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Mojacar Positiva se Mueve legal action overturns “electioneering” bonuses awarded by lady mayor

Successful legal action by independent political party Mojacar Positiva se Mueve has prevented the controversial award of bonuses to all Mojacar town hall staff that was proposed by the lady major of Mojacar Rosa Maria Cano and agreed at the town’s council meeting on 14 March 2014. The party, led by councillor Jessica Simpson, filed a legal claim against the proposal claiming that the granting of the bonuses of €1000 to full time workers and €500 to part time workers was clearly illegal. The claim was upheld at an extraordinary urgent council meeting held on Friday 16 May. A jubilant Simpson said: “We could not have wished for a better outcome. This wholly inappropriate gesture has rightly been slapped down because of its illegality. Importantly, the decision should also be considered against the backdrop of an overriding obligation to be prudent with public funds. Mojacar is not an exception to this obligation. The bonus proposal could easily have been seen as buying an opportunity to get a large number of voters on Find us at Los Carasoles, Zurgena (Almeria) the side of the lady mayor. On the Baza Road You can all make your own judgment on that.” MPSM’s legal claim had caused several tense situations between the party and council workers, Simpson said, and the lady View all mayor had not hesitated our items in using the action as a weapon, saying that MPSM on our Exceptionally was against the welfare w ebsite... improvement of local town Low Prices... hall workers. After receiving ...many unique pieces - once they’ve gone...they’ve gone! a letter from the delegated

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On the 19th May 2014 a 3.8m six gill shark (Hexanchus griseus) washed up in the natural park of Punta Entinas-Sabinar, and wildlife rescue non-profit Equinac went to the scene to take photographs and record data. This species of shark has hardly evolved since the Jurassic period, over 150 million years, which makes it a “living fossil” from the time of the dinosaurs. The shark’s habitat is the Ocean abyss, sometimes found at over 2000m depth. It is a slow shark, that generally scavenges for carcasses of dead animals, such as large whales. It is found in almost all the world’s seas, yet sightings are getting more and more frequent because of trawlers and other fisheries. This one had a rope tied to its tail stock, indicating that a fisherman probably had to drag it out from a net, something that Equinac has also observed

with cetaceans (whales and dolphins). Despite its appearance and size, this animal doesn’t pose any threats to people, and no one should be intimidated to get back in the water this Summer! Equinac is the exclusive entity that rescues marine wildlife in the Almería province, Southern Spain. The NGO is composed by a technical and veterinary team, and a network of trained volunteers. They are called when an animal is found on the beach, even when the animal is dead, which allows vital data and sampling collection for scientific purposes. Most frequent species are striped dolphins and loggerhead turtles. Sharks are not frequently found washed up on the coast, but many species live in the Mediterranean Sea. Sharks are types of fish, and most aren’t dangerous to man. Source: Alexander Sánchez - Equinac

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Do you think, maybe you, have a drink problem??

My name is Roger and this is my story. Well I never thought I did, booze to me was my best friend. When I was sad, booze helped me. When I was happy, booze helped me. When I could not cope, booze helped me. When I got married, booze helped me. When things went wrong in my life, disasters or whenever I got into any trouble and all the bad times booze was always there. Little did I know, booze was not helping me ….. booze was really my enemy! When I came to Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) I was given one tremendous cast - iron promise! If I didn’t pick up the first drink I wouldn’t get drunk. How simple is that? How come no other fellowship, society, organisation, call it what you will, could give me or anyone such an unswerving promise? All I had to do was grab it. That’s where the problem was hi-lighted. I thought I could stop when I wanted to, until I tried! This is when my friend booze did not want to let go! This is when booze messed with my brain and kept saying this time it will be better or different. I could no longer see the simplicity of it - Don’t pick up the first drink and you won’t get drunk. I always thought it was the sixth or seventh one that changed me, from Dr Jekyll to Mr Hyde! I knew nothing about alcoholisum, that it is a “disease” which is three fold …. it affects my body, my brain and my inner most soul, (that blackness deep inside me). I knew nothing about AA only that I thought maybe it was some sort of religious group. A friend of a friend who knew someone who was going to A.A., and who had stopped drinking and began turning their life around, said to me, Roger!! what have you got to lose, you have almost lost everything anyway. So my journey of recovery began! I rang AA. Not knowing what to expect.

That was on the 26th January 1987 and from that day to this I have not needed to take the first drink “ one day at a time”. I only tell you this to let you know there is life after booze. At that first meeting I was made so warmly welcome in a way I had not been used to in a long time. No one judged me or said I had to do this or do that. They did not want any money from me or want to know my full name or history. They just wanted to help me in a way that made me feel safe, like I had come home …. so I stayed and kept going back. There was a mention of God. But for me, it was more like a sense of a loving g.o.d. …. “ Group Of Drunks …. and with that I was comfortable. They were sober and all they wanted to do was stay sober. To do this, they needed to pass that gift on to me, if I wanted it. Had I had enough of being sick and tired of being sick and tired, did I want to change this downward spiral I felt I was in. So if you think, maybe, booze / alcohol is controlling you more then you would like, come and meet me and my friends and listen to our stories and hear about our recoveries. Maybe you might identify and find your own way out. SO JUST RING US, WE CARE. If you are the partner, family member or friend of such a person and you are finding it hard to cope, we have another wonderful fellowship, where you can go, just like I did and find a warm welcome. It’s called Al-Anon Family Groups. There are Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon meetings in Mojacar and Albox. (Our meetings are worldwide just check the web) Alcoholics Anonymous Albox 634 334 525 Mojacar 661 078 864 Al-Anon Family Groups 637 480 265

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MOORS & CHRISTIANS FIESTA Friday 6th, Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th June MEDIEVAL MARKET ARCOME On Friday 6th June 2014 at 12.00h. The Medieval Market, located on the main square “Plaza Nueva” and Glorieta Street, will open with a parade. All kind of handmade products are offered by merchants dressed in period costumes. All these exhibitions and performances last until Sunday at noon on 8th June. Anyway, the Great Show consists of walking down our streets and enjoying the stunning views of the different lookout points of our village, unique across the Mediterranean. schedule of events FRIDAY 6th JUNE 21.30h. Congregation of fusiliers at the “Centro de Usos Múltiples” 22.00h. Regrouping of different troops at “La Fuente”. The handing over of the City Key to the Christian monarch by the Moorish Monarch. 22.30h. FOUNTAIN.- The troops march to the sound of blunderbuss shots warning the village of the presence of hostile army near the city. 23.00h. VILLAGE.- Entry of troops in the village, each accompanied by their own ambassador. Then, the traditional Proclamation of the beginning of the festival with final fireworks. 24.00h. VILLAGE.- Opening ceremony

for barracks and headquarters each chaired by their own ambassador and accompanied by music bands. Fiesta untill dawn. SATURDAY 7th JUNE 16.30h. Congregation of fusiliers at “Playa del Descargador” 18.00h. PLAYA DEL DESCARGADOR.(Opposite Provenzal Hotel). Horse parade and taming exhibition with blunderbuss shots from sea and land. In between there will be interrupted for Belly Dancing. Then, the Medieval Tournament where Moore and Christians knights try to get the most scarves made by ladies to win their favours. Finally, the troops march towards the Parque Comercial. 22.00h. VILLAGE. Opening ceremony of barracks and headquarters. Fiesta untill dawn. SUNDAY 8th JUNE 12.00h. BEACH. Concentration of Moors and Christians fusiliers along the beach with lots of blunderbuss shots. 19.00h. VILLAGE. Impressive Moors and Christians Parade dressed in gala costumes, carrying weapons and accompanied by music bands and fanfares.





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Cantante Singers and Musicians Cantante Singers and Musicians begin their Summer Season of concerts on Friday 30 May at 20,00 in The New Life Church building, Huercal Overa, adjacent to Avenida Guillermo Reyna, 53. They’ll be singing in Mojacar Playa for the first time at The Kimrick Restaurant on Thursday 12 June at 20.00 and two days later in the inspirational setting of the Convento de la Victoria, Vera also at 20.00. Now in it’s forth year Cantante continues to develop and attract bigger audiences. With its eclectic musical mix there’s usually something for every taste in every concert. This summer is no exception with music by, J.S.Bach, Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, Fats Waller, Sigmund Romberg, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Giuseppe Verdi. The programme also includes some well known Spanish songs. Cantante includes three professional musicians, Dave Sharp, Sue Morrison and Andy Cunningham, who in their different roles inspire the singers to achieve what they once might have thought would be

unachievable. But Cantante’s success is mainly due to the loving enthusiasm of its leader and founder, Julie Hawkins. She says, “Music has always been a major part of my life, having sung professionally in opera and classical music, there’s nothing I like better than to inspire and enthuse people with the knowledge that they can sing, if not as a soloist, then certainly in a group. After starting Cantante three and a half years ago, I have had the joy of proving that. Cantante numbers around 30 people who work very hard. Very few of them have any experience of singing, and I am so delighted with what they have achieved. There are no auditions to join, just a real desire to make lovely music, and to enjoy being together. If you come to hear them you can judge if we have achieved our goal.” Like other musical acts Cantante perform to share their love of music with their audiences. This summer as always there will be many songs for audiences to share and ‘sing along’.

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martina Just as everyone at the shelter were rejoicing at the great news that the Galgo mother and her 7 pups were travelling to Germany, they have been badly hit by new cases of abandonment. The following lists just some of the many cases, as there is no room to mention all of them. HADA is a beautiful GERMAN SHEPHERD mix, born in 2010. Like most newcomers to the shelter known as SOCIEDAD PROTECTORA DE ANIMALES DE ROQUETAS DE MAR, she is somewhat frightened by her new situation. However, she is sharing her kennel with two playmates who are helping her adjust to the harsh reality of life at the shelter. JULIO CESAR, a young NAPOLITAN MASTINO, was found tied to a corner of the fence surrounding the shelter/ He was in a very bad undernourished state, Apart from receiving good food and clean water he is also being treated for dermatitis and conjunctivitis. ISIDRO and PALOMA, two adorable and playful puppies, were

brought to the shelter by the local police. They were born around the middle of March and both appear to be a LABRADOR mix. They can be expected to weigh around 20 kilos when they reach adulthood. MARTINA, another puppy, was thrown over the fence into a kennel where large dogs are housed. Unfortunately her sister did not survive the ordeal. MARTINA was born at the end of March 2014 and will also be rather big as an adult. On a lighter note, little FATIMA, who was also thrown over the fence, has already found a new forever home and will travel to Germany next week. The work at the shelter is endless and without kind hearted people to adopt the dogs and allow them into their homes and their hearts, the position would be even more impossible than it is now. If you want to help your local shelter, please contact Geoff at


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Syrian Drug Smugglers Walk Free From Jail By Martin Shortland

The crew of a vessel arrested by customs agents last year were released from jail on Friday. The seven men, all Syrian nationals, left El Acebuche prison near Almeria, having spent eight months in custody. They, along with their boat Moon Light were captured in the sea of Alboran in September; almost twenty tons of hashish was found on board. The local authorities had no option but to finally release the men, as they have no means by which to prosecute them. It seems quite remarkable, but that is the case. Because the ship was detained in international waters and because it can’t be proved the drugs were destined for use in Spain, the police are powerless to take further action. This is not the first time this has happened. Already this year, almost fifty crew members from a number of ships impounded by the police and customs have had to be released. The recently created tri-nations drug agency – Spain, France and Italy – have had considerable success against the smugglers since its formation a year ago. The sharing of intelligence information regarding drug consignments has resulted in a fivefold increase in the amounts of drugs captured. By working together to monitor, track and arrest ships used in the operations, they are making a big difference in the war against drugs. But it would seem there is a monumental flaw in the laws governing the prosecution of traffickers. It seems that whilst the new agency is chalking up a large number of arrests and drug seizures, their hands are tied when it comes to prosecuting those involved. The men released from jail last week are now back on board their vessel. The Panamanian registered ship has been moored in Almeria harbour since it was detained and the owners are threatening legal action against the drug

enforcement agency if it’s not allowed to leave port. This seems like another classic example of the tail wagging the dog. A spokesman from the customs agency’s legal department told me on Monday that they appeared to be in a no win situation at the moment, he said, “The law governing these situations is very grey and would appear to favour the perpetrators. It’s clearly not something we are happy with and we will be doing all we can to bring about rapid changes to the law.” Until that happens – and the European legal cogs are notoriously slow moving – the drug smugglers who use these waters must be laughing up their sleeves. At the moment there are four other vessels in Almeria harbour, all the subjects of customs impounding: a further forty men, all Syrian are in custody at El Acebuche prison. Whilst the amounts of drugs seized by customs only represents a small fraction of the total smuggled into this and other southern European countries, it must be extremely frustrating for all those concerned that their efforts are thwarted by inadequate legal protection. It sends the wrong message to those involved in the smuggling; at the moment the law is very much on their side. What a sad state of affairs.

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Hello and welcome to CanDu Computer Bytes. Last week we discussed the benefits and drawbacks of portable application as opposed to the ‘normal’ fully installed cousins. This week I would like to take that a little further and suggest several application that you might want to try. Now for the 64 thousand pound question – which applications should be included? Nearly everyone asked, while I was preparing for this article, gave similar answers and these follow. The ones that I use most frequently are: an office productivity suite (libre / open office), Internet browser (firefox – don’t really like chrome but horses for courses), email client (Thunderbird), Thesaurus, and much more. First, let’s clear something up. These programs might be called ‘Apps’ (HATED phrase) or Applications (Much better!) but they are fully functional versions of there ‘Installed’ siblings just cleverly designed to go into one folder, and therefore, work just as well on a memory stick. To write these articles, control how much I charge for my computer work (refuse to charge too much!), deliver presentations and store important information. I have an installed version of LibreOffice on my desktop and a portable version on my memory stick for the times between clients at my clinic when I can get some ideas down for my next articles. Both are identical in form and function, allowing me to write articles, spreadsheets and keep everything else organised. There are many others out there for you to try such as: the well known AbiWord; Dia (a Visio clone); an intriguing program called ‘FocusWriter’ and Gnumeric – a spreadsheet transported over from the Linux world. I would suspect that we all have our web browser set up with our favourite websites, start pages and search engines. Isn’t it frustrating when you use

someone else’s browser and nothing is where it should be! That is why I have a portable version of firefox that I run off my ‘fixit’ chip where I have all my favourite websites and setting to hand. There are many others that each have merit such as: Maxthon; the ever popular Opera; SeaMonkey – from the firefox stable and of course Google Chrome. I have the portable version of Thunderbird as my email client. It allows me to do everything the ‘Installed’ version does and I can backup everything to a chip and waltz off to England knowing that all my emails are safely with me. When I get back I just copy the contents of the entire folder to my hard drive and ‘Hey Prosto’ everything is upto date and ready to go. Today I’m going to suggest that you visit the following websites and see for yourself just what is available to make your life easier and much more portable. The first is: I have focussed on work because there isn’t a “Rock and Roll Dance Partner” application but there are many and varied applications for playtime. Sudoku is a popular puzzle but there are Role Playing Games, Board Games, Action, in fact if you think of a category there will probably be a game out there for you. Next time I will be looking at several of these portable applications that have caught my eye and updating you on the best. If you find one that might be of use to the SolTimes readership, drop me an email with it’s name and web address and I will check it out. I’m now off to Jack’s Bar in Albox for my Friday afternoon computer clinic! If you would like a clinic nearer to you – make the suggestion using the email address under this article and we will see what can be done.

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Are you thinking what I’m thinking? No, not that! I’m shocked! How on earth could you be thinking about dinner at a time like this? No, I was thinking about the Bonzo Dog Doodah Band. Weren’t you? Oh! You remember The Bonzo Dog Doodah Band don’t you? Of course you do. Who could forget rock classics like, “Mr. Slater’s Parrot”, “Noises for the Leg” or “Jollity Farm”? Yes, okay, perhaps calling them rock classics is stretching a point, but who cares with a name like The Bonzo Dog Doodah Band on the label? You’d almost buy the record-sorry CDjust for that. But this got me thinking; names really are important aren’t they? Not just names of rock bands, although there have been some corkers, such as, the deservedly unknown, “Puddle of Mudd”, or the moderately famous “Mott the Hoople”. Funnily enough, these names are so unusual that my spell checker has given up the ghost and now just agrees with everything I write. There are some very unusual names about, when I say very unusual, what I really mean is they’re bordering on

the ridiculous. For example, in America the name Quince is beginning to make ripples on birth certificates and is both for a boy’s and a girl’s name. Others, still on the fruit theme, have gone for the very male, Huckleberry. Need I say more about some names? But it’s names of another sort that have really caught my eye. I really want to know who comes up with those ridiculous names they give to models of cars. Is there someone sitting around in a padded room somewhere just trying to concoct the most unlikely name they can for a collection of metal? I suppose the model name is meant to conjure up appropriate images for that particular car. If that is the case, then which bright spark came up with the Skoda Yeti? Yes, it really was a model. Now as far as I’m aware a Yeti is supposed to be an awkward, lumbering thing...ah, I see the connection! Then there’s the boring ones, like the Ford Ka. At least they could have spelt it right. I’m waiting for a manufacturer to launch a model with a name which tells the buyer all they need to know about the car. I can’t wait for the launch of the Ford Expensive or, even better, the Honda Never Never.

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Something a little different this week and next; I stumbled upon this poem written by Gerard Nolst Trenite in1920, he was a Dutch writer and teacher. It was his foreword to the 2nd edition of his book Drop your foreign accent engelsche uitspraakoefeningen. Born in 1870 Trenite taught foreign languages in California, and later was a school teacher in Holland. He wrote a weekly newspaper column about linguistics under the pseudonym Charivarius for many years until his demise in 1946. At the end of WWII in 1945 a British soldier found a manuscript in a German school. It passed through various hands until it reached The Spelling Society also known as SSS. It has also been published across the world in many different versions and shows just how difficult, nay impossible our language is to master. The 1920 edition had just 146 lines of verse and with each subsequent edition the author added more words until the 7th edition of his book published just before his death in 1944 had 274 lines. 800 examples of words are set to rhyme with the intention that readers speak them out loud. The first part of the poem is reproduced below and the second part will be next week. For the impatient it is readily available via the interweb. Thanks to the Spelling Society for this definitive version. Dearest creature in creation Studying English pronunciation, I will teach you in my verse Sounds like corpse, corps, horse and worse. I will keep you, Susy, busy, Make your head with heat grow dizzy; Tear in eye, your dress you’ll tear; Queer, fair seer, hear my prayer. Pray, console your loving poet, Make my coat look new, dear, sew it! Just compare heart, hear and heard, Dies and diet, lord and word. Sword and sward, retain and Britain (Mind the latter how it’s written). Made has not the sound of bade, Say-said, pay-paid, laid but plaid. Now I surely will not plague you With such words as vague and ague, But be careful how you speak, Say: gush, bush, steak, streak, break, bleak, Previous, precious, fuchsia, via Recipe, pipe, studding-sail,

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choir; Woven, oven, how and low, Script, receipt, shoe, poem, toe. Say, expecting fraud and trickery: Daughter, laughter and Terpsichore, Branch, ranch, measles, topsails, aisles, Missiles, similes, reviles. Wholly, holly, signal, signing, Same, examining, but mining, Scholar, vicar, and cigar, Solar, mica, war and far. From “desire”: desirableadmirable from “admire”, Lumber, plumber, bier, but brier, Topsham, brougham, renown, but known, Knowledge, done, lone, gone, none, tone, One, anemone, Balmoral, Kitchen, lichen, laundry, laurel. Gertrude, German, wind and wind, Beau, kind, kindred, queue, mankind Tortoise, turquoise, chamoisleather, Reading, Reading, heathen, heather. This phonetic labyrinth Gives moss, gross, brook, brooch, ninth, plinth. Have you ever yet endeavoured To pronounce revered and severed, Demon, lemon, ghoul, foul, soul, Peter, petrol and patrol? Billet does not end like ballet; Bouquet, wallet, mallet, chalet. Blood and flood are not like food, Nor is mould like should and would. Banquet is not nearly parquet, Which exactly rhymes with khaki. Discount, viscount, load and broad, Toward, to forward, to reward Ricocheted and crocheting, croquet? Right! Your pronunciation’s OK. Rounded, wounded, grieve and sieve, Friend and fiend, alive and live. Is your r correct in higher? Keats asserts it rhymes Thalia. Hugh, but hug, and hood, but hoot, Buoyant, minute, but minute. Say abscission with precision, Now: position and transition; Would it tally with my rhyme If I mentioned paradigm? Twopence, threepence, tease are easy, But cease, crease, grease and greasy? Cornice, nice, valise, revise, Rabies, but lullabies. Second part next week

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Not to think about it, not to feel inside him the finality of what had happened, that was all he craved now. Nothing else. Nothing beyond or after or yet to come. None of that. Only the feeling of not feeling. Amongst other things the book relates to displacement and through Lev, Lydia, Vitas and the gay Chinese migrant workers we are made aware of their struggles. That doesn’t mean that the native British characters don’t feel a similar sense of isolation because some of them do. Ruby, at the old people’s home is lonely and feels abandoned by her family and Christy, Lev’s landlord suffers depression because his wife has left him and she refuses to let him see Frankie, their daughter. He turns to alcohol. Lev is a widower with a young daughter he idolises. His wife, Marina died at 36 and his ageing mother Ina looks after Maya whilst Lev seeks his fortune in London. It’s a hard decision

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Ingredients For the wild garlic pesto 120g/4oz wild garlic leaves, blanched 1 garlic clove, peeled and grated 20g/¾oz pine nuts, toasted 200ml/7fl oz olive oil ½ lemon, zest only 30g/1oz parmesan cheese, grated salt and pepper For the grilled lamb chops and potatoes 6 lamb cutlets, French trimmed olive oil, to brush on the lamb 200g/7oz pre-cooked Jersey Royals 30g/1oz wild garlic leaves, washed

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Grilled aubergines Ingredients 4 long, thin-skinned purple aubergines 1-2 garlic cloves, chopped handful parsley leaves, finely chopped 5-6 tbsp extra virgin olive oil a little sea salt and black pepper 150g/5oz feta cheese lemons, for serving Preparation method 1. Preheat the grill to high. 2. Run a small, sharp knife round the top of the aubergine, 1cm/½in or so below the stalk and only just cutting through the skin; then make four evenly spaced, similarly shallow cuts, along the length of the aubergine right down to the end. 3. Grill the aubergines for about 20 minutes, turning every 5-7 minutes or so, until evenly cooked with charred skin, and until the aubergine feels soft, but not too collapsed within. In the case

Grilled aubergines with olive oil, garlic, parsley & feta cheese. Simplicity is the key to this aubergine recipe, allowing the full flavour of the ingredients to shine.

of the purple aubergines, the skin will also have turned a dull brown colour. Transfer to a large, oval, white plate and allow to cool for two minutes. 4.Peel away the aubergine skin in four long, narrow sheets using a small knife. Without cutting right through the stalk end, cut the aubergines in half lengthways and gently prise apart until you have two horizontal halves remaining attached at the top end 5. Mix the garlic and parsley with the olive oil until well combined and spoon the mixture over the aubergine. Season lightly with salt (not too much - the cheese is salty anyway) and pepper, and crumble the feta cheese over the top. If liked, trickle over more olive oil to finish. 6. Serve warm, or at room temperature with lemon squeezed over.

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Why not try our Giant Yorkshire Pudding filled with your choice of chicken, beef or Why not come & join in pork, fresh vegetables, roast potatoes & the fun !!! gravy at a special price of 4€ Roquetas De Mar Urbanisation opposite Protur Hotel, next to Suzi’s Tel: 950 33 51 80 or 634 33 99 43 opening hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri & Sat from11am-Late Sun 12noon - 7pm, (Wed closed)

Thank You ‘Y-DA-WAKES’ for your Charity Work Yvonne and Dave at Y-Da-Wakes in Playa Serena, RDM have just been presented with a 2014 Poppy Appeal Box Barry, the local poppy appeal organiser for Roquetas De Mar. The Royal British Legion would like to say many thanks to Yvonne and Dave for their help in 2013 and look forward to another successful year! The ongoing support and valued help in raising funds for our British ex-service personnel, is much appreciated by The RBL. In addition to helping the RBL, they also raise a considerable amount of money for ‘Help The Heroes’ charity, as most locals will know. So, we stand ‘shoulder to shoulder’ as the RBL motto says, to help each other. Why not call in to see them and enjoy their excellent choice of Meals (prepared by Clive), tapas, beers and wines at their new premises in Playa Serena, Roquetas de Mar, opposite Hotel Protur, next to Bar Suzi’s. New members are always welcome to join in the fun at RBL branch meetings, held at The Lodge, Calle Americo Vespucio, Roquetas De Mar, first Tuesday of each month at 3pm. Contact Jenny or Mike on 950 328 469 for further details.

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A BIG THANK YOU to Linda & Tommy at Bar Cardies for their Charity Work!

Linda and Tommy at ‘Bar Cardies’ have once again agreed to support this year’s Royal British Legion POPPY APPEAL and have received their 2014 collection box from Barry Thomas, the local poppy appeal organiser for Roquetas De Mar branch. They are selling recycled books, which are no longer required by their customers and, the proceeds are going into the POPPY FUND! Many thanks to Linda and Tommy for their continued support and valued help in raising funds for our British exservice men and women. Why not call in at ‘BAR CARDIES’ and

enjoy their excellent choice of tapas, mini-meals, beers and wines at their beach-front location next to Popeye’s. Don’t miss out on their ‘Manic Monday Menu’, for one Euro a go! The RBL are holding a luncheon here on 12th June, so watch the press for further details. New members, friends and guests are very welcome to join in the fun at Royal British Legion branch meetings held at The Lodge, Calle Americo Vespucio, Roquetas De Mar, first Tuesday of each month at 3pm. Contact Jenny or Mike on 950 328 469 for further details.

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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).

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The ‘Friday Tapas Group’ meet up at 1.00pm each week (Friday) and the venues over the next few weeks are as follows: 30th May - Bea’s La Paloma (Y Da Wakes old bar). 6th June - Los Olvera, Urb, (by Train terminus & the old El Rancho Restaurante). 13th June - Mar Y Sol, opposite Hotel Playa Luna. 20th June - To be advised. Anyone is welcome to join the happy bunch and have a laugh, exchange views and ideas. The more, the merrier and the bar owners enjoy it too!



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The Heroine of the Great Flood

A few nights ago I was awakened by the sound of toenails on the tiles, signalling that Lucy, The Dog That Is Not Ours, needed a ‘comfort break.’ Arising reluctantly from my slumber I noticed that it was only 12 o’clock, unusually early for her to need bladder relief, but it was her bladder, not mine, so I opened the door for her to exit. She exited as far as the front patio, but instead of disappearing modestly to a discrete corner of the garden she stood to attention and stared fixedly, ‘pointing’ in the direction of our neighbour’s garden. I assumed that she had seen a marauding cat, so I stepped outside to try to persuade her not to break the midnight calm

by giving noisy chase to any feline interloper. It was then that I became aware of the sound of a pump, and running water. Automatically I looked towards our pool, which turns over at night, but it was glassy smooth and silent in the lambent moonlight. Woman and dog sallied forth into the midnight still to investigate. Reaching our front gate I saw a vigorous flow of water heading down the road, so I turned tail to fetch slippers and dressing gown, both essential for flood investigation, while Lucy remained to monitor the situation. To investigate the source of Limaria’s newest river I had to leave the safe harbour of our garden and step into the two inch depth of the torrent while my canine companion dithered on the brink – she is Spanish, so considers that water, unless safely confined in a bowl, is to be avoided at all costs. The flood was overflowing from our neighbour’s garden; I

By Jos Biggs

reckoned he needed to know, and know now, so I returned indoors and phoned him. ’----.’ I said, ‘There’s water flooding out of your front gate.’ ‘Is there?’ he responded in the tone of voice of one whose tongue is awake but whose brain is still asleep. ‘Yes!’ I urged. ‘A lot of water.’ ‘Oh, all right.’ The dog and I waited until we heard his front door open, indicating that the message had reached the cognitive parts of his anatomy, then we snuck back to bed. I may be giving the dog too much credit, but if she hadn’t insisted on going out I wouldn’t have heard the water, ----‘s pool would have drained dry, and his pump would have burnt out. So I am officially declaring The Dog That Is Not Ours, Lucero Rodriguez Biggs, the Heroine of the Great Flood of Limaria!

John MacDonald (El Sordo) -

alqueria Of Church and State Rivalry between church and the state is a favourite preoccupation of the Spanish. In the village republic which is Alqueria no such conflict exists. The struggle for the souls of the Alquerian people is exclusively that of the church. The task of the day to day running of the Pueblo is undeniably that of the government. The term government is used in its widest possible sense.

As Spain has the Cortes so Alqueria has the ‘Airado’ as the title for their respective administrations. The seat of government of the village republic of Alqueria is located in the Town Hall off the Calle Horno. They did think of basing the government on the Westminster System however after a couple of aspirin and a good nights sleep they explored more sensible alternatives. An open form of government was decided upon and duly established. Any citizen of Alqueria has the right to simply burst into the chamber slam his fist on a convenient desk and demand action over whatever grievance he has. It was an anarchic form of government but it worked although very heavy on desks. Any other form of administration would have led to the same outcome anyway. It was felt it would be far easier to bow to the inevitable therefore keeping the inevitable within the constitution of the Pueblo. Law and order were left in the capable hands of José Cabrasilbido the local policeman. He unfortunately tends to get personally involved in the frequent rioting, throwing stones and cobbles with the best of them. He actually instigated a couple himself

when things were a little slack in the Pueblo. The church which is off the Calle Generalissimo is officiated over by Sacerdote del Semblante Lánguido. Once an enthusiastic young priest eager to spread the word and put his parishioners on the righteous path. He then however came to Alqueria. He is now a broken man. He still goes through the motions and the more pious of his congregation have noticed no change. He has now become an Existentialist and argues vehemently for that philosophy after partaking of a Remitroot Whisky or two. Of his parishioners Dolores Basco, the most devout church goer in Alqueria locks up her cockerel on a Sunday. She looks the other way the rest of the time when the cockerel is doing what a cockerel must do. Where else but Alqueria could the religious needs of a community be administered over by an atheist priest and church attendances actually rise. Where else but Alqueria do they avoid making laws which would be broken and effectively make breaking the law legal.



Time Ladies and Gentlemen Please! . . . What Already? Look, I’ll brook no argument here, but time does accelerate as you get older . . . No I mean it, it really does actually pick up speed. Two years ago we travelled to Vancouver to be part of our ex-Bermuda biennial get together and this week almost twenty of the old crowd are converging on our little area of the Costa Blanca for another one of our bashes. I have kept a faithful record and know for a fact that it has only been sixteen months since our last knees up two years ago! Naturally they are not all staying with us – just my California bestest friend and the Nova Scotia members of our exclusive family – with the majority of them booked in to the Zenia Beach Hotel just a mile from here. Nevertheless in preparation, we have been catching up on those little and not so little jobs around the house that have been patiently awaiting our attention, and as always at times like this, I seem to get lumbered with tasks that really make no difference whatever to the quality of stay that our visitors will enjoy or the star rating of us as hosts. The clearing out of the garage was a prime example of this. It took me two days to sort through, rejig and clean out the damn thing, in the full knowledge that nobody will want to see inside

By Colin Bird :

or give a toss about its condition. After all, with most of them coming from across the States and Canada, I am fairly certain that they know what the inside of a garage looks like, except in their case, they could probably accommodate our entire house quite comfortably inside their own car storage areas. Whenever clearing out rooms or garages, there are always those decisions to make regarding items that have not seen the light of day since the old king died and whether or not to chuck them in the bin. It’s always a difficult task, but you know full well that whatever does get trashed, the well known Colin Bird maxim will apply: Rubbish will remain rubbish until the day after you throw it in the bin, when it will become useful and essential, and the one item needed to complete an important task around the house. I await developments on that front with trepidation, knowing that whatever item is soon required, there will follow a major rollicking from the Light of my Life because I had been stupid enough to get rid of it. There remains the job of giving the whole house a final vacuuming, mopping, dusting, polishing and application of gold leaf to all the door handles and window catches before our friends arrive in Spain. But I know for a fact that most of it will have to be repeated in the hours prior to their arrival at the homestead, because my wife will have spotted a fingerprint on the fridge door or a hair in the shower. My Precious is one of those people who, if we could afford a cleaner, would dust and mop the house

prior to her visit and have a cup of tea and a plate of custard creams ready as she walked through the door. Hah good timing! As I write, my lady has just shouted up the stairs that we really should clean the car in readiness for our visitors. This is the Royal we of course, because through no fault of her own, the Princess is still incapacitated and receiving intense physiotherapy three times a week for her ruptured shoulder tendon, with many more sessions still to come. I am developing ironing elbow, scrubbers knee and shoppers droop, and with my regular kitchen duties of preparing gourmet meals, and dish washing, I look and feel like a second hand galley slaves loin cloth. I have also shed pounds and if I turned sideways I could slice bread, so I shall probably sleep through the whole of our reunion and miss all the good bits involving drinking Bermudian rum and reminiscing about those far off days in one of planet Earth’s most beautiful locations. But I’m not bothered, it’s all part of the process of wanting everything to be just so at such a time and it is fortuitous with My Dearest’s shoulder problem, that this year it is our turn to host the occasion, and for once not have to embark on a long haul flight to some far flung destination. One unscheduled extra job that I have to undertake however and that is a return trip to the bodega where I found - much to my delight - a ten year old Cockspur rum. I need to replenish my stock having knocked off two bottles to relieve stress.


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Legal Matters

Help for Expats in Spain

You get a UK public document ‘legalised’ by asking the UK government to confirm that a UK public official’s signature, seal or stamp on the document is genuine. Such a certification is called an Apostille. It is an international certification comparable to a notarization and is often added to documents that have been in some manner signed by a Notary, lawyer or other public official such as the clerk of a court of record in their official capacity. You might need to do this if a local authority in Spain has asked you to provide a document and they’ve said it must be legalised. How to get a document legalised without too much effort? This is the 21st century… GO ONLINE ( 1. Check your document can be legalised. 2. Pay online for the service - it costs £30 per document, plus postage. 3. Complete the legalisation application form. 4. Send your documents, application form, a blank A4-sized envelope

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and the payment confirmation page (which you’ll get after you pay online) to the relevant address below. Once received, your documents are usually legalised and sent to you within 48 hours. You’ll get an email if there’s a delay. You can’t deliver documents in person. This is a postal and courier address only. Legalisation Office Foreign & Commonwealth Office Hanslope Park Hanslope Milton Keynes MK19 7BH Other payment methods You can also pay by UK postal order, banker’s draft or business cheque (made payable to the Foreign & Commonwealth Office). You’ll need to include a payment of £30 per document, and enough to cover the return of your documents by courier, which costs: £12.50 per 500g in Europe Contact the Legalisation Office uk (+44) 3700 00 22 44 Monday to Friday, midday to 4pm (UK time)

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Border collie helps owner train horses

A horse trainer has an unusual assistant at an equestrian centre in Australia - a border collie dog.

for his owner.

Steve Jefferys says Hekan - short for ‘He can do anything’ - is an indispensible member of the team at Equestrian Excellence in Melbourne.

“He’s an incredibly talented dog,” Mr Jefferys said. “He’s basically my secretary. He does that many things for me.”

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But Hekan’s most amazing ability is that he is able to ride the horses as well.

Mr Jefferys is best known as being the lone rider in the Sydney Olympics opening ceremony, who galloped into the stadium and cracked his whip to start the ceremony. Nowadays Mr Jefferys and Hekan specialise in training stunt horses to act on stage or in movies.


Marina Phoenix Golf

This week’s team game at Marina Phoenix was a reverse waltz. The format took the pressure off and all eight teams scored better than par. The winners were Malcolm Taylor, John Lally, Maxine Mayhew and Gerry Byrne with 88 points, followed by Les Armfield, Bernie Tramore, Ann Kavanagh and Hylton Smith (86), with Isobel Jones, Glennys Oliver, José Ramon and Jim Budd (84) in third. Nearest the pin prizes went to Brian Mayhew (17th) and Hylton Smith (5th). The individual competition on Monday saw a return to form for Eddie Vaughan, who won with 38 points. In second was John Lally (37) followed by Jarlath Staunton (35), in third. 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.

Almeria winger Aleix Vidal is a reported transfer target for English Premier club West Ham United, as the London outfit plan to implement a more attacking approach next season. Vidal, who has been with the Andalusians since 2011, has made more than 100 appearances for the club, including 38 last term and he found the back of the net six times, as the side from Juegos Mediterraneos maintained their La Liga status on the final day of last season. It is thought the 24-year-old is now considering leaving the club this summer and according to the Daily Mail, the Hammers are prepared to offer £4 million. They will face stiff competition from clubs who are keen to keep him in La Liga however, with Sevilla particularly interested, whilst Valencia and Villarreal are also said to be monitoring his situation, with a keen eye. Manager Sam Allardyce has apparently been told by the West Ham hierarchy that he must adopt a more attacking style next season

Hell and back…

“It’s not a place where travellers first think of staying,” smiles Shige Takezoe, who with his wife Diana, owns Hell Barn Cottages in North Chideock in the UK. “There are various stories about how this part of Chideock got its name. Some say Greeks came here and built a temple called Hellas but this is disputed by local historians who say the Greeks only got as far as Devon. Others believe that Christians visited on a pilgrimage and made their home here. Then of course there was the Black Death where corpses were buried in the tumuli. Basically nobody knows why it is called Hell but it’s a beautiful place,” says Shige, who purchased the holiday business with its three cottages in 1996. “It’s very much an international business with 20 per cent of holidaymakers coming from abroad as far away as India and many French and Germans regularly staying. It’s only a 12-hour drive from Munich.” I have driven through Chideock on the way to Devon many times and never really

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given it a second glance. Until now. And it is a beautiful revelation. A typical village with narrow country lanes that at times are so narrow it is scary especially when driving a large Range Rover Evoque, which seems to create its own lay-bys. What brings a Japanese man to this remote part of Dorset? “Diana was an English teacher in Tokyo and we moved back to the UK. I haven’t visited Japan since but my sister sends her children over every now and then.” Shige taught Japanese at the University of London and then relocated to Newcastle where he worked for a Japanese company. “I turned their loss making office into a profitable one. It’s only at that point when you’re making money that you have the luxury to reflect on what you are doing. Realising that I wanted a better quality of life we moved to Dorset and found Hell. We’ve never looked back.” It’s such an idyllic location where there



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is an almost continual happy bird song; it’s as if you’re living in an aviary. There’s no road noise and children are well catered for because not only is there a large garden to run around there is a slide and swings, which Harriett and Heidi thoroughly enjoy. There’s also an enormous games room where we visit each morning. The children love playing in the Wendy house as you can see in the video at and we even manage to play poll and ping pong. We stay in Rosemary Cottage, which has two bedrooms and a downstairs bathroom. Most importantly of all, the beds are extremely comfortable providing a good night’s sleep. But it is only on this holiday that my wife, Caroline realises that my snoring has been disturbing her sleep for the past three years. That’s a tough day for me but I resolve to visit a pharmacist and find some anti-snoring strips, which help. Shige cooks Japanese cuisine and delivers it to the cottages. He’ll even take away the plates so there’s no washing up. This is great because it enables tired parents to enjoy the restaurant experience at home without worrying about the children disrupting fellow diners. “I also cater for diners in my home and sometimes they end up holidaying in one of my cottages,” says Shige. We try the salmon and chicken teriyaki, which comes with rice, miso soup and salad with Japanese dressing. Until now I hadn’t eaten seaweed but it was surprisingly tasty in the miso soup. Another highlight of this holiday is our trip on the historic Seaton Tramway. We board at Colyton and enjoy a 30 minute trip to Seaton. Surprisingly we’re able to fit our tandem pushchair on board in the open part of the tram. Admittedly it’s a bit chilly at 10.30 in the morning but Harriett and Heidi are covered in blankets so they’re happy. It’s a delightful way to travel to Seaton with breathtaking views of the River Exe estuary as you can see in the

video at We spot rabbits and pheasants. A thoroughly enjoyable day is spent at Seaton where we become aware that this seaside town suffers from a seagull problem. Interestingly bird control comes in the form of a 246mph peregrine falcon named Morgan, who is a television celebrity. There’s a video of him in action on The moment he is released the seagulls quickly disappear. Our return journey to Colyton is much warmer. Travelling in this way is so much more relaxing than driving a car and having to look for a parking space. There are so many attractions and places to visit along the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Venture down the road to Golden Cap and you will be richly rewarded with magnificent coastal views. From seaside destinations such as West Bay to Lyme Regis and Bridport and just over the borders to Sidmouth in Devon and Chard in Somerset there is never a dull moment. At the Donkey Sanctuary at Sidmouth 15,500 donkeys and mules have been provided with a sanctuary for life since 1969 when Dr Elisabeth Svensden MBE established it. The 400-acre site is home to around 350 rescued donkeys. It is open 365 days of the year and is free to visit. A la Ronde, the National Trust property at Exmouth is a spectacular 16-sided house. It was built by two wealthy cousins who wanted to make the most of daylight. The property enabled them to move around it with the movement of the sun. The same family had lived there from the late 1700s until the 1990s. Furniture includes a chair presented to them by their friend Lady Nelson. This chair had actually belonged to one of Lord Nelson’s ships. There’s a shell gallery and decorative feathers adorning some walls. We finish our holiday at West Bay on a bench in the shade where we watch life pass us by.


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• On Saturday, the Super Middleweight rematch between Carl Froch and George Groves takes place before 80,000 fans at Wembley. • Marc Marquez will be chasing his sixth successive MotoGP victory of the season in Mugelio. • The fourth and fifth ODI cricket matches between England and Sri Lanka take place on Saturday, 31 May at Lords and next Tuesday, 3 June, at Edgbaston • Last Saturday in Lisbon, Real Madrid beat Atletico Madrid 4-1 after extra-time in the Champions League final - the first time two teams had competed for the top European prize from the same city. Sergio Ramos headed a dramatic late equaliser for Real, before Gareth Bale only the fifth Welshman ever to play in a EC/CL final - headed Real’s with Marcelo and a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty - his 17 CL goal this season - sealing victory. • This was Real’s first triumph in this competition for 12 years and their 10th overall. • A record crowd for a play-off final saw QPR beat Derby County 1-0 to clinch a return to the Premiership. Bobby Zamora’s 90th minute goal earned the Londoners a minimum of £62m. • Rotherham beat Leyton Orient 4-3 on penalties in the FL1 play-off final while on Monday Burton Albion met Fleetwood in the FL2 equivalent. • Both Edinburgh clubs will be in the Scottish FL1 in 2014-15 while Hamilton will be in the SPL. The Accies sent Hibs down via the play-off with already relegated Hearts • Tom Ince, Paul’s son, could sign for his father’s old club, Inter Milan. • Neil Lennon quit as Celtic’s manager last week after four years at Parkhead and Norwich City have given boss Neil Adams

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a three-year contract. • England’s cricketers, after beating the reigning World ODI champions Sri Lanka by 81 runs at The Oval in the first of five games, were thrashed by 157 runs in the second game at Durham. The third of five clashes took place at Old Trafford today. • Last Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix ended in another Mercedes one-two with Nico Rosberg finishing ahead of Lewis Hamilton with Daniel Riccairdo third. • Rory McIlroy stormed back to win the PGA Championship at Wentworth. • In rugby, Northampton Saints beat Bath 30-16 in the Amlin Cup final while Jonny Wilkinson, in his last game on English spoil, helped Toulon (not Munster as I said last week) beat Saracens 13-6 to retain the Heineken Cup. • Kingsman, ridden by James Doyle, won the Irish 2,000 guineas at The Curragh. • And the French Open tennis championship is underway at Roland Garros in Paris. Tony Matthew’s Book


valle del este

The Valle del este golf society held their Friday stableford competition at aguilon golf club this week. Both the weather and course were perfect and everyone enjoyed their day. In first place with 38 points Ian Jones, second Lloyd Dean 37 points and third Sue Hull with 35 points. Nearest the pins on the 8th Bob Connell and 15th in two Patrick Vickery. Valle del este is now fully open again following the work on the greens.

19th Hole Golf Society. Cucador. Thursday 22nd May an Individual Stableford at Aguilon, with the gale force winds of the day before subsiding to a gentle breeze the day looked perfect for some good scores as our 24 brave lads and lasses took to the well manicured fairways of this beautiful course. Good to report that good scores (for some) was the theme of the day. The winner of the Men’s Division was an inspired Syd Walker returning a nett 37 to take 1st spot from Mark Danson on 33 and Paco Grayal on 32. Star of the day was Nekana Galindez, Nekana scored a nett 38 points to take the Ladies Division by a country mile from a very rusty Zeta Denyer (nett 29) playing her first game for nearly 5 weeks. Terry( Thrush)Caddick had a better day than of late by securing a Nearest the Pin on the 17th and converting that into a Two. Terry also accurately anticipated ( annoyingly so) every short shot into the water or barrancos by Dave Denyer and Brian Lowden whilst the ball had barely left the club, hence the nick name Thrush!!! Good days golf with good and bad scores, but a good welcome back at La Vida for

nibbles and refreshments. Results Mens Division 1st Syd Walker Nett 36 points (21) 2nd Mark Danson Nett 33 points (02) 3rd Paco Ocaña Grayal 32 points (23) Ladies Division 1st Nekana Galindez 38 points (31) 2nd Zeta Denyer 29 points (36) Twos Hole No 12 Harry Eels Hole No.17 Terry Caddick and Steve Newberry Nearest the Pin Hole No 8th Mark Danson Hole No 12 Nick Pogson Hole No17th Terry Caddick Thanks to all the members who support the 19th Hole Golf Society. The 19th hole G/S are now arranging weekly games at various courses in the area, our home course, which we will play fortnightly, is Aguilon. If you are interested in joining the 19th hole give the secretary a ring on 610340653. or email

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What a joy to be playing Cortijo Grande with such a good bunch of golfers to make the days so enjoyable. Wednesday 21st May 2014 and two divisions and close scores in both. Our winner of the first div with 30 points on countback Mike Picken and and second with another 30 Bob Winter. Our second div winner with 29 Tony Stubbs and second with 28 John Noel Smith. No ball sweep winners so more for Sunday. Sunday and a lovely day for golf and we have again 2 divisions. The winner of the forst div with 39 Greg Ward second with 37 John Wardley The second div winner with 36 Pam Webster and second with 34 Graham Meeks. What a pleasure to see Graham back again. Ball sweep winners John Rice X 2 Mike Picken Barbara Wardley. Come and join us at Cortijo Grande you will enjoy. Telephone Patricia Holt on 950 475509


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Badgers Golf Society visited Playa Macenas Golf on a very windy Wednesday, for their weekly competition. With severe winds it was a close call whether to abandon the day, but the decision was taken to carry on playing. Top scorer on the day was mark Williams with 37pts, 2nd place was Jim Laird with 36pts on countback from Andy Mucha in 3rd also with 36pts. Dave wright had a good day on the par 3’s, taking 3 out of the 4 on offer, the other one being won by Tony Randall. Dave Wright also had the only two of the day. Saturday’s stableford winner was Mike Knowles with 37 pts on count back from his son Richard Knowles also with 37pts. Badgers Golf Society also plays every Wednesday 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 :-) Thursday 29th May Aguillon, Wednesday 4th Macenas, Thursday 12th Away day to playa Serena, Wednesday 18th Macenas 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 / 686038 8259. Fixtures can be found on

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We have a bit of a lull at the moment with the snowbirds having returned to their summer nest and the holidaymakers yet to arrive, so our fields are a little depleted. RESULTS Friday May 16 – Individual Stableford The course is looking in magnificent condition with a lot of work still ongoing on new tees and bunkers,however the scoring is still good 1st Ian Jenner 38pts 2nd Terry Moore 36pts 3rd Dave Keymer 35pts Twos: none today for a change Wednesday May 21 – Individual Stableford The southerly winds (sometimes gale force!!) blowing down the valley made some holes nearly impossible, however our intrepid members were

Twenty five members and guests entered to play at Marina to contest for the Valantel Cup sponsored by long standing members Mr and Mrs Terry Hicks, Terry was also a former Pesident of the Society for a number of years,and who sadly have now returned to England for health reasons. On a dull day as far as the weather was concerned results were good especially for the guests and recent new members who took five of the eight prizes on offer. Marina, looking as good as it has for a number of months was playing quite long as it had been watered quite extensively especially on and around the greens but our guest Len Ward didn´t seem to have any trouble even though it was his first game at the course. Carding a score of 39 points he won by four points from the Captain Steve Dodd with 35 points. In third place was another guest Mark Williams coming in with a creditable 34 points. Longest Drive on the 18th was won by a fairly new member Paul Mickleboro. There were two nearest the pin prizes, the first on hole number 2 was won by Barry Kilby and the other on the very difficult 9th was won by Bob Moore. Nearest the pin in two on the short par 4 twelfth hole also went to a guest, Kevin Cretella. There were two 2´s on the R. & S. AT LOS LLANOS MARKET, ARBOLEAS day, firstly by Len Ward Is offering a wide range of golfing who rounded off a good day services including: after his win by also winning Supply and fit most types of grips the sweep-stake and Tony Morgan who had only a tap - Excellent selection of good quality balls - Extensive range of gloves in for his two on the 17th. - Large range os second hand irons, drivers, Our next game is at Alboran putters and sets of clubs. on the 7th June, anyone wishing to play with a fast - We can sell your used clubs for you. growing and very friendly - Why not visit our website Society please contact our Captain, Steve Dodd on - Or email us at - Or telephone 610 340 653 608238827

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Port Of Roquetas Refurbishment Work Begins By Martin Shortland

Work began last week on the refurbishment of the older part of Roquetas around the fishing port. Mayor Gabriel Amat, deputy Mayor Eloisa Cabrera and councillor Jose Rubi held a ‘walk about’ press conference in March to announce what they described as, “a sweeping new vision” for the jewel in the crown of the town. On that day they talked of remodelling the whole area around the lighthouse, port, amphitheatre and neighbouring streets, to create “a spectacular environment” for both residents and visitors. The mayor described it as a major transformation, one that was long overdue and one which he was personally excited about. He referred to the scheme as a ‘comprehensive renovation’ of the area which will include almost everything from new lighting, walkways, walls, gardens and new pedestrian areas. The contract would go out for tender and he predicted the work could start by the middle of this month, which it

has. Councillor Rubi said, “The renewal of the infrastructure and enhancement of the area in keeping with the tradition of the port is something fundamental we plan to undertake as soon as possible.” He added that the council was fully committed to the project and that this was the first phase in a longer term plan for the whole port area. The contractors moved in last Monday with plant and machinery and many roads in the area will be closed for at least six weeks. The local government has approved a budget of 700,000 euros and has set a deadline for the work to be completed before the Fiesta of Santa Ana in July. Many local businesses are being affected by the work, one bar owner told me he might as well close for a month as his customers can’t get to his bar. Homeowners are suffering as well, with dust and noise a daily problem. Residents living in the affected areas have expressed dismay about the

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