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Heartbreaking note from inseparable couple who jumped to their deaths because they ‘didn’t want to be a burden’

Glenys and Royston Smith, 88 and 91, were struggling to hold on to their independence because of their failing health, and had told friends they were terrified of being sent to separate care homes. The couple climbed up to their bedroom windowsill late at night on December 2 last year, put their hats on and, using an upturned washing up basin as a step, fell 30ft to the ground below. Police investigating the death found a note to their two sons written in marker pen on a whiteboard in their kitchen, saying ‘Sorry boys. This is the best way. Too much pain.’ An inquest into their deaths, which rules that they were suicides, found that the couple died of traumatic injuries caused by the fall. They were discovered the next morning lying face down beneath their open window, side-by-side. The frail couple had been faced with a variety of ailments, and were aware of plans to move them into care. An inquest into the deaths in Bournemouth heard how Mrs Smith suffered from a debilitating, painful back problem as well as osteoporosis. Mr Smith was taking medicine for prostate cancer, and both he and his wife had poor eyesight.

The great-grandparents, who had been married 67 years, had said just days before that they felt unable to go on, and were afraid of burdening their family. Cindy Hoyle, the building’s caretaker who found the couple, said Mr Smith had told her days before of his concerns. She told the inquest: ‘I told him they had a wonderful family and I was sure they didn’t mind,’ she told the court. ‘They were very much in love and didn’t want to be without each other.’ Mrs Hoyle told the inquest she found the couple at 8am on December 3 last year beneath their open window, which was about 30ft above. She said: ‘I could see they were both lying face down, but I could see it was them and I recognised their clothing. ‘I knew straight away that they were dead. I could see the bedroom window was wide open and I realised at this point that Glenys and Royston had fallen from that window. They were very much in love and didn’t want to be without each other.’ Sheriff Payne, the Bournemouth coroner, recorded a verdict of suicide. He said:’I conclude that they jointly decided to take their own lives, they decided that suicide was the only future for the two of them.’

Yuzuru Hanyu wins Japan’s first figure skating gold

However, his performance was not without drama: The 19-year-old fell twice in the free skating final but prevailed thanks to a world record triple-digit score of 101.45 in Thursday’s short programme, and errors from his rivals. His record performance all but cemented victory the following day. That inspiring effort gave the teenager some leeway in the ensuing free skate, and although his performance was less graceful, he overcame some mishaps to run away with the gold, amassing an overall score of 280.09 through the two events.

Not only did he fall on his opening jump, a quad salchow, but he also crashed on his third, a triple flip. That left plenty of room for Canada’s Patrick Chan to skate through to the top of the podium, but he made three errors in a watered-down program to finish second. Kazakhstan’s Denis Ten, the world silver medallist, took the bronze. Hanyu, also the first Asian to win figure skating gold, became the youngest winner of the Olympic men’s title since American Dick Button in 1948.

UKIP’s Nigel Farage hints that the British flood crisis was caused by the EU

However, the president of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, has hit back saying that EU regulations did not contribute to Britain’s flooding crisis. He was responding to accusations from Nigel Farage that constraints emanating from Brussels have added to the problems of UK flooding. Barroso described the Ukip leader as a “doomsayer,” while calling his attack a “caricature” of the role of the EU. Farage has demanded a public inquiry into claims that EU regulations made it more difficult for the dredging of

British rivers to take place, while decrying the ability of an Environment Agency that is “hamstrung by a whole series of European directives, putting the interests of beetles and voles and birdlife before that of farmers and people.” However, speaking at the London School of Economics, Barroso refuted the charge, adding that it was “surprising to see the persistence of some of the doomsayers within Europe,” particularly after the EU’s response to the eurozone crisis.


Sir Tom Finney the former England winger dies, aged 91

Sir Tom Finney, the former Preston North End and England winger who is widely regarded as one of the finest players this country has ever produced, has died aged 91. Finney, the oldest living England International, was one of the iconic footballers of the immediate post-Second World War years, a hugely popular figure who symbolised a golden era. Blessed with fantastic natural ability and fitness, Finney earned the nickname the “Preston Plumber” as a result of his second profession. In an era dominated by amateur values in sport, Finney, who was born in the shadow of the club’s Deepdale Stadium, used to earn £14 a month at Preston – around £100 in today’s money – and was forced to look for other work to top up his income. His status was such that Preston, the club where he spent his entire career, were rather unfairly dubbed the “Preston Plumber and his 10 drips” He made his senior debut in 1946 and appeared 433 times for the club over 14 years, scoring 187 goals. He was capped 70 times by England, scoring 30 goals. Preston named a stand after him, made him club president, and placed a statue in his honour, and last week held a minute’s silence before their League One game against Leyton Orient. A statement on the club’s website said: “Preston North End have been informed of the extremely sad news of the passing

of Sir Tom Finney. “Sir Tom was the greatest player to ever play for Preston North End and one of the all-time greats for England. “The thoughts of everyone at the club, and those connected with it, are with his family at this time.” Although widely regarded as one of the superstars of his generation, Finney’s career was also notable for the fact he failed to land any of the game’s major prizes. He was the key player in a Preston side that just missed out on the league title in 1953, before losing to West Bromwich Albion in the FA Cup final the following year. Preston were also runners up in the First Division in 1958, ensuring the club’s most famous son ended his career without a winner’s medal. Prior to his successful playing career, Finney had served in the army in the Second World War. Many observers who saw him play are adamant he deserves to be ranked among the world’s best. He was the first footballer to be named Player of the Year twice, winning the award in 1954 and 1957. The former Liverpool manager Bill Shankly once paid tribute to him, saying: “Tom Finney would have been great in any team, in any match and in any age ... even if he had been wearing an overcoat.” It was not isolated praise. Sir Stanley Matthews, the only player who rivalled

Finney in the 1950s, said: “To dictate the pace and course of a game, a player has to be blessed with awesome qualities. Those who have accomplished it on a regular basis can be counted on the fingers of one hand - Pelé, Best, Di Stefano, and Tom Finney.” Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan, who played against Finney as a young defender at Blackburn Rovers, said: “As the opening match to every season Blackburn used to play Preston in a practice game. He recounts “I was put back in for this match at Deepdale and who should I be playing against but Tom Finney. “My first match back after two and a half years and I’ve got probably the finest right-winger there has ever been. And Tom Finney is the perfect gentleman. He never took me on at all. I took the ball off him three times in the first half and when we were coming off I went to him and said: ‘Tom, you’re not taking me on.’ He said: ‘You’ve had some bad luck, son, and I’m not going to take you on, I want you to get through today’s game and get back into the first team.’ I’ll never forget him saying that to me. He was and still is a total gentleman.” The Preston Plumber: a one-club man 1922 Born in house near to Preston’s Deepdale ground 1942 Signed up to the Royal Armoured Corps, fighting with Montgomery’s Eighth Army in Egypt and later as tank driver in campaign to liberate Italy.



1946 Signed for Preston – would have completed forms earlier but wanted to complete a plumbing apprenticeship, leading to his nickname, the Preston Plumber. Made Preston debut in August and 28 days later made his England debut. 1950 Went to Brazil with England, first of his three World Cups. 1954 Named Footballer of the Year and made his only FA Cup final appearance, in a 3-2 defeat by West Bromwich Albion. 1957 He and striking partner Tommy Thompson scored combined total of 56 goals and Finney was named Footballer of the Year a second time, making him the first player to win the award twice. In the following season, Finney and Roberts bagged 60 goals. 1958 Last England appearance. Jointly held scoring record (with Vivian Woodward and Nat Lofthouse) on 30 until they were overtaken by Bobby Charlton in 1963. 1960 Retired from playing because of a groin injury, although made a brief return to play for Distillery in 1963. 1961 Received the OBE. 1998 Knighted at Buckingham Palace. 2004 Unveiled statue The Splash outside Deepdale, depicting him beating two defenders at a waterlogged Stamford Bridge.

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JOIN OUR CLUB Plans are underway to form an English language cinema club at the Cines IMF in Torrevieja. Local U3A have expressed an interest in the idea, with some 50 members putting their names on the list. The likelihood is that a Thursday evening would be set aside for showing such films. MGM Musicals to James Bond, through to Bogart and Cary Grant, and everything in between, could be fluttering through the gate (Do they still have “Gates” in modern projectors?). Any readers of my jottings who

might like to express an interest, are best to send their contact details to: One thought is the club would also offer members the opportunity to enjoy popular new releases, theme nights and perhaps a film festival. Once an idea as to the number of people interested in such a club are determined, then pricing and further details will follow. Flash Gordon, Hopalong Cassidy and The Titfield Thunderbolt? I can hardly wait!


A number of “Bulletins” ago, I drew attention to the edifice that began it’s construction, skywards, under the stewardship at the time, of Mayor Ignacio Ramos, and the former Socialist (PSOE) Council. In 2001, an estimated build budget of 2.4 million euro, was accepted, and work started. A number (!!) of problems were experienced during the construction, with an additional 8 or 12 million being talked about, to complete the job. Oh dear! The build was stopped in 2006. The “White Dove” as the locals named it, remained half built from that year on. Interior fittings have, over the years, been stolen, along with the elevator system that was to service the underground car park. Recent checks have found that the weight of the building has exceeded the tolerance that would have enabled the underground parking to have been safely used. Current Mayor

Fast on the heels of the Diputacio’n de Alicante’s helpful web site, is one from the British Consulate in Alicante. Healthcare rights, what to do if you loose or have your passport stolen, along with how to go about obtaining one in an emergency, and the correct procedure in reporting a crime, are all here. Since it’s launch in November, a massive 4000 people have tapped into the site, and expressed an electronic “Like”. Paul Rodwell, British Consul to Alicante tells me that his team encourage British nationals to keep in touch with their Town Hall, and that the new Facebook page is a way to share relevant content from

town halls and other organisations more widely. Paul suggests that by visiting the Brits Living in Spain site, or Facebook page, experiences of like minded British nationals can be seen, and indeed, commented upon. “Brits living in Spain” is run and moderated by the British Consular network. It is a sister channel to the British Embassy’s UKinSpain Facebook channel, which focuses on institutional and political information. Paul asks that we check out www. or if already on Facebook, then best to search for “Brits living in Spain”.

Jose’ Fidel Ros, has now authorised 60,000 euro from the town’s coffers, to enable work to start to remove, at the time of my jottings, the top four floors. Should any further floors be required to be removed, will be decided when experts can take a closer look. Mayor Jose’ explains that the town library will move into the building when all is made safe. Mayor Jose’ tells me that La Paloma, is a disgrace for the residents and visitors to the town, and pleased that at last, action is being taken to remove, at least some of this 4 million carbuncle, from the riverside.

ANY ROOM FOR S-62 “TONINA” IN CARTAGENA? Visitors to the promenade at Cartagena recently, can’t have failed to notice that submarine “Isaac Peral” in no longer on display. To many ex-submariners stepping down the gangplank from many a cruise ship, docking within the safe harbour, it was something to have one’s photograph taken alongside, and to discuss with fellow travellers, over dinner that evening. With the Isaac Peral now being refurbished in the Naval Museum, the Izquierda Unida

Verdes (IU-V) in the Ayuntamiento de Cartagena, have been offered a old S-62 “Tonina” class submarine, in it’s place. Snag is, where to put it! Cartagena is the only working base for submarines in the Spanish Navy, so it would seem highly sensible to find a suitable location. Perhaps the plinth and fountain area where the Isaac Peral was located, could be extended to receive this fine submarine, which retired from active service around 2005.

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The Pets In Spain charity Valentine’s dinner dance was a complete sellout. Charity shop manager Eve Waring arranged this event to help raise much needed funds for the animal charity. P o p u l a r Costa Blanca entertainer W o o d y entertained and soon had everyone up on the dance floor rocking and rolling. Towards the end of the evening an auction was held for the adoption of a rescued cuddly fluffy tiger. Woody decided that nobody else was worthy of this pet companion and with the highest bid he signed the tiger’s adoption papers. The total amount raised for the charity at the dinner dance was 733 Euros. To adopt a pet or become a supporter of the charity, or if you

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Forget Me Not,the new community iniative,held an open day at the Cultural Centre,Camposol on February 17th to enable people to see at first hand what is now available in this area for sufferers of long term illnesses. Forget Me Not offers carers some respite from the constant 24/7 attention they have to give to their dependents.Forget Me not takes on the role of the carer to enable the carer some much needed time for themselves which is absolutely necessary for their health and wellbeing. Forget Me Not is staffed by nurses and qualified personnel and provides one to one care of the dependent during their time with Forget Me Not. It is planned that lunches will be available if required at a small charge. Forget Me Not opens its doors officially on the 3rd March,initially from 12 noon till 2pm for people suffering from long term illness such as dementia and alzheimers and will

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As you will appreciate this iniative will be a costly operation and it is planned that a charge will be made. We are pleased to advise that we have received a wonderful donation from the Ex Servicemans Association for 5oo Euros which will enable this iniative to get a great start.Thank you to the Ex Servicemen. We have arranged a fun day at Mariano’s on Camposol on St Georges Day April 23rd from 3pm till midnight with music,stalls,horse racing with a difference and many other activities so please come along and support this new community iniative. Further information can be obtained by phoning Liam on 602427605 or email to forgetmenot@bolnuevo. com or visiting our website at www. Please give us your support so that we may help those not so fortunate.

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MARCH Tuesday - 25th March – VOLUNTEERS MEETING - Trevi bar, Camposol Sector B - 11.30 am If you would like further information about how you can help MABS come along to our meeting. For further information please ring 620 582 418 or call into the MABS Information Centre

APRIL Saturday 19th April - MABS EASTER FAYRE - MABS CENTRE - 396 Avda de los Covachos Camposol Sector B4 – 10 UNTIL 1 - Easter Bonnet competition; Easter Egg hunt; Craft stalls; raffle and much more. For further information please ring 620 582 418. Tuesday 29th April - VOLUNTEERS MEETING - Trevi bar, Camposol Sector B - 11.30 am If you would like further information about how you can help MABS come along to our meeting. For further information please ring 620 582 418 or call into the MABS Information Centre

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We have a new President of F.A.S.T. namely Jose Navarro, Mayor of Camposol! On the morning of Wednesday 5th February a Committee Meeting took place with Committee Members; Gerry Bradshaw, Dave Marks, Helen MacMillan, Val Taylor, Angela Jones and Paddy Snell attending. Gerry Bradshaw recently resigned from his role as President in order to devote more time to Training, in his role of Head Trainer of F.A.S.T. still wishing to remain on the Committee. An advertisement for a new President for F.A.S.T. was placed in the media. Jose Navarro, Mayor of Camposol, showed his interest regarding the vacancy and having always given support in many various ways in the past, was invited to a meeting with the Committee Members. This provided Jose with the opportunity to fully establish everything needing to know with regard to the running of the F.A.S.T. Organisation. Following an open and friendly discussion between all, we were highly delighted to hear that Jose wished to join F.A.S.T. as President! The Camposol Community are grateful to Jose for the support and work he has given to Camposol in the past and F.A.S.T are very pleased

and proud to continue working together. DONATION FROM the ‘LION COUNTRY MUSIC CLUB’ Two gentlemen, namely Jim Underdown MBE and Ernie Sturch handed a cheque for €1000 to Jose Navarro, President, Gerry Bradshaw, ex President, Dave Marks, Vice President, watched by other members of the F.A.S.T. Team on Wednesday 5th February. Mervyn Booth, Manager, together with several other people originally started this non profit making Club, enjoying music together such as ‘Country and Western’. Their meetings took place for 6 years, donating to CAFÉ fund. (Mervyn has returned to UK due to poor health). Last year at Easter it was announced that they would donate to F.A.S.T. F.A.S.T. are extremely grateful and wishes to thank them and the Club for their very generous donation which is much appreciated and will be put to good use in helping to continue providing this unique Voluntary Service to residents and visitors alike on Camposol. REMEMBER: BOOK STALLS 2ndand LAST FRIDAY each month - DONATIONS OF ITEMS FOR TABLE TOP SALE - TICKETS FOR EVENTS - RECRUITING RESPONDING, SUPPORTING & FUNDRAISING See Members of the F.A.S.T. Team who will be pleased to see you – B SECTOR -Fridays all year round and everyone associated with the Town hall is very grateful for any support that is forthcoming. The Lions are now considering holding a fund raising event in Rojales later in the year. This donation to Rojales is the fourth donation by the Lions to those most in need in towns and villages in the area . In recent weeks the Lions have also donated 500.00 euros worth of food to Vecinos San Miguel Archangel, Alimentos Solidarios Torrevieja, and Reach Out Torrevieja. In addition The Lions purchased a chest freezer for Reach Out in Torrevieja which has greatly helped Reach Out in their drop in centre in Torrevieja. On 22nd February the Lions are promoting a performance of West Side Story by the Footlights Youth Theatre Group in Teatro Municipal Torrevieja with all profits going to Reach Out. Lion President Janette is pleased to announce that tickets for the show sold out over three weeks in advance of the performance. For more information on the Torrevieja Costa Lions Club go to

Lions helping the needy Lion President Janette Bennett of Torrevieja Costa Lions Club was delighted to make a presentation to Antonio Perez Garcia, Mayor of Rojales at Ayuntamiento Rojales on Friday 7th February on behalf of the Torrevieja Costa Lions Club. The Lions pledged to donate 500.00 euros to help feed the homeless and most needy in Rojales. Following a meeting with Julio Dominguez at the town hall, it was decided that the most needed item required was milk, so the Lions agreed to purchase 500.00 euros worth of milk. Thanks go to the management at Mercadona in Rojales who kindly delivered the milk directly to the town hall. In total the Lions donated 828 litres of milk, divided equally to provide full cream milk and semi skimmed milk. Ayuntamiento Rojales provide support for over 100 families in the municipality, and whilst some excellent donations were received over the Christmas period, the need is on going


World Cancer Day 2014

time free of charge as they always do for Maria and the Pink Ladies included, Dan Davy, Nick Gold, Ashley Tweddle, Johnny Lee, 60´s chart topper Ricky Valance, Flamenca for all directed by Raquél Peña, the Ruth Kingsbury Dancers, Richie Alexander, Samantha Curtis, Texas Ted and Paul Michael. The sounds were provided by DJ Snoopy and Sunshine Radio supported the whole day. Due to the entertainers performing for free the management at Zenia Boulevard donate 500 pots of Iris´ for the Pink Ladies to hand out to the public for a small donation to the AECC, this with other donations on the day raised a total of €2117.66 on the day all donated to the AECC.

On Tuesday 4th February 2014 the Zenia Boulevard invited Maria and her Pink Ladies to arrange a full day event to mark World Cancer Day at the Boulevard on behalf of the AECC just as they did last year. The day started with the public along with Maria and her group forming a human bow in the main plaza in front of the stage and then holding a minutes silence to honour all those who have lost the fight to this heinous disease, the moment was very emotional for many who took part. Following the silence there was a full days live entertainment to mark this annual event. The performers who all donated their

During the day a gentleman approached Maria Wilson and handed a check to the value of €2032 to be donated to the AECC in memory of Margaret Ruttledge who recently lost her battle with Leukaemia, the money was raised from a raffle, auction and golf match between Paddy´s Point and Gogharty´s both of La Zenia. The day marked yet another very successful fund raising vent for Maria and her group of Pink Ladies and Panthers, Marie said I am absolutely overwhelmed with the publics response to today’s event and more importantly 88 people both men and women came forward today to book an early screening test with the AECC, this particularly satisfying as apart from raising funds for the AECC one of our main objectives is to get as many people as possible tested because early detection saves lives.

1st Anniversary Celebrations For The Samaritans On Saturday 1st March the Samaritans Drop-in Centre and shop celebrates its first anniversary. To mark the occasion the team are having a morning of events; a fashion show of items from our vast stocks; a tombola stall; a craft stall; an exhibition of crafts; a cake stall; and to round it up a Barbershop Harmony group will be performing. And Sunshine FM will be there to help the party go with a swing. So come along to the Punta Marina Commercial Centre and make it a day out – the morning celebrating with the Samaritans; lunch upstairs at one of the wide selection of good restaurants and then end the day with your weekly shop.

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So, here you are, living exactly where you want to be and with sunshine most of the year round. However, unless you’ve been lucky (or unlucky!) enough to build your house from the ground up, you will at some point be stuck with somebody else’s ideas of interior decoration. You may decide to live with the lime green living room and flowery wallpaper in the kitchen, or you might feel a sudden desire to paint the whole house magnolia. Neither solution is ideal – allow your own style preferences and creativity to find expression. So just how do you pinpoint your style? One way is to turn yourself into a sponge; absorb everything you come into contact with!

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Growing Mediterranean fruits successfully The potential There is an enormous number of types and varieties of fruit that can be grown under Mediterranean climate conditions ranging from soft fruits to grapes and temperate and sub-tropical climate fruit trees. Even tropical fruits are possible in the warmer south facing frost free spots. In our best selling book ‘Growing healthy fruit in Spain’ we describe over seventy types and have grown half ourselves in a 350 metre above sea level valley some dozen kilometres from the Mediterranean sea shore. For those who live in apartments many trees , especially if dwarf varieties or more vigorous varieties grafted to dwarfing root stocks can be grown successfully in containers. There is a special chapter about this in the book ‘Apartment Gardening - Mediterranean style’.

Seven success factors for fruit trees 1. T  hat you take note of the drought and frost resistances of each type of fruit before you decide what to try growing. This information is provided in the book ‘Growing healthy fruit in Spain’. 2. T  hat you prepare large planting holes and work well rotted manures and compost into the planting soil. 3.That young trees are firmly staked until the guyrope roots are fully developed. 4. That you keep root balls damp but not wet until deep tap roots have been out down.

Micro-climate problems The main constraint is the micro-climate of your garden or orchard. Mediterranean climate conditions are generally described as hot summers and cold winters with most rain in the spring and autumn. But this can vary tremendously in reality. We have experienced temperatures from one offs plus 47 degrees centigrade down to a wind factor minus 15. The latter was when we had the coldest week in our area for fifty years in March 2005. It was the end of of our most tender fruit trees including a productive mango tree and couple of carefully nurtured pineapple plants. Normally our temperatures range from 35 down to minus one or two but on the coast this would be 38 down to 2 degrees. Our land faces south and has long hours of sunshine all year round but just 800 metres away properties on the north facing slopes of the valley have few hours sunshine and very heavy frosts every winter. Re rain we have had just 400 mm of rain in a year up to 650 mm in a day in November 1996.

5. That annual winter pruning is carried out to stimulate fruiting buds and ensure that most sap goes to these branches. 6. That trees are sprayed at the appropriate times of year with ecological insecticides fungicides and foliar feeds. 7. That fruit is harvested branch by branch when ripe, not all as once generally when under-ripe as is done bymany commercial growers.




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This week’s topic is the lower leg and ankle pain …… what is your foot gate doing??? LOWER LEG, ANKLE & FOOT PAIN We walk to moon and back in a life time …… so why do we abuse the most important structure of our bodies that support us and enable us to get from A to B? You may not even have thought about it, but the eleven muscles of the lower leg are actually foot muscles. Anatomists call them the extrinsic foot muscles, meaning they operate from outside the foot. The muscles in the foot itself are intrinsic foot muscles, meaning they work from inside the foot. The implication of these facts is the pain in your feet may not be coming from your feet themselves. You can waste a lot of time rubbing and soaking your feet, if the cause of your pain is the trigger points in your calves and shins.

muscle. A “sprained” ankle is often nothing more serious than referred pain from trigger points in the peroneus muscles of the outer side of the lower leg. Many problems of the ankles and feet that get labelled “tendonitis” or a “strained ligament” can be fixed with simple massage of the muscles of the lower leg. Obviously, serious conditions resulting from physical trauma or congenital deformity do affect the ankles and feet of many people. Nevertheless Myofascial trigger points are always part of the picture even when other conditions exist.

ALWAYS CHECK OUT YOUR FOOT GAIT WITH YOUR THERAPIST TO FIND OUT IF YOUR BIOMECHANICS OF YOUR FEET ARE BEING SUPPORTED BY YOUR ARCHES. The worst thing to do for your foot gate is walk around in flat flip flops this summer that do not support your arches. When your arches are not supported they will fall and being flat footed will cause all sorts of problems. It’s a Knock on effect from your Feet to your Ankles from your Ankles to your Knees to Hips … eventually causing you back pain. If you book with Debbie James our Massage Therapist she will put you through a simple foot print test and decide what is happening with your foot gait it’s all about Balance and Biomechanics. Simple choice of foot wear and looking towards Orthotics can help these defects. Orthotics are placed in your shoes to make sure the pressure on your lower leg and knees do not affect the hips ….. so spring into spring and make sure you can walk to the moon and back in your lifetime.

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This week it was suggested by someone, who also makes a living in the computer industry, that I was one of these “born again” computer ‘specialist’ with little experience and no skills. So my thoughts and therefore the warning is this. This person may have been the very thing that he was accusing me of. Please beware that there are as many “cowboy” computer specialists as there are dodgy builders (and I’ve been tricked by some of them too). Be very careful and use someone recommended until they let you down then come to me. Better still – come to me first :-) So much for my week let me tell you about the pro’s and cons of... Ninite! Where are you going? Although this is a children’s term for goodnight that has been used in English parlance since the 18th century, in this case it is a natty little program. What is Ninite? As with every single program there will always be pro’s and con’s. So shall we start the pro’s? It is a stub program, a base for other programs to temporarily connect with. Now for the positives: It is positively TINY (between 256 and 512Kb); It contains a list of the programs that you want to have on your machine; It prevents the

download of all candyware, toolbars and unwanted rubbish that usually comes with so many of these programs; You never have to worry about updates – just run the program again and it will find the latest version; It is smart enough to pick the 64 bit version if you have a 64 machine running a 64 version of windows; You’re constantly updated in the process by a single screen of basic information and finally, If there is no update for a program it will be skipped and you will be given a message saying so; The not so good side of the program (Con’s) are: It uses the default locations for the program, this is only a problem if you have a program that has a version number as part of the folder name, eg libreoffice 1, Libreoffice 2 and so on. I prefer Libreoffice as the location and want the program to either remove the old version and replace it with the new or just overwrite the old version with the new version – both usually work; works best if you turn off your fire wall and antivirus – WHAT!!!! Second is the fact I do use this program while setting up a new computer for clients for all the reasons that you have been given because It works! Plain and Simple – It Works.

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January was Britain’s wettest winter month in 250 years of recording. 10 of the world’s hottest years have been since 1998! Remember the movie ‘The day after Tomorrow’? Well this January 6/7th a Polar Vortex caused temperatures to drop in the US to as low as 41C breaking the previous record from 4 years earlier of -37C. Australia announced that 2013 was its hottest ever year. Adelaide was declared the hottest city in the world on 16th January as it reached 46 degrees, 500 miles north in a place called Moomba it reached 49.3C. Big business spends vast sums each year ‘sponsoring’ a minority of usually right wing elected representatives and also scientists to try and convince us that Global Warming is either not happening or not caused by fossil fuels. In Britain Lord Lawson the ex Tory Chancellor is the biggest culprit. A few years ago emails were ‘leaked’ from East Anglia University and dubbed ‘Climategate.’ Somewhat coincidentally just days before, Lawson and others launched their charity ‘Global Warming Policy Foundation’ or GWPF. GWPF immediately clamoured for a public enquiry into the theft of the emails and their contents. Despite tax payers money funding three enquiries no wrong doing was found. The Met Office said “there isn’t any evidence that

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There are a number of things I really don’t understand at all and one of them is why so many people willingly make their own beer or wine from kits. I have to admit that in the past we have been guilty of making our own cider, although I would qualify that by saying that we were living in Kuwait at the time where the merest mention of the word alcohol in the wrong place could get you sacked, thrown in jail, deported then brought back to the country immediately so that they could do it all over again! And the cider wasn’t that good either! But voluntarily brewing your own drinks at home, when there are perfectly good pubs and bars to go to selling drinks that are far more palatable, and cheaper, than anything we make from kits, doesn’t really make sense to me. On top of that, have you ever heard a wine expert telling us that the Boots 2013 is as good as a 2011 Sauvignon Blanc-or any other such wine with an unspellable foreign name? No unless I’m very much mistaken there is no rhyme or reason to it. Having said that, I don’t know about you but, I am, I have to admit, very much more mistaken more often than I am right! I think the last time I was not very much mistaken about something was in 1978 when, on a whimsical hunch, I predicted that Ipswich Town would win the FA Cup. Well, perhaps not totally correct because I didn’t put a penny on the hunch, so failed miserably to win a small-ish fortune. Back to rhymes and, or, reasons, there is often, in things going on around us, very little evidence of either. Just to confirm this bold statement, did you know that, in America, they have Barbie Doll pageants? In these things grown people, that is, people who qualify, on every other level, as adults, make extravagant outfits for their Barbies and Graham is married judges earnestly give them marks for style, to Helen and has a beauty and general Barbieness. daughter, Alice. He These things are taken very seriously, of lives part of the year course, but like home brewing, they are notnear Albox, but works thank goodness-for everyone and certainly in Qatar, teaching. If are another of those things that I struggle you wish to contact to understand. But I suppose that the point Graham regarding is, why try and understand them. After all, this article email: who’d have agreed with me about Ipswich? helenandg@yahoo. It’s just a pity Barbie didn’t score!

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the data was falsified and no evidence that climate change is a hoax. It’s a shame that some of the sceptics have had to take this rather shallow attempt to discredit robust science undertaken by some of the world’s most respected scientists. The bottom line is that temperatures continue to rise and humans are responsible for it.’’ Unconvinced GWPF then paid £3000 to a chap called Andrew Montford another known climate denier to conduct their own enquiry. Montford claimed the British Government were at fault as they had not included any climate sceptics in the three official enquiries. This was inaccurate as Labour MP Graham Stringer is known not to believe the science and sat on the enquiry board and knows Montford personally.

This week with horrific conditions still prevailing across Britain, Lord Lawson decided to only part quote a new Met Office report, the part where it states – ‘As yet, there is no definitive answer on the possible contribution of climate change to the recent storminess.’ This was proof indeed said Lord Lawson that it’s all baloney. He didn’t quote the next paragraph that states ‘There is an increasing body of evidence that extreme daily rainfall rates are

becoming more intense.’ In 2011 GWPF released 900 ‘scientific’ papers that purported to show that man-made global warming was a fallacy. Not only did many of the scientists included complain that their findings were being misrepresented but also a blog called Carbon Brief dug deeper and found that 9 of the 10 main authors of these reports had links to ExxonMobil. Worse still, 131 of the papers came via a right wing journal called Energy and Environment whose co-editor is Benny Peiser, coincidentally a director of GWPF. The ‘journal of choice’ for climate sceptics is how the editor Sonja Christiansen describes her publication. All this scepticism is aimed at keeping the fossil fuel industries in business. Yet with diversification renewables provide not only clean energy but jobs and profits too. In December10% of Britain’s electricity derived from wind farms. Britain now has the third highest capacity in Europe, behind Germany and Spain. Here in Spain 25% of electricity comes via wind farms and Germany is on course to hit 40% in the next few years. Please see sense and ignore the Lawsons of this world!


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And then, in a shattering instant, it came: the ferocious eruption of total war. The country woke, stunned to find that the long stalemate had evaporated in a single night, in the smoke and fury of an enemy assault so savage, so overwhelming, that all foolish hopes that catastrophe might yet be averted vanished as though they had never been. Madeley chose a pre-war setting of the Weald in Kent with events leading up to the second world war with some insight into the pity of war immortalised by Owen. The Arnolds are deeply affected by the war as one would expect. In the second part, the story moves into postwar mode and the setting is the south of France. The excitement and tension of the war reaches an anti-climax and we are left with a touch of the thriller genre, plunging into the sordid world of the Mafia. The Arnolds were a wealthy and privileged family and contrast sharply with the poverty-stricken James Blackwell who hastily marries into the family hoping to benefit financially from marrying Diana. He is the bete noire of the novel and comes to be known as le Loup, a dangerous man, despised by everyone. Oliver Arnold was a successful libel lawyer who had fought in the trenches during the first world war as a major. Four years of fighting and killing was enough to breed cynicism and anger at the imminent approach of war; he would have readily choked the life out of Hitler with his bare hands given the chance. He seems to be the voice of guilt looming over the proceedings of


Some Day I’ll Find You - by Richard Madeley yet another world war: We couldn’t face our fears. We were so horrified by memories of the last time that we’d do or say anything to convince ourselves it couldn’t happen again. Even when reality was staring us in the face. He fears for his children’s generation. Now it’s our children who’ve got to clear the mess up. Let’s hope they can. Let’s just pray it’s not too late. But it was too late. John, his son was only 20 and extremely excited about doing his bit for the war effort like many typical young men. The propaganda machine had easily persuaded the likes of John Arnold to join the RAF to get a crack at Hitler and show him where he gets off! No display of fear or awareness of danger for the younger generation. Not yet, anyway. Innocence and naivety. Short-lived and soon destroyed. Gwen Arnold is an artist and daughter Diana, the main character, was reading politics at Girton, Cambridge. She was from a privileged, elitist family and it didn’t seem to matter in which direction her life was heading. She could remain an academic, have lots of affairs or give birth to lots of babies in or out of marriage. Flippant or perhaps a typical product of a middle-class society? Naïve and innocent like her brother, the thought of an imminent war flooded her

with excitement not dread. James Blackwell, flight commander, became Diana’s knight in shining armour before transforming into her nemesis in an attempt to destroy her family and security. Her vanity was her undoing. She wanted John to bring home the best looking pilot in the squadron to spend Christmas with the family. This impossibly glamorous pin-up appeared and swept her off her feet. But, as we know, looks can be extremely deceptive unless you are blinded by Cupid’s arrow like Diana. And she was soon smitten by his charm and his good looks. James had lied repeatedly about his past. He was devious and manipulative. It is possible he had been abused by his headmaster who nicknamed him a barrow-boy. James blackmailed him and threatened exposure unless he wrote an impeccable reference guaranteeing him entry into the RAF. We see his cruelty when he “dumps” his girlfriend of 2 months, Jane Timming after taking advantage of her and boasting to himself that it took precisely 45 seconds to end this affair. The fact that she crumpled to the floor out of shock and horror meant nothing to him. He took advantage of John’s friendship

to establish himself on the social ladder as a well-placed friend having been snubbed and branded common by the other men. He was also very much of an opportunist and a marriage to Diana would confer a generous settlement from the wealthy Oliver Arnold. Perhaps this would compensate him for his poverty-stricken corral? The evacuation of Dunkirk seems to be a turning point for both John and James when confronting danger. I smacked one of them down. I saw my bullets smash through his cockpit canopy. Blood was spraying all over the shop. It was horrible. It also serves as a wake-up call to Diana’s innocence. James’ narrow squeak left him pretty shaken up when his cockpit exploded in fury all around him. A brush with death is sufficient for him to take advantage of the situation and marry in haste before being shot down by the Germans. Life is full of surprises, initially nasty shocks for Diana as she faces the future without James. A move to Nice is meant to give her a new start in life but the past comes back to haunt her, destroying the last remains of innocence and naivety. How will she survive? Will she survive? You’ll have to read it to find out, won’t you? This is Madeley’s second book, but his first novel. Readable with some dramatic moments and a case of all’s well that ends well. Publisher: Simon and Schuster U.K. ISBN: 978-1-4711-1263-8. by Carol Naylor.

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Google’s UK Sales Growth At Three-Year Low

Search giant Google has seen its UK annual sales rise 16% - the lowest growth rate for three years. The California-based behemoth said total UK sales topped $5.64bn (£3.4bn), an increase of just under £500m on the previous year. The UK is Google’s biggest foreign market, contributing 10% of total revenue - excluding the divested Motorola group - and the only one given separate figures in its US reports. Total combined tax for all of Google was down 12%, at $3.82bn (£2.3bn). The company said the fall in tax paid was due in part to “proportionately more earnings realised in countries that have lower statutory tax rates”. Google has come under fire in recent years over its low UK corporation tax payments, despite multibillion revenues. The company has been grilled by politicians on at least two occasions, as the public accounts committee (PAC) sought clarification on its tax structures and use of a Dublin base. Its Irish centre is the headquarters for sales across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Google is expected to release its specific 2013 UK tax figure later this year as part of a normal Companies House filing process. In 2012, its UK arm’s tax liability was £35m, including £24m for previous years, on total annual sales in Britain of £2.95bn.


Last year, PAC chair Margaret Hodge branded Google “devious, calculated and unethical” and accused the company of “deliberately manipulating the reality of their business”. She added: “You are a company that says you do no evil and I think that you do do evil in that you use smoke and mirrors to avoid paying tax.” Approached by Sky News, a Google UK spokesperson was unavailable for immediate comment on the latest sales or tax figures. The US annual report filed late on Wednesday showed growth contraction of 22% in 2011, 20% in 2012 and 16% last year. The growth easing was also reflected in its biggest market, the US, where sales were up 14% to $26.8bn (£16.2bn) compared to 34% in 2012. The rest of the world grew by 26% in the year to $27.4bn (£16.6bn). Online advertising rates have fallen recently but Google’s pre-eminent position has allowed it to stay out of negative territory. Display advertising on the internet has struggled as web users become increasingly adept at navigating around ‘click through’ revenue streams. A report last November suggested that only around one in 1,000 people voluntarily clicked onto display advertisements.

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UK and Spain working together to improve public services

British minister for reform Francis Maude visited Spain last week to discuss issues around public sector reform, and look at ways that Spain can learn from Britain’s experience of delivering an ambitious efficiency agenda. Over the last year, a number of visits between Spanish and British officials have looked to strengthen relations between the two countries on this shared agenda, including a visit by Deputy Secretary of the Spanish Prime Minister’s Office, Jaime Pérez Renovales, to learn about the British Government’s efforts to both modernise and increase efficiency in the UK’s public administration. On 10 February, it was HMG’s turn to visit Madrid, with Minister for the Cabinet Office Francis Maude attending an international conference on public administration reform hosted by the Spanish Deputy Prime Minister, Soraya Saenz de Santamaría, to present Spain’s ‘non-stop’ programme to representatives from a number of European governments. Building on the well-established relationship between the Spanish Government and the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude showcased the UK’s initiatives to reform the public administration, comparing the UK experience with his counterparts. Driven by the key principles of efficiency and innovation, the Minister explained the UK’s determination to make public services better while saving hard working taxpayers’ money and reducing the deficit. The Minister’s no-nonsense approach has had tangible results. Last year the UK Government saved taxpayers £10 billion, with £500 million alone saved by stopping

projects not aligned to IT spending controls. Reviewing, renegotiating and opening up public contracts to small businesses has also had a huge impact: ‘one great example of the potential from small businesses was when we retendered a hosting contract. The incumbent big supplier bid £4 million; a UK-based small business offered to do it for £60,000. We saved taxpayers 98.5%’ the Minister explained. Digitalising public services is also a key part of the UK’s long term economic plan. The Government has committed to make 25 services fully digital, from registering to vote to applying for a visa, in a bid to ‘make life better for citizens and businesses and change the way people think about how government works.’ And the resulting savings are indisputable. The cost of digital transactions is 20 times lower than over the phone, 30 times lower than by post and 50 times lower than face-to-face. Digitalising public services could save citizens, the Exchequer and businesses £1.2 billion over the course of this parliament, rising to an estimated £1.7 billion each year after 2015. The Minister is committed to being ‘unashamedly militant’ about enforcing efficiency and innovation across the board to help Britain succeed in the global race. ‘The work goes on. Not just to deliver digital-by-default, but more broadly, because making government more efficient and delivering simpler, clearer, faster services is a task that should never end.’



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With only past champions now left in the competition and only 3 weeks left to the final there is no room for errors. This week saw a team challenge girls versus boys giving the winners double score from their solo performances. Nicky Slater is still standing in for Robin Cousins who is still commentating at the Sochi Olympics leaving Karen Barber as head judge in the event of a tie.

Ruffy the sixmonth-old wombat is seen keeping his cool at the Wild About Wildlife Rescue Centre in Victoria, Australia as the area continues to bake under a heatwave. Record numbers of native animals have been admitted to shelters in recent weeks due to the high temperatures. Reindeer racing is one of the highlights of the the 400-year-old Jokkmokk Winter Market - the largest festival in northern Europe - which takes place each February on the frozen Lake Talvatis in Sweden.

Opening the show this week were Beth Tweddle and Lucasz skating to You Can’t Stop the Beat from Hairspray. Beth is the most technical skater amongst the girls and this week performed a preparation 1/2 axle never before attempted by any female celebrity. However despite all her technical prowess, I still find her characterisation cold and lacking in performance skills so I just can’t warm to her skating. I awarded her 8.5 and the judges 34.0. Next onto the ice were Hayley Tamaddon and Dan performing to Skyscraper. Hayley is the exact opposite of Beth as she always gives such emotive performances but with perhaps not the difficulty of skating skills but I love this partnership. I gave her 9.0 and the judges 34.5. Following were Kyran Bracken and Nina skating to This is the Moment. Unfortunately despite all Kyrans power and speed, I found this performance looked heavy and lacking in presentation. Despite the attack he gave it, there were moments when it looked out of control. I awarded him 8.0 and the judges 33.0. Suzanne Shaw and Matt then took to the ice with Black Velvet. Another extremely expressive performance which seemed to suit Suzanne down to the ground playing a sassy character. This showed excellent story telling with clean lifts and transitions and an excellent partnership. I gave her 9.0 and the judges 37.0. Ray Quinn and Maria then skated

to Lego House. Ray makes everything look effortless, you can’t tell who the professional skater is as he finishes everything off perfectly. Again I awarded him 10.0 and he received his second 40.0 from the judges. Closing this part of the show was Sam Attwater and Vicky to Happy. Sam certainly tried to portray the ‘Happy’ in his performance this week but for me his body doesn’t dance. His upper body is too still so this results in a lack of dance characterisation for me. I gave him 8.5 and the judges 37.0. Game was then on for the team challenge. Team Hayley (highest placed girl last week) versus Team Ray (highest placed boy last week). The girls skated to Walk Like An Egyptian and displayed some excellent matching armwork. All the turns, lifts and spins were very well together and they gave an excellent performance. Then the boys skated to Uptown Girl. Again excellent matching within the choreography, spins lifts and tricks but I’m afraid with Ray in a team it is a no-contest. The judges gave the unanimous win to Team Ray so all the boys scores from their solo round were doubled. Leaving the scoring: Ray 80.0, Sam 74.0, Kyran 66.0, Suzanne 37.0, Hayley 34.5, Beth 34.0 After the public vote Suzanne and Kyran and were in the bottom two for the skate off with Suzanne leaving the show after the judges unanimous vote to save Kyran who survives to next week. I’m away on holiday now for a couple of weeks but I’ll be back to report on the final on my return. Until then why not come and join us at one of our fun classes.

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the fat, reserving the fat, and place onto a clean roasting tray, draining off any excess fat. Shred the meat from two of the confit duck legs. Set the other two aside. Heat a little of the reserved duck fat in a frying pan over a medium heat. Add the shallot and garlic and fry for 1-2 minutes, or until softened. Add the canned tomatoes, bring the mixture to a simmer and cook for a further 2-3 minutes. Add the shredded duck meat, flageolet beans, stock and rosemary and return the mixture to the boil. Boil for another 2-3 minutes, then season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper, then whisk in the butter. Heat a little more of the reserved duck fat in a frying pan over a high heat. Add the reserved duck legs, skin-side down, and fry for 2-3 minutes, or until the skin is crisp and the duck meat is warmed through. Meanwhile, for celeriac mash, place the potatoes and celeriac into a pan of salted water and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes, or until just tender. Drain well and return to the pan to steam over the heat for one minute. Pass the cooked potatoes and celeriac through a ricer (or mash with a potato masher) until smooth, then return to the pan. Add the butter and cream and mix well, then season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper. To serve, pile some of the celeriac mash onto each of two serving plates, then spoon the ragoût alongside. Top each portion with a crispy confit duck leg. Source:


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sticky toffee pudding Steaming keeps this family-sized pudding beautifully moist. Serve in slices with lashings of toffee sauce and a scoop of ice cream. Equipment and preparation: For this recipe you will need a 1 litre/1¾ pint pudding basin.

Ingredients For the sticky toffee pudding 5 tbsp demerara sugar 200g/7oz pitted dates 1 tbsp vanilla bean paste 50g/1¾oz unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing 175g/6oz dark brown sugar 2 tbsp golden syrup 2 tbsp black treacle 200g/7oz self-raising flour 2 free-range eggs 1½ tsp bicarbonate of soda For the toffee sauce 500ml/18fl oz double cream 175g/6oz unsalted butter 175g/6oz demerara sugar 1 tbsp golden syrup 1 tbsp black treacle To serve vanilla ice cream

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until combined. Pour the mixture into the prepared basin. Fold a large piece of aluminium foil in half and grease one side with butter. Wrap the pudding in the greased foil, greased side facing into the pudding. (Pleat the foil a few times as you wrap it to allow room for the pudding to expand.) Secure the foil to the rim of the pudding basin with string. Technique: Wrapping a pudding for steaming Wrapping a pudding for steaming Watch technique 2:01 mins Sit the basin on the plate sat inside the prepared saucepan. Place over a low heat and pour boiling water around the basin until it reaches half way up the side. Place a lid on the saucepan and steam the pudding for 2½-3 hours (check occasionally to make sure the water hasn’t completely evaporated – top up with more boiling water if needed). For the toffee sauce, in a pan set over a low heat combine the cream, butter and sugar. When the butter and sugar have melted, whisk in the syrup and treacle. Remove the pudding from the pan, discard the foil lid and turn it out onto a plate. To serve, cut a wedge of the pudding, pour over the toffee sauce and serve with a scoop of ice cream.

For the sticky toffee pudding, grease a 1 litre/1¾ pint pudding basin with a little butter. Sprinkle with the demerara sugar and tip out any that has not stuck to the basin. Put a heatproof plate in the bottom of a large saucepan. Fill the kettle and put it on to boil. Place the dates in a pan with 200ml/7fl oz water. Cook for 3-4 minutes, then transfer to a food processor and blend with the vanilla bean paste. Set aside. In a large bowl, beat the Free Bottle of wine softened butter and dark brown sugar together per couple to take away until smooth. after having our night menus Add the golden syrup, treacle, flour, eggs, Valid only with this voucher bicarbonate of soda and dinner 19.00-22.00 until 28th february the blended dates. Mix

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The Limaria Benefit Cheat We have both worked all our lives. We have lived within our means, scrimped and saved, had the odd bit of luck both good and bad, and have allowed the Government to help itself to a portion of our hard earned income on the promise that in our later years it would reward our faith by the payment of a pension. So far this has proved to be the case – we are in receipt of a pension each, and for the meantime, the Winter Fuel Allowance, but that is as far as benefits go with us. And apart from a bit of a grumble about the Winter Fuel Allowance, we are in accord with our benefit-free existence. So it was a bit of a shock to discover that we have

a benefit cheat right in our very midst! Despite my surname, I do not consciously consort with the criminal classes, and to find that our unimpeachable reputation was being sullied by an opportunistic exploiter of charity is shocking, to say the least! For some time I have been puzzled by the steady weight gain of the Dog That Is Not Ours. As her personal chef I am in control of portion size, and have significantly reduced the amount in her dinner bowl in correlation with the expansion of her waistline. I took her to task on the subject of her increasing girth, but she pointed out that she was merely getting older, adding tactlessly that middle aged females do spread a bit, finishing off with maybe I should take her for more walks. However, the seed of suspicion was sown in my mind. She disappears most mornings and goes back to her proper

By Jos Biggs

owners, returning during the afternoon in time for her dinner. I have the feeling that she sometimes takes the scenic route, visiting various other favoured neighbours on the way. This is borne out by the objects that she sometimes brings back with her – to date a bottle of sunscreen, a slipper and a flip-flop. Her most recent retrieves have taken on a more edible form - A variety of dog chews, lamb bones, odd amounts of bread, and one day, a complete cheese sandwich. The evidence is there – she’s cadging; appealing to human sentimentality, hypnotising innocent people with her steady brown eyed stare and pathetic, if portly demeanour. She is preying on their kindly natures, conning them into believing that she is a poor, homeless waif without a friend in the world. She is an unashamed, scrounging Benefit Cheat!

alqueria The Zoo John MacDonald (El Sordo) -

A zoo in Alqueria may seem a curious concept considering the strangest of all creatures are the humans that walk the streets of the Pueblo. The behaviour of the most disgusting of animals is somewhat better than that of the vast majority of Alquerians. Some thought the Zoo was a scheme by the World Wildlife Fund to give the animals something to look at and stop them from becoming bored. It was however an Alquerian ploy to attract cash rich visitors from Spain. As the health and safety laws in Alqueria are non-existent particularly ferocious animals could easily be exhibited. Unfortunately it isn’t only heath and safety that is not regulated there is also a distinct lack of building regulations. The result, shoddy pen construction which allowed several of the most vicious animals to escape some weeks before the attraction was even opened. They appeared to have made every effort to quit Alquerian territory as rapidly as possible and now roam the Spanish mainland devouring domestic animals and terrorising the population. The Alquerian authorities of course deny all knowledge of such carnivorous escapees. These animals were replaced with sheep, goats and the like. To make them appear like lions, tigers and drooling grisly bears cardboard ears, plastic teeth and rubber claws were attached to strategic areas. In most cases this didn’t work very well and only confused the less intelligent of the remaining animals. Loco Paco when appointed chief keeper of the zoo responded by wearing a pith helmet and carrying a lion tamer’s whip. It seemed a strange choice for a man whose only friends are an invisible two metre tall rodent and a Saharan Dung Beetle called Benjy. His

ability to recognise one species from another was also thrown into doubt when he was seen throwing bread to helicopters at Murcia Airport.


I Blame My Bad Back on the Politicians When I’m not particularly tired and feeling masochistic on Thursday nights, I often tune in to Question Time on the good old reliable, politically unbiased BBC. It’s not worth recording here what transpires between the equally pompous and self satisfied members of the panel who - in the name of even handedness by the producers – are represented by the three perceived main political parties. As always the numbers are made up with two other individuals invited to take part and add their invaluable contributions. These are a mixture of politicians from ‘lesser’ parties; journalists; historians; intellectuals and pseudo intellectuals; religious leaders and even comedians. And it’s not even worth wasting breath on the fact that it usually becomes clear early on in the programme, that on the odd occasion when individuals who actually espouse some common sense ideas do participate, they encounter a hostile audience. An audience that appears to have been carefully selected to give an impression that certain views expressed by these panellists, are deeply unpopular even though it’s obvious to the rest of us that this is not the case in the country at large. What has become blindingly clear to me over a period of some years now, is that when it comes to politics as it exists in our country, there is no real choice

Prospective visitors to the Zoo had to run the gauntlet of the more dubious Alquerian elements of which there are many. Dubious elements are a speciality of Alqueria. It was akin to a ritual mugging and overcharging was rife. Everything from car parking to admittance came at a premium. The squalor of the Zoo itself was breathtaking. Attempts to pass domestic pets off as ferocious man-eaters fooled no one apart from Loco Paco of course. He was in his element but couldn’t understand why the tabby cat with glued on plastic fangs didn’t devour the half a horse dropped from the back of a Land Rover. The success of the undertaking was never in doubt. The end came when the animals made a mass breakout and gave themselves up to the Spanish zoological authorities. The Zoo simply joined the ever increasing list of failed Alquerian ventures.


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when it comes to marking your cross on the ballot paper. Each of the two main parties are predictable and uniformly inept, and now that we have the experience of a third party tasting real power - albeit on the backs of their coalition colleagues - it is evident that they too are equally incompetent and unfit to govern. There are no good guys/bad guys any more. We have seen what each is capable of and it is a depressingly similar story every time. How can we ever put our trust in men and women who have so blatantly milked the expenses system for their own ends and who have repeatedly lied to Parliament and the British people? These are the same politicians who we are expected to put our faith in when they make life and death decisions over national and world ranging issues. One party lowers taxes which in part means that those at the top of the food chain benefit d i s p r o p o r t i o n a t e l y. Boo! says the other party . . . that’s looking after the rich. The good news is we will raise taxes for the rich says the other lot. Hooray! Say the workers and spongers. The bad news is, that according to their new definition of rich, many moderately well off people who have worked hard all their lives; contributed to the countries bloated benefit system and have generally added to the prosperity of the nation, will fall into this category. I am sick to death of hearing the word racist banded around as a weapon to silence those who genuinely fear for the future of our country because of the increasing strain it puts on resources. Forget the words: immigrant, foreigner and asylum seeker . . . there are simply too many human

beings pouring into our tiny country; a land that has become second only to Malta as the most densely populated nation in all of Europe. But still they come. I am also tired of politicians publicly referring to their leaders by chummy first names – David this, Ed that and Nick whatever. It was a novelty when a certain Mr Blair thought this might be a good idea to break down barriers and show the masses that they were just like us. But the novelty has gone and the psychology no longer works. And when politicians begin interviews with the words, “And let me make this perfectly clear . . .” I want to throw up, because you know for sure that what is about to come streaming out of their mouths is anything but clear. We need a new system and we need new, fresh and honest people who are prepared to go into politics without the constraints of a fixed, well worn party line and that of course means a new movement. And that’s the problem. Where is that coming from? One thing is for sure, the country is going to hell in a hand cart and when we see such madness as a Canadian holding the post of Governor of The Bank of England; Rolls Royce owned by Germans and Land Rover Jaguar by Indians – the future looks bleak. I don’t often write about politics in this vein, nor for that matter anything that can be taken too seriously – it’s not my brief. But I have had a tooth extraction this week and I’ve got a bad back, so I’m feeling jarred off and grumpy! Back to normal next time.


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TMGS, La Finca Match report, 12th February, 2014.

should have been tested for bionic substances?

Today back in the good old days of 1967 - Police raided Keith Richards home in West Wittering, Sussex, England. The police found “various substances of a suspicious nature.” Richards and Mick Jagger were arrested on May 10 on drug charges. I wonder if the top scorer of the day

Not just that, but 1999 – Bill Clinton was acquitted by the US Senate on two impeachment articles. The charges were perjury and obstruction of justice. I know what you lot were thinking about, get your minds out of the gutter. La Finca, one of the most

Busters Golf Society As 19 players we set off from our meeting point at the Mini Golf Bar Quesada. There was a steady wind: by the time we reached El Plantio golf course the wind had got steadily stronger, you could easily spot the tourists from the residents, the tourist were wearing shorts a golf shirt and possibly a thin pullover, the residents had between four and five layers of clothing depending on how acclimatised they had become over the years, things didn’t seem to bad

as we played off the first tee as we had a strong tail wind, but things changed as we turned the corner at the third tee to find that the wind was no longer in our favour, considering the time of the year and the damage caused by the winds the course was in reasonably good condition, we managed to keep the prices down for our players by using the free games to subsidise the golf, otherwise at €45 plus prize money it could have proved a pricey game.


The top individual scorers, despite the wind, were John Douglas (La Manga RGA) 36, Kevin Fitzpatrick (Paddy’s

The Silver mob, once again, outscored their ‘rivals’ and Jenny Morris’s 32 was enough for 4th place with Ernie Wilson

However, we all had a great day but we only had one player who made par with 36 points.Onto our prizes: our N T Pins, taking into consideration the wind and the length of some of the par threes at El Plantio, only two players achieved N T Pins. They were on hole 14 Alan (Giffy) Gifford and Steve Edwards on the 18th. Well done both players: both received boxes of either Srixon or Callaway golf balls depending on their choice. Tying in third place

Colin has no Fear

The Gold lad’s scores were a little tighter and Nick “I am so fat” Spicer took 4th spot with 31 points losing out to Hermes Woedermann on the countback. The runners-up slot was claimed by Steve Higgins on 32 points which left Norbert Spaniol’s 34 enough to claim the Gold spot’s rostrum. Our next game, Wednesday 9th February 2014 see’s us at the delightful and very cheap (in price but not in quality) track of Alenda so if you fancy a game just look at our website or call the Match Secretary on 966 719 604.

with 30 points but losing out to a better back nine was Keith Smith, in second place was Dave Pretty and our winner with 36 points was Barrie Hopkinson. All received cash prizes. Our soccer card draw was won by Barrie Hopkinson - I suggested he had a go on the lottery.

Ruby’s Golf society’s fun day at Altorreal turned out to be perfect weather for golf, hot sunshine all day and hot golf with three players finishing on 35 points, but Colin Fear taking the win on countback. Other winners on the day were nearest the pins Ian Bembridge, Theresa Wright and Roy Stanley. Longest drive was a bit controversial as the hole was changed half way through the game, but eventually won by Nigel Wright. Blind pairs were chosen in Ruby’s bar after the game and Captain Jim and Theresa drawn out as the winners. The longest walk was well earned by Graham Hall and football card won by Brain Wilson. Our next game is at Font del LLop on the 28th February anyone interested in joining the society or playing as a guest please contact us at

After the game we returned to the Mini Golf Bar in Quesada for some snacks that were provided by the bar, a couple of beers and our presentation.

Point GS) 33, John Wheeler (Las Ramblas GS), Rodney Smith (Rockets GS), Keith Wright (EuroToffs GS) 32.

Despite requests to switch off the fan, the teams ventured out into the windy and cold fairways, (some even in shorts).

With three league matches to go and with a maximum 15 points available it is still wide open and bodes well for a nail biting finish.

Top spot La Manga North team beat fourth place Club Serena G.S. by the same score and so the gap between first and second remains at just 5 points. Thanks to consistent scoring, they are neck and neck with Las Ramblas.

But it was the strong team of La Manga RGA and top scorers as a team, and individual player John Morgan 36 points, who also want to make a move halfway through the season, played newcomers Paddy’s Point and it was they who held La Manga North to a draw to take 6 points out of the game and move up a place in the bargain.

The “Best Guest” prizes were claimed by Father and Son of K and P Huseby, with the elder losing out to the younger, but scores of 33 and 35 were very respectable.

taking 3rd spot with 35 points, losing out on the count-back with Olga Haubner. However, Alan Rickers came home with the bacon sarnie with an incredible 4o points to claim overall spot on the day. Enjoy the new handicap Brummie.

7th February 2014 at La Finca Golf.

The top four positions are all vying for the top spot, and with all trying to make a distinctive move it was obvious the weather and the slick greens would be a deciding factor. Las Ramblas were one of the teams hoping to close on the leaders and with John Wheeler the highest scorer 32 points, they were able to be 10 – 4 league point winners.

EuroToffs G.S. took on lowly Rockets G.S. and were the day’s second highest team score with three players scoring 30 points or more and maintaining pressure on the teams above them.

popular courses in this area saw 31 members and guests of the Society tee off in a relatively calm day, for a change; and once again, the course bit a few bums, but there were a few reasonable scores and all the NTP’s were claimed. Those went to Liam Neilgan, Nick “Norman” Spicer, Jenny Morris and Norbert Spaniol; who also claimed two sleeves of balls for his brace of “Two’s” of which one of them, so I am led to believe, was a chip in from the hazard of the 6th.


The next Vega Baja Premier League event is at La Peraleja Golf, Sucina, Murcia on 7th March, First Tee 10:00. The fixtures are: Las Ramblas GS vs. EuroToffs GS - La Manga North GS vs. Don Cayo GS. La Manga RGA vs. Club 25 Serena GS – Rocket’s GS vs. Paddy’s Point GS. You will also be able to see updated Vega Baja Premier Golf League fixtures, tables, and news on the website and on Facebook, throughout the season. For more information on the Vega Baja Premier Golf League, contact The Secretary: Ivie Davies 669 211 410 or

Eurogolf, La Marquesa 66 players took part in our Team Game today which was a Valentines Hidden Partners, at our home course of La Marquesa, on Thursday 13 February. This game is a basic Stableford round with your good or bad partner being drawn, once everyone has handed their cards in. The weather conditions could not have been better with very little wind and glorious sunshine, making ideal conditions for high scoring. This would have been a beautiful summer’s day in the UK. Commiserations to Gloria, who came in with the highest score of the day i.e. 40 points, but did not feature in the prizes. Welcome to your new handicap achieved without winning a prize. Now that is a first!! Also to Marilyn who apparently had her best drive of the day on the 18th and succeeded in removing the side mirror of a passing car on the adjacent road. Better luck next time, girls. The results follows:



1st: The Pair of Morag Turner & David Gregson, 76 points combined score.

2nd: The Pair of Peter Sanderson & Alec Ralph 73 points combined score. 3rd: We had a draw for 3rd place with both teams scoring the same. Bob Buckeridge & John Holland 67 points combined score; Paul Manning & Gordon Bourne 67 points combined score. Nearest the Pins: 5th Hedy Paehlig; 11th David Lewis; 15th Bob Buckeridge; 17th Ian Stewart. Football Winners: Marilyn Eckersall, Chris Stanley, Jim Weston & Bill Martin. TOFF’s Results Tuesday 11 February 2014: Overall Winner – Ken Brett; Gold Division – 1st Sue Gillett 37 points, 2nd Keith Wright 34 points, 3rd Paul Manning 34 points, 4th David Gregson 33 points. Silver – 1st Ken Brett 37 points, 2nd Bruce Gordon 37 points, 3rd Jim Weston 35 points, 4th Gill Britten 35 points. Bronze – 1st Geoff Evans 36 points, 2nd John Hill 34 points, 3rd Angelika Berndt 33 points, 4th Tom Corbett 33 points. Nearest the Pins - 5th Malcolm Foskett, 15th David Gregson, 11th Ian Pegg, 17th David Lewis. Best Front Nine, Stan Lowe, 19; Back Nine, Ian Stewart, 21 points.



San Fulgencio C.F. 2 V’s C.F. Racing Playas de Orihuela 3

Sponsored By: The Abbey Tavern Pub & The Gato Pizzeria. Racing entered this important game having to reshuffle their line up due to the suspension of Carlos Valderrama so Racing keeper Scott Brunton slotted in at right back and Alex Agular in as keeper. Racing dominated the opening minutes and created several decent chances on goal. The Racing defence coped well with the attacking efforts of the home team who couldn’t handle the the speed and power of Brunton,Cockroft,Zarkov &

Captain Medina. Despite having a large amount of possession it was the home team who scored first with a break down Racings right side when Brunton was exposed two on one due to the lack of tracking back from right midfield and the strike slotted into the back of Racings goal. Boulkab switched to attack along side Garcia and Gudmundsson to the right side of midfield to protect and help the defence when out of possession. On 33 mins Racing fell further behind when a clearly off side goal for Fulgencio was allowed to stand due to very poor refereeing. Unfortunately this same referee has done this to Racing a few weeks back and clearly doesn’t like the fact that Racing is a made up of a group of multinational players who represent the multinational Orihuela Costa region. Racing never dropped their heads and even 2 - 0


VISTABELLA GOLF – 12th FEBRUARY 2014 It was back to our home course to play a stableford. On a cold and windy morning 26 members & guests teed off adorned in all styles of winter garb. The course still has its winter coat on dormant grass on the fairways and the greens were pretty slick like a snooker table, it should be mentioned that the person responsible for the pin placements must be a masochist as the scoring not that good, with the top score being 32 points and that was by a visitor. For Rocket Ron it was good to see an old friend Alan Williams, he had not seen for going on 5 years, Alan joined us for a game. Nice to see you Alan after so long. NEAREST THE PINS HOLE 4 BRIAN McKENZIE, HOLE 8 TESSA BOOTH HOLE 15 MALCOLM ANDERSON

LONGSET DRIVE MEN IVIE DAVIES LONGEST DRIVE LADY TESSA BOOTH BEST GUESTS KEN OGDEN 32 PTS ALAN WILLIAMS 27 PTS YOUR SUBSCRIPTIONS ARE NOW DUE FOR THIS 2014 SEASON To get some warmth back into our bodies, it was back to Izzy’s Bar for our favourite munchies, and Roxy’s Izzy Chips, “Rocket” Ron cdarried out the presenting the prizes, while we feasted on the ‘Izzy’

down still looked the better team. On 38 minutes Racings Nico Garcia struck a goal back despite Racing being down to 10 players whilst Brunton was receiving treatment to go into half time 2 - 1 down. Half time team talk was simple , be patient and our class and higher level of ability will prevail. Racing didn’t have to wait long and started intensely putting the home side on the back foot a great move started with Bruntonpassing the ball down the right to Garcia who crossed the ball to Glen Lawton who had licence to push more forward in centre of midfield struck a fierce shot past the Fulgencio keeper to bing the score level 2 - 2. Fulgencio were clearly rattled and their manager distraught. The most satisfying goal came on 59 minutes for Racing when Dani Zarkov scored from a corner which was the first goal of the

chips and talk of golf. Tuesday 25th February sees us going to a new venue it’s at Sensol Camposol Golf a new course for most of us at Camposol. Mazarron Murcia. The first Tee Time is 10:50 so please be there by 10:15 For more information or if

Before the Christmas break all thoughts were of promotion as Mazarron were just two points away from an automatic promotion position and four points behind the league leaders. They have now slumped to 12th and are ten points away from the promotion positions. Noguera replaced Ruben in the Mazarron goal

but this, unfortunately, continues to be a problem area, with far too many soft goals being conceded. Influential captain Alfonso was injured in the first half and had to be replaced and, once again, Cecilio, one of the most popular and hardworking players, was

named on the substitutes’ bench and did not appear until late in the game. Mazarron took the lead after 25 minutes when a free kick was headed home by Enrique but Cabezo equalised almost immediately. Alfonso’s powerful drive forced an excellent save by the home keeper but Atletico Cabezo capitalised on another mistake in the Mazarron defence and took the lead four minutes before the interval. Sloppy defending and goalkeeping in the early stages of the second half saw Atletico Cabezo score three times to race

TORREGOLF.EU at La Peraleja Tuesday 11th.February On a very cold and windy day but have to say dry, we had a full turn out of members to play this Sevi course and it has to be said that I am sure the conditions weather wise caused a day of very low scores and of course it does not help when one group of 4 finished up playing 2 holes out of sequence and were subsequently disqualified sure they need to go to Specsavers in order to read the course planner and when the so called sat nav showed that they were 700mtrs from the hole did they realise they were off course, ha!ha!. However, our President also had problems trying to cope with glasses that were over 10 years old that he had to use due to having broken his current set while back in the UK last week so thanks go to Brian Coombes who was his guide dog for the day to tell him where the ball was on the tee and where it finished up. Enough of the laughs and lets get down to the results of our usual Stableford Competetion Category 1. 1st. Ron Matthews 31 points on c/b from John Aitchison 3rd. Jim McVicar 28 and though all Torregolf members they are all members at La Peraleja so of course, course knowledge was certainly applied to achieve a clean sweep of all the prizes in this category. Category 2. 1st.Bernard Ball 33 points, 2nd. Tony

Mackman 27 and 3rd. George Hall 25 points

Leading scorer Jose Ruben then raced through the Cabezo defence only to be brought down in the area by the goalkeeper. A penalty was awarded but, surprisingly, no red card was shown to the keeper. Ruben duly despatched the penalty for his 12th goal of the season to make the score 6-3.

disputing a free kick from which Cabezo scored their seventh before Cecilio, after finally making an entrance, beat two defenders and fired home to make the final score 7-4.

Jose Rube, Tolo. Substitutes (used): Gilberto, Cecilio, Juanillo

Things got worse when Moha was sent off for a second yellow card after

Team: Noguera, Chema, Dani. Juan Andreo, Alfonso, Enrique, Tico, Moha, Randry,



Mazarron’s depressing start to 2014 continued with a 74 defeat at Atletico Cabezo de Torres leaving them with just two points from the five games played so far this year.

season from a corner for Racing who had worked all week on the training pitch to adjust this problem. A great win away from home under difficult conditions of terrible refereeing and ungentlemanly conduct from the home sides players which didn’t stop after the whistle when Fulgencio entered the Racing changing room throwing punches at Racing players right in front of the referee who just stood there and watched ! 3 - 2 final score and another 3 points for Racing. For further information on C.F. Racing Players de Orihuela who represent the Orihuela Costa region in the Valencian Federacion & Elche Brave leagues contact CDM on 965 503 915 or George on 679 77 44 88. The club have teams for all ages from 3 years to adult level and train at CDM sports centre Playa Flamenca. All coaches are qualified, legal & insured.


you wish to play with the arguably the friendliest Golf Society contact Ron Nicholson on 678849142 or email sanmigron@gmail. com Photo: Gold Category Winners – Silver Category Winners

Category 3. 1st. Christopher Rose 35 points 2nd. Steve James 32 points 3rd. Al Warnock 28 points. Good to have Mick the Grip with us to-day and receive a contribution from us to his recent sponsored hair cut for charity and we thank him for sponsoring the nearest the pins today which resulted in the prizes going to Hole 2. Steve James, Hole 7. Neil Brown, Holes 9. & 12. John Aitchison, Hole 16. Paul Hurrell and the 3rd. shot ntp on Hole 17 Bernard Ball. Our Full Monte Prize in recognition of our football team CD Montesinos and sponsored by Vince Lannon went to-day to Ian (Barber) Simmons. If you would like join us and enjoy golf at some of the best courses on the Costa’s then contact David Winder on 626 774 157 or email him at davidwinder. Photo to-day shows some of the very cold winners at La Peraleja. L-R.. George Hall, Tony Mackman, Bernard Ball, Al Warnock, Mick Reeves, Paul Hurrell, Steve James Christopher Rose and Jim McVicar

into a 5-1 lead with only 62 minutes played. Although Tolo scored with a long range effort to reduce the arrears 5 minutes later, an error by Noguera allowed Cabezo to restore their four goal lead almost immediately.

Man of the Match; Cecilio Mazarron’s next home game is at home to CD Juvenia on Sunday (16th February) kick off 16.30. Admission is 4€ for adults with juveniles free.


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Ship Hispaniola Minerva 1 Sporting Camposol 1 With three new players and came out of nowhere golf society in the first eleven started in a good shooting position

Monte kicked off on a dull Sunday afternoon in front of a boisterous crowd of 240, quickly getting on top of the opposition.

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After 10 minutes Marcos fired a fierce shot just past the post, then 2 minutes later Rodrigo opened the scoring giving their goalkeeper no chance, driving the ball past 2 defenders into the net. Next it was Orihuela’s chance to score but their tall no 11 headed just wide. Monte were now getting on top, and only 2 very good saves kept Orihuela in the game which then was made more difficult when Vaz was upended in the box. Sending the goalkeeper the wrong way Vaz took the penalty and made it 2-0 on the half hour. Another good save from Vaz just before half time left Juanpe with a decision to make. Would he push for a third or defend. When after just 5 minutes Angel had to go injured replaced by Diego Juanpe struck. 10 men back, Vaz up front on his own and try to ensure Orihuela did not get through. Christian made a great one handed save on 55 minutes and 5 minutes later made an even better save only to see it fall to

an opposing forward who from close range blasted his chance over the bar. It was all Orihuela now and wave after wave crashed against a determined rear guard. Vaz ran his socks off and forced their goalkeeper into making a couple of good saves, but with Monte now under pressure Dani came on for Omar. With time running out what seemed to be a sure goal was headed off the line and Monte fans breathed a sigh of relief. Carlos replaced Orourker who was standing in for the suspended Dimitry and on 90 minutes Christian pulled off another good save. Overall it was a good performance which saw Edu defending the area just inside his own half slowing the opposition attacks down. Micheal Elliott’s decision to name Christian as the Man of the match would not be questioned by anybody who saw the game. It was nice to see David at the game so soon after the second operation on his damaged knee, although it will probably be next season before he plays again. The name card was won by Vern with Man. united. Next week we go to Callosa Deportiva “B” and will leave bar Tabalache 1 hour before Kick-off. Match details will appear on our web site as soon as we know them.

Tuesday Night Trios Ten Pin Bowling League Week Nineteen played 11th February 2014

Tonight saw the Quarter Finals of the Cornish Pride Cup, sponsored by Shane and Sue Winfield of Cornish Pride Los Dolses. The fixture list threw up an intriging game, with Crazy Pinz taking on Lucky Strike and, they were paired against each other in the Cup. Lucky Strike took the first game by 10 pins, But with Eva Riitta Manninen bowling a 190 scratch game, CP took game 2 with a 610 handicap game. All came down to the third game and although LS took the game, they couldn’t claw but enough pins to claim the overall pinfall and, CP ran out winners by 77 pins. With the Dreamers taking on S***T Happens in the cup, they could only manage a total of 1666 bowling against Bar Mosquitos but, this was enough

to take a 7-1 points win against a lacklustre BM. Split Happens however, bowling against the Mixers on the night, were more than efficient, bowling a total of 1721 thus, enabling them to beat The Dreamers and, earning a 4 – 4 draw against The Mixers. Team Finland were only interested in their league position and, with all three bowling so consistently, they powered over Cabello Negro, whose Paku Hakonen’s 626 handicap series, wasn’t enough to prevent TF taking the game 8 – 0 and, with the other results going for them, moved to the top of the league. Splash moved easily into the semi finals of the cup, with a 4 – 4 draw against Los Lobos and, with all three bowlers bowling above their averages, blew away Los Bandidos in the Cup. It was a hard night for the league leaders Hall Y Day, and after three very close games a

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For 2014 we have joined forces with the Lo Marabu GS who play their monthly ‘social game’ the same days as us so we both benefit from the cost economies of scale for booking a larger group than would otherwise be the case. The weather forecast was ‘spot on’ with bright clear skies and extremely high winds and Las Ramblas is not for the faint hearted in these conditions and this reflected in some of the scores. The winning scores were as follows: 1st – Karen Matthews – 38 points 2nd – Ian Noad – 31 points 3rd – Darren Holden – 29 points Nearest the Pins – Karen, Tony F and Tony Casa We all returned to the Ship Hispaniola in La Mata for a hearty feed and refreshments prepared by Janet and her team with our thanks. Below are the fixtures arranged to date for this season 10 March - Font del Llop 14 April - La Serena 12 May - Mar Menor 8-9 June – Benidorm away trip 14 July – La Finca 11 August – Alicante Anyone wishing to join our society should contact Grant Goble on 667329772 or better still call in at the bar. Report by Mike Probert of Costa Blanca Green Fee Services on 966 704 752 or 661 345 931 or see us at our web-site at 4 – 4 result was a good result against Los Bandidos. Cornish Pride took on Juan’s Warriors, down on lanes 19 and 20 and, although JW took the second game, CP ran out 6 – 2 winners on the night. So they Semi final lineup for the Cornish Pride is: Crazy Pinz v Splash and Cabello Negro v Split Happens. These games will be played on the 4th March. The raffle raised a superb 113 euros and, our thanks to all that contributed prizes to the night.

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Sporting Camposol the match. Sporting started energetically. The first 20 minutes were two great chances created. From a magnificent pass from newcomer Joseda came Moha face to face with the goalkeeper of Minerva. He dribbled around the keeper and was able to shoot the bal in a empty goal. But out of nowhere came the No. 4 of Minerva with an ultimate sliding he saved on the goal line. Another lost opportunity. 6 minutes later, it was the new striker Pedro that ran through the defense. But his shot was missed also.

Then in the second part of the first half it was that Minerva had a lot of bal possession. But without being really dangerous. Five minutes before half time Minerva got a free kick on the right wing. The captain put the ball in the box. And out of nowhere was the top of the toe from the striker of Minerva and made the 1-0. But absolutely no reason to panic . In the second half, Sporting started strong with a lot of forward pressure . From a corner in the 16th minute was the central defender Ahmed who headed just wide. After 15 minutes in the second half Sporting came with the first sub. Left winger Checko had to leave the field for Dani . With this change Sporting tried even more pressure on the defense of Minerva. Oosterhof was clearly not satified and brought another sub. surprisingly it was left winger Moha that was substituted for Daniel Scott . He was just in the field

. But the referee whistled for offside . However, this turned out not to be the case. And this would not be his last big mistake. In the 71st minute Sporting got a free kick . Captain Juan brought the ball into the box. In that action and everyone could see that the number 14 of Minerva stepped on purpose on the ankle of Boudia . This was a pure penalty . But surprisingly the red card went to Boudia .

Why ...... nobody knows. This brought more fire in the squad Oosterhof. The Same number 14 kicked a few minutes later on purpose midfielder Joseda. This too was a clear red card. But again the referee saw nothing wrong. Sporting Hello


sport pushed Minerva completely back in the last minutes of the game. And in the last minute there was justice. Joseda send with a beautiful pass Pedro away on the left side. Pedro passed the ball to Dani and with an excellent shot he made the deserved 1-1. coach Oosterhof: ¨ super the boys played fantastic, especially in the second half Three new players why? ¨Well nothing special, I’m happy with the guys we have, but if players with those qualties calling me than I don´t say no¨. ¨These guys have special qualities and if they for some reason are not satisfied with their club and we can use them then they are welcome¨

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