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Dear Readers, Welcome to your action packed, fun filled, festive edition of The Journal! I say this every year, but I really can’t believe that we are at the end of yet another year! I suppose time flies when you are having fun in the sun! By the time that you are reading this the month of Movember will be over and I will have my face back to myself and be moustached no more! While having a moustache was uncomfortable at times, one imagines that prostate cancer would be much more uncomfortable, and that is why we took part to help raise awareness for this great cause. At the time of going to print, we are about halfway through Movember, so you will be able to read more about it in the January magazine. We hope that 2013 has been as kind to you as it has to us. For us it has been hard, but rewarding. We have increased our distribution footprint, welcomed on board fantastic new writers, increased the quality of our content and of course, won an industry award. We are quite happy with that for a year’s achievement! To all of our readers we would like to say a massive thank you for all your support throughout 2013, for reading the magazine and giving us your feedback each month. It means the world to us, and knowing what we are doing right, and what we could be doing better helps us to make the magazine better for everyone. We would also like to thank our advertisers, old and new, for their continued support and loyalty. It is them who makes The Journal possible. If you haven’t already got your 2014 Vistas de Murcia calendar then don’t hesitate to get one while stocks last. At only 5.50€ these really are a bargain and made with the stunning photography of local photographer Mark Stocks. Look out for the advert for details of where you can get one. Whatever you have planned for this Festive season, be sure to have a great time. From everyone here at The Journal, we would like to wish you a Merry Xmas and a Prosperous New Year.

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Once again the Wellspring victory church are presenting a series of Christmas carol concerts around Camposol. This is the fourth year that the concerts have taken place and have become a popular and well loved seasonal event. There is always something new to entertain as well as the more traditional carols. Mince pies, mulled wine and other goodies are served during the concert for which there is no charge. The locations are as follows with a start time of 6.30pm for each. SECTOR C 5 ROUNDABOUT Monday 16th December Outside CATS BAR SECTOR A Wednesday 18th TRIANGLE ROUNDABOUT SECTOR D Friday 20th THE COMMUNITY CENTRE SECTOR B Tuesday 24th The Christmas eve event will be a combined churches concert but for the first time, indoors . EVERYBODY will be most welcome to attend any or all of the concerts, we even supply carol sheets with words just in case you don’t remember all of them. We look forward to seeing old and new friends alike for a little bit of traditional Christmas cheer.

The reform of the Traffic and Road Safety Law presented towards the end of June has finally been approved by the Government. Penalties for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol are high, the speed limit will be increased to 130km/h on certain stretches of the motorway and wearing a helmet will become obligatory for all cyclists under the age of 18 on all roads. The draft bill of this new law has been approved after seeking further advice and opinions from experts and ministers of road safety and health. Reports from the Higher Council on Road Safety and the Association for the Study of Spinal Cord Injuries were considered. Drugs It will continue to be illegal to drive under the influence of drugs, but there is an exception in the case of prescribed medication and for rehabilitation purposes. However, this is only provided that the vehicle driver “is fit enough� to handle the vehicle “with the due diligence and care established by the law�. The new law does not aim to penalise those addicted to drugs that are on medication to wean them off these substances. If it were a matter of continuing to drive or face a penalty if caught whilst on medication for drug addiction, some drivers would choose to suspend their medication, especially if driving was involved in their work. Otherwise, those caught driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol will face a fine of 1,000 euro. This has been

increased from 500 euro. According to statistics, 47% of all deaths on the road were influenced by drugs or alcohol. Speed limit Drivers that exceed 150km/h will not only face an economic penalty but will also lose points on their licence. This is irrespective of the speed limit in the area that they are caught speeding. The law will allow drivers to circulate at 130km/h instead of 120km/h on certain stretches of motorway where road surface and climatic conditions are optimal. However, there is opposition to this measure from certain regional governments. Already, the Generalitat of Cataluùa has stated that it will not apply the new speed limit increase. The Basque Country has also voiced its disapproval of the law change. Running over animals A change in the draft law now states that liability for running over an animal will lie with the driver of the vehicle. This is except, however, when the animal is run over as a direct result of hunting. In this case, it will be the landowner’s responsibility. The only other exception to this is in cases where there should be more fencing or if signs are lacking or missing. Then, the motorway owner would face the penalties. Cyclists There was much debate and opposition when the idea that all cyclists wear a helmet at all times was proposed. The new law says that all cyclists under 18 years of age must wear a protective helmet at all times. As for adult cyclists, they must wear a helmet on all inter-urban roads.

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British pensioners living in Spain or any other Euro zone country should be aware that from the end of January 2014 new EU regulations will be put in place regarding the payments of British pensions into banks abroad. There is no need to panic at this point. In due course, you should be contacted by the Department of Works and Pensions who will ask you to confirm your Spanish bank account details (if your pension is paid into a Spanish account). The reason for this is that the British department in charge of UK pensions will require an International Bank Account Number (IBAN) and Bank Identification Code (BIC) in order to process and make payments to expats’ accounts in this country. The DWP does actually have these details for many expats living in foreign countries including Spain. For those whose details they don’t have yet, they will shortly receive a letter asking for this new information. If you do receive one of these letters, please be aware that the DWP will not ask for any extra details about your bank account; especially not passwords or other sensitive information. The reason for this new requirement is that there has been a change in EU regulations with the aim of making payments between all EU countries faster, more efficient and more secure. The British Embassy in Madrid asks all those who receive one of these letters, to fill out the form attached and return it as quickly as possible to the DWP. Your bank will be able to provide you with the IBAN and BIC numbers, but they are also located on your bank account statements. If you are unsure, it is best to ask at the bank in person. Failure to provide the DWP with this information could result in your pension and benefit entitlements being stopped. This is because after 31 January 2014, banks in the Euro zone countries will no longer be able to accept any DWP payments without the recipient’s IBAN and BIC numbers for their accounts. Note that it is only expatriates who live abroad and have their British pensions paid into a foreign account that will be affected by these new regulations. These changes will not concern expats living abroad whose pension is paid into a British bank account. Now is also a good time to let the DWP know if you have changed addresses or need them to update any other information.



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Camposol and District Vote in Mazarrón Local Elections The aim of this article to demonstrate the importance of enrolling on the Mazarrón padron, registering an intention to vote in the next local election and then voting (May 2015) for a political party that will best represent the needs of Camposol and District within the next Mazarrón administration.

of Mazarrón at the time of the election Ideally, both these ratios should be as close as possible to 100%. Inspection of these graphs shows: Before 1999: Both graphs show average values of around 52% and 72% for the defined ratios. This implies a consistent voting pattern for these elections. After 1999:Both graphs show something different for the same ratios.A reduced average value of 35.5% and still showing a decreasing trend. A reduced average of 64.8% but fairly constant. Extrapolation of these graphs suggests estimates for the corresponding ratios

compared with the values for the same ratios over the previous six local elections. The very large decrease for the “valid votes/population” ratio can reasonably be associated with the large influx of foreigners. The inevitable inference is foreigners do not vote and Camposol’s history shows there are then unpalatable consequences. If the Camposol and District vote is significantly increased, then the prospect of more resources being allocated to Camposol will be greatly enhanced. Conclusion: The only way for foreigners (most of the Camposol and District population) to improve their representation on Mazarron Town Council and secure the benefits we want is: Enrol on the Padron Register an intention to vote at the 2015 Mazarrón local election (normally done at the same time as enrolling on the Padron) Cast a valid vote at the 2015 Mazarrón local election for candidates who are totally committed to making Camposol and District a better place.

The analysis in this article is based on information that is freely available from the Ministerio del Interior (Madrid) website. Data for all nine Mazarrón local elections covering the period 1979 to 2011 has been included in the analysis. There are two important ratios shown in the graph. Valid Votes/Censo ratio: The “censo” refers to number of people who had registered an intention to vote. The “valid vote” refers to the number of people whose vote counted (excludes spoilt papers etc). Valid Votes/Population ratio: The “population” refers the total population

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after the 2015 Mazarrón local election, could be less than 30% and 65%, respectively. Analyses of these graphs can provide for some interesting comment and conclusions: Mainly Spanish Mazarroneros voted before 1999.Few foreigners.Mazarrón Population: 1979/10,351, 1983/10,270, 1987/13,160, 1991/14,275,1995/15,447, 1999/16,829 About 52% of the Mazarron population cast valid votes. About 72% of those registered to vote cast valid votes. Spanish and foreigners form Mazarrón population after 1999. Rapidly increasing number of foreigners. Mazarrón Population: 2003/23,025, 2007/30,841, 2011/35,464 About 35.5% of the Mazarrón population cast valid votes. About 64.8% of those registered to vote cast valid votes. There is a decrease for both ratios over the last three local elections

Those who can demonstrate they own or rent property on Camposol and frequently reside in the Camposol and District area when they visit Spain are eligible to enrol on the Mazarrón padron. This includes most holiday home owners as well as those who permanently live in the area. Camposol and District residents can enrol on the padron by visiting Mazarrón Town Hall or, until further notice, on the second and last Friday of each month (10:00am to 12:00pm) at the Camposol Cultural Centre. Dr R J Mooney Vice-chairman CDIP Planning Group

Held a very successful auction at Mariano’s, Camposol in October. There were over 180 items for sale ranging from furniture and domestic appliances to sports gear, computers, sound and vision and many other categories inbetween. If you can get it into Mariano’s we will try to find a buyer for you! Over 800€ was raised for Age Concern and we are very grateful to all who helped to make the day go with a swing. Look out for details of our next auction in March/April.


Don’t miss our annual Xmas Fayre on Saturday 7th December at El Lagarto Verde on the Via Axial in Puerto de Mazarron. As always we will have an array of stalls including our own wellsupplied home-made cake stall where you can get all your Christmas cakes, mince pies & sausage rolls, plenty of bling & clothing (including M & S), plants, face-painting, and a special performance of Christmas carols by the Wellspring Victory Church Choir. Santa will, of course, be in attendance. 1€ entrance will give you the chance of winning one a prize, including meat vouchers from the English butcher. Doors open to the public 11.30am. Stallholders call 634 336484 for information. Our next social activity (Talking Shop) at the cultural centre, Camposol will be on Wednesday 8th January, 1.30pm. Hope to see you there. Call 634 310216 for information

Decorating / Painting Your Home For Christmas What are your furniture needs? Christmas is nearly here and have you men been told to get the paint pots and brushes out with her in doors holding the ladder with whip in hand!


Does it stop there – No. Thoughts go back to last Christmas where there were not enough matching chairs and the table was not big enough for all that lovely grub. The answer is a new table and chairs of course. The dining room is not big enough for a bigger table all year round. However you could have a table with extending leaves or just extends not only for Christmas but for Easter and when the family comes to visit, not forgetting those dinner parties you will have in the New Year. There is a selection of tables to choose from, all sizes and chairs to match or match up your style of table to your style of chair to suit your comfort. Family coming for Christmas as well? so get a on move and get into the bedroom with your paint and brushes which brings to mind where will everyone sleep. Don’t worry I have some ideas. You can buy an under bed and mattress to slide under your existing beds. What about a fold up guest bed? Another popular idea is a Bunk Bed with double bed below and a single on top. This allows Mum and Dad to sleep on the bottom bunk and a child on the top bunk or sleep 3 kids. This can be used for those summer visitors as a double room or as a twin room too. Always

helps to think ahead. Let’s not forget the Paris Day Bed which is a single bed with a metal frame around it. Put a throw over it and line the frame with cushions to make a sofa effect which has another single bed underneath to roll out. Just put it up on it’s legs and it all becomes a double bed or two singles. Good tip: you can move this to any room in your home, so if the grandchild is naughty can always put it out on the naughty terrace (Well it won’t fit on the naughty step will it!) What ever you are doing this Christmas have fun and all from Furniture Plus wish you a Very Happy Christmas. One last word to the men, don’t get too merry or you could be joining your Grandchildren on the naughty terrace. Written by Chris at Furniture Plus (with tongue in cheek)

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Merry Xmas from 7th Heaven Many of you will be familiar with one of Murcia´s most popular restaurants, 7th Heaven. 7th Heaven is situated in the Puerto Deportivo in Puerto de Mazarron. Boasting one of the most enviable sites in port, customers can choose to sit facing the bay of Mazarron with its breathtaking views, or on the other side of the restaurant admiring the multi million euro boats, coming and going. For those who plan on enjoying their evening meal at 7th Heaven they will be able to enjoy panoramic views of the entire port from the rooftop terrace while feasting on the only genuine wood fired barbecue and spit roast in the area. 7th Heaven proudly boast that they have “Views to dine for” Over the years 7th Heaven has become famous for the quality of it home-made

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cakes, gateaus and baking. Everything is freshly baked and handmade on site, and they have most gorgeous  lemon meringue pie, all home-made. When the team returns for 2014, they will be introducing a whole new range of Gluten free cakes and pastries, which they are very excited about. As 7th Heaven are renown for baking the best cakes for miles around, we are sure that these will be fantastic! 7th Heaven is one of the first restaurants to open daily in the port at 9am. They serve  an extensive breakfast menu , or you can simply enjoy coffee and a freshly baked cake or pastry while using the free Wifi. A full lunch menu is also available including sandwiches for those who fancy a light bite. Afternoon tea is served daily and and as always the restaurant is open for fantastic evening meals. The rooftop terrace Barbecue and Spit-roast restaurant has remained open for longer the usual this year due the wonderful, unseasonable, warm weather that we have been enjoying, however as the nights begin to cool down the roof terrace is expected to close for the year very

soon. Therefore, if you wish to enjoy a a wonderful relaxing evening before the closure then you would be advised not to delay! Saied and his team have once again worked tirelessly throughout 2013 to give their clients, old and new, a fantastic experience. Those who know Saied and his team will know just how seriously they regard being good hosts and providing excellent service. They pride themselves on being “The meeting place in the Port” As they have worked so hard this year they would like to inform all of their customers that the restaurant will be closing for its annual holiday from the 12th of December until the 11th of January. For more information, or to make a booking call: 968 332 088 From everyone here at The Journal we would like to say a huge well done to the staff at 7th Heaven for completing another successful year. Have a fantastic holiday and a wonderful Christmas and New Year. See you in 2014!

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Please read below an important communication from our President, Bob Owen, that will be of great interest to all Camposol residents. This article was written on November 9th, so by the time you read it, hopefully some of the points mentioned will have come to fruition. This month’s meeting with Mayor Gines Campillo saw the results of the current coalition government’s efforts to solve some more of Camposols on-going problems. Iberdrola have been switching off street lights due to unpaid bills from Masa. The council will next Thursday be awarding the contract worth 130.000 € to one of three tenderers to repair maintain and switch on street lights on the main roads. This cost will be born out of municipal funds. The contract for the water and sewage treatment has been awarded to Esamur. That formalises another part of our infrastructure. The repairs to pavements and roads caused by Aqualia are still under negotiation. Masa should have paid these bills but failed to do so, as a result Aqualia up till now, have refused to reinstate these pavements and roads. Not unreasonable on their part and no surprise then on Masa´s failure to pay their bills. Negotiations continue. A new engineer has been appointed to evaluate the cost of bringing Camposol up to a finished standard. He has 5/6 months to complete this work. Once his report is available to the council they will schedule the work over the coming years with costs born out of municipal funds. The work will not be done on a B-C-D schedule but will be prioritised with the worst affected areas being done first. This completion work will take years but progress will be dictated by the budget each year and will not cost residents any more than their normal IBI payments. The Mayor has confirmed that Sector A has been adopted. The full adoption of B-C-D can only take place once the urbanisation is brought up to a finished standard. He further confirmed that there will be no imposed entity and that all repairs and maintenance will be carried out by the council out of municipal funds. The subject of private roads and the responsibility for payment of street lighting and maintenance has yet to be negotiated. There was not enough time to discuss this item. It will be number 1 on our agenda at our next meeting on the 27th November. Agreement has at long last been settled with Confederacion Hidrographica. There will not be any demolition of houses built over the rambla. An


alternative scheme had been agreed with extra underground pipes and land built on that belonged to the Confederacion will be replaced by the allocation of other land belonging to the council. To summarise then, and for the benefit of those who continually claim that this council has done nothing for Camposol; 1.

We have a stable water and sewage supply.


The street lights on the main roads will be repaired and maintained at the council’s expense.


The repairs needed caused by Masa´s failure to pay Aqualia is under negotiation and I am sure will be resolved.


An engineer’s report is expected in 5/6 months following which work will commence worst affected area´s first, at the council’s expense.


Adoption of Sector A is confirmed.


B-C & D will be adopted and no entity will be imposed.


The threat of demolition of hundreds of houses has been averted with the new agreement with the Confederacion Hidrographica.


Repaired the bridge and provided an alternative exit road from C & D.


Appointed Jose Navarro (our choice of candidate) as District Mayor.

10. Allowed two CRA committee members to take part in the UIDM executive committee and influence decisions on Camposol.

14. Executed retrieval of Masa´s bank bonds. 15. Has put a road sweeper machine on the urbanisation. 16. Has awarded a contract to a company to supply and empty more green bins for garden waste.

All these positive items have come to fruition following our protracted negotiations with the council. Rome certainly wasn’t built in a day and for Spain, notorious slow in most things it does, this pace of events is certainly not considered slow. Compared to the previous administrations efforts it is in class of its own, Formula One class. To the critics I would urge you read this again and then tell me that your committee have done nothing (yes it has been claimed ) or that this council has done nothing for Camposol. The other urbanisations in the municipality have not received the attention that we have and can only dream of the progress we have made. This coalition (yes remember it’s a coalition , always more difficult to govern) is to be congratulated on making more progress with Camposols problems in a couple of years than the previous administration did in 8 years in power. I should know, I have lead your committee for 4 years and experienced both administrations. I have seen the change from “cant do” to “what can we do”. We haven’t finished yet folks, onwards and upwards. Bob Owen Chairman, CRA Central Liaison Committee.

11. Allocated a dedicated Camposol policeman and opened the police office. 12. Established an office at the Cultural Centre for residents benefit. No other urbanisation has this. 13. Established a padron/ voting roll facility at the Cultural Centre two days a month. No other urbanisation has this.

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On Friday 25th October, Judy (smilealot) Carter made the trip from the UK to Murcia Spain intent on raising funds for a local charity that had been helping her father as he underwent treatment for cancer, the charity was MABS Mazarron and Judy wanted to show her appreciation for the help and support her father Bob and his family had received during his recent illness. Judy, a single mother to five children

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was determined to do something that would make people want to ´dig deep´ into their pockets to raise money so she hit on the idea of having her lovely locks shaved, in public – what a very brave lady! The chosen venue was the TREVI Bar on Camposol, with entertainment by the fabulous DJ Weeto who soon had the audience singing along to the nostalgic music of 60´s and 70´s, Judy toured the local bars and restaurants with a bucket to make sure every last penny was

whopping 1132.22€ and there is more to come in!!!!! Not content with that Judy, joined over 60 other energetic people for the 2013 MABS Race for Life this year we had an excellent mix of Spanish; English old and young participants all making their way around the 4km course around Camposol, several even did it twice!!! The event is expected to raise in the region of 5,000€ which in the current economic climate is a fantastic achievement.



donated. At the appointed hour scissor hands Sue, joint owner of TREVI started the deed, cheered on by the growing crowds. Judy was delighted with the results and thrilled when the event raised a

MABS Mazarron are extremely grateful to Judy and all the runner / walkers who took part in this weekends fundraising efforts. Special thanks go to:- Mazarron Ayuntimiento; Camposol Local Policeman (Pedro) ; Guardia Civil; Autos Al-Mazarron; Cruz Rojo; Phillipe for entertaining the less energetic of us during the race; TREVI Bar Adena for her continued help and not forgetting the MABS Volunteers who helped before, during and after the event – THANK YOU ALL.!!


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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 resident in Camposol and Mazarron Country Club, can join as 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 recieve: UNLIMITED ACCESS TO GP SERVICES The member may refer to Camposol Health Clinic GP for consultation so 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 so 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 : GP PRIMARY HEALTH CARE... INCLUDED NURSE CONSULTATION... INCLUDED Membership services : PRESCRIPTIONS € 0,50 per prescription. VACCINATION€ 3,00 INJECTIONS € 3,00 SIMPLE TREATMENT ( Blood Pressure and Glucose ) € 3,00 CURES , EARWAX PLUGS , SUTURES € 5,00 EKG € 5,00 PHYSIOTHERAPY € 20,00 KINESIOTAPE € 3,00 DRY NEEDLING € 3,00 FUNCTIONAL BANDAGE € 3,00 BLOOD TEST as per type .

Camposol Health Clinic, has two types of Membership fees : INDIVIDUALS :Only € 12 per month COUPLES: Only € 20 per month COUPLES WITH CHILDREN: Only 20 per month + 5€ for each child

To sign up to the membership scheme, simply bring a copy of your N.I.E and you bank details to the Campsosl Business Centre.

For more detailed information please call 968 103 008 or directly at the reception of the Business Centre, Sector A. 2013

The Journal and its advertisers would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas

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El Gordo Christmas Lottery Spain’s Christmas Lottery is more about tradition than the money as it isn’t the highest payer by a long shot. 2013 will be the first year that it’s subject to tax, but we doubt that’ll affect ticket sales. Spain’s Christmas lottery is drawn every year on 22 December and is the most popular of all lotteries in Spain. Tickets go on sale months beforehand (July) and traditionally people share their numbers with friends and family. Offices, bars, schools, clubs and associations also sell participations in their tickets, so don’t be surprised if someone calls at your door asking if you want to buy one – schools often get kids to sell participations with a surcharge that goes towards an end-ofterm trip! Sharing lottery tickets means that the prize money is shared between many people, not only in Spain but worldwide too. The average spend in Spain per person last year was around 60 euros. How Does It Work? Until 2005 tickets were numbered from 00000 to 84999, however from 2011 there are now 100,000 numbers (00000 to 99999). Each ticket is split into ten – that’s why you’ll hear the Spanish talking about buying a “décimo” (literally a tenth), each décimo costs 20€. There are 180 serial numbers for tickets. An an example, ticket number 00000 will be issued with serial numbers from 001 to 180 and the same goes for each ticket number. The Christmas lottery is drawn by putting all the 100,000 numbered balls into one vessel and 1807 balls with the prizes in another. The draw is made by children from the San Ildefonso school, who sing the numbers and associated prizes until the all 1807 prize balls have been allocated. 70% of the money collected is given in prize money and in total more than 22

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There are even rumours that lottery balls that have numbers with more paint (for example the number 8 uses more paint than number 1) stay at the bottom and never get picked. However, as all the lottery ball numbers are laser printed this isn’t the case. New Tax on Winnings And now the bad news. From 2013 all prizes over 2500€ will be subject to tax at a rate of 20%. So if you win El Gordo this year, you’ll pay 20% on 397,500 (the first 2500€ is tax free) and take home only 320,500€.

million “décimos” will receive a prize. The prizes PER DECIMO are: El Gordo (“the fat one” ) first  prize: 400,000€ One 2nd prize: 125,000€ One 3rd prize: 50,000€ Two 4th prizes: 20,000€ each Eight 5th prizes: 6,000€ each 1794 “consolation” prizes: 100€ each There are also special prizes for the numbers before and after each of the first three prizes and for tickets which partially coincide (beginning / ending). Many people get confused when they read that the first prize is 4 million euros, but remember that each décimois only a tenth of the cost and the prize. Unfortunately many unscrupulous websites and companies try to sell Spain’s Christmas lottery by saying that there’s a 4 million euro prize without explaining how the ticket system works. El Gordo Superstition Every year “special” numbers are sought after and are often sold out weeks before the draw. These numbers can coincide with a special date or event such as significant historical dates or birthdays and anniversaries. People will queue for hours if they are really interested in buying a specific number, however with the electronic system you can request a specific number at any lottery dealer. A few numbers are viewed as “ugly”, indeed every year some of these “ugly” numbers remain unsold on the last day and are returned. Very low numbers are often seen as undesirable, and yet every number has exactly the same chance of being drawn. If you’re interested, El Gordo has ended in 5 thirty-two times, in 4 twenty-seven times  and twenty-six times in 6 and the last two years the final number has been 8 in both draws.


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By Paddy Waller

What is the most basic food you can think of? Well, bread is perhaps one of Europe’s most basic foodstuffs. And in Spain it is indeed something which has been central to daily life for centuries and even today is served with every meal. But if we are talking basic recipes,really basic, then a dish called “Migas”(literally crumbs) is perhaps one of the most basic, simple dishes in Spanish gastronomy. A stalwart of hard times and poverty stricken rural communities in Spain over the centuries it is a dish which is simple but surprisingly difficult to cook well. Migas is one of the most basic Spanish dishes(these ones are made from water and flour) Broadly speaking,there are two types of “Migas”(well there is a third made from wheatflour but it is not very common). One is made from day old bread which is broken up and fried into a sort of breadcrumb mass in olive oil(often with garlic) to which can be added dried sweet peppers, meat,etc. This version is popular in central and western Spain and can normally be found in most parts, and most especially in rural areas. To be honest, I have tried numerous examples of this version and there are some very nice dishes out there but there are also some terrible versions which are often sold in touristy spots as authentic local food and unfortunately give this dish a very bad name. The key,as in most dishes, is quality. If you use crappy old bread, too much (or tainted) olive oil then the crumbs get very greasy and lose their culinary charm. This recipe is easy to make but not so easy to make well so to find a good version you must suffer the lesser quality versions before you find a good one. Or get a recommendation for a good place to try it.

Migas(made from water and flour) with pork ribs The other way of making this great dish is to start with the ingredients in primary raw material state. So flour,salt,olive oil and water. Well mixed you then heat the mixture in a large very deep special

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pan so common in southern Spain and especially so in Murcia where “Migas” is virtually the flagship dish of the region. This type of pan has a metre long handle for cooking over an open fire or a large gas paella ring.

Migas(made from day old bread) with fried egg and grapes The mixture is like a slightly oily dough and at this point you have to continue moving this doughlike mixture of flour water etc over a steady heat until it starts to break up into small blobs and then into even smaller crumbs of roughly the size of a 10 cents coin and slightly smaller. It is hard work separating this dough as you have to continually work it with a metal spatula type instrument and your arms start aching so it not a dish for slackers!  Once you can see that the crumbs are well separated then it is tasting time to see if they are properly cooked through. At this point you can add previously fried pork ribs or sardines.

Migas with boquerones(fried fresh anchovies) “Migas” of this type can be eaten with fried pork ribs,with fried egg,with grapes, with sardines, with boquerones and much more. Some people love to eat them with chocolate. I have heard that some people even eat them with sardines and chocolate together but this I have not come across yet.

Whichever way you try “Migas” I can recommend the Murcian style ones with pork ribs or fish as the taste is unique and the experience a fun social one as everyone eats out of the same pan round the table, politely eating from the area of the pan in front of them. A little like eating paella from the pan. It is a communal and interactive way to eat a meal,making the whole experience memorable and a familiar affair. Whenever, we have “Migas” in our household or my inlaws’ household, it is one of those days that when you cross with someone in the house during the morning, the comments are of the following ilk: “Migas today!”  “Know what’s for lunch today?(Big smile)” etc. If you get the chance, then this is a must try dish and one that harks right back to the roots of Spanish rural life and the basics of the agricultural community which for centuries  hardly changed: water,wheat,the olive,salt and the pig. About the Author: Patrick Waller, who together with his wife writes The Artichoke Adventures, first came to live in Spain in 1982 to learn Spanish after finishing university and worked in city of Murcia where he met his wife Julia who is Murciana(but has lived most of her life in Valencia). After returning to the UK for eight years, they finally settled in nr. Xativa, Valencia in 1992 and have been there ever since. They have three grown up sons. In terms of work experience Patrick has worked in the food industry for thirty years, twenty of them as Export Manager for a Spanish food company in Valencia. In 2012 they set upset up their own company. The company is called The Spanish Thyme Traveller (www. and it specialises in organising food and wine experiences and holidays in the regions of Valencia and Teruel. The tours are in small groups of eight people( they also do private tours, tailormaking trips according to what the customer wants. And besides tours they do day trips for groups, clubs, friends etc) On their trips they visit wineries, craft beer breweries and eat typical dishes in the best local restaurants. Besides organising trips to the interior of Valencia they also export craft beer, representing four small breweries helping them to market their products abroad. Both Patrick and Julia love Spain, Spanish food and wine, and the outdoors. They have travelled extensively all over Spain and love sharing their experiences on their blog and with their customers.” Visit their website:

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Christmas is almost here again and it is time to start thinking about decorating your home! When it comes to the Christmas season, it is the decorations that bring colour and life to our homes during the festive season. It can sometimes be a hard choice to choose the right decorations, especially when there are so many to choose from. Christmas stockings, beautiful wreaths, a multitude of colours and lights twinkling. Try and use your imagination to make your home feel cosy during the holiday season, but just in case, here is a little help from me to help make your home feel warm and cosy.

When decorating for Christmas, most people remember the tree, the fireplace and even the garden, but what about the dining table? You want your guests to be transformed into the magical moment of Christmas, so when they immediately enter the dining area, you want your table to be dressed with a wonderful centerpiece. This can be made out of flowers, candles, fruits or even little Christmas decorations, choose what strikes you. You could maybe even write out place cards, it helps create that warmth and inviting feeling, and makes the day more special and memorable.

Christmas and Christmas decorations should be about the ‘magic’. I have always believed that transforming the heart of your home - whichever that may be for you, for me, the living room, and for many people into a cosy and colourful interior - creating the magic! Whether you dress the fireplace with stockings, bringing warmth into the room, or a colourful display of lights, the living room is a focal point of many homes, and with that, a tradition that most people enjoy and look forward to is decorating the tree year after year. The shops are full with a wide selection of Christmas décor, with various prices and styles. Décor shopping can be really exciting, and it feeds the child within us all! You can opt for a colourful display, stay chic with a silver and white theme, or go for this years plum colours,

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Santa Claus and Coca-Cola

There’s a Christmas Urban Legend that says that Santa’s red suit was designed by Coca-Cola and that they might even ‘own’ Santa! This is definitely NOT TRUE! Long before coke had been invented, St Nicholas had worn his Bishop’s red robes. During Victorian times, he wore a range of colours (red, green, blue and brown fur) but red was always his favourite! In January 1863, the magazine Harper’s Weekly published the first illustration of St Nicholas/St Nick by Thomas Nast. In this he was wearing a ‘Stars and Stripes’ outfit! Over the next 20 years Thomas Nast continued to draw Santa every Christmas and his works were very popular indeed (he must have been very good friends with Santa to get such good access!).

On January 1st 1881, Harper’s Weekly published Nast’s most famous image of Santa, complete with a big red belly, an arm full of toys and smoking a pipe! This image of Santa became very popular, with more artists drawing Santa in his red and white costume from 1900 to 1930. By 1931, when Coke first used Santa in their advertising, his image was well established. The first ‘Coke Santa’ was drawn by artist Haddon Sundblom. He took the idea of Nast’s Santa but made him even more larger than life and jolly, replaced the pipe with a bottle of Coke and created the famous Coke holding Santa! Coca-Cola also Taking Care of agree Meal Times!

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

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Book Review: The Sun Also Rises by

Ernest Hemingway

Synopsis The quintessential novel of the Lost Generation, The Sun Also Rises is one of Ernest Hemingway’s masterpieces and a classic example of his spare but powerful writing style. A poignant look at the disillusionment and angst of the post-World War I generation, the novel introduces two of Hemingway’s most unforgettable characters: Jake Barnes and Lady Brett Ashley. The story follows the flamboyant Brett and the hapless

Jake as they journey from the wild nightlife of 1920s Paris to the brutal bullfighting rings of Spain with a motley group of expatriates. It is an age of moral bankruptcy, spiritual dissolution, unrealized love, and vanishing illusions. First published in 1926, The Sun Also Rises helped to establish Hemingway as one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century. The protagonist of The Sun Also Rises is Jake Barnes, an American journalist (surprise, surprise) who lives in Paris. Jake is in love with an Englishwoman named Lady Brett Ashley, who has been divorced twice and has an attitude that is hard to come to grips with. Brett embodies everything the 1920’s wanted to let shine in women – sexual freedom with many love affairs, a short haircut and a party lifestyle. Jack and Brett are the epitome of ‘the Lost Generation’, those found without a sense of life or purpose in the aftermath of the first world war. The book comes in three parts – book one opens in Paris. Jake meets with his friend Robert, before picking up a prostitute. Jake’s seemingly miserable attitude is there from the very beginning, and only seems to increase when he bumps into Brett and one of her men in a nightclub. Brett confesses she loves Jake, but they know they can never be together. Jake suffered an injury in the war and is impotent. While it is never openly discussed, the injury makes itself known very early in the story, as is Brett’s desire for sex. Fast forward to book two, and Jake’s friend Bill arrives New York, and Brett’s fiancée Mike from Scotland.  Jake and Bill go fishing in Pamplona in northern Spain, but Robert decides to stay in

Pamplona to wait for Brett and Mike, because he and Brett had a tryst weeks earlier and hates the fact she is with Mike. Jake and Bill have an enjoyable trip and come back to Pamplona to drink a lot, something that is a ‘theme supreme’ throughout the book. As the alcohol flows, the group slowly turns on Robert, who is bombarded with antisemitic jokes.  The group do everything Pamplona can offer – eat, drink, the running of the bulls, bullfighting and generally get on each other’s nerves. Brett has another affair, with a 19-yearold bullfighter named Romero, and eventually her lovers – Romero, Jake, Robert and Mike end up all professing love and generally punching each other as much as they feel like – which is a lot.  Robert crushes young Romero in a fight, but he still manages to succeed in the fiesta bullfight. Book Three starts with the aftermath of the disastrous trip to Pamplona. The group parts ways and Jake goes to San Sebastian, but as he prepares to leave for Paris, he gets a telegram. Brett has gone to Madrid with young Romero, and (as with all stupid love affairs) things have gone sour. Jake goes to her rescue in Madrid, but Brett decides to go home to Mike. The closing scene is Jake and Brett together, wondering how things could have been between them. It would be easy to sympathise with the lost generation of the 20’s, after all they had endured. Sadly, with many of these characters, they are unlikable, but not unreadable. Hemingway gave Paris and Pamplona a distinct feel, Paris of general listlessness and Pamplona of fire and drama. The scenes in Paris can be tough – the cynic in me wanted to shake

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the sorry lot of characters – rather than lost, they came off as a bit lazy. Brett is a character I thought I could identify with – independent, dismissive of cultural norms, her own woman. Instead, when she got dumped in Madrid, I was pleased. She played with people, and while reasonably honest about her behaviour, she pitted men against one another, without thoughts of anyone but herself. Strong women can have a conscience, but Brett is sadly lacking in morality, no matter the time period she lived in. Some noble actions are timeless. The book relies on plenty of ‘what-if’ scenarios, something all can identify with and the story moves at a good pace. Some have called it anti-semitic due to the number of times that Robert’s faith is mentioned (A lot. Too much? Perhaps). Masculinity and sexuality play their roles, consistent with the time period Hemingway wrote the book, when women were gaining some semblance of independence and free to explore sex almost as much as men (though in 2013, things still haven’t caught up completely). Some characters, such as masculine bullfighter Romero, struggle with the emergence of women’s sexuality and his perceived changes to their ‘femininity’. Love and sex are bantered back and forth with a male character who gives love but not sex, and a woman who is the reverse, something readers should appreciate. The Sun Also Rises is an excellent novel. It deals with a yearning that strikes every person during their lifetime. While some characters are more difficult to connect with, their emotions, Jake’s in particular, are very real. Whether they are lost people in search of the meaning in life, or a bunch of lazy drunks, is up to the reader. Personally, to me they are a bit of both. Even great love doesn’t always work out, and in my opinion, Jake had a lucky escape from Brett’s clutches. Caroline Angus Baker is a New Zealand author specialising in psychological and historical thrillers based in Spain. After first moving to Valencia in 2005, she continued to travel the world but left her heart in Spain. She is the author of the ‘Secrets of Spain’ trilogy, and the ‘Canna Medici’ novels. To read more articles on Spain, go to carolineangusbaker. com. 

MARA MARA, 9256.1a Charity registered animal rescue is an association based in Mula, Murcia. This organization is run by a team of dedicated volunteers who try to help injured and abandoned animals. The plight of Such animals Increases With The crises and we receive calls daily for us


to help. Recently one of our volunteers went to our Kennels in Mula to feed, clean and walk our animals and They Were Whilst there someone left a box of 12-2 day old puppies at our gate. Sadly Because they were so young we were unable to save any of them. Our aim is to try and educate people by way of posters and asking volunteers to give talks in schools to try and get the message across nuetering That is important and will help to stop the cruelty we all see of tiny puppies being taken From their mother and just dumped and left to die and the mother dog puppies left to mourn her. If you are interested in helping Reviews us with this in your area please contact us via face book MARA Mula.  In our kennels we have a large number of dogs and puppies looking for Their forever home, if you are looking for a new pet, please contact us for more information Regarding the dogs and cats in our care. If you would like to make a donation please visit our Face book page MARA Mula for more details or if you would like to help in our charity shop or at our kennels please call on the number below. This little girl was left in a box with her ​​ eight siblings Who Have now all been adopted. She has a beautiful temperament and loves a fuss. She is a German


grown, she will be fully Inoculated. For more information please call Marion of 628 811 187.  

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What’s going on... Sunday Lunches & Sundays  Elliots in Bolnuevo from 6.50€ ., The Trevi Sunday Carvery 12.30 till 3pm 10.95€   La Vida in El Pareton from 12 till 4pm- booking advised. Cats Bar 12noon till 3pm from 5.50€ booking advisable..Sunday night Fun quiz at Cats Bar, from 9pm. Mondays. Trevi’s menu del dia, 7.95E, Slimming Club at Cats Bar 11am. LA VIDA MONDAY MANIA!!!: Selected bottled beers, Pints of Draught, Vodka gin and Brandy all only 1€!!! . Mondays and all week! Elliots Menu Del Dia 9.50 for 3 courses and coffee. Menu del noche 12.00€, great tapas at Trevi & 3 euro breakfast, Trevi Special Evening Menu 9.95€ Menu del dia available Tuesday to Friday, 4 courses including small beer or wine 10.00€. Menu Del Dia @ La Vida Bistro in Los Cantarreros Tuesdays Cats Bar- Knitting club every fortnight at 11am and Friends and Buddies group weekly at 8pm. NEW POKER NIGHT @ The Black Bull 7.30pm

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Wednesdays Computer Clinic at La Vida El Pareton from 1-3pm for help with all your computer needs! The Trevi Quiz from 8.30pm, Cats Bar Fish and Chip night, 6 till 9pm followed by fun quiz. Cats Bar- “The New Wednesday Club”-fish and chip night 6-9pm followed by fun quiz with Eddie B. Bar Vista- Pool League. La Vida Bistro and Bar in Pareton Steak night 28.50€ per couple including half a bottle of wine call 625 917 425 to reserve. Thursdays  Bernie Mac at Cats Bar 9pm till late! Karaoke with Byron at Oscars Bar 8pm till late. General Knowledge and Music Quiz @ The Black Bull Camposol B Sector 8pm. NEW! Pre Xmas Dinner at LA VIDA in Pareton from 6pm choose from 1 2 or 3 courses- from only 7.50€ Fridays At the Trevi, bridge daytime starting at 9.45am. Fish and Chip night with free quiz and meat raffle at La Vida Bistro and Bar. Happy Hour 5-7pm and Bingo night from 9pm at Cats Bar. 7.00pm at the Black Bull the famous “Joker Raffle”

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Saturdays Music Night at the Trevi, Steak night at La Vida from 6pm- Booking Essential, 3 courses including an 8oz Rump only 28.50€ per couple. Last Saturday of every month G&T @ The Black Bull, Camposol Sector B 7.30pm Bingo - Cats Bar Friday night Bingo from 9pm, Sunday Bar Trevi 7pm. Quiz -Cats bar fish and chip night and quiz every Wednesday. Local Markets! Canadas Del Romero: Sunday mornings, Mazarron Town Saturday morning. Puerto de Mazarron Sunday Camposol Thursday morning on Sector A. The Black Bull: Saturday 7th- Disco and Karaoke with Lisa B The Black Bull: Saturday 14th Johnny Sax- Free entry 7pm The Black Bull: Monday 23rd Xmas Eve, Eve with Lisa B Karaoke and Fun night! The Black Bull: Xmas Day: Open 10-

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Technology that price bracket, the Moto G seems to run rings around the competition.” “Rather than having to wait for hand-me downs, a starting price of less than £135 could see the Moto G become a great choice as a stocking filler as well as a great option for those wanting a device that wows and doesn’t break the bank.” Motorola, which was purchased by Google in a $12.5bn (£7.8bn) deal back in May 2012, will be hoping that the Moto G significantly outperforms its predecessor, the Moto X. After the Moto X’s release in August, its sales have been largely underwhelming, only shifting around 500,000 units, according to Strategy Analytics.

Apple and Samsung are returning to court in one of the most highprofile patent battles of recent times.

Motorola Moto G: a £135 smartphone to boost the budget market Low-cost handset offers a 4.5-inch screen with a 720p resolution and 8GB or 16GB of memory After a series of leaks more closely resembling a flood, the Google-owned Motorola has officially unveiled its latest budget smartphone, the Moto G. So what’s been confirmed that we already knew? Quite a lot. The Moto G is currently on sale in the UK from £135 off-contract and comes with a base-line of 8GB of memory. There is a 16GB model available too, although this version will set buyers back £159. The Moto G also comes with a 4.5-inch 1280x720 HD screen, a 5-megapixel camera on the back and a 1.3-megapixel camera on the front. Although the phone runs the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean OS, Motorola have pledged a “guaranteed upgrade” for

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some time in the future. Inside, there’s also a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor. Furthermore, as was expected, the Moto G won’t be able to support 4G networks. There were some things that were unveiled that we weren’t already aware of. Motorola are claiming that Moto G packs an “all-day battery”, and also announced that it will have 1GB of RAM. The dimensions of the phone are 65.9 x 129.9 x 11.6mm, and it will weigh 143g. We already knew about the interchangeable coloured backs that would be available for the Moto G, but not what they would be called. As it turns out, they will be called “Shells”. Ernest Doku, a telecoms expert at, was impressed by the Moto G, and said that it “can’t be ignored”. He continued: “Against other phones in

In August 2012, a jury found Samsung guilty of infringing six Apple patents and awarded one of the largest payouts of its kind on record. The verdict and $1bn (£626m) awarded in damages were seen as a massive victory for Apple. This is just one of many patent cases the two companies are fighting in courtrooms across the world.


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In March 2013, a judge reexamined the $1bn awarded to Apple and reduced the amount saying the damages would need to be assessed at a new trial. The judge said that $550m of the award had been worked out in the proper manner but she ordered that the remaining $450m be reassessed. That $450m could be increased or lowered meaning that Apple could conceivably end up with more than the original $1bn awarded at the first trial. Apple claimed that Samsung copied elements of its user interface on its iPad and iPhone devices It argued that the South Korean company had copied its designs for the bodies of the original iPhone and iPad as well as userinterface elements such as the bounce-back response when a person scrolls beyond the end of list and tap-to-zoom. Samsung argued it was already working on rounded rectangular handsets dominated by a screen and a single button months before the iPhone was revealed. It sought $519m in damages from Apple. Apple said it applauded the court “for finding Samsung’s behaviour wilful and for sending a loud clear message that stealing isn’t right”. Even after this latest trial, which will involve a new jury, both companies could appeal.


Apple has asked for a sales ban to be imposed on the Samsung products that had been found to infringe the patents. But the judge ruled that Apple could adequately be compensated financially. Battles between Apple and Samsung have escalated as Samsung has eaten into Apple’s market share Samsung and Apple are currently locked in a battle in the courts of more than 10 countries across Europe. Samsung has now overtaken Apple as the best-selling smartphone-maker

‘Phishing’ Fraud Spanish Tax Office Warns of New ‘Phishing’ Fraud over the Internet Tax residents in Spain are being asked to stay alert and not give out any personal details over the Internet in response to an email they receive supposedly from the

Tax Office (Agencia Tributaria) telling them that they are due a further tax rebate. The email is a fraud, yet it looks very convincing as the Tax Office logo has been used, making the

email look official and genuine. The actual message states that after their subsequent recalculation of the contributors’ tax declaration, they have agreed to reimburse them with an extra 384,56 euro. In order to receive this rebate, they are asked to complete and return a form. After this, they will be asked to click on a link that, again, takes them to an officiallooking Web page. Here, the resident is asked to send their DNI, NIF or passport number and their date of birth. The next screen shows a page where the client is asked for their credit card number and password. The Tax Office was alerted of this scam and is taking action to locate the fraudsters. Via the Internet, their IT experts are blocking pages that try to masquerade as the Tax Office as well as stopping severs that are linked to the scam from receiving contributors’ details. The Tax Office is reminding people that their staff never ask for any confidential information over the Internet. This would include any personal or economic information, bank account numbers, credit card numbers or passwords. They also would like anyone who receives or is aware of any cases of ‘phishing’ to forward them the original email so that they can investigate the fraud further.

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Dawn Llewellyn-Price December, that otherwise dark, cold month, which in recent decades, blazes with the lights of Christmas-trees, fairy lights, mad flashing house frontages, all aimed at steering us through the depths of winter towards that one day, the 25th, through until just after New Year, when everything falls flat and darkness returns along with misery and bills. Merry Christmas indeed. Or is it? Bah humbug, I’m afraid not. Like the fact Santa Claus is a Coca Cola advert (in about 2,000 years people will take for granted he was a miracle worker who dropped oodles of toys down chimneys-oh, sorry, they won’t, we’re more intelligent these days) Christmas has hijacked an even older festival, you know the one I mean? That recent addition to the Sheldonian Calendar, what else, but the one, the only, the original, (drum roll) Saturnalia. Yes, that bawdy Roman Saturnusworshiping mob designated the 17th-25th December as Saturnalia, boozing and singing in the streets (the forerunner of

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carolling) and selecting, how can I put this, possibly a ‘Christmas Turkey’ of a person in each community, force feeding them with feasts and pleasures of the flesh for a week before executing them, classing them as the ‘lord of misrule’ (the power of darkness) and ensuring the return of the sun to aid the crops. (I won’t mention the sacrificing of small children lest you choke on a mouthful of turron or mince pies.) Notice some similarities with Christmas? Someone had a last supper, before meeting a gruesome fate. When Christianity reared its Bronze-Age head, the Romans decided to give December 25th to the birthday of Christ thus enabling people to go on with the celebrations, culminating on that one day. Those earliest Christmas holidays were celebrated with drinking, sexual over indulgence, and the aforementioned singing in the streets. Swansea is still managing to keep up with Saturnalia in this respect. So, now you know that Christmas is a fake, and you really should be worshipping one of the original gods, (they were there before anyone else) unless you’re more into Thor, Odin, or Zeus-my personal deity due to my Greek feet, you’re going to need to know how to celebrate Saturnalia properly. So to prepare you for a Happy Saturnalia-fest, here’s a handy guide. 1. Wear the colours of the season, blue and gold. No black sequins. 2.-Decorate windows, doors and stairs with greenery, adding golden cut-outs of

suns, pinecones, nuts and acorns. 3. If you have a tree in the garden, decorate it with sun symbols, stars and the face of the god Janus. (January) 4.-Make biscuits shaped like fertility symbols, suns, moons, stars and herd animals. 5. Drink wine and honey. (Mulsum) 6. Greet people with ‘Io, Saturnalia!’ (Eeyo, Saturnalia) 7. Have a feast on the 17th. 8. Give presents of food, candles, sweets or lamps, with poems attached. 9. Make a Lararium (instructions online) stick a candle in it with an image of Saturnus. Don’t send any cards, that’ll save a few bob. Io, Saturnalia everybody.

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Many of you now know that Amanda, GOmaD Founder is hanging up her MAD boots after 4 years of overseeing this amazing GOD driven Charity, & is heading back to cold UK!! For many reasons she know this is GODs timing, already having similar work awaiting her in Kent, but this time she is looking to have a more laid back role through the Outreaching of Churches or the Homeless Charities/Day Centers she is in touch with. Many who know her well, say it shall not be long before she is heading up something again, she always replies, “No, a rest is needed”,

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Recipes for Christmas

Christmas pudding

Recipes Brandy butter

and 1-2 teaspoons of water until it forms soft dough, then put it into a plastic bag and chill for 20 - 30 minutes. Roll out the pastry to a thickness of 2-3mm(0.1in) and cut out about 18 rounds measuring 7.5cm(3in) with a pastry cutter. Place in lightly greased patty tins and spoon the mincemeat evenly into the pies.

Ingredients 225g/8oz golden caster sugar 225g/8oz vegetarian suet 340g/12oz sultanas 340g/12oz raisins 225g/8oz currants 110g/4oz candied peel, chopped 110g/4oz plain flour 110g/4oz fresh white breadcrumbs 55g/2oz flaked almonds 1 lemon, zest only 5 eggs, beaten 1 level tsp ground cinnamon 1 level tsp mixed spice 5g/1 level tsp freshly grated nutmeg pinch of salt 150ml/5fl oz brandy or rum Preparation method Lightly grease 4x600ml/1 pint or 2x1.2 litre/2 pint pudding basins.

Try this easy recipe for traditional brandy butter; perfect for slathering over mince pies or Christmas pudding. Ingredients 125g/4oz unsalted butter, softened 125g/4oz icing sugar 2 tbsp boiling water 3 tbsp brandy Preparation method Cream together the butter and the icing sugar. Beat in the boiling water and brandy until smooth.

Re-roll the leftover pastry and cut out round lids, stars or other festive shapes to fit on top of the mincemeat. Lightly brush the pastry tops with the beaten egg and bake in the oven for 12 - 15 minutes until golden. Remove from oven and leave for a few minutes before removing from tins and cooling on a wire rack. Dust with icing sugar.

Sage and onion stuffing

Chill until needed and serve with mince pies or Christmas pudding.

Easy mince pies

Mix together all the dry ingredients. Stir in the eggs and brandy and mix well. Spoon the mix into basins. Put a circle of baking parchment and foil over the top of each basin and tie securely with string. Make a string handle from one side of the basin to the other so it is easier to pick the basin out of the pan after cooking. Put the basins in a large steamer of boiling water and cover with a lid. Boil for 5-6 hours, topping the boiling water up from time to time, if necessary. If you do not have a steamer, put the basins in a large pan on inverted saucers on the base. Pour in boiling water to come a third of the way up the sides of the pudding bowls. Cover and steam as before. Cool. Change the baking parchment and foil covers for fresh ones and tie up as before. Store in a cool cupboard until Christmas Day. To serve, steam for 2 hours and serve with brandy butter, rum sauce, cream or homemade custard.

Ingredients 140g/5oz cold butter, diced 225g/8oz plain flour 50g/2oz ground almonds 50g/2oz golden caster sugar 1 orange, zest only pinch of salt 1 egg yolk 1-2 tsp cold water 280g/10oz good quality mincemeat 1 egg, beaten icing sugar for dusting Preparation method Preheat oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6.

Ingredients 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped 1 tbsp vegetable oil 1 tbsp fresh sage, finely chopped 80g/3oz fresh white breadcrumbs salt and pepper 1 egg, beaten Preparation method Sweat the onion in the oil, until soft but not coloured Mix together the onion, sage and breadcrumbs and season well. Add enough of the beaten egg to bind the mixture together and use to stuff meat or poultry or to roll into individual stuffing balls. If making stuffing balls, cook in a roasting tin for 30 minutes.

Rub the butter into the flour and add the almonds, caster sugar, orange rind and salt until the mixture is a bit crumbly.

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camaraderie, as I listened to the ex-servicemen chatting amongst themselves. For those of us who have lost someone close - it was also a time to reflect and remember.

Remembrance Service There was an inspiring atmosphere when I stepped into the circle of the Memorial Garden (Camposol A/Los Palacios) on the 11th November at 11.20 am on Monday morning. Although a vigorous wind had sprung from nowhere the night before, The Rev. Len Eaton was not phased and said that other years had seen the same weather pattern. His sermon was very poignant and I personally found it very moving and inspiring. Our thanks to Malcolm Rushton for supplying the sound system, also under difficult conditions with laptop screens not being the most readable under strong sunlight. David Senior-Peake did his usual great job on the organisation front and many thanks for every contribution, both financially and in many other ways. There was a fantastic sense of

from the Council, who donated 3 Acacia trees, which we will be able to enjoy for many years to come. This year they were: Maria Martínez, Social Policy, Equality, Health, Heritage and Museum; Magdalena Mendez, Agriculture; David Fernández,  Citizen Participation, Environment, Trade and Transport &


The Service commenced at 11.30, followed by a 2 minutes silence at 12.00 am to bring us in line with English time. It is humbling to imagine this simple tribute being observed in so many places. As usual, we were pleased to see After representatives

Tatiana Andres, Camposol Office/Social Centre Sector B. A very enjoyable lunch followed the Service with Flamenco guitarists at the El Saladillo Restaurante providing excellent entertainment. (Also organised by David Senior Peake) Judging by the “buzz” that I observed during and after

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the meal, a good time was had by all. The following poem is written by Jamie Renolds - a pupil of Shipston PrImary School: Remember Every poppy for a life that was given, Mothers said goodbye to their sons, Everyone joined together to save our country, Memorials stand today so we don’t forget, Brave, innocent men who gave their lives, Each and everyone of them, Remembered.

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Camposol ‘C’ Green Fingers Gardening and Social Group Welcome to the hot and sunny days of Winter – but where did those biting winds and cold night-time temperatures come from? Our dedicated group of maintenance workers and volunteers still turn out regularly despite the adverse weather and we continue our search for new volunteers: even if you aren’t resident and just spend your holidays here you are very welcome to join our group: We can offer bacon or sausage butties every Wednesday as an incentive! If you’d like to offer your skills, just get in touch with John, our chairman. If you

are not able to join our working parties but you’d like to donate a raffle prize or plants for future use, we would love to hear from you; no offer of help is too small! Our community maintenance scheme is still growing; our members pay just Euros15 per quarter to improve Want to stand our whole area of ‘C’, which is great value as Green Fingers have made a vast difference to the look of our streets; neat, gravelled verges, dustbins off the roads, water butts installed, many new plants and trees now becoming established and repairs to kerbs and roads where needed. Our volunteers have undertaken these tasks only until the local council totally take over responsibility for Camposol ‘C’ and it’s lovely to look around our sector now, with its’ pretty planted

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Local Yoga teacher Lisa has a studio in Isla Plana and has classes for all abilities.


The average human being sleeps 6 to 8 hours a night, almost 50 hours a week, and more than 2,600 hours a year— that means, on average, we spend almost 21 years of our lives asleep.   Much more that just a time of rest and repair, sleeping allows us to not only process short and long-term memories but also reconnect with the original spirit or consciousness from which we incarnated as human beings. To reach this level of deep sleep, our sleep habits should be in rhythm with the universe. “When your physiological and biological rhythms are in sync with nature’s—the movement of the earth, sun, moon, and stars; the cycle of the seasons, and the pull and push of the ocean tide—sleep becomes effortless.” The Indian philosopher, Adi Shankara, identified three states of consciousness, of which deep sleep is the third. In this state, he said, we are returned to “the source of all,” the original self.     The Science of Sleep In a normal person the average amount of sleep is about 8 hours per night of which at least a third is deep sleep.   This deep sleep is interrupted every 45 minutes or so by dream sleep followed by light sleep.   Dream sleep is responsible for the discharge of emotional stresses that have accumulated as a result of experiences during the day

or experiences in the past. It is during this stage that our brain processes memories and during the deeper phase of sleep which is our deep sleep our long term memories and our short term memories are both processed and stored.   When we are deprived of sleep we are more vulnerable to every kind of illness and because sleep regulates our hormone levels, lack of sleep can also cause disturbances in the metabolism that leads to obesity and weight gain.   Besides the physical damage there is also loss of mental clarity and in ability to focus.   Studies showed that a person deprived of sleep and a person highly intoxicated with alcohol can display the same lack of neuromuscular co-ordination and lack of focus or attention.   In fact sleep deprivation is now believed to have been a major factor in the Challenger space tragedy and also in the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.   Most people in western societies look at sleep as a restorative mechanism for our biology system which it is, but understanding the spiritual levels of this can also give us a clue to the mysteries of enlightenment.   In the Eastern spiritual traditions of the world, deep sleep is a non local state of awareness - it is a return to the original spirit or consciousness from which we are incarnated as human beings.   That is why deep sleep results in a feeling of freshness, just like a baby is fresh when it incarnates from the same domain.   When we are in perfect harmony with nature’s rhythms then our sleep is effortless, joyful and blissful. The movement of the earth as it spins on its axis, the earth going around the sun, the sun moon and earth moving in relationship to each other and to the stars and the push and pull of the ocean tides.   These are the cycles and seasons that are programmed into our bodies’ rhythms, we seem to be dancing to the music even though we can not hear the tune. Do you wake up refreshed and alert? Do you get good sleep? If not, what are you going to do about it? When you wake up in the morning does your body feel joyfully energetic and is your mind restfully alert and clear?   In other words did you sleep well...?   To promote restful sleep, try the following routine: Eat a relatively light dinner Take a leisurely stroll after dinner To the extent possible, minimize exciting, aggravating, or mentally intensive

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TIPS FOR PREVENTING HIGH CHOLESTEROL LEVELS. Protect your heart Cholesterol is a fatty substance naturally present in all body’s cells and is necessary in order to form cell tissue, produce certain hormones and facilitate the digestion of fats. Although this is necessary for our body, too much cholesterol in the blood increases the risk of a heart attack or a stroke. Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of mortality in the world and the second leading cause of potential years of life lost and premature mortality after cancer. The levels of cholesterol tend to grow with age. The increase of cholesterol does not usually have signs or symptoms, but can be detected with a simple blood test.You will be more likely to have a high cholesterol level if you have a family history, overweight or abusing the fatty foods. A proper diet, exercise and quitting smoking are the most effective measures to lower cholesterol and triglycerides. In addition, these lifestyle changes are forever and you must follow them even if you take medicine to control your cholesterol. Recomendations. - Follow a varied diet, with plenty of grains, vegetables and fruits. In Alba Pharmacy we have a service of dietetics and Nutrition where we can give a personalized diet if you want. - Reduce the overweight. It has been shown that obese people have a higher risk of heart attacks and arterial blockages that the general population not obese. - Decrease consumption of eggs (up to 2 or 3 per week), whole milk and derivatives (ice cream, cream, butter, yogurt


Health &Wellbeing integers, fatty cheeses ... ). - Adjust the consumption of red meat to two days per week and the chicken, turkey without the skin or rabbit to two or three days per week, and never in amounts in excess of 200 grams. - Enter in your diet white fish and in particular the blue (sardines, trout, tuna, mackerel, salmon ... ). - Avoid fried foods as far as possible, and stew and cook preferably grilled or barbecued, removing visible fat from meat before cooking. - Use salt in moderation. Excess sodium is very harmful for our hearts and our arteries. - Avoid the consumption of products of pastries, fried and cooked, rich in saturated fatty acids that are harmful to their health. - Control the consumption of alcohol. It is acceptable in adults up to two glasses of wine a day, but the alcohol in general is discouraged in overweight patients, pregnant women and patients with hypertriglyceridemia. - Try to exercise physical aerobics (walking, smooth race, swimming) of moderate intensity (65-70 percent of maximum heart rate) three to five times per week. This habit increases the HDL (good cholesterol) and lowers LDL (bad cholesterol) and triglyceride levels. Frequently Asked Questions What is the origin of the cholesterol? Most of the cholesterol in our body is produced by the liver, although it also comes from some foods, such as egg, meat and whole milk products. What makes the cholesterol good or bad for health? Cholesterol travels through the bloodstream wrapped inside of particles called

lipoproteins, of which there are two types: LDL (which gives rise to the so-called bad cholesterol) and HDL (good cholesterol). LDL cholesterol is considered bad because it is deposited on the wall of the arteries and forms plaques.

her. If the blockage happens in the coronary artery, which supplies blood to the muscles within the heart, it could cause a heart attack, and if the artery that supplies blood to your brain is blocked, it could occur a cerebral infarction.

What are triglycerides? Triglycerides derive mainly from the digestion of fats from the food, but are also produced in part by the liver, and are the main type of fat that carries the body. They constitute an important source of energy and, as cholesterol, they tend to increase with age and/or overweight. The normal value is up to 150 mg/dl. The accumulation of greater quantities, coupled with high levels of cholesterol, can significantly increase the risk of heart disease.

May I have muscle aches if I take medications for cholesterol? It is rare that appear, but if you notice muscle pain, weakness or cramps without apparent cause you should tell your doctor. What do I do if I forget a dose? If you miss a dose, take it when you realize, except that this is next to the next take. Never take double of the prescribed dose.

Can I stop the medication when I regulate the cholesterol? In general, these medications help to decrease the levels of bad cholesterol, increase good cholesterol levels and delay the formation of atheroma plaques in the arteries, they â&#x20AC;&#x153;clean your arteries making it more elasticâ&#x20AC;? The proof that the medication is complying with its function consists in that the cholesterol levels - the bad, the good and the total- should be regularized, with what the heart shall be protected. That is why it is important that do not interrupt the treatment nor modify it without the consent of your doctor, because doing so could return to the initial values. How detrimental to the LDL cholesterol to my health? The excess of cholesterol can be deposited within the vessels that carry blood from the heart to the rest of the body and are known by the name of arteries. The cholesterol buildup within the arteries - known as atheroma plaque - will make these narrow, that is what is called arteriosclerosis and that may come to completely block the artery, so that blood does not reach flow through

What are the normal values of cholesterol and triglycerides?

Why do I need to stay physically active? The regular moderate physical activity can reduce your risk of: heart disease, hypertension, high total cholesterol, high levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol and low levels of HDL cholesterol (good), overweight or obesity and diabetes. This is all for now. If you have any question about cholesterol, don´t doubt it and ask to Camposol pharmacy team. By Jose Luis Martinez-Lozano Martínez (pharmacist).


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Los Amigos De Mazarrón F.C

LOS AMIGOS DE MAZARRON FC LATEST NEWS The early season promise shown by Mazarron failed to materialise and with four defeats in five games a slide down the league table was inevitable. However

Celebrating against Molina

the team returned to form with a 4-1 home victory against CF Molina, despite being reduced to 10 men when Randry was sent off after receiving two yellow cards. New signings Alcon and Gilberto have been introduced and this will hopefully help the team to return to winning ways

Cecilio, Mazarron must now have one of the strongest attacking line ups on paper so it is now time to convert this into success on the field. Both the Juveniles (17/18 years) and the Cadetes (15/16years) made successful starts to the season and at the time of writing were first and second in their divisions. The policy of bringing through local players from the Mazarron area is now beginning to bear fruit and our junior set up is one to be proud of. Mazarron’s home games are normally played on Sundays with varying kick off times. Admission is just €4 with juveniles free. Los Amigos de Mazarron FC also organise a supporters’ coach to each away game, something unique in this area where away support is almost non-existent. Coach prices are 7€ for members and 9€ for non-members. Full details of all games, date and kick off times and coach departure times both home and away, are normally not announced until the Wednesday before the weekend on which the game is to be played and advertised in the local media, on our website www. and on posters at various points throughout Camposol and Mazarron. Forthcoming fixtures are:Sunday 1st December CD Esparragal(Away) Sunday 8th December GESA SEGUROS CHURRA EDMF (HOME) Sunday 15th December SANTIAGO DE LA RIBERA FC (HOME) Sunday 22nd December Moratalla AD (Away) Sunday 12th January

NUESTRO ABARAN CF (HOME) The Los Amigos Christmas Party and Social evening was held at the Club House, Camposol Club de Golf on Saturday 30th November Entertainment was provided by Michelle and Pitu and members and friends also enjoyed a buffet supper. A full report of the event together with photographs will be available for next month’s issue Tickets for the 5th Annual Los Amigos de Mazarron FC Gala Evening and Dinner are in great demand and selling very quickly and all VIP tickets have been sold. It will be held at the Hotel la Cumbre, Puerto de Mazarron on Wednesday 12th March 2014 with guest speaker Joe Royle. The event is jointly sponsored by New Images, the No.1 Unisex Hair & Beauty Salon and Nail Bar, Centro Commercial B, Camposol and Ibex Insurance of Avenida Doctor Meca S/N Commercial Centre Upper Local 2, Puerto de Mazarron. Tony and Karen from New Images have sponsored the event every year since its inception five years ago and Ibex will be joint sponsors for the third year running and will once again be represented by Directors from their Head Office in Gibraltar as well as by Kelly and her colleagues form the local office in Puerto de Mazarron. Ticket prices for the Gala Dinner are 40€ which includes a five course meal with local beer, house wine and soft drinks during the serving of dinner. Tickets can be booked between 3 pm and 4 pm each Thursday prior to the Los Amigos weekly meetings at the Club House, Camposol Club de Golf, or you can ring Barbara on 627 012 646, Dave on 634 369 639, Dave on 600 631 956 or email losamigosdemazarronfc@hotmail. for details of availability. Ex Sheffield United, Leeds Q.P.R mad England International Tony Currie and

New signing Gilberto

and launch a push for promotion. Alcon was Mazarron’s leading goal scorer in the 2009/2010 season when the Club were members of the Terera Division so he should be a welcome addition to the squad being a proven scorer at a higher level. Along with Jose Ruben and

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Tony Currie at last years golf day


Then, later that evening, there will be a Sporting Legends Evening at the Club House, Camposol Club de Golf when John H Stracey and Tony Currie will answer questions on their respective careers and DVD highlights will also be shown of them in action. Admission is by ticket only, 8€ for Los Amigos de Mazarron FC members and 10€ for non members and again can be booked between 3 pm and 4 pm each Thursday prior to the Los Amigos weekly meetings at the Club House, Camposol Club de Golf, or you can ring Barbara on 627 012 646, Dave on 634 369 639, Dave on 600 631 956 or email for details of availability. Los Amigos de Mazarron FC hold weekly meetings at the new venue of the Club House, Camposol Club de Golf at 4 pm. Social meetings, which are open to anyone, members or not, are held every Thursday with the exception of

the last Thursday of each month which is reserved for the Members Business Meeting and open to members only. The membership year runs from 1st August to 31st July in each year and the membership fee is 10€. Benefits of membership include discounted season tickets, reduced price coach travel and discounts for some social events. If you are interested in football, want to take part in the various social events we will be organising or just want a chat and a drink among friends in pleasant surroundings why not join us for an hour on a Thursday afternoon? You will be most welcome.

Spanish football paid €15 million for controversial friendly against Equatorial Guinea The leader of Equatorial Guinea’s opposition in exile has accused the Spanish Football Federation of taking 15 million euros in return for playing a match in the African nation well known for its human rights violations. The Spanish team has faced international criticism for its decision to play Saturday’s friendly game. It is the first time a non-African country has played in Malabo since President Nguema seized power from his uncle in a coup in 1979.

in the world, Spanish coach, Vicente del Bosque refused to comment. “I won’t answer this question” del Bosque told reporters, adding, “ask anything else but I won’t respond to this one.” However Equatorial Guinea’s opposition leader in exile, Severo Moto, told euronews the reason was a payment of millions of euros. “We (the opposition) got this information from the Equatorial Guinea embassy in Madrid, and it said that 15 million euros was paid in order to have this match. We would like this match to be an incentive for the international community to say no to this dictatorial and cruel rule that Obiang uses against the people of Equatorial Guinea.” Del Bosque has shrugged off criticism saying they don’t want to get involved in politics. “We are only sports people, only footballers and we’re not here to give prestige, nor strengthen, nor overthrow, nor go against anyone,” Del Bosque said. Equatorial Guinea was a Spanish colony until the late 1960s. Human rights groups accuse President Obiang of torturing political opponents, a lack of freedom of speech and of plundering the country’s oil wealth.

When asked why the team played the match, which pitted the world champions against a side ranking 119th


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former World Welterweight Boxing Champion John H Stracey will be guests at the dinner with their wives. Tony and John will also be taking part in two special events on the day before the Dinner, Tuesday 11th March. In the morning there will be a Celebrity Golf Tournament at the Camposol Club de Golf with a Texas Scramble format. The cost for 18 holes is just 25€ (buggies extra if required) and there will an excellent Menu del Dia lunch in the Club House immediately following the golf at 10€ per person for players and spectators alike. Entries are limited to 36 players so, if you would like to take part, please email losamigosdemazarronfc@ as soon as possible.

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Nissan to launch electric NV200 ahead of stricter emissions rules for vans Nissan and the city of Barcelona have signed a memorandum of understanding to promote the use of EVs as taxis and as delivery vehicles. Nissan will launch a batterypowered version of its NV200 van aimed at private customers and fleets based in European cities. It is part of the automaker’s push to offer zero- or low-emission alternatives for its entire lineup to meet the region’s tougher pollution rules.

the Nissan spokesman said. “Alongside the legislative environment, many large organizations, companies and local councils have environmental targets to reduce CO2 across their fleets and a combination of electric cars and electric vans can help them achieve this.” Following the launch of the Leaf, the e-NV200 is part of Nissan’s plan to offer an EV, mild hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or fuel cell version of all of its models, the spokesman said. The e-NV200, which Nissan also will sell in Japan, faces little competition in Europe. The only battery-powered van sold by a mass-market brand in the region is the Kangoo from Renault, which is Nissan’s alliance partner.

The e-NV200 will launch in 2014, well ahead of the proposed 2020 deadline, at which time fleet CO2 for vans would decrease to 147 grams per kilometer from 203g/km now. The electric van also will help Nissan meet stricter limits in European cities for smog-causing nitrogen oxides and particulates, a Nissan spokesman told Automotive News Europe. One of the cities Nissan is working with is Barcelona. The automaker and the Barcelona government signed a memorandum of understanding earlier this year for Nissan to develop a taxi version of the e-NV200 for the Spanish city. In exchange, the city will install a network of Nissan-designed electric charging stations around Barcelona. To further encourage sales of the e-NV200 – and other electric vans – the Barcelona government said it also is considering creating special EV loading zones, establishing EVonly taxi stops, offering tax breaks for EV fleets and only allowing EVs into certain sections if the city during certain times of the day. ‘Clean air zones’ “Many cities and governments are considering or enacting clean air zones in cities to reduce pollution. Taxis and delivery vehicles are obviously a key part of this fight,”

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VW “Nissan is in a good place to be since there should be people looking for an EV alternative to vans with combustion engines and the e-NV200 shows promise as a zero-emissions delivery vehicle,” said Ian Fletcher, a senior analyst for IHS Automotive. “The biggest issue will be cost, but there should be plenty of incentives out there.”


Nissan has not announced a price for the e-NV200, which will be built at the automakers factory in Barcelona, where Nissan also makes the fuel-powered NV200. The electric van will share its powertrain with the Leaf and get its batteries from Nissan’s factory in Sunderland, England.

Santa’s sleigh if it were designed by a car company


How would car designers design Santa’s sleigh? the heads of the design departments of seven car manufacturers were asked and here’s what they came up with:






Property, Financial and Legal CHRISTMAS MESSAGE Yes - its that time of year again !

I would like to extend to all my clients past and future all good wishes for the Christmas Season and the New Year – Feliz Navidad! For a lot of us this is a wonderful time of year – when we will be with our friends and families and partaking of the usual Christmas festivities. Goodwill to all men being the theme – although it can be a time of mixed feelings and a time of great loneliness for some people without family or friends. So its an opportunity for us to impart goodwill and think of those less fortunate than ourselves. This time of year also gives us an opportunity for reflection – how we spent Christmases past and how different it is now we are living in Spain. Maybe you go back to see your family or perhaps you split the



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Christmas and New Year into two parts so that you can divide your time on both sides of the water. It can be a good opportunity to think about your legal and financial affairs and make arrangements to put them in order or at least to make a list addressing your concerns. These issues could involve anything at all ie property, Wills (Spanish or UK) tax or pension issues. I would urge you, for example, to look at your existing Wills and to ask whether they reflect your current wishes and circumstances.

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Murcia and Valencia Lead Property Sales

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According to a report from the National Statistics Institute, the regions of Valencia and Murcia are top when it comes to the number of houses sold per 100,000 inhabitants. Statistics show that in the month of September 95 properties were sold for every 100,000 inhabitants in the Valencia region. In Murcia the figure was 78 for every 100,000. Both figures are above the national average of 63 per 100,000. In actual numerical terms, 3,900 houses were sold in the region of Valencia and 889 in Murcia during September with just under half of the properties sold being new builds. National statistics Compared to September 2012, property sales this year fell by 8.6%. A total of 23,808 house sales were registered. The reduction of property purchases has been indebted to the decline in the number of new builds sold, which was reduced by 17% to just 10,658 transactions. Resales, on the other hand, only fell by 0.6%. Although property sales are in decline compared to last year, the reduction of 8.6% is a lot better than the reduction of 15% in August. Nevertheless, 1.1% more properties were purchased in September from

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August this year. This is the first September since 2009 where more homes were purchased in September from the previous month. And, as property purchases for the first three quarters of the year go, there has been a positive growth of 0.2% from the same period last year. Autonomous regions In terms of the number of actual property purchases, the greatest number of transactions took place in Andalucía with 5,091. Andalucía was followed by the Valencia Region (3,900), Cataluña (3,785) and Madrid (2,530). The least amount of transactions occurred in La Rioja and Cantabria with 175 and 255 purchases respectively. Property purchases increased the most in the Canary Islands (+32%) and Cataluña (+9%), whilst the greatest reductions were seen in La Rioja (-47%), Asturias (-33%) and Cantabria (-32%).

Property, Financial and Legal Spain retains its crown as top golf destination in Europe

According to the latest European Spotlight on Golf Tourism to Spain research report commissioned by Reed Travel Exhibitions, out of the 28.5% of those who travelled to Spain to play golf in the last 12 months, 12.7% visited the

Costa del Sol, 3.9% to the Costa Brava and 3.2% to the Canary Islands. This latest study also revealed that Spain has retained its crown as a key player in the European golf tourism industry with thousands of golfers from all over the continent putting Spanish greens and bunkers at the top of their tee off list. Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director for leading Spanish house builder Taylor Wimpey Espana comments, “Whilst the course itself is an important factor when selecting a Spanish golfing holiday, the accommodation is equally important once you leave the fairway. Resorts with onsite courses, quality accommodation and amenities are in high demand as they offer the entire package and offer a higher level of security and community living.

golfing properties throughout 2013 from not only the British but Scandinavians, Russians and Middle Eastern buyers in particular, where overall purchases from this region have increased by 2,500% in September alone this year compared to the same period in 2012.” Interestingly, the research also revealed that a golfer´s nationality impacts on their choice of region to visit, with British and Scandinavian golfers preferring the Costa del Sol; French golfers more likely to visit Costa Brava; and German golfers travelling to all regions, with Mallorca a firm favourite.

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Getting in touch with the committees and organisations

CRA Camposol Residents Association. The cabin is now located alongside the Cultural Centre on B SECTOR. and is open Mon/Wed/Fri from 11am to 1pm. Bob Owen can be contacted at chairman. The duty Committee member can be contacted on 634 364 739. Their web site which is interactive and very informative is Sector A committee. Have their own web site at They can be emailed at The telephone contact number for the committee is 603109974 This number is manned every morning Monday thru Friday 10am / 12noon Sector A gardening group is run by David Senior Peake who can be contacted by email They also run a bookstall Friday morning outside the post room on A. The team leaders meet monthly in Tels first Monday in moth 11AM visitors welcome. Sector B & B-clean (their gardening group) NB B sector community group is newly formed. Helen White 968 199 506 is the pro tem organisor. Sector C Greenfingers gardening group, Chairman, John Osborne- Tel 634 325 427 email: Camposol Community Group D Sector The group meets monthly on the first Monday at 4PM at The Clubhouse. Chairman Mick Drummond 968131971or 660038015 Secretary Les Crook 968979831or 606874193 A car with tow bar and trailer is now available for sector D residents to take garden waste to the Eco park, contact Alan Muncaster 654 024 474 Age Concern can be found at the Cultural Centre on Wednesdays and Thursdays 10am to 1pm and Fridays 12.30 to 3.30pm. Telephone 634 310216, email Camposolers  The registered group site for residents of Camposol, the proprietor is Reg Rogers who can be contacted by e-mailing reg Apply to Reg for membership. NB there is an underline dash between reg and rogers!!!!!! Town Hall can now be contacted through an office in the Cultural Centre Sector B, by the roundabout down from the roundabout by the filling station. Tatiana Andres is there to help you every weekday morning. Phone 968 131 717, email MABS now have an office in the old MASA office on the main dual carriage way on Sector C LIONS, Membership Lion nigel 651867105 Welfare Lion Gina 654874563 ANNOUNCEMENTS Welcome book club every second and fourth Tuesday in the underbuild at the former medical centre on Sector B.

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Welcome to the December issue......Cannot believe that it’s nearly Christmas and another year looms ever closer. Let’s start with the sad news this month, we were told of a dog that was in the mountains, this poor boy was bleeding from his nose and was very weak. A weekend in Pacos and tests that were made shows that he had in fact digested rat poison. It had been in his system too long for us to save him, as vitamin K and blood transfusions had no effect upon his condition. So after much talk with Paco it was decided that the poor lad was put to sleep. Sorry son, we did try. Still with the sad news, but not as bad is that we are still battling with the authorities to try to get the horse from the parerra in Murcia. This has now been ongoing for several months, but I hope that the end is in sight, I want him out of there before Christmas. Let’s get to the good stuff..... Rayo a Galgo has now gone to his new home in Poland, Pedro and Lua have both gone to homes in the UK. Carlos and Ana have now got their permanent homes here in Camposol. I would like to thank all the families concerned for adopting these dogs and we hope that you have a long and happy relationship together. Boys and girls be good and don’t forget we love you all. Remember Thomas the Shetland pony we rescued from the parrera in Murcia, well the good news is that he too has found a home. He now lives with a horse called Cubitsa who was desperate for a stable mate. He is now a resident in Sax near Alicante. Arrangements are now being made to transport Henry another of our donkeys to his new home in Mula. He is just awaiting for that operation that all you men wince at, yes his castration then off he will go to his new home. The final paragraph I have left as it belongs to Twigglet. Remember last month we reported on his broken leg and that the hospital in Alicante would do the operation. Well the good news is that the op has been done and is a success. He is still there, as he has had his cast replaced. Nacho one of our equine vets preferred him to be at the hospital so he could be monitored but wow he is looking good.

Merry Christmas to all our readers FUTURE EVENTS

Don’t forget that I am stood on the carpark of B sector every Monday 11.30 to 1.30 collecting your unwanted items, it is these items that when sold pay for the everyday expenses such as food, bedding, and vet bills for all the animals that are in our care. MAKE A DATE AAR are proud to announce that on Monday 16th December 11.30 to 2pm we will again be on the carpark B sector with two of our donkeys to wish you all a very Merry Christmas , Charlie boy and Twiglet we hope will be the star attractions we will also have Sherry and Mince pies for you ,so pop it in your diary, you certainly don’t want to miss these two very special donkeys . Until next month. Andrea xx

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What wobbles and flies? A Jelly-copter.

morning tea for their wives? Because the Bible says He Brews.

What goes ha ha ha clonk? A man laughing his head off.

What’s the longest word in the English language? Smiles, because there is a “mile” between the first and the last letters.

Here are some of the best / worst Christmas cracker jokes

What do you get when you cross a cat with a lemon? A sour puss!

How did Darth Vader know what Luke Skywalker was getting for Christmas? He felt his presents.

“Waiter! This coffee tastes like mud.” “Yes sir, it’s fresh ground.”

On which side do chickens have the most feathers? The outside.

What athlete is warmest in winter? A long jumper.

What kind of paper likes music? (W)rapping paper.

What’s the most popular Christmas wine? ‘I don’t like Brussel sprouts’

Why did the man get the sack from the orange juice factory? Because he couldn’t concentrate.

What do you call a woman who stands between two goal posts? Annette.

Getting stuck in the lift at the Santa convention yesterday really brought on my Claustrophobia.

What has four legs but can’t walk? A table!

Did you hear about the man who bought a paper shop? It blew away.

What do you give the man who’s got everything? Antibiotics

Why is Santa Claus always hungover on Christmas day? Because he spent all night on the tiles I bought my wife something from the Body Shop. The front wing off a Ford Mondeo. Where do tennis players play at Christmas? Santa Court. To be considered a genuine cockney Christmas tree, you have to have been planted within the sound of the baubles. These Jacob’s crackers are rubbish, no bang, no joke and no party hat.

Why did the hedgehog cross the road? To see his flatmate! What goes up and never comes down? Your age. What did the fish say when it swam into a wall? Dam. What’s brown, steams and comes out of Cowes? The Isle of Wight ferry. What do you call a man that plays with leaves? Russle!

How do hedgehogs make love? Very carefully.

What is the definition of an American Bra? One yank and it’s off.

What did the Policeman say to the stomach? You’re under a vest

What’s six inches long and two inches wide and drives women wild? Money.

Why is it so difficult to train dogs to dance? They have two left feet.

What is Santa’s favourite pizza? One that’s deep pan, crisp and even.

Last month’s Suduko answers

Why would you invite a mushroom to a Christmas party? He’s a fungi to be with. Why was Santa’s little helper feeling depressed? He had low elf-esteem. Who was England’s first chiropodist? William the Corncurer. Why should husbands make the early

How do snowmen get around? They ride an icicle. Who hides in the bakery at Christmas? A mince spy. What do you call a penguin in the Sahara desert? Lost.

Answers to last month’s Lateral thinking quiz

1: At the time she went into labor, the mother of the twins was travelling by boat. The older twin, Terry, was born first, early on March 1st. The boat then crossed the International Date line and Kerry, the younger twin, was born on February the 28th. In a leap year the younger twin celebrates her birthday two days before her older brother. 2: During a forest fire, a fire-fighting plane had scooped up some water from the lake to drop on the fire. The plane had accidentally picked up the unfortunate swimmer. 3. The blind beggar was the sister of her brother who died. 4:The poison in the punch came from the ice cubes. When the man drank the punch the ice was fully frozen. Gradually it melted, poisoning the punch 5:The police arrested the dealer and charged HER with murder. 6:He was born in Boston, Massachusetts, in the early eighteenth century when it was still a British colony.He was British.

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