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Officers of the Policía Nacional have arrested a gang who were preying on children outside schools. Five youths have been arrested, four of them aged between 18 and 29 years, the fifth member of the gang is a minor who had escaped from a Detention Centre. All of them have allegedly committed 19 crimes in Almería during the last two months. They accosted children as they left their schools, threatened them with knives and stole their mobile phones. The investigation began two months ago when incidents of intimidation and theft in the Los Molinos and the upper stretches of the Avenida del Mediterráneo by a gang of five young men were reported to the police. A thorough investigation of the allegations made by the victims, and the physical descriptions provided by them, enabled the police to identity of the perpetrators. The methods used were to approach a child who was alone or in the company of just one other child, and threaten to harm them if they didn’t hand over their mobile phone. The police apprehended and arrested the gang in the El Puche neighbourhood. The minor arrested was also in possession of a stolen motorcycle.


Salvamento Marítimo has rescued 18 men, all of North African origin and in apparent good health from a small boat about 25 nautical miles south of Sabinal. The Centro de Coordinación de Salvamento (CCS) of Almería received notice of a sighting of a boat by the crew of the Salvamento Marítimo Guardamar Calíope, who was patrolling the area. The Guardia Civil patrol vessel ‘Río Nacimiento’ with 2 officers on board was mobilised, and the 5.5 metre inflatable boat was intercepted and the occupants taken to Almería port.


Last Thursday, 22 November, the Ayuntamiento of Fines held the inauguration ceremony of a sculpture marking the Día internacional contra la violencia degénero (Day against gender violence). The ceremony also called to mind the tragic case of Rosa Galera, who just over a year ago lost her life due to gender violence. A model of a monument, the work of Andrés García Ibáñez, and entitled Libertad, was dedicated to the memory of all victims of abuse. The full-size model will be in sculpted in marble from Macael, and will be hewn from one four metre block. The model, which has been made prior to the final realization in stone is about eighteen inches, and depicts a woman with arms outstretched palms uppermost. Her head is raised skywards as if she were ascending. It has been conceived as a figurehead, with visible reminders of the statues of the ancient world, especially the Victoria de Samotracia. It will be located at the entrance to the town, in the area where at present there are small

terraced gardens, and will replace the Spanish flag which currently flies there. The marble block has been donated by Mármoles Gutiérrez Mena. Sculptor Andrés García Ibáñez will be assisted by sculptor Roberto Manzano Hernández, who was born in Madrid in 1972 but who has lived in the Almanzora region for many years. The finished monument will be in place by November 2013.

Valle de Almanzora

A publication, edited by the Mancomunidad de Municipios del Valle del Almanzora, the Proder Almanzora and the Unión Europea, has been presented at the Casa del Médico de Las Pocicas, the birthplace of the poet Juan Berbel. Despite being considered one of the greatest Almerían poets of the twentieth century Juan Berbel is now almost completely forgotten. Born in Las Pocicas, Albox, in 1907, he devoted his life to teaching and using poetry to engender a deep respect for nature. The landscape of Almanzora at almond blossom time and love for children influenced his six books: Cancionero de la Brisa’ (1952), ‘Encendido Manantial’ (1953), ‘Ramo de Sueños’ (1954), ‘Mies Preferida’ (1955), ‘Cielo Arriba’ (1956) and ‘Cuentos de Amor’ (1959) as well as numerous published articles. After his death, in 1977, a tribute edition of ‘Cielo Arriba’ and the previously unpublished ‘Cancionerillo de Navidad’ with carols, lullabies and ditties was issued. ‘Nieve en flor. Álbum del Almanzora’, a publication edited by the Mancomunidad de Municipios del Valle del Almanzora, through the Instituto de Estudios del Valle del Almanzora (IEVA), the Proder Almanzora and the Unión Europea, was presented. This is a selection of unpublished poems with illustrations by José García Ibáñez, Andrés García Ibáñez, and a biography by Marta Rodríguez. The publication also includes photographs from the Berbel family album. During the ceremony, there was a poetry recital and a concert by guitarist Guillermo Fernández. On Friday November 30, at 12 midday, the Colegio San Valentín de Almería will host a reading of his poetry. There will be a similar event in the Palacio del Almanzora in January 2013.


A German climber has been rescued after falling and breaking both legs. He slipped and fell on the mountain after visiting the Ermita de Alicún. He was with a group of Germans visiting the shrine, but they were unable to help him because of the severity of his injuries. The Emergency Services 112 were alerted. The Bomberos de Almería and the Guardia Civil attended, and he was rescued by helicopter and taken to hospital.

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Court Taxes Prohibit Divorce, Compensation Claims and Appeals Against Fines

Controversial new taxes applying to court action could mean it costs more to appeal against a parking or traffic fine than the cost of paying for it. And the General Council of Judges said the taxes could lead to domestic abusers getting away with their violence because their victims cannot afford to take action

is no legal assistance in splitting assets – will cost 1,280 euros, although child custody and paternity cases will continue to be free of charge. Claims for medical negligence involving childbirth could cost around 11,000 euros, and a pensioner suing a bank for loss of his or her savings due to poor fund management could cost around 940 euros. Next of kin suing an airline following the death of a passenger in an accident will cost 5,300 euros in taxes, even though the flight company is obliged to pay a million euros automatically. Dividing up a house owned by two separate parties will cost 600 euros per 100,000 euros of the value of the property – 1,800 euros for a typical 300,000-euro

against them. Certain legal action which used to be free of charge to take will now attract prohibitive fees. Appealing against a traffic fine will cost 200 euros, when most fines for ‘regular’ offences are about half of this. Divorce proceedings – even where there


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Cáritas: ‘Around three million people in Spain are homeless’

Nearly three million people in Spain sleep on the streets every night because they have no home of their own, or live in homeless shelters, according to research by the charity Cáritas.

In Madrid alone, 600 people live on the pavement, and when combined with those who live in shelters, youth hostels or flitting between cheap guest houses, the total comes to over 3,000. About another 4,000 people in the north-western region of Galicia are homeless, and a further 500 in the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Cáritas has been unable to find details of the number of children who are living on the streets, but they say they are hearing of more and more cases of entire families with no home. The number of women who have nowhere to live

is also rising, with 15 per cent of those attending ‘emergency’ homeless shelters – where people are offered a free bed for the night for six or seven days – being women in 2011, increasing to 22 per cent this year. Cáritas says a person without a home ‘has no access to their basic rights’ and ‘no dignity’, meaning they and their lives are ‘totally destroyed and at stalemate’. A homeless charity, Xarxa d’Atenció a Persones Sense Llar, or XAPSLL (‘attention network for people without homes’) says: “Something is not working in society and in the economy if there are people out there with nowhere to live.” Recent evictions have also raised the plight of the homeless in the public eye.


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‘Ice cream’ murder woman jailed A Vienna court sentences a woman to life in jail for killing her ex-husband and her lover, and hiding their dismembered bodies in her ice cream shop. ------------------------

Sarkozy questioned over Bettencourt donations Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been questioned over claims his 2007 election campaign received illegal donations from France’s richest woman. After a 12-hour grilling by a judge Mr Sarkozy was declared a material witness - which means he is a suspect but has not been formally charged ------------------------

Jews expelled from Spain get Spanish European Commission citizenship - 520 years later! Calls For Justification From Spain For Airport Tax Hike

All descendants of the Jews who were thrown out of Spain during the inquisition in the year 1492 are now entitled to Spanish nationality – wherever they live in the world. The Civil Code entry relating to this issue, which dates back to 1982, states that the Sephardic people of Israel and Turkey have to be living in Spain for a minimum of two years before they can apply for citizenship, but this has been amended to let them do so immediately and even if they have never been to or lived in the country.

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They will have to accredit the fact they are direct descendants of the Jews expelled from Spain at the end of the 15th century by their surnames, native language, connection to Spanish culture and customs, or by legitimately tracing and proving their origins via their family tree. Spain’s ministries of justice and foreign affairs – led by Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón and José Manuel García-Margalló respectively – say that 520 years on from the Inquisition, there are possibly as many as a quarter of a million native speakers of the minority Judaic-Spanish dialect found in certain parts of Israel and Turkey.

Domestic violence victims stay silent through fear of financial hardship Nearly two-thirds of victims of domestic violence do not report their attackers because they are afraid of being left homeless and impoverished, research has shown. The survey, carried out by the Adecco Foundation, reveals that 76 per cent of abuse victims would have felt ‘stronger’ and more able to leave their violent partners – or at least report them – if they had a job. With the lack of available employment, many are forced to stay living with their abusers as they have no income and no way of living independently. A total of 64 per cent of victims said they could not risk reporting their assailants to the police, in case they ended up

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And 73 per cent of those interviewed said they had not been able to find work, so they were stuck living with their abusers. The survey found that the typical domestic violence victim is female, aged between 36 and 45, with at least one child, and with only basic education. However, although these represented the majority, only around a half of all victims fitted this profile, with the rest being all ages and levels of education, and some being men.

European Commissioners have demanded an explanation from Spain over airport tax increases which have particularly risen in Barajas and El Prat. Following complaints from various airlines as to the extra costs they are facing, the Commission has written to Mariano Rajoy’s cabinet to ask them to justify how their own expenses of running Spain’s airports make the tax hikes necessary. The government has two months to reply before further action is taken. Airlines and travel agencies say the tax rises flout EU rules. If this is found to be the case and the increases are not justified, the Commission may take the case to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Luxembourg, or force the country to recalculate duties it charges to flight operators. Carrier firms say they have not been properly consulted before the rises were applied. The EC says airlines are being put off using Spanish airports because of the cost, especially those of Madrid (Barajas) and Barcelona (El Prat) where taxes have doubled in the past year with no apparent explanation. Minimum requisites for calculating taxes are required according to a European Directive issued on the matter in 2009, and consultation with affected airlines is required before these are put in place. All airport users should be given sufficient information about taxes in advance, the Directive requires.

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Automatic residence rights for foreign homebuyers in Spain

Foreigners who buy properties in Spain valued at 160,000 euros or more may automatically get residence cards in a new government initiative to encourage homebuyers from overseas. They say the move is mainly aimed at Chinese and Russian nationals, but does not believe it will lead to a sudden rush for residence certificates to be approved. And as yet, the threshold of 160,000 euros is merely a guideline which may change in the future with fluctuations in the market. They say it is mainly so that when holiday home owners from outside the

EU wish to travel to Spain to spend time in their properties, they will not have to apply for a visa every time they want to get into the country. With well over a quarter of a million homes in Spain sitting empty and most Spanish people being unable to afford to buy them because of job loss or, where they are working, banks’ new restrictions on offering mortgage finance, the only way to revive the housing market in the country is by attracting foreign buyers – of which there are plenty interested, the government says. And now that the market has suffered such a dramatic

fall with prices at a fraction of what they were five years ago, more and more buyers from abroad are seeing property in Spain as an investment. Giving people residence rights automatically when they buy a home has already been introduced in Portugal and the Republic of Ireland. At present, buying a property is no guarantee that the purchaser will be given residence in Spain. They are obliged to have a NIE number, but are frequently only given a temporary residence card that does not allow them to work

A Ferrari totalled by Real Madrid player Cristiano Ronaldo is now up for sale on eBay. The Portuguese footballer smashed the sports car into a wall in the UK in January 2009, during his time with Manchester United. It has been posted on the internet auction site with a starting bid of 50,000 euros. A car of the same make and model – Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano F1 – normally retails at 250,000 euros new. Ronaldo’s smashed-up version has just 3,099 kilometres on the clock. Its seller is a specialist in top-of-the-range car parts based in Duppigheim, eastern France, and says it is completely repairable and would be roadworthy again once the necessary work was carried out. The car was damaged while Ronaldo was on his way to the Carrington football ground for a training session, during which he veered off the motorway. Although the front part is severely dented, the player escaped unharmed. Photos on eBay show the car from several angles and also the vehicle registration document bearing the name of Cristiano Ronaldo.


EU nations far apart on budget as summit continues

European leaders have resumed gruelling budget negotiations in Brussels amid signs a deal may be out of reach. The talks had continued late into last Thursday night. A revised proposal from summit chairman Herman Van Rompuy keeps the spending ceiling in place but reallocates funds. UK Prime Minister David Cameron told reporters in Brussels on Friday it was not “a time for tinkering” with the EU’s 20142020 budget, and “unaffordable spending” should be cut. He held talks with French President Francois Hollande and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte. Mr Cameron’s office said German Chancellor Angela Merkel had been sympathetic to the argument for further cuts when she also met him on Friday. Earlier, Mrs Merkel said: “I think we’re advancing a bit, but I doubt that we will reach a deal”. Mr Hollande also cautioned that an agreement might not be possible. The opening of the summit last Thursday was delayed for three hours because of stark differences over the budget plans. Most EU members support an increase in the budget but several countries, mostly the big net contributors, say it is unacceptable at a time of austerity. The biggest net contributors (those who pay in more than they get back) are: Germany, the UK, France and Italy. But EU Commission data shows that in terms of per capita contributions the UK is sixth, after the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Germany and Finland. In a development which could strain relations with the European Parliament, EU leaders at the summit approved the appointment of Luxembourg’s Yves Mersch to the executive board of the European Central Bank. MEPs had blocked the appointment of Mr Mersch, the governor of Luxembourg’s central bank, on the grounds that there were not enough women in the ECB’s senior ranks. “Today’s decision undermines and discredits work being undertaken to make the EU’s economic governance system more democratically accountable,” UK MEP Sharon Bowles (Liberal Democrat), who chairs the parliament’s influential economic and monetary affairs committee, said. The revised plan from European Council President Van Rompuy keeps a total spending ceiling of 973bn euros (£783bn; $1.2tn). But the cuts to cohesion spending - money for Europe’s poorer regions - and to the agriculture budget would not be as deep. The cuts to cohesion would be 11bn euros less and for agriculture 7.7bn euros less. Other spending items would be cut further to compensate, but there is no change in the proposed levels of administration


costs - something which the UK may find unacceptable. A top aide to Mr Van Rompuy, Richard Corbett, said the adjustments “reflect the large majority view of what came out of the bilateral talks” on Thursday. “What he put on the table was already a reduction compared with the existing budget,” covering 2007-2013, he told the BBC. He said a deal “could still be put together, but there is a lot of detail to be gone through”. The 90-minute session late on Thursday followed a gruelling day of face-to-face meetings between Mr Van Rompuy and each of the bloc’s leaders, followed by a flurry of backroom discussions. The EU Commission, which drafts EU laws, has called for an increase of 4.8% on the 2007-2013 budget - a position supported by the European Parliament and many countries which are net beneficiaries, including Poland, Hungary and Spain. The UK is the most vocal of EU member states seeking cuts in the budget to match austerity programmes at home. “No, I’m not happy at all,” Mr Cameron said about Mr Van Rompuy’s offer. A Downing Street statement said Mr Cameron had stressed the importance of the UK keeping its budget rebate, worth 3.5bn euros in 2011. The statement called the rebate “fully justified”. The EU Commission and some EU governments want the rebate scrapped. Mr Cameron has warned he may use his veto if other EU countries call for any rise in EU spending. The Netherlands and Sweden back his call for a freeze in spending, allowing for inflation. Poland and its former-communist neighbours, which rely heavily on EU cash, want current spending maintained or raised. Mr Hollande has also called for subsidies for farming and development programmes to be sustained for poorer nations. France has traditionally been a big beneficiary of EU farm support. Failure to agree on the budget would mean rolling over the 2013 budget into 2014 on a month-by-month basis, putting some longterm projects at risk. Analysts say that could leave the UK in a worse position, because the 2013 budget is bigger than the preceding years of the 20072013 multi-year budget. The UK government could then end up with an EU budget higher than what it says it will accept now. Article:

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MEPs vote to close ‘shark finning’ loopholes

A report by Mark Kinver, the BBC’s Environment reporter, states that MEPs have voted to close loopholes that allowed some EU fishing vessels to continue “shark finning”. Although the EU banned removing shark fins at sea and discarding the body, special permits allowed finning to continue legally. Conservation groups, which say finning was threatening shark numbers, welcomed the European Parliament’s decision. The decision to back the European Commission’s proposals will now be considered by EU fisheries ministers. The resolution was adopted with 566 votes in favour, 47 against and 16 abstentions. “Parliament’s vote represents a major milestone in the global effort to end the wasteful practice,” said Sandrine Polti, EU shark policy adviser for the Pew Environmental Group and the Shark Alliance. “[We have] been working towards this and other fundamental reforms in European shark policies for more than six years and are thrilled with today’s vote and the progress we expect to stem from it.” Dr Joanna Swabe, EU director for Humane Society International (HSI), said she was delighted that MEPs had decided not to support the argument to retain the special permits. “This would have been disastrous for shark protection not just in EU waters but worldwide,” she said. “HSI commends the European Parliament for defending sharks against the cruel and wasteful practice of shark finning.” Shark finning is driven by the fact that

the animals’ fins are highly valuable in comparison with shark carcasses. As severed fins could be easily stored, it made economic sense for fishing vessels to remove the fins at sea, rather than bringing the entire animal - which would quickly fill a vessel’s cold storage areas - into port. It is estimated that fins can sell for between 16 and 70 euros (£13- £56; US$20-90) per kilogramme in Asia. The EU’s global catch of sharks ranks second only to Indonesia, yet the European Commission has committed itself - under the EU Action Plan for the Conservation and Management of Sharks - to adopt the necessary measures to conserve shark species and to minimise waste and discards from shark catches. Finning is also deemed cruel because the fins are often removed while the animal is still alive - it then drowns when it is thrown back into the sea. Conservationists argued that the issuing of Special Fishing Permits (SFPs) that allowed fins to be removed at sea prevented the EU ban, introduced in 2003, from becoming fully effective. According to European Parliament data, the largest number of SFPs issued to date were to Spanish and Portuguese vessels (1266 and 145 respectively, between 2004 and 2010). It added that until 2009, the UK, Germany and Lithuania had also issued SFPs. Ms Polti observed: “Shark Alliance member groups look forward to continued co-operation in shepherding and promoting a final ‘fins-attached’ rule and in securing complementary safeguards, such as domestic and international catch limits, to fully address the overexploitation of sharks.”

Russia to lift 16year ban on British beef and lamb

Russia has agreed to lift a 16-year ban on importing British beef and lamb, the UK government has said. British farmers had been prevented from exporting to Russia following the 1996 BSE outbreak in the UK, despite it being lifted worldwide in 2006. The government expects an official confirmation from Russia shortly, said a statement. Prime Minister David Cameron raised the issue during a visit to Russia last year. “British food is recognised around the world for using quality ingredients, for rigorous production standards, and for reliable traceability. This deal is further evidence of international confidence in what British producers have to offer,” said Environment Secretary Owen Paterson regarding the latest agreement. “Our food exports are booming, recently topping £10bn a year, and this government is doing all it can to open up markets abroad,” he said, adding that UK food and drink exports rose by 9% to £18.2bn last year. A worldwide ban on British live cattle, meat and products was lifted by the EU in 2006. However, Russia kept the ban in place amid fears over the threat of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE). According to the BBC’s Moscow correspondent Daniel Sandford, the continued restrictions have been a sore point between the two countries. The announcement of the lifting of the ban came during a visit to the Russian capital by the UK’s chief veterinary officer Nigel Gibbens, but seemed to take the British delegation by surprise, our correspondent says. It will be welcomed by UK farmers keen to sell their products to Russia’s fast-growing market, where there is potential for selling lamb and beef and also live animals to farms.

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The third ‘Ruta de Tapas’ commenced on Saturday. The ‘vuelta a Balerma 2012’ took place over 3 days with the Awards Ceremony being held in the Pabellón de Deportes. Those participating were: Bar Baltasar - tapa: ‘Ciclón’ Bodeguilla de José - tapa: ‘La Bodeguilla’ Bar Tres Regiones - tapa: ‘Algo Diferente’ Taberna Casa Juan - tapa: ‘ Balerma’ Restaurante El Paso - tapa: ‘Tosta el Paso’ Restaurante La Otra Orilla - tapa: ‘La Otra Orilla’ Café Bonsai - tapa: ‘De la Zona’ The awards ceremony took place during a fashion show, the I Feria de Muestras y Desfile de Moda Balerma, organised by the Asociación de Comerciantes y Empresarios de Balerma and the Junta Local. Thirty local shops supported the venture, with a variety of fashions, including children’s fashion, ladies and party fashions, communion and flamenco fashions as well as decorations, accessories, furniture and food on display.

by the Junta de Andalucía, has brought to a conclusion the channeling works with the placing of the final drain. There are three working drains distributed along the pipe, one in the beginning, one in the middle and a third at the far end, where the visit focused. The technicians explained: ‘They are large diameter pipes, heat welded and running most of the way buried in a ditch. Works have proceeded at a great pace, even on non-working days, and it is forecast that the works will be completed by December 15.’ ‘The completion of these works will avert the threat of flood from the Balsa del Sapo to farmers in the nucleus of Norias.’ The works include the installation of two pumps, each of five hundred litres per second capacity in the Balsas, and a pipeline to bring extracted water to Vícar, and from there to drain it into the sea. This is a temporary solution until the Gobierno Central approves works for the construction of a drain tunnel from the Balsa and construction of infrastructure to allow reuse of this water instead of it being discharged into the sea.

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Francis House charity competition 23 November 2012 68 golfers took part in the competition on a beautiful sunny day with little wind. We played a better ball stableford competition on the Classic course followed by the front 9 of the Master course. As well as the golf competition there was a putting competition, a raffle and a separate signed 5 euro in the pot raffle for an overnight stay for 2 in the new golf hotel with 2 rounds of golf. John Andrew has informed us that we raised a total of 1670 euros for the charity. The results were as follows: 1st Lilian & Rolf Jönegård - 45 points Joint 2nd Gerard & Chloe Ryan, Jim Shaw & Roisin Andrew - 44 points Joint 3rd Idris Browning & John Flynn (winners last year), Marianne Liljedahl & Sune Jönsson - 43 points Putting - 3 putts out of 6 Mike Middleton, Dermot Fagan, John Fielding & John Flynn winner on heads & tails - Dermot Thanks to everyone who sponsored the event, took part in the event, supported the event and helped raise money for this great charity. You can see many more photos from the day here: index.php/gallery/gallery/46 You can see the full results at: If you would like to take part in the friendly Friday competitions at Almerimar you can put your name up on the entry list by the pro-shop or contact info@

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European Dolphin Sanctuary Planned For Almerimar

It seems there is rarely a dull moment in the life of Marcos the dolphin and last week was no exception. The famous fish was visited by a famous human, in the shape of Ric O’Barry, founder of the Dolphin Project. Whilst Mr O’Barry may not be a household name to many, he is revered in the world of wildlife conservation and especially in the world of dolphin protection. Report by Martin Shortland Mr O’Barry was en route to Japan where he has a permanent team working with rescue dolphins, when he received a text from Promar, the organisation behind the remarkable rescue and recovery of Marcos. They were seeking advice on how to progress their work and being aware of the story, Mr O’Barry decided to come to Spain to offer what help he could. His history is an interesting one; he started out working at the Miami Seaquarium in the late 1960’s. He was involved with the capture of dolphins – a far cry from what he does now – which were trained and sent to zoos and aquariums around the world. He then spent seven years training the dolphins for the TV series Flipper, but when that ended, he decided to change sides. He had seen enough of dolphins in captivity, and decided to devote his time to dolphin conservation; The Dolphin Project was formed and he has spent the rest of his life working with organisations worldwide, to protect this fascinating species. He wants to help Promar raise awareness of the plight of Marcos and other dolphins, but most importantly wants to help them raise much needed money. He intends to offer himself for newspaper, radio and TV interviews to promote the cause. He will also be visiting schools and colleges to give lectures on the work his organisation carries out around the world and encouraging people to donate to Promar. His first engagement was at the University of Almeria last Monday. But possibly the most exciting part of his plan is to set up the first sanctuary for dolphins in Europe and he wants to do it here in southern Spain. He said, “The work Promar is doing with Marcos is very similar to what I have done in other countries, I understand what they are trying to do and think I can help them. The conditions near the coast here are ideal for a permanent sanctuary.” He feels Marcos should

be moved from his current location near the harbour entrance in Almerimar and it should be done as soon as possible. Dolphins have extremely sensitive hearing and the noise created by the constant movement of vessels near his pen is very disturbing for him. The deep water enclosure being planned by Promar further down the coast will be perfect, but Mr O’Barry plans to make it larger; large enough to take in rescue dolphins from all over Europe. It’s an ambitious idea, but one Mr O’Barry feels is the only way to properly treat and rehabilitate dolphins. He said, “Tanks and aquariums are not the place for these amazing creatures, it can be very stressful for them, they need to feel the natural movement of deep water around them, it’s vital for their welfare.” The major problem Promar has is lack of funding; they are completely dependent on donations from the public and this long running operation with Marcos has put a huge strain on their savings. Mr O’Barry hopes his presence here and involvement in Operation Marcos will help to raise public consciousness of the tremendous work being carried out by Promar. He said it was imperative Marcos did not end up in an aquarium, something he compared to a clown in a circus and that the sanctuary project was an important step not

just for the region but for Spain as a whole. He said it would launch a global message that Spain was actively involved in nature conservation. In the current financial climate, convincing the authorities to assist the funding of the sanctuary project may prove difficult, but it is a challenge Mr O’Barry is prepared to take on. His experience of dolphin rescue and conservation worldwide could be just the boost this scheme needs to take it to the next level and ultimately the setting up of what would be the first dolphin sanctuary in Europe. Another week passes and another chapter opens in the enthralling story of Marcos the dolphin. To find out more or to donate to Promar visit them on Facebook

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Can you Catch A Scratch?

Scratching can be catching, new research has shown. Just like yawns, scratching an itch is contagious, say scientists. The sight of someone trying to get rid of an itch can lead us to scratch ourselves - without even knowing it. Researchers tested 30 volunteers to see if visual cues could trigger itching and compel them to scratch. Participants were shown “itch-related” images such as ants, fleas, or skin rashes, or neutral photos including butterflies and healthy skin. Some pictures only showed a possible cause of itching, such as ants crawling on the skin, while others depicted itchy people scratching or washing their hands. As volunteers looked at each image, they were asked how itchy they felt. The scientists also recorded the number of times participants scratched themselves. The results, published in the British Journal of Dermatology, showed that visual images alone can trigger itch sensations. But it was watching another person scratching, rather than just seeing the cause of the itch, that led the volunteers to scratch themselves. Lead scientist Professor Francis McGlone,

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In previous articles, we’ve discussed the benefits of replacing lost teeth with titanium implants. In some cases, there’s not enough bone mass for ordinary implants, and the dental surgeon may suggest a rehabilitation via zygomatic implants. These implants are longer than ordinary implants (up to 55 mm instead of the usual 10 to 15 mm) and pass through or next to the sinus to be lodged in the strongest bulk of bone which forms the cheekbone. This surgery requires a hospital stay, due to the use of general anaesthetic. The Vivadent surgery has broad experience in these cases, working in coordination with Dr. Daniel Segarra, “maxillofacial” surgeon, and the anaesthesiologist,

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The effects of smoking on the skin are well documented with those keen to stay looking young urged to stub out the cigarettes. But a new study has found that smoking could also age the brain. Tests on 8,800 people over 50 have showed smoking can damage memory, learning and reading skills making people more vulnerable to dementia. Scientists from Kings College London, who carried out the research, also found high blood pressure and being overweight also seemed to affect the brain, but to a lesser extent. They said that people needed to be aware that lifestyles could damage the mind as well as the body. The English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (Elsa) carried out tests of memory, planning and overall mental ability on volunteers after four and eight years. The study showed that smoking consistently reduced all three performance measures after four years. High blood pressure and high risk of stroke were also associated with lower scores for memory and overall mental ability after eight years. Being overweight was also linked to poor memory. The findings, published in the journal Age and Ageing, indicate that future trials should focus on combinations of risk factors rather than individual causes of mental decline, say the researchers. Lead scientist Dr Alex Dregan, from King’s College London, said: ‘Cognitive decline becomes more common with ageing and for an increasing number of people interferes with daily functioning and well-being. ‘Some older people can become forgetful, have trouble remembering common words or have problems organising daily tasks more than others. ‘We have identified a number of risk factors which could be associated with

accelerated cognitive decline, all of which, could be modifiable. ‘This offers valuable knowledge for future prevention and treatment interventions.’ The results indicate that high blood pressure has a gradual effect on the brain over a long period, according to the scientists. ‘This could explain why short-term trials of blood pressure lowering drugs being used to treat mental decline had failed to show a clear benefit. Dr Dregan added: ‘Our research suggests that the most promising approach to delaying or preventing early ageing of the brain is one that acknowledges the multicausality of cognitive decline.’ Jessica Smith, from the Alzheimer’s Society, said: ‘We all know smoking, a high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels and a high BMI (body mass index) is bad for our heart. ‘This research adds to the huge amount of evidence that also suggests they can be bad for our head too. ‘One in three people over 65 will develop dementia but there are things people can do to reduce their risk. ‘Eating a balanced diet, maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, getting your blood pressure and cholesterol checked and not smoking can all make a difference.’ Dr Simon Ridley, from the charity Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: ‘Research has repeatedly linked smoking and high blood pressure to a greater risk of cognitive decline and dementia, and this study adds further weight to that evidence. ‘Cognitive decline as we age can develop into dementia, and unravelling the factors that are linked to this decline could be crucial for finding ways to prevent the condition.’


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Next year could bring a new twist in the evolution of the smartphone. Samsung are gearing up to produce flexible, unbreakable mobile phone screens that can be bent, twisted and even folded up and put in your wallet. The South Korean tech giant reportedly has the flexible screens in the final stage of development and will be ready to ship them next year. The breakthrough has been made by through the use of organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs), which are thin and can be put on flexible material such as plastic or metal foil. Samsung is not the only company to have invested heavily in research into flexible screens using OLEDs. Companies including Japan’s Sony and LG Display, also of South Korea have launched prototypes. However Samsung is the first to promise a launch date for the technology, with an unnamed source ‘familiar with the situation’ telling the Wall Street Journal they will ship in the first half of 2013. Looking at the release dates of the company’s flagship smartphones, the S series, that suggests that the first device to feature the flexible screen technology could be the yet to be announced S4. The company’s move to produce the flexible displays comes as smartphone and tablet makers search for ways to differentiate their products in a market where customers face a glut of almost identical products. Vinita Jakhanwal, director of mobile and emerging displays and technology at IHS Electronics and Media, told Tech News World: ‘Flexible AMOLEDs can help Samsung differentiate its products in a smartphone market where most products offer similar

products and functionality.’ Even if Samsung were not able to able able to commercialise flexible screens straight away, making their screens out of plastic rather than glass would make their devices lighter, more durable and cheaper than rivals’. A common bugbear with the kinds of touchscreen displays often used on mobile devices is that they are brittle and prone to cracking. Replacing the glass now used with plastic would solve that problem. Samsung had previously promised to bring flexible displays to market this year, but that deadline came and went without any announcement from the company. However, the company’s push for innovation has become more urgent as other display makers are also introducing different technologies for mobile phone and tablet screens. Sony has been researching the same flexible screen technology since 2002, and showcased a 4.1in flexible OLED two years ago, the same time as Samsung showed off their version of the technology. However, a spokesman for Sony told the Wall Street Journal he couldn’t comment on when the company would begin mass producing the displays. And earlier this year, Apple filed a patent for ‘electronic devices with flexible displays’ that included features like on-screen keyboards that can be modified to handle concave or convex curves. Lee Chang-hoon, vice president of Samsung’s display division, told the Journal his company has sent out samples of the new displays to a few select customers, but added that the release dates of any new products using the technology has not yet been confirmed.

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Sales of garlic are booming in western Serbia after the local council issued a public health warning that a vampire was on the loose. The warning came after an old ruined mill, said to once have been the home of notorious vampire Sava Savanovic, collapsed. Savanovic was said to have lived in the old watermill on the Rogacica river, at Zarozje village in the municipality of Bajina Basta where he drank the blood of anybody that came to mill their grain. The watermill was bought by the local Jagodic family, and they were too scared to use it as a mill - but discovered it was a goldmine when they started advertising it to tourists. But the family were worried about carrying out building work on the mill because they were scared they might disturb the vampire or unleash his wrath if his home was messed around with - and now the property has

collapsed through lack of repair. But for locals it has sparked rumours that the vampire is now free once again. Local mayor Miodrag Vujetic admitted: “People are worried, everybody knows the legend of this vampire and the thought that he is now homeless and looking for somewhere else and possibly other victims is terrifying people. We are all frightened.” He added that it was all very well for people who didn’t live in the area to laugh at their fears but he said nobody in the region was in any doubt that vampires do exist. He confirmed that the local council had advised all villagers to put garlic on their doors and windows to protect them from the vampire as it was well known they can’t stand the smell. He added: “We have also reminded them to put a Holy cross in every room in the house.”

Toy boat to set off on Atlantic crossing

A retired Nato scientist will this week launch his toy boat on what he hopes will be the first unmanned trip across the Atlantic. Robin Lovelock has spent four years developing a craft which he believes can survive the 6,000 mile journey. The Snoopy Sloop is only 4ft long, weighs just 30lbs and is held together in parts by bathroom light cord, reports the Daily Telegraph. But it has already demonstrated its endurance, having completed more than 5,000 miles of almost continuous sailing, on Bray Lake, near Windsor, over seven months. Now it faces a more testing voyage, battling the seas, and possibly storms, of the North Atlantic, despite being a fraction of the size of shipping which normally

makes the winter crossing. Mr Lovelock, 65, built the boat in the games room of his house in Sunninghill, Berkshire, from off-theshelf parts scoured from the internet at a cost of less than £450. The boat will be powered by the wind, but navigated by a solar-powered computer and GPS system. These will steer the boat on a route along the Channel, then south towards the Azores to catch the trade winds to the Bahamas and onwards to land near where the Pilgrim Fathers came ashore at Plymouth, Massachusetts. Mr Lovelock has been assisted by a group of friends, he has described as his “Last of the Summer Wine” team, including a former veteran of the Robot Wars BBC television show. “I got hooked about four years ago,” he said. “I didn’t even play with model boats when I was a boy. I sometimes tinker on the boat in the lounge, but am usually banished to the games room by my wife.” The attempt is being made as part of an international contest, the Microtransat Challenge, to become the first to send an unmanned boat from south of Ireland to the Bahamas.

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THE SPAINIAC | La Sagrada Família | Candice Parsons

As the first publication of this column, Antoni Gaudí’s Sagrada Família of Barcelona may seem like an all-too-common and predictable attraction for a ‘Spainiac’ from Australia to write about. On the contrary, it would be imprudent to not give any attention to the deeper discussion behind how this incomplete masterpiece has become one of Spain’s most globally recognized icons. George Orwell once described the Sagrada Família as “one of the most hideous buildings in the world.” Salvador Dali, overwhelmed by Gaudí’s “superbly creative bad taste”, called it a “tactile erogenous zone.” Perhaps such confrontational opinions towards work of the Spanish Catalan genius, acclaimed for his seven idiosyncratic UNESCO World Heritage sites, have somewhat inadvertently contributed to the mass attraction shaping the building’s emblematic significance to Spain. Following its construction in 1882 by architect Francisco de Paula del Villar, Gaudí inherited Sagrada Família the following year and entirely took over, transforming the architectural style and engineering plans to a synthesis of his own. This combined neo-Gothic, art noveau, modernist and noucentisme elements together with his vision inspired by religious faith and love of nature. From the age of 31, Gaudí committed most of his life to

constructing the church, whilst throughout this, radically changing his design plans. “My client is not in a hurry”, he used to say, referring to God when explaining the delayed time it was taking to complete the Roman Catholic Church. Lucidly aware that his extensive project plans could not be finished in his lifetime, he envisaged the Sagrada Família as a towering and majestic visual tale of Christ’s life. Gaudí spent the last year of his life living on the site, and completed the Nativity Façade, one tower, the apse and the crypt before he was hit by a Barcelona tram in June 1926. After his death, further construction severely decreased due to the lack of funds and outbreak of the Spanish Civil War. Many of Gaudí’s construction models were destroyed in a fire started by anti-clerical anarchists at the beginning of the Civil War in 1936. The remaining construction drawings and models have been vital to his successors in reconstructing them and pursuing Gaudí’s vision, allowing architects to continue working on the building. Being under construction for over 125 years now, almost 60, 000 people still attended its consecration mass in November 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI. Much controversy, followed by a stream of assorted questions and answers now flows around the Sagrada Família; is it still credible as Gaudí’s art due to the amount of people that have

worked on it after him? If Gaudí’s models and plans were destroyed, how do we surely know the reconstructed models are true to his vision? Is it worth completing? Will completing it remove the Basilica’s horrifically compelling beauty and uniqueness of seeing art in progress, rather than the usual completed art we see? The list goes on and the discussions continue to amplify, whilst the amount of its visitors keeps growing. Upon completion, roughly estimated between years 2026–2028, the Sagrada Família will have 18 towers, of which twelve will be dedicated to the apostles, four to the evangelists, one to Jesus and one to Mary. When, or if, this does actually happen, the Basilica has and will continue to encompass a rare hype and recognition like no other and Gaudí’s legacy will live on from this alone. One solid answer is definite here; despite living in poverty and poor health prior to his ill-fated death, the gifted man with unfinished business attests a successful life, testifying that what you do in life is as equally imperative as how you do it... Candice Parsons is a writer and avid Spain and Spanish culture lover from Melbourne, Australia: follow her on Twitter @MiLlamoCandi


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The Barcelona and Argentinian footballersupreme, Lionel Messi, is now in striking distance of breaking Gerd Muller’s record for most goals scored in a calendar year at competitive level – a record that until recently looked as if it would not be challenged. The ‘little man’ needs to find the back of the net just four times in six games to beat the German striker’s world record haul of 85 goals which was set 40 years ago in 1972. Muller, who won the European Cup, four Bundesliga titles and the World Cup during his career with Bayern Munich and West Germany, played in just 60 games for club and country to achieve his record. If Messi scores his 86th goal of 2012 in Barcelona’s final La Liga game of the year versus Real Valladolid at the Nou Camp on 22 December, his appearance tally will be 70. But as the 25 year-old Messi closes in on Muller’s record, it is fair to ask whose achievement is greater? I feel that the number of appearances alone fail to prove that Muller’s achievement was the more impressive, particularly because 12 of his goals came in an obscure and shortlived competition, the DFB-Ligapokal, the now defunct German League Cup. With Munich staging the summer Olympics that year, the start of the 1972-73 Bundesliga season was delayed until mid-September, so a League Cup competition was created to bridge the gap and ensure that all teams played matches to help generate income. At first, Bayern Munich did not take the competition seriously, sending out an understrength team in its opening away tie, Muller being an absentee. This enraged the home supporters, who had paid good money to watch Bayern’s celebrated first-team players. A photographer even filed a fraud lawsuit against the Munich club. Thereafter, Bayern fielded their first team and Muller went on to bag 12 goals in five games, including a four-timer against a struggling Second Division Regional League team, FC Hof. Strength of schedule is one factor in the difference between the respective appearance and scoring totals of Messi and Muller. But there is also the issue of the globalization of the top European Leagues. While Muller netted 13 goals at international level and 11 in various European club matches, 42 of his 85 strikes in 1972 came in 34 Bundesliga matches at a time when the top soccer talent was spread a lot more thinly across Europe and indeed, the world. So far this year, Messi has scored 52 goals in 34 La Liga games and while being assisted by two brilliant midfielders in Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez, he regularly faces the game’s best defenders. This was not so when Muller was around!

Of Messi’s other 28 goals so far this year, 12 have come with Argentina, including a hattrick in a friendly against Brazil in New Jersey; 11 in the Champions League; three in the Copa del Rey and two in the Spanish Super Cup. However, I feel – and having been involved in football for many years - that drawing comparisons between eras is never an exact science. Suffice to say, Messrs Messi and Muller have a great deal in common - their ability to score goals and do so often. Both have been the leading scorer in the European Cup/Champions League on four occasions and earlier this year (in March) Messi joined Muller as the 11th player to have netted five times in a single European Cup/ Champions League match. That five-goal haul, which Messi claimed in a 7-1 drubbing of Bayer Leverkusen, came in the middle of an 18-goal scoring run, spread over eight games, during which time he also netted four against Valencia and a hat-trick versus Granada. Despite his lack of bulk (he’s only 5ft 7in tall and weights barely 11st) Messi riles defenders with his grace, darting pace and unrivaled close control of the ball, which at times seems to be glued to his feet. He’s won over 30 penalties during his Barcelona days and has picked himself up scored 28 of them! In contrast, Muller was a squat and powerful five-foot-nine poacher who simply hung around the penalty-area waiting to pick up the pieces, which he did to perfection. The cleverness of Messi’s play is matched by a lethal accuracy in front of the goal. And surprisingly he netted only once in his first 14 outings for Barcelona, but now he’s shattering all sorts of scoring records. In addition to his five Spanish championships, three Champions Leagues titles and numerous individual awards, Messi smashed Muller’s record of 67 goals in a single European season by scoring 73 times in 2011-12. He’s now by far Barcelona’s champion marksman of all-time with 279 goals to his credit in 349 senior appearances, plus another 31 in 76 games for Argentina, and last month his coach at the Nou Camp, Tito Vilanova, said “His goal-tally is spectacular. There’s no doubt about that. It takes other great players seven or eight seasons to score the amount of goals he nets in one season.” But for all the records in football, there’s more to be broken – and the next big one is up for grabs. So, with eight more games remaining in 2012, ‘King Leo’ (as he fans call him) needs just eight goals to become the world’s master marksman in a single calendar year. * Barcelona’s last six games are against Alaves (this week), then Athletic Bilbao, Benfica (CL), Real Betis, Atletico Madrid & Real Valladolid on 1st, 5th, 9th, 16th & 22nd December.

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Christmas Dinner Dance




Join us on Saturday 1st December for our Christmas Dinner Dance with Kris Kelly singing a medley of Christmas party songs as well as all your favourites! Our menu is available from 10.95€ for 2 courses. Booking advisable.


Special Pre-Christmas Lunchtime Menu

Available Monday to Friday throughout December, we’re offering a special pre-Christmas lunch menu, served 12 ‘til 4pm. 3-courses, including Traditional Roast Turkey option, for 9.95€ with wine. Booking essential.


Pre-Christmas Evening Menu

Served Monday to Friday in the restaurant throughout December, 6pm ‘til 9pm, 4 courses with wine for 15€. Booking essential.


Christmas Fayre

Our Christmas Fayre is on Thursday 6th December, 10am ‘til 3pm: lots of gift ideas and stalls to browse. Contact us if you wish to reserve a stall for this popular fayre.



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Make a date in your diary – on Sunday 23rd December there’s a special edition of our popular Bingo, 7.30pm for 8pm in the venue. Lots of prizes and a Christmas Cash Jackpot!!


Christmas Eve Party


New Year’s Eve Dinner Dance

Just a few places remain for our popular “Posh Frock & Black Tie Dinner Dance” on New Year’s Eve, with entertainment provided by Brendan O’Dee. Tickets 30€ per person to include a 3-course meal plus cava & grapes at midnight.


New Year’s Day Lunch

We’re serving a traditional lunch on New Year’s Day, 12.30 ‘til 5pm. Bookings advisable.

Our Kitchen team, Charlotte, Ann, Penny, Sue & Dave are busy cooking all the homemade pies, puddings and cakes for your Christmas enjoyment. Mulled wine and mince pies will be available every day during December and Turkey with all the trimmings will be offered on our menus throughout the month. Our Front of House team - Emma, Karen, Maggie, Kate, Sally & Frank - look forward to meeting and greeting you and to making this a great Christmas! For bookings or enquiries please contact us on or telephone 950 634 562 Join us on Facebook too & keep up with all the news and events happening at La Vida; we’d also like to hear your ideas for things to do at La Vida!




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There’s a fun evening in store on Saturday 22nd December... Cherry has designed a special quiz: spot prizes and a grand prize for the winners. This will be a great night! 7pm for 7.30pm. Includes a 3-course Christmas Menu 14.95€.

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Saturday 15th December is party night at La Vida... J&J Music will be playing their popular mix of ballads, pop, boogie and rock n roll as well as a non-stop Christmas Dance Finale. Food available from 10.95€ for 2 courses.




Carols by Candlelight

The wonderful Cantante Choir will be here on Saturday 8th December; this is their 2nd year at La Vida and it promises to be a delightful pre-Christmas treat. They’ll be performing their concert of Christmas Carols and Show Songs in the venue and song sheets will be available so you can sing-a-long to your favourite carols. Show starts at 7.30pm, tickets 3€ with proceeds to Vera Orphanage. Food available after the performance, 2 courses from 10.95€. Contact us for more details or to book.


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Follow our three course meal menu for easy entertaining this week...

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Ingredients: Serves 4 - 6 25g/1oz butter 1 tsp chopped onion 400g (14 oz) canned sweet corn, drained 1 bay leaf 2 peppercorns 1 pint (600 ml) stock 1 tablespoon corn flour ½ pint/300 ml milk salt & pepper

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FOOD & DRINK... FOOD & DRINK... Mussels in Saffron Broth Method

Meanwhile, in a flameproof casserole large enough to hold all the mussels, melt the remaining 1 tablespoon butter over medium heat. Add the remaining onion and bell pepper. Cook, stirring often, for 3 minutes or until softened. Add the remaining 1/2 cup wine, saffron, salt, and black pepper. Let In a stock pot, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter over medium the mixture bubble steadily for a few minutes. Add the crème heat. Add half the onion with the celery, carrot, and thyme. fraîche and parsley. Cook, stirring often, for 3 minutes. Pour in 1/2 cup of the Using a large slotted spoon, remove the mussels from the wine, with the bay leaf and mussels. stock pot. Strain the broth into the saffron mixture. Bring to Cover and cook over high heat for 3 minutes or until all the mussels are opened. Discard any that do not open; set aside a boil. Add the mussels to the pan. Spoon the liquid over off the heat. them. Divide the mussels and broth among shallow bowls. Discard any mussels that are chipped. If some mussels are open, tap lightly on their shells; if they stay open, discard them. Clean the mussels under a cold tap, removing the beard on each one; set aside.


Serves 4 4 ½ lb fresh mussels 2tbsp butter 1 red onion finely chopped 1 stalk celery finely chopped 1 carrot, thinly sliced 3 sprigs fresh thyme 1 cup dry white wine 1 small orange pepper, finely chopped Pinch of saffron thread Salt & pepper ¼ cup crème fraîche 1tbsp chopped fresh parsley

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17th AGM Held on 16 November

Mojacar Branch of The Royal British Legion In Spain held its 17th Annual General Meeting at Hotel Continental on the Playa last Friday 16th November. The meeting welcomed back Michael Coote the Branch Standard Bearer from his visit to the Festival of Remembrance in London and he led the Committee to the Officer’s Table parading the Standard despite the difficulty of low ceilings. The President Joe Spicer officially opened the meeting and after the Exhortation, Items on the Agenda included the Election of Officers for the Branch and Christine White as the new Branch Secretary was appointed and the acting Vice Chairman Mark Davies was later elected to the Committee. Also a short report on the Festival at The Royal Albert Hall was given by Mick Coote. All business completed the National Anthem was sung by the Membership who remained standing as the Standard Bearer left the Room and the meeting was declared closed. The meeting was followed by an enormous buffet in the Hotel with Members enjoying the superb sea views and ended an interesting and successful day. The funds raised by the Branch Membership for the 2012 Poppy Appeal was €14,859.40 and thanks goes to all who helped with this fantastic achievement said the Branch Treasurer Mr. Alan Drummond.


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The Grupo Municipal de Izquierda Unida in the Ayuntamiento de Roquetas de Mar has submitted a proposal to the Government team to implement an electronic service for Certificados de Empadronamiento Municipal. This service will provide the citizens of the municipality with the opportunity to request a copy of the certificate electronically (Internet) and through computer terminals located in the municipal offices. Although the current service works adequately, occasionally there are long waiting times. These occasions have led to complaints, although these can not be attributable to the Municipal workers. One of the most requested procedures is the issuance of the Certificado de Empadronamiento, which could be dealt with electronically, thus freeing workers to attend to other applications and thereby reducing waiting time. Ricardo Fernández, spokesperson for the Roquetas UI, pointed out that many Consistories are already implementing this procedure, not only with regard to the Padrón but other procedures and services, and have found that they are the most appropriate means to reduce operating costs.

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People with disabilities living in rural areas will receive counseling and career counseling through the Súbete al Empleo. This is a mobile unit which will visit the towns further away from the capital which have the least resources for work placement for a very specific group as represented by FAAM. This initiative, unique in Andalucia, is one of the innovative measures including aid in promoting equal opportunities for men and women in the workplace, and has received funding of 80,825 euros from the Consejería de Economía, Innovación, Ciencia y Empleo de la Junta de Andalucía y el Fondo Social Europeo (Ministry of Economy, Innovation, Science and Use of Regional Government and the European Social Fund) Besides advising people with disabilities, FAAM also wants to approach the business sector, visiting industrial sites and companies to inform them of the hiring incentives for this group. ‘Raising awareness of their professional qualities and breaking the misconceptions that many employers have about the group is vital to promote recruitment among this sector of the population.’ Said Valentín Sola, Presidente de FAAM. The Súbete al Empleo mobile will be visiting: Olula del Río 22 November; Albox 23 November; Vélez Rubio 26 November; Huércal Overa 28 November; El Ejido 3 December Besides designing personalised tutoring for those who require training, the project has specific objectives. Among them are; To educate and inform the business community about measures to reconcile work and family life. The mobile unit also puts forward the importance of having an Equality Plan, such as the newly created FAAM Equality Plan. Companies and municipalities who wish this resource to attend in their neighbourhood may apply by phone, 950 27 39 11 or contact FAAM in their own area.

Property management Sales & Rentals Roquetas de Mar, Aguadulce Almerimar, Vicar, La Envia Golf

Bar Southern.................................... Every Thursday Bingo 3pm Last Saturday of the month - Jackpot Money Quiz 8pm 1st Friday of Month: Ladies Do Lunch! from 2pm (Menu del Dia 7€) Burtys Bar........................................ Tuesday - 12 noon Spanish Lessons & 2:30pm Bingo Thursdays - Quiz 2:15pm followed by BINGO Bar Spinnaker................................... Tuesday - Bingo 3pm Wednesday - Steak 7.50€, Quiz 9.30pm Friday - Fish and Chips all day 5€ Saturday - Curry Meal with small wine 7.50€ Sunday - Sunday Roast 1pm - 6pm Chaplins pub..................................... Opening Hours: Open 1pm til’ close Tuesday to Sunday Wednesday: Rib Night Friday: Chip Shop Day - Fish’n’Chips etc served from 1pm, Quiz Night Sunday - Sunday Lunch served until 8pm TEL: 950 335 022 lady lay.............................................. Tuesday Night - Curry Night Revita Natural Health and Relaxation centre.......................... Calle Tortola 4, Roquetas De Mar Tel 950 333 048 Tai Chi - Tuesday & Thursday 10am Yoga - Sunday 9pm Belly Dancing - Wednesday

Services include Key Holding, Maintenance, Furniture Packs, Cleaning & Laundry, Apartment & Post-box Checks

Mobile: (0034) 663 426 921

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C/ Pombal, 11 - Las Marinas 04740 ROQUETAS DE MAR, (ALMERIA)

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y outdoor n n u s s u io c Spa ating 24 e s e c a r r te SKY TV

Tapas/Snacks English Breakfast Fish & Chips Coffees & Cakes sky sports now being shown Cocktails/Sangria

Open 10am - late (Closed Tuesday) FREE WI-FI Next door to Zurimar 678 202 160

La Grappa

Authentic Italian Restaurant

• Pizzas • Fresh Pastas • Fresh Fish • Argentinian BBQ’d Food On The Terrace



Open 12 - 4pm 7 - 12.30am Av. Playa Serena, 37 Roquetas de Mar

950 334 188 609 337 316

to reserve your table

Y Da wakes......................................... Monday 8:30pm Bingo CLOSED 23rd DECEMBER to 2nd MARCH FOR ANNUAL HOLIDAY


The Latin And Ballroom classes held at Playa Serena Golf Course are going strong. There are two classes a week, on a Tuesday morning 10.30am to 11.30am and from 4th October the Thursday evening class will move to the slightly earlier time of 6pm to 7pm. If you are interested in Strictly Come Dancing or you have always wanted to learn, come along and have a go. You can be sure of a very warm welcome and have great fun in the process, all for just 4 euros per person per class. On Tuesday 13th November at 2pm there will be a Lunch Dance with proceeds going to the Poppy Appeal. So if you would like to learn for this event or just brush up on what you already know come along to class. Paul and Caroline will be there to guide through the whole process. Look forward to seeing you soon... Email: 618483791


Dental Clinic

On-site Dental Laboratory Dr med. dent Hubert Hillenbrand 20 years experience

950 32 64 52

Martinez-echevarria perez ferrero

law offices

all legal services professionally undertaken, since 1983 Offices in 11 Countries, Largest Firm of Lawyers in Andulucia Tel: +34 950 268 438

fax: +34 950 261 398

New Mojacar Office, Parque Comercial, Local 52

Edificio Porto Mar Avda Mariano Hemandes 48 Roquetas de Mar, German & English Spoken

near Hotel Zoraida Garden



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SOL CLASSIFIEDS Airport services

Airport services Airport, social & shopping run. Telelephone 663 429 521 Tel: 639 081 067


Airport Parking

Alicante Almeria Murcia New Servicing / Repairs


MD Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration S.L. City & Guilds Fully Qualified F-Gas Certified


25 years sole experience in Air Conditioning & Refrigeration

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For all your installation or service MD Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration S.L offers requirements including our latest telephone 950 432 110 / 607 364 917 607 364 917 or 950 432 110


alternative energy Solar Wind Power Solutions. Always offers on Solar panels, Over 15 years installation ex p e r i e n c e Call Phil for competitive prices 636 261 240 email:info@ s un e r g ya l m e r i a . com www.sunergy

c a r l o s s a li e n t e & plumbing heating for solar pool heating, solar hot water installations and repairs. call 950 930 900 or 968 969 962, email carlos.saliente@

baby hire

Everything for

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Tel: 950 436 581 or 666 375 688 blinds INTERNAL & EXTERNAL BLINDS SH A DING SPA IN, W I T H...

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business opportunity To rent. Small Bar/Restaurant on the beach, Roquetas Marina. Includes all fixtures and fittings. 1,000€ per month plus IVA. Tel: 663 426 921

chimney sweep SAMMY SWEEP Chimney Sweep Service available covering all areas call paul on 619 070 839

computers Steve Hayes Informatica

Pc’s, Laptops, Printers etc. Sales & Repairs on-site callout / tuition. Consumables Albox, Almeria

Tel: 950 120 900

trade Businesses can advertise in the classified section

Classified box from 9€. lineage only 45 cents per word Deadline 5pm Friday Contact Paulette on 950 121 936 or 902 750 190 ext 332


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christmas shopping

50% off selected boxes or Christmas cards Home Sweet Home Tel: 950 479 487 20% off Tom Smith Crackers Home Sweet Home Tel: 950 Mat Murray 647 841 750 479 487 off Selected 20% Christmas Trees established in spain for 14 years Home Sweet Home Tel: 950 479 487 fully legal Christmas Foods & Chocolates Home Sweet Home Tel: 950 479 487


Martinez moreno cb (Rambla de Oria) All types of building work undertaken inc plumbing & electrics

tel: 609 421 734 (Spanish) tel: 696 052 044 (English)

Reliable English Builder For all your building needs

• Block work • Balustrades • Paving Driveways & Paths

Call now for free estimate 620 112 193 or 630 493 817 drainage

LICENSED POZO/CESSPIT EMPTYING 4 Installation of fibreglass septic tanks 4 Blocked Toilets, Sinks, Baths & Drains 4 CCTV Surveys 4 Drain Tracing 4 Turbine Root Cutting 4 Blocked Cesspits

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Two semi industrial Fagor tumble dryers, only used for 3 months. Paid 2,500€ each. Will accept 250€ each or nearest offer. Telephone 666 717 742 HP printer F380 – 10€ all with manuals and v.g.c. Tel: 685 224 985 PRINTER INK C AR T R I DGE S Genuine Lexmark cartridges for


Knowles & Abbott

no.1 for electrics and plumbing. Re-wires, free to air UK satellite systems. 950 137 208 638 010 691


Neil Godwin

25 years experience

Full City & Guilds

Fully insured & legal Boletins supplied

Tel : 687 245 569


Pool Cleaning & Water Tanks

Contact: 675 838 808

Drainage Solutions

• Emergency Drain Cleaning • High Pressure Water Jetting • CCTV Surveys • Drainage Repairs • Location of Cesspits • Qualified Engineer • Expert Reports

Established 7 years in spain

Tel: 616 531 283 or 670 088 966

41.75” wide by 76” drop) 30€ Tel: 950 462 146 Roof / Ladder Rack, Full Size, fits Puegeot Boxer Van, Seat Ducato etc. 200€ ono Tel: 600 694 067 Cantoria Chicken Hutch, Suitable for 3

Now exhibiting at Los Llanos market, Arboleas every Saturday Tel: 950 120 077 Mob: 625 435 050 / 615 396 056 insurance

potty finca services professional tree felling & pruning, including all types of palm trees

strimming of overgrown gardens & hedge cutting spanish registered. logs available ring john on 616 855 294 or 950 163 930

heating neater heater See our main ad on the news pages Carlos (Saliente) plumbing & heating services. If it involves water, we can help! Tel: 968 969 962

house clearances

cash payment waiting for all your unwanted goods, also business stock liquidations carried out

Call Cash & Carry Clearances Cleaning of Septic Tanks

• Emptying of Septic Tanks & Cesspits, with high pressure cleaning • Small Only unblockages of pipes & drainage 100€

Lexmark X5100 series, No 82 Black and No 83 Colour still in unopened boxes. Cost me 79.90€ will accept 25€ Tel: 950 462 146 WHITE WOODEN VENE T I AN BLINDS Brand new still in box, (size

Tel: 618 725 567 or 619 773 582


glenn & jayne Formerly of Knights Insurance, C / Malaga, Albox ... are now exclusive agents for Liberty Seguros



El a i n e ’ s Wools quality UK wool & accessories. Come & view my display Also available at Camposol, Mazarron Call 667 273 889 elaines

T r a n s l at o r English, Spanish French, Swedish Documents, Notary, Court, Legal Tel: 646 844 708 www.4way connections.webs. com

PACE sky digibox & remote - €10, PHILIPS Magic 5 Fax machine – 20€, Tel: 685 224 985 Aluminium Loft Ladder, extends to10ft as new. 20€ Tel: 600 694 067 Cantoria 4 Tyres Size 195 / 55. Good Treads Motorbike Paddock Stand. Swinging Arm Model. Little use. 55€ Tel: 620 183 685 LANEY RICHTER RB8 300 WATT BASS COMBO AMPLIFIERBrand new. An award winning amplifier, new 460€, this one for sale at 300€. Genuine reason for sale. 693 753 327 Saliente.

C o n v e ct o r Heater Duracraft, grey. 10€ Roquetas De Mar Carole 619 same people - same great service - differeent name 253 983 (after 4pm)

Tel: 950 121 943

iron/metal works

metal works

Gates, rejas, fabriction welding reliable service Telephone

950 069 208 or 638 449 944

The Metal works Grills, railings, gates of all types, security/sliding/ roller, rejas, concertina doors etc. Tel: Keith Wood on

638 900 949

T & T Metals For all quality metal works, including gates, railings, rejas, staircases, gazebos & chainlink fencing - Tel: 950 431 738

Immediate Cash. Quick decision. * We cover all areas * We turn up, give cash & carry * We buy almost anything – The Highest Cash Prices Paid **ONLY serious & immediate sellers Need help with should call please**

Tel: 679 207 545 or 636 411 540

chickens, newly built & weatherproof, ideal for winter 100€ Tel: 600 694 067 Cantoria

NIE / Residencias, C a d a s t r e , P r o p e r t y Conveyancing, New Building Declarations, Notary, Wills etc Tel: 646 844 708 www.4way connections.


Wooden table (120cm x 80cm) and 6 chairs colour blue needs some TLC €10 o.n.o. 4 Green pastic garden chairs €4. Buyers to collect. tele 678 101 471 (Mojacar Area)

Phil the Pick Locksmith 24 hours. Locked Out? Locks fitted/ upgraded house safes. Arboleas & surrounding area. Special weekend burner rates. Tel: 697 243 Log 181 effect Electric Fan H e ate r. E xc e l l e nt logs condition and hardly used Cost 110€ will load of small or big Olive logs, no roots €160 accept 50€. Also load of mixed Olive some Nintendo DS Lite roots €140 Handheld Console load of eucalyptus, no roots €150 Metallic Red With all loads 2 tonnes case & Adapter & Arboleas & 2 Brainage Games surrounding areas Call Lee on 636 092 632 As New 40€. Tel: 637 119 887

Phil Delivers


gravel & all building materials

Albox & Surrounding areas

tel: 634 328 779 legal

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bed, lounge, Satelitte TV, diningroom, suit couple or single 175€+ bills per month Tel: 950 449 074 or 634 368 071

Arboleas. First floor flat overlooking the rambla. Four bedrooms, lift access nice views, central location, part furnished. 300€ pcm long term preferred. Available immediately 609 199 394

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2 bedroom casita furnished, fully fitted kitchen with white goods, log burner, fenced garden with shed, available March/April 300€ pcm ring Lynn on 666 281 323

monthly door to door service +44 (0) 1582 499 836 +44 (0) 7977 754 389 satellite/television

A1 Sky Television Systems

Satellite TV installations, alignment of dishes etc. Also Spanish “freeview” systems supplied & installed Tel Dave: 628 607 778

Sky Digibox Pace with sky card

BBC 1, 2, 3, 4 ITV1, 2, 3, ch4 & 5.


can deliver. Tel: 667 235 205

solar power system

Good home needed for big mixed breed dog. Very good with children. Excellent Guard Dog. 10 years old. at ecocorp we do not just sell you a system we deliver, intall & guarantee everything for up to 10 years Please ring 666 717 742 for more plot of land of 800m2 & villa 125m2 Swimming Pool Heating details brick built up to & inc roof titanuim swimming pool heat pump Poppy – 18 month old, beautiful, For pools approx 8m by 4m Wonderful location & exceptional views 2495€ INC Installation friendly dog – outgrown Mum & Dad’s yet 5 mins to town with all amenities. This unit uses only 1.7kw input power! company and needs a home of her own. Fully legal with escritora must be Solar Power Systems Partially hand-reared; would make viewed off grid systems for homes with no electricity 3kw systems from 6495€ ideal companion dog as exceptionally 5kw systems from 7495€ loyal. Needs lots of space to run about 7kw systems from 8995€ – wonderful temperament. Call Ann or cortij0 grande To view or for more details Tel: 671 716 597 golf course Tom on 634 341 282 for more information 609 199 394 1 bed, 1 bath apartment or to arrange to meet Poppy. fully fitted kitchen, situations vacant BULL MASTIFF PUPPIES for sale 350€ for SALE massive detatched white goods, parking, call 697 965 448 lovely views. Ideal golfing cortijo with 50m2 workshop

for sale



Apartment For Sale

woodhouse boarding kennels & cattery

arboleas Small friendly kennels, 24hr vets service, pet transporting arranged, welcome to view ministry approved Tracy Mobile 650 211 952

No need for kennels or cattery, Pet sitting in your own home, Arboleas & surrounding areas. Call Vanessa on 637 061 482 Not just cats & dogs, All other types of pets considered


(0034) 667 235 205 (sp) (0044) 7850 575862

PAINTING friendly mare INSIDE & OUT

removals cont...

24 HOURS • STRIPTEASE tEL: 687 891 515

kENNELS Exclusive Optica Albox All your optical needs, pALOMINO eye tests, hearing tests, contact lenses boarding kennels/cattery Tel: 950 067 051 Tel: 950 121 991 R&R Services Pet transportation, painter / decorator licensed by Junta de Andulucia, DEFRA approved vehicle Tel: 686 140 034

painter & decorator


9 years old 14.3hh/1.50m


telephone 678 838 547

holiday apartment. Close to Mojacar / Turre.

T: 664 291 793 plasterer B r iti s h All plasterer work guaranteed Tel Paul 634 327 201

plumbing A&E Taylor – Gas boiler & plumbing repairs. Tel: 618 062 080 Knowles & Abbott no.1 for plumbing & electric. CH, solar hot water and water deposits. Telephone 950 137 197 or 606 807 797


Plumbing and Heating offer machined boiler decals for gas water heaters for just €65 – aguafuerte is not the answer! Call 950 930 900 or 968 969 962, email

Bargain price 65,000€

20mins from mojacar

This is a unique spanish country cortijo with 4 beds, 2 bath, Open plan living areas, kitchen & dining room as well as a workshop, courtyard front & back & room for a pool. Mountain views. possible B& B

Build 256 m², Terrace 100m², Plot 1200 m²

Telephone 649 186 107 email for more info at

only €160,000


DAVE’S TRANSPORT 7.5 Ton, Lorry Part loads, Self load/Unload Minimal rates, Owner Driver Spain/uk/Local Storage available, based “Los Gallardos” &”hertfordshire” Call now 0034 620 049 524 (Es) 00 44 794 3135 214 (UK)

M&D transport Large Van Removals / Deliveries Spain - UK Full or Half Loads Collections e.g from IKEA Tel Mick: 950 122 447 Mob: 620 475 218

GRAB THE future! Become an independent homeshopping catalogue agent with an 89 year old major british plc. Fit your work around your life. Full training & local support.

950467769 / 663558148 storage

Storage Rooms for rent, 5 square metres to 15sq metres, Roquetas de Mar Urbanisation. From 5€ a week.

Tel: 650 038 251 stables Rancho Luz Del Sol, Retamar, Partaloa. One to one or group lessons, latest EN standard hats provided. Escorted hacking and treks. Qualified BHS Instructor. Call Erika Drew on 678 838 547

swimming pool safety NEATER HEATER See our main advert on the news pages


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car parts

for sale

Need quality new parts for any car

TOYOTA Windtourer 3.0 ltr diesel automatic 8 seater seats fold into a double bed lots of extras, Ideal vehicle to drive back to UK Taxed & Mot may 2013, 98,000 miles

Car parts

for sensible prices on all parts Clutches, Brakes, alternators, service kits Starter Motors, headlights


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car & van hire


Van hire


UK to Spain or Spain to UK





TEL: 667 235 205

Pick up/drop off locations Throughout UK, France and Spain

Van, car and driver

for hire

house & garden clearances, collections & deliveries, weekly collections from IKEA, Airport transfers Almeria 60€ one way, 110€ return Alicante 80€ one way, 150€ return

Tel: 634 345 257 mechanics

stu british mobile

New Timing Belt, ITV Feb 2013, Good Service History, LHD, Going back to the UK only 1000€

Tel: 693 473 816

125cc Lifan Heritage cruiser

Mikes Mobile

car mechanic Mechanics 26 years All types of service, experience very reliable repair & ITV testing & competitive Fully qualified & rates local to the legal with over Arboleas area 35 years experience certificates can Ring Mike or Chris: be seen 628 350 178 or Tel: 608 447 696

1998 Citroen Xantia 1.9 tdsx

636 824 974


950€ Registered 2009, immaculate condition. Large Topbox and Transfer incl. Albox area.

Tel Shaun on 610 324 666

Honda Accord VTEC 2.0LS

Tiptronic Automatic / Manual Gearbox. Saloon 4 Door, UK Reg, RHD, Low Mileage, MOT July 2013, AC, Powers Steering, EW, Mirrors, Electric Aerial, Pioneer Stereo, Remote Control, Central Locking, Excellent Tyres inc. Spare, Recent CAM Belt change, Handbook, Service History.


Motorhomes for sale & wanted urgently

Motorhome & caravan Insurance arranged Motorhomes & caravan repairs & spares All vehicle imports, ITV & matriculations

Tel: 950 047 033 or 687 845 730

Tel: 610 667 743 / 950 432 990


2006, 25,000kms, excellent condition ITV to March 2014




TEL: 636 411 540 OR 664 619 819

4950€ Tel: 950 607 953 or 650 007 700

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motoring section

GRAND CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR & FETE VERA HOTEL, SUNDAY 2ND DECEMBER, 10AM - 3PM The Vera Hotel (on the A1200 in Vera - just up from Iceland) will be hosting a Grand Christmas Craft Fair & Fete in the car park on

Sunday 2nd December from 10am – 3pm

Stalls and Fun for all the Family With over 50 stalls selling a multitude of craft items, the organisers, the Vera & District Lions Club, are also planning their own stall selling hot mulled wine, homemade mince pies and hot roasted chestnuts Carol Concert ~ Santa’s Grotto ~ Face Painting Bouncy Castle Best Dressed Santa’s Helper (for the under 10’s) Best Christmas Hat Competition (Traditional & Fun) AND MUCH, MUCH MORE....

A spokesperson for Vera & District Lions club said “Our intention is to make this a fun day out for all the family, with proceeds going to local good causes. On the day we hope to be making an announcement of a substantial donation to one of our local charities” The Vera Hotel are helping out by putting on a special 3 Course Sunday Lunch Menu del Dia + Drink for just 12 Euros per person (Full Menu to be announced soon). Bookings for the lunch should be made direct to the hotel by calling 699 856 128 or email


Stall Holders

Anyone wishing to have a pitch should contact Adele in the first instance on: The Vera & District Lions Club International Reg. No. 117889 Spanish Reg No. Malaga 116B)

Sol Times are pleased to Support The Vera & District Lions Club in Raising Money For Local Good Causes

Can you sell ice to an Eskimo?


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Send your CV to: or telephone Rosemary on 647 379 795

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had much idea what the other was talking about, but Amalia was big on hand signals! The hospital food offered made my memories of school dinners seem like banquets fit for nobility, so I fetched my purse and mentioned to her that I was going down to the shop to buy Pete something to eat. As I crossed the lobby I saw Amalia, nervously hopping from foot to tiny foot, scanning the crowd and obviously waiting for someone. In her hand she had a small scrap of paper. She saw me and homed in gratefully. ‘Can you read Spanish?’ she asked, holding out the paper. Strange, I thought, perhaps she can’t read – yet I’m sure I had seen her reading Pronto and 10 Minutos, maybe she was only looking at the pictures? She looked so anxious and the paper seemed so important to her that I took it and read it out loud, hoping that I could help. In Spanish it read: ‘I’m sorry I’ve not been nicer to you, but circumstances have overcome me. You are very kind people, I hope everything goes well for you.’ ‘I couldn’t say the words.’ She said, tears in her eyes. It’s hard hugging someone half your height, but if anyone ever deserved a hug, it was dear little Amalia, right there in the hospital lobby. I hope her neighbours are as good to her as ours are to us.

Que vaya todo bien, Amalia!

The X-asperation Factor

Every year around this time, I rattle on about one or other of those two Saturday night stalwarts – The X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing. And although I had pretty much made up my mind that I would avoid those subjects this time around, I am drawn to the events of Saturday the 17th November on The X factor. Because shock horror, the two acts that the panel of judges in their infinite wisdom have deemed to be the best two vocalists in the competition, were in the bottom two sing-off with the result that the brilliant 16 year old Ella Henderson – the only female remaining in the competition – was given her marching orders. The arrogance of the judges knows no bounds, with Tulisa Contostavlos up in arms because “The public voted for the wrong people” and not for the first time banging on about it being a singing contest with the vocals the most important aspect - a

sentiment that had the other judges nodding in agreement. Tulisa, like her fellow judge and colleague Nicole Scherzinger is a stunner, but unfortunately unlike Nicole, she spoils it by speaking. But hang on, if it’s all about the vocals Tulisa, how come you used your vote to keep the multicoloured Rylan Clark in three weeks ago in the sing off between him and the vocally superior Kye Sones? This sent the vote to deadlock and it was bye bye Kye. Crucially in casting your vote, you said, “It’s not just a singing competition”. Make up your mind girl! There seems to be an organised campaign from the judges to get shot of Christopher Maloney, and even his mentor, Gary Barlow, stated on air that he hopes another one of the contestants will win. What sort of mentor is that? Louis Walsh has called Maloney a diva and says he finds him “bland and boring”, and to some he probably is. After all he is 34 years old (gasp), wears clothes that have been designed for humans and doesn’t wear a baseball cap the wrong way round. He probably will not win – sorry Chris, but you do look like a sales assistant from PC World - it’s hard to see

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him on the international stage wowing the sort of audiences that whoop and holler at the likes of JLS and One Direction. But he has a great voice and there is a definite niche for him with the more mature ballad brigade. By the way Louis, when it comes to bland and boring, you could take charisma lessons from Ed Miliband. But there’s the rub, because Maloney will not bring in the millions in revenue through music sales and live performances that will most certainly come from younger, hipper and more visually appealing performers. The voice is important, but not nearly as important as the marketability of the act and that’s what The X Factor - aka Simon Cowell’s music empire – is all about. Money. Let’s face it; Christopher Maloney winning this year’s final would be a financial disaster for Cowell So let’s get it straight and see The X Factor for what it really is. On the one hand it is the promotion of Simon Cowell’s vested interests as the show’s executive producer and from ITV’s viewpoint; it is an entertainment show that is designed to pull in the viewers. And make no mistake, they will do whatever is necessary to achieve that.

Witness the spats and the seemingly bad tempered squabbles between the judges and the leaked stories of bad blood back stage – all designed to titillate the viewing audience and to provide an incentive to tune in for more of the same. Then there are the hard luck stories of the contestants themselves. How they were maltreated as kids; had lost a hamster or had been living rough on the streets. These things might be true, but they are personal and private matters and certainly have nothing whatever to do with talent. And I hate to think about the staging and production costs, all designed to hit you in the face and if anything, detract from the supposed focus of all this attention – the performers themselves. Unless the X Factor gets back on track and is genuinely there to promote the best talent, which means having judges who are unbiased and sincere and not under orders from their bosses, then it will die a death. Already viewing figures are down a massive 5 million on 2010. This may mean a different system whereby the acts are mentored by individuals who have nothing to do with the judging panel – two separate entities perhaps? The one good thing to come out of this is that Tulisa has nobody left to mentor. The bad thing is, she will still get to speak.

A lqueria A rri b a A lq u eria Rodriguez was not a happy man. Since the declaration of the Alquerian Republic, the Hill People had risen in importance. The use of their Remitroot Liquor to back the Raro, Alqueria’s currency had spiralled them into prominence. Rodriquez attempted to make an olive oil wine to rival the Remitroot variant. Olives however contain very little sugar. His poor quality olives had to be infused with a glucose solution. An industrial chemist from Murcia agreed to help in exchange for some compromising photographs of himself and an itinerant masseuse from Oslo. The olives were soaked in the glucose solution. Chemicals were added making the whole soluble in olive oil. The result sweet olives. These were then put into nets to give the illusion that they had just been harvested. However with such a new process there were unforeseen side-effects. The side-effects were not only unforeseen but also unpredictable. The treated olives spontaneously exploded at random intervals. Arián Pérez actually ate several of the olives mistaking them for the conventional variety. Mixed with his stomach acids they exploded simultaneously, cauterising a troublesome peptic ulcer, curing an irritable bowel and causing his hair to stand on end in the latest style. With this failure Rodriquez became a broken man. He took to eating comfort foods and soon became even more obese than usual. The only garment that fitted him was a home-made kaftan. Unfortunately when he attended village functions people thought he was the refreshment tent. He became a recluse, not washing or shaving, his hair grew long and tangled. He peered at the world as if he were a he-goat gazing up from the bottom of a cave. The discomfort of this existence soon animated him and he decided on direct action. If he couldn’t beat the Hill People and he certainly wasn’t joining them, he would usurp the legitimate government of Alqueria. A coup d’état. He enlisted the help of two sinister characters from the Canary Islands, Señores Forcan and Olam. Two of the foulest and morally vacuous individuals in the western world. Rodriquez had a lot in common with them and felt at home in their company. Rodriquez’s second in command at his olive mill, Roberto Robles made up the fourth conspirator. Whether Roberto joined this dark collaboration out of a natural sense of loyalty, plain stupidity or in the hope of financial reward is academic. The die was cast and events in Alqueria were about to take a disturbing turn for the worst. Lights burned late as the Alquerian Four plotted their dark deeds.

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Well here we are at the start of another year! All right, I know it’s not January yet, but it is Advent, which is generally recognised as the start of the Church Year. For Advent means “coming” and is the time when we Christians traditionally prepare ourselves to celebrate Christmas, as we remember Jesus coming to Earth to be born in the manger in Bethlehem. But far more importantly, Advent is also the time when we remember that as a part of his teaching, Jesus often spoke of his eventual return, promising that at some future date he would come again to set up his Kingdom; so during Advent we are called upon to prepare ourselves for this event, ensuring that we are ready. And yes, I know that over the years many cranks have discredited this aspect of Christian teaching by making all manner of extravagant claims, with forecasts of doom and ‘end of the World’ scenarios. But such irrational behaviour on behalf of the few, shouldn’t prevent the rest of us from serious consideration of the very real teaching of Jesus, echoed in these words from the Creed, acknowledged, accepted and regularly recited by Christians from all branches of the Christian Church: “He ascended into heaven, And is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.” So yes, in this Advent season I believe we should all take time to challenge our faith, to ensure that however little we may understand, yet we accept Jesus at his word and prepare ourselves for his unending kingdom. It’s pretty exciting stuff really, and if only we can get to grips with it, this promise makes an incredible difference to our understanding of death and the loss of those we love. And being really prepared for his kingdom can, I suggest, give a whole new meaning to the expression “Happy Christmas”.

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Moving to Spain almost seven years ago I was warned that many drivers think they are Fernando Alonso; hence swerving in the opposite direction just before they turn, not overtaking until mere inches behind and then sharply pulling in front meaning the overtaken car is now breaking the good old three second rule. Then the option is either to slow down or overtake them again. Overtaking is normally fine as normally they veer off at the next junction anyway. I have been doing a lot of motorway driving recently and the other day passed the scene of a high speed accident and then minutes later another car hurtled past at 180kmh in the dark when foggy. The dangerous habit of tail-gating normally results in pile ups and when anyone sensibly leaves a good gap (hence my 3 seconds comment earlier) inevitably a couple of cars nip into the space. The peculiar British habit of being polite and letting cars out at junctions completely baffles most drivers despite flashing headlight, smiling and polite arm waving. It’s good fun to watch the incomprehension though. Now instead of changing a gas bottle on the cooker every couple of months, the gas fire is also on in the lounge and anyone with central heating will be watching the gas or heating oil levels. It makes us all much more aware of our energy usage especially having to lug gas bottles around and shelling out each time for them rather than it silently coming into the house by mains pipe and just as quietly dribbling out the bank account by direct debit. A dog is for life not just for Christmas! Words we hear every year as animal charities try and reduce the senseless trade in pets when so many lovely cats and dogs are in shelters. Small toy dogs and specialist breeds are snapped up by people often following a fashion trend. People often don’t then spend the few Euros to spay their new pets and any resulting puppies and kittens can be left for someone to find in a bin or rambla. In a hamlet where I lived the normally lovely couple that were my neighbours asked me countless times how much it was to spay their bitch and then every 7-8 months without fail the poor thing had another litter that would be there for a few days and then disappear in the night. To compound things they had given previous offspring to other neighbours who also did not spay them and so the male offspring mated with its own mother causing horrid birth defects. Is it coincidence at Christmas that prices go up in supermarkets? With so many small traders around we can all help them survive the economic downturn by popping in to see what they offer. For presents too check out the smaller shops and why not also check out charity shops and the various markets around rather than getting on the computer and ordering something from Amazon. Mind you unless a blurry counterfeit copy of a favourite film, dodgy handbag or a pair of sunglasses from a looky looky man is desired Amazon is a safe bet for these items. Stephen Amore has lived in Almeria since July 2006 and owns Findmeahome estate agency. Writing on a variety of topics close to his heart such as environmental issues, animal welfare, food and drink, music and travel, as well as commenting on the absurdities of living in Spain! email: -

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The Nissan 370Z and Audi TT are dead. Long live the Toyota GT86. Producing an unbiased road test on such a fabulous coupe is virtually impossible because its looks tug at the heartstrings while its interior and what’s under the bonnet make any motorist drool. It brings back memories of my Nissan 370Z road test a couple of years ago but the GT86 demands considerably more attention. Any Celica fan is sure to enjoy the GT86, which uses



a gutsy 197bhp Subaru boxer engine, the flat four cylinders laid on their sides, allowing it to be mounted lower in the body. This lowers the centre of gravity and improves handling. Inside, the driver slides into a well-appointed luxury cockpit featuring a sculpted dashboard, heated front seats, sat nav, air conditioning and electric front windows. An excellent driver’s seat hugs in all the right places providing plenty of lumbar support. Occupants look out over a curvaceous

bonnet while a glance in the wing mirrors highlights the aggressive rear haunches, although slightly tamer than a 370Z. This is a welcome return to proper seat of the pants driving for Toyota. Because the GT86 is so low to the ground drivers have to be reasonably athletic and toned to get in and out without causing embarrassment. I cope with that but I have been surprised at how middle aged my body has become; the Toyota’s hard suspension really highlighting any excess weight as I judder over the

road surface. The GT86 is a thoroughly engaging and enjoyable coupe to drive and what’s more there’s ample room in the back for passengers. Its six-speed automatic box has been designed to look like a manual and paddle shifts on the steering wheel allow it to be driven like one. The auto is also slightly more efficient than its manual counterpart, returning 37mpg during the course of the test. “The Toyota GT86 is a lightweight, fun-to-drive coupe that the Japanese firm hopes will tempt performance car buyers back to the brand,” writes Parkers, the car experts. “It is aimed squarely at enthusiasts. Critics have been disappointed recently with the absence of any type of sporty offering from Toyota, the firm foregoing fun in favour of reliable, economical and family-friendly machines. It’s good news then that the GT86 is here to try to reform the brand’s image. Co-developed with Subaru, the recipe looks good on paper. The first thing to note is that this car is rear-wheel-drive, which for purists is the only way to make a sports car. It has

relatively thin tyres for a modern performance car too, which further serves to improve the driving experience and make it more exciting at lower speeds.” This roadster is the ideal tonic for recession; it revives low self-esteem. For me, cars have always been a passionate hobby and at a time when my full time role of PR Manager becomes redundant, the GT86 takes my mind off it. Anyone going through a similar situation is well advised to step inside the GT86 and floor it. You’ll feel so much better especially when that unmistakable roar sounds from the oversized chrome exhausts. At a certain rpm the valves open up and the sound resonates throughout the cabin in a similar way to the Mazda MX-5 as you can tell in the video at Book a test drive today! As a footnote though, diehard speed freaks have

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The final part of the series of articles on encryption will be completed by showing number theory, some of the algorithms used and software that uses these algorithms to ensure the safety of your data. There are two basic types of encryption schemes privatekey encryption and public-key encryption. Private-key schemes, the encryption and decryption keys are the same this means that the sender and receiver must agree on a secret key before they wish to communicate. Public-key schemes, the encryption key is public: that is, anyone (friend or foe) has access to the encryption key, and can encrypt messages. However only the receiving party has access to the decryption key and thus is the only one capable of reading the encrypted messages. Now you have read the difference between a public and private key, what makes these keys so special? To make sure that your message remains a secret you will need to generate a “key”. The key is a number, a HUGE Prime Number! In the world of mathematics, prime numbers have a unique property, they can be divided by themselves and one ONLY. 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 11 and13 are the first 7 prime numbers. 4, 6, 8, 9, 10 and 12 are not because they can be divided by either 2, 3 or 5! Using huge prime numbers ensures that the information that is kept secret using complex mathematics. Now you know what a “key”, how does the public key system of encryption work? This is possibly the best description that I have come across in understanding how it works and here it is: An analogy that can be used to understand the advantages of the ‘Public key’ system is to imagine two people, Alice and Bob, who are sending a secret message through the public mail. In this example, Alice wants to send a secret message to Bob, and expects a secret reply from Bob. Bob and Alice have separate padlocks (Public Keys). First, Alice asks Bob to send his open padlock to her through regular mail, keeping his padlock key to himself. When Alice receives it she uses it to lock a box containing her message, and sends the locked box to Bob. Bob can then unlock the box with his padlock key and read the message from Alice. To reply, Bob must similarly get Alice’s open padlock to lock the box before sending it back to her. All clear? Maybe not! You could have many identical padlocks that anyone can use in a public place for anyone to send you a message that only you can open. Re-read this a few times over the next week and it will you will get it! There are programs that use this form of extremely secure encryption and decryption that I am happy to recommend. PGP is a well seasoned program who’s writers patented a very efficient algorithm for encryption. The downside is that the program is trialware and has time limited after which you have to buy it or stop using it, which is a little naughty if you have encrypted a lot of sensitive information that you now can’t get at! GPG (GnuPG) which is an open source program (meaning you can read the written instructions - used to create the program if you wanted to!) and free. It doesn’t use the patented algorithm but one equally as effective. TRUECRYPT is also an open source program but this one doesn’t allow you to encrypt files! It does allow you to encrypt folders and entire disks, including portable memory sticks. That is it on encryption. I hope, now, that you feel a little more secure with using the internet and keeping your own information safe.

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• I t’s Manchester United first, Manchester City second and WBA third in the PL. The Baggies have made their best start to a season since 1953; QPR their worst! • L ast Saturday, it was ‘Super Cally are fantastic, Celtic are atrocious’ after Inverness had won 1-0 at Parkhead! •E  verton ‘keeper Tim Howard has set a record 197 consecutive PL appearances. •H  arry Redknapp (aged 65) is QPR’s new manager while Chelsea have named Rafael Benitez as caretaker-boss until the end of the season. The last Brit to manage at Stamford Bridge was Glenn Hoddle. •C  eltic and Chelsea are still in the Champions League (just) but Manchester City are out, again! Safely through to the knockout stage are four Spanish clubs, Barcelona, Malaga, Real Madrid and Valencia, three from Germany, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Schalke plus Arsenal (for the 13th season in a row) and Manchester United.. •N  ewcastle have qualified for the last 32 of the Europa League but Spurs and Liverpool require results in their final games to join them. •F  abrice Muamba, who suffered a cardiac arrest playing for Bolton earlier this year, will compete in BBC’s TV Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special. Top man. •E  x-Manchester United chief Dave Sexton has died, aged 82. •S  ebastian Vettel is the 2012 F1 World champion despite not winning the final race in Brazil (that honour went to Jensen Button). As his nearest challenger Fernando Alonso could only finish second place, the German came to sixth to clinch his third successive title, a feat he now shares with Fangio and Michael Schumacher. Vettel is now the youngest-ever triple champion. • J ockey Frankie Dettori has been suspended by the French Horse Racing Authoring pending a disciplinary hearing into his failed drugs test. He could face a world-wide ban. •A  ustralian Michael Clarke has set a world record in Test Cricket by scoring four double centuries in a calendar year: 210 & 329 v India, 224 & 259 v South Africa. •M  onty Panesar took ELEVEN wickets and both Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen scored record-equalling 22nd centuries as England thrashed India in the second Test in Mumbai. • I n last week’s Rugby internationals saw England, Wales and Scotland lose to South Africa, New Zealand an Tonga respectively but Ireland comfortably beat Argentina. •B  y winning the Dubai Open, Rory McIlroy has now banked £5m in prize money in 2012. •A  nd boxer Ricky Hatton has retired again after being k’od in his comeback fight. This weekend there are PL derbies at Fulham (v Spurs), West Ham (v Chelsea) and WBA (v Stoke), Manchester City play Everton, Reading face Manchester United and lowly QPR meet Aston Villa). There are 16 second round FA Cup-ties when non-Leaguers Alfreton, Chelmsford and Hereford will be aiming to progress and draw one of the big boys in round three. And remember, Lionel Messi now needs to score four times in six games to beat Gerd Muller’s record of 85 goals in a calendar year. ‘Leo’ netted twice in barcelona’s 4-0 win over Levante last Sunday. On Saturday, it’s England v the All Blacks and Wales v Australia at Rugby and Freddie Flintoff enters the boxing ring for the first time when he fights American Richard Dawson in Manchester.

19th Hole Golf was Society........... Cucador. written, had developed On Thursday 22nd November the 19th Hole Golf Society visited the hallowed turf of Desert Springs. In near perfect weather conditions 26 members and guests set off on their safari around this very pleasant golf course. Nick Pogson showed the higher handicapper how consistency in your play gets the numbers tumbling from your handicap. With trouble on the right from the first tee he carefully lined up his tee shot slightly left and with a swing as silky as a ballerinas Tutu he smashed the ball a good 10 yards not quite reaching the ladies tee! Oh drat said he!. With the course in such excellent condition it was surprising that the winner of this stableford competition only scored 33 points, although in fairness the wind did blow a bit on the back nine. Really good to see Ron( the rocket) Curtis still enjoying his game and taking pride in producing great shots, for example on the 7th, par 4. green, Ron had put his ball within 2 yards of the pin. With meticulous care and concentration, and few good puffs on the old pipe, he stepped up to the ball. His trusty 1920•s putter in hand he gently stroked the ball toward the hole, which unerringly travelled a good 3 yards past the hole and to the right. ( well it was a good shot for the purpose of this report.). Harry(the shark) Eels scored a brilliant two on the 17th chipping in from about 20 yards, well done Harry. Poor Brian(Dee) Lowden had a dreadful day due to having a bit of a cold which, by the time his round had finished and this

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