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January ~ 2014


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Dear Readers, Welcome to the January 2014 edition of The Journal! We hope that you’re Christmas and New Year was as good as ours! At the time of going to print we were having an absolutely fantastic time! Danny and I decided to have a “Who can make the best Xmas Ham” competition and thanks to Google and You Tube we have become experts in Ham making, from the ingredients to make the best brine, to the amount of time to brine the meat, to cooking method, we are having the grown up equivalent of a kids argument. It goes like this: Me “My recipe´s better than yours!” Danny “No its not, mines better than yours” Me “No its not, mines better than yours!” Actually it’s not even the grown up equivalent of a kid’s argument, it is a kid’s argument. But my recipe really is better than his. Easily. I will win the battle of the Xmas Ham´s competition! Speaking of competitions, you may have noticed our front cover. For those that didn’t, let me explain. We know that January is the worst month in which we all suffer from the winter blues. Christmas has left us all light in the pocket, we ate too much and drank too much over Xmas and to top it all off- its freezing cold outside! So what better way to lift your spirits than to be in with a chance of winning a BRAND NEW TV?! In conjunction with TJ´s Electricals on Camposol Sector B, we are going to be giving away a state of the art, LG 42inch LED Television! This television comes with all the bells, and whistles that one would expect from the world’s leading television brand. Entering the competition is absolutely free of charge. All you need to do to win this fantastic prize is visit our Facebook page and enter. It takes less than a minute, and there are no questions to answer! Good luck everyone! This month we have some really interesting stories in the magazine, from drones that will soon be delivering our Amazon orders to Whisky made from the pee of geriatric diabetics (no really), there is plenty to keep you reading this month. On the subject of Whisky, don’t miss out on your chance to get a ticket to the Black Bull Camposol Burns Supper on Saturday 25th of this month. You´ll find full details later in the magazine. Have a great January everyone, and thanks for reading the only award winning magazine on the Costa Calida. (That also brings you the best competition prizes!) See you next month, Robert Rutherford Proud to be a climate neutral publication

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As many of you know from the report in our December 2013 magazine, a great group of guys from The New Royal in El Alamillo, Puerto de MazarrĂłn, took part in raising money for ‘Movember’ by growing moustaches during the whole month of November. A huge big thanks to all those who supported them – lots of money was raised for the charity. Final money raised was: Members & guests of Hacienda Del Alamo Golf Club donated 590 euros (from a Tuesday competition & Founders Dinner Dance). Alamo Golf Society donated 44 euros (from a golf day). New Royal customers and staff donated 105 euros.

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The money, which was announced, builds upon a £225m pool announced in 2012. It will be available over 6 years to developers whose projects create at least 1,500 homes, with 9 already under consideration for funding. Cash will only be granted if schemes pass rigorous due diligence tests and represents good value for money to the tax payer, a Treasury source emphasised. The theme park is being developed by London Resort Company Holdings, with support from filmmaker Paramount.

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When the original contract to construct the Paramount Pictures theme park in Alhama de Murcia, Paramount Licensing in the USA would only contribute rights to the intellectual property – namely branding – for what was to become their first such park in Europe. However, it seems that Paramount have now changed their minds, and look likely to contribute around €10 Mln in investment. The total investment required by the developers of the park, Proyectos Emblemáticos Murcianos SA (Premursa), is now believed to stand at €450 Mln and the show of confidence in the venture by Paramount Licensing can only have a positive effect. As such Premursa has hired the services of a private consulting firm to raise the necessary funds to complete the project as planned. As it currently stands, the theme park itself will have 42 attractions (branded from films such as Mission Impossible); 17 shops and 2 themed hotels.

The so-called adjoining ‘lifestyle center’ will then comprise an entertainment complex of 780,000 sq mt; offices; further hotels; a casino; shops and an auditorium. Construction works to the value of some €72 Mln is already underway, which is on schedule for the facility to open to the public by April 2016, and which will see the number of jobs created during the building works involved at the park rise to 16’500. It might also be speculated that news of the demise of Madrid’s Eurovegas project may also bode well for further foreign investment in the project.

The Padron by Camposol Residents Association THE REGISTER: if you live in Spain for more than 90 days you are Obliged by law to be on it. Even if you are not permanently resident, there can be advantages of doing do. In the last couple of weeks a team from the Spanish Census and Statistics office has-been touring the region and visiting some of the main expatriate population centers to try and explain the benefits of being on the Local Padron and making a difference by Registering for your right to vote in municipal and European Elections.   Each Municipality has Approached the situation differently, With Some being Accused of pure vote gathering while others are trying to make the process as easy as possible to Ensure one is legal and you can vote in elections. However,

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the National Statistics Institute That estimate another 70,000 or more from the UK and Ireland have second homes in the region, and although the INS admit That Their system is flawed but Improving, all of These People Have the right to be on the Municipal Padron and the right to vote in municipal and European Elections .  The British Consulate Also back up the ideas importance of the system and Have said “Registering on the Padron Gives you access to some benefits and social care, and can mean significant savings on Un certain community charges and inheritance tax. Unfortunately, if you do not register, you can not expect the Spanish Authorities to Provide social services or other help When You May need it in the future. Up to a million British Citizens live in Spain for part or all of the year. “ In essence, if you are not on your home you risk losing Padron Such rights as provided to Spanish Citizens, especially for Social Services. This includes home help, special grants for pensioners, education and sports plus associations and groups, driving license programs’ library and citizen’s cards and Most Importantly, to Qualify for a SIP card and coverage from the Spanish Health Service.   It costs nothing but your time and you need to take your passport and such items as title deeds, copy of a water or electric bill and old copy of the Padron, with you. It’s recommended That You tell them That you would like to vote in Both Municipal and European Elections.  Even if You Have Been to the Padron Office Within the last five years, the Town Hall still Recommends making sure, due to changes in Spanish Law, That re you register to confirm your right to vote.

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Government agrees solution with electricity suppliers to avoid rate hike Spain’s electricity suppliers and the government have reached an agreement on the 3.6-billion-euro shortfall created for the sector by the administration’s last-minute decision to withdraw budget support to cover the so-called tariff deficit, the difference between what it costs to produce electricity and what companies are allowed to charge for it. Mostly significantly, the accord should avoid an increase in electricity rates. Economy Minister Luis de Guindos had pledged that consumers would not have to foot the bill for the unexpected tariff deficit increase and that the administration would seek alternative means of resolving the issue. The solution took the form of the government agreeing to the securitization of the 3.6 billion euros, with the debt guaranteed by the state. Electricity companies can then sell this debt to investors to recover their costs. The tariff deficit has been a thorn in the side of the sector and a headache for the government, with the accumulated shortfall now close to 30 billion euros.

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The agreement was reached in a meeting between Finance Minister Cristóbal Montoro and representatives of the leading electricity producers, including the chairmen of Iberdrola, Gas Natural Fenosa and Endesa, respectively Ignacio Sánchez Galán, Salvador Gabarró and Borja Prado; and the chief executive officers of E.On España and EDP, Javier Alzóla and Miguel Stilwell de Andrade. The emergency meeting followed a telephone call by Montoro to Sánchez Galán. Soria argued that the about-turn was necessary as reducing the budget deficit was “above any other consideration” The deal was struck while Industry, Energy and Tourism Minister José Manuel Soria, the man directly responsible for the electricity sector, was meeting with the European Union commissioner for energy, Günther Oettinger, in Brussels. The deal avoids the electricity sector having to assume the 3.6 billion euros in debt on their balance sheets. According to sources in the sector, that would have resulted in an increase of between 0.5 percent and 1.0 percent in the electricity rates paid by end users over the 15 years the companies would have to amortize the debt. Electricity companies had complained that they were not informed beforehand of the amendments to the new draft law

overhauling the regulation of the sector introduced on Friday in the Senate, which included the withdrawal of the 3.6 billion euros in government funding to cover the deficit this year. Soria argued that the about-turn was necessary as reducing the budget deficit was “above any other consideration.” The agreement with the sector will involve removing the cap on the so-called Electricity System Deficit Securitization Fund (FADE), which the government set at 26 billion euros. The average interest rate paid on the 19 issues of debt made by the FADE was 4.48 percent. However, market conditions have improved significantly since the last issue, with similarly dated sovereign debt now being issued in the primary market at rates of under 3 percent. Want to stand out?

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BUYING SOFA’S – What Are Your Needs Think before you hit the furniture shops. I would suggest one of the first things to do is sit in your living area and decide if you really need 3 + 2 Seater sofa set or would 2 x 2 seater sofas fit in better giving you more room and a better flow to your room. May be a 2 or a 3 seater sofa with one or two chairs would suit you better. If you have the energy have a little move around, it may give you a new vision to your needs for your room. Are you a social person with lots of friends visiting and what time of the year does this occur. If you are more of a summer socialite does this mean most of your entertaining happens on your terrace rather than indoors, or are you a chef and prefer dinner parties and your entertaining is done more around the table in the winter. What do you personally require from your sofas? Room for a kiss and cuddle or lay out with your head on you partners lap, well that’s enough of that said the actress to the Bishop. This could affect your ideas for your living area. Measure the sofas etc in the room so you are aware of the kind of space you have


available to fit in your new buy, nothing worse than buying sofas just too big for your room. It’s an easy mistake to make as sofas always seem to look smaller in the shops set in a bigger area than your living room. People come in wanting leather sofas and some people say they are cold to sit on in the winter and stick to them in the summer. This is just down to taste. Then we have the dog lovers, they want leather to wipe and their dog claws do not get stuck in materials, but will scratch leather. WELL great news for all these people, there is a range of microfiber material. It’s hard wearing, sponge down or vacuum. I have sofas in this material myself for the last year or so, my 2 dogs love it and cosy in the winter, no sticking in the summer. The colour ranges and designs are better than a year ago. Would you like recliners in your sofas, now these are great to get your feet off the cold floors in the winter and put your feet up in the summer when those ankles swell up, would not be without mine. One word of warning, if you want your husband to stay awake during the winter evenings - may be not such a good idea. Have another look at your room, what colour is your furniture, what colour would you like your new sofas in? Not sure then get out your T-Shirts or scarves

and try different colours against your furniture you will be surprised at what colour you may pick for a new image or a change. One last word. If you are thinking of changing the rest of your living area furniture in the near future take this into consideration as well. Your new sofas may not be quite the ticket for a few months but it will mean they will suit your new furniture when it arrives. Remember, they always say buy your most expensive item in the room first and build the rest of your furniture and accessories around it. Sofas can be an expensive item so get it right first time and enjoy your comfort. So try before you buy and find the right one to suit your body and requirements. Written by Chris of Furniture Plus

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A Tragedy Waiting To Happen? By an anonymous resident Ten years ago in the UK it was not uncommon to see cars being driven around without tax, MOT or insurance. Thankfully this is now a thing of the past as with the development of number plate recognition software, used by the police, these vehicles are now quickly stopped, confiscated and ultimately scrapped. As the days go by in Spain it appears that certain parts of the ex pat community have realised that currently the local police and Guardia Civil either do not have or can’t be bothered to use the equipment they have to prevent the same crimes happening here. The most obvious, in the Camposol/

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Mazarron area, is white(sometimes other colours) van man who for years on end drives around in their UK registered, taxless, MOT/ITV less and un-insured vehicles ignoring the law. At the same time they expect everyone to believe that they are fully registered tradesmen paying their dues to the Spanish taxman. In reality all they do is undercut the legal tradesmen who do pay their way and eventually find it impossible to make ends meet. The term used is cowboy but I’m sure many could find a more appropriate description! Running a close second to white van man is the bar on Camposol which runs a fully liveried mini bus for its clients so that they don’t have to drink and drive. It is surprising that anyone would even step on to this vehicle knowing that because it was on Brit plates and has never legally been registered in Spain any insurance it does have is invalid and without having had any form of vehicle test is possibly un-roadworthy and dangerous. This is all without the bar or driver having a license to operate such a vehicle in Spain! Of course there is then the ex pat who just finds it easier to either purchase a cheap (because they are illegal)

UK registered car locally or even drive one from the UK and then over the years just run it in to the ground without registering it in Spain. Of course once the vehicle has been in Spain for 6 months or the MOT & Tax has expired the vehicle becomes illegal. This doesn’t seem to bother these owners. As long as they can get away with it, they will. The real question is to how these people are able to get away for it for so long? Of course they do get stopped by the police now and again, but it appears that as long as the police can see a live insurance document they are happy to let them go on their way. Hold on. How can a vehicle without tax or MOT documents get insurance? In the UK it is impossible but here in Spain there are at least two local well known Insurance Brokers who will supply a live policy without asking for these documents. It would appear they will turn a blind eye as long as they earn their commission! This is all well and good until these illegal vehicles are involved in an accident. Unfortunately in some cases this may well just be around the corner as the vast majority of these vehicles, have not had to undergo a MOT or ITV test, are not roadworthy. I am personally aware of two cases locally where it has cost the illegal owners thousands of Euros to settle for the damage caused to the other vehicle involved when they had accidents. One, because the Guardia Civil were involved, also ended up with a hefty


fine. Both had what they thought were full insurance documentation but still lost their vehicles. This is all well and good when it is just the vehicles that suffer damage. What happens when someone gets hurt in the accident? There is no way in this day and age that Insurance companies are going to pay out on policies that are used to cover illegal vehicles. As many of those who are legally insured will testify these companies look for any excuse not to pay out. Not only are the owners going to be involved in lengthy, expensive litigation but also invariably they are going to end up in a Spanish prison. At least, thankfully, the Spanish police and legal system treat those who choose to drive without legal insurance and cause damage to others very harshly. A tragedy waiting to happen for all concerned. I could go on to write about other ex pats who drive around in UK registered cars but believe this is OK as they drive back to the UK every year to renew their MOT and tax disc. It’s not. UK registered cars are allowed in Spain for a maximum of 6 months in each 12 month period. This figure is cumulative. Another cause for concern is the drink drivers. Every day you can find those who go to the bar and then feel it OK to just jump in their car/van and drive home. After all they only live a couple of hundred meters down the road! Another tragedy waiting to happen!!

Review of 50 Shades of Grey

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On commencing this revue article I had only read up to Chapter 7. On reading


the first 6 chapters I thought this just a superficial rambling of typical American trash. With some interest! However! ; I now realise this is in fact quit a subtle genius observation of human interaction. This book, contrary to popular belief has nothing to do with SEX!! But it has everything to do with the subtleties’ of control!! The first six chapters hold the essence of the story. Everything else that follows just corroborates the complexity of it. I have not read any reviews of this, so called “revelation of a book”!! But! Mss. E L James has undoubtedly been either the victim or an observer of a controlling, dominating relationship. ! Anastasia Steele’s fate was manipulated from the time she “fell” into Christian Grey’s, rather plush and manicured office. If it had been her colleague Kate Kavanagh there would have been no story. ! All the “women” that surround him on a daily basis are beautiful and desirable but superficial or strong women. ! Ana is the unknown quantity. ! Different and, he hopes manipulative. ! He knows he can charm the “knickers off a nun” and so proceeds to manipulate, to his advantage, the situation. However, Ana, in her naivety throws a few subtle barriers in his path. I have now read the whole book and still maintain my initial observation, with a few more perceptions. Whilst the character of Ana grows, strengthens and develops; hey, she is portrayed as an intelligent, but open and naive woman who’s world has just been turned upside down. Although at her age you would have thought she would be a little more street wise!! But this is American literature and I don’t think we as British can appreciate just how insular and idealistic the majority of cosseted American people are or should I say were. It comes with



Christians character however although initially complex is in fact pretty simple. He knows what he wants and likes and pursues it to the utmost. He’s rich, good looking with a serious chip on his well toned and attired shoulders. I hope the next book, which I am yet to read Mss. E.L James will have courted in depth more of his character. I love how she ends it though, to be continued!!

The friend whom I borrowed this book from after reading it stated that “It’s OK if you were a 16 year old”!! Which I can see her point. ! If you want to read about SEX! buy a Jackie Collins novel.

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Christmas with a party at the Camposol Cuntural Centre. Partygoers enjoyed an array of festive food from sausage rolls and sandwiches to mince pies and cake. Maggie and Rita provided the entertainment with a walk down memory lane – relating stories about how different Christmas was when we were young!

On Saturday 7th December a group of singers from Wellspring Victory Church gathered to sing Christmas carols at the Age Concern Christmas Fayre in Puerto de Mazarron. We had great fun and were well received by the shoppers and the organisers, who joined in with us to sing and bring a real Christmas feel to the event. Thank you Age Concern for the invitation, we really enjoyed it.

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Spanish and English food (bacon & eggs or paella!) and we were treated with a performance of carol-singing by the Wellspring Victory Church choir. Santa and his elf were there to help with the festivities and at the end of the day the raffle was drawn. Doug Wargent of Las Torres won the top prize of 50€ meat vouchers. We hope the other 10 lucky winners received their prizes in time for Christmas. Our thanks go, not only to the public and the stallholders for supporting us, but also to the volunteers and friends who worked so hard to make the day a success – the ladies who baked for the cake stall did a brilliant job – the beststocked cake stall in Mazarron! If you are looking for ideas for a New Year’s resolution and have spare time available – why not consider helping in the community by being an Age Concern volunteer? It isn’t difficult, we are all ordinary people, but we can help others just by being there! We also need people to help with fundraising and with more practical work such as looking after the wheelchairs and zimmer frames. Why not call 634 310216 for more information. A Happy New Year to 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 .

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Spangles Ladies’ Harmony Chorus of Los Alcázares had their usual busy lead-up to Christmas, starting with their Christmas Show on Thursday, 5 December in the Los Alcázares Ayuntamiento’s Salon de Plenos They played to a packed house, which included the Mayor, Anastasio Bastida, and Maite Olmos Fuentes, Councillor for Tourism, Commerce and Industry. The show was compered by Spangles devotee, Amor Yagues and the Mayor commented that the chorus gets better and better every time he hears them. The ladies who attended the recent ‘Sing Harmony in a Day’ course had their moment of glory, joining the chorus to sing the song that they perfected at the course. Since then, 5 of the attendees have joined the chorus. On Sunday, 8 December, Spangles held a memorial service for Jane Chapman, a wonderful lady who had been with the chorus since 2006. “Jane was very dear to us and, although she passed away in the UK, we wanted to remember her here in Spain” said co-Chorus Manager, Lyn Baines. Friends from Sucina, where Jane lived, attended and Spangles sang several songs before scattering rose petals on the

Christmas songs for the volunteers and customers at the HAH Christmas Fair at the Restaurante Bacchus, in Los Alcázares, followed by a few songs for Ali and her customers at The Arches Bar. Dos Mares Shopping Centre welcomed Spangles Christmas on Wednesday, 11 December, where they faced a battle with the sounds coming from the latest entertainment booth – a 5D cinema.

Claras. Needless to say, there was more singing, but the emphasis was on having fun, with a quiz, a backward raffle for a prize that nobody wanted to win, stand-up bingo and a sumptuous buffet provided by the chorus members. Sue Higgins read out a Christmas-themed poem, which is reproduced here: DEAR SANTA Dear Santa it’s time to send a wish As a child they were easy to make For me it was chocolates and sweeties For others sweet biscuits and cake But now Santa, I think I need Botox To maintain a dazzling smile We have to look cheery and stunning When onto the stage we do file

Thankfully, the management kindly turned off the sound for the duration, so that customers could enjoy their festive entertainment. Afterwards, Spangles and guests moved on to party at the Restaurant Asia in San Javier, where more singing ensued. “The restaurant did us proud” commented Lyn Baines. “It’s not easy to serve hot food to 48 people and the staff did a marvellous job.” This annual get-together enables the management to announce the 2013 chorus awards. ‘Barbershopper of the

Polypeptides look good on the telly I think that they go on your face It actually sounds like your Auntie Not a skin cream to put on a pace And Santa I need to be taller To stand on the back of the stack I’m usually up front with the tinies So none of my moves can be slack I also need uplift and contours To the lines now surrounding my mouth And my boobs won’t obey, I’ve told them to stay But they appear to be travelling south! Dear Elves I need a new memory To remember my words for the songs Mine appears to have lost all its recall Gail won’t be happy, if the lyrics are wrong

water in her memory. The afternoon saw Spangles singing

Year’ was won by Carol Smith, who has worked tirelessly behind the scenes for the chorus. This year, in honour of Jane Chapman, Spangles created a new award, the ‘Jane Chapman Cup’, for best attendance, which will be awarded twice a year. “We thought that the trophy for best attendance was very appropriate” explained Lyn. “Jane went through a lot with her illness but she never complained, would never let it beat her, and turned up at rehearsal, no matter how ill she felt. It’s a fitting tribute to her commitment to the chorus and her love of singing.” The Jane Chapman Cup was won jointly by Lyn Baines, Carol Smith and Thelma Adams, who each missed only one rehearsal throughout 2013. Thursday, 12 December saw Spangles’ last rehearsal at Las

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My stocking now contains hormones Does Santa now have the cure? Hot flushes keep you warm when you’re outside But inside, don’t look so demure So, if you are listening Santa I know you have got lots to do Good health and good cheer, throughout the year This ‘Spangle’ needs help from you! Spangles will be taking their Christmas break, returning to Las Claras on Thursday, 9 January. They would like to take this opportunity wishing everyone a very happy Christmas and prosperous New Year. Following on from their gold medal success, Spangles has released a CD called ‘Pure Gold’, which includes their two winning contest songs and many audience favourites. ‘Pure Gold’ is on sale at 5 Euros and makes an ideal Christmas present. Call 968 432 525 or 968 334 527 to order your copy. Spangles welcomes new members so, if you’re looking to make new friends and enjoy singing, why not visit Spangles when they rehearse at Las Claras? They meet every Thursday from 10.00am to 1.00pm. Please call Lyn on 968 432 525 or Anthea on 968 334 527 to book Spangles or to find out how to join, or visit the website: www.spangleschorus. com.


Save Money on Funeral Expenses “Buy Today Die Tomorrow However Long You Live” NO this is not a Joke! As with all other goods and services in Spain Funeral Expenses are rising in price annually – So our commitment to You is: *Fixed price Funeral Plan from Day 1 *Price is frozen from the moment you sign *No hidden extras added at time of death *Totally interest free, the price you see is the price you pay *VAT/IVA exempt We are a fully legal Spanish SL Company and we know that other Companies in the market place cannot commit to the above, so before you make a decision consider this: Do not believe all you see and hear. Check out the facts before committing to something you may later regret, look at the small print for the hidden payments/extras above the basic cost of a funeral plan, what’s the interest rate being charged for the pleasure of paying by instalments? Is there a front end or rear end payment above the cost of the plan, are the terms and conditions just that terms and conditions, or a statement of intent allowing additional costs to be added at the sellers whim. Competition is Healthy so why is it feared? Please look at our website prices start at €3390, our IVA exemption certificate is there, from the Spanish Tax Office, so are our terms and conditions. IFP – Iberian sell only Funeral Plans we are not an Insurance Company, an Insurance agent, a one man band or a UK Company selling into Spain, all our written plans are registered with the Spanish Authorities (Hacienda) so for an ethical, secure, cost saving solution to funeral expenses Reg no 11138305//CIF no B93156107 IFP – Iberian offering Safety, Security & Savings

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for the many contributions of: cakes, pastries and pies, the beautiful cake made for guessing the weight of the cake, the preserves, a giant Teddy for guessing its name, The Traders who provided a wide variety of stalls, for the generosity of people who donated prizes for the Tombola stall and Raffle. Many Traders have


‘Didn’t we do well?’ Is still being said by so many people following the ‘FAST XMAS FAYRE’ held at ‘Marianos Restaurant’, Saturday 23rd November. FAST were aware that the amount raised at last year’s Xmas Fayre was extremely pleasing so hoped that the final total this year might perhaps come close to the previous good result. Cheers went round when hearing the brilliant news that we had actually improved on last year’s figure - totalling the fantastic amount of: €5,009.17 Thanks once again go to the FAST Fundraisers and other members of the FAST Team for all their hard work! FAST also wishes to thank so many other people-The Businesses who so kindly gave prizes, gifts and donations,

remarked since ‘that this was the best they had ever done anywhere,’ and have already placed bookings for the next FAST Event! To those who dropped coins into the Wishing Well – we hope that your wishes come true! Thank you to everyone who came through the doors in order to support FAST!


Saturday and previous evening too.

The Traders also conveyed their appreciation and grateful thanks to the FAST Team for the help and assistance given to them on their arrival, the unloading, preparation and setting up of equipment, plus being readily available to help during the Event in addition to assisting them again once the Fayre had ended! A VERY BIG ‘WELL DONE’ AND ‘THANK YOU TO EVERYONE’! INTERESTED IN BECOMING A FAST VOLUNTEER OR SUPPORTER OR WOULD LIKE TO BOOK A FAST DEMONSTRATION -email.rabt.val@ FAST A.G.M. - Monday 13th January 2014 at the Cultural Centre B Sector -6.00-8.00 pm Visit FAST. Website-www. for Events/Info or FAST Stall B Sector (Fridays) Paddy Snell -F.A.S.T. Responder/P.R.­­

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MANY ITEMS UP TO HALF PRICE! COME AND SEE WHAT WE HAVE TO OFFER IN CAMPOSOL, SECTOR B TEL: 968 972 944 Malt Whisky can now be made from diabetics’ urine James Gilpin is a designer and researcher who works on the implementation of new biomedical technologies. He’s also got type 1 diabetes, where his body doesn’t produce enough insulin to regulate blood sugar levels. So he’s started a project which turns the sugar-rich urine of elderly diabetics into a high-end single malt whisky, suitable for export. The source material is acquired from elderly volunteers, including Gilpin’s own grandmother. The urine is purified in the same way as mains water is purified, with the sugar molecules removed and added to the mash stock to accelerate the whisky’s fermentation process. Traditionally, that sugar would be made from the starches in the mash.  Once fermented into a clear alcohol spirit, whisky blendsare added to give colour, taste and viscosity, and the product is bottled with the name and age of the contributor. The original idea came from an (unverified) story he heard about a pharmaceutical company that supposedly set up a factory next to an old people’s home and would

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swap cushions and soft toys for the residents’ urine. They’d then process the urine to remove the chemicals that had passed straight through the dilapidated endochrine systems of the patients, which could then be put straight back into new medicine. The whisky, as you might have

guessed, won’t be widely marketed conventionally. In fact, it’s more of an art piece, asking, Gilpin says, whether it’s “plausible to suggest that we start utilising our water purification systems in order to harvest the biological resources that our elderly already process in abundance”.


It’ll be exhibited, with tasting sessions, at100% Materials, a design and architecture event in London in September, and the Abandon Normal Devices festival in Manchester in October. If you’re not keen on trying it yourself, then you can still go along and view the three films that Gilpin will be showing alongside the whisky, which each outline one aspect of living with the disease.

SPORTING CAMPOSOL SO FAR A review of the last few months and what else is on the program for the future. In recent months , the results have been very good . We have a young team which consists only of players from

Mazarron and the team is improving every week . With a few more victories promotion to the Primera Autonomica is achievable


Man of the match : moha 4x Abdel 1x

Ahmed 2x Edu 2x The 2nd half of the season will be important. How many injuries will come , which team has the most red and yellow cards collected . This will eventually play a role in how succesful we are. With a full turnout every week at the training unlike other clubs in the area it is a testimony to the hard work and dedication of these young men, and this can be seen in our recent results. In December the team is going to play a futbol sala tournament in Holland. This will take place on 27 and December 28. Also players are going be viewed by various professional clubs.This will be a great experience for these young guys and we look forward to letting you know how succesful we were next month. For anyonethat is looking for a good game of football , keep an eye on the facebook page Sporting Camposol for further news . See you next month! Jelco, Augustin, Pepe & Bennie

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Happy New Year from Sara and Shaun at Cat´s Bar! Sara and Shaun would like to say a HUGE thank you to all their customers old and new for their support throughout 2013, and that they are looking forward to another successful year in 2014. This year every Wednesday there will be a fantastic fun quiz with Eddie B from 9pm, with the legendary Cat´s Fish and Chip Special being served from 6 till 9pm! What better way to spend the evening than Fish and Chips followed by drinks and a quiz? Thursdays from 8pm sees the start of something completely different for all the Ladies with Ladies DARTS! You don’t have to be good at darts or even have played before, as this is something that is going be fun rather than competitive. Come down and join in! Not forgetting that EVERY DAY Cat´s Bar has the freshly baked homemade cakes and pastries. Cat´s is the perfect meeting place for coffee, drinks food and great entertainment. See you there soon!

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Overview of a Sore Throat

A sore throat often makes it painful to swallow. A sore throat can also feel dry and scratchy. A sore throat is a frequent symptom of the common cold or other acute respiratory tract infections. In some cases, a lab test will need to be done to determine if you or your child needs antibiotics. Causes of a Sore Throat Most sore throats are caused by viruses, like ones that cause a cold or the flu Some sore throats, like strep throat, are caused by bacteria; strep throat is caused by Group A streptococcus (strep-tuhKOK-us) Other causes include: Allergies Dry air Pollution (airborne chemicals or irritants) Smoking or exposure to second hand smoke Signs and Symptoms of a Viral Infection Accompanied by a Sore Throat Sneezing Cough Watery eyes

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Mild headache Mild body aches Runny nose Low-grade fever (less than 102°F) Consult your pharmacist if You or Your Child has: A sore throat that lasts longer than 1 week Difficulty swallowing or breathing Excessive drooling (young children) Temperature higher than 100.4° F Pus on the back of the throat Rash Hoarseness lasting longer than 2 weeks Blood in saliva or phlegm Symptoms of dehydration (dry, sticky mouth, sleepiness or tiredness, thirst, decreased urination or fewer wet diapers, few or no tears when crying, muscle

weakness, headache, dizziness or lightheadedness) Contact with someone with strep throat Recurring sore throats Your pharmacist can determine the cause of a sore throat and if treatment is needed. Antibiotics are needed When… Antibiotics are needed when a doctor diagnosed to you or your child a strep throat, which is caused by bacteria. Strep throat cannot be diagnosed by looking in the throat – a lab test must also be done. Antibiotics are prescribed for strep throat for the purpose of preventing rheumatic fever. If the test result shows strep throat, the infected patient should stay home from work, school, or day care until 24 hours after starting a treatment. A healthcare provider may prescribe other medicine or give you tips to help with other symptoms like fever and cough, but antibiotics are not needed to treat most sore throats. Antibiotics Will Not Help if… When a sore throat is caused by a virus or irritation from the air, antibiotic treatment will not help it get better. Most sore throats will improve on their own

within 1-2 weeks. It is important to take antibiotics only when they are needed. Taking antibiotics when they are not needed can be harmful, and may lead to unwanted side effects like diarrhea, rashes, nausea, and stomach pain. More severe side effects may rarely occur, including life-threatening allergic reactions, kidney toxicity, and severe skin reactions. Each time you or your child takes an antibiotic, the bacteria that normally live in the body (on the skin, in the intestine, in the mouth and nose, etc.) are more likely to become resistant to antibiotics. Common antibiotics cannot kill infections caused by these resistant germs. 

How to Feel Better Rest, over-the-counter medicines and other self-care methods may help you or your child feel better. For more information about symptomatic relief, talk to your pharmacist. Remember, always use over-the-counter products as directed.  Many over-the-counter products are not recommended for children younger than certain ages. Preventing a Sore Throat Practice good hand hygiene Avoid smoking Avoid close contact with people who have colds or other upper respiratory infections Avoid exposure to second hand smoke and do not expose children to second hand smoke. Juan Basilio Galindo Tovar (pharmacist of Camposol pharmacy)


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Off road buggies now also available see website for photos and info

Our famous guided walks January 13th and 27th, February 10th and 24th. 12 per person includes an easy medium approx 3 hour walk and a hearty walkers 4 course lunch. Booking essential.

HOTEL LA MARIPOSA is a great venue for private parties and events, offering great deals on catering and discount on rooms.


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Have you bought your 2014 calendar yet? If not, why not get a forces charity calendar and contribute to a worthy cause aswell. All the proceeds go to the Royal British Legion. The calendar was created by a group of British ladies from the MazarrĂłn area and each month depicts one or two of them in poses alongside props and slogans relevant to the war years. Hurry to the shops to get yours for only 5â‚Ź each. Available

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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.

English: Tony Smith 650 631 719 Spanish: Mariano Canovas Montiel 649 821 384

The Black Bull, Camposol Sector B

Happy New Year!

Since opening last Autumn, Carol, her husband John and their son Ryan have Carol, John and Ryan would like to wish been working hard to make their bar the all their customers old and new a Huge place to be! They have Carol, John and Ryan a fantastic entertainment Welcome programme, with you to the live acts, poker nights every Tuesday at 8pm, Music and General and soon to arrive Knowledge Pub Quiz pool league, they every Thursday 8PM also have the famous “Joker raffle” every Tuesday Poker night 8pm Friday at 7.00pm. The last Saturday Every Friday @ 7pm join us for the of every month The Famous Joker Raffle! Black Bull has live music with G&T at The last Saturday of Every month come and see the 9pm brilliant GNT! 9pm. In addition to all of this The Black Bull Come and try our new food menu prepared by our chef “Scottie” has chef, from wraps and toasties to daily specials! used his wealth of Served 10am till 4pm experience to put together a mouthAll Major Sporting Events Shown! watering menu with a whole host of Open Monday to Saturday 9am till late and Sunday daily specials. The 11am till late. menu has something Call us on 634 374 381 or for everyone. email: From fantastic wraps and toasted Blackbull Camposol


The Black Bull is proud to announce that they now have Fish and Chip Friday from 11am till 4pm and 7pm until 9pm. Just 6.50€ gets you Freshly Beer Battered Cod, Hand Cut Chips, Mushy Peas, Tartare Sauce and bread and butter. This has become extremely popular therefore booking is advised, but not essential. This January the 25th, The Black Bull with host their first annual Burns Supper. A traditional 2 course meal consisting of Cullen Skink followed by Haggis, Neeps and Tatties will be served from 7.30pm, with Chef Scottie addressing the haggis, followed by Live music from GNT at 9pm. Entry is free to all, and for those that wish to enjoy the Burns Meal before the band, tickets are priced at only 5€ and are already selling fast. Call the bar or visit in person to make a reservation. For updates on what’s going on, drop into the bar for more information or call on 634 374 381 or email Or visit our Facebook page: Blackbull Camposol All football and major sporting events are shown live on the big screen. The Bar is open from 9am till late Monday to Saturday and from 11am till late on a Sunday.


Improved villa inspection to check that your house is in good order for your peace of mind At least one, or more, inspections of your villa every night Key hold & custody of your villa when you are away for a period of time

Emergency response service included If you feel threatened or intimidated when in your villa, call our special emergency number for assistance. We will initiate the necessary measures and actions in co-operation with the Police/Guardia Civil. (Available during our normal surveillance periods) Discounted cost for specialist support if police station visit needed (Available for reporting break-in or theft from your villa) Three month / Six month / Annual contracts available

15€ + IVA per month Published and printed by Luis Canovas & Global de Servicios, Seguridad, Guarda Rural y Control, S.L. Camposol Business Center Tel: 968 103 008 Please Note: This special offer is available to ALL Poligonos on Camposol Its availability is subject to a large majority of the villas on the Poligono signing up for the service Further reduction in the monthly fee possible, depending on the size and take-up of the Poligono It is intended that this service will be available from 1st January 2012 Further details available from Luis Cánovas or Conchi at theCamposol Business Centre Telephone: or email

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Many thanks

Totana English Academy would like to say a big thank you to The Black Bull Bar on Camposol Sector B for hosting our first English language conversation event! The staff could not have done more to make us feel welcome- we will definitely be back! Of course this fantastic event would not have been possible without the great organisational skills of Kaz Moore. Kaz connected us with a wonderful group of volunteers who happily gave up their time to help out those who were learning English. All the students remarked on the helpfulness and patience that the volunteers afforded them. Thanks to all of you as it really would not have been possible without you all! Our next event is scheduled for January the 17th at 4pm. If you have any questions, are interested in our Spanish Language courses or fancy volunteering, then please do not hesitate to contact us at: info@ Regards, Lisa Storey

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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 8.00pm

Sara & Sean welcome you to

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!  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” Fish and Chip Friday at the Black Bull 11am4pm then 7-pm -9pm   Saturdays  Music Night at the Trevi, Steak night at La Vida from

Happy hour 5 until 7, Friday & Saturday homemade Sunday lunch, from 5.50 (Booking advised)

6pm- Booking Essential, 3 courses including an 8oz Rump only 28.50€ per couple. Last Saturday of every month GNT @ 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: New Years Day!Disco and Karaoke with Lisa B The Black Bull: Saturday 4th Disco and Karaoke with Lisa B The Black Bull: Saturday 11th Lisa B Karaoke and Fun night! The Black Bull: Sunday 19th Back by popular demand Johhny Sax- Free Entry!

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Monday Mania! Selected Bottled Beers, Draft Pints and Spirits 1€ when paid for with a 1€ coin! Free Tapas with every drink between 4-7pm

Special Fish & Chips, Wednesday Night

Wednesday and Saturday Steak deal (2 persons, 3 courses,including a bottle of wine) 28.50€ per couple.

All sports covered, especially football

Full Al a Carte Menu also available Menu Del Dia Available Mon-Friday 12pm-4pm

(Booking advised)

Snacks, breakfasts, meals, Freshly Baked pastries and Cakes available Daily Sunday Night, fun quiz & play your cards right Thursday night, karaoke with Berni Mac Friday Night is bingo night. Our new menu has arrived, come and try our breakfast special 2 of everything only 3.50 euros All time pub favourites only 5 euros

Phone 666 188 353

Friday is Fish and Chip Day from 2pm.: Enjoy our Beer Battered Cod and Homemade chips from 5.50€ and later join us for our famous Fun Quiz with prizes! Sunday Lunch from 7.50€ available from 12 till 4pm, Booking Advised. Every Thursday pre Christmas dinner from 6pm Choice of one (7.50) two (10.00) three (12.00) courses Traditional roast dinner served with all the Christmas trimmingsBooking advised “Gourmet Cuisine in a candlelit ambiance”

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Wednesday 15th January Winter Dinner and Grand Raffle Costa Celebration Rooms Mazarron Town With Entertainment by Terry J Wednesday 19th February PEKIN 5 Chinese Restaurant Pto Mazarron Wednesday 19th March Lunch at El Saladillo Restaurant Near Camposol “A” Ex-Servicemen’s Association of Mazarron District enquiries to or Ian on 629818611

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3 course Menu Del Noche for 9.95 with a choice of 10 till 4 7 Days week Starters, Mains andaDesserts Sunday Now Available-12.30-3.30pm All dayCarvery Breakfast from only 3euros Saturday Night Music Night! Sundays with Eddie B from 5 Oclock with Stand Up Bingo and Super 6 Draw!

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Technology Amazon drones Amazon has revealed plans to begin delivering customer orders within 30 minutes by unmanned, miniature drone-style aircraft.

Jeff Bezos, the ecommerce brand’s chief executive, announced that its Amazon Prime Air service could deliver packages weighing up to 2.3kg within half an hour of order. Amazon is reportedly hoping to launch to service within five years, subject to approval of the use of its ‘Octocopter’ drones by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The company posted a video on YouTube showing an order being made by a customer, the order being processed at an Amazon warehouse, and then being flown direct to the customer’s home by a drone. Amazon has also set up a microsite with details of the project.

Bioengineers develop form-shifting gel to aid bone regeneration Bioengineers from Rice University have developed a

temperature-sensitive gel that starts as a liquid, solidifies into a gel in the body and then liquefies again for removal. The material has been designed for use as a scaffold material for bone regeneration in the head and face. The gel -- poly(Nisopropylacrylamide), orPNiPAAm -- has been designed to be injected into the body to help direct the formation of new bone that has been lost or damaged through injury or disease. At room temperature it is liquid, but it turns into a more solid gel at body temperature. It could act as an alternative to prefabricated implantable scaffolds. The material has been developed in the bioengineering lab of Antonios Mikos. Mikos said: “This new platform technology leverages

injectable, thermally responsive, chemically crosslinkable and bioresorbable hydrogels for regenerative medicine applications. It enables the formation of scaffolds locally and the delivery of growth factors and stem cells into defects of

complex anatomical shapes with minimal surgical intervention.” PNiPAAm’s cross-linking technology lets the researchers eliminate shrinkage of the gel, which improves its stability so that it can deliver growth factors and stem cell populations to the area being treated. Once enough bone tissue has regenerated to fill the area, the scaffold can be turned back into a liquid state and reabsorbed by the body. Mikos believes that the ability to encapsulate stem cell populations with these sorts of temperaturesensitive injectable gel scaffolds will have “enormous implications for the development of novel therapeutics for craniofacial bone regeneration”. A paper on the research has been authored by Tiffany Vo, a fourthyear doctoral graduate student in Mikos’ lab, and colleagues.

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of an ongoing research project on autonomous cars and other

assisted driving technologies that can help lead to safer roads and less traffic congestion. The research car is part of Ford’s Blueprint for Mobility initiative, the company’s plan to help integrate the automotive and telecommunications industries by putting more intelligent vehicles and transportation systems on roadways. The company is partnering with State Farm and researchers at the University of Michigan to further develop the car. The Ford Fusion vehicle uses much of the same technology found in models of the car currently for sale, but it includes four cylindrical LiDAR detectors on the vehicle’s roof. Those sensors constantly collect and process data in the nearby environment -- scanning 2.5 million times per second to create a real-time 3D map of their surroundings. That detailed picture of the world around the vehicle is designed to guide the car to make smarter driving decisions. It could one day help to increase fuel efficiency and cut down on human driving errors, collisions and congested roadways, according to Ford. Researchers are optimistic about potential benefits of autonomous driving technology to consumers, said Panagiotis Tsiotras, professor and director of the Dynamics and Control Systems Laboratory at theGeorgia Institute of Technology. “To begin with, autonomous vehicles do not violate traffic signs or speed limits. People with long commutes can instead spend the time reading or catch up with friends, family or work,” “Elderly people in the U.S. and elsewhere are often prohibited from operating a motor vehicle after a certain age, thus reducing their mobility and quality of life. A fully autonomous vehicle will provide unprecedented flexibility in the lives of these people,” added Tsiotras.


Before any of those features become mainstream, though, there’s one far more important concern, said Edwin Olson, professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Michigan and one of the members of the team developing the sensor-based technologies for Ford’s research vehicle. “Our No. 1 priority, with all other goals a distant second, is safety,” he told TechNewsWorld. “We want to reduce vehicle-related casualties. With almost 40,000 fatalities in the U.S. and millions worldwide -- and that’s not counting injuries and property damage -- there’s a huge opportunity for societal good by improving the safety of vehicles.” Long-Term Research People who remain skeptical about the future of autonomous driving often voice concerns that a driverless car -- or at least, one that does the majority of the work for drivers -- seems dangerous or out of control, but Ford and other companies working on the technology are out to disprove those arguments, said Olson. “I think we all have had close calls due to distraction or inattention -- on either our part or on another driver’s part,” he pointed out. “In the relatively short term, we can bring technology to improve safety of our roadways. Our research vehicle can see 360 degrees in every direction, and it doesn’t get tired or distracted. We think it will make you a better driver.” Doubt isn’t the only hurdle to clear before autonomous vehicles can go mainstream. There are legal issues

to resolve, and costs must be slashed. However, smarter cars are the future of the industry, even if this innovation doesn’t blossom overnight, said Olson. “Vehicles have been getting more intelligent for decades,” he pointed out. “Even antilock brakes represent a case where the vehicle makes decisions to help you drive better. Automated cars are a big step in the direction of enlisting a computer’s help in improving driver safety and performance, but it’s in line with decades of development.

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Dawn Llewellyn-Price ‘We three Kings, of orient are, one in a bus, and one in a car...’ don’t ask me the rest, I can’t remember it I’m afraid. While ‘He’s behind you!’ season is starting to fizzle out on UK soil, and tired men in tights jiggle up and down on stages throughout the nation (we have Jimmy Osmond in Swansea) the Spanish will be preparing for their own trio of men in drag, Los Reyes, the Three Kings, the Three Wise Men, bringing all the swag to patient children (snow allowing) who have had to wait until January 6th to get their hands on the bulk of the Booty that the rest of the world had delivered on December 25th and has probably broken and binned by now. Unless it’s an iPad/iPhone/ or anything involving a plug and a touch screen. Christmas seemed to start very early in the UK in 2013 and even I had my tree up and adorned by December 5th but you can blame another set of three maybe -not-so-wise men for that,-Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Junior were in town as the Rat Pack

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tribute act on the 4th making me feel festive enough to drag out all that glisters the following morning, whilst humming ‘Fly me to the Moon’ (well, it won’t be Corvera just yet, will it?) I wasn’t alone, trust me. It’s bound to be cold, so hopefully your log piles and Repsol bottles are full. But if you’re not doing anything interesting on January 6th, head up to little Aledo atop the Espunas. We did last year, for one of the oldest Auto-Plays in Spain, where Balthazar, whatsisname and the other one, performed in wonderful costume, astride horses (camels, it seems, are not recession-proof) and the whole place was abuzz with a wonderful feeling and a dressed up balcony where an actor spoke down to the bearers of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh on the street below. Magic stuff. Not quite the Big Parade of Madrid the night before (if you have Spanish telly, and why wouldn’t you?) tune in for a major treat. Oh, and we have a New Year. 2014 unfolds before us, leading who knows where, or in what fashion. More awards for The Journal? Quite likely. Preparations for Paramount? Cabin bags for Corvera? Street lights for the Dark Continent of Camposol? Of course I jest on these last three. We love a good laugh, though, don’t we? Hopefully I’ll make the silver screen this year, (unless I hit the Cutting Room floor of course) in a film coming out soon titled ‘Jack to a King’ –a play on the nickname of Swansea folk (Jacks) and a docu-film about their meteoric rise to the English Football Premier League. Yes, Swansea is now classed as English and amazingly too, Cardiff has

also changed nationality, finally joining us ‘Up There’ Better brush up on my ‘foreign’ accent I suppose. How now brown cow. Whose coat is that jacket? Happy 2014!

Book review: Inside the Tortilla Life has a habit of throwing obstacles in your path for a good reason: They arise to challenge the undaunted, or deter the uncommitted. Either way, when you stumble into a town that the guide books have overlooked, you must choose between quickly moving on, or staying to see what the obstacles conceal. When one man and his faithful hound turn their backs on the Mediterranean Sea and set out on a journey into the interior of the Deep South, they go in search of a town that still cooks it’s food rather than shops for it. Tired of the disposable nature of modern living and its embrace of microwaved food, this search for authentic recipes unveils not just a series of gastronomic secrets, but the rich history, culture, politics and diet of a charismatic country as it struggles out of the shadow of its past and into the searing light of its future. Inside the Tortilla: A Journey in Search of Authenticity By Caroline Angus Baker I am generally suspicious of anyone


using the word ‘authentic’ when it comes to Spain. There will be half a million Brits living in Spain right now, penning out their ‘new life in Spain’ book, thinking they are special. There will be legal hoops to jump through, a charming neighbour named Juan, lazy builders, translation mishaps… blah, blah, blah. I gave up reading such books a while

back, after reading a memoir so bad I tossed it out a window. But when Paul Read told the story of searching for authentic tortilla in Andalucia, there was finally a ‘living in Spain’ book with reading. Many pronounce to have found ‘the real Spain’ (as if there can be a one-size-fits-all Spain). If they do find such a beast, they pen the tale all wrong. Not so with Read – Inside the Tortilla reads like you’re in the moment, hearing the words from the author himself, who spares the clichés. Read’s words rang true about the Mediterranean coast being a mess, and the food being disappointing. Tourism is the ultimate double edged sword – it’s a huge industry, making money and providing employment, but it also poisons all it touches. Read goes where many an expat doesn’t bother – away from the packaged coast of Spain. Enter the town nicknamed ‘La Clave’ in the hills outside Granada, and a more natural way of life. We find Read finding his way, making a new life far removed from the path many expats take. We meet Andrés, who gives rise to the nickname ‘Gazpacho Monk’ as the author is known.


dominate Spanish life, the annoyances of having a car towed, and throwing what is akin to a Brontosaurus hide at a dog living on a roof. Through the story lies recipes, the classics that the Spanish enjoy eating, recipes that exist solely because of Spain’s once simple way of life. The book also tells of the town’s history, of the first Spanish Republic, and its ‘Revolution of Bread and Cheese’, and of Spain’s more recent battles, with the 2007 historical memory laws and the threat of opening old wounds. Strategies to cope with the Spanish heat are included, along tips for eating almejas (clams) – a picture of King Alfonso is required, or a suitable substitute such as Real Madrid memorabilia or a toilet roll. Anyone who knows Spain well will find themselves nodding in agreement at the Spanish way of life, like the old ladies gossiping at the bus stop, or the act of getting a recipe with your mortgage. Those who don’t know about living in Spain can get an introduction into what the country is really like when you step away of the microwaved version of the country found along the coast. This is no guide to moving to Spain; this book is a success story, told by someone who made a real effort to build a new life. Caroline Angus Baker is a New Zealand author specialising in psychological and historical thrillers based in Spain. To read more article on Spain visit:

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lightly floured surface to a round about 30cm across. Lift onto an oiled baking sheet. Spread the canned tomatoes over the dough to within 2cm of the edges. Arrange the cherry tomatoes and courgettes over the top, then scatter with the mozzarella. Mix the capers, olives and garlic, then scatter over the top. Drizzle evenly with the oil. Leave to rise for 20 mins. Heat oven to 240C/ fan 220C/gas 9 or the highest setting. Bake the pizza for 10-12 mins until crisp and golden around the edges. Scatter with the parsley to serve.

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1 tsp vegetable oil lemon wedges, to serve

125ml warm water

For the salad 2 carrots

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2 shallots, sliced

1 tsp golden caster sugar

1 large courgette, thinly sliced using a peeler

1 tbsp olive oil


25g mozzarella, torn into pieces

2 tsp dried crushed oregano or 1 tsp fresh leaves

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1 tsp capers in brine, drained

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8 green olives, roughly chopped

4 eggs

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The maintenance team Have Been clearing, weeding and spraying all streets on Lower ‘C’ (below the reservoir

road) as usual, ably led by Ken while John has-been in the UK for knee surgery ... no excuses now to deny us his skills drive at the forthcoming Christmas dance! We Also welcome back Mouni and a new recruit, his brother, Mustafa, together with new volunteers John, Beverley and Sue, to our hardworking team. Ken, a dedicated member of our team, has now returned (very Reluctantly!) To the UK for the Winter with wife Lynn, who kindly stepped in on bacon butty During patrol Jo and Cath’s absence They Both will be missed.   Various sites will be Surveyed with a view to choosing future projects for the New Year, including replacement of any trees and plants survived Which Have Not transplatation During the Summer and

Autumn, DESPITE watering - If you would like a task completed in your area please contact and please give us any plants near your home or holiday home to drink if possible, as the cold winds We have been experiencing can Quickly dry them out - thank you. Also Thanks to everyone for donations of plants and donations to our bucket,  including 15 Euros from MABS.   The palms along the dual carriageway have now all been trimmed  and the ‘dyke’ Rambla adjacent to the old crossing, left by the Hydrografia, has-been planted With An ‘avenue’ of Yuccas and the silt cleared before a new drainage channel was cut by our volunteers to take unavoidable excess flood water from heavy rains future. Continues Reconstruction of pavements, now regulate Following the burst water main repairs by Aqualia and the new Petanque court has-been weeded and tidied.   For any further information about The our group, Please check Chalkboards, Facebook and website  http://www. greenfingersgardenandsocialgroup. com/  or contact John, our Chairman on 634 325 427.

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Los Amigos De Mazarrón F.C

Sunday 12th January NUESTRO ABARAN CF (HOME) Sunday 19th January Beniajan CF (Away) Sunday 26th January SOHO MEDI (HOME) Sunday 2nd February EMF FUENTE ALAMO (HOME) The Los Amigos Christmas Party and Social evening was held at the Club House, Camposol Club de Golf on Saturday 30th November. Entertainment

LOS AMIGOS DE MAZARRON FC LATEST NEWS Mazarron’s topsy turvy season continued deep into December. Following the home win against CF Molina three of the next five games were won and two lost prior to the last game of 2013 away to Moratalla. The performances were not helped by players missing through suspension and holidays, and discipline on the field has to be improved if Mazarron are to launch a serious challenge for promotion in the New Year. Too many players have been cautioned for dissent and players were missing through suspension in six of the 12 games played up to mid December. Despite this Mazarron, at the time of writing, were only four points away from an automatic promotion position. Both the Juveniles (17/18 years) and the Cadetes (15/16years) continued their successful starts to the season and at the time of writing were top of their respective divisions. Mazarron field teams in 5 junior age groups ranging for 9 years to 18 years and teams in all the age groups are performing well. As long as players can be retained and are not lured to bigger clubs like Cartagena, Elche and Real Murcia, the future certainly looks bright for football in Mazarro. 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:-

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was provided by Michelle and Pitu and members and friends also enjoyed a buffet supper. It was a great night out and Michelle and Pitu entered into the festive spirit with traditional Christmas songs as well as a wide range of popular music from their repertoire which kept the audience dancing late into the night. Everyone was sad to learn of the sudden and unexpected death of Los Amigos de Mazarron FC Legal Secretary Alan Hogg on the Tuesday before the Christmas Party which he had helped to

organise. Alan had only lived in Spain with wife Shiona for 18 months but, in that short time, had made a great impact on Camposol life serving on several committees. He was a larger than life character with a wicked sense of humour and he will be greatly missed. Michelle, with whom Alan served on the Fiesta Committee, paid tribute to him on the evening of the Christmas Social and led everyone in a round of applause.

Seguros Churra. Los Amigos de Mazarron handed out the traditional cider and mince pies to all supporters as they arrived for the Gesa Seguros Churra game on 8th December. This has become part of the Mazarron calendar and is much appreciated by our fellow Spanish supporters as well as the ex-pats. Tickets for the 5th Annual Los Amigos de Mazarron FC Gala Evening and Dinner are selling very fast. 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. 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 at the Los Amigos weekly meetings at the Club House, Camposol Club de Golf every Thursday (4pm), or you can ring Barbara on 627 012 646, Dave on 634 369 639, Gerard on 634 320 567 or email for details of availability. Tickets are also on sale for the Sporting Legends Evening at the Club House, Camposol Club de Golf on Tuesday 11th March. John H Stracey and Tony Currie, who are also guests at the Gala Dinner the next day, will answer questions on their respective careers and DVD highlights will also be shown of them in action. Steve Tucker is acting as compere for the evening and admission is by ticket only. Tickets are 8€ for Los Amigos de Mazarron FC members and 10€ for non members and again can be booked at the Los Amigos weekly meetings at the Club House, Camposol Club de Golf every Thursday (4pm) or you can ring Barbara on 627 012 646, Dave on 634 369 639, Dave on 600 631 956 or email losamigosdemazarronfc@ 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 new Tanitorium in Mazarron was packed for Alan’s funeral and Los Amigos member Ron Johnston paid tribute to Alan during the service. A minutes silence was also observed by players, officials and spectators before Mazarron’s home game against Gesa

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.


Straight Down the Middle Golf Society A Very Merry Christmas……………. Since our last report the society has again been out on the course on a couple of occasions. The first one was held on 27th November at Corvera Golf Club, where we had the final points tallies for all of the trophies. Despite a couple of nasty showers, and some very chilling winds, John Dowgill

(pictured above) came out best on the day with an excellent score of 38 points. He was closely followed home by George Bicknell (36) and a 3 way tie for

On the 5th December we held our Christmas Fun day and presentation dinner at the Campo Municipal de Golf Alfonso Legaz, in Torre Pacheco. There´s a good reason for having insurance when you play this par 3 with crossing fairways and adjacent greens. All members, however escaped unhurt and fit to take on the splendid 4 course meal laid on by the staff. Some members did have to have a little drop of Christmas cheer, to get over their score, or drown their sorrows for not receiving a trophy, or raffle prize. The meal over, we got down to the serious business of the presentation of the trophies, made by the club captain, Jim Booth. The Overall Points Champion was Nigel

Chadderton, (pictured on the right) who plays off a single figure handicap and must be applauded for his efforts.

The other trophies awarded were:Runner Up Cup – Mike Harrison Dave Guntrip Memorial Cup – John Dowgill Dave Guntrip Meerkat Trophy – Andy Radford Peter Preston Memorial Pairs Cup – Don Busby & John Dowgill P. Lonker Trophy – Richard Watts Finally the result of the fun day was a tie between two teams, who could not be divided by score or handicap, and congratulations goes to, Andy Radford, Clive Hathaway, & Joe Chalk in one team, and Dan Rust, Mike Harrison, and Dave Robinson in the other team. Well that´s it for 2013, and by the time you all read this Santa will have given you all the presents you requested, you will have enjoyed the New Year grapes, and we look forward to a prosperous 2014.

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3rd place between Keith Buttery, Pete Smithson, and Don Busby – all on 35 points. Nearest the pin winners were Dan Rust and Nigel Chatterton.

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into r&d while the state needs to improve transport links, despite its deep financial problems, if Spain is to remain Europe’s second-biggest car producer and beat lower cost rivals such as the Czech Republic, industry officials say.

VW may build Seat SUV at Skoda plant Volkswagen Group may build an SUV for Spanish sister brand Seat at Skoda’s plant in Kvasiny, Czech Republic, company sources say. The model would be produced alongside the next-generation Skoda Yeti compact SUV at the factory, where production costs are significantly lower than at Seat’s plant in Martorell, Spain. Sales of SUVs and crossovers are booming in Europe, where Seat sells the majority of its cars, but unlike sister brands Skoda, VW and Audi, the Spanish carmaker lacks such a model. VW Group hasn’t approved the SUV for Seat because it is still investigating whether the moneylosing subsidiary can afford to add the model. Seat President Juergen Stackmann said the SUV would be an important strategic building block in the automaker’s product offensive in Europe. Seat is working on an SUV that would “fit the brand and develop another European sub-segment” for the carmaker, Stackmann told Automotive News Europe’s sister publication Automobilwoche. He said no decision had been made yet on the SUV’s production. Seat’s sales are on the rise since it introduced the new Leon compact car range, which currently includes three- and five-door hatchbacks as well as a station wagon. The Leon, Toledo compact and Mii minicar helped to boost Seat’s sales by 10 percent to 242,487 in the first 10 months in EU and EFTA countries in a market that was down by 3 percent during the period, according to industry association ACEA. According to media reports, a Seat SUV could incorporate styling elements seen in the Seat IBX concept that was unveiled at the 2011 Geneva auto show. If built, Seat’s compact SUV would use VW

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How the new SUV may look

Group’s MQB modular platform, which underpins models such as the Leon, Audi A3 and VW Golf.

Spanish car sales rise 15% in November on subsidies Spanish new-car sales jumped 15 percent to 55,450 in November, helped by scrappage subsidies offered by the government. This represented the third straight month of rising sales which have been boosted by the subsidies, car manufacturers’ association Anfac said on Monday. Deliveries rose 34 percent year-on-year in October. Under the terms of the 1,000 euro subsidy, which must be matched by a discount from the dealership, buyers must trade in a seven- to 10-year-old vehicle in exchange for a more fuel-efficient model priced at 25,000 euros or less. Spain’s Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria said previously that three earlier scrappage plans, all of which exhausted their funding prior to October, contributed to the purchase of 300,000 vehicles. In the first 11 months, car sales rose 2 percent to 662,188, Anfac said. The association said it expected sales to rise to about 720,000 for the whole year.

Spanish car plants look beyond low labor costs to prolong boom While much of the European car industry is struggling, Spanish assembly plants are raising production, winning new models and creating jobs despite years of recession.

At the moment, at least, the outlook is bright. Gray-shirted assembly line workers at Spain’s biggest car factory live in a world apart from outside the factory gates, where one in four is unemployed and countless others fear for their jobs. At the Martorell plant near Barcelona, headquarters of the Volkswagen-owned Spanish unit Seat, where production rose 7 percent last year, workers assemble five different models on a moving carousel. “Nobody talks about layoffs here, nor has anyone been fired,” said assembly line worker Pedro Pastor, a 30-year-old father who has worked for Seat for 10 years. “In contrast, a lot of my friends are unemployed and can’t find work.” Just as Mexico has a thriving motor industry making vehicles for much of the Americas, its Spanish counterpart is prospering despite the depressed domestic economy by keeping labor costs down and targeting stronger European markets. A six-year sales slump and aggressive discounting across much of continental Europe have badly hurt mass-market manufacturers. PSA/Peugeot-Citroen, one of the worst affected which lost 5 billion euros ($6.73 billion) last year, said on Nov. 21 it may close an assembly line at its Mulhouse plant in eastern France unless production picks up. Martorell, which makes the Seat Ibiza and Leon models, illustrates the robust state of Spain’s car industry. Spain’s biggest export market is France, which is showing signs of a sales recovery, followed by Germany which avoided the worst of the euro zone crisis and the relatively buoyant UK. The industry created over 2,400 Spanish jobs in the first six months of this year as foreign firms including Ford Motor Co. and even PSA opened production lines, investing 3.5 billion euros in just over a year. With Spanish unemployment at 26 percent, unions keen to protect jobs have accepted flexible work practices and salary freezes, which together with close links to a world-class domestic car parts industry have helped to attract the orders. Spain has no domestically owned carmakers -- Volkswagen bought Seat from the state in 1986 -- but the overall industry accounts for 10 percent of economic output and employs 9 percent of the work force. Unions lead the way

But Spanish manufacturers must expand

Spanish car industry wages are around the European average and similar to those in Italy. However, the unions have led the way in agreeing to practices such as their


members working more hours when a big order comes through, and then taking time off owed to them when assembly lines lie idle. “Spanish unions are signing the best collective bargaining contracts in Europe with multinational companies,” Treasury Minister Cristobal Montoro told Reuters this week. Unions have adopted measures that would have been unthinkable a few years ago, such as twin-track salary scales where new workers get paid less for doing the same job as existing employees. Many of these measures, like deciding collective wage agreements at each company rather than across the entire industry, have become enshrined in law by the centerright government’s labor reform last year. Salary freezes have meant wages in the sector have lagged inflation by around two percentage points over the past two years, unions estimate. Average assembly line workers’ wages are between 1,900 to 2,000 euros per month, unions say, still above the average Spanish salary. Spain is expected to continue to attract car orders over the next two years, with factories predicted to work at 85 percent of capacity in 2015, up from 68 percent in 2012, according to consultant IHS Automotive. By contrast, Italian factories are forecast to operate at only 59 percent in 2015, compared with 48 percent last year. A factory needs to work at 75 percent to 80 percent of capacity to break

even, experts estimate. But labor costs make up barely 10 percent of a vehicle’s cost and the industry wants a better freight network to allow production to be shipped more efficiently to its major markets. “Restraining wages is not enough, it’s essential, but it’s not enough,” said Mario Armero, executive vice president of Spanish carmakers’ association ANFAC. “Improvements must be made in transport links.” Compared with labor costs, transport has an equal or greater weighting in Spain, says business consultancy PwC. This is an important concern for a country which exports nearly 90 percent of its car production. Successive Spanish governments have invested heavily in passenger transport to benefit the tourist industry, like the high-speed AVE highspeed train network, rather than freight. “Infrastructure in Spain has been geared more towards the transport of people rather than goods,” said the head of Citroen in Spain, Alfredo Vila, whose factory in the northwestern city of Vigo was recently assigned the production of the new C4 Picasso. The government has promised to invest 112 million euros in integrating seaports with road and rail links. But big spending projects are likely to be delayed while the state makes sweeping cost cuts to meet tough budget

deficit targets. Government spending on public works fell 11 percent in the first nine months of this year, official data show, on 2012 investment figures that had already hit an all-time low. Not just a workshop European competitors such as the Czech Republic, where labor costs are half those of Spain’s, are closer to the main markets including Germany. Martorell is waiting for Volkswagen to decide whether to build a Seat SUV at the plant or at its Czech subsidiary Skoda. Bringing research and development to Spain will make the industry less dependent on production lines, officials say. Hopes are pinned on a growing number of Spaniards at the top level of carmakers, including Volkswagen board member and head of procurement Francisco Javier Garcia Sanz and Jose Vicente de los Mozos, who is executive vice-president of manufacturing and supply chain at Renault. “Spain shouldn’t just be a workshop,” said PwC car industry expert Manuel Diaz. “We should have more research and development, because that is what makes production sustainable and creates an industry around fabrication.”

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Property, Financial and Legal EU opens finance probe into Spanish aid to soccer The European Union announced a probe targeting Real Madrid, Barcelona and five other top Spanish soccer clubs that it says may have received possible illegal state aid. The EU also said it might widen its investigation to include soccer teams’ outstanding tax debts to the Spanish government, which total in the hundreds of millions. EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said clubs should use sound financial management rather than live “at the expense of the taxpayer.” Almunia’s office is responsible for making sure that businesses across the 28-country EU face a level playing field — including multi-billion, immensely popular soccer industry. The probe is intended to see if teams like Barcelona and Real Madrid have been unfairly relying on state aid to face other clubs in Spain’s top flight La Liga league and

European teams like Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League. Beyond the top two teams, the probe is also investigating Valencia, Hercules, Elche, Athletic Bilbao and Osasuna. The Spanish government, which knew the probe was coming, has already said there was nothing illegal about the aid that the clubs received. Debt-ridden Spain has been struggling financially for years since it faced a real estate implosion several years ago. Many Spanish league soccer clubs — like many other types of Spanish businesses — already face severe financial difficulties. A decision to force them to return state aid money could make their problems even more acute. In the case of Valencia and its neighboring teams Elche and Hercules, state guarantees for over 100 million euros (nearly $140 million) in loans over the past four years have been seen as essential for the clubs’ survival.

these measures provide significant advantages to the beneficiary clubs to the detriment of the clubs which have to operate without such support,” the Commission said in a statement. The Spanish league said in a statement that it “wants to publicly show its unconditional and absolute support for the clubs and affiliated managing institutions in general and those under investigation in particular.” In the case of Real Madrid, the Commissioner said it “appears to have benefited from a very advantageous real property swap” with the city. The land was re-evaluated at 22.7 million euros in 2011 instead of an earlier estimated value of 595,000 euros in 1998.

Yet such aid, doled out to some but not all, may have been skewing the fairness of the league. “The Commission has concerns that

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Useful Numbers activities Mariposa 968 631 008 Bar, restaurants & cafes Amapola 968 15 65 03 Bar Trevi 669 026 544 Cat’s Bar 666 188 353 Elliots 968 158 499 Mariposa 968 631 008 La Vida 625 917 425 Quality Indian restaurant Tel 968 199 198 Seventh Heaven 968 332 088 Vista Bar 648 731 309 Bathrooms Beautiful Bathrooms 968 974 038/663617 563 Beauty Care & Health Clinical complementary therapies 634 327 241 Heather mobile 636 657 481 Freedom Mobility 968 153 620 Builders CM Constructions 659 159 948 Car Hire & SERVICES F&C Rental 968 199 156 Car mechanics & car sales Ken Sherwood mechanics 679 646 859 Carpentry Dave Davidson 634 330 706 Camposol Business Centre District Journal, Security, Dentist, Chiropodists, Another World Properties, Camposol Health Clinic 968 103 008 Central Heathing & Plumbing Calida Gas & Oil 659 761 771 Charities Age Concern 634 310216 Andreas animal rescue 690 906 565 PALS 968 422 228 / 626460 465 JJPuppies 618 934 921 Lions 682 104 635 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 Dentists Camposol Business Centre 968 103 008 Ear Candling Heather mobile 636 657 481 Electricians Andy 617 644 339 FASHION Legs and Co 660 792 513 Funerals and funeral plans Tony Smith, Funeral director 650 631 719 Iberian Funeral Plans 965 993 498 Fish & Chips Elliots Bolnuevo 968 158 499 Gardening Evergreen 679 582 410 Hairdressers Carols 968 974 989 Cut & Dried 628 149 840 Home Furnishings & furniture @HOME 868 088 118

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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 Monday and Friday until after Easter. 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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Hope you all have had a Merry Christmas and that this year brings all you desire! We had a great start to our celebrations with a visit to the carpark on B sector on the Monday before Christmas taking Twiglet and Charley Boy with us. They were very well received by all that attended and the mince pies and sherry went down a treat also. We were surprised by the number of Spanish and other Nationalities that came to say ‘Hello’ also. But what really amazed us is that these people donated over 300€ into our collecting tins. The animals and the charity thank everyone that donated, and for Kevin and myself it was such a pleasure to bring these two to meet ‘Their Public’. We have over the past two years or so rescued five pot bellied pigs and these have now found a home altogether in Catral. They have a paddock area about the same size as we have here but these now have the paddock to themselves. This is a great result for us, and on our visit there two weeks later they have really settled in.

2 very special little dogs who would love to find there forever home. Firstly we have Honey bun. She is a 12 month old Fox Terrier mix, she is so loving, she loves to play and especially to cuddle. she is very good with other dogs and loves Honey bun human company. Secondly we have Laika, she also around 13 months was abandoned at our kennels and had been used to living in a Laika

home environment, she is good with other animals and also with Children. She craves love and affections. she also is good with other dogs and loves to play with her kennel mates. I have included a picture of both Honey bun and Laika playing with their kennel companions. as Dogs at play you will see we have a number of dogs large and small looking for their forever home. Last week we found a shopping bag full of puppies left at the door

of our chiarity shop. These little girls are about 6 weeks old and will be small dogs. If you would like more information about our dogs call Keith on 628811188


It was not all good news however, two small puppies were found in a bin near to Mazarron. They were very cold, and so young that they had their eyes still closed these puppies would most certainly have died, as usual it was a Saturday evening when the vets were closed and no possibility of getting food for them. A phone call to our friend Amanda in Roldan and she ´volunteered´ to look after them, on the plus side one of the pups has been reserved and will go to her new home when she is has been weaned . If anyone would like to donate items to us please see me at the sector B Carpark, on a Monday 11.30-1.30, or you can donate direct to our shops in Mazarron and Fuente Alamo We would like to express our huge thanks to Robbie all the staff at the Journal for their support over the past years, until next month Andrea xx

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A: The ice falls out of your drinks! A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other. My New Year’s resolutions are: 1. Stop making lists. B. Be more consistent. 7. Learn to count. 6.30pm on New Year’s Eve and my Welsh mate texted me ‘Blwyddyn Newydd Dda’

Start a blog Try to keep a positive attitude.

He’s started drinking early!

A New year’s prayer God, grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway, the good fortune to run into the ones that I do, and the eyesight to tell the difference. Author Unknown Make sure to use sunscreen Learn to eat healthier

Some cartoon ideas ideas for new year resolutions

Answers to last month’s Lateral thinking quiz 1, The next year was a leap year, so there was actually 366 days until the next Christmas.

Last month’s Suduko answers

2, Solution: The old lady of course! After helping the old lady into the car, you can give your keys to your friend, and wait with your perfect partner for the bus. Give up smoking.

3, She is his mother.

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