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Welcome to the February 2016 edition of The Journal! As always we have been working very hard to bring you another fun filled, action packed magazine, and we really hope that you enjoy reading it! As you can tell from our front cover this month the Flamenco festival takes place in the Andalusian town of Jerez, and we have some stunning photos and a great article about the history of the event and also a fantastic Flamenco crossword! Our resident agony uncle -Uncle Paul is once again on hand to help with your problems, and due to his increasing popularity Uncle Paul now has his own Facebook page! You can “Like” his page and submit your problems by getting on to Facebook and searching “Uncle Paul´s Problem Page” Here at The Journal we love a good competition and this month we are delighted to bring you the “Miles Water Hero” competition! In order to be in with the chance of winning a scrumptious Menu del Dia for two people at Bar Med in El Allamillo, all you need to do is find the image of the “Miles Water Hero” hidden in this month magazine. Full details of the competition can be found later in the magazine! Good to everyone! To keep you entertained we have another fantastic Spanish book review by Caroline Angus Baker and as always we have a great column from our Welsh Wonder Dawn Llewellyn Price. On a final note, before I go and let you enjoy this month’s magazine, I would like to say a huge thank you to our very talented graphic designer Danny McCarthy from Insignia Graphics who as always, works tirelessly, without complaint and does a fantastic job on both The Journal and The Costa Property Pages! Keep up the good work! See you in March! Robbie Rutherford Proud to be a climate neutral publication

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comments were still published in the Our Father parish bulletin shortly after they were made. Rodriguez described how the root cause of violence and abuse against women is as a result of “’disobedience” ‘or often the macho reaction comes about because she asked for a separation.” He was quoted as saying : “The majority of cases of domestic violence happen because the woman’s partner does not accept them, or rejects them for not accepting their demands.” The Metro reported that there has already been a call for him to be jailed for inciting violence against women. Thousands of Spanish women have taken to social media to show their disapproval at the comments made. In addition to this a number of protests have also taken place all over Spain.

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Iran is planning investment in the construction of an oil refinery in Spain with the capacity of refining 200,000 barrels of oil per day, a top official said. The project will guarantee Iran’s oil sale to Spain, Abbas Kazemi, Deputy Petroleum Minister and managing director of National Iranian Oil Refining and Distribution Company (NIORDC), told Irna, Iran’s official news agency. Spanish companies have offered a series of proposals for the setting up of refinery in the country, using Iranian crude oil, Kazemi explained. Iran will bear 50 per cent of the cost

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His supposedly non-profit company was allegedly used as a vehicle to win falsely inflated contracts from regional government bodies, before channelling the money to personal accounts via tax havens. The amount of public funds paid to Urdangarin’s Noos Institute has been calculated at 5.6m euros according to the report. Princess Cristina, 50, was a board member at the charitable Noos sports foundation and, with Urdangarin, co-owned a real estate company

Spain’s Princess Cristina court case has begun. She will become the first member of the country’s royal family to be put on trial. King Felipe’s sister faces tax fraud charges as part of an alleged embezzlement scam involving her husband and 16 other defendants, who all deny the charges. In the courtroom in Palma, Majorca, the princess will be accused of being an accomplice to tax fraud, along with her husband Inaki Urdangarin.

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called Aizoon, which prosecutors say was used to launder embezzled funds. Princess Cristina, however, has so far refused to renounce her right to succession and remains sixth in line to the Spanish

throne. Spending Christmas with Urdangarin and their four children in Geneva, where the couple moved in 2013, the princess is reported to be upset at her brother’s cold treatment. “It is very hard to be abandoned by your family,” she was quoted as saying in the online publication El Espanol by the journalist Ana Romero, a respected royal observer whose book about King Juan Carlos’s abdication, Final de Partida (End of the Game), has become a bestseller in Spain. But a judicial process that has already seen many twists and turns may still provide one more which could prevent the princess from being judged.

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Unlike Urdangarin, Cristina is accused only by a private prosecution brought by an obscure right-wing trade union. Public prosecutors argued that the 50year-old princess was not aware she was helping her husband to launder money and avoid paying tax. But the investigating judge agreed with the union Manos Limpias (Clean Hands) that she should face trial on two counts of tax fraud relating to 2007 and 2008. The union is asking for the royal to be jailed for an improbable eight years. However, the princess’s defence team will ask the trial judges that their client be acquitted, under a legal principle which allows a defendant to walk free if they are only accused by private prosecutors and not the state. The princess’s lawyer, Miquel Roca, said this week he was “totally confident” that Princess Cristina would not have to go through with the trial. It has emerged that the princess will be seated at one end of the third and final row of accused, right next to the area reserved for the media. She was already the object of a media frenzy when having to attend a Majorca courthouse to testify before the investigating judge in 2014. The courtroom will also have space for 36 members of the public. The trial is due to end on June the 30th.

Spain calls on UK for dialogue over Gibraltar and Falklands The UK has reiterated that the sovereignty of Gibraltar is not a matter for discussion or negotiation with Spain. This follows a call by the Spanish Foreign Ministry for a resumption of bilateral dialogue with the UK over Gibraltar. The caretaker government in Madrid issued a statement supporting Argentina’s invitation to the UK to discuss the sovereignty of the Falklands, and calling on the British Government to do likewise with Spain in respect of Gibraltar. It said the “territorial integrity” of both Argentina and Spain are affected. However the Gibraltar elected government pointed out that the UK has said it will not transfer the sovereignty of the Rock to another state against the wishes of its people, nor enter into a process of negotiations with which Gibraltar is not content. It emphasises that the Gibraltar government will never consent to any sovereignty talks with Spain. Therefore, Madrid’s hope for a resumption of bilateral talks is at best unrealistic and at worst raising false hopes. The Gibraltar government calls on Spain to finally enter the 21st century and abandon its medieval sovereignty claim and the aggressive manner in

which it has recently pursued it. The Spanish statement followed on Argentina’s new conservative government Sunday’s 3 January statement reiterating the country’s claims on the Falklands, calling on Britain to start talks on the Islands’ sovereignty “as soon as possible”. “In common with Argentina, Spain seeks bilateral dialogue with the UK to find a definitive solution to both issues that impact on the territorial integrity of Argentina and Spain,” the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Madrid said in a statement. However the statement drew an immediate reaction from the British and Gibraltar governments, which both dismissed any suggestion of bilateral sovereignty talks against the wishes of the Gibraltarians. “Our position on the sovereignty of Gibraltar is unchanged,” a spokesman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said. “We will protect the right of the people of Gibraltar to determine their political future. The UK will never enter into arrangements under which the people of Gibraltar would pass under the sovereignty of another State against their wishes.” “Furthermore, the UK will not enter into any process of sovereignty negotiations with which Gibraltar is not content. We believe that dialogue involving the UK, Spain and Gibraltar, remains the best means to make progress towards a better relationship with Spain over Gibraltar in the long term.”


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Five Liverpool men were arrested over an alleged plot to smuggle cocaine worth £480m out of northern Spain - the biggest in the Galicia region for two decades. The National Crime Agency (NCA) suspect the drugs were due to be smuggled out of the country in a specially adapted van and were destined for Merseyside. A gun and one million euro in cash £730,000 - were also seized by Spanish police, acting on a tip-off from the NCA. A 41-year-old man from Kingston in Surrey and a man aged 50 from Thornbury in Gloucestershire were also held, along with two Spaniards and two Dutch men. Police swooped on a warehouse in Galicia, north west Spain, where the


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weeks after Spanish police and the NCA worked to intercept an alleged £240m drugs plot.

The ECHO understands that the British gang had put down a 500,000 euro (£360,000) deposit for the first 700kg of the drug, which was due to be driven back to the UK stashed in the adapted van. Spanish national police described the gang as a “major international drug trafficking organization dedicated to maritime transport of cocaine from South America to Europe”. They said the drug was imported to Spain by boat and that the traffickers had agreed to the sell the wares to Brits based on the Costa del Sol. The raid came just

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Regional Goverment to keep Corvera Airport concession payment

The regional Government of Murcia looks set to keep the 7 million euro sum paid to them by Aeromur for the concession to operate Corvera Airport back in 2007. This comes in spite of the company, led by construction company SACYR losing the concession due to their inability to bring the facility into operation in 2013. A court hearing ruled in favor of the

regional government, which overruled an earlier appeal by Aeromur, considering the sum a penalty for “breaching its obligations “. Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure, Francisco Barnabas, commented that the ruling was “good news� because it confirms everything that the regional government had done concerning Corvera Airport “is consistent with the law� and that it is Aeromur “which has failed�. Pressed on the future of the Airport, Barnabas stated how he expected to pass 3 milestones in the coming months : One of them is completing the agreement with AENA for the opening of Corvera and closure of San Javier Airports. Second is the completion of the court order for the regional government to take back full legal possession of the Airport from Aeromur. The regional government has nonetheless had to budget some 500,000 euros for the maintenance,

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DO I NEED TO INSURE MY VEHICLE EVEN IF IT’S OFF THE ROAD? Some insurance policies like medical cover are not compulsory, others such as fire protection for your property, are. Your vehicle however, must be insured at all times, even if it’s kept off the road in a garage. The minimum legal compulsory insurance is Civil Liability to cover any damage to or claims from a third party, resulting from your vehicle. The existing legislation (Royal Decree 8/2004) states that any car that is kept in Spain must be insured. Trailers and other special types of vehicles that weigh less than 750 kg and cannot be driven on Spanish roads are not required to have insurance. This also means that they cannot be parked on roads or kept on private land. If you own a vehicle that’s not insured you could face a fixed penalty from €601 up to €3,005, and your vehicle may be seized and immobilised. WHY DO I NEED TO INSURE MY CAR IF ITS KEPT IN A PRIVATE GARAGE

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The owner of a vehicle has a civil responsibility towards their neighbour and their property. Civil responsibility extends beyond car accidents on Spanish roads. If a vehicle, for example, kept in a communal garage, has a fire due to a short circuit, the owner will be responsible for any resulting damages to third parties. The owner will also be liable for a fixed penalty fine, the amount will depend on the gravity of the situation, the length of time the vehicle has been without insurance, and if this is a repeat offense. IN WHAT CIRCUMSTANCES IS INSURANCE NOT COMPULSORY?

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Spanish police break up ring smuggling Iranians to Spain and UK

Iran is planning investment in the construction of an oil refinery in Spain with the capacity of refining 200,000 barrels of oil per day, a top official said. The project will guarantee Iran’s oil sale to Spain, Abbas Kazemi, Deputy Petroleum Minister and managing director of National Iranian Oil Refining and Distribution Company (NIORDC), told Irna, Iran’s official news agency. Spanish companies have offered a series of proposals for the setting up of refinery in the country, using Iranian crude oil, Kazemi explained. Iran will bear 50 per cent of the cost of development of the refinery, while the remainder will be borne by Spanish firms, he said, noting that talks were underway for the proposal.

Spanish police have broken up a smuggling ring dedicated to bringing Iranians to Spain and then Britain for between 10,000 euros and 15,000 euros per person, the Interior Ministry has said.

In collaboration with Britain’s Risk and Liaison Overseas network (Ralon), Spanish police arrested six members of the organisation in Madrid and Fuengirola in the province of Malaga in southern Spain, the ministry said. The group had illegally helped 50 Iranians to travel to Spain over the last

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

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century of Spanish history, from the tail end of the nineteenth century up through the Spanish Civil War and World War II.

“I was almost born Happy.” So begins The Spanish Bow and the remarkable history of Feliu Delargo, who just misses being “Feliz” by a misunderstanding at his birth, which he barely survives. The accidental bequest of a cello bow from his dead father sets Feliu on the course of becoming a musician, unlikely given his beginnings in a dusty village in Catalonia. When he is compelled to flee to anarchist Barcelona, his education in music, life, and politics begins. But it isn’t until he arrives at the court of the embattled monarchy in Madrid that passion enters the composition with Aviva, a virtuoso violinist with a haunted past. As Feliu embarks on affairs, friendships, and rivalries, forces propelling the world toward a catastrophic crescendo sweep Feliu along in their wake.The Spanish Bow is a haunting fugue of music, politics, and passion set against half a

When a book is labelled ‘ambitious’, it mean two things – either a new author has blown away the competition, or someone has over-reached and written a lemon. The Spanish Bow is definitely the former. This book may be a work of fiction, but the real life characters, sometimes obvious, sometimes less so, show Spain’s history in a brave way. Knowing this, I felt certain to enjoy this book. The book starts off with the birth of the main character, Feliu Delargo, mistakenly labelled stillborn and with a misspelled surname. From his start in poor country Catalonia, he grows up, through time in Barcelona and Madrid, to become a European star as a cellist. It is easy to see real-life cellist, Pablo Casals, in the main character, along with Issac Albeniz, who is fictionalised as piano player Justo Al-Cerraz. Some characters are real-real, such as King Alfonso and his Queen Ena. There is also a young man named Paquito, a lowly ranked young military man from Galicia, subject to bullies. We all know where that is going. There is no mistaking it; the author has researched the 20th century in Spain in much detail, in order to show a fictional life within the real fate of Spain (where have I seen that before? Oh wait – me lol).

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Spain is a great mess through its first half of the 20th century (and the rest!). Delargo become famous, and finds that is art can make changes, can have a political voice. Delargo and Al-Cerrez meet Aviva, a Jewish violinist, who is in need of rescue as fascism folds over Europe. The life of Spaniards swallowed by fascism and dictators, as well as the over-reaching pain of fascism through Europe is examined, all through the eyes of fictional characters. Both music and art history are explored, as well as those rich patrons to whom Delargo plays. How Madrid and Barcelona are considered ‘backward’, how politics stifles so much, and how, in the end, silence is the winner when fascism takes hold, is the focus. The Spanish Bow is not some happy ending book – how could it be? Delargo only receives praise posthumously. At least, in the epilogue, you can see how Spain managed to pull itself out of fascism. All this in a book that far easier to read than it sounds. Bravo. Caroline Angus Baker is a Kiwi author, historian, and Ecology student. Spanish Civil War nerd, bullfighting bystander and Valencia aficionado. Professional dreamer, book reviewer, and byronic heroine fan. Spanish history and architecture lover.

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CATS TO LOVE OR HATE THEM? On Camposol sector A we have many stray, feral or street cats, choose your own description! What many of the residents do not appreciate is their place within our lives here in Spain. I hear people saying “do not feed them, they are a pest”, other people love cats and would not harm one or wish harm upon them. I have been living on sector A for over 15 years and have experienced life here in all its forms be that human, cats or dogs. I will try to paint you a word picture of how the cats fit in and whether you love or hate them you might gain an appreciation of why they are important providing they are unable to produce huge volumes of kittens and providing they are healthy. Ten years ago my dog was poisoned when someone left a lamb chop bone laced with rat poison on a pavement close to a rubbish bin opposite the sector A commercials. I spotted him grabbing the bone and wrestled it from him but even those ten seconds or so in his mouth was enough to threaten his life. Thanks to our vet and over a nerve wracking weekend he was saved. The cause of this event was the many rats that ran around on many areas of sector A. You may not have seen rats here lately but that is either because they move around at night mostly or there aren’t that many around because of our cats. A healthy cat that is not overfed by humans will despatch rats at the slightest

provocation thankfully and mice are accorded the same treatment. The campo around here provides plenty of mice for the cats to eat. A diseased cat is a heart wrenching sight for most people, we need those cats caught and euthanised humanely by a qualified vet. Healthy cats are what we need but not too many of them and that can only come about through careful management of the cat population. Now, I don’t know about you but I don’t have time or the expertise to trap cats and deliver them to the vets to ensure we only have healthy neutered cats around. I do want the population controlled though, too many cats are a pain in the life of the average resident here. What I am glad to see is a group of dedicated people who do have the time, energy, commitment and expertise to control the problem on our behalf. They cannot achieve it alone though and they need our help, they are Camposol Kitty Kitty and their details are easily found in local magazines and their collection tins are dotted around in various places. We are prepared to spend money on plants, membrane and gravel and in my opinion all that is pretty pointless if we just become either a rat or cat colony, management is needed and it is needed now. It isn’t someone else’s problem or responsibility to deal with, it is for all of us to step forward so we can keep our home the way we want it. There will never be a time when there are no cats and even if you hate them you should be glad of that unless you love rabid rats. Please make donations of whatever you can afford, seek out their tins and if you have a bit of the volunteer spirit in you why not give a couple of hours a week to help at the established feeding stations for the healthy doctored cats. Here’s to a safe and happy life for 2016.


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Jerez itself â&#x20AC;&#x201C; with its large Gypsy quarter and Moorish castle â&#x20AC;&#x201C; is at the very heart of this unique art form, with its beguiling amalgam of cantes (songs), bailes (dances) and guitarra (guitar). You can discover flamenco at its best every day of the year in Jerez in the plentiful PeĂąas or clubs to be found dotted around the city as well as in the more commercialised venues for the touristorientated tablaos. At the beginning of March each year, though, the whole town allows itself to be completely taken

Ostensibly, the central venue for the Jerez International Flamenco Festival is the impressive Villamarta Theatre and, indeed, this is where the main â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;headlineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; shows will be found. However, there are other important sites â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the Plaza Romero Martinez, the Palacio de Villavicencio and the Bodega Los Apostoles, for example â&#x20AC;&#x201C; where significant concerts occur. But it is the bars of places such as those in the Santiago quarter where the authentic, raw flamenco will stand out. The Jerez Festival is equally as important because of its flamenco courses as for the quality of its public performances. Classes are available for everyone from beginners through



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Self-driving cars are a priority for Google, which eventually hopes to create a business providing software to traditional car manufacturers. One of the main incentives for developing autonomous vehicles is to make roads safer by eliminating the possibility for crashes caused by human error. With companies including Toyota, Nissan and Google hoping to get self-driving cars on the roads within the next five years, the safety records of test vehicles are under intense scrutiny. If the aim is to create cars that can be driven with minimal human intervention, Google’s track record may offer some encouragement. Two of Google’s near misses involved dodging traffic cones, and three saw test drivers take over to save the car from being hit by another car. When Google engineers later ran these scenarios through their simulator they found that had the human drivers not intervened, the selfdriving cars would have been hit by the other vehicle. Google seems to be having more success than automaker Nissan, which too has been using California roads to test its self-driving cars. Its own report shows drivers had to take control of vehicles on 106 occasions, despite only driving 1,485 miles.

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For the last 11 years Camposol´s largest Wimax provider “Portal Wimax” have been working hard to bring fast and low cost internet to residents in the Mazarrón area. We sit down with Marketing Director Jesus Miguel Martiínez Santana to find out how things are coming along, and what plans he has for the future. Editor: Hi Jesus, it’s a pleasure to meet you. Firstly, can you tell us a bit about Portal Wimax? Jesus: Hi, you too. Okay, well Portal Wimax is based in Murcia and we have been established for 11 years. Currently, we supply Internet all over Murcia, and our area is expanding all the time. Right now, we have just completed the Antenna installations that link the geographical coverage areas for all of Camposol, Puerto de Mazarrón, Mazarrón beaches, Mazarrón Town, Totana and Alhama de Murcia, so we are excited. Most importantly we now have full coverage of Camposol, including D Sector. E: That sounds exciting, can you tell us about your special offer for readers of The Journal? J:Of course, for your readers we have taken 10€ a month of the price of our 8Mb connection and it is now only 19.90 euros a month. We offer a great price on speed that is sufficient for any

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home. Because at this time we don’t offer crazy speed´s like other Wimax Providers, we believe that can provide more consistent speed and better quality of connection than other companies. In that sense, I would like to mention that we have temporary internet service, for customers who are not year-round at home and thus only pay when they use our service. We also offer fixed telephone service and mobile.

E: You mention “Other Wimax providers” Is there more than one Wimax provider? J: I am glad that you mentioned this, as it is a very important point that can confuse some people. Wimax is the name of the protocol used to deliver the internet. This is why companies use the word in their name. We are Portal



can find the details on the advert opposite. They will discuss all the options and costs with you, arrange a speed demonstration if required, and co-ordinate the installation as soon as possible. E: Arrange a speed demonstration? Can you explain what that is?

J:We work with a number of local businesses, and a proud to provide a high speed connection at Camposol Business Centre. If a customer wants to check the speed before they arrange the installation, our agent there will be happy to accommodate them and answer any questions. E: Jesus, Thank you for your time today we know that you are a busy man and we appreciate it. Do you have anything else that you would like to say to our readers? J: I just want to say that we are delighted to be working in this area and want to thank our loyal customers. We look forward to providing the best speeds, the best service and the best prices to all our customers for many years to come. E: From everyone at The Journal, we wish you the best of luck. J: Thank you.

Wimax, not to be confused with other companies. E: You tell us that your office is based in Murcia, is that not a long way for residents of Camposol to travel if they have a problem with their connection? J: (Laughs) No, we provide support via telephone and email. All of our staff are fluent in English so we can communicate easily. Normally our office based


technicians can look on the computer and see if there is a problem with your antenna. Nine times out of 10 we can find a solution this way, the other time we send the engineer to your house, in the same day in a few hours or if the customer is not at home, we take a meeting with him when he stay in. E: So how do our readers sign up for the Portal Wimax Service?

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Dawn Llewellyn-Price Welcome to February. Especially if you undertook ‘Dry January.’ Mine didn’t start until the 2nd as family traditions involve a New Year’s Day feast, with wine and Cava to toast 2016 , then a further few days finishing off the Christmas cake, still fermenting in vintage Martell and whisky, so although nothing was uncorked and poured thereafter, the dehydrating demon remained in my DNA days later.

it’s just off the once notorious Wind Street, where ‘mother’s ruin’- soaked ‘ladies’ plied their trade a couple of centuries ago, may be just coincidence. Oh the times I’ve tried to drink it, especially for the mosquito banishing properties of the mix, and the low calorie content of the juniper steeped spirit, it does not suite my palate, resulting in facial Gurning of exceptionally high standard. There’s just something horrible about the taste which repulses me, as even the Bombay Sapphire didn’t hit the spot. I would so LOVE to like it. However, sitting socialising when every mouthful leaves a foul, alien taste at the back of my mouth just wouldn’t work.

Wonder if the Spanish do that? Party Poop, that is.

The Spanish, of course, adore it. Spain’s been leading the way in the innovative re invention of the G&T with Gin clubs and new balloon glasses. Specialist tonics are preferred, with garnishes carefully selected to match each gin’s own characteristics. As well as lemon and lime, bartenders use whole spices, fresh herbs, fruit and veg, attempting a balance of flavours akin to Carmen Miranda’s hat.

If Gin were the only tipple available I’d be teetotal. Apparently it’s on the rise, making a huge comeback amongst younger drinkers, and even my home city of Swansea has a new Hogarth’s gin bar (named after the Gin Lane painting by the famous artist.) The fact

Gin is quintessentially English, and was even issued to naval officers as a daily ration while the ratings had common old rum. In New York, it was once popular as a hangover cure, served with tomato juice. Tonic is supposedly good for cramp, as trialled

Then the UK chief medical officer stepped in and deemed all alcohol a menace. Bad, bad, bad. Even red wine, my staple.


once in a Bolnuevo bar where the weird chair edges cut off leg circulation after a mere ten minutes. President Roosevelt once complained (at Yalta) that there were no lemons to make twists for his Martinis. Stalin had a tree flown in the next day. Rarely a Murcian problem, luckily. Sailor Sir Francis Chichester navigated around the world on Pink Gin, until it ran out. Doctors once wore face masks filled with the juniper berries used to make the spirit, to mask odours they believed spread the plague, and my grandmother swore by taking juniper pills for stomach upsets and various other conditions, which turn your urine purple. Sounds a somewhat healthy option. ‘Little nips of whisky, little drops of gin, Make a lady wonder where on earth she’s bin’ (Anon)



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Camposol ‘C’ Greenfingers Gardening and Social Group

This month we are happy to announce the 4th Anniversary of our Maintenance Scheme! I’m sure everyone will agree that Green Fingers have made a huge difference to the streets of Lower ‘C’: newly planted areas of established trees and shrubs, roads and pavements regularly sprayed and swept, tarmac and block paving repairs, gravelled verges, dustbins off roads…it’s lovely to walk around our pretty area which is no longer overgrown, though some of the work has been back breaking! Thanks to all our loyal Members, and if you’d like to join our scheme paying Euros15 per quarter, please get in touch? We’d also like to continue to keep ‘C’ tidy so we ask, if you have a pet, please clear up after it and keep our area a pleasant place to stroll around, thanks. Our Maintenance Team and Volunteers took a well-earned break over the Christmas and New Year period but now our hard work continues into 2016: A warm welcome must go to new volunteers Con and Tom, who have kindly joined us on these chilly mornings; This month we have been weeding and spraying the upper part of the dual carriageway, spreading 24 tons of gravel around the roundabout above the old Sensol Villas office, planting 12 new palms and watering all the trees and plants. All the dried mud along the main road by the golf club fence, as far as the rambla bridge has also now been cleared and swept. If our workers are in your area, please offer your support: spare cash in buckets, even hot drinks and biccies are appreciated! We’re always looking for volunteers – even if you’re not resident and just holidaying here, you’re most welcome - We offer bacon/sausage sarnies every Wednesday as incentive! Please contact John, our Chairman, on 634 325 427. If you’re unable to offer physical work but can donate raffle prizes or plants, we’d love to hear from you. No offer is too small.

another Quiz Night and Beetle Drive on Friday 26th February, 7.30pm at the Golf Club. A few tickets are still available, 5 Euros each, from your Poligono reps or our bucket collection points. Please check chalkboards, Facebook and website for any more information or visit our website; http://www. to see some of the photos of our work!

D Community Group Newsletter January 2016 Over the past year 2015 our teams of volunteers and fund raisers have been busy around our sector working for the benefit of residents and holiday makers. We are fortunate to have people who give their time and effort and do their best to make a difference for us all. Our Pothole team have done a magnificent job on the roads filling in these nasty holes and levelling tarmac around manhole covers that protrude from the surface which has caused damage to vehicles. The team have also relayed curbing and many other jobs on the road system. This service that is provided for the community is still on going into 2016 with many jobs scheduled around our sector.

We also have a weed killing team working together with the gardening team which is helpful when scheduling future projects around the community. We also have a team who maintain the community vehicle and trailer for the residents and the teams working in the field, as well as a team that store and maintain the vast equipment. Without this service many projects on D sector could not be done in the community. As a community group we also have an Entertainment team who have done sterling work casting their net far afield out of the community to reach other sectors and beyond Camposol. We have had Street Parties, Quiz night and fund raiser for F.A.S.T, coach trips to the 43 Distillery, Spanish party and Christmas party, all of which were well supported and successful. Dates for parties and venues for 2016 are in the pipeline so watch this space. Our fund raising team (Bucketeers), who stand out on Friday mornings, are doing a fantastic job for the community. Throughout the summer the team took the heat on the chin and did not falter whilst collecting much needed funds, and on some occasions in fancy dress. Signs have been produced to be placed around the sector, particularly community gardens for the very few dog walkers to clean up after their dog and signs to stop fly tipping in our area.

2015 was a land mark for the Gardening The old notice board has given up the team that went above and beyond what ghost and a new Notice Board for the was asked of them. Many community sector has been erected on the same site gardens had to be rebuilt, replanted as across from the Jubilee garden as you well refurbish many areas with 150 leave the sector, metric tons of gravel, all of which was devastated from the 2014 flooding. Residents kindly donated many plants which gave the team the opportunity to plant Your first port of call when undertaking any aspect of new gardens, as home improvements. well as maintaining We are specialists in all types of general building workexisting gardens From major construction projects to fitted bathrooms, and removing fly kitchens and conservatories, give us a call for a free, no tipping rubbish to obligation quote. the Ecoparque. By popular demand, we have arranged All our team are fully qualified professionals with over 20 years construction experience in Spain. ALL ELECTRICAL WORK We understand that spending money improving your UNDERTAKEN home is an important decision. Thats why we pride ourselves on being honest, reliable, and getting the job SURGE PROTECTION AND done right, first time, at a fair price. CARD METERS FOR RENTAL For more details visit our website: PROPERTIES Or come and visit our office on NO CALL OUT CHARGE ON CAMPOSOL A Sector, next to the ferriteria. Or call us: Mark: 659 159 948 - Colin: 676 306 718 FREE ADVICE AND QUOTATIONS CM CONSTRUCTIONS LEGAL & REGISTERED

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Our group are forward looking, trying to improve our little piece of Spain for the residents, house owners and holiday makers, but we cannot move forward without the generosity and support from the people who donate much needed funds, for which we are most grateful and we hope to have your support for 2016. For more information please visit the ‘D’ Community website http:// The D group committee wish to say a BIG THANK YOU to our volunteers and contributors. Let us all look to the future and make a difference in our community. Happy New Year to you all Ken D’Angelo Chair D Community Group

Processionary caterpillars in Spain If you live in Spain or visit during the spring time, you might have heard people talking about the processionary caterpillar. This creature is often mentioned in forums by dog owners who have seen them out on their walks and are warning others of the danger. It’s a real threat too. We don’t usually associate caterpillars with the potential to kill, but these creatures have caused the death of many dogs and other animals and have made their presence felt amongst their adult owners too. What are they? The pine processionary moth flies around May to July and only lives for about one day during which time it must mate and lay its eggs in the foliage of a pine tree. A single female can lay up to 300 tiny eggs and it takes around a month for them to hatch. Once they have hatched, the minute caterpillars have five growth stages called ‘instars’. During their third moult or instar they build the white cottonwool like nest and continue to feed on the pine leaves until the fifth instar. This usually happens any time from February to April. At this point, the caterpillars (procesionaria del pino) make their way to the ground in a long chain searching for the next place in their life cycle. This behaviour gives them the name of the

Processionary caterpillars in their nest

‘processionary caterpillar’. You can recognise them by their distinctive orange-brown colour and blue bands. Eventually they will disperse to burrow just below the ground where they will pupate. Before this happens they can be a danger to humans and other mammals. It is the hairs of the caterpillars that can cause problems. If they are touched or poked they cause a nasty rash and give off dust that can cause respiratory problems. They are particularly toxic for children and animals. If the caterpillar is stressed or threatened it can eject its hairs which act a little like harpoons and can penetrate or irritate any exposed skin. Dogs are particularly susceptible as they will pick up the hairs on their paws and then lick them as they start to itch. This then leads to the hairs being transferred on to the animal’s tongue and can result in itching, swelling, vomiting and even death. What you should do if you find them If you become aware that you have these caterpillars on an urbanisation then you should inform the community of owners and they should be removed. In some areas the council will remove them but where this isn’t the case you should engage a specialist. You should not attempt to move them yourself as it is a job for an expert. If you do touch one and become itchy you should consult a doctor. The rashes can be very painful and irritating and can last for a few

If your pet is infected you can usually tell because there will be small white spots in the mouth and on the tongue and the animal will become Caterpillars processing distressed and possibly drool. If they remain untreated, animals can die as the tongue will swell and in some cases has to be cut or amputated. If you know your pet has been affected then you should go to the vets immediately, where they will probably be given a cortisone injection. You should also be careful of any nests the caterpillars have left in the trees. These will also contain some of the hairs that the larvae have left behind. You should not try to cut down the nests or burn them yourself as the hairs can become airborn. They are considered to be a real pest, a threat to the pine trees themselves and, of course, a danger to animals and humans. If you know of someone new to the area who may not be aware, it is worth warning them of the danger.


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Okay, so basically I have this problem with peeing myself, like properly peeing not just small leaks. I’m completely embarrassed and mortified by it. I normally have quite a strong bladder but I don’t know what has changed. I work in a local bar and what I have noticed is it tends to be when people order coffee from me, so I have started avoiding customers who I know will be ordering coffee. I sometimes find I have to do the whole cross- legged stand/dance/sitting down squeezing legs routine but it still happens. Please help me.

I am so embarrassed to say but my husband has started having a problem with his genital area. It smells horrible. It smells constantly of what can only be described as a mixture of rotting Rich Tea biscuits and cabbage. It’s disgusting. Even straight after he comes out of the bath or shower it stinks. There is no way we can have the intimacy we once had while this odor is there. It makes me sick to go near him. What’s going on? Junk Julie

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Dear Junk Julie First off, thank you, I now have ‘Something kinda ooh’ by Girls Aloud rumbling around in my head! I know you’ve said your husband smells even after showing, but what is he doing in the shower to clean himself? If he’s uncircumcised, is he pulling his foreskin back and cleaning thoroughly in and around all the skin folds? Bacteria will collect here and if not washed thoroughly every day will lead to exactly this issue.You know what we men are like, always half a job!!! In either case, circumcised or not, it’s possible he has a yeast infection. Normally with good hygiene these things do settle down but he could try Canesten cream to see if things improve. Urine infections can also cause odor but those are usually accompanied by other symptoms, like having to pee a lot, or pain when peeing. What I would say that if it’s not a medical issue , but rather a hygiene thing, then I would try and sort it by, say, hopping into the shower with him and cleaning him yourself. Not in a sort of harsh way with a green scorer or a

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Dear Oldham Boy I will say this right off. The coffee has nothing to do with this! You are just being a lazy bugger who can’t be bothered to do his job properly. Are you from up north maybe Oldham or the like? If I was your boss I would have you out of my bar, wet pants or not. Bladder problems affect millions of people and while some of these problems aren’t a serious threat to overall health, they are all distressing and can negatively affect one’s quality of life. Some common bladder problems include urinary incontinence, bladder cancer, and urinary tract infection. The causes of these problems vary, but many of the effects are similar, namely some type of discomfort or lack of control during peeing. More women are affected than men, due to the fact that many factors related to pregnancy and childbirth can be to blame for incontinence. Childbirth, especially, can weaken and stretch the pelvic floor muscles that are responsible for bladder control. Genetic predisposition also plays a role as well as being overweight. That is why you get lots of flooding in the area with having a high proportion of fatties who leak a lot!



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to have my husband come over and fix the different household problems that come up. At first we felt sorry for her but now she seems to be calling him almost every day. She is always dressed up to the nines like a pig in a blanket and gushes at him all the time. It makes me want to puke! My husband works hard and has a lot to take care of here at home but he does not seem to mind helping her. But I do! How do I stop this? Mildred Dear Mildred She is one dirty little minx!!! I know what she is up to she wants him working his tools! You go girl and tell her that he and his tools have more than enough to sort out attend in your own home and he is busy and not available. Suggest a low-cost handyman or a local retired gentleman who would be more than happy to take care of her and her household needs. She could find plenty of bar lizards who are propping up many of the bars in the area. I know so many who would gladly take care of her taps... Uncle Paul Dear Uncle Paul I work in a local estate agents and a colleague is doing things in front of customers like clean his ears out with a pen and then wipe it on his shirt. Also he continually adjusts his whatnots in front of everyone and never washes his hands. What can I do about it? Sunrise Dear Sunrise Get a few of your friends at different times to write to the manager of your place and complain about his unsanitary behavior when they were in your office. This way it takes the onus off you having to do anything at all, problem solved! It is nothing to do with you it’s your management’s responsibility. Uncle Paul

Why does your nose run? What’s Running? To understand why your nose runs, you need to know whatmucus (say: MYOO-kus) is. This is the gooey, sticky, slimy material that’s made inside your nose (also known as snot). Believe it or


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The Month Of Love

For something kind of gross, mucus does a lot of good. It keeps germs, dirt, pollen, and bacteria from getting into your lungs by stopping them in your nose. But sometimes mucus doesn’t stay put.

The month of love, a commercial turn over for many people .. However there could be a benefit to the month of love especially if we turn that love towards ourselves, look after ourselves and protect ourselves.

Reasons for Running If your nose is running, there are several possible explanations:You have a cold or the flu: When you have either one of these, your nose goes into mucusmaking overdrive to keep the germ invaders out of your lungs and the rest of your body, where they might make you even sicker than you already are.You know what happens then: The mucus runs down your throat, out your nose, or into a tissue when you blow your nose. Or it can fill your sinuses, which is why you get that stuffy feeling.You have allergies: Kids who have allergies get runny noses when they’re around the thing they’re allergic to (like pollen or animal hair). That’s because their bodies react to these things like they’re germs. You’re crying: When you cry, tears come out of the tear glands under your eyelids and drain through the tear ducts that empty into your nose. Tears mix with mucus there and your nose runs. Baby, it’s cold outside: When you’re outside on a cold day, your nose tries its best to warm up the cold air you breathe before sending it to the lungs. Tiny blood vessels inside your nostrils open wider (dilate), helping to warm up that air. But that extra blood flow leads to more mucus production.You know what happens next. Drip, drip, drip. Stoppin’ the Runnin’ If you have allergies, your doctor might give you medicine called an antihistamine (say: an-tye-HISS-tuh-meen). But sometimes the easiest thing to do is — you guessed it — blow your nose! Juan Basilio Galindo Tovar (pharmacist)

We are on the last month of hibernation, a leap into spring is on the horizon so keep holding back with those new activities and those late nights , keep warm at home with some good home cooked food and these few pointers to keep you going Run through our 5 layers morning and night and ask yourself - “How do I feel ?” Physically, Emotionally, Energetically, Mentally and Spiritually. Don a beloved pendant and keep a hand on it when you need to maintain calm.

These positive steps will make you feel positive mentally and positive eating physically. Work with colours to act as a therapy, use them to enhance or change your mood. Where them or surround yourself by them or buy yourself some flowers or where some jewery to give yourself a colour boost RED - power, strength, confidence, passion, love. ORANGE - joy, enthusiasm,creativity, happiness, determination. YELLOW - sunshine, intellect, energy, cheerfullness ( a definate reflection on jane´s new shoes ! ). GREEN - growth, harmony, freshness, fertility, safety. BLUE - stability, loyalty,trust, wisdom, faith.

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Douse yourself in your favourite smelling body oil/butter or perfume which could invite a favourite sense of nastalgia or make you feel invigorated or better still nurtured.

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Los Amigos De Mazarrón F.C

LATEST NEWS Mazarron’s excellent results continued into mid January with nine wins, three draws and just one defeat in their last thirteen games. At this stage they were in fourth position in the league, just one point behind the second automatic promotion place and five points clear of the play-off cut-off positions. A 2-1 away win at CD Juvenia was earned without five regular players, three of whom, including leading scorer Jose, were suspended and two injured and, although the game was hard fought it showed the strength in depth of the squad that the coach Victor has assembled. New signing Willy has added a new dimension to the team with his pace and trickery although his final pass sometimes leaves something to be desired. He is already a great favourite with the ladies. In addition young goalkeeper Antonio continues to impress and made an important penalty save in a

Goalkeeper Antonio in action

goalless draw against a strong La Hoya Lorca team. The La Hoya game at the beginning of January saw the biggest crowd of the season at the Estadio Municipal and support at away games continues to grow reflecting the much improved performances by the team.

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Forthcoming league fixtures are:Sunday 7th February Olimpico de Totana (Away) Sunday 14th February C.D. ALGAR (HOME)

In addition, and to continue the theme of comedy and mayhem, our Master of Ceremonies will be comedian Gary Marshall. Gary has appeared in numerous TV shows and performed along such great sporting personalities as Sir Bobby Charlton, Sir Geoff Hurst, Sir Henry Cooper, Frank Bruno, Alan Shearer and Sir Ian Botham. He performed at the Andrew Flintoff Testimonial Dinner at Old Trafford and at the PGA Luncheon at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. The

Sunday 21st February S.C. AGUILENO (HOME) Sunday 28th February A.D. Alquerias (Away) Sunday 6th March CARTAGENA FC (HOME) Los Amigos members along with other Mazarron supporters donated foodstuffs, rice, flour, pasta etc to the local charity Caritas at the home game against La Hoya Lorca, the first home game in January. A huge amount, over 200 kgs, was collected and the President Jose Rodriquez organised transport to convey the food to the Caritas centre. We hope to have a photograph of the presentation in next month’s edition. The monthly Luncheon Club outings resumed after the break for Christmas with a visit to the Restaurante Venta La Rata in Totana on 19th January. Members and friends enjoyed a varied menu with the usual copious amounts of alcohol consumed. The advantage of having a coach to transport us to and from the venue certainly enables everyone to let their hair down!!

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entertainment for the evening will be rounded off with music and dancing with the Geckos. The event is again jointly sponsored by Ibex Insurance and the Club House, Camposol Club de Golf, part of the

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Mazarron’s home games are normally played on Sundays with varying kick off times. The ex-pat supporters Club, Los Amigos de Mazarron FC also organise a supporters’ coach to most away games, something unique in this area where away support is almost non-existent. Coach tickets for away games are 8€ for Los Amigos de Mazarron FC members and 10€ for non members.

If you have not been to a game before why not pop along to the Estadio Municipal in Mazarron for one of the home games. Admission is only €4 with juveniles free and you can call into the Supporters’ Lounge for a hot drink or beer before the game and at half time. Hot pies and pasties are also available in the lounge at half time if pre-ordered at the Los Amigos meetings.

At the time of writing, there are still a few tickets left for the 7th Annual Los Amigos de Mazarron FC Gala Evening and Dinner at the Hotel la Cumbre, Puerto de Mazarron on Wednesday 16th March. This year’s dinner promises to be the best and certainly the funniest yet. We have secured the services of the funniest speaker on the Football After Dinner Circuit, former Burnley, Wolves and Huddersfield Town star, Steve Kindon.



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, on our own Los Amigos de Mazarron FC Facebook page, and on posters at various points throughout Camposol and Mazarron.


Mazarron Entertainments group. Ticket prices remain at 40€ which includes a five course dinner with local beer, wine and soft drinks included during the serving of dinner. We are also holding an exciting Race Night at the Trevi Bar, Camposol B on Monday 14th March. The event is kindly sponsored by David S Poole Accountancy Services Ltd and will begin at 7.30 pm and admission is by ticket only at a cost of €3 (includes Race Card on entry). Bar snacks will be available for purchase at the Trevi Bar on the night. You can also be an owner of a horse for €5 or a jockey for €3 and the winning owners and jockeys in each race will receive a prize. Full details of how to sponsor can be obtained by emailing or at any Los Amigos meeting. In a busy week, our annual Celebrity Golf Day sponsored by Ex-Pat Pensions is taking place at the Camposol Club de Golf on Tuesday 15th March with Steve Kindon, Gary Marshall and ex- England International Tony Currie among the players. Green fees are €25 and buggies are available by advance booking only at €20 per buggy (€10 pp). Entries can be made by email to Tickets for the Gala Dinner and the Race Night are on sale at our weekly

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Los Amigos meetings. You can also ring Barbara on 627012646, Dave on 634369639, Gerard on 624320567 or email or Los Amigos de Mazarron FC weekly meetings are held every Thursday at the Club House, Camposol Club de Golf at 4 pm with the exception of the last Thursday of each month which is reserved for the Members Business Meeting and open to members only.

Los Amigos membership runs from 1st August each year and costs just 10€ which includes reduced coach travel and reduced prices to most of our social events including the very successful monthly luncheon club. For a membership form, more information and details of all our activities please email


The photo shows Bob being presented with the award by outgoing Commodore Janice Penning. SAMM Elect New Commodore

Wednesday January 13th was an exciting day for SAMM members as, immediately after the AGM, the outgoing and incoming Commodores, watched by a large group of SAMM members, jointly launched the new SAMM support boat, a Whaly 435R, using a bottle of finest cava to anoint the hull. The Whaly, a roto-moulded polyethylene Rib design, was identified as being ideal for the various uses the support boat has to cover after extensive research into the market. This Dutch made vessel is used extensively by many organisations around the world for patrol and rescue purposes; there is one in Mazarron harbour and another in San Pedro de Pinitar, both used by the local authorities. The Whaly was ordered from a dealer in Cabo de Palos in November and was delivered mid-December. Since then a small group of SAMM members, led by Bob Miles, fitted out the boat with the engine plus the controls and other equipment necessary.

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its safe use in a variety of tasks. As the support boat for the race program, a tender to get to boats on swinging moorings, to stand by during dinghy training and practice sessions, to collect wayward boats of the IOM radio control group and generally support any SAMM on-thewater activity.

A new engine will be purchased as soon as funds allow and then the vessel should give many years of reliable and trouble free service. SAMM Honours Member Every year the Race Committee of SAMM, the Sailing Association Mar Menor, make a special award to a member; either to acknowledge their efforts to support the race program or to recognise their sailing and racing skill. This year the proud recipient was Bob Miles who was given the award, a glass yacht trophy, to acknowledge his tireless work over the last five years as the chief maintenance and training manager for the SAMM support boat. Bob is a retired GPO engineer and RYA qualified power and safety boat instructor. However he has not retired from helping SAMM as he will continue to be responsible for the maintenance of the new Whaly support boat, which was launched on January 13th, and train suitably qualified SAMM members in

After three years at the helm, Janice Penning the Commodore of SAMM, the Sailing Association Mar Menor, stepped down at the end of 2015 in accordance with the rules. At the Associations AGM, held on Wednesday January 13th, the membership elected Paul Shard, a member of the Shoestring Dinghy Group within SAMM, to the position. The Commodores job is to guide SAMM through any changes the membership requires, to represent SAMM in any negotiations with local organisations and authorities and generally oversee the running of the organisation for the benefit of its members. Janice’s reign has seen a gradual increase in membership numbers up to the present level of 170, the consolidation of the Associations links with CAR, the Spanish sports establishment based on the shore of the Mar Menor at Los Narejos, Los Alcazares, where most of SAMM’s activities are based and latterly the acquisition of the new support boat, a Whaly 435R. We wish Paul all good wishes to take the organisation into the future for the benefit of all sailors in the region. George Wedgewood also stood down and Pat Fleck was elected to the post of web site administrator. The photo shows Janice being presented with a bouquet by Paul to mark the occasion. For more information about SAMM go to www.

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How well do you know Spanish motoring laws? As ex pats, we are generally all well aware of driving laws in our home country, but even though we are in the European Union, laws can vary widely in each member state. How well do you kow the laws in Spain? We are all well aware of the main issues such as speeding, not stopping at a red light or driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, but what about some of the lesser known infractions? During the summer when everyone is in holiday mode, it is quite easy to forget some of the minor offences, especially when our minds are elsewhere. Here are a few reminders of some of these actions, which some of us may not even be aware are not allowed. Eating or putting make-up on while you are driving could result in a fine of as much as 200 euro or 2 points off your license. Fines will also be doled out for playing excessively loud music on your car stereo or tooting the horn for no justifiable reason. You could be denounced if you fail to stop when flagged down by an agent. All that they need to do this is your license plate number and a reason! Any child below the height of 1,35m is prohibited from travelling in the front passenger seat, unless the back seats are occupied by shorter children. In this case, age does not factor, it’s the height that matters. And there are other issues to consider too even when you are not behind the wheel, as these could cost you a considerable amount of money too. Forgetting to take your driving license out with you if you are driving could cost you 100 euro, while driving with an out-of-date license will set you back 200 euro if you are caught. If you move house and fail to inform Tráfico (DGT) of your new address, you could be faced with an 80 euro fine. Driving with a license plate that is not in good condition or which is the wrong size could lead to penalization of 80 euro.

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The same goes for those who place stickers, publicity or pictures over the car’s license plate.

Purposely making the vehicle’s tyres skid when setting off comes with a 100euro fine. And driving without having passed your test and therefore without having been issued a driving license will cost you 500 euro. Driving without a license because it has been confiscated by Tráfico or a judge can be punished by 3 to 6 months in prison and a 12-month fine. If you do get caught for any of the above and are issued with a sanction, paying within 20 days means that the fine will be reduced by 50%. However, the best option is to remedy anything that’s not up to scratch and ensure that you don’t commit any of the offences outlined above.

Tesla’s New Autopilot Confirmed by Elon Musk

A couple of months ago, rumors surfaced around Tesla Motors possibly introducing a new version of autopilot for their electric cars. As many people groaned in outrage, lamenting the new car they had just picked out, others were overjoyed and look towards the new technology Tesla will introduce. Elon Musk confirmed

In 2014, the Model S was released, equipped with the first autopilot feature. This feature allowed the car to self parallel-park, cruise control with traffic awareness, and change lanes automatically. Not only was the car innovative, it received a five star safety rating in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash test. The new autopilot will exceed its predecessor in capability. The vehicles will be set to have an 8 camera system, increasing the car’s autopilot capacities. Musk commented on the validity of adding new cameras, saying “cameras are crucial. There are no other sensor that have enough details of the scene to interpret it like we do.” He also commented on the eight-camera system, saying: “Today we are already preparing with one of the OEM [original equipment manufacturer], a first vehicle based on 8 cameras, one radar and ultrasonic around the vehicle. So this is much wider implementation of the first introduction of semi-autonomous driving, and the trifocal is going to be here as we planned, but additional 4 cameras around the vehicle and one camera looking back. The system will run on 5 EyeQ3 chips and all of them will be connected.” The added cameras would eliminate blind spots, and allow the vehicle a more comprehensive view of its surroundings. With the current version of Summon, the car will come and find you if you’re on private property,” “The car will exit the garage, close the garage behind it and come over to you. “This is the first baby step ultimately you’ll be able to summon the car from New York if you’re living in LA, and it will drive across the country, charge itself at the various locations and come to you.” While there is no release date set yet for the new innovations implanted by Tesla, hopeful consumers speculate anywhere from two to four years before these cars hit the streets.


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Angela said: “We are really looking forward to this year’s Celebrity Golf Tournament and Both myself and my colleagues from Expat Pensions will be on hand if anyone wishes to chat about their financial affairs or ask us to look at a particular issue for them”.

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an urgent decree stating that it was up to the client’s own bank as to whether it would actually charge the client the commission or decide to swallow the fee itself. But it seems that another entity has not taken much notice of this decree and has joined the three aforementioned banks in administering the extra commission to non-clients that use their machines to

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12 months of consolidation of a new positive cycle, which began at the end of 2014. The main variables to measure the health of the residential sector – prices, purchases, mortgages granted and the construction of new buildings – ended the year in positive figures, and that’s without exception. We can finally wave goodbye to the crippling crisis, which commenced in the third quarter of 2007 and didn’t reach its turning point until 2013. The main factors to see the situation turn around to a more positive one include the economic recovery of Spain in general, the end of the spiralling destruction of employment and the progressive return of finance from the banks. These have all led to an increase in consumer confidence, which has encouraged people to buy property again without fearing that the market will crash. As a result, house prices have increased in certain areas where purchases have picked up substantially and the market has become active once again.

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Useful Numbers activities Mariposa 968 631 008 Airconditioning: AC Services: 672 850 963 TJ Electricals: 868 181 121 Bar, restaurants & cafes AP’s 968 978 869 Bar Med: 968 595 864 Bar Trevi 968 199 939 Cat’s Bar 634 322 729 Club House Bistro 968 978 855 Elliots 968 158 499 La Vida 625 917 425 Mariposa 968 631 008 Quality Indian restaurant Tel 968 199 198 Ratatouille 968 155 887 Piccolo 968 131 515 Ratatouille 968 155 887 Sartaj Indian Restaurant: 968 115 260 Seventh Heaven 968 332 088 Spice Villa 968 199 226 The New Royal 968 595 864 Welcome Place: 968199 298 Beauty Care & Health Clinical complementary therapies 634 327 241 Heather mobile 636 657 481 Freedom Mobility 968 153 620 Builders Brian Jones and Co: 646 705 021 CM Constructions 659 159 948 JML Building: 669 05 46 52 Car Hire & SERVICES F&C Rental 968 199 156 Car mechanics & car sales Ken Sherwood mechanics 679 646 859 Carpentry Dave Davidson 634 330 706 Camposol Business Centre The Journal, Security, Dentist, Chiropodists, Camposol Health Clinic 968 103 008 Central Heating & Plumbing Calida Gas & Oil 659 761 771 Charities Age Concern 634 310216 Andreas animal rescue 690 906 565 FAST: Non Emergency 634 309 899 PALS 968 422 228 / 626460 465 Lions 696 827 525 Mabs 639 665 370 Making a Difference 634 357 137 Chimney Sweep Tony 646 438 694 Chiropodists Nathalia 968 103 008 Computer design services Daniel White www.danielwhitedesign. com Counselling/Life coaching: Clearway Forward, Paul Cosco: 629 661 862 Dentists Camposol Business Centre 968 103 008 Ear Candling Heather mobile 636 657 481 Electricians Andy 617 644 339 Funerals and funeral plans

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Fish & Chips Cats Bar: 666 188 353 Elliots Bolnuevo 968 158 499 Trevi Bar: 968 199 939 Hairdressers Carols 968 974 989 Euphoria 868 188 706/657 713 571 Fusiion 968 961 222 Jane’s Salon 968 158 433 Home Furnishings & furniture Furniture Plus 968 153 907/678 083 491 Insurance & Asesoria Nash Warren, Bolnuevo 968 156 583 Liberty Seguros 968 138 516 / 620 277 690 El Pilar 968 425 210 Law services Shirley Ann Fisher 968 103 008 Metalwork Eriks 636 050 008 Mobility, aids & equipment Freedom & mobility 968 153 620 Property services Camposol Properties 968 592 679 Helping Hands Home Care675 865 636 Home Management Services: 968 328 074/637 130 784 Kevins Fly Screens 650 662 579/616 984 652 Pool cleaning, maintenance & repair Camposol Properties 646 476 911 Kohn Pool Services 968 138 638/626 684 979 Pool Cleaning Mazarron 605 081 954 Tony, the pool diver 646 438 694 Printing & Design Insignia Graphics, 618 615 903 Mister print 638 893 357 SALES AND RENTAL AGENTS 2let2buy2sell 968 979 876 UK 00 44 1223 968 199 Another World 968 592 679 Best of Spanish/Murcia Coast and Country 968 598 173/664 360 208 Costa Calida Property Services 968 199 251 Mercers 968 199 188 UK 08450 177 805 Sensol Golf Villa Rentals 968 970 614/608 631 700 VillaQuest 968 974 918 Spanish interpreters and courses Debbies translations & interpreting, 677 353 136 Pilar Garcia 663 74 24 42 Television Services Rainbow, 686 358 475 Window cleaning services Miles Better: 619 877 103 Water, purification services Waterfiltersspain: 677 353 136 Miles Better Water Filters 619 877 303

Getting in touch with the committees and organisations

CRA Camposol Residents Association. The cabin is located alongside the Cultural Centre on Sector B and is open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11 to 1pm.(Closed on Bank Holidays) The Chairman is Phil Gelling and can be contacted on, general or membership enquiries can be sent to The duty Committee member can be contacted on 634 364 739. Their website is This number is manned every morning Monday thru Friday 10am / 12noon Sector A gardening Group is Chaired by John Grant.Web address: www.lospalacios-gardeners. com. Contact the Secretary for details of monthly meetings Friday morning bookstall outside the post room on A. Sector B & B-clean (their gardening group) NB B sector community group is newly formed. Helen White 968 199 506 is the pro tem organisor. Sector C Greenfingers gardening group, Chairman, John Osborne- Tel 634 325 427 email: Camposol Community Group D Sector The group meets monthly on the first Monday at 4PM at The Clubhouse.Chair: Ken D’Angelo Email: Vice Chair: Paul Reid Email: Treasurer: Anita Girvan Email: Membership Secretary: Carol D’Angelo 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 between 1600 to 1800 every weekday. Phone 968 131 717, email MABS now have an office on the main dual carriage way on Sector B. LIONS, Membership: Lion nigel 651867105 Welfare:Lion Gina 654874563 ANNOUNCEMENTS Welcome book club every second and fourth Tuesday in the underbuild at the former medical centre on Sector B.

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

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

Well here we are half way through January, just where has the time gone, in particular since my visit to England? Well Narlia was the perfect companion and is now settled and so happy with her new family, enjoying long muddy walks with her new brothers and sisters! I had a great time in the UK too, it’s many years since I have been, but, I was so happy to be back in Spain.  Can’t believe how much I missed my boys and girls!!   We managed to have a nice relaxing start to the year by taking some of our gang down into the Port for a lovely, sunny walk on the beach.  What a lovely change that made, just a shame we don’t have time to do it a little more often.  The Yard is looking very spick and span too, the donkeys have had their accommodation upgraded a little in preparation for the winter……….but where is it? I can’t believe this weather.  It makes all our jobs a little easier when the weather is so good but we are ready……should it decide to arrive!!! We had the pleasure of having a hedgehog as one of our residents for a short while.  He soon settled in very well and was eating, drinking and very active!!  After a few weeks we were able to release him back into the wild where he scurried off. Remember Tiny Tim (now Scout) who was brought into the shop in Mazarron in the summer, he weighed a mere 300g didn’t have any teeth, and was approximately 2 weeks old, the odds of him surviving were against him.  Well he went to one of our wonderful foster mummies to start with……..and look at him now!!!  Whoa he is gorgeous; you never know how some of these pups are going to turn out!!  He now lives in England and obviously has a very good life, because, he looks amazing.  Thank you Linda. We have 3 beautiful dogs that need rehoming.  The first one is Dougi who is a medium sized Spanish Sheep Dog.  He is very obedient, walks well off the lead is super friendly and would make a lovely family pet.  He is all white and shaggy and has the most amazing smile!!  He is approximately 2 years old and will be castrated next week.  Subject to home checks he could be yours!!  Check out our Facebook page for adorable photos. Jackson is our next adoptee.  He is large black dog weighing approximately 30 kilos.  He turned up at my gate in December a little on the thin side.  He is doing well and putting on weight.  He loves a fuss and is very friendly and approximately 4 years old.  Come and meet him your heart will melt! Finally there is Cinders.  She has been with me for a while and so deserves a loving home.  Gorgeous markings and so pretty.  Looks as though her nose has been dunked in an inkpot!!  Cinders is such a good girl, come and meet her. All the above are up for adoption and would make great family pets.  Give me a call on 690 90 65 65 to discuss your options. I will be in my usual spot on Mondays in the Car Park on Camposol B 11.30-1.30 to receive any donations or you can drop them into either of our shops in Roldan or Mazarron 10.320-1.30pm.

Andrea x

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Our chairman, Tony Holford, would like to take this opportunity to express his personal thanks to all our volunteer helpers past and present who have enabled this worthwhile charity to not only exist, but also to develop into the recognised and revered charity that it is today. This will be his last year as chairman as he will have completed his three year term. We would like to mention and thank two primary schools in Mazarrón, Infanta Leonor primary school for collecting items of clothing and food and Gines Garcia primary school for children’s clothing. These items had been collected throughout the months leading up to Christmas and were donated by the parents of the pupils to enable us to redistribute so we thank them all on behalf of our clients. We have had a 3,300 euro contribution from Mazarrón Town Hall for the purchase of essential items. We are grateful for their recognition and support. We are constantly amazed by the kindness of the people in our area; we receive such generous donations. We would especially like to mention Euronics electrical shop and Furniture Plus from whom we receive good saleable second-hand furniture and white goods and Lidl Supermarket who give us their damaged packet and tin goods and rejected fresh produce. This is cleaned and the good items are distributed to our clients to boost the aid products we supply to them. This all takes team effort and we have an amazing, hard-working and truly indispensable team to help us achieve this particular part of our work. We are at present preparing for our Spring Fashion Show, so if you have any good quality ladies clothing that you would like to donate, please think of us. Items can be brought to either of our shops or to our van, which is at the Country Club on 2nd and last Monday each month from 11am-1pm and in the car park on Camposol sector A every Tuesday from 11am–1pm. Donations can also be left at our Table Top sales on Camposol Sector B on 2nd and last Friday each month. Our van will be in the sector B car park on these sale days too. Call 634 357 137 or email for details of other drop off points or for more information about our association. Thank you all for your continued support and for helping us to make a difference in Mazarrón.

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I was in the jungle and there was this monkey with a tin opener. I said, ‘You don’t need a tin opener to peel a banana.’ He said, ‘No, this is for the custard.’

wondering, exactly how do you prepare your chickens?’ ‘Nothing special, sir. We just tell them straight out that they’re going to die. So I started playing the piano and this elephant burst into tears, I said “do you recognise the tune?”, he said “I recognise the ivory”. I saw this bloke chatting up a cheetah, I thought “he’s trying to pull a fast one”.

This policeman came up to me with a pencil and a piece of very thin paper. He said, ‘I want you to trace someone for me.’

So I said to this train driver “I want to go to Paris”. He said “Eurostar?”. I said “I’ve been on telly but I’m no Dean Martin”.

I told my mum that I’d opened a theatre. She said, ‘Are you having me on?’ I said, ‘Well I’ll give you an audition, but I’m not promising you anything.’

So I said to the Gym instructor “Can you teach me to do the splits?”. He said “How flexible are you?”. I said “I can’t make Tuesdays”.

I visited the offices of the RSPCA today. It’s tiny: you couldn’t swing a cat in there. I went to the local video shop and I said, ‘Can I take out The Elephant Man?’ He said, ‘He’s not your type.’ I said ‘Can I borrow Batman Forever?’ He said, ‘No, you’ll have to bring it back tomorrow’ A waiter asks a man, ‘May I take your order, sir?’ ‘Yes,’ the man replies. ‘I’m just

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But I’ll tell you what I love doing more than anything: trying to pack myself in a small suitcase. I can hardly contain myself. Now you know those trick candles that you blow out and a couple of seconds later they come alight again, well the other day there was a fire at the factory that makes them, it lasted 3 weeks So I met this gangster who pulls up the back of people’s pants, it was Weggie Kray. So I said “Do you want a game of Darts?”, he said “OK then”, I said “Nearest to bull starts”. He said “Baa”, I said “Moo”, he said “You’re closest”. You see I’m against hunting, in fact I’m a hunt

saboteur. I go out the night before and shoot the fox. The other day I sent my girlfriend a huge pile of snow. I rang her up, I said “Do you get my drift?”. So I went down the local supermarket, I said “I want to make a complaint, this vinegar’s got lumps in it”, he said “Those are pickled onions”. So I went to the Chinese restaurant and this duck came up to me with a red rose and says “Your eyes sparkle like diamonds”. I said “Waiter, I asked for a-ROMATIC duck”. So this bloke says to me, “Can I come in your house and talk about your carpets?”. I thought “That’s all I need, a Je-hoover’s witness”. You see my next door neighbor worships exhaust pipes, he’s a catholic converter. So I rang up British Telecom, I said “I want to report a nuisance caller”, he said “Not you again”. And I’ve got a friend who’s fallen in love with two school bags, he’s bisatchel. So I was in Tesco’s and I saw this man and woman wrapped in a barcode. I said “Are you two an item?”. So a lorry-load of tortoises crashed into a train-load of terrapins, I thought “That’s a turtle disaster”. And an airplane of spittle dived into the sea, there were no salivas.

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