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THE Dear Reader,

Welcome to the August edition of “The Journal”. Allow us to begin by offering our condolences to wife and family of Rod Sawyer. Sadly Rod passed away in June, and at that time we had already gone to print with the magazine so were unable to pay tribute to him here. Rod was the founder of the magazine that you are reading today. He was well known on Camposol and despite his ailing health he regularly contributed to this magazine right up until the end. He will be missed. We would like to thank all our readers for the great feedback that we are constantly receiving regarding the magazine. We are a community magazine and without the support of both our readers and advertisers then it just would not be possible. Thanks again to you all! We would like to wish one of our biggest supporters, Ken Sherwood the English Mechanic, all the best on his move. Ken and his team have upped sticks and moved to bigger more spacious premises just down the road from his old garage. For details on how to find him look out for his advert this month. Good luck guys! Also Good luck to the guys at Amazebolz who are starting out on a new adventure by opening a Paintball and Waterwalker experience. I can’t wait to get down there and give it a try. Expect a full review printed here soon! We have some great stories for you this month. My favourite has to be the one about the German tourist in Ibiza, and also we have a contribution from the charming and very interesting Victoria Moore who has taken the time to review one of the local wines produced here in the Murcia region. Enjoy the rest of the summer sun, enjoy the magazine and please, please, when contacting an advertiser remember to tell them that you saw their advert here! Regards, Robert Rutherford

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British Man Injured during Running of the Bulls John Bennett, 44, from Wolverhampton, said he nearly suffocated beneath a pile

was crushed under people who fell on top of me. I felt my legs being twisted under me with all the weight. “There was a terrifying moment when people on me were crushing my face to the ground and I couldn’t breathe. A first aid person managed to grab my hand and pull me to safety under a fence. He saved my life. I was suffocating under the weight of the people I had on top of me.”

Mr Bennett, a gas firm worker and father of one, had travelled to the fiesta with four friends. “It was the first time I’ve run and it will be the last. My wife Michelle knew I was coming here and pleaded with me not to run.” Doctors said he was lucky not to have suffered broken bones and would be discharged later in the day. John Bennett The first run of the annual event, during which the crowds swell to more of people after falling the moment a lone than a million in the Spanish city, lasted bull turned on runners and provoked just over four minutes. panic near the end of the morning run Fifteen people have been killed at the through the cobbled old streets of the annual festival since records began a northern Spanish city. century ago. More than a dozen thrill seekers ended up in a heap on top of him as the half-ton bull threatened to attack and sent runners scrambling for safety in the first of eight Stag Party Stunt hits morning runs at the festival immortalised the headlines in Ernest Hemingway’s novel, The Sun Also Rises. The truth about a “masked and armed Mr Bennett suffered knee injuries and kidnapping” in Madrid was only was being treated at the local hospital. revealed when the “victim” read “I remember running and tripping over police reports in a national newspaper people who had fallen to the ground and realized they were referring to a as the bull charged towards us. It was harmless incident at his stag party. complete and utter chaos,” he said. “I

The story was published in Spanish daily El Mundo on Sunday and read on the Monday morning by 37-year- old IT worker José Manuel Conde. He told reporters that he immediately thought, “Oh no, that’s my stag party!” The unusual party pickup was the idea of José’s friend, David who was helped by a third man. “We had to see how to get him there (to the party) and I had the idea of the kidnapping,” he explained. “We parked the car and the first thing we did was put on our balaclavas.” David claims that they explained to various people in the area what they were doing while they waited for José to finish work. He said that most people were laughing. “Someone else must have seen us from a distance and misinterpreted it.” The duo seized their friend, who is due to get married on the 27th of July, covered his head with a bag and threw him in the trunk of the car. “He believed it for about 20 minutes, he was scared, then he started laughing.” “When I read the news in El Mundo I freaked out a bit,” said David. He phoned the police who didn’t see the funny side of the story and insisted that David visit the station where he was warned that it had been “a dangerous game”.

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Tourist involved in Sex Toy Drama Medics in Ibiza were forced to enlist the help of buzz saw-wielding fire-fighters to free a German tourist from the clutches of a steel sex toy. Emergency services needed two hours to cut through the metal ring, described as a type of “armour plating”, into which the man had placed his penis and testicles. The firemen on hand needed two changes of battery and a second rotating blade for their buzz saw to free the man. There were “plenty of sparks” during the operation to remove the sex toy which measured 15cm in diameter. The two-hour procedure was described as “very complex” because the man became “more swollen” with time. He was also said to have complained a lot. To finish the operation it was necessary to administer a general anaesthetic. The fire crew received their unusual callout after medics at Ibiza’s Can Misses hospital discovered they didn’t have the



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A Brition takes on the Spanish Banks And Wins! A laundry owner who feared losing life savings in a Spanish property scandal is celebrating after helping lawyers win a landmark legal case which has given hope to thousands of wronged Brits. Father-of-two Keith Rule, 46, spent hours trawling the Internet with the help of Google translator after a bank refused to return his £45,983 deposit on an off-plan villa never built because of the economic crisis. He took on bank bosses after discovering a 45-year-old property law making them jointly responsible with promoters for returning guaranteed deposits on failed developments. Now the businessman has not only got his money back - but helped win back nearly £1.3 million for 46 mostly British buyers whose dreams of villas on the same development in south east Spain were scuppered. Mr Rule, from Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, impressed the Costa lawyers he instructed to take their case on so much, they asked him to work for them on a part-time basis. He now combines the day-to-day running of his firm on an industrial estate in his home town with his new job preparing case files for other Brits engulfed in the drama that swept him up when Spanish savings bank CAM washed its hands of buyers after an initial promise of a bank guarantee seven years ago. Last night Mr Rule, described as a ‘dog with a bone’ by one of the lawyers who agreed to fight his case through the 1968 law he found on the Internet, urged others in the same situation not to give up. Mr Rule, who handed over deposits on two villas in November 2006, said: ‘At the start of this fight people called me crazy but they don’t now and I’m delighted to have given hope to other Brits. A Spanish judge ruled CAM - now taken over by Sabadell - was guilty of malpractice for failing to ensure deposits were spent only on building the

villas and never collecting an equivalent cash safeguard from the promoters. The holiday home buyers won an initial trial against the bank and Spanish promoters Cleyton Ges in May 2012 and an appeal in March this year. A second lawsuit on behalf of 13 more Finca Parcs buyers has already been filed - and Mr Rule is working on a third lawsuit with Algeciras, Cadizbased lawyer Maria de Castro and her brother Jaime who took the first case to court. Theirs and other Spanish legal firms around Spain are also winning cases based on law 57/1968 - the law Keith uncovered on Google which has spared Brits the nightmare scenario of exhausting court battles against promoters with no money. Pensioner Reg Matthews, a friend of Mr Rule’s who has had his £22,980 deposit returned, added: ‘It’s a great relief to have my money back although I was keen on having a place in the sun like thousands of other Brits. ‘Without Keith’s help I and many others would have lost everything.’

Spain’s Chinese protest at shop owner’s death

aged 18 and 19, were later arrested on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter, violent robbery, and failing to provide emergency first aid. Two of these suspects were later released facing

charges. A third suspect was released on bail while the fourth member of the group is being held without bail, the newspaper reported. One witness said she saw two young people run out of shop in question with the owner giving chase. “The shop owner put his hand in the car window and they then closed the door. “They caught him by the fingers and dragged him at least 100 metres,” the witness said. “I haven’t been able to sleep for two days because of what I saw. You don’t even do that to a dog.” For the march, hundreds of Chinese people gathered in front of the town hall in an action organized by the Chinese Traders Association of Andalucia. The protestors said their businesses were being increasingly targeted by thieves. They called for better security and for justice.

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According to Meteo, June and July were only likely to have short periods of summer heat which will in turn bring heavy storms in August. September and October are likely to register higher average temperatures and less rain, the French weather agency announced on Monday. The year without summer, 1816, is not an old wives’ tale. Overcast skies and cold temperatures across the northern hemisphere led to severe crop failures and food shortages in France, England, Ireland and the US during the summer months of that year.

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Coldest Summer in Almost 100 Years? For those that have lived here for years the prospect of having a slightly cooler summer might seem quite inviting! France’s main weather channel has announced that there is a 70 percent chance of this summer being cold and wet across Spain, France, Portugal, Germany and Austria. Cold maritime fronts and weak solar activity during the winter months have not only given us a chillier Spanish spring than normal, they’re also going to make the summer months unusually dreary and rainy.


Harlequins look forward to revisiting Los Almagros in the future, supporting SMILE and enjoying the warm welcome that awaits us. Over the course of our last two events and with the help of those who have supported us, Harlequins have raised a staggering sum of Euros 1,435.00. Local businesses have ‘done us proud’ and donated so generously for our fundraising raffles. Thank you to each and every one of you. Best Wishes, Quick Save, Compusurf, English Butchers, Don Ricardo’s, Market Tavern, El Saladillo Garden Centre, Cat’ s Bar, Yorkshire Linen, UK Supplies, JML Builders, Euronics. Ann Thompson, Musical Director Tel. 628 149 840

Javier airport have been arrested. They used car-hire firms with fake passports for a week at a time in order to pass as holidaymakers. The accused parties, Romanian nationals aged 23 and 28, live in Alicante and Valencia respectively and travelled around 5,000 kilometres a week between the two locations in hired vehicles. After stealing handbags from people at the airport, they would then travel farther afield to draw out cash using the credit and debit cards they had robbed. Many items, including some of the bags themselves and the contents have been recovered and are on display in Court Number 1 in San Javier (Murcia) on the Mar Menor.

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A little over a year ago I met Hayden and Tyler Stapleton after they had taken part in the Camposol Fiesta Fun Run to raise funds for MABS Mazarron. They struck me at the time as being typical boys who loved nothing more than BMX biking and computer games and apart from them both growing quite a lot over the past year, it seems nothing has changed, they are as confident as ever, doing well at school and totally embracing their lives here in Spain. This weekend I was delighted to meet up with them and their parents again and accept theproceeds of their latest efforts in this years´ Fun Run– a donation of550€.

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would also like to thank Dave and Diane for their continued support of MABS Mazarronand all of their friends, family and customers who generously sponsored the boys –

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THANK YOU ALL. MABS Mazarron is currently supporting more than 90 patients in and around the Mazarron area by providing:Drivers to take patients to and from hospital appointments Home care and support Equipment loan for nursing in the home Translators for doctor and hospital appointments Telephone Support One-to-one, professional counselling The latest cancer information booklets Jig-Saw Support Group This money will go a long way to help MABS Mazarron continue this support. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for MABS Mazarron, please contact us on volunteers@ or call 620 582 418 for more details.

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Age Concern and its supporters have had a busy time. In June we were under the parasols at Bar Peyma for our menudel-dia. We had a pleasant afternoon enjoying good food, drink and good companay. Our Summer Fair was held on Saturday 1st June at Lagarto Verde in Puerto de Mazarron. Lots of stalls selling clothing, ceramics, pies, sweets, bags, bling etc. Many people contribute to the success of our fairs. This one generated over 800€ for Age Concern for which we are very grateful, not only to members of the public but also to the kind people who set up stalls and donate all their income to our charity. Also to the stallholders and traders who make the whole event possible by participating in our fundraising day and making it a fun day for all. On Saturday 8th June, Matt & Alan of ‘the Artisan Cooperative’ organised a very successful Craft Fair, the first of many, at the Clubhouse, Camposol. Age Concern was nominated as the recipient of donations from the door and the raffle (all prizes were donated by traders, too many to mention here!). Over 300 visitors passed through the doors and 430€ was raised for us on the day. Many thanks to Matt, Alan & the Co-operative.

Tickets from the Welcome Group meeting, first Saturday of the month, 2.00pm at Mariano’s or telephone Welcome on 620 105179. Our annual Black & White Ball will be on Wednesday 11th September. Dancing, dining and drinking under the stars at Puerto de Mazarron’s marina. Two great acts this year – Martin Ross and Karen Noble – will keep you dancing all night. A chance to get dressed up, or if you prefer informal - that’s alright, just wear something black & white. Tickets 15€ including cold buffet. Transport from Camposol or MCC for 5€. Looking ahead to Thursday 24th October we are holding another auction at Mariano’s, Camposol A. A chance to dig out your unwanted items and dispose of whilst raising some money into the bargain. See our Forecast of Events at the back of the magefor further details. Tickets: Friday 11am to 1pm: Outside Bar Salud, Camposol B Wednesday & Thursday 10am to 1pm: Social Centre, Camposol (not August) Telephone: 634 310 215 (Camposol) or 634 336 484 (Port)

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discovered the hard way that fundraising “events” was not the way forward and concentrated our efforts on weekly raffles and of course the Grand Fiesta Draw. In previous years this had been a car but we decided to do something different for this year’s Fiesta and the first prize was a 5000 Euro Holiday Voucher. We also had runner up prizes of smaller value holiday vouchers; a 32 inch TV from Euronics; a Puncture Safe Tyre voucher and a Derek’s H2ozone Water Filter System. The new prizes proved extremely popular and all tickets were sold by early evening on the Saturday of the Fiesta. The other big decision was to “condense” but not shorten the Fiesta so that it started on Friday evening and ran almost non-stop until midnight on the Saturday night. Friday evening was dedicated to Tribute Acts most of whom regularly perform locally. Starting with “Phil Collins” and finishing with “The Beatles Experience” A Lennon and McCartney Duo; there wasn’t a spare

seat to be had from the official start of the Fiesta at 6pm until Stevie T said Goodnight at 2am on Saturday morning. The fun started early on Saturday morning with the traditional fun run and Tug O War competition that was won by Alley Palais. The non-stop family fun day included pony rides from Meta Riding Stables; bouncy castle; face painting; stalls and a dedicated Children’s Magician. Throughout the whole afternoon the seats were filled


and the stage was filled with performers. The Camposol Guitar Club kicked off the entertainment followed by the Harlequins Rock Choir who were quite marvellous! There was a fashion show by Sector B’s very own “Branded” and a Talent Show sponsored by “Miles Better Entertainment”. The show was judged by “Two Shoes”, the UK X Factor Finalists and Ken “Simon Cowell” Payne. The standard of performers was excellent with singers; dancers and musicians of all ages. The Judges were genuinely impressed. However the unanimous winner was Jay Buckley, a cheeky 11 year old who wowed the crowd with his rendition of “I’m Sexy and I know it” and “Jailhouse Rock”. Undoubtedly a megastar in the making! The show then continued with a traditional Spanish flavour. Firstly the amazingly talented and beautiful Flamenco dancers from the Raquel Pena Dance Company; followed by the fantastic vocals of “Pitu”. Following Pitu, the stage was packed with the girls and boys of Camposol’s very own “Murcia Dance”. They gave an excellent and energetic performance which proved as popular as ever with the gathered throng of supporters. Unfortunately it was after their performance that the “unmentionable” happened! Once again the sound system let us down. Soul Power, a superb Soul & Motown Band, from Torrevieja were unable to hear themselves and found it difficult to continue. No amount of fiddling by the sound guys could improve on the sound and by the time the girls from Two Shoes came to perform, the sound was untenable. Thankfully Lucy & Charley from “Two Shoes” were the consummate professionals and although unable to sing, they entertained the crowd; posing for photographs and signing autographs. They really were “Totes Amazeballs”!!! Ultimately Byron and I decided that the live music would have to be halted and Stevie T saved the day with disco party tunes that kept the dance floor full and the Commercial Centre rocking. We brought the Fireworks Finale forward by half an hour and watched somewhat wearily whilst the crowd whooped and squealed as the sky was lit up by possibly the best display ever seen over Camposol. On behalf of the Committee, I would like to say a special thank you to Byron our Compere who was tremendous throughout the 2 days. I would also like to thank all our sponsors; supporters and raffle ticket sellers without whom this Fiesta would not have been possible. Yes there are lessons to be learned for next year…Oops did I just say that………but overall our feedback is that it was the best Fiesta to date…… Just don’t mention the sound system!!!

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around Camposol and on display at the Camposol Fiesta but now will be live and in service. For those of you who have not spotted them around the area they will be easy to identify being white with the now well known FAST Logo

and completed their Presentation Skills Training, this along with their current level of knowledge will create four Assistant Trainers within FAST to help share the workload. In order to give you an insight to what we have done to date in 2011 we had 80 callouts, in 2012 we had 103 and this year so far we have had 61 call outs, 75-80% of these have had an ambulance in attendance and the teams have dealt with things from slips, trips, and falls to severe bleeds, heart attacks, strokes and shock plus other incidents too various and numerous to mention. FAST will be holding an Open Day in the very near future where residents and visitors can pop in and see what we do and have a bit of hands on experience at the same time so watch for the posters and come along to see what it’s all about. May we again take this opportunity to thank all of you for your support. FAST

F.A.S.T (First Aid Support Team) have successfully completed two years of operation on Camposol and on the 1st June this year was the first day of year three. They say that from little acorns grow the mighty oak trees well the same can be said for FAST, from an idea and small beginnings the growth of a fantastic team of volunteers has come about with the sole intention of helping anyone on Camposol in need of emergency first aid support until the arrival of the Emergency Medical Services. We, the committee and members of FAST would like to thank all who have supported us since our inception and through your support, donations and generosity we are pleased to announce that we have been able to purchase two second-hand vehicles for a total of â‚Ź6,600 to respond to your calls for assistance from FAST. Up to now our volunteers have used their own cars at their own expense, but now having dedicated vehicles fitted with the necessary equipment required to carry out this unique service this will no longer be the case. The vehicles have been seen driving

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emblazoned on all four sides. The design and artwork for the vehicles was contracted out to Danny of INSIGNIA GRAPHICS, Isla Plana, who specialises in vehicle artwork and I am sure you will agree he has done a sterling job on our vehicles. In addition to the vehicles the President of FAST and Head Trainer Gerry Bradshaw has successfully undergone additional training to achieve a two year Teaching Certificate through the Emergency First Response Corporation which is a worldwide organisation and the knowledge and skills developed will be passed on to all responders within FAST thus ensuring up to date training, qualifications and accreditation. Furthermore to ensure the skills are maintained to the highest levels, four FAST members have now undergone

Head Trainer Gerry Bradshaw (right)


Shopaholics Paradise Lost Here in the region of Murcia we are fortunate to be blessed with many

excellent Shopping Malls. Nueva Condemina, Thader, Lorca, Cartagena, and for those daring enough to step across the border into Alicante, the gargantuan La Zenia. Retail is a big business the world over. Would you travel to the worlds largest Shopping Mall for the ultimate shopping experience? Well don’t rush because even the most committed shoppers might actually struggle to spend their money there! (Please note that Shopaholics may find this distressing reading) The New South China Mal l is Located about 50 miles north of Hong Kong in Dongguan, China, the largest mall in the world by gross leasable area. Twice the size of United States’ Mall of America, it was opened with room for 2,350 stores in 7.1 million square feet of leasable space. No mall in the world can rival New South China in any category. Except

perhaps in number of tenants. Despite having every amenity a shopper could want, the mall has been 99% vacant since it’s opening in 2005 The project was ambitious; at time of construction it was the largest mall in the world with over 9.6 million square feet in total area. The mall was designed with everything, and was constructed anticipating 100,000 visitors a day. It was built with a 1.3-mile indoor canal featuring gondola rides, it has a large Egyptian sphinx, and it even contains an 1800-foot indoor roller coaster. Inside there are seven areas modeled after international cultures and themes: Amsterdam, California, the Caribbean, Egypt, Paris, Rome, and Venice, and even the worlds first licensed Teletubby theme park.

So what went wrong? Well, visitors from outside the area have difficulty coming to visit the New South China Mall as Dongguan doesn’t have an airport; the closest commercial airport is over an hour away. Local residents don’t have it much easier. There is no train or direct bus service. Car is the easiest way to get the Mall, however Dongguan is a factory town where the poor have come to find


on shopping and rollercoasters. The main entry to the mall does show signs of life however with several restaurants such as McDonald’s, KFC, and Pizza Hut. The Teletubby theme park a features a Merry-go-Round as well as a mini-train ride for children that circles the park. There is also an interactive music centre, bumper cars, and a recreational project centre. Despite all this, the theme park sees very few visitors and the rides go unused. Even without visitors the music continues to chillingly echo throughout vacant hallways, and even in the vacant areas the lights stay on. Maintenance crews tend to the property, but it’s a skeleton crew for how large the mall is. Equipped proportionately for how few stores there are, the handful of workers can’t possibly keep up with the maintenance requirements of such a massive complex.

Dirty canvases cover the closed escalators while dusty corridors and peeling paint distract one’s eyes from the scattered rubbish along the floors. The snaking canal, over a mile long, has turned green and swampy. With a lack of proper chlorination it has developed it’s own ecosystem. Ever optimistic, the current ownership group still has grand aspirations for the mall; the head off the ownership group, Ye Jining, said he aimed to increase mall occupancy to 80% by the end of 2013. Time is ticking Mr Jining!

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High blood pressure

High blood pressure is a disease that affects one in five people. It is a really dangerous disease for those who ignore it, but if you’re lucky to know your problem, you may control it. Read the text below and for more information contact the Camposol Health Clinic on 968 103 008

What is arterial hypertension? Arterial hypertension is a disease that is due to increased blood pressure. Blood circulates in the body through the arteries and veins of the heart through the impetus, which acts as an engine. Blood pressure depends on the force with which the heart pumps blood and

also on the degree of resistance of the walls of the veins and arteries. We talk about high blood pressure when the maximum pressure is over 140 mmHg and the minimum is over 90 mmHg. The figure indicates the maximum pressure at the time of the impulse of the heart and the minimum number pressure when the heart relaxes. Why does hypertension happen? Hypertension is more common in older people because the walls of the arteries and veins become harder and less elastic over the years: this is what we call atherosclerosis. Arteriosclerosis produce more resistance to the flow of blood and results therefore hypertension. Is there any factor that contribute to hypertension? Although it is known that there is no exact cause, there are factors that are related to hypertension are : Obesity is a major factor associated with hypertension. Tobacco is another major risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Therefore, if you smoke, stop immediately because you are putting your life in danger. Excessive alcohol consumption is also

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associated with hypertension. Stress is also related to the high voltage. Excessive consumption of salt in food. Another cause of hypertension is associated with heredity.

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general measures are not sufficient and you must take medications as prescribed by your doctor. These general measures are:

Moderate alcohol ingestión, do not drink more than two glasses of wine or beer a day Increase physical activity, 20 minutes walking, cycling , swimming ..... Prevent obesity and overweight lose weight if necessary Avoid stress ,do not panic, keep a positive attitude to the problems Give up smoking studies have shown that smokers are twelve times more likely to suffer a stroke than nonsmokers Reduce salt intake meats, canned and preserved.

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Progress is favorable on our Puerto premises and trust to open mid August. If anyone is interested in joining our expanding Charity then please contact Amanda on 634 357 137 to discuss the many new projects: Sewing Machine&Craft Workshops, Children´s Clubs, Shop and much more! Drivers still NEEDED. A big thank you to ´Cloud Nine Drama Group´ for their donation of 100e - photo taken at Mazarron Aid Day & presented by Trevor & Brenda Thornton wearing black t´shirts.

River rafting days, MONDAY AUGUST 5TH MONDAY AUGUST 19TH MONDAY 2ND SEPT. see website for details.

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Do you have teenage children or grandchildren? If so, the chances are they use social networking sites like Facebook. In an unprecedented turn of events in the United States, one teenager has found himself locked up and facing a lengthy jail sentence due to a remark made while playing an online game. On February 14, just two months after the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting, an 18-year-old in Texas named Justin Carter was arrested. Carter, an avid gamer, got into a spat with a fellow League of Legends player on Facebook. After being provoked and told he was “messed up in the

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could spend ten years in jail for the Facebook comment. The judge also gave him an unusually high bond, $500,000, which his family can’t afford to pay. Carter’s trial is beginning this month but in the meantime, the teen’s father says his son has fallen into a deep depression. “He’s very depressed, he’s very scared,” Jack Carter said, telling CNN that his son feels like he’ll never leave prison. “He’s pretty much lost all hope.” In a recent interview, Jack Carter painted a more gruesome picture of his son’s experience in jail. He says his son has had “concussions, black eyes” and “moved four times for his own protection.” He also says his son is nude in solitary confinement because of his depression.

of a sarcastic comment.” There is no doubt that this story is truly shocking. It’s a perfect example of why we should teach youngsters the importance of thinking before they act.


Carter’s mother Jennifer posted the situation on and acquired nearly 100,000 signatures in support of her son’s release. In addition, the Carter family has found a pro-bono lawyer to take on the case. While Carter’s father understands why authorities had to investigate his son, he doesn’t feel an impulsive comment on Facebook should be this detrimental. “He says he’s really sorry. He just totally got caught up in the moment of the argument and didn’t really think about the implications,” “I miss my son. He’s my friend. And I just want him out. Nobody’s life should be ruined because


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Costa Calida Chronicle and of course Saralara’s Bar in the Port for only 6€ each. The ex-servicemen are very grateful to Sara and the calendar girls, their sponsors and supporters for all the hard work and effort put into producing what will be a great boost to this year’s Poppy Appeal. Make sure you get your copy now.


Friday 5th July was a big day for Sara Peters of Saralara’s Bar in Puerto de Mazarron and her friends and customers. The 2014 charity calendar, which has been in various stages of production since January, arrived from the printers and was launched in style. Most of the 15 ladies who appear in the calendar were on hand to autograph copies for the many people who came to support the event and see the calendar, which is the first of its kind in the Mazarron area. The idea was conceived by Sara, who wanted to exceed the funds she raised in previous years for the Ex Servicemen’s Association of Mazarron District (ESAMD) and the annual Poppy Appeal. So, Sara and her team decided to produce a calendar along the lines of

the popular film ‘The Calendar Girls’ but with a different theme – the 1940’s and the wartime era, incorporating poppies and well-known slogans from that period. The result is a professionallymade, tasteful and artistic product which is flying off the shelves and over 100 copies were sold in the first hour and 200 in less than a week. Sponsorship was provided by Brian Jones, Godfrey Hyde and Gary Sockett (the three amigos), Tuxedo Limousines and Viggos/ Bocapizza. Also (and on sale at) Market Tavern, Furniture Plus, Tea Pot, New Royal, Elliotts and Jane’s Salon. On Camposol - CHM office, Kwik Save, Just Fabulous, Holmes & Pegg and the

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The Lions Club of Mazarron Bahia July 14th 2013

Update on the collection of plastic bottle tops Firstly the Lions would like to thank all those who studiously collect the bottle tops and bring them to the Friday Bric a Brac stall and other collection sites. The steady flow of tops makes it possible to collect the volumes needed to help fund the trips for Little Eva.

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Soon she will make another trip to Philadelphia to the Institute for the Achievement of Human Potential. At each visit the family report improvements, she is now capable of understanding everything that is said to her, and along with improved mobility and an ability to stay seated for a few minutes on her own, always the hope is for continued improvement and quality of life for Eva.

care of her strict feeding programme, this is a 24/7 requirement and each improvement after treatment enables the boundaries to be moved on a little. The medication she takes has potential to damage her liver, but it is the only way to control the daily seizures. With these controlled her brain can function uninterrupted and concentrate on the tasks given; it’s a fine line but a necessary one. The family can now communicate with Eva and get more information as to how Eva feels, helping all the time to ensure her continued safe development Once again the Lions thank you all for helping us to help those in need and those who cannot help themselves.

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Eva can now communicate if she is hurting or wants food by means of drawings. Her treatment regime is very hard with daily sessions of Physical and sensory rehab. At home her mother takes care of the exercises and her grandmother takes


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Rod Sawyer I’ve now been sat for at least 10 minutes staring at a blank page on my laptop. Where and how do I start? How can a few words written here by me pay tribute to my friend and the founder of the magazine that you are reading today. I know that wherever he is, Rod is looking down laughing at my writers block! Rod Sawyer was a pleasure to work with. Sometimes he was difficult, other times impossible, but Rod was a mine of information on every topic imaginable. I don’t think in all the years I knew him there was ever a topic that he never had an opinion on. And he was never shy on giving you his opinion either. That was one of the qualities that I most admired about him. While I am pretty easy going guy who likes to avoid conflict, arguments or upsetting people, Rod was the opposite. He was never afraid to raise his head above the parapet and let rip with both barrels with absolute disregard to the fact that that his opinions might not win him any friends. Anyone who knew Rod well can testify to this. His opinions were his and he stuck to them unwaveringly and under all circumstances. One can’t help but feel that world would be a better place if there were more people like Rod, prepared to stand up for themselves and their beliefs rather than just shuffle along through life afraid of upsetting the status quo. Some of my best memories of spending time with Rod were on the numerous occasions when we went for coffee. Normally the subject of Scottish Independence would come up and before long, a chat over a coffee had turned into a heated debate with my face flushed and finger pointing. I regarded Rod as a mentor when it came to debating. He

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had a true politician’s style, always keeping his cool while verbally baiting his opponent in an attempt to make them lose theirs. The first rule was to keep calm and never lose your cool. Rod was a professional when it came to this and I not even an amateur. As I mentioned before Rod was the founder of this magazine. Throughout the years it was his passion and his valuable contribution that helped the magazine to get where it is today. I smile when I remember his “Out and About” column. One month it became the stuff of legend when he gave a local restaurant a review that they were less than pleased with. When I close my eyes I can still see those words. They are etched in my brain forever. As I read them over in my mind’s eye I also see myself standing, mouth agape in a silent scream as I realise just how much trouble Rod has gotten me into. Again. Things just won’t be the same without him. They say that a life well lived will be remembered. And Rod lived his life well. And we will miss and remember him. A quote from one of my favourite movies: “Every man dies, but not every man truly lives.” Rod Sawyer truly lived. Sleep well Big Man, Robbie

Thoughts About A Friend

at one of the bars on A - at that time I was in the initial stages of my thoughts to live here on a permanent basis. Despite my life experience of dealing with a wide selection of people, I found Rod quite alternative and, in fact, quite challenging. In fact, this continued throughout our friendship and in some sense he could be a difficult person to get to know, never mind understand - but then I have always been a glutton for punishment - pardon the pun. Despite that, I found our friendship to be very rewarding and Rod helped me to prepare myself for living and working in this my first “expat environment” in which we all live. This was a difficult but necessary adjustment for me - in those early days we spent quite a lot of time working together on the Camposol District Journal - Rod on the one hand could be very compassionate and on the other quite belligerent, even awkward! Rod had an encouraging attitude that there was always another viewpoint, even if he didnt agree with it, it was there and had a value - its all part of the cake! This is an honesty and frankness which not many convey. We all influence each other in different ways - and having been influenced we are aware that the behaviour of our own thoughts change - and this is why the memory of Rod Sawyer will stay in my mind for some years to come. Thanks Rod

A sad day recently - when a friend of mine passed away - I knew the day would come - and following it my thoughts from my reflections of the last 5 years. I first met Rod some 5 years ago



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There will not be a press release next month as everything goes on hold during the holiday period.

Bob Owen reported that recently, he and Les Crook met with Lloyd Milen, British Vice Consul from Alicante and Bernadette Gallagher, Property and Consular Policy Advisor from the Embassy in Madrid. They updated them as to the current situation on Camposol. Although the Embassy or Consul was powerless in matters of Spain they can and do attempt to influence matters through meetings themselves with regional and local government. Both Lloyd and Bernadette commented on the professional way in which the CRA operates and the fact that they continually meet with those in authority in an attempt to resolve problems. They said this was by far the most organised and effective ex pat residents group in Southern Spain. Most urbanisations are unorganised and continually complain to the Embassy who is in general powerless to act on their behalf.  Bob explained that they had helped one other urbanisation group to get established and had advised them on the legal way forward in forming a residents association. It was felt that the CRA could help others to which Bob & Les confirmed they were willing to help the Vice Consul in this task. Bernadette said she followed our news and minutes on our website so Bob offered to put her on the monthly email newsletter distribution list. This has now been done. Saladillo District Mayor Report Jose Navarro reported on various issues and various meetings and appointments he had had during the last month, these were with the Mayor of Mazarron (GinesCampillo) and various other Councillors and their respective departments, and Juan Carlos (The Town Halls Lawyer) There were many issues discussed during these meetings and some points are still to be finalised, however the following points are made as a basic resume Aqualia and the Council had still not been able to finalise any agreements and another meeting was imminent. Masa had approached the Council to offer a new agreement with regards to completion, the Council have responded saying they will cooperate if they 1) Release the bank bonds 2) Instigate a payment plan of €8m.  The Council have made it quite clear that they will cooperate if these conditions are met by Masa, or they will simply continue along the legal route if they do not. In the end Masa refused to agree with the councils demands so no agreement was reached.

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The Rambla and CHS situation is still very much on going and is likely to be for some time. The CHS still proving to be very difficult to communicate with, although there was a meeting with the Town Hall planned. 34 Replacement and extra rubbish bins have been supplied at the CRA´s request. The use of the Cultural Centre for a polling station in future elections, is still awaiting a decision from Murcia and the delegation from Central Govt, despite the petition and application to do so was presented a long time ago. The issues that are either currently being discussed, or issues that will be discussed in the near future, in summary are: Streetlights – Children’s Recreational area specifications – Street Signs across Camposol – The official renaming of sectors from A-B-C-D  The use of the Cultural centre for duties such as Padron Registration etc -  The legal status of the “Back Road” – The compost Pits on D – 2 more garden waste bins . Jose reported that the procedure to be adopted for reporting abandoned and infested swimming pools was to contact Tatiana at the cultural centre, by email or personal visit. If no action has been taken after 14 days then to contact him directly with the details. Jose reported that he was looking into the C14/16 pavements and major drain problem along with the Environmental Health Councillor. He further reported on the compound on B3, he had called the department of Urbanism requesting a report on the structure and land. This he has been told is now available for him. The structure is owned by a Ceramic Tile Company (PaferAzulejos) however they do not own the land. The enforcement is now looking to be directed at the Company to demolish the structure. Jose reported that he is in urgent discussion with Juan Carlos the town halls lawyer with regards to the legalisation of some properties on B4 He was in discussions with Cllr Matildeon sector name changes. Although the change for Sector A to “Los Palacios” is highly possible to do, it is not yet official in the eyes of the Council. All 4 sectors would need to seek approval and apply at the same time to the Council. Any names for each sector must have an association from maps and plans of the area. Jose is working on this and a plan and application will be put for consultation before it is submitted to a Council Plenum. Jose reported that a list of areas available for children’s play area´s on A/B/C/D has been given to him. However the Council does not have the funds to provide / build these. They are prepared to provide the technical specification and plans but the funds of approx €8,000 for equipment only (Per area) would have to be sourced by other means. Therefore it is unlikely in the near future to happen.

A discussion was raised over the piece of land opposite Masa’s old office that was flattened for a football pitch. Apparently this land has an embargo on it and has recently been up for auction, so there are some historical errors in its original allocation. Political sub committee. Dr Peter Pitt, the chairman of the Political Sub Committee gave a concise report of the last meeting of the PSC, He along with his subcommittee was still very concerned over the lack of any form of response from anyone official, over the application to use the Cultural Centre for a polling station. Jose was asked to take this matter up with the Mayor of Mazarron. Peter reported that the constitution for the new proposed political party “The Camposol & District Independent Party “was now complete. Massive recognition needs to be given to PSC Vice Chairman and CRA member Robert Mooney for the achievement of this. Now after numerous meetings between the PSC and the full CRA committee, along with meeting other groups (i.e. The Mazarron Country Club) it was officially proposed that the name ofthe proposed political party was to be, “The Camposol & District Independent Party” Peter  further reported that he felt that the PSC had now done its job, what was important now was promotion and sourcing 3 Spanish Nationals to head the party. Register for the padron and voting at the Cultural Centre. From September 27th between 10am and 12am,  residents will be able to register for the padron and the voting register at the Cultural Centre on Sector B. Staff from the Town Hall will attend on the 2nd and last Fridays of each month to attend to resident’s needs. This has been requested by the CRA for some time but it was agreed at the last meeting that Jose and Bob had with the UIDM executive committee. We are now the only urbanisation with full council office services in the municipality of Mazarron. Bob Owen to stand down as Chairman. Bob is standing down as Chairman with effect from 3rd July. He is suffering from on-going health problems which he needs time to address. He remains an active committee member but will be unable to give the time necessary to carry out the Chairman’s role. Jackie Drewe takes over as Acting Chairman and all other officers’ positions remain unchanged. Rod Sawyer. The CRA Committee were saddened to learn of Rod´s passing. Rod was a committed CRA supporter and recently served on the CRA Political Sub Committee. He will be missed. www.cracamposol.cominfo@


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‘With a product like RYNO, a rider can slip behind a wall, cut up the alley, around behind the big oak tree, down though the park and emerge at a destination long before anyone driving a car could ever get there” Said the firms CEO Chris Hoffman ‘Plus a RYNO can be parked anywhere a bike can be parked, free of charge.’ The designers also claim it can be taken on trains and driven through pedestrianised areas and shops in the same way mobility scooters can. Its inventors add: ‘Or simply ride the RYNO through a lobby and up the elevator to your own apartment.’ Although the RYNO reaches speeds of 25mph, it is regulated when being driven in cities and towns to 12.5mph. The RYNO’s battery can be removed and be plugged into electricity sockets to charge.

happens when you ride through the streets, it’s the same everywhere, people think they’re watching something out of a video game. ‘Even though it takes less than an hour to learn to ride, onlookers think you have the skill of a circus performer.’ The RYNO is set to go on sale from August 2013. The company hasn’t released full specifications or price details but it is expected to cost around £2,250, according to figures released when the concept was launched in 2010.

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it. “And of course your smartphone knows exactly what time it is.” “Then the receiving phone says, ‘Well, I know where I am, I know where it started, I know the time difference between when the event began, I know what time it is now, my little phone app can calculate very, very simply in just a few milliseconds, this is how bad I think it’s going to be where I am right now.’ “It can then provide an alert to this user saying: ‘You have so many seconds before a damaging wave will arrive’.” “The app gets notification that an earthquake has occurred, it can project when the shaking will get to the phone and how big it will be. And then the phone can start to countdown and say, shaking in 10, 9, 8,… and even give some idea - strong shaking or weak shaking depending on what we anticipate.” Other apps that claim to help in the aftermath include Earthquake Buddy, which will send an alert to four contacts if a phone detects an earthquake, with your GPS co-ordinates attached. For Californians, MyFault shows areas likely to be subject to landslide or liquifaction. And apps like QuakeFeed and QuakeWatch let you track earthquakes around the world as they happen. Technology might not be able to save the world. But it might be able give you and your loved ones the edge when it comes to surviving the worst of natural disasters.

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began, I know what time it is now, my little phone app can calculate very, very simply in just a few milliseconds, this is how bad I think it’s going to be where I am right now.’ “It can then provide an alert to this user saying: ‘You have so many seconds before a damaging wave will arrive’.” “The app gets notification that an earthquake has occurred, it can project when the shaking will get to the phone seismometer (device that detects the and how big it will be. And then the vibrations from earthquakes). phone can start to countdown and say, shaking in 10, 9, 8,… and even The smartphone app is called give some idea - strong shaking or CrowdShake weak shaking depending on what we “The attractiveness of smartphones anticipate.” is that they have many things already Other apps that claim to help in built in,” says Mr Guy the project the aftermath include Earthquake manager. Buddy, which will send an “The accelerometer is already in the alert to four contacts if a phone phone, the location is something the phone knows, it’s not something that a detects an earthquake, with your GPS co-ordinates attached. For person has to tell it. Californians, MyFault shows areas “And of course your smartphone likely to be subject to landslide knows exactly what time it is.” or liquifaction. “Then the receiving phone says, And apps ‘Well, I know where I am, I know like QuakeFeed and QuakeWatch let where it started, I know the time you track earthquakes around the difference between when the event world as they happen. Technology might not be able to save the world. But it might be able Contract Phones and Pay As You Go give you and your Now at Best Wishes Camposol loved ones the edge when it comes to surviving the worst The Phone House at of natural disasters. of Technology has created an app that uses the accelerometer in your smartphone, and turns it into a simple

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Technology sponsored by This offshore turbine will be moored four kilometers off the coast of northern Spain (Vizcaya) and will be the first of its kind in service. The 97 meter tall structure will rest on a semi-submerged floating base in the shape of a tripod, with three interconnected pontoons.  The three pontoons, each 25 meters in length, will be partly hollow. Thanks to a complex system of tubing, water acting as ballast will flow through their interior in order to maintain them in equilibrium and keep the tower from sinking or falling over.   The turbine’s dimensions are colossal and it will be capable of producing electricity on the high seas. Experts believe that the future of renewable energy is at sea using offshore structures, which have much less environmental and visual impact than those on dry land. Why has the Spanish coast been chosen for this important program? Mainly for two reasons: first, a significant number of the companies collaborating on the project—called HiPRwind—are based in this region; secondly and above all, the turbine will take advantage of the Bimep infrastructure (Biscay Marine Energy Platform), a protected, five square kilometer area that is reserved for producing wave energy. 

History of Desalination The idea that pure water could be made from seawater has been tantalizing thirsty humans for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. The original premise was based on the idea that boiling or evaporating water separates the water from the salt. That theory— vaporization or distillation—was behind the technology for the first large-scale desalination plants that sprouted in desert areas in the 1950s and 1960s, primarily in the Middle East. These areas, lacking water but with plenty of fuel to burn, turned one resource, energy, into what the region craved: water. The technologies using heat, though, require vast amounts of energy. Researchers throughout the early 1900s had been studying the idea of using a membrane to separate out salt from seawater. This is based on the osmotic nature of cell walls: certain semipermeable membranes, such as animal and plant cell walls, allow water to pass through, creating an equilibrium between a highly concentrated solution on one side of the membrane and a diluted concentration on the other. Scientists hypothesized that with the right amount of pressure and with the correct membrane design, this natural

phenomenon could be reversed through a man-made membrane. Instead of flowing from a diluted solution to a highly concentrated one, equalizing them both, the concentrate could be forced through a membrane, leaving an even higher concentrated solution of dissolved solids (in this case, salt) behind. In the 1960s, researchers in the U. S. and Japan who developed membranes for industrial purposes soon realized that those same semipermeable manmade membranes could be used in desalination. By the 1970s, desalinationplant developers adopted reverse osmosis (RO) for use in new desalination plants. Though more efficient than vaporization or distillation and requiring far less physical space for the same operation, these plants still demanded a high energy input. Over time, engineers developed recovery systems to take advantage of the high pressure of waste brine left after the reverse-osmosis process. This has led to precipitous drops in energy needs for the process, reducing the cost, while the cost of the membranes used in reverse-osmosis technology have

also dropped about 50 percent. At the same time, conventional sources of fresh water have proven more costly in recent years. In some areas, coastal aquifers are depleted of water before they can refill naturally, leading to the intrusion of seawater. All these factors contribute to the fact that, in some regions, desalination has become costcompetitive with traditional methods of supplying water needs.


Tony Smith, The English Funeral Director is pleased to announce the opening of the new Tanatorio in Mazarron. Pictured above is The owner of the Tanatorio, Mariano Canovas Montiel (who also owns several other Tanatorio’s in the Murcia Province) Tony has been working in partnership with this company for 8 years now, but has been unable to provide his services to the Mazarron area as there was no chapel of rest there. With the opening of the new chapel of rest, Tony is delighted to be able to extend his services to the Mazarron area. The Chapel is set in tranquil peaceful surroundings with ample parking for the clients. There is a quite spacious seating areas for moments of reflection. The chapel of rest is bright and modern, even with a built in projector so when families listen to their favourite music they can also see photos of their loved ones. Tony will have an office inside the new Tanatorio and will be available for appointments or informal discussion on Tuesday & Thursday between 11am—1pm. So if your passing and want some information about funeral plans or funeral insurance please call in and see us during those hours. Tony has many clients who have an insurance policy with the old Tanatorio in Mazarron. This policy still stands as he continues to work with both companies, but if you wish to change to the new Tanatorio or want to take out an insurance with us then please don’t hesitate to call us.

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Dawn Llewellyn-Price Around the beginning of this month, while I’m reading the online edition of the Newspaper I write for ‘back home’ with a mixture of disbelief and a rather large smirk, I noticed the news about a local Welsh school sports day being cancelled due to a drop of the wet stuff. We’re not even talking rain, or downpours, we’re talking the sparkly stuff. Dew. Well, duw, duw. (That’s a Welsh-ism for ‘blow me down’ or similar.) Health and safety meant the head teacher decided a bit of damp on the grass meant the little darlings were at risk of life and limb should they attempt an egg and spoon race, or the three legged race. How on earth did we all survive past the age of ten, I wonder, what with conkers poking our eyes out and tripping over the hopscotch chalk marks and ‘drown-dead’ when losing our grip on the rope swing created over a fast flowing stream? Unbelievable really, as I remembered the night of the 24th June, when Virgoman and I raced up the motorway to Alicante, which at midnight on that date turns into an epic fire-fest. While the children in South Wales risked certain death moving apace over damp grass, the offspring and parents on the streets of Alicante could have easily featured on a 24 hour news spectacular should that have been the UK. It’s over to ‘Breaking News’, available on any satellite channel even though it normally broke twelve hours earlier. (They like to keep that banner flashing, usually blotting out the view of the actual event.) ‘Reports are reaching us during these early hours of rioting in the city of ---------- streets. (Insert any UK city) Huge fires are burning in the main areas, with thousands of people storming the metal barricades as firemen attempt to hold them back with hosepipes. Rockets light up the night sky. It’s truly a riot of unwarranted proportions. The end of a civilised behaviour as we know it.’ Now let me take you across to a Spanish newsroom, where they too, are reporting on the same event. Let me translate. I’m

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quite good at that in an emergency. ‘Tonight, the annual burning of the Hogueras (enormous papier mache figures) and part of the week long San Juan celebrations, is taking place in the main square, outside the town hall, where the fifty foot high creation resembling a mermaid, was set alight at midnight, to the sound of repeater rockets signalling the beginning of the festivities, and in other cul de sacs, the slightly smaller figures were also blaze. Firemen hosed down the shop fronts, trees and electricity cables overhead to prevent them catching fire, and as the streets glowed red, turned their hoses on the crowds amassed behind the safety barriers, for the traditional ‘bath’;- soaking all the participants, their cameras and iPhones. Fireworks lit up the sky afterwards. A great time was had by all.’ Just a matter of perspective, really. Or a right riot.

Toddler Uses Dads Smartphone to Buy a Vintage Car

quite know what she’s actually doing. Please imagine Paul Stoute’s delight when she bought him a 1962 Austin-

Healey using his eBay app. Sorella is very fond of surprises, so she didn’t tell dad anything. Not so much as a whisper. Instead, dad got a congratulatory e-mail from eBay. Paul said: “She decided to open the eBay app and started clicking around and one thing led to another and we own a car. It needs a complete restoration, but I enjoy fixing up cars.” Take notice people, kids and smartphones can be a dangerous combination!

Apps are one of technology’s greatest inventions. They’re so easy to use that even a halfwit wearing boxing gloves can discover tomorrow’s weather or the latest goings on round Murcia Sometimes, though, an app’s simplicity can sail you into dangerous waters, such as allowing a 14month-old little girl buy a car Sorella Stoute, the toddler in question, was just being a curious toddler when she played with her dad’s smartphone. She appears to already have a keen talent for using dad’s coins to buy things. Even if she doesn’t


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Ingredients 200g new potatoes, thickly sliced 2 medium eggs 100g green beans, trimmed 1 romaine lettuce heart, leaves separated and washed 8 cherry tomatoes, halved 6 anchovies in olive oil, drained well 197g can tuna steak in spring water, drained 2 tbsp reduced-fat mayonnaise Method Bring a large pan of water to the boil. Add the potatoes and the eggs, and cook for 7 mins. Scoop the eggs out of the pan, tip in the green beans and cook for a further 4 mins. Drain the potatoes, beans and eggs in a colander under cold running water until cool. Leave to dry. Peel the eggs and cut into quarters. Arrange the lettuce leaves in 2 shallow bowls. Scatter over the beans, potatoes, tomatoes and egg quarters. Pat the anchovies with kitchen paper to absorb the excess oil and place on top. Flake the tuna into chunks and



1.2kg sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into biggish chunks 1 tbsp olive oil For the dressing 2 shallots (or half a small red onion), finely chopped 4 spring onions, finely sliced small bunch chives, snipped into quarters or use mini ones 5 tbsp sherry vinegar 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 2 tbsp honey

Put the eggs in a pan of cold water and bring to the boil. Boil for 3 mins, then lift into a bowl of iced water and cool completely. Very carefully peel away the shells. Leave the eggs in the iced water until you finish the recipe, or for up to 1 hr ahead. Mix the shallot with the vinegar and a pinch of salt, then set aside for a few minutes to soften. Whisk in the mustard, oil and chives, if using, to make a dressing. Heat the grill to low-medium and cook the bacon until crisp right through. Remove the bacon, then brush the bacon juice and fat all over the bread. Grill the bread for about 1 min on each side until crisp, then cut into soldiers and keep warm. Just before serving, bring the pan of water back to the boil and add the eggs. Boil for 1 min to reheat. Toss the dressing with the watercress and divide between 2 plates. Top with an egg and 2 rashers of bacon, with the toast to the side. The egg yolks will still be runny inside.

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This month has been very busy for the Group on all fronts. The registration of

sponsored for the “Sweep, Clean & Weed. Major tree pruning and clearing of the waste together with the usual tidy-up campaign has drawn favourable comments from the local residents.

into a social event whilst purchasing books. Many friends stop by just for a chat and to touch base with Pauline, who is always ready to advise on what books are available. Donate 2 euros for 2 books - get one free and receive a free raffle ticket. What value!!!!!!!! The social aspects have also been evident with the 60th Anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation being celebrated in style. The Coronation Party in Parque Los Palacios last month was very successful with music provided by Mick & Bernie. The large crowd attending included the Mayor of El Saladillo and his family. Many thanks to all those who supported the event. We now have a calendar of social events planned for the coming year. The next dance party will be held at the outside bar of Mariano’s restaurante. The 17th August is the date to remember for this, with Phil Brady and the dynamic duo Mick & Bernie providing the music. Tickets available shortly at the Bookstall or email on: to reserve your places. For upto date information regarding all aspects of the Group, check out our reformatted website:

the Group as an Association is nearing completion and the title “Los Palacios Gardening & Community Group”, which aptly describes the Group’s activities, has now been adopted. On 28th June, the Volunteers beavered away cleaning the Calles that have been

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Murcia man dies after drinking nine pints of beer in 20 minutes A 45-YEAR-OLD man has died after downing six litres of beer in 20 minutes in a drinking competition in Gea y Truyols (Murcia). The victim, a local resident who worked as a porter and had a degree in history, won the competition which involved drinking as many quarter-pints – the size of a cup from a drinking-water dispenser – as possible in the 20-minute time-limit. He downed the equivalent of nine pints of beer in this time, then began to vomit and suffer dizzy spells. His friends called the 112 emergency hotline and an ambulance rushed straight to the scene. Paramedics performed CPR on him en route to A&E, as his heart and breathing had stopped, but he was pronounced dead on arrival at the La Arrixaca hospital in Murcia city. Local authorities have suspended the patron saint fiestas in honour of the Virgen del Carmen and declared three days of mourning with the flag on the town hall at half-mast. The funeral was held at the La Tercia chapel in Gea y Truyols. His death has highlighted the dangers of excess alcohol, most commonly found

during fiestas or on weekend nights in summer, although previous campaigns to promote responsible drinking or abstinence have mainly targeted teenagers and very young adults.

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Cervantes and Lorca in favour of a simpler, more limited vocabulary. Spanish has become ‘something of a street language’ believes the country’s leading linguist Victor Garcia de la Concha. The boss of the respected Cervantes Institute believes it has become ‘fashionable to speak badly’ after analysing the nature and evolution of the current Spanish language. He believes it is constantly changing and claims it has developed an ‘unusual’ energy and liveliness. Speaking in Casares, he insisted that this energy is not always a positive thing and he blames the waning sophistication in Spanish speech on the ‘predominantly audio-visual’ culture. “There is a great deal of neglect in the manner of speaking,” he said. “It is a rather shabby period.” The Cervantes Institute is the world’s largest organization for the promotion of the study and teaching of Spanish language and culture.

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Health &Wellbeing We remember the feeling of deep connectedness they give us, and the fact that even when the love we feel seems inspired by someone or something in particular, it has a profoundly impersonal, universal quality. And sometimes, the Great Love hits us unveiled, as it were, and changes our lives.

Thank you for your recent emails questioning and confirming that all too difficult human feeling called love. Some say that they can give love generously without wanting reward and yet others confess that they struggle to show that emotion.  Could it be that we are all just different? Neither one good nor bad, right or wrong, just different.    Going back a little over last month’s article I wanted to continue the topic of Love, this time looking from a spiritual point of view....   Some teachers tell us that our essence is love; others say love is a passion, an emotion that leads to addiction and clinging. If we are on a devotional path like bhakti yoga, we are often taught that the way to enlightenment is to fall in love with God and let that love grow until it engulfs us and we become one with the Beloved.  We are soon left to wonder where the truth lies in all of this. When spiritual teachers use the word love, what kind of love are they talking about? Is eros (romantic or sexual love) really different from agape, the so-called unconditional or spiritual love? Is devotional love the same as compassion, or love for humanity?  Is love something we have to feel, or is it enough to offer kindness and direct positive thoughts toward ourselves and others?  In spiritual life alone, the word love is used in at least three ways, and our experience and understanding of love will differ according to which aspect of it we are thinking about.: Absolute Love, or the Great Love, which Ramakrishna, Rumi, and the teachers of the bhakti yoga tell us is ever- present, impersonal, and the very underpinning of the universe, our Individual experience of love, which is quirky, personal, and usually directed at something or someone and love as Sadhana (practice).  Love as Absolute Love with a capital L: That’s the Great Love, love as the source of everything. At this level, love is another name for Absolute Reality, Supreme Consciousness, Brahman, God, the Tao, the Source—that vast presence the Shaivite tradition sometimes calls the Heart.  The yoga tradition often describes Absolute Reality as satchidananda—meaning that it is pure beingness, present everywhere and in everything (sat), that it is innately conscious (chit), and that it is the essence of joy and love (ananda).  Most of us get glimpses of the Great Love at some time in our lives—perhaps in nature, or with an intimate partner, or in the moment of bonding with our children. We remember these experiences for years afterwards, often for the rest of our lives. 

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Can you remember a time when without warning, an overwhelming experience of joy has welled up within you? This state springs up seemingly out of nowhere, a sensation of tenderness and ecstasy that seems just to flow in the air, carrying with it a sense that you are connected to everything. These experiences inspire us. They give us a burning desire to get back to it and once again follow our spiritual practice. Sometimes however, when we get a glimpse of unconditional tenderness, we project our inner experience onto the person we happen to be with and decide that they are the love of our life and the mate of our soul.  Individual Love All of us, throughout our lives, constantly project onto other people and things the feelings of love that actually come from within. “It was the music,” we say. “It was the children’s singing. It was the surf! It was my teacher’s presence!” Yet the yogic view is that all of our experiences of human love are actually glimpses of the Great Love. It is only when love filters through the human psyche that it begins to look specific and limited. It becomes veiled by our thoughts and feelings, and we start to think that love comes and goes, that we can feel it only for certain people, or that there’s not enough love to go around. We can not help doing this.  Our senses and mind give us the experience of separateness and distinction, set us up to think that love is outside us, that some people and places and things are lovable and others are not, and furthermore that love has different flavours: mother love, romantic love, love of movies, love of nature, compassionate love, sexual love, love of the cosy feeling of being under the covers on a winter’s morning. 

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I once heard someone ask a great spiritual teacher, “Will loving you cause me to suffer the way I have suffered from loving other people?” The teacher replied, “If you love me in the way you have loved other people, you will suffer.” He was saying that as long as we think that love comes from something outside ourselves—even from God or a spiritual master—we are going to experience pain. Think also of the pain we suffer when, like my friend Cindy, we do not feel loving enough, or when we can not force love to come in the form we want it to, or when we feel lonely or unappreciated, or when, despite the fact that we know attachment leads to suffering, we can’t help thinking that the love we were feeling came from Joe or Alice, and that love is gone because Joe or Alice is gone!  Love as Sadhana The third kind of love—love as a practice— is the cure for the emptiness we sometimes feel between our sense of what love can be and the actuality of our ordinary experience of it.  The practice of love—actions and attitudes that create an atmosphere of kindness, acceptance, and unity in ourselves and in those around us—is not only the basis of spiritual life, it is also the basis of civilization.  We can not always feel gratitude, but we can remember to say thank you. We can not always like other people, but we can try to pay attention when they talk to us and help them out when they are in trouble.  We may not feel good about ourselves all the time, but we can practice treating ourselves gently, slowing down and breathing when we want to rush, or talking back to our inner voices of self-criticism and judgment.  When it comes to daily life, feeling love may

If the Great Love brings everything naturally together, our individual, human experience of love is subject to change and loss, moods and tides, attachments and aversions. It does not matter who or what we love; at some point, the object of our love will disappear from our life or disappoint us or stop being lovable, simply because change is the nature of existence. So individual love is always touched with suffering, even when the love we feel is “spiritual.”


Health &Wellbeing actually be less important than acting loving.  This is not meant as an argument for false smiles, or for the common game of hiding anger and judgment behind a mask of false sweetness. The practice of loving is never about presenting a false front. Instead, it is an active answer to one of life’s greatest questions:  How can I, in spite of what I may be feeling at a particular moment, offer my best to myself and other people?  Ask yourself (as Cindy did), How would I act if I were feeling love?—you will eventually discover the practice that helps melt your frozen heart, so the love that always hides behind our emotional barricades can show its face. One of my students, caught in an argument with her stepson, asked herself, “How would I be if I really felt love right now?” The answer that came up was “relaxed.” So she practiced relaxing with the breath and was able to talk with her son without fear and without judgment both of which had been separating the two of them.    “You think it is so easy” was a comment that came in from an email last month.  My reply was “I only think, why should it be so difficult?”    What stops us from loving, from expressing these emotions, from enjoying that great human feeling? Is it Fear, Anger, Lack of confidence in ourselves, lack of trust in others?    Whatever excuse we make for ourselves it is clear that we are living life a little short, if we can not participate with that old devil called love...  I really do appreciate and welcome all of your comments so please feel free to contact me

BEST PROTECTION UNDER THE SUN The sun´s rays make us feel good, and in the short term, make us look good. But our love affair isn´t a two-way street: Exposure to sun causes most of the wrinkles and age spots on our faces.When the sun burns your skin it leaves an imprint for lifelong. Sun exposure causes most of the skin changes that we think of as a normal part of aging. Over time, the sun´s ultraviolet (UV) light damages the fibers in the skin called elastin. When these fibers break down, the skin begins to sag, stretch, and lose its ability to go back into place after stretching. The skin also bruises and tears more easily— taking longer to heal. So while sun damage to the skin may not be apparent when you´re young, it will definitely show later in life. Exposure to the sun causes: Pre-cancerous (actinic keratosis) and cancerous (basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma) skin lesions, benign tumors, fine and coarse wrinkles, freckles, discolored areas of the skin, called mottled pigmentation, a yellow discoloration of the skin, the dilation of small blood vessels under the skin. Ultraviolet radiation The sun is our primary natural source of ultraviolet(UV) radiation. There are three types of UV radiation: UVA, UVB and UVC. Although UVC cause the most harmful effects, is almost never observed in


nature because it is absorbed completely become familiar with existing growths and to in the atmosphere. UVB is typically the notice any changes or new growths most destructive form of UV radiation Eighty percent of a person’s lifetime sun because it has enough energy to cause exposure is acquired before age 18. As a photochemical damage to cellular DNA. parent, be a good role model and foster skin Most solar UVB is blocked by ozone in the cancer prevention habits in your child. atmosphere;however, there is concern that Avoidtanningbeds reductions in atmospheric ozone could The photochemical effects of UV radiation increase the prevalence of skin cancer.UVA is can be exacerbated by chemical agents the most commonly encountered type of UV including birth control pills, tetracycline, light. Atmospheric ozone absorbs very little sulphathizole, cyclamates, antidepressants, of this part of the UV spectrum. coal tar distillates found in antidandruff To sum up, from the three types of rays shampoos, lime oil, and some cosmetics your skin only have to face UVA and UVB There is a wide range of sunscreen. Do not radiations. The first one is responsible hesitate in asking to Camposol pharmacy of thepigment-darkening effect (tanning) team who can address you on your needs followed by erythema (sunburn) if the according to your age and type of skin. exposure is excessiveand skin ageing. The We often associate a glowing complexion effects of UVB raysinclude sunburn and with good health, but skin color obtained development of skin cancer.UV overexposure from being in the sun- or in a tanning boothcan injure unaware victims due to the fact actually accelerates the effects of aging and UV is invisible and does not produce an increases your risk for developing skin cancer. immediate reaction. Consider this: One woman at age 40 who has UV protectant protected her skin from the sun actually has Sunscreen is a lotion, spray, gel or other the skin of a 30-year-old! topical product that absorbs or reflects some Remember: Nothing can completely undo of the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation on sun damage, although the skin can sometimes the skin exposed to sunlight and thus helps repair itself. So, it is never too late to begin protect against sunburn. protecting yourself from the sun. Many sunscreens do not block UVA radiation, By Ainhoa Macarena Guardiola Corral which does not cause sunburn but can (Pharmacist) increase the rate of melanoma, another kind of skin cancer, and photo dermatitis, so people using sunscreen may be exposed to high UVA levels without realizing it. The use of broadspectrum (UVA/ UVB) sunscreens can address this concern. 10 tips to help prevent sun-related skin problems: by Dip. IEB Apply sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or greater at least DEEP TISSUE 30 minutes before & NEUROMUSCULAR MASSAGE sun exposurethen at least every 2 hours thereafter, more if you are sweating TREATING MANY CONDITIONS or swimming even in a cloudy day!! INCLUDING And always after swimming!!Do not • OSTEOARTHRITIS forget those sensitive areas such as ears, • SCIATICA lips, instep and head in • SPONDYLOSIS case of baldnessand Select cosmetic • SPORTING INJURIES products and contact lenses that offer UV • BACK, NECK & protection Wear sunglasses with SHOULDER PROBLEMS total UV protection Wear wide-brimmed hats, long sleeved REFLEXOLOGY shirts, and pants Avoid direct sun INDIAN HEAD MASSAGE exposure as much as REIKI possible during peak UV radiation hours between 12 a.m. and 5 p.m. Moisturize your skin after sunbathing; drink plenty of water, fruits and vegetable juices. Perform skin selfexams regularly to Located in the old Masa building Sector C


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truly Geoff Sharp with 31 points. The nearest the pin winner was Norrie. This will be the last of the scheduled games before the autumn, although it has been rumoured that some may brave the summer heat.

next of these will be a Motown Evening which is being planned for early October on similar lines to the hugely successful Beatles Tribute Night held last September. Full details will be available shortly.

The new corporate polo shirt has really caught on, and I am pleased to announce that all who played at Lorca did so in their finery. As soon as we can the members may also appear in baseball hats, as requests have been made. Geoff Sharp Press officer 663498701

This month we are able to report on not only the golf, but a very successful social event.

Away day in Albaran

Other suggestions for social events for members include Quad Biking, walking in the Sierra Espuna, kayaking and a treasure hunt as well as a possible two day trips to places such as Valencia, Granada and Benidorm. It is also hoped

On June 19th the annual hog roast was held at the Spaniard Inn at Hacienda, LOS AMIGOS DE MAZARRON FC LATEST NEWS Although the months of July and August may be quiet as far as football supporters are concerned, Los Amigos de Mazarron FC and Mazarron Football Club have been busy planning for the 2013/14 season.

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and our grateful thanks goes to the management and all members of staff who looked after everyone so well.

Over 60 members and guests attended and from feedback obtained it was a resounding success. Here´s to the next one. The monthly challenge was held on the 26th at Lorca Resort & Golf Club, where once again we were met by the pleasant staff, and a course set out to test even the best of us, excluding Nigel Chadderton, who despite playing off a handicap of 2, (yes 2,) decided to beat up the course and return a magnificent score of 40 points. Only the handicap secretary knows what his handicap will be next time. Could it be scratch? We all wait to see. Following on in second place was Ian Dalley with 33 points, and a tied third place between Mike Harrison and yours

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After a few disappointing seasons the 2012/13 season gave rise to a genuine sense of optimism with Mazarron finishing in a mid table position which could easily have been improved upon had the early season results been better. The turnover of players at the end of every season at this level of football in Spain is usually great but it is hoped that many of last year’s team will remain to help in a genuine attempt to achieve promotion back to the Preferente Autonomica. Training was due to commence during the last week of July when local talent will be given the opportunity to impress including youngsters like Perico, who became a regular in the second half of last season, Victor and prolific striker, Jose, together with a number of other youngsters who have progressed through Mazarron’s youth system. Although fixtures are not expected to be announced until mid August, the new season will begin in early or mid September as last year. Following the success of the Go Karting experience in June, a group of Los Amigos members had an enjoyable evening tenpin bowling in Totana on 16th July. This was the second in a series of social events organised by the Executive Committee and many other events are being planned for the forthcoming season. It is hoped that the

to repeat the Christmas Shopping Trip to Playa Flamenca Market and La Zenia Shopping Centre which proved hugely popular last year. Plans are also well in hand for the 5th Annual Los Amigos de Mazarron FC Gala Evening and Dinner in support of Mazarron F.C. A very well known football personality has been sounded out to join us for this prestigious event which is planned for March next year. It is hoped that other celebrities will also join us for three days of activities which will be organised on a slightly different format next year. The event will be launched at a Press Conference in September and promises to be the biggest and best yet. Los Amigos de Mazarron FC weekly


The membership year starts on 1st August for 2013/14 and membership has again been held at 10€. All existing members have received a renewal form by email and membership forms will be available at the Social Meetings during August and by sending an email to the Los Amigos Secretary, Barbara Marchant, at

achievement by issuing a set of special stamps,’ Andrew Hammond, managing director, stamps collectibles at Royal Mail was quoted saying in the Daily Telegraph.

‘His historic win at Wimbledon has made the nation proud, and we can now celebrate his success with this new

If you are interested in football, or just want to take part in the various social events we will be organising or just want a chat and a drink among friends in pleasant surroundings why not join us for an hour on a Thursday afternoon? You will be most welcome.

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Andy Murray’s sensational Wimbledon victory will be marked by a set of commemorative stamps to be released by the Royal Mail. The collection, to go on sale for £3.76 from August 8, consists of four stamps that feature different images of Murray’s historic triumph at SW19. As well as two shots of Murray with the trophy, another two show action shots of the Scot during his powerhouse display in a thrilling final against Novak Djokovic. ‘We are thrilled for Andy and are delighted to mark his wonderful

stamp issue. ‘Andy’s stamp joins just a handful of special stamps we have issued to mark unique moments in British sporting history, including the next day gold medal stamps for London 2012, England’s Ashes and football and rugby World Cup wins.’ Murray has featured on stamps previously. A gold medal edition was issued after Murray dispatched Roger Federer in last summer’s Olympic final at Wimbledon. The 26-year-old became the first British man in 77 years to win the Wimbledon crown after taking Djokovic down in straight sets.

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meetings resume on Thursday 1st August after a short break during the month of July. Social meetings, which are open to anyone, members or not, are held every Thursday at the Trevi Bar, Camposol 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.

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GM will add Mokka production in Spain MUNICH -- General Motors Co. will transfer some production of the Opel/Vauxhall Mokka to Spain from Korea in a move that will help GM’s struggling European operations.

Buick Encore. It is Opel’s first entry in Europe’s fast-growing small SUV segment, joining other fresh entrants such as the Renault Captur and Peugeot 2008. The Mokka is among the three bestselling SUVs in several European markets and has attracted 110,000

percent, as the country’s main industry body expressed hope that the market may be close to bottoming out. In May, deliveries dropped 10 percent. Squeezed household budgets and rising unemployment have discouraged consumers in France and other European countries from purchases of big-ticket items, and the car market is nearing a two-decade

The Mokka will be built at Opel’s factory in Zaragoza in northeast Spain starting in the second half of 2014, Opel said today in a statement. The move will help meet high demand for the Mokka in Europe and free capacity at GM Daewoo’s factory in Bupyeong, Korea, GM said. Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann said: "The decision for Zaragoza follows our company’s strategy of building vehicles where we sell them." The decision will help address Opel capacity underutilization in Europe and "is good news for the entire organization," he said in the statement. "We will be able to produce the Mokka in greater numbers and supply our customers more quickly," Neumann said. Opel said Mokka production will initially be from CKD (completely knocked down) kits following an $80 million investment in Zaragoza for production but localization will gradually increase. The decision will help to safeguard the 5,800 jobs at the plant. The two other models currently built at Zaragoza, the Corsa sub compact and Meriva compact van, are grappling with shrinking demand, pushing their 2012 sales down by 14 percent and 36 percent respectively. The Mokka is a sister model to the Chevrolet Trax which is also built in Bupyeong, and the

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Opel Mokka

orders from the region since the car went on sale in June 2012, a spokesman said.

Opel sold 32,342 Mokkas in Europe in the first five months, according to market researchers JATO Dynamics, closing the gap on the segment’s bestseller, the Dacia Duster, which sold 39,237 units and No.2, the Nissan Juke, which sold 48,043 units. Opel lost $1.8 billion in Europe last year as it struggled to cover the fixed costs of factories operating far below capacity. Auto sales in the austeritystrapped region plunged to a twodecade low in May, further eroding hopes for recovery this year.

Sales declines slowed in Italy, Spain and France in June The decline in Italian, Spanish and French car sales slowed in June, raising some hopes that the bottom of a five-year slump in the crisis-hit European market could be close.

In Italy, Europe’s fourth-largest car market, June sales fell 6 percent on the year compared with the 8 percent plunge seen a month earlier, while in Spain they fell 1 percent versus May’s 3 percent drop. In France, car registrations fell 9

low after five years of contraction. “It’s a fairly constrained fall compared to the recent past, especially if we bear in mind that June had one less working day than June 2012,” Italy’s automotive research group, Centro Studi Promotor, said in a note. And it was also brighter news on the orders front. According to Italian foreign carmakers’ association, UNRAE, orders for new cars grew almost 7 percent in June. But Promotor said that on the basis of first-half results, Italian sales for the whole year would be around 1.26 million vehicles -- a level not seen since the 1970s and a 50 percent decline compared with 2007, which was the year before the sales slump started. France’s main industry body, CCFA, reiterated its forecast of an 8 percent decline in sales for the full year, saying that the market is probably nearing the bottom of its slump. French new-car sales at struggling PSA/Peugeot-Citroen dropped a further 10 percent, while French rival Renault was able to slow down the decline in June to 4 percent from a drop of 17 percent in May. In Spain, one of the markets hit hardest by Europe’s debt crisis, a government subsidy scheme has helped sales to individuals, which rose 14 percent on the year, but this failed to offset a 24 percent decline in sales to companies.


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family or friend, or to agree certain terms South can advise you – wherever your money is and wherever you are!! when which can only be to their detriment. you consider her advice is free, well its My approach is to advise the client to just crazy not to take advantage of her step back and think about what you are giving up and the potential risks when the property has been transferred Legal & Financial Services to someone else The ONLY qualified and experienced UK Lawyer in . The client may this area providing a comprehensive range of services well feel they have covering English and Spanish matters including justifiable reasons QROPS Pension transfers to unlock your UK private for the transfer but pension the disadvantages when looked at in For an initial discussion please telephone 634 053 976 the cold light of day or can outweigh those Camposol Business Centre reasons. This is my Calle Madrid 19, Sector A advice whether the Camposol, Mazarron property is in the UK MURCIA 30875 or in Spain! Lets use the same FOR AN APPOINTMENT analogy with our Tel: 968 103 008 money – you work FAX: 968 199 664 hard for it and you need to be sure throughout your ownership of it that it is working for you and that you do not “give it away” because of bad investment advice. This is where my colleague Angela

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By Allan Doyle.

Last month we had a look at the most expensive property for sale here in Spain. The hilltop mansion named “El Cielo” on the north coast of Mallorca is on the market for a cool 57.5 million Euros. If you were offended to think that a human being could spend that much on a home while children starve in this

world then stop reading now. No really, put the magazine down and switch on the Jeremy Kyle show because this month I have a property that will blow your mind. To buy it you might need a lottery win. Or several hundred lottery wins. Won the Lottery? 290,000,000€ (you read that right-two hundred and ninety million Euros) This six-storey Grade I listed Regency mansion is a stone’s throw from Buckingham Palace and boasts 50,000 sq ft of living space, making it one of the London’s largest private homes. The property is 1,537 times more expensive than the average house sold last month in the UK, which was worth £162,606. At the asking price, the buyer will face a £17.5million bill for stamp duty. (If you listen hard enough you can hear George Osborne rubbing his hands together) Details on the property’s interior are sketchy; it is believed to boast a magnificent double staircase and huge ballroom. Photos of the interior are rumoured to be black and white from 1890 as the current owner

doesn’t want to advertise his belongings and are said to be published in a top secret brochure that is circulating amongst the super rich. The property which is registered in the British Virgin Islands, is thought to be owned by a member of the Saudi royal family and with 2012 being a record

year for sales in London over 5 million sterling, he obviously feels confident that it will sell. For those of you who are interested, let’s do the maths. For the purposes of

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this exercise we will assume a deposit of 20%. Just 58,000,000€. (You could have bought last month’s house and had change left over to stock the wine cellar for that!) Then we assume a term of 25 years at 7.5% interest and voila! This property is now yours for a bargain 1,714,459.53€ a month. That’s One

Million, Seven Hundred and Fourteen Thousand, Four Hundred and Fifty Nine euros and Fifty Three cents. Every month. For the next 300 months. I think I’m going to have to pass on this one... On a Budget?: €54,950 This 2 bed 1 bath Villa comes with lots of extras including a conservatory, terrace, and solarium with stunning views of the Sierra Espuna and surrounding countryside. . It is within easy reach of all the local amenities, which include shops, bars, restaurants, Post office, Health Centre and Pharmacy and is situated on the popular Camposol

urbanisation on the Costa Calida. The Costa Calida has an average annual temperature of 18C with low rainfall and remains unscathed by over development which has plagued other Costas. Blessed with beautiful beaches, low crime rate and good medical care, this area has become home to thousands of expats from all over Europe. For more information about this villa and others like it, visit: or call the Mercers team on 968 199 188. On a real budget?: 33,300€ Gary, Indiana USA Continuing with our theme on bargain properties in the US of A. For just 33,330€ you could live just a few

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hundred meters from the street where the Jackson 5 grew up! 2334 Gerry St is a pleasant 2 bedroom ranch style house with ample space to call home. The property has undergone substantial renovations over the last 10 years with new windows, front and rear decking and a 2.5 car garage. It is within easy walking distance to shops, schools, and restaurants and situated in a low crime area of the town. While this home may be in a nice area, there are a couple of things that we thought you might like to know before getting your chequebook out. The town of Gary Indiana was once named as the “City of the Century” with US Steel employing 25,000 people. Due to overseas competition little more than 5,000 of those jobs remain and Gary has seen a 55% decrease in it population. Today abandoned homes and buildings litter the city attracting vandals and

Spanish Airports Lost 6% of Passengers up to June During the first half of the year Spanish airports accounted for a total of 84.8 million passengers, which represented a drop of 5.9% over the previous year, according to figures released by the Spanish airports manager, AENA. A total of 841,406 flight operations were registered from January to June 2013, which is 10.6% less than for the same period last year. El Mundo reported that seven of the 47 Spanish airports and aerodromes have improved their passenger figures so far this year, with positive data being recorded for Palma de Mallorca, Malaga-Costa del Sol, Alicante, Ibiza, Menorca, Reus and La Gomera. Madrid-Barajas airport lost 14.7% of passengers to June, with a total of 18.9 million passengers, and the number of operations dropped by 13.2% to 163,441.

criminals. So bad is the situation that City officials are now thinking about cutting off services to 40% of the cities land, moving residents to more viable

The airport of Barcelona-El Prat, registered a total of 16.1 million passengers, representing a drop of 1.8%, with 6.4% fewer operations, equating to 132,065 flights. The airport in Palma de Mallorca ranked in third position with over 9.2 million passengers in the first six months of the year, which is 0.8% more than in the same period of 2012, despite reducing its flight operations by 3.3%, with 73,025 takeoffs and landings. Spanish airports registered a total of 18.5 million passengers in June, representing 3.3% fewer travellers, with a 7% decrease in the number of operations to 170,386.

parts of the city. We´ve all heard of Ghost Towns before, but could Gary, Indiana become a Ghost City? Recently I read a a report on the findings of a Uswitch survey that claims Spain is the best place in Europe to live with the UK coming last! Apparently in Spain we have the highest number of hours of Sunshine, the highest number of days holiday (43!) and the lowest alcohol prices of the 10 countries surveyed. It left me wondering who actually took part in the survery. Probably not any of the 57% unemployed under 25´s living here in Spain who are being forced travel to other European countries to find work.


OECD Predicts Spain’s Unemployment Will Reach 27.8% in 2014 According to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the unemployment rate in Spain, which was 26.9% in May, will continue to rise and will stand at 27.8% in late 2014, when it will remain the second highest of the 34 countries in the OECD, lower only than the 28.2% of Greece.

reduction in unemployment in 2014, from the 27% of this year to 26.5% next year. However, their revision of the July forecasts reduced Spain’s growth prospects from 0.7% to zero in 2014, which could have a significant effect on employment. The European Commission estimated in May that the unemployment rate would be 27% this year and 26.4% in 2014. For comparison, the Spanish Government calculates unemployment rates of 27.1% and 26.7%, respectively. According to the OECD, Spain and Greece will continue to more than triple the average level of unemployment in the countries of the Organisation, which according to a report will go from the current 8% to 7.8% at the end of next year. They are also the countries which have suffered the biggest increases in their unemployment rates since the crisis began in 2007, with more than 18 percentage points of a rise in both cases, and more than four million additional unemployed in Spain. The OECD, which considered the 55% youth unemployment rate in Spain as “alarming”, estimated that the labour reform last year has brought Spain’s legislation in line with “labour legislation in most European countries”, and that its effects “should increase labour productivity and job creation when economic growth resumes”. The report noted: “If these reforms are fully implemented, they can promote a more inclusive labour market and better allocation of resources with improved productivity.” El Mundo reported that in the chapter on Spain, the OECD expressed concern over rising long-term unemployment – up 19.1% from the fourth quarter of 2007 to 47% in late 2012 – and also stressed that the proportion of young people working has declined by 21 percentage points since the beginning of the crisis in Spain, which is five times more than the OECD average. Furthermore, the report noted that the proportion of those who neither study nor work (the “ninis”) has risen seven points, which highlights a situation “particularly vulnerable” to the threat that a prolonged period of inactivity may adversely affect the whole of their working life. The report also pointed out that the increase in youth unemployment has affected more men than women, and in particular those with less qualifications.

In their April forecast, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) predicted a

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The Journal book review The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry Rachel Joyce (Author)

Rachel Joyce’s debut novel The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry is no doubt going to be one of those books that will be remembered in 2012 and also spoken about for a long time. Newly retired, Harold Fry receives a letter one morning from Queenie, a woman he used to work with; she has written to say that she is nearing the end of her life. After much soul searching Harold drafts a reply and goes out after his breakfast to post the letter. However he gets to the first post box and rather than post the letter he keeps on walking onto the next, suddenly he finds himself making an unlikely journey by walking from his home in Devon to Queenie in Berwick on Tweed. The book follows the journey, as he makes the decision to walk the distance in the hope of proving something to himself, saving someone and ultimately having a purpose in life. He walks with what he left his house in, on his feet are yachting shoes and this become a symbol for the journey as they cause him pain and heartache as the journey

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progresses. Along the way Harold meets a diverse mix of people who he treats as he finds and who treat him accordingly, all of them have stories to tell and as readers we are suddenly given a glimpse into someone else’s life; Martina the doctor from Slovakia waiting for the man who left her, tends and heals Harold so his journey can continue. One of the turning points in the story comes when others wish to join such a pilgrimage and it then becomes not about Harold’s journey to reach Queenie but everyone else walking, making a statement and making a journey. It was at this point that I felt the book was painful to read; these parasites on Harold’s journey caused him pain both physically and mentally and when they made Berwick on Tweed after Harold purposely loses them it is a relief as it goes back to Harold’s journey. This is not a criticism of the plot but it actually evoked sentiment about who the journey was about, those that made it to Berwick on Tweed were not important they wanted the glory and the coverage, which was not what Harold’s journey was all about. Joyce handles all of this with such emotional lyrical language you feel touched by everything and everyone that Harold comes into contact with. Back at home Harold’s wife Maureen is going through her own journey without leaving the house. There is a rift between Harold and his wife and her obsessive cleaning and her obvious annoyance at anything Harold does, touches, says, does not do, acts has driven a very large wedge between them. Maureen seeks solace in talking to their son David, but Harold cannot see what this is ever going to achieve. As Harold continues, Maureen then starts to have to survive on her own, is it necessary to clean as much, will

talking to David actually help her and bring back Harold or will personal changes she has to make be the only way to heal the rift that has grown into a chasm. As Berwick on Tweed is reached by Harold, everything changes and perhaps he is not an unlikely character as we all thought. What I loved about this book was that as you started reading you knew nothing about the characters, (as is the norm with a book obviously) but even after fifty pages, there were still gaping holes in background knowledge that would make you understand why they were reacting as they were. This is what makes this book and the journey captivating as you want to know why they are reacting the way they are; what did Queenie do to help Harold all them years ago? Why will Harold not talk to David? So many questions are waiting to be answered, but as with all journeys many more are waiting to be discovered as well.


Suduko Puzzles

Answers in next month’s magazine

Lateral Thinking (see page12) 1, Name an ancient invention still in use in most parts of the world today that allows people to see through walls. 2, A black man dressed all in black, wearing a black mask, stands at a crossroads in a totally black-painted town. All of the streetlights in town are broken. There is no moon. A black-painted car without headlights drives straight toward him, but turns in time and doesn’t hit him. How did the driver know to swerve? 3, A five letter word becomes shorter when you add two letters to it. What is the word?  4, If a man and a half can eat a hot dog and a half in a minute and a half, how long would it take six men to eat six hot dogs? 5, How can you take 1 from 19 and leave 20?  6, How many grooves are there on an old LP record?  7, How many animals of each species did Moses take into the Ark? 8, In what sport are the shoes made of metal?  9, If a plane crashes on the Italian/Swiss border, where do you bury the survivors? 10, If a red house is made of red bricks, and a blue house is made of blue bricks, what is a green house made of?

This month’sWord search

Useful Numbers activities AMAZEBOLZ Mariposa 968 631 008 Bar, restaurants & cafes Amapola 968 15 65 03 Bar Trevi 669 026 544 Cat’s Bar 666 188 353 Elliots 968 158 499 Mariposa 968 631 008 La Vida 625 917 425 Quality Indian restaurant Tel 968 199 198 Seventh Heaven 968 332 088 Vista Bar 648 731 309 Bathrooms Beautiful Bathrooms 968 974 038/663617 563 Beauty Care & Health Clinical complementary therapies 634 327 241 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 District Journal, Security, Dentist, Chiropodists, Another World Properties, Camposol Health Clinic 968 103 008 Central Heathing & Plumbing Calida Gas & Oil 659 761 771 Charities PALS 968 422 228 / 626460 465 Andreas animal rescue 690 906 565 JJPuppies 618 934 921 Making a Difference 634 357 137 Mabs 639 665 370 Lions 682 104 635 Chimney Sweep Tony 646 438 694 Chiropodists Nathalia 968 103 008 Computer design services Daniel White Dentists Camposol Business Centre 968 103 008 Ear Candling Heather mobile 636 657 481 Electricians Andy 617 644 339 FASHION Legs and Co 660 792 513 Funerals and funeral plans Tony Smith, Funeral director 650 631 719 Iberian Funeral Plans 965 993 498 Fish & Chips Elliots Bolnuevo 968 158 499 Gardening Evergreen 679 582 410 Hairdressers Carols 968 974 989 Cut & Dried 628 149 840 Home Furnishings & furniture

@HOME 868 088 118 Furniture Plus 968 153 907/678 083 491 Yorkshire Linen 968 595 946/650 857 619

Insurance & Asesoria Nash Warren, Bolnuevo 968 156 583 R&L Seguros 968 138 516 / 620 277 690 ASSA 968 453 386 El Pilar 968 425 210 Ibex Insurance 968 595 945 Law services MMB 968 332 068 Shirley Ann Fisher 968 103 008 Metalwork Eriks 636 050 008 Mobility, aids & equipment Freedom & mobility 968 153 620 Properrty services Camposol Properties 968 592 679 Helping Hands Home Care675 865 636 Kevins Fly Screens 650 662 579/616 984 652 Pool cleaning, maintenance & repair Tony, the pool diver 646 438 694 Kohn Pool Services 968 138 638/626 684 979 Printing & Design Insignia Graphics, 618 615 903 Mister print 638 893 357 SALES AND RENTAL AGENTS 2let2buy2sell 968 979 876 UK 00 44 1223 968 199 Blue Med 968 595 684 Costa Calida Property Services 968 199 251 Mercers 968 199 188 UK 08450 177 805 Sensol Golf Villa Rentals 968 970 614/608 631 700 VillaQuest 968 974 918 Spanish interpreters and courses Debbies translations & interpreting, 677 353 136 Pilar Garcia 630 21 99 82 Totana English Academy 968 422 013/620 230 775 Television Services Rainbow, 686 358 475 Window cleaning services AYS 619 877 303 Water, purification services The H20zone 619877303


All types of cleaning, domestic and commercial. Fantastic rates, call for a quote Call 659 478 470

Jacuzzis & hot tubs bought , sold and repaired 650 722 905

In the event of a medical emergency call 112 and then phone F.A.S.T on 968 970 626 (Camposol Only)

Getting in touch with the committees and organisations

CRA Camposol Residents Association. The cabin is now located alongside the Cultural Centre on B SECTOR. and is open Mon/Wed/Fri from 11am to 1pm. Bob Owen can be contacted at chairman. The duty Committee member can be contacted on 634 364 739. Their web site which is interactive and very informative is Sector A committee. Have their own web site at They can be emailed at The telephone contact number for the committee is 603109974 This number is manned every morning Monday thru Friday 10am / 12noon Sector A gardening group is run by David Senior Peake who can be contacted by email They also run a bookstall Friday morning outside the post room on A. The team leaders meet monthly in Tels first Monday in moth 11AM visitors welcome. 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: Camposol Community Group D Sector The group meets monthly on the first Monday at 4PM at The Clubhouse. Chairman Mick Drummond 968131971or 660038015 Secretary Les Crook 968979831or 606874193 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 Camposol Fiesta: Michelle Moston Age Concern  Meets every Wednesday morning in the Cultural Centre everyone welcome Their chair is Anne Lambert 968 970 687 Camposolers  The registered group site for residents of Camposol, the proprietor is Reg Rogers who can be contacted by e-mailing reg 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 every weekday morning. Phone 968 131 717, email MABS now have an office in the old MASA office on the main dual carriage way on Sector C LIONS, Secretary Lion Mike Coombs 968 429 129 Membership Lion Mervyn Booth 968 163 082 ANNOUNCEMENTS Welcome book club every second and fourth Tuesday in the underbuild at the former medical centre on Sector B. If your committee would like your details here then please contact Rod Sawyer at


Ups and downs here this month - it’s been extremely busy, what with the new shop, some new arrivals, and new contacts made. We have collected a donkey and a Shetland pony from the perrera in Murcia who were due to be put to sleep to ‘create space’ - there are also 3 horses there and we are in negotiations with the perrera to get them out too. The two we managed to get out went straight up to the hospital in Alicante for treatment and castration, which cost nearly €1,000 but was definitely needed! The pony had been hoofed and bitten by the horse he was put in with, and we think this caused damage to both his back legs as he had to have operations on his knee-caps. While we were there we also arranged adoption of 4 dogs - two maltese/bichon crosses, one boxer and a terrier type puppy who were all scheduled for ‘sacrifice’ (as they so lovingly call it!) Ana, the terrier type, was adopted almost immediately but had to be returned to us after she developed symptoms of Parvovirus. She went straight into the vets and was there for a few days and is now recovering well at home. Unfortunately she passed the Parvo on to one of the pups, little Marky, who sadly died. The other pups have been given injections to boost their immune system so hopefully they will be ok. Marky R.I.P

The new shop is doing well, but we are struggling for staff in both Mazarron and Fuente Alamo, so if you are able to give us just four hours of your time per week/fortnight/month, please get in touch! We have had several adoptions this month - Danny, the little podenco pup from the road in Mazarron; Rowen, one of the two pups thrust into Andrea’s arms; Poppet, one of the new girls

To remind you we are at SaraLaras on a Wednesday afternoon 1 till 3 or Saturday morning at the Trevi from 11 till 1.30 or call me on 626 460 465.


Coffee morning and book sale every Saturday at the MABS Information Centre, Camposol B4 10.00am till 1.00pm Next event 7th August at Mazarron Country Club featuring the fabulous Woody. Tickets just 12€ including 2 course meal

Tel:- 689 052 123 for more information


saved from the perrera; and little Ana (also from the perrera) who will be going back to her new home once she is fully recovered. BUT we still need homes for Casper, Domino, Baza, Lou, Pedro, Mr Freckles and many others so check out the Facebook site for photos and info!! Please contact Andrea on 690-906-565 for adoptions or voluntary work, or if you have any large items that you would like us to take off you. Donations as always gratefully accepted, both in the shop in Fuente Alamo, and via PayPal to andreasanimalrescuemurcia@ Also please join us on Facebook at www.facebook. com/pages/Andreas-Animal-Rescue-The-Henrietta-Foundation/ Thanks for reading! Andrea

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Tickets and information/ advice now available from The Cultural Centre, Wednesday and Thursday 10AM/1PM Fridays 12.30/3.30PM. Tickets Friday AM, 10/1PM Outside Salud Bar. Advice/info line, 634 310216: events, port 634310215 Mazarron & Camposol, 634310215 If you have a favourite joke that is suitable for a family magazine and not too long why not send it to

We will publish it and give you a credit

A funeral service is held for a woman who just passed away. As the pallbearers carry the casket out, they accidentally bump into a wall.

A guy out on the golf course takes a high speed ball right in the crotch. Writhing in agony, he falls to the ground. As soon as he could manage, he took himself to the doctor. He said “How bad is it doc? I’m going on my honeymoon next weekend my fiancé is still a virgin - in every way”

They hear a faint moan. They open the casket and find that the woman is actually alive.

The doctor told him, “I’ll have to put your Willie in a splint to let it heal and keep it straight. It should be okay next week.” He took four tongue depressors and formed a neat little 4 sided splint, and taped it all together .... an impressive work of art.

As they are walking, the husband cries out, “Watch out for the wall!”

The guy mentioned none of this to his girl, married her, and went on their honeymoon. That night in the motel room, she ripped open her blouse to reveal her beautiful breasts. She said, “You’re the first; no one has EVER touched these.” He immediately dropped his pants and replied ...”Look at this,....still in the CRATE!” Martin Sallu Plastics

A newlywed couple on their honeymoon prepares to see each other naked for the first time. The husband exposes his knotted and twisted feet. He explains, “I had tolio as a child.” The wife asks if he means polio. He says, “No, it only affects the toes.” He removes his pants and reveals deformed knees. He admits, “I had kneesles, too.” Finally, he pulls off his boxers. In shock, the woman gasps, “Oh no -- smallcox, too!”

She lives for 10 more years and then dies. They have another funeral for her. At the end of the service, the pallbearers carry out the casket.

Q: What comes with the new Divorced Barbie doll?

a beautiful princess, I’ll stay with you for a month and do whatever you say. What more do you want?” The engineer says, “Look, I’m an engineer. I don’t have time for a girlfriend, but a talking frog, now that’s cool!”

One Sunday morning, Satan appeared before a small town congregation. Everyone started screaming and running for the front church door, trampling each other in a frantic effort to get away. Soon, everyone was gone, except for an elderly gentleman who sat calmly. Satan walked up to the man and said, “Don’t you know who I am?”

A: Ken’s car, Ken’s boat, Ken’s house, Ken’s moterbike, Ken’s bank account.........................

The man replied, “Yep, sure do.”

An engineer crosses a road when a frog calls out to him, “If you kiss me, I’ll turn into a beautiful princess.”

“Nope, sure ain’t,” said the man.

He bends over, picks up the frog and puts it in his pocket. The frog speaks up again and says, “If you kiss me and turn me back into a beautiful princess, I will stay with you for one week.” The engineer takes the frog out of his pocket, smiles at it and returns it to the pocket. The frog then cries out, “If you kiss me and turn me back, I’ll do whatever you say!” Again the engineer takes the frog out, smiles at it and puts it back into his pocket. Finally, the frog asks, “What is the matter? I’ve told you I’m

Satan asked, “Aren’t you going to run?”

Perturbed, Satan asked, “Why aren’t you afraid of me?” The man calmly replied, “Been married to your sister for over 48 years.”

Q: What’s the difference between a girlfriend and a wife? A: 45 lbs. Q: What’s the difference between a boyfriend and a husband? A: 45 minutes.

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