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Pensioner shoots Heartbreaking note from inseparable couple who jumped to their deaths himself dead in because they ‘didn’t want to be a burden’ gun shop Michael Belford, 76, asked to look at a shotgun in John Powell Gun Makers in Reigate, Surrey, before loading it with his own ammunition, which he had brought with him, and shooting himself. The incident has been passed to the Independent Police Complaints Commission due to recent contact Mr Belford had with Surrey Police. Mr Belford, who had recently moved out of his home in the town, which he shared with Sylvia Hare, 74, was living at an address in Redhill at the time of his death. He walked into the gun store on Church Street, Reigate, and asked to look at a shotgun, which he proceeded to load with his own ammunition before shooting himself. Around a dozen police cars and paramedics raced to the scene, but Mr Belford was declared dead inside the shop.

Detective Inspector Antony Archibald, who investigated the death, said: “Detectives carried out an investigation into the circumstances surrounding Mr Belford’s death and we now believe there was no third party involvement or suspicious circumstances surrounding the death and a file is being prepared for the coroner.”

Glenys and Royston Smith, 88 and 91, were struggling to hold on to their independence because of their failing health, and had told friends they were terrified of being sent to separate care homes.

The couple climbed up to their bedroom windowsill late at night on December 2 last year, put their hats on and, using an upturned washing up basin as a step, fell 30ft to the ground below. Police investigating the death found a note to their two sons written in marker pen on a whiteboard in their kitchen, saying ‘Sorry boys. This is the best way. Too much pain.’ An inquest into their deaths, which rules that they were suicides, found that the couple died of traumatic injuries caused by the fall. They were discovered the next morning lying face down beneath their open window, side-by-side. The frail couple had been faced with a variety of ailments, and were aware of plans to move them into care. An inquest into the deaths in Bournemouth heard how Mrs Smith suffered from a debilitating, painful back problem as well as osteoporosis. Mr Smith was taking medicine for prostate cancer, and both he and his wife had poor eyesight. The great-grandparents, who had

been married 67 years, had said just days before that they felt unable to go on, and were afraid of burdening their family. Cindy Hoyle, the building’s caretaker who found the couple, said Mr Smith had told her days before of his concerns. She told the inquest: ‘I told him they had a wonderful family and I was sure they didn’t mind,’ she told the court. ‘They were very much in love and didn’t want to be without each other.’ Mrs Hoyle told the inquest she found the couple at 8am on December 3 last year beneath their open window, which was about 30ft above. She said: ‘I could see they were both lying face down, but I could see it was them and I recognised their clothing. ‘I knew straight away that they were dead. I could see the bedroom window was wide open and I realised at this point that Glenys and Royston had fallen from that window. They were very much in love and didn’t want to be without each other.’ Sheriff Payne, the Bournemouth coroner, recorded a verdict of suicide. He said:’I conclude that they jointly decided to take their own lives, they decided that suicide was the only future for the two of them.’



Yuzuru Hanyu wins Japan’s first figure skating gold

However, his performance was not without drama: The 19-year-old fell twice in the free skating final but prevailed thanks to a world record triple-digit score of 101.45 in Thursday’s short programme, and errors from his rivals. His record performance all but cemented victory the following day. That inspiring effort gave the teenager some leeway in the ensuing free skate, and although his performance was less graceful, he overcame some mishaps to run away with the gold, amassing an overall score of 280.09 through the two events.

Not only did he fall on his opening jump, a quad salchow, but he also crashed on his third, a triple flip. That left plenty of room for Canada’s Patrick Chan to skate through to the top of the podium, but he made three errors in a watered-down program to finish second. Kazakhstan’s Denis Ten, the world silver medallist, took the bronze. Hanyu, also the first Asian to win figure skating gold, became the youngest winner of the Olympic men’s title since American Dick Button in 1948.

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Sir Tom Finney the former England winger dies, aged 91

Sir Tom Finney, the former Preston North End and England winger who is widely regarded as one of the finest players this country has ever produced, has died aged 91. Finney, the oldest living England International, was one of the iconic footballers of the immediate post-Second World War years, a hugely popular figure who symbolised a golden era. Blessed with fantastic natural ability and fitness, Finney earned the nickname the “Preston Plumber” as a result of his second profession. In an era dominated by amateur values in sport, Finney, who was born in the shadow of the club’s Deepdale Stadium, used to earn £14 a month at Preston – around £100 in today’s money – and was forced to look for other work to top up his income. His status was such that Preston, the club where he spent his entire career, were rather unfairly dubbed the “Preston Plumber and his 10 drips” He made his senior debut in 1946 and appeared 433 times for the club over 14 years, scoring 187 goals. He was capped 70 times by England, scoring 30 goals. Preston named a stand after him, made him club president, and placed a statue in his honour, and last week held a minute’s silence before their League One game against Leyton Orient. A statement on the club’s website said: “Preston North End have been informed of the extremely sad news of the passing


of Sir Tom Finney. “Sir Tom was the greatest player to ever play for Preston North End and one of the all-time greats for England. “The thoughts of everyone at the club, and those connected with it, are with his family at this time.” Although widely regarded as one of the superstars of his generation, Finney’s career was also notable for the fact he failed to land any of the game’s major prizes. He was the key player in a Preston side that just missed out on the league title in 1953, before losing to West Bromwich Albion in the FA Cup final the following year. Preston were also runners up in the First Division in 1958, ensuring the club’s most famous son ended his career without a winner’s medal. Prior to his successful playing career, Finney had served in the army in the Second World War. Many observers who saw him play are adamant he deserves to be ranked among the world’s best. He was the first footballer to be named Player of the Year twice, winning the award in 1954 and 1957. The former Liverpool manager Bill Shankly once paid tribute to him, saying: “Tom Finney would have been great in any team, in any match and in any age ... even if he had been wearing an overcoat.” It was not isolated praise. Sir Stanley Matthews, the only player who rivalled

Finney in the 1950s, said: “To dictate the pace and course of a game, a player has to be blessed with awesome qualities. Those who have accomplished it on a regular basis can be counted on the fingers of one hand - Pelé, Best, Di Stefano, and Tom Finney.” Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan, who played against Finney as a young defender at Blackburn Rovers, said: “As the opening match to every season Blackburn used to play Preston in a practice game. He recounts “I was put back in for this match at Deepdale and who should I be playing against but Tom Finney. “My first match back after two and a half years and I’ve got probably the finest right-winger there has ever been. And Tom Finney is the perfect gentleman. He never took me on at all. I took the ball off him three times in the first half and when we were coming off I went to him and said: ‘Tom, you’re not taking me on.’ He said: ‘You’ve had some bad luck, son, and I’m not going to take you on, I want you to get through today’s game and get back into the first team.’ I’ll never forget him saying that to me. He was and still is a total gentleman.” The Preston Plumber: a one-club man 1922 Born in house near to Preston’s Deepdale ground 1942 Signed up to the Royal Armoured Corps, fighting with Montgomery’s Eighth Army in Egypt and later as tank driver in campaign to liberate Italy.

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An explosive volcanic eruption on Indonesia’s most populous island blasted ash and debris 18 kilometres (12 miles) into the air last Friday, killing two people while forcing authorities to evacuate more than 100,000 and close six airports. The overnight eruption of Java island’s Mount Kelud could be heard up to 200 kilometres (125 miles) away. Ash and grit fell to earth in towns and cities across the region, including Surabaya, Indonesia’s second-largest city after Jakarta, with a population of about 3 million. In Yogyakarta motorists were forced to switch on headlights in daylight, and the ash lay five centimetres (two inches) deep in some places. Transport Ministry spokesman Bambang Ervan said that the international airport in Surabaya, as well as airports in the cities of Yogyakarta, Solo, Bandung, Semarang and Cilacap were closed due to reduced visibility and the dangers posed to aircraft engines by ash. Virgin Australia said it had cancelled its Friday flights from Australia to several locations due to the eruption, including the resort islands of Bali in Indonesia and Phuket in Thailand. The disaster agency said tremors were still wracking the volcano, but that scientists did not expect another major eruption. It said all villages within 10 kilometres (6 miles) of Kelud — more than 100,000 people — had been evacuated to temporary shelters, but that some villagers were returning

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Seville may have the pasión and Córdoba a medieval charm, but Granada has an edge. Most visitors concentrate solely on the magnificent Alhambra, but if you explore further, you’ll find Andalucía’s hippest, most youthful city, with a ‘free tapas’ culture, innovative bars and intimate flamenco haunts. Here the Islamic past feels recent, as Muslim North Africans make up some 10% of the population; there’s even a modern mosque in the medieval district of the Albayzín. And though Granada looks alpine, with the white-capped Sierra Nevada peaks startlingly close, you could just as easily go swimming down on the coast for the day and be back in time to enjoy the city’s nightlife. Source:


Valencia, Spain’s thirdlargest city, for ages languished in the long shadows cast by Madrid, Spain’s political capital, and Barcelona, the country’s cultural and economic powerhouse. No longer. Stunning public buildings have changed the city’s skyline – Sir Norman Foster’s Palacio de Congresos, David Chipperfield’s awardwinning Veles i Vents structure beside the inner port, and, on the grandest scale of all, the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencas, designed in the main by Santiago Calatrava, local boy made good. An increasingly popular short-break venue, Valencia is where paella first simmered over a wood fire. It’s a vibrant, friendly, mildly chaotic place with two outstanding fine-arts museums, an accessible old quarter, Europe’s newest cultural and scientific complex – and one of Spain’s most exciting nightlife scenes. Source:

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Worst Valentine’s Day Card In History Unearthed By Museum

Despite stiff competition, a museum believes it has unearthed the worst Valentine’s Day card in history. The 100year-old Victorian example features real facial hair stuck on the design to resemble a moustache. The caption reads: “For The New Woman! With St. Valentine’s Heartiest Greetings and Best Hopes that she will receive another (moustache) - With A Man Attached.” Collections facilitator Faye Prior said: “The Victorians were not the prim and proper lot they are often made out to be - they loved the curious and bizarre as much as we do today. It just wasn’t shown in public as much, but even for them this card is remarkable. Whoever thought it was a wise idea to send a

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It is rarely pleasant for true confessions; in fact they can be very rough. Nonetheless confessions set the truth free and keep the record straight. It allows me to give credit, where it is due. Before I talk about my confession, I would like to say a few things first. Many years ago, as a child, something happened to me that changed my life forever. Let me tell you my story: “When I was 7 my family and I moved West across the United Sates. It was an exciting time to travel, find a new home; meet new friends and have a new life full of adventure. Then one day a car in a crosswalk bumped my mother. It was very light and she barely fell over – but then she couldn’t get up. At first I thought she was joking until the ambulance arrived to assist us. Upon arriving at the hospital the doctors did their best but could not discover anything wrong. She was prescribed painkillers and muscle relaxants and sent home with the prognosis that all would be well in a few days. Within a few days, with much dismay, the symptoms did not alleviate in fact they worsened. This time the doctor prescribed even stronger medication and instructed her to go to physical therapy three times a week. We left with new hope. She began her physical therapy care. Unfortunately it did not get the results we so desired. In fact my mother would come home in tears after every session and remained bedridden. Three months transpired with physical therapy and now my mother’s trouble began to impact me. With my father out of the home it left me responsible for cooking, cleaning, walking the dog and caring for my mother and myself. Suddenly my adventure at 7 was quite different and not so exciting. She visited other therapists without results. Time continued to elapse. She spoke with her doctor again who referred her to an orthopedic surgeon. Unfortunately nothing was discovered and surgery to cut & kill the nerve trunk was the only option. This seemed ridiculous for my mother. She was only 26 and now bedridden, taking over 10 tablets a day with extreme pain debilitating almost all activities and

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up looking like a very large green polo mint on a stick. The palm trees just have the previous years dead fronds cut off, but it takes just as long because they are taller – requiring a hydraulic lift - and often not easily accessed. Look away now if like me, you’re no good at sums. This may sound like one of those exercises we all had in junior school, because it is. Here we go. If it takes one man one hour to prune a tree and he works eight hours a day, five days a week, how many trees per week will ten men prune? Got it? Yes, just what I said, an awful lot! Those ten men don’t spend all year pruning trees; according to the head of the council parks department Miguel Sanchez, they devote about six months of the year on tree work and the other six months on related gardening jobs; Roughly! They might prune trees for a fortnight, then move on to gardening work and so on. Again, Mr. Sanchez is unsure of how many plants, shrubs, cacti, hedges, yuccas and small ornamental trees his team have to attend to, but, yes you’ve guessed, there are an awful lot. It’s not just the gardens and parks, but all the roundabouts, paths, central road dividers and traffic islands; there are plants everywhere and everything has to be cut back, pruned and trimmed at least once a year, sometimes more. Then there’s the grass, miles and miles of it. Most people will think the grass only needs cutting during the winter, because after all, it’s too hot during the summer for anything to grow; it just goes brown and shrivels. Not the case and here, the parks department have made a rod for their own backs. All the grassed areas in the municipality have sprinkler systems to prevent the grass from going brown and shrivelling, which in turn keeps it green and makes it grow, which of course means it has to be mown and strimmed, all year round. Ah, the green, green grass of mown! With the imminent onset of the tourist season, Mr. Sanchez and his men are working flat out to ensure the grass, trees and gardens of Roquetas will look at their very best for all to appreciate. It’s a daunting task, but one which this highly skilled team of gardeners carries out with supreme expertise. by Martin Shortland

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On Sunday 16th February, the BRITISH ACADEMY OF FILM AND TELEVISION ARTS presented its annual film awards - the BAFTA’S. Historically, the academy came into being on the 16th April 1947 when some of the top names in British film production gathered in Michael Balcon’s suite at the Hyde Park Hotel. Amongst the thirteen men and one woman present was the eminent film director DAVID LEAN and he was appointed the Academy’s first chairman. The fundamental aim of the new organisation was …. “To recognise those who have contributed outstanding creative work towards the advancement of British Film.” When, eleven years later, THE BRITISH FILM ACADEMY merged with THE GUILD OF TELEVISION PRODUCERS AND DIRECTORS, a name change was deemed necessary and thus THE SOCIETY OF FILM AND TELEVISION ARTS came into being. The early working capital for running and maintaining an office suite in Great Portland St. was provided by David Lean himself, who donated the royalties from his epics THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI and DOCTOR ZHIVAGO. A further cash boost came in the early 70’s from H.M. THE QUEEN, when she donated the proceeds from the documentary “ROYAL FAMILY” to the society. With these funds, it was able to move to a new HQ at 195 Piccadilly - a grade II listed building - which was specially converted to house two preview theatres and provide meeting facilities for its members. The building had been opened for the first time in 1882 by the then Prince of Wales, when it served as the galleries for the Royal Society of Painters in Watercolours. So it was somewhat fitting that it was opened by the Queen in 1976 to celebrate a modern day visual medium. It was at this time that the Society became officially known as the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. BAFTA has always enjoyed royal patronage. HRH The Duke of Edinburgh was appointed as its first President in 1959 and apart from one brief period (when the presidency was held by Lord Attenborough), this role has always been filled by a royal. HRH Prince William is the current President. The first BAFTA Awards - just six of them - were presented as part of the Television Ball at the Savoy Hotel on October 24th 1954. Then in 1971, the Academy introduced its FELLOWSHIP AWARD to “recognise the very highest standards of work in film and/ or television”. The first recipient was Alfred Hitchcock. 1976 saw the first appearance of what‘s now recognised as a “BAFTA”. The first was presented by Princess Anne to Sir Charles Chaplin in recognition of his Fellowship. The now familiar award - based on a original bronze of a Grecian Marquette (mask) - was designed by American sculptor MITZI CUNLIFFE and subsequently adopted by BAFTA as its logo. If you can’t picture it, then the now-famous words of Graham Norton may prove helpful. He described it as …. “The Posh Spice of Awards …. a huge face on a stick!” The 30 year involvement of The Princess Royal and her work in raising BAFTA’s profile in the UK and abroad was recognised when 195, Piccadilly was re-named THE PRINCESS ANNE THEATRE. And last year, the Queen herself was honoured when Sir Kenneth Branagh presented her with a special award to recognise her long support of not just the Academy but also of many other industry organisations - the likes of RADA, the Entertainment Artiste’s Benevolent Fund and the Cinema and TV Benevolent Fund. It’s the CTBF that each year receives the proceeds from THE ROYAL FILM PERFORMANCE. So eat you heart out Hollywood, we’re the British Academy and we have the Royal family in our corner! BAFTA currently has branches established in Los Angeles and New York as well as autonomous bodies in Scotland and Wales. Production in the regions is celebrated separately. The BRITISH ACADEMY CYMRU AWARDS takes place each September to recognise not just programmes produced in the Welsh language but a substantial body of other work. It’s worth remembering that major series such as DR.WHO, STELLA and SHERLOCK are all made in Wales. In November it’s the turn of SCOTLAND to have it’s own awards ceremony. A brief look at the nominees and winners for last year suggests that many of the programmes are only seen north of the border but there are some familiar series titles such as MRS BROWN’S BOYS and THE INDIAN DOCTOR. BAFTA , in fact, has a year round schedule of award ceremonies for specific areas of the visual arts. The BAFTA TELEVISION AWARDS will take place on the 18th of May and will be televised. This year there will be 22 categories for individual programmes and series as well as for the people who star in them. Outstanding news coverage, documentaries and outside broadcast events are also honoured. Prior to that, in April, the TELEVISION CRAFT AWARDS recognise the achievements of those involved in the behind-the-camera fields such as writing, production design, sound, costume, hair and make-up, editing and direction. There’s also THE BRITISH ACADEMY GAMES AWARDS for those involved in the Video Games Industry. Amongst the categories are best game, best British game and best debut game. Those working on programming aimed at the non-adult audience sector are recognised in the annual BRITISH ACADEMY CHILDREN’S AWARDS. Jury voted prizes are given side-by-side with popular vote awards including one for the BEST FEATURE FILM for kids. In November 2013, the animated feature DESPICABLE ME 2 was voted the audience winner, beating the likes STAR TREK - INTO DARKNESS MAN OF STEEL and THE HOBBIT. The best comedy award went to TV’s HORRIBLE HISTORIES which is every bit as popular with adults as with children. Finally, there are the BRITANNIA AWARDS, presented by the BAFTA Los Angeles branch to individuals or companies whose work advances the art-form of the moving image. It was awarded for the first time in 1989 to ALBERT “CUBBY” BROCOLLI for his lifetime achievements in film production and especially the creation of the James Bond franchise. This year’s recipients included GEORGE CLOONEY, SIR BEN KINGSLEY and BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH, who was named “British Artist of the Year”. So what’s going to happen at this year’s EE BRITISH FILM AWARDS? (EE is the



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muscle. A “sprained” ankle is often nothing more serious than referred pain from trigger points in the peroneus muscles of the outer side of the lower leg. Many problems of the ankles and feet that get labelled “tendonitis” or a “strained ligament” can be fixed with simple massage of the muscles of the lower leg. Obviously, serious conditions resulting from physical trauma or congenital deformity do affect the ankles and feet of many people. Nevertheless Myofascial trigger points are always part of the picture even when other conditions exist.

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Trigger points in lower leg muscles also produce most ankle pain. Pain in the front of the ankle almost always comes from the shin muscles. Pain around the Achilles tendon in the back of the ankle is usually from the calf

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This week it was suggested by someone, who also makes a living in the computer industry, that I was one of these “born again” computer ‘specialist’ with little experience and no skills. So my thoughts and therefore the warning is this. This person may have been the very thing that he was accusing me of. Please beware that there are as many “cowboy” computer specialists as there are dodgy builders (and I’ve been tricked by some of them too). Be very careful and use someone recommended until they let you down then come to me. Better still – come to me first :-) So much for my week let me tell you about the pro’s and cons of... Ninite! Where are you going? Although this is a children’s term for goodnight that has been used in English parlance since the 18th century, in this case it is a natty little program. What is Ninite? As with every single program there will always be pro’s and con’s. So shall we start the pro’s? It is a stub program, a base for other programs to temporarily connect with. Now for the positives: It is positively TINY (between 256 and 512Kb); It contains a list of the programs that you want to have on your machine; It prevents the

download of all candyware, toolbars and unwanted rubbish that usually comes with so many of these programs; You never have to worry about updates – just run the program again and it will find the latest version; It is smart enough to pick the 64 bit version if you have a 64 machine running a 64 version of windows; You’re constantly updated in the process by a single screen of basic information and finally, If there is no update for a program it will be skipped and you will be given a message saying so; The not so good side of the program (Con’s) are: It uses the default locations for the program, this is only a problem if you have a program that has a version number as part of the folder name, eg libreoffice 1, Libreoffice 2 and so on. I prefer Libreoffice as the location and want the program to either remove the old version and replace it with the new or just overwrite the old version with the new version – both usually work; works best if you turn off your fire wall and antivirus – WHAT!!!! Second is the fact I do use this program while setting up a new computer for clients for all the reasons that you have been given because It works! Plain and Simple – It Works.

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Global Weirding

January was Britain’s wettest winter month in 250 years of recording. 10 of the world’s hottest years have been since 1998! Remember the movie ‘The day after Tomorrow’? Well this January 6/7th a Polar Vortex caused temperatures to drop in the US to as low as 41C breaking the previous record from 4 years earlier of -37C. Australia announced that 2013 was its hottest ever year. Adelaide was declared the hottest city in the world on 16th January as it reached 46 degrees, 500 miles north in a place called Moomba it reached 49.3C. Big business spends vast sums each year ‘sponsoring’ a minority of usually right wing elected representatives and also scientists to try and convince us that Global Warming is either not happening or not caused by fossil fuels. In Britain Lord Lawson the ex Tory Chancellor is the biggest culprit. A few years ago emails were ‘leaked’ from East Anglia University and dubbed ‘Climategate.’ Somewhat coincidentally just days before, Lawson and others launched their charity ‘Global Warming Policy Foundation’ or GWPF. GWPF immediately clamoured for a public enquiry into the theft of the emails and their contents. Despite tax payers money funding three enquiries no wrong doing was found. The Met Office said “there isn’t any evidence that

Beyond Me!

There are a number of things I really don’t understand at all and one of them is why so many people willingly make their own beer or wine from kits. I have to admit that in the past we have been guilty of making our own cider, although I would qualify that by saying that we were living in Kuwait at the time where the merest mention of the word alcohol in the wrong place could get you sacked, thrown in jail, deported then brought back to the country immediately so that they could do it all over again! And the cider wasn’t that good either! But voluntarily brewing your own drinks at home, when there are perfectly good pubs and bars to go to selling drinks that are far more palatable, and cheaper, than anything we make from kits, doesn’t really make sense to me. On top of that, have you ever heard a wine expert telling us that the Boots 2013 is as good as a 2011 Sauvignon Blanc-or any other such wine with an unspellable foreign name? No unless I’m very much mistaken there is no rhyme or reason to it. Having said that, I don’t know about you but, I am, I have to admit, very much more mistaken more often than I am right! I think the last time I was not very much mistaken about something was in 1978 when, on a whimsical hunch, I predicted that Ipswich Town would win the FA Cup. Well, perhaps not totally correct because I didn’t put a penny on the hunch, so failed miserably to win a small-ish fortune. Back to rhymes and, or, reasons, there is often, in things going on around us, very little evidence of either. Just to confirm this bold statement, did you know that, in America, they have Barbie Doll pageants? In these things grown people, that is, people who qualify, on every other level, as adults, make extravagant outfits for their Barbies and Graham is married judges earnestly give them marks for style, to Helen and has a beauty and general Barbieness. daughter, Alice. He These things are taken very seriously, of lives part of the year course, but like home brewing, they are notnear Albox, but works thank goodness-for everyone and certainly in Qatar, teaching. If are another of those things that I struggle you wish to contact to understand. But I suppose that the point Graham regarding is, why try and understand them. After all, this article email: who’d have agreed with me about Ipswich? helenandg@yahoo. It’s just a pity Barbie didn’t score!

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the data was falsified and no evidence that climate change is a hoax. It’s a shame that some of the sceptics have had to take this rather shallow attempt to discredit robust science undertaken by some of the world’s most respected scientists. The bottom line is that temperatures continue to rise and humans are responsible for it.’’ Unconvinced GWPF then paid £3000 to a chap called Andrew Montford another known climate denier to conduct their own enquiry. Montford claimed the British Government were at fault as they had not included any climate sceptics in the three official enquiries. This was inaccurate as Labour MP Graham Stringer is known not to believe the science and sat on the enquiry board and knows Montford personally.

This week with horrific conditions still prevailing across Britain, Lord Lawson decided to only part quote a new Met Office report, the part where it states – ‘As yet, there is no definitive answer on the possible contribution of climate change to the recent storminess.’ This was proof indeed said Lord Lawson that it’s all baloney. He didn’t quote the next paragraph that states ‘There is an increasing body of evidence that extreme daily rainfall rates are

becoming more intense.’ In 2011 GWPF released 900 ‘scientific’ papers that purported to show that man-made global warming was a fallacy. Not only did many of the scientists included complain that their findings were being misrepresented but also a blog called Carbon Brief dug deeper and found that 9 of the 10 main authors of these reports had links to ExxonMobil. Worse still, 131 of the papers came via a right wing journal called Energy and Environment whose co-editor is Benny Peiser, coincidentally a director of GWPF. The ‘journal of choice’ for climate sceptics is how the editor Sonja Christiansen describes her publication. All this scepticism is aimed at keeping the fossil fuel industries in business. Yet with diversification renewables provide not only clean energy but jobs and profits too. In December10% of Britain’s electricity derived from wind farms. Britain now has the third highest capacity in Europe, behind Germany and Spain. Here in Spain 25% of electricity comes via wind farms and Germany is on course to hit 40% in the next few years. Please see sense and ignore the Lawsons of this world!


book review

And then, in a shattering instant, it came: the ferocious eruption of total war. The country woke, stunned to find that the long stalemate had evaporated in a single night, in the smoke and fury of an enemy assault so savage, so overwhelming, that all foolish hopes that catastrophe might yet be averted vanished as though they had never been. Madeley chose a pre-war setting of the Weald in Kent with events leading up to the second world war with some insight into the pity of war immortalised by Owen. The Arnolds are deeply affected by the war as one would expect. In the second part, the story moves into postwar mode and the setting is the south of France. The excitement and tension of the war reaches an anti-climax and we are left with a touch of the thriller genre, plunging into the sordid world of the Mafia. The Arnolds were a wealthy and privileged family and contrast sharply with the poverty-stricken James Blackwell who hastily marries into the family hoping to benefit financially from marrying Diana. He is the bete noire of the novel and comes to be known as le Loup, a dangerous man, despised by everyone. Oliver Arnold was a successful libel lawyer who had fought in the trenches during the first world war as a major. Four years of fighting and killing was enough to breed cynicism and anger at the imminent approach of war; he would have readily choked the life out of Hitler with his bare hands given the chance. He seems to be the voice of guilt looming over the proceedings of


Some Day I’ll Find You - by Richard Madeley yet another world war: We couldn’t face our fears. We were so horrified by memories of the last time that we’d do or say anything to convince ourselves it couldn’t happen again. Even when reality was staring us in the face. He fears for his children’s generation. Now it’s our children who’ve got to clear the mess up. Let’s hope they can. Let’s just pray it’s not too late. But it was too late. John, his son was only 20 and extremely excited about doing his bit for the war effort like many typical young men. The propaganda machine had easily persuaded the likes of John Arnold to join the RAF to get a crack at Hitler and show him where he gets off! No display of fear or awareness of danger for the younger generation. Not yet, anyway. Innocence and naivety. Short-lived and soon destroyed. Gwen Arnold is an artist and daughter Diana, the main character, was reading politics at Girton, Cambridge. She was from a privileged, elitist family and it didn’t seem to matter in which direction her life was heading. She could remain an academic, have lots of affairs or give birth to lots of babies in or out of marriage. Flippant or perhaps a typical product of a middle-class society? Naïve and innocent like her brother, the thought of an imminent war flooded her

with excitement not dread. James Blackwell, flight commander, became Diana’s knight in shining armour before transforming into her nemesis in an attempt to destroy her family and security. Her vanity was her undoing. She wanted John to bring home the best looking pilot in the squadron to spend Christmas with the family. This impossibly glamorous pin-up appeared and swept her off her feet. But, as we know, looks can be extremely deceptive unless you are blinded by Cupid’s arrow like Diana. And she was soon smitten by his charm and his good looks. James had lied repeatedly about his past. He was devious and manipulative. It is possible he had been abused by his headmaster who nicknamed him a barrow-boy. James blackmailed him and threatened exposure unless he wrote an impeccable reference guaranteeing him entry into the RAF. We see his cruelty when he “dumps” his girlfriend of 2 months, Jane Timming after taking advantage of her and boasting to himself that it took precisely 45 seconds to end this affair. The fact that she crumpled to the floor out of shock and horror meant nothing to him. He took advantage of John’s friendship

to establish himself on the social ladder as a well-placed friend having been snubbed and branded common by the other men. He was also very much of an opportunist and a marriage to Diana would confer a generous settlement from the wealthy Oliver Arnold. Perhaps this would compensate him for his poverty-stricken corral? The evacuation of Dunkirk seems to be a turning point for both John and James when confronting danger. I smacked one of them down. I saw my bullets smash through his cockpit canopy. Blood was spraying all over the shop. It was horrible. It also serves as a wake-up call to Diana’s innocence. James’ narrow squeak left him pretty shaken up when his cockpit exploded in fury all around him. A brush with death is sufficient for him to take advantage of the situation and marry in haste before being shot down by the Germans. Life is full of surprises, initially nasty shocks for Diana as she faces the future without James. A move to Nice is meant to give her a new start in life but the past comes back to haunt her, destroying the last remains of innocence and naivety. How will she survive? Will she survive? You’ll have to read it to find out, won’t you? This is Madeley’s second book, but his first novel. Readable with some dramatic moments and a case of all’s well that ends well. Publisher: Simon and Schuster U.K. ISBN: 978-1-4711-1263-8. by Carol Naylor.

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Legal Matters

Help for Expats in Spain

How to renew the Spanish driver’s license Where is my nearest Recognised Medical Centre?

Many of us ask ourselves how to renew the Spanish driver’s license; after all, it’s been 10 years since we got the last one.

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What do I have to do to renew my Spanish driving license? First, you have to go to a Recognised Medical Centre for drivers and get a few tests done -coordination of both hands, anticipation, reflexes, they check if you take medication, and they do a simple medical check (blood pressure, eye test, ear test, etc). Basically, they make sure that you are healthy and able to drive. Once you get the medical certificate, you can do two things: • Present it personally to the DGT (Dirección General de Tráfico). • Let the Recognised Medical Centre deal with it for you. (We would recommend that you let the Recognised Medical Centre deal with it to avoid driving to your nearest DGT, queuing up and having to understand why the person behind the desk won’t take your paperwork and is pointing towards the door, saying “El Ordenador dice que NO!!!”). Whatever option you choose, you will receive a provisional permit to drive and after a month (or sometimes up to 3 months), you receive in your post box the new driving license.

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UK and Spain working together to improve public services

British minister for reform Francis Maude visited Spain last week to discuss issues around public sector reform, and look at ways that Spain can learn from Britain’s experience of delivering an ambitious efficiency agenda. Over the last year, a number of visits between Spanish and British officials have looked to strengthen relations between the two countries on this shared agenda, including a visit by Deputy Secretary of the Spanish Prime Minister’s Office, Jaime Pérez Renovales, to learn about the British Government’s efforts to both modernise and increase efficiency in the UK’s public administration. On 10 February, it was HMG’s turn to visit Madrid, with Minister for the Cabinet Office Francis Maude attending an international conference on public administration reform hosted by the Spanish Deputy Prime Minister, Soraya Saenz de Santamaría, to present Spain’s ‘non-stop’ programme to representatives from a number of European governments. Building on the well-established relationship between the Spanish Government and the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude showcased the UK’s initiatives to reform the public administration, comparing the UK experience with his counterparts. Driven by the key principles of efficiency and innovation, the Minister explained the UK’s determination to make public services better while saving hard working taxpayers’ money and reducing the deficit. The Minister’s no-nonsense approach has had tangible results. Last year the UK Government saved taxpayers £10 billion, with £500 million alone saved by stopping

projects not aligned to IT spending controls. Reviewing, renegotiating and opening up public contracts to small businesses has also had a huge impact: ‘one great example of the potential from small businesses was when we retendered a hosting contract. The incumbent big supplier bid £4 million; a UK-based small business offered to do it for £60,000. We saved taxpayers 98.5%’ the Minister explained. Digitalising public services is also a key part of the UK’s long term economic plan. The Government has committed to make 25 services fully digital, from registering to vote to applying for a visa, in a bid to ‘make life better for citizens and businesses and change the way people think about how government works.’ And the resulting savings are indisputable. The cost of digital transactions is 20 times lower than over the phone, 30 times lower than by post and 50 times lower than face-to-face. Digitalising public services could save citizens, the Exchequer and businesses £1.2 billion over the course of this parliament, rising to an estimated £1.7 billion each year after 2015. The Minister is committed to being ‘unashamedly militant’ about enforcing efficiency and innovation across the board to help Britain succeed in the global race. ‘The work goes on. Not just to deliver digital-by-default, but more broadly, because making government more efficient and delivering simpler, clearer, faster services is a task that should never end.’



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DOES A NON-RESIDENT HEIR PAY INHERITANCE TAX IN SPAIN ON FUNDS LEFT TO HIM IN JERSEY? Question: My deceased father (a resident in Mojacar) made a will leaving his worldwide assets to me (I am resident in London). The estate consists of a house in Mojacar and a bank account in Jersey worth 210000 pounds sterling. My Spanish solicitor is saying that I have to pay inheritance taxes on the account in Jersey because it was declared on my father´s 720 form (declaration of foreign assets) last year. I have read a book on the subject and my interpretation is that I should not pay inheritance tax in Spain on the funds in Jersey. What paperwork needs to be presented to the bank in Jersey for them to release the funds to me? The difference in inheritance tax between presenting the self-assessment forms in Spain including the funds in Jersey or not is over 59000 euro. AnSWER: I can confirm that because you are nonresident you do not have to pay inheritance tax in Spain in relation to the funds in Jersey. It does not need to be included on the self-assessment forms in Spain. You would have to pay if you where resident in Spain. Non-Resident heirs only pay inheritance tax in Spain on assets situated in Spain and on life insurance payments made by foreign insurance companies that operate in Spain. (This will become clear

to your solicitor on reading article 7 of the Law 29/1987 of 18th of December in relation to Inheritance and Donation tax) .The declaration of the asset on the 720 declaration makes no difference to this. B. Winding up the estate in Jersey is simple and straightforward. Your solicitor in Spain will need to gather some Spanish documents and choose a barrister to obtain probate at the “Jersey Royal Court”. This sounds complicated, but it is not. The procedure is not very expensive and takes two to three weeks if the solicitor in Spain presents the correct paperwork. In Jersey all you will need to pay is a small stamp duty to the “Jersey Royal Court “ (0.5% for the first 100000 pounds sterling and 75 pounds for every additional 10000 pounds sterling) and a Jersey barrister’s fee, which varies from my experience between 1000 and 5000 pounds depending on how much work he needs to do. Michael Davies. Abogado. Michael Davies is a Spanish Abogado and has been practicing law in Andalusia since 1993. He is member of the Law societies of Almería and Madrid. For a short period of time leading up to 2007 he was also Honorary British Consul.

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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With only past champions now left in the competition and only 3 weeks left to the final there is no room for errors. This week saw a team challenge girls versus boys giving the winners double score from their solo performances. Nicky Slater is still standing in for Robin Cousins who is still commentating at the Sochi Olympics leaving Karen Barber as head judge in the event of a tie.

Ruffy the sixmonth-old wombat is seen keeping his cool at the Wild About Wildlife Rescue Centre in Victoria, Australia as the area continues to bake under a heatwave. Record numbers of native animals have been admitted to shelters in recent weeks due to the high temperatures. Reindeer racing is one of the highlights of the the 400-year-old Jokkmokk Winter Market - the largest festival in northern Europe - which takes place each February on the frozen Lake Talvatis in Sweden.

Opening the show this week were Beth Tweddle and Lucasz skating to You Can’t Stop the Beat from Hairspray. Beth is the most technical skater amongst the girls and this week performed a preparation 1/2 axle never before attempted by any female celebrity. However despite all her technical prowess, I still find her characterisation cold and lacking in performance skills so I just can’t warm to her skating. I awarded her 8.5 and the judges 34.0. Next onto the ice were Hayley Tamaddon and Dan performing to Skyscraper. Hayley is the exact opposite of Beth as she always gives such emotive performances but with perhaps not the difficulty of skating skills but I love this partnership. I gave her 9.0 and the judges 34.5. Following were Kyran Bracken and Nina skating to This is the Moment. Unfortunately despite all Kyrans power and speed, I found this performance looked heavy and lacking in presentation. Despite the attack he gave it, there were moments when it looked out of control. I awarded him 8.0 and the judges 33.0. Suzanne Shaw and Matt then took to the ice with Black Velvet. Another extremely expressive performance which seemed to suit Suzanne down to the ground playing a sassy character. This showed excellent story telling with clean lifts and transitions and an excellent partnership. I gave her 9.0 and the judges 37.0. Ray Quinn and Maria then skated

to Lego House. Ray makes everything look effortless, you can’t tell who the professional skater is as he finishes everything off perfectly. Again I awarded him 10.0 and he received his second 40.0 from the judges. Closing this part of the show was Sam Attwater and Vicky to Happy. Sam certainly tried to portray the ‘Happy’ in his performance this week but for me his body doesn’t dance. His upper body is too still so this results in a lack of dance characterisation for me. I gave him 8.5 and the judges 37.0. Game was then on for the team challenge. Team Hayley (highest placed girl last week) versus Team Ray (highest placed boy last week). The girls skated to Walk Like An Egyptian and displayed some excellent matching armwork. All the turns, lifts and spins were very well together and they gave an excellent performance. Then the boys skated to Uptown Girl. Again excellent matching within the choreography, spins lifts and tricks but I’m afraid with Ray in a team it is a no-contest. The judges gave the unanimous win to Team Ray so all the boys scores from their solo round were doubled. Leaving the scoring: Ray 80.0, Sam 74.0, Kyran 66.0, Suzanne 37.0, Hayley 34.5, Beth 34.0 After the public vote Suzanne and Kyran and were in the bottom two for the skate off with Suzanne leaving the show after the judges unanimous vote to save Kyran who survives to next week. I’m away on holiday now for a couple of weeks but I’ll be back to report on the final on my return. Until then why not come and join us at one of our fun classes.

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the fat, reserving the fat, and place onto a clean roasting tray, draining off any excess fat. Shred the meat from two of the confit duck legs. Set the other two aside. Heat a little of the reserved duck fat in a frying pan over a medium heat. Add the shallot and garlic and fry for 1-2 minutes, or until softened. Add the canned tomatoes, bring the mixture to a simmer and cook for a further 2-3 minutes. Add the shredded duck meat, flageolet beans, stock and rosemary and return the mixture to the boil. Boil for another 2-3 minutes, then season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper, then whisk in the butter. Heat a little more of the reserved duck fat in a frying pan over a high heat. Add the reserved duck legs, skin-side down, and fry for 2-3 minutes, or until the skin is crisp and the duck meat is warmed through. Meanwhile, for celeriac mash, place the potatoes and celeriac into a pan of salted water and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes, or until just tender. Drain well and return to the pan to steam over the heat for one minute. Pass the cooked potatoes and celeriac through a ricer (or mash with a potato masher) until smooth, then return to the pan. Add the butter and cream and mix well, then season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper. To serve, pile some of the celeriac mash onto each of two serving plates, then spoon the ragoût alongside. Top each portion with a crispy confit duck leg. Source:


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sticky toffee pudding Steaming keeps this family-sized pudding beautifully moist. Serve in slices with lashings of toffee sauce and a scoop of ice cream. Equipment and preparation: For this recipe you will need a 1 litre/1¾ pint pudding basin.

Ingredients For the sticky toffee pudding 5 tbsp demerara sugar 200g/7oz pitted dates 1 tbsp vanilla bean paste 50g/1¾oz unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing 175g/6oz dark brown sugar 2 tbsp golden syrup 2 tbsp black treacle 200g/7oz self-raising flour 2 free-range eggs 1½ tsp bicarbonate of soda For the toffee sauce 500ml/18fl oz double cream 175g/6oz unsalted butter 175g/6oz demerara sugar 1 tbsp golden syrup 1 tbsp black treacle To serve vanilla ice cream

Preparation method

until combined. Pour the mixture into the prepared basin. Fold a large piece of aluminium foil in half and grease one side with butter. Wrap the pudding in the greased foil, greased side facing into the pudding. (Pleat the foil a few times as you wrap it to allow room for the pudding to expand.) Secure the foil to the rim of the pudding basin with string. Technique: Wrapping a pudding for steaming Wrapping a pudding for steaming Watch technique 2:01 mins Sit the basin on the plate sat inside the prepared saucepan. Place over a low heat and pour boiling water around the basin until it reaches half way up the side. Place a lid on the saucepan and steam the pudding for 2½-3 hours (check occasionally to make sure the water hasn’t completely evaporated – top up with more boiling water if needed). For the toffee sauce, in a pan set over a low heat combine the cream, butter and sugar. When the butter and sugar have melted, whisk in the syrup and treacle. Remove the pudding from the pan, discard the foil lid and turn it out onto a plate. To serve, cut a wedge of the pudding, pour over the toffee sauce and serve with a scoop of ice cream.

For the sticky toffee pudding, grease a 1 litre/1¾ pint pudding basin with a little butter. Sprinkle with the demerara sugar and tip out any that has not stuck to the basin. Put a heatproof plate in the bottom of a large saucepan. Fill the kettle and put it on to boil. Place the dates in a pan with 200ml/7fl oz water. Cook for 3-4 minutes, then transfer to a food processor and blend with the vanilla bean paste. Set aside. In a large bowl, beat the Free Bottle of wine softened butter and dark brown sugar together per couple to take away until smooth. after having our night menus Add the golden syrup, treacle, flour, eggs, Valid only with this voucher bicarbonate of soda and dinner 19.00-22.00 until 28th february the blended dates. Mix

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The Meek Mr Osborne And Your Estate By Chris McCann, Partner, Blevins Franks

The meek shall inherit the earth, according to the Bible. In the case of the UK tax authority, the meek Chancellor levies 40% inheritance tax on estates. The situation is getting worse, with Mr Osborne’s measures expected to drag tens of thousands more British families into the inheritance tax net over the next five years. Inheritance tax is charged at 40%, over a tax free allowance – the “threshold” or “nil rate band” - of £325,000. The threshold has been frozen since 2009, and is scheduled to remain unchanged until April 2018. Around 176,000 estates are expected to be affected. If the threshold had risen with inflation each year, it would be £372,000 today. The result is that families are paying an extra £18,800 in tax. The threshold would rise to £415,000 by 2018 if

inflation linked. With it being frozen, estates caught in the tax net will pay an extra £36,000 in tax in 2018.

The Treasury is expected to earn around £3.3 billion this tax year from inheritance tax - 14% more than last year, and the third annual increase in a row. With the threshold failing to keep pace with rising house prices, the Treasury is getting an extra windfall. Accountancy firm Grant Thornton calculated that 42,000 estates will pay tax in 2016/17, compared to 21,000 in 2012/13. In October 2007, when Mr Osborne was still the shadow chancellor, he said a Conservative Government would increase the threshold to £1 million to “take the family home out of inheritance tax”. However, for many people, the family home still falls into the inheritance net, including overseas

properties. There are various ways to mitigate inheritance tax for your family and heirs, and save them the headache of having to sort it out. You also need to take Spanish succession tax into account, and understand how the two taxes interact. This is a complex area and can be a legislative minefield. Specialist, detailed advice is essential. Summarised tax information is based upon our understanding of current laws and practices which may change. Individuals should seek personalised advice. To keep in touch with the latest developments in the offshore world, check out the latest news on our website

Burty’s BAR Playa Serena, roquetas de mar

Fabulous Friday

Fish & Chips, ½ Roast Chicken & Chips €7.95 or Entrecote Steak €9.95 Wednesday bingo 3pm

Tapas served

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every thur

quiz 2.15pm prompt

sunday roast

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1 course 7.95€, 2 courses 9.95€

booking advisable

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Monday - Saturday : 12 noon - 4pm and 7pm - close. Sunday : 12noon - 5pm (Carvery) Thursdays : closed

Main Meals 6.95€

tapas served Lunch & Evening

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Every Friday fish chips & peas €3.95 Large Cod, Chips & Peas €5.50

Brand New Menu Del Dia 2 courses 15.95€

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music nights

Sunday Carvery €6.95

Special menu see bar for details

mini roast €1.50

27th february & 1st march

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Sun – Wed 11am – 6pm, Thur – Sat from 11am

Served 12 noon til 5pm


Tel: 659 683 447

OPPOSITE THE Protur hotel, next to y da wakes


Wish your Friends & Loved Ones Happy birthday, anniversary or just send them a special message. Send details to: or call Mark on 693 774 932


nOTICE bOARD 27th february music night at burty’s bar

Saturday 1st March

Happy 2nd Birthday D.J Love you loads little man. Mum, Dad and Jason xxx

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We now offer a special french menu for

Roquetas Bridge Club

meets on Monday’s at 3pm. For more info please contact Alison Ferguson 950349749 or Sue Barlow 950 333 344

Happy 10th Anniversary

John & Sadie

May you have many more happy years together !! From all your Friends in Spain xx



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Avenida playa Serena 24, Roquetas de mar urbanisation, near the playa sol hotel

FTG Notice

The ‘Friday Tapas Group’ meet up at 1.00pm each week (Friday) and the venues over the next few weeks are as follows:

21st February - Estampa, Roquetas Urb 28th February - La Bodeguina, C/ Sierra Nevada

7th March - Bar Cuellar (White Chairs)

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


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HOME HELP/CARER Mature Irish Lady Home Help/ Cleaning In Mojacar & Surrounding Areas. Experienced & Can Supply References. Reasonable Rates. Call Yvonne 634369053

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

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The Limaria Benefit Cheat We have both worked all our lives. We have lived within our means, scrimped and saved, had the odd bit of luck both good and bad, and have allowed the Government to help itself to a portion of our hard earned income on the promise that in our later years it would reward our faith by the payment of a pension. So far this has proved to be the case – we are in receipt of a pension each, and for the meantime, the Winter Fuel Allowance, but that is as far as benefits go with us. And apart from a bit of a grumble about the Winter Fuel Allowance, we are in accord with our benefit-free existence. So it was a bit of a shock to discover that we have

a benefit cheat right in our very midst! Despite my surname, I do not consciously consort with the criminal classes, and to find that our unimpeachable reputation was being sullied by an opportunistic exploiter of charity is shocking, to say the least! For some time I have been puzzled by the steady weight gain of the Dog That Is Not Ours. As her personal chef I am in control of portion size, and have significantly reduced the amount in her dinner bowl in correlation with the expansion of her waistline. I took her to task on the subject of her increasing girth, but she pointed out that she was merely getting older, adding tactlessly that middle aged females do spread a bit, finishing off with maybe I should take her for more walks. However, the seed of suspicion was sown in my mind. She disappears most mornings and goes back to her proper

By Jos Biggs

owners, returning during the afternoon in time for her dinner. I have the feeling that she sometimes takes the scenic route, visiting various other favoured neighbours on the way. This is borne out by the objects that she sometimes brings back with her – to date a bottle of sunscreen, a slipper and a flip-flop. Her most recent retrieves have taken on a more edible form - A variety of dog chews, lamb bones, odd amounts of bread, and one day, a complete cheese sandwich. The evidence is there – she’s cadging; appealing to human sentimentality, hypnotising innocent people with her steady brown eyed stare and pathetic, if portly demeanour. She is preying on their kindly natures, conning them into believing that she is a poor, homeless waif without a friend in the world. She is an unashamed, scrounging Benefit Cheat!

alqueria The Zoo John MacDonald (El Sordo) -

A zoo in Alqueria may seem a curious concept considering the strangest of all creatures are the humans that walk the streets of the Pueblo. The behaviour of the most disgusting of animals is somewhat better than that of the vast majority of Alquerians. Some thought the Zoo was a scheme by the World Wildlife Fund to give the animals something to look at and stop them from becoming bored. It was however an Alquerian ploy to attract cash rich visitors from Spain. As the health and safety laws in Alqueria are non-existent particularly ferocious animals could easily be exhibited. Unfortunately it isn’t only heath and safety that is not regulated there is also a distinct lack of building regulations. The result, shoddy pen construction which allowed several of the most vicious animals to escape some weeks before the attraction was even opened. They appeared to have made every effort to quit Alquerian territory as rapidly as possible and now roam the Spanish mainland devouring domestic animals and terrorising the population. The Alquerian authorities of course deny all knowledge of such carnivorous escapees. These animals were replaced with sheep, goats and the like. To make them appear like lions, tigers and drooling grisly bears cardboard ears, plastic teeth and rubber claws were attached to strategic areas. In most cases this didn’t work very well and only confused the less intelligent of the remaining animals. Loco Paco when appointed chief keeper of the zoo responded by wearing a pith helmet and carrying a lion tamer’s whip. It seemed a strange choice for a man whose only friends are an invisible two metre tall rodent and a Saharan Dung Beetle called Benjy. His

ability to recognise one species from another was also thrown into doubt when he was seen throwing bread to helicopters at Murcia Airport.


I Blame My Bad Back on the Politicians When I’m not particularly tired and feeling masochistic on Thursday nights, I often tune in to Question Time on the good old reliable, politically unbiased BBC. It’s not worth recording here what transpires between the equally pompous and self satisfied members of the panel who - in the name of even handedness by the producers – are represented by the three perceived main political parties. As always the numbers are made up with two other individuals invited to take part and add their invaluable contributions. These are a mixture of politicians from ‘lesser’ parties; journalists; historians; intellectuals and pseudo intellectuals; religious leaders and even comedians. And it’s not even worth wasting breath on the fact that it usually becomes clear early on in the programme, that on the odd occasion when individuals who actually espouse some common sense ideas do participate, they encounter a hostile audience. An audience that appears to have been carefully selected to give an impression that certain views expressed by these panellists, are deeply unpopular even though it’s obvious to the rest of us that this is not the case in the country at large. What has become blindingly clear to me over a period of some years now, is that when it comes to politics as it exists in our country, there is no real choice

Prospective visitors to the Zoo had to run the gauntlet of the more dubious Alquerian elements of which there are many. Dubious elements are a speciality of Alqueria. It was akin to a ritual mugging and overcharging was rife. Everything from car parking to admittance came at a premium. The squalor of the Zoo itself was breathtaking. Attempts to pass domestic pets off as ferocious man-eaters fooled no one apart from Loco Paco of course. He was in his element but couldn’t understand why the tabby cat with glued on plastic fangs didn’t devour the half a horse dropped from the back of a Land Rover. The success of the undertaking was never in doubt. The end came when the animals made a mass breakout and gave themselves up to the Spanish zoological authorities. The Zoo simply joined the ever increasing list of failed Alquerian ventures.


By Colin Bird :

when it comes to marking your cross on the ballot paper. Each of the two main parties are predictable and uniformly inept, and now that we have the experience of a third party tasting real power - albeit on the backs of their coalition colleagues - it is evident that they too are equally incompetent and unfit to govern. There are no good guys/bad guys any more. We have seen what each is capable of and it is a depressingly similar story every time. How can we ever put our trust in men and women who have so blatantly milked the expenses system for their own ends and who have repeatedly lied to Parliament and the British people? These are the same politicians who we are expected to put our faith in when they make life and death decisions over national and world ranging issues. One party lowers taxes which in part means that those at the top of the food chain benefit d i s p r o p o r t i o n a t e l y. Boo! says the other party . . . that’s looking after the rich. The good news is we will raise taxes for the rich says the other lot. Hooray! Say the workers and spongers. The bad news is, that according to their new definition of rich, many moderately well off people who have worked hard all their lives; contributed to the countries bloated benefit system and have generally added to the prosperity of the nation, will fall into this category. I am sick to death of hearing the word racist banded around as a weapon to silence those who genuinely fear for the future of our country because of the increasing strain it puts on resources. Forget the words: immigrant, foreigner and asylum seeker . . . there are simply too many human

beings pouring into our tiny country; a land that has become second only to Malta as the most densely populated nation in all of Europe. But still they come. I am also tired of politicians publicly referring to their leaders by chummy first names – David this, Ed that and Nick whatever. It was a novelty when a certain Mr Blair thought this might be a good idea to break down barriers and show the masses that they were just like us. But the novelty has gone and the psychology no longer works. And when politicians begin interviews with the words, “And let me make this perfectly clear . . .” I want to throw up, because you know for sure that what is about to come streaming out of their mouths is anything but clear. We need a new system and we need new, fresh and honest people who are prepared to go into politics without the constraints of a fixed, well worn party line and that of course means a new movement. And that’s the problem. Where is that coming from? One thing is for sure, the country is going to hell in a hand cart and when we see such madness as a Canadian holding the post of Governor of The Bank of England; Rolls Royce owned by Germans and Land Rover Jaguar by Indians – the future looks bleak. I don’t often write about politics in this vein, nor for that matter anything that can be taken too seriously – it’s not my brief. But I have had a tooth extraction this week and I’ve got a bad back, so I’m feeling jarred off and grumpy! Back to normal next time.


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How to Successfully Bathe Your Dog Uh oh…it’s bath time again. Your mind is immediately filled with images of the last, unsuccessful bathing session. Chasing Fido down, panting, drooling, whining…at the end, you were left with a not-soclean dog, and you were more soaked than he was! What to Do Before Your Dog’s Bath Make sure you give your dog a long walk prior to his bath to drain his energy and reduce his stress. Your dog is much more likely to surrender to a bath if he’s too tired to put up a fight. Make sure you collect everything you’ll need for the bath in advance: shampoo, conditioner, and towels should be within

your reach from the tub. Put a nonstick bath mat in the tub to keep your dog’s feet from slipping out from under him. Have the water temperature set to lukewarm for your dog’s comfort.

Starting Your Dog’s Bathing Process The most critical part of the bathing process is about to begin, and it’s primarily contingent on your state of

mind, and how you bring your dog into the activity. First and foremost, expect success. Forget about your past frustrating experiences with the process. This time, you’re going to make it happen. Period. See the bathing process as a form of affection, and just one more opportunity to bond with your dog. Without saying a word, go and get your dog. Don’t call him to you. Don’t plead with him or practice “baby-talk.” Simply put a slip leash on your dog in a no-nonsense manner, and lead him to the bathtub. Start wetting him down with a gentle stream of water first. Once he’s used to the pressure, you can increase the intensity of the water. Begin at his neck and shoulders and work your way down his body, leaving his face for last. Make sure to rinse him thoroughly so no irritating shampoo is left behind. If your dog becomes agitated or fearful at any time during this process, your job is to remain calm and in control. Don’t comfort him or it will only nurture his fear. Remaining cool and undeterred will show your dog that there’s nothing to fear.

What to Do After Your Dog’s Bath Once the bath is over, towel-dry your dog off well and/or dry him gently using a blow dryer. He will shake himself off, so be prepared. Don’t let him outdoors right away as some dogs are notorious for trying to re-scent themselves by rolling in the dirt. The last thing you need is a wet and muddy dog after all your hard work! Don’t make a big fuss about the bath before, during, or after it. Think of the bath as “no big deal” and chances are, eventually, your dog will feel the same way. Here’s to having a more civilized experience during your next bathing session with your dog!

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By Tim Saunders A five seat cabriolet with an electronically folding hood that can be operated at speeds of up to 75mph. The key benefits of the Citroen DS3 Cabrio, which is the only convertible in its class to accommodate so many passengers and to be equipped with a 245 litre boot and split folding rear seat. Making it probably the most versatile convertible on Britain’s roads today. That boot initially looks tiddly but after the lid is lifted it is large enough for a standard pushchair (with the rear wheels removed and packed separately in the boot), which I must say surprises me. As I sit inside the top-of-the-range 155bhp model I recall testing a Lexus IS250C luxury convertible. I was at the traffic lights when the sun decided to

from Tony Matthews • Last night, in the Champions League, Manchester City met Barcelona while this evening Arsenal play Bayern Munich at The Emirates. • Tomorrow, the Europa League continues with Spurs visiting FC Dnipro in Ukraine. • Premiership matches this weekend include Arsenal v Sunderland, Chelsea v Everton, Crystal Palace vManchester United, Liverpool v Swansea, Manchester City Stoke, Norwich v Spurs and WBA v Fulham. • The top games in the Championship are Burnley v Nottingham Forest, Charlton v QPR and Leicester v Ipswich… the top two in FL1, Brentford and Wolves meet at Griffin Park and Wycombe play leaders Chesterfield in FL2… while in Scotland, it’ • In Spain’s La Liga, Almeria play Malaga, Real Madrid welcome Elche and Barcelona visit Real Sociedad. • Warrington Wolves meet Sydney Roosters in Rugby League’s World Challenge in Australia on Saturday and the 2014 Six Nations tournament continues this weekend with Wales v France, also on Saturday, followed by England v Ireland and Italy v Scotland on Sunday. • Last Friday, Lizzy Yarnold (aged 25) won Great Britain’s first gold medal of the 2014 Winter


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come out and I pressed the button for the roof to go down. Almost instantaneously the lights went to green and I had to get moving. As soon as the car moved the roof stopped going down and so I was driving with it half up and with part of the boot lid still open. I pulled over as soon as it was safe to do so. A ridiculous situation to be in and unsafe. Thank goodness there is finally a convertible that is well suited to the British weather and to impatient motorists like me. Because the roof does not fold back into the boot but above the rear window, it makes it more practical all round, which is why the roof can be operated at speeds of up to 75mph. The DS3’s high quality canvas roof compliments the bodywork and to the unknowing it appears to be simply a hot hatch but we know otherwise. On first acquaintance the vehicle looks just like the DS3 coupe. My test takes place in the middle of winter with lashing rain and much to my wife’s distaste I have to experience driving with the roof down. Controlled by a button on the overhead console, the hood opens and closes in just 16 seconds flat, which is just as well because when the weather gets too unbearable that roof just has to go up. It’s just as well that it is fitted with a hardwearing interior that features leather seats and much plastic, which copes with excess rainwater well. But the great thing is that with the air conditioning turned up to maximum heat you can enjoy all the benefits of open top driving with the advantage of a hot climate. When the DS3 Cabrio’s roof is open an aerodynamic front deflector reduces wind noise and deflects air currents to prevent buffeting. The sophisticated Infinite Blue roof material is in blue and violet, created by a weave of three different

DSport THP 1.6-litre 155 6-speed manual Price: £22,100 top speed: 132mph 0-60mph: 8.2secs Economy: 47.9mpg Watch the video at coloured threads. One of these is shiny, with each thread reacting differently to changes in light conditions. Inside the two-door DS3 Cabrio is a distinctive and sophisticated cabin which includes a all-new upholstery choices, including Granite Blue leather, while there is white LED ambient lighting around the ceiling console and white lights in the instrument cluster. The trouble is that although it is marketed as a five seater, with the best will in the world it doesn’t fit five adults in comfort. Even with our two child seats in the back it is necessary for the front seats to be pushed forward, uncomfortably so for the driver, making it fine for short distances but not longer. The ideal scenario is for three little scamps in the back and then the adults in the front have a reasonable amount of legroom. The DS3 Cabrio’s dashboard, air vent surround and gear knob are also colour coded to the body colour and soft top. At just 3.95m long the DS3 Cabrio is compact enough to get into tight parking spaces, which is extremely important where I live because the council has taken it upon itself to put double yellow lines almost everywhere making the lives of homeowners who do not have driveways and commuters trying to dodge extortionate parking charges, ever more difficult. Externally the DS3 Cabrio has eye-catching rear lights incorporating a chrome-finished DS logo, 17inch alloys and a double chrome exhaust further adding to its cool sporting appeal. It’s a gutsy, fun car to drive with plenty of power, if required. As with all convertibles it makes a great second car.

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Olympics. After producing a brilliant final run, she finished 0.97 seconds ahead of USA’s Noelle Pikus-Pace in the women’s skeleton bob event.

• In the 5th round of the FA Cup, Arsenal gained revenge for their recent 5-1 PL defeat, by beating Liverpool 2-1… Manchester City defeated Chelsea 2-0… Sunderland pipped Southampton 1-0… holders Wigan won 2-1 at Cardiff… Everton eliminated Swansea 3-1… and Sheffield United k’od Nottingham Forest, also 3-1. Brighton played Hull City on Monday night. The draw for the quarter-finals, to be played on 6/7 March, is: Arsenal v Everton, Manchester City v Wigan (a repeat of last year’s final), Brighton/Hull v Sunderland and Sheffield United v neighbours Sheffield Wednesday or Charlton. • The Barcelona-Real Madrid Copa del Rey final will take place at Valencia on 19 April. • After 74 days and 17 games in charge, Fulham have sacked manager Rene Meulensteen, replacing him with ex-Bayern Munich coach Felix McGath, who becomes the 14th boss at Craven Cottage in 20 years. • Wayne Rooney is set to sign an extended fiveand-a-half year contract with Manchester United. He’ll earn £300,000-a-week and bank £70m up to 2019.

• Last Saturday, Lionel Messi scored his 336th and 337th goals for La Liga leaders Barcelona in a 60 win over Rayo Vallecano. Messi now holds the record for most goals scored for a Spanish club, taking over the mantle previously held by Bilbao’s Telmo Zarra who netted 335 between 1940 and 1956. • If Celtic’s Fraser Forster keeps a clean-sheet for the first half-hour of Saturday’s game at Hearts, he will break a 43-year old record set by Aberdeen’s Bobby Clark in 1971 of not conceding a goal in top-flight Scottish football for 1,115 minutes. • Ex-Gloucestershire cricketer John Mortimer has died aged 71. • Northampton (55 pts), Saracens (54) and Bath (44) are 1-2-3 in Rugby’s Aviva League. TOM FINNEY REMEMBERED Former England international footballer Sir Tom Finney died last Friday, aged 91. He played for his home club, Preston North End from 1946 to 1960, scoring 210 goals in 473 appearances. He also netted 30 times in 76 games for his country. Never booked or sent-off, he was voted ‘Footballer of the Year’ in 1954 and 1957, being the first player to win the prize twice. A plumber by trade, Tom was later president of his beloved club. A great man. R.I.P.


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skies all the way. Results were 1st Phil Dunne with 36 points, 2nd Paul Sedge with 35 points and 3rd Tish Bigelow 30 points Nearest the pins on the 6th hole Paul Sedge, 13th hole Patrick Vickery. There were five 2’s,

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On Tuesday the Valle del Este society 24 members played a waltz competition and the winners were Dick Hull, Jean and Ian Cooper and Ray Harrison with 85 points Friday is individual stapleford day and 29 members took part on a beautiful day with blue

Windy conditions met Badgers Golf Society full on when they visited Playa Macenas on Wednesday 12th. Nobody was expecting good scores to prevail due to the extreme conditions but we were all proved wrong when Dave Crothers came in with a 42pt total to take first place, Second place went to Mike Knowles with 36pts and 3rd place went to Andy Mucha on 34pts. Nearest the pins went to Mike Knowles, Steve Casburn, Steve Lawrie and

Ray Turner. There was only 3 two’s on the day, these being picked up by Mick Weston, Mike Knowles and Ray Turner Saturday’s stableford at Macenas was won by Steve Casburn with 36pts from Dave Wright in second with 35pts. Members are reminded that the yearly membership is now due. Badgers Golf Society also plays every Saturday at Macenas for their weekly roll-up. Please book in

Ten pin bowling The final qualification round for the APT sponsored by Ibex Insurance was played at the bowling alley in Arboleas on Sunday 16th February. It was won by Mick Gardiner, who had been out of the game for a few weeks prior to the tournament with an injury, with a fine score of 667 for the 3 game series. A grand effort for someone playing for the first time for several weeks! Dave Stratten achieved

second place with a score of 637, a score that gave him enough points to qualify for the finals weekend of this tournament on Saturday and Sunday, 22nd and 23rd March. Ian Williams was 3rd with a score of 630. A total of 8 qualifying tournaments have now been played in this inaugural year for the tournament that has been supported by members of the club. The finals weekend

6th hole jean cooper, Sean Halligan 12th hole Paul sedge, Patrick Vickery 14th hole Tish Bigelow The course is very busy this week so contact the society if you want to play to check availability. 634379887.

at Badgers.Forth coming fixtures are :-) Wed 19th Desert Springs, Wed 26th Macenas, Thurs 6th March Aguillon, Wed 12th March Macenas,Thursday 20th March Away day trip to Lorca. Guests are welcome to join the society on both Wed and Sat comps and can book in either at Badgers Restaurant on Mojacar Playa or by phone on 950478525 / 6860388259. Fixtures can be found on

should be an exciting time for the 16 bowlers who have qualified for this event so anyone wanting to see some bowling that weekend please come up and give your support, it would be greatly appreciated. There will also be a subsidiary Plate Competition for those bowlers who did not qualify for the finals so it will be a busy time!

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Monday 10th February and the wind blew – oh how it blew six trees on the course down and part of the roof blew off the practice area. So, no wonder scores were low and a record number of lost balls. Glennys Oliver kept up her good run of form though, as she won the ladies division with 31 points from Isobel Jones (29) in second, on countback, Margaret Budd (29) was third. The mens division was a countback

with Les Armfield taking first on 31 points followed by Brian Couper (31), second, while Jim Budd (29) was third. Eleven teams contested the Thursday competition, a waltz played in threeballs, in greatly improved sunny warm conditions. A score of 86 points won the competition for Kathy Morris, Isobel Jones and Jim Budd followed by Linda King, Eddie Vaughan and Frank

Varey (84) while Margaret Budd, Steve Entwhistle and Brian Couper (79) were third. Nearest the pin prizes went to Les Armfield (14th) and Hylton Smith (5th). 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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Thursday 13t February our venue for this Individual Stableford Competition was the immaculate Aguilon course near Pulpi. The weather was very welcoming as the 24 players began to tee off; a warming sun with a gentle breeze reminded us of just how pleasant it is to play golf in this lovely climate. However, as common in life, nothing lasts forever and by the time the final group arrived at the 4th hole the wind had freshened to about 50kph and golf balls which normally wait patiently and still for them to be struck suddenly had a mind and motion of their own. The main hazard in landing in a bunker was being Sand

Forum Golf Society´s first pairs event of the year was a stableford scramble at Aguilon on February 7t. Although only four p o i n t s separated those in ninth from second, there was a clear gap behind the winning pair of Richard S w a i n e & Derek Manning, who´s score

of 39 points represented a gross score of just one over par.

Blasted when hitting the ball from them. But as always our intrepid band of dedicated golfers battled on to the ever beckoning 19th hole, where, to a man and women, horror stories of balls moving on the fairways and well struck Putts which passed the cup but were blown back into the prior missed cup. Brian (Dee) Lowden appears to have found some of his old form by taking 1st place with 32 points from Nigel Greenwood on countback from Mark Danson both on 31 points. Mark also took Nearest the Pin on the 4th and converted the effort into a Two. Apart from the very unpredictable wind it really was a good day enjoyed by all, then back to La Vida for

complementary nibbles and the 19th Hole Golf Societies Annual General Meeting Results. 1st Brian Lowden 32 Points (15) 2nd Nigel Greenwood 31 Points (18) 3rd Mark Danson 31 Points (2) Nearest the Pin 4th Hole Mark Danson 8th Hole Don Harbron 17th Hole Craig Steers Twos; 4th Hole Mark Danson 12th Hole Craig Steers The 19th hole G/S is now arranging weekly games at various courses in the area, our home course, which we play fortnightly, is Aguilon.

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Geoff Hebb & Brian Gyer returned to form to take second place with 36 points, with Phil Elam & Dave Keymer (35 points) third, Mike Duckham & John Smith (35) fourth and Ann Lawrence & George Gibson (34) fifth, whilst Derick Oldfield & Alan Crofts took the honours in the Blue Tee competition with 35 points. This event was the third of the season, and with Forum events up to & including the final round of the Society Championship on October 10th all counting towards the new Claret Jug league.

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Wait for next female F1 driver nears end after De Silvestro joins Sauber, but will she get to race alongside Vettel and Hamilton? The long wait for Formula One’s next female driver could be nearing an end after Swiss team Sauber announced they have signed up home-grown Simona De Silvestro in the hope she could be behind the wheel of a Grand Prix car by 2015. The 25-year-old - who will initially be involved in a preparation programme involving physical training, simulator work and on-track mileage as she strives to obtain the necessary FIA super-licence required to drive a Formula One car - has genuine single-seater racing pedigree. After leaving Switzerland for the United States in 2006, the 25-year -old competed in Formula BMW USA and then the Atlantic Championship. Since 2010 De Silvestro has taken part in the IndyCar Series, winning the Indy 500 ‘Rookie of the Year’ award in her debut campaign. Last year, in the first of two races at the Grand Prix of Houston, De Silvestro became the first woman in IndyCar history to claim a podium finish at a street circuit when she was runner-up behind last year’s champion Scott Dixon. Sauber’s female team principal, Monisha Kaltenborn, outlined her genuine beilef that, in time, De Silvestro can make the breakthrough into the male dominated world of Formula One racing. ‘After four years in IndyCar, Simona’s ambition is to enter Formula One in 2015,’ said Kaltenborn. ‘We regard her as a very talented race driver, and we therefore have decided to take her on board as an ‘affiliated driver’ and support

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