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than expected, given that the 25-A protest has been planned for some weeks and members of the public summoned via social networks. In the end, the person who had been in charge of organising the gathering called it off via his Twitter account, saying, “there’s no point in laying siege to the Congress building if there’s not enough social support.” For various reasons relating to ‘the format’ and ‘not being interested’, groups such as Democracia Real Ya, the Legal Puerta del Sol Camping Commission – who organised the open-air camping demonstrations in the centre of Madrid two years ago – and the PAH, one of Spain’s largest antirepossession campaign groups, did not join in.

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Spain’s president Mariano Rajoy has been ordered by Europe to take ‘urgent action’ in light of the recently-released unemployment figures, the worst in history. Jobless statistics show that a total of 6,202,700 people in Spain are out of work – and these are only official figures, not accounting for those who have never registered with the dole office due to not being entitled to any benefits. Having risen yet again this quarter, the unemployment figure is now 27.16%, the highest it has ever been since records began in 1976. Unemployment has increased by 10 per cent in the last year, despite Rajoy claiming the labour reform – designed to make it easier and cheaper for employers to get rid of staff – would be a cure for rocketing jobless figures. Nearly six in 10 of the under-25s – a total of 57.22 per cent - are unemployed, and the number has risen since the end of 2012.

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Head of economic affairs and vice-president of the European Commission Olli Rehn has told Rajoy that Spain’s unemployment figures and the vast gulf between rich and poor in the country are ‘unacceptable’. Rehn said the ‘excessive imbalance’ in personal wealth in Spain needs to be tackled urgently with ‘new measures’, including ‘active labour market policies’ and ‘methods of supporting employment’, such as a line of guarantee for young people to get a job. Rajoy is due to meet with the Council of Ministers tomorrow (Friday) and Rehn says: “We hope that after tomorrow’s meeting, Rajoy will present this new programme in public.” ‘Excessive imbalances’ in national economies are subject to severe penalties from the EU, although so far the countries where this is proving to be a serious problem – Slovenia, Italy, Greece, Portugal and Spain – have been given more time to redress the balance.

UNION leaders have threatened another nationwide strike if the government does not change its economic policies, saying the PP is ‘out of touch’ with what Spanish society needs.

Ignacio Toxo and Cándido Méndez, leaders of the Labourers’ Commission (CCOO) and General Workers’ Union (UGT) respectively say they will ‘do whatever it takes’ to make the government sit up and listen. Toxo said Rajoy’s cabinet ‘knows nothing’ about what people in Spain need, OFFICIAL HITS which includes urgent AGENTS IN ALBOX solutions and ‘a chance’. WE HAVE THE FULL RANGE OF “The government needs HITS PHONES & SIM CARDS IN STOCK to give them this chance, Contact us now on: Tel: 950 064 584 | Mob: 654 590 258 by leading a national Email: | Web: commitment to fight against We also offer all major mass unemployment and mobile top ups from our office the precarious situation people are currently in, and to offer protection – given that millions of people in Spain have absolutely no income whatsoever,” Toxo • We Upholster Chairs, Sofas told reporters during the and Wing Chairs military demonstration • 30 years of experience outside the Ministry of Defence building • Large fabric selection yesterday. • Free pick up & delivery “They need to use every • In home free estimates resource in the country to protect people and fight against unemployment. “Residents in Spain have had their own resources expropriated by way of preferential shares being reduced to nil, costing them their entire life’s savings, and through being thrown out of their own homes thanks to mortgage laws that would have been more appropriate to the 19th century than the 21st.”


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appeal to European Commission over repossessions

The head of a nationwide anti-repossession protest movement, Ada Colau, travelled to the European Union headquarters to fight for protection of homeowners facing a life on the street due to being unable to pay their mortgages. According to a report by ThinkSpain, Colau told officials that in Spain, ‘the government helps the banks and not the people’. During her visit in person to the head office of the European Commission, Colau condemned the ‘criminalisation’ of those who demonstrate against the situation. Spokeswoman for the Plataforma de los Afectados de la Hipoteca, or PAH (‘Mortgage Victims’ Association’), former actress and model Colau said she had decided to speak to the European Parliament personally to ‘show the face of the 400,000 people in Spain’ who are about to lose their homes, and the hundreds of thousands more who have already lost theirs. Willy Meyer, leader of IU (Izquierda Unida, or United Left) at the European Parliament says investigations will continue into the situation and a possible site visit by MEPs to find out

more – as was the case with the ‘land grab’ in 2004 – may be on the cards. “In Spain, there is a lot of Euroscepticism – here you have a chance to show Spain that Europe does indeed have a purpose,” Colau told him. “People buy property to live in because the State recommends it and, when the housing market crashes, the responsibility does not fall on the banks and finance companies but on ordinary and very vulnerable families,” she continued. “The government helps the banks, not the people. And when the people demonstrate against this, we are criminalised, likened to Nazis and terrorists, and given huge fines.” This latter comment caused a spat between Colau and MEP Carlos Iturgaiz (PP) who said: “She comes here like a wolf in sheep’s clothing and doesn’t give the full facts,” he stormed. Referring to the flash-mob sieges, known as escraches, staged outside the homes of politicians, Iturgaiz demanded: “Tell me whether or not you condemn these practices,” to which Colau replied, “I don’t have to

condemn anything.” A representative of the European Commission said the European Central Bank (BCE) had begun to draw up an ‘opinion’ relating to ‘best practice’ concerning mortgages which, once Brussels had approved it, would be legally binding. MEP Antolín Sánchez Presedo (PSOE) pointed out that Spain was already ‘taking initiatives’ such as an agreement the previous week to adopt an EU Directive relating to mortgage loans which guaranteed the ‘most favourable’ conditions for homeowners in the event of foreclosure and which ‘contemplated the option of handing back the keys and wiping

out the debt’, known as a dación en pago. Colau stressed, however, that this Directive was unlikely to solve the problem of mortgages in Spain since the legislation was geared up for ‘a situation of normality’ and that ‘what is happening in Spain is a situation of exceptional circumstances and emergency’. MEP Raúl Romeva (ICV) agreed that the current circumstances in Spain relating to mortgages ‘reflects a failure in the democratic system’. “The great drama we’re suffering in Spain is that what most of the country’s people are asking for has not been considered by a Parliamentary majority,” Romeva commented.

Woman Dies After Being Refused Medical Assistance Five Times In Less Than A Week

A full-scale inquiry is under way after a woman died in the doorway of her house despite having been turned away from health centres and hospitals on five occasions in as many days. At least four major associations are pushing for answers on behalf of Soledad, a Bolivian national living in Valencia, and believe there was a certain level of ‘racism’ involved. She went to her local GP clinic in the Ruzafa district of the city, the Fuente de San Luis, on February 15, suffering from a persistent cough, but was refused treatment after being told her SIP card – entitling her to State healthcare – was ‘invalid’. The associations now fighting her case posthumously say this was not the case at all. Two days later, she found she was struggling to swallow when eating and went to A&E at Valencia’s Hospital Clínico (pictured), where she was given a perfunctory physical examination and told there was nothing urgently wrong with her and to speak to her GP. When her condition was no better by February 18, she

returned to A&E and was not given any examinations whatsoever, but just told to ‘go to her GP’ as she had been advised the day before. Staff also told her that the Hospital Clínico was ‘not in her catchment area’ and that she should have gone to the Doctor Pese Hospital instead. Workers at the Clínico allegedly said: “If you turn up here in A&E again, we’re going to charge you.” Feeling steadily worse, that same day Soledad went back to the Fuente de San Luis health centre in her neighbourhood, where she was told again that the Hospital Clínico was not in her catchment area. She was not examined, but was given an injection for nausea and sent home. In the early hours of the next day, February 19, Soledad began to cough up blood and her husband tried to get doctors to go to their home to attend to her, but was told: “We don’t do home visits just because someone’s got a cold.” The couple went to the health centre later that morning,

where they were just told to take the same cough medicine she had been given the previous day. By the early hours of February 20, Soledad’s condition had worsened considerably, and her husband rang the emergency number, 112, to get an ambulance. But he was once again told: “We’re not sending out an ambulance just because you’ve got a cold.” Seeing that he would get nowhere, the woman’s husband called a man who worked for him and asked him to bring his car so they could take Soledad to hospital. This man also called for an ambulance, but was refused assistance, so he called the Local Police in Valencia. Officers, once on site, called the emergency line and demanded an ambulance ‘immediately’. Paramedics arrived two hours after the first call to 112 was made, by which time the woman was already dead. The exact cause of her death is not known, and a post-mortem is due to be carried out among other investigations to ascertain whether medical negligence was involved.




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It was a good day on the golf course for some and a fantastic day for one person. It started off cloudy but we finished in sunshine. The weather was kind to us but it was the time of year where for a week or two it is like putting on the beach. All of the greens had been tined and top dressed so perhaps Chris Rea would have found it easier to putt on the course than I did. Even if he didn’t he could at least sing about it rather than listening to my cussing about leaving putts short time after time. I know the work has to be done for the good of the course so we can at least look forward to the greens are good for the summer. Hopefully the greens will start getting back to normal soon. We had 28 players including 2 guests playing in a Reverse Waltz competition with two hidden holes. The winning team was Idris Browning, Joan Edgington, Kevin Wood and a new member Stephen Webster with a very good score of 97 points. This was only one point more than the second place team. The rest of the scores were more normal ranging from 90 down to the low 80s. Last place and chocolates went to Hans Ooft (second time in two weeks even though he scored well on both occasions individually), Mimmo Pettinicchio, Sylvia Green and Harry Whelan (a winner last week) with a score of 81 points. Nearest the pin was won by Marie-Anne Pettersson for the second time in 3 weeks. She knocked it to 1.63m on the 17th and then sank the putt for a birdie. Thanks to Lennart Olsson for arranging the prize giving and Curt Haglund for his nice speech about the society. We wish the best to all of our friends who are going home for the summer. Now we come to the handicap cuts. Curt Haglund, Marie-Anne Pettersson and Jim Shaw all scored 37 points. Ivan van Driessche had a very good 39 points. Roisin Andrew had a great 41 points and her sloped handicap has been cut by 3 shots on the Master course. However the man of the day was Kevin Wood. He scored an amazing 47 points. Thanks to the brutal Spanish EGA handicapping system his exact handicap has dropped from 21.1 to 14.6 and his sloped handicap for the Master course has dropped 7 shots to 15. Well done Kevin 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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First Aquarium Rescue Meeting Goes Well

The first meeting of the all party aquarium study committee was held last week. The committee was created a few weeks ago to study the possibilities of the local council buying a 75% share in the company which owns the Roquetas attraction. The deputy mayor Eloisa Cabrera chaired the meeting, which also included aquarium director Enrique Fernandez along with members of the municipal technical department. The owners agreed to sell at a sympathetic price in order to encourage the council to become involved in the running of the site. It was proposed an external management team be set up to run the operations side of the facility. The council team will be visiting the site this week in order to speak to the staff and how they view the future of the aquarium.

The wild life protection organisation Promar held a press conference in Almerimar last week to outline its plans for a permanent dolphin sanctuary. Held at the Stumble Inn, the presentation included video footage of their five month struggle to save Marcos the dolphin, along with examples of other work they do in marine conservation.

A five year business plan will be prepared by the committee and they ordered an external audit of the company accounts to confirm the present companies operating costs. The company has a debt of almost 3 million euros which the council will partially inherit if they go ahead with the planned buy in. The aquarium came close to closure earlier in the year and at present have enough funds to stay open until August. The next committee meeting will be held in two weeks time, when it’s hoped further progress can be made to secure the future of this important local attraction

The idea of a sanctuary came from Ric O’Barry, founder of the Dolphin Project who visited Almerimar in November to share his specialist knowledge in dolphin care with the Promar team. He spent two weeks working alongside the dedicated volunteers who were caring for Marcos and also visited local schools and colleges to help raise awareness of the work being done by Promar.

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The sanctuary will be located a little further down the coast from Almerimar and consist of two large pens; one close to the shore, similar to the one in which Marcos was kept at the entrance to the marina, and a second in deeper water. The first pen will be used to closely monitor the animals when they are first received, allowing vets to take samples and administer drugs. The second pen will let the recovered dolphins swim and dive in conditions as close to those they experience in the wild. Promar is a completely voluntary organisation and will require a lot of people to help with the considerable amount of work involved in constructing the pens for the new sanctuary. For those interested in helping, e-mail:

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Staff from the Department of Tourism and Beaches attended a course to teach them more about the environment. Run by the area department of tourism in conjunction with Promar, it was designed to raise awareness of marine flora and wildlife which grows and lives, on and around the beaches of Roquetas. The beaches are considered to be the main reason tourists visit the town and are given the highest level of importance by the council. Earlier in the year, a sum of 55,000 euros was granted to the department for the purchase of new specialist beach cleaning machinery.

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Angelo Mollinedo, the councillor for the department said, “Courses like this are vital to our staff as we are constantly aiming to improve the level of cleanliness to what is the most important natural resource in the community. In recent years we have become much more concerned about the effects on the environment and that’s what this course was all about.”

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The beaches of Roquetas are some of the few in Andalucia to hold the coveted blue flag; awarded for the highest standard of cleanliness, not only on the beaches, but also in the surrounding areas. Allied to this are the number of hotels and restaurants in the area which now hold another coveted award, the ‘Q’ for quality.


Mr. Mollinedo said he was very pleased with the interest his staff had taken in the course, concluding that, “This has given us all the ideal preparation for this years tourist season. It’s shown our staff how important their jobs are in being on the front line of our campaign to continue to raise the already high standards we have achieved here in Roquetas.” Martin Shortland is a freelance journalist, living in Spain since retiring from a career as a broadcaster, writer and radio journalist. He has worked for the BBC and in commercial radio, most recently as Programme Director and Head of News for large radio group in the South East of England

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In my innocence I’d always presumed that the 1807 Slave Trade Act marked the end of slavery worldwide. It therefore came as quite a shock on my recent visit to Zanzibar, to discover that 80 years later African slaves were commonly being traded there for sevice across the Arab World, and astonishingly this trade wasn’t finally eradicated from East Africa until 1918 – just 95 years ago. One of the great influences in changing the attitude towards slavery in this area was apparently an Englishman I’d never previously heard of, called Edward Steere, who in 1873, as Anglican Bishop of Zanzibar, himself purchased the Slavemarket complex, together with all the slaves contained, and proceeded to build a large Church, now a cathedral, on the site. As work progressed, Steere set out to buy and set free all slaves brought to Zanzibar, many of whom then worked with him on this Church, which was eventually consecrated in 1903, some years after his death. Unsurprisingly perhaps, Edward Steere is still revered in Zanzibar, where many trace their ancestory back to slaves he freed, and the Cathedral and associated museum have become a shrine, even in this strongly Islaamic State, to the sacrificial love and dedication of this great Christian man. But as I read the stories and listened to the tributes, I couldn’t help but be reminded of a similar yet even greater love. The slaves in the Zanzibar market could do nothing to help themselves. Chained hand, foot and neck and held in utter squallor, they were the property of their masters, with no personal rights at all, and no hope of ever earning their freedom. They may not have deseved it, but Edward Steere paid the price himself and bought their release. So we, as Christians can see that we by nature are similarly enslaved, bound inextricably to service of self and all that’s opposed to God, unable to earn our freedom. We may not deserve it but we can rejoice that Jesus himself has paid the price for our release.

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I have painful memories of suffering dictation at school; Mrs Chowney the geography teacher was particularly fond of this cruel sport, every week she had our class listening to her monotonous drone, making us write for what seemed hours until my hand ached from the strain. It was deliberate torture and dictation must have put many an aspiring journalist or writer off for life. I think she had it in for me to be honest after the unfortunate banger incident; her classroom was on the first floor with large windows overlooking a path used by teachers to move between the buildings. One boring stiflingly hot summer afternoon I decided to wake up the school and throw a lit banger (petard to Francophiles) out of an open window. Of course there was no reason to check the path below first as it was lesson time and nobody would be using

the path…. The banger exploded at an exact height of 5 foot 5 inches, also precisely a foot to the right of Mr Finchams right ear. Ooops I thought and seconds later he burst into our class absolutely red faced and shouting! Very sexistly I thought at the time all 15 of us boys were frog marched off leaving the girls behind. Of course schools honour dictates no grassing and so we were all lined up in a row outside the head masters office to wait for water boarding and a slow painful death. The head master was proper old school and a really scary type and we trembled awaiting his return as so luckily he was elsewhere. Lady Luck has often dealt me good hands and helped me even more as the teacher naively left us alone for a few seconds giving me the opportunity to hide the rest of the bangers and the matches

behind the sink in the staff toilet. We stood in the hall for 2 long hours and that was punishment enough as the head master never appeared but the fear of God was instilled in us all. I had previous form; the year before on a previous French exchange trip I had brought back some huge 4 inch bangers, they looked like sticks of dynamite and were sods for smuggling through customs as they came in packs of 4 but needs must. Back in England our school had plenty of open spaces and the teachers used to park under the Giant Redwoods which were easily accessible from the playing fields. At lunchtime, my accomplice Peter Carey and I went into commando mode, crawling from the playground, out underneath the staff room windows, creeping between the parked cars till the target was reached. Our head of year

was a dour and wrinkled Scotsman called Mr Laurie Muir who now in hindsight was clearly going through a midlife crisis as he had just bought himself a brand new blue TR7. On an earlier reconnaissance trip I had checked that the exhaust pipe was the right size for my explosive device. Banger safely stowed and lit we sprinted for safety just as the proud car owner walked over his car. Flip me! What an explosion, the ground shook and people came hurtling out to see what had happened. The only reason I wasn’t expelled was because as Mr Laurie -Muir was suspending me up by one ear I immediately owned up saying I was the lone gunman. This article was planned to be an explanation of the strange routes taken each week for my inspiration; then my ADHD squirrels took over as soon as I mentioned dictation!

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Police called to chess tournament

Police were called to a top chess tournament in Ireland after one of the players accused his opponent of cheating by using a computer in the toilet. Romanian-born Gabriel Mirza, 47, says he was on his way to winning the Cork Congress Chess Open when he noticed strange goings-on by his 16 year old opponent. But he ended up being expelled from the tournament and interviewed by police after forcefully pulling the schoolboy out of a toilet cubicle. “After each move he went to the toilet, at least 20 times... I found him in the toilet with an android checking the moves with a chess engine,” he told the Limerick Leader. “I tried to get over the cubicle wall to grab the tablet from his hands... but I wanted a witness, so I ran straight to the controller. The organisers... followed me inside where I forced the cubicle door and I pulled this guy out from the toilet.” Officials expelled Gabriel from the tournament, held in the Metropole Hotel, Cork, for his over-reaction. He was questioned by police but released without charge.



THE SPAINIAC | The Beach of Silence | Candice Parsons

The greenery of Asturias is the most distinctive trait to initially stand out within the province, especially in comparison to the desolate plains of southern Spain. But when looking deeper into its surroundings, as Guardian writer Paul Richardson puts it; “... the region is a microcosm of Spain as a whole, cramming into its borders everything from snowy mountains to sandy beaches, humble tapas bars to avant-garde restaurants, and from raucous local fiestas to silent valleys where bears and wolves still roam.” In simple, Asturias summarizes Spain’s natural beauty, along with its unique culture, all in one region; and surprisingly, its cities don’t receive near as much promotion as cities like Barcelona, Madrid, or Seville, to name a few. A prime statement of this region’s beauty and rarity, and also a paradigm of its natural preservation, is The Beach of Silence located in the town of Cudillero. Astoundingly formed with cliffs and large rocks protruding out into the ocean like little sea islands,

the beach stretches out 500 metres long in the shape of a shell. The Beach of Silence must be explored by foot, and is entered through its steep staircase that follows down to the sand. It is a completely untouched space of nature, with no restaurants, shops, hotels or tourist propaganda of any sort invading its tranquillity. Amongst the locals of Cudillero, the beach is known as a former whale hunting ground where sailors would once gather and set themselves up. Nowadays, having water levels quite deep, activities such as scuba diving, diving and swimming amongst the small islands are enjoyed at this beach. Although above all, it is the peacefulness suggested in its name, and the escape this beach provides from the modernized world, that is enjoyed and respected most by its visitors. Simple, preserved, natural, and serene... and arguably an underrated hidden treasure of Spain.

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Disclosure of assets (720 forms ) A GOOD REASON TO PAY YOUR NON-RESIDENT TAX Due to the new asset disclosure obligation (the infamous 720 form to be presented before the end of April 2013) a lot of property owners are asking the question: Are we tax residents in Spain or not? The way of finding this out is to ask the tax office to certify if they consider you a resident or non-resident. Remember though that if you are indeed a non resident you have the obligation of presenting a a non resident hypothetical income tax return . If you are not paying this tax it is necessary that you take control of the situation by contacting your solicitor or tax advisor. More than ever it is important that if you own a property in Spain and are a nonresident you present the non resident tax return correctly to avoid the Spanish tax authorities claiming that you are in fact a resident and therefore asking you why you have not presented a 720 form. (disclosure of assets forms) If you have doubts regarding if you are already paying this tax it is probably because you are not, as it requires the presentation of a tax form etc. The good news is that by law they cannot demand payment of more than four years back taxes. Our Advice: Start paying the tax because if you do not they will be contacting you with the risk of you not actually being hear to receive their letter etc. Not paying it may also instigate them to start considering you a tax resident. Michael Davies is a Spanish Abogado and has been practicing law in Almería since 1993. He is member of the Law societies of Almería and Madrid and has offices in Mojacar and Almeria High Street.


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Pool Safety Expert Publishes Free Pool and Water Safety Ebook

Winter is over, it’s officially Springtime and the weather is warming. Soon people will be enjoying lazy days around the pool again. There really is no better place to relax, have fun and get some exercise than in a pool but the huge annual number of pool deaths and other accidents means that particular attention must be paid to Pool Safety to protect family, friends and pets. Many parents don’t consider drowning to be a realistic threat to the lives of their children. The following few words might change their minds: - “A swimming pool is 14 times more likely than a motor vehicle to be involved in the death of a child age 4 and under”. (Orange County Fire Authority, California) Drowning occurs at an average rate of 10 per day in the USA and up to 100 kids aged 1 - 4 drown in Spain every year, most of them in private pools and spas or other water hazards in the home such as play-pools,

ponds, bathtubs and even buckets. For every person who dies from drowning 5 others are hospitalised for ‘immersion accidents’. Some of these children suffer permanent brain damage, ranging from partial immobility to Total Vegetative State requiring lifelong 24/7 care. Thousands of other people suffer infections, accidents, falls, cuts and scrapes, chemical burns and electrocution from incorrectly maintained pools or unsafe handling of chemicals. All of these subjects, and what you can do to protect yourself and family, are covered in The Pool Safety Bible, a newlypublished, FREE Ebook written by Swimming Pool Safety expert Ken Walker. It is available for all platforms including PCs, tablets, mobiles and Kindle. Walker says, “Most accidents around water are predictable and therefore preventable to some degree - all it takes is some education and some forward planning. Any child could

drown in a bathtub but could every parent administer Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation? Now anyone can learn CPR for free, online, from links within the Ebook. Planning ahead is an essential part of Pool Safety. Many people are pool-owners nowadays and many of those that don’t have their own pools probably swim in a public or private pool from time to time, or they may live near open water such as a canal, the ocean, a river, garden pond or lake. The Pool Safety Bible helps everyone to protect their family and to save lives in an Emergency. The Ebook is stuffed with tips, information and ideas on how to make a pool the safest place it can possibly be without actually filling it in. It contains vital info, links to videos, ideas on how to raise the money for a Pool Fence or other Safety Equipment when you’re flat broke, what to check around the resort or villa pool when you go on holiday, advice for

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babysitters, what to do in an Emergency and lots more. Three-quarters of drowning victims are missing for under 5 minutes and were not seen near the water before the accident. 62% of parents whose child has drowned in a private pool end their marriages in acrimonious divorce due partly to ‘blame and guilt’ issues and over 80% of families feel the need to move house after a death in their backyard pool.” Shallow Water Blackout - the hidden killer The Number One rootcause of accidental child fatalities of all kinds (except congenital birth defects) is Shallow Water Blackout (SWB), yet most people have never even heard of it. In simple terms SWB is when a swimmer suddenly faints underwater. No exact figures are available

but some official sources in the USA attribute over 50% of all drowning accidents to SWB, which makes it the single most common cause of accidental death amongst children. Swimming ability is no protection against Shallow Water Blackout; it can and does happen to the most experienced of swimmers, even professional swimmers, regardless of their health or age, both in pools and in open water. SWB can be caused by taking several deep breaths (Hyperventilating) before swimming a length underwater or ‘trying to beat-your-ownrecord for holding your breath underwater’. SWB occurs when low levels of Carbon Dioxide (CO²) in the body, combined with low levels of Oxygen, cause a swimmer to faint. If the casualty

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is not rescued immediately they will drown within a couple of minutes. Hyperventilation artificially lowers the body’s CO² levels. It is high levels of CO² in the body that triggers the need to breathe; and not low levels of Oxygen as most people assume. With artificially low levels of CO² the ‘BREATHE NOW!’ reflex is suppressed and unconsciousness occurs instantly when the swimmer’s Oxygen level falls below a certain threshold. SWB can occur without warning, to any swimmer, regardless of their age, ability or level of experience. Many victims are strong, fit swimmers who have not previously experienced this problem. Therefore; everyone who uses a pool, especially kids, should be informed about the dangers of hyperventilation. Hyperventilation, holding of breath, or seeing who can swim furthest underwater must be strongly discouraged. The Pool Safety Bible can be downloaded free from www. or for a few cents for a Kindle version from (search for the title). For more information you can also contact the author, Ken Walker on ken@mypoolguru. com

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SPOTLIGHT: Mojacar This week Bay Bistro has intro duced it’s new menu for the Spring and so far it has been very well received by their regular and new customers alike. They have also cele brated their first year anniversary last week and are looking forward to a positive future. It has taken a load of hard work to establish the restaurant but Bay Bistro has gained a fine reputation for great food at very good value for money prices. As well as their fantastic set menu deals they also have an extensive A La Carte menu and thei r new Del Sandwich selection is now available to take away. On Sundays Bay Bistro offers a roas t diner option at the bargain price of only 9.95 and at that price it’s no wonder it is a very busy day. So when you are next in Mojacar, why not pop in and give Bay Bistro a try, you won’t regret it.

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Austerity Measures To Be Introduced At Almeria Airport

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The latest accounting figures were released this week by Aena, the operator of Almeria airport. The accounts to the end of 2011 show a huge operational loss of 7.9 million euros; predictions being made for last year are said to be about the same. This comes on the back of a report in March by the Council of Andalucia, requesting government confirmation of the long term viability of the airport. As I reported at the time, the council was worried about a government proposal for small airports – Almeria included – cutting back on operational hours with the inevitable loss of some connecting routes. The knock on effect would mean job losses, fewer flights and more worryingly, fewer tourists for the already struggling economy of the region. In a statement to coincide with the release of the trading figures, Aena put the losses down to the extension and improvement work over the last three years, the bill for this being in the region of 40 million euros. The statement said, “An investment of this size requires a series of annual depreciations and these are reflected in the latest set of figures.” They said the improvements to the airport would ensure its long term future, as it was now capable of handling almost 3 million passengers a year, more than three times the current number. This is all very well in theory, but the four regional airports mentioned in the government report handle less than 2.5 million passengers between them. With all the work completed, Aena now plan to quote, ‘tighten their belts,’ in order to cut back on expenditure and are proposing a number of austerity measures to make this possible, but stress this will not mean job losses. They intend to make more efficient use of their services and also obtain more operations, both in freight and passenger traffic. New freight traffic will come through the development of the already large commercial area and increased passenger numbers through more aggressive marketing. As most regular users of the airport already know, what it desperately needs is more flights; quite why that hasn’t happened is anyone’s guess. The facilities are in place to handle many more flights than at present, but for most of the time, it has all the feel of ‘something waiting to happen’. Let’s hope Aena are true to their word and the planned austerity measures have a positive effect on the future of the local airport.

New UK Ta x Residence Test British expatriates in Spain need to understand the UK residence rules as well as the local ones, to establish where they are resident for tax purposes – it may not be the country you expect. The UK finally has a Statutory Residence Test, which came into effect on 6th April. It provides much more certainty, but is not simple. HM Revenue & Customs’ guidance notes run to 55 pages and are more complex than originally appears. Automatic overseas test If you meet any of the following conditions, you will automatically be treated as not resident in the UK: • You were not resident in the UK in any of the previous three years, and are present for fewer than 46 days in the current year. • You were resident in one or more of the previous three years, and present for fewer than 16 days. • You work overseas full time, subject to certain conditions.

Automatic residence test You will be automatically treated as resident in the UK if you meet any of the following conditions: • You spend at least 183 days in the UK in the current year. • Your only or main home is in the UK. • You work full time in the UK for at least 365 days without a significant break, subject to conditions. Sufficient ties test If your residence position is not determined by the above two tests, the number of days you can spend in the UK without being UK resident depends on if you are an “arrive” or “leaver”, and the number of connecting ties you have. In summary, these are: • Family - spouse/minor children in UK • Accessible accommodation • Work – 40 days or more • 90 days or more in either of two previous tax years

By Bill Blevins, Financial Correspondent, Blevins Franks • M  ore days in UK than any other single country (‘leavers’ only). This test operates on a sliding scale. The more ties you have, the less time you can spend in the UK without becoming UK resident. All references to “years” are a UK tax year, and a day in the UK is counted if you are there at midnight. For certainty on your tax residency status, speak to an experienced advisory firm like Blevins Franks. Summarised tax information is based upon our understanding of current laws and practices which may change. Individuals should take personalised advice. To keep in touch with the latest developments in the offshore world, check out the latest news on our website www.


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Gordon and I had a great party at the Lady Lay Bar in Calle Sierra Nevada, Urbanisation, Roquetas De Mar. Gordon was celebrating his 60th and me 60+. We both wanted a retirement party, as we intended to finish our teaching experience here in Spain, shortly. Of course we’ll come back often, if only to eat Clive’s great tapas (and his beautifully cooked meals) and to experience the great service offered by Lesley, Sophie, Malcolm, Bob and Val. Clive had closed the restaurant for the evening. We agreed in advance what tapas were on offer, 6 to suit vegetarians, fish eaters and meat eaters. But back to the party! Lady Lay was a really welcoming venue, even though it was cold outside. After a little furniture re-arrangement there was plenty of room for our 50 – 60 guests. The six tapas we chose ranged from a chilli wrap to fried mushrooms in garlic on toast. Clive cooked everything to order, piping hot and fresh and delicious! The atmosphere was gentle, cheerful and busy, helped by Clive’s excellent music choices. It was a great evening. Our advice is: if you are looking for a great night but have had enough of the traditional cocktail sausage and cold ham buffet, remember our tapas party and give Clive, at the Lady Lay, a ring. Sue and Gordon Mckinnon

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obvious he appreciates the care and attention he has received so far and is looking forward to sharing his love with you. If you really can’t give Pegaso a home or don’t know anyone who can, perhaps you would like to become a member of the shelter or even sponsor a dog. Also, of course, the shelter is always in need of blankets, towels and food etc. which can be taken to the Sanctuary. If you want to make a monetary contribution, you can pay it directly into the Sanctuary’s Bank account. Saturday mornings is set aside for adoptions at the Shelter and there are a lot of dogs to choose from, large and small. The best time for material donations, including food, is during the week. If you want details of any of these options or have a question about the shelter, please send an email to Geoff at geoffalmeria@ and he will reply to you straight away. A warm welcome at the Sanctuary is assured for all those wanting to support the Sanctuary.



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Warm or hot weather can be very uncomfortable for pets and cause distress, suffering or even lead to their death. It’s important that you are aware of your pets’ needs in warm and hot weather and know how to deal with these. Many animals can’t sweat through their skin in the same way as humans. They only cool down by sweating through sweat glands in their feet and panting. So it’s important that you help your pets to stay cool. Never leave your pet in a car on a warm or hot day; this can cause distress and suffering, and lead to death. Never leave your pet in direct sunlight; if your pet is unable to escape to a cooler, more shady environment when it’s feeling hot, it may become unwell and suffer. Animals should always be housed out of direct sunlight. Make sure your pet can get to a cool, shady place to escape from the sun at all times of day. This includes outdoor enclosures where small animals and birds are kept. Fish should also be

kept out of direct sunlight, and their water kept clean, well oxygenated and algae free. Make sure your pet has a constant supply of clean, fresh drinking water. To keep cool, it’s important that your pet can replace any water that is lost through sweating and panting, otherwise it could become dehydrated. So check and fill water bowls or bottles regularly. Exercise your pet at times when it is cooler; animals still need exercise when it’s hot, but don’t allow pets to exercise too much in hot weather. It is best to walk dogs early in the morning or later in the evening, when it’s cooler. If possible, keep cats indoors in the heat of the day if the forecast is hot. Protect your pet from sunburn; animals can get sunburnt too, especially those with light coloured noses, or light coloured fur on their ears. Ask your vet for advice on pet-safe sunscreens. Be aware of the signs of heatstroke. Heat-stroke in pets can be fatal and you should do everything you can to prevent it. Signs of heat stroke are excessive panting, heavy salivation, rapid pulse, very red gums/tongue, lethargy (tiredness), lack of coordination, being unable to get up after collapsing, vomiting, diarrhoea. In extreme cases, loss of consciousness is likely. If you suspect that your pet has heat-stroke, move it to a shaded, cool area and contact your vet immediately for advice.

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The Andalusian government have approved a decree under which, in the most extreme cases, the homes of the most needy families subject to eviction proceedings initiated by banks, will be embargoed by the region for a maximum of three years. The Andalusian commissioner responsible for public works and housing, Elena Cortés, said the government also plans to impose fines of up to 9,000 euros on banks and real estate companies that leave homes which are fit to live in empty. Cortés said the measures aimed at “meeting social needs” are backed by existing legislation. Fines imposed for leaving homes empty will be used to help house people. The decree also reinforces a system of subsidies to allow families to rent homes. The commissioner praised the efforts of pressure groups such as the MortgageVictims Platform (PAH) and labour unions, to stem a flood of evictions by banks. There have been an estimated 86,000 evictions in Andalusia since 2007. Individuals with empty property will not be subject to the decree, nor will this apply to second homes, tourist accommodation and property rented out on a temporary basis. Individuals will also be encouraged to put empty homes they own on the rental market by providing them with tax breaks and insurance cover for unpaid rent and damage to their property. The decree, which came into effect on Thursday, will subsequently be debated in the regional assembly with a view to its being passed into law. The initiative is aimed at getting an estimated 700,000+ empty homes in the region onto the rental market. Of this figure, an estimated 350,000 to 500,000 properties are owned by corporate bodies, mainly banks and real estate companies. The government is also aiming to increase its pool of available housing at affordable rents. The decree specifies that a home will be deemed to be empty if it lacks contracts for the supply of water and electricity or the consumption of these is very low. Other factors that will be used to determine if a property is empty include whether mail addressed to the home is redirected elsewhere.The government will have to demonstrate that a home has been unoccupied for six months in order to declare it empty. The administration plans to set up a register of empty homes and a system of inspection to verify if a property is unoccupied. The embargo of a home will only apply to situations which affect the permanent home of a family and where eviction could lead that family to find itself in a situation of “social exclusion”. Such cases will also only apply when a significant deterioration in the economic circumstances of the family since the mortgage on the home was granted, can be demonstrated. Embargoes will only be enforced in cases where a family’s income is no more than three times the monthly benchmark amount for entitlement to social assistance and grants, which for this year has been set at 532 euros per month. Report by


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New villa on 3.200 m2 plot, living area 120 m2. Large lounge/ diner, 2 beds, one single bedroom, 2 baths, kitchen, utility room. Southfaced terrace, beautiful views. Large, bright, lounge Built in wardrobes, central aircon pre-installed. Near ameneties, Murcia 15 mins, Fortuna Spa 10 mins, beaches & airports Alicante & San Javier 45 mins . Mains water, needs solar panels (€10.000 approx.). A beautiful home for an incredible price

Townhouse, very Spanish! 85 m2 built, garden of 80 m2. Within a beautiful hamlet with Spanish neighbours, near to La Pedrera lake. 2 bedrooms, bathroom with shower (in the courtyard), diner, garage. With a bit of TLC could be a cozy home. Beache of Pilar de la Horadada and Torrevieja 20 mins, drive, Orihuela town 12 mins drive, Airports Alicante and San Javier 35 mins drive





Cozy mountain retreat 10 mins drive to Pinoso. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, dressing room, open plan kitchen/diner, lovely lounge with rustic open fireplace, workshed, large terrace off mains bedroom, wide views to mountains, garden with high trees, off-road parking, space for pool. Neighbours around. Beautifully fitted and furnished. A lovely low maintenance country retreat with character.


Ref: E-1892

Country home fully re-furbished 75 m2 on 6.800 m2 plot, 10 mins drive to Fortuna, neighbours around.Asphalted access, 2 bedrooms, lounge with open fire place, large country style kitchen, utility room, bathroom, large porch with stunning views to mountains, roof terrace, dogs garden. A beautiful character home to relax and to enjoy nature . Mains water and electricity, internet


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1 bed from 36,000€ & 2 bed from 47,000€

Now just 114,950€

Bank & builder special offer. 1 bed 1 bath & 2 bed 1 bath apartments located in Bedar with amazing views. Large terraces, pre-installation for air-con and a central position in Bedar village with all amenities a short stroll away. 80% mortgages available.

Just reduced a stunning 3 bed 2 bath detached villa in the Albox area with amazing views, large covered porch, Jacuzzi, detached garage and a large 1722m2 plot. Build size is 137m2 and the home is presented extremely well.





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Mojácar Playa



Mojácar Playa


Beautifully situated detached villa of 293 m2 on 1,000m2 with superb sea views. 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms. Covered & open terraces with pool. Garage, storeroom & much more.


Mojácar Playa


PRICE 79,995€

2 bed, 1 bath townhouse in Mojacar. This is a heavily reduced home just a few minutes from the beach front and commercial centre centre. Well presented property offers a generous 80m2 build, log burning fire, terrace, communal gardens & a great location!

For more information or viewings please contact us on the details below Tel: 950 469 592


South-facing ground floor apartment of 70m2+ 12m2 terrace on possibly one of the smartest urbanisations. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Lovely community gardens & pool. In walking distance of shops & beaches.


An amazing home in Arboleas with many extras. The 3 bed 2 bath villa includes a solarium, pool, car port, covered porch, mature gardens, shady gazebo and the option of taking the property fully furnished subject to a close offer being agreed.

Mojácar Playa

Lovely modernised townhouse of 60m2 + 20 m2 private terrace with sea views. 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom. Furnished. Pretty communal gardens & off street parking. Less than 5 mins walk to the beach.

Pretty end of terrace bungalow of 67m2 on 193m2 with roof terrace. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Community garden. Furnished. Short distance to shops, beach & restaurants. Tel: +34 950 478 915 Fax: +34 950 478 963


...FOOD news ...FOOD news

YELLOW STONE BAR Piedra Amarilla, Partaloa Tel: 634 332 178

Stilton’s boost in cheese war

A great British cheese is under threat -because young people are afraid to eat the mould, according to a new report balanced taste. Now the Co-operative, which actively supports British producers, is calling upon leading TV chefs to join their campaign to save the traditional cheese, As well as producing new customer recipes which using Stilton, it believes that the likes of Jamie Oliver, Heston Blumenthal and Nigel Slater have can play a vital role in making Stilton great again. Said Mr Cloudy: ‘Cookery programmes are watched by millions of people every week. Seeing British chefs using Blue Stilton would help a new generation of consumers to discover what a wonderful ingredient Blue Stilton is. ‘We also want to make the cheese popular again to help British cheese producers. Local companies employing local people depend upon Stilton sales to make a living. We hope that our campaign will help Blue Stilton cheese makers of all sizes continue to thrive for decades to come.’ Industry expert say that the number of people under the age of 45 buying Blue Stilton has dropped by 18 per cent in the last two years alone. Consumption by those under 30 years of age has

dropped by 23 per cent. And few people under the age of 25 would consider buying it regularly. Blue Stilton was first produced in Britain in 1730 and is named after the village of Stilton where the cheese was first made. Blue mould is encouraged to grow on the cheese deliberately to create a distinctive acidic tang which blends perfectly with the cheese’s rich, creamy texture - and it is perfectly safe to eat. So highly regarded is the cheese that it is the only British variety to have been granted protected trademark status. Only Stilton made from pasteurized cows milk in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire can legally use the name. Just five dairies currently make the cheese. Traditionally Blue Stilton is eaten with port at Christmas, but is often used in classic recipes such as Stilton and Pear salad, and cream of celery or broccoli soup. To enjoy the full flavours of Blue Stilton, it should be removed from the refrigerator approximately one hour before serving, to let the cheese reach room temperature.


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Sales of Blue Stilton have plummeted among younger age groups, and most people who buy the traditional delicacy are approaching middle age, the latest research shows. Industry experts say that the number of people under 45 buying Blue Stilton has dropped by 18 per cent in the last two years alone. Consumption by those under 30 has slumped by 23 per cent and few people under 25 would consider buying it regularly. But cheese experts are warning that if the trend continues it could mean that Blue Stilton, which has been in production in the UK for almost 300 years, would only be available overseas. Now The Co-op has decided to step in to lend British Stilton producers a helping hand. It has issued an emergency SOS - Save Our Stilton - to shoppers to protect Blue Stilton’s unique flavours and taste. Said Co-operative cheese buyer Mark Cloudy: “ This cheese is part of Britain’s heritage. We can’t stand by and let it fade away - yet the people who like it are getting old. ‘Millions of young people have been taught not to eat food with mould on it, and that view is having a catastrophic effect upon Blue Stilton. They take one look at the blue veins running through the cheese and then turn away. ‘We want to tell everyone just how good Blue Stilton is. It is one of the best cheeses in the world, and it’s produced here in Britain - but yet few people realise what a gem they have on their own doorstep.’ Ironically, while Blue Stilton is declining in popularity in Britain, overseas buyers can’t get enough of it. The cheese is regarded as a supreme delicacy in Europe and across America, with buyers prepared to pay up to £30 a kilo - over three times the UK price. Some experts even prefer it to the world renowned Roquefort blue cheese from France, because it has less salt and a much smoother,



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Viewers complain about ‘stomach-turning’ hygiene on Masterchef

Masterchef bosses have been criticised by viewers for allowing contestants to get away with ‘stomach-turning’ hygiene standards on the show. According to a report by the Mail Online, viewers of the hit BBC1 programme, hosted by judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace, say they have been turned off the cookery contest by the contestants’ kitchen habits. In one episode, viewers watched as a contestant’s sweat dripped into a sauce, while in another a female chef’s long hair was seen dangling over her lamb tagine. Other turn-offs included contestants wearing jewellery and nail varnish in the kitchen and crosscontamination of food. Viewers have posted on a BBC message board complaning about the standards of hygiene. One poster on the BBC Points of View online messageboard wrote: ‘When you are cooking food for other people I think that hygiene standards need to be some what higher! ‘Rings and nail varnish on fingers and greasy hair falling into food is not really nice and I often wonder how Gregg and John can so happily tuck into it when they must surely have seen how the food is prepared. It puts me off yuuk!’ Another viewer wrote: ‘Does the production team know anything about food hygiene? John Torode certainly does that’s for sure but the contestants certainly don’t! ‘I just watched the episode aired on the 17th (April) and I am concerned about the mass catering challenge. ‘One of the contestant’s hair was almost being stirred into her lamb dish whilst the other contestants were using the first chopping boards

they came to........ Red for vegetables.....Yellow boards for fruit? ‘Picky picky but I teach this for a living and I teach about cross contamination which includes colour coded chopping boards. ‘Does the BBC care what it’s teaching the public or are they only concerned with recipes.’ Another viewer responded: ‘I’m with you! One episode saw someone drip sweat into a sauce, barf! ‘Also the wearing of rings and/or nail varnish also turns my stomach. When I was a gel strictly hair tied back, no jewellery and if we had nail varnish on, off to the science lab to get it taken off with acetone.’ Viewers said they were disgusted by an episode in which the cooks were sent to Heathrow Airport to prepare lunch for 200 employees. During the challenge 27-year-old contestant Shivi Ramatour’s long hair was seen spilling out of her chef’s hat as she stirred her lamb tagine. Dozens of viewers took to Twitter to point out the incident. One viewer tweeted: ‘Why are none of these chefs in #masterchef wearing hairnets in the professional kitchen? I hope the customers like beef a la hair.’ A MasterChef spokeswoman said: ‘When filming in professional kitchens we always follow the guidelines required by the restaurant in question. ‘Any contestant with long hair will be asked to tie it back or wear a hat because they are cooking for the general public. ‘We do not insist on using hats and hair nets in the studio kitchens but hygiene remains an issue of great importance.’

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Activities at Friday 3rd May

‘Rod Stewart Sings’ plus all your favorites

Come along and enjoy the voice of

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FREE Admission Booking a table is advisable

Monday Line Dancing 2.30 - 4.30 with Eleanor & Gilly


Tuesday Quirky Quiz - 7:30pm

Wednesday Line Dancing with Carrie

Beginners 7.15 -8 pm 8 til late Mixture of Levels

Thursday Ceroc Dancing & Fun Social

Night 7:30pm

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...FOOD news ...FOOD news Britain’s disastrous wheat harvest halts production of Weetabix minis

Weetabix has had to halt production of some of its breakfast cereals as a result of a poor quality wheat harvest, it has been revealed. Supplies of Minis and Oatibix Bites have fallen victim to last year’s disastrous wheat harvest which led to a combination of low yield and poor quality crops, according to trade magazine The Grocer. According to a report by Mail Online, leading High Street supermarket chains have been running out of Minis and have put up notices alerting shoppers to the production problem causing the supply shortage. The 2012 wheat crop was one of the worst for decades and the cereal company has been forced to stop producing all but one line in the two mini ranges while it changes its production methods to counteract the poor quality of the wheat. The company which is committed to using only British wheat says the problem has been building since last year but says it did not run into significant capacity problems until late last month when it notified retailers. Production of all Minis varieties excluding chocolate chip - the most popular - had

been halted and production of Oatibix, which do not contain wheat, has been halted as a knock-on effect of the changes. A spokesman for Weetabix Food Company told The Grocer: ‘The lower density of the wheat from last year’s harvest has led to operational issues.’ He added that the changes made to the production process had resulted in ‘significant’ engineering work and forced it to reduce output at the Burton Latimer site in Northamptonshire that produces Minis. Weetabix would not say what volume of production had been affected by the stoppage but claimed the issue was ‘nearly’ resolved and that the products would be back in full production shortly. The magazine says that the early signs for this year are not good because the cold weather meant this year’s planting for the coming season has been poor. The Weetabix problems comes three months after Hovis was forced to abandon its pledge to use 100 per cent British wheat because of the poor harvest.



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served 12.30PM - 5PM includes a complimentary coffee & chocolate booking recommended

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5.95€ in the Bar

Pan-fried Chicken Breast stuffed with fresh tomatoes & feta cheese coated in fresh breadcrumbs Pork Stroganoff 7.45€ Tender pieces of locally sourced Pork cooked in white wine with mushrooms, mustard, onions & cream Smokey Trout Salad 7.95€

Beer-battered cod

homemade chips & peas FRIDAYS 12.30pm - 9pm

Fresh Smoked Trout served on a bed of fresh salad with a horseradish vinaigrette & warm crusty bread

booking advisable


tapas choice of 10 all 1€ 12:30-9pm

lite menu

Homemade Starters

salads, burgers, wraps

2.50€ each


Scrumptious Homemade Puddings

12:30-3:30PM 6€

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Tuesdays 6 - 9pm

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Wednesday Midweek Carvery €4.95 served 5pm - 10pm

Sunday Carvery €6.95 served 1pm til 5pm

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OPPOSITE THE PLAYA LUNA hotel, roquetas urb

Burty’s BAR Playa Serena, roquetas de mar

sun - fri from 11am - 6pm Closed saturday

huge sunny terrace us bar and spacio Come and Catch the Winter Sun Tuesday pie night 5.30pm - 8.30pm

Steak & Ale, chicken, Bacon & Mushroom or Mince, Onion & Potato with chips & mushy peas or potatoes & vegetables. €6.95 Booking essential by 6pm Monday

Every Thursday

Special Steak Night 5pm – 8.30pm

6oz Sirloin Steak, Real Chips, Fried Onion, Mushrooms & Mixed Salad Only 8.95€ Larger Steaks & Baby Fillet Available

Booking Essential By 6pm Wednesday

Tapas served from 1 pm Next Table top Sale

26th may call to reserve a table

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bingo 2.30pm

anglican church service 3rd thursday of the month 11:30am

next service 16th May

Opposite Playa Luna Hotel between Oasis & New York New York. Tel: 679 156 715

HELP FOR HEROES CHARITY APPEAL 2013 Dave and Yvonne, Y Da Wakes, kick started the 2013 Help for Heroes appeal with a table top and colossal cake sale on Wednesday, 24th April. The event was supported by many people and Brian Kenney provided entertainment which was enjoyed by all. Here is Orphan Ted who was found abandoned in Roquetas. A competition will be held throughout the summer to name him. During the summer the local bars that support the appeal will be fostering him (see the Sol Times to find out what he is doing every week!). Befriend him on Facebook at Bearabouttown – have your photo taken with him for a 1 Euro donation and see yourself on his Facebook page.At the end of the summer whoever successfully names him will be asked to adopt him and care for him during the winter. The amount raised so far including proceeds from the first event (268 Euro) and from collection boxes around the resort is 487 Euro. Further events are planned throughout the year, details of which will be published in the Sol Times...





NOT FOR THE FAINT-HEARTED, BUT WILL BE VERY, VERY FUNNY, SO BOOK EARLY WITH JON OR DEBRA TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT First come, first reserved! A SMALL DONATION WOULD BE APPRECIATED TO: THE RBL POPPY APPEAL Further details can be obtained from Barry, Poppy Appeal Organiser on mobile 605 313 590

FTG Notice

The ‘Friday Tapas Group’ meet up at 1pm each week (Friday) and the venues for the next three weeks are as follows:

3rd May: Lady Lay & La Bodeguina, C/Sierra Nevada 10th May: Bar Macarena, near Hotel Sabinal 17th May: Bar Jaen, on Av.Meditteraneo 24th May: Marley’s, in the Urb 31st May: Bar California, Las Marinas

Anyone is welcome to join in and have a laugh, exchange views and ideas. The more, the merrier and the bar owners enjoy it too!

Mini Hollywood

Tabernas, Carretera National 340km, Desierto de Tabernas, Almeria Open 12:00 - 18:00 TEL: 950 365 236 / 950 362 884

A simulated Wild West town

There are daily shows of Wild West scenes, some outside depicting shoot-outs and a hanging (not a real one!) some inside with dancing and bar scenes. There is a museum, a photo gallery with costumes available for customers to wear for their souvenir photos shoot, restaurants, a train for transport around the quite extensive zoo, there is a big swimming pool and a playground for the children.

Cabo del Gato The Cabo de Gata covers 61km and is protected by Unesco as a Biosphere Reserve, due to its high ecological value. There are many hiking trails, as well as several villages of interest around the coastline. There are also many beaches with cliffs, capes, and volcanic hills as a backdrop. Wildlife in the Park include eagles, pink flamingo, wall lizards, grass snakes, to name a few. There are many beaches in the Park. Most are situated at the east and south end, and although popular during the summer, the Cabo de Gata beaches are have a rural feel to them, and do not get full to the brim with holiday makers.

what’s on

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 - 2:30pm Bingo Tuesday - Pie Night Thursdays - Quiz 2:15pm Thursday - Steak Night Table Top Sale - 26th May Bar cARDIES................................... NOW OPEN!! See our advert on the BACK PAGE! bar Chaplins..................................... Opening Hours: Open 1pm til’ close Tuesday to Sunday, 5pm til’ close Monday Wednesday: Rib Night Friday: Chip Shop Day - Fish’n’Chips etc served from 1pm, Quiz Night Saturday Night - Buy One Get One Free on ALL MEALS plus 1€ Drinks! TEL: 950 335 022 lady lay.............................................. Tuesday Night - Curry Night Wednesday - Quiz - twice monthly Saturday - Super Saturday Special Sunday - Sunday Lunch from only 3.50€ NEW YORK, NEW YORK........................... Wednesday - Carvery 5pm-10pm Friday - Fish’n’Chips Sunday - Carvery 1pm-5pm Revita Natural Health and Relaxation centre.......................... Calle Tortola 4, Roquetas De Mar Tel 950 333 048 Tai Chi - Tuesday & Thursday 10am

La Grappa

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pb’s - the return coming soon! Y Da wakes......................................... SKY SPORTS Monday 8:30pm Bingo Roquetas Bridge Club........................ meets on Monday’s at 15.00. For more information please contact Alison Ferguson 950349749 or Sue Barlow 950 333 344 the Royal british legion................... forthcoming events Fundraising for 2013 poppy appeal 9th May – 3pm - Comedy afternoon with Mrs Brown at Bar Chaplins – book with Jon or Deb on 950 335 022 13th June – Open Pool Competition – 6pm registration for 6:30pm draw – The Lodge – call Barry on 605 313 590 for further details

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I’ve always been rather narked that we didn’t get Winter Fuel Allowance. I probably would have accepted it as ‘just one of those things’ if it hadn’t been for the extreme smugness and lack of indoor winter clothing exhibited by those who did get their allowance. So just after Christmas, when I discovered that the rules had been changed, I downloaded the relevant forms and set to, being careful to dot all the i’s and cross all the t’s. Having checked and double checked that all was correct, legible, in the right boxes and written in the right coloured ink I sent it off and forgot about it. In the middle of April I remembered it, and realised that we had had no communication at all from the Department of Work and Pensions; I could have said ‘Oh dear, never mind’ in a mild tone of voice, but instead I readied myself for electronic battle via the Department’s website. Contact us if you require further information, the website cooed. Too right I will! I composed an e-mail of honeyed sweetness on their Reply form asking whether it was normal for the Department to take 4 months to acknowledge a claim, and

By Jos Biggs

viewpoint alqueria - THE BANK ROBBERY

clicked Send. Within seconds the Department responded: We can’t answer requests for information unless accompanied by your N.I. number, it said. Ha! You’re not choking me off that easily! I re-sent the message, including the magic number. Within seconds the reply came back. We can not respond to e-mails which include N.I. numbers. Right! That’s the end of Mrs Nice! Now you are going to get Mrs Angry! Not just Mrs Angry, but Mrs Angry on the phone –I’m going to go into Albox to the Locoturio and have it out with a human! The moment, however, was not right, and I resolved to make the call the next time I was in Albox and not in a hurry – I wanted time to rally my forces, assemble my arsenal, and make sure that I had the high ground. That moment was going to be yesterday – sunny and warm, and just right for an argument about Winter Fuel Allowances. I sat on the porch listening to the bees busying themselves among the wild sage and bottlebrush and leafing through the post before setting out to deal a sound verbal thrashing to some innocent employee of Her Majesty’s Government. Among the day’s post was a letter – containing notification of the payment of our Winter Fuel Allowance! Oh. Well, that’s all right, then. Have a nice day, Department of Work and Pensions!

A Fishy Tale of High Technology

I had a moment of deep reflection yesterday as I stood in the kitchen, furiously surveying the tomato sauce Morse-coded across my recently washed and ironed Zara polo shirt. When my temperature had subsided back to something resembling normality and I had exhausted my considerable vocabulary of filthy words accumulated over a lifetime of debauchery and licentiousness, I thought back to 2009 which saw the 40th anniversary of the first manned moon landing, when Neil Armstrong declared “One small step for Man One almighty leap for Mankind. . . . .” or whatever it was he actually said. And in the same vein I pondered about the much talked about future Mars mission, which apparently is in an advanced stage of planning at NASA. Although personally I think it’s all a front because if the Yanks had the means or the money to undertake such a mission, it would have been done long before now. I mean, they landed on the Moon forty four years ago and Mars is just a bit further away that’s all. Mind you, I believe that the way things are going with the emerging super economies in the east and the shift in the world’s

financial power bases; it may well be a Chinese or Indian that first sets foot on the red planet. Oh God - more bazaars, corner shops and restaurants. It will give a whole new meaning to the term ‘takeaway’. Judging by recent history though, there is a very good chance that it may be Richard Branson who beats them all to it – in a balloon. I wouldn’t put it past him. But anyway . . . I thought about my supa dupa, state of the art 160-gigabyte iPod, which holds all of my 500 plus CD’s, and then some; all in a pocket sized stainless steel case no bigger than a pixie’s handbag. I pondered the latest pieces of 21st century gadgetry designed to record any television programme in sparkling HD and which would be utterly lost on me because I still haven’t mastered the old video recorder and never will. And I cogitated on the latest iPhones and lap tops; so called smart TV’s with 3D and solar powered garden gnomes. I therefore wondered why, with all this advanced science, somebody has not been able to come up with a ring pull can, that even with the greatest care, doesn’t go “boing” as it comes away from the tin and splatters – in this case sardine flavoured tomato sauce – across me, the ceiling and next doors Toyota. Someone get onto it, PLEASE! By Colin Bird :


As the date crept ominously closer, you may remember the inevitable increase in chatter across the internet and newspapers, about December 2012 and the impending end of the world as forecast by the

Mayan astrologers of South America. You know . . . those people who were so smart at predicting the future, that they were unable to spot the end of their own civilisation and disappeared off the face of the Earth leaving their cities and dirty underwear behind them. But come the day, nothing happened. Zilch, nada . . . not even a tremble on the Richter needle. I tell you, watching that sort of disaster stuff on the box – particularly on the History Channel - sometimes gives me an overwhelming urge to run naked through the terminal at Alicante airport, and yell at the Ryanair staff . . . ‘How’s that for excess baggage!’ Everything these days seems to be all about the impending end of the world, the appearance of the Anti Christ or exploding

breast implants. And as if by way of confirmation of approaching doom, the weather has gone stark staring bonkers – even more stark staring bonkers than last year when it was supposedly the most stark staring bonkers in recorded history. Earthquakes, hur ricanes, the breakup of JLS and other disasters dominate the headlines on a daily basis. My dear old Mum always blamed the planet’s ills on the scientists. A bad bout of weather – “That’s the atom bomb”, she’d say straight faced. A plague of greenfly – “It’s sending all them rockets up into space”, she would solemnly declare tapping the side of her nose knowingly. Everything from boils to late coal deliveries would be blamed on the blokes with frizzy hair, thick glasses and scuffed shoes.

John MacDonald (El Sordo) -

Have a Nice Day


The bank robbery took place, as far as can be established some six hours after the people of Alqueria were put on their honour. Put on trust to uphold the unwritten laws of the Village. Those of a more cynical nature may wonder what caused this delay. A note left at the scene written in an illegible childish scrawl, which could therefore have been penned by anyone in Alqueria read, “The Hooded Terror Strikes Again”. José Cabrasilbido, the local policeman immediately checked all the shops in the Pueblo to see if any hoods had been sold. He’s not the sharpest tool in the box. It wasn’t so much the ‘blind leading the blind’ but the ‘daft leading the intellectually challenged’. The Raro is the currency of Alqueria and is backed by the Remitroot crop, however foreign debts are settled with Remitroot products and not hard currency. The Raro being exclusively domestic. If this robbery was carried out by outsiders then the authorities must be on the lookout for a group of highly trained idiots. If it was an ‘inside job’, any individual becoming immediately super rich would naturally attract attention. The idiot scenario again. As Alqueria has more idiots per square metre than anywhere else in western Europe, north America of course is another matter it is a good guess that the culprit is someone local. The Banco de Bolsillo-Profundo isn’t an institution of renown. Investment bankers aren’t exactly queuing for the benefit of its manager’s advice. Briefcase Frederico, the manager is to banking what Rasputin was to sobriety and clean living. Among his investment advice are such gems as the ‘Iberian Banana Straightening Company’, the ‘Little Ball, Big Ball, Bigger Ball Bearing Factory of Baghdad’ and ‘The Deep-Water Dredging Company of Addis Ababa’. His advice is universally ignored, he is merely the custodian of Alqueria’s printed currency. Now the bank was devoid of cash, Frederico seemed strangely relaxed. This didn’t last for long as Frederico was the prime suspect and rightly so. He had been using the bank as an extension to his own wallet for years in much the same way as politicians regard public coffers. He appears to have had the sense not to be too extravagant, either that or he lacked the necessary imagination to really enjoy the cash. He staged the robbery to cover his tracks and sold the money to a well known board-game manufacturer. The embarrassment of having the national currency used to buy little plastic hotels and houses prompted the Alquerian authorities to cover up the incident. In an example to all European bankers they simply printed more money and restocked the vault. Everyone seemed happy with the solution apart from Briefcase Frederico. He left Alqueria and settled in Brussels, where he thought he would be appreciated.

And I am beginning to think she may have had something after all, because I blame those same weird members of the corduroy brigade for the oily red stains on my new shirt.

God knows how I am going to explain it to my wife; she hates washing and ironing at the best of times without having to repeat the process . . . ...And they were her sardines...

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Across 1 Artist in front’s colourful arc (7) 5 Blokes return with English sister goddess (7) 9 In hippo, lion might find disease (5) 10 Brief moment up in Andorra explosion usually long and straight (5,4) 11 Carry upside-down creature and mother at Republican church (4-5) 12 Loft a two-timer one century (5) 13 Small, yet funny infection (4) 15 Might it amount to change? (8) 18 The East, without being torn asunder beneath the surface (8) 19 Must not initially point at journalist (4) 22 Surplus tax mixes with Queen (5) 24 Little creature would reportedly love you and me, and the French outside (9) 26 8 taps breaking food (9) 27 Cost of soft grain? (5) 28 Padre’s servant showing chest! (7) 29 Uneven surface at first newspaper in 7 (7)

16 Ascot I see strangely keeping your drinks warm? (3,6) 17 6 balls (American) in Gateshead employing too much (9) 20 Thoroughly acquainted with 5 English reds, sort of (6) 21 Slippery eel in 7 vegetable (6) 23 “Annoy”, as in “support” (5) 24 Conflict without drink - almost liquid (5) 25 Fickle person might hide outcast (5)



8 A respirator (7) 9 Convertible car (6) 15 Assortment (9) 17 Longing for something past (9)


18 Surgical procedure (9)

2 Not enlargement (9) 3 Evidence (5) 4 Burial chamber (9) 5 Your (archaic) (5) 6 Seeing (9) 7 Concepts (5)

19 Shot glasses (7) 21 Hate (6) 23 Alcove (5) 24 Proof of innocence (5) 26 Jewish teacher (5)

1 Overcharge Post Office in semi-riot (very loud) (3,3) 2 G.N. Elliott’s novel improperly obtained (3-6) 3 Flower toilet in British motorway (5) 4 Crew’s arm I adapted with offences in conflict (3,6) 5 City speed goddess? (5) 6 A new hotel taken by Matthew Short with a new cocktail (9) 7 KO’d after quiet call (5) 8 Entice journalist into Sun (nearly) and church (6) 14 I reportedly initially love trees’ facial hair (9)

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Sudoku is a placement puzzle. Enter the numbers 1 to 9 in each row and column of a grid, made up of 3 x 3 subgrids. The catch is that each row, column and grid must contain only one instance of each number or letter.

1 Suggesting (14) 10 Sound (5) 11 A woman priest (9) 12 Diplomatic (7) 13 The joined continents of Europe and Asia (7) 14 Preen (5) 16 Craft (9) 19 Critical times (9) 20 Lust for wealth (5) 22 Boat in Venice (7)

25 Side-by-side (7) 27 Accompanying (9) 28 Radar echoes (5) 29 Design criteria (14)







motoring TEST DRIVE: Subaru WRX STi

There is a fundamental difference between men and women, aside from the obvious, of course. It is that both view cars in completely contrasting ways. Where lads have memories like Top Trumps cards, easily reciting top speeds and power, girls remember the size and colour. This becomes even clearer when I drive the Subaru WRX STi to the office. “Nice red car and I like the black alloys,” says a young female colleague. “Bet it’s a 2.5-litre with 300bhp,” adds the warehouse manager. I rest my case. It’s interesting that women seem much more interested in aesthetics. And they say men are shallow. On that point of design, the macho bulges such as the bulbous air vent protruding from the bonnet and the flared wheel arches are reminiscent of a bodybuilder’s flexed muscles. This is a far

more obvious muscle car than the Volvo S60 T6, which boasts similar performance but in a more understated package. The WRX feels like a motorist’s protection. Nobody is going to mess with you. This vehicle doesn’t need to be driven fast to be appreciated, either. Once you’ve stopped gawping at the dazzling exterior, the hard Recaro leather sports seats beckon. It’s a comfortable cabin, quite low down and wife Caroline mentions how front occupants have to be slim to be comfortable; too much weight and the Recaro

seats would not hug so well. At work the warehouse manager confirms this point, recalling how his mother could not sit comfortably in the family’s old Impreza and that was the reason it had to be sold. The Impreza became famous when Colin McRae won the world rally championship in 1995. The WRX builds on the Impreza’s successes - it is most definitely a young man’s car, which becomes clear on pressing the ignition switch. There’s a roar from the twin double exhausts not dissimilar to those magnificent Maseratis.

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• If Bayern Munich beat Real Madrid last night and Borussia Dortmund do likewise against Barcelona this evening, Wembley will stage the firstever all-German European/Champions League Cup final on 25 May. • Tomorrow, Chelsea (2-1 ahead) meet Basel in the second leg of their Europa League semi-final. In the other semi-final Benfica trail Fenerbahce 1-0. • Important bottom-of-the-table battles this weekend feature Wigan (18th) v. WBA, Norwich (14th) v. Aston Villa (17th), Sunderland (15th) v. Stoke and West Ham v. Newcastle (16th) in the PL, while on the last day of the Championship, it’s Brighton v. Wolves (23rd), Crystal Palace v. Peterborough (21st) and Huddersfield v. Barnsley (22nd). • There are also four play-off semi-final first legs: Sheffield United v. Yeovil (Friday) and Swindon v. Brentford in FL1, and Bradford v. Burton and Northampton v. Cheltenham in FL2. • Gareth Bale (Spurs) is the 2013 PFA Footballer of the Year and Young Player of the Year. Only twice before has a player won both awards together - Cristiano Ronaldo and Andy Gray. • Newcastle’s 6-0 defeat by Liverpool last Saturday was their heaviest at home (goals conceded) for 60 years, since losing 7-3 to WBA in 1953. • Manchester United can’t beat Chelsea’s seasonal record of 95 PL points after drawing 1-1 at Arsenal on Sunday. • Frank Lampard is now one goal behind Bobby Tambling’s Chelsea record of 202 with a penalty in a 2-0 win over Swansea. • QPR and Reading are officially ‘relegated’ from the Premiership. • Doncaster won the FL1 title after beating Brentford 1-0 with a 96th minute goal. The Bees would have topped the Division but missed a late penalty. • Motherwell will play in Europe next season after beating Celtic 3-1. • There’s an all-Welsh Conference play-off final at Wembley on Saturday with Wrexham playing Newport; the winners and Mansfield will replace Barnet and Aldershot in FL2 for 2013-14. • Liverpool’s Luis Suarez has been banned for ten matches for biting Chelsea star Branislav Ivanovic. • PSG’s David Beckham was sent-off six minutes after coming on as a sub against St Etienne last Sunday. • Ex-Stoke City star Paul Ware has died, aged 42. • Who will win the world snooker championship final on Sunday? Judd Trump perhaps. • Trainer Mohammad Al Zarooni from the Godolphin stable run by the Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rachid El Maktoum, has been banned from racing for eight years. Fifteen horses under his control will not be allowed to run for six months. • The 2013 Heineken Cup final will feature two French clubs - Clermont against Jonny Wilkinson’s Toulon. • Lancashire’s Jordan Clark has become the first Englishman ever to hit six sixes in an over, smashing 36 runs off Yorkshire spinner Gurhan Randhawa. Only four other cricketers have struck six-sixes in an over - Sir Garfield Sobers, Herschelle Gibbs (West indies) and Ravi Shastri and Yuvraj Singh (India). • Chris Gayle, has recorded the quickest century in cricket history, in just 30 balls, playing for Bangalore Royal Challengers in the Indian Premier 20/20 League. Gayle also hit the highest-ever 20/20 score (175 not out). • Boxer Amir Khan returned to winning ways with victory over Mexican Julio Diaz at Sheffield. • Cyclist Chris Froome triumphed in Italy’s Tour of Romandia. • Rafael Nadal won the Barcelona Open for the eighth time in nine years. • GB’s sailors collected ten medals (three gold) in the World Cup Regatta. • The top earners in football (annual salary) are players Messi £27.5m, Beckham £26.2m and Ronaldo £24.3m and managers Mourinho £12.3m, Ancelotti £11.2m and Guardiola £7.8m. Beckham also tops the Sunday Times’ sport ‘rich list’ with a bank balance of £165m.

angling news Shore Fishing: I tried chucking a 110g stainless steel Dexter wedge between the chiringuito and start of the rocks on Macenas beach. I didn’t see a fish I’m afraid but at least this time the dogs stayed reluctantly by my side. I can tie a mono leader to braid mainline but 100 casts takes its toll on the knot and in the end me and my wedge parted company. There is a very special knot for this purpose that is only possible to tie if you have three hands or a useful little tool I know the tackle shop in Villaricos has, so it’s off there soon for me. ‘London Bill’ caught another sea bass from Macenas rocks, again on a small silver spoon. He also fished at Garrucha and caught various small bream and wrasse species, all too small to eat. Boat Fishing: ‘Pugwash Pete’ went out with his son ‘Landing net Joe’ and they positioned themselves opposite the Repsol garage where they caught lots of pickerel, mackerel and red snappers. I went out with ‘Orca Steve’ and was joined by ‘Chef Jeremy’ and his mate ‘Mojacar Peter’. The wind was off the sea but not too strong and we managed to drift fish for most of our trip. Drifting from 90 to 40 feet it was at 70 feet each drift we hit into massive shoals of small fish, mainly pickerels, pandoras, tiny weavers and red snappers. Steve caught a nice saddled bream and I had two octopuses. One I think Jeremy hooked a few minutes earlier but it fell off as he brought it to the surface, he wasn’t impressed. Jeremy also wasn’t impressed when after mentioning he has never caught a trigger fish one came to the surface, no doubt following the baits to see where they

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stableford on Monday 22nd April with Jarlath Staunton making the adjustment from Irish conditions to win in Spain with 38 points, Frank Varey (35) was second on countback from Ali Mahmud (35). Thursdays team competition was best two to count, played in threeballs. The weather was less than perfect but all the teams managed to dodge the worst of the rain to finish. 1st John Lally, Steve Dimmock and Jim Budd 78 points 2nd Linda King, Maurice Walsh and Jarlath Staunton 73 points 3rd Margaret Budd, Brian Mayhew and Ali Mahmud 71 points Marina Phoenix play Mondays (individual) and Thursdays (team game). To join us for a €25 greenfee. Ring Jim on 950 162 727 / 600 353 670 or Rosalie 950 397 117/ 697 512 882

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were coming from. It was interested in the plastic bead on my line and so I reeled up quickly and presented it with a choice of hooks baited with raw prawn. After it stole the first piece of prawn its confidence got the better of it and it took the 2nd hook. Within two seconds it was in the boat for a quick photo and not only because it was a bit small it caused so much name calling from Jeremy and satisfaction on my part it had to go back like the two octopus before it. Jeremy was chuffed to catch a new species, a wide eyed flounder. See photo of me with one of my octopuses. It was nice to see a couple of dolphins between the harbour entrance and the Repsol garage. Coarse Fishing: Remember ‘Dangerous Brian’ who used to live in Mojacar? He’s kept on with his fishing hobby and is catching some nice carp in the UK. ‘Puentes Ray’ made visit to Puentes on Friday with his friend John and it was a lovely morning, very warm with the water still dropping. They fished Ray’s favourite spot and tactics was swim feeder with size 14 hair rig and sweetcorn as bait. John fished a Polaris float using a 12 foot match rod and they started getting good bites within 10 minutes.

By 11am they had 32 carp in the net and lost lots due to snags and John had one nice carp around 5lb. The weather continued to be warm but comfortable so there was no need for brolly. Things slowed down during the afternoon but by 7pm they ended up with 57 carp and 2 barbel. Fish were generally in the 1-2lb range which is smaller than usual from this spot but nevertheless a great days fishing. Two matches fished on Pedrera Lake in Murcia were won with weights of 71lbs and 39lbs, weights are improving. The Albox fishing club meets every two weeks or so at Bar Wassy. For details of the next meeting tel Sid 634 313 650. For up to date information on any of the above see men at the Beachcomber Bar Restaurant on Mojacar Playa or tel 950 473 099. In case of difficulty reaching me (Probably out fishing) ask staff for my mobile number. You can also contact me on Facebook @ ‘John Beachcomber Mojacar’. Tight lines, Beachcomber John



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