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We would like to wish you a huge warm the August 2017 edition of The Journal! This month we bring you yet another action packed, fun filled magazine to be enjoyed! July has been a busy month in the area. It seems like the summer heat has failed to slow anyone down and the bars and restaurants are full to bursting with happy holidaymakers, providing a seasonal boost for local businesses! As always, in August there is lots going on and plenty of things to do for visitors and residents alike. Why not try something different and take a boat trip round the Mazarron coastline, or for evening entertainment check out the live music at Café Bar El Faro, and enjoy great tunes along with the stunning views? Lets not forget the Camposol Triangle, and Party in The Plaza at El Alamillo for fantastic summer music on these balmy evenings! For a special night, out with family or friends, why not try Camposol Golf Club with their special themed evenings- guaranteed to please everyone! All the details for local events can be found in our helpful “Whats on Guide” later in the magazine. As we go to print news is currently breaking about Urbanisation Camposol and the councils new drive to install an “Entity” there. What is an “Entity”? How will it affect you? The CDIP (Camposol District Independent Party) are calling a meeting to answer questions and gauge public opinion about these new proposals. The meeting will be held in Restaurant Marianos on Camposol Sector A in September and all are welcome to attend. This month our reader favourite, resident agony uncle “Uncle Paul” joins us, taking on all manner of your problems, delivering his straight, no nonsense advice. Sometimes serious, sometimes hilarious, but always a pleasure to read, Uncle Paul will keep you glued to the page and have you chuckling for hours afterwards! Enjoy this months magazine, Robbie Rutherford * voted by my Mum and Nan

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access. They also enjoy either only limited environmental protection or no safeguards at all.

For many people, the first image that springs to mind when they think of the Spanish coastline is that of the crowded beaches of popular tourist resorts such as Benidorm, or the more built-up areas of the vacation island of Mallorca.

“We have to look at these areas really closely and treat them with care,” says Pilar Marcos, who is heading Greenpeace’s “Protección a toda costa” (Protection at any cost) campaign, which aims to boost the environmental safeguards for those areas it believes are under threat.

But some stretches of Spain’s 7,880kilometer coastline have been spared by the decades of rampant development spurred on by both mass tourism and property speculation. It is these remnant areas that Greenpeace warns could be the target of a possible new “golden age of property” in Spain. In a new report looking at coastal development in the country from 1987 to 2011, the environmental group has identified 53 areas it believes are the most “desirable” for builders, calling for greater protection for these housingfree zones before the bulldozers roll in. The Balearic and Canary Islands are included, and no province is spared, although the list is heavily weighted towards the country’s south and east. The areas selected by Greenpeace as being most at risk all share several features in common. They are stretches of coast that border protected areas, have good road links and are easy to

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Among the group’s demands is that at-risk coastal areas currently managed via the European Union’s Natura 2000 environment protection network be reclassified as protected spaces as per Spanish law. This would see them be subject to more stringent environmental safeguards. The new Greenpeace report identifies the Andalusian provinces of Cádiz and Málaga as the greatest victims of frontline coastal overdevelopment. It notes that areas including the coastal stretches encompassing ChipionaSanlúcar and Barbate-Zahara in Cádiz, as well as Vélez-Málaga in Malaga, are among the five most-at-risk zones in terms of future development. In the hugely popular province of Alicante, Vila Joiosa makes the Greenpeace list, while in Valencia province, the area around Denia – popular as a beach destination for

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people from Madrid – is included. The environmental group also highlights the Ebro Delta area in Catalonia as being at risk. In the Balearics, the interior of the island of Formentera and the southwest of Ibiza are included. Seven zones in the Canary Islands are considered under threat including the north of Gran Canaria, while at the other end of the country, the Galician areas of Boiro and Finisterre have been put on the watchlist. The Greenpeace study, based on an investigation of 21,000 land plots nationwide, also shows that 31.8% of publicly owned land in Spain has been built on. In terms of the 10 kilometers closest to the coast, Barcelona province heads the rankings with 31.7% of public land in that zone having been developed. In second-placed Alicante that figure is 21.9% while in Malaga it is 20.5%. Huelva province, in Andalusia, has the most protected coastline with a total of 61.5%, while Tenerife is second with 59.7% and Las Palmas is next with 51.6%.

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key points of the UK’s proposal are : * EU nationals with ‘settled status’ will be able to live, work, study and claim benefits (just like expats can now) * The cut-off date for applications is currently not concrete but is expected to be between 29th March 2017 and 29th March 2019 * Family members who come to the UK will be able to apply for ‘settled status’

Shining a Light on the Brexit Expat Offer In late June, British PM Theresa May put forward her post-Brexit offer for EU citizens living in the UK. May announced that she wanted to put people’s anxieties to rest by announcing her plans and discussing what the

government would like for British expats currently residing in EU countries. The details of the offer laid out to EU citizens was published in a 15-page document as May briefs MPs on the outcome of the EU summit which took place on 23rd June, which was when the PM originally voiced her plans. However, the offer has come under scrutiny, with the EU’s chief negotiator stating that the proposal did not go far enough. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn agreed, stating the offer was “not generous” and “too little, too late”. May’s Proposal for EU Citizens :

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The crux of the proposal was that all legal EU nationals who have been living in the UK for a minimum of five years will be able to apply for ‘settled’ status. They will be able to bring their spouse and children to the UK once this has been granted. The

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It is also thought to have played a part in the death of a road worker close to Seville. An all-time record high of 45.7 degrees Celsius was recorded on the 13th of July at the airport in Granada, where a wildfire that afternoon briefly threatened the famous Alhambra monument before being extinguished. Another new all-time record was also noted in the Andalusian city of Jaen, where temperatures of 42.1 degrees Celsius, beat the previous high of 41.6 degrees

Other cities experiencing their highest ever July temperatures were Badajoz, Caceres, Ciudad Real and Teruel, as well as Jaen and Granada. The heat is thought to be at least partly responsible for the death of a 54year-old man who died of suspected heatstroke close to the town of Moron de la Frontera, close to Seville. The man was laying asphalt on a day when temperatures of 43 degrees Celsius were recorded in the town.

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Catalan police chief resigns in run-up to independence referendum The head of Catalonia’s police force has resigned, just two and a half months before a referendum on independence from Spain which has been planned by regional separatist leaders but is staunchly opposed by the central government.

Carles Puigdemont, who heads up the Catalan regional government, had already dismissed a senior member of his government earlier in July for expressing doubts over whether plans to hold the vote were viable. The reshuffle propelled some vocal defenders of independence into key positions.

A spokeswoman for the northeastern Spanish region’s police confirmed that Albert Batlle was leaving but gave no further details.

Batlle, the police chief, had not publicly aligned himself with any side. But a small pro-independence party in the region had in recent days called him out for not being committed enough to the separatist cause, local media reported.

The Oct. 1 vote on splitting from Spain poses a quandary for public workers in Catalonia, who will be caught between the demands of regional leaders and warnings from Madrid that they risk

The conservative government of Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has insisted that any referendum is illegal and will not take place as it is against the constitution.

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The former head of the region, Artur Mas, has been barred from public office for two years for staging a symbolic referendum in 2014 after Catalonia’s Superior Court of Justice ruled that vote was in breach of a court order. Catalonia, a populous, wealthy region with its own language and distinct culture, has long harboured an independence movement and the drive to split from Spain grew stronger during the recent economic crisis. Recent opinion polls show a majority of people in the region are in favour of holding a referendum on secession, though fewer than half actually support breaking away. Catalonia will declare independence from Spain and launch a process to create an independent republic within 48 hours if voters back secession, separatist parties have outlined in a draft bill which is yet to pass through the local assembly. If “no” wins, an early election would be called to form a new regional government.

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An open letter to all residents The Town Hall in conjunction with the British Embassy has reopened the divisive issue of their belief that Camposol should become an Entity. The CDiP is totally opposed to changing the status of Camposol until all works are complete and all services restored. The CDiP will support actively the creation of a Camposol Municipality, such a municipality would comprise Camposol, The Country Club and El Pareton in order to have a proper boundary. This may take some years. The imposition of an Entity can only be resisted by political activity and the CDiP is the only legally constituted political party who will take this problem on. If you want to know what an Entity is, its legal form, its duties and responsibilities please request the CDiP information document containing all of the information you will require. If you want to resist any attempt to enforce an Entity on to Camposol you need to join the CDiP and lend your weight to their campaign. You can join the CDiP by emailing cdipmazarron@yahoo.co.uk and making your request. A representative will call and complete registration details and enlist you into the campaign. The CDiP can become the controller of Mazarron Council if all of our registered voters turn out in May 2019. We expect to elect six councillors and become the fulcrum of any Coalition.

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to buckle on that. We can have the War of the Summer, the War of the Autumn or the War of the Winter, if you like, on that, Gibraltar is not going to change its position,” he said.

Gibraltar will not be a victim of Brexit Gibraltar will not be a victim of Brexit and has had guarantees from the British government it will not do a trade deal with the EU which doesn’t include the territory, its chief minister has said.

“It’s our obligation now to energetically and enthusiastically pursue the result of the referendum and deliver a successful Brexit. We’re not going to get in the way of Brexit but we’re not going to be the victims of Brexit.”

The future of Gibraltar, a rocky enclave on the southern tip of Spain captured by Britain in 1704, and its 30,000 inhabitants is set to be a major point of contention in Brexit negotiations.

During a state visit to Britain, Spain’s King Felipe said he was confident an acceptable arrangement could be worked out with Britain over the future of Gibraltar, but Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokeswoman said the topic had not come up during their bilateral meeting.

The EU annoyed Britain and Gibraltar in April by offering Spain a right of veto over the territory’s post-Brexit relationship with the bloc. Gibraltar, which Spain wants back, voted strongly in favour of remaining in the EU at last year’s referendum but is committed to staying part of Britain. Gibraltar’s Chief Minister Fabian Picardo told Sky News he had had “cast iron assurances” from Britain’s Brexit minister David Davis that the government would not do a trade deal with the EU if it did not include Gibraltar. “I’m the backbone of this negotiation for Gibraltar and the backbone is made of limestone rock, it’s not going to be easy

“There is not going to be any new arrangements in relation to the sovereignty of Gibraltar, that is going to remain 100% British,” Picardo said.

66 Arrested in Horsemeat Scandal Europol said on Sunday 66 people had been arrested for trading horsemeat unfit for human consumption and it had seized bank accounts, properties and luxury cars following an investigation into a

food scandal that shocked European consumers. Tests carried out in Ireland in 2013 showed that meat in some products labelled as beef was in fact up to 100% horsemeat. Spanish police began investigating a group which slaughtered Spanish and Portuguese horses too old or in too bad a condition for human consumption, forged their documentation and sent them to Belgium, a large horse meat exporter in the EU. The European police agency Europol said 65 people were arrested in Spain, and the main suspect, a Dutch citizen, was arrested in Belgium. “In Spain, 65 people were arrested and charged with crimes such as animal abuse, document forgery, perverting the course of justice, crimes against public health, money laundering and being part of a criminal organisation,” it said in a statement. An EU investigation revealed that less than 5.0% of all beef products tested had come back positive for horse DNA.

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The Party on the Plaza Useful guide to the fantastic FREE entertainment

August Sharni Cooper David John Rod Stewart Tribute Josemi Kev Moore Reggae & More Ruby Rox Benidorm Drag Queen Paul Christie Gene Pitney/Roy Orbison Tribute The Streeters Live Band Trio Aires de la Calle Beatles Tribute Vanessa Soul The Geckos Live Band

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September Fri 1st Sat 2nd Fri 8th Sat 9th Fri 15th Sat 16th Wed 20th Fri 22nd Sat 23rd Wed 27th Fri 29th Sat 30th

Diego Spanish Vocalist Road Runner Rock n Roll Duo Guitar Heroes Austin Slack Elton Ron Elton John Tribute/Comedian Nikki Gale Aires De La Calle Jacuzzi Classic Rock Duo Abba-solutely Fabulous Abba Tribute Josemi Chloe Leigh GNT Los Duques Live Band Trio

All events held on the terrace of La Proa Bar Med & Sully´s El Alamillo. Puerto de Mazarrón

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Thurs 24th August

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Scott James

Tuesday 29th August

Road Runner

Thurs 31st August

Cassi Kennedy

Fri 1st September

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MEDIA STATEMENT The new CST/FAST Committee was formed in April 2017. CST is the Registered Charity which supports and funds FAST. It has been decided to publish the CST accounts on a six monthly basis in March and September: these accounts will then be available on the FAST website. www.fast2016.org All funds raised to support the activities of FAST come from the residents, visitors and businesses on Camposol. The Committee feel it is only correct that the finances of CST are available to anyone who wishes to see them. No one in the CST/FAST Association receive any payment whatsoever for the time that they give to help the people of Camposol. On the contrary, most volunteers are out of pocket each month as a result of belonging to CST/FAST. If anyone has any questions regarding the finances of CST/FAST please contact us. Expenses Incurred Two vehicles and all that entails i.e. insurance, servicing, ITV, fuel etc.Equipment in the emergency bags held in both cars. Training equipment, laptops for training and administration. Uniforms; we are purchasing light weight uniforms for summer wear. Printing and advertising. Training authorisation, carried out by external agencies including European Resuscitation Council. (We have our own trainers but they have to be trained and authorised by external agencies under the Murcian Health Authority regulations) There is an annual registration fee, to register new Responders and the cost is between €200 to €300. We are also planning to purchase new AEDs (Automatic External Defibrillator) and we then plan to site our present AEDs in the commercial centres on sectors A and B. The President and committee are delighted to announce that we now have Responder, Supporter and Association Public Liability insurance that we have sought for some time. We are also insured against exploitation. This ensures that CST / FAST is totally legal within the Spanish insurance system. Gordon Clive – Vice President On behalf of CST/FAST

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Summer Solstice Celebration The shade under the trees at Bolnuevo beach once again provided the venue for our celebration of the summer solstice. As usual, food took centre stage, with various salads provided by those attending to accompany roast chicken, and several dishes for the non meat eaters, followed by trifles, apple crumble, several kinds of cake, and the biggest fruit salad in the world.

The hero of the hour was Tom, who managed to be a finalist in both competitions, which drew to a close as

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Despite having eaten more than an elegant sufficiency, the evening continued with the petanca and Jenga tournaments.

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Solaz Lines are pleased to announce another summer of glass bottom boat trips from the Puerto Deportivo in Puerto De Mazarron. Since 2011 Solaz Lines have been operating glass bottom boat tours in and around the bay of Mazarron. Our 65 seat boat is equipped with submarine vision, a bar and a restroom and commentary in English and Spanish throughout the duration of the tour. We are the ONLY Company that offers this relaxing, fun and unique way to discover the beauty

of the Mazarron coastline.Our boat is docked in the Puerto Deportivo on the

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Boat Trips from Puerto de Mazarrón in a Glass Bottom Boat

Cliffs of Tiñoso Cape Tour Our cruise will take you on a voyage of discovery along the eastern rugged shoreline of Mazarrón Bay. Enjoy the views of Isla Plana, Point of La Azohia, the Tower of Saint Elena, the cliffs, Closed Cove, Open Cove and the Arch. Don’t forget to bring your camera! Wednesdays & Fridays Departure: 10:00 Duration approx.: 2 hours Price: 15 €, children(3-9 years): 8€ Bolnuevo & Cueva de Lobos Island

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DJ´s Every Saturday from 1900 to 22.00 for the “Sun Goes Down” and then from 23.00 until 03.30 in the morning! Live bands on Thursday evenings from 23.30: 3rd August La Llave ~ 10th August Conecta2 ~ 17th August La Soul Band ~ 24th August Inkeys ~ 31st August Fratellis Band

Welcome to El Faro, café & ice cream parlour We are glad to welcome you to our beautiful corner in Costa Cálida, Murcia, Spain. Our goal is to make your stay even more pleasant. Puerto de Mazarrón's weather, its gorgeous beaches and incomparable spots are enjoyable year-round, regardless of the time chosen to visit this coastal village. The area offers a rich and varied gastronomy.Visit us in Cuesta del Faro Manuel Acosta, where you will be surprised by our plant lined terraces from which you will be able to enjoy the best view of the harbour. We offer a wide selection of ice cream, milkshakes, cocktails and coffee drinks. We also offer free wireless Internet connection.

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LIVE ENTERTAINMENT ON OUR TERRACE IN AUGUST Wed 2nd Shani Cooper (West End to Pop) Fri 4th David John as Rod Stewart Sat 5th Josemi (Spanish/English Singer) Fri 11th Kev Moore Reggae and More Sat 12th Ruby Rox Benidorm Drag Queen Wed 16th Paul Christie Gene Pitney/Roy Orbison Tribute Fri 18th The Streeters Live Band Trio Sat19th Aires de la Calle Young Spanish Flamenco Group Fri 25th Beatles Tribute Sat 26th Vanessa Soul Spanish / English Singer Wed 30th GNT Live Band Trio

3 Course Menu del Dia Monday to Friday 12pm to 3pm. Tapas Only 2.50  & Cocktails 5 Available All Day Every Day. Look Out For Our Happy Hour Special Offers.

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SPANISH COURSES Helping you to fit in Pilar Garcia FOR / PARA Beginners Principiantes Intermediate Intermedio Advanced Avanzado Conversation Conversación

Spanish Courses 2 Hours per week Cursos de Ingles Mensuales 2 Horas/Semana Learn and practice Spanish in small groups: 40€ per month (mínimum group 4 people) Aprende Ingles en grupos pequenos 40€ al mes (minimo groupo 4 personas) Based on on Sector A CAMPOSOL BUISNESS CENTRE & CAFÉ BAR BUENA VISTA, Playa del Alamillo, Puerto de Mazarrón

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Spanish deal to tackle gender-based violence Spain’s political parties are celebrating a “historic” €1bn (£895m; $1.2bn) fiveyear programme to tackle gender-based violence. The measures include providing victims of abuse with six months’ unconditional unemployment benefit to give them a new start, and outlawing imprisoned abusers from being visited by their children. The agreement was reached after six months and 66 expert hearings. Reports say 870 women died from gender-based violence between 2003 and 2016. So far in 2017, at least 31 women have died along with six minors. Sixteen minors have been orphaned. Spanish politicians have pursued successive programmes to address the issue since 1997, when 60-year-old

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Ana Orantes was beaten, thrown over a balcony and then burned to death by her ex-husband after repeatedly complaining to authorities about his violent behaviour. She had been forced to divide her home with her husband on the order of a divorce court. The female bodyguards who protect abused women Spaniards turn against domestic violence football chant Among the 200 measures that received parliamentary endorsement late on Monday are: The status of victim will be extended to women who have not yet filed a criminal complaint, to allow them to access safeguards and assistance Mechanisms for identifying victims of gender-based violence will be established in hospital emergency rooms and primary care Children orphaned by gender-based violence will have priority access to state benefits including educational support. Their guardians (excluding the abuser) will receive tax benefits and

priority access to housing Tougher sanctions for gender-based crimes committed on the internet School curriculums to include lessons to tackle sexism and raise awareness of the feminist movement The final form of the measures will have to be approved by parliamentary commissions on Friday - which will also monitor their implementation. It was hailed as an “unprecedented event” by Javier Maroto, a leading figure in the ruling Popular Party. Although there was cross-party satisfaction at the agreement, there was some criticism that some of the measures did not go far enough from the Socialist PSOE and left-wing Podemos parties.

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The Camposol Fiesta 2017 - 25th, 26th and 27th August Look out for the Fiesta Programme for our full itinerary of events to be enjoyed by all. You can collect your free copy of the program and buy your Grand Draw tickets from our Friday stall on Sector B - there are fabulous prizes to be won and tickets are just 3€ each! An evening transport service will be running between Sectors B - D and vice versa, from 6pm to 1am and available to Camposol Fiesta visitors. The timetable and route map will be found in the Fiesta Programme. We are currently in talks with a local company about having taxis on Camposol for all three evenings of the fiesta. For Evening Entertainment, we have booked some fantastic artists including some who are new to the area, as you can see in our preliminary programme of events: Daytime Events will be held on Sector A Car Parks (both lower and upper)

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between 10.00am & 2.00pm Evening Events will be held on Sector B Lower Car Park from 7.00pm to Midnight. Friday 25th August 7.00pm – Midnight Opening Ceremony Martial Arts Demo by Colina Roja Kellie Venelli - Popular Music Charlies Motown Diva Show Harlequin Rock Choir Saturday 26th August 10.00am – 2.00pm Charity and Craft style Market, Tombola, Home Baking Stalls, Giant Jenga, Photo Booth, Face Painting, Hair Braiding, Tarot Readings, Jewellery, Cards, Pottery, Donkeys and Ponies and much more! Laserquest competitions for teams and individuals (team events have 5 people). This is free of charge, so register now at the Fiesta stall on a

Sunday 27th August 10.00am – 2.00pm Motor Show featuring Classic Cars, Sports Cars and Motorbikes Children’s Sports Day Events & Games 7.00pm – Midnight Ikram Deliem & Guitarist Leo Swing - Blues The Streeters - Rock Big J Juanma and His Band - Rock & Roll Music Extravaganza finale! Grand Prize Draw Closing Ceremony How to Contact us: Email: camposolfiesta2017@gmail. com Facebook: Camposol Fiesta 2017 Visit the Fiesta stall on Camposol B every Friday outside the Quality Restaurant, 10.30-12.30

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The English Funeral Service is owned and run by Tony Smith. Tony says "I am the only qualified English Funeral Director working in the Costa Calida & Costa Blanca regions. My company provides a complete 24hr English Funeral Service to the expatriate community. I am first and foremost a professional, fully qualified Funeral Director with over 27 years experience. I also offer many different ways of paying for the funeral; Spanish Funeral Insurance (see below); Golden Leaves; Register with The English Funeral Director, or simply pay at the time of the funeral. English: Tony Smith 650 631 719 Spanish: Mariano Canovas Montiel 649 821 384

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PHYSIOTHERAPIST NURSE DOCTOR DOCTOR DOCTOR Jose Andrez Sonia Mendez Dr. Daniel Lucas Dr. Jorge Rubio Dr. Diana Navas Sanchez Del Melgares Graduate of . Graduate of Carrillo. Bachelor Alamo. Medicine at the Medicine and of Medicine and Degree in nursing by UCAM University of Surgery at the Surgery at the Diploma in university in Murcia. Specialist Medical School University of Physiotherapy murcia in Clinical of Montevideo- Murcia. Specialist in the Catholic Certificate in Immunology and Uruguay 1985, in General radiodiagnosis & University San Bio-Regulatory Intensive Care and Digestive Medicine. General and Chemical Surgery. Masters X ray operator. Antonio, Murcia Specialist in Experience in Practitioner for Pathology in Professional the National Specialist. Development. Shefield hospital, Sports Injuries. Club UK, nurse in Health Service General PhD course at emergency and Physiotherapist for and member of Practitioner for the University Club Deportivo stroke unit the Emergencies the National of Murcia. Extra Minera Working in Department – Health Service Training Hospital Master of emergency 061 Hospital de la and member of of Amsterdam national health Osteopathy from Vega. Murcia. the Emergencies (Free University the School of system Department – Amsterdam). Osteopath in Hospital de la Surgeon at Madrid Vega. Murcia National Health Hospital Lorenzo Guirao.

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The Camposol Health Clinic , located at the Business Centre, Sector A has launched a new membership scheme, under which any person, can join as a Camposol Health Clinic member. Membership status provides magnificent advantages to those patients who wish to utilise the benefits of our private clinic. For a small monthly fee members will receive: UNLIMITED ACCESS TO GP SERVICES The member may refer to Camposol Health Clinic GP for consultation as often as the associated patient may require, without any extra charge, just by making an appointment. UNLIMITED ACCESS TO NURSE SERVICES The member may refer to Camposol Health Clinic nurse for consultation as often as the associated patient may require, without any additional charge, just by making an appointment. Members will recieve nursing treatment with 50% discount. Access to PHYSIOTHERAPY Services Members may access Physiotherapy treatment at Camposol Health Clinic under preferential discounts and rates. FREE ACCESS SERVICES : PHYSIOTHERAPY CONSULTATION GP PRIMARY HEALTH CARE... INCLUDED NURSE CONSULTATION... INCLUDED Membership services : VACCINATION € 5,00 INJECTIONS € 5,00 SIMPLE TREATMENT ( Blood Pressure and Glucose ) € 6,00 Dressings , EARWAX PLUGS , SUTURES € 8,00 ECG € 10,00 PHYSIOTHERAPY € 20,00 KINESIOTAPE € 3,00 DRY NEEDLING € 3,00 FUNCTIONAL BANDAGE € 5,00 BLOOD TEST as per type.

Camposol Health Clinic, has two types of Membership fees : INDIVIDUALS :Only € 16 per month COUPLES: Only € 27 per month COUPLES WITH CHILDREN: Only 20 per month + 6€ for each child

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Dawn Llewellyn-Price I’ve grown increasingly fond of train trips in Spain, so far achieving the three M’s;Madrid, Malaga, Murcia, and an L for Lorca. It’s so easy riding these great metal horses. Park at Totana or Alhama, part with the skimpiest of coins, and within the hour Murcia is at your feet, and usually on time. So recently I wondered if it would be as simple to get to the Big ‘A.’ Alicante. Dreams of discarding lengthy drives and frantic underground parking queues just to visit one of my favourite cities, visions of calm rhythmic chugging along unseen landscapes, followed by a lively wander, a couple of glasses of wine, and

Tracking down a timetable on the website I discovered there’s a fast train first thing in the morning, but in reality it only saves you twenty minutes. However, for the princely sum of just over eight Euro return, there’s a train about twenty minutes later, and the ‘change at Murcia’ is simply step off and get on the other train which was already waiting on the same platform a few yards away. Luckily someone in our little gang had brought water and some sausage rolls as there wasn’t really time to get across to the café and back. If you go, go prepared. We chuff-chuffed past Elche and Orhiuela city, while Victor Meldrew periodically checked tickets, found ourselves touching the wings of two Easy Jet and one Monarch flight as they landed in close proximity during an short enforced stop near the airport while another locomotive needed our tracks. We rolled into Alicante (to a cloudburst, in July) with plenty of time for an aimless amble via coffee stops and shoe shops, before stumbling across one of our favourite Murcia restaurants

La Mary. Hastily booking a table for later (I know how busy it gets) we then continued on for a couple of beers and some shoe shopping. Should have done this last year for the Status Quo concert. Next time, I’d like to get the Tabarca boat from the harbour, and see what all the fuss is about. I’ve had some fun times in Alicante, usually during the Hogueras, when the enormous figures are burned and the firemen hose down the crowds, to an enforced Mojito run when a planned night out was washed out by torrential rain shortly after arrival. I was dropping friends at the airport really early so had suggested a hotel and a few drinks in the city and a wander around the incredible floating palaces of Millionaires Marina. We ended up in the none too salubrious backstreets surrounding the hotel drinking student priced mojitos and dodging the great bullets of rain shooting down from above. With borrowed brollies. There were no millionaires for us that night. Just some dodgy Mills and Boon characters. All aboard. Mind the gap.

why follow the crowd? Call our adertising department on 664 287 099 NOAH’S ARK Are you sure that’s a one way street George? (Where’s Ivan when I need him?) A house clearance in Lorca, a two van job. Ivan on holiday, crews assemble. I drive the new van – one year older than our old van. No power-steering (pay attention, that’s important later), 1.8 diesel engine, no air con. New boy George joins me with his friend Adam. Paul, drives the old van – one year younger than the new van, powersteering, 2.8 diesel engine, etc. Cliff, back from the UK, joins him. I have maps. “It’s alright,” says Cliff, “I’ve got Sat Nav.” So I follow the old, newer van, struggling to keep up. We ‘hit’ Lorca and drive past the turn shown

on the map into road works. We crawl. “We’re in the one way system!” says George, gleefully, “Nightmare!” The old, newer van stops and Cliff gets out for directions. I park behind with cars struggling to pass. A policeman appears beside the passenger window. “We’re English,” George tells him helpfully. “Lo sentimos,” I say, willing Cliff to return. We find the house and load up the vans. Paul goes whilst I do a no powersteering three point turn. “You have to turn left,” George says, “that’s a one way street ahead.” “Are you sure?” “Yes,” he insists. Adam agrees. Doubtfully, I turn left, into a long backstreet that narrows into a tight right angle at the end. I attempt the turn. “Ha, you’ve hit the wall,” George laughs. I

reverse, George having got out to see me back. Crunch! “You’ve hit the fence, now!” Half the street is now watching. A man appears by my window and with lots of “Otra manera”, helps me achieve a no power-steering 20 point turn. “Agua,” he laughs. Biceps like Popeye, drenched in sweat, I shake my head, “Cerveza!” What we do Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays: Collections; deliveries; house clearances. Plus furniture moves and Ecoparque runs for a small donation. Just contact our shop in Camposol. Donations/sponsorships/queries about volunteering: online at www. noahsarcmurcia.com Facebook at NoahsArc Mazarron or at our shops. To offer a permanent or foster home to any of our dogs please get in touch. Details of our dogs can be found on our website. Rescue phone 699 352 818 Camposol shop 634 332 335 Mon – Fri 10.00 – 14.00. Sat 9.30 – 13.30 Puerto de Mazarrón shop 634 364 553 Mon – Sat 10.00 – 14.00

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W hat’s go i ng o n . . . What´s On Guide – August 2017

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Camposol Triangle Live Music Commercial Centre Sector B 9pm Every Friday

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Bridge Club – Trevi Bar Camposol B 9.30am

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Entertainment Quiz – Tels Bar Camposol A 8.30pm Fun Quiz – The Black Bull, Camposol B Every Tuesday Menu del Dia Bar Med, El Alamillo, Puerto de Mazarron 10 Euro pp

Fish & Chips , Blackbull Camposol B, Bar Med, Puerto de Mazarron, The Clubhouse, Camposol Golf Fish Night Choice of 5 Fish – Trevi 6-9pm Karaoke with Bernie Mac – Tel´s Bar , Camposol Sector A

Gig Guide Tuesday 1st Camposol Triangle, Commercial Centre B Paul Michael (Star of Pavarotti & Friends) Wednesday 2nd Bar Med, Puerto de Mazarron Ladies Wot Lunch 12.30pm

Party On The Plaza (Bar Med, La Proa, Sully´s Terrace) Shani Cooper (West End to Pop) Thursday 3rd Camposol Triangle, Commercial Centre B Rick Hadley 80s Show

La Llave El Faro 23.30 Friday 4th Camposol Triangle, Commercial Centre B Paul Christie

Party On The Plaza (Bar Med, La Proa, Sully´s Terrace) David John as Rod Stewart Saturday 5th The Clubhouse, Camposol Dee

Steak Night, The Clubhouse, Camposol Golf

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General Knowledge Quiz – Tels Bar Sector A 8.30pm

Camposol Triangle, Live Music Commercial Centre, Sector B 9pm

Party On The Plaza (Bar Med, La Proa, Sully´s Terrace) Josemi (Spanish/English Singer)

Camposol Triangle Live Music – Commercial Sector B 9pm (See Gig Guide)

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Live Music & 3 Course Menu de Noche at The Clubhouse, Camposol Club de Golf (See Gig Guide) Every Sunday Lunchtime Carvery, The Clubhouse, Camposol Club de Golf & Hotel La Mariposa, Gebas

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Camposol Triangle, Commercial Centre B Shani Cooper Wednesday 16th

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Wednesday 30th Party On The Plaza (Bar Med, La Proa, Sully´s Terrace) GNT (Live Trio)

Thursday 24th Camposol Triangle, Commercial Centre B Dee

Thursday 31st Camposol Triangle, Commercial Centre B Paul Michael (Star of Pavarotti & Friends)

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Party On The Plaza (Bar Med, La Proa, Sully´s Terrace) Paul Christie Roy Orbison/Pitney Tribute

Friday 25th Camposol Triangle, Commercial Centre B Scott James

Thursday 17th Camposol Triangle, Commercial Centre B The Geckos

Party On The Plaza (Bar Med, La Proa, Sully´s Terrace) The Beatles Tribute

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too; every area is suffering in these high temperatures. May we also politely request that dog owners pick up any mess their pets leave behind? It only takes two minutes to deposit a bag in the bin and will keep the area smell, germ and poo-free, thanks.

Camposol ‘C’ Green Fingers Gardening and Social Group It’s Holiday Time once more and, when they donate to our bucket, our holiday home-owners say they’ve noticed a marked difference since their last visit. Huge thanks to all who give to our bucket collection (which had yet another new record amount this month!) and those who donate unwanted pots and plants plus much-needed drinks offered to our Maintenance Team workers, despite the fact we may have woken some of them! Apologies; our team begins sweeping, spraying and cleaning an hour earlier on Mondays during Summer because of the relentless heat and humidity: it’s hard to clean streets silently!

Thanks to all who supported our bbq and Street Party; a fabulous evening and Scott James was excellent! Tickets are available now, 5 Euros each, for our Autumn Beetle Drive/ Games Night at the Golf Club on 22nd September with the wonderful Carl Thomas ‘The Big Welshman’. Please support us as it promises to be another great night! Further info can be found either on our chalkboards, Facebook and our website; http://www. greenfingersgardenandsocialgroup.com/ or contact John, our Chairman on 634 325 427.

8 arid and semi-arid garden plants in Spain

safely topping up that longed-for golden tan. But gardening in Spain is another ball game entirely, and it can be quite frustrating trying to maintain an oasis of colour and scent when the sun is at its zenith. The summer months don’t mean that you have to live in desertlike conditions though, there are plants that will thrive on very little water, and they’re perfect for gardening with satisfaction in Spain. Just a ramble through the countryside will show you that plants can survive anywhere, the mountains of Andalucia burst with colour and scent in spring, dormant shoots pushing through what looks like dry and barren earth, making a Spanish-style family hike a very pleasant alternative from the beach. So, whether you have a patch of land to call your own, a few acres or even hectares of terra firma, or even just an unloved balcony or terrace, let’s explore the horticultual world and discover what are the best planting options - looking at 10 arid and semi arid loving plants suitable for Spain. There’re a few fast rules, which are easy to remember and abide by: Look at the leaves. Choose ones that feel like felt, are furry, waxy or silvery in colour. The latter reflects light, the first ones mentioned are all tougher and less susceptible to damage by sunlight. Plant according to what you’ve got, check out where the sunniest corner is on your patch, likewise the shadiest, and use these natural locations wisely.

Gardening, isn’t that hard work and reliant on a regular water supply? A Spanish or Mediterranean garden doesn’t Mulch. A layer of bark will protect he roots from the drying effects of the sun, have to require regular watering. Green fingers can still work their magic under the Spanish sun with these 10 sun loving plants. Your first port of call when undertaking any aspect of Project Manager Ken and volunteers Baz We all love the warm home improvements. rays of the Spanish and Sue are currently in the UK and we We are specialists in all types of general building worksun, and a holiday look forward to their return; their help From major construction projects to fitted bathrooms, here both invigorates with our watering burden is missed! If kitchens and conservatories, give us a call for a free, no and recharges the you have any spare time, please give obligation quote. batteries, as much as the plants near your casa some water, All our team are fully qualified professionals with over 20 years construction experience in Spain. ALL ELECTRICAL WORK We understand that spending money improving your UNDERTAKEN home is an important decision. Thats why we pride ourselves on being honest, reliable, and getting the job SURGE PROTECTION AND done right, first time, at a fair price. CARD METERS FOR RENTAL For more details visit our website: PROPERTIES www.cmconstructions.es NO CALL OUT CHARGE ON Or come and visit our office on CAMPOSOL A Sector, next to the ferriteria. Or call us: Mark: 659 159 948 - Colin: 676 306 718 FREE ADVICE AND QUOTATIONS CM CONSTRUCTIONS LEGAL & REGISTERED This month our Wednesday Volunteers have trimmed palms along the Rambla Road, weeded and watered (both extensively!), planted 5 new mature trees plus more new planters along the dual carriageway and sprayed it’s whole length with weedkiller, collected roof tiles to be used as edging and spread a massive 28 tons of gravel despite the stifling heat!

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keep in any water, and look pretty and neat into the bargain. See what the neighbours are up to! Have a peek over the fence and see what grows best before you splash out your hard earned cash at the garden centre. Some plants to look out for are as follows: 1. Succulents and Cacti. Have a look at places that are hot all year round, the Canary Islands for example. Everywhere you’ll encounter species of Cacti and Succulent thriving under the midday sun. They’re practically impossible to kill off, and can be ignored completely for lenghty periods. They also survive cooler weather pretty well, but bear in mind some of the Cacti can be pretty vicious, so if you rent your place to families and children then maybe avoid some of the more prickly varieties. The same warning goes for poisonous plants, if in doubt just ask at your local garden centre. Some other succulents are Agave, Aloe, Echeveria, Euphorbia and Sedum. 2. Cycas These are mostly stunning trees, can be grown in pots, and make great architectural features, they’re the wow factor plants. They take a long time to grow, but you can pick them up in mature states very reasonably here in Spain. 3. Hibiscus It’s just such a pretty plant, the tropical

trumpeting flower in all shades, from palest pink to vibrant sunny yellow. Used in hedges, along motorways, to decorate pedestrian shopping streets and balconies and courtyards all over Spain, it’s easy to look after and gives instant flowering results. It needs less regular watering if it’s planted straight into the ground, rather than a pot. 4. Hypericum Squat and bushy ornamental plants with showy flowers that just keep on flowering. Some species fall under the RHS society of Garden Merit, and they’re a brilliant plant of you’re thinking rockery with some nice beachlike pebbles and stones. They handle the heat well, as they’re protective of themselves, owing to the squat and dense shape and structure. 5. Kalanchoe Another type of succulent, with fat rubbery leaves and tiny clusters of showy flowers, plant them small in pots for your balcony, into a rockery or together in clumps for colour and low structure. The leaves will soak up and water and dole it out accordingly to the plant’s needs. They’re really inexpensive too - so you can go to town on a lot of them if you like without breaking the bank.

and an interesting note in a chocolate brownie! There are different types, Plant in dry, and well drained sandy soil, in full sun, and take advantage of this natural and wonderful scented plant. As will the busy bees, using the nectar to flavour their delicious Spanish honey. 7. Passiflora A little passion! The Passion Flower will grow like a weed, ideally propped up against a wall that is sheltered from winds and any harsher weather. They’re essentially vines - and we all know how well vines do in Spain! You might even get some of your own passion fruit for a Spanish ‘desayuno’ or breakfast. 8. Plumbago Always sounds like backache to me! The flowery cacyx has tiny hairs which secrete a sticky substance which in turn traps ants and insects, preventing them demolishing the plant. It looks fragile enough, but planted in good, drained soil will last well, without the need for daily watering. It’ll climb too, even though it’s a shrub, adding colour to a blank wall and providing interest.

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Health &Wellbeing Uncle Paul’s problem page Dear Uncle Paul I have been with my partner just short of four years and I can confidently say he was the love of my life. I say was because now he is suffering with depression and will not seek help. He was diagnosed with this and stopped taking tablets about a year and a half ago. The person I loved and adored is gone and is not coming back any time soon. It sounds horrible to say but I don’t think I am in love with this person; I fell in love with a man who is no longer here. His uncontrollable anger is starting to make me feel uncomfortable. Alice El alamillo Dear Alice It is time to put you first. He needs help and it’s not from you, he needs professional help and if he won’t seek it for himself then you have no choice but to protect yourself and leave. Why stay and be unhappy. Of course it’s a tough decision to make and of course you will be upset and heartbroken. But this is not your fault and you need to look after your own mental health. Uncle Paul Dear Uncle Paul I am finding that every time I am having a conversation with a female, they always respond but appear to avoid eye contact with me. There is one lady who I see occasionally with my male colleague and she does this every time. And even a close female friend did the same thing recently. Can you explain this to me or am I making a big deal over nothing? To me it is common courtesy to make eye contact with the person you are talking to. David Sector B Dear David I think it is good manners to at least look at the person you are talking to or who is talking to you. But I don’t think you are somehow entitled to have them give you eye-contact. Are you really, really ugly perhaps? How about the conversations? Are they about things which they didn’t know about or didn’t find interesting like football? Or perhaps it was on a subject where they are busy searching their

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mind for a good answer or interesting point of view.You know how difficult it can be for women to think. Or was her mind perhaps elsewhere on bingo or knitting. There can be so many reasons why. I don’t always look people in the eyes when talking to them. I don’t do it on purpose. I don’t think most people do. I do think many women avoid eye contact with men in general to avoid any misunderstandings and later sexual advances. It can actually be rather uncomfortable when someone keeps looking at you when talking. Uncle Paul Dear Uncle Paul I have a male friend who to me is just friend. The problem is, though he is nice, he is rather clingy. He always wants to hang out with me. I find it rather awkward. I want to pursue other friendships too and hanging out with him makes it seem like we’re an exclusive couple. How can I convey that I need space without appearing rude or ruining our friendship? Rose Dear Rose If he’s clingy, there may be one of two things going on. He’s developing a crush on you or he has few or no other friends. First-off, he can’t hang with you unless he’s invited along, or you accept his request to go out. If you don’t want his company, just decline his invitation. If he shows up uninvited, you have the opportunity to explain that you feel he is mistaking the friendship for more than what it is.You like him, but perhaps not in the way he likes you. He has to be put on the spot, as long as you don’t address it; he will take liberties. Don’t string him along. Be blunt, but not unnecessarily rude or mean. I think he is trying to force a relationship out of the friendship; and you have to clarify that it is only friendship, and will be nothing more than that. Then tell him that sometimes you want to hang out with other people, and it may not include him. You want your space, and wish that he would respect that; if he is in fact, truly a friend.You may have no choice but to end it if he has become infatuated with you. You set boundaries, define the type of connection you have, and agree to certain guidelines within friendships. That’s necessary for people who don’t really seem to understand proper etiquette, rules, and protocol.You have to draw the line or you will find yourself saying nasty things out of anger and

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frustration. Uncle Paul Dear Uncle Paul I am single guy. A friend of mine and his wife, who I have known for years since moving onto Condado, came over to my apartment last night, after drinking at a local bar. We ended up having a threesome. Afterwards it was a little awkward, but nevertheless they want to come over for drinks again which I’m sure will lead to another threesome. I’m not complaining, but I’m surprised because my friend couldn’t perform last night, probably due to all the alcohol he drank. That left him only capable of watching his wife and I. I feel that this is all going to end badly one day. Why would my friend all of a sudden not mind me having sex with his wife? After some initial resistance she turned into a tiger. Do you have any ideas? Jeff Condado Dear Jeff PRO: It’s taboo, risky, and thrilling. This is a fantasy-turned-reality for you.You get laid, and it’s no strings attached, and no question of being in a relationship, paying for dates, extended courting. The husband doesn’t want to murder you in your sleep for having sex with his wife like most husbands usually want to do. You can answer the Facebook question “Have I ever been in a threesome?” with a YES. CON: She could get pregnant if young enough. Their casual sex philosophy puts you at extreme risk of STD.Your friendship with the couple has ended in the conventional sense.You are now their plaything, like pulling out a vibrator during sex play. Feelings and all of their messy demands could pop up at any time. If they have children, you are taking part in ruining their lives.You are single, but many women shy away from men with histories of threesomes and messing with married couples, unless they have similar sexual values and have had their share of casual sex or threesomes. There are a million ways to get laid.You don’t need to step on the landmine of a married couple’s sexual dysfunction, and trust me, you’ll not just be there for the “getting laid” part.You could get a call from her in the middle of the night, begging to stay with you because the two of them are in a fight. She could develop feelings and then ruin your life when you don’t reciprocate them. They have too much baggage. The sex is not worth it. Uncle Paul

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Dear Uncle Paul My wife sits on her mobile phone all day and does very little around the house. We have a new baby and when she dirties she tells me to deal with it. I have no friends and no social life and only go out to work. She works in a local bar, has lots of friends and she goes out with the girls whenever she wants. It has been like this for a few years.Yesterday I snapped and told her I was sick of been told what to do but I don’t want us to split, I just want things to change. I have spoken to her about all the issues in the past but nothing changes. There is no emotion from her side, no fight to want me to stay. I am now thinking she doesn’t love or want me and that I’m just here to clean the house every day and to babysit our kids while she does what she wants. Should I just walk away from this and do you think I am being used? Darren Dear Darren I’m afraid I can only confirm your suspicions, that yes; she is just using you as a maid, cook and babysitter. Instead of grand declarations and ultimatums, which haven’t worked? I suggest you

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“chee”), flows like rivers along pathways, or meridians, throughout the body. This constant flow of energy keeps the yin and yang balanced. However, the flow of energy can sometimes be blocked, like water getting stuck behind a dam. A disruption in the flow of energy can lead to illness Approximately 2,000 different acupuncture points lie along the body’s meridians. The idea behind acupuncture is that stimulating these points with acupuncture needles or pressure relieves obstructions in the flow of energy, enabling the body to heal.

While you’re doing this set aside time for yourself to do the things you enjoy doing. Read a book, listen to music, watch old movies, and get in shape for the hot lady’s in the port who you will be chasing. Big changes start with small changes.You might find that after doing the above and re-investing some time and energy on yourself you become more interesting to your wife and you improve your bargaining position or you’re in a better position to move on. I think that you have a right to demand respect, but you don’t have a right to complain about taking care of your own children. Good luck

In the Western view, acupuncture likely works by stimulating the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) to release chemicals called neurotransmitters and hormones. These chemicals dull pain, boost the immune system and regulate various body functions.

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This August sees the return of our Masseur and Acupuncturist Carlos Eleno . Acupuncture has been an essential part of medicine for thousands of years in the East, yet even as it catches on in the West, physicians in this part of the world have yet to figure out exactly how this ancient technique works. Whatever the mechanisms, acupuncture does appear to work. Scientific studies are offering real evidence that it can ease pain and treat ailments ranging from osteoarthritis to migraine headaches. The technique of acupuncture involves placing hair-thin needles in various pressure points (called acupoints) throughout the body. Stimulating these points is believed to promote the body’s natural healing capabilities and enhance its function.

Acupuncture has been known to help with a number of the following issues Gynecological issues – PMS, pain with cycle, headaches, etc. Stress, anxiety, depression, stress related disorders Digestive problems – acid reflux, nausea, gas, bloating, constipation Migraine headaches Sports Injuries Men’s health issues Low energy, fatigue Fertility and postpartum issues By appointment only to see Carlos at this busy time. Also available are Private Yoga Sessions, Reiki Treatments, Reflexology, Acupuncture, Massage Holistic Facails & Well Being Sessions .. Please contact Lisa on 0034 626960354 or email yogawithlisa@hotmail.co.uk

East Meets West Two very different theories exist as to how acupuncture works. According to Chinese philosophy, the body contains two opposing forces: yin and yang. When these forces are in balance, the body is healthy. Energy, called “qi” (pronounced

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LOS AMIGOS DE MAZARRON FC LATEST NEWS No sooner had the 2016/17 football season ended than thoughts turned to 2017/18.Unlike last summer, when the future of Mazarron Football Club was in doubt and there was little activity until just before the start of the season, this July has been a hive of activity for the Club. The monthly Stapleford competition was played on 22nd June 2017 at Condado de Alhama the first time the society had played on this course but the view of the majority of members was we should use this well maintained venue again in the future if we can negotiate a reasonable deal. The game was played on an extremely hot day which must have suited the winner of the competition the treasurer Ian Dalley ( photo below ) who scored

The disappointment of missing out on promotion to the Tercera Division in the play-offs was soon forgotten as the Club prepared for a new and stronger campaign to gain promotion. The Council were undertaking renovation work on the playing surface at the Estadio Municipal and work was also promised on the replacement of the many broken seats on the main stand side of the ground. After the shock decision to dispense with the services of coach Jose Sanchez, the club moved quickly to secure the services of a very experienced new coach, 58 years old Paco Pliego. He has

sponsor on the front of the shirt and the support of Los Amigos de Mazarron F.C. recognised on the back of the shirt. Because of the ongoing work at the Estadio Municipal the pre-season friendlies arranged so far will all be played away from home they are:4th August v EDMF Churra 12th August v Real Murcia Nacional 16th August v EMF Fuente Alamo 19th August v CF Molina It is hoped to arrange one more friendly before the season starts in earnest. This is normally in either the last week of

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33 points, 4 more than the following pack of 5 players on 29 points :Terry Haggerty, Peter Smithson , Brian McAllister, David Griffith, John Brown. On August 23rd the Society is at Altorreal “Straight down the Middle” is always ready to welcome new members & guests for details please email Sec. Peter Smithson 99unitedred@gmail.com or tel.968 045 475

many years service as a coach in both the Preferente Autonomica and the Tercera Division and has gained promotion on a couple of occasion to the Segunda B division. Pre -season training began on 25th July and at the time of writing a number of last year’s team had agreed to sign for another year, unlike last year when only skipper Juan Andreo from the senior squad re-signed. Boudia, Andreo, Miguel, Javi Torrano, Raul Torrano, goalkeeper Pablo, Adrian and youngsters Pedro and Steven have all been signed along with a number of players from other teams including Monjas from Lorca B and three players from Olimpico de Totana, Alfonso, Joseda and Adrian Perez. Mazarron FC also announced that their main sponsor Construcciones Francisco Coy S.L. had renewed their agreement for the 2017-18 season. A new white

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August or the first week in September but details and fixtures have not yet been announced. Mazarron’s home games are normally played on Sundays with varying kick off times. The expat supporters Club, Los Amigos de Mazarron FC also organise a supporters’ coach to most away games and coach tickets can be booked at the weekly Los Amigos meetings. Full details of all games, dates and kick off times are advertised in the local media, on www. mazarronfc.es, on our own Los Amigos de Mazarron FC Facebook page, fb.me/ mazarron2016, and on posters at various points throughout Camposol and Mazarron. Season tickets are on sale at €35 and can be purchased at the weekly Los Amigos meetings.

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after the summer break on Thursday 17th August which will be the last chance for members to renew their membership or for new members to join to entitle them to attend the Annual General Meeting on Thursday 24th August.

Members had a great time at the annual quiz and barbeque organised by Alan and Sue Lyle at their home. Even a few drops of rain could not dampen the spirits of those present and the food and wine flowed freely as usual. Thanks to Alan and Sue for their superb hospitality and to quizmaster Bryan Wilde for another entertaining quiz. €300 was raised on the night, a splendid achievement. Arrangements are well in hand for the 9th Los Amigos de Mazarron FC Gala Evening and Dinner which will be held at the Hotel la Cumbre, Puerto de Mazarron on Tuesday 28th March 2018. Comedian Gary Marshall will again be flying out to Spain to act as Master of Ceremonies and comedian and the name of the guest speaker from the world of football will be announced in the very near future. As in previous years a Race Night and a Celebrity Golf Day are also planned for the Gala Week which this year raised over €5,500 in support of Mazarron Football Club.

Please note that membership applications will not be accepted on the day of the Annual General Meeting. If you cannot call at the Club House for a membership form on a Thursday afternoon please email pamada.1130@ yahoo.co.uk. Applications for membership will again be resumed following the Annual General Meeting. The Membership fee for the 2017-18 season has been increased to €20, the first increase in the eleven years of Los Amigos’s existence. For this members receive a discount on coach travel to away games and to nearly all social functions organised under the Los Amigos banner.

Total Bedlam – Fifth SAMM Race Day When the competitors and officials arrived at CTD for the fifth race day in the SAMM Spring Series 2017 they were greeted by a scene of total

at a late 11.45am in gentle 6 to 8 knot winds with six boats in contention. All other than Sirocco had a leisurely sail of four laps, except for having to avoid the jet skis, kids in Optimist dinghies, kids in kayaks, groups on large ribs or in Gamba dinghies and none of them paid any attention to the fact that there was a race going on and used the start/finish line to play around. Then, as a finale, they were joined by a guy performing stunts on a water jet flyboard right in

front of the channel as the boats came ashore for the lunch break. But everything was over, except for a couple of jets skis, by the start of the second race which again was fairly leisurely but in a slightly increased wind. There were some close tussles going on, especially between Norman in his Laser Radial, John in his Quba and George and Jack in the Gamba Shoestring Cuatro,

The annual President’s Bash has been arranged for Wednesday 25th October at the Club House, Camposol Club de Golf with a Motown theme and the guest artiste will be the popular J J Soulman. Further details and ticket prices will be available shortly. The final Los Amigos de Mazarron FC Luncheon Club outing was held on Tuesday 18th July. There was a break from tradition to avoid the stifling heat, with an evening meal at La Caleta in Puerto de Mazarron. The Luncheon Club has been a victim of its own success over the years and because more than 50 people want to book each month, the number of restaurants that can cope with that number in the local area has virtually been exhausted. It is hoped that similar events can be organised in the future on a less regular basis and perhaps with more limited numbers to expand the choice of restaurants. Thanks to everyone who has helped to organise the luncheon club over the years and to members and friends for their support. Los Amigos de Mazarron FC weekly meetings are held every Thursday at the Club House, Camposol Club de Golf at 4 pm with the exception of the last Thursday of each month which is reserved for the Members Business Meeting and open to members only. Regular social meetings will resume

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bedlam. Hoards of disable children were being treated to a host of water sport activities generously provided by various organisations. The was loud music, kids dancing, playing ball games, shouting, screaming whilst the various water craft were being launched and readied. When the buoys were being laid to mark the course they had to be moved three times to avoid the ever enlarging area being used by the jet skis for joy rides. Eventually the first race got underway

Winner of race 7

who all finished within a minute of each other. The Areaz 20 Levanter, a new boat to the fleet led all the way and finished first on the water but was placed 4th after the handicaps were applied. A good day which was enjoyed by all who took part and the last of the spring season. The autumn season is scheduled to start on September 10th. After handicaps were applied, the winners of the first race were Jack, Bob and Jeff in the Gamba ‘Shoestring Cuatro’. The second race was won by John in the RS Quba ‘Lola’.

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were affected by the NOx issue, and which benefited from the Congestion Charge Greener Vehicle Discount, did so validly throughout the relevant period.”

Volkswagen rejects £2.5 million congestion charge payments London mayor Sadiq Khan claims VW’s Dieselgate-affected cars shouldn’t have received congestion charge discounts Volkswagen has rejected calls from the mayor of London Sadiq Khan to pay £2.5 million in lost congestion charge revenue. The bill would cover the cost of the 80,000 Dieselgate-affected cars in London that escaped congestion charge payments due to their lowemissions classification, reports the BBC. Volkswagen says the cars qualified for a discount on the charge and that since no CO2 change has been measured, they still meet the criteria at the time. The BBC also reported Khan as describing VW’s actions as “nothing short of a disgrace”; the famously outspoken London mayor has since introduced and proposed stringent fees and penalties for drivers of diesel cars since the scandal emerged, such as a Toxicity charge, due to be introduced in October. Volkswagen emphasised that the cars were discounted due to their sub100g/km status. No official CO2 figures on affected cars have been changed, so they did not qualify for the discount under a falsehood. Volkswagen issued the following statement in reaction to Sadiq Khan’s suggestion: “Volkswagen is clear that all of its vehicles which

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It’s not the first time Volkswagen has rejected others’ proposed levies on the brand; Volkswagen continues to reject the notion that owners in Europe should be compensated, and also refused to cover the cost of a government re-testing of a sample of the UK car market.

Khan wrote to VW late last year, saying: “There is no excuse for the utter lack of action VW has taken in London since the ‘Dieselgate’ scandal came to light,” according to The Guardian. He continued: “I want to see a proper commitment from them to fully compensate the thousands of Londoners who bought VW cars in good faith, but whose diesel engines are now contributing to London’s killer air. “I also urge them to reimburse Transport for London (TfL) the £2.5m lost in congestion charge revenue, which I will use to fund a new schools air quality programme that will reduce the exposure and raise the awareness of schoolchildren in London attending schools in the most polluted areas.” Khan said London was home to 80,000 VW vehicles (2009 to 2015 model years) that were affected by the “cheat devices” – software that allowed various Volkswagen models to detect when they were being tested for emissions and change engine settings to pass. The scandal affected 11 million vehicles worldwide. Volkswagen has agreed a deal in the US to compensate owners and dealers who were misled by the emissions claims but has said it will not pay out in Europe. Khan, who became London mayor in May of last year, also requested that VW updates him on progress on the reprogramming of affected vehicles, asking when the work would be completed. The British Government has also urged VW to pay compensation to British owners and threatened prosecution over the scandal. The company already faces legal proceedings in several countries around the world, including the US, Norway, South Korea and Germany.

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higher than a year ago. According to Mark Stucklin of Spanish Property Insight more people in Spain are renting. ‘Spain still has some of the highest owner-occupier rates in Europe, partly because Spaniards have tended to see paying rent as throwing away money. But the property crash, and credit crunch that came with it, compounded by high and regressive transaction costs, have forced more Spaniards than ever into the rental market, especially the young,’ he said. He believes that the growth in rents will attract more local and foreign investors who can’t earn a decent yield on any mainstream assets and that although rental yields are not dazzling at around 3% to 4% gross in a city like Barcelona, they are significantly better than alternatives like Government bonds, and look less risky.

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‘I expect small investors to continue opting for Spanish property for the foreseeable future,’ he added. Prices are also being affected by foreign interest as they are rising fastest in coastal areas where second homes are popular. The most up to data figures from appraisal company Tinsa shows that prices on the coast are rising fastest

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Property, Financial and Legal About 1.5 million people were sold those mortgages, which impose a limit on how far interest rates can fall in line with a benchmark rate, he added after a weekly cabinet meeting. The Bank of Spain has estimated that the European court ruling could cost Spanish lenders over €4 billion ($4.2 billion). Under the measure approved Friday banks must contact customers to inform them that they are affected and offer them a settlement within three months of the decree coming into force. If no agreement has been reached after three months, customers would then still be able to file a lawsuit to seek compensation. Banks will have to “create specific departments” to handle the reimbursement claims, De Guindos said. The image of Spain’s banking sector suffered a huge blow during the country’s economic downturn due to several cases of poor management and corruption. Spanish banks lent heavily during a decade-long property boom which went bust in 2008, sparking a sharp economic downturn that caused the unemployment rate to soar to a record high of 27 percent in 2013. Thousands of families who were not able to keep up with their mortgage payments were evicted from their homes and Spanish banks in 2012 received €41.4billion in European Union bailout funds. Most of Spain’s home loans are pegged to the 12 month-euro interbank offered rate, or Euribor. The benchmark has fallen, but clients with mortgage floors did not benefit.

Spain is the second-best country for first-time buyers, according to a new report. UK-based relocation service MoveHub has compared property price data from the Global Property Guide with average salaries according to the Hay’s Group Global Salary Forecast to determine the best countries for first-time buyers to get a foot on the property ladder. Of the 33 countries analyzed, the United Arab Emirates topped the table thanks to a nearly eight percent drop in property prices last year. In Spain, a 2.2 percent hike in salaries against a 5.75 drop in property prices put it in second place behind the UAE and ahead of Greece, Singapore, and Switzerland in the top five ranked nations. “Overall the report revealed that countries with the biggest property price hikes had unfortunately also seen the slowest growth in annual incomes, with some salaries in decline, whilst house prices rose,” said MoveHub in a statement.

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extraordinary construction boom. With a glut of repossessed property in the hands of banks, prices are still far lower than they were at the peak but gradually creeping up as Spain’s economy picks up. “It’s a good time to buy from the market cycle angel, as the Spanish housing market continuesto recover after a grinding 8-year depression though some hotspots like Barcelona and Ibiza have recovered so fast they are no longer looking like bargains,” said Mark Stucklin of Spanish Property Insight. “It’s also a good time to buy because the crisis cleaned up the sector and improved the standard of professionalism, and the quality of new development, which is just getting going again. And relative to other countries in Europe and further afield, Spain looks increasingly like a steady choice with a stable Government, economic growth, and safe streets. Alexander Vaughan, co-founder of Lucas Fox International Properties thinks that now is a great time to get on the property ladder in Spain. “We believe that this year has been a key turning point for the Spanish property market. After property prices bottomed out midway through 2014, 2015 saw modest price rises in prime regions. The recovery phase has continued throughout 2016, with the main difference being that price increases have not been limited to Barcelona, Madrid and desirable second home destinations,” he said. “We believe that a growing economy, low financing costs, good potential for rental returns and capital appreciation will continue to drive sales throughout 2017 and beyond.” Low interest rates, rising prices and signs that the economy is strengthening continue to attract property buyers to

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With the Euribor - the rate used to calculate most mortgage repayments in Spain - remaining below zero for the last 12 months, many homeowners have taken advantage of low interest rates to contract fixed-rate mortgages. Traditionally these loans typically represented just 10 per cent of mortgages but over the last year the proportion has surged to 53.3 percent according to Spain’s Mortgage Association (AHE). The latest monthly data (for November) on mortgages granted, according to Spain’s National Statistics Institute (INE) show a 32 percent year on year interest, while sales rose 14.5 percent in the first eleven months of 2016. Low interest rates, rising prices and signs that the economy is strengthening continue to attract property buyers to Spain. Property prices are still very attractive and with more mortgages being approved, all the signs indicate that now is a great time to buy in Spain. Turkey was named the worst of the 33 countries for first-time buyers in MoveHub’s research. While wages have only grown by 0.6 percent over the past year, house prices have shot up by 16.42 percent, mainly due to foreign investment, found the report.

10 tips for buying a house in Spain You don’t need to be a legal expert to find your way round the buying procedure in Spain, but it is useful to have a few handy hints to follow. Handbooks and legal advice can be full of the official information but good tips for buying a house in Spain can make all the difference. Some of these tips for buying a house in Spain might seem to be common sense. And they are. But in the excitement of buying a property you’ve fallen in love with it’s surprising how quickly you can suspend your better judgement. So, keep our ten tips by your side as a ready reference, just in case you’re tempted to cut corners and leave your common sense at the airport. Buying a property in Spain -Tip 1

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Be clear about how much you can afford to spend. Don’t push your limit too high. Make sure you allow for the added costs that there can be and allow another 15%, as a general rule, on top of what the house costs itself. Buying a property in Spain -Tip 3 Be clear about the running costs. You will have IBI (rates) to pay and either rental income tax or imputed income tax. You also need to take account of electricity charges, water and waste. Most properties are part of a community and have community fees. These can be quite expensive, depending on the facilities available, and you must make sure that you have budgeted for them too.

making sure you employ someone, who knows what they’re doing, to serve your interests. Buying a property in Spain -Tip 8 If you are planning to make changes to the property, remember that you will need planning permission. It may not look as though you do from other properties around but the authorities are getting stricter about this. Buying a property in Spain -Tip 9 If you are planning to rent out your property check what the arrangements are in the region where you are buying. There are big differences between regions from those where you must do little other than to register and those that have strict criteria for rentals. Don’t get caught out.

Buying a property in Spain -Tip 4

Buying a property in Spain -Tip 10

How will the property serve your needs now and in the future? Do you need to be near the shops or will a rural retreat always be your ideal? Think practically as well as from the heart when it comes to the properties you view

Plan for very hot summers and cold winters. It might not be freezing in Spain on a daily basis but the months of December, January and February have a distinct chill to them. You should consider how you will keep warm in the winter as well as how you’ll keep cool in the summer.

Buying a property in Spain -Tip 5 Don’t be put under pressure, do not allow yourself to be rushed if you are not too sure. Ask to see the property again, at different times of the day and on different days of the week, if you can. Buying a property in Spain -Tip 6 Most important of all of our tips for buying a house in Spain is not to sign anything or pay anything until you have had a comprehensive legal check carried out on the property and the purchase contract. This is so important and people can be easily persuaded that it’s not necessary. It is. Buying a property in Spain -Tip 7 This tip is perhaps along the same lines. Invest in a good, independent lawyer. If you are going to buy a property here you want to do it right. It really is worth

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Do some research before you come over. Find out what you can about the area and get a basic understanding of the buying process. However, don’t get too bogged down in the detail. If you employ a good lawyer then you don’t need to know all the ins and outs, but a general understanding can be useful.

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Useful Numbers activities Mariposa 968 631 008 Airconditioning: AC Services: 672 850 963 TJ Electricals: 868 181 121 Bar, restaurants & cafes AP’s 968 978 869 Bar Med: 968 595 864 Black Bull 634374381/689961604 Cat’s Bar 634 322 729 Club House Bistro 968 978 855 Elliots 968 158 499 Mariposa 968 631 008 Quality Indian restaurant Tel 968 199 198 Piccolo 968 131 515 Spice Villa 968 199 226 The New Royal 968 595 864 Beauty Care & Health Heather mobile 636 657 481 Freedom Mobility 968 153 620 Builders CM Constructions 659 159 948 Car Hire & SERVICES F&C Rental 968 199 156 Car mechanics & car sales Ken Sherwood mechanics 679 646 859 Carpentry Dave Davidson 634 330 706 Camposol Business Centre The Journal, Security, Dentist, Chiropodists, Camposol Health Clinic 968 103 008 Central Heating & Plumbing CHM 968 199 184/646 965082 Charities Age Concern 634 344 589 Andreas animal rescue 690 906 565 FAST: Non Emergency 634 309 899 PALS 968 422 228 / 626460 465 Lions 696 827 525 Mabs 639 665 370 Making a Difference 634 357 137 Chiropodists Nathalia 968 103 008 Computer design services Daniel White www.danielwhitedesign. com Dentists Camposol Business Centre 968 103 008 Electricians Andy 617 644 339 Funerals and funeral plans Tony Smith, Funeral director 650 631 719 Fish & Chips Cats Bar: 666 188 353 Elliots Bolnuevo 968 158 499 Trevi Bar: 968 199 939 Black Bull 634 374 381 Hairdressers Carols 968 974 989 Home Furnishings & furniture Furniture Plus 968 153 907/678 083 491 Insurance & Asesoria Nash Warren, Bolnuevo 968 156 583 Liberty Seguros 968 138 516 / 620 277 690 El Pilar 968 425 210

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Law services Abad Abogados 968 155 785 Shirley Ann Fisher 968 103 008 Costa Calida Property Services 968 199 251 Metalwork Eriks 636 050 008 Mobility, aids & equipment Freedom Mobility 638 893 357 Property services Camposol Properties 968 592 679 Pool cleaning, maintenance & repair Camposol Properties 646 476 911 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 Another World 968 592 679 Mercers 968 199 188 UK 08450 177 805 VillaQuest 968 974 918 Spanish interpreters and courses Debbies translations & interpreting, 677 353 136 Pilar Garcia 663 74 24 42 Window cleaning services Miles Better: 619 877 303 Water, purification services Waterfiltersspain: 677 353 136 Miles Better Water Filters 619 877 303 other Useful numbers Aqualia Emercency number: 902136013

Getting in touch with the committees and organisations CRA Camposol Residents Association. The cabin is located alongside the Cultural Centre on Sector B and is open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11 to 1pm.(Closed on Bank Holidays) The Chairman is Phil Gelling and can be contacted on chairman@cracamposol.com, general or membership enquiries can be sent to info@cracamposol.com. The duty Committee member can be contacted on 634 364 739. Their website is www.cracamposol.com This number is manned every morning Monday thru Friday 10am / 12noon Sector A gardening Group is Chaired by John Grant.Web address: www.lospalaciosgardeners.com. Contact the Secretary for details of monthly meetings on:joce@ lospalacios-gardeners.com Friday morning bookstall outside the post room on A. Sector B & B-clean (their gardening group) NB B sector community group is newly formed. Helen White 968 199 506 is the pro tem organisor. Sector C Greenfingers gardening group, Chairman, John Osborne- Tel 634 325 427 email: johnos1943@gmail.com. Camposol Community Group D Sector The group meets monthly on the first Monday at 4PM at The Clubhouse.President - Ken De Angelo, Vice President - Gordon Cockburn, Secretary - Patrick Steer, Treasurer - Jo Steer, Membership secretary - Carol De Angelo, Social secretary - Laurie Lewis. A car with tow bar and trailer is now available for sector D residents to take garden waste to the Eco park, contact Alan Muncaster 654 024 474 Age Concern can be found at the Cultural Centre on Wednesdays and Thursdays 10am to 1pm and Fridays 12.30 to 3.30pm. Telephone 634 310216, ageconcerncostacalida@gmail. com Camposolers  The registered group site for residents of Camposol, the proprietor is Reg Rogers who can be contacted by e-mailing reg  rogers@hotmail.com. Apply to Reg for membership. NB there is an underline dash between reg and rogers!!!!!! Town Hall can now be contacted through an office in the Cultural Centre Sector B, by the roundabout down from the roundabout by the filling station. Tatiana Andres is there to help you between 1600 to 1800 every weekday. Phone 968 131 717, email oficinacamposol@ mazarron.es

HELPING HANDS HOME CARE Gardening, Painting, General DIY, NO JOB TOO BIG OR SMALL Fully Legal Call Karen on 675 865 636

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MABS now have an office on the main dual carriage way on Sector B. LIONS Membership Lion Nigel Barker 654874563 Welfare Lion Christine Harrison 605112205 Medical Loans Lion Pauline Bargery 634308693 ANNOUNCEMENTS Welcome book club every second and fourth Tuesday in the underbuild at the former medical centre on Sector B.

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Q: Why did the boy sprinkle sugar on his pillow before he went to sleep? A: So he could have sweet dreams.

Q: Why did the belt go to jail? A: Because it held up a pair of pants! Q: What happens if life gives you melons? A: Your dyslexic Q: What did the stamp say to the envelope? A: Stick with me and we will go places!

Q: Why did the robber take a bath? A: Because he wanted to make a clean getaway.

Q: What kind of lights did Noah use on the Ark? A: Flood lights!

Q: What happens if life gives you melons? A: Your dyslexic

Q: Why don’t you see giraffes in elementary school? A: Because they’re all in High School!

Q: What music are balloons scared of? A: Pop music Q: What did the judge say to the dentist? A: Do you swear to pull the tooth, the whole tooth and nothing but the tooth. Q: Why did the boy tiptoe past the medicine cabinet? A: He didn’t want to wake the sleeping pills! Q: What do you get when you cross a fridge with a radio? A: Cool Music. Q: What goes up when the rain comes down? A: An umbrella.

Last month’s Suduko answers

Q: Which is the longest word in the dictionary? A: “Smiles”, because there is a mile between each “s”! Q: Which month do soldiers hate most? A: The month of March! Q: What did the painter say to the wall? A: One more crack like that and I’ll plaster you! Q: Why did the computer break up with the internet? A: There was no “Connection”. Q: Why do golfers wear two pairs of pants? A: In case they get a hole in one! Q: Why can’t you take a nap during a race? A: Because if you snooze, you loose! Q: Why did Goofy put a clock under his desk? A: Because he wanted to work over-time!

A: Because he wanted to see time fly! Q: What do you call a book that’s about the brain? A: A mind reader. Q: When do you stop at green and go at red? A: When you’re eating a watermelon! Q: Why did God make only one Yogi Bear? A: Because when he tried to make a second one he made a Boo-Boo Q: How did the farmer mend his pants? A: With cabbage patches! Q: Why did the man lose his job at the orange juice factory? A: He couldn’t concentrate! Q: How do you repair a broken tomato? A: Tomato Paste! Q: Why did the baby strawberry cry? A: Because his parents were in a jam! Q: What did the hamburger name his daughter? A: Patty! Q: What kind of egg did the bad chicken lay? A: A deviled egg!

Riddle Answers The bomb NOON There is no letter e in the paragraph (the most common letter in the English language)

Q: Why did Johnny throw the clock out of the window?

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Charity corner

Great news for all those on, or visiting Camposol. We have 7 new responders going through their training during August. We have to wait for their authorisation from the Murcian Health Authority. That may take some time.... With these new responders we will be able to cover more days and nights. We are short of responders at this time so we cannot provide the service that we would like. At some time we aim to resume 24/7 cover. We have issued a Media Statement it states that the CST / CST accounts will be open for viewing twice a year. The committee felt that as all the funds are donated by residents and visitors to Camposol they should know where their money is being spent. The statement also goes on to confirm that FAST is now fully insured as an association, for personal liability and exploitation of the association. Most people on Camposol will know Paddy and John Snell, they have been associated with FAST since it was formed. Paddy wrote the articles for the magazines up until a few years ago. John was one of the first FAST nurses and became Matron soon after. They have had enough enjoyment so they are returning to the UK and their family. We wish them well for the future. The last organised trip was to Jumilla, Luzon winery. Under the protection of Mandy and Gill we all had a great day. Even the entertainment on the coach was good. We had a raffle and a quiz. The wine tasting went down very well, there

was free time for lunch and then off to the shops, Neuvo Condaminia was very busy when we arrived. If any local businesses would like a demonstration of what FAST is capable of then please contact the secretary on secretary@fast2016.org To ensure FAST /CST operate within the law where first aid, first response and fund raising is concerned, the President is having a series of meetings with the Police. The first meeting was with the deputy Police Chief of the Mazerron area. After all we are operating on Camposol which is under his jurisdiction. The President will seek guidance on certain procedures that first responders could be trained in to make us more efficient. The fund raising carries on, we recently had a donation from the SOS on Camposol for which we are very grateful. The FAST nurses continue to be proposition on the road side on a Monday morning.

We are so very thankful to all those who stop to drop, and have a laugh, even a wave and a smile. We have information leaflets printed in 5 different languages that we give to passersby. We are always looking for new recruits. Having multi lingual responders helps with the language barriers. Our bookstall on the 2nd and last Friday each month is held outside T.J.Electricals (Euronics) on B sector is a meeting point for many people not only buying books but also tickets for coach trips, you will always get to speak to responders there if you would like more information regarding FAST / CST. We would like to thank Geraldine and Bryan for all their hard work on the bookstall.

WE ARE MOVING! Age Concern Costa Calida is moving from the Cultural Centre to: Calle Valencia 12, Camposol A The move will take place over the Summer and we hope to open as a ‘Drop-In Centre’ in September. Dates & times to be confirmed. Our telephone numbers remain the same, see below. Enquiries 634 344 589 (10am to 4pm Mon – Fri) Events 634 336 484 (10am to 4pm Mon – Fri) Equipment Loan: 634 306 927 (10am to 4pm Mon – Fri) We will be closed for the month of August, but can be contacted for urgent matters FORTHCOMING EVENTS Friday 25th August:Tabletop Sale at Camposol B Commercial Centre Wednesday 6th September: Last few tickets remaining for the Black & White Ball, Bar La Sal, Puerto de Mazarrón. 17.50€ per person. Music by MELODEE DUO Includes a light supper, your choice of meat or fish required when purchasing tickets. Friday 6th October: Day trip to Garrucha market on the Almeria Coast. Tickets available from the Drop-In Centre (see above) from early September. New Year’s Day 2018 Sponsored Swim at the Bahia Hotel, Puerto de Mazarrón. Phone for your sponsor form now!

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Our Farewell to Martin Ross Event was a great success so we would like to thank all those who attended and supported this evening of entertainment. Together with your help we raised over 1200 euros. This will help us immensely to achieve our aims to help those families who are less fortunate in our area. We would like to thank Cats and Tels Bar together with The Bar Med, Yorkshire Linen and Jackie who kindly donated a voucher for one of her fabulous hand bags. All of whom sponsored our raffle . Martin teamed up with Stewart Blandamer to reform The Beagles for this special event. The Gekkos were also there performing to make this event such a fabulous evening for all of those people who attended and danced late into the night. Martin is now our Treasurer

We have had a massively successful June rehoming some of our dogs. Thank you so much to everyone who has made that amazing commitment of letting one of these gorgeous creatures into their lives. As far afield as Scotland and as near as Mazarron Town. What a shame it is not as easy to rehome the never ending stream of ponies, mules and donkeys. We now have a 16.2 old horse, a very old mule and 3 more donkeys who are in great condition but sadly the man was uanable to continue to look after them. They were all within the space of a week and locally, which is why we are so desperate to raise the money to buy more land in order to expand our charity work, Our GoFundMe campaign is now underway to hopefully enable us to do this. However, we are under no illusion that a 100,000euro is a massive amount of money and will take years to raise, but, we are SO positive that it will happen. However, not without you my friends and this is where you come in. Please share, share, share any posts on Facebook. Tell all your friends far and wide and we may just reach that benefactor who will give our fund that inspirational boost. A lot to ask I know, but, this problem is not going to go away. Should you wish to donate you can through the GoFundMe website page Andreas Animal Rescue needs HELP where you will find the full story. We also have a page on Facebook, Animal Rescue Needs Rescuing which will shortly be full of up to date information about our campaign. We are always on the lookout for different ways to raise money, if you can think of anyway to help boost our GoFundMe Account then please let me know! Finally, just a gentle reminder about caring for our furry friends in this very hot weather. Dogs can’t sweat so cool off by panting. Walk them early in the morning or later in the evening and check the ground with your own hand for heat. If you can’t stand it, your dog can’t! Reduce the intensity of their walks and always take water. If you think they are overheating, spray their feet and tummies with cold water or get them to lie on a cold, wet, towel. Basic, but, essential advice for your dogs in this hot weather. As usual I will be on Car Park, Camposol B, every Monday from 11.30 to 1.30pm to collect any unwanted goods. All your donations are very gratefully received and can also be dropped off at either of our shops in Roldan or Mazarron Town. Thank you. Andrea x This is Blossom, she’s around 25 years old ... what a state , I actually lost count on the sores on her frail body . Onwards and upwards for this girl .

Abi also came into us , she’s 16.2 , around 20 plus years old ....very very thin she came from gypsies ... she’s absolutely stunning and is doing fantastic in livery , and most importantly putting on weight !!!

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together with Chris his wife who is our shop manager. Our plans to set up a Well Child program are underway as we have spoken to a Doctor and Dentist who are willing to help us with this project and an Optician with regard to eye testing and any follow on treatment that is needed, this aid will be undertaken for a reduced fee for us to help the families who do not have access within the Spanish System. We are closing our shop for the month of August to enable us to complete some essential repairs and to re-arrange articles in the shop. We have our Christmas Party Event booked for 22nd December at The Golf Club so ladies get your party frocks out for a night of entertainment. Details will be available in the coming months. We are also planning for a Lady in Red Ball for next year. The Telephone number for the shop is 634 321 161. For Our President and Events Co-ordinator Anne Blandford it is 634 357 137 and Graham our Van Man it is 603 389 006 for any collections or deliveries. Email madmazarron@live. com. We thank you for your continued support in our efforts to Make A Difference to many families who are less fortunate in our area.

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