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Arts and crafts in the Lumberjack Festival in Cofrentes

On 3 May Cofrentes celebrates its La Maderada festival for the seventh time. That same weekend Amata will organise, for the second year running, an Arts and Crafts market. Perhaps Cofrentes is not just around the corner, but the combination of wandering round a pretty village, watching the Lumberjack Festival activities and visiting an original craft market makes for a good excuse to spend a weekend here. As the name suggests, the festival has something to do with wood (madera in Spanish). In the 18th and 19th century most people in Cofrentes earned a living by floating timber along the rivers Cabriel and Jucar to the coast. On Saturday 3 May the good burghers of Cofrentes don colourful black smocks and a gaily coloured neckerchiefs, pick up their punting poles and march to the banks of the river Cabriel. There the rafts and their crew are blessed,

and then ferried across the river to the other side of the village. All very colourful and quite authentic. Now the real feast starts, with an extensive breakfast of “tortas” and “pasteles” washed down with “zurracapote” (a local version of sangria), followed by folk dancing and a giant paella, a lot of music and the odd outburst of frivolity. And of course there is a lovely Arts and Crafts fair, with all its attractive wares. The craft fair is organised by Amata, the same craft association that brought some thirty stalls to this village last year. Besides the people who came last year with leather chess boards, artfully carved rings and hair pins from bone and wood as well as a smith with realistic forged and hammered roses, there are people with wooden toys (makes a change from all those colourful mass-produced plastic

toys), puppets, ceramic ware, decorated boxes as well as jewelry using macramé and semi-precious stones, aluminium, enamel, copper and cunningly wrought iron. All made by the people on the stall not for nothing has Amata registered the slogan Artesanía de Autor! The market is held next to the castle and is open Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 May from 11 to 2 and from 5 to 9. This year the market has the circus as theme; two acrobats show off their skills accompanied by two enthusiastic drummers. Young visitors can pick up the odd skill in various workshops and their parents can restore the inner man (and woman) in the small tavern that forms part of the market. The village of Cofrentes is itself worth a visit, with small picturesque streets more suitable for heavily laden donkeys than modern cars. There

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Cala Mosca - The Real Truth Cala Mosca as it stands right now is an eyesore, inaccessible to residents and visitors who would like to enjoy what it has to offer. Our green party mayor, the Claro leader and PSOE’s Carolina Gracia made headlines this week with the impression that they were “Saving Cala Mosca” which has already been aesthetically destroyed by the developer but no one in the current green government has done anything positive in the last 3 years and the Claro leader has not proposed or pressed for any measure to finally improve Cala Mosca in a satisfactory way.

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mayor has done absolutely nothing to improve the situation except have photo opportunities on Cala Mosca and demanding that the European parliament do the work that he should be doing. Claro leader Bob Houliston has not done much more and instead of flying off to a photo opportunity in Brussels he could exert pressure his third ally to do the work required to finalise the long awaited environmental impact report which will be needed to adjust the building project drafted by the developer. Why are the residents of Orihuela Costa paying for this headline catching jaunt to Brussels for these 3 councillors who will no doubt claim that they were on council business of the highest importance. The mayor and his minority government should do their well-paid jobs here first. They should urgently organise the report and send it urgently to Valencia so the Spanish authorities can forward it to Brussels. Many onlookers are asking if this jaunt is a reward for the two people who illegally saved the mayor from being removed from office. The Claro leader spent months criticizing the green mayor because he did nothing to expedite the problems at Cala Mosca but since Christmas he has wholeheartedly supported this shamelessly lazy publicity seeking mayor. There is rarely public sympathy for property developers but to be totally fair to the developer Gomendio, he did pay good money for seafront land; he legally got planning permission and put in the infrastructure as requirement by planning permission. The developer wasn’t stopped from building by the Orihuela town hall; it was the huge drop in demand for property that stopped the

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Sewol sinking As South Korea mourns those lost in the ferry Sewol disaster, the captain has been arrested and a guilt-racked teacher has taken his life. The vice-principal of Danwon High School in the Seoul suburb of Ansan hanged himself yesterday, tortured with remorse and guilt for having been rescued from the ship, leaving behind more than 300 of his students, most of whom never made it off the vessel. “Please put all the blame on me,” Kang Min-kyu, wrote in a suicide note. “I cannot go on living when the lives of so many students are not known. I was the one who carried on this school trip. Please burn my body and shred it over the scene of the accident.” After he was rescued Mr Kang, 52, repeatedly said, “I’m sorry, I’m sorry,” while refusing medical attention. A diabetes sufferer, he was trying to help students get off when he collapsed and was rescued unconscious by helicopter. Part of the transcript of exchanges between Jeju Vessel Traffic Services Centre (VTS) on Jeju Island and the ‘Sewol’ have been released by the Ministry of

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it’s impossible to move. Jeju VTS: Yes, OK. Please wear life jackets and prepare as the people might have to abandon ship. ‘Sewol’: It’s hard for people to move. Jeju VTS: Yes, got it. 9:05am ‘Sewol’: Harbour affairs Jeju, do you have reception of ‘Sewol’? Jeju VTS: Yes, this is harbour affairs Jeju, ‘Sewol’. ‘Sewol’: What’s going on with the coastguard? Jeju VTS: Yes, we have notified the coastguard. Currently we are calling Jindo VTS and Wando VTS. Please hold for a moment. The transcript seems almost matter-of-fact on both sides - there was no indication of immediate alarm as harbour control advised: “Please wear life jackets and prepare as the people might have to abandon ship.” Even the next words: “It’s hard for people to move,” only prompted the response from Jeju “Yes, got it.” Reports after the ship began to list indicate its 475 passengers and crew – including 325 high school students and 15 teachers – were all getting off in orderly fashion. A teacher assured anxious parents at Ansan that their sons and

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The first round of the Spanish supermoto championship takes place at the Chicharra Karting circuit in Villena, Alicante on Sunday 27th April. With both of the Ford-Dunn brothers from Murcia competing in the open and Master championship classes the action is sure to be fast and exciting. The Chicharra race circuit features a variety of both high and low speed corners before the riders fire themselves off one of the faster curves into the off road section with high speed jumps and turns before rejoining the circuit to complete the lap. The racing is always close in the tight and technical circuit. Mat and Anthony Ford-Dunn have been busy already this season with both brothers taking a double win each, in their respective classes at the first round of the Catalan championship held back in March. But their next biggest challenge comes over the Easter weekend when the brothers travel to France for the first round of

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Table-top sale at Lui’s Lounge bar raises €339

The table-top sale held at Lui’s lounge at Caravan Camping, San Javier, on 5th April raised €339 for the charity, HELP Murcia Mar Menor. As no assistance from provincial or local government is received by HELP M.M.M., all time devoted and donations received are greatly appreciated. Doreen Sykes expressed many thanks to members of staff at Lui’s lounge and everyone who donated items or assisted at the sale. The Friendship Group met again at

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CANTABILE female voice choir are pleased to present a St. George’s Day concert at La Siesta Church on Wednesday April 23rd, starting at 7:30pm. Entrance is free with a retiring collection. Cantabile’s music will be a mixture of sacred, classical and traditional songs, ranging from Mozart, Schubert, Brahms and Handel to more modern pieces by Vaughan Williams, Ronald Binge, John Williams and Howard Shore. The choir is accompanied by Christine Eames and conducted by Jennifer Morton. If you enjoy singing to a good standard, Cantabile are always on the lookout for new members. In particular at present, we need more sopranos, though mezzos and contraltos are equally welcome. Rehearsals take place at La Siesta Church on Fridays, 3-5pm. Anyone interested in hearing more about the choir and their concerts should contact Jennifer on 966796866, or email jen-morton@hotmail.co.uk.

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Well spring has really sprung in Murcia ! We had a mini heat wave mid April with temperatures nearly touching 30 ! And I noticed some of our holidaying visitors swimming in pools ! ……. Brrrrrrr still be July before I get in ! We have had so little rain this winter that I wonder how the water supplies are ……… have heard no remarks about possible shortages but ……….. I think I have had to water the garden every week this winter ……… normally I do get nature doing that once in a while ! The UK seemed to get our share and more ! And what we did get had the Sahara Red dust in it and I have still not fully cleared up all the outside from that !!! TV NEWS ……….. keeping on the Red Rain Dust story ……… the week we got it and it went all the way up in the atmosphere to northern Europe – yes Brits had red rain - I had lots of calls about bad TV reception ……….. Which disappeared after the dust “storm” went ……….. With our signals so low now that dust did have an effect on signals and thus reception. The new signals we have from the new satellite are so much weaker than before ……….. Any weather disturbance – and that can be turbulence you can not see in the SKY – will affect your reception. Have you been flying when the plane hits turbulence without warning that the pilot could not see ? Well if that turbulence is between your dish and the satellite you may have a reception issue until it passes over. I have said this before but at least we do have some UK satellite TV after the massive changes of a few weeks ago ……. Further down the coast to the west they have no mainstream UK TV signals at all ! - Holiday makers come to Murcia where your favourite soaps are still available ! Beware of so called satellite TV “installers” coming out of the woodwork with promises of returning your TV to pre change quality with “magic” tools and “magic” boxes ………… if there is money to be made the rogues will be there and they will take your money and oddly not answer the phone after that ! Use an established TV supply company who have been around a while and will stay around after this all settles ……… if there are magic boxes and magic tools available we will all know about them and have them in our armoury of fixes ! At the end of the day it’s all about getting enough signal into a decent digibox tuner to produce a decent 24/7 picture. That now means big satellite dishes and decent quality equipment all the way down the cable to the TV. We at Rainbow consider that the only correct option is to turn your TV on and watch what you want, on the region you want whenever you want. That with the new weak signals we have is not entirely a 100% option but we can get very close to it. Swapping regions at various times of the day …….. Watching on a plus1 channel ……….. is, for us, not decent TV. Those of you with FREESAT HD boxes will have noted that the BBC have prioritised the HD channels i.e. moving BBC2HD to the 102 slot and BBC2SD relegated to the old HD slot of 109. Fine but for us generally the HD channels are weaker signals and may have some issues …………. If you find that then search around - all the old stronger signal SD versions are tucked away in the listings somewhere ! We still have great value Sports and Movie packs available …….. Just ask for details …………. And finally if you have no where for that huge dish now required we have a variety of internet TV packs ……… no dish required but good internet is …………. Again ask for details. Article sponsored by RAINBOW SATELLITES ……. The Murcia Company for all your TV needs. Contact Alan or Matt for free friendly advise – rainbowsats@gmail. org or (0034) 686 358 475. We still have not updated our website after the significant changes but we will soon ……….. It still has some good basic information – www.rainbowsats. org.

You would think butter would melt in their mouths. Do not be fooled these are murderesses ! Only in Rascals new show The Best of Times is now. This lively colourful show is a true variety with different genres of song and dance interspersed by comedy items to put a smile on your face. Snippets from other popular musicals, Oliver, Chicago & the Blues Bros are included in this production. The Spice Girls even pay a visit. Another big scene is when you visit Talk of the Town where you will meet Crystal Gayle, Lady Gaga, Adele, Susan Boyle Michael Buble and Amy Whinehouse and enjoy a Bollywood Dance in authentic costumes.. The cast have had the best of times rehearsing

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Hello and welcome to CanDu Computer Bytes. Before I get started today I would like to say a big “thank you” to a superb bloke that turned up to my clinic on Friday afternoon, at Jack’s Bar in Albox (advertising finished) and after saying he had been reading my articles for the past 2 years he then expressed his amusement about my attitudes, nailing it beautifully on the head, concerning my getting ‘On My Soapbox’. I would like to say “Lesson learned”, but I will try to keep my passions (pet hates) under better control :-) (at least until next week). Let’s get started with something that I read about earlier this week concerning DropBox checking out what was in YOUR box. Did you know that every time you use ‘Dropbox’ to upload valuable files that you wish to share with everyone else in you group, Dropbox, without the slightest breach of your personal rights, can read the contents of you dropbox for propitiatory software and anything else that they have been asked to look out for. Doesn’t Dropbox, and for that matter just about every other ‘online’ storage facility encrypt your information? Yes, they do, to ensure that even the employees of the storage facility can not ‘just have a quick look’! Most claim that it takes a document issued by the courts before they would even consider releasing ‘sensitive’ information (YOUR INFORMATION) to an outside authority. Google and Microsoft make similar claims but recent history would indicate the fallacy of that statement (the soapbox is out again – sorry!). So how does Dropbox know that you have something that ‘Big Brother’ says you shouldn’t have? Hashing! This isn’t the process of turning meat and potatoes into something

simple but delicious (sorry any vegetarians out there), it is the process of calculating a very long resulting number by an even more complicated calculation. We have touched on it before under the section of encryption and passwords some time ago but now is a good time to actually understand how hashing can allow you to read something without actually reading anything! Confused? Just wait, it gets better! Breaking hashing down to a very simple example. I created a simple ASCII text file of 1 letter (‘a’) NOT (‘A’). The result of the calculation was very different from the letter (‘b’) or (‘A’) or (‘B’). a == 0cc175b9c0f1b6a831c399e269772661 A == 7fc56270e7a70fa81a5935b72eacbe29 b == 92eb5ffee6ae2fec3ad71c777531578f B == 9d5ed678fe57bcca610140957afab571 Now consider a word, a phrase, a paragraph, a complete novel or even the collected works of Shakespeare. Every last one would generate a UNIQUE number. Change 1 letter in any of the above and you would generate a different UNIQUE number to the one it had! This method works just as well with binary files as it does with ASCII files. So using this method, anyone can check out anything, WITHOUT having to open the file, simply by comparing the generated number to a list of hash numbers already created and find out whether it was the same one or not! The comforting thing is that no matter what the file might contain, your rights to privacy haven’t been in the least bit violated! So on that note I will say Adios and wait for my next new client to call. Have a lovely week.

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

Al ‘Scarface’ Capone Alphonse ‘Al’ Capone was born to respectable Italian parents in Brooklyn in 1899; one of nine children he left school at 14 after hitting a teacher in the face. He worked in a bowling alley where he met Johnny Torrio a gangster who recruited him to his James Street Boys gang. Torrio mentored Al teaching him to always project a smart and respectable image. He got the nickname Scarface after he insulted a woman and her brother Frank Gallucio had attacked him with a knife. Torrio ordered Capone to apologise to the family and later Capone employed Frank as a bodyguard. At 19 Capone married an Irish Catholic Mae Coughlin; then under 21 his parents had to give permission. Johnny Torrio had previously relocated to Chicago to run a brothel business for his boss Big Jim Colosimo. In 1919 shortly after marrying, Capone moved to Chicago to assist Torrio. Big Jim was soon killed (reputedly by Capone), with Johnny taking over. Prohibition started in 1920 giving new opportunities for Capone and his boss. Chicago, on the edge of Lake Michigan made it easy to import Canadian whiskey. Only a day’s drive away are New York

braben’s blog... Food Glorious Food

Did you know, in March the biggest hot dog in the world was grilled? Apparently it weighed over 125 pounds. My advice is though, don’t do it! No, really don’t. Don’t eat either that hot dog or any other of the species. Yes, they’re unhealthy, yes they may have more excess calories than you can shake a stick at, but they’re not the reasons why you should avoid them like the plague. People have choked trying to swallow their hot dog...whole! Like me, you probably find it difficult to imagine how anyone could swallow a hot dog whole. A peanut I can understand, a liquorice allsort I can just about imagine, but a hot dog? Yes I know a snake can do wondrous things with its jaws to swallow prey twice its size, but even they may think twice about swallowing some of those huge hot dogs on offer-especially the one that weighed in at 125 pounds! Once I’d stumbled upon this fact I couldn’t resist looking for some more dangerous foods. I wanted to find examples of some seriously dangerous food that‘s eaten, voluntarily around the world. It didn’t take me very long to find some! Sannakji. This is Wriggling Octopus to you and I, but to diners in Korea, where the still moving legs of a baby octopus are eaten raw, it is heaven. Sounds awful doesn’t it. What’s really scary about this though is that the suckers still function and can stick to the insides of the person enjoying the meal-if enjoying is the right word! According to statistics, around six people a year die this way. I think it’s about time they risked McDonalds! Then there’s African Bullfrog. If you’re ever in Namibia, there are places you can get this delicacy . But be warned, first of all it’s illegal and secondly, it’s lethal! You have to make sure that you cook this after the third rain and then be sure to check mating season has finished. Look as hard as you like, you won’t find instructions like that in Delia’s books! But never mind wriggling octopus tentacles, poisonous bullfrogs or giant hot dogs, I’ve found the most dangerous food and it’s in most peoples’ kitchens. Kellogg’s Frosties. One look at that stuff and, in an instant, you’ve got a huge rampant tiger frolicking about in your kitchen scaring the kids-now that’s what I call dangerous! Graham is married to Helen and has a daughter, Alice. He lives part of the year near Albox, but works in Qatar, teaching. If you wish to contact Graham regarding this article email: helenandg@yahoo.co.uk

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and Atlantic City so Rum and Scotch whisky were smuggled in. Two of Al’s brothers worked for him, Ralph ran his beer brewing and bottling business, Frank was sharp suited like Al with a reputation for violence and was his enforcer. By chance a third brother James became a prohibition agent, In 1923 a new Chicago Mayor started to clean up the city and Torrio sent Al and his brother Frank to a suburb called Cicero were they infiltrated the Republican run council putting the leader Klenha and others on the mob payroll, then it was easy to transfer brothels, gambling dens and speakeasies to the area. Al appointed Frank as council liaison, so when in 1924 the Democrats tried to win local elections Frank had men armed with machine guns and shotguns at polling booths to ensure locals ‘voted right.’ In response Chicago Police sent plain clothes reinforcements. Al and Frank mistook the policemen as rival gang members and a shootout ensued leaving Frank dead. Al was heartbroken at the loss of his brother and retaliated by kidnapping officials killing one of them and stealing ballot boxes

ensuring Klenha won again. Torrio retired and returned to Italy after a failed assassination attempt and left the business to Capone. By this time even the new Mayor of Chicago was being bribed and Capone’s businesses were turning over a $100 million a year. Capone courted the press and was often photographed at restaurants and

the opera. He was a philanthropist too setting up soup kitchens during the Great Depression and gave lots of money to charity. Once after a failed attempt on his life had resulted in the injury of a mother and son, he paid the hospital bills. Strangely the police never had enough evidence to convict Capone on any charges. He used cash for everything to avoid a paper trail but after buying and renovating a mansion in Florida the government used that as evidence to jail him for 9 years in 1931 for tax evasion. Capone almost got away with it but his plan to bribe the jury was discovered and the jurors were switched at the last moment. Capone bought special privileges whilst inside at first but then got transferred to a new prison - Alcatraz. Here he couldn’t communicate with his gang and with prohibition ending in 1935 business dried up. Capone suffered from syphilis and was released in 1939 to Florida a very sick man. The disease attacked his brain leaving him with a mental age of a child. He died quietly at home surrounded by family in 1947 aged just 48!


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The housing market appears to be entering a new phase after several years of depression. According to the latest statistics from the General Council of Notaries, based on actual transactions, the number of home sales in February rose by 39.8%, to 26,602 transactions, compared to the same month of 2013. Prices also increased, by 0.6%. “The rebound in home sales in recent months (in January they surged by 59.2%) can be explained, in part, by the normalization of the figures after the end of the income tax deductions for home purchases at the end of 2012, but also reflects a stabilization in the monthly sales”, said the Notaries’ press release.

The increase in transactions is reflected in all segments of the residential property market. Sales of private apartments soared by 38.5% (41.4% in used homes and 24.1% in new homes) and transactions on individual family homes registered growth of up to 50.5%. With regard to apartment prices, El Mundo reported that the Notaries recorded a slight increase in the cost of housing transmitted during the second month of 2014, of 0.6%, although much less than the increase recorded in January, when it was 8.9%, which they say “appears to show some signs of stabilization in the market”. Thus, they put the average price of the homes sold at 1,189 euros per square meter. By type, in the case of apartments this increase amounted to 0.4% and, within this segment of housing, the free price apartments did not register any

increase in their prices per square meter, remaining at 1,307 euros. The price of second-hand apartments stood at 1,261 euros per square meter (-0.2% year-onyear) and the price of new apartments was 1,575 euros per square meter (0.7% year-on-year). The average price of an individual family home was 972 euros per square meter, with an increase of 3.2% yearon-year. In the case of free price family homes, the average price was 976 euros per square meter (+2.5% year-on-year). According to the notaries, “in line with the growth in purchases”, the contracting of external financing is also increasing. The number of mortgage loans for home purchase has climbed by 35.9%. Mortgage values, on the other hand, have reduced their average amount by 6.8%, to stand at 104,157 euros. The notaries also stated that the percentage of the home purchases financed by a mortgage stood at 34%, and that with this type of purchase, the amount of the loan assumed an average of 75.6% of the price of the home, slightly more than in recent months. In light of the recent data, the notaries pointed out that “February again registered a recovery in terms of yearon-year rates for housing purchases and prices, which could be an indication of a turnaround in the sector or at least the end of the depressive spiral”. Source: www. http://web.orange.co.uk/

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WITH MICHAEL DAVIES, ABOGADO/SOLICITOR If you wish us to print an article about a particular topic, please e-mail info@daviessolicitors.com VERY IMPORTANT: A NEW DIRECTIVE FROM THE EUROPEAN UNION MAKES IT NECCESARY FOR ENGLISH PEOPLE RESIDENT IN SPAIN TO REVISE THEIR SPANISH WILLS. Q. A solicitor spoke the other day on television about the new directive 650/2012 explaining that is was essential that people retired in a country different of their country of nationality within the European Union revise their wills. What is all this about? A. This regulation of the EU 650/2012 deals with different things, but the reason English citizens need to look at their will is that this new Regulation of the EU establishes that: When a person dies resident in one country of the European Union but national of another, the law applicable to his inheritance will be the one that he/she has established expressly in his will and not the one established by the International Norms of each country (which may be in conflict). This is good news because an English national living in Spain can establish that he/she wishes English Law to rule his/her inheritance and this will avoid any possible risk of claims from children against the spouse on the basis of the system of obligatory heirs established in Spanish law, which has always caused worry and concern in the case of children from different marriages etc. If a person passes away after the 17th of August of 2015, unless he has said differently on his will the legislation applicable to his inheritance will be that of his country of last residence. This is very important for English people living in Spain, because under Spanish

law you cannot leave everything to your wife as 2/3 of the estate have to be left to children. In other words if you are resident of Spain, have children and do not establish on your will that you wish English Law (your national law ) to rule your inheritance your Spouse will not be allowed to receive his/her full inheritance as it would contradict the Spanish rules of obligatory heirs which would be applicable automatically because of the new regulation. Consequences: 1. If you have children but have made a will leaving all assets to your spouse, make sure that you have clearly stated on your will that you wish your national law (English law) to rule your inheritance. If you have not, then you need to speak to a solicitor about this new European directive and add this statement to your will. 2.If you are married and you have been concerned with possible claims by your spouses children against your estate this risk can be completely removed by your spouse stating on her/his will that it should be English law that rules the inheritance. Conclusion: Due to the substantial changes that it introduces the directive allows up to August of 2015 for it to be in force and therefore giving all those affected (anyone national of a European Union country resident in another) time to have their wills changed accordingly. The sooner you make sure that your will is in order the better. Michael Davies. Abogado.

Michael Davies is a Spanish Abogado and has been practicing law in Andalucia  since 1993.  He is member of the Law societies of Almería and Madrid. For a short period of time leading up to 2007 he was also Honorary British Consul.


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To the gentleman who handed over a small bag of coins in appreciation for the treatment given by FAST on an emergency call out, to all the businesses helping to collect money from the public by displaying the FAST

tins. We wish to thank the ‘CAMPOSOL GOLF ASSOCIATION’ for organizing such a great evening at the Club House, holding a ‘Charity Race Night’ with the proceeds of € 685 being shared between FAST, MABS and

CRUZ ROJA. Thank you all for such an enjoyable evening too! Jim Underdown M.B.E. recently presented FAST with another donation - a cheque for €234.00 this being the final amount following the closure of the ‘LIONS COUNTRY CLUB’. Thanks also to the Club House for paying half the entertainment costs for ‘BEAT THE BUZZER’ night making €70 profit for FAST. Thank you Keavy for donating the amount of €540 to FAST- taken as entrance fees to the ‘ARTISAN FAYRE’ in March, to Jose Navarro for inviting FAST to carry out a demonstration at the Fiesta De San Jose at El Saladillo – such an enjoyable day shared with so many friendly local people, to Gina Barker, and the LEOS for the opportunity to be involved with their Sponsored Walk- FAST thanks you all! Don’t forget to buy tickets for the ‘MAY BALL’ on FRIDAY 16th MAY at the ‘AMAPOLA RESTAURANT’ dancing to ‘TERRY JAY’. Enjoy a 3 Course Meal with wine for €25 per person. Coach available - €5. PLEASE NOTE: that due to unforeseen circumstances it has been necessary to alter the date of the ‘FAST MAY FAYRE’! This will NOW be on SATURDAY 17th MAY at ‘MARIANOS’. For info, to book or purchase tickets for Events and Raffles visit – Brenda, Jean and Team - Sector B, Friday mornings or phone: Brenda: 680 174 499/Jean: 646 737 479. Contributions will also be gratefully received towards a FAST Tombola or the forthcoming TABLE TOP SALE – Saturday 28th June at Avenida de los Covachos –D8 Neptuno 1512 – 10.00

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a.m. Visit the FAST RECRUITMENT STALL on Sector B, where Val Taylor and other members of the FAST Team will be happy to chat to you. You can learn more about First Aid, perhaps try out your skills and obtain information about becoming a FAST Responder? To be part of the FAST Team is such rewarding voluntary work! Full Training is given with no previous experience required, choosing the hours to fit in with your personal life and providing so much to the Camposol Community! DEMONSTRATIONS by Members of the FAST Team can be booked to show and teach simple emergency first aid procedures. Always useful to be able to carry out something rather than nothing! COMPLAINTS to, or about FAST are extremely rare! Recently two Responders, on separate day duties, were questioned as to why the FAST cars were being used whilst awaiting a possible call out. We wish to remind everyone that when on duty, all emergency calls are, and have always been, given priority over anything else! FAST Members give their time voluntarily, with some on duty for 84 hours plus, each month. Businesses on Camposol are used to seeing a FAST Responder suddenly leave goods behind on receiving an emergency call and returning later on to continue shopping! Visit: www.fastcamposol.com Paddy & John Snell


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With retirement savings dwindling, more and more of us are wondering if we’ll be able to retire as planned. Many baby boomers, especially, will have to keep working long past traditional retirement age just to make up for the beating their retirement plans have taken in recent years. Or maybe not...

take up a new activity once they move.

It’s quite possible that you can still retire as planned…and maybe even retire earlier than expected. How? By retiring overseas... A foreign retirement isn’t for everyone, of course. Family obligations may be an issue for some people. Others might not be comfortable in a place where they don’t speak the language. But if you’re the adventuresome type…or if you’ve dreamed of living in an exotic location–maybe on a sultry tropical beach, in a pristine mountain hideaway, or in a sophisticated, culturally rich city–with better weather and a lower cost of living, retirement overseas may be for you. If you dream of moving overseas, you probably look forward to a low-stress, affordable lifestyle. It’s likely to be a healthier lifestyle, too. Here are some reasons why....

Warm climate

If you’re near the sea, for instance, swimming or strolling the beach may become part of your new routine. If you live in a city, you may soon be walking to shops and markets, or just exploring your new home town on foot. When adventure or fresh discoveries lie around every corner, long walks don’t feel like exercise.

Healthy eats

With a warm climate comes a long growing season for fruits and vegetables. Expats often praise the quality and freshness of the produce they can buy locally. You can choose to eat junk food if you want. But fresh, exotic produce can tempt you to eat more healthily. If you do, your health—not to mention your taste buds—will thank you.

Most of us dream of retiring someplace warm. Snow and cold are things we gladly leave behind with our old 9-to-5 lives. And when the weather is warm and sunny, it’s easy to spend more time outside in the fresh air.

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He was “The little boy from Wales who always wanted to sing. The opera of my life” is what he called this biopic. Directed by David Frankel ( The Devil Wears Prada) the film has a good cast of well-known stars. I’m not a fan of James Corden but must agree that he excels himself as Paul Potts with Alexandra Roach as Julz who is endearing with her humour and supportive outlook. Julie Walters is a down-to-earth, lovable mum full of encouragement although Colm Meaney as Roland, Paul’s father is discouraging, a typical working-class Alpha male. Paul’s story begins in 1985 in Port Talbot, Wales and it covers the period up to his success on BGT in 2007 with Nessun Dorma. It is based on a true story with a number of embellishments for our entertainment and amusement. It has been compared to Billy Elliott with the rags to riches and feel-good factor. As a child, he seemed prone to accidents and bullying so we see him as a 9 and then a 14 year old running away from the same bullies. Matthew is the leader and he uses a bike chain to scar Paul. A ruthless thug. Since he was a child he had wanted to sing and listen to opera and this was probably one of the reasons why he was bullied. “The more I sang the more they bullied me.” Roland, his father was disappointed in him. He wanted him to get a proper job like working in the steelworks but this didn’t suit our boy so he continued to work at the Car Phone Warehouse selling mobile phones. It was Braddon,

One Chance Film Review based on the rise to fame of Paul Potts

his boss who became a bit irritated with his lethargic attitude towards Julz, a relationship that existed of texts and emails so he arranged an actual meeting and the relationship took off. Opera was about expressing feelings. It was beautiful, exciting and dramatic and very different from Paul’s mundane life. He was only truly happy immersed in it. Julz was delighted for him. He wanted to visit Venice and be coached professionally. There was also the possibility of seeing his idol Pavarotti. He won a local talent competition dressed as Canio a clown which enabled him to visit Venice. You can imagine the jeering he tolerated before captivating his audience and receiving a standing ovation. You’ll see some stunning scenes in Venice. He did meet Pavarotti but in One Chance his audition did not impress the maestro. He is deflated and beaten feeling that he has blown his one chance although he is given an opportunity to play the leading role in Aida when he has an appendicitis. Once they stop the bleeding they discover a tumour on his thyroid and Paul faced the possibility of losing his voice. Six months later his singing voice returns and he is so excited that he becomes careless and gets knocked down by a car and sustains some serious injuries leaving him on disability for more than a year and dependent on medication. And it’s when he is recovering that he sees a pop-up poster advertising BGT in 2007 that he tosses a coin. Should he enter? Julz is delighted when he is called to audition.

Amanda Holden was sarcastic and the audience jeered as he stepped on to the stage but once he began to sing Nessun Dorma( None Shall Sleep) the audience and judges were mesmerised by this talented man. Simon Cowell told him “This was a complete breath of fresh air.” He received a standing ovation and went on to win BGT. As you all know, he then recorded his first album and went on tour. The highlight was performing in front of the Queen at the Royal Albert Hall. It’s an enjoyable film, good all-round family entertainment even if you don’t like opera! REVIEW it by Carol Naylor. www.carolnaylor.blogspot.com / www.carolesleynaylor.wordpress. com naylorcl@hotmail.es

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pause for thought I do hope you’ve all had an enjoyable Easter, and not feeling any ill effects from eating too many Easter Eggs! We spent the run-up to Easter at our daughter’s on the outskirts of Preston, encouraging our grandchildren as they decorated boiled eggs ready for the egg-rolling competition, which, in a centuries-long tradition, attracts many thousands of visitors to Avenham Park each Easter Monday, when various groups compete to see who can roll their eggs the furthest. A fascinating custom, which is of course loosely based on the amazing Easter story of the moving of the stone that sealed his grave when Jesus rose from the dead. The birth, life and death of Jesus are comparatively easy for us to accept in this sceptical age, but his resurrection, so pivotal to Christian faith, is much more of a challenge. Yet each of the four Gospel writers agree that it happened. Jesus died, his body placed in a tomb, which was sealed with a very large rock, which was then guarded by soldiers to ensure no-one could steal his remains. Yet 40 hours later the rock had been moved aside, the body was missing and the Guards were asserting that in dereliction of their duty, they’d fallen asleep, allowing the followers of Jesus to remove his remains without waking them! To be honest I find the Biblical explanation that an angel moved the stone and Jesus came back to life rather less difficult to believe. And his followers were so certain of his resurrection that they refused to modify their story even under torture and threat of death. So I’m pretty comfortable with that Gospel account, accepting that, by definition God must be beyond the power of death. And that one, small, entirely logical step of faith, brings with it the bonus of trusting him with those who’ve died, confident that all who had faith in him will with him in due time be raised themselves, so that we shall be forever with the Lord. Details of a number of English Language Churches are given in Sol Noticeboard; for any wishing to Worship, whilst additionally, further information about the Anglican Church in this area may be seen on the web site www. mojacarchurch.org Duncan Burr is Licensed Lay Reader for the Anglican Chaplaincy of Costa Almeria and Costa Cálida and may be contacted at djburr@avired.com


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Fun Brain Teasers with Answers to Challenge your Mind 1. Which Joan starred in ‘What ever happened to Baby Jane’? .......................................................................................... 2. Which part of your body does an orthodontist look after? .......................................................................................... 3. Is Sweden a Kingdom or a Republic? .......................................................................................... 4. What type of plant is associated with a viticulturist? .......................................................................................... 5. Which film contains the song ‘Hi Ho’? .......................................................................................... 6. For which country did Gavin Hastings play Rugby Union? .......................................................................................... 7. Which ice dance partnership performed to Ravel’s Bolero? .......................................................................................... 8. Which song contains the line ‘Feed the World’? .......................................................................................... 9. What are the initials of the painter ‘Lowry’? .......................................................................................... 10. What ‘flock together’? .......................................................................................... 11. What relationship is Queen Elizabeth II to Prince William? .......................................................................................... 12. In which continent is Mount Kilimanjaro? .......................................................................................... 13. What did ‘Old Mother Hubbard’ keep in her cupboard? .......................................................................................... 14. What meat is used in Cock-a-Leekie soup? .......................................................................................... 15. What do Americans call a dinner jacket? .......................................................................................... 16. William Claude Dukenfield used his first two initials to become who? .......................................................................................... 17. What are Cobol, Java and Fortran? .......................................................................................... 18. Which sporting trophy did Bradford jewellers ‘Fattorini’s’ make? .......................................................................................... 19. What are secateurs used for? .......................................................................................... 20. How many leaves are there on a shamrock? ..........................................................................................

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• Every day 20 banks are robbed. The average take is $2,500! • The most popular first name in the world is Muhammad! • Tablecloths were originally meant to be served as towels with which dinner guests could wipe their hands and faces after eating! • Tourists visiting Iceland should know that tipping at a restaurant is considered an insult! • One car out of every 230 made was stolen last year! • The names of Popeye’s four nephews are Pipeye, Peepeye, Pupeye, and Poopeye! • Until the nineteenth century, solid blocks of tea were used as money in Siberia! • The Nobel Peace Prize medal depicts three naked men with their hands on each other’s shoulders! • When glass breaks, the cracks move faster than 3,000 miles per hour. To photograph the event, a camera must shoot at a millionth of a second! • A lightning bolt generates temperatures five times hotter than those found at the sun’s surface! • A violin contains about 70 separate pieces of wood! • It is estimated that 4 million “junk” telephone calls, phone solicitations by persons or programmed machine are made every day in the United States! • It takes glass one million years to decompose, which means it never wears out and can be recycled an infinite amount of times!

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Just last week, Stacey’s nieces and nephews met up to go to the cinema to see the latest blockbuster. From the clues below, can you determine the order in which they stood in the ticket queue? Sam was in front of Sarah. Stuart was behind Sandra and Sally. Sally was in front of Sharon and Steve. Sabrina was behind Stuart, Simon and Steve. Steve was in front of Sabrina, Simon and Shane. Shane was behind Simon, Sharon and Sabrina. Sandra was in front of Sarah. Simon was in front of Sam, Stuart and Sandra. Sarah was in front of Sharon. Sabrina was in front of Sam and Shane. Sarah was behind Sandra, Sally and Sabrina. Stuart was in front of Sarah. Simon was behind Sally.

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Lemon chicken with sugar snap peas

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On Saturday 12th Of March the business owners at the ever popular Villamartin Plaza held a charity fun day in the centre of the Plaza ground floor with a whole afternoon of free entertainment organised by Lionel, the bass guitarist of Soul Power . The entertainers who all provided their time completely free of charge once again were as follows, Classical singer Paul Michael, 5 piece soul band Soul Power, award winning male vocalist Dan Davy, female vocalist’s Ashley Tweddle, Gemma and female duet Venus, the sounds were once again

supplied and produced by DJ Snoopy. It was a great days free entertainment and the crowd were wowed by the fabulous sounds of the entertainers and danced away in the beautiful sunshine. The day was a fabulous success for the charity also as 943.45 euros was raised on the day by Maria and the Pink Ladies and Panthers on behalf of the AECC cancer charity to help with their early detection program, apart from the importance of raising much needed funds this

was also an opportunity once again for members of the public to book an early detection screening test with the Pink ladies and quite a number of people did so on the day.

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24th Samantha Curtis La Vida Sunset Bar Dona Pepa 24th Cherry K The Lounge Bar La Marina Start 5pm 25th Lynden B Captain Morgans Eagles Nest Comedy Show 25th Just Bono El Mundo’s Benimar 25th Gemma Hillside La Marina 25th JJ Soulman Que Pasa Villamartin Plaza 25th Andy Jones Emerald Isle La Florida 26th Vinny Mack Arches Cafe Bar Los Alcazares 26th Andy Jones The Club House Camposol Golf 26th Just Bono Fitzpatricks Lo Pagan Start 10.30pm 26th Diverse Pablos Bar Playa Flamenca 27th Lenny Mitchell The Snug Torre de la Horredada 27th Lynden B Inn at the Green Entre Naranjas 27th Cherry K Camping International La Marina Village Start 1pm 27th Nikki G Lansdowne Playa Flamenca 29th Lynden B Arches Cafe Bar Los Alcazares

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APRIL 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 JUNE Saturday 14th June - The MABS Shield Open Golf Competition – THE CLUBHOUSE, Camposol Playing format and entry info to be announced later. Thursday 19th June - ASCOT LADIES DAY – MABS CENTRE Camposol B JULY BBQ – 25TH July - MABS CENTRE Camposol B FORTHCOMING EVENTS MAY MUSIC MARATHON - Cañadas del Romero with Byron September dance date T.B.A. 26th October MABS Race for Life MABS Christmas Fayre - T.B.A. Event tickets on sale at the book stall between 10.00am and 1pm or from the MABS Information centre on Sector B Camposol or by Calling 620 582 418 Keep watching the press or our Notice Board for more forthcoming events

AGe Concern Friday 25th April: Tabletop sale at Camposol B Tuesday 29th April: Day trip to Aguilas. Pick-ups from Port, Country Club & Camposol. 10€

PALS Forthcoming events trips and excursions

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APRIL 23RD: St Georges Day at Mariano’s Camposol. Music with 6 acts from 3pm till midnight. Stalls,Horse Racing,Raffle and much more. Food and Drink available.Entry just 5€. Tickets from CCIR Radio,Janes Salon ,Bolnuevo and Forget Me Not Committee members. May 6th: A one mile fun run to commorate the 60th anniversary of the first sub four minute mile by Sir Roger Bannister. Race starts 20.00hrs and prizes for best dressed (fancy) and for the professional runners. Sponsor froms available from Committee members, CCIR Radio and local bars etc. June 22nd: SUMMER SOLSTICE fun day at Mazarron Country Club starting 6pm The Salon de Celebraciones in the Taberna will host this event. Entrance is just 5€. Two music acts,Steve Fisher and Magnetic Surf each performing two sessions. Again stalls, a raffle and horse racing compliment SWINGTET – PLUS’ the music. .. are back – with BIG BAND DANCE NIGHTS – at Tickets from Janes Salon Bolnuevo,CCIR Radio and the Hotel Costa Narejos, Los Alcazares PALS (outside Trevi,Saturday mornings and outside The first event for this season will be on Thursday, Ratataouille in Puerto de Mazarron on Wednesday 24th April. The best of the best, of this kind of Big lunchtimes). Band, Swing, and Latin music. Music to dance to, or sit back and enjoy the atmosphere. Always an enjoyable evening of first class musical entertainment from this very talented band of musicians, with vocal support from Mr. Paul Allen. Tickets are available at the hotel reception 8 euros – these can also be reserved by Tel; 968 583 980. Call us on 968 199 068 www.luzdelsol.co.uk There will be a raffle, to give support for HELP Centro Comercial #34, Sector A, Murcia Mar Menor For any other details or information please call 868 Urb. Camposol, Mazarron 30875, Spain 182 406. 27th April - 1st May. A trip half board to our Andalucian adventure. CORDOBA, SEVILLE< GRENADA, and a visit to the white villages and RONDA. Centrally located hotels. From Pto de Mazarron, Country Club and Camposol. 320 Euros in double sharing. 18th October - 25th October only a few cabins left for a suoper trip all inclusive cruise, gratuities, port taxes, drinks, entertainment, food and transport to Valencia from just 690 Euros. Visit Palma de MALLORCA, ROME, FLORENCE,SARDINIA and CORSICA. If this is your first cruise it wont be your last!!! PALS information 626 460465 or www.pals.sm4.biz Tickets Saturdays 11 till 1.30 at The Trevi on B Sector Camposol or Wednesday 1 till 3 La Ratatouille in Pto de Mazarron.

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Wednesday 30th April: Menu-del-dia at the New May 14th: Our monthly dance held at Marianos restaurant,Camposol, dancing to a three piece live Royal. 10€ With music from Harry & Julie band called Done n Dusted. With a wide variety of Wednesday 14th May: Age Concern Open Day at music the dance floor will be full all night 8€ the Cultural Centre Camposol. 11am to 1pm. Come June 11th: Our summer ladies day held at the Club house,Camposol. An afternoon of fashion show, along for a coffee, see what we do and how you bingo, stalls and a lovely buffet. 10€. Finish the afternoon off dancing to Woody can help. June 25th: Our Summer Ball at Le Cumbre Hotel, DIARY DATE: Puerto Mazarron. Champagne reception, 6 course Black & White Ball at Puerto de Mazarron marina. meal,drinks included, and dancing to Terry J 30€ Tickets on sale 1st May 2014 Coach available for 5€ Friday 11am - 1pm: Outside Bar Salud, Camposol B For more details call Rosemary 620 105 179 Camposol Cultural Centre Wed / Thu 10am - 1pm Names Are Now Being Telephone: 634 310 215 Other areas: 634 336 484 Taken For Our Christmas Stay In Benidorm 5 Days, 4 Nights, Staying F.A.S.T Fundraising At The Very Central F.A.S.T 2014 Fundrasing dates for your diary Helios Hotel Saturday May 10th May Fayre at Mariano’s This Is On A Full Board Friday May 16th The May Ball at The Amapola Basis Including The Gala Restaurant entertainment “Terry Jay” Christmas Lunch With Fri Aug 1st Rock N Roll Bar- B- Q at The Clubhouse Drink. Coach From This Area Sat 11th Oct Buffet Dance at The Trevi restaurant 240€ A Few Rooms Left. Sat 29th Nov Xmas Fayre at Mariano’s Restaurant Friday 5th Dec Xmas party at The Clubhouse Nicholas All tickets for F.A.S.T functions are available from St. the bookstall 2nd and last Friday of every month or E c u m e n i c a l We hold telephone Brenda 680 174 499 Jean 646 737 479. Church services each week at Many thanks 10.30am on Camposol, Everyone is CHURCH OF ENGLAND COSTA CALIDA & Mazarron. welcome to join us. For ALMERIA further details, call Rev. Priest: Reverend Pauline Williams 950 956 166 / 687 Maureen Kent 968 970 250 860 637

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€75, Orihuela Costa area, Tel. 966723516 D ou b le porta b le folding bed good condition 20e, Car lockable roof box used twice 45e, Set of lockable car roof bars to ford fusion as new 20e Butane gas portable gas fire needs attention or service otherwise good condition 10e Table with glass top & chair set in white suitable patio or solarium excellent condition 600e new ,175 telephone 865774401 or 685054729

C hild ’ s dolls and accessories in as new condition, Monster High series, 8 different dolls, 1 x armchair, 1 x sofa, 1 x wardrobe, 1 x musical box, 1 x dresser with many small accessories. Over 300 euros new (Christmas). Men bicycle, 100 euros. Tel: almost new, 606 075 644 new €140, anytime.

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Blanket Trip Bedding - 2 single bed sets, fitted bottom and overblanket. €250 o.n.o. Telephone 96 570 4843. Mobile 634691118 Hi-Fi - Denon amplifier , Deon Tuner, Mission speakers with stands. 100 o.n.o. Telephone 96 570 4843. Mobile 634691118. Gas Heater with bottle. €60 o.n.o. Telephone 96 570 4843. Mobile 634691118. BLACK AND DECKER jig saw and new blades €15 Tel: 966 716 599 TAP SHOES SIZE 5 and 5 ½ (toe and heel taps) v.g.c. 25€ PAIR Quesada 966 716 599

plastering E N G L I S H PLASTERER internal finishing, e x t e r n a l rendering, 15 years experience, good rates. FULLY LEGAL IN SPAIN. Call Chris 671 444 246 / 965 078 866 email: c_ pettit@hotmail. co.uk

locksmith Locksmith locked out!! Call Me Telf: 647 151 972 (24hrs) Put This Number In Your Phone – 24 Hrs Call Out! Commerical, Residential, Cars Locks Changed Dierre Locks Changed - All Locks To Work Off I Key – Motura Gardesa Locks Changed – Window Locks - Cars Opened To Retrieve Keys – Alarms Fitted

musician Lenny Mitchell: Guitaristsinger, professional, international, solo act. Music can range from 60s, 70s pop, rock ‘n’ roll, big ballads, country, blues, classic rock, to 50s standards. Tel: 658321891 or email: lennymitchell@live.co.uk or facebook”

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jobs it is to accumulate interest for the Banco’s faithful account holders were less than frenetically assaulting their keyboards. I stated my monetary requirements to the young man behind the counter, and just in case he thought that I was going to frivolously waste the whole lot on a fascinator, I adding that we were going to Córdoba for a couple of days. ‘Ah! Córdoba! Very pretty!’ He volunteered. ‘We are going for the Patios.’ I expanded. As a man (and woman) the bank staff were immediately electrified. Their enthusiasm for Córdoba knew no bounds; keyboards were abandoned and percentages left uncalculated in an allembracing and inclusive desire to educate me on the delights and sights of this fair city. I was inundated with a wash of information about where to go, what to see,

By Jos Biggs

where to stay, and not least, what to eat and drink, all delivered far too fast and in far too much detail and sheer volume for me to retain - I was in danger of drowning in information! ‘What!’ I said, my face as straight as a Roman road, ‘Surely Córdoba is not prettier than Albox?’ An instant hush fell over the room. All faces were turned towards me, eyes round with astonishment, mouths hanging open. I felt the mood change from astonishment to a worried concern for my mental state. I tilted my head, raised an eyebrow and grinned. The penny dropped, and as a man and woman, they laughed. And laughed! I left the bank cash in hand, uproarious laughter still ringing in my ears. The Spanish are easily amused, and understand sarcasm! But for a minute there, I had them going! Albox

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I Am Taking a Dramatic Pause As I read through a new script I have just received and draft out a synopsis for a play idea of my own, I wonder, not for the first time, how my life would have been if I had not received a surprise visit from our village Parish Council Chairman one Sunday morning many years ago. It was in late October and in the days when as relative newcomers, we were not yet actively involved in any of the various organisations and events that were a trademark of our village. I was just settling down to read the newspapers having enjoyed a full English, when the councillor came a-knocking. As well as his PC role, he was also the Hon.Sec. of the village Community Council, and with that particular hat on, he took it upon himself to produce the very popular Christmas show each year. Quite apt really, because physically he resembled Mr Fezziwig from A Christmas Carol. “We have just finalised the programme for this years show”, he told me. “Yeeees” I responded, putting on my best suspicious voice, and resisting the urge to follow it up with, “So what?” “And we need a couple of extra people for one particular sketch”, he went on. I remained silent. I didn’t like where this was going. “I wondered if you would take on one of the parts. It’s very simple and there are no lines to learn”, he hurriedly

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added. “Okaaaay”. “Wonderful!” “I’ve considered it” “Thank you”. “And it’s a no”. In view of his crestfallen look, I felt obliged to at least offer some semblance of an explanation, and waffled on about how even in school, no one had ever been able to persuade me to get up on stage in front of a load of people, and furthermore no one ever would. I could not bring myself to admit that behind the confident and extrovert facade, I was basically a shy and fairly insecure individual. I had blagged my way through life like this for years, and I was not going to spoil it now. But as the minutes trudged on into a second hour and with the aid of interminable cups of Maxwell House and my stash of chocolate digestives, he doggedly tried every tactic in the book to enlist me for his silly sketch. Finally, with a very real danger of me missing my lunch-time roast beef and him taking root in the dining room floor, I eventually agreed to do the damn part. “You’re not really are you?” my incredulous wife asked, as the beaming Dickensian figure scurried down the garden path. “Like hell I am” I told her. “But how else was I going to get rid of him”. And there and then I decided that I would drop him a note in the morning pleading temporary insanity or the onset of bubonic plague, because there was no way on God’s earth I was getting up on that stage, absolutely, categorically and positively not! But I did. It sounds laughable now, but the sketch in question was for three lady singers to each deliver two verses of ‘Buckingham Palace’ – you know, the Christopher Robin

thing - which they would render having being marched down stage by two busbied guardsmen, including yours truly: Charlie Pillock. We would take one step back as the singer painfully ground out the verses, then step forward on its conclusion and wheel her back up stage while another tuneless song bird repeated the performance with her own guardsmen. Easy right? Well yes it was, but boring as hell and I wasn’t having any of that. So having taking one step back after delivering the poor man’s Nellie Melba to her designated spot and just beyond her field of vision, I proceeded to fiddle around with my disappearing underpants a la Frankie Howard. You either know what I mean or you don’t, but I shan’t go into a lurid description here. Suffice it to say that as Christopher Robin progressed, so did the laughter from the audience. The face of the poor vocalist went redder and redder believing that 200 people were tittering at her efforts, as did the face of the producer who stood in the auditorium ready to bust a gut and with steam coming out of his ears. I was hooked. A seasoned thespian told me at the time that laughter and applause is more addictive than any drug, and he was right. I have been involved with the amateur stage now for a good many years, acting, writing and directing, and can honestly say that here in Spain I have, until recently, been involved with the best bunch of people I have ever worked with. I am however currently in between projects and resting dahling.

John MacDonald (El Sordo) - www.caratacus.eu

Prettier Than Albox Albox is practical, Albox is prosaic, but Albox is certainly not pretty! The charms that drew us to it when deciding where to live were: you can get to it; you can get anything in it, and you can’t get lost in it – pretty was so low on the agenda as not even to make the first page. You can’t live off pretty, but you can live off a handily placed Mercadona and a well-stocked Ferretería! Recently having need of cash we parked in the ample expanse of the Rambla, a hop and a skip away from the guardian of our wealth, the Banco Popular. It was obviously a slow day within its financial environs, the 2 tellers at the counter had nothing to tell, and the investment wizards whose

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The Bar La Casa Devante is accessed from the Village Square which is to the very north of Alqueria. The owner is one Horacio Stranglardeganso publican and erstwhile adventurer. Horacio has a Humphrey Bogart fixation and has taken to wearing a trilby and trench coat on every possible occasion. In the Winter this isn’t too bad but come the height of Summer and Horacio is suffering. With sweat pouring down his neck he tries his best to mimic the coolness of Bogart. Not that Horacio thinks it is an impersonation. Horacio is convinced he is the persona of Bogart, however “Here’s looking at you kid” doesn’t quite work in Spanish. Wartime Casablanca has very little in common with the Alqueria of the twentyfirst century however Horacio had done his best to recreate Rick’s Café Américain in the Bar La Casa Devante. He even built a casino with a large roulette table in the centre. In an attempt to rig the wheel so selected individuals could win, the mechanism jammed. The same number came up every third spin, it almost ruined Horacio financially. His pianist, Sancho was so bad there was a surcharge on all bills paying him not to play. If anyone questioned it Horacio would allow Sancho to let rip with his full repertoire of three tunes. The chastened customer soon paid up. A treat for Saturday night’s entertainment was Ernesto Muyinestable Alqueria’s very own one legged flamenco dancer. People who hadn’t seen his act wondered how a monoped could possibly dance the flamenco. The answer is quite simple, he couldn’t he falls over a great deal. The audience are always very sympathetic and applaud which encourages Ernesto to perform more and more complicated

routines. Which means he falls over even more. Eventually bruised and dented Ernesto takes his bow and hops back to his dressing-room delighted with his reception. As there are virtually no laws in the village republic of Alqueria goods and services which would be described as black-market elsewhere are exchanged quite openly in the Pueblo. The place to come to buy anything from a barrel of Remitroot Whisky to an aircraft-carrier is the Bar La Casa Devante. Spivs mingle with their potential customers conversing in hushed tones, lurking in corners as deals are struck. A group from the British Ministry of Defence, indistinguishable from the spivs huddle around a bottle filled table. They are negotiating the price of some piece of military hardware or other. It has been rumoured that the 7th Armoured Brigade was kitted out from the Bar La Casa Devante. When the news was leaked and questions asked in the house the British prime minister stated “It is a good deal for Britain”. I was an even better deal for Alqueria.

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play on. Unfortunately, the linesman, who did not appear to be in a good position, was flagging for a goal and after a long delay the referee awarded the goal much to the anger of Mazarron players, officials and supporters.

MAZARRON FC 3 CD ESPARAGAL 3 Mazarron’s run of three successive wins came to an end against CD Esparragal but in a typical West Bromwich Albion match they salvaged a draw and should have won it at the death. There was little to shout about in first half hour but then Mazarron began to play like they had in the last 3 weeks and Tollo missed a sitter from a Jose Ruben cross. Following a corner from the right, Ruben then had two headers cleared off the line before Enrique somehow managed to clear the bar from 6 yards out. However Ruben ran on to Tolo’s through ball and expertly lobbed the onrushing Esparragal keeper in the 43rd minute and repeated the feat two minutes later, this time rounding the goalkeeper before

slotting home to make the half time score a somewhat fortunate 2 – 0 to Mazarron. Shortly after the break a deep corner was met by Ruben but again his header was cleared off the line. At this stage old habits returned and Mazarron took their foot off the pedal and allowed Esparragal into the game. In the 62nd minute the deficit was reduced following a mistake by Dani and then shortly afterwards a penalty saw the scores leveled at 2 – 2. At this stage Esparragal looked the more likely to score again and this proved to be the case. Marcos fumbled a long range shot and the ball bounced towards the Mazarron goal line. He recovered quickly and seemed to scoop the ball to safety with the referee waving

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So the May Ball was rescheduled from June to April ( it´s a long story but we once had an Irish Captain) and we gathered at our sponsors, Crystals Retaurant, where we were regally fed In the 88th minute Mazarron and entertained by Sean, Agie, Adam and their team. were awarded a very fortunate Prior to this event we had contested for the John Woodey corner when everyone in the Memorial Trophy which was modestly won for the third year in ground except the referee succession by Brian Layden with 33 points after a count back thought the decision should with Bryan Hirst. Gary Edwards was third with 32 points. have been a goal kick and from Next month forty of us are heading to Roquetas de Mar where this corner Ruben completed we will be playing three rounds over the Serena course for the his hat trick to equalise. In the 5th minute of added Wolfpack Open – what stories await ? B.L. time Mazarron should have won the match when Ruben looking (Photo shows Vice Captain Geoff Hollingsworth presenting the suspiciously offside ran on to John Woodey Trophy to Brian Layden) the ball and unfortunately in a one on one situation with the keeper hit a tame shot which the keeper saved easily. On the downside it appears that this could well be Juan Andreo’s last game for Mazarron due to work commitments and he will be sorely missed in the centre of defence. Team: Marcos, Dani (Juanillo), Juan Andreo, Cecilio, Alcaraz, Jose Ruben, Tico, Enrique, Randry, Tolo (Domingo), Gilberto (Fran), Man of the Match: Ruben

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CAPTAINS DRIVE-IN TROPHY

San Javier GS - La Serena - CAPTAINS DRIVE-IN TROPHY RESULTS Hi Everyone, what a great way to start the new season everyone playing in shorts in April in 25c with a golf course to match the weather a great

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on the day scoring 38pts with Dave Archer second on 36pts and in third Mick Hardy 35pts. Coming out on top in Division two after some working out when the top 3 all came in with 32pts. On count back after count back Ivor Jones came out on top with Ty Williams second and Joe Flanagan third well played all of you. Nearest the pins where won by the following players Paul Matthews, Barry Beale, Barry Butterworth and Bill McLaughlin. The next Society’s game is on TUESDAY, 22nd APRIL 2014 at VISTABELLA. 1st Tee time - 9.00am. The format is TEXAS SCRAMBLE (22 holes).

Quesada Golf Society Last Wednesday, on a bright and sunny day, the Society played their local course for the first time – La Marquesa. For most players it was a hop, step and jump to the golf course. Our secretary Pam Martin secured a very attractive deal and the members liked it to as there was a full house with members competing in an individual stableford competition for the Spring Cup. The course was in good condition with the greens being in excellent condition. One incident worthy of note happened on hole 13 – unlucky for some and it was unlucky but perhaps lucky for Tony Patterson whose drive hit a railway sleeper in front of the pond which

the drive had to carry and rebounded flashing past his nose and ending up 20 metres behind him on the tee. The overall winner on the day came from the Silver Division. It was Paul Flanaghan with 33 points and he seems to have hit a rich vein of form. In second place in the Silver Division was Terry Smith with 30 points and in third place with 27 points was Keith Armstrong. In the Gold Division the winner was another person in a rich vein of form, Susan Smith with 30 points. In second place with 29 points was Dave Winchcombe and in third place was Brian Smith with 28 points.

The Best Guest was Terry Rogers. The “Roy” for the most shots played and not many points on his scorecard went to David Westerman. Nearest the Pin winners were John King, Terry Rogers, Les Pancott and Les Lindores. After the game the presentations were made by Crystal of the QSD Group on the terrace, by the swimming pool of the recently superbly refurbished La Marquesa Club House complex. The QSD Group kindly sponsored the day and as well as providing the prizes provided plated tasty hot and cold food for which the society is extremely grateful. The next game is another individual stableford at El Plantio on Wednesday 23 April. Anyone in the Quesada area looking to join a very friendly golf society and play golf once a fortnight at a wide variety of courses at very reasonable cost, should contact the membership secretary Les Pancott on 966 716 723.

Club Natacion Torrevieja Last weekend was the last regional league time controls for the younger swimmers from Club Natacion Torrevieja and other regional clubs. It also contained some of the hardest races for the young swimmers. Over 200 swimmers competed the 200 m medley or the 400 m freestyle races. For most this was the first time that they had swam these distances under competition environments. The Torrevieja team was slightly depleted due to illnesses but 9 of the 13 clubs members participated. Paula

Garcia, Vicky Pigneur and Samira Lucumbi all had good swims in their 200 m girls 200 m medley with all 3 girls gaining regional autonomic qualifying times with new PB’s. Skye Burns, nervous, swam the medley for the first time and also had a good swim. Then it was on to the 400 m freestyle races. For the clubs younger members 9 and 10 year olds racing the 16 lengths of the 400 m was a daunting task. Densel Fusha, Vitalio Veres and Amy Connolly all had good swims giving

themselves new times and Polina Maltsev and Konstantin Murskiy swam well in the 200m freestyle. Now the clubs swimmers has a rest over the Easter period and are back with the Masters team next in the pool in Elche on the 4th May. For more information regarding Torrevieja Swimming Club please contact Rosa – 665454126, President Felipe on 609418776 or Vicki 669637015 or by e-mail on info@ clubnataciontorrevieja. com


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Café Uno Golf Society. (Formerly Fairwayz GS)

Fourteen members, under our new society name Café Uno, played today Thursday 10th April in the glorious sunshine at Bonalba Golf. The course was in good condition allowing some reasonable scores to be posted. The attendance was low today due to some members having other commitments. Afterwards, we attended Café Uno in Catral, for the presentations and an excellent meal. The results were as follows:1st P.Buckler - 29pts. 2nd J.Pedersen - 28pts. c/b Best front 9 - D.Harwood - 16pts. Best back 9 - D.Barratt 15pts. Nearest the pin S.Hamilton.

Nearest the pin x 2. Nil. Winners of the 2 ball competition, S.Hamilton / D.Barratt. Well done to all our prize winners. Next week Thursday 17th April we are at Vistabella Golf. !st tee time is 09:30am please be at the course 1 hour prior to 1st tee time. We would like to thank Pete and Lisa Bonser, the proprietors of Café Uno (Catral), for taking on our society for the after game functions. New members always welcome, please contact Tony Macmillan on 966785781, Steve Hamilton on 966789438, or Steve Lawrence on 966637449. Thanks, Steve Lawrence.

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(in association with Costa Blanca Green Fee Services) at La Serena on Monday 14th April 2014. For this month’s meeting a group of 20 players visited the established course at La Serena under the excellent society deal obtained from Costa Blanca Green Fee Services. 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 clear blue skies and shorts were the order of the day and the course was in good condition although the greens had a light ‘dusting’ of sand. This months competition included a ‘yellow ball’ team event every team lost the ball on the difficult opening hole with the exception of the team of Mike Probert, Tony Robson, Steen Tidemann and Dave Guest who safely brought the ball home 18 holes later. Despite the difficulty of the course there were some good scores on the day and the winners were as follows: 1st – Wayne Matthews – 42 points 2nd – Mike Probert – 40 points

3rd – Darren Holden – 37 points Nearest the pin winners: Par 3 Dave Guest Par 4 Steen Tidemann Par 5 Tony Robson 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. The next fixture is at Mar Menor on Monday 12th May 2014 at 11.00am 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 www. costa-blanca-greenfees. com.

CD Montesinos v Orihuela Costa “A”

CD Montesinos line up CHRISTIAN, DIMITRY, FERNANDO,RUBEN,M A NUEL,RUBIO,OM A R , A NG EL,O ROU K ER ,E DU,VAZQUIHO. SUBS MARCOS LOPEZ,DANI, DARIO, RODRIGO What more could you ask for on a sunny hot day for a game that had it all, with CD 4th & their opponents 3rd a crowd of 380 saw a thrilling match which saw controversy, great goals, and a refereeing display straight out of the new muppet movie. This anticipated game got off to the worse possible start for Monte when after only 90 seconds played, the reliable CHRISTIAN in goal misjudged a bounce and the Orihuela No 9 struck home with ease, 0-1. The very vocal Monte home support rallied their team and they pressured the Orihuela goal. Chances went wasted by EDU & VAZ, then Monte got the breakthrough they deserved when a free-kick from Fernando was headed in by OROUKER,1-1. 10 minutes later, Manu headed wide from a similar position. Constant fouling by Orihuela on MONTES front 2 of VAZ & EDU went unpunished and captain Fernando rightly voiced his concern. With 5 minutes left of first half an innocent clash of heads between Montes Dimitry and Orihuela No 5 resulted in the No 5 going in an ambulance with a nasty head injury. Edu went close before half time but after 45 min’s teams went in 1-1 The 2nd half was

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