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The Portavoz del Grupo Municipal Socialista and Diputado Regional, Manuel Soler spoke of the Group’s sorrow at “the greatest misfortune due to the floods’ - the death of a neighbour who lived in La Torrecilla. That, together with the six victims living in our region, brings to seven the death toll in our community. We send our deepest condolences to the families of the victims.” He stressed that ‘Misfortune has struck the areas around La Huerta de Lorca and Puerto Lumbrero and El Esparragal. Even more damage has been sustained in the surroundings of Campillo, La Torrecilla, La Escucha, Purias and El Esparragal, where the houses are completely flooded, with all the furniture and belongings lost and, in many cases, with significant damage to infrastructure, so much so that some of them will have to be declared ruins.” The Socialist leader added that “in these districts all the crops have been lost, and thousands of pigs and calves have been drowned. Among this number are two small farms; one where 600 sheep and their lambs were drowned, and the other where 300 goats and their kids perished except for one solitary goat, who escaped to safety on a large mound of earth nearby.” He added that they are removing the dead animals found on farms, ‘but there are many animal carcasses scattered throughout the area as well as pigs, calves and small ruminants have managed to escape and are wandering loose in the countryside. Neighbours are helping each other, bailing out flooded areas, clearing mud and removing animals from farms, but need help for other tasks.’ He stressed that it is important that the Comunidad de Regantes fix faults that have occurred in their water distribution networks and water service resumes in these districts as soon as possible, for the cleaning of homes, farms, machinery and all kinds of appliances.

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During the past week children from all over Spain have been kept out of school, with action from the parents of children from the Costa Blanca boycotting schools last Thursday and Friday. These actions have been undertaken with the sanction of CEAPA, the Association of Parents, acting in support of the staff and teachers who are suffering as a result of the financial and staffing cuts made by both the regional and national governments. Hundreds took part in a demonstration in Torrevieja’s Plaza Mayor in a show of support for teachers, parents and children. A Spokesperson for CEAPA said that they were ‘standing up for the rights of their children. The educational cuts that have been forced upon us and them by the government amount to a direct attack on the rights of students of all ages and their families. We consider the situation very serious. We deserve answers as to why our children are being deprived of key educational facilities, teachers and materials. These savage cuts to the Spanish educational system are completely unacceptable.’ She added: ‘As a Confederation we wholly support students and their families. We

are protesting because we will not accept the dismantling of the Spanish education system. We do not accept the withdrawal of financial support for essential items such as text books, school transport and lunchtime facilities. We regard the withdrawal of funding for text books as a direct contravention of the children’s rights to a decent and full education.’ ‘The educational cuts that have been forced upon us by the government are a direct attack on the rights of students of all ages and their families. The situation that our children find themselves in is very serious, and we deserve answers as to why our children are being deprived of key educational facilities, teachers and materials. Many families, already suffering cuts and in difficulties due to the economic crisis, have no choice but to completely abandon their children’s education This is a system which will ultimately and exclusively benefit private education purely due to the fact that sufficient funding for a decent education is not available, and education will become a prerogative of the wealthy.

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The Charity EMAÚS has issued a warning about bogus collectors knocking on doors and requesting money for the charity, which runs 7 children’s homes, a baby unit, a shelter for women and an old people’s home. Montserrat Fiter, President of EMAÚS, said the fake collectors were ‘a new problem’ and underlined that the charity did not knock on doors. ‘It is not the way we work.’ She stressed. The bogus collectors are very plausible, even down to presenting apparently genuine paperwork. They are requesting money, even specifying the amount, up to 100€, and in some cases are selling goods apparently to raise funds for the charity. Anyone approached at the door by any person who says that they are collecting for EMAÚS should be aware that they are not genuine collectors sanctioned by the charity – who stressed emphatically that they never collect door-to-door.


Linea 9: Supporters of the Benidorm to Denia railway service were planning a demonstration by train last Friday. They were to march from Denia Bus Station in Plaza Archduke Charles and head for the terminus of Line 9 at the train station. Organisers hoped people would travel on the Tram service to show support for the service. A 900 signature petition has been handed to the Alcaldesa of Gata, Ana Maria Soler. The petition calls for the preservation of the northern stretch of the Alicante to Denia railway link to be maintained .


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Mixed fortunes for Rajoy in regional elections

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s Popular Party (PP) enjoyed mixed fortunes in yesterday’s regional elections, consolidating their majority in his native Galicia, but losing ground to the nationalist party in the Basque Country.

Away from Rajoy’s homeland, however, the conservative Basque Nationalist Party emerged as the winner in Sunday’s elections in the Basque Country, closely followed by the Euskal Herria Bildu coalition of left-wing separatists.

In Galicia, the centre-right PP not only held on to, but increased its absolute majority, winning three extra seats to secure 41 of the 75 up for grabs in the regional assembly. The Socialists took 18 seats, while two nationalist parties secured 16 seats.

The Basque Nationalist Party (PNV) won 27 seats in the regional parliament, while Bildu took 21. The opposition Socialist Party trailed in third place with 16 seats, followed by Rajoy’s Popular Party (PP) with just ten.


The Alcaldesa of Orihuela, Monserrate Guillén, with 15 other Alcaldes and representatives from around the region, attended a meeting with the President of Valencia, Alberto Fabra, on the economic crisis and how best to boost employment within the Community. On the agenda was a request by the Alcaldesa that the President to liquidate all debts that are currently being held by municipalities until the economic crisis subsides - Orihuela’s debts amount to €10 million. An employment plan was agreed at the meeting, to include an investment package of €45 million. It was felt by those attending that the President and the Generalitat is at least prepared to try and help the unemployed citizens of the regions. The meeting took place in the Palau de la Generalitat, and afterwards Monserrate Guillén stressed that employers must be approached. ‘The plan includes hiring incentives that are subject to a number of conditions which have to be accepted by them for the plan to work.’ In detail the plan involves a €45 million investment over the next three years, €15 million of which will be made by the various municipalities, €15 million from other delegations and the remaining €15 million will be subsidised by the Valencia Government. This is subject to the hiring of two employees per 1000 inhabitants, and the investment of one euro per person per year by each of the parties involved. In exchange for hiring the employees, the employer will receive 600€ for three months, after which time the employee must be offered a contract.

Bildu was established following the Spanish government’s decision to ban the political wing of the armed separatist group ETA nearly ten years ago. The party represents the political ambitions of those who in the past supported ETA, although unlike its predecessor, it has publicly condemned the use of violence for political ends. With Bildu and PNV expected to form a coalition, there is widespread belief that calls for a referendum on Basque independence are not far away. This would be yet another thorn in the side for central government in Madrid, especially as the result comes weeks before elections in another Spanish region, Catalonia, where calls for a referendum on independence are also growing.

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Fast-food chain McDonald’s has announced plans to set up 60 new branches in Spain, which will create 3,000 new jobs. This will mean a total of 500 restaurants in the country by 2014, says the company representative for Spain, Patricia Abril. McDonald’s is keen to promote employment in Spain, which is why 75 per cent of its raw ingredients come from national sources with lettuce and tomatoes grown in farms and allotments around the country, and the remaining 25 per cent from other EU nations. Suppliers of ingredients in 28 provinces throughout 13 of Spain’s 17 autonomous regions provide jobs for 3,800 people, and the quality of produce in the country is one of the reasons why McDonald’s wants to expand nationally, says Sra Abril. The restaurants themselves currently employ 22,000 people and have been in Spain for 31 years. Last year, the chain recorded profits of 928 million euros, a rise of 9.1 per cent on figures for 2010.

Filming or photographing police on duty may be made illegal Taking photos or filming the police while they are working could be made illegal if a new law is passed. Ignacio Cosidó, head of the State police governing body, says in principal the Citizen Safety Law would prevent anyone recording officers on duty and diffusing them over the internet ‘where this poses a danger’ to the person filming or photographing. It is also to prevent people getting in the way when police are trying to deal with violent or difficult individuals or wilful damage to property. But some say this is merely a way of stopping the general public or reporters gathering evidence against officers in order to sue them for aggressive behaviour. Spain’s branch of Amnesty International has called for the ministry of the interior to punish the riot police involved in the September 25 protests in Madrid over ‘undue force and violence’ used against members of the public. Its leader, Esteban Beltrán, says passersby and tourists were beaten and roughly pushed around, as were reporters, and that officers used tear gas and truncheons

at Atocha station despite these being illegal in enclosed spaces. Beltrán added that cases brought by members of the public concerning alleged violence by police were nearly always dropped as the officers’ faces were covered and could not be identified, but he claims Amnesty International has enough evidence on film, photograph, in writing and from witness statements to show that the police did indeed use an unnecessary level of force. Spain’s ministry of the interior insists that the Citizen Safety Law would not hinder freedom of speech or expression, but was aimed at preventing the public from coming to harm by getting too close to violent situations, from hindering the police in their work or ‘endangering the physical or moral integrity’ of officers. The ministry stresses that the law would not prevent taking photos and filming during public demonstrations per se. But the police union, SUP, says it could be ‘very tricky’ getting the new law to work, given the grey areas and loopholes that could crop up in defining situations where recording and taking pictures supposed a hindrance or a risk.

Ryanair forced to compensate family for denying boarding to four-year-old daughter

Ryanair has been ordered to pay compensation to a family for refusing to allow their four-year-old daughter to board a plane from Valencia to Palma de Mallorca as she was not carrying any identification. Spanish law dictates that children under the age of 14 do not need to carry a passport or DNI – national identity card – if they are travelling with their parents or legal guardians. The judge said that this was the case no matter what nationality the airline operating in Spain was. At the time, the stewards told the parents they could board the aircraft if they wished, but that their child could not, to which the parents replied, “are you going to look after her while we’re away, then?” According to the judge, by refusing to allow a minor to get onto a plane, it was automatically considered that said minor’s parents or guardians had been denied boarding. And there was no legal reason why they

should be, the court stated.

Where the parents are carrying valid ID and have met all requirements in place for boarding the airline, they cannot legally be separated from underage members of the family, and underage children are not permitted to travel alone. The Irish low-cost airline did not turn up to the court hearing over the incident which occurred in March last year and for which the parents were represented by the Comunidad Valenciana’s regional consumer association. In the defendant’s absence, the judge awarded 1,000 euros in compensation. The plaintiffs said they were satisfied with the result, but felt that the award was too low, since it did not reflect the stress, hassle and time on holiday lost as a result of having to make alternative travel arrangements. They had to catch trains and buses and finally ended up in Sevilla in order to get on a plane to take them to Mallorca.



Student and teacher protests take over Madrid

Yet another demonstration in cities across Spain – this time over funding cuts in education – took place last Thursday to mark the last of a three-day school strike throughout the country. ThinkSpain reported that Madrid was the focal point seeing tens of thousands of parents, pupils and teachers taking to the streets, although similar protests were held in Valencia, Zaragoza, Oviedo and Sevilla, among other provincial capitals. For the first time in history, an education-related protest was organised by PTA federations rather than unions or pressure groups, and surrounded the Congress building, the ministry of education headquarters, the Puerta del Sol square and the Plaza de Neptuno. They called for president Mariano Rajoy and education minister José Ignacio Wert to resign, accusing them of ‘dismantling’ the State schooling system. Teachers have been made redundant across the country

Amnesty International has called for Spain’s ministry of the interior to punish the police officers who acted with alleged ‘undue force’ during the protests of September 25 in Madrid. The worldwide peace group has written to minister Jorge Fernández Díaz asking for an investigation to be opened into whether indeed officers used unnecessary brutality. Head of Amnesty International for Spain, Esteban Beltrán, says the association has compiled video, photographic, spoken and written information that they consider ‘worrying’. These include images of passers-by and tourists being hit by police, particularly in the middle of a confrontation outside Atocha station in Madrid. “There was no threat to the police, and yet they used anti-riot material – which is against the law in enclosed spaces,” Beltrán said in his missive to the minister. Elements of concern also included the ‘lack of clear and visible identification’ by the police before acting, with their faces covered and no identity card shown. This is fundamental and is even stated as such in a circular issued by the ministry for the interior in 2007. “This is not an academic question – it’s a matter of being immune to legal liability,” said Beltrán. “In the majority of cases where alleged attacks by police on members of the public were brought to trial, these were thrown out because there was no way of telling which officer was behind it.” Beltrán also referred to ‘hitting reporters without any clear motive or provocation’. “Whilst it’s true that the State police do act in difficult circumstances and that, yes, there were acts of violence during this major protest, it is very important that the use of force should be a last resort only,” Beltrán concluded. During the September 25 protests in Madrid, 35 people were arrested and 60 became injured during confrontations at Atocha station and also outside the Congress building. Many witnesses and people caught up in the scuffles say officers began to beat and push around pedestrians and bystanders who were nothing to do with the demonstration, or who were involved but peacefully so.

One mother in a recent press conference famously threw a tupperware container at the then president of

the Comunidad de Madrid, Esperanza Aguirre, who has since resigned to spend more time with her family. And Wert himself caused a sensation earlier this week when he said publicly: “Investing more in education is not going to create better students.” Organisers say the protest was on the part of parents who ‘find it more and more difficult to get up every day, look their children in the eye and explain to them why they have to give up their studies, why they can’t have a proper meal at school and why they don’t have the textbooks they need’. Students and tutors from the Madrid Complutense and Madrid Autonomous Regional universities have been staging a three-day lock-in and joined in the protest, hitting out over price hikes and cuts in teacher numbers. Some classes at both colleges were held outside in full public view for ‘visibility’ reasons and to enable students to join in the protests without missing classes.

Over 1,500 jobs are being offered to Spaniards within Austria’s hotel and catering industry, and a further 2,000 places on training courses. The Austrian Hoteliers’ union (ÖHV) says: “Whilst in the south of Europe, an entire generation is in despair [because of not having jobs], we have trouble filling vacancies.” Peter Peer, president of the ÖHV, says the demand for staff in hotels in Austria is ‘extremely high’, particularly in the cities and in Tirol, close to the Swiss border. This applies both in summer, when city-breakers and people seeking trips to the rural heart of Europe flock to the country, as well as in winter during the skiing season and the Christmas markets. Hotels, bars and restaurants in Austria are looking for waiters and waitresses, bar staff, cleaners, chefs, receptionists and other assistants who are willing to start immediately. There were 1,721 vacancies last month and 2,187 places on hotel and catering training courses, but Peer says there are probably more now that the ski season is

about to start. And Vienna, as well as being a popular city-break destination, also hosts more business and political conferences than anywhere else in the world. Depending upon the job and the level of training required of – and held by – the candidate, salaries reach an average of 21,000 to 25,000 euros a year, being between 1,500 and 1,800 per month over 14 months, in a similar system to Spain’s summer and Christmas doublewage scheme. Starting salaries may be lower, but the minimum wage is 1,300 euros a month gross, or 1,050 euros a month after tax in 14 monthly payments. Apprentices on training courses get 574 euros a month gross in the first year, which rises to a before-tax figure of 640 euros, 768 euros and finally 827 euros each year of the four-year course. Knowledge of the German language is essential and English is also highly valued. Those wishing to apply can take a look at offers on or

Higher education has now become far more expensive and the minimum pass mark for university entrance exams, or Selectividad, has been raised, meaning lots of students who have a bad day on the day of the test could find themselves unable to go to college and study for their dream career unless their parents can afford to pay. Canteens have shut down and grants for textbooks, school dinners and school buses scrapped in many parts of the country, and parents are even being expected to pay several euros a day for the privilege of sending their kids to school with a packed lunch.

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EU summit: Compromise deal on eurozone bank supervisor EU leaders have agreed to set up a single eurozone banking supervisor - a major step towards a banking union.

In a report by the BBC, a legislative framework is to be in place by 1 January next year, with the body starting work later in 2013. The European Central Bank-led mechanism will have the power to intervene in any bank within the eurozone. The deal appears to be a compromise between France and Germany, who earlier disagreed over the timing and over the number of banks the ECB would oversee. The timetable remains important, because only when the body is fully operational will the eurozone’s rescue fund inject cash directly into ailing banks - so important for countries like Spain, says the BBC’s Europe editor, Gavin Hewitt. The deal was, at best, an uneasy compromise between the French and Germans and much wrangling lies ahead, our correspondent says. France and the EU Commission wanted joint banking supervision, with the ECB in the lead role, to become operational in January 2013. But German Chancellor Angela Merkel stressed that national budget discipline should be the priority. Germany had been at odds with the European Commission over the scope of the proposed ECB supervision. Under the draft plan, all 6,000 banks in the 17-nation eurozone would be included Germany wanted it limited to the biggest, “systemic” banks.

Previously, the German government has expressed a desire to retain supervisory responsibility within Germany over the country’s Landesbanks - stateowned banks that play a key role in the economies and state finances of Germany’s federal regions. Announcing the result of talks early on Wednesday, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said the 27 EU member states had agreed to set up - by the end of this year - “a Single Supervisory Mechanism [SSM], to prevent banking risks and crossborder contagion from emerging”. “Once this is agreed, the SSM could probably be effectively operational in the course of 2013,” he said. EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said that the ECB “will be able to intervene if needed in any bank in the euro area”. With new supervisory powers the ECB would be able to act early on to prevent a systemically dangerous accumulation of debt on a bank’s balance sheets. And once the legal framework is in place the new permanent rescue fund, the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), will be able to recapitalise struggling banks directly, without adding to a country’s sovereign debt pile. ECB supervision will not extend to the UK - Europe’s main financial centre, but outside the euro. However, the BBC’s Business editor Robert Peston says there is now a serious risk that the UK will always be outvoted when decisions are taken on the regulation of banking and finance in the EU as a whole.

Poet ‘Death Sentence’ Appeal Thrown Out of Court

An appeal against the death sentence of Elche poet Miguel Hernández has been thrown out by the Constitutional Court. The family of the late literary legend, who was condemned to execution on January 18, 1940 for ‘adhesion to rebellion’ against Franco’s régime, want to see Hernández given a posthumous reprieve. They say his arrest and sentence was unconstitutional, but the court found that various articles in the Constitution in force at the time – dating back to 1890 – meant his fate was within the boundaries of legality. Hernández, one of the last and youngest members of the so-called Generation of ‘27 – a group of writers and artists whose works reflected the political and social turbulence of their era – was given a last-minute stay of grace when his execution was exchanged for a 30-year jail term. But the poet only lived for another two years, and died behind bars in 1942. His ascendants applied to the Supreme Court for his conviction to be overruled and for their late relative to be acquitted in accordance with the law of historic memory, which seeks to limit the social and emotional damage caused by General Franco. But the court said it was unable to provide individual reprieves, only collective ones for the whole society group which had been convicted for the same offence. It was then that the family applied to the Constitutional Court, only to be told that the Constitution which was current at the time of Hernández’s sentence did not make this illegal.

It is more than a theoretical possibility that the interests of the UK and City of London in shaping financial rules will be systematically ignored or overridden, he says. Both Germany and France appeared to be claiming victory in the negotiations. The German chancellor said that the agreement was that “banks must be supervised in a differentiated way. That means that some will be direct... at the ECB level and others indirectly, via the national authorities.” She also said that ECB President Mario Draghi had told her it would be a matter of some months before the ECB was ready to take on its new role. Mrs Merkel confirmed that the EU bailout funds would not be used to directly inject risk-absorbing capital into troubled eurozone banks until the new supervisory arrangements were in place. A decision about how to recapitalise Spain’s banks will be made in the next couple of weeks, according to Jean-Claude Juncker, who chairs the Eurogroup of finance ministers. French President Francois Hollande said there had been no discussion of a possible request by the Spanish government for a bailout of its own finances. But he said “the worst is behind us”. “We are on track to solve the problems that for too long have been paralysing the eurozone and made it vulnerable,” Mr Hollande told a news conference. Article courtesy of

Torrevieja murder suspect denied bail

A man suspected of murdering his girlfriend in their home in Torrevieja has been remanded in custody without bail. The accused, 45, is said to have regularly beaten the victim, according to a female friend of the latter. But the woman always refused to report her partner as she was scared he would kill her, the friend said. The body of the victim, a 48-year-old woman originally from Alcoi, was found inside a cupboard in the rented house on C/ Orihuela in Torrevieja (Alicante) at 11.00hrs last Monday by the cleaning ladies. They had gone into the apartment to tidy it up for a tenant due to move in shortly. Alerted by the stench which filled all the rooms, they found the woman’s decomposed corpse after an extensive search. Her boyfriend, who had an injunction preventing him from approaching her, was arrested later that day at the bus station in the own. He is said to be the previous owner of the apartment, which now belonged to an estate agency, and had been living there with the deceased. Although it was initially thought she had been beaten to death, an autopsy found she had perished through lack of oxygen. The accused is a known long-term drug-taker, Guardia Civil officers say, and they have not ruled out he may have given the woman drugs and accidentally overdosed her. But the woman’s close friend said she herself had once cured her wounds after the suspect reportedly stabbed her on one occasion, and he has a criminal record for violence against her. The female magistrate charged the man with murder and also offences relating to breaking a restraining order.



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Supertramp were a British rock band formed in 1969 under the name Daddy before renaming themselves in early 1970. Though their music was initially categorized as progressive rock, they incorporated a combination of traditional rock and art rock into their music. The band’s work is marked by the inventive songwriting of Rick Davies and Roger Hodgson and the distinctive voice of Hodgson. Supertramp was also well known for their prominent use of the Wurlitzer electric piano and saxophone. They were one of the first groups to be signed to the UK branch of A&M Records and their first album “Supertramp” was released on 14 July 1970 in the UK and Canada only (it would not be issued in the US until late 1977). Stylistically, the album was fairly typical of progressive rock of the era. Despite receiving a good deal of critical praise, the album did not attract a large audience. Dave Winthrop (flute and saxophone) joined the group after the release of the first record and soon after Supertramp was able to earn a slot on the bill of the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival. The band membership changed as six months after the album’s release guitarist Richard Palmer left the band due to personality conflicts with Davies and Hodgson, followed shortly afterwards by drummer Robert Millar, who had suffered a nervous breakdown following a disastrous tour of Norway. For the next album, “Indelibly Stamped,” released in June 1971 (in both the UK and US), Frank Farrell (bass) and Kevin Currie (percussion) replaced Millar and Palmer, while Roger Hodgson switched to guitar. From this album forward, Hodgson and Davies were no longer able to use a lyricist, and Davies served as a second lead singer. Sales failed to improve, and the record sold even less than their debut. In the aftermath, all members gradually quit except Hodgson and Davies, who began their search for new band members. A search for members brought aboard Dougie Thomson (bass), who had done stand-in gigs with the band for almost a year before auditions resumed. In 1973, auditions restarted and introduced Bob Siebenberg (drums & percussion) and John Helliwell (saxophone, other woodwinds, occasional keyboards, backing vocals), who completed the line-up. Hodgson would also begin playing keyboards (particularly the Wurlitzer electric piano) in addition to guitar. Finally rumour has it that due to constant friction the Davies/Hodgson songwriting partnership was dissolved; though all of Super tramp’s songs would continue to be officially credited as “written by Rick Davies and Rodger Hodgson”, most of them were written by Davies or Hodgson individually. Supertramp needed a hit record to continue working, and finally got one with “Crime of the Century.” Released in September 1974, it began the group’s run of critical and commercial successes, hitting number 4 in Britain, number 38 in the USA, and number 1 in Canada. The album underlined its ambitiousness, many of its songs were heavily orchestrated, and some even featured Davies and Hodgson singing in dialogue, such as the 1975 top 20 single “Dreamer”. It’s B-side, “Bloody Well Right”, hit

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the US Top 40 in May 1975, peaking at no. 35, and would be their only hit in the country for more than two years. Most of the band has said they feel they hit their artistic peak on this album, though their greatest commercial success would come later. The band continued with “Crisis? What Crisis?” released in November 1975, which broke both the UK Top Twenty and the USA Top Fifty without even one hit single behind it. The following album, “Even in the Quietest Moments”..., released in April 1977, spawned a hit single with “Give a Little Bit”. During this period, the band eventually relocated to the United States. The band’s switch to a more pop-oriented approach peaked with their most popular album, “Breakfast in America,” released in March 1979, which reached number 3 in the UK and number 1 in the United States and Canada and spawned four successful singles: “The Logical Song” , “Take the Long Way Home” , “Breakfast in America”, and “Goodbye Stranger”. The run of successes was capped with 1980’s” Paris,” a 2-LP live album, in which the band stated their goal of improving on the studio versions of their songs. It included nearly every song from Crime of the Century. Initially, it was supposed to be a show recorded in Quebec City, Canada, but A&M vetoed the idea for a “more mainstream city”. The live version of “Dreamer” was released as a single in the U.S., where it reached no. 15, even though the studio version had failed to even chart there. In 1982, the band released “Famous Last Words” which contained the hits “It’s Raining Again” and “My Kind of Lady”. A worldwide tour followed in 1983. After the tour, Hodgson left the band. In an interview, he stated that the reason was to spend time with his two small children. Hodgson moved his family from the Los Angeles area to the mountains of northern California where he built a home and studio and focused on his family and spiritual life, but would occasionally produce solo albums. Hodgson has stated that there were never any real personal or professional problems between him and Davies, as some people thought. The Davies-led Supertramp soldiered on to continued success, releasing “Brother Where You Bound” in 1985. This included the Top 30 hit single “Cannonball”, along with the title track, a 16-minute exposition on Cold War themes highlighted by guitar solos from Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour. The album reached no. 20 in the UK charts and no. 21 in the US charts. 1987’s “Free as a Bird” the next album experimented in heavily synthesized music, such as “I’m Beggin’ You”, which reached number 1 on the US dance charts. The stylistic change was generally not well-received, however, and the album itself reached only no. 93 in the UK and 101 in the USA, breaking a streak of seven consecutive top 100 efforts on the American charts. After 1988’s tour, Dougie Thomson left the band over a disagreement with Davies about the use of Hodgson-penned songs during live performances and the group fragmented and eventually broke up altogether In 1996 Davies re-formed Supertramp with Helliwell, Siebenberg and Hart. The result was “Some Things Never Change,” an album that echoed the earlier Supertramp sound, released in March 1997. It reached no. 74 in the UK. In 1999 Supertramp released the live “It Was the Best of Times”, followed by “Slow Motion” in 2002 and a worldwide tour, after which the band went inactive once again. Another attempt to bring Hodgson back into the band for a reform failed in 2005 and that was that.


At an Extra-ordinary General Meeting held on Tuesday 16th October, the branch membership agreed for a change of venue for the branch monthly meetings. In future, meetings will take place at the ‘La Paraiso’ restaurant , located close to the Carrefour Supermarket in Torrevieja, and will start at 2.30pm. This change of venue is aimed at enabling the membership to eat at the venue and socialise in a warm and friendly environment, but also to take the opportunity to visit the nearby shops and restaurants, something not available at the previous venue. If anyone is interested at finding out more about the Association please do not hesitate to contact the Chairman, Terry Joy, 966 262 695 or the Secretary, Pat Distin 966786635 or why not visit the web-site ‘

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MAZARRON FOOTBALL CLUB OPENING OF VIP LOUNGE Jose Rodriguez, President of Mazarron Football Club, opened the new VIP Lounge at the Estadio Municipal, Mazarron prior to yesterday’s home game against CD Algar. Sunday’s game was sponsored by local business Healthy H2O and their guests were treated to a splendid buffet prior to the game. They were also entertained in the VIP Lounge at half time and after the game when several Mazarron players, including Diego the Club Captain, Pollo and Barrachina called in to enjoy a drink with the sponsors and other guests. As part of a campaign to promote awareness of the football club and attract new sponsorship, Mazarron FC, in conjunction with Los Amigos de Mazarron FC, has produced a leaflet in both

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The Vega Baja Garden Club The Vega Baja Garden Club held its Annual General Meeting at its October meeting. All retiring committee members were re-elected by more than 50 members attending. Val Duckworth remains leader and chairman and Andrew Duckworth secretary/treasurer. Other positions were taken by Milton Fell, Anna van Dijk, Chris Young, Ann Maidman, Gill Macpherson, Jacqueline Thomas, Ron Harris and Elaine Colebeck. Marian Donovan and June Phillips both volunteered to undertake the vacant post of Press Officer and will share the duties.

John Donovan then gave a very informative talk on growing tomatoes here in Spain; when to plant seeds or seedlings; and how to combat diseases. John said that his best ever tomatoes grown here were grown in Gro-Bags, but no one present knew where to buy these in Spain. John had brought his over from the UK. He answered specific questions from members, and following his presentation, there was a general gardening Question and Answer session, involving several of the members present. The next meeting will be on Monday 5th November, at 1.45pm for a prompt 2pm start, at Los Rosales Restaurant on the CV895 Lemon Tree Road, Campo de Guardamar. The main speaker will be Eileen Wallace who is a qualified teacher of the One Stroke Painting Technique and holds classes for small groups at her home. She will give a demonstration of this special technique, which is a lovely way to paint flowers and plants. She will also bring some

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On the evening of 13th October in the new function room at Mazarron Country Club, 250 people assembled for a fund-raising evening on behalf of GoMaD (Making a difference). Two hundred and forty lucky ticket holders (sold out a month beforehand) three entertainers and seven helpers, the evening promised to be a frank success.

Barringon, singer and Master of Ceremonies, hit the evening off with a selection of Motown, 60s sound and reggae. He was followed by Hazel who rendered a Shirley Bassey tribute with a powerful voice and a great selection. Last, but in no way least, was Gerry, the voice from the valley, who rendered a striking tribute to Tom Jones. The programme was intermittent with raffle prizes and auctions, with all monies raised to help the GoMaD charity of Mazarron. People were extremely forthcoming in buying raffle tickets and biding for the auctioned items; with a variety of seventy raffle prizes, many were lucky in obtaining a prize, be it a champagne dinner for two, a weekend in Mojaccar, or a gardening voucher (all kindly donated by different companies and people within the community). A fun time was had by all and the night was danced away until 1.00am. On 20th October Barrington and Lea Aellen, were able to offer a cheque for €1’826 to the GoMaD treasurer, Denise Green, at the shop in Mazarron town in the presence of shop helpers. Mrs Green thanked the organisers profusely for the cheque indicating that it would help in supplying gas bottles to the needy, during the winter months. If anyone reading this knows of someone in the community who needs help to get them through a difficult period, direct them to the GoMaD Charity who will extend a helping hand. The organisers wish to thank the following who gave their time and offered donations in order to make this evening a success: Sally Bridges; Chas Hockenhull; Legs and Co; Astra TV Sat; DentalCare, Ray - Gardener; Beauty Palace; The Salon; Derek – Window cleaner; Multi-optics; Trevi’s bar; Namaste; Drew Ryder;Taverna Country Club; Si Bar, La Manga; Hotel Mariposa; Euronics; Francoise Oliva; Linda Harrison; Sparkle Company (Craig); CDA Fitness Ian Field; Sensol Golf Club; Chez Zoé; Ferreteria Camposol A; Happy Pets Vets; Images; Mags & Jerry; Meta riding centre; Dave - Deck lid garage; Julie Berry; Tony Morrison; Heather Morrison; English shop/Mazarron; Mark Stocks; Jackie & Peter Stocks; Bodega – Camposol; Murcia dance School; Knelleys; Bistro Bulgaria (Alhama);Yorkshire Linen; Furniture plus; Liz’s café; Best Wishes; Camposol Computers; Lord Christopher Downey; Harris Property; Amanda Gorvel (Pms SAyMI); Vista Bar; Pascal Aellen.

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FREEVIEW? (Well almost!) The Lions Club of Mazarrón Bahía recently announced the results of their latest ‘limited’ raffle. The draw took place outside the Namastie bar/restaurant on Camposol Sector B on Friday 28 September and the winning ticket – number 51 -was pulled out of the pot by Mrs Kath Owen of Camposol Sector B. The lucky winner was Mrs Pat Morgan of Sector A, seen below receiving her prize. Pat says she can’t believe it as she was already considering buying a new television for her husband for his birthday! The raffle organiser, Lion Diane Little, says that she hopes that their next ‘limited raffle’ will be for a laptop computer! Watch this space! STRIDES ‘DIABETES AWARENESS’ WALK 10 November Saturday 10 November heralds Mazarrón Lions second ‘Diabetes Awareness’ walk from – and to – the Puerto Deportivo in Puerto de Mazarrón. Designed specifically to raise people’s awareness of how to recognise and treat the onset of this fast growing problem, their secondary aim is to also raise sufficient money to allow local children suffering from diabetes to attend dedicated residential adventure camps. For more information on the walk – and how you can take part, call 968 978 810 or 648 251 342 BENIDORM PALACE DINNER SHOW 20 December Inviting you to ‘push the boat out’ for a very special Christmas treat, Mazarrón Lions are offering a night out at the superb Benidorm Palace Dinner Show on Thursday 20 December! Coach leaves Camposol at around 5.30pm and returns home after the show. Priced at just €75.00 each, tickets include travel, ‘top price’ menu & drinks, and the best show available in SE Spain. Reserve your ticket - now before they’re all gone. A €20.00 deposit per person secures your place provided full balance is paid by the first week in December. For your convenience you can also pay by instalments. You can catch them any Friday between 11.00am and 1.00pm in the Sector B Commercial area You can ‘check out’ what Lions are doing locally by visiting their Facebook page at... ‘Mazarrón Bahía Lions’ or by calling 618 958 816

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Last Wednesday of the Month MABS Fortuna Meeting 11.30 am La Carcelera, Urb Las Kalendas. Fortuna. For further information on Fortuna events, please contact: MABS EVENTS IN CALASPARRA (MURCIA NORTH WEST) First & Third Friday of each month MABS Market Stall in Calasparra Market – 9am - 1pm Situated opposite the Gran Via café Second Wednesday of each month MABS Murcia NW Volunteer Monthly Meeting 5pm New venue: Hotel Argos (between Calasparra & Cehegin) – new volunteers welcome. Call 650 103 095 for further details. Last Friday of every month MABS Book Stall 11am – 2pm Outside the Trevol Bar/ Cafe on Urb. Tierra del Sol, Calasparra. (This is held the last Friday of every month) For further information on Calasparra events, please contact:


On 13th October at the Lo Monte Hotel, Pilar de la Horadada, HELP Murcia Mar Menor arranged an entertaining evening with a large screen showing the last night of the PROMS, accompanied by lively dancing from The Crazy Ladies, who certainly did razzle dazzle us. Also Jim Devlin entertained us with his guitar music and singing. Then we all sang rousing songs, starting off with You’ll Never Walk Alone (Man U supporters had to put their ear plugs in) and finishing up with God Save the Queen, accompanied by much flag waving. We had a good laugh at the soprano on the screen screeching like a banshee and made comments such as ‘Don’t mention the war’ when the German conductor came on. HELP raised over €500 from the evening.

Welcome Group Update Last week The Welcome Group went on their annual trip to Benidorm. Normally we stay for 2 nights but after several requests we decided this year to stay for 3 nights and that proved to be the right decision. On the Tuesday the coaches took us for an outing up to the lovely village of Guadalest. For many of the people this was their first visit to this village and a lot said they would like to go back. The sun shone and it was lovely to sit in the village square with a coffee and admire the fantastic views. In the evening some of the group were taken by coach up to the Benidorm Palace for the evening show. A good night had by all was the general


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The cheat’s way to get your five-a-day just sprinkle a powder on your cereal It will come as a huge relief for those who hate eating their greens - or simply struggle to hit the elusive target of five portions of fruit and vegetables a day. Spanish scientists have developed a way to freeze-dry certain foods, turning them into a powder while retaining the health benefits. The idea is that the powder is then simply sprinkled on food or added to milk or water to create a fruit juice. Those involved with the project say it would help more people hit the five-a-

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On the whole, your immune system does a remarkable job of defending you against disease-causing microorganisms. But sometimes it fails: A germ invades successfully and makes you sick. Is it possible to intervene in this process and make your immune system stronger? What if you improve your diet? Take certain vitamins or herbal preparations? Make other lifestyle changes in the hope of producing a nearperfect immune response? The idea of boosting your immunity is enticing, but the ability to do so has proved elusive for several reasons. The immune system is precisely that — a system, not a single entity. To function well, it requires balance and harmony. There is still much that researchers don’t know about the intricacies and interconnectedness of the immune response. For now, there are no scientifically proven direct links between lifestyle and enhanced immune function. But that doesn’t mean the effects of lifestyle on the immune system aren’t intriguing and shouldn’t be studied. Quite a number of researchers are exploring the effects of diet, exercise, age, psychological stress, herbal supplements, and other factors on the immune response, both in animals and in humans. Although interesting results are emerging, thus far they can only be considered preliminary. That’s because researchers are still trying to understand how the immune system works and how to interpret measurements of immune function. The following sections summarize some of the most active areas of research into these topics. In the meantime, general healthy-living strategies are a good way to start giving your immune system the upper hand. Adopt healthy-living strategies Your first line of defense is to choose a healthy lifestyle. Following general good-health guidelines is the single best step you can take toward keeping your immune system strong and healthy. Every part of your body, including your immune system, functions better when protected from environmental assaults and bolstered by healthy-living strategies such as these:

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Neighbourhood Watch in Spain ( Vecinos Cooperando y Colabando de España ) members from Torrevieja area had a meeting with Eduardo Gil, police convenor and Policia Local chiefs to highlight the benefits that Neighbourhood Watch could bring to local communities, “many hundereds of extra pairs of eyes” to report crime to the police. Thanks to the presentation being given in both Spanish and English by Graham Knight, president of the Torrevieja area the results of the meeting were positive, with the possibility of Street Signs being introduced in certain areas. However the safety and security of the public primarily rests with ourselves and it is all about planning ahead, thinking about the possible risks and taking realistic, practical steps to avoid them if possible. No amount of precautions can make us completely safe but we can learn to avoid many of the dangers and learn how to react quickly when we are at risk. The following simple, practical tips will make for a safer environment where ever you live. Burglars prefer to break into empty properties so, close all windows and doors whenever you leave your home. Many people forget to close their windows, especially in hot weather. If you are renting a property and going out at night, you might want to draw the curtains and turn a light on so it looks like someone is at home. Keep all valuables out of sight. When going out only take those items you may need. Always be aware of your bag, mobile phone, purse etc. and keep them in sight especially when eating or drinking with friends when you are most likely to be less vigilant. In busy areas like markets, shopping centrers etc. make sure your personal belongings are held to the front making it difficult for pick pockets. If using a hire car remove the sticker from the rear window, you do not want to advertise you are on holiday ( holiday makers are a prime target for thieves) and keep all personal items in the boot. These simple tips go a long way to help in having a safe and secure environment.


Finding a hole in your sock is a distressing moment for anyone - and an American entrepreneur claims to have found an answer. Cameron Carter, a 23 years old from Chicago who attended the US Air Force Academy, decided to take the military technology usually found in bulletproof vests, and put them into socks. The resulting product is called ‘Socrates’, and are guaranteed to never develop holes or worn out bottoms. Carter has turned to online site Kickstarter to fund the project, and has already almost tripled his original aim, raising $28,000 dollars. ‘Most people wear socks every day, all day, but continue

to bu y f lim s y products, said Cameron on the firm’s web site. ‘Break the cycle! Your socks should be as sophisticated as you are.’ The sock is made primarily made from fabric with built in lycra. The Kevlar sections are carbon threaded around the toe and heel areas where wear and tear is greatest. The firm is selling the socks online for $25 for two pairs, or $65 for three, and says they will be shipped five weeks after the Kickstarter funding closes later this month. The product has already become a huge success, with over 700 people having signed up. Once production has begun, the firm is also planning to expand with women’s socks and different designs.

Scientists claim to have cracked the code of every drinker’s dreams - what makes a perfect pint. Researchers devised a formula based on factors including surroundings, music volume and the number of drinking partners. The equation also takes into account the availability of snacks, the ambient room temperature, and the number of days until you are required back at work. The resulting formula is: E = - (0.62T2 + 39.2W2 + 62.4P2) + (21.8T + 184.4W + 395.4P + 94.5M - 90.25V) + 50(S + F + 6.4). E stands for enjoyment, T for temperature, W is the number of days before the drinker is back at work, P is the number of drinking companions, M is for mood, V is the volume of background music, while S and F relate to snacks and food available. The complex formula was devised after researchers polled 1,000 volunteers from up and down the country on what conditions they preferred when drinking their pint. Dr David Lewis, who calculated the formula at Mindlab on behalf of pub chain Taylor Walker, said: “Following all of our research we developed a formula for the perfect pint.”

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An Australian man has put what he describes as the “ultimate green car” up for sale on eBay. For the bodywork of the 1998 Mitsubishi Magna is completely covered with astro turf. The owner, who gave his name as Tim, placed it on the auction site with a starting bid of just one Australian dollar.

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Police dogs sniff out 9.5 million euros in under two minutes

National Police sniffer dogs took just two minutes to find 9.5 million euros in cash hidden in a bidet, safe deposit boxes hidden in crates, and a computer printer in one of the 13 buildings raided by officers investigating the massive Chinese mafia operation which was busted earlier this week. Houses, business premises and warehouses were overturned by the police force in the last two days on the Cobo Calleja industrial estate and elsewhere in Fuenlabrada, in Majadahonda and Villaverde (all in Madrid). These 13 properties where the huge amounts of cash were found are just a handful of the 108 buildings raided by police since the mafia operation was uncovered. A councillor from Fuenlabrada is one of more than 80 people arrested, who also include the ringleader, Chinese national Gao Ping. Ping had been planning to flee Spain and return to his home country without telling his wife, a court heard today whilst remanding him in custody without bail. Porno actor Nacho Vidal was also

Villagers shocked by teenage girl’s death in street shoot-out

A 13-year-old girl is one of two people who lost their lives last Saturday in a shocking shoot-out in a sleepy village near Albacete. Police reports indicate that one man was killed and another hospitalised with minor injuries, but that neither are any relation to the little girl.

arrested, but has insisted he is innocent and will prove it. So far, 500 officers and eight sniffer dogs have been involved in the searches, which have uncovered a total of 11.6 million euros in cash – all bar 2.1 million of which was found by the dogs. These police dogs undergo intensive training and are able to detect even the faintest scent of coins or notes through walls or sheets of solid iron. Many have managed to locate hidden cash where experienced criminals buried it underground or covered it with strongscented chemical agents such as perfume or bleach. They are capable of sniffing out their quarry among up to 100,000 different scents, even extremely strong ones. Spain’s National Police force has 450 dogs trained in eight different specialities, which include missing persons, rescue, defence, and sniffing out flammable materials, explosives, drugs, money and dead bodies. The photograph shows one of the 450 dogs which work for the force.

Searches are currently underway for a 39-year-old man identified only by his initials, J.C.A., who lives in the village of El Salobral, which is a close-knit community about 15 kilometres south of Albacete city. The tragedy happened near the parish church and all parties – including the suspect – are said to be from families who are well-known in the village.

Although the motives for the shoot-out are not known, mayor Ángel Sánchez and various residents initially thought that the accused had tried to have a ‘relationship’ with the deceased teenager, which her family did not consent to – but no concrete evidence of this has come to light. Police cordoned off a 200-metre radius of the area, and have recommended to those living within this area to not leave their houses until they are told it is safe to do so. Currently, the injured man, who was taken to Albacete University Hospital with a bullet-wound to the shoulder, is said to not be in any danger.

Fraudulent car theft claims rocket due to recession

Police have reported, in the last two years, a sudden upsurge in the number of fake car thefts, largely as a result of the recession In the last year alone, reports of stolen cars which turned out to be fraudulent have rocketed by 880%. Car thefts in 2009 represented only 1.18% of total crime (1.13% in 2010) however, by the end of 2011 this had shot up to 13.5% cent of the total crime figure. Police indicate the usual story is that the car-owner

reports the vehicle as stolen, claims the settlement from their insurance company and proceeds to sell the car on but with a different registration number and identity. Aggravated robberies are also ‘invented as a way to ensure their policy will cover the theft. This also solves the problem of when the insurance company asks for both sets of keys to the car, since the claimant says he or she only has one since the attacker stole the spare set - the third party who sells on the car with a different

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Q. I have sold my house. I was under the impression that I was a resident and that the 3% retention for non-residents would not be applicable, but the notary said that my residence certificate was not proof of residency and that he had to treat me as a nonresident which means that 3% of the sales price was retained and paid into the tax office . How can the resident certificate not be proof of residency? A. What the notary is saying is correct. It is a common nasty surprise at the notary lately suffered by sellers that are not getting the correct advice prior to selling . The new resident certificates without a photograph, issued by the police, do not state you are a tax resident of Spain - what it says is that you are a resident of Europe. To be able to be treated as a tax resident of Spain at the moment of sale, you need to provide the notary with a certificate issued by the tax office in Spain stating that they consider you a tax resident of Spain. This needs to be requested in advance of going to the notary by your solicitor or yourself to avoid the 3% retention. Some notaries will also accept as proof of residency your Spanish tax returns. If you are thinking of selling, it is important to find out from the tax office well in advance if your status is that of a resident or non resident, and the certificate issued by them needs to be taken to the notary the day of signature. P.S. If you are a non resident, do not forget it is obligatory to file a non-resident tax returns, and that the tax man has created a task force to go after those that have not been paying (and they are sending out letters since November 2011). Michael Davies is a Spanish Abogado and has been practicing law in Almería since 1993. He is member of the Law societies of Almería and Madrid and has offices in Mojacar and Almeria High Street.



ORIHUELA BAR ASSOCIATION FIGHT AGAINST PROFESSIONAL INTRUDERS The Dean of Orihuela Bar Association, Mr Manuel Almarcha Marcos, and Mrs María Dolores Hernandez Ruiz who is in charge of the special Comission to fight against professional intruders, had a meeting last Friday the 18th with the German Consul in Alicante, Mr Dieter Fahnebroc, in order to look for cooperation to abolish these kind of illegal practices which are very common in the coast areas where most of the foreigners live. In that sense, the goal of the Orihuela Bar Association is on one hand to protect the foreigners from fake professionals who make clients believes that they are solicitors or lawyers or even barristers without having the required license to be, and in the other hand, to protect the prestige of the Spainsh Lawyers which is strongly harmed by these fake professionals.

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Balearic property sales up by 30 per cent

According to a report on, the sale of property in the Spanish Balearic islands rose by 32.3 pert cent year-on-year in August, according to a new report. 901 property sales were made in the Balearics in August with 56 per cent of those for previously owned homes, representing a 61 per cent increase year-on-year, according to the data from The National Statistics Institute. Nationwide, Spanish property sales increased by 3 per cent in August compared to the same month last year, reaching a total of 27,708 transactions – the first time sales have risen since February 2011. This is largely being credited to the government’s decision to cut VAT on new homes by 50 per cent until the end of the year. Marc Pritchard, sales and marketing manager at Taylor Wimpey España, said: “Top properties in prime locations do sell at the right price, for example in Mallorca. Prices are stable on the island – it’s a resilient market with a good reputation. One thing to note is that the German market is definitely back. We have certainly seen much more interest from German buyers - probably the strongest in 10 years - on Mallorca. Last month 21 per cent of our sales came from German buyers.” For more information read all about property abroad on The Place in the Sun website:


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when there are court rulings that sentence Masa to pay the council of Mazarrón millions of euros to finance the finalization of the infrastructure of the development of Camposol. It is crazy! The former council governed by PP handed the solution for Camposol to the four-party coalition on A SILVER PLATTER: The solution for the water, the street lighting, the sewage plant; but the lack of communication, the incompetence and the internal disagreements between the members of the coalition have destroyed years of hard work. Time wasted...

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By Lyn Aspden of ‘Strictly Dance’ Class Info see Community News... This week was a tribute to Hollywood and all the couples were dancing to music from the movies. Some worked but I’m afraid that some of the pieces of music didn’t fit the dances and for me ended up with the couples being penalised for something out of their control. Opening the show were Fern & Artem dancing to Mary Poppins and a Charleston. This was a point in question and supercalifragelistic was in no way a piece of Charleston music. Fern portrayed Mary Poppins very well, the routine was entertaining but with only 1 recognisable step from the Charleston fell way short of the mark. I gave Fern a 5 and a total of 23 came from the judges. Next to take to the floor were Victoria and Brendan dancing a Rumba to An Officer and a Gentleman. This week Victoria showed a nice Rumba action with good floor pressure albeit she still hasn’t managed to master her solo turns yet. Also she had a wardrobe malfunction when she got caught up in the chiffon from her dress and panicked a bit! Still much better this week and I gave her a 6 and 22 from the judges. Next up were Michael and Natalie performing a Cha Cha Cha from the Full Monte. Sorry Michael but you have absolutely no sense of rhythm, when with Natalie she keeps him in time but otherwise its manic. I gave him a 3 (one of my bottom 3) and the

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Following on were Gerry & Anton dancing a Quickstep to The Graduate. For me there was no improvement from last week. Her posture is still very poor, she constantly does her steps wrong and looks like there is very little effort going in from one week to the next. I gave her a 3 (another one of my bottom 3) and the judges 18.

Colin and Kristina took to the floor with an Argentine Tango from James Bond. This another point in question of the music not really fitting the dance. There weren’t enough Argentine steps in the routine, I saw only flicks which were recognisable but they did only have 10 hours training this week as Colin was in Vancouver filming for another movie so under the circumstances a job well done. I gave him a 5 and he received 26 from the judges.

Nicky & Karen then followed with a Quickstep from the Mask. Although the judges seemed to like this, I found his technique and posture still non existent. Sorry Nicky but you still haven’t found your horse from last week! When he was dancing a chasse because of his constantly bent knees I was looking for that horse!! I gave him a 3 (another one of my bottom 3) but he got 27 from the judges.

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Following were Richard and Erin performing a Quickstep from 9 to 5. This was a good attempt with a reasonable frame albeit not yet tight enough and he managed to keep good body contact with Erin through most of the dance, something difficult to retain in a fast dance. I gave him a 6 with the judges 25. Next were Dani and Vincent dancing a Foxtrot from the Wizard of Oz. This showed improvement but because her core isn’t yet pulled up enough her Foxtrot ended up being a bit ploddy and she lacked the flowing elegance of the dance. I gave her a 6 and she got 29 from the Judges. Next were Lisa and Robin dancing a Jive from Dick Tracy. Unfortunately, although Lisa showed great energy and characterisation of the dance a lack of flicking movement through her knees and legs left this looking rather heavy for me. I gave her a 7 and the

Closing the show were Lewis and Flavia with a Salsa from Dirty Dancing. Again I disagreed with the judges scores. Lewis performed this very much like the dance from the show which is in fact a Mambo and not Salsa. He gave a great performance with good hip action, steps and super lift control. He was criticised for not having enough Salsa style but this was Mambo music so who could you blame for this?? I awarded him a 10 with the judges 30. The bottom 2 were Gerry & Anton and Michael & Natalie and with a 3 to 1 vote from the judges, Michael & Natalie narrowly survived to continue to next week. The theme for next week is Halloween so we can expect a ‘spooky’ show! (Due to bad weather the Danceathon at Casa La Pedrera had to be cancelled; it will now take place next Sunday 28 October 104 with us appearing from 2pm - 3pm. In aid of Emaus Children’s charity and AECC Breast Cancer)

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Famous for his TV appearance in programmes such as Most Haunted, Derek Acorah will be at Namaste Indian restaurant in Camposol, for one night only. Here is bit more information for those of you who might not be familiar with him. Derek lives near Southport in the North West of England with his wife Gwen. They share their home with their two dogs – Jack, a Standard Poodle, and Penny, a German Shepherd Dog. Derek has always been a keen fish-keeper and is very proud of his Koi carp but recently he developed an interest in keeping chickens and ducks. His daily routine whilst at home now includes looking after the flock he was given for his birthday in 2011. Over the years Derek has achieved international success with his television, radio and personal appearances across the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East, Australia, New Zealand and the U.S.A. He has conducted telephone consultations for people all over the world. His books have been translated into many languages including Mandarin and Russian. Derek’s first supernatural experience came as a child when the spirit of his late grandfather visited him. When young Derek told his grandmother she was not surprised as Derek was to learn that she herself was a medium. His early career was playing football with teams such as the legendary Bill Shankly’s Liverpool Football Club. After leaving LFC he played for clubs such as Stockport, Wrexham and Glen Toran before leaving the UK shores to join the then premier Australian team USC Lion. When Derek’s football career ended he returned to England and to his home town of Liverpool. He attempted finding a suitable niche in life but was never settled. His psychic powers were always with him and after a while he became a full time Spirit Medium based in his home city of Liverpool. In the days when Derek was conducting one-to-one sittings, initially from a small shop

premises in the Wavertree area of Liverpool and then subsequently from his office in Liverpool City Centre, nobody dreamed that the cheerful Scouse medium would one day grace their television screens. He does remember with affection one highlight. In the autumn of 2004 whilst appearing live on stage at Torquay, Derek was shocked to be interrupted by the appearance of Dr. David Bull, the peoples’ favourite presenter and anchorman of “Most Haunted Live”. David was there to present Derek with the Variety Club of Great Britain Multichannel TV Personality of the Year Award. Of course Derek has not only been involved with “Most Haunted”. In the Spring of 2003 LivingTV also commissioned IPM’s “Antiques Ghost Show” – a programme which features Derek demonstrating psychometry as he unfolds the mysteries of family heirlooms. Initially aired in the UK, this programme has gone on to receive rave reviews from wherever it has been sold in the world. Derek’s popularity has led him to be parodied by some of the country’s foremost “names”. He was delighted at the likeness portrayed by Dawn French as “Dawnie Acorah”, whilst John Culshaw’s and Freddie Starr’s portrayal of him leaves him breathless with laugher. Derek has appeared on numerous television programmes including “Dr. Who”, “The Paul O’Grady Show”, “Harry Hill’s TV Burp”, “This Morning”, GMTV’s “Lorraine”, “Brainiac”, “The Weakest Link”, “Livin with “Lucy and many, many more. In 2011 he was invited to join a team of celebrities to take part in the “Five Go To…” series. Derek found himself based in a villa in Lanzarote where he took part in various challenges to maintain his position in the house. He considers himself very fortunate to have been placed as runner up in the game.


Pay 9 consecutive months by Direct Debit and receive

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Adult Channels etc





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INTERNET telephone High Speed Broadband

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Derek is undoubtedly the UK’s No.1 Spirit Medium. The star of Living TV’s ‘Ghost Towns’, ‘Most Haunted’, ’Most Haunted Live’ & ‘The Antiques Ghost Show’ brings his hugely entertaining evening of psychic ability to

Namaste Camposol B

Sunday 2nd December 2012 - Doors Open 7:30pm

Tickets Only 25€ (Buy Four & Get One FREE) For Bookings & Info Ring 602

620 859


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Ingredients 100g cherry tomatoes; 150g pack mini mozzarella balls, drained; handful basil; 400g green tagliatelle; 350g jar tomato sauce; 4 tbsp fresh pesto

mETHOD Halve the cherry tomatoes and use a small, sharp knife or a teaspoon to remove the seeds. Cut the mozzarella balls in half. Place one half inside each tomato, trimming the edges if necessary to fit it in. Either cut the smallest circles you can from a basil leaf or finely chop the leaves and scrunch into small circles. Place one at the centre of each mozzarella ball. Boil the pasta. Meanwhile, heat through the tomato sauce. When the tagliatelle is cooked, drain and stir through the pesto and any remaining basil, chopped finely. Divide between 4-6 serving bowls. Spoon over some tomato sauce, then arrange the stuffed tomato eyeballs on top.



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2 Courses Every Day 12-3 Except Fridays

All Day Breakfast from 9am Includes FREE Tea or Coffee

Bar Menu, Snacks & Home-made puddings

Including Burgers, Lasagne, Omelettes, chilli Home-Made Hand Cut Chips..

Cod ‘n’ Chips - fridayS Beer-battered Atlantic Cod, Homemade

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Sunday Lunch



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Ingredients 1 tbsp olive oil; onion, finely chopped; 1 garlic clove, crushed; 650g frozen petits pois; 750ml vegetable stock; 6 rashers streaky bacon; 1 tbsp butter, optional


Fis h & Ch ips Pi e & ch ip s Sunday Roast


Eyeball pasta

Served 2 - 6pm

Choose from Beef, Pork or Chicken with all the trimmings! wed 31st from 7pm

Halloween Party

Prizes for the best dressed man & woman

From €4,95

curry or chilli con carne only €4.95 booking essential

now serving GuiNness & strongbow Caña with a tapas only €1

mETHOD Heat the oil in a saucepan. Add the onion and gently cook over a medium heat for 5-6 mins until softened but not coloured. Add the garlic and cook for a further min. Stir in three-quarters of the petit pois, then pour in the stock. Bring to the boil and simmer for 1012 mins. Meanwhile, grill the bacon until crisp. Allow to cool for a few mins, then carefully transfer to a food processor and whizz until smooth. You might need to do this in two batches, depending on the size of your processor. Return the soup to the pan and add the remaining petit pois. Bring to the boil and simmer for 2 mins or until the whole peas are tender. Season to taste, then stir in the butter, if using. Break the bacon into pieces and scatter over bowls or mugs of soup. The soup can be made up to a day ahead; just grill the bacon on the day


creepy bites

Hostal Rural

ingredient 320g pack soft wheat tortillas; 3 tbsp vegetable oil; 50g poppy or black sesame seeds mETHOD Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Use biscuit cutters to stamp out shapes from the tortillas (we used a ghost, cat and witch’s hat). Brush all over with oil. Take half the bites and dip one side into the seeds, then spread the bites out on a baking sheet. Bake for 10-15 mins until crisp. Can be made up to 2 days ahead and stored in an airtight container.

18th November

hellfire spread ingredient ½ squash , peeled, deseeded and diced; 1 tbsp vegetable oil; ½ tsp ground cumin; 3 tbsp mascarpone mETHOD Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Toss together the butternut squash and oil, then season. Place on a shallow baking tray and roast for 20-30 mins until browned. Leave to cool. Whizz the squash together with the cumin and mascarpone, season and serve. Can be made up to 2 days ahead and stored in the fridge

slime sludge

ingredients 2 avocados , peeled and stoned; 2 spring onions , chopped; 1 tomato , chopped; juice 1 lime; handful coriander leaves, chopped method Place all the ingredients in a blender or mortar. Whizz or mash everything together until smooth. Serve immediately or the avocado will discolour.


HALLOWEEN PARTY in association with


Tickets 10€

available from Thomas’s Supermarket

Greek Restaurant Eudoxia

Greek Food at its


Tel: 663 314 445 paseo del med, 85, Mojacar Playa 200m from Best Indalo Hotel find us on





Christmas at Bookings are now being taken for our Christmas Day Menu

DEL DIA Traditional 4MENU Courses with Wine & Coffee christmas Included - Mon to Sat inclusive lunch 5 Courses all nights... Lunch 1pm - 4pm Dinner 7pm - 10pm

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grilled 14oz Entrecote Beef Steak 16oz T-Bone Steak Slow Roast Shoulder of Lamb

have your christmas party with us

sunday roast menu del dia

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Our usual night time menu including roast lamb and roast pork


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Condado De Alhama Resort

(polaris world resort)



Saturday 27th October From 8.30pm NEIL DIAMOND TRIBUTE

Saturday 3rd November From 8.30pm MICHAEL BUBLÉ TRIBUTE

Saturday 10th November Saturday 17th November From 8.30pm From 8.30pm A CHOICE OF 4 STARTERS , 4 MAIN COURSES AND 4 DESSERTS . IF YOU DO NOT WANT THE SET MENU, THE NORMAL MENU IS AVAILABLE

For Dinner & Show 20.00€

Sunda y roast dinner

at Bistro Bulgaria

2 COURSES 8.00 € 3 COURSES 10.00 €

Reservations please call 968 328 084


market tavern & cm construction


(puerto de mazarron)

HELP Murcia Mar Menor.......... Noahs Arc Party Night........... are holding coffee mornings at their office on Thursday 15th November and 29th November, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. There will be Christmas cards (and other cards), diaries and calendars for sale. Why not come along and see what we have on offer, do some early Christmas shopping, and enjoy a cup of coffee at the same time? Our office is situated at Calle Penelope No 11, Urbanizacion Oasis, Los Narejos, (behind the Deutsche Bank) Telephone 968 570 059

Viajes Dragon Tours.............

Shopping trip into Murcia, hitting both big malls, Ikea, Thader and the New Condominium. October 30th for just 15€, coach there and back from the Mazarrón area. Pick Ups can be anywhere from the Alcolar-Alamillo to Condado de Alhama, so it is very flexible. Our usual departure is 9:30 am, and we leave the New Condominium at 5, so a full day shopping experience. See our advert on page 20...


Due to the problems with the bridge on Camposol, regrettably the Service planned for the 11th November at St Nicholas´ Church has had to be cancelled. We hope all members and guests will join us for the Service in the Remembrance Garden on Sector A, Camposol this commences on 11th November at 11.30.a.m. This will be followed by the lunch at the Trevi Restaurant . There has been a change in the time, this is now 1.p.m. for 1.30.p.m. Thank you. Pauline Tolley ( Secretary)

Welcome Group Update..........

Despite the cuurent difficulty of getting from Camposol Sectors C and D to Marianos due to the bridge closure, it is very much “business as usual” for Welcome. Perhaps those coming from C and D have friends on A or B who can meet them at the bridge for a lift. Lots of people are doing that already with their shopping, and it seems to be working well.

26th October at Camposol Golf Club. 5€ a ticket for the Elvis Tribute and Rock & Roll Night. Food available on request - half chicken & chips or homemade burger and chips, both with side salad. Call Sue for tickets 649 302 281 or ask at the stall on Friday Sector B.

The Freemasons of Murcia....

The Freemasons of Murcia are holding a Provincial Grand Masters Ball on October 27th at Hotel La Cumbre, tickets 30 Euros, all welcome. Further information from Alan 868000293 or Graham on 634 140 192

Spiritual Murcia..................

Upcoming Events... Dates for your Diary... 12th December 11am - 1pm Unity Consciousness Celebration Puerto de Mazarron / SpiritualMurcia 21st December 11am 1pm Coffee Morning - Who would like to host the next coffee morning? For more information contact: Barbara on 650 796 579

welcome group events..........

Wednesday December 5th - Ladies Day, with a visit to the new shopping mall in La Zenia, then on to Torrevieja, with time to explore before an evening of first class entertainment at The Lounge Bar. €12. Not to be outdone, on the same day, the men are going to Lorca for 18 holes of golf, just €40 to include a bacon buttie, coffee and a buggy. If you are interested,call Rosemary and she will put you in touch with the organiser. Wednesday December 12th - Christmas dance, with Reb Sweeney, and new to this area, Rhionne. €11.

The Camposol Fiesta has reached crisis point. Virtually all of the 2012 committee has resigned and so far only three people have comeforward for the 2013 committee. One existing committee members has indicated she will serve, and another, along with two other people has volunteered for limited involvement. This is not enough to run a committee. If you can halp please come to an emergency meeting at 11AM on Wednesday 24th october at the Camposol Business Centre. If interested but unable to make the meeting, please ring Rod Sawyer on 618 553 786. It will be a real shame if next years fiesta cannot take place...

can you give a dog a home?

Raya is a little mixed breed who is successfully recovering from Leishmania. She is now well

enough to go to her forever home, she will still need a couple of pills every day but the cost is only very small. Raya is a very loving fussy little girl who asks for nothing more than a little love and care. If you think that you are that special person for Raya please contact Marion on 628 811 187 or 968 979 865 Reggie is a German shepherd cross of 3 months, he has been completely hand reared from being 7 days old. A beautiful little boys who needs a forever home. Please contact Marion on 628 811 187 if you would like more information about Reggie.

If you can give either one of these boys a loving home please contact Keith on 628 811 188 or Marion on 628 811 187 or 968 979 865.

(Camposol A)

are drop off points for soltimes

Private or trade letters to editor for birthdays or announcements Drop your details into them and we will print them in the next edition of the paper

FAST Camposol

CHRISTMAS FAYRE Saturday 10th November at Marianos, 11am start For more information email

cabaret night

Hotel Playa Grande (Puerto de Mazarron) In Aid of Palm House Orphanage (Cambodia) Charity No: 1079648 (Saving Children From Paedophilia, Prostitution and Poverty in East Asia.) Psalm: 82 v 3 - 4 Says. Give Justice to the poor and the orphan uphold the rights of the oppressed and the destitute. Rescue the poor and helpless deliver them from the grasp of evil people. Thursday 8th November 2012 - 7.30pm til late Live Music by The Fabulous Beagles, plus Supporting act Clifford Jay & Julia Ticket price 6 euros.

Tel Cliff: 968 152 162 or 629 834 946

or you can pay at the door Tapas for sale at the bar

the New Royal Bar & Restaurant


News Flash!... News Flash!... News Flash!.......


Tel 968 595 864 Our food is full of flavour & freshly prepared Breakfast ~ Menu Del Dia ~ A la Carte Friday Fish and Chips from €6.00

All Live Sporting Events Shown On 3 BIG Screens






Fun Quiz – End of every month Friday & Saturday – Live Entertainment Every Week “FREE” Friday 26th October ~ John Sloman “Mr Cool” Plus Fish and Chips 6€ Saturday 27th October ~ Steve Spit

Christmas & New Year Menus Available (Ask for details)

Sunday’s at The New Royal

Sunday Lunches from € 8.50 Smooth Sunday Evenings (Special Menu from €5.00)

We Are Open Every Day Mon - Thurs 10am - 11pm, Fri - Sun 10am - late (El Alamillo Plaza, 200mts from the Beach – Pto De Mazarron)


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• Vertical Blinds • Window Blinds • New Covers • Repairs

At least 150 Colours To Choose From

Tel: Mick 676 583 246

from la Marina to San Javier


for sale

BOATING LICENSES ARE NOW A LEGAL REQUIREMENT IN SPAIN Serenity Sailing RYA Training Centre, Competent Crew to Yachtmaster, VHF & ICC. Own-boat tuition on sail and power. If you have a yacht or powerboat get qualified and certified. Contact Richard +34 638 056 224 Email: or visit:

40 composite and PVC doors, fully installed from only €595, Tel: Simply Doors on 966 718 738, or call at our showroom at Calle Azul, Ciudad Quesada, see our main ad on page 8


Sweet Dreams

Private sale ads are free under 300€ (3 ads per week) email them to:


Fish pedicure system

tel: 667 196 365

25 vending machines for sale 20 with sites for more info phone 968 970 681

Costa blanca areas christine 966 719 647 Costa calida area Paulette 902 750 190 ext 332

for sale


Professional Safe, Large combination and key, not a cheap electronic one. 50€ Tel: 606 075 644


no job too small & free estimates! specialists in all electrical & plumbing works

new icp’s fitted - swimming pool heaters & air-con, electric gates & burglar alarms hot water boilers,gas heaters & solar new bath/shower suites - spanish legal

call clive: 617 268 346 or frank: 639 988 487


902 750 190 ext 330

Electrician available for all works. Small or large. Call Dave 693 251 562.


Furniture first

est Pool tables, 2006 snooker tables, sl table tennis tables, darts. Tel:666 ROJALES SPECIALIST OF PRE - OWNED 933 726 www. FURNITURE & AccESSORIES AT SENSIBLE PRICES house clearance specialist teka built in FREE LOCAL DELIVERY SERVICE WE BUY, SELL & PART EXCHANGE oven good con 100 See our Advertisement on QUALITY FURNITURE euros or offers; page 13 for more information mobile air con Open Mon - Fri 10 - 18.00, Sat 10 - 14.00 Centro Commercial, Flamenca Beach, unit good con 100 C/Pablo Neruda 2, Local 5, Rojales La Planta, Playa Flamenca PLEASE CALL JAMIE ON: euros or offers; 966 713 075 OR 680 545 923 Tel: 965 321 701 paraffin heater good con 75 euros or offers - mob.637 businesses for sale 948 602 doors BUTANE GAS BOTTLE 12.5k full and unused. 20 € Popular Cafe Bar in Algorfa Tel 96 676 3081 (Quesada) Traspaso/Lease for sale uk manufactured, made to H illbill y full legal license Golf Electric measure, composite & pvc 40 covers inside Trolley. No Battery doors & windows 20 covers outside Good Working Fully stocked with up to 25 years guarantee Order 45€ Existing business ready for over 40 styles to choose from with Golf Set. Good immediate takeover colour options on composite doors starter set of Please contact golf clubs, and bag. Donnay from €595 fully installed Tel: 966 781 307 Pro One. Driver, Calle azul, cuidad quesada 3 and 5 woods, tel: 966 718 738 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7, 8 , 9 see our main ad on page 8 2 double tanks & a hand tank. irons, putter and includes all heaters, filter pumps, UV sandwedge. Right for sale filters, air stone, gravel, tank hoove, hand mens set algae balls, large tub of food, testing in Donnay bag. condition. 25€ ono SCREEN 80 x kits, large water holder, cushions Only 80€ contact Tel 699 158 111 40 cms, with wall or for tank units & large quantity of 969199242 mobile 655095242. P O R T A B L E fittings. 25€ Tel 96 white towels. genuine Garra Fish C a m p o s o l , AIRCON UNIT 72 676 3081 available if required Mazarron x 50 x 32 cms on Samsung 37’ (with certificate & vets certificate) B A T H R O O M wheels. 50€ Tel 96 Full HD TV and Any reasonable offers considered MIRROR 75 x 59 676 3081 Sony Bluray Home cms, curved top, BUTANE GAS Cinema System in with two integral BOTTLE 12.5k full as new condition lights and shelf. and unused. 20 € complete with user 25€ Tel 96 676 Tel 96 676 3081 manuals. Upgrade 3081 home PATIO HEATER your 30 Readers [gas] on stand, with e n t e r t a i n m e n t digest Classic 165 cms pole. 35€ system before the books. bound in Tel 96 676 3081 long winter nights green faux leather. for only €250. Tel: BATH SHOWER All in excellent 610670336. businesses opportunities Oval, chrome & glass clothes Thistle & dragon transfer bar-cafeteria display stand, 2 Trapaso/Lease FOR SALE x 4 arm chrome Urb Los Altos, Leasehold inside 50 covers clothing stands, 4 cafe bar plot 2950, 85 bar, x grid-wall hanging Terrace 15 covers 400 terrace and other sports displays & fitments On the street 8 covers hanging zon, 5 petanque courts and with Fully equiped & stocked, Ready for parking definitive license. fitments, 3 chrome & pink hanging rails immediate takeover Steady clientele throughout & 1 double chrome Benimar area the year. hanging rail. Also, Contact: 634 322 344 or 2 small jewellery 5000€ transfer price 672 829 760 stands 300€ Tel: Tel: 626 232 528 no time wasters please! 667 196 365

50% off all matresses

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Simply Doors Espana

Singer Electric sewing machine, model 3105, with cover €50 Mazarron Area Tel 677 064 580

garden services

A1 Group

house clearances

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tel: 669 723 709 jewellery


Complete Garden Maintenance English jeweller wishes to buy & Property Services broken or unwanted Gold jewellery, We cover Mazarron & silver and coins surrounding areas IMMEDIATE CASH Telephone 628 505 733 PAYMENT




asssa medical ins u rances Asssa Mazarron, Diane Nolan, Tel: 968 153 396, mazarron@asssa. es

See our main advert on the news pages

home care services

care services

providing Support and Care for people who want to remain independent at home. Professional, Personal, Trustworthy, Flexible & Friendly! Call 665 309 709

limousine hire

Call Peter

664 890 990

Member of the National Association of Goldsmiths

musician Lenny Mitchell, guitarist singer, international, professional, solo act. lenny Mitchell & his musical time machine invite you on a trip back to the 60’s & 70’s. Available to play in any venue. tel: 658 321 891 or email

piano tuner

Piano Man Qualified piano tuner & technician-piano man

Tel: 968 969 648 618 315 933 (eng) 634 321 024 (esp) www.

Ladies, children’s, men’s clothing, gifts & accesories from shop closure. Please ring to arrange to view items

tel: 667 196 365

607 346 658 + 665 786 226 photography


902 750 190 ext 330

hearing aids plastering English Plasterer internal finishing, external rendering, 15 years experience, good rates. Call Chris 671 444 246 email:

play station repairs

p3p & xbox 360 repairs

we also pay for damaged consoles & laptops contact




removals cont...

property for sale

Linen Mills


Don’t miss the biggest BARGAIN yet! We have a key-ready block of apartments in Los Montesinos with full finance! All you pay is €3,000 to complete.

UK Spain Uk weekly service 620 582 063

Cheaper than renting? All you pay is EUR 3,000 buying costs and the rest is mortgaged at around EUR 250 per month. Cheaper than renting an apartment in the area. Some of these 2 bedroom apartments have 2 bathrooms and some with only 1. It’s a first come, first served basis! Great deal! The apartments do not come with white goods but do have pre installation air conditioning. Quality and location The apartments are finished to a very high quality with communal areas decked out with marble floors and spacious corridors which make the building very light. The location is second to none, on the entrance to Los Montesinos overlooking the Torrevieja salt lakes and every apartment has its own private roof garden but there is no communal pool.

removals low cost spain - uk - uk - spain local moves full or part loads pets welcome

brian Playa Flamenca Tel: 965 326 920 666 847 648 email:

simply removals

Prices are 59.900 €, the payment plan is 3.000 € deposit and straight to mortgage. If a client wants a 30 year mortgage it works out at 266 € per month and if it is a 35 year mortgage it works out at 242 € per month.

Spain ‹ UK › Spain • Full & Part Loads • Local-No jobs too small • Pets Welcome • Experienced owner/driver (Playa Flamenca)


Tel: 603 192 957/966 848 607

UK: 00 44 790 519 8895 MEL LANDON 2 bedrooms & Family Bathroom, Built on 3 Levels, Spacious Living/Dining Room, American Style Kitchen, Solarium & Terrace, Gated Complex, Stunning Views of the Lake. Great Value €59,000

tel: 693 806 409 recruitment

Only The Best Will Do

Mercers are award winning Estate Agents, with over 28 years experience. We are the market leaders in Mazarron and are now looking for a dynamic, amazing salesperson for our sales team. We deal with English, Spanish, French, Belgium, Dutch and Scandinavian buyers and sellers and demand the highest standards from our employees. In return we offer a good salary, with excellent commission potential. Ideally you will be a native British speaker as well as been able to speak & write fluently in Spanish & French.You must have sales experience of at least 2 years. Ideally you will have experience of real estate selling and be able to demonstrate a good sales record. You must be a hard worker, with a commercial mind and an excellent communicator as well as being a team player and a people person. If you want to work 9-5 and have weekends off then please do not apply. If you are intelligent a hard worker and hungry for sales and want to earn a high income with good long term future, then come and talk to us.

Is this you?

Proven sales track record Language skills Proactive and dynamic Multi-tasker Driving licence Excellent communicator Ambitious & hungry for success Passion for property.

We will be holding interviews on 22/23 October & 15/16 November in our Mazarron office. To make sure you are invited, please send you CV and a covering letter telling us a bit about yourself to:

From a parcel to a small house move

VANTASTIC 3.5 tonne removals or any handyman & van service Also Spain-UK tel: 693 251 562 e mail: davendonc@aol. com +44 (0) 1582 499 836 +44 (0) 7977 754 389

LWB Sprinter van going from south to North of the UK & back every 2 weeks, based near Murcia Airport. Tel: 610 846 260/ 0044 7519 186 355. or email: van.

UK - SPAIN - UK Professional,Friendly & Caring Fully insured, scheduled monthly door to door service

recruitment cont...

Independant distributors required

earn €350-€1400 part-time/full-time catalogue distribution & team leader roles available with 89 year old PLC visit:

property for sale

We Will Move It Pets, Boats, Caravans, Trailers, Full Roof Rack for Long Loads, Full or Part Loads, Based in Mar Menor, Murcia. Spain UK Spain, North & South of UK, 3 LWB Vans Twice a month

Tel: 0044 7783 222251 0034 634 360 846

property for sale



Apartment (Top floor / Penthouse) Almoradi, Costa Blanca 4 Bed, 2 Bath, Large Terrace, Lounge, Sep Kitchen, Utility Room, Communal Solarium, Lift, Furnished inc. White Goods, UK TV , 90m² Interior Living Space plus, 15m² Terrace / Balcony with Awnings Spacious apartment overlooks a newly 55,000 reformed Plaza, views of the church & mountains, unusually large terrace. 2 min walk away from the town’s attractive central square, all other amenities are also within Call ChristineTODAY on 966 719 647 easy walking distance,12 mins drive from the OR 902 750 190 Ext 330 resort of Guardamar del Segura. Close to La Finca Golf course

Your property will appear as shown opposite and be seen by almost Sol Times readers!

for SALE massive detatched cortijo with 50m2 workshop 20mins from mojacar This is a unique spanish country cortijo with 4 beds, 2 bath, Open plan living areas, kitchen & dining room as well as a workshop, courtyard front & back & room for a pool. Mountain views. possible B& B Build 256 m², Terrace 100m², Plot 1200 m²

Telephone 649 186 107 email for more info at

bargain! bargain! only €160,000 ono

Price (Private Sale)

€ 79,950

Tel: (0034) 676 534 978

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Last week Greg and Chris were staying for a few days. We reasoned that it would be wasteful not to make use of Chris’s small nimble fingers and Greg’s large amount of muscle, so we took the opportunity to make their holiday memorable by getting them to ‘help’ us to put the winter cover on the pool.

The next day, after our visitors had left we had a dust storm. Every flat surface was covered with orange dust as though the whole world had been Tango’d, including the pool cover, which now more closely resembled a well-prepared seed bed than a recently applied cover. I gazed at it glumly; Pete is not at all well at the moment, so the helpless female ploy couldn’t be called upon; if I wanted the dust cleaned off before the forecast rain turned it to immovable mud then I would have to ‘Do Something About It Myself’. With grim determination, I set about it with the long-handled pool brush. I pushed the brush forward across the cover, then pulled it back, telling myself firmly that this was an ideal stretching exercise, and very good for me. At each push-pull


I dislodged a small ridge of dust, so I ended up with a sort of organic orange earthwork either side of the centre of the cover.

My satisfaction with my achievement was offset by the amount of dust that the pool brush, with its stiff bristles, left behind. However, it was an improvement, of sorts. Next I took the small soft house broom, reached out with it and began to pull my mini embankment towards the edge of the cover and from there off into the gravel. By now my attitude towards gentle stretching exercises had changed somewhat, and parts of me where beginning to point out that the word ‘retired’ meant not having to work any more. I finished, and stood back, attempting to silence the protestations of my back with the promise of a nice long soak in Radox. The soft brush had done an excellent job, and while the edges of the cover were once more bright blue, the centre, which I had only been able to reach with the pool brush, still had a generous coating of Mother Earth upon it.

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A TOUCH OF CLASS...............

Most of us have an impression of the so called upper classes and in my case when I was much younger, it was always one of chinless wonders sitting around in their palatial pads with their feet up on kneeling servants whilst sipping shampoo guffawing at tasteless jokes about the common people and rogering the house maids when the mood took. This of course is the image that the likes of Jeremy Corbyn, Dennis Skinner and other self styled working class champions would like the masses to view them – I mean, where would the Labour party be if it turned out that the class system was now merely an interesting item in history and a thing largely consigned to the past. It’s a fiction that the ‘The rich are different’ and belong to a sub-species of Homo sapiens - they are merely people like the rest of us, who by accident of birth, enterprise or luck, find themselves in financial Nirvana. It isn’t all Cuban cigars and chasing foxes either, because money brings with it its own unique problems. But it’s all easy to believe I suppose and largely a myth eagerly

At that moment Pete, who had been watching me through closed eyelids, woke up. ‘I’ve got a long handle in the shed. Would you like me to attach it to the soft brush, then you can get that middle bit that you’ve missed?

perpetuated by the extreme perception that they exist left . . . but this is by no on a different plane and a means an anti-socialist rant, class apart. Literally. But are they really? merely an observation. In our past lives, my I am also the first to admit that there are certain wife had a good business members of the privileged as a mobile hairdresser, few who contribute nothing attending to clients in the to society and seem to surrounding villages. She spend their time pouring began this at a time when as much alcohol as possible no one else was offering down their necks at glitzy a similar service and the shindigs and having their idea really took hold and faces splattered across became what is today the society columns of commonplace. Hello! magazine and Her clients ranged from Harpers. But then I know young mums unable to leave of many equally worthless their kids and travel several individuals from other miles into the nearest town walks of life, who prefer to visit the hair salon, to to sit on their backsides, well off individuals who happily living off the rest simply preferred to have of us and taking all they someone attend to them in can get from society. It’s their own homes. not a class thing. Included in this second The other major factor category, were several titled that helps perpetuate the ladies and gentlemen, some imaginary class divide is who lived permanently in good old fashioned envy. the area and others who Whilst we peasants tend to divided their time between decry wealth and privilege their country retreats and in others, there are not London homes. many who would pass up One such was an exiled the chance to be in the same Polish Count and his position if the opportunity English wife. He was arose. That’s why so many every inch an aristocrat of us mark off those little in appearance; tall and boxes on our Euro Million distinguished with tickets every week – we impeccably coiffered hair, aspire to be filthy rich and greying at the temples. ipso facto, put us in the He was always well turned same league as the despised out and never anything upper classes. But is but the perfect gentleman. there really any difference Nevertheless, when he between inherited money asked if he could come to and money obtained our house to watch the through gambling? Both rugby one Saturday, because are the result of pure luck. it was a sport that his wife The same goes for titled hated with a vengeance; I people (because titles and readily agreed. We spent the possession of great the afternoon knocking wealth do not always go back cans of Abbot Ale; hand in glove) and the cheering on the England By Colin Bird : team and telling

each other ribald tales of our respective past lives. No, class distinction, no barriers – just two blokes enjoying an afternoon in each other’s company over a few beers. Without exception, each of the other titled customers were down to earth and a pleasure to be with – most remaining loyal clients of many years standing and even becoming valued friends. If it had not been for the impressive houses and lead crystal accents, they would have been unrecognisable as being any different from the rest of us. As far as I can see, the dreams of material possessions and status are things that are common to most of us. We didn’t see that working class hero John Prescott hesitate when offered a seat in the House of Lords did we. But then why should he...


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A l q ueria T he A l q uerian S ystem The town hall of Alqueria is now the seat of the new Alquerian Government. Not the most imposing of buildings, plain, run-down and lurking in the Calle Horno next to the bakery. The aroma of freshly baked bread ceaselessly permeates through its halls. The familiar smell makes it a friendly building, contrary to the people who now use it as a debating chamber. The Alquerian parliamentary model involves two elected joint presidents. One from the Hill People and the other from the Newcomers. This is necessary to stop the civil unrest which would surely follow if any one barrio gained the upper hand. A handful of ministers to handle the day-to-day running of the village completed the government. There are an equal number of ministers from each barrio. All decisions are decided by a show of hands from the villagers massed in the square. A sufficient number always turn out, not from civic duty but more from barrio rivalry. It is indeed bloody minded democracy. To say this system is ideal would imply that politicians themselves are ideal and that would be absurd. In general if a politician is conscious he is probably lying and the Alquerian incumbents are no different. It comes as a relief when they fully immerse themselves in their corrupt activities and leave the running of the village alone. The debate in the village square usually starts with the hurling of insults escalating to stone throwing and culminating in fistfights. The vote doesn’t always go the way of the majority but to those left standing when the show of hands is called for. In many of the fistfights the ministers themselves have joined in. The last question resolved in this manner was the choice of design for the Alquerian national flag. At the end of the discussion the plaza resembled the ‘Valley of Death’ after the Light Brigade passed through. Littered with debris and unconscious villagers, it was a forlorn sight. Of those who remained standing a majority belonged to the Hill People. It was their flag that was adopted for Alqueria, republican colours for the field and a bottle Remitroot Liquor for the badge. Another knotty problem which faces the new Republic and its unique form of government is the constitution. Manuela favours the ‘All men are created equal’ theme but her experience with men proves that this is not so. Poyato wants the ‘Liberté, égalité, fraternité ‘ approach. Rodriquez prefers the British model where no constitution actually exists in entirety and can therefore be manipulated by whoever is in power. Whatever the outcome, it is a necessary step before the Alquerian passport can be issued and immigration into Alqueria encouraged.


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sunset over turre Unless lucky enough to own a new or newish car; once a year the annual trek to an ITV station has to be endured. Having a hectic schedule means I have always driven up to the Lorca testing station as its open all day without appointments being needed. My Spanish is more than passable but trying to obey the instructions to stop/go, press the brake/release the break, switch this on/off etc. whilst surrounded by the din of the other lorry and car engines was too much for me last week so the inspector took over. Somehow he sensed I was a gringo and lo and behold the car failed as the two rear tyres were from different manufacturers. 200€ later I returned the next day and a different inspector didn’t even bother to look at my shiny new tyres and simply waved me through after politely thanking me for keeping his brother/son/fathers’ tyre shop in business. My earlier comment that my Spanish is passable is actually questionable as the other day I was given a receipt for some work done on the central heating at home. A few days later I bought some goods from a local shop and again was given a ticket. When I got home I compared the two bits of paper and was intrigued to see that the two businesses must be one and the same as they were both called Albarán! The missus almost split her sides with laughter because Albarán is Spanish for delivery note! Before moving from the UK in 2006 I lived in the middle of the Surrey countryside; the beautiful sounds of the dawn chorus from the wild birds would waft through a bedroom window if left open in the summer months. Here near Turre I again live in the country but instead of birdsong, the sound of many

dogs barking, growling and gnashing their teeth wafts gently across the fields of an early morning from a nearby kennels. Suddenly air conditioning seems a sensible alternative to leaving a window open. Childhood obesity – now there is a subject. Across the western world children are getting fat through bad eating habits and a more sedentary lifestyle. These blooming computer game consoles are a big part of the problem as youngsters sit down instead of running around like I expect we all did as kids. So why a cereal called Krave is allowed to be sold let alone advertised on British television beggars’ belief as its slogan is ‘Chocolate for breakfast?’ The voluntary code of practice that the UK government agreed with food manufacturers is clearly working (for the manufacturers) then! I also remember tales of children turning orange from drinking that awful drink Sunny Delight made by a pharmaceutical company which only contains 15% fruit juice yet enough chemicals to dope a professional cyclist. I have a confession to make; it has been me buying up all the local mangoes in Mercadona. For 11 months of the year the shops are normally full of hard and unripe bitter tasting excuses of mangoes from South America. Then for a few short weeks from late September the mangoes grown in the Costa Tropical in Granada hit the shelves. Gorgeous sweet ripe luscious mangoes that remind me of the ones I ate aged 10 when my grandfather bought me a little string bag full of them from India. This year they are simply labelled as national mangoes – go on, fill your boots!

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Isn’t it comforting to know that in these times of austerity there is still someone who prints more money than the United States Treasury-which by the way prints a not insubstantial amount of the folding stuff on an alarmingly regular basis. No, it’s not any Treasury that does this but Parker Brothers. Who are they? A firm of stockbrokers? No! Maybe an Insurance Company-well, wrong again. They are in fact the makers of Monopoly and that is just about the only thing that is making money at the moment. Scary isn’t it? I raise this point not to depress you, rather to highlight an issue. Can we actually believe the information that Government Departments throughout the world release? Yes, the amount of Monopoly money sloshing around doesn’t really matter very much but, the comparative money available to us does. According to what we are told, there isn’t much of the stuff available. Well, do we believe that? Mount Everest! You may ask what that rather large natural phenomenon has to do with the first two paragaraphs? Well, when the mountain was measuredand I would love to see that tape measure! I well recall trying to measure windows at home with my wife and the trouble I got into when I kept putting the tape measure in the wrong place. How do they measure a mountain of that size? Not too accurately it would seem. When the mountain was measured it was assumed that there should be several different measurements taken, just to be sure. Guess what…they were all different. So, the people who decide the final height-the dubious mountain height committee maybe-took an average of all the returns. It came to 29000 feet. That seemed too perfect, so they added 2 feet, just to give it a realistic feel! The crux of this argument is that, whether it is money or mountains, can we really believe what we are being is married told? I’m not trying to be scurrilous, I simply want to point Graham to Helen and has out that, perhaps we shouldn’t believe all we are told, a daughter, Alice. from official sources. An astounding example of this is He lives part of the year near Albox, the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses II who, although soundly but works in Qatar, defeated in a battle, put up a monument celebrating his teaching. If you wish supposed triumph, which generations took to be the to contact Graham regarding this truth until historians recently found otherwise! Well the article email: meaning of Ramses is “begotten by the Sun God”. That is helenandg@yahoo. Rupert Murdoch, isn’t it?

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grazed the wrong side of the post. There was a quiet period at the beginning of the second half, but that would change just before the hour. After missing a guilt-edge chance, Gary made amends moments later when he tapped in Hector Silva’s clever cross. Then Marco got on the scoresheet, turning in Giacomo’s driven cross after the big man had done well to get thorough a couple of robust challenges. Jovi Navarro made his first meaningful save of the match with about 15 minutes remaining, getting down quickly to save with his legs. Carl Kirby, who came on in place of Giacomo, had a few decent openings in the last minutes, but it wasn’t to be as he failed to make contact with Vicente’s cross and then hit the ball wide from a few yards out. The visitors did eventually get their consolation goal after some poor San Fulgencio defending. Their centre-back was in the right place to knock in the rebound after Jovi had made another great save. Another important 3 points for the Saints as their impressive start continues! Our next game is on Saturday the 27th away to Hondon Nieves. Thank you to Telecom 900 and the rest of our sponsors! Match report by Jordan Lucas

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Stableford at Peraleja which was a late change of venue for us But many thanks to all of them at the course everything went very well. The weather was very good for golf on the day but the course played very long as a lot of the tee boxes red and yellow where on the back tees which made it extra extra long for the ladies and over 70’s men. But everyone had a good time. There where some good scores on the day and the best today scores coming from two members returning from a few moths away overseas. Joe Flanagan with 41pts and Harry O’Neill 39pts I think the handicap secretary will be taking a close look at these two gentlemen. Also Ian sadler and Martin Dykes can look forward to a little cut. Must say well done the our top lady on the day Lyn Gallard who finished on 34pts.The course on the day played where only five players had a better score on the back nine for the rest scores where well down on the back nine. Ian sadler came out on top in Division one with

Jim Millin on 37pts. In Div two Joe Flanagan on 41pts came first and Harry O’Neill second on 39pts. In the race for player of the year Roy Herbert is still out in Front on 218pts followed by Barry Butterworth on 212pts then Dave Williams on 208pts all very close Results Division One 1st Ian Sadler 38pts 2nd Jim Millin 37pts 3rd Dave Williams 34pts 4th Ken Carpenter 32pts Division 2 1st Joe Flanagan 41pts 2nd Harry O’Neill 39pts 3rd Martin Dykes 37pts 4th Lyn Gallard 34pts Best Guest on the day Peter Flood 31pts. The next Societys game is on Monday, 5th November 2012 at RODA Golf. The 1st Tee time is 10.00. The format is Individual Stableford. Payday is on Saturday, 3rd November 2012 at Roda Golf (in the bar area) between 11.00 and 12.00 hours.

This weeks match was the 2nd in the Gary Smith Challenge Trophy. The venue was the Eden canal stretch of the Rio Segura. The water level was now back to normal with a nice steady flow. A word of thanks to Carp ¨R Us, as they had dug out some of the pegs on this stretch making the pegs very comfortable to fish. However, with the torrent of water that had been flowing through here in the last week, some of the bank has been washed away. As on my peg that I had fished, before I could reach the far bank with 14.5 metres of pole, now I am a metre short!!!!. Overall, it was a slow start to the match but the weights at the end reflected a resonable day. Top Rods on the day 1st Doug (Welsh Goldminer) Hornblow fishing the pole using pellet with 10.40 kilo´s. 2nd Stan ( The Man ) Roberts fishing the pole using pellet and maggot with 9.40 kilo´s. 3rd Clive (Golf No More) Cleghorn fishing the pole using corn with 8.73 kilo´s. Rods and Reels with 18 points Abbey Anglers with 12 points Therefore accumulative points to date Rods and Reels 4 points Abbey Anglers 2 points As stated last week there was no match held due to the majority of the club going for a weeks festival fishing to Arcos de la Frontera. ( Approx 30 mins from Cadiz). The fishing is prolific with weights of over 200lbs ( 90+ kilo´s ) being caught in one day. The matches were fished over the 5 days with 1 match weight to be dropped, the following are the top 5 anglers weights. 1st M. Theules 314.16 kilo´s. 2nd L. Bolton 298.92 kilo´s 3rd I. Dalzell 286 kilo´s 4th D. Hutchinson 282.17 kilo´s 5th D. Hornblow 279.30 kilo´s. PLEASE NOTE The club has some vacancies at present, if you are interested in joining please contact Derek Swann on 966 729 293 or 603 535 771. ABBEY ANGLING RESULTS Supplied by Terry Screen The 8th round of the Winter

on the 16th October; this water has also lost many fishing pegs due to a take-over of the bamboo and reeds once again and also after the dredging many islands have now formed in the river making good fish holding spots. This venue is not much more than a rubbish tip, this is mainly due to pleasure anglers leaving there rubbish on the banks and in the water. I think it is time that the authorities toughened up on these fishermen and started checking on their licences, I have only ever been asked to show my licence whilst match fishing and never while pleasure fishing. 1st Dave (Yours Truly) Hoare with 8.920kg fishing the pole using maggot. 2nd Tony (The Flower Man) Price with 6.500kg fishing the feeder using corn 3rd Bill (The Master) Reade with 6.200kg fishing the feeder using corn and maggot We have arranged our annual Dinner and Dance to be held at the Abbey Tavern on Saturday 24th November and members interested should contact the Club Treasurer Mick Hill for your tickets. Also our AGM will be held on the 26th November at 7.30pm at the Abbey Tavern All details our available on our website www.abbeyangling. com or from the Match Secretary Terry Screen on 965 328 368. ANGLERS TOGETHER The objective of Anglers Together has been reached (which was to introduce anglers to each other). Now that newcomers to Spain are few and far between, we have decided that monthly meetings are serving no useful purpose and the friendships that have been made over the past 4 years are now firmly established. We will continue to provide information through our email address if contacted but there will be no membership renewals in May. Thanks to all past members for their support. Email : anglerstogether@ TIGHT LINES DAVE HOARE

MAGGOTS END.................................. RODS AND REELS League was fished at Nancy’s


Two controversial decisions robbed Mazarron of a first victory of the season against second in the table CD Algar at the Estadio Municipal. First, young striker Panocha was sent off shortly after Mazarron had taken the lead in the 74th minute. Then, five minutes later, a CD Algar forward dived over the outstretched arms of Mazarron keeper Jose Iker and a penalty was awarded from which Veiga equalised. It was 15 minutes before CD Algar managed a shot at goal and 20 minutes before Mazarron threatened with an excellent run down the right by Edu. His cross to the near post was flicked on by Jose Ruben but cleared by a defender. Jose Iker made the first of a number of excellent saves in the 23rd minute and, at the other end, a half clearance by a CD Algar defender fell to Santi who hit a tremendous shot from 25 yards just wide of the target. Five minutes before half time, Panocha headed wide from a free kick taken by Ruben but two minutes later CD Algar had the best chance of the half when their centre forward broke through only

to shoot wide. Mazarron began the second half brightly with Jose Ruben breaking clear only to be foiled by the keeper’s legs but they suffered a blow in the 59th minute when the industrious Poyato, who was making a return to the Mazarron team, had to leave the field with an injury. Chances were now few and far between but Mazarron broke the deadlock in the 74th minute when Jose Ruben was bundled over in the penalty area and duly despatched the resulting spot kick. Panocha was then sent off and a minute later a tremendous double save from Jose Iker preserved Mazarron’s lead. However, in the 80th minute, came the controversial penalty awarded against Jose Iker for the second game running and although substitute Pollo came close to winning the game for Mazarron with a superb header from Santi’s free kick, the game ended in a draw. Team: Jose Iker, Barrachina, Diego, Pepelu, Alfonso, Poyato (Fran), Santi, Edu (Pollo), Miguelon (Ahmed), Jose Ruben, Panocha. Man of the Match: Poyato.

LEAGUE STARTS THIS WEEKEND, ITV ORIHUELA RFC Bar, on Friday in the Pro 12 at 20.00, Dragons

Unfortunately, this weekend’s friendly against San Javier was called off, but hoping during the season the clubs will be able to organise another one between league matches. This coming weekend is the start of the new rugby season with ITV Orihuela RFC playing at home against last years champions Murcia XV, kicking off at 17.00, so a very tough start to the new campaign. Also on Wednesday 24 October the U16’s are entertaining Solihull school kicking off at 18.30, match report to follow next week. It is good to see the juniors getting experience against English teams as well. As it is the last Thursday off the month I will be down at The Steakhouse as usual between 10.30 and 13.30 with all of the rugby branded gear, looking forward to seeing you there as well. Again this weekend we will be back televising the Pro 12 and Aviva Premiership live rugby matches at the rugby bar in Rojales, The Steakhouse, used to be Tylers

v Ulster and then on Saturday back with the Aviva Premiership, Bath v Exeter Chiefs at 15.00 followed by Gloucester v Tigers at 17.30, so come along for a full weekend of live rugby at the only designated rugby bar in the area and join the Costa Blanca Rugby Supporters Club as well. I am at the Moncayo Market on Saturday in the morning, 09.00-13.30, with all of the rugby branded gear and club/international shirts etc, so see you all down there. So looking forward to seeing everyone down for the first home league match of the season this weekend as well as all of the other places above. Training is back at the Miguel Hernandez University ground at 20.15 on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at the moment for the seniors and juveniles. The juniors start at 18.00. 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) So come along and join in the fun at a club with a great friendly atmosphere.



Sucina Golf Society...................................................... Quesada Golf Society.................................................. Played at Hacienda Del Alamo stopping just in front of the Andy Lea with a score of 118 answer was “ well where do on 16th October 2012 This month’s game was a 4 ball stapleford with the best 3 scores on each hole to count. H D A is a popular venue & always well presented. We had 48 players for this game & had a 2 tee start at 09.20. Although a little chilly at first we had a glorious day for golf, wall to wall sunshine with just a little breeze. Starting at the 10th tee 2 members who shall remain nameless contrived to hit amazing tee shots. Anyone who knows this course, the 10th tee has 2 wooden bridges in front, player 1 managed to hit the 1st bridge & we all stood amazed as his ball bounced several times on the bridge before rolling slowly back on the cart path

ladies tee. Not to be outdone player 2 smashed his drive into the same bridge, the ball hurtled into the adjacent rocks & from there flew backwards over the heads of the watching group into the lake behind the tee!!. After such a torrid start it is to that player’s credit he manage to score 33 points on the day. Prizes were presented after the match in the clubhouse at HDA The results of the competitions were as follows: The guests competition was won by the team of Sharon Seed, Mark Seed, Bernie Stone & Ian Stones with a fine score of 123 points. Runners up in the guest competition were Anne Terry, Steve Terry, Karen Lea &

points. The members competition was won by the team of Doreen Crowhurst, Leonard Stevens, Peter Dyos & Andy Harvey with 115points OCB. Runners up in the members competition was the team of Wayne Harris, Peter Tuit, Tom Crowhurst & Colin Comber also with 115 points. Nearest the pin prizes were: Hole 5 ‘Rocket’ Ron McKinley Hole 8 Mark Seed Hole 12 Dean Le-Ray Hole 15 Sharon Seed. Our next meeting is at La Serena on 20th November 2012. Start list is in F & L’s bar in Sucina or contact any committee member. Visit our website sucinagolfsociety. com

Today we played for the HENRIETTA MEMORIAL TROPHY an annual competition in memory of Alf Baggotts late wife; Alf who is a long standing valued member of our society. We had a few call offs before the match but still 32 players had an enjoyable days golf in the sunshine. Although the greens were not at their best we understand the work has to be done. our thanks go to Richard Davis and the staff for their help on the day. results are as follows Nearest the Pin: hole 4 Mike

Ingle, hole 8 Barry Carter, hole11 Vic Smith, hole 14 Bill McGrandle Second Runner-Up John Grint 32 points First Runner Up Frank Juchau 34 points Winner Barry Thorogood 41 points. Our last quiz of 2012 is Tuesday 23rd October at La Marina Sports Complex at

7.30 pm. anyone wishing to join our society would be made most welcome or if you just want to have a game then call Bill on 679 007 756

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FC TORREVIEJA................................................................... 9 MEN TORRY WIN EPIC BATTLE BUT ONLY JUST Last Sunday, Torry entertained fallen giants CD Castellon who brought with them a small band of vociferous supporters which made for a good atmosphere at the Vicente Garcia. Before the game there was only one point and 2 places separating the teams, with Torry in 10th place and Castellon in 13th place. Both sides were looking for a win to climb up the table. Torry had a full squad to select from and welcomed back captain and defensive linchpin Jorge after his 1 match ban. Javi Rosa made his home debut at left-back. Manu Amores was preferred to Luis Carlos, who for some reason was relegated to the bench, and Gasch was rightly preferred to Cuco Ros who has had more than enough chances to shine without doing so. The fit again Ernesto was on the bench. There wasn’t even a place on the bench for Rafa who was sat in the stand. He can count himself extremely unlucky having been one of the better Torry performers this season. Whether the manager really knows what he is doing is open to debate. Torrys starting line-up: Manolo, Vicente Boix, Jorge, Abel, Javi Rosa, Burguillos (Pedro Lopez, 73’), Dani, Manu Amores (Ernesto, 67’), Gasch (Cuco Ros, 81’) and Koeman. The rain had at least stopped when the game kicked-off in front of a crowd of around 450 which was down with the “fair weather” supporters opting to stay indoors. The pitch was heavy and it was inevitable it would cut up and be stamina sapping after all

the rain. Torry got off to the perfect start after 2 minutes with a GOALLLLL from Koeman who was first to react to a loose ball in the box after a corner wasn’t dealt with by the Castellon defence. Torry failed to capitalise on this and it was Castellon who seized the initiative and started to dominate the midfield area and were particularly threatening down their right-hand side with Javi Rosa having a nightmare against a sprightly and tricky wide-man. Manolo had to be alert and quick off his line on a number of occasions to get to through balls before an approaching Castellon forward and also to deal with a number of dangerous crosses and high balls played into the box. After 21 minutes Javi Rosa made a good run to the near post to meet a Torry corner and headed only just over the top. After 25 minutes Javi Rosa failed to deal with the Castellon right wide-man yet again and his cross into the six yard box was prodded over line and into the net for a GOALLLLL and equaliser for Castellon. It had been coming. After 33 minutes Dani intercepted a poor pass forward from the back by a Castellon defender and played the ball out to Inarejos who accelerated to the byeline and crossed to the back post where the ball was met by Gasch who steered the ball into the back of the net for a GOALLLLL to Torry. This didn’t deter Castellon and they continued to probe and had the ball in the back of the Torry net just before the break but it was disallowed for offside. An early chance fell to Gasch after play resumed with his crossshot being palmed round

the post by the opposition keeper. Burguillos then had a chance from a header but put it wide. After 61 minutes a guilt edged chance for Abel when a corner was headed down by Jorge but from 5 yards out he managed to scoop the ball over the bar instead of into the back of the net. After 67 minutes Ernesto replaced Manu Amores. On 72 minutes Castellon had another goal dis-allowed. A high ball into the box was met first by one of the Castellon forwards and he headed the ball over Manolo into the net but the scorer was ruled to have been offside. After 78 minutes Ernesto was sent off for a second bookable offence after a tussle with one of their defenders when contesting a ball played forward. The pressure on Torry intensified and they defended desperately and courageously. It was like the Alamo. On 89 minutes Koeman was dismissed for a second bookable offence after a mis-timed challenge when contesting a ball played forward. Castellon threw the “kitchen sink” at Torry but somehow Torry managed to repel wave after wave of attacks and the avalanche of balls into the box to take the points and record a famous victory. Hard on Castellon not to get something out of the game but that’s football. Torry move up to 7th in the table after this result only 1 point adrift of 4th place. On Sunday Torry travel to Gandia and will be looking to extend their unbeaten run to 4 matches. A mightily relieved Darrylldinho following his adopted team in Spain hang on to win an encounter.

Wednesday 17th October at El Valle We travelled to El Valle this week for our stableford competition all 32 of us and we were met with some wonderful views of the course from the club house, the course was in fantastic condition along with some tricky greens, although the greens had been dressed they were still in very good condition, and as usual El Valle had its revenge on some of us, on hole 7 Tony Patterson had trouble getting off the tee he hit his ball straight into the pampass grass in front of the mens tee then proceeded to hit it twice more where into the pampass grass not even reaching the ladies tee at which point he decided that hole 7 was not for him, hole 18 was not a good hole for David Smith when confronted by a green side bunker, he took his shot, only for it to hit the top of the bank whereby it shot up into the air over his head and back into the bunker, there was a bit of discussion as to who had the shortest drive today this was awarded to John Symmonds on hole

16 when he took his tee shot, looking up he asked where did that go only to see the ball still at his feet, Chris Neilds had a bit of a shock waitng for him when he hit his ball into the gardens of the properties surrounding the course, he thought they were all empty but on arriving at the place where his ball had gone he found two ladies waiting with ball in hand which had landed between them as they laid sunbathing, they remarked that maybe he needed more practice, hole 15 was Paul Flannaghans hole today when his ball hit the top of the large mound in the centre of the course, it then careered back down onto his side of the fairway and he proceeded to par the hole, on hole 15 Anne Day took a liking to the pin as she actually walked back to her buggy carrying the said pin, Alan Thorpe when asked if he had any snippets to impart said no he had had an uneventful game even Ted Hooker hadn’t fallen over this week, Ronnie Speirs had much more to say when asked if he had any snippets his

I start” apparently his playing partners took anything sharp, his shoe laces and his belt away from him just incase he decided to do away with himself, that says it all really, and finally El Valle took its revenge on my partner and myself in a different way when on leaving the course for the drive home we (no he) took a wrong turn and we ended up driving home via El Corte Ingles , Thader and Nuevo Condimino and I didn;t even get to shop. Results Gold Division 1st Eddie Scott 35pts 2nd Alan Briggs 33pts on count back 3rd David McSweeny 33pts Silver Division 1st Mike Thomas 34pts 2nd Ann Hobbs30pts 3rd Paul Flannaghan 29pts Nearest the Pin Hole 6 Alan Thorpe, 9 Brian Smith, 12 Mike Thomas, 15 Barry Trodd Nearest the Pin in 2 shots Hole 11 Rod Day The Roy Ronnie Speirs The Roy Winners at Albacete two weeks ago were Darryl Wright Ann Hobbs Glynis Thomas and John Chatham my apologies for missing this team off of the winners list. Quesada Golf Society would like to thank our hosts Anita and David at Quesada Country Club for their hospitality on our return from El Valle also a big thank you to David and Sheila McSweeny for sponsoring the whole day. Reported by Pam Martin

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