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New Spanish Traffic Laws A Fun Day Out Came in to Effect on 9 May 2014 by drivers caught driving whilst double the drink drive limit or above; or in all cases for reoffending drink drivers; and drivers under the influence of drugs.

4. T  he Guardia Civil can seize any vehicle carrying children without legally compliant child seats. 5. T  he very specific rules as to where children must sit in the vehicle (according to age/ height) must be observed, otherwise drivers face heavy fines. 6. C  yclists under 16 years of age must wear helmets. On the grounds that ‘ignorance of the law is no excuse’, all drivers in Spain are advised immediately to familiarise themselves with the detail of the new traffic laws which are coming into effect on 9 May 2014 (Ley 6/2014 modificando la Ley sobre Tráfico, Circulación de Vehículos a Motor y Seguridad Vial 339/1990); a mere 21 pages! Among the new provisions are the following: 1. S  peeding fines apply for exceeding the limit by just 1kph! On some motorways, the speed limit is being increased from 120kph to 130kph, but in many towns, the speed limit is being reduced from 30kph to 20kph. 2. I f the Guardia Civil observe a motoring offence and note the vehicle registration number, this provides sufficient evidence to prosecute- no need for them to stop vehicles. 3. A  minimum fine of 1,000 Euros will be payable

7. D  rivers have much higher duties to ensure the safety of cyclists of all ages. 8. S  peed camera/ radar detectors are prohibited. 9. A  n EU Directive is to be implemented so that driving offences committed in one EU country are reported to the EU country of registration of the vehicle in question. 10. M  uch stricter rules are being implemented for the Spanish registration of foreign registered vehicles kept in Spain. The above is by no means exhaustive. As can be seen, the new rules are far reaching. Knowledge of the details and observation of the requirements in practice is of fundamental importance. It is clear from the increased powers to prosecute and fine drivers, that the Spanish Authorities ‘mean business’ with these important legal changes. Source:

For the Children of the Elche Children’s Care Home

Lo Crispin Resident’s Cultural Association are raising funds to take the children and carers from ‘The Children’s Care Home at Elche’ for a fun packed day out in October, to Terra Mitica Theme Park, in Benidorm, complete with lunch and, of course, ice creams. The Residents are holding a Village Fete on Sunday 25th May, from 1.30pm until approximately 7pm. The Fete will consist of a large number of side shows, craft stalls, live entertainment, bouncy castle, BBQ and a fully stocked bar. Also on display will be a number of vintage and prestigious cars, belonging to the members of the Torrevieja Classic and Specialist Car Club. There will be something for everyone to enjoy, as the entertainment programme is extremely varied. Acts booked to appear include the legendary cowboy re-enactment group ‘The Pistoleroes’, along with Red Stokes with his country and western act, Nick Barker, a Blues Brothers Tribute Act, and The Camporverde Reef Band. All will be hosted by our DJ, Martin Dean. The fete will take place on Lo Crispin Urbanisation, which is situated just off the roundabout at junction 845 of the AP7 motorway, close to the Zoco market. Please come along and help us to give the children from the Children’s Care Home at Elche a day to remember.


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Janette Bennett, President of the Torrevieja Costa Lions Club was delighted to install The Mayor of Torrevieja, Eduardo Dolon Sanchez, as an Honorary member of the Torrevieja Costa Lions Club at the May business meeting of the Club, held in Hotel Cabo Cervera on Thursday 8th May. In what has been an extremely busy schedule for Janette with various fund raising events being planned and promoted and an even busier schedule for the Mayor, his colleagues and staff with the European Elections now officialy in full swing, both took some time out to induct Eduardo, presenting the Mayor with a certificate of Honorary membership and Lions lapel pin which Janette indicated he should wear with pride. Janette thanked Eduardo for all the continuing support that the Club has had from Ayuntamiento Torrevieja for the past nine years and particularly made mention of Graham Knight, Rosario Martinez and Jean Paul Mulero who have all helped smooth the path for the Lions when negotiating the vagaries of Spanish administration and bureaucracy. Eduardo responded by thanking Janette and the Club for all the excellent work undertaken tirelessly by them and intimated that he was indeed honoured to receive Honorary membership of such an excellent International Organisation The Torrevieja Costa Lions Club is part of the Lions Clubs International (LCI)

recognised globally as one of the finest Non Government Organisation(NGO) in the World. The Club has a commitment to support LCI in many circumstances such as natural disasters, disease eradication like malaria, measles, and river blindness in third world countries, plus provision of aids to vision in countries where no such provision is available, however the main focus of your local Club is to help those most in need in the local community, the City of Torrevieja and surrounding villages. Anyone who would like to become a member of the Torrevieja Costa Lions Club can take the first step by contacting Membership Director Philip by e mail on philip.buckman@ To find out more about the Torrevieja Costa Lions visit the Club website on The Club is sponsored locally by many businesses who recognise The Lions as being very hard working in the Community, however no sponsorship can be enough to help the Lions continue with their excellent work, so any individuals or businesses who would like some information on sponsorship packages should in the first instance contact Sponsorship Director Jaimy by e mail on Next April the Lions Celebrate their 10th Charter Night and would be delighted to have new members to swell “The Pride” and new sponsors on board to celebrate continuing success.



The HELP Murcia Mar Menor volunteers dressed as clowns to provide an afternoon of fun for the local children on 1st May at their May Day Carnival in La Zona market place. Terri Horvath Morris dancers were pleased to be able to support the Help Mar Menor fundraising event and did two sets, one of Cotsworld dances with handkerchiefs and a North West dance; and a second set of Border dances in black tatters with sticks. They are always happy to welcome anyone; for more information call Heather on 966 199 756 / 610 899 847 or email hgingele@hotmail. TAABS also supported the event and their contribution was very much enjoyed by the audience. The event proved to be a big success with the children who took part in the many games available. The first picture show the Terri Horvath Morris dancers and the second photo shows some of the TAABS singing group plus the HELP volunteers who dressed as clowns

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local News Strawberry Fair raises €1500 All the Fun of the Flair at The Strawberry Fair - The Strawberry Fair this year has raised €1500 so far for Reach Out and other local charities! and more is expected when all the helpers get their monies in!! The first Saturday in May was The Strawberry Fair when Gill and Peter Savage open their finca home in San Miguel, they do this every year in May and often more than once a year to raise money for local charities.

After meeting Gill through a friend I was invited to go to The Strawberry Fair - well was I in for a surprise!! Never having been before or seen the house or the land, I was expecting a few cars and 30 or so people - wrong! A guesstimate would be 300 people or more as there was a steady stream of people and some were already leaving when I arrived at 5.15 p.m. about an hour or so after the event had started. Gill and Peter have an absolute army of friends and willing helpers some of whom had arrived complete with strawberry pinnies or T shirts at 10.00 o’clock in the morning. Understandably by 7.00p.m. some of these ladies were flagging and Myrna one brave lady helper took off her pinny and jumped in the pool! Geoff was MC for the afternoon and after 30 raffle prizes with still 10 to go he too

was flagging but we did not see if he jumped into the pool! Gill and Peter owners of FRISSAN Restaurant in San Miguel now take up take up the reigns at their fine dining restaurant in San Miguel and with a new chef and a very enthusiastic support team and they are very proud to keep getting to number 1 on Trip Advisor. Peter said: “Our aim is number one and to stay there - of course there is great competition from some of our neighboring restaurants but we welcome this as it keeps us on our toes!! Literally I don’t think Gill and I have done quite as much running around for quite a while!! Our message to our customers is - If you loved us please TELL THE WORLD - If you didn’t PLEASE TELL US! Our next charity event is “May Madness - Music and Magic” at FRISSAN RESTAURANT in San Miguel and will be at the end of May - we also have a very special Sunday Lunch planned for Sunday 25th of May when you will be greeted with complimentary cava and canapes our chef will be doing a cookery demonstration before lunch -for full details and to book for this and other fabulous food demonstration and free tastings coming up call us at FRISSAN on 966 723 485”.

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Leanne and Steve and Sara and Sean invite you to join them for their popular outdoor Summer season of entertainment.

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2nd August - The Red Tops 9th August - Bono

30th June - Help for Heroes €2 to reserve a seat,

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12th July - Blues Brothers, Michael Jackson


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Forget Me Not

A very successful evening was had by all who attended and ran in the Roger Bannister 60th Anniversary Event on 6th May.Held on Camposol the run/walk/stutter had around 30 participants and raised approximately 300 euros.(Some sponsor money still to be collected) for Forget Me Not ,the community iniative for sufferers of long term illnesses and their carers. First home was Colin Thackwell in very respectable 7min 53 sec. Second was the first lady,Tina Horrocks 8min 04 sec and third Billie Michelle Box in 8min 07sec. Thanks must go to The Black Bull for their facilities ,Sue and Phil of Healthy H2O for the water and also to Mazarron Ayuntamiento,Cruz Roja and the Police for their cooperation throughout. Hopefully a similar run can be held every year. The next fund raising event will be a Night of Music with Magnetic Surf and Steve Fisher at the Mazarron Country Club Taberna on Sunday June 22nd starting at 8pm and going on till midnight. Entry is just 5euros each .Tickets are available from committee members,Janes Salon,Bolnuevo CCIR Radio at La Cumbre and Pals at the Trevi on Saturday mornings and at Ratatouille on Wednesday lunchtimes.Food and of course drink will be available at the Taberna. Forget Me Not is for all sufferers in the area (not just Camposol) and is at the Cultural Centre >Camposol on Mondays at 10.30hrs till 13.30hrs.Meals are also available for a small charge. For those who need more information we can be contacted by e mail at We have a Forget Me Not site on facebook,or you can phone on 660442845.

‘THE SALUD GOLF SOCIETY’ Members met as per usual on the morning of Saturday 12th April but this particular day was very different! They were donating their winnings and usual payments of subs to FAST! The Captain of the ‘SALUD GOLF SOCIETY’, Barry Elmore kindly presented the grand amount of €255.00 to Angela Jones, Committee Member and FAST Responder, (see together in photo) meeting at ‘BAR SALUD’ to receive the donation. FAST wishes to thank the Members of the ‘SALUD GOLF SOCIETY’ – numbering 55 in total, for their generosity. Special thanks too for donating their winnings for that morning! Adam, Manager of ‘BAR SALUD’ has especially supported FAST, since his personal need to call and receive emergency treatment! Thank you all so much for contributing towards the funding of costs of equipment and cars etc needed in order to maintain providing this Voluntary Service on Camposol. (2 Photos re. the SALUD GOLF SOCIETY to be included please). FAST ‘EASTER SUNDAY SPONSORED WALK’ – 20th APRIL Thank you to everyone who took part in the FAST ‘SPONSORED WALK’, on B Sector, raising money for FAST. ie: the Walkers, Sponsors, Pets, Organisers,

Marshalls, Supporters and all who contributed to making this such an enjoyable and fun morning. To those who wore fancy dress – what good sports you were for looking somewhat different! Can’t wait to see you next time! Thank you again to Carol, John, Ryan and staff at the ‘BLACK BULL’ who kindly opened up especially early in order to provide the facilities needed. Much appreciated by all of us too! A Grand Total of: €740.97 was raised for FAST – Brilliant! John and Rosemary run Bingo sessions each week at ‘TEL’S BAR’ on Sector A each week.They have always given all monies from the Bingo to others, never taking anything for themselves. On Saturday 3rd May FAST presented a Certificate to them in recognition of the valuable donations raised and given to FAST - over the last 12 months alone raising €1,800.00! The Camposol Community and FAST are extremely grateful to John, Rosemary, the Bingo members and ‘TEL’S BAR’ – thank you all so much for your kind generosity, greatly appreciated by everyone. (Photo of John and Rosemary with Certificate) DON’T FORGET- FAST’S ‘MAY FAYRE’ – Saturday 17th May - MARIANOS -11:00


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Hello and welcome to CanDu Computer Bytes. We have discussed the idea of passwords, what makes a good password, what makes a memorable password and why the 2 ideas rarely mix. Today I would like to offer a freeware solution that will allow you to have a memorable password and still have these obscure entropically challenged passwords that websites seem to love. For those of you who have just thrown your hands into the air with the cry “What is it with this man and free?”. Well I’ll tell you! Not everyone has 1000’s of €’s pension every month, and to them, open source software that allows for an optional donation, is far preferable to paying an obscene amount of money for a program that doesn’t live up to the rhetorical hyperbole used in it’s advertising spin! This is just good business and fiscal, common sense. To my shame I have been conned into buying the ‘latest and greatest’ version of this and that program and found that I had better quality from freely available sources. The program that we are going to learn about today is called “Keepass”. What is it? Is it safe? How does it work? What makes it worth looking at? All very good questions so let’s look at the first of them. What is it? Keepass is a program that holds all your your passwords in a secure file that requires a single password to access it. It is available for Windows, Linux, Android PocketPC, Blackberry and all Apple based products (iPad, iPhone, OS X), basically everyone can use it. Is it safe? Now we have hit on the most important question. YES! It uses 2 encryption (coding) methods. AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) is the only methods used and recommended by the NSA (National Security

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Well, there’s a claim that they’ve found the Loch Ness monster. The they in question are group of researchers who have been bobbing about on Loch Ness for some considerable time, pinging sonar here there and everywhere in an attempt to find this, allegedly, huge thing that lives there. Now, I am as romantic as the next person and would love to find the answer to some of the World’s greatest mysteries. It would be great to discover that the Loch Ness monster exists, that aliens are real or that some of the singers on Britain’s Got Talent are only pretending to sing badly. But what I wonder is, if the Loch Ness monster is as big as it’s supposed to be, how come we can’t find it? You would think, wouldn’t you that, with all the rinky dinky technology we have to hand, the problem of finding a large animal in a Scottish loch would prove much less of a challenge than, say, landing an unmanned craft on Mars or having a decent song winning the Eurovision Song Contest? It would seem not. The Loch Ness monster manages somehow to remain obstinately invisible to everything

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Last year when expIoring the delightful old quarter of Naples, or Napoli as it prefers I stumbled across an Aladdin’s Cave filled with DVDs. Always one for a rummage I found a copy of the 1969 film version of Alice’s Restaurant. I knew a film existed but had never seen it. Sadly I still haven’t seen parts of it as the video gets stuck in too many places but at 3€ what did I expect? The film came out just after Arlo Guthrie performed at Woodstock and it’s based on his 1967 anti-war song/tale Alice’s Restaurant, written as a protest against the Vietnam War. Voted 3rd best film of 1969, it grossed over $6 mil making it the 21st most viewed for the year. The Director Arthur Penn who’d also directed Bonnie and Clyde was nominated for an Oscar. Arlo sings the true tale of him and a friend doing a favour for Alice one Thanksgiving; remember Alice? Alice lived in the bell tower of an abandoned church and used to drop her rubbish from the tower into the church proper. They picked up the garbage (as they call it across the pond) and took it to the city dump. But the dump was closed so they found a little cliff off a side road which had a small pile of garbage at the bottom. Thinking one big pile was better than two little piles they dropped the garbage

we can throw at it. Perhaps if the thing is that intelligent we should be pleased that it keeps itself to itself, at the bottom of a pretty deep loch. Imagine the trouble it would cause if it decided to reveal itself and join us on the land? It may even overthrow a Kardashian or two! The thing that keeps me interested though is, what exactly would happen if this poor thing was finally discovered? Would it be hauled to the surface and put into some sort of aquarium? I wouldn’t be recommending that! We’ve all seen those horror films and we know exactly what would happen there don’t we? Just think King Kong and Fay Wray-for younger readers, ask your grandparents! I can just hear the “Jaws” music, can’t you? No, that’s a recipe for disaster To be perfectly honest, if the Loch Ness monster has any sense, it would stay where it was and enjoy a bit of peace and quiet. For goodness sake, even the actor Charlie Sheen-well known lover of the quiet life- has been up there sailing around the loch looking for it. Now if that’s not a reason for the thing to stay submerged, I don’t know what is.

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there. The next morning Police officer Obie phoned them as he had found Arlos name on an envelope at the bottom of the half ton pile of garbage. Arlo ends up with a $50 dollar fine and was told to pick up the garbage. When later he went to a US Army office to be processed and drafted to Vietnam he gets told to sit on the Group W bench because of his conviction. Jokingly Arlo recalls who he sat with all sorts of undesirables – mother rapers, father stabbers, even father rapers! All these desperate criminals ask him what he did to deserve being on the group W bench with the rest of them? He tells them ‘littering’ which doesn’t impress them and they huddle in a corner ignoring him until he says ‘and creating a nuisance!’ At this the fierce criminals allow him into their gang for the day. Next when the recruiting Sergeant asked if he has been rehabilitated, Arlo jumps around screaming ‘kill, kill, kill!’ Then he asks; ‘do I have to be moral enough to join the army, burn women, kids, houses and villages after being a litterbug?’ He is excused on psychiatric grounds! It’s a fantastic anti Vietnam song; amusing and delighting over 19 minutes and if never heard there are many versions on YouTube with one of Arlo

performing it in the actual church from the song. In the movie Officer Obie actually plays himself as he figured it was better to make himself look a fool than an actor do it for him. Alice also plays a cameo role in the movie.





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‘Strictly Dance’ daughter finishes 3rd in X-Factor 2014

Last night 5 April all roads led to the Emerald Isle for the grand final of the X-Factor 2014. With the venue packed to the rafters it proved to be an excellent evening with some very strong performances from the finalists. With a group, 2 flamenco dancers, a guitar/vocalist and 2 female vocalists the entertainment was varied in all aspects. The winner was a male flamenco dancer, the guitar vocalist finished in second and to our delight Janelle who is hoping to take up a career singing (no not dancing!) finished in third place. There was a strong consensus on the night that Janelle should have finished higher placed but she was delighted with her position nevertheless. We are absolutely delighted with Janelle who is going from strength to strength every time she sings and really draws people into her performances. Thanks is largely due to her vocal coach of the past 3 years Nigel Hopkins who is the trainer of the best voices and choirs you will hear on the Costa Blanca including Cantemos Youth Choir and Melody Makers International to name but a few! Lyn and Chris proud parents of Janelle run ‘Strictly Dance’ ballroom and latin classes and despite Janelle being able to dance prefers to sing and is following in the footsteps of her grandad who used to sing in

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SAN JUAN DE LOS TERERROS. The Great Kon Tiki Raft Race (organised by San Animal) will take place on 15th June from the beach at San Juan de los Terreros from 12noon. Teams of 2, 3 or 4 crew members are invited to make their own craft from “non-marine” parts and race for the coveted San Animal Kon Tiki Trophy. There will be separate races for Under 17,s and seniors. Further details and rules are available from Richard and Elina on 950-466-248 and

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18/25 October cruise fully booked 162 people already planning their time on this Mediterranean cruise from 690 Euros including tips, port fees, all food and drinks and the coach to and from Valencia. Now taking cancellation names …..Palma de Mallorca, Sardinia, Italy (for Rome) Italy (for Florence and Pisa) Corsica. Valencia mini break 24/24/26 back on 27th November staying at a great hotel (Tourist bus stop outside) Bed and Breakfast and visit to Albufera on return trip 150 Euros pp in double sharing, limited places.. 2015. Due to the demand we are having to book Benidorm for St Jose and Benidorm already Full board at the Helios Hotel 4 nights 160 Euros pp sharing For information please call 626460465 or visit or see us at la Ratatouille on A Wednesday from 1 till 3 or at Thre Trevi on each Saturday from 11till 1.30

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Wednesday 14th May: Age Concern Open Day at the Cultural Centre Camposol. 11am to 1pm. Come along for a coffee, see what we do and how you can help. DIARY DATE: Black & White Ball at Puerto de Mazarron marina. Tickets on sale 1st May 2014 Friday 11am - 1pm: Outside Bar Salud, Camposol B Camposol Cultural Centre Wed / Thu 10am - 1pm Telephone: 634 310 215 Other areas: 634 336 484

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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 CHURCH OF ENGLAND COSTA CALIDA & Byron September dance date T.B.A. ALMERIA Priest: Reverend Pauline Williams 950 956 166 / 687 26th October MABS Race for Life 250 860 MABS Christmas Fayre - T.B.A. Event tickets on sale at the book stall between 10.00am and 1pm FORGET ME NOT or from the MABS Information centre on Sector B COMMUNITY RESPITE CARE Camposol or by Calling 620 582 418 June 22nd: SUMMER SOLSTICE fun day at Keep watching the press or our Notice Board for Mazarron Country Club starting 6pm The Salon de more forthcoming events Celebraciones in the Taberna will host this event. Entrance is just 5€. Two music acts,Steve Fisher and WELCOME future EVENTS Magnetic Surf each performing two sessions. May 14th - Dance with 3 excellent musicians, Done Again stalls, a raffle and horse racing compliment And Dusted. €8. June 11th - Ladies Day at the Clubhouse, formerly the music. Tickets from Janes Salon Bolnuevo,CCIR Radio and the Golf Club, Camposol. Fashion show, stalls, bingo PALS (outside Trevi,Saturday mornings and outside and buffet. entertainment by Woody. 2.30 pm Ratataouille in Puerto de Mazarron on Wednesday start.€10. May/June Baltic cruise is now fully booked. lunchtimes). June 25th - Summer Ball at Le Cumbre Hotel. Now almost full. Call Rosemary for latest details. F.A.S.T Fundraising Christmas in Benidorm, staying 4 nights full board F.A.S.T 2014 Fundrasing dates for your diary at Hotel Helios, including gala Christmas lunch. Just a May 16th May Ball at The Amapola Restaurant, few rooms left. €240. Bolnuevo 25 euro incl. meal dancing to Terry Jay HOT NEWS. Coach available from Camposol 5 euro We’re going to the races in Madrid, leaving our area May 17th May Fayre at Mariano’s restaurant Camposol on Thursday November 27th, staying 4 nights B & B at Hotel Tryp Cibeles on the 1euro entry 11am - 3pm Grand draw 2pm Gran Via, close to shops, 1st August Rock n Roll Bar B Q at The Clubhouse Metro, tourist bus and Camposol Golf with “The B Boppers” Ticket 7 euro restaurants. On Friday, Bar- B- Q 5 euro there is a trip to Toledo, 11 October Autumn Dance The Trevi Bar TBA and on Saturday, a trip to 29 November Xmas Fayre at Mariano’s Restaurant the Valley Of The Fallen, a monument to Spanish camposol 5 December Xmas Dance at The Clubhouse with Civil War. On Sunday, it’s off to the races to place Barrington 12 euro’s incl. buffet your bets. €260 including All proceeds go to FAST. all transport. For more details and MARKET DAYS IN THE AREA to order tickets, call Rosemary on 620 105 Monday - San Pedro del Pinatar 179. Tuesday - Los Alcazares / Alhama de Murcia

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Animal Welfare Centre - San Miguel de Salinas

Wednesday - Santiago de la Ribeira / Fuente Alamo / Totana Thursday - San Javier / Camposol Sector A / Lorca Friday - Isla Plana (Summer only) Saturday - Mazarron Pueblo / Aguilas Sunday - Puerto de Mazarron / Mar Menor/ Cabo de Palos

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hold services each week at 10.30am on Camposol, Mazarron. Everyone is welcome to join us. For further details, call Rev. Maureen Kent 968 970 637

Tess and zara

These two affectionate sisters were rescued from a perrera only three months old. They are now 18 months old and are more than ready to find forever homes. They can be homed separately. Both are chipped, vaccinated and spayed and look like a small Labrador.

Many thanks to all the people that have already supported us by adopting or fostering one of our rescue dogs.

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Brother B531 industrial 4 thread overlock machine on purposebuiltstand with single phase motor.Excellent condition, 275euros ono. To r r ev i e j a . Tel.966722010 G ent s mountain bike, 18” frame, 18 gears. Hardly used. 50€. Bondi 2 burner gas BBQ, used twice. 30€ Torrevieja 966 722 299 Sun bed (blue) and cushion 25€ 3 wall panel heaters 400w. 60cm square. 120€ ono 691 571 610 Los Montesinos NEW SET of right hand ladies fenix golf clubs Used for 9 holes. 8 clubs plus putter and 3 wood. All in Top Flight Bag plus a new trolley. 200€ o.n.o. Tel 646 181 315. Camposol PA Speaker. T h o m m a n 350watt full range with stand. New! 70€. Fender gig bag for Strat or Tele. 10€. Angle grinder and assorted 5 inch cutters in toolbox 15€. Ring 966 789 612

A s c ending parac h ute (for towing behind a boat), model Jumbo 2man size, brand new never been out of its’ valise at one third of the price new. 300 6 0 6 075 6 4 4... anytime. Hedge trimmer electric 16 inch cut (nearly new) €30 quesada tel: 966 716 599 E xtending gardenshears €10 quesada tel: 966 716 599 E xtending loppers €10 quesada tel: 966 716 599 Black & Decker Jigsaw and new blades €15 quesada tel: 966 716 599 Tap shoes size 5 and 5 ½ (toe and heel taps) v.g.c. 25 pair quesada tel: 966 716 599 C h ild ’ 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€ new (C h r i s t m a s) . 100€. Tel 606 075 644 anytime. E le c tri c hedge trimmer


16inch cut (nearly new) €30, Extending garden shears €10, Extending loppers €10, Black & Decker jig saw and new blades €15, Tap shoes size 5 and 5 ½ (toe and heel taps) v.g.c. €25 pair Quesada 966 716 599 Fiamm, 1.9 saturlite dish with VHD floor wall mount 300€. cost Quadruple. will seperate. El Galan / Villa Martin area.772 729 148. Saw bench 8” blade. 1000w, rise & fall, tilt wirh ext table. 30 monthes G/tee left. as new. 75€ no offers. 722 720 148. Villa Martin area Tool Chest, 3 drawers full of tools, unused gift. 55€.still wrapped. Villa Martin area 722 720 148

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CODY & BARNEY these 4 month old pups were picked up from the countryside near Almoradi. They will probably be small to medium sized dogs and quite slim build, they are both very gentle natured dogs.Please contact K9 or PHONE 600 84 54 20 for more info

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Shrek’s Jacket Trustingly I entered the chemically perfumed emporium that is the Albox Tintorería and relinquished Pete’s very nice suede jacket into the care of the boss/receptionist/chief cleaning technician/ cook and bottle-washer, who stated that it would be ready in a week. Or maybe 10 days. I gave him a fortnight, which to a Spaniard is about 10 days. Once more I braved the unique odour that is common to all dry-cleaners, and was greeted with a merry Hola as the boss/etc scurried into the nether reaches of the shop to fetch my jacket. Returning he proudly he held up for my inspection a faux suede sleeveless jacket which

had obviously been designed and worn by Shrek. ‘That’s not mine.’ I said. ‘Mine has sleeves.’ ‘Sleeves.’ He reiterated thoughtfully. ‘I have given it to someone else.’ Horror spread across his face like spilt milk across a tiled floor, and for a moment we stood, the image of the owner of the sleeveless monstrosity parading around Albox in Pete’s good suede jacket hanging between us like the ghost of Banquo. ‘Come back next week,’ he begged, nearly bursting with earnest entreaty. ‘I will get it back.’ Oh yeah, you and whose army? I thought. Any person who would fit the faux jacket is certainly not going to meekly hand it back with an ‘Oh, sorry.’ It’s finders keepers, losers weepers! ‘I need it by Sunday.’ I said, with no regard for his rising blood pressure, and the possibility of a nervous breakdown. Desperately he began searching through the

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rails of garments ready for collection. ‘I will find it. Give me an hour.’ I gave him an hour and a bit. On my return he was in front of the giant washing machine hopping from foot to foot as if he were a cat on a bed of nails. He wrenched open the door, grabbed the contents in his arms, and bore them headlong to the counter. Thrusting his hands into the centre of the tangled mass as if performing abdominal surgery on a giant squid, he extracted - Pete’s jacket! ‘Ten minutes.’ He begged, as all fingers and thumbs he endeavoured to straighten out the precious garment. I gave him 20. On my return he was all urbane composure. With a flourish he handed me the jacket, neatly hung and bagged in plastic. As he did so he sagely intoned ‘There are no problems which cannot be resolved, except death.’ He wasn’t thinking that just under an hour ago!

alqueria Of ball-bearings and exotic fruit John MacDonald (El Sordo) -

Not all conflict in Alqueria is based on barrio rivalry. Take the case of Cartera Frederico, the bank manager and Dr Cortarduras the Newcomer’s GP. Both belonging to the Newcomer’s barrio, they haven’t been on speaking terms for almost three decades. It all started some thirty years ago when the good doctor was treating Rodriquez’s wife for a case of Goooin’s disease. This malady usually only affects ripening root vegetables, although there are obvious similarities. Dr Cortarduras had mentioned an investment opportunity, the Little Ball, Big Ball, Bigger Ball-Bearing factory of San Sebastián. At about this time Cartera Frederico had newly arrived in Alqueria and was keen to ingratiate himself with the olive mill owner, Rodriquez. Frederico’s career had not been spectacular, in fact he had been promoted sideways and sent to the most obscure sub-branch in Spain, Alqueria. It was hoped that here his incompetence would not be noticed and even if it was Alqueria was of little consequence. Cartera Frederico suggested an alternative stock that of the Icelandic Pomegranate and Calabashtree Plantation. Rodriquez went with the bank managers advice after all it was his territory. If you can cast your mind back to 1985 you may recall two events of international importance which profoundly effected Rodriquez’s shareholdings. First was the infestation of Waffenstuffen’s Weevil which killed off all exotic fruit production in and close to the Arctic circle. Second, the issue of ten wheeled rocket propelled roller-skates to all front line NATO

troops causing an unprecedented demand for ball bearings of all sizes. Rodriquez lost thousands. He moved his account to another bank and only dealt with Cartera Frederico when it involved other people’s money. Frederico blamed the Doctor personally for the Waffenstuffen’s Weevil infestation even suggesting that the medical man had bred the insects himself. He did however withdraw his comments following the threat of legal action. If they ever found themselves in the Bar La Golondrina at the same time the bank manager would say in an overly loud voice, “I have private medical treatment in Spain, I don’t trust these Alquerian butchers” or some similar rhetoric. Dr Cortarduras for his part had been spiking Frederico’s Remitroot Wine with a strong laxative for years. A condition which has cost the unsuspecting bank manager a small fortune to have treated privately in Almería. Which also explains why Frederico’s condition has defied all attempts of a cure and has made the front page of several medical journals. The depth of Alquerian discord and malcontent is certainly deep. No one is spared apart perhaps from Loco Paco, befriended by his imaginary pets, he is a threat to no one.



Truth or Fiction, It’s a Good Yarn I am wondering about Robin Hood at the moment. It’s just that having recently re-read ‘The Adventures of Robin Hood’ by Roger Lancelyn Green, I am confused as to just who Robin Hood really was. Where did he come from, was he really the hero that he is popularly portrayed as and indeed, did he really exist at all? I am also wondering where the heck the author’s parents dug up the name Lancelyn, but that’s another matter entirely. It seems strange that one of our best known English heroes and one who is recognised internationally, may be a fictional character based on a mixture of obscure figures who lived in various parts of England and who were often separated by a century or two. So I have done some digging of my own and come to the conclusion that I am even more confused than before. But it has thrown up some interesting things that are worth mentioning here. Take Little John. According to the legend, or at least one version of it, his real name was John Little and that contrary to the name, he was built like a Nottingham brothel. However I much prefer another less popular version of who John was and it’s one that appeals much more to my own bizarre imagination. In this one John is referred to as ‘little’ because he

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stood not much more than four feet tall. It is said that they met at a crossing of one of the streams that ran through Sherwood, Robin on one side and John whatever his real name was, on the other. The only crossing was a bridge that consisted of a single felled tree, wide enough for only one person to cross, so with neither party wishing to give way to the other, they set-to with quarter staffs which resulted in Robin taking an early and unexpected bath. Why they couldn’t have waded across in the first place and avoided the confrontation is beyond me, as it becomes clear in most versions of this event, that the water was only knee deep. But there you go, it’s the old ‘my quarter staff is bigger than yours’ man thing. Or perhaps it’s simply the aversion to water that twelfth and thirteenth century people had. But in any event it would seem that the description of John Little as a giant, was put about by Robin to avoid the humiliation of being bested by a dwarf. Will Scarlet was so named, it is thought, because of his penchant to mince about in flamboyant red garments but if this was the case, then he would have stood out in the forest like a ham sandwich in a synagogue and been an easy target for the sheriff’s men. More plausible is the lesser known version that he had been afflicted with some nasty disease from foraging through medieval wheely bins in the streets looking for scraps of festering food, which had left him with a permanent fiery rash. It is telling that in many accounts, he is shunned by the other outlaws and left to take his meals alone in the camp.

Perhaps this is where the expression, ‘avoid like the plague’ originates. Robin’s followers are always referred to as the Merry Men. This could well have been the case because from the many candidates thought to have been the model for Maid Marion, there is one who was a notorious harlot of the day around the Nottingham area – Marion de Quickie. If there had been roundabouts then, she would surely have been a familiar face to the riders of passing horses and carts. So on the assumption that as a ‘friend’ of Robin, she would also have been well known to his troop of outlaws, it follows that they would have been a merry bunch indeed having at one time or another, probably made Marion. If you see what I mean. I can’t make up my mind about Friar Tuck. All the stories show him to have indeed been a friar and a man of God, but this is totally at odds with the fact that he spent most of his time necking strong ale, breaking the heads of Norman soldiers with a wicked looking staff that he carried, and breaking wind at the most inopportune times, such as the occasion when he was conducting a marriage ceremony for a local yeoman. But the theory about the whole Robin Hood legend that I like the most, is that in fact the band - as his followers were called - was precisely that and the Robin Hood Band were no more than popular entertainers of their day, playing at many weddings, cock fights and executions. Alas, after 700 years, we are never likely to know for sure.


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MAZARRON FC 6 MORATALLA AD 0 Mazarron totally dominated this game and ran out easy winners against a poor Moratalla team. Coach Javi named four 16 year olds in the squad, three of whom were in the starting line up and they all contributed to this victory. After 14 minutes Tico’s through ball found Fran who cleverly back heeled the ball into the path of Jose Ruben. The striker ran on to fire his 20th goal of the season past the Moratalla keeper. Cecilio was influential up front and provided Ruben with a number of further opportunities which were

not converted. Mazarron did not increase their lead until six minutes before half time when another fine pass from Tico saw Ruben racing through on the left. His shot was saved by the visiting keeper but only into the path of Cecilio who unleashed a powerful drive into the net to make the score 2-0 to Mazarron at the interval. Tolo replaced Ruben at

half time and Mazarron continued their onslaught on the Moratalla goal playing some excellent football. After 50 minutes, young central defender Ismai, who was making his debut, played a through ball to Dani whose fierce shot was well saved. Shortly afterwards Moratalla were reduced to 10 man when one of their players was dismissed after an altercation with the referee. Mazarron then went into a three-goal lead when Randry’s left wing cross was met with a looping header by Moha and the

ball nestled in the top corner of the net. Things went from bad to worse for Moratalla when they were harshly penalised for a back pass two yards from goal. Tico tapped the ball to Tolo who fired home to make it 4-0. It was soon 5-0 when excellent work by Juanillo found Tolo on the edge of the penalty area. Although his shot was blocked, another of the Mazarron youngsters,

Overall winner on the day was Michelle Evans who also won the gold division, the silver division was won by Buck Taylor who got a substitute Gines, was on hand to score with the rebound. Five minutes before time Chema was brought

down on the edge of the penalty area and, despite Moratalla protests, the referee awarded a penalty which Tolo coolly despatched to make him joint top scorer in the league this season. Team: Pablo, Alfonso, Eduardo, Ismai, Dani (Chema),Fran (Juanillo), Moha, Tico, Randry, Cecilio (Gines), Jose Ruben (Tolo). Man of the Match: Tico

Oriel 4 v. Daya Nueva 2 Cadets Alicante 2A Daya Nueva Just Not Good Enough !

The home side started well and almost opened the scoring in the second minute but the crossbar came to Daya’s rescue. Oriel were having the better of the opening exchanges and looked far from a team anchored at the wrong end of the table. They confirmed this on 6 minutes when a fiercely struck shot flew past a stranded Danni in the Daya goal to open the scoring. The visitors did create a good opening on 9 minutes but Marcos blasted high and wide. Oriel continued to press and on 40 minutes another fierce shot went millimeters wide. With the visitors struggling to get into the game Francisco hit a long ball out of defence that fell nicely to Luis, he cleverly lobbed the advancing keeper to level the scores on 25 minutes. Just minutes

later Marcos had a good chance to score a second for Daya but his shot flew just over the bar. Then Luis went close to scoring his second but his header was saved by the keeper. The visitors were now enjoying their best spell of the game and on 36 minutes a high ball into the home side’s penalty area caused panic and allowed Luis to score his and Daya’s second. So 2 - 1 at half time and the visitors had at last woken up ! As expected Oriel started the second half at a fantastic pace trying to level the scores as soon as possible but the visitors’ defence coped well. On 55 minutes the home side did equalise when a brilliant strike from distance gave Danni no chance. Could Daya raise their game again and find a third and may

Rubys Golf Society

El Plantio was our hosts for this months Stapleford trophy match, the course was in excellent condition and the scores reflected this with only an odd point separating the winners.

be match winning goal ? Not so as it was Oriel who took the lead when on 70 minutes a good inter-passing move presented them with the easiest of chances that they gratefully accepted. So it was now backs to the wall for the visitors as they tried to contain a rampant Oriel. This they did up until the final minute when from a very tight angle the home side scored their 4th to make it 4 1 final score. It was a bad result for Daya as they had worked very hard to get back into the match after conceding the early goal. They were not helped by two players being ruled out having accumulated 5 yellow cards each. Take nothing away from the winners, they were the better side but how are they second to bottom?

“birdie” on the 15th but I have got a to say the bird, a goose, was not happy and vented his or hers anger when we passed on the fairway. Buck won the best front nine,other winners were best back nine Jeff Evans, nearest the pin in two and longest drive for the men Nigel Wright, ladies longest drive Theresa (keep it in the family) Wright. Nearest the pin on par

3 Jeff Evans and Dave Crouch. Back at Ruby’s bar Monica Malcolm won the football card .. Our next game is Blind pairs at Altorreal on the 30th May which is being sponsored by Buck and Jan Taylor, if you would like to join us for this or any other game please contact us at

Racing San Miguel v CD Montesinos

Playing on a patchy, bumpy grass pitch, four key players missing was no excuse for a very poor final match day MONTESINOS performance in this Sat’ evening kick-off. SAN MIGUEL set out their stall to good effect, and caused MONTE problems early on, and this culminated in the 15th minute when the away defence let a cross over for a simple headed goal 1-0. With only little OMAR upfront MONTE offered very little in way of attack, but did draw level when MARCOS was tripped in the area and he calmly slotted home 1-1.The home

side were far the better, playing close controlled football, and they got their reward with a splendid move down the left saw SAN MIGUEL’S No 11 strike with ease, 2-1 to the delight of the vast friendly home support. Half-time. JUANPE made 2 changes at the interval with JOSE CARLOS and CHRISTIAN replacing PARADES and LOPEZ. This had no impact as MONTE lost their shape to concede the 3rd. CHRISTIAN brilliantly saved, but the rebound was hammered in, 3-1. SAN MIGUEL totally dominated the

second period and limited MONTE to only 2 chances shots by RUBEN and MARCOS. CHRISTIAN made another great save and the home side hit the bar. MONTE showed lack of entrepreneurial skills and the 40 or so travelling fans prayed for the final whistle. DIEGO and TELLO came on for OMAR and RUBEN as a last throw of the dice but this made no difference and the match finished 3-1. For more info contact t h e f u l l m o n t e 2 0 11 @ or website at www.cdmontesinos. com

Club Natacion Torrevieja; Juanma

This weekend Torrevieja girls showed outstanding performances in their races in the “ XVII Trofeo Patronato Municipal de Deportes” and the “XVI Trofeo Ciudad de San Vicente” in the Municipal Pool San Vincente del Raspieg on saturday 10th May. Paula Garcia won trophies in both of her races gold in the 100 m freestyle event and silver in the 100m backstroke event (1112yrs). Other members of the team gained excellent new times which stand them in good positions for next years competitions. Elian Del Rio Castillo narrowly missed out on trophies winning 4th

place in both his 100m freestyle and 100m butterfly events(1314yrs). In the afternoons competition team mates and best friends, Piroska Rideg and Zoe Connolly, raced side by side in both the 100m backstroke and 100m butterfly events. Piroska , a year older than Zoe controlled the race with an excellent swim in both races winning 1st place in the 100m butterfly and silver in the 100m backstroke. Zoe followed her friend with a silver in the 100m butterfly and 5th in the backstroke race. The clubs team then narrowly missed out on

medals being placed 4th in the 4x 50m medley relay. Other team mates worked hard and gained new personal bests. The team will be back in action this weekend with a “time control” in their home pool at the municipal pool in Torrevieja. 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




england’s world cup squad Joe Hart (Manchester City) Ben Foster (West Bromwich Albion) Fraser Forster (Celtic)


Leighton Baines (Everton) Gary Cahill (Chelsea) Phil Jagielka (Everton) Glen Johnson (Liverpool) Phil Jones (Man Utd) Luke Shaw (Southampton) Chris Smalling (Man Utd)


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MADRID 2nd 136 for 10. TORREVIEJA 137 for 2. Torrevieja CC looked to continue their winning streak when they took on a Madrid 2nd team at the Torrevieja sports centre. Madrid won the toss and decided to bat. After losing a wicket in the 3rd over, they progressed slowly and reached 61 before the next wicket went down. K Seshut and I Blake were progressing slowly until Seshut was caught for 25 and then Blake went to a brilliant caught and bowled by Mike Wareing for 35. After that, wickets fell regularly and apart from R Rao (14) and captain D Stirton (17) there was not a lot of


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Source: 33 points followed by Glenys Thomas with 29 points pipping young Trevor Hobbs on C/B. The winner of the “Roy” for the most shots played was Paul Flanagan. Nearest the Pin winners were David McSweeney, Roy Westlake, Pam Martin and Garry Haisman. A 2’s competition was introduced recently and the first winner was smoking Tony Patterson who chipped in from the greenside bunker on the tricky Par 3 14th. In the annual singles knock-out competition Tony White beat Roy Kavanagh and Rod Day beat Trevor Hobbs to advance to the next round.

Quesada Golf Society Last Wednesday there was another very good turn-out for the society’s game at what is arguably the best golf course on the southern Costa Blanca, Las Colinas. The course and greens were in excellent condition and the weather was perfect for a good game of golf. The competition was an individual stableford with two divisions. In the gold division the winner was our Treasurer, Rod Day who returned a score of 34 points. In second place was the society’s lowest handicapper David McSweeney with 30 points. He pipped third placed Stormin Norman Lewis on C/B. Norman had a good round and it would have been a very good round had half a dozen putts gone in instead of finishing inches from the cup. In the Silver Division the winner was steady golfer Terry Smith who came in with

The presentations were made after the game at the Quesada Country Club with a tasty hot and cold buffet being provided by Dave & Anita. The game was kindly sponsored jointly by Roy Kavanagh and Dave & Anita of the Quesada Country Club. The next game is the first of the society’s “Away Days” at Hacienda Del Alamo which promises to be a great day out. 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.

Torrevieja CC resistance, and with tight bowling from Lee Brown (3 for 24) Mike Wareing ( 2 for 9) and Hasan Ullah ( 4 for 22 ) they were all out eventually for 136. When Torrevieja went into bat they had a similar s t a r t , losing a wicket in the 3rd over. This brought Graham Simpson to the crease and together with Adam Alger, they put on 73 for the next wicket, Graham finishing on 30. Jay Patel joined Adam and they reached the target of 137 in the 24th over. Jay finished on 26 not out

and Adam a stylish 65 not out. Torrevieja win by 8 wickets. Torrevieja,s next game

is at home ( athletics track in the Torrevieja sports centre ) on 24th May against Intellectuals from Bonalba. Start at 11.00 o’clock. Further information from torrevieja-cricket@live. com or colingriffiths80@


Oriel 4 v. Daya Nueva 2 Cadets Alicante 2A Daya Nueva Just Not Good Enough !

The home side started well and almost opened the scoring in the second minute but the crossbar came to Daya’s rescue. Oriel were having the better of the opening exchanges and looked far from a team anchored at the wrong end of the table. They confirmed this on 6 minutes when a fiercely struck shot flew past a stranded Danni in the Daya goal to open the scoring. The visitors did create a good opening on 9 minutes but Marcos blasted high and wide. Oriel continued to press and on 40 minutes another fierce shot went millimeters wide. With the visitors struggling to get into the game Francisco hit a long ball out of defence that fell nicely to Luis, he cleverly lobbed the advancing keeper to level the scores on 25 minutes. Just minutes later Marcos had a good chance to score a second for Daya but his shot flew just over the bar.

Then Luis went close to scoring his second but his header was saved by the keeper. The visitors were now enjoying their best spell of the game and on 36 minutes a high ball into the home side’s penalty area caused panic and allowed Luis to score his and Daya’s second. So 2 - 1 at half time and the visitors had at last woken up ! As expected Oriel started the second half at a fantastic pace trying to level the scores as soon as possible but the visitors’ defence coped well. On 55 minutes the home side did equalise when a brilliant strike from distance gave Danni no chance. Could Daya raise their game again and find a third and may be match winning goal ? Not so as it was Oriel who took the lead when on 70 minutes a good interpassing move

presented them with the easiest of chances that they gratefully accepted. So it was now backs to the wall for the visitors as they tried to contain a rampant Oriel. This they did up until the final minute when from a very tight angle the home side scored their 4th to make it 4 - 1 final score. It was a bad result for Daya as they had worked very hard to get back into the match after conceding the early goal. They were not helped by two players being ruled out having accumulated 5 yellow cards each. Take nothing away from the winners, they were the better side but how are they second to bottom ?


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This week 36 members and their guests played the tree line course of

Villamartin which has had a lot of work done on it lately all for the

El Plantio 2 Golf Society As usual, a lovely day with wall-to-wall sunshine and a gentle breeze blowing. We played a team game on Tuesday and this week it was the Waltz, some good scores in and a very close finish all round. With 20 players this week we went out in 5 teams of 4 and although it was a team game, all individual scores were kept, so an individual member with a good score could be cut, unfortunately for Keith, his team came second, but his score was 41 stableford points

means that he will be cut for his next game. The results this week: Nearest the pin hole 5: Lyn Young, Hole 9: Gordon Abba 3rd place John O’Brien, Mel Hope, Henry & Bob Bryant with a score of 86 pts 2nd place Ray Housley, Stig, Keith Smith & Lyn Young with a score of 87 pts (on countback) 1st place Ian Henderson, Rod Loveday, Martin Rickman & George Stanhope with a score of 87 pts

better and it was in very good condition. Our thanks go to all the staff at Villamartin for their hospitality. There was one singles match today between John Parker and Tony Smale with Tony winning 6 and 5. NTP’s were won by John Osborne (6), Brian Staines (9), Steve Davis (13) & Brian Staines again on the (17). Best front and back 9 not in the top 3 were Little and Large Tony

Smale and Barry Roehrig both with 19 points. Alisdair Grimsley tally of 32 points saw him walk off with the guest prize and second best guest was Eamon Murphy with 30 points. Bronze division’s top 3 were - Norman McBride (30), Ellen Drakesmith (33) & Chris Hamblett also with 33 points but winning on count back. Silver’s winners were Alan Macdonald (33), John Drakesmith (34),

The next competition is on 13th May at El Plantio. Put your name on the list in the club house by Sunday, if you would like to play. Be sure to be there well before 9am on Tuesday. New members are welcome to join the El Plantio Golf Society, where special membership price is available for anyone who joins the Society. Visitors are always welcome, contact Ian Henderson, Tel: 966716616 or Mob: 636116230


for La Serena, 7th May 2014 On this very pleasant day in history, Germany signed an unconditional surrender in Rheims, France and 31 turned out for our latest trip to the gentle watering hole of La Serena to play a 2 ball better ball (medal) which caused some confusion on how to score the cards! This is a venue where as many of you will know, 16 holes can grab your balls and of course, I do

& Captain Steve Davis continuing his run of form winning with 39 points and another cut in his handicap. Gold category’s scores were very tightly contested with Theo Boelhouwer(36), Brian Staines (38) & John Osborne taking first prize winning on count back with 38 points. Well done to all those in the prizes! This week’s Abacus prize of a very nice bottle of wine went to

Glen Rapley

mean the holes where the water is present and not some fictional mermaid with sharp nails doing the grabbing of the spherical objects that can make your eyes water. That said, there was one Norwegian (Dag Lovas) who’s eyes were watering when he found out we had run out of stock and that left him with just one ball. It has to be said that the course is in quite good condition and the staff were very obliging, as they always are on this course. With many balls lost into a watery grave, there is no doubt that the sleeve of Srixon Soft Feels for the NTP’s would be of great value to Matthew Taylor, Paula Hagart, and guests Karl and Mark. The scores on the day

were surprisingly decent with scores in the low mid 60’s and it was an excellent 62 that took the Guest Prize for Father and Son team of Harry and Mark with Harry shooting a nett level par and Mark only 2 over nett. The members also needed a nett 62 and this was achieved by the winning pair of Matthew Taylor and Bill Starkey. 3 shots back on 65 were the Norwegian equivalent to Mork and Mindy in the guise of Dag Lovas and Roger (veldighyggeligmann) Nilsen taking the runnersup slot and a further 3 shots back with a 68 were Joe Dean and Steve Higgins to claim 3rd spot. Photo: 2 placed team Our next game, Wednesday 22nd January 2014, see’s us at La Fincagolf courseso if you fancy a game just look at our website or call the Fixture Secretary on 966719604.

Keep up to date with all society matters on or give Baz a quick buzz on 966 730 133 for info on future Wednesday meetings & please remember during these busy months to get your name down early & if you have to cancel, please do so as early as possible - thanks. Caption for pic - Some of the day’s happy winners.

Tuesday Night Trios Ten Pin Bowling League Week 28 – Final Night - 6th May 2014

As we started the last night of the league, all attention was concentrated on the top of the league, where Split Happens only needed 2 points to take the title. Facing an in form The Dreamers team, SH knew they would have to bowl well and, with Kjell Monsen leading with a 259 scratch game, they comfortably picked up the 2 points needed, to secure the title. The match went flat after the first game and SH took the game 8 – 0 but, Kjell managed to “concentrate” to amass a 644 scratch series and so consolidate the mens’ high average with 192 per game. Shane Winfield of Cornish Pride hadn’t liked the ‘ribbing’ he took last week, after Sue W beat him ‘easily’ and, with a 238 scratch game and 671 handicap series, firmly put his wife “back in her place”. His total was not enough to prevent Lucky Strike drawing 4 – 4, with Sue Duke of LS increasing her individual scratch high game to 198. Team Finland, lying second in the league, knew they needed 4 points to keep their position and, when they took the first game, all was going well. However, Crazy Pinz had other ideas and, with Ivar Henriksen bowling his highest scr and h/c series of 558 and 648 respectively, shocked TF and took the game 6 – 2. This meant that, if Hall y Day could beat Bar Mosquitos 8 – 0 and bowl well, they would snatch

second place. With Lesley Day bowling a superb 653 scr and 701 h/c series, ably backed up by Martti Timonens 648 and Tony Rays 622 h/c series, they took the team high h/c series for the season with 1971 and, overhauled TF by 140 pins, to grab second place. Los lobos, knowing they were ‘safe’ from the wooden spoon this season, enjoyed a 4 – 4 drawn game with Los Bandidos. Maurice Allen had his ‘bit’ for company and, relaxed with a steady 543 series. Although Juans’ Warriors knew their fate, they still wanted as many points as possible and, with captain Jamie Brian rolling a solid 561, they shared the spoils with Caballo Negro, 4 – 4. Splash set out on lanes 19 and 20, determined to put Hall y Day under pressure for a top three finish but, The Mixers were in no mood to roll over. Splash couldn’t get going in the first game and, TM took the game by 10 pins. Even with Juanjo Carral bowling a 234 scr second game, a 6 – 2 points win wasn’t enough to move Splash into the top three. As another succesful season comes to an end, our presentation night will be held at The Splash Bar and Restaurant Torrevieja, on Saturday 17th May, where all the winners will receive their ‘rewards’, for their endeavours this season.



Our second visit to the beautifully manicured Alenda course recently, and once again we were blessed with cloudless skies and warm sunshine. Alas, one no show but this from a member who has a history of losing his way to Alenda and having to do U-turns at motorway toll booths. We were pleased to welcome new member Roy Wealleans to the Society. No trophy to play for this week and so the Gold winner was Steve Warner with 30 pts on count-back, and the Silver winner,also on countback, was Eric Taylor with 33 pts. Ntp,s this week,with prizes kindly donated by Nigel from ClubstoHire.

com ,were Steve Warner,AlanJones,Gerry McCabe and Jimmy Scott. Our next meeting is at Altorreal on 15th May 10.50 start, playing a Texas Scramble for the Optima Optica Trophy. Our next social event is a Bingo Quiz on 27th May , cost E8 to include a meal of either fish or meat pie. Please let Elspeth know your requirements soonest. Members will be pleased to know that the Auction Night last week raised Euros 400 towards the Social fund. Again many thanks to Helena at the La Marina Club for feeding us after the match.

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Out latest society game was at La Serena and we had a team event called Traffic Light and what great fun it was with all team enjoying themselves. We had a new starter for the Paul Hamlin and someone must tell him next time he is to be quite on the tee these new boy’s always problems. The event was won by Paul new man, Mick Hardy, Barry Butterworth and Smithy with a total of 129pts. Paul Hamlin’s team was second on 117pts and Ian sadler’s team third. Nearest the pins where win by Paul Newman, Paul Hamlin, John Collins and Mick Hardy the biggest winner of the day was Graham Ree who won the gross two’s. The next Society’s game is on Wednesday, 21st May 2014 at ALICANTE (San Juan GC). The format will be Individual Stableford. (Handicap & Player of the Year qualifier.)


I would be obliged if you are intending to play in this game to let me know by email including a buggy if you want one, this will help to ensure you have booked a place and in the booking of the Tee times & buggies with the course. Payday is on Saturday, 17th May 2014 at La Serena, in the bar area,

This coming weekend ITV Orihuela RFC play their last league game of the seasons on 10 May away to Yecla, hoping to be able to get a full squad of players for the game. Looking to end the season on a high against a team that has made really good progress against all the other teams, when they have put their real B team in. Yecla like the other new teams in the league have done themselves really proud and played some very good rugby and looking forward to seeing all of them back next season together with any new teams in the region. A win on Saturday could see ITV Orihuela RFC finish the season in second place, which is a fantastic achievement consideing the team is made up of juveniles coming up a level, players that have never played before and been their first taste of the sport and the old boys like myself who are slowing down a bit. Let us hope that we can keep them together for next season and bring in more fresh


talent. This does not mean that this is the end of rugby until next season as the 7’s season starts and also the tournament season starts as well with both Albacete and Elche having their 7’s on 17 May. These are followed by the Murcia 7’s on 7 June and followed on 21 June at Formentera del Segura 3rd exhibition tournament with teams from Albacete, Lorca, San Javier, Elche, Tarafa, Alcoy and Torrevieja already booked in. Then on 2 August the San Juan beach rugby tournament is on again. I am now at Zoco Market on Sundays third row up from the road at the back of the market, so come on down there for all of your rugby branded clothing and playing gear, and anything you want to know about rugby in the area. Training is at the Miguel Hernandez University ground at 20.15 on Tuesday and Thursday for the seniors and juveniles. The juniors start at 18.15. So if you are interested, dig out those rugby boots and come along and see for yourself what it is like. New players are always welcome no matter what age or skill level you are. If you would like more information about what is going on in the club, you can contact the club by phoning myself, Garry on 692 767 242, and for the juniors contact Oscar on 600 871 606 (Spanish)


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