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local News Supporting our Community - Jacks Fundraising Project Update

On February 22nd during their Fund Raising event hosted by our very own Mark Deacon and Rod Oxley from Smooth FM, Jacks was delighted to receive a cheque for 200€ from the organisers of the Walk for Life charity. Our local annual Walk for Life event takes place each year with the aim of participants raising monies for the care and support of others in our community. The organisers generosity boosted funds to over 400€. Since then Jacks Community Charity Programme has received a further 100€ generously given by Artisan Kitchens of Vera. We are now well on our way to purchasing a state of the art pressure mattress for use in our community. Why do we need this? Pressure ulcers are also called bedsores and pressure sores. They can form when muscles and soft tissue press against a surface such as a chair or bed. This pressure

cuts off your blood supply to that area. Lack of blood supply can cause the skin tissue in this area to die. When this happens, a pressure ulcer may form. You have a risk of developing a pressure ulcer if you: • Spend most of your day in a bed or a chair • Are not able to control your bowels or bladder • Have decrease feeling in an area of your body • Spend a lot of time in one position Sadly we know there are those in our community who have experience of the pain and discomfort pressure ulcers cause. The good news is we now have enough funds to start sourcing the most up to date pressure mattress. Not to be confused with a “ripple mattress” which is essentially an overlay, in the home this replaces a “normal” mattress and helps alleviate the discomfort and medical complications associated

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with pressure ulcers and more importantly will ill assist prevent them in the first place! What Next? Many of our regulars (all ladies – what happened to the men!) Who agreed to take part in our sponsored slim have all almost reached their target weight losses and are collecting funds to add to the pot! Well done ladies. In addition to this Jacks will be hosting a charity auction to be held later in March and would welcome any donations from our community that can be auctioned. Do you have any unwanted household items or can offer a service that someone else may just put a bid in for? If so please contact Jacks. Finally we would also like to thank those private individuals who have donated funds, customers who have bought raffle tickets and Shelagh Murdoch from the Group of Friends for auditing our activities. A list of donors along with the funds raised is available on Jacks community notice board in the bar. Why not pop in and see us where you will be assured of a warm welcome.


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Eleanor and Gilly’s Monday Afternoon Line Dance Class, which is at Bar Jack’s in Albox held its Easter Bonnet Competition on Easter Monday. Eleanor Tolman and Gilly Elliott-Binns, the class organisers have now been arranging this, what has now become traditional event, for six years. Both were pleased that so many class members had entered into the spirit of the event. The event was judged by F.A.C.E. (Fundraising in Arboleas, Caring for Everyone) Committee Members Pauline Marshall and Lorraine Cundy. All winners received an Easter Egg and complimentary passes to future Line Dance Classes. The winners of this years competition were in third place, Alice Bradbury. The runner up was Doreen Rose, and the overall winner was Margaret Tapp. In addition to the Easter Bonnet parade, all class members received an Easter Egg. A raffle was also held and the proceeds added to monies already raised, which will be going later in the year to the classes dedicated charity, which is again F.A.C.E. Ever since the classes inception over 1,500€ has


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Residents ask the Queen to stop ‘Heartless’ Crown Estate evictions

The Crown Estate is proposing the Lincolnshire, said: “They turned up sale of about 200 of its 750 rural here in their £50,000 German off homes in the UK, and people living roader to tell us that the government in properties owned by the Crown needed money and they had been told are desperately campaigning against to make savings. They are heartless being evicted from their homes. and they haven’t thought it through.” A 12-year-old girl in Lincolnshire has Other residents across the country written to the Queen asking for help have revealed their fears. In Taunton, out of desperation. the move was condemned as “stripping Jasmine Wright, 12, wrote to the out a complete layer of affordable Queen, saying: “As you have lived housing,” by Borough Council leader at Buckingham Palace for so long I John Williams. thought you might understand how Peter Franklin, a tenant in Thurloxton, we feel.” near Taunton, said the Crown was Her father, Jason, has set up a “playing fast and loose with people’s petition against the evictions: “If I were lives”. renting from a normal landlord I would Profits from the Crown Estate are appreciate he’s in it for the money. But paid to the Treasury, which then gives we are talking about the Crown Estate 15% to the Queen. that has always been the guardian of residential properties and always provided Marina Perfumaria y affordable housing. Decoracion There’s absolutely no compassion for the Come & See our people. They are not Selection of bothered. We are just Home Decor & numbers.” Accessories In his petition he asks: “Money or people - who comes first?” Andy Dunlop, vice chairman of Swaton Avda Pio XII, S/N 04800, Albox Parish Council,

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A company in China has used giant 3D printers to make 10 full-sized detached single-storey houses - in a day. WinSun, a private firm, used four 10m x 6.6m printers to spray a mixture of cement and construction waste to build the walls, layer by layer, the official Xinhua news agency reported. The cheap materials used during the printing process and the lack of manual labour means that each house can be printed for under $5,000, according to the 3dprinterplans website. “We can print buildings to any digital design our customers bring us. It’s fast

and cheap,” says WinSun chief executive Ma Yihe. He hopes that his printers can be used to build skyscrapers in the future, though at the moment Chinese construction regulations do not allow multi-storey 3Dprinted houses, Xinhua says. The method of 3D printing has become widely used in recent years. Manufacturers and designers have been able to make everyday items such as jewellery and furniture, as well as more specialised objects like industrial components.

Twelve artists from across Wales have been chosen to be part of a project to develop new, independent contemporary music. More than 300 applied for a place in the project. The first winners announced at the Focus Wales festival in Wrexham were Cardiff-based indie band Houdini Dax. Other chosen artists named include Baby Queens, a female five-piece from Cardiff who are a cross between rock, hip-hop, soul and reggae; rock band Candelas from Llanuwchlyn; and Climbing Trees - a four-piece multiinstrumental “Cymrucana” ensemble from Pontypridd. Chris Jones, 45-year-old contemporary folk balladeer from Cwm-y-glo, near

Caernarfon, and singer Gabrielle Murphy, 17, from Treherbert were also winners, and electro-pop singer and writer Casi from Snowdonia, Kizzie Crawford from Merthyr who fuses bilingual soul and jazz, have been given places. Indie pop band Seazoo from Wrexham, rock band The People The Poet, pop group Swnami and Welsh language folk group Plu make up the rest of the lineup. All of the winners - chosen in English and Welsh - will be offered a platform at events across Wales and through BBC Wales’ national services - BBC Radio Cymru and BBC Radio Wales along with Laugharne Live on 3 May and Machynlleth Comedy Festival on 4 May.

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Ukip MEPs voted against ivory trade clampdown in European Parliament

Figures from a resolution designed to combat the illegal ivory trade in Europe, and voted on in January, show that only 14 of the 671 politicians who voted opposed the resolution, and six of them were Ukip. The 6 were Farage, along with the party’s deputy leader Paul Nuttall, Derek Clark, Gerard Batten, John Agnew and William Dartmouth. The resolution called on EU countries to recognise they are “a major transit destination for illegal wildlife products such as ivory and live animals” and implored them “to introduce moratoria

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Mark Shand Dead: Camilla’s Brother Dies In New York After Fall

The Duchess of Cornwall is “utterly devastated” after her brother died from a serious head injury sustained in a fall in New York. Mark Shand, 62, was taken to hospital on Tuesday night after reportedly slipping while lighting a cigarette and hitting his head on the pavement outside an after-party for a charity event. Mr Shand was the chairman of the Elephant Family charity and is known for his work as a conservationist and travel writer. He was in New York for an auction held at Sotheby’s in aid of a charity for underprivileged children and the Elephant Family, which aims to save the endangered Asian elephant from extinction in the wild. It was the finale for the month-long Big Egg Hunt NYC by Faberge, which saw egg sculptures sold to the highest bidder. The charity event raised 1.6 million US dollars (£950,000) for charity and was attended by Princess Eugenie, according to reports. Mr Shand, Camilla’s only brother, wrote numerous books and featured

in documentaries, with elephants and India as recurring themes. The adventurer’s book Queen Of The Elephants won the 1996 Thomas Cook Travel Book Award and the Prix Litteraire d’Amis, and was made into a BBC documentary. During his youth he was a renowned nightclubber who was expelled from Milton Abbey School in Dorset for smoking cannabis and had stints as a rally driver and bobsleigh star. His father, Major Bruce Shand, decided to send him to Australia after he was expelled from school and he stopped off in India, where his love of elephants first took hold. Later in life he was romantically linked to the likes of Bianca Jagger, Jackie Onassis’s sister Lee Radziwill and Jackie’s daughter, Caroline Kennedy. In 1990 he married former French actress Clio Goldsmith, the niece of billionaire entrepreneur Sir James Goldsmith and the cousin of Jemima Khan and Tory MP Zac Goldsmith. The couple have a daughter together called Ayesha.

Bradford City football stadium blaze surgeon honoured

It is nearly three decades since a fatal fire swept through Bradford City’s Valley Parade ground. It is thought a lit cigarette or match dropped onto rubbish beneath the club’s wooden main stand could have sparked the blaze, which took no more than four minutes to leave 56 spectators fatally injured. More than 200 people were injured and about 25 of those needed lengthy surgery. A pioneering burns research unit set up in its aftermath and funded largely by donations continues to thrive, with its founder, Professor David Sharpe, considered some sort of local hero. Prof Sharpe is to be presented with an award during Bradford City’s last home game of the season. The presentation ceremony, to mark Prof Sharpe’s retirement, will be held at half-time on the pitch during Bradford’s League One match against Crawley Town. Prof Sharpe had been working as a consultant plastic surgeon for just five months and was on call when fire broke out during a match between Bradford and Lincoln, on 11 May 1985. He treated and planned surgery for more than 200 people who had suffered burns, mainly to the hands, scalp and back of legs. In the weeks after the fire, Prof Sharpe helped found the Plastic Surgery and Burns Research Unit at the University of Bradford, where he was director until retiring in December last year. The centre does not treat burn victims but carries out stem cell research to try to find new ways to treat the injuries and speed up the healing process. It was established by, and continues

to exist through, donations from members of the public. At the beginning it was also assisted by the royalties from Prof Sharpe’s “Bradford sling”, which he designed and used to help those injured in the disaster. An appeal by Bradford’s Telegraph and Argus newspaper to mark the 25th anniversary of the disaster raised more than £167,000 - enough to fund the unit for several more years. Prof Sharpe said: “It’s gone on much longer than expected.” And Alan Carling, of the Bradford City Supporters’ Board, thinks that support will continue for a long time, despite Prof Sharpe’s departure. “It’s the lasting tribute - the institutional tribute - to the 56 who died,” he said. “A lot of people owe their quality of life to Professor Sharpe and his colleagues in the early days of the burns research unit. “He was thrown in to the middle of an awful situation but his response to it led to great improvements in treatment to burns victims, and that has continued to this day.” Prof Sharpe has described the tragedy as a “catalyst” that led to research and improvements. “Initially, the value of the unit was in clinical studies, for example research into scalp burns, which lots of people suffered at Bradford City, and treating them by putting a balloon under the scalp to stretch out the skin. “Burns will always be with us, so if we can speed up the healing process and make it easier it has long-term benefits.”


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Checking for Ticks

This week eleven dogs are destined to travel to Germany to their forever homes. Before this is possible and they are allowed to travel on the plane or the van, they will all have to undergo an ordeal. Six small dogs are travelling by plane with two German supporters and five of the dogs are travelling by van. On Saturday, volunteers gave

all the dogs a good bath. They then started combing through their fur in the search for ticks. The mystery is why some dogs are full of ticks whilst others are virtually free of them. Ticks are a serious problem because they can transmit serious diseases to the dogs. An analysis is made of all the dogs to ensure that there is not an indication of the presence of antibodies beyond a certain allowed limit. On Monday the dogs are given an anti-parasite treatment

before the Official Vet, 24 hours before departure, is able to issue them with the necessary travel documents, called ‘Traces’. All eleven dogs passed this screening process and are now on their way to their forever homes in Germany, where their new families are anxiously waiting for them. Amongst the dogs is a sweet little twelve year old called NANA who is going to an elderly lady, who is just as excited as NANA is, about their new life together.

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Almeria Province Plans To Adopt The Cross of St. George

Taking advantage of the recent St. Georges Day celebrations, a delegation from the Almeria city council has put forward a proposal to have the emblem reinstated as the official provincial flag. Up until the early part of the 20th Century, the flag was widely used throughout the province, but since then its popularity has declined.

A decree allowing the flag to be used was authorised on the 30th July 1845 and became legal in August of the same year. The decree set out the creation of the Spanish maritime provinces and the logos which could be used by each one, but the history of its use goes back many centuries. It’s thought the origin of the flag derives from the shield given to Almeria and its lands by the Catholic Monarchs around the year 1495.

for some years now and hopes at last his perseverance will pay off, he said, “The flag of St. George is one of the oldest provincial symbols in Spain and we should be proud to have it once again flying across the province.” In the 1845 decree, it states that the lands where the flag could be flown were, ‘all existing territories between the sea and a limit that spills over from Roquetas de Mar to Gergal, and from here to the southern slopes of the Sierra de los Filabres and thence to Cardoneras.’ By Martin Shortland.

The move towards using the flag once again has been placed on the agenda for consideration at next month’s general council meeting. City councillor Raul Garcia has been pressing the issue

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2014 Sunglasses Trends

As spring begins and summer comes into view, sunglasses are a must to protect the eyes and look the part. There are key trends for sunglasses each year which can update a look and you can really have fun with different sizes, colours and details. Specsavers Opticas’ trend experts have put together these style tips for following the trends and staying true to your style for spring/summer 2014 Select the right shape There are styles to suit all face shapes and you can have fun with your sunglasses choosing the new bigger frames and retro shapes. Retro - From roundeyed sunnies and specs to bombers and bowling shirts, the 50s, 60s and 70s are making a comeback. Creating a retro look with your sunglasses is easy. Deep statement shapes and round-eyed styles suit both genders, cat’s-eye specs look great on women and Aviator inspired looks have a classic vintage vibe.

Oversized frames – If you want to make a statement this year go for big, or rounded styles which dominate your face. Sun RX have got some good versions of this style in different

colours and materials, such as purple and metal detailing. Cat’s-eyes – This year’s cat’s-eyes shapes are exaggerated and embellished with metal and interesting finishes, these will be sure to get you noticed with a funky vintage feel. Tortoise-shell – This material is being applied

to a lot of different styles and shapes of glasses in 2014. Tommy Hilfiger has some great 1980s feeling frames which use the material to good effect. Colours – The future is bright with pops of eye-catching colours in graduated tones or simple colour blocking.

Helena Benson qualified as a medical doctor at the First Medical Academy in Moscow in 1986. In 1989 Helena came to England. During the 1990’s she worked at Harley Street and from her clinic in North London. She has been practicing natural herbs, iridology and nutrition. In the late 90’s she became involved in medical aesthetics, and now treats patients across the United Kingdom, Ireland and Spain. Helena is the founder of the London School of Permanent Make-up, one of the leading schools in the UK Dr Benson specializes in aesthetic medicine and facial rejuvenation, not requiring cosmetic surgery, or so called ‘lunchtime cosmetics’. Treatments for wrinkles and skin peels can become part of your grooming routine, like going to the hairdresser, doing your nails or even buying new clothes. The best modern cosmetics come in syringes, not jars! Improving your skin or fixing the line may not necessarily fix your life. But wouldn’t it be nice to get back what you thought you might have lost forever? If you can look good and feel great about it, then why not do it? A desire to improve your appearance is not about vanity. It’s about confidence and your self-esteem. And as Oscar Wilde said “It is only shallow people who don’t judge by first impressions”. Helena Benson will be at RRetreat, El Cucador, Albox on Wednesday 23rd April. Call 647 379 878 to book an appointment or free consultation!

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Hello and welcome to CanDu Computer Bytes. It is time for my soapbox to be brought out again, although lately it hasn’t had time to sit in a cupboard collecting any dust! So what has got my dander up this time? DMCA! Surprisingly, this isn’t a parody on an American disco group that formed in the United States in 1977, well known for their onstage costumes depicting American cultural stereotypes, as well as their catchy tunes and suggestive lyrics. It is, unsurprisingly, a piece of legislation (laws – created for the rich to subjugate the poor!) whose task it is to curtail the free and legal circulation of computer programs, music (music industry copyrighted or not), Movies (legal home movies share between consenting adults or some so old that the actors, directors, producers, as well as the original production company, are all long dead)! It is the latest (note: not the last!) amendment in the ongoing saga of the copyright laws. These cryptic initials of this anagram actually mean “Digital Millennium Copyright Act”. I would suspect that most on you good readers will have something on your computer that hasn’t been paid for! I am guilty of this too. My copy of XP (now now longer updated but still liable to the same penalties as before (oops - more soapbox)) is one that I have paid for, but not for this machine which means that I am still liable to being charged with being in possession of an illegal piece of software (go figure)! Most of us have done it and can find justification for doing it! It is very difficult, outside of a police state, for a private organisation to walk into your home and examine your computer for stolen software – so don’t worry about that. What this piece of legislation does is to prevent you bypassing the security systems put in place to prevent you changing something. This act contains two main sections that have

been a source of particular controversy since they went into effect in 2000. The “anticircumvention” provisions (sections 1201 et seq. of the Copyright Act) bar circumvention of access controls and technical protection measures. The “safe harbor” provisions (section 512) protect service providers who meet certain conditions from monetary damages for the infringing activities of their users and other third parties on the net. Vague? Yes, but the following examples might help clarify things a little. In enacting the “anti-circumvention” provisions of the DMCA Congress ostensibly intended to stop copyright pirates from defeating DRM (Digital Rights Management) and other content access or copy restrictions on copyrighted works and to ban the “black box” devices intended for that purpose. How does this affect you? You have just got the phone of your dreams and have sent it to be ‘unlocked’ to allow your favourite phone company to use it. You and the person ‘unlocking’ it are both separately and equally ‘guilty’ under the act and could face many years in prison. THIS WONT HAPPEN for the reasons outlined earlier (they have to find you first!). This amendment was designed to further ‘enhance’ (read “infringe your rights”) the act and prevent people stealing software. In practice the DMCA anticircumvention provisions have done little to stop “Internet piracy.”! This is a massive “Soapbox” of a topic as it is currently the most contentious issue in the computer world and as such this small column can’t give it the fair hearing that it probably deserves. So as my soapbox well and truly damaged beyond repair! I’m off to Jack’s Bar for my Friday computer clinic! If you would like a clinic nearer to you – make the suggestion using the email address under this article. See you around now that summer is here :-)

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Haven’t we come up with some astounding innovations? Okay, not you or I, well, definitely not me, but there are loads of other bright sparks out there who have had some spiffing ideas. Just look at the last fifty years, we’ve had the microchip, oven chips and Match of the Day to name just a few. Then there’s satellite navigation. Why? Unless you’re pottling off to navigate your way around the Sahara desert, why not use a map. Or better still, have fun getting lost. I’m really good at getting lost but sometimes you get an unexpected bonus. We once got lost and stumbled upon Mold. I don’t want you to think we discovered it, in a sort of Christopher Columbus way, somebody beat us to that centuries ago, but we accidentally found the best Chinese restaurant we’d ever been to. Getting lost 1, satnav 0! There’s a lot to be said for getting lost but , satellite navigation is here to stay and has taken another step…literally. Someone, with too much time on their hands, has come up with the idea of having satellite navigation in your s h o e s . No, really, I’m not

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Pinch-Punch last day of the month

‘The years seem to rush by’ is something I say more often as each year passes. This edition came out on the last day of April, Easter has gone, New Year’s Day is a distant memory and May Day is upon us. Spring has certainly sprung in Andalucía and with such a dry winter in Almeria there have been numerous wildfires. Most are caused by people’s inattention, carelessness even deliberately. The usual suspects are discarded cigarettes (often tossed from a moving car hence so many roadside verge blazes) and burning of garden or field waste. Hot vehicle exhaust pipes and catalytic converters will easily set fire to undergrowth if driven over. Recently, a new tenant moved into a country property; he stood chatting to me as I showed him around the garden then casually flicked his fag away into the campo. Like slo-mo in a movie I shouted ‘Noooooooooo!!!’ The smouldering butt flew through the air in a lazy arch and landed near tinder dry dead grass. Luckily he quickly retrieved it, immediately realising just how dangerous rural life could be. He promised to use ashtrays outside in future. With health and safety warnings on the most innocuous of objects I wonder how people still get into scrapes. The Wile E Coyote picture via Facebook illustrates the point succinctly. A few weeks ago in Britain a teenage girl dropped her iPhone down a roadside drain. Instead of calling for help she opened the lid and clambered in as she had the

making this up. You have to first of all download an appof course-which connects to a microchip in your shoe. Then you programme your destination into the thing and if you go wrong, it emits a loud and quite embarrassing buzz. I know what you’re thinking. Who would need assistance in walking successfully from A to B? I’ll tell you who, my friend Nev. Nev got a job presenting on Hospital Radio in Nottinghamshire. He was delighted and told everyone. His mum was so proud that she took the family, including Aunts, Uncles and the man next door who looked after their three legged cat-don’t ask- to the hospital on the day of his first broadcast. Not admitted of course, just sitting in a family room, waiting for Nev’s big moment. The radio station had two studios so Nev, armed with records-round flat things with a hole in the middle-sat at the turntable and started his show. Unfortunately, he went to the wrong studio and over the airways was total silence. His poor mum was so mortified she didn’t leave the house for months. What happened to Nev? No one knows. He went out for a paper back in 1998, got lost and hasn’t been seen since!

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notion she could grab it with her feet. She got stuck fast in the process. Last December a young Taiwanese woman was so engrossed reading her Facebook account whilst walking along a pier in Melbourne Australia that she walked off the edge into the sea. For 20 minutes she bobbed about buoyed by a rucksack on her back, she couldn’t swim and drifted 30 metres out to sea before being rescued. Her insurance company were very grateful as she still had her phone clutched tightly in her hand. Common sense as a child is a rare thing and usually learnt by experience (sometimes bitter); aged 7, one winters evening I got hold of some matches and decided it would be great fun to cut a hole in my top bunk bed mattress and make a little camp fire in the horse hair filling. It just smouldered rather than roar into flame creating smoke which luckily wafted downstairs and up the nostrils of our dad. This being the early 70s they were no smoke alarms, he ran upstairs to find his 2 naughty boys sitting on the top bunk happily blowing on the embers. In silence he pulled us off the bed, opened the window and dropped the smouldering mattress onto the snow covered garden below where it fizzed and went out. Strangely I don’t remember getting told off but the snow sticks in my mind 40 years later. 5 years later and in my front garden this time, my best mate Paul Cox and I climbed up the big fir

tree and tried to light a little camp fire amongst the dead leaves. We thought we had failed miserably and wandered off to Guildford to do whatever young boys do with no cash in their pockets. We walked home later and as we rounded our street corner the fire brigade were just leaving. Half the tree was blackened, the road flooded from the hoses and our protestations of innocence were unsurprisingly brushed away by both sets of parents who were waiting for us!

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WITH MICHAEL DAVIES, ABOGADO/SOLICITOR If you wish us to print an article about a particular topic, please e-mail VERY IMPORTANT: A NEW DIRECTIVE FROM THE EUROPEAN UNION MAKES IT NECCESARY FOR ENGLISH PEOPLE RESIDENT IN SPAIN TO REVISE THEIR SPANISH WILLS. Q. A solicitor spoke the other day on television about the new directive 650/2012 explaining that is was essential that people retired in a country different of their country of nationality within the European Union revise their wills. What is all this about? A. This regulation of the EU 650/2012 deals with different things, but the reason English citizens need to look at their will is that this new Regulation of the EU establishes that: When a person dies resident in one country of the European Union but national of another, the law applicable to his inheritance will be the one that he/she has established expressly in his will and not the one established by the International Norms of each country (which may be in conflict). This is good news because an English national living in Spain can establish that he/she wishes English Law to rule his/her inheritance and this will avoid any possible risk of claims from children against the spouse on the basis of the system of obligatory heirs established in Spanish law, which has always caused worry and concern in the case of children from different marriages etc. If a person passes away after the 17th of August of 2015, unless he has said differently on his will the legislation applicable to his inheritance will be that of his country of last residence. This is very important for English people living in Spain, because under Spanish

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law you cannot leave everything to your wife as 2/3 of the estate have to be left to children. In other words if you are resident of Spain, have children and do not establish on your will that you wish English Law (your national law ) to rule your inheritance your Spouse will not be allowed to receive his/her full inheritance as it would contradict the Spanish rules of obligatory heirs which would be applicable automatically because of the new regulation. Consequences: 1. If you have children but have made a will leaving all assets to your spouse, make sure that you have clearly stated on your will that you wish your national law (English law) to rule your inheritance. If you have not, then you need to speak to a solicitor about this new European directive and add this statement to your will. 2.If you are married and you have been concerned with possible claims by your spouses children against your estate this risk can be completely removed by your spouse stating on her/his will that it should be English law that rules the inheritance. Conclusion: Due to the substantial changes that it introduces the directive allows up to August of 2015 for it to be in force and therefore giving all those affected (anyone national of a European Union country resident in another) time to have their wills changed accordingly. The sooner you make sure that your will is in order the better. Michael Davies. Abogado.




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Unique property! 3 bed / 3 bath large semi-detached property in Mojácar Playa with sea and mountain views and 360º views from the roof solarium. The property has a total built area of 202.62 mts². The house is set o¬n a small community comprised of 15 very attractive Moorish style residential dwellings. This secluded end of terrace property is in very good order throughout. The house benefits from: Ground Floor: 1 master bedroom with en suite, fitted wardrobe and air conditioning (hot and cold), large living room with built-in fan assisted wood burning stove, separate dining room, fully fitted and well

equipped kitchen, hallway, internal stairwell to the 1st floor, downstairs toilet with built-in wardrobe, built in storage cupboard under the stairs, court yard with a built in storage room, large front terrace with terracotta tiles and built-in barbecue. 1st Floor: landing, double bedroom with built in wardrobe and sea facing terrace, another double bedroom with built in wardrobe and a west facing terrace and also a separate very large south facing terrace, a large family bathroom, and internal stairwell leading to the second floor. 2nd Floor: landing, a small storage area and a very large

roof terrace with views of Mojácar Village, the sea and mountains. Additionally, the house has a gas fired boiler. All 3 bedrooms, living room and dining room have ceiling fans. The location of this house is ideal for those who want to be within easy walking distance to the beach and all the amenities yet o¬nly 200 meters from the countryside. This is a must see property and the low asking price makes it very attractive. For more information or to book a viewing appointment please visit our office or contact us via phone or e-mail. Ref: 1137

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Mojácar Playa


Attractive & spacious detached villa of 198m2, including private garage, on 488 m2 5 mins walk from the sea. 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, A/C, ample terraces, private garden & room for a pool.

Spacious townhouse & separate annexe of 162m2 + roof terrace. 4/5 double bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, courtyard. Walking distance to all amenities. Excellent value. Beaches less than 10 minutes drive.

Pretty townhouse of 81m2 + terraces of 28m2 in a sought after complex just 400 metres from the beach. 2 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms, private garden. Off street parking, community gardens & pool.

139,950 €

Mojácar Playa

69,000 €

139,000 €

Mojácar Playa A1196

Mojácar Playa A1151

Attractive 4th floor apartment of 64m2 on a high quality


Mojácar Playa


Attractive, spacious, detached, villa of 189m2 on 378m2 just a short walk from the beach with good sea views. 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms. Ample terraces, private pool & garage.

295,000 €

Mojácar Playa


Lovely linked villa of 169m2 on 219m2 just a short walk from the beach. 4 bedrooms 2.5 bathrooms. Private parking, garage, & Jacuzzi. Ample terraces + superb views. No community fees

150,000 €

Mojácar Playa


urbanisation. 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 12m2 terrace. Secure

bedrooms, 2 bathrooms,A/C, utility area & large terrace.

covered parking. Superb community pools & gardens.

Community pools & gardens. Excellent rental potential.

Top quality 1st floor furnished apartment of 77m2 + 17m2 terrace with superb sea views. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms & underground parking. Beautiful community pools & gardens. Excellent rental.

230,000 €

89,995 €

300,000 €

Huerta Nueva


Very attractive, detached, quality built villa of 146m2 on 476m2 near to Los Gallardos. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, integral garage, pool & roof terrace. Only 10 mins drive from local beaches.

Superb ground floor apartment of 60m2 with sea views. 2

365,000 €



Well presented, fully & beautifully furnished, townhouse 99m2 just 10 mins drive from local beaches. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, storeroom & underground parking. Community pool & gardens



Beautiful detached villa + independent apartment of 129m2 on 1,000m2 between Vera town & beaches. 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms. Private garage & pool. Ample terraces with lovely views. Tel: +34 950 478 915 Fax: +34 950 478 963

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Apartment in Garrucha

Apartment Vera Player

Apartment in Mojacar

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Build Size Apartment on the outskirts of 59m2 Garrucha, very Dist beach large pool, 0m sea views. Light and airy inside Beds 2 just 5 minutes from Baths 1 Puerto Rey and 10 Terraces 1 minutes Mojacar.

Build Size 63m² Dist beach 50m Beds 2 Baths 2 Terraces 2

€99,000 Fantastic investment penthouse apartment Own 10.75 m2 pool on the roof, built in BBQ and pergola. South facing terrace off lounge with external staircase to the 57 m2 terrace.

Build Size 67m² Dist beach 100m Beds 3 Baths 1 Terraces 1

€99,000 Very good opportunity to purchase a 3 bed property only minutes walk to the beach & close to all amenities. Large south facing terrace wonderful sea views.


Ref 1384

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Build Size Very nice reformed villa with lots of 110m² charm and charater. Dist beach Very private, outside 400m storage buildings. Kitchen with large Beds3 larder. Fireplace. Baths 2 Has to be seen to Terraces 2 appreciate

Villa in Mojacar

Ref 1084 Build Size 273m² Dist beach 900m Beds 6 Baths 3 Terraces 4

€350,000 Extremely spacious villa, separate 2 bed apartment. Very large garage. Workshop & games room, could be used to run a business. Lovely sea views. Heated pool. Priced to sell, a must see

Apartment in Mojacar

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Build Size Lovely penthouse apartment with 76m² amazing sea views. Dist beach South facing terrace 0m off from lounge. Lovely communal Beds 2 pool. Frontline Baths 2 complex close to all Terraces 1 amenities.



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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime “Sometimes when I want to be on my own I get into the airing cupboard in the bathroom and slide in beside the boiler and pull the door closed behind me and sit there and think for hours and it makes me feel very calm.” This is an extraordinary book about being special and cherishing differences in spite of the isolation felt. The title is taken from Arthur Conan Doyle’s “Silver Blazes” and quoted by the maestro himself, Sherlock Holmes. In Haddon’s novel the main character, Christopher, a 15 year old boy wants to be a mystery detective solving the murder of Wellington just like his idol Holmes. As soon as you start reading it is obvious that Christopher is different and special. He has a photographic memory and thinks logically and literally. He demonstrates his thought patterns by adding illustrations, maps, diagrams and stories. This appealed to Haddon’s younger audiences but the book has been very popular with adults. It won 17 literary prizes and was adapted by Simon Stephens and directed by Marianne Elliott for the stage. In August 2012 it premiered at the National Theatre (London) before transferring to London’s West End in March 2013. It was broadcast live to cinemas worldwide on the 6th September 2012. It seems more than likely that Christopher suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome and high-functioning autism. The author didn’t want to


book review who refuses the reassurance of touch such as hugging, especially from his parents who love him. Any attempt at touching him leads to violence. He was arrested but cautioned, then released.

weapon against anyone who grabs him. Just like self-defence. Shockingly, he also keeps it there to protect himself from his father thinking that his father might murder him. Siobhan is the one who encourages him to write a murder mystery novel and the story begins aptly with the murder of Wellington, Mrs Shears’ poodle. When she sees Christopher carrying the dog she screams and this causes an adverse reaction with him. She contacts the police who ask too many questions flooding his mind. He lies face down on the ground, groaning: “They were starting up on my head like loaves in the factory where Uncle Terry works.” The policeman tried to lift him up from the grass and Christopher hit him. It was an instinctive reaction. Back to the self-defence. It seems impossible to imagine a child

He lives with his father, Ed, a boiler engineer after the death of his mother. Ed tries his best but there is conflict and frustration sometimes culminating in a fist-fight. He discovers that his mother and Mr Shears were very, very good friends and included this in his “novel.” His father read this and confiscated it. When Christopher was in the detective mode he went searching for his book and discovered a pile of unopened letters addressed to him. Frightening revelations from his father forced Christopher to run away from home, on a treacherous journey to London. The impossible journey is a testament to his determination and it will succeed in giving you goosebumps. Publisher: David Fickling ISBN: 978-1849-921763 Also Jonathan Cape. REVIEW it by Carol Naylor. REVIEW it by Carol Naylor. / www.carolesleynaylor.wordpress. com

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Fun Brain Teasers with Answers to Challenge your Mind 1. Which Coronation Street character died of a heart attack following a road rage incident? .......................................................................................... 2. Which colour featured in the title of Whoopi Goldberg’s first feature film? .......................................................................................... 3. Which ‘Damon’ won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 1996? .......................................................................................... 4. Which England Rugby Union player was famously linked with the Princess of Wales? .......................................................................................... 5. Which number cubed is 8? .......................................................................................... 6. Which sit-com has characters called Saffron and Bubble? .......................................................................................... 7. On which part of your body would a cataract form? .......................................................................................... 8. What is the capital of Malta? .......................................................................................... 9. In the movie Frankenstein, which part did Boris Karloff play? .......................................................................................... 10. Who had a hit with ‘Winner Takes it All’? .......................................................................................... 11. In which month do we traditionally celebrate Halloween? .......................................................................................... 12. Which children’s publisher has a red and black animal as it’s logo? .......................................................................................... 13. Complete the acronym ‘CPRE’, ‘Council for the Protection of R E’? .......................................................................................... 14. Which Goalkeeper Andy played for Oldham in the 1990’s? .......................................................................................... 15. What is the outer edge of a circle more commonly known as? .......................................................................................... 16. In the 1996 Five Nations tournament, which country was expelled? .......................................................................................... 17. Which country was the first to put a man in space? .......................................................................................... 18. Who had a hit with ‘Money for nothing’? .......................................................................................... 19. Who made the ‘Victor’ car? .......................................................................................... 20. Who was the lead singer with the Police? ..........................................................................................

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There are four bungalows in our cul-de-sac. They are made from these materials: straw, wood, brick and glass. Mrs Scott’s bungalow is somewhere to the left of the wooden one and the third one along is brick. Mrs Umbrella owns a straw bungalow and Mr Tinsley does not live at either end, but lives somewhere to the right of the glass bungalow. Mr Wilshaw lives in the fourth bungalow, whilst the first bungalow is not made from straw. Who lives where, and what is their bungalow made from?

logic puzzle solution:

Answer: Marty Jones


From, left to right: #1 Mrs Scott - glass #2 Mrs Umbrella - straw #3 Mr Tinsley - brick #4 Mr Wilshaw - wood If we separate and label the clues, and label the bungalows #1, #2, #3, #4 from left to right we can see that: a. Mrs Scott’s bungalow is somewhere to the left of the wooden one. b. The third one along is brick. c. Mrs Umbrella owns a straw bungalow d. Mr Tinsley does not live at either end. e. Mr Tinsley lives somewhere to the right of the glass bungalow. f. Mr Wilshaw lives in the fourth bungalow g. The first bungalow is not made from straw. By (g) #1 isn’t made from straw, and by (b) nor is #3. By (f) Mr Wilshaw lives in #4 therefore by (c) #2 must be straw, and Mrs Umbrella lives there. Therefore by (d) Mr Tinsley must live in #3, which, by (b) is the brick bungalow. By (a) #4 must be wooden (otherwise Mrs Scott couldn’t be to its left) and by (f) Mr Wilshaw lives there. Which leaves Mrs Scott, living in #1, the glass bungalow. QED



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9€ (Tuesday-Friday) 10€ (Sat & Sun) Tapas, burgers, etc...

Menu changes regularly depending on fresh ingredients non membe rs welco me ask about our loyalt y card

Quiz nights every Tuesday 8pm English Spoken Open 10AM Until Close

Call Rafa on

667 671 578 or email: Bar wassy



Restaurante club de tenis, albox approx


Moroccan grilled chicken with preserved lemon

showbar & restaurant

The Irish Rover

Your No1 Entertainment Venue in Mojacar for All the Family



Michael Buble 17th May homemade specials for just Abba 6th June


newly renovated

Childrens games room market coming 7th may clothes, shoes, jewellry and more

all major sports events shown here inc gaa sports

telephone: 950 473 135 mojacar playa between Lua & Moma Beach

Open 10am till late 7 days a week

Barbecued chicken is a perennial summer favourite, and this Moroccan take with preserved lemon is sure to please.

Ingredients 1 small chicken, jointed into pieces 2 tbsp olive oil 1 preserved lemon, washed chopped, skin& pith only 1 clove garlic, crushed 1 tsp ground cumin 1 tsp turmeric 1 tbsp paprika 1 tsp crushed chilli flakes

For the dipping sauce 4 tbsp chopped coriander 4 tbsp chopped parsley 3 spring onions, finely chopped 3-4 tbsp preserved lemon brine

Prepar ation method 1.Trim the chicken pieces neatly and combine with


the rest of the marinade ingredients in a roomy bowl. Cover loosely and leave in a cool place for a few hours, overnight if possible. 2.Preheat




barbecue. It should be moderately hot. Shake the excess moisture off the chicken joints and grill until the juices run clear, test through the thickest part with a skewer. Meanwhile combine the ingredients for the dipping sauce, and leave to infuse. 3.Serve the grilled chicken with the dipping sauce on the side



el Cucador


Sunday British Breakfasts

served from 10am - 12pm

from om fr

5.9 5€

Restaurant from





Fridays & Saturdays From 12 - 9 PM

Desserts from 2€

SUNDAY LUNCH 12noon - 5pm

2 Courses from 3 Courses from

6.95€ 8.95€


Lamb Roast NZ s u io c li day De g Advised in k o o B This Sun . €1 supp from


Book our function room with private patio garden for your parties, weddings, birthdays etc.

9AM-LATE MON-SAT (Tues 8:30) 10-6 SUN

950 120 718


fish n chips atlantic Cod home-made chips & mushy peas

FRIDAYS 12.30pm - 9pm

bar evening specials 6pm - 9pm

Mon: Chili Night €5 Tues: Cod & Chips / Chicken Curry €5.50 Wed: Kitchen closed Thurs: Is Pie Night €5.50

Tel: 950 634 562

Hot and cold buffet - €6 Doors Open 7.30pm Entertainment from 9pm PRE BOOKING ESSENTIAL


menu del dia

2 Courses 12:30 - 3:30pm


Burgers, Wraps, Lunch 12-4pm

open every day 12pm - late


Bruschetta with Rosemary, Roasted Plum Tomatoes, Ricotta &Prosciutto

Ever y night is a good night at...

Vera Playa


all live sporting events on Sky sports, BT sports, bbc & itv

Roasting the tomatoes concentrates their flavor

Thursday fun quiz 9pm start food served daily from 12 noon ’til 10pm

marinade (including garlic and rosemary bits). Roast bread until top is golden, 10 to 12 minutes. Cool toasts on sheet. Spread 1 tablespoon ricotta cheese on each with sprinkle toast; pepper. Fold prosciutto halves over and place on ricotta. Arrange 2 tomato quarters atop prosciutto. Whisk lemon juice and remaining 1 teaspoon oil in medium bowl to blend; season with salt and pepper. Add microgreens and toss to coat. Top bruschetta with microgreens. Arrange on platter and serve.

the best fish and chips in the area served only from 1pm € booking recommended (takeaway available)


12oz rib eye steak

6oz fillet steak

homemade chips, peas or salad

homemade chips, peas or salad

only 15€

only 9€

Bar Unique

ifi Free w

Hotel Vera Playa

opening hours tuesday - sunday 11pm ’til late closed mondays

Friday 2pm until 10pm fresh cod and home made chips salad or peas. Saturday 3rd May 8pm Driftwood Sunday 4th May 3pm JJ Music Traditional roast dinner, seasonal veg, roast, mash, home made gravy.

We are here Frankies bar Petrol Station

tel: 662 474 861

Booking essential





All enquiries to or call Glenn on 634393235 Find us behind the Happy Garden

Mesón de




spring crazy offer

Free Bottle of wine

per couple to take away after having our night menus

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Ingredients 6 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil 2 large garlic cloves, minced 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary 1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 6 large plum tomatoes (about 1 1/2 pounds), quartered lengthwise 12 1/2-inch-thick diagonally cut baguette slices (each 3 to 4 inches long) 12 tablespoons ricotta cheese, divided 6 thin prosciutto slices, cut in half crosswise 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice 1 cup microgreens or baby arugula Preparation Preheat oven to 425°F. Stir 6 tablespoons oil, 1 rosemary, garlic, teaspoon coarse salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper in large bowl to blend. Add tomato quarters and stir to coat. Let stand 5 minutes. Line rimmed baking sheet with foil. Lift tomatoes from marinade and arrange, cut side down, on prepared baking sheet (reserve marinade for toasts). Roast tomatoes until skin is browned and blistered and tomatoes are very tender, about 35 minutes. Cool tomatoes on sheet. Maintain oven temperature. Meanwhile, arrange bread slices on another rimmed baking sheet. Brush top of each with reserved


served 12.30PM-5PM


Served 2nd Sunday of each month (2€ Supp)

Valid only with this voucher dinner 19.00-22.00 until 31th may

gammon Served last Sunday of each month

Home cooked with all the trimmings includes a complimentary coffee & chocolate

booking recommended We are here

Albox Arboleas 1km

Zurgena La Alfoquia



La Vida

Cucador Junc 547

Huercal Overa

menu che No



10 .95€

Experience our Menu del Noche A choice of 5 Starters 5 Main Dishes 5 Desserts

All home-made. Includes Glass of Wine or Tubo

Thursday - Saturday 6pm - 9pm Our garden room with wonderful views will be open for Easter Weekend

Tel: 950 634 562



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nOTICE bOARD Roquetas Bridge Club

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

Zoey & Paul

What a fantastic day!

Wishing you both loads of love and happiness together. Mum & Dad xx

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



Tuesday 6th May - 3pm - Social meeting, Black & White Day, so all members & guest are invited to wear black & white for the afternoon. Tuesday 3rd June - 3pm - Social meeting & Quiz. Thursday 12th June - RBL Lunch at Bar Cardies for members & guests, Steak or Menu del Dia. time to be confirmed Tuesday 1st July - 3pm - Social meeting. Thursday 17th July - ‘Summer Recess’ meal at Maracay Restaurant - Further details to follow. All monies raised at these events will go to the 2014 Poppy Appeal. New members are welcome to join the branch, so come along to any the social meetings, contact Jenny/Mike on 950328469 for further info. Meetings are held at ‘The Lodge’ on Calle Americo Vespucio, Roquetas De Mar, on the first Tuesday of each month (3pm).

TAPAS - SANDWICHES - SNACKS Always a Friendly Welcome




PHONE 679 970 399

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

Open Mon/Sat 10am Till Late

950 32 64 52 Edificio Porto Mar Avda Mariano Hemandes 48 Roquetas de Mar, near Hotel Zoraida Garden

Closed Sundays Tel: 642265776

Find us next door to Old Theos

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:

2nd May - Bar Chaplin’s, C/Sierra Nevada. 9th May - Bar Estampa, in the URB. 16th May - The Boulevard, Paseo Beach Front. 23rd May - Bar Manolo’s (ex-Bar Antonio’s), opp Hotel Playa Luna 30th May - Bea’s La Paloma (old Bar Y Da Wakes)

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!

German & English Spoken

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

Tapas/Snacks English Breakfast Fish & Chips Coffees & Cakes Cocktails/Sangria

sky sports shown here

FREE WI-FI Open 9.30am - late (Closed Tuesday) Next door to Zurimar 678 202 160


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BY TELEPHONE Between 10am & 5pm

Monday to Friday

950 121 936 902 121 936 FOR SALE

advertise all your unwanted items for sale in this section

any single item up to 300€ free of charge


Glass topped, Ikea metal legged table, 105cm (41 inches) diameter Good condition Buyer to arrange collection. 40€ ono

tel: 663 977 230

2 Sky Boxes Plus immaculate condition with remotes 20€ each (Arboleas) Tel: 620 167 510 BRITAX childs carseat for sale.15-35kg(56yrs approx)only used for visiting grandchildren.As new.35€.Tel: 628 592 982. S C U B A E Q UI P M E N T (Mojacar area). 1 x 12L Cylinder; 1 x 15L Cylinder; 1 x Mares BCD Large; Various regulators i n c l u d i n g O c t o p u s ; 8mm Wet Suit Medium/Large; 1 x waistcoat style weights system. OFFERS. Tel: 634 365 397 GAS COOKER ( Tr a d i t i o n a l B u t a n o ) . (Mojacar) Lidded, white 4-ring; full oven – takes an integral gas bottle - hardly used. Cost 300 euros, accept 80€ (Can deliver) Tel: 634

365 397 Dvd Player 20€, Sky Digibox (Pace) 20€, TV Unit, 3 Shelves 30€ Free, Electric Fan On Stand, WorkingPerfectly. Free Phillips TV With Built In Video Player Tel: 667 275 614 / 950 460 511. Garrucha Area 70 various knitted dolls ,ideal for craft fairs ,and car boots ,includes , Hello kitty ,Angry bird ,sponge Bob ,and many more , 50€ Roquetas de Mar Tel: 950 335 208 , D i s a b i l i ty Scooter (Grey Monami) Captains Seat, 12 Kilometer Range. 175€ ONO Delivery may be possible Tel 950 329 416 / 603 195 451. C he s t freezer for sale 60€, Wrought iron black table with glass top and four matching chairs with cream

cushions 100€, Sea KAYAK all mod cons yellow in color 250€ Tel: 617 166 270 Vera KENWOOD juice extractor, as new with book 30€ Tel. 680 357 748 Shower base (Ceramic), mixer/ shower complete with sliding shower screen 65€ Do u ble glazed white aluminium window frame complete incl. shutter, mosquito blind. size : 1.20m x 1.35m 80€, Reja and marble sill for above window 45€ Tel: 950 439 234 or 634 368 461 (Arboleas) Gas BBQ. High quality British bbq in good condition with lava rocks, gas bottle, tube and regulator. 95€. Tel 672 047 843 (Roquetas) Campingga z A.20 Gas Space Heater. 31 ins High. 17 1/2 ins Width. 17 1/2 ins Depth. 20€ 2 Empty Orange Gas Bottles 10€ each or Both 15€ Mojacar Area. Tel: 610 601 499 Sa msung Galaxy tab 3. wi-fi. 8 gb. 7” lcd. apps & google. dual camera. Bought in UK as a gift 21 Feb 2014. Also purchased


FOR SALE cont...

pink tablet cover case, stand, screen protector & stylus pen. total cost 145£. for sale at 120€ Tel: 666 132 422 or 950 472 698. P O L A R IS Grandfather clock, modern design with integral storage cabinet, light oak, excellent cond, cost over 300€, will accept 100€. Tel. 650 442 462 R e a l M a hog a n y revolving square lamp table / DVD storage unit, 70cm high, excellent cond, cost over 195€, bargain 50€. Tel. 650 442 462 L a d i e s ’ Wetsuits, one short, one long, size14/16,unworn & still tagge, ovely design/colours, bargain 90€ for both. Tel. 650 442 462 3 gas bottles €15 each or €36 for all 3. 1.6, satellite dish including stand. €100, Ladder 2mt long. Folds in half. Assortment of tools €30. Berja area. Tel: 722 514 242 Free St a n d i n g Cupboard Light Collard2Drawers, 2 Opening Doors Size W60. H100. D32 Good Cond 20€ Almerimar Tel: 950 497 122 / 616 885 849 P rot a ble Electric Air conditioning unit, also can be used as a heater, Romexco Model in perfect working order 60€, Fagor Express coffee machine 60€ Tel: 620 516 970 (Albox) Memory Foam Topper For Single Bed Never Used Still In Box Cost 150€ now 50€ Tel: 950 475 455 / 661 016 366 Dyson DCO7 Hoover 70€. Washing Machine 60€. Android Tablet (New,

Boxed) 70€. Books (Approx 50 Thrillers) 18€ Tel: 634 334 169 E lectr i c Cement Mixer, as new, very quiet. Fits into Hatchback 50€ Tel: 950 497 645 // 609 683 703 Saw Bench, 2hp, rise & fall blade. VGC. 50€ Tel: 950 497 645 // 609 683 703 1.2m satellite dish complete with all brackets and 4 way lmb 50€ Huercal Overa Tel: 666 225 727 C eme n t Altrad Mixer, 50€, need to collect Huercal Overa Tel: 666 225 727 Golf trolley, battery powered, 3 wheels 35€ Huercal Overa Tel: 666 225 727 Sho w er base (Ceramic), mixer/shower complete with sliding shower screen 65€ Double glazed white aluminium window frame complete incl. shutter, mosquito blind. size : 1.20m x 1.35m. 80€ Reja and marble sill for above window 45€ Tel: 950 439 234 / 634 368 461 (Arboleas)


MD Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration S.L.


City & Guilds Fully Qualified F-Gas Certified

25 years sole experience in Air Conditioning & Refrigeration

not a jack of all trades

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

607 364 917 or 950 432 110

Tel: 950 121 936 or 902 750 190 Ext 332 baby equipment hire


Everything for the visiting baby Car seats, high chairs, stair gates, cots etc 950 436 581 or 666 375 688

blinds & screens

bugs replacement windows & doors Aluminuim & UPVC fitted & made to measure tel: 600 049 515 Airport services

email: Tel: 639 081 067


Airport Parking




Bill’s Carpentry & Shop Fitting

Airport services Hanging Doors shopping Servicing / Repairs trips Flat Pack Furniture hospital A i rport Fitting Kitchens tr a n s f er s appointments - Tiling etc pick up all areas, c o m p e t i t i v e 663 429 521 No Job Too Small rates. For a Free Quotations professional quote please visit Tel: 633 507 165 www. spanish reliable estateagent. for all your carpentry needs service com or call 661 143 871 Call B& B designs on 646 101 712

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chimney sweep

Over 15 years installation experience. The Chimney sweep, for a established12yearsinSpain. Call Phil friendly professional service Call for competitive prices 636 261 240 Paul on : 617 150 300 or 850 993 057. www.sunergy

available venues

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Steve Hayes Informatica Pc’s, Laptops, Printers etc. Sales & Repairs on-site callout / tuition. Consumables

in Albox Albox, Almeria Private parties Private parties Tel: 950 120 900 Birthday etc, Birthday etc, all events Don Robinson pc consultant all events Advice, Help, Training, Diagnosis & Repair catered for catered for 15€ per hour min charge 1 hour + parts +IVA I come to you call for more call Bar for more information: established 2008 comp TIA A+ certified information

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SOLTIMES APRIL 2014 drainage

Drainage Solutions

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

Established 9 years in spain

Tel: 616 531 283 or 670 088 966

health & beauty

LICENSED POZO/septic tank emptying • I nstallation of new septic tanks with certificates

• Repairs to existing pozos •C  CTV Camera Inspection


Quality UK Wool & Accessories. Come & view my DISPLAY. Also Available at CAT Services & Total Entertainment

Call 667 273 889


Mature Lady Home Help/caring, also available cleaning in Mojacar & Email: Surrounding Areas. Experienced & Can Supply References. Reasonable Rates. Call 634 369 053

Cleaning of Septic Tanks

Pool Cleaning & Water Tanks

Contact: 675 838 808

house maintenance General house & garden maintenance, electrics, pool grouting, tiling, No job to small tel: 634 349 156 or email



iron/ metal works

insurance est 7 years Award winning agent For all your Insurance Needs

The Metal works Grills, railings, gates of all types, security/sliding/ roller, rejas, Rewires & Upgrades - Fault Finding - Boletins Please contact concertina doors etc. Tel: Keith Glenn & jayne Emergency Call Outs 950 121 943 Wood on 638 900 949 for all your electrical needs!!! T & T Metals For all quality metal works, including gates, railings, air conditioning & ALARMS rejas, staircases, gazebos & chainCall: 617 410 534or 662 414 043 link fencing Tel: 950 431 738


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legal 4wayconnectionsLegal and Translation Services. Tel 646 844 708 www.4wayconnections. com

potty finca services

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

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ring for a free quote

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PAINTING INSIDE & OUT All quality products

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Tel Graham & Barry on 620 112 193 or 667 853 062

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If you wish us to print an article about a particular topic in our regular space on pg 16, please email

For all your plumbing needs Fully Qualified heating engineer contact barry 667 853 062 or graham 620 112 193


PLASTERER British plasterer All work guaranteed Tel Paul 634 327 201

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TELEPHONE: 950137197 / 606807797 PROPERTY section

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No need for kennels or cattery

Pet sitting in you own home, Arboleas & local area. Call Vanessa 637 061 482

woodhouse boarding kennels & cattery - arboleas

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


painter & decorator

Call Andy on 950 091 109 or 648 768 587

▪ Emptying of septic Tanks & Cesspits, with high pressure cleaning ▪ Small unblockages of pipes & drainage

Tel: 950 121 936 or 902 750 190 ext 332

avon cosmetics Tel Claire 691 Phil the Pick Locksmith 24 pilates 987 454 avonfromclaire hours. Locked Out? Locks fitted/ with Sharon upgraded house safes. Arboleas O’Lanlon every pamper yourself at R Retreat & surrounding area. Special Wednesday El Cucador, beauty treatments, 11am - 12 all weekend rates. Tel: 697 243 181 hair salon, holistic massage, welcome all PAINTER / DECORATOR waxing, pedicure etc. Therapists all levels at El Cucdor established & UK qualified. Email Call for more or call 647 details 379 878 or look at our main advert 638 487 314 on the ladies page inside & call the friendly - professional -reliable fully UK reg: no job too small also general house 25 years therapists direct



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20mins from mojacar, 4 beds, 2 baths, Open plan living areas, kitchen & diningroom as well as a workshop, courtyard front & back & room 649 186 107 or email for a pool. Mountain views.

€125,000 ono


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De Lima’s

removals Local, National & international REMOVALS & STORAGE Quality Second hand furniture showroom

263 Paseo del Mediterraneo Mojacar Playa, Next to Sal Marina Hotel Mon-Sat: 10am-2pm Call Marc on 647 006 183 or Brian on 674 280 268 or e-mail


heavy loads welcome

4700kg with speed limiter fixed price quotes fully legal operation shop & offices to visit px goods to offset costs

require a

creative cook/chef

We are looking for an experienced person who is passionate & innovative with food, call: 634 368 430 used to working in a busy fast paced kitchen advertise You will be able to produce delicious varied your service home cooked food to a high standard for our Your business restaurant & also bar areas. will appear as Shift work is required & weekends shown above and be seen by

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Sol Times readers!

or email CV to:


chrissie on 647 379 878

motoring section car for sale

car remapping

13,950€ ono

2010 Landrover Freelander2 TD4e2.2 Pearlescent white/anthracite cloth seats 88,000kms (55K miles) Very good condition, 13,950€ PX considered for UK registered RHD car Tel: 670381839.

Hyundai Atos

Spanish 1.1 litre, 2005 71,000km ITV 08/15 VGC 2,600€ Tel: 850 990 523 or 693 533 709

Do you have a caravan, vehicle, boat or motor bike for sale

sat/tv services

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over 20 years experience UK trained All levels welcome call Liz for more info on

Mallazo Our grapevines have matured into proper vines. By that I mean that over the winter they resemble gnarled dead stumps, such as is found outside the Lair of the Fire Breathing Dragon in any good Disney cartoon. But now they have burst into fecundity, tender green leaves sprouting daily from their delicate tendrils as they eagerly clamber across the gazebo erected for their comfort. However, they have grown too heavy for the slender wires provided for their support, so on Bob’s advice we went to the builder’s supply yard to look for an iron frame that was light enough to be placed on top of the gazebo without the assistance of an Icelandic strong man,

yet was robust enough to maintain elevation for the galloping enthusiasm of their growth. I knew what I wanted, but not what it was called. Barbara’s Big Dictionary was no help to me – it didn’t have an entry for ‘a sort of framey thing about this big, made of iron rectangles about this size and about this thick, that we can put on top of the gazebo to support the grapevines so that they don’t collapse on our heads.’ I would have to hope to see what I wanted, and stumble on from there. Builder’s supply yards are full of all manner of treasures, and we traipsed through aisles of tiles, past bags of bounty for mixing up all kinds of cement and other mysterious stuff, round pipes of all dimensions and shapes, balustrades, palisades and grades of sand and gravel, stones by the sackful in most of the colours of the rainbow, but no metal framey things of any description. By now we had persisted

By Jos Biggs

without success through the entire yard to the rubbish dump. Gazing in depression at the accumulated detritus I spotted hidden in its depth – lots of framey things! Revitalised, I sought and found an assistant – as wiry and light as the framey thing I was after, but smaller. ‘Follow me!’ I exhorted, and we trotted in tandem to the dump. ‘I want one of those.’ I pointed. ‘But I don’t know what it’s called.’ ‘Mallazo.’ He informed me, smiling all over his cheerful brown face. ‘Mallazo’ I repeated, thanked him and hurried to the office to pay before I forgot what I was paying for. It’s not difficult to spot that I’m not Spanish, so in the spirit of helpfulness the office chica asked in English if she could help. ‘Mallazo’ I replied in Spanish. I had to reply in Spanish, I have no idea what a mallazo is in English!

alqueria For Manuela a competitor The rumour mill had been grinding out stories of a new arrival in the Newcomer’s barrio. A female who has recently returned after a long absence from Alqueria. The girl or rather woman has the given name of Gabriela. Tall, raven haired, olive skinned and with eyes like paperweights. A description which bears an uncanny resemblance to Manuela, the Hill People’s very own heroine and ‘femme fatale’. Manuela decided to investigate and weigh up the competition. If Gabriela did indeed classify as a rival it could lose Manuela the ability to influence male Newcomers. Something she has been doing for years with great effect by deploying her arsenal of womanly wiles. Disguised as a one armed prickly-pear salesman with a limp and dandruff, Manuela entered the lair of the Newcomers, the Bar La Golondrina Verde. There in an alcove surrounded by the cream of Newcomer manhood was the woman Gabriela. ‘A force to be reckoned with’ Manuela thought. She quickly made her way back to the Bar La Casa Devante to plan and scheme. Manuela duly sent a note to Gabriela asking for a showdown on neutral ground in the old olive grove to the north of the village. Now, fights are always popular. Fights between women even more so but a catfight between the two village beauties promised to bring out the whole village. Anselmo Adamso, Alqueria’s very own war correspondent and photojournalist, although we only have his word for it asked Manuela if he could be the official photographer. Manuela threatened to shred him through a garlic press causing Adamso to take flight and hide in Poyato’s John MacDonald (El Sordo) -



hay loft where he stayed for three weeks. Twelve noon at the olive grove, corny but it works. With a tossing of curly hair and the flashing of deep brown almond eyes the two women approached each other. The villagers waited, expectant. The men with their cameras at the ready. This promised to be the spectacle of the year. Manuela and Gabriela stood face to face their, noses almost touching. Brown soulful eyes stared unblinkingly into brown soulful eyes. The villagers looked on as the rivals eye-balled each other. The gentle afternoon breeze ruffled hair but not tempers as the scrutiny continued. The would-be pugilists continued their stand-off, neither flinching nor giving ground. The villagers soon became bored, most headed for the bar. The afternoon shadows grew longer and Loco Paco was out for his evening stroll deep in conversation with his imaginary pet rodent, Bert. Still the deadlock continued. Will the stalemate be broken with violence? Will they ever blink again? Will they develop moss on their north side? We shall see.


Eggs with Your Omelette? We had arrived early at the plush Simplon Orient Express lounge on platform 2 at Victoria Station ahead of many of our fellow passengers who were yet to arrive. Our daft driver had got it all wrong and arrived at our Gatwick hotel at the ungodly hour of 7am instead of 8.00. We had dressed appropriately, having donned the very best ensembles that Messrs Primark and M&S could provide. Our luggage was tagged and taken into custody by the attractive uniformed reception staff and we had wandered off to the main concourse to have ourselves a leisurely breakfast. We arrived back an hour later to find the place buzzing. Liveried porters were loading designer luggage onto trolleys, couriers were answering innumerable questions from well turned out travellers and the whole lounge and adjoining platform area was fizzing like a vigorously shaken bottle of bubbly. We helped ourselves to two cups of complimentary coffee and took in the whole thrilling scene. I was waiting in the short queue with those wishing to take advantage of the in house conveniences (there were by this time a hundred or so people milling about and the facilities were limited) when a delightful lady in front of me turned her head and exclaimed: ‘Isn’t this exciting!’ I knew what she meant of course but I was on the verge of coming back with something like: ‘What, queuing for the bog on Victoria Station?’ But then thought better of it, not knowing if she

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would appreciate my cutting edge humour, which is admittedly not in the tradition of the Orient Express or Hercule Poirot. She was genuinely and rightfully aflame with enthusiasm for our forthcoming trip, which not only involved travelling on the legendary British Pullman and Orient Express trains, but later having sampled the delights of the Italian Lakes and Venice for eight days, we would be sailing off on a Mediterranean and Adriatic odyssey on board the iconic Queen Elizabeth. This was to be the trip of which dreams are made. It was only much later on in our adventure that we had reason to talk at length with the lady and her husband, when we found that we had been allocated seating at the same table on board ship. It was to be the start of a memorable twelve days in the company of our new friends. All of us come into contact with many people during our life time, but it’s only very occasionally that we meet someone with whom there is an instant rapport, an identical outlook on life and the willingness to buy a round of drinks occasionally. And most of all, a matching well developed and daft sense of humour. Thus it was with Sarah and Adrian. On returning to our cabin – no sorry, they must be referred to as staterooms these days the princess and I were discussing our evening when she asked me what I thought of our travelling companions and I remember telling her that these were people that I simply knew would remain friends long after the trip was ended. There is a choice of dining on board the QE, with several specialist eateries; the sumptuous elegance of the Britannia which was our preferred restaurant, or the Lido

Buffet if we were in a hurry or simply fancied a change. It was here in the Lido that the following exchange took place between Adrian and one of the short order cooks on the omelette section. Adrian: ‘A ham omelette please’ Cook: ‘Would you like some cheese or mushrooms?’ Adrian: ‘Yes and some eggs please Cook: ‘Well I think I can manage that’ (Giggles) Adrian: ‘It’s nice to see such a big smile’ (More giggles) Adrian: ‘I can’t place that accent. Where are you from?’ Cook: ‘Madagascar’ The cook then went into a long detailed account of the flora and fauna of Madagascar and its physical attributes. Meanwhile, Adrian’s omelette is being assembled at a snail’s pace and the queue is getting longer. Eventually Adrian tried to cut her short. Adrian: ‘It sounds wonderful, I would love to go there’ Cook: ‘So what you waitin’ for?’ Adrian: omelette!’





Another couple on board, who had also been on the train journey, were christened by us as Barbie and Ken due to the female’s striking figure, Olympic class boobs, white blond hair and an impressive quantity of makeup. A group of us blokes were ogling her one night and expressing our envy toward her escort, when Adrian helpfully pointed out that in fact Ken the doll, had no willy. From then on we looked at Ken with different eyes. Our friends are visiting us in Spain for the first time next week and we are looking forward to more of the same silliness.


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Texas Scramble at Macenas On Wednesday 23rd plays every Wednesday

April, Badgers Golf Society played a Texas Scramble at Macenas. Played in teams of 4 , the combined handicaps was very close, so the eventual final score was sure to be the same. Winning team on the day with a nett 52.125 was Dave Wright, Matt Bourne, Andy Kaye and Mike Knowles, 2nd place went to Tony Waldren, Dereck Dale, Roger Whitehead and Lynn Sefton with a nett score of 54.125 Saturday’s Stableford at Macenas was won by Jan Page with 35pts, 2nd place was Mike Knowles with 32pts and 3rd was John Conley with 31pts Badgers Golf Society also

at various courses in the area and every Saturday at Macenas for their weekly roll-up. Please book in at Badgers. Forth coming fixtures are :-) Wednesday 30th Valle de Este, Wednesday 7th May Macenas, Wednesday 14th May Marina, Wednesday 21st May Macenas, Thursday 29th May Aguillon. 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 www.

Some close scores in our Wednesday competition with a countback needed to find the winner in both divisions. Our first div winner was John Wardley with 35 and a better back nine than Tony Webster also 35 . The second div winner and again a better back nine than the second was Lillyn Pepper with 34 from Barbara Wardley also 34. . Ball sweep winners John Rice and Juan Ramon Rubio.

Sunday and a clear winner in both divisions. Our first div winner with 37 John Park and second with 34 Mike Picken. Second div winner with 34 Barbara Wardley and second with 31 Carol Hardy. No Ball sweep winner so more balls to play for on Wednesday. Enjoy your golf with Cortijo Grande a lovely place to play and such nice people to play with. Visitors and guests welcome. MP


Forum Golf Ladies Clean Up at Los Alcazares Forum Golf Society´s recent Spring Break at Los Alcazares saw more good scoring from the Society´s ladies, with Fran Elam celebrating her birthday by winning an individual stableford at La Torre on April 25th & Wendy Greaves winning not only the individual event at Hacienda Riquelme the following day but also the overall competition & the Los Alcazares Spring Challenge for 2014. Also in the prizes were Keith Jackson, Ron Wileman, John Evans, George Gibson, Andy Birch, Yvonne Strindberg & Sam Cochrane, and as both the competitions

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Saturday 26th April, in glorious weather saw a great turnout for the Urcal golf society, with 24 players competing in a Texas scramble at the much improved Macenas course. Drinks and Tapas around the pool area afterwards certainly made for the perfect end to the day, for

winners and losers alike. Longest Drive on the 16th was won by Steve Dodd, Nearest the pin on the 14th, a difficult par 3 was won by Bob Moore, Nearest the pin in 2 on hole 5 was Billy Handy. The winning team on the day was, Dave Edmonds, Derek Phillps, John Alberts, Mike Smith.

were qualifiers for Forum´s 2014 Claret jug League there have been quite a few changes at the top of the Leaderboard, with Phil Elam now at the top with 103 points, followed by George Gibson (87) & Mike Duckham (75). Forum´s upcoming fixtures are 2nd May Pairs Betterball stableford at Marina 11th May Ford League Regional Finals at Las Colinas 16th May Stableford at Hacienda del Alamo For further information, contact Phil Elam on 666 847840 / philjelam@, or see www. forumgolfsociety.webs. com

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Tuesday and the winning team on a very windy day with 108 stapleford points were sue hull, dick hull, George Bennett and Patrick Vickery. Friday was again blowing a brisk breeze on the course but it was a problem for winner dick hull with 37 points, second Paul sedge 35 points and third Tish Bigelow with 29 points.

Nearest the pins Tish Bigelow on the 6th hole and Harry Wilson on the 24th. There were 4 twos Tish Bigelow on the 6th hole, Jim Quigley and dick hull on the 12th hole and Harry Wilson on the 14th hole. Avoid slow play and be ready to take your shot when it’s your turn.


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19th hole

A change of day for the 19th Hole Golf Society, this week we played on Tuesday to accommodate a booking problem at Aguilon. Just to make it more difficult we played a 3 Club (plus a putter) Challenge around this very demanding course, the whingers’ moaners but, in the main, happy people all tried to select clubs to give, what they thought, would achieve the best result on all 18 holes. Some players like Nigel Greenwood sailed through the round, scored 37 points to take 1st place whilst others struggled to get into double figures. Gary Grey continued his good run of form by scoring 34 points to secure 2nd place just in front of a an inspired Pete Dow with 33 points. Perhaps we dont really need a whole bag full of clubs to achieve decent results, in fact when the choice of clubs is so limited it seems to make the game simpler. Derk Adgey playing his last game with

us for a while (work gets in the way of golf sometimes) managed to win two Nearest the Pins. The old double act of Nick Pogson and Ron Curtis really is brilliant company to play a round of golf with. Nick can be likened to a mother hen whilst Ron at 70 something behaves like a naughty schoolboy, the dialogue between the two is in the same class as Eric and Ernie. A very entertaining round, thank you lads you made my day (pity your golf was not as good as your humour)!! Results; 1st Nigel Greenwood 37 points(20) 2nd Gary Grey 34 points (28) 3rd Pete Dow 33 points (28) Nearest the Pin. Hole No 8 Dave Denyer Hole No 12 John Ball Hole Nos14 & 17 Derek Adgey.

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LFP Aspire Under 15 Tournament The UD Almeria under 15s went into the tournament full of hope of a strong campaign and certainly didn’t disappoint with victories over Sporting Gijon and Athletic Bilbao. Our very own Tyler had an impact in all the game held and was unlucky not to get himself on the score sheet on a number of occasions. The Tournament started with a 1-1 draw against the Aspire Academy side for the Rojiblancos in an entertaining game that was screen live on the internet with highlights on national broadcaster GolTV. Next up was the side from Gijon where the Almeria young guns ran out 2-1 winners, then came a tricky match up with the boys from Bilbao who are noted to having a very strong youth academy that can be seen in the amount of senior players that turn out every week. The game ended 1-1 but Almeria went through after showing composure when the game went to penalties. The penalty victory

earned a spot in the Silver Cup Final for our local youngsters when they took on the boys from Sevilla FC, sadly a game to far for Tyler and his team mates as they went down courageously 1-0. The trip to Doha is certainly one to remember for all the youngsters involved who we hope to see in the senior sides at some point in the future. You can see highlights of the tournament on the website and if you would like to know more about local sport lo9g onto ir follow on twitter @expatgoals.

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• The race for the Premiership title is on again after leaders Liverpool lost at home to Chelsea and Manchester City won at Crystal Palace. This coming weekend Liverpool visit Crystal Palace, Chelsea play relegation-threatened Norwich and Manchester City are at Everton. • In the battle for the last Champions league place, it’s advantage Arsenal (4th) who meet WBA, Tottenham go to West Ham, Aston Villa play Hull, Fulham travel to Stoke and Cardiff are at Newcastle. • The final games in the Championship and Leagues One and Two all take place on Saturday. With Leicester and Burnley already promoted from the Championship, and Derby and QPR in the play-offs, the race for 5th and 6th places involves Reading, Brighton, Wigan and Blackburn. • Yeovil and Barnsley have been demoted, replaced by Wolves and Brentford from FL1, while Birmingham, Blackpool, Doncaster, Charlton or Millwall will also slip down a Division. • Either Leyton Orient, Rotherham, Preston or Peterborough will move up, but Shrewsbury and Stevenage have lost their places to Scunthorpe and Rochdale who have been promoted from FL2. Chesterfield will join them with victory over Fleetwood who are in the play-offs with Burton Albion, York and Southend. • Torquay have been relegated to the Conference, replaced by Luton. Wycombe and Northampton will also exit the FL with Cambridge United, Gateshead, Grimsby or Halifax Town returning. • This evening Chelsea play the second leg of their CL semi-final against Atletico Madrid while last night Bayern Munich entertained Real Madrid. • Tomorrow, Seville, 2-0 up on Valencia and Benfica, leading 2-1 against Juventus, play the second legs of their Europa League semi-finals. • And Luis Suarez is the PFA

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‘Footballer of the Year’; Eden Hazard won the ‘Young Player’ award. • Ryan Giggs’ first game as Manchester United boss ended in a 4-0 win v Norwich. • Jon-Jo Shelvey hit a stunning 47yard goal for Swansea who beat Aston Villa 4-1. • The ‘Great escape’ is on for Sunderland who whipped 10-man Cardiff 4-0. • Fulham let a 2-0 lead slip to a draw with Hull. • WBA won their first home game under Spanish boss Pepe Mel, 1-0 v West Ham. • Both Everton full-backs netted owngoals in Southampton’s 2-0 win at St Mary’s. • Atletico Madrid (3-1 winners v Seville), Real Madrid (4-0 v Osasuna) and Barcelona (3-2, from 2-0 down v Villarreal) lie 1-2-3 in La Liga • Tito Vilanova, who made Barcelona ‘great’, has died aged 45 and exRangers and Scotland defender Sandy Jardine has passed away, aged 65. • In Rugby Union, Saracens hammered Clermont 46-6 and Toulon beat Munster 24-16 in the Heineken Cup semi-finals. • In the League code, Leeds, Widnes, Warrington, Bradford, Keighley, Leigh, Wigan and Castleford are the eight Challenge Cup quarterfinalists. • It was a Spanish 1-2-3 in the Argentine MotoGP... Marc Marquez finishing ahead of Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa. • Tony McCoy has been crowned NH champion jockey for the 19th successive season. He’s ridden over 4,100 winners and says “My target is 5,000”. CUP FINAL DAY QUIZ I will be having a football/sports quiz at The Loft, Mojacar Playa, on FA Cup Final Saturday, 17 May.



Cabrera Lawn Green Bowling Club

On 11th April, Cabrera Lawn Green Bowling Club were delighted to welcome The East Anglia Touring Group to their club. The Touring Group comprised of members from 4 bowling clubs in the East Anglia area. The bowling match consisted of 7 triples and was made all the more enjoyable as it was played on the number 2 green which had only been open for just over a week after nearly a year of intensive work by the ground team from Cabrera to get it back to it’s original fantastic bowling surface. Although the final score was 52 to Cabrera this didn’t distract from the

wonderful bowling and good humour that was enjoyed. The captain of the touring group, Colin Day, had nothing but praise for the facilities, hospitality and friendliness of Cabrera Club and said that it was one of the best bowling surfaces he had bowled on for a considerable time. A true testament to all the hard work. This sentiment was echoed by many of the visitors. Bowling was followed by a lovely lunch where the Cabrera Captain, David Jenkins, thanked the visitors for a thoroughly enjoyable mornings bowling and looked forward to welcoming them back next year.


The Terreros Petanque Club, based in San Juan de Los Terreros, held its annual competition on 16 April in memory of Jack Brown, a founder member of the club. This took place at the Meson Pepa restaurant with 14 teams from the village and surrounding area taking part. A sum of €465 was raised from entrance fees and a raffle. This money will be handed to the local Primary school in San Juan de Los Terreros to be used for a specific project.

Jeanette Brown, widow of Jack, presented the trophy and medals to these teams: * Winners: Team GB * Runners-up: The Kent 4 * Third place: Abinicos and The Village People (tied) Congratulations to Terry and Marie Taylor and Rick Mathers for making the competition a huge success… further fund raising and social events are planned. Tony Matthews

Jarlath Staunton and John Lally tied on 36 points in Monday’s individual competition, at Marina Phoenix, with the winning voucher going to Jarlath on countback. Tony King was third (33). The Ladies division was won by Isobel Jones (35), Jean Wilkinson (33) second followed

by Linda King (30) in third. The only two’s prize went to Eddie Vaughan. The team game on Thursday, played in threeballs, was best two to count. Carole Donoghue returned seven high scoring holes to help her partners Ali Mahmud and Jim Budd win with 83 points. Brian Couper, Jack McGowan and Rosalie Fardon (81) were second followed by Maida McGowan, David Mansfield and Liam MacNamee (79) in third. Nearest the pin prizes went to Les Armfield (1st), Chris Mansfield (5th) and Tony Cordingley (17th). 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.



A word of warning, using buggies on the golf course can be dangerous, they are not “toys” as this couple found out when they came off the cart path and fell in to a barranca (see photo) fortunately they ended up with only cuts and bruises but it could have been far worse. RESULTS It seems that our golfers have a run of form with players featuring on the leader board for consecutive weeks before their run comes to an end,to prove the point this weeks winner has been top of the leader board two weeks running. Friday April 18 – Individual Stableford A mention for Sandra Siggers who had an eagle two on the par 4 2nd hole (old 11th) holing her second shot in to the green, also a large handicap cut for our winner. 1st Mike Hooker 42pts 2nd Les Raufer 37pts on a card play off 3rd Mick Siggers 37pts Twos: Sandra Siggers 2nd, Brian Everitt 8th and Mike Hooker 17th

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Major Drug Haul In The Sea Of Alboran

Customs agents chalked up another success last week in their ongoing fight against drug smugglers. The waters off the coast of Almeria – The Sea of Alboran – are one of the busiest routes used by traffickers, from Morocco into mainland Europe. The recently established tri-nations (made up of Spain, France and Italy) anti drug campaign has registered some major victories this year, netting over 60 tons of hashish; their latest haul brings that total to close on 90 tons. This most recent operation involved a Syrian registered vessel which is thought to have loaded its cargo of drugs near Casablanca. Customs agents intercepted the boat near the Island of Alboran, having tracked its course into Spanish waters with the help of Moroccan police. Members of the Guardia Civil eventually managed to board the vessel and arrested seven Syrians. The ship was brought to Almeria and 18 tons of hashish was uncovered in the hold, hidden amongst other cargo. Whilst this is another significant success for the customs agency, it’s

still being viewed with caution by the anti-drugs police. Announcing the latest capture, a spokesman said they were pleased with the outcome, but emphasised this represented only a small proportion of drugs thought to be smuggled into Spain every year. He said, “We are concentration our campaign against the mother ships – like the one captured today. They bring the large cargos of drugs close into the shores of Spain, France and Italy, from where they are transferred to smaller boats for final distribution.” Since the formation of the new trinations task force, the amount of drugs seized has increased substantially. However prosecutions have proved more difficult to bring against the smugglers. International law is somewhat ambiguous regarding crews, vessels and their cargos detained in territorial waters. Only recently, five Syrians caught with a consignment of drugs last month had to be released from custody because of the anomalies surrounding their detention. By Martin Shortland

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Local Graffiti Artist Has Council Support For His Work

A young artist from Roquetas has been making his mark across the town for some years now and you certainly can’t miss his paintings – they’re huge. Alvaro Diaz de Torres is a graffiti artist and in his book, the bigger the better. He has works on show throughout the port, town and urbanisation, but you won’t find them in a gallery. He works outdoors and makes use of abandoned or derelict structures and everything he does is strictly legal. A lot of people tend to think of graffiti as being the mindless spray painting on the sides of trains, walls and buildings. Sadly that is only too frequently seen these days on virtually any surface - and can only be described as senseless vandalism. It certainly has nothing to do with the sort of art created by Alvaro. He has the full backing of the local council, who have encouraged him since he started creating his pictures around five years ago. If he finds a suitable site for a painting, he simply asks permission from the council to use it. He hasn’t had any formal training, he just has a natural eye for detail, perspective and colour. What’s amazing about his work is that he doesn’t make any plans or preliminary drawings, everything comes straight from his head onto the ‘canvass’, which in his case is normally concrete or stone, rather than canvass. And bearing in mind the sheer size of his paintings, that’s remarkable; when working at arm’s length and often up a ladder or on scaffolding, perspective is very hard to achieve – that’s where his natural ‘eye’ comes in.

Creating a 30 x 15 feet image can take between four and six hours and use up to thirty cans of spray. He has a team of assistants who prepare the surface and work on background colours and less technical detail. He doesn’t use measures or rulers or straight edges, yet all the lines are arrow straight; not only does he have a good eye, but a very steady hand. All of his public art is done free of charge, but that has brought commissions for a variety of work, from designs for bars and restaurants and private houses. Alvaro and his team will be appearing in El Ejido next month at the arts festival, creating images on a large outdoor screen. By Martin Shortland

Almerimar Marina Reports Successful Easter Holiday Trade

The marina at Almerimar enjoyed a busy Easter holiday week according to a report from the port managers office. Jose Rodriguez said the occupancy of moored vessels was as much as 80%, a small increase on the same period last year. He pointed out the success of the marina still continues, with some 900 of the 1,000 births occupied. It remains one of the most popular ports along the coast and sets a high standard when compared to other less popular and more expensive marinas. Occupancy of the resorts hotels was around 65% across the week, although for the Easter weekend, this went up to 90%. The Hotel Golf Almerimar was almost fully booked, although this could have been helped

by the fact the AR Almerimar Hotel is now closed. Most of the apartment complexes in the resort were full, possibly with people wanting to save money and self cater. The same could not be said for El Ejido, where the hotels reported very bad figures; the best being 30% occupancy at The Don Miguel, but most of the other town centre hotels were no more than 15% full. The local tourist board puts this down to seasonal trends. At this time of year, most people want to stay close to the sea and the sun and enjoy the varied sports and attractions the resort of Almerimar has to offer. By Martin Shortland

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