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British Embassy appoints new Consul for Canary Islands & Andalucia

The British Embassy today (24 June) announced that Charmaine Arbouin has been appointed as British Consul for the Consulates covering the Canary Islands and Andalucia. Charmaine has more than 20 years’ experience of managing people and resources in the public and notfor-profit sectors. She was previously a consultant to local and central government organisations in the UK, specialising in public sector performance improvement. She has also developed and managed customer contact services in Nottinghamshire. She has a degree in Hispanic Studies from the University of Hull. Charmaine said: “I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to work with the British and Spanish communities and authorities in both Andalucia and the Canaries. I am very much looking forward to building on the existing great work undertaken by the Consulates to ensure that Britons living or visiting Andalucia and the Canaries continue to receive excellent support when they most need it.” Charmaine has lived with her family in Andalucia for the last eight years, first in Alpandeire and now in Ronda. Her engagement with the Spanish public health, administrative and education systems – as an expatriate resident - has given her an insight into many of the challenges and benefits experienced by those visiting or living in Spain. Dave Thomas, Consular Regional Director for southern Europe, said: “I’m very pleased that we have managed to recruit such a high calibre new Consul. Charmaine has an impressive background in senior management and will play a strategic role in the further development

of our consular services in Spain.” The Consulates that cover southern Spain are among the busiest in the world. The new Consul will oversee the work of teams in Las Palmas, Malaga and Tenerife, who provide on-the-ground assistance to British nationals. The region covered by the Malaga office sees some five million British visitors every year, and is home to around 350,000 British residents. The Consulates in Tenerife and Las Palmas, together with the Honorary Consul in Lanazarote, serve 3.5 million British visitors and some 85,000 residents. Charmaine Arbouin replaces Steve Jones, who is now managing the Foreign Office’s global Contact Centre programme.

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10.30 As  a start to the day a Religious Mass will be held in courtyard of The Ancient buildings of Los Pastores. There will be a rare and unique opportunity to witness a traditional Spanish folk group singing at the Mass. 13:30 Procession to the opening ceremony to music from Turre Town Band. Grand opening by the Mayor of Turre and the fiesta organising committee. 14:15 After the opening, everyone is invited to sample the Giant paella. Wandering minstrels la Charanga La “Jicara”...For the kids bouncy castles, horse rides and the local Scaletrix slot car club. Stalls with local crafts and other items of interest. Musica from Los Flamencos 16:00 The popular Postres competition accompanied by La Tuna de Almeria. 17:30 One of the highlights of the day will be the Cintas on bicycles competition. The Procession to the start line will include the lovely local ladies in traditional dress transported in a fine selection of fantastic Classic Cars. These will be on show for viewing after the procession 19:00 A performance by the talented pupils of the local Dance academy Prodanza 21:30 Not forgetting the men Marcela, the oriental belly dancer will be performing. 22:00 A special performance from the local Anabel Veloso Flamenco troupe . 22:30 To start the night with a swing the large Spanish band Albanta Show will play until the early hours. All timings and order of appearance are subject to change depending on circumstances. Chirungito with Beer Tapas, Wine, Soft drinks Cabrera Arch Bar, Drinks, Tapas, Raciones & Restaurante/Bar Los Pastores Fiesta Menu....



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Most popular baby names in 2012

Lucía and Daniel were the most popular names for babies born in 2012, followed by Hugo and, of course, María, according to the National Statistics Institute (INE). Less-frequent names chosen for newborns last year were 479 called Guillém, and 401 each named Judith and Luna. Since last year, there are now 6,234 more Daniels in Spain and 6,363 more Lucías, and the name already found to be the most prolific among females in the country – María – was chosen by parents of 5,823 girls. Hugo was the name given to 5,984 baby boys, Alejandro to another 5,744 and Pablo to 5,658, whilst 5,375 baby girls were named Paula and 4,748 called Daniela. Other names seen in high numbers of newborn boys were Álvaro, Ádrian, David, Diego, Mario, Javier and Marcos, followed by between 2,000 and 3,000 named Sergio, Nicolás, Iker, Lucas, Iván, Carlos, Miguel, Jorge, Martín, Marc, Álex, Mateo, Gonzalo, and Izan. Thousands of little girls born last year were named Sara, Carla, Martina, Sofía, Julia, Alba, Valeria, Claudia, Irene, Marta, Laura, Noa, Carmen, Adriana, Ainhoa, Elena, Ana, Aitana, Emma and Alejandra. The least-common names for baby boys born in 2012 were Mikel, Jon, Gael, Yeray, Omar, Adriá, César, Yago and Francisco Javier. And the most infrequently-seen girls’ names given to babies born last year were Irati, Ona, Arlet, Chloe, Lidia, Ane, Jana, Iris, Nadia, Diana, Malak, Salma and Nahia. Last year, a total of 453,637 babies were born in Spain, a fall of 3.9 per cent on 2011 and the fourth year running in which the birth-rate has dropped. The INE believes this is related to the recession, with unemployment or lack of job security meaning women do not want to risk becoming mothers, as well as fewer women in Spain of childbearing age, and lower fertility levels of those who are. As in previous years, the reason the birth-rate has not fallen even more is because of foreign mothers having children, particularly those from Arab countries and from Latin America although also, in smaller numbers, European women.

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Longest Summer So Far Of The 21st Century Started Friday At 07.04hrs

Last Friday saw the start of the longest summer in Spain in many years, having officially began at 07.04hrs Spanish time and continuing until September 22. This means summer 2013 will last for a full 93 days and 15 hours, giving an excellent boost to tourism as sunseekers have longer than ever to enjoy their holidays in Spain. The so-called longest day of the year – with 15 hours and three minutes of daylight in Madrid, compared to the shortest day which has just nine hours and 17 minutes, and is normally on December 21 – is never on the same date ever year, says the National Geographic Institute (IGN). Over the course of the 21st century, the latest start to the summer will be – and was – in 2003, compared to the earliest, which will be in 2096. The start of the astrological summer falls between June

20 and 22 in the northern hemisphere and is when the sun is at its most northern point, although in practice the ‘official’ start to the summer varies considerably from country to country and, by the same token, the ‘official’ start to the winter in the southern hemisphere does not necessarily occur on the ‘shortest’ day in June. In south-eastern Australia, the summer starts officially on December 1 and winter on July 1, whilst in Perú the summer is considered to start just before Christmas. And in practice, given that the earth orbits the sun at an angle, during the summer and winter solstices, the longest and shortest days are not necessarily on the day of the astrological start to either season. At both these points in the year, the time shown on the clock is out of synch with the ‘actual’ time as shown by the sun’s position – in 2013, the sun came up the earliest on June 14, and will set the latest on June 27. Between the tropics and particularly on the equator, there is no difference year-round between sun-up and sundown time, and little change in temperature, with no official summer or winter – merely a dry season and a rainy season, lasting typically six months at a time. And the extremes of longest and shortest days happen in the Arctic and Antarctic circles – today will see 24 hours of daylight in the North Pole and 24 hours of darkness in the South Pole.

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Spain’s national anthem acquired lyrics for the first time during the Confederations Cup match against Uruguay, thanks to the BBC. La Marcha Real, or ‘Royal March’, is instrumental, but when the British Broadcasting Corporation televised the opening ceremony of Spain’s first Cup match they gave it lyrics with subtitles in English. The words were those written by Paulino Cubero, who was chosen by the Spanish Olympic Committee (COE) in 2007 so that sportsmen and women from the country could sing their own national anthem rather than just humming it. But the idea never took off and the lyrics never aired in public. They included lines such as “love your land because it knows how to embrace, beneath blue skies, people at liberty,” which were shown in English subtitles – and Spanish subtitles for

Europe Sends Written Warning To Spain Over Sevilla-Almería High-speed Train

European Commissioners have sent Spain written notice over its alleged breach of EU law concerning the Sevilla-Almería high-speed rail-link. The Commission says the Spanish government has approved the plans for the AVE train across the south of the country without having firstly carried out an ‘environmental impact study’, which is compulsory under European Union law. According to the CE, the AVE will cut through an area of countryside home to endangered species of birds, and would destroy their habitat completely. They have given Spain two months to carry out the study or shelve the plans.

‘Catastrophic’ & ‘Out Of Control’: Floods In Huesca & Lleida Force Hundreds Of Evacuations

Hundreds of residents in the northern regions of Aragón and Catalunya have been evacuated from their homes as torrential rain causes flash flooding and rivers to burst their banks. The worst of the damage is near the Pyrénées and 400 people have been forced to flee their homes in the Aran Valley and in Pallars Sòbira, both in the province of Lleida, Catalunya. Roads have been blocked off, bridges brought down and homes awash, although luckily as yet nobody has been injured. Several hundred more have been evacuated in the province of Huesca, Aragón, after the river Ésera burst its banks due to a combination of the snow and ice melting and torrential rain, leading to floods in the towns of Castejón de Sos and Benasque. Authorities in the Aran Valley say the situation is ‘absolutely out of control’ and the damage has reached catastrophic proportions. They say they are ‘doing all they can’, but that the district is now ‘divided’ into three areas by the floods with each one being totally inaccessible.

Although no fatalities have been reported, mobile phone users have no signal, homes on either side of the river Garona have been evacuated and the main national trunk road is ‘an extension of the river itself’. Over 4,000 homes have no electricity and numerous villages are completely isolated, with one of them having lost three bridges which were swept away by the river Noguera Pallaressa. A camp site has also been emptied of tourists, the industrial estate in Vielha closed and schools in the town forced to shut. School buses are not running and authorities urge residents not to leave their homes or use their cars. Water is even expected to come down from above as well as rising up – dams high up on mountains are threatening to overflow. A building has collapsed in Benasque (Huesca) and the council fears a block of flats may be next. They say the bridge over the Benasque-Anciles road is likely to come down at any minute.

those picking up the BBC in Spain and Latin America – across the faces of the 11 members of Vicente del Bosque’s team, ‘The Reds’. This unusual twist to the Marcha Real immediately went viral on Twitter. One user stated that the Spanish national anthem

was ‘brief, profound and full of strength’ and that it did not have lyrics because it did ‘not come from the mouth, but from the heart’. Another user tweeted: “I though the lyrics for our national anthem were ‘loo loo lo lo lolololo’?”



Spain takes action against Google on privacy

Spain led a Europe-wide push yesterday to get Google to change its policies on collecting user data.

According to Tumbit. com, Reuters reported that the U.S. National Security Agency under the Prism surveillance program secretly gathered user data from 9 U.S. companies, including Google, to track people’s movements and contacts makes the timing especially sensitive for Google. France’s data protection watchdog (CNIL) said Google had broken French law and gave it 3 months to change its privacy policies or risk a fine of up to €150,000. Spain’s Data Protection Agency (AEPD) told Google it would be fined between €40,000 and €300,000 for each of the 5 violations of the law, that it had failed to be clear about what it did with data, may be processing a “disproportionate” amount and holding onto it for an “undetermined or unjustified” period of time. The CNIL, which has been leading Europe’s inquiry since Google launched

its consolidated privacy policy in March 2012, said Britain, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands would be taking similar action against the world’s No. 1 search engine.

Google could face fines totaling several million euros. “By the end of July, all the authorities within the (EU data protection) task force will have taken coercive action against Google,” said CNIL President Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin. Last year, Google consolidated its 60 privacy policies into one and started combining data collected on individual users across its services, including YouTube, Gmail and social network Google+. It gave users no means to opt out. National data protection regulators in Europe began a joint inquiry as a result. They gave Google until February to propose changes but it did not make any. Google had several meetings with the watchdogs and argued that combining its policies made it easier for users to


The CNIL’s move is seen by legal experts and policymakers as a test of Europe’s ability to influence the behavior of international Internet companies. The UK is still considering whether its law has been broken and will write to Google soon with its findings, the CNIL said. And Google is due to answer allegations on the issue in a German court hearing late next week, a spokesman for the country’s data protection regulator said. Google said it would continue to work with the authorities in France and elsewhere. “Our privacy policy respects European law and allows us to create simpler, more effective services. We have engaged fully with the authorities involved throughout this process, and we’ll continue to do so going forward,” a spokesman said by email.



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12 Months today since “Corvera open by October” Promise

12 months ago, the ‘Tumbit’ website reported the comments of the Regional Minister for Toursism for Murcia, when he made yet another guarantee concerning the date of operation for Corvera International Airport. On the 16th 2012 Antonio Sevilla reiterated the comments made by President Valcarcel earlier in the week, when he announced that Corvera Airport would be operational by October 2012. The Minister refuse to name a specific date due

to the complexity of a number of issues - such as reclassifying the airspace around the airport. Since then an number of futher revise deadlines have been quoted, however conflict between the private owners of the Airport (Aeromur), the Regional Government, the Spanish Airport authority (AENA), and the Ministries of Defence and Development, has resulted in little progress being made to open the facility.

Following on from the previous news story concerning the passing of 12 Months since the announcement that ‘Corvera Airport will be operational by October 2012’, it can only be described as a sad irony and bitter coincidence that the (almost) exact set of circumstances exists up the road at Castellon Airport. Perhaps nothing more than an arrogant display of competitiveness and regional pride, but on the 13th of June 2012 the (then) President of Aerocas - the concession holder of Castellon Airport - announced that the facility would be operational before the end of the year. Fabra also offered further details, noting how he was in negotiations with a company who would bring “1’000 Aircraft per year” to the

Airport. A notable quote from the press conference given by Fabra at the time noted that “only the useless and incompetent are the ones who are against an infrastructure that is absolutely crucial to the development of the province”. In the 12 Months since the statement Fabra has resigned and been replaced in his role by the Deputy President for the Generalitat Valenciana, Jose Ciscar, and the Director of the Airport, Juan Garcia Salas, has been relieved of his position. Again, with striking parallels with Corvera, Castellon Airport remains unopened and with no date in sight when operations might commence. (

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The Friday Tapas Group enjoyed a lovely afternoon by the Oasis on Friday 12st June! It was the very first time that the group had visited Chiringito ‘Bar Oasis’ on one of their regular Friday meetings and sixteen members enjoyed some excellent tapas served up by Andres and Diana, and the Chef! The group also welcomed Jenny and Royce from Australia, during their World tour! Royce is the cousin of Barry (El Baz) one of the group members and they are only in Roquetas De Mar for a few days. Jenny stated that she was very much looking forward to sampling some of the delightful tapas that Roquetas had to offer and, was probably one of the highlights of the trip. They move on to Vancouver, Canada next week, where they will meet up with their daughter, Caitlin. Good luck and Bon Voyage from the FTG!

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It was almost a year ago when I reported the dramatic events which unfolded near the harbour entrance of Roquetas. A baby dolphin – later named Marcos – was struggling for life near the beach and after hours of gentle coaxing, a team of marine experts from the wildlife organisation Promar, managed to rescue the young animal. That was just the beginning of a story which would last for six months and involve a round the clock operation requiring all the attention of a dedicated team of dozens of volunteers. The emotional day to day events surrounding ‘Marcos the Dolphin’ swept around the world on social media sites and he became a media star. He spent the first three weeks being treated in a large sea water pen near the harbour wall – he was undernourished, dehydrated, infested with parasites and close to death. He was so weak, he couldn’t swim and had to be supported by two people,

day and night. He received a cocktail of drugs to fight a kidney infection as well as his other ailments and was hand fed fish from the local quay. After moving to a quieter location in Almerimar, his health slowly improved – he gained weight, he swam and dived and when the mood took him, would even feed himself! But an underlying worry remained; whenever the vets tried to lower the dosage of drugs, his health deteriorated. Plans to release Marcos could never be contemplated unless he became 100% fit. Sadly, the story didn’t have a happy ending, because in February this year, Marcos died. And almost a year on, another dolphin turned up one morning last week close to the spot where Marcos had first been sighted; the circumstances were very different though. This was a large mature animal and it was clearly in distress and hardly able to swim. Members of the local inshore rescue service attended the animal from

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a boat and three vets from Promar got into the water with it. Their plan was to bring it into calm waters near the harbour, as they had with Marcos, in order to carry out an examination. The dolphin became weaker and after an hour it died in the water. A harness was put around it and the team managed to lift it out onto the beach where they carried out a preliminary examination. It was a 10 - 15 year old female bottle nose dolphin, over four metres in length and weighing over 800 kilos. She had severe parasitic infestation and a lot of scaring to the body as well as a nasty mouth wound, either caused by a boats propeller or an attack by a shark. The police cordoned off the area while the examination was carried out and then waited for a council bulldozer to come and transport the animal to a lorry. It was taken to the Promar veterinary laboratory in Almeria where a full post mortem examination will be carried out.

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noche de san juan SO WHAT WAS IT ALL ABOUT??? The traditional midsummer party in Spain is the celebration in honour of San Juan (St. John the Baptist). It celebrates the arrival of the summer solstice and is celebrated on the shortest night of the year in the northern hemisphere and signals the triumph of light over dark. It is a celebration that is usually held on the beach with roaring bonfires, drink, food and friends. The basic characteristics of the ritual are fire, water and the sun. According to tradition, if people jump over a bonfire three times on San Juan’s night, they will be cleansed and purified, and their problems burned away. Jumping in the sea at midnight is supposed to be a way to wash away evil spirits. After midnight people wash their faces and feet three times in order to be granted three wishes and a happy year ahead. Bathing at this time is also said to be beneficial for skin complaints. Another tradition, especially for women, requires the women of the house to prepare perfumed water combining the scents of seven plants - among them rosemary, roses and laurel - and to bathe or wash their faces in the water, again to purify themselves for the new season. As well as the bonfires that burn continuously, there are also muñecos or dolls that are burnt. This is usually done around midnight. Originally, the effigies were supposed to represent Judas Iscariot but now, the religious relevance seems to have become secondary to the enjoyment factor!

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Q: I have a mortgage variable mortgage with BBVA with a minimum interest clause in my mortgage of 3.5% What do I have to do to have the minimum interest clause removed so that I can take advantage of the all time low interest rates?

A . Nothing. The BBVA bank in result of the sentence by our supreme court dated 09/05/2013 has decided to remove all clauses of minimum interest and apply the differential above the euribor with no consideration to the minimum clause. In practice this will mean that if you have have a variable mortgage of for example euribor + 1%, which is average, you will now pay aprox. 1.5% interest instead of 3.5%, which is the minimum interest clause that they introduced into your mortage document. They will remove all minimum interest clauses with effect from the 9th of May. Position of other banks since the sentence: Cajamar: The same position as BBVA. NCG Banco: The same as BBVA. Banco Popular(Banco de Andalucia):In principle they say that they will not be removing the clause. Banc Sabadell: The same as Banco Popular. Kutxabank: The same as Banco Popular. Bankinter : They are not affected as they claim they have never introduced this clause in their mortgages. Santander: The same as Bankinter. I recommend taking a look at your mortgage. If the clause is included and the bank does not remove it automatically, speak to your bank manager about it being removed.



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Granada International Festival of Music & Dance ...head to this years International Festival of Music and Dance in Granada!

The Festival plunges the city, and the visitor, into an atmosphere of celebration! Held in the exquisite setting of Granada’s Alhambra, the Generalife Gardens, monasteries and the cathedral, around the Alhambra and all over the city the streets are filled with the sound of Spanish guitars, the click of castanets, the whirl of flamenco dancing and much, much more.

History The ‘Festival Internacional de Música y Danza de Granada’ dates back to the symphonic concerts performed at the Palace of Charles V during the Corpus Christi holidays since 1883 and the “Cante Jondo” (flamenco singing) Contest convened at the Alhambra in 1922 by García Lorca, Falla and other intellectuals and artists. Since 1952, it has become known not only for the talent on display, but also for the extraordinary settings where concerts and performances are held. The history of the Festival is linked to the landscape and to the main monuments of Granada. Its stages are to be found all over the city: to the traditional settings in the Alhambra - Patio de los Arrayanes, Palace of Charles V, Gardens of Generalife, the Cathedral

or the Monastery of San Jerónimo, other, not less singular, settings have been added, like the Corral del Carbón, the Hospital Real, the Palace of Daralhorra, the Manuel de Falla Auditorium, the Albaicín and Sacromonte districts and, most recently, the Planetarium in the Science Centre and even some nearby villages.

The Performances The programme of the Festival is traditionally based on classical music, ballet and Spanish dancing, but together with this classical repertoire it also attracts more contemporary music and exhibitions. The more than 60 performances are offered – the invitation to enjoy music and dance at very diverse hours of the day & night and in a variety of manners, ranging from conventional concerts for very large audiences to recitals almost in intimacy, and from polyphony matinees during weekends to very late flamenco shows finishing in the small hours – is what makes this festival unique. Enjoyed by thousands of visitors and locals and, through RNE - the Spanish National Radio - and other Euroradio broadcasting stations, by numerous music lovers all over Europe.

The Spanish Navy is planning to use sea-lions for rescue missions. They have chosen sea-lions over dolphins, since they say the ‘logistics’ of the former are simpler, and they can be used in both salt water and fresh water. Also, as they are amphibians, they can be used on dry land. Searching for submerged objects and people, the recovery of lost property, ships, other devices and humans, and also saving humans in trouble in water are among the new tasks sea-lions will perform. They will be able to tow people and items to the surface, assist divers, help inspect boats, ports, oil and gas pipes.

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roast dinner is served. Special menu is changed daily. Private functions are also catered for, call in for more information. GREG AND CO in Turre high street is run under Spanish / English ownership. Serving typical Spanish tasty tapas, breakfasts of tostadas, bacon & eggs, raciones and a large selection of sandwiches & burgers amongst other tasty foods, that you can eat out on their shady terrace. A modest A al carte menu is available and if you wish to eat inside there is a comfortable and spacious dining area. Once a month there are different artists that entertain and private functions are readily catered for. SUPER CORNER is run by friendly couple Simone and Nabil. Living in Spain there is no need to miss out on your favourite UK foods. You can shop for all your British branded supplies whether the food you require is tinned, frozen, packet, or fresh, all at bargain prices. Open every day. Now selling a selection of wines & chilled soft drinks. Aswell as a

massive chocolate and sweet section. Pop into Super corner & treat your taste buds. CHILI BAR AND RESTAURANT situated at the top end of Turre. It boasts a spacious terrace where you can sit in the sun or shade every day serving delicious authentic Indian tapas with your drink including chicken madras, korma and onion bhaji to name a few. Menu del dia at €8.50 /noche at €10 are served every day.There is also a vast menu that includes Indian themed pizzas and kebabs and a full range of house and special dishes to sample eating in or Take away. Live entertainment is now running throughout the summer where happy hour from 11am till 6pm means you can buy beer and wine for only 1€. Meet Ali and his friendly team who will always give you a warm welcome SOLO SAT is the number 1 company to use for all your satellite tv, air conditioning installations and repairs. Nik has over 10 years experience of fitting all types of satellite TV


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systems and air con units domestic and commercial, Phone him for more info, he is always happy to answer any queries you may have at anytime. CONNEXIONS has been up and running now for 10 years and is constantly keeping up to date with modern technology. Ken and Gill offer a great service. There is a wide range of laptops, tablets, mobile phones, books as well as art piece . Also in store is the new Android TV box, no satellite dish needed just an internet connection of at least 2mbs. If you need a new TV to cope with the swap over we can help! We still do a full repair & upgrade service. Come and visit their shop for more info and to see it working. STYLES has been in Turre for 2 years in April. Thanks to the commitment of Michelle and Wendy. They do their best to offer their clients up-to-date hairdressing & beauty treatments. The salon would like to introduce Kerry their latest Beauty and nail technician who will be at the salon Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays. July and August has some amazing offers on Nails, pedicures, manicures, waxing, eyebrows and much more. Now in stock are the new micro hair extensions, the latest new technique to apply hair extensions by using micro ring instead of glue. It also benefits from the light weight & is very easy to use. It is very safe for the natural hair. Tooth gems & hair gems are also available. You won’t be disappointed with any of the treatments they offer. Calling all you men haircuts are now from only 5€. Phone Michelle for more information on up

and coming offers. SOLSHADERS has been operating in this area for more than 7 years & is a fully legal Company. Their fantastic range of Awnings (which can protect your terrace from the wind), Insect Screens and Internal Blinds are available in a variety of colours & styles with a sign writing service also available. Justin is committed to giving all his clients 100% satisfaction & offers a free on site quotation without obligation & with his outstanding prices & excellent after sales service you are guaranteed a professional job from start to finish. Give us a call on 627 907 207 / 634 319 882 or Email: solshaders@live. BUGS has been supplying & fitting windows & doors for 25 years. Pull down / Sliding Blinds & Screens, Windows & Patios, Vertical Blinds, Security Grills, and Awnings as well as aluminum and UVPC replacement doors and windows, Peter will give you a friendly, speedy response and covers all areas. John & Fiona from Price Busters have now moved to Turre. THE BUTCHERS next to the fundraiser is open 6 days a week and specialise in all English cuts of meat including beef, pork, chicken, lamb, cooked meats and homemade sausages & burgers to name a few. Also on offer is a great selection of baked goods such as pies, Cornish pasties & sausage rolls. Come in and browse and let John & Fiona prepare your perfect cut of meat. Now stockists of Bodega Wines

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MARI CRUZ has a lovely outside terrace & roomy indoor area. Specialising in meats, fish all cooked on BBQ & regional dishes as well as a great variety of wine, beers, tapas & freshly homemade pizzas & pastas is available to eat in or take away. There is Lounge for meetings, company dinners, small events & birthdays. You can now also enjoy a new weekly menu served every day and evening including a starter, main and dessert or coffee for only 9€ during the day and 12€ in the evening. SELECCIONES situated next to the butchers has now been opened for nearly 6 months. They sell good quality, good conditioned, new and used furniture as well as selling items on consignment. There onsite man with a van is happy to deliver and collect various items and will make sure they reach you in one piece. New branded sportswear direct from the UK is also available and for something a little bit different You are guaranteed to receive a 1st class excellent service. Coming soon Morroccon pots, bags etc.


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A touch of glamour in the heart of Turre, Located in the centre of Turre, ´Donna´s Boutique´ is a delightful and unashamedly sparkly, fashion store offering fashionable and affordable women´s clothing, bags, jewellery and accessories. Its founder and namesake, Donna Booth prides herself on selecting clothing lines that will suit women of all shapes and sizes and all age groups.Donna describes the fashion style of the boutique as girlie, yet sophisticated, but most of all, lots of fun and is a firm believer that age or size should not be a fashion barrier and she is confident that women will leave the boutique delighted with their purchases and that they will feel like a million dollars when they wear them. The fashion line at Donna´s Boutique

includes casual wear for a smart daytime look and fabulous evening wear for all occasions. Adding to the line she will be stocking the ´Curve´ range which promises funky up to date clothing in sizes 8 - 29 at very reasonable prices. Set some time aside to visit Donnas Boutique, whatever your shape and size, you won´t be disappointed. Or you can be kept updated to what´s in by visiting her facebook page ´Donna´s Boutique´ and hit the ´LIKE´ button. This will automatically enter you into her next competition where you could win a clothing voucher to spend in her shop, the draw will happen once her page has reached 1000 ´LIKES´ Please also look out for her online shopping website which will be live in July!


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Hotel Chain Announces Branding Change

The largest hotel chain in the municipality and one of the most powerful in Andalucia has introduced sweeping new changes to its image. The Playa Senator Group owns a number of hotels throughout the region and is launching the new business model to bring its operation into line with current trends in customer care. The ‘all inclusive’ hotel deal is used by many groups and this is one of the changes the chain will be making. The first hotel in the area to receive the new treatment is the Playa Azul in the Urbanisation, now renamed as the Diverhotel Roquetas. The changes have been prompted by the groups success in its Caribbean network, where ‘all inclusive’ holidays have become very popular. According to Commercial Director of the company Daniel Rossel,

the key is in the self service element, “which allows us to offer extremely good value at reasonable prices.” He stressed they were not moving into the low cost market, but responding to the demands of more affluent customers who liked this style of holiday. Many

other hotel chains operating in the region are moving towards this style of business, which effectively means the guest never has to leave the premises as everything is included in the price of their accommodation. Many local bar restaurant owners

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suffered as a consequence and there would seem to be no way of combating this new and aggressive trend in holiday marketing. Most of the large hotels in the area are reporting lower occupancy figures this year compared to last year, although numbers of foreign visitors are slightly higher. Hotels are also reporting an increase in the amount of last minute bookings, perhaps reflecting the fact customers are now shopping around a lot more to find the best deals. These numbers (of foreign tourists) are expected to increase even more next month, following the introduction this year of eight new tour operators using Almeria airport. The new routes are from Serbia, Finland, Iceland, Denmark, The Czech Republic, Norway, Bulgaria and Russia. Because of this, The Almeria Tourist Authority is hoping as many as 50,000 extra tourists could visit the region during the summer.

UK Inheritance Ta x News If you are a British domicile, and many British expatriates are, UK inheritance tax is charged on your worldwide estate. Non-domiciles are liable on assets situated in the UK. The current tax free “nil rate band” is £325,000 per individual. Nil r ate band frozen for longer As announced in the Budget, the threshold will be frozen until at least 2018. It has already been frozen since 2010. It would normally increase each year in line with inflation, so this is effectively a tax rise; tax bills will be higher and more families drawn into the tax net. Spouses of different domiciles Transfers from a UK domiciled spouse to one who is a non-domicile do not benefit from the spousal exemption. Spouses only received an extra £55,000 tax free amount.

With effect from 6th April 2013 this increased to match the nil rate band. The total that can be transferred tax free is therefore now £650,000. Non-UK domiciled individuals married to/in a civil partnership with UK domiciles can now elect to be treated as a UK domicile. Deductibility of loans Loans are generally deducible from an estate for inheritance tax purposes, but there are changes on the way. Any outstanding debts at death will be scrutinised by HM Revenue & Customs. If heirs cannot demonstrate that there is a commercial reason to retaining that debt, it will not create a reduction in the value of the estate. Loans taken out to purchase assets not subject to inheritance tax will not be deductible. Where a loan was incurred to

2013 ‘A Pie De Calle’ Schedule Bigger Than Ever

The town mayor, Gabriel Amat was present at the Santa Ana castle last week, when details of this years ‘A Pie De Calle’, or ‘Street View’ were unveiled. Now in its thirteenth year, the organisers promise over 120 acts performing in seven venues during July and August. The councillor for culture, Maria Dolores Ortega stressed that this years programme was based on quality, diversity and variety, and as always entertainment for children came high on their list of priorities. The list of events is certainly wide ranging, from childrens magic shows, to theatre, comedy, film screenings, traditional music, rock and pop. She said, “We include all branches of the arts and bring them to the seven stages across the municipality.” As in the past, the two traditional markets will take place in the romantic setting of the castle; the Sailors market in July and the Medieval market in August. Four of Spains most well known pop groups are also booked to appear – Auryn 5th July, Apache 2nd August, Nacha Pop 9th August and Melocos 16th August. A particular favourite of mine is the Almeriblues night, this year being held on 19th July at the Lighthouse, with four bands booked to appear. A number of classical music evenings will take place in the Santa Ana castle as well as a full list of events in the adjacent amphitheatre. A full programme of all the events taking place this year can be obtained from the information centre at the Santa Ana castle, or by going to

By John McCann, Senior Partner, Blevins Fr anks acquire assets on which a tax relief is due, it will reduce the value of those specific assets only. Inheritance tax is often described as a “voluntary tax due to the number of measures which may be employed to mitigate or avoid this potentially onerous tax. It is a very complex matter. Professional advice from a specialist firm like Blevins Franks is essential to ensure you get it right and save tax for family and heirs where possible. Summarised tax information is based upon our understanding of current laws and practices which may change. Individuals should take personalised advice. To keep in touch with the latest developments in the offshore world, check out the latest news on our website



San Juan Solstice Celebrations In Roquetas

The Romanilla beach was packed with thousands of people on Sunday night, celebrating the Summer Solstice. Many people started preparing for the celebrations in the early afternoon, transporting loads of wood, tables, chairs, BBQ’s, food and drink. It’s estimated over 25,000 people filled the beach between Roquetas and Aguadulce to share in this quite amazing night. Live bands performed on a stage in the park close to the beach and many of the local bars had DJ’s on the terraces. Once darkness fell, the fires were lit and roared well into the night with revellers cooking, drinking, singing and dancing. The ritual of celebrating the shortest night goes back to pagan times, when the power of the sea was harnessed by the power of fire. The local police, fire brigade, Red Cross and civil protection organisation were all out in force to ensure the night passed safely. When the last people finally moved off the beach in the early hours, the council moved in with a well organised cleanup operation. 150 men, 16 trucks, 12 shovel loaders and 7 tractors ensured that by the time the first sun seekers arrived with their towels on Monday, all signs of the previous nights party had gone.


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shapes and layers from the rain and wind that has steadily chiselled away at its stature. The reserve can be reached by car from its nearest village, Villanueva de la Concepcion, by following the El Torcal signage for about one

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kilometre out. El Torcal Nature Reserve attracts many visitors with the large variety of exquisite natural sights it has to offer. Andalusian mountain goats; ladder and Montpellier snakes; spine-foot lizards; Griffin vultures and other birdlife; a wealth of different flora and fauna – all only briefly sum up some of the inhabitants that are here. Three set hiking trails and a range of rock climbing routes are also another activity

enjoyed by visitors, who are motivated by the spectacular views found over Málaga valley, and even views to Morocco on clear days. A good pair of walking shoes or trainers should be worn in the reserve, and due to the extreme temperatures, El Torcal is recommended as best visited during the spring or autumn. If visiting during the summer months, bringing plenty of water and sunscreen is highly advisable.

Man tackles escaped pause for thought bull to the ground A bull on the loose was wrestled to the ground by a man after the animal charged at him in a Spanish street. The dramatic video shows the young bull ramming into a car before turning its attention to the man, who happened to be wearing red. Luckily, he avoided being gored by the bull, which had escaped from a livestock pen in Malaga, and tackled it to the ground before being helped by witnesses. Nobody was injured and the bull is believed to have been unharmed, reports The Telegraph.

Sat nav leads OAPs onto wrong ferry

Two West Yorkshire pensioners nearly missed their oceangoing ferry to Spain - when their sat nav led them onto a tiny river crossing instead. Bob and Pat Banks, both in their 70s, hoped to join 2,415 fellow passengers for a 20-hour sea trip from Plymouth to Santander. But instead of boarding the plush, ten-deck, 41,000-ton ship, they ended up on the Torpoint Ferry for a six-minute, 650-metre hop across the Tamar from Devon to Cornwall. By the time they twigged, their car was jammed in by others on the £1.50 open-deck service, reports The Sun. Mr Banks, from Leeds, said: “We were held up and got to Plymouth only 40 minutes before departure, so were relieved when our sat nav announced we’d reached our destination. “When the truth dawned we had to accept the worst. I felt very embarrassed.” Staff put them on the first trip back and a mystery driver on the service kindly guided Bob and Pat to their Brittany Ferries ship which they caught with seconds to spare. Torpoint Ferry boss Rod Sugden said: “This has happened before. Sat navs tend to lead you to us rather than the Channel ferry port.”

Last September, two friends holidaying with us got engaged at Aljambra in Granada, so we weren’t too surprised to receive an invite to their wedding, held in Lancashire on 15th June. Flights were booked early to avoid problems and we duly set off. Alicante, when checked in, however, seemed even more chaotic than usual, with destination boards glowing red with a mix of delays and cancellations, giving strength to the rumour that the French Air Traffic Controllers had decided to strike from Tuesday until Thursday; causing almost total closure of French airspace, affecting all aircraft flying over France. We, in fact were lucky, and managed to leave a mere 6 hours late, but friends heading for the same wedding, booked on a later flight, had to wait several days and only just got there in time. But in many ways we were the fortunate ones. We had homes in Spain and would merely miss a wedding if no flights were to become available. But it was heartbreaking to see young families on holiday struggling to find alternative flights home and having to pay for accommodation they really couldn’t afford, whilst airlines, understandably in many respects, explained they were not obliged to offer aid as the disruption was not of their making. How cruel that, however reasonable or otherwise their complaint may be, so small a group of people in France should be able to hold so many to ransom, and cause so much unnecessary suffering, merely to reinforce their argument! There certainly seemed little evidence that they loved their neighbours as themselves. And as they apparently so despised this second command, one can only wonder if they had any more regard for the first – to love the Lord their God with all their heart, soul, mind and strength. But before be criticise them too much, perhaps we should challenge ourselves as to whether our love is, in all reality, any more evident than theirs, whilst thanking God that He never goes on strike. Can you imagine the chaos that would cause? Further information about the Anglican Church and details of forthcoming events may be seen on the web site www. . Duncan Burr is Licensed Lay Reader for the Anglican Chaplaincy of Costa Almeria and Costa Cálida and may be contacted at

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Said to have been formed some 150 million years ago back in the Jurassic period, El Torcal Nature Reserve lies around 30 kilometres from the city of Málaga, just outside Antequera. The limestone mountain ranges cover an area of about 17 square kilometres, made up of columns, stone slabs, and also a number of caves, including the ‘Cueva del Toro’ (Cave of the Bull), which contains a unique discovery of Neolithic artefacts. The reserve, unusually beautiful in its own right, was entirely under sea those 150 million years ago. Following vigorous movements of the earth’s crust, it created a huge crevice in the landscape along with horizontal layers, hills and mountains, reaching up to 1300 metres high. Over time, these mountainous rocks have formed artistically abstract

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Main Courses

Your herbs will retain more flavour is you store the leaves hole and crush them when you are ready to use them. Discard any dried herbs that show the slightest sign of mould. Place containers in a cool, dry place away from sunlight.

Remove the lower leaves along the bottom inch or so of the branch.

Dried herbs are best used within a year. As your herbs loose their colour, they are also loosing their flavour.

Bundle 4 - 6 branches together and tie as a bunch. You can use string or a rubber

Use about 1 teaspoon crumbled dried leaves in place of a tablespoon of fresh.


on Sunday 30th June welcomes you to:

Check in about two weeks to see how things are progressing. Keep checking weekly until your herbs are dry and ready to store.

Be sure to label and date your containers.


YELLOW STONE BAR Food Around Around The The World World Dining Dining Group Group Food Caribbean

Store your dried herbs in air tight containers; zip closing bags will do or use small canning jars.


CALL 637 061 489 (ENG) OR 678 834 747 (ESP)

Hand the bag upside down in a warm, airy room.

Storing & Using Your Dried Herbs...

Tuesday: Art Class 2-4pm Wednesday: Speak Spanish With Antonio 1:30pm-3pm Soft Ball Cricket 6pm Thursday: Quiz Night 8pm


Mango, Prawn and Orange Salad


Salt Cod Fritters Banana & Coconut Soup

Lamb Curry & Rice Jamaican Jerk Chicken with Peas & Rice with Fried Plantain Hot Sweet Potato Stew (V) (pre-order only) (A glass of White, Red or Rose wine will be served with your main course)


Jamaican Rum & Raisin Cheese Cake Ginger & Pecan Brownies

€11,95 per person Bookings Mandatory (€5 reservation deposit per person) Telephone 634 332 178

find us using GPS Co-ordinates Lat: 37.38738 Long: -2.201018

Tues - Sat: 9am - 9pm, Sun - Mon: 2 pm- 9pm


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food facts... food facts... food facts...


Bar Menu & Snacks Home-made puds

Burgers, Lasagne, pies, Omelettes, chilli plus

All Day Breakfast from 9am


onl y €

2 Courses


served 12 - 3 except Fri & Sun

Includes FREE Tea or Coffee

friday & SATURDAY

Friday & Saturday

Cod ‘n’ ChipS

Our Restaurant is Open 6pm-9pm

Beerfrom battered 5.95€ Atlantic Cod, Homemade Chips, Mushy or Garden PeaS SERVED 12-9pm

A MCDONALD’S STRAWBERRY MILK SHAKE CONTAINS 50 ARTIFICIAL FLAVOURS... Apparently, because real strawberries expensive, fast food companies like McDonald’s choose to use a ridiculous concoction of 50 chemicals to effectively imitate the flavor of one real-world food. These chemicals include ethyl acetate, phenythyl alcohol and solvent...


Los Mellizos Restaurant La Alfoquia, Zurgena

EVENING from MENU 5.95€

Traditional SUNDAY LUNCH

Delicious & Home-cooked nl y o served A Choice of Topside Of Beef & 12.30 - 5pm Yorkshire Pudding; Roast Pork With Crackling And Apple Sauce Tender or Roast Chicken With Stuffing - all served with Locallygrown Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables & a Glass Of House Wine, Tubo of Beer or a Coffee

6.95€ to include a FREE Drink


Activities at Monday

Line Dancing with Eleanor & Gilly 2:30pm ROCK’N’ ROLL 7:30PM


Quirky Quiz - 7:30pm


Line Dancing with Carrie 7:30pm

PLUS... Art Classes (held most days)... Computer Club ...Keep fit & slimming classes

check the board for times


BP Garage


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Delicious home made starters and desserts 3.50€

Menu changes weekly!

Main Course

Choice of Roast Beef, Pork or half roast chicken with roast potatoes, mashed potatoes Yorkshire pudding, stuffing and crackling All served at the table with a bowl of fresh vegetables. 5.95€

Open 1pm - 10pm Thurs - Mon (Closed Tues & Wed) Bar snacks always available



Daily s 4€ r details) frobm o oards f (see

Starters, Puddings - 2€ each

Ceroc Dancing & Fun Social Night 7:30pm


950 120 718 / 610 641 567

The Traditional English

La Alfoquia

Chippy Chippy

667 919 025

Real Home Made Chips from a real chip shop

Fun Quiz Every Wednesday Evening Tel: 634 324 484

Crispy Battered Atlantic 5.50€ Cod or Haddock Served with Homemade Chips & Mushy Peas ... eat in or Takeaway! ... patio Bar Entertainment Friday 28TH JUNE

UB Funky

Reggae, Swing & Rock ‘n’ Roll

Priority table bookings given to diners

Saturday 6th July Elvis Tribute Performing

The story of Elvis

for more information! Brand New Act to this Area Weekdays 12:30 - 3:00pm - 5:30 - 9pm Opening Hours: Sat 3:00 - 8pm (Closed Tuesday)





el Cucador


Enjoy Wonderful Views over the Olive Groves and Relax in our Garden



our main menu includes 16oz steaks ~ mixed grills ~ Fresh Fish


sunday lunch

menu changes weekly

Dine in our air-conditioned Restaurant wed - sat evenings

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


booking recommended


5-7PM FROM 6€



TO INCLUDE SALAD, BREAD & ALI- OLI Garlic Chicken 7.45€ Creamy garlic & herb sauce on pan-fried Chicken Breast served with Mediterranean vegetables

5.95€ in the Bar

Cheesy Pork Schnitzel 7.95€ Loin of Pork topped with Cheddar Cheese & coated in homemade breadcrumbs

Beer-battered cod

Mediterranean Hake 7.95€ Fresh Fillet of Hake served on a bed of Mediterranean vegetables

homemade chips & peas FRIDAYS 12.30pm - 9pm


tapas choice of 10 all 1€ 12:30-9pm

lite menu

Homemade Starters

salads, burgers, wraps

2.50€ each


Scrumptious Homemade Puddings

12:30-3:30PM 6€

all 2.50€ each!




cod, chips & peas only or chicken curry & rice 5€

Tuesdays 6 - 9pm

wednesdays 1/2 roast chicken, or gammon chips & peas OR SALAD

6 - 9pm

thursdays pie night! 6 - 9pm

Open Every Day 12pm - Late

Tel: 950 634 562

delicious homemade pie, chips & peas



only 5€

We are here

Albox Arboleas Zurgena La Alfoquia

only 5€


La Vida

Cucador Junc 547 Huercal Overa

book the Venue

For your Private Parties, Weddings and Birthdays etc.


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Burty’s BAR Playa Serena, roquetas de mar

Mon - Fri 11am - close Sun 11am - 5pm Closed saturday

race r e t y n n u s e g hu bar and spacious

Steaks, Pies, Chicken, Gammon, Spicy Curry Ribs

Please pre book by 6 pm the previous day Snacks & Meals available all day from €2.50 Breakfast served from 11am every thursday quiz 2.15pm prompt

Tapas served from 1 pm Next Table top Sale

30th june call to reserve a table

20c from each drink & all proceeds of tapas donated to Help for Heroes

happy hour Mon - fri 5pm -7pm wine 1.30€ tubo 1€ plus other offers

anglican church service 3rd thursday of the month 11:30am next service 18th july

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

be a  part  of it 

Charity Day 19th June at Y Da Wakes, Roquetas De Mar, in aid of Help For Heroes Wednesday 6th June saw a full day of activities at Y Da Wakes in Roquetas De Mar in aid of Help for Heroes. The day started off with a table top sale of teddies, books, cakes (the total proceeds of which were donated to Help for Heroes) and other items which was well attended. There was also a grand raffle, a “guess the number of golf balls in the box”, “play your cards right” and the sale of Help for Heroes wristbands. The grand raffle star prize of an Amazon Kindle was won by holiday maker Pippa Crew. At lunchtime everyone enjoyed a BBQ followed by “Roquetas’ Got Talent” competition. The winner was Alan Kenny (pictured here) whose prize was a leading spot at Manhattans the following Sunday. The judges were “Simon Cowell”, “Scary Spice” and “Hulk Hogan” but the decision on the winner was made by the public. The compere for the day was Brian, joined later by Paco, who entertained with his music and encouraged everyone to take part in the activities. A total of 625 Euros was raised for Help For Heroes on the day and Yvonne and Dave, Y Da Wakes, would like to thank everyone who participated in making the day both enjoyable and extremely successful. The grand total raised so far this year is 1,622 Euros and the Summer Fair at Burty’s Bar, Mar Y Sol and New York, New York on 30th June is also supporting Help for Heroes.

Sunday : carvery 2pm - 8pm Thursdays - closed

Main Meals 6.95€ 3 Course Meal


 

Adrian’s Home Made Cake Available Daily

Mini meals

Every Lunchtime


Every Friday fish chips & peas €3.95 Large Cod, Chips & Peas €5.50 Sunday Carvery €6.95 Now with Salad Bar Sunday Special 2 Carvery with jug of beer or tinto de verrano €15 Served 2pm til 8pm

Tel: 659 683 447

Monday - saturday 12 noon - 4pm & 7pm - close

Supporting Help For Heroes Sunday 30th June

summer fair from 10am

at Burty’s Bar, Mar Y Sol & New York, New York in Roquetas Urbanisation 5 b o t t le s o f b ee r 6€

OPPOSITE THE PLAYA LUNA hotel, roquetas urb

(opposite Playa Luna Hotel)

To include Book Sale, Bric a Brac, Homemade Pies and Cakes etc.

Tombola, Competitions, Entertainment

Telephone Sarah at Burty’s (679156715) or Adrian at New York, New York (659683447) to book a table.




Bar Southern.................................................... Every Thursday Bingo 3pm (8pm during July & August) 1st Friday of Month: Ladies Who Dine! 8pm - July & August 8€ Burtys Bar......................................................... Happy Hour 5pm-7pm Mon-Fri Thursdays - Quiz 2:15pm Table Top Sale - 30th June

Neptuno Hotel, Roquetas De Mar - We would like to thank the management and staff at the Neptuno Hotel for their hospitality when we stayed there on the night of San Juan. We were made very welcome and would recommend this hotel to anyone staying in Roquetas De Mar - it is very well maintained, clean and comfortable and the staff were friendly and very helpful - Mark and Sharon Venters

Bar cARDIES........................................................ Monday Night: Buy One Get One Half Price On Selected Meals, Served 5pm-8pm Tuesday: Bingo At 3pm Wednesday: Fillet Steak, Home Made Chips, Salad €8 Served From 6pm-9pm; Fun Quiz At 9pm Thursday: Closed Friday: Cod in Homemade Beer Batter, Homemade Chips, Peas, Bread & Butter €5 - The Best Cod And Chips In Town! Saturday: Onion Bhajees, Curry With Rice Or Chips, Naan Bread, Glass Of Wine €7.50. Served 6-9pm Sunday: Sunday Lunch, One Course From €4.50, Three Course From €8 - Booking Advisable All Sports And Soaps Shown On 4 Televisions... Chaplins pub...................................................... Opening Hours: Open 5pm til’ LATE Every Day TEL: 950 335 022 Tuesday 2nd July 9:30pm Music Quiz - 50s, 60s, 70s & 80s Wednesday: Rib Night Friday: Chip Shop Day - Fish’n’Chips etc, Quiz Night Saturday Night - Buy One Get One Free on ALL MEALS plus 1€ Drinks! lady lay.............................................................. Tuesday Night - Curry Night Wednesday - Quiz - twice monthly Saturday - Super Saturday Special Sunday - Sunday Lunch from only 3.50€ NEW YORK, NEW YORK......................................... Friday - Fish’n’Chips Sunday - Carvery 2pm-8pm

Violeta the Galgo....................... cruelly abandoned

Terrible cruelty is inflicted on Galgos, Spanish Greyhounds. They are used for racing and for hunting, but if they get injured they are callously disposed of without a thought for their welfare. If they are not abandoned they can be hanged and left to die. Violeta is a case in point of abandonment. She is a young female Galgo, born in June 2010. She is a very gentle, intelligent and curious dog. She is also very affectionate. She was found abandoned close to the shelter with a broken hind leg and unable to move. She had to have two operations and was subsequently immobilised for months in a cage until the bones had healed. This ordeal she had to endure has now paid off and she has completely recovered. She will suffer no consequences and in fact she sprints about at an amazing speed. Throughout the long recovery period she was cared for at a foster home where she still lives at present. She gets along quite well with the other dogs who taught her to bark and she has been converted into something of a guardian dog. Violeta appreciates comfort and always surrounds herself with cushions and is a real family dog. There is a campaign to get a European law passed that will prevent and punish mistreatment of the Galgos , Spanish greyhounds. Action is so badly needed to help these animals. The following link takes you to the information about this campaign: There is also good news from the shelter. Otto the Dalmatian has been adopted by a Spanish family as is Rocky the German Shepherd mix with an amputated front leg. He had previously been adopted by a couple in Cadiz late last summer. He was returned to the shelter when the couple split up. Fortunately he was adopted again after just a couple of days back in the dog shelter. He is going to live in a cortijo very shortly. Moby is already in Germany and Fernando is leaving this week for his new home in Germany. Kinara and one of the Tomato puppies are booked to travel there in mid July and Kinara is going to be scanned and will receive adequate treatment in Germany. Berry is booked for his trip to his forever home there in September. The SOCIEDAD PROTECTORA DE ANIMALES DE ROQUETAS DE MAR will always be happy to see you so you can meet these lovely animals and hopefully adopt one. Ask for details from Geoff at

Revita Natural Health and Relaxation centre........................................... Calle Tortola 4, Roquetas De Mar Tel 950 333 048 Tai Chi - Tuesday & Thursday 10am pb’s - the return............................................... NOW OPEN! Y Da wakes......................................................... SKY SPORTS Monday 8:30pm Bingo Roquetas Bridge Club..................................... meets on Monday’s at 3pm. For more info please contact Alison Ferguson 950349749 or Sue Barlow 950 333 344 royal british legion....................................... Sun 29/09/2013 - 10am Table top sale at Burty’s - RBL Friday 04/10/2013 2pm Poppy Appeal Luncheon and Bingo at Burty’s Bar Sun 27/10/2013 -10am Table top sale at Burty’s - RBL

La Grappa

Authentic Italian Restaurant

• Pizzas • Fresh Pastas • Fresh Fish • Argentinian BBQ’d Food On The Terrace



Open 12 - 4pm 7 - 12.30am Av. Playa Serena, 37 Roquetas de Mar

950 334 188 609 337 316

to reserve your table

Property management Sales & Rentals Roquetas de Mar, Aguadulce Almerimar, Vicar, La Envia Golf

Services include Key Holding, Maintenance, Furniture Packs, Cleaning & Laundry, Apartment & Post-box Checks

Mobile: (0034) 663 426 921

estampa apas T


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


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

sky sports and espn shown here Open 10am - late (Closed Tuesday)

FREE WI-FI Next door to Zurimar 678 202 160

Help For Heroes

Orphan Ted

Last week after a day ay Y Da Wakes supporting the Help for Heroes Charity event Orphan Ted moved on to Chaplins Pub where he became a supporter of West Ham Utd for the week! This week he has moved next door to Lady Lay so pop in and see him there

Naturopathy Phytotherapy Organic Food Reflexology Osteopathy Diet and nutrition

FTG Notice

The ‘Friday Tapas Group’ meet up at 1pm each week (Friday) and the venues for the next few weeks are as follows: 28th June - El Pez Roco, next to Bar Scotia, in the Urb. 5th July - Bar Manolo, next to small Margar, in the Urb. 12th July - Bar Cuellar, the old red chairs, next Hotel Bahia Serena, in the Urb. 19th July - To be advised ~ 6th July - Burty’s Bar, in the Urb. 2nd August - to be advised. 9th August - New York New York, in the Urb. 16th August - Bar Estampa (Lily’s), in the Urb. 23rd August - Bar Jaen, on Av.Mediteraneo. Anyone is welcome to join in and have a laugh, exchange views and ideas. The more, the merrier and the bar owners enjoy it too!

Pasaje Zoraida, 11 Urb. Roquetas de Mar C.P 04740 (Almeria) Tel. 950 328 152 670 356 370 email:


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SOL CLASSIFIEDS SOLTIMES wanted see us online everyday

PENSIONER requires voluntary help with general garden maintenance and pond. Tel: 633 823 255


commercial kitchen oven must be in good working order, can collect call 609 199 394

Between 10am & 5pm

Monday to Friday


950 121 936 or 902 121 936

MD Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration S.L.


advertise all your unwanted items for sale in this section


any single item up to 300€ free of charge

email: Mass MTB mountain bike Carbon, rock shock adjustable suspension, xt shimano gear system, all round disc breaks cost 2800€ now 900€

Tel: 647 841 750 One 3 seater sofa Blue & yellow check pattern 90€ 950064778/ 696266348 One 2 seater sofa Blue & yellow check pattern 80€ 950064778 /696266348 Corner unit with leaded light glass 30€ 9 5 0 0 6 47 7 8 /696266348 One single bed base & mattress as new 30€ 950064778 / 696266348 Sky Box and remote control with white card excellent working order only 50€ Tel: 634 406 697 W h eelc h a i r large rubber wheels collapsible to fit in car boot good condition only 50€ Tel: 634 406 697 Radiator oil filled, six sections variable settings with thermostat excellent condition only 50€ Tel: 634 406 697

City & Guilds Fully Qualified F-Gas Certified

25 years sole experience in Air Conditioning & Refrigeration

not a jack of all trades

For all your installation or service MD Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration S.L offers requirements including our latest 2 telephone

baby equipment hire

Professional Baby Equipment Hire Free delivery & collection All our equipment has been purchased from new Tel: 615 806 126

CB radio York JCB863. British CB27/81 system. Excellent condition Two

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

BABY HIRE Everything for Pool Cleaning & Water Tanks the visiting baby Contact: 675 838 808 Car seats,high chairs, stair gates, cots etc electrical Tel: 950 436 581 or 666 375 688 leather look 950 432 110 / 607 364 917 seat sofas 100€ carpentry 607 364 917 or 950 432 110 each 950064778 / email: 696266348 Heavy oak oblong table & 6 For all your air conditioning needs Graham & Barry on 620 112 chairs with brown 193 or 667 853 062 Bl u - R a y leather seat Airport services . player. Brand 250€ 950064778 new and boxed. /696266348 Full HD 1080p. One double Tel: 639 081 067 LG model BP120. Transport?? sofa bed with Cheap Plays Blu-Ray, Airport single bed pullout Airport Parking DVD, CD etc. USB computers services Blue background Alicante Almeria Murcia socket. Bought shopping trips New recently in UK with pale yellow Steve Hayes hospital patten Servicing / Repairs Informatica for around £80. flower Pc’s, Laptops, Bargain at only 125€ 950064778 / A i rport appointments etc Printers etc. 65€ Tel: 693 702 696266348 tr a n s f er s Sales & Repairs 663 429 521 635 Humax High pick up all areas, on-site callout / competitive rates. professional Definition Freesat+ High Sky+HD tuition. Consumables Definition Digibox Receiver/Recorder For a quote please reliable Albox, Almeria with hard drive. 500 Gb Hard Drive. visit www. spanish estateagent.c om service Tel: 950 120 900 Latest 3D Works like Sky or call 661 143 871 Compatible version Plus but without construction in mint condition. s u b s c r i p t i o n . alternative energy Complete with Pause/rewind live Wind c a rlo s remote. Only 70€ TV, watch 1 channel Solar Power Solutions. s a l i e n te Tel: 693 818 244” while recording Over 15 years plumbing & Pace Sky another etc., i n s t a l l a t i o n heating for solar e x p e r i e n c e . Digibox and Records hundreds e s t a b l i s h e d pool heating, remote., Excellent of hours of TV. 12 years in solar hot water condition. Bargain Boxed with remote Spain. Call Phil competitive installations and Only 30€ Tel: 693 and instructions. for prices 636 261 repairs. call 950 818 244 Mat Murray 647 841 750 Hardly used and 240 email:info@ 930 900 or 968 sunergyalmeria. S a tell i te in mint condition. 969 962, email www. established in spain for 14 years and Only 200€ Tel 634 com finder sunergy almeria. carlos.saliente@ signal strength 127 290 fully legal com kit, complete with compass, battery drainage Business Opportunity pack, meter, connection lead and instructions. New Tapas Bar opening in the New in box Only Midlands UK, seeks person • Emergency Drain Cleaning 20€ Tel: 693 818 experienced in cooking Spanish • High Pressure Water Jetting 244 cuisine to take on responsibility of the • CCTV Surveys Large pine catering side of the business on a • Drainage Repairs dresser with glass self-employed basis. • Location of Cesspits • Qualified Engineer top cupboards No upfront costs & very low weekly rent • Expert Reports 125€ 950064778 / For more information 696266348 email or Established 9 years in spain for age and full working order. With microphone and bracket. Real collector’s item. Only 45€ Tel: 693 702 635

drainage cont...

Knowles & Abbott no.1 for electrics and plumbing. Re-wires, free to air UK satellite systems 950 137 208 or 638 010 691

WILDWOOD Bespoke Joinery ELECTRICIAN For all your carpentry requirements

Fast, efficient, competitive service


Tel: 634 328 574

Neil Godwin

25 years experience Full City & Guilds

Fully insured & legal

Boletins supplied

Tel : 687 245 569 equipment hire


Business Opportunity


call 0044 7926849133

Drainage Solutions

Tel: 616 531 283 or 670 088 966


landscape gardening

• Block work • Balustrades • Paving Driveways & Paths

Call Graham & Barry now for free estimate 620 112 193 or 667 853 062

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

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


heating BE SEEN



Carlos (Saliente) plumbing & Phil the Pick Locksmith 24 heating services. If it involves water, hours. Locked Out? Locks fitted/ we can help! upgraded house safes. Arboleas & Tel: 968 969 962 surrounding area. Special weekend rates. Tel: 697 243 181 health & beauty

Br i t i s h plasterer All work guaranteed Tel Paul 634 327 201

avon cosmetics claire Tel: 691 987 454

C A R L O S SA L I E N T E Plumbing and Heating offer machined boiler decals for gas water heaters for just €65 – aguafuerte is not the answer! Call 950 930 900 or 968 969 962, email c ar lo s.s aliente@

Visting barber

good haircuts done at your home by barber with 30 years experience also hot towel shaves

call steve on

634 379 177 or 634 379 175 house clearance


Immediate Cash. Quick decision. * We cover all areas * We turn up, give cash & carry * We buy almost anything – The Highest Cash Prices Paid **ONLY serious & immediate sellers should call please**

Tel: 679 207 545 or 636 411 540


hobby/craft Elaine’s Wools quality UK wool & accessories. Come & view my display Also available at Camposol, Mazarron Call 667 273 889 elaines

glenn & jayne

have great offers on Life Insurance same people same great service new name

Tel: 950 121 943

iron/metal works T & T Metals For all quality metal works, including gates, railings, rejas, staircases, gazebos & chain-link fencing Tel: 950 431 738

The Metal works

Grills, railings, gates of all types, security/ sliding/roller, rejas, concertina doors etc. Tel: Keith Wood on

638 900 949


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



Optica Albox All your optical needs, eye tests, hearing tests, contact lenses Tel: 950 121 991


painter & decorator

over 25 years experience

give your property or business a fresh look this summer

Tel: 649 186 107 or

email pets section GERMAN SHEPHERD PUPPIES available within 9 weeks, will be wormed and have first injections (no papers), parents can be seen, call 637 061 482 for more information


24 HOURS A DAY 7 DAYS A WEEK, 365 DAYS A YEAR With an entry in the

SOLTIMES business directory From just €15 a quarter Tel: Paulette on 950 121 936 Or email: for details

Plumber KNOWLES AND ABBOTT No 1 for Plumbing & Electrics All types of Plumbing

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

For all your Palomino Kennels plumbing needs Exclusive Boarding Kennels/Cattery Fully Qualified All Diet requirements catered for vet on 24/7 standby heating engineer Tel: 662 668 423 or 950 067 051


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

No need for


or cattery Pet sitting in your own home, Arboleas & local area. Call Vanessa on 637 061 482

friendly mare 9 years old 14.3hh 1.50m 500€ telephone 678 838 547

contact barry 667 853 062 or graham 620 112 193



For Sale

in Cucador Self contained 1 large bed casita, bathroom, lounge & kitchen area, partly furnished, A/C, cortij0 grande Private, Fabulous golf course views, use of pool 1 Bed, 1 Bath & jacuzzi

now only


woodhouse boarding kennels & cattery arboleas Small friendly kennels, Gated entrance, 24hr vets service, pet Great views. transporting arranged, Parking, Close to Turre welcome to view & Mojacar Playa. ministry approved

Tracy Mobile 650 211 952 stables

Rancho Luz Del Sol, Retamar, Partaloa. One to one or group lessons, latest EN standard hats provided. Escorted hacking and treks. Qualified BHS Instructor. Call Erika Drew on 678 838 547

Property for rent

Fully Legal.

T: 664 291 793

60€ a week plus utilities (suit lady, small dog welcome)

Call 647 379 878




are looking for A Bright, enthusiastic person with an outgoing personality to join our sales team in Mojacar. Full or part time sales position available. Experience not essential as full training will be given as long as you’re organised, enjoy meeting people & can work to deadlines Send your CV to PROPERTY FOR SALE/rent cont...

Villa available for long-term rental in Piedra Amarilla, close to Albox

3 beds 2 baths (1 en-suite) Swimming Pool (8x4) Conservatory Sky TV/Spanish TV Air Con Private off-street parking

This villa is in a very quiet area with no traffic & is private & not overlooked. There are great views of the surrounding area. Only 5 minutes to Albox. There are two bars in the area within walking distance. No smoking in the house – is permitted in the conservatory. No pets, sorry! €450 p.c.m. plus bills – please ring 663 405 555


for SALE detatched cortijo

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

Build 256 m², Terrace 100m², Plot 1200m²


Tel: 649 186 107



ARBOLEAS self contained 1 bedroom apartment with B & B facilities offered starting from 25€ per night, walking distance of Arboleas & Zurgena

Tel: 950 449 074 or 634 368 071 Long term rentals also considered 175€ + bills


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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 satellite/television Sky Digibox

A1 Sky

Pace with sky




BBC 1, 2, 3, 4 ITV1, 2, 3, ch4 & 5 60€

Satellite TV installations, alignment of dishes etc. Also Spanish “freeview” systems

can deliver.

supplied & installed

Tel: 667 235 205

Tel Dave: 628 607 778


SPANISH summer courses

one to one, or a small group Adults or Children For more info tel: 950 472 590

motoring section

Nissan Terrano 3.0

2002, Diesel 4x4, 106,500 Km, silver/grey, owned since 2005, Reason for sale, now working abroad, so rarely in Spain now.

€3,995 ono for quick sale Tel: 617 708 334 car parts

Car parts

Need quality new parts for any car

for sensible prices on all parts or e-mail Clutches, Brakes, alternators, service kits or visit Starter Motors, headlights www.victoriaspanishteacher. Free quote go online or phone REMOVALS

M&D transport

Large Van Removals / Deliveries Spain - UK Full or Half Loads Collections e.g from IKEA Tel Mick: 950 122 447 Mob: 620 475 218


Friendly Reliable Service Fully Legal Special deals from UK - Spain Office: 968 564 298 Mobile: 696 621 884

DAVE’S TRANSPORT 7.5 Ton, Lorry Part loads, Self load/Unload Minimal rates, Owner Driver Spain/uk/Local Storage available, based “Los Gallardos” &”hertfordshire”

Call now 0034 620 049 524 (Es) 00 44 794 3135 214 (UK)

number plates

for sale

“RE-PLATE” MATE Skoda Octavia 1.9 Automatic Turbo Diesel Registered August 2008 46,000 kms Metallic Paint One Owner. Non Smoker. 8,500 Euros Roquetas area Tel: 659 679 990 Mitsubishi L200 TwinCab Sport II 2002 - Twin Cab 2.5 Turbo Diesel 150,000 kms, 3 owners Fully serviced A/C, Alloys, PAS, ABS Front fog lights, CD E. windows/mirrors Bull bars, Rear liner Chrome roll bar Tow bar Met black over silver


RIGHT HAND DRIVE 2007 - Mondeo Estate 2.0 TDCi Ghia 6-speed 115,000 miles, 1 owner Full service history A/C (Climate), PAS, ABS Multi-spoke alloys, CD Roof rails, Cruise Touch screen nav Rain/Light sensors Auto fold mirrors, Isofix High spec, MOT/Tax Metallic silver


or telephone 692 930 326

600 726 221 965 687 976

car & van hire

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more thorough going over when necessary is more my way. Such simplicity should mean that As our house rose gradually from the virgin bedrock we were able to say it is hard to lose things. However, I pretty much how we wanted it to be. have lost a sparkly necklace. This is a With the memory of years of Saturdays small object, and easy to mislay, but spent pushing a vacuum cleaner how can I now have lost my entire into obscure corners in odd shaped wardrobe of swimsuits – all 3 of rooms and up stairs we specified that them? I discovered my loss when the we wanted it to have the minimum number of rooms with the minimum sudden arrival of summer tempted me number of corners and definitely no to dip a toe carefully into the pool. My toe announced that it was safe stairs! Thus our house is small and simple –it for the rest of the body to follow it is an easy house, both in concept and without danger of hypothermia, so care; even though retirement means I went in search of a swimsuit – I felt that I could, if I wanted, spend all day that I had reached both the age and and every day cleaning, that is never the dimensions that make a swimsuit going to happen! a more appropriate choice than a A perfunctory bikini. I went straight to the swimsuit drawer, whipround with the duster, and a but it was as bare as Old Mother Hubbard’s cupboard. The bikinis were there in all their briefness, but the more genteel swimsuits were

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not only not there, but not anywhere else either. Since that day I have searched diligently in all the places both likely and unlikely, but I remain swimsuitless – I am having to swim in a bikini, and anyone who comes to call unexpectedly will be pardoned for thinking that we have invited a Beluga whale to holiday with us! However, I think I know what has happened - we have been selectively burgled! There is a legend told by the old folk of a ghost, a White Lady, who roams Limaria in an eternal but fruitless search for her lover. It is said that he was lured away into the mountains and killed by brigands on the eve of their wedding, but that his heartbroken bride seeks him still at the full moon. I reckon that she has stepped up her search, and is now doing her roaming wearing a sparkly necklace and dressed in a swimsuit!

A Good Breakfast is Half the Battle

English history fascinates me and although I could never go head to head with Tarquin EllisonChitty on University Challenge (Scargill College Barnsley, reading: Historical Novels and Lady Jane Grey’s tea leaves), I was nevertheless aware that earlier in June; we saw the 368th anniversary of the Battle of Naseby. Now I know to some this will elicit a reaction that closely resembles the sound of duhhhhwosdat? But for others who have an interest in these things or who were lucky enough to have real history lessons at school, they will know that Naseby was a battle fought between the Royalist and Parliamentarian forces on the 14th June 1645; during the first of the series of armed conflicts collectively known as the English civil war, In fact Naseby was pivotal in the outcome of the war, with the battle marking an overwhelming victory for Oliver Cromwell’s New Model Army and leading indirectly to the final demise of King CharlesI four years later The process that led to Naseby started in May, when Charles and his army prepared to attack the

Parliamentarians who were laying siege to Chester. Unfortunately for Charlie, the Roundheads were having none of it and took off before the opposing force could engage, blowing raspberries and shouting rude words at their adversaries as they went. Thoroughly miffed, Charles now turned his attention to Leicester where there was stationed only a miserable two thousand Parliamentarian soldiers. Miserable because, if anything, Leicester was even more depressing than Chester and so predictably, the city easily fell to the colourfully dressed and sweet smelling Cavaliers. Leicester 0 : Royalists 1. This was worrying for Cromwell’s lot and so, after leaving Oxford, which they had laid siege to, the Parliamentarians under General Fairfax advanced north to meet the Royalists and camped close to the Northamptonshire village of Naseby. Under normal circumstances the battle would have started at dawn, but it was a foggy morning with zero visibility. There had already been a bloody encounter with a flock of sheep and a scarecrow before both sides realized that trying to locate the enemy was pointless. Fairfax insisted therefore that his men had a full English breakfast inside them before hostilities commenced, which turned out to be an inspired move because it meant that the King’s army was forced to sit around and wait,

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having had only cold tea from the previous night. They were left to drool over the smell of fried bacon wafting across the fields from the opposing army, forcing them into a sulk, before finally being called upon by their irate commander, Prince Rupert, to advance on the enemy who were now clearly visible just half a mile away. This impatience and the grumpiness within the Royalist ranks did not help their fighting prowess or morale and some feel that the beans served up at breakfast to the Roundheads was also a major influence in the Royalist retreat. History records that Charles’ army was routed and Fairfax went on to recover Leicester on the 18th of June and immediately after, marched to Somerset where he relieved Taunton and re-captured the West Country for the Parliamentarian side. Another of the many engagements fought during the conflict, was the Battle of Stow-on-the-Wold in 1646. This resulted in yet another heavy defeat for the Royalists, with 1000 killed and another 1000 taken prisoner against light casualties on the Parliamentarian side. There were so many wounded and dying soldiers laid out in Digbeth Street, it was described as flowing with blood. Stow is a hauntingly pretty little market town and I use that word advisedly, because of a very strange experience I had during a visit to the town with our

friends from California. Not the one when friend Dougie actually bought a round, but an even stranger occurrence than that. We were looking around St Edwards Church and I had wandered off to look at the tomb stones set in the floor of the main aisle, leaving the others to study the visitor’s book near the entrance. I looked up to see a tall man seemingly dressed in a black period costume looking over their shoulders at the same register. Apart from us, the church appeared to be deserted, so on hearing voices behind me; I swiveled round to see two tourists emerging from the choir area. When I looked back seconds later, the tall man had disappeared and my party was still discussing the entries in the book. I asked them if they had seen the strange man or if anyone had entered or left the church while they were there – both questions eliciting a negative response. I have never mentioned the episode again until now, but I still wonder who the strange bloke who looked suspiciously like Blackadder could have been...

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A dishevelled José Cabrasilbido peered from under his bed rather like a mountain-goat squinting from the depths of some dark cave. As the village policeman it was his duty to keep the peace. However, seeing the recent riot in full swing he muttered something which sounded like “Not bloody likely” and dived for sanctuary ‘neath his bed. With the streets now quiet, José’s courage returned and he ventured out into the sunlight once more. The unrest had brought the old barrio rivalry to the fore with a vengeance. The Olive Mill had gone into administration and the staff numbers reduced by some seventy-five percent. Rodriquez, the mill owner and leader of the Newcomer’s Barrio had in a cynical sectarian act dismissed only workers from the Hill People’s Barrio. The riot and siege of the mill followed. Rodriquez had been running the Mill into the ground ever since he inherited it from his Father. His management style had two simple rules. Rule one. He is always right and rule two. If he is ever found to be wrong then refer to rule one. As a fool who thinks he is clever, he made one disastrous decision after another and blamed the resultant chaos on the innocent. Recently a replacement snudgegrundling machine arrived and provision was being made for its installation. Rodriquez, complaining about the delay simply paced out the space required. When the machinery was in place the reciprocating arm which operated the skitterywangle sprocket had no room to operate. The solution was to knock a hole in the wall of the men’s convenience. This allowed the arm to pass through. Anyone making use of the ‘loo’, in the standing position had to duck every six and a half seconds which was the operating cycle of the machinery. Normally the procedure was to ignore Rodriquez and do the opposite. When the scheme turned out to be a success, Rodriquez’s selective memory would kick in and he would claim the glory. This is perhaps the only reason the mill has lasted as long as it has. With the opposition laid off, the Olive Mill was exclusively populated with sycophants and yes men. A situation which potential buyers were well aware of. Rodriquez had already opened the taps on the olive oil storage tanks and was preparing to torch the Mill when news of a saviour arrived. The Consorcio de Causas Perdidas of Guadix had come in with an offer of finance. They were however under the impression that the Mill was a working museum. The aged machinery certainly reinforced this view. Rodriquez was ecstatic and promptly ordered a complete set of the latest Abyssinian Goat Shirling equipment out of the new funding. One wonders how long the new influx of cash will last.


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“Some Things Should Still Be Personal” Or How the Major Internet Organisations have capitulated to P.R.I.S.M. What an opening statement! Blasphemous, libellous and downright suable. Only if it is untrue! What on earth could have provoked such an outburst! Have you seen the advert on T.V. That states Microsoft is only interested in your privacy and states that “some things should still be personal”. Let’s start with a recap of some of the subjects that have been discussed within the leaves of your favourite free newspaper. We have talked about personal security within your own systems, we have discussed how data is stored, deleted, recovered and completely wiped! What if this isn’t enough? For generations we have accepted that there are agencies that monitor (for our safety????) all our telephone conversation, emails, and just about every conceivable form of electronic information transfer. But where do we, the private citizen, draw the line and shout “Innocent until proven guilty in a court of law!”. Would it surprise you that there is an agreement that goes back to 2007 being run by the NSA (National Security Agency) in America, whereby any agency can get information about anyone, on any subject. This is what is going on behind the innocent acronym PRISM. PRISM is a “Special Source Operation” in the tradition of NSA’s intelligence alliances with as many as 100 trusted U.S. companies since the 1970s. Some of these names will be familiar: FaceBook; Microsoft(Hotmail, etc); Google (well known for collecting information!); YouTube and Skype (also Microsoft). Under US law there can be “specifically authorizes intelligence agencies to monitor the phone, email, and other communications of U.S. citizens for up to a week without obtaining a warrant” when one of the parties is outside the U.S. As most of the information flows through servers (Bloody Big Computers) and these are all based in the US, where are we when it come to personal freedom? Now that you know that the NSA has access to all the major players in the america it will be dawning on you that every photo pasted onto Facebook can be accessed by these ‘Agencies’, every comment in every email, every single word spoken to a loved one, half way around the world could be monitored and used against you. So the question that must be asked is “Do we actually what someone watching over our every move?” or are we “Grown-up enough to be able to make our own decisions as to what is right and what is wrong.”. I was wrong! Like everyone, I do make mistakes, and try to learn from them! I believed that whatever I said to my friends in England, Australia and the rest of Europe was covered by the privacy that 2 friends hold. I believed that pictures put on the internet to let friends know that I was well and enjoying life, were safe. I believed that anything placed on “YouTube” had been monitored which allowed me to watch only what I wanted to. So, now I am currently looking for an email provider that offers encryption, a VoIP system that allows encrypted conversations (if it is good enough for the leaders of every country – it’s good enough for me) and anything that will allow me to continue to send lawful messages with the certain knowledge that it will be between myself and whoever I want to talk to. I have absolutely no desire to cause anyone any concern. It is my earnest hope that we will be more careful about what we put in these ‘Very Public Forums’ in the light of this new knowledge. Remember, with knowledge you have choices! Stay smart and choose carefully. Enjoy the coming weeks because the days are starting to get shorter and the fiesta’s are springing up everywhere, just like summer flowers. Until next time when the subject will be less inflammatory have a lovely time For further information or advice on computing, contact Trevor on 689 892 745 or

I have lived in Spain for almost seven years and in that time I’ve kept abreast of news from back home. Partly as I’m interested in current affairs and have this column to write, but also as wise words shared with me when I first arrived still ring true. Better to be working hard in the sun than to be working hard under the all too often grey skies back in Blighty. A recent meteorologist’s conference was hastily convened to discuss Britain’s recent topsy turvy weather. It was announced that Britain may be due a dry sunny summer sometime around 2017! 2012’s summer was the second wettest ever recorded, caused by a warmer than usual Atlantic. The Gulf Stream in turn now passes south of the UK bringing wetter weather. Spain and the rest of

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No Turning Back by Susan Lewis

“So many secrets, lies and burdens of shame. The truth was like the tide: no matter how far it might ebb, it would always make a return.” One of those easy reads but infuriatingly incredible to believe. Lies, deception and hypocrisy emerge to shatter the cosy existence of Eva, a famous ex-model living in the lap of luxury having shunned the limelight. The reason? The book begins by disclosing details about a vicious knife attack by a psychopathic maniac who had been stalking the beautiful Eva during the height of her fame. The attack was barbaric and life-threatening more so because Eva was pregnant at the time. She was fighting for her life but miraculously survived to give birth to a son. She was left badly disfigured. “There were so many of them, cruel jagged gashes torn into the flawless fabric of her skin, grinning, like silent, gruesome mouths.” Eva’s cold-hearted and selfish rejection of her son, unable and unwilling to love and cherish him resulted in his immediate adoption and once Eva recovered it was something she lived to regret. Nick, the father of the child rejected Eva immediately after the attack and Eva’s vengeance in punishing such a callous act was in turn to abandon his son-her own flesh and blood. This chick-flick romance begins in an interestingly dramatic way then plunges into mediocrity and ends on a cringingly predictable happy-everafter note. As a beach-read it is more than adequate but too contrived and spoiled by this predictability. To an outsider, Eva’s world seems perfect then crash, bang, wallop reality sinks in to a topsy-turvy hell before divine intervention falls on them like manna from heaven. Forgiveness, cloaked as a religious almost divine analogy absolves the betrayal of trust and loyalty. Just like that. It ends on a hopeful note typifying Susan Lewis’ craft as a writer of romance. Forgiveness transcends sin. “Where are They Now?” Who would have thought that an article written 16 years later would have reminded Eva of a painful time in the past that she had hoped had been buried, that sometimes the past invades the present and can impinge on the future? The story moves on 16 years where life is looking good for Eva although she is secretly pining for the son she gave away. She married

her “rock” who turns out to be the biggest hypocrite in the story alongside sister Patty. Eva has been naïve, what an understatement! When she has a pitiful showdown with Don she cannot accept his infidelities: “Don would never cheat on her, or lie, or do anything to hurt her, he wouldn’t lie, he never lied!” Even Jasmine, Don’s daughter had warned Eva: “You know what they say about men who dump their wives, if they’ve done it once they’ll do it again.” Her own mother had been dumped by Don so she knew what she was talking about! The truth can sometimes hurt and in Eva’s case it almost destroys her. She had been betrayed by her husband and Patty, her sister. Shocked. Incensed. Foolish. Torn apart and filled with vengeance. A myriad of powerful emotions to contend with. Her life seemed to be inexorably falling apart. The fashion industry and the world of glamour and its expensive trimmings seem superficial. The adult world is characterised by insecurity, confusion and paranoia. Patty is downright irritating, wearing her heart on her sleeve, carrying the guilt of the world on her shoulders in a saintly fashion when she is relishing the love and physical contact of her sister’s husband. Don just seems to enjoy changing partners, like a ping-pong ball that bounces from one court to another. He deserves to be rejected. Two wives down. Next? Not to be trusted anywhere near a pretty female. The worst type of male surely? So, whilst the major part of the novel focuses on Eva’s betrayal and deception, the other development concerns her search for her long lost son with the possibility of a reconciliation from the love-rat, Nick. I suppose anything is possible. But there is a happy-ever-after if you believe in those sorts of things…Enough said. Publisher: Random House. ISBN: 978-0-099-55072-3

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continental Europe are apparently due their coldest summer since 1816. I will however take my chances and hang around. Incidentally September and October may be hotter than usual so a fair trade off. Still in Britain Chancellor Osborne threatened ministers with detention if they couldn’t slash £11.5bn of their budgets for the year after next. Don’t worry if hospital waiting lists grow and schools decay as a new railway line called HS2 will be built instead. Incidentally nobody wants this south of Watford except the construction companies as it will destroy swathes of beautiful countryside simply to reduce the travelling time to that Enjoy Stephens musings? Pop over to as the articles early morning meeting in are posted on there too...and they’re a bit longer too! Findmeahome are always looking for quality homes for their sales and rental portfolios, please contact Stephen for a valuation: stephen@ Birmingham. This apparently Telephone: 636 266 641 will boost British productivity,

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but Cookie still looked like a beetroot when they got back to port, all in all a good trip though. Shore Fishing: ‘London Bill’ did good on Macenas Beach catching a 2lb sea bass, three 2lb Atlantic Scad and two 3lb palometes, all caught on small spinners. Five members of the ‘Albox Fishing Club’ fished off the Indalo Hotel rocks; a good day was had by everyone, ‘Squiddly Sid’, ‘Dennis the Menace’, ‘Jaguar Jack’, Graham and Tony. Species caught = 5 x tub gurnards, 3 x wide eyed flounders, 3 x horse mackerel, 6 x palometes and 15 x dreaded weavers. Course Fishing: After ‘Puentes Ray’s Sunday disaster last week he set off Monday early @ 5.15am and arrived


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Wednesday 19th June 2013 and our winner with 34 points of a very low handicap Philip Dunne and in second with 33 David Baird John Wardley took third with 30 points. Again no ball sweep winner. Sunday and close scores for our winners, and in first with 35 points John Park and in second on counrback Howard Golbreden with 34 and in third also 34 Mike Picken. No ball sweep winners so more for winners next week. Enjoy your golf at Cortijo Grande visitors and guests welcome - MP



19th Hole Golf Society - Cucador On Thursday the 20th June 19 of our intrepid members took on the mighty Desert Springs course, and yet again, most found the course extremely difficult to conquer or even challenge. Weather conditions were perfect as was the condition of the course, so neither of these factors could be blamed for the poor scoring in this individual stableford competition and Team Waltz. Yet again scoring was difficult on a course that almost begs for players to play well. Alongside the individual stableford we had a team Waltz (1st hole best individual score, 2nd hole two best scores and 3rd hole 3 best scores to make the team score). Hence 1, 2,3The Waltz. This confused Ralph Hunter, he thought you had to dance around on the Tee after each bad drive, to the tune of Gercha Cow Son by Chas and Dave. Best reported shot of the day was Syd Walkers brilliant recovery shot on the 4th, Syds Ball, from the Tee, had come

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• YES... The British Grand Prix at Silverstone definitely takes place this weekend. My apologies for the wrong information last week (misread my events calendar). • Also this weekend the final of the Confederations Cup takes place in Rio de Janiero (hopefully featuring the host county against Spain). • The British & Irish Lions (who narrowly won the first Test by 23-21) play Australia in the second encounter in Melbourne on Saturday. • Round six of the 2013 MotorGP season takes place in Holland. • The 100th Tour de France starts in Porto Vecchio on Saturday with Team Sky represented by Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas, Ian Stannard and Peter Kennaugh. Mark Cavendish is also in the race which ends on 21 July. There are 21 stages and cyclists cover 3,404 km. • Wimbledon fortnight is underway with Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and Rory McIlroy’s girlfriend Caroline Wozniaki all seeking glory! • Elsewhere, it’s Wigan (31 pts), Huddersfield (28), Warrington (25) and Leeds (23) at the top of the Super League while Sheffield lead the Championship from Halifax. • For the first time ever, the winner of last week’s Ascot Gold Cup - first run in 1807 - was owned by a reigning Monarch. The horse was Queen’s fouryear filly Estimate, the 7-2 favourite, trained by Sir Michael Stoute and ridden by Ryan Moore. • Group B winners Spain set a new Confederations Cup record by battering hapless Tahiti 10-0 with Fernando Torres scoring four times and missing a penalty. The first semi-final takes place tonight (Brazil v Uruguay), the second (Brazil-Italy) is tomorrow. • By the way Tahiti will stage the next beach foot-

points, but that is not the reason our Nigel is special, no, it’s not just his ability to play every hole at Desert Springs moaning about the course, the cactus and all the gravelly sandy bits around the fairway edges but he also sponsored the 18th hole with a prize for the nearest the pin with the 2nd shot. Nigel the clue is in the name DESERT SPRINGS!!(I’m in trouble now). Nick Pogson collected 3rd place with 28 points maintaining his consistent results over the past few months. The team Waltz was won by the team of Pat McArdle, Tony and Ellen Lea and Tony Slinn. This was Pats first outing with us since joining the 19th Hole, well done Pat and the team who scored 77 points to beat the team of Dave and Zeta Denyer, Roger Kaye and Billy the Ghost who thought their score of 72 would have won it GRR!! Results: Stableford: 1st Mark Danson 31 points (01); 2nd Nigel Greenwood 30 points (19); 3rd Nick Pogson 28

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ball World Cup. • Congratulations to UD Almeria who are back in La Liga after beating Girona 4-0 over two legs (1-0 away, 3-0 at home) in the Segunda Division play-off final. • Liverpool boss Brendan Rogers has signed Seville’s Luis Alberto for £6.8m (€8.1m) and Celta Vigo striker Iago Aspas for a similar fee. Could Luis Suarez be leaving Anfield I wonder? • Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and his father have been summoned to appear in Court on 17 September to answer tax fraud allegations. They are said to have defrauded the Spanish authorities of £3.4m (€4m). • Owen Coyle is Wigan Athletic’s new manager but Brighton have sacked Gus Poyet. • Last Sunday, India (129-7) beat England (124-8) by five runs in the rain-affected Champions Trophy final at Edgbaston which was reduced to 20 overs per side • Ex-Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting, the second highest run-maker of all-time, will retire in October. • Colin Turkington claimed two wins and a second to Matt Neal’s one race victory in last Sunday’s wet and windy BTCC at Croft. Neal leads the driver’s championship by 19 points from Andrew Jordan (224-205). • Sprinters Tyson Gay and Usain Bolt have booked their places in the World Athletics Championships in Moscow as GB Olympian Dai Greene suffered a rare defeat in the 400m hurdles in the European Team Cup, but Mo Farah won the 5,000m. • German cyclist Jan Ullrich, the 1997 Tour de France winner, has admitted taking drugs. • GB Olympian Helen Glover and Polly Swann won gold in the pairs at the Rowing World Cup. • And Scottish golfer Colin Montgomery (50) is making his debut in the Senior Open Championship at Royal Birkdale


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points (18) Team Waltz: 1st Pat McArdle,Tony and Ellen Lea and Tony Slinn 77 points 2nd Dave and Zeta Denyer, Roger Kaye and Billy the Ghost 72 points Nearest the pin: 2nd Hole Tony Lee, 14th Hole Mark Danson ´18th Nearest in two: Alan Chippendale (Hole sponsored by Nigel Greenwood) Twos: Mark Danson hole 17. Thanks to all the members who supported the 19th Hole Golf Society. The 19th hole G/S are now arranging weekly games at various courses in the area, our home course, which we will play fortnightly, is Aguilon. If you are interested in joining the 19th hole give the secretary a ring on 610340653. or email




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