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The plane’s last location was fixed at 1.31am on Saturday. At that point it was heading north-east across the mouth of the Gulf of Thailand on what should have been a six-hour flight to Beijing. The Malaysian military said dots on secondary radar – still not confirmed as Flight MH370 – showed something heading west around 45 minutes later. Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak has said that investigators believe the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 communications were deliberately disabled, that it turned back from its flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing and flew for more than seven hours. Mr Najib said that authorities are now trying to trace the plane missing for more than a week across two possible “corridors” - a northern corridor from northern Thailand through to the border of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan, and a southern corridor from Indonesia to the southern Indian Ocean. The announcement confirms days of mounting speculation that the disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 a week ago with 239 people on board was not accidental, and that it was intentionally diverted or hijacked, by either a member of the crew or a passenger. The investigation will now focus on who may have taken control of the plane and why, and the search area vastly expanded. Mr Najib said that searching in the South China Sea, where the plane first lost contact with air traffic controllers,

would be ended. He said the new search corridors were based on the latest available satellite data. “Clearly the search for MH370 has entered a new phase,” he said. “We hope this new information brings us one step closer to finding the plane.” The Andaman and Nicobar islands and the area around them were increasingly the focus of search efforts, as reports said officials were re-examining the possibility that foul play was responsible for the plane’s disappearance. Inmarsat, the London-based communications company, confirmed that its satellites covering the region received “ping” signals from the Boeing 777 after it vanished from civilian radar and stopped communicating with the ground shortly after the plane took off in the early hours of 8 March. The “ping” signals, sent from satellites if the aircraft has not been in contact for some time, were sent out hourly, providing information about the speed at which the plane was travelling and its altitude, which could help determine the plane’s location. Such communication between the aircraft and satellites is possible only when the plane is airborne. It is understood ‘pings’ were received for as much as five hours after the plane vanished. Despite the vast international search operation, officials in Kuala Lumpur said yesterday that there was still no trace of the Boeing 777




Fight to save the ‘Lonely Tree’

Llanfyllin residents have launched an appeal to save the Lonely Tree, which stood on Green Hall Hill near Llanfyllin, Powys, until it was brought down by the high winds that rampaged through mid Wales during February. The Scots pine, thought to be around 150 years old, was such a well known landmark in the area that it is used as part of the logo for the town council’s website. According to local tradition, anyone planning to walk up Green Hall Hill should give the tree a hug, and they will be rewarded with good luck. Peter Lewis, town and county councillor, and whose family own the land upon which the tree stood, said ‘The tree is important to many people and is a historical part of Llanfyllin and the Cain valley so we have to try and save it.’ The town council consulted tree expert Rob McBride, who is a campaigner for the protection of veteran, heritage and ancient trees. He said “There is a definite possibility of saving the tree because here seems to be at least one large root still connected to it. I have seen other trees that have been blown over survive including a redwood near Welshpool, which survived through a process called ‘phoenixing’, and which now has three vertical stems growing from the original tree.”

He advised that covering the tree’s roots in soil could preserve - and potentially save it. The work started over the weekend by using a dumper truck and a team of volunteers. Llanfyllin Mayor, Ann Williams said ‘The work done to cover the roots during the weekend at the start of Operation Lonely Tree was a terrific success with nearly 30 tonnes of soil delivered to protect the tree. The soil had to be delivered to the site by a tracked vehicle, due to the nature of the terrain, and was spread around the roots by a team of volunteers; we will have to wait and see if the roots regenerate.’ It was not feasible to try to re-instate the tree in an upright position, as its trunk had been split during the fall, but it is hoped that it may show a ‘phoenix’ reaction - where the tree is regenerated through saplings that grow vertically from the original trunk, even though that trunk remains prone. The town council has also launched an appeal fund for the tree. It aims to use the donations to protect the tree from hungry sheep nibbling at it by erecting a fence around it. A plaque is to be put at the site, and already donations have been received from all over the world to help the restoration efforts.

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believe that the throngs of people filling the streets were being led away by the Pied Piper. It’s that kind of place. A local bus takes you there from the docks within a very short time. Even the bus ride is exciting. A wonderful city. Then we have Malta whose brave resistance against Nazi Germany during the 2nd world war won the admiration of the rest of the world. Many former British servicemen will no doubt have happy memories of their time stationed in this resilient republic. Crossing from Malta to the mysterious continent of Africa gives us a day in Tunisia. A good deal can be done with local taxi drivers to take you round the main attractions of the area. Four to a cab is a good idea, but be careful you don’t allow your driver to take you to too many commercial places where he hopes to get a commission on your purchases. In between ports time on board is pleasant and leisurely. Meals served by attentive waiters, your cabin kept clean and tidy by an equally attentive cabin attendant means no household chores for 2 weeks. Leaving you free during sailing time to sit on deck, swim in the pool, use the games room, gymnasium, shops bars and restaurants, or be pampered in the beauty salon and hairdressers. Sadly there isn’t space to share all the pleasures of every port, so why not see for yourself ? The Ship “Grand Celebration” is part of the Iberocruceros group. David’s Coachtrips are offering this excursion with port transfers included from in and around the Vera- Albox area. Places are genuinely now very limited as the coach is nearly full. If you don’t want to miss out, now is the time to book this great value cruise. Call David’s Coachtrips on (0034) 966785910 or book online at www. For other excursions being offered by David’s Coachtrips from your area see weekly adverts in “Sol Times”

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Thousands of people attended the Balance Market (Mercado de Saldos) last weekend in Roquetas. It would seem people weren’t deterred by the new date and different location, the official attendance figures were up on last year. The annual event is organised by ACER – The Association of Merchants of Roquetas. On previous occasions the market has been held in the central Juan Carlos Avenue, but this year was moved to the European Union Avenue opposite the Auditorium; the site for the weekly Thursday market. An ACER representative said they were very pleased with this year’s numbers saying, “The new location seems to have been a hit with the visitors.”

The market is designed to give the traders of the town a chance to sell their merchandise at reduced prices and in a different setting. With or fifty stalls and stands, there was a lot on offer, from gifts, sweets, clothes, shoes, ice cream and video games. Live music was provided by local artists on a small stage and a fashion show took place every two hours. Children’s entertainers roamed through the crowds and there were performers dressed as cartoon characters, as well as a miniature railway for the tiny tots. It was a fun day and many families relaxed in the warm sun at many of the bars and restaurants along the street. By Martin Shortland.

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The European Space Agency is asking people to choose a name for British astronaut Tim Peake’s next mission. Citizens and residents of all the Agency’s member nations are eligible to enter. The winning entry needs to be short and snappy, will be the official mission name and will be incorporated into the logo. Major Peake is due to go to the International Space Station towards the end of 2015 and spend six months there carrying out scientific experiments. It is customary for the public to help choose mission names every time a European astronaut goes into orbit. Names that reflect an astronaut’s nationality are encouraged, but they should also have a wider European flavour, and be easy to pronounce. Previous mission names have included “Marco Polo” for the Italian Astronaut Roberto Vittori, “Odissia” for Belgian Frank de Winne, and “DELTA Mission” for Dutch astronaut Andre Kuipers’ flight to the ISS. (DELTA was an acronym for “Dutch Expedition for Life Science, Technology and Atmospheric Research”). The aim of the competition, according to Rosita Suenson of the European Space Agency, is to engage the public. “We want people to feel part of Tim’s mission,” she said. A successful mission name, according to Ms Suenson, must be short, as it has to be incorporated into the mission logo, one or two words or an acronym. Proper

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Nigel Farage had been accused in the European Parliament of having an affair with a Ukip spin doctor. Party spokeswoman Annabelle Fuller hit out at “false” allegations that she had an affair with Farage. She complained of being “hounded” after an MEP challenged Farage on the rumours in the European Parliament. Nikki Sinclaire, who left the party after a row with Farage, said during a plenary session “With unemployment still a problem across Europe and indeed across the UK, does Mr Farage think it is a fair use of taxpayers’ money, namely his secretarial allowance, not only to employ his wife Kirsten but his former mistress Annabelle Fuller? Is this a responsible use of taxpayers’ money, Mr Farage?” Farage responded: “I don’t want to

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Deputy Mayor Calls For Refurbishment Of Fishing Harbour

During a tour of the fishing harbour last week, the deputy mayor Eloisa Cabrera was scathing in her criticism of the Board of Directors who own the harbour in Roquetas. She accused them of ‘paralysing’ what was once an integral part of the community. She said the board were depriving the town of one of its biggest tourist attractions, by ‘their total disregard for the social and economic repercussions,” of what she called, “their inane management of a valuable asset.” The council has been at war with the harbour owners for some time, over what they consider should be done with regard to the development of the harbour and the surrounding area, which is also owned by the port authority. Their most recent encounter came last summer and concerned a long running dispute regarding the demolition of the old fishermen’s huts, located near the walls of the castle and used for work and storing equipment. The huts had been empty for over six years since the construction of new facilities along the harbour wall. Over the years they were, burgled, vandalised, set on fire and ultimately became a danger to the public, as well as an eyesore. In the end, the council threatened to take legal action unless the company demolished the huts, which they eventually did shortly before the Fiesta in July. Since then the council has repeatedly asked the port authority to present plans for the refurbishment of the area. They

say the land on which the old huts stood should be turned into an area of interest for tourists, with shops, galleries, bars and restaurants; even a museum charting the history of fishing in the town. Ms Cabrera said, “The harbour is situated right next to the castle and lighthouse, which thousands of people come to see every year. The harbour should be as well presented to visitors as the castle; sadly that is not the case.” Many years ago, there was a fish market in the building located on the quayside, but this was closed along with the ice making plant. The fish market attracted locals and tourists alike and it seems amazing that a port which is home to over thirty fishing boats doesn’t have a market, forcing many of the fishermen to go elsewhere – Adra and Carboneras – to buy ice and sell their fish. The council have their hands tied to a certain degree, as they can only take indirect action against the owners; after all, it took six years to get them to demolish the huts. Without a doubt, the port is in desperate need of a makeover and with the right facilities could be big draw to tourists, as well as enhancing that area of the town for residents. But if the past record of the Port Authority is anything to go by, it could be some time before they make any changes.

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Good News For The Residents Of Carboneras

The word ‘crisis’ is never far from anyone’s lips, in Spain generally but even more so in Andalucia. Unemployment in the province is the highest in the country, but for the people of Carboneras, this is all about to change. The Italian owned power company Endesa has just announced a 200 million euro investment in its power plant, located near the town. With a population of 8,500, Carboneras has an unemployment level of 35% - representing around 3,000 people without work. Added to that are fishermen and other self employed who don’t show up in official statistics. The modernisation work to the power station is due to start in about three months time and will involve the recruitment of 800 workers; most of whom it’s hoped will come from the local population. Endesa has so far not released too many details about the project, only to say that the life of the power station will be prolonged by at least twenty years. A delegation from Endesa and the government is expected in the town next month to formally announce the plans. The mayor, Salvador Hernandez expressed his shock and delight at the news, he said, “I can hardly believe this, it’s such amazing news for all the people of the town, who for too long have suffered because of the economic crisis.” He added, “This will filter through to everyone here, from bars, restaurants and hotels, to the shops, businesses and families who have been without a proper income for so long.”

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

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Illegal Immigrant Numbers Increase, Reports Civil Guard Maritime Service

The maritime service of the Civil Guard has released figures for last year of the number of operations they carried out in their fight against illegal immigrants in the waters of the Bay of Almeria and the Alboran Sea. They intercepted 305 vessels and took into custody almost 4,500 people, of whom 126 were children and 188 women. Of the total number, 500 were Moroccan, 650 Algerian, 3,400 African and 10 people of unknown origin. Besides their operations against the illegal immigrant traffic, they rescued 340 people from the sea and recovered 26 dead bodies. An elite group of underwater specialists who work alongside the maritime service, were involved in 189 operations and recovered 98 dead bodies. It’s amazing what lengths people will go to and what risks they take, in order to gain entry into Spain. The south coast has always been one of the main entry points for illegal immigrants, but according to the Guardia Civil, the numbers making the attempt in the last five years has grown significantly. It raises the question as to how many people manage to avoid capture and get into the country? People have been found floating in kiddies inflatable boats, in canoes, rowing boats

and on one occasion, clinging to some large lorry inner tubes tide together with rope. Many of the vessels run out of fuel before they reach land, as happened at the weekend. On Saturday afternoon two search and rescue vessels answered an emergency call after a boat was reported adrift near the Island of Alboran. They had received an anonymous call from Morocco saying the vessel had left at about 3.00 am that morning from Al Hoceima Bay. A naval patrol ship located the boat about two miles south of the island and assisted the Civil Guard in transferring the 53 occupants to the search and rescue vessels; they were transported to Almeria to be processed by customs and immigration officials. Three young children and ten women were among the group and all were reported to be in good health although dehydrated. By Martin Shortland.

By Chris McCann, Partner, Blevins Franks One of the key themes of 2013 and 2014, here in Spain as well as globally, is the crackdown on offshore tax evasion and advance of automatic exchange of information. Each year more personal financial data is passed from one country to another, and this will significantly increase. Governments and tax authorities will be able to track your wealth. The EU has been automatically exchanging information since 2005. So far this has been on savings income, but this will be extended to cover a wide range of income. Last April, Spain and the other G5

Members instigated a pilot for a new multilateral tax information exchange agreement. At the September G20 Summit, world leaders committed to automatic exchange of information as the new global standard. Following on from this, in February the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released the Common Reporting Standard for automatic exchange of information, to apply from the end of 2015. It covers a wide range of income, including account balances and proceeds made on selling assets, and trusts and foundations as well as individuals. This move to multilateral, global,

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Automatic Exchange Of Information And Spain agreements means there are no hiding places from the taxman. And this comes at a time when taxes are higher than they used to be, including here in Spain. All Spanish residents are obliged to report their overseas assets on Form 720. Spain is also boosting bilateral agreements on the exchange of tax information. Agreements with the Isle of Man, Jersey, Guernsey and Monaco are in progress. It is clear that the Spanish government is keeping a close eye on offshore assets. All the new agreements coming into force will enable to track down undeclared assets. Spain remains a tax efficient country

for British expatriates if you take specialist advice. Form 720 need not be such a concern either. It is possible to shelter your assets and investment income from tax, using recognised, approved arrangements. You should seek professional advice to ensure you get it right and make the most of the available opportunities. Summarised tax information is based upon our understanding of current laws and practices which may change. Individuals should seek personalised advice. To keep in touch with the latest developments in the offshore world, check out the latest news on our website


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Hello and welcome to CanDu Computer Bytes. Having gone half blind studying up on BITCOINS in this darkened room from staring at the screen like some hooded Occultist staring into his dark crystal mirror, I am ready to complete the article on these illusive digital units of produce interchange. Last time we talked about what they were, how thy were organised and how a digital ledger was managed and the security involved. Today we have understand the concept of mining which is the way that new coinage is introduced into the “economy”. Because Bitcoins are a CryptoCurrency, that is a digital currency that uses Cryptographic techniques (Cryptography is the mathematics involved in concealing information from unwanted attention) to control the creation and transfer of this digital money. So how does the currency get moved about? Essentially, the information is stored in a public database that holds a sequential record of all transactions (called a ledger after its paper counterpart) that goes back to the beginning (just like a real ledger). This process is called a Block Chain. The only information that is stored is your Bitcoin account number. Every piece of data is encrypted, the process has encryption built in to prevent someone intercepting your currency transfer and redirecting it into their own account. The down side is that many exchanges throughout the world are, by law, forced to give this information to their tax authorities. The tax man must have a slice (may they all be cursed)! Those who maintain the block chain are called miners and are rewarded with newly created bitcoins as well as transaction

fees. Payment processing work done by miners verifies each transaction as valid and adds it to the block chain. As of 2014 payment processing is rewarded with 25 newly created bitcoins per block. To claim the reward, the miner includes in the block a special transaction called the “coinbase” that assigns the reward bitcoins to an address of the miner’s choosing. All bitcoins in circulation can be traced back to such coinbase transactions. The block reward will be halved to 12.5 bitcoins in 2017 and again approximately every four years thereafter. By 2014 estimates there will be 21 million bitcoins in existence in 2140, and transaction processing will only be rewarded by the transaction fees. Transactions that pay a fee may be processed more quickly than those that don’t. The most efficient mining hardware makes use of custom designed application-specific integrated circuits, which are much faster mining and have low power consumption compared to general purpose microprocessors, such as x86 processors. If all of this sounds like a waking nightmare, then don’t worry, your not alone. I have studied this subject for 2 weeks and still can’t quite get my head around the ideas and concepts. For those that have then remember this cautionary tale: Do you remember the man from the newspaper who through out his old computer and what was £4.5 million in bitcoins, currently buried under 15-30 feet of soil in some refuse tip! So Keep your money safe and yourselves healthy until next week. You know how to get hold of me for free advice. Enjoy this better weather and we will cover something else next time.

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Time and Motion So I am the only person standing at the bar waiting to be served a pint; the barmaid asks me to wait; disappears off for a while and comes back with some ice. Then she pours me a pint leaving me wondering why not serve the beer first, then go and get the ice that nobody is waiting for. Same bar – later I ask for another drink and as the barman is busy he offers to bring it over to my table, so I try and pay first, meaning he can then deliver my pint and leave. Instead his preferred way is to serve my drink at the table and ask for the money then, I hand him a note, he returns to the bar, rings it into the till and returns with my change. Other customers are standing, waiting to be served. Two trips when one would do, he does this all night as he is on his own and it takes ages to get served. The good old Time and Motion people would have a field day. Years ago when training in wine retail management I was seconded to an off licence in Cambridge which had the highest footfall in East Anglia. It was close to Kings College, a tiny shop the size of a bedroom with storage down a rickety staircase to the cellar. It

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A thought just popped into my head the other day and goodness knows where it came from. Does that ever happen to you? There you are, empty headedly going about your daily business when, wham, a whimsical notion hits you and you can’t shake it off. It’s a little like waking up at 3 am with the theme tune from Match of the Day marauding though your unconscious! I wouldn’t want you to think that I wander around every day without a thought in my head. Occasionally, on an exceptional day, I have as many as four or five. But every now and then, something just takes over and I have to give that sudden fancy my full attention. It’s not usually anything earnest-last week it was, fleetingly, celery. I don’t know why either, but it soon passed. And usually it isn’t anything of great importance, you know, nothing along the lines of, trying to understand why you can eat shed loads of Milky Ways before a meal and still be hungry. Having said that, this is something I do plan to investigate fully at some time in the future. As you can see, I usually succeed in ignoring whatever pops into my head, but not this time. No this time the aforementioned uncalled for deliberation just grew and grew until I knew I had to look into it. I’m going to share it with you but, I do apologise in advance if you too are then set forth on a helter skelter of ponderings, in a quest to better know this rather weighty subject. Garden gnomes! Now I haven’t fully got to the bottom of why, but garden gnomes first originated in Germany. Having said that, Italy also has a claim to be the first, but I doubt that is going to trouble the UN at any time soon. But what I wondered was, why they became so popular with everyone. At least I thought it was everyone until I discovered that the Chelsea Flower Show gang don’t like gnomes at all! Until last year, they were Graham is married banned from their event. Gnomes to Helen and has a and upmarket gardens didn’t go daughter, Alice. He together apparently. They could learn lives part of the year a thing or two from another London near Albox, but works Premier League team-Tottenham in Qatar, teaching. If Hotspur, they sell gnomes dressed in you wish to contact the Spurs kit! Graham regarding This needs further time-have you this article email: got an hour or two right now? Oh… helenandg@yahoo. you’re leaving! Wait! You’ll miss it!

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was the shop of choice for every city centre smoker as it was the only fag shop around. I can’t remember the managers’ name but he planted two pearls of wisdom in my little brain which I share now. One – the Mars Bar Theory! The impulse purchase. Right next to the till would be a display of Mars Bars or something similar. Customers couldn’t resist and would pick one up and give us 50p for it, Ka–ching! Hundreds of extra 50ps went in the till each week, meaning wider waists in Cambridge and fatter profits for the shop. Two – Don’t Come Up Empty Handed! As staff were often moving deliveries down the rickety stairs the manager had a sign at the bottom of the stairs saying ‘don’t come up empty handed!’ In other words make each journey count! The shop was so tiny it constantly needed replenishing. Cartons of cigarettes (and Mars Bars) were brought up on the return trip. We were also the shop of choice for all the city centre winos and so carrying up twin 2L packs of White Diamond industrial strength so called Cider gave us all

arms like Popeye. Security on the cigs was high as the profit margins are so small even losing one packet of cigarettes will wipe out the profit made on the next 20 packs sold. Now in the UK a packet of Lambert & Butlers retails at £7.19 and HM Customs and Excise pocket £5.77 leaving just £1.42 for the growers, manufacturers, warehousing, logistics and marketing; the shopkeeper makes just 37p of this. Smokers get a bad press I know and I am no exception! I welcomed the indoors smoking ban not only for my asthma but I just can’t abide the smell of smoke. A typical exsmoker. May 18th 1994 I gave up – not that I am counting. It’s an easy date to remember as I was the stressed out Deputy Catering Manager at West Ham United F C and it was the final day of the Premier League football season. My smoking habit was getting out of hand as I would smoke not one but 2 cigs in quick succession when a break could be nabbed behind the newly opened Bobby Moore Stand. Nearly 20 years ago I vowed to give up after the last match and did!

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Spanish taxes for non-resident property owners

We have said it before and we will say it again: All non-resident owners of property in Spain are required by law to submit a non-residents’ tax return each year whether or not they let out their property. Tax relating to 2012 should have been paid by the end of last year and tax relating to 2013 can be paid at any time during 2014.

Your tax liability is calculated by reference to the cadastral value of your property. The cadastral value (“valor catastral”) is equivalent to the UK rateable value. The total cadastral value (“valor catastral total”) for the year in question is the figure needed. This is made up of two components: the land value (“valor catastral suelo”) and the property value (“valor catastral construccion”). It does not relate directly to the purchase price or market value of your property. The cadastral value will be shown on your council tax bill (IBI/suma/rates) normally as “valor catastral/base imponible”. If these documents are not to hand, your local Town Hall will be able to help.

Why do I need to submit a tax return? Spanish law requires that, if own property in Spain, you must submit an income tax return for the previous tax (calendar) year. You must pay some tax - even if you do not let out the property or receive any income from it.

What happens if I do nothing?

If you do nothing, you are breaking the law. It is possible, of course, that you could get away with it for a time. However the Spanish authorities retain records of all properties in Spain and will investigate cases where no returns are filed for an individual property. The authorities have various powers of prosecution and enforcement, including fines and the freezing of bank accounts. In addition, the historical records are checked when you seek to sell your property. It means that you will not be able to claim back 3% of your sale proceeds from the Spanish authorities. Although 2013 tax is currently due, it is also possible to pay previous years’ unpaid taxes now to avoid enforcement action.

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Q.  Please clarify what the consequences are of the European directive 650/2012 that you mentioned in the last issue  and what we should do about it?  A. Under this new directive unless in your Spanish will you have stated expressly that you wish your national law to rule your inheritance your inheritance will be ruled by the law of your country of residence. (the problem is that in Spain there is a system of obligatory heirs which would not permit you to leave your estate to your spouse if you have children). The solution is to look at your will and made sure you have expressly mentioned that you wish national law to rule your inheritance. If you have not you will need to make a new will.  The good thing is that because of how important  this issue is, this new rule imposed by the European law will only be applicable from August of 2015 allowing plenty of time for people to change their wills. NON RESIDENT HIPOTHETICAL INCOME TAX. Q. We have just received a letter from the tax office stating that we owe them non-resident tax. We are non-residents and pay all our services and rates so do

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not understand what this is all about. A. We have written about this before. Every year non- residents have an obligation of filing a non-resident hypothetical income tax return. If you have not done so you will need to put this in order. The good thing is that they cannot claim more than four years of back payments. We recommend speaking to your solicitor. INHERITANCE TAX: VALUE OF A PROPERTY WITH A MORTGAGE. Q. I have a property in Mojacar with a mortgage on it.  I am trying to calculate the inheritance that would be due by my wife If I deceased. Will she pay tax on the value of the house, or the value of the house reduced by the value of the mortgage. A. You only pay tax on the equity. On death the bank issues a certificate for probate stating the money owed by you to the bank on the day of death, and this amount is used to reduce the taxable base on which the inheritance tax is calculated.

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This village house is situated in the centre of Lubrin town and has great views over the surrunding houses. The property is over 100 years old and has all its original features. A great lock up or family home with 4 beds and lots of character

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This first floor, 2 bedroom apartment is meters from the beach and close to good restaurants and bars. The property has a communal pool and parking and is in a great location. New to the market and a great price.

new to the market 99,000€

• E ach villa spec: 3 beds / 2 baths. Size 125m2 •S  pace for pools (12mx6m) • E xceptional uninterrupted views of orange and lemon groves to front & rear •S  ituated between Almanzora & Arboleas overlooking Almanzora valley • 1 0 minutes to nearest town with all amenities • I nland country setting, but only 30 minutes to coast • I deal for builder to complete internals

Priced to Sell Must be viewed to appreciate this golden opportunity

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Paseo del Mediterraneo 275, Mojacar 275, mojacar Playa 04638, Almeria











Bank repossession, excellent value for money 2 beds, 1.5 Bath apartment, 62m terrace with sea & mountain views, lounge/dining room, fitted kitchen, 15m store room, A/C hot and cold, underground parking, paddle court, communal pool.

Fantastic opportunity - huge property comprising 3 different houses in one edification,set on a beautiful flat plot, within walking distance of the village and only 20 minutes to the coast.6 beds,5 baths,5,000m2 plot.

Luxury large furnished Penthouse, 1 bedroom + wardrobes & 1 bathroom, large Terrace 39m, sea & mountain views, fully fited kitchen, sold fully furnished, A/C (hot & cold), private locked garage of 18M, 2 communal pools, excellent value for money.

REF.575 Carboneras 115,000€



A charming cortijo in good condition with seperate self-contained annexe,set in a very tranquil location,yet only 15 mins to the beaches at Carboneras and Agua Amarga. 4 beds, 2 baths, build152m2,plot - 1000m2.

100m to the beach, bank repossession, excellent value for money 2 beds, 2 Bath apartment, of 70m plus a terrace & garden of 40m with sea views, lounge/dining room, fitted kitchen, preinstalled A/C, underground secure parking space, communal pool.

A lovely detached cortijo in excellent condition,set on a beautiful flat plot with wonderful open views. 2 beds, 2 baths, build size 81m2,plot - 8878m2. Own well, electricity connected. 5 mins to Sorbas, 30 mins to the coast.






Next to Mojacar commercial centre, larger than average apartment with 2 beds, 2 Bath, 80m built plus terrace & garden of 39m with sea & mountain views, fully fitted kitchen, installed A/C, underground secure parking & store room, communal pool.





A beautiful, spacious house in excellent condition, set on a lovely plot with space for a pool, 228m built, 2,000m Plot, 5 Beds, 1 Bath, Tranquil location, within 30 minutes’ drive to the coast, with wonderful Mountain views, close to all amenities.





Fantastic opportunity - A beautiful 1 bed cortijo full of rustic character and charm, in very good condition,set on a lovely elevated plot with swimming pool and magnificent mountain and sea views.Build 78m2,plot - 2200m2

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Your Belgian Estate Agent for the inland area like Arboleas, Albox & surroundings. After a successful exhibition in Belgium, we are urgently looking for Legal properties for clients that are coming to buy.

Private House Sale €195,000

Arboleas Nice villa on a plot of 635m² with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, pool and beautiful views Price is 145.000€

Cucador Very nice villa with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, double garage, central heating and private pool. Price is 165.000€

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Lovely 1 bed / 1 bath south facing Apartment set on an established and extremely well kept development a few minutes walking to the promenade and the sea.

apartment (49.38 mts2) comprised of living / dining room, kitchen, bathroom and bedroom; terrace with sea views (19.30 mts2); private underground parking place (28.37 mts2); and store room (4.44 mts2).

in purchasing something truly exceptional must view this property as soon as possible to avoid disappointments. As one would expected the building has a communal swimming pool, gardens and so on.

The total built area for the property One bed properties such as this are rare, For more information or to book a viewing including the proportional communal areas and with such good sea views makes it appointment please visit our office or is 101.49 mts2 divided into the following: even more uncommon so those interested contact us via phone or e-mail. Ref: 1561

Paseo del Mediterraneo 197 - Mojacar - Almeria

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165,000€ Villaricos LV676

230,000€ El Pinar de Bédar DV1294

64,995€ Valle del Este A1148

High quality penthouse apartment of 96m2 in a 1st class complex near to the marina. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, roof terrace & garage. A/C. Beautiful community terraces & pools. Excellent location.

Beautifully finished & well maintained detached house of 129m2 on 400m2 with far reaching views to the sea. 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, large basement, private pool & gardens. Part furnished. Ample terraces.

A quality 2nd floor apartment of 70m2 in a well kept community

399,000€ Mojácar Playa DV1295

129,000€ Mojácar Playa A1154

99,000€ Cortijo Grande SDV650

next to the golf course. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Garage parking & storeroom. 2 community pools. Country views.

Superb opportunity to own a detached villa of 196m2 on 460m2 with multiple living/business options. Very near to the beach + sea views. 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, ample terraces, & parking. A/C

Superb penthouse apartment of 68m2 + terraces of 65m2 & roof terrace of 64m2 on a quality golf complex. 360 degree views. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Community terrace, gym, gardens & pool.

Attractive townhouse of 95m2 + terrace overlooking the golf course. 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom. Furnished. Approximately 10 minutes drive from Turre & a further 10 minutes drive to the local beaches

119,000 € Mojácar playa A1164

185,000 € Mojácar Playa SDV661

99,950 € Turre

Charming ground floor apartment on a sought after front line complex. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, private terrace. Fully furnished. Superb community gardens & pool. Excellent rental potential.

89,000€ Cortijo Grande LV626

Immaculate frontline golf townhouse of 85m2 + 22m2 of garden terrace in a small complex. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, furnished. Just a 20 min drive from the beach.

Attractive maisonette on 1 level of 98m2 + 28m2 of terraces plus roof terrace with sea views. 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom. In immaculate order throughout. Just a 2 minute walk to the beach.

260,000€ Mojácar Playa DV1065

Large detached house + apartment of 150m2 on 524m2 only a few minutes walk from the beach. 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, ample terraces, roof terrace, garage, gardens & room for a pool. Excellent rental potential


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

45,000€ Turre A1161

Quality 2nd floor apartment of 59m2 + south-facing terrace with lift access in walking distance of the town centre. Communal roof terrace with fabulous views. 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom. Furnished. Parking. Tel: +34 950 478 915 Fax: +34 950 478 963

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We urgently need more properties for sale and rental for waiting clients Properties of the week

Ref. va/tl - Modern 1 bed, 1 bath, apartment, pool, parking, storeroom, A/C, 250m from beach

MOJACAR - NEW €69,950

Ref: INT/JM - Beautiful 3 bed/2 bath house on 2 levels, parking, pool & gardens, 300m from beach MOJACAR - reduced €179,950

Ref: PM/TW Beautifuuly furn, 2 bed 2 bath apart, a/c, pool, large terrace, private garage, 65m2 build

Ref: IA/SP- beach front location, 1 bed 1 bath apartment, front line, sat TV, A/C, pool

MOJACAR - €119,950

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Brits Need To Plan Now To Avoid Becoming The “Elders” of Europe’s Expats

Today’s working population will need to wait longer than their European neighbours before having the opportunity to retire to the sun, on account of a lack of savings and poor pensions. Richard Way, Editor of The Overseas Guides Company said: “The key message from a recent report by global research firm Nielsen is that British people serious about retiring abroad should consider the financial implications as early as possible, or risk being the ‘elders’ of expat communities in Europe and beyond. “The report showed that one in five Brits now don’t expect to retire before they are 70, compared to just 12 per cent in Europe. Meanwhile, 44 per cent of people said they expect to work beyond the current UK pension age of 65 – whether into their late 60s or into their 70s, which again compares significantly with 25 per cent for the rest of the world.” Mr Way continued: “Retirees constitute a significant portion of British expats in popular European destinations, including Spain and France. The evidence suggests that upping sticks and moving somewhere sunny for your retirement might not be as easy for younger generations as it has been for current pensioners, or those in other countries.” Source:

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book review “If you want to murder someone, don’t do it in England. The odds are against you getting away with it. You’ve got a much better chance in Russia.” With sales of over 250 million and titles such as Kane and Abel to the recent Clifton Chronicles the Mail on Sunday referred to him as probably the best story teller of our age. He might not have a squeaky clean image, having spent 2 years in H.M. prisons, five to be exact but he did meet some interesting and exceptional criminals who fed his imagination with enough fuel to publish his Prison Diaries and this short story selection. It’s Archer’s fifth collection containing 12 stellar tales gleaned from the inmates whilst being incarcerated. All 12 stores are firmly rooted in fact although they have been embellished and most of the names changed. The Cat O’ Nine Tales/Tails is a variation of the flogging device used in prison. Records illustrate that it was probably removed in 1948 in Great Britain but continued to be used elsewhere in the world. Archer is the only author ever to have been a number one bestseller in fiction(15 times), short stories(4 times) and non-fiction(The Prison Diaries). The criminal doesn’t always get away with his crime and justice doesn’t always prevail. The Man Who Robbed His Own Post Office depicts the lives and growing relationship between Chris and Sue from their schooldays to their National Service and the RAF, the birth of their daughter and their struggles to keep afloat with the changing economy that brought redundancies and job losses. They weren’t scroungers, they didn’t sponge off the state. They were hard-working people,


Cat O’ Nine Tales by Jeffrey Archer. honest and helpful. They became pillars of society and were held in high esteem. They were both from happy, well-balanced backgrounds, a model family in fact, very different to the stereotypical criminal if one was allowed to stereotype without this label of political incorrectness being bandied around. The Judge expected mitigating circumstances for stealing £250,000 and falsifying 4 passports, something along the lines of Mr Haskins being thrashed by a ruthless step-father, night after night, and Mrs Haskins having been raped by an evil uncle at an impressionable age. Mr Justice Gray emphatically stated that they were not criminals so why were they arrested and sentenced to custodial terms if they were innocent? Intrigued? What was their crime? They borrowed money for their first business, paid it off within the allotted time then borrowed more to buy a Post Office with A status, a considerable investment of £250,000 representing their savings, pension, future profits. Everything. The wheel of fortune favoured them, for a time until the headquarters informed them that they were re-evaluating their property portfolios which culminated in downgrading their current investment to a B status. They were advised that the law was not on their side if they made any attempt to sue the Post Office. “We can never hope to earn back our original investment of two hundred and fifty thousand, even if we go on working for the rest of our lives.” Extremely depressing when you’ve worked hard all of your life towards your retirement

knowing that you will be poor and struggling. It was Sue’s idea to retire and recoup the money stolen by the Post Office but something went drastically wrong as you’ll discover when you read this tale. Don’t Drink The Water is a tale with a demonic twist. Karl was from St Petersburg, an interesting man as long as you kept him at arm’s length unless you wanted to toy with danger-he was a contract killer at the start of a 22 year sentence for disposing of a fellow countryman who was proving tiresome to one of the Mafia gangs back home. His speciality was cutting up his victims into small pieces and then putting these bits into an incinerator. His fee? £5,000. His story involves an English wealthy businessman called Richard Barnsley who had just completed a pipeline deal with the Minister for Energy, Anatol Chenkov. This had guaranteed the Minister $2 million a year. Who said money talks? The only currencies the Russians trade in are dollars and death. Chenkov had been a major in the KGB. No crossing swords with him. Not a man to double cross! Richard is 53 and has been married to Maureen for over 20 years. The title refers to a sensitive situation with regard to sanitation in and around St Petersburg. The tap water is polluted, probably toxic and countless numbers of Russian citizens have succumbed to this Siberian disease. A mysterious letter addressed to Maureen from a solicitor troubles Dick and when she accompanies him to Russia he is advised that she might be entitled to £30 million’s worth of his wealth. Over my dead body he might have said. A tricky situation with an enormous amount of money at stake. This tale has a Roald Dahl touch to it. Archer might have said an interesting twist in the

tale! I enjoyed It Can’t Be October Already although it is a tragic indictment to lonely, homeless people like Patrick O’Flynn who gets himself arrested every October so that he can be watered and fed in prison during the long, cold winters and be released in spring. If he is sentenced to 3 months he demands serving 6 months. He has a wonderful sense of humour and displays friendliness and courtesy you wouldn’t expect from a criminal. An afterword indicates the tragic death of this lovable man from hypothermia whilst sleeping under the arches on Victoria Embankment. Tragic. It might change your mind about prison-inmates. If not, you’ll find it an entertaining read. Publisher: Pan ISBN: 978-0-330-41883-6 REVIEW it by Carol Naylor.

Ultimate Champion of Champions By Lyn Aspden of ‘Strictly Dance’

With Kieran Bracken and Sam Attwater being eliminated whilst I was away on holiday, I returned in time to catch up with the Grand Final crowning the Champion of Champions. This show certainly lived up to its name and was superb from start to finish. As befitting their position and standing within the Ice Dancing world Chris and Jayne opened the show with their final ever performance of Ravel´s Bolero. There was hardly a dry eye in the house following this performance and displayed yet again the standard of excellence that follows Jayne and Chris in whatever they do. Opening this show was Beth Tweddle and Lucasz and I have to say I was surprised to find her still in the show as I am not one of her fans. They performed to Who Won The World with 2 other professional couples and despite it being full of lifts and tricks there was not much skating evident. Beth did however hold her own amongst the other professional skaters. I awarded her 9.5 and the judges a maximum total of 40.0. Next out were Hayley Tamaddan and Dan performing to Perhaps with 3 boys (lucky girl!) As always Hayley always characterises her role and as she

was being passed between all 3 of the boys she was superb and full of confidence. I awarded her 10.0 and she also received a maximum 40.0. Ray Quinn and Maria then skated to ´Surfin USA´to close this first part of the show. As we have come to expect Ray made this very tricky routine appear easy despite using a surfboard on ice. I find it very difficult to believe that he was in the skate off last week!! And with his own personal 5th perfect score of 40.0 he certainly knows how to present anything he does. The 3 celebrities were then asked to skate their own personal favourite routines from the shows that they have done. Beth and Lucasz picked their Highland Fling and I`m sorry to say that again she left me cold. She may be a technically excellent skater but she leaves me wanting from her presentation. Again I awarded her 9.5 and the judges 39.5. Hayley and Dan selected their Bollywood routine to Jaiho which was absolutely fabulous. Slick, clean fast moving armography matched to perfection, this was a mesmerising performance for which she received 39.5 from the judges and another 10.0 from me. Closing the second part of the show was Ray and Maria with

their Flamenco routine. Again tracing back to his ballroom dancing days, this was superbly presented with absolute dramatic intensity and characterisation. It was a breathtaking performance and thoroughly deserved yet another maximum score of 40.0. At this point of the show the public voted and the least popular celebrity had to leave the show before the performance of the Bolero. I agreed with the public and Beth left in third place leaving Hayley and Ray to battle it out for the champion of champions title. This Bolero routine had to be choreographed by the couple performing with no help from Torville and Dean. Hayley and Dan were the first to skate and their Bolero showed the chemistry between these two to perfection. Hayley and Dan have known each other from the age of 12 and you could see the friendship and connection between them. Their performance encompassed the role as always with superb intensity. Ray and Maria then came out and within the first few bars of music they showed just why they have been so popular. The atmosphere created from the choreography made the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end! It was

extremely complex throughout, but Ray perfomed it just like a professional skater and his musical interpretation was fabulous to watch. Christopher Dean actually passed a comment that he was a skaters skater - an accolade indeed for Ray. Just before the presentation was made there was a standing ovation for Jayne and Chris and not a dry eye left in the house. Such a bitter sweet moment to end what has been a superb show over the past 10 years. And lo and behold my winner from day 1 Ray Quinn was crowned the Ultimate Dancing On Ice Champion of Champions and thoroughly deserved it was!! Well all that´s left is to say cheerio for now, we´ll still be running our dance classes throughout the year and now have our own purpose built studio which we have just started using for our monthly half day workshops. These cover a variety of topics so if you would like any further information you can contact me on 635584431, 966188430 or Singles are always welcome so come and join us. Until Strictly returns to our screens in the Autummn - Keep Dancing!

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BOG SNORKELLING: Four friends were competing in the internationally renowned Sol Times Bog Snorkelling competition. As usual, the judges were a little careless and once again, they managed to loose the results. Luckily, a number of spectators were able to remember the following snippets of information: Only one person wore the same number as the position they finished. Gary, who didn’t wear green, beat Barry. Larry beat the person who wore yellow. The person who wore number 3, wore green. The person who wore number 2 finished first whereas Harry came last. The person who finished second wore green, Barry wore yellow and the person wearing red beat the person wearing blue. Can you work out who finished where, the number and colour they wore?

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Logic Puzzle SOLUTIon

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Amazing Facts… Each year 30,000 people are seriously injured by exercise equipment • More than 50% of the world have never made or received a telephone call • The word “set” has more definitions than any other word in the English language • Due to gravitational effects, you weigh slightly less when the moon is directly overhead • A female ferret will die if it goes into heat and cannot find a mate • In its ancient form, the carrot was purple, not orange • Snails breathe through their feet! • It’s illegal to own a red car in Shanghai, China • The first CD pressed in the USA was Bruce Springsteen ‘Born in the USA’ • The bat on the Bacardi symbol is there because the soil where the sugar cane grows is fertile from the excessive guano (bat droppings) • 2 out of 5 people live in China or India • Montpelier, Vermont is the only U.S. state capital without a McDonalds • Coca-Cola was originally green • It is impossible to lick your elbow • 90% of people who read that will attempt it

The Beach

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Quiz nights every Tuesday 8pm onwards English Spoken

Opening 10AM Until Close

Call Rafa on 667 671 578 or

email: Restaurante club de tenis, Bar wassy albox approx 2kms Saliente



Friday 21st March 9pm Start

Twilight Shadows

Restaurant from

1 tbsp olive oil 85g/3oz broccoli, cut into florets 1 garlic clove, chopped ½ red chilli, finely chopped 2 tbsp soy sauce 1 tsp sesame oil ½ lime, juice only salt and freshly ground black pepper

Bar Unique





Fridays & Saturdays From 12 - 9 PM

Desserts from 2€

bookings being taken for

day SUNDAY LUNCH mothers sunday 30th march 12noon - 5pm

2 Courses from only 3 Courses 10.95€

free wifi



Preparation method 1.Heat the olive oil in a wok, add the broccoli and fry for 2-3 minutes, or until starting to soften, then add the garlic and chilli and fry for 1-2 minutes. 2.Add the soy sauce, sesame oil, lime juice, salt and freshly ground black pepper and fry for 1-2 minutes, or until the broccoli is tender. 3.To serve, spoon the stir-fry into a bowl and serve as a side dish.

Bar Unique is a brand new bar offering weekly live music. This Friday we will be offering icelandic cod and homemade chips from noon. Don’t forget our traditional roast on Sunday We have fresh spanish tapas daily, we also offer a full English menu and the infamous thai menu which must be booked in advance. The weekly Entertainment at bar Unique is as follows: Monday closed until April... Tuesday - Darts night 7pm.. Wednesday - Quiz night from 7:30pm.. Thursday - karaoke with Gill from 8pm until late. Friday - Fish and chips day Saturday - 9pm rock and roll 60s night with JJ music. Set menu available. Sunday - Atlantis from 3pm. Sunday roast available. Booking essential



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


950 120 718


All enquiries to or call Glenn on 634393235

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mothers day

sunday lunch

Look for mealy potatoes - otherwise known as baking potatoes - as they have a lower moisture content and are perfect for the mash in this classic dish

30th march 12.30pm-5pm

traditional sunday lunch

Ingredients 500g/1lb2oz mealy potatoes, cooked 250g/9oz shredded steamed

VidaRestaurant&Venue el Cucador

bookings now being taken for



cabbage, and lightly

2 tbsp cream


salt and black pepper


Mesón de

1. Sieve or mash the potatoes and mix with the cabbage and cream. Season well with salt and pepper.

3. Using a spatula, press half the potato and cabbage mixture in an even layer on to the onion and fry for 4-5 minutes 


winter crazy offer

Free Bottle of wine

per couple to take away after having our night menus Valid only with this voucher dinner 19.00-22.00 until 31ST MARCH

showbar & restaurant

The Irish Rover

Your No1 Entertainment Venue in Mojacar for All the Family

great entertaiment with


Eagles tribute 1st may homemade michael buble tribute 17th may specials book now for mothers day 1 course 8.50€ 2 courses 11€ 3 courses 13.50€

for the first time in mojacar

will sparkle

a fabulous drag & comedy act on april 4th

Hypnosis, magic and fun evening

bookings now being taken

menu oche

Spring into our restaurant with our new

Home cooked with all the trimmings


served 12.30pm-5pm includes a complimentary coffee & chocolate booking recommended

for just


all major sports events shown here inc gaa sports

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

Open 10am till late 7 days a week

sky sports

LIVE - shown in the bar

10.95€ pp pp

5 Starters

5 Main Dishes 5 Desserts

specials served 6-9pm

Mon : Chill & Rice 5€ Tues: Cod n Chips 5€ or chicken curry 5€ Wed: Chicken & Chips or Gammon Ham & Chips 5.50€ Thurs: Pie Night 5.50€

oonnly ly

A choice of

evening bar


2. Fry the onion in the fat over a moderate heat until it is soft and beginning to brown.


Thursday 3rd April


until it is well browned and crispy underneath.

4. Cut the mixture into 4 quarters with the spatula or palette knife and turn them over carefully so that the 1 large or 2 small onions, crispy bit is uppermost. Press the remaining potato sliced thinly and cabbage mixture on to the first layer and after a a little bacon fat, beef few more minutes, cut and turn again. dripping or other frying 5. When the bottom is again browned, you will have oil a crispy top too, a crispy bottom, and a crispy layer P r e p a r a t i o n in the middle.


All home-made. Includes Glass of Wine or Tubo

thursday - saturday 6pm - 9pm (starting 13th march) bookings now being taken

fish n chips Beer battered Cod home-made chips & peas

from om fr


FRIDAYS 12.30pm - 9pm

lite bite snacks Specials, Burgers, Wraps

open for lunch 12pm - 4PM

menu del dia 2 COURSE LUNCH 12:30 - 3:30pm


Tel: 950 634 562

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Albox Arboleas 1km

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international day

Cosmic inflation: ‘Spectacular’ discovery hailed Scientists say they have extraordinary new evidence to support a Big Bang Theory for the origin of the Universe. Researchers believe they have found the signal left in the sky by the super-rapid expansion of space that must have occurred just fractions of a second after everything came into being. It takes the form of a distinctive twist in the oldest light detectable with telescopes. The work will be scrutinised carefully, but already there is talk of a Nobel. “This is spectacular,” commented Prof Marc Kamionkowski, from Johns Hopkins University. “I’ve seen the research; the arguments are persuasive, and the scientists involved are among the most careful and conservative people I know,” he told BBC News. The breakthrough was announced by an American team working on a project known as BICEP2. This has been using a telescope at the South Pole to make detailed observations of a small patch of sky. The aim has been to try to find a residual marker for “inflation” - the idea that the cosmos experienced an exponential growth spurt in its first trillionth, of a trillionth of a trillionth of a second. Theory holds that this would have taken the infant Universe from something unimaginably small to something about the size of a marble. Space has continued to expand for the nearly 14 billion years since. Inflation was first proposed in the early 1980s to explain some aspects of Big Bang Theory that appeared to not quite add up, such as why deep space looks broadly the same on all sides of the sky. The contention was that a very rapid expansion early on could have smoothed out any unevenness. But inflation came with a very specific prediction - that it would be associated with waves of gravitational energy, and that these ripples in the fabric of space would leave an indelible mark on the oldest light in the sky - the famous Cosmic Microwave Background. The BICEP2 team says it has now identified that signal. Scientists call it B-mode polarisation. It is a characteristic twist in the directional properties of the CMB. Only the gravitational waves moving through the Universe in its

On Wednesday 12th March, children from FS1 to Y6 at St. George´s School, Almería held an International Day. The children showed their hand made passports and boarding cards and flew around the world visiting three different continents. Each class was set up as a different country and the teacher organized activities for the children . The students also took part in a Music Workshop with a Percussion Group from Senegal and watched a performance of a belly dancer. Many of the staff and students entered into the spirit of the day and came dressed in a traditional costume or the colours of the flags of their chosen country. By holding this International Day at their school, the children learn to understand and respect other cultures and raise Global Awareness while having fun. If you would like to find more about St. George´s School, please feel free to call on 950 338860 or send an email to There will also be an Open Day on Saturday 5th April from 10 – 2pm.

inflationary phase could have produced such a marker. It is a true “smoking gun”. “Detecting this signal is one of the most important goals in cosmology today. A lot of work by a lot of people has led up to this point,” said Prof John Kovac of the HarvardSmithsonian Center for Astrophysics and a leader of the BICEP2 collaboration. The signal is reported to be quite a bit stronger than many scientists had dared hope. This simplifies matters, say experts. It means the more exotic models for how inflation worked are no longer tenable. The results also constrain the energies involved - at 100 trillion gigaelectronvolts. This is consistent with ideas for what is termed Grand Unified Theory, the realm where particle physicists believe three of the four fundamental forces in nature can be tied together. But by associating gravitational waves with an epoch when quantum effects were so dominant, scientists are improving their prospects of one day pulling the fourth force - gravity itself - into a Theory of Everything. The sensational nature of the discovery means the BICEP2 data will be subjected to intense peer review. It is possible for the interaction of CMB light with dust in our galaxy to produce a similar effect, but the BICEP2 group says it has carefully checked its data over the past three years to rule out such a possibility. Other experiments will now race to try to replicate the findings. If they can, a Nobel Prize seems assured for this field of research.

Burty’s BAR

We now offer a

Playa Serena, roquetas de mar

special french menu

Sun – Wed 11am – 6pm, Thur – Sat from 11am (closed tuesday)

e huge sunny terrac with winter sun!


next table top sale 23rd march call to book a table

bbq roast pork baps

sunday lunch served from 12 noon Wednesday bingo 3pm

Tapas served

from 12noon – 4pm

every thur

quiz 2.15pm prompt

Brand New Menu Del Dia 2 courses 15.95€ Thursday 20th March

authentic curry night

Fabulous Friday

9.95€ for 2 courses - Sharing Platter Fish & Chips, ½ Roast Beef Madras Or Chicken Korma Or Chicken & Chips €7.95 or Green Thai Fish curry Perfumed Entrecote Steak €9.95 Basmati Rice & Naan Bread

anglican church service

3rd thursday of the month 11.30am

next service 20th march

freshly ground coffee now available

sunday roast

served from 12 noon – 5pm every week 1 course 7.95€, 2 courses 9.95€ booking advisable

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


15€ every day

Typical French Cuisine Special Menus Fresh Fish of the Day Taste our French Wines

Menu Of the day 7.50€ Find us on Facebook Open 12 noon - 17.00, 19.30 to close Telephone 651 481 190 Email: Avenida playa Serena 24, Roquetas de mar urbanisation, near the playa sol hotel



ROQUETAS DE MAR Effects of the Christmas day storm The storm that caused so much destruction in the Poniente area of Almería on Christmas day also badly damaged many structures at the shelter.



Weeks went by with not much being done because of a lack of funds to buy the required material. Then, THE ROTARY CLUB OF ALMERIA heard of the situation and came to the shelter with a van loaded with construction materials. Naturally this aid was welcomed with open the entrance, the only rainIncluded will be for the hot summer arms. place where the dogs a cool shady place months. find shelter In addition, funds could started trickling in and from the wind and the so the repair work scorching sun, have could be started. The been provided with a idea was not only to brick structure. Sunday 23rd March replace the roofs that This is where the table top sale at burty’s bar had been blown off, huts for the dogs but also to provide safer will be placed. When Roquetas Bridge Club and sturdier structures. completely finished, the


The kennelhousing dogs will be protected our elderly dogs and from the nasty Levante also the one next to wind and also the

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

693 774 932


meets on Monday’s at 3pm.

For more info please contact Alison Ferguson 950349749 or Sue Barlow 950 333 344

FTG Notice

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

21st March - Bar Tango, near Hotel Sabinal on Calle Lago Garza. 28th March - Lady Lay, C/Sierra Nevada, in the URB. 4th April - Burty’s Bar, near Hotel Playa Luna. 11th April - Bar Estampa, in the URB. 18th April - Picos Alpujarra, opposite Hotel Trinidad. 25th April - New York NY, Playa Serena. 2nd May - Bar Chaplin’s, C/Sierra Nevada. 9th May - Bar Estampa, in the URB. 16th May - The Boulevard, Paseo Beach Front.

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

Thursday 27th March - 2pm RBL GREYHOUND RACING AFTERNOON at Bar Chaplin’s, C/Sierra Nevada. Guests are very welcome! Tuesday 1st April - 3pm ocial meeting, plus Easter Bonnet & Decorated Egg competition. Tuesday 6th May - 3pm Social meeting, Black & White Day, so all members and guest are invited to wear black & white for the afternoon. Tuesday 3rd June - 3pm Social meeting and Quiz. Thursday 12th June - RBL Lunch at Bar Cardies for members and guests, Steak or Menu del Dia, and time to be confirmed Tuesday 1st July - 3pm - Social meeting. All monies raised at these events will go to the 2014 Poppy Appeal. New members are welcome to join the branch, so come along to any the social meetings, contact Jenny/Mike on 950328469 for further info. Meetings are held at ‘The Lodge’ on Calle Americo Vespucio, Roquetas De Mar, on the first Tuesday of each month (3pm).

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

sky sports shown here

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


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BY TELEPHONE Between 10am & 5pm

Monday to Friday

950 121 936 902 121 936 FOR SALE

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

email: k Sale 3m Zodiac n i inflatable rib, oars cartridges refills or buy a and life jacket. at Good Condition compatable prices. 300€ Tel: 620 great we love to save 112 193

P i ck e t 5 fencing, lengths, various sizes plus 2 gates, all in good condition 120€ the lot. Buyer to Fender Frontman collect Tel: 675 Guitar 285 589 15R Amplifier.Clean Sonaris bath Distortion seat/lift + pads. and Channels.Perfect €250 Tel: 662 new condition, 668 418 hardly used 65€ F r i d g e / Tel 670 309 878 F r e e z e r , money. you ics shop inside liberty seguros insurance, calle malaga (next to puppy rescue) or call 609 199 394

T ELE V ISION 32 TOSHIBA inch flat screen working good order TEL: 627 206 462

Ht166cm, Fridge, at top 75cm x 50 x 50, freezer same €150 Tel: 662 668 418 E l e ct r i c Cement Mixer. Good Condition. Buyer Collects 50€ Tel: 950 930 542 (Limaria)

Leaf blower Trimmer 25€, for edges 25€, electric Small lawnmower new 100€ sale 45€ Sofa bed Tel: 647 587 853 190x120, ex con, S i n g e r only used twice, storage Overlocking with Machine Good space 120€ Tel: Working Order 634 304 719 (Los 45€ Tel: 950 475 Gallardos) 455 / 661 016 Gas Rings x 2 366 with lid & fittings K ENWOOD juicer, as new with book. €30 Tel: 680 357 748 BOAT

NEW €60 Tel: 627 209 887

Casio Multi Function electric and for keyboard

stand 50€ ono. Cooker Hood second hand but good condition. 15€ ono. Hard back books as Michael new: Palin - Himalaya. Blood of the Vikings. Egyptian Mythology. The Lost Tomb. 5€ each ono. Tel: 950 432 847 (9am –noon). SUN B ED , chrome/canvas brand new €80 Tel: 662 668 418

wanted Car avan, must be in good condition, can collect. Tel: 616 651 231 wants lady to buy large terracotta garden pots, call 647 379 878, can collect

MD Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration S.L.


City & Guilds Fully Qualified F-Gas Certified

25 years sole experience in Air Conditioning & Refrigeration

not a jack of all trades

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

baby equipment hire




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

blinds & screens

607 364 917 or 950 432 110

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


Airport services Tel: 639 081 067


Airport Parking

Need Transport??

Tel: 950 121 936 or 902 750 190 Ext 332


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

Established 9 years in spain

Tel: 616 531 283 or 670 088 966


for all your carpentry needs

Call B& B designs on 646 101 712

WILDWOOD Bespoke Joinery

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

Airport services shopping Servicing / Repairs trips hospital A i r p o r t t r a n s f e r s appointments etc pick up all areas, c o m p e t i t i v e 663 429 521 rates. For a professional quote please visit chimney sweep www. spanish reliable The Chimney sweep, for a estateagent. service friendly professional service Call com or call 661 Paul on : 617 150 300 or 850 993 143 871 057.


Solar Wind Power Solutions. Over 15 years installation experience. established 12 years in Spain. Call Phil for competitive prices 636 261 240 www.sunergy

Pool Cleaning & Water Tanks

Alicante Almeria Murcia New

For all your carpentry requirements

Fast, efficient, competitive service. Tel: 634 328 574

alternative energy

available venues

Venue @ La Vida El Cucador

• Repairs to existing pozos • CCTV Camera Inspection Call Andy on 950 091 109 or 648 768 587

Cleaning of Septic Tanks

▪ Emptying of septic Tanks & Cesspits, with high pressure cleaning computers ▪ Small unblockages of Steve Hayes Informatica pipes & drainage Pc’s, Laptops, Printers etc. Sales & Repairs on-site callout / tuition. Consumables

Albox, Almeria

Tel: 950 120 900


Educated Caring Lady

Contact: 675 838 808 electrician

CD electrical SERVICES

would like to meet a single

Rewires & Upgrades - Fault Finding - Boletins

Financially Stable. Zurgena area. Please call between 4pm & 8pm. 630 993 474




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wanted king ballroom dancing size bed must be in excellent can Tea room ballroom dancing condition, collect 647 379 sequence with jean & derek at 878 el Cucador La c o n s e r idaRestaurant&Venue vatory mondays 3-5pm w i ck e r all levels welcome s e tt e e / single or couples chairs wanted enjoyable afternoon to meet must be comfy, new friends can collect call: for more info call 647 379 878 950 449 617

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professional tree felling & pruning,


including all types of palm trees

strimming of overgrown

Mat Murray 647 841 750 established in spain for 14 years

fully legal

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

SOLTIMES MARCH 2014 gardening cont...

landscape gardening

• Block work • Balustrades • Paving Driveways & Paths

legal cont...

handymen handymen Painting & Building, no job to big or small Ring Ric 661075802 or Steven 655772127

health & beauty

locksmith Phil the Pick Locksmith 24 hours. Locked Out? Locks fitted/ upgraded house safes. Arboleas & surrounding area. Special weekend rates. Tel: 697 243 181


avon cosmetics Tel Claire 691 987 454 avonfromclaire Optica Albox All your optical needs, eye tests, hearing tests, pamper yourself at R Retreat contact lenses Tel: 950 121 991 El Cucador, beauty treatments, hair salon, holistic massage, PAINTER / DECORATOR waxing, pedicure etc. Therapists all established & UK qualified. Email or call 647 379 878 or look at our main advert on the ladies page inside & call the friendly - professional -reliable therapists direct

painter & decorator



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

Call 667 273 889

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

house maintenance

neat & tidy - experienced no job too small

ring for a free quote

Tel: 649 186 107 or



iron/ metal works

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

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

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

pets section

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


Specialising in rural property with character with Sharon O’Lanlon every Whether you are buying or selling Wednesday 11am - 12 all welcome all levels at El Cucdor we will be delighted to Call for more details hear from you 638 487 314 fully UK reg: 25 years experience


British plasterer All work guaranteed Tel Paul 634 327 201


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

KNOWLES plumbing No 1 for Plumbing

All types of Plumbing

PAINTING All quality products

TELEPHONE: 950137197 / 606807797

INSIDE & OUT Make over your home this year

woodhouse boarding kennels & cattery - arboleas

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


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

PROPERTY section


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

Tel Graham & Barry on General house & garden 620 112 193 or maintenance, No job to small tel: 667 853 062 600 049 515


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Mojacar Beach furnished flat to rent for almost a song. Short or Longterm 2-Bed + 2 Baths

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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

recruitment cont...

removals cont...

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SPAIN UK SPAIN Removals Friendly Reliable Service between spain - uk Fully Legal friendly, reliable

require a

creative cook/chef

We are looking for an experienced person who is passionate & innovative with food, used to working in a busy fast paced kitchen You will be able to produce delicious varied home cooked food to a high standard for our restaurant & also bar areas. Shift work is required & weekends

salary will include a contract

chrissie on 647 379 878

or email CV to:

part time Artworker / Designer REQUIRED

For a local newspaper based in Zurgena. The role will include: manipulating or designing new adverts from scratch. Must have a creative eye and have good layout skills. Must know Adobe Indesign & Photoshop, and be able to work to strict deadlines is essential.

Send your CV to removals

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

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


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

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thermal lined & controlled ventilation ideal for pets

200€ dog 100€ cats & birds heavy loads welcome

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

call: 634 368 430 BE SEEN


With an entry in the


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tv services


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Office: 968 564 298 Mobile: 696 621 884 marmenorremovals@ UK - SPAIN - UK

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Van hire

Mobile motor



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covering all

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

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price quoted will include collection and transfer to the new owner

call paulette on 950 121 936


High Security Medication We left the Haematology Department at Torrecárdenas Hospital with Pete clutching his latest prescription and me following along behind laden like an itinerant gypsy with handbag, coats, scarves, folders, magazines and drinks bottles, all the paraphernalia associated with a long wait in a hospital corridor. With the innocence of the unknowing I went next day into the Farmacia in Arboleas and presented the prescription to that paragon of pharmaceutical assistance, Nattie. With a sharp intake of breath, she glanced at my guileless expression, and explained gently that the prescription in question had to be ratified by Pete’s doctor – the sayso of one who had been elevated to the status of

Consultant was not good enough! So I made an appointment to see our long-suffering and over worked doctor, who read the prescription once, then read it again very thoughtfully before trawling Pete’s history and the Internet with a furrowed brow. However, the necessary signature was added, and once more I descended to the Farmacia. Once more there was a sharp intake of breath and a quick glance, possibly to ascertain whether I was a drugs baron in disguise, before it was explained to me that 2 signatures were insufficient, the whole shebang had to be faxed to some unknown authority, possibly the High Command on Mars. I trekked back up the vertiginous face of Arboleas to petition Juan Miguel, the Receptionist and Keeper of Law and Order in the Medical Centre, to please fax these, hoping that he would know the correct form of address and electronic numerals for Mars. By now the Farmacia

By Jos Biggs

was shut, so I trotted full of confidence into Felix’s, that safe harbour for the ailing English in Albox, and handed over Pete’s magical green card and paperwork to Ana, who had been front of the queue when brains were handed out, and thus qualified to handle the complexities of my request. Her eyes snapped from the prescription to meet mine. ‘You want this?’ she interrogated. Dumbly I nodded. What had I asked for? Was this some mutant microbe, so dangerous that it was kept under lock and key in an underground vault? ‘We don’t keep this. It must be ordered. We will have it tomorrow.’ On the morrow I returned, hoping for sixth time lucky. Ana saw me coming, and fetched reinforcements in the form of the Boss to verbally underline in bold uppercase that this was a one pill per day one-timeonly prescription. What are these pills? I am waiting to see if they turn Pete turns into Superman – or a frog!

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Jóse Prataña was on the prowl for copy. His newspaper, El Trapo Nacional was at a low ebb, not much news and all the improvised stories had led to legal action. Jóse was on the lookout for a good story and Alqueria usually obliged. However the Village was temporarily out of rioting and disorder due to a general lethargy and seemed almost peaceful, in its own quirky sort of way. Jóse sat forlornly at a table outside the Bar La Casa Devante wondering where his next story would come from. He had been to Alqueria before and developed a love of Remitroot Whisky which he drank in alarming quantities and with alarming speed. Loco Paco had a habit of engaging people at random in some inane conversation or other. Jóse Prataña was Paco’s target for that evening. Paco’s confused and fanciful utterings seemed quite credible to Jóse. After a bottle of Remitroot Whisky the Tory Party’s welfare plans would seem compassionate, or perhaps that is going a bit too far. Paco was talking about Benjy his pet Saharan Dung Beetle which he had raised from a pup and Bert, his one and a half metre tall rodent which accompanied him everywhere. Bert of course was imaginary. Jóse somehow got the impression he was real. The locals sensing some good sport backed Loco Paco’s story to the hilt. How he was a reclusive genetic scientist and had successfully created this one and a half metre tall rodent

called ‘Bert’. To add a bit of colour they suggested that Paco was teaching Bert the rudiments of playing the saxophone. Jóse made numerous notes, drank more Remitroot Whisky and believed everything he was told. Loco Paco became famous. His fatuous grin adorned the front pages of all the national newspapers. He was hailed as a ‘genetic scientist of colossal proportions’. Some even tipped him for the Noble Prize. Most people who knew Loco Paco however would say that his greatest achievement was riding a bicycle, not well be adequately. Paco was booked to appear on a TV talk show. Other guests included the inventor of the intergalactic pulse motor with integral cheese board and Pedro Alverez the Abyssinian Goat Shirling champion of southern Spain. If the presenter, studio crew and viewers had all been heavily sedated with Remitroot Whisky things may have gone smoothly. However when Paco suggested that the presenter’s head may be on back-to-front the plug was pulled, the researcher fired and Paco send packing back to Alqueria.



Not Tempted, Even With a Full English One of my most treasured memories was that first view of Bermuda as our BOAC VC10 circled the islands, preparing to land on a beautiful clear January day in 1973. The pastel coloured houses with their white lime washed roofs set amongst the verdant sub-tropical landscape, many with a twinkling sapphire in the grounds indicating a private pool, was breathtaking. With the wake of small boats crisscrossing the sparkling azure waters and the ribbons of pink coral beaches, the idyllic picture was complete, and is an image that will forever stay with me. Confession is good for the soul and at a reunion of ex-Bermuda friends, I decided to come clean to a female acquaintance who also worked there in the 70’s. We were attending the wedding of yet another member of the old crowd, and between the champagne and wedding cake, I related a previously untold story to her. At one particular party during the summer of 1974, we both found ourselves unattached and naturally gravitated towards each other. We were already friends and members of a large clique of ex-pats who often found themselves in the same place at the same time, usually at one of the many parties or at an assortment of watering holes. And so it was on this particular evening. We had a dance or three, I added to my

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already large intake of Cockspur Rum, and as we chatted, I hatched a cunning plan of seduction. Heh,heh,hehh! It was 2am, but the party was still in full swing. As casually as I could, I suggested to my companion that she accompany me back to my place for a little conversation over coffee, some soft music and a viewing of my photograph collection. No strings attached. Yeah, right! And so, with me on my supa dupa Suzuki trail bike, and her following on her Vespa sewing machine, we arrived at Carisbrooke – a house I shared with three other guys. They were all still at the party. Perfecto! I put some appropriate music on my cool Sony twin cassette deck, carefully avoiding my beloved Led Zeppelin or Deep Purple albums in favour of The Stylistics and Bread. Then having adjusted the lighting and settled the object of my attentions in our best chair – the one that wobbled and had a small cloud of stuffing forever trying to escape the upholstery, but didn’t smell of cooked sausages and onions like the others - and satisfied that the scene was romantically set, I repaired to the kitchen to mix our drinks and brew coffee. So far so good. We spent an hour chatting and sipping yet more rum, then after sidling up to the subject as diplomatically as possible, and in my best Barry White voice, I broached the inevitable question: ‘Why don’t you stay the night’. There was an encouraging pause, but then the not unexpected response: ‘I really should go’. Normally this would have launched me into my repertoire of chat

up lines and plain old bull, but with my fail safe plan B in place, I could afford to be the perfect gentleman and I didn’t press the matter further. So smiling indulgently and after a final nightcap, I showed her to the door where I paused for a last gasp effort, and gazing into her four blue eyes said something like: “Are yoush ure, ‘cos I do a meeeean flnglish brefast.” I could afford to be relaxed and seemingly content with the last knock-back - this time an even more encouraging: “Perhaps next time” because what she did not know was that while I was making coffee, I had slipped out of the back door, dashed round to the front of the house and let the air out of both of her tyres. Heh,heh,hehh! She was going nowhere. After a final less than passionate kiss, I closed the door and flung my back against it - something like Danger Mouse in one of those cartoons - and waited. The scooter’s engine brrrm’d into life and then remarkably, it pulled away. I waited, but the sound of the Vespa receded into the distance without as much as a hiccup - unlike me. She really must be plastered, I seem to remember thinking, then the evening’s excesses took over and I hit my lonely bed. Sometime later that morning, one of my house mates shook me awake and said that I had better take a look at my bike, because there sulking in the drive was my beloved Suzuki, both tyres as flat as a misers pancake. But not as deflated as me. There’s drunk, and then there is that weird beyond drunk state; but how far gone must you be to mistake a trail bike for a scooter? Best laid plans. Right!

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By Tim Saunders Transporting seven people in comfort can present a problem unless of course you don’t mind Transit vans. Peugeot has a solution though in its 5008 MPV (multi-purpose vehicle). Unlike the earlier Peugeot 807 people carrier the 5008 is more compact, making it more enjoyable to drive but this does mean that if there are seven passengers there’s not a huge amount of room for luggage. Importantly for the driver it’s not too difficult to reverse or manoeuvre. This style of vehicle is quite van like in terms of appearance but it is very much like a car to drive and driver appeal is one of the advantages of the Peugeot. The test model, a two-litre diesel Allure – top-of-the-range, is equipped with a six speed automatic gearbox but it can also be driven like a manual. At low speeds, typically up hill, this gearbox is a little indecisive not sure whether to go for third gear or second, which does make for the occasional uncomfortable jolt. It is quite frugal for a vehicle of its size, returning over 40mpg on average. I put it through its paces over a long weekend to Pembrokeshire where we experienced a variety of roads. On the motorway (the M4, over the Severn Bridge) it was very capable, happily cruising at 70mph, even though it is heavily laden with five passengers and luggage. Cruise control makes life so much easier on such travels and the electric child lock engaged by the click of a switch on the driver’s door is easy to operate. The one way streets, invariably up sharp inclines in this part of the world, certainly cause the tired motorist some confusion but thank goodness I’m driving the 5008 because the auto box makes light work of the hills. I’m not usually a fan of electronic



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* Following Champions League exits of Arsenal and Manchester City, it left Chelsea (1-1 with Galatasaray) and Manchester United (2-0 down to Olympiakos) flying the British flag. Chelsea played last night while United are in action tonight. * Tottenham, trailing 3-1, have it all to do in Portugal tomorrow against Benfica in the second leg of their last 16 Europa League tie. * This weekend in the PL, it’s Chelsea-Arsenal, Cardiff-Liverpool and Manchester City-Fulham followed next Tuesday by the Manchester derby. And on Sunday Real Madrid play Barcelona in La Liga. * In cricket, England (165-6) beat the West Indies (160-7) in their last 20/20 game in Barbados ahead of the 20/20 World Cup which is underway in Bangladesh. England play New Zealand on Saturday. * 235,125 spectators attended the recent Cheltenham Festival - a record 67,814 on Gold Cup day. * A record 80,000 crowd will watch the rematch between boxers Carl Froch and George Groves at Wembley in May. * Novak Djokovic beat Roger Federer in the Indian Wells tennis final; Flavia Pannetta (Italy) defeated Agnieszka Radwanskla (Poland) in the women’s event. * Mo Farah finished second in last week’s New York half-marathon. * GB golfer Charley Hull (17) won the women’s LM Cup in Morocco. * Exeter Chiefs beat Northampton Saints 15-8 in Rugby’s Anglo-Welsh Cup final. His was the Devon club’s first trophy win in its 143 year history. * Castleford made it five wins out of five with a 19-16 victory over Hull in Rugby’s Super League. * And congratulations to ex-footballers Alan Shearer and Robbie Savage for completing the ‘Battle of the Backsides’ by sitting on all 90,000 seats at Wembley and raising £250,000/€299,000 for charity. And I have a Charity Quiz at Greg & Co bardiner in Turre today at 5pm.

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La Finca, one of the most popular courses in this area saw 30 members and guests of the Society tee off into the wind which stayed with us all day and at times, it was a cold wind too. This plus the hollow tinning of the greens proved too much for many members and only 3 actually broke the 30 point barrier. Only 3 of the 4 NTP’s were won and the recipients of TMGS golf balls were Mike O’Reagan, Alan Rixson and Sandra Twentyman (again!)

TMGS La Finca, 12th March 2014. Today back in 1710 Thomas Arne, English composer of Rule Britannia, was born. He also wrote a version of God Save the King, which was to become the British national anthem. Not just that, but also this day back in 1935 Britain imposed a 30 mph speed limit in built up areas.

The Silver Division was ably won by Captain Mick Kennedy with 28 points, one in front of Sandra Twentyman’s 27 who, in turn was one point ahead of Bill Wylie to claim 3rd place and Olga Haubner in 4th place.

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19th Hole Golf Society. Cucador. Thursday 13th March twenty two followed by new member Sean Curtis members arrived to do battle with the beautiful fairways of Aguilon Golf Course. With a light breeze and warming sunshine this Individual Stableford promised some good scores. Not to be, this funny old game has a way of reminding you that complacency will never produce a good score. With desperate cries of Oh No ringing throughout the course it soon became clear that all was not well for the majority of players. Brian( Dee) Lowden in particular struggled, not least due to his recent change of clubs and Putter grip. Brian is on record as saying he really likes his new clubs because they exhibit far better aerodynamic characteristics when flying through the air than his previous clubs. This added to the extra grip afforded by the Double Thumb grip on the Putter which allows for a much better grip when using the club as a hammer really satisfies Brians unique style. Brian’s redeeming hole was the 8th where he scored a Two to match Mark Danson who also scored a Two on the same hole Mark Danson headed the field home with a sound score of 33 points closely

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Macenas Golf played host to Badgers Golf Society on Wednesday 12th March.There was plenty of wind on the day for the members to overcome and some very tricky pin positions thrown in as well. Winning the day’s competition on count back with37 pts was Jan Page, 2nd place went to Neil Bown also with 37pts and 3rd place going to Andy Mucha with 34 pts.Nearest the pins went to Mike Daily, Tony Waldren, Sheila Watts and Jim Laird Saturday’s weekly roll-up was won by Dave Wright with 44pts from Lynn Sefton with 38pts and Brian Watts in 3rd with 34pts

and Nick Pogson both on 30 points being separated by countback. Really good days golf with lots of entertaining exploits throughout the round enthusiastically shared during our complimentary nibbles and refreshments back at La Vida Cucador Results. 1st Mark Danson Nett 33(02) 2nd Sean Curtis Nett 30 (08) on countback 3rd Nick Pogson Nett 30 (20) Twos Brian (Dee) Lowden and Mark Danson 8th Hole Nearest The Pin: 4th Hole Steve Newberry 8th Hole Ian Postles 17th Hole Sean Curtis The 19th hole G/S is now arranging weekly games at various courses in the area, our home course, which we play fortnightly, is Aguilon. If you are interested in joining the 19th hole give the secretary a ring on 610340653. Or email gs19thhole@

Badgers Golf Society also plays every Wednesday at various courses in the area and every Saturday at Macenas for their weekly roll-up. Please book in at Badgers. Forth coming fixtures are: Thursday 20th March Away day trip to Lorca, Wednesday 26th Macenas, Wednesday 2nd April Desert Springs Guests are welcome to join the society on both Wed and Sat comps and can book in either at Badgers Restaurant on Mojacar Playa or by phone on 950478525 / 6860388259. Fixtures can be found on

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angling news with Beachcomber John AGUILON GOLF MEMBERS REPORT weavers, pickerels, bogues, small bream and Sam and Rachael landed an Octopus each.

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Boat Fishing. ‘Orca Steve’ managed to get a trip out with Palomete Ian, Wife Dee from CATs and some of their family and friend Biker Neil. They managed to squeeze a nice settled Sunday morning in between the high winds and big swells to get some fishing done. From the offset they anchored in front of the Repsol garage in about 150ft of water on the edge of a stony basin which Steve found on the chart. He sent down a nice smelly bag of chum with the anchor and it wasn’t long before the fish came following the scent albeit small ones. Ian had a couple of good takes but lost the fish on both occasions, both were rod benders! Everyone caught the usual critters including small mackerel, pandoras,

Ray decided to give Puentes another try and arrived at 8am to complete disbelief. Water levels have now dropped so far that all last year’s ace spots are unfishable. Levels are down at least 15 feet. Ray did a recce to see where to fish and ended up propped on a slope across other side. Fishing was really difficult if you need to use a chair as the slopes are steep and covered in loose rock. There were a few fish topping in the middle but way beyond his casting ability. He fished pellet on a feeder rig, nothing happened for 3 hours, then got his first bite but lost it. 20 minutes later another knock which then ran and a 3lb barbel ended up in the net, first fish of the year. For up to date information on fishing licenses or any of the above contact me on Facebook @ ‘John Beachcomber Mojacar’ or by email on Tight lines, Beachcomber John.


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To reach this stage in one of the Semi-Final Allen’s team beat Graham Patrick, Ken Richardson and Siobhan Herrity. This wasn’t easy for Allen’s team as although they took charge for ten ends, Graham’s team started to fight for the last eight ends only losing by two shots. Chris’s team, in the other Semi-Final conquered the tough team of Roy

Yours truly thanked the players who had taken part in this competition together with all the spectators who had come to watch and then presented the winners with the ALBC Trophy. This report and photographs will be found on our website, Vic Parsons ALBC Press Officer

With the course very busy and the weather being kind a “medal comp” took it toll on the players and the scoring

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The winners were the team, Allen Deacon, Graham Clough and Eileen Phoenix defeating a very good team of Chris Ewer, Sylvia Pritchard and Sandra Bain

The Final on paper was going to be a great competitive game. Chris Ewer’s tam against Allen Deacon’s. Unfortunately for Chris, Sylvia and Sandra, Allen, Graham and Eileen were on fire to win the championship comfortably.

Wednesday March 5 – Monthly Medal

Twos: Dave Sharp and Norman Whibley 8th, Caroline Willingham 12th, Brian Lowden, Derrick Stephenson 17th

The ALBC Drawn Triples commenced with the Preliminary round in the morning of 7th March and the first round/quarter finals in the afternoon. The Semi-Finals and Final taking place on Monday 10th. The entries were not as good as in the past with thirty players, ten teams, taking part.This competition is traditionally a very competitive, with some teams, favorite to progress to the Semi-finals, didn’t make it.

Tonkin, Terry Rodgers and Viv Sykes. In this game, Chris’s team pressurizing Roy’s Team throughout not letting them get ahead at any stage.

Our pairs Knockout competition was won by the husband and wife pairing of Mike and Sandra Hooker who played impressive golf in the final to beat Dave Simpson and Louis Long by 4 and 3 to lift the trophy.


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‘The Book Of Exodus’ Shoot Poured Millions Into Local Economy ‘The Book Of Exodus’ Shoot Poured Millions Into Local Economy

When director Ridley Scott and his film crew finally packed their bags and left Almeria, they didn’t just leave behind a collection of deserted film sets out in the desert. Their legacy will be the huge amount of money they ploughed into the local economy during the six months they were on location in the area. According to the Andalucia Film Commission, the direct expenditure by the film production company was 2.5 million euros. Included in that figure were 16,000 overnight stays in hotels and the hire of vehicles, drivers and fuel costs. The budget for the whole film is 43 million. They have called it the most important film to be made here in the last thirty years and possibly the most important to be made in Spain for twenty years. The production, in keeping with its billing as ‘a religious epic,’ was vast in every respect. To accomplish what they did in such a short space of time needed a huge amount of manpower. In total, almost 4,000 people were hired during their six month stay; 30% of them being skilled craftsmen – builders, carpenters, painters and plasterers, used in the construction of the sets which recreated ancient Egypt. They achieved this task in record time. Caterers, technicians, labourers and of course the all important ‘extras’ made up the rest of the support cast of thousands. The lure of the big screen attracted hordes of wanabe

actors back in August when auditions were held for the ‘walk on walk off’ roles a huge production like this needs; according to a colleague who worked as a translator on set, the crowd scenes are truly mind blowing – his words, not mine! President of The Film Commission Carlos Rosado, used Exodus as a prime example of the economic impact a production can generate. Hence the importance of bringing further film shoots to the region, “A task in which Almeria is a pioneer,” he said. The president was in Almeria to announce an 80,000€ joint initiative with the Almeria Tourist Board, to create a tour of the locations used in the province for ‘The Book of Exodus.’ It will be opened in December to coincide with the premier of the blockbuster. Also included in the tourist route and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the filming of the first so called ‘spaghetti western’, will be a visit to the desert locations in Tabernas, where the filming took place. A Fist Full of Dollars was the first in a trilogy of low budget films directed by Sergio Leone and starring Clint Eastwood. Also planned is a promotional video called ‘Shooting In Andalucia,’ not only showing the diversity of the area for location work, but also the modern infrastructure and up to date audiovisual industry and support services available in the community. By Martin Shortland

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