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SolTimes issue 282

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The Gobierno Regional has approved a draft of the Ley de Apoyo a los Emprendedores y a la Competitividad e Internacionalización de las Pequeñas y Medianas Empresas de la Región (Law on Support to Entrepreneurship and Competitiveness and Internationalisation of Small and Medium Enterprises in the Region). It will have an economic impact of €53.6 million and a reversal in rates for the region of up to 8 billion euros between the fiscal years 2013 and 2014, and will bring with it the creation of 2,500 new commercial autonomies which would result in 3,500 jobs. The Portavoz del Ejecutivo Regional, José Ballesta, said that this Law would allow for loans to the young and the long term unemployed over 45 years; deferment of payment of rates for certain businesses (gambling, tourism, sport, entertainment, urban, coastal, fishing) and deductions in income tax of 20%, for those investing between 4,000 and 10,000 euros of capital in corporations, limited companies or cooperatives, or for the acquisition of shares in companies. Another incentive will provide for the registration of ‘Business Angels’, private investors from diverse backgrounds and of foreign origin, who are willing to invest in entrepreneurial projects. This battery of incentives included in the bill will give impetus to entrepreneurship, but still has to undergo processing at the Asamblea Regional. This Bill is designed firstly to help the ‘reemprendedor’, a person who, having seen a business fail, persists in his idea of launching a business venture. Secondly, young innovative companies that have been in existence for less than six years, and which spend 15 % of their budget on research. The project also aims to streamline procedures for the establishment of small and medium enterprises, with all bureaucratic requirements, from national through to regional and local levels focussed on the website: la Plataforma del Emprendedor y de la Pyme.


Reina Doña Sofía has re-opened the Teatro Capitol in an event at which there was no shortage of Republican and other protestors. The Theatre, with 850 seats, was re-opened to the music of Mozart and Beethoven, and the chanting of protestors. The Royal entourage was greeted by Presidente Valcárcel, the Delegado del Gobierno Joaquín Bascuñana, the Presidente de la Asamblea Regional Francisco Celdrán, the Alcalde Antonio Tamayo and the Consejero de Cultura Pedro Alberto Cruz at the the Theatre’s new entry on Calle Pablo Iglesias. On the arrival of the three vehicles carrying Queen Sofia and her entourage the protestors shouted insults against the Queen and the Government of Valcárcel, but were drowned out by the applause and cheers of hundreds of loyal supporters. The Queen, wearing a tailored suit


with iridescent greenish gray floral lace, uncovered a plaque to open the refurbished theatre. It was acquired by the City in 1994 for 11 million euros, anf now has two stages with the latest technology and seating for 700 and 150, enabling the Theatre to stage simultaneous events. The Orquesta Sinfónica de la Región performed for 300 local residents as well as the Queen, and the program included the world premiere of the ‘Canción del hilador ciezano’ (Song of the spinner ciezano) by the local composer José Verdú, who died in 1913. Directed brilliantly by Virginia Díaz, the orchestra played the overtures of ‘The Abduction from the Seraglio’ by Mozart and ‘The Hebrides’ by Mendelssohn, culminating in the allegro con brio from Symphony No. 5 by Beethoven. After the concert the Queen personally congratulated the members of the Orchestra, and expressed her surprise and satisfaction at seeing a woman conducting, before posing for a good humoured photo shoot. The Alcalde, Antonio Tamayo, presented her with a jug incised with decorative motif of the Hand of Fatima, a regular feature in Andalucian art, and a jewel from the archaeological remains of the Islamic Medina Siyâsa. He also gave her a gift of fresh apricots, from an old variety that is now almost extinct, but which is distinguished by an exquisite and delicate flavour.


Part of the cornice of a building in Calle Nogalte collapsed onto the pavement near the Museo del Paso Azul and a school. An eyewitness said ‘It was like a bomb.We heard a loud noise and people screaming. We believed that the cornice had fallen and buried children who had been playing nearby.’ The collapse occurred shortly after two o’clock in the afternoon on a property which is right next to the Casa Museo del Paso Azul and opposite the Colegio San Francisco. A young woman who witnessed the fall called the emergency services, and two other women stood on guard either side of the fall to prevent anyone from going into the danger area. The Policía Local were quickly on the scene, and cordoned off the area, followed by the Bomberos del Consorcio de Extinción de Incendios, who examined the property and removed any fragments which were likely to fall onto the street. Technicians from the Municipales de Urbanismo were called, and the Concejal Responsable, José Joaquín Peñarrubia Manzanera, said that the fall could have been caused by works that had been carried out in recent days on the same street, which could have loosened the cornice, and led to fragments becoming detached. He stated that he had given orders to examine the entire facade and evaluate its condition. It is a high traffic area due to its proximity to the Museo del Paso Azul and the Colegio San Francisco. Technicians from the Oficina del Terremoto also visited the area to assess the incident.

Business owners in the Calle Nogalte have called for an overhaul of the buildings that were demolished after the earthquakes, whose facades are left standing supported only by metal structures.

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An unemployed married couple with three children and a debt of 110,000 euros has reached a tentative agreement with Banco Sabadell CAM to avoid eviction of the family home in Calle Serrerías. Twenty members of the Plataforma de Afectados por la Hipoteca (Platform of People Affected by the Mortgage) spent an hour in the branch of the Bank on the Plaza de la Constitución and eventually reached


verbal agreement to process the payment in kind with an option of a social rent for the family. The outstanding debt amounts to 110,000 euros, but both parents are unemployed, are existing on a 436 euros subsidy, and therefore can not possibly pay off this amount. The deal negotiated by the representatives of the Plataforma should be confirmed in writing within a week, thus ending the terrible ordeal that this family has been subjected to for the last 8 months. The family, surrounded by Plataforma representatives, chanted the slogan made famous by the movement ‘Si se puede’, and gave a victory sign.



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Sport A number of members from the A.D.A.P.T., metal detecting

club, have sent me warnings of the presence of jellyfish in the sea, certainly between Torrevieja and Los Alca’zares. The jellyfish would seem to be the biggest for many years, and if the Daily Express is to be believed, are becoming a threat to holidays on the Costa Blanca. Swarms of the mauve

Pelagia Noctiluca along with Portuguese “Man of War” have be spotted. A Dr. Fuentes, from the Institute of Marine Sciences, in Barcelona, says that banks, several kilometres long, with a density of 30 to 40 jellyfish per cubic meter, have been observed, heading our way. Let us hope that the nets across the mouth of the Mar Menor do their job. Perhaps it would be best to “Swing your sticks” in the sand for the time being, lads and lassies!

Models On Show No, not the “Catwalk” variety, but scale models of the real thing, in this case “Military”.

The exhibition, at the Vista Alegre Rooms, will be opened by Torrevieja Mayor, Eduardo Dolon Sanchez, on the 8th., of June, but fear not, the presentation runs until the end of June, so plenty of time yet, to make a visit. The display, consists of a large number of military models of all types, reflecting the various branches of the armed services, as well as military vehicles,

...remember to say you saw it in the SOL TIMES are now under way. Antonio and Isabel would be pleased to visit clubs and societies within the region, and explain their enthusiasm to members. There would a chance to hear how members could perhaps, join “Averaves” at a hide, to take that perfect photograph.

A FRESH DIRECTION During March and May, my bulletin included happenings taking place in and around the parks and lakes of La Mata. To bring events up to date, two of the employees, Antonio Sa’ez and Isabel Pitarch have now left the water meadows and shifting sands of La Mata, to set up “Averaves”

This project will see Antonio and Isabel doing what they do best: educate and identify environmental values in our region. And they would love for you to become involved! Talks on the environment and conservation along with activities and exhibitions, around the La Vega Baja area,

The couple demonstrate their love for nature, with photographs and videos. They have a web site, and a facebook page, where their activities can be seen. Should your club, association or society, be interested in “Averaves” attending a future meeting, give Isabel a call on 652 699 544 (English and Spanish) or Antonio on 615 878 973 (Spanish). Thanks to Lennaert Streen for his splendid photograph of our local Pink Flamingos, to accompany my jottings above.

Summer “Big Band” Once Again uniforms and “Memorabilia”. Present and past serving members of the Spanish armed services, along with British ex-servicemen’s associations, with the Royal British Legion, Royal Naval Association, Royal Air Forces and Royal Marines Associations, will be present on the opening day, such is the importance that this display holds. Worthy of a permanent museum perhaps?

The Vista Alegre Exhibition Rooms are located in what was originally the home of “Jeffe de las Salinas” (The Salt Lake Manager) and is just along the front from the Casino, overlooking the Torrevieja Port, and it’s free to visit. May be closed on Mondays ( Best to check) I wonder if there will be model of a Royal Observer Corps?

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Anti-Repossession Campaign Group Wins European Citizen 2013 Award

Nationwide pressure group Plataforma de Afectados de la Hipoteca, or PAH (‘Mortgage Victims’ Association’) has won the European Citizen 2013 Prize. This award has been granted by the Euro Parliament since 2008 to individuals and organisations who ‘fight for European values’, ‘promote integration between citizens and member States’ and ‘assist with transnational cooperation’ within the EU. The same prize has been granted to the Euskaltzaindia, or Royal Basque Language Academy, having been presented as a candidate by MEP Izaskun Bilbao. MEPs who nominated the PAH were Raúl Romeva, Ana Miranda and Willy Meyer. The award is due to be presented to 41 winners from 21 European countries in a two-day ceremony on October 16 and 17. Leader of the PAH, former actress Ada Colau, says she hopes this prestigious award will ‘make the PP government sit up and take notice’, since Rajoy’s cabinet has likened them to terrorists and Nazis and has hinted at attempting to outlaw their protest activities. These protests have often involved flash-mob sieges targeting individual government members, usually outside their homes, and are known by the newly-coined term escraches.

Parents face fines if their underage children are treated for drunken comas

Parents whose children ‘regularly’ get taken into hospital in a drunken stupor could be fined in a new move by the central government to cut down on underage drinking. According to a report by ThinkSpain, although it is understood that under-18s falling into an alcohol-induced coma ‘can happen once or twice’, allowing for the teenage desire to explore the unknown and forbidden, if it occurs on a regular basis it is a sign of ‘parental neglect’. And where the child drinks him or herself unconscious within the family home on frequent occasions, the parents could even be considered guilty of child abuse. According to the head of the National Drug Prevention Plan, Francisco Babín, underage drinking causes brain damage in the long run because the consumer is not fully developed, and the damage to child or teenage kidneys and livers is much harsher than that which affects adult drinkers. “We don’t hold out any expectations of sanctioning parents beyond a fine and a slapped wrist, because there’s no A&E department in Spain which doesn’t treat numerous under-18s for alcohol-induced comas every weekend,” Babín explains. “Drinking yourself unconscious can be fatal, especially in children and teenagers.”

“There are kids as young as 11 who are taken to hospital in alcohol-induced comas,” reveals psychologist Raúl Izquierdo, who is working with the government on the campaign. “This is simply barbaric, and botellones [bring-your-ownbottle street-drinking parties] with no adults present and no limits on how much is drunk can be life-threatening. “Also, uncontrolled drinking sometimes goes hand in hand with taking other substances.” An on-screen campaign with a popular TV actor titled ‘alcohol is not a game’ has been launched, and the government is considering censoring drink advertising to children under 18. The average age that a person in Spain has his or her first ‘proper’ alcoholic drink – as opposed to a couple of sips from a parent’s wine-glass – is 13.7 years, or 13 years, eightand-a-half months, which can cause serious tissue damage, permanent psychological harm and affect brain development as well as leading to abysmal school performance and family conflict, says Izquierdo. Over three-quarters of teens aged 14 to 18 consume alcohol regularly – nearly one in two at 14 and 86 per cent by age 18, showing that the incidence and frequency of drinking rises with age throughout the teenage years.

Rail travel cuts will affect a million passengers!

rather than long-distance ones which at present have escaped the cuts. RENFE’s current annual debt for regional lines stands at 238 million euros. These cuts mean 500 trains across the country will not be running at any given point, or that journeys will fall from 3,500 to 3,000. Only three services will be axed altogether – two in Andalucía and one in Galicia which connects Ourense from Puebla de Sanabria.

Around a million regular train passengers will be affected by the government cutbacks which are set to reduce the frequency of ‘non-profitable’ routes. Although no plans are afoot to scrap rail-links altogether, routes which are used less often will not run so regularly. President of rail board

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“ORBI PLAYA” BIG BAND to offer summer concerts in Torrevieja

The Orbi Playa Big Band was formed in September 2012 by former members of the ‘Canterbury (Kent) Christ Church University Big Band’ which came to Torrevieja and wowed audiences with a wonderful selection of big band favourites earlier that summer. The band members have performed in the West End with shows such as the Lion King, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera and Cats, on TV for Strictly Come Dancing; with the BBC Philharmonic, Scottish Symphony and Concert Orchestras, both live on the TV and radio, and also in the the recording studio alongside composers such as Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and Tan Dun (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon).

and Stan Kenton, alongside numbers associated with Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Michael Buble, Natalie Cole, Ella Fitzgerald and Diana Krall. With a repertoire that has something for everybody, the Orbi Playa Big Band will make it’s way to the Costa Blanca this summer for sun, sea, sangria and swing!

The band once again brings a programme of eclectic big band tunes including numbers by the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Ted Heath, Tommy Dorsey, Count Basie, Duke Ellington

THURSDAY 4th JULY 2013 at 20.30h in the ‘VIRGEN DEL CARMEN’ Cultural centre. Admission 2€. Proceeds to “ALIMENTOS SOIDARIOS”.

“ORBI PLAYA BIG BAND” will offer the following concerts:SUNDAY 30th JUNE 2013 at 12.00 noon in the bandstand of the Doña Sinforosa park. (free). MONDAY 1st JULY 2013 at 21.30h in the Plaza Encanación, La Mata. (open-air-free)



If you have not yet had the chance to see Rascals 20th Anniversary summer show “I Remember It Well” then don’t miss this final opportunity this Thursday June 13th at the Virgen Del Carmen Theatre in Torrevieja. This will be the 5th and last show of the season which has received wide acclaim from audiences in Los Montesinos, Guardamar and Benijofar since the curtain first went up on May 3rd. The show is packed with wonderful music and comedy from some of the most famous hits of the West End and Broadway including Oklahoma, Clamity Jane, My Fair lady and so many more.

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Rascals have been giving every penny or cent if you wish of ticket money to local charities and so far have been able to donate almost 125,000 to charities such as Alzheimers, Age Concern, Adismon, Apanee and many others. The ticket money from this show will be donated to Contra Cancer. There are still some tickets left, so if you don’t want to miss this fabulous show then call Sue on 96 678 4874 to reserve yours now. Tickets are only 6 Euros. Full details are on the web site



The EHCRC sharing the joy of it’s recent visitors Since the Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre in January became not only a Foundation but also an Educational Centre it has had the pleasure to be visited by many schools, institutes and also numerous groups and clubs, who are now travelling to visit them from an increasingly wide area. The visits are becoming very popular because of the growing support from teachers encouraging other colleagues to bring students to the centre. It has also become a popular day out for various clubs and groups of all ages that have booked a special day out at the centre.

majestic animals to live a dignified life with love and companionship. This care you and your staff give to these horses is the same care we need to give to all humanity both old and young. Some of the students asked if they can come and help at the weekends and are thinking of ideas to raise money for your centre. They were very shocked at what man can do to this noble beast and want to help to avoid this in the future. Knowledge and information is important to make people aware of what is out there and how we can help to avoid pain and suffering.

After hearing some of the rescue stories and meeting the horses visitors are horrified at what has happened to theses wonderful creatures. The horses are no longer just rescue horses standing in a field, they themselves have become ambassadors for animal welfare. When they greet the visitors they have the power to shock and inspire adults and children alike with their incredible stories of survival.

Thank you once again for your hospitality and time. You explained really well and it was also a great treat to be able to see the dentist and vet at work and be able to ask them questions.

Here are some comments from two groups that have recently visited the centre in Rojales.

I.E.S La Creueta Institute Onil “Hi Sue Thank so much to you and your staff. for a wonderful day you gave our students, It was an eye opener for many of them. I think that this kind of experience is very good for young people to understand the cruelty of some people and to also see how we can overcome this and help these


Sue Weeding co-founder of EHCRC Foundation comments “When we read

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The Royal Enclosure at Ascot was created as recently as the 1830s. The creation of a separate Royal grandstand was the result of an incident in which a former sailor, Dennis Collins, threw a rock a William IV. The Royal Enclosure was officially opened and named in 1845.

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Apart from being the richest meeting in Europe, the event is also one of the best attended with over 300,000 visitors packing into Ascot Racecourse during the five days with crowds peaking during Ladies Day.

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Cultivation of the native wild tree began in the Near East around 6000 years ago. Tree cultivation and oil extraction was brought to Iberia by the Phoenicians around 1050 BC, but it was the Romans who turned Iberian oil into an industry, though this was a bit too radical for the native Iberian tribe, who preferred to stick to their traditional use of lard! The importance of Iberian oil to the Empire was huge

- Spanish oil amphorae have been found everywhere the Romans went. Mount Testaccio in Rome is an artificial hill made up of 40 million amphorae, most of which are from the Iberian Peninsula. Hadrian even had a coin struck bearing the picture of an olive branch and the inscription “Hispania”. In ancient times it was believed that olive trees had to be planted near the sea in order to thrive. One thing is for sure, though, and that is that olive trees love tough, rocky soil and


There are over 3 million olive trees in Spain! Spain is the world’s leading olive and olive oil producer and exporter, with 5.19 million acres of olive groves, 92% of which are dedicated to olive oil production. The average annual production varies due to the cyclical nature of the harvest, but typically runs between 600,000 and 1,000,000 metric tons, only 20% of which is exported. About 80% of the crop is concentrated in Andalucia, which is the biggest olive growing area in the world. If you have ever journeyed to Jaen, you will have seen 70% of the Andalucían production.

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Slow growing, traditionally bearing fruit after fifteen years, modern trees can, due to agricultural developments, mature at five. A tree reaches maximum productivity after 40 years, and after 140 begins to decline, though thousand-yearold trees can and do still bear rich loads.

Olive tree age is often exaggerated though Lo Parot in Horta de Sant Joan in Tarragona is certainly between 1,0001,500 years old meaning it was planted during Visigoth or Arab times. If you ever fancied gracing your garden with a beautiful, gnarly old tree you might be lucky. There exist operations dedicated to saving centuriesold olive trees from construction sites and then finding ‘homes’ for them. Rather than purchasing the tree, the new owner simply pays for the salvaging, storage and replanting. To find out if there is a scheme in your area ask at your local Ayuntamiento. The variety of tree growing in Andalucia today is the Olea Europeae. It is sufficiently important to have inspired the Junta de Andalucia (Regional Government) to track every commercial tree. In fact each one has its own GPS co-ordinates and is carefully

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BEING A RESIDENT OF SPAIN OR NOT CAN MAKE A CONSIDERABLE DIFFERENCE TO CAPITAL GAINS TAX. NASTY SURPRISE: HAVING WHAT EVERYONE CALLS THE RESIDENCE CERTIFICATE IS NOT PROOF OF TAX RESIDENCY AND IF YOU DO NOT HAVE ANYTHING ELSE YOU WILL BE TREATED AS A NON RESIDENT AND 3% OF THE SALES PRICE WILL BE HELD BACK. 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 non resident 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 with ought 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 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.


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Ladies Pamper Day now in it’s third year at Casa La Pedrera was a day with a difference! With the beautiful backdrop of the now famous blue lake, ladies started off with a welcome glass of cava and were then able to book whatever treatments they wanted during the day with Lorraine O’Keefe or Lucky Pearl. Jenni Ray started off the demonstrations showing how to make a hand tied bouquet with just a handfull of greenery just picked from the campo. While Jenni was demonstrating she was also explaining about some of the natural herbs that can be found in the campo and the ones that made it into her fragrant bouquet. There were beauty demonstrations, full massage and taster treatments going on all day, Creana P was in charge of the fashion show along with Wendy on underwear and Alison with a range of beautiful summer shoes. Ladies then had a buffet lunch with everything from couscous with courgettes to

roasted red peppers, spicy sausage, chicken drumsticks with caramelised onion followed by “Mr Whippy” style ice cream and strawberries! Jenni is a great charity supporter and money raised on the raffle and a few book sales along with a generous contributuon from Jenni reached €141! for The Children’s Home in Elche. Wine flowed and ladies had a chance to sit and chat sunbathe or swim or they could visit the craft shop in the ground floor of Casa La Pedrera and all this was just €12, there will be one more Ladies Pamper Day with a difference before the end of June. If you are interested to know more or if you want to book your own ladies day later in the year please email or call or

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If you have friends over this summer and are looking for somewhere beautiful to take them then look no further - with an activity centre running from the grounds there is something for everyone from nine to ninety! Next event Summer BBQ Party at Quesada Country Club - Raffle and other fun fundraising for The Children’s Home in Elche. We would be very grateful if you would like to contibute an item for the luxury hamper that we will raffle on the night, wine, nuts, crisps, pickles or jams just one iten from a few people makes a lovely hamper! Call in to Quesada Country Club at any time if you would like to donate a small item for the hamper. Contact or call QCC on 966 719 160 if you would like to book tickets - 3 courses with a glass of wine just €12!


GREAT NEWS! Just over a week ago, Namaste reopened its doors for business. Situated on Camposol, Sector B, Namaste has recently undergone a refurbishment. The main change is that they have moved their restaurant from upstairs, down to the ground floor. This makes the restaurant far more accessible for customers. Namaste’s opening week, re introduces us to a rich array of fine, original Indian cuisine. Open for business seven days a week as well as offering a home delivery service. For those of you who prefer to dine out, you can call through and reserve your table in the fully air-conditioned restaurant, or perhaps you would prefer to dine al fresco? Outdoor seating is available. Diners can check out Namaste’s lunchtime menu (12-3.30 pm,) for just €5.50. You will receive a starter, and a choice of any chicken curry with rice or naan bread. Namaste’s Early Bird menu (5-8.30pm) comes with a mixed starter platter for two, followed by either a chicken, lamb or fish curry served with boiled or pilaurice or garlic or plain naan bread; an ice cream dessert.All for just €9.95 Or, why not try the Menu del Noche (5-8.30pm.) For €12.50 try the starter of the day; any chicken, lamb or fish dish from the main menu, served with either plain or pilau rice or a plain or garlic naan. This menu includes a dessert, plus a small beer, soft drink or a glass of wine. Every Thursday evening is wine night – one bottle of wine per couple with your meal. Lastly, to celebrate the reopening, Namaste are offering a 10% discount on meals from theirnormal menu.

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Gatsby’s Boutique has been established for twenty-six years and is now promoting their Summer Season, with vibrant and stunning new collections. ‘Shower bursts’ of colour emanate from within as one enters the boutique. Favourite labels have excelled at producing cool, natural fabrics with beautiful designs in cottons, linens, viscose and silks - comfortable, easy-care and very versatile for our southern Mediterranean climate, or for other destinations. Offering sizes 10 - 22, and with individuality and comfort ‘built’ into every garment, one can create one’s own ‘statement of style’ - and look amazing! Easy Parking at Hotel el Puntazo, Mojacar Playa. For anyone visiting Mojacar, the Lemon Lounge is a must on your list of places to visit! Situated opposite the riding stables roundabout, Lemon Lounge is a lovely restaurant set in an elevated position with a beautiful terraced garden. The friendly owners provide a welcoming atmosphere and can offer you a choice of menu, varying from Menu del Dia to Sunday lunch or even a full A la Carte. As well as the garden seating

areas, there are 2 indoor dining rooms where you can relax and enjoy either a garden or sea view whilst dining.! Tel: 950 472 659. See their advert for more information. The new Early Bird Special at Bay Bistro is proving very popular. If you haven’t already tried it, this is how it works: if you’re seated in Bay Bistro between 7 and 8pm you’ll be rewarded with a 10% discount off the total bill, including your drinks. They don’t distinguish between set menus or a la Carte, it’s simply 10% off everything!! Gerry knows that times are hard for everyone and exchange rates are on the low side. This is their small way of thanking all the regular customers who have supported them over their first year and for all the new customers who have yet to try Bay Bistro. We do advise you to book, just to be sure you don’t miss out!

At Ventanas y Puertas (Mojacar Windows) Home Improvement Centre, we aim to provide quality products at reasonable prices and to always give a personal and professional service. We have a modern, bright showroom with English and Spanish speaking staff who will help you from your enquiry to completion. Local, National initial The owner of the business, & international Michael Baxter has had over 40 years experience REMOVALS in the building industry and oversees everything to Quality Second hand & STORAGE ensure that all work is done to the highest standard. We furniture showroom have been serving property 263 Paseo del Mediterraneo owners in Mojacar and the Mojacar Playa, Next to Sal Marina Hotel surrounding areas for over 5 Mon-Sat: 10am-2pm years. We specialize in high HUGE Call Marc on 647 006 183 quality PVC-U windows and or Jo on 600 344 565 265m2 doors and are the area´s only or e-mail Showroom agents for HOCO (part of the HAAS group of Germany) fortnightly SERVICE TO & FROM UK FULL OR PART LOADS whose products are all made

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Paramount Resort / Sensol Golf Just Fabulous / Post Shop This year’s Camposol Fiesta is once again going to be beamed around the world for all to see, thanks to modern day technology. Pictures from webcams can be accessed from the websites of both Paramount Resort Villa Rentals and Sensol Golf Villa Sales. There will be cameras covering the main stage, the outside bar and entertainment areas, plus views across the main square. To access the webcams go to the front pages of the following websites: For your friends and family who are unable to attend, give them these website addresses to ensure no one misses out on any of the fun of the Fiesta. The offices of both Paramount Resort Villa Rentals and Sensol Golf Villa Sales can be found on Camposol Sector C and can help with your choice of holiday accommodation, long term rentals or assist in making your dream of finding a home in the sun become a reality.


Located at the back of the new Just Fabulous store you will find The Post Shop offering a comprehensive range of services including: Passport Service, Faxing, UK & Worldwide Post, Photocopying, Courier Service, Laminating, Inbound Mail, Flight Booking, Post Boxes, Boarding Pass Printing, Stationery, Passport & ID Photos, Mobile Phone Top Ups, Lottery, Mobile Phones, Daily Newspapers and so much more…. Most importantly the PASSPORT SERVICE offered includes the PHOTOS if you wish, meaning that you can get everything done at the same time under

just one roof! Your passport application can then be completed with the help of the friendly and fully trained staff in a relaxed atmosphere. They will make sure that your application is correct and answer any questions you may have prior to sending your application by secure courier. Contrary to what you may have heard in Pubs and Social Groups you are not allowed to apply for your passport renewal via the UK if you are living in Spain. The Official Passport

website states that if you are living outside of the UK you must apply in the country in which you are residing, ensuring that all your details including your address are correct. In addition, there have been recent changes made to the Passport Application form, of which the staff have been fully informed. Therefore, you can relax and be sure your application will be completed correctly. Your new passport will then be couriered back to The Post Shop and you will be contacted as soon as it arrives. The Post Shop also has a very informative leaflet for your convenience with a flow chart giving you all the information and requirements depending on which type of Passport Service you need. So please visit the shop and see how their friendly team of staff can help you! Or contact them on 968 972 944 should you require any further information.

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Programme of Events

Friday 14th June A Tribute to the Musical Greats of Our Time 6.30PM : Official Opening of the Fiesta – José Andrés Navarro Yepes, District Mayor of El Saladillo. 6.45PM : Dickie Ray as Phil Collins 7.45PM : Angels Instead - Robbie Williams Tribute 8.45PM : Nigel Burchill as Elvis Presley 9.45PM : Suzy G – Diva Tribute 11PM : The Beatles Experience Midnight til 2am Stevie T - Costa Calida Radio

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Non –Stop Family Fun Day 9PM – 11.30PM : Tug O War / Fun Run / Traditional UK School Sports Day 12PM : Welcome – Byron and Fiesta Committee 12.15PM : Camposol Guitar Club 12.40PM : Harlequins Rock Choir 1PM : Graeme Mykal - Magician & Children’s Entertainer 2.15PM : Ladies and Gents Fashion Show by “Branded” 3PM : “Search For A Fie -Star” Talent Competition 4PM : Raquel Pena Flamenco Dance Company 5.15PM :“Pitu” Fantastic Spanish Singer 6.30PM : Murcia Dance Annual Performance 7.30PM : Results of Talent Show and Prizes 8.30PM : Soul Power Part 1 Classic Soul & Motown Band 9.30PM : “2 Shoes” - Totes Amazeballs UK X Factor Live Finalists 10.45PM : Dream Holiday Raffle Draw 11PM : Soul Power Part 2 11.45PM : Grand Fireworks Finale Midnight – 2AM : Stevie T - Costa Calida Radio. Bouncy Castle, Face Painting Children’s Pony ides with Meta Riding Stables (11am – 2pm)

SOLTIMES JUNE 2013 YOUR Camposol Fiesta 2013 Sponsored by Mercer’s Programme of Events - Friday & Saturday 14th /15th June This year’s Fiesta has been organised by a brand new committee so we took the opportunity to build on the success of previous events whilst introducing some changes. Notably the main change is that the event is shorter this year and has been compressed into Friday night and all day Saturday. You will see that there is fun packed, non-stop programme of events with something for everyone. The emphasis is on community and family with a good mix of British and Spanish culture. The Fiesta will be hosted by the one and only Byron and will be opened on Friday evening at around 6pm by José Andrés Navarro Yepes, District Mayor of El Saladillo. Friday night is a “Musical Extravaganza” with tributes to some of the most well known artists of our time. Dicky Ray will set the ball rolling with his amazing tribute to Phil Collins; followed by local entertainers; Keiran as Robbie Williams, Nigel as Elvis Presley and the Diva herself Suzy G. We are delighted that the Friday Finale will be provided by “The Beatles Experience”….the best Lennon/McCartney Tribute on the Costas! There will then be music into the small hours provided by our very own Stevie “T” from Costa Calida Radio. Saturday is the “Non-Stop, Family Fun Day” where there will be something to suit all ages. Starting at around 9.30am with the Fun run and free pony rides for the children from 11am -2pm, there will something going on no matter what time of day you join us! We are delighted to be joined by “2 Shoes” who are “totes amazeballs” ….as they would say! Lucy and Charley are the Essex girls who made it through to the 2011 live shows of the UK X factor….Along with our very own Simon Cowell, Ken Payne, they will be judging the “Search for a Fie-Star” Talent Competition and later in the evening we will see them perform their fun show. The Fiesta Headline Act is “Soul Power”. With front man JJ Soul Man, the five piece band play Classic Soul and Motown Classics guaranteed to get you up on the dance floor…. As you are probably aware by now, there is no car

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would like to say thank you to all our sponsors and those who have supported our fundraising to make this Fiesta possible. So all it remains for me to say is ….See you there and enjoy!!! Michelle Miles - Chair of Camposol Fiesta Committee 2013

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A step in the right direction “NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK” for Camposol HELP REACH-OUT CHARITY It has long been thought by the CRA Central Liaison Committee that we need to take a more proactive approach in the political scene of Mazarron. We started that process at the last AGM where we removed from our rules the statement that we were a non-political organisation. Since then our Political Sub Committee have worked hard to prepare the ground for Camposols own political party. That work is now complete and we now need three Spanish citizens to establish that party, something we ex pats cannot do under Spanish law. The CRA have funded this work but it is now for interested individuals to take it over, the CRA itself will not be a political party. Since the last election the PP and PSOE parties have made no contact with the CRA. That indicates the level of interest they have in helping us achieve our aims. The PP party even voted against the bridge repairs for Camposol, which in itself speaks volumes. Bob Owen and his team have had a number of private meetings with the party officials of the UIDM. They successfully negotiated to appoint Jose Navarro as our District Mayor, a major step forward for Camposol. One of our own committee, a Spanish citizen and resident of Camposol, now with direct access to the town hall officials. This is paying dividends already and many residents problems have been resolved by Jose.

At our last meeting on the 6th June, Bob and Jose met with Gines Campillo, Mayor of Mazarron, Juan Andres Martinez, President of the UIDM and Juan Pedro Martinez, the party spokesman. The UIDM stated that they are committed to Camposol and to resolving its many problems, albeit they are complex and it will take some considerable time to resolve them all. They said they wanted to work with the CRA to achieve these aims and readily admitted they needed our help. They want us to take a proactive part in this process and offered Bob and Jose positions on the executive committee of the UIDM. This will involve weekly meetings and will give us access and input to the decision making process of the UIDM and ultimately the council. We have nothing to lose and everything to gain by cooperating with the UIDM. Bob made it quite plain to them that if they do resolve Camposols problems we would not need our own political party. Mazarron’s political past has seen both the PSOE and PP parties in power. The latter alienated the people which prompted the UIDM to form. Juan Pedro Martinez, party spokesman has stated that they are not the usual type of politicians but just people who wanted to work hard to improve the lives of all Mazarron´s citizens including Camposolian´s. Bob Owen - Chairman - CRA Central Liaison Committee

After four weeks of serious training interlaced with a lot of fun and laughs, six ‘kids’ became new members of The Torrevieja Barbershop Harmonisers. To celebrate the occasion TBH. together with The Velvetones, organised an ‘End of Course’ party, held at The Los Rosales Restaurant.The six new guys were invited on to the risers to show off their new found talents to friends and family, the applause they received proved that they had really done their homework. It was decided to develop the whole evening into a event to raise funds for the REACH-OUT” charity Most of the evening was turned into a “Who’s Got Talent” show with some

very amusing results, (some not intended maybe),but in the end we all had the last laugh, as all the money raised from the raffle prizes and the very generous donations from those present (106persons) it will enable TBH and The Velvetones to donate 450€ to REACH-OUT. between them. Thanks to all you wonderful people who support us.


Around 600 students from seven primary schools in the town of San Pedro del Pinatar have experienced a new way of learning English, thanks to the ADAPT association theatre group, which has performed an interactive comedy show entitled “The Bright Side of Life”.

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Cat Nabbed! Contraband Found On Prison Puss

A feline felon which hoped to play cat and mouse with prison guards and sneak contraband into a Russian jail has been caught red-handed. The cat was detained midway through its clandestine mission, when it was spotted scaling the fence of the prison near Syktyvkar with handsets and chargers taped to its body. The federal prison service released pictures of the furry offender being held by the scruff of its neck. It is not clear how the cat was supposed to drop off its loot or what will happen to the animal after its capture. The contraband bust was made at Penal Colony Number One in the remote northern province of Komi, around 1,000km (600 miles) from Moscow. Russian news agency RIA Novosti said that although the audacious attempt was the first of its kind at the prison, cats have been used by inmates at other jails to smuggle drugs.

Woman, 102, enjoys birthday base jump A 102-year-old Idaho woman celebrated her birthday in unusual fashion - by base jumping off a near 600ft high bridge. Dorothy Custer, who celebrated her 101st by zip-lining Idaho’s Snake River Canyon, marked her latest landmark by leaping off the 586ft high Perrine Bridge. She jumped with professional BASE jumper Sean Chuman who said she had been - by far - his oldest client. Mrs Custer said she had originally planned a “quiet” birthday celebration but her family had encouraged her to celebrate in style. “I was thinking of going to jump out of a plane, but then I found out it was too much,” she told When asked about the key to her longevity, she replied: “I just went on living and having a good time and doing what was necessary. I don’t think of age right now.”

machinery and intricate sculptures of a Don Quixote tribute to Louis Armstrong, a bullfight, and even a lifesized Minnie Mouse – all made entirely of chocolate – will both amaze you as well as entice any sweet tooth you might have. The chocolate sculptures of Gaudí’s famous Sagrada Familia and creatures from Parc Güell, remain the most proud features of the museum,

boasting the best of Spanish architecture, and particularly featuring those unique to Barcelona. Housed in an air-conditioned ancient building and only a five to ten minute walk from Las Ramblas, Museu de la Xocolata creates an innovative experience of Spanish history that children and families, or simply any chocolate lover will appreciate – and want to eat!

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It’s funny how many of us yearn for the past. Folk frequently tell me “my Dad used to have one of those” when they see me in my 60-year old Riley, or comment that they “used to go to Church” when they discover my connections with that establishment. For many of us there’s a lingering sense of romance as we recall the good old days through distinctly rose coloured glasses; when it was always sunny, the cars had so much more character and Church attendance was an essential part of the normal routine of family life. But of course in reality there were always plenty of rainclouds, the cars of our youth were hopelessly unreliable and most were probably all too happy to be released from the constraints of family life and use our Sundays to more profitable effect. But from a number of conversations I’ve recently enjoyed, I suspect there are indeed a number of people who genuinely miss aspects of Church attendance and regret their inability to find time or opportunity to repair this gap in their lives. We retired from a busy life, where every minute seemed to be accounted for, to relax in Sunny Spain, and find to our amazement that Parkinson’s Law (Work expands so as to fill all the time available) still applies out here, so we keep delaying the less essential tasks, such as finding a Spiritual home, until we discover we’ve lost the habit, and are left with nothing more than a vague sense that perhaps something’s missing from our lives. For Church, in spite of all its shortcomings, is a unique place where we who are Christians can feed off each other as we meet together, gaining enormous comfort and assurance from the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ – unchanging and entirely stable in so changeable and unstable a World. So, for anyone concerned about a spiritual vacuum in your life, I can only recommend an exploratory visit to Church – any Church that is, where Christ reigns supreme. Further information about the Anglican Church and details of forthcoming events may be seen on the web site www.mojacarchurch. org . Duncan Burr is Licensed Lay Reader for the Anglican Chaplaincy of Costa Almeria and Costa Cálida and may be contacted at

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Just when you think you’ve seen every bit of rare art, architecture, and museums, especially with the likes of Antoni Gaudí’s work empowering this city, you’ll find Barcelona has one more surprise in store – the Chocolate Museum, or ‘Museu de la Xocolata.’ If the concept of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory still fascinates you as much as it did upon initially hearing the story, the contents of the Chocolate Museum will certainly bring this fascination somewhat to life. With actual chocolate bar admission tickets to the museum, visitors can enter for under five euros to wander through the various chocolate sculptures that each depicts a part of Spanish history, from when the first cocoa beans arrived to the shores of Spain. After plundering the Mayan and Aztec empires of Central

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Murcia Dance Annual Performance and Awards Presentation 2013 and FundRaiser

Murcia Dance Annual Performance: Murcia Dance will be holding the Annual Performance and Awards presentation on the 15th and 16th June. It’s a huge event in the Arts & Cultural Association of Murcia Cultural project and both the children and parents have been busy preparing for the occasion for the past 3 months.The Annual Performance will take place within the Camposol Fiesta Entertainment Program on Saturday 15th June 6.30pm where children’s class work and Murcia Dance achievements will be presented. Children from the age of 4 to 14 will take the stage and perform many styles of dance. In addition to this Megan Bailey, winner of Mazarron Festival de Baile 2012 U13 Most Promising Dancer, Kian Davies, winner of Mazarron Carnival 2013 Muso Award, Jack Dawson and new partner, Mia Stokes, winner of MFDB 2011 and 2012, U13 Highest Marked Duet, and, the advanced group, winner of the MFDB 2012 U13 Highest marked group will present their entries for MFDB 2013. The Murcia Dance performance will also have a guest appearance from some of the Dads of the children that are in the Mini Movers Group. It’s going to be the best Annual performance yet. The children are really excited and are busy preparing with extra dress and technical rehearsals at the Camposol Community Centre this week. The Murcia Dance Parents Association have supported the whole event

with buying and funding of costumes and helping with organisational work for the weekend and in particular the Murcia Dance Annual Awards. The Murcia DanceAnnualAwards:The Murcia Dance Annual Awards is as important as the performance. It accredits all the young dancers on the program for their dedication and enthusiasm and this year it is sponsored by a Murcia Dance Parent, Paula Walker. Dancers are presented with awards in accordance to how many times they have participated in The Murcia Dance Annual Performance, Bronze, Silver, Gold and new for this year the Sapphire Award Trophy. Holly Ryan who will be participating in the 4th Annual Performance will receive the latest and newest Murcia Dance award. There will also be 6 Gold Awards, 4 Silver Awards and around 20 Bronze Awards presented on the day. All MD members should attend the event~ friends and family are also welcome. Keith and the Murcia Dance Parents Association are busy preparing for the BBQ. If you would like to attend please do get in touch to make a donation of 5e towards BBQ food by Friday 7th June. There is no charge for all MD children members. Murcia Dance 2013 Annual Fund Raiser: Murcia Dance

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If you are still not sure what we are about then please do come along and say hello at one of the many activities we are involved in this weekend. ACAM ass no ~ 10.612 1a. Registered April 2011, Fiscal No G30863955. Registered March 2012. ACAM has user policies and full public liability insurance in place to support the quality delivery of activities. Insurance Policy Number RF~G~030 000.277. ACAM Office Address~ ACAM, 19, Business Centre,CamposolA,Calle Madrid,30875, Mazaron, Murcia. For more details please visit is on facebook or email

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Los Amigos de Mazarron Player of the Year Award Los Amigos de Mazarron FC held their annual Player of the Year Awards function at Mariano’s, Camposol on Saturday 8th June. After the friendly game between Mazarron and Holbrook Sports on Saturday afternoon, which the English team won 3-2, players from both teams joined Los Amigos members at Marianos. A fabulous evening was enjoyed by all with presentations being made to both teams as well as the Player of the Year awards. The Young Player of the Year Award went to Perico who made 14 appearances in the second half of the season becoming a first team regular. Players’ Player of the Year was leading marksman Jose Ruben who scored 19 goals, the second highest marksman in the league. The Los Amigos de Mazarron FC Player of the Year, voted for my members throughout the season, was captain Diego who became the first player to win this prestigious award

Members will be taking part in the fantastic Camposol Fiesta Fun Run for the 3rd year running on Saturday 15th June 9.30am. It is the only event where members are asked to go out to raise sponsorship. Murcia Dance is a member project of the charitable organisation ACAM. Money raised over the years through this event has funded a non slip dance mat for use in our dance classes and performances, costumes and guest teachers.The funds are held by the Murcia Dance Parents Association. If you see one of our members with a sponsorship form please be assured that the funds will be going to a worthy cause of supporting a children’s activity for Camposol.All other funds raised for the project are through membership donations from parents, grants, partnerships and support or resources in kind. Funds are used to raise the quality of the Murcia Dance program and ensure all participants gain positive, educational and encouraging experiences. The Arts & Cultural Association of Murcia (ACAM): ACAM is an independent charity and is Monday 17th June: Race Night 9pm registered to deliver its’ activities throughout Murcia. It supports Tuesday: Bingo with Dave 3.30 - 5.30pm & “Torri cultural industries within a legal Has Talent” 9pm framework of fund raising and liability insurance. Murcia Dance (€50 prize for best entertainer that evening) and Mazarron Festival de Baile are Wednesday: Fun Quiz with Uncle Ted Cultural Industries of the ACAM. Fiesta Faces, Susie Long’s, theatrical Thursday 20th June: Rock ‘n’ Roll Bingo 2 - 4pm face painting and tattoos will be & Auction from 4pm launched as an ACAM project at Camposol Fiesta 2013 event with Saturday 22nd June: The Faith Rock Group 9pm support from the International Sunday 23rd June: Richie C - Vocalist 9pm Lions of Mazarron.

in successive years. Diego, who has been an inspiring captain for Mazarron, has recently announced his retirement from football and his presence will be sorely missed. In addition to the usual Mariano’s chicken and french fries supper, the evening was rounded off with music and dancing to the excellent local band “Backwater”. Thanks to organisers Steve Spencer and Andy Riley and everyone who helped to make this weekend such a huge success.


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F.A.S.T Bookstall is back – 2nd & 4th Friday every month Camposol ‘B’ Commercial Centre Saturday 15th June Camposol Fiesta – F.A.S.T Tombola Stall & CPR Demonstration Stall

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Thursday 20th June. Menu-del-dia at Bar Peyma (near tourist info), Puerto de Mazarron 10€

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Friday 28th June. Tabletop Sale at B Sector Commercial Centre, Camposol Tickets from outside Mercer’s, B Sector, Fridays 11am to 1pm Cultural Centre Wednesday & Thursday 10am to 1pm Telephone: 634 336 484

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August 27th - Again outside at Mariano’s, dance in aid of AGE CONCERN. None of us know when we may need to call on their services, so come along and give your support. Entertainment by

October Benidorm Trip - still a few places left, leaving our area on 14th for 3 nights half board at Hotel Helios, close to the outdoor market, bars and restaurants, and just a five minute walk to Levante beach. Just €140, including coach and a day trip out. Call Rosemary on 620105179 for tickets and more information.

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July 23rd - Dance outside at Mariano’s Camposol Sector A. Entertainment by PDQ, 3 very talented musicians playing all our favourites, who are sure to get everyone dancing under the stars. Just €8, and €5 for chicken and chips.

We help people of all ages with all sorts of problems! The Friendship Group of HELP MMM will be holding the following events: Wed 19th June: Coach trip to Benidorm for €10 Friday 28th June - Beetle Drive 12.30 for 1pm in Lui’s Lounge, Camping La Encina, San Javier. Entry tickets are €7 which includes fish and chips Sun 30th June – 6th July Galicia coach trip (Full) Fri 26th July - coffee morning and quiz at the Yachtsman, San Pedro Port at 11am €3 including coffee. Lunch menu and snacks available. Fri 30th August – Speaker, Anne Hetherington “In another world” at Café Golf at 11 for 11.30am Lunch available. Fri 27th September – Train to Cartagena and boat trip. Meet at Los Nietos at 10.45 for 11am Friday 25th October – trip to Archena Spa. €8 entry. Friday 29th November – Christmas party at Puerto 3, Los Alcazares. Ring Doreen Sykes on 637920882 or Janice Clark on 968134355 for information. You don’t have to be a member to join us. Etrae, Cas consult iliberfec moves viviviris inces!

July 2nd. Super lunch next to beach in Bulnuevo with wine, Live music from Itchy Fingers, Zumba dancing with Lynn Preston and Flamenco dancing. 17.50 Euros each Its going to be a great day Previous booking essential. Benidorm one day trip 11th September just 15 Euros. 28th September CAFE Concert 7 at Playa Grande Hotel 5 Euros for hours of music. Special rooom rates available 6th October First coach full, second coach booking to the Basque region 5 nights full board all excursions included 4 star only 285 Euros pp sharing double room fantastic value 8th December Christmas Dinner dance at Costa Costa masses of food and drink and dancing to the john Lindo Trio 29.50 Euros pp This is always a great evening. 25th January Burns night Traditional, piper booked haggis and everything 25 Euros March 3 nights full board in Benidorm 130 Euros Tickets from PALS. at The Trevi on Saturday mornings 11 till 1.30 or at Saralars on Wednesday 1 till 3 or call 626460465 or email kenpayne@live. co.ukMaesimilla pertenatiam nequemnena, nium detiusquam inam publiactus? interei iusquam. Ahaediu ssimaiorave, vivit; inte inatandiu quonsul halessendam num nosterei


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As Pete’s interpreter I get given the piece of paper with the time and place of his next appointment. As Pete’s PA I then note it down in my diary and on the kitchen calendar. As Pete’s valet/chauffeur I make sure that he gets to the right place at the right time. Usually. Last week he had an appointment for a check-up. We were early into the Hospital car park, but nevertheless I took out his appointment paper in readiness, and as I idly scanned it the word Miercoles sprang out at me – today was Jueves! In horror my eyes confirmed that we were a day late! What should we do? Should we say nothing and silently sneak away? My soul recoiled in horror at such a cowardly act; no, I would do the right thing and apologise. The waiting room for Traumatologia was full, so I bagged spot outside the relevant door, paper and apology at the ready, and waited for a nurse to emerge. I didn’t wait long before 10 stone of solid muscle packed into a 5 foot frame, topped with emphatically Henna’d hair and wearing a white coat appeared. I sprang forward, gave her the paper and embarked

By Jos Biggs

Clever in a Roundabout Way

I recently returned from that place once termed as: “a precious stone set in a silver sea” . . . England. And although times is ‘ard and the economic gloom has touched every aspect of English life, it’s still my England, and it was good to be home again albeit for a short time in that green and pleasant land. Not for the first time it got me thinking about what England had given to the world over the centuries, and whilst driving from Birmingham to Suffolk via the M40 – mostly on account of the fact that I missed the turn-off for the M6 - I passed the time pondering some of our country’s’ greatest inventors and innovators. Names came to mind like Stephenson; Newton; Wedgwood; Brunel; Faraday; Jethro Tull (not the one who stands on one leg, blowing on a flute – the other one) Frank Whittle - and one close to my own heart - Alfred Bird the instant custard inventor! The list goes on and on and if you add the great Scots, Welsh and Irish names, then to paraphrase

Dickens – ‘tis a ponderous list indeed. It would be impossible to select any one as top of the pops, although I have a deep admiration for Percy Shaw of ‘cat’s eyes’ fame. Here was an idea so simple, yet mind blowing in it’s implications and now in use on the roads throughout the world. I am reliably informed by the way, that no cats were harmed in the making of this remarkable piece of kit. But as I approached that infamous Hemel Hempstead landmark the Moor End Roundabout, commonly known as “The Magic Roundabout”, it suddenly hit me that here was an example of another great moment in our history; the invention of the road traffic roundabout, or as my old Dad puzzlingly called them – bull rings. Well okay, Hemel is not the greatest example of this splendid contribution to the smooth flow of traffic, it has probably caused more accidents, nervous breakdowns and screaming abdabs than I have had menu del dia’s, and woe betide any unsuspecting foreign tourists who suddenly find themselves facing this monstrosity. But when you think about it and at the risk of coming over all poetic, roundabouts per se have helped enormously to ease our By Colin Bird :

viewpoint on my apology. She turned a 100 megawatt gaze on me through glasses which on their own could have quelled a riot, had anyone been foolish enough to plan one. ‘This is no good’ she said, giving the paper a smack that it wouldn’t forget in a hurry. ‘I know’ I pleaded. ‘I have made a stupid mistake. It is my fault, and I want to apologise.’ ‘What do you want me to do about it?’ ‘I don’t know. I want you to know that I am sorry for my stupid mistake.’ She focussed her lethal stare on my face. I felt it go through my flesh, through my skull, and deep into my brain. She took the paper, turned and disappeared into Traumotologia. I dithered on the spot; I didn’t feel as if I had been dismissed. I had no idea what was coming next, but I was sure that if she wanted me gone, I would have known! Very soon she re-emerged, another paper in hand, a beaming smile on her previously granite features. ‘I’ve made you another appointment; look at the date. I am sorry it is not sooner.’ I expressed profuse thanks, she squeezed my arms in a tiny hug, we agreed that I wouldn’t get it wrong again, and the whole waiting room offered me advice on how best to remember important appointments – apparently you need a calendar on the kitchen wall and a yellow marker pen!

way along life’s highways. Strangely though, a roundabout is something that you will certainly not see if you travel to the U.S of A, and although I am reliably informed that they do exist, I personally have never seen one on any of my visits. No, what they do have at road junctions with no traffic lights, is what they refer to as: “The Honour System”. Put simply, it means that you give way to the car that arrived at the junction before you. So if the pimp - wearing a fedora and leather coat in the Lincoln Continental with furry dice hanging behind the windscreen - approaching from your left, gets there first and wants to go straight on and you want to turn left, then you must give way. This is the correct procedure and has nothing whatever to do with the possibility that the subject is packing a 44 Magnum. But honestly, can you see that working in the UK or heaven help us here in Spain? They’d think you were having a laugh! What was a rarity in Spain just a few years ago, the roundabout is now as common as acne on a teenagers face, and every moderately busy road junction seems to be a suitable target. The Spanish version has also become something of an art form, with the local Ayuntamientos competing with one another for the best turnedout roundabout. From modern art to actual fishing boats, and from spectacular water features to pyramids; they are pleasing

aesthetic features as you traverse the N332. Other questionable aesthetically pleasing features that were sometimes associated with them, are the euphemistically termed - ladies of the night. Many roundabouts had their on-duty ladies, and if you used the same route frequently, then you got to know who’s who . . . not intimately you understand, just facial recognition. It was almost worth going round twice just to get a better peek, although there are some locations where the poor loves were definitely way back in the queue when looks were handed out, with one roundabout not too far from here being labelled by us locals as the: “Buy One Get One Free Junction”. Sadly though the floozy’s have now all but disappeared in this part of the Southern Costa Blanca. Yes, all in all, the road traffic roundabout has to be the greatest invention since sliced bread, although come to think of it, just about anything is better than sliced bread.


alqueria - Alqueria sleeps

(With apologies to Dylan Thomas)

John MacDonald (El Sordo) -

my fault!!


First Voice A velvet star spangled night in late Spring. A little Spanish pueblo, snugged down, reja windowed and whitewashed, sleeps silent. The Castle turreted and blind reaches into the night sky, the fountain below bubbles and flows, unseen. La Bar la Casa Devante shuttered and still, gaining strength for the coming horde of thirsty patrons pushing and elbowing, swallowing and spilling. The babies are sleeping, the mill-owner and the Remitroot grower. Manuela late into bed and Paco confused as ever, all sleep. Wouldbe brides dream of their novios actual or pretend, the young men sleep unaware of these feminine designs. Village boys are dreaming of the Plaza where tomorrow they will be rip-roaring pirates or holstered cowboys, racing car drivers and spacemen. Late evening cooking odours still linger on the still air, the afternoon heat subsides. Cool, fragrant, night descends. You can hear the air cooling as Alqueria contracts, the night quenching the heat of the day. Time passes. Second Voice Olive drab and olive green Fernándo Rodriquez dreams of olives galore earning money, making wealth. Keeping the Hill People low, subservient, crushed. He will prevail. Alqueria will be his. Fernándo Rodriquez The Newcomer’s Barrio forever. Deport them, Manuela and the others. The ruined olive mill. Not my fault, others conspire. I was right I am always right. Not my fault. Alqueria is mine. Don’t listen to Poyato or the girl Manuela, I am always right. First Voice Antonio Poyato dreams of Remitroot, drink it, rub it in, use it to lag your pipes. Brings power and influence. Use it wisely for the good of the Hill People. Don’t get addicted. And Manuela whom he worships from afar, snug in her bed in the Calle del Siniestra. Antonio Poyato Manuela, Manuela Oh Manuela. Remitroot, Remitroot Oh Remitroot. Second Voice Gruntmore the resident Englishman and Geordie, dreams of his Tyneside home. Damp paved and beer sodden, nostalgic and grey. He’ll do anything for his home-town, except live there. Blythe Gruntmore Newcastle Brown Ale and fog, through arch bridges and cold north-east winds. Dominoes in the snug of the Hanging Monkey. Rheumatism and memories. Better off in Alqueria. First Voice Loco Paco, do you dream? Loco Paco Yes, of giant rodents and Don Quixote’s windmills. Psychiatrists and paella. Keep reality away, it hurts! Second Voice Manuela dreams of ….. Manuela The boys and men, with or without Remitroot, I dream of the evening to be alone with them. Of the hated Rodriquez of men and boys. I dream of ….... Time passes.


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Email addresses – Part 2 – Using it Last time we created an email address using “” AKA “Hotmail”. How do you know if you have got an email? On the left hand side you have a column of information which has the titles of “Inbox, Junk, Drafts, Sent, Deleted”. In the “Inbox” is where all your mail will arrive and remains unless you delete it. If you click on the “Inbox” the main view (right hand side of the screen) will show you what emails you have. So, How do you read one of these mails that are in your “Inbox”? Simply double click (2 very quick, left mouse clicks. I know nearly everyone will know this but for anyone else …..) on any one that is a darker colour than the others. This darker colour indicates that the email has NOT yet been read. The lighter coloured emails have been read and are now “Just There”! So you have now read your email and you have to reply to it. What do you do? Look at the top bar (the blue band at the top), The second menu option is “Reply”, it has several subheadings but if you click on it you will start your “reply”. Now you see the screen split into 2 sections. The right hand section has information about who sent it; your email address; The subject line which tells you what the email is about (not always filled in but is good manners to do it!) and finally, the date it was sent. Your cursor is flashing below the “B”, here is where you start you reply. When you are happy with it and are ready to send it, look again at the top bar and you will see the word “Send”. Left click on that and your email is on the way. So far, so good. You are back in the “Inbox” and as you look at the menu bar, the band at the top of the screen, there is only 1 option, “New”. You want to send an email to me telling me how simple emails really are, and they are! Left click on “New”. On the left hand side of the screen is a box waiting for information from you. It wants to know where to sent the email you are about to create. Type “canducomputing@” into the box. Now click where is says “Add A Subject” and now type “awesome or awful article” (please select one :-). Below it will say “Add a message”. As soon as you left click here, this message will disappear to make room for your own, here you type just about any thing that you like! Finished? Good, back to the top bar and left click on “Send” and it is on it’s way to me. In the words of Alexandra MearKat - “Simples!”. Next time we will include attachments to emails such as family photo’s, documents and just about anything else you like. Word of warning, There is a size limit to these files and Microsoft, who own hotmail / / etc. really don’t like you sending music, legal or otherwise. If you really want some fun use words like “terrorist, bomb or president” and see who knocks on your door! Better still don’t. Assuming you won’t be arrested by the NSA, FBI or the CIA we will continue with the simple (ish) subject of email. Have fun!! For further information or advice on computing, contact Trevor on 689 892 745 or

At last there’s a car park where that peculiar Spanish habit of opening the car door to dent the neighbouring car is almost impossible. Here each parking bay has an exclusion zone of about .6m either side of it. Now I park safely in the knowledge that no git is going to add dent number seven to our new little car. The car park is at Mercadona in Soto Grande which is rather posh, sorry, very posh with homes costing millions whatever currency is used, a huge marina with yachts the size of detached homes, a polo club and also the location of reputedly the top golf course in Europe – Valderrama.

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Anything for a Quiet Life by Jack Hawkins “This can’t happen to me. But it can, and it did, and it does.” So malignant, so cruelly and destructively greedy as it gnaws and destroys; the most dread of all diseases.” Jack Hawkins’ autobiography was written towards the end of his life and published shortly after his death and my gratitude is that we still have a personal record of a remarkable, understated man who was a brilliant actor, so versatile in the roles he chose and working with other equally famous heart-throbs such as Peter O’Toole, Omar Sharif, John Gielgud and Lawrence Olivier. The list is endless but oh so admirable. He was such an ambitious actor intent on reaching the bright lights and the dazzle of Hollywood fame from such an early age and succeeding much to his surprise. His revelations indicate the equal importance he allotted to his family and friends and his memoirs reveal a warm, caring and colourfully interesting man who cared deeply for his family and friends. He also carried much guilt for his failure to become a good husband to Jessica Tandy, his first wife and his daughter, Susan who disappeared from his life. Starcrossed like Romeo and Juliet. He blamed his ambition and perhaps his young age and inexperience also contributed to their demise? The greatest tragedy was when he eventually lost his battle with cancer after fighting it for so many difficult and frightening years. He was in his prime, his career at its zenith and only 62 years of age when he died. His inwardly private fears were hidden from the public and he lived in self-denial easily persuaded by Hollywood to continue filming, to continue floating on this bubble of fame. Undeniably he showed great courage to persevere and behave like a typical trooper although Jack admits it was “cowardice pure and simple” as he experienced his own private hell because he was terrified and haunted by dark and worrying thoughts. “Even a voiceless life held far more than the silence of death.” He chose not to write openly about his fear of dying and admitted what was suppressed in the dark recesses of his mind. “An irreversible fact” he called it, something he had feared for five years, something he had covered up and made copious excuses for- his vocal problems. Cancer. Jack’s career was as diverse as sunshine and rainfall covering the stage, films and t.v. His repertoire covered Gilbert and Sullivan in those early days with The Cenci followed by Oscar Wilde, Shakespeare, Beau Geste, Journey’s End, The Breadwinner, The Cruel Sea, Lawrence of Arabia, Ben Hur, Bridge Over the River Kwai, Mandy and Dr Kildare and many others. He was acclaimed a star by Hollywood to be “handled with care” because he was seen as “valuable property” which amused Jack. Refreshingly without pretentiousness Jack was cynical of the razmataz of Hollywood stardom. He was pragmatic about those demons that could destroy and cites the tragic circumstances surrounding Marilyn Monroe and Judy Garland. The stresses of stardom can

become intolerable and lead to tragedy. Sadly it wasn’t this that destroyed such a fine actor as Jack Hawkins. In 1933 J.C.Bergel critic for the Evening News bemused Jack by referring to him as “the most indubitable of matinee idols.” “Mr Hawkins looks like training to be the irresistibly breezy, infectiously gay young hero.” The most dramatic memory of Jack’s childhood was the “clamour” outside which produced excitement and delight with people dancing in the streets. The Cause? The war of course. Remember, attitudes have changed and today people are sickened by fighting but this was 1914-1918. Jack “delighted in the thrills of war” and he cherished “the thrill of the dash for the safety of the broom cupboard under the stairs” with Zeppelins dangerously hanging overhead. The church and choir dominated his early life but once he had experienced “the thrill and the smell of the theatre, the thrill of a full house, the brightness of the limelights” amateur operatics and choir seemed dull, flat and uninviting for his ambitions. Surprisingly there was a time in Jack’s life when the theatre lost its magical world of make believe and he felt lonely, unhappy and restless. So he joined the army, travelled the world and met the love of his life, Doreen Lawrence who he rated as an extremely talented actress and physically attractive. It sounded like love at first sight. They performed to troops in south-east Asia and then after the war, throughout Europe. The nesting instinct came once they both returned to the U.K. A journalist commented on his attraction: “Women fall like a ton of bricks for the strong, silent charms of actor Jack Hawkins. They have made him the biggest romantic idol in British films since the heyday of James Mason.” At the end of his autobiography his widow, Doreen Hawkins added an emotional post-script covering the period April-July 1973 describing her heart-ache and the final moments surrounding his battle to stay alive: “I am so cold. We all are. Nick fetched some brandy, and we sipped it between us and comforted ourselves that at least he would not suffer any more, and we would not have to watch his despair and unhappiness. Jack has found his quiet life. Now I have to try and find mine.” Dramatically ironic but a fitting tribute to a husband and father. Publisher: Coronet Books, Hodder and Stoughton. ISBN: 0-340-19866-4

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owners of expensive yet dented cars and reasoned enlarging the parking bays made financial sense. In any case it’s my supermarket of choice now whenever in the area. Recently our poor Fiat 500 had its aerial stolen. It made for scant consolation that whoever the drunken reveller was stole every other detachable aerial in the car park that fateful Saturday night. Meanwhile the ever reliable Ford Focus is yet to get a bump or a scratch.

It’s funny how driving habits differ across Spain; in Almeria for example it’s rare to be shown the courtesy of being let out of a junction even in stationary traffic Since noticing this back in 2006, often for fun I signal to let drivers out and normally a blank stare is returned, the courtesy rarely recognised even when I flash the I guess Mercadona executives got tired of being sued by angry lights and wave an arm. If they do take advantage a thank you is rarely shown. In fact one time Enjoy Stephens musings? Pop over to as the articles I remember seeing a driver are posted on there too...and they’re a bit longer too! Findmeahome are always looking for quality trying to exit the BP garage in homes for their sales and rental portfolios, please contact Stephen for a valuation: stephen@ Albox, as I was stopped at the Telephone: 636 266 641

red light I made some space and let the car in. This so enraged the driver of the car behind me, that he wound his window down to curse me and repeatedly hoot the horn. All this as we remained stuck at the red light.

Courtesy seems to enrage some folk it seems. When down further south, perhaps due to more of us foreigners on the roads, I see more politeness being shown with cars being let of out of side roads with a wave of thanks. Mind you there are also plenty of roundabouts and often drivers when going straight over first indicate left then just before leaving the roundabout indicate right so one is never quite sure where they are headed? It doesn’t help that the Highway Code in Spain instructs drivers to drive round the outside whichever exit is chosen. It all makes for good fun and beats playing Grand Theft Auto! No Fly Posting is a common sign in the UK, in Spain the equivalent is Prohibido Fijar Carteles. Regular readers know littering is just one of my various bugbears. Lots of litter is also caused by those flipping leaflets stuck under car windscreen wipers. I lob them in the car to recycle later but others simply rip them off and drop them. If a leaflet goes unnoticed it later takes flight along the highway. These nuisances should be banned by local councils. It’s one of the most annoying forms of advertising known to man; I bet no one ever actually buys the advertised product or visits the promoted venue as we are all too annoyed that it’s on the car in the first place!


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at La Peraleja Monday 3rd.June What a great day for playing golf, weather was spot on, conditions excellent and a great turn out, but for some unknown reason scores that were expected to be very high turned out being mediocre for what was our 3rd. visit this year to this lovely Sevi designed course….funny old game this GOLF. Our game was the normal Stableford with 6 nearest the pins thrown in for good measure and for these the winners were Hole 2 Roy Tennant, Hole 7 Robert Marchan t, Hole 9 David Park, Hole 12 Peter Kerr, Hole 16 our current King of The Par 3’s Geoff Betts and on Hole 17, 3rd. shot NTP was a result for our President who finished up a foot from the hole which was duly despatched for his par, which was unusual as he missed a few to-day. Two Categories to-day which resulted in Category 1 winner going to Roy Tennant 35 points on c/b from Phil Brigham 3rd. David Park 31 and 4th.Paul


Hurrell 30. Category 2 1st. Pauline Johnston, our only lady member playing to-day, with 33 points 2nd. David Winder 31 on c/b from 3rd. Con Morre, just in from Ireland the night before and 4th. Roger Twigg all with 31. The scratch card winner today for 20 Euros went to Paul Abbott. Forthcoming events are Hacienda del Alamo, Wednesday 19th. Vistablla Saturday 29th and Thursday 4th.July Font del Llop so if you are interested in joining our Club and in Association with The Full Monte, supporters club of C.D. Montesinos then call David Winder on 626 774 157 or email him at davidwinder. One last item thanks to La Peraleja who had all the flags flying the Union Jack also had Union Jack bunting adorning the Club House to celebrate the 60th. Anniversary of the Coronation. Well done. And don’t forget our monthly Lunch dates with The Full Monte

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MAZARRON FC MAZARRON FC 2 HOLBROOK SPORTS FC 3 This entertaining end of season friendly was Mazarron’s first ever game against a team from the United Kingdom. The visitors Holbrook Sports FC play in the English East Midlands Counties Premier Division and have taken part in both the FA Cup & FA Vase competitions this season. Mazarron began with five of their regular players on the bench, giving some of the fringe players a rare start. The game began quietly but Holbrook started to cause Mazarron problems down the right, getting in behind the full back on numerous occasions. They took the lead after 23 minutes when a splendid cross from the right was turned in by Aaron Brady. Santi’s free kick from 25 metres was well saved by the Holbrook keeper as Mazarron came more into the game and then a through ball from Poyato found Alfonso whose shot was well saved. However, a defensive error led to a second goal for Holbrook five minutes before half time when another excellent cross from the right was converted by Hallsworth. Mazarron made several substitutions at half time which had an immediate effect and when Diego junior was brought down in the area following an excellent run, they were awarded a penalty. At the players’ insistence, retiring captain Diego took the spot kick but he hit it tamely and the keeper made the save.

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Diego junior and Cecilio had chances for Mazarron to reduce the deficit and at the other end a desperate scramble was cleared off the line before Mazarron were awarded a second penalty after 70 minutes. This time, although Alfonso’s kick was saved he managed to force the rebound home to make the score 1-2. In the 78th minute a well hit shot from Cecilio brought a great save from the Holbrook keeper. Two minutes later Barrachina put Jose Ruben in behind the full back down the right and his pin point cross found Alfonso who scored his second of the game from close range to bring the scores level at 2—2. Both teams had chances to win the game before, in the last minute, Mazarron gifted Holbrook the winning goal when following a mistake by young keeper Ruben, Sam Ridgard slotted the ball into an empty net. The game, which was sponsored by Dave Chapman of the Costa Café, Camposol, was excellent to watch and played in good spirits. Mazarron Team: Jose Iker (Ruben) Alfonso, Pepelu, Pollo (Barrachina), Poyato, Toni, Matt Clarke (Diego), Santi, Alvaro (Diego junior) Victor (Cecilio) Brayan (Jose Ruben) MOTM: Alfonso. Holbrook Sports Squad: Graves, Jellyman, Corrigan, Bockarie, Connor, Gowing, Ridgard, Ozmen, Brady, Hallsworth, Kuri, Jinks, Arnold, Itutu, Romney, Annable. Holbrook Sports MOTM: James Ozmen.

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, hole twelve Dave Pretty and hole sixteen John Rush all won a sleeve of three Srixon golf balls that were donated by Brian Jones , in third place with thirty one points was Bill Peters , second place was taken by Alan Gifford with thirty three points , who also won the football card and our winner for the day was Colin Edwards with thirty five points , all three received a cash prize which we acquired by using the money from the complimentary golf given to us by La Peraleja , our booby prize was won by Neil Metcalf . Many thanks to our donators and congratulations to our winners . Finally I would like to welcome our new members Aidan Byrne , Alan Rogers and Willie Buchanan to Busters Golf Society . Barry Grinsell

Quesada GS Wednesday 5th June at Mar Menor 32 members and guests turned out for a day of golfing at Mar Menor the course was in very good condition but the greens in some cases were a bit bubbly still from the recent hollow tining, but there were still some very good scores came in least of all our very own Handicap secretary Mr John Dunnion (chop chop chop) another good chop to a handicap is Mr Tony Patterson who came in winning the silver section so his nice new driver has helped to cut his handicap. Anne Day had a Barnes Wallace on hole 7 and its not everyone that can do this kind of shot, and I am told that John Dunnion had the luck of the Irish with him today on the greens with most of his putts going in the back door. Results Gold Div

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On Friday the 7th June we played La Peraleja , I have to say what a vast improvement their was , while a couple of the fairways are still recovering it doesn’t cause many problems as the local rule allows you to move the ball ( not nearer the hole ) to a more playable area , the greens were in excellent condition and consistent . La Peraleja gave us a good deal which included a three course meal and for a change we had our presentation at the club , when we presented Paul Cogin with a miniature replica of the Alto Real Annual Trophy , three miniature replicas for 2013 , 2014 and 2015 were donated by Graham Ball . Our best guest was John O’Conner with thirty three points receiving six Srixon golf balls which were donated by Alan Gifford , our nearest the pins were , hole two Preston Ives , hole seven Ron Perkins



Dunnion 35pts 2nd John King 32pts 3rd Andy King 31pts Silver Div winner Tony Patterson 30pts 2nd Chris Neild 29pts 3rd Les Lindores 28pts on count club Nearest the Pins Gold Div Par 3 Hole 17 Andy King, Par 5 in 3 shots Hole 7 Brian Smith Silver Div Par 3 in 2 shots hole 8 Pam Martin The Roy Margaret Eaglesham There were 3 matches played results for these are as follows: John Dunnion bt Ann Hobbs 4 & 3- Paul Flanagan bt Gordon McGregor 3 & 2 - John King bt Charlie Wallace 4 & 2 so well done to the winners. Our thanks go to Anita & David for the refreshments laid on for our return, our next game is at El Plantio Wednesday 19th June. Reported by PamMartin


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There was a smaller than normal group turn out today, for our society day’s golf at Alenda golf course, due to people away in the UK, probably looking to catch some decent weather, ha ha , joke. However, it was a lovely day here on the Costa Blanca with perfect golfing conditions, which allowed some reasonable scores to come in. No split categories today, and scores were as follows:1st Stuart Taylor - 32pts on count back. 2nd John Pedersen - 32pts on counts back.

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Best front 9 Dave Titchen 18pts. Best back 9 Steve Lawrence 15pts on count back. Nearest the pin on 16th hole - James Macmillan. Nearest the pin in 2 on 4th hole Phil Bowditch. There was 2 x 2 ball winners this week - Bob Mcshane & James Macmillan.

Altorreal on 13th June, 1st tee is at 10:15am. The Following game is at Vistabella on 20th June, 1st tee is at 09:30am. Please be at the courses 1 hour prior to 1st tee time .

Thanks to the members for support, Tony and Steve, and Fairwayz Sports bar for their organisation and hospitality. New members and guests always welcome. The next game is at

We have arranged a Captains day on 11th July at Vistabella, there are limited numbers so please contact us to book a place. The AGM is on 16th July at 20:00 hrs in Fairwayz Sports bar, all members please try to attend. For any other information please contact Tony on 966 785 781, or Steve on 966 637 449.

35 players turned out and enjoyed a good day’s golf. Today’s winner was Malcolm Foskett who managed to score a net Par, closely followed by Roger Richings, and John Barraclough (also best gross with 78), who were both 1 shot behind. Results: Gold: Malcolm Foskett, 72; Roger Richings 73, John Barraclough 73. Silver: David Gelsthorpe 74, Chris Stanley 75 & 3rd Jan

Shorely, also 75. Nearest The Pins: 5th Ian Pegg, 11th & 15th John Barraclough, 17th Keith Wright Football: Dave Nicholls x 2 and Ian Pegg. Toffs: Tuesdays Toffs was also down on numbers, but was still a good day. The weather was kind and 60 players turned up to play. No records were broken, but the best, score cost Orlando 2.4 shots! Results: Gold 1st John Barraclough 35, 2nd Dave Nicholls 34, 3rd Vince Tocker 33. Silver: 1st Alan Venables 39, 2nd Bob Shorely 35, 3rd Tony Stanley 34. Bronze: 1st Orlando Ferrol 41, Phyllis Venables 35, 3rd Jan Shorely 35

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In fact my one putt birdie, for some unknown reason, had the complete opposite effect and the shot tally just kept climbing! The whole e xperience certainly brings home the pressure-free conditions under which we usually play our Stableford games. Making a complete and utter kibosh of any hole is quite easily sorted by simply putting the ball in your pocket and trying again at the next hole. It’s a whole different ball game in a medal round which in truth is a far more accurate record of your day’s activities…..warts and all. Villamartin, as usual, was in splendid condition with the greens running as fast as ever. It was good to see quite a number of guys generally cleaning up the often ignored scruffy areas of the course. A great turnout of nearly forty players competed in the fourth round of the Bogeys Medal Shield event, sponsored by one


SMGS at VILLAMARTIN The high hopes and optimistic expectations of playing this golf game in its “proper”, true and intended form can so easily be completely destroyed, especially by allowing hole number eleven at Villamartin to be played in just as many shots!! Playing the previous hole, though I say it myself, in just three perfect shots gave me a much-needed shot in the arm as I looked forward to possibly repairing some of the front nine damage inflicted mainly by my wayward putting.



of the finest restaurants in the area – “Bogeys” on the ground floor in Villamartin Plaza. The four NTP’s were awarded to Andy Imrie, Ally Murray, Keith Stevenson and Steve Fleet. Dave Hazell took the day’s best guest prize with his net 77 before making the wise decision to become a fully fledged member. Top four in the silver category were all under par with 4th going to Norman McBride (71), 3rd to John Parker on C/B (70), 2nd to Ally Murray (70) and top slot to Arnie Hanson with a very impressive 68. The gold winners however were all over par with 4th going to Phil de Lacy, 3rd to Alan McDonald and 2nd to Darren Hancock…..all three came in with 75’s which had to be sorted out on count-back. Once again as the friendly banter rang out around the terrace on his name being announced…….winner of the gold division was our very own “champion”, Steve Fleet with 73. Please visit to keep abreast of society activities and meetings or give a buzz to any committee member…..visitors are always made very welcome at any of our Wednesday venues. Photo: Some of the day’s happy winners.


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