battle with both defences generally on top but with Torry having the edge. Villanueva started brightly on his return while Koeman was again putting himself about up front. Vicente picked up an early booking for holding back the speedy Borriol left winger who was posing a threat down the left. Gasch had a good effort saved and then Cuco Ros came close when he hit the post from a corner. Jorge then had a header on target saved from another set piece. Koeman then dispossessed a defender and had his shot on target turned round the post by the home keeper. The first-half came to a close with Torry having had the better of the play. Young Guillem

replaced Gasch at the start of the second-half and for once was given a decent period of time on the pitch to make an impact instead of a few minutes. Borriol also brought on Sergio Garcia for the second period. Borriol had the ball in the Torry net after a break forward but the effort was disallowed for offside. Villanueva then had a good chance from an acute angle which he put wide. Koeman then hit the post after a good delivery from a freekick by Dani. Koeman had the ball in the back of the Borriol net after a knock-on by Jorge but it was ruled out for offside. Koeman then had the best opportunity of the match to seal victory for Torry from another Dani free-kick but his effort was well saved by the Borriol keeper. The game ended in stalemate with Torry being disappointed not to have claimed all three points. The new keeper Pepitiu had a competent debut and Rafa was again rock solid at the heart of the Torry defence. As a result of the win Torry remain in 13th place in the table, now 6 points clear of the 4th and final relegation spot, with the threat of relegation dissipating with 4 games to go. Torry played 3rd placed Elche Ilicitano at home last night and “fingers crossed” will have got a positive result. At the weekend Torry have another long journey to the north of Valencia to play CD Llosa who are equal on points with Torry. Let’s hope Torry get something out of the game. A satisfied Darrylldinho following his adopted team in Spain earn another valuable point. For info about Torry visit the Torry Army website www. fctorrevieja.net

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