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April is always one of our favourite months here at The Journal, and we love nothing more than to play a good prank by writing some farfetched stories to keep our readers entertained. Over the years we have gotten ourselves into quite a bit of hot water. Our long term readers may remember the infamous “Paramount Studios Big Wheel” story, and we would once again like to apologise to the gentleman and his wife who went all the way to Cartagena town hall last year to pay the newly introduced “Regional Pet Tax”!This year you may be glad/ sad to know that we are taking April Fools day off. So you can read this whole edition of The Journal without doubt or suspicion!

CONTRIBUTORS Dawn Llewellyn-Price The gazpacho-monk Paul Cosco Ben Van Nimmen Shirley Ann Fisher Anne Bennett The Camposol Farmacia

Last month we were delighted to attend the Lorca Wine Tasting Project open day! We joined some of esteemed readers and advertisers to enjoy a wonderful afternoon tasting local wines and sherries paired with various local cheeses, hams and other produce from around the region. The organisers would like to make it a monthly event, so watch this space for more details. You can see some of the photos later in the magazine. Have a fantastic April everyone, see you next month, Robbie Rutherford

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New Flights Newcastle - Barcelona launched Good new for Geordies, as Spain’s budget airline, Vueling, launched their new route between Newcastle and Barcelona airports. Flights in March are scheduled on Thursday 24th, Friday 25th, Monday 28th and Tuesday 29th. From April, the airline will operate regular twice weekly services on a Tuesday and Friday, increasing to three weekly flights from June with the addition of a Sunday service. The service will also continue through winter 2016/17, with twice weekly flights on a Friday and a Sunday. Flights depart from Barcelona at 11.10am and from Newcastle at 1.50pm and are operated using an Airbus A320 with capacity for 180 passengers. Vueling, the largest airline operating from Barcelona El Prat Airport and part of the International Airlines Group (IAG), owner of British Airways, Iberia and now Aer Lingus, covers close to 300 routes across more than 130 cities in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, with a fleet of Airbus aircraft.

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Spain ups airport security after Brussels bombings The acting government of has decided to maintain a level four alert for terrorist attacks following emergency meetings between government officials and political leaders. The decision to keep the country on the next-to-highest threat level comes after the attacks in Brussels, which killed over 30 people and injured 230. Acting Interior Minister Jorge FernĂĄndez DĂ­az said four Spaniards were among the wounded, but their injuries were minor. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Counter-terrorism experts have decided to maintain the same line that was established after the Paris attacks on November 13, and to keep the alert level at four, since five is the top level reserved for a scenario of an imminent attack,â&#x20AC;? said FernĂĄndez DĂ­az. The same experts also recommended implementing additional measures at airports. A level four alert already entails heightened security at transportation hubs, critical infrastructure and any venues with heavy human traffic. Meanwhile, Spanish politicians put aside their differences for a while to focus on the Belgian attacks and make a show of unity. In the wake of the attacks, most of Spainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s political parties came together for a meeting of the anti-jihadist pact, a cross-party pledge to cooperate on counter-terrorism issues that was signed

in February last year. All nine signatory parties were present except for the Canaries Coalition, whose representative was unable to attend. The anti-austerity Podemos party also attended as an â&#x20AC;&#x153;observer,â&#x20AC;? after declining to sign the agreement last year.

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The E.U is hoping to ban the €500 note in a bid to stop criminals from dealing in cash, and high-denomination notes like the €500 make “black” money easier to handle. In Spain, a common nickname for the €500 is the “Bin Laden,” because everyone knows it exists, but nobody has ever seen one. And Spain, says the Guardian’s Jennifer Rankin, is one of the countries behind the ban, partly thanks to a Chinese businessman Gao Ping, currently being prosecuted for laundering up to $335 million a year from his network of 4,000 Chinese bazaars, which sell plastic junk from almost every city street. When he was arrested, Ping had around EU12.5 Mln

in his home, in cash, in €100, €200, and €500 bills. The U.K., says Rankin, already stopped circulating the €500 note, on the grounds that it was “almost entirely for criminal purposes.” Even when dodgy cash is discovered, it’s hard to tie it to a crime. Cash, unlike electronic transactions, leaves no paper trail.

and invisible way to transact business. France has already banned cash transactions over €1,000, and Spain, too, limits large transactions. If you want to buy something like an iPad Pro tablet in Paris, you have to use a credit or debit card or you’re breaking the law. This ban on high-value cash transactions, though, has little to do with criminality, and everything to do with tax, and tracking what law-abiding citizens spend. If you’re already carrying €1 million in €500 bills (which apparently fits nicely into a regular laptop case), then you’re probably not worried that the international assassin you’re about to pay off will report you to the cops for paying in cash. But for you and me, the policy makes it harder for us to live our legally conducted lives with any anonymity. The policy makes it harder for us to live our legally conducted lives with any anonymity.

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C.S.I- Crime Scene Investigates: Dog Mess Could Catalunia have the answer to Camposol’s dog mess problem_ Albert Batalla became mayor of the Catalan town of La Seu d’Urgell (Lleida) in 2008. At his swearing-in ceremony, the politician listed some of the local problems that needed addressing. “It may sound strange, but I made it clear that one of these problems was the antisocial behaviour of people who do not pick up after their pets on the street,” he recalls. Eight years have elapsed since then, and La Seu d’Urgell is nearly ready to identify these wrongdoers, because “in a few months we will be able to extract DNA from a piece of excrement, identify the dog and fine the owner €300.” La Seu d’Urgell will adopt a technology commercialized by a company that took shape at the Barcelona Autònoma University (UAB), where 11 scientists have come together to form a team straight out of TV show CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. “There are residential communities in the US where, before renting out an apartment to someone with a pet, they force the owner to provide genetic information on the animal,” explains Óscar Ramírez of Vetgenomics, which has also sold its idea to Sitges and Parets. “If excrement shows up somewhere, it is identified and the owner gets sanctioned. Incidents have been

reduced 100%.” The firm has also sold its idea to the municipalities of Sitges and Parets, while other Catalan towns, as well as the government of nearby principality Andorra, have expressed an interest. Ramírez explains that town councils need to change their local ordinances to make it mandatory for pets not only to have a microchip, but also for their owners to provide a doggy DNA sample. The way it works is simple, he says: the owner takes the dog to the vet, who extracts a blood sample, seals it and sends it to Vetgenomics, which then creates a genomic database. When dog droppings are found on a street, a municipal worker “collects the sample and sends it to us for comparison against the database,” says Ramírez. The initial blood sample costs €25 and each analysis is €35. Municipal fines range from €300 to €600, depending on the town. The popular seaside resort of Sitges wants to implement the system by 2017. Jordi Mas, the local chief of sustainability, says the city will subsidize the cost of the blood sample for the 1,200 dogs on its local registers. Authorities have set aside €15,000 for the project.

of the system by many municipalities and the sharing of a common database,” he adds. Mas would eventually like to see the regional government forcing all dog owners in Catalonia to send in DNA samples. Only then could feces-free streets become a reality. This is not the first time that Spanish towns have tried to deal with the problem of droppings on their streets in new ways. In 2013 Brunete, west of Madrid, experimented with a campaign to send offending owners their dog poop back in a box, with a warning that next time there would be a hefty fine. In this case, offending owners were identified through the help of undercover volunteers who followed them to find out their dog’s name and breed. This information was then checked against the local pet database.Supreme Court had officially and legally recognised the region as the rightful owners of Corvera Airport, and instructed Aeromur - the former concession holder - to ‘hand the keys over’. However, the press release confirmed that the Security Guards would not be permitted to carry weapons, undertake patrols or detain anyone found trespassing on the property - simply to monitor hi-tech surveillance equipment.

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RESTAURANTE VILLAMARES LA AZOHIA When walking down the avda Central of La Azohia, one is often distracted from the world around as they become fully immersed in the intense beauty of the Mediterranean sea and dramatic mountain scape that rushes down to meet it. But next time you are take a moment to look around and you will find the gem of La Azohia right before you eyes! This stunning, contemporary styled restaurant sits in one of the most enviable spots overlooking the beach. The good news that they would like to share with readers of The Journal, is that after such a successful summer they have decided to stay open throught the winter months also. This is great news for everybody, especially if during the summer you never found the time visit. Restaurant Villamares is open ALL DAY- 7 DAYS A WEEK! It is an ideal place to stop for some refreshments, drink, tapas, or one of the most exquisite Menu Del Dia´s that the area has to offer. With fresh fish daily and a wide and varied menu, there is something for everyone to enjoy. The kitchen is open until 8pm Monday to Friday and stays open until late on the weekends. There are large outdoor spaces to relax in and marquee´s with patio heaters to keep you cosy on those chilly evenings. Why not come down early evening and soak up the atmosphere? Select something to drink from the extensive cocktail and champagne list and listen to some music while enjoying the amazing view and watching the sun set.You can use the free wifi to send your friends photos of you enjoying the best food, drink and scenery for miles around! There is bike parking and also the restaurant is delighted to be dog friendly making this the ideal place to stop and recharge after a bike ride or a ramble in the surrounding trails with the dog. If you are driving then you needn’t worry as there is ample parking, and also special reserved disabled parking in the immediate vicinity. With friendly staff, great food, great atmosphere, and a stunning location Restaurant Villamares, really does have everything to ensure that you have a great time with your family and friends.

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Spain Book Review

by Caroline Angus Baker: ‘The Exile’ by Mark Oldfield Here we are at last: The sequel to Mark Oldfield’s The Sentinel. If you are new, the Vengeance of Memory trilogy is based around Guzmán in the 1950’s, and Ana María Galindez in present day, with a few 1930’s war-time chapters for added plot twists. Sounds tricky? Keep up. The Exile takes a slight leap forward from the end of The Sentinel which (potential spoilers ahead), left Ana María in a messy state, and Guzmán surrounded by dead bodies. In 2010, Ana María is reinstated in the Guardia Civil, to continue her work as a forensic investigator. Off to the Basque country in northern Spain, she has to examine a scene of a multiple slasher-type killing spree from the 1930’s. The murder weapon is found – and it’s Guzmán’s. Ana María finally feels as if she is getting close to the man. But the bones are quickly forgotten when Ana María is put in charge of an investigation into the stolen babies of the Franco era, which started during the civil war and outlived Franco until around 1991. All the while, she is still suffering from past injuries thanks to Guzmán’s chamber of secrets and not at all over the murder of her father by Basque terrorists, something her memory has blacked out. Ana María believes in science, and with her new

assistant Isabel, they come up with statistics – not only were a large majority of babies stolen from private clinics, most of the parents who complained were then killed. When a mother claiming to have had a daughter stolen at birth winds up dead, Ana María finds this old and vicious crime is still going on. The corruption and cover-ups run deep, and has the ability to kill anyone who pokes into fascist business. I have waited three years to read The Exile after the release of The Sentinel. The format, chapters alternating timelines is the same as I have written, as is the stolen babies of the Franco-era storyline, along with Brigada Especial men like Guzmán. I have finished my series and it is fun to see someone else taking the ideas down a very different path. There is only one side to Guzmán – perverse and savage. Whether he is thinking, talking or acting, he is cruel. He hates everyone, especially himself. So when he is taking a dinner break rather than murdering or intimidating, he hooks up with Magdalena, who is ready to jump into bed with this emotionless man. She too is cold and emotionless. The spark between them doesn’t exist, they instead gravitate toward one another, similar beings in a land of haters. Every speaking male character in this book (almost the entire cast) are perverts. They look every woman up and down with sexual ideas. Women are kept in cells, raped and tortured. Every woman is a whore. A general holds parties where local girls, keen to avoid jail time (for invisible crimes) attend parties naked, there for gratification, to be raped, tortured and/ or murdered. One is there purely to be placed naked on a garrotte machine. Women as entertainment for the depraved and over-empowered. Guzmán spends little time on anything except thinking or discussing murder or what’s under a woman’s clothing. I kept telling myself that women where treated poorly under Franco and that was part of the story, but

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things in Guzmán’s world. Sex and death.

In the 2010 storyline, things are no better. Ana María, a lesbian (which is not made a big deal of in this book, covered in the first installment) is leered at by men everywhere she goes. Every step and a man seemed to be leering or making a sexual innuendo. Ana María attacks a man early on; she shouldn’t be popping painkillers (addiction in disguise), she should be in therapy and on antidepressants. The crime scene early on in the book gets forgotten as the stolen babies take priority, and it takes a long time for her storyline to run parallel with Guzmán’s – almost the end of the book, but it all makes sense over time. One thing Ana María is – BADASS! Going for babysitting and ending up in a gun battle is no problem for fearless Ana María. Her storyline suggests baby stealing continued well into the 1990’s and parents were murdered; let’s hope that part never turns out to be true! I would recommend this book to anyone. There is no detail on Spain’s situation in either periods, the book jumps straight in and readers get pulled along. Reading the first book would definitely be an advantage. I re-read it before picking up The Exile. The violence against women, the leering and innuendo, and the sexually frustrated losers of the book are hard to stomach, yet with all that, the twisting plot, the traitors and unlikable characters like Guzmán and Ana María, the author has produced a hell of a novel. While I liked The Sentinel, The Exile is so much better again, worth the wait for sure. Caroline Angus Baker is a Kiwi author, historian, and Ecology student. Spanish Civil War nerd, bullfighting bystander and Valencia aficionado. Professional dreamer, book reviewer, and byronic heroine fan. Spanish history and architecture lover.

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Cavalli Foundation Thanks to the outcome of the recent meeting that Cavalli Foundation President, Verónica Campillo, had with Popular Party Representative, Monica Meroño, there have been important amendments to the 2016 law regulating animal protection. Equines are now included as domestic and companion animals with specific rights which require owners to respect and protect them. Any neglect and cruelty towards equines is to be penalised. The other major step forward is that this law will prohibit the use of ponies in fairground carousels. Spring is here and the geese are laying. We’ve been finding huge white eggs hidden under twigs in nests all around the garden. As yet none of the lady geese seem to be interested in hatching. The cold had set in again and a call came to Cavalli about a pig that needed

Cavalli Riding School pupil, Dominic Doyle, has just made his debut as an expert carriage driver at Equimur horse fair. Dominic gave an amazing performance driving a sports carriage pulled by 2 beautiful Spanish horses. Liz, Vicepresident of Cavalli Foundation and Riding Federation director of the Paraequestrian section and Riding for the Disabled was really proud to present the 1st Exhibition of Adapted Riding at the Equimur horse fair. All the participants, big and small, did a great job and received great applause from a very appreciative audience. For more information about Cavalli activities, whether animal rescue or horse riding, or to find out about adoption or donation to the Foundation, please contact us by mail at infocavallifolundation@gmail.com, by phone on 00 34 636172198, or enter our Facebook page. Cavalli Foundation is still based at META Riding Centre in La Costera de Alhama on the Rm-603 near Los Ventorrillos, 30.849.

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CLOUD NINE DRAMA Cloud 9 Drama Seems like the reputation of Cloud Nine Drama has been reaching far fetched quarters; well as far as Lorca, Mula, La Molata and El Alamillo. On the the 20/ 21 April a group of us will be performing to language students in Mula and Lorca . We have been asked to put on some short productions to enable the students to practice their listening, understanding and speech skills as well as perhaps participating ! On the 14th May, we will be performing a Murder Mystery evening in Bar Med ( for details please contact Bar Med directly) we have also been asked to perform at the La Molata fiesta at the end of April,phew after all that we will be in discussions for our next Pantomime ......”oh yes we will “ watch this space for further details . We are always on the look out for new members both backstage and on stage.contact us at www.cloudninedramagroupmurcia. com. OR our Face book page Cloud Nine Drama or our chairman keithpatrick@moviestar.es

to be rescued. She, now named Little Miss Dottie, had been found by a police officer and taken to Alhama police station. She had been there in a box in the bicycle shed for 2 days more dead than alive and the Alhama police force had no idea what to do with her. So the alarm call went out and Dottie was brought home by Cavalli volunteers, warmed up in a nice hay bed and tempted to eat a bran mash. She had obviously been mauled by some animal and her wounds were terribly infected. But, with generous rations of TLC and tasty meals, Dottie is now a lot better and looking for a nice forever home with pig lovers to take good care of her.

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Sant Jordi Festival in Barcelona 2016 Catalunya’s Valentine’s Day. The “Rose and Book” Festival.

Sant Jordi, or Saint George’s Day is much more than a simple feast day in Barcelona. It is the Catalan equivalent to Valentine’s Day and love is in the air! Each year, the streets are filled with people strolling around grasping books and roses wrapped in ribbons in the colours of the Catalan flag (The Senyera). Sant Jordi is not a public holiday; therefore all of the shops and restaurants are open as normal. However, there is no mistaking the feeling that this is fiesta time. The story of Sant Jordi is the same as the one that is known worldwide. Saint George was a hero - he saved a beautiful Princess who was about to come to a sticky end at the hands of a dragon who had been terrorising a village. There are various versions of the story but these facts always remain the same. Sant Jordi is the Patron Saint of Catalunya and his tale is well-known throughout the city. The basic idea for Sant Jordi is that men give women roses and women give men books. And it can be anybody, not necessarily your partner or somebody who you have taken a liking to. For this feast, boys buy roses for their mums; girls buy books for their friends. Also, in today’s forward thinking society the rules are no longer set regarding who gets what. A girl is just as likely to

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receive a book and vice versa. The streets and squares of Barcelona are filled with stalls selling books and roses. It is a picturesque sight in the Spring sunshine. Couples walk hand in hand clutching roses. The buses are jam packed with old Catalan people, tipsy from a day of strolling from bookshop to vermouth stop. During Sant Jordi stalls crop up all over town. However, for the largest concentration of stalls it is best to head to the large square and streets: as shown below. La Rambla will be the centre of all the activity however it can become a little overcrowded during peak hours in which case you could try going to one of the other squares mentioned below. Plaça Sant Jaume Metro Metro: Jaume I (Yellow Line, L4) Plaza Catalunya Metro Metro: Catalunya (Red Line, L1) or (Green Line, L3)

centre of all the activity. However you will find flower and books stalls popping up all over the city on this day. There are only 3 days in the year in which the Ajuntament de Barcelona, opens its doors to the public and Sant Jordi day is one of these. You will be able to take a stroll through the Ajuntament de Barcelona and see its interior. The Ajuntament de Barcelona is open until 20:00 for the public to visit. From 15:00 to 20:00 there will be Sardana dancing in Placa Sant Jaume which is well worth a visit. The Sardana is a traditional Catalan folk dance. The Feast of Sant Jordi is a treat for the eyes with the streets filled with stalls selling beautiful flowers. Make sure to bring your camera and plenty of memory cards. Take a stroll, soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the day Catalanstyle.

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Technology

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looking to implement exotic materials to further differentiate iPhone from a sea of competitors. Kuo expects Apple to choose glass for its new case design as the material is easy to mold and boasts properties that facilitate thin-and-light form factor designs. Other options include plastic and ceramic. On the inside, Appleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nextgeneration iPhone is expected to include wireless charging and new biometric recognition technology like face and iris scanning, presumably accomplished through a

front-facing camera. Apple owns a number of patents covering secure facial recognition technology, including IP that relies on 3D rendering for increased levels of accuracy. Perhaps not coincidentally, the company recently acquired facial recognition specialist Emotient and real-time 3D rendering firm Faceshift. It is unclear where the new unit will rank in Appleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s iPhone lineup,

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but Kuo predicts two possible scenarios. The analyst believes Apple is likely to position the 5.8-inch AMOLED iPhone model as a replacement for the current 5.5-inch TFT-LCD model, but if the company is unable to procure necessary AMOLED supply, the unit could launch as a top-end add-on to the 2017 iPhone line. “If the supply of AMOLED panel is sufficient, we believe it is more likely that the first scenario will happen, in which case a 5.8inch AMOLED model will entirely replace the 5.5-inch TFT-LCD iPhone,” Kuo said. Apple has for years been rumored to make the switch to AMOLED tech, but display manufacturers are simply not equipped to output supply for a product that sells hundreds of millions of units each year. Kuo himself said an AMOLED iPhone wouldn’t arrive until 2019, at the earliest. However, as a result of suppliers efforts to quickly build out their respective AMOLED production lines, there might be enough stock to accommodate the single high-end iPhone variant Kuo describes. A rumor last October claimed Apple was sampling OLED iPhone displays sourced from Samsung, for example. The special model, thought to serve as a keystone in 2017’s iPhone lineup, is expected to keep Apple in the running with competitors who use similarly exotic materials in their flagship smartphones. By launching next year, Apple will have fresh product on offer during the usual ‘S’ cycle refresh window, which normally brings internal buffs but little to no aesthetic change.

Spain jumps 6 places in internet speed ranking Spain has jumped six places in the latest State of the Internet report published by Akamai, having increased its average

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connection speed to 12.1 Mbps in Q$ of 2015 compared to 8.2 Mbps the year earlier. The popularity of superfast fibre and cable offers also helped push the country’s average peak connection speeds from 39 Mbps (42nd in the ranking) to 60 Mbps (23rd worldwide), said Akamai.

19.1 Mbps and Norway at 18.8 Mbps. Singapore posted the highest average peak connection speed at 135.7 Mbps, with Romania, the only non-Asian country in the top 10, registering an average peak of 73.6 Mbps, said Akamai.

Spain’s telecoms regulator CNMC last week reported that the country’s FTTH connections stood at almost 3.3 million at the end of January when 153,162 new lines were added. South Korea had the top average connection speed at 26.7 Mbps, followed by Sweden at

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The reason for this message is to dispel all false, wrong, and irrelevant information that has been circulating in recent months and to explain clearly and without ambiguities the reason why the CRA is considering taking legal action against those organisations that are being investigated for fraud, malpractice, negligence and corruption, when building our Urbanisation. In answer to the most pressing questions: How much will Legal Action cost the residents, if we lose the court case? In view of the recent Judicial decision taken by the Public Prosecutor to open a criminal investigation against the CHS and Mazarrón Council for building properties on a rambla, the CRA is very confident indeed that we will win the Court case. The Murcia Transparente (MT) Lawyer stated that it is extremely unlikely that we lose the Court case, and we have no reason to doubt his opinion. As further assurance to our members, the CRA, as a Registered Association, is governed by the Law passed in 2002, which regulates the Rights of all Association, and which states that “….The members of a Committee, who represent an Association, will be answerable to their membership .. for damages caused, and for debts incurred through acts of mal-practice or negligence” Therefore, you can be 100% certain that the CRA will act with extreme caution and will be totally guided by the professional judgement of the MT Lawyer, in its decision to pursue legal action, because, ultimately, the CRA Committee can be held responsible for any costs if the court case is lost. Why is the CRA so determined to take Legal Action? What’s in it for the Committee? The CRA Committee is mindful of their commitment to its membership, as stated in the Constitution, Section 3/2: “To work towards the improvement of quality and condition of life for the residents of said Urbanisation.” The Committee has been working tirelessly, and without remuneration, for many months now, to try and achieve this, and they will continue to do so, without seeking, or obtaining, any personal gain or financial remuneration. What has led the CRA to consider taking Legal Action? Over the years, the efforts of several groups, individuals, and associations have failed miserably in forcing those

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responsible to rectify their wrongdoings, and following the disastrous floods in September 2014, the CRA felt that the extreme abandonment of Camposol by all the Authorities concerned, requires extreme remedies in order to have its Residents’ rights recognised. Regrettably, having witnessed the failure of any other means of resolving the problems, the CRA is working towards the one and only solution left, which is that of initiating CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS, in order to obtain justice, reparation, and just compensation. The alternative is that, by continuing to accept the cheap-talk of those responsible for our present, inhumane situation, Camposol will continue to deteriorate, with more and more properties falling into dis-repair. Our children’s inheritance will be a ghosttown full of derelict and abandoned properties. The CRA threat of legal action is devaluing our properties Any loss in the value of your property cannot be attributed to the CRA, but to the increasingly devastating problems that have been neglected for so many years, and would never have been accepted within a civilised Society. Ask yourself: In a civilised society, should 200+ homes be allowed to put up with collapsed streets, broken sewers, exposing raw sewage into a residential environment, for over 6 years? In a civilised society, should authorities allow 550 properties to be built on a known flood plain that didn’t even belong to the developer, and when the inevitable flood occurs, no visible efforts are made to rectify the situation, leaving the residents at risk of suffering the same fate, time and time again. In a civilised society, should the local authority be allowed to keep nearly 4000 homes without some of the compulsory services for over 15 years, while collecting millions in IBI payments? In a civilised society, should housebuyers be allowed to purchase their home without DEEDS (Escritura)? In a civilised society, would you have bought a property “under construction”, in the belief that it was finished, and had been approved for habitation by your Council? In a civilised society, would you not expect any bank to accept your house as collateral, or any Insurance Company to honour the policy you took out with them? Regrettably, these are just some of the problems faced by the house-owners in Camposol, and this is what’s de-valuing

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your property, not the CRA’s efforts to rectify them. What proof has the CRA that the Town Hall has abandoned Camposol? At the CRA AGM in November 2015, a petition was regrettably passed for giving the Mayoress 6 months, to address some of the Camposol issues. Since her election, Camposol has witnessed: The total interruption of the streetlighting repairs The broken promise of getting new refuse bins. The existing ones are in an unacceptable condition, with broken parts and most of them with no lids. They are the cast-offs of Mazarrón, whilst the town have been delivered brand new grey ones. The termination of contract of the Cultural Centre’s employee – the one and only link between Camposol and the Town Hall, with no renewal or replacement The total interruption of proceedings regarding abandoned properties, following a very brief endeavour to address the problem A total interruption of regular CRA/ Town Hall Councillors meetings. The only meeting that took place, following the Pleno (Council meeting) in January 2016, resulted in Paco Garcia Asesnio Councillor for Foreigners stating: ‘There is no point in having meetings until we have something to tell you’. None of her Manifesto’s promises being implemented None of the outstanding problems listed below, and presented to the TH by the CRA, in July 2015 have been addressed, or resolved, although some of them could have been done at minimal cost. They include: Abandoned properties Properties collapsing in sector C Properties built in the path of underground streams Street lighting Street names and house numbers, (not plot numbers!) Road works, and repairs of roads and pavements Regular street cleaning Re-positioning of the Telefonica boxes in many roads

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Broken sewers / raw sewage in the streets Water leaks / pipe blockages No-parking lines in strategic roads (ie: around the Commercial Centre) Re-painting of road markings Police presence / Crime prevention Children’s play areas Sports facilities (football area etc.) Green areas, parks, gardens etc. Library Access road from C/D Sectors to the RM3 Bridge repairs (rambla between B and C sectors) Postal delivery service Flood prevention measures (after floods in D sector) Regular and appropriate public transport Taxi licence Management of the Cultural Centre At that same meeting, the CRA was promised that certain administrative issues would be dealt with, such as: Certificate of Habitation Clarification on the 10-year Guarantee Embargos Legalisation of properties Clarification on the issue of Public and Private roads Clarification on Residential Properties and Properties for Touristic Use The determining factor, which destroyed every hope for the Residents of Camposol to be acknowledged and treated as human beings, was the vote taken at the Council meeting (Pleno), in January 2016, where three CRA Committee were the ONLY representatives of Camposol, and they witnessed the Councillors’ vote of 17 against 5, for the provision of BASIC OBLIGATORY SERVICES of public street-lighting and general cleaning, which the various political parties have denied us since the inception of the Urbanisation, and which BY LAW must be provided before allowing people to live in the Urbanisation.

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What is the true extent of the problems faced by the Residents in Camposol? The problems encountered by the Residents of Camposol stem mainly from the fact that the Developer Justo Y Manoli did not comply with Building Regulation in the construction of 3742 (last official information) properties in Camposol. They include: 234 Properties on C14/15/16 and D29/32/35 with serious structural and infrastructural problems, visible externally. This figure will almost certainly be more if access were available for internal inspection. 550 Properties on D Sector in the path of the rambla, some with structural damage, threat of severe flooding and associated problems 585 Properties in the whole of Sector B with a seriously substandard water supply and patched-up, bodged repairs (this figure does not include the Commercial Centre) 1579 Properties in C and D Sectors with unfinished infrastructure, roads, and street-lighting. A whole Urbanisation of 3742 properties without the amenities included in the original Plan, such as a school, play areas, sports areas, library, police station, etc. A whole urbanisation where many street-names are missing and houses still have plot numbers rather than house-number. There is no postal delivery service, there is no suitable public transport or no registered taxis. Most roads are unfinished, and fast deteriorating, with no road markings or adequate road signs. There is no Access road for 2363 Properties in Sectors C and D – the only link being a bridge, which was already damaged and rendered impassable by the floods in 2012. According to the Summary of the Murcia Architects, appointed by the Council, the Developers and the CHS agreed to ignore the original plans and chose to build the main road and the rambla bridge in an un-authorised location - discussions have been taking place at Regional level for the re-positioning of the Main road and the bridge, causing a major disruption to properties whose owners prefer to ignore their chance of seeking compensation should the new proposals go ahead, and they choose to bury their head in the sand. A worrying number of Properties in Camposol have been sold without

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The majority of properties have no Fin De Obra certificate 100% of illegal properties don’t have the Certificate of Habitation

What’s wrong with not having a Certificate of Habitation? The extract from the ‘Spanish Solicitors. com’ website says: “This is a document which resumes the confirmation from the Town Hall that the property is ready for habitation, and it is applied once the property is finished with the Final Works License (Certificado Final de Obra) and inscribed in the land registry with the New Buildings Declaration (Declaración de Obra Nueva). You need this document to obtain the permission of the Town Hall to live in the house. Before you get it, what you have is a construction, but not a “house”. Contrary to information published recently by others, ONLY the Town Hall can issue a Certificate of Habitation. The CRA had a meeting with the Officer at the Urban Planning Department of Mazarrón Council, who categorically stated that ‘no Certificate of Habitation will be issued for the properties in Camposol’. It has been stated that the CRA are inviting residents to make financial payments for legal actions of doubtful benefit.. This is not true. The CRA is inviting residents to join them in taking CRIMINAL ACTION PROCEEDINGS against those responsible of illegal practices, fraud, and negligence in the construction and the sale of their properties. The CRA lawyer is a member of the Anti-Corruption Agency Murcia Transparente (MT), who is affiliated to the worldwide agency Transparency International. MT was called in October 2014, to help uncover the corruption and mal-practices that took place when 550 properties were allowed to be built on the rambla, many of which were badly damaged by the floods in September 2014. In the last 16 months, MT and their team worked tirelessly behind the scenes on the ‘Camposol’ case, and provided extensive evidence of malpractices, negligence, and fraud, to: - The European Parliament in Brussels - The Spanish Ambassador in the UK - The UK Parliament, and the UK Embassy in Spain

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In the summer of 2015 the CHS lodged an Eight million euro denuncia against Mazarron Town Hall, this was in response and in mitigation to 26 million euro court case brought by Monsora S.A. In November 2015 the MT Team, together with the Political party Ciudadanos, provided sufficient documentation to the Public Prosecution Service in Murcia, to convince the Judicial System to initiate criminal investigations against the CHS and the Town Hall of Mazarrón.(none of the above legal actions were instigated with the knowledge of the CRA Committee) The legal fees quoted in the past by a lawyer to the CRA, for sourcing this documentation and for registering with the Public prosecution would have been in the region of 36.000€ euros. To date, absolutely no sum of money has been requested by MT or by their lawyer, and no payment will ever be required by MT for this. The MT lawyer has given many UNPAID hours of his time, and is continuing to do so, in order to guide us through the legal pitfalls. Urgent legal action is now being recommended not only by MT, but also by: The Urbanistic Architect Andrés Garrido The Mazarrón Town Hall Councillors The Public Prosecutor in Murcia The European Commission REMEMBER: WE ARE THE VICTIMS, and we are the ones who must pursue, via the legal channels, our claim for compensation!.

The MT lawyer has offered to examine, for a fee of 60€, the documents of Residents who wish to take part in the CRA Legal Action, in order to establish if they are still within the time limit for claiming compensation. He will truly advise on your individual situation, considering that time may be running out for some, in view of the Decennial (10-year) Insurance and the Statute of Limitation. A normal fee for this service would be in excess of 300€. Who will pay the Compensation? It is not our concern, where the Compensation money will come from – it will be up to the Judge to decide. For example, in respect of the properties built on the Rambla, it has already been determined that the Compensation and the costs of reparation will be met by the Spanish Government and the Murcia Authority (and the Town Hall if proven guilty). The excuse of ‘no money’ is never taken into consideration.

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In CRIMINAL cases, contrary to CIVIL proceedings, the payment of Compensation, if awarded by the Judge, is absolute and certain! That’s the Law, and it is always implemented! Why doesn’t the CRA align itself to a Political Party? The CRA is not against working with any Political party. In fact the CRA has been speaking with the PP, the PSOE, the PODEMOS Party and the CIUDADANOS Party. Some of their representatives are working very closely with MT on the ‘Camposol’ case, without any expectations of Party loyalties whatsoever. They believe that the Residents of Camposol have been deceived and abandoned by their own Council, which has continually ignored their needs and has treated them with contempt without any respect for their contribution to the Council coffers, their dignity and their HUMAN RIGHTS. Some Murcia MPs, representatives of the above Parties, have instigated, together with MT, the setting-up of a Regional Working Party in Murcia to address the problems of Camposol, and the CRA will have a presence in those meetings. Over the years, many Political Parties have made promises which have not been kept. The Residents of Camposol are now learning to put their trust in a Party who shows them true interest and concern for their issues, who works with them and for them, at all times, and not only just before Election time. We may get compensation/reparation for our particular situation, but what about the whole of Camposol’s issues, such as roads etc.? The CRA’s involvement is two-fold: The CRA lawsuit would include a claim for the infrastructure of the whole urbanization, and would use the compensation awarded by the Court to the Association for the improvement of facilities and services, once the works have been completed, in accordance with the Court ruling. The CRA would pay the quoted fee of 3000€ for the preparation of Case, and for presentation of the Case to the Public Prosecutor. I haven’t got any problems …. Are you sure? Check out these points Do you have an Escritura for your property? There is no valid or legal reason for with-holding your Escritura (Deeds), which must be given to you upon the purchase of your home, or

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very soon afterwards. Has your Escritura got the description of ‘vivienda terminada’ (house completed) or ‘vivienda en construcción? (house under construction). If your home is ‘terminada’… why won’t the Council release your Certificate of Habitation? If your home is ‘under construction’ were you told about it when you bought it? Has your home been legally built? Several properties have been built illegally and they cannot pay IBI at present because, according to the Council’s records, these properties do not exist. The implications are immense. Have you been sold a Residential Home, when in fact is a Turistico? By law, 35% of the properties built on any urbanisation must be for ‘Tourism Use’. As a Turistico your home should have been appropriately built and furnished, according to Building Regulations. It is illegal to sell a property designated for Turistico use, as Residential. There are no properties in Camposol that have been built appropriately for the Turistico use. Do you live in a Private or Public road? The implications of living in a Private Road are extremely serious and can be very costly for the residents, who are responsible for repair and maintenance to street lights, pavements, road conditions etc. There are: 13 Private roads in sector A; 14 Private roads in Sector B; 22 Private roads in Sector C; 53 Private roads in Sector D. The CRA has a complete list available. The Council, who adopted the urbanisation works in April 2011, should have completed the private roads according to the Plans submitted by the Developers. This was not done, but the Council is adamant in refusing to either complete the works, or accepting the responsibility for Private Roads. This leaves the great number of residents who live in so-called ‘Private Road’ in a very vulnerable situation, and the CRA is continuing its investigation for an acceptable compromise or solution. Do you own a property which was built on the Rambla? In recent weeks the Fiscalía (Public Prosecutor) opened a criminal

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investigation for building on the Rambla in Camposol, to determine if Urban Planning crime and alleged fraud for damages to 550 dwellings, have been committed.

disaster, as it happened in September 2014.

If you own a property built on the Rambla that runs through Sector D, you are advised to present your documents (copy) as listed in previous CRA communication, for the MT lawyer to prepare a possible claim for Compensation. If your property was damaged by the floods of September 2014, don’t forget to add the relative paperwork, for further consideration.

Yes! The CHS were already sentenced, over three years ago, to re-establish the rambla to its original condition. The Court’s decision to demolish 550 villas and pay out 90 million euros in compensation appears to have been halted under rather dubious circumstances which may require further investigation.

In answer to comments that a claim ‘could take years to process’, the documented fact is that MT presented the ‘Camposol Rambla’ case to the Public Prosecutor in November 2015, and it took less than 3 months (including the Christmas break) for a criminal investigation to be initiated on the case. In answer to ‘strong advice to residents to avoid paying any lawyer for document examination’ the documented fact is that the lawyer in question has already given his time and expertise, without asking for any remuneration whatsoever, in the pursuit of justice and compensation for the owners of the properties built on the Rambla, but it is clear that compensation will not be awarded unless it is claimed. If in doubt, the CRA’s member assigned to the Rambla case will be happy to assist you. We are confident in saying that this time the Court sentence will be carried out swiftly, in order to avoid another

Are you saying that the floods of September 2014 could have been averted?

Any more bad news? Yes, plenty, but far too numerous to mention. However, The CRA, together with MT are seeking redress for the Residents of Camposol, and that’s why the CRA are considering LEGAL ACTION. In conclusion, with this message the CRA is saying to the Residents of Camposol: “We are fighting for you, for your rights, for your dignity, for the happy retirement that most of you planned when buying your property in Camposol. We act according to the LAW, and we work according to the CONSTITUTION that you agreed, when becoming CRA members We pledge to be TRUTHFUL and TRANSPARENT at all times. We welcome all who wish to join us, who trust in us, and who support us in our work for improving your standard

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The CRA Committee are giving an enormous amount of time, effort, and dedication to represent you, and to fight for your rights, but we need to be united in our fight. We have gathered more support and help from the media, from the Political Parties, from the Authorities and from the Anti-Corruption Bodies, than anybody has ever done before, and we are happy to share our knowledge and information with you, at any time. We are collecting the documentation of those of you who wish to know exactly what their legal situation is, and who want to pursue legal action if they are still in a position to benefit from it. The MT lawyer will advise each one of you accordingly. Please bring your documents, as listed in previous CRA communications, to the CRA Cabin, as soon as possible – time is running out for many of us. TOGETHER WE WILL MAKE CAMPOSOL A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE

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Dawn Llewellyn-Price Today I cycled right through the middle of a huge puddle, feet off the pedals, whooping with glee. Hubby, also known as ‘the yellow peril’ in his Spanishflag coloured wind-proof, waterproof, breathable cycling jacket, rode around it. He’s a bit prissy like that. A woman walking towards me yelled ‘go for it!’ Oh I did. On the way back, too. Growing up in the countryside, near farms and a dangerous road, meant I spent more time riding four legged creatures on mountainsides, galloping over uneven ground on stocky Welsh mountain ponies, doing surprise circus tricks as horse went one way while I went the other. I had my share of spills, and once a mad bolt up a concrete single lane short cut with my mother

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possible event. Winter gloves, summer gloves, gloves to stop strain injuries. Rainbow tops, rainbow bottoms, astronaut helmets.

The same lane I learned to ride a bike. Tricky teenage times.

Unfortunately I don’t want to roll into the nearest café looking like I’m leading the Tour de France. I haven’t yet mastered cycling in heels, but daresay I could manage it, however going pale faced without lipstick is not allowed. What if Brad Pitt was stood there holding a mocachino? Imagine the resulting ‘selfie with superstar?’

It was recently mentioned on a TV programme that more middle aged men are now leaving the golf courses, pouring themselves into Lycra and charging off up and down the roads in search of pastures new, foregoing the delights of a few bevies in the bar, and ratcheting up their health and fitness levels with only a bottle of water.

Milky latte with ice? Shudder.

We all know the Spanish love their cycling. Turn up anywhere at the weekend and a sudden rush of canaries will go swooping past, often stopping for coffee at roadside cafes. Great fun for the ladies watching these spandex versions of Poldark on metal horses whipping by.

Olympian cyclist Victoria Pendleton, it appears, has turned turtle, and gone back to the four legged mount, and will have completed at Cheltenham recently, with more than a few raised eyebrows.

Whatever happened to the ‘call the midwife’ days, when anyone could get on a bike in ordinary clothes, and cycle off to work, without causing a blurrybright-blot-on-the-landscape of neon coloured, alien head shaped speed kings and queens?

She’s used to wildly patterned clothing, helmets, a fast beast below her, and charging around a relatively circular course to the sounds of baying crowds.

Cycling clothing has come full circle. I bought my ladies bike so I could pop on and off it at ease wearing anything. Enter any cycling shop and there are kits for every

‘Unprepared!’ social media yelled. I beg to differ.

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D Gardening and Community Group News letter – March 2016

Our gardening team started work mid way through January on an area on Calle Salvias D30. A resident who lives across from this area started to cut down the foliage around the area a week before, and asked if the garden group could help out. So the team arrived to support and clear what was a dumping ground for fly tippers. The garden team worked extremely hard clearing rubble and old household items as well as cutting and removing foliage. A skip was hired and paid by the group because there was so much rubbish dumped in the vicinity and it was filled to the brim. After the clearing was accomplished, 8 metric tons of gravel was delivered and spread and finally the team could begin planting. Many of the plants were donated by our residents and they were put to good use to transform this area and make it a nicer place for the residents. Whilst the team was in the neighbourhood, work was started on Calle Mentas D30, this was a tough one as 30 metric tons of gravel was unloaded along the road side, which was spread by the team over three visits. The team also planted along the new gravel surface and did a magnificent job for all to see. As a bonus two of our gardeners are building a barbeque area on the Patange court on Calle Piteras D30, and as you can see

there has been a regeneration around the D30 locality. The D Group was approached by the Red Cross Station, Mazarron to clear an overgrown bank in front of the station, and after an inspection it was obvious they needed more help, so the word was put out and other groups volunteered their services. On the 13th February the

teams arrived in the morning ready to get stuck in and they all did a fantastic job, not only clearing the bank but also around the sides. The volunteers came from other groups in Camposol, Spanish groups from Mazarron, Red Cross volunteers and the largest group were the youngsters from the Leos organization, with 23 members and their leaders. There was a great atmosphere, people from different back grounds, language, and age working together for such an important institution. There was also a TV unit there the following week to film what the volunteers had done and we managed to be there with only a few of the original team. Unfortunately all of the Leos that worked so hard, missed the 11am start for the filming as they are all students. The Red Cross station is most grateful to the volunteers for doing such a fantastic job clearing the area.

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Our Pothole team are once again doing wonders working on the main duel carriageway and roads around our sector. With one particular job they had to make good the surface and spread in 23 tubs of tar to fill the pothole. With many other jobs in the pipeline, we need volunteers and most

important a storage area for their Kit. If you have a vacant place in your under build please contact any of the team. On the 10th February our group held an EGM to vote onto the committee a Treasurer and Secretary as both positions were becoming vacant. It is with great pleasure to announce that Jo Steer has been voted on as Treasurer and Patrick Steer as Secretary, both of them have only lived on D for a short time and they wish to do something for the community. The Chairman and Vice Chairman were both voted in as President and Vice President, as this follows Spanish protocols. Our Treasurer Anita who stood down at end of February, has done a magnificent job for the community and will be missed by the committee and we wish her all the best for the future. Unfortunately Sam has recently stood down as Vice President, because of other commitments, but has expressed that he will support the committee and be a strong supporter with our volunteers. Thank you for the work you have done as VP and working for the D community. The committee have great pleasure to announce that an interim Vice President, Gordon Cockburn, who hales from Scotland and now residing on D15 has stepped in. Our next meeting for our sector is in May and this will be a good opportunity to him .We will inform you through the D website of more details regarding Gordon and the meeting. Ken D´Angelo President

Camposol ‘C’ Green Fingers Gardening and Social Group First of all; a big thank you to Serrano Garden Centre on Sector ‘B’ who cleared the ground and dug all the huge holes in the rock hard earth along the rambla verge to plant all the new palms, and to our volunteers, who dug the holes for the lovely purple flowering shrubs supplied by ‘Jardineria Milagro’ in Bolnuevo - it is very sad to report that one palm was stolen that very night but the garden centre kindly replaced it free of charge. We have also planted 8 new ALL ELECTRICAL WORK UNDERTAKEN SURGE PROTECTION AND CARD METERS FOR RENTAL PROPERTIES NO CALL OUT CHARGE ON CAMPOSOL FREE ADVICE AND QUOTATIONS LEGAL & REGISTERED

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generous donations to our buckets, thank you! They now have to be cared for and this will be a mammoth task for our volunteers as the season becomes warmer; if you can spare any time to water and look after any plants near your villa it would be much appreciated. We would like to say a temporary goodbye to volunteers Marylyn and Matt who are going back to the UK until later this year; This month our volunteers have also been painting the concrete benches, weeding many areas including the perimeter road and Petanca Pitch on Calle Ibiscum, building a stone border behind the new palms, replacing a railway sleeper (stolen from a raised bed on the corner of the dual carriageway) and, of course, watering! Some good news; a local builder has donated the use of his van, at no cost, to Green Fingers which will help with the transportation of tools, large plants and very large, full water bottles - a huge thank you, you know who you are.

Our regular sweeping, weeding and spraying by the Monday Maintenance Team of every street in lower ‘C’ continues in strict numerical order, from C1 to C10, therefore each street is cleaned approx. every 6 weeks. A reminder that the chemical used is pet friendly so no danger to animals and will control regrowth during warmer months. Please consider joining our scheme; it’s only 15 Euros a quarter, but there are other ways you can help, too; even if you can’t afford a monetary donation, our volunteers are always grateful for drinks and we are happy to have your unwanted plants or decorative pots (chipped or broken is fine) to decorate the borders. Particular thanks this month

must go to Sandra and Andrew Clarke for their generous donation of raffle prizes – It means so much to accept time freely given by such people as well as all the financial assistance we have received: Each bucket or raffle donation, each ticket sold for our social events, each monthly payment into the regular Maintenance Scheme, and each contribution made by local businesses, they all make us feel part of a larger, integrated and caring community. This is a great benefit of living or holidaying in this welcoming area of Spain. We would like to invite everyone to our Annual General Meeting held at the Golf Club, 27th April at 3pm; free refreshments are provided so please come along and put your views forward! New committee members are always welcome, as are new volunteers! On Wednesday mornings your sterling efforts are rewarded with a free breakfast plus the incentive of making new friends! Also, tickets are now available, 6 Euros each, for our Summer Street Party and BBQ on 12th June at 5pm – should be a great celebration, as it’s also to commemorate the official 90th Birthday weekend of Her Majesty The Queen so come and support us and have fun at the same time! Please save the dates, too, for our Autumn Social Evening on 23rd September and our Christmas Party on 9th December. Please check chalkboards and Facebook for any further information or contact John, our Chairman, on 634 325 427 or visit the website: http://www. greenfingersgardenandsocialgroup. com/

Los Palacios We are regularly asked on our Facebook

page where are each of the parks, so during a recent committee meeting it was decided to have two sign posts made for each park and this will hopefully help identify individual areas for people. Our latest project on People’s Park is to gravel a large area at the top end, this is an already planted area that will be added to once the new membrane and gravel has been laid. We also intend to create a new seating area once we have raised additional funds in the future. In Central Park two new areas have recently been laid with gravel and planted and this continues the steady improvement being made in this area. We have also pruned all the trees and plants at the lower end of the park near the doctors surgery, this will help let more light in to the newly planted garden areas. This previously overgrow area is now much improved and we will continue to work on this area during the coming weeks. Our Memorial Park is looking fantastic and after a lot of work carried out at the back end of last year, the team are working hard weeding and pruning the many roses and other plants to help keep the garden looking it’s best. The Palm Troopers have now trimmed all the palm and pine trees around the perimeter roads and three park areas. This is a huge undertaking every year with over 300 trees to prune, with many of them well over 30 feet high, and getting higher every year!! The portacabin that has been developed into our second book club building has undergone a face lift during the last couple of weeks, having had a murial painted onto the exterior last year we have now revamped the remaining three sides and stained the original cabin, what a transformation, they both now look great. The book club which opens on Friday mornings now has over 4500 books in stock, all laid out by author to make it easy to find your favourites. If you aren’t quick tickets for our Benidorm trip on the 13th April are still available on Fridays at the cabin. Finally we would like to thank all residents for there ongoing support, our volunteers give their time freely to help improve our home, please continue to support us in whatever way you can, your kind words of encouragement mean a lot to us and continued financial support really helps us make a difference.


Health &Wellbeing

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.(OCD) Many of us, on occasion, have to nip back to the house after leaving, just to check that we have unplugged the iron or locked the door. This is normal behaviour in moderation. However, if you suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours become so excessive they interfere with your daily life. No matter how hard you try, you just cant seem to shake them. With treatment, and some self help techniques, you can break free of the unwanted thoughts and irrational urges and regain control of your life. Many people hear OCD and

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Health &Wellbeing the end of the worry period, take a few calming breaths, let the obsessive thoughts or urges go, and return to your normal activities. The rest of the day, however, is to be designated free of obsessions and compulsions. When thoughts or urges come into your head during the day, write them down and “postpone” them to your worry period. Save it for later and continue to go about your day. Go over your “worry list” during the worry period. Reflect on the thoughts or urges you wrote down during the day. If the thoughts are still bothering you, allow yourself to obsess about them, but only for the amount of time you’ve allotted for your worry period. There are many different techniques like these which have been proven to help the OCD sufferer regain some perspective and take back some control of their lives. This regained control can be very empowering and help the sufferer to deal with the many unwanted and unwelcome thoughts and urges. OCD often causes disruption and problems within family life so family therapy sessions can be extremely beneficial to all those affected. It helps if people within the family and social circle are made aware of the condition and the causes of the irrational behaviors and how to offer constructive support. Aways remember, just because you have occasional obsessive thoughts and perform compulsive rituals now and again does NOT

mean you have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. With OCD, these thoughts and behaviours cause tremendous distress, take up a lot of time and interfere adversely with your daily life and relationships. Jane Thompson PhD PsyD Msc

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6. Helps with Digestion: For centuries, whisky was considered a digestive aid, to be consumed after a heavy meal. Whisky's composition and high alcohol percentage also make it an effective appetite suppressant. 7. Live Longer: The antioxidants in whisky help fight free radicals – the number one cause of aging, as well as prevent various diseases. This doublewhammy helps your body live a longer, healthier life. 8. Diabetic-Friendly: Containing zero carbs, whisky won’t affect blood sugar levels, making it the number one choice for diabetics. However, it should be in moderation and never on an empty stomach. Consult your doctor before drinking. 9. Improve Your Heart's Health: Drinking whisky actually helps your heart stay healthy, similarly to red wine. It reduces the risk of blood clots, thus it can prevent strokes and heart attacks. The antioxidants in the whisky also inhibits the oxidation of low density lipoprotein - a main factor in heart disease. 10. Improve the Health of Your Brain: A 2003 study found that, thanks to the antioxidant qualities of the ellagic acid, moderate consumption of whisky reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia, and also improves cognitive functions. Basically, one drink a day will keep the brain doctor away. 11. Prevent & Treat Cold and Flu: Whisky is known for its positive effects in battling allergies and colds. It’s an effective cough syrup for people suffering from an itchy throat, and the alcohol helps kill bacteria in the throat. The best results are achieved by adding a little bit of whisky to a cup of hot water and lemon.

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Sports

The nearest the pin winners were Phil Clayton, and Nick Powell The membership was informed that the handicap secretary had decided to retire from the position, and our thanks go to Don Busby for all the work over the years he has put in. The society was pleased to welcome two new members, and would welcome anyone wishing to join. The April meeting will be at Camposol Golf and those wishing to play should let the secretary know as soon as possible. Geoff Sharp hatters45@msn.com

New Beginnings…. The society met on Tuesday 23rd February for the monthly stapleford competition at Paraleja Golf, where the weather was very good for February. Blue skies and sunshine helped everyone tee off in a determined mood. The first hole at Paraleja is a par 5 and this soon knocked the shine off many members cards. Despite the lack of rain over the winter, the course is in very good condition, with plenty of grass on the fairways, and slick greens. On returning to the clubhouse the cards were checked and many of the members had come in with scores in the high 20’s. Two however returned scores of 31 points – John Charlesworth (top) and

Los Amigos De Mazarrón F.C

LOS AMIGOS DE MAZARRON FC LATEST NEWS Despite winning only four out of the nine games played since the turn of the year, Mazarron remained in the play-off positions in early March with ten games of the 2015-16 season remaining. Of those ten games only three are against teams competing with Mazarron for promotion, SFC Minerva, Montecasillas and La Hoya Lorca. The 2-0 defeat away to lowly AD Alqueiras was particularly disappointing as the performance fell well below the standard expected. Only goalkeeper Antonio emerged from the game with any credit and Mazarron hardly troubled the team with the worst defensive record in the league. Such is football that the following week they returned to form with a hard-fought 2-1 home win against Cartagena FC, a team who had only lost four games previously this season. Coach Victor left star players Jose and Willy on the bench at the start of the game but the players responded well and took an early two goal lead before managing to hold on for a narrow victory after a strong second half display by Cartagena.

Melvyn Appleby (below) and were duly declared joint winners of the competition. Each will now be the subject of the new handicap secretary’s eagle eye and sharpened pencil.

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Los Amigos supporters made the longest journey of the season to the away game at Jumilla and took the opportunity of enjoying lunch and a few welcome drinks in Jumilla before the game. It was a pleasant change to the usual Sunday football experience and enjoyed by the largest away following of the season. Mazarron’s home games are normally

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played on Sundays with varying kick off times. The ex-pat supporters Club, Los Amigos de Mazarron FC also organise a supporters’ coach to most away games, something unique in this area where away support is almost non-existent. Coach tickets for away games are 8€ for Los Amigos de Mazarron FC members and 10€ for non members. Full details of all games, date and kick off times and coach departure times both home and away, are normally not announced until the Wednesday before the weekend on which the game is to be played and advertised in the local media, on www.mazarronfc.es, on our own Los Amigos de Mazarron FC Facebook page, and on posters at various points throughout Camposol and Mazarron. If you have not been to a game before why not pop along to the Estadio Municipal in Mazarron for one of the home games. Admission is only €4 with juveniles free and you can call into the Supporters’ Lounge for a hot drink or beer before the game and at half time. Hot pies and pasties are also available in the lounge at half time if pre-ordered at the Los Amigos meetings. Forthcoming league fixtures are:Sunday 3rd April CF Molina (Away) Sunday 10th April CD CIEZA (HOME) Sunday 17th April Montecasillas FC (Away) Sunday 24th April CD BALA AZUL (HOME) Sunday 1st May UD Los Garres (Away) As part of the Los Amigos de Mazarron FC Gala Week Celebrations a Race Night sponsored by David S. Poole Accountancy Services Ltd was held at the Trevi Bar, Camposol B on Monday 14th March. It was a great evening excellently presented by Master of Cermonies Colin Cain and his team of helpers and guests certainly entered into the spirit of the evening as they watched some exciting races. The following day the Celebrity Golf Competition sponsored by Ex-Pat pensions took place at the Camposol Club de Golf. Visiting celebrities Steve Kindon, Gary Marshall and Tony Currie all played and they were joined by local resident Peter Reeves, the former Charllton Athletic midfielder. After the golf players and families enjoyed the usual excellent carvery meal in the Club House before the various presentations were made to the winning team and to the golfers who won the longest drive and nearest the pin

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competitions. The 7th Annual Gala Evening and Dinner was held at the Hotel la Cumbre Puerto de Mazarron on Wednesday 16th May when guest speaker Steve Kindon and Master of Ceremonies Gary Marshall provided the entertainment along with local band The Geckos. The evening was jointly sponsored by Ibex Insuarance and the Club House, Camposol, part of the Mazarron Entertainments Group. A full report will be available for next month’s edition. Members and friends enjoyed their visit to the Restaurante Miras in La Hoya for the March Luncheon Club. Please email Maggie on hairinspain@gmail.com for details and availability for the April outing, The Los Amigos de Mazarron FC End of Season Function and Player of the Year Awards will be held at the Club House Camposol on Tuesday 24th March. Entertainment will be provided by the excellent Woody and all the Mazarron players and staff will be in attendance. Ticket prices, including food are €12 for members and €15 for non members including food and are on sale at the weekly Los Amigos meetings or email pamada.1130@yahoo.co.uk There are only a handful of tickets left for the end of season Quiz Night and Barbeque on 10th June hosted by Alan and Sue Lyle at their home . Tickets are €8 with all profits going to Los Amigos so please email Barbara on pamada.1130@yahoo.co.uk as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. We hope to have news next month of details of the annual President’s Ball to be held at the end of September . Los Amigos de Mazarron FC weekly meetings are held every Thursday at the Club House, Camposol Club de Golf at 4 pm with the exception of the last Thursday of each month which is reserved for the Members Business Meeting and open to members only. Los Amigos membership runs from 1st August each year and costs just 10€ which includes reduced coach travel and reduced prices to most of our social events including the very successful monthly luncheon club. For a membership form, more information and details of all our activities please email pamada.1130@yahoo.co.uk.

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Los Amigos Golf Society at Lorca Monday, 7th March The March competition for Los Amigos de Mazarrón Golf Society was this year held at Lorca. Due to one late withdrawal, we arrived as a group of 35 players ready to enjoy a good game of golf in perfect conditions under a warm sun. Well, for those who turned up wearing shorts that was the dream. Reality took control and the weather was, shall we say, quite a bit on the cool side with a cold wind and a definite lack of warm sun. That is the good news. It The competition for this event was a Pinehurst which is a quite enjoyable game made up of teams of two or four players. However, on this occasion we had eight teams of four and one of three. Play commenced simultaneously on Tees 1 and 10 and, although it was cold, our joints soon began to loosen with a little bit of exercise, especially so for the five walkers. The course was in very good condition and did not present any excuses for drives that might not have been quite on target. Unfortunately, the rain did have a slightly demoralising effect on our gallant 35 which was most apparent when they all returned to the clubhouse looking rather bedraggled, cold and wet. Our treasurer, Ian Robinson, presented the trophies to all the winners. The winning team with a net score of 126 points was Team no. 2 comprising: Gerry McRobert, Roger Olorenshaw, Arthur Anthoney and Gordon Neilson. Acting as rear guard with a new wooden spoon was a select band of individuals with a net score of 98 points. They were: John Dunbar, Mick Madgwick, Eddy Spong and Fred Harvey. There were five Nearest the Pin competitions and the winners were as follows: Hole 4: at 1.77 metres Roy Quigley. Hole 6: at 2.77 metres Keith Davis. Hole 8: at 8.43 metres Len Whalen. Hole 10 at 3.3 metres Martin Hill. Hole 12: at 8.5 metres John Dunbar. Once again the presentation Evening was held in the Black Bull and our thanks go to Michelle and Gemma for serving us the usual excellent food and, music with Karaoke opportunities was provided by Lisa B.

Five boats took part in the 4th SAMM Pursuit Race; two Sailfish, Mistral and Sirocco from the Balaton Group; two Gambas, Uno and Quatro from the Shoestring Group plus the RS Vareo. The start sequence was Sailfish first, the Gambas 3mins 15secs later, finally the Vario another 4mins later. In the first race Sirocco started well but was soon pressured by Uno. Sirocco was passed and it looked like clear sailing for Uno once the last buoy was rounded, however the wind veered and she was forced off the best course. The Vario saw the opportunity, powered up and managed to win by about 3 meters. In the second race Mistral and Sirocco got a good start on a 30° tack towards the first buoy. In the 3mins before their start, the wind dropped and both Gambas were delayed by another 2mins until the wind kicked in from a different direction and both started, followed by the Vario. They could all sail straight for the buoy leaving both Sailfish way out on their original tack. Quatro battled with the Vareo, and there was close sailing between Uno and Mistral but Uno had the speed, even though “reefed”, to get home ahead of the competition. The third race was real excitement and close because the handicaps were adjusted giving the Gambas and Vareo an extra 15secs delay. Sirocco took a different tack to the first buoy to find Mistral bearing down on her. A quick 180deg flick round the buoy and he should be ahead but was there enough room? No, and a very loud “thud” echoed over the Mar Menor . The Vario took the lead with Uno chasing. Round the last buoy the Vario was headed off the sailing line by a wind shift. Uno pulled tight round the buoy, got a higher and shorter course to the finish, went into the lead but then the wind shifted again forcing her off course. The gust dropped leaving Uno with little forward motion, the Vario found wind but Uno managed to get moving when the Vario came up level. They sailed neck and neck for the last 20 meters with the Vario “pinching it” by half a meter at the finish. For more information go to www. sailingmarmenor.com

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Volkswagen recall is third electric car callback in a month

Nearly 5,600 e-Golf cars based in the US are being recalled Volkswagen has recalled thousands of its e-Golf cars in the US citing a problem that could cause their motors to switch off while in use. It marks the third call-back of electric cars over recent weeks. Earlier this month, Nissan revealed it needed to reprogramme the software that controls its Leaf vehicles’ brakes. Days later, Renault said it needed to check and replace faulty brake hoses on its Zoe cars. The problems appear to be unrelated. But one expert suggested that the fact that the technology involved in electric cars was both new and complex made the announcements unsurprising. “The Volkswagen recall is more serious than the others, but even so I wouldn’t say there’s a fundamental problem,” said Jay Nagley , managing director of the Redspy auto consultancy. “Yes there are teething troubles, but the great thing about electric cars is they don’t catch fire - they are the only product I know of, fitted with lithium-ion batteries, for which that is the case.” Details of the VW recall were posted online by the US’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). It said there had been complaints of vehicles stalling unexpectedly, which could “increase the risk of a crash”. The documents state that the German manufacturer

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had acknowledged that its cars’ battery management system could “inadvertently classify a brief internal electrical current surge/peak as a critical battery condition”. The result, it said, was that the battery shut down, which in turn deactivated the motor. The e-Golf first went on sale in the US in late 2014, and the callback involves all 5,561 of the vehicles shipped to the country, including 157 that are as yet e-Golf unsold. The fix involves installing an update to

the cars’ battery management software, so that its diagnostic check becomes “less sensitive”. A spokesman for the firm was unable to say if it had plans to ask customers in other parts of the world to bring their cars in for the same fix. Nissan’s fault was reported by the same US agency. The NHTSA said that during cold temperatures, a part used in the Nissan Leaf’s electronic brake booster could freeze, requiring more effort to bring the vehicles to a halt. “Longer distances or additional brake effort would be required to stop the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash,” said its report. The Japanese firm had already told mechanics to address the issue via a software upgrade when the cars were brought in for a service. But after Canada’s transport watchdog urged Nissan in February to upgrade this to a full North American recall, it complied.

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“Electric cars use regenerative braking, which is pretty novel, using energy to recharge the battery from the act of braking,” commented Mr Nagley. Nissan LeafImage copyrightGetty Images Image caption Nissan said its Leaf cars could take longer to come to a stop in cold conditions “It does make the system an awful lot more complicated than simply adding a pad to a disk. “So, it’s not totally surprising there are problems. But the Leaf is the bestselling and longest established electric car and they have earned a pretty good reputation.” A total of 47,538 Leaf cars manufactured between November 2012 and July 2015 - require the new code, the vast majority of which are in the US. Renault’s recall is being implemented worldwide. The French firm said on 24 March that it needed to check the position of the Zoe’s brake fluid hose to ensure it would not be damaged by coming into contact with a part designed to protect the vehicle’s front wheel arch. The company said it was not aware of any accidents. The announcement affects 10,649 of the vehicles - including about 1,000 in the UK - which represents about one in four of the total Nissan Leaf number sold to date. Tesla launch Attention on the electric car sector will be raised again later this week when Tesla announces its first model targeted at the mass market. The California-based carmaker is expected to confirm its Model 3 will cost about $30,000 (£20,100). The company has largely avoided the need to ask for its cars to be taken off the roads because it can issue “over-the-air” software updates. These have included a fix issued in 2013 to make its cars’ suspension provide more clearance over roads when travelling at high speeds. However, the firm did recall its Model S vehicles last November to carry out a seatbelt inspection.

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Property, Financial and Legal BRUSSELS AND “ALL THAT JAZZ” No Im not talking about vegetables – I am referring to the legislation with regard to what you can and cant do with your assets. For most of us here in Spain, we have to think about assets in the UK as well as assets in Spain. Its imperative that some planning is used to be sure that your wishes on death are carried out exactly as you would wish and intend, and this is the reason why it is so important to make a Will in each country where you have assets eg a Spanish Will regarding your Spanish assets and a UK Will regarding your UK assets. For us expats from the UK we have always had the benefit of what is known as “Testamentary Freedom” which means we can leave our assets in the UK to whomsoever we wish. However, a disinherited person or anyone else who considers they have a valid reason to claim an interest in the Estate could make a claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, which has subsequently been amended by the Inheritance & Trustee Powers Act 2014. Basically what that means is that although any child has a right to inherit from their parents, if the parents feel

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Foreign buyers boosting Spanish property market An increased number of foreign buyers is set to boost the residential property market in Spain. A new market forecast report from Instituto de Practica Empresarial (IPE) business school, in collaboration with property company Mar Real Estate, suggests the market could grow by 10% in the area. It also says that the market is set to grow by between 5% and 7% in major cities such as Madrid and Barcelona and 3% in other cities. The IPE says that home prices on the Costa del Sol are already up 10% this year, and now represent 5% of all sales nationwide and if sales continue growing at their present trend, the property market in Málaga province will increase to 20% of the overall Spanish market.

The growth is buoyed by foreign demand for holiday homes in Spain and the IPE report suggests that surging sales will help reduce the glut of new homes in costal areas. Indeed, the excess inventory of new homes is expected to fall by 50% this year. Luxury home sales, in particular, are coming back strongly on the Costa del Sol, according to the IPE report, driven by a better exchange rate in Pounds and Dollars, and the security and stability of Spain. Meanwhile, the latest report from property valuation firm Tinsa says that the Spanish property market is undergoing a widespread recovery. -Traffic matters (vehicle transfers, Spanish plates etc.) -Legal assistance and litigation -Spanish wills and inheritance -NIE, Residencia, Nationality -Insurances -Property conveyancing -Translations -Fin De Obra Certificates

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Property, Financial and Legal Average property prices fell by 2% year on year in July, the lowest rate of decline since May 2008 but this masks growth areas along the Mediterranean coast in particular with some areas seeing price growth of 2.8% year on year. The data shows that on the Mediterranean coast, where prices have fallen by an average of 47.6% since the economic downturn, the average price of a home has increased by 3.8% since the end of 2014. This is more than large cities and the Balearic and Canary Islands where average prices have risen by 0.2% and 0.9%, respectively. Tinsa data also shows that five of the top 10 most expensive property hotspots are located in the Balearic Islands but Alejandra Vanoli, managing director of Mallorca Sotheby’s International Realty, said that there are prices per square metre in these locations that far exceed Tinsa’s estimations. ‘It’s not unheard of to reach as high as €30,000 per square metre for the most desirable Port Andratx home. Demand is strong from some of the wealthiest individuals and families in Europe, the US and beyond,’ she explained.

Rents still falling slightly in Spain, but market is more stable

It is clear that the Spanish property market is recovering in terms of sales and even prices but the rental market is not doing as well. The average rent fell by 0.3% in February compared to the same month of 2015, according to the latest data from the National Statistics Institute. Rents have now fallen in Spain for 35 months in a row but the outlook is not too negative as rents are down less than the consumer price index which fell by

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0.8% and month on month have been fairly stable lately. A breakdown of the figures show that all regions saw rents fall apart from Galicia, the Balearics, Navarre and Catalonia with slight rises of 0.3%, 0.3%, 0.1% and 0.1% respectively while rents in Murcia were unchanged. The biggest decline was in La Rioja with a fall of 2%, followed by Castilla y León and Castilla La Mancha both down 0.9%, Madrid and Extremadura both down 0.8%, the Basque Country down 0.6%, Asturias and Cantabria both down 0.5% and Valencia down 0.4%. Elsewhere in the market is regarded as good news that overseas buyers have returned to Spain. But it may be that some are more interested in older properties rather than new homes. According to data from the Spanish

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Valencia was the top region for foreign buyers in 2015 with a total of 20,219 sold to foreign buyers, followed by Andalucía with 14,384 homes being registered to foreign buyers and then Catalonia, with 10,264 homes sold to foreign buyers. Research from boutique overseas real estate agency Ideal Homes International has found that resales now account for 76% of sales to British buyers but there is still interest in new properties from Scandinavian and Belgian buyers. According to director Chris White many British buyers are looking for dual purpose properties. In the immediate term they want a holiday home that also has the potential to earn income as a holiday let. In the longer term, they want somewhere that can act as investment for their golden years, either as somewhere to escape to for a life in the sunshine or as somewhere that will grow their capital so that they can sell it to fund their retirement. ‘There was a time when British buyers flocked to new build developments in Spain. The financial turbulence of the past decade has had an interesting impact on British property purchases in Spain. Confidence is back and the market is growing at a healthy pace, but the type of property that buyers are seeking has definitely shifted,’ explained White.

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Useful Numbers activities Mariposa 968 631 008 Airconditioning: AC Services: 672 850 963 TJ Electricals: 868 181 121 Bar, restaurants & cafes AP’s 968 978 869 Bar Med: 968 595 864 Cat’s Bar 634 322 729 Club House Bistro 968 978 855 Elliots 968 158 499 La Vida 625 917 425 Mariposa 968 631 008 Quality Indian restaurant Tel 968 199 198 Ratatouille 968 155 887 Piccolo 968 131 515 Spice Villa 968 199 226 The New Royal 968 595 864 Beauty Care & Health Heather mobile 636 657 481 Freedom Mobility 968 153 620 Builders CM Constructions 659 159 948 Car Hire & SERVICES F&C Rental 968 199 156 Car mechanics & car sales Ken Sherwood mechanics 679 646 859 Carpentry Dave Davidson 634 330 706 Camposol Business Centre The Journal, Security, Dentist, Chiropodists, Camposol Health Clinic 968 103 008 Central Heating & Plumbing Calida Gas & Oil 659 761 771 Charities Age Concern 634 310216 Andreas animal rescue 690 906 565 FAST: Non Emergency 634 309 899 PALS 968 422 228 / 626460 465 Lions 696 827 525 Mabs 639 665 370 Making a Difference 634 357 137 Chimney Sweep Tony 646 438 694 Chiropodists Nathalia 968 103 008 Computer design services Daniel White www.danielwhitedesign. com Dentists Camposol Business Centre 968 103 008 Ear Candling Heather mobile 636 657 481 Electricians Andy 617 644 339 SPARXX 642 172 065 Funerals and funeral plans Tony Smith, Funeral director 650 631 719 Fish & Chips Cats Bar: 666 188 353 Elliots Bolnuevo 968 158 499 Trevi Bar: 968 199 939 Hairdressers Carols 968 974 989 Home Furnishings & furniture Furniture Plus 968 153 907/678 083 491

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Getting in touch with the committees and organisations

CRA Camposol Residents Association. The cabin is located alongside the Cultural Centre on Sector B and is open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11 to 1pm.(Closed on Bank Holidays) The Chairman is Phil Gelling and can be contacted on chairman@cracamposol.com, general or membership enquiries can be sent to info@cracamposol.com. The duty Committee member can be contacted on 634 364 739. Their website is www.cracamposol.com This number is manned every morning Monday thru Friday 10am / 12noon Sector A gardening Group is Chaired by John Grant.Web address: www.lospalacios-gardeners. com. Contact the Secretary for details of monthly meetings on:joce@lospalacios-gardeners.com Friday morning bookstall outside the post room on A. Sector B & B-clean (their gardening group) NB B sector community group is newly formed. Helen White 968 199 506 is the pro tem organisor. Sector C Greenfingers gardening group, Chairman, John Osborne- Tel 634 325 427 email: johnos1943@gmail.com. Camposol Community Group D Sector The group meets monthly on the first Monday at 4PM at The Clubhouse.Chair: Ken D’Angelo Email: kendangelo1818@gmail.com Vice Chair: Paul Reid Email: paullindale@aol.com Treasurer: Anita Girvan Email: anitagirvan@outlook.com Membership Secretary: Carol D’Angelo Email:dmemsec@outlook.com A car with tow bar and trailer is now available for sector D residents to take garden waste to the Eco park, contact Alan Muncaster 654 024 474 Age Concern can be found at the Cultural Centre on Wednesdays and Thursdays 10am to 1pm and Fridays 12.30 to 3.30pm. Telephone 634 310216, email ageconcerncostacalida@hotmail.com Camposolers  The registered group site for residents of Camposol, the proprietor is Reg Rogers who can be contacted by e-mailing reg  rogers@hotmail.com. Apply to Reg for membership. NB there is an underline dash between reg and rogers!!!!!! Town Hall can now be contacted through an office in the Cultural Centre Sector B, by the roundabout down from the roundabout by the filling station. Tatiana Andres is there to help you between 1600 to 1800 every weekday. Phone 968 131 717, email oficinacamposol@mazarron.es MABS now have an office on the main dual carriage way on Sector B. LIONS, Membership: Lion nigel 651867105 Welfare:Lion Gina 654874563 ANNOUNCEMENTS Welcome book club every second and fourth Tuesday in the underbuild at the former medical centre on Sector B.


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Depression held a party Depression held a party, For every one it knew, The special invitations Were in fifty shades of blue. It wasn’t a pity party, But a few did share their fears, Nobody!! Knocked them for taking meds, Or misunderstood their tears. Schizophrenia had really had enough! They were tired of being judged, “I know that we might seem different to you But are worthy of being loved.” Anxiety sat there wringing its hands Exclaiming, I feel well! I know that I’m really shaking But I hope no one can tell. Alone In the corner was O.C.D. Who really looked quite sad? It said, I have these terrible thoughts And wonder…. If I’m going mad! Panic came to the party Expecting to spoil our fun” But acceptance came to help us. And had it on the run? Anorexia brought its lemons And wouldn’t eat anything more While morbidly obese had to stay outside Looking on through the open door Each one of us is different It’s a cliché we all know But if we can learn acceptance Then attitudes will change and grow! Mental issues when misunderstood Can seem like an enigma! But surprising to some, we’re the people next door! And together we can heal the stigma. Christine Lawford


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We would like to thank the Chatterbox Group for their donation of ladies bags to coincide with International Women’s day. These were gratefully received by our female clients. Our thanks also go to the Welcome Group for their donation of 150 euros collected at their recent Fashion Show at Mariano’s on the 2nd March where we, together with ladies from Age Concern and MABS, contributed to the evening’s entertainment receiving each a reciprocal donation towards their charity. We were recently asked to give a talk to the Puerto de Mazarron Ladies Circle where we received a very warm reception. They also gave us donations of toiletries and food items which were gratefully received. Thanks to you lovely ladies. Our Fashion Show date is coming soon on 11TH APRIL 2016 at 3pm and at the new venue of THE CLUB HOUSE, THE GOLF CLUB, CAMPOSOL. Please come along and support us and We help people help us raise Ayudamos a la gente much needed funds for our charity. Good quality summer Monday 11th April 2016 clothing will be on sale for 3.00pm at prices. The Clubhouse - Camposol Golf bargain All items for sale have been kindly donated and we are continually amazed at ALL ITEMS DONATED people’s €1.00 ENTRY generosity. Telephone TONY on 634 357 137 We would like Christian Humanitarian Aid Charity to mention our Treasurer Denise, whose dedication, love and support has contributed greatly into making this charity into what it is today. She is moving on to pastures new and so we would like to thank her and to wish her all the very best for the future. Our Mazarron Town shop is located at Calle Carmen 8, (opposite Hotel Guillermo) and is open on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10am – 2pm. The new telephone number is 868 051 911. The Port shop is located at Calle Sierra Espuna 31, Bahia (behind Palenque restaurant) Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10am – 1pm. The telephone number is 634 321 161. Donations can be taken to either of these locations or to our van which will be at Mazarron Country Club on the second and last Monday of each month 11am – 1pm and at the car park on the Camposol A Commercial Centre every Tuesday from 11am – 1pm. The van will also be at the Table Top marker on Camposol B on the second and last Friday of each month. For collection of large items please call Badr on 603 389 006. We also have collection bins at the English Butchers on Camposol A, Kwik-save supermarket and Euronics on Camposol B, Furniture Plus at the Piramide Center in Puerto

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de Mazarron, Nash Warren Insurance in Bolnuevo, Condado Excursions in Polaris World, Condado de Alhama and Costa Calida International Radio in Puerto de Mazarron. Please call 868 051 911 for details or email madmazarron@live.com. We thank you for your continued support in helping us to achieve our aim to help the less fortunate in our area. Together we can and do make a difference in Mazarron.

Tickets & information from: Camposol Cultural Centre Wed/Thu 10am to 1pm, Friday 12.30 to 2pm Telephone: 634 310 215 Other areas: 634 336 484

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I’m officially in love!! (again)……… and I cant stop kissing them, Mumma Lucie and her 8 puppies are doing amazingly well and thriving. All have their eyes open and some even have teeth which Lucie is not too keen on!!! They are lapping beautifully and will gradually be introduced to the hard stuff in the next few days. Anyone wishing to reserve one of these beautiful puppies please contact me for a chat.

HELPING HANDS BRING VEGAS TO MURCIA & ALMERIA Three fantastic tributes – One fabulous show. SIR TOM JONES (Andy Wood),

ELVIS (Simon Patrick), NEIL DIAMOND (JJ Jones)

Charlie boy is one of our long serving residents. He is currently with a foster carer but is so desperate for a home of his own. He was in a terrible state when he came to us, we didn’t really know what type of dog he was? Well he is a miniature pincher happy, healthy and loves nothing more than a cuddle and a special knee to sit on. Loves other dogs and all the creature comforts!

Helping Hands, registered charity, exclusively presents three of Europe’s award winning top Tribute artistes who have now joined together to produce their amazing Concert - “One Night in Vegas - the show that never was”.

We desperately need more volunteers for our Mazarron shop. We are a friendly bunch and all muck in together with whatever needs doing. Serving, sorting, cleaning, chatting all part of a days work in an AAR shop. 4 hours a day once a week, would make such a huge difference, so if you are interested give me a call or send a message via FB.

Close your eyes and you will believe that Tom Jones, Elvis Presley and Neil Diamond are on stage, open them and you will realise that there are no better tributes around. Each act has a wonderful stage presence and emulates rich and professional voices.

ALL the proceeds of our activities go towards the upkeep of our animals. Whenever a male dog comes into our care he is castrated, all the dogs are wormed, ticked, injected and if necessary made to look beautiful. And then there’s the donkeys and ponies, never a month goes by without a call out to the equine vet. This all takes a huge amount of money and if anyone reading this article has any new ideas for us to increase the revenue in our shops or suggestions for fund raisers we would be happy to listen.

Great music, super vocal ability and showmanship - fabulous venues and a fantastic evening to be had.

A lot of lessons have been learnt this month and the latter 2 weeks have been very difficult and emotional. As always our priority is to save the animals and take those to task that have neglected or abused them. It is totally unacceptable to leave dogs to fend for themselves. As a legal and respected charity AAR has now been established for 8 years and with the continued help of our volunteers, donators and supporters can continue with our valuable work. Please come and see us in one of our shops either in Roldan or in Mazarron Town opposite the Medical Centre. Any donations can also be dropped off there or on Mondays between 11.30-1.30pm, Car Park, Camposol B, where I will be in my usual spot. Andrea x

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Book your tickets today via Linda Ruth Cook on facebook or call 634 456 701 24th April – Malones, Albox – tickets also from here 10th July – Hotel Playa Grande, Mazarron – tickets also available at Mister Print, Camposol and Furniture Plus – Puerto de Mazarron 18th September – Valle Del Este Golf & Spa, Vera 11th December – Hotel Puerto Juan Montiel, Aguilas Helping Hands’ small team of volunteers work tirelessly to raise money to help animals and people locally. Please support us by coming along to one of our organised events, or pop into our charity shop in Aguilas (donations of clothes, furniture, appliances are always welcome), look at our facebook page to view the dogs available for foster and adoption. https://www.facebook.com/groups/ HelpingHandsSurForTheRehomingOfPetsLargeAndSmall

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