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La Grappa Authentic Italian Restaurant

• Argentinian BBQ every night • Pizzas • Fresh Pastas • Fresh Fish • Argentinian BBQ’d Food On The Terrace BBQ & Menu del Dia EVERY DAY

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Catering for to reserve your table special occasions Open 12 - 4pm 7 - 12.30am Weddings Next to Hotel Playa Sol Communions Roquetas de Mar etc.

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Enjoy Pierre’s French Cuisine Kitchen open: 12.30 - 3.00, 7.00 - 10.00. Closed Thursdays Plaza Los Jazmines 10, 04740 Roquetas de Mar Opposite Playa Capricho in the car park

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Mojacar fines family 500€ for drinking WATER on the beach

(Grouping and staying of people who are found to be drinking or realising any other activity which puts in danger the pacific life of citizens outside of the zones of the town which the townhall has permitted for these activities). In fact, according to the complaint filed by the cousins, the police not only refused to discuss the matter, they became verbally arrogant, warned the group “they could fine them for discussing Rimmel (makeup) in public if they wanted to, as you are five people or more which is illegal” and threatened to call for backup and have them arrested.

As part of Rosmari’s attempt to eradicate fun from the face of the world (or at least Mojacar), her policia local have fined a ground of youths 500€ for daring to drink water on the beach.

The group were so infuriated that they drove to a nearby Guardia Civil traffic checkpoint and underwent a breath test to prove they hadn’t been drinking alcohol. The Guardia, although they couldn’t give them an official receipt, did let them use the big machine in the car which prints off a written record with the timestamp, proving that the youths had no alcohol in their bloodstream. reports that the three men and two women, all family, had been in Mojácar to celebrate the golden wedding anniversary of their grandparents in a local hotel. They live in Murcia and had come down for the night. After the meal had ended, they decided to go to a local disco, and parked up in the carpark outside, which is on the beach. As there was a queue to get in (despite this being about 3 in the morning), the cousins, who weren’t drinking alcohol, stood by their cars and were sharing a couple of bottles of water when the locales turned up, and fined them 500€ for drinking on the beach. When challenged that they weren’t drinking alcohol, and were in no way being rowdy, the locales replied that nowhere do the rules say that alcohol has to be involved.

Mojacar’s draconian laws simply say: la permanencia y concentración de personas que se encuentren consumiendo bebida o realizando otras actividades que pongan en peligro la pacífica convivencia ciudadana fuera de las zonas del término municipal que el Ayuntamiento haya establecido como permitidas,

Before leaving Mojacar the next day, the youths filed a formal complaint against the locales and insist that they intend to challenge the fine in court. Mojacar townhall originally refused to discuss the matter, but later issued a statement to ideal newspaper saying that they are sure their police have acted according to the laws of the town. Source: David Jackson

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AUAN, 14th June 2013 New information is emerging about more court cases relating to houses in the municipality of Partaloa in Almeria. This time it is 29 houses in the area of Retamar and as usual the prosecution is asking for demolition. The latest case, which was initiated 7 years ago, is a criminal case relating to an alleged planning crime against the promoter of the houses as well as corruption charges against a series of other individuals and is pending a hearing in Criminal Court number 2 in Almeria. The company Residencial Retamar S.L. is also cited in the case. The victims, third party purchasers in good faith, could find themselves without a house and without compensation if the accused are convicted. Speaking on behalf of homeowners association AUAN, its president Maura Hillen said “It’s mostly British and Belgians in Retamar. The problem, as we have previously said, is that the proceedings are not registered in Property Register and therefore it is possible that the houses have changed hands whilst this case has been going on. And, at the moment it is the

Belgians who are buying”.

In this particular case the State Prosecutor has already asked that the victims be offered the opportunity to take part in the case to defend their interests. Asked if homeowners were taking part in this case to argue against the demolition of their homes, Mrs Hillen said “I don’t know but it is not uncommon to find that the homeowner cannot be contacted, or they do not really understand the procedure and assume that merely attending court in response to the initial summons and signing some papers is sufficient but this is not the case”. Gerardo Vazquez legal advisor to AUAN said “This is correct. You need to nominate an abogado and a Procurator to represent you in court. Otherwise, you will not be informed when the case goes to trial”. If you think that you may be affected by the proceedings in Retamar please contact AUAN on Maura Hillen on 661329919 or info@

Holidaymakers warned to watch out for highway robbers in Spain

The British Embassy in Spain is warning holidaymakers to watch out for ruthless gangs of modern-day highway robbers who are preying on people driving foreign-registered vehicles and hire cars. Police in the Catalonia region of Spain have dealt with 126 British victims of robbery on the AP7 motorway between the French border and the Valencia region over the past two years. British Consulates across mainland Spain say they are receiving regular reports of roadside robbery occurring along the coast between Barcelona and Alicante, across Andalucia in the south, and in the Madrid region. Consular staff estimate that 1 in 20 of all emergency passports issued last year as a result of theft were following motorway robberies. A new video produced by the Foreign Office - ‘Don’t let thieves drive you to distraction’ - shows real-life footage of some of the most common tactics. Highway robbers flag their victim down by indicating there is a problem with their vehicle, then one gets out to distract the occupants’ attention, whilst an unseen accomplice robs passports, money and other valuables before the gang makes a fast getaway. In a second case, the robber tricks a victim into thinking they have a problem with their parked vehicle, whilst another opens the door and removes valuables. Other tricks include throwing something that creates a sudden noise, or puncturing a tyre at

a roadside rest stop. Will Middleton, consular regional director for Spain, warns: ‘Distraction is the most common technique used by highway robbers in Spain. They will try to worry you about the state of your vehicle, and then whilst they point out the supposed problem, an accomplice is robbing you. ‘So be wary of anyone attempting to stop you when you are driving, or trying to point out a problem or offering assistance. They may not be the good Samaritan they appear to be. ‘If someone points out a supposed problem whilst you are on the road, keep going until you reach a service area. If you have to stop, make sure one person stays in the vehicle. Keep valuables out of sight and out of reach. If you do notice a problem with your vehicle, call your emergency breakdown service for help. ‘We are working with the Spanish police to alert British visitors to how these gangs work, so that holidaymakers can avoid becoming victims. Police statistics indicate that these robberies are largely nonviolent. ‘However falling victim to this kind of theft can be distressing and costly: a family of four who lose all their passports would unfortunately need to pay around four hundred pounds to get emergency passports to get home.’


COACHTRIPS SL BRAND NEW THIS YEAR Aitana Safari Park High amongst the mountains of the Aitana mountain range a full one thousand metres above seal level a surprise awaits. For here you will find what must be the most unusual safari park in the world. A haven for exotic animals from all over the world which spreads for miles along the upper reaches of this extremely scenic mountain range. Once we leave the Motorway behind just beside the coastal town of La Villajyosa we drive up into the green forested mountains which rise up from the coast. Passing through the charming village of Sella complete with its own medieval castle the road to the park takes us on a voyage of incredible beauty. Arriving at the park, you could almost believe that you had just landed in Africa. Our arrival is timed to follow the feeding truck round the park. Some of the animals are of course caged or in special enclosures. This includes amongst others black leopards,vultures, lions ,tigers and hippopotamus. The non dangerous species roam freely and there are plenty of opportunities to get at close quarters with many of them. Goats, llamas, donkeys,gazelles,long horned cattle, camels, ostriches and giraffes compete for a share of the food, and at this park you can actually take part in the feeding of the animals. It is even possible to feed the elephants. Watch the hippopotamus open his huge mouth and dispense with a complete melon in two strokes of his massive jaws. You would not believe what this animal is capable of consuming. A fantastic drive through the Tigers enclosure rewards us with real close up views of these magnificent big cats. Follow this with a drive through the Lions enclosure where the “king of the jungle”tops off a magnificent experience. But one more surprise awaits us. Noahs ark is filled with small animals most of which (including non venomous snakes) we are able to get close to. Occasionally in Noahs Ark, lion cubs can be seen walking out on a lead with the park attendants. (Careful though, they do nip). This exhilarating day out can be enjoyed with David’s Coachtrips SL. The coach takes you through the park making regular stops to help feed the animals and take photographs. It goes every Friday from the 4th July. Price including both coach travel and entry is 28€ for adults 24€ for children. Reservations can be made direct on (0034) 966785910 or online at


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News World Cup Rental Demand An The Great Kon-Tika Raft Race Example To Second Homeowners Organised by SAN ANIMAL

San Animal did an amazing job of organising the Kon-Tiki raft race on Sunday on the beach at San Juan de Los Tererros… on Sunday the 15th of June. Hundreds of spectators turned out to see 14 rafts race… The rafts were fantastic and included entrants from local schools, organisations even the town hall took part. The atmosphere was electric and there was a real party atmosphere helped enourmosly by The TEAM HARMONY ANGELS who entertained the crowds with their superb cheerleading singing and chanting their theme song. The Angels also organised a bucket collection from the crowd and raised almost a €100. Well done Angels Elaine the secretary of San Animal said that they were thrilled not only with the amount of entrants but the rafts were superb, everyone really got into the spirit of the day. Elaine said that although the total amount

has yet to be finalised they were expecting to have raised near to €1000 which for this charity is an amazing amount of money much needed in the rescue and re-homing of dogs and cats. Photographs of the race can be found on the San Animal and Team Harmony Spain Facebook pages also on www. The whole team from San Animal would like to thank everyone who took part on the day and also the spectators that made the day even more magical. San Animal have worked in collaberation with the Mayor and deputy Mayor of Pulpi and hope to make this an annual event. If you can help San Animal with fundraising, rehoming of dogs or cats, fostering or even walking the dogs please contact Elaine at or see their Facebook page.

The World Cup should be a reminder that global sporting events that attract thousands of international fans, organisers and participants can be the ideal way to earn some extra rental income from a second home, both at home in the UK or abroad. Richard Way, Editor of OverseasGuidesCompany. com said: “While debates continue about the real long-term financial benefits that hosting the World Cup will bring to Brazil, entrepreneurial locals and property - owners in host cities are cashing in on the surge in demand for accommodation – just as Londoners did during the Olympics two years ago. “In a similar vein, owning and letting a place somewhere that stages an annual event can be a useful way to generate an injection of rental income. But it’s not only sports that attract recurring rental

demand, as popular cultural events can have a similar effect, whether it’s a jazz festival in Souillac in France’s Dordogne, or the Benicassim music festival on Spain’s east coast.”


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You can find this special artisan charity market close to Hotel Zimbali on Vera Playa. On every night of the summer, from 8pm til the early hours of the morning, with over 70 stalls offering a wide variety of handmade, new and antique goods. Ideal for gifts for that special occasion or something new for you or your home with one off pieces of jewellery, clothing, paintings, bags, antiques, perfumes, natural handmade soaps, crystals, stone and wood crafts and much much more! The ambiance created by having this market at night, lit up by fairy lights and paper lanterns, not only is this an exciting place to visit for you but also somewhere different to take your guests to this summer. This is still a charity market and every stall holder has contributed to the organisers donating 4,000 Euros to the Nuns of Vera so they can continue to provide the invaluable food service to the homeless in Almeria through their soup kitchens. So why not make a night of it and visit this market, stroll along the playa, sample the local cuisine and show your support for this worthy cause.


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Additional measures to help British nationals overseas who need new or replacement passports

even if you still have it with you. If you need to travel urgently, you can apply for an emergency travel document.





If you’re the parent or guardian of a child living in Spain who needs to travel, you may be able to apply for an emergency travel document for your child instead of a new or renewed passport. British nationals living overseas who are waiting for a new passport, or whose passport has recently expired or will expire soon, are being offered additional services to help with any concerns they may have about their ability to travel. If you live in Spain and need to renew an existing British passport, you can instead apply for it to be extended for 12 months. You will need to be in possession of a passport that expired less than six months ago or will expire within the next three months, and have at least three blank pages left in your passport. There is no charge for this service. If you have already made an application to have your passport renewed then you cannot get an extension to your current passport,

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If you want to access any of these services, you should call 902 109 356 in Spain and make an appointment to visit your nearest British Consulate. Please do not arrive without an appointment – there is no “dropin” service. You can also get more information here. These additional services are designed to enable British nationals overseas to continue to be able to travel, and are in response to people’s understandable concerns about the current pressure on Her Majesty’s Passport Office in the United Kingdom, which is dealing with the highest demand for passports in 12 years. You can get all the latest information at

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Summer gets its official start this week. If you’re planning a season full of backyard barbecues, yard projects and a little light reading by the pool, don’t get burned by lingering in the sun too long. These home shade options will keep you (and your party guests) from spending the summer toasted from sunburns.

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There’s no sense in having a patio if you can’t enjoy it on a sunny day, and that’s where these retractable umbrellas come in. Some are freestanding, with a heavy base often made of metal. Most are meant to fit into a patio table with a hole in the center. Need to know: Cheap patio umbrellas (just like ordinary cheap umbrellas) are prone to failed lift mechanisms and may be easily damaged by wind.

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Shade Sails

Shaped like a sail and stretched among poles or from a house’s fascia or roof bracket to a pole, a shade sail is as much an architectural design element as it is a shade structure. Need to know: You can install it yourself, but it requires some construction skill. For instance, you need to be able to form and place concrete to erect the pole to which the sail will stretch.

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Arbors and Pergolas

You can build or buy this shade option. PM has a series of plans for DIY arbors and pergolas that could give you an idea of whether you’re up to a construction project. Need to know: Building requires carpentry skills and usually the help of at least one person. No arbor or pergola will provide much relief from the sun unless it’s covered with vines or some other greenery or material to provide shade.

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Fund Raising at Why were they abandoned? Bar Cardies

A fund raising luncheon was held by the Roquetas De Mar branch of The Royal British Legion at Bar Cardies on Thursday 12th June. Twenty one members and friends enjoyed a meal prepared by Linda and Tommy, so thank you for all your hard work on the day. The grand total of €57.00 was raised on

the day for the 2014 POPPY



grateful thanks go to all the diners for making it a good day out! The two photographs were taken after the meal and raffle. The next meeting is on 1st July, see press for details.

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Most dogs are brought to the shelter by the police and little or nothing is known of the circumstances that surround their abandonment. All that is known is that they were found wandering the streets.

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Calle Galera No6, Almerimar (Behind Bar Ankara) This is Hooch,he was rescued from the central reservation of the AP7 after being hit by a car. He was badly injured, but thanks to the help and support of the Asociacion and our friends and major surgery, he has now fully recovered and is looking for his forever home. He is a big dog - a mastin - about one year old.

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However, GOLFO is an exception. His story shows the determination of a little dog to survive. He was rescued by the police from a water reservoir where he had been swimming around for hours in order to save himself from drowning. Finally, a neighbour who had watched his desperate bid for survival, contacted the police. He was brought to the SOCIEDAD PROTECTORA DE ANIMALES DE ROQUETAS DE MAR. Immediately after his rescue, GOLFO was so exhausted that he could not even move or eat. It is believed that he must belong to somebody as he wore a collar. It is not known if he got lost and fell into the reservoir or if he was deliberately thrown there to die. After a few hours at the shelter GOLFO started eating and responding to the caresses from concerned shelter workers. Now he is a friendly and sociable little dog. He is thought to have been born in August 2012 GOLFO now needs a foster, or even better, a forever home to completely forget his horrific experience. If you are interested in little GOLFO, contact the shelter via Geoff at

El Ejido Rugby Club

Based in Almerimar, we are always looking for new players and have training sessions starting at 21.30h every Tuesdays and Thursdays. Players of all abilities welcome. The team is very sociable and after have players from beginner to experienced. We are currently in Andalucia Regional Division 2 and just about to start the second phase of the league. Home matches are usually at 12.30 on Sundays at the grass rugby pitch in Almerimar. For more information call Jonathan on 695 635 078

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A New King - A New Era A New Time For Spain By Martin Shortland

King Felipe VI has called for “a new Spain that we will build together,” after being proclaimed head of state at a ceremony in parliament last Thursday. Earlier he received the royal sash from his father, Juan Carlos, at the Zarzuela Palace near Madrid. He acceded to the throne at the stroke of midnight after King Juan Carlos formally abdicated on Wednesday; a procedure which was given the go ahead by parliament earlier in the week. The proceedings were purposely kept to a minimum, as many Spaniards are suffering economic hardship. Since Juan Carlos announced his decision to abdicate, there have been many prorepublican demonstrations in the country. The swearing-in ceremony took the form of a proclamation rather than a coronation and it’s the first royal transition in Spain since democracy was restored in the 1970s. The new king, 46, swore an oath promising to uphold the constitution and the speaker of the lower house of parliament, Jesus Posada, then proclaimed him king, declaring: “Long live Spain! Long live the king!” In a speech to parliament, Felipe said he had “great hope” for the future of Spain and called for unity. “You will find in me a loyal head of state who is ready to listen and understand, warn and advise, as well as to defend the public interest at all times,” he said. It was a low key event to which no foreign leaders or royal families were invited; the new monarch

and his advisors being keen to promote a sense of austerity. After the proclamation, Felipe, his wife Queen Letizia and their daughters Princess Leonor and Princess Sofia were driven through Madrid’s streets and the family appeared on the front balcony of the Royal Palace. Royal commentators say the new king faces a series of tough challenges if he is to restore the reputation of the monarchy. Although Juan Carlos won plaudits for his role in restoring democracy in the 1970’s, his image suffered when he went on a luxurious African elephant-hunting safari in the midst of the financial crisis in 2012. His reputation suffered further damage because of tax-fraud allegations made against his daughter, Cristina, who is reported not to have been invited to the succession party. The new king has a reputation as a serious person and has kept well away from the limelight in the years he trained to take over from his father. A demonstration took place in central Madrid as the enthronement took place, despite a ban imposed by authorities. Many Spaniards are demanding a referendum on whether to have a monarchy at all. King Felipe will face the dual challenge of trying to rehabilitate the monarchy and trying to unify a country in which a vocal minority favour republicanism.

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5 Mascara Tricks to Make Your Eyes Look Even More Amazing

Complement your eye shape with these simple techniques Most women we know won’t leave the house without mascara, and it’s easy to see why. Mascara is the one product that instantly makes you look more put together, more awake, more alive. But are you making the most of your mascara’s lash boosting powers? It turns out there are strategic ways to apply your mascara to play up your specific eye shape. We caught up with Sonia Kashuk, makeup artist and founder of Sonia Kashuk

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Protect your lips from the summer sun S k i n safet y is of utmost importance in the summer, but there’s o n e patch of skin that is often overlooked when it comes to the summer elements— the lips. The lips need extra TLC all year round—and especially in summer— because they lack the natural glands to keep them moist. As the temperature rises and your lips are exposed to harmful UV rays, heat, and transitions from the heat to air conditioning, your lips may become dry and chapped, which leaves them looking and feeling not so great. If you want luscious lips this summer, follow these guidelines to protect your smackers from the summer elements. Protect: Lip balm might be the most important skin care product in your summer skin care tool bag. It serves two purposes—to protect the lips from harmful UV rays and to moisturize them, thereby preventing dehydration and chapping. Choose a lip balm that has an SPF of at least 15 and moisturizing

ingredients that leave your lips feeling and looking luscious. When you slather sunscreen all over your body, don’t forget to protect your lips with lip balm. Exfoliate: Exfoliation is likely part of your regular skin care routine, but do you include the lips? This sensitive area of skin undergoes a build-up of dead skin cells just like other areas of your skin. In the morning, use a soft toothbrush to brush the lips for a few seconds. This helps eliminate residue from the surface of the lips and leaves them feeling smooth. After exfoliating the lips, be sure to apply lip balm. Moisturize: In addition to daily application of lip balm, the lips need heavy duty moisturizing at night to help them recover and regenerate. Apply a moisturizing cream at night so the lips can absorb the moisture while you sleep. Hydrate: Chronic dehydration leads to dry skin and this includes the lips. Stay hydrated to have healthy skin. Maintain a healthy diet: Healthy skin begins on the inside. Studies have shown that nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, and vitamin C provide antioxidants and other nutrients that protect against skin damage. Choose a healthy, balanced diet for healthy, glowing skin—including the lips.

Glitz and glamour at Donna’s Boutique 2nd Anniversary Donna’s Boutique in Turre celebrated it’s second anniversary last week and the shop was full to capacity through out the day! “I have never seen so many people in one place” mused a delighted customer! Glasses of ‘bubbly’ were flowing and the party atmosphere lasted late into the evening. Vivacious owner Donna and her enthusiastic team were on hand throughout the day to ensure everyone received special attention. With two years of trading at the boutique and more than two decades in the fashion industry, Donna prides herself on knowing what women want to wear. With body shape no obstacle Donna’s Boutique has a wonderful range of clothing to suit all ages and sizes. Ladies can choose from everyday outfits to glamorous ensembles for that special occasion. Donna’s philosophy is to ensure every lady leaves the Boutique happy with their purchase. “It’s not about making a sale, it’s about happy, satisfied customers who will return to the boutique” she enthuses. “I just want the ladies to look fabulous!” Donna prides herself on always being on the lookout for new lines and customers can be assured of a fresh range of stock each week. Ladies can be kept updated by liking her Facebook page “Donnas Boutique” which is updated daily with up and coming new trends. Donna offers a delivery service throughout Spain and the UK. As the boutique enters it’s third year, one thing is for sure, the ladies of the area and beyond have never looked so good!

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Hello and welcome to CanDu Computer Bytes. Some time back I bought a tower computer without an operating system. The design specifications were: It had to be fast (I edit video files and it is notoriously slow when re-recreating the file), it had to have a respectable amount of memory (in this case 8Gb) for the very same reason, A large hard drive is essential when storing and manipulating massive video files so I invested in 2! The first is a standard 1Tb (1000 Gb) hard drive and the second is a 128Gb SSD. So why 2? The standard HDD is stable technology based on an old design and is relatively slow. Why is it slow? It simply has many moving parts that are tiny and to give an example of how minute, the height of a fingerprint is 8 time greater than the distances between the HDD read/ write head and the disk itself! The strength of this design and the reason that it has lasted this long is that your HDD has been designed to last 5-10 years and, with a little care and consideration, will last a good deal longer than that (I have a HDD that was in my first pc and is now 32 years old and still working!). There is a second design that removes the problem of moving parts. The SSD or Solid State Drive / Disk and it is fast! Things work many times faster when run off a SSD than from an ordinary HDD. So why don’t we all have one of these instead? Here’s the rub. Like other Solid State Devices, memory chips for example, they have a limited number of times that they can be written to! This number is huge and you will probably never have to worry about reaching the day when it screams “Enough”. Back to the question ‘Why 2’. Windows must have a

swap file to work efficiently. A swap file is just as it sounds, when memory becomes short Windows ‘swaps’ information from memory to the file and read information that it needs from the file into memory. It is this swapping that shortens the lifespan of your SDD dramatically. To get around that you can get as much memory as your motherboard will allow and move the swap file to the HDD. The extra memory will reduce or even remove the need to use a swap file on the hard drive! There is now a third option. There is a drive called a hybrid drive that uses the long term, stable storage of the HDD and the speed of a SSD. Exactly how this works will require much more space than we have today, but it is much faster than your HDD but not as fast as an SSD. There are rumblings that there is a technology that is ‘out there’ and is as fast as normal memory but will still store information when it is turned off, just like a normal HDD. Although first reported in 2011 there doesn’t appear to be anything come of it. I will keep my eyes open for more information for you. The fourth option is a bit of a cheat and one that anyone can use. Create a virtual drive in a small portion of the 8Gb memory, call it ‘M’ (for memory – seemed like a good idea at the time) and redirected the swap file to it. Problem solved and a computer that moves faster than a ‘rocket sled on rails’. 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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The Mighty Minnows 2 Well the World Cup trundles on with one of the favourites Spain out and perennial underachievers England also gone, at least not this time by penalties. Lots of form busting results have helped the bookies make money as the underdogs have often come out on top. The whole pub was cheering on Iran as they threatened to embarrass Argentina. If it hadn’t have been for yet another glaring refereeing mistake perhaps Iran would have scored from their ‘non’ penalty! Messi came to the Argentines rescue scoring the winner in injury time. England’s’ previous nemesis ‘hand of God’ Maradona had the stadium left a few minutes earlier leading the President of the Argentina Football Association Julio Grondona to declare that they’d only scored because the teams ‘jinx’ had left the stadium. In reply Diego did a middle finger salute to the TeleSur television cameras for whom he works for and said ‘Jinx this!’ Varela via a cross from Ronaldo

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Can you believe it? The US Secret Service, true to its name, has announced to the entire world, not at all in secret then, that they’re going to buy a sarcasm detector, in the shape of sarcasm detecting software. What’s the point of calling yourself a Secret Service, when you do your business in front of everyone? I tell you, this would never have happened in The Man From UNCLE. You may be thinking here, what the dickens is so good about a sarcasm detector. Believe me, I think that this could develop into a real timesaver for all of us. Think about it. How many times have you watched a comedy programme and turned to someone and asked if it is really supposed to be a comedy? I bet it’s loads of times isn’t it? Well, here we can have the perfect timesaver. You could just set this device to comedy and it will, apparently, detect whether the show we are watching really is supposed to be funny. Do you know where we will get the most use out of this? Without a doubt it will be during coverage of things like Prime Ministers Questions and other parliamentary broadcasts. If you’re anything like me you’ll have asked many times about this politician or that politician, is he/she joking? Now we have an immediate answer! But beware, you may well be horrified when you find out at last that these people are actually genuinely serious and don’t see that we are all laughing at them! Sorry I got sidetracked there. I was actually fascinated that the Secret Service would need software to confirm that someone is being sarcastic or not. It seems that they are somewhat concerned about stuff that is appearing on Twitter and want to be able to judge whether threats against various things are meant as jokes or are deadly serious. I’m pleased, aren’t you, that the safety of the world is in the hands of such top notch people! Then to make themselves seem just a little sillier-is that possible?- they demonstrated just how out of touch with developments in technology they are. They’d told all companies who were going to tender for this job that their software must be compatible with Internet Explorer 8- released 8 years ago! Cutting edge intelligence servicesthat’s what we need. In the meantime we’ll make do with what we’ve got. Graham is married to Helen and has a daughter, Alice. He lives part of the year near Albox, but works in Qatar, teaching. If you wish to contact Graham regarding this article email:

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came to the rescue in the dying moments of the Portugal USA match as the Americans were oh so close to beating the Portuguese on Sunday night. It all makes for good watching as the contest is more open than ever before. Could it be Algeria, Cameroon or Costa Rica lifting the trophy, I certainly hope so! England now have 2 years of UEFA Championship qualifiers to look forward to, starting with Switzerland in September. Why do England fans endure such misery? The Champions League for most football fans also kicks off in September; the likes of Ronaldo, Messi and Suarez will be strutting their stuff for Real Madrid, Barcelona and Liverpool. As the best 32 European domestic club teams commence battle. Manchester Utd’s European adventure starts a little earlier on August 16th with a home game against Welsh side Swansea in the Premier League with the Reds making their only visit abroad ‘to

Wales’ in the New Year. Long before the CL big guns come on stage the little minnows hoping for their own slice of glory start slogging it out from 1st July next Tuesday. So whilst across the Atlantic the last 16 countries battle for places in the World Cup quarter finals; the League Champions from Estonia, Armenia, San Marino, Andorra, Faroe Islands and Gibraltar all face each other in a 2 legged stage. Lincoln Red Imps are the current Gibraltar League Champions winning it last season for a record 14th consecutive time. Lincoln Red Imps have a 4500 km each way journey to play the Faroe Islanders side Havnar Boltfelag with the winners taking on Partizan Belgrade in July. Another win after that could see the tiny Gibraltarian side taking on the might of Standard Liege or Zenit St. Petersburg. Then simply overcoming a

team such as Arsenal, Porto or Napoli will mean playing amongst the 32 big boys of Europe in the Group Stages. I bet those Gibraltarian players are dreaming of glory. All this is due to Gibraltar gaining membership of UEFA last year. The Gibraltar Premier League only has 8 clubs. By winning the Rock Cup, College Europa FC gained entry to the Europa League playing FC Vaduz from Liechtenstein next Thursday 3rd July in their first qualifier. It’s certainly a pipe dream for both Gibraltar sides but that’s the beauty of football as it all comes down to 90 minutes on the pitch, plus a bit of Fergie Time and the odd crazy refereeing decision. In the English FA Cup many a minnow has caused an upset. My team Liverpool have had egg in their faces a lot, being beaten by Oldham, Worcester and famously Wimbledon in the 1988 Cup Final. Believe!

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Wonderful villagehouse in good condition, situated in a tranquil location with beautiful garden(space for small pool). 3 beds, 3 baths, 103m2 built, plot - 124m2. 5 mins drive to the beach.

Luxury Penthouse, 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, large Terrace 39m, sea & mountain views, fully fited kitchen, sold fully furnished, A/C (hot & cold), private locked garage, 2 communal pools, excellent value for money.









Beautifully renovated cortijo set on a wonderful plot with stunning views.240m2 built, plot - 13,000m2. 3 beds, 3 baths.Excellent access, 5 mins to the village, 40 mins to the coast.

Penthouse apartment with 2 bedrooms,1 bath,terrace with beautiful sea &views, complete equipped kitchen + white goods & laundry room, living/dining room, 2 beautiful swimming pools, 70m private roof terrace.




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WITH MICHAEL DAVIES, ABOGADO/SOLICITOR If you wish us to print an article about a particular topic, please e-mail Q. My brother has deceased in Spain and has named me on his will (which was signed in Spain) as the beneficiary of his worldwide estate.  He had no assets in the u.k.  My brother had been a tax resident in Spain for at least 20 years and was clearly nondomiciled in the u.k. At the time of death he had approximately 700,000 pounds sterling in a deposit account in Jersey and a villa in Mojacar worth approximately 500000 euro. I am domiciled in the u.k.    My cousin made a tax declaration in Spain and declared the existence of his funds in Jersey on a 720 form.(new form by which residents  have the obligation to declare their assetts abroad to the Spanish tax office)  We need to look at this from two angles. How to wind up the estate and how to deal with inheritance tax in each jurisdiction.  WINDING UP THE ESTATE.  If the will that was made in Spain was in reference to the worldwide estate (not limited to Spain) and had a second witness added to it, then their will be no problem in con-validating the Spanish will for it to be used to obtain probate at the Royal Jersey Courts in Jersey which are efficient and easy to deal with. In Spain you would simply obtain probate on the will in reference to the villa in Spain. In other words probate will be straightforward both in Spain and in Jersey allowing you access to the account in Jersey and providing you with a title deed to the villa in Mojacar.  DEALING WITH INHERITANCE TAX.    In the U.K.  General rule: you have to declare for inheritance tax the complete estate if the deceased was domiciled in the u.k. If not you would only declare the assets situated in the

u.k. (Please note that for this purpose funds in Jersey are not considered to be in the u.k.). As you say that the deceased was not domiciled in the u.k. and the assets are not in the u.k. no inheritance tax will be due in the u.k. In Spain. General rule: If the beneficiary is a resident of Spain he/she has to declare anything he/she receives as inheritance regardless of where it is situated in the world. If the heir is non-resident you only declare in Spain what is situated in Spain. (Some life policies issued by foreign insurance companies operating in Spain also, but this is the exception to the general rule and would many pages to explain).  In this case as you the beneficiary are non-resident in Spain you would only pay inheritance tax in Spain on the house situated in Spain  In Jersey: In Jersey you only have to pay a small tax to the Royal Jersey Courts consisting of 750 pounds for the first 100,000 pounds and then 0.5% for additional funds. This is because you are non-resident in Spain. If you had been a resident in Spain then you would have had to pay inheritance tax on the money in Jersey also and their would have been no escaping because your cousin declared the existence of the funds to the tax office by filling in a 720 form. (Declaration of assets abroad form) We can accept no responsibility for following the information on this article.  It is general information provided in good faith, but it is an extremely simplified explanation of something that is very complex that includes many variables and even some grey areas open to interpretation. On a matter of this importance is is essential to discuss your  with all the information and documents pertinent to your particular case available.

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Citi believes house prices will fall by further 5% to 10%

Analysts at the Citigroup Research Service estimate that housing prices in Spain could still fall by an additional 5% to 10%, pointing to at least another year of declines before prices reach their minimum levels, and at the same time they rule out activity in the sector recovering in “the near future”. The organisation said in a report that, although the latest supply and demand data for housing in Spain shows “uncertain” signs of stabilisation, a major adjustment of housing prices still lies ahead. In this regard, they stressed that, according to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the price of housing in relation to incomes, or rentals, are still between 6% and 10% above the long-term average. Citi added that in other periods of adjustment of housing prices following housing bubbles, as has been the case in the United States and Ireland, these ratios have fallen between 15% and 20%

compared to their historical averages. They also stressed that, as noted by the Bank of Spain, accessibility to housing has worsened “significantly” since the Government eliminated the tax deductions for home purchases, and that the potential demand is “much lower” than before the crisis, due to the population decline in Spain. Citi’s analysts recognise that the “modest improvement” recorded in housing demand in recent months is likely to lead to a slowdown in the pace of decline in housing prices. However, with the still large stock of unsold homes (estimated total of around 600,000), they indicated that an increase in prices and activity “is not expected in the near future”. According to El Economista, the analysts also believe that the signs of stabilisation in construction activity should reduce the negative impact of the sector in the GDP in coming quarters.

CHARMING VILLA WITH POOL FOR 110.000€ 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms detached Villa on a large freehold walled plot of 2,620mts² on a very tranquil setting of El Faz, Cantoria with lovely mountain views. The Villa has a built area of 188.87mts² distributed between a front covered terrace, massive living room, office area, kitchen, formal dining room or 4th bedroom, hallway,

master bedroom with an en suite bathroom with a jacuzzi, double bedroom and a family bathroom. Upstairs there is a double bedroom with a walking in dressing room. The house has air conditioning and two of the bedrooms have built in wardrobes and the property is in really good order throughout. The property also benefits from a private

swimming pool with 15.35mts² and a pool decking area with built in BBQ, benches and so on. 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: 1517

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Charming, furnished, 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, apartment of 54m2 on a front-line complex + parking. Huge community pool & terraces. Restaurants, beaches & regular bus route in easy walking distance. A1117 85,000€

Superb ground floor, frontline, apartment of 116m2 on the Marina de la Torre Golf Resort with uninterrupted sea views. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, FGCH, garaging, storeroom, community gardens & pool. A1132 210,000€

Quality apartment of 71 m2 terrace of 23 m2 with sea views. 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom. In immaculate order. Carport. Fabulous pool & gardens. Part furnished. A1136

A charming ground floor apartment of 83m2 on a small urbanisation in walking distance of the beach. Sold as seen. 100% finance depending on status. 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom. A1138 65.000€


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Excellent townhouse of 123m2 with stunning sea views. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, large roof terrace, A/C & underground parking. Beautiful community gardens & pool. In walking distance of the beach. LV669 199,500€

Quality townhouse of 90m2 with terraces & very private roof terrace. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, A/C. Underground parking, community pool & gardens. Just a short walk to the beach & the village. LV671 88,000€

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Excellent quality townhouse of 83m2 on 141m2 with private gardens, huge terraces & private parking. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, furnished. Beautiful community gardens & pool. Short drive to local beaches & golf. SDV672 89,950€

Well maintained village house of 162m2 with potential to be a large family home or B+B. 5/6 beds, 2 baths, lower ground floor for renovation & large terrace. New escalator provides easy access. SDV679 150,000€

Lovely townhouse of 80m2 on 105m2 & solarium with sea views in a small, sought after, urbanisation. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, parking. Communal pool, gardens & terraces. Furnished. LV684 130,000€

Superb detached property of 130m2 on a private walled and gated plot, in a quiet location.3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Shops and amenities close by. DV1307



Immaculate villa of 136m2 on a plot of 1,690m2 in a rural setting but just a short drive from local towns & villages. Only 20 mins drive from the sea. 4 beds, 2 baths. Pool, garage & much more. DV1309 162,500€


of 72m2. Lovely community gardens & courtyards, Jacuzzi & swimming pool. Underground parking. 2 beds, 1 bath. A1210


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An extremely spacious & impressive house of 151m2 on 201m2 with private garage & space for a pool. Magnificent sea views from the upper terraces. 3/4 beds, 2 baths. In walking distance of the beach. LV673 249,995€

Beautiful spacious townhouse of 95m2 with huge roof terrace & sea viws. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, furnished. In walking distance of the marinas, amenities. Superb community pool & gardens. LV687 165,000€


Attractive villa of 88m2 on 400m2 just a short walk from the village centre of Turre.3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, private pool & carport. Local beaches are less than a 10 minute drive. DV1315


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With room for 42,819 spectators and constructed by means of a partnership between the public and private sector, the Arena Pernambucho now hosts Nautico’s games - following the agreement reached with the club in October 2011.

Once the largest stadium in the world, packing in crowds of up to 200,000, the Maracana now has a reduced capacity of 73,531 for Brazil 2014. It remains, nevertheless, the country’s biggest football ground.


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Private Peaceful

“ I don’t believe in heaven. I’m not sure I’ve ever really believed in God….the church. I’d look up at Jesus hanging on the cross and wonder why God, who is supposed to be his father, almighty and powerful would let them do that to him. Would let him suffer so much.” This 2012 adaptation, directed by Pat O’Connor is based on Michael Morpurgo’s book. It proved so popular that by April 2004 it had been adapted into a play by Simon Reade and was first performed at the Bristol Old Vic starring Alexander Campbell before transferring to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and London’s West End. The film stars Jack O’Connell (Charlie Peaceful), George Mackay (Tommo Peaceful), Alexandra Roach (Molly Monks), John Lynch (Sergeant Hanley) and the late Richard Griffiths (the Colonel) amongst its cast. It was shot on location in Ipswich and Suffolk. Tommo narrates from 22.00 on the 24th of June 2016 to 06.00 on the 25th of June, whilst in solitary confinement, nervously fumbling with his late father’s watch given to him by Charlie, his brother in No Man’s Land. Eight excruciatingly painful and poignant hours before the tragic denouement…During those fateful moments where Tommo decries that every single moment “will be far too precious” he retells the story of his childhood, living with his family in Iddlesleigh, a farming community prefirst world war England. The action covers 1908-1916. Morpurgo drew his inspiration for Private Peaceful and War Horse from

interviews conducted with three farmboy veterans who were in their 80s. “There was no poetry in their stories, only horror and regret and great sadness for the loss of good friends.” Throughout the tale, the melancholic drones of “Oranges and lemons” can be heard from Big Joe to Tommo and finally Charlie. The three brothers. It is only when Tommo ominously mutters “here comes a chopper to chop off your head” then shockingly adding “you’re dead!” that the whole tragedy is unveiled. “But who would shoot their own soldiers?” It will haunt you. James Peaceful was a gamekeeper and forester for the Colonel living with his wife, Hazel and three sons in a tied cottage on the estate. The boys were exceptionally close and protective of Big Joe who was simple-minded. But it is Charlie’s protective and fatherly relationship of young Tommo that will move you, right up until the end. Tommo-the name represents an everyman character, had a close relationship with his father and he felt special when he helped his father fell trees. “I love it here. Just the two of us.” Through his innocence and insecurity he asks his father who he loves most hoping he will say Tommo. James teases his youngest and answers Charlie. Not the right answer. Tommo storms off telling his father he hates him when divine intervention strikes as Tommo is trying to apologise. “I looked up to see the great tree above me swaying when all the other trees were standing still. I stood and stared, mesmerised at the gradual fall of it, my legs frozen under

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me, quite incapable of movement.” James heroically saves his son’s life but succumbs to his own sad demise and during Tommo’s impressionable years gaining maturity he harbours a guilty secret that he finally unburdens in No Man’s Land to his beloved Charlie: “I have inside me a secret so horrible. Father needn’t have died that morning in Ford’s Cleave Wood. He was trying to save me I have killed my own father.” Without a father to support his family, Hazel is offered a position as a lady’s maid then in charge of the Colonel’s laundry enabling the family to remain in the cottage. Charlie is taken on as a worker in the hunt kennels. A new gamekeeper, Monks replaces James who takes an instant dislike to the Peaceful brothers. His daughter, Molly becomes closely entwined and it is mutually reciprocated. A skinny dipping episode is momentous when she foretells the future with stones, a method used by gypsies. “ The stones say that as long as we stick together we’ll be lucky and happy ‘til the day we die.” Was it wishful thinking or was she tapping into her psychic energy? An infatuated Tommo asks her who she is going to marry and she teases with a Peaceful. Which one though? Conflict arises between the brothers who both fall in love with Molly, culminating in Tommy telling his brother

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he hates him. War is declared and the novel then shows the brothers signing up for different reasons. For Tommy it is to stop the Hun from invading, the taunts of cowardice and a sense of adventure. He is too young to sign-up but falsifies his age. Charlie goes to keep a loving eye on his brother. Sergeant “Horrible” Hanley takes an instant dislike to Charlie, proving to be the bane of his life. War is destructive, we know that and we are faced with many harrowing images of death. Can Charlie protect his brother and the million dollar question-can the boys survive the war? Can promises be kept…? Find out for yourself. REVIEW it by Carol Naylor.

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Tasty food for everyday,special occasions and for sharing with friends

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Potatoes and cabbage are combined with a tasty coating of sour cream, vinegar, and dill.

Ingredients 1 1/2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper 1/2 small head Savoy cabbage, cored and thinly sliced (about 6 cups)


1 cup sour cream 1/3 cup safflower oil

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1. Cover potatoes with 2 inches of cold water. Bring to a boil, add 1 tablespoon salt, and reduce to a simmer. Cook until potatoes are tender when pierced with the tip of a sharp knife, about 10 minutes. Drain; let cool 15 minutes. 2. Combine potatoes, cabbage, sour cream, oil, dill, and vinegar in a bowl; season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate 1 hour before serving.

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With these tasty twists on pasta and potato salads, there’s no need to make a pit stop at the deli counter. Consider this a classy Italian take on rice salad. Anchovies, garlic, and basil season a mix of Arborio rice, peas, and asparagus

Ingredients 1 clove garlic 3 anchovy fillets Coarse salt 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar 3 tablespoons extravirgin olive oil 1 cup Arborio rice 6 ounces asparagus (about 1 bunch), trimmed and sliced 1 inch thick on the bias 1 cup fresh shelled or frozen peas 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion 4 ounces radicchio, finely shredded (about 1 1/4 cups) 1/2 cup julienned fresh basil leaves

method 1. Finely mince garlic and anchovies together with 1 teaspoon salt on a cutting board until a

paste forms. Transfer to a bowl; whisk in vinegar and oil. 2. Cook rice in a pot of salted boiling water until tender, about 13 minutes. Add asparagus and peas; cook until crisp-tender, about 2 minutes. Drain and transfer to bowl with vinaigrette. 3. Add onion and radicchio, toss to combine, and season with salt. Let stand 30 minutes. Add basil, toss to combine, and let stand 30 minutes more before serving.

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Rice Sal ad

Shavings of fennel, zucchini, & celery pair well with butter beans & almonds. Whitewine vinegar blends the flavors

Ingredients 6 small celery stalks, very thinly sliced (about 1 1/2 cups) 1 bulb fennel, very thinly sliced (about 3 cups) 1 small zucchini, halved lengthwise, then thinly sliced crosswise (about 1 1/2 cups) 1/2 cup virgin olive oil 1/4 cup white-wine vinegar 1 can (15.5 ounces) butter beans, drained and rinsed Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper 1/2 cup almonds, toasted and coarsely chopped

method 1. Combine celery, fennel, zucchini, oil, vinegar, and beans in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate 1 hour. 2. Stir in almonds and season with more salt and pepper just before serving.

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Food presented artistically really does taste better Salad that looks like a Kandinsky tastes better than the same salad arranged geometrically – and diners will stump up more

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Our Restaurant has Magnificent Views Overlooking Olive Groves & Mountains And is Air-Conditioned Or Eat in the Garden Area & Watch the Sun Set A choice of

Wassily Kandinsky’s ‘Painting #201’ and the salad it inspired. Photograph: Courtesy of the journal Flavour The old adage that we eat with our eyes appears to be correct, according to research that suggests diners rate an artistically arranged meal as more tasty – and are prepared to pay more for it. The team at Oxford University tested the idea by gauging the reactions of diners to food presented in different ways. Inspired by Wassily Kandinsky’s “Painting Number 201” Franco-Columbian chef and one of the authors of the study, Charles Michel, designed a salad resembling the abstract artwork to explore how the presentation of food affects the dining experience. “A number of chefs now are realising that they are being judged by how their foods photograph – be it in the fancy cookbooks [or], more often than not, when diners instagram their friends,” explains Professor Charles Spence, experimental psychologist at the University of Oxford and a co-author of the study. Thirty men and 30 women were each presented with one of three salads containing identical ingredients, arranged either to resemble the Kandinsky painting, a regular tossed salad, or a “neat” formation where each component was spaced away from the others. Seated alone at a table mimicking a restaurant setting, and unaware that other versions of the salad were on offer, each participant was given two questionnaires asking them to rate various aspects of the dish on a 10-point scale, before and after tucking into the salad. Before participants sampled their plateful, the Kandinsky-inspired dish was rated higher for complexity, artistic presentation and general liking. Participants were prepared to pay twice as much for the meal as for either the regular or “neat arrangements”. After polishing off a portion, participants also rated the Kandinsky-esque salad higher for “tastiness”, despite it receiving similar ratings to the other salads for the four basic components of taste: salty, bitter, sweet and sour. But teasing apart exactly which aspect of the salads’ presentation affected how much participants were willing to pay for a dish, and their perception of its “tastiness”, is a tricky business. The authors suggest that the perceived effort involved in preparing the plate and its aesthetic appeal could be among the factors influencing participants. “Here we know that expectations were raised [with the Kandinsky-eque salad] – that led to the willingness to spend more and to an increased experience during consumption,” says Dr Katherin Ohla from the German Institute of Human Nutrition, who was not involved in the study. “But we don’t know exactly what led to this raise of expectation.” Read more on: 

showbar & restaurant

The Irish Rover

Your No1 Entertainment Venue in Mojacar for All the Family

next TRIBUTE acts

all Micheal Buble & Gary Barlow 11th July major sports karaoke every thurs/frid/sat live music with events Dominic Doolittle Sun’s 2.30 shown here watch the world cup on one of our 4 large screen tv’S & enjoy a pint with a inc gaa burger, hotdog, ribs, chicken, steak on the terrace bbq from just 5€ sports daily homemade specials just 5€

telephone: 950 473 135

mojacar playa between Lua & Moma Beach

Open 10am till late 7 days a week

6 Main Dishes 7 Desserts only



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5 Starters


To Inculde a Glass of Wine or Tubo A LA CARTE ALSO AVAILABLE Thursday - Saturday 6pm - 9pm

from from


necCohdips fish prim home-made chips & mushy peas

FRIDAYS 12.30pm - 9pm


Live FIFA World Cup Matches plus Wimbledon Tennis Available in the Bar

lunch menu & LITE BITE menu 12.30pm - 3.30pm

Bar specials

served 12.30PM-5PM


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

booking recommended

Sunday British Breakfasts served from 10am - 12pm

served 6pm - 9pm from from Mon: Chili €5 5€ TUES: Atlantic Cod & Chips or Chicken Curry €5.50 WED: 1/2 Chicken & Chips or Chefs Special €5.50 THURS: Home made Pies €5.50 We are here

Albox Arboleas 1km

Zurgena La Alfoquia



La Vida

Cucador Junc 547

Huercal Overa

Tel: 950 634 562 open every day 12pm - late


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The V.I.P Lounge Park Cafe opens its doors for summer

which will be announced in advance, ensuring to cater to all. So come and try one of over 20 different cocktails or non alcoholic drinks, hot beverages and snacks, kick back and relax.

Scotty, an English waiter who has over 10 years experience in hospitality, is waiting to greet you. As an international Bar and Cafe you can expect to find a varied choice of beers, wines and spirits, both local brands and imports. International music from all over Europe and beyond sets the scene as you rest either on the spacious terrace, over looking the Park, or seated in the air conditioned rustic ambience of the salon.

The V.I.P Lounge has been established since 2008 located and the end of the Margar car park in front of the Hotel Bahia Serena, opposite the Arena Center and park. So whilst you’re here take the time out to visit Scotty and his team for an authentic international experience.

The V.I.P Lounge is open all year round, so for a winter break your needs are covered also. Happy hour runs from 20.00-22.00 every evening in summer. Also, a cocktail of the week is offered, on a selected cocktail which will be made available for Happy Hour from open till close. Children have access to mini bikes so they are entertained whilst you unwind and have peace of mind. Live games such as football and tennis are shown and special events,

Burty’s BAR Playa Serena, roquetas de mar Open 9am – 6pm (closed Tuesday)

World cup special New French Tapas served 12noon - 2pm and 7pm- 9pm

Beef steak in Bearnaise Sauce brand new menu Tournedeau in Parisinne Sauce from Trout with Almonds 12th june and much more - come in and see

One bottle of wine for two when ordering from main menu

Find us on Facebook Open 12 noon - 17.00, 19.30 to close Telephone 651 481 190 Email:

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

e huge sunny terrac and spacious bar! table top sale


29th june 10am - large variety of new stalls call to reserve a table

Mini meals served on Sunday including mini roast from 1.50€. Sunday Lunch also available – 5.95€ booking advisable

Wednesday bingo 3pm anglican church service

3rd thursday of the month


next service 17th july

Tapas served

from 12.30pm – 5.30pm

every thur

quiz 2.15pm prompt

Breakfast served from 9am

Opposite Playa Luna Hotel between Oasis & Mar y Sol. Tel: 679 156 715

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El Bistro supports the Royal British Legion

The newly opened ‘El Bistro’ Restaurant in Roquetas De Mar has agreed to support the RBL in 2014. New owner, Colin Wood, can be seen with his Poppy Box and, has said that he delighted to help the RBL raise funds during 2014 Poppy Appeal. El Bistro is located on C/Mar Egeo and doing full restaurant meals each evening, together with a special menu-del-dia and members at the Legion wish Colin every success in his new venture. Colin is well known in the area and was previously the chef at ‘El Bistro’ a number of years ago. No doubt many RBL members will be calling to check out the fine cuisine at El Bistro!



25th June 2014 Happy

10th Wedding Anniversary Tony.... Lots of Love Joan xxx

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

Tuesday 1st July - 3pm - Social meeting at The Lodge. Tuesday 8th July - a cool 6pm start - Poppy Appeal D-Day Commemorative Celebration BBQ at Kath & Terry’s garden. All-comers welcome, so please contact Jenny on 677 328 523 or Barry on 605 313 590 for tickets(5€)! Don’t miss it! Thursday 17th July - 1.30pm for 2pm - ‘Summer Recess’ Luncheon at Maracay Restaurant, RDM. Tuesday 2nd September - 3pm - Social meeting at The Lodge. 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).


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

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:

27th June - Bar Cuellar, (Brown Chairs) in the Urb. 4th July - Bar Tango, near Hotel Sabinal. 11th July - Burty’s Bar, opposite Hotel Playa Luna. 18th July - La Bodeguina, C/Sierra Nevada. 25th July - Bar El Marinero, Las Marinas. 1st Aug - Bar Chaplin’s, C/Sierra Nevada. 8th Aug - Bar Estampa, in the Urb, Roquetas De Mar. 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!

TAPAS - SANDWICHES - SNACKS Always a Friendly Welcome Open Mon/Sat 10am Till Late Closed Sundays Tel: 642265776

Find us next door to Old Theos

estampa Tapas Bar outdoor y n n u s s u io Spac ating 24 terrace se TV SKY

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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Monday to Friday

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FOR SALE advertise all your unwanted items for sale in this section any single item up to 300€ free of charge

email Wooden Venetian Blind Tan Colour 120cm Wide X 150cm Drop €20 Large Green Parasol With Metal Base €20 New Whicker Laundry Basket Cream Colour €10 Telephone 689 906 691 Free St a n d i n g C u p b o a r d light wood 2 draws and 2 opening doors

in Almerimar H 39” W24” D12”in good condition 15€ Tel: 950 497 211 / 616 885 849 E X P R E SS O C O FF E E MAKER Makes two cups Orbegozo Roma. Hardly used. 35€ ovno. Tel 950 479 464 Turre. 2 Electric heaters/Remotes 50€, Cream huge rug 20€, Square whole dinner service 20€, 2 glass / black coffee / side table 20€ each, Shoe rack

10€, glass ware 5€, Red / Black MOROCAN lamp 49€, Med canvas paintings 25€ each. Tel: +44 7791577140 Medium Oak Chest of draws in Almerimar W30” D16” H31” 15€ Tel: 959 497 122 / 616 885 849 Metal Table and Chairs, ex. Con. 250€ Tel: 950 958 164 B E N C H GRINDER NEW - 150w 6” Coarse and fine wheels, eye shield anti spark wheel guards, tool rest.


air con

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

supplied & fitted MD S.L

good prices for more details

telephone graham on 620 112 193 or 630 493 817 FOR SALE cont... 45€ ovno. Tel: 950 479 464 Turre. Sky + HD Box 500Gb hard drive, 250Gb personal storage, 2 remote controls (1 spare), ex con.75€, Britax Evolva Childs Car Seat, suit age 4-11, can be installed with or without Isofix points, washable cover, vgc 50€, Childs Hot Wheels Bicycle suit age 4-6, inc: stabilisers, ex con. 60€, Modern Fr e e st an din g Coat Stand Silver, 6 coat hooks, vgc 30€, Britax Kidfix Childs Car Seat, suit age 4-11, can be installed with or without Isofix points, washable cover, black, vgc. 60€ Tel: 950 469 469 / 672 112 933 B o s ch cer a m i c hob, model P K F 6 31B17 E . Four ring / touch control, only 6 months old. New price 280€, will take 140€ ono Mojacar. Tel: 950 475 901 / 678 567 814 POKER TABLE -Seats 8 people, with trays for drinks and chips. Brand New never used. Comes in its own carrying bag. 60€ ovno. Tel: 950 479 464Turre. Car – dog / luggage guard, Peugeot

accessory, will fit any model. Price new 170€, will take 55€ ono Mojacar. Tel: 950 475 901 / 678 567 814. Sofa Bed Good Quality. Burnt Orange & Black. Storage Space Below. Buyer Collects. 200€ Tel: 639 991 571 Astra Pool Pump Housing Cover Green 10€ Tel: 663 663 743 Shower base (70 x 70 cm. Ceramic), mixer / shower tap 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)

wanted OLD MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS for display, any condition, Tel: 650 599 739 T re a d m i ll E x erc i s e Machine good condition Tel: 639 991 571

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 email:

Airport services A i rport tr a n s f er s pick up all areas, Tel: 639 081 067

competitive rates. For a Airport Parking quote please visit Alicante Almeria Murcia www. spanish estateagent. New com or call 661 Servicing / Repairs 143 871


alternative energy

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A rare opportunity to walk in & start the day within a succesful profitable mature business In a prime location inc gardens & terrace Inland 40mins from the coast of mojacar Complete with quality fixtures & fittings Call for details or to view

647 379 878 blinds & screens

Solar Wind Power Solutions. Over 15 years installation experience. established12yearsinSpain. Call Phil for competitive prices 636 261 240 www.sunergy

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

available venues


Venue @ La Vida El Cucador

in Albox

Bill’s Carpentry & Shop Fitting

Hanging Doors Private parties Private parties Birthday etc, Birthday etc, Flat Pack Furniture Fitting Kitchens all events all events - Tiling catered for catered for No Job Too Small call for more call Bar for more Free Quotations information: information Tel: 633 507 165

950 634 562 950 120 718 ballroom dancing

Tea room ballroom dancing

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Don Robinson

pc consultant

el Cucador

Advice, Help, Training, Diagnosis & Repair 15€ per hour min charge 1 hour + parts +IVA

mondays 3-5pm

established 2008 comp TIA A+ certified


I come to you

Tel: 646 587 746

all levels welcome single or couples enjoyable afternoon to meet new friends Steve Hayes Informatica for more info call Pc’s, Laptops, Printers etc. Sales 950 449 617

baby equipment hire


& Repairs on-site callout / tuition. Consumables Albox, Almeria Tel: 950 120 900

Everything for the visiting Sm a ll construction baby Car seats, high chairs, Ampl i f i er stair gates, cots etc Arboleas builder, and Disco Lights Wanted. Tel: 660 347 436.

950 436 581 or 666 375 688

Fully legal, Call Steve on 950 930 536 or 634 306 690

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health & beauty


NEW COMBINATION of Hits high intensity Interval training toning & conditioning of entire body Tel Viki on: 650 764 623 for more info


• 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

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

avon cosmetics Tel Claire 691 987 454 avonfromclaire pamper yourself at R Retreat El Cucador, beauty treatments, hair salon, holistic massage, waxing, pedicure etc. Therapists all established & UK qualified. Email or call 647 379 878 or look at our main advert on the ladies page inside & call the therapists direct


Mature Lady Home Help/caring, • Repairs to existing pozos also available cleaning in Mojacar & • CCTV Camera Surrounding Areas. Experienced & Can Supply References. Reasonable Inspection Call Andy on 950 091 109 or 648 768 587 Rates. Call 634 369 053


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

Pool Cleaning & Water Tanks

Contact: 675 838 808 florists

silk floral art Arrangement Of Colours To Enhance Your Room Gifts, Birthdays, Annirversaries & Say Thankyous

Tel: 633 554 487 gardening



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

Call 667 273 889



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, Please contact concertina doors etc. Tel: Keith Glenn & jayne 950 121 943 Wood on 638 900 949 T & T Metals For all quality metal works, including gates, railings, rejas, staircases, gazebos & chainlink fencing Tel: 950 431 738

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

potty finca services including all types of palm trees

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

Tel: 950 121 936 or 902 750 190 ext 332 locksmith



Phil the Pick Locksmith 24 pilates hours. Locked Out? Locks fitted/ with Sharon upgraded house safes. Arboleas & surrounding area. Special O’Lanlon every Wednesday weekend rates. Tel: 697 243 181 11am - 12 all welcome all PAINTER / DECORATOR levels at El Cucdor Call for more details 638 487 314

painter & decorator

friendly - professional -reliable all types of exterior & interior work

ring for a free quote

Tel: 649 186 107 or


PAINTING INSIDE & OUT All quality products

Make over your home this year

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

pets section


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

No need for kennels or cattery

Pet sit tin g in you own home, Arbol e as & local area. Call Vanessa 637 061 482

fully UK reg: 25 years experience


British plasterer

All work guaranteed Tel Paul 634 327 201

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

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Central Heating Gas/Oil - Solar Hot Water Boiler Servicing, Repairs & Replacements Water Leaks - Sewage Blockages Water Deposit Tanks 500-8000l Pool Pumps - Septic Tanks Osmosis Systems

TELEPHONE: 950137197 / 606807797

PROPERTY section

Specialising in rural property with character Whether you are buying or selling we will be delighted to hear from you

Call Stephen 636 266 641 email Find us online at

Cortijo for sale

If you wish us to print an article about a particular topic in our regular space on pg 17, please email

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

for sale Cortigo in La Cinta, Arboleas, All paper work 4 bed, 3 bath lots of extras, private pool in courtyard garden build 228m2 land 1100m2 165,000€ tel: 696 557 347

V E R A APARTMENT FOR RENT bargain 125,000€ ono s h o r t t erm/ 5 mins from Los Gallardos holiday rental, Tel 649 186 107 for more info email: 2 bedroom, thunderpaul 2003@ 2 bathroom, penthouse villa share in rural apartment in location in own grounds vera playa large en suite room & sitting room, all mod cons, conservatory, shared kitchen, fully balcony & roof terrace offering furnished, large pool & garden fantastic views jacuzzi (no children). cALL 663 977 10 min from Albox & Huecal Overa 230 EMAIL: suit +50 person gedfab@yahoo. com call 647 379 878

property maintenance

property woodhouse boarding kennels maintenance & cattery - arboleas

professional tree felling & pruning,


• Professional pool care • House & garden maintenance • Competitive prices

Call Graham & Barry now for free estimate

620 112 193 or 667 853 062

Ge n er a l house & garden m ainte nanc e, electrics,


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are you a trade Business? advertise in the classified section & reach over 30,000 potential customers

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

SPAIN UK SPAIN Removals Friendly Reliable Service Fully Legal Special deals from UK - Spain

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From a parcel to a small house move Professional,Friendly & Caring Fully insured, scheduled

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

+44 (0) 1582 499 836 +44 (0) 7977 754 389

to & from uk

thermal lined & controlled ventilation ideal for pets

200€ dog - 179€ cats 100€ birds

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


call: 634 368 430

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now in stock excellent prices

tel: 620 112 193



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veloc tuning ecu Remapping Services

Van hire

Mobile motor



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mobile mechanics


TEL: 667 235 205

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

covering all areas, fully qualified & legal, over 30 years experience, Call Paul on 617 150 300

meter dish. For more information Tel: 634 349156

E Don’t take a chance! Don’t break the Law! Let us take the hassle away from you and re-register your vehicle on to Spanish plates WE PROMISE TO BEAT ANY GENUINE QUOTATION For a full service contact:

Alan 662 249 159

cars 4 cash

Renault scenic

wanted uk vehicles bought & sold 1 owner, 2005 model. In cars & prompt decisions made need of some attention. vans 2,500€ this months bought special offer All offers considered. for cash peugeot 406

Private sale Contact Steve 628 463 656



•Foam replacement •Interior/Exterior Fabrics •Free estimates

Tel: 692 176 069



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genuine - 100,000km 1 owner from new - V.G.C guarenteed - Price - 2,500€

667 235 205 950 475 345 or 654 598 455


newspaper group

are looking for Bright, enthusiastic sales people We have a sales position to work from our local office in Zurgena. Do you enjoy a fast paced working environment? If you have an outgoing personality with bags of enthusiasm & enjoy the pressure of weekly deadlines then we would love to hear from you. Experience is not essential as full trainning will be given

Send your CV to or call Paulette on 950 121 936

La Vida, el cucador, has a vacancy for bar staff for our bar & restaurant . English/Spanish speaking an advantage, part time flexible hours

chrissie on 647 379 878 email CV to

driver wanted part time to join the team at Soltimes tel: 609 199 394 or email:

cook / chef required

We are looking for an experienced person who is passionate & innovative with food, used to working in a busy fast paced kitchen You will be able to produce delicious varied home cooked food to a high standard for our restaurant & bar & garden areas. Shift work is required Flexibility/weekends salary includes a contract This opportunity is to join our team at either Jacks, Albox or La Vida, Cucador

chrissie on 647 379 878 Rob on 609 199 394 or email CV to:

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The Last Straw

Overnight our engaging little garden tenants, the sparrows, have gone from hero to zero. They have gone from amusing and entertaining to Arch Enemy Number 1 with their invasion and wholesale destruction of our fruit crop. To thwart them I fished out of the garden box our 2 green nets and draped them over the nectarine tree – not only were they too small to cover all the tree, but they had no deterrent effect whatsoever on the little chirruppers. So we bought a bigger net, in white. Between us we managed to cover the nectarine and the plum tree. Pete planted himself

firmly on one side, and deployed his stick as a kind of boom, draping the net over the stick and reaching out until I, precariously perched on the household steps, could grab the net and spread it over the branches. Having covered the top without falling off the steps and into the middle of the tree we then had to secure the net against the world famous Limaria gales, so I returned to terra firma to secure the hem with clothes pegs. To do this I had to grovelon the viciously pointy gravel while gathering the net in around the base of the trees. I am not designed to fold up easily, especially not on gravel underneath a tree, and as I Ouched my way along the ground around the trees I could be heard commenting negatively on the charms of our little ffffffeathered fiends. Our efforts were to no avail! Within minutes

By Jos Biggs

they had found a way in, and were pecking away for all they were worth. So we bought a truly huge net – that’ll learn ‘em, we thought. It did, to a point. As I was watering the garden I noticed that our white fig tree had one fig ripe and ready. I am very fond of figs, especially white ones, so I determined that as soon as I had finished and put the hose away, I would pick, eat and enjoy my first fig of the season. I returned to the tree to find a stalk where not more than 15 minutes ago there had hung the fig of my desire. I think it is best not to describe my emotions as I gazed upon that stalk. The sparrows had overhopped the mark and exhausted my tolerance - taking the first fig was the last straw! Does anyone have any good recipes for Sparrow Pie?

alqueria The Alquerian Infrastructure John MacDonald (El Sordo) -

Local taxes are non-existent in Alqueria. Which is just as well as the chance of anyone actually paying is extremely remote. The s e r v i c e s required to protect and keep the Village operating are paid for from the Remitroot Surplus Fund. Many prominent financial institutions have tried to unravel the intricacies of this fund but none have succeeded. It operates on the principle that the Remitroot Surplus Fund gives A a loan, A pays B for services rendered. B then pays C for goods and services who then pays A for its utility bills. A then repays the Remitroot Surplus Fund. All outstanding bills are paid and the Remitroot Surplus Fund isn’t out of pocket. There must be a flaw somewhere but the system works so well no-one in Alqueria has looked too closely. It is advisable not to try this at home though. Of all of the Alquerian public services perhaps the Fire and Rescue Service is the hardest working. With the Alquerian liking for civil disorder fires and collapsed masonry are common place. One drawback with this fire service is that in true Alquerian tradition it is inept. It is necessary to have two fire engines, one to put out the fire and the second to put out the firemen. If the fire is any distance from the station it has been known for them to stop for lunch. José Cabrasilbido, Alqueria’s policeman has a difficult task. As there are no laws in the Village republic he has nothing to enforce. He can’t even manage traffic

or issue parking tickets. All the road markings have worn off long ago. He spends a great deal of time posting notices that announce the cancellation of road closures that were never scheduled in the first place. He struts the Village, holster open so his side-arm can be brought into play at a moments notice. He lets his right hand hover just above the grip. José isn’t going to be surprised. If one looks closely at this weapon one can make out the legend etched on the barrel, ‘Dirty Harry Special-Recommended for children over five.’ Alqueria has one ambulance and Enzo Matanzamas the local doctor has four beds in the Village’s cottage hospital. Not that the populace has any faith in either the good Doctor or his method of transporting his would-be patients. In fact it is a common sight to see the paramedic chasing some poor causality who has hobbled off in the hope of avoiding both the ambulance and one of Dr. Enzo Matanzamas’s beds. To survive for any length of time in Alqueria it is necessary to avoid playing with matches and to eat the proverbial daily apple.


A Nose for the Past As My Precious and I were browsing in the new Zenia Boulevard recently, my nose picked up a faint but distinctive whiff of something that triggered a hazy memory of something from my past. At first I could not identify the smell, but it somehow invoked a feeling of warmth and a time long past involving pleasant memories.

walking, a brief hint of something evocative will assail my nostrils which immediately summons up feelings of delight and euphoria, or on other occasions, distaste and melancholy. These aromas are usually fleeting and although they have aroused emotions of one type or another, I am rarely able to recall their origins.

We were in a store specialising in perfumes and cosmetics where my lady often takes the opportunity to freshen up by spraying on a free liberal dose of whatever takes her fancy. Nearby was another woman doing the same thing and the evocative aroma seemed to emanate from her, so sidling over and eyeing the label of the bottle she had just used, it suddenly all came back to me when I read the words Lilly of the Valley.

Someone I once knew claimed to have been regressed by a hypnotist, who specialised in taking clients back to past lives and reckoned that some of these mystery aromas were from a previous life. So although they unearth some hidden memories in us, it explains why we cannot positively identify them in the here and now.

This was my late Mum’s scent of choice and as a young boy, pretty much every Christmas I bought her a bottle of this essence with my accumulated pocket money of two bob a week. Even though it was the same present every year and she therefore knew what the inexpertly wrapped box contained, she always showed surprise and joy at my modest gift. The smell of cigars has the same nostalgic effect on me, because a single fat corona in its own aluminium tube was always the Christmas present from me to my Dad. Often



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It sounds plausible if you believe in that sort of thing, but I have my serious doubts about this regression lark and the concept of reincarnation in general. I mean, why is it that most people who undergo these sessions seem to have been great American Indian chiefs, members of a Sultans harem or Henry the eighth’s pox doctor in a past life. It’s hardly ever serving wenches or rat catchers. If you believe everything you hear, there appears to have been more Egyptian princesses then, than there are Chinese restaurants now. The atmosphere of the English countryside has changed dramatically since I was a young lad and with the modernisation of farming techniques (along with the help of good old health and safety I shouldn’t wonder) fings aint what they used to be in the smells department. But it’s sometimes still possible to experience the fragrance of the farmyard as I remember it and on one occasion when we were motoring through the Cotswolds with friends, one of our

American companions expressed disgust at the pong that filled the car as we passed one particularly ancient looking farm. To me though, the bouquet was redolent of my childhood spent riding my Hercules bicycle in the country lanes near to my home and I took a deep draught of the intoxicating odour before closing the car window. For many years the smell of cheese caused me to gag and it was only at the age of twenty six that I tentatively tried a cheeseburger, which to my complete and utter surprise, was an enjoyable experience. Some of my very earliest memories are from my nursery school days and I clearly recall once being forced to eat a cheese salad. It was this one episode I believe that caused my antipathy to cheese for the next quarter of a century. A more easily explained aversion for me is the smell of Serrano ham. During our first year in Spain, we were attending one of the local markets and decided to buy some of the local ham for the weekend – something we had done before on several occasions. As we waited in the queue, the bloke who was carving the meat from the bone squashed a large bluebottle that had landed on the stall with his broad bladed knife which he then proceeded to wipe on his apron before continuing to serve customers. Needless to say we have never purchased ham from that stall since and not surprisingly, just the smell of the ham now has my stomach churning and I rarely eat the stuff even when dining out in Spanish restaurants. Smell, a powerful sense . . . Underrated and one that we least appreciate.


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As the weather kicks it up a notch, the natural tendency can be to get everyone up and out of the house, pets included. While spending more time outdoors can be a great source of exercise and fun for all involved, it’s essential to be wary of heat exhaustion in your animals. “Being covered by fur works well in the winter, but it can make it difficult to manage the heat of a summer day,” said Douglas Aspros, DVM and President of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). “Both dogs and cats dissipate heat by panting [and] as they get overheated, they pant more quickly trying to maintain a safe internal temperature.” Follow these tips for keeping your pet cool this summer

1. Get the Details There are two major reasons pets get overheated, Dr. Aspros said, hyperthermia and their upper respiratory systems. Hyperthermia occurs when animals are trapped in an environment (like a car or the beach on a hot day) that overwhelms their ability to cool themselves. Pets with compromised upper airways, like bulldogs, or an acquired condition like paralysis of the larynx have more difficulty removing heat in their bodies through panting, Dr. Aspros said. These animals often find that, in at-

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2. Beat the Sun Pets are smarter than we give them credit for, and prefer staying at home and laying on cool surfaces (like your tiled kitchen floor) in the heat of the day, Dr. Aspros said. Save your outdoor time with your pet for early in the morning or in the evening once the sun has set. By taking your daily walk, run or visit to the park either before or after the sun is at its hottest, the air will be easier for your pet to breathe and the ground will be cooler on the pads of their paws. 3. Find Some Shade If you do find yourself out in midday with your pet, make sure you keep them out of direct sunlight or give them a shady place to get out of the sun. Remember, your pets don’t wear shoes, so the pads of their paws can be burned walking across particularly hot sand or asphalt, Dr. Aspros said. If it’s extremely warm, keep them indoors as much as possible.

the car or spending time with you, if it’s hot out and there’s a chance they’ll be uncomfortable the best thing to do is leave them alone. Panting takes more exertion than sweating and can bring your pet to respiratory distress faster than you think, Dr. Aspros said. Avoid any potential issue by keeping them safe and cool at home. 5. Hydration, Hydration, Hydration In addition to overheating, pets can get dehydrated quickly, so you’ll want to make plenty of fresh, clean water available to them. Panting is effective in allowing animals to cool down because it helps evaporate fluids from the respiratory tract, Dr. Aspros said. Help replace these fluids and prevent dehydration by leaving out water or water alternatives throughout the day, particularly when your pet has spent time outside in the heat. Water alternatives are especially great for pets since they replenish electrolytes and taste great.

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tempting to cool themselves, they generate more heat 4. Leave Fluffy and Fido at Home through exertion and can fall victim to heat stroke. “The classic mistake for owners is leaving a pet in a Symptoms of heat exhaustion include excessive pant- closed car on a sunny warm day when the temperaing or labored breathing, increased heart and respira- ture in your car can rapidly climb to over 140 degrees tory rate, drooling and mild weakness, according to the Fahrenheit,” Dr. Aspros said. “It’s solar heating that’s the ASPCA. More severe symptoms can include seizures, culprit, so you can face serious risks even on a comfortbloody diarrhea and vomiting and a body temperature able day.” of over 104 degrees Fahrenheit. The takeaway? As much as your pet may love riding in

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car review By Tim Saunders

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“That’s a girl’s off-roader,” says a fellow motoring hack, as he gives the Range Rover Evoque a cursory glance. I know what he’s getting at. Its futuristic styling is quite far removed from that of traditional Range Rovers but my friend is too dismissive without any foundation, I fear. We must all embrace change and that is something Range Rover has done wholeheartedly. It’s a popular sight on Britain’s roads in three and five door versions. The Loire Blue SD4 example that I’m testing is loaded with goodies including heated and cooled front seats and television screens in the rear. Yet the price tag seems attractive at around £40,000. With all the refinements of its big brother, the Evoque makes an attractive proposition. My test from Hampshire to the depths of Dorset allows me to really put it through its paces. The boot

is completely filled by our tandem pushchair. That rear power tailgate is a joy to use because it can be operated by the push of a button on the dashboard and it can be shut with the flick of a switch on the boot. Absolutely no effort involved on the part of the driver. The rear is crammed full with our daughters’ car seats and luggage. There’s not enough room for our travel cot. Nevertheless it’s a very welcoming environment. The cream leather seats are just what the doctor ordered for my back and the driving position is excellent. The interior, which incorporates a massive glass panoramic roof, is sumptuous. It would be useful if this roof could be opened as a sunroof. The sat nav is surprisingly simple to use. We get lost trying to find Golden Cap, which is a little National Trust gem hidden away near Lyme Regis. My wife and I only ever use sat nav as a last resort but the simplicity of

this system begs us to ask the question ‘why?’ Perhaps we will change our ways from now on. Although we soon realise why we are averse to this technology when the pleasant sounding female voice who kindly repeats her instructions three times, in the same way as my wife… persists in directing me to Golden Cap even though we have already visited it and are on our way home. We finally discover how to switch her off. The doors need a good thump to shut, which is slightly irksome when there are two children in the rear fast asleep. Another little niggle is that at night the vehicle can be left parked with its lights on and no buzzer alerts you to this fact. But they can be turned off via the keyfob. I do like the fact that as long as the keyfob is present entry to the vehicle can be keyless which is a great help when offloading luggage etc.

the Evoque might struggle but none of it. The 2.2-litre 190bhp engine is an absolute joy to drive with the ninespeed automatic gearbox and the centrally mounted dial for this rises up when the engine is started by a push of a button on the dash and the foot on the brake. Depending on driving style it will return anywhere between 35mpg and 53mpg. No matter what the driver’s demands the Evoque will meet them: whether they want to drive it like a manual thanks to the steering wheel mounted gearshifts through to sedate motorway cruising – just set the cruise control at your desired speed. On first acquaintance the Evoque suffers from a noticeable delay when manoeuvring away from a junction. This version is fitted with economical stop/start technology and it is usually pretty quick to restart the engine but not on this first drive for some reason. Later well into the test I find the auto box to jerk between gears.

Bearing in mind it’s only a 2.2-litre diesel it has a surprising amount of get up and go, if required. For instance, there’s a pretty steep hill as you leave Chideock. The beauty of it is that it adapts to its environment with ease. Find a field and put it through its paces and it does not disappoint. I find a disappointingly flat field on the Devon/Dorset border and it makes its way across it as if it’s on the road. On another occasion we have to do a spot of wading and again it doesn’t bat an eyelid. All of these instances


have been captured on video at It does of course burn through fuel far quicker when off roading because the power is being fed to all four wheels. It is equipped with Active Driveline, claimed to be the world’s first on demand four-wheel drive system. This enhances agility and improves fuel efficiency by operating in front-wheel drive only at speeds above 22mph on the road. This system monitors vehicle dynamics and automatically reconnects four-wheel drive (within 300 milliseconds) whenever it is needed.

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• There is plenty of action over the few days including tennis at Wimbledon with defending champion Andy Murray on court. If he progresses, the Scot could meet Novak Djokovic in the semis and Rafael Nadal in the final. • World Cup football continues in Brazil; there’s Equestrian competition at Hickstead; the UK Athletics Championships take place in Birmingham; South Africa play Scotland at rugby (Saturday) and on Sunday it’s the Dutch MotorGP where Spain’s Marc Marquez will be going for his eighth victory of the season. • England and holders Spain (for whom Andreas Iniesta won his 100th cap) were eliminated at the group stage of the World Cup. • Lionel Messi has netted two terrific goals already and his late, late winner against Iran 1-0 took Argentina into the last 16. • Belgium, Brazil, Germany (for whom Miroslav Klose scored a record equalling WC 15th goal), France, Holland, Costa Rica, Algeria, the USA, Portugal and Italy were also hoping to proceed as the knockout stage starts this weekend. • Last Saturday, Jerome Boateng (Germany) played against his brother Kevin Prince (Ghana) in 2-2 draw. • Algeria won their first WC game for 32 years, beating Korea Republic 4-2 • F1 racing returned to Austria last weekend when 65,000 fans at the Red Bull Ring saw Nico Rosberg beat team-mate Lewis Hamiton, with Finland’s Vallterri Bottas third and Felipe Massa fourth. After the fifth Mercedes one-two of the season, Rosberg now leads Hamilton by 29 points in the driver’s championship.

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•E  ngland suffered a three-nil series defeat against New Zealand after losing the final Test by 36 points to 13 The win saw the All Blacks equal the world record of 17 successive international victories. • In South Africa, the Springboks beat unlucky Wales 31 points to 30. • Stuart Broad became only the fourth bowler in history to take two Test Match hat-tricks in the latest game against Sri Lanka at Leeds. His first was against India in 2011. The others who have bagged hattricks are Hugh Trumble for Australia v England in 1902 and 1904, Aussie Jimmy Matthews in the same match v South Africa in 1912 and Pakistan’s Wasim Akram, both v Sri Lanka in 1999. • There have been only 41 hat-tricks in 137 years of Test cricket, 13 by Englishmen including Broad (2), Ryan Sidebottom, Dominic Cork, Matthew Hoggard, Darren Gough and Peter Loader since the 1950s. • Sam Robson hit his maiden Test century (127) and Ian Bell made his 100th appearance for England at Leeds. • Finland’s Mikko Ilonen won the Irish open from Eduardo Molinari and Mi Wii collected her first major golf title after winning the Women’s Open at Pinehurst. • In the Super League, Wakefield stunned 36-28, St Helens defeated Castleford 3816, Warrington clipped Salford 36-20 and Leeds beat Widnes 38-28. • Defender Joleon Lescott has joined WBA from Manchester City; the Baggies could also sign Victor Moses. • Donegal will play Antrim or Ulster in Ireland’s Gaelic football final.


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Wednesday 18th June and two divisions for our competition. The winner of the first div with 39 points Bob Winter and second with 36 Mike Picken. Second div winner with 39 David Bezer and second with 32 Lilly Peper. Ball sweep winner Mike Picken Sunday and only one division but

some good scores required to win. Our winner with 39 points Mike Picken and second with 37 Philip Dunne third with 36 David Hardy. No ball sweep winners today so more for Wednesday Come and enjoy you golf with Cortijo Grande visitors and guests welcome. MP

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Thursday 19th June the 19th Hole Golf Society played an Individual Singles Stableford at the demanding Aguilon course. With twenty four players biting at the bit to set off on the 1st hole spirits took a bit of dip when a few spots of rain were felt and the distant rumbling of thunder was heard. Thankfully after about half an hour all was back to normal with sweltering heat and only the golf to worry about. Nigel Greenwood kindly donated a couple of bottles of wines (to celebrate his something birthday) for the Nearest the Pin with second shot on the par four 11th won by our ever improving Paco. Peter Easthope playing his last game before returning to the IOM won the day with 39 points from guest Dave Sharp MBE, both having 39 points but Peter had a better back nine. Sean Curtis took 3rd with 37 points and after a long layoff it was good to see Bob Tagg claim 4th place with 35 points. Dave Sharp also cleared up most of the other prizes taking 2 Twos and a Nearest the Pin. Good to see

two of our newest members Michael Palmer and Dave White get to grips with this very demanding track for the first time. Results Individual Stableford 1st Peter Easthope 39 points (6) 2nd Dave Sharp 39 points (5) on count back 3rd Sean Curtis37 points (8) 4th Bob Tagg 35 points (17) Nearest the Pin in One 14th Dave Sharp 17th Craig Steers Nearest the pin in Twi. 11th Paco Ocaña Grayal Twos Dave Sharp 14th and 17th Great days golf completed by excellent nibbles and refreshments at La Vida Thanks to all the members who support the 19th Hole Golf Society The 19th hole G/S is now arranging weekly games at various courses in the area, our home course, which we play fortnightly, is Aguilon. If you are interested in joining the 19th hole give the secretary a ring on 610340653. Or email gs19thhole@

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June 21st, the longest day of the year, saw Urcal Golf Society play an Individual stableford competition at the beautiful Desert Springs Golf Resort. Not only the longest day but probably the longest round of the year also, mainly due to the hot temperatures and the narrow

immaculately manicured fairways. Numbers were down on normal due mainly to some members playing in the Steve Gilmore Memorial Competition at Alboran and the Society also putting a team out for the Top Banana Trophy at La Envia the previous day. Even so 22 members and guests enjoyed the day Barry Kilby Tel: 950 124 828 especially who not only finished in first place with 37 points Petrol up to 2L from 89€ ALL MAKES & but also had his name on the nearest the pin in Diesel up to 2L from 99€ MODELS two prize and also one of the nearest the pin on CLUTCHES - EXHAUSTS - BRAKES - HEAD GASKETS a par three prize. GEARBOXES - ITVS - HEADLIGHT POLISHING Second in the main Part from New from Lazer competition was one our guests for the day, Tracking Worn Tyres Derek Redding, who Puncture Repairs Tyres...includes fitting, balancing & IVA Wheel Balancing finished with 34 points with third place going to Billy Handy with 33 points who also won the other nearest the pin & prize on offer. Our next match will be At Los Llanos Market. Arboleas on Saturday 5th July Is offering a wide range of golfing services including: at Camposol, anyone - Supply and fit most types of grips wishing to join the society - Excellent selection of good quality balls or play as a guest in the - Extensive range of gloves first instance should - Large range of second hand irons, drivers, putters and sets of clubs. - We can sell your used clubs for you. contact our Captain, Steve Dodds on 608 610 340 653 238 827

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Badgers Golf Society Away Day Thursday 12th June, Badgers 3rd away day of the year was to Playa Serena, Roquetas. Winner of the day’s competition was Richard Smith with 39pts, second place went to Mark Newhall with34pts, and third place wasJohn Archer with 33pts, Saturday’s competition at Marina was won by Alf Taylor with 44pts, with Steve Casburn in 2nd place with 34pts, and Mick Weston coming 3rd with 32pts

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. 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.


way home. 1st Lynne Whibley 100-29=71 2nd Glyn Ombler 81-7=74 3rd Keith Leonard 89-14=75 on a card play off Twos: Chris Baker and Derrick Stephenson 12th and John Bridgen 17th Wednesday June 11 – Individual Stableford This week we tried the new Yellow course and although most of us have been members for some considerable time it is like playing a different course, having said that the new courses are very enjoyable as echoed by our husband and wife team taking top spots 1st John Holder 36pts 2nd Anne Holder 35pts 3rd Colin Hodge 33pts on a card play off Twos: Keith Leonard 12th, Ian Jenner 14th, Dave Sharp and Caroline Willingham 17th Guests and visitors are welcome to join us on a Mon, Wed and Friday For information contact 636240726 or 634 641 19

What a pleasure to be playing golf in some of the most beautiful surroundings in Spain, with the new course layout proving to be much liked by members and visitors. RESULTS Wednesday June 4 – Monthly Medal Played from the new white course and boy it was hot out there and walking in the heat involved drinking copious amounts of water to survive with our ever improving lady golfer showing the

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Dick and John had to use the greenkeepers buggy to get round the course as all the buggies were in use with the society, but they had great fun. Friday our individual competition was won by Tish Bigelow 36 points second Dave Ross 33 points and third John Clements 31 points.

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“I’m not going to say what’s happening in the dressing room, for me that should stay there,” he said. Spain star Xabi Alonso has denied reports he has decided to quit international football. The Real Madrid midfielder caused controversy in the wake of their 2-0 defeat to Chile – a result which meant they were eliminated from the World Cup – by saying the team lacked “hunger” and “ambition”. He was then reported to have quit the national team but the former Liverpool man insists he is yet to make up his mind. He told Spanish radio station Onda Cero: “I’m still not at that moment, I want all this to end as soon as possible, go on holiday, disconnect a little and then decide things with time.

“The atmosphere and feeling in the dressing room is the same as it was two years ago. It’s all very natural, there isn’t the tension that you (the media) imagine there is.” Alonso also appeared to backtrack on his earlier scathing comments about the team’s attitude during the World Cup. “We know that we lacked intensity, but our enthusiasm has been the same as always,” he said. “The hardest thing was (to repeat) what we have already done, which is to win three competitions in four years.”

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