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A hotel in Roquetas de Mar has reduced its CO2 emissions by over 3,500 tonnes

Hotel Playadulce, on the Paseo del Palmeral, has joined the Comisión de Evaluación del Plan PIMA SOL, a plan to reduce carbon emissions in hotels which are undergoing renovation. As a result the hotel has managed to reduce CO2 emissions by 3,560 tons, and will receive 25,000 euros and also energy certification. Hotels which sign up to the Plan PIMA SOL have direct access to funding from the European Investment Bank (EIB), which supports this initiative with funding of 200 million euros. However, the hotels are expected to reduce CO2 emissions by between 40% and 70% to qualify.

The first steps have been taken towards the new promenade.

JCBs have begun restructuring work on Altea’s shore between the Algar river and the existing pond, which will be replaced with a leisure area. A pebble beach will be laid adjoining the existing beach and the mouth of River Algar. The project is scheduled for completion in 24 months.

The Sindicato de Estudiantes Abdera deny that there will be a strike on 5, 6 and 7 February The Sindicato de Estudiantes Abdera has denied the rumour circulated through the social networks concerning the alleged Huelga General Estudiantil on the 5, 6 and 7 February. Any information concerning matters of student strikes can be obtained by accessing the official website of the Union (, or through SEAbdera social networks such as twitter, Facebook or Tuenti, or via e-mail to the Union, (sindicatoestudiantesabdera@hotmail. com).

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4,000 residents may be taken off the census list

Alfaz Ayuntamiento has launched a campaign to ‘find’ 4,000 residents whose names are about to be taken off the local ‘padrón’ list. By law, if your pardon has not been renewed for 5 years, and during that time you do not use a public service, such as a school or a doctor, your name is removed by the national census office. In a report, Alfaz’s population of around 22,000 residents showed 4,000 residents as ‘unconfirmed’. The Ayuntamiento has put out a call for any resident who signed on the padrón over four years ago and who may not have used a public service since to please call in at the Ayuntamiento to confirm that they still live in Alfaz del Pi. Ayuntamiento staff are also visiting the last known addresses of as many residents as possible.

Woman sues owner of a donkey that escaped and bit her

The woman was collecting snails with her grandchildren near the village of Santo Ángel when the donkey, which was kept at a nearby farm, but which had escaped, ran at the woman, who sustained scratches to her hand, shoulder and face. It then ran on, and attacked a jogger, biting him on the arm. He tried to evade the animal by climbing over a wire fence, scratching his hand on wire as he did so. The animal was apprehended by the Policía Local, assisted by staff of the Servicio de Zoonosis from the Ayuntamiento de Murcia. The woman took the owner to the Audiencia Provincial, claiming he was negligent in his control of the animal, and also claiming for her injuries. She sought damages of 16,700 euros, but the Court dismissed her claim, suggesting that she should have recourse to a civil court, if she felt her case was valid.

Almería EQUO opposes schedule cuts at the Alcazaba and the Museo Arqueológico during the summer. The spokeswoman for EQUO Almería, Mar Verdejo, emphasises the irrationality of these proposed cuts to the opening hours, which will close the sites during the afternoons, and which were to be implemented this summer. She said that the new schedule was not adapted to the demands of tourism or the weather of the city, with opening hours being restricted to the hottest hours of the day. ‘We consider that not only they are not meeting the demands of citizenship, but these new schedules reflect a covert policy of cuts in public services, jobs and culture, which goes precisely against one of economic pillars which our region still has: cultural tourism, based on a sustainable model that respects our environment and our rich architectural heritage.”

Taller de empleo ‘Arboleas Horizonte 2020’ has reached its conclusion

The Alcalde del Ayuntamiento de Arboleas, Cristóbal García, attended the closing ceremony of the taller de empleo ‘Arboleas Horizonte 2020’ (employment workshop ‘Arboleas Horizon 2020’). The ceremony was also attended by the students of the workshop, who were handed a diploma certifying their attendance at theoretical and practical classes. “I want to congratulate both students and teachers for their involvement in this project and wish them every success in their future careers,” said the Mayor. The workshop has given specialised environmental and sustainability training in accordance with the ‘Agenda 21’, which links skills development with environmental sustainability.



Philip Seymour Hoffman Dead ‘After Overdose’

Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has been found dead in his Manhattan apartment after an apparent drug overdose. The Hollywood star, who won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in the 2005 film Capote, was 46 years old. The father-of-three was found dead in his bathroom with a syringe in his arm, according to law enforcement sources. Speaking on condition of anonymity, two officials said small envelopes they suspect contained heroin were found in the Greenwich Village apartment. They said the bags were marked with the ace of hearts and spades. Police were called by a friend of the actor to his home on Sunday at 11.30am local time. His family said in a statement: “We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Phil and appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from everyone. “This is a tragic and sudden loss and we ask that you respect our privacy during this time of grieving. Please keep Phil in your thoughts and prayers.” The actor’s body was removed from the apartment building in the West Village on Sunday night. Sky’s US correspondent Greg Milam said: “The shock across the United States is being felt very keenly.” A string of Hollywood stars have paid tribute, including Kevin Bacon, Jim Carrey and British actor Gary Oldman, who said Hoffman was “very special”.

The actor John Hurt - who starred with Hoffman in 2003 film Owning Mahowny - said: “It’s a devastating loss. His contribution was massive.” Hoffman’s other film credits included The Big Lebowski, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Mission: Impossible III, and The Talented Mr Ripley. Last year, he revealed he was forced to check himself into rehab after taking prescription pills and snorting heroin, having managed to stay clean for 23 years. He reportedly admitted he “started off taking prescription pills which escalated to snorting heroin”. The star was apparently concerned he was about to lose control and checked himself into a detox facility on the East Coast. On leaving the centre after 10 days, Hoffman credited “a great group of friends and family” for the support and encouragement to get help. “I went to rehab, I got sober when I was 22years-old,” he said in a 2006 interview. “You get panicked ... and I got panicked for my life.” News of Hoffman’s death came after his representatives denied a death hoax about the actor spread earlier in the week. Born in 1967, in Fairport, New York, Hoffman became involved in acting at high school. He went on to study at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he graduated with a degree in Drama in 1989. He got his first acting role in a 1991 episode of the long-running police drama Law and Order, but his big break came in the 1997 film Boogie Nights, starring alongside Mark Wahlberg. In addition to his screen work, Hoffman was also a talented stage actor, gaining plaudits for his roles on Broadway. He had recently been working on the last instalment of The Hunger Games franchise, in which he played the role of head gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee. He leaves his long-term partner and O’Donnell Mimi designer costume son. and daughters two their and Source:


Russian School Siege Teen Shoots Two Dead

A teenage gunman has shot dead a police officer and a teacher, and held more than 20 students hostage during a siege at a school on the outskirts of Moscow. The armed attacker carrying a rifle forced his way into the building this morning and took hostage pupils aged around 15 years old along with a teacher in a biology class. He was said by authorities to be an older student at the number 263 high school, situated in the northwest of the Russian capital. A security guard, who was injured in the assault, managed to raise the alarm by triggering an emergency button and police immediately responded. Scores of officers and ambulances arrived at the scene and were fired at by the gunman through a school window.

One officer who had been shot died at the scene, while another was injured and airlifted to hospital. A biology teacher was also killed in the shooting. Police said the gunman had been arrested and all the children freed from the building, where anxious friends and family had gathered outside to await news about their loved ones. Interior Ministry spokesman Andrei Pilipchuck told state television: “The person who took 20 people and a teacher hostage is a student in the upper classes at the same school. “He has been neutralised and all the students have been freed. “One policeman was fatally wounded during the operation and died in hospital, and a teacher at school number 263 was also killed.”

Demand For Real Butter Is Spreading

The demand for real butter is increasing according to the latest sales figures for the product. In the last five years sales of butter have risen 7% in the UK, while margarine sales have dropped by 6%. However, the market for margarine is still bigger with 271 million kilograms sold per year, while butter sells 141 million kilograms. The increase in demand for butter has helped boost the business of many artisan producers, including Abernethy Butter in County Down in Northern Ireland. Will and Allison Abernethy started making butter on their farm three years ago, and the enterprise has turned from a hobby into a business producing one tonne of butter a month. Mrs Abernethy said: “We didn’t realise there was such a demand for butter and the public were saying ‘we love butter, we don’t like margarine and we’re going back to butter’.” Their hand-made product has even melted the hearts of Michelin Star chefs including Heston Blumenthal and Marcus Wareing. They supply

butter to their London restaurants as well as highend retailer Fortnum and Mason. Even the big producers of margarines are starting to realise there has been a shift towards butter. Last Autumn consumer goods giant Unilever, which produces Flora margarine, introduced butter into one of its spreads for the very first time. For decades the health benefits of margarine have been promoted over butter. But now the experts say butter isn’t that bad for us after all. Belfast based nutritional therapist Jane McClenaghan has been telling people to convert back to butter for years. She said: “Not only are people looking for a more natural product but also research actually doesn’t really back up the evidence that we should cut saturated fats out of our diet totally so our trends are following what the research says, but it has just taken us a while.”

UFO sighted by airline pilot

The captain of a Thomas Cook airliner flying tourists back from Ibiza to Manchester reported a “near miss” with a “rugby ball”shaped UFO, which passed within feet of his jet. The encounter took place over Reading, Berks. The pilot reported it to the aviation authorities, who launched an investigation, but no earthly identity for the object could be established. The encounter was disclosed earlier this month by the Telegraph, and although the details of the jet and its flight were not made available, it is known that the incident took place on July 19th 2013, at 6.35pm. The captain said he spotted the object travelling towards the jet out of a left hand side, cockpit window, apparently heading directly for it. He said there was no time to for the aircrew to take evasive action. The incident was investigated by the UK Airprox Board, which studies “near misses” involving aircraft in British airspace. The report states: “The captain was under the apprehension that they were on collision

course with no time to react. His immediate reaction was to duck to the right and reach over to alert the FO (First Officer); there was no time to talk to alert him.” The Captain told investigators he believes the object passed “a few feet” above the jet. He described it as being “cigar/rugby ball like” in shape, bright silver and apparently “metallic” in construction. Once it had passed, the captain checked the aircraft’s instruments and contacted air traffic controllers to report the incident. At the inquiry, no visual sign of the object could be established, and data recordings showed no other aircraft were in the area at the time. No meteorological balloons had been released in the vicinity, and toy balloons would have been unable to reach the height at which the aircraft was flying. Military radar operators were contacted but were unable to trace it. Expats in Spain

Lloyds PPI Mis-Selling Provision Up By £1.8bn Lloyds Banking Group has announced an additional set-aside provision of £1.8bn for payment protection insurance (PPI) mis-selling claims. The taxpayer-backed high street lender now has a PPI provision of £3bn for 2013. Lloyds has amassed the largest provision for misselling by Britain’s high street banks. Its total PPI mis-selling bill has reached £9.8bn, three times more than bailout rival RBS. The bank is due to release its full-year results on February 13 and is expected to make a modest statutory profit. It is also expected to start paying dividends again this year, six years after payments were suspended ahead of a £20bn bailout. Chief executive Antonio Horta-Osorio said: “We expect to apply in the second half of 2014 to restart dividend payments and to deliver progressive and

sustainable payments to shareholders thereafter. “This will be another important step in our journey to rebuild trust and confidence in our group.” The payments need Prudential Regulatory Authority approval and are expected to be made after June. Lloyds also confirmed it is writing a prospectus to sell part of the Government’s stake, as previously reported by Sky News. The bank, which owns both the Halifax and Bank of Scotland, now expects 550,000 complaints about PPI. Business claims continue to mount for Lloyds and it has set aside an additional £130m over mis-selling related to small and medium-sized businesses. Lloyds was the top faller on the FTSE 100 in early morning trades.


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It seems there has been a lot of activity taking place on the roof of the Town Hall, in Pilar De La Horadada recently. My abseiling to roof level, on behalf of readers of my bulletin, reveals that a new super-duper aerial has been erected. This new erection, along with a suitably “Tweaked” FM transceiver, will give greater coverage from headquarters to all mobile units, including Protection Civil, who will be receiving improved communication equipment for their mobile units. My accompanying photograph shows Mayor of Pilar, Jose’ Fidel Ros Samper, along with representatives of Police Local and Protection



Thank you to the number of readers who have dropped me an e-mail, telling of their problems in obtaining tickets for shows, from the booking office in Torrevieja. The latest news I have, is that now, and in the foreseeable future, opening times will be, Tuesday to Friday, between 11.00 and 13.00 Hrs., that is until they change it in two weeks time. It must be a worry to professional and amateur groups, that a “Would be” audience can

experience problems, more than occasionally, in obtaining tickets for forthcoming productions. Agreed, there is advertised, an “On Line” ticket purchase scheme, but in my experience, not always very customer friendly. I ponder the idea as to whether the good people at the new Tourist Office, Portside, Torrevieja, could look at taking on the task of issuing tickets for theatre productions? Just a thought.

Civil, talking no doubt, about the finer details of Triode and Tetrode valves, with Directorate of General Information Technology, Inmaculada Cava, along with Councillor for Safety, Lancharro Francisco. Mayor Jose’ tells me that this new antenna and improved mobile equipment, will be of great help in the event of disasters across the municipality. “Out”


ORIHUELA COSTA RBL BURNS NIGHT Mineral collector Fiona Pitt-kethley has, during her many years of wandering atop and beneath the Sierra Minera range, encountered many dangers such as rock / mine tunnel collapse and flooding adits, but an unexpected encounter with a thaemetopoea pityocampa was a confrontation this week, that Fiona could have done without. While cutting out a sizable emerald from rocks above Portman, Fiona removed her gloves, unknowingly providing an ideal burrow for a pesky processionary caterpillar, to wander into. These dangerous caterpillars build silky nests in the branches of Pine trees, and wander off during January & February, in search of food, and soft ground where they can crawl into and hide, until they pupate, and during the warm summer months, return to the surface as a moth. The processional caterpillar has around 60,000 fine hairs on it’s body, which contain an urticating toxin, similar but far stronger than that found in nettles. Should the hairs come in contact with the skin, or inhaled, can cause reactions that can range from a mild inflammation through to severe

anaphylactic shock. Cats and dogs find the long procession of these caterpillars hard to resist. Inhaling the hairs can severely affect an animals breathing, and licking can cause necrosis of the tongue, such that parts of the tongue turn black, and may drop off, or have to be amputated by a veterinary surgeon. If caught early enough, high doses of cortisone will prevent permanent damage, and pets will make a full recovery. Returning to our intrepid prospector Fiona, having put her gloves back on, immediately felt the pain in her hand, removed the glove to see her finger now turning black, catching sight of the pest, falling from glove to ground. By the time Fiona made her way to the nearest village, her hand was now a very strange colour. With luck, a local veterinary practice was open, and managed to administer first aid assistance. This problem will be with us until about March, when all that have survived, will pupate into moths. Latest news from our sufferer? Fiona is now fully recovered, and sports a glossy coat along with a cold nose.

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Over 90 members and friends of Orihuela Costa and District RBL had a great night on Saturday 25 January 2014. They held a Burns Night at Alfies Place in La Zenia. The haggis was carried in by the Vice Chairman Eddie Coleman with the sound of the pipes played by Barry Waddington and the address was given by the Scottish dancer Mark McMillan both from the Torrevieja Pipes and Drums Band. The meal was enjoyed by everyone followed by a speech to ladies by Peter Breen and a response from Joan Waddington. Dancing was then carried over to the sound of the group The Rockits. A raffle was held

which raised over €350.00 towards this years Poppy Appeal. A kilt, jacket and sporran was also auctioned which raised €105.00. The night ended with the singing of Auld Lang Syne and I am sure a few heads were a little sore in the morning If anyone is interested joining The Royal British Legion please go to our web site You can also just come along to one of monthly meetings held at the Olympia Restaurant on the 3rd Thursday of each month 7pm for 7.30pm you will be most welcome. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE EX SERVICE TO BECOME A MEMBER


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Robinson Crusoe at Casa de Cultura San Miguel this Weekend

Campoverde Theatre Group are proud to present their interpretation of that classic pantomime favourite, The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. A fun filled, action pantomime that is full of memorable characters, laughter, song and dance that is being performed in San Miguel de Salinas on Friday 7th, Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th of February. A great way to spice up a dreary February evening, come along to the Casa de Cultura in San Miguel and enjoy a good old traditional pantomime that has something for all the family. Come and meet our hero Robinson Crusoe, his mom who is the ship’s cook, his lovely girl friend, and the crew of the Mary Rose. Enjoy their voyage as they try and find the Spice Islands. See how they are faced with disaster at the hands of the evil Black Patch and the horrible Slickers. Follow their progress as they make their way to the cannibal invested island, see how Robinson encounters Friday and find out how the crew outwit the locals who are determined to feast on their flesh.

There are still a few tickets left, but hurry and reserve your seat. Just a few days to go to the performance dates of The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe and tickets are now selling fast. So hurry along to and secure your seat to avoid disappointment. The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe is sure to lift your spirits and give you a great evening out. Tickets are available from Colin on 96 677 4127, Bargain Books in San Miguel or Adele Kippin in Pinar de Campoverde on 96 676 2114.

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The Legend of St. Valentine

The history of Valentine’s Day--and the story of its patron saint--is shrouded in mystery. We do know that February has long been celebrated as a month of romance, and that St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. But who was Saint Valentine, and how did he become associated with this ancient rite? The Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred. One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death. Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons, where they were often beaten and tortured. According to one legend, an imprisoned Valentine actually sent the first “valentine” greeting himself after he fell in love with a young girl--possibly his jailor’s daughter--who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter signed “From your Valentine,” an expression that is still in use today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories all emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic and--most importantly-romantic figure. By the Middle Ages, perhaps thanks to this reputation, Valentine would become one of the most popular saints in England and France.

Origins of Valentine’s Day: A Pagan Festival in February

While some believe that Valentine’s Day is celebrated in the middle of February to commemorate the anniversary of Valentine’s death or burial--which probably occurred around A.D. 270--others claim that the Christian church may have decided to place St. Valentine’s feast day in the middle of February in an effort to “Christianize” the pagan celebration of Lupercalia. Celebrated at the ides of February, or February 15, Lupercalia was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well as to the Roman founders Romulus and Remus. To begin the festival, members of the Luperci, an order of Roman priests, would gather at a sacred cave where the infants Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome, were believed to have been cared for by a she-wolf or lupa. The priests would sacrifice a goat, for fertility, and a dog, for purification. They would then strip the goat’s hide into strips, dip them into the sacrificial blood and take to the streets, gently slapping both women and crop fields with the goat hide. Far from being fearful, Roman women welcomed the touch of the hides because it was believed to make them more fertile in the coming year. Later in the day, according to legend, all the young women in the city would place their names in a big urn. The city’s bachelors would each choose a name and become paired for the year with his chosen woman. These matches often ended in marriage.

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Valentine’s Day: A Day of Romance Typical Valentine’s Day Greetings Lupercalia survived the initial rise of Christianity and but was outlawed—as it was deemed “unChristian”--at the end of the 5th century, when Pope Gelasius declared February 14 St. Valentine’s Day. It was not until much later, however, that the day became definitively associated with love. During the Middle Ages, it was commonly believed in France and England that February 14 was the beginning of birds’ mating season, which added to the idea that the middle of Valentine’s Day should be a day for romance. Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, though written Valentine’s didn’t begin to appear until after 1400. The oldest known valentine still in existence today was a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt. (The greeting is now part of the manuscript collection of the British Library in London, England.) Several years later, it is believed that King Henry V hired a writer named John Lydgate to compose a valentine note to Catherine of Valois.

In addition to the United States, Valentine’s Day is celebrated in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France and Australia. In Great Britain, Valentine’s Day began to be popularly celebrated around the 17th century. By the middle of the 18th, it was common for friends and lovers of all social classes to exchange small tokens of affection or handwritten notes, and by 1900 printed cards began to replace written letters due to improvements in printing technology. Ready-made cards were an easy way for people to express their emotions in a time when direct expression of one’s feelings was discouraged. Cheaper postage rates also contributed to an increase in the popularity of sending Valentine’s Day greetings. Americans probably began exchanging hand-made valentines in the early 1700s. In the 1840s, Esther A. Howland began selling the first mass-produced valentines in America. Howland, known as the “Mother of the Valentine,” made elaborate creations with real lace, ribbons and colorful pictures known as “scrap.” Today, according to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year, making Valentine’s Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year. (An estimated 2.6 billion cards are sent for Christmas.) Women purchase approximately 85 percent of all valentines.

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Was anyone else as confused as I was when reading the article last week? It appears that when organising the paper, parts of the previous article got merged with the current article. When organising 6 different additions of a paper to allow for the differing local news and features, even the best of us can get a little overwhelmed. Add to this the loss of a day and a half for us writers to get our articles in on time, put an inordinate amount of pressure on the, now short-handed, editorial staff. Anyway enough justification for the apology for the confusion. Lets start with today’s piece. Fantastic news!! Microsoft is going to lose the stupid window 8 tile interface in favour of the ever useful and 100 percent popular menu driven interface. If I have just rattled on in martianese please forgive me and allow me to explain. Windows 8 comes with a screen that is covered with coloured (NOT colored) tiles, each relating to a “touch and go” function very much like the “touch and go” of tablet technology. which, for a tablet device is appropriate and innovative! Unfortunately, for the rest of us who still use a, WIMP – Yep! Real acronym which means, Windows, Icons, Mouse and Pointer system, this tiled interface is about as intuitive as counter-intuitive can be! I have studied the interface, long and hard, and still, for reasons that will ever elude me, can’t get my head around it. So why then “yipee ki-ay mudsucker”? The almighty Microsoft have finally realised that NOBODY actually wanted this look and people would rather be using previous or alternative operating systems instead! At the same time computer manufacturers stopped using it, as people didn’t want a new computer if it came with Windows 8. Let’s not forget that MicroSoft, as a result of these non-sales, lost a pretty penny! This is a real KITA (Kick In The Arse – another authorised acronym) to those

who, for so long, have told us what we can and can not do with our systems and then charged us an extortionate amount of money to lease, (you know that you never actually own that copy of windows that you are using), the Windows operating system. So how do they intend to correct this faux par of epic proportion? By releasing an upgrade, (standard MicroSoft method of correcting it’s mistakes). The first upgrade called Windows 8.1 (a novel name), which gave the option to return to the good old-fashioned, stable and working interface that we all love to use, but which was hidden in a sub-folder off a floating menu option called by right clicking over the menu bar (when you managed to get the menu bar to display). Now there is to be a Window 8.1 SP1 (Service Pack 1) which will have the menu system that you and I love back where it rightly belongs! Something that you may or may-not know is that while ever the current Windows 8 is running so are dozens of applets that Monitor your Mail, Watch the Weather, Follow Facebook, Tweak Twitter and generally take Massive bites out of the Minimal Bytes that you have for running ‘Real’ programs like XBMC, Spreadsheet, and proper programs doing useful things. It sounds like I don’t like Microsoft. This couldn’t be further from the truth. I don’t and never have liked Bill Gates who could donate every single cent he has to charity and it won’t change my opinion. If you’re interested as to why I have such strong opinions of the man – NOT THE COMPANY – come to Jack’s bar, in Albox, on a Friday afternoon where I’ll be helping sort out problems that other people seem to be having trouble with! I’m fair and clear in my pricing, my ethics and don’t even charge if it isn’t fixable! How much fairer and honest can I be? See you there, Ring or write. You have all the information in front of you. So have a terrific week and see you next week if not before.

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Dr. Doolittle-remember him? He was the one who talked to the animals-even when he was sober! Well now we can do even better than that-we can talk to our washing machines, or at least exchange texts with them. Yes, the new generation of washing machines has the ability to do just that so, when you are away from home, you can keep in touch with your labour saving devices-if you really need to! These new appliances are now fitted with a wotsit-I call it a wotsit because I haven’t got a clue what it is, how it works or what it looks like, but I know it’s there. But this wotsit allows them to receive and send texts. You may at this stage be wondering, as I did, exactly why anyone would feel the need to be in contact with their washing machine. This is exactly what I thought when I saw the report and I couldn’t in all honesty think of any possible circumstances that would encourage me to waste time texting my labour saving devices. But then, as usual, I wasn’t reckoning on the unexplainably daft things people manage to do. Not you and I of course, no, but there are some adults out there who really shouldn’t be roaming around unsupervised. Australia is full of pretty nasty things that can cause us harm, such as spiders, jelly fish, octopus and other nefarious insecty things. Now we can add another menace to that list; washing machines! Just last month a man in Australia decided that he would surprise his wife when she came home from work. Nothing wrong with a little innocent fun, but unfortunately he let his imagination, fuelled I would guess by excessive intake of falling down water, run away with him. He decided to climb into their top loading washing machine…naked. Guess whathe got stuck! I imagine that like me you are shaking your head in disbelief, but unfortunately, it’s true. How they won the Ashes is beyond me! Graham is married to Helen and has a daughter, Alice. He lives part of the year near Albox, but works in Qatar, teaching. If you wish to contact Graham regarding this article email: helenandg@yahoo.

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Dancing on Ice 2014 By Lyn Aspden of ‘Strictly Dance’

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This week saw the celebrities going head to head in the Duel. All the judges scores from week 1 had been added together and then the duels were put together 1st place v 2nd place, 3rd v 4th etc. The winner of the duel getting an automatic pass through to next weeks show, the losers all having to skate for the public vote but no judges scores this week. Opening were Sam Attwater and Kyran Bracken duelling to ‘Beat It’. I preferred the presentation and confidence shown by Sam as I felt Kyran appeared slightly shaky on one of the lifts. There was a split decision from the judges but as Robin Cousins had the casting vote Kyran went through to next week. Next were bottom placed (7th and 8th) Bonnie Langford and Gareth Gates skating to Things We Used To Do, and this duel showed the elegance and precision of Bonnie versus the characterisation of this piece by Gareth. Again the judges were left with a split decision the casting vote this time going to Gareth Gates

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leaving Bonnie to the public vote. The third duel saw Beth Tweddle skating against Hayley Tamaddon to Fighter. This was an easy win for Hayley who gave it attitude plus whereas Beth who is technically a very good skater never quite gets the presentation side out. Hayley took the duel by a unanimous judges vote leaving Beth in the skate off. Closing this part of the show was my favourite Ray Quinn against Suzanne Shaw and Dead Ringer For Love. Even though Suzanne skated really well she was in a no win situation against a much stronger skater with superb presentation skills (no I’m not biased!) Ray again gained a unanimous vote from the judges leaving Suzanne to face the public vote. Each of the losers then had to skate a piece they had helped to choreograph with their partners starting with Sam Attwater and Vicky. Unlike the duel this piece lacked presentation and unfortunately the side by side step sequence wasn’t together. Next were Bonnie Langford and Andre skating

to Devilgate Drive. This was an energetic performance with all the usual elegance and line we expect from Bonnie. Following were Beth Tweddle and Lucasz skating to Think. This was a precise, careful skate with great lifts and tricks but again lacking that essential presentation skill. Closing were Suzanne Shaw and Matt to I Knew You Were Trouble. Even though one of the lifts caused Matt to slip and fall taking Suzanne down with him, Suzanne recovered immediately and continued as if nothing had happened - exactly what needed to be done and she gave an excellent performance. After the public vote the bottom 2 were Sam Attwater and Bonnie Langford and after the skate off there was a judges unanimous vote for Sam, so Bonnie sadly had to leave the show. We are getting ever nearer to crowning the ultimate champion. Who will it be? I certainly have my favourite but can anyone challenge him for the title? Tune in for next weeks exciting skate off. Until then come and join our gang for one of our classes but in the meantime Keep Dancing!

Eloise by Judy Finnigan. up until now but Eloise and Cornwall no longer provide the sanctuary that Cathy has enjoyed for 20 years. He knows his limitations and makes unreasonable demands of his wife resulting in a marriage crisis. He tells her he has had enough of her obsessions and her selfishness. He describes her emotions as being warped and twisted. This outburst shocked Cathy because it was so hostile and venomous. Cathy realises that her marriage is hanging by a thread but instead of salvaging it she chooses to unravel the truth regarding Eloise’s haunting messages and warnings. She is disturbed by the spiritual presence of her recently deceased friend. It seems that Eloise has unfinished business trying to protect her young daughters from Ted, her husband. She appears initially as a formless shade asking for Cathy’s help after admitting to having done a terrible thing which will result in punishment for herself and her twins. Then she appears in person. Are the visitations ghostly supernatural hallucinations or is Eloise real? Cathy’s mental instability doesn’t help the reader establish any truths here. We learn of Cathy’s bad dreams dating back to the time when her father died. She was severely traumatised by it and recurring nightmares of her father’s burning corpse haunt her to the point of driving her to insanity. She describes them as being Gothic in their horror like the nightmares of severed heads rising out of the ground with their blood dripping onto the grass. And for Bronte fans there are many references to Wuthering Heights and Cathy’s spiritual return. Good Gothic horror stuff. I shouldn’t be here. At least not yet. I

was terminally ill but my passing was premature. Suspicion surrounds Eloise’s death and even Father Pete comments on a disturbance in the air, a feeling of restlessness in the parish. His belief is that Satan has taken control of Eloise and Cathy is being possessed by an evil spirit. His offering is what Chris sardonically refers to as a ghost-busting ritual. Juliana, Eloise’s mother sees it as a betrayal of a friend Eloise trusted. The main characters may not be particularly credible although there are two interesting characters, Ted the anti-hero/villain who is introduced to us as a bit of a legend and a stunner who deals badly with his wife’s death, drinking too heavily, becoming violent and becoming unhinged just like Cathy. His moods are unpredictable and he is wildly dangerous. Jack is the childhood sweetheart who knew Eloise as a teenager, who stole her heart and then emigrated with his parents to Australia for a better life. Another stunner but more spiritual and a good role model. And Jack was the key to unlocking the truth and saving the twins. Only then could Eloise rest in peace and allow Cathy to regain her sanity and re-establish a stronghold in her marriage to Chris. Why did Ted hate his wife so much to will her to die prematurely? What happened to the fragile Cathy when she allowed herself to be drawn into a Gothic fantasy turned reality? Did she survive? Why was Jack important and who was Arthur? It certainly lacks the tension of a Daphne du Maurier or a Susan Hill novel although there are plenty of secrets revealed towards the end to justify the effort in reading it.

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Help for Expats in Spain

So you own a property in Spain but are still taxed in the UK. You probably wonder what taxes do you have to pay in Spain? Let’s try to go through the most common issues: 1. What taxes am I liable to as a non-resident owning a property in Spain? You will need to pay yearly: • A local tax called “Impuestos sobre Bienes Inmuebles” (IBI); and • Non-Resident Income Tax. Also, depending on the value of your Spanish assets, you might be subject to Wealth Tax. 2. When and how do these taxes have to be paid? The IBI is payable between the 20th of September and the 20th of November each year. The easiest way to pay IBI is to have it automatically debited each year from your Spanish bank account. Non-resident income tax derived from rentals is payable as income accrues. If you have a property in Spain for your private use, you will also have to file a tax form concerning deemed income. And Wealth Tax has to be declared if the value for tax purposes of your Spanish assets exceeds the exemption limits (currently 700,000 Euros).

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3. Hang on a minute, does that mean I get taxed on income even if I don’t rent out my property? Yes, unless what you own is a property which qualifies as “rural” land. But, generally speaking, most second homes, be it an apartment or a villa by the sea or in the country, will qualify as “urban” land and, as such, will be subject to Non-Resident Income Tax (even if you never rent them out). 4. Do I have to appoint a Spanish tax representative? It is not compulsory if you only own one property for your private use (but it is advisable unless you really know what you are doing). And you will definitely have to appoint one if you are liable to Wealth Tax. 5. Who can I choose to take on that role? Appoint a “Representante fiscal”, which usually will have an office called “Asesoría” or “Gestoría”. As your tax representative, they will receive any communications from the Spanish tax authorities about your property. Which means that important tax requests aren’t left mouldering in your Spanish postbox while you’re at home blissfully unaware they’ve arrived (that is if the letters ever reach your postbox!). 6. When I come to sell my Spanish property, will there be tax to pay in Spain?

Yes, on the basis that you make a gain from the difference between your original acquisition value and the sale price. And the Spanish tax authorities will tax this capital gain by means of two taxes: • a local Capital Gains Tax called PLUSVALÍA (which is levied by the Town Hall where the property is located and depends on local values); and • a general Capital Gains Tax (the applicable rate is 21% of the profit made) 7. How long do I have to pay that general Capital Gains Tax after sale? As a tax resident in Spain, you do your normal tax declaration before the end of June and declare the profit (or loss) made by the sale of a property. As a non-resident in Spain (for tax purposes), 3% of your property’s sale price must be retained by the buyer and paid on your behalf within one month of the purchase to the Spanish tax authorities as a contribution to Non-resident Income Tax liability regarding capital gains. 8. But with Spanish property prices going soft, I think 3% of the sale price will actually exceed my Spanish Capital Gains Tax liability - what then ? The 3% retention still has to be made. However, you can apply for a partial or total refund from the

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Residential Construction Permits Fell 24.4% to November

February 3rd, 2014 A total of 31,404 licences were granted between January and November 2013, for permission to build new homes in Spain, representing a decrease of 24.4% over the same period of 2012 (when 41,575 were issued), and just one-tenth more than the previous month, according to the latest figures from the Ministry of Development. If the rate of applications in December maintains the same pace then the number of authorisations to build new homes will close 2013 with a new annual low of around 34,350 permits granted. This volume of new construction, would amount to just 4% of the historic high registered in 2006 of 865,561 permits granted, and would accumulate seven consecutive years of declines. In the first eleven months of 2013, of the total permits applied for, 66.3% were for apartments in blocks (20,824) and the rest for family



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your home or garden. 6. G  roup Collectibles - Pull out your favourite collectibles - show off your personality! Find a display area and group related objects together, in sets of three or five. Try and vary the shapes for maximum impact. 7. Add Decorative Pillows - The good news about decorative pillows is that they are an easy way to add textures and patterns to a room. Still better, they can be changed to jazz up a sofa or chair before your room is ready for a major makeover. 8. R  eplace Lamps - Lamps are probably the one thing in your home that will give others a clue that your room is outdated. Seek out new and fresh lamps that make a statement. 9. Add A Throw - Similar to decorative pillows, throws add texture to your furniture. They come in all kinds of natural and man made fabrics so it’s just a matter of finding a pattern and style that you like. 10. Eliminate Clutter - Clutter has a way of eliminating the desired mood and effect of any room. Find storage spaces for papers, toys, and other items that take from the personality of a room.



Ethical vineyards producing wine for the common good

Wine producers in Spain are pioneering a collective approach, where investors can buy a small plot and produce their own vintages from the vines there The idea of making your own wine conjures up images of plastic tubing and vats bubbling away in airing cupboards. There’s a bootlegging vibe to it, which has its attractions, particularly after reports at the end of last year that we’re facing a “wine shortage”, but these don’t necessarily include the taste of the end product. However, what if making your own wine conjured up images, instead, of a valley in Southern Europe, snowtopped mountains in the distance, olive and almond groves climbing up the hillsides and an abandoned, 100-yearold vineyard, that you’d bought for less than the price of a used Ford Mondeo? Juan Cascant, the co-owner of a winery called Celler La Muntanya in El Comtat, a northern corner of Alicante, Spain, is sceptical that there is any looming “wine shortage” (and he’s far from alone). He is, however, very open to the idea of outsiders buying vineyards in the region. Cascant’s business is based on what he calls, in the local Valencian language, microvinyas, 28 small-holdings, each of less than a hectare, which supply the Celler with grapes. In Argentina a winery called Vines of Mendoza run a scheme which encourages wealthy foreigners to buy a small plot of land and, under professional supervision, produce their own label wine. Why couldn’t the Celler, he wonders, help, say, a “retired doctor from London” do the same thing in El Comtat? At times Cascant makes winemaking sound implausibly easy. He comes from an architecture background and says that when he and his business partner, Toni Boronat, started out 10 years ago they were just “playing”. Armed with secateurs to take cuttings, they visited a friend who had an abandoned vineyard and, a few years later, they had produced wines that were lauded by critics including The Wine Advocate. “Everyone knows how to make wine,” he shrugs, “you crush the grapes and then ferment them. When we tried what we’d made after the first year, though, it was pretty good.” Good enough, in fact, that it was given an impressive 90 points by Spain’s best known guide Peñin (90-94 out of 100 means “outstanding: a wine of superior character and style”). However, it’s clearly not quite as simple as he makes it sound. “There was a cooperative that would buy the grapes here in the past,” he admits, “without thinking about the quality of the wine or the authenticity. It was as if you have a beautiful jewel you sell by weight.” Currently most of the 28

microvinyas sell their grapes directly to the Celler. However, there are already three that, although they’re still letting the experts make the wine, plan to market it under their own label. One of these is owned by another local architect, Beatriz Vicent Ripoll. Her family have half a hectare of land, not far from the medieval town of Cocentaina, which, under advice from the Celler, they have planted with monastrell and garnacha tintorera grapes, as well as French import syrah. Visiting her at the vineyard, shortly after the harvest, it’s clear that, even if you’re not relying on wine to make a living, it can still be a stressful business. She doesn’t know how much money they have spent over the past three years but Cascant estimates it’s up to €9,000. A chunk of that investment could be lost with one bad summer. “There was a moment this year when the grapes still hadn’t ripened,” she says, looking out over the bare vines. “You don’t know if it’s going to start to rain and it can all start to rot. You’re thinking: ‘All that work and we could lose it!’” Still, Cascant also estimates that, with the 2,500 vines they have planted, the Vicent Ripoll family should be able to sell 3,500 bottles a year. Could they eventually make a profit? “This isn’t going to feed us,” says Vicent Ripoll. “But it’s something more romantic. It’s about restoring the value of this land that was abandoned.” That’s because the microvinyas project is about more than just money. It’s partly inspired by the ideas of Austrian economist Christian Felber and his Economy For The Common Good, which argues that no business can be regarded as profitable unless it profits the whole community. To be allowed to use the microvinyas label producers have to sign up to pay workers fairly, use grape varieties appropriate to the region, respect the environment and support the community. The “retired doctor” is not going to get rich quick, then. Particularly as many experts have argued that the so-called “wine shortage” is about as plausible as any other appeal to “buy now, while stocks last”. “It might not seem profitable,” says Cascant. “But if you think about people who want to own an ethical vineyard, they’re searching for another kind of profitability. They want the satisfaction of having their own wine and coming to a beautiful place to enjoy it. It’s not sustainable unless you make money, but people buy wine in order to enjoy it. We’re just putting enjoyment in there right from the start.” Source:


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Photographer Christopher Schlaf says he couldn’t help but laugh when he captured this Belted Kingfisher with a dinner almost as big as him. But the bird proved it hadn’t bitten off more than he could chew when he gobbled it right up

Larger than life lanterns inspired by the Terracotta Warriors, created by artist Xia Nan for the Beijing Olympics, are lit up at Edinburgh university as they go on show for the first time in Scotland.

These horses galloping along a beach look real - but they’re made from thousands of pieces of driftwood. The lifesize sculptures are the work of British craftsman James Doran-Webb and took six months to create in the Philippines where he has lived for the last 26 years

Adventurous gardeners are paying up to £2,500 for quirky bird boxes shaped like cricket stumps, a giant padlock, a drinks can or even a lawn mower. Prices start at £150 for the extraordinary homes for garden birds made by skilled Essex woodworkers Eric Simonds and Den Humphrey.

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100g/3½oz smoked, dry-cured lardons 2 carrots, roughly chopped 2 sticks celery, sliced 1 onion, roughly chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed 2 sprigs fresh rosemary, needles finely chopped 1 tsp dried thyme 1 tbsp tomato purée 400g/14oz can chopped plum tomatoes 1.2 litres/2 pints good-quality chicken stock 400g/14oz can cannellini beans in water, rinsed and drained 50g/1¾oz spaghetti, snapped into short lengths 100g/3½ head baby leaf or spring greens, thickly shredded Salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 25g/1oz parmesan, grated

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Put a large frying pan over a low heat, add the lardons and cook for 10 minutes until crisp, golden and the fat has run from the meat. Transfer onto a plate. Tip the carrots, celery and onion into the bacon fat and fry for two minutes before adding the garlic, herbs and tomato purée. Cook for one minute, then add the tomatoes and most of the stock. Bring to the boil. Carefully transfer the soup to a slow cooker, cover with the lid, then cook on high for four hours until the vegetables are tender. Stir the beans and pasta into the soup, adding the rest of the stock if it seems overly thick. Scatter the shredded greens over the top of the soup, then re-cover with the lid. Cook for 30 minutes until the pasta is tender. Stir in the greens, season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper, then serve in bowls with a drizzle of oil and plenty of parmesan.

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The Quicksand of Language forsooth or verily, couples don’t plight their troth any more, although solicitors are still encouraging us to bequeath and bequest our worldly goods – or stuff as modern parlance would have it! Other words have crept in and assumed an unbecoming importance, such as ‘like’. A humble little word, like has been quietly doing its job providing the link between similarities (she looks like her mother), expressing preference (I like carrots better than Brussels sprouts) or an opinion (It looks like rain again today) for so many years. Now, however, this poor innocent little word has been hijacked by an unfeeling mass, that employs it as slave labour, forcing it to take on the meaning of virtually every other descriptive word or sentence uttered by its erstwhile captors – I was like going to the supermarket when I saw my like boyfriend with my like best friend, it

By Jos Biggs

was like so awful like……At this point poor little like expired, done to death by overwork caused by a lack of basic vocabulary. Take the word intercourse, which is an old-fashioned word for conversation, as any dictionary will tell you. this word caused an Spanish gentleman no embarrassment whatsoever, but covered the lady to whom he was talking with confusion. It happened at an English/ Spanish integration evening, where each English person sits with a Spaniard, the idea being that for half an hour Spanish is spoken, then for the ensuing half hour English is spoken. The gentleman in question expressed, in English, the desire for a girlfriend. His opposite number, a lady of refined taste, covered her surprise at his directness by enquiring if he wanted a girlfriend for companionship. ‘Oh no,’ he replied. ‘For intercourse.’ Ah! How tricky a foreign language can be! And how innocent are those who put their faith in old dictionaries!

The Time to Bite Back When there’s not much else on the box and my lovely wife gets stuck into a book, and relinquishes her death grip on the television remote, I will sometimes tune into the sinisterly named, River Monsters. For those who haven’t seen the programme, or only have an interest in fish if it is coated in batter and deep fried; it covers the travels of a bloke called Jeremy Wade who refers to himself as an extreme angler. We called them specimen hunters in my day, but I love the title. It conjures up images of someone prancing around the river bank wearing red satin flares; a bright plaid shirt and a Doctor Who scarf. Anyway, Jeremy travels all over the globe chasing up stories of people who have had their genitals bitten off by some unseen monster lurking in the depths of the Congo River or some God forsaken tributary of the Amazon. His travels have taken him to such places as Papua New Guinea, Alaska and Mongolia. He has fished in many countries in Europe and the Americas, as well as Asia and Africa. All in all not a bad old life. The programme often ends in disappointment for me because what starts as a hunt for some mythical river monster that the natives believe to be a supernatural fish god, often turns out to be some haddock look-

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alike, just big enough to capsize a small canoe. When the unfortunate occupant is never seen again, it’s assumed that he has become a fish’s lunch, although the more likely scenario is that having consumed far too much palm wine he simply drowned and drifted off downstream. But it all brings back memories of my first encounter with that monster of the deep: the barracuda. Barracudas are not what you would call massive fish, but it is their frightening appearance that gives them their fearsome reputation. So there I was snorkelling around a small islet close to shore in Bermuda, fascinated by a flotilla of squid I was shadowing, when something alarmed them and they shot off in all directions faster than you could say calamares a la Romana. Because there, directly ahead, no more than six feet from me and eyeing me speculatively, was a barracuda. Apart from a gentle undulation of its torpedo like body, it hung motionless in the water and seemed to be weighing up how best to enjoy parts of me as lunch. And let me tell you, if you have no prior knowledge of this fish, the sight of that open mouth packed with wicked looking teeth with two bulbous eyes locked on to you, is the stuff of nightmares. It was only later I learned that barracuda are rarely a danger to humans and in fact will often make themselves scarce when approached by divers. They are opportunist predators, preying entirely on other fish, particularly those that are sickly or in trouble. But in my ignorance and extreme haste to leave the vicinity that day, I became only the second man ever

to walk on water. Then years later we found ourselves in the beautiful Virgin Islands where the snorkelling is spectacular and the undersea life a kaleidoscope of colour and beauty. My lovely bikini clad wife was floating on her back, sunning herself in shallow water a few yards from me and I had just surfaced to clear my face mask, when she let out a scream of pain and shot out of the water clutching her leg. In my haste to get to her I made the mistake of standing up and trying to splash my way across the coral where I had been snorkelling, cutting my feet in the process. When I finally reached her, it was obvious that she had been bitten because there was a clear elliptical impression on her thigh of a dozen or so teeth puncture marks. A kindly local who had witnessed the whole episode from his ramshackle house on the beach, brought over a first aid kit and whilst sterilising the bleeding wound, sagely declared that it was a barracuda bite. “But I thought that barracuda never attack people”, I told him. ‘They do when they think you are something else’, he proclaimed, and pointed to my wife’s diamond ring. The fish had seen the twinkling of the jewellery and thinking that it was a potential snack, attacked before realising its mistake and beat a hasty retreat. Back in England some time later, we were surveying the menu in a pleasant country pub, when an item caught my eye: Barracuda steak with a green pepper sauce. There was no hesitation and as I ordered my lunch, I muttered absently to the startled waiter: “It’s payback time you son-ofa-bitch!”


Alquerian Sporting Legends

The chances of Alqueria ever staging the Olympic Games are somewhat remote but that does not rule out the existence of sporting greats in the Pueblo. We only have to cast our minds back to 1954 when Bannister broke the four minute mile. Alqueria’s very own Pedro Piernaslargas managed it in twelve minutes and fifty seconds. He argued that taking into account the time he stopped for a fag and a beer meant he actually ran the race in three minutes ten seconds. The International Athletes Committee weren’t impressed however and told him to stop being silly. Manuela has long been regarded as the most sporting girl in Alqueria. Her fame spreading to the four corners of the Iberian peninsular. Unfortunately the International Olympic Committee have not had the imagination to sanction her particular area of expertise. Ernesto Muyinestable who amazes audiences with his hard stamping and emotional flamenco attended the Olympic Triple Jump trials. The organisers pointed out, rather harshly Ernesto thought that the sport should be left to those who have a full complement of limbs. Ernesto having lost a leg in the Great Halibut Conflagration of ninety-seven. Alonso Plucketo on the other hand would John MacDonald (El Sordo) -

Language is a dangerous thing, and foreign language is especially dangerous. It is a seductive minefield, full of traps for the unwary, and pitfalls for those who boldly go where their knowledge has never been before. It is bad enough in our own language, where over time the meanings of words change completely; for instance, wicked, cool or gay are all words which had a clearly understood meaning until they were morphed into something entirely different by a younger generation. I suppose this is a natural progression, normal in a living language, and has been going on through the ages ever since Man uttered his first monosyllable. Not many people these days use


excel in the Three Legged Race if such a race were an international event. He could participate individually since sprouting an extra leg after taking an afternoon swim in the polluted Río Verde. Fringe events are also well represented in Alqueria. Long distance spitting, a traditional and popular pastime has many devotees in the Village. On a peaceful Summer’s evening plastic raincoated men can be seen spitting with a precision and range that would gladden the heart of any artillery officer worth his salt. These events take place after dinner, spitting being a natural reaction to the consumption of Alquerian cuisine. Loco Paco was not to be left out of the Alquerian sporting hall of fame. He is certain that Benjy, his pet Saharan Dung Beetle could beat all comers. As soon as he can find a jockey small enough for Bengy he intends to put him through his paces. Anton Limpwrist, a window dresser originally from Lubrín trained for the Handball Team. He lost interest however when he discovered it was a team event. Another possible would be ‘Speedy Gonzalos’ Alvarado. He was given his epithet by Manuela for reasons it would be better to draw a veil over for the time being. Alqueria may not produce the greatest sporting legends but there are none more lethargic and indifferent than those from the Pueblo.

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Leading Removal Company reports on strengthening housing market One of Spain’s top removal companies has reported that they experienced a resurgence in the Spanish housing market during 2013 and it looks like 2014 will be an even busier year. Mat Ford-Dunn, the Managing Director of ‘Advance Moves International Removals’ pointed to the fact that many property values in Spain have now fallen to a much more realistic level and this has definitely resulted in increased house sales. This has been noticed in all regions of Spain as Advance Moves operate their relocation services throughout the mainland. Advance Moves has its main warehouse in Murcia, Spain, with an additional warehouse in Kent in the UK and has had to purchase 5 new vans and trucks to cope with the increased demand over the past year. The UK housing market is also in a state of recovery and increased house sales have resulted in more people selling up and looking to buy in Spain. There are many factors that

tempt expats to Spain, not least the recent periods of turbulent weather, which many parts of the UK have suffered. On the flip side, for economic reasons many British Expats are now able to sell properties in Spain and Advance Moves are often the first choice when it comes to repatriating them back to the UK. Mat was also keen to point out that the increase in demand for their removal services was also down to the level of service and expertise that Advance moves offer to their clients and the fact that many clients had already seen the brightly liveried vehicles on the roads undertaking their removal services. Advance moves is also a member of the British Association of Removers and one of only a few companies that export wrap furniture to provide extra protection for international removals. ‘Our clients know that they are getting a more competitively priced, premium removal service, when compared to the rest of the market. The increased volume of removals enables Advance Moves to offer their clients a more regular and flexible timetable for their individual removal requirements’ Mat sees the trend continuing throughout 2014 with the housing market in the UK and Spain continuing to make steady process. Advance Moves are gearing up for another busy year.


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TMGS Match Report

Alicante Golf January 2014.


On this day in history, in 1820 - Britain’s King George III died insane at Windsor Castle and only one member of TMGS achieved or bettered his handicap at the Seve designed Alicante Golf Course. Today, 20 odd members of TMGS and 4 guests turned up to enjoy a good test of golfand it must be said that a visit to this absolute jewel hidden in concrete should be a “must” on any golfers list of courses to play. Arrive at the course (when you can find it!) and you are treated to a smile and a very honest welcome by the staff which, in itself, is a rare occurrence in the majority of courses in Spain. The results on the day and previous visits do show that

the Silver Division appear to fare better than their Gold counterparts and today was no different. Those that know this course are aware that there are 6 par 3’s and we, TMGS, reward the NTP’s with a sleeve of Srixson Soft Feels and today, we gave away the full complement with a sleeve going to Alex Goslan, Steve Higgins, Dag Lovas, Roger Nielsen, Mick Kennedy and Darren Hancock. We also reward the ‘best guest’ with a Society towel and ball marker and this went to Mrs A Swinnerton. As said earlier, once again the Silver crowd took the course by the wotsits and achieved some decent scores and it needed 35 points for Ernie Wilson to claim 4th spot. 36 points

MONTE It was a nice

saw Mick Kennedy and John Hillier claim 3rd and 2nd spots and the only one to achieve handicap (and better it) was Alex Goslan with a very good 37 points. The Gold crowd didn’t fare anywhere near as good and it only needed 29 points for Dag Lovas to claim 4th spot, with John Eyre and Steve Higgins both scoring 30 points for 3rd and 2nd places respectivelyand Alan Rixson only needed 31 points points to take home the winners prize. Photo: Nearest the pin winners. Our next game, Wednesday 5thFebruary 2014, see’s us at Rodawhere we partake in our 3rd leg of the Captain’s Stableford Trophy, so if you fancy a game just look at our website or call the Match Secretary on 966719604.

Dire Daya lucky to draw Santo Domingo 1 v. Daya Nueva 1 Alicante Cadetes 2A On a cold and windy morning we were looking for some exciting football from Daya to warm us up ! In fact, it was the home side who were the more dominant in the early stages forcing Daya back on a number of occasions. Then on 8 minutes Daya won a free kick just outside the Domingo Penalty area, but trying to be too clever with the free kick the visitors gave the ball straight back. From this Domingo launched an attack that saw them almost score. At this stage it was Danni in the Daya goal who was by far the busier keeper. The visitors had a good effort from Manuel on 18 minutes that was very well saved by the Domingo keeper. Moments later Manuel was through on goal again but could not control the ball and the chance was gone. Then it was the turn of Marcos who was also through on the home side goal but

with just the keeper to beat shot tamely wide. At least Daya were now playing good football and in the process warming us all up ! On 28 minutes the visitors won another free kick again just outside the Domingo penalty area, this time there was no messing about and David hit a great strike that had the keeper well beaten but it cannoned off the bar and over. It did seem that the visitors would score soon but back came the home side with two good attacks of their own. So the first half ended scoreless and to be honest neither side deserved to be in front. The second half began much the same as the first half ended. Then on 48 minutes Daya went a goal down when poor defending saw the home side punish them for this mistake. Marcos went close to equalising minutes later but his shot flew just wide. Another error in the Daya defence on 52 minutes saw them almost go 2 goals behind. Coach Paco pushed Jesus forward from defence in an effort to give

Daya more punch up front. This had the desired effect as the visitors now looked more threatening. Domingo should have put the game to bed on 60 minutes but following good build up play their finishing was poor. Daya were now just hanging on and in danger of conceding every time the home side attacked. Then on 64 minutes Daya came alive when Jesus caused the goalkeeper to misjudge the flight of the ball, this allowed Carlos to head home the equaliser. Could the visitors now find another goal and win the game ? The answer was no and 1 - 1 was the final score. This was probably the worst that Daya have played and they were very very lucky to come away with a point. Man of the Match was Danni, he saved Daya from what could have been an embarrassing scoreline, mind you he was helped in part by some woeful finishing by the home side. Daya Dave Team Sponsor: Segurlab

Saturday afternoon and the scene was set for a match that has always never failed to bring excitement, and this encounter was no different. Early Bigastro pressure paid off when only 10 min’s gone their No9 slotted home after good footwork took him past 3 Monte defenders. 1-0. Roberto in the Monte goal made a good save soon after. It wasn’t until the 20th minute that Monte got their breakthrough, with a cross by Vaz, met by Rodrigo, who netted with ease. 1-1. With possession now 50-50 both sides missed chances especially Vaz with a one on one with keeper. On 35 min’s Monte took the lead from a corner by Marcos which was met by a thunderbolt header from Dimitry 1-2. Bigastro started the 2nd half like they did the 1st but could not find the killer pass, Roberto got lucky when he fumbled a shot and VAZ couldn’t take his chance when he again had a one on one with keeper on 55 min’s. Roberto pulled off a fantastic double save to protect Montes lead. The pacy OMAR replaced Rodrigo, who immediately made an impact when he threaded a perfect ball for EDU to run on and score 1-3 after 65 min’s. The ref’ who made some strange decisions, sent off RUBIO shortly after Bigastro made it 2-3 after sloppy defending. Monte put 10 men behind the ball and saw the game out for a hard gritty win. LUKE BURTON named RUBIO as Monte man of match. Next week Monte are at home to Playas de Orihuela kickoff 4pm For more details check website or email VAMOS MONTE



A singer who has appeared on the same bill as Johnny Mathis and The Eagles and has performed at the famous Stardust Hotel in Las Vegas will be appearing at the Club House, Camposol Club de Golf on Tuesday 11th March at 7.30 pm. Former World Welterweight Boxing Champion John H Stracey is taking part in a Sporting Legends Evening with ex-Watford, Sheffield United, Leeds United, Queens Park Rangers and England international, Tony Currie. They will be inviting the audience to put questions to them on their respective careers. Steve Tucker of Costa Calida Radio will be Master of Ceremonies for the evening and DVD highlights will also be shown of John and Tony in action during their careers. It is another special event organised by Los Amigos de Mazarron FC in support of Mazarron Football Club and takes place the evening before their sell-out 5th Annual Gala Evening & Dinner at the Hotel la Cumbre. John H Stracey stunned the boxing world in December 1975 when he travelled to Mexico City and defeated the legendary Mexican World Champion Jose Napoles in his own back yard. Stracey became the first British Boxer to be inducted to the WBC Hall of Fame in October 2005. During the Sporting Legends Evening, John H Stracey has promised to give the audience a taste of his excellent singing prowess with a few numbers from his repertoire which includes songs by such as Frank Sinatra, Neil Diamond and Michael Bolton .He has also enjoyed T.V. and film work and has appeared in such shows as “Minder” “Brushstrokes”, and “Eastenders” as well as in the film “Hamlet” with Mel Gibson. John played a major part in the success of the film “The Krays”, acting as Boxing Trainer to Gary and Martin Kemp for a full six months, before going on to choreograph the boxing scenes, which were acclaimed by the critics as the most authentic fight scenes ever used in a British film. Joe Royle, who is the guest speaker at the Dinner, will be in the audience at the Sporting Legends evening along with Sheffield Wednesday Commercial Director, Andy Daykin. Admission to this very special event is by ticket only. Tickets are 10€ (8€ for Los Amigos members) and can be obtained by ringing Barbara on 627 012 646, Dave on 634 369 639, Gerard on 624 320 567, email or call at the Club House, Camposol Club de Golf.

ITV ORIHUELA RFC RUN IN TRY FEST At the weekend ITV Orihuela RFC B ran riot with a try fest against Yecla a newly formed rugby club. The result makes it look very one sided and in many ways it was, but they made life difficult at the scrums for the home team and never gave up and showed great passion for the sport and played in the true spirit of it as well. ITV Orihuela RFC got off the mark very quickly with Primi driving over for the first try of the game, followed quickly by another one from Jaime ripping through the defence and using his speed and converted by Sergio, all in the space of 5 minutes. With both teams then battling it out to get the upper hand and Yecla giving as good as they got it was not until half way through the half that Orihuela RFC unlocked the defence again

with Jaime getting his second of the game. This was followed by Segio racing away after some quick hands by the backs to get the bonus point and shortly after David capitalising on a lose ball to score another. Yecla never gave up and got a consolation try on the stroke of half time, Orihuela RFC going in 27-5 up at half time. The second half started very much of the same as the first with the off loads going to hand and some great support work and Fernando scoring the try followed by Joseri getting another shortly after. After Alexi getting two penalties Yecla got another well deserved try for all of their efforts. ITV Orihuela RFC followed this up to put the gloss on the score line with Alexi, Victor, Richi and Juan getting further tries and another conversion by

Alexi making it eleven tries in total and a 65-10 win. Well done Yecla for making a great game of it and playing it in the true spirit of the sport, looking forward to the return match in May. Training is at the Miguel Hernandez University ground at 20.15 on Tuesday and Thursday for the seniors and juveniles. The juniors start at 18.15. So if you are interested, dig out those rugby boots and come along and see for yourself what it is like. New players are always welcome no matter what age or skill level you are. If you would like more information about what is going on in the club, you can contact the club by phoning myself, Garry on 692 767 242, and for the juniors contact Oscar on 600 871 606 (Spanish



Lo Marabu Golf Society Lo Marabu Golf Society (in association with Costa Blanca Green Fee Services) at Las Colinas on 30th January 2014. For this month’s meeting a group of 30 players visited the established course at Las Colinas taking advantage of the excellent society deal obtained from Costa Blanca Green Fee Services. Without doubt the winner on the day was the course and the weather conditions because although bathed in sunshine we had 30 m.p.h westerly winds cutting across the course with tight pin positions and lightening fast greens. Standing on the first tee 30

points looked like a good score and this proved to be correct and the winning scores were as follows: 1st – Winston Blackwood – 29 points 2nd – Steve Davey – 29 points 3rd – Mike Probert – 28 points 4th – Dave Bensley – 28 points Best Front 9 – Malcolm Jones – 14 points Best Back 9 – Dave Marriott -16 points Nearest the Pins – Winston Blackwood (2), Mike Probert & Dave Marriott Dog of a Day Trophy – Ron Kerry

After the game we returned to the Lo Marabu, which is located at Dona Pepa, Quesada for a welcome meal prepared by the bar and the prize presentation. Our next fixture is the social day at Las Ramblas on Monday 10th February 2014 followed by the monthly meeting at La Manga on 27th February 2014. Report by Mike Probert of Costa Blanca Green Fee Services on 966 704 752 or 661 345 931 or see us at our web-site at www. costa-blanca-greenfees. com.

Mazarron FC 2 – 2 EMF Fuente Alamo Before the game a cheque for 500€ was presented to Mazarron Football Club by members of Los Amigos de Mazarron FC Supporters Club, showing that they are still in the business of supporting the football club. Unfor tunately this was probably the highlight of the afternoon, and the chances of completing a double over local rivals Fuente Alamo, almost disappeared in the opening 5 minutes. A long ball into the Fuente penalty area was completely missed by Tolo and the ball was cleared to the other end of the field. Ruben, who was again surprisingly preferred to Noguera in the Mazarron goal, allowed a harmless shot from Carlos to trickle over the line to give Fuente the lead. Mazarron struggled to find any rhythm but, even so, created and missed a number of chances before they equalized after 30 minutes. A free kick was headed against the post by Jose Ruben but the rebound was turned home by Dani to level the scores. Tolo and Ruben missed further chances for Mazarron and Fuente Alamo had a blatant miss from a seemingly offside position just before the interval. Mazarron took the lead virtually straight from the kick off at the start of the second half when Tolo took on four

ROCKETS’S GOLF SOCIETY ALICANTE GOLF – 28th JANUARY 2014 The sun was shining when 20 players made the trip to San Juan Playa where Alicante Golf is located and all was ready for an enjoyable round on the Seve designed course, that was until we got out of our warm cars and found that the wind was blowing strong and cold. Following the Spanish breakfast kindly provided by Alicante Golf it was out to face the elements. Being hardy fellows we battled on and played a 2 Ball Better Ball Hidden Partners. The scoring was effected by the wind, not the self generated kind, you understand!. It was back to Izzy’s Bar for our favourite munchies, and Roxy’s Izzy Chips, all followed by “Rocket” Ron to carry out the drawing

of the cards and presenting the prizes, the prize giving was delayed due to feast of the Izzy chips and golf. RESULTS 1st Ron Swift/ mike Hithersay 55 Points 2nd Arthur Williams/les Yates 52 Points 3rdken Hopkins/malcolm Anderson 50 Points C/b 4th Ron Nicholson/geoff Cogswell 50 Points Nearest Pins Geoff Cogswell - Mick Hithersay - Malcolm Anderson – Les Yates – Noel Dempsey Longest Drive: Ron Swift Many thanks as always to Tony, Jackie and Roxy. Next match will be at Vist-


Some of this week’s happy winners. defenders and hit a hard, low shot into the bottom corner of the net. With the game then seemingly at their mercy Mazarron failed to take advantage and tended to sit back in defence allowing Fuente to attack. Although Mazarron still managed to create and squander further chances, Fuente equalised just before the final whistle. A lengthy spell of sustained pressure ended in a goalmouth scramble which saw Carlos’ s shot deflected in off the post for his second goal of the game. With only two points gained from 4 games in 2014, it is a mystery why a team with such a strong squad on paper is failing to make a challenge for promotion. Team: Ruben, Ishamel, Juan Andreo, Alcaraz (Adrian), Dani, Tico, Moha (Randry), Enrique, Cecilio (Chema), Jose Ruben, Tolo. Man of the Match: Tolo

Torrevieja swimmers Two days of intense swimming in the municipal pool Petrer this weekend proved favourable for many of Club Natacion Torrevieja’s swimmers. The third regional control for the Infantil and older swimmers saw some of the younger members join the team in preparation for this coming weekends “Winter Alevin Regional Championships” in Xirivella, Valencia. On Saturday 14 members

of the squad raced against 14 other clubs clubs and a total of 306 swimmers. Some of the best results of the day came from Elian Rio de Castillo, Samira Lucumbi, Zoe Connolly, Skye Burns and Paula Garcia. All swimmers significantly reduced previous personal best times with Elian and Zoe earning new regional qualifying times in the 400m and 800m Freestyle events. Other swimmers Victoria Pigneur, Alexandra Amat, Taya Gubrenyuk, Piroska Rideg, Edurne Moreno, sisters Louise and Ruth Brassington and Yuriy Lymar all had good swims in their 2 events reducing previous best times or setting a


new target for themselves in new races. Back to the pool in Petrer on Sunday, Vicki and Zoe Connolly attacked the 400m medley, 50m Breaststroke and 200m Freestyle events. Zoe’s goal, swimming in the 400m medley and 200m Freestyle events, was to earn regional qualifying times for the “Valencian Infantil Winter Regional Championships” in Castellon in 2 weeks time. Zoe

It was good to see over 30 members and guests undergo the trip up the AP7, through the tunnel the other side of Alicante, then turn inland to the popular golf and spa venue at Bonalba. It’s a course that’s been a regular on our schedule over the years but more recently the visits have not been as often, due simply to not being able to muster the support. The ever increasing cost of fuel has certainly been one of the factors.However, after our dull but dry day, on our return to the Villamartin area it was clearly quite evident that it had been a wise decision to travel so far.

Travelling south down the motorway the thick black rain-clouds were hanging heavily over our usual golfing worked hard and achieved both her target times and territory. regional qualifying times in both The roads near home were events knocking a massive more like shallow rivers as 23 seconds off her 400m the flooded drains couldn’t medley time. Vicki matched previous personal bests in the cope. At least it made our 50m breastroke and 200m day out very worthwhile as Freestyle events in preparation I’m sure a golf game or two for the National Spanish Winter on our home courses must Masters Championships in have been abandoned. Palma, Majorca in 3 weeks In his presentation spiel time. Capt Steve Davis, in his For more information efforts to not offend our regarding Torrevieja Swimming Club please contact Rosa hosts, described the course’s – 665454126, President condition as “interesting”….. Felipe on 609418776 or Vicki I think I’ll take a leaf from his 669637015 or by e-mail on book and go along with that. info@clubnataciontorrevieja. The greens were pretty good com

abella first tee 09:30 so be at the course by 08.15am. The next League Game will take place at La Finca Golf on Friday 7th February, For more information or if you wish to play with the arguably the friendliest Golf Society contact Ron Nicholson on 678849142 or email sanmigron@ Photo: The winners, Ken Hopkins – Malcolm Anderson- Arthur Williams –Ron Swift – Les Yates

and slick but the rest was…….yes, interesting just about sums it up! NTP winners were Bella Phillips (Hole 4), Steve Fleet (Hole 8), Phil de Lacy (Hole 11) and Shay Cunningham (Hole 14). Well done to Shay in also securing his place in the next round of the singles match-play by defeating Glen Rapley 3 & 2. We haven’t seen him for a few years but it was “welcome back” to long-standing member, Alan Williams, who is over here from his native Liverpool on a long holiday. Playing as a guest today he won the visitor’s bottle of wine, then promptly re-joined the society. Keith Stevenson (30), Bella Phillips (31) and Norman McBride (37) were the top three in ascending order in the bronze division. The silver divisions corresponding three were Phil de Lacy (31), Ken Potts (35) and Alan Gilbert (36). Gold division sees some usual names in the top spots as three more consistent players all scored well – Tony Smale (34), John Osborne (35) and, yes – you’ve guessed it! – Stevie Fleet with top score of the day, 38. Good luck to Steve and his match-play team who’ll be looking to hang on to top spot in the Quesada Match-play League game which takes place at Bonalba on 3rd Feb. when we’re up against “Claptons G.S.”….wonder if Eric’s playing? Get logged into www.smgs. org for all society info or give a buzz to Phil de Lacy on 966 774 197 and he’ll tell you all you need to know.


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La Marquesa Press Report 67 players took part in our Texas Scramble team game on Thursday 30 January at our home course of La Marquesa. The wind got up again today and although we did have some sunshine, it was still quite a cool day. The wind caused some problems for players due to the fact that it kept changing direction and gusting. The team with a ghost player once again won the day. Some teams got a bit confused between the start time and the handicap to be deducted on the card and mistakenly deducted their start time instead of the handicap from their end score. We are all getting older aren’t we Robin. Also, we must remind players it is not always beneficial to make

decision on which ball is to be played. Allow time for the Team Captain to overview the overall position, before picking balls up, as it is not always the nearest ball that requires to be played. A few teams fell fowl of this and were disqualified. The results were as follows: 1st The Team of: Keith Wright, Franco Gentili, Jenny Cheetham & Ghost. 63.3 nett 2nd The Team of: Paul Manning, Bruce Gordon, Marilyn Eckersall & Connie Parker 63.4 nett 3rd The Team of: David Nicholls, Dave King, Joe Ogden & John Langford 64.4 nett Nearest the Pins 5th Dave Nicholls

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11th Gloria Manning 15th Tony Hitt 17th Marilyn Eckersall Football Winners: David Gregson, John Fairhurst, Morag Turner & Bob Buckeridge W TOFF’s Results Tuesday 28 January 2014 Overall Winner –Beverley Fairhurst Gold Division 1st David Blanchette 32 points 2nd Vince Tocker 32 points 3rd Tony Stanley 31 points Silver 1st Colin Hobden 36 points 2nd Gill Britten 34 points 3rd Debbie Weedon 34 points Bronze 1st Beverley Fairhurst 37 points 2nd Marilyn Eckersall 36 points 3rd Frances Buckeridge 34 points Nearest the Pins 5th Brian Fenwick 15th John Barraclough 11th Marilyn Eckersall 17th Frances Buckeridge Best Front Nine – Keith Wright 18 Back Nine – Gina Ashworth 19

Rojales played both Clubs twice and only conceded a handful of goals all afternoon, and with their shooters in fine form the final score lines made for healthy reading. Rojales’ next challenge is to conquer the mighty Madrid who they will take on at La Manga Sports Club in April. If you would like to be part of Rojales Netball Club then come along on a Tuesday 7pm-8.30pm at the Norwegian School in Quesada, or for further details contact Tracey on 679539995.

Last Wednesday, the Society played their second game in 2014 at Alenda. The course was in decent condition and for the cost represents good value for money. The weather was kind with dark clouds starting to appear in the middle of the afternoon but fortunately everybody managed to finish their round before the heavens opened and there was a heavy downpour. The format of the game was a drawn Pairs “Better-ball” competition with 11 pairs doing battle on the day. The winners on the day were:- 1st with 41 points Rod “Butch Cassidy” Day & Bill

“The Sundance Kid”Acton, 2nd with 40 points Norman Lewis & Terry Smith, 3rd with 38 points on C/B Victor Dew & Brian Airey. The Pair who played the most shots were John King & Ted Hooker with the latter delighted to take home the “Roy” to put on display on his mantelpiece for a couple of weeks. The Nearest the Pin winners were Brian Smith, Roy Westlake, Les Lindores and Bill Acton. The “Charity” scratch-card winner was “diddy” Dave Winchcombe. The presentations were made at the Societies base, the Quesada Country Club after the game. A tasty hot &

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